SYSTEM COMPONENTS
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SYSTEM HARDWARE OVERVIEW
Stage Box
6U Stage Box
2U Fan Unit
Local Rack
6U Local Rack
3U Fan/Filter Unit
4U Breakout Box
Figure 2-1. The System’s Three Component Parts.
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NOTE ON INSTALLATION OF THE COOLING FANS/FILTERS
The Stage Box and Local Rack may be ordered already fitted into flight cases, in which case the cooling
fans/filters will already be located correctly as shown in the diagrams below.
If the system has been ordered without flightcases, in order that it can be permanently installed, please
ensure that the cooling fans/filters are located as shown below.
Local Rack
Figure 2-2a: Layout Of Local Rack.
Stage Box
Figure 2-2b: Layout Of Stage Box.
NOTE: Ensure fan units on Local Rack and Stagebox are connected and operational.
CLEAN FILTERS REGULARLY!
The filters are outlined in yellow in the figures above.
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THE CONSOLE REAR CONNECTORS
Mains Power Supply Inlet
The mains input is via an IEC connector, with an associated switch, as shown below. This feeds power to
the primary PSU.
Figure 2-3a: Main Primary Supply Inlet.
An optional redundant primary supply may also be fitted. Its inlet connector is as shown below.
Figure 2-3b: Redundant Primary Supply Inlet.
Audio And Data Rearcon
MIDI Connectors
These are provided by the usual 5-pin DIN connectors.
HiQNet™ Connector
This is an XLR-housed EtherCon connector.
USB Connectors
Use one of these to connect a PC-type keyboard. There is another USB connector on the front panel. A
memory stick can be used with either of these two free connectors.
Talkback Mic
This connector is a parallel connection to the front-panel talkback mic connector, and has an associated
48V switch for use if the microphone used requires phantom power.
TB Link, Phones L & R and Control Data
This group of four sockets (3 XLRs and an XLR-housed EtherCon connector) are used to link the console’s
control surface to the Local Rack. The cable to do this (part number RL0267-01) is supplied with the
system. The function of each of the connectors in this cable is marked with a cable sleeve.
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Figure 2-4: Console Rearcon Panel.
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LOCAL RACK
Local Rack Description
The Local Rack is the audio ‘brain’ of the Soundcraft Vi Series™, it contains the DSP mixing processor and
the local I/O connections.
The rack consists of a 6U processing and I/O unit, developed by Studer, called the SCore. Below this is a
3U low-noise cooling fan unit. The SCore itself consists of two sections: the upper 3U section houses the
DSP mixing core, and the lower 3U section houses the local audio I/O and also the connections to the
remote Stage Box.
The audio processing inside the SCore is independent of the control surface. This means that the audio
will continue to pass even if the control surface is switched off or disconnected from the core.
How It Works
The control surface sends control data to the Bridge Card, which is a communication and processing hub
situated in the centre of the top 3U section of the Local Rack. The Bridge Card interprets the control data
and sends internal data to the two DSP Pro cards and the FX Card (when fitted). These cards actually
process the audio. The audio input and output connections to the DSP cards are made via 4 short CAT 5
patch cables, which connect the DSP cards with the I/O rack in the lower 3U section of the core.
Front Panel
The front panel contains the Status LED array.
Figure 2-5: Status LEDs.
These LEDs give an at-a-glance indication that the Local Rack is functioning correctly, or that an error
condition has occured. An illuminated green LED indicates the presence of a card, an illuminated red LED
warns of a card error.
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Note that there is a RECONFIG button behind a small hole at the bottom right of the panel. When pressed
with a small screwdriver or similar a reset is applied to the lower row of cards in the local rack: this will
force a re-polling of the loaded cards to reconfigure the console. This needs to be done only if the card
configuration has been changed.
Local Rack Rear
The rear of the Local Rack gives access to the cards in the card frame, and to the XLR breakout box.
Primary Power Supply
The primary power supply connects directly to the IEC inlet and provides a full range ac inlet, converting 100V to 240V ac to 24V dc. The Local Rack can hold up to two power supplies, providing seamless
redundancy for those that require it. The rack fan control connection is also provided by one of the power
supplies.
XLR Breakout Box
This provides connectors for analogue and AES/EBU audio, and interfaces to the Line In cards, Line Out
cards, Mic card and AES/EBU Card within the Local Rack card frame. All the connectors on the Breakout
Box are of the XLR type.
