Similar-looking) driver installations: one for “Alesis MasterControl,” one for “Alesis Firewire Audio,” and two for “Alesis Firewire MIDI.” For each of the installations. This thing could be badass if the company didn't abandon the hardware along with the software. It appears to have become obsolete around 2. Alesis MasterControl - Complete Studio Interface and Control System.


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Image 3 of 3 Alesis MasterControl Alesis mastercontrol Interface The audio interface is an essential piece of kit for most musicians, and if the one you favour doesn't come packed with nice-sounding mic pres, you might need one of these, too.

If you happen to have one trusted 'external' synth you might also need a MIDI interface, and if you're one of the many who hates alesis mastercontrol with a mouse, a control surface might go on your shopping list, too.

As manufacturers have become more savvy to our needs, hybrid units offering some or all of these requirements in a single box have sprung up.

Overview As you can see from the pictures, the MasterControl is a medium-sized control surface 'wedge' which slopes gently downhill from back to front.

Alesis MasterControl Digital Recording Interface

The top surface concerns itself with the comprehensive control options more on these shortlywhile the back panel acts as the unit's patchbay.

Beside these, a further six line inputs are offered alongside six line outputs, provisionally organised into three separate stereo monitor configurations. Alesis mastercontrol Comprehensive though this is, all digital connections concern themselves with input alone - the unit features no alesis mastercontrol audio outputs, which comes as a slight surprise.

Two FireWire ports alesis mastercontrol the 9V DC power supply complete the line-up, which in the main is nicely organised.

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Two frustrations prevail on the back panel, however. Secondly, the design and positioning of the Gain dials for alesis mastercontrol inputs on the back panel represent a bad decision.


While we can understand the logic in keeping these next to the inputs themselves, the dials are too small, they're hard to access and they're extremely fiddly to adjust without either leaning over the back of the unit or rotating it, all of which negates the option of fixing the MasterControl somewhere permanent.

Alesis mastercontrol would have made more sense to place these dials on the top panel, where there is ample space. Control Connections aside, the top panel is where the alesis mastercontrol happens.

Once you've installed Alesis's driver, it's a simple matter of selecting your DAW's relevant preset alesis mastercontrol, within your host software, setting up the MasterControl as a pseudo-Mackie Control before you're away or HUI if you're a Pro Tools-er.

The lower section of the front panel contains nine long-throw faders, which control eight channels and the master fader of your DAW.


Alesis mastercontrol faders feel good, with a decent amount of resistance and very little side-to-side wobble. At the top of the unit, each channel also features a rubber rotary encoder that can perform one of three functions, as selected by the buttons to their left. The MasterControl is programmed with different alesis mastercontrol per DAW preset, and a collection of detachable plastic strips is provided so that you can affix the relevant default controls to the MasterControl for easy reference.

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Alesis mastercontrol, in the main, it feels pretty good. The faders are excellent, while the generous alesis mastercontrol afforded to the Channel Select, Record, Solo and Mute buttons means you rarely find yourself inadvertently clicking the wrong button.

So, for instance, you can activate computer functions such as Save and Undo, or instruct your DAW to, say, cycle.

In Logic, we were particularly impressed by the fact that the mixer is configurable from these switches to either give a global 'see everything' view or to show only audio tracks, instruments or auxiliaries, alesis mastercontrol instance.

The Preview button plays a nice role here, too; while more plastic tabs are provided to remind you which switch operates what, a simple Preview press followed by one of the alesis mastercontrol tells you how the buttons are assigned on the screen itself.


One word of warning, though - the only configurable switches on the MasterControl are those below the LCD and, even then, each switch can only be alesis mastercontrol to one of a preset list.

That said, the whole unit can be switched alesis mastercontrol that all physical controls output your MIDI control change messages of choice, so it's still possible to use these controls with your favourite hard or soft synths, for example. However, we'd really like the MasterControl to be able to address a wider range of parameters without switching into MIDI CC mode - there's space for at least two more buttons and therefore two more pages of control access next to the encoders, and we'd love to see the MasterControl grow in this respect.

Direct monitoring One extremely neat onboard feature is the MasterControl's Direct Monitoring option, which is accessed via its own button on the left-hand side. A simple press of this lights the switch red and immediately disengages the unit from its DAW control assignments, instead allowing you to set up the incoming audio signals as you wish.

This is possible because the MasterControl contains its own low-latency DSP-based cue mix capabilities, meaning you can monitor through the unit directly rather than having to go in and out via your DAW.

When you disengage the Direct Monitor button to go back to DAW control, the monitor mix you've just tweaked is automatically saved. Speaker outputs and talkback The MasterControl features three stereo outputs.

This means, if you simply configure as Alesis intend, that you can easily drive your pair of monitors of choice via the A, B or C buttons on the front panel. However, it's also possible to configure the MasterControl to use all outputs at once, so 5.