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Otari Intros New Digital Audio Console

Otari Corporation has released its new digital console aimed specifically at video-editing applications: the DB-16P.

Otari Corporation has released its new digital console aimedspecifically at video-editing applications: the DB-16P.

The DB16P is a compact digital audio mixing console that can befree-standing or rackmounted with the supplied brackets. In addition tooffering a wide range of useful functions as a stand-alone mixer, itcan be connected to a video-editing system offering a serial portsupporting the ESAM II (Editing Suite Audio Mixer) protocol, enablingit to be controlled from the video editor.

Comprehensive built-in AES/EBU digital audio inputs with a range ofreference-level settings are provided, retaining the signal in thedigital domain. The DB16P can accept two 4-channel VTRs, and a2-channel source can be switched between a digital input such as CD, MDand DAT, and mic or line-level analog signals input via an optional24-bit A/D conversion stage. A 4-channel digital master recorder returnis also provided.

The DB-16P can be synchronized from many sources, includingwordclock with a range of 32 to 96 kHz, video sync (44.1 and 48 kHz)and the console’s internal 48kHz sync. Connecting a video signal(at 25, 25.97 or 30 frames) allows the DB-16P’s digital signalprocessors to sync to it. Each of the input channels includes a 3-band,frequency-selectable equalizer and highpass filter, a compressor and achannel fader with 0.1dB resolution. Channel settings can be copiedbetween channels. There are four output channels and these can belinked to allow channel 1’s output fader to be used as a groupmaster.

Channel settings can be saved as up to 99 snapshots, which can alsobe sent via serial link to a PC and saved or edited there, after whichthey can be recalled into the mixer. In addition, there are threeTransition modes that allow manual, semi-automatic or automatic fadesand crossfades. In Manual mode, two faders are used for the transition.In semi-automatic or Normal mode, the duration of the transition (up to3,900 frames; about 130 seconds at 30 fps) and its curve areestablished, and a crossfade is executed by pressing the Start button.In Automatic mode, durations for the fade-in and fade-out signals aredetermined along with a suitable transition curve, and the transitionis executed according to a trigger signal from the video editor.

Level indication of the program and bus signals is provided by four40-segment LED bargraph meters, with peak and clip hold. In addition tothe four main outputs, four monitor faders—fed from their ownmixer—drive a 24-bit D/A converter to provide a 2-channel monitoroutput.

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