Studer’s new Vista 9 digital console ‘combines advanced ergonomic design with complete system flexibility, pristine audio quality and groundbreaking new features to create a console fit for a new age of broadcast and live production’.

Drawing on the Vistonics interface developed in the Vista 5, 6, 7 and 8 desks, the Vista 9 adds widescreen-based TFT metering and FaderGlow, as well as other innovations.

The channel meters are able to show mono through to 7.1 channel signals in the upper section of the screen, while the lower portion can show bus assignment or, for surround channels, an image of the surround composite. Alternatively, History Mode records events such as overloads in the audio path of each channel, and highlights them in red on the channel waveform. The operator can then review which channel had such an event, up to 30 seconds after the event has occurred. All stereo inputs and stereo masters have a correlation meter bar above the bargraph display. The Control Bay meter section can be configured to show any choice of output busses and input channels and displays up to 40 meters at the time.

Studer’s Vistonics uses touch-sensitive TFT screens to each show 10 channel strips, with rotary encoders and switches mounted directly onto the screen, providing the operator with ‘where you look is where you control’ ergonomics. FaderGlow provides the operator with an instant overview of the console status by illuminating each fader in one of eight freely-assignable colours. The desk also gives freedom to place input, as well as master channels, anywhere across the surface.

Failsafe redundancy comes through dual PSUs and a dual-control system that ensures component failure doesn’t mean loss of control over the mix. A redundant network system keeps up the vital communication to the DSP core.

The Vista 9 integrates with other Studer Vista and OnAir consoles and routers through Studer’s Relink network technology.  Communication to third-party control systems is also provided.

The Vista 9 is in full production and has already shipped to its first customer installations. It will be on show for the first time at the Broadcast Equipment Exhibition of the Shanghai TV Festival and Koba in Seoul the following week.


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