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IP-64

It’s big and it’s powerful. This 32-fader (or larger) digital mixing console is a dream machine with IP networking, operator prompts, and even a touchscreen interface that recognizes smartphone gestures. The IP-64 large-format mixing console with IP audio networking is a solid, intuitively laid out console that doesn’t require a week of console school to learn how to operate.
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Wheatstone’s top-of-the-line digital mixing console includes AES67 compatibility, touchscreen control, and WheatNet-IP networking for routing and controlling audio anywhere within a TV facility. Available in 32-fader frame sizes on up, the IP-64 owes its ease of use to several advances in design and technology not found in other fixed-location audio consoles:

  • AES67 compatible IP audio network with all the necessary broadcast audio tools and controls integrated into one robust, distributed network.

  • Simple tabbed menu on a touchscreen panel, which eliminates a “sea of knobs” for basic functions such as setting talkback, configuring bus matrices, muting mic groups, and managing sources.

  • Touchscreen interface that lets board ops use “pinching” and other familiar smartphone gestures to easily make changes. Adjust audio EQ by moving a bargraph with your finger, or pinch the waveform to make it narrower.

  • With all I/O managed through the IP network, the IP-64 has no limitations with fixed connection points on the console chassis itself. Any channel can connect to any audio source, using any preferred audio format at any time, whether it’s HD/SDI, AES, MADI, AoIP, Analog or TDM.

  • Operator prompts that provide helpful instructions for guiding board ops through function changes in order to fast-track live productions.

  • Per-channel OLEDs for displaying all relevant editing and operating functions at a glance. In addition, all OLEDs across the board can be grouped together in Expanded Mode to present parameters side-by-side for comparison and adjustment.

  • Drill-down interrogation of functions and settings to show sources, levels and muting or for a quick view of the entire mix-minus matrix in one glance. Useful for interrogating specific or groups of busses and any sources or outputs associated with them.

  • IP network access to all sources in the network, as well as every destination visible from the console.

 

 

WheatNet-IP Network

The new IP-64 joins the Dimension Three, Series Four and Series Two networked consoles as Wheatstone’s top-of-the-line digital mixing console with WheatNet-IP networking for routing and controlling audio within a TV facility. The IP-64 is available with new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine for DSP resources and tying 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.

Wheatstone’s new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine can handle 1,024 channels of audio, giving the IP-64 the ability to handle the most challenging productions for fixed installations. It offers specialty features such as automatically crossfading between inputs as the switcher or automation system cuts or dissolves between video sources and optimizing levels of group microphones during a dialogue. Unrestricted routing means being able to have all faders available to dial up whatever mix you need; the days of having to block out channels based on input type are a thing of the past, as is having to repurpose inputs because of physical chassis limitations.

The IP-64 can be pre-configured with any combination of sub-mixes, aux sends and mix-minuses based on available resources and provides an impressive list of capabilities such as a bus-minus (N-1) output for every input channel — in addition to two stereo and two 5.1 surround master busses. It offers up-mixing and down-mixing between stereo and 5.1 surround, plus a full complement of stereo and 5.1 surround panning with EQ and dynamics processing available for each input, each subgroup and each program bus. For overall control, this digital mixing console uses motorized faders, each of which controls two sources that can be mono, stereo, or full 5.1. Faders can be “paged” together or separately. Each fader also has a “spill” function, which allows its individual channels to spill out onto adjacent faders (two for stereo or six for 5.1 sources).

 

  • IP networked console
  • AES67 compatibility
  • Touchscreen interface (multi-touch) on every meterbridge display screen
  • OLED displays for editing by the channel, or for side-by-side comparison of settings across the board
  • IP network access to any source: HD/SDI, AES, MADI, AoIP, Analog or TDM
  • Flexible I/O layering and profiling of channels
  • Native IP interface to major production automation systems
  • Built-in audio clip player  
  • USB interface for Flash drives  
  • Loudness Metering with large LKFS readout and momentary, short-term peak reading and program duration level history display
  • Pre-configurable with custom combination of sub-mixes, AUX sends, track outputs, and mix-minuses
  • Bus-minus (N-1) output for every input channel
  • Two 5.1 surround master output busses
  • Two stereo master output busses
  • Up/down mixing between 5.1 and stereo
  • Motorized faders, each controlling two mono, stereo or 5.1 sources
  • Faders can be paged together or separately
  • Spill function on each fader, allowing each fader to spill out onto adjacent faders
  • Full digital audio processing on all inputs and major output busses (EQ, comp/limiter, expander/gate, high/low pass filters)
  • Programmable delay applicable to inputs and outputs
  • Automatic microphone mixing (AutoMix) with 3 priority levels for Guest, Host and Grand Host
  • Audio-follow-video switching (AFV)
  • 4 programmable soft knobs per input – can be assigned any control function on the console
  • 8 fully programmable switches per input for implementing custom routing and switching functions
  • 2 full color OLED displays per input for showing programmable function settings and parameters
  • 4 user presets for programmable controls and on-the-fly recall at the touch of a button
  • Function Expand feature for mapping EQ, dynamics, AUX and mix-minus functions to physical controls at the touch of a button
  • Interrogate function for at-a-glance visibility of channel settings and assignments
  • Full color OLED display above every fader for showing channel status and source names
  • Layer slide function (with isolate) for working with fader channel numbers greater than the physical fader count
  • 99 show presets for complete recall of console setups
  • Offline setup softwa

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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.

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