Digidesign Command|8 Overview:
Command|8 puts integrated, tactile manipulation of Pro Tools TDM or LE systems running on Windows XP or Mac OS X at your fingertips more affordably than ever before. While there are several compact control surface options from third-party manufacturers compatible with Pro Tools, only Command|8 was made by Digidesign and Focusrite specifically for Pro Tools. As a result, Command|8 provides a great deal more sophisticated control with Pro Tools software, and has been tested and qualified specifically for Pro Tools.
Borrowing elements from Digidesign's higher-end control surfaces, Command|8's eight bankable channels of moving faders, rotary encoders, and displays enable you to control Pro Tools with the hands-on feel of a traditional analog console. What's more, its onboard monitor system features Focusrite audio performance and quality, accommodating Pro Tools audio along with external inputs, speakers, and separately controlled headphone outs. A simple USB connection facilitates communication between Command|8 and your computer.
Command|8 also includes an integrated, fully editable MIDI interface and features a stand-alone MIDI controller mode, enabling you to use it with your favorite third-party MIDI applications and devices - any that accept MIDI control change messages for level, panning, solo, mute, MIDI Machine Control, and other mappable parameters.
For post production suites, Avid products are natively supported by Command|8, including Avid Media Composer. When used with Avid products, Command|8 can be used to control the Automation Gain Tool for recording dynamic volume automation as well as Solo, Mute and Snap Mode on and off. Better yet, Command|8's onboard monitor section alleviates the need for an external mixer for speaker control.
Digidesign Command|8 Features
- Inexpensive, full-featured control surface specifically designed for Pro Tools
- Supports both Pro Tools TDM and LE systems (independently)
- Simple USB connection to your PC or Mac
- Compact size; comfortable ergonomic layout
- 8 touch sensitive motorized faders, 8 automatable rotary encoders with LED rings
- Big, bright, 110-character (55 characters x 2 rows) backlit LCD display for easily viewing information
- Integrated 1-IN/2-OUT MIDI interface (16 channel in, 32 out)
- Standalone MIDI controller mode
- Flexible Focusrite onboard monitoring section
- Works natively with the Avid family of products' Automation Gain Tool
- May be used in conjunction with ProControl, Control|24, and Digi 002
Digidesign Command|8 Details:
110-character LCD Display
Displays track names, track & plug-in parameter values, timecode, etc.
Channel View Controls
Plug-in or Pan/Send controls for a selected INSERT or SEND
Buttons: EQ, DYNAMICS, INSERT, PAN/SEND/PRE, PAGE,
Master Bypass, ESC
Console View Controls
Controls status display of pans, sends, or inserts across all channels simultaneously
Defaults to channel pan position; select A-E to determine which SEND or INSERT values are displayed in the scribble strip
Correspond to their computer keyboard counterparts
100 mm touch-sensitive moving faders with support for +12 dB fader scale
SELECT, SOLO and MUTE buttons and color-coded LED indicators
Multi-purpose rotary encoders with 11-LED rings displaying pan position, send level, etc.
Five-segment LED meters (0 to –42 dBFS)
Control Room and Headphone Controls
Control Room: Mute, Mono, and External Source monitor selectors; dedicated volume level control
Headphones: 1/4" stereo headphone jack; dedicated volume level control
Miscellaneous Controls and Indicators
Record-enable, Pan/Meter (with L/R indicators), Enter, and Undo selectors
Standalone button - Places Command|8 into stand-alone controller mode
USB and MIDI activity indicators
Master Fader/Flip Controls
Master Fader: Activate to move master fader control to the rightmost faders
Flip: Activate to move PAN/SEND or INSERT control from rotary encoders to faders
Four-key navigation pad enables you to BANK through software mixer eight faders at a time, NUDGE through mixer one channel at a time, or ZOOM in or out on track data horizontally or vertically, and move the play selector horizontally and vertically