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Audioarts Lightning

Audioarts Lightning strikes that perfect balance between analogue and digital.

It combines the best in a standalone console with the latest in modern conveniences such as USB and Bluetooth® connectivity.

Lightning comes in 12- or 16-channel tabletop configurations and has a modular design with four channel input panels, and a Master/Monitor panel with linear faders for headphone and control room level control. All faders are conductive plastic and all switches are LED illuminated. Input channels have A/B source selection, with balanced line in for the A source and trimmable -10 to +4 line in on B.

Standard features include four stereo program busses, two auto mix-minuses for call-ins, four mic preamps with variable gain trim and switchable +48V phantom power, plus built-in headphone jack and CUE speaker amplifiers. Additional four channel mic preamp cards can be fitted if needed.

Lightning is designed for studios that have mostly microphone or analogue source inputs, and where a lot of studio routing isn’t required. It doesn’t have the extensive A/D, D/A conversions of a typical digital board, yet you have access to editing software, Skype or other external sources through USB and Bluetooth.

USB and Bluetooth onboard connectivity is useful for playing audio directly from a PC or to output audio to edit in VoxPro or other recording software, as well as receive and record calls from Bluetooth enabled cellphones or play cuts from MP3 players.

The console also contains a patchable AES input for connecting a digital source to any fader, and built-in A/D conversion for the main program output so operators can access the Program Air feed as balanced analogue, AES3 digital, or both simultaneously.

While it looks and feels like its Wheatstone cousins, this digitally-enabled analogue console operates as a full standalone board.


  • Mainframes can be loaded with 12 or 16 inputs and always include two phone channels for trouble-free remotes and call-ins
  • Two USB inputs/outputs
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • AES input for connecting a digital source to any fader
  • Three VU meter pairs—PGM 1 & 2 plus SWITCHED
  • Four stereo program busses with balanced outputs (switchable stereo or mono mode)
  • Four high performance mic preamps with +48V phantom power and variable gain trims to precisely match your microphones (with the option to add additional four-preamp modules)
  • Electronic switching
  • LED illumination
  • Compact tabletop-mount frame
  • Built-in cue speaker can automatically interrupt your main stereo monitors
  • Split cue
  • Headphone jack with built-in amplifier
  • Built-in A/D conversion for digital or analogue program out
  • Two external inputs feed the monitor section (for live or pre-delay air monitoring)
  • RJ-45 connectors for low-cost wiring
  • Balanced or unbalanced inputs/outputs for consumer or professional grade equipment

Power Supply

Clean and proper power is key to the great performance you’ve come to expect from Audioarts. It would be easy to just purchase over-the-counter power supplies for our Lightning console. But we don’t. In order to maintain our high level of quality we’ve designed and built a dedicated separate rackmount supply - our SPS-202.


- Direct wire plug terminals, balanced
- Electronic differential >2KΩ bridging
- Adjustable sensitivity, max. input -4dBu

Line (Caller, External):
- RJ-45 balanced, >10KΩ bridging
- +4dBu = 0VU, max. input +28dBu


Program & Caller:
- RJ-45 connectors, balanced
- Electronic differential, 100Ω source
- Impedance to drive >600Ω
- 0VU = +4dBu, max. output +28dBu

CR & Studio Monitor:
- RJ-45 connectors, unbalanced

- Stereo 1/4” TRS connector to directly drive typical broadcast style headphones >200Ω

- Cue speaker in meterbridge
- RJ-45 connector output to drive external power amp


On-Air: Low current closure to drive external on-air light relay
- Channel Start output
- Remote On input
- Remote Off input


Frequency Response:
±0.2dB 20Hz-20kHz (mic & line)

Dynamic Range:
- Line (unity gain): 110dB
- Mic (54dB gain): 104dB

Headroom: 24dB above +4dBu

Noise Mic: -128dB EIN

Line: -86dB ref 0VU

- Mic: <0.02% @-50dBu in, +4dBu out
- Line: <0.003% @+4dBu in, +4dBu out

Bus Crosstalk: -117dB @1kHz

Stereo Separation: -86dB @1kHz

Off Isolation: -115dB @1kHz


- 36.75”/93.34cm wide
- 20.125”/51.12cm deep
- 5.375”/13.65cm high (rear)
- 1.25”/3.17cm high (front)

Weight:30 lbs/13.61kg

Shipping Dimensions:
- 45”/114.3cm wide
- 28”/71.12cm deep
- 11”/27.94cm high

Shipping Weight:42 lbs/19.05kg


AC Power:100-240VAC/50-60Hz/50W

- 19”/48.26cm wide (rackmount)
- 1.75”/4.44cm high
- 13.25”/33.65cm deep (add 2.25”/5.71cm for rear connectors)

Weight: 9 lbs/4.08kg

Cable length: 16 ft/4.88m (power supply to console)

Shipping Dimensions:
- 25”/63.5cm wide
- 21”/53.34cm deep
- 4”/10.16cm high

Shipping Weight: 11 lbs/5kg