Aetas breakthrough 4Minx for TV music and radio
4Minx is the latest offering from audio solutions manufacturer Aeta. Described by the manufacturer as ‘ultra-portable’, the 4Minx is a DSP-based combined audio recorder and four channel mixer designed for TV sync-sound location recording, music recording, satellite mixing and radio journalism.
The manufacturer claims the 4Minx provides a ‘breakthrough combination of functionalities’, including a ‘user-friendly’ interface featuring rotary encoders, programmable function keys, and a TFT display panel.
4Minx features four mic/line inputs, two stereo line inputs, and two AES3/AES42 inputs, along with output flexibility provided by two stereo line outputs, two auxiliary outputs, and three AES3 outputs. The DSP-based mixer supports four channels and a stereo mix-down, and the unit provides flexible routing for any mix of analogue, digital, and 100Base-T outputs.
4Minx includes flexible integrated monitoring for SoundField microphone systems.
In another announcement from the manufacturer, HD Voice (AMR-WB) support is now available for Aeta’s audio hardware codecs Scoopy+ and Scoop4+.
HD Voice is designed to increase audio quality over an ordinary mobile phone, and boast a bandwidth of 7kHz. This ensures that both voice and background sounds are heard more clearly.
Both the portable Scoopy+ and the rack-mounted Scoop4+ can be configured with AMR-WB, allowing reporters and callers on TV programmes (if using AMR-WB equipped phones) to contribute a higher quality of sound.
Both units provide a choice of available networks: (IP, LL, ISDN, GSM, 3G, POTS), and algorithms: (G.711, G.722, MPEG Layer II, AAC), with automatic negotiation: (5AS), in addition to support for AMR-WB.