Calrec, Clear-Com, DPA and Studer – which will be launching a new Vista broadcast console (pictured), PSN-e can exclusively reveal – are among the featured companies in the first part ofPSN-e’s two-phase preview of the IBC exhibition, which begins at the Amsterdam RAI next week.
A total of 48,521 people visited last year’s edition of the leading global broadcast media and entertainment technology trade show. Anticipation about the 2011 event has been building for many months, with The IBC Daily – which is produced by PSNE owner Intent Media – continuing to add new product stories to its website on a daily basis as the show approaches.
PSN-e’s first sweep of IBC highlights begins with the extension of the Studer Vista 5 M2 range of digital broadcast consoles to include a low-cost 22-fader option and Compact Stagebox. Oriented towards small broadcast studios, OB trucks and performing arts venues, the new Vista 5 M2 22 model is equipped with TFT metering, capable of displaying signal levels from mono through to 5.1 channels on each input. Moreover, a configurable lower area can be used to display bus assignments, surround images or ‘History Mode’, where a scrolling audio waveform displays signal anomalies and highlights them for up to 50 seconds, allowing engineers to identify where the event occurred.
The Compact Stagebox offers a high density of I/O connections in only 4U of rack space. It is fully configurable, but is offered with a standard configuration of 32 mic/line inputs and 16 line outputs. It can also be equipped with an additional 16 mic/line input module instead of the output module to provide 48 inputs or, alternatively, up to three output modules to achieve 48 outputs.
The expansion slots for standard Studer D21m I/O cards may be used for interfaces connecting to most popular digital formats including CobraNet, Ethersound, ADAT and SDI; a MADI recording interface can also be fitted. Connection to the console is via Cat5 or optical fibre MADI, and it shares the same redundant MADI cable capability as the larger 64mic/line Stagebox.
Studer will also reveal its new flexible hybrid mixing console, the OnAir 1500, which is designed for radio broadcasting and production. The console features integrated USB playback, record functions and point-to-point connectivity. Channel parameters can be edited using console controls in combination with the OLED channel displays. Audio monitoring is augmented by two 29-segment stereo bargraph PPMs, providing a constant overview of the signals; six different meter standards are available. A Headphone Split function allows the user to listen to two different sources.
Elsewhere on the showfloor, Aeta Audio Systems’ eScoop is claimed to transform recording, editing, transmitting and publishing audio for live broadcasting by enabling users to record and transmit simultaneously through mobile wireless networks on desk-based IP networks as a client or a server. Available now as an app for the iPhone and iPad as well as Mac and PC, eScoop is said to make life easier for reporters in the field, allowing them to capture live audio and broadcast it with professional quality codecs without the need for any specialist equipment.
APT will debut the next generation of its WorldNet Oslo audio multiplexer. Compatible with all existing Oslo units, the AOIP NextGen card combines audio, IP transport and auxiliary data on a single module providing the user with high quality audio over IP performance, as well as improved scalability and flexibility. Each card can decode four separate streams from four separate sources of time domains, eliminating the issues of clock drift associated with streaming multiple channels over IP to a single decoder. It is able, therefore, to decode any channel in any audio format from anywhere. The unit can decode up to 24 streams including discrete monos with independent bitrates and algorithms, from independent locations. It also handles its own IP traffic.
Barix is to show its next generation Exstreamer IP Audio device for multipoint networks, Exstreamer 205. It has been devised to make retail and hospitality applications ‘dramatically simple’, with each room or location requiring a single Exstreamer 205, a network connection and power outlet, two common high-quality audio speakers and minimal wiring. The specification includes a built-in 2 x 25 watt, power-efficient Class D amplification and a local, line-level stereo input, enabling direct connection of an in-zone audio source to the device for local playout.
Calrec Audio is to showcase Artemis Light, the newest member of its Artemis family of Bluefin2/Hydra2 audio consoles. Featuring a new compact processing rack dedicated to delivering DSP and routing capabilities in a 4U enclosure, Artemis Light also incorporates Bluefin2 High Density Signal Processing and Hydra2 networking technologies in the same compact control surface used by Artemis Shine and Beam. The Artemis Light router has 8 x Hydra2 ports for interfacing with the extensive Hydra2 I/O range, as well as other Hydra2 routers and their I/O.
The company will also debut its dual-fader Apollo console, which offers twice the amount of faders in the same footprint with the same processing power. The design allows two layers of channels to be available simultaneously – a feature that Calrec says is so far unrivaled. The console relies on Bluefin 2 processing , which gives Apollo up to 1020 channel processing paths, 128 program busses, 96 IFB/Track outputs and 48 auxiliaries. The system also features a second dynamics section in each channel, more than 70 minutes of assignable delay, and three independent APFL systems for multiple operator use.
