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Studer Combines Performance and Aesthetics with new Vista 1 Black Edition Digital Mixing Console

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Offering an enriched feature set and retaining the ease of use of the groundbreaking Vista 1 digital mixing console in a sleekly designed form factor, HARMAN’s Studer is introducing the Vista 1 Black Edition at IBC 2015.

Thanks to the patented Vistonics™ user interface with 40 on-screen rotary knobs, the Vista 1’s look and feel is identical to that of its larger sister models the Vista X and Vista V. Features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control make the Vista 1 an ideal choice for broadcast, live and production use.

For theatre productions, the Vista 1 comes with the complete toolset for sound designers. The enhanced theatre CUE list includes Character/Actor Library event handling, with MUTE and VCA events handling. CUEs can fire MIDI/MMC events as well as loading different Strip Setups and UAD Plug-In snapshots.

With software v5.3, the Vista 1 Black Edition user will also get the most powerful SpillZone and FollowSolo functionality, as well as a server-based event logger application, which is logging Vista system and user-events.

With an integral DSP engine of 96 channels, the Vista 1 can handle mono, stereo and 5.1 inputs with ease, and is provided with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs and four pairs of AES inputs and outputs on rear panel connections which also can be customized.

I/O can be expanded using the standard Studer D21m card slot on the rear, to allow MADI, AES, AoIP (including AES67), ADAT, TDIF, CobraNet, Dolby E/Digital, SDI connections etc. MADI links can connect to any of the Studer Stagebox range for XLR connectivity as well as other formats.

The Vista 1 also features an integral jingle player, played from audio files on a USB jingle stick (such as station ID or background FX), and triggered by a series of eight dedicated keys in the master section.

The Studer Vista 1 Black Edition also features a redundant PSU for peace of mind, and RELINK integration with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles means the Vista 1 can easily share signals across an entire console network.

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All Mobile Video Adds 10th HARMAN Studer Vista Console to its Lineup with Vista X for New Remote Truck

NEW YORK, New York – All Mobile Video (AMV) has become an industry leader in providing end-to-end video and audio solutions for broadcast, entertainment, programming and events by adopting the latest technologies for its Manhattan and Los Angeles studios and nationwide fleet of mobile production trucks. In outfitting its new, yet-to-be-named remote truck, AMV’s previous positive experience with HARMAN’s Studer led them to Studer’s flagship Vista X large-scale mixing console for broadcast applications.

The new remote truck will be operational by the end of 2015 and will service the type of high-profile entertainment programs AMV excels in producing—their previous credits include the MTV Video Music Awards, the Tournament of Roses parade, the CMT Music Awards, the NCAA Final Four and a “who’s who” of corporate clients.

The Vista X features Studer’s latest Infinity Processing Engine DSP core, which uses CPU-based processors to provide control of 800 or more audio channels and 12 A-Link high-capacity fiber digital audio interfaces to provide more than 5,000 inputs and outputs. The Vista X’s many features include the company’s patented Vistonics™ color touchscreen interface, VistaMix™ automated mic mixing, Quad Star technology that uses four redundant processors to achieve aviation-standard levels of redundancy, Dante connectivity and much more.

Ian Vysick, Audio Development Specialist at AMV, said, “We’ve had a very close relationship with Studer for a long time and their consoles have always performed as promised. From a sonic standpoint, I have yet to find a better-sounding digital console. They’re responsive and easy to use, our operators love them and in fact the people using the consoles ask for them specifically.” On many occasions customers have found and hired AMV because they learned that the company uses Studer consoles.

“This console has everything,” Vysick stated. The Vista X is AMV’s 10th Studer console, and Vysick notes that the company’s mixing engineers are very comfortable with Studer’s onboard dynamics processing and EQ and the way the consoles operate in general, making the step up to the Vista X a logical move. He also points out that because of the expanded internal processing the amount of onboard gear needed gets smaller every time AMV buys a new console – a distinct advantage in the cramped confines of a mobile truck. Because the system has the two Lexicon PCM96 reverb and effects processors integrated into the console, we only need a few pieces of outboard gear to complete what we believe is a really nice package.”

