Studer @ NAB 2012

Portable Remote Control for Studer Vista Consoles and Axia Livewire AoIP Card Development

There are often times when a console operator would like to be able to stand in any place in a venue and change console settings. For HARMAN Studer Vista users, that dream is about to become reality.

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At NAB, Studer is unveiling its new Studer® Compact Remote Bay, a portable controller hardly larger than a laptop, but containing 12 motorised Penny & Giles faders and 40 rotary controls which link to a 19” touch-screen running Studer’s Virtual Vista software. This emulates the console’s acclaimed Vistonics™ user interface.

As well as remote operation the Compact Remote Bay may also be used to extend the main control surface for a second operator on large shows. It can even be used as a standalone controller for the Vista’s DSP core should the control surface not be available, with the provision of connections for local 5.1 monitoring and a headphone output.

For portability and transit protection, the screen folds down over the control surface.

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Studer Shows Axia Livewire™ AoIP Card Development
HARMAN'S Studer is showing its commitment to integration of the Livewire AoIP standard at NAB with the first showing of the D21m interface card that may be used on Vista and OnAir console systems.

Livewire is the broadcast networking system that utilizes Ethernet to provide an easy way to route and share audio and logic throughout the broadcast plant. Under the Livewire Limitless License (L3) introduced this year, Studer is licensed to build a Livewire interface into any or all of its products, allowing instant one-cable connection to Axia networks and products from more than 30 other Livewire hardware and software partners.

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"We decided to adopt the Livewire standard from Axia following consultation with many customers on our new product strategy," said Andy Trott, HARMAN's Vice President and General Manager of Mixers, Microphones and Headphones (Soundcraft, Studer and AKG). "Studer is embracing a very ‘open standards' philosophy as we launch more and more broadcast systems and this is the first of many new partnership initiatives that we will be announcing over the next 18 months to provide our customers with increasing flexibility."

"Axia clients realize that the value of the network isn't the network itself—it's the variety of devices the network can connect to," says Axia President Michael "Catfish" Dosch. "The addition of Studer products to the already-impressive list of broadcast equipment that connects to Livewire underscores just how strongly broadcasters value standards-based networking."

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Other new products from Studer at NAB include the new Studer Vista 1 Compact mixing console,  VISTA FX Lexicon engine, RTW TM7 Metering Option for Vista consoles, and integral EMBER control protocol for Vista systems.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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