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Wheatstone goes virtual at IBC

Wheatstone goes virtual at IBC
Wheatstone's Jay Tyler with Glass LXE

Wheatstone goes virtual at IBC

Wheatstone’s Glass LXE virtual console is new for IBC 2019

Broadcasters seeking a virtual solution are catered for at IBC 2019 with Wheatstone’s Glass LXE virtual console. The console acts as a standalone UI for the WheatNet-IP audio network and is laid out similarly to the network’s flagship LXE hardware control surface. Glass LXE can be used anywhere there’s a PC touchscreen or several touchscreens connected over that network, and offers a studio-ready user interface with familiar buttons, knobs and multi-touch navigation and menuing for EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings.

Wheatstone has also added several new advancements for radio broadcasters to its flagship audio processor platform, AirAura. The company explains that it has been seeking a new solution to dynamics control and pre-emphasis management and, having witnessed the possibilities with DSP, has applied similar thinking to FM pre-emphasis and peak control. The result is Limitless FM peak control technology that reconstructs the audio after the application of pre-emphasis. According to Wheatstone, this means ‘no more dull, smeary highs or spitty audio, just a clean high end that’s matched to the texture of your audio’.

The X5 also integrates Unified Processing, which allows the processor to share information between all stages. In the X5, the iAGC, Dynamics and Limitless Clipper work together, with changes made automatically and in real-time. The unit has been designed as 31 independent filter banks with no crossovers to colourise the audio. Additionally, the X5 offers a suite of static and dynamic RDS features along with multi-stream UECP support.

Aside from processing enhancements, the unit houses a host of synchronisation and remote logging tools, such as Live Logger, while Wheatstone’s HD/FM audio alignment technology joins the X5 in the form of the FM&HD Livelock.

The manufacturer has also introduced a virtual console for TV applications. Virtual Dimension Three is a multitouch virtual console with 64 faders onscreen which interfaces with major production automation systems, including those by Ross Video, Grass Valley and Sony. Also acting a standalone interface for the WheatNet-IP audio network, the surface can be used anywhere on the network that features a touchscreen and comes with a rackmount mix engine to handle mixing and processing.

Lastly, the StageBox One is a 4U device that extends console I/O, providing 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analogue line outputs, eight AES3 inputs and eight AES3 outputs, as well as 12 logic and dual Ethernet ports. Its heavy-duty construction makes it suited to on-the-go applications, such as remote sporting events. The StageBox One works with all WheatNet-IP audio networked consoles.

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