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 v22.214.171.124 released
November 2013 – JoeCo's new system software update (v126.96.36.199) is now available for download.BlackBox software v188.8.131.52 released
JoeCo's new system software update for the BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players (v184.108.40.206) 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 220.127.116.11 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 18.104.22.168 now available.New software update
Version 22.214.171.124 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 adds to international reseller network
September 2013 – Sales channels now open in Latvia, Thailand and Trinidad/Caribbean.JoeCo adds to international reseller network
JoeCo welcomes new resellers in Latvia, Thailand and Trinidad / Caribbean. Audio AE Ltd in Riga will now handle BlackBox sales in Latvia. In Thailand, Bangkok-based Intouch Integration Co. Ltd has added the brand to their growing portfolio. Caribbean Entertainment Technologies Ltd, who are based in Barataria, Trinidad, will handle sales in several Caribbean territories including Trinidad, Antigua, Barbados, Grenada, St. Lucia and St. Vincent.
To find your nearest JoeCo reseller, visit our Where to Buy page.
BlackBox captures Xin Yao Reunion Concert in Singapore
September 2013 – Staff from SSL Asia recently captured the Xin Yao Reunion Concert in The Star Theatre.BlackBox captures Xin Yao Reunion Concert in Singapore
Staff from SSL Asia (JoeCo’s distributor in Singapore) recently used a BBR64-MADI recorder to capture the Xin Yao Reunion Concert in The Star Theatre, Singapore’s first 5000-seat performing arts theatre. Xin Yao (New Song) is a genre of song unique to Singapore. Over the years, it has developed from clean acoustic harmonies and simple accompaniment, to a more sophisticated, semi-commercialized style.
Over 20 acts took to stage during the four and a half hour concert, which included appearances by Mavis Hee and Roy Koi, special guest Chyl Yu from Taiwan and Xin Yao’s leading light Liang Wern Fook.
Audio recorded at the event will be archived and there are plans for a possible CD release.
JoeCo releases JoeCoRemote
July 2013 – Remotely control your BlackBox Recorder or BlackBox Player from your iPad.JoeCo releases JoeCoRemote
JoeCo 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.
BlackBox at Beijing and Shanghai exhibitions
June 2013 – ACE International takes JoeCo to Palm Expo China and Shanghai TV shows.BlackBox at Beijing and Shanghai exhibitions
June has proved a busy trade show month for ACE International, JoeCo’s distributor for China, Hong Kong and Macau. Company staff showed BlackBox BBR64-MADI systems at Palm Expo China held in Beijing’s International Exhibition Centre and at the 19th Shanghai Television Festival (STVF).
One of China’s largest trade events for Pro Audio, Light, Music and Technology, this year’s Palm Expo show celebrated its 21st anniversary with exhibitors and visitors from all over the world. The Shanghai TV Festival is one of Asia’s most important platforms for the TV and broadcast markets.
We congratulate ACE International on two highly successful shows.
JoeCo welcomes new international resellers
June 2013 – New sales channels open in Brazil, India and South Africa.JoeCo welcomes new international resellers
JoeCo has recently appointed new resellers in Brazil, India and South Africa. Rio de Janiero based Visom Digital is now handling BlackBox sales for Brazil. In India Bhalereo Enterprises of Mumbai have added JoeCo to their sales portfolio. Durban-based BA Sound Studio Workshop cc will handle BlackBox sales for South Africa. The company will also act as sales contact for customers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Welcome to everyone.
To find your nearest JoeCo reseller, visit our Where to Buy page.
New JoeCo Representative for the Benelux
May 2013 – Cris Badea coordinates BlackBox sales for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg.New JoeCo Representative for the Benelux
JoeCo welcomes Cris Badea as the company's new sales representative for the Benelux. Working together with JoeCo, Cris will be responsible for developing business in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. He will be the main contact for JoeCo dealers in each country and will also support the company at events in the territory. Cris has many years of experience in the audio industry representing key brands and currently operates a successful sales agency in the Benelux.
