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Vista 1 Carbon

Broadcast, Live and Production Mixing System

Legendary Studer mixing, now more affordable than ever

Introducing the Vista 1 Carbon

The all-in-one compact, flexible mix system for broadcast, live and production

Designed to pack everything you need within a single compact console, Vista 1 Carbon combines an industry-leading Studer control surface with advanced DSP, fully-configurable I/O and redundant power supplies - all in one unit.

Vista 1 Carbon's powerful feature set and flexible I/O configurations mean it can handle the widest range of applications, from OB and ENG vans, to small studios, to mobile productions where the console needs to be moved frequently.

Ready for easy integration with AoIP networks and expandable via Studer's D21m system and our Compact Stageboxes, Vista 1 Carbon is a cost-effective, future-proof console ready for anything that gets thrown its way.



  • 32 or 22 motorised faders, with Studer FaderGlow™
  • Up to 248 Inputs and Outputs
    • Standard modular I/O included are:
      • 16 HQ electronically balanced MIC/LINE XLR inputs with 24-bit A/D converter
      • 16 analog XLR balanced line outputs with 24-bit D/A converter
    • Desk operator headphone
    • USB jingle player socket
    • Integral 64x64 multimode optical MADI port (audio only, not suitable for Stagebox control)
    • Slots for additional D21m I/O cards (one double-width or two single-width cards), such as AoIP (AES67/Dante®), Dual-MADI, AES/EBU, Analogue, SDI, etc.
  • DSP capable of approx. 140 MEQ*, Including true mono, stereo and surround paths
  • Support for Soundcraft Real-time Rack Plug-in engine (RTR to be purchased separately)
  • True broadcast monitoring, talkback, red light control and 8 general-purpose control inputs/outputs (GPIO)
  • Input level and gain reduction LED bargraph meter in every fader strip
  • Optional TFT-Meter Bridge
  • 6 high-resolution VFD master level meters
  • Full mix-minus (n-x) system for live two way operations
  • Vista data format compatibility for easy transfer of console snapshots between different Vista consoles
  • Integrated jingle player for immediate playback of 8 different station identifier clips, background or other audio files from a jingle stick/USB memory device
  • Studer Virtual Vista Online/offline editor
  • Snapshot automation
  • Outstanding Theatre CUE list automation
  • Harman HiQnet support for controlling HiQnet compatible devices
  • Ember and Probel protocol support for use with broadcast/newsroom automation systems
  • Redundant PSU
  • Studer's RELINK input/output sharing system allows sharing inputs and outputs with other Studer Vista consoles
  • Support for the whole Studer Stagebox range via a MADI link, such as the 4U Studer Compact Stagebox
  • The system can be extended by using additional Studer D21m I/O frames accepting cards from the comprehensive D21m I/O system programme

All the right connections

From analogue to AoIP, Vista 1 Carbon is fully configurable to suit any application

Comprehensive integral I/O

The Vista 1 Carbon series Digital Mixing System has one integrated 64-channel MADI I/O audio-only port, 2 of the 5 trusted compact I/O modules slots populated for 16-channel HQ Mic/line-in and 16-channel line out, expansion / spare Compact Stagebox I/O modules are available such as:

  • CS-16MIC-HQ(1-16) -16CH High-Quality Mic/Line Inputs (screened 1-16), 5077609
  • CS-16MIC-HQ(17-32) -16CH High-Quality Mic/Line Inputs (screened 17-32), 5077610
  • CS-16LineO(1-16) -16CH Line Out - Trim module (screened 1-16), 5023745-02
  • CS-16LineO(17-32) -16CH Line Out - Trim module (screened 17-32), 5023750-02
  • CS-8Line-4AES-Out -8CH Line Out +4x AES Out (Trim Module)
  • CS-8x8AESB -8x XLR 平衡 AES In +8x XLR balanced AES Out, 5019847

