Aura8-IP BLADE

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Aura8-IP BLADE

Rack up eight audio processors in one networkable unit. Convenient, cost-effective, and more than able enough, the Aura8-IP audio processing BLADE as ample I/O and eight fully independent Vorsis multiband stereo audio processors on board.
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NOTE: This is the ORIGINAL Aura8-IP built as a STANDARD BLADE. A new BLADE-3 version of the Aura8-IP is available. 

The 1RU BLADE offers processing control and network connectivity through the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network and full AGC, compression and limiting functions for HD, streaming or podcasting separate channels of programming in one unit.

The Aura8-IP BLADE audio processor brings two of Wheatstone’s core technologies together: Vorsis ultra-high resolution audio processing and the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. Merging these technologies in a single product provides a convenient and cost effective way to access audio processing wherever you need it on your WheatNet-IP network. The Aura8-IP-occupies a single rack space, but packs in an impressive eight fully independent Vorsis® multi-band stereo audio processors.

Each processing chain consists of a 4-band parametric equalizer followed by a crossover and three bands of compression. The compressors each feed their own limiters, whose outputs are then fed to a broadband lookahead limiter for tight peak control. The Aura8-IP has its own local I/O, with four stereo pairs of AES digital audio and four stereo pairs of analog line level audio in and out, and can function as a standalone processing engine. Because it’s a BLADE, it can also instantly configure itself as part of a new or existing WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, making its processing power available throughout that network.

The Aura8-IP is configured and controlled over Ethernet using a laptop or desktop computer. Included with the unit is Wheatstone’s acclaimed “Guru” GUI software, which allows easy setup of the processing using familiar, straightforward controls. Also available is a more sophisticated control interface called “GUI Pro,” which provides access to every individual processing parameter for expert-level adjustments.

 

Performance Specs for All BLADEs:

ANALOG BLADE

Inputs: 

Electronic differential, >10KΩ (bridging)

Optimum source impedance <1KΩ

Outputs:

<10Ω, 20Hz-20kHz

Optimum load impedance >600Ω

Frequency response: ±0.25dB, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

THD: +n0.04%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

Noise: -85dBu; -109dBr ref max level out

Gain range: ±18db, inputs and outputs

Maximum input: +24dBu

Maximum output: +24dBu

A>D converter: ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter: DAC 24bit advanced ∑Δ

 

DIGITAL BLADE

Inputs:

Balanced 110Ω AES-3, S/PDIF compatible

Outputs:

Balanced 110Ω AES-3 only

Frequency response: Flat, 20Hz-20kHz, ref -20dBFS, +4dBu

THD: +n0.0009%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref -20dBFS, +4dBu

Noise: -141dBFS, ref max level out

Gain range: ±18db, inputs and outputs

Maximum input: 0dBFS

Maximum output: 0dBFS

Sample rate converters: 32-96kHz, 16-24bit, on all inputs

AES channel status: Standard implementation

 

MIC BLADE

Inputs:

Electronic differential, >2KΩ (bridging)

Optimum source impedance <200Ω

Outputs:

<10Ω, 20Hz-20kHz

Optimum load impedance >600Ω

Frequency response: ±0.5dB, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

THD: +n0.02%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

Noise: -85dBu; -109dBr ref max level out

Reference level: -50dBu

Gain range: +20 to +80dB, inputs; ±18db, outputs

Maximum input: -10dBu

Maximum output: +24dBu

A>D converter: ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter: DAC 24bit Advanced ∑Δ

  • Highest performance 24-bit A/D and D/A convertors
  • 8 complete Vorsis multiband processors, each with:
  • 4-band parametric equalizer
  • 3-way crossover
  • 3 compressors
  • 3 limiters
  • Final lookahead limiter
  • Two 8-channel utility mixers
  • 4 AES digital inputs on RJ-45 and “D” connectors
  • 4 stereo analog inputs on RJ-45 and "D" connectors
  • 4 AES digital outputs on RJ-45 and “D” connectors
  • 4 stereo analog outputs on RJ-45 and "D" connectors
  • Can be used standalone or as part of a WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network
  • Built-in router control
  • Front panel headphone jack
  • Socketed output chips
  • Front panel metering
  • Rugged power supply
  • Colorful OLED display
  • Silence sensing can be applied to any output
  • One Gigabit Ethernet port

Inputs 

4 Stereo Analog inputs on “D” connectors and RJ-45

4 AES Digital inputs on “D” connectors and RJ-45

Outputs

4 Stereo Analog outputs on “D” connectors and RJ-45

4 AES Digital outputs on “D” connectors and RJ-45

Logic

12 Universal Logic ports 

Processing

8 stereo Vorsis embedded multi-band processing chains, each with 4-band parametric equalizer, 3-way crossover, 3 compressors, three limiters, broadband lookahead limiter PRESETS Non-volatile memory Storage for 80 presets Factory More than 25 pre-installed and write-protected New factory presets can be downloaded from the Wheatstone Processing web site and installed via the Aura8-IP Software

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Specifications for all BLADEs...

