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TesiraFORTÉ X

The TesiraFORTÉ X is the next generation of Tesira DSP processing and is introduced in conjunction with Tesira 4.0 software and firmware. TesiraFORTÉ X combines powerful elements of multiple previous Tesira devices in one product for quick and easy integration in medium to large conference spaces.

The TesiraFORTÉ X 400/800/1600 products are conference room DSPs featuring multiple network and analog audio connection points. With 4, 8, and 16 channels of Acoustic Echo Cancelation (AEC) respectively, users can choose the model that meets the number of microphones required for the room.

TesiraFORTÉ X is designed to be used primarily with Biamp’s beam-forming microphones, PoE amplifiers and speakers. A system including these elements and a UC-room system, display and camera will provide a complete technology solution for a UC-enabled conference room.

The typical function of the TesiraFORTÉ X is to process local Biamp microphone input and speaker output signals in support of audio-only and audio/video conference calls from dedicated conference rooms, but TesiraFORTÉ X can also be custom programmed for many other applications.

TesiraFORTÉ X offers installers two discrete modes of operation. The default behavior allows single-button press auto-configuration assisted by Biamp Launch. The second option allows users to manually configure and completely customize the device signal paths a la a traditional Tesira DSP device.

TesiraFORTÉ X discovery and connection can be done through the Biamp Discovery app, using Biamp Tesira software (version 4.0 and higher), or Biamp SageVue management software. 

Models

There are 3 TesiraFORTÉ X models supporting various densities of AEC processing depending on your requirements. All are externally physically identical aside from their model name. The same power supply model is used for all 3 units. Biamp_TesiraForte_X_1600_Iso.png

  • TesiraFORTÉ X 400 has 4 channels of AEC, supporting up to 4 Parlé microphones
  • TesiraFORTÉ X 800 has 8 channels of AEC, supporting up to 8 Parlé microphones
  • TesiraFORTÉ X 1600 has 16 channels of AEC, supporting up to 16 Parlé microphones

When using Biamp Launch auto-configuration a maximum of 8 Parlé microphones are supported on TesiraFORTÉ X 1600. Up to 8 channels of amplification are supported on all models when using Biamp Launch auto-configuration. These limitations do not apply to manually configured TesiraFORTÉ X.

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TesiraFORTÉ X features Biamp Launch functionality, allowing for one-touch room hardware discovery, configuration, and tuning. Upon completion of the Launch process, a report card detailing the room’s acoustic performance before and after optimization and the Biamp hardware manifest is available for viewing via a web browser. The Launch report card can also be printed as a pdf.

TesiraFORTÉ X is fully auto-configurable but users also have the option to customize its programming just like any other Tesira DSP device. The device will be available to accept a configuration file from Tesira software if the TesiraFORTÉ X is first cleared using the Tesira software Device Maintenance > Clear Configuration option. A user can restore Launch auto-configuration in TesiraFORTÉ X via a hardware reset using the pinhole reset button. The reset button is located between the GPIO block and the power connector.   

Auto or manual configuration

TesiraFORTÉ X offers users 2 discrete modes of operation - auto-configuration or manual configuration. TesiraFORTÉ X ships ready for Biamp Launch auto-configuration. 

Auto-configuration

With the assistance of Biamp Launch, TesiraFORTÉ X features automated system hardware discovery, configuration, and tuning. Upon completion of the auto-configuration process, a report card detailing the room’s acoustic performance before and after optimization plus the Biamp hardware manifest is available for viewing via a web browser and can be printed as a pdf.

Auto-configuration is a closed system which allows a consistent and repeatable installation process for many conference room applications. Auto-configuration is initiated using the Biamp Launch button on the front of the device or via the Audio webpage. Please review the Biamp Launch article for details on the auto-configuration process and behaviors. 

When TesiraFORTÉ X is auto-configured it offers Tesira’s dedicated AEC processing on up to 8 Parle microphones (depending on hardware model), support for up to 8 channels of amplification using Biamp Parle amplifiers, 1x1 channel USB connectivity with HID mute sync, VoIP with support for the Biamp HD-1 dialer, (5) 1G network ports including (4) ports offering PoE+, and support for audio over AVB between TesiraFORTÉ X and select Biamp Tesira peripheral hardware including Parle mics and amplifiers and the EX-UBT USB and Bluetooth-capable expander. The EX-UBT adds an additional 1x1 USB audio connection as well as a 2x1 Bluetooth connection. 

