--With loudness control, monitoring
and logging equipment now installed
almost industrywide, the
focus for new product releases turns this
year to wired and wireless digital audio interconnectivity.
AoIP and MADI products
abound, as do cell phone network-based remote
contribution systems and wired commentator
a v3.2 software update to add
full audio mixing its ATEM 1 M/E and ATEM
Television Studio switchers. The software
lets customers mix embedded audio from
SDI and HDMI inputs, as well as external
Calrec has added Automixer, an automatic
mixing function, to its Bluefin2
signal-processing engine, the driving force
behind its Apollo and Artemis mixing consoles.
Automixer attenuates the output
levels of all channels under its control to
maintain consistent program levels in environments
with multiple open microphones
and unpredictable audio content.
Group One Ltd. will introduce
DiGiCo’s SD9B software upgrade, which
adds 5.1 capabilities to the standard SD9
“live” system, accommodating smaller
sports and events OB trucks.
New features for the Lawo mc²56 mixing
console include two-person operation
with fully decentralized control of all parameters
including bank and layer selection,
EQ, dynamics, and bus assignment.
Logitek Electronic Systems’
AE-IP card turns the AE-32 Audio
Engine platform into an AoIP node and mixer
handling up to 128 inputs x 128 outputs
in a single box. The company’s updated Mosaic
control surface offers easier access to
the new features of streaming consoles and
networked audio systems, and consumes
about 1/3 less power than the prior model.
Also new is the Logitek vMix+, which
combines multiple Logitek virtual clients
into a single platform for creating virtual
mixing consoles, with custom-configurable
Stagetec will show off the latest developments
in digital audio consoles, audio
routing systems and intercom systems.
Studer will spotlight its new Vista 1
22-fader console, Vista 5M3 with TFT metering,
and VistaMix, an auto-mix system. Studer
will also show integration efforts with
many third-party systems, including Riedel
Studer Vista 1
Wheatstone will show Dimension
Two, an expanded version of its Dimension
One audio console, which brings
multiple major market features to mid-market
budgets. The company will also show
the TS-22, a multifeatured studio talent station
that integrates microphone, monitoring,
and communication functions over the
Wheatnet-IP audio network. Wheatstone is
also adding three new signal processing
models, the FM-531HD, M-4 mic processor,
and Wheatnet-IP LIO-48 logic array blade.
AirAura X-3 is Wheatstone’s latest flagship
digital audio processor.
Audio Systems is expanding
the capabilities of its mixing products
with the new Ri8-D and Ro8-D
Dante-based input and output rack units;
Ri8-D head amps can be controlled
from compatible Yamaha consoles.
Yamaha Commercial Audio System’s Ri8-D and Ro-8-D I/O units
AUDIO RECORDING &
ENCO’s DADv13 runs on a PC embedded
directly inside an audio routing
engine without a separate workstation or
sound card and adds new features including
an improved GUI.
Pyramix v8.0 natively supports RAVENNA
Audio over IP for use with its DSP-based
system, enabling real-time audio interchange
across standard Layer 3 networks.
The Horus networked audio converter is
now available with a single-mode optical
fiber MADI connection and copper-tofiber
converters for extended RAVENNA
Sound Devices’ 664 field mixer
features six mic inputs, four output buses,
10 channels of built-in recording to CF and
SD cards, and a complete timecode system
with internal generator.
Nuage, a collaboration between Yamaha
and Steinberg, is a hardware/
software system offering up to 128
channels with Dante audio networking,
software-based Nuendo DAW, and Yamaha
control surface comprising fader and main
Census Digital will show its
C161A, which provides visual and aural monitoring
of up to 16 audio channels from an
SDI signal in 1RU, with meter and loudness
measurement displays. The NLX-3 is a miniature
SDI-to-HDMI converter with external
audio outputs for a mono, stereo, or 5.1-tostereo
Linear Acoustic will demo
its DM-2000 Bitstream Analyzer, a next-generation
portable handheld diagnostic tool
to monitor and generate Dolby Digital/
Plus/E, HE-AAC, MPEG I L II, and PCM bitstreams.
