RTW and Nixer Pro Audio Partner on Handheld Dante Network Monitoring and Diagnostic Device

September 25 2017, 04:00
With AoIP becoming increasingly popular in all sorts of professional audio installations, visual audio meter and audio monitoring specialist, RTW, announced a global distribution partnership with Nixer Pro Audio, to make its PD-Dante handheld monitoring and diagnostic device available globally. The PD-Dante device allows users to listen directly into Dante streams located on the network. First deliveries will be made in December 2017.

No matter if it is a broadcast or live application, with 64 possible Dante channels on a network, users can select from an existing mix or create a user definable mix of these channels via its capacitive touchscreen, and listen to them via PD-Dante’s on-board loudspeakers and headphone connector. All channels are displayed on the main LCD showing individual routing to the left/right outputs, signal level meter, 0 dBFS peak indicator and channel name. The main output level of the selected channel/mix is displayed on two large signal meters. PD-Dante also offers one external stereo AES/EBU input plus a stereo line in and a microphone input, which can be assignable to any Dante output channel.

The clear and simple Graphical User Interface (GUI) allows users to quickly navigate through all systems, settings and functions. The system can store and recall up to eight presets for efficient setup and use.

“RTW is happy to be distributing this revolutionary product worldwide,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Nixer Pro Audio is a high-quality company and achieves great results with the products it manufactures. PD-Dante is a perfect addition to our product portfolio and will surely also open new markets for us.”

Nixer Pro Audio is based in Dunstable (UK), formed in 2000 by Nick Fletcher and Philip Jones, which have over 30 years experience designing and manufacturing electronic products, specializing in professional audio. Products they have designed have been used extensively on many Broadway shows, West End Shows and also by some high profile touring rock bands.

New loudness metering and monitoring firmware
During the latest IBC 2017 show, RTW also introduced firmware updates to its TouchMonitor TM7 and TM9 series meters. The current TM7/9 firmware update allows simultaneous monitoring of transmission streams with the ability to see up to four parallel instances of the stereo vectorscope at once. The RTA (Real Time Analyzer) feature set offers an even more refined graduated frequency distribution analysis with the addition of a 12th octave filter bank. 

Extra security measures can be activated with a custom selected password, which will also protect the user against unauthorized adjustment changes. This firmware also supports four-channel operation of a TouchMonitor, even without a multi-channel license, which allows attractive combinations in operation with RTW’s TMR7.

This new firmware is available for installation on RTW’s TM7, TM9 and TMR7 series instruments. TM7 and TM9 “TC Electronic” devices can also be updated to benefit from bug fixes. To access all new features and functions, these devices must be upgraded with the SW20021 TC Conversion Kit.

TM7/TM9 TouchMonitors feature a seven- and nine-inch highly flexible screen that provides the user with intuitive control. The TM7 TouchMonitor is an ideal choice when dealing with space issues because instruments can be scaled, randomly positioned and combined for optimal use of available screen space. The TM9 TouchMonitor brings a new level of professional audio metering in terms of precision, performance, efficiency and flexibility, making installation and use easy for any broadcaster. 

RTW is also offering a new TC - RTW upgrade for customers who own TC Electronics’ TM7 or TM9 TouchMonitors. With the purchase of this upgrade, TC Electronics’ users will have access to new functionalities with the latest firmware. In addition, a 50 percent discount will be applied to the purchase of a second software license for the same unit.

“We listen to our customers’ feedback and support their changing needs with our regular firmware updates,” says Ulrike Lauterbach, director of sales & marketing, RTW. “These new firmware updates create a more efficient workflow with the option for customization, while continuing to adapt to the ever-changing loudness standards around the world. We plan to announce more firmware updates for the TM7/9.”
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