Icon has recently been in contact with Denka Studio’s a music recording studio in Denmark. Studio owner, Denis “Denka” Effendic is a well-experienced engineer, mixing and mastering specialist, songwriter, producer and beta tester for a variety of music software companies, after years of experience the studio was founded in 1999. To read more about Danka Studios visit the Studio Website.
Just recently Denis got his hand on Icon’s QCon Pro and QCon EX and the addition to Denka Studio has helped Denis move forward with production, not to mention the unit looks fantastic in his studio! After test driving the QCon Pro Denis shared his experience with us.
“The first time I heard about Qcon controller was about 5 years ago when I was looking for new DAW controller as an add-on to my trusty Digidesign Command 8. Unfortunately, the original Qcon didn’t have HUI implementation so it was incompatible to use with Pro Tools, which is the DAW I have used for many years. Another problem was the fact that Command 8 wasn’t able to work together with any other HUI based DAW controllers except DIGI002/003 consoles. The only choice I had was to go with EUCON based controllers so at first I bought Euphonix MC Mic and a year later by Euphonix MC Control and MC Transport when Command 8 showed its mileage.
I have enjoyed the EUCON protocol idea for the past couple of years but have never enjoyed the hardware side of Euphonix (lately known as AVID Artist Series) controllers. To make a story short, I never liked them and considered them overpriced toys toward “hammer proof” trusty Command 8 that I was missing a lot.
2-3 weeks ago, the LED screen of my MC Control died and I didn’t want to repair it or buy its successor Artist Control nor the additional Mix. After spending some time on the net in the search for new controllers, I had two obvious choice: Mackie Universal Pro or Icon’s latest QCon Series. The choice was easy to make especially after I’ve read a thread on GearSluts forum where Icon Digital USA customer support person Rob jumped in providing really helpful and knowledgable explanations that helped Qcon’s owners and potential customers (my case)!
Icon Qcon PRO, QCon EX extender and one excellent accessory, Icon Cube Hub has been with me here for about two weeks and I‘m very pleased to say that the QCon Series has completely fulfilled my expectations. Both units work great with my Pro Tools HD12 system, it was piece of cake to make workaround to known HUI limitations with extenders by not engaging “Always Fill Channel Strips when Banking” in Pro Tools (Mixing) Preferences so I can easily manipulate sends or flip sends on the last tracks by moving them to Qcon Pro.
” I’ve finally got a solid, robust, well-designed successor to my old & trusty Command 8 DAW controller after 4-5 years of waiting.”
QCon Series owners must be aware of one important thing to get rid of the potential freezing Qcon Pro: always use powered hub to avoid possible lack of power, if like me you have tons of USB gears connected. It will also give you enough power to update firmware on your Macs. I’ve learned it the hard way: Icon Cube Hub doesn’t come with power supply and I was having a lot of freezing of Qcon Pro in Pro Tools in the first couple of hours when using it and wasn’t able to update firmware from 1.05 to 1.09 on my Mac Pro so I had to use Windows PC to update. I found later one spare universal power supply and connected it to Cube Hub and bingo-ringo: Qcon never froze after that and I could then update the firmware on Mac Pro. So, one thumb down to Cube Hub not being sold with power supply, though it’s so nicely designed and fit great on the back panel of unit (behind movable scribble strip).”
We look forward to seeing what kind of work will come out of Denka Studios experience with the QCon Pro and QCon EX!