WHEATSTONE INTRODUCES COMPACT IP TV AUDIO CONSOLE AT NAB

STRATA 32 RH3QTR 2560

Strata 32 packs 64 channels and latest IP audio innovation into a 40” frame. 

NEW BERN, NC, USA (March 20, 2019) – Wheatstone’s Strata 32 audio console introduced at NAB 2019 packs 64 channels and the latest IP audio innovation into a 40-inch frame that fits most television applications and budgets under US $75,000. 

Equally at home in news rooms, remote vans or sports venues, this compact IP audio console has dedicated faders for eight subgroups and two masters along with 32 physical faders that can be layered for 64 channels. 

Strata 32 integrates seamlessly with all the major production automation systems and comes with IP audio mix engine and optional stagebox.

It is the latest in a family of consoles powered by Wheatstone’s award-winning WheatNet-IP audio network, an AES67 compatible IP audio ecosystem with online mixing, audio processing and virtual development tools as well as SIP/VoIP and codec appliances.

Strata 32 provides access to all resources in the network through a powerful touchscreen interface with intuitive menu for adjusting EQ dynamics, setting talkback, configuring mix-minus feeds and bus matrices, muting mic groups and managing sources and destinations. Per-channel OLEDs display all relevant editing and operating functions at a glance. 

With all I/O managed through the WheatNet-IP audio network, this compact board has no limitations with fixed connection points on the console chassis itself. Strata32 has access to all sources in the network and any channel can connect to any audio source or destination, using any preferred audio format at any time, whether it’s HD/SDI, AES, MADI, AoIP, Analog or TDM. Unrestricted routing means being able to have all faders available to dial up whatever source 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.

Its Gibraltar IP Mix Engine is capable of 1,024 channels of simultaneous digital signal processing and provides advanced specialty features, such as new automixer with four separate automix groups and onscreen weight control. The optional 4RU StageBox One is also new this NAB for extending console I/O, providing 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analog line outputs, and 8 AES3 inputs and 8 AES3 outputs as well as 12 logic ports and two Ethernet ports. StageBox One works with all WheatNet-IP audio networked consoles. 

Strata 32 is the newest addition to Wheatstone’s line of IP audio networked consoles that include its IP-64, Dimension Three, D-8EX, Series Four and Series Two. Also new this NAB is the SwitchBlade appliance for the WheatNet-IP audio network, which includes AoIP logic control, SIP connectivity and codec bandwidth optimization for seamlessly sharing studio operation and high-quality programming between facilities, sports venues, and other sites in separate locations. 

Strata 32, SwitchBlade and other WheatNet-IP audio network products will be demonstrated at Wheatstone booth N6806 during the NAB show. 

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