Bexel, a unit of the Vitec Group’s Services Division, has revealed a new, collaborative offering with Riedel Communications. Bexel’s Falcon Sportscaster Unit will now feature an AVB (audio-video bridge) interface, developed by Riedel. The optional AVB capability provides direct digital network connectivity to the announcer in the most advanced media network architecture available.
The Falcon is able to satisfy all of the demands of professional sportscasters and audio operators with its unique, interchangeable nature. The unit’s inherent flexibility can accommodate a variety of interface connectivity solutions to meet a customer’s specific needs, and now broadcasters will be able to use the state-of-the-art Riedel AVB interface, as the Falcon is not bound to a singular solution for connectivity.
“With Riedel, we are working with a partner company that is dynamic, resourceful and innovative,” said Andrew McHaddad, chief audio engineer, Bexel. “This collaboration is a perfect fit for everyone involved, but especially for our customers. We pride ourselves on being a leader in the sportscaster equipment market with our Falcon platform. Working with a technology-driven company like Riedel strengthens our offerings and improves users’ experiences.”
Riedel, a provider of realtime video, audio, data and communications networks, approached Bexel about partnering on an AVB interface for the Falcon.
“It has been very rewarding to work with Bexel on this new AVB application,” said Christian Diehl, product manager for Riedel Communications. “We are very interested in furthering the usage of AVB globally, and this single-cable option for the Falcon is a perfect application for it.”
The new Riedel AVB option allows a single CAT-5 cable to connect to an AVB network carrying all five audio signals: broadcast microphone, Talk-Back #1, Talk-Back #2, IFB left, IFB right and power. All audio signals exist on the network as data, with all AD/DA conversions occurring within the Falcon unit. Powered through the network connection, this version provides the highest density of capability in the smallest footprint available in the marketplace.
“Riedel is a leader in technological innovations, and our new AVB interface brings their exciting work into the sportscaster equipment market,” concluded McHaddad. “It has been a rewarding experience working with the team from Riedel, and we are already looking forward to further collaborations.”