ARRAKIS
a d va n c e d r a d i o
RA DIO CON S OLE P RODUCTS
ARC-15B
Advanced Radio Console family
ARC-15B
$3,495 msrp
a very low cost,
professional,
Radio console
for On-air Radio,
Internet Radio, & Podcasting
The ARC-15 is a general purpose console that meets the needs for most On Air Radio & Radio Production studio applications. Channel
One is a high performance mic channel while channels 2-5 are selectable as mic or line inputs. Channel 15 is an advanced telephone
interface to an external hybrid for Live callers or an Off-line contest call. Seven stereo line input channels easily handle the other
audio sources, such as CD players, found in most studios. Channel fourteen is selectable as either a Windows PC USB interface or an
unbalanced stereo consumer level input. Windows software for Live On Air, Automation, & Production is provided standard. With 5 million operation, LED lighted, switches; long life faders; and electronic switching of all audio signal paths; the ARC-15 is a rugged, reliable,
and versatile console for professional Radio studio applications.
Two stereo Program output mixes (with mono mixdowns) plus Monitor, Headphone, and Cue systems
Fifteen input source channels (plus optional 16 in x 3 out stereo remote select switcher)
Two high performance mic channels with optional 48V phantom power
Seven stereo line channels (model ARC-10U: unbalanced -10dBu, ARC-10BP: balanced +4dBu)
Channel 14 is selectable as either a PC computer sound card channel for Play and Record or a consumer stereo input
One telco / phone hybrid input channel for fast Live or Off-line telephone interface (hybrid required)
Real VU meters for Program and Audition buses
Headphone system with stereo amp for 8 ohm (or Hi-Z) headphones
Cue-talkback system with built-in amplifier and speaker
Input channel logic for Remote channel on-off-tally and source start-stop
Provides monitor audio and logic for a Studio /Announce booth
Optional 16 x 3 stereo switcher for remote input select... handles large studio jobs
powerful, flexible, easy to install, and low cost
ARC-15 console
Operational features
Cue speaker & Volume
Lighted switches
VU Meters
5 million operation,
LED lighted switches
REAL VU meters for accurate ballistics
tor BOTH the Program & Audition buses
for cueing audio and
Talkback from a Studio
Headphones
follows the
control room
selector switch. The
amp drives Hi-Z & 8
ohm headphones
Control Room
Monitor
Selectable between
an external (air)
input, the Program
bus, and the Audition
bus. The output is
line level for external
powered speakers
1-5 Mic channels
For normal on air talent
or a Host and Guest talk
format. Channel one features a ‘Talk’ button to
talk to the ‘Studio monitor’ if a separate talk
studio is used.
Line channels
PC channel
For CD players, MP3 players, and other analog
sources.
When connected to a Windows PC
(via a USB cable) running Arrakis
Xtreme software, the channel On-off
button will start and stop playback of
audio from the PC.
Phone channel
The phone channel works with an
external hybrid (user supplied)
through both audio and logic connections. Turn the Cue button on
to listen off-line to the caller.
Push the Talk switch to use the
Control room mic to talk off-line
to the caller. To place the caller
on air just select a bus and turn
the channel on.
Studio Monitor Audio Output & Control
The ARC-15 supports a Talk studio through the Logic connector on the rear of the console. The studio monitor audio follows the control
room monitor select switch or may be internally jumper selected to be dedicated to the Program or Audition bus. For flexibility, channel
On-off logic with tally is provided for the five mic channels. Talkback audio is sent to the studio from Mic 1 by pushing the ‘Talk’ switch. An
audio input to the console cue system is used for the studio to talk back to the control room. The ARC-15 fully supports sophisticated
Control Room with Talk Studio applications.
ARC-15 console
Key features
The ARC-15 console is designed specifically for On air broadcast, Internet radio, and
Podcast applications. The 1-5 mic channels support a host and guest talk format. The
phone channel is perfect for a live on air talk segment or Off-line contests. The PC
sound card channel with logic provides easy access to PC audio files for play or
recording. Last, the stereo line channels easily handle the number of other audio
sources (such as CDs, DATS, MDs, MP3s, etc) found in the average modern studio. The
Program bus has both a balanced +4dBu output and an unbalanced (-)10dBu output
plus a mono mixdown of the stereo signal. The ARC-15 is a powerful, flexible, reliable,
and low cost solution for your radio studio needs.
