D & R AirliteOn-Air and Production console
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The new Airlite is perfect for Internet as well as On-Air stations , with USB and VOIP channels as standard.
A reliable and compact solution for domestic or small scale broadcast and audio needsWith the AIRLITE mixer you can now own a modern radio mixer for a very attractive price. This new hand built piece of precision equipment is the result of more than 44 years of experience at D&R. It is an intelligent mixer with an internal USB control section that speeds up daily use and includes a built in Silence Detector. It is a reliable workhorse for the self-op production D.J. with built in Telephone VOIP functionality. 4 in/out channels of stereo USB and 3 very low noise Mic inputs.The AIRLITE, ideal for ON-AIR, Production and perfect for streaming to the web. The AIRLITE accepts and instantly controls a maximum of 4 in/out stereo channels from your Play-out software. It is built into a metal, heavy duty RF shielded, powder coated chassis, designed with elegantly rounded corners. Easily “drops” into your furniture to give that exciting and contemporary radio look. A strong powder coated front panel with reliable controls gives you access to a flawless performance.MIC, LINE, USB and INTERNAL VOIPThe AIRLITE mixer has 3 balanced, phantom powered mic inputs with inserts for voice processors. Eight stereo line inputs, 4x USB channels and 1x Telephone VOIP channel. Only one physical USB connection is the interface to transfer 4 stereo audio channels from and to your PC plus all control data from the control section and the softwaremeter application. The VOIP Channel 8 has its own USB connector to be able to have your calls coming from another PC. Connection to a second USB connector on your main PC is of course also possible. Dedicated Talk back to the VOIP channel makes conversation with callers very easy. The Cue bus is also a communication buss, so the announcer can easily have a discussion with the caller outside the broadcast. Just hit the two related CUE buttons and you’re talking. There is a very musical 3 band Equalizer on channel 1-3. The stereo Aux send can be selected pre or post fader And all high quality low noise mic inputs have a high guality built in low cut filter.STRAIGHT FORWARD MASTER SECTION DESIGNED WITH RADIO IN MIND.The AIRLITE master section is designed for Radio. It houses all the master controls such as the stereo Aux send and return, Control Room Monitor (CRM), Announcer and a high level phones output. Auto Cue switches let both the Announcer and CRM output follow the Phones CUE selections. A CUE reset cancels all activated Cue selections.Of course the Control Room Monitors are muted automatically to cut control room level when the D.J. Mic is active. A Studio output (announcer) that normally follows the main output can be routed by activating AutoCue in a way so any cue signal that is selected, can be heard when in this mode. Three Talk-back switches individually activate the built-in talkback microphone for communication to VOIP, Announcer and Aux outputs.MIC LINE INPUT CHANNELThe AIRLITE has an internal USB voice tracking bus that can be directly routed to a play-out system with Voice tracking capabilities, such as our AIRCAST software. The AIRLITE can also be used for production while ON-AIR when it is put into the NON-STOP mode. This NonStop switch routes the first USB channel directly to the main outputs.The AIRLITE is designed to be the focal point for Internet radio production work in the studio or... at home. It’s uncluttered and clearly understandable features makes it the ideal companion for rapid on-the-spot radio programs. The AIRLITE is compact, reliable and ideal for production rooms. It can also double as an On-Air mixer or implementedas your own Internet Radio station. If your budget is tight this is the solution. And... it never becomes obsolete as it can be used as preproduction mixer, if, at a later date, you fit in a larger On-Air mixer. Every system unit has its own very efficient, switched mode external power supply.AIRLITE USB CHANNELEvery AIRLITE USB Channel accepts a stereo source from a play-out system such as our AIRCAST. Levels can be set by the gain control. Pre listening can be done by the CUE switch and the ON switch can activate tracks of the Play-out system. This can also be done by “faderstart”. The fader is controlling a high quality VCA so noise or scratching or any other noise caused is a thing of the past. In case you run a classic station with CD players, the USB input can be switched to stereo line. The CUE is also a communication us that allows callers on the VoIP channel to listen to the music nd DJ without being on-air.USB ROUTINGThere are four USB stereo in- and outputs available on the Airlite. The inputs are internally