Just two of the handy production features for the Dimension One are Automatic Mic Mixing to automatically optimize the levels of several microphones during dialogue, and Audio-Follow-Video (AFV), which allows the console to automatically control input channels based on the current video source. (News and sports coverage just became more effortless than ever!) The console features two 5.1 mixing busses. Upmixing and downmixing between stereo and 5.1 sources and busses is built in, along with a full complement of stereo and 5.1 surround panning controls.
An IP networked console, the Dimension One interfaces into the WheatNet-IP audio network, a fully integrated system that ships with all the audio tools, control functions, and network capabilities needed to take full advantage of IP audio. It is available with new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine for DSP resources and tying into the network. Wheatstone’s new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine can handle 1,024 channels of audio, giving Wheatstone IP consoles the ability to handle challenging productions. All the mixes generated by the Dimension One can be routed to any available outputs on the audio network, including input faders on other network-connected control surfaces. Operators can assign any source of any type to any fader, and share I/O resources with other consoles in the network. This kind of power and modular flexibility provides the extra redundancy that is so critical to broadcast operations, with auto-failover DSP processing on the board and the kind of I/O connectors that stand up to the broadcast environment, not to mention easy setup and operation.
The DSP power and intelligence behind Dimension One’s design have enabled us to include features that have never before been seen in a product in this price class. These features, normally seen only on high-end TV audio consoles, afford operator convenience as well as impressive automation capabilities.
Automatic Microphone Mixing: When airing a panel discussion, forum, or other program where many microphones are located close together, an audio operator has his work cut out for him. Automatic Microphone Mixing takes this difficult task out of the hands of the operator by monitoring the level coming from each microphone and automatically bring up only those that are being spoken into.
Audio Follow Video (AFV): Audio Follow Video works in conjunction with the video production switcher or production automation system. When engaged, the audio console will automatically crossfade between inputs as the switcher or automation system cuts or dissolves between video sources.
Spill: Usually, it’s extremely convenient to be able to control the level of an entire 5.1 surround source package with a single fader. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to individually trim the levels within that package. For example, we might need to knock down the subwoofer level, or increase the center channel gain slightly. On the Dimension One, this is easy. Just press the “Spill” button on the fader. Instantly, the six signals of the 5.1 source will be spread across six separate faders and labeled for you, and the motorized faders will snap to the current levels. Make your adjustment, turn spill off, and everything switches back to normal.
For overall control, this control surface uses motorized faders. The surface is layered, so that each fader controls two sources, each of which can be mono, stereo, or full 5.1. Faders can be “paged” together or separate. Each fader also has a “spill” function, which allows its individual channels to spill out onto separate faders (two for stereo or six for 5.1 sources). LED displays always indicate a fader’s current source to eliminate operator confusion.
Dimension One provides an impressive 16 mix-minus busses and eight AUX sends. Four DCMs (digitally controlled masters) and 16 true audio groups are available. Each input, each subgroup, and each program bus output has equalization and dynamics processing available. Comprehensive confidence feed also included.
The D-8EX interfaces into the WheatNet-IP audio network, a fully integrated system that ships with all the audio tools, control functions, and network capabilities needed to take full advantage of IP audio. It is available with new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine for DSP resources and tying into the network. Wheatstone’s new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine can handle 1,024 channels of audio, giving Wheatstone IP consoles the ability to handle challenging productions. All the mixes generated by the D-8EX can be routed to any available outputs on the audio network, including input faders on other network-connected control surfaces. Operators can assign any source of any type to any fader, and share I/O resources with other consoles in the network. This kind of power and modular flexibility provides the extra redundancy that is so critical to broadcast operations, with auto-failover DSP processing on the board and the kind of I/O connectors that stand up to the broadcast environment, not to mention easy setup and operation.
Utilizing the Wheatstone network technology, the D-8EX can be configured with any combination of analog and digital inputs. Those inputs can be mono mic or line, stereo, or 5.1. Stereo and 5.1 surround output busses allow you to feed both your HD and SD program streams with no fuss.
CONTROL SURFACE FRAME CAPACITIES:
2 Bay Frame up to 12 Physical Input Faders
3 Bay Frame up to 24 Physical Fader Channels
4 Bay Frame up to 36 Physical Fader Channels
IS-D20 - Input Channel Panel (4 Faders per panel; each fader can be mono, stereo or 5.1 surround).
Note: all input faders can be PAGED (i.e.12 physical faders = 24 input channels)
TFT LCD flat panels, programmable in software.
Master Control Panels:
MFS-D20 - Group/Master Output Control Panel
EFS-D20 - Monitor, EQ, Aux/Mix-Minus Control, Event Store/Recall, Test Tones, Surround Pan, Router, Mode, Bus Assign.
