Now in its 50th year, the annual IBC expo is gearing up to open its doors once again to more than 1,700 exhibitors at the RAI Convention Centre in Amsterdam.
Taking place from September 14-19, the unmissable media, entertainment and technology trade show kicks off with a conference day – featuring discussion and debate from some of the industry’s key figures – before the main exhibition opens to visitors on the 15th. With so much to see and do, we’ve rounded up a list of the exhibitors from the pro sound sector that we reckon are worth paying a visit to.
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NB: The following exhibitors are listed in alphabetical order.
Audinate will demonstrate its new Dante firmware v4.0 for the popular Brooklyn II audio networking module. Dante firmware 4.0 delivers critical support for Dante Domain Manager (DDM), alongside performance improvements and bug fixes. This release allows manufacturers to immediately provide field upgrades for existing launched products to make them DDM-ready. Dante 4.0 firmware is standard for all Brooklyn II modules shipped by Audinate beginning early in Q4 2017.
Brooklyn II v4.0 is a key component in the Dante 4.0 system update, which will implement DDM support across the Dante ecosystem. Only products that are updated with the v4.0 firmware will be able to fully participate in Dante Domains.
Audinate’s DDM brings essential new functionality to Dante networks, including user authentication, role-based security and audit capabilities, while allowing nearly unlimited expansion and organization of Dante systems over any network topology. Dante Domain Manager is a virtualized application that runs on Windows and Linux desktop and server platforms, with an intuitive and highly responsive web interface.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.A15
Calrec Audio’s Artemis Ray digital audio console will make its European debut at IBC2. Artemis Ray has 456 fully featured input channels and can handle up to 72 faders. Via a brand-new fader/monitor panel, Artemis Ray sports a new surface layout that allows more faders in a reduced surface area. The panel is the same width as a standard Artemis fader panel and includes eight full-size faders to give operators even more control and a higher fader density in a smaller footprint. This configuration saves around 200 millimetres when compared with similar control surfaces, delivering more power than ever in such a small footprint.
Calrec is also exhibiting its RP1 remote production unit, a live broadcast product allowing high quality content from remote locations. Remote production offers the ability to capture a broader range of live events, such as sports, news, or regional music festivals. Broadcasters cannot always justify the time or expense of sending a dedicated outside broadcast truck – and a team of skilled onsite operators – for niche events, so RP1 ensures that the same high broadcast standards are met.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.C61
Cedar Audio is dedicated to the research, development and implementation of noise suppression systems for broadcast, post, live sound, remastering, archiving and audio forensics. At IBC, it will be highlighting its DNS 2 product. The two-channel dialogue noise suppressor can already be seen in studios worldwide, providing clean audio for broadcast. Also found on the sets of major movies and TV productions, it’s simple to operate and can be used to clean the audio ‘there and then’ – or for confidence checking that all will be well in post-production. It will also be demonstrating the DNS 8 live noise suppressor, together with the latest Cedar Studio suite of VST and AAX plug-ins that eliminate noise problems encountered in film and TV post. Also on show will be its flagship Cedar Cambridge workstation, which addresses audio restoration and speech enhancement needs.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.D98
Experts from dB Broadcast will be on hand at this year’s IBC to discuss any broadcast-related challenges that visitors might have experienced.
Several high profile projects will also be highlighted on the stand, including recent international feats in the Middle East, India, Australia and the Netherlands. The company’s experience includes IP-based systems that can deliver step change benefits for your business, and ensure investments are future-proofed for tomorrow’s needs.
Products on show will include the Hawkeye modular range of ASI monitoring and switching equipment, popular with broadcasters for more than 20 years. The self-contained Merlin monitoring receiver will also be at the stand. This receiver was designed for the demands of DVB-T2 and its reliability has been proven across the UK transmission networks and at remote transmitter sites.
Also on show will be the Cardinal Range of MDUs – of which dB Broadcast is one of the largest suppliers – with over 1,500 supplied in the last two years to Arqiva, Atos, BBC, Ericsson, Google, ICC and many others.
Where? Hall 10; stand 10.A28
Digico will be presenting its extensive series of live to air consoles suitable for all broadcast environments.
