Madrid, Spain (May 17, 2017)—Heritage Audio has unveiled its BT-500 Bluetooth streaming module ($199 retail). It is designed to enable connectivity of iOS or Android mobile devices in a professional studio environment by streaming audio from a mobile device over Bluetooth, reportedly providing a balanced, +22dBu stereo output along its Burr Brown-based analog signal path.
The BT-500 automatically recognizes a device´s best codec option and uses it for streaming. As such, the BT-500 allows direct level comparisons while mastering or mixing with, for example, Apple’s iTunes Store or mobile stored reference mixes.
“I visited several very well-equipped studios and, on each occasion, either the artist or the producer wanted to have something played from their phones,” explains Heritage Audio Managing Director Peter Rodriguez.
“On one occasion, the mini jack connector in the cable was too thick and it did not fit in the hole of the case the phone was in. Another had a mini jack to XLR adapter that was too heavy and was making intermittent connections, leaving the artist to hold the phone amid the array of adapters. Also, [after hearing] that Apple was going to drop the mini jack [in new generation iOS devices]—which indeed happened—I came up with this simple and convenient solution.”