Studer will use the forthcoming IBC show to introduce the OnAir 1500 digital console for broadcasting and production.
Coming is response to requests for ‘more versatility and connectivity at an affordable entry budget price point’, the OnAir 1500 is a 12-channel, six-fader console (expandable to 12 faders) available at an entry price of around US$10,000 list. Integrated USB playback and record functions make the OnAir 1500 a compact production unit and mixer with point-to-point connectivity, that can easily be moved around as a backup or secondary unit.
Flexibility is increased with the addition of a six-fader extension bay, creating either a 12-fader surface, or an additional six faders that can be remotely placed in a producer’s bay or used as a redundant surface. Channel parameters such as EQ and dynamics can be comfortably edited using console controls in combination with the OLED channel displays without requiring an additional screen or PC. For more advanced operation and configuration, the console provides interfaces for connecting a PC screen, keyboard and mouse.
The master section provides simple yet comprehensive access to the signal monitoring and switching for control room and studio with an internal speaker preconfigured to output cue and talkback. Audio monitoring is supported by two 29-segment stereo bargraph PPMs, providing constant overview of important signals; six different meter standards are available. Headphone Split allows users to listen to two different sources, one through the left earpiece and the other through the right. Preset buttons also allow one-touch control of all monitoring. Additional monitoring for separate studios is available via an external Monitoring/ Talkback unit for added flexibility.
The separate Nano Score of the OnAir 1500 contains the audio and control engine. Its straightforward design provides standard sockets, making an additional breakout panel unnecessary. Two separate card slots can be equipped with any optional D21m I/O module, such as Madi (up to 64 channel input/56 channel output), Adat, AES, or additional MIC inputs. The front panel carries three USB ports, one of which is used to identify the console operator. The second port can host a USB stick for recording and playout, while the third one can be switched to deliver an additional eight channels of I/O to/from a USB device. The core connects to the surface via one Cat5 cable, which also supplies power to the surface.