JoeCo releases new BlackBox remote control options
May 2015 – Software app update and new hardware interfaces offer greater flexibility for remotely controlling BlackBox Recorders and Players.JoeCo releases new BlackBox remote control options
JoeCo has just released its latest remote control software update for iPad, JoeCoRemote 3.0 which, along with two new hardware interfaces, JoeCo MultiRemote and JoeCo Bluetooth, offers even more flexibility for remotely controlling 24-channel and 64-channel BlackBox Recorders and Players.
JoeCoRemote 3.0 for iPad, used together with the JoeCo MultiRemote interface, enables up to 4 BlackBox systems to be simultaneously triggered, monitored and controlled using a single iPad. This new technology has been specially developed to meet increasing demands from customers for the remote control of projects involving multiple systems and larger track counts. Using the iPad, users can view input metering on each connected BlackBox and create a real-time monitor mix using expandable channel strips in each of the Monitor windows. Multiple fader groups can be created for easier handling.
A new Player window revolutionises creating and controlling Playlists when the BlackBox Player is used as a multi-channel playback device. Changes to the set list can be made on-the-fly and can also be written to both the MAIN and BACKUP disks simultaneously ensuring that a pair of BlackBox systems configured as failover players are fully in sync. This enables the creative decisions of song order to be changed at a moment’s notice if required.
For broadcast/film applications, JoeCoRemote 3.0 enables iXML data to be created and modified from within the software. The app also features headphone volume and master mix level controls.
The JoeCo MultiRemote hardware interface offers instant remote control of all connected BlackBoxes via wired connection to a single iPad. For wireless operation, the MultiRemote box can be connected to the standard JoeCoRemote hardware interface.
The new JoeCo Bluetooth hardware interface offers a more cost-effective alternative for wirelessly controlling a BlackBox and iPad. The tiny module can either be connected directly to the BlackBox itself, or to the JoeCo MultiRemote interface for wireless control of up to four BlackBoxes. JoeCoBluetooth utilizes BLE4.0, which is supported by 3rd generation iPad or later.
Both new hardware interfaces are available from JoeCo sales partners or from JoeCo direct. The JoeCoRemote 3.0 software app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store. BlackBox Recorder/Player owners must also update their BBR system software to version 22.214.171.124. This is available for downloaded from the JoeCo website End User area.
JoeCo's BlackBox acquires audio for "silent comedy"
March 2015 – BBR1B used on location for filming of new BBC sitcom.JoeCo's BlackBox acquires audio for "silent comedy"
A 24-channel JoeCo BlackBox Recorder was used for audio acquisition during the filming of a new BBC sitcom starring Matt Lucas. Although described as a "silent comedy" or "visual comedy", the audio acquisition process nevertheless proved every bit as challenging for the team; Production Sound Mixer Leigh Crisp, Boom Operator Amber Howorth and 2nd Assistant Sound Robbie Derrick, as any other production shoot.
Leigh Crisp explains: "The show was recorded as if it was scripted dialogue. Matt and Charlie Hanson (Directors) were very keen to capture everything and not having a script as such, we therefore had to mic everyone. Everything was recorded to the JoeCo BlackBox BBR1B Recorder, which we used both in our makeshift studio (an old school gym) in Langleybury, Hertfordshire, and on various location shoots nearby. Filming took place during some sweltering days in June-July 2014, with temperatures of 30 degrees. But the BlackBox performed without a hitch, while all around was melting!"
JoeCo's BlackBox range of 1U multi-channel audio recorders has been developed to provide a robust, computer-free, high-quality solution for live audio capture and acquisition. Available with a range of i/o options, the recorder captures 24bit/96kHz audio in BWAV format direct to external USB2/3 drive, or USB Flash drive, for instant ingest into post production, or other re-purposing. An iXML option also enables the recording of polyWAV files, as well as allowing for the inclusion of location sound metadata, such as Scene, Take and Notes information, which can be logged during location sound recording in the film and TV industry and subsequently utilised by post production editors.
