Digidesign Command|8

May 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors

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Digidesign’s Command|8 is a fully featured control surface solution from Digidesign and Focusrite, whose faders, rotary encoders, displays and dedicated transport controls enable users to build their Pro Tools mixes with a hands-on feel. A USB connection facilitates communication between Command|8 and a PC or Mac, while its built-in MIDI ports (1-in/2-out) comprise a MIDI interface.

Stand-alone MIDI controller mode makes it possible to map Command|8’s controls to third-party MIDI applications and devices. Command|8’s onboard monitor system supports Pro Tools analog audio, independently selectable external inputs and separately controlled speakers and headphones.

Similar to Digi 002, each of Command|8’s eight bankable channels of tactile controls includes a touch-sensitive fader, an automatable rotary encoder with an LED ring and a channel meter. A highly luminescent 110-character backlit LCD (two rows x 55 characters) runs across the top of the channel array, displaying information such as full track names, plug-in name and page number, and full parameter names.

Command|8 features a Focusrite-designed onboard analog monitor section, eliminating the need for an additional audio mixer. The monitor section features two +4/-10 independently selectable stereo inputs (balanced or unbalanced), stereo speaker outputs (also +4/-10) and a separately controlled headphone amp.

Command|8 can also be used as a stand-alone MIDI controller for any device that accepts MIDI control change messages. It can be used for level, panning, solo, mute, MIDI machine control of transports and other mappable parameters available in sequencing applications. Command|8 also supports Avid products including Media Composer Adrenaline and is natively mapped to the Automation Gain tool.

System requirements include Pro Tools LE system (Digi 002, Digi 002 Rack, Mbox, Digi 001) or Pro Tools TDM system (Pro Tools|HD, Pro Tools|HD Accel) on Windows XP or Mac OS X. Multiple Command|8s cannot be interconnected, nor does Command|8 interface with other MIDI-based controllers; however, it can be used with Digidesign’s ProControl or Control|24.

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