JoeCo - News itemsLatest News

JoeCo BlackBoxes achieve French track recordJoeCo 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

JoeCo BlackBoxes achieve French track recordFour 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 BlackBox software v3.0.1.0 releasedBlackBox software v3.0.1.0 released

November 2013 – JoeCo's new system software update (v3.0.1.0) is now available for download.

BlackBox software v3.0.1.0 released

JoeCo BlackBox software v3.0.1.0 releasedJoeCo's new system software update for the BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players (v3.0.1.0) 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 3.0.1.0 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 AustraliaJoeCo 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 appoints Professional Audio Technology for AustraliaJoeCo 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.



tel: (+61) 02-9476 1272
email: sales@proaudiotechnology.com.au
www.proaudiotechnology.com.au

IBC preview for latest addition to BlackBox familyIBC 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

IBC preview for latest addition to BlackBox familyVisitors 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 SiemensJoeCo 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 develops new BlackBox Industrial Recorders for SiemensJoeCo 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."

JoeCo releases JoeCoRemoteJoeCo releases JoeCoRemote

July 2013 – Remotely control your BlackBox Recorder or BlackBox Player from your iPad.

JoeCo releases JoeCoRemote

JoeCo releases JoeCoRemoteJoeCo has announced the release of JoeCoRemote for iPad. The new software app, together with a specially developed hardware interface, enables remote control of both 24-channel and 64-channel BlackBox Recorders and BlackBox Players via iPad.

An intuitive interface allows all transport functions (Play, Stop, Record) to be remotely controlled from the iPad, as well as providing access to the BlackBox menu structure for changing settings. JoeCoRemote also provides an accurate metering overview for the BlackBox Recorder. In addition, the app can be used for remotely controlling and editing BlackBox Player playlists. Playlists that are stored on the Player’s external hard disk or Flash drive can be viewed and edited on the iPad interface as required, offering a useful alternative for remote editing of show content. The iPad interface also provides a further option for triggering playlists during shows, theatre performances and themed entertainment.

JoeCoRemote has been primarily developed to work wirelessly via its hardware interface. For venues where multiple competing WiFi signals can create congestion, a cable is also supplied with the interface for alternative wired connectivity.

"Developing the JoeCoRemote software and hardware interface has been a significant project and we are delighted that the package is now available for our users," says JoeCo’s Joe Bull. "While developing the software and hardware has presented the usual challenges, the real challenge has been to design a system that can be quickly set up for use by busy engineers, artists and musical directors for a number of different applications, without requiring detailed knowledge of networking technology. We have therefore tried to find solutions for connectivity that give increased flexibility, while maintaining the ease of use with which our BlackBox systems have become associated."

The JoeCoRemote software app can be downloaded free of charge from the iTunes App Store. The required hardware interface can be purchased through JoeCo resellers.

JoeCo at NAB and Prolight+SoundJoeCo at NAB and Prolight + Sound

27th March 2013 – Visit JoeCo at the NAB Show and
Prolight + Sound.

Visit JoeCo at the NAB Show, Las Vegas and Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt

JoeCo at NAB and Prolight+SoundIn one of our busiest trade show years ever, the JoeCo team simultaneously heads in opposite directions to Las Vegas for the NAB Show and Frankfurt for Prolight + Sound 2013.

JoeCo and US distributor Full Scale AV will be in Las Vegas showing the latest BlackBox updates that include several features of special interest to broadcast customers. BlackBox Recorders now support the replay and also the recording of polyphonic WAV files (in addition to standard mono BWAVs) using the iXML plug-in. This feature enables TV and film location recordists to better serve the needs of post production facilities, or systems where audio material is ingested in single large files. For playback purposes, mono, stereo and multi-channel files can now be used in the same project, massively enhancing the system’s potential.

"We are always delighted to talk to our broadcast customers and extend our knowledge about their current workflows and issues," says Joe Bull, JoeCo's Managing Director. "These latest enhancements to the BlackBox range show how we have listened and implemented their requests to augment their usage of these versatile machines."

In Frankfurt, the JoeCo team will show a range of BlackBox Recorder and Player systems, as well as the new BlackBox App (also on show at NAB) whose release is fast approaching. In addition to providing a remote control surface for the BlackBox Recorder, the new iPad App will also enable remote control and editing of BlackBox Player playlists. Playlists stored on the Player can be viewed and edited on the iPad interface as required before being stored back on the Player's disk. This offers an intuitive alternative for remotely editing show content. The iPad control surface also provides a further option for triggering playlists during shows, theatre performances and themed entertainment. Primarily developed to work wirelessly, the add-on interface will also include a physical cable interface for use in environments with a lot of Wi-Fi noise, such as exhibition halls, conference centres and some larger performance spaces. The App is designed to be compatible with the entire iPad range and will require the JoeCo Wi-Fi interface hardware.

