Following its showcase at the 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, California, iCon Pro Audio has announced the availability of Platform Nano, an addition to its acclaimed modular Platform series of MIDI/audio control surfaces (and associated add-ons).
At a transportable weight of 1.3kg/2.8lb, the compact — 19.5 cm/7.8” (W) x 21.5 cm/8.5” (D) x 5.5 cm/2.1” (H) — Platform Nano brings control to popular DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) with a single motorised fader (with 10-bit resolution) alongside a selection of hands-on controls laid out across a top panel, including four rotary dual-function (rotate-and-enter) encoder knobs (generally used for controlling the track pan position, aux send levels, and EQ of the DAW being controlled), while an 11-segment LED (Light Emitting Diode) surrounds the main knob control to indicate its rotating position; a Jog shuttle wheel, for fast search, scrub, and control; eight colour-coded function buttons coordinating with five different colour layers, for switching a variety of function controls; illuminated buttons for channel control, including Mute, Solo, and record; six illuminated transport buttons, including play, stop, record, rewind, fast-forward, and loop; illuminated Zoom buttons with two directional (left/right and up/down) keys, for use in combination with the Jog wheel; two illuminated track buttons, for easy selection of individual channels; and two illuminated bank buttons, for shifting groups of eight channels at a time.
Platform Nano sports a desktop design that connects via a USB 3 Type B connector which functions as a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) port to the connected computer and compatible software, while also providing power to the Platform Nano itself.
A backlit LCD shows parameter values and provides feedback about channel selections, operating modes and more. The unit naturally supports MCU (Mackie Control Universal) and HUI (Human User Interface) protocols and comes with overlays for Ableton Live, Audition, Bitwig, Cubase/Nuendo, Digital Performer, FL Studio, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Reaper, Reason, Samplitude, Sonar and Studio One.
It is priced at $229,99 USD.