The DAVID IV is the fourth generation processor in our DAVID (vs. Goliath) series of FM and HD Radio air-chain processors. Our streamlined, 100% DSP-based audio engine gives you total leverage over the most important sonic ‘signature’ parameters, while smart controls allow you to enhance program material quickly and effectively. Processing includes 5 bands of dynamics compression with equalization, intelligent gain-riding AGC (Automatic Gain Control), Bass and Stereo Field Enhancements, and our proprietary PIPP™ (Polarity Independent Peak Processing) limiter. The DAVID IV combines a remarkably clean sound with a premium FM Stereo Generator that also includes internal metering with combining for the RDS(RadioData System) subcarrier. Setup is quick, and operation is intuitive via the multi menu front-panel interface or IP based remote control software, so you can make adjustments from the comfort of your favorite listening environment.
Presets are provided for popular world formats*, and user settings can easily be saved/backed up and shared over station networks. TCP/IP connectivity is virtually automatic and allows full remote control and access from anywhere in the world. Processing and stereo generator aside, the DAVID IV features a rugged closed box design (no fans or heat-sinks needed), with ultra low latency hardware allowing for direct off-air monitoring, and power to live audio in less than 1 second. But how does it sound? When it comes to audio performance, the DAVID IV really delivers. With tight lows, open mids, crisp but controlled highs, and the dynamic flexibility to really stand out, the DAVID IV’s sound promises results on par with products more than double or triple it’s price class. It has never been easier (or more affordable) to achieve maximum audio performance without breaking the budget. But don’t take our word for it, get one and demo it yourself-30 days risk free! *see Features section for a full list of included presets.
- Dana Puopolo - Broadcasters' Desktop Resource Checking it Out - Inovonics’ DAVID IV Audio Processor
- Jeff Smith, CRBE DAVID IV Field Report - Radio Magazine July 2012
Composite/MPX Output: ±0.25dB, 20Hz–15kHz assuming the use of a lab-quality FM-multiplex decoder with the appropriate de-emphasis characteristic
L/R Line Outputs: ±0.25dB, 20Hz–15kHz through an appropriate de-emphasis network in the FM mode; ±0.25dB, 20Hz–20kHz in the Flat mode
AES Digital Output (Digital Input): ±0.25dB, 20Hz –15kHz through an appropriate de-emphasis network in the FM mode; ±0.1dB, 20Hz–20kHz in the Flat mode
Composite/MPX Output: SNR >85dB with carrier modulation at maximum output level through an appropriate de-emphasis network
L/R Analog Line Outputs: Residual Noise better than 100dB below the output clipping point(through an appropriate de-emphasis network in the FM mode)
AES digital Output (Digital Input): Residual noise better than 130dB below 0dBFS (through an appropriate de-emphasis network when indicated
Composite/MPX Output: <0.01% THD using an appropriate de-emphasis network
Line Outputs: <0.06% THD in digital and analog Line Outputs using an appropriate de-emphasis network when indicated
Composite/MPX Output: >65dB, 20Hz-15kHz assuming the use of a lab-quality FM-multiplex decoder with the appropriate de-emphasis characteristic. Linear Crosstalk (main/sub or sub/main):.78dB
L/R Analog Line Outputs: At 1dB below the output clipping level, >100dB through an appropriate de-emphasis network in the FM mode; unweighted in the Flat mode
AES Digital Output:At 0dBFS, >130dB through an appropriate de-emphasis network in the FM mode; unweighted in the Flat mode (using the Digital Line Input)
≤4.2 milliseconds, any input to any output in any operating mode
65dB with reference to 9% pilot injection
80dB with reference to 100% carrier modulation
65dB with refernce to 5% RDS sub-carrier injection
The AES3 stereo input (XLR) accepts program sources at sampling rates of 32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz and 96kHz; 16/24-bit. Input gain is adjustable for average program levels between -5dB and -35dB, re: -20dBFS.
L/R active balanced/bridging (XLR) inputs accept average program line levels between -15dBu and +15dBu; +26dBu max peak level.
