Avid Artist Mix

Compact Control Surface with 8 Touch-sensitive Motorized Faders, Rotary Encoders, Programmable Buttons, and Ethernet Connectivity - Mac/PC
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A Compact, Elegant, and Effective DAW Control Surface!

The Avid Artist Mix control surface puts eight motorized faders and an array of programmable buttons and knobs at your command for maximum control over your DAW in a small footprint. Avid put some of the coolest features from its impressive full-sized consoles into the Artist Mix, including touch-sensitive, responsive faders and multifunction rotary encoders. This well-designed box is ultra functional, while sporting a decidedly uncluttered appearance. Now you can get the most out of your DAW with the compact, versatile Artist Mix!

The Artist Mix's rotary encoders give you direct control over everything from panning and gain to editing your most powerful plug-ins and EQ. These knobs and keys can also be pressed to select/deselect and navigate through parameters. Knob set selector keys allow you to quickly assign the rotary encoders to control plug-ins, EQs, panning, signal routing, and much more. You can either control the same parameter across all tracks or assign all knobs to one track for easy editing of multiple parameters at once.

High-quality ALPS 100mm long throw faders offer accurate and smooth mixing; touching a fader will automatically select the corresponding track. Avid consoles are renowned for their quality components and smooth operation, and now the Artist Mix gives you that "feel" in an affordable, compact unit!

High-resolution 128 x 64 pixel OLED display provides track name/number, detailed metering (from mono to 5.1 surround data), parameter name/value currently being modified by its corresponding rotary encoder, current automation mode, and more.

The MC Control and Artist Mix feature EuCon, a high-speed control protocol developed by Avid that enables simultaneous control of multiple applications and even workstations over an Ethernet cable at 250 times the speed and eight times the resolution of MIDI. EuCon automatically detects whatever application is in the foreground and instantly sets the high-resolution touchscreen and displays, motorized faders, and arsenal of controls to match.

Avid Artist Mix Control Surface Features at a Glance:
  • 8 touch-sensitive motorized faders
  • 8 touch-sensitive rotary encoders
  • 8 high-resolution OLED displays (128 x 64 pixels)
  • High-speed EuCon Ethernet protocol
  • Mac OS X and Windows 7 compatible
The Avid Artist Mix puts "big console" control and feel into a handy desktop control surface!

Additional Media

Application Setup Guide
Artist Mix User Manual
Control Surface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Type DAW Control Surface (modular)
Faders 8 x 100mm (Touch Sensitive, Motorized)
Number of Knobs 8
Knob Type Touch Sensitive rotary encoders
Number of Soft Keys 63 dedicated soft keys
Computer Connectivity Ethernet (EuCon)
Control I/O 1 x 1/4" (footswitch)
Compatibility Pro Tools 10/11, Logic Pro X, Sonar, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.5 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7/8
Power 15V DC power supply (included)
Height 1.2"
Depth 9.5"
Width 16.8"
Weight 4.8 lbs
Manufacturer Part Number 9900-65169-00

Customer Reviews

3.5/5
Based on 36 reviews
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5/5

Love it!

Changed my workflow dramatically!
Music background: Engineer/songwriter
5/5

Responsive and Easy To Use Control Surface

I previously owned a ProjectMix I/O and decided to upgrade to two Avid Artist Mix control surfaces since I wasn't really using the analog portion of the ProjectMix I/O. While I knew the Artist Mix units would be an upgrade, I didn't know how much of an upgrade they would be. Very responsive and accurate to a 0.1dB when moving the faders. There is much more that can be done with the Artist Mix units after reading the manual. The only downside was initially the connection accuracy. Eucon works better with its own network. So I added a cheap 5-port ethernet gigabit ethernet switcher and a second network connection on my PC. For others who might be looking to purchase a similar setup, make sure you use the supplied crossover cables if you are using a PC. While the connections will work with regular Cat 5e/6 cables, the connections are not always made with regular cables after a cold boot. It's simple to restart Eucon if a connection is not made and can even be done while Pro Tools is running but the crossover cables seem to increase the probability of the connections being made properly. The artist mix units greatly simplified mixing and surprisingly also increased the speed of bounces since bounces send signals to the control surfaces. That was a good surprise. Sweetwater could not have been easier to work with on the purchase. I would recommend Sweetwater above all other pro audio stores. Overall, I'm a very pleased customer for both Sweetwater's service and the quality of the Artist Mix units.
5/5

Beyong Satisfied

I LOVE this controller, its so easy to use,and Its very capable, it puts the Command * to shame, and feels similar in a sense to The C/24 and SSL 900 in DAW focus mode, that its was nothing to learn. I just graduated with a degree in audio Engineering, and will put the Artist MIX, my gear, and knowledge to work, formyself!!
Music background: Student, Recording Engineer, Composer
5/5