NAB Show: Booth C1555
Prolight +Sound Frankfurt: Hall 8.0, Stand G22

Satronen Sound captures Keane with JoeCo. Photo by Rocco S. CovielloBlackBox installed at Yleisradio (YLE)

18th February 2013 – Finnish Broadcasting Company opts for BBR64-MADI. A BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder has been installed in the Tampere studios of Yleisradio (YLE), the Finnish Broadcasting Company.

JoeCo BlackBox installed in Finnish Broadcast studio

BlackBox installed at Yleisradio (YLE)A BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder has been installed in the Tampere studios of Yleisradio (YLE), the Finnish Broadcasting Company. Located in the studio complex’s main control room, the 64-channel system is used alongside other software-based systems for capturing entertainment programmes and music shows.

Since its release in 2011, JoeCo's BBR64-MADI Recorder has become increasingly popular as an audio acquisition device for broadcast. Designed to integrate with any MADI-based broadcast audio systems, its use of universal file and storage formats enables seamless transfer of captured audio from studios and OB facilities to post production.

"We chose the BBR64-MADI because it integrates beautifully with other MADI-based broadcast audio systems such as the SSL C10 and C100 digital live mixing consoles and the Riedel MediorNet media networking system that we currently use," said YLE technical producer Antti Immonen. "One recorder is currently in operation, however as more studios are updated I'm confident that we will look to add further systems."

Joe Bull, JoeCo's Managing Director said, "A number of broadcasters are finding that the BBR64-MADI system is a very cost effective way of guaranteeing that you have captured the audio when software based solutions might let you down. Increasingly in broadcast facilities you can't afford to make mistakes and the BBR64-MADI is a great defender against this happening."

The BBR64-MADI system was supplied by JoeCo's Finnish distributor MSONIC Oy.

JoeCo at ISE JoeCo at ISE

7th February 2013 – During a successful ISE Show in Amsterdam, Joe Bull introduces the BlackBox family and previews the upcoming JoeCo BlackBox App that will provide remote control facilities for the BlackBox Recorder and Player.


Watch the video:
Joe Bull at ISE

JoeCo adds more features to BlackBox family JoeCo adds more features to BlackBox family

11th January 2013 – Latest software update supports polyphonic wav files and provides 64-channel Player option for MADI and Dante systems.

JoeCo adds more features to BlackBox family

JoeCo adds more features to BlackBox familyJoeCo's latest software update for the award-winning BlackBox brings several new features and enhancements to the multi-channel live audio recorder/player series. With version 2.2.7x, both the BlackBox Recorder and the BlackBox Player now support the replay of polyphonic wav files, from multiple stereo files up to 24 or even 64 channel PolyWAV files. Mono, stereo and multichannel files can even be used together in the same song massively enhancing the system's flexibility.

JoeCo's iXML plug-in also enables PolyWAV files to be recorded – a feature aimed at TV and film location recordists to better serve the needs of post production facilities, or systems where audio material is ingested in single large files.

The ability to import polyphonic wav files from a DAW has also brought BlackBox Player capability to JoeCo’s 64-channel MADI and Dante systems. Previously available as a dedicated 24-channel playback option for the BlackBox BBR1 series, BlackBox Player software can now be installed on BBR64-MADI and BBR64-Dante systems enabling 64 channels of 24bit/48kHz audio to be simultaneously replayed and triggered via footswitch, QWERTY keyboard, time code, MIDI and Sony 9-pin. The soon to be released JoeCo BlackBox app for iPad will provide a further control option for triggering backing tracks and multiple surround stems for live shows and themed entertainment.

Further BlackBox Player enhancements resulting from the recent software update include the implementation of a "Chase" mode enabling the unit to commence playback in sync when it receives incoming time code. This option can either be controlled from the front panel or via newly extended SONY 9-pin support. The extended 9-pin commands also allow the user to rehearse shows that are normally locked to time code via remote control and are compatible with most edit suites and show controllers. On the BlackBox Player and Recorder, time code can now be shown on the main time display in both record and playback modes.

Other new BlackBox features include more accurate metering and smoother headphone monitor output, especially when changing levels. An additional "mix" feature has also been added to the headphone output on the 64-channel MADI and Dante systems.

The latest software update can be downloaded free of charge from the End User area of the JoeCo website: www.joeco.co.uk.

What JoeCo really wants for Christmas What JoeCo really wants for Christmas

14th December 2012 – Joe Bull talks to Pro Sound News Europe in a festive feature.


View the article here (PDF):
Joe Bull's 12 Days of Christmas

Read the latest edition of Pro Sound News Europe at:
http://www.psneurope.com/

Focus on Dante Focus on Dante

2nd November 2012 – Following the BBR64-Dante’s TEC Award nomination, find out more about Dante in this video animation series from its creator Audinate.

Link1 – Audinate’s Dante is Media Networking Perfected
Link2 – Audinate’s Dante just works!
Link3 – Dante future proofs your network

Joe Bull and Cliff Miller at Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, London JoeCo goes live on both sides of the Atlantic

23rd August 2012 – BlackBoxes chosen for international tours and festivals.

