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Genesys Black

The Ultimate Hybrid Workstation

Genesys Black’s ground-breaking design incorporates the Neve industry revered analogue circuit design alongside the AMS world-leading digital control technology. The result? The perfect console for today’s hybrid studios.

Precision PPM/VU LED Metering
Digitally-Controlled 1073 Preamps
Digitallty-Controlled Bussing and Routing Matrix
In-Line Architecture
Motorized Faders/MDAC Technology
Distinctive Central Multitouch Screen
DAW Faders & Transport Integration
Superme Monitoring
Internal MADI AD/DA Conversion

180° – Click & Drag

Legendary Analogue Sound

1073® Preamps

Each analogue channel strip features digitally-controlled 1073® preamps with exclusive Marinair® transformers.

88R 4-Band/1084 3 Band EQ

Two EQ’s for modern or vintage Neve® flavour – Genesys consoles are the only studio consoles to feature digitally controlled, pure analogue EQ processing.

VCA Compressor/Gate/Expander

The VCA dynamics card, evolved from the 88RS console channel dynamics, provides a digitally controlled Compressor/Gate/Expander for every channel strip.

Plugin-Style Signal Flow

Customise your analogue signal flow with the drag-and-drop processing order feature. Reorder analogue processing as if it was a software plugin –  EQ, Dynamics, and dual-inserts.

Huge Routing Capabilities

Eight aux sends and eight group busses with soft switching & digital routing matrix control speed up studio workflow, automatically handling all routing for every session.

Modern In-line Architecture

The dual input in-line channel strip doubles the channel count when mixing large sessions, with motorised faders providing total dual-layer control of all signal paths.

Neve Flagship Monitoring

88R - Evolved

With a bandwidth that surpasses high sample rate digital audio quality, the Genesys Black’s high headroom mix bus, derived from the 88R console, is enhanced with powerful digital control elements.

Supreme Monitoring

Two stereo and two surround loudspeaker outputs, mirrored with stereo and surround external inputs, deliver unparalleled monitoring options for any studio.

Professional Metering

The consoles PPM/VU scale 48-segment LED meters use 88R ballistics to deliver total accuracy for channel, groups, and mix signals.

Stereo & Surround Mixing

With a digital routing matrix, LCR panning system, 20 bussing paths and multiple outputs, the Genesys Black can mix in stereo, and 5.1 surround simultaneously.

Stem Mixing

Eight mono groups, each with insert, routing, bussing and analogue/digital direct output, are perfect for stem mixing, and the 2T bus is ideal for creating dual-stereo mixes from the same console pass.

FX/Cue Mix Connectivity

Four digitally-controlled stereo reverb returns are ideal for connecting multiple external FX units, and two dedicated cue mixers are perfect for meeting performer demands.

Unique Hybrid Workflow

Total Recall Software

Every Setting on the Genesys Black can be recalled in a matter of minutes. The 1073’s, EQ, Dynamics, soft switches, routing and motorized faders are automatically recalled at the push of a button.

Multitouch Screen

The central multitouch screen is the perfect host for your DAW, providing accurate, hands-on control of all DAW mix and edit parameters with customisable touch response.

Hybrid Workstation

16 Dedicated DAW faders, mutes, cuts, solos, and automation provide total control over in-the-box mixes at all times, with the ability to flip all console faders into DAW mode for the ultimate hybrid workflow.

Total DAW Integration

Expanded transport controls with marker keys, scrub wheel, & custom keyboard armrest with integrated USB sockets make the Genesys Black the perfect creative workstation for modern music production.

Plug & Play Audio Interface

The Genesys Black AD/DA cards handle all conversion internally, connecting via multi-mode MADI optical. With this option installed, all signal paths flow into a single USB cable allowing ultimate plug-and-play for visiting engineer laptops.

Mastering-Grade Conversion

The optional MADI AD/DA converter cards for the Genesys Black have been pitted against the best names in the business and stood out for their clarity, quality and musicality.

