NAB 2018

BW Broadcast is excited to announce our return to the NAB exhibition in Las Vegas on 7 – 12 April 2017. Taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB is one of the biggest the largest media, entertainment, and technology convention in the world. You can find out stand from the North Hall, booth number N5927.

NAB 2018 floorplan

Following our last year’s success at NAB, this year we will be showcasing products that have been in development and testing throughout this year that will help you optimize your radio station. Besides our bestselling V2 transmitter range, you will also have a chance to get a hands-on experience of our Encore range as well as get personal advice for your radio station.

The products on display at our this year’s booth will include:

Here’s a glimpse of our booth at the last year’s show:

BW Broadcast at NAB

 

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BW Broadcast achieves ISO 9001:2015

We are delighted to announce that BW Broadcast is now ISO 9001: 2015 certified. This certification further demonstrates our commitment to providing high-quality goods and services across the whole company and further strengthens our commitments to our customers and meeting their expectations.

BW Broadcast gets ISO 9001:2015 certification

The ISO (International Standards Organization) is an independent, non-governmental organization who promote worldwide proprietary, industrial and commercial standards. Specifically, the ISO 9001:2015 standard is an international recognition given to organizations who implement a rigorous and effective quality management system.

In order to achieve the ISO 9001:2015 certification, BW Broadcast has met the requirements set out by ISO and have been audited by British Assessment Bureau in accordance with the 9001 standards. As well as understanding and meeting our customer expectations, the ISO 9001 standard also focuses on staff development and improvement.

Commenting on the announcement, our Managing Director, Scott Incz states: “I am really proud to announce that we have received the ISO:9001:2015 certification this week. Securing this certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to robust practices and risk management. By benchmarking our policies and procedures against this internationally recognized standard, our clients can be assured of the resilience and excellence of our service.”

Since 1997, BW Broadcast has been specializing in designing and manufacturing high-quality, affordable FM broadcasting equipment. Achieving the ISO 9001:2015 certification demonstrates our ability to consistently provide broadcasting products that meet customer and regulatory requirements. Our product range includes:

  • FM transmitters
  • FM translators
  • FM amplifiers
  • rebroadcast receivers
  • modulation monitors
  • audio levelers
  • stereo encoders & decoders
  • audio processors
  • RDS encoders
  • audio backup devices
Want to find out more or contact your local dealer for a free demo? Click here to get in touch.

 

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Audio processing explained

Most FM broadcasting transmission chains have at least a basic degree of audio processing included, in order to improve the audio loudness. The reason for this is related to the radio listeners’ typical environment: driving in the car, cooking in the kitchen, working in a factory, etc. These environments can be loud and radio audio needs to help to cut through this!

While this is the main reason for audio processing, it is also used for:

  • Consistent levels – so listeners don’t have to adjust the volume constantly
  • Consistent sonic signature/EQ – so a radio station can have a unique sound that is appropriate for their format of music
  • Optimization of the signal to noise ratio of the channel
  • Controlling the interference of neighboring radio stations through peak and bandwidth limiting

What is audio processing?

Audio processing uses a combination of compression and limiting to lower the dynamic range, reducing the peak to average the ratio of the audio at each subsequent stage.

audio processing BW Broadcast

 

1. Compression stage

Compression reduces the dynamic range of the audio slowly, in a manner similar to an operator riding the gain. Compression is usually performed on the RMS level of the audio waveform and is usually gated to prevent ‘suck-up’ of noise during silence or quiet periods. In addition, compression is usually multi-band.

2. Limiting stage

Limiting has faster action and higher ratios than compression. Audio is split into several frequency bands (often 4 or more) so that bass sounds, mids, and highs are processed separately. This prevents most of the problems you get with basic single-band limiters. Each band is compressed in dynamic range – the quiet parts are boosted and the loud parts reduced. It creates a denser, louder sound but can create intermodulation distortion if overdone.

Audio processing BW Broadcast

 

3. The clipping stage – FM & AM

Removes all audio above a certain clipping threshold. Reduces the peak to average ratio of the audio dramatically. It will produce harmonic distortion, and if overused it can also produce intermodulation distortion. The clipping stage has zero time constants, so it has no effect on surrounding audio.

Why do I need audio processing at my radio station?

