live mixing
The Sy80 digital
balances the
with the business
As well as setting
provides the mix
control and pro
return on invest
designed for
Front Of House
- Console surface designed for fast precise
- Clear view of all Aux / bus sends
- Mono, Stereo or multi-format Aux (IEM)
- Full processed Inputs and Outputs
- Independent panning for each of
the 48 bus
- Intelligent monitoring, 3 configurable circuits
- Exceptional sound quality
- Flexible console configuration - I/O,
XFAD, VCA, groups, matrix
- Smart automation and Live functions
- Multi-format mix buses
- Full processing inc. delays on outputs
- Small footprint, more paying customers
- Off-line programming
- Configurable for specific show layouts
- XFAD for multi-format sources
- Matrix flexibility e.g. dressing room
- Show automation - snap shot, MTC,
- Live functions - OverRam, Relax, Off-line
- Bus, VCA, Group combinations for
special effects
Live Broadcast
- Flexible bus outputs and distribution
- Multiple program Masters and Matrix
- Accessible monitoring and Comms circuits
- Customisable panels for broadcast
metering and talkback systems
- Automation and relax functions
- Exceptional audio quality with full
digital functionality
mixing console from InnovaSON expertly
creative needs of the live sound engineer
requirements of today’s production managers.
the new standard for sonic quality the Sy80
engineer with the maximum performance
duction accountants with an exceptional
maximum control
control surface specifically designed for live mixing
straightforward user interface
a fader per channel, 80 inputs/80 faders - No layers needed
display of all key console parameters available at a glance
on-screen - everything you need to see in one place at one time
• full channel digital processing on inputs and specified outputs
superb power:weight ratio
48 mix buses
80 outputs
80 inputs
80 faders
compact size: only 94kg
proven durability & reliability
• designed to cope with the rigours of touring
• hundreds of consoles in use every day worldwide
• simple to service with modular architecture
global support
• international network of trained InnovaSON partners
• local sales and technical support
• international support for world-wide tours, rental connections
exceptional return on investment
lightweight = transport and labour cost saving
modular = efficient use of resources for touring companies
small footprint = more paying seats in the venue
affordable = priced to meet the budgetary needs
of today’s production companies.
acclaimed audio quality
high performance mic pre-amps
short and constant latency
floating point DSPs with maximum accuracy
144 dB dynamic range
for your application
• sound engineers – prepare off-line… get a great mix every time
• rental companies, installation contractors – provide the best
digital console solution and save time, space and money
• producers – get digital performance from the Live Sound experts
• TV and Radio production managers – save space and weight,
and gain exceptional audio quality with full digital functionality
• theatre specialists – more seats for customers, advanced show
automation for a superior performance
live mixing
Input signal path
assign inputs to faders with total flexibility
To assign an input to a fader press the Patch IN key in the Patch
section, the corresponding screen opens and displays the global
assignments to input faders. If you want to add or change an
assignment, then select an input fader, choose your physical
input (distant or local) with the track ball pointer or keyboard.
Right click the trackball button (or hit space bar), and the
connection is made.
fader expansion
is a totally new way of working with mix elements which
provides you with the ability to configure your Sy80 the most
efficient way for each show and benefit from an immediacy of
control previously unavailable on live digital consoles. The
console’s channel faders may be used as usual as mono input
faders of course, but you will get the full benefit of XFAD using
an expansion zone for multiple sources. Using XFAD, you can
group several inputs for control by the same input channel,
then once you are in Patch IN, press an XFAD select switch and
right click (or hit space bar) to group these inputs to this channel.
At any time, you may enter or change the name of the physical
input. Press Patch IN again to leave the input patch screen and
revert to the main mix screen. The last selected channel is now
available for routing, Eq, compression, gain, etc…
In this way selected channel faders become controllers for several ‘source‘ mono inputs (2 for stereo, 6 for surround sources, 10
or more for instruments grouping) according to your Patch IN
XFAD are the instrument’s related sources
For example, a drum kit (11 mics) can be managed by only 5
channel faders (ch 5 - 9) and 4 expansion faders (ch 1 – 4):
Channel 5 : Kick (mono input)
Channel 6 : SN (3 mics - top, bottom, rear) all shown in the
expansion zone configured as chs 1-4
Channel 7 : hh (mono input)
Channel 8 : TOMS, (4 mics, one for each tom)
Channel 9 : O/H (2 mics)
Press the channel SEL key and you have direct access to the
input or the group of inputs. Press again to cycle through these
one by one, whilst the central Channel Control Section gives
you full control of their processing. Press directly on a particular
input in the expansion zone to have direct access over its
parameters, gain, dynamics, Eq or Pan.