GenesysControl Automation

Plugin/Console Integration

Control and automate the console from the DAW with the one-of-a-kind automation plugin. Harness the power and speed of in-the-box workflow while reaping all the benefits of Neve analogue console sound.

Channel Strip Automation

Channel strip soft switches can be controlled from within the DAW; aux sends, processing activation, and hardware insert activation can now be automated from the linear DAW timeline.

EQ & Dynamics Automation

The consoles 1084 or 88R EQ and complete dynamics section controls appear within a fully interactive GUI plugin window, allowing for ultimate control, automatic recall, and automation from your DAW of choice.

Stereo Linking & Channel Naming

Channels can be stereo linked at the push of a button, including channel EQ, dynamics, soft switches and faders. The console scribble strips can be edited from within the DAW plugin, perfectly matching console settings to the DAW session.

Dual-Layer Automation

The GenesysControl plugin enables a powerful feature – automation of the small fader or monitor return. With the plugin installed, the console dual-channel count is enhanced with total control & automation of all mix signals.

Mastering-Section Controls

Not only can every channel strip be controlled and automated from within the DAW, but the GenesysControl Plugin Master GUI also enables complete control of the 8T Group channels, fader, stereo master fader, stereo mix inserts and reverb return levels.

Learn More about GenesysControl

From our Community

Snoop Dogg

“The desk has just taken everything to the next level. We love it”

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The Village Studios

“It’s a fantastic compromise between old and new ways of recording”

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Quad Studios

” It will bring the famous Neve sound into the Hip Hop world!”

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E-Studios

“The GenesysControl plugin is just amazing…”

Carlos Rodgarman

“To say I am blown away by this console is an understatement.”

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Audio Engineers of Detroit

“It makes a difference knowing that you have options in terms of the way you want to work”

An Expert Overview

Learn more about the Genesys Black’s feature set in our 19 part video series with Joe and Graeme. 

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More Information and Support

The Genesys Black comes in multiple configurations to suit every studio’s needs.

  • Genesys Black GB16 (8 Channel Strips, 16 Mix Inputs)
  • Genesys Black GB32 (16 Channel Strips, 32 Mix Inputs)
  • Genesys Black GB48 (24 Channel Strips, 48 Mix Inputs)
  • Genesys Black GB64 (32 Channel Strips, 64 Mix Inputs)
  • Genesys Black GB80 (40 Channel Strips, 80 Mix Inputs)
  • Genesys Black GB96 (48 Channel Strips, 96 Mix Inputs)
  • Optional Producers table section, (700mm wide)

Upgrade Options:

  • 8-channel digitally-controlled analogue 1084 Classic EQ
  • 8 channels of digitally-controlled analogue Neve VCA Dynamics
  • 8 channels of AD/DA conversion (16x inputs/8x outputs); analogue <-> MADI/AES
  • Monitor section AD/DA conversion (6x inputs/20x outputs); analogue <-> MADI/AES

General Specification

  • Total Reset & Total Recall
  • Motorised Analogue/DAW control faders
  • Internal PSU
  • USB stick store, load & reset
  • As-Standard – Neve 88R-style, 4-band EQ
  • Optional  – 1084 Inductor-based EQ
  • Optional  -VCA Dynamics package
  • Optional MADI AD/DA Conversion package
  • Heat Dissipation – 8 channel console < 500 watts, each 16 channel section < 350 watts
  • Power Factor – >0.65
  • Voltage – Input Voltage Range 90 – 250 volts AC only, auto-ranging
  • Current – Standard 8 channel 2.5 to 4 Amps RMS, each 16 channel section 1.5 – 3.0 Amps RMS, Switch-on surge 10 amps for 7ms (average)

Channel Strip I/O

  • Mic input (XLR)
  • Line input (TRS)
  • DAW input (D-Type)
  • 2x tape return (D-Type)
  • Direct output (D-Type)

Channel Processing

  • Digitally-controlled 1073 mic preamplifiers
  • Digitally-controlled 88R-Style 4-band EQ
  • Digitally-controlled 1084 inductor based 3-band EQ
  • Digitally-controlled VCA compressor/gate
  • Dual analogue inserts
  • Drag and drop signal processing interface

