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Wheatstone Wheatstone L-8 & L-12 8 Fader or 12 Fader Digital IP console.. Product #: L-8 L-12

Wheatstone L-8 & L-12

These sleek control surfaces are scaled just right for producing news and voiceovers. Like the LX-24, the L-8/L-12 have all the latest goodies plus are hot swappable down to the individual fader.

These cousins to the popular LX-24 are big in capability but scaled for news production, voiceover work and all those applications requiring a solid control surface that will deliver under deadline. The L-8 and L-12 are based on all the same design principles as the LX-24 – precision-built, low-profile, tabletop IP control surfaces with hot-swappable individual fader modules that offer assignable sources to any fader.

Each fader can access four stereo output busses, a stereo cue bus, and its own individual Bus-Minus. An OLED source name display, an A/B source selector, and one programmable soft button are also provided, and a SET button gives access to assignable controls in the master section. Snapshots of the L-8 or L-12 configuration can be saved and recalled at the touch of a button, making setup for different working sessions a snap.

The L-8/L-12 meter bridge features three sets of bright, high resolution LED meters. A digital timer is also included. The console has control room and headphone outputs with level controls and source selection, as well as an independent studio monitor output. The L-12 also has a built-in cue speaker.

These are designed for use with the WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network. An IP88CBL Console Audio BLADE provides the audio mix functionality as well as power to the L-8 (the L-12 has a dedicated power supply); additional BLADEs can be added for inputs and outputs in a variety of digital and analog formats.These new IP consoles are sleek, versatile, and low profile (no tabletop cutout needed). Just plug the L-8 or L-12 into your WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network, and quickly assign any source of any type from anywhere in your network to any channel fader.

With WheatNet-IP BLADE-3s, you get a virtual rack room in a 1-rack space box. They handle all the I/O (AES/EBU, SPDIF, AOIP, MADI, SDI and AES 67) and provide full routing capabilities. Each BLADE-3 gives you two 8x2 utility mixers, 12 universal GPI/O ports, 128 software logic ports, silence detection, built-in audio clip player, stereo multi-band audio processing, and much more, assignable anywhere on the network. With it you can create workflows that would require a ton of third-party gear.

Features

  • Low-profile, tabletop form factor allows clear sight lines and requires no furniture cutouts
  • Any source to any fader
  • Four stereo busses
  • A/B dual input switching
  • Bus Minus (N-1) on each input channel
  • Hot-swappable fader modules
  • Event preset recall
  • Built-in headphone amplifier and level control
  • Built-in Cue speaker on L-12
  • Includes IP88CBL Console Audio BLADE

Cool Stuff About the L-8 and L-12
It’s exceptionally powerful while being exceptionally easy to use

Modular Architecture

For the L-8/L-12, we’ve moved the logic, audio and interface to a single space rack unit we call the IP88CB Console Audio BLADE. This mix engine and I/O unit handles all the interfacing and heavy lifting. It connects to the L-8/L-12 control surface via standard Ethernet. The two of them together make an incredibly powerful self-contained console. But there’s more – they enable you to become a part of the WheatNet-IP network (if you have one, of course). This means that with the L-8/L-12, you’ve got the first building block to a networked facility or you’ve got another station on your existing network. Either way, the functionality you get with the L-8/L-12 is pretty breathtaking.

Source Select

Any channel can be assigned to one or more of the four program output busses, making your material available to an on-air feed as well as an internet stream, for instance.

Any input can be called up on any channel on the L-8/L-12. This means, for instance, the feed you’ve got plugged into input 7 on the back of the Console BLADE (or ANY BLADE I/O Interface) can show up on channel 2…or any other channel. Same with any input.

Not only that, you can assign a backup or different source to the same channel and switch on the fly by using the SOURCE A/B buttons. As if this isn’t cool enough by itself, think about the flexibility if/when you decide to link the L-8/L-12 up to a network. Imagine having any source on the network at your fingertips, with no patching.

Modular Construction

We’ve built the L-8/L-12 (in New Bern, NC USA, by the way) to be easily accessed by you. No ‘one-surface, gotta take the whole thing apart construction’ here. If you need access to a channel, all it takes is two screws and you’re in. Makes it a breeze to service or simply swap out a module.

Mix-Minus/Direct Output/Talkback

Each fader has a dedicated Mix-Minus output that includes all active faders on its selected source bus, except for itself. These auto generated monaural Mix-Minus signals may be routed to feed telephone hybrids or other devices as required. Alternately, these outputs may be set to provide a separate direct output from that channel only, consisting of the source assigned to that channel. Each channel has a talkback that will interrupt the feed to that mix-minus.

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS L-8:

Front to back 16-1/4”
Front height 1-1/2”
Rear height 4-1/4
Width 16-5/8”

PHYSICAL DIMENSIONS L-12:

Front to back 16-1/4”
Front height 1-1/2”
Rear height 4-1/4
Width 25 5/8”

CONNECTORS:

Ethernet: RJ-45
Headphone: TRS 1/4” phone
Power: DC connector jack w/locking ring


IP-88CB Console Audio BLADE

The IP88CBL provides powerful interface options, including four AES inputs, four stereo analogue inputs, four AES outputs, and four stereo analogue outputs on RJ45s; control room and studio stereo analogue outputs on XLRs, two mic level inputs with gain trim and switchable phantom power on XLRs; cue and headphone outputs on both RJ45 and 1/4" TRS, and 12 GPI logic ports on RJ45.

There is an integral power supply DC out the for L-8.
The L-12 utilizes an IP-88CB and a compact external power supply.