Most radio stations, big and small, use audio processing in order to stand out from the crowd and get more listeners. The main benefits of audio processing are listed below:

  1. Increase overall audio level ‘loudness’ and improve the signal to noise: makes you sound louder than other stations and jump out at listeners. Maximize the headroom in the transmission channel, moving audio as far away from the noise floor as possible, which improves the signal to noise. It also aids listener ability in vehicles by having a consistently loud sound to combat engine and road noise
  2. Ensure audio level consistency to aid listener experience: listeners don’t have to constantly adjust the volume of the radio. 
  3. Over-modulation, distortion, and interference: too high audio level results in distortion in receivers and interference to neighboring FM or AM stations. Digital radio will sound terrible when 0dBFS is hit in the codec, with large amounts of distortion generated. However, too low audio level results in background noise being heard. Changing levels can result in noise, distortion, and listener adjustment
  4. Create a sonic signature to sound how you want to sound. A unique signature sound sets you apart from other radio stations and is something that listeners will recognize instantly

Audio processing solutions from BW Broadcast

For listeners, good radio sound is everything. It only takes them a few seconds to decide whether they want to keep listening to your station or switch to another. With the right audio processor, you can ensure a high-quality signature sound for your station and attract more listeners.

The BW Broadcast audio processors are popular among many radio stations around the world – from bigger networks such as BBC, to small community stations in Africa. These cost-effective, yet high-quality processors make sure that your audio is loud and clear. Available in different multi-band configurations for FM, AM, digital radio and web streaming. 

DSPXmini Encore audio processor

The original DSPXmini and DSPXtra audio processors have spent the last 12 years dominating the low-cost, high-value audio processing market, offering FM, AM, and HD versions to broadcasters who need to sound the best on a budget.
The Encore versions of this industry favorite now puts all models into a single box, along with platform-wide features such as intelligent PlanB audio backup and remote control monitoring.

DSPXmini Encore

 

 

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IBC 2017

BW Broadcast will be exhibiting at IBC, between 15 – 19 September 2017, at RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Don’t miss this event!

Our team will demonstrate how our brand new Encore range of products will improve your radio station – improving its sound, increasing listenership and taking the stress out of managing your station.

IBC sits at the global crossroads of the electronic media and entertainment industry and provides a full and vibrant experience, whether you are a student or CEO, an innovative start-up or media superpower. Held at the world-class venue, the Amsterdam RAI every September, it is always at the forefront of industry innovation and provides unrivaled networking opportunities. Join 55,000 attendees from more than 170 countries and find us on our stand!

At the IBC Exhibition, you will be able to meet us and get a hands-on experience to test out a range of our award-winning products:

  • FM transmitters, including a variety of different models from the new V3 range
  • FM translators
  • Power amplifiers
  • FM receivers, including the new RBRX Encore re-broadcast receiver
  • Audio processors
  • RDS Encoders
You will be able to find us from Hall 8, stand E73. Click here to find our stand from the map.

Besides trying out all of our products yourself, we will also provide you with a personal advice and recommendations for your radio station using years of knowledge in the FM broadcasting industry.

We look forward to seeing you at the exhibition, and as a complimentary gift, all our stand visitors can get a FREE visitor pass to the IBC tradeshow. Simply use the unique code 11752 on IBC website and complete a registration form to receive your free pass. Click here to register now. 

Here’s a quick overview of our stand at the last year’s exhibition:

Can’t make it? Why not contact your local dealer and arrange a free, no-obligation demo now to see if our products could rock your station. Click here to contact your local dealer.

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Amitra 2017

Come and join us at the Amitra in Acapulco, Mexico from 24 to 27 August 2017.

We are excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of International Broadcasting Congress this August at Amitra!

Among others, BW Broadcast will be exhibiting at the exhibition on all days so come and see us for new products and presentation.

Explore our award-winning product range, find out how we can help your radio station and test out the remote control solutions that come with all our products. Among others, you can test out the following products:

  • Brand new Encore range, which has already revolutionized the radio broadcasting world
  • FM transmitters, including products from our brand new V3 range
  • Affordable ‘single box’ FM translators for smaller radio stations
  • Power amplifiers that can help you boost your signal strength
  • Re-broadcast receivers, including our new RBRX Encore rebroadcast receiver
  • Audio processors to help you achieve your station’s signature sound
  • RDS Encoders that improve your station’s listenership and brand awareness

We will also be there to answer any questions you may have or provide you with a personalized advice to help you and your radio station. So why not register now for the Amitra 2017! We look forward to seeing you in Acapulco.

Not in Latin America? Contact one of our dealers in your region and book a no-obligation demo with them now to find out how our products can make it easier to manage your radio station.

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Broadcast Asia 2017

BW Broadcast is excited to announce our return to Asia’s must-attend event for the pro-audio and broadcasting industry. The 22nd International Digital Multimedia & Entertainment Technology Exhibition and Conference will take place from 23 – 25 May 2017 at Suntec, Singapore.

This year, we will bring our best selection of professional radio broadcasting equipment with us to our exhibition stand at the Broadcast Asia. Coupled with our knowledge and years of experience in the industry, our engineers look forward to seeing you at the show to give you the best advice for your radio station and introduce our award-winning products. You can find us from stand 4J2-01.

