Blackmagic Design Announces Blackmagic Audio Monitor


The world's first rack mount audio monitoring solution with Ultra HD support, plus extremely high quality sound, integrated LCD video monitoring and elegant RGB level metering!

Last Updated: April 8, 2013 4:43 pm GMT
(Las Vegas NAB Show, Nevada--April 8, 2013) Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Audio Monitor, a new rack mount extremely high quality audio monitoring solution with advanced 6G-SDI video for Ultra HD video sources, as well as regular analog audio and SDI video inputs, integrated video monitor and integrated LED level meter for only US$1,495.

Blackmagic Audio Monitor will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2013 booth at #SL218.

Now, for the first time, customers can get incredible quality audio monitoring with Ultra HD 4K technology built in as standard. Blackmagic Audio Monitor includes extremely high quality audio sound in a small one rack unit size. With a dual subwoofer design combined with extra wide range speakers all backed by a powerful class A/B amplifier, Blackmagic Audio Monitor features an elegant design with big bright multi color audio meters and a built in LCD for monitoring video sources. Because a 6G-SDI video input is provided as standard, customers can monitor audio from SDI feeds in SD, HD and Ultra HD. The HDMI 4K output also allows the Blackmagic Audio Monitor to connect to large screen televisions for native Ultra HD monitoring!

Blackmagic Audio Monitor is perfect for monitoring audio anywhere customers need it. It can be installed into broadcast racks to keep track of audio transmissions and even monitor multiple languages by selecting between audio channels in the SDI input. With both audio and video monitoring integrated together, Blackmagic Audio Monitor is also perfect for tech monitoring in broadcast trucks, edit suites, audio post production and much more!

The Blackmagic Audio Monitor was designed using the latest advanced audio analysis technology to create a wide and smooth frequency response curve with crisp highs and powerful deep bass. Customers will get great sounding monitoring of music, extremely clear voice tracks and all the detail of effects tracks. Blackmagic Audio Monitor has the audio amplifier power to be loud enough to hear audio in noisy environments such as broadcast equipment rooms that suffer fan noise.

With two big bright audio level meters on the front panel, customers get full multi colored RGB LEDs under each segment so the meter scale is infinitely customizable. Metering can be selected between VU or PPM scale as extra scales can be added in future software updates. With a large number of meter segments monitoring can handle a very wide dynamic range, such as -45 to +3 decibels in the VU scale.

Blackmagic Audio Monitor features an elegant and super tough front panel that has been machined from a solid block of aluminum. This machined metal design is attractive and extremely strong, allowing a robust chassis that is vital for better quality sound without rattles and vibrations. For selecting audio pairs, left and right solo, selecting mute and input, there is a built in illuminated keypad. For private monitoring there is a built in headphone jack.

Blackmagic Audio Monitor supports SD, HD and the latest Ultra HD 4K video resolution via the high quality 6G-SDI input with output HDMI 4K connection for use with both HD and Ultra HD 4K displays and projectors. Customers can monitor audio from any of the 16 audio channels on the 6G-SDI input. 6G-SDI is four times faster than regular HD-SDI, so allows image resolutions four times greater than HD. This means Blackmagic Audio Monitor features the most advanced future proof technology!

Blackmagic Audio Monitor also features professional audio inputs such as balanced analog XLR audio in, balanced AES/EBU audio in and consumer level HiFi audio inputs. Customers can simply select between inputs using the input button on the front panel! When you are working with SDI video, Blackmagic Audio Monitor automatically switches between video input formats from SD to HD and Ultra HD 4K.

"We are extremely excited to finally deliver a fantastic audio monitoring solution that combines all the features people need, including extremely high quality sounds in a small 1 rack unit size, SDI, analog and AES/EBU inputs, built in video monitoring and a large attractive audio meter, all in an elegant machined metal design that looks fantastic!" said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. "I think Blackmagic Audio Monitor is the perfect solution as it's extremely attractive and includes all the features I need the most when monitoring audio from both video and audio sources in the television industry!"

Blackmagic Audio Monitor Key Features

  • Professional audio monitoring with amazing dual subwoofer sound in a single rack unit size.
  • 6G-SDI input for Ultra HD monitoring, switches automatically between SD, HD and Ultra HD.
  • Balanced analog XLR stereo audio, HiFi analog input and balanced AES/EBU audio inputs.
  • Built in LCD display shows video when monitoring from SDI. Includes status and volume info.
  • Bright RGB LED audio level meter allows VU level monitoring.
  • Contact-less volume knob eliminates wear and annoying crackling when adjusting volume.
  • High power amplifier allows audio to be monitored in noisy environments.
  • Elegant machined metal design in a compact 1 rack unit size.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Audio Monitor will be available April for US$1,495 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

About Blackmagic Design

Blackmagic Design creates the world's highest quality video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and film restoration software for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries. Blackmagic Design's DeckLink capture cards launched a revolution in quality and affordability, while the company's Emmy™ award winning DaVinci color correction products have dominated the television and film industry since 1984. Blackmagic Design continues ground breaking innovations including stereoscopic 3D and 4K workflows. Founded by world leading post production editors and engineers, Blackmagic Design has offices in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia. For more information, please check


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