Easy to install
Fully connectorized with XLRs, RCA phono jacks, RJ45s, etc., the ARC-15 is easy to
install with off the shelf cables.
LED lighted electronic switching
an easy to use Telephone channel
Rugged and reliable
Professional throughout, with multi-million operation LED lighted switches and electronic audio switching, the ARC-15 is ideal for demanding environments.
1-5 mic channels for Host and Guest in the Control room or Studio
Channels one- five are very high quality mic preamps (with optional 48V phantom
power) for talk applications in the control room itself.
Telephone Channel for Live On Air Talk or Off-line Contests
Channel fifteen is a dedicated telephone channel that easily connects to an external
telephone hybrid. The caller can talk to you through the Cue system while a Talkback
button enables the Control Room mic to talk off-line to the caller. Just select the Air
or Recording bus then turn the channel on. What could be easier?
Built-in PC sound card on Channel14 for Play & Record
The ARC-15 contains a built-in, Windows compatible, USB sound card on Channel 14 for
USB connection to a PC. A serial (or USB with adapter) connection between the console and PC provides a control logic interface for starting and stopping playback on
the PC. Arrakis Digilink-Xtreme software will recognize the ARC-15 console and operate in the ‘free’ ARC mode to provide ’Live On Air’ features that are ideal for broadcast, internet, or podcast style radio applications. For the ultimate in Automation,
Digilink-Xtreme software (optional) provides complete hard disk based automation
features for the ARC-15.
powerful software for PC options
Fully connectorized for easy installation
ARC-15 console
Software Features
The ARC-15 merges the console and PC into a single integrated play and record
studio. The PC and the console are linked together via USB cable. Audio played from
the PC plays through channel fourteen on the console. The channel fouteen on-off
button starts and stops audio playback on the PC. The Audition bus output from the
console can be recorded directly in digital to the PC.
Digilink-Xtreme (basic Arc Console mode) software for the ARC
This software is provided standard with ARC model consoles. It is designed for Live
On Air play, basic automation, & radio production. It is specifically designed to be
easy to use!
500 event Play List for assembling a show (play lists may be created, saved to file, and then reloaded for playback)
Start & stop the Play List by turning console channel nine on and off
Cue audio files through the console while playing On Air (uses PC sound card for 2nd play)
Jingle box supports playing any 3 of up to 300 carts at the touch of a button
Set the fade parameters on Songs for perfect crossfades in the Play List
Record the console Audition bus mix direct to the PC
Phoner recorder / editor for recording callers
supports up to 1,000 audio files in the Library
much much, more...
Digilink-Xtreme (Advanced ARC console mode) Software (optional)
For the ultimate in sophisticated Radio Automation, advanced Digilink-Xtreme software for the ARC-15 provides complete hard disk
based automation features: cart rotations, start & kill dates, timed events, a one week automation schedule, & much more. Unlike
standard Xtreme for satellite automation which includes the ‘Bridge’ routing switcher, Xtreme for the ARC-15 uses the console for
audio playback & recording. Where satellite based automation selects between multiple satellite network audio feeds, Xtreme for the
ARC-15 plays entirely from audio files stored on the hard disk. This makes Xtreme for the ARC-15 ideal for hard disk file based automation for broadcast radio, internet radio, podcasting, and church applications. Digilink-Xtreme (Advanced ARC console mode) is provided under the Arrakis ‘Xtreme Solutions’ program which includes software, phone training, phone & email support, and software
upgrades for a low monthly fee. The program requires no contract, may be canceled at any time, and is less than the monthly cost of
most cell phone, cable TV, & wideband internet services.
Supports large libraries with many thousands of audio files
Cart rotations, start & kill dates, timed events, overshedule with drops, & much more...
Automate up to a Week in advance with up to 100 events per hour
Voice track automated hours quickly and easily
Music Scheduling with 20 categories, unlimited format hours, back to back limitations, more
‘X-sched’ traffic software for a separate traffic office is standard with Xtreme
Arrakis ‘X-Edit-Pro’ production software is ‘Free’ with the Solutions Program
‘Xtreme-studios’ software for PC only News rooms and Remotes is standard with Xtreme
Download Xtreme from the Arrakis website and try it out (www.arrakis-systems.com)
ARC-15 console
Technical features
The ARC-15 console by Arrakis Systems inc. is the culmination of > 25 years of leadership in the design of analog and digital Radio
consoles and > 15 years as the leader in hard disk automation for Radio.
