Wheatstone’s top-of-the-line digital mixing console includes AES67 compatibility, touchscreen control, and WheatNet-IP networking for routing and controlling audio anywhere within a TV facility. Available in 32-fader frame sizes on up, the IP-64 owes its ease of use to several advances in design and technology not found in other fixed-location audio consoles:
AES67 compatible IP audio network with all the necessary broadcast audio tools and controls integrated into one robust, distributed network.
Simple tabbed menu on a touchscreen panel, which eliminates a “sea of knobs” for basic functions such as setting talkback, configuring bus matrices, muting mic groups, and managing sources.
Touchscreen interface that lets board ops use “pinching” and other familiar smartphone gestures to easily make changes. Adjust audio EQ by moving a bargraph with your finger, or pinch the waveform to make it narrower.
With all I/O managed through the IP network, the IP-64 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.
Operator prompts that provide helpful instructions for guiding board ops through function changes in order to fast-track live productions.
Per-channel OLEDs for displaying all relevant editing and operating functions at a glance. In addition, all OLEDs across the board can be grouped together in Expanded Mode to present parameters side-by-side for comparison and adjustment.
Drill-down interrogation of functions and settings to show sources, levels and muting or for a quick view of the entire mix-minus matrix in one glance. Useful for interrogating specific or groups of busses and any sources or outputs associated with them.
IP network access to all sources in the network, as well as every destination visible from the console.
The new IP-64 joins the Dimension Three, Series Four and Series Two networked consoles as Wheatstone’s top-of-the-line digital mixing console with WheatNet-IP networking for routing and controlling audio within a TV facility. The IP-64 is available with new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine for DSP resources and tying 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.
Wheatstone’s new Gibraltar IP Mix Engine can handle 1,024 channels of audio, giving the IP-64 the ability to handle the most challenging productions for fixed 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. 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.
The IP-64 can be pre-configured with any combination of sub-mixes, aux sends and mix-minuses based on available resources and provides an impressive list of capabilities such as a bus-minus (N-1) output for every input channel — in addition to two stereo and two 5.1 surround master busses. It offers up-mixing and down-mixing between stereo and 5.1 surround, 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 digital mixing console uses motorized faders, each of which controls two sources that can be mono, stereo, or full 5.1. Faders can be “paged” together or separately. Each fader also has a “spill” function, which allows its individual channels to spill out onto adjacent faders (two for stereo or six for 5.1 sources).
This paper examines QoS, transport, protocols and other issues relevant to extending AoIP networks for sharing resources and controlling studios across a wider area network.
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A full-color brochure describing the BLADE-3 line of WheatNet-IP network access points.
This brochure provides overviews of the entire WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. It includes technical details as well as acts as a catalog for all Control Surfaces, BLADES and Accessories.
Wheatstone WheatNet-IP for Television Overview and Planning Guide - details differences between consoles and how they work with WheatNet-IP.
This brochure details the At-Home Production (REMI) capabilities of Wheatstone's WheatNet-IP system used with our TV audio consoles.
This document summarizes information on the various Bridge TDM router frames and the card options available for each. This is a quick overview for those who want a simple reference to the available hardware.
A document describing configuration of the Cisco 3750G, 3560G, 3650 and 3850 ethernet switches for use with the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network.
This is a technical manual covering all of the WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s.
This document shows simplified diagrams of the proper wiring and connections for logic I/O on WheatNet-IP BLADEs.
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
WheatNet-IP brings added convenience and simplicity to the configuration of a PC- based automation system such as RCS Zetta. Where once it was necessary to employ a specialized sound card, discrete analog or digital audio wiring, a logic interface, and control cabling, with WheatNet-IP’s PC Driver, we can accomplish all of this over a single Ethernet cable. The driver effectively acts as a WheatNet-IP BLADE, and lets the PC enjoy full access to all aspects of the WheatNet-IP intelligent network. The driver is available in versions that offer one, four, eight, twelve, and twenty-four stereo input and output channels. For situations where discrete outputs from Zetta players are desired, we recommend at least the four-channel version of the driver.
This is the overall owner's manual for the Wheatstone Gibraltar Network (formerly known as BRIDGE-TDM).
This is a GREAT article from Pro Audio Asia...
Reprint of October 2016 article from Radio Magazine on the Hubbard broadcasting in Phoenix.
Saga Modernizes with Wheatstone by Jeff Den Adel, Engineer, Saga
Building an AoIP Network with BLADES by Amanda Hopp
IP At Center of Rogers' Console Decision by Mike McCabe, Engineerin Manager Rogers Broadcasting
A look at sending audio over IP via packets, and network considerations such as latency and jitter. A Radio World Engineering Extra by Greg Massey and Jon McClintock. Reprinted by permission.
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.