Loudness management remained at
the forefront at this year’s NAB Show,
but audio-over-IP networking was the
hot topic on the exhibition floor. AES67
promises future interoperability between
the competing formats; meanwhile,
manufacturers continue to announce
the implementation of AVB,
Dante, Livewire, Ravenna or proprietary
transports individually or in various
CALREC AUDIO announced a partnership
agreement with ALC NetworX, the company
behind Ravenna AoIP networking, and
the development of a Dante network interface
that will provide 64 I/O to Calrec’s
Hydra2 network on a Gigabit interface.
DIGICO previewed new features including
eight Flexi channels for its broadcast-
specific SD11B console; support for
Optocore DD2, DD4, and X6 R-series interfaces;
and post-fade inserts supporting
the new Waves Dugan plug-in.
FAIRLIGHT introduced EVO.Live, a multipurpose
mixing, recording, and post production
console available in
various chassis sizes with touch
TFT monitors and self-labeling
surface controls, with video
integration, 3D surround panning,
and built-in cart machine.
HARMAN’S SOUNDCRAFT unveiled
its Vi3000 live sound console,
featuring on-board Soundcraft
SpiderCore DSP (based
on the Studer Vista 1 engine)
supporting 96 input channels,
four touchscreens, enabling dual-operator
control, plus Dante networking
as standard. The new Soundcraft
Realtime Rack is a hardware/software
package co-designed with Universal Audio
that provides access to 74 UAD plugins
from the company’s consoles.
|Wheatstone’s Phil Owens makes an adjustment to the
company’s Dimension Three console.
LAWO demonstrated updates to its compact
mc²56 mixing console, which now
includes the mc² AutoMix feature which
automatically adjusts levels of active and
inactive microphones while keeping a
constant ambient level.
SALZBRENNER STAGETEC MEDIAGROUP
debuted Polaris evolution, a scalable digital
mixing system comprising three elements—
control surface, processor, and
touchscreen—that can be interconnected
in virtually any quantities within an IP network
and used separately or collectively.
SOLID STATE LOGIC launched new Plus
versions of its C100 HD and C10 HD
broadcast consoles, adding new features
such as Blackrock Processor cards with
expanded capabilities, a new 10-inch
screen (C100 HD Plus) for video and
metering display, and integrated LMS-16
Loudness Monitoring (C100 HD Plus).
WHEATSTONE debuted Dimension Three,
a large-format TV console based on the
company’s Gibraltar audio engine that
accepts HD/SDI, AES, MADI, and analog
inputs, supports AoIP and TDM networking,
and offers I/O layering and a reconfigurable
YAMAHA COMMERCIAL AUDIO SYSTEMS
announced v1.5 software for its Nuage
advanced production system, enabling remote
control of R Series head amps from
the control surface and sharing of Yamaha
CL Series console inputs via Dante.
AUDIO RECORDING & PLAYOUT
FAIRLIGHT’s new 64-bit, FPGA-based Crystal
Core CC-2 is a digital audio engine on
a single PCIe card that delivers high track
counts with full-time DSP and support for
surround formats beyond 22.2. Fairlight
has also added mixing functionality and
metadata delivery for Dolby Atmos in its
3DAW audio tool set, which also supports
DTS Multi-Dimensional Audio (MDA) and
the NHK 22.2 format for Super Hi-Vision.
SOUND DEVICES’ new 970 model records
64 channels (mono or polyphonic) to
any of four attached drives from its 144
available inputs, which include 64 Dante
channels, 64 MADI channels (optical or
coaxial), eight channels of analog and
eight channels of AES digital.
TASCAM’S UH-7000 standalone USB mic
preamp offers 192 kHz/24-bit resolution
and a fully balanced, audiophile-quality
4x4 interface with analog and digital I/O
TSL released new PAM1 AVB and PAM2
AVB monitoring units intended for hybrid
environments: routing, console,
and com audio distributed over AVB
networks and audio associated with HD
video over SDI transports. TSL’s new Axius
range of IP switches is intended for
the networking of AVB, AES67, Ravenna,
Stagebox and SMPTE 2022-based audio
and video systems.
AUDIO DISTRIBUTION, ROUTING & CODECS
DIGIGRAM released the LX-IP Ravenna PCIe
sound card, offering AES67-interoperable
networking of up to 256 Ravenna I/O
channels from multiple streams, an embedded
128x128 switching matrix, and a
DTS announced that DivX’s upcoming
release, DivX 10, is the first software
product that enables the creation and
playback of DivX video, in HEVC up to
4K, featuring DTS-HD audio encoding/
decoding on both Windows and Mac.
HARMAN’S STUDER now uses Artel Video
Systems’ DigiLink multiplexing platform
to transport Vista X console Studer A-Link
audio data streams (1,536 channels @ 32
bits) over fiber, providing remote mic amp
control plus return audio, control and status.
Studer also announced that its A-Link
connection is now integrated as a standard
direct interface into Evertz router products.
LAWO debuted the JADE 2.0 virtual audio
router, which allows laptops to become
mobile audio workstations with all the
features needed to produce in locations
like press conferences, hotel rooms or
even sporting and special events. JADE
2.0 handles up to 12 mono or stereo
sources including processing. It’s compatible
with audio hardware supplying
ASIO, WASAPI, WDM or MME drivers and
supports ASIO direct monitoring.
LINEAR ACOUSTIC launched its SDI xNode,
which converts between two independent
embedded SD/HD-SDI and Livewire/AES67
signals with compensating video delay.
SOLID STATE LOGIC’s new Dante-enabled
Network I/O rackmount units include
MADI-Bridge, interfacing between a
Dante network and MADI; Stagebox,
housing eight mic/line input and eight
outputs; and SDI, bridging eight 3G-SDI
embedders/de-embedders to Dante or
MADI with individual channel routing.
STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES debuted the Model
412 fiber transport system, a portable or
rack-mounted solution for transporting
multiple serial digital video, MADI digital
audio, and Gig-E signals over single-mode
optical fibers, with a range of SDI/MADI
TIELINE’S new Genie distribution IP codec
send and receive three simultaneous
multicast or multi-unicast audio streams.
Tieline also announced the addition of
Fraunhofer’s AAC-LD, AAC-ELD, and AACELDv2
algorithms to its Genie, Merlin and
Bridge-IT Pro and Bridge-IT XTRA codecs.
MICROPHONES & HEADSETS
DPA MICRPPHONES introduced the d:screet
omnidirectional miniature necklace microphone,
featuring a d:screet 4061 capsule
in a soft rubber necklace designed
specifically for use by non-technicians.
DPA also launched its new heavy-duty
DPA d:screet 4060 and 4061 omni miniature
mics. The new d:fine 66 and 88 headset
microphones are intended for handsfree
vocal use in broadcast productions.
LECTRSONICS introduced its Digital Secure
Wireless system, featuring AES-256-
CTR (Advanced Encryption Standard)
technology and comprising the DR digital
wireless receiver frame, individual
DRM digital receiver modules, and DB
digital wireless beltpack transmitter. The
company’s L Series Large Bandwidth line
has been expanded with the addition of
the new LMb and LT beltpack transmitters,
and LR miniature receiver.
SENNHEISER announced its support for
Dante networking, which will initially
be integrated into the Digital 9000 wireless
microphone system, in mid-2014.
Sennheiser’s new MK 8 large-diaphragm
condenser microphone features five selectable
polar patterns, a three-position
filter, and a switchable pad. The company
also previewed Esfera, a DSP processor
that generates a 5.1 soundfield in real
time for broadcast from two cardioid microphone
capsules set at 45 degrees to
SONY introduced a multi-interface shoe
adaptor for its recently launched UWP-D
series wireless microphones. The wireless
receiver can be attached to camcorders or
interchangeable-lens cameras that have an
MI (multi-interface) shoe using the new
MI shoe adaptor (SMAD-P3), eliminating
the need for connecting cables.
INTERCOM & REMOTE CONTRIBUTION
|Christopher Currier points out features of
Sennheiser’s Esfera surround microphone
has added to its HelixNet
digital products with the HRM-4X Remote
Station, providing Main Station intercom
functionality in a more compact unit; the
HKB-2X Speaker Station, monitoring four
comms channels and communicating on
any two simultaneously; and S-Mount, enabling
the Speaker Station to be used in
portable applications. Clear-Com’s new
ProGrid is an Optocore fiber-based infrastructure
system enabling transport and
distribution of audio, intercom, video,
and control data, based on the open AES3
and MADI standards. New features for the
Eclipse HX range include Ethernet/IP intelligent
trunking with IVC-32-HX redundancy
and dual label and multi-language
support for V-Series panels.
RIEDEL launched its new CPX-AVB expansion
card for Riedel Artist 1100 series control
panels. The CPX-AVB is a dedicated
card that fits in the expansion slot of the
Artist 1100 series OLED control panels.
STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES displayed enhanced
versions of its Model 41 and Model 42A
Line-Level Audio-to-IFB Circuit Interfaces
which offer revised and updated circuitry
and components for increased long-term
reliability in tough field applications.
AUDIO SOFTWARE & PROCESSING
CEDAR AUDIO showed its new Studio 6
software, with three new processes—
Auto Dehiss, Declick, and Decrackle—
and compatibility with AAX Native and
VST hosts added to its existing Adaptive
Limiter 2, Debuzz, Declip and DNS One
LOGITEK debuted an update to its vMix+
with a customizable, easy-to-use software
application that now incorporates all of
Logitek’s virtual clients for mixing, routing
IZOTOPE now provides its Nectar Elements
dialogue enhancement plug-in as
part of Sony’s Vegas Pro 13 video production
LINEAR ACOUSTIC introduced AERO.x, a
half-rack IP-audio interface with dual independent
HD-SDI paths capable of processing
up to 16 audio channels.
COBALT DIGITAL’s Spotcheck loudness
measurement and compliance tool has
been upgraded to add proxy record
(down-res transcode) variable resolution,
H.264 video, AAC stereo audio, EBU R128
compliance and other features.
DK TECHNOLOGIES debuted its T7 Audio
and Loudness meter, designed as a cost-effective,
one-box solution for broadcast
and post production engineers.
LINEAR ACOUSTIC showcased AERO.soft,
which provides enterprise-wide audio
and loudness management on standard
third-party servers, with integrated Aero-
Max and UpMix processing and Livewire/
AES67 AoIP connectivity.
NUGEN AUDIO introduced MultiMonitor,
a new software solution for multichannel
loudness and true-peak monitoring.
Nugen also showed enhancements to
its Loudness Management Batch (LMB)
processor and Avid Pro Tools 11 support
for the Stereopack toolset for stereo
image enhancement and manipulation.
RTW unveiled its TM3-Primus audio meter,
deployable as a desktop unit or in an
advanced USB hybrid mode that enables
display of a metering point in a DAW
(via an RTW plug-in). The company also
launched its Masterclass PlugIns range
for Windows and Mac OS platforms.
TC ELECTRONIC has added the option of
16 channels of unbalanced AES connectivity
to its UpCon upconversion/downmix
processor and to its DB6 intelligent loudness
management system. The company
also announced that RTW’s LQL (Loudness
Quality Logger) is compatible with
TC’s TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors.
TSL PRODUCTS’ new PAM PiCo PC Matrix
configuration software enables online
management and configuration of its loudness
meter setups, loudness logging, audio
signal routing and user preset capabilities.