Familiar Look, New Technology: The New ADAM Matrix from RTS
The styling may be familiar, but under the hood the electronics have been optimized and new features and options added, setting the latest generation of the Advanced Digital Audio Matrix (or ‘ ADAM’) apart from its predecessors. The RTS developers have also succeeded in making the system, which is used by leading broadcasters worldwide, even more stable and user-friendly. The new ADAM generation employs the AIO-16 sixteen-channel analogue input/output card, two new master controllers, two clock masters and (in the interests of maximum reliability) two specially designed power supplies.
AIO-16 Sixteen-Channel Analogue I/O Card
The new AIO-16 input/output card has twice the capacity of its predecessor, the AIO-8, offering 16-channels of audio (input/output) and an individual VOX option per port. The card is also equipped with one data driver per port and can be operated with individual data drivers or else in the existing multi-drop mode. The various rear cards ( SCSI, MDR…) support both these operating modes. Needless to say the cards are all hot-swappable.
With the AIO-16, it is possible to implement ADAM's with 272 ports in a single 7RU frame, 512 ports in two frames, or 720 ports in three frames, making the ADAM the world champion in terms of capacity-to-bulk ratio. In accordance with the RTS development philosophy, the AIO-16 is 100% compatible with the AIO-16 and AIO-8, and RVON-8 cards, which means they can be combined freely and operated side by side within a single frame.
Employing state-of-the-art signal processing technology, the MCII-E Master Controller is even more powerful than its predecessor and is therefore able to perform its functions — controlling, managing and monitoring the system and all connected peripherals — more swiftly and more reliably. With a modular construction based on standard plug-in storage cards for maximum flexibility and expandability, the MCII-E Master Controller is designed to adapt to future needs and developments.
In addition to the familiar and well-established interfaces, MCII-E is equipped with an Ethernet port, making it easy to configure ADAM over a LAN/WAN and download firmware updates swiftly. Using the latest configuration software, up to 30 users can log-on with their own passwords via Ethernet and configure the matrix individually.
With the new technology and a doubling of the number of ports comes the need for more power. To take account of this — and maximize operational security into the bargain — the RTS team has developed new power supply units for the latest ADAM generation. Taking no chances, they decided to give each frame two of the powerful new units.
To guarantee redundancy right down the line, the new ADAM is equipped not only with independent PSUs but also with two master controllers as well as two clock masters, and all AIO cards and both master controllers employ identical hardware and firmware. The result is maximum operational security, optimal power handling and as user-friendly an interface as you could wish for.
ADAM matrices have for years been regarded by leading broadcasters such as NBC as an indispensable tool for the transmission of audio signals in CD quality and have been used at major sporting events all over the world — notably the Olympic Games and Super Bowl.
For more information, visit the RTS Intercom website: www.rtsintercoms.com
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By Tom Butts
By Tom Butts