User Report: JetStream and ROC Rock Backyard
N.Y. — When Backyard Broadcasting’s Elmira/Corning, N.Y., group
was looking to upgrade a collection of consoles that included an LPB
and a Continental Mark 8, the choices were practically endless for
consoles that could perform the same duties.
became more difficult when reliability, functionality and
expandability were considered. We also needed a console system that
would be flexible enough for each studio’s ever-changing role. As
in most markets, optimizing studio space and time was a must. We
needed each studio to be interchangeable between being live,
voice-tracking and production, several times daily.
choices — the Logitek JetStream Mini console engine as a modern
digital audio backbone, and Logitek ROC control surfaces — do this
2RU Mini has eight I/O card slots. Each slot accepts one of the 10
format I/O cards offered. Each of those individual cards can be
configured with either eight mono (four stereo) sources or outputs
and come equipped with either StudioHub-compatible RJ-45 connectors
or a single DB-25 connector. They are hot-swappable, and changing the
input type or switching inputs to outputs can be done quickly even
with the unit online.
mic input card, the JSM-Mic, provides four mono preamplified mic
inputs with trim and phantom power, making the JetStream Mini a good
choice for a standalone console as well as a networked option. The
RJ-45 cards, teamed with the prewired Logilink block option, make for
quick connections to a 66 block with factory-made Cat-5 cables.
JetStream Mini allows for 32 simultaneous stereo mix channels across
one or two surfaces. The Mini comes equipped with an embedded PC and
all of the Logitek software including vScreen, vRoute and vMix
onboard. There is now no need for us to dedicate an external PC for
programming and operations. The chassis itself has 12 GP inputs and
16 outputs across four DB-15 GPIO connectors. These can also be
ordered prewired to a 66 block for quick integration with outside
gear. The triggers can be used in tandem to make routing or mix-minus
changes, even create default console layouts.
triggers functions in conjunction with the consoles’ soft keys, and
GPIs allow making changes extremely easy for an operator. Software
options also include built-in mic processing, profanity delay and
direct network connections to automation systems. Networking the
JetStreams makes sources and destinations available at each surface.
Networking consists of connecting the JetStream through a managed
IGMP switch. One compatible Netgear switch costs less than $100.
drive the JetStream Minis, I chose the ROC series consoles, also from
Logitek. We are using three ROC-12s, and a ROC-18 for our air studios
plus a ROC-6 for production. The console itself is simply laid out,
reducing the learning curve for both new and seasoned air staff.
was able to assign and lock inputs, bussing and mix-minuses to be
exactly the same as the previous consoles. This allowed the users to
have a familiarity with the console and get a feel for it without
having to hunt for buttons. It also allowed time to become more
familiar with programming trigger functions.
operators became comfortable with the basic operations, and in some
cases using the Penny & Giles faders instead of rotary pots, I
was able to add even more functionality. One standout feature of the
ROC is the OLED display on every channel. Each fader is configured
with a pre-fade VU meter and channel label. The operator can
tell if the channel has audio even before they hit the cue button.
Even the on/off buttons can be assigned one of 256 colors, which
could make for color-coded input groupings.
also has front-panel 1/4-inch and mini plugs to eliminate the need
for adapters. Inside, the ROC uses RJ-11 cables to connect modules to
the main board. This makes adding soft key and routing modules or
swapping modules painless. The ROC does have an internal cue speaker,
although I added a powered monitor to the cue bus for a
better-sounding (and louder) cue.
ROC dropped in easily with only three connections to the surface
itself. It uses RJ-45s for power, data and headphone inputs. I
color-coded these connections to help avoid confusion, should the
need arise to swap consoles, to help avoid an accidental plug swap.
console power supply has an additional 12 inputs and outputs for
local sources. Without proper grounding, a static burst was able
confuse the surface enough to warrant a quick reset but did not
interrupt audio. The reset would realign the communication between
the surface and audio engine, and better grounding practices
alleviated the issue.
Logitek system gave me exceptional flexibility with keeping a modest
price and scalability for the market size.
information, contact Frank Grundstein at Logitek in Texas at (800)
231-5870 or visit www.logitekaudio.com.