"On some days the track count was 6 to 8, with ISO tracks playing an important part in post production and the dub" says Crisp. There was also a lot of playback involved, both in ear playback and playback over a PA system, and sometimes both at once. So having the BlackBox's available track count was great for all purposes. "After each session, the ease of just giving a USB stick to the D.I.T (Digital Imaging Technician), where sound rushes were downloaded to G drives and safety copies made, was a breeze. The lovely thing about the JoeCo BlackBox was its fast formatting of the USB stick and the iXML metadata - so many naming options. It was a joy to use and there were no post production issues at all."
Since its release in 2009, the BlackBox Recorder has become a first choice for audio acquisition in many broadcast studios and location sets. Selected for its compact size, flexibility and reliability, even in unfavourable conditions, it has captured a range of reality TV shows, documentaries and dramas worldwide.
JoeCo previews new multi-remote technology at BVE 2015
February 2015 – Simultaneously control multiple BlackBox Recorders or Players using a single iPad.JoeCo previews new multi-remote technology at BVE 2015
At BVE 2015, JoeCo previews new hardware and software that enables the control of multiple BlackBox Recorder/Player systems for audio acquisition and playback using a single iPad. Developed to address the needs of professional users looking to remotely control projects involving larger track counts, JoeCo’s new multi-remote hardware interface enables up to four BlackBoxes (including the new BBR1MP Recorder with built-in mic preamps) to be linked, triggered, monitored and controlled via one iPad.
An update to the JoeCoRemote software app enables users to view the input metering on each connected BlackBox, as well as to create large-scale real-time headphone monitor mixes using the expandable channel strips in the dedicated Monitor windows. Other features added to the software app include volume control for the headphone socket and trim control for adjusting the level of the integrated mixdown. A new overlay window also enables easier handling of Playlists when the BlackBox is used as a multi-channel playback device. Linking the new multi-remote hardware unit to the standard JoeCoRemote hardware interface enables both wireless and wired control of all systems.
"An increasing number of our professional customers are using more than one BlackBox system for large-scale broadcast or reality TV applications," says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "In response to the feedback received, it was a logical step for us to expand the capabilities of our JoeCoRemote system in order to further enhance workflow."
BVE also gives visitors another opportunity to see JoeCo's new flagship BBR1MP Recorder. The 24-channel stand-alone system features 24 integrated, high-quality, in-house developed microphone preamps, operating at up to 24bit/96kHz. User installable Dante™ and MADI interface cards are available as options, adding 24 channels of Dante or MADI i/o to the BBR1MP unit. Microphones can either be connected to the unit via tails from the rear D-Sub connectors, or via an optional 2U breakout panel with XLR connectors. Primarily designed with the broadcast engineer and sound location recordist in mind, the system is compact enough to fit into a backpack for location recording and will run off a 12V power source.
Visit JoeCo at BVE 2015 on Stand N43.
JoeCo appoints Gigpiglet for Australia
November 2014 – Gigpiglet Productions to represent BlackBox product range in Australia.JoeCo appoints Gigpiglet for Australia
JoeCo is delighted to announce that Gigpiglet Productions Pty Ltd is now representing the BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players in Australia. Based in Surry Hills, NSW, Gigpiglet provides production and tour management, technical event planning, equipment rental, location and studio recording services throughout the territory. Clients range from international artists, engineers and producers through to broadcast companies, sporting event planners and local government organisations.
The Gigpiglet team has worked with JoeCo's award-winning BlackBox products since the first models were released in 2009. The computer-free 24- and 64-channel 1RU recording and playback systems are compatible with any analogue and digital consoles, or other equipment, offering a range of i/o options that include MADI, DANTE, AES, Lightpipe and analogue line or mic. Audio is recorded directly to an external USB2/3 drive in Broadcast WAV format and can be instantly re-purposed for archiving, re-mixing or post production applications.
