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AETA’s ScoopyFlex doubles up as commentary unit

AETA Audio Systems, a French manufacturer of audio and IP codecs, has introduced ScoopyFlex, a portable codec that comes with a docking station to allow users to turn the device into a full-fledged commentary unit. 

Evolving from AETA’s flagship product, Scoopy, the new modular ScoopyFlex is designed to meet broadcasters’ needs by offering flexibility and advanced functionalities, such as 5G capability, embedded Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, as well as two mobile network connections. 

With an autonomy of up to eight hours, the unit can house three SIM cards and manages recording, editing and video tasks. It uses two stereo streams, and supports HD voice. 

ScoopyFlex can be deployed for multiple applications. The ultra-portable device is designed for reports on-the-go or spot interviews, ensuring high-quality audio broadcasts. Furthermore, ScoopyFlex allows users to connect a second microphone to the unit to ensure optimal sanitary conditions that protect both reporters and guests during interviews. 

For sports commentaries or remotes from more complex infrastructures, presenters can pair ScoopyFlex with a docking station, turning it into a complete commentary unit. With this configuration, ScoopyFlex offers up to three mics, additional audio I/Os, and a redundant AES67 connection in addition to a second Ethernet port, battery recharge, intercom buttons, and access to level knobs. 

Yann Vonarburg, General Manager of AETA Audio Systems, said, “With ScoopyFlex, we offer the quality and tradition of our flagship product, Scoopy, in a new modular version that enables users to benefit from the unit’s advanced features and versatility, allowing them to craft timely and compelling remote broadcasts. 

“In the past, to achieve this, station staff would have to have two units – one light device for mobile use and another one for commentary applications. That’s now changed with ScoopyFlex and its docking station, and this significantly lowers the cost of gear for broadcasters.”

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