Fairlight Launches XSTREAM Desktop Controller for Editing, Mixing, Recording
October 22, 2012 by David Weiss
Serious audio calls for a serious controller.
Fairlight, long a weapon of choice of for multimedia producers in the know, has something new for you to get your hands on. The Australia-based company will debut the XSTREAM, which they describe as a new tactile, ultra-compact desktop control surface for Fairlight’s CC-1 Media Engine at AES in San Francisco.
With an MSRP of $14,495, XSTREAM may seem to be on the high-end – but Fairlight appears to believe it’s more than worth it, labeling this high-powered controller a “cost effective option” designed for audio and video engineers working in post production for advertising, TV production, and music project recording.
Having seen the fast workflow of some of Fairlight’s high-end systems in action ourselves, we can say anything that the company puts out there is worth a look. Here’s how Fairlight explains the XSTREAM:
“XSTREAM delivers pure intuitive, tactile control–no need for mouse, tabs or drop down menus – through the ergonomic design and fast operation of a robust and attractive control surface. The unique picture keys self-label instantly for easy navigation with fewer keystrokes, providing even better efficiency. The control surface literally reinvents itself for each task one performs, presenting the commands at the right time.
Fairlight’s new iCan (Integrated Control Across Network) technology with drag-and-drop layout editor allows audio engineers to design their own button layout for specialized functions and greater accessibility. This technology allows for easy modification of the layout of the functions on the keys as well as allows the controller to be used with other applications. Up to 24 faders can also be added in blocks of six to enhance the mixing capability of XSTREAM.
The XSTREAM control surface includes QWERTY functionality for naming, and still has an amazingly compact footprint smaller than a 17” laptop, while enabling advanced control macro development.
The XSTREAM delivers pure efficiency with editing,SD/HD integrated video, mixing, plug-ins, file transfer, recording – all in one system. As an integral part of the Fairlight range it is fully file format compatible and provides seamless workflows for virtually all SD and HD file formats. The powerful CC-1 media engine can be configured with up to 192 disk recorder tracks, 230 mixing channels and 2 HD video tracks for 3D work. The XSTREAM supports up to 256 audio inputs and outputs, built-in EQ and dynamics for every channel, full integration of VST plug-ins and instruments, and mixing to multiple bus destinations up to 7.1 wide.”