Additional expansion made simple, Vista 1 uses Studer D21m I/O to enable a scalable, high-density 24-bit 48kHz audio system. Optional D21m I/O cards are available for popular formats and protocols - for example:

  • 4-channel D-type Mic/Line In with 4 Direct Outputs
  • 8-channel D-type Line In
  • 8-channel D-type Line Out
  • 8-channel D-type AES/EBU In/Out*
  • MADI maximum 64 channels of I/O
  • 8 to 16-channel SDI (SD/HD/3G) In or I/O on BNC sockets
  • 8 or 16-channel Dolby® E/Digital In on BNC sockets
Studer Compact Stagebox. Cost-effective flexible expansion.

Offering high-density I/O in a 4U rack space, the Compact Stagebox is the most cost-effective way to expand a Vista 1's connectivity. With the flexibility to cover the widest range of scenarios, the standard configuration features 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs. However, it is also possible to replace the output module and increase the inputs to 48 inputs, in which case analogue or AES/EBU outputs can be facilitated via D-Type connections on D21m expansion cards.

Expansion slots allow connection to formats including SDI (SD/HD/3G), Dolby® E, Dolby® Digital and more.

RELINK. Share your I/O across your network.
  • Vista 1 can be integrated seamlessly within the Studer RELINK (Resource Linking) managed I/O system.
  • RELINK allows multiple Studer consoles across a broadcast facility to share I/O across a WAN.
  • RELINK is based on Studer's existing platform which forms an integral part of every Studer console, so no extra hardware is required to complete the network.
  • Communicating over TCP/IP, any combination of Studer Vista and Infinity Routers can connect via RELINK.

Audio mixing - as intuitive as it gets

The control system that sets the standards

Vistonics.™ See it. Touch it. Control it.

Vistonics™ puts the controls right where engineers need them, with rotary controls and switches built right into the touch screen so they can directly control the parameter they are looking at without the need to glance away or focus on two different control surface elements simultaneously. By combining display and controls in one area, the operator is immediately presented with a simple, clear mix system that streamlines workflow and enhances the creative process.

FaderGlow. Bringing clarity to the most complex mix.

In complex productions, large numbers of audio sources requiring on-the-fly adjustment, traditional fader layers can be confusing. FaderGlow solves the problem by illuminating the fader tracks in colours that match those on the Vistonics™ display, letting the operator immediately see what each fader is controlling - even before reading the text labels for each fader.

FaderGlow is simple. If the settings of the graphic equalizer are mapped to the console faders - those faders are illuminated red - corresponding to the Vistonics™ display. This simple feature reduces stress and making light work of hectic live productions.

Premium audio processing

Universal Audio FX at your fingertips

Mix live with UAD plug-ins

UAD-2 Live Rack empowers Vista 1 with access to Universal Audio's acclaimed analogue audio processing emulations and award-winning UAD plug-ins.

Connecting a UAD-2 Live Rack software gives Vista console operators all the control they need to insert UAD plug-ins on individual channels, auxiliary channels, and master busses - just as easily as real hardware. A comprehensive snapshot system allows total recall of all plug-ins and their settings, while tight network integration with the Vista 1 ensures that all settings of the application are stored inside the console.

Upgrade your workflow speed

Powerful features to simplify production tasks

Surround Sound made simple

Vista 1 makes it easy to create stunning realistic sound fields from mono sources.

Rather than relying on conventional amplitude panning techniques which usually result in unrealistic stereo or surround mixes, Vista 1 uses Studer's acclaimed Virtual Surround Panning (VSPII). Using VSPII the operator has a powerful creative tool to position a source within the sound field by using the channel's pan control. VSPII automatically takes care of generating the directionality and time delays on all speakers.

Everyone's talking? Let VistaMix deal with the headache

Live multi-microphone productions such as talk-shows, discussion panels and game-shows can all suffer from excess noise due to microphone-spill and background noise from equipment. The result? Reduced intelligibility and unpredictable distortion and feedback issues.

