Studio Technologies has released enhanced firmware for its Model 5422 Dante Intercom Audio Engine, Model 216 Announcer’s Console, and Model 44D Audio Interface products. The new firmware allows each unit to better meet the unique needs of creating IFB (interrupted foldback or talent cueing) for remote production applications. Whether referred to as REMI or At-Home, traditional matrix intercom or dedicated hardware simply isn’t up to the task of providing IFB capability where the locations of on-air talent and production personnel are geographically diverse. While the fundamental goals remain the same, new technical challenges require new capabilities to support them. Studio Technologies has responded with a carefully implemented set of software-based resources that are not location dependent.
“We view these firmware updates as an opportunity to significantly improve the tools at our customers’ disposal,” says Gordon Kapes, President of Studio Technologies. “The importance of talent cueing is often overlooked, but it’s really critical to a production’s success. By integrating IFB-support functionality into these products, we can offer a suite of improved solutions that are ideal for REMI and At-Home applications.”
The Model 5422 Dante Intercom Audio Engine is a high-performance and flexible solution for creating party-line (PL) intercom circuits when used with Dante and AES67-compatible products. With the latest firmware release, it is now also capable of creating up to 32 unique IFB signals or ‘feeds’ or a mixture of PL intercom and IFB circuits. Unlike typical IFB implementations, the IFB audio signals, interrupt and program, can be sourced from wherever the application requires. This allows production personnel at one physical location to send professional-quality IFB signals to an offsite broadcast event via a fibre-based audio path.