Depth and breadth from Wohler
IBC will host the usual wide range of products covering the usual wide range of categories from Wohler, with several making their European debut at the RAI. Also on show will be the new Wohler Euro Van – a showcase-on-wheels for the company’s video and audio products – whose European tour continues onto its Amsterdam leg.
First out of the box is the new MADI-8 audio monitor, which allows broadcasters to implement the Multichannel Audio Digital Interface (MADI or AES10) in their production workflows. MADI, of course, is extremely desirable for outside broadcasters, as it greatly reduces the amount of cable and weight associated with traditional analogue- or AES-based audio distribution. The 1-RU monitor features a 16-character by two-line LCD menu display, as well as both coax and optical MADI inputs and outputs, mixed two-channel or mono analog outputs, a front-panel headphone jack, channel-presence indicators, and eight user-nameable presets.
Then there’s the AMP1-D8MDA-3G, which Wohler says offers a lower-cost solution for operators who only require decoding of Dolby Digital (AC-3) signals. The AMP1-D8MDA-3G in-rack audio monitor is capable of outputting and/or displaying up to eight channels of encoded audio from Dolby Digital streams decoded from AES and 3G/HD/SD-SDI multichannel inputs. The AMP1-D8MDA-3G is ideal for use in VTR bays, mobile production vehicles, teleconferencing installations, multimedia systems, satellite links, cable TV facilities, and on-air radio studios.
Also on show will be major functional enhancements to the company’s flagship AMP2-16V audio/video processing monitor, designed with the operator in mind. Highlights include support for SMPTE 2020 metadata monitoring, a menu lockout function that prevents unauthorized changes to the unit’s configuration; the ability to cycle through solo monitoring of defined clusters of audio channels at the press of a button; an optical TOSLINK input option for monitoring the consumer’s set-top box experience; and improved display of metadata and stream status information. These new updates are available as a simple upgrade to all current AMP2-16V owners and come standard on all new AMP2-16V units.