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  • Dale Pro Audio - Ward-Beck preMO AES67 Mic Preamp at NAB 2017

  • AES Toronto - Member presentations - preMO and our RTO 50th Anniversary Dual M460A microphone preamp

    The Toronto AES chapter hosted another talent filled presentation of members projects.  As a Supporter of our local chapter, we sent Anthony to talk about the Audio Over IP development of our preMO - remote controlled Microphone pre amp with AES67.  Anthony also unveiled the mechanical mockup of our 50th Anniversary Dual M460A microphone pre amplifier.

    AES magazine Photos - Cover IMG_20170727_203707
    Journal of the Audio Engineering Society - Volume 65 Number 6 - June 2017

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    Toronto's 4th annual member showcase

  • The first ever Networked Mic Stand- AES67 conversion on the go!

    Ward-Beck was proud to unveil the first ever networked mic stand at the 2017 NAB Show, where it proved to be a showstopper at our booth.

    The first of its kind, our networked mic stand is an all-in-one networked device that houses a microphone pre-amp, analog to digital converter and AES67 stream builder, all in the stand itself. The mic stand is a regular straight stand, with a weighted base that houses the audio equipment. The microphone provides analog audio input, and RJ45 AES67/Ravenna stream comes out. The gain is set remotely using our new PreMote Control.

    Analog in, RJ45 AES67 Ravenna out

  • 1st day pre-NAB interoperability testing!

    Here were are, on Day One of the pre-NAB interoperability testing at Houston, where over 70 technical experts from over 40 companies have journeyed with an aim to successfully validate cross-vendor interoperability of their networked technology products.

    Ward-Beck is proud to be one of the companies participating in the Houston test, and - when we hopefully pass the testing stage - we will also be at the NAB 2017 Interoperability Zone, at the Las Vegas Convention Centre. As well, we will be demonstrating more products from our lineup at our own booth, C1941 in Central Hall, during NAB, so come find us there from April 24-27, 2017!

  • Time for the NAB rush again...

    Time to get our display racks ready for the NAB Show again! Twilight makes for good lighting for our equipment.

  • Product Highlight: AA6201A Universal Analog Audio Distribution Amp (for openGear)

    The product highlight of the day is our best-selling AA6201A  Analog Audio Distribution Amplifier, whose versatility and universaility has made it a popular choice for system installers all over the world. AA6201A cards are in use worldwide, in many different kinds of applications, including: broadcast stations, production studios, universities, sports stadiums, and more!

    Pictured above: AA6201A Analog Audio Distribution Amplifier with T6303A Rear Termination

    The AA6201A is a universal and opensource DA, and is part of the openGear series of modular broadcasting equipment. When combined with the T6303A rear module, and housed in the award-winning openGear frame, the AA6201A can be used as a 1 x 8 distribution amplifier or a dual 1 x 4 distribution amplifier. Its flexibility makes it a great fit for many different kinds of system design.

    Pictured above: Up to 20 cards be installed in one OG3-FR-C openGear frame

    Up to twenty openGear cards can be installed in one openGear frame, saving on both space and system installation costs. You can mix and match from our repertoire of openGear cards, which includes the AA6201A Distribution Amplifier card, but also other cards such as the AV6201A Analog Video Distribution Amplifier, and the M6205A-3G 3G HD/SD-SDI Audio Processor.

    Pros of using the AA6201A Analog Audio Distribution Amplifier

    - universal and opensource product that works with
    - modular and cost-effective solution, saving installers both space and money
    - easily rackmounted in state-of-the-art openGear frame
    - can be mixed and matched with other openGear series cards to create a fully functional system of audio equipment

    If you think that the AA6201A could be a good fit for your system design, email us at for more information and engineering feedback!

  • Introducing the preMO mic preamp!

    The future of Audio over IP is here!

    The dream of networked microphones is a reality with Ward-Beck Systems’ preMO-A1 microphone preamplifier.  Combining 50 years of pre-amplifier and format conversion experience, the preMO-A1 is the convergence of analog audio, digital conversion, and IP based networking.  Designed with input from trailblazers of broadcast system engineering, the preMO-A1 is a forward-thinking AES67 (Ravenna®) network audio device.  Microphone in, multicast out.