If additional AVB ports are required, up to (4) TesiraCONNECT TC-5 devices may be linked on P2-5 to increase the port count as needed. If multiple TC-5 are required, TC-5 may be connected in a daisy chain, star, or hybrid daisy-chain/star configuration. The TesiraFORTÉ X (P2-5) participates as a media network switch in this configuration. 

TC-5D may be used in place of TC-5 in Launch auto-configured systems, but Launch will not be able to leverage the additional Dante features of TC-5D. Other AVNU certified AVB switches may also be used to connect AVB peripherals in manually configured or Launch auto-configured systems. 

Manual configuration

Manual configuration allows users to treat the TesiraFORTÉ X as a standard Tesira server-class device and define the signal paths required for the application. The device's analog I/O, GPIO, and Dante I/O become available for use when manually configured. When TesiraFORTÉ X is manually configured, the auto-tuning functions are not available.  

When manually configured, TesiraFORTÉ X shares the same Tesira programming platform as previous Tesira hardware and can be easily included in systems with all other Tesira devices. An I/O block family for TesiraFORTÉ X is found under the Forte menu in Tesira software. 

When the device is manually configured, TesiraFORTÉ X offers Tesira’s dedicated AEC processing for up to 16 input channels (depending on hardware model), up to 2x2 channels of USB connectivity (with HID mute sync on 1x1 speakerphone), VoIP, (5) 1G network ports including (4) ports offering PoE+, support for 128x128 audio channels on 64x64 streams of AVB between Biamp Tesira devices, 32x32 audio channels on 32x32 flows of Dante, (2) analog mic-line inputs with phantom power, (2) analog mic-line outputs, and (4) ports of GPIO. (Note that some hardware functions are only available when TesiraFORTÉ X is manually configured.)

Biamp Launch configured device visible from Tesira SW but Connect to System is not allowed.PNGPrior to running Launch configuration TesiraFORTÉ X will display a Device ID of 0, indicating it is unconfigured.

To manually configure the device you will first need to "Clear Configuration" from Device Maintenance to wipe the Launch capability from it (just like a Forte with the default layout preloaded), then "Reboot" the device. A pop-up will notify users prior to loading a config file if this step is required on a device.

  • Launch functions may be restored through a pinhole reset of hardware. The reset button is located between the GPIO block and the power connector.   

Launch-configured devices are visible from Tesira SW with the system description "Biamp Launch" and show a Device ID of 1, but the "Connect To System" option is not available. The web UI is the path to interact with it.

If additional AVB network ports are required, up to (4) TesiraCONNECT TC-5 devices may be linked on TesiraFORTÉ X P2-5 to increase the port count as needed. (Adding additional TesiraFORTÉ X to the design will also increase the available port count with the benefit of additional DSP and AEC processing.) If multiple TC-5 are required, TC-5 may be connected in a daisy chain, star, or hybrid daisy-chain/star configuration. The TesiraFORTÉ X (P2-5) participates as a media network switch in this configuration. 

If additional Dante IO is required it may be achieved by adding additional manually configured TesiraFORTÉ X to the configuration file.

TesiraFORTÉ X or Devio SCX?

TesiraFORTÉ X offers the best of both worlds, allowing either auto-configuration or manual configuration, depending on the requirements of the job. This flexibility allows one device to fill many roles. Users who are unsure of whether they will need to sometimes manually configure devices as part of larger or bespoke systems can simply order TesiraFORTÉ X and have both options available in one device. Devio SCX only allows auto-configuration of the device.

  • Both device types have a web UI for users to manage the VoIP configuration and network settings, to run Launch, and more.
  • The Launch-configured Devio SCX and Launch-configured TesiraFORTÉ X offer the same user options and user experience.
  • TesiraFORTÉ X additionally supports manual configuration through Tesira SW v4.0 and higher. It then behaves like any other Tesira device and can be included in files with older Tesira devices.
  • TesiraFORTÉ X also has analog input and output connections, GPIO connections, and support for Dante audio when manually configured. 
  • Launch-configured TesiraFORTÉ X devices do not use the analog I/O, Dante, or GPIO. These features become available when manually programmed.
  • Neither TesiraFORTÉ X nor Devio SCX can have a Launch file extracted from the device. It is a closed system. Launch tuning results are shown in the device's Report Card.