Using XFAD expansion fader combinations you are able to
control the mix levels and mutes of multiple sources with more
efficiency and less space used on your console control surface.
always in control
Sy80 input channels are all provided with…
• Input Gain, Phantom and Insert
• Phase, Low Cut ON/OFF, sweep frequency from 30 to 500 Hz
• Delay up to 111 ms, (30m at 48kHz)
• Noise gate, Compressor, 5 parameters, ON/OFF
• Parametric equalizer with 4 full bands, width, frequency, level,
…at all times, with no processing limitations or extra audio delay.
In fact you’ll never run out of processing as there is more than
enough DSP power available on the Sy80 DSP module. Select
a channel, press an Eq, Gate, Compressor switch; change the
values of the function and as the sound alters the on-screen
display reflects those changes…fast, safe, repeatable. With
Mutes, Cues, a 16 led comprehensive level-meter and a motorized
fader for each channel, you have everything you need for a
great mix.
Output signal path
as easy for bus output
output processing
Press the Patch Out key and the global view of all connections
to the outputs is displayed. Select a mixing bus fader and then
select your physical output with the track ball. Change the
output name if you want for an easy-to-follow picture of the
connections. Right click and the connection is made.
If you want a bus to be multi-channel (XFAD mode), select the
fader(s) reserved to manage the feeds and assign them in
much the same way as with XFAD inputs. Using the Patch Out
grid you can quickly set up a stereo or LCR bus output in the
analog, and /or digital domain.
If you want to distribute the same bus to several outputs (analog,
digital), select the next output with the track ball, right click and
your new output is connected.
When the outputs are equipped with Hyper-Drive™ audio processing (XO-8D, DO-8X), each output has a complete dynamic
processing section - gate and compressor, fully sweepable
parametric equalization with eight bands, delay of up to 1.35
second and output level adjustment from +10.5 dBu to +22
dBu. Everything is on-board and immediately accessible. There
is no need for external racks, just connect your amplifiers!
each bus
For fast PAN access, keep an input channel’s SEL switch depressed,
and then press the CUE switch on one of your stereo aux buses
on the console. This gives you control of the input’s independent
panning to that bus. Press another stereo aux CUE and you’re
now controlling this same input panning but to a new bus.
Perfect for monitors, fast for any other use.
mix bus & routing
Flexible and powerful
A Sy80 mix bus may be defined as any of the following, depending on your fader configuration:
simple configuration
using XFAD mode, Left and Right
using XFAD mode Left, Centre and Right
using XFAD mode Left, Centre, Right and
Mono reduction
This is valid for the following bus types:
Groups (blue faders), Aux (black faders) which mix inputs.
Masters (red fader) which mix Aux, Groups and inputs.
Matrix buses are only mono and are used for re-mixing
Groups, Aux, Masters and direct inputs.
The Monitor bus is stereo with a mono reduction if needed.
In addition to audio buses, Sy80 can be configured with multiple
VCAs which act as remote level controllers for any channel,
input or bus with Mute grouping possibilities. VCA faders are
assigned in the Console Configuration screen.
Routing inputs to a bus and that bus to higher level bus is
simple. Press an input SEL key, and the console channel SEL key
will illuminate on the bus to which this input is routed. To make
a change, keep the SEL key pressed and simultaneously select
or de-select it from the bus destinations using their SEL keys.
The audio routing, the console keys and the on-screen console
display are updated immediately.
The principle is the same for bus to bus selections.
The console and the on-screen display reflect the input
routings as well as bus to higher level bus routings
(Master, Matrix, etc).
