With IP at the heart of broadcasting’s future, codecs are increasingly the gateways of content assimilation and distribution
The company describes the Gateway as a DSP-based 1RU IP codec enabling transport of multiple mono or stereo audio channels across the public internet or any QoS-enabled IP network, including T1 and T3 connections and private WANs with MPLS. The Gateway streams up to 16 IP audio channels with support for AES67, ST 2110-30, AES3 and analog I/O as standard.
Tieline explains that the Gateway is suitable for large-scale audio distribution as well as managing multiple incoming remotes at the studio. “It will immediately replace and supersede the popular Merlin PLUS and Genie Distribution codecs by delivering more connection options, flexible scalability over time, as well as new IP technologies,” the firm states.
The Gateway integrates with all Tieline IP codecs and delivers hitless packet switching using SmartStream PLUS redundant streaming, plus bandwidth aggregation using Fuse-IP technologies over internet connections. It supports 16 bidirectional mono or eight bidirectional stereo streams of IP audio in 1RU to increase channel density and reduce rack space requirements. The compact unit is interoperable with all Tieline IP codecs and compatible over SIP with all EBU N/ACIP Tech 3326 and 3368 compliant codecs and devices.
The Gateway has two standard versions. One supports eight channels in/out (eight mono or four stereo) and the other supports 16 Channels in/out (16 Mono or eight Stereo). The unit interfaces with analog and AES/EBU sources, as well as newer broadcast plants with AES67 and ST 2110-30 IP audio infrastructure. An optional WheatNet-IP card will also be available. It’s configurable through an embedded HTML5 Toolbox Web-GUI interface and is also fully controllable using Tieline’s Cloud Codec Controller.
The Gateway codec supersedes the Merlin PLUS and Genie Distribution codecs and production of these codecs has ceased. Tieline will continue to provide support and software updates for the Merlin PLUS and Genie Distribution.
Watch the short video outlining the features in Gateway here.