Gibraltar Network Cage

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Gibraltar Network Cage

The Gibraltar Network Cage is the basic building block of the Wheatstone Gibraltar Network. These compact powerhouses can be configured with various DSP, I/O, CPU, and power supply elements to build any sized network, from one control room to dozens.
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The Gibraltar Network Cage makes audio networking PRACTICAL. It's simple to install, easy to learn, and certain to reduce system costs. Compact enough for small applications, yet stackable for tremendous growth potential, it's design consists of a seven-inch, rackmount frame capable of handling 512 simultaneous audio channels on its backplane.

The Gibraltar Network Cage can be configured with a variety of plug-in cards for system access and virtually any audio source format and interface path: analog, digital AES (with sample rate converters), MADI, SDI de-embedding, and control surface mix engine cards. There’s even an audio-to-Ethernet interface that provides single wire integration to station audio automation playback systems.
 
Using the 4864 core switch, you can connect up to 48 I/O mix engine frames, each capable of 512 audio I/O paths. Because the mix engine is integral to the router, any input is available to any mix, and any input or mix is available to any output system-wide, forming a true router-based network system.
 
The cage’s audio cards are front loading, so service can be performed in real-time. Cards are available to provide virtually any type of mechanical interface suited to your application. Interface modules simply plug in from behind to provide RJ, DB, BNC or screw terminal connections.

Cages can be stacked to suit particular card complements (analog or digital input and output cards or optical network cards) but more significantly, cages can be separated by great distances and network audio through either bi-directional fiberoptic links or a single CAT6 wire.

If you wish to put together an IP network, click here for the Gibraltar IP Mix Engine.

 

  • 16 universal positions
  • 512 channels in 4 RU
  • Cards plug in from the front
  • Hot swappable cards
  • Modular rear panel connector cards
  • Optional redundant power supplies integral to the cage
  • Bi-directional fiber optic or CAT-5 interlocation connectivity
  • All digital domain AES switching
  • Both analog and digital (synchronous or sample rate converted) inputs
  • Both analog and AES digital outputs
  • TCP/IP based control protocol for communication with third party devices
  • Serial control and display drivers for legacy Wheatstone consoles
  • Fully routable GPI logic functions
  • Audio-over-IP card supports 16 streaming audio channels
  • Easy to use graphic interface

ROUTER Specifications

 

Dimensions    

4RU, 19"/48.3cm wide

7"/17.8cm high

16"/40.6cm deep

18"/45.7cm deep w/connectors

Power supply     External

Slots     20 universal slots, including CPU (2 for redundancy) and DSP (3)

Slots available for I/O     15

Sample rate     44.1 or 48kHz, user selectable on CPU card

External sync input     On CPU card

Shipping weight     30lbs/13.6kg

 

Gibraltar Network POWER SUPPLY

Dimensions    

2RU, 19"/48.3cm wide

3.5"/8.9cm high 

15.75"/40.0cm deep 

18.5"/47.0cm deep w/connectors

Shipping weight     10lbs/4.5kg

Power consumption     400W

 

SATELLITE CAGE

Function     Expansion when additional I/O capacity is needed

Dimensions    

4RU, 19"/48.3cm wide

7"/17.8cm high 

16"/40.6cm deep

18"/45.7cm deep w/connectors

Power supply     Internal plug-in module; use two for redundancy

Slots     11 universal slots

Shipping weight     22lbs/10.0kg

Power consumption     150W

 

HOST CPU — CPU-2001

Function     System control

Redundancy     Optional second CPU for automatic failover

Rear connector panel    

DB9 “A” (RS485 or RS232)

DB9 “B” (RS485)

DB9 “C” (AES sync)

     Ethernet (configuration PC)

     two 10pin (power)

 

DIGITAL SIGNAL PROCESSOR CARD — DSP-2001

Function     Mixing, routing, EQ, dynamics

 

DIGITAL INPUT CARD — AES-2024

Inputs    

8 transformer coupled  (AES-2024/8)

16 transformer coupled (AES-2024/16)

 

Impedance     110Ω balanced AES-3, S/PDIF compatible or 75Ω unbalanced 

AES-3id, depending upon rear connector panel

Reference level     -20dBFS

Channel configuration     Mono, stereo, 5.1

Rear connector panel     DB25, RJ45 or BNC

 

SDI EMBEDDED INPUT CARD — SDI-2001

Inputs     2 inputs, auto-detect of SMPTE 259M (SD-SDI) or SMPTE 292M (HD-SDI)

Channel configuration     Each input can de-embed two groups (4 channels)

Rear connector panel     4 BNCs (input and loop-thru for two SDI inputs)

 

MADI DIGITAL INPUT CARD — MADI-2001

I/O     Two AES10-2003 (MADI), auto-detect of 56 or 64 channels

Rear connector panel     Fiber (SC duplex) and 2 BNCs

 

ANALOG INPUT CARD — ADI-2001

Inputs     16 electronic differential

Impedance     20KΩ (bridging)

Reference level     +4dBu = -20dBFS

Sample rate converters     32-96kHz, 16-24bit

Channel configuration     Mono, stereo, 5.1

Rear connector panel     DB25 or RJ45

 

MICROPHONE CARD — MIC-2001

Inputs     8 electronic differential

Reference level     -50dBu = -20dBFS

Gain range     +20 to +80dB

Phantom power     Switchable

Maximum input level     -10dBu

Sample rate converters     32-96kHz, 16-24bit

Channel configuration     Mono, stereo

Outputs     8 direct analog outputs

Rear connector panel     DB25 or RJ45

 

DIGITAL OUTPUT CARD — DO-2024

Outputs    

8 transformer coupled (DO-2024-8)

16 transformer coupled (DO-2024-16)

 

Impedance     110Ω balanced AES-3, 

S/PDIF compatible or 75Ω unbalanced AES-3id, depending upon rear connector panel

Reference level     -20dBFS

Channel configuration     Mono, stereo, 5.1

Rear connector panel     DB25, RJ45 or BNC

 

ANALOG OUTPUT CARD — AO-2001

Outputs     16 electronic balanced

Impedance     50Ω, to drive loads of 600Ω or greater

Reference level     +4dBu = -20dBFS

Maximum output level     +24dBu

Channel configuration     Mono, stereo, 5.1

Rear connector panel     DB25 or RJ45

 

LOGIC INPUT/OUTPUT CARD — LIO-2024

Function     Programmable GPI

Ports     24, each configurable as input/GPI or output/GPO

Input GPI     Floating opto-isolated photodiode, +5 to +15VDC, maximum current 50mA

Output GPO     Solid state relay, maximum load 120mA, ±100V; not to be used to switch AC mains

Rear connector panel     DB25

 

QUAD AUDIO NETWORK CARD — QAT-2001

Function     Connects master Gibraltar Network to up to 4 remote Gibraltar Network, Gibraltar Network 

Satellite, E-SAT frames, or control surfaces

Channels     256 per card

Rear connector panel     RJ45, fiber (SC duplex), or SPF modular

 

Specifications and features subject to change without notice.

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