Ecler EVO 5 Review


Ecler EVO 5

Overview:   The Ecler EVO 5 mixer is the perfect tool for today’s DJs and producers thanks to its unique combination of a state of the art internal 12 channel FireWire sound card, the highest digital sound quality at 24bit/96kHz, flexible MIDI control and the most powerful built-in editable effects processor available in the marketplace.



Staff Review


Tags: Mixers  Ecler  

Written by on 12/23/07




Features & Specs


Features:

Traktor Scratch Certified

The EVO5 has passed the Traktor Scratch certification and so users will be able of using the internal EVO5 FireWire soundcard as audio interface with the Native Instruments system. The AUDIO8 interface is not needed!

Highest quality audio
24bit/96kHz A/D conversion

The EVO5 features the best digital components in the market. The external analogue signal is digitalised through a professional A/D converter at 24bit/96kHz for the highest sound quality. A background of more than 40 years designing and manufacturing professional audio products make our circuits extremely efficient with regard to signal processing and routing. They are designed in order to get the most analogue-like audio quality and all of them are engineered, mounted and fully tested in our factory in Barcelona, Spain

Internal 12 channel FireWire sound card
Total integration of your production and live performance software

The EVO5 allows professional DJs to think forward and integrate software in their set up thanks to its top quality 24bit/96kHz internal sound card. This top of the line 12 channel sound card is powered via FireWire, which is a professional standard superior to USB. There are 2 FireWire connections that work as a HUB and 12 inputs and outputs: 6 stereo inputs (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, MIX and PFL) and 6 stereo outputs (CH1, CH2, CH3, CH4, MIX and CH0). FireWire stereo outputs can be used for instance to route Phono or Line inputs to a PC for effects processing with your favourite software. This powerful tool turns the EVO5 into the perfect console for music production and live performances.

Fully editable effects processor
Create and save up to 64 customized effects

The EVO5 features a powerful effects processor at 24bit/96kHz that can be fully edited. It features 8 basic effects: Delay/Echo, Filter, Flanger, Phaser, Transformer, Panoramic, Pitch and Reverb, and all effects parameters can be edited. Moreover the EVO5 offers the new and revolutionary possibility to chain 2 basic effects and so create complex customized effects. A total of 64 different complex effects can be created and saved. A precise BPM counter with reliability indication synchronises the effects. Another new feature is the pattern synchronisation that makes the effects oscillate in a unique and extremely creative way. There are also 2 dedicated Microphone effects: Noise Gate and Compressor (also editable). Personal effects presets can be imported and exported to a PC via FireWire with the EVO5 external software (included).

Unlimited MIDI control
A dedicated mappable MIDI control panel featuring 14 controls and 64 different layouts

The EVO5 features a dedicated MIDI control panel including 10 push switches and 4 rotary encoders. Controls are fully mappable, editable and visible from a full colour screen, which turns into the perfect display for labelling the controls functions. There are 64 different layouts including different control presets for DJ software such as Traktor and Live. Moreover all mixer controls are MIDI enabled and fully editable. A total of 69 MIDI controls multiplied by 64 layouts result in 4416 different MIDI commands. Presets can be imported and exported to a PC via FireWire with the EVO5 external software (included). There is also a MIDI Clock output synchronised to the BPM counter. All MIDI information is transferred at ultra high speed thanks to the EVO5 FireWire and MIDI DIN5 interface.

Full colour TFT screen
A 320 x 240 pixels (3,5") screen for total flexibility

T he EVO5 includes a 3,5 inch screen to enhance your creativity and gain total control of your mixer parameters. The screen has up to 262.144 colours and works at 6bit making the colour quality extremely high. Thanks to this integrated screen, users can easily display labels for MIDI controls, edit sound effects and mixer parameters. The screen also serves as a display for the BPM counter, the MIDI monitor, the FireWire connection and much more.

