Studer is extending its Vista 5 M2 range of digital broadcast consoles to include a low-cost 22-fader option and Compact Stagebox, writes Paul Watson.
The new Vista 5 M2 22 model is equipped with TFT metering, capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input, with a configurable lower area which can be used to display bus assignments, surround images, or ‘History Mode’ where a scrolling audio waveform displays signal anomalies and highlights them for up to 50 seconds allowing engineers to identify where the event occurred.
Metering for ‘layer 2’ signals can also be viewed, and the Control Bay screen can provide configurable user pages with up to 40 meters. When the TFT bridge is fitted, the external GC screen becomes an integral part of the chassis.
The Compact Stagebox offers a high density of I/O connections in only 4U of rack space. It is fully configurable, but is offered with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs. It can also be equipped with an additional 16 mic/line input module instead of the output module to provide 48 inputs; or alternatively, up to three output modules to achieve 48 outputs.
The expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to most popular digital formats including CobraNet, Ethersound, ADAT and SDI; and a MADI recording interface can also be fitted. Connection to the console is via Cat5 or optical fibre MADI; and it shares the same redundant MADI cable capability as the larger 64mic/line Stagebox.