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JoeCo Recorders in BroadcastJoeCo Recorders in Broadcast

June 2016 – Article in InBroadcast's June issue.

JoeCo Recorders in Broadcast

JoeCo Recorders in BroadcastJoeCo multichannel audio recorders are used extensively nowadays as the most cost effective method of capturing audio for broadcast. The JoeCo BlackBox Range has proved popular around the world as a simple and incredibly reliable and robust solution for audio capture.

In Reality TV, BlackBox Recorders are used on numerous programs including the award winning “Great British Bake Off”, “I’m a Celebrity - get me out of here”, “Geordie Shore”, and many more. Attach radio mics to each contestant, contributor or presenter and each BlackBox BBR1B system will just record up to 24 channels continuously. All the files are time-stamped with the incoming linear time code so they line up perfectly with the camera footage when dragged into any workstation. On many such shows, BlackBox Recorders have been used to capture audio 24/7 for up to 6 weeks continuously. The BlackBox BBR1MP incorporates built in mic preamps making it a really compact solution.

In sports broadcasting, BlackBox BBR64MADI systems was used to record 64 channels of audio in every stadium during the FIFA world cup in Brazil. Similarly, BlackBox units were used throughout the Sochi Winter Olympics. In the USA, BBR64MADI systems are used by the NFL (National Football League) to ensure that the audio is preserved for future repurposing. The motor racing industry is using BBR64MADI units extensively for archival analysis of teams performance and other repurposing with various teams and organizations adopting the technology because of its reliability.

Countless OB Vans have been upgraded to incorporate BlackBox Recorders. Traditionally, two workstations were required in broadcast trucks to provide redundancy but as many broadcasters have realized, replacing a full audio workstation rig with a 1U rack unit acting as a secure backup saves a lot of real estate in an area where space is at a premium.

Religious Broadcasting has grown to be an important part of spreading the word and BlackBox systems are installed in Houses of Worship worldwide.

As more broadcasters move to IP based solutions for moving audio around, the BBR64Dante system which is AES67 compatible and so can link to any Ravenna or Dante network has become more and more popular providing 64 channels of audio data recording. The new BlueBox BBWR24MP includes an audio interface allowing it to operate both as a Live Multichannel Recorder with simultaneous backup to a laptop and in a studio environment.

Since its inception, the BlackBox has been a stalwart of the music industry for capturing live performances at concerts, festivals and on tour. Ensuring that concerts and festivals for broadcast are recorded on a simple bullet-proof system has become increasingly important.

JoeCo was at the forefront of implementing the Broadcast WAV format for audio recordings. Joe Bull, JoeCo’s Managing Director, was an active member of the original EBU committee that specified Broadcast WAV and he later served on the AES committee that made it into the international standard that every workstation can read.

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JoeCo brings festive surround sound to MelbourneJoeCo brings festive surround sound to Melbourne

December 2015 – BlackBox Player helps set the scene for Christmas tree sound and light shows.

JoeCo brings festive surround sound to Melbourne

JoeCo brings festive surround sound to MelbourneJoeCo BlackBox Players are helping to bring the sounds and sights of Christmas to the city of Melbourne, Australia. Systems integrator Sound Environment is replaying 24-channel surround sound landscapes synchronized to 7500 channels of lighting as part of a spectacular Christmas tree sound and light show that forms a centerpiece of the city's Christmas Festival. The BlackBox is scheduled (via AMX control) to play pre-programmed shows that run day and night throughout the festive period.

"I love the machine," says Sound Environment's Director, Bryce Grunden, "We have one unit installed in the show that runs over Christmas, as well as a permanent installation in a viewing platform here in Melbourne. For the Christmas show, the unit runs as a Master with 7500 channels of synchronised lighting and also slaves to time code. The other unit is permanently looping material and also plays other tracks when instructed over RS232 from the AMX."

The BlackBox Player is a software add-on for JoeCo's award-winning BlackBox Recorder that has been specially developed for synchronous replay of backing tracks and surround stems for live shows and themed entertainment. Playlists can be stored on USB Flash drive and tracks cued up for instant replay. The Player can be triggered using timecode, GPI, QWERTY keyboard, MIDI commands and JoeCo Remote for iPad. Multiple playlists can be stored for quick changes or alternative show formats.

