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IBC2014: Show preview II – part 3: R–Z

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

RTW’s standard-format DAW plug-in is the first in a new monitoring product line, initially in VST 2.4 format for Windows and RTAS for Mac OS. Full VST, RTAS and native AAX64 support on both platforms will follow.

Each RTW Loudness Tools Masterclass PlugIn visually depicts audio with all relevant level and loudness values as specified by international standards. It conforms to the EBU R128 loudness standard, as well as SPL, ITU-R BS.1770-3/1771-1, ATSC A/85, ARIB, and custom (to set OP-59, AGCOM). The company said it provides essential loudness metering without strangling the normal audio processing capability of the workstation.

The instruments provide graphical/numerical, as well as bargraph views, and can be freely rearranged and scaled. Various function parameters, such as integration time, operational range and tolerance, along with a number of viewing options for metering data and scales, offer extra flexibility.

RTW said the plug-in was also a handy tool for quality control, offering the precision and ease of use required to ensure compliance with custom specifications. Operation of the plug-in is highly intuitive, claimed the company, stating that even users without a great deal of experience in monitoring loudness can use it effectively.

New features for MADI-Bridge, the MADI to Dante IP audio network interface, have been released. They include bi-directional 44.1kHAz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz sample rate conversion and a new split mode.

Part of SSL’s new Network I/O Range, MADI-Bridge is the industry’s first fully broadcast-ready interface between MADI and Dante, according to the company.

With 64 channels per Bridge at 48kHz, or 32 channels at 96kHz, as well as redundant MADI, IP network ports and PSU, SSL said the Bridge is built for uninterrupted, fully-redundant operation.

In addition to the built-in clock redundancy in Dante controller, the MADI-Bridge includes a pair of sync inputs for use as a self-redundant Dante Grand Master clock. The unit can synchronise to video sync, tri-level or black and burst, word clock, MADI or PTP Network sync.

MADI-Bridge also features a front panel headphone socket with rotary level control, as well as built-in headphone monitor routing. The company said the bridge could replace traditional patch bay routing and fault-finding functionality with equivalents in the IP audio domain. GPIO connections allow for transfer of tally info and switching functions across the network with the audio.

New PLUS versions of the SSL C100 and C10 broadcast consoles are being showcased for the European market, accompanied by a bundle of Production Assistant software.

The new C100 HD PLUS (pictured above right) large format console is designed to offer a complete production solution for news and sports in a single, standard, high-power configuration.

It offers redundant Blackrock Processor cards in a compact 2U rack, to process 588 audio mix paths with 256 channels of six-band EQ and 284 channels of dynamics with 512 channels of integrated MADI I/O.

With frame sizes from 16 to 48 faders, SSL said the compact, self-contained and fanless C10 HD PLUS console can be built into vans for ENG operations, specified for network-scale sports productions or positioned for all-round production demands in mid-scale broadcast facilities.

Integrated into the C10 HD PLUS, the Blackrock Processor card offers 216 audio paths with 160 channels of six-band EQ and 188 channels of dynamics with 512 channels of integrated MADI I/O. The console also features a redesigned fader panel colour scheme, while the button-driven surface is intended to make life easy for new operators.

The new Studer A-Link digital audio interface system will be on display in Amsterdam. The system is designed to connect the huge number of audio channels supported by the Infinity Core DSP of the new Vista X console. The company has also announced that Evertz now includes A-Link as a standard direct interface into its range of router products.

The A-Link interface uses standard SFP (Small Form-factor Pluggable) optical interfaces. These are widely used in the telecommunications industry and a huge range of compatible modules are available, offering multimode and single mode operations with wavelengths from 800nm to 1,600nm and distances of up to 80km without repeaters.

The new Studer Infinity Core DSP engine offers twelve of the new A-Link ports on a PCI-express card, capable of over 5,000 inputs and 5,000 outputs for the huge I/O interface counts required of the new processing engine. A newly designed, D23m high-density I/O system is used to break out these A-Link connections to standard analogue, digital and video interfaces.

New A-Link DSP cards are available for the Studer SCore Live DSP engine and can be retrofitted to existing systems.
The A-Link interface also provides direct connection to the MediorNet distributed router, allowing multiple Infinity Cores to be connected together.

The new WinPublish module is able to streamline content publishing on RDS using the UECP protocol, as well as on social networks. Available now for WinMedia Radio, advanced scenarios offer a wide array of setup options, including live text display. An integrated workflow engine automates processes in the background to assist distribution.

WinPublish also adds a new interactive dimension to radio programs by managing social media content, able to easily select users’ posts to be used on the station website.

The MAM-based WinMedia Radio covers the entire news and music production chain and offers fast content delivery to multiple devices.

The new WinSales platform from the company can also be fully integrated with WinMedia Radio, boosting business management and real-time online ad booking.

(Harry Powell)