routed to channel 4 to 7 where the USB input of channel four is also routed to the Non-Stop switch. The USB outputs, seen as inputs on your PC, are connected to the Program output, Aux send, Voice track and Air-in. The Air In input can be connected to your external processing unit and in this way you can stream your processed signal direct to the Internet without the use of an extra soundcard.VOIP CHANNELChannel 8 of the AIRLITE mixer is a dedicated Voice Over Internet Protocol channel. (VoIP). Simply plug the dedicated Voip USB cable from the mixer to your PC and set up a connection with the software that is part of our package. You need to have a service provider that allows you to use VoIP for your telephone connections. A separate Gain control and VoIP send control let’s you tailor the levels. An incoming line can be pick up by the Conn button, prelistened to by the CUE switch and brought into your radioshow by the ON switch and Fader. If you still want to use an analog Hybrid, use the stereo Aux send as cleanfeed and return the signal in the VOIP channel with the input selector selected to Line. The internal built in Electret Talkback microphone can be routed to the caller outside the broadcast by activating the TB to VoIP switch.USB CONTROL SECTIONOn the right side of the AIRLITE mixer you see 16 illuminated (green/red) switches. These switches can be used to control functions in your Radio Automation such as starting jingle machines. Recording a voice track while ON-AIR is one of the possibilities. The USB control software, that is part of the package, can be easily programmed by yourself, to make radio even more exciting. Any switch can perform a function of your play-out software that you decide would be handy to control. Master controls can be found in the master section f or A nnouncer, Phones and CRM. When activating the Auto Cue for CRM and the Announcer, any selected CUE can be heard. As soon as the DJ mic opens the CRM mutes of course to avoid feedback TALKBACK to all important outputs is directly accessable on the right hand side. The NON STOP switch instantly routes the first USB stereo signal (channel 4) to the main outputs which makes the mixer available for production again.POWER SUPPLY AND MOREThe AIRLITE is powered by an external heavy duty switched mode power supply. The control surface can be easily mounted inside furniture as a drop through unit with rounded off corners to make a nice fit. The front panel thickness is 2mm with a corner radius of 20mm. All in and output connections are on standard Jack / Cinch and XLR connectors. Power supply input is by way of a rock solid powercon connector.SOFTWAREThe AIRLITE sends out control signals over USB, based on the HID protocol. T his a lso m eans t hat t he m ain o utput signals can be displayed on a TFT screen in a beautiful meter application. Program and CRM stereo signals are shown on a high resolution PPM. On the right side you se the status of various modes the console can be set. Modes such as ON-AIR 1 or 2, Non Stop mode, there is even a Silence detector built inside the consoles, that instantly activates the NON-STOP mode. Mic-On and CRM mute are also displayed. Channel input selection is displayed at the bottom of the TFT screen. At the same time this software application shows you a professional looking Radioclock that is synchronized with your local PC.
INPUTS Mic inputs: bal, 2kOhm, XLR. Phantom: 48 volt. Noise: - 128 dBr (A-weighted).(That 1510 mic pre) Sensitivity: - 70dB min, OdB Max. Insert : Jack unbal. send 600 Ohm -10dBv. Aux Ret. : unbal., 10kOhm, Cinch. Line inputs: unbal., 10kOhm, Cinch. Gain : range of 40dB. USB : 4x Stereo in and 4x stereo out. Air input : - 10 dBV at 10kOhm. Aux ret. : - 10 dBv at 10kOhm stereo USB Fully compliant with USB 2.0 playback and record mode. mode. 4x Stereo and 4x stereo out. USB CONTROL SECTION 16 free assignable illuminated switches based on the HID protocol. VoIP CHANNEL Dedicated USB connector for VoIP. OUTPUTS Left/Right: + 6dBu bal /XLR. -10dBv/Cinch CRM/Aux : + 6dBu unbal. on Cinch. Headphone : 16-600 Ohm, Jack. (TPA 6120) Announcer : 116-600 Ohm, Jack. (TPA 6120) USB out : Program/Aux/Voice track/Non Stop EQUALIZER High: + / -12 dB at 12kHz shelving. Mid: + / -12dB at 1 kHz bell curve. Low: + / -12dB at 60 Hz bell curve. OVERALL Frequency response: 10 - 60.000Hz. Distortion: < 0.01% max at 1 kHz. GPO/Mic On : reed relay. (24volt/50mA). Ledbars : 16 segment leds.+ Software meter application. CONTROL SOFTWARE A software program is included in the delivery for programming the Control section. (Airlite Virtual Keyboard Mapper) DIMENSIONS Left-Right : 482mm Front panel thickness : 2mm Radius Corners : 20mm Front-Back : 355mm (8HE). Height : 101,50mm. Weight : 9kg. Drop through hole : 450 x 350 mm
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