Comrex To Debut IP Gateway For Independent Talk Shows
At the 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas (booth #C1633), Comrex Corporation, a codec manufacturer on the forefront of IP technology, will demonstrate a new IP audio gateway product called Opal (or, Opus Portal) that helps radio program hosts coordinate call-ins with non-technical remote guests (they simply click a link and are instantly connected).
The real advantage for video journalists is that Opal allows remote guests to deliver "studio quality" sound, without the need for any special equipment on their end.
Opal establishes the link using the Opus encoder, for excellent fidelity and low delay. It can easily be used to create a studio internet audio portal to broadcast audio content live from their computer or phone in high fidelity, complete with remote guests. High quality return audio is also provided to the guest.
Once installed, Opal serves a web page to anyone who accesses it through a computer or Android device (with a microphone, earpiece, and browser). This web page will allow a user to click a button and begin broadcasting.
Opal can support two connections at once, and provides two independent professional audio I/O ports to the studio. Opal occupies 1/2U of rack space, and two can fit side-by-side in a 19" rack shelf. Connections to Opal can only be made from browsers that support WebRTC (Chrome and Firefox at this time).