JoeCo shows BlackBox in Brazil
17th May 2013 – Successful first visit to AES Brazil Expo.JoeCo shows BlackBox in Brazil
JoeCo visited Brazil for the first time to participate in the AES Expo 2013 held at the Expo Center Norte in São Paulo. The company exhibited as part of the Great British Audio Embassy, a special stand featuring eight UK manufacturers and distributors making their AES Brazil show debut. The trip was organised as part of a joint initiative by the APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services) and UKTI (United Kingdom Trade & Investment). In addition to presenting their brands to a new audience, the show provided an opportunity for the companies to explore distribution opportunities and source future business contacts.
"This was a great opportunity for us to showcase the BlackBox Recorder and Player in a potentially challenging territory" said JoeCo's Joe Bull. "As well as benefitting from valuable UKTI support, we had an incredible amount of assistance from our colleagues at APRS who worked tirelessly to ensure that everything went as smoothly as possible. There was an amazing amount of interest in our products and we look forward to successfully establishing business contacts in the territory over the coming months."
BBR64-MADI Captures 2013 Beijing Midi Music Festival
3rd May 2013 – JoeCo’s Chinese distributor ACE Int’l supported the recent Beijing MIidi Music Festival.BBR64-MADI Captures 2013 Beijing Midi Music Festival
JoeCo’s Chinese distributor ACE Int’l supported the recent Beijing Midi Music Festival by providing a live sound recording rig that included a BBR64-MADI Recorder as the main system for audio capture.
The three-day event, organized by the Beijing Midi School of Music, is one of a series of Midi Music Festivals held in the country, featuring a plethora of young artists and bands. The Festivals have become extremely popular with both performers and thousands of music fans.
Over the three days, the BBR64-MADI system racked up over 48 hours of continuous 64-channel recording. The event was also broadcast live.
JoeCo at AES Brazil Expo 2013
3rd May 2013 – JoeCo heads to Brazil for the first time, exhibiting at the AES Brazil Expo in São Paulo.JoeCo at AES Brazil Expo 2013
JoeCo heads to Brazil for the first time, exhibiting at the AES Brazil Expo in São Paulo (7-9 May). The company is part of a group of UK manufacturers and distributors who will be exhibiting in a “British Pavilion” within the main exhibition space at the Expo Center Norte. The visit has been coordinated by APRS (Association of Professional Recording Services).
"This will be an exciting visit as we are looking to develop our business in South America,” says JoeCo’s Joe Bull. “We’ll be showing the latest BlackBox developments at the show and look forward to meeting audio professionals and potential sales partners".
Expo Center Norte
AES Brasil Expo website
ACE International roadshow promotes BBR64-MADI
15th April 2013 – JoeCo’s Chinese distributor ACE International recently held a roadshow in and around Beijing.ACE International roadshow promotes BBR64-MADI
JoeCo’s Chinese distributor ACE International recently held a roadshow in and around Beijing, during which attendees had an opportunity to check out the features and capability of the BBR64-MADI Recorder. Venues visited included the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Xi Ay Tin Lan and BTV (Beijing Television).
Headquartered in Hong Kong, ACE International has regional offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
JoeCo at NAB and Prolight + Sound
27th March 2013 – Visit JoeCo at the NAB Show and
Prolight + Sound.
In 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
New distribution in China
5th March 2013 – JoeCo welcomes ACE (Int'l) Ltd to its distributor network.JoeCo appoints new distributor for China
JoeCo has announced the appointment of Advanced Communication Equipment International Co. Ltd (ACE) as the new distributor for the BlackBox Recorder and Player in China, Hong Kong and Macau. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with regional offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, ACE has over 30 years of experience in distribution, consultancy and system integration. The company adds JoeCo’s BlackBox family of multi-channel live audio recorders and players to an extensive portfolio of pro audio, AV and lighting products.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome ACE to our distributor network" says Joe Bull, JoeCo's Managing Director. "The company has a wealth of experience in different market sectors, which is key to establishing the JoeCo brand in this vast and as yet untapped region. We look forward to working closely with the team to develop our future business here."
"We are excited at the prospect of working with JoeCo in establishing their innovative product line in China" says Rico Fung from ACE. "The BlackBox range of products is an excellent complement to our existing range of professional audio brands and technologies. Our customers expect increasingly advanced and integrated solutions and the inclusion of the JoeCo brand into our portfolio further enhances ACE's ability to meet our customers' expectations."
BlackBox 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
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.
