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BVE 2013: Show preview

With a new location, an extensive seminar programme and a host of product announcements, BVE 2013 looks set to be a busy show.

From its new home of ExCeL in London’s Docklands, BVE 2013 (26-28 February) will host over 300 exhibitors, including major manufacturers, distributors and resellers of professional production and broadcast equipment and systems.

This year will also see even more free seminars than previous events as well as two new sections: Production Services@BVE and Connected@BVE.
Running on 26-27 February, The Future of Media Summit, also new for BVE 2013, is an invitation-only conference examining the future of the traditional broadcasting model and strategies for monetising content in the multiplatform world.
More than 16,000 industry professionals are expected to take to the showfloor to see the latest in broadcast and production technologies.

Highlights include CEDAR Audio, which will be showing the DNS 8 Live digital noise suppressor for the first time in the UK. The first DNS designed specifically for live use, the DNS 8 Live has eight simultaneous channels of dialogue noise suppression.

It hosts a new DNS algorithm boasting a simplified ‘two-knob’ approach as well as a detailed editing mode that offers more control than any previous dialogue noise suppressor. The DNS 8 Live is able to respond to a simple, web-based remote control interface for use with laptops, tablets and other devices.

DNS 8 RC software is due for release later in the year, meaning the DNS will no longer be tied to a DAW and instead will work with almost any web browser.
Another UK debut comes in the form of the RØDE iXY Stereo Microphone and App which will be on the stand of HHB Communications. Designed for iPhone, iPad and iPod, iXY features a matched pair of half-inch cardioid condenser capsules fixed in a 90º ‘near-coincident’ alignment for true stereo recording.

Other highlights will include a new Nugen Audio Loudness plug-in bundle, including the VisLM-H, LM-Correct and ISL Inter-Sample True-Peak Limiter along with loudness metering and correction products from DK Technologies, Dolby, RTW and TC Electronic.
4HM is to show its full range of MADI broadcast interfaces, breakouts routers and monitoring products at this year’s show including the recently launched MADI-MON. The MADI-MON is a MADI monitoring device that permits the interrogation of the live MADI audio stream in order to view the status of embedded channels as well as providing integral MADI-to-AES format conversion as standard. Aspen Media will be highlighting Stagetec’s Polaris mixer, a hybrid control surface with both hardware controls and touchscreens making it easy to operate. Polaris can also be used to control intercom, lights and DAWs.
Also launching on the stand is RTW’s TMR7 audio meter. Built for stereo applications, TMR7 is a stripped down, more cost-effective version of the TM9 and TM7 meters.

New from Jünger is the M*AP monitoring controller designed for live monitoring and compliance measurements of 5.1 and/or stereo programs.

Hot from the production line is DirectOut’s ANDIAMO.MC a 32-channel MADI microphone preamp plus new interface boxes including EXBOX.UMA a MADI to USB audio interface with a further four ADAT ports. Small and robust, the EXBOX.UMA is ideal for studio and mobile recording applications.

Delec is bringing its modular and scalable intercom and paging system. Now partnered with Dante Audinate, it offers signal transmission over a network via standard Ethernet.
Audio-Technica is planning an interactive wildlife-themed stand at the show – various sound sources will be located around the booth, with different shotgun microphones placed to allow visitors to pinpoint the sounds and experience the difference between a range of models. The plan is to also run a prize draw each day – visitors will need to find and identify the various animal noises emanating from the stand to be entered into the draw.

Key models from Audio-Technica’s Broadcast & Production range will be displayed, alongside the AT897 short shotgun – and the ATH-M50 professional monitoring headphones. Allen & Heath’s XB-10 broadcast desk will also be on the stand.
Bel Digital Audio will be exhibiting the full production versions of its two latest 3G SDI audio/video monitors and de-embedders, plus the recently launched 16 channel BM-A2-E16SHD audio de-embedder/monitor. The BM-AV2-E16SHD is Bel’s 2U audio/video monitor and de-embedder, and features 16 individual LED bargraph meters on the front panel alongside a 5” video screen and a full range of controls all neatly laid out in Bel’s familiar style.
Bel’s new 1U 16-channel audio/video monitor, the BM-AV1-E16SHD, also features a high-quality video display. The selected audio inputs are displayed on eight high-resolution multi-coloured LED barographs (with the ability to toggle between channels 1-8 and 9-16) providing long term reliability. JoeCo will show the latest versions of its 24- and 64-channel BlackBox Recorders. The 1U multichannel audio recorders now support the replay and capture (using JoeCo’s iXML plug-in) of polyphonic WAV files. This new feature is primarily aimed at TV and film location recordists to better serve the needs of post-production facilities, or systems where audio material is ingested in single large files. New on the Polar Audio stand will be beyerdynamic’s TG 1000, its first 24-bit digital wireless system, which covers 319MHz of the UHF bandwidth (470–789MHz). Also new are beyerdynamic’s Custom One Pro headphones. Wireless audio specialist Raycom will be showing the new MPR30 ENG/IEM receiver from Wisycom. Designed for ENG and in-ear-monitoring (IFB) applications, the MPR30 features dual whip antennae feeding two separate RF front-ends. Other benefits include an OLED display with simple four button control (UP/DOWN/SEL/EXIT), an automatic scan feature and the ability to set parameters by infrared or on a PC via USB.
TSL is introducing the first member of its Studio Audio Monitor (SAM) family, the SAM1-3GM audio monitoring unit. Designed to help streamline workflows, the SAM1-3GM allows the user to allocate individual channel formats as stereo, mono and 5.1, with the immediate ability to downmix surround sound sources for precise stereo compatibility monitoring. Channels can also be mixed with a single button to achieve individual level trims and channel balance/pan control. The resulting ‘mix’ output is then available for use as a line-level analogue or AES feed. Products on show on the Wohler stand include WohlerLoudness and AMP1-MADIe. Powered by RadiantGrid and leveraging Linear Acoustic’s AERO.file technology, WohlerLoudness provides a solution for file-based loudness correction with built-in upmix and downmix capabilities. It enables operators to identify and correct loudness issues at ingest — before they become a problem. The AMP1-MADIe is a new in-rack portable MADI unit with Ethernet control and configuration. Said to be ideal for sports productions and other live broadcasts, it can be connected in series with a 56- or 64-channel MADI stream for individual volume adjustment and audible monitoring of any eight selected MADI channels at once.