Networked Audio systems refer to any studio audio infrastructure (system) where all audio is available to all of the consoles in a facility using a minimal amount of wiring. These provide the most flexible audio management for your operation and require the least amount of wiring, sometimes eliminating miles of expensive copper audio cabling.
Logitek was the first American manufacturer to develop a Networked Audio Platform, with our first system released in the late 1990s. At the time, they were called Router based console systems and emulated systems that had been used for some time in the TV/Video industry. Since then Networked Audio systems have become the norm in broadcast facilities.
Networked systems allow for efficient use of all audio equipment in a facility. All equipment can be shared by each studio, reducing cost in overall equipment purchases. For example, a codec that is used periodically by one studio can also be used by another studio without having to move the device or set up complicated wiring to the other studio. The interconnections between studios are an integral part of the audio system and do not have to be provided by the end user. Think of them like your computer network (in fact, today’s systems are computer networks), where you can access any printer from any computer without a direct connection. With Networked Audio, you can access any piece of equipment without a direct connection. Think of the money you save in wire alone.
Yes. The first systems used a technology adapted from phone company infrastructure known as TDM (Time Division Multiplexing). Networked Systems now use a technology adapted from the computer industry called AoIP (Audio over Internet Protocol). AoIP is in many ways easier to implement and install than the older systems and like all things that rely on computers, the costs of peripheral hardware keep coming down.
Most current Networked systems use Audio IP nodes as an entry point to get audio onto the network. Most of these systems use small nodes with very limited capacity for this purpose. However, each of these nodes consumes valuable rack space and increases the complexity of the system. Logitek has developed and pioneered Dense Node Technology which has 2 to 8 times the capacity of these small nodes. The benefits of these Dense Nodes are a much simpler IP network, using fewer external parts, to reduce system complexity and lower cost.
Many. Here are a few:
Many users have found unique ways of utilizing the router functions in these systems. Some run their automation system straight to air. For stations who only run one or two live day parts, this means they can bypass their on-air studio and use it as a production room for 4 to 6 hours per day without the worry of incorrect or inappropriate items ending up on-air.
Through its routing functions, the JetStream has the ability to feed multiple markets from a single studio, using common programming but with the ability to split apart commercial breaks or to fire individual ID’s at the same time.
No, just add another JetStream Mini to the Network and start your expansion with an extra studio, or using the JetStream Plus, you can add additional radio stations without adding additional infrastructure. Logitek’s JetStream Plus is the densest AoIP node, allowing for lots of extra I/O in a single 4 RU package. With 240 channels of I/O, radio stations can be added even when you don’t have additional rack space in your existing facility. Just add a few more I/O cards to the JetStream Plus and you’re good to go.
Logitek was the first console company to develop the virtual console. Our vMix software was first introduced 12 years ago. There are hundreds in use.
Logitek was the first to introduce a software program (vScreen) that allows the user to develop different screens to aid in program operations. With custom meters, buttons, faders and display screens you can tailor our latest version, now called vMix+, to let you control and monitor your entire facility from anywhere.
Other “firsts” from Logitek:
Yes! Logitek has always maintained that connectivity and interoperability were essential for IP based systems. To that end Logitek has incorporated as many standard protocols as possible in its IP operating platform. To assure compatibility currently, Logitek JetStream’s incorporate Livewire connectivity protocols and provide direct network connectivity to all Livewire partners. We will add more connectivity protocols as they become available. This assures that your Logitek system will never be out of date.
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Logitek Consoles and Routers can be purchased in the USA and Canada directly from Logitek and select system integrators.
For pricing information or other requests in North America, call toll-free (800) 231-5870 or send an e-mail to our North American Sales department.
Outside of North America, please contact the following: