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Crest Audio Announces New Tactus Digital Mixing System
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Crest Audio has partnered with Waves to create the Tactus digital mixing system, providing a simple, customizable touch-screen operating interface that puts all of the audio routing, processing and mixing tools within immediate reach. It’s designed to work with the new Waves eMotion mixer for SoundGrid.

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, providing extremely low latency with precision audio processing. 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 offering low input noise, high slew rate, low THD, and 66 dB adjustment range in 1 dB 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 highlights:
• Primary server for the Tactus mixing system, hosting and supporting the eMotion LV1 software mixing platform.
• Will function as a standalone core for an 8 in, 8 out mixing platform.
• 8 balanced mic/line inputs, XLR, TRS and 1/4-inch Phono
• 8 balanced outputs - First 4 are male XLR connectors, 2 of which have parallel TRS jacks, plus 4 additional TRS jacks.
• 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.FOH


Tactus.Stage highlights:
• 32 microphone/line inputs
• XLR mic and TRS 1⁄4-inch line inputs
• 16 Line outputs
• 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.Stage


eMotion LV1 mixer highlights:
• 64 input channels (mono/stereo)
• 32 stereo buses + return channels
• L/R, center, mono main buses + 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 1,000 Scenes/Snapshots
• Up to 96 kHz sample rate
• Automatic plugin delay compensation

Tactus touch-screen interface


Waves
Crest Audio

 


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