New products at NAB amid 3D and loudness

3D, networking and loudness are the inevitable bullet points for next week's NAB Convention but there are many other products and technologies to grab the attention, including new consoles and a way to deal with white space devices, writes Kevin Hilton.
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3D, networking and loudness are the inevitable bullet points for next week's NAB Convention in Las Vegas but there are many other products and technologies to grab the attention, including new consoles from Wheatstone, upgrades for Lawo systems and Shure addressing the potential problem of white space devices, writes Kevin Hilton. Wheatstone has a range of new systems on offer, with the Dimension One digital console aimed squarely at live television. The desk features motorised faders, Gibraltar DSP, full networking with the Network First concept, Automatic Mic Mixing and Audio-Follow-Video (AFV) features. Also new are the IP-12 radio desk and X-12 console from Wheatstone subsidiary Audioarts Engineering. A new surface design for the mc²66 MKII production console takes centre stage on the Lawo stand. Extra Faders came out of requests from British and American sound engineers for more faders and fewer knobs. But visitors might be more taken with the company's embracing of mobile multimedia technology: its first iPhone compatible app works with the mc² series and Nova73 HD routers, controlling fader, mute, snapshots and user buttons. More expected but no less important is AMBIT, a DSP module for upmixing stereo source to 5.1. Shure has been careful not to mention white space devices in product information for the Axient wireless microphone system but the intention is clear. Inspired by "uncertainty and volatility in the RF spectrum", Axient can automatically change frequencies to avoid interference "from the analogue and digital sources that exist today and may exist in the future". In the wake of the CALM Act in the US, loudness will be of major interest to American broadcasters and DK-Technologies is showing two prototypes of its DK Meter (pictured) at NAB: the DK1, designed for stereo, and the DK2, aimed at 5.1 surround sound operations. Loudness is also part of the conference programme and features in demonstrations of integrated production flows by the AMWA-EBU FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Services) Task Force (see feature). www.nabshow.com

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