TuneTracker Systems Unveils SignalCaster
December 28, 2016 at 9:36 AM (PT)
TUNETRACKER SYSTEMS has released a new remote broadcasting product that clears away the most burdensome obstacles to doing on-location broadcasts: bulk, complication, and expense. SIGNALCASTER lets radio staff walk into a remote site carrying all of their gear in one hand, and immediately begin sending back broadcast-quality audio.
"Our hope in releasing SIGNALCASTER is to change the 'dreaded remote' into something so easy that broadcasters will actually look forward to doing them," SIGNALCASTER Designer DANE SCOTT said.
SIGNALCASTER Mobile, the "transmitter," runs on an iPAD, and sends audio over any wi-fi or cellular data connection. SIGNALCASTER Tower, the "receiver," runs on a WINDOWS computer back at the radio station, and is left in standby mode, waiting for a connection. To begin broadcasting on-location, the announcer launches SIGNALCASTER Mobile and taps the Start button. Back at the station, SIGNALCASTER Tower begins receiving the audio signal, and it's immediately available to be broadcast through a control console or a radio automation input.
While SIGNALCASTER can use the iPAD's built-in microphone, the system is also offered in two different hardware bundles that give broadcasters the flexibility to use SIGNALCASTER with professional mics and equipment. "SIGNALCASTER Solo," designed for single-announcer remotes, comes with a broadcast-quality desk microphone, adapter, non-skid iPAD kickstand, and a small, heavy-duty carrying case with padded compartments to hold everything, including the iPAD itself. The desk mic's tripod stand collapses to allow it to be hand-held during interviews.
"SIGNALCASTER Duet" offers a dual-input mixer with monitoring, making it a good choice for broadcasts where two headset mics are commonly used. Its twin mic inputs are also good for other combinations, such as a headset mic for the announcer and a desk mic for guests, or two handhelds. Either mixer input can also be fed balanced line audio from an external source such as a PA system. The Duet package also comes with a small, heavy-duty padded carrying case that will hold mixer, iPAD, and more.
All software and hardware configurations are detailed and orderable from the SIGNALCASTER Packages page.