Philadelphia, PA (October 23, 2009)–Harris Corporation has entered into strategic business relationships that will allow vendors to interface their radio automation systems to the Harris PR&E VMQuadra.
Introduced at the 2009 NAB Show, VMQuadra, the latest entry in the company’s range of PR&E VistaMax audio management systems, is an interface between VistaMax digital studio networks and radio automation systems. The radio automation software interface was designed in alliance with automation vendors to increase functionality, reduce complexity and create new workflow options to and from automation servers, digital audio workstations and satellite systems. Harris will collaborate with automation vendors including RCS, Broadcast Electronics (AudioVAULT), ENCO Systems, WideOrbit, OMT Technologies, BSI, Pristine Systems and WireReady.
“Keeping audio digital leads to better quality and lower operational costs,” said Neal Perchuk, vice president of sales, USA and Canada, for RCS. “Our customers always benefit from more options, and Harris has taken a fresh new approach at moving digital audio. RCS’s NexGen Digital Automation is the perfect counterpart to the VistaMax product. The effort to expand digital audio over studio networks for our customers is what led to our collaboration with Harris.”
Each VMQuadra interfaces with up to four automation computers and connects via Cat5 to VistaMax audio management system frames. The complete solution reportedly provides greater flexibility in audio source and destination connectivity, and minimizes the complexity of the distributed computer network and the number of audio channels required for each automation computer.
“Broadcasters are all about control these days, especially when it comes to costs and facilities,” said Don Backus, vice president of sales and marketing for ENCO Systems. “The incorporation of VMQuadra into our DAD and Presenter systems will allow broadcasters to control costs by reducing labor and installation costs on studio buildouts, and increasing control of audio playout and routing within their facilities.”