Network Connectivity

Biamp_TesiraForte_X_Back.pngTesiraFORTÉ X is a 5-port media network appliance. All (5) Ethernet ports are 1G connections, ports 2-5 support PoE+.

  • Port 1 supports the control (web UI) and VoIP connections.
  • Ports 2-5 support AVB media for connected Biamp peripheral devices, as well as Dante/AES67.

3rd party control systems may be connected to either network. 

Network discovery 

TesiraFORTÉ X does not have a front panel text display.

Device IP discovery is done via a network connection to port 1 (P1) using the Biamp Discovery app, Biamp Tesira software (version 4.0 and higher), or Biamp SageVue management software. 

Biamp Discovery can query the local network for auto-configurable TesiraFORTÉ X and Devio SCX devices and will return a list of discovered devices, along the serial number, IP address, and a link to the web user interface for each device.

The web UI will prompt for authentication. The default username is admin and the default password is the device's 8-digit serial number. The password is expected to be reset with more secure unique credentials by the installer in most installations. Web page security is managed on the Settings page in the web UI. Password changes persist through device resets via Device Maintenance > Clear Configuration and pinhole resets.

In separated networks mode (default) the TesiraFORTÉ X is discoverable with Tesira software via the P2-5 media interface but the software will not be able to connect, send a configuration, or perform control network functions with the hardware. Connect using the P1 control interface to perform these functions. 

Web user interface

The TesiraFORTÉ X web UI is accessible via the control and VoIP interface port via the control IP address found with the Biamp Discovery app, Biamp Tesira software (version 4.0 and higher), or Biamp SageVue management software. 

Password changes persist through device resets via Device Maintenance > Clear Configuration and pinhole resets.

VoIP settings also persist through device resets via Device Maintenance > Clear Configuration or configuration updates but are cleared by pinhole resets.

The TesiraFORTÉ X web UI behavior changes depending on whether the device is configured manually or using the Launch auto-configuration process.

When the TesiraFORTÉ X is manually configured it displays fewer webpages to the user. The Devices, Audio, Network, and Troubleshooting pages are not displayed. These pages are devoted to functions that are either handled by Tesira software or that are not available without the Launch auto-configuration file.

The Settings, VoIP, Event Scheduler, and About webpages are accessible when TesiraFORTÉ X is manually configured.  The Devices, Audio, Network, Settings, VoIP, Event Scheduler,Troubleshooting, and About webpages are accessible when TesiraFORTÉ X is Launch-capable.

Network behavior

Forte X Network.PNGTesiraFORTÉ X behaves very much like a TesiraFORTÉ AVB with (1) control port and (4) AVB ports running in separated networks mode.

The TesiraFORTÉ X allows all ports to be in a common IP domain, or to be separated onto separate domains (e.g. - a control and VoIP network (P1) and a media network (P2-P5)). For all ports to be in a common domain the device needs 2 links to the network (P1 + one link from P2-P5). A common application of this may be if control and Dante are on a common network. 

Port 1 is dedicated to Control and VoIP in the default network configuration, with both sharing a single IP address. For VoIP on a separate VLAN, VLAN assignment is allowed for the VoIP interface. When a VLAN is assigned to VoIP a unique IP address, independent of the control IP and subnet range, is available for the VoIP interface. Control and VoIP still share a common network port but are now logically separated. 

ForteX - Device Maintenance - Network Settings - Port Settings.PNGDante and AVB media are supported via ports 2-5, and these (4) ports also support PoE+ for peripheral devices. Port rules are automatically managed across ports 2-5:

  • When connected to another Biamp network appliance such as TC-5, TC-5D, or another TesiraFORTÉ X both AVB and Dante traffic are allowed to pass across the port.
  • If MSRP packets are detected from a connected port, indicating a connected AVB switch or endpoint, then the port becomes 802.1as-capable, it joins VLAN 2, and supports AVB traffic.
  • If no MSRP traffic is detected the port is deemed 802.1as-incapable and AVB media is blocked from the port, the port is now a Dante-capable port.