Wohler will debut the AMP1-16M dualinput
SDI audio monitor, which handles up
to 16 embedded audio channels in two 3G/
HD or SD-SDI streams in 1RU.
MONITOR SPEAKERS &
TopHAT M3 from Glensound
(U.K.) Ltd. is a portable headphone mixer
with multiple headphone outputs for
monitoring in OB environments and also
includes a switched talkback mic input.
Tascam will launch its new budget
TH-02 closed-back headphones.
ROUTING & CODECS
AEQ will debut Systel IP, a talk show and
multiconference system built around a digital
router using lines from IP telephony systems.
The company will also demo Phoenix
Venus, an N/ACIP EBU Tech3326-compliant
dual IP stereo, full duplex audio codec system
that ships with AEQ’s management
software. AEQ Phoenix Mercury is a full
duplex, stereo, IP audio codec exclusively
controlled through a PC interface, providing
remote or local management.
Audio Video Technologies
will showcase its Magic THipPro, a
POTS, ISDN or VoIP telephone hybrid talk
show system that can handle as many as 16
callers from up to 20 workplaces with resources
shared between six studios.
Broadcast Devices’ AES-400
digital audio switcher features two AES3
inputs, four AES3 outputs, and balanced +4
dBm analog output of the selected input.
Gsnake 400M from Glensound
(U.K.) Ltd. is a 16-channel, 24-bit/48 kHz
digital audio snake linking via coax (1,640
feet), Ethernet on Cat-5 (328 feet) or fiber.
Recce HD is a mobile phone remote broadcast
unit for three announcers offering 7
kHz audio links via 3G GSM on T-Mobile.
New firmware for Riedel’s RockNet
RN.334.MD MADI interface integrates SSL
mixing consoles into the network, complete
with remote control functionality. Riedel’s
new RN.344.SI card integrates Soundcraft’s
Si Compact consoles, supporting 32 inputs
and 32 outputs with remote control of any
RockNet mic preamp plus independent gain.
Studio Technologies’ Model
5152 video generator/audio embedder
module enables four stereo digital audio
signals to be embedded into the SDI signal.
Telos Systems Hx6 is a new
six`-line POTS/ISDN phone system
equipped with two Telos DSP hybrids and
a full suite of audio processing tools.
Wohler’s new AMP1-MADIe in-rack
portable MADI unit with Ethernet control
and configuration for sports and live broadcast
offers functionality equivalent to a
MADI audio hot-mic mixer.
Audio-Technica’s AT5040 handbuilt
side-address cardioid condenser mic
combines four ultra-thin rectangular diaphragms
for a surface area unachievable
in a standard round diaphragm. The new
AT2020USB+ adds a USB output for multitrack
music production, voiceover, and podcasting
and offers zero-latency monitoring.
Audio-Technica AT5040 microphone
DPA Microphones’ new d:facto
II vocal microphone handles extreme SPL
handling and offers seamless integration
with many professional wireless systems.
Sennheiser will showcase its Digital
9000 system, which includes the EM
9046 (housing up to eight receivers), SKM
9000 handheld and SK 9000 bodypack
transmitters, and offers high-definition and
long-range transmission modes.
Shure will demo its FP wireless systems,
which include a portable receiver and XLR
plug-on transmitter, and are intended for videography
and EFP environments. The ultralightweight
and durable BRH31M broadcast
headset features a single supra-aural earcup
design and a dynamic cardioid mic that pivots
270 degrees for left or right wear.
Yellowtec’s iXm is a high-quality
pro microphone with built-in recording
and auto-leveling features.
INTERCOM AND REMOTE
The DW-1000 from Azden Corp.
is a four-channel full duplex digital wireless
IFB comprising base station, four beltpack
tranceivers, and four headsets.
Clear-Com will unveil v1.1 of its
HelixNet digital network partyline intercom
system, which offers the advanced
network management capabilities of a matrix
Henry Engineering’s Sports
Pod is an announcer’s mic/headphone controller
with duplex intercom.
