Wheatstone brought a new Audioarts console to the NAB Show, calling it a "clean-performing, straightforward mid-sized console."
The standalone board is intended for studios that have mostly microphone or analog source inputs, and where a lot of studio routing isn’t required, the company said. It doesn’t have extensive A/D, D/A conversions of a typical digital board, but provides access to editing software, Skype or other external sources through USB and Bluetooth connectivity.
It comes in 12- or 16-channel tabletop configurations and uses a modular design with four channel input panels, and a Master/Monitor panel with linear faders for headphone and control room level control.
"The Lightning is priced comparably to Wheatstone’s R-55e Audioarts console that was popular in its day, but with many more features included," the company says.