Harman''s Studer Rolls Out New Updates, Interoperability

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Harman''s Studer Rolls Out New Updates, Interoperability

Sep 14, 2014 1:31 PM

AMSTERDAM�Harman''s Studer has released its OnAir v6.1 software, a free update for all owners of Studer OnAir digital mixing consoles. The OnAir v6.1 software offers loudness metering; delay function; improved AoIP support with Dante; automated gain calibration; and BSS BLU link support.

The OnAir v6.1 software offers loudness metering as an added option for the main screen of OnAir 3000 digital mixing consoles. It offers EBU R128, ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771-1 compliant loudness metering, covering single-channel and summing bar graphs, loudness range (integrated value, short term, momentary), true peak and numeric views. The physical presentation of both loudness (R128) and peak-programme metering is software-based and emulates a twin-indicator meter display.

The delay function is an option for OnAir 1500, OnAir 2500 and OnAir 3000 consoles, according to available DSP processing. It offers up to five seconds each. Summing bus delay for all master channels include an pre-delayed output to be used for output routing and monitoring. It is configurable as mono/stereo/surround in the OnAir Config Tool. The OnAir 1500 has stereo delay of 400ms on program bus.

OnAir v6.1 supports the Studer D21m Dante interface providing, Dante 64 I/Os. This allows connection of an OnAir console into a Dante audio network with the D21m Dante interface and operates the OnAir mixing desk with other Dante devices.

As an addition to Studer''s VMix function, this release brings automated gain calibration for mic input sources to OnAir products.

OnAir v6.1 introduces support for the Studer D21m BLU link card, which is a 32 x 32 interface between a console and the Soundweb London digital audio bus, informally known as BLU link. The card allows connection to a variety of Harman products equipped with a BLU link interface.

Studer is introducing the version 5.2 software upgrade to its Vista X, Vista V, Vista 1 and Vista 5 M3 digital consoles at IBC 2014. New to the 5.2 software are: the ability to assign Strip Setups as CUE events; support of the Soundcraft Realtime Rack (UAD plug-ins); support of Lexicon PCM96 Surround reverbs with Infinity Core; Input Gain unfold for multi-format channels; Spill Zone for contributing channels; GUI enhancements and new patch groups; A-Line embedded Ethernet; and contribution PAN in stereo channels to mono Aux busses.

With the 5.2 software, saved Strip Setups can be assigned as CUE Events in the CUE List. Recalling CUEs that have these events assigned, will automatically load the specified Strip Setup onto the desk�s surface. Loading the CUEs for the next scene will also bring the currently needed channels onto the surface.

Up to four Soundcraft Realtime Racks, loaded with Universal Audio Plug-Ins, can now be connected to every Vista system. All plug-in parameters are saved and recalled by CUE events. The CUE events are also organized in a library and can be re-used.

Vista FX quality reverb is now also available for Vista X and Vista V running on Infinity Cores. Up to six (in pairs of two) original Lexicon PCM96 Surround reverb units can be connected over AES/EBU. Parameter control works over Harman HiQnet directly from the mixer�s Vistonics user interface.

In addition, stereo and 5.1 input channels will have individual digital input gain parameters for each channel leg. Pressing the button next to the �Main� digital input gain Vistonics rotary will flip the input page into a view, where the individual digital input gain parameters (L, R, C, LFE, Ls, Rs) are accessible.

Channels contributing to any type of busses can be brought up within a user-definable �Spill Zone, on top of the desk''s active fader layer. Pressing the Contribution button of any bus channel in the control bay will line up all channels in the predefined Spill Zone, which are contributing to this bus, allowing full processing parameter access of these member channels. The user can define the size, position and spill direction of the Spill Zone at any time from the Strip Setup page.

The 5.2''s GUI is also enhanced with the Ribbon Bar. With the Infinity Core''s power, many channels can be organized and controlled. To simplify this task, user-definable Patch Groups have been added.

For Infinity Core with D23m, the Ethernet control signal can be tunneled together with the audio stream from the CoreLink card through the A-Link ports to the D23m�s HD cards. This means that no additional Ethernet cable has to be connected to the D23m''s Ethernet card anymore.

In stereo channels, all contribution paths to mono Aux busses now have a PAN control before the mix-down to mono.

Studer also has added AES67 integration for Infinity Core, which drives the Vista X and Vista V digital audio consoles.

AES67 compatibility makes Studer''s Infinity Core the first x86-based AoIP. Infinity Core also features a real-time mixer application for standard servers, while allowing distributed DSP processing on the customer�s platform. It also utilizes the Digigram LX-IP AES67 PCIe Sound Card to interface with real time AoIP networks.

With AES67 compatibility, Studer is now able to share I/O signals across its Vista and OnAir digital console ranges and over different audio networks. Moreover, this can all be done in real time with the lowest latency.

In addition, Studer is unveiling the Infinity 200 processing engine that drives the console. The Infinity 200 is designed for smaller facilities that require lower channel counts and full system redundancy.

The Infinity 200 offers the same benefits of the original Infinity DSP Core, and it 200 enables up to 200 audio channels to be processed in a single CPU-based board.

The Infinity 200 features Studer A-Link high-capacity fiber digital audio interfaces, and D23m I/O frames are used to break out these A-Link connections to standard analog, digital, audio over IP and video interfaces. The A-Link interface also provides direct connection to the Riedel MediorNet distributed router, allowing many Infinity systems to be connected together with router capacities of 10,000 square or more.

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