Designed as a full-featured mixing console and DAW controller, the Trion is quite an achievement. 10 touch-sensitive knobs per channel, long-life switches, and extensive use of "smart switch" technology makes the Trion simultaneously flexible, cost effective and robust. Each 8-fader section has a full set of bussing and channel mode switches, removing the need for a dedicated center section. A stiff but lightweight frame, single ethernet control wire, and modest power requirements allow the Trion to be installed easily.
Available Features in the Trion Include:
- 64-bit processing using Xrange DSP. Each channel has 2 inputs, 8 bands of EQ, Gate, Compressor, and 2 patches. (click here to learn more)
- 16-wide panning to 64 main busses and 16 auxes (typical, depending on configuration).
- Complete signal processing: EQ, Dynamics, Routing and Panning available with NO allocation.
- Xrange DSP plugins including "forensic" dialog cleanup, nenoising, de-essing, phone simulation and LFE enhancement. (click here to learn more)
- Look-ahead Bus Limiters on every main bus.
- Time-aligned throughput, even with multi-router, multi-engine systems. Channel processing elements do not affect latency.
- Comprehensive monitoring system including bus summing, Pec Direct switching, and speaker management.
- Up to 8 Pec/Direct panels per console. Full multi-operator functionality.
- Harrison "In-Console" PreView™ waveforms with History. No DAW required. A Harrison exclusive (patented) (click here to learn more)
- Motorized, Touch-Sensitive Joysticks for surround panning - another Harrison patent.
- Only the highest quality components are used in the Trion. Built to ensure reliability and quality for many years.
- Multi-operator configurations using IKIS automation system (click here to learn more)
- Multiple control screens including satellite Machine Room Control.
- Xrouter signal router, affording nearly limitless I/O and inter-process routing.
- Efficient, traditional design means less keystrokes for critical functions, this provides more time for creativity.
- Xdubber stem recorder, connects directly to console for 32-bit predub recording (click here to learn more)
- Comprehensive AES (with SRC) and Analog I/O, plus MADI, ADAT and TDIF I/O.
- Layering and profiling of channels into any configuration on the surface, including a mix of DSP and workstation channels, from 16 to 160 faders or more.
- DAW control via IKIS Direct - Use the console faders to control dozens of DAWs simultaneously. (click here to learn more)
- "Future Proofed" design allows your MPC to be upgraded to any future technology.
The Trion channel strip is very straightforward to anyone who has used a traditional console. All basic functions... panning, EQ bands, compressor parameters, aux sends, and bus routing... are available on a dedicated knobs-per-section layout. Additional controls for each section are provided along with touch sensitive knobs for touch write / release automation of every individual parameter.
Channel controls and assignments are always available as vertically-oriented strips or as a "fold out" mode which allows an entire 8-wide knob area to control a single channel. This means that surround panning ( left/right, front/back, divergence and LFE send), all 8 bands of EQ (gain, frequency and Q), Dynamics (Gate and Compressor), and 16 auxes are simultaneously adjustable, with touch-sensitive knobs. This feature works like a traditional "master channel" but gives the mixer the ability to pull this function up at any location on the console.
Channel Master Section
Each bank of 8 faders has a master section which provides control of bussing and lesser-used options for the selected channel. Because these features are not used continuously during a mix, they are often relegated to an out-of-reach "Master Channel". The Trion design allows the mixer to reach the "master channel" wherever she is sitting. Simply attention the channel in question, and all the bus assignments and many other parameters can be controlled at the top of the surface.
The "Wild Knob" switches functions depending on the source that is routed to the console. If a remote mic preamp is connected to the channel, then this knob controls the mic preamp gain and the 2 switches control the mic preamp. If no mic preamp is connected (i.e. a line input) then this knob controls the digital input trim. In the case of other types of channels (DAW control via IKISDirect, for example), these knobs can take on a variety of uses.
The Trion surface has a wealth of knobs and buttons. 10 knobs per channel strip means that there is very little "paging" required to get to any function. For example, the EQ knobs control 2 bands of EQ simultaneously, and a switch for each pair (1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8) allows the user to get to any of the 8 EQ bands with only a single button press.
Like the MPC, the Trion has a full complement of fader automation switches. This allows the user to instantly set a single fader (or all faders!) into write, read or any of several other automation modes. ( on broadcast and live consoles, these buttons control input selection and other critical tasks ).
The touch-sensitive anodized aluminum knobs of the Trion are custom-machined for Harrison. We designed the knobs to maximize the surface contact with your fingers, while minimizing any interference from nearby knobs. This attention to detail is carried throughout the Trion surface. Solid, sit-on-it construction is sturdier than any other console in this price range. The faders are of the highest quality and incorporate Harrison's famous touch circuit - known by many to provide the best-feeling fader automation in the world. The Trion connects to the console automation system with a single CAT5 ethernet cable, and the legs of the Trion are designed to accomodate this and any other cables that you may need.
The master section of the Trion uses an innovative system of "smart switches" to control global console functions. Each 4x4 panel of buttons can be assigned to one of several functions including: Automation, Transport Control, Monitoring, Workstation control or Profiling (channel layout). The basic Trion surface includes 2 of these panels for each user (some layouts have more). Each user is then able to allocate the panels in a way that is most fitting for the moment. For example, during a predub when the console is acting as a workstation controller, the user might choose Transport Control and Workstation Controls. During the final mix, the user may switch the panels to Automation and Transport controls. During setup, the user could switch the panels to Profiling, leaving the other panel free for odd tasks.
Critical functions such as Pec/Direct paddles, speaker mutes, and master level control are assigned dedicated switches on the panel.