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Destination collaboration – new alliances at NAB

RTW & Lawo, SSL & Optocore and RTS & IntraCom were among the companies announcing new collaborations at NAB 2010, which also saw new launches from DTS (pictured).

RTW & Lawo, SSL & Optocore and RTS & IntraCom were among the companies announcing new collaborations at NAB 2010, which closes today (April 15). According to the NAB Show Daily citing the NAB, 88,044 registered attendees had visited this year’s instalment of the US trade show as of Tuesday afternoon, representing a 6.5% increase on 2009. RTW and Lawo jointly announced that the new RTW TouchMonitor TM7 will be available as a fully integrated hardware option for the Lawo mc² range of digital audio consoles. Lawo showcased its resdesigned mc²66 console with a special OEM version of the TM7 as part of the desk’s control surface. The TouchMonitor version specifically developed for Lawo features a customised GUI, which allows for the upright operation of the screen so that it integrates perfectly into the mc²66. In its final level of integration, the unit will also lock directly into the console’s project data management so that the TouchMonitor’s configuration and presets will be saved and loaded together with the actual console project data. Andreas Tweitmann, MD of RTW, commented: “RTW and Lawo have both been successfully providing quality audio solutions to the broadcast, recording, post-production and live sound industries for more than 30 years. We are very pleased that Lawo has chosen to include the new TouchMonitor TM7 as a hardware option for its mc² range of digital audio consoles. We look forward to developing our relationship further.” In a further development for RTW, the company announced a partnership with TC Electronic to develop new audio metering products – hardware and software – for pro broadcast, production, post-production and quality control applications. As a result, RTW will offer TC Electronics; Loudness Radar Meter LM5D as a software option for its new TouchMonitor range of touch screen-based standalone audio metering systems. In a similarly collaborative emphasis, SSL announced the integration of its digital broadcast console range with Optocore Optical Digital Network System. With the SSL MADI I/O control protocol now integrated into Optocore’s topology, SSL C10 HD and C100 HDS consoles can transmit/receive up to 128 audio I/O channels over an Optocore network, while users also have the ability to remotely control the mic preamps in the 48-input LX48P Niall Feldman, director of new products at SSL, confirmed: “This collaboration enables SSL C10 HD and C100 HDS consoles to connect directly to the Optocore Optical Digital Network System via MADI optical fibre. Optocore produces a high quality system that has enjoyed considerable success in the stadium and theater installation sectors so this integration extends the range of facilities for which the benchmark audio quality and rich feature set of SSL digital consoles will be a plug and go option.” Meanwhile, in an announcement with implications for RTS customers around the world, the intercom systems manufacturer announced a strategic business partnership with voice comms company IntraCom Systems, which is perhaps best-known for its VCOM IP software matrix inercom system. RTS has partnered with IntraCom to develop a platform that “intelligently marries” each company’s intercom systems. “This partnership will bring together the latest and most advanced professional level IP intercom product with RTS – the long-acknowledged leader in hardware communications systems,” said Dave Brand, chief development officer and co-founder of IntraCom. “We are pleased to partner with RTS to bring unprecedented value to the multiple market segments we both serve. The use of industry-standard audio, data and VoIP hardware and software protocols will allow a level of user-friendly external system interfacing that has not been previously available.” But NAB 2010 wasn’t all about new partnerships – there were plenty of standalone product developments to greet visitors as well. For example, DTS unveiled a new Pro Tools plug-in, Neural UpMix by DTS, that can output 5.1 or 7.1 multi-channel audio tracks from stereo or 5.1 source material while preserving the “spectral and timbral balance” of the original mix. The development is also said to have implications for engineers working on standard 2D and 3D Blu-ray soundtracks.In addition, the company showed a new version of its audio encoding suite, DTS-HD Master Audio Suite v2.5 (MAS 2.5, pictured), which now features Folder-Based Batch Encoding for Blu-ray, DVD and online digital delivery. DTS director of professional audio Ronny Katz commented: “With DTS-HD becoming the primary audio codec on Blu-ray Disc, DTS continues to look for ways to streamline production workflow for our customers for both 2D and 3D Blu-ray Disc, as well as online digital delivery. Our DTS-HD Encoder is already the fastest lossless audio encoder for Blu-ray disc. Our goal with version 2.5 is to deliver even higher efficiency and automation, and to address the demands of 3D production. We are proud to introduce the truly one-of-a-kind Neural UpMix plug-in that will help content creators match 3D video with an immersive 7.1 surround sound experience.”