I know it’s not quite a monitor controller, so apologies in advance for the thread-hijack, but I thought they might be relevant since they use Ardour - has anyone used this?
The website is a bit ‘incomplete’, so I contacted them a while back - here’s their response which I hope they won’t mind me quoting below FYI. When I found out the BCF2000 faders aren’t silent, I got a BCR2000 instead, but this device is still on my radar if they make an updated version.
Malcolm Smith wrote:
Please could you put some more info online about the SmartMix:
- does it have motorised faders?
- are they touch sensitive?
- does it have MIDI In as well as Out?
- can you chain together more than one SmartMix device? (I guess so,
if it’s just a MIDI controller)
- what are its physical dimensions?
If the answer to these questions is YES, I’m interested. Looks nice!
If NO, then do let me know if you ever make a V2.0 with these features.
I wish it had an integral PSU with IEC kettle lead input though, then
it would pwn the BCF2000, which is still the only professional-spec
device with IEC power socket. Wall warts suck for studio and live use
(therefore Mackie et al are lame).
Putting the User Manual online is always a big win, as these days
people want to read the manual before they buy a product, to ensure
it will fit in with their setup. Product photos too, high res shots
of front+rear panels and connectors, so we’re not left guessing.
It’s great to see you mentioning Linux and Ardour, which is what I use.
Date: Tue, 06 Apr 2010 23:29:31 +0100
From: Alan Jones, Smartmix
To: Malcolm Smith
Subject: Re: Details about Smart Mix
Many thanks for your interest and congratulations on your very
informative web pages.
Currently the smartmix doesn’t have motorised faders or touch sense, the
design ethos for this product was to include high quality faders and
switches not generally found on units at this price point. The faders,
switches and fader knobs on the smartmix are the same as those used by
high end console manufacturers.
Similarly including an IEC power inlet would inflate the cost of the
unit and I’d imagine would open up a whole host of safety compliance
issues. There is, however, an option to provide power via USB. There may
be scope for a smartmix ‘pro’ range that would include the additional
features you mention.
Dimensionally the smartmix is a little smaller than a BCF2000 and
measures just 290x200x76 mm.
MIDI I/O is provided on the rear of the unit via standard 5 pin MIDI
connectors so there is potential to daisy chain multiple units together.
I am currently looking into host communication via ipMIDI which would
mean you could potentially utilise the spare ports of an ethernet hub
and turn it into a wireless MIDI router. Also a gtk based configuration
tool for linux users that would allow customisation of fader and switch
messages. Currently the unit either transmits generic MIDI CC messages
or emulates a JL Cooper CS-10.
I’m in the process of updating the website and adding more photographs,
studio setups, video etc. and (eventually) a manual as time permits.
I too am primarily an Ardour user and part of the reason behind the
smartmix was to enable a very good friend of mine, who is the creator of
http//:www.linuxdsp.co.uk, to test out his range of linux audio plugins.
If you haven’t come across his excellent work it’s well worth a look.
The smartmix ‘brain’ is based on an Arduino (Atmega328p) written in C
and compiled using avr-g++.
Keep up the drumming!