Based on feedback from the users of more than 1,000 crystal mixing consoles, the new crystal offers extensive improvements. The console’s user surface is completely re-designed, providing a clear layout in a slim and classy chassis. A new hand rest increases the console’s ergonomics, and the re-designed buttons improve the readibility of their labels. The new preset configuration facilitates quick and easy use, and is the perfect basis for further customization. In addition to other features, crystal provides all fader sources, a general bus configuration, a control room and guest monitoring.
The newly designed Compact Engine features power supply redundancy and optimized expansion slots for even more convenient addition of I/O cards. New functions like the integrated AutoMix and AutoGain provide outstanding ease-of-use, especially to journalists and presenters in self-op situations.
State-of-the-art technology and ultra-slim construction
The crystal console is a genuine eye-catcher in any studio. But it is not just the appearance of the console that is impressive. The build quality and integral attributes of crystal will meet the highest demands – from its superb all-metal case and 100 mm faders with integral dust shield, to its excellent signal processing capabilities.
Ergonomic design for optimal workflow
Apart from its modern appearance and renowned Lawo build quality, crystal will also impress with its outstanding ergonomics. Two high-visibility OLED displays per channel provide an ideal overview. Various functions can also be assigned to multipurpose buttons (e.g. PFL, on/off, start/stop, mute, conference, talkback). Multi-color LEDs indicate different functions by color schemes. In addition, a set of four user buttons on each fader strip can be assigned with dynamic functionality that is labeled in the OLED display.
Even though crystal consoles come with a working preset, they offer a high degree of customization and an unparalleled pool of workflow optimizing functions and features. The console provides all of the comprehensive functionality found on a conventional mixer, as well as an integrated matrix of up to 288 I/Os. These I/Os can be pre-packaged from a broad range of modules including RAVENNA Audio-over-IP, MADI, AES and Mic/Line.
The control surface is available in variants offering from 4 to 16 faders. All pushbuttons are illuminated with RGB LEDs enabling users to work with color schemes for different functions – e.g. giving every signal processing function its own coloring (blue for EQ, magenta for DYNAMICS, etc.).
Nearly every button on the user interface can be configured to meet the individual requirements. Custom functions can be easily labeled using exchangeable inlays.
The possibilities for system administrators are countless. They range from small n-1 set-ups to a full-blown conference matrix, and from a single control room monitoring to multiple monitoring buses. Or from a few internal console snapshots to unlimited console and channel snapshots in a database, and from a fully accessible console to a restricted user interface defined by user rights management.