Flashlog 8 Broadcast Audio Logger

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Summary

Taking advantage of today’s powerful multi-core processors and growing hard drive capacities, Flashlog 8 pushes back the barriers on traditional line, radio capture and internet logging with the ability to record up to sixty-four stereo line channels, thirty-two stereo FM stations, thirty-two AM stations, four DAB+ ensembles and/or thirty-two internet streams.

Line inputs can be sourced from physical sound cards or IP-based streams such as Axia, Wheatnet and Dante. AM, FM and DAB/DAB+ logging requires the respective Sonifex radio capture PCIe cards. Internet radio stream logging supports the Shoutcast, Icecast, Flash (RTMP) and HLS protocols and records the audio in its native format (typically AAC or MP3).

Flashlog also records the metadata from FM RDS, internet streams and DAB DLS text and MOT slideshows, displaying it in sync with the audio on playback.

The number of logging days can be independently set for each line, AM or FM channel, DAB+ ensemble and internet stream. The options, ranging from seven days to two years, are automatically adjusted to take account of available storage space. Recordings older than the set number of days are progressively overwritten by new.

Real-time archiving of individual audio channels to networked storage on selected days and time ranges is provided, allowing important programmes to be permanently stored.

An embedded SNMP agent allows remote monitoring of all the inputs for audio/carrier/stream status, as well as metadata on FM, DAB and internet sources.

All text fields are Unicode-based, allowing multilingual display and entry.

Multiple workstations can play back any of the recorded audio and metadata through the free Flashback application. Log extracts can be saved as MP3 (not available in the USA until 2018) as well was WAV, WMA and AVI files.

Features

Features

Analogue, AES-3, Axia Livewire, Wheatstone Wheatnet-IP and Dante line inputs

  • Up to 64 stereo inputs, each reconfigurable as a pair of mono inputs
  • Up to four assignable line sub-categories for grouping channels
  • Selectable audio compression rates ranging from 80kbps to lossless compression
  • Adjustable number of logging days on each input
  • Balanced inputs and outputs with XLR breakout cables supplied
  • Optional 16 skimming control inputs
  • Live input monitoring on logger unit
  • Selectable audio failure alarms

AM and FM radio capture

  • Up to 32 AM stations and 32 FM stations
  • Adjustable number of logging days on each station
  • All FM logging in stereo
  • Received signal strength, FM stereo pilot and RDS indicators
  • Live monitoring on logger unit
  • FM RDS radiotext logging
  • Selectable carrier and audio failure alarms

DAB+ radio capture

  • Up to four ensembles
  • Adjustable number of logging days on each ensemble
  • Entire MSC (main service channel) contents recorded
  • Receiver spectrum display, signal strength and quality indicators, and uncorrected error counter
  • Decodes legacy MP2 as well as HE-AAC v2 audio compression
  • Displays DLS text, MOT slides and electronic programme guide
  • Live monitoring of audio and data
  • Selectable ensemble, stream and audio failure alarms

Internet stream capture

  • Up to 32 streams
  • Adjustable number of logging days on each stream
  • Supports Shoutcast, Icecast, Flash (RTMP) and HLS protocols with HE-AAC or MP3 audio compression

Platform

  • Industrial four-unit rack mount case
  • Optional inbuilt colour LCD screen with slide-out keyboard and mouse pad
  • Dual redundant hot-swappable power supplies
  • Hardware RAID-1 or RAID-5 swappable SATA hard discs with optional hot-standby disc
  • Inbuilt DVD R/W drive for easy archiving
  • Recording time of up to two years, settable on each channel or ensemble (subject to available disc space and dependent on the number of channels and audio compression rate used)
  • 64-bit quad-core processor
  • 64-bit Windows 7 Professional operating system
  • Network playback using free Flashback 8 application (also compatible with Flashlog 5, 6 and 7 recorders)
  • SNMP monitoring and alarms, including RDS / DLS text.

Technical Specification

Technical Specification

Recording time: 7, 14, 28, 42, 60, 90, 100, 120, 180 days, 1 year or 2 years (individually settable on each channel or ensemble)2

Analog line inputs: Balanced (XLR breakout cable supplied) +24dBu clipping level (+8 / +4 / 0dBu nominal level) 20k input impedance 48kHz sampling 24-bit converters 80kbps / 128kbps / 256kbps / lossless compression (selectable per channel)

AES-3 line inputs:  Transformer-coupled (XLR breakout cable supplied) 32kHz – 96kHz 24-bit sampling with 80kbps / 128kbps / 256kbps / lossless compression (selectable per channel)

Analog line output: Balanced (XLR breakout cable supplied) 40 ohm output impedance (minimum load 600 ohms) +24dBu peak level (+8/+4/0dBu nominal level)

AES-3 line output: Transformer-coupled (XLR breakout cable supplied) 48kHz 24-bit sampling

Axia Livewire 3:

Optional software driver supporting up to sixteen stereo inputs and playback output.

Wheatstone Wheatnet3:

Optional software driver supporting up to sixteen stereo inputs and playback output.

Dante3:

Optional software driver supporting up to sixteen stereo inputs and playback output.

Skimming option4:

16 optically-isolated user-assignable inputs

Daily event list display linked to audio log

Sequential playing and archiving of multiple events

AM Capture: 500kHz – 1710kHz tuning range (1kHz steps) BNC antenna connection (50 ohm input impedance), 22.05kHz sampling, 32kbps compression, Maximum 32 stations

FM Capture: 87.5 – 108.5MHz tuning range (50kHz steps)

BNC antenna connection, 48kHz sampling, 64kbps compression, Maximum 32 stations, RDS radiotext logging, DAB+ Capture: Band III (174 – 240MHz) DAB Mode 1 BNC antenna connection

Maximum 4 ensembles, Maximum 32 services per ensemble

Dynamic reconfiguration, DAB+ and Legacy DAB supported

Decoding for MP2 / HE-AAC v2 audio, DLS, JPEG / PNG images, EPG

Internet Capture:  Supports Shoutcast, Icecast, Flash (RTMP) and HLS protocols HE-AAC or MP3 audio compression, Maximum 32 streams

SNMP: Input audio-carrier-DAB-internet stream status / RDS-DLS-internet text monitoring

Selectable trap generation

Storage:  Up to 3 x 4TB SATA hard discs with optional hot-standby disc

Hardware RAID-5 (striping) or RAID-1 (mirroring)

DVD R/W drive (+/- formats supported)

Processor:  64-bit Pentium quad-core, 8GB RAM

Operating system: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit edition (Windows 10 supported and available on request)

Specifications subject to change without notice.

1 The number of line inputs may be limited by the available PCI/PCIe slots on the motherboard.
2 Maximum recording time depends on number of channels and available hard drive sizes
3 Axia Livewire provided by Axia Audio / TLS Corp. Wheatstone Wheatnet-IP supplied by Wheatstone Corp. Dante supplied by Audinate.
4 Options available at an additional cost.

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