LOUD Technologies is introducing the EAW UMX.96-a 24-bit, 96kHz digital live console with expandable on-board 56 x 44 analog I/O, 3 x 12 integrated loudspeaker processing, the first full integration of SmaartLive, a 15-inch touch screen, and a unique tactile rotary encoder with intuitive user interface.
"The UMX.96 ushers in a whole new era for EAW as well as the digital live mixer market," stated Ken Berger, co-founder of EAW and now Sr. VP of marketing and product development at EAW's parent company, LOUD Technologies. "On of our primary goals with the UMX.96 was to leverage the potential of a digital console in order to provide functionality that more closely couples the mixer to the rest of the system. We also wanted to deliver a user environment that is not only intuitive for use in live sound, but one that brings more system wide control to the house mixer, and system engineer. I believe that we successfully accomplished both of these goals and that this console's feature set, usability, and system level integration will define this market in the same way that the EAW KF850 defined the arrayable touring loudspeaker market many years ago."
The UMX.96's ergonomics are designed specifically for ease of use in live sound environments. The console features a unique master section that combines a 15-inch touch-sensitive LCD display with a tactically dynamic rotary encoder that is able to change its "feel" depending on the specific parameter selected via the touch screen. A laptop computer can also be connected to expand the user interface.
The master section also incorporates eight touch-sensitive Penny & Giles VCA faders that bring the VCAs or desired channels to the center of the mixer for convenient access.
The channel section of the UMX.96 includes 48 Penny & Giles touch-sensitive faders arranged in stacked rows of 24. These faders provide dedicated control of all 48 input channels simultaneously or can be assigned in master groups of 8 to specific sections. This results in less bank switching and therefore further enhances the UMX.96's user experience.
The UMX.96 is the first live sound console to fully integrate all of SmaartLive's measurement capabilities for instant system measurement and calibration. When selected, an input or output feeds SmaartLive which in turn provides RTA on the EQ screen of any channel post EQ in order to show the instant efffects of the EQ on the signal. Additionally, UMX.96 incorporates EQ, crossovers, limiters that are based on EAW-designed filters that allow loudspeaker alignment, audio distribution and zoning to be done directly from the mixer. EAW's revolutionary new Gunness Focusing technology will be incorporated through an optional processing card.