LONDON, United Kingdom – Marking an enormous step forward in large-scale
mixing console technology for broadcast applications, Studer by HARMAN introduces
its new Vista X digital console and the Studer Infinity Processing Engine. The
Vista X offers an unsurpassed intuitive user interface, retaining the patented
Vistonics™ and FaderGlow™ user interface, providing control of 800 or more
audio DSP channels and more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.
At the heart of the system
is the Infinity DSP core, which uses CPU-based processors to provide huge
numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and
mixing. Thanks to the Infinity core, this is the first time more than 800 audio
channels have been processed in a single CPU-based board.
The impetus behind Infinity
was Studer's desire to create a DSP engine that not only offers superb sonic
quality but is adaptable and flexible to meet the changing demands of the
market. The attraction of CPU technology as used on most computers has resulted
in huge worldwide R&D investment in this technology. As such, these chips
are not only extremely reliable in operation but also result in a doubling of
processor power every 24 months (known as “Moore’s Law”).
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
Studer consoles are designed
with longevity and mission-critical operations in mind, and therefore
reliability is of prime importance. 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 complete 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.
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment
and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It
is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands
including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark
Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the
Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last
twelve months ended December 31, 2013.