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Crest Audio launch Tactus digital mixing system

Crest and Waves partner to create touch-screen system

Crest Audio TactusCrest Audio TactusCrest Audio, one of Peavey Electronics' brands, has teamed up with Waves to create a modular touch-screen based live sound system. The Tactus system is not a million miles from the Avid S3L which we reported on a few days ago. The Tactus digital mixing system comprises a stage box featuring 32 XLR inputs and 16 line outputs, a touchscreen interface and a rackmountable computer running the eMotion LV1 mixing platform and Waves SoundGrid as well as eight balanced line inputs and outputs. 

For more info from Crest Audio, read on.

Press Release: 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, and the Tactus.Stage™, a 32-in/16-out remote stage box. 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 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
• 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 

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

www.crestaudio.com


 

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