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PSN-e live from IBC

Audio-Technica, Calrec (whose new Artemis Light console is pictured here with first customer James Cameron), Lawo, Rycote and SSL were among the news-makers at this year's edition of IBC, which concludes tomorrow (13 Sep) at the Amsterdam RAI.

Audio-Technica, Calrec (whose new Artemis Light console is pictured here with first customer James Cameron, third from left), Lawo, Rycote and SSL were among the news-makers at IBC2011, which concludes tomorrow at the Amsterdam RAI.

From Audio-Technica come the BP4001 (cardioid) and BP4002 (omnidirectional) dynamic microphones, which are designed for broadcasting interview and remote newsgathering situations. Both mics offer frequency response tailored specifically for clear, articulate reproduction of speech. Other items on display include the dual-element AT2022 condenser mic, the BP893 MicroEarset Omnidirectional Condenser headworn mic, and the AT2031 cardoid condenser side-address mic.

As previously announced in PSN-e’s IBC coverage, Calrec Audio has introduced a new console, Artemis Light. On day one, the company secured the first sale to the Cameron-Pace group (the ‘Cameron’ being film director James Cameron), who will use it in their 3D OB vehicle, FUSION 3D Mobile Unit One, which is currently being redesigned.

Calrec’s regional director of sales in the USA, Dave Letson, was among those involved in striking the deal. “The Cameron-Pace/Bexel/Calrec relationship is further enhanced by the ability to expand the Hydra2 network and rent in extra Calrec I/O as and when the project demands it,” he said. “An agreement for quick-turnaround I/O rental has been reached with Bexel as part of the Artemis Light sale.”

Germany-based manufacturer Lawo is presenting a string of new products and features, including the V4.14 SW release for mc2 consoles with loudness metering. The company is also showing the mc266 MK II with extra faders option surface, along with the sapphire console overbridge and a new version of the VisTool touchscreen software, which has been visually and technically upgraded.

In addition, Lawo is highlighting a new sapphire master card that can technically handle the expanded requirements. Based on this master card, a new Nova19 matrix and software release, 4.0, are also being presented.

UK-based microphone windshield and suspension specialist Rycote exhibited the latest additions to its range of shockmount and windshield kits for the compact handheld digital recorders now used by journalists, location sound recordists and podcasters. The Sony PCM D50, Tascam DR-100, Olympus LS10 & LS11, and the new Roland R26 are the latest recorders to have bespoke kits made for them, with specially tailored Mini Windjammers.

Launched earlier this year, Rycote’s audio recorder suspension is the first designed for use with these handy portable devices, and screws into the 1/4-inch female thread found on the back of most handheld models. It is available in two forms. The simplest, the stand-alone Portable Recorder Suspension, ships with a brass hot shoe adaptor, which allows the assembly to be mounted on top of a video or DSLR camera, and a swivel-mount connector which permits the suspension and audio recorder to be mounted on a boom pole or microphone stand, and rotated through 180 degrees once connected. Alternatively, the suspension, swivel-mount connector and hot shoe adaptor are also available in Rycote’s Portable Recorder Audio Kit, which adds a soft-grip extension handle and fluffy Mini Windjammer, providing everything needed to protect a portable digital recorder from outdoor wind noise and unwanted vibrations.

Riedel showcased its RiLink global fibre service for long distance HD video, audio and data transport to the broadcast markets. Recently deployed for RTL’s broadcast of Formula One Season 2011 and EBU coverage of the latest Eurovision Song Contest, RiLink is based on Riedel’s own global MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) network backbone and provides bi-directional links between distant locations in order to transport 3G/HD/SD-SDI broadcast signals and return video feeds, full-duplex communication, VoIP telephony and IP data. ‘Significantly shorter’ latency and transmission that is ‘completely independent’ from weather conditions are just two of the cited benefits.

SSL is showcasing the C-Play Audio Playout System for the C100 HDS and C10 HD digital broadcast consoles. Embedding a fully featured dual player spot and music playout system into its digital broadcast console range, the C-Play system joins SSL’s range of integrated Production Assistant features that include Dialogue Automix, 5.1 Upmix, DAW Control and Production Automation interfacing It is now available as part of the C100 HDS V4 and C10 HD V3 software upgrade release.

C-Play – a dual player system with one 5.1 player and one stereo player – offers the broadcaster fully featured playout functionality with the ergonomic and workflow advantages of an embedded system, with console hardware control and the facility for all playout settings to be recalled as part of a console project.

The company is also showcasing other features of the aforementioned new V3 software release for the C10 HD. Alongside C-Play, there is integration with Mosart Medialab Newscast Automation, full duplex connectivity with Riedel RockNet audio networks, and Loop Redundancy Mode for the SSL MORSE Stagebox and Alpha-Link Live-R MADI I/O. Many of the same features also apply to the new V4 software for the C100 HDS.

In other news, the company has announced the sale of four C100 HDS consoles for new HD OB vehicles in France. Three of the console systems will go to GTHP (Groupement Technique des Hipodromes Parisiens) for new HD OB vehicles, while the fourth will be installed in the new Euro Media France XL1 HD OB van.

For more IBC highlights, click here and here.