Mechanical
Switch type:
Switch illumination:
Linear Fader type:
Rotary Fader type:
Rotary fader attachment:
PC boards:
IC sockets:
VU meters:
momentary, 5 million operation, for all front panel switches
LED, no incandescent lamps to burn out
conductive plastic for highest possible resolution and life, 30,000 cycles
conductive plastic for highest possible resolution and life, 15,000 cycles
ribbon cable to a plug on the motherboard
single motherboard
one IC is surface mounted, all of the rest are socketed for ease of service
true VU ballistics
Electronic
Audio switching:
Audio level adjust:
Operational amplifiers:
Mic preamp:
Phantom power:
Logic ICs:
electronic switching with CMOS ICs for ultra high performance and reliability (no switches to clean)
for the ultimate in audio performance, audio is passed through the linear and rotary faders
NE5532
SSM2019, high performance IC with 1.5dB noise figure and .01% THD at gain = 100
48VDC, with optional external power supply
advanced CMOS logic for high noise immunity
Logic
Muting (On air light):
Channel On-off Tally:
Channel Source control:
Circuit diagrams:
logic level output, Muted = +12VDC, Not-muted = ground, 50mA max current
Requires a custom, relay isolated, interface circuit to drive an on air light
On & Off switches: momentary, SPST, dry contact closure.
Tally LED: logic level, requires a driver transistor or IC driver
logic level output, On = +12VDC, Off = ground, 20mA max current
Requires a custom interface for the specific source device
refer to the ARC-15 manual for typical circuit schematics
Back panel for ARC-15
Note: all XLR inputs and outputs feature multi-turn trimpot level adjust
RJ45 balanced
audio connectors
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9
L/R
INPUT FROM
PHONE HYBRID
balanced, mono
(+4 dBu XLR)
HYBRID LOGIC
On-off
(RJ45)
CHANNEL 15
Trim
Stt/Stp
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Stt/Stp
Trim
Trim
Play
Logic
Logic
PGM
Logic
ON
Logic
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Record
PGM
Logic
ON
Logic
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PGM
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Logic
Logic
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PGM
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AUD
AUD
AUD
AUD
NOTE #2
if a phone hybrid is not used, this channel can be
used as a standard mono channel with a balanced
+4dBu source
NOTE #1
if this option is installed but not
being used, internal jumpers can
convert the input into a standard unbalanced, stereo, -10dBu,
line input channel (RCA phono)
PC PLAY / RECORD
USB connection
to WINDOWS PC
(USB connector)
LOGIC
RS232 serial
connection to PC
(9 pin D-SUB)
CHANNEL 14
Balanced, +4 dBu,
stereo inputs
(RJ45)
STEREO LINE
LINE CHANNELS
48V PHANTOM
POWER
(2mm PLUG)
MIC INPUT
balanced
(-50dBu, XLR)
MIC CHANNELS
Logic
Logic
Logic
Logic
CUE
SW
AUD
SW
PGM
SW
CUE
CUE
SW
AUD
SW
PGM
SW
CUE
CUE
SW
AUD
SW
PGM
SW
CUE
TALK
SW
AUD
SW
PGM
SW
TALK
Talk to
Studio
PL-PR-AL-AR-Q-TB
PL-PR-AL-AR-Q-TB
AUD
Sum
Talk to
Caller
PGM
Sum
AUD
PGM
AIR
Monitor
Selector
TALK
Cue Logic ->
Cue Sum
Trim
VU meter
RIGHT
Trim
VU meter
LEFT
Phone
Mix
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SW
out
FET
SW
FET
SW
Aud in
Pgm in
Air in
FET
SW
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Trim
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Trim
Pwr
