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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More Awards for Encore!

As the dust settles on another IBC, the hangovers have cleared and it’s back to business. We had a really successful show, picking up more awards for our Encore Range of products.

Neal Helly, Sales Representative for BW Broadcast had this to say: “IBC was a great opportunity to meet so many of our customers and Broadcasting friends within Europe and even some from further afield this year. It was also the first time our new Encore Range has been exhibited in Europe and the reaction was tremendous. Not only did the range win two awards, it was evident from our customers reaction that these products were going to take their stations to the next level! In summary, IBC was a great show for all concerned with BW Broadcast this year and we are already looking forward to returning to Amsterdam again next year!”

VERTUS ENCORE – FM/AM TRANSLATOR

The Vertus Encore, a ground-breaking ‘single box’ translator, (which already won best of show at NAB earlier this year) won another best of show at Amsterdam.

 

The Vertus Encore AM/FM translator combines the ground breaking features from our Encore transmitter range with the world’s BEST re-broadcast receiver. No one else can offer a solution for translator sites that can rival Vertus’ sound quality, reliability and ease of use – all in one economical box!

Pulls in distant stations and re-broadcasts them with amazing clarity!

  • Use it to translate AM to FM as well as FM to FM.
  • Save money, this ‘one box solution’ includes integrated processing, RDS & telemetry.
  • Reduce stress, simplifying your broadcast chain and end compatibility problems.
  • DSP processing AM to FM rebroadcast for unprecedented AM sound enhancement.
  • Designed for the translator market with all the features you’ll ever need.
  • Quick-change parts make onsite maintenance a breeze!
  • Diagnostic logging, emails alerts & audio back-up give you total peace of mind.

 

TX ENCORE – FM TRANSMITTER

The Encore Transmitter was also awarded ‘Best of Show’. Building on the incredibly popular award winning V2 range of transmitters BW Broadcast have added even more features to make it the most reliable transmitter on the market.

Our New Encore FM Transmitters integrate the vital elements you need to build a successful radio station. Integrated audio processing, RDS and telemetry ensure you will sound fantastic, save money on additional equipment and have less stress managing equipment and no compatibility issues. Set-up is so simple and intuitive, the OLED screen tells you everything you need to know – you’ll be on the air 5 minutes after taking it out of the box! Available from 5 to 3000 watts.

 Ensure you stay on air.

Now you can change parts and avert disaster without breaking a sweat!

No nasty surprises.

You’ll be so ‘well informed’ an issue will never become a problem.

  • Telemetry system compatible
  • Advanced diagnostic logging
  • Remote control app – make vital adjustments from anywhere.

Your ‘one box’ broadcast solution – Encore saves you money, rack space & hassle!

 

Find out where you can see live demonstrations of BW Broadcast products at our next exhibition.

or contact your Local Dealer for demos and best prices!

You can also contact our Sales Team directly.

 

 

 

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Encore wins Best Of Show

BW Broadcast had a very successful show this year at the NAB show in April. With the release of their new range of products across the Encore platform, their booth was busier than ever!

Customers loved the new features of the RBRX Encore, such as 2 DSP tuners that now offer full diversity on both antennas and the AM reception now included as standard. It was these features and many more that saw the RBRX Encore win TWO Best of Show awards from Radio World and Radio Magazine.

The Vertus Encore AM/FM Translator also won a Best of Show award from Radio Magazine for its ground breaking features which offer a solution for translator sites with quality sound, reliability and easy of use; all in one economical box!

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are evaluated by a panel of engineers and industry experts, and are selected based on innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance in serving the industry. Radio Magazine is the radio broadcast technology leader that covers the technology of radio broadcasting for engineers and managers. Radio World is the industry newspaper for people who manage and operate radio stations, networks and and new media organisations, helping them navigate the new multi-platform world of radio.

