Audioarts AIR-1

A True Broadcast Console…in a Tiny Package

Conserve studio space, not studio capability. The AIR-1 is our most capable standalone console in a compact footprint yet. It fits anywhere your laptop computer does for on-air, production, podcasting or remotes.

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A complete mini-mixer in a turret or rackmount form factor, Sideboard is perfect for newsrooms, guest talent, interviews – any application that’s too small for a full size console.

The software utility mixers that are built into each one of Wheatstone’s WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network BLADEs have become so popular that the next logical move was to create a hardware package that controls them. That’s exactly what Sideboard is.

Having access to everything you need in a convenient, tiny size, makes a difference to your workflow. Since each WheatNet-IP BLADE is, in effect, a 16 x 16 mixing router, you can now have control over that capability in a 7” high rackmount unit with about the same footprint as a computer keyboard.

The Audioarts AIR-1’s proven design has become the number one choice for small studios and production rooms due to its compact footprint, professional features, and attractive price. Now, with a USB interface, this same small console is able to send and receive audio from devices such as digital audio workstations, playout systems, and automation systems.

The AIR-1 is ideal for remotes, small on-air studios, web streaming, production, or any situation where a compact, low-cost, highly capable radio console is needed.

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The AIR-1 covers all the basics: two mic inputs, six stereo line inputs, two program busses, a flexible metering and monitoring section usually found only in larger boards, cue output, muting, and a built-in headphone amp.

Small, so it can easily be used in a tight space such as a news or voice tracking booth, or on remotes. Rugged, built to Wheatstone/Audioarts’ usual high standards to last and last.

AIR-1 is surprisingly inexpensive, so it fits any budget. You don’t have to give up features or scrimp on the quality you need. Sometimes a powerful, compact broadcast console is exactly what you need. The Audioarts AIR-1 is it.



Features   
  • USB Interface
    Send/receive connection to digital audio workstations, playout systems and automation systems

  • Low Profile Compact Design
    Only 15”/39cm wide to conserve studio space.

  • Long-Throw Faders
    On input channels, monitor output and headphone output.

  • Two Mic Input Faders
    Extremely high-performance mic preamps – noise level just 1dB short of the theoretical limit – with enough headroom to handle the most enthusiastic voice. Continuously variable gain trims to precisely match your microphones.

  • Six Line Input Faders
    True differential electronically balanced inputs, not a semi-pro unbalanced input that merely accept balanced signals.
  • Two Program Buses
    Full balanced broadcast standard, switchable stereo or mono. For remote applications, use PGM 1 for the feed to the station, PGM 2 for the house monitors or phone mix-minus.

  • External Input
    Feeds the monitor section for listening to live air or talkback from the studio.

  • Monitor Output
    Front panel long-throw fader. Switchable PGM 1, PGM 2 or EXTernal; can mute when MIC 1 and/or MIC 2 is on.

  • Headphone Output
    Front panel long-throw fader. Built-in powerful headphone amplifier.

  • Cue Output 
    Provides preview to an optional external cue speaker amplifier. Can be set to automatically interrupt your main stereo monitors.
  • Split Cue
    Switchable separately for speaker and headphone. When any fader is in CUE, sends CUE audio to the left channel, L+R sum of the selected monitor source to the right channel. Very useful in remotes for sending local program to one ear of the talent, talkback from the studio to the other ear.

  • Switched Meter
    PGM 1, PGM 2 or EXTernal input.

  • Solid State Leds 
    On all switches so you never need to replace burned-out bulbs. External In-Line Power Supply for hum free, cool reliable operation.

  • On-Air Light
    Front panel LED between the meters, and a relay output to drive an external ON AIR light. Activates when a mic channel is ON and enabled for monitor mute.

 

 

Bottom-mounted dip switches for easy programming

MONO SUM
PGM outputs can be stereo or mono sum

INPUT LEVEL
LINE and EXT input can be set to +4dBu (broadcast professional standard) or –4dBu (consumer)

MONITOR MUTE
Mic inputs can mute monitor speaker when mic channel is turned on (prevent control room feedback)

SPLIT CUE
Sends CUE to the left channel, L+R sum of
the selected monitor source to the right channel

CUE TO MONITOR
When on, any source in cue will interrupt the monitor speakers, similar to solo

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Specifications

AUDIO INPUT

Mic
XLR connector, balanced  
Electronic differential >2KΩ bridging  
Adjustable sensitivity -64dB to -24dB
Maximum input 0dBu

Line
Separate left and right 1/4” TRS connectors, balanced  
Electronic differential >40KΩ bridging
Switchable sensitivity +4dBu=0VU or -4dBu=0VU
Maximum input +28dBu

External
Same as Line

AUDIO OUTPUT 

Program 
Separate left and right 1/4” TRS connectors, balanced 
Electronic differential 100Ω source impedance to drive >600Ω  
0VU=+4dBu, maximum output +28dBu

Monitor 
Separate left and right 1/4” TRS connectors, unbalanced 
Headphone Stereo 1/4” TRS connector to directly drive typical broadcast style headphones >200Ω

Cue
1/4” TRS connector, unbalanced

 

LOGIC

On-air 
1/4” 2-conductor TS 
Low-current relay contact closure to drive external relay to switch AC to on-air light 

PERFORMANCE 
Frequency response 
Mic ±0.10dB 20Hz-20kHz
Line ±0.05dB 20Hz-20kHz

THD 
Mic <0.002% @1kHz/+24dBu
Line <0.0003% @1kHz/+24dBu 

Noise 
Mic -128dB EIN
Line -92dB ref +4dBu

Bus crosstalk -100dB @1kHz, -96dB @20kHz

Stereo separation 95dB @1kHz

PHYSICAL

Dimensions 
15.2”/38.6cm wide
11.5”/29.2cm deep
1.3”/3.3cm high @front
2.5”/6.2cm high @rear 

Weight 7lbs/3.2kg

Shipping weight 12lbs/5.4kg

Power 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 25W

ROHS Compliant




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