UK: This year's edition of Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) attracted 60 new exhibitors and a 13% increase in visitor numbers, writes David Davies. Audio exhibitors were well-represented, with BCD Audio, CEDAR Audio, Glensound, Harman International, Lawo, Soundfield and Trilogy Communications all making their BVE debuts.
In addition, 38% of visitors stated that audio and sound recording was a "key area of interest", compared to 26% in 2009. Overall visitor numbers stood at 12,614 - up 13% on last year - while VIPs rose by 35% from 1,358 to 1,827.
Following these encouraging results, stand bookings for the 2011 show are said to have surged by a third. The next event is set to include a focus on radio broadcasting.
BVE account manager Emma Crossley tells PSN-e: "We were determined that 2010 would be a big year for pro-audio at BVE and talked at length with key companies to find out exactly what they wanted from a UK show and who they wanted to see. That led us to creating The Audio Room, featuring a varied and informative seminar programme that would appeal to a new audience. We also worked closely with our exhibitors to ensure we got the message out to key industry professionals that BVE was now a 'must attend' event for the audio community. We have already been inundated with new enquiries from audio companies wanting to exhibit in 2011 and plans are underway to increase the size and content of the seminar programme."
Product highlights included multiple new items from Audio-Technica, among them the following: the BP892 MicroSet Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone, designed specifically to handle high SPLs and deliver accurate sound in a tiny package; the BPHS-1 broadcast headset for on-air news and sports broadcasting, announcements and interviews; the BP896 Subminiature Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone, billed as Audio-Technica's smallest lavalier offering to date; and a new range of broadcast and production-oriented windshields, encompassing the Soft-Zep, Whisper Series and Fur Windsock lines.
Making its UK debt, Calrec Audio's new Artemis console is based on the Apollo platform and utilises Bluefin2 processing and a dedicated integrated router that allows its I/O functions to be performed by the Hydra2 networking system. Full automatic hot-swap redundancy and a flexible control surface are among the other components of the console.
Elsewhere and in what it described as "one of the most significant product innovations in CEDAR's history", CEDAR Audio introduced the DNS One RTAS-format plug-in for post-production, film, TV and video studio applications. Coupled to a new user-interface that allows the user to control hundreds of channels of DNS from a single Pro Tools host, the Mac OSX- and Windows-compliant DNS One is billed as "the most powerful and flexible noise suppressor ever developed".
Elsewhere on the showfloor, Craig Lovell and Barry Revels unveiled a new company, 4HM Limited, which is focusing on products to meet the needs of systems integrators and broadcast facilities. The first product is the SAM64, which provides an interface between SDI bit-streams up to 3G and AES3 plus MADI digital audio.
Other new product highlights included the latest addition to monitor manufacturer Genelec's 8200 Series, the 8260A, as well as Sonifex's RB-VHDMA8 processor and SoundField's new SPS200 software-controlled microphone.
Orbital Sound used the show to confirm its appointment as UK dealer for Roland RSS, while the newly-created Audio Room seminar hosted sessions on topics including 5.1 and loudness levels.
BVE 2011 will take place from 15-17 February at Earls Court 2.