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BLACKBOX RECORDER manufacturer JoeCo has announced the release of its latest software update. Version 1.1 now allows recording direct to USB flash drives and will also format any USB2 disk drive as required. These latest features are designed to make live performance recording even more flexible and cost effective for both new and more established bands and artists. "As well as being a great touring resource, the BLACKBOX RECORDER is also ideal for installing in smaller venues, pubs, and clubs, permanently hooked up to a live console," says JoeCo Managing Director Joe Bull. "It gives visiting bands and artists a rare opportunity to take away a multitrack of their performance, without the need to bring half their home studio with them. Now, it's simply a case of plugging in a flash drive before the start of the set and pressing record—it's an absolute no-brainer. Once the set has finished, the band can be on their way with a 24-channel recording on pocket-sized media, ready to plug straight into a Digital Audio Workstation for editing. The new formatting feature will also be helpful in cases where you need to swap out a hard drive just before a performance. This feature makes the BlackBox Recorder completely self contained." Existing users can download the software from the JoeCo website or contact their dealer. JoeCo has also started shipping the first of its BLACKBOX RECORDER units with balanced I/O (BBR1-B). Offering 24 channels of balanced inputs and 24 channels of balanced outputs, the new model allows connection to a front-of-house console with balanced audio insert points or balanced group outputs. The balanced I/O interface uses high-quality balancing receivers and transmitters, and, like the original BBR1, has been specially designed to give full transparency and security. Connection between the console and the BBR1-B conforms to the standard 8-way balanced analog cables used by Tascam, Digidesign, Radar, and other organisations. The BBR1-B's inputs are looped directly to the outputs via relays while in Record or Stop modes, so that there's no latency for the audio going through the PA and the unit is entirely power safe. All other "standard" BLACKBOX RECORDER features, such as the Virtual Sound Check facility, chaining of multiple units and direct file transfer to a Digital Audio Workstation, are included in this new balanced model.
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