Designed for musicians, production professionals and live performance venues that need the power and capability of a large “concert” mixing console in a compact, affordable and easy to use form factor, the TouchMix Series was the result of an intensive R&D effort in cooperation with industry veterans, which enabled QSC to expand its market scope in a segment where the brand achieved significant success with its K Series and KW Series active loudspeakers.
QSC’s TouchMix Series includes comprehensive dynamics processing on each input channel, four internal digital effects processors, filters and delay on both the main and aux outputs and 8 DCA groups with mutes as well as 8 mute groups. With four (TouchMix-8) or ten (TouchMix-16) auxiliary output channels, the TouchMix are also designed as a solution for stage monitor mixing with the ability to drive multiple, wired stereo in-ear monitors directly.
The TouchMix concept also combines a library of Channel Presets and Mixer Scenes, created specifically for the unique requirements of live sound reinforcement, combined with Effects Wizards, which can be saved, both internally and via USB drive. Not requiring no external PC or video display, the digital mixers rely on a graphic touch-screen to provides access to all functions and parameters along with a physical rotary encoder and hardware buttons - no traditional faders.
Still the TouchMix series have a Remote Control App for iOS allowing to control all mixer parameters and the included USB Wi-Fi adapter creates the network connection between the mixer and hand-held devices. No external network hardware is required. The mixers are also capable of direct recording to an external USB hard drive in 32-bit broadcast wave format. Tracks can be played back on the mixer or imported into most DAW software for overdubs and post-production.
Since their availability, TouchMix mixers have received critical acclaim for their sound quality, ease of use, and impressive results from experienced professionals and audio novices alike. The 2.1 firmware release includes critical updates and adds a few new features as well including support for MIDI-over-USB foot-switches.
Among the new features, one that will be of special interest around the world, is the new multi-language Info system. The mixer’s built-in Info system and demo screens now include user-selectable options for Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Russian and Spanish. In addition, 2.1 adds more flexible scene recall functions, along with the ability to use auxiliary mixes as sub-groups and improved Wi-Fi connectivity.
“Since the release of TouchMix we’ve received lots of suggestions for additional features and improvements.” states Product Manager, Jon Graves. “The 2.1 release implements the best of these, as well as a few of our own. If you’re still using an earlier firmware version on your mixer, you really owe it to yourself to load up 2.1.”
The new TouchMix 2.1 firmware is compatible with the also newly updated TouchMix iOS App version 2.1. TouchMix iOS App version 2.1 is available for download from the Apple App Store enabling wireless remote control of the TouchMix hardware via iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. Both the TouchMix firmware and iOS app are available at no charge.