SwiftMix™ Fader and MC5

DAW Controlled Motorized Fader System

    Overview

    Built around state-of-the-art motorized faders, advanced transport functionality and DAW control over ethernet, SwiftMix™ combines the accuracy and convenience of digital automation with the unrivaled analogue sound of the Rupert Neve Designs 5088 Console.

    A Worthy Compliment

    Since its debut six years ago, the 5088 has redefined the possibilities of audio quality. Incorporating 90 volt power rails, discrete, class-A signal paths, and custom transformers, the 5088 is the pinnacle of Mr. Rupert Neve’s esteemed design lineage. With the introduction of SwiftMix, engineers can now enjoy the speed and recall abilities of their DAW with seamless integration in the 5088 frame.

    “The goal of the 5088 was to create a console with the absolute best possible audio performance, along with the long term reliability of my original designs. We spent years developing the high voltage circuitry and transformers that have improved the total dynamic range by over 10dB, and the resulting experience of listening to music through a 5088 is beyond anything I have previously witnessed. By adding SwiftMix to the 5088, you will be able to take full advantage of modern digital control, while maintaining an entirely analogue signal path, and thus not compromising the quality which we worked so hard to achieve.”
    -Rupert Neve

    Functionality in Hand

    Each SwiftMix fader channel features five illuminating tact switches and a 100mm motorized fader. The switches control DAW channel selection, DAW solo, DAW mute, channel record enable and automation mode. The automation mode switch toggles the selection between off, read, touch, latch and write, which are individually indicated with LEDs on the fader panel. A carbon impregnated fader cap provides immediate touch responsiveness, and the 100mm motorized fader is extremely accurate to 1/5mm for writing, adjusting and following of automation commands.

    MC5 Master Control

    The MC5 Master Control module brings advanced transport, editing, and grouping functionality ]to the engineer’s fingertips. By providing seamless control from the mix position, MC5 allows for easy auditioning, decisive editing, and quick recall. The Master Control module is an optional addition to SwiftMix systems and requires at least one bank of 8 SwiftMix faders to operate.

    Universally Compatible, Remarkable Performance

    For maximum compatibility, SwiftMix communicates via a 9 bit HUI over ethernet protocol. SwiftMix’s implementation provides precise fader-mapped calibration, which allows the motorized analogue fader to match levels previously set in the DAW. This attention to detail is essential for flawlessly recalling mixes created in the box or at another location. System setup can be accomplished in moments by connecting a single ethernet cable to the DAW host computer and then adding SwiftMix as a HUI Controller in the DAW. No drivers are required for PC or Mac, and channels are automatically assigned and matched to channels in the DAW. SwiftMix is primarily optimized for use in AVID Protools and Apple Logic, but it will work with most DAWs supporting HUI control surfaces.

    Featuring a VCA-less motorized fader design, DAW-based communication, and instant, precise control, with SwiftMix there is finally an automation system worthy of the 5088 Console. Systems are available both for new 5088s as well as retrofitting into existing 5088s.

    MC5 Master Control

    In an effort to further expand Pro Tools integration with the 5088 console, we have added the Transport Control panel as part of our master section functionality for the Swiftmix system. With this addition, the engineer is given seamless control from the mix position, allowing for easy auditioning, decisive editing, and quick recall. These controls are meant to be familiar to a Pro Tools user, thereby dramatically decreasing the learning curve necessary to master this new feature set while simultaneously making it an intuitive, integral part of the 5088 Switfmix system.

    The MC5 Master Control requires a at least 8 Swift Mix faders to function in a 5088.

    Here are the capabilities for the MC5 module:

    TRANSPORT Section

    MARK – Pressing this button once will bring up the “Memory Locations” dialog box, pressing this button a second time will accept and drop the current “Memory Location” as indicated by the dialog box window.

    MODE – Pressing this button repeatedly allows the user to cycle through the various Pro Tools editing window modes (Shuffle, Slip, Spot, Grid).

    TOOL – Pressing this button repeatedly allows the user to cycle through the various Pro Tools editing tool modes (Zoomer, Trim, Selector, Grabber, Smart, Scrubber, Pencil).

    LOOP – Pressing this button toggles Loop Playback mode on and off.

    START – Pressing this button moves the timeline cursor to the beginning of the Pro Tools session.

