The M-Audio ProjectMix I/O is a multi-DAW mixing platform that features motorized faders. It’s designed to offer professional mixing equipment for those who mix from home or small studios, making them competitive with larger studios. This I/O device borrows a lot from M-Audio’s FireWire 1814 audio interface, but it goes beyond that. It adds in even more I/O abilities and a durable control surface. It’s compatible with a number of different software, including DirectX, WDM, Core Audio, Pro Tools M-Powered 7, and GSIF2. With one of the widest compatibility range out of any I/O, the ProjectMix can be quickly and efficiently integrated into almost any set up. It also supports Mackie Control, Logic Control, and HUI, so it works with Live, SONAR, Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and Nuendo.
The device features eight channel strips with touch-sensitive motorized faders. There are also solo, channel select, record-arm, and mute buttons, plus eight rotary encoders that can be assigned to different functions. Illuminated locater and transport controls, a channel zoom with four navigation buttons, channel/bank shift, fader flip, and a job/scrub wheel complete the controls on the device.
ProjectMix I/O features almost every kind of I/O possible. It has eight analog mic inputs with individual control switches and gain knobs, an ADAT Lightpipe I/O, word clock, S/PDIF I/O, a MIDI interface, and a hi-Z instrument input. It supports sampling rates of 44.1, 48, 88.2, and 96 kHz on all ports. It can truly handle just about anything you may need it to.
There’s really just one major downside to the ProjectMix I/O, and that’s the cost. It retails for $1,599.95. However, for everything it does, that’s not a huge expense. You can also add Pro Tools M-Powered 7 for an extra $299.