FALCON 50 FM
DIGITAL AUDIO PROCESSOR
FIRST CLASS AUDIO PROCESSING
Analog and digital stereo I/O
High performance stereo generator
Bass enhancer + 3 bands EQ
Dual composite outputs
ITU-compliant MPX power control
50 factory presets + 50 user-definible
Widest range of processing controls
Improved peak limiting system
Day-part automation
Remote control via serial, USB & IP
FALCON 50 FM
Falcon 50 FM is Axel Technology’s top-of-range digital audio processor for FM.
With its 6-band processing design, it features the most up-to-date architecture and technologies.
Falcon 50 FM shapes your sound according to your
needs.
It is well known that all broadcasters want to use
their bandwidth completely, obtaining the greatest
impact while still remaining in control of on-air
deviation.
No matter of what the requirements are, Falcon 50
FM answers to the challenge, delivering consistent
performance in the widest variety of artistic
environments.
Under the lid, FALCON 50 FM reveals a powerful
engine made of 6-Band core, a 2-band AGC stage,
Stereo Enhancer, Super Bass Enhancer, Brilliance
circuits, 3-band parametric equalizer, a superb MPX
Stereo Generator.
Falcon50 FM
CLARITY OF SOUND :
Falcon 50’s high-quality hardware design and software algorithms
produce a detailed, crystal clear sound on any speaker system, always
preserving original audio signature.
NEAR ZERO LATENCY
Falcon 50 features one of the shortest latency in its category, as low as
4 msec, thus allowing talent in the studio to listen to the live on air feed
without any annoying delay.
Comfortable listening appreciated by anyone...
BEST VOICE PROCESSING
A dedicated processing section boosts presence of voice, delivering a soft,
silky sounding effect.
Vocals are always on top of the mix, making lyrics comfortably audible.
Each instrument and vocalist gains dominium of its own space.
EXTREME DENSITY & BASS
Falcon 50 delivers full impact sound at the highest volume density
preserving original audio detail, identity and mood.
The dedicated ‘Bass Enhancer’ stage delivers a strong and effective ‘drum
punch’ for a deep musical emotion.
FALCON 50 FM
STEREO ENHANCER
Built-in Stereo Enhancer adds life and sparkle to any sound material.
By sensing and processing differences between left and right channels,
stereo image is largely widened for an improved separation and surround
sensation.
MULTIPLE CONTROL MODES:
Falcon 50 includes a wide range of control capabilities.
Two USB ports, an Ethernet port, a standard RS232 port (supporting
any Dial-Up or GSM modem as well) let You control Yr Falcon 50 from
anywhere, anytime.
In addition, 6 opto GPI ports and 2 opto GPO ports give easy and direct
access to many functions and warnings.
A dedicated Pc software comes free of charge with FALCON 50, giving
total control over all processing parameters.
Features include user rights management with five security levels from guest
to admin.
Selective file import and export of a single preset as well as the whole set of
curves plus the general equipment configuration and status.
SOFTWARE INTERFACE
A free of charge, light version of the remote software for PDA is included,
allowing easy and comfortable management of the current on-air curve,
especially with the Falcon 50 ‘blind’ version, suitable for installation at
remote transmitter sites.
I/O CONNECTIVITY AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION:
Falcon 50 is designed to fit in perfectly in any broadcasting chain system.
Whether signal management contains analog, digital or both formats,
Falcon 50 provides multiple and redundant connectivity.
Both analog and digital AES/EBU stereo inputs and outputs enable the
Falcon 50 connect to almost any audio source and load gear.
32/44.1/48/64/88.2/96KHz sample rate are fully supported in the digital
domain.
FALCON 50 FM REar
Input section features an automatic audio changeover to keep You always
on the air.
Furthermore, input stage design assures plenty of headroom for all
applications.
Output stage provides two MPX outputs to feed at the same time two FM
transmitters or links, while the HD digital output is used to connect to DAB
or HD Radio transmitters.
