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JoeCo BBP1-D BlackBox 24 Track Digital Player (with AES/EBU)

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Designed for use with digital mixing consoles that have AES/EBU inputs and outputs. Unbalanced analog functionality also available (switchable). The BlackBox Player provides an innovative solution for live performance playback in a compact 1U rack-mounted package. Specifically designed to replay ... Read More

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Designed for use with digital mixing consoles that have AES/EBU inputs and outputs. Unbalanced analog functionality also available (switchable).

The BlackBox Player provides an innovative solution for live performance playback in a compact 1U rack-mounted package. Specifically designed to replay backing tracks or multiple surround stems for live shows and themed entertainment, it can replay up to 64 channels of high quality audio at up to 24bit/96kHz. The Player can be triggered using timecode, a footswitch or QWERTY keyboard, or it can be controlled via MIDI commands, giving the live engineer, installation sound designer, musical director or artist full control of the show at all times.

Specifically developed to meet a range of playback requirements, it is suitable for use with:

  • Solo artists and vocal groups using pre-recorded backing tracks.
  • Bands requiring additional backing tracks (strings, horns, etc.).
  • Themed Entertainment: Theatres, theme parks and cruise ships.
  • Permanent installations that require reliable playback, such as museums, galleries and houses of worship.
  • Broadcast applications for timed multi-language or multistation play-out.
  • Playback applications that require timecode synchronisation.

Based on the proven technology of the award-winning BlackBox Recorder, the BlackBox Player provides an innovative solution to live performance playback in a compact 1U rack-mounted package. Player capability is now available for JoeCo’s 24- and 64-channel BlackBox systems enabling up to 64 channels of synchronous audio to be replayed in up to 24 Bit / 96kHz quality, without a computer. Multi-channel audio playback is important both for surround sound applications and because it allows the live engineer to compensate for the acoustics of the venue, or audience generated noise during the performance.

Playback material can be loaded from any Digital Audio Workstation capable of creating files in Broadcast WAV format. In addition to standard mono BWAV files, the Player also supports the replay of polyphonic wav files, from multiple stereo files up to 24 or even 64 channel PolyWAV files. Mono, stereo and multichannel files can even be used together in the same song massively enhancing the system’s flexibility. The audio files can be stored on a standard USB2 drive, or Flash RAM drive. A simple naming procedure ensures that the correct file is replayed through each output.

Set lists can be configured into simple XML format playlist files. Playlists automatically cue up the next song ready for instantaneous replay and multiple playlists can be stored ready for any quick changes or alternative show formats.

Separate foldback mixes can be configured using normal facilities on the console. An additional mix can be sent via the headphone output for the musical director. For playback applications requiring time code synchronisation, the BlackBoxPlayer can be configured to an incoming source of digital clock, or optionally word clock. The implementation of a "Chase" mode enables the unit to commence playback in sync when it receives incoming time code. This option can either be controlled from the front panel or via extended SONY 9-pin support. The extended 9-pin commands also allow the user to rehearse shows that are normally locked to time code via remote control and are compatible with most edit suites and show controllers. Time code can be shown on the main time display in playback mode.

Integrated safety features ensure that the BlackBox Player can meet the all-important "show must go on" criteria. These include a unique automated fail-over mechanism that enables the BlackBox Player to automatically switch to a synchronous secondary system using its internal analogue relays in the event of a failure. (This would normally require a costly external switching matrix).

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Product Specs

Analogue i/o
(switchable -10dBu/+4dBu)
Digital i/o AES / EBU
Sample rates 44.1kHz
i/o cables Not Included
Output 24 mono channels plus internally “mixed” headphone output
Audio Connections:  
Unbalanced Analog 3 x 25way D-sub TASCAM analogue format
(Hot in, cold out for connection into insert points on console)
AES/EBU: 3 x 25way D-sub YAMAHA digital format
Storage medium External USB2 storage device
• USB2 drive
• Flash RAM drive (thumb drive)
• SDHC card via USB2 converter
Audio file format Standard mono Broadcast WAV files
Audio file naming convention sss-tt.songname-trackname.wav where:
sss is the song number (001-999)[determines which tracks play together as a Song]
-tt. is the track number (01-24)[determines which output each track is replayed through]
songname is the (optional) song name [free text up to 32 characters]
-trackname is the (optional) track name [free text up to 24 characters]
.wav is the file extension [mandatory]
Playlist format Simple XML file structure for easy playlist editing
Pre-load time Typically < 3 seconds
Control Instant replay controlled by:
• Timecode (LTC or MTC),
• footswitch,
• QWERTY keyboard,
• MIDI control,
• Real-time clock
Automatic pre-load of next song in playlist
MIDI Controls
MIDI open loop connection
MIDI Start, Stop commands
MIDI Song Select: for preloading specific Songs
MIDI Program Change
MIDI Show Control
Audio clocks Selectable between:
• Internal
• AES/EBU or SPDIF clock
• Word clock (available on BBP1A and BBP1D only)
All standard frame rates supported
Auto fail-over
Analogue fail-over automatically switches to synchronous secondary system in case of a replay problem.
Physical Size: 19” rack mounting x 1U (435 x 44 x 170mm)
Weight: < 2.5kg
DC input: 9-12V dc (PSU supplied)
Power: < 25W

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