Vestax’s PBS-4 Web Broadcasting Mixer

As live streaming DJ sets becomes more and more popular, Vestax has predicted that there will be a market for a hardware mixing board specifically for switching audio and video that’s headed onto the web. The PBS-4 seems fit to do just that – with a variety of video and audio inputs that allow for switching, previewing, and volume control.

The key here will absolutely be price point – and to be honest, the lack of any HD video input options (the product page even specifically notes that HDMI input is down converted to SD quality) is a pretty major drawback.

That being said, if you’re streaming performers, looking for a simple switcher to make a multi-camera webstream happen, and aren’t super concerned about HD broadcast, this Vestax tool could easily turn a beginner broadcasting setup into something quite a bit more pro.

No word yet on price or availability, but here’s the full I/O feature list from Vestax:

AUDIO SPECIFICATIONS

INPUT
x3 LINE IN Stereo RCA
x2 Neutrik Combo Jack (Mono)
x1 HDMI IN
x1 USB IN (Loop Back)

OUTPUT
x1 Master Output Stereo RCA (Control Room)
x1 1/4″ Headphone Jack
VIDEO SPECIFICATIONS

INPUT
x4 VIDEO IN ?Composite RCA?
x1 VGA IN?D-SUB15 pin?
x1 HDMI IN

OUTPUT
x2 MASTER OUT ?Composite / USB?
x1 PREVIEW OUT?Composite?

VIDEO RESOLUTION
Composite: NTSC / PAL
NTSC: VGA IN: 1024×768?60Hz?
HDMI IN: 720×480?60Hz?
PAL:  VGA IN: 1024×768?50Hz?
HDMI IN: 720×576?50Hz?
*The above refresh rates are maximum value of each resolution

SAMPLING RATE
4:2:2 (Y:R-Y:B-Y), 8-bit, 13.5 MHz (ITU-R BT.656)

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