SM Pro have always been a favourite brand of ours here at Scan, Their new uMIX range continues their expanse of sturdily built, reliable products with modest pricetags.
The only reason that you might not have heard of them is that until last year, they did not have full UK Distribution, but many of the team here have been using their products (especially the monitor controllers) for years.
The problem with most digital desks has been that additional digital stageboxes have always been quite expensive, compared to the consoles themselves.
What SM-Pro have done with the new uMix range is effectively make the stagebox the mixer, but have it controlled by a web-enabled device, including PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone & Android Devices.
You can customise access levels so anyone in the band can control their own mixes with a compatible device. The 24 channel interface can even be chained together for up to 48 inputs and 16 sends!
This honestly brings digital, wireless mixing down to fit almost every budget and we really can’t wait.
Try the interface out for yourself here : http://www.smproaudio.com/umixweb/
now, here’s what they say about it.
The uMiX family includes the uMiX mini (8ch), uMiX 12 (12ch), uMiX 16 (16ch) and uMiX 24 (24ch). Delivering the benefits of digital mixing, uMiX models feature a pristine 56-bit double precision audio signal path with detailed Parametric EQ, Dynamics, and digital FX available on all channels. All uMiX models include an on-board secure Wi-Fi and Ethernet router and remote microphone preamps, providing a truly out-of-the-box remote mixing solution.
Built for both desktop and touch devices, uMiX brings remote access, multi-touch, key commands, and an intuitive GUI with the look and feel of a hardware mixer. All you need is a desktop PC, laptop, tablet or smart phone with a modern web browser (no apps or software downloads). Simply join the uMiX network and take control. uMiX’s extensive mixer functions include Sub Groups, View Groups, Mute Groups, Mute FX, Mute All, Permissions, Channel Safes and more. uMiX stands for “You Mix”. This means everyone in the band can control their own monitor mix. A copy main mix to Aux button makes setting up your personal mix a breeze.
Users can capture every gig with built-in “One Touch” stereo recording to any USB stick/drive (excludes uMiX mini). Simultaneously play back digital media using the integrated digital media player — perfect for remote controlled background music and/or backing tracks. No Docking required.
The uMiX16 and uMiX24 offer additional processing on the master outputs from Waves Audio, leaders in audio processing. Waves MaxxBass and MaxxVolume adds drive, punch and polish to your mix while protecting the PA. Pump up your lows and perform all essential dynamics processing with one convenient tool on your master outputs.
uMiX series features:
- Built in router (Wi-Fi and ethernet)
- Remote microphone preamps
- Wide device support
- Scalable – Link 2 x uMiX24 units with one Cat 5 cable for a total of 48 inputs
- Optional multi-track recording expansion card is available for the uMiX 16 and 24
- One Touch stereo recording. No Dock required
- Media Player for background music or backing tracks
- Fully featured software interface
- HDMI display output
Danny Olesh, SM Pro Audio CEO commented, “uMiX is a really exciting product, not just for SM Pro Audio, but for the industry. uMiX technology breaks new ground in relation to affordability especially considering the on-board remote preamps and built in Wi-Fi router. We are also very proud that the uMiX software works on a range of devices and operating systems maximizing user choice. No downloads, no apps. uMiX is fully remote controllable with all the benefits of digital mixing and delivers a range of large console features at small console prices.”
Projected European street pricing including 19% VAT:
uMiX Mini – €199.99
uMiX 12 – €399.99
uMiX 16 – €699.99
uMiX 24 – €999.99
Expected availability in-store Q3, 2014.