Solutions for Multiple Studios
|Shared Control Management
The use of more than one console in a networked radio station environment presents some exciting opportunities.
The Shared Control Management (SCM) module manages the use of sharing resources through a LAN infrastructure,
• Central play out systems
• Freely assignable announcer booths
• Remotely controlled MIC preamps
• Pools of telephone hybrids and codecs
• Central devices
• Devices in other studios or areas
The SCM module provides access to all device specific parameters, functions and attributes and allows quick and straightforward operation.
|Remote Source Assignment
The Remote Source Assignment (RSA) module allows the studio console selection of remote router sources (normally through fiber optic links) in the same manner as local sources. RSA provides the communication between a mixing console and a central router. Router sources are assigned to the console on a need to use basis. The console operator is unaware of this seamless background process.
• Remote router source assignment from the console
|Central Dynamic Source Labeling
The Central Dynamic Source Management (CDSL) module allows router sources shared by studios to be quickly renamed.
All studio locations where the router sources are assigned to a console receive the updated source label. This is especially useful for special broadcasts such as big sporting events or political elections.
|Air Chain Management
Intelligent management of the workflow from studio to air chain from anywhere in the station! The air chain is the path or route an audio signal takes on its way through a radio station.
• Automated management of the main outputs of a system
• Enables each room, studio, area, MCR etc. to request any available transmission feed
• Seamless assign of the appropriate output to the feed
• Request and release logic to ensure a safe On-Air routing by locking and unlocking the assigned transmission feed
• Any transmission feed can only be accessed from one studio at a time
• Hierarchical access control
The Console Screen (CS) is a specific GUI that allows customizing the operator interface with
displays, meters, buttons, lamps and bitmaps/logos. The screen is following the momentary actions
and functions of the mixing console. The control elements on screen have appropriate dimensions in
order to be optionally operated with a touch screen.
• Follow-function-features allowing quick access and easy operation
|Return Line Management
The Central Return Line Management module manages the access and control of central
resources. Central sources with associated return lines (mix minus lines) such as central telephone
hybrids, ISDN codecs, bi-directional outside broadcast van feeds, satellite links, etc. require special
The Return Line Management module allows control rooms/studios to provide shared central sources with
appropriate return feeds in an intelligent, simple and stress free way.
• Manages central sources with associated return lines
• Resolves conflicts
• Return line output routing for a flexible automated or manual selection of the return feed content
|Time Switch Software
The Time Switch Software (TSW) is a powerful tool for radio stations that require the automation of audio switching. The time switch software module allows the connection of single or multiple sources to destinations based on a schedule. A data base is used to store the connection information along with date and time information. It is also possible to create connections, which reoccur daily or weekly. Different routings can be stored as a group for precise switching in real time.
• Can be synchronized with the official local time for accurate switching
• Source and destination selection
• Single/group list
• Scheduling information
• Connection list
|Regional Insertion Management
The Regional Insertion Management (REGIM) module provides the control of audio switching, fading or cross fading between national program material and one or more local (regional) program insertions. The REGIM needs simple GPI trigger or any other logic trigger contacts to start the automatic operation.
• Allows large radio stations and radio networks to easily perform regional insertion of local programming
• Intelligent audio switching, mixing, fading and cross fading in the central matrix
• Each regional feed is treated separately in order to allow different content length
The MCR screen is a front end GUI which offers important information
and central monitoring of hardware status and audio signals.
• PPM bar graph style meters on screen (12 big or 24 small)
The VADIS based MI[C]XER meets the needs of radio stations that specialize in news and talk radio formats or offer periodically-broadcasted round table programs. MI[C]XER simplifies the normally complicated handling of multi-microphone signals.
• Up to 40 mono or stereo line level inputs or microphone channels are automatically mixed
• Each channel provides an individual level meter for exact level control and offers extensive parameter settings
• Equalizers and dynamics can be inserted in any signal path
• Priority microphone function allows a defined main microphone the ability to automatically mute
some or all open microphones
• Microphones that are temporarily not in use or beyond the number of open microphones
allowed are muted or reduced in gain
• Audio quality and speech intelligibility during multi-microphone recording is significantly enhanced
• The complete group of microphones is operated via one single fader of the mixing console
|Central Snapshot and Preset Management
The Central Snapshot and Preset Management (CSPM) allows a remote snapshot/format administration of a networked console.
• Snapshots can be created, edited, saved and loaded from a database
• On- or offline editing of presets and snapshots
• Presets can be transferred between similar consoles/studios
|Studio Talkback Module
Above the standard functionality of basic talkback features, such as talkback into return lines of telephone hybrids and codecs, the Studio Talkback Module (STB) can be integrated into single consoles or a global system network. This allows for comfortable and intuitive local talkback functions between control rooms, studio booths and MCR. The STB functionality can be adapted into extensive workflow solutions in order to accommodate a variety of customer applications.
• Basic switching talkback functions for easy and fast operation
• Any button of a console can be defined and configured as a talkback button
• Mixing and dimming functions
• Definition of certain priority levels
• Intelligent interoperation with other tasks, e.g. On-Air status
The Intercom Module (ICM) offers communication by using the already installed VADIS fiber optic network to any location within the facility that has an intercom control head and audio connectivity.
