The Oracle Newsletter – August 2017

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Welcome to the latest edition of the Oracle and a big thank you to everyone who visited us during last month’s SMPTE exhibition at Darling Harbour. It was great spending time with customers and industry colleagues as well as meeting many new faces during the show. Our guest manufacturer reps from Nautel, Orban, Tieline and Sonifex UK were given a warm Sydney welcome and we thank them for joining us during SMPTE week. The Sonifex drinks event attracted quite a crowd (who would have thought!) and we hope all our guests had a great time.
If you couldn’t attend SMPTE this year but would like more information on a specific product or the availability of demo equipment, please let us know.  We’re only a phone call away!


New release firmware for the Tieline Merlin and Genie range of codecs IS NOW AVAILABLE!. There are a significant number of new features and enhancements which include:

  • Full HTML5 Web GUI Control (goodbye JAVA!!)
  • New Scheduler application
  • Improved Front Panel Connect
  • Enhanced SIP functionality
  • USB WiFi support
  • Enhanced audio failover options for Genie STL and Distribution

For full details of the new features and to download the latest firmware for your Genie or Merlin unit, click here

VS Series Software Version 4.2.6 is a significant software update suitable for all Nautel VS Series transmitters. Nautel recommends upgrading your transmitter(s) to this latest release during the next regularly scheduled site maintenance visit. The new release includes the following bug fixes:

  • Fixes an issue in the RDS section where UECP handling code was not properly handling byte stuffing
  • Fixes VS1 IPA reliability issue, related to improper timing of RF drive attenuator adjustments
  • Adjusted command signal timing of UG69 power supply at AC on to ensure stable establishment of DC output voltage

Please click here for the release notes and upgrade files.


Introducing the NEW Sonifex AVN-PXH122 x 12 Channel Mix Monitor, AoIP Portal

The Sonifex AVN-PXH12 is a monitor-mixer primarily designed for monitoring Audio Over IP audio channels in a compact 1U format rack. Any AES67 audio channels on your network can be assigned to input channels on the unit and mixed down to analogue outputs, a headphone output and built-in speaker

It is a stereo monitoring device that allows you to monitor up to 12 audio sources, from an input total of 24, at any one time. The 24 audio sources can be selected from 4 discrete stereo analogue audio inputs (1 x front panel 3.5mm jack socket, 2 x rear panel 3.5mm jack sockets and 1 x rear panel stereo XLR input pair) or from any RAVENNA, AES67 or AES67-enabled Dante® AoIP connected streams.

A built-in web server provides complete configuration control of the unit including source assignment to each channel and also allows for firmware updates and configuration backup. It’s an ideal solution for production gallery or control room channel monitoring positions, OB truck monitoring or confidence channel monitoring of any AoIP installation.

For a full description of features and technical details, please click here

The new AVN-PXH12 will be on display at this year’s IBC Show. Please visit the Sonifex stand 8.E61 for a live demo!


The Kintronic Labs RMC-1LR Controller is a PLC based control system for switching control of Main/ Standby transmitter selection. Featuring a NEW exterior digital control unit, the user can set the time interval during which the AC pulse is applied to the RF contactor or coaxial switch according to the typical switch transition time. For a full list of the features available in this compact 3RU system click here or email [email protected].

Nautel’s Jeff Welton is a well known presenter at the annual Nautel User Group (NUG) meeting and regular contributor to Nautel’s quarterly Waves newsletter. His popular presentation of ‘Tips n Tricks’ covers important issues such as safety, lightning protection, IT security and transmitter site maintenance. “How to not blow stuff up” is both informative and entertaining and now available in a webinar format here.

Nautel webinars are not only a valuable resource, their completion qualifies for ½ SBE re-certification credit, identified under Category I of the Re-certification Schedule for SBE Certifications. To see the full list of available webinars from Nautel’s website, please click here

Visit Sonifex in Hall 8 Stand 8.E61
IBC Conference and Exhibition
14th September – 19th September
RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam

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