Crest Audio, a division of Peavey Commercial Audio, has partnered with Waves to create the Tactus Digital Mixing System. The modular touchscreen-based mixing system kicks off a new revolution in live performance digital mixing, claims the company.
The Tactus system consists of both hardware and software components incorporating the Waves eMotion LV1 software. The Waves eMotion LV1 mixer application runs on a Windows PC or Mac with one, two or three multi-touch screens.
Utilising Waves Soundgrid audio network protocol, the Tactus system comprises three hardware units, with each addressing the input and output, monitoring and control, plus synchronisation requirements of audio signals at the stage and front of house points. The modular 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 hardware is composed of the Tactus.FOH, the audio processing core for the system, and the Tactus.Stage, a 32-in/16-out remote stage box.
Tactus.FOH frame provides eight local microphone/line inputs and eight line outputs in addition to 2 AES outputs and serves as the audio signal processing engine.
The Tactus.Stage includes 32 microphone/line inputs and 16 line plus to two AES outputs. The digitally controlled high-quality mic preamps feature ultra-low input noise, high slew rate, very low THD, and 66dB adjustment range in 1dB steps to maximise 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.Control is a tactile motorised fader board. It complements the eMotion LV1 touch screen by providing moving faders, lighted buttons and knobs for the most commonly used functions. It has 16 channel plus two Master motorised faders, with Mute, Cue and Select buttons along with a multi-line scribble strip display. These can follow screen layer selections or be locked on a layer for expanded control.