An headphone socket is available on the front panel, for easy monitoring of
signal tapped at the output of main processing steps.
FALCON 50 FM BLIND
FALCON 50 TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
GENERAL
Dimensions:
AC Rate:
Operating temp. range:
3 rack unit, 352x483x132 mm
230/115 Vac 50/60 Hz +-10%
-5 to +50 °C
COMMUNICATION
COMPUTER INTERFACE
Modem
Serial Port:
TCP/IP Ethernet:
Universal Serial Bus (USB):
Pc Control Software:
Any dial-up modem - either GSM or Pots - can be connected to Serial Port for remote control
1 Standard RS-232 opto-isolated, 38400 Baud
RJ45 connector for 10-100 Mbps networks using CAT5 cabling
Two opto-isolated USB 2.0 ports (front + rear) - B type
Dedicated, running on Windows XP SP2 or Windows 2000 Pro SP4. PDA software included
REMOTE CONTROL - GPI/O INTERFACE
I/O:
6 opto Inputs + 2 opto outputs
Connector:
SubD 25 pin, EMI suppressed
AUX IN (1,2, AND 3)
Connector Type:
Level:
Impedance:
floating BNC, EMI suppr.
-20 or 0 dB Gain
10 KΩ
AUDIO PROCESSOR
SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
Frequency Response:
Sample Rate:
Total System Distortion:
Output Noise:
Stereo CrossTalk:
30 Hz - 15 KHz (-0.1 dB) - Analog Processing Chain
Depending on processing being performed, from 47.5 to 760 KHz
0.008% - (0.005% at 1 KHz)
The Falcon 50’s noise floor, in bypass mode, is
primarily governed by the dynamic range of CS8420 digital rate converter, which has a specified Dynamic Range of 126 dB
>-80 dB (from 30 Hz to 15 KHz)
PROCESS ARCHITECTURE
Min. Processing Delay:
As low as technically possible: max 4 msec for all
processing curves
Number of Presets:
50 Factory Presets + 50 User Presets
Preset Memory type:
Non volatile memory, factory presets protected against accidental deletion
Preset Import / Export:
Import / export from and to a file, either in
groups or individually
Wizard procedure controls:
Density, Compression, Equalization, Expansion
6-BAND PROCESS
Band controls:
Crossover Frequency & slope, coupling. L/R Linkage 0 to 100%
AGC Main controls:
Drive, Gate Thr., Attack & Release Speed, Idle
Compression & Speed
General Multiband Conrols:
Gate Thr., Attack & Release Speed, Agc Coupling, Solo for each Band
2-BAND AGC STAGE
Band controls:
Crossover Frequency & slope, coupling. L/R
Linkage 0 to 100%
AGC Main controls:
Drive, Gate Thr., Attack & Release Speed, Idle
Compression & Speed
SOUND ENHANCING
Stereo Enhancer:
Super Bass:
Brilliance:
Speech Detector:
PARAMETRIC EQUALIZER
Low & Hi controls:
Mid Range Filter controls:
Band, Depth, Fx Lim & Drive
On/Off, Bass Type & Drive
On/Off & Level
Automatic, 9 operating modes
On/Off, Gain & Slope
On/Off, Gain & Width
INPUT & OUTPUT
ANALOG AUDIO INPUT
Connectors:
Two EMI-suppressed XLR female. 600 Ohm / 10
KOhm impedance, jumper sel.
Input Configuration:
Stereo / Mono / L+R / Mono R / Mono L. Flat, 50
mcrosec or 75 microsec pre-emphasis sel.