The Digital and Analog Line Outputs may each be configured independently for 20kHz flat response, or for 15kHz ‘FM’ characteristics, either with pre-emphasis or normalized to flat.
The AES3 (XLR) stereo output may be adjusted between -20dBFS and 0dBFS, corresponding to 100% (peak) carrier modulation. The output sampling rate may be set to follow the Digital Line Input or forced to 32kHz, 44.1 kHz, 48kHz or 96kHz. Sampling resolution is 24 bits.
Active balanced (XLR) outputs are adjustable between -10dBu and +24dBu (+21.5dBm), corresponding to 100% carrier modulation; source impedance is 200 ohms.
Two unbalanced (BNC) outputs are independently adjustable between 0.8V p-p and 8V p-p (+11dBu), corresponding to 100% carrier modulation; source impedance is 75 ohms. Pre-emphasis may be set to 75μs, 50μs or OFF.
Unbalanced/bridging (BNC) input accepts a 57kHz RDS subcarrier at any level between 0.5V p-p and 5.0V p-p for a typical injection level of 5% of total carrier modulation.
When RDS is enabled, the Sync Output (BNC) delivers a 5V p-p TTL-compatible square wave at the 19kHz pilot frequency; 75-ohm source.
A RJ45 jack accepts TCP/IP network connections for remote setup and operation of the DAVID IV.
A quarter-inch (TRS) headphone jack allows the user to monitor the processed program audio. A volume control next to the jack adjusts the listening level.
A user-programmable high-pass filter attenuates sub-audible noise that could compromise modulation efficiency. The filter is adjustable between 20Hz and 65Hz.
Unobtrusive, gated ʻgain-ridingʼ AGC is quasiaverage- responding with a capture/correction range of ±18dB. Positive AGC gain may be truncated to any value between +18dB and 0dB; the AGC correction rate is programmable.
This dual-action utility effectively broadens the soundstage for the stereo program and the centerchannel ʻsoloʼ component independently.
Program audio is split into five frequency bands. Each band imparts both dynamic compression and adjustable static gain to afford fixed equalization and other ʻsignatureʼ control of the program audio.
Sub-bass program frequencies undergo independent dynamic compression, expansion, selective clipping and filtering for control over both static ʻRumbleʼ and dynamic ʻPunchʼ of bottom-end components.
Inovonicsʼ exclusive Polarity-Independent Peak Processing assures optimum modulation of the FM carrier or other delivery channel.
The Peak Limiter section may optionally be configured to control the r.m.s. power of the composite multiplex signal to meet the European Standard ITU-R BS.412.9.
Fast HF limiting and distortion-cancelled clipping are each utilized to best advantage in providing independent amplitude control of program frequencies subjected to the FM pre-emphasis curve. This helps preserve program brightness and clarity despite power bandwidth constraints native to FM broadcasting.
At the userʼs discretion, up to 3dB of clipping may be applied to the composite/baseband signal. Clipping is performed before the injection of the stereo pilot and RDS subcarrier.
The composite/MPX output of the DAVID IV may be delayed between 1ms and 9.999 seconds in 1ms increments, relative to the analog and digital program line outputs when they are set to the 20kHz (Flat) output mode. When set to the FM mode(s), the line outputs are subjected to the programmed delay as well.
The IP network port and supplied software allow remote setup and operation of the DAVID IV over a local network or the Internet using any Windows® PC (XP or later).
A front-panel graphic display and jog wheel allow easy, menu-guided in-situ setup and operation of the DAVID IV. LED-bar displays indicate in/out levels and audio processing action.
The IP network port and supplied software allow remote setup and operation of the DAVID IV over a local network or the Internet using Windows® PC (XP or later).
25 factory presets are provided and optimized for popular world formats, and an additional 20 custom user settings can easily be saved and shared across station networks.
105–130VAC or 210–255VAC, 50/60Hz; 8 watts
1¾”H x 19”W x 13”D (1U); 9 lbs. (net) / 12 lbs. (shipping)