Studio Consoles 2011

Nov 1, 2011 9:00 AM, By Matt Gallagher



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Behringer XENYX UFX1604

Behringer XENYX UFX1604

Behringer’s XENYX UFX1604 is a 16-input, 4-bus analog mixer with a 16x4 USB/FireWire interface (24-bit/96kHz) supporting Windows XP/Vista/7 and Mac OS X, and a 16-track USB recorder. It also has eight XENYX mic preamps with individual phantom-power switches, eight compressors with “one-knob” functionality and control LED, 4-band British-style EQs with two semi-parametric midrange bands, and dual stereo effects processors with 16 editable presets, including reverb, chorus, flanger, delay, pitch shifter, multi-effects, Tap function and storable user parameter settings. An illuminated MIDI Transport section provides remote control over a DAW or sequencer. It also has two hi-Z inputs, eight channel inserts, balanced main mix outputs on ¼-inch TRS and XLR connectors, four aux sends per channel (all pre- or post-fader-switchable), four stereo aux returns and separate CD/tape input. The XENYX UFX1604 also offers Solo-In-Place with PFL/AFL function, and talkback and monitor sections.

Fairlight EVO M-Series

Fairlight EVO M-Series

Fairlight’s ( new EVO M-Series is a complete music production system incorporating recording, mixing, MIDI, sampling, plug-ins and video playback for scoring. Its processing heart is Fairlight’s single-chip FPGA engine, maxing out at 192 disk tracks, 230 channels of mixing and video up to HD quality. Every channel provides 4-band parametric EQ, highpass and lowpass filter, gate, compressor and limiter. In addition, the system supports the full range of VST plug-ins and instruments. The worksurface employs the highly adaptable Xynergi keyboard as central control panel, and includes faders and a range of optional tactile panels. Customization supports widely different sizes, layouts and specialist panels tailored to users’ differing workflows. One version offers a built-in music keyboard. Furthermore, EVO saves everything as a single file.

The Focusrite Control 2802 ($5,999.99), the first product jointly created by Focusrite and Audient, is an analog recording console and DAW control surface in one. Its Dual-Layer technology allows the user to jump between analog mixing and DAW control. In a single surface, the Focusrite Control 2802 integrates state-of-the-art summing of 28 inputs, comprehensive monitoring, stereo master bus compression and control over every major DAW. The Control 2802 also offers eight Class-A microphone preamplifiers, ultra-low-noise analog circuitry with reportedly extreme high-frequency extension, Ethernet-based control, and DAW and console automation.

Harrison 950m analog console is designed for the DAW-based studio, with an ergonomic frame design that accommodates DAW peripherals. It comes in a modular design with 12, 16 and 24-channel frames standard. The new console incorporates a massive linear power supply, robust ground-plane design, all balanced connections, gold-plated switches, through-hole components and high-headroom summing buses. It also has two master buses comprising one 32 Series–style transformer-balanced output and one Series 12–style electronically balanced output. The 950m further offers two studio feeds, talkback, oscillator and headphone feeds.

The mc²90 (pricing starts at $350,000) is Lawo’s flagship console, with a modular design and a freely configurable desk surface with up to 200 faders that provide direct access to all system parameters. The mc²90 promises intuitive operation of all audio modules, and is equipped with high-performance DSP cards for excellent signal processing.

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Lawo mc²66

The mc²66 (pricing starts at $250,000) provides 512 DSP channels, 144 summing buses and top-quality signal processing. For intuitive operation, the mc²66 offers its newly developed operation philosophy, “assign at destination,” which provides for a fast and secure interference, even in critical live situations. The new redundantly designable MKII Router has a routing capacity of up to 8,192 crosspoints and a fully integrated control system for high system reliability. With the Extra Faders option (supported with Version 4.14 software release; orders are accepted), an additional eight faders are available.

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