JoeCo's most recent release, the BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder, was awarded a Best of Show accolade at the recent AES Convention in Los Angeles and is nominated for a Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Award in the 30th Annual series, which will be celebrated at the forthcoming NAMM Show. The BBR1MP offers all the standard BlackBox features as well as 24 high-quality microphone preamps, operating at up to 24bit/96kHz, which are integrated into the recorder's tiny 1U housing. The BBR1MP features a range of connection options including individually switchable mic/line inputs and balanced outputs, video sync, timecode and word clock inputs - all controllable from an iPad interface!
"We are delighted to welcome Gigpiglet Productions as our new representative in Australia, says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "We've known Gareth Stuckey for many years and his in-depth knowledge of our products allows him and his team to hit the ground running. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration in this growing marketplace."
Gareth Stuckey, Director of Gigpiglet Productions adds: "Gigpiglet has been using JoeCo products since their inception, with countless live recordings and broadcasts for artists such as Taylor Swift, Rudimental, Block Party, Ed Sheeran, Madden Brothers, Pink and Passenger to name a few. Their ease of use and input flexibility has been integral in producing shows such as NOVA's red room, as well as corporate installations in boardrooms, courtrooms and more."
All JoeCo models, including the new BBR1MP Recorder, are now available for sale, hire, or demo from Gigpiglet Productions.
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TEC Award nomination for BBR1MP Recorder
October 2014 – New mic pre recorder is nominated in the 30th Annual awards.TEC Award nomination for BBR1MP Recorder
JoeCo's new flagship BBR1MP Recorder has received a prestigious TEC Award nomination. The 24-channel recorder with integrated microphone preamps has been nominated in the Recording Devices category for the 30th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards.
The BBR1MP nomination is JoeCo's fourth consecutive in the Recording Devices category. Previous years have seen nominations for the BBR64 Dante and for the 2013 v.2.2.7 BlackBox Recorder software update. The BlackBox BBR1 was voted winner of the category in 2012. JoeCoRemote was also a nominee in last year's awards in the Apps for Smartphones and Tablets category.
"We are delighted to have received this latest TEC Award nomination," says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "The BBR1MP has had an amazingly positive response since its release and it is very rewarding to see all our hard work recognised. We look forward to the awards ceremony in January."
Voting takes place during December. The 30th Annual TEC Awards ceremony will be held during the NAMM Show 2015 in Anaheim, CA.
Best of Show Award for BBR1MP Recorder
October 2014 – New mic pre recorder wins a ProSound Network Best of Show at 137th AES.Best of Show Award for BBR1MP Recorder
JoeCo's recent visit to the 137th AES Convention in Los Angeles culminated in a ProSound Network "Best of Show" award for the newly-released BBR1MP Recorder. The 24-channel recorder, which features 24 high-quality, integrated mic preamps, caught the eye of press colleagues at the three-day show held in the Staples Center.
JoeCo, together with US distributor Full Scale AV, had a range of BlackBox systems on show at AES, with the BBR1MP taking pride of place on the booth.
"We've been delighted at the interest shown in the new BBR1MP" says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "This show award comes just as we've shipped the first units into the USA. Fitting 24 mic preamps into our standard 1U housing was always going to be a challenge, but we are really pleased with the results and the response received from audio professionals in both the USA and Europe at the recent PLASA Show."
First US BBR1MP Recorders go to Audio Rents Inc.
October 2014 – Hollywood pro audio rental company is first US customer for new BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder.JoeCo's first US BBR1MP Recorders go to Audio Rents Inc.
Audio Rents Inc. of Hollywood (CA) is the very first US customer to have taken delivery of JoeCo's new BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder. Two systems were delivered to the Hollywood-based pro audio rental company earlier this week and went out the very next day to provide a 48-channel recording system with integrated microphone preamps for live recording at Hollywood's iconic Whisky A Go-Go club.