Channel Routing

  • Four mono aux sends (pre/post fader & channel/monitor path)
  • Two stereo aux sends (pre/post fader & channel/monitor path)
  • Digital routing matrix
  • In-line architecture (Double mixing channel count)
  • L/R & LCR panning system for channel and monitor paths
  • Motorized fader with MDAC multi-layer control

DAW Control Section

  • Multi-DAW support (Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Nuendo)
  • 16 channel DAW monitoring
  • 16 dedicated DAW faders, cuts, solos, & track arm switches
  • 23″ Multitouch enabled display
  • Stereo DAW metering
  • Expanded DAW transport control section
  • Expanded DAW automation controls
  • DAW fader flip mode for larger mix sessions
  • VPOT control for DAW plugins, pans & aux sends
  • DAW fader channel & bank navigation

Remote preamp Control

  • Control up to 16 4081 remote preamps
  • FNC remote from 1073 encoders

Metering & Monitoring

  • Dual 5.1 loudspeaker outputs
  • Dual Stereo loudspeaker outputs
  • 48-segment LED metering for channel, DAW, 8T, 2T and monitoring
  • PPM/VU scale metering
  • 6 Auxes (4 mono and 2 stereo)
  • 8 groups, 2 main outs
  • 4 stereo effects returns
  • 5.1 mixing & monitoring
  • 2 dedicated cue mixes
  • Full talkback/ return talkback capability

Audio Performance

Mic Input (Electronically Balanced) to Insert Send

  • Headroom – >+27dBu @ 1kHz (<0.5% THD+N)
  • Frequency Response – Typically +/- 0.05dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Distortion (THD+N) – Typically 0.002% @ 1kHz (measured at +20dBu 10Hz to 80kHz filter)
  • Noise (EIN) – <-127.5dBu (20Hz to 22kHz filter, 60dB gain, input terminated 150Ω R)

Line Input to Insert Send

  • Headroom – >+27dBu @ 1kHz (<0.5% THD+N)
  • Frequency Response – Typically +/- 0.05dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Distortion (THD+N) – Typically 0.001% @ 1kHz (measured at +20dBu, 10Hz to 80kHz filter)
  • Noise – <-92dBu (20Hz to 22kHz filter)

Line Input to Direct Output

  • Headroom – >+27dBu @ 1kHz (<0.5% THD+N)
  • Frequency Response – Typically +/- 0.1dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Distortion – (THD+N) Typically 0.001% @ 1kHz (measured at +20dBu, 10Hz to 80kHz filter)
  • Noise – <-90dBu (20Hz to 22kHz filter)

DAW Return Input to Mix Output

  • Headroom – >+27dBu @ 1kHz (<0.5% THD+N)
  • Frequency Response – Typically +/- 0.1dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Distortion (THD+N) – Typically 0.001% @ 1kHz (measured at +20dBu, 10Hz to 80kHz filter)
  • Noise – <-90dBu (20Hz to 20kHz filter, no channel routed) <-88dBu (20Hz to 22kHz filter, 1 channel routed)<-80dBu (20Hz to 22kHz filter, 16 channels routed)

Dimensions

  • Height – 970mm / 38.2″ to top of loudspeaker shelf
  • Fader height – 720mm / 28.3″
  • Height Adjustment – +/-10mm (0.4″)
  • Width – 8 channel console 1409mm / 55.47″, each 16 channel section 672mm / 26.4″
  • Depth – 1004mm / 39.53″ includes loudspeaker shelf
  • Weight- 16 channel console & frame 77kg / 169.75lbs, each 16 channel section & frame 60kg / 132.27lbs

Frequently Asked Questions 

What are the differences between the Genesys & Genesys Black consoles?

The differences between the two consoles are mostly workflow orientated. The original Genesys console is more of a classic console layout, with DAW systems housed peripherally. In contrast, the Genesys Black has these systems integrated into the console surface, making it more of a complete audio workstation for modern studios. Since Genesys does not have the central DAW control section, it can fit more analogue channel strips into a smaller footprint, making it the ideal choice for studios requiring a higher channel count in a smaller frame.

