Series Four

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Series Four

This professional console is made to work with today’s production automation systems, yet has all the important broadcast-specific features, such as automatic studio muting, machine control logic, 5.1 surround capability, balanced or unbalanced AES inputs, router integration, and flexible monitoring capability.
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Our IP networked Series Four answers the industry’s need for a professional audio console for today’s automated television studio. It’s made to work with all the popular automation systems, yet has the size, feel and features that are conducive to fast-paced live production.

Unlike semi-pro recording or live reinforcement consoles, the Series Four is a professional broadcast console with the size, feel and module width needed for today’s fast-paced live production. It has a complete tally system and true surround with up/down mixing between 5.1 and stereo, plus busses and mix-minus galore.

This IP networked console is made to work with today’s production automation systems -- it offers native IP interface into all the major production automation systems. Yet, it has all the important broadcast-specific features, such as automatic studio muting, machine control logic, de-embedding inputs, 5.1 surround capability, balanced or unbalanced AES inputs, router integration, and flexible monitoring capability.

The Series Four features 24 motorized input faders, two main mix busses, four subgroups, up to 48 channel mix-minuses, four mix minus busses, and two AUX sends, plus extensive processing. All input channels have 4-band parametric EQ sections, tunable high and low pass filters, and compressor/limiters, plus expander/gate and programmable delay for lip-sync correction.

Faders can be mono, stereo or surround.

 And unlike sound reinforcement consoles, the new Series Four mixing console offers a direct bus-minus feed with IFB from each channel plus four front panel assignable mix-minus busses. With a possible total of 52 outputs, all IFB needs should be more than covered, and the common bus selection function provides tremendous flexibility in how IFB is managed.

 

WheatNet-IP Audio Network

An IP networked console, the Series Four 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 Series Four 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 touchscreen setup and operation.The Series Four integrates seamlessly with production automation systems so operators can, for example, change routing or automatically crossfade between inputs as the switcher or automation system cuts or dissolves between video sources. 

This console can take it all in -- analog, AES, MADI and HD/SDI input signals -- and deliver any source or console bus to any destination in the broadcast network. Operators will be able to see it all, too, on a large, high-resolution multifunction touchscreen display for capturing information at a glance: metering, channel/bus assignments, and programmable control functions. A LKFS meter for loudness monitoring is also included in the main display.

The Series Four is priced comparable to a semi-pro live sound/recording mixer, and it won't paint broadcasters into a corner should they ever want to add I/Os, mix-minus feeds, or any number of broadcast-specific functions.

 

  • IP networked console
  • 24 motorized input faders
  • 2 main mix busses: one 5.1 program, one stereo program
  • Submasters: 4 stereo
  • Mix-Minus: 4 mono with automatic confidence feed switching
  • Auxiliary sends: 2 stereo (direct rotary control from fader channel)
  • Bus minus: direct mix-minus feed from every input fader channel
  • 4 mix-minus busses in addition to bus-minus system
  • Loudness Metering with large LKFS readout and momentary, short-term, peak reading and program duration level history display
  • Outputs from all busses and bus-minus are configured within the BRIDGE router matrix and can be analog, and/or digital, or not fitted
  • One 5.1 (audio booth), two stereo studio feeds
  • Phase reverse
  • Surround pan / balance control and blend
  • Stereo mode control
  • 4-band, parametric equalizer with variable high & low pass filter
  • Optional paging
  •  Compressor / Limiter
  • Expander  / Gate
  • Variable delay on all input faders
  • Any source, anywhere IP networking
  • Any audio source can connect with any kind of signal, including analog line level, analog mic level, AES digital, MADI, SDI, and GPIO
 

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