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Touch Screen Interface: New Module for ON AIR 24

The SALZBRENNER STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP presented an additional module for the small and flexible mixing desk, ON AIR 24

STAGETEC completed development of another option for the new ON AIR 24 mixer: an intuitive control surface for touch-screen operation. This can be used in addition to the hardware modules presented previously and the more complex remote administrator software. The new interface increases the flexibility of the mixer still further.

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ON AIR 24, which will soon lead its main field of application as an easy to use self-op console, puts all the basic operations at the operator’s disposal through its fader panels and monitoring panel. In order to provide experienced sound operators with access to additional parameters, the new touch-screen option can now be installed. Clearly laid out, the user-interface is designed specifically for operation by a finger on the screen.

The touch-screen option consists of six switchable parameter windows, which show all the settings and control options at a glance. Among other things these include a page for the eight aux sends and eight mix-minus buses, which also offers level metering. A very intuitive surround panpot adjustment with clear graphic display provides optimal support even for inexperienced users. A further page provides access to dynamics and EQ sections and another can be used instead of the hardware monitoring cassette.

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Dr. Klaus-Peter Scholz, one of the managing directors of STAGETEC, talks about the many variations of the new ON AIR 24: “The additional touch-screen option extends the versatility of the ON AIR 24. It can now be used as a purely hardware mixer, or combined with touch-screen support, used with or without a hardware monitoring cassette and also with full configuration and remote control through the more complex remote and administration software which we have already introduced last autumn. Together with an elaborate user rights hierarchy, the console can be custom made not only for each installation but even for each individual user.”

About ON AIR 24

The modular console itself consists of very compact fader panels with four faders each, plus a monitor panel, and can be expanded from the smallest version with only four faders up to 24 faders. The modules are installed directly into the presenter’s table and can be arranged as desired around the table surface. This concept even supports more complex programmes, for example two-hander presentation or presenter with producer and occasional technical assistance.

An additional GUI-based PC software, the so called Virtual Cassette, enables the technical supervisor to prepare and support self-op use in the best possible way. This complex control software makes many configuration options available and can even be used for full remote control. In a larger network with several ON AIR 24 consoles, this administration software can be used to configure, monitor and remote control all of the attached mixers.Inspiration for the name came from the field of application in which the desk will probably be used most: mixing live radio broadcasts.

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