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Enco Systems RAMA

Stand-alone metadata appliance

Enco Systems

RAMA: RAMA meets metadata distribution needs in a small box. The completely solid-state disk-less hardware is noise-free and measures 7"×2"×4½". Configuration and control are done through an easy-to-use browser interface. With two network connections it bridges the gap between the outside world and an automation network. Padapult is at the heart of RAMA and allows users to create and distribute now playing information along with compelling messagecasting content by sending real-time text data to an RBDS encoder, HD Radio Importers, a website and other destinations - up to 10 total. RAMA is the first metadata delivery appliance for radio stations and networks, distributing network PAD/PSD data to affiliates on a real-time or store and forward basis. RAMA is also a remotely administered metadata tool allowing configuration of local stations' data feeds from any location.

Judges' Comments

  • It's a metadata DA; we need that to feed multiple destinations.
  • Now we can actually feed some of our other streams with data.

Burk Plus-X AC-8

Remote power controller

Burk Technology

Plus-X AC-8: The Plus-X AC-8 provides independent management of equipment connected to 120V outlets, allowing remote rebooting of servers, PCs and more. Broadcasters can also remotely manage HVAC, lighting and other appliances. The product connects directly to the Burk ARC Plus remote control via Ethernet, or to any remote control (including the GSC3000 and ARC-16) using general-purpose inputs. A built-in Web server allows stand-alone remote connectivity.

Judges' Comments

  • It can stand alone, via the Web or work with any remote control.
  • Plenty of outlets for anything I would need.

ATI Group DM500

Portable digital audio monitor

ATI Group

DM500: The DM500 is both a digital audio monitor and a D-to-A converter in a portable form factor. This unit features 96kHz digital inputs, a powerful headphone monitor amplifier, a weather-protected carrying case and alternate mounting configurations. It is designed by Day Sequerra in conjunction with ATI engineers. It comes with a battery clip and portable carry case with shoulder strap and weather protection. Other models are available for desktop or rack mounting, and the unit accepts external ac power supplies for 24/7 operation.

Judges' Comments

  • Lots of diagnostic power in a small package.
  • It has more capability than the previous test units I have seen.

Henry Engineering Six Mix

USB broadcast console

Henry Engineering

Six Mix: Six Mix is a 10-input, 6-channel broadcast console that's about the size of a laptop computer. The most important feature is its integral USB digital audio interface. Connect a USB cable to any PC or laptop, and it's ready to record, edit and play digital audio. This makes Six Mix ideal for use with radio automation, digital production, news editing, webcasting, or as a self-contained emergency studio. Other features include a cue bus with cue speaker, monitor system with mic-on muting, a mix-minus output, and guest headphone facilities with full talkback.

Judges' Comments

  • Good set of features for use at remotes or a news desk.
  • The broadcast-friendly features make it easy for radio operators to use and understand.

25-Seven Systems Program Delay Manager


25-Seven Systems

Program Delay Manager: 25-Seven Systems' Program Delay Manager (PDM) is available in both IP audio and standard digital/analog I/O configurations. PDM offers full protection against unwanted broadcast content while providing excellent audio performance and 25-Seven's unique PD Alert system. PD Alert enables the program director and/or other key personnel to receive e-mail notification that program material was blocked from airing, including an audio file containing the content deleted by Program Delay Manager. PD Alert eliminates second-guessing about what was and was not aired during the incident.

Judges' Comments

  • The e-mail notifications are a great feature.
  • Setup and configuration are easy and flexible.

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