Studer Vista 5 Digital Mixer Will Debut At NAB

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Studer will launch its compact Vista 5 digital live broadcast and production console at NAB 2006, April 24 through April 27 in the Las Vegas Convention Center (booth #N2426). The console brings the manufacturer’s award-winning Vistonics-based technology into a price bracket that is within the reach of many more audio production facilities.

The Vista 5 is a six-rackspace digital mixer with a control surface. Studer states that the Vista 5 is aimed primarily at broadcast production, live sound and performance venues, and is particularly well suited for local television news production and for smaller OB vehicles, in which space and budget are at a premium.

The Vista 5 is the first Vista console to be produced with PCB assemblies from the Soundcraft Studer Group’s new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. While using a new SCore Live DSP engine, the tabletop-mounted Vista 5 follows the same operational principles and uses the same Vistonics screens as the Vista 6, 7 and 8.

The 32-fader desk consists of 20 channel strips optimized for input channel operation, and 12 additional strips for operating output and input channels. By using the standard Vistonics screen, up to 52 outputs are under immediate control. A total of up to 240 channels can be accessed from the desk and laid out in any order with the Vistonics system giving instant control over all related channel functions. DSP power and I/O are specified by the customer. The total I/O capacity—comprising various cards, including mic/line, ADAT, TDIF, AES/EBU, SDI and MADI—may exceed 1,700 inputs and outputs.

With Studer’s Configuration Editor software, the Vista 5 can adopt almost any console structure requested by the operator. This optional tool allows the user to specify the number of channels, buses and processing within the channels, as well as signal flow possibilities within the console.

Typical broadcast facilities are included, such as N-1 outputs, off-air conferencing, GPIO and extensive monitoring, including 5.1-to-stereo downmix functions. The console’s internal matrix may be controlled from a variety of third-party controllers and video routers, eliminating the requirement for external audio routers in many installations.

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