Designed for live mixing.
Millions of events have been mixed on PreSonus® remote mixing software over the past five years. We used that experience to design the most intuitive and useful workflow on the planet. When you’re mixing a live show, and the heat is on, you don’t have time to search for controls and meters. PreSonus’ battle-ready UC Surface has your back, enabling you to accomplish your mission with confidence and providing fast, intuitive access to everything you need. A unique layout lets you always see the status of your entire mix. Filter DCA groups are the quickest and easiest way available to navigate and control your mix.
The same experience on multiple platforms.
Do you prefer a Mac®, Windows® PC, or iPad®? Touchscreen or mouse? Want to network using Ethernet or Wi-Fi? Yes to all of the above? We agree! So UC Surface provides the same layout and contextual workflow on all three platforms, supports iPad and Windows 8/10 touchscreens, and networks via wired or wireless connections. Only UC Surface lets you roam the room with an iPad, then return to a Windows multi-touch computer at front-of-house without missing a beat.
It’s all about workflow.
UC Surface is designed for intuitive and quick performance, with smart features that let you see everything you need when you need to use it. See an overview of the entire mixer at a glance; related functions like mix master level, graphic EQ, and the effects editors are contextually brought into focus. A combined scroll bar and meter bridge is always visible. Each Mix Select button has an embedded output meter presenting an activity overview for all aux and effects mixes. Create more than 30 Filter DCA groups that combine the workflow of DCAs and view groups, letting you navigate and control your mixer faster than ever.
Managing a mix with 32 channels and multiple effects returns can be a daunting task. Modern mixers have tried to address the problem of managing complex mixes by providing population/view groups that reduce the channels you’re viewing at one time and DCAs that allow you to control a group of channels. We’ve combined the best parts of these solutions—and removed the strict limits to the number of groups—by introducing Filter DCAs.
With Filter DCAs, you can control and navigate your mix with finesse and precision. Start by choosing Channel Types, which assign an icon and name to a channel (kick, snare, guitar, and so on) so you can quickly identify what’s on each channel. UC Surface uses this information to create Filter DCAs automatically (Drums, Guitars, etc.). With this done for you, you can focus on setting up your mix. You can also create your own Filter DCAs with one or more input channels, effects returns, the tape inputs, and the digital returns.
A Filter DCA can contain any combination of the available input channels and effects returns, and you can create more than 30 Filter DCA groups to fit your needs—far more than with the population groups and DCAs offered by high-end mixers. You can include the same channel in lots of different Filter DCAs, thereby slicing and dicing the mix in various creative ways.
Filter DCAs also work independently on each mix giving you control of the same group on the main mix or any aux mix. Say you want to turn up all the drums in the main mix and then turn them all down in the bass player’s aux mix; you can do it with ease thanks to Filter DCAs.
All of your Filter DCAs consolidate into one Filter DCA Masters view where you can mix the groups. Want to drill down? Just touch a button to “spill” that group into the channel view and adjust the mix of the individual channels within a Filter DCA group. Then exit right back to the Masters view. With your selection of Filter DCAs and the Masters view, you can create your own custom layer that puts exactly the channels and groups you need under your fingers.
This is going to change the way you mix!
UC Surface in the Studio
UC Surface makes creating monitor mixes with Studio 192-series interfaces quick and easy so you can focus on recording. Because UC Surface can run wirelessly on an iPad or Windows touchscreen computer, it doesn’t have to share screen real estate with a DAW, and musicians can dial in their monitor mixes remotely without an expensive personal monitor system. UC Surface also unlocks the complete speaker management system built into Studio 192-series interfaces.
Get a better mix with tuning wizards and measurement tools.
Rational Acoustics’ Smaart Measurement Technology™ is the industry standard for professional room tuning and measurement for live tours and system installs. PreSonus UC Surface and Virtual StudioLive® are the only mixing applications that integrate Smaart® with easy-to-use wizards, making it quick and easy to take advantage of these powerful tools (StudioLive AI-series console and rack mount mixers only). You can also view an overlay of the spectrograph or RTA on any EQ graph to help you identify problem areas and keep your mix free of feedback and distortion. Learn more about UC Surface’s Smaart tools.
Safe, sane, and secure
Securing the mixing station can be crucial when you need to step away. Securing your wireless remote-control system is an even bigger issue because a hacker could be anywhere in the venue. That’s why UC Surface has security features that effectively protect the entire system—in addition to whatever protection your wireless router affords. UC Surface lets you set permissions that determine which features can be controlled from each iPad or computer on the network. You can also completely block any iOS device from accessing the network entirely, even if someone has the router password.