Between the screen and the fader bank are the 8 assignable rotaries and buttons. These controls are scrolled using the vertical arrow keys, and address the function of all primary rotary and switch functions on the channels populating this area of the console. The assignable controls adopt colour cues depending upon their function. The ALT button selects the alternative function (if one is available) for each area. Assignable rotaries can be used for input gain, compressor and gate threshold, aux send levels, pan.
To further enhance an already dynamic and flexible user-interface, PR02 features an AREA B. By default, these are the Left, Right and Mono master faders. However, as these faders are seldom used once the show is running, any of the VCA or POPulation groups can be deployed here as an alternative to the primary fader area. This allows the operator to "stick" high-priority channels onto this area of the surface for instant access.
The high-resolution screen remains visible even in direct sunlight. In this aspect, the PRO2's visual support is exceptional, as most conventional consoles become difficult, or impossible to operate in high ambient lighting.
Visual feedback for the entire system is provided by the screen. Pressing the HOME key (just to the left of the assignable controls) instantly displays the console overview screen, which keeps all vital information (all metering, all fader positions, mutes and solos,) in view at all times.
The detail panel is a vertically oriented channel strip, with an almost identical layout to the PRO3, 6 and 9. The controls are configured in a logical, signal-path sequence and are easily identified by their relative positions. Both analogue users and digital adopters will find no difficulty using the large multi-colour LCD channel select buttons for navigating the console.