Strata 32


Strata 32

COMPACT, MODULAR, CUSTOMIZABLE NETWORKABLE 5.1 SURROUND AUDIO CONSOLE

 

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Less Is More...a LOT More
 

Strata 32 packs 64 channels and the latest IP audio innovations into a 40” frame. 

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Wheatstone’s Strata 32 audio console packs 64 channels and the latest IP audio innovation into a 40-inch frame that fits most television applications and budgets under US $75,000. 

Equally at home in news rooms, remote vans or sports venues, this compact IP audio console has dedicated faders for eight subgroups and two masters along with 32 physical faders that can be layered for 64 channels. 

Strata 32 integrates seamlessly with all the major production automation systems and comes with our IP audio mix engine and optional stagebox.

It is the latest in a family of consoles powered by Wheatstone’s award-winning WheatNet-IP audio network, an AES67 compatible IP audio ecosystem with online mixing, audio processing and virtual development tools as well as SIP/VoIP and codec appliances.

With all I/O managed through the WheatNet-IP audio network, this compact board has no limitations with fixed connection points on the console chassis itself. Strata32 has access to all sources in the network and any channel can connect to any audio source or destination, using any preferred audio format at any time, whether it’s HD/SDI, AES, MADI, AoIP, Analog or TDM. Unrestricted routing means being able to have all faders available to dial up whatever source you need; the days of having to block out channels based on input type are a thing of the past, as is having to repurpose inputs because of physical chassis limitations.

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Strata 32 provides access to all resources in the network through a powerful touchscreen interface with intuitive 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 at a glance. 


Features

  • 32 Physical Input faders on 2 Control Layers, providing 64 mix channels

  • 8 Subgroups (Mono, Stereo, or 5.1)

  •  VCA Groups

  • 8 Dedicated faders to control Subs and VCAs

  • 16 Aux Sends

  • 16 Dedicated Mix Minus Busses (in addition to the individual channel mix minuses)

  • Master 5.1 Output Buss

  • Master Stereo Output Buss

  • Control Room, Studio 1, and Studio 2 Monitor Outputs, each with 16 Source Presets

  • Routable Mix Minus Output w/ TB Interrupt for each Input Channel

  • Routable Track Output for each Input Channel

  • Programmable (Wild) Switches – 2 per input, 3 Global (in Central Panel)

  • Processing, applicable to all inputs and buss outs:
    – 4 Band Parametric EQ
    – Hi/Lo Pass Filters
    – Compressor/Limiter
    – Expander Gate
    – Programmable Delay (up to 20 Frames per channel)
    – Central TouchScreen for all parameter adjustments, with context sensitive hardware controls

  • Metering
    – Prefader Input Level Meter on each Channel OLED
    – Peak/Average Metering on Central TouchScreen for all Buss Outputs
    – BS1770-3 Loudness Meter on Central TouchScreen
    – Gain Reduction metering on Master Outputs

  • Automixing – 16 Channel Automixer with 4 Group Assigns

  • Automation Control – interfaces with all major newsroom automation systems

  • Integrated Audio Clip Player

  • IP Networking – complete integration with Wheatstone AoIP Network (Wheatnet-ip)

  • AES67 and SMPTE 2110 ready

  • Compact Footprint - 40”w x 27.5” d

Hands On Panels and Screen

With Strata 32, we've condensed a world-class console into a 40" wide powerhouse, capable of managing ANY audio-for-TV installation.

And with WheatNet-IP and AES67 compatibility, it's ready for the future.

Input Panels

ADJUST – Adjust knob provides both source select and gain trim functions for each input channel.

SEL -  this switch Selects the channel for editing / parameter changes.

TB – this switch interrupts the channel mix-minus output with the designated talkback microphone.

CUT – the channel ON/OFF switch.

AUTO – assigns the channel to the onboard 16 channel Automixer.

PFL – the Pre-fader listen switch (AKA Cue).

AFL – the after fader listen switch.

WILD 1 & 2 – two programmable switches that can invoke a number of different surface functions.

OLED display – provides channel specific information:

  • Layer 1 Source
  • Layer 2 Source
  • Prefader Input level Meter
  • VCA Group Assignments
  • Gain Setting
  • Channel Mode
  • Channel Muting Status
  • Master Buss Assignments
  • EQ/Dynamics In/Out Status

100mm Motorized Input Faders

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Master Panel

SUBGROUP/VAC Faders:

ADJUST – provides Destination control for the Subgroup Output signal.

SEL – Selects this subgroup for editing / parameter changes.

TB – Interrupts the subgroup output with the designated talkback mic. 

CUT – the Subgroup ON/OFF Switch.

PFL – Pre Fader Listen for this Subgroup.

100mm Motorized Faders

 

MASTER FADERS:

ADJUST – provides Destination control for the Master Output signal.

SEL – Selects this Master  for editing / parameter changes.

CUT – ON/OFF switch for this Master.

OLED Display – shows parameters related to this Master.

PFL – Pre Fader Listen for this Master.

100mm Motorized Faders

 

MONITOR SECTION:

CR SEL – selects this monitor for parameter changes, invokes Monitor pop up screen on touchscreen.

OLED – displays current monitor source, monitor mode, muting status.

AFL/PFL Clear – clears all inputs to the PFL/AFL system.

ADJUST – used for parameter changes on the Monitor pop up screen.

PFL/AFL – level control for the PFL/AFL output.

CR – the Control Room Volume control.

DIM – Reduces the CR output by a programmable amount.

