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“VE” is for Vorsis Embedded. Audio processing meets networked digital audio technology in the IP-88VE, where eight three-band stereo audio processors are built into one rack space for use in a WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network.
Steve Dove, left, and Mike Erickson are shown configuring themselves dynamically. Photo by Jim Peck
Each processing chain consists of a four-band parametric equalizer followed by a crossover and three bands of compression. The compressors each feed their own limiters; their outputs are fed to a broadband lookahead limiter for peak control. The Blade has its own local I/O, with eight stereo pairs of AES Digital audio in and out, and can function as a standalone processing engine.
Blades can configure themselves as part of a new or existing WheatNet-IP Intelligent Network; thus the processing power becomes available throughout that network.
The IP-88VE is configured and controlled over Ethernet using a laptop or desktop computer. GUI Lite software is included for setup; power users can order optional GUI Pro, for access to individual processing parameters.
A routing matrix and routing control interface are included, as are two eight-channel stereo utility mixers that can be controlled by WheatNet-IP Navigator software or the new Sideboard control surface.