Field Test: Digidesign C|24 Workstation Controller
1 February 2008
Excerpt: During this past October's AES, one of the hottest product releases was the new C|24 Pro Tools controller from Digidesign. It was a much-anticipated upgrade to the Digidesign/Focusrite Control|24, the first medium-format Pro Tools controller priced at less than $10k. The handsome 24-fader unit offers a bevy of elegant features, including upgraded mic preamps (borrowed from the 003); two-story, six-character scribble strips; an expanded monitor section; and, most...
Summary: For a Pro Tools user, buying a control surface is a matter of 'when' rather than 'if'. With the introduction of the C24, 'now' could be the time!
Pros: Intuitive tracking and mixing, Powerful automation facilities, Easy access to frequently–used functions, Goes a long way to eliminating reliance on keyboard, mouse and monitor, Digidesign's experience in control surface design shows.
Cons: Some operations will require a learning process, but the massive capability of Pro Tools makes this an inevitability.