Offering lightning fast relief to this audio headache, VistaMix mimics the actions of a highly skilled human operator in these environments but at a fraction of human reaction time. Once activated, VistaMix is always listening - increasing gain for 'talking' mics while reducing gain for others to ensure intelligibility, while simultaneously keeping the total gain at a consistent optimum level for the clearest live mix.

Outside Broadcast

Powerhouse performance when space is at a premium

Outside broadcast vehicles present a series of challenges to equipment providers. As well as the inherent audio functionality required, consoles in particular need to be robust and reliable, have suitable redundancy, be very space efficient as audio space is always a premium in OB vans, and be flexible enough to handle different types of production very easily. Studer's history in OB vehicle installations is well known. Not only does the Vista 1 fit perfectly into small spaces, but it is easily expanded through the D21m I/O and Stageboxes. Integral MADI connectivity allows huge reductions in analogue patching systems.

The console itself offers all the functionality that may be required of it for OB:

  • Full surround source management with up and down-mixing for sports events
  • Mix minus feeds
  • Audio-follows-video which can be tied to camera feeds and VT sources using several protocols, including Probel
  • Multi-track capabilities for music events
  • Dynamic automation for live mixdown of multi-track audio
  • Integral audio router which saves on further external equipment, with control possible from video switchers
  • Remote Stagebox systems using environment-proof fibre-based MADI community

With the existing popularity of Studer Vista consoles in fixed and mobile broadcast facilities, most engineers will already be familiar with the operation of the console, but new users will find themselves easily assimilating the Vistonics™ user interface.

With its compact footprint, The Vista 1 is fully-equipped to handle large numbers of sources and feeds, along with full surround management, integral interfacing capabilities to numerous source formats including SDI, Dolby® D/E, AES, MADI and more. The integral audio router functionality means that systems may be much more closely integrated and controlled than before.

Broadcast Production

Stress-busting workflows for the most challenging broadcasts

In addition to the standard functionality, the input channels provide several broadcast live production specific features. Dedicated controls for extensive snapshot filtering are available to deal with the most complex live productions. Dedicated buttons for talkback (e.g. to Direct Out, N-1 etc.) and for user programmable functions provide more flexibility and ease during live operation. Dedicated Matrix busses can be configured which suits the fixed install application but can also offer a fast and easy method of handling complex headphone feeds in a broadcast environment. 16 dedicated Mute Groups are also available.

Simple outside source management

In the last few minutes before the studio goes on-air or the show starts, stress is at its highest and many things are happening at once. Problems with outside sources and reporters often induce a high stress factor; setting up the correct return feeds and talkback on-air needs to be as simple as possible. In some cases the n-1 feed may not be what the outside source wants to hear while waiting to go on-air. The Vista 1offers a dedicated switch per channel that automatically sends the outside source and alternative signal to the n-1 whilst the outside source is not on-air.

When the outside source is put out on-air (fader opened), the correct n-1 feed is automatically switched to the outside source without the user having to disable the switch manually. In addition, any number of outside sources are able to talk off line together in a conference mode (MPX), with the outside source automatically removed from the conference and sent the correct n-1 feed when put on-air.

On the spot playout

For ease of use, the Vista 1 contains an integrated jingle/spot player, which accepts a variety of audio formats from a USB memory device, which may be triggered from 8 dedicated buttons on the surface. DAW interfacing Studer Vista consoles interface with the major DAW systems available on the market. Many DAW functions can now be directly controlled from the console, where innovative operating concepts such as StripSetup and Ganging bring DAW integration to a new level and greatly enhance the production workflow. Editing is faster, customers are happier.

Simple configuration screens within the Vista 1 system allow the operator to select the DAW control interface and enable it. Then, you can mix and match DAW channels alongside Vista channels. Directly at the channel fader, tracks may be armed ready for record using console buttons. Additionally, the DAW gains features of the Vista consoles such as ganging. No additional hardware is required and connection is made through a simple Ethernet link rather than multiple MIDI cables typically found in other systems.

