Studio Technologies Announces User-friendly Model 203 Announcer’s Console
SKOKIE, IL,NOVEMBER29, 2022–Studio Technologies, manufacturer of high-quality audio, video, and fiber-optic solutions, announces the newModel 203 Announcer’s Console. The unit offers simple deployment of the professional audio resources needed to directly support a complete on-air position for broadcast sports, live entertainment events, eSports, streaming broadcast applications, and more.Supporting theDante® Audio-over-Ethernet (AoE) technology, the unit provides main and talk back output channels, talent cue (IFB) inputs, and sidetone capability. Compatible with both Dante andAES67, the Model 203 integrates seamlessly into modern broadcast workflows.
“The Model 203 ensures broadcast personnel can add a compact, user-friendly, cost-effective console without sacrificing audio quality or reliability,” said Gordon Kapes, President of Studio Technologies. “The unit’s small, simple design is ideal for productions where physical space and time to train on-air personnel are limited.”
Users can deploy the unit with just aPower-over-Ethernet (PoE) networkd ata connection, a dynamic or phantom-powered microphone, and a pair of headphones or an earpiece. The Model 203’s two Dante transmitter (output)and two Dante receiver (input) audio channels are assigned to other Dante-compliant devices using the DanteController software application.Housed in a desktop package, the Model 203 provides a combination of the essential buttons and controls along with a range of important operating features.The Model 203’s audio quality is excellent, with low distortion, low noise, and high headroom. A highlight is the wide dynamic-range microphone preamplifier and associated voltage-controlled-amplifier (VCA) dynamics controller (“compressor”) circuit. This helps to ensure that mic input audio quality is preserved while minimizing the chance of signal overload.
Two Dante audio input channels supply the user with their talent cue (IFB) signals. Should the cue signal be “mix-minus,” an integrated sidetone function can provide the user with a microphone-associatedconfidence signal. TwoDante audio output channels, one designated as main (for “on-air” use) and the other talkback, are routed via theassociated local-area network (LAN) to inputs on Dante-compatible devices. Two pushbutton switches, main andtalkback, provide the user with direct control overtheaudio routing.
Set up and operation of the Model 203 is simple. An etherCON® RJ45 jack is used to interconnect with a standardtwisted-pair Ethernet port associated with a PoE-enabled network switch. This connection provides both power andbidirectional digital audio. A broadcast headset or handheld (“stick”) microphone can be directly connected to theunit’s 3-pin XLR microphone input connector.A ¼-inch3-conductor (stereo) jack is used to connect to selectedheadset, headphones, oranearpiece.
The Model 203 is configured using theSTcontrollersoftware application. Available free of charge from StudioTechnologies, STcontroller allows production personnel to quickly and easily configure the unit’s operatingcapabilities to meet an application’s exact needs. STcontroller is offered in versions that are compatible with theWinOS® and macOS™ operating systems.
About Studio Technologies, Inc.Studio Technologies, Inc. provides tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber optic products for theprofessional audio and broadcast markets. Founded in 1978, the company is committed to designing andmanufacturing dependable, cost-effective, and creative solutions for studio and mobile broadcast, stadium andcorporate environments, and related applications. Known for “designing for the way professionals work,” the company is recognized as an industry leader. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, intercom and IFBinterfaces, announcer consoles, and loudspeaker monitor control systems. A growing line of Dante-enabled Audio-over-Ethernet products is receiving wide recognition. For more information, please visit the Studio Technologieswebsite atstudio-tech.comor call 847.676.9177.