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Moving Fader Automation System
out of your existing console
Flying Faders takes a great analog console and
makes it even better. At a time when digital consoles
lack any uniform standards and sampling rates are in a
state of transition, Flying Faders enables you to extend
the life of your current investment while gaining the
most sought-after, comprehensive and easiest-to-use
automation system available.
The 'Just Mix' Design Philosophy
Simplicity of use, powerful features and a user
interface that doesn't get in the way of the creative
process are the key elements that keep Flying Faders on
the cutting edge of console automation technology. Flying
Faders enjoys greater acceptance and user loyalty than
any other system. The intuitive user interface enables
mix engineers to stay completely in tune with their mix.
Professionals Demand the Best
And the best is Flying Faders. Hundreds of
studios enjoy increased revenues and a proven ability to
attract and keep quality customers. With Flying Faders,
you'll enjoy lower operating costs, attract more bookings
and enhance your facility's reputation. With the backing
of Martinsound, your facility will have access to a
comprehensive range of innovative enhancements and
world-class technical support that will extend your
success even further. Bottom line Flying Faders is
your key to enhanced profitability.
installed Flying Faders, we were booked about 60%.
Now we're at 100%."
Jimmy Sloan, Manager of King Sound
Mix' Design Philosophy
You want automation because it brings a level of
consistency and accuracy to your mixes that you can't
possibly obtain without it. But other automation packages
force you to jump through hoops to get there. Not with
Flying Faders. Our 'Just Mix' design philosophy is
focused entirely on making your job easier - enabling you
to do your best work without the normal hassles
associated with automation.
The Flying Faders user interface is intuitive and enables
you to get up to speed quickly. Key operating modes
reside directly on the fader panel right where you
need them. At the touch of the RUN key, you're ready to
'Just Mix'! As an analog automation system, Flying Faders
provides unparalleled accuracy for your mix. The fader's
scale is divided into 4,096 digital steps ensuring
perfect analog to digital and digital to analog
conversion of your most subtle moves. All levels are
stored to the nearest 1/10th dB, providing unsurpassed
precision of recording and playback for all fader moves.
at other systems, but for my clients it was Flying
Faders or don't bother. Besides, it's so easy to use.
You just mix."
Ted Greenberg, Big Zone
Features from the Leaders in Automation Technology
Flying Faders' exceptional reputation starts with the
finest design. We begin with a P&G conductive plastic
fader coupled with a high torque motor assembly for
lightening fast moves. Requiring no more maintenance than
ordinary faders, Flying Faders feel great and are built
to stay that way. We also use a Fibre Optic interface to
connect the system's card cage to the Flying Faders
computer. Fibre optics ensures that the system retains
the highest level of data integrity while minimizing
ground loops and digital interference on your sensitive
The ability to automatically null all faders (or an
individual fader) back to the original pass position is
one of Flying Faders truly revolutionary features. So
ditch the tape and markers, simply press the fader's
MATCH™ button and you're back to where you started.
To null the entire console, MASTER MATCH™ does the
trick. You can even define the Match Glide Time, giving
you the ability to obtain your null position at a snail's
pace or breakneck speed! If you prefer to null the fader
manually, you'll certainly appreciate the visual
assistance provided by the Over and Under MATCH LEDs.
With Flying Faders, you get tight, click-free, push
button muting that lets you mute whenever you want
not just when the track is quiet. The mute function
utilizes an opto-isolator, ensuring silent operation no
matter how quiet the track or how many channels are muted
simultaneously. Mutes record and playback to 1/4 frame
accuracy and can be edited at the individual channel or
"offline" using the computer's user interface.
Tools for the Job
The Flying Faders TRIM mode enables you to adjust the
gain structure of any selected number of channels either
during the mix or "offline". TRIM can even be
set to operate between pre-set timecode points. You'll
find this is a great feature for reducing levels overall,
or for making relative changes without disturbing the
dynamics of the underlying mix.
For grouping faders together, Flying Faders offers two
independent methods for accomplishing this all-important
task. Defined as LINKS, the system provides the ability
to move any fader in the group while the rest follow. By
using VCA-style GROUPS, the slave faders can be moved
independently of the master. Any fader can be the
designated GROUP MASTER while slaves can be masters for
sub-groups providing an incredibly flexible means
for controlling large mixes.
one of the very first systems, ten years ago. We went
to a demo at Martinsound. It took about three hours
to decide it was the system we wanted. It wouldn't
take that long now."
Ed Wong, owner of Groovemasters two systems
Faders remembers all your moves
Flying Faders is the only automation system built on a
database that writes data only when a new event occurs.
This method of event tracking yields greater accuracy and
speed, as it is not encumbered with redundant data. This
unique design characteristic is also a key factor in the
system's ability to offer unlimited UNDO and COMPARE
Flying Faders stores each and every move of each and
every pass in its high-speed RAM memory ready for
instant replay. Not only do you have instant access to
the last pass, but also to as many previous passes as you
want. Before the tape can even STOP, your pass is stored
in the database and ready for updating. Hit PLAY and the
faders are moving! You can archive to either hard disk or
Controls Where You Want Them
Fader modes can be set locally at the fader or globally
using the GLOBAL MASTER module. You can set any fader or
mute to any mode, anytime and without restrictive
"Change Mode Now" messages. There's even a
provision to lock selected faders or mutes in SAFE mode,
whereby others won't modify the moves you've created.
Flying Faders also provides an exceptional video display
interface that runs under Microsoft Windows. Controlled
via either a mouse or trackball, the system provides a
comprehensive feature set that includes Labels, Lists,
Timecode Options, Data Merge, Copy and Erase plus the
ability to Keep, Load or Delete mixes.
four of the top mix rooms in the world. We have four
systems. I think that says it all."
Paul Camaratta, Owner of Sunset Sound