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The IP88CB (IP88CBL. IP88CBE) provides audio I/O and DSP mix engine functions for L-8, E-1 and IP-12 WheatNet-IP control surfaces. A single IP88CB is usually all that’s needed for all but the busiest of studios.
CB32 Console BLADE-3 Front
CB-32 Console BLADE-3 Rear

Console Audio BLADE-3s provide audio I/O and DSP mix engine functions for WheatNet-IP control surfaces through the network switch. 

Unique to Wheatstone’s console engine approach is its true IP connectivity. The control surface connects directly into the network switch itself, giving it access to mix engine functions as well as direct access to automation systems, network applications and other control surfaces that make true system interoperability possible. Other IP audio systems tie the control surface and the console engine together using CAN bus, thereby filtering all outside communications through the console engine first and isolating the control surface from other elements and functions in the network.

The IP88CB Console Audio BLADE-3 comes standard with L-8, L-12, E-1, IP-12 and IP-16 control surfaces. A single Console Audio BLADE-3 is all that is needed for most studio operations, but busy studios often require an additional Console Audio BLADE-3 or update to Wheatstone’s newer 2RU model with double the I/O. 

At double the I/O, the new 2RU CB-32 Console Audio BLADE-3 comes with 8 AES inputs, 8 stereo analog inputs, 8 AES outputs, and 8 stereo analog outputs on StudioHub+ RJ45s, plus 4 mic level inputs with gain trim and switchable phantom power on XLRs. 1RU Console Audio BLADE-3s are also available for the same control surfaces, and come with standard I/O (4 AES inputs, 4 stereo analog inputs, 4 AES outputs, 4 stereo analog outputs, and 2 mic level inputs). 

Both the 2RU and 1RU Console Audio BLADE3 provide control room and studio stereo analog outputs on XLRs as well as cue and headphone outputs on both RJ45 and 1/4” TRS and 12 GPI logic ports on RJ45.

Paired with Wheatstone’s L-8, E-1 or Audioarts IP-12 control surface consoles, for example, the IP88CB provides an economical standalone/networkable solution.

With XLRs for mic inputs and monitor outputs, 1/4” TRS for sends to headphone and cue amps, and StudioHub+ compliant RJ-45’s for all the general purpose analog and digital I/O, the Console Audio BLADE-3 is essentially a plug-and-play console system in a box. Just plug the Console Audio BLADE-3 and the related WheatNet-IP control surface into an Ethernet switch and you’re ready to go.

All Console Audio BLADEs are AES67 compatible for use with other AES67-compatible devices and signals in the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. 

There are four types of IP88 Console Audio BLADE-3s, which come in standard I/O or double I/O (CB32 version):

CB: Standard with Audioarts IP-12 and IP-16 consoles

CBL: Standard with the Wheatstone L-8 and L-12 consoles

CBE: Standard with the E-1 console; includes DSP processing

CB32: Optional for use with the IP-12, IP-16, L-8, and L-12 consoles


  • True IP connectivity 
  • 24-bit A/D and D/A convertors
  • 12 Universal Logic ports (GPIO) on 2 RJ-45 connectors
  • Integrated I/O Mix Engine BLADE
  • AES67 Compatibility 
  • Cue and headphone outputs on RJ45 and 1/4” jack*
  • Control room and studio monitor outputs on XLRs*
  • OLED front panel displays with graphical menu 
  • Gigabit Ethernet port



  • 2 Mic Preamps with phantom power and gain trim w/ XLR inputs
  • 4 Stereo (8 Mono) Analog Line inputs on RJ-45 
  • 4 AES inputs on RJ45
  • 4 Stereo (8 Mono) Analog Line Outs on RJ45 
  • 4 AES Outputs on RJ45



  • 4 Mic preamps with phantom power and gain trim w/ XLR inputs 
  • 8 Stereo (16 Mono) analog line inputs on RJ-45 
  • 8 AES inputs on RJ45

  • 8 Stereo (16 Mono) analog line outs on RJ45 
  • 8 AES outputs on RJ45


* NOTE: Control Room, Studio, Cue and Headphone outputs are part of the total of AES and stereo analog outputs. These may be reassigned for use as other outputs as desired.

Specifications for all BLADEs...



