Studiomaster Expands digiLiVE Series With New Micro Mixers
Studiomaster’s digiLiVE series of innovative remotely controllable digital mixers has been expanded with the addition of two new micro models. The digiLiVE 4C and digiLiVE 8C combine mix hardware and superior sounding analogue I/Os with a mobile device based GUI, providing access to an expanded range of professional production parameters.
The 4C and 8C are respectively 4- and 8-channel input models; the 4C having 2 mic / line IN combo XLR / jacks and a single stereo jack / 3.5mm mini jack input, and the 8C 6 mic / line IN combo XLR / jacks and a single stereo jack / 3.5mm mini jack input. All mic inputs have switchable 48v phantom power and variable gain control. The 4C has two FX busses and one mono AUX bus, the 8C four FX busses and two mono AUX busses; both models have stereo PFL and L – R main outputs on balanced XLRs. As well as stereo headphone monitoring, the 4C has one, the 8C two, stereo monitor AUX / OUTs, in addition to an assignable footswitch input – all on ¼ inch jacks.
Digital processing is 40-bit floating-point SHARC based, and AD/DA conversion is 24-bit / 48kHz. Both models feature a USB media player / recorder, with the USB port also supporting scene storage and system updates.
The common hardware configuration of the mixers and the html5 based web-browser GUI – operable cross-platform on mobile phone, tablet or laptop – provide an analogue feel and approach in use, along with a full suite of professional sound production features. Unique to this class of mixer are the three main rotary encoders on the control surface which enable full hardware mix control, with simultaneous remote operation from mobile devices, via WiFi or LAN connection (connecting the device by a point to point hotspot, through a WiFi router, or a CAT5/6 LAN connection to the rear RJ45 port).
The remote control GUI has three operating modes – FULL, BASIC and LOCK; enabling simple fader control and media playback. A 4-band parametric EQ features HPF and intuitive graphic operation; in BASIC MODE the EQ reverts to 4-band fixed operation, and the compressor to a single compression control. Otherwise the Dynamics page offers saveable advanced Gate and Compressor settings. A 31-band graphic EQ provides comprehensive control across the L – R main mix outputs.
Bus and FX routing (pre or post fade selectable) animates classic analogue control surface operation; providing at-a-glance status and with a ‘double tap’ instant fader set-to-zero function.
EQs, dynamics and effects are saveable in user presets. Other ‘big mixer’ features include channel MUTES, MUTE groups and complete scene memory to store multiple scenes; onboard or on USB memory stick.
The Media Player enables ‘One Touch’ stereo playback of audio files in multiple formats, from MP3 to .WAV, via USB, along with simultaneously stereo recording of the L – R output signals in .WAV.
Announcing the availability of the two new digiLiVE models worldwide, including in the UK, Europe and the US, Studiomaster General Manager Patrick Almond said, “Affordable digital mixing for the gigging musician or practicing band –where hands-on mixing is preferred to relying on a tablet or phone – becomes a viable choice with the digiLiVE 4C and 8C.
“Combining the best of both worlds, the 4C and 8C provide hands-on level and EQ adjustment from the control surface, with full digital mixing capability from the GUI.” Almond continues, “In addition to the obvious live performance capabilities, the 4C and 8C are ideal for small fixed installations, where both mic inputs and playback are needed, and operation is required to be simple yet high-quality.”
For more information: www.studiomaster.com
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