US: Euphonix has announced that it will introduce its new S5 Fusion digital mixing system at the NAB show in Las Vegas later this month. The manufacturer says that the package - which is aimed principally at the TV broadcast sector, and combines DSP and DAW control technology with its EuCon Hybrid protocol - "fills a gap that we have had in our post products range", writes David Davies.
Derived from the successful System 5 series, the S5 Fusion provides on-board DSP channels with extensive DAW control. The system also incorporates the EuCon Hybrid technology, enabling the console surface to control its own DSP channels as well as those from multiple external workstations simultaneously.
"We're aiming at broadcasters doing HD TV shows who want a lot of tracks and need a quality product, but can't afford to spend a lot of money on a big film console," says Andrew Wild, Euphonix's vice-president - marketing, of the $150,000 system. "A lot of TV post people are thinking about how they can do 5.1 seriously now that there is a demand for HD product."
Among the system's notable features is the ability to pull all the DAW tracks onto the control surface, mix with DSP and then save them as different layouts. "One layout would be DSP, one Pro Tools, one Nuendo and so on," says Wild by way of an example. "That is what the EuCon Hybrid option does for us."
In development for many years, EuCon Hybrid enables total integration with DAWs including Nuendo, Logic Pro and Pyramix, as well as extensive control for workstations that feature the HUI or Mackie Control Protocol - among them Pro Tools, Final Cut Pro and Digital Performer.
Evidently delighted by the culmination of recent R&D efforts, Wild believes that - in the span from the MC controller, through the new S5 Fusion to the high-end System 5-MC DAW controller - Euphonix is now able to sell "an entire [post] solution from the bottom to the top". Consequently, there are unlikely to be any further major new product developments this year as the manufacturer instead continues to "develop more software for controlling DAWs and expand on what we've got".
Available to buy from this month, the S5 Fusion will be supported by frequent presentations at NAB2007, which takes place at the Las Vegas Convention Center between April 16th and 19th.