Sonifex Show New Audio for TV Products at IBC 2013
10th September 2013
Sonifex are exhibiting over a dozen new products on stand 8.E61 at IBC this year.
Marcus Brooke, Managing Director of Sonifex said: "IBC is the main platform for Sonifex to launch and showcase new product designs and this year we have a number of broadcast product additions to interest our customers. Our new talkback and communications products include two headphone amp belt-packs and GSM/PSTN comms links for our talkback controller".
The new portable, battery powered belt packs are the CM-BH4W 4-wire headphone amp and the CM-BHA headphone amplifier with limiter & loudspeaker, for use in live applications such as in-the-field news reports. The CM-BH4W uses audio transformers at its input and output, providing galvanic isolation and ensuring that communications are loud and clear. It can operate in 4-wire and IFB modes with an AGC to maintain output level, using a talk switch which can be latching or momentary. The CM-BHA has a wide incoming signal gain and an adjustable limiter to prevent and indicate excessive levels. Both units have a long battery life (up to 200 hours on one 9V battery) and a low battery warning LED.
We have complimented our existing CM-TB8 8 channel talkback control unit with two new add-in cards: The CM-TB8T extends the talkback capability of the CM-TB8 by allowing telephone calls to be made and received on two independent analogue direct exchange or PSTN lines. The hybrids are fully configurable and are easy to setup via the embedded web server. The CM-TBG is a dual GSM telephone expansion card which allows mobile telephone calls to be made and received via two independent quad band mobile telephone modules. The web server provides access to features including network selection, telephone number storage and phone logs.
Some new products in the Redbox range include 3 audio distribution products:
The RB-AES4B3 AESID3 splitter with BNC connectors. This is a passive, quad “one-to-three” splitter housed in a 19” rack with each bank designed to split a single AES3ID digital audio source to up to three destinations. The RB-AES4X3 AES/EBU splitter with Neutrik XLR connectors is a passive, quad “one-to-three” splitter which splits a single AES3 digital audio source to up to three destinations and the RB-MS4X 3 microphone splitter is a passive, quad, “one-to-three” splitter for distributing a single microphone or line source to up to three destinations. These are also available in a small form factor as single three way splitters: the CM-AESB3 AES3ID splitter (BNC), the CM-AESX3 AES/EBU splitter (XLR) and the CM-MS3 microphone splitter.
Also new in the Redbox range is the RB-SD1IP silence detection unit with Ethernet & USB, which offers all the functionality of the existing RB-SD1 with several extra capabilities. Ethernet connectivity allows finer set up and control via a browser based GUI together with a real time view of signal levels and alarm statuses. SNMP V1 is implemented so that the unit can be controlled by existing network management systems and GPI pins enable the generation of SNMP traps on behalf of other, non-networked, hardware. A front panel USB port can hold a pre-recorded message which the unit can play out in the event that both main and auxiliary signals fall silent.
The RB-FS82 audio failover switcher is an important tool in many critical areas in telecommunications and broadcast chains. The device has 8 main + 2 standby, stereo analogue audio, AES/EBU digital audio and RS232 connections (both inputs and outputs) and is used for switching of program sources to a standby destination in the event of a destination failure, or for switching of program sources, including standby sources, to destinations in the event of source failure which would typically be audio decoders at a transmission site.
The RB-VHDA2x4 is a 3G/HD/SD-SDI 2 input, 8 output video distribution amplifier for re-clocking and distributing up to two 3G, HD (high definition) or SD (standard definition) SDI sources.
See the IPS interview with Marcus Brooke, Managing Director of Sonifex, talking about the new Sonifex products on show at IBC 2013.