ACCESS Rackmount

A powerful, full-featured IP audio codec for the studio

Product Overview

Content matters, but having the right technology is crucial for bringing any plan to life. The perfect studio counterpart to ACCESS portable units, and also a dependable point-to-point codec, ACCESS Rack is a full-featured IP audio codec that offers unparalleled reliability. ACCESS works over a range of connections, including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and 3G/4G networks. And with CrossLock and BRIC Technology, the most sophisticated network management technology on the market, ACCESS is able to handle even the rockiest data connections.

The 1U 19” rack mount ACCESS features balanced stereo XLR inputs and outputs, AES I/O on XLR,  Ethernet port, POTS modem, multiple USB ports, and serial and contact closure ports. ACCESS Rack can be directly controlled with a keyboard or mouse, a USB touch screen monitor, or driven with a standard web browser.

Features

  • USB ports
  • Built-in Ethernet ports
  • MPEG 4/AAC algorithms included
  • CrossLock Technology
  • User-friendly browser-based interface

ACCESS Rackmount works with:

ACCESS NX
ACCESS 2USB
ACCESS Rackmount
BRIC-Link II
BRIC-Link
FieldTap (app)

Comrex POTS codecs (with limitations)

IP Networks

IP networks are available virtually everywhere. ACCESS Rack offers several ways to get connected. You can use the integrated Ethernet ports to connect to wired DSL or broadband cable IP networks. ACCESS Rack has a built-in POTS/PSTN modem for use on legacy analog phone lines.

CrossLock

Quite simply the most advanced network management tool on the market today, CrossLock gives users the ability to manage and bond multiple data connections together simultaneously. When a new network is introduced, Crosslock will immediately evaluate how much bandwidth is available, while factoring in latency and jitter information, and combine the two connections to take advantage of all available bandwidth. More than just combining networks, CrossLock can also monitor each data connection individually and, when necessary, apply appropriate error correction, recovery, or concealment techniques.

User Interface

ACCESS Rack is controlled with an easy-to-use browser based interface. Using any Flash-enabled browser, you can log-in from anywhere to manage settings, adjust controls, and monitor connections.

Codec Commander

Codec Commander provides the same control capability as the existing web interface, but doesn’t use Adobe Flash, making it a good alternative for users who are concerned about frequent updates and security risks.

Codec Commander is a Microsoft Windows™ application you can use to control your audio codec. You can manage your connections, check statistics, view audio metering, adjust audio profiles or change system settings.

Learn more about Codec Commander

App Compatibility

ACCESS Rack is compatible with smartphone applications, including Linphone and Luci Live. Connect to your codec from your smartphone quickly and easily for easy drop-ins and spontaneous remotes.

ACCESS Rack is also compatible with FieldTap. A free application for iOS and Android, FieldTap makes it simple to connect with the touch of a button. Plus, FieldTap is compatible with all other Comrex IP audio codecs.

Learn more about FieldTap

Switchboard TS

Comrex Switchboard is a feature that allows users to bypass common IP networking snags (like private LANs and firewalls) by routing data through a private server maintained by Comrex.

Switchboard within the hardware codec enables the following functions:

  • Comrex audio codecs can sync with a cloud based server and deliver status information
  • Comrex audio codecs can determine their public IP address and the type of any NAT-style router ahead of the codec, and display that information to the user
  • Comrex audio codecs can display presence, status, NAT info and IP addresses of other codecs within the same fleet
  • Comrex audio codecs can share this information with codecs outside the fleet (Shares)
  • Comrex audio codecs can take instruction from the server on how best to traverse NATs when placing a call between two codecs

Switchboard TS is included in the purchase of any ACCESS codec.

Learn more about Switchboard TS

Accessories

Fleet Commander

Fleet Commander is a software application for controlling multiple Comrex IP audio codecs simultaneously. Rather than logging into each codec individually and juggling a desktop full of tabs, Fleet Commander puts you in control of your codec fleet through one unified interface. With the ability to manage all codecs from one simple window, this easy-to-use tool can save time and increase productivity for busy engineers.

Fleet Commander contains all of the functionality of the Web-based Interface, but also comes with a few more features like active metering and the ability to copy peers and profiles between codecs. A Windows application, Fleet Commander can be used to manage every Comrex IP Audio codec in your fleet (depending on CPU and network limitations).

Features:

  • Simple to use
  • Unified interface for multiple codec management
  • Compatible with Windows 7, 8, and 10

Learn more about Fleet Commander

Specifications

Audio Connections:

  • Balanced stereo XLR line-level audio inputs – 0dBu
  • Balanced XLR line-level audio outputs – 0dBu
  • AES3 XLR Digital audio input
  • AES3 XLR Digital audio output

Audio Levels

  • Audio input level: 0 dBu
  • Audio output level: 0 dBu

Other Connections

  • Telephone line: RJ-11 6-pin modular jack
  • Ethernet Ports: 1000 baseT
  • Contact Closures: DB-9 male
  • Serial Port: DB-9 female
  • VGA Monitor port: DB-15 female
  • Keyboard Connector: PS/2
  • Mouse Connector: PS/2
  • Power: 3 conductor IEC
  • 2x USB

Power and Physical

  • Internal Supply: 120/240 VAC 60/50 Hz 50 Watts
  • Size: 1U Rack – 19″ W x 9″ D x 1.75″ H (48.25 cm x 22.86 cm x 4.5 cm)
  • Weight: 9 lbs (4 kg)

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