JoeCo's BBR1MP Recorder is the latest addition to the manufacturer's award-winning BlackBox family of Recorders and Players. The 24-channel, stand-alone, live audio recorder delivers all the standard BlackBox functionality, while featuring 24 high-quality in-house developed microphone preamps, operating at up to 24bit/96kHz, which are integrated into the recorder's tiny 1U housing. Designed for both live and location sound recording, the BBR1MP offers a range of connection options, as well as optional user installable MADI and Dante interface cards, which can add 24 channels of MADI or Dante i/o to the unit. Fully controllable via JoeCoRemote for iPad, the new system includes the facility to set up individual mic pre channel parameters and create a monitor mix. It can also create a simultaneous stereo mixdown during recording.
A delighted Bob Burton from Audio Rents Inc says: "We were very excited when we saw the new BlackBox with mic pres at NAMM back in January. It provided an easy, compact solution for our customers who were renting two JoeCo's as a 48-track recorder along with six 8-channel mic pres. We ordered a pair on the spot! The JoeCo's are small, lightweight, easy to carry to the location, and occupy a small footprint when they arrive. We took delivery of our first two units on Tuesday afternoon, the first two in the country. By Wednesday they were operating flawlessly at the sound check, ready for that night's performance. The first recording in the country! The guys (Luis Cardenas, production manager, and Leonardo Contreras, front of house mixer) were impressed by their performance and ease of use and they sound great!"
Image: Audio Rents' BBR1MP units. Inset: Luis Cardenas (Production Manager - right) and Leonardo Contreras (FOH) at the Whisky a Go-Go
Image: Luis Cardenas (Production Manager - right) and Leonardo Contreras (FOH) at the Whisky a Go-Go
JoeCo ships new BBR1MP Recorder
September 2014 – 24 channels, 24 integrated high-quality mic pres and 24bit/96k quality, all in 1 rack unit.JoeCo ships new BBR1MP Recorder
JoeCo is shipping the latest addition to its award-winning BlackBox family of live multi-channel audio recorders and players - the new flagship BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder. The 24-channel, stand-alone, live audio acquisition solution delivers all the standard BlackBox functionality, while featuring 24 high-quality in-house developed microphone preamps, operating at up to 24bit/96kHz, which are integrated into the recorder's tiny 1U housing.
Primarily designed with the broadcast engineer and sound location recordist in mind, the BBR1MP Recorder offers a range of connection options including individually switchable mic/line inputs, balanced outputs, video sync, timecode and word clock inputs. User installable Dante and MADI interface cards are also available as options, adding 24 channels of Dante or MADI i/o to the BBR1MP unit. Microphones can either be connected to the unit via tails from the rear D-Sub connectors, or via an optional 2U breakout panel with XLR connectors. System components are available individually or as part of a bundle.
Audio is recorded direct to external USB2/3 drive in Broadcast WAV format for instant ingest into post production. Alongside the BBR1MP's multi-channel recording capabilities, provision is included for creating a simultaneous stereo mixdown. Full support for iXML data is also provided. The BBR1MP will run off a 12V power source. Unused channels and features can be disabled in order to preserve battery life on location.
The unit is fully controllable via JoeCoRemote for iPad. This includes the facility to set up individual mic pre channel parameters - level, mic/line, phantom power, hi-pass filter, soft limiter and phase reverse. Levels are shown on high resolution meters and the monitor mix can be adjusted using expandable channel strips with graphic faders, pan, solo, mute and other parameter controls.
"We're delighted to be shipping our new flagship BBR1MP Recorder" says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "Customers have been seeking a more compact complete solution to their multi-track audio recording needs and the BBR1MP will fill this gap in the market admirably. Squeezing this many high quality mic preamps into such a compact solution has been a challenge but we are thrilled with the results."
JoeCo BlackBoxes capture "something completely different"
June 2014 – BBR64-MADI systems record Monty Python Live shows at the 02.JoeCo BlackBoxes capture "something completely different"
Three JoeCo BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorders are capturing audio from some of the world’s best-loved sketches and catchphrases at the Monty Python Live shows in London’s 02 arena. The 64-channel MADI systems form part of recording engineer Matt Bainbridge’s arsenal of equipment that is being used to record 168 channels of audio split over three MADI streams.
