An interview from the 2018 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Mark Davies of TSL Products. For over 30 years TSL has worked directly with the world’s leading broadcasters and content creators to design, manufacture and market a range of broadcast workflow solutions that serve to simplify operations within the television broadcast, cable, satellite, IPTV and IT industries. In this interview Mark talks with us about the recents updates to its range of audio monitoring products, including SMPTE 2110 and Ember+ protocol support, as well as new additions to the MPA1 range.
In response to the recent ratification of SMPTE 2110, TSL Products’ PAM1-IP and PAM2-IP audio monitoring units now support the modern suite of standards. This new support positions TSL as the only manufacturer of audio monitoring units capable of monitoring uncompressed SMPTE 2110 video and audio streams for deployment in essence-based workflows. The addition of SMPTE 2110 maintains a product line built on open standards and design, whilst existing PAM-IP customers already working with SMPTE 2022-6 can easily upgrade their units to SMPTE 2110 in the field.
With over 1,000 TallyMan Systems deployed worldwide, TSL Products is also bringing its experience in control and system integration to the fore in its audio monitoring solutions through a growing list of control protocols. To this end, both the PAM1-IP and PAM2-IP precision audio monitors now support Ember+ protocol, allowing them to be deployed within an ever-growing number of IP facilities and OB trucks.
Continuing the recognition for enhanced connectivity of its devices, TSL’s MPA1 audio monitoring range now supports SNMP. MPA1 customers can now realise more comprehensive and streamlined workflows, whilst also benefitting from smarter and more intelligent integrated solutions where users can remotely control their MPA1’s using TSL’s TallyMan control system or any third-party control system supporting SNMP. This free software upgrade increases the existing feature set of all MPA1 confidence monitors, bringing further value to both new and existing customers.
New to the MPA1 range of audio monitors are the MPA1-MIX-SDI, MPA1-SOLO-8 and MPA1-MIX-8, which offer an extended range of connectivity already available in the MPA1 line. Both the MPA1-SOLO-8 and MPA1-MIX-8 come equipped with 16 x balanced analogue Inputs, 8 x AES Inputs and 8 x GPIO ports. As with all MPA1 products, both the MPA1-SOLO-8 and MPA1-MIX-8 come complete with a built-in Web-server to allow remote configuration and control and third-party control using SNMP.
With the MPA1-SOLO-8, users can browse through analogue and AES audio sources using simple scroll-to-listen functionality. The front panel display offers quick and easy operation by providing high-quality audio level metering, audio phase meters and source names. With the MPA1-MIX-8, users can create stereo monitoring mixes comprising up to 8 x audio pairs from any combination of the analogue and AES audio sources. Up to 16 mixes can be created with ease and instantly recalled from the front panel using the scroll to listen functionality. The presence of configurable GPIO ports, allow for new “DIM” and “CUT” modes to be activated on the MPA1-MIX-8 and MPA1-SOLO-8 audio monitors.