Codec manufacturer Tieline is now shipping its Gateway Multichannel IP audio codec, and it announced that the new unit supersedes the Merlin Plus and Genie Distribution models.
Tieline highlights the DSP power of the 1RU IP codec; it says the Gateway enables transport of multiple channels of mono or stereo audio across the internet or any QoS-enabled IP network, including T1 and T3 connections and private WANs with MPLS.
The Gateway streams up to 16 IP audio channels with support for AES67, ST 2110-30, AES3 and analog I/O as standard. It comes in two versions; one supports eight channels in/out (eight mono or four stereo) and the other supports 16 channels in/out (16 mono or eight stereo). An upgrade path allows a buyer to start with eight and expand later.
The company posted a video about the codec and its features.
Production of Merlin Plus and Genie Distribution has ceased. Tieline will continue to provide support and software updates for them.
The company says typical applications of Gateway will include large-scale audio distribution and management of multiple incoming remotes at the studio.
Features include hitless packet switching using SmartStream Plus redundant streaming, plus bandwidth aggregation using Fuse-IP technologies over internet connections. It supports 16 bidirectional mono or eight bidirectional stereo streams of IP audio in 1RU.
It is interoperable with other Tieline IP codecs and compatible over SIP with EBU N/ACIP Tech 3326 and 3368 compliant codecs and devices. The Gateway interfaces with analog and AES/EBU sources, as well as newer broadcast plants with AES67 and ST 2110-30 IP audio infrastructure. An optional WheatNet-IP card will be available.
Gateway is configurable through an embedded HTML5 Toolbox Web-GUI interface and is controllable using Tieline’s Cloud Codec Controller.