Bainbridge, of BlueCat Professional Audio Consultancy Ltd., who is responsible for the multi-track recording of each show commented: 'We needed units that would be reliable, easy to set-up and leave unattended at times. The JoeCo's fitted the bill perfectly. In addition to their audio quality, the ability to use just one unit as a master device has also proved very useful.'
JoeCo's BBR64-MADI Recorder is widely used for live audio capture and acquisition in a range of performance, broadcast, film & TV sound applications. Occupying just one unit of rack space, the recorder can capture the full 64 channels of MADI data, at standard sample rates, directly to external USB2 drive in Broadcast WAV format, ready for instant re-purposing. Multiple units can be stacked for larger track counts. Audio captured by the BBR64MADI systems at the 02 shows will be used for archive material, or supplementary audio on any future "live" releases.
The BBR64-MADI Recorders have been supplied for the shows by Richmond Film Services, London.
JoeCo releases new JoeCoRemote app
June 2014 – v2.0 software features new Monitor window and more efficient communication.JoeCo releases new JoeCoRemote app
JoeCo is pleased to announce that a new version of its JoeCoRemote software app for iPad is now available to download from the iTunes App Store.
JoeCoRemote for iPad enables remote control and operation of any 24- or 64-channel BlackBox Recorder or Player. In addition to its standard input metering display, the interface also has a dedicated Monitor window offering real-time monitor mix control of all channels. The window features expandable channel strips with graphic faders, pan, PFL, solo and mute controls. This enables a separate monitor mix to be easily created and sent via the headphone output on the BlackBox.
The new software also features more robust signaling between the JoeCoRemote hardware interface and the software app, leading to more efficient communication in both wireless and wired set-ups. Preliminary support for JoeCo’s forthcoming BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder with integrated mic preamps is included too, with a demo display of the mic pre control window.
In order to run the full working version of the JoeCoRemote v2.0 app, a JoeCoRemote hardware interface is required. Users will also need to install the latest BlackBox system software – v3.1.22 – on their recorder or player. This is now available for download from the End User area of the JoeCo website.
BlackBox software v.126.96.36.199 now available
June 2014 – Latest software update includes enhanced JoeCoRemote support and new Player features.BlackBox software v.188.8.131.52 now available
JoeCo’s latest BlackBox system software update contains a number of features designed to enhance workflow on the BlackBox Recorder, Player and JoeCoRemote.
For BlackBox Recorder users, improvements have been made to playback support. The release also contains improved support for both the JoeCoRemote hardware and iPad app – BBR1 and BBR64 range – with improved connectivity via WiFi and more robust code when using the physical wired interface to the iPad. More reliable support for 5GHz WiFi operation is included, as is improved support for password changing in WiFi setup.
For BlackBox Player users, the addition of an autoplay default playlist mode on power up means that the first song in the default playlist will automatically load and play when the Player is powered up. Used with Autoplay next song and repeat playlist, this feature is designed for unattended continuous playback in installations – i.e. daily playback of default material using just a power switch! The Player can now also enter continuous playback and pause playback using 9-pin control or MIDI control.
This latest software update supports both old style and new style front panel boards, as well as new LCD modules. A number of bug fixes have also been included.
Version 184.108.40.206 software and a full update summary can be downloaded free of charge from the End User area of the website.
New home for JoeCo
June 2014 – Company moves into new purpose-built office, production and test facilities at Cambridge headquarters.New home for JoeCo
JoeCo is celebrating the opening of brand new offices at its Cambridge headquarters. The new building incorporates office and meeting space, production and workshop facilities, as well as a dedicated development and testing area for the expanding BlackBox product range. The move coincides with the forthcoming release of the company’s latest product – the new BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder with integrated mic preamps – and the expansion of its team.