Mixing for Worship

Simplifying production for worship events of any scale

Vista 1 Carbon is ideal for large House of Worship (HoW) venues. With a compact, easily accommodated format, the console has all the required processing power and features to manage Worship events with ease.

Workflow-enhancing features

The SpillZone lets the engineer better manage the huge amount of hundreds of processing channels by allowing to make an inverse interrogation of 'what's on my bus or group,' dramatically speeding workflow and reducing the chance of error.

The large numbers of performers involved in Worship events can often result in monitoring challenges. With Vista 1 setting up monitoring where large numbers of singers and band members need their own monitor mix is perfectly managed with Vista's new FollowSolo function, which brings the auxiliary contribution levels directly onto every single channel while FaderGlow shows the corresponding bus color. Channels can directly be assigned to the SOLO'd channel by pressing the specific Assign-Button in the Vistonics™ touch area.

Podium discussions on stage are managed and mixed by Studer's VistaMix, which automatically monitors each mic channel and adjusts gain and levels to ensure the clearest overall mix while preserving intelligibility.

CUE-based production

Since shows in HoW are often well-planned and structured, Vista 1's CUE automation is invaluable. This automated Snapshot run-down can be enhanced with Events like MUTE automation, Universal Audio Plugin snapshots, different StripSetups, and MIDI commands.

To aid in rehearsal and show build, cues containing a snapshot can now be created with a single button press, cues can be comprehensively inserted and re-numbered, and cues can be automatically recalled via a precisely timed event to give the engineer an extra pair of hands. Cues can also fire MIDI/MMC events, for example for SFX playback, where the MIDI ports can be muted for cue list navigation. Most importantly the enhanced cue list now provides a large display of the current cue, as well as an indication of whether a snapshot is masked or not made clearly visible in the cue list.

Performing Arts

Streamline cue-based theatre production

Theatre sound designers and console operators make some of the highest demands when it comes to efficient workflow on the heart of their audio system. Nothing must go wrong, while everything needs to be changed quickly! To enhance workflow processes from offline programming, rehearsals through to daily performances, Studer has developed special software which makes Vista consoles the ideal choice for cue-based theatre productions. Sound designers now have a complete toolkit provided with the standard Vista Software which is available for the whole range of Studer Vista consoles. Together with the Vista's already extensive facilities which suit Theatre sound, such as high input / output capacity, the acclaimed Vistonics™ user interface, very compact footprint and outstanding sonic performance, the Studer Vista series of consoles is the perfect choice for world class theatres.

Enhanced Theatre Cue Lists

To aid in rehearsal and show build, cues containing a snapshot can now be created with a single button press, cues can be comprehensively inserted and re-numbered, and cues can be automatically recalled via a precisely timed event to give the engineer an extra pair of hands. Cues can also fire MIDI/MMC events, for example for SFX playback, where the MIDI ports can be muted for cue list navigation. Most importantly the enhanced cue list now provides a large display of the current cue, as well as an indication of whether a snapshot is masked or not made clearly visible in the cue list.

Character / Actor Library Event Handling

Characters in a production can be given any desired library entry (for example, a special EQ setting) on a cue by cue basis. This allows easy temporary or permanent adjustment of these library settings, as well as a very straightforward way to replace the settings of an actor with replacement-actor or understudy settings. There are two ways of applying library events to characters, firstly by using the two new Vistonics™ controls on the actual channel, and secondly the large overview window where a list of all cues and all characters is provided. The Library window itself enables selection of the different actors as well as very easy creation of understudy actors.