    REWD – Pressing this button once will move the timeline cursor back by 1 bar increments. Pressing and holding
    this button will move the timeline cursor backwards until the REWD button is released.

    FFWD – Pressing this button once will move the timeline cursor forward by 1 bar increments. Pressing and holding this button will move the timeline cursor backwards until the FFWD button is released.

    END – Pressing this button moves the timeline cursor to the end of the Pro Tools session.

    SCRUB/SHTL – Pressing this button once will enter SCRUB mode functionality for the jog wheel. Pressing and holding this button a second time will enter SHUTTLE mode functionality for the jog wheel. Pressing and holding once more will switch SHUTTLE mode back to SCRUB.

    STOP – Pressing this button will stop Pro tools from playing back.

    PLAY – Pressing this button will start Pro Tools playback.

    REC – Pressing this button will engage Record Enable on the Pro Tools transport. (To successfully start recording, first Record Arm the desired Swiftmix fader, then press REC (Record Enable) on the Master Transport, then press PLAY to start recording).

    JOG WHEEL – This rotary encoder allows for scrub and shuttle control for auditioning purposes.

    AUTO Section

    BYPASS – Pressing this button toggles global track automation bypass on and off.

    GROUP Section

    CREATE – Pressing this button will open the Create Group dialog box to allow for the creation of Pro Tools groups. Pressing CREATE again will accept and close the current Group Dialog Box settings.

    SUSPEND – Pressing this button will globally disable all current Pro Tools track groups.

    MODE Section
    Note: These automation mode buttons are intended to be used in tandem with the “ALL” button to globally switch between automation modes in Pro Tools.

    OFF – Pressing this button will globally disable all automated Pro Tools tracks.

    READ – Pressing this button will globally switch all Pro Tools tracks to “Read” mode automation.

    TOUCH – Pressing this button will globally switch all Pro Tools tracks to “Touch” mode automation.

    LATCH – Pressing this button will globally switch all Pro Tools tracks to “Latch” mode automation

    WRITE – Pressing this button will globally switch all Pro Tools tracks to “Write” mode automation.

    SYSTEM Section

    ALL – Pressing and holding this button while simultaneously cycling through the available automation buttons allows for global switching of automation modes.

    SAVE – Pressing this button will save the current Pro Tools session.

    DEFAULT – Pressing and holding this button allows the user to zero the fader at unity gain. First, press and hold DEFAULT, then press the desired Switfmix fader’s SELECT button to bring that fader to unity. Combining this with holding ALL allows an entire bank of Pro Tools faders to be brought to unity all at once.

    UNDO – Pressing this button will undo as many actions as available in the Pro Tools session.

    ADD – Pressing and holding this button while selecting tracks on Swiftmix faders allows for multiple tracks to be highlighted simultaneously. For example, if you wanted to highlight tracks 1-4, first press the SELECT button on the Track 1 Swiftmix fader, then hold ADD, then press the SELECT button on the Track 4 Swiftmix fader to highlight Tracks 1 – 4.

    CLUTCH – Pressing and holding CLUTCH allows an individual Swiftmix fader to be temporarily unassigned from its corresponding group so that its relative level to the group can be adjusted individually. Once CLUTCH is released, the Swiftmix fader is once again part of its original group, but is now adjusted to its new relative level.

    ENTER – Pressing this button will either open the memory locations dialog box, or it can be used to accept changes made in any Pro Tools dialog window (equivalent of clicking OK in Pro Tools).

    FINE – Pressing and holding this button allows the user to access higher jog wheel resolution in SCRUB mode.

    LOCATE – Press this button once to enter LOCATE mode, in which the numeric keys will light up. After pressing the locate button once, type in the number corresponding to the memory location that you want, then press LOCATE again to jump to that memory location.

    ESCAPE – Press this button to exit any Pro Tools dialog window.

    Features

    Calibrated Motorized Faders

    Provides VCA-less motorized fader control with .2mm accuracy on a 100mm touch sensitive fader

    DAW Select

    Selects channels in the DAW environment. Can also be used to create groups in the DAW

    DAW Mute

    Selects the channel mute in the DAW environment

    DAW Solo

    Selects the channel solo in the DAW environment

    DAW Record Enable

    Selects the channel record enable in the DAW environment

    DAW Automation Mode Toggle

    Toggles the channel automation mode in the DAW. The selections cycle between Off, Read, Touch, Latch & Write

    Videos

    Swiftmix Overview

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