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  • Modifying our new POD8A with 3-pin pluggable connectors to accomondate QTP and XLR connections!

    We recently introduced our new and improved POD8A Analog Distribution Amplifier  into the market: an analog audio distribution amplifier providing sixteen adjustable output channels from 2 input channels. This is an improved version of our previous POD8 Stereo Distribution Amplifier.

    We received some excellent feedback from potential customers regarding this new products, and one of the comments that struck us was that customers often preferred one type of connections over another. By default, the POD8A comes with 3-pin pluggable connectors, as do many other products in our POD lineup.

    In the past, we have done modifications for customers who requested other PODs XLR connectors, or other types of connections, as best suited their installation needs. Therefore, when we got similar feedback upon the introduction of the POD8A, we decided to introduce two alternate version of the POD8A, one with XLR connections (POD8A-XLR), and one with QTP connections (POPD8A-QTP).

    Modifying the rear panel to take QTP connectors:

    For QTP connectors, we were able to keep the same form factor after modifying the connections, due to the similar size of the QTP connections, in relation to the standard 3-pin pluggable terminals.

     

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  • Throwback Thursday - WBS M462B equalizer

    With all the talk about the M462B Equalizer we went through the archive to find the original hand drawn schematics.

    Ward-Beck systems M468B equalizer schematic 000
    Ward-Beck systems M468B equalizer schematic 001
    Ward-Beck systems M468B equalizer schematic 002
    Ward-Beck systems M468B equalizer schematic 003 Ward-Beck systems M468B equalizer schematic 004
    For a digital version visit the Ward-Beck system Preservation Society Archive

  • New POD8A - Distribution Amp - passing sound

    The office stereo now has a QTP enabled distribution amp to play with.

    Here's a sneak peek.

    POD8A-XLR

    Trimmer adjusted Stereo XLR Line input Distributed to (12) XLR outputs as Stereo pairs, mono summed, or Left as mono. and Analog audio Distribution amp is a new part of the office network.

    POD8A-QTP-2X16
    Trimmer adjusted QTP analog in.  Adjusted QTP analog out.

    Ward-Beck Systems - Balanced Analog audio distribution amplifier with xlr and rj45 outputs,  Quadtwisted pair RJ45 audio, Layer 1 balanced audio transmission, low crosstalk, networking audio over cat 5 or cat 6 or cat6A cable.

  • The origin of PODs

    Why PODs?

    On a cross country flight from Toronto to Vancouver in 1994, I sketched out the concept of what would soon become the lineup and form factor we call PODs.  On many occasions, we had to integrate third party devices with our consoles and intercoms to provide additional functionalities for our clients.  While these products from other manufacturers solved the operational requirements, they were often not packaged in a manner that would allow us to easily create a neat serviceable outboard assembly.   What was needed was a suite of modular building bricks, in similar sized packages, that could easily be configured and assembled to provide the functions required.

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  • Ward-Beck Systems Ltd. Summer Sale (From August 2015 Until Quantities Last)

    To celebrate summer and the launching of our new e-commerce website, Ward-Beck Systems is having a summer sale on in-stock products! Please see below for information on the products on sale right now! The sale prices apply to in-stock products, and will become effective and be shown on our website starting August 1, 2015 while quantities last. We hope that you'll take advantage of these terrific savings!

    Please see the flyer here, or see the table below.

     

