Cobalt Digital Wins NewBay Media Technical Innovation Award for Its Text-to-Speech Software, +TTS

— Cobalt Digital today announced that +TTS, its customized text-to-speech software, has been recognized with NewBay Media’s third annual Product Innovation Award.

Of the hundreds of new products in the competition, only a small number were chosen for Technical Innovation Awards. Winners were selected by a panel of professional users, and evaluation criteria included innovation, design, creativity, value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV environment.

“Our customers started implementing +TTS to meet the FCC mandate made in November,” said Bob McAlpine, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Cobalt Digital. “It’s gratifying to know that the NewBay judges recognized, as our customers have, that stations can now better serve their local audiences with this valuable tool.”

The multiaward-winning +TTS text-to-speech software option can accommodate multiple languages. An English-language speech engine is standard, with advanced engines available as expansion options. Cobalt will release a Spanish-language engine in January 2016.

+TTS software is licensable to the 9922-2FS dual frame sync card and other Cobalt openGear cards, including 9902-UDX, 9922-FS, and 9932-EMDE. The +TTS option can be downloaded to the following stand-alone BBG-1000 boxes: BBG-1002-UDX, BBG-1022-FS, BBG-1022-2FS, and BBG-1032-EMDE.

The Cobalt Digital +TTS option is a complete 21CVAA-compliant text-to-speech solution comprising an integrated, self-contained single-device system with no added dedicated units or baseband audio patches. Its sophisticated text-to-speech synthesis provides realistic male- or female-versed voice conversion within a single unit and without any baseband intermediate breakouts or patches between the audio module and the host device.

More information about Cobalt Digital and its products is available at

About the Product Innovation Award

NewBay Media’s Product Innovation Award, launched in 2013, recognizes excellence in manufacturing of products to serve the TV, pro video, and radio/online audio industries. Winners are selected by a panel of professional users and evaluation criteria include innovation of concept and design, creative use of technology, price value, and suitability for use in a broadcast TV, pro video, or broadcast/online radio environment.

About Cobalt Digital

Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion, terminal, throwdown, and multiviewer technology for the broadcast television environment. As a founding partner in the openGear® initiative, Cobalt offers a full range of openGear video and audio processing card solutions for applications such as closed-caption compliance monitoring, OB production, master control, HD news production, signal transport, audio loudness, and color correction. Cobalt’s Blue Box Group™ line of interface converter boxes streamlines and simplifies a wide range of 3G/HD/SD conversion and signal transport tasks. The company’s multi-image display processors enable multiviewer capabilities in the most demanding studio and remote broadcasting environments. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partners, Cobalt Digital products are backed with a five-year warranty. More information is available at