Now press Pre/Post and the full Pan screen opens. By selecting
each of your buses, you have control of the corresponding
pans and balances immediately, as well as a complete view of
the channel panning distribution.
Access to this screen from a selected bus gives you a full view
of that bus’s panning distribution. There are more inputs
available which you may want to alter and accessing them is
simple. Press the SEL switch of the input you want to control
and it becomes active immediately.
Easy and very powerful. Even sophisticated multi-point
distribution becomes straightforward.
Digital live mixing
that works for you
Digital Live
Screen TFT
15” retractable
Power Supply
82 level meters
16 led metering
on each channel
80 faders
freely assignable functions
Input: mono, stereo, multiple (XFAD)
Control: VCA, crossfade
Mixing Bus : group, master, aux, mono,
stereo, LCR, multiple (XFAD), output matrix
Mixing Desk
Channel Control
Talk back, Comms & Test
Input / Output gain - Phantom
Phase - Insert - Delay
Dynamics - Parametric Eq
LowCut - Pre/Post Pan
oscillator / noise
TB1, TB2, TB3
Power Supply
Patch & Assignement
Link IN , Link OUT, MUXI,
Patch IN, Patch OUT
Direct I/O, RELAX
Monitoring section
3 Monitoring circuits
Output Cues PFL, AFL,APL
Input Cues PFL, AFL
Solo - Solo Cut
Memory, Automation
General desk controls
Off-Line, Edit, Rqst, Prev
Esc, Ok, Save, Load, Goto, Next
Digital live mixing
that works for you
Sensoft 8
console layout
configuration screen
- fader configuration
The Fader Configuration screen is where you define the console
layout you want for the current job. For each show file, the 80
faders on the control surface can be defined as any of the following:
• Input channel, expanded input for stereo
or multiple XFAD
• Group or a Sub Group, Auxilliary bus, Master bus and
XFAD for mono, stereo, LCR and LCR+mono
• Matrix mixing bus
powerful monitoring
Front of house
The comprehensive console definition then gives you access to
the resources and controls you will need for the current show.
These are then saved as a show file. Each show file will have its
own console layout defined by the engineer to provide the
most efficient way of working according to the application
requirements: e.g.
• Monitors will have multiple inputs and many aux buses
for In Ear Monitoring or wedges outputs.
• Live broadcast for TV and Radio may prepare multiple
mic inputs, machines and other sources in a convenient XFAD
layout, with several mix bus outputs for programme distribution,
mix-minus and communication access.
direct outputs, inserts
comprehensive monitoring system
The Cue button on each fader sends the corresponding channel to the stereo monitoring bus. The cue modes available are:
PFL and AFL for inputs, PFL, AFL and APL (After Processing
Listening) for outputs with 5 corresponding levels. The stereo
monitoring bus is distributed to the 2 headphone jacks and up
to 3 different assignable outputs. Each of those feeds has its
own general listening level. Monitoring preferences with
Input/Output priority, default Master listening, Solo mode and
Mono reduction give you full flexibility and total control.
Fast, precise, dependable monitoring for multiple applications:
Stage monitor: use the 3 output circuits for fast PFL/AFL
control (wedges, IEM, near field). These are assignable for each
of your auxiliaries. As soon as you CUE an aux, the monitoring
is connected giving you immediately the same balance as the artist.
Front of House: With delay’s available on monitoring outputs,
your near field listening circuit can be correctly phased with the
main PA, and controlling the delays or the spatial sound for
multipoint amplification is simple.
Theatre: From your control room or house position, you can
listen to any monitor selection, even a sophisticated multi-point
set up. In the venue, during rehearsals and during the show
you have complete control of each audio feed.
Broadcast: Near field, mid field or main monitor speakers are
immediately available for monitoring your various program
outputs or program return feeds. Distributed outputs make it
simple to monitor differing feeds with varying levels and processing. One of the monitoring circuits can also be specified for
Comms purposes.
At the heart of the Sy80 console there is a powerful digital
audio signal distribution routing and splitting functionality.
Accessed by the MUXI key, the I/O page displays this
comprehensive switching matrix giving you access for a view
of all the system outputs and their assigned processing.