Highlighting the need for increased channel counts to handle growing multi-channel mixes and large stadium and event projects are the flagship SD7B and SD12 consoles.
The broadcast specific SD7B delivers advanced audio processing for over 250 input sources, an integrated 5.1 monitor matrix, plus multiple embedded touchscreens for control and monitoring. With additional fader units, multiple network options and 192Khz processing, the SD7B provides a future proof console for the most demanding broadcast projects.
The SD12 features 72 input channels, 36 aux/group busses, a 12×8 matrix, and LR/LCR buss, all with full processing capability. The SD12 has a compact footprint, yet still benefits from multiple touch screens and is the first SD console with a built-in recording interface.
The SD11B and S31 are small footprint consoles for OB, flypack and venue requirements. The ultra-compact SD11B broadcast console has an 80-channel capability with full processing and routing flexibility, including LCRS and 5.1 mixes plus stereo and LCR. The latest S-Series range delivers Digico performance including 48 flexi input channels, multiple touchscreens and 96Khz processing; RRP from $6,995.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.C62
On show for the first time in Europe is DPA’s new D:vice Digital Audio Interface – an audio accessory for ‘on the go’ content creators and mobile journalists.
The D:vice MMA Digital Audio Interface works with any iOS device, Mac or PC computer, making it simpler to broadcast or record audio from anywhere in the world.
[The D:vice MMA] is the first pocket-sized digital audio interface that can deliver sound that rivals studio recordings
Rene Morch, DPA Microphones product manager
Journalists already use smartphones to report the news, capturing high-quality pictures and videos on the spot. However, it could be argued that the missing component has been high-quality audio – something that is vital for news broadcasts where audio quality must match the visuals for the message to be understood.
“This is the first pocket-sized digital audio interface that can deliver sound that rivals studio recordings,” says René Mørch, product manager at DPA Microphones. “The D:vice Digital Audio Interface was designed with broadcasters and mobile journalists in mind, but can also be used by other content makers for recording music, filming on location and during both live and recorded broadcasts. With this interface, users can portably record and stream clear and professional audio from the connected microphones.”
When used with a DPA microphone, the D:vice can capture or stream audio to a studio quality.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.D70
Lawo will present its complete product range, including the MC² 96 Grand Production Console, specifically designed to provide optimal performance in IP video production environments.
Available with 24 to 200 faders, the MC²96 console features 21.5“ full HD touch-screens as well as multiple mini colour-TFTs in channel strips and touch-sensitive color-coded encoders, providing fast overview and user-friendly operation. Lawo’s new production console features LiveView real-time video thumbnails right at the fader’s mini TFTs for intuitive channel identification. Touching a fader changes the LiveView thumbnail to full-screen mode, providing a more detailed view of that channel’s video source, such as a camera or a replay machine.
Addressing live broadcast and performing arts applications, the MC²96 offers many innovative mix-assist systems enabling the sound engineer to concentrate on the overall balance and sound quality of the production.
It supports Lawo’s automated close-ball mixing solution for sports such as football, hockey and basketball.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.B50
Lectrosonics will be showcasing the Duet digital wireless monitor (IEM) system. The new system consists of the M2T half-rack transmitter and M2R diversity belt pack receiver, uses digital modulation for transmission and can accept analogue inputs or digital inputs via Dante networked audio. The 24-bit digital audio stream guarantees high-resolution sound quality with wide dynamic range, low noise floor, and rock-solid stereo image. The Duet system is designed and developed with professional touring, installation, theatre, filmmaking and broadcast customers in mind.
Lectrosonics will also be showing its full range of wireless microphone products including the award-winning SSM micro transmitter, the Venue 2 multi-channel rack receiver system, the SRc dual-channel portable receiver, the HMa plug-on and HHa handheld wideband transmitters, the WM watertight transmitter, and the award-winning SM Series line of compact transmitters. In addition, Lectrosonics will show the Aspen line of digital matrix mixers and conference units with 48 mix bus architecture.
Also in the booth will be the DNT line of Dante networked audio components, including the DNT16i input module, the DNT0212 output unit, the DNTBOB88 breakout box, and the 2×2 series of Dante end-points.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.C73
Nugen Audio will be showcasing its advanced solutions for surround upmixing and end-to-end loudness management, metering and correction. New products at IBC will be the Halo Upmix 3D Immersive Extension with Ambisonic output and native Pro Tools 7.1.2 Dolby Atmos stem compatibility.
