London, UK (February 27, 2014)—Studer by Harman has unveiled its new Vista X digital console and Studer Infinity processing engine, which offers control of 800 or more audio DSP channels and more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.
At the heart of the console system, which retains the company’s Vistonics and Faderglow user interfaces, is the Infinity DSP core. Infinity uses CPU-based processors to provide huge numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and mixing. According to Studer, this is the first time more than 800 audio channels have been processed in a single CPU-based board.
The new Infinity DSP engine provides 12 A-Link high-capacity fiber digital audio interfaces, providing more than 5,000 inputs and outputs. A newly designed high-density I/O system, D23m, is used to break out these A-Link connections to standard analog, digital and video interfaces. The A-Link interface also provides direct connection to the Riedel MediorNet distributed router, allowing many Infinity systems to be connected together with router capacities of 10,000 square or more.
A key element in the design of the Infinity Series is to avoid the possibility of a single fault causing loss of audio. Taking a lead from the “fly by wire” aircraft industry with multiple redundant processors flying the airplane, the new Vista X console features four processors, offering redundancy of the control surface. Now, the Infinity Core, with a combination of CPU-based DSP and A-Link audio interfaces, offers N+1 redundancy of the DSP engine and I/O with instant switchover between main and standby system without audio break.