Our team will be showcasing and demonstrating various award-winning products including:

We look forward to seeing you at Broadcast Asia! Click here for the visitor pre-registration. Here’s a video from the last year’s event:

 

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FCC loosens rules for translator location

Following the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) newly modified rules, FM translators can now be located anywhere within the AM’s daytime service contour or a 25-mile radius of the transmitter, even if the contour is farther than 25 miles out. Previously, the rule said an AM station could place a rebroadcasting FM translator within the smaller of its daytime service contour or the 25-mile radius of its transmitter.

This means that the 2,000 or so US AM radio stations that rebroadcast on FM translators now have more flexibility in locating those FM signals. A search of the FCC’s database by engineering consulting firm du Treil, Lundin & Rackley, shows 157 commercial band FM translator service applications being accepted by the commission last week compared to approximately 24 the week prior.

FCC FM Translators regulation updateImage: https://www.zendesk.com 

Industry-favorite transmitters

BW Broadcast has been a popular manufacturer for transmitter equipment over recent years. Our FM transmitters have been the industry’s chosen units across LPFM stations and community stations in the US and continue to receive positive feedback as truly reliable transmitters or exciters. Offering unprecedented performance and quality, these FM transmitters are feature-packed and sound great right out of the box.

If you are interested in placing a new FM translator following the rules update from FCC, then make sure you choose a high-quality product without blowing your budget.

TX300 – market leading audio performance

The most popular 300W FM transmitter in the world, the TX300 V2 can be found in LPFM stations, community stations, emergency broadcast kits, military applications and as a truly reliable backup transmitter or exciter for national broadcasters. Whatever the application, the TX300 V2 will take it in its stride. Now with built-in 4-band DSPX audio processing, Ethernet control and FSK IDer.

  • Integrated multi-band DSPX audio processing makes your station sound great, right out of the box
  • Comes with one of the cleanest exciters and an ultra-low distortion modulator, which make it a highly stable FM transmission system
  • Slide-in power supplies make the maintenance a breeze, which means that in case of major problems the supplies can be fixed in minutes
  • Configurable Status and Alarm ports control and signal to external equipment
  • Flexible and extensive Web Mail, SNMP, Telnet and Serial Remote Control that keeps you aware and in control of your station’s transmission
  • 2-year international warranty
  • 24/7 technical support

 

 

Don’t take our word for it. Hear what our customers say

Easy to install, super natural audio, reliability you can really depend on. No competition in the marketplace, professional natural audio, reliable and excellent value” – David Kennedy, WPBJ

Really like that BW Broadcast V2 exciter. Easy menu adjustment of frequency and power. Quick bootup, smooth power adjustment using one knob, and easy to read front panel LCD.  ”Nice job ole boy!”.” – Jeff Parker, Chief Engineer at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment

Besides our FM transmitters, we have also sold hundreds of single-box FM translators and RBRX Encore rebroadcast receivers to broadcasters across the States. Offering you unprecedented performance at an affordable price, you really can’t go wrong with investing in our technology.

 

Interested to find out more? Get in touch with our sales team now. Or better yet, find your local dealer to book a free, no-obligation demo to see for yourself!

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What is Encore?

A COMPLETE RANGE OF PRODUCTS to SOLVE EVERY BROADCAST NEED

The word Encore is iconic. The French use it as the word to mean ‘again’. In the theatre, it is shouted to the rafters as a demand for the players to return again with the performance or act. The word Encore is synonymous with passion, and a demand from the crowd for more of the same emotions, experience and feelings.

For us at BW Broadcast, it’s all of the above. A demand for more of the same great products. We wanted to continue our legacy of designing and manufacturing award winning broadcast technology products, but unite them all into one easy to use concept that would be worthy of the products that had come before them. Most importantly Encore would offer more great value, more ease of use, higher performance and more reliability than anything that had come before, both from BW Broadcast and from any other broadcast technology equipment manufacturer.

ENCORE IS OUR MOST SOPHISTICATED, FULLY FEATURED PRODUCT RANGE YET

Every single product within the Encore range comes with a standardized hardware and software platform. This has two benefits for broadcasters. The simplicity of servicing, which comes through using a common hardware platform, and secondly, ease of setup and use. Once you’ve set up and used your first Encore product, you’ll know how to use them all. The front panel control system and the web browser based remote control have a familiar feel across the range, making installs and operation a breeze.