Additional input controls:
Swap L/R; Phase Inversion channel Left / Right,
Phase Rotator, 30 Hz High Pass Filter
Nominal Input Level:
adjustable from -10.0 dBu to 15.0 dBu; +24 dBu max
Input Signal-to-Noise:
112 dB (A weighted)
DIGITAL AUDIO INPUT
Connector Type:
XLR female & optical tos/link. XLR transformer
balanced & floating. 110 Ohm impedance
Input Configuration:
Stereo / Mono L+R / Mono R / Mono L. Flat, 50 or
75 microsec pre-emphasis
Additional input controls:
Swap L/R; Phase inversion channel Left/Right,
Phase Rotator, 30 Hz High Pass Filter
Formats:
AES3/EBU/ & Spdif
Input Rates:
32/44.1/48/64/88.2/96 KHz with automatic
selection and jitter correction, 16/20/24 bit res.
Nominal Level adj:
From 0.0 dBFs to -25 dBFs (0.1 dBu step)
Dynamic Range:
125 dB (Typ), 122 dB (Min)
ANALOG AUDIO OUTPUT
Connectors:
Two, EMI-suppressed XLR-male. Balanced or
unbalanced. 600 Ohm
Configuration:
Stereo. Flat or pre-emphasized (50 or 75
microsec). +-3 microsec pre-emphasis correction
Output Level:
(100% peak mod.): adj -5 dBu to + 20 dBu peak,
into 600 Ohms load, 120% Peak Mod. allowed
Stereo CrossTalk:
>-70 dB, 20 Hz - 15 Hz
Signal-To-Noise:
>100 dB (A Weighted Full Range)
Distortion:
0.005% THD, 20 Hz - 15 Hz
Hardware bypass:
Internal relays connect to respective analog
audio input in the event AC Power drops
DIGITAL AUDIO OUTPUT
Connector Type:
Formats / Configuration:
Sample Rates:
Output Level:
XLR male & otical tos/link. 110 Ohm impedance
AES3/EBU, flat or pre-emphasized (50 or 75 usec)
32/44.1/48/64/88.2/96 KHz internal or synchr. to
audio or SYNC input. 16/20/24 bit
From 0.0 dBFs to -25.0 dBFs (0.1 dBFs Step)
MPX (STEREO) CODING
Pilot Frequency:
Pilot Injection:
Pilot Phase:
Pilot THD + Noise:
Stability:
Power Limiter:
S/N:
Distortion:
Stereo Separation:
Linear Crosstalk:
Pilot Protection:
Crosstalk M to S / S to M:
38 KHz suppress.:
Pre-emphasis:
RDS Protection:
Sine Wave Generator:
19 KHz +- 1 Hz
Adj from -14.0 dB to -26.0 dB (5% to 20%) - 0.1 dB step - Ref. to 100% Mod.
Adjustable +- 12 deg. (1 deg. step)
0.06% (THD 0.005%)
+-10 ppm (-5 to +55 °C)
Adj from -1.0 dB to +12 dB according to ITU/R BS.412 normative
>85 dB (on 60 KHz bandwidth)
<=0.02% THD (Bypass mode, de-emphasized, referenced to 100% modulation, unweighted)
Greater than 70 dB, 30 Hz - 15 KHz
<-80 dB, main channel to sub-channel or sub-channel to main channel (ref. to 100% modulation)
<=-65 dB relative to 10% pilot injection, +-500 Hz
70 dB
>80 dB
50uS, 75uS (+-3 uS adjust)
-55 dB at 56 KHz; -65 dB at 57 KHz (Mpx clipper disabled)
Feeds each output for test. 30,100,400 Hz, 1,5,10,15 KHz; 0 to 120% of mod. L=R, L=-R, L, R
MPX & SYNC OUTPUTS
Mpx Connectors:
Mpx Levels:
Mpx Level Controls:
Mpx Load Impedance:
Sync-Out Connector Type:
Sync-Out Level:
Two BNC, floating, EMI suppr.
-6.0 dBm to +12 dBm, 0.1 dB step;
independent for each output
600 Ohm or greater
floating BNC, EMI suppressed
TTL-level 19 KHz Pilot Ref. Out
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