 

ANALOG BLADE I/O

Inputs             Electronic differential, >10KΩ (bridging) Optimum source impedance <1KΩ

Outputs          <10Ω, 20Hz-20kHz Optimum load impedance >600Ω

Connectors         

DB25 Female, requires DB25 Male cable end connectors

RJ45, requires straight-wired RJ45 plugs

Frequency response   ±0.25dB, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

THD+n                      0.04%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

Noise                       -85dBu; -109dBr ref max level out

Gain range               ±18db, inputs and outputs

Maximum input         +24dBu

Maximum output       +24dBu

A>D converter          ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter          DAC 24bit advanced ∑∆

 

DIGITAL BLADE I/O

Inputs            Balanced 110Ω AES-3, S/PDIF compatible

Outputs          Balanced 110Ω AES-3 only

Connectors         

DB25 Female, requires DB25 Male cable end connectors

RJ45, requires straight-wired RJ45 plugs

Frequency response         Flat, 20Hz-20kHz, ref -20dBFS, +4dBu

THD+n                           0.0009%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref -20dBFS, +4dBu

Noise                            -141dBFS, ref max level out

Gain range                    ±18db, inputs and outputs

Maximum input              0dBFS

Maximum output            0dBFS

Sample rate converters   32-96kHz, 16-24bit, on all inputs

AES channel status         Standard implementation

 

MIC BLADE I/O

Inputs         

Electronic differential, >2KΩ (bridging)

Optimum source impedance <200Ω

Outputs           <10Ω, 20Hz-20kHz  Optimum load impedance >600Ω

Connectors          

XLR-F, requires XLR-M cable connector (microphone inputs)

DB25 female, requires DB25 Male cable end connectors (analog outputs)

RJ45, requires straight-wired RJ45 plugs (analog outputs, logic ports, & gigabit Ethernet

Frequency response     ±0.5dB, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

THD+n          0.02%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

Noise          -85dBu; -109dBr ref max level out

Reference level           -50dBu

Gain range                  +20 to +80dB, inputs; ±18db, outputs

Maximum input           -10dBu

Maximum output          +24dBu

A>D converter            ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter            DAC 24bit Advanced ∑∆

 

IP88CB CONSOLE AUDIO BLADE

Inputs

2 analog mic, patchable, with variable gain and +48V phantom

XLR mic in, RJ45 mic out

4 AES digital with SRC, RJ45

4 stereo analog, RJ45

Outputs

4 stereo analog, PGM A-B-C-D, RJ45

1 stereo analog, control room, XLR

1 stereo analog, studio, XLR

1 stereo analog, headphone, phone jack and RJ45

1 stereo analog, cue, phone jack and RJ45

4 AES digital, PGM A-B-C-D, RJ45

Mix Engine                Internal mix engine for E-1 control surface

A>D converter          ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter          DAC 24bit advanced ∑∆

Sample Rate Convertors          32-96KHz, 16-24 bit on all digital inputs

 

AURA8-IP PROCESSING BLADE

Inputs         8 AES Digital inputs on “D” connectors and RJ-45.

Outputs        8 AES Digital outputs on both “D” connectors and RJ-45.

Logic          12 Universal Logic ports

Processing: 8 Vorsis Embedded stereo 3-band processing chains, each with 4-band parametric equalizer, 3-way crossover, 3 compressors, three limiters, broadband lookahead limiter

 

Common Specs:

LOGIC I/O

Connector       RJ45 (2), 12 channels

Voltage          +5VDC to GND,  +5VDC and GND provided

Current          100mA max source/sink

 

ETHERNET

Connectors   RJ45

Cable          CAT5E or CAT6

Audio transport          Gigabit Ethernet   1000BASE-T, used for all BLADE-to-BLADE audio traffic

Utility interface          100BASE-TX for future use

 

SYSTEM

Sample rate          44.1 or 48kHz, user selectable in software

Sync                    Internal or external, External sync input on any I/O digital BLADE

Reference level     0dBFS=+4dBu (+4dBu=1.23VRMS)

Latency                0.5mS, BLADE to switch to BLADE

 

PHYSICAL 

Dimensions         

19"/48.3cm wide, 1-3/4"/4.5cm high 

13-1/4"/33.7cm deep 

15-1/4"/38.7cm deep with connectors

Shipping weight          14lbs/6.4kg

Power consumption

ip88a: 49VA, 30W 

ip88d: 23VA, 12W 

ip88ad: 35VA, 19W

ip88m: 35VA, 19W 

ip88cb: 35VA, 19W

ip88e: 18VA, 10W

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