Satronen Sound captures Keane with JoeCo
7th February 2013 – Mobile recording company Satronen Sound recently used a BlackBox BBR64-MADI system to capture a live performance by UK alternative rock band Keane.Satronen Sound captures Keane with JoeCo
Mobile recording company Satronen Sound recently used a BlackBox BBR64-MADI system to capture a live performance by UK alternative rock band Keane at the State Theatre in Portland, Maine, USA. The performance was recorded for radio broadcast.
Satronen Sound’s Pete Nenortas explained: "WCLZ's (AAA, AAC, Portland, ME) Studio Z, is an intimate (pre-show) radio taped performance in front of a live audience. The shows are multi-tracked, mixed overnight and broadcast on the radio the following day."
In partnership with WCLZ 98.9FM, Satronen Sound records these radio appearances by many chart-topping recording artists using JoeCo BlackBox recorders.
"Keane was recorded using the BBR64-MADI Recorder. The BBR64-MADI was patched via BNC into a DiGiCo SD10 console. I tracked 48 inputs via MADI and another 4 ambient mic channels via analog D-type connect. The tracking was flawless and the radio re-broadcast of the performance sounded really great."
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.
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Joe Bull at ISE
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'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
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
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Satronen Sound chooses JoeCo to capture Mumford & Sons' headline US shows
6th November 2012 – Portland, Maine-based mobile recording company Satronen Sound took BlackBox Recorders on the road.Satronen Sound chooses JoeCo to capture Mumford & Sons' headline US shows
Portland, Maine-based mobile recording company Satronen Sound took BlackBox Recorders on the road to capture a series of shows on the "Gentlemen of the Road" tour, headlined by Mumford & Sons. Recorded audio from the shows has been used on a sold-out limited edition vinyl record and a forthcoming digital compilation.
Photo credit: Jeff Swanson
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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.
BlackBox captures audio for Tedeschi Trucks Band live CD
18th October 2012 – A BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder was used for live capture of audio material featured on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s first live album.BlackBox captures audio for Tedeschi Trucks Band live CD
A BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder was used for live capture of audio material featured on Tedeschi Trucks Band’s first live album, Everybody’s Talkin’, a double CD marking the band’s first anniversary. The live recordings were made towards the end of last year during the band’s tour behind Revelator. Monitor engineer Bobby Tis used the 64-channel MADI recorder as the main system for audio capture, in combination with a DiGiCo SD8 console.
Read more at Mix Online (October 2012).
Read more at Mix Online (October 2012):
See us at the 133rd AES, San Francisco
17th October 2012 – JoeCo heads to San Francisco’s Moscone Centre.See us at the 133rd AES, San Francisco
JoeCo heads to San Francisco’s Moscone Centre for the 133rd AES Convention (Exhibition 27-29 October). A full range of BlackBox products will be on show, including the BBR64-Dante system, which was recently nominated for a TEC Award – JoeCo’s second consecutive nomination in the Recording Devices category.
Joining JoeCo on booth 518 will be representatives from US/Canadian distributor Full Scale AV.
We look forward to seeing you there!
More award nominations for JoeCo
21st September 2012 – JoeCo is nominated for TEC and Parnelli Awards.More award nominations for JoeCo
Following this year’s success with the 24-channel BlackBox BBR1 Recorder, JoeCo is delighted to be nominated for a second consecutive Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) award in the Recording Devices category for the BlackBox BBR64-Dante Recorder. Presented by the TEC Foundation, the TEC Awards is the pro audio industry's most prestigious awards show honouring outstanding achievement in product innovation and sound production. Technical Achievement nominees for the 28th Annual awards have just been announced and online voting commences during November. The annual awards ceremony will take place during NAMM 2013 in Anaheim, California.
Released earlier this year, the 1U BBR64-Dante Recorder is designed to record/replay up to 64 channels of audio from a Dante network. The system is the latest addition to the BlackBox Recorder family and the result of continuing collaboration between JoeCo and Audinate, creators of the award-winning Dante digital media networking solution.
JoeCo has also been nominated for a Parnelli Award in the Indispensable Technology (IT) category. This award series honours achievers in Live Event industry, with suscribers to Projection, Lights & Staging News and Front of House Magazine eligible to vote for the nominees in each category. Winners will be announced later this month.
Visit us at IBC and PLASA 2012!
