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AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands — At IBC 2011, HARMAN’s Studer is introducing the OnAir
1500 digital mixing console, a flexible solution for radio broadcasting and
production, and the result of Studer’s close attention to the needs of its
customers, who are increasingly requesting more versatility and connectivity from
their mixing systems at an affordable entry budget price point.

The Studer OnAir 1500 is a 12-channel, 6-fader console (expandable to 12 faders)
available at an entry price of around $10,000 list, the first time a Studer has been
available in this price category, ideal for studios needing an additional
professional-grade fader unit and additional I/O or a compact and cost-effective
mixing console for a production room or on-air studio. Integrated USB playback and
record functions make the OnAir 1500 a very compact yet complete production unit and
mixer. With simple point-to-point connectivity it can easily be moved around as a
backup or secondary unit.

Flexibility is increased with the addition of a 6-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. The system bridges the gap
between production and on-air needs, offering an all inclusive feature set to
simplify great programming in either setting.

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 gives the operator 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 signals. Audio monitoring is augmented by
two 29 segment stereo bargraph PPMs, providing constant overview of all-important
signals; six different meter standards are available. Unique features such as
Headphone Split allows the user 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 any additional breakout
panel unnecessary. Two separate card slots can be equipped with any optional D21m
I/O module, such as MADI (up to 64 ch in/56 ch out), 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.
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