"Our new work space has been several months in its planning and construction" says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "We will continue to sub-contract many of our operations, as this has proved very successful so far in the growth of the company. However, with an expanding product range, requirement for additional staffing and extra space, it made sense for us to extend our current facilities. Moving into the new building will enable us to streamline our production and testing, as well as serving our needs going forward."
JoeCo debut at CABSAT 2014
March 2014 – BlackBox Recorder manufacturer exhibits for the first time in Dubai.JoeCo debut at CABSAT 2014
JoeCo exhibits for the first time at CABSAT in Dubai as part of the UK Pavilion company group. With BlackBox products now available in a significant number of territories, and sold into a number of markets including broadcast, installation and live performance, CABSAT provides an opportunity for JoeCo to further explore business opportunities in the Middle East.
CABSAT visitors will be able to see a range of 24- and 64-channel systems, along with a preview of the latest JoeCoRemote version that is due for release imminently.
"We're delighted to be exhibiting at CABSAT, and are looking forward to exploring opportunities for expanding our business in this important region", says Joe Bull. "We have been talking to several companies over the last few months and hope that the show will enable us to cement relationships and take our business forward."
Visit JoeCo in Hall 6, Stand C6-44 (UK Pavilion).
JoeCo systems installed at Sochi
March 2014 – BlackBox systems capture audio in several sporting venues.JoeCo systems installed at Sochi
JoeCo’s Russian distributor, Avallon Company in Moscow, recently took a range of BlackBox Recorder systems to Sochi as part of the technical installations in several of the winter games venues.
64-channel BBR64-Dante systems have been used in the Adler skating arena and in the Fischt stadium, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies. A 24-channel analogue BlackBox system was also installed in the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Congratulations to the Avallon team on this successful project.
JoeCo BlackBoxes achieve French track record
December 2013 – BBR64MADI systems capture 224 channels of live audio at Lorraine de Choeur 2013.JoeCo BlackBoxes achieve French track record
Four JoeCo BlackBox BBR64MADI systems were recently used for virtual sound checking and recording 224 channels of audio at one of France's largest and most impressive live music events. The Lorraine de Choeur 2013, held in the Galaxie d'Amneville, featured a 2000-strong choir, soloists, a 50-piece orchestra and electric band under the direction of Jacky Locks. The event takes place every two years and this year's performances attracted audiences from far and wide.
Philippe Barguirdjian, Technical Director of DUSHOW, and his sound team were responsible for mixing and recording the three shows, each of which lasted around four hours. For rehearsals, four linked BBR64MADI systems were connected directly to the front-of-house DiGiCo SD7 and SD10 consoles. Here, the recorder’s virtual soundcheck facility came into its own, enabling singers to save their voices ready for the shows, while Barguirdjian and team worked tirelessly on perfecting mixes in the large concert hall. The team also used the JoeCoRemote for iPad extensively for remote control. For the actual shows, the systems were racked, with 56 channels of MADI recorded by each.
"I am used to recording this kind of show, but 224 channels was a 'first' for me" says Barguirdjian. "Linking the BBR units was very easy and their small footprint is excellent. Once we had selected the right hard drives, the whole process became extremely straightforward and stable. During recording we were also able to insert Markers by simply pressing the Record button – a convenient feature when capturing a long show. The JoeCoRemote for iPad also helped us a lot."
Selected audio from the three performances will be used on a DVD. The BBR64MADI systems were supplied to Dushow by JoeCo's French distributor SCV Audio, Paris.
Photos: Jean-Luc Karcher.
JoeCo has The X Factor!
December 2013 – BBR64MADI used on Britain’s biggest talent show.JoeCo has The X Factor!
A JoeCo BBR64MADI system is among the arsenal of equipment used to ensure that the live transmission of Britain’s biggest talent show hasn't missed a beat in the run-up to last weekend's exciting final. Paul Mac from The Audio Production Network recently visited The X Factor set for a tour of the audio production.