When TesiraFORTÉ X is used in configurations with other TesiraFORTÉ, Server, or Server-IO devices the Control and AVB port rules for those devices must be followed. The Control and AVB ports must be in unique subnets when separated or converged network topologies are required. In converged networks static IP addresses will be needed on either the Control or AVB ports, or both if desired, while respecting the logical separation requirements.

Network Command String block

The Network Command String block can be used in TesiraFORTÉ X to communicate with devices visible through either the control port (P1) or the media ports (P2-5). When configuring the NCS block, the IP address assigned to the NCS block Server address will determine which network ports the string traffic is routed to. The NCS block must use a device address which is valid within either the control subnet or the media subnet or it will not be able to connect. The control and media network ports must be in different subnet domains so the addresses are logically separate. TesiraFORTÉ X will not relay a command string from the control port P1 through to P2-5, it does not function as a control tunnel.

Input / output options

Dante and AVB

TesiraFORTÉ X is the first TesiraFORTÉ model to support AVB, Dante, and AES67 in one device, hosting a virtual 32x32 channel Dante interface as well as a 128x128 channel AVB interface. AES67 is supported in the Dante interface and must be enabled using Dante Controller software. AES67 channels are counted against the Dante channel count. 

If additional AVB ports are required, up to (4) TesiraCONNECT TC-5 devices may be linked to TesiraFORTÉ X P2-5 to increase the system's port count as needed. (Adding additional TesiraFORTÉ X to the design will also increase the available port count with the benefit of additional DSP and AEC processing.) If multiple TC-5 are required, TC-5 may be connected in a daisy chain, star, or hybrid daisy-chain/star configuration. It is recommended to link the non-PoE+ port (P1) of the TC-5 to the upstream switch to maximize the available PoE+ ports. TesiraFORTÉ X (P2-5) participates as a media network switch in this topology.

If additional Dante IO is required it may be achieved by adding additional manually configured TesiraFORTÉ X to the configuration file. (TC-5D devices hosting a Dante block would be required to be visible to the control network of TesiraFORTÉ X, which is currently not an allowed network topology in TesiraFORTÉ X.) 

AVB

TesiraFORTÉ X supports up to 128x128 AVB audio channels on up to 64x64 AVB streams.

Audio transport between TesiraFORTÉ X and other Tesira devices in the same system is done via implicit AVB. There is no need to manually define AVB paths, the Tesira compiler will automatically determine the path and establish the required AVB streams between devices. TesiraFORTÉ X does not support explicit AVB endpoints, however, other Tesira Server-class AVB devices in the same system can support explicit AVB endpoints and audio can be routed to and from those processing devices in the system in this manner.  

If additional AVB ports are required, up to (4) TesiraCONNECT TC-5 devices may be linked to TesiraFORTÉ X P2-5 to increase the system's port count as needed. (Adding additional TesiraFORTÉ X to the design will also increase the available port count with the benefit of additional DSP and AEC processing.) If multiple TC-5 are required, TC-5 may be connected in a daisy chain, star, or hybrid daisy-chain/star configuration. It is recommended to link the non-PoE+ port (P1) of the TC-5 to the upstream switch to maximize the available PoE+ ports. TesiraFORTÉ X (P2-5) participates as a media network switch in this topology.

TC-5D may be used in place of TC-5 in Launch auto-configured systems, but Launch will not be able to leverage the additional Dante features of TC-5D. Other AVNU certified AVB switches may also be used to connect AVB peripherals in manually configured or Launch auto-configured systems with TesiraFORTÉ X. 

TesiraFORTÉ X auto-configuration supports Biamp AVB peripherals including Parle microphones, Parle amplifiers, EX-UBT, and HD-1 controllers. Please review the Biamp Launch hardware discovery article for details.

Dante

TesiraFORTÉ X supports up to 32x32 Dante audio channels on up to 32x32 Dante flows.

The virtual Dante interface shares an IP address with the AVB interface in the Forte X. If the Dante IP address needs to be statically assigned it can be done so using the avb_media_2 selection on the Control tab in Device Maintenance. The Dante IP is visible (read only) on the DAN tab in Device Maintenance. The Dante device name can be changed only when the Forte X is unconfigured. 

