How does this sound? 8 channel strips, 8 mic preamps (so you can record your whole band with individual drum mics, for instance), motorized faders and buttons, and compatibility with all major Mac and Windows audio tools from Ableton Live to Pro Tools, all for about US$1000 street. Sounds like a great deal, right? That’s how it sounded to all of us when we saw the ProjectMix I/O from M-Audio at AES.

Only one catch: M-Audio is messing around with the price. Now they’re calling the US$1299 price, the one they quoted everyone, an “introductory price.” On January 15, that price gets jacked up $300 to $1599. To make matters more confusing, if you buy January 15, M-Audio will throw in a full copy of Ableton Live — at least at first. Then when they run out, the gear is $1599 without software. CDM’s W. Brent Latta wisely notes that at the new price, the M-Audio kit costs the same as a Tascam FW-1884, which some might argue is a better choice.

Maybe the cost of injection-molded plastic is fluctuating? Can’t tell you. Has anyone actually gotten one of these units in their hands yet? Store are showing it in-stock, but I haven’t talked to anyone who’s tested it yet.

M-Audio ProjectMix I/O

  • Symbiotic

    The Tascam is $1299 at most retailers – sometimes less. It has more 'seasoned' drivers, likely has better convertors (Frontier), and it looks like the faders may have a longer throw.

    In addition, it has expansion options.

    I love my 1884 and highly recommend it. Best of all – you can get one NOW.

  • TheTwlo

    also happy with my 1884, got it write when they came out. Get the m-audio only for Protools, that's all. I choose the 1884 over the 002 at the time because I couldn't do multi-channel/5.1 with the 002. Digi cripples PTLE that way. The 1884 has 8 analog outs this has 4. Which can become a big deal. And more confusing is that M-audio's cheaper interface, the 410, is 2-in and 8-out, so they saw the need for 8 outs here but not on their most expensive product?
    Really strange. The 1884 also has inserts on each channel. Yeah, look around for a deal, they've been $1099 and now they are giving away free powered Tascam monitors… maybe you can resell them?