German audio processing specialist Jünger Audio is exhibiting at IBC 2018, a new audio processing solution called flexAI which it hopes will redefine how broadcasters approach their audio processing requirements.
flexAi (Flexible Audio Infrastructure) enables a range of audio applications to be implemented without hardware or rack space constraints. Simply by buying additional software licenses, broadcasters and post-production facilities can customize the system to suit their demand for processing capabilities and channel count.
“For a customer-oriented and market-driven company like Jünger Audio, flexAi is the logical next step because it is highly scalable and combines the known advantages of traditional DSP processing with the flexibility of modern real-time software processing,” says Martin Schlockwerder, Jünger Audio’s CEO. “Hardware is no longer the defining factor, and that is revolutionary for both Jünger Audio as a company and its international customer base.”
All flexAI applications run on off the shelf servers such as Jünger Audio’s servAI line or on AIXpressor, a unit that combines classic production with the transmission environments of the new IP world.
AIXpressor is a 19” 1RU unit with x86 processors that is equipped with a comprehensive range of built-in interfaces. These include redundant Audio-over-IP with full compatibility to AES67 and SMPTE ST2110, USB host and client interfaces as well as MADI, AES/EBU and analogue I/Os. Launched as a prototype at NAB 2018 and now in full production, AIXpressor also has four slots for optional interfaces, all of which are compatible with Jünger Audio's existing D*AP series of audio processors.
flexAI can run on a single AIXpressor or servAI unit, or on a spanned array of multiple units. With this system, hardware can be scaled by the actual demand for processing power and is no longer the defining factor because additional hardware units can be easily cascaded whenever more processing power or media interfaces become necessary.
FlexAI offers different applications depending on the customer’s audio processing needs. Each application is perfectly scalable to deliver sound processing for higher channel count demand or immersive sound. All program licenses are based on Jünger Audio’s adaptive and inaudible Algorithm library, which ensures that users who are migrating from a conventional DSP world get the same reliable results and the same ‘look and feel’ within this new environment.
At IBC 2018, Jünger Audio will demonstrate various flexAI applications and algorithm programmes on AIXpressor and ServAI. Visitors can experience these new products by testing Level Magic for flexAI, a scalable solution for automatic loudness management in modern real-time broadcast playout or production environments, or Streamtools TS – a powerful, automated all-in-one audio processing application for MPEG transport streams.
German dynamics processing specialist Jünger Audio is exhibiting at IBC 2018 on the same booth (10.A49) that it has occupied for the last five years.