Otari Intros New Digital Audio Console

Jul 9, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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

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

Comprehensive built-in AES/EBU digital audio inputs with a range of reference-level settings are provided, retaining the signal in the digital domain. The DB16P can accept two 4-channel VTRs, and a 2-channel source can be switched between a digital input such as CD, MD and DAT, and mic or line-level analog signals input via an optional 24-bit A/D conversion stage. A 4-channel digital master recorder return is also provided.

The DB-16P can be synchronized from many sources, including wordclock 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 signal processors to sync to it. Each of the input channels includes a 3-band, frequency-selectable equalizer and highpass filter, a compressor and a channel fader with 0.1dB resolution. Channel settings can be copied between channels. There are four output channels and these can be linked to allow channel 1's output fader to be used as a group master.

Channel settings can be saved as up to 99 snapshots, which can also be sent via serial link to a PC and saved or edited there, after which they can be recalled into the mixer. In addition, there are three Transition modes that allow manual, semi-automatic or automatic fades and crossfades. In Manual mode, two faders are used for the transition. In semi-automatic or Normal mode, the duration of the transition (up to 3,900 frames; about 130 seconds at 30 fps) and its curve are established, and a crossfade is executed by pressing the Start button. In Automatic mode, durations for the fade-in and fade-out signals are determined along with a suitable transition curve, and the transition is executed according to a trigger signal from the video editor.

Level indication of the program and bus signals is provided by four 40-segment LED bargraph meters, with peak and clip hold. In addition to the four main outputs, four monitor faders—fed from their own mixer—drive a 24-bit D/A converter to provide a 2-channel monitor output.

For more, visit www.otari.com.

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