The APT MULTI-CHANNEL CODEC is a compact and efficient solution for the transport of multiple channels of audio or MPX content over IP links. It can support up to 16 channels of audio within a single unit of rackspace - and even more IP streams when using multicast or multiple unicast technology.
The 1RU frame can accommodate up to 4 AoIP modules, each equivalent to a stand-alone stereo duplex codec combining audio, dual IP transport and auxiliary data on board. It offers the entire range of audio formats and modes meeting the audio industry’s requirements: simplex, duplex, AES/EBU, AES/EBU with analog backup, analog with HI/LO or 600Ω impedance.
Reliable DSP-based architecture
The APT AoIP Codec Module offers audio encoding/decoding, IP transport, management and auxiliary data on a single, plug-in module. This enhances the Audio over IP performance of the APT Multi-Channel Codec System as well as increasing its scalability and flexibility.
Fully compatible with the many hundreds of existing units already deployed worldwide, each AoIP card can deliver two independent stereo audio channels on multiple IP streams using multiple unicast or multicast.
The APT AoIP codec module offers the entire range of audio formats and modes meeting the audio industry’s requirements: simplex, duplex, AES/EBU, AES/EBU with analog backup, analog with HI/LO or 600Ω impedance.
The module offers the same broadcast-grade audio for which the Multi-Channel Frame is renowned with support for a wealth of standards such as: Linear PCM 16/24Bit, aptX® Enhanced16/24Bit, MPEG1/2 LII, MPEG2 HE-AAC & HE-AACv2, MPEG4 AAC LC/LD/ELD, HE-AACv1/v2 .
The APT AoIP Codec Module is also able to support 85kHz of audio bandwidth and scale the sample rate to 192kHz, enabling a digital MPX signal to be sent on an AES stream. The output of the audio codec can therefore be transferred directly to the modulator of the exciter. This 100% digital path eliminates D/A and A/D conversions which may cause degradation of signal quality and could introduce distortion.
A separate Input/Output module is available for the APT AoIP MULTI-CHANNEL CODEC which enables the transmission of analog MPX signals in duplex and simplex mode as well as AUX and GPIO signals. The mix of digital and analog MPX transmission on the same frame allows seamless migration from analog MPX processing to digital processing regardless of the transmitter type.
Specific benefits of APT MPX transmission include:
SureStream technology is a revolutionary innovation from APT that enables broadcasters to use inexpensive IP links and still maintain professional broadcast-grade audio quality and reliability.
It delivers the audio quality and reliability you expect from a T1/E1 link at a fraction of the associated cost. APT SureStream Technology also offers the added benefit of «Always-On Redundancy». With APT SureStream Technology, you can save thousands on your audio transport bills and still offer your listeners the highest quality sound.
The WorldCast Manager simplifies the management of all SNMP-enabled devices in a network, providing real-time status, historical data and visualization of multiple devices from a single screen. The intuitive and simple-to-use interface shows all devices located at your site(s) displaying product information, alerting you to any alarms and providing one-click access to the unit’s web-based control interface.
The WorldCast Manager is compatible with all WorldCast Systems’ equipment as well as SNMP devices from ANY manufacturer.
The APT AoIP Codec Module is also able to support 85kHz or 64kHz of audio bandwidth and scale the sample rate to 192kHz or 128kHz, enabling a digital MPX signal to be sent on an AES stream. The output of the audio codec can therefore be transferred directly to the modulator of the exciter. This 100% digital path eliminates D/A and A/D conversions which may cause degradation of signal quality and could introduce distortion.
For maximum compatibility with existing analog MPX equipment, the AoIP card provides support for both Analog and Digital MPX transmission. Offering analog-analog, analog-digital and digital-digital MPX distribution all on a single platform provides broadcasters with a solution for their current needs and a clear and affordable migration path for the future.
«With the Multi-channel AoIP Codec, we have a reliable, scalable platform that delivers high-quality audio. And, most importantly, with SureStream, we have a simple, convenient solution that requires very little configuration and supervision and maintains the consistency of our audio quality output, even in the most intolerable network conditions.»
Jordi Gol, Group Director of Technology, Grupo Flaix, Catalonia, Spain
"The use of Digital MPX is helping Rice University make significant savings by reducing the manpower required to maintain the plant."
Rob Meuser, CTO, Engineaux Inc, USA
|Ethernet||Dual physical Ethernet ports, RJ45 for management and streaming|
|Virtual Network||Virtual Interfaces and VLAN tagging|
|Analog I/O||Electronically balanced, capacitive isolated on 37 pin D-Type connector#2) Imp. Hi/Lo and 600 Ω|
|Digital Audio I/O||AES-3, 24 Bit, transformer balanced, on 37 pin D-Type connector#2 Imp. 110 Ω|
|Digital Ref Input||AES, transformer balanced, on 37 pin D-Type connector#2, Imp. 110 Ω|
|Serial Aux Data and GPIO||15 pin HD-Type, 2x serial on RS232 level, 4x opto-coupled inputs and relay contacts|
|Management||Web GUI, APT NMS, SNMP, XML API (available with a later release)|
|Asymmetric Audio||Independent audio modes for sent and receive, independent clock domains|
|Audio Modes||Simplex: 2x stereo Input or 2x stereo output ; Duplex: 1x stereo Input and Output|
Output FS, 32/44.1/48/96/192* kHz – software configurable
|Audio Bandwidth||10Hz to 20kHz mono & stereo 85kHz for digital MPX over AES*|
|Standard Coding Algorithms|
aptX Enhanced 16 & 24 Bit, Linear PCM 16 & 24 Bit, MPEG 1/2 Layer II, MPEG4: AAC-LC/LD/ELD, MPEG2/4: HE-AAC v1/v2
|Coding Delay||min. 2ms on aptX Enhanced and higher depending on chosen algorithm|
|Dynamic Range||16 Bit >85dB, 24 Bit >110dB|
|Network and IP|
|IP Protocols Supported||RTP/UDP/IP, RTCP, DNS, Dynamic DNS, DHCP, ICMP, IGMP, VLAN#, UPnP (IGD), NTP, SNMP, SMTP, HTTPS (management)|
|IP Statistics||Complete IP Statistics for each stream|
|Casting Modes||Unicast, multiple unicast, multicast, multi- multicast|
|De-Jitter Buffer||Buffer size 1 - 5,000ms adjustable, automatic packets re-sequencer|
|RTP/UPD Streaming and Modes||Multiple Tx-Streams, 2x Rx Streams, UDP stream forwarding, Auto-Detection of received Stream, Auto-Reply to sender|
|Quality of Service||DiffServ, with separate DSCP values per stream, SureStream Technology and Error Concealment|
|Backup Features||SD Card for audio file storage|
|Network Security||Service Filter and Firewall Features|
|Serial Data Rates (embedded)||11200, 2400, 4800, 9600 Baud (2 channels per AoIP module)|
|Serial Data Rates via IP||1200 - 115,200 Baud (2 channels per AoIP module)|
|AUX Data via UDP||UDP forwarding PAD or private Data|
|GPIO||4 switch inputs, 4 relays; GPI transmitted as separate UDP stream or embedded in aptX Enhanced|
|19” 1U Dimensions (H / W / L)||44mm x 482mm x 370mm 1.75” x 19” x 14.5”|
|Weight||5Kg / 11lbs|
|Dual Power Supply|
90-250 VAC / 47-60 Hz or 36-72VDC, AC/AC, AC/DC, DC/DC (order options)
|Power Consumption||< 60W|
|Guaranteed Working Temperatures||0°C - +45°C|
|Humidity||Up to 95% relative humidity (non-condensing)|
* Cost option
#2with XLR breakout cable
|STP00034+ SPP00048||4HP AoIP Module for APT Codec Frame 1U with XLR-Breakout Cable|
|SPP00049||AUX/GPIO Breakout Cable for AoIP Module|
|STP00061||4HP ANALOG MPXoIP MODULE for APT FRAME 1U|
|CD00136||SureStream option for AoIP Module – 4HP|
|LC00074||Digital MPX over IP option for APT Codecs|
|TFP0109-A0||APT Codec Frame with AC/AC PSU|
|TFP0109-A1||APT Codec Frame with DC/DC PSU|
|TFP0109-A2||APT Codec Frame with AC/DC PSU|