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Prolight + Sound 2014: Stagetec’s new flexible IP-based audio console

Salzbrenner Stagetec Mediagroup believes that its new Polaris evolution audio console represents “the beginning of the era of IP networked mixing and audio processing systems”.

Polaris evolution consists of three main components: the control surface (Polaris access), the multi-user capable audio processor (Polaris scala), and the touchscreen upgrade (Polaris view). Almost any number of these modules can be combined within an IP network, irrespective of physical location, and can also be used in parallel simultaneously for different mixing projects. This enables the user to select the appropriate audio processing power for each application with the required number of fader strips and controls.

A single Polaris access has 16 faders and the same number of dual rotary encoders, 48 buttons and a display screen strip across the width of the console. The Polaris view touchscreen upgrade can be docked at an angle onto Polaris evolution and provides a convenient user interface.

Polaris access provides remote control of the Polaris scala audio processor. The latter is a 19in unit for 256 audio inputs and 256 busses. Units can be cascaded to achieve larger numbers of audio channels when required.

Overall, Polaris evolution is both scalable and user friendly: if another Polaris module is plugged into the network, it is registered automatically. The user decides which mixing process it will be used for, and whether to integrate it in parallel mode or as a supplementary device – all without any major changes to the configuration.

In the same way that it doesn’t matter how many devices are logged into a computer network, it doesn’t matter how many Polaris evolution modules are deployed. They can be connected at any point in the network and be used individually or collectively as desired.