The new truck will provide connectivity for projects of all size and scale. “There’s a ton of MADI in this truck – 11 MADI cards with redundant streams to the video router and to the outside world, connection to multiple ProTools systems, and also a MADI card going straight into the RTS intercom and more,” Vysick noted.

For Vysick, another major advantage of the Vista X is its Dante connectivity. “We’ve integrated Dante into the vehicle alongside the MADI system, so the vehicle is already ahead of the game and will be ready for all future developments.”

All of AMV’s remote trucks are outfitted with Studer Remote Stagebox units and the new vehicle will be equipped with three Remote Stageboxes, all of which will be linked to the Vista X console. “Fiber is now so reliable that the fears in using it have gone away,” Vysick pointed out. “Now we can have everything in house and it’s the cleanest signal possible to the vehicle.”

One of the Stageboxes is equipped with a Dante card. “An advantage of this is I’ll be able to work alongside other vendors in adopting Dante,” Vysick added. “I can talk to PA vendors and intercom vendors and let them know that now that I have a Dante stream inside the venue, they can take my Dante setup and use it as a further tool to integrate the vehicle into the overall system.”

“With the incorporation of Dante, this truck with the Studer Vista X is state-of-the-art and will be ahead the game for years to come,” Vysick concluded.

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Denver Center for the Performing Arts Finds the One for The 12 in HARMAN’s Studer Vista 1 Digital Console

DENVER, Colorado – The Denver Center for the Performing Arts (DCPA) is truly unlike any other production company in the United States. The DCPA is the nation’s largest non-profit theater organization and was founded in 1972 by Broadway producer Donald Seawell who, now at 103 years old, can still be found in his office most days. The DCPA is home to six theaters, all located at the massive Denver Performing Arts Complex, with another theater across the street at the Newman Centre for Theatre Education. Looking to add a new digital console in anticipation of an original production called The 12, the DCPA recently purchased a 32-fader HARMAN Studer Vista 1 digital audio mixer.

The 12 is a rock musical that follows the 12 disciples as they wrestle with fear, uncertainty, anger and love in the days after their Teacher’s death. The 12 was held in the 770-seat Stage Theater, which put the Vista 1 to the test as the front of house console.

The Vista 1 is a compact, all-in-one digital console, with the control surface, I/O system, DSP and power supplies all contained within the board. It is equipped with Studer’s exclusive Vistonics™ user interface and Vista control surface, plus 32 mic/line inputs, 32 line outputs and Multi Mode MADI. An additional Dual MADI card is available for remote stage boxes.

“The 12 required more sound support than is usually required for our productions, and was designed by Zach Williamson,” said John Pryor, Director of Sound for the Theatre Company division of the DCPA. “Zach has worked with Studer in the past and wanted to design the show on a Studer console, so he encouraged us to purchase the Vista 1. But we also listened to the advice of several other colleagues in the industry who recommended Studer and we purchased the Vista on the on strength of a product demo given to us by [Studer US Sales Director] Rob Lewis.”

The 12 was a resounding success and the Vista 1’s performance gave Pryor and his team the confidence to continue working with the console, with an eye on possibly adding more Studer equipment in the future.

“The opening went very well and we are entirely pleased with the Vista 1,” Pryor noted. “We are considering the purchase of two more Vista consoles over the next two years, replacing our legacy analog consoles in each of our primary theaters.”

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AUSTIN, Texas – HARMAN’s Studer will be showcasing a 22-fader version its class-leading Vista 1 digital console, as well as its compact-yet-powerful OnAir 1500 radio console, at the Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Show. The show will take place August 5-6 at the Renaissance Austin Hotel.