23rd August 2012 – JoeCo counts down to new trade show season.Visit us at IBC and PLASA 2012!
With a new season of trade shows just around the corner, JoeCo prepares to exhibit at IBC 2012 in the Amsterdam RAI (Hall 8, E97) and at PLASA 2012 in London’s Earls Court (Hall 1 J16). Managing Director Joe Bull and new team member Francis Duggan will be heading to Amsterdam where they look forward to meeting broadcast customers and JoeCo distributors. A range of BlackBox products, including the latest 64-channel MADI and Dante versions, will be on show.
In London, International Sales Manager Joe de Bie and Stephanie Sobey-Jones, JoeCo’s PR and Marketing representative, will be welcoming visitors to the PLASA booth, supported by staff from UK distributor MSL Professional. A range of BlackBox products will also be on show here.
We look forward to seeing you!
IBC 2012 (7-11 September): JoeCo booth 8.E97
PLASA 2012 (9-12 September): JoeCo booth 1-J16
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
JoeCo 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
5th July 2012 – JoeCo commences shipments of new 64-channel Dante™ recorder.BBR64-DANTE RECORDER shipping
JoeCo 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.
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 RECORDER
20th March 2012 – JoeCo introduces latest BlackBox development at Prolight + Sound 2012.Frankfurt preview for new BLACKBOX BBR64-DANTE RECORDER
JoeCo 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.
JoeCo welcomes more international distributors
19th March 2012 – New appointments in France, Argentina and Estonia.JoeCo welcomes more international distributors
JoeCo Limited has recently appointed new distributors in Argentina, Estonia and France. These latest additions to the BlackBox manufacturer’s international network bring the total number of territories currently represented to nearly 50.
In France, distribution of the BlackBox Recorder and Player series is now handled by SCV Audio. The Paris-based distributor represents a wide range of market-leading audio brands with applications in installation, live performance/touring, studios, clubs and bars.
Coverage of the Americas has been extended with the new appointment of an Argentinian distributor, ARS Technologies. The company adds the BlackBox family to a range of high-end pro audio brands. Estonia is also newly represented by Tallinn-based ProMedia Inc. The distributor currently works with a number of prominent pro audio, video, lighting and hi-fi manufacturers.
JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull said: “We are very pleased to welcome SCV Audio, ARS Technologies and ProMedia Inc. It’s great to see both new territories coming on board and established companies added to our international network. We very much look forward to working with all our new distributors.”
For details of all JoeCo distributors, please visit the Sales area of the website.
TEC 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
The 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.
A 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."
NAMM preview for JoeCo BlackBox App
17th January 2012 – Control and monitor the BlackBox Recorder or Player from your iPad.NAMM preview for JoeCo BlackBox App
JoeCo heads to NAMM with a preview of a brand new BlackBox App for remotely controlling and monitoring its range of BlackBox Recorders and Players. Designed for use on the iPad, the BlackBox App will provide full high resolution metering on all channels and a range of transport controls for remote operation. It will also enable the BlackBox menu and set-up options to be remotely controlled.
JoeCo's Joe Bull explains: "We want to offer users a remote monitoring and control interface that allows them maximum flexibility with the positioning of the BlackBox hardware at a venue, or on location, and that also enables the BlackBox to be operated without moving from the FOH console. Providing high resolution metering, especially for 64-channel versions of the BlackBox Recorder, is of great benefit to engineers who need to monitor critical levels during a recording and, as usual, we have had input from our professional users in order to deliver software that meets the needs of busy live engineers and sound recordists. We expect the BlackBox App itself will be free of charge, but it will require some chargeable hardware to transmit and receive the data between the BlackBox and the iPad."
The JoeCo BlackBox App is scheduled for release later in 2012.
Visit JoeCo in Hall A, Booth 6598
ISE exhibitor debut for JoeCo
10th January 2012 – JoeCo will exhibit for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe 2012.ISE exhibitor debut for JoeCo
JoeCo will exhibit for the first time at Integrated Systems Europe 2012. On show will be the latest versions of the BlackBox manufacturer's 1U range of multi-track audio players and recorders, including the BlackBox Player that provides 24-channel synchronous audio playback for theatres, installations, themed entertainment and the BlackBox BBR64-MADI Recorder that records up to 64-channels of MADI data as BWAV files directly to USB2 drives for instant re-purposing.
JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull said: "We are pleased to have the opportunity of adding ISE to our show calendar. The installation market is a rapidly developing area for us and our current product range is ideally suited to a wide range of recording and playback applications in a variety of venues."
Visit JoeCo on stand 3D134
JoeCo 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
A 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.
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"
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.
JoeCo BLACKBOX RECORDER receives TEC Award nomination
25th October 2011 – BBR nominated for outstanding technical achievement in 27th Annual Technical Excellence and Creativity Awards.JoeCo BLACKBOX RECORDER receives TEC Award nomination
The BLACKBOX RECORDER (v2.1) has received a nomination for outstanding technical achievement in the Recording Devices Category of 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.
Voting takes place during November and is open to members of various professional organizations and qualified subscribers to leading pro audio publications. The award winners will be announced during a special ceremony held on 20th January 2012 at the NAMM Show in Anaheim, USA.
"We are extremely honoured to be included among this year's nominees," said a delighted Joe Bull. "Having just returned from a hugely successful AES Convention in New York, it’s really great to be recognized by the TEC Foundation in this way".
Mega 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
JoeCo 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."
JoeCo announces new Canadian distribution
19th October 2011 – Full Scale AV adds territory to North American portfolio.JoeCo announces new Canadian distribution
JoeCo Limited has announced that, following two very successful years distributing the BlackBox Recorder in the US, Nashville-based Full Scale AV will now also distribute the JoeCo product range in Canada.
The announcement follows the recent launches of the BBR64-MADI and BBR-DANTE BlackBox Recorder versions, which have increased the product range's live multi-channel audio capturing capabilities from 24 channels to up to 64 channels in the compact 1 rack unit format.
"Over the past two years we have established a very successful relationship with Full Scale AV, who have done an excellent job in introducing the BlackBox into a sophisticated and well informed marketplace," said JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull. "With the introduction of new BlackBox versions and an expanding focus on disparate market sectors, we now look forward to building on this relationship and developing our business in Canada."
"We are very excited to bring the new BlackBox models to the Canadian market," said Ted Bahas, CEO of Full Scale AV and Tech Rep Marketing. "Based on the broad acceptance the BlackBox Recorder has enjoyed in the States, we think it is going to be a hit in Canada. We also think the new MADI and Dante™ versions set the standard for live recording."
JoeCo announces latest BLACKBOX RECORDER software update
18th October 2011 – Latest version gives users greater working efficiency.JoeCo announces latest BLACKBOX RECORDER software update
JoeCo 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.
BLACKBOX 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
A 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.
BLACKBOX BBR-DANTE RECORDER now shipping!
1 September 2011 – New live audio recorder version marks successful collaboration between JoeCo and AudinateBLACKBOX BBR-DANTE RECORDER now shipping!
JoeCo 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."
JoeCo 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
JoeCo 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.
Recording is a picnic for JoeCo
6 June 2011 – BlackBox Recorders capture all-star line up at HASTE picnic concertRecording is a picnic for JoeCo
A BBR1D digital BlackBox Recorder was on hand at front of house, with Procol Harum FOH engineer Graham Ewins, to capture an all-star line up at the recent Picnic Concert by the Chapel on the Lake, held at Wintershall, Bramley, Surrey in aid of the HASTE charity. The black tie event, by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Peter Hutley, featured music from the famous Band Du Lac with guest appearances from Eric Clapton, Roger Taylor, Gary Brooker, Jeff Beck, Lulu, Paul Carrack, Georgie Fame, Danielle De Niese, Kiki Dee, Fabbagirls, Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir and others.
The Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour (HASTE) aims to facilitate the prevention, early detection and treatment of heart disease and strokes.
Prolight + Sound preview for JoeCo BBR64-MADI
5 April 2011 – New MADI-enabled version of BlackBox Recorder to be unveiled at FrankfurtProlight + Sound preview for JoeCo BBR64-MADI
JoeCo 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.
JoeCo appoints more new distributors
4 April 2011 – New representation for the BlackBox Recorder in China, Czech Republic, Russia and UKNew representation for the BlackBox Recorder in China, Czech Republic, Russia and UK
As word spreads about the latest additions to the award-winning BlackBox Recorder and new BlackBox Player series, JoeCo has added China, Czech Republic and Russia to a growing list of international distributors.
