At the IBC 2016 Sound Devices unveiled Wingman, its newest wireless remote control option for the 6-Series mixer/recorder line. Wingman is an iOS-based application that, when paired with the new WM-Connect Bluetooth Smart USB accessory, lets users start and stop audio recordings, enter and edit metadata, as well as arm, disarm, and rename tracks. It also gives users touch-screen access to manage sound report information, create sound reports on the mixer, and the ability to email those sound reports (.csv files) directly from an iPhone or iPad.
“The Wingman app offers a production team very affordable convenience and workflow functionality on set or in the field,” said Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “Wingman gives users a clear view of their metering and timecode display on a larger touchscreen. The interface is easy to use and puts control in the palm of your hand. For workflows requiring remote-control access, this is an economical and seamless option.”
While Wingman will be available free from Apple’s App Store, the wireless integration does require the WM-Connect hardware accessory, which may be purchased from any authorised Sound Devices audio reseller. It also requires a 6-Series firmware update to version 4.00 or later. The Wingman app, the WM-Connect, and the firmware will become available September 9.
WM-Connect is a Bluetooth Smart USB dongle that may be inserted directly into any 6-Series mixer, using one of two included USB A-to-B adapters. For cart-based workflows, the accessory may be inserted into the keyboard port of the Sound Devices CL-12 linear fader controller.
If multiple 6-Series mixers are on set and equipped with a WM-Connect, Wingman will display all available devices at start-up, and the user may switch connection from one mixer to another from within the app.
“Wingman can do so much to enhance a production workflow,” Anderson added. “Giving a user better control of metadata in the user-friendly iOS interface will enable production teams to do more with less, more quickly than ever before.”
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