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Monthly Archives: July 2015

  • Now shipping out Ward-Beck BitKits (Digital Testing Kits)!

     

    Ward-Beck’s BitKit is a comprehensive digital test kit that allows you to check your signals. The products included in the kit offer you an efficient and affordable solution to ensure that your cable installation is correct, and that your amplifiers and transmission gear are operating according to specifications. The BitKit comes in a convenient carrying case that makes it perfect for field testing and installations.

    The Ward-Beck BitKit includes:
    • 1x Ward-Beck Bit - Buddy digital/analog audio monitor
    • 1x Ward-Beck Bit Spitter - AES & Analog reference signal generator
    • 1x Ward-Beck IMP1M - XLR Male to BNC Impedance Transformer
    • 1x Ward-Beck IMP1F - XLR Female to BNC Impedance Transformer
    • 2x BNC Cables
    • 1x Carrying Case

    The Ward-Beck Bit Buddy is a compact and battery-powered audio monitor, that is equipped with a stereo analog input and an AES digital input. Plug your headphones in and you can listen to a stereo analog audio signal or an AES digital signal. A simple stereo LED meter indicates signal levels while the LED status/error display gives information about the digital signal and can identify any digital errors that are detected.

    The Bit Spitter is a companion to the Bit Buddy and is a compact and portable battery-powered device that generates a stable test tone in both analog and digital audio formats, which can be fed down transmission lines, into amplifiers or A to D and D to A converters. The digital test tones have selectable sampling rates and the ability to send invalid bits that test the receiving input circuitry of the destination device.

    With a BitSpitter at one end and a BitBuddy at the other, the BitKit offers an efficient and affordable solution to ensure that your cable installation is correct, and that your amplifiers and transmission gear are operating to specifications.

    While the Bit Buddy and Bit Spitter can be purchased separately, the Ward-Beck BitKits offers both these units, along with two BNC cables to make connections, as well as IMP-1F and IMP-1M impedance converters to adapt the Bit Buddy and Bit Spitter for use in 75 Ohm BNC installations. See here a video on how to set up the testing kit.

    All of this comes in a convenient carrying case, perfect for field testing!

    All Set and Ready to go!

  • Working hard to ship out new POD34s and POD8As!

    We are working hard to get some POD34s and new POD8As out the door today! Get yours now!

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  • On the drawing board: QTP-WBS

    On the drawing board this week is the QTP-WBS: a triple QTP to DB25 interface using a Ward-Beck Systems pinout mating with (3) RJ45QTP connectors .

    Unlike the 8 channel Yamaha and Tascam DB25 standard, the WBS DB25 offers (12) differential pairs in a single connection point.
    Screen Shot 2015-07-23 at 3.28.12 PM
    With the expansion of the QTP interconnection system, we're happy to debut the new QTP-WBS High Density connection pattern.  This pattern was inspired by a connector found on our AMS-16 and MLC-8 surround sound monitoring controller.  These monitoring system allowed users 5.1 + 2 analog monitoring optional GPIO.

    More connections less space: first by design.

    More to come...

  • Introducing the POD8A!

    We are pleased to inform that we have upgraded our POD8 1x6 Stereo Audio Distribution Amplifier, and added new industry-leading features to it. The new POD8A Analog Audio Distribution Amplifier now features Input and Output Level Trims, A + B Input Sum operation and Stereo 1x8 or Mono 1x16 Operations!

    This Analog Audio DA packs a serious punch!

    POD8A Analog Audio Distribution Amplifier with Input & Output Level Trim, A + B Input Sum, Stereo 1x8 or Mono 1x16 Operation!

    POD8A is an analog audio distribution amplifier providing sixteen adjustable output channels from 2 input channels. POD8A can be configured to operate as MONO 1x16 where Input A goes to A and B Outputs or STEREO 1x8 where Input A goes to A Outputs and Input B goes to B Outputs. It can also operate in SUM mode where the mono sum of Input A and Input B goes to A and B Outputs. Mode selection is done via a 3 position slide switch on the front panel. Sixteen separate screwdriver adjustable potentiometers on the front panel allow the user to trim the levels of all output channels independently. Two additional adjustable potentiometers on the front panel allow trimming the inputs individually which can be useful when in the summing mode. Input and output connections to POD8A are via screw terminals located on the rear panel.

    The POD8A comes in the convenient standalone package shown above. Alternatively, it can also be rackmounted individually or side-by-side, for easy racking up in space-constrained broadcast and studio spaces.

    INFORMATION SHEET

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Input Gain 0dB to -16dB
    Output Gain -2dB to +18dB
    Max Output Level +27 dBu
    Max Input Level +27 dBu
    Frequency Response ±0.02dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
    Noise Better than -90 dBu, 20Hz to 20kHz
    THD + Noise Better than 0.002 %, 20Hz to 20kHz
    Stereo Separation Better than -88dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
    Input Impedance 20kΩ balanced
    Output Impedance 60Ω balanced
    Common Mode Rejection Better than -76dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
    Power Requirements 100-240 VAC, 50-60Hz
    Dimensions 8.69" wide x 1.73" high x 7.0" deep (221mm x 44mm x 178 mm)
    Weight 1.026kg / 2.26lbs

    MORE INFORMATION

    Please download the POD8A Manual here for more information.

    We already have our first order waiting to be shipped out to some long-waiting broadcast customers. We are taking orders for more immediately. Get yours now at our new online store!

  • Are modular solutions the right fit for your audio needs?

    As technology advances, studios are looking more and more to make each buck go further than it did before. In such a climate, when studio space is constrained and so is the studio budget, it is worth considering whether the right solution for your audio problems is a module card-rack system.

