Studio Technologies just expanded its Dante compatible offerings with three new announcer’s consoles, the Model 205, Model 206 and Model 208. All offer different combinations of analog and digital audio resources to create on-air talent hubs in both Dante audio-over Ethernet and traditional analog audio environments. The Model 205 and Model 206 are specifically designed for table-top use, presenting a very small “footprint” for applications such as court-side basketball commentator locations. The Model 208 is optimized to allow easy mounting to the top- or bottom-surface of a broadcast set or talent location. Its form-factor also lends itself for use in a range of custom mounting scenarios.
The Model 205, Model 206, and Model 208 include Dante receiver (audio input) channels to supply the user with talent cue (IFB) signals. Should the cue signal be “mix-minus,” an integrated sidetone function provides a microphone confidence signal. The Model 205 features three Dante audio output channels, one designated as main (for on-air) and two as talkback, as well as three associated pushbutton switches for direct control over audio routing. The Model 206 adds an additional talkback button and associated Dante audio output channel, making it well-suited for both on-air and production support applications. The Model 208 is designed with two Dante audio output channels, one designated as main (for on-air) and the other as a talkback, as well as two pushbutton switches. All three units have talkback audio channels available as Dante outputs, allowing for simple and flexible routing to inputs on a variety of devices such as matrix intercom systems, audio consoles, and monitor loudspeaker systems. The audio switching is performed in the digital domain and is virtually “click-free.”
Integration into both Dante audio-over-Ethernet applications and standard analog audio environments allows the Model 205, Model 206, and Model 208 to provide a solution for many on-air talent locations. With just a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection, a microphone, and a pair of headphones or an earpiece, broadcasters can use the units to achieve a complete broadcast on-air position. A microphone output on each of the announcer’s consoles can support a direct connection to an analog microphone-level input on an associated camera, remote I/O interface, or audio console. The Model 205 and Model 206 provide two configurable remote-control inputs, allowing external switches or contact closures to activate the desired main and talkback output functions. Two contact inputs on the Model 208 allow external signals to work in conjunction with the mic on/off button and talkback button functions.
The output of the mic preamp and compressor is routed to an analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) section. The three units support a sampling rate of 44.1 and 48 kHz with a bit depth of up to 24. In addition, the Model 208 supports sampling rates of 88.2 and 96 kHz. The audio signal, now in the digital domain, is routed through a microprocessor and onto the Dante interface section where the audio is packetized and prepared for transport over Ethernet.