In China, Hong Kong and Macau, JoeCo is now represented by Kowloon-based Tones Tailor Ltd., distributor of several leading pro audio mixer, amplifier, microphone and loudspeaker brands.
In the Czech Republic, Alephant Technologies International (ALTEI) will add JoeCo to an established range of audio-visual and hi-fi brands. The company is based in Prague.
JoeCo has also appointed Moscow-based Avallon Ltd. as the distributor for Russia. Avallon already distribute a range of quality live performance products, for which the BlackBox range will be a perfect complement.
In the UK, London-based company MSL Professional Ltd. has been newly appointed as exclusive distributor, adding JoeCo to a growing portfolio of brands that focus on music creation, live performance, recording and broadcast.
JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull says: "We are delighted to welcome all our new distributors on board. These companies have a wealth of experience in various market sectors and we look forward to further developing our international business during 2011"
JoeCo appoints MSL Professional Ltd. for the UK
1 April 2011 – London-based distribution company MSL Professional Ltd. adds BlackBox Recorder and BlackBox Player series to developing portfolio.JoeCo appoints MSL Professional Ltd. for the UK
JoeCo has appointed MSL Professional Ltd. as exclusive distributor for the UK. The West London-based distribution company adds the award-winning BlackBox Recorder and new BlackBox Player series to a developing portfolio of select brands.
"We are delighted to welcome MSL Professional on board," says JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull. "Simon Lowther and his team have many years of experience in this industry, especially in the market sectors on which we are focussing. With Simon’s professionalism and enthusiasm we look forward to forging a very successful working partnership over the coming months."
MSL Professional Company Director Simon Lowther comments: "We are very pleased to have the opportunity of representing this award-winning brand in the UK. The JoeCo product range will perfectly complement some of the other brands in our growing portfolio and we look forward to working closely with retailers and end users to offer the best possible support to both existing and new BlackBox customers."
JoeCo appoints BYZ Inc. for Brazil
22 March 2011 – BLACKBOX RECORDER heads into Latin American market.JoeCo appoints BYZ Inc. for Brazil
JoeCo Ltd has recently appointed BYZ Inc. as its exclusive distribution partner for the Brazilian market. The Florida-based company has been active in the MI, pro audio and broadcast markets since 2003 and currently acts as a hub for international companies seeking strategic partners in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to helping JoeCo expand its business in Brazil, BYZ will also act as a fulfilment house for other Latin American territories as needed.
"We are delighted to be represented by BYZ in such an important emerging market as Brazil", says Joe Bull, Managing Director of JoeCo Limited. "We have known Adinaldo Neves for some time and he will be the perfect partner to grow the JoeCo brand in the territory."
Adinaldo Neves, Director of Business Development and Principal of the company adds: "BYZ is renowned for its strong network and a pristine reputation acquired over almost 20 years. We have always been involved with high-quality products and offer extensive support to our partner networks. We are looking forward to our future work with JoeCo."
BLACKBOX PLAYER now shipping
4 Feb 2011 – Dedicated multi-channel playback solution for live shows now available.BLACKBOX PLAYER now shipping
JoeCo’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.
BLACKBOX RECORDER scoops Readers' Choice Award
24 Jan 2011 – Recorder proves a winner in the Live Sound International and Pro Sound Web 2010 Readers’ Choice Best Product awards.BLACKBOX RECORDER scoops Readers' Choice Award
The BlackBox Recorder has won Best Product for the Live Recording Hardware category of the 2010 Readers' Choice Awards voted for by over 10,000 readers of Live Sound International and Pro Sound Web. Following five weeks of voting, winners were announced at the recent NAMM Show in Anaheim, where a delighted Joe Bull received his award trophy.
The Readers' Choice Award is the latest in a series of accolades for the BlackBox Recorder, whose unique attributes have attracted interest from audio professionals in various fields, ranging from live performance to broadcast, film and TV sound and post production.
"We would like to thank all the readers of Live Sound International and Pro Sound Web who voted for us", says Joe Bull. "As we have developed the various BBR versions over the last couple of years, we have tried to meet the varying needs of both the industry in general and our individual customers. It’s therefore very gratifying to know that industry specialists think that we’ve got the best product for them!"
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