USB ports – used for saving configurations and storing audio files for the Integrated Clip Player.

SEL – selects the Studio Monitor (1 or 2) for parameter changes, invokes monitor pop up screen.

TEST – activates the Test Tone and invokes the Test Tone Screen for parameter changes.

OLED – displays both ST1 and ST2 Sources and Mode settings.

Monitor preset buttons – for quick source changes to the monitors, works in conjunction with the 12 presets on the monitor pop up screen.

Studio 1 and 2 level controls – for controlling audio levels

Studio 1 and 2 TB – interrupts the normal Studio output with the designated talkback mic signal.

Central Panel 

The Integrated central Touchscreen provides both metering and parameter control for all Strata Functions. Tabbed Navigation allows for easy switching between functions. An on screen fader is provided for parameter adjustment.

Switches/ Knobs below Screen:

Context sensitive ADJUST knobs (3) and WILD Switches (3).

Each provides parameter adjustments via hardware in addition to the onscreen parameter fader.

Knobs are color coded to match a corresponding screen function.

Onscreen functions assigned to switches are labeled with the corresponding switch number. 

Layers 1 & 2 provide switching between the two input channel control layers.

Wild Switches (3) are programmable to control a large number of both Strata and Audio Network functions.

Spill – invokes the spill mode for a selected input channel. Channels with 5.1 sources will spread the 6 surround channels onto a temporary layer on the adjacent six channels (normal functions of those channels are unaffected), providing the ability to rebalance a surround signal. Stereo channels will spill onto two adjacent channels, providing quick Left/Right balance adjustment. 

FTF (Function to Faders) allows a function with multiple level adjustments (for example, Aux Master level Control for Aux 1 thru 16) to display those levels on channels faders. This provides an easy way to visualize the full set of level controls.

Query – performs an interrogate function to quickly see what sources are assigned to any given output buss. Assignments and Deassignments may be made on this screen as well. 

Play Clip – Starts and Stops the internal Audio Clip Player.

Copy/Paste – allows the user to copy a channels parameters and Paste them to another channel or channels.

Sub Group / VCA Switches – control the functions of the 8 dual purpose faders immediately to the right of these switches on the Master panel. Faders switch between controlling Sub Group levels and VCA Group levels.

 

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Large Center Display is Dynamic and Touchscreen Enabled
 

The center display on Strata 32 is a touch-enabled LED that gives you dynamic information about any and all functions. It reflects whatever actions you are applying to the console and updates in real time with a lightning fast refresh rate. This touchscreen allows you to use  standard pinch and zoom gestures you are familiar with.

 



Failsafe Redundancy

It’s all about staying on the air - every second of every day - without fail

Wheatstone’s experience in designing audio consoles for all broadcast realms as well as pioneering networking comes together in the Dimension Three. More power to handle modern needs with a user interface that is pure joy to get your hands on. And with Wheatstone’s built-in safeguards, you can rest assured that you’ll always be on the air...with or without fail.

Redundant Components

Gibralter DSP CardIf a DSP chip fails in a traditional console, it tends to take the entire card with it, leaving the board dead. Thus, having a backup DSP chip on the same card is not really a solution. With Wheatstone, a hot-spare DSP card can be utilized with automatic failover in the event of a problem with the primary engine. Because any source can be assigned to any fader, even catastrophic damage to a fader module on the console (as from a drink spill or falling object) only means that the damaged faders are out of action. The sources can be rerouted to other faders, and the show goes on.

Redundant Power

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Gibraltar Network cage utilizes internal modular power supplies and can accommodate up to two units for redundancy.

On the Gibraltar Network and Gibraltar IP Mix Engine cages, power supplies are internal and can be single or dual modules.

The back provides access to the cards’ connections.

Strata 32 Taps the Power of Gibraltar & WheatNet-IP AoIP Networking

 

Strata 32's Gibraltar IP Mix Engine handles digital signal processing and provides advanced specialty features, such as our new automixer with four separate automix groups and onscreen weight control.

Gibraltar brings an exceptionally powerful engine to the mix. There are 1,024 channels of DSP available. For a modern studio, consider that for every input you’ll need a minimum of 6 channels of processing for 5.1 surround as well as 2 channels for stereo processing. Add to that processing for all major output and monitor busses (stereo and surround mains, submixes, aux sends, mix-minus, tracks, control room, studios and headphone feeds) and you’ll see that it adds up to a lot.

The Gibraltar IP Mix Engine brings ALL of this power to the extensive networking capablilities of Wheatstone's award winning WheatNet-IP network and its exceptionally powerful BLADE-3 interfaces.

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WheatNet-IP Extends Strata 32's Reach

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With WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s, you get a virtual rack room in a 1-rack space box. They handle all the I/O (AES/EBU, SPDIF, AOIP, MADI, SDI and AES 67) and provide full routing capabilities. Each BLADE-3 gives you two 8x2 utility mixers, 12 universal GPI/O ports, 128 software logic ports, silence detection, built-in audio clip player, stereo multi-band audio processing, and much more, assignable anywhere on the network. With it you can create workflows that would require a ton of third-party gear.

Plenty of I/O Available Wherever You Need It

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The optional 4RU StageBox One is for extending console I/O, providing 32 mic/line inputs, 16 analog line outputs, and 8 AES3 inputs and 8 AES3 outputs as well as 12 logic ports and dual Ethernet ports. StageBox One works with all WheatNet-IP audio networked consoles. 

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