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IBC 2012: what to expect at the RAI

More than 50,000 people from across the international media spectrum are expected to descend on the RAI between 6-11 September for this year’s IBC, with product debuts aplenty.

More than 50,000 people from across the international media spectrum are expected to descend on the RAI between 6-11 September for this year’s IBC, with product debuts aplenty. You can read our full IBC2012 preview in September’s digital edition of PSNEurope.

A collaboration to develop a software plug-in offering market-leading upmixing/downmixing between stereo and 5.1 surround has been announced by Nugen Audio and DSpecialists.
The plug-in will employ patented ISOSTEM technology, believed to be the only upmix engine that is fully compatible with stereo, delivering a surround stem that downmixes precisely the original stereo.
Nugen Audio will develop three versions of the plug-in, which will allow audio professionals to produce a mix in the studio using a stereo mixing process, with the software automating the conversion to 5.1. An upmix plug-in will provide pure upmix with flexible settings; the crossmix plug-in will deliver upmix as well as downmix; and a third version will provide the extended functionality available in the ISOSTEM expert model.

The TMU9 is a new, air-cooled medium-power transmitter for the UHF range, on show from Rohde & Schwarz throughout this year’s edition of IBC. According to R&S, it is the first air-cooled transmitter featuring Doherty technology to significantly increase energy efficiency, allowing network operators to reduce their energy costs by as much as 40%. The transmitter has an output power range from 570W-2.85kW and sports more than 50 possible transmitter configurations to provide a custom, highly efficient solution for any application.
Rohde & Schwarz’s first audio/video headend, the AVHE100, is among the other fresh items being showcased.
Debuting at IBC, the Digital 9000 from Sennheiser is billed as a digital wireless system able to transmit completely uncompressed audio, artefact-free and with superb dynamics. Targeting broadcasting professionals, (musical) theatres and high-profile live audio events, the Digital 9000 system includes the EM 9046 receiver, SKM 9000 handheld and SK 9000 bodypack transmitters, as well as a comprehensive suite of accessories.
Designed for the highest channel counts in today’s increasingly dense frequency environment, the system arrives with two transmission modes. The High Definition (HD) mode will transmit entirely uncompressed, artefact-free audio, as if a high-quality cabled microphone were used. The Long Range (LR) mode has been designed for difficult transmission environments with many sources of interference. It ensures maximum range with a proprietary Sennheiser digital audio codec.
Lawo will present a new, highlight of the mc² mixing console series. The company reports that the latest mc² console will surprise users with its intuitive operation, efficiency, flexibility and ease of use.
Lawo will also be exhibiting its expanding Ravenna product range: for the first time in Europe, Lawo will showcase the new developed boards based on Ravenna IP technology. Operating in Lawo routing systems (Nova73 HD and mc² HD core), they offer 256 bi-directional mono channels at 48kHz or 96kHz at a latency like MADI.
V5 software for the C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console is also being showcased by SSL throughout this year’s IBC. The new release is primarily focused on the implementation of Dual Operator Mode, which provides two operators with the ability to have independent physical controls and access to shared audio assets, through a single console processing engine, routing and I/O configuration.
Version 2 of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec plug-in for digital audio workstations features tools designed to allow mastering engineers to mix their music for the Mastered for iTunes program for the first time. The result, say Sonnox and Fraunhofer, is a powerful and time-saving tool to mix directly for Mastered for iTunes, including clipping detection and the possibility for real-time corrections while mixing. To facilitate this new functionality, Sonnox has added the Apple versions of the AAC and HE-AAC codecs to the plug-in so that the exact clipping behaviour of the iTunes encoding chain may be monitored.
Appearing alongside co-exhibitors Dynaudio, Mogami and TC Electronic, London-based global broadcast audio technology specialist HHB Communications and its Soho-based post operation, Scrub, will introduce IBC visitors to the latest developments from a variety of leading brands.
Product highlights are set to include a new range of Mogami Cable for Life products, TC Electronic’s LM2/LM6 Radar Loudness Meter plug-ins, and Dynaudio DB-4 and DB-8 processors, along with the new DBM-50 studio monitors. The Scoop Fone HD professional mobile phone and Scoop5 IP rackmount codec are among a host of new innovations set to be shown by Spain’s AETA.
IBC 2012 marks the introduction of the new PR4500 ENG Pocket Receiver from Harman brand AKG. The receiver builds on AKG’s WMS4500 Series by incorporating its new camera shoe, allowing it to be positioned on virtually any camera.
V4.0 of Merging Technologies’ Ovation live media server and sequencer, which enables the use of Ravenna IP technology to connect to the Horus digital audio converter, will be on show at the RAI. Visitors to the Merging stand can also discover the Horus network audio converter.
CEDAR Audio is showcasing its latest range of products for the broadcast and post markets, including the DNS3000 and DNS1500 dialogue noise suppressors. These solutions are popular choices for background noise suppression in film and TV post, as well as in live broadcast environments such as newsrooms and sports channels.
DiGiCo is exhibiting for the first time at this year’s IBC, showcasing its SD7B, SD10B and SD11B mixing consoles. The company will also be showing the newest, ‘supercharged’ version of the SD9 live mixer.
The Harvey mx.16 audio and media control matrix from Berlin-based digital audio signal processing developer DSpecialists is to be extended with the addition of network capability. The new feature – which is set to be introduced in the fourth quarter – means that several Harvey units can be connected through Ethernet, enabling the exchange of control data.