Tieline Technologies

Commander G3 Studio Rack Mount

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Overview

Tieline Commander G3 IP codecs are amongst the world's most successful and widely used codecs for remote broadcasts, studio-to-transmitter links and audio contribution. The new TLR300B Commander G3 is a 2RU studio codec with comprehensive front panel hardware controls.

All Commander G3 codecs are EBU N/ACIP Tech 3326 compatible over IP and the company is committed to developing new IP and 3GIP applications that take advantage of emerging network infrastructures around the globe.

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2RU Commander G3

2RU Front Large

The 2RU Commander features two balanced XLR inputs with both front and rear panel headphone outputs and mic inputs. It also has four front panel PPM meters that can display send, return or selected channel audio levels. The screen features real time link information and all controls are available at a touch of a button, or they can be locked out.

Free PC Control Software

ToolBox

2 FREE software packages are supplied with each Tieline Commander G3 rack-mount codec. The Tieline ToolBox PC software package provides the ability to configure your codec to suit each broadcast.

Commander G3 Software Codec Controller

The TLG3 GUI software controller emulates the hardware front panel of the 2 RU Commander G3. It can be used to control 2RU codecs using USB or RS-232 serial connections, or either local area networks or the internet. This advanced software GUI can control all normal codec functions such as dialing, menu navigation, audio monitoring and level controls..

Digital AES/EBU Inputs = Unsurpassed Audio Quality

Commander G3 IP codecs offer a choice between analog or digital input modules - so now you can capture crystal clear digital audio and keep it in the digital domain using Tieline's AES/EBU input/output modules.

You can choose either an analog two input/output card with XLR connectors or an AES/EBU two input/output card on XLR connectors. AES/EBU clock choices include internal clock, external AES/EBU clock and external word clock. Tieline has also implemented an automatic failover from the selected external clock to the internal clock in the event of an external clock failure.

When purchasing any TLR300B codec you can choose any single input/output card and it will be included in the price of the codec (i.e. there will be no additional cost to the rack-mount price for the first card you choose).

1. Analogue 2 in 2 out interface (Part No: TLANA2IN2OUT)

Analog input card for Rack Mount Codec- Analog Commander Rack Mount codec input card. Featuring 2 input and 2 output on XLR connectors plus balanced Aux in/out on 6.35mm (1/4") jack. Balanced Aux out may also be used as a headphone out.

2. AES EBU 3ID interface (Part No: TLAESEBU3ID)

Digital Input Card for Rack Mount Codec:- AES/EBU Digital Card with 2 in and 2 out balanced AES3 on (XLR) plus unbalanced (BNC) AES3 (jumper selectable) with unbalanced word clock input as AES3 output sync reference.

Redundancy through Automatic failover

This powerful software option provides automatic switching from one network to another in the event of a link failure. For example, if your IP link fails it can automatically switch to a backup POTS, ISDN or 3G link. This provides great peace of mind for studio-to-transmitter links and live remote broadcasts in particular.

Flexible Connections and Control

All Commander IP codecs feature serial, USB and LAN interfaces. Two GPIO relay control inputs and two outputs (expandable to 8 using the optional Tieline CAN8+8 relay box) offer a variety of internal audio matrix routing and external machine controls. Front panel hotkeys can be programmed to trigger relay and routing state changes, or external relay devices can be interfaced to trigger machine control at either end of your link. RS-232 or raw control data can also be sent via the codec serial port and delivered to the other end of your codec link for external machine control.

Commander G3 is still the only codec to enable control of remote codec audio inputs from the studio, so your announcers no longer have to worry about understanding correct audio input levels. You can control one remote audio input or gang all remote audio inputs to a single control in the studio.

Never before have so many powerful remote broadcast elements come together in one compact box. Contact Tieline now for a free demo and see what everyone else is talking about.

Hear the Tieline SmartStream Difference...

--------- SmartStream logoAs an IP audio pioneer, Tieline has built up many years of knowledge and expertise in broadcasting audio over unmanaged IP Networks like the internet. Now SmartStream IP technology takes broadcasting over unmanaged IP audio networks to the next level for uncompromised AoIP.

