At a press conference opening the AES show, EAW announced the UMX.96—a 24-bit, 96kHz digital live console with expandable onboard 56×44 analog I/O, 3×12 integrated system processor, the first full integration of SmaartLive™ and a unique tactile rotary encoder with intuitive user interface—all for a projected list price of less than $50,000.
The console’s unique master section combines a 15-inch touch-sensitive LCD with a tactically dynamic rotary encoder that can change its “feel” depending on the specific parameter selected via the touch screen. Eight touch-sensitive P&G VCA faders in the master section can bring the VCAs or desired channels to the center of the mixer for convenient access. The channel section has 48 P&G touch-sensitive faders in stacked rows of 24 for simultaneous control of all 48 input channels or assignment in master groups of eight to specific sections.
The UMX.96 is the first live sound console to fully integrate all of SmaartLive’s measurement capabilities for instant system measurement and calibration. Additionally, UMX.96 incorporates EQ, crossovers and limiters that are based on EAW-designed filters, which 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.