The 3D Immersive Extension builds on the industry-leading Halo 9.1 Extension, adding further options beyond the existing Dolby Atmos bed track capability. The 3D Immersive Extension now provides Ambisonic compatible output as an alternative to channel-based output for VR, game and other immersive applications. This makes it possible to upmix, re-purpose or convert channel-based audio for an Ambisonic workflow.
At IBC, the Halo Upmix will also be on display at the Avid stand in the company’s new native 7.1.2 tracks in Pro Tools. Nugen Audio will also be demonstrating support for new formats for its Audio Management Batch (AMB) processor, its modular software designed for automated batch analysis and modification of audio and video files, for loudness, dynamics adaptation and upmixing.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.D56
Rode Microphones started 2017 by previewing a number of new products at their anniversary Rodeshow event in Las Vegas.
At IBC, it will also be showcasing some of these products at IBC– notably the VideoMic Pro+. Still with the Rycote Lyre suspension system onboard, the VideoMic Pro+ improves on the existing VideoMic Pro capsule, line tube and windshield. The upgraded version has a number of new features including an auto-off function and new power options with the included lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery or continuous power option via micro USB.
The VideoMic Pro+ is a new benchmark in on-camera microphones. We have listened to our customers and are delivering the microphone they’ve asked for
Rode CEO Damian Wilson
Rode has also added new digital switching options including a two-stage high pass filter, three-stage gain control, high frequency boost and safety channel to help ensure the signal does not clip. “The VideoMic Pro+ is a new benchmark in on-camera microphones,” comments CEO Damien Wilson. “We have listened to our customers and are delivering the microphone they’ve asked for.”
Alongside the VideoMic Pro+, Rode will also have their full range of existing broadcast microphones on display at the show.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.D96
Shure will be highlighting its new Axient Digital Wireless System, a microphone system with stability and audio clarity, while offering a solution to shrinking RF spectrum.
Axient Digital builds on the superior benefits of Shure UHF-R, ULX-D, and Axient wireless systems to create a new, highly scalable system featuring a universal receiver that works across two transmitter ranges (AD and ADX series) to effectively replace UHF-R and Axient. Designed from the ground up with customer input, the new system proudly features the world’s first micro-bodypack with an internal antenna.
Its wide tuning bandwidth makes it easier to find clean, compatible frequencies across Europe. Outdoor events with multiple broadcasters and OB trucks can coordinate primary and backup frequencies to move and avoid interference if it occurs, with no impact on the audio quality.
Axient Digital’s ShowLink feature enables broadcasters to confidently control any transmitter parameter remotely.
Other products on show will include PSM 1000 In-Ear Personal Monitoring System, ULX-D and QLX-D Digital Wireless Systems and the MOTIVTM MV88 iOS Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.B35
Yamaha Commercial Audio
Yamaha is exhibiting its flagship Rivage PM10 with both the CSR-10 and the new CSR-10-S control surfaces. The CSR-10-S offers the same outstanding operability and functionality as the CS-R10, but is approximately 30% smaller for use in environments with limited space.
The system also features the latest V1.5 firmware, which includes Dan Dugan Sound Design automated mixing, providing automatic gain adjustment of up to 64 speech microphones in real time.
As well as suppressing feedback and comb filter effects, it frees the engineer from the need to keep track of numerous faders in challenging, unscripted speech situations.
At the other end of the scale, TF-Rack is a digital mixing solution for mobile or local broadcast studios where space is at a premium. Occupying just 3U in a standard 19-inch rack, the digital mixer features 40 input mixing channels, 20 Aux buses, eight DCA groups with roll-out and comprehensive I/O connections. It can be set up and operated by wireless apps, allowing it to be used in even in the smallest space.
Uniquely for digital mixers in this price range, all TF series consoles also feature Dan Dugan Sound Design automixing, which can be applied to up to eight channels. An optional NY64-D interface card and Tio1608-D I/O can be used to integrate it into a Dante network.
Where? Hall 8; stand 8.C71
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