JoeCo goes live on both sides of the Atlantic

Joe Bull and Cliff Miller at Hard Rock Calling, Hyde Park, LondonJoeCo BlackBox Recorders and Players have appeared on a number of international tours and festivals over the summer months. Sting’s opening concert at this year’s Henley Festival in the UK was captured by a BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder - an occasion that saw engineer Donal Hodgson departing from his usual computer-based system to use the compact 1U 64-channel live audio recorder. “I was surprised how small my recording rig turned out to be” he commented. “All I needed was a 2U rack - 1U for the BBR and 1U for the hard drive. Connecting the device was simple; we used a fibre connection to the Studer (Vista 5) console and a standard USB cable to connect to the hard drive. I used the BBR to reformat my drive to FAT32 in a matter of minutes. It was pretty easy to find and set the clock ref to the MADI input and I was ready to record. All this I did without looking at the manual. I could have plugged in a PC keyboard and named all the tracks and song titles in advance, or do it after I had imported all the WAV files. I was really impressed with the simplicity and ease of use and I really like the safety features built into the unit.”

Across the Atlantic, Robert “VOiD” Caprio has been manning Front of House for Cee Lo Green’s 2012 shows, with two BlackBox Players used to provide multi-channel playback. “Playback is of paramount importance,” said VOiD. “For the most part, the material being replayed is drum loops, samples of various types, string and horn parts, plus some additional background vocals and FX. We are all very impressed with the fact that you can play back 24 channels using a system of only 1 rack space. The solid-state nature of the unit is compelling, being steadfast and roadworthy. I've found that the DB25 connector with XLR fan-outs makes things quick and easy to patch, even in a festival situation. The main and back-up units reside in a road case along with power and disk drives. We place the case on the drum riser so the drummer (also MD for the band) has access to the unit in case of set changes. He triggers the units via footswitch.”

A BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder was also chosen to capture Alison Krauss & Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas, at a series of shows across the USA and Europe as well as a special appearance at “Hard Rock Calling” in London’s Hyde Park. FOH engineer Cliff Miller had spec’d the 64-channel system for recording the shows, with a view to captured material potentially being used for a “Live” CD. “The JoeCo BlackBox was an ideal solution, as mixing the live show is the primary concern and set-up of the BlackBox required only a BNC connection,” said Cliff. “The unit was mounted in my UPS rack, along with a tray of (three) 1.5Tb drives, and connected via BNC to my DiGiCo SD 10 console. I just had to remember to hit “Record” before the band started. No screens and keyboards to set up, just “Record”. I only wish the JoeCo BlackBox had been available before I’d invested tens of thousands of dollars on other recording systems over the years!”

Read more on our Interviews page.

BBR64-DANTE RECORDER shipping BBR64-DANTE RECORDER shipping

5th July 2012 – JoeCo commences shipments of new 64-channel Dante™ recorder.

BBR64-DANTE RECORDER shipping

BBR64-DANTE RECORDER shippingJoeCo has commenced shipments of its new 64-channel Dante™ recorder. The BBR64-DANTE, previewed at Prolight + Sound 2012, was developed as a result of continuing collaboration between JoeCo and Audinate, creators of the award-winning Dante™ digital media networking solution. Still only occupying 1U of rack space, despite doubling its track count from 32 to 64, the BBR64-DANTE now ranks alongside its 64-channel MADI sibling as one of the smallest large-scale audio capturing devices currently available.

The recorder connects to any Dante-enabled network device from a range of console and converter manufacturers. In addition to recording 64 channels at standard sample rates, it can also record 8 channels of analogue alongside 56 channels of Dante for capturing audience and ambience. Higher sample rate recording (88.2kHz and 96kHz) is also possible at a reduced track count.

As with all other BlackBox Recorders, audio is recorded in Broadcast WAV format to an external USB2 (FAT32 formatted) drive and can be instantly imported into any Mac- or PC-based Digital Audio Workstation for re-purposing. The BBR64-DANTE also offers all the standard BlackBox Recorder safety features, such as “Safe ‘n’ Sound Record Recovery” as well as providing hi-resolution metering and headphone monitoring of individual/pairs of channels via internal PFL bus.

BBR64-MADI Positive start to 2012 for JoeCo

27th March 2012 – BlackBox Recorder increases international profile.

Positive start to 2012 for JoeCo

An increasing number of BlackBox Recorders and Players can be found on the road, on location and in the TV studio with some of the world’s leading artists and engineers. JoeCo reports that over the last six months BlackBoxes have travelled to the Australian jungle and toured in the US and Europe with artists including George Michael, Cee Lo Green, Coldplay, Flogging Molly, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Train, Two Door Cinema Club and Wishbone Ash. The BlackBox Recorder also made a visit to the recent Grammy Awards as well as receiving an accolade of its own in the form of a coveted TEC Award.

A BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder was used at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles by broadcast engineer Tom Holmes, who then continued to put the 64-channel live audio recorder through its paces at the Univision Premios Award Show in Miami, the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the NBA All Star Game in Orlando and BET Rip the Runway in New York. “I have been looking for a simple low cost recording unit that works with MADI for some time”, said Holmes. “The Denali Summit truck I use at the Grammys has tons of MADI i/o and it was a great opportunity to check out the BBR’s features. I connected it to an available 64-channel MADI stream and routed 64 of my console’s inputs. I routed the same 64 channels back to a second input, or an insert return on the console. I plugged a small drive into the BBR, and started recording. This allowed me to play back rehearsals and tweak settings when there was a bit of time in the schedule. It took about two minutes to plug it in, figure it out and start recording.”

British rock band Wishbone Ash set off on their current European tour with a 24-channel BlackBox Recorder included in drummer Joe Crabtree’s stage rack. “We want to release live albums, as that's what many of the audience at a gig want to buy”, says Crabtree. “There are many potential disadvantages to recording a single gig for a live album, but the beauty of the BlackBox Recorder is that it has a permanent place in our touring rig and it's extremely easy to record a multi-track of every single show. Our plan is to record each gig on the tour and pick good performances of the songs we want to include on the next live CD.”

2011 finished on a high note for JoeCo with a total of eight BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorders used on the George Michael Symphonica Tour to capture 2 x 256 channels of audio in what is potentially one of the largest live recording projects to date. Four BBR64-MADI recorders formed part of the regular front-of-house setup, connected to the main DiGiCo SD7 desk, with shows recorded onto sets of 1TB Glyph hard drives. The BlackBoxes were also used in Virtual Soundcheck mode for system set-ups and replaying material from previous shows to help balance and EQ the PA system at each venue. At the Royal Opera House in London, four further units were connected to an additional DiGiCo console, generating broadcast mixes for the show.

“We chose the BlackBox Recorder because it focuses on recording as its primary function, rather than other systems I have used that are software packages that try and do it all” said Andy “Baggy” Robinson, Head of Audio. “You can be recording a show from scratch within 20 minutes and most of that time has been spent plugging in the cables.” FOH engineer Gary Bradshaw added: “The BlackBoxes had no problem in recording all 256 channels over the length of the show. During the rehearsal period we would record an entire session of three or more hours, with all 256 channels in record without any problems. I don’t know of any other system that is capable of doing that.”

The BlackBox Recorder also headed “down under” with Sound Supervisor Rob Ashard for audio capture on Granada/ITV’s "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here” reality TV series, filmed in Australia. Two recorders were used to cover radio mics on the “meet and greet”, where celebrities meet each other and at the cave where they spent their first night. “The villa setup involved a rack of Lectronsonic Venue receivers fed straight into the Joeco's balanced inputs, with code and 48K coming from a red Lockit box”, explained Ashard. “This part of the show was covered by PSC that all jam to the Lockit timecode just before the shoot. The Cave OB involved another pair of Venue receivers feeding through the JoeCo to a Yamaha 03D mixer, where a mix was done to a bunch of XD video recorders, and also back to a JoeCo track. Tracks were named accordingly so that the identity of the BWAVS was always clear. All went well and Post were happy too!”

Since its release in 2009, the BlackBox Recorder has won a series of international awards from industry press, readers and trade associations. 2012 saw the recorder voted Winner of the Recording Devices category at the 27th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity (TEC) Awards. JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull said: “We were absolutely thrilled to have received this recognition following a year that saw some significant additions to the BlackBox family. As always, we greatly appreciate the input and feedback we receive from professionals who are using our BlackBoxes for a range of live performance, broadcast and other audio acquisition purposes. It’s this kind of feedback that helps us keep delivering recording hardware that meets a broad range of audio capture requirements.”

Frankfurt preview for new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDERFrankfurt preview for new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDER

20th March 2012 – JoeCo introduces latest BlackBox development at Prolight + Sound 2012.

Frankfurt preview for new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDER

Frankfurt preview for new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDERJoeCo introduces the latest product in its BlackBox range of multi-channel live audio recorders and players in the form of the new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDER that can record or replay 64 channels.

The BBR64-DANTE is the result of JoeCo’s collaboration with Audinate, creators of the award-winning Dante™ digital media networking solution. The original BBR-DANTE system was released in 2011 and was able to record up to 32 channels of audio from a Dante network. The new BBR64-DANTE now doubles that track count to 64, while still occupying just one rack unit of space. The BBR64-DANTE Recorder connects to any Dante-enabled network device from a range of console and converter manufacturers. In addition to recording 64 channels at standard sample rates, it can also record 8 channels of analogue alongside 56 channels of Dante for capturing audience and ambience. Higher sample rate recording (88.2kHz and 96kHz) is also possible at a reduced track count.

As with all other BlackBox Recorders, audio is recorded in Broadcast WAV format to an external USB2 (FAT32 formatted) drive and can be instantly imported into any Mac- or PC-based Digital Audio Workstation for re-purposing. The BBR64-DANTE will also continue to offer all the standard BlackBox Recorder safety features, such as “Safe ‘n’ Sound Record Recovery” as well as providing hi-resolution metering and headphone monitoring of individual/pairs of channels via internal PFL bus.

Audinate is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols. Dante offers a market leading solution today, while taking the risk out of future developments by providing a migration path to upgrade to new standards such as the IEEE Audio Video Bridging (“AVB”).

JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull said: “We are delighted to be showing the new 64-channel BBR64-DANTE Recorder at Frankfurt. Having successfully launched the 64-channel MADI product last year, we have been able to incorporate much of that core technology to create the BBR64-DANTE - it’s a completely different machine internally. Continuing support from our friends at Audinate has made this possible in a remarkably short time.”

"The BBR64-DANTE Recorder provides a high channel recording solution for 64 channels of networked audio," said Dave Anderson, Director of Sales at Audinate. ”The BBR64-DANTE Recorder can interoperate directly with all Dante products on the network using standard off the shelf network switches, eliminating the need for expensive audio routers."

Visit JoeCo at Prolight + Sound, Frankfurt, Hall 8.0, Stand G22.

TEC and Readers' Choice Award successes for JoeCoTEC and Readers' Choice Award successes for JoeCo

24th January 2012 – BlackBox Recorder voted best live recording device.

TEC and Readers' Choice Award successes for JoeCo

TEC and Readers' Choice Award successes for JoeCoThe BlackBox Recorder (v2.1) has been named Winner of the Recording Devices category at the 27th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards. The awards are presented by the TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio in recognition of outstanding achievement in the professional audio industry. Winners were announced at a special event held during the 2012 NAMM Show, following several weeks of voting by industry professionals.

Also at NAMM, the results of the Third Annual Pro Sound Web and Live Sound International Readers’ Choice Awards were announced, with JoeCo achieving a second consecutive win in the Live Recording Hardware category, this time for the new BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder. The results followed six weeks of voting by thousands of Live Sound International magazine and Pro Sound Web readers.

TEC and Readers' Choice Award successes for JoeCoA delighted Joe Bull said: "We are absolutely thrilled to have received this recognition in a year that has seen some significant additions to the BlackBox family. As always we greatly appreciate the input we receive from our professional users and that helps us keep delivering recording hardware that meets a broad range of audio capture requirements. So it's extremely gratifying to have received such positive feedback on our latest developments. We would like to thank everyone who helped us achieve these great accolades."

George Michael - Symphonica TourJoeCo BlackBox Recorders capture George Michael Symphonica Tour

16th December 2011 – Multiple BBR64-MADI recorders used to capture a record number of live audio channels...

JoeCo BlackBox Recorders capture George Michael Symphonica Tour

George Michael - Symphonica TourA total of eight BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorders were used on the recent George Michael Symphonica Tour to capture 2 x 256-channels of audio in what is potentially one of the largest live recording projects to date.

A rack containing four BBR-MADI recorders formed part of the regular front-of-house setup, connected to the main DiGiCo SD7 desk. FOH engineer Gary Bradshaw was responsible for recording the shows onto sets of four 1TB Glyph hard drives, each set having the capacity to hold material from eight shows. In addition to their nightly recording function, and the additional capture of sound checks, the BlackBoxes were also used in Virtual Soundcheck mode for system set-ups, replaying material from previous shows to help balance and EQ the PA system at each venue.

"The BlackBoxes had no problem in recording all 256 channels over the length of the show," said Bradshaw. "During the rehearsal period we would record an entire session of three or more hours, with all 256 channels in record without any problems. I don't know of any other system that is capable of doing that." He added: "The Symphonica Tour has been unusual in that the majority of shows were in large indoor arenas, but in amongst these were one or two much smaller opera houses. The acoustics of these two types of venue are completely different, so for the show at the Royal Opera House in London for example, I used recordings from the Prague Opera House to help EQ the PA system."

At the Royal Opera House, four further BBR-MADI units were connected to an additional DiGiCo console generating broadcast mixes for this particular show. As well as running an extra 256-channel record, the BlackBox Recorders also acted as a playback engine for making adjustments to the broadcast mix.

"We chose the BlackBox Recorder because it focuses on recording as its primary function, rather than other systems I have used that are software packages that try and do it all" said Andy "Baggy" Robinson, Head of Audio. "The BBR64-MADI is a box that takes a Madi signal, you press record and you have your content captured. You can be recording a show from scratch within 20 minutes and most of that time has been spent plugging in the cables."

Image used by kind permission.

The BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorders were supplied by Wigwam Acoustics Ltd. and JoeCo Limited.

www.wigwamacoustics.co.uk

JoeCo BlackBox Recorders used on 'I'm a Celebrity'JoeCo BlackBox Recorders used on "I'm a Celebrity, 2011"

13th December 2011 – BBRs capture celebrity audio on jungle reality TV series.

JoeCo BlackBox Recorders used on "I'm a Celebrity"

JoeCo BlackBox Recorders used on 'I'm a Celebrity'Two Joeco BLACKBOX RECORDERS were used in Australia on Granada/ITV's "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, 2011" to cover radio mics on the "meet and greet" in the villa, where the celebrities meet each other along with Ant and Dec, and at the cave where they spent their first night.

IAC Sound Supervisor Rob Ashard explained: "The Villa setup was simply a rack of Lectronsonic Venue receivers removed from the show's studio, as this was a couple of days before transmission. They were fed straight into the Joeco's balanced inputs, with code and 48K coming from a red Lockit box. This part of the show is covered by PSC that all jam to the Lockit timecode just before the shoot. They each cover two or three celebrities, so can't record any clean. The multi-track cover is useful at the edit for pulling out clean mics.

The overnight Cave OB was a little more involved, with another pair of Venue receivers feeding through the JoeCo and on to a Yamaha 03D mixer, where a mix was done to a bunch of XD video recorders, and also back to a JoeCo track. An ISO stream mix was also done off the desk's Aux 1, as the group could theoretically split inside and outside the cave. The ISO mix also went to its own track, as well as to VT. Inside and outside, Sennheiser 416 FX mics also went into XTA preamps at the cave, down a multi and through the JoeCo to the 03D.

Hard drives used included a 320GB LaCie D2 Quadra drive, a 320GB Rugged powered by a USB2 power supply and a 1TB Seagate Expansion. The drives came back to base with the tapes and were copied into the post drives.

Tracks were named accordingly, with the song title being "Meet and Greet" or "Cave", so that the identity of all the BWAVS was clear. The cave recording went through midnight, so that machine was stopped just afterwards and the drive changed and brought back to base. At this point the machine creates a new Day Folder to record into. All went well and Post were happy too!"

The BLACKBOX RECORDERS used on "I'm a Celebrity" were supplied by Rob Ashard and Meredith Broadcast Audio.

www.meredith.tv

BlackBox RecorderMega Audio to represent JoeCo in Germany and Austria

21st October 2011 – Bingen-based distributor adds BlackBox range to pro audio and live sound portfolio.

Mega Audio to represent JoeCo in Germany and Austria

BlackBox RecorderJoeCo Limited has appointed Mega Audio GmbH as its new distributor for Germany and Austria. The Bingen-based distribution company adds the BlackBox Recorder/Player range to an established portfolio of pro audio and live sound products.

This latest addition to JoeCo’s international distributor network follows the recent launches of the BlackBox BBR64-MADI and BBR-DANTE Recorder versions, which have increased the product’s live multi-channel audio capturing capabilities from 24 channels to up to 64 channels in the compact 1 rack unit format.

"We are delighted to welcome Mega Audio on board," said JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull. "Burkhard Elsner and his team have many years of experience in our key market sectors and we are looking forward to building a strong working relationship that will enable us to take the brand forward in Germany and Austria."

"We have been looking around for quite some time to find a high quality live sound recorder which complements our portfolio of professional live sound and studio products," said Mega Audio Managing Director Burkhard Elsner. "I am delighted that JoeCo have appointed us as their distributor for Austria and Germany. The BBRs are great machines which will enjoy a favourable standing in our markets and we are already experiencing a high demand from our clients."

BLACBOX software updateJoeCo announces latest BLACKBOX RECORDER software update

18th October 2011 – Latest version gives users greater working efficiency.

JoeCo announces latest BLACKBOX RECORDER software update

BLACBOX software updateJoeCo has announced a major software update for its award-winning BLACKBOX RECORDER series. Version 2.2 contains a number of features designed to give the user greater working efficiency and includes many benefits inherited from the development of the BLACKBOX BBR64-MADI and Dante Recorders. These include enhancements to the underlying bespoke operating system alongside improved methods of displaying critical information to the user whilst maintaining the conceptual simplicity of the user interface.

Simple interface changes, from clarifying clock sources to flashing the transport controls while an operation is pending, provide a much slicker user experience, imparting more information to the user with greater speed and clarity. The Pre Fade Listen system, introduced in the BBR64-MADI development, now allows more rapid sweep through the channels with a quick return to "mix" output.

It’s also faster to enter record and to finalize the Broadcast WAV files thus created; timecode reading is quicker and more accurate; master/slave performance has been enhanced and further support has been added for particular drive types. Additionally, the software now runs background checks on the drive to create a more accurate map of free space to further speed entering record.

The Player software add-on has taken advantage of improvements to triggering and now also supports v0 BWF files, which some older DAWs still produce. These and more enhancements are encapsulated in an upgraded field update manager.

"With reliability and speed key to the BlackBox, we are constantly working to ensure that our users can achieve maximum working efficiency from their recorder" said Joe Bull, JoeCo’s Managing Director. "Having worked hard to develop the new BBR64-MADI and Dante systems, we like to share the benefits of these developments with our existing customers wherever possible"

The new software update can be downloaded free of charge from the End User area of the website.

BLACBOX at the Royal Festival HallBLACKBOX goes live at the Royal Festival Hall

17th October 2011 – BBR adds backing tracks to London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Video Game Heroes concert.

BLACKBOX goes live at the Royal Festival Hall

BLACBOX at the Royal Festival HallA BLACKBOX RECORDER was used to add electronic tracks to a recent live performance by the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall in London. The Video Game Heroes concert was part of the Vision Sound Music Festival - the UK’s first festival of music for visuals.

The tracks were prepared for the live performance by project programmer Chris White, who was also responsible for making sure that they were triggered on cue during the actual performance. The BLACKBOX was situated by the monitor console, with feeds from the recorder going into the console. From there, click tracks were sent to the conductor Andrew Skeet and other relevant performers, while backing track stems went to the FOH desk to be mixed with the orchestral channels.

"We discussed various options and settled on using a hard disk machine, as the idea of running on a laptop was too scary!" said Chris. "The things that I immediately liked about the BLACKBOX were the fact that the screen was so bright and simple (as it was dark during the performance) and the fact that the unit was so compact! We were initially going to have a lot of stems running on separate tracks but were worried about the number of inputs on the Royal Festival Hall's FOH desk (the orchestra were close mic'd so the desks were pretty full!). So we decided to keep it simple and for most items we only had a few stereo stems (main backing/percussion/bass) plus click. The backing tracks themselves were stored in the session folder on my Glyph drive and came up in the order they were to be played. I then triggered each track manually on cue from Andrew. It all ran beautifully on the day and the concert went very well."

Tracks performed at the concert were also separately recorded for an album, which is due for release shortly: www.lpo.co.uk/heroes.

BBR-DANTEBLACKBOX BBR-DANTE RECORDER now shipping!

1 September 2011 – New live audio recorder version marks successful collaboration between JoeCo and Audinate

BLACKBOX BBR-DANTE RECORDER now shipping!

BBR-DANTEJoeCo is now shipping the eagerly awaited BBR-DANTE™ version of the BLACKBOX RECORDER. This latest addition to the multi-channel live audio recorder family is the successful result of a collaboration, announced during 2010, between JoeCo and Audinate, creators of the award-winning Dante™ digital media networking solution.

The BBR-DANTE is designed to record / replay up to 32 channels of audio data from a Dante network. Developed to solve the inherent problems of working with computer-based systems in a live performance environment, it provides engineers with a computer-free, high-quality solution for multi-channel live audio capture. Able to record up to 32 channels of audio at 44.1kHz and 48kHz directly to Broadcast WAV files on an external USB2 (FAT32 formatted) drive, the BBR-DANTE also accommodates higher sample rate recording (88.2kHZ and 96kHz) at a reduced track count.

The recorder connects to any Dante-enabled network device from a range of console and converter manufacturers. Designed to support standard network components and switches, it can also record 8 channels of analogue (balanced line in) alongside 24 channels of Dante for capturing audience and ambience. Individual channels, or pairs of channels can be monitored on an internal PFL bus providing both hi-resolution metering and headphone output. A number of standard BlackBox Recorder safety features are also included, such as the Safe’n’Sound Record Recovery, which will recover files even if the power fails in the middle of a recording.

Dante delivers a no-hassle, self configuring, true plug-and-play digital media networking that uses standard internet protocols. Audinate’s patented Dante offers a market leading solution today, while future-proofing implementations by providing a migration path to upgrade to new emerging A/V standards such as the IEEE Audio Video Bridging ("AVB").

Commenting on the success of the collaboration, JoeCo’s Managing Director Joe Bull said: "The Dante enabled system is a great addition to the BlackBox range. We are delighted to have been able to combine this exciting Dante technology with the robust, computer free solution that the BLACKBOX RECORDER provides."

"JoeCo's ability to design this product while maintaining their attention to detail, and rapidly getting the new BBR-DANTE to market has been extraordinary," remarked John McMahon, VP of Sales, Marketing and Support at Audinate. "Based on early market feedback, we are confident the BBR-DANTE Recorder is going to be an extremely popular product."

BBR64-MADIJoeCo ships BLACKBOX BBR64-MADI RECORDER

18 August 2011 – New version records 64 channels of MADI data, while still occupying just one unit of rack space!

JoeCo ships BLACKBOX BBR64-MADI RECORDER

BBR64-MADIJoeCo Limited is now shipping the new BBR64-MADI version of the BLACKBOX RECORDER. Designed for audio acquisition and capturing live performance, the recorder enables multi-channel audio to be captured directly to a USB2 drive, in Broadcast WAV format, without the need for a computer.

