JoeCo BlackBox BBR64-Dante multitrack recorder
Dry hire day / week rate: £90.00 / £270.00 +VAT
Trade Account Holders' discount available up to 40%
A very compact multitrack / multi-channel digital recorder for live performance. Record up to 64 channels directly to USB storage.
- Simple main operation
- Dante audio networked
- Broadcast WAV file format at 44.1kHz, 48kHz or 96kHz sampling rate, 16 or 24 bit depth
- Record up to 64 channels of audio at 24bit 48kHz sampling rate (up to 32 channels at 96kHz)
- Playback up to 64 channels for 'virtual' sound check
- Up to 8 balanced line-level wired inputs
- USB2 external media storage
- Supplied with a PS2 QWERTY keyboard
The BlackBox BBR64-Dante is a high-end recorder aimed at capturing live concert performance, without needing a separate computer / PC.
Recording files are easily transferred straight from USB storage to a computer for backup, then importing into a Digital Audio Workstation for post production mixing.
A big strength of the recorder is multi-channel playback of recordings - a 'virtual' sound check without the performers being present. No other connections are necessary, as this uses the same Dante network cable for playback and recording. Simply route the playback channels to a Dante-equipped sound desk as channel inputs.
We use the BlackBox BBR64 in pre-production rehearsals, and also when we get to a venue before the band arrive.
Mainline top tips
- A QWERTY keyboard is a must - easier to navigate menus and essential for naming / renaming channels.
- USB storage requirements approx 5MB per minute, per channel, at 24bit 48kHz sampling rate. Approx. 10GB per hour for 32 channels.
- Suitable media - following discussions with JoeCo, Mainline recommend Patriot Supersonic Rage 2 USB 3 memory above any other drives or USB memory we have tested. This is after trials with USB 2 and USB 3 external drives, SATA and SSD hard drives / adapters.
- Avoid USB to SATA conversion caddies - these are not up to the throughput and not high enough quality.
- Conventional hard drives can be problematical, particularly at stage end. Sub bass causes disc vibrations, in turn causing data buffering and eventual overrun. This will crash the recording.
- Test new / untried media by recording and playing back for an hour at the required or maximum channel count. We have found some devices work well but only at lower channel counts.
- Monitor the disc / buffer usage indicator on the BlackBox recorder carefully and watch for any disc error messages.
- Avoid long USB cables. Many USB2 external drives draw more than standard USB2 power rating, and cannot be powered by the recorder. External PSU adapters can be a solution here.
- Name channels before the gig - far easier than changing the filenames afterwards if you want to reuse them for virtual sound checks.
- Only arm the required channels - saves time and disc space, filtering out and transferring unused channel recordings later.
- Changing song names afterwards is best done using the JoeCo recorder rather than on a PC. Make backups of recordings before making any changes.
- Beware of digital feedback loops via JoeCo. Incoming Dante signals are looped back out by default.
- Ensure Dante word clocking is set correctly - requires a master clock on the Dante network, and set all nodes to use that master only.
- Wait for the disk activity LED to stop before disconnecting media. Wait 30s before connecting / reconnecting new media.
- 1U 19" rack mounting - supplied in a suitable ABS case or rack mounted with other gear as required
- Front panel transport and menu touch controls with LED and screen indication
- PC ASCII keyboard for channel / song naming and other menu functions
- Failsafe and accidental-safe features
- Headphone monitoring of individual channels
- External word clocking and Linear Timecode (LTC) inputs
- Looping playback features
- Split into separate songs while recording without stop-starting
Manufacturer's information & media
BlackBox BBR64 Dante overview
Please contact us to enquire about JoeCo BlackBox recorder hire. We're based in Greater Manchester, serving the North West and UK Mainland.