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IBC 2011: more highlights

Audio Wireless, Genelec, Lawo, Riedel and RTS all showed new product, while Fraunhofer IIS celebrated another major licensing agreement, among many other developments at this year’s IBC.

Audio Wireless, Genelec, Lawo, Riedel and RTS all showed new product, while Fraunhofer IIS celebrated another major licensing agreement, among many other developments at this year’s IBC.

UK-based manufacturer Audio Wireless announced the launch of a new range of wireless systems for ENG, location sound recording and general broadcast operations. Designed specifically to deliver operational convenience for international appllications, the range initially comprises three models: the Audio Wireless AWT-1 Transmitter, the AWDR-1 Diversity Receiver and the AWMR-1 Monitoring Receiver. All systems feature digitally switchable RF front-ends, with frequency-switching bandwidths up to 120MHz. These are programmed via each model’s backlit LCD and adjustable across the 470-790MHz. Common to all models is their battery compartment design with captive, easy-twist cover. This features a click-stop mechanism to provide positional feedback, enabling quick and simple battery changeovers.

Development of the range was headed up by Aldo Hakligil, who commented: “All the products have been designed to offer exemplary audio quality, together with the levels of operational convenience needed for global operation. Our key objective was to create a new system that could effectively address the widespread problems of over-crowded frequency spectrum and the non-harmonised frequency allocations prevalent in many territories – we are confident that our first three products will set a new trend for operational flexibility as well as audio performance.”

Fraunhofer IIS highlighted the fact that it has licensed its High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) implementation to WiMobilis Digital Technologies, a Brazilian company specialising in software and hardware development for digital TV and wireless communications systems. WiMobilis – the first Latin American company to integrate Fraunhofer’s HE-AAC encoder with metadata support – will use HE-AAC to power its WM-Encoder product for audio and video broadcast.

Genelec announced a major system sale and celebrated the arrival of a new MD. The company recently sold the first, 40-strong batch of its new 1238CF monitors to German public broadcasting station SWR. The broadcaster will use the monitors in a new facility currently under construction in Stuttgart. Meanwhile, Siamak Naghian has ascended to the role of MD, having joined Genelec in 2005 and served most recently as executive vice-president.

Ilpo Martikainen, chairman of the board, told The IBC Daily that one of the true advantages of working with Naghian is that both share the same values in life and corporate management. “He is very inspiring and has a great sense of humour. We are sure the good cooperation with our partners will continue and find even new dimensions,” said Martikainen.

“I think actually it’s quite a natural move for me as I was heading up R&D for more than five years,” said Naghian. “I know the company and how it’s run, and we have a very competent team of people that have been involved in this business for many years, so in a sense it makes things quite easy for me.”

Lawo presented a string of new products and features, including the V4.14 software release for mc2 consoles with loudness metering, and the mc266 MK II with extra faders option surface. The Germany-based manufacturer also revealed its sapphire console overbridge for the first time, along with a newly upgraded version of touchscreen software VisTool.

The emergence of AVB (Audio/Video Bridging) has been one of the defining technological developments of pro-AV during the last few years. Accordingly, Riedel Communications announced the creation of a suite of AVB products for the Artist digital matrix intercom platform.

The Riedel AVB products include the AVB-108 G2 card, a regular Artist client card to be used inside the Artist mainframe that can convert eight Artist matrix ports into AVB – and vice versa. The Connect AVB Panel Interface is a small external unit for converting an AES signal into AVB and vice versa, and is designed to connect one Artist control panel in one or two-channel mode to the intercom matrix through IP-based LAN. Finally, the Connect AVBx8 – ‘the big brother’ of the Connect AVB – converts eight AES signals to AVB and vice versa.

New from RTS was the VLink (Virtual Linked Intercom), a fully interconnected, DHCP-compliant virtual communications solution for RTS intercom systems. It enables remote users to interface with RTS matrix intercoms via the internet using a simple PC-based application, while SIP support provides enhanced connectivity. Two RTS VLink systems are available: the basic RTS VLink-LE system comprises a standalone software/server-based intercom providing limited interconnect functionality into any existing audio feed; and the premium RTS VLink system offers intelligent trunking links into an RTS intercom matrix to provide full support for RTS intercom alphas and matrix access for standard communications workflows. Also on show at IBC was RTS’ Zeus III LE+ compact digital intercom matrix that supersedes Zeus and Zeus II matrix frames.

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