Jack Kontney /
05.21.2009 10:35 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Logitek expands into IP-based audio routers with JetStream series

Console manufacturer Logitek has introduced the JetStream series of IP-based audio routers. This line of routers provides audio I/O, mixing, pro­cessing and other functions and will be operated via Logitek’s existing line of control surfaces — Artisan, Mosaic, etc. The first product in the new series is the JetStream Mini, a 64-channel, user-configurable router with the DSP console built in. Now shipping, the unit features dual GigE connectors for sharing audio over a network.

Speaking to Broadcast Engineering at NAB was Tag Borland, Logitek president and chief designer for the new AoIP line. “We’ve added some pieces of technology that are not generally available today,” he said. For instance, JetStream can automatically configure those network connections so the user spends much less time and effort on setup. The user only needs to give the input a name. Then the system automatically finds all the numeric addresses, and then advertises that new input to all other items on the system. So it makes setup much simpler.”

JetStream provides ultra-fast audio streaming for on-air and production operations. “It supports 24 channels of stereo mixing split among up to four consoles,” Borland said. “We’re doing something a bit unique in that the JetStream can create virtual subconsoles. The faders in our consoles are in one large bank, and the user can turn it into one 32-fader console, two 16-fader consoles or any combination that comes to 32 channels total. The reason that’s important is that nearly all of our systems in use today have at least one or two submixers used as well as the main mixer. This provides a lot more flexibility in how they set things up so that more of the processing power of the box can actually be useful to the customer.”

The JetStream Mini also contains codecs that support most common compression algorithms. The unit accepts up to eight I/O card slots, with five card types available. The system includes four mic preamps with phantom power, four each stereo line inputs and outputs, and four each stereo AES or S/PDIF digital inputs and outputs. Additional features include profanity delay, mic processing, network connectivity to hard-disc playout systems and redundant power supplies.

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