Following the cancellations of international trade shows in 2020 and 2021, AEQ will present at NAB 2022 from 23-27 April, a new range of audio and communication equipment.
AEQ, manufacturer of equipment for audio, video and communications solutions, with more than 40 years serving the broadcast industry, has carried out an extraordinary effort during the pandemic to develop new products and improve existing ones, covering each of the areas of activity of this company, so that all our clients can enjoy new equipment of their interest.
A MATRIX-LESS INTERCOM SYSTEM READY FOR REMOTE PRODUCTION
XPEAK is developed using completely new concepts, XPEAK covers a wide range of needs in a cost-effective way with flexible and simple configuration.
XPEAK supports up to 28 user terminals in different formats: desktop, rack, wired belt-pack, wireless belt-pack, and PC application. All terminals interconnect with maximum operational flexibility and without the need for a matrix.
XPEAK interconnectivity is very simple even if the devices are on different locations. It is only required that the devices have access through the Internet. This makes it very easy to set up for the coordination of remote productions.
Its wired user terminals have Bluetooth and USB connections, admitting all types of headsets (headphone/microphone combinations) with these interfaces and facilitating connection with smartphones and PCs.
Stationary user terminals have 8 keys and the belt-packs 4 keys. If not used in a XPEAK system, these units can work as user panels or terminals in large systems with AEQ Conexia or Crossnet matrix.
The system is complemented with the XPEAK_IF interface and format converter. This provides for analogue inputs and outputs, digital USB, and AoIP AES67/Dante.
Due to its extraordinary adaptability and its adjusted price, we trust that it will be preferred by users.
DIGITAL IP AUDIO CONSOLE FOR RADIO AND TV BROADCAST AND PRODUCTION
ATRIUM is a digital audio mixer specially designed for audio production and broadcasting on radio and television, in work environments with higher operational requirements.
Manage up to 1000 channels of local or IP audio controllable through one or more surfaces, each with up to 90+ motorized and pageable faders.
It includes the advantages that technology makes available to us at this time: The new X_CORE engine that ATRIUM incorporates can be safely shared between up to 6 consoles, since it has tools to develop redundancy capacity at all levels. Accepts and delivers audio in the most varied formats used today in audio and television production.
It also allows the transport of inputs and outputs and control through the different equipment of a system, such as routers, audio codecs, broadcast telephone systems, broadcast automation, or intercom systems: Specifically, it has absolute control over the NETBOX4 MH and STUDIOBOX microphone, headset and studio signalling interfaces, which, located in the studios, make installations more flexible.
Each ATRIUM control surface can be completely customized. Thus, classic ways of working can be implemented, for example: each channel with motorized fader can have A/B configuration, or create up to 8 channel pages. Each channel can have direct access to pre-defined bus sends, or the channels can be defined for bidirectional multiplexing so that each user has the mix of all but him. Or handle multi-channel groupings like 5.1. Mixed or very special ways of working can also be configured with flexible programming of channels and keys to act on the routing of the console, or have several control stations on the same console, to facilitate the work of the presenter or producer.
In addition, it has memories for storage and instant recovery of scenes, and processes. Mix automation with autogain and automix functions, avoids the need for intensive and precise handling of the faders. It incorporates a wide set of audio processing functions. On the other hand, there is a virtual console application on PC for remote control and easy maintenance.
All of this configures an audio mixing and processing system that allows highly complex work to be carried out with great precision and quality in both radio and television production and broadcasting.
IP AUDIO MATRIX FOR BROADCAST AND INTERCOM, AND MIXING CONSOLE CORE
X_CORE is a broadcast quality, mixing, processing and distributing, audio matrix.
It can work as a general-purpose audio matrix, as an audio matrix for intercom, or with combined functionalities. It also acts as the engine of a console, or set of consoles, ATRIUM.
For intercom systems and audio consoles, it can handle up to 1,024 inputs and outputs. For audio matrix, in combination with the TITAN router, up to 5 X_CORE can be linked up to the non-blocking matrix dimension of 5120 x 5120 circuits. It is fully modular and redundant.
X_CORE is based on a 4RU chassis, equipped with cards that can be configured redundantly: DSP cards in charge of processing the audio, and the crossing points between the audio inputs and outputs, controller cards and slots for input/output cards, to incorporate input and output audio channels in the different formats that are needed.
Thus, its inputs and outputs can be of different types in flexible amounts: digital AES/EBU or S/PDIF, analog line, microphone and headphones, long-distance dark fiber optic links in 64-channel MADI format and proprietary 1024-channel links by optical fiber, point-to-point digital links for intercom panels, interfaces to extract and embed audio embedded in SDI streams, and VoIP terminals, among others.
In addition, through AoIP cards with 64 inputs and outputs, we can include IP audio inputs and outputs from equipment with Dante-AES67 protocols in the matrix. It can also ingest and export audio streams that accompany IP video signals in SMPTE ST 2110-30 format.
Likewise, through AoIP cards with 128 inputs and outputs, we can include IP audio inputs and outputs from equipment with RAVENNA-AES67 protocols in the matrix. It can also ingest and export audio streams that accompany IP video signals in SMPTE ST 2110-30 and SMPTE ST 2110-31 format with NMOS control.
An X_CORE frame can incorporate as many AoIP cards as necessary, and these can be installed in one or more Gigabit Ethernet networks.