"We're delighted to see our BlackBox Player used in an increasing number of large-scale, creative projects such as this" says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "It's good to see its role developing from replaying audio tracks in a performance situation to integration in more complex installations that involve a range of different synchronization and control parameters. Congratulations to Bryce and his team on this successful festive installation and Merry Christmas to everyone from JoeCo."

JoeCo is represented in Australia by Gigpiglet Productions Pty Ltd of Surry Hills, NSW.

JoeCo to exhibit at SoundPro 2015JoeCo to exhibit at SoundPro 2015

September 2015 – Table-top audio expo in Ealing Town Hall (26th September) for broadcast, film and post production.

JoeCo to exhibit at SoundPro 2015

JoeCo to exhibit at SoundPro 2015If you’re not able to attend IBC 2015 in Amsterdam, the SoundPro exhibition in Ealing Town Hall on Saturday 26th September provides an opportunity to "get your hands on the sound gear from IBC" in the words of its organisers.

Staged and managed this year by Resolution Magazine, the informal exhibition builds on an annual event originally introduced by the Institute of Professional Sound (IPS) and aims to attract audio professionals - freelancers, location recordists, production sound operators, and audio enthusiasts in broadcast, film and post production. The event combines a general exhibition area where visitors can meet manufacturers, distributors, dealers and service providers, with practical presentation sessions given by the Institute of Professional Sound.

The JoeCo team will bring a range of 24- and 64-channel BlackBox Recorders/Players to the one-day exhibition, giving visitors an opportunity to catch up on the latest BlackBox developments and JoeCo's most recent options for remotely controlling BlackBox systems via iPad.

Show details
Date: Saturday 26th September, 11am-5pm
Venue: Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, London W5 2BY.
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Show details
Date: Saturday 26th September, 11am-5pm
Venue: Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, London W5 2BY.
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JoeCo focuses on reliability and flexibility at IBCJoeCo focuses on reliability and flexibility at IBC

September 2015 – BlackBox manufacturer presents latest system enhancements and remote control options.

JoeCo focuses on reliability and flexibility at IBC

JoeCo focuses on reliability and flexibility at IBCJoeCo heads to IBC 2015 in Amsterdam with a range of 24- and 64-channel BlackBox Recorders/Players and new remote control interface options.

"The release of our flagship BBR1MP Recorder with integrated mic preamps formed last year’s show focus. This year it's about greater flexibility and reliability," says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "Broadcasters are increasingly opting for multiple systems, or additional backup units, as productions involve larger track counts. So developments during 2015 have included the ability to remotely control up to 4 BlackBox systems via a single iPad using the JoeCo MultiRemote interface. Our 64-channel MADI and Dante systems have undergone various recording and playback enhancements (with our latest software release) and LTC operations are also improved, with automatic restart of audio clocks if an error is detected. The BBR1MP Recorder has gained a 28dB Pad enabling use of mic processing features (High Pass Filter, Limiter, Phantom Power, Phase Reverse) on high output microphones and line level inputs.

"BlackBox Recorders are now spec’d for a range of broadcast studio and OB projects," adds Joe. "Two 64-channel MADI recorders recently captured the finals of the MediaCorp GeTai Challenge in Singapore. Several systems have also gone to Australia for Channel 7. Nearer home, Europe 1 Radio (France) has acquired a 64-channel MADI system, while the BBC continues to increase its BlackBox arsenal."

JoeCo is currently celebrating seven years of BlackBox development with an Anniversary Sale. Visit the team in Hall 8, Stand 8.E97 to find out more.

JoeCo appoints PWE GmbH for GermanyJoeCo appoints PWE GmbH for Germany

August 2015 – Recklinghausen-based distribution company takes on BlackBox product range.

