Last week's NAB Convention marked a five percent increase in visitor numbers over the 2010 event and presented a wide range of equipment for television, radio and general audio production, writes Kevin Hilton. Loudness, networking and 3D were the prominent product areas but there was plenty for other applications as well. In addition to the launches from Lawo, Shure and Wheatstone previewed in the last newsletter (www.prosoundnewseurope.com/website-content/full/new-products-at-nab-amid-3d-and-loudness;jsessionid=6BAD2D6F2644E257F422D1458E07CE53), there were significant introductions by SSL, Audio-Technica, Digigram and Avid. SSL launched a new play-out system for its C10 HD and C100 HDS broadcast desks. C-Play (user interface pictured) is embedded into the control surface of the console and gives recall of sequences, combining the Player, Cut and Playlist features. It is part of C10 HD v3 and C100 HDS v4 software upgrades that will be released in July. There was a raft of new products from Audio-Technica, including the AT2022 X/Y stereo condenser microphone for general stereo recording and field sound work; the BP893 MicroEarset omni directional condenser head worn mic, which has an ergonomically moulded earpiece and one-inch boom; and the ES963 multidirectional boundary mic with three condenser elements in one housing. New additions to the IQOYA range of audio over IP systems were displayed by Digigram. The *LINK/IC single unit rack mounted codec was originally designed for TDF Group member Media Broadcast but is now generally available for intercom, co-ordination circuit and commentary work. For radio there was the IQOYA *MOBILE, an iPhone app that turns the smartphone into an MPEG2 L2 and AAC recorder-editor and mobile IP codec. Avid showed the recently launched Pro Tools 9 and Media Composer 5.5 and debuted Interplay Central, a web-based portal for remote management of material, Interplay Central Mobile to allow journalists on location to view news stories and edit material in the field and Avid InGame for sports TV production. www.nabshow.com
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.