The AMS8-2AM is a compact two rack-unit aural and visual monitor designed to handle multi-channel format audio signals. Eight PPM/VU LED bargraphs display signal activity, while a sophisticated multi-speaker system allows operators to listen, with great clarity, to the signal being monitored. The AMS8-2AM has four digital audio inputs. 110 Ohm balanced inputs are on 3-pin screw terminal pluggable connectors and 75 Ohm unbalanced inputs are on BNC connectors. An internal switcher allows the operator to toggle between the two banks of four balanced and unbalanced inputs. Four AES output signals that are copies of the input signals are provided on the rear panel. The signals are provided as both balanced on pluggable 3-pin terminals or unbalanced signals on BNC connectors. A reference input for DARS is provided. This may be 110 Ohms, balanced, via a 3-pin screw terminal pluggable connector or 75 Ohms, unbalanced, via a BNC connector. The AMS8-2AM is equipped with a Ward-Beck demux module capable of handling both SD and HD SDI signals with embedded audio. The demux module provides a re-clocked copy of the input digital video signal as well as a copy of the AES group that is selected for monitoring. The unit provides an analog stereo output that is a copy of the signal being fed to the integral speakers. This stereo output may be configured to follow the front panel speaker level control or to be a fixed line level output. The SERIAL COMM DB9 connector includes GPI and GPO inputs that may be used for tally and external control functions.
The versatile AMS8 series monitors may be field configured to suit the monitoring needs of a particular operation or location, using a combination of the eight segment LED dot-matrix readout, the eight lighted pushbuttons and the two rotary shaft encoders with integral pushbutton switches. Ward-Beck has developed an intuitive scheme to ease programming of the AMS8 series monitors. Features that can be readily programmed to assist in monitoring include: creating preset monitoring configuration, creating an infinitely variable proportional stereo mix-down of multiple audio channels, providing global control for monitoring and enabling voice-over on Dolby signals.