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Introducing the Smart Console at Tonmeistertagung

Smart AV presents groundbreaking console control surface (November 05, 2004)

Smart AV Smart Console (click for larger image)

Smart AV Smart Console
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Smart AV is attending this year's Tonmeistertagung (Nov. 5-8 in Leipzig, Germany) for the first time with its revolutionary Smart Console, a new breed of audio mixing console control surface that delivers a five-fold improvement in ergonomic efficiency when mixing and editing large numbers of channels.

The Smart Console was launched at the IBC2004 Conference (Sept. 10-14 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) and subsequently at the AES Convention (Oct. 28-31 in San Francisco, U.S.) to overwhelmingly positive reactions. Smart AV is presently engaged in negotiations with a variety of potential distributors to supply the new products to European, Asian, and American markets.

The Smart Console is the first audio control surface incorporating patented ARC technology, which uses a physical arc located above the controls and within arm's reach of the sound engineer to represent all the channels on a traditional long console. With a simple touch of the arc at any location, the desired channel and the channels surrounding it immediately appear in front of the sound engineer, as though he or she had instantaneously moved in front of those channels on a traditional long console. With this single touch, 800 previously out-of-reach controls snap to within reach. Even the handwritten channel description is transferred to the digital scribble strip in front of the user. Alternatively, the sound engineer can access individual channels in any order as easily and as quickly as a musical director can point to his players. The Smart Console is the first audio console design to reduce both the number of knobs on a panel and the number of actions required in order to gain access to out-of-reach controls.

The Smart Console control surface is designed as an open platform to capitalize on the strengths and experience of leading audio manufacturers' digital engines. Smart AV's goal is to offer its customers access to the best of all audio worlds.

The Smart Console is initially available for use with the following mixing engines:

- Logic Pro 6 from Apple (formerly Emagic)
- Pyramix Virtual Studio from Merging Technologies
- QDC engine from Fairlight
- DME64N and DME24N from Yamaha

Smart AV is also pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached with SADiE for the development of an interface with its new PCM-H64 large-scale multi-format platform.

About Smart AV
Smart AV is an Australian-based designer and manufacturer of audio control surfaces. Smart AV's development and management teams incorporate more than 100 years of cumulative, award-winning experience designing consoles for some of the world's most famous products, producing sound for many first-run films and recording and mixing some of the world's best-known hit music. Individual members of Smart AV's design team have earned a host of industry awards, including a Technical Oscar® in 2004 and an Australian Design award in 2002.

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