APT Launch New IP Audio Silver for Cost-Effective STLs at IBC 2010
The IP Audio Silver has been designed as an inexpensive unit for the delivery of broadcast-grade audio over IP networks and is ideally suited for Studio Transmitter Links in smaller radio stations or for large scale audio distribution requiring multiple units.
“With the new IP Audio Silver, we are now able to offer broadcasters the audio quality and robust reliability that users expect from the APT codec range at a highly affordable price,” comments Kevin Campbell, Sales Director for APT. “Key broadcast platforms such as the WorldNet Oslo and WorldCast Equinox have become the industry-standard for many national and public broadcasters worldwide and enjoy an unrivalled reputation. Now, with the IP Audio Silver, we can offer the same low delay, broadcast-grade audio on a rock-solid platform to those broadcasters with more limited budgets.”
While the IP Audio Silver may be a low-cost option, it does not compromise on the core features required by professional broadcast. Offering AES/EBU or analogue audio and the option of linear or compressed audio on professional XLR connectors, the IP Audio Silver maintains optimum audio quality. Likewise, in terms of reliability, the unit is designed around a DSP-based architecture, avoiding the many problems associated with generic PC-based hardware. Optional redundant power supplies and the ability to playout audio from an integrated SD card slot in case of audio failure all work to ensure that a radio station can stay on air whatever the circumstances.
The unit’s extensive functionality is neatly packed into a compact unit which occupies half the space of a 1U 19” rack. As such, the IP Audio Silver is available to purchase in either a rugged compact case or rack mounted (two units will fit side-by-side on a 1U panel). Controlled via a web-browser or SNMP, the unit also offers optocoupled inputs and relay outputs for control or signalling alarms.
“We see excellent potential for the IP Audio Silver not only from within the broadcast market but also a variety of other applications such as retail audio, education and the hospitality sector,” adds Campbell. “We are extremely excited to be showing the IP Audio Silver at our IBC stand and confident that the winning combination of APT’s audio over IP expertise on this new more affordable platform will be one of the major attractions for radio broadcasters at this year’s show.”
About WorldCast Systems
WorldCast Systems is a world-class provider of turnkey solutions to the international broadcast market.
Encompassing the industry-leading brands of Audemat, APT & Ecreso, WorldCast Systems offers a wide range of reliable, innovative and high performing products for the studio site, transmitter site and the coverage area. Product lines include: world-class RDS encoders, AM, FM & HD digital audio processors, audio codecs for IP, E1/T1, ISDN and leased line, video over IP multiplexers, FM and DVB transmitters, high precision test equipment for FM, GPS field strength meters for HD, FM, DVB with built-in modulation monitors; RF monitoring equipment; and transmitter remote control for HD, AM, FM and TV (ATSC, DVB).
WorldCast Systems specialises in the development of efficient, multi-purpose products under its “Radio All in One” brand. This range combines many functions into a single unit enabling savings on cost, space, time and energy. he group focus on innovation has ensured that WorldCast System products have been selected for over 14 prestigious awards at the NAB Show over the past 10 years.
WorldCast Systems is privately owned by the board of Directors, as well as capital investors. Headquartered in Bordeaux-Merignac, France, the group also has offices in Belfast, Miami, New-Delhi and Beijing and employs over 140 staff worldwide.