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Suzanna Noort
Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on Jan 29, 2010 at 8:11:33 am

I just discovered that my two-year-old (young!) Tascam FW-1082 control surface for mixing audio in FCP (amongst others) is no longer compatible with Snow Leopard or systems with more than 4GB of RAM #TascamFail!

http://www.tascam.com/article;34,2034,3800.html

So... I'll be selling it, but am looking for a replacement. The FW-1082 was a little overkill for me, I really only used it for mixing audio in the timeline in FCP. So any suggestions for a (simpler?) replacement very welcome.

Thanks in advance,
Suzanna
http://www.suzero.com


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Jaap van Hoewijk
Re: Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on Mar 12, 2010 at 9:25:28 am

if you are looking for something simpler you could use the Alphatrack of Frontier Design. It's a pretty basic controller but works with Snow Leopard and FCP 7 and for simple editing it's sufficient


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Andy Mees
Re: Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on Mar 12, 2010 at 2:54:58 pm

Maybe the Behringer BCF2000 would be enough for you, though I've heard past reports (that may be long out dated) that the motorized faders were a little noisy:
http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/BCF2000.aspx

Another more current option would be the Euphonix MC Mix:
http://www.euphonix.com/artist/products/mc_mix/


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Suzanna Noort
Re: Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on Mar 12, 2010 at 3:03:28 pm

Thank you Jaap and Andy for your replies.

@Jaap: The Alphatrack looks innovative, but I really like using all my fingers for mixing multiple tracks simultaneously - so not really an option for me. Do you have it yourself?

@Andy: Yep, the Behringer BCF2000 is the one I am looking into right now. It's so cheap - especially compared to the Euphonix which I find majorly overpriced if you compare to the Tascam.

When you say "noisy faders", noisy in what way? Physically noisy as in clicking into position etc? Squeaky?

Thanks again!
Suzanna


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Andy Mees
Re: Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on Mar 12, 2010 at 4:42:39 pm

as in mechanically noisy
http://www.google.com.my/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=bcf2000+noisy+faders...


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Jaap van Hoewijk
Re: Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on Mar 13, 2010 at 12:31:53 pm

Hi Suzanna,
yes I do have a Alphatrack myself. For basis editing in FCP it works fine for me. And I can take it with me when working with a laptop.
But I am also looking for a controller with multiple faders to do more complex level control. The Euphonix to me seems the right choice. It's not too big and made for FCP


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Tom Daigon
Re: Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on May 25, 2010 at 10:32:29 am

Reviving this old thread with good news. The Tascam FW-1082 now works great on Snow Leopard running FCS3. Tascam released a new driver that did the trick!

Avid DS/FCP Editor
http://www.hdshotsandcuts.com


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Suzanna Noort
Re: Alternative for Tascam FW-1082 control surface?
on Jul 27, 2010 at 11:17:10 am

Hi Tom,

Thanks for reviving the thread with what sounds like good news (were it not that I've already sold my FW-1082! :-( ).

A question: does the FW-1082 work as it did on earlier versions of OSX? (i.e. touch-sensitive faders in FCP etc?). And how much RAM do you have in your computer? Tascam told me the FW-1082 will only work on computers with max. 4GB RAM (I have 12GB and am not going to downgrade ;-)).

Kind regards,
Suzanna


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