Jünger Goes Flexible With New Processor Apps

German processing systems developer Jünger Audio will continue its recent strategy of moving away from dedicated hardware at IBC 2018 with the launch of a new range of software programs on the company’s existing server platforms. The flexAi (Flexible Audio Infrastructure) is designed to offer broadcasters a range of audio applications with no physical constraints.

In recent years Jünger Audio reduced the number of different devices it produced and standardised on one hardware platform that could be loaded with software for different functions. The flexAi takes that concept further because the new range does not rely on actual units or racks of supporting equipment. The idea is that broadcasters and facilities buy software licences to create a system meeting their specific requirements.

During IBC the company will demonstrate some of the applications designed or adapted for flexAi. These include Level Magic, Jünger's established automated loudness management system aimed at both real-time playout and production facilities, and the Streamtools TS MPEG audio transport stream processor. These and the other flexAi program licences use technology from Jünger's adaptive and inaudible library of algorithms.

The flexAi range can be used on both the manufacturer's servAI and AIXpressor series of servers. AIXpressor was seen in prototype form at the 2018 NAB Show and is now in full production. It is a 19-inch 1RU rackmouting unit offering 86 processors with built-in interfaces. Among the different interface technologies available are audio over IP (AoIP) formats including AES67 and SMPTE ST 2110-30, as well as MADI, AES/EBU and analogue.

AIXpressor is able to accommodate different interface options through four slots, which make it compatible with Jünger's D*AP audio processor range. The choice of interfaces includes 3G/HD/SD SDI, MADI and Audinate Dante Ethernet AoIP.

Commenting on the new product, Jünger Audio chief executive Martin Schlokwerder said, "For a customer-oriented and market-driven company like ours, flexAi is the logical next step because it is highly scalable and combines the known advantage of traditional DSP processing with the flexibility of modern real-time software processing. Hardware is no longer the defining factor and that is revolutionary for both Jünger Audio and its international customer base."

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