Finally, A daw controller worth trying?


#1

Tell me I’m not the only one just a little excited about this:

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/X-TOUCH.aspx

I know it’s the B word, but there’s been a big gap in the market for something like this for a while now. Project studio owners rejoice! :slight_smile:


#2

Behringer brand was a reminder of crappy stuff for me. But they made a huge improvement after joining forces with Klark Teknik and Midas. Their digital live mixer x32 rocks. This product also seems really nice.


#3
benjijackson said

Tell me I’m not the only one just a little excited about this:

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/X-TOUCH.aspx

I know it’s the B word, …

Hi Benji,

why not - it’s just a controller. As long as it doesn’t control your sound… :smiley:

If I want to buy a controller I would wait for the first user valuations and check the funktionality and haptic on my own. In germany it’s mostly possible to send back stuff you bought online within 30 days if you don’t like it. Same in other countries?


#4

How much is the price for this?


#5
petrenj said

How much is the price for this?

This one will be around 600$ I guess.


#6

It looks nice.But, I dont know how much it can be useful.Probably it is.


#7
petrenj said

It looks nice.But, I dont know how much it can be useful.Probably it is.

I am fine without a controller. A good transparent monitor controlling unit will be fine :slight_smile:


#8
NoizMan said
petrenj said

How much is the price for this?

This one will be around 600$ I guess.

Pricing:

Behringer X-Touch – $599
Behringer X-Touch Compact – $399
Behringer X-Touch Mini – $99


#9
NoizMan said
petrenj said

It looks nice.But, I dont know how much it can be useful.Probably it is.

I am fine without a controller. A good transparent monitor controlling unit will be fine :slight_smile:

Yeah, for years I used a digi 002 desk and got used to having faders and all the rest right there. Now I’ve moved on from protools to reaper I’ve been missing a good control surface, and the mackie stuff never appealed to me. This looks good though, and 3 year warrantee is reassuring.


#10

Hmm, sorry to pee on the bonfire, but I saw this during NAMM and instantly thought it looked like a cheap, ‘made in China’ knock-off of the MCU Pro by Mackie (below, which incidentally I use).

I’ve had so many bad run ins with Behringer stuff over the years, that it’s going to take quite a bit to reel me back in, so this really doesn’t appeal. And already I can see they’re relying on tried and tested formats from other companies. Doesn’t sit well with me I’m afraid.

I was literally about to recommend that you consider the MCU Pro as a quality control surface (you can also add extension surfaces too) as I’m also a Reaper user, and my MCU Pro runs absolutely flawlessly with it, but then I noticed you said it never appealed to you. Oh well!

Mackie stuff is also built to last, something worth considering here when compared to ‘the B word!’ :wink:

!http://i204.photobucket.com/albums/bb159/junoman106/mackie-mcu-pro-502922_zps17813eed.jpg!


#11

I see there is many Reaper users.I am too, using it for a years and I’m really satisfied.But I also find, that many people are not inform about Reaper and have some doubts about it.
Sorry for interrupting this thread :smiley: But I needed to say that Im glad cause I see there is more authors using it :slight_smile:


#12
petrenj said

I see there is many Reaper users.I am too, using it for a years and I’m really satisfied.But I also find, that many people are not inform about Reaper and have some doubts about it.
Sorry for interrupting this thread :smiley: But I needed to say that Im glad cause I see there is more authors using it :slight_smile:

+1. I think more and more composers are discovering it and finding that it’s in incredibly powerful and feature-rich DAW, easily comparable to ProTools, Cubase, et al. And yet it’s a fraction of the cost. The fact that it’s fully customisable (themes, layouts, etc) is what did it for me.


#13

I have a Mackie 32:8 8 Bus Mixer which I am about to get rid of. Built like a tank and has survived much abuse by my son (4 years old) and me. I use a Steinberg CC121 Controller that works really well with Cubase although I am really tempted by the Mackie. :slight_smile:


#14
gballx said

I use a Steinberg CC121 Controller that works really well with Cubase although I am really tempted by the Mackie. :slight_smile:

Same here! In fact I use the CC121 so much all the print has started to disappear of the buttons Lol :)

#15
AlumoAudio said

Hmm, sorry to pee on the bonfire, but I saw this during NAMM and instantly thought it looked like a cheap, ‘made in China’ knock-off of the MCU Pro by Mackie (below, which incidentally I use).

I’ve had so many bad run ins with Behringer stuff over the years, that it’s going to take quite a bit to reel me back in, so this really doesn’t appeal. And already I can see they’re relying on tried and tested formats from other companies. Doesn’t sit well with me I’m afraid.

I was literally about to recommend that you consider the MCU Pro as a quality control surface (you can also add extension surfaces too) as I’m also a Reaper user, and my MCU Pro runs absolutely flawlessly with it, but then I noticed you said it never appealed to you. Oh well!

Mackie stuff is also built to last, something worth considering here when compared to ‘the B word!’ :wink:

Thanks for your recommendation! No worries, I am sure we’ve all had our bad experiences with behringer, hey, ive had a fair share of my own! I just have been looking around and knew the MCU pro was the only thing that came close to what I wanted. just glad to see there is a viable alternative, for a lot less, but with a decent warrantee. Anyway, Im tempted by the x-touch, and will report back once Ive had it for a few months. Hopefully its all good!

P.S Reaper users unite!!! :slight_smile:


#16

Hey Benji

Well, this Looks very very interesting! I’m definitely not a Behringer fan, but I had three BCF2000 and a BCR2000 running for years without any problem and I sold many of them to my customers and just one or two came back with a Problem, while about 90% of the Mackie Control I sold broke up within 2 years…

You can imagine that I really don’t like the Mackies anymore.

Beside this, the Mackie Control is to deep. If you want to put them in front of your Monitor, there will be no more room for a mouxe and a Keyboard. That’s why I bought two Avid MC Mix for this, plus a Behringer BCR2000, which makes a really nice mixing desk. See them in my setup here:

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The MC Mix are working very nicely and they are very small and good looking. But I can imagine, the new Behringer’s will do a similar great job and it costs less then the half of the AVID MC Mix, while it has some additional buttons and transport controls!


#17

Matt! that looks amazing! nice setup! And, you had exactly my thoughts on the mackie mcu. Too bulky for everything else that goes on a modern project studio desk, keyboard/mouse/etc, and ive had mackie stuff break just as much as behringer, so there you go. So Im looking forward to when the x-touch is released, so I can start riding faders again… yay. I note they are also bringing out a midi controller keyboard with motorized faders as well! I’d go for that, but it doesnt have the scribble strip, which I think is a must.


#18

Bloody hell, never thought I’d see the day when a Behringer got more praise and attention than a reputable US export such as a Mackie! How times have obviously changed!

Anyway, that’s a wonderful setup there Mat, wow. Seems like a superb environment to get creative in. I see the BCR there. I actually used one of those alongside a BCF a few years back, but it was the BCF that sadly died on me - right in the middle of a live gig, and I never quite forgave them for it!

Anyway, as we’re posting piccies, I’ll show you my Mackie MCU tank in action, in my own much-less-impressive studio, haha…

!http://i.imgur.com/FVkhNpc.jpg!


#19

Wow Matt, that’s not less-impressive, it’s very nice!!


#20
matsteiner said

Wow Matt, that’s not less-impressive, it’s very nice!!

Haha thanks dude! The only thing that pic doesn’t capture however, is the smell of Chow Mein from the takeaway downstairs and the constant barking from the two dogs next door. Other than that, I’m quite content working there!