API Audio will introduce its Vision Surround Mixing Console at AES 2003 in New York City. The console combines API's analog circuitry with all-new multichannel features. The debut of the new console coincides with API's announcement of the first Vision Console installation at Galaxy Studios in Belgium.
API's director of engineering, Paul Wolff, with input from Galaxy Studios'head engineer Ronald Prent, designed the Vision console. The creative dialog on the new console design began with Prent's original request for a custom-built, 6-channel version of API's 2-channel 2500 mastering compressor.
The new 24-bus Vision features three stereo mix buses, a dedicated 5-channel surround mix bus and 10 aux buses. Each three-pot pan section comprises a mode-switchable LR/LCR "main" pan pot for the front channels, afront-to-rear fader pan and a rear-channel pan pot. Even when the front-channel panning mode is set to the LCR mode, the L/R stereo bus is still active, allowing for a simultaneous stereo mix. Vision's master section embodies a full complement of multichannel monitoring facilities, providing flexible bass management, routing and down-mix monitoring options, plus the master bus, monitor path inserts and multichannel effects returns with surround panning. Vision also includes a noise generator with multiple measurement test points for precision setup of the complete multichannel monitoring system.
Each of Vision's channel strips can accommodate two classic API 200 Series modules, and has two fully automated 100mm full-throw moving faders on each channel that can easily be linked for stereo operation. Each of these moving faders (and there are two in every input) has a 5-channel panner. All buses are controlled by API's Instant Reset Switch System, using sealed, analog relays that are controllable from each individual channel, as well as from the center computer or a remote laptop. Console automation is handled via the API Vision Automation System controlling a total 176 moving faders. For equalization, each channel can be outfitted with either the 550L 4-band switchable EQ module or the 560L graphic EQ module, a smaller-footprint version of the classic API 560 EQ. Additionally, the main fader path has a tunable filter section similar to the 215L.
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