Read his full report here:
BlackBox software v220.127.116.11 released
November 2013 – JoeCo's new system software update (v18.104.22.168) is now available for download.BlackBox software v22.214.171.124 released
JoeCo's new system software update for the BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players (v126.96.36.199) is now available for download. The update fully supports the JoeCoRemote hardware and JoeCoRemote iPad app on 24-channel BBR1 and 64-channel BBR64 MADI and DANTE systems. JoeCoRemote offers remote control and operation of any BlackBox Recorder or Player via iPad and this latest software update includes improved connectivity via WiFi and more robust coding for use of the interface and iPad in Wired mode.
Several new features have also been added to enhance BlackBox Recorder workflow, with improvements to Track Name templates, Sony 9-pin control and Master/Slave playback when using multiple units together for higher track counts. There are also more options for footswitch control enabling hands-free placement of Markers and the ability to toggle between Record/Stop and Play/Stop.
Enhancements to the BlackBox Player include failover improvements whereby the failover tone now switches over on disk errors and audio data load errors as well as on simple power failures, providing additional security during live use. For playback applications in installations and venues such as museums, a new Autoplay mode will automatically load and play the next song without requiring an external cue and can also loop the playlist back to the start if continuous audio playback is required. The software update adds further support for polywav files. This enables stereo and multi-channel WAV files to be used for playback as well as regular mono files. Polywavs can also be recorded using JoeCo's iXML plug-in.
Version 188.8.131.52 supports BlackBox models with both old- and new-style front panel boards. The update can be downloaded free of charge from the End User area of the website.
JoeCo appoints Professional Audio Technology for Australia
November 2013 – New distributor for BlackBox range of recorders and players.JoeCo appoints Professional Audio Technology for Australia
JoeCo has appointed Professional Audio Technology Pty Ltd (PAT) to distribute the BlackBox range of multi-channel live audio recorders and players in Australia. Based in Hornsby, New South Wales, PAT adds JoeCo to a comprehensive portfolio of pro audio brands that cover a range of markets including Broadcast, Live Sound, Conferencing and Hire.
Since launching the first BlackBox Recorder in 2009, JoeCo has established an award-winning series of computer-free 24- and 64-channel 1U recording and playback systems that are compatible with virtually all analogue and digital consoles and other equipment. Various I/O options are available including MADI, DANTE, AES, Lightpipe and analogue. Audio is recorded directly to an external USB2 drive in Broadcast WAV format and can be instantly re-purposed for archiving, re-mixing or post production applications.
"We are very pleased to welcome Professional Audio Technology to our international distributor network" says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "With BlackBox users now active in a wide range of markets, it was important for us to find the right representative to support the varying needs of these diverse customer groups. We are therefore delighted to be working with Patrick Salloch and team and look forward to taking the brand forward in Australia."
"We are delighted to have been chosen by JoeCo as their Australian distributor and are looking forward to a long and prosperous relationship between our companies" says Patrick Salloch, Managing Director of PAT. “We feel that the BlackBox recorders and players are a fantastic addition to our existing product range and cater for specific needs within our customer base."
JoeCo demo stock is now available at Professional Audio Technology and customer enquiries are welcome.
Two TEC Award Nominations for JoeCo
November 2013 – JoeCoRemote and BlackBox Recorder nominated in 29th Annual awards.Two TEC Award Nominations for JoeCo
JoeCo is delighted to have received two nominations in the 29th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards. JoeCoRemote for iPad, released during summer 2013, is a nominee in the Audio Apps for Smartphones & Tablets category. The BlackBox Recorder v.2.2.7 update released at the start of 2013, including a number of new features and developments, gives JoeCo a third consecutive nomination in the Recording Devices category.
Voting takes place during December. The TEC Awards ceremony will be held during the NAMM Show 2014 in Anaheim, CA. USA.