    A modular card rack system consists of a series of cards, each performing one of more audio functions –such as D-to-A/A-to-D conversion, amplification, or audio processing – which are all housed in a high-density card rack frame, thereby conserving space in a studio. The racks that these cards are stored in are usually 2RU high, and contain upwards of 10 cards per frame generally. For example, Ward-Beck carries two separate module card rack systems: the openGear series and the 8200 series – with the OG3-FR-C frame and the MF8212 frame, which carry 20 cards per frame and 12 cards per frame respectively.

    Advantages of using a modular systems for your audio/broadcasting needs

    Some of the advantages of a modular card-rack system are quite obvious. With 12-20 cards being able to be housed in just one 2RU frame, there is a lot of space saved by using modular systems, than with getting a standalone product to perform each audio function that you need. Additionally, while there is higher initial investment in the frame to house the cards, each added card costs less, and takes up less space, than buying an entire new standalone product. There will also be less time spent on setting up and installation, after the initial setup of the frame, as the cards can be easily plugged into frame and left to run. Overall, card rack modular solutions are great savers of time, space and money, for both small studios and large broadcast spaces.

    In additional, with a modular card rack system, you have a wide variety of cards performing different functions – converting, processing, switching, etc – that you can mix-and-match according to the needs of your studio, and house in the same frame. For example, our openGear Series contains distribution amplifiers, audio processor, and digital-to-analog converter cards that can all be housed in the same 2RU OG3-FR-C frame (20 cards/frame). Our 8200 Series has reclocking distribution amplifiers, D-to-A converters, oscillators and A-to-D converters, all housed in the same 2RU MF8212 frame (12 cards/frame).

    MF8212 Three Quarter
    (MF8212 Frame to house 12 of the 8200 Series cards.)

    OG3-FR-C Front
    (OG3-FR-C frame to house the openGear Series cards.)

    Another advantage of modular systems is that they are easily relocatable and easily replicable in various stations. Want to relocate the system? Just take the frame containing the cards, unplug it, move it around, and plug it back in. Want to have a standard system in your multiple stations/studios? Just buy the same combination of cards and house them in the standard frame. For nation-wide companies with many stations around the country and around the world, modular systems allow for easy duplication of the same system in each of the stations, so that repair and maintenance is easier and more standardized, cutting down on overall costs.

    AA6201A+RM
    (AA6201A 1x8 / Dual 2x4 Analog Audio Distribution Amplifier from our openGear series.)

    D8203-110+
    (D8202 110 Ohm Digital-to-Analog converter from our 8200 series.)

    There are advantages to manufacturers who design modular systems also, in addition to customers. You don’t necessarily have to design each new card in the system from scratch: you have a touchstone to work from, you can refer to previous cards and have a rough of what dimensions a card should be, and what the costs and challenges should roughly be of designing circuitry, and so on. Having a standardized modular design also helps save on marketing, packaging and shipping materials, through economies of scale. Planning new additions to a modular series takes less R&D investment than planning to build an entirely new product from scratch each time.

    Looking to adapt a modular solution for your audio problems?

    If you feel that the modular approach is the best solution for your audio needs, then the Ward-Beck has two high-end modular systems that can fit your needs.

    You can check out our openGear family of cards here, all of them housed in the OG3-FR-C frame.

    You can check out our 8200 Series family of cards here, all of them housed in the MF8212 frame.

  • Please check your audio signal even if it is digital

    “Digital everything” makes the world run smoother, faster, cheaper and trouble free.  This is true for the most part, but when something goes wrong, it can be anything from a minor annoyance to a major train wreck.

    Audio signals get converted from analog to digital to ease transmission, distribution and storage and significant savings can be realized when audio is handled in the digital domain.  Digital technology also makes it possible to transport large numbers of signals (audio, video and control) in a single stream.  So a word from the once bitten twice shy, check your signals before you convert to digital and after you convert back to analog.

    Test gear, to check your signals, is available with varying degrees of sophistication and levels of cost.  Since we are audio guys, we’ll highlight an inexpensive and highly portable solution that should be in every audio specialists’ toolbox.

    Born out of the need to give the chief engineer at the radio station his ears back when the transition to digital started, is the BitBuddy.  This compact, battery powered and belt clip included audio monitor is equipped with a stereo analog input as well as an AES digital input.  Plug your headphones in and you can listen to a stereo analog audio signal or an AES digital signal.  A simple stereo LED meter indicates signal levels while the LED status/error display gives information about the  digital signal  and can identify any digital errors that are detected.

    For set up and installations, meet the BitSpitter, a companion to the  BitBuddy.  This compact, portable battery powered device generates a stable test tone in both analog and digital audio formats that can be fed down transmission lines, into amplifiers or A to D and D to A converters.  The digital test tones have selectable sampling rates and the ability to send invalid bits that test the receiving input circuitry of the destination device.

    With a BitSpitter at one end and a BitBuddy at the other, we offer an efficient, affordable solution to ensure that your cable installation is correct and that your amplifiers and transmission gear are operating to specification.  The  BitSpitter or BitBuddy may be purchased separately or ask us about the BitKit which provides both units in a convenient carry case complete with one IMP-1M and one IMP-1F impedance converter to adapt your units for use in 75 Ohm BNC installations.

    Ward-Beck Bit Kit - Email us for more information on how to get one!

  • Introducing Parts & Accessories section of our E-Commerce store!

    We often get customers contacting us looking to purchase spare/replacement parts used in older Ward-Beck products. At Ward-Beck, we value our legacy, and to make it a little easier for these clients to find parts for some of our older products, we have listed the most requested parts on sale on our E-Commerce website, under the Parts & Accessories section.

    Each parts has listed in its Product Description what Ward-Beck products it is used in.

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