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Wheatstone AURA8-IP Audio Processor

Wheatstone AURA8-IP Audio Processor

 

Overview

Rack up eight audio processors in one networkable unit. Convenient, cost-effective, and more than able enough, the Aura8-IP-3 audio processing BLADE-3 has ample I/O and eight fully independent Vorsis multiband stereo audio processors on board. The 1RU BLADE-3 offers processing control and network connectivity through the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network and full AGC, compression and limiting functions for HD, streaming or podcasting separate channels of programming in one unit.

The Aura8-IP-3 BLADE-3 audio processor brings two of Wheatstone’s core technologies together: Vorsis ultra-high resolution audio processing and the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. Merging these technologies in a single product provides a convenient and cost effective way to access audio processing wherever you need it on your WheatNet-IP network. The Aura8-IP-3 occupies a single rack space, but packs in an impressive eight fully independent Vorsis® multi-band stereo audio processors.

Each processing chain consists of a 4-band parametric equalizer followed by a crossover and three bands of compression. The compressors each feed their own limiters, whose outputs are then fed to a broadband lookahead limiter for tight peak control. The Aura8-IP has its own local I/O, with four stereo pairs of AES digital audio and four stereo pairs of analog line level audio in and out, and can function as a standalone processing engine. Because it’s a BLADE-3, it can also instantly configure itself as part of a new or existing WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, making its processing power available throughout that network.

And, like all BLADE-3 access units, the Aura8-IP-3 BLADE-3 is AES67 compatible. 

The Aura8-IP-3 is configured and controlled over Ethernet using a laptop or desktop computer. Included with the unit is Wheatstone’s acclaimed “Guru” GUI software, which allows easy setup of the processing using familiar, straightforward controls. Also available is a more sophisticated control interface called “GUI Pro,” which provides access to every individual processing parameter for expert-level adjustments.

 

Features

  • Highest performance 24-bit A/D and D/A convertors
  • AES67 compatible
  • 8 complete Vorsis multiband processors, each with:
    • 4-band parametric equalizer
    • 3-way crossover
    • 3 compressors
    • 3 limiters
    • Final lookahead limiter
  •  Two 8-channel utility mixers
  • 4 AES digital inputs on RJ-45 and “D” connectors
  • 4 stereo analog inputs on RJ-45 and "D" connectors
  • 4 AES digital outputs on RJ-45 and “D” connectors
  • 4 stereo analog outputs on RJ-45 and "D" connectors
  • Can be used standalone or as part of a WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network
  • Built-in router control
  • Front panel headphone jack
  • Socketed output chips
  • Front panel metering
  • Rugged power supply
  • Colorful OLED display
  • Silence sensing can be applied to any output
  • One Gigabit Ethernet port
 

Specifications

INPUTS
4 Stereo Analog inputs on 
“D” connectors and RJ-45.
4 AES Digital inputs on 
“D” connectors and RJ-45.

OUTPUTS

4 Stereo Analog outputs on 
“D” connectors and RJ-45.

4 AES Digital outputs on 
“D” connectors and RJ-45.

LOGIC
12 Universal Logic ports

PROCESSING
8 embedded multi-band 
processing chains, each with 4-band parametric equalizer, 3-way crossover, 3 compressors, three limiters, broadband 
lookahead limiter

PRESETS
Non-volatile memory Storage for 80 presets
Factory: 
More than 25 pre-installed 
and write-protected

New factory presets can be downloaded from the Wheatstone Processing web site and installed via the Aura8-IP-3 Software



Common Specs to all BLADE-3s:

LOGIC I/O
Connectors: RJ-45 (2), 12 channels
Voltage: +5VDC to GND 
 +5VDC and GND provided
Current: 100mA max source/sink

ETHERNET
Connectors: RJ-45
Cable: CAT5E or CAT6
Audio transport: 
Gigabit Ethernet 

1000BASE-T, used for all 
BLADE-3-to-BLADE-3 audio traffic
Utility interface: 100BASE-TX for future use

SYSTEM
Sample rate: 
44.1 or 48kHz, user-
selectable in software
Sync: 
Internal or external, 
External sync input
Reference level: 0dBFS=+4dBu (+4dBu=1.23VRMS)
Latency: 
0.5mS, BLADE-3 to switch to BLADE-3

PHYSICAL
Dimensions: 1RU 
 
19”/48.3cm wide
1-3/4”/4.5cm high 
13-1/4”/33.7cm deep 
15-1/4”/38.7cm deep 
with connectors
Shipping weight: 14lbs/6.4kg
Power consumption: 23VA, 12W

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