“We are enormously proud of our Best of Show recipients,” says NewBay Media Broadcast & Video Group Vice President & Group Publisher Eric Trabb. “Recognition with an award at the NAB Show from NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group is a strong vote of confidence and admiration from our leading industry publications.”

Contact the sales team or your local dealer if you would like to find out more about the new range of products or you can read more on our news pages.

Because the NAB show was such an achievement for everyone at BW Broadcast including their network or dealers and customers, we are looking forward to the rest of the year, not only the many exhibitions we have planned but also the customer visits we are planning to make in many countries around the world. If you would like us to visit you on our travels, then contact Neal today to see when we will be in a town near you!

 

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RBRX Encore

W Broadcast RBRX Encore, to be shown at NAB 2014 for the first time, is the latest incarnation of this iconic rebroadcast receiver. With its predecessor, the RBRX1, previously winning a radio world NAB cool stuff award – the latest version of this benchmark product has a lot to live up to.

What makes it so special?

Improving on the RBRX1, voted the ‘world’s best’ FM re-broadcast receiver was not an easy task. Through continued integration of the SONY’s patented noise reduction technology and advances in BW Broadcast’s audio processing the RBRX Encore delivers FM stereo separation that will have listeners raving.

If that wasn’t enough – BW Broadcast has added a second DSP tuner to the unit, offering full diversity reception from its two antenna inputs. We have also added options for HD, AM, DAB and DAB+ reception – making the RBRX Encore the only full complete analogue and digital professional multi-standard rebroadcast receiver and tuner on the market.

Audio like never before

The sound is cleaner than ever before due to further enhancements to the built in DSPX audio limiter and stereo generator. The RDS Encoder capabilities have increased so now there is more monitor and decode facilities for those that wish to use it as an analyser or monitor. The demodulated audio can also be streamed over IP to remote locations which are invaluable for radio engineers who are out of the coverage zone but want to make adjustments or listen to the unit’s reception.

Peace of mind for station owners and engineers has been increased through upgraded audio backup facilities. The audio can now be stored as MP3 and AAC files on both the internal memory and external USB sticks. The RBRX Encore also supports decoding of audio over IP streams for backup purposes.

Future Proof Engineering

We know that engineers expect more from their hardware investments these days. The RBRX Encore has been built on BW Broadcast’s new Encore platform which takes it far beyond being just a tuner. It’s an audio switcher, a stereo generator, an RDS encoder, an audio backup device, a remote control, a monitoring solution and so much more. The RBRX Encore supports SNMP, Telnet, Serial, HTTP API and a fully HTML5 web remote that is fully Mobile optimised and compatible. It even supports BW Broadcast’s Virtual rack portal which removes the need for router configuration or port forwards.

Features and benefits overview

  • 2 DSP tuners now offer full diversity reception from both antenna inputs.
  • Now includes AM reception as standard.
  • The only truly analogue and digital rebroadcast receiver on the market offering HD, DAB & DAB+ options.
  • Increased RDS Encoder capabilities with more monitor and decode facilities if you wish to use it as an analyser or monitor.
  • Stream demodulated audio over IP so you can listen and make adjustments even when you’re out of the coverage zone.
  • Enhanced DSP audio limiter & stereo generator for even clearer sound quality.
  • Upgraded audio backup facilities – MP3 & AAC files can be stored on internal or external USB sticks.

BW Broadcast set the standard for Re-broadcast receivers in 2010, it has done it again in 2014.

Contact us to find out more

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Ariane Encore

The Ariane Encore Audio Leveler is as close to a trained mastering engineer on a fader as you are going to get, delivering dynamic range control that is inaudible. You can trust it to pre-process and add life to legacy processors and web streams, or you can sit back and let it unobtrusively protect STL links and satellite feeds.

How do you improve on perfection?

