NETHERLANDS: The 2008 edition of the broadcast technology trade show is just 11 days away, writes David Davies. ADAM Audio, beyerdynamic, Euphonix, HME, Holophone, JK Audio, Lawo, Solid State Logic and Sonifex are just some of the companies to have revealed the products that they intend to showcase during the four-day event, which takes place once again at the Amsterdam RAI.
ADAM Audio will show the latest addition to the A Series - the A5 Powered Monitor. Technically, the A5 is a smaller version of the A7, and can be used either in stereo or to fill out a 5.1 surround system. The manufacturer will also present the Sub7, a new compact subwoofer developed to complement the A5.
beyerdynamic will debut a miniature true condenser microphone - the CK 930. Available in two versions (one for stand or hanging ceiling mounting, the other for round-table and boundary applications), the CK 930 combines an extremely compact true condenser microphone capsule with a remote preamp. Features are said to include a large signal-to-noise ratio and flat frequency response with a slight HF boost, ensuring a natural reproduction of "nearly every" instrument or voice. The company will also show an updated version of its Headzone PRO 5.1 monitoring headphone system - Headzone PRO XT.
Euphonix's plans for the event include the IBC debut of the Artist Series controllers, MC Mix and MC Control, which can be integrated into personal studios for high-speed creative control of audio and video applications by Euphonix-developed protocol EuCon. The manufacturer will also show the new DF70 SuperCore DSP engine for its System 5 broadcast, post, film and music consoles.
Items to be shown by HME include a new wireless headset solution, the DX300, designed for high school football coaches and audio professionals requiring two-channel pro-audio operation. The company will also draw attention to the WS200 wireless speaker station and the HS15 single muff headset.
Holophone also has a busy IBC in store, with new developments on display set to include the D-CODE portable multi-channel Pro Logic II decoder, designed for use with its own PortaMic 5.1 and H4 SuperMINI surround microphones. The desktop device is able to take the H4's or Porta-Mic 5.1's encoded audio recordings from a camera's recording medium or other two-channel sources, and decode them into six discrete audio channels. The company will also showcase the N-CODE portable multi-channel encoder (pictured). Devised to bring the "convenience and portability" of a two-channel recorder set-up to larger productions which require the more detailed 5.1 channel surround recordings of Holophone's larger microphones, the N-CODE is based on the H4's and PortaMic 5.1's encoders.
Jonathan Godfrey, CEO of Holophone, tells PSN-e: "With the D-CODE, users of the H4 SuperMINI and PortaMic 5.1 now have an end-to-end solution to bring surround sound to the current stereo infrastructure of the broadcast world. Users are able to capture a multi-channel recording when using stereo recording equipment and have the assurance that these encoded tracks can be effortlessly brought back to six channels of discrete audio as if they were initially recorded to a multi-track device."
JK Audio is to show a number of new products, including four-channel field mixer and headphone amplifier RemoteMix 4. Billed as a communications interface - "more than just a field mixer" - the device features a phone line hybrid and keypad, a PBX handset interface and a cell phone interface. These elements were designed to work together to save set-up time in the field.
Lawo will present its complete product range, including items from the mc2, zirkon and Nova ranges. Highlighted products will include the mc290 and mc266 consoles, along with the Zirkon on-air and Zirkon XL broadcast desks. The latest software release for the zirkon series, 2.8, brings a number of new features, including surround operation (5.1+2), direct-outs and possible use of a Nova73 as external, remote-controlled matrix when the 384 I/Os of the smaller Nova17 are insufficient.
Solid State Logic will also showcase an extensive selection of current products, including the Gravity content control solution for news production and media asset management, and the C100 HD-L. The latest addition to the C100 HD digital broadcast console range incorporates a new pre-configured control surface, processing and I/O package designed to offer new options for a range of broadcasting applications, including news, sport, OB and post.
PSN-e's IBC preview concludes with Sonifex, which will present a new line identification originator, the Redbox RG-TGHD multi-channel HD tone generator. The eight-channel device provides line identification for multi-channel audio systems, including BLITS 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. Among other items, the company will also show the Reference Monitor range of 1U rack-mount audio monitors at IBC for the first time.
Much more in the way of IBC product previews and announcements can be found in both the August and September print issues of Pro Sound News Europe, and on the dedicated IBC Daily homepage.