LAS VEGAS—One of the new product highlights that will be part of the Comrex booth at this year’s NAB Show is the ACCESS MultiRack, a rackmount IP audio multi-codec that is expected to be released in the coming months.
ACCESS MultiRack occupies 1RU and can handle up to five full-duplex IP audio connections simultaneously. The connections can be made to ACCESS Portables (Classic, 2USB and NX), ACCESS Racks (Classic and NX) and BRIC-Link (Classic and II) codecs, as well as the FieldTap app. The first codec features AES67 in addition to AES3 and standard analog I/O, while the remaining four codecs utilize AES67 I/O. MultiRack also supports a wide array of connection protocols and audio encoders, and is driven by an HTML5-based web user interface.
The system includes Comrex CrossLock technology for solidifying connections over IP networks. By sending two identical streams through two separate networks, CrossLock provides a fail-safe in the event of the primary network faltering.
There is also the HotSwap function as part of the ACCESS firmware. This feature allows users to designate one network as a backup that will only engage when the primary network has failed, with the transition occurring in seconds, reportedly.
Comrex will display the ACCESS MultiRack at its booth, C2330.
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