Packed with features – ALL AS STANDArD

  • Versatile IO, analog, digital and composite
  • Plan B audio backup
  • Action, events, telemetry and emails
  • HTML5 Mobile ready remote control.
  • Audio streaming for remote listening
  • Unmatched build quality
  • Ten-year warranty

DSPXmini Encore audio processor

Join the Encore family

We are excited to announce that hundreds of BW Broadcast Encore products are now in use at various radio stations around the world and we have received fantastic feedback from our customers. The Encore range is here to revolutionize the radio industry with several industry-first features and a whopping 10-year international warranty.

You are now able to order RBRX Encore, DSPXmini Encore, Ariane Encore, DSPmpX Encore and ModMon Encore products from your local dealer. Each one is guaranteed to transform your radio station with its top-of-the-league features without spending a fortune. Find out more about each product or get in touch with your dealer now to book a demo. 

LEGENDARY LEVEL CONTROL 
The ‘Ariane’ name is steeped in broadcast heritage. This highly regarded RMS Audio Leveler achieved cult status. Originally in analog form, decades on – those same iconic algorithms have been incorporated into our most sophisticated and feature rich platform ever. This is Ariane Encore.

Ariane Encore audio leveler >>

ONE BOX, MANY TALENTS
Its predecessor, the original DSPXmini has spent the last 8 years dominating the low-cost, high-value audio processing market, offering FM, AM, and HD versions to broadcasters who need to sound the best on a budget.
The Encore version of this industry favourite now puts all models into a single box, along with platform-wide features such as intelligent PlanB audio backup and remote control monitoring.

DSPXmini Encore audio processor >>

THE MPX / COMPOSITE  SWISS ARMY KNIFE 
Its predecessor, the original DSPXmpX has spent the last 10 years dominating the stand alone stereo generator market. The new Encore version goes 1, 2, 3 steps beyond the original.

  1. It has always visible large front panel LED metering, so you can see your audio and MPX levels easily from across the rack room
  2. It has an RDS encoder – at no extra cost
  3. It can decode MPX signals in DSP, with lab grade performance and have the decoded levels shown on the front panel LED metering.

DSPXmpX Encore stereo encoder and decoder >>

INSTANT UNDERSTANDING 
Fitted with two time-aligned and highly sensitive DSP tuners, ModMon Encore has an unfair advantage over its competition: it’s the only modulation monitor that can DSP crossfade between two radio stations without re-tuning, or compare two MPX inputs such as audio processors or stereo generators at the touch of a button – all instantaneously and inaudibly. It’s a tool that helps you make decisions based on research, not just research yourself.

ModMon Encore modulation monitor >>

THE PERFECT ENCORE TO AN INCREDIBLE PRODUCT 
Our first incarnation of the RBRX went on to solve thousands of weak signal issues at crowded transmission sites around the globe setting a new standard for rebroadcast receiver technology. During the last 8 years, whilst the industry’s been playing catch up, we’ve been busy improving on this legendary product – and RBRX Encore is the result.

Housing two of the world’s most selective and highly sensitive tuners, coupled with the most advanced signal processing capabilities, RBRX Encore is the new pinnacle of rebroadcasting performance.

RBRX Encore rebroadcast receiver >> 

 

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NAB 2017

BW Broadcast is excited to announce our return to the NAB exhibition in Las Vegas on 24 – 27 April 2017. Taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center, NAB is one of the biggest the largest media, entertainment, and technology convention in the world. You can find out stand from the North Hall, booth number N8631

 

BW Broadcast NAB 2017 floorplan

Following our last year’s success at NAB, this year we will be showcasing products that have been in development and testing throughout this year that will help you optimize your radio station. Besides our bestselling V2 transmitter range, you will also have a chance to get a hands-on experience of our Encore range as well as get personal advice for your radio station.

The products on display at our this year’s booth will include:

Come and visit us in Las Vegas using our exclusive FREE NAB pass using the unique code LV6365! Click here to claim your free pass.

 

Here’s a glimpse of our booth at the last year’s show:

BW Broadcast at NAB 2016

 

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CABSAT 2017

Come and meet our team at CABSAT 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre between 21-23 March 2017. CABSAT is the largest trade show in the Middle East and North Africa region for broadcasting and digital media.

Our team will be showcasing our latest FM broadcasting equipment at the show, including the award-winning RBRX Encore which has taken over the radio world with its first-in-the-industry features and excellent quality hardware. Come and meet our team at the UK pavilion at hall 2, where you can find our stand and get a hands-on experience of our professional radio broadcasting products.

Besides RBRX Encore, you will also have a chance to explore the rest of the Encore range, as well as our bestsellers from the V2 transmitters range:

  • Rebroadcast receivers
  • Modulation monitor
  • Audio backup
  • Audio processing
  • Audio over IP
  • Stereo encoders & decoders
  • RDS encoders
  • FM transmission products

Here’s a little overview of the last year’s show at the Dubai World Trade Centre:

 

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