Dante is available on ports 2-5 and the TesiraFORTÉ X can be used as a Dante-capable switch if multiple Dante devices are connected. The Ethernet ports can be thought of as windows into the device, through which the single TesiraFORTÉ X Dante interface is visible - there is not a unique Dante interface on each port. Only 1 link is required from TesiraFORTÉ X to a Dante network.

To manage connected Dante endpoints, a PC running Dante Controller can be attached either directly to the TesiraFORTÉ X on ports 2-5, or to a separate switch which is connected to port 2-5.

Dante discovery does not pass across the TesiraFORTÉ X between port 1 and ports 2-5.

If additional Dante IO is required it may be achieved via additional TesiraFORTÉ X devices in the file. Dante IO blocks on a TC-5D are not supported for Dante expansion with TesiraFORTÉ X at this time due to network topology constraints. 

AES67 may be enabled on the TesiraFORTÉ X Dante interface in Dante Controller. 

USB X

Windows USB Playback - speakerphone.PNGUSB X configuration.PNGTesiraFORTÉ X has a configurable USB port which supports mono 1x1 speakerphone or stereo 2x2 channel audio input/output at 24-bit resolution when manually configured.

When auto-configured with Launch it will use mono 1x1, 24-bit speakerphone as its connection. In the 1x1 speakerphone configuration, the USB port supports HID mute sync for use with UC platforms, and supports AEC offloading for UC platforms which support the option.

When TesiraFORTÉ X is auto-configured, the Parle mics LEDs will illuminate in green when USB audio streaming is detected, blink red when USB mute is engaged, and be solid red if USB streaming is not active.

When TesiraFORTÉ X is manually-configured the USB X blocks are visible in Tesira software. Both the USB input and USB output blocks support logic connections which are unique to the input or output USB path.

The logic input node is labeled M (mute) and engages the USB block mute when logic is high.

The logic output nodes are labeled C (Connected state), S (Streaming activity), and M (Mute state). The C node will go high when a USB connection to a PC is detected, the S node will go high when audio is streaming to or from the PC, the M node will go high when the USB input or output is muted. The USB output mute state will sync with the mute state of many UC room clients using HID.

VoIP X

Opus Codec connected peer to peer.PNGTesiraFORTÉ X hosts our next generation VoIP interface, adding enhanced security features as well as support for other new VoIP features including the Opus audio codec. Forte X no longer supports the G.723 codec.

TesiraFORTÉ X VoIP supports 1 line with 2 call instances. VoIP X supports all current Tesira VoIP vendors, except Skype for Business. 

The HD-1 dialer is compatible with TesiraFORTÉ X and can be connected via ports 2-5. In Launch-configured systems, the HD-1 is automatically provisioned. 

TesiraFORTÉ X VoIP is entirely software-based and is configured solely via an internally-served web page. The web page can be opened by connecting to the device directly via its IP address and choosing the VoIP > Line Setup pages or double-clicking on the Control/Status block in Tesira software (manually-configured systems only).

TesiraFORTÉ X port 1 is dedicated to Control and VoIP in the default network configuration, with both sharing a single IP address. If VoIP is required to be on a separate VLAN, VLAN assignment is allowed for the VoIP interface. When a VLAN is assigned to VoIP a unique IP address is available for the VoIP interface, independent of the control IP address and subnet range. Control and VoIP still share a common network port (P1) but are now logically separated. 

Line registration status can be seen on the VoIP > System > Diagnostics webpage. Feedback on line registration progress and call status is visible on the HD-1 display and on the Audio webpage in a Launch-configured device. 

The new VoIP interface allows users to upload a custom ringtone file (wav format) in addition to its default ringtones.

In TesiraFORTÉ X VoIP, SRTPZRTP and SRTP-DTLS are supported for media encryption. The media security mechanisms are mutually exclusive. ZRTP and SRTP-DTLS are new RTP security mechanisms available in TesiraForte X, while older Tesira VoIP interfaces support only SRTP.

In TesiraFORTÉ X VoIP, SSL/TLS are supported for SIP signaling encryption. TLS 1.2 is supported and is downward compatible to TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.0. Users can configure the device for compatible versions. Older Tesira VoIP interfaces do not allow users to configure the compatible TLS version.

A TFTP server is able to be configured in the VoIP endpoint either statically or via DHCP option 66 (or a custom option). VoIP X supports the TFTP server address as either dotted quads or FQDN.

