Comprehensive Scope of functions
Most DJs, whether novice or experienced, say crystalCLEAR is faster and easier to use than traditional radio boards with physical knobs and buttons. crystalCLEAR has a flat menu structure, only two levels. The top level is the main screen which provides familiar controls. The option screens that users may wish to access are only one touch away from the top screen. Complete familiarity can be attained within only 15 minutes of use. A large clock and a small event timer are central to the display.
Touching the timer will cause it to become large and change places with the clock. crystalCLEAR can be instantly reconfigured by recalling a SCENE or PRESET. Different shows and/or different users are easily accommodated. Even though the layout and functions are quite intuitive, a PANIC button returns crystalCLEAR to the current SCENE without any user changes. And unlike a physical surface, crystalCLEAR remembers every detail when loading a SCENE, even the fader positions.
Though simple for operators, crystalCLEAR has all the functions needed to create even complex live and recorded radio programming. There are dozens of available sources, any eight of which can be active at a time on the faders. Each source is configured in advance (by the installer/engineer) to be a mic, line, phone or codec. The system knows exactly how to treat each of these different source types when they are loaded onto active faders.
Microphone sources, for example, will automatically mute the monitor speakers when engaged. crystalCLEAR will automatically create backfeeds (mix-minus) for phone and codec sources and activate TALKBACK features. All of this is transparent to the operator who never has to worry about creating a mix-minus or ensuring that speakers are muted before bringing up a fader. Everything is "automagic".
Fewer buttons: More control
Software control is much more flexible than the hardware buttons and knobs found on traditional control surfaces. For example, assigning a DJ microphone to a fader on crystalCLEAR changes the button above the fader from CUE to MUTE, giving the DJ a convenient COUGH button. It takes fewer buttons and options to run a show than on a physical control surface. And yet, even with its streamlined interface, crystalCLEAR is right at home in the most fast-paced complex radio workfl ows. Less clutter and confusion means fewer mistakes and happier talent.
Engineers will be happy too... . Faders never get dirty or fail, buttons never break or need lamps replaced, and even novice users can learn the system in minutes without training or making frantic phone calls during the overnight shift. In addition, the system can be accessed by an engineer using standard tools - even remotely.