DCM-D20 - Compressor/Limiter/Gate,
Talback Assign, Channel Delay, Confidence Feed, Aux Send Masters, Global Page, DCM Masters.
DSP Engine Link - Fiber (SFP module) or
Copper UTP (RJ-45) - dual connectors for redundant operation.
Administrative Port - 100M Ethernet -
Copper UTP (RJ-45); for setup only.
Power - Dual HiPower DB-5 connectors for redundant operation.
Two 5.1 Program busses with auto upmix.
Two Stereo Program busses with auto downmix.
16 Sub-Groups configurable in software as stereo or 5.1 surround.
8 Auxiliary Sends configurable in software as Stereo or Mono.
16 dedicated mono Mix-Minus busses.
Up to 72 Bus-Minus mixes. Each Bus minus output is a discrete Mix-Minus feed or Direct Out “clean feed” from every input fader channel.
Four Control Room/ Studio feeds each with independent muting and tally control.
PFL and AFL Monitor outputs.
Dedicated and programmable Talkback to Aux Sends, Mix-Minus, Bus-Minus and Monitor Mixes.
Any mic, analog line, AES-3, HD/SD SDI, or MADI input may be routed to any input fader or monitor pot.
Any output mix may be routed to any combination of analog, digital AES-3, or MADI outputs.
All surface settings may be stored/recalled for up to 100 named events.
This white paper by Wheatstone's Scott Johnson asks and answers the question, "What is Dimension One and its Network First design philosophy, and what can these things do for me?
This full-color brochure provides detailed information about Dimension One.
Wheatstone WheatNet-IP for Television Overview and Planning Guide - details differences between consoles and how they work with WheatNet-IP.
This brochure details the At-Home Production (REMI) capabilities of Wheatstone's WheatNet-IP system used with our TV audio consoles.
This document summarizes information on the various Bridge TDM router frames and the card options available for each. This is a quick overview for those who want a simple reference to the available hardware.
This paper examines QoS, transport, protocols and other issues relevant to extending AoIP networks for sharing resources and controlling studios across a wider area network.
Shows the new products we are working on for 2016
A full-color brochure describing the BLADE-3 line of WheatNet-IP network access points.
This brochure provides overviews of the entire WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. It includes technical details as well as acts as a catalog for all Control Surfaces, BLADES and Accessories.
This is the owner's manual for the Dimension One Digital Surround TV Audio Console.
This is the overall owner's manual for the Wheatstone Gibraltar Network (formerly known as BRIDGE-TDM).
A document describing configuration of the Cisco 3750G, 3560G, 3650 and 3850 ethernet switches for use with the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network.
This is a technical manual covering all of the WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s.
This document shows simplified diagrams of the proper wiring and connections for logic I/O on WheatNet-IP BLADEs.
This document is a brief description of the logic function names used in the Wheatstone WheatNet-IP system.
IP Audio Networks: Planning for Reliability A white paper by Andrew Calvanese, VP Engineering, Wheatstone Corporation
WheatNet-IP brings added convenience and simplicity to the configuration of a PC- based automation system such as RCS Zetta. Where once it was necessary to employ a specialized sound card, discrete analog or digital audio wiring, a logic interface, and control cabling, with WheatNet-IP’s PC Driver, we can accomplish all of this over a single Ethernet cable. The driver effectively acts as a WheatNet-IP BLADE, and lets the PC enjoy full access to all aspects of the WheatNet-IP intelligent network. The driver is available in versions that offer one, four, eight, twelve, and twenty-four stereo input and output channels. For situations where discrete outputs from Zetta players are desired, we recommend at least the four-channel version of the driver.
This is a GREAT article from Pro Audio Asia...
Reprint of October 2016 article from Radio Magazine on the Hubbard broadcasting in Phoenix.
Saga Modernizes with Wheatstone by Jeff Den Adel, Engineer, Saga
Building an AoIP Network with BLADES by Amanda Hopp
IP At Center of Rogers' Console Decision by Mike McCabe, Engineerin Manager Rogers Broadcasting
A look at sending audio over IP via packets, and network considerations such as latency and jitter. A Radio World Engineering Extra by Greg Massey and Jon McClintock. Reprinted by permission.
In this video, we quickly cover the features and advantages of Wheatstone's Dimension One television audio console.
A Comparison of Wheatstone Television Audio Consoles
In this video series, Phil Owens takes Scott Fybush through each of the Wheatstone TV Audio consoles, explaining functionality and outlining similarities and differences.
These two videos are the first in the series, taking a close look at Dimension Three.
To see the others, please click here.