New Device Brings iPhone-Like Multi-Touch Mixing To Digital Audio

Jul 7th, 2007 | By | Category: Computer Hardware, Podcasting Hardware

Jazzmutant Dexter

JazzMutant has released Dexter, a new multi-touch computer controller that’s sort of like an iPhone for mixing audio.

The laptop-sized control surface features a multi-touch display and is designed to be used as a flexible Digital Audio Workstation control surface. JazzMutant has partnered with leading audio workstation software developers to offer visual feedback and two-way communication with their applications, including Sonar, Cubase & Logic. The state of your project is mirrored on Dexter’s screen: track and effects names fully displayed, with no abbreviations, level meters, timecode, as well as precise surround position and exact EQ curves updated in real-time.

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JazzMutant Dexter 


Great ergonomics

  • Hands on Control: Unlike traditional touch-sensitive displays, Dexter’s sensor lets your ten fingers perform simultaneous actions on-screen with immediate response. While this means basic operations like levelling multiple tracks are perfectly possible with Dexter, it also allows for novel and intuitive ways to navigate inside a project and interact with its various aspects like equalizers, inserts and surround panning. Dexter’s virtual widgets are immune to wear-out, and make DAW controlling feel and look natural.
  • Seamless Integration with thorough visual feedback: JazzMutant has partnered with the leading DAW producers to offer visual feedback and two-way communication. The entire state of your project is constantly mirrored on Dexter’s screen: track and effects names fully displayed with no abbreviations, level meters, timecode, as well as precise surround position and exact EQ curves are updated in real-time.
  • Unprecented precision: In order to provide the finest precision of control, JazzMutant introduces a whole new concept with Dexter: that of zoomable controllers. You can now tweak the resolution you want to achieve from a set of controllers in real time. Zoom in on your faders when you need that extra bit of precision in a mix. Zoom out when you’re looking for the widest range achievable. Zoomable controllers are priceless when it comes to adjusting the threshold of a compressor or the cutoff frequency of a filter.

JazzMutant Dexter 

Intuitive workspace

  • Crystal-clear mixing interface: The main interface on Dexter accurately mimics the mixer of your DAW. For greater visual comfort, each individual track is pictured with a specific color that represents its current state: shades of blue differentiate active tracks from muted ones, while red or yellow backgrounds make record enabled or soloed tracks stand out from the rest.
  • Full-featured channel edit: Get a full overview of what’s going on in any particular track from the Channel Edit page: equalizer and insert parameters, surround panning and bus sends are conveniently placed for maximum efficiency.

Instant Navigation

  • Bank Navigation: Dexter introduces the most evident way of browsing through your project, by including an arsenal of fancy widgets making operation more efficient and pleasant than ever. The smart Overview widget displays a miniaturized view of the whole mixer, showing up to 64 tracks at a time with levels and color-coded states.
  • Track Filtering: For smarter navigation a unique set of buttons allows you to rearrange Dexter’s mixer on the fly. These allow instant sorting of your channels based on your needs. Press the View Solo button to display only the soloed tracks on the screen.
  • Dynamic Grouping: Dexter features a convenient mode of operation that lets the user create groups of tracks on the fly. Press the Group Edit button and choose with your finger whichever tracks should belong to the currently selected group. When you’re done, you can display any one of 8 saved groups at any given time, each containing any number of tracks.

Superb Plugin Interface

  • Outstanding EQ controller: Exactly mirroring the filter curve of your sequencer’s EQ, this appealing interface particularly benefits from multi-touch technology in order to bring spontaneity and precision to the uppermost level. Dexter’s EQ controller offers a dual operation mode, where vertical axis movements can either control the gain or the slope of a particular band. It also features the same zooming capabilities as track faders for best accuracy. This way, you can zoom around a particular frequency, lock it when you’ve found a resonance, and proceed to setting up the Gain or quality factor.
  • User friendly FX tweaking: Dexter lets you jump from the touch of a finger to a unified interface that shows every effect and parameter in a clear way. The upper tabs let you switch from one insert to the other, while a drawbar at the bottom of the interface facilitates navigation among the numerous parameters of plugins. Distinctive faders allow to control your insert parameters, as well as read all automation data from your DAW.

Unique Surround Panner

Dexter’s surround panner provides live monitoring of up to eight channel positions in the surround space. Sound sources can be naturally moved around with the tips of your fingers in the most intuitive manner. For maximum flexibility, you can easily hide any tracks that you do not wish to manipulate. To ensure better control over trajectories, the lock buttons on the sidebar let you preserve either the angle or the distance form the center of any track.


Dexter is now available from authorized dealers.

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  2. KCLau says:

    This is a great piece of gear. But it cost more than $3500! I would have to wait a few years for the price to drop before getting one.

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