Behringer is continuing to push their tease machine towards an awesome new product – apparently called Wing – that’s been in the making throughout their 30-year history.
Initially, we thought it was going to be a synthesizer but since the reveal of clue video #4 we’ve had some more sensible ideas and the one that’s winning at the moment is a successor to the hugely successful X32 digital mixer.
The video defines this new product as having a touch-screen interface and we’re seeing lots of audio, signal and routing technology. We see EQ, plugins, the “Wave Designer” technology that’s already on the X32 and more recently on the RD-8. There are settings for 8 AUX paths, 16 busses and a routing matrix along with panning and instrument groups. The LCD scribble strips on the X32 have the same sort of icons we’re seeing in the video and the same sort of I/O configurations.
Also what we thought was “WING LINE” in the video is quite possible “WING LIVE” so it could be similar to the X-Live upgrade cards that we find on the X32.
So an X32 that’s completely behind a touch-screen interface? Could be. A couple of years ago there were some images floating around of what was called the Midas Heritage D96 that had a large screen interface running alongside the hardware console. At the time we speculated that it could be a replacement for the X32 or M32. Maybe these images were a step along the way to this new product?
Internet speculation is, of course, constantly evolving. Some people suggest it’s a DAW and although we did see that tape recorder style graphic it’s much more likely to be a recording feature of a mixer than a full-blown multi-track recording and editing environment. Others talk about a product in the style of the Slate Raven MTZ – could Wing be a cheaper version of this kind of device?
We’re sticking to our guns on this one. It’s a new X32 with a touch-screen interface. All we have to do is wait for the details.