JoeCo appoints PWE GmbH for Germany

JoeCo appoints PWE GmbH for GermanyJoeCo is pleased to announce that Peter Wolff Elektroakustik GmbH is now representing the BlackBox range of multi-channel audio recorders and players in Germany. Based in Recklinghausen, PWE GmbH has distributed a range of professional audio and communications products since the 1980s, playing a key role in establishing brands such as Midas and ASL Intercom in the territory. At the helm is industry veteran Peter Wolff, whose early experiences of renting and supplying DASH digital recorders during the 1980s laid a firm foundation for the digital recording technology expertise he has amassed over subsequent decades.

"We're very pleased to be taking on distribution of JoeCo products and look forward to supporting customers involved in a range of projects," says Mr. Wolff. "Thanks to their highly reliable operating capabilities, JoeCo BlackBox Recorders and Players have proved themselves, on numerous occasions, to be first choice for live recording and playback at events where there’s simply no 'second chance'."

JoeCo's Joe Bull comments: "We're delighted to be working with PWE GmbH. Peter Wolff brings a wealth of experience to JoeCo from several industry sectors, backed up by sound technical expertise. We look forward to a fruitful cooperation, which sees further brand development in Germany over the coming months."

Peter Wolff Enterprises Elektroakustik GmbH
Mozartstrasse 4
45657 Recklinghausen
Tel.: +49 (2361) 5809-0
Fax: +49 (2361) 580933

JoeCo releases JoeCoRemote v3.1 and new BlackBox system softwareNEW! JoeCoRemote and BlackBox software updates

August 2015 – JoeCoRemote 3.1 and BlackBox system software v3.2.6 now available.

JoeCo releases JoeCoRemote v3.1 and new BlackBox system software

JoeCo releases JoeCoRemote v3.1 and new BlackBox system softwareJoeCo announces the release of two new software updates. JoeCoRemote 3.1 is now available from the iTunes AppStore. The remote control software for iPad, which enables simultaneous remote control of up to 4 BlackBox systems, now includes a new 28dB PAD on the mic inputs in the BBR1MP setup window. This allows mic processing features (High Pass filter, Limiter, Phantom Power, Phase Reverse), to be used on high output mics and line level inputs. Other features from JoeCoRemote 3.0, including the new Playlist handling and support for JoeCo MultiRemote and Bluetooth hardware, remain unchanged.

The latest BlackBox system software update, v3.2.6, includes several general enhancements in addition to the new mic input PAD for the BBR1MP. Improvements have been made to recording and playback on MADI and Dante systems. 64 channels of audio data, copied from a computer, can now be reliably replayed from a fast flash drive when the systems are configured as Players. LTC operations are also improved, with automatic restart of audio clocks if a clocking error is detected.

The BlackBox software v3.2.6 update can be downloaded from the End User area of the website.

Note: JoeCoRemote 3.1 is backwards compatible with BlackBox system software versions and However, upgrading to BlackBox system software, v3.2.6, is recommended at the same time as upgrading the JoeCoRemote app.

BlackBox BBR1MP nominated in Resolution Awards 2015BlackBox BBR1MP nominated in Resolution Awards 2015

July 2015 – Flagship 24-channel system with integrated mic pres receives nomination in Recorder category.

BlackBox BBR1MP nominated in Resolution Awards 2015

BlackBox BBR1MP nominated in Resolution Awards 2015The BlackBox BBR1MP Recorder has been nominated in the Recorder category of the 2015 Resolution Awards. Organised by Resolution Magazine, nominations for the various product categories are drawn up by a panel of industry experts and practitioners across a range of disciplines. Voting is open to registered readers of Resolution until mid-September. Winners will be announced in a special Winners Supplement in the October issue of the magazine.

The BBR1MP Recorder is a stand-alone system for location recording, or live sessions where space is limited. It uniquely features 24 high-quality, microphone preamps, operating at up to 24bit/96kHz, which are integrated into the recorder’s tiny 1U housing! Adding a USB hard drive, and microphones, turns the system into a full multi-channel recording solution that quite literally fits into a backpack or hand luggage.

The BBR1MP Recorder offers a range of connection options including individually switchable mic/line inputs, balanced outputs, video sync, time code and word clock inputs, plus optional user-installable MADI or Dante interfaces. Microphones can be directly connected to the unit via tails, or via an optional 2U breakout panel with XLR connectors.

