The new Aureus digital mixer from Peavey Electronics includes a 10’’ multitouch display and access to almost any control and users can get up and running within minutes by simply touching the feature they want. Aureus packages presets for channels, EQ, gate, compressor, scenes and shows and provides the ability to save and store presets, scenes and even an entire mix onto a USB drive. The onboard dock allows a tablet to be placed as a second screen, so users can monitor the entire mix while adjusting a specific channel or separate group on the mixer.
For better workflow, the Aureus offers 14 dedicated encoders, 9 motorized faders (100-millimeter), and 45 dedicated backlit buttons. It can connect to just about any audio source thanks to its 16 XLR-1/4’’, RCA, Bluetooth (stereo-long range), and USB (A/B) inputs. Phantom power (48 V) is available for microphones on the 16 channels. Combine that with 14 outputs, including 10 XLR, USB, and AES digital, and the Aureus will tackle just about any sound reinforcement application.
The Aureus offers a wide selection of reverb and delay through Peavey’s exclusive built-in FX series digital effects (23 effects total across 2 engines) with simple and advanced modes. The five-band EQ is fully parametric for ultimate control and precision on each frequency.
With eight busses, two mains, and four DCA, the Aureus offers flexibility, whether users are behind the panel or nearby with remote control via onboard Wi-Fi. Password-assigned busses allow each musician to not only have their own mix, but also to control it using any device that can open an HTML5 compatible browser. Users can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously to adjust any aspect of the mix.
Finally, Aureus includes three programmable mute groups and six dedicated mute functions, along with dedicated controls on the solo function. Data I/O includes the onboard Wi-Fi and Ethernet remote, while computer connectivity consists of Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and USB port. The unit also includes a 1.25” headphone jack.
The $1500 Aureus is rack-mountable and measures 6.5’’ high, by 15’’ wide, and 19.5’’ deep and weighs 16 pounds.