• Multi-track-recording feeds, with or without output
processing, simplify machine room management and improve
flexibility. Fast, flexible signal distribution for clean feeds are
easy to manage last minute requests during a live show.
• Return lines to the stage box for mix minus, PA
loudspeakers or Comms sends are easy to program and
This screen is also used to define your insert I/O for external
outboard equipment. Each insert will have a name (typically
the outboard equipment) and its send and return I/O definition.
Insert patch assignments are fast and easy to make and clearly
visible on-screen.
Maximum control
live functions
Your show is stored in a file with the console’s fader definition
and general preference parameters. Depending on the type of
performance, you may want to use the Sy80 in manual mode
(one scene). But real benefits arrive when you use a collection
of scenes or pages organised for one or several parts of the
show, (e.g. each song).
You’re all set to go; rehearsals went well, and everything is in
place; the show will start soon. And, of course, at the last minute
the stage manager comes up and asks for a new commentator
mic or any one of the last minute things that can happen live…
Your show has 65 page snap-shots and this mic need to be
added after the 3rd act…
Up to 1000 pages may be stored in the console. A complete
EDIT command function allows you to build a play list of the
day containing the different scenes or pages in memory. These
may have been created during rehearsals or other shows with
the same artist / actors, similar live situations, or off-line.
An automation management panel between the console
faders is used to control the page changes during a show or
rehearsals. You can either make changes manually using snap
shots, or automatically with Midi program changes and Midi
Time Code from machines or sequencers. The Smart
Automation and CrossFade mode allows you to segue / fade
between pages whilst keeping complete control over the
process. With Midi Time Code and CrossFade chaining parameters, sophisticated automation of sound effects may be
achieved, such as spatial positioning and movements across
multiple monitors. For each page, up to 16 Midi program
changes can be sent to external devices such as effects,
lighting and others consoles.
…no problem, press Off Line.
The console is ‘frozen’ in its current state and the audio continues unchanged. The console software, Sensoft, now lets you
change to the page to edit, add this new mic, prepare settings
corrections and routing to the buses, and save the new modification. If necessary then OverRam the mic settings to all the
pages of the show where this mic is to be used.
OverRam is the function to use when you want to update a
change to one or more channels across multiple pages of the
current show. OverRam can be used, off-line as we did here,
or on-line during the show itself to update a new Eq or any
parameter to this same channel throughout the pages where
the new setting is needed. From then on those pages, scenes,
will have the new parameters as well.
We’re still off-line. The TFT screen displays this clearly and the
console key Off Line is showing red. Press Off Line again and
you come back to the console status you left and the desk is
‘unfrozen’ and live again.
Good sound on this channel and you want to copy it to other
channels? Choose the parameters to be copied and press
Copy, select the destination channel and press Paste and it’s
Store and recall your favourite sounds and processing in your
personal libraries. It’s simple, press and hold the channel SEL
key, then press SAVE and a new screen window opens where
the current channel name is to be stored. You just need to
enter the name you want for this particular processing
(PhilKick, GuitaRock, Violin12, Vocomment, etc…).
Export this library to a floppy disk
and you can update your own
data, keeping your sound libraries
with you.
To load a library sound just hold
down the channel SEL switch on
the channel to be changed and
press the Load key, the menu of
your sounds opens.
Chose the sound you want and select the parameter(s) to copy.
The Link grids give you the ability to have several channels
under control at the same time. This could be for inputs, Eq
and dynamics, faders, mute and outputs. You can then link
channel pairs as stereo or more as groups of inputs or outputs
depending on the flexibility of control you need.
Relax keeps specified channel faders in manual mode ie: not
under software control. This could be for example for particularly
sensitive or unpredictable inputs you need to use during a
show. For each fader, you can define the parameters to keep
out of the automation, keeping partial or full manual control
through the different show pages.
Sy80 is controlled by Sensoft 8, dedicated PC compatible software
that enables you to prepare or archive your console settings
and libraries on your desk or off line on a laptop PC. Export and
Import functions allow file transfers from console to PC and vice
versa. Sensoft features up to 1000 pages per show with or
without automation.
