I am really thinking this is a great value, so many knobs and sliders for around $75 used. Thinking about getting another one. Do you guys use these devices or another better one?
Regarding the 16 buttons on the device, I used the MidiMix setup tool in Mac OS and changed the buttons from Notes to CC and it works in VCV Rack, however all the buttons behave as momentary switches. I’d like when I press mute button, that the track/channel stay muted in the MixMaster module, is this possible? It only stays muted so long as I keep it pressed down.
I bought a nice 16n fader recently - it only does 7-bit midi CC - but it’s opensource FW, so I will make it work as a 14-bit CC device (12bit converters sending CC and CC+32 values). It has no buttons, but CV outputs (5V or 10V), USB and 5-pin DIN MIDI and I2C output. A solid build with good faders (ALPS RS6011SP6003, 30000 cycles operating life)
Oh that must be really sweet having 16 high quality ALPS faders for MixMaster 16 module (or the like) in VCV Rack Nice that it can be used as an actual eurorack module as well. These faders on the midimix are better than other cheap units, but could have a much longer throw and smoother movements… the ALPS ones must be very nice. I could make my own controller with custom faders / knobs with arduino, but it’s a lot of work especially to make a plate and/or housing for it… the last one I made, was an enclosure made of chipboard lol.
Watching an old review of this Novation Zero SL MkII right now. I like how it sits high and angled I coudl probably sit the akai midimix and apc mini in front of it and have access to it all Or perfect to sit my keyboard in front of.
There are feet that slot in underneath that provide the tilt. I have two, one came without the feet, I had to make equivalents from plywood but then I had real feet to use as a template, so if buying second hand, be aware of the possibility you might not get the feet with it.
Yes, you can set the behaviour of the mute and solo buttons in the right click menu of MixMaster. You can also set the behaviour of the mapping in stoermelder MIDI-CAT.
The MidiMix works fine, but the faders and knobs are small and the haptic feeling is not great, also you only have one user template.
The Akai LaunchControl XL costs just a little more but has very nice faders and knobs and some 4-color-LEDs and multiple user templates. My only complaint with it is that the LEDs make a ittle bit of noise, so I keep them off.
I have the MidiMix and it’s allright but only if you consider dirt-cheap. The faders are good, the buttons are allright, the knobs are miserable. If you can afford a bit more I would definately recommend the Novation Launch Control XL instead, which is high quality and lots of Rack users in here have it and speaks its praises:
I’ve never tried to get MIDI out to the MidiMix for button ligths and all that, don’t really need it, but it works fine as mutes in Mindmeld Mixer. You use the MIDI-GATE module for the mutes and the MIDI CC-CV module for the faders, and then I have one MIDI-MAP for the master volume, like so: