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Product Description

The BLACKBOX RECORDER is a novel concept in live recording technology - a multi-track for the 21st century. it is no longer necessary to dismantle your home studio or recording studio to take a complete Digital Audio Workstation into a live venue to capture your live performance.

The BLACKBOX RECORDER plugs into any standard live mixing console via the normal insert points and not only allows for the capture of the performance but also will record the sound check to help set the foldback mixes and allow the performers to hear the live mix for themselves. In difficult acoustic spaces it also lets the sound engineer achieve the best balance without exhausting the band with endless rehearsals before the gig.

The BLACKBOX RECORDER provides 24 tracks of audio recording directly onto a removable USB2 disk drive that can be immediately plugged into your Digital Audio Workstation after the gig.

Recording the audio at up to 96kHz and at 24 bit resolution into standard Broadcast Wave (BWAV) files on a standard FAT32 formatted drive allows the user to replay the material on any workstation. Just unplug the disk from the back of the BLACKBOX RECORDER and plug it into your workstation as an external disk. No copying or reassembling your studio is required and you have every mixer input recorded and available to create the perfect live remix.

For really large multi-track recordings, multiple BLACKBOX RECORDER units can be chained together and operated from a single control surface.

The unit has been designed to be as simple as possible to operate, recognising that during a live performance the sound engineer will naturally need to concentrate on the sound for the audience and the performers.

Consequently, having connected up the unit to the desk the BBR1 defaults to all tracks being armed ready for record; just pressing Record will start the recording. If the record button is pressed again whilst in record, the BLACKBOX RECORDER will automatically start a new recording so that each song can be easily identified later. To end a recording requires the STOP button to be held for 2 seconds to ensure that the recording cannot be stopped accidentally.

A foot switch input is also provided and can be set up to duplicate the record button function so that the engineer doesn't even have to move away from the console.

The BBR1-A BLACKBOX RECORDER with ADAT i/o adds the ability to capture your performance from a Digital Mixing Console supporting ADAT Lightpipe (TOSlink) inputs and outputs. Alternatively, this style of BBR can interface directly with any of the high quality A-D converters which incorporate ADAT Lightpipe outputs

Three 8 channel Lightpipe inputs can be connected from your console and three Lightpipe outputs can return the signals back to the mixer. All other features of the BLACKBOX RECORDER unit remain unchanged and you still have the full analogue i/o of the standard BBR1 for situations where the Lightpipe inteface is not suitable.

Due to limitations in the ADAT lightpipe format, use of this option restricts 24 track recording to sample rates of 44.1kHz or 48kHz, however, the full 96kHz facility is still available in the Analogue domain.

Rear Panel Connectors

Analogue i/o
3 x 25 way Female D-type supplied with 3m looms to 1/4" stereo TRS jacks (for mixer insert points - tip send, ring return)

(Loop through outputs)
8 x 1/4" stereo TRS jack sockets (Ch 17-24 only: tip send, ring return). Only available in Analogue i/o mode.

Note: The BBR1-A is not supplied with lightpipe cables or analogue cable looms. JoeCo or your local dealer will be able to supply you with the right cable looms for your installation.

Digital i/o
3 x TOSlink (Lightpipe) 8 channel input connectors
3 x TOSlink (Lightpipe) 8 channel output connectors

1 x 1/4" stereo TRS jack socket: Headphone output

Control and Synchronisation
1 x 1/4" TRS jack socket: Linear Time Code (LTC) Reader / Footswitch
1 x 5-pin DIN: MIDI Time code (MTC) and MIDI Machine Control (MMC)
1 x 9-pin Male D-type: SONY PII protocol
2 x RCA sockets: AES/SPDIF word clock reference input / communications to auxiliary units

Other Connectors
1 x USB2 (480Mb/s) interface to disk drive
1 x mini DIN: PS2 keyboard socket
1 x 2.5mm dc inlet (9Vdc power) - power adapter supplied


Sample Rates supported:
44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz & 96kHz

Digital i/o
Fully conformant with the ADAT Lightpipe standard

Analogue Inputs
levels: -10dB / +4dB switchable
Max input level: +22dBU = 0dBFS
A-D conversion: 24 bit, 96kHz
106dB S/N; 96dB THD+N (typical A-weighted 48kHz)

Analogue Outputs
levels: -10dB / +4dB switchable
Max output level: +22dBU = 0dBFS
D-A conversion: 24 bit / 96kHz
106dB S/N; 94dB THD+N (typical A-weighted 48kHz

Timecode Reader
Frame Rates: 24,25,29.97 drop and non-drop, 30 fps; Trigger only (no chase)

19" rack mountable - 1U high
Dimensions: 425mm x 150mm x 44.4mm
Weight: 2.1kg
dc input: 7.5V - 15V
Power consumption: <25W


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