SOUND4 PULSE Fields of Application

The SOUND4 PULSE is a three-band processor and the smallest device in the FM product line. It is particularly well-suited to the following uses:

  • For small radios, as a principal processor. It is fully compliant with radio broadcast standards while at the same time having a strong, clear and balanced sound.
  • For transmitter finalization, with a SOUND4 PULSE located in the studio. All radio standards are met.
  • For radios seeking natural but powerful tonalities.
  • As a web radio processor, thanks to its algorithms, specially optimized for this kind of application. Furthermore, its low cost makes it affordable for any radio station wishing to set itself apart from other stations.
  • As a small standby processor.

The SOUND4 PULSE can thus be used as an audio broadcaster thanks to the PCIe entry driver, as a processor thanks to the processing functions and as an Audio streamer thanks to the streaming option.

 

A Highly Versatile Processor

The SOUND4 PULSE is the first small processor that has been specifically developed for new radio markets. The outputs can thus be used simultaneously for FM and HD, DAB, DRM or, of course, WebRadio.

 

An Integrated Backup Solution

Much more than a mere processor, the SOUND4 PULSE has Audio Backup functionalities. Due to the capacity of its hard disk to store audio files, it is the first processor that guarantees continuity of the on-air program, solving the problem of radio silence.

 

An Integrated Basic RDS Encoder

In addition to being a high-quality processor and offering a backup audio source, the SOUND4 PULSE also provides the option of a basic or a full RDS encoder, the latter being UECP-compatible.

 

Fully Compliant with All Standards

With the SOUND4 PULSE, clients can be sure that they have a product which meets the various radio broadcast standards worldwide. It thus fulfills the following criteria:

  • Excursion in frequency - once the output level is fixed at 75kHz, it will never go beyond this maximum limit.
  • Multiplex Power - valid mainly in Europe, the ITU-R 412 recommendation is applied perfectly in accordance with the requirements of the radio broadcasting authorities.

Software Options Available *

  • Basic RDS Encoder
  • Full RDS Encoder
  • PCI Audio Driver In
  • PCI Audio Driver Out
  • Streaming Extension
  • IP Tx
  • IP Tx2
  • IP Rx
  • IP Rx2
  • IP RX + Tx
  • Dual IP Tx + RX
  • IP Pass Through
  • Breakout cable for FM/HD processors and IP CONNECT (PCIe In-Card)

* All Software Options are subject to an additional payment. For pricing please Contact Us.

The SOUND4 PULSE PCIe card

  • 100% autonomous in terms of resources - the card only requires power from the PC.
  • 4 inputs - AES from 32 to 192 kHz, analog, IP (Livewire or SOUND4 IP CONNECT) and PCI (audio driver).
  • Mixing of inputs and automatic safety function.
  • 5 simultaneous and independent outputs - TX1, TX2, AES, Analog IP (Livewire or SOUND4 IP CONNECT) and PCI (audio driver).
  • Routing of signals for outputs.
  • Relay switch for automatic by-pass.
  • Digital AES/EBU synchronization input.
  • DSP computing power - 4 Giga Flops (Sharc 40 bits with floating point).
  • GUI and driver compatible 32 & 64 bits - Windows 7, Windows 8 & 8.1, Windows 10, 2008 R2, 2012 and Linux (Debian)
  • Multicard driver (the quantity of PCIe slots will be equal to the number of cards admissible in the same PC).
  • Start-up time of the SOUND4 PULSE card - 2 seconds max to being on air.
  • 100% upgradeable to IMPACT. While updating the card, the sound is interrupted for only two seconds.

 

User-Friendly Control Interface

  • Sound setting from one single screen – you no longer need to open and close windows to go from one function to another.
  • Two modes - Basic and Advanced. Basic - provides simplicity and rapidity; Advanced - allows you to explore all of the processor functionalities. There are also ultra-rapid VU meters for true control over modulation.
  • Unlimited “Undo/Redo” versioning function for presets with possibility of recall.
  • Innovative “compare” function with reference notion.
  • Log function for presets.
  • A readable and interactive diagram.
  • A remote connection manager to control several processors.
  • Works with the following operating systems - WXP SP3, W7 32&64 bits, W8 32&64 bits, WS 2008 R2, WS 2012, Linux (Debian).

 

Processing

  • Main sampling process frequency of 192 kHz.
  • Sound coloring and stereo enhancement effect (Tone FX and Stereo FX).
  • 2-band AGC.
  • 2-band process with Fidelity and Sound Impact System (S.I.S.).
  • 3-band limiter.
  • Look Ahead limiter for the HD outlet.
  • MPX power controller (BS412 compliant).
  • Stereo Matrixing for more stability in loudness and sound tone when the receiver switches from mono/stereo/mono.
  • 19 kHz embedded pilot to gain close to 1 dB more in loudness.
  • Delay - 30 ms for FM path, 11 ms for HD path.

