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IBC2014: Show preview – part 2: G–P

Last month we brought you the eager beavers of the broadcast world. This month, a round-up of as many products release announcements as we can get our virtual gloves on

GatesAir’s Intraplex LiveLook, dynamic software that improves analysis and troubleshooting for IP transport, will be launched at IBC2014.

A realtime interactive monitoring solution that works in conjunction with Intraplex IP Link codecs, LiveLook optimises performance for mission-critical audio contribution and distribution networks.

GatesAir explains that LiveLook will provide time-based graphical analysis of network statistics, including burst packets and other performance-related measurements that adversely affect IP signal transport. Built-in data mining algorithms automate packet analysis and subsequent report generation, recommending optimal techniques for error reduction. The company claims this streamlines the setup, configuration and optimisation of IP networks to reduce complexity and improve overall network performance.

The company is positioning LiveLook as a value-added complement to reliability techniques already built into IP Link codecs, including dynamic stream splicing, an application that provides hitless recovery of dropped packets via seamless convergence of main and backup streams. GatesAir said this and other integrated redundancy measures, ensure IP Link codecs match the performance reliability of traditional T1/E1 circuits, while significant lowering total cost of ownership.

Glensound will launch a range of USB interface units, comprising the Cub iPhone/Smartphone interface and two versions of the GS-GC5/USB commentary mixer with USB interface – one for PC and one for tablets.

All units offer XLR inputs, compressor/limiters, jack sockets for headphones and a digital USB interface to the PC, notepad or phone. Battery operated, they have on-air buttons, can adjust volume levels, and are in sturdy cases designed for outside broadcast use.

The Cub (pictured right) is a two-input, two-output digital mixer, with a USB audio interface for the iPhone or other smart devices. The iPhone connects to the Cub via a top panel mounted A-type USB plug. Adaptors for Apple Lightning Connector and 30-pin Apple interface leads are included. There is also a mini USB for connection to other smart phones, notepads, laptops or PCs.

The GS-GC5/USB has four inputs (mic/line/48V) and four independent headphone outputs. It is low profile with a flat top, making it a convenient base for laptop computer. All controls sit at the front of the PC, allowing users to access their mic on/off and gain controls. Each user also has their own two input headphone mixer. One input is a mix of the incoming audio, the other is the return cue audio. Large lithium-ion batteries keep the GS-GC5/USB running for over seven hours of operation.

A new A-D and D-A combination board for Hapi and Horus will be released by Merging Technologies that will instantly double the quantity of analogue I/O available on the networked audio interfaces. This brings the analogue I/O count up to 48 in/48 out on Horus, while Hapi is now capable of 16 in/16 out or 8 in/8 out with MADI.

Despite the extra component density, Merging said the performance of the new ADA8 A-D and D-A option card is virtually identical to the AD8 and DA8 components that are still in the range, and thus could be mixed and matched to form a huge range of I/O combinations.

New versions of Pyramix, Ovation and VCube are being launched following the introduction of new 64-bit versions of the software.

Major enhancements for the Pyramix virtual studio relate to virtual transport improvements, archiving metadata workflows and digital album publishing for DSD/DXD multi-channel releases.

Pluxbox will exhibit a full suite of multimedia applications for making, managing and broadcasting radio. Pluxbox’s Visual Radio range is fully integrated with websites, apps and other points of user access, which the company claims will help create multimedia radio experiences to grow and interact with audiences. These can be accessed on TV, via internet streaming, on RadioVIS, using DAB streams, on-demand and as slideshows.

Among the tools on display is Pluxbox Radio manager which enables programme makers and presenters to create visual slideshows for digital radio through DAB+ and RadioVIS. Controllable at the push of a button, these are effectively apps for weather, amber alerts, traffic information, and so on made with HTML5, CSS3 and Javascript. With the ability to contain dynamic data and be automatically generated in real time, Pluxbox said they allow the presenter to develop a rich interactive relationship with the listeners.

Prism Sound’s multi-channel audio interfaces, Titan and Atlas, are making their European debut at IBC.
Via a USB interface Titan and Atlas offer analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows at sample rates up to 192kHz. In addition, both units feature the new MDIO interface expansion slot, which can be used to expand its connectivity, for example by adding a direct connection to Pro Tools HDX systems.

Titan has four microphone inputs, while Atlas has eight and is aimed at multitrack recording applications. Each offers eight analogue output channels, up to 10 digital output channels and stereo headphone outputs, to play 20 different channels. For low-latency fold back or monitoring to headphones or main outputs, each output pair can optionally be driven from the built-in DSP mixer with an individual local mix of any selection of inputs through the supplied controller applet.

Both Atlas and Titan are designed with Prism Sound’s latest CleverClox clocking technology, designed to remove jitter from any reference sync source before it is used as a conversion timebase.

Prism Sound will showcase the latest upgrade to the SADiE 6 audio recorder and editor software.
The new version of SADiE 6 now caters for engineers who want to work with Broadcast WAV (BWF) files, which incorporate ISRC data. An ISRC in BWF feature is included in SADiE’s WAV Master option and is in the SADIE version 6.1 update as part of the Mastering Suite and Sound Suite packs.

SADiE also features enhanced video support for BlackMagic Design Decklink cards, as well as timecode support on SADiE native systems, where the ASIO audio hardware used supports timecode functionality.

(Harry Powell)