Regensdorf, Switzerland (March 19, 2009)–Studer has announced availability of its new Relink (Resource Linking) broadcast console networking system, which allows facility-wide audio source and control data sharing.
The Relink system is based totally on Studer’s existing SCore system, an integral part of a Studer console architecture, so no additional hardware or breakout boxes are required to complete the network. Any combination of Studer Vista (5, 6, 7, 8), the OnAir 2500 and 3000 consoles, as well as Route 6000 can link with each other via Relink, communicating over TCP/IP.
According to Studer, Relink is scaleable and can start with a simple link between two Studer consoles, and scale up to multi-console systems using a two-step topology where all signals are matrixed through a central device. To use Relink, Studer consoles must be updated to the newest software versions (4.1 for Vista, 3.1 for OnAir systems and 2.0 for Route 6000 systems).
Studer’s D21m I/O system forms the heart of all the input/output connections, and network audio is not restricted to a single transport type. Audio interconnects may be made through conventional MADI, AES, ADAT, regular copper analogue lines or even HDLink. Each D21m frame can be configured to accept up to 384 inputs and 384 outputs, with numerous options for audio interface types including analog, AES, SDI, Dolby E and MADI. These inputs and outputs can be shared with any or all of the mixing consoles.