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    Martinsound Introduces Surround Formatter

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    Martinsound is introducing surround sound mixing professionals to the ForMAX surround monitoring formatter. The ForMAX formatter, a companion product to the very successful MultiMAX multichannel monitor controller, is a programmable 24 input, 8 output crosspoint matrix that replaces patchbays and connector panels to provide an accurate, repeatable means to reformat a surround sound mix, or to monitor multiple submixes or stems simultaneously. ForMAX and MultiMAX may be integrated with any stereo mixing console to add extensive monitoring and routing capabilities in any current surround sound format.

    Monitor source selection and format settings are created, stored and recalled using ForMAX's LCD setup menu window and front panel controls. The ForMAX formatter will store and recall many different routing and format setups, facilitating instant reset of console, recorder and surround sound monitor assignments, thereby providing fast, precise changeovers between projects and sessions.

    The 1U rack-mounting ForMAX formatter provides connections for 24 recorder return and 24 mix bus inputs, each with individual recorder/mix (or PEC/Direct) monitor selection. Meter output connections are provided for the 24 monitor sources selected to the reassign matrix. Up to 5 ForMAX units may be linked to provide up to 120 playback and 120 direct input sources.

    Three user-definable mute groups may be memorized. A mute mask may be created within each group to include any combination of inputs and outputs. An auto-clear function removes the selected group setup from memory. The solo system works similarly.

    An option to add PEC/Direct and Record paddle switches to the console, with user-definable group or individual operation, is planned for ForMAX and, in combination with an optional machine control interface, will bring the power of a film dubbing monitor system to any mixer.

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