Inputs             Electronic differential, >10KΩ (bridging) Optimum source impedance <1KΩ

Outputs          <10Ω, 20Hz-20kHz Optimum load impedance >600Ω


DB25 Female, requires DB25 Male cable end connectors

RJ45, requires straight-wired RJ45 plugs

Frequency response   ±0.25dB, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

THD+n                      0.04%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

Noise                       -85dBu; -109dBr ref max level out

Gain range               ±18db, inputs and outputs

Maximum input         +24dBu

Maximum output       +24dBu

A>D converter          ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter          DAC 24bit advanced ∑∆



Inputs            Balanced 110Ω AES-3, S/PDIF compatible

Outputs          Balanced 110Ω AES-3 only


DB25 Female, requires DB25 Male cable end connectors

RJ45, requires straight-wired RJ45 plugs

Frequency response         Flat, 20Hz-20kHz, ref -20dBFS, +4dBu

THD+n                           0.0009%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref -20dBFS, +4dBu

Noise                            -141dBFS, ref max level out

Gain range                    ±18db, inputs and outputs

Maximum input              0dBFS

Maximum output            0dBFS

Sample rate converters   32-96kHz, 16-24bit, on all inputs

AES channel status         Standard implementation




Electronic differential, >2KΩ (bridging)

Optimum source impedance <200Ω

Outputs           <10Ω, 20Hz-20kHz  Optimum load impedance >600Ω


XLR-F, requires XLR-M cable connector (microphone inputs)

DB25 female, requires DB25 Male cable end connectors (analog outputs)

RJ45, requires straight-wired RJ45 plugs (analog outputs, logic ports, & gigabit Ethernet

Frequency response     ±0.5dB, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

THD+n          0.02%, 20Hz-20kHz, ref +4dBu

Noise          -85dBu; -109dBr ref max level out

Reference level           -50dBu

Gain range                  +20 to +80dB, inputs; ±18db, outputs

Maximum input           -10dBu

Maximum output          +24dBu

A>D converter            ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter            DAC 24bit Advanced ∑∆




2 analog mic, patchable, with variable gain and +48V phantom

XLR mic in, RJ45 mic out

4 AES digital with SRC, RJ45

4 stereo analog, RJ45


4 stereo analog, PGM A-B-C-D, RJ45

1 stereo analog, control room, XLR

1 stereo analog, studio, XLR

1 stereo analog, headphone, phone jack and RJ45

1 stereo analog, cue, phone jack and RJ45

4 AES digital, PGM A-B-C-D, RJ45

Mix Engine                Internal mix engine for E-1 control surface

A>D converter          ADC enhanced dual bit, 24 bit resolution

D>A converter          DAC 24bit advanced ∑∆

Sample Rate Convertors          32-96KHz, 16-24 bit on all digital inputs



Inputs         8 AES Digital inputs on “D” connectors and RJ-45.

Outputs        8 AES Digital outputs on both “D” connectors and RJ-45.

Logic          12 Universal Logic ports

Processing: 8 Vorsis Embedded stereo 3-band processing chains, each with 4-band parametric equalizer, 3-way crossover, 3 compressors, three limiters, broadband lookahead limiter


Common Specs:


Connector       RJ45 (2), 12 channels

Voltage          +5VDC to GND,  +5VDC and GND provided

Current          100mA max source/sink



Connectors   RJ45

Cable          CAT5E or CAT6

Audio transport          Gigabit Ethernet   1000BASE-T, used for all BLADE-to-BLADE audio traffic

Utility interface          100BASE-TX for future use



Sample rate          44.1 or 48kHz, user selectable in software

Sync                    Internal or external, External sync input on any I/O digital BLADE

Reference level     0dBFS=+4dBu (+4dBu=1.23VRMS)

Latency                0.5mS, BLADE to switch to BLADE




19"/48.3cm wide, 1-3/4"/4.5cm high 

13-1/4"/33.7cm deep 

15-1/4"/38.7cm deep with connectors

Shipping weight          14lbs/6.4kg



90-260VAC, 50-60Hz

ip88a: 49VA, 30W 

ip88d: 23VA, 12W 

ip88ad: 35VA, 19W

ip88m: 35VA, 19W 

ip88cb: 35VA, 19W

ip88e: 18VA, 10W

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