JoeCo Limited has released its BlackBox player. Based on the BlackBox recorder’s technology, the player is a dedicated 1U multichannel device specifically designed for replaying backing tracks for live shows. Able to replay 24 channels of 24-bit/96 kHz audio, the player can be triggered with a footswitch or keyboard, or controlled via MIDI commands, aimed to give the live engineer, musical director or artist full control of the show.
Audio for playback can be loaded onto a standard USB2 hard drive, or Flash RAM drive, from any workstation capable of creating Broadcast WAV files. A naming convention reportedly ensures that the correct file is replayed through each output. The set list can be configured into a playlist file written in an XML format. Multiple playlist files can be stored on the external media allowing for quick set changes or alternative show formats.