You struggle! Our engineers took some of the most challenging programme material and reworked the back-end processing code to take the new Ariane to a higher altitude of audio processing. Its pioneering window-gating freezes the processing when the audio dynamics are within a certain range. Combined with a carefully chosen multi-band topology that puts equal energy into each of its bands for a uniquely natural sound, the Ariane Encore continues to deliver ‘only when needed’ dynamic range control that is known worldwide for being inaudible. Should the user want it, its matrix sum and difference mode can inject life back into programme material, whilst taking care to not over process the sound. Known as the ‘Compeller’ on steroids, the Ariane is as close to a trained mastering engineer on a fader as you are going to get. You can trust it to pre-process and add life to legacy processors or web streams, or you can sit back and let it unobtrusively protect STL links and satellite feeds.

What do you expect?

We know that engineers expect more from their hardware investments these days. The new Ariane is not just super sexy – it’s also future proofed. It’s been built on BW Broadcast’s new Encore platform, taking this double award winning utility processor to new heights. It’s an audio switcher, an audio backup device, a remote control and monitoring solution and so much more.

Features and Benefits

  • Sound great out of the box – With the flexibility to customise your sound easily with the factory and user presets that can be controlled locally and remotely.
  • Retain Legacy features – Such as with Stereo, Matrix (sum and difference) and dual mono modes, front panel bypass buttons and power loss relays for the audio.
  • Never have dead Air – With Plan B audio backup from the internal memory card, external USB keys and Shoutcast internet streams. There are even audio fall-back switching options for the analogue audio and AES/EBU digital audio inputs.
  • Never not be in charge – Stay in control from anywhere with any device, with mobile device aware HTML5 browser remote control and monitoring which fully supports the IPhone.
  • Never not know – Stay in the know with event logging and notifications by email, SNMP, to local memory and more.
  • Set and forget - 1 minute remote control setup using BW Broadcast’s virtual portal functionality which removes the need for router configuration and port forwards. VRP supports remote control of 1-1000 BW broadcast products from one web login. No gateways, IPs or ports to remember.
  • Works with what you have now – Slots effortlessly into your broadcast infrastructure with software configurable alarms and triggers which open up endless remote control and telemetry possibilities.

It’s been eight years since BW Broadcast’s Scott Incz took former chief engineer of Z100’s David Reaves original analogue Ariane product and created the Ariane sequel digital leveller for David’s then company Translantech. Although BW Broadcast have been the designers and manufacturers of the sequel since 2005, 2013 saw them take ownership of the Ariane brand completely. The Ariane Encore will be the first Ariane manufactured with BW broadcast’s colours and livery.

Contact us now to find out more.

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Vertus AM/FM Translator

The Vertus Encore AM/FM translator combines the ground breaking features from our transmitter range with the world’s BEST re-broadcast receiver. No one else can offer a solution for translator sites that can rival Vertus’s sound quality, reliability and ease of use all in one economical box!

Features and benefits overview

  • Use it to translate AM to FM as well as FM to FM.
  • Save money, this ‘one box solution’ includes integrated processing, RDS and telemetry.
  • Reduce stress by simplifying your broadcast chain and ending compatibility problems.
  • DSP processing AM to FM rebroadcast for unprecedented AM sound enhancement.
  • Designed for the translator market with all the features you’ll ever need.
  • Quick change parts make onsite maintenance a breeze!
  • Diagnostic logging, emails and alerts and audio back up facilities give you total peace of mind.

Pulls in distant stations and re-broadcasts them with amazing clarity!

The adaptive IF DSP filtering, first debuted in the BW Broadcast award winning RBRX1, is able to pull in distant stations and have rebroadcasts sounding clearer and cleaner than any other solution current available. Digitally demodulating, enhancing in DSP and re-modulating with direct to channel digital modulation has significant noise reduction benefits. Like the RBRX1, the Vertus employs patented stereo enhancing noise reduction for outstanding stereo separation, even under very difficult conditions. The highly selective receiver has no problem with pulling in weak and distant stations, even when on a transmitter site with high levels of RF. The dual antenna inputs provide additional benefits by reducing multipath to even lower levels than can be achieved with a single antenna receiver.

