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Harris Corporation Expands PR&E Digital Audio Networking Family for Radio Broadcast Studios
Posted on Monday, April 11, 2011


  • VMReact™ and RMXengine™ bring user-friendly options to digital studio environments
  • VMReact automates status monitoring and system control in networked studios
  • RMXengine extends user options for on-air broadcasts and production applications


MELBOURNE, FL/LAS VEGAS, April 11, 2011 (NAB Show, Booth N2502) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has expanded its PR&E® family of digital audio solutions for networked and standalone studio environments that provide more options and value to radio broadcasters.

Harris has introduced PR&E VMReact™, a 1RU logic processing device that enables automated responses to changes in audio routes, logical conditions and other events, further enhancing control and monitoring in VistaMax™ networked audio systems. Last year, Harris unveiled a suite of PR&E VistaMax network devices that deliver cost-efficient, user-friendly solutions for localizing networked audio in multiple studios instead of a central rack room.

Harris also will introduce PR&E RMXengine™, an auxiliary device for PR&E RMXdigital® on-air and production consoles, providing automatically generated mix-minus signals — a process that eliminates voice echo for live callers — for every fader on the RMXdigital console. The RMXengine also enables advanced dual-console operation for sophisticated dual-anchor studio operation.

"Radio broadcasters are increasingly interested in moving toward distributed architectures that rely less on consolidated infrastructures and bring the power of the network closer to the studios," said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. "These latest additions to the growing family of Harris PR&E networking solutions give broadcasters more options to enhance the quality of their on-air broadcasts - whether in networked or standalone environments."

VMReact creates a new approach for responding to events in networked audio systems. Broadcasters can quickly and easily set up parameters and conditions in advance to trigger desired responses, supporting a variety of applications throughout the network. This includes switching audio sources, changing audio routes and triggering logic events to control external equipment — without the need for manual intervention.

RMXengine gives more options to board operators and producers by providing a mix-minus and IFB talkback channel on every fader of the RMXdigital console. This more than quadruples the amount of mix-minus and IFB talkback capabilities on a typical 28-channel RMXdigital. Deejays and producers have the power to pull up live phone calls on any fader as a mix-minus event as opposed to being limited to specific faders.

The RMXengine connects directly to the RMXdigital console, allowing the console to retain its autonomous capabilities in standalone studios. RMXengines on two RMXdigital consoles can be interconnected in the same room or separate studios to enable dual-console capability for one consolidated studio operation. While created specifically with standalone environments in mind, RMXengine is equally at home in VistaMax networked audio systems.

In broadcast communications, Harris offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.