RAVEN MTX mk2, Multi-Touch Production Console

By Slate Media Technology

Over the past decade, the technological revolution has advanced our way of working countless times, transforming audio into a medium that is produced and delivered in the digital domain. Powerful Digital Audio Workstations were designed to enable music makers to create more efficiently and economically. Costly large format analog consoles were never designed for this modern production process. That’s why in 2013, SLATE MEDIA TECHNOLOGY introduced a new solution that removed all obstacles between the engineer and DAW: the RAVEN MTX – – the first ever Multi-Touch Audio Production System. Now in 2016, we bring to you the next step in this evolution, the RAVEN MTX MK2 featuring SLATE CONTROL.

Overview

The RAVEN MTX Mk2 is a state of the art touch screen display featuring the RAVEN MIXER – A powerful multi-touch mixer that can control all major DAW’s – and a flexible and user-customizable, multifunction TOOLBAR. The RAVEN display is housed in an elegant, custom desk whose design echoes that of a vintage analog console and is available with custom finishes and furniture accessories. Finally, The RAVEN MTX MK2 now incorporates SLATE CONTROL, an optional fully analog, full-featured system designed for today’s audio engineer, with multiple speaker outs and input sources, USB, multiple headphone sends and cue options, and much more. And as always, at the heart of the RAVEN MTX Mk2 is the most important thing of all… your DAW, right at your fingertips.

THE MODERN PRODUCTION CONSOLE

The RAVEN was built from the ground up to modernize the idea of the classic recording console. Recording, mixing or mastering with the RAVEN MTX Production Console is effortless and intuitive. A large-format multi-touch mixer gives you complete access to faders, pans, mutes, solos, sends, automation, and even plugin inserts. Of course on a 46” screen, plugins function as if you were tweaking 19” outboard gear – you can easily tweak the controls with your fingers. Having the DAW at your fingertips makes it easy to directly interact with the music.

RAVEN 3.0

With the introduction of RAVEN 3.0, we have taken the already game-changing RAVEN software to a new level by adding compatibility with EVERY MAJOR DAW.

RAVEN 3.0 now adds customized multi-touch control of Ableton Live, Cubase/Nuendo, Digital Performer, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools 10-12, and Studio One V3 on Mac as well as PC compatibility for Pro Tools 10-12 as well as Cubase 8 & 9 and Nuendo 7. The 3.0 update demonstrates exactly why the RAVEN is so groundbreaking: through real time interaction we have the ability to code our way to any fix or enhancement, and RAVEN has continued to evolve.

 A large-format multi-touch mixer gives you complete access to faders, pans, mutes, solos, sends, automation, and even plugin inserts. Of course on a 46” screen, plugins function as if you were tweaking 19” outboard gear – you can easily tweak the controls with your fingers. This is a world-first in DAW control. Having the DAW at your fingertips makes it easy to directly interact with the music.

FADERS 3.0

FADERS 3.0 are our newest multi-touch faders that allow the most precise control of your DAW faders. By integrating multi-touch 100mm virtual faders directly into each DAW, the engineer has seamless control over mix levels and automation. The new 3.0 algorithm gives the faders a virtual ‘feel’ that allows an intuitive feeling action that is comfortable and even fun to use. And for the most critical automation, FINE FADER mode can quadruple the resolution of the faders so you can get even the most minute moves down in the first pass with ease and perfection.

RAVEN TOOLBAR

In Toolbar mode, the RAVEN Toolbar is anchored directly in front of your hands at the base of the touch display. Your DAW controls are where you want them: Transport, Edit/Mix window selector – convenient tools for tracking too, like Record Looping, Click, Create Group, and Undo. Use intuitive multi-touch gestures on the RAVEN NAVPAD to perform Scrub/Shuttle, Waveform Zoom, Track Zoom, and Track Banking, and RAVEN Batch Commands. Best of all, because the RAVEN Toolbar is virtual, it’s user-customizable – put the controls you want where you want them.

RAVEN BATCH COMMAND SYSTEM

Batch Commander 2.0 Screenshot (1)

The RAVEN Batch Command System is a true revolution in control. The BCS is a series of preset and customizable buttons that can execute up to 1,000 key commands and mouse clicks automatically. With just one button, BCS allows you to create instant headphone sends, name tracks, put entire drum tracks on the grid, export stems, and so much more! The BCS comes pre-programmed with 100 preset batch commands in every DAW we support, with layouts for Music, Mastering, Post Production and more. Record your own mouse click automation or program user commands with our QUICKLIST, which features hundreds of predefined DAW operations. Just touch and hold on a Batch Command button to edit, and you’ll have access to almost limitless possibilities.

SLATE REMOTE

Touching Button

Slate Remote revolutionizes your workflow in ways you must experience to believe. Slate Remote is a free app for iOS users, available at the app store to anyone with a RAVEN MTX. Slate Remote automatically synchronizes with your RAVEN session via Wi-Fi network and gives you access to your custom Batch Commands, allowing it to remotely perform time-saving tasks for you from the palm of your hand.

SLATE CONTROL

The Slate Control is a 100% Analog Monitoring System designed by legendary pro audio designer Paul Wolff. The Slate Control has been designed to provide un-compromised sonic clarity while delivering all of the necessary features studios need from a “center section” of a classic console.

Features:

8 Stereo inputs

3 Speaker Sources with LFE Enable per speaker pair.

2 Stereo Cue Outputs to go to Headphone Amps.

Talk Back system with built in mic and “Talkback Presets” to independently send talkback to specified outputs.

CAL Mode to pre-set a reference level to listen at.

LFE Output with LPF & Crossover Point, Phase and Level.

DB25 Connections for Inputs and Outputs

DB9 Connections for VU Aux and Talkback Aux

Powered USB 2.0 inputs x2

33mm audio Jack for direct referencing from a device with 33mm headphone output.

Custom Options

The MTX MkII desk comes standard with Satin Black finish and is paired with your choice of satin black side panels or natural grain cherry wood side panels, both available at no extra cost. Side panel upgrade options include Oak, Walnut, and Mahogany. Ask your authorized RAVEN dealer about pricing for wood upgrade finishes and analog monitoring, including stereo and surround 5.1/7.1 options. NOTE: When purchasing MTX Mk2 without analog monitoring (“Base Model”), the desk will arrive with blank plates in place of control modules, creating one smooth surface across the armrest.

Specifications & Compatibility

•    iLok2 Required

•    State-of-the-art 46″ multi-touch display HD resolution of 1920×1080

•    Completely LED backlit to consume less power and emits less EMI

•    Twelve-touch display allows various multitouch features like fader control and more instant integration with most major DAWs

•    Gives you hands-on control of all your DAWs parameters as well as acts as your computer’s main touch-capable display

•    Flexible and user-customizable, multifunction TOOLBAR

•    Easy compatibility using a standard HDMI or DVI cable and a USB 2.0 connection

•   All Major DAWs For RAVEN are currently supported with MAC OS X and Pro Tools 10-12 are supported for Windows. Additional DAW Windows compatibility will be available in the future.

Supported DAWs:

– Pro Tools 10, 11 and 12 (Mac & Windows)

– Logic Pro X

– Ableton Live 9

– Cubase 8 & 9 (Mac & Windows)

– Nuendo 7 (Mac & Windows)

– Studio One 3

– Digital Performer 8 and 9