Alta Loma, CA (April 28, 2009)–Audient has launched its Zen compact recording and mixing console. It combines analog mixing technology with DAW integration, blending the two formats.
Dual inputs provide the mic/line input stage and the DAW return path, offering a system for connecting to a DAW or standalone recorder. With individual DAW record outputs, mono and stereo busses, monitor section and an optional digital output interface, Zen reportedly allows simple audio connection to the rest of the production setup.
Moving fader automation allows for integration with DAW software, providing precise, fully featured automation of moving faders, mutes and transport control. Drawing on David Dearden’s wealth of experience, Zen takes advantage of the computer’s power for recording and processing while enjoying the sonic benefits and workflow of the analog domain.
Luke Baldry, Audient sales and marketing director, says, “The flexibility to enjoy the benefits of traditional analog circuitry alongside the latest advancements in DAW technology is of paramount importance to today’s engineers. With Zen, we hope to have achieved the ultimate: a compact desk bridging the gap between digital and analog, which doesn’t compromise on sound and features.”
Key features of the mixing console include: 16 or 32 inputs, two inputs per channel, DAW record output on each channel, two stereo busses, two mono busses, four auxiliaries/two cue sends, insert on each channel, stereo bus compressor, stereo digital out option, moving fader automation and DAW transport control.
Audient’s Zen is a mid-priced console. “We want to bring the professional might of the large-format console to the modern production room, without breaking the bank,” concludes Baldry.
Shipping date for the first Zen is expected to be July 2009.