API Audio Vision
Oct 3, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors
The new 24-bus Vision Surround Mixing Console features three stereo mix buses, a dedicated 5-channel surround mix bus and 10 aux buses.
API’s director of engineering, Paul Wolff, with input from Galaxy Studios’ head engineer Ronald Prent, designed the Vision console. Each 3-pot pan section comprises mode-switchable LR/LCR “main” pan pot for the front channels, a front-to-rear fader pan and a rear-channel pan pot. Even when the front-channel panning mode is set to the LCR mode, the L/R stereo bus is still active, allowing for a simultaneous stereo mix.
Vision’s master section embodies a full complement of multichannel monitoring facilities, providing flexible bass management, routing and downmix monitoring options, plus the master bus, monitor path inserts and multichannel effects returns with surround panning. Vision also offers a noise generator with multiple measurement test points for precision setup of the complete multichannel monitoring system.
As with the company’s Legacy console, each of Vision’s channel strips can accommodate two classic API 200 Series modules. It has two fully automated, 100mm, full-throw moving faders on each channel that can easily be linked for stereo operation. Each of these moving faders (and there are two in every input) has a 5-channel panner.
All buses are controlled by API’s Instant Reset Switch system, using sealed analog relays and are controllable from each individual channel, as well as from the center computer or a remote laptop. Console automation is handled via the API Vision Automation System that controls a total 176 moving faders.
For EQ, each channel can be outfitted with either the 550L 4-band switchable EQ module or the 560L graphic EQ module, a smaller footprint version of the API 560 EQ. Additionally, the main fader path has a tunable filter section similar to the 215L.
For a complete demonstration, visit API’s Demo Room 2D08.
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