FR-8 and FR-16 are Ethernet devices that provide fader-based remote level control for Ashly products having DSP capabilities. The FR-8 controls up-to eight user assigned inputs, outputs, or mixer outputs, and the FR-16 controls up-to 16.
Both models are powered using Class-1 IEEE 802.3af Power over Ethernet (PoE), or by an external PoE injector when PoE is unavailable. Ethernet communication with this device is made by wiring it with standard Cat-5 cable terminated with an RJ-45 connector through an Ethernet network router, switch, hub, or patch panel to a Windows™ PC running Protea™ ne Software v5.10 or higher. Each connect to Ethernet using a standard RJ-45, as well as Neutrik’s etherCON™ heavy duty RJ-45 and will automatically assign their IP address.
Each channel fader can control input gain, output gain, or mixer gain levels as assigned in software. The master fader provides an overall level control for user assigned faders, or can be disabled. Assignable fader scaling allows the user to place an upper and lower limit on the range of level control for each individual fader. A clear window is provided above and below each fader for the insertion of user defined labels, available on the Ashly website as a document template.
The FR-8 will mount to a standard 4-gang US electrical wall box, and the FR-16 will mount to a modular 7-gang US wall box. Alternately, the units can be mounted to a flat surface with a cutout, or can be used as a freestanding desktop device. On the rear panel, a Euroblock contact closure can be connected to a keyed switch to lockout all front panel controls, preventing any unwanted changes.