Avid, Eyeheight, SSL, Wohler and many more brought new developments to the table at the 2011 NAB Show, which took place in Las Vegas recently.
In total, 92,708 registered attendees visited this year’s event – up by 5% on the 2010 show (88,044). International visitors totalled 25,691, with 151 countries represented.
“Content professionals from around the globe flock to the NAB Show every year, and this year was no exception,” said NAB executive vice-president Dennis Wharton. “We’re thrilled to host the largest media and entertainment convention annually, and delighted that the NAB Show remains the premiere event for the industry.”
Further to an earlier slew of expected NAB highlights (www.prosoundnewseurope.com/main-content/full/networking-and-ebu-r128-to-loom-large-at-nab), Audio-Technica showed a host of new-to-NAB products, including: the AT2022 X/Y Stereo Microphone; BP893 MicroEarset Omnidirectional Condenser Headworn Microphone; ES963 Three-Element Multidirectional Boundary Microphone; and the SpectraPulse Ultra Wideband (UWB) Wireless Microphone System with the new mtu301 Body-Pack Transmitter. The company also exhibited a number of studio production and shotgun microphones, wireless products and headsets.
Avid presented an array of asset management, storage, video and audio solutions designed to “help its customers make the most of their media with innovative technology enabling openness, collaboration and productivity.” Main stage presentations examined new solutions and concepts, including the recently-released Avid Media Composer 5.5 and Pro Tools 9, as well as Interplay Production, Integrated Media Enterprise and the EUCON open, high-speed Ethernet control protocol. Speaking of EUCON and developments regarding AV content creation, the company announced that Avid Artist Color can now be used to control the colour grading features of Assimilate Scratch, Image Systems Nucoda (formerly Digital Vision), and Pomfort Silverstack SET Edition via native support for Avid’s EUCON protocol.
“We’re proud to announce another milestone in our development of an open ecosystem of third party workflows based around the EUCON protocol,” said Chris Gahagan, senior vice president of products and solutions at Avid. “Creating open and interoperable audio and video solutions are key goals for Avid, and we are proud to work with industry leaders like Image Systems Assimilate, and Pomfort in the pursuit of that vision. Our expanded partnerships enable us to deliver even more flexible workflows, precise control, and the creative options that our customers depend on every day.”
Calrec Audio undertook the US debut of Hydra2 Operator (H2O), a new remotely-accessible management system designed to enhance the flexibility of the Hydra2 network router. H20 allows the user to control the Hydra2 network independently from any console control surface, enabling the setting up of routes and configuring of access rights to all desks on a given network, as well as entering network-wide I/O boxes and port labels for ease of identification.
“Our new H2O control system further integrates Hydra2 into any multi-console installation,” said Henry Goodman, head of sales and marketing at Calrec Audio. “Its user-friendly interface works independently of the console and permits different levels of user access to be granted to different personnel. This gives our customers more control and flexibility.”
Eyeheight featured major additions to its range of broadcast-quality production and post-production tools. KARMAudioAU, recently seen at BVE, is a new plug-in for Apple Mac Final Cut & Soundtrack Pro that performs offline scaling of an entire programme file to match audio loudness to a target LKFS level. It also performs an 8x oversampling true-peak analysis and corrects for true-peak overshoots. Sharing similar features, KARMAudioAS is a new plug-in for Avid Media Composer and Pro Tools. Eyeheight’s KA-2 Loudness processor with KARMAudioRT is a hardware solution based on a geNETics processor that allows real-time, unattended adaptive loudness and true-peak correction of stereo, 5.1 surround, dual stereo or dual 5.1 surround audio.
Minnetonka Audio Software announced two new products for the broadcast and post industries. Addressing recent developments regarding loudness control, the AudioTools Loudness Control Server (ALCS) is a software suite for ‘faster-than-realtime’ automated processing, measurement and control of loudness in audio and video programs. Also under the spotlight was Audio Tools AWE, billed as a compact, standalone entry-level solution for intelligent batch processing of digital audio assets.
John Schur, president of Minnetonka Audio, commented: “AudioTools Server’s broad capabilities, from loudness control to quality control, are unequalled by any other system while AudioTools AWE lets any production group, regardless of size, get into the automation game.”
SSL announced the release of X-Panda, a versatile new 24-channel compact SuperAnalogue mixer. Building on the success of the X-Desk, X-Panda is a small format analogue mixer aimed at project studio owners. The desk provides 8 mono channels (each with Main and Alt inputs, giving 16 mono inputs) and 4 stereo channels, giving a total of 24 channels at mix down. All channels feature an input Level Trim with a centre détente at Unity Gain, tri-colour signal indicator LEDs, Phase Invert, an Insert and a Direct Channel Output (which can be switched post fader). Each channel has a Stereo Cue section with dedicated Level and Pan controls. When tracking this is traditionally used to create a monitor feed to the Stereo Cue Buss Output, but on mono channels Alt buttons flip the Stereo Cue section controls to adjusting the Alt input Level & Pan for mix down. Each channel features independent FX1 and FX2 send level controls (globally switched Pre/Post fader).
X-Panda – which will be available from June – features a Stereo Mix Buss, Stereo Cue Buss and Solo Buss. When linked to an X-Desk using the ‘X-Desk Link’ connection, the X-Panda Mix Buss and Stereo Cue Buss feed into the respective Busses on the X-Desk. The Solo systems are also linked so that Soloing any channel mutes all other channels on all Linked units. Similarly when an X-Panda is Linked to an X-Desk with a Master Module fitted the Mix, Cue and Solo Busses are also Linked. It is possible to cascade up to 8 X-Desk and X-Panda units using the ‘X-Desk Link’ system.
Making its international debut was the new Wohler MADI-8 audio monitor, which enables broadcasters to implement the Multiple Audio Digital Interface (MADI or AES10) in their production workflows. The 1RU monitor features a 16-character by two-line LCD display as well as both coax and optical MADI inputs and outputs, mixed two-channel or mono analogue outputs, channel presence indicators, and eight user-nameable presets.