It is possible to order the console without this part, in this case the user will have to provide suitable cabling and connectors to interface with the appropriate Local Rack cards. A complete pin list is given later
in this chapter.
The Breakout Box connector labelling references are used by the patching system (see chapter 11) when
the user wishes to patch the connectors to input channels or output busses.
Audio I/O Cards
The following cards are supported.
1 X Mic/Line Input card providing four electronically balanced Mic/Line Input channels, each
with digitally-controlled analogue gain, a 80Hz low-cut filter, and phantom power.
2 X Line Input cards, each providing eight line input channels.
3 X Line Output cards, each providing eight line output channels.
1 X AES I/O card, providing 16 AES input channels and 16 AES output channels.
1 X MADI Stage Box interface card ( normally Cat 5, but it can optionally be replaced by an optical MADI card).
1 X Optical MADI card, providing 64 MADI input and 64 MADI output channels.
See page 2-10 for more details.
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Local Rack Rear View
The rear view is shown below. Note that the last remaining connector from the console surface (the RJ45
ethernet connector) goes into the top socket on the bridge card.
Figure 2-6: Local Rack Rear View.
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Local Rack Audio Pinouts
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Card Function Overview
The local rack card frame contains the following components.
(Top Row)
GPIO Card with Relay Contacts
Provides a second, independent set of GPIO, which will be controlled by the GPIO page of the Control Surface. The inputs are opto-isolated and the outputs are SPST relay contacts. For a pin-out list see chapter
16.
Bridge Card
Provides the connection from the Local Rack to the Control Surface. Houses a QNX embedded processing
system which controls all the audio processing in the rack.
DSP Pro (2 off)
Houses 12 x Hammerhead SHARC chips, which process all audio for the system.
Audio Clock
Provides clock connection to external equipment, both in and out. The wordclock input options are Video
clock, standard wordclock or AES/EBU sync clock. Any of these can be used as a wordclock source for the
console. The console permanently outputs standard wordclock and AES/EBU wordclock for sync purposes.
(Bottom Row)
Line In
Each card provides 8 x transformer isolated analogue inputs at line level. The card has a signal present
indicator for each input. Analogue to digital conversion is handled by a 24 bit ADC.
Line Out
Each card provides 8 x transformer isolated analogue outputs at line level. Card provides 8 x DAC. Clock
received from backplane. The 3rd card is used for the analogue monitor outputs, and to send phones L & R
to the control surface.
AES/EBU Card Input SRC
Card handles 8 x AES input and 8 x AES output. Inputs are sample rate converted so no external clock
is required. Inputs have signal present indication. Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) can be disabled using
internal jumpers if required.
HD Card
Communicates with the first DSP Pro on the top row of cards. It passes digital audio along with control
data and status information about the cards loaded into the frame. Each pair of links can handle up to
96 channels in both directions. The HD card is responsible for working out what cards are loaded into the
system and configuring it accordingly. The RECONFIG button on the front panel of the Local Rack will force
a re-polling of the loaded cards to reconfigure the console.
Mic Card
Provides 4 x Mic input for Talkback and local Mic input. The card has 8 indicators, 4 indicators for signal
present at the mic input and 4 indicators for the phantom power status.
MADI Card 1
This card is used to connect the Local Rack to the Stagebox. This card passes up to 64 channels of audio
in each direction between the stagebox and local rack, normally configured as 64 ins and 32 outs. The
card also sends control data to the stagebox, as well as receiving information about the status of the
stagebox cards. The second input on the card can be used to increase sample rate to 96kHz (this will
also require additional DSP and isn’t available yet) or provide redundancy. It also carries clock and control
data. The 9-pin D-type connector can carry independent RS422 serial data from local rack to stagebox.
Lock LED indicates clock lock between local rack and stagebox. Wordclock output can be used as a W/C
source when connecting two consoles to one Stagebox.
MADI Card 2
A second MADI card is fitted to the right of the first card. This second card is used for connection to an
external MADI device, such as a MADI recorder, and will always be fitted with optical connectors. It is
possible to select either 56ch or 64ch MADI mode, depending on the connected device.
Merger Card
The D-type connectors on this card are not used. This card is used only for internal communications.
