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Crest Audio® Announces New Tactus™ Digital Mixing System

June 18, 2014

Industry leader Crest Audio® has partnered with Waves® to create the Tactus™ Digital Mixing System. The Tactus Digital Mixing System redefines mixing by providing a simple, customizable touch-screen operating interface that puts all of the audio routing, processing and mixing tools within easy and immediate reach. Designed to work with the new Waves eMotion™ Mixer for SoundGrid®, the Tactus Digital Mixing System is one of the most innovative and feature-rich digital audio mixing platforms ever devised. In addition to providing a full complement of professional features, the Tactus system allows the use of Waves audio processing plug-ins for live events.

The Tactus hardware is comprised of the Tactus.FOH™, the audio processing core for the system, the Tactus.Stage™, a 32-in/16-out remote stage box, and the Tactus.Control, a dedicated hardware control surface. The modular capability of the Tactus Digital Mixing System, which interconnects via standard Gigabit Ethernet cabling and an internal Gigabit switch, allows multiple configurations in a range of channel counts to best suit each application.

The Tactus.FOH is powered by the Waves SoundGrid audio processing/networking platform, ensuring extremely low latency with precision audio processing. When combined with the new Waves eMotion Mixer for SoundGrid, the products result in a mixing platform that is unsurpassed in the industry with regard to features, audio quality, and flexibility. The Tactus.FOH frame provides 8 local microphone/line inputs and 8 line outputs, and serves as the audio signal processing engine.

The Tactus.Stage includes 32 microphone/line inputs and 16 line outputs. The digitally controlled high-quality mic preamps feature ultra-low input noise, high slew rate, very low THD, and 66dB adjustment range in 1dB steps to maximize dynamic range. An integrated gigabit Ethernet switch allows for easy networking. Users also benefit from the option of combining Tactus.Stage I/O interfaces for a total of 64 stereo inputs by 32 stereo outputs.

Tactus.FOH™ features:

• Primary server for the Tactus mixing system, hosting and supporting the eMotion LV1 software mixing platform.

• The Tactus.FOH will function as a standalone core for an 8 in, 8 out mixing platform.

• 8 balanced mic/line inputs, XLR, TRS and 1/4" Phono

• 8 balanced outputs - First 4 are male XLR connectors, 2 of which have parallel TRS jacks, plus 4 additional TRS jacks.

• High performance digitally controlledmicrophone preamps feature:

• Low input noise at both high and low gainsettings

• High slew-rate

• Very low THD

• Mic input accepts a +27 dBu input signalwithout pad

• 66 dB adjustment range in 1 dB steps tomaximize dynamic range

• Gain changes on zero crossing to minimizeadjustment noise.

• 48-Volt phantom power switchable on everymic input.

• Integral gigabit Ethernet switch for easynetworking

• Waves SoundGrid Digital audio networkprotocol

• Balanced output maximum level switchablebetween + 24 dBu and + 18 dBu

• Supports sample rates of 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz,88.2 kHz and 96 kHz

• External word clock input and output

• Two AES digital outputs

• Headphone output with level control

• MIDI in and switchable out or thru

• 3U rack mount package

• Universal input power supply

 

Tactus.Stage™ features:

• 32 microphone/line inputs

• XLR mic and TRS 1⁄4" line inputs

• 16 Line outputs

• High performance digitally controlled microphone preamps feature:

• Low input noise at both high and low gain settings

• High slew-rate

• Very low THD

• Mic input accepts a +27 dBu input signal without pad

• 66 dB adjustment range in 1 dB steps to maximize dynamic range

• Gain changes on zero crossing to minimize adjustment noise.

• 48 Volt phantom power switchable on every mic input.

• Integral gigabit Ethernet switch for easy networking

• Waves SoundGrid Digital audio network protocol

• Balanced output maximum level switchable between + 24 dBu and + 18 dBu

• Supports sample rates of 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz

• External word clock input and output

• Two AES digital outputs

• Headphone output with level control

• MIDI in and switchable out or thru

• 4U rack mount package

• Universal input power supply

 

Tactus.Control™ Features

• Augments the touch screen control functions of the eMotion LV1 software

• 16 motorized Channel faders, 2 motorized Master faders

• Mute, Cue and Select controls for each channel

• “Scribble Strip” display to identify each channel

• Layer navigation controls and “Layer Lock” function

• 8 Mute Group and 8 assignable “User” controls

• 4 Scene Control functions; Previous, Next, Undo and Recall

• 4 dynamically assigned encoders, one master parameter encoder control

 

eMotion™ LV1 Mixer Features

• 64 input channels (mono/stereo)

• 32 stereo busses + return channels

• L/R, center, mono main busses + master channels

• 8 DCA faders, 8 mute groups, 8 user-assignable function controls

• Cue/SIP and talk-back

• EMO-Q4 Equalizer: 4-band EQ with HP and LP per channel

• EMO-D5 Dynamics Processor: Comp/Gate/Expander/DeEsser/

• Limiter/Leveler per channel

• Up to 6 plugins per channel

• Connect to multiple DAWs for recording and playback

• Save and transmit sessions and snapshots from any DAW to eMotion

• Connect and share SoundGrid I/O devices, drivers and applications

• Up to 1000 Scenes/Snapshots

• Up to 96 kHz sample rate

• Automatic plugin delay compensation

Waves®, eMotion™ and SoundGrid® are registered trademarks of Waves Audio Ltd. All rights reserved.

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