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RE: Remote Codecs, Comrex vs Tieline vs ??
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Subject: RE: Remote Codecs, Comrex vs Tieline vs ??
From: "Jeff Heins" <jlheins0001@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:52:41 -0500
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Report IT , if I recall correctly, comes with a license for up to 10 users. I believe that you can have the app on more devices, just limited to 10 simultaneous ones. It works through their “TieServer” which is what takes the annual subscription. The Tie Server lets you configure user logins for your staff, so they have an individual login to the system. With that you can enforce which of your codecs they can connect to, what their default codec is, default bitrate, etc. You can also disable a username/access, if you should have an employee leave, for instance.


We’ve done several morning show cohost type remotes with ReportIT on an iPad on wifi in Nicaragua. Other than some ISP hiccups there, it worked great. Have also used it for cut in’s from outside a concert venue a few times, and a few times when a morning host needed to be out of his normal studio setup (normally a G3 in his home studio) due to construction going on at his house. A local Catholic network does a limited amount of high school sports, primarily when it is a Catholic HS playing another Catholic HS. They have several volunteers doing the play by play, some with a small mixer, sometimes with just one person with a mic and headset, plugged into an iPhone.


The “free” version of the app is identical without the configuration server component. It’s also a pay as you use, with I believe a per minute cost when the codec is actually connected.


I believe they market the 10 user version for station employee’s/staff for remote broadcast or remote news reporting, etc., where the studio side codecs are owned/controlled by the company. You have to register each physical codec by mac address in the configuration server. You can have as many codecs you want available to connect to, but you have to have some access to them to configure the server.


The “free”/cost per minute version I think was envisioned for free-lance reporters etc, where they need to connect to studio codecs they or their company don’t control, so all they know is the connection IP address.


Since you have some Tieline equipment already, I’d suggest contacting Mary at BGS, or one of the other dealers that handle Tieline and have them arrange a demo of ReportIT. That’s what we did initially. We did make an investment in an “iRig” adapter when we did the demo, to give us an XLR mic input to the iPhone/iPad. We also now use a Shure lightning to XLR adapter. The Shure works better if you have a lightning “Y” adapter that lets you plug the Shure and a power cord into the iPhone/iPad.


Hope that helps!


Jeff Heins

My Bridge Radio Network



From: nathaniel.steele@icloud.com [mailto:nathaniel.steele@icloud.com]
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 12:52 PM
To: 'CRTech'
Subject: RE: [CRTech] Remote Codecs, Comrex vs Tieline vs ??


Thank you, Lots of good points there. Can you clarify about the report-it app, it seems there is an ongoing cost with that. There are two free versions that seem to be apple only and not as functional.


From: Jeff Heins <jlheins0001@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 12:23 PM
To: 'CRTech' <crtech@crtech.org>
Subject: RE: [CRTech] Remote Codecs, Comrex vs Tieline vs ??


We went with TieLine when we set up our new location because we have functioning legacy G3 units, so we didn’t have to replace “everything” just added on capacity.


Other than saying we had a demo unit for a while that handled the multiple mono feeds, no real world experience with it. We use BridgeIT’s at the new facility, studio G3 at the old and G3 remotes and/or the ReportIT iDevice/Android app off site. They all play well together.


At our new facility, we’re an Axia installation, with a VX Prime. I’m interfacing the BridgeIT’s with Axia via AES in/out. It just works.


I built an Asterisk flavor phone system, that handles the VX and the office extensions, SIP trunks and off site extensions. You can connect a SIP extension on asterisk to the BridgeIT, and “call” a VX extension that way, not sure about registering an external BridgeIT directly to a VX – never tried. BridgeIT to asterisk and asterisk to VX is easy, and would run at a G.722 quality level, so “VoIP HD Quality” – better than pots, sound really good actually.


Depending on how homebrew you want to go, you could use a laptop and a mackie type mixer at the remote, with a VoIP softphone app running G.722 and connecting to the asterisk/VX. That would eliminate a hardware codec box at the remote site – which may or may not be good, depending on the remote talent. An alternative to that would to use a VoIP desk phone and take the headset audio in/out to your mixer and headphone amp. You’ll have to play around with pads and levels probably but the phones themselves are “4 wire” so you don’t need a hybrid in play.


I will throw out a caution, to get asterisk to work with remote extensions without putting a VPN in the mix, you have to expose things to the open internet. If you do it right, things work great. Do it wrong, and you’re open to hacking and abuse and international hacked calls, etc. If you don’t know what you’re doing, don’t expose the thing to the world without help from someone that does.



Jeff Heins

My Bridge Radio Network



From: nathaniel.steele@icloud.com [mailto:nathaniel.steele@icloud.com]
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2018 11:55 AM
To: 'CRTech'
Subject: [CRTech] Remote Codecs, Comrex vs Tieline vs ??


I’ve been asked to investigate remote gear, It looks to me like I can choose between Tieline and comrex or some smartphone app based solutions. For now lets discuss just the first two.


I’d like some thing self contained, at least two mics, an optional expander is a bonus but I could just as easily add a small mackie mixer. It Seems like both companies offer solutions that meet this criteria.


Variety of connection options with fallback. Again, both companies seem capable of this


We have four stations so I might eventually have 4 remote units. Comrex looks like I’d need four station units to do four simultaneous remotes (which could actually happen at times) Tieline has a “studio” unit that can accept six mono inbound connections. There are pro’s and cons to each, basically cost vs all eggs in one basket.


We do sports remotes on two stations for TTU, they have an older Tieline G3 system, which belongs to them, it would still work with a new tieline system. Currently the two studio units have issues, one wont connect via IP, one won’t work on POTs(which is backup only, I use a Gentner DH20 instead if we need POTs) these tieline G3’s belong to TTU.


So 2 ties, a toss up (cost vs redundancy) and a win for tieline.


Anyone have anything to say, like or dislike, about the two.


Also I am hoping to get a Telos VX phone system, both comrex and tieline are SIP compatible, would I be able to “Call In” to the telos and not need an Access rack or Merlin at the studio? With better than analog phone quality?


Thanks, I haven’t done much with remote gear in the past, it was always a record and email situation…..



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