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PLASA feature for BlackBox
October 2013 – Exhibitors choose JoeCo for audio playback and demos.PLASA feature for BlackBox
A range of BlackBox Recorder/Player models will be in evidence on several exhibitor stands at this year’s PLASA Show at ExCeL in London. Visitors will have an opportunity to see 64-channel MADI and DANTE versions on the Focusrite (C55), Aspen Media (C4) and LMC Audio Systems (B10/B2) stands, with 24-channel balanced analogue systems making an appearance on the Source Distribution stand (E30).
On the JoeCo stand (F2), a range of 24- and 64-channel BlackBox systems will be on show along with the JoeCo Remote for iPad. For those who didn't get the chance to check out the upcoming BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder at IBC in Amsterdam, there's another opportunity to have a sneak preview in London.
New software update
October 2013 – Version 184.108.40.206 now available.New software update
Version 220.127.116.11 of the BlackBox system software is now available for download. Designed for use with all BlackBox Recorder and Player models, this version contains a few bug fixes and improvements including a change for Players in fail-over mode whereby the fail-safe mechanism now trips if the disk drive on the master unit fails.
IBC preview for upcoming addition to BlackBox family
September 2013 – New BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder to be unveiled at IBC 2013.IBC preview for upcoming addition to BlackBox family
Visitors to IBC will be treated to a sneak preview of JoeCo's future addition to its BLACKBOX family of multi-channel recorders and players (Stand 8.E97). Designed with the broadcast and location recording customer in mind, the new BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder is a 24-channel, 1U recorder housing 24 high-quality microphone preamps operating at up to 24bit/96k.
The unit will feature a range of connection options including individually switchable mic/line inputs and balanced outputs, video sync, time code and word clock inputs and an optional Dante interface. There will also be an optional 2U breakout box. Alongside the unit's multi-channel recording capabilities, provision is also included for creating a simultaneous stereo mixdown. Full support for iXML data is provided.
The BBR1MP will run off a 12V power source. Unused channels and features can be disabled in order to preserve battery life on location. The unit will also be fully controllable via iPad using JoeCoRemote.
"Many existing customers regularly use their BlackBox Recorders directly linked to third party mic pre-amps, but would like a more compact and elegant solution, so our decision to move in this direction is, once again, customer driven" says JoeCo's Joe Bull. The new BBR1MP is a practical answer for broadcast engineers and location sound recordists working in Film and TV, as well as for live engineers, combining quality and ease of use with size and weight advantages. As more and more audio material has to be captured in multi-channel format to be repurposed for surround broadcasts and other deliverables, a fully integrated BBR1MP recorder with high-quality converters, conveniently sized for field /location use, has many advantages for different broadcast applications."
The new BBR1MP is expected to be available in early 2014.
JoeCo develops new BlackBox Industrial Recorders for Siemens
September 2013 – New industrial data recorders take JoeCo into a new market sector.JoeCo develops new BlackBox Industrial Recorders for Siemens
JoeCo has developed and supplied a quantity of new BlackBox industrial data recorders for Siemens Industrial Turbo Machinery AB in Sweden. Siemens are using the BlackBox Industrial Recorder (BBR-IND) units as part of a test campaign to assist in the measurement of their gas turbines.
The bespoke 24-channel, 3U rack-mountable systems are based on BlackBox Recorder technology. The units feature highly accurate and dc stable input and output circuitry, with additional software and hardware functionality specifically geared towards industrial data recording and measurement applications.
Greger Svanström, Senior Engineer in Measurement Technique/Product Development, who led the team specifying Siemens' requirement, said, "The BBR Industrial has proved a valuable tool for gathering large scale measurement data. The use of a standard file format for post processing in our preferred software, combined with playback capabilities that enable us to reproduce recorded data for use in other types of online analyzing equipment, has streamlined our development process."
"We've been delighted to have the opportunity of developing the new BBR Industrial recorders for Siemens, taking BlackBox technology into a new market", says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "In addition to more conventional audio recording applications, some of our standard systems have already been used for more diverse projects, so this latest product development is in many ways a logical step forward. At the same time, we would want to stress that development of our standard 24- and 64-channel BlackBox Recorders and Players continues apace and expect further product announcements in the very near future."
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