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A first look at IBC 2013

September is approaching, and that means Amsterdam and IBC. PSNEurope takes a sneak peek at at some of the gear you can expect to see at the forthcoming broadcasting convention and exhibition.

IBC, the International Broadcasting Convention, will once again be a major forum for product launches. Exhibitor numbers at Amsterdam’s RAI are expected to exceed 1,400 this year.

New from AEQ is Capitol, a digital audio console that now benefits from the addition of Audio-over-IP. The eight-fader control surface comes with an associated audio engine.

AEQ says that Capitol makes digital technology available to radio and TV stations where converting into digital has still not been feasible. The digital mixer has been specifically designed to meet the most rigorous demands of the radio and television broadcast industry; and its flexible design allows it to be readily adapted to any on-air application. In addition, it is said to incorporate all of the features necessary at the majority of stations: automatic monitor speaker cut-off; cough muting; fader-start; control signalling; interface signalling for automation of external equipment; external communications management, and intercom.

Clear-Com has enhanced its HelixNet Partyline Intercom System so that stage managers, camera operators, lighting engineers or any other HelixNet users can remain connected to one another even when they are in disparate locations or separated by long distances.

The new networking capabilities, which will be on show for the first time at IBC 2013, see Ethernet and fibre lines used to link multiple HelixNet systems, distributing digital partyline channels, programme audio feeds and auxiliary interfaced audio to all digital beltpack users.

“This new capability means that any of the possible dozens of HelixNet beltpack users can access any two of the available network partyline channels by simply selecting the desired channels on their beltpack,” explained Clear-Com director of product management, Simon Browne.

The Q-Mic, a professional mic preamp designed for smartphones and tablets, will be on the Digigram stand. Housed in a lightweight and ultra-rugged casing (less than 75g) with professional connectors, Digigram says Q-Mic provides the right low noise and high gain (up to +24dB) demanded by professional dynamic microphones.

In addition, it requires no battery; its extremely low power consumption (less than 500µA) comes courtesy of microphone polarisation voltage, which means long recording sessions and uninterrupted on-air interviews can easily be achieved.

DPA is showing the latest addition to its range of condensers, the d:facto II, which is said to bring true studio sound to the live stage by offering a very neutral sound.

In addition, DPA claims that d:facto II boasts superior gain before feedback as well as extreme SPL handling (up to 160dB). When used with the new DPA handle, the manufacturer believes that singers and engineers are presented with the added benefit of a “state-of-the-art adapter system” which allows for seamless integration with plenty of other professional wireless systems.

Co-exhibiting with TC Electronic, Dynaudio Professional and Mogami Cables, HHB is demonstrating a range of MADI, audio and loudness metering, measurement and correction tools as well as a selection of portable audio recorders, broadcast consoles, loudspeakers and microphones.

TC Electronic is highlighting its range of audio loudness monitoring products, including the new DB6 loudness management solution. The DB6 is a TV and Mobile TV transmission processor that handles loudness metering at the input stage, up or down conversion, loudness processing and online lip-sync delay, in addition to loudness metering at the output stage and logging of all relevant loudness statistics.

The Dynaudio Professional DBM-50 studio monitors, featuring a front baffle tilt for desktop placement, are also on show, as is a range of microphones from Røde including the new Broadcaster, iXY and smartLav iPhone microphones

Other highlights on the HHB stand include the latest Genelec loudspeakers with advanced power-saving technology and the new YellowTec Pad Dock, which adds an iPad and PC Tablet arm with QuickFix for mounting to the m!ka mounting system.

HHB’s stand will also feature the Pro Tools HDX system and new version 11 software, which is said to offer even more tools to handle the most demanding sessions.

Interchange is the latest intercom phone bridge from JK Audio, which allows remote access to partyline intercom through the company’s Innkeeper series of digital hybrids.

This professional half-rack interface provides a four-wire audio interface and remote control connection for JK Audio Innkeeper, Innkeeper 1x/1rx, or Innkeeper 2 digital hybrids for POTS lines.

Likewise, users can couple a JK Audio PBXport with an Interchange for PBX/VoIP lines; the front panel headset interface jack allows for the easy connection of a mobile phone, tablet, or computer, allowing remote access through a wireless phone or conferencing app.

Bosch-owned RTS Intercom Systems is using IBC to showcase a line of matrix add-ons that are compatible with the open standards-based media networking technology OMNEO. The RTS ADAM OMNEO interface cards can be added to a compatible RTS ADAM intercom system to allow it to be used over a standard IP-based network.

The full product range consists of the RTS OMI ADAM Matrix Card for the ADAM and ADAM-M intercom frames and the RTS OKI User Station Card for select RTS keypanel models.

The new cards promise to make it easier to deploy intercom user stations and link via trunking and interfacing to third party devices.

The new Blits (Black & Lane’s Ident Tones for Surround) instrument option for RTW’s line of TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors will be on show in Amsterdam. Designed to generate and analyse Blits test signals, it enables testing for channel allocation, level and phase of 5.1 surround signals.

RTW says it created a specific instrument not only to generate a Blits test signal, but also to use the Blits sequence for a user-friendly and comprehensive analysis and display of level, channel allocation, phase, delay and polarity of incoming digital audio signals in 5.1 mode; and the sequence can be accessed from any digital input of the TouchMonitor.

In addition, the Blits instrument features a signal generator, which is capable of generating not only the 5.1 sequence, but also a stereo ident sequence either in EBU 3304 format or as the widely known Glits tone.

More preview details will follow later this month.