With the new Fairlight Desktop Console, Blackmagic Design introduces a portable, affordable sound mixing console for its audio suite. The Fairlight Desktop Console features twelve touch-sensitive flying faders, LCD displays for each channel strip with information on panning, effects and automation. In addition, for maximum functionality, a monitor can be connected to the console via an integrated HDMI interface, providing an enhanced graphical interface and even more status displays.
The faders of the Fairlight desktop console should be the same high-quality faders used in the large Fairlight studio consoles. Each channel strip is assigned a motorised fader for level adjustments, buttons for soloing and muting and other parameters. The faders and controls are designed to be touch-sensitive and activate on contact without the need to re-press them on the mixing console for a specific parameter. Six automation buttons are used to enable/disable automation, set the recording mode and define which automation curves appear in the timeline tracks.
The channel strips can either be used to control a single track or assigned to any other track in a project. A single channel strip can also be used to control several tracks assigned to a group. The channel strips can also be used to control audio buses.
By default, Fairlight Desktop Console is in "channel strip mode", which supports one channel strip per track. In Focus mode, however, all of the console&s selector keys and controls can be assigned to individual tracks for editing parameters or plug-ins. Similarly, you can use all of the desk&s selector keys and controls to adjust EQ, dynamics, or any other plug-in parameter in a track. For example, multiple frequency ranges in the EQ can be adjusted simultaneously.
The console&s built-in jog/shuttle knob allows you to scrub and navigate through the timeline or individual clips, start/stop playback or jump to new locations. With the selection keys for the control functions, keys and controls of the panel can be assigned to different tasks. Quick switching between master and channel control, panning, plug-in control, EQ, dynamics and more is supported.
The Fairlight Automation function can be used to record parameters that have changed over time. For example, users can record the level changes that occur as the faders on the console are moved. Fader adjustments are saved and can be edited later. Fairlight supports the automation of various adjustments, from simple level changes to complex plug-in, EQ and dynamic adjustments.
With the new Fairlight Desktop Mixer, Blackmagic closes the gap between the large Fairlight studio consoles and software-only operation on PC/Mac. According to the Blackmagic design, the console is aimed primarily at newcomers, smaller studios and is suitable for use in commercials, online projects and freelance work.
The Fairlight Desktop Console will be available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide from December for 3,495 USD (plus tax) (Euro prices will be added as soon as available). more infos at bei www.blackmagicdesign.com