Dimension One

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Dimension One

The Dimension One is an IP networked console with a medium footprint that provides a very rich feature set normally found only on much larger consoles.
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The Dimension One offers functionality normally found only on top-end large-format consoles, but in a medium footprint and at a medium price point. Because it's designed for television, it offers full 5.1 surround mixing capabilities, and upmixing and downmixing between stereo and 5.1 sources and busses is built in, along with a full complement of stereo and 5.1 surround panning controls.

An IP networked console, the Dimension One interfaces into the WheatNet-IP audio network, a fully integrated system that ships with all the audio tools, control functions, and network capabilities needed to take full advantage of IP audio. It is also available with the Gibraltar IP Mix Engine for DSP resources and Gibraltar network connectivity. The Gibraltar IP Mix Engine can handle 1,024 channels of audio, giving Wheatstone IP consoles the ability to handle challenging productions. All the mixes generated by the Dimension One can be routed to any available outputs on the audio network, including input faders on other network-connected control surfaces. Operators can assign any source of any type to any fader, and share I/O resources with other consoles in the network. This kind of power and modular flexibility provides the extra redundancy that is so critical to broadcast operations, with auto-failover DSP processing on board and the kind of I/O connectors that stand up to the broadcast environment, not to mention easy setup and operation.

The DSP power and intelligence behind Dimension One’s design have enabled us to include features that have never before been seen in a product in this price class. These features afford operator convenience as well as impressive automation capabilities.                        

Automatic Microphone Mixing: When airing a panel discussion, forum, or other program where many microphones are located close together, an audio operator has his work cut out for him. Automatic Microphone Mixing takes this difficult task out of the hands of the operator by monitoring the level coming from each microphone and automatically bringing up only those that are being spoken into.

Audio Follow Video (AFV):  Audio Follow Video works in conjunction with the video production switcher or production automation system. When engaged, the audio console will automatically crossfade between inputs as the switcher or automation system cuts or dissolves between video sources.

Spill: Usually, it’s extremely convenient to be able to control the level of an entire 5.1 surround source package with a single fader. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to individually trim the levels within that package. For example, we might need to knock down the subwoofer level, or increase the center channel gain slightly. On the Dimension One, this is easy. Just press the “Spill” button on the fader. Instantly, the six signals of the 5.1 source will be spread across six separate faders and labeled for you, and the motorized faders will snap to the current levels. Make your adjustment, turn spill off, and everything switches back to normal.

For overall control, this control surface uses motorized faders. The surface is layered, so that each fader controls two sources, each of which can be mono, stereo, or full 5.1. Faders can be “paged” together or separately. 

Dimension One provides an impressive 16 mix-minus busses and eight AUX sends. Four DCMs (digitally controlled masters) and 16 true audio groups are available. Each input, each subgroup, and each program bus output has equalization and dynamics processing available. Comprehensive confidence monitoring capabilities are also included.

  • IP networked console
  • 72 faders, all 5.1 capable
  • Any audio source can connect to any fader
  • Any audio source can connect with any kind of signal including: analog line level, analog mic level, AES digital, MADI, SDI, and GPIO
  • Automatic Mic Mixing
  • Audio-Follow-Video (AFV)
  • Upmixing and downmixing between stereo and 5.1
  • 16 mix-minus buses
  • Eight AUX sends
  • Two 5.1 mixing buses
  • A full complement of stereo and 5.1 surround panning
  • Four DCMs (digitally controlled masters)
  • 16 true audio groups
  • Each input, each subgroup, and each program bus output has equalization and dynamics processing available
  • Each fader also has a “spill” function
  • LED displays always indicate a fader’s current source to eliminate operator confusion
 

D1 Dimensions

CONTROL SURFACE FRAME CAPACITIES:

2 Bay Frame  up to 12 Physical Input Faders 

3 Bay Frame up to 24 Physical Fader Channels

4 Bay Frame up to 36 Physical Fader Channels

 

Input Panels:

IS-D20 - Input Channel Panel (4 Faders per panel; each fader can be mono, stereo or 5.1 surround).

Note: all input faders can be PAGED (i.e.12 physical faders = 24 input channels)

 

Meterbridge:

TFT LCD flat panels, programmable in software.

 

Master Control Panels:

MFS-D20 - Group/Master Output Control Panel

EFS-D20 - Monitor, EQ, Aux/Mix-Minus Control, Event Store/Recall, Test Tones, Surround Pan, Router, Mode, Bus Assign.

DCM-D20 - Compressor/Limiter/Gate, 

Talback Assign, Channel Delay, Confidence Feed, Aux Send Masters, Global Page, DCM Masters.

 

Connections:

DSP Engine Link - Fiber (SFP module) or 

Copper UTP (RJ-45) - dual connectors for redundant operation.

Administrative Port  - 100M Ethernet - 

Copper UTP (RJ-45); for setup only.

Power - Dual HiPower DB-5 connectors for redundant operation.

 

Bus Structure:

Main Busses

          Two 5.1 Program busses with auto upmix.

          Two Stereo Program busses with auto downmix.

Ancillary Bussing

          16 Sub-Groups configurable in software as stereo or 5.1 surround.

          8 Auxiliary Sends configurable in software as Stereo or Mono.

Mix-Minus 

          16 dedicated mono Mix-Minus busses.

          Up to 72 Bus-Minus mixes. Each Bus minus output is a discrete Mix-Minus feed or Direct Out “clean feed” from every input fader channel.

Monitoring

          Four Control Room/ Studio feeds each with independent muting and tally control.

          PFL and AFL Monitor outputs.

Communications

          Dedicated and programmable Talkback to Aux Sends, Mix-Minus, Bus-Minus and Monitor Mixes.

 

Inputs: 

Any mic, analog line, AES-3, HD/SD SDI, or MADI input may be routed to any input fader or monitor pot.

 

Outputs: 

Any output mix may be routed to any combination of analog, digital AES-3, or MADI outputs. 

 

Event Recall:

All surface settings may be stored/recalled for up to 100 named events.

Video

In this video, we quickly cover the features and advantages of Wheatstone's Dimension One television audio console.

 


A Comparison of Wheatstone Television Audio Consoles

In this video series, Phil Owens takes Scott Fybush through each of the Wheatstone TV Audio consoles, explaining functionality and outlining similarities and differences.

These two videos are the first in the series, taking a close look at Dimension Three.

To see the others, please click here.

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