Unlike traditional broadcast consoles with all sources wired to the board, the new Dimension Three puts mixing, I/O and processing where a modern network puts 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.
With the Dimension Three, you can:
Assign any source of any type to any fader
Hot-swap components without powering down or disassembling
Share I/O with other networked control surfaces
Switch live, on the fly, between air and protect sources on the same fader
Connect into Gibraltar Network or WheatNet-IP audio networking
Wheatstone’s new Dimension Three audio console accepts analog, AES, MADI and HD/SDI input signals and delivers any source or console bus to any audio network destination over its Wheatstone 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 new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine for DSP resources and tying into the network. Wheatstone’s new 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 the 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.
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)
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
Multiple 6.5x11.5” high resolution LED backlit TFT LCD flat panel displays
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
Two 5.1 Program busses with auto downmix
Two Stereo Program busses with auto upmix
16 Sub-Mix Groups (up to 64 possible)
16 Auxiliary Sends (up to 64 possible)
16 Mix-Minus (up to 64 possible)
Up to 128 Bus-Minus mixes
Four monitor feeds (CR/Hdpn/Studio 1&2) each with independent muting and tally control
Dedicated and programmable Talkback to Aux Sends, Mix-Minus, Bus-Minus and Monitor Mixes
Any mic, analog line, AES-3, HD/SD SDI, or MADI input may be routed to any input fader or monitor pot
Any output mix may be routed to any combination of analog, digital AES-3, or MADI outputs
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.
Wheatstone WheatNet-IP for Television Overview and Planning Guide - details differences between consoles and how they work with WheatNet-IP.
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This document is a brief description of the logic function names used in the Wheatstone WheatNet-IP system.
IP Audio Networks: Planning for Reliability A white paper by Andrew Calvanese, VP Engineering, Wheatstone Corporation
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A reprint of TV Technology magazine's 2014 News Technology Award article describing Wheatstone's Dimension Three television audio console.
This is a GREAT article from Pro Audio Asia...
Reprint of October 2016 article from Radio Magazine on the Hubbard broadcasting in Phoenix.
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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.