Issue 27



10 September 2014

Studio Technologies has introduced three Dante-enabled announcer’s consoles targeted at live broadcast, stadium, corporate and production facilities.

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The company says the consoles provide flexibility, excellent audio performance and ease-of-use in any situation requiring an announcer including on-air and location broadcasting, stadium announcement, voice-over booths and corporate events. The Dante implementation ensures plug-and-play connectivity into Dante-compatible installations.

While the audio/video-over-Ethernet movement is greatly simplifying wiring infrastructures and signal flow, says company president Gordon Kapes, traditional workflow tools including comms, IFB and announcer’s consoles are still necessary in today’s production environment. “Studio Technologies is bringing its signature problem-solving equipment into this networked world by implementing the Dante Audio-over-Ethernet technology, which delivers low latency, tightly synchronised, and interoperable audio transport with simple installation and configuration,” he says.

Models 214, 215 and 216 are designed to serve as the audio control centre for announcers, commentators and production personnel. Each compact tabletop unit integrates all on-air talkback and cue audio signal routing, and support applications using the Dante Audio-over-Ethernet media networking technology. An Ethernet connection with Power-over-Ethernet or external 12V DC power source is all that’s required to make the units part of a sophisticated, networked audio system.

Model 214 offers two pushbutton switches with LED indicators that allow the user to control two audio output channels: one main and one talkback. The main output channel is designed to serve as the on-air, stadium announcement or primary audio feed. The talkback output channel is intended to provide production trucks, control rooms or support personnel with talent-originated cue signals. In addition to the main and talkback output channels, a ‘hot mic’ output channel is also available. This un-switched audio output is beneficial when the Model 214 is being used in conjunction with an intercom system, audio console or any application that requires an ‘always active’ microphone signal.

Model 215 offers three pushbutton switches with LED indicators that allow the user to control three audio output channels: one main and two talkback; while Model 216 offers four pushbutton switches with LED indicators controlling four audio output channels: one main and three talkback. One pushbutton switch controls the status of the main output on both units and is the primary audio channel. Additional pushbutton switches control the status of the talkback output channels, which include the audio signals used to communicate with producers, directors, spotters or other behind-the-scenes production personnel. The output channels can also be routed, by way of other support equipment, to the inputs on other Model 215/216 consoles, permitting a talent ‘party-line’ talk function to be created.

Source: media release 

Studio Technologies:

Australian distribution
Madison Technologies: 1800 007 780 or




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