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“Cool Stuff”: AEQ Capitol Console

A cost-effective digital board with a small footprint

One in a series about recipients of the Radio World “Cool Stuff” Award.

For engineers seeking a cost-effective digital console with a small footprint, here is the AEQ Capitol, retailing for $4,995. It is based on the platform used in the company’s Arena and Forum mixing systems but in a “fixed,” non-modular design for cost savings.

Features include four mic/line mono inputs with selectable 48V phantom power for mics; two USB I/O digital stereo inputs; four AES/EBU digital stereo I/Os that can be configured for S/PDIF; and 12 analog inputs and eight analog outputs, which can be configured as mono I/O and additional secondary headphones output.

Analog stereo outputs for control, studio, cue and studio primary headphone monitoring are provided. Available options include dual-line digital phone hybrid; MADI fiber-optic interface capable of handling up to 64 digital inputs and outputs; and a second AC power supply that can be installed in the console’s 2RU engine for redundancy.

Shown from left: Rogelio de la Fuente, Gustavo Robles, Ramon Pascual, Eduardo Villanueva, Peter Howarth and Miguel Sancho. (Photo by Jim Peck)