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Breakout Box
The breakout box provides connections for 16 line inputs, 16 line outputs, 16 AES/EBU input channels,
16 AES/EBU output channels, 5 local monitor outputs, a talkback output, 3 mic inputs, and 3 connectors
for the link cable to the control surface.
Figure 2-7: XLR
Breakout Box.
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Cat 5 Breakout Panel
Note that this panel was not
fitted to early models.
Figure 2-8: Cat 5 Breakout Panel.
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STAGE BOX
The Stage Box contains 12 Slots for 6U-high Audio I/O Cards, a GPIO/LED Card and the MADI HD Card
which contains the Stage Box-to-Local Rack connection.
Slots are labelled from left to right A-L, and the connectors on the cards are numbered from top to bottom
1-8. These labelling references are used by the patching system (see chapter 11) when the user wishes to
patch the connectors to input channels or output busses.
The primary power supplies and the ventilation monitoring connector can be found on the rear panel.
Stage Box Description
Primary power supply
The primary power supply connects directly to the IEC inlet and provides a full range ac inlet, converting
100V to 240V ac to 24V dc. The Stage box can hold up to two power supplies, providing redundancy for
those that require it.
Audio I/O Cards
The following cards are supported.
6 X Mic/Line Input cards each providing eight electronically balanced Mic/Line Input channels,
each with digitally-controlled analogue gain, a 20dB pad, a 80Hz low-cut filter, and phantom
power.
3 X Line Output cards, each providing eight line output channels.
Optional Cards
AES Input card, providing 8 AES input channels (replaces 1 Mic/Line Input card).
AES Output card, providing 8 AES output channels (replaces 1 Mic/Line Output card).
Card Function Overview
Input card
Input cards handle 8 x mic amp, phantom power, pad, analogue low pass filter, phase reverse and A to
D. The card has an internal ID, which indicates whether it is input or output and analogue or digital. This
means that the system can automatically recognise if the card configuration has been changed.
Output Card
Output cards handle 8 x D to A. The card has a set of relays, which will mute the outputs if the power fails.
The module type is identified by the internal ID of the module.
Normally 3 output cards are fitted, giving 24 outputs, however, more cards, up to a maximum of 8 cards
giving 64 outputs, can be fitted if input cards are removed.
LED/GPIO/Status card.
Handles GPIO, which is controlled remotely from the Control Surface. The inputs are on opto-isolators and
the outputs are open collector transistor outputs. The card also has status indicators for power rails, clock
status and IO, and a RECONFIG button which must be pressed if the card configuration has been changed.
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MADI HD link card
This card provides audio and control connection with the Local Rack via MADI. The corresponding MADI
card in the Local Rack transmits the clock for the Stagebox down the MADI stream. The second input on
the card can be used to increase the sample rate to 96KHz, provide a redundant connection to the Local
rack or to connect to a second system if two consoles are to be used for a monitor/FOH configuration. The
MADI card indicates its clock status using the lock LED on the card. An RS422 link output is also fitted,
allowing RS422 data to be transmitted via a ‘pipeline’ within the MADI stream from a corresponding port
on the Local Rack to allow remote RS422 control. This RS422 port can also be used to control the mic
preamp gain in the Stagebox if it is in stand-alone mode or digital snake mode.
Redundant MADI Cable Operation
The system can be used with either a single cable connected to the MAIN or AUX ports (usually MAIN), or,
for additional security, two cables can be used to provide fully-automatic redundant operation. The 3-position INPUT SEL toggle switch on the Stagebox MADI card determines the mode of operation.
It is very important that this switch is set correctly!
For single cable operation: the switch must be set to either ‘MAIN’ or ‘AUX’, depending on which socket is
being used.
For dual redundant operation: the switch MUST be set to the ‘RED’ position.
In redundant mode, the system will automatically switch to the other cable if a fault is detected on one
cable. Note that it will then stay on the second cable even if the connection is restored on the first cable.
This is to prevent intermittent switching.
NOTE: Do NOT operate with the switch in ‘RED’ mode when only one cable is being used.
Although this may appear to work, audio may not be restored if the cable is temporarily
unplugged.
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Front Panel
Figure 2-9: Stage Box Front Panel.
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CONNECTING THE PARTS OF THE SYSTEM
Figure 2-10a: System Interconnections.
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NOTE: Ensure fan units on Local Rack and Stagebox are connected and operational.
CLEAN FILTERS REGULARLY!
Figure 2-10b: System Interconnections.
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