Tieline Technologies

Genie Distribution


IP Audio Distribution Without Compromise...

Tieline's award winning Genie Distribution is the world's most powerful DSP-based IP audio codec for multipoint audio distribution over a wide range of wired and wireless IP networks.

Designed for the latest digital IP broadcast networks, Genie Distribution is the most feature-packed audio distribution codec with multiple levels of power, audio and network redundancy.

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Now supports 6 simultaneous Opus audio streams, ISDN and POTS!
 
Note: This Product cannot be upgraded for WheatNet-IP compatibility (Click here for the WheatNet-IP enabled version)

Overview

Genie Distribution is the world’s most powerful audio codec for IP audio distribution applications. It also supports a range of innovative solutions over connection transports including IP, ISDN and POTS.

Applications

Genie Distribution delivers superior quality audio over IP (AoIP) on LANs, WANs, the internet, satellite IP, 3G, 4G, Wi-MAX and Wi-Fi. It is specifically designed for continuous operation over mission critical audio paths throughout broadcast IP networks. It is ideal for:

  • 3 x bidirectional stereo connections, or
  • 2 x stereo and 2 x mono bidirectional connections, or
  • 1 x stereo and 4 x mono bidirectional connections, or
  • 6 x mono bidirectional connections.

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  • Streaming multiple algorithms simultaneously at different sample rates and bit-rates over a range of network transports.

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Genie Distribution is also capable of:

  • Distributing up to 6 channels of bidirectional mono audio between two codecs.
  • Up to 3 simultaneous mono/stereo multi-unicasts to a maximum of 50 endpoints in total.
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  • Up to 3 simultaneous mono/stereo multicasts over compatible IP networks to unlimited endpoints.
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Unsurpassed Clarity

Genie Distribution is capable of 24bit 96kHz low latency linear PCM audio, delivering unsurpassed sonic clarity. The codec also features a full complement of professional algorithms including the low delay and cascade-resilient E-apt-X algorithm, as well as the popular LC-AAC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELDv1 and v2, Opus, MPEG Layer II, Tieline Music and MusicPLUS, G.722 and G.711 algorithms. Genie Distribution also supports up to 6 simultaneous streams of Opus encoding. Asymmetric encoding and decoding lets you send high quality audio in one direction and save on data by sending low bandwidth program on the return channel.

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Multiple Backup Options

Genie Distribution features dual Gigabit Ethernet ports (10/100/1000), dual redundant power supplies, audio silence detection and IP network backup solutions to ensure you’re always on the air. 

An automated network failure detection feature provides switching to a backup IP LAN connection. You can also fail over to backup ISDN or POTS connections as required using optional ISDN or POTS modules. In addition, automatic silence detection can fail over to backup MP2 or MP3 audio files on a thumb-drive drive attached to the codec's USB Host port.

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SmartStream: Rock Solid Audio using Inexpensive IP Links

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As an IP audio pioneer, Tieline was the first major codec manufacturer to integrate SmartStream features such as Automated Jitter Buffer management, Forward Error Correction (FEC) and error concealment techniques in all IP codecs. These features dynamically respond to variable conditions over unmanaged IP networks like the public internet to ensure reliable streaming.

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Now SmartStream PLUS has revolutionised IP broadcasting by delivering the rock solid and reliable STL-grade audio quality you would expect over a T1/E1 link by using inexpensive unmanaged IP networks like the internet for STLs, audio distribution and remotes.

Save Money Now with SmartStream PLUS Redundant Streaming

Tieline can show you how an investment in new codecs will pay for itself in just a few months by using SmartStream PLUS over inexpensive IP links to transport STL-grade, high fidelity audio at a fraction of the cost of synchronous leased lines. With SmartStream PLUS:

  1. The codec can stream simultaneous redundant data streams from both Ethernet ports and deliver seamless redundancy by switching back and forth, without loss of audio, from the nominated primary data link to the backup link if one fails and then subsequently recovers. Note: Use IP links from two different IP network providers for optimal redundancy over mission critical STL connections.

  2. When multiple redundant audio streams are sent, the decoding codec automatically reconstructs audio into a perfect single stream on a first packet arrived basis to ensure audio integrity.

These combined measures ensure Tieline is capable of offering an IP STL solution, in which the payload capability of your network infrastructure is the only limitation to successfully distributing, reliable, high fidelity STL audio across broadcast networks.

SmartStream IP Delivers ...

Some other manufacturers charge thousands of dollars for IP management software like SmartStream as if it's an optional extra, however Tieline believes high performance and rock-solid reliability is an essential part of each and every broadcast, and therefore delivers its renowned SmartStream IP management software for free.

SmartStream PLUS delivers an additional layer of STL-grade redundancy and is available as standard in Tieline Genie Distribution.

Flexibility and Interoperability

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Tieline G5 ISDN module

Many broadcast networks are transitioning to IP but still require connectivity over ISDN or POTS. Tieline Genie Distribution codecs deliver flexibility by allowing you to connect over ISDN, POTS or IP networks as required. Simply purchase optional ISDN G5 or POTS G5 modules, insert them in the codec and you are ready to connect over ISDN, POTS or IP on demand. Click here to learn more about Tieline ISDN options.

Genie supports both IPv4 and IPv6 (Dual Stack) protocols, so broadcasters can be assured that they have made a smart investment for the future as new networks and technologies emerge over time. Connect over IP with any SIP-enabled IP codec brand that supports the EBU N/ACIP tech 3326 standard, as well as VoIP telephone devices supporting G.711 and G.722.

