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Field Report: Harris PR&E NetWave
Taking it to the next level seems simple. Harris offers a network activation kit that serves as the control surface for an entire networked audio infrastructure. This essentially makes each input available anywhere on the network.
The NetWave itself does not require the purchase of an additional box in the studio, which helps to keep costs in check. All networking is accomplished on board, within the console. This minimizes the chance of failure, localizing the rare troubleshooting process.
We like the idea of the dual-fader network option. This comes in the form of an upgrade kit that supports input labeling and toggling between sources, allowing operators to flexibly assign sources to each fader without numeric limitation.
We have no plans to change the microphone faders and automation faders. The NetWave makes for an ideal choice in this case as we can upgrade the modules we want without being forced to pay for those not needed.
The general feature set is ideal for our on-air needs. Most importantly, the NetWave comes standard with two mix-minuses, with the option to triple the amount to six. The NetWave also allows you to assign full mix-minus and Telco features to any two faders on the console. This flexibility gives the on-air staff reasonable input as to where the Telco faders are assigned.
Still, the future possibilities are what truly impress.
Most radio facilities that have gone the networking route have been steered to the consolidated networking architecture. This is a fine solution of massive studio operations with multiple studios, where everything on the network ties back to a central routing system. Harris offers a reliable system for this approach in its VistaMax range.
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