 

Extra

  • Basic RDS encoder (with scrolling PS)
  • Full RDS (UECP-compatible)
  • IP Codec - SOUND4 IP Connect
  • Audio Backup - thanks to the audio driver
  • Audio streaming - 6 encoders (MP3, AAC, HE-AAC v1 & v2), compatible with all delivery servers (Icecast, Shoutcast v1 & V2, Flash, Wowza)
  • Replication of inputs
  • Link & Share - 100% of all parameters are accessible via the telnet protocol
  • Panels – the device allows you to create your own panels with unlimited functionality
  • Preset Sharing - the ultimate solution to managing an unlimited number of processors. All of them are automatically updated if a one of them is modified.

Input State

The SOUND4 PULSE has four inputs - Digital, Analog, IP (Livewire or SOUND4 IP Connect) and PCI.

On the software interface, the input currently in use is indicated by a triangle on the left side of its name.

 

2-Band AGC

With the SOUND4 PULSE, the first processing function is the 2-Band AGC - automatic gain control whose main purpose is to stabilize the loudness level applied to the input of the processor and prevent noticeable level differences between recent and old titles.

 

Tone FX

The Tone FX makes coloring of sound before dynamic processing possible. To do so, it groups together two types of processing functions:

  • A 4-band parametric equalizer;
  • An effect system making it possible to strengthen low frequencies and high frequencies.

The two functions offer results that are entirely different, which is why they are gathered on one single screen.

In Basic mode, use of the four parametric equalizers is simplified to the maximum. Only the gain for each correction is accessible. For FX Bass and FX Treble, dosage of the effect is also made accessible.

In Advanced mode, users have access to all equalizer parameters (gain, frequency and Q factor).

 

Stereo FX

SOUND4 PULSE has a true stereo enlarger, 100% mono-compatible. Its role is to sublimate the existing stereo image. It will thus never create stereo in mono sources.

In addition to embellishing the stereo image, it also has a 3-band stereo image limiter acting on the control of the energy transmitted by the stereo sub-porter at 38 kHz. This unique functionality limits issues currently caused by the traditional enlargement processes. The stability of reception in areas disturbed by multiple routes is thus greatly optimized.

 

The 3-Band Process

The 3-band Process is the heart of dynamic processing. With SOUND4 PULSE, a single algorithm guarantees the gain in each of the bands in order to complete sound stabilization. “Coloring” is controlled by the Fidelity parameter. Thus, it is possible to have a purist and a colored sound texture.

The 3-band Process is achieved through the revolutionary algorithm S.I.S. (Sound Impact System), which makes it possible to maintain the authenticity of the original sound attacks.

 

The 3-Band Limiter

The main purpose of the 3-band Limiter is to prepare the work of the final limiter. It is also provided with a very powerful predictive algorithm, which has been simplified to the maximum, so that it is not encumbered with useless parameters.

 

The Final Limiter

The Final Limiter comprises two sections - one for FM applications and one for HD applications.

The FM Section consists of a Bass Clipper, guaranteeing powerful bass without distortion, an FM limiter and an MPX limiter.

The HD Section is specifically designed for high quality digital applications (HD/DAB/DRM). This is a look-ahead type of limiter and in this mode the outputs are not limited to 15 kHz.

 

Assignment of Outlets

The outlets of SOUND4 PULSE are fully assignable. For example, the analog outlet may replicate the signal which is applied to the analog input, the digital outlet delivers an HD signal, the TX1 outlet delivers the MPX signal and the TX2 outlet drives the 19-kHz pilot signal.

  • Analog Input
    Quantity1 stereo
    Level2 ranges (+12 or + 24 dBu - software selectable)
    Impedance10k
    ConnectorXLR female balanced and EMI suppressed
  • Digital Input
    Quantity1 stereo
    StandardAES 3
    Sampling Rate32 to 192 kHz - 24 bits
    ConnectorXLR female balanced and EMI suppressed
  • AES/EBU Input Sync
    Quantity/Connectors1 BNC female connector
    Sync TypeWord Clock - 32 to 192 kHz
    Level1 to 6 volt
  • SCA/RDS Input
    Quantity/Connectors1 BNC female connector
    TypeAdder
  • Analog Output
    Quantity1 stereo
    Level2 ranges (+12 or + 24 dBu - software selectable)
    Load Impedancetypical 10k - maximum load impedance 300 ohm at 24 dBu
    ConnectorXLR male balanced and EMI suppressed
  • Digital Output
    Quantity1 stereo
    StandardAES 3
    Sampling Rate32 to 192 kHz - 24 bits
    ConnectorXLR male balanced and EMI suppressed
  • Stereo Generator Outputs
    Quantity2 separate outputs which can deliver MPX or 19 kHz pilot
    Level2 ranges (+6 or +18 dBu)
    Load ImpedanceTypical 600 ohm - Max load : 35 ohm at +18 dBu
    ConnectorBNC female - EMI suppressed
  • Audio Performances
    Processing DelayHD path - 11 ms, FM path - 30 ms
    Frequency Response30Hz - 15 kHz +/-0.2dB (de-emphasized measured on Analog output)
    Noise>90 dB (de-emphasized)
    Distortion<0.2% THD (de-emphasized)
    Separation>70 dB
    Sub to Main crosstalk / Main to Sub crosstalk>75 dB
  • Audio Drivers (Input & Output)
    Linux (Debian)Alsa
    Microsoft WindowsWDM/Direct Sound compatible 32 & 64 bits: Windows 7 - Windows 8 - Windows 10 - Windows Server 2008 R2 - Windows Server 2012
  • PCI Express Card
    StandardPCI express x1 (compatible with x2, x4, x8x, x16 slots)
    Board Power SupplyConnector type Molex IDE 4 pins male
    Board Consumption10 watts typical, 30 watts when all outputs are loaded to max
    Size185 x 106mm (without connectors)
  • Compatible Operating System for SOUND4 PCIe Cards
    LinuxLinux (Debian)
    Microsoft Windows32 & 64 bits: Windows 7 - Windows 8 - Windows 10 - Windows Server 2008 R2 - Windows Server 2012
  • Compatible Operating System for SOUND4 Remote Software
    LinuxLinux (Debian)
    Microsoft Windows32 & 64 bits: Windows 7 - Windows 8 - Windows 10 - Windows Server 2008 R2 - Windows Server 2012
  • PC to Client Communication Interface
    TCP/IPClient (Remote) / Server (hosting PC) Architecture via Ethernet
    Link & Share100% of all parameters are accessible via telnet protocol
  • Software

