Wheatstone advances IP audio networking for television sound
Wheatstone has extended the use of its Gibraltar IP Mix Engine as an IP audio interface for the Dimension Three, Series Four, Series Two, D-8EX, and IP-64 digital mixing consoles. Capable of simultaneously processing 1,024 channels, the Gibraltar IP Mix Engine provides these audio consoles with direct connectivity to WheatNet-IP, which is an AES67-compatible IP audio network. In addition to tools such as audio processing and two 8x2 stereo mixers at every access point, WheatNet-IP audio network I/O Blades now provide 5.1 surround input and routing. Surround sound can be routed and managed through WheatNet-IP’s Navigator software and controlled via scripting and the WheatNet-IP Blade ACI.
With all I/O managed through the IP network, the IP console reportedly has no limitations with fixed connection points on the console chassis itself. The manufacturer states that any channel can connect to any audio source, using any preferred audio format at any time, whether it’s HD/SDI, AES, Madi, AoIP, analogue or TDM. In addition, according to Wheatstone this negates the need to add soundcards, so that any crosspoint in the network can be heard with the audio moved around the studio. VTRs, mics and mixing consoles can reportedly use it as a common platform for resource sharing in live broadcast and postproduction applications. Based on AoIP, multiple stereo channels can be directly transferred from the DAW to the console bypassing the need to add any A/D/A converters, states Wheatstone.
The North Carolina-based manufacturer has also developed the LXE IP audio console, similarly designated for use on the WheatNet-IP audio network. The fully-flexible control interface is equipped with programmable switches, rotary controls and fader groupings allowing it to be remotely located and operated from another studio. The LXE incorporates completely customisable architecture, with pull-down configuration software allowing every switch on the surface to be programmed for function, mode and RGB LED colour. The software allows every button to be scripted, reportedly allowing the creation of macros on as many controls as required. Control flexibility allows it to access thousands of signals, for which sources and destinations are limited only by the size of the network.
Available in sunken countertop, countertop and split frames, the LXE can host up to 32 physical motorised faders all with full DSP. Whilst the surfaces interface into the WheatNet-IP network, Blade-3s can be relied upon for audio, control and data transported on the Cat-6 cabling infrastructure. The manufacturer states that the system can ingest and convert virtually all audio formats, including analogue, microphone, AES/EBU, SPDIF, AoIP, Madi, SDI and AES67. Loudness metering, phase reversal and full EQ and dynamics are also included. A new GUI has pre-built screens for metering, clocks, timers, dynamics, EQ, and assigns, which are touchscreen accessible.