Customize your mixer
Edit EQ styles, gains, frequency ranges, fader curves and much more

Most EVO5 parameters can be easily adjusted through the screen. Users can choose between Kill and Baxandall EQ styles. EQ gains and frequencies are fully editable and channel EQ can be also bypassed. Microphone Talkover and dedicated effects are also editable. On the output, users can adjust sensibility of OUT1 and OUT2 to 0dB, +3dB or +6dB, as well as assigning the REC signal to MIX or PFL. All fader shapes can be adjusted, including the crossfader, the channel faders and the effects Dry/Wet crossfader. The BPM counter can be assigned to the internal source or to the MIDI Clock, and can work on different ranges from 60 to 220 BPM. The FireWire sound card input and output levels can also be adjusted from 0dB to +18dB. Different user presets protected with password can be saved, as well as imported and exported to a PC with the external software (included).

Totally safe performance
Built-in editable output limiter

The EVO5 features a limiter on output 1 or 2 for a totally safe performance. The limiter is only accessible with a special password in order to avoid that a guest DJ modifies it. The limiter can be assigned to OUT1 or OUT2, or it can be deactivated. The limit threshold goes from -20dB to +6dB. Club owners and sound engineers can feel safe thanks to this unique feature that will prevent the sound system from any damage.

Design by Giugiaro
Exclusive fashion and noble materials by a world-class designer

The EVO5 has been designed by Giugiaro Italdesign, one of the most prestigious firms in the world with a curriculum that includes designs for companies like Apple, Swatch, Motorola, Sanyo, JVC, Siemens, L’Oreal Seiko, Nikon and a long etcetera, besides being awarded in 1999 as the car designer of the century with designs for Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and many others. For the EVO5 Giugiaro Italdesign has chosen the highest quality materials and an elegant yet robust black aluminium faceplate. Lettering and markings are made through a selective anodised technique that makes it ultra resistant to any wear and tear and will stand the test of time.

Made in Europe
42 years engineering and manufacturing PA systems and DJ mixers in Barcelona

Founded in 1965 and manufacturing mixers since 1974, ECLER is the European leader in the design and production of DJ consoles. All our mixers are fully manufactured and tested one by one in our factory based in Barcelona, Spain. You can feel safe about our mixer performance and reliability thanks to our Made in Europe quality stamp and our experience of 42 years engineering and manufacturing high quality professional audio products.


Specifications:

FireWire sound card
24 bit stereo analogue to digital and digital to analogue converters
Sample rate can be set to 96kHz, 88.2kHz, 48kHz or 44.1kHz
12 channels – 6 stereo inputs and 6 stereo outputs
2 FireWire 6 pin connection IEEE1394 (Hub)

Stereo channels
Channels 4
Channel gain Off to +10dB
Channel EQ 3 band
EQ styles Choose between Kill and Baxandall (Kill by default) EQ frequencies Fully editable
EQ range Fully editable (Off to +10dB by default)

Inputs
Phono inputs 4
Line inputs 4
MIC input (XLR) 1
MIDI input (DIN5 180º) 1

Outputs
Output 1 (XLR) 1
Output 1 (RCA) 1
Output 2 (RCA)
1 MIDI Out (DIN5 180º) 1

Crossfader
Type Long life digitally controlled
Shape Shape adjust control

Faders
Type Long life digitally controlled
Shape adjust control

TFT Screen
Type Full colour
Dimensions 320 x 240 pixels (3.5")

Effects
Basic Effects Delay/Echo, Filter, Flanger, Phaser, Transformer, Panoramic, Pitch and Reverb
Customized effects 64 (2 different effects chained and edited) Sound processor 24bit/96kHz
Auto BPM Counter Yes (editable via software)
Oscillation patterns Yes
Dry/Wet crossfader Shape adjust editable via software

MIDI Control
Dedicated controls 14
Mixer controls 55
Layouts 64
Edition Fully editable commands via software
Connections FireWire and MIDI In and MIDI Out DIN5 180º

Mic
Mic EQ 3 band
Talkover Fully editable release time and attenuation
Mic effects Noise Gate and Compressor (fully editable)

General Dimensions 370 (W) x 433 (D) x 80 (H) mm




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