Fairlight to launch EVO

Thursday, 08 April 2010

Fairlight is launching the EVO at NAB, billed as a fully self-contained audio production system for video, film and music, and promising high end console power with cutting-edge affordability.

"EVO is a major development for Fairlight, one that continues the path started by FAME, Prodigy and Constellation," said Tino Fibaek, Fairlight's general manager. "Although these products already offer our customers an integrated audio and video solution, we wanted to refine and enhance the mixing part of that system so that we could improve usability. With EVO, we have achieved exactly that - a console that not only addresses the convergence of audio and video, but also delivers large format mixing functionality within the small surface footprint that is typical of post production consoles."

EVO makes full use of recent innovations from Fairlight including Crystal Core Processing, the SX range of I/O options, and Xynergi self-labelling key technology. In terms of design, the emphasis is placed firmly on giving users fast access to mixing tools. This is achieved through the use of rotary encoders and touchscreens that combine to deliver in-line controls and detailed full-colour displays for every fader. The centre section is designed around Fairlight's revolutionary Xynergi keys, for full tactile control of recording, editing and mixing.

"EVO's built-in professional monitoring section makes simple sense out of complex surround mixing, and is capable of simultaneous fully automated mixes in multiple formats," Fibaek added. "Apart from excellent audio, which has always been the hallmark of Fairlight products, our aim was to deliver massive channel capacity and fast intuitive operation. With 36-bit floating point audio throughout the signal path, users have the headroom and precision for the most demanding applications."

Aimed at film, video and music production and post production facilities, EVO prices start at $68,000. As an integral part of the Fairlight family it is file compatible and operationally similar to existing Fairlight products and provides seamless workflows for virtually all SD and HD file formats. EVO panels can also be fitted into existing Constellation frames, providing existing customers with an easy and convenient upgrade path.