ISE 2012: Audio in Amsterdam2 February 2012
It is chilly in Amsterdam at the moment, but there was plenty of activity on the floor at the Amsterdam RAI for ISE 2012. PSNE kept warm running around trying to take it all in. Here’s some of what we found… Clear-Com highlighted upgrades to their Concert software, now on version 2.6. Concert is designed specifically to allow collaborative workgroups to instantly and reliably communicate privately over LAN, WAN and Internet applications, and can easily interface with external audio systems. The major buzz on the floor however was the announcement of the Clear-Com Global Rental Group (CGRG). The new rental partner network, led by industry veteran Larry Estrin, comprises a hand-selected team of trained and experienced rental businesses worldwide. These partners will support short-term and rapid installation needs with a full range of advanced wired and wireless production intercoms and technical support. By connecting rental partners across the globe, the CGRG also gives customers local access to the most fitting communications equipment for their specific applications, whether for film and television, live performance, special events or theater. Stay tuned to PSNE for more on this new venture. d&b turned the spotlight on its new White version loudspeakers from the xS- and XA-Series. Various combinations of the xS- and XA- models were showcased during sessions yesterday, and will continue today (1 Feb, 9:30, 11:30, 14:30, 16:30) and Thursday 2 Feb (9:30, 11:30, 14:30). Marcus Bäumler, product manager for the d&b White range, commented: “After last year’s very successful debut at ISE for d&b audiotechnik, which also marked the introduction of our White range of integration products, we expect 2012 to be an even better show with more relevant contacts. ISE has established itself as the leading exhibition for installation and integration business in Europe and will help us to increase the awareness of our products and services in this area of the professional audio market.” Elsewhere, Biamp Systems gave international distributors and consultants their first chance to get an up-close look at Tesira; Biamp’s first DSP-based networked media system to use Audio Video Bridging (AVB) as the primary digital media transport. Tesira is equipped with modular scalable inputs and outputs, DSPs and networked end-points, providing system design capabilities for unlimited scenarios, including centralized, distributed and hybrid type applications. Integrators have the option of customizing Tesira with up to eight DSP cards (16 DSPs) in a single chassis with up to 420 by 420 audio channels over a scalable digital media backbone (AVB).
Home automation pioneer Crestron used this year’s ISE to launch a variety of new audio and conferencing-related products: Designed for versatility and energy efficiency, the AMP Series of commercial amplifiers provides more heardroom for powering large rooms in lecture halls, sports bars, restaurants, auditoria, retail spaces, hotel conference rooms and corporate boardrooms. Channel selectable for either 70V or 100V, any AMP can be used in both US and international environments.
Also on display was the new FreeSpeech wireless microphone system – which allows speakers and lectures to move about the classroom and be heard clearly from anywhere in the room – and the Excite speakers. Combined with Crestron’s digital audio delivery system, Sonnex, Excite speakers can reduce the physical impact of an installation and ensure efficient install times. Rounding up day one activities was a range of special limited edition 50th anniversary products, conference system antennas and new microphone models shown by Audio-Technica. Audio-Technica celebrates “50 Years Of Passionate Listening” in 2012, and to mark the occasion no less than six ‘anniversary’ microphones and two headphones were released in limited numbers with special finishes (including the Urushi model, pictured), all on display at ISE. Also on display was the complete ATCS-60 infrared conference system, featuring the new ATCS-A60TX transmitter and ATCS-A60RX receiver. Designed to increase operating range of the system and in turn improve flexibility, the new antennas are used in conjunction with the new ATCS-A60MX controller unit. The new system enables use in high-ceiling locations and, importantly, installations where antennas are positioned from the side, making the new receiver ideal for portable applications. Finally, Audio-Technica showed its new ATM510 and ATM610a dynamic handheld microphones. The hypercardioid ATM610a is tuned for clear, detailed vocal reproduction, while its tight pickup pattern and newly designed internal shock mount reduces handling noise and promotes isolation of the sound source. The ATM510 also benefits from a new shock mount design for low handling noise. The ruggedly built microphone is designed for a smooth, natural response and its cardioid pickup pattern ensures excellent off-axis rejection to minimise feedback.