The TAB Convention & Trade Show is the largest state broadcast meeting in the United States, featuring two days of management, engineering and sales programs, plus a trade show with industry vendors from around the country.

Measuring just over 1 meter in width, the 22-fader Vista 1 is perfectly suited to small spaces such as those found in OB vans. For smaller vans where the audio console fits into the cab area, the Vista 1 provides a comprehensive solution requiring no additional racks, including integral I/O, DSP and surround sound management including up and down-mixing. The low weight advantages of the desk are immediately obvious.

The Vista 1 uses the same patented user interface as the rest of the Vista family, so existing Vista users will be immediately familiar with all the functionality of the Vistonics™ and FaderGlow™ user interfaces plus features such as true broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control, GPIO, N-x (Mix Minus) busses, snapshot automation and DAW control.

The Studer OnAir 1500 is a 12-channel, 6-fader console (expandable to 12 faders) that is ideal for studios needing an additional professional-grade fader unit and additional I/O or a compact and cost-effective mixing console for a production room or on-air studio. Integrated USB playback and record functions make the OnAir 1500 a very compact yet complete production unit and mixer. With simple point-to-point connectivity it can easily be moved around as a backup or secondary unit.

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TEAFM Starts Off Right with HARMAN’s Studer OnAir 1500 Console

KUCHING, Malaysia – A subsidiary company of KTS Holdings Group TEAFM is a new radio station in Kuching, Malaysia, having first gone to air in mid-July in both English and Mandarin. With the goal of outfitting the new station with cutting-edge audio technology, regional distributor Mahajak Trio Electronic Sdn Bhd supplied a HARMAN Professional system featuring a Studer OnAir 1500 console, JBL studio monitors and AKG microphones and headphones.

According to Mahajak Trio Senior Manager, Sales and Project, Lee Chin Kah, the station was looking for a reliable, fully flexible and cost-effective solution. “TEAFM flew its team to Kuala Lumpur at the beginning of this year and we were pleased to give them a demonstration of the HARMAN system. They were impressed and are pleased with the Studer technology.”

The TEAFM radio station features one main studio and one backup studio, which use Studer OnAir 1500 12-fader console and a Nano SCore router at the MCR for the local insertion unit to be inserted to the different transmission path. In addition, Mahajak supplied JBL LSR4328P studio monitors, AKG 4500BC and D5 microphones, as well as AKG 141MKII for headphones.

Mr. Arif, Broadcast Engineer at TEAFM, said, “I’m very happy with the sound of the JBL LSR4328P studio monitors. The sound is very smooth and detailed over the entire range and their Room Mode Correction (RMC) makes a very noticeable difference in the tonality and detail in the bass. This is really a good studio speaker at the right price point and we made the right choice on this. Thanks to Mahajak Trio for recommending this speaker to us.”

In the MCR, the automation server system will drive the local insertion via the GPI connection to the Nano SCore. Mahajak configured four GPI connections for both studios’ audio feeds to different transmission paths for redundancy. In the event of a main studio failure, the automation will trigger the backup studio via the GPI and feed the audio to both transmission paths automatically.

The Studer OnAir 1500 console offers slim, ergonomic design, and is easy to configure while offering world-class sound quality, advanced built-in features and an affordable price point. The Nano SCore engine frame contains all the control and audio functions, with standard XLR sockets, making any additional breakout panel unnecessary. Future audio expansion is possible with the two separate card slots on the back of the Nano frame.”

“I’m really impressed with the Studer OnAir 1500—it is so simple to configure and it takes me less than 15 minutes to prepare the audio for airing. The console is really user-friendly and requires no advance programming. With a short training from Mr. Lee Chin Kah, I’m now very confident to handle this console with my other staff and thanks to Mahajak Trio for the excellent support.”

