Barix and digigram Partner to Unveil New Premium IP Audio Codecs for U.S. Radio Broadcasters

Market-leading audio innovators Barix and digigram are partnering to bring a new family of high-end Audio over IP (AoIP) codecs to the United States and South America. The new Barix XLINK by digigram series continues the two companies’ reputations for outstanding quality and reliability while providing advanced features for broadcasters including fault-tolerant redundancy. The new codecs will make their public debut in the Barix booth (C1139) at the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 8 to 11.

Barix is well known by broadcasters for providing reliable, high-quality and affordable IP audio products backed by world-class technical support. Digigram has developed some of the most advanced AoIP codecs on the market, but is best known in the Americas for the quality and reliability of their professional sound cards. The two companies have worked together on occasional projects in the past, and are expanding their collaboration with the new Barix XLINK by digigram series.

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“Broadcasters love the reliability and cost-effectiveness of Barix products, which are used by thousands of customers every day,” said Reto Brader, CEO, Barix. “Some of their projects, however, require codecs that offer more redundancy and advanced technical features than we have offered in the past. We are excited to cooperate with digigram to bring this new product line to the U.S. and South America, where Barix has earned a strong reputation for our knowledge of the broadcast market and for exceeding customers’ support expectations. We have worked closely together to make sure that what we offer meets our standards for quality, local support and price-attractiveness. With the new line, Barix can now meet even the most demanding broadcast audio distribution requirements.”

Barix XLINK by digigram audio codecs are designed to provide reliable, 24/7/365 delivery of high-quality audio for studio-to-transmitter link (STL), studio-to-studio link (SSL), DVB audio and Internet Radio applications. Four 1U rack-mountable configurations let broadcasters choose exactly the right model for their audio infrastructure and application requirements:

  • The Barix XLINK ST by digigram delivers one stereo source (or two mono sources) over IP, and can be used in legacy analog, AES/EBU and all-IP (AES, Ravenna and Livewire standard mode) audio infrastructures.
  • The Barix XLINK DUAL by digigram provides two codecs in one, delivering two stereo sources (or four mono sources) over IP. It can be used in analog, AES/EBU and all-IP environments.
  • The Barix XLINK AES67 by digigram supports up to eight stereo inputs and outputs and is purpose-built for all-IP audio workflows.
  • The Barix XLINK LE by digigram is a streamlined stereo audio IP codec that is ideal for single-protocol streaming.

All Barix XLINK by digigram codecs feature redundant dual streaming technology, enabling reliable IP delivery over inexpensive IP connectivity. Four network ports on each unit enable full separation of IP traffic between local IP audio, dual streaming and remote management, while redundant internal power supplies ensure maximum reliability. Front-panel LEDs and VU meters allow fast and easy status monitoring, augmented by an LCD display and keypad on the ST, DUAL and AES67 configurations. The codecs’ powerful hardware platform and advanced processing engine enable simultaneous multi-format encoding on all four models, plus multi-protocol streaming on all but the LE version.

“We are pleased to be working with Barix to bring the new family of codecs to the U.S. market,” said Xavier Allanic, Regional Sales Manager EMEA/Americas, Digigram. “Our companies share the same commitment to quality and reliability, and Barix is well-positioned to provide the level of local support that broadcasters in the region require. Customers can trust Barix XLINK by digigram to deliver their audio reliably, letting them focus on what really matters: their content.”

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“We have invested heavily in developing this new product line, and Barix has all of the infrastructure required to support U.S. customers locally the way they are used to,” added Jérémie Weber, CEO, Digigram. “This combination two results in a real win-win solution for both companies and for all American radio broadcasters.”

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AIMS Membership Swells to 96 Members Following MNA Merger

Since the organization’s merger with the Media Networking Alliance (MNA) was announced late last year, more than 20 companies have joined AIMS.