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OUTPUT TO PHONE HYBRID
(balanced, +4 dBu XLR)
AUDITION OUTPUT- UNBALANCED
(-10dBu RCA phono)
AUDITION MONO MIX OUTPUT
(unbalanced, -10dBu, RCA phono)
L+R
PROGRAM OUTPUT- UNBALANCED
(-10dBu RCA phono)
PROGRAM OUTPUT- BALANCED
(+4 dBu XLR)
PROGRAM MONO MIX OUTPUT
(unbalanced, -10dBu, RCA phono)
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LOGIC OUTPUT (15 pin D-sub)
1)
Control Room Mute Logic
(for On Air light)
2-7) Ch 2,3,4,5,13,15 On-off logic
8)
Talkback audio to Studio
9)
Talkback audio from Studio
(into Cue bus)
10)
Autocue logic (for TB)
11)
Ch 2 Cue logic for TB
12)
Studio Monitor L out
13)
Studio Monitor R out
14)
+12VDC
15)
Ground
AIR MONITOR INPUT
(-10 dBu RCA phono)
CUE INPUT
for Cueing a PC or Talkback
(-10dBu, 1/8" Headphone Jack)
HEADPHONE OUTPUT
for 8 ohm or Hi-Z headphones
(1/4" Headphone Jack)
INTERNAL CUE SPEAKER
in VU meter bridge
CONTROL ROOM
MONITOR OUTPUT
to powered speakers
(-10dBu RCA phono)
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ARC-15 console
Electronic Block Diagram
ARC-15 console
Electronic Specifications
Stereo Line Input
Freq Response- +(-).5dB 20-20kHz
S/N-82dB typ, +8dBu in, +8 dBu out
THD.01% typ, +8dBu in, +8 dBu out
CMRR-75dB typ 1kHz
Max Input+23dBu, balanced
Mono Mic Input
Freq Response- +(-).5dB 20-20kHz
EIN-115dBu typ, -50dBu in, +8 dBu out
THD.05% typ , -50dBu in, +8 dBu out
CMRR-60dB typ 1kHz
Impedances
Mic Input> 2000 ohms
Line Input> 10000 ohms
Outputs< 100 ohms
System
Max Output+23dBu balanced
Stereo Separation-75dB typ 1KHz
Pgm to Aud XTalk-80dB typ 1KHz
-70dB typ 20kHz
Cue to Pgm XTalk-90dB typ 1KHz
-75dB typ 20kHz
On Air Light Logic: 12VDC/ground logic, 50mA max
POWER SUPPLY
110vac - 220 VAC, 50-60 hz, autosensing
Certified: UL, CE, CS, CB
External inline module: 3"W x 5 3/4"L x 1 3/4"D
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions Depth - 15",
Height - 6"
Width- 33"
Remote Selector (option)
$995 msrp
16 x 3 stereo routing switcher
Add 16 stereo inputs to your ARC-15 console
Balanced stereo with Trimpot adjust for all inputs
3 stereo outputs for 3 console channels
Windows PC controlled for ease of use
Ideal for adding more inputs to
your ARC-15 console such as
network feeds, remotes, etc.
This option gives the ARC-15
console the capacity to handle
big studio jobs.
For ease of use, the ARC-16SW
switcher is even controlled by
the same PC as is connected to
your ARC-15 console.
LGC IN3
SAT LGC3
CUE
CH 16
CH 13
CH 10
CH 7
CH 4
CH 1
REC LGC
LGC IN1
SAT LGC1
SUM IN
CH 14
CH 11
CH 8
CH 5
CH 2
LGC OUT
PGM
LFT
CUE
LFT
PGM
RGT
CUE
RGT
EXT
RGT
CH 16
RGT
Broadcast Docking Station III
EXT
LFT
REC
RGT
USB
HEAD
PHN
CH 10
RGT
CH13
LFT
CH 14
LFT
CH 16 CH 14
RGT
LFT
CH 15
RGT
Professional PC to Broadcast Audio Interface
RS232
COM
CH 13
RGT
CH15
LFT
CH 11
RGT
CH 12
RGT
CH10
LFT
CH 11
LFT
CH 12
LFT
CH 8
RGT
CH 9
RGT
CH 8
LFT
CH9
LFT
PC 2
RGT
REC
LFT
PC
REC
OUT
PC
TWO
IN
PC
ONE
IN
CH 4
RGT
CH7
LFT
CH 7
RGT
CH 3
CH 6
CH 9
CH 12
CH 15
PGM
SAT LGC2
LGC IN2
CH 5
RGT
CH 6
RGT
PC 2
LFT
CH 4
LFT
CH 5
LFT
CH 6
LFT
CH 1
RGT
CH 3
RGT
CH 1
LFT
CH 2
LFT
CH 2
RGT
CH 3
LFT
PC 1 PC 1
RGT LFT
DC
PWR
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Warranty: 1 year limited
ARRAKIS
a d va n c e d r a d i o
Specifications subject to change without notice
6604 Powell St, Loveland Colorado 80538 Voice 970-461-0730
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