April Press release - BSkyB orders three BCD Audio RMOS Express systems
Windsor-based broadcast custom audio specialists BCD Audio recently secured three more orders for their highly successful RS485 network based RMOS Express routeing and monitoring system from U.K. satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
BSkyB Head of Sound Vaughan Rogers was "very satisfied" with his first experience of the RMOS Express system installed in Studio 6 in 1998, and subsequently ordered additional systems for Studio 7 and Studio 2 early in 2001. The third 2001 BSkyB order is for a system to be fitted in a new multi-camera SNG truck being built by SISLink.
Gary Pearce, Head of Links for Sky News, commented "As always, the comms system was proving to be the most difficult part of the design. We wanted a system which would cope with our ever increasing needs but which would be simple in operation, and Vaughan Rogers recommended BCD Audio. They came to the rescue with a bespoke 20 x 20 matrix system which enabled us to comfortably design the comms requirements for our new vehicle."
BCD Audio's RMOS Express is a highly flexible, configurable, remote controlled audio routeing, mixing and monitoring system with a system capacity of up to 128x64 on four layers including analogue and digital audio with remote level control and data, and is compatible with standard BNCS protocol.
August Press release - BCD Audio at IBC2001
Exhibiting solo for the first time at IBC, but well known to many broadcasters in the U.K. and throughout Europe, BCD Audio designs and manufactures a wide range of specialist audio products, many of which are unique in the industry.
The "Black Box" range began with the ALT-1 Adaptive Microphone Amplifier, of which over 700 are now in service with broadcast companies from Sweden to Spain, controlling the levels of news reporters and contributors with superb quality in unattended installations. The range now includes the ITB-1 and ITB-2 digital format converters, the DTG-1 digital tone generator and the SRC-1 sample rate converter, all packaged in standard 'belt-pack' size extruded boxes and using external D.C. power.
Installer-12 and Installer-48 are 1U and 3U rack systems designed to provide systems installation companies with those vital analogue, digital and format conversion interfaces which can often be overlooked at the contract specification stage. Both sizes accept any of BCD's wide range of standard Eurocards, including DAs, VCAs with serial or DC control, solid state and relay matrix cards, tone generators etc. The 1U Installer-12 unit houses up to 4 Eurocards, and the 3U Installer-48 up to 16, and any combination of cards may be specified as required.
Installer System installations during 2001 included equipment for BBC Studio TC3, BBC Millbank and BSkyB TV.
BCD Audio's RMOS Express system is a development of the Installer range, and uses a high-speed RS485 network to interconnect up to 63 remote control panels with a central rack unit housing up to 32 audio routeing, switching, mixing and processing cards. Each control panel can have up to 64 illuminated pushbuttons, alphanumeric LED or LCD displays and up to 16 rotary controls, and the system can be used to construct highly sophisticated, customised remote controlled audio routers and mixers for applications such as ring main monitoring, talkback and outside source selection for radio and small television stations.
During 2001, BCD Audio RMOS Express systems were installed in BBC Studio TC3, BBC Millbank, BSkyB TV and several U.K. commercial radio stations.