Clear-Com will draw attention to its Concert for Newsroom solution, which is designed for integration with newsroom applications. Working with systems such as Associated Press’ ENPS (Essential News Production System), Concert allows AP’s newsroom members using ENPS news applications to quickly, easily and cost-effectively communicate with other newsroom members who also have access to Concert for Newsroom. To start a chat with Concert, ENPS users need only scroll through their contacts and click the appropriate name or icon to initiate a call and/or chat, simultaneously. Concert for Newsroom can interface with external audio systems, including partyline systems, paging systems, programme feeds, and other matrix systems using a four-wire interface over a standard IP network.
DPA is to launch its new dFINE headset range, which is said to feature some radical updates on the design of the manufacturer’s existing 4066 and 4088 models that are widely used in international theatre, broadcast and conferences. According to DPA, dFINE was launched in response to market demand, and its name reflects the headset’s accurate audio definition and sonic characteristics. The company is also showing its Reference Standard microphones including the 4000 Series, (which is an improvement on DPA’s Standard and Compact 4006, 4011, 4015, and 4017 mics), and the new Twin Diaphragm Capsules which form the 2000 Series.
Miranda Technologies will highlight its strengthened production studio signal management and monitoring systems. The company has enhanced the integration between its NVISION 8500 Hybrid routers with audio processing and its high-quality Kaleido multi-viewers, as well as with third-party production switchers. The NVISION 8500 Hybrid 3Gbps/HD routers at the core of these studio systems provide built-in embedded audio processing to save space and costs, while also streamlining source control and cabling. This audio processing also avoids the signal timing issues associated with the use of external de-embedders/embedders in studios.
NOA Audio Solutions will showcase advances in all three of its product lines: Job Database, mediARC and IngestLine. NOA Job Database V3.0 is now available on the Windows 7 platform. It supports MSSQL 2008 and introduces new redirection parameters to enable cross-hierarchy workflows. NOA mediARC 1.6 provides a number of upgrades. The audio and media archive management system now includes fuzzy search algorithms, advanced sorting options, file attachment management over the internet, sharing of search definitions, a complete API to the metadata content, and enhanced active directory user replication for large institutions.
Broadcast technology specialist Preco will introduce its Logitek ROC audio control console. Available in six, 12, 18 and 24-fader configurations, the ROC console is housed in a desktop or tabletop enclosure for easy integration into permanent or temporary studios. It features 100mm long-throw Penny & Giles faders, OLED source indicators and meters, and a number of controls to maximise the power generated by Logitek’s JetStream audio over IP platform.
Prism Sound and SADiE are to highlight the issue of audio loudness. The former’s dScope Series III audio analyser allows the professional broadcast and post-production markets to ensure their audio meters comply with ITU-R BS. 1770. SADiE, meanwhile, will showcase its SADiE 6 software and the LRX2 location recording workstation.
Radioscape will debut DETS II, the second generation of its voice break in system (DETS). DETS has been in operation since 2004, providing a safety system to tunnel operators by solving one of the challenges of digital voice brea- in: reconfiguration. Without a switch, when receiving a break-in signal, the time it takes receivers to search for a new signal can take a number of minutes, during which they are silent. Radioscape claims that its DETS technology eliminates that waiting time, allowing the emergency message to be transmitted instantly and seamlessly, helping tunnel operators save lives in potentially dangerous situations.
Digital intercom and master reference generator specialist Trilogy Communications is launching its innovative ‘Intercom Anywhere’ concept for Gemini. The move extends its IP capability to a range of Gemini compatible panels, as well as developing fully featured intercom access from wireless devices including laptops, tablets and smartphones. Also set for launch at IBC is Watchdog, a highly configurable changeover unit that extends the capability of its Mentor XL Master Reference Generator.
Telos Systems will give a European debut to the latest member of its broadcaster-oriented Omnia processing family, Omnia.9. A 3RU unit with two independent power supplies, Omnia.9 has separate processing cores for FM and HD-1 and (optional) HD-2 and HD-3, and supports encoding to MP3, MP2, AAC, HE-AAC (including RTSP/3G for streaming to mobile phones), Ogg Vorbis and WMA Pro formats. Its “Undo” technology is a source de-clipping algorithm and program-adaptive multiband expander which corrects over-processed CDs, while the Psychoacoustic Composite Embedder allows 100% audio peaks in stereo (potentially up to 140%), within 100% total modulation.
For a further round-up of IBC launches, see next week’s PSN-e newsletter, distributed on 6 September.