iCON Pro Audio Platform Nano, a small footprint MIDI/audio control surface with motorised fader.
Following a successful showcase at The 2019 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA (January 24-27), high-quality, professional-grade musical equipment provider iCON Pro Audio is proud to announce availability of Platform Nano — an aptly-named addition to its critically-acclaimed modular Platform series of MIDI/audio control surfaces (and associated add-ons), this time aimed at engineers, home studio enthusiasts, and producers who want hands-on control of their ‘in the box’ digital music production with a small footprint — as of July 18…
Weighing in at an easily transportable 1.3kg/2.8lb, the compact — 19.5 cm/7.8” (W) x 21.5 cm/8.5” (D) x 5.5 cm/2.1” (H) —Platform Nano neatly lives up to its name to bring tactile control to the most popular DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) with a single, full-size, touch- sensitive motorised fader (with 10-bit resolution) alongside an accessible selection of hands-on controls logically laid out across a top panel that’s as easy on the eye as it is to use, including four rotary dual-function (rotate-and-enter) encoder knobs (generally used for controlling the track pan position, aux send levels, and EQ of the DAW being controlled), while an 11-segment LED (Light Emitting Diode) surrounds the main knob control to indicate its rotating position; aJogshuttle wheel, for fast search, scrub, and control; eight colour- coded function buttons coordinating with five different colour layers, for switching a variety of function controls; illuminated buttons for channel control, including Mute,Solo, and record; six illuminated transport buttons, including play, stop, record, rewind, fast-forward, and loop; illuminatedZoombuttons with two directional (left/right and up/down) keys, for use in combination with theJogwheel; two illuminated track buttons, for easy selection of individual channels; and two illuminated bank buttons, for shifting groups of eight channels at a time.
Testament toiCON Pro Audio’s acuity,Platform Nanodoes this as a durable desktop design delivering high-speed connectivity via a USB 3 Type B connector — which functions as a MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) port to the connected computer and compatible software, while also providing power to thePlatform Nanoitself — without compromising its inherently security-conscious, superior build quality, courtesy of a robust metal casing with inbuilt Kensington lock.
Aided by a backlit LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), for showing the parameter values as adjusted, and also providing feedback about channel selections, operating modes, and more,Platform Nanonaturally supports MCU (Mackie Control Universal) and HUI (Human User Interface) protocols for seamless integration with all compatible music production software. Indeed, it comes complete with overlays for the most popular DAWs, includingAbleton Live,Audition,Bitwig,Cubase/Nuendo,Digital Performer,FL Studio,Logic Pro X,Pro Tools,Reaper,Reason,Samplitude,Sonar, andStudio One, as well as a self-explanatoryUser Defineone.
Obviously not content with ‘universal’ DAW compatibility,iCON Pro Audioalso includes its proprietaryiMapTMself-MIDI-mapping software for the user-defined (MIDI Learn) mode, making mapping MIDI functions toPlatform Nano’s helpful hands-on controls a breeze. As such, adventurous users could conceivably assign that motorised fader or those encoder knobs to control specific virtual instrument or effect plug-in functions for lending a less automated aesthetic to their productions.
Platform Nanostylistically sits well when positioned alongside otherPlatformfamily members, such as thePlatform U22 (ProDrive III), a 24- bit, 96/192kHz 2-in/2-out USB 3.0 audio interface designed to match otherPlatformseries devices.
Future firmware upgrades are available via USB, including wireless USB over BlueTooth connectivity courtesy of the coming-soon (optional)PN-1module that will also provide (rechargeable battery) power when connected to thePlatform Nano’s rear-sitedPower/Recha.(recharge)Mini-USB connector.
Remaining rearward,User AandUser B1/4-inch inputs allow for DAW function selection via connected foot switches, while it is recommended thatPlatform Nanois used with the (optional)Platform D2modular display unit connected to theD/D2port for optimal track and parameter monitoring via its large LCD.
Larger and smaller optional additions apart, any engineer, home studio enthusiast, or producer who wants hands-on control of their ‘in the box’ digital music production with a small footprint should surely seriously consideriCON Pro Audio’s aptly-namedPlatform Nano. Needless to say, its diminutive dimensions bely its impressive MIDI/audio control capabilities!
iCON Audio’s class-compliant — with Windows XP, Vista (32-bit), Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 10 (64-bit), and Mac OS X — Platform Nano is available through the company’s growing global network of distributors (iconproaudio.com/distributors/), affordably priced at $229.99 USD.
For more in-depth information, please visit the dedicated Platform Nano webpage here: iconproaudio.com/product/platform-nano/