Steven Slate debuts The RAVEN X1 Production Console
http://www.stevenslate.com/namm/raven1.jpgJanuary 19th, 2012
NAMM 2012 Hall A #6921
In 2011, Slate Digital released the Virtual Console Collection, a DSP plugin that authentically recreates the sound of five legendary vintage analog consoles. Using this plugin, audio engineers can finally have the warm, fat, and rich sound of a classic mixing desk in their DAW. However, as much as the Virtual Console Collection can recreate the sound of a vintage desk, it cannot recreate the workflow or tactile control that a physical desk provides.
Enter the Slate Pro Audio RAVEN X1 Production Console
The RAVEN X1 Production Console is made for the new age of audio production, with innovative features that meet the needs of the modern audio engineer in the modern DAW-based recording studio. Whether it’s tracking, overdubbing, composing, mixing, or mastering a 5.1 DVD, the Raven X1 is equally capable in all aspects of production.
At the heart of the Raven X1, we put the three most important elements of the modern DAW studio: The Display, the Mouse, and the Keyboard. But this is just the beginning. The center console of the RAVEN X1 provides every necessity for the modern studio, such as a full-featured analog monitoring controller, three 6-channel dedicated artist cue sends, 8 stereo sources including an iPod dock right on the desk, 5 speaker outputs, talkback with multiple sources, engineer's headphone section with multiple sources, 4 VU meters, 2 LED meter pairs, USB ports for portable drives and memory sticks, 5.1 surround monitoring, built in “Betty” laptop-style monitors, and more.
All the circuitry in the Raven X1 console was designed by master design engineer Tim Caswell, and therefore the signal path is made to pristine specs for the most critical audio work.
FULL FEATURE LIST:
Seamlessly integrates the most essential components and functions of the modern studio
Increases efficiency and workflow by placing the DAW front and center
Clear Path™ pristine analog circuitry
All analog components selected for transparency and fast response circuitry
Full Monitor Control
the most feature-rich analog monitor controller
8 stereo source selections, including digital inputs and iPod
5 stereo speaker outputs, including studio and on-board laptop-style speakers
5.1 surround monitoring
Comprehensive source to output routing
iPod / iPhone Dock with AES digital output
Hear and play along with demos on your iPhone or iPod
Digitally stream iPhone / iPod content to your DAW
Eliminate cheap headphone jack converter loss
Capture ideas from your smartphone's music creation apps in full digital quality for use in your productions
Hear your portable music library at full resolution
High-speed USB ports on console surface
Easy access to iLoks, flash drives, smart keys, and hard drives
Console-top location and under keyboard tray
Three - My Mix™ 6-channel, stereo artist headphone cue mixers
Easily and instantly create three separate, multi-source, 6-channel headphone mixes for musicians in the studio
Route any monitor source to headphones within custom 6-channel mix
Replaces or works in concert with stand-alone cue mix systems
Artists can play along with multiple sources such as main mix, 2 track, and iPod / iPhone
iPad integration for Neyrinck V-Control Pro, tactile plugin control
iPad USB powerpoint on console front
Dedicated space on console for the smartest, most advanced plugin controller
Mix Focus™ Metering
Comprehensive VU and LED metering
LEDs scaleable to display 60dB range or only the critical last 10dB during mixdown mode
Auto Talk™ talkback mode
Talkback mic automatically turns on when playback stops for effortless, hands-free studio communication
Traditional talkback mode selectable
Talkback to cue, to studio, and to slate
Remote Talkback option
Activate the talkback mic from anywhere in the room with a small remote
Direct line of site not required
Engineer's Headphone center
Powerful, on-board headphone amp with standard 1/4” jack and 1/8th” earbud jack
Built-in laptop style speakers for consumer playback reference
32 Channel, automated, touch-sensitive fader control surface
EuCon Protocol – the fastest, best integrated virtual DAW control system
100mm long-throw faders and 32 high resolution rotary encoders
Automation mode select, mute, and solo
Industry-standard Avid fader packs for performance, reliability and support
Integrated rack bays for outboard gear, converters, interfaces, preamps...
Slate Digital Virtual Console Collection plugin included
Brings the sound of 5 legendary analog consoles to your DAW
Models all characteristics of both the channels and the analog summing
Eliminates the need for analog summing
PRESS CONFERENCE at 1PM #6921
Holy crap. Did not see that coming...
Let me be the first to complain about the lack of a "Dragon Ink" surface texture. Steve, no guts no glory!:tut:
Seriously, I love it. Nice job!
It looks kinda cool
but there's a lot of wasted space..
Superb features kfhkh
Does it come with the Euphonix faders, or is that optional?
Ok, my guess....7k.
Anybody else want to wager?
I really like the concept bbut price will be crucial.
Like I said, I could be totally off, but that's what I see in it. What features are you thinking are going to drive the price up?
My guess is it's gonna be in the 15-20k range but I sure hope I'm wrong :)
Comparisons with the C24 aren't fair. That's a dedicated Pro Tools only controller which will kill this as a Pro Tools controller but the Raven being Eucon will then act as a controller for Logic and others as well which makes it more versatile.
Certainly sounds INTERESTING.
Is that 6 Dragons in the photo? They're not included obviously or you're at $7K+ before you add anything else!
And I think that's actually Dragons and FOX pre's! (in the render at least, not in the photo) So yeah....that'll cost a little bit haha heh
Oh you're right. I missed the two Fox Pres at the bottom. Presumably options - add your own stuff in the gaps.
What's with all the dead space?
Exactly all the funtionality that made me want an analoge console is covered here. Finally looks like ITB mixing and analog console workflow are married in the right way.
Now, let's hope the price is right and this could be a winner.
PS I would assume the Artist mix controls are optional - I would not need 4, 2 is enough.
Oh wow, this is amazing! I would love one of these.
That looks sexy.
The iPod dock is a home run. Slam ****ing dunk, sir
.... i don't get it? If you are going to make a bespoke package with a bunch of (almost all) ready made components, wouldn't you just do it yourself to make the perfect custom console? And off the back of that, if you are going to make a monitoring system (which does look impressive on paper) why bundle it down with a whole bunch of things people may or may not need?
I made something like this myself allready. But I can see this being a great item.
Steinberg came out with these tiny controller items. So if Argosy and Steinberg would team up they could beat this being more configureable.
Wich I assume is a keyword here.
If you're a lawyer you spend top dollar on an impressive room. And the furniture in that room could easily be over 40.000. Now an audio engineer (topclass) should settle for 11.000.... Wich is easily a smaller market...
Only thing missing are salt and pepper shakers grrr:cop: