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.18.104.22.168 now available
June 2014 – Latest software update includes enhanced JoeCoRemote support and new Player features.BlackBox software v.22.214.171.124 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 126.96.36.199 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 v188.8.131.52 released
November 2013 – JoeCo's new system software update (v184.108.40.206) is now available for download.BlackBox software v220.127.116.11 released
JoeCo's new system software update for the BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players (v18.104.22.168) 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 22.214.171.124 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.
For voting info, please visit:
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 126.96.36.199 now available.New software update
Version 188.8.131.52 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."
- JoeCo BlackBoxes capture "something completely different"
- JoeCo releases new JoeCoRemote app
- BlackBox software v.184.108.40.206 now available
- New home for JoeCo
- JoeCo debut at CABSAT 2014
- JoeCo systems installed at Sochi
- JoeCo BlackBoxes achieve French track record
- JoeCo has The X Factor!
- BlackBox software v220.127.116.11 released
- JoeCo appoints Professional Audio Technology for Australia
- Two TEC Award Nominations for JoeCo
- PLASA feature for BlackBox
- New software update
- JoeCo develops new BlackBox Industrial Recorders for Siemens