Ringdale has released the latest version of NetAudio Player, its network device for updating, storing and playing digital sound over the Internet.
Now available in three models, the NetAudio Player will store and playback five, 55 and 120 minutes of digital audio. Soundtracks can be downloaded over the LAN or WAN and the Internet to a telephone network or sound system.
The creation and management of soundtracks can be achieved by using your PC and microphone, the company claims. Alternatively, professional voice-overs and recordings can be produced in a studio and sent to a system administrator via the Internet for uploading to the user's sound system.
The NetAudio Player is a 10/100base device and will work on a 100base network. It is supplied with Ringdale's network management utility, PheripheralVision, which is used to set up the device and its ongoing management. This includes the ability to download new soundtracks remotely over the user's network or the Internet.
Music is stored in a digital format in fail-safe non-volatile memory and can be played back on a continual loop or triggered over the network.
The user can programme up to eight different samples for play-back in sequence as well as determining the time delay between each sample. The download format uses industry standard "WAV" files.
Traditional computer telephony sound systems incorporate tape cassette or CD players which require physical attendance for routine updating and maintenance. The NetAudio Player avoids this problem as the device is connected to a network, enabling users to update and manage the units output from one central point. There are no mechanical failure problems with NetAudio, unlike traditional tape cassette or CD players, as it has no moving parts.
The NetAudio Player costs #410.
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