The Charles Interpreter Unit will make its international debut at the IBC
IBC will see the first international showing of the completely new Charles Interpreter Unit which added networked audio to this product category. As with all Glensound products, it is designed to precisely cater for the needs of a single translator whilst providing significant redundancy for power and Ethernet to ensure the message is delivered. Experience gained with other Interpreter units has defined the advanced specification. Dual PoE connections plus a mains and DC input provide the security needed to keep the unit live at all times and there are RJ-45 connectors on the rear panel for primary and secondary Dante connections. A floor input from the Dante network and XLR sockets for the translator’s microphone are featured with network output for the microphone only, the floor plus microphone, and two talk outputs completing the I/O. Single-button selection of the talk outputs allows the user to flip/flop between them as required for multiple languages.
As a major supplier of commentary units, Glensound has shipped thousands of its various CU-001 variants, so features and usability are assured, but the ability to take advantage of the extra functionality that networked connections offer suggested that including a Dante Brooklyn board would be a valuable addition. This upgrade added one more device to the many Glensound products that are already in the range. The CU-001 Dante is a 3-user unit with direct analogue outputs that mirror the Dante connections. Either direct or mixed mic outputs are provided along with three talkback outputs. An advanced limiter circuit makes sure that over-exuberant commentators do not clip their channels. As with Charles, there are primary and secondary Dante ports to ensure that the network connections are robust in addition to the analogue mirroring. Power is backed up by the addition of a DC input on XLR in addition to the standard IEC connector. The commentators can hear each other with adjustable gain on the headphones and they have full control over their levels and set-up.
The GTM now also features a noisegate on the input to prevent audio from the arena bleeding into the comms mix.
Other Dante products will be on show including DIVINE Intelligent Network Audio Monitor. This can monitor up to four incoming Dante/AES67 streams with channel selection, EQ and a host of other control and monitoring functions. GlenController can be employed once again to remotely control the units.
Portable products take a hammering, so the AoIP22 has been repackaged to include soft plastic end caps and a tougher case to keep this handy interface working in a rough world. This analogue to Dante /AES67 interface handles two channels in and out and is PoE powered.
Marc Wilson, Glensound’s Managing Director, said: “Our reputation depends on designing products that fit the brief and perform reliably in some tough situations, and we really appreciate the feedback from our broadcast customers. Our adoption of Dante, and last year’s Ravenna, has proved to be a game-changer in many ways and has allowed us to enter new markets we would have never previously considered. Expanding Dante and Ravenna capability to some of our other highly successful products is a natural development.”