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Smart AV to Present New Breed of Mixing Consoles at NAB

Touch-sensitive ARC is key to dramatic ergonomic improvements (February 17, 2005)

Smart AV will present its range of Smart Consoles, the Elite Series, for the first time to the U.S. broadcast industry at NAB2005 in Las Vegas. Smart AV has created a new breed of console that sets a new standard of ergonomic efficiency associated with mixing and editing large numbers of channels. The technology will appeal to broadcasters, recording studios, film-dubbing stages, post-production environments, and those involved with live sound.

Elite Series consoles are available in 48-, 72-, and 96-channel variants that can accommodate most professional sound applications. The unique design features a physical arc that spans the console within easy reach of the operator. Fitted with touch sensors, it allows easy and intuitive access to any channel.

With a simple touch to the strip, the desired channel and the channels surrounding it immediately appear at the operator's fingertips, as though the operator had physically and instantaneously moved in front of those channels on the traditional long console. With this single touch, as many as 800 previously out-of-reach controls are conveniently placed within the operator's reach. As a further aid, the handwritten channel descriptions are electronically transferred to the strips in front of the operator. Ergonomic studies reveal that the ARC design delivers fivefold improvement in ergonomic efficiency.

The Smart Console is a control surface that can be configured via an open protocol over Ethernet with a growing range of signal processing engines. At NAB2005 Smart AV will demonstrate a 96-channel E96 console with a Logic Pro 7 system from Apple and a 48-channel E48 console with the Pyramix Virtual Studio from Merging Technology. Other engines that can be interfaced include the VADIS System from KLOTZ DIGITAL, the DME64N and DME24N from Yamaha, and Series 5 engines from SADiE including the PCM-H64.

About Smart AV
Smart AV is an Australia-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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