Audio Control Surfaces

ScorpioProd wrote on 5/14/2007, 12:34 AM
What is the lowest cost motorized audio control surface that will work well with Vegas 7?

I have looked at some of the Mackie and TASCAM offerings, but they seem to be more expensive and do more things than I actually need.

I'm really only looking to typically be controlling the volume envelopes for two audio tracks for most of the long form projects I work on in Vegas 7, and I think having an audio control surface would save me a lot of time in doing this.

Thanks for any suggestions.


farss wrote on 5/14/2007, 4:42 AM
Behringer have one that a search through this forum should get you some comments on. Last time I looked it seemed to work OK with Vegas.

MarkWWWW wrote on 5/14/2007, 5:27 AM
As far as I am aware, the cheapest control surface that can be fully used (moving faders working, etc) with Vegas is the Behringer BCF2000 which you can see described here.

The BCF emulates the Mackie Control Universal (MCU) which Vegas is designed to work with, but at a considerably lower price (the BCF is less than 1/4 of the MCU price in the UK). It's not as luxurious as the MCU, but it's perfectly workable.

You can find a webpage I created to bring together all the information you need to get the BCF worklng with Vegas here

ScorpioProd wrote on 7/31/2007, 12:31 AM
And these control surfaces would let me create audio volume envelopes on-the-fly while playing a project, right?

(I've been living with keyframing by hand, but I'm again thinking of getting a control surface.)

drbam wrote on 7/31/2007, 6:38 AM
Yes, you can write your volume moves (and more) with the controller in real time – like "real" mixing.
MarkWWWW wrote on 8/1/2007, 5:29 AM
Yes, amongst many other things.

In addition to the webpage I referred to in my previous message, Sony have now issued a whitepaper describing the use of a BCF2000 with Sony software which you can download here. It only talks about using the BCF2000 with Acid Pro, but everything in it is also applicable to using it for audio in Vegas.

bwarshaw wrote on 9/11/2007, 4:14 PM
I have a fully functional BCF2000 that I've been using with V7 on ebay right now, under "Brea Bill". I upgraded to the MCU, but the BCF2000 was a great entry level solution for a couple of years.

Kennymusicman wrote on 9/11/2007, 4:17 PM
The BCF is not a bad unit in general - good emulation modes for differing modes, and very programmable if you want to.