    PRODUCT Regular Price (US$)  SALE PRICE (US$) Where to Buy
    TEST & QC
    [ABB1] Bit Buddy 825.00 $675.00 Buy Online!
    [ABS1] Bit Spitter 825.00 $675.00 Buy Online!
    [XTM4-2AA] Extended Range Meter 2,595.00 $2,295.00 Buy Online!
    MONITORS
    [AMS2] Mini Cue Speaker 675.00 $625.00 Buy Online!
    [AMS4-1AA] Monitor 1,195.00 $995.00 Buy Online!
    [AMS4-1AAM] Monitor 1,995.00 $1,655.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [AMS16-2AM] Monitor 5,595.00 $4,475.00 Buy Online!
    [AMS16-2AEM] Monitor 7,365.00 $6,075.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [32ME-AES] Monitor 2,595.00 $2,200.00 Buy Online!
    [AMX6] Monitor 562.50 $485.00 Buy Online!
    [AMX9A] Monitor 1,125.00 $995.00 Buy Online!
    [MLC8A] Level Controller 3,595.00 $3,250.00 Buy Online!
    [MLC8B] Level Controller 5,995.00 $5,415.00 Buy Online!
    PODS
    [POD1] Bal/Unbal Converter 355.00 $325.00 Buy Online!
    [POD2] 6x1 Stereo Analog Switcher 485.00 $395.00 Buy Online!
    [POD3A] Meter 525.00 $495.00 Buy Online!
    [POD4] Dual Mic Preamp 465.00 $395.00 Buy Online!
    [POD5] Dual Headset Amp 375.00 $315.00 Buy Online!
    [POD7] Universal Interface 495.00 $395.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [POD9] 6x1 Analog Video Switcher 525.00 $425.00 Buy Online!
    [POD10A/110] Dual 4x1 455.00 $395.00 Buy Online!
    [POD10A/75] Dual 4x1 455.00 $395.00 Buy Online!
    [POD11A/110] Meter 525.00 $495.00 Buy Online!
    [POD11A/75] Meter 525.00 $495.00 Buy Online!
    [POD12A/110] Dual 1x4 495.00 $425.00 Buy Online!
    [POD12A/75] Dual 1x4 495.00 $425.00 Buy Online!
    [POD13A] Dual AES-DAC 635.00 $545.00 Buy Online!
    [POD14A] Dual DAC 725.00 $615.00 Buy Online!
    [POD14B] Dual DAC 895.00 $765.00 Buy Online!
    [POD15A] 1x6 Analog Video DA 525.00 $425.00 Buy Online!
    [POD17/110] 1x6 Reclocking DA 955.00 $795.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [POD18] Quad Bal/Unbal Converter 365.00 $315.00 Buy Online!
    [POD22A] Meter 745.00 $625.00 Buy Online!
    [POD25] Silence Detector 485.00 $395.00 Buy Online!
    [POD26] 6x6 Audio Level Amplifier 455.00 $405.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [POD28] 1x6 HD/SDI/ASI DA 805.00 $695.00 Buy Online!
    [POD30] 4x1 HDI/SDI/ASI Video Switcher 1,295.00 $995.00 Buy Online!
    [POD34] 30 Watt Class D Amplifier With Digital & Analog Input 525.00 $475.00 Buy Online!
    IMPEDANCE CONVERTERS
    [IMP-1F] IMP Tube 38.00 $35.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-1M] IMP Tube 38.00 $35.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-12] IMP Panel 450.00 $385.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-12A] IMP Panel 450.00 $385.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-12C] IMP Panel 725.00 $515.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-12D] IMP Panel 725.00 $515.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-8M8F] IMP Panel 600.00 $575.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-16F] IMP Panel 600.00 $575.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-16M] IMP Panel 600.00 $575.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-20] IMP Panel 795.00 $700.00 Buy Online!
    [IMP-20A] IMP Panel 795.00 $700.00 Buy Online!
    8200 SERIES
    [D8201A] Dual DA 345.00 $295.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D8201A+RM] Dual DA with Term 400.00 $345.00 Buy Online!
    [D8202] DtoA Converter 285.00 $245.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D8202+RM] DtoA Converter with Term 340.00 $295.00 Buy Online!
    [D8203/110] Digital Converter 355.00 $295.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D8204] Reclocking DA 245.00 $205.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D8204A] Reclocking DA 75 ohm 285.00 $245.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M8204] Stereo DA 125.00 $95.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M8245A] Power Supply 375.00 $325.00 Buy Online!
    [MF8212] Frame 565.00 $565.00 Buy Online!
    openGEAR Series
    [AA6201A] openGear DA 305.00 $285.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [AA6201A-RM] openGear DA with Term 389.00 $365.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [AV6201A] openGear Video DA 195.00 $165.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [AV6201A+RM] openGear Video DA with Term 279.00 $245.00 Buy Online!
    [D6201B] openGear DA 375.00 $325.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D6201B+RM] openGear DA with Term 459.00 $405.00 Buy Online!
    [D6202A] openGear DA 365.00 $315.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D6202B] openGear DA 425.00 $365.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D6202B+RM] openGear DA with Term 489.00 $445.00 Buy Online!
    [D6203A] openGear DA 425.00 $365.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D6203A+RM] openGear DA with Term 489.00 $445.00 Buy Online!
    [D6204A] openGear DtoA 395.00 $315.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D6204A+RM] openGear DtoA with Term 479.00 $395.00 Buy Online!
    [D6207A] openGear Dolby Decoder 2,625.00 $1,995.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [D6201A] openGear DA 315.00 $275.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M6203-3G] openGear Video DA 425.00 $365.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M6203-3G + RM] openGear Video DA with Term 494.00 $445.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M6204A] openGear Muxer 895.00 $825.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M6205A-3G] openGear Shuffler 1,795.00 $1,345.00 Buy Online!
    [M6205A-3G+NLC5.1+ST] openGear™ HD/SD-SDI 3G Embedded Audio Processor + DTS Neural Loudness Control - 5.1 + Stereo 3,995.00 $2,925.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M6205A-3G+UpMix] openGear™ HD/SD-SDI 3G Embedded Audio Processor + DTS Neural Upmix 3,995.00 $2,925.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [M6205A-3G+MultiMerge] openGear™ HD/SD-SDI 3G Embedded Audio Processor + DTS Neural MultiMerge 6,495.00 $6,035.00 Email Us for Availability!
    microPODS
    [microMatch] Bi-Directional Converter 125.00 $115.00 Buy Online!
    [microAmp/75] Amplifier 249.00 $249.00 Buy Online!
    [microAmp/110] Amplifier 249.00 $249.00 Buy Online!
    [microDriver] Headset Amplifier 105.00 $95.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [microDriverC] Boxed Headset Amplifier 185.00 $165.00 Buy Online!
    REPLAYXD Cameras
    [01-RPXD1080-CS] Replay XD1080 Complete Camera System 329.99 $235.00 Buy Online!
    [01-RPXD720-CS] Replay XD720 Complete Camera System 174.99 $115.00 Buy Online!
    OTHER PRODUCTS
    [DA301A] 1x4 AES DA 190.00 $125.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [DA303A] AES Analog-to-Digital Converter 170.00 $125.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [DA305A] Adjustable Gain DA 225.00 $195.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [DK4] Loudness Meter 1,950.00 $1,495.00 Email Us for Availability!
    [DK7] 7" Multi Touch Tablet for Compliant Audio, Loudness & Logging 7,029.00 $5,195.00 Buy Online!
    [MSD600++] DK Multi Channel Loudness Meter 6,390.00 $3,655.00 Buy Online!
    [VMS560-3HD] Triple Video Monitor 2,605.00 $2,495.00 Buy Online!
    [MP4(2P2V)] Meter Panel 2 VU/2PPM 1,795.00 $1,615.00 Buy Online!
  • 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.

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