Fairlight Desktop Console Sports 12 Faders

Portable audio control surface with 12 flying faders, full channel status LCDs, automation control plus HDMI audio status and metering.

The Blackmagic Design Fairlight Desktop Console also features an HDMI interface for connecting a monitor to view an expanded graphical interface with audio status and metering.

The Fairlight Desktop Console uses the same high quality faders as the full size modular studio consoles. The sculpted faders are smooth and provide the perfect amount of resistance for making subtle adjustments. The precision engineered encoder knobs ensure a long life of noiseless operation, and the console buttons are rated at a million presses. Individual LCDs display track information for each channel. The high quality search dial is extremely responsive and is much faster than a mouse. The soft front panel bumper makes long sessions more comfortable, the console can be installed flush in a custom desk, and there’s even a built in power supply, which means no power brick.

The Console features 12 channel strips that can be used in a variety of ways for mixing audio. Each channel strip has a motorized fader for adjusting levels, a series of buttons for solo, mute and other parameters, a multifunction pan knob, and an LCD that shows customers information about the channel or track on which customers are working. Channel strips can be used to control an individual track and any strip can be assigned to any track in the project. Customers can also use a single strip to control multiple tracks in a group, or customers can use the channel strips to control buses. This gives customers the speed and flexibility customers need for total control over their recording and mixing sessions.

Its design aims to helps customers work faster because it includes transport buttons and a high quality jog shuttle wheel. That means users will be able to quickly move around the timeline and navigate clips, scrub, start or stop playback, or jump to a new position with incredible speed. The controls are logically grouped, allowing customers to keep their hand in one position while navigating the timeline from end to end, or anywhere in between, in seconds. The search dial can also be used for timeline zooming, clip levels and more.

"This is an extremely exciting product because it gives us a high quality audio control surface that’s much better than using a mouse and keyboard, but it’s not as expensive as a full 2 bay studio console, which was previously our entry level point for Fairlight hardware," said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. "Plus, it’s also incredibly high quality with the same flying faders as the large Fairlight studio consoles, so we have not reduced quality as many other affordable consoles do. A good example of the quality of the new Fairlight Desktop Console is the HDMI video output, which means customers get the same audio channel status and powerful metering which the Fairlight studio consoles have, simply by plugging in an HD TV."

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