The recorder is controlled via JoeCoRemote for iPad, enabling the set up of each mic pre channel - level, mic/line, phantom power, hi-pass filter, soft limiter and phase reverse. A JoeCoRemote hardware interface is supplied with the system. Levels are displayed on high-resolution meters and a monitor mix can be created and adjusted using expandable channel strips with graphic faders, pan, solo, mute and other parameter controls. A stereo mixdown can also be created while recording, which has several advantages on location. Two independent headphone sockets provide simultaneous monitoring for both engineer and producer.

Like all BlackBox Recorders, the BBR1MP records audio direct to external USB2/3 drive in Broadcast WAV format for instant ingest into post production. Full support for iXML data is also provided on the iPad. The BBR1MP will run off any 12V power source. Unused channels and features can be disabled in order to preserve battery life on location.

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JoeCo releases new BlackBox remote control optionsJoeCo releases new BlackBox remote control options

May 2015 – Software app update and new hardware interfaces offer greater flexibility for remotely controlling BlackBox Recorders and Players.

JoeCo releases new BlackBox remote control options

JoeCo releases new BlackBox remote control optionsJoeCo has just released its latest remote control software update for iPad, JoeCoRemote 3.0 which, along with two new hardware interfaces, JoeCo MultiRemote and JoeCo Bluetooth, offers even more flexibility for remotely controlling 24-channel and 64-channel BlackBox Recorders and Players.

JoeCoRemote 3.0 for iPad, used together with the JoeCo MultiRemote interface, enables up to 4 BlackBox systems to be simultaneously triggered, monitored and controlled using a single iPad. This new technology has been specially developed to meet increasing demands from customers for the remote control of projects involving multiple systems and larger track counts. Using the iPad, users can view input metering on each connected BlackBox and create a real-time monitor mix using expandable channel strips in each of the Monitor windows. Multiple fader groups can be created for easier handling.

A new Player window revolutionises creating and controlling Playlists when the BlackBox Player is used as a multi-channel playback device. Changes to the set list can be made on-the-fly and can also be written to both the MAIN and BACKUP disks simultaneously ensuring that a pair of BlackBox systems configured as failover players are fully in sync. This enables the creative decisions of song order to be changed at a moment’s notice if required.

For broadcast/film applications, JoeCoRemote 3.0 enables iXML data to be created and modified from within the software. The app also features headphone volume and master mix level controls.

The JoeCo MultiRemote hardware interface offers instant remote control of all connected BlackBoxes via wired connection to a single iPad. For wireless operation, the MultiRemote box can be connected to the standard JoeCoRemote hardware interface.

The new JoeCo Bluetooth hardware interface offers a more cost-effective alternative for wirelessly controlling a BlackBox and iPad. The tiny module can either be connected directly to the BlackBox itself, or to the JoeCo MultiRemote interface for wireless control of up to four BlackBoxes. JoeCoBluetooth utilizes BLE4.0, which is supported by 3rd generation iPad or later.

Both new hardware interfaces are available from JoeCo sales partners or from JoeCo direct. The JoeCoRemote 3.0 software app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store. BlackBox Recorder/Player owners must also update their BBR system software to version This is available for downloaded from the JoeCo website End User area.

JoeCo's BlackBox acquires audio for "silent comedy"JoeCo's BlackBox acquires audio for "silent comedy"

March 2015 – BBR1B used on location for filming of new BBC sitcom.

JoeCo's BlackBox acquires audio for "silent comedy"

JoeCo's BlackBox acquires audio for "silent comedy"A 24-channel JoeCo BlackBox Recorder was used for audio acquisition during the filming of a new BBC sitcom starring Matt Lucas. Although described as a "silent comedy" or "visual comedy", the audio acquisition process nevertheless proved every bit as challenging for the team; Production Sound Mixer Leigh Crisp, Boom Operator Amber Howorth and 2nd Assistant Sound Robbie Derrick, as any other production shoot.

Leigh Crisp explains: "The show was recorded as if it was scripted dialogue. Matt and Charlie Hanson (Directors) were very keen to capture everything and not having a script as such, we therefore had to mic everyone. Everything was recorded to the JoeCo BlackBox BBR1B Recorder, which we used both in our makeshift studio (an old school gym) in Langleybury, Hertfordshire, and on various location shoots nearby. Filming took place during some sweltering days in June-July 2014, with temperatures of 30 degrees. But the BlackBox performed without a hitch, while all around was melting!"

JoeCo's BlackBox range of 1U multi-channel audio recorders has been developed to provide a robust, computer-free, high-quality solution for live audio capture and acquisition. Available with a range of i/o options, the recorder captures 24bit/96kHz audio in BWAV format direct to external USB2/3 drive, or USB Flash drive, for instant ingest into post production, or other re-purposing. An iXML option also enables the recording of polyWAV files, as well as allowing for the inclusion of location sound metadata, such as Scene, Take and Notes information, which can be logged during location sound recording in the film and TV industry and subsequently utilised by post production editors.

"On some days the track count was 6 to 8, with ISO tracks playing an important part in post production and the dub" says Crisp. There was also a lot of playback involved, both in ear playback and playback over a PA system, and sometimes both at once. So having the BlackBox's available track count was great for all purposes. "After each session, the ease of just giving a USB stick to the D.I.T (Digital Imaging Technician), where sound rushes were downloaded to G drives and safety copies made, was a breeze. The lovely thing about the JoeCo BlackBox was its fast formatting of the USB stick and the iXML metadata - so many naming options. It was a joy to use and there were no post production issues at all."

Since its release in 2009, the BlackBox Recorder has become a first choice for audio acquisition in many broadcast studios and location sets. Selected for its compact size, flexibility and reliability, even in unfavourable conditions, it has captured a range of reality TV shows, documentaries and dramas worldwide.

JoeCo previews new multi-remote technology at BVE 2015JoeCo previews new multi-remote technology at BVE 2015

February 2015 – Simultaneously control multiple BlackBox Recorders or Players using a single iPad.

JoeCo previews new multi-remote technology at BVE 2015

JoeCo previews new multi-remote technology at BVE 2015At BVE 2015, JoeCo previews new hardware and software that enables the control of multiple BlackBox Recorder/Player systems for audio acquisition and playback using a single iPad. Developed to address the needs of professional users looking to remotely control projects involving larger track counts, JoeCo’s new multi-remote hardware interface enables up to four BlackBoxes (including the new BBR1MP Recorder with built-in mic preamps) to be linked, triggered, monitored and controlled via one iPad.

An update to the JoeCoRemote software app enables users to view the input metering on each connected BlackBox, as well as to create large-scale real-time headphone monitor mixes using the expandable channel strips in the dedicated Monitor windows. Other features added to the software app include volume control for the headphone socket and trim control for adjusting the level of the integrated mixdown. A new overlay window also enables easier handling of Playlists when the BlackBox is used as a multi-channel playback device. Linking the new multi-remote hardware unit to the standard JoeCoRemote hardware interface enables both wireless and wired control of all systems.

"An increasing number of our professional customers are using more than one BlackBox system for large-scale broadcast or reality TV applications," says JoeCo's Joe Bull. "In response to the feedback received, it was a logical step for us to expand the capabilities of our JoeCoRemote system in order to further enhance workflow."

BVE also gives visitors another opportunity to see JoeCo's new flagship BBR1MP Recorder. The 24-channel stand-alone system features 24 integrated, high-quality, in-house developed microphone preamps, operating at up to 24bit/96kHz. User installable Dante™ and MADI interface cards are available as options, adding 24 channels of Dante or MADI i/o to the BBR1MP unit. Microphones can either be connected to the unit via tails from the rear D-Sub connectors, or via an optional 2U breakout panel with XLR connectors. Primarily designed with the broadcast engineer and sound location recordist in mind, the system is compact enough to fit into a backpack for location recording and will run off a 12V power source.

Visit JoeCo at BVE 2015 on Stand N43.


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