BLUEBOX Interface Recorders

Interface with your DAW, back-up all of your recordings and more

Based on JoeCo’s award-winning BLACKBOX Recorder technology, the new BLUEBOX range of Workstation Interface Recorders brings you more than just top of the range interfaces for your DAW. Each BLUEBOX is also a trusted, professional multi-track field recorder, and a unique back-up solution that ensures no source recordings are ever lost. Only BLUEBOX delivers all three core functions in one 19-inch rack-mounted unit. Click below to find out more!

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There are three BLUEBOX models to choose between, all delivering pristine 24bit/96kHz performance with the rugged reliability for which JoeCo is known. Newly added to the range is the BBWR24B, the most affordable BLUEBOX yet with 24 balanced line inputs, 16 Adat Lightpipe inputs with SMUXII support for higher sample rates and 24 balanced outs. Meanwhile, the BBWR24MP provides 24 channels of switchable mic/line inputs, while the BBWR08MP offers 8 channels of individually switchable mic/line inputs and 16 channels of dedicated balanced line inputs. All mic channels on both the BBWR24MP and BBWR08MP incorporate JoeCo’s renowned best-in-class mic preamps.

In a studio environment, your BLUEBOX can be used as a near-zero latency audio interface carrying up to 24 channels of 24bit/96kHz audio in both directions simultaneously over USB 2.0. And if your DAW freezes or fails, BLUEBOX keep running, utilising its onboard recording function to ensure that none of your source recordings are lost, even if the power fails. BLUEBOX also delivers the benefits of the famous BlackBox Recorder. For live work, the high-quality mic preamps built into the BBWR24MP and BBWR08MP mean either unit can be used as a stand-alone, live, multi-channel audio acquisition recorder, linking the low latency 24 channel, 24bit/96kHz workstation interface to a computer for backup recordings.

The high-quality microphone preamps, operate at up to 24bit/96kHz, and offer the user comprehensive control parameters. BLUEBOX features a range of connection options including individually switchable mic/line inputs and balanced outputs, with audio clocks locked to timecode, video, or word clock inputs. Microphones can either be connected to the unit via tails from the rear D-Sub connectors, or via an optional 2U breakout panel with XLR connectors.

Local audio is recorded direct to external USB2/3 drive in Broadcast WAV format for instant ingest into a workstation. Alongside the multi-channel recording capabilities, provision is included for creating a simultaneous stereo mixdown. Optional support for iXML data can also be provided.

Your BLUEBOX will run off a 12V power source. Unused channels and features can be disabled in order to preserve battery life on location. The unit is fully controllable via JoeCoControl on the workstation itself or via JoeCoRemote for iPad. This includes the facility to set up individual mic pre channel parameters – level, mic/line, phantom power, hi-pass filter, soft limiter and phase reverse. Levels are displayed on high resolution meters.

The monitor mix can be adjusted in real time incorporating both local and workstation feeds giving the perfect mix for monitoring during recording. Expandable channel strips provide graphic faders, pan, solo, mute and other parameter controls.

The BLUEBOX compact dimensions, high-quality mic preamps and converters make it a practical, elegant solution for a range of applications. Ideal for use in the studio, giving unprecedented access to your workstation for external summing mixer or full mixing board with multichannel record and overdub on workstation, as well as for live engineers needing a supremely portable multi-channel recording option.

Models

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THE BLUEBOX BBWR24MP WORKSTATION INTERFACE RECORDER

BBWR24MP – The top-of-the-range BLUEBOX Workstation Interface Recorder, giving you 24 channels of individually switchable mic/line inputs with best-in-class preamps on every channel, pristine 24bit/96kHz audio both to and from your DAW, simultaneous back up of all source recordings and a fully standalone multi-track field recorder.

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THE BLUEBOX BBWR08MP WORKSTATION INTERFACE RECORDER

BBWR08MP – Benefit from the absolute flexibility of BLUEBOX with the BBWR08MP, giving you 8 channels of individually switchable mic/line inputs with best-in-class preamps, 16 channels of dedicated balanced line inputs, simultaneous back up of all source recordings and a fully standalone multi-track field recorder.

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THE BLUEBOX BBWR24B WORKSTATION INTERFACE RECORDER

BBWR24B – The most affordable BLUEBOX yet has arrived in the shape of the BBWR24B, giving you 24 balanced line inputs, 16 Lightpipe inputs (with SMUXII support for higher sample rates) and 24 balanced outs, plus the same field recording capabilities as the award-winning BLACKBOX Recorder, and simultaneous back up of all source recordings.

General Specifications

General Specifications:

Sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
Bit depth: 16 / 24 bit
Local Disk interface: USB2 (compatible with USB3)
Local Disk format: FAT32 – compatible with both Mac and PC
Local File format: Broadcast WAV (BWAV)
External drive: USB2/3 hard drive or fast memory stick
File type: Standard mono Broadcast WAV or multi-channel WAV
User interface: Primarily designed for use with the JoeCoControl app or JoeCoRemote iPad app, the unit can also be configured directly from the front panel

Audio i/o:

Workstation Interface: USB2.0 – up to 24 channels of 24bit 96kHz audio in both directions simultaneously
Driver compatibility: Core Audio and Windows drivers
Latency: Local foldback mix <10uS; Workstation (depends on spec of computer and plug-ins) typically 6.5mS round trip
Local Record/playback Up to 24 channels @ up to 96kHz / 24 bit
Inputs Switchable microphone / line inputs on channel by channel basis
Mic preamps Gain: 0 – +60dB continuously variable;
Soft limiter: software selectable on/off;
Hi-pass filter: -6dB @ 100Hz, 12dB/octave
Max input level: +21dBu
EIN: <-124dBu (20-22kHz)
THD: <-110dBFS (20-22kHz @ -10dBFS input)
Cross talk rejection > 80dB @ 20kHz
ZIN: >10kOhm (single ended); >2kOhm (differential)
Outputs Artist’s stereo headphone output
Engineer’s stereo headphone output
2 stereo artist feeds for feeding external headphone amps
E-E THD+N E-E: < -90 dBFS (unity gain, 20 – 22kHz, unweighted)
Frequency response: better than +/- 0.5dB, 20-40kHz @ 96kHz sampling
Monitoring Front-mounted ¼” TRS jack socket: stereo headphone mix, PFL, solo etc (Engineer);
Rear-mounted ¼” jack socket for stereo headphone mix only (Artist);
24 line level outputs

Control and Synchronisation:

Audio clock synchronisation Word clock, AES/EBU or SPDIF clock, Video reference* and SMPTE linear timecode* (all std frame rates supported)
Control JoeCoControl interface on workstation; JoecoRemote for iPad (requires JoeCoRemote hardware or JoeCo Bluetooth interface); Sony 9-pin and MIDI (MMC) for transport controls
Physical 19” rack-mounted 1U (435x44x170mm) – >3kg
Optional 19” rack-mounted 2U breakout panel (XLR)
(475mm x 88mm x 35mm) 1kg
Power 12V dc (Kycon 4-pole connector), 35W max. External universal PSU included.

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