Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3

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NAB 2024, Las Vegas, USA - Blackmagic Design today announced Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3, a powerful new model of its extremely popular rack mount audio monitoring solution. The new Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3 features a 10G Ethernet SMPTE-2110 IP video input so customers can connect to IP broadcast systems without an external converter. Plus, it also includes a large audio meter with accurate ballistics, 12G-SDI input, traditional balanced analog XLR, HiFi, AES/EBU audio inputs and HDMI video output. Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3 will be available in June from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$1,295.

The Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3 will be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2024 booth at #SL5005.

Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3 is a powerful audio monitor that has amazing sound quality in a tiny 1RU size! That means it can be installed anywhere! The design is dominated by a large audio meter with accurate ballistics that can be changed between various audio metering standards. There's a 12G-SDI input for monitoring audio from professional video equipment. Plus the new model includes a 10G Ethernet SMPTE-2110 IP video input so customers can connect to IP broadcast systems without an external converter. It also includes traditional balanced analog XLR, HiFi and AES/EBU audio inputs too! There's even an HDMI video output so customers can monitor using large screen TV's or computer monitors!

Designed from aluminum machined metal, Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G is extremely strong yet also lightweight. The chassis is finished in deep black and anodized so it matches other equipment. Plus the all metal design eliminates acoustic vibration even at loud volumes. The front panel has buttons to solo each left or right channel, select between 12G-SDI, 2110 IP, AES/EBU, Analog or HiFi audio and to mute the speakers. There's a convenient headphone socket right on the front panel!

Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G gives customers incredibly big sound in only 1 rack unit size! The audio monitor includes a very high powered amp so customers can get the volume they need for clear audio monitoring in noisy environments such as live events. The secret is the dual subwoofer design that has the acoustic power to create rich deep bass sounds even within the limited rack size.


The amazing audio meters on Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G have real analog style ballistics that correctly conform to audio meter standards. The secret is that each audio meter segment has an independent RGB LED which can be changed to any color required for different meter standards. Plus each segment is independently machined and isolated, so no light bleeds between segments. The meters can be changed between VU -20dBFS and -18dBFS, PPM EBU -20dBFS and -18dBFS, PPM BBC -20dBFS and -18dBFS, Loudness EBU +9 and +18 plus Loudness in K-weighting LUFS +9 and +18 scale.

The front panel of Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G includes a range of controls. Plus, customers get more than audio monitoring because the built in LCD lets customers monitor the 12G-SDI and 2110 IP video inputs. The LCD features additional status such as the input type selected, the video standard and the selected embedded audio pair from the video input.

The HDMI output lets customers use a large screen TV or a computer monitor as a broadcast monitor. The HDMI output is converted from the currently selected input, either 12G-SDI or the 2110 IP video inputs. There's even a 12G-SDI loop output, which also outputs the current selected video input. This means the SDI loop output can include video from either the SDI or 2110 IP video inputs. Plus customers can monitor all embedded audio pairs from the video inputs.

Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G de-embeds audio from all SD, HD and Ultra HD video standards. This means it's perfect for connecting to existing SDI broadcast equipment to new 2110 IP based systems. In high definition, Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G supports all 720p video standards up to 720p60, all 1080 interlaced standards up to 1080i60 and all 1080p standards up to 1080p60. In Ultra HD customers get all video standards up to 2160p60.

Now customers can build modern IP video systems because Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3 connects directly to 2110 IP video systems and it fully conforms to the SMPTE-2110 standard for IP video. This includes support for SMPTE-2110-20 uncompressed video, the Blackmagic IP compressed codec for high frame rate Ultra HD as well as SMPTE-2110-21 traffic shaping/timing, SMPTE-2110-30 audio and SMPTE-2110-40 support for ancillary data.

Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G supports the NMOS interface specifications so all 2110 IP video devices can operate together as a large virtual router. Plus Videohub Smart Control can route sources to destinations on 2110 IP networks because it can act as an NMOS controller. Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G also supports IS-04 for discovery and registration of IP video devices and IS-05 for connection management between IP video devices. This means customers can make connections between sources and destinations just like a traditional SDI router.

“The Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G has been very popular with customers since it was launched,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “The dual subwoofer design gives incredible sounds in such a small size, and the LED audio meters make it easy for visual confidence monitoring of broadcast feeds and transmissions in control rooms or in tight broadcast trucks. Now the 10G Ethernet SMPTE-2110 IP video input will let customers connect to IP broadcast systems without an external converter! ”


Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3 Features

  • Powerful audio monitor with dual subwoofer in 1RU size.
  • 10G Ethernet SMPTE-2110 IP and 12G-SDI inputs.
  • Bright RGB LED audio level meters.
  • Choose from VU, PPM or Loudness monitoring.
  • Built in LCD for monitoring video sources.
  • HDMI monitoring output.
  • Fully conforms to the SMPTE-2110 standard for IP video.
  • Balanced analog XLR, HiFi and AES/EBU audio inputs
  • Supports NMOS interface specifications.

Availability and Price

Blackmagic Audio Monitor 12G G3 will be available in June for US$1,295, excluding taxes, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.