Our IP networked Series Four answers the industry’s need for a professional audio console for today’s automated television studio. It’s made to work with all the popular automation systems, yet has the size, feel and features that are conducive to fast-paced live production.
Unlike semi-pro recording or live reinforcement consoles, the Series Four is a professional broadcast console with the size, feel and module width needed for today’s fast-paced live production. It has a complete tally system and true surround with up/down mixing between 5.1 and stereo, plus busses and mix-minus galore.
This IP networked console is made to work with today’s production automation systems -- it offers native IP interface into all the major production automation systems. Yet, it has all the important broadcast-specific features, such as automatic studio muting, machine control logic, de-embedding inputs, 5.1 surround capability, balanced or unbalanced AES inputs, router integration, and flexible monitoring capability.
The Series Four features 24 motorized input faders, two main mix busses, four subgroups, up to 48 channel mix-minuses, four mix minus busses, and two AUX sends, plus extensive processing. All input channels have 4-band parametric EQ sections, tunable high and low pass filters, and compressor/limiters, plus expander/gate and programmable delay for lip-sync correction.
Faders can be mono, stereo or surround.
And unlike sound reinforcement consoles, the new Series Four mixing console offers a direct bus-minus feed with IFB from each channel plus four front panel assignable mix-minus busses. With a possible total of 52 outputs, all IFB needs should be more than covered, and the common bus selection function provides tremendous flexibility in how IFB is managed.
An IP networked console, the Series Four 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 Series Four 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 touchscreen setup and operation.The Series Four integrates seamlessly with production automation systems so operators can, for example, change routing or automatically crossfade between inputs as the switcher or automation system cuts or dissolves between video sources.
This console can take it all in -- analog, AES, MADI and HD/SDI input signals -- and deliver any source or console bus to any destination in the broadcast network. Operators will be able to see it all, too, on a large, high-resolution multifunction touchscreen display for capturing information at a glance: metering, channel/bus assignments, and programmable control functions. A LKFS meter for loudness monitoring is also included in the main display.
The Series Four is priced comparable to a semi-pro live sound/recording mixer, and it won't paint broadcasters into a corner should they ever want to add I/Os, mix-minus feeds, or any number of broadcast-specific functions.
This brochure describes the Series Four television audio console from Wheatstone.
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.
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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.
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 is the owner's manual for the Series Four television audio console.
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 the overall owner's manual for the Wheatstone Gibraltar Network (formerly known as BRIDGE-TDM).
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.
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.