Digital live mixing
that works for you
On Tour - Monitoring
Console surface designed for fast precise control
Clear view of all Aux / bus sends
Mono, Stereo or multi-format Aux (IEM)
Full processed Inputs and Outputs
Independent panning for each of the 48 buses
Intelligent monitoring - 3 configurable circuits
Monitor console
configuration example
60 inputs - 40 bus
48 mono, 6 stereo inputs, 2 XFAD
8 VCA - 20 stereo Aux, 2 XFAD
up to 16 inserts
On Tour - Front of House
- Exceptional sound quality
- Flexible console configuration - I/O, XFAD, VCA,
groups, matrix
- Smart automation and Live functions
- Multi-format mix buses
- Full processing inc. delays on outputs
- Small footprint - more paying customers
- Off-line programming
FOH console
configuration example
64 inputs - 40 bus
24 mono, 10 stereo / quad inputs, 4 XFAD
8 VCA - 2 stereo Masters, 4 stereo sub groups
10 mono / stereo Aux, 12 Matrix, 4 XFAD
up to 16 inserts
On air - Live Broadcast
Flexible bus outputs and distribution
Multiple program Masters and Matrix
Accessible monitoring and Comms circuits
Customisable panels for broadcast metering
and talkback systems
- Automation and relax functions
Live broadcast console
configuration example
58 inputs - 44 bus
10 mono, 8 VTR - tracks, 2x8 tracks inputs, 8 XFAD
10 VCA - 6 stereo groups, 3 stereo Masters (programs)
10 Aux / mix minus, 6 Matrix, 6 XFAD
up to 24 inserts or direct I/O
On Stage - Theatre
Configurable for specific show layouts
XFAD for multi-format sources
Matrix flexibility e.g. dressing room feeds
Show automation - snap shot, MTC, CrossFade
Live functions - OverRam, Relax, Off-Line
Bus, VCA, Group combinations for special effects
Theatre console
configuration example
48 inputs - 48 bus
8 mono, 8 stereo, 3x8 tracks inputs, 8 XFAD
12 VCA - 12 stereo groups, 2 Masters LCRM
12 Matrix, 2 Aux, 6 XFAD
up to 32 inserts or direct I/O
Digital live mixing
that works for you
Sy80 Audio specifications
Internal sampling frequency
External sampling frequency
Internal signal processing
Audio signal path
Analog signal delay
Analog bandwidth
Analog input range (mic input)
Analog dynamic range
Total Harmonic Distorsion + noise
Hum and noise
Maximum voltage gain
48 kHz
44 to 49 kHz
32 - 40 bits
24 bits
1,3 ms
15 Hz.. 20 kHz
-63 to 27 dB
105 dB
-90 dB typ.
-127 dB
-95 dBu
-95 dBu
-79 dBu
+73 dB
0, 5 ms
1,3 ..1,42 ms
5 Hz..20 kHz
144 dB
-138 dB
-122 dB
-155 dBFS
AES in - DSP - AES out
Src AES in - DSP - AES out
-0,1/0,1 dB AES in - DSP - AES out
AES in - DSP - AES out
AES in - DSP - AES out
Src AES in - DSP - AES out
Input section
Level and Mute
System I/O
DSP Send Line
48V, Phase, programmable Insert
1 to 5300 samples (110 ms @ 48kHz)
Low Cut 0 to 500 Hz sweepable
Gate/Expander, Compressor/Limiter, 12 parameters
4 full bands 20 Hz-20 kHz +/- 15 dB + Notch
independant for each bus, short cut and full screen
unlimited assignable VCA and/or modes
mono, stereo, LR, LCR, LCR+M
mono, stereo, LR, LCR, LCR+M, pre/post
mono, stereo, LR, LCR, LCR+M
mono + direct input mixing
stereo, mono, solo, priority, 3 circuits + Headphones
32 bus patchable up to 64 physical outputs
16 bus patchable + Headphones
patch, output level 10 to 22 dBu (-12 to 0 dBFS)
1 to 65536 samples (1365 ms @ 48 kHz)
Gate/Expander, Compressor/Limiter, 12 parameters
8 full bands 20 Hz-20 kHz +/- 15 dB + Notch