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BBC Studios and Post Production Upgrades with HARMAN Studer Vista X

ELSTREE, United Kingdom – The ever-increasing production challenges (and I/O requirements) of popular prime-time entertainment shows such as Strictly Come Dancing have led to a re-evaluation of the audio mixing architecture. As a result, BBC Studios and Post Production has replaced the HARMAN Studer Vista 8 at the George Lucas stages at Elstree with a new Vista X.

The new fully redundant setup offers sound supervisors a vast increase in I/O capacity (and processing). At the heart of the system is the new Infinity Core, with 12 high capacity/high speed A-Link audio interfaces that provide more than 5,000 inputs and outputs and more than 800 audio DSP channels. 

But this is only the beginning. The embedded VistaMix — the automated microphone mixing for unscripted shows — and the fact that A-Link is being adopted by other manufacturers and offers incredible possibilities for audio distribution, routing and expansion provide huge benefits.

For BBC Studios and Post Production’s Sound Supervisor, Andy Tapley, who is responsible for the sound infrastructure at the company’s studios, the commissioning of the new Studer Vista X extends the studios’ long relationship with the manufacturer, after specifying the first Vista 8 for TC1 at BBC Television Centre a decade ago. 

“I always look forward to introducing new technology,” he says. “We moved four Vista 8s to Elstree when we relocated from Television Centre in 2013 and at the same time revamped four of the stages, upgrading the desks to go further down the MADI route. But there comes a point where it becomes difficult to keep upgrading existing desks as production requirements change and grow.

“As a provider of premium studio space, we have a commitment to provide our clients with all the benefits of new technology.”

The new Vista X, which Tapley started mapping and populating in February this year in preparation for its debut on The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief, has provided BBC Studios and Post Production with an elegant solution. It is accompanied by four high-density D23m frames which break out the A-Link fibre connections to standard analogue, digital and video interfaces. “The fact that the new frames are backwards compatible with the D21 cards meant we could use all our existing I/O hardware”, he notes.

The advantages of the new Vista X are manifold, and comfortably meet the heavy demands placed on it by productions. 

“Our investment in the Studer Vista X desk has further strengthened our gallery offering and enables us to streamline the delivery of studio audio, ensuring the requirements of a complex audio set-up like The People’s Strictly for Comic Relief are met without compromise. We’re delivering a high track count within a short space of time for each dance, and we have the flexibility to rearrange a mix to meet any last minute changes.”

To exemplify, this production is running 160 mono and 60 stereo channels on Strictly Come Dancing in addition to surround stems. And, of course, VistaMix is a vital component, “This is a proven system,” notes Tapley, “and one we have been using for over two years — it works extremely well. When you don’t know who is going to speak, it auto mixes in an intelligent way and you don’t hear any transition. And with 15 couples on radio mics cascading so that 30 radio mics are live at the same time, with all the ambient noise, that’s no mean feat. It’s well thought out and easily integrates into the desk.”

Tapley also comments on Studer’s new design philosophy — particularly moving the DSP from SHARC to Intel CPUs. “In doing so, Studer has isolated a number of the Intel cores purely for audio processing. There’s considerably more power and expandability and it allows you to build the desk you want with the incorporated Config tool.”

As for redundancy, thanks to Studer’s Quad Star technology two completely independent DSP cores run in parallel to achieve ‘instant’ change over.

In practice, anyone who is used to working a Vista can operate this desk’’ believes Tapley. “Aside from the ergonomics the new meter bridge provides more information and a ‘history display’ shows the last 50 seconds of waveform audio for each fader!”

Finally there is FaderGlow, about which he says, “In the heat of a live show you cannot underestimate the importance of a colour reference on the desk to direct your hand to the right fader.”

Run in tandem with the studio’s existing Studer OnAir 3000 console, which serves as a grams desk, studio router and much more, they now have an even stronger set up to carry them into the future.

The original installation was jointly carried out by IPE, who were responsible for the technical fit-out, and Custom Consoles, who provided the furniture. 

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