HQ Mic / Line Input Module

General Conditions Gain Setting 15 dBu 0 dBFS unless otherwise noted
Input Impedance 3.6 kΩ (electronically balanced)
Gain -11 to +75dB for 0 dBFS (adjustable in steps of 1dB)
Maximum Input Level
-11dB gain, Rsource = 600 Ω +26 dBu
0dB gain, Rsource = 150 Ω +15 dBu
20Hz to 20kHz, 40dB gain +0 / -0.9dB
30Hz to 20kHz, 40dB gain +0 / -0.6dB
THD + Noise
1kHz, -1 dBFS < -87dB
1kHz, -9 dBFS (nominal level) < -94dB
20Hz to 20kHz, -30 dBFS < -102 dBFS
Equivalent Input Noise / Noise Figure (NF) -127.6 dBu / NF = 2 @ Ri = 200 Ω, gain = 60dB
Crosstalk < -100dB @ 1kHz
Input Delay 12 samples, 250µs @ 48kHz
Common Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR)
30Hz to 20kHz, all gain settings > 46dB
1kHz, -11dB to +26dB gain 60dB typ.

Line Output Module

Output Impedance 50 Ω (electronically balanced)
20Hz to 20kHz +0dB / -0.3dB
THD + Noise
-1 dBFS, 1kHz -90dB
-30 dBFS, 20Hz to 20kHz -103dB
Crosstalk -115dB @ 1kHz
Output Level +6 to +24dBm for 0 dBFS @ RL = 600 Ω
Globally adjustable with hardware switches (steps: +24, +22, +20, +18, +15, +12, +9, +6 dBu)
Output Delay 10.4 samples, 217µs @ 48kHz

AES / EBU Input / Output Module

Input / Output Impedance 110 Ω
Input Sensitivity minimum 0.2 VRMS
Output Level 4.0 VRMS into 110 Ω
THD + Noise maximum -115dB
SRC Range 22 – 108kHz

Power Supply

Primary Input Voltage Range 100 to 240V AC ±10% - 50 to 60Hz
Power supply auto-ranging, with power factor correction (PFC); EN/UL approved
Power Consumption
22-fader version, incl. GC screen 190 watts typ., 250 watts peak
32-fader version, incl. GC screen 220 watts typ., 300 watts peak

Ambient Conditions

Operating Temperature Range -5 to 45 °C / 23 to 113 °F
Relative Humidity 95% non-condensing


Weight (approx.)
22-fader version, incl. GC screen 55kg / 121lbs
32-fader version, incl. GC screen 59kg / 130lbs

DSP Configurations

Path TypeMono InputStereo Input5.1 InputMono GroupStereo Group5.1 GroupMono MasterStereo Master5.1 MasterMono AUXStereo AUXControl GroupDown-mixN-X BusVista-Mix
Path TypeMono InputStereo Input5.1 InputMono GroupStereo Group5.1 GroupMono MasterStereo Master5.1 MasterMono AUXStereo AUXControl GroupDown-mixN-X BusVista-Mix
Path TypeMono InputStereo Input5.1 InputMono GroupStereo Group5.1 GroupMono MasterStereo Master5.1 MasterMono AUXStereo AUXControl GroupDown-mixN-X BusVista-Mix
4. FOH
Path TypeMono InputStereo Input5.1 InputMono GroupStereo Group5.1 GroupMono MasterStereo Master5.1 MasterMono AUXStereo AUXControl GroupDown-mixN-X BusVista-Mix
Path TypeMono InputStereo Input5.1 InputMono GroupStereo Group5.1 GroupMono MasterStereo Master5.1 MasterMono AUXStereo AUXControl GroupDown-mixN-X BusVista-Mix
Monitoring and TB I/O The requirements for monitoring and talkback inputs / outputs are different, depending on which configuration is used. Therefore these inputs and outputs are automatically allocated to the rear-panel connectors in a reasonable way when selecting a configuration.


Optional Floorstand Dimensions

Frame Sizes

Vista 1 Carbon 32 Fader Console
Vista 1 Carbon 22 Fader Console