Avid Artist Mix

OK. So I've been running PT's 11 for about 6 months. Obviously the best DAW out there. However, when I moved up to Pro Tools, I also moved OUT my analog mixing console, which was a good mixer, but obviously now obsolete with the enormously new mic pre's I have in my RME, UA Twinfinity, and several other rack mounts I purchased from Sweetwater. The Artist Mix control surface changed everything about how I record, mix, and edit. I never imagined a control surface could be so useful. Let me tell you why, in case you don't have at least one of these yet. First, the motorized long-throw faders are absolutely beastly. These make automation so simple and natural. Just cruise along in either record or edit modes (or any mode, for that matter), and make your fader adjustments as you go. I have now discovered a whole new meaning for dynamics added to tracks. I am now using fader automation for instruments, vocals, everything, and what a difference in my mixes. They literally come to life. In my opinion, just having these incredible, accurate faders is well worth the price. But that's just the beginning for the usefulness of this control surface. Now add automation in panning, assign the control knobs to plug-ins of any kind, use the many modes of the Artist Mix -- Amazing. Now I want to talk about the absolute freedom this piece of hardware adds to my workflow. I work with an assistant engineer for a lot of my sessions. But as I am also a songwriter, I work a lot in my studio by myself. This is where the arming of tracks for recording and - this is really a WOW - the external footswitch feature that allows me to enter record mode without being in front of my console. Now I can be doing a vocal track, recording from my keyboards, or doing a guitar track completely seamless and effortless. Just arm a track (or tracks) directly from the Artist Mix panel (no need to use my mouse at all for these functions, or touch the keyboard), hit the space bar to start the transport, and when I want to start recording, just hit the footswitch, and start recording without missing a beat. Might seem like a simple feature at face value, but what a difference it makes when recording solo. I also use it when I'm recording live with my band. Previously, it was very difficult to record live on the keys while recording multiple live tracks, and I didn't even try it. Now, start up the band with everybody in record, and hit the footswitch on my track when I want to record my parts. I am so glad I added this to my studio. It costs a little money, but the value and functionality will pay for itself in one session. In addition, the attention to detail and hardware quality is impeccable. No cheap plastic crap on this unit. My only problem now is deciding which Artist series hardware I will be adding next. Probably the Artist Transport, but I can easily see my studio with four of the Artist Mix units all connected together for 32 tracks of automation. This equipment is worth every penny I've spent on it. Go AVID! Nothing else even gets close to the features, functionality, and quality. You just cannot go wrong.
Music background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer, Songwriter, Producer/Arranger
5/5

Moving Faders plus control over essential mixing parameters

This a great design and it works as claimed. The EUCON protocol is brilliant, and so far (after three weeks) this product has been pretty reliable. I am using it with Logic Pro X and Cubase (7.5). It is designed so so you can recall DAWs and even go back and forth among the e two last. The Artist Mix has changed the entire mixing process for me, from a clinical, tedious routine, into an organic and musical experience. It doesn't pass audio, but rather manipulates the DAWs controls (levels, panning, and other features in its automation, even plugins) allowing the user / engineer to MUCH more easily and spontaneously work the mix in real time. Since I've been mixing with it, my mixes have come much faster, and are audibly cleaner and sweeter sounding. Its connection to the computer is via network (rather than USB), which makes it fast and accurate. The resolution of the faders and knobs is excellent. The strip isn't a full console but provides the most useful features, along with flexibility that (in some manner) a static console can't (without additions). It's become indispensable for me. It takes a short time to get used to, but within a few sessions - and some time to think between - I was able to adapt to it, and conform it to my manner and workflow. I purchased two of these, which doesn't cover all tracks on all projects, but the design permits quick selection of blocks of tracks and individual tracks. In Logic it is possible to solo multiple tracks, but I'm still working on this in Cubase. I'd suggest adding an Artist Transport, which is also useful and terrific. There's an Artist Control too, but having 16 tracks make more sense for me. If you've been mixing using a mouse, trackball and keyboard to access your DAW's automation, having to stop the transport to alter various levels, and rewinding to hear the changes - then think about using your EARS, The Artist Mix has changed the way I mix. Highly recommended, and my apologies for any typos.
Music background: Pro Musician, Producer (music, radio, TV advertising, and sound for film)

Sweetwater Advice

Norb Berninger

After spending the last few years mixing with large boards like the Avid C24 and the Allen & Heath GL2400, it's been frustrating to go home and mix with a trackpad. If you're like me and are starting a home or project studio of your own, you may not have a great deal of space or money to start with. Still wanting to use a control surface that offers many of these larger board's features, I decided to try the Avid Artist Mix. I was surprised that it let me control almost any function in Pro Tools! The EUCON protocol, accessed via ethernet, is fast and efficient. This device is particularly appealing for those of us who may want to start small, but keep the option open to expand in the future. Multiple Artist series modules can be connected to give me up to 36 channels if I want. Plus, I can either use them all seperately or as one complete unit. I also like the controls themselves. They have a professional look and feel about them. The Artist Mix offers the functionality of the larger consoles I'm used to, but packaged in a unit that is smaller and less expensive.

Carson McClain

I've been waiting to fill the space between my keyboard and computer but nothing really caught my eye like Euphonix has. I have been researching specs and dimensions on many pieces and could not find the right size, interface, or Mac integration that I needed. The MC Mix puts professional control in the hands of the home studio producer. You can configure four MC Mix units together, plus one MC Control, for a total of five units working together. That equals 36 faders and one touchscreen for complete control over your DAW.
See also: Mixer Controllers, Avid, Avid Mixing Control Surfaces, Avid Pro Tools Control Surfaces