New Bern, NC (April 18, 2016)—At NAB, Wheatstone has introduced LXE, a new IP audio console for radio with programmable switches, rotary controls, and fader groupings that can be remotely located and operated from another room or studio.
The LXE is Wheatstone’s latest addition to its IP audio console line for use with its WheatNet-IP audio network, a complete AES67-compatible network system with end-to-end audio transport, logic control, and an audio toolkit at every I/O point in the network. “Broadcasters kept telling us they needed a console surface that is more adaptable for all the applications they’re doing these days; by eliminating the usual hard-coded buttons and encoders and instead scripting out those capabilities much like we’ve done with our audio network, we can give them that,” says Kelly Parker, Wheatstone’s systems engineer who headed up the development of the new LXE.
The new LXE console architecture is completely customizable, with pull-down configuration software that allows every switch on the surface to be programmed for function, mode, and even color (switches are RGB LED illuminated). In fact, built-in software allows every button to be scriptable, letting users create powerful macros for as many controls as desired.
Multiple full-color OLED displays on each panel keep pace with ongoing operations, and event recall allows one-touch console reconfiguration at the press of a button. LXE offers inherent control flexibility and the ability to access thousands of signals (sources and destinations are limited only by the size of the network).
The LXE can have up to 32 physical motorized faders, with full DSP processing available on all 32 channels. Surfaces interface into the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, and utilize BLADE-3s for audio, control and associated logic data flowing on single CAT6 interconnections. The system can ingest and convert analog, microphone, AES/EBU, SPDIF, AoIP, MADI, SDI and AES67 signals. Loudness metering, phase reversal and full EQ and dynamics are included.