Slate Digital is unveiling no less than five new products at NAMM this year. Chief among them is the new RAVEN MTZ multi-touch mix control surface. It seems to be the finest in the series, yet at only USD 3000, it happens to be the most affordable, too.
At heart, the RAVEN MTZ is a sleek 43-inch multitouch screen running Slate’s DAW and plugin-friendly control software. It integrates virtual 100mm touch faders into every DAW, with realistic movement and a FINE FADER mode increasing their resolution by four times as to ease critical tasks like automation adjustments. Slate also added support for classic multi touch gestures like pinching and zooming for control over plug-ins, tracks, and other DAW elements. It goes without saying that working with all of Slate Digital’s plug-ins is also a breeze.
The MTZ can be configured with multiple desk options coming from studio furniture makers like Zaor, Argosy, Sterling Modular, and others. It’s not clear how this will reflect on the final price tag.
I am genuinely happy to see what was once expensive and somewhat finnicky technology – the original RAVEN cost USD 16 000 upon release – brought down to a medium-sized studio investment. Slate is going to make a lot of forward-thinking producers happy with this product at that price. I am yet to try one, personally, but it feels good to know I can afford the very same machine that NRG Studios in California will be using in place of their SSL 9k console shortly after NAMM. Though there’s got to be a reason they won’t be giving up their vintage Neve desks, no?
More information can be found on the RAVEN MTZ product page over at Steven’s.