New From Wheatstone: A Glass LXE Virtual Console


Wheatstone Corporation, the designer and manufacturer of professional broadcast audio equipment, is readying for the 2019 IBC conference by rolling out a virtual console for its WheatNet-IP audio network.

It’s a multi-touch UI that operates as a standalone virtual console into the WheatNet-IP audio network, a complete IP audio ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories and SIP phone and codec distribution appliances.

Similar in function, feel and layout to the network’s flagship LXE hardware control surface, Glass LXE is fully functional and studio-ready as a user interface with familiar buttons, knobs and multi-touch navigation and menuing for setting EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings.

As a standalone multi-touch console interface into the WheatNet-IP audio network, Glass LXE can be used anywhere there’s a PC touchscreen or several touchscreens connected over that  network.

“You can run it on a laptop or on multiple PC screens from a cloud,” said Wheatstone Applications  Engineer Kelly Parker. “It can be used alone or combined with the physical LXE surface to give broadcasters full console control anywhere that’s needed, and on a UI that is very familiar.”

Glass LXE comes with a mix engine to handle mixing and processing as part of the WheatNet-IP audio network. The virtual console is one of several new WheatNet-IP additions this IBC, adding to thesoftware and hardware elements that make up the WheatNet-IP audio network, any of which can be connected together for any sized operation or purpose.

WheatNet-IP is a complete AoIP infrastructure that includes AES67 compatibility.

Glass LXE is modeled after WheatNet-IP’s flagship LXE console, which is known for its flexibility as a reconfigurable, compact control surface that is available in one main frame or in split-frame configuration for multiple operators.

Glass LXE and other WheatNet-IP audio network products will be demonstrated at Wheatstone stand 8.C91 during the IBC conference in September.