Allen & Heath has released a firmware and driver update for its GS-R24 recording console, bringing the mixer's HUI emulation for Pro Tools to a new level. New controls available on the desk include bank swap, single/multiple track selection, marker insertion and navigation, toggling between Mix and Edit view, and three jog-wheel functions (fast forward/rewind, scrub and shuttle).
The cursor buttons can now operate in three different modes: navigation mode to move the cursor across region boundaries, zoom mode to control horizontal and vertical waveform zoom, and selection mode to adjust 'in' and 'out' points or move the selection to a different track. Soft MIDI buttons 1 and 2 control and display the Mute and Track Arm status of the selected tracks. Similarly, MIDI buttons 3 to 7 control and display the automation mode of the selected tracks, making it possible to switch quickly between Read, Write, Touch, Latch or Off.
Users also benefit from a range of enhancements to the FireWire interface driver, including support of Mountain Lion and Windows 8.
A&H product specialist, Nicola Beretta, told us, "The new firmware equips the GS-R24 with additional control that enables the highest possible integration with Pro Tools ever achieved by an analogue mixer at this price point. It's like having a dedicated HUI controller embedded in the analogue heart of GS-R24. You press a channel Select button, and you get instant access to all key functions in the master section."
A spokesperson had this to say, "GS-R24's ability to combine tracking, conversion, DAW control, analogue mixdown, summing and monitor routing makes it the ideal centrepiece of modern commercial and project studios. All existing GS-R24 users can update their hardware with this new firmware."
Pricing and Availability:
Firmware: Free download
A new interface, bluetooth speakers and a neat looking portable mic/recorder