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At NAB: Wheatstone Unveils Strata 32 Console

Wheatstone unveiled Strata 32, a new compact IP audio mixing console.

Las Vegas, NV (April 11, 2019)—At the NAB Show, Wheatstone launched Strata 32, a new compact IP audio mixing console intended for newsrooms, remote vans and sports venues.

The desk offers dedicated faders for eight subgroups and two masters along with 32 physical faders that can be layered for 64 channels.

The 40-inch-frame console provides access to all resources in Wheatstone’s WheatNet-IP AES67-compatible IP audio ecosystem through a touchscreen interface with a menu for adjusting EQ, dynamics, setting talkback, configuring mix-minus feeds and bus matrices, muting mic groups and managing sources and destinations. Per-channel OLEDs display all relevant editing and operating functions.

AoIP Makes Inroads Into Broadcast

Strata 32’s Gibraltar IP mix engine is capable of 1,024 channels of simultaneous digital signal processing and provides specialty features, such as a new automixer with four separate automix groups and onscreen weight control. The console integrates with major production automation systems and comes with IP audio mix engine and optional stagebox.

Also new at NAB was the optional 4RU StageBox One, which extends console I/O to provide 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analog line outputs, and eight AES3 inputs and eight AES3 outputs as well as 12 logic ports and two Ethernet ports. StageBox One works with all WheatNet-IP audio networked consoles.

Wheatstone also debuted its new SwitchBlade appliance for the WheatNet-IP audio network, which includes AoIP logic control, SIP connectivity and codec bandwidth optimization for sharing studio operation and programming between facilities, sports venues and other sites in separate locations.

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