Studer debuts ‘radically lower priced’ Vista 1 Compact
Studer has unveiled a new digital console in the shape of the Vista 1 Compact, describing it as ‘a true Studer Vista console in a compact and low-cost configuration that will surprise many engineers’. The desk has been designed as fully standalone, including the control surface, I/O connections and DSP in a single chassis.
Intended for both fixed and portable applications, the manufacturer describes the console as ‘priced at a considerably lower point than other products in the Vista range’. The desk’s design is largely based on the Vista 5 and includes the manufacturer’s Vistonics system. Other features are listed as ‘true broadcast monitoring’ plus talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control.
A new feature for the Vista range, meanwhile, is an integral jingle player which uses audio files on a USB stick as a source. The effects can be triggered via a series of eight dedicated keys in the master section.
The Vista 1 Compact’s DSP engine supports 96-channels, handling mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs, while onboard I/O includes 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and eight stereo AES ins and outs. Two models are available, boasting either 32 or 22 faders, both of which offer a redundant PSU and ReLink integration.
For applications requiring extended I/O, the console is also compatible with the manufacturer’s D21m card via a slot on the rear of the chassis, allowing Madi, AES, AoIP, ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital, and SDI connections. A Madi link can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.
Also newly announced by the Harman Professional brand is v4.7 software for all Vista consoles, bringing 30-band graphic EQ functionality to all channels, in addition to the existing four-band parametric EQ.
Assignment and selection of the graphic EQ is via the Vistonics touch screen, whilst control of the frequency bands is then mapped onto either the channel faders or Vistonics rotary controls. As an added bonus for Vista 9 owners, the desk’s FaderGlow will illuminate red when the faders are used for the graphic EQ function, with the channel name screens indicating the band’s frequency. A combined EQ curve is also displayed in the Vistonics section.
The v4.7 software is available as an upgrade for all Studer Vista consoles which utilise the SCore Live DSP core, and is dependant on DSP configuration.