Smart AV’s Tango console.Sydney, Australia (July 7, 2008)–Smart AV has introduced Tango, a controller that combines the patented ARC technology of MonARC used in the rest of the Smart Console range with a 22-inch touch widescreen. Initially for control of Logic 8, Nuendo 4 and Cubase, Tango offers post-production and music features. Interfaces with other workstations will follow later in 2008.
Tango offers a combination of dedicated and virtual controls, and each of the eight channel strips reportedly has high-quality components, including 100mm touch-sensitive motorized fader, hold and mute buttons, solo touch point and touch-sensitive encoder. Each channel strip then extends into an inline touch surface of virtual controls each dedicated to the task at hand.
The Smart Console Expert Panel is retained on the left of the console with dedicated automation and ARC modifier controls, as well as grouping, ergonomic spreads, solo and monitoring controls. To the right of the console is a built-in mouse pad for workstation control, and above this are dedicated transport and locator buttons, jogger wheel with modifier buttons, and dedicated cursor and selection buttons. Plug-ins can be automatically assigned to the 16 touch-sensitive encoders to the right of the screen and which are tied to the screen graphics for ease of use and intuitive control.
The touchscreen is user-definable and can recall many layouts instantly. For example, layouts for general mixing, ADR recording, sound-effects spotting, music composition etc., can be set up and recalled with a single touch of the dedicated screen menus. The action of recall can itself trigger a workstation Screen Set Recall, so that not only the console reconfigures itself but the workstation screens do as well.