The use of a VoIP VLAN (802.1Q) is optional. If a VLAN is configured, ingress traffic with an unmatched VLAN tag shall be discarded. If a VLAN is configured, all egress traffic will be tagged. The VoIP VLAN must be configured statically, either via Tesira Device Maintenance or via the web UI in the Network page.

New VoIP support features include an ASCII VoIP log which will capture log all traffic including SIP and RTP traffic. It will be possible to select pre or post TLS encryption in logging in the VoIP endpoint. VoIP logging is managed on the VoIP Maintenance webpage. Logs are not displayed in real-time but can be downloaded at any time. A program such as Windows Notepad++ is helpful for viewing logs.

AEC

AEC channels are not tethered to an analog I/O and may be assigned to any input desired (analog / AVB / Dante / AES67). The device will use (1) channel of AEC processing per Biamp Parle microphone or other input channel type. 

TesiraFORTÉ X uses dedicated AEC processing hardware per channel, the same as all Tesira devices, for optimal AEC performance. The number of supported AEC channels is indicated by the model name.

  • TesiraFORTÉ X 400 offers 4 AEC channels (TesiraFORTÉ X 400 supports auto-configuration with up to a maximum of 4 microphones).
  • TesiraFORTÉ X 800 offers 8 AEC channels (TesiraFORTÉ X 800 supports auto-configuration with up to a maximum of 8 microphones).
  • TesiraFORTÉ X 1600 offers 16 AEC channels (TesiraFORTÉ X 1600 supports auto-configuration with up to a maximum of 8 microphones).

The 250ms AEC tail length on TesiraFORTÉ X is the same as is found on other TesiraFORTÉ hardware.

Analog I/O

TesiraFORTÉ X has 2 channels of mic-line input with phantom power and 2 channels of mic-line output. Gain structure on both input and output matches other Tesira analog I/O ports. TesiraFORTÉ X uses female 3-pole 3.81mm-pitch block connectors for inputs and outputs.

GPIO

TesiraFORTÉ X has 4 channels of GPIO available for user configuration

  • Each channel is configurable as a logic input, logic output, LED driver, or control voltage input.
  • Logic inputs are compatible with 5V TTL or contact closure 
  • Logic outputs are configurable as either open collector with internal pull-up or direct LED drive.
  • Open collector is 5V TTL compatible, allowing a maximum voltage of 40V and maximum current of 300mA.
  • When configured for direct LED drive each output can supply 5V at 10mA .
  • Control voltage inputs allow connection of a potentiometer for a simple user assignable level control.

GPIO behaviors are the same as seen on ports 13-16 of the Tesira EX-Logic box and the GPIO ports on other Tesira Server-class devices. 

TesiraFORTÉ X uses a female 6-pole 3.81mm-pitch block connector for the GPIO connection.

Installation

Forte X with cable mgmt.PNGMounting

TesiraFORTÉ X comes with a pre-attached wall mount and drywall anchors to allow placement behind wall mounted displays. The wall mount features an integrated cable management caddy with tie down points for neatly and securely terminating all I/O and power cabling. A separate Velcro anchor strap is included for attaching the external power supply to the wall.  

TesiraFORTÉ X is powered via an external inline supply with a threaded chassis connection to ensure the cable is not accidentally disconnected.

Overall Chassis Dimensions:

  • Height: 1.66 inches (42.3 mm) Width: 8.11 inches (206 mm) Depth: 11.85 inches (301 mm) Weight: 2.2 lbs (0.99kg) with the mounting plate attached
  • Height: 1.47 inches (37.3 mm) Width: 8.11 inches (206 mm) Depth: 8.11 inches (206 mm) Weight: 1.9 lbs (0.86kg) without the mounting plate attached

Cooling

All models of TesiraFORTÉ X are actively cooled by a variable speed fan. Air enters the right side and exits the left side of the unit when viewed from the front. When the unit is wall mounted the orientation is not enforced, but best cooling performance (convection plus fan assistance) will happen when the left side is pointing up. 

Hardware bundles

TesiraFORTÉ X is available in hardware bundles for different room sizes to make installation fast and easy.

