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BVE 2012 audio roundup

Over 300 exhibitors and nearly 16,000 professionals crammed into Earls Court to see the latest in broadcast technologies.

The 2012 edition of the Broadcast Video Expo (BVE) took place at Earls Court in London from 14-16 February, with nearly 16,000 professionals in attendance. Audio-wise, there was plenty to see: On the distribution side, Sennheiser UK announced that it has secured the exclusive distribution rights for Nagra professional recording products, and Reinhardt microphone windshields and mounts, effective from 1 January 2012. “Nagra and Sennheiser have always had good contact historically and our products have a real synergy,” said John Owens, Nagra’s international sales manager (pictured, right, with Sennheiser’s Alan March). Reinhardt is a family run business situated in Jutland, Denmark. The products are all manufactured by hand at the company’s premises, and suitable for all microphone applications, including live performance, location recording, studio recording and broadcast, as well as installed sound. Sony Professional launched two new professional microphones for the live production and entry-level markets – the ECM-FT5 lavalier microphone and the ECM-MS2 short stereo microphone. Sony’s ECM-MS2 XLR stereo mic is compatible with a wide range of camcorders from across the XDCAM, NXCAM and HDV ranges. It’s second offering, the ECM-FT5 lavalier, comes in two versions: a BC version for use with DWX series products, and a BMP version for use with UWP series products. Both were shown for the first time at this year’s BVE. HHB Communications hosted another microphone premiere; the RØDE stereo VideoMic Pro, designed to provide a higher quality audio signal with DSLR cameras. When activated, the camera preamp level can be reduced, resulting in a lower noise floor and much clearer recording. The stereo VideoMic Pro uses a matched pair of high sensitivity, half-inch cardioid condenser capsules in a coincident XY pair. HHB also announced introduced a new range of Mogami cables now available in a single-cable package with terminated ends. The line includes a total of 46 cables, specifically prepared for applications including reference microphones, guitars, multicore use and AES/EBU digital hook-ups. HHB was awarded the exclusive distribution rights of Mogami bulk cables in the UK and Ireland last year. Digital workflow experts Emotion Systems announced that London post production giant The Mill have ordered licenses for Emotion’s “eFF” (Emotion File Finish) software application, which automatically analyses and fixes audio loudness violations in file-based media. The eFF application reports to guarantee compliance with the all the latest loudness standards by analysing file-based media and utilising accurate modelling of analogue peak programme peters (PPMs) and loudness detection parameters. Bel Digital Audio has launched enhanced versions of several of its class leading confidence audio and audio/video monitors. The new units include 2-, 4-, 8- and 16-channel versions and all feature updated firmware and redesigned front panels emphasising Bel’s continued dedication to delivering a simple, intuitive and speedily adjustable control surface. The new MA64 MADI to multi-format AES audio converter was launched by 4HM at BVE. The MA64 provides simultaneous 32 x AES/EBU and AES3-id pair outputs, offers multiple synchronisation options and is Dolby compatible. Also new from 4HM at BVE, were two new rack-mounted breakout boxes, the BOB/O-32 and BOB/I-32. The newest member of Calrec’s Artemis family of Bluefin2/Hydra2 audio consoles, Artemis Light, introduced a new compact processing rack dedicated to delivering DSP and routing capabilities in a 4U enclosure. Like the rest of the product range, Artemis Light also supports point to multipoint routing, the Calrec H2O router control GUI, and third-party remote control protocols SW-P-08 and EMBER, allowing remote control of router and console functions. Film director James Cameron made a much-publicised purchase of the console at its launch last year. CEDAR Audio showed off its DNS One plug-in as part of the CEDAR Studio suite for Pro Tools plus the Debuzz, Declip and Adaptive Limiter processes (see PSNE’s review next month). Cel-Soft announced a major new addition to its suite of quality-control and monitoring software. Designed to run on a standard desktop PC or workstation, Reel-Check Solo-QC enables a complete set of quality-control tests to be performed on live or file-based video and audio. It is compatible with all signal standards and media file-types currently in common use, including webcast, broadcast and 444 digital-film formats up to 4K. UK-based console manufacturer DiGiCo, which recently attracted new investment of some £50 million, showed the new broadcast-specific SD7B, SD10B and SD11B from its latest SD series of consoles. The SD Series is based on the power of FPGA technology and Stealth Digital Processing, and adopts a multi-application approach. It is this that has enabled it to develop application-specific feature sets, resulting in dedicated broadcast versions of its SD7, SD10 and SD11 consoles. The DK Meter, a portable Compact Audio Loudness Meter was on show at BVE. Richard Kelley, sales and marketing director for DK-Technologies, said: “We have never seen anything like this before. The new DK Meter has received more enquiries per week than any other product we have sold in the past, proving that there is huge demand from the industry for an affordable audio metering solution that not only delivers conventional metering but also ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC-compliant loudness metering at the same time, on the same display and in a single box.” BVE marked the first UK showings of the NTP Technology Penta 725 IP audio router and the AETA 4Minx location mixer and recorder by UK distributor Aspen Media. Riedel Communications presented MediorNet Compact – described as the cost-effective entry into the Riedel MediorNet world of integrated media signal distribution and processing, and already seen at several international trade shows – to the broadcast audience. Preco chose BVE 2012 for the UK launch of the Logitek ROC audio control console (pictured). Designed for easy operation in live control rooms, post-production rooms and news booths, the ROC is a modular system with a low-profile control panel which can be placed directly onto an existing worksurface. Finally, Roland Systems Group (RSG) UK showcased its flagship standalone and portable recording products: the R-1000 dedicated 48-track audio recorder/ player which provides an efficient 48-channel solution for live recording/playback and soundcheck was on show; and the R-26 portable handheld recorder, designed to appeal to all professionals including HD-SLR users, hi-tech music users, broadcasters, videographers and wildlife enthusiasts. More pro-audio goodies to come, when PSNE heads to Frankfurt!