Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
HARMAN’s Studer Vista digital console and Compact Stagebox make UK debut
HARMAN’s Studer has extended its popular Vista 5 M2 range of digital broadcast and production consoles to include a 22-fader option, realizing the most economical Vista ever to be made available and accompanying it with a new low-cost, Compact Stagebox.
Like its bigger brothers, the 32 and 42 fader versions, the new model is optionally equipped with new TFT metering, capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input. It also features a configurable lower area that can be used to display bus assignments, surround images or the unique "History Mode," where a scrolling audio waveform displays signal anomalies and highlights them for up to 50 seconds. Metering for ‘layer 2’ signals can also be viewed, while the Control Bay screen can be used to provide configurable user pages with up to 40 meters. When the TFT meter bridge is fitted, the external GC screen becomes an integral part of the chassis.
To provide a cost-effective package with the 22-fader console, Studer has also introduced the optional Compact Stagebox, which offers a high density of I/O connections in only 4U of rack space. The modular unit is fully configurable, but it is offered with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs. Optionally, the Compact Stagebox can be equipped with an additional 16 mic/line input module instead of the output module, then providing 48 inputs. Alternatively, up to three output modules, resulting in 48 outputs, may be fitted.
The expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to most popular digital formats, including CobraNet or Aviom A-Net 16, Ethersound, ADAT, TDIF, SDI (SD/HD/3G), Dolby E and Dolby Digital. A MADI recording interface can be fitted to the expansion slots as well.
The Compact Stagebox is connected to the host console using either Cat5 or optical-fiber MADI, the same way as the larger 64 mic/line Stagebox is hooked up, and shares the same redundant MADI cable capability. The unit comes complete with twin redundant power supplies, thermostatically-controlled fan cooling and full LED status monitoring.