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Shure X2U

XLR to USB adapter
X2U: The Shure X2U XLR-to-USB signal adapter is slim, portable and simple to connect. Making it easy to record whenever you want, anywhere you take your computer, it is useful for multi-track recording and features built-in headphone monitoring with zero latency. It also features easy controls to balance microphone and playback audio.

What the Judges had to say:

  • A mic to USB convertor is a good idea, but this adds headphone monitoring.
  • It's an easy way to create a production setup on the go.

    Sierra Automated Systems TP-USB

    USB turret panel
    Sierra Automated Systems
    TP-USB: This turret panel provides an easy way for talent or guests to connect a laptop to the SAS audio network. Typically, guests must feed the unbalanced line or headphone output to the audio network, which can lead to audio problems from ground loops and poor audio quality from the laptop's internal sound card. The card puts a USB B connector receptacle in easy reach to provide a bidirectional stereo connection. The panel fits in a 6" x 1.6" space. It connects to the SAS network via a CAT-5 cable. It is also available in a rack-mount version.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • It's a pretty simple idea, but this eliminates the hassle I've had to deal with laptops being brought into the studio for playback.
  • Clean and straight-forward.


    Tieline Bridge-It

    IP codec
    Tieline Technology
    Bridge-It: Bridge-It allows users to tailor the codec to suit individual requirements. Encode-only or decode-only versions or both are available. Bridge-It has an SD card slot for failover playback of prerecorded audio, and the unit's menus can be fully programmed using comprehensive front-panel hardware that includes a keypad and LCD display, or by using a Web interface. It is designed for desktop use, or two units can be installed side-by-side in a purpose-built 1RU mounting bracket. Bridge-It comes with a range of high performance broadcast algorithms plus optional AAC LC and AAC HE. Standard algorithms include 16-bit 22kHz linear audio at less than 12ms encode delay for uncompromised audio, G.711 G.722, MPEG Layer 2 and Tieline Music. The Tieline Music Plus algorithm also provides 22kHz mono, dual mono and stereo with 20ms encode delay at under 100kb/s. Bridge-It has all the expected broadcast input connectors. Simultaneous analog and digital AES/EBU audio outputs are provided on XLR connectors and it includes a 1/4" stereo headphone output.

    What the Judges had to say:

  • The SD card slot gives extra peace of mind for audio backup.
  • Very flexible unit for IP audio applications, with all the necessary codecs.


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