RAVEN Z3 Series, Multi-Touch Production Console

By Slate Media Technology

In the past decade, the technological revolution has transformed audio into a medium that is produced and delivered in the digital domain. Powerful Digital Audio Workstations enable music makers to create more efficiently and economically. Costly large format analog consoles were never designed for a modern production process. What is missing is a new solution that REMOVES ALL OBSTACLES between the engineer and DAW. Introducing the RAVEN Z3 Series Multi-Touch Audio Production System from Slate Media Technology.

Overview

The RAVEN Z Series of Multi-Touch Production Consoles offer a state of the art workflow center for the Elite Modern Studio. Choose from two models, the full-size Z3 or Z3C, our more compact offering. Both models feature a center 46” multi-touch panel and two 27″ multi-touch panels along with the Slate Control fully analog monitoring system. The Z3 series can be configured according to the client’s needs with specific rack spaces and locations, custom colors, and much more.

Having three world class multi-touch panels allows engineers, producers and artists to have an extremely versatile workflow with a variety of options. Some configurations can work as follows:

  • Two screens dedicated to main studio DAW, one screen dedicated to an auxiliary station that can be launched from a client laptop
  • Left workstation dedicated to Virtual Instrument/Composition machine, then digitally connected to another machine featuring a mix window and edit window on the other screens
  • Post Audio Mixing using multiple synced machines with multiple operators.
  • One screen for main mix, another for edit, another to store plugin racks or video display

The 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 uncompromised 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.

RAVEN 3.0

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 Windows compatibility for Pro Tools 10-12, Cubase 8 & 9 and Nuendo 7.

The 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.

 The 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. With the Batch Command system you’ll get it all done faster and smarter.

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 wifi 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.

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.

Features

  • Displays: One (1) 46” LED display, Two (2) 27” LED displays,
  • Slate Control Fully Analog Stereo Monitoring System (2RU + Control Module)
  • Built to order RAVEN Z3 Desk
  • Custom cable management trough along the rear of the desk and hollowed-out legs for hidden cabling.
  • Optional Rack slots in a variety of configurations (Z3 only)
  • Stock Colors include black or white in satin or gloss finish. Custom Colors Available (ask your dealer for options and cost).

Supported DAWs

Pro Tools 10-12 (Mac & Windows)

Logic Pro X

Ableton Live

Cubase 8 & 9 (Mac & Windows)

Nuendo 7 (Mac & Windows)

Studio One V3

Digital Performer 8 and 9

 

Conclusion

The RAVEN Z3 is a very powerful and flexible system. Please contact your Authorized Slate Dealer to discuss computer requirements.