Network Management

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Genie is also designed to be managed by Tieline’s new Codec Management System, which allows you to use any computer to manage your entire network of IP codecs remotely. You can use this powerful system to create and manage primary and backup connections and view audio PPMs and IP statistics to maintain mission critical connections. You can even adjust individual codec settings like algorithms, jitter buffers and forward error correction.

For more information about Genie contact Tieline on sales@tieline.com 

Features

  •     DSP-based architecture designed for 24/7/365 operation
  •     24 Bit 96kHz audio sampling (32kHz audio quality)
  •     Dual 1 Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet ports with automatic switching for redundancy
  •     Up to six channels of balanced audio in/out via DB-25 audio expansion connector
  •     Up to 50 stereo IP multi-unicast connections to individual end-points
  •     Stereo Multicasting to unlimited end-points over compatible networks
  •     Auto switching, dual redundant AC power supplies
  •     Uncompressed PCM audio plus the low-delay, cascade resiliant E-apt-X algorithm
  •     Other popular algorithms including LC-AAC, HE-AAC v1 and v2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELDv1 and v2, Opus, MPEG Layer II, Tieline Music and MusicPLUS, G.722 and G.711
  •     Supports up to 6 simultaneous streams of Opus encoding.
  •     IPv4 & IPv6 compatible and ready
  •     Asymmetric algorithmic encode/decode*
  •     Integrated alarm management including automatic silence detection
  •     G5 Toolbox GUI enables remote codec control over WANs
  •     Codec Management System compatible for codec network management
        Low latency in-band RS-232 aux data channel
  •     Programmable software rules engine via a GUI for Control Port functions
  •     Streamlined codec wizards and GUI for configuration and control
  •     *Support for multiple languages: English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, French and Chinese.
  •     Connect to all Tieline IP codecs

*All features not available in first release.

Specifications

Input/Output Specifications

Analog Audio Inputs

2 x Female XLR line inputs

Analog Audio Outputs

2 x Male XLR

AES3 In

1 x female XLR (Channel 1 in; shared with Ch1 analog input)

AES3 Out

1 x male XLR

Auxiliary Input

1 x 6.35mm (1/4") Mic/Line level Jack on rear panel (15V phantom power available)

Female DB-25

4 additional analog or digital inputs/outputs

Headphones Out/Aux Out

1 x 6.35mm (1/4") Jack on rear panel and 1 x 6.35mm (1/4") Jack on the front panel

Control Port In/Out

Four relay inputs and four opto-isolated outputs for machine control via a DB15 connector.

Audio Input Impedance

High Impedance  > 5K ohm

Output Impedance

<50 ohm Balanced

Clipping Level

+22dBu (input and outputs)

A/D & D/A Converters

24 bit

Frequency Response at 48kHz

20Hz to 22kHz

Frequency Response at 96kHz

20Hz to 32kHz (Analog); 10Hz to 45kHz (AES3 Digital)

THD and Noise (Analog)

<0.0035% at +16dBu or -89dBu unweighted

THD and Noise (Digital)

<0.000056%

Analog Signal To Noise Ratio

>98.5dB at +22dBu, unweighted

Sample Frequencies

IP Sample Frequencies

16kHz, 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz

Algorithms

IP

Tieline Music, Tieline MusicPLUS, G.711, G.722, MPEG-1 Layer 2, MP3, LC-AAC, HE-AAC and HE-AACv2, AAC-LD, AAC-ELD, Opus, 16/24 bit aptX Enhanced

IP (uncompressed)

Linear PCM16/24 bit 48/96kHz sampling

Data and Control Interfaces

USB

USB 2.0 Host port on the front panel

LAN

2 x 10/100/1000 RJ45 connectors

Advanced Networking

VLAN tagging (IEEE 802.1Q,802.1p)

Serial

RS232 up to 115kbps with or without CTS/RTS flow control via female DB9 connector, can be used as a proprietary data channel

Protocols Supported

Tieline, DHCP, SNMP, DNS, HTTP, IGMP, ICMP, VLAN, IPv4/v6, FEC, SIP/SDP (EBU N/ACIP Tech 3326 compliant), RTP

ISDN via module

Optional via module slot

POTS via module

Optional via module slot

Front Panel Interfaces

Display

256 x 64 monochrome LCD

Keypad

21 button keypad

Navigation

5 button keypad

 General

 

Size

1U x 19" Rackmount

Dimensions

19” x 1.75” x 13.5” [482mm (W) x 44mm (H) x 343mm (D) including rear connectors]

Weight

6lb 7.7oz/2.94Kg

Power Consumption

Dual AC 100-240V IEC power inlets; 1A - 50-60Hz

Operating Temperature

0°C to 45°C (32°F to 113°F)

Humidity Operating Range

20% ≤RH ≤70% (0 to 35°C/32°F to 95°F), non-condensing


MPEG Layer-3 audio coding technology licensed from Fraunhofer IIS and Thomson Licensing.

Inputs and Outputs
2 balanced analog XLR in/outs
Stereo digital AES3 input shared
with channel 1 analog XLR in.
DB25 TASCAM pinout audio
expansion connector for break-out
to 4 balanced analog XLR in/outs,
or 4 additional channels of digital
AES3 audio
Stereo and multi-channel 5.1 using
Enhanced apt-X
Simultaneous Ch1 and Ch2 analog/
digital audio out
BNC Wordclock sync
Balanced 6.35mm (¼”) analog
aux input (Mic/Line) with phantom
power.
Stereo H/P out via 6.35mm (¼”);
H/P out can also be configured as
a balanced auxiliary output
4 control inputs and 4 opto-isolated
outputs, suitable for alarms and
machine control
Adjustable in-band aux data
channel for sending data via RS-
232
USB host port for connection to a
memory stick

This Product Supports