• Enables a system wide voice communication over the VADIS fiber optic network
• Intelligent call handling offers typical intercom functions such as busy indication and notification of calls during absence
|Automatic Gain Control
The Automatic Gain Control (AGC), is a highly sophisticated multi channel audio leveler, which uses specific level measurement and gain correction DSP algorithms. The AGC offers inaudible automatic level adjustments of critical audio channels, e.g. satellite radio and TV broadcasts, within user defined boundaries. The AGC allows a simultaneous control of up to hundreds of mono and stereo channels.
• Due to the fully modular design structure, large arrays of frames with an unlimited number of channels can be built
• Simultaneous and independent gain correction of any single channel
• Possibility to link and control several AGC units
• Real time PPM level meters on screen per any single channel
• Extensive parameter settings per channel in order to obtain best results
• Global monitoring and logging of one or several AGC systems
• Graphical history diagram of level correction
• An AGC unit usually operates as a standalone device
Remote Access to system controller for service purpose. Enables direct access to the customers system. Using standard Windows remote access solutions or professional 3rd party software (e.g. PC-Anywhere).
• Remote access for service reasons
• Factory assisted online software update and upgrade
• Easy installation of new or additional functions
• Remote diagnostics features
• 3rd party access can be denied or locked by the customer
|LCD Routing Panel Management
The LCD Routing Panel Management (LCD RPM) offers the flexible configuration of the Routing Panel C RC24E. With the LCD RPM the panel can be easily adapted to the customer requirements. The LCD buttons can be labeled via software.
The LCD Routing Panel can be configured either as
• Source Selector
• X-Y Router Control Panel
• Master On-Air switch in a MCR
• A combination of the previous functions as a custom solution
The single buttons of the LCD Routing Panel are equipped with an integrated LCD display and 3 color backlit.
|User Rights Management
Via User Rights Management (URM) individual groups of users with different access rights may be created. The user groups are password protected against unauthorized access. Individuals can have the right to change console adjustments according to their level of training, for example selection of sources to faders, channel presets, storage of snapshots, adjustment of the EQs, DYN, MIC preamp parameters and many others. The User Right Management is an excellent tool to simplify the management of large user groups.
• Manage user specific settings on a facility wide basis
• Create password protected access to console settings
• Single user and user groups
• Available in each mixing console
• Access via PIN code
|Central Status Monitoring
The Central Status Monitoring (CSM) supervises all important system components of a networked station, providing system status information and creating log files. As soon as a malfunction or a hardware defect has been detected an alarm screen message will be displayed and a GPI contact
can be triggered in order to generate an alarm message to external devices.
• Status monitoring of most hardware components
|Hot Standby Controller
The Hot Standby Controller (HSC) offers a hot standby function by using an additional system controller, which takes control of the main controller in case of a failure. The HSC therefore represents the best redundancy solutions for the most important component of the VADIS system. If required, the Hot Standby Controller can also be used as a backup controller for any mixing console within a system.
Optimized security is performed by a mirrored main controller.
This backup controller supports you to keep you On-Air.
• Uninterruptible take over
• Alert function in case of failure
• No audio loss during take over procedure
|Silence Sense Management
The Silence Sense Management (SSM) module is a real time level measurement and monitoring tool. It checks audio levels for signal loss, clipping and underload/overload limits. Alarms generated can be used to create on screen alarms, trigger emergency/bypass routings and control hardware such as GPIo contacts. DSP LEVEL plug-ins are fitted with 32 level channels. Additional DSP can be added if more channels are required.
• Silence detection at several strategic locations and measuring points in the system
• A log file provides fast diagnosis of erroneous signals
• Supports predefined actions or events in case of failure such as predefined routing and switching,
start of emergency program and activates alert indications and establishes calls to service personnel
via dedicated GPIs
3rd Party Interface
|Serial Routing Protocol
Remote control through a serial protocol - sends and receives routing and switching commands through a serial interface to/from a 3rd party system or device.
• Gives access and control to all routing functions of a VADIS based system
• Easy interfacing
• Supports RS232 and RS422 standards
|Hard Disc / Play Out Interface
The Hard Disc /Play out Interface (HDPI) sends and receives serial commands to perform best interconnection
and remote control tasks of 3rd party systems.
• Sends and receives control commands via a serial protocol
• Gives access to most functions of a VADIS based mixing console
• Easy interfacing
• Supports RS232 and RS422 standards
• Currently supported 3rd party protocols:
- Channel ON/OFF/PFL from "Monitora Protocol", compatible with DAVID TurboPlayer play out system
- Philips/BTS Jupiter video router
- ProBel Aurora video router
• Configurable generic serial protocol for other 3rd party systems
Remote Control from 3rd party applications and devices through TCP/IP protocol. Send commands to and receive status information from your Qphonics router or console.
• Access to routing matrix, system information and status, as well as common DSP functions
(Gain, Level, PEQ, DYN, Delay)
• Remote control of hardware elements, such as buttons, lamps, coders, displays, GPI I/Os