The BlueBox family gains a little brother
Following the releases of the BBWR24MP and BBWR08MP, JoeCo has expanded its BlueBox series of Workstation Interface Recorders with the addition of the BBWR24B. As with its slightly older siblings, the BBWR24B serves as a multi-track field recorder and back-up solution, while also interfacing with a studio workstation to constantly backing up a user’s work, protecting from the likes of DAW freeze or failure.
The 19-inch rack-mounted unit delivers 24 balanced line inputs, 16 ADAT Lightpipe inputs with SMUXII support. These feed 24 balanced outputs, meaning that up to 24 channels of 24bit/96kHz audio can be simultaneously distributed via USB 2.0 in both directions. Local recordings are made in the broadcast standard WAV files in the FAT32 disk format.
Much like the inaugural BlueBox systems, BBWR24B can be controlled by either its front panel controls or by the JoeCoControl app for Windows and Mac. The app has undergone an upgrade, which debuted at the 2017 NAMM Show. Its functionality now includes complete control over input parameters, a dedicated mode selection depending on whether this interface is being used in live, studio or mixing environments, the ability to create multiple zero latency headphone sub-mixes and support for in-studio talkback and studio monitor switching.
The British manufacturer has also released a dedicated driver for Windows 7, 8 and 10, compatible with each model in the BlueBox series. Core Audio is also supported for Mac compatibility.