Wheatstone Launches Virtual Audio Console For Automated TV Studios

Targeting studios with newsroom automation systems, at the 2019 NAB Show Wheatstone is introducing a cloud-based, virtual TV audio console called Virtual Dimension Three that includes 64 available faders that can be displayed on any IP-connected interface screen.

As a standalone user interface into the WheatNet-IP audio network, Virtual Dimension Three can be used anywhere there’s a PC touchscreen or several touchscreens connected over the audio network. Similar in feel and function to the popular Dimension Three hardware surface, Virtual Dimension Three includes familiar buttons, knobs and multi-touch navigation and menuing for adjusting EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings.

Wheatstone's Virtual Dimension Three comes with a rack-mount mix engine to handle mixing and processing as part of the WheatNet-IP audio network, which provides direct connectivity into major production automation systems. Ross VideoGrass Valley and Sony have a longtime vendor partnership with Wheatstone’s WheatNet-IP audio network, making for a fully integrated user experience between automation and console functions.

The AES67-compatible WheatNet-IP audio network is a complete IP audio ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, and accessories. Also new for WheatNet-IP this NAB is the SwitchBlade appliance, which includes AoIP logic control, SIP connectivity and codec bandwidth optimization for seamlessly sharing studio operation and high-quality programming between facilities, sports venues, and other sites in separate locations.

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