JK Audio is introducing RemoteMix
2, a two-channel field mixer/headphone
amplifier that includes a communications
interface for remote broadcast, IFB, or backup
JK Audio’s RemoteMix 2 two-channel field mixer/headphone amp
The new RTS ADAM Omneo interface
cards transform the company’s ADAM intercom
system into a flexible, IP-based, AVBcompatible
intercom network incorporating
The new CM-CU1 commentator unit from Sonifex Ltd. has an individual commentator
output, with an additional output
providing a mix of commentator and line
input audio. The new CM-TB8 8-channel
talkback control unit allows multiple fourwires
and IFBs within a 1RU space.
The Model 5140 intercom interface module
from Studio Technologies
is designed to allow guest users to
be linked via four-wire or partyline to ports
on a host intercom system. The Model 5190
allows remote access of up to 16 Model
5100-Series modules, enabling a wide range
of applications, and features 10/100 Ethernet
connection and integrated Web server.
The latest version of Minnetonka
Audio’s flagship AudioTools Server
(ATS) 2.5 features major enhancements
enabling the automation of sophisticated
audio tasks in file-based workflows.
upmixes stereo or encoded stereo content
to 5.1 using the DTS Neural Surround Up-
Mix process, also generating an LtRt output.
Independent Audio will
introduce CEDAR DNS 8 Live, which offers
eight simultaneous channels of dialog
noise suppression for live applications.
The Nugen Audio ISL inter-sample
true-peak limiter is designed for the
control of peak levels in audio signals from
mono to 5.1 via a true brick-wall solution.
The Wohler RadiantGrid new media
automation platform offers transcoding,
standards conversion, and audio processing
in loudness correction, quality control, and
Cobalt Digital’s new higher
performance Fusion3G cards offer Dolby
Digital Plus with simultaneous 5.1 and 2.0,
plus comprehensive audio and video processing
features. SpotCheck-2016, the new
version of Cobalt’s audio loudness measurement
and recorded data logging system,
now supports 16 video channels with
up to 32 audio channels.
DaySequerra’s iLM8 live intelligent
loudness monitor simultaneously
measures loudness for 5.1 surround and
auxiliary stereo inputs using the industrystandard
ITU-R BS.1770/1 algorithm.
Junger Audio’s new M*AP
combines quality control and loudness
monitoring functionality, plus a Dolby production
Linear Acoustic will showcase
its Aero.2000 Audio Loudness Manager
with up to 16 channels of Aeromax loundess
control, and UPMAX upmixing/downmixing.
Other loudness products include
the Aero.1000 and LQ-1 Loudness Meter.
MXFix offers a file-based 24-channel loudness
solution using simple loudness scaling
or optional Junger Level Magic processing.
Minnetonka Audio Software’s
new AudioTools Focus platform
is designed for automated, intelligent automated, intelligent audio loudness processing.
Minnetonka’s new SurCode encoder/
decoder for Dolby Pro Logic II
integrates loudness measurement technology
from the company’s benchmark
AudioTools Server line.
Minnetonka Audio Software’s SurCode encoder/decoder system for Dolby Pro Logic II
Nugen Audio will debut standalone
LM-Correct, now available as a
file-based program for the first time, and
offering automatic, faster-than-real-time
loudness analysis and correction. VisLM
v1.6 is newly available in the Avid AAX
format and a 64-bit OS X version, and
features loudness measurement, history,
and logging facilities. VisLM is now also
available on Quantel’s broadcast editors
in the latest v5.2 software.
Acoustical Solutions is introducing
a range of products, including
AcoustiArt sound absorbing wall panels,
Whisperwave acoustical clouds, Sonex
acoustical foam, AudioSeal sound barrier,
and AlphaSorb barrier wall panels.
BroaMan’s new Repeat series consists
of plug-and-play devices that convert
two to 24 of channels 3G/HD/SD-SDI (or
MADI) signals from coaxial cables to fiber
and back in 1RU.
BTX Technologies’ pro plates
and panels offer customization of wall
plates in sizes up to 10RU. The 2G+ Just Add
Power HD-SDI over IP transmitter helps
feed HDMI audio to centralized amplifiers.