The following companies have joined AIMS since the MNA merger, bringing the total number of member organizations to 96: ALC Networx, Attero Tech, Alteros Inc., Axis, the BBC, Bosch, Digigram, Direct Out, DongGuan 3G Audio Technology Co. Ltd., Focusrite, Genelec, Hangzhou Linker Technology, Luminex, LYNX- Technik, Mellanox, Merging Technologies, Ningbo Soundking, QSC, Suzhou FITCAN, TOA, Ward-Beck Systems, Wheatstone Corporation, and Yamaha.

The former MNA organization was focused on AES67 interoperability, and its membership included companies doing business in the broadcast, professional audio, pro AV, and installation markets. After a two-year history of collaboration, the MNA and AIMS memberships voted to merge last December and form a single trade association for promoting IP in the media and entertainment industry. The new joint organization has retained the AIMS name and is governed by the existing AIMS bylaws. Through the merger, former MNA members are now working through AIMS on adopting common methodologies for transport, registration and discovery, connection management, and other areas of interoperability.

“Like AIMS, MNA members were committed to adopting a standards-based approach to interoperability. In their case, it was interoperability between various IP-based audio networks via the use of AES67, and they made tremendous strides toward that goal,” said Michael Cronk, AIMS chairman of the board. “By merging with AIMS, these companies are having even broader impact on the industries they serve — and they’re a driving force behind true industry-wide AV IP interoperability across the broadcast, installed systems, and live sound markets. We’re proud to welcome former MNA member companies to the AIMS fold, and with their input we’re continuing to expand our influence across a larger cross section of the media and entertainment industry.”

StreamGuys and Digigram Partner to Bring Cloud-Based Audio Contribution Services

StreamGuys, a pioneering SaaS-based streaming solutions provider, and Digigram, a developer of market-leading audio innovations, today announced a partnership to bring Digigram’s ground-breaking blu Live audio contribution service to the United States and Canada as a joint offering running on StreamGuys’ robust cloud infrastructure.

The two companies will demonstrate the benefits of the unique solution at the upcoming 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12 in Las Vegas), where Digigram will exhibit in booth N6615 and StreamGuys will co-exhibit with ENCO in booth N3824.

blu Live is a cloud-based solution for real-time, end-to-end management of audio content contribution from journalists, expert voice talent and remote presenters, streamlining live contribution from any Internet-connected source to a professional broadcast studio. Combining a cloud SaaS application with professional-grade audio interface hardware at the receiving endpoint, blu Live makes it easy for studios to securely establish and switch between several simultaneous, high-quality bidirectional communications links with remote contributors via a browser-based virtual mixing workspace.

Ideal for radio broadcasters, news organizations, sporting leagues and live event producers, the service allows contributors and even talk show listeners to easily participate from anywhere in the world without the need for dedicated equipment – just a web browser or smartphone and Internet access. A video overview of blu Live can be seen on YouTube here.

The partnership brings blu Live to radio broadcasters and content producers in the U.S. and Canada for the first time, following Digigram’s successful launch of the solution in Europe last year. blu Live will be offered directly by StreamGuys and through authorized Digigram resellers, while StreamGuys’ highly-acclaimed customer service team will provide front-line technical support for the solution to users.

blu Live will run on StreamGuys’ broadcast-grade cloud infrastructure, with services hosted and operated in StreamGuys’ global data centers. StreamGuys’ proven infrastructure was built and optimized specifically to meet the 24/7 reliability and performance needs of broadcasters and premium media organizations, making it an ideal platform for the innovative remote contribution solution.

“We are thrilled to partner with Digigram to bring blu Live to the U.S. and Canadian markets,” said Kiriki Delany, president, StreamGuys. “blu Live takes the traditional concepts of remote broadcast contribution to a whole new level of functionality and flexibility, simplifying workflows today while helping customers move towards a fully virtualized studio of the future. We continue to team up with leading innovators, deploying their applications on our broadcast-grade cloud, and our partnership with Digigram is a great fit for both of our companies and our customers.”

“In addition to having a proven technical infrastructure, StreamGuys deeply understands the needs of the broadcast market and has a respected name in the radio industry,” said Jérémie Weber, CEO, Digigram. “They have also earned a great reputation for their 24/7 support, and are the best company to operate blu Live in the United States.”

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