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Industry prepares for AES Europe 2010

DK-Technologies will publicise a software upgrade that enables existing customers to adapt their audio meters so that the display shows Loudness in an easy-to-read format, while still showing any of the usual DK metering scales.

DK-Technologies, Allen & Heath, eMerging and many more have announced their plans for the 128th AES Convention, taking place in London from May 22-25 (conference: 22-25, exhibition: 23-25), reports David Davies. With a host venue of Novotel London West, this year’s AES Europe is the first to be staged in the UK capital for 23 years.

Reflecting the ongoing discussion about Loudness in broadcast and post communities, DK-Technologies will highlight a new software upgrade that allows existing DK customers to adapt their audio meters so that the display shows Loudness in a clear and easy-to-read format, while still showing any of the usual DK metering scales (screenshot illustrates the new-look display). No matter what Loudness measurement standard the industry finally decides to adopt, all DK meters will be upgradable to accommodate those recommendations.

“Despite claims made by some manufacturers, DK is the only metering company on the market that has grasped this thorny issue and made sense of it,” said DK’s sales and marketing director, Richard Kelley. “Our software already incorporates the 400Hz and 1kHz reference frequencies that are likely to be adopted by the broadcast and advertising authorities, and we are making it very easy for customers to upgrade so that they don’t have to invest in costly new meters to meet future requirements.”

DK customers who already own an audio meter in the MSD100C or MSD200C series can apply for a voucher that allows them to upgrade their software for just €350 (this upgrade would normally cost €700). These vouchers will be available from the DK booths at AES London (1207) and IBC 2010. They are also available via the DK website (link below) and through various online promotions in conjunction with the media. Upgrades for the MSD600M++ and the PT0760M are also available through local DK dealers, a list of which can be found on the DK website.

Elsewhere on the showfloor, Allen & Heath will showcase a selection of products from the iLive digital series and its dedicated broadcast and recording mixers. Specific items will include the iDR-16 3U MixRack and iLive-R72 rack-mountable control surface, which together are said to provide a space-saving, lightweight digital live mixing system The XB-14 compact broadcast mixer and ZED-R16 dedicated recording mixer will be among the other products on display.

Audio Precision will exhibit its recently released ultra-high bandwidth analyser option for the APx525 family of audio analysers. The BW52 High Bandwidth option extends the APx FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) capability all the way to 1MHz, with 24-bit resolution and 2.38Hz bin width, making APx suitable for looking at out-of-band noise in Class D amplifiers, sigma-delta converters and other modern audio devices.

UK pro-audio sales, service and distribution company eMerging will feature the latest updates from Pyramix and VCube manufacturer Merging Technologies. The company’s stand will also include handheld and recording mics from Beijing’s MicW, as well as the new A21-M v3 two-way active monitor from PSI Audio. eMerging will also hold a drinks reception at 6pm on Monday 24 May.

PMC, meanwhile, is set to give a worldwide exclusive first look at its latest active monitor, the IB2S XBD-A. Aimed at high-end reference monitoring and mastering applications, each IB2S XBD-A monitor consists of two DSP-controlled, Class D-powered cabinets fitted with PMC’s ATL (Advanced Transmission Line) technology: a three-way master and a slave XBD cabinet with an extra bass driver. As in previous years, PMC is also equipping its own surround-capable seminar room at the show, where the IB2S XBD-A will take centre stage.

Reflecting on the return to London for this year’s event, AES executive director Roger Furness commented: “We’re delighted that the AES has returned to London after so many years – it’s actually 23 years since the Convention was last held here – and we can promise an excellent programme of AES events, technical presentations and guest speakers to accompany its return to the United Kingdom.”