NETHERLANDS: Calrec, JK Audio, SSL (pictured) and Zaxcom are among the companies to have revealed plans for this year's edition of the AV technology fest, writes David Davies. IBC2009 will take place at the Amsterdam RAI this month; the conference runs from September 10-14 and the exhibition begins and ends one day later.
While many companies have slapped embargoes on their pre-IBC releases, a number of manufacturers have gone public with their exhibition plans well in advance. They include Calrec, which is to show its latest console, Artemis. Based on the recently-introduced Apollo platform, the new desk employs the same core technologies as Bluefine2 and Hydra2, which are said to equip it with "an enormous routing and processing capacity which belies its mid-size footprint". Among other features, Artemis also features a second Compressor/Limiter in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay, and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use.
HHB will showcase products from its own brand as well as Dolby, Soundfield, Digidesign, Genelec and others. Specific products to be exhibited include the Soundfield UPM-1 19-inch rack processor, which is designed to create 5.1 surround sound from archive programme material with a stereo soundtrack; and HHB products including four models in the FlashMic Digital Recording Microphone range.
JK Audio will showcase its new BlueKeeper Wireless Audio Gateway. Combining Bluetooth Wireless Technology with pro-audio electronics in a convenient desktop hybrid design, BlueKeeper allows the user to send a mix of mic and line levels signals into their mobile phone while maintaining excellent separation between their voice and the caller. The stereo output jack on the back of the unit provides the user's voice (in full fidelity) on one channel and only the caller's voice on the other channel. The balanced XLR output jack contains only the caller's voice.
A new compact digital audio console will be among the developments highlighted by SSL. The C10 HD (pictured) is said to solve many broadcast and production challenges with innovative operational features that simplify or automate key processes, including 5.1 upmixing and dialogue automixing. Incorporating a Blackrock processor, C10 HD provides a user interface that matches features to the user's skill level.
Studer will exhibit a new modular version of its OnAir 2500 broadcast desk for installation in custom studio furniture. The new model, OnAir 2500 Modulo, features separate modules for fader bays and master section, along with a rack-mountable mainframe which houses the power supply and host processing. These modules can be recessed into a desktop for a clean installation with all cables integrated within the furniture and the mainframe hidden appropriately.
Finally, Zaxcom is to showcase its Zax-Net RF Network. Devised for the distribution of remote control signals, timecode, IFB audio and metadata for production sound, the Zax-Net 2.4 GHz RF network wirelessly links Zaxcom's Deva/Fusion, digital recording wireless, encrypted IFB receivers and compatible digital slates into a single system for audio recording and metadata distribution. Zax-Net is to be made available for all current Zaxcom hardware via the means of a free software update.
Look out for more IBC coverage on future editions of PSN-e.