Day 3 of RadioWeek explored one of the biggest technological shifts in broadcast radio
Comrex is now shipping BRIC-Link III. Debuted at the NAB 2022 show, the latest model in its popular, cost-effective IP audio codec line features a new, more powerful processor for improved reliability in addition to enhanced front panel indicators, including four buttons that will trigger contact closures by default and are configurable for auto-connections to other Comrex IP audio codecs.
Comrex says BRIC-Link III includes CrossLock VPN technology, its proprietary suite of reliability tools that offer an expanded array of techniques, including improved congestion detection, redundant transmission, forward error correction, and deadline-sensitive retransmission. Plus, with the ability to use multiple IP networks for increased bandwidth in addition to the intelligent monitoring and dynamic adjustment of data packets, CrossLock optimizes audio for transmission over the public Internet.
With a suite of encoding algorithms including stereo and mono linear mode, FLAC modes, AAC/HE-AAC modes, Opus, G.722 and G.711, BRIC-Link III can accommodate a wide variety of applications. BRIC-Link IP audio codecs are commonly used in home studios, as STLs, for voice-over delivery, for sportscasting, and for many other situations that require point-to-point connections. With additional operation modes like HTTP and IP Multicast, BRIC-Link III can also function as a streaming server or send audio to multiple locations (depending on network bandwidth), making it an incredibly versatile hardware codec with an entry-level price point.
BRIC-Link III is compatible with all other Comrex IP audio codecs, including the Access codec line and older BRIC-Link models. It also includes EBU 3326/SIP mode for interoperability with third-party manufacturer codecs.
BRIC-Link III also works with Comrex Gagl, a new service now available for remote contribution that turns any Comrex IP audio codec into a hub for up to five participants.