Stick This In Your Rack! AP-3000 Makes Virtualization Easy

By Clark Novak on Nov 29, 2023 11:29:38 AM

Virtualization and containers simplified.

Talk to broadcasters these days and you'll find that virtually everyone (get it?) agrees that virtualization is "what's next." What they might not agree on is how to go about making it happen. Being helpful sorts, we've just announced a new platform that could be the simplest way yet to deploy virtual solutions. Our hero!

Introducing AP-3000

So what, exactly, is an AP-3000? It's a 1-RU AoIP hardware platform that is purpose-built to slide into your rack and host pre-installed container-delivered Telos Alliance products. AP-3000 is perfect for broadcasters who want the benefits of our software-based products (like cost-effectiveness and intuitive remote software interfaces), but simply don't have time to research, procure and configure their own server for hosting. We've done all the research, so you can spend time on really important things (like re-installing Windows 7 on the sales manager's laptop).

True Plug-And-Play

Each AP-3000 platform is built-to-order and factory pre-configured. You decide which of our virtualized broadcast products you want - we configure the hardware, install the containerized software, and ship it to you ready to go. All you have to do is install the rack screws and connect it to your network.

What Products Run On AP-3000?

At the time we're writing this, all of these advanced broadcast software products can be hosted on the AP-3000 platform (with more on the way).

1. Axia Altus® Virtual Mixing Console

Axia AltusAxia Altus brings the power and features of a traditional console to desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones running any modern web browser. Altus provides full-function mixing (including eight virtual auxiliary mixers and integration with Telos VX broadcast phone systems) for distributed and remote workforces, allowing collaboration on both recorded programs and live broadcasts. Altus is also ideal for any situation where fast deployment is necessary, such as temporary studios, low-cost disaster recovery centers, on-demand remote broadcasts, or in facilities where space precludes a physical mixing console.

2. Omnia Forza® Audio Processing SoftwareOmnia Forza

Today's radio consists of more than just over-the-air programming - there are also HD, DRM, DAB, and streaming audio channels in desperate need of sonic sweetening. Purchasing multiple hardware processors could present a financial barrier, but Omnia Forza is optimized for exactly these applications and is the perfect virtualized solution. Its five-band architecture, featuring all-new AGCs and multiband limiters, delivers the consistent, polished sound Omnia is famous for; Sensus® codec conditioning and new LUFS target-driven ITU-R BS.1770 loudness controller for compliance with streaming platform requirements complete the package.

2. 25-Seven® PDMX Virtual Program Delay ManagerPDMXfamily

Nobody wants !@#$% on their air. That's why broadcasters have relied upon 25-Seven® PDM products for years to provide seamless removal of objectionable content from live programming. PDMX Program Delay Software brings this essential functionality into the virtual realm - it takes the "DUMP" button out of the rack and puts in right in the hands of producers, hosts, and talent working remotely. PDMX works on any HTML-5 browser, so you can use it on your laptop, studio PC, tablet or even smartphone.  

4. Telos VXs Virtual VoIP System

Telos VXsAs you probably know, Telos pioneered the use of VoIP in broadcast facilities. Telos VXs takes the VoIP talkshow system into a new dimension by helping broadcasters reap the cost and efficiency benefits of virtualization as well. VXs marries modern networking with the power of expert digital signal processing developed over decades, to extract the cleanest, clearest caller audio from any phone line (even noisy cellular calls). VXs includes all the tools present in the legendary VX system, including smart AGC, adaptive Digital Dynamic EQ, three-band adaptive spectral processing, noise gating, and Acoustic Echo Cancellation (AEC) technology. 

New Math: 1 > 1

At this point, most people ask "I can host more than one product at a time on a single AP-3000, right?" Right. An AP-3000 can host any of the following loadouts: 

• Up to four Axia Altus virtual mixing consoles, including WebRTC contribution and monitoring options.
• Up to four instances of Omnia Forza processing.
• A single VXs system with up to four channels, four AEC (Acoustic Echo Cancellation) instances, and twelve lines, plus one or two Altus mixing consoles, including WebRTC contribution and monitoring options.

The list above shows the maximum installed product count per AP-3000. If you only need, say, two instances of Altus to start, just specify two. The extra capacity will be ready and waiting for you when you need another Altus mixer (or two).

0-To-60 In Approximately Zero

To sum it up: AP-3000 is designed to assist you in deploying professional virtual broadcast products with minimum effort. You pick out the software, we configure the AP-3000 platform and pre-install your requested software load. And of course, With TelosCare and TelosCarePLUS support plans, Telos Alliance technical support experts are ready to help you out if needed.

Ready to go virtual? We're here for you, always. Drop us a note to talk about getting started.

Topics: virtual radio, virtual radio software, virtualization, Infinity VIP, Omnia Forza, Axia Altus, Telos VXS, AP-3000

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