Based on the tried and tested BLACKBOX RECORDER design, the BBR64-MADI records / replays up to 64 channels of MADI data while still occupying just one unit of rack space! The recorder can capture the full 64 channels at standard sample rates, with double sample rate MADI recording (up to 96kHz) also accommodated. The unit sports both coaxial and optical MADI connections for interfacing with any MADI equipped console or other equipment. Additionally, it caters for 56-channel legacy MADI and can record a further 8 channels of analogue (balanced line in) for capturing the audience reaction or general ambience.

The BBR64-MADI will lock to or generate word clock, as well as locking to the received MADI data stream. The MADI input can be echoed direct to the output to ease system integration. Individual channels, or pairs of channels can be monitored on a PFL bus providing both hi-resolution metering and headphone monitoring.

Designed for both ease of use and convenience in the live recording environment, the BBR64-MADI also includes a number of BLACKBOX RECORDER "standard" safety features, such as the Safe 'n' Sound Record Recovery that will recover files even if the power fails during recording.

BBR64-MADIProlight + Sound preview for JoeCo BBR64-MADI

5 April 2011 – New MADI-enabled version of BlackBox Recorder to be unveiled at Frankfurt

Prolight + Sound preview for JoeCo BBR64-MADI

BBR64-MADIJoeCo moves to Hall 8.0 this year for Prolight + Sound at Frankfurt (6th-9th April 2011). The company will preview the new MADI-enabled BlackBox Recorder (BBR64-MADI), latest addition to the multi award-winning live audio recorder series. The BBR64-MADI is capable of capturing the full 56 or 64 channels of a 48kHz MADI data stream as mono Broadcast WAV files to an external USB2 drive in 1U of rack space.

The unit is expected to support both coaxial and optical MADI connectivity and can either accept an external word clock or be self clocking from the MADI data stream.

Joe Bull, Managing Director of JoeCo, said, "We have been working on producing a MADI interface for the BlackBox for some time and we're delighted that we've been able to squeeze such a large track count into such a small footprint. Space is always at a premium and achieving a full MADI recorder in 1 rack space has been quite a challenge. We were determined to keep the core advantages of the BlackBox Recorder, such as its simplicity and the instant upload of the recorded files into a digital workstation."

The BBR64-MADI is expected to be available by the summer.

The upcoming Dante-enabled version of the BlackBox Recorder will also be on show in Frankfurt, alongside existing digital and analogue variants.

The BlackBox Recorder captures audio in Broadcast WAV format, without requiring a computer. Audio is recorded directly onto a removable USB2 disk drive and can be instantly imported into any Mac- or PC-based Digital Audio Workstation for editing, remixing and re-purposing.

The recently-released BLACKBOX PLAYER also makes an appearance. Specifically designed to replay backing tracks or multiple surround stems for live shows, the Player can simultaneously replay 24 channels of high quality audio at up to 24bit/96kHz.

Visit JoeCo in Hall 8.0, Stand G26.

BLACKBOX PlayerBLACKBOX PLAYER now shipping

4 Feb 2011 – Dedicated multi-channel playback solution for live shows now available.

BLACKBOX PLAYER now shipping

BLACKBOX PlayerJoeCo’s new BLACKBOX PLAYER is now shipping. Able to replay 24 channels of high quality audio at up to 24bit/96kHz, the BlackBox Player is the first dedicated multi-channel playback device specifically developed to replay backing tracks or multiple surround stems for live shows. It can be triggered using time code, with a footswitch or QWERTY keyboard, or controlled via MIDI commands, giving the live engineer, installation sound designer, musical director or artist full control of the show at all times.

Audio files can be stored on a standard USB2 drive, or Flash RAM drive. Simple playlists automatically cue up the next song ready for instantaneous replay and multiple playlists can be stored ready for different shows or performances. Integrated safety features, including a built-in automated fail-over mechanism, ensure that the unit meets the all-important “show must go on” criteria.

The BlackBox Player has been specially designed to cater for a wide range of playback applications. These include multi-channel playback for solo artists or vocal groups using pre-recorded backing tracks and bands requiring additional backing such as strings and horns. It can also be used for multi-channel and surround playback applications in theatres, theme parks and cruise ships, as well as permanent installations such as museums, galleries and houses of worship. Also suitable for broadcast applications, it can be used for timed multi-language or multi-station playout and for any other playback situations that require timecode synchronization.

In addition to its availability as a stand-alone product, a BlackBox Player software upgrade is also available for purchase by BlackBox Recorder owners. This enables BBR units to have dual functionality as both a recorder and player as and when required.

 


News Articles:

News Archive:

Copyright © 2012 JoeCo Ltd. All rights reserved. If you have any comments about this web site, please contact: webmaster@joeco.co.uk
The contents of this website are copyright JoeCo Limited, 2008,2009, 2010. All rights reserved.

Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information contained within these pages is accurate but the company acccepts no liability for any errors or omissions that may be found.
JoeCo Limited is a limited liability company registered in England No: 06361413.