In addition to the dual FM reception capability, the Vertus can also receive and translate AM Radio Stations.  The DSP enhanced processing inside the Vertus includes audio frequency enhancement for AM to FM rebroadcasts, increasing the bandwidth and quality of the AM broadcasts that are being translated to FM. For the first time ever, AM can sound better than AM in a similar way to spectral band replication can enhance low bit rate audio streams.

Translates from AM to FM as well as FM to FM

Built upon the Encore FM transmitter platform, the Vertus can also function as a standalone direct to channel DDS FM transmitter, or switch to standalone mode should a rebroadcast signal fail. The audio backup facilities of the Vertus include fall-back to FM, or AM frequencies or vice versa, in addition to the Encore platform powered mp3 and Shoutcast stream back up options.

A GPS sync option is provided for Single Frequency Network applications, and RDS can be translated or locally adjusted to suit the requirements of the gap filler / translator. Full anti-hijack facilities are included as standard.

‘One box solution’ saves you money and stress

Through the integration of several pieces of broadcast equipment into one box, you save considerable sums of money. Integrated processing, RDS, telemetry significantly reduces the complexity of your broadcast air chain, and increases performance at the same time.

Vertus gives you 100% peace of mind

Peace of mind is critical to radio station owners and their engineers. That’s why all BW transmission products have slide in and quick change parts. There’s diagnostic logging, alarms and email alerts to keep you informed. The DDS exciter, audio processing and audio backup facilities keep your signal clean and compliant, and more importantly on the air should you lose your main audio programme feed. You can even plug in a spare power supply into a redundancy power supply slot in the translator.

Contact us now to find out more.

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V2 Transmitter Firmware Update

BW Broadcast have just released new firmware for their incredibly popular V2 Transmitter Range, further enhancing SNMP capability.

SNMP Support allows for more detailed monitoring in real-time over IP.

So, should you be informed of any abnormality in your transmission, whatever time of day or night (and lets face it – it’s usually night!) you can go back to that exact point and have a clear understanding of what is going on with your broadcast.

This will give you the opportunity to diagnose and fix potential problems before they get a chance to cause you major stress, helping you to stay on top of your broadcast.

When you add that to the already impressive list of maintenance saving features that the V2 range has, you can see why it’s so popular.

‘Dual slide-in power supplies’ will keep you on air even in the event of power surges or lightening strikes, switching from one power supply to the other to keep you on air. Power supplies simply slide

in and out from the back, taking seconds to replace, and requiring no tools or training.

‘Gold clamp’ transistors can be changed in minutes using just a screwdriver, massively reducing the time and hassle involved in getting back on air.

 

An intuitive Remote Control App so you to make changes to your settings from wherever you are.

BW Broadcast are constantly updating products to improve reliability, performance, and to take the stress out of managing your radio station equipment –what’s even better, they’re always FREE!

Additionally you will find the new firmware update includes

  • Stealth Screen Saver
  • RF Mute mode to Triggers

This V1.5.2  firmware update is available now by clicking on the link below: Further details of what’s included in this update are contained in the download zip.

TX V2 Upgrade

We have even more cool features coming in the next release. Make sure your product is registered here to receive the update as soon as it has been released.

You can also contact us or your local dealer for a more comprehensive overview or demonstration of the new range.

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V2 TX V1.5 Update

BW Broadcast has just released another update for their latest V2 transmitter range.

It’s now even easier to interface your transmitter to third party remote control and telemetry systems through our overhauled alarms and trigger interface. For the first time you can now assign analogue output voltages to back panel pins, set to a whole host of user adjustable transmitter parameters and readings, including forward power and modulation levels.

The V2 series of transmitters continue to set standards for ease of use. The user interface has been enhanced, with even more context sensitive displays than before. For example, if you’re adjusting RF power, the reverse power gets displayed at the same time without you having to think – perfect for monitoring the VSWR of your antenna system.

