Plenty of Praise for Tieline POTS
From left: Dillon Maxwell, Mark Donnelly and Jarad Carey
88.6 Plenty Valley FM in Melbourne's outer northeast is a community radio station that broadcasts Northern Football League games live each weekend.
"When we first got set up we needed a cost-effective and simple solution that could be used by nontechnical people and which would provide high quality broadcast audio over POTS lines from 10 different NFL football grounds," said Brian King, Plenty Valley FM's Technical Coordinator. "We decided to purchase a pair of Tieline codecs as they are well-suited to broadcasting over standard phone lines."
"We purchased a Commander codec for the studio and an i-Mix for taking out to the NFL grounds," he said.
"I needed to organize the i-Mix so that it could be used by commentators with very little training. We don't usually send a technician out for our broadcasts so I wanted to make the codec as uncomplicated as possible to configure." "I designed a purpose-built i-Mix case so that all an operator or commentator has to do is plug in the headsets, a power cable and phone line and they are ready to connect," he added. "The connectors on the cables are all colour-coded and with only five minutes training anyone can take the unit out, dial into the studio and get connected."
"We always use a mono profile and the codecs provide very high quality audio with extremely low delay," he said. "The other great feature is the Tieline ToolBox software, which has allowed us to program the routing of the i-Mix's auxiliary input for a local and producer talkback circuit."
"I have used the codecs extensively throughout Australia and the codecs have always been extremely reliable with no issues whatsoever."
"I love the Tielines," Brian said. "They are very dependable and the automated intelligent gain control is an absolute godsend for non-technical users. Our commentators are rapt with our current setup - it's compact, easy to set up and simple to connect, and best of all it sounds great," he added. "I would definitely recommend the codecs and I look forward to upgrading our units in the future so that we have the flexibility of being able to broadcast over wireless 3G and IP."