Some other manufacturer's charge thousands of dollars for IP managment software as if it's an optional extra. Tieline believes high performance and rock-solid reliability is an essential part of each and every broadcast and delivers its renowned SmartStream IP management software for free.

Tieline's exclusive and proprietary SmartStream IP technology responds to variable IP network conditions with agility and flexibility to significantly improve connection reliability over lossy IP networks such as 3G cell-phone networks and the internet, especially in those situations when Quality of Service (QoS) is unavailable.

Features

  • Two expansion slots which accept your choice of IP, 3G/3.5G, POTS/PSTN, ISDN, X.21, GSM and B-GAN satellite plug-in modules.
  • A fully featured Graphic User Interface (GUI) for local programming and control of codecs.Your choice of analog or digital AES/EBU input/output modules.
  • All Tieline codecs offer a suite of algorithms to suit all your live broadcasting requirements including Tieline's famous Music, MusicPLUS and Voice G3* algorithms - as well as industry standards such as G.711, G.722 and MPEG Layer II.
  • Tieline's loss-tolerant MusicPLUS algorithm provides up to 20 kHz stereo audio quality with 20ms coding delay at bit rates as low as 96kbps - making it ideal for today's IP and 3G networks.
  • Tieline Music can deliver up to 15 kHz FM quality mono audio at bit-rates as low as 24kbps, with only 20 milliseconds encoding delay and 15kHz stereo at 64kbps.
  • Tieline Voice G3* is optimized to deliver up to 7.5 kHz quality audio at bit-rates as low as 9.6 kbps.
  • A configurable 12 x 6 cross-point Digital Matrix Audio Router (DMR).
  • Comprehensive and configurable communications facility with dedicated buttons for local and full-duplex studio-to-remote communications.
  • Pre-configured and adjustable mono, stereo, mono/IFB and dual mono connection profiles
  • 3 input and 3 output digital mixing capability, including 2 balanced mic/line inputs, 1 unbalanced auxiliary in/out, and 2 balanced outputs.
  • On-board relay and RS-232 control system for local and remote control of equipment at either end of your codec link
  • Full control of a remote codec's audio input levels from the studio.
  • Free Tieline Toolbox PC software configuration and control software, offering configuration, audio routing and input control of your local and remote codec.
  • Automatic connection failover.

* From the 31st March 2011 Tieline has discontinued support for the Voice G3 algorithm. As a result it has been omitted from the v.1.6.72 firmware release and all codecs purchased after this date. Codecs with firmware v.1.6.72 or higher can connect to G3 codecs running older firmware versions, but will have to use an algorithm other than Voice G3. Voice G3 is usually used for low-bitrate connections over GSM and POTS. We recommend using Tieline Music as a substitute for these low bit-rate connections.

Specifications

Analogue Audio Specifications
Analog Audio Input card - (optional card) 2x Female XLR and 1 x 6.35mm (1/4 inch) jack Aux balanced
Analog Audio Outputs - (optional card) 2x Male XLR and 1 x 6.35mm (1/4 inch) jack Aux balanced
AES/EBU Audio card - optional 1 1 x stereo Female XLR input and 1 Stereo Male output with Word Clock on BNC
AES/EBU Audio Card - optional 2 1 x stereo Female XLR input and 1 Stereo Male output with STR Ref Clock
Headphones - on all card options 1 x 6.5mm (1/4") Jack at rear shared with Aux out
Audio Input Impedance High Impedance - > 5K ohm
Output Impedance 50 ohm Balanced
Clipping Level +18dBu (input and outputs)
Frequency Response 20 Hz to 15kHz over POTS/GSM and 20Hz to 20kHZ over ISDN
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.01% at +4dBu
Signal To Noise Ratio Better than 84dB at +4dBu
Sample Frequencies
A/D & D/A Converters 24 bit Sigma-Delta  
IP Sample Frequencies 16kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 48kHz
3G Sample Frequencies 16kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 48kHz
POTS Sample Frequencies 16kHz, 32kHz
ISDN Sample Frequencies 16kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 48kHz
X.21/V.35 Sample Frequencies 16kHz, 24kHz, 32kHz, 48kHz
X.21/V.35 Data interfaces Up to 384KBits/S
GSM Sample Frequencies 16kHz, 32kHz
Compression Algorithms
POTS

