AES Preview - Barcelona 2005

April 15, 2005

The Studer team is out in force at the AES this year, holding its annual distributor conference in Barcelona, and launching several new products at the show.

Two of Studer's successful 'new' technologies will dominate the stand, the hugely successful Vista 8 digital audio mixing console, and two of the OnAir Series of digital mixers for broadcast applications.

NEW for the Vista is the V3.5 software release.
The latest release (V3.5) of the core software for Studer's Digital Vista Series and D950 consoles contains new functionality that further broadens the consoles’ appeal to the live performance market.

Version 3.5 of this software includes the new CUELIST facility, which allows a series of CUEs to be listed and sorted — cues that may contain a snapshot of console settings and MIDI commands to trigger events. The new release also allows integration with Harman’s new HiQnet networking protocol.

NEW for the OnAir 3000 is the OnAir 3000Net.
A V2.0 software upgrade now allows several OnAir 3000 desks and Scores to be linked together in a network. This means that sources can be accessed from consoles over the network even where the source is not physically connected, and sources can be shared between desks in this way. It allows also the control of source related parameters, like Mic gain, red light or loudspeaker dim and cut in a remote location from an OnAir 3000.

The OnAir 3000Net, which is an option to the OnAir 3000 using the very same hardware and software platform, can be ordered as an option for new desks or as an upgrade for existing desks, by means of a software upgrade and a hardware component including a network licence key.).

ALSO ON SHOW: OnAir 500 Modulo.
In response to the requirement for integrating mixing consoles into custom-made furniture, Studer has released the OnAir 500 Modulo, a further extension of its comprehensive OnAir product portfolio of digital mixing consoles.

The OnAir 500 Modulo is based on the same reliable platform as the OnAir 500 in its fixed frame version but additionally offers the freedom to place the individual modules wherever it is most convenient for the users. The OnAir 500 Modulo consists of one or two fader modules, one master module, the meter bridge and a 19” electronics rack, resulting in a 6 fader or a 12 fader mixing desk. The technical specifications and confi gurations are the same as for the standard Studer OnAir 500.

MORE on V3.5 Software for Vista consoles:
The Vista 8 console has become rapidly accepted in the high-end live performance market in venues such as the Copenhagen Opera House, Hungary’s Palace of Arts, Norway’s Trondelag Theatre, the Taiwan National Theatre, and the Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, as well as in the Studer’s core Live Broadcast market.

Other new functions within version 3.5 include very fast editing of snapshots. It is possible to overwrite or trim individual console parameters on multiple snapshots at a time. New facilities aimed specifically at the Live Broadcast market are ‘audio follows video’ and native support of external control of the console matrix.

MIDI Show Control-compatible software may be used to control the cue list window, but when used within a system utilising Harman’s newly-launched HiQnet networking system, the facility really comes into to its own with the console acting as central cue management for an entire audio system. HiQnet’s System Architect software may also be run directly from the console surface.

HiQnet allows the networking of various Harman audio components and the ability to control them from a central spot such as a tablet PC – or the Vista console. The cue list window of the console can then fire off HiQnet ‘Venue Recall’ messages that can change the settings of the attached HiQnet-based units.

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