I hope AMS Neve have made the next two buttons I am going to mention especially durable since they are probably going to receive a lot of wear and tear. These are the two Access buttons for the strip. Two signal paths can be assigned to the strip to the upper and lower access buttons respectively. You can almost think of this like a conventional in-line console where instead of swapping the large and small faders you just hit the access key of the path you want to adjust. And of course there is no sharing of facilities between the two paths, both can have as much processing as they need subject to the overall limit of the power of the console. Late breaking information on the Access keys (which I picked up at the AES exhibition) is that apparently users were expecting, almost instinctively, to be able to access a signal path just by pressing the solo button and were surprised to find that you had to press the Access button as well. The advantage of software based operation is that almost anything enough people want is possible and AMS Neve will be responding to this.
Jumping back up to the top of the strip there is a VFD - a Vacuum Fluorescent Display - meter with a very fine matrix of dots. By default this meter provides information on the track send/return level, input level and dynamics metering. If your preferences waver between PPM and VU characteristics, they are of course both available. At the top of the meter are record ready lights showing machine status, and four small bar graphs at the bottom show compressor/limiter and expander/gate gain reduction. You can also see an representation of EQ settings if you wish, which makes this meter pretty versatile - and you get one of these little wonders per strip!Come on the FREE COURSE TOUR
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