    Universal All Products Installer

    The Universal Products Installer is the complete installation kit for all SOUND4 Products. Whatever you are using, an In-Box (19 inch racks) or a In-Card (PCIe or PCI cards), the Universal Products Installer installs the software suite for HD/FM products, IP Codecs, Voice Processors and Streaming Processors...

    The Universal Products Installer includes:
    • The Remote Control Software for In-Box and In-Card Products
    • For In-Card Products (PCI & PCIe):
      • SOUND4 cards Drivers (PCI & PCIe)
      • The SOUND4 Server (the service which handles data communication from/to cards)
      • Latest upgrade files (for all PCIe & PCI products)

    Link&Share Transmitter

    Link&Share is an open command protocol compatible with all SOUND4 Products. Thanks to Link&Share, it is possible to change a product Input, change the On Air Preset, switch an IP Link... Everything is possible with Link&Share!

    Here is the Link&Share Transmitter which offers you the possibility to send commands by script...

    Remote Support Tool
    Size: 4.25 MB Download

    You need a dedicated support, you need our assistance remotely on your equipment... No problem, the TeamViewer Remote Tool Support is at your disposal.

    When downloaded, run it directly. In the window, you will see an ID number and a password. Please send it to our support team for a dedicated remote support.

    Note: this third party tool is provided for free.

    Alarm Stacker

    The Alarm Stacker is a free program used to supervise and send alarm messages by email when something is not working correctly. According to product type, users have the possibility to define alarms on a very complete list of parameters.

    To oversee the operations of one or more SOUND4 cards, this program must be installed on the computer that hosts the cards.

    This program is compatible with all SOUND4 products.

  • Extensions

    Stream Extension

    The Streaming Extension is the Streaming engine needed for SOUND4 STREAM x2 / x4 /x8. Products. It supports encoding (MP3, AAC, HE-AAC, HE-AACv2...), metadada management and pushes to delivery servers (Flash, Darwin, Helix, Wonza, Icecast 2, Shoutcast…).

    The Streaming Extension is also available in option for HD/FM Products.

    Full RDS Extension

    The Full RDS Extension gives acess to RDS coding in advanced mode. The Full RDS encoder is running with UECP commands, and is fully remotable through RS232 or IP port.

  • Linux

    Linux Ubuntu OS

    SOUND4 proposes you to install the software package under your own Ubuntu.

    NOTE: SOUND4 does not offer Linux support. You have to master Linux Management if you plan to use these software packages.


    Compatibility with Ubuntu distributions:

    • Lucid Lynx - 10.04 LTS
    • Precise Pangolin - 12.04 LTS
    • Trusty Tahr - 14.04 LTS
    • Xenial Xerus - 16.04 LTS

    NOTE: Latest "Bionic" - 18.04 LTS is not compatible for now (coming soon!)


    Installation For a PC hosting SOUND4 card and running compatible Ubuntu version:

    1. Click on the following link to add SOUND4 repository - http://www.sound4.biz/repository/ubuntu/sound4-repository.deb
    2. Then install the driver with following link - apt://sound4exp1?refresh=yes
    3. Finally, install the SOUND4 server with following link - apt://sound4server


    If you also want to install:

    - the SOUND4 Remote Control, please use the following link - apt://sound4remote

    - the SOUND4 Stream, please follow the link - apt://sound4stream


    If you prefer to manage package installation by yourself, please follow the instructions below:

    1. Add the following source to your Ubuntu repository list (example for Lucid) - deb http://www.sound4.biz/repository/ubuntu lucid non-free
    2. Then get the SOUND4 GPG signature key - wget -q http://www.sound4.biz/repository/sound4.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
    3. Install required packages - sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install sound4exp1 sound4server sound4remote sound4stream
    4. Add the user to the audio group (needed for Alarm Stacker GUI) - sudo adduser $USER audio
    5. Log off and on to make the settings effective.
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