Wheatstone’s new LXE console brings control surface configuration to a new level. Going far beyond the usual “any source to any fader” network concept, the LXE is a fully flexible control interface, where every switch and rotary control is programmable to perform any desired function. This means console architecture is completely customizable to client requirements, and limitations to functionality are no longer a factor. Physically compact, the LXE is available in several different form factors including countertop, countertop sunken, and split frames (split sections are not confined to one room, they can actually be in different studios).
ConsoleBuilder software allows every switch on the surface to be programmed for function, mode, and even color (switches are RGB led illuminated). In fact, built-in software allows every button to be scriptable, letting you create powerful macros for as many controls as you want. Multiple full color OLED displays on each panel keep pace with ongoing operations, and event recall allows painless one touch console reconfiguration at the press of a button. With its inherent control flexibility and ability to access thousands of signals (sources and destinations are limited only by the size of the network) the LXE takes facility work flows and audio control to a new level.
The LXE can have up to 32 physical motorized faders, with full DSP processing available on all 32 channels. Surface(s) interface seamlessly into the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, and utilize BLADE-3s for audio, control and associated logic data flowing on single CAT6 interconnecting cables. The system can ingest and convert virtually all audio formats: analog, microphone, AES/EBU, SPDIF, AoIP, MADI, SDI and even AES67. Loudness metering, phase control, and full EQ/Dynamics are included.
LXE’s new GUI is has pre-built screens for everything you normally use – metering, clocks, timers, dynamics, EQ, assigns, and more. All are touch-screen accessible with gestures you’re used to using on your smart devices. And, the GUI is just as customizable as the LXE surface. Using our ScreenBuilder-LXE software, you simply drag and drop objects and define their functions via a simple wizard interface. You can store multiple custom screens, if you like, to go with your custom LXE setups.
• Several form factors available with mainframe configuration flexibility:
– Tabletop with meterbridge
– Wedge low profile (no meterbridge, pairs with separate HDMI monitor)
– Countertop drop (flushmount)
All three choices can be split consoles connected via network in same room or different rooms/locations
• Fully Programmable/Configurable via ConsoleBuilder™
– Every button configurable via setup GUI, can be scriptable, or a variety of other functions
– Every encoder/knob configurable from the setup GUI, Can be scripted (if X then Y) or assigned to other knob or encoder functions.
– Fader is scriptable to control things via ACI like Utility mixer channels.
– Multicolored fully programmable LED buttons throughout (blue, cyan, green, yellow, red, magenta)
– Two full color OLED displays per channel configurable for contextual display
• Optional meterbridge for tabletop version with high-resolution LED meters and digital timer, all assignable from ConsoleBuilder™
• Built in Ethernet switch for plugging in accessories or other host panels
• True IP – connects directly to switch
• Four stereo Program busses
• Four stereo Aux busses
• Four mono or stereo Mix-Minus busses
• Headphone stream to surface - up to one per panel host
• Each input channel offers Phase control, Panning, Fader mode Left, Right, Mono, Stereo - each assignable to any knob/button
• Stereo or mono cue speaker depending on frame size
• Up to 32 physical faders (virtual faders can be controlled via ACI for third-party flexibility)
• Every fader has bus-minus or direct out and is configurable as stereo or mono
• Fader mirroring – allows faders to mirror one another in different locations
• Motorized fader option
• 8 layers (to accommodate up to 32 input fader channels) – completely customizable and configurable for each layer.
• 16 monitors (include Control Room, Headphones, Studio 1, Studio 2, etc), each with monitor dimming (all with friendly names)
• Monitor mix capable – mix all busses together for monitor output
• Monitor Linking (example: Headphone follow Control Room)
• Level lock for Monitors
• Dynamics, including Compressor, Expander, Gate, controlled via touchscreen or optional panel
• Full Parametric EQ controlled via touchscreen or optional panel (EQ GUI screen with color coded knobs), with high pass and low pass filters
• Flexible Metering Options:
– Loudness metering
– Phase Correlation metering
– Input metering on each channel
• Info screen on surface for current status
• Info screen on surface for current status
• User management:
– Logging in and out
– User based access to controls
– Vdip saved per user settings
• Unlimited number of events
• Support for remote mix engine (off premises, for use with At-Home systems)
• Time sync to NTP via mix engine
• Display brightness controls
• Accessory panels powered internally
• Tone generator
• Clip player option
• Complete set of screens provided to allow control over every aspect of the LXE control surface
• ScreenBuilder™LXE with support for unlimited number of screens (which run one at a time) allows you to build any type of custom screen you need
• Configurable Home screen with up to 8 Monitor, 4 Aux, 4 Mix-Minus meters
• Linux based OS with touchscreen support accessible via HDMI video output
• Full screen XY controller built in
• Multiple Cue feeds if required
• Digital timer and clock on home screen
• Add custom logo to clock background
• Front end app can be used on Windows, Linux, or Mac for additional display of surface functions.
• Multi-touch Glass-E interface coming soon
A full color brochure detailing the Wheatstone LXE console/control surface.
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