    Industry features

    The PreMo-A1 is an all-in-one network on-ramp;  combining a microphone pre-amp, analog to digital converter, AES67 stream builder and network interface controller.  Optimized for ultra low noise amplification, a CMOS controlled pre-amplifier accepts microphone and line level signals with a uniformed frequency response. Condenser microphones are energized by 48 Volt phantom power.  Addressable variable gain of up to 63dB can be applied by the PreMo-A1.  The PreMo-A1 supports  sampling rates of 44.1, 48 or 96 kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit depth.  Greater than 122dB of dynamic range is achieved with an innovative analog to digital channel summation technique.  A low latency AES67 stream is packetized and transmitted through a standard RJ45 connector.  Synchronization, media clock selection, network transport, session description and connection management are handled by a friendly graphical user web interface. In alpha release, an intuitive set of local controls adjust the sensitivity and phantom power while being displayed by a backlit on-board OLED display.  

    Simplified wiring
    The PreMo-A1 can powered directly by an external power adapter, and is also a PoE-compatible device. With Power over Ethernet, a single ethernet cable carries the data signal and provides operating power, eliminating the need for external power. Unlike frame-based interfaces, the PreMo-A1 is the source, not the destination.  Deploying standard networking cable and switches decreases the cost of infrastructure installation significantly. Housed in a lightweight enclosure, the PreMo-A1 stays close to the sound source, eliminating the threat of RFI. The rugged aluminum case is built to withstand the rigorous 24/7/365 work hours of the broadcast industry.

    Visit us at IBC 2016, at the MNA Pavilion Stand # 8.C94, and hear the PreMo-A1 in action!


  • Why Ward-Beck's 8200 Series of modular audio equipment is a great fit for your studio

    Considering using our 8200 Series of modular audio equipment for your small studio? Here are some reasons why it would be a good fit!

    Ward-Beck's 8200 series is a series of cards that each perform a different audio processing function. We have A2D and D2A converters, Audio and Video distribution amplifiers (incl. Reclocking DAs), signal generators, and more.

    These cards are housed in the 2RU rackmount MF8212 frame, which is powered by two power supplies that are both housed in-frame. You can mix and match the cards you want, in order to build your own audio system, all in one rackmountable frame. Talk about saving space.

    Besides the portability and space conservation aspects, the greatest advantage of the 8200 series is that the well-ventilated architecture of the MF8212 frame discards the need for a fan. This system is one of the few noiseless frame systems in the audio industry, if not the only one!

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  • 32ME-N - Powerful AES67 Audio Monitor - convert your audio to and from a Ravenna AES67 network

    With the NAB 2016 Trade Show fast approaching, we are proud to introduce the most powerful of our lineup of AES67 compatible products: the 32ME-N Audio Monitor, a bi-directional AES67 converter on steroids! The 32ME-N allows 16x16 conversion to and from a Ravenna AES67 network. We will be demonstrating the 32ME-N at NAB 2016, so please attend our Booth C1941 in Central Hall for a first hand look at how this unit works, if you are planning on attending the show.

    A bi-directional AES67 converter on steroids!  The powerful 32ME-N allows 16x16 bi-directional AES to and from AES67 network.  Ensure that your signals are getting to their destinations at a glance using the 32 channels of high resolution metering, 16 of which are dedicated to the AES inputs, and 16 dedicated to the 16 AES outputs.   Also provided is an analog monitoring pair output for aural confidence.

    Features of the 32ME-N include:

    • Thirty-two high brightness, 22-Segment LED Audio bargraph displays
    • Audio level displays in groups of eight (four stereo pairs) to facilitate identifying signal pairs   
    • A red LED at the zero (0) reference mark to allow signal levels to be judged from a distance   
    • A blue LED to indicate the audio pair selected to feed the stereo headset jack and analog monitor output.  
    • A multi-function rotary dial and eight character read-out to ease control of the unit   

    The powerful 32ME-N comes packaged as a sleek 1RU unit, and is equipped with AES67 and AES/EBU Inputs, as well as AES67, AES/EBU and Analog Monitor outputs. Connections are made via DB25 for AES/EBU In/Out, Euroblocks for Analog Monitor Out, and RJ45 for AES67 In/Out.

    As with our entire audio monitor lineup, the 32ME-N has been designed to withstand the rigor of the 24/7 broadcast industry working time. Its small size and rackmountable form factor makes it perfect for use in space-constrained broadcast studios and mobile production trucks.

    View more details and specifications about the 32ME-N here.


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