The Genesys console uses a standalone automation package called Encore Plus, where the Genesys Black focuses purely on DAW automation. However, since the release of the groundbreaking Genesys Control plugin, which works across both platforms, both consoles can now be automated in the same way from within the DAW.

The Genesys Black layout includes several additions not found in the Genesys console-

  • Central multitouch screen for DAW hosting
  • 16 dedicated DAW faders
  • Extended armrest buffer with a keyboard cut out, mouse rest and expanded DAW transport controls.
  • DAW metering

What type of 1073 preamps are used on the Genesys Black?

The Genesys and Genesys Black use a modern 1073 design. These preamps are digitally controlled, bringing enormous benefits for session recall and control. The Genesys 1073’s use Marinair transformer-coupled front end, with an electronically balanced output; this topology is ideal for modern console tracking, with just the right amount of Neve colour in the input stage without overwhelming the recording. Each 1073 is adjusted in 5dB steps, with a trim control of +/-15db, allowing for high gain and drive without overloading the outputs.

What does digitally controlled analogue mean?

Digitally controlled analogue gives you the best of both worlds. The Genesys Black console uses a pure, unbroken analogue signal path from input to output, including the 1073’s,  88R & 1084 EQ and VCA dynamics. This pure analogue sound gives Genesys Black its unique sound; however, traditional analogue controls can be slow, difficult to control and painful to recall. This is where the digital control element comes in… By having powerful digital control over Genesys’s pure analogue circuitry, the console can behave like a software plugin with all the benefits involved, such as automation and automatic recall.

Can I control the entire console from the DAW?

Yes, most of the console features can be controlled from the DAW. The Genesys Control plugin enables DAW control over the channel strip EQ, Dynamics, soft switches (insert on/off’s, aux 1-6 on offs), small fader, large fader cuts, and scribble strip. In addition, the master plugin controls the 8T faders, aux masters, reverb returns, main mix inserts and main mix fader. This system allows you to automate all of the essential console features from the linear DAW timeline. Additional rotary controls can not be directly automated from the DAW but can be entirely recalled using the built-in recall software.

I already have an audio interface, do I need to use the Genesys AD/DA conversion?

No, the Genesys Black’s AD/DA MADI cards are optional extras, so if you already have an interface you are comfortable with, you don’t need to pay for more hardware than your studio requires. However, having an additional, high quality, built-in AD/DA interface can be a valuable tool for tracking. We often see clients who use both an external interface for mixing but rely on the Genesys channel AD/DA MADI cards for tracking. They are straightforward to use, extremely reliable and provide a pure translation of the console’s analogue audio into the DAW.

How do I connect the console to my DAW computer?

The Genesys Black DAW control communication is achieved via ethernet connection using third party IP MIDI software; this can use existing studio infrastructure via DHCP switched connections or direct from the DAW computer into the console. If the MADI cards are installed, the console I/O connects via a multi-mode MADI SC duplex connection. This MADI connection can feed through a MADI enabled audio interface such as an RME Madiface to connect via USB to your DAW computer.

Can I integrate the console into custom studio furniture?

The Genesys Black can be configured to fit into your custom studio furniture; our support team can supply dimensions and assist with instructions on removing the side trims and buffer if necessary.

Can I have different types of EQ installed across the Genesys Black?

Yes! Genesys Black’s two EQ types – the 88R 4-band and the 1084 3-band, can be installed in groups of 8 channels. Depending on your console configuration, you can choose which EQ you need on each channel group. The flexibility doesn’t stop there, you can drop any EQ onto the monitor path at the push of a button, and if you want to change the EQ layout across your console, EQ cards can be swapped and upgraded at any point.

Can I add more channels to my console later on?

Yes, the Genesys Black uses modular construction; this allows us to supply consoles with blank sections installed, ready to accept extra channels later. Console channels can then be added 8-at-a-time in into existing 8-channel blank sections.

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