Designed for the rigours of on-air use, the X-1 is fitted with a redundant power supply, and can be implemented as a ‘set and forget’ processor, or as a fully adjustable real-time upmixer and downmixer. A software control application allows full control and configuration of the unit via an easy-to-use graphical user interface. The control app may be run on a laptop or PC connected to the X-1 via Ethernet, or the USB socket on the front. GPIO capable consoles and control systems can recall presets on the X-1 via a rear-panel D-Sub connector.
The X-1 can upmix and downmix simultaneously and the auto-detect algorithm allows it to identify the format of the incoming audio, and act accordingly, upmixing or downmixing as necessary.
Master Control Room (MCR)
The X-1 can deliver a constant 5.1 and stereo output regardless of the input. Upmixing or downmixing as appropriate or passing the 5.1 and stereo straight through when available.
OB vehicles will often need to down-mix 5.1 to stereo in real-time for transmission to legacy broadcasters or networks. At the same time, there is a constant need to upmix from stereo to 5.1 to incorporate archive clips, music or library material in stereo. The X-1 can handle both requirements simultaneously, treating upmix and downmix inputs and outputs completely independently as required.