Provides 12 Independent Talk and Listen Channels, is Compatible With Dante®, and Offers Extensive Configurable Resources
AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 7, 2023 – Studio Technologies, the manufacturer of high-quality audio, video, and fiber-optic solutions, debuted its Model 5312 Intercom Station at IBC 2023 (Stand 8.F93). The Model 5312 Intercom Station provided 12 independent talk and listen channels and supported the Dante® audio-over-Ethernet network technology.
The Model 5312 was a rack-mounted unit that was designed to serve as an audio control center for production and support personnel in various applications including on-air television sports and news broadcasting, live events, theater, industrial, aerospace, and corporate AV. Its range of resources made it simple to use the Model 5312 locally, or as part of a REMI or “At-Home” geographically diverse implementation. Besides intercom applications, the unit could create multiple independent IFB (talent cue) channels. The Model 5312 also had the ability to easily create monitor mixes from its 12 input audio channels, making the unit a viable choice for listen-only scenarios.
“One of the great features of the Model 5312 was that over a standard Ethernet network, it could help create a wide range of party-line (PL) intercom applications. It could be used with many Studio Technologies’ PL and related devices and was directly compatible with the Model 5421 and Model 5422A Dante Intercom Audio Engine products. Model 5312 units could also be used ‘point-to-point’ or interfaced with Dante-compatible matrix intercom systems,” said Gordon Kapes, President of Studio Technologies.
A 5-pin female XLR connector, located on the unit’s front panel, allowed traditional “pro” headsets with dynamic or electret (DC powered) microphones to be utilized. Additionally, the Studio Technologies’ GME-3-12 gooseneck microphone could be directly connected using the ¼-inch jack assembly that was also located on the front panel. A low-noise microphone preamplifier and associated voltage-controlled-amplifier (VCA) dynamics controller (compressor) circuit ensured excellent headset and gooseneck microphone audio quality while minimizing the chance of signal overload.
The Model 5312 included 12 Dante transmitter (output) channels for “talk” and 12 receiver (input) channels for “listen.” Moreover, the unit provided a “hot mic” transmitter (output) channel and four auxiliary receiver (input) channels, with one of these inputs able to be used as the talk audio source. These latter resources were specifically included to allow two Model 5312 units to “work” together to support more than 12 talk channels. A graphics display and five pushbutton switches on the unit’s front panel allowed users to select the active talk audio source, from sources that included the headset mic, the gooseneck mic, and one of the auxiliary Dante receiver (input) channels.
The Model 5312’s front panel included 13 rotary controls (encoders), 12 of which were used to adjust the level of the Dante receiver (input) signal sources and create a monitor “mix.” The 13th rotary encoder, located on the front panel, was used to control the overall audio level and on/off (mute) status of the signals being sent to the headset and front-panel speaker outputs. Using RGB (red-green-blue) LEDs, the knob of each encoder was illuminated and could display if a channel was muted, could indicate if a signal was present on its associated audio input, and could light when an in-band high-frequency tone call signal was detected. The graphics display and pushbutton switches on the unit’s front panel allowed select operating features to be displayed and configured.
The Model 5312 included two “GigE” interfaces with associated RJ45 jacks, which provided support for both single and redundant Dante applications. Two remote-control (GPI) inputs allowed external contact closures to enable two talk channels. The unit featured a “universal” mains input, allowing a source of 100-240 volts AC, 50/60 Hz to provide operating power.
The Model 5312’s extensive set of operating parameters were configured using the STcontroller software application. Available free of charge from Studio Technologies, STcontroller allowed production personnel to quickly and easily configure the unit’s capabilities to meet an application’s exact needs. STcontroller was offered in versions that were compatible with the WinOS® and macOS™ operating systems.
About Studio Technologies, Inc.
Studio Technologies, Inc. provides tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber optic products for the professional audio and broadcast markets. Founded in 1978, the company is committed to designing and manufacturing dependable, cost-effective, and creative solutions for studio and mobile broadcast, stadium and corporate environments, and related applications. Known for “designing for the way professionals work,” the company is recognized as an industry leader. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, intercom and IFB interfaces, announcer consoles, and loudspeaker monitor control systems. A growing line of Dante-enabled Audio-over-Ethernet products is receiving wide recognition. For more information, please visit the Studio Technologies website at studio-tech.com or call 847.676.9177.