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Featuring eight analog channels, video-synchronization options via timecode, and a host of digital I/Os, the BlackBox Player from JoeCo is designed to complement the BlackBox recorder by providing 64 channels of playback via MADI. Thus, audio stems for an entire slate of material-be it concert, broadcast, or exhibition-can be arranged into playlists and played directly from the BlackBox in stereo or surround. The playlists themselves are editable; should the setlist change, these XML files can be adjusted simply and quickly. They can also be looped.
The BlackBox player can be controlled in a variety of ways, including via MIDI commands, timecode, a QWERTY keyboard, a footswitch, or the JoeCoRemote for iPad. Furthermore, each channel can be separately equalized and level-balanced to better suit the strictures imposed by venue acoustics, audience generated noise during performances, or live-audio tracks played alongside prerecorded material. It also features a separate headphone output to provide an additional mix straight to the ears of someone like the music director of a performance, for instance.
The BlackBox player features these and a whole other host of features-and all of it in 1U of rackspace. Furthermore, its power supply is included.
Synchronous multi-channel playback in up to 24-bit/96 kHz quality; no computer required
Files for playback can be loaded from any DAW capable of creating valid WAV/BWAV files, or recorded directly
Audio can be stored on USB2 hard drive or fast Flash drive
Simple naming convention ensures that the correct file is replayed through each output
Setlists configured as XML playlist files
Remote control via QWERTY keyboard, footswitch, MIDI, SONY 9-pin, and JoeCoRemote for iPad
Synchronous playback to SMPTE timecode (LTC and MTC)
Multiple playlists can be stored for quick changes or alternative show formats
Can be configured to accept an incoming source of digital clock
Built-in safety features including automated fail-over for Balanced Player pairs
In the Box
JoeCo BlackBox Player - 64 Channel MADI I/O Plus 8 Channel Balanced Input
Limited 1-Year Warranty
Table of Contents
Mono or stereo solo or mixed output from internal mixer
8x, switchable -10 dBu / +4 dBu
64 channels, MADI
64 channels, MADI
44.1 to 96 kHz
External USB2 storage device:
Flash RAM drive, 32 GB minimum
SDHC card via USB2 converter (class 10 minimum)
WAV: mono, stereo, and polywav files
Supported Playlist Formats
< 3 seconds, typical
Instant replay controlled by time code (LTC or MTC), footswitch (GPI), QWERTY keyboard, MIDI control, real-time clock, and JoeCoRemote for iPad
Automatic pre-load of next song in playlist
MIDI open loop connection
MIDI Start, Stop commands
MIDI Song Select: for preloading specific Songs
MIDI Program Change
MIDI Show Control
Selectable between internal, MADI in, SPDIF, AES/EBU
1/4" TRS jack: tip = unbal TC, Ring = GPI, sleeve = GND
All standard frame rates supported
Analogue fail-over automatically switches to synchronous secondary system in case of replay problem (Balanced Player pairs). This uses 1x channel of playback
9 to 12 VDC
< 25 W
17.1 x 1.7 x 6.7" / 43.5 x 4.4 x 17.0 cm
< 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
JoeCo BlackBox Player - 64 Channel MADI I/O Plus 8 Channel Balanced Input Review