If more I/O cards are needed than can be housed in a frame, frames can be linked via multi-channel cards. The system is complemented with redundant power supplies.
Its extraordinary routing, mixing and processing capacity, and its flexibility to accept the most varied current and future audio formats, allows solutions to be configured to cover the most complex needs, anticipating future needs, constituting an investment that will maintain its value for many years.
ULTRA-COMPACT IP AUDIOCODEC FOR PERSONAL USE
TALENT, Audiocodec with Bluetooth connectivity, to make radio from anywhere, with unprecedented features, and with a very special price.
TALENT provides connectivity for professional microphones and headphones for the host or guests of a program, from home or anywhere. Audio quality can not be distinguished from any of the voices that may be present at the studio of the station.
But TALENT provides other, complementary features that are extremely useful:
o An external Stereo audio source can be connected physically and through a high-quality Bluetooth connection. These sources are added to the microphone signal, allowing you to broadcast and comment on concerts, sports or other events, or individual audio files or play-lists from a phone or PC and present them.
o If a Bluetooth connection is established with a phone, this can be used to carry out a phone interview, either through a conventional call, or if we want more quality, through applications such as Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom and others. Calls can be mixed to the program that is sent to the station.
o To send the audio to the station, a domestic internet connection can be used, ADSL, fiber, or a wireless 3G / 4G / 5G data connection through a simple router / modem with a SIM card.
o In situations where there is no IP connection it is possible to reach the Studio in high-definition voice quality (HD voice), using the Bluetooth connectivity of the smartphone.
TALENT is designed for desktop use and occupies a footprint of approx. 20 x 13 cm. On the front panel: microphone and headphones, level adjustments, off-hook-call / hang-up button, hang-up button, and HELP button to request the attention from the station operator.
Nevertheless, the TALENT does not require the user to control it. This can be done through two applications:
•If the user has the knowledge, there is a local app for smartphone, TALENT PILOT, which, in addition to controlling the equipment, also allows to configure the TALENT and to establish the connection.
•It is also possible to use the PhoenixControl, remote control application. This allows for the full remote configuration and operation of single unit or a pool of TALENT and other AEQ stationary and portable Audiocodecs. With PhoenixControl your station’s Talents don’t have to worry about anything else but to do what they do best!
TALENT can be delivered to the user ready for use, or it can be configured and controlled locally or remotely.
TALENT supports low or high impedance headphones and dynamic or condenser microphone. It can be powered from the USB output of a PC, or from a DC source (5-12 volts). In addition, it has an AC adaptor.
The audio quality, connectivity, features, ease of use and price make it very attractive.
A GREAT DIGITAL AUDIO MIXING CONSOLE AT A RIGHT PRICE
FORUM LITE, compact console that combines the Forum IP Split surface with 4, 8 or 12 faders with the M_CORE compact engine with 2 rack units
It can handle up to 92+ channels of audio on a modular surface of up to 12 faders with 4 direct routing keys per channel. Its M_CORE engine is compact and independent, for processing, inputs and outputs, with mixing, dynamics, equalization and filter functions.
It incorporates the specific features of the ON AIR broadcast: automatic monitor cut-off, cough cut-off, fader start, signalling control, etc.
It has 20 programmable keys to control external equipment: communications, intercom, visual radio, etc.
It has a wide input and output capacity: 4 mic / line inputs with phantom, 2 USB stereo inputs and outputs, 4 AES / EBU stereo inputs and outputs, 12 analog inputs and 8 outputs. Plus: Outputs for studio and control monitors, as well as two headphone outputs and a CUE speaker output.
Options: 16 or 32 DANTE-AES67 AoIP inputs and outputs, 64 AES 10 MADI inputs and outputs, two telephone hybrids. Redundant power supply.
It fills a gap in our catalogue by satisfying the need for a modular surface with 12 faders and four direct access keys, without using the FR_CORE modular engine, which is oversized for many applications.
OTHER AEQ PRODUCTS:
It will also be possible to see, among others, with the AEQ brand:
• Multi-Conference System, ON AIR Telephone System and Outside intercom interface, SYSTEL IP.
• Portable and rack-mounted audiocodecs: Phoenix ALIO, VENUS 3, STRATOS, MERCURY.
• Digital audio matrixes with Dante/ AES67 AoIP interfaces: NETBOX 32 MX and NETBOX DSP. AoIP terminals: NETBOX 4, NETBOX 8 and NETBOX 32
• FORUM SPLIT and CAPITOL IP digital audio mixing consoles with AoIP multichannel connectivity
• Audio automation systems for broadcast AUDIOPLUS with IP connectivity
• Digital intercom systems up to more than 1000 x 1000, with IP connectivity such as CONEXIA and CROSSNET, including a wide range of, wired and XPLORER wireless, user panels.
• Commentary system with AoIP Dante connectivity and intercom system user panel OLYMPIA 3.
With the AEQ and Broadcast Pix brands:
• Visual radio solutions. Integration of video production switches with CAPITOL IP, FORUM IP, ATRIUM audio consoles, and NETBOX 8 and 32 interfaces, automating video production
It will also be possible to see, among others, with the KROMA by AEQ brand:
• A complete range of broadcast video monitors (TFT) in sizes from 4 to 46" even with 4K resolution and in different series for different applications and environments.
Info: www.aeq.eu & Calavitis SA*
* Distributor for Hellas
Notes: Press Release - AEQ - 06/04/2022