You can now lower your electric costs with our built in RF power scheduler. This innovative feature enables the RF power to lower during the night or at hours of your choosing to reduce electric costs. We don’t recommend using this feature to boost your transmitter past it’s licensed power level at certain times – that would be plain naughty.

We know how important connectivity and monitoring of your transmitter is to you. After numerous requests, our engineers have worked long and hard to bring an Apple IPhone optimised version of our HTML5 web remote control interface. Setup, control and monitoring via your phone is even easier with the slick new interface for mobile devices.

In addition, we’ve added a whole host of behind the scenes improvements to increase performance and stability. This latest release really is a must have install for any V2 owner or operator. Installing it is effortless and can be done in minutes, even remotely via web browser over the internet.

This V1.5 firmware update is available now by clicking on the link below:

Get the Update here!

 

We have even more cool features coming in the next release. Make sure your product is registered here to receive the update as soon as it has been released.

You can also contact us or your local dealer for a more comprehensive overview or demonstration of the new range.

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V2 V1.4 Update

BW Broadcast is proud to announce the first software update for recently released V2 transmitters. Initially introduced at NAB ’13 Las Vegas, the long feature list included as standard saw the new transmitters instantly awarded with a Radio ‘Pick Hit’ award.

Engineers loved the advanced 4-band audio processing built-in to every transmitter, making stations sound great right out of the box. Innovative features like Gold-Clamp transistors and quick change slide-in power supplies (not every model) make the V2 range the most easy to maintain and service transmitter available. Since launch many V2 transmitters have been installed around the world with glowing feedback.

Dennis, a satisfied engineer comments:

“The transmitter has been placed in service at the site. It sounds gorgeous and is rock-steady.”

The new software update (v1.4) contains a much improved updated Ethernet interface. The new web based control system doesn’t require software to be installed, so can be easily operated from any smart-phone (including Apple iPhones etc). The software release is not critical, but any customers using the transmitters Ethernet interface are advised to update to benefit from the new remote interface.

Dave Gowenlock, BW Broadcast Sales Manager comments:

“There’s a massive improvement to the web interface of V2 transmitters. The update can be loaded onto any model in the range, it only takes a minute and is well worth it considering the update is free of charge. We are committed in continuing to offer value for our customers even after their purchase and our free updates are part of this vision.”

The new software update can be seen at BW Broadcast’s booth E74 in Hall 8 at IBC from 13th-17th September.

Download the V2 Update Now!

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Pick Hit for V2!

BW Broadcast were proud to be awarded with a Pick Hit award at NAB 2013 for the new V2 Range of FM transmitters.

Like all BW Broadcast equipment, the V2 range is designed and built with three mantras, performance, reliability and ease of use. Engineers loved the unique Gold Clamp transistors on TX600 V2 and above, slide in power supplies on 2U models, innovative cooling system and other features to make maintenace simple. Added to this is an Ethernet connection on every V2 with smart phone apps for simple remote management. Intelligent alarms and email alerts ensure busy engineers can manage their stations with minimal intervention. A real time clock and comprehensive logging is available for those who like to see more detailed status. A high resolution OLED display for metering processing also makes setup simple. Experienced engineers will love how much control they have at their fingertips, and will find themselves eager to install their next V2 transmitter.

First presented at the NAB convention in 1985, the Pick Hit Awards are the original technology award at the convention. The awards are selected by a panel of judges who make their selections independently and anonymously and then convene for a meeting on the third day of the convention. Winning products are selected because they are useful to radio broadcasters, are priced within reason, are available within the current calendar year, and are new introductions at the NAB convention.

“The Pick Hit Awards are limited to 20 winners, which maintains the value and prestige of the award,” says Chriss Scherer, editor of Radio magazine. In addition, the Pick Hit Award judges follow a strict set of rules and make their selections independently and anonymously, which is a further testimony to the proven value of the award to radio broadcasters.” (more…)

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