Devens, Massachusetts – July 19, 2010 – Since the release of its new ACCESS Reporter Codec for Android® (or ARC) in late May of this year, hundreds of Comrex customers have downloaded ARC to allow them to connect to either a Comrex ACCESS or BRIC-Link audio codec via their Android 2.1 smartphone’s Wi-Fi or 3G/4G data connection. This free application provides wideband, fully bi-directional audio with very low latency making it perfect for audio contribution by radio news reporters, expert hosts and program contributors.
Recently, ARC was used to by James Fallows, National Correspondent for The Atlantic and NPR Contributor, to connect to NPR News’ All Things Considered for an interview with ATC host, Guy Raz. Mr. Fallows installed ARC on his Google Nexus One Android phone and connected to NPR’s ACCESS Rackmount IP Codec for the Saturday evening interview. The audio can be heard by following a web link found at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128133680
Click on "Listen To Story" to hear ARC in action on ATC.
ARC provides Comrex users the ability to add wideband audio contribution from various sources without having to allocate a hardware codec, such as the Comrex ACCESS Portable, for a short interview or news hit. Instead of having to depend on bandwidth limited telephone/cellphone quality audio, ARC significantly broadens the range and quality of audio contribution sources that are available to radio broadcasters without having to overstretch resources. Comrex also recently announced support for Media5 Fone, a soft codec for the Apple iPhone, which provides functionality similar to ARC.