ATI Group debuted its Model UADC-1 utility analog-to-digital converter/switch.
The company says it provides 24-bit conversion along with AES audio path insertion and interruption functions. It may be used as a standalone A-to-D converter or to insert stereo analog inputs into an AES stream via remote control, which ATI says makes it suitable for use with analog EAS encoders and decoders.
“The UADC-1 gives HD Radio stations an easy way to insert EAS announcements into their AES air chain,” said Art Constantine, new director of sales for the manufacturer. “In a typical installation, the station’s AES air chain will be looped through the UADC-1. Then analog audio from the EAS receiver is plugged into the UADC-1’s left and right analog inputs. When an external contact closure or DC signal voltage is applied to the unit’s remote control contacts, the AES air chain is interrupted and the analog audio, now converted to AES, is substituted.”
There are no user controls on the front, thus reducing the risk of unauthorized switching of the station’s air chain. Additional features include relay bypass if power is lost, front-panel LEDs that show Audio Present and Clipping for left and right analog inputs, the input selected and the status of the device.
The UADC-1 is shipping.