signal delay, synchronous
signal delay, asynchronous
dynamic range
THD + noise, synchronous
THD + noise, asynchronous
noise floor
80 Input channel processing
Remote control (VCA, mute groups)
48 bus, programmable functions
8 to 64 Output processing (XO-8D, DO-8X)
Word Clock - AES as option
Floating point 760 dB Dyn range
144 dB dyn range
mic in- DSP- analog Xout
-3/0 dB mic in- DSP- analog Xout
input gain in 64 steps of 1.5 dB
input gain 6 dB, output level +22 dBu
input gain 6 dB, output level +22 dBu
equivalent input noise @ 60 dB gain
residual output noise
Any bus fader at 0 dB
Any bus at 0 dB, 1 input at 0 dB, gain at 60 dB
mic in at 63 dB, faders 0 dB, output at +22 dBu
Sy80 Block Diagram
Audio modules
8 mic / line analogue inputs
-27 to 63 dB remote preamp gain
and +48V phantom
24 bit 48 kHz Delta Sigma Converters
XLR-3 F balanced inputs
Leds for signal, Peak, 48V
8 line level analogue outputs
11/17/22 dBu Full scale jumpers
24 bit 48 kHz Delta Sigma converters
Remote Mute and Patch
XLR-3 M balanced outputs
8 line level processed analogue outputs
Remote output gain control (10 to 22 dBu)
8 full band parametric Equalizer
Dynamics processing and Delay up to 1350 ms
XLR-3 M balanced outputs
4 AES digital inputs (8 channels)
IEC 958, 24 bit digital audio
Remote digital gain (-6 to +6 dB)
and delay (0 to 5 ms)
Synchronous mode (@ system word clock)
Sample Rate Converter option 30 to 50 kHz
XLR-3 F, 110 Ohm balanced inputs
4 AES digital outputs (8 channels)
IEC 958, 24 bits digital audio
Remote Mute and Patch
Synchronous mode (@ system word clock)
XLR-3 M 110 Ohm balanced outputs
4 AES digital processed outputs
(8 channels)
Remote output gain control (10 to 22 dBu)
8 full band parametric Equalizer
Dynamics processing and Delay up to 1350 ms
Synchronous mode (@ system word clock)
XLR-3 M 110 Ohm balanced outputs
Mechanical specifications
1650 mm
Console mechanical characteristics
Length : 1650 mm
Height : 305 mm
Depth : 860 mm
back cover open : 950 mm
keyboard drawer open : 1150 mm
Weight : 94 kg
Dual redundant power supply
internal integration in 2 units 19’’ racks
2 Power Connectors Jaeger 17 Pins
90 – 230 Vac, 50/60 Hz , 500 W each
Acoustic noise figure < NR20
950 mm
860 mm
Retractable on board 15’’ TFT screen
Embedded 800 MHz Pentium 4 CPU
64 Mo Ram, 64 Mo Flash solid state hard disk
Ethernet 10/100 Base T Socket
Drawer with 87 keys keyboard and accessories
Floppy drive (USB) on the front
Integral track-ball and switches integrated
Audio rack remote control Jaeger 37 Pins socket
4 XLR-4 Sockets for litelite 12V-0,5A with dimmer
2 Talk Back XLR-3 female connectors,
48 V Phantom, Sens = -24 dBu (-18 dBFS)
2 Jack 6,35 TRS Headphones connectors,
15 dBu/ 16 Ohm…
305 mm
105 mm
54 mm
746 mm
1100 mm
50 mm
70 mm
70 mm
50 mm
Audio rack characteristics
Length (19 inches rack standard) : 485 mm
Height (7 Units) : 312 mm
Depth : 325 mm
Weight : 18 kg
Dual cold redundancy power supplies internal
90-230 Vac, 50/60 Hz, 300 W each
Acoustic noise figure < NR25
Back plane bus 11 slots
1 slot reserved for Power Supply module
1 slot reserved for DSP Sy80 module
1 slot reserved for MC64 controller module
8 slots available for Audio I/O modules
485 mm
325 mm
Digital live mixing
that works for you
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