Tieline Music, MusicPLUS, Voice G3* and Uncompressed audio

ISDN

G.711, G.722, MPEG Layer 2, Tieline Music, Tieline Music Plus

GSM

Tieline Music & Tieline Voice G3*

X.21

G.711, G.722, MPEG Layer 2, Tieline Music, Tieline Music Plus

IP

G.711, G.722, MPEG Layer 2, PCM, Tieline Music, Tieline Music Plus and Tieline Voice G3*

3G/4G

G.711, G.722, MPEG Layer 2, Tieline Music, Tieline Music Plus and Tieline Voice G3*

Module Interfaces
4G-LTE Two versions available supporting different wireless networks globally. Accepts full sized SIM cards.
4G USB USB module for connecting compatible 4G-LTE modems
3G - (Software module) 3G GSM/UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA or EVDO Rev 0/Rev A internal cards available or broadband cell phone via Tieline USB master module.
IP - (Software module) TCP/UDP, SIP, over LAN, WAN, open internet, WiFi, WiMax
ISDN Basic Rate S/T or U modules with up to 2 B channels supported per module with RJ45 interface
POTS/PSTN/Analogue Telephone POTS Modem module with RJ11 connector
GSM HSCSD 14,400 to 28,800bps and CSD 9600bps (requires sim card)
X.21 DB15 male connector
Satellite External BGAN or Inmarsat Satellite phone can be connected to the ISDN module or IP LAN port
Data and Control Interfaces
USB Slave USB-1.1 slave
LAN 10/100 base T RJ45 connector
Serial RS232 up to 115kbps with or without CTS/RTS flow control Female DB9 Connector
RS232 Data interface port can be used as a proprietary data channel
CAN Differential CAN, 6 pin female DIN connector
Front Panel Interface
2 RU Rackmount Keypad 20 Key
Display 4 x 20 line LCD
Display 4 x configurable Tx and Rx indicator LCDs
Level indicators 4 x 8 level LEDs. Configurable source with selector button.
Channel On/Off On/Off, Gain controlled and matrix router configurable
Cue/Intercom Matrix Router configurable
Microphone Input 1 x 6.35mm (1/4inch) jack Aux balanced
Headphone Monitoring 1 x 6.35mm (1/4inch) shared with Aux out with volume and mix adjustment
Send Return Mix Mix between audio send/return or a mix of both
4 x Programmable hotkeys Matrix router configurable
Send Return Mix Switch between audio send/return or a mix of both
GPIO Relay Controls
Inputs 2 x Inputs: Contact Closure to ground with internal 5v feed at 5mA 0.15" pitch male pheonix connectors. (12V power connector has two relay inputs for power sensing one independent and 1 duplicated with phoenix connector)
Outputs 2x Outputs: floating solid state switching 48V 100mA
Relay Expansion Expandable to 8 in and 8 out using optional CAN 8+8 product.
General
Operating Temperature 5°C to 45°C (40°F to 115°F)
Power 90-250V AC, Auto-sensing 3 pin IEC connector
2 RU Rackmount Codec  
Dimensions 48.5cm x 27.3cm x 8.8cm
Weight 2.83kg or 6.5Ibs

* From the 31st March 2011 Tieline has discontinued support for the Voice G3 algorithm. As a result it has been omitted from the v.1.6.72 firmware release and all codecs purchased after this date. Codecs with firmware v.1.6.72 or higher can connect to G3 codecs running older firmware versions, but will have to use an algorithm other than Voice G3. Voice G3 is usually used for low-bitrate connections over GSM and POTS. We recommend using Tieline Music as a substitute for these low bit-rate connections.