Medium room (4.5m x 6m (27 m2 or 290 ft2), 8-11 people)

o   MRB-M-X400-C - Ceiling mic: TesiraFORTÉ X 400, (1) TCM-XA, and (1) pair of C-IC6 plus cables.

o   MRB-M-X400-T - Table mic: TesiraFORTÉ X 400, (1) AMP-450BP, (1) TTM-X, and (1) pair of C-IC6 plus cables.

Large room (4.5m x 8.5m (38.25 m2 or 412 ft2), 12-18 people)

o   MRB-L-X400-C - Ceiling mic: TesiraFORTÉ X 400, (1) TCM-XA, (1) TCM-XEX, and (2) pair of C-IC6 plus cables.

o   MRB-L-X400-T - Table mic: TesiraFORTÉ X 400, (1) AMP-450BP, (1) TTM-X, (1) TTM-XEX and (2) pair of C-IC6 plus cables.

Block family

TesiraFORTE X Block family.PNGTesiraFORTE X Block - Initalization USB only 2x2.PNGTesiraFORTE X Block - Initalization.PNGA new TesiraFORTÉ X block family is available in Tesira software version 4.0 and higher. 

TesiraFORTÉ X devices allow the selection of 4, 8, or 16 channels of AEC when the block is placed. When devices are assigned in the Equipment Table the actual hardware device needs to match or exceed the AEC channel count defined here or else you will not be able to assign your layout to a physical device. 

Audio transport between TesiraFORTÉ X and other Tesira devices in the same system is done via implicit AVB. There is no need to manually define AVB paths, the Tesira compiler will automatically determine the path and establish the required AVB streams between devices. TesiraFORTÉ X does not support explicit AVB endpoints, however, other Tesira Server-class AVB devices in the same system can support explicit AVB endpoints and audio can be routed to and from any processing device in the system in this manner.  

The USB X interface allows 1x1 or 2x2 configuration and a choice of line in and line out or speakerphone behavior with AEC in the audio DSP or AEC in the PC. The speakerphone options allow Tesira to set a flag for the connected USB host to indicate a preference for AEC on the Tesira device or AEC in the UC application. Not all UC platforms offer support for this option and will simply ignore this choice.

The USB X interface supports HID mute sync for use with UC platforms.

FORTEX~3.PNGVoIP X configuration available while online only.PNGThe VoIP X Control/Status block is not available for configuration while offline. Unlike other Tesira VoIP devices, TesiraFORTÉ X VoIP is entirely software based and is configured solely via an internally served web page. The web page can be launched by double-clicking on the Control/Status block in Tesira SW or connecting to the device directly via its IP address and choosing the VoIP pages. If users attempt to configure the VoIP block while offline a popup message will remind them of the behavior. 

Dante is supported on all manually configured TesiraFORTÉ X devices. This includes support for AES67 through the Dante interface. Dante I/O blocks can be manually added as desired, they are not placed into a layout with TesiraFORTÉ X by default. 

The Dante interface shares an IP address with the AVB interface on TesiraFORTÉ X, in most applications this is not a hindrance to implementing desired network topologies. There may be special conditions with specific user-defined network restrictions where a desired network topology is simply not possible due to IP address rules.

GPIO functions are available using the Logic Input, Logic Output, and Control Voltage blocks, as with other Tesira devices. 

3rd-party control systems

Control systems can communicate with manually-configured TesiraFORTÉ X either on P1 using the TesiraFORTÉ X's control IP address, or on P2-5 using the TesiraFORTÉ X's media_avb_2 (AVB/Dante) IP address. 

TesiraFORTÉ X will not relay a command string from the control port P1 through to P2-5; it does not function as a control tunnel. TesiraFORTÉ X's control and media IP addresses must be in unique logical subnets or the device will not function properly. 

TesiraFORTÉ X uses the same TTP commands as all other Tesira hardware so control libraries remain unchanged. TesiraFORTÉ X uses SSH by default, telnet may be enabled if desired. 

One behavior unique to TesiraFORTÉ X is the VoIP X interface which now hosts 2 call instances rather than 6 as seen in other Tesira devices. The TTP commands are unchanged, the difference is that the control system will never see a call appearance on call instances 3, 4, 5 or 6. In practice we have found 6 call instances to be unwieldy for most installations and 2 call instances mirrors the behavior of many phones, making it more intuitive for the everyday user.

 

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