Dimension Three/Dimension Three Touch

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Dimension Three/Dimension Three Touch

The Dimension Three TV audio console combines capabilities such as I/O layering and channel profiling to provide the most flexible control surface ever. A touchscreen option brings even more controls to the operator's fingertips.
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Dimension Three puts mixing, I/O and processing where a modern facility should put them: in a separate network unit unrestricted by tight spaces and limited access.

With all I/O managed through a separate rack unit, the Dimension Three has no limitations with fixed connection points on the console chassis itself. Any channel can connect to any audio source using any preferred audio format at any time, whether it’s HD/SDI, AES, MADI, AoIP, Analog, or TDM.

The result is the first large-format audio console that is so truly universal, it can fit into almost any TV production environment, anywhere -- whether it’s a Wheatstone TDM routed studio, a MADI-equipped stadium, a remote truck or even the newest space in studio networking based on IP connectivity.

The touchscreen option features a simple tabbed menu that eliminates a “sea of knobs” for basic functions such as setting talkback, configuring bus matrices, muting mic groups, and managing sources. Also new is an interrogation feature for drilling down into function settings, such as a quick view of the entire mix-minus matrix in one glance. In addition, operator prompts provide helpful instructions for guiding board ops through function changes in order to fast-track live productions.

This newest in the Wheatstone Dimension console series offers easy layering of channels and mixes from a menu display or offline through a network connection, and includes a convenient USB interface on its meterbridge for playback of audio clips or for saving and recalling configuration settings. The Dimension Three is freelance-friendly, too! Freelancers can bring in their USB Flash drives week after week or show after show for instant recall of console settings, configurations and layering preferences — plus audio files for the built-in audio clip player.

Based on Wheatstone’s powerful Gibraltar mixing engine capable of 1,024 channels of simultaneous digital signal processing, the Dimension Three can handle the most challenging productions for fixed or remote installations. It offers specialty features such as automatically crossfading between inputs as the switcher or automation system cuts or dissolves between video sources and optimizing levels of group microphones during a dialogue. In addition to Audio-Follow-Video (AFV) switching, the Dimension Three includes audio processing on every input channel and on all major output busses — all with resource sharing throughout the network and virtually no routing restrictions.

Unrestricted routing means being able to have all faders available to dial up whatever mix you need; the days of having to block out channels based on input type are a thing of the past, as is having to repurpose inputs because of physical chassis limitations.

Dimension Three provides an impressive 16 dedicated mix-minus busses and 16 stereo AUX sends plus a bus-minus (N-1) output for every input channel (up to 128 input channels on two pages; 64 physical faders) — in addition to two stereo and two 5.1 surround master busses. It offers up-mixing and down-mixing between stereo and 5.1 sources, plus a full complement of stereo and 5.1 surround panning with EQ and dynamics processing available for each input, each subgroup and each program bus. For overall control, this control surface uses motorized faders, each of which can be mono, stereo, or full 5.1. Each fader also has a “spill” function, which allows its individual channels to spill out onto separate faders (two for stereo or six for 5.1 sources).

The Dimension Three is built to be rugged, yet is beautifully crafted with backlit buttons and oversized wide-screen displays for easy setup and monitoring, including LKFS readout for monitoring CALM compliance.

 

WHEATNET-IP AUDIO NETWORK

The Dimension Three 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 available with the Gibraltar IP Mix Engine for DSP resources and connectivity with the Gibraltar network. 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 Three 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.

Utilizing the Wheatstone network technology, the Dimension Three can be configured with any combination of analog and digital inputs. Those inputs can be mono mic or line, stereo, or 5.1. Stereo and 5.1 surround output busses allow you to feed both your HD and SD program streams with no fuss.

 

  • IP networked console
  • A touchscreen option brings out the best in board ops during live productions.
  • Network access to audio in all major formats: HD/SDI, AES, MADI, AoIP, Analog or TDM
  • Flexible I/O layering and profiling of channels
  • Built-in audio clip player
  • USB interface for Flash drives
  • Loudness Metering with large LKFS readout and momentary, short-term, peak reading and program duration level history display
  • 16 dedicated mix-minus busses
  • 16 stereo AUX sends
  • Bus-minus (N-1) output for every input channel
  • Two 5.1 surround master output busses
  • Two stereo master output busses
  • Up/Down mixing between 5.1 and stereo
  • Full digital audio processing on all inputs and major output busses (EQ, comp/limiter, expander/gate, high/low pass filters)
  • Programmable delay applicable to inputs and outputs
  • Automatic microphone mixing (AutoMix)
  • Audio-follow-video switching (AFV)
  • Two programmable soft knobs per input –can be assigned any control function on the console
  • 4 fully programmable switches for implementing custom routing and switching functions
  • 99 show presets for complete recall of console setups
  • Control interface for major automation systems

D3 Dimensions

CONTROL SURFACE FRAME CAPACITIES:

Frame 1 — up to 16 physical input faders*

Frame 2 — up to 24 physical input faders*

Frame 3 — up to 32 physical input faders*

  (standard frames; larger sizes available)

 

Input Panels:

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

Master Control Panels:

MFS - Submix/Master Output Control Panel

EFS - Monitor (CR, Hdpn, Studio 1 & 2), EQ, Aux Send/Mix-Minus Control, Event Store/Recall, Test Tones, Surround Pan, Router, Mode, Bus Assign

DCM - Compressor/Limiter/Gate, Talkback Assign, Channel Delay, Confidence Feed, Aux Send Masters, Global Page, Display, DCM Masters

 

Meterbridge:

Multiple 6.5x11.5” high resolution LED backlit TFT LCD flat panel displays

 

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 downmix

          Two Stereo Program busses with auto upmix

Ancillary Bussing

          16 Sub-Mix Groups (up to 64 possible)

          16 Auxiliary Sends (up to 64 possible)

          16 Mix-Minus (up to 64 possible)

Mix-Minus 

          Up to 128 Bus-Minus mixes

Monitoring

          Four monitor feeds (CR/Hdpn/Studio 1&2) each with independent muting and tally control

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 99 named events 

 

TOUCHSCREEN option available

 

* ABOUT LAYERS AND INPUTS

The Dimension Three is equipped with eight layers. Each layer represents a complete setup of your entire surface. You have the ability to select each of those eight setups simply by pushing the associated button. All your inputs, mix-minuses, aux-sends, EQ, processing - the works - time eight. Switching to another layer gets you to another complete setup.  Any source, anywhere on the network, can be dialed up on any or many of those channels at any time. And wherever that source is used, it will utilize the settings on that channel. This makes the Dimension Three a powerhouse console.

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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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