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PSN-e previews IBC 2011 – part 2

In its second round-up of likely highlights from this year’s IBC exhibition, PSN-e profiles the latest launches from Glensound, JoeCo, Optocore and Riedel (MediorNet Compact, pictured), among many others.

In its second round-up of likely highlights from this year’s IBC exhibition, PSN-e profiles the latest launches from Glensound, JoeCo, Optocore and Riedel (MediorNet Compact, pictured), among many others.

An integral part of the annual broadcast technology calendar, IBC2011 takes place from 8-13 September (conference) and 9-13 September (exhibition).

As part of the events schedule, three key DRM Consortium members will host Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) events at this year’s IBC. Transradio (14.00-16.00, 10 September), Nautel (14.00-16.00, 11 September) and Fraunhofer IIS (16.00-18.00, 12 September) will present updates on the latest market developments and demonstrate how DRM (DRM 30 and DRM+) can deliver multi-platform, rich, digital content direct to users.

DRM provides the complete AM and FM solution, being a universal, open standard. The technology is said to bring superior audio performance, with extra features such as EPG, slideshow, Journaline advanced text, emergency warning and TPEG delivering a wealth of extra data and information.

Fraunhofer IIS will showcase a new dialogue enhancement technology. The subject of a trial during the BBC’s recent coverage of the Wimbledon tennis, this latest allows TV and radio audiences to individually adjust the volume of dialogue, music or sound effects within a single broadcast programme.

The new approach works by facilitating efficient transportation of individual audio objects, such as a commentator’s voice or stadium atmosphere, in a compatible mono or stereo downmix. The audio encoder receives these objects and produces a single mix, as well as a stream of parametric side information. The transmission of the mix, plus side information, is extremely bit-rate efficient, as each audio object only slightly increases the overall bit-rate. The mix can be produced automatically or by a sound engineer. On the receiving side, the user is then able to adjust the volume of each object individually, to improve the intelligibility of the sports commentator.

From Glensound comes Talent Box, billed as an evolution of the GS-CU001B single box commentary system. Talent Box features two main commentary positions, plus a third guest position – ‘the norm’ in single unit commentary – while each commentary position has an external remote control connectable to the main unit via USB. Talent Box has identical controls to the main unit so the commentatro can move away from his or her position and still adjust incoming audio feeds and operate the three talk-back buttons.

Pro-audio technology supplier HHB Communications will highlight a new software release for the Dolby DP600 Program Optimizer. Along with full support of the EBU R 128 loudness standard, new multi-mono support now enables the 6 discreet .wav files from a ProTools 5.1 surround session to be automatically loudness corrected and transcoded at five times faster than real-time. Reflecting the importance of the loudness issue in broadcast circles, HHB will also show TC’s TM9 standalone loudness meter, which now includes Dual Radar metering and a faithful emulation of analogue PPMs. Other products under the spotlight will include Wohler’s new MADI-8 audio monitor and the SoundField ST450 battery-powered microphone system.

Visitors to the HHB stand are also invited to enter daily prize draws to win an Olympus LS-20M portable recorder with HD movie, and to collect their free copy of the HHB Catalogue 2011.

JoeCo is to show two new versions of its 1U multi-channel live audio Blackbox Recorder. The Blackbox BBR64-MADI records and replays up to 64 channels of MADI at standard sample rates directly to Broadcast WAV files on an external USB2 drive. It also accommodate Double sample rate MADI recording. The second new design, BBR-DANTE, is able to record and replay up to 32 channels of audio data from any Dante-enabled network device.

Jünger Audio will launch two new additions to its Level Magic processor range. Designed as a successor to the D06, the D*AP LM2 is a two-channel digital audio processor incorporating version II of Jünger Audio’s Level Magic algorithm, which is compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations, including ITU, EBU R128 and ATSC A/85. The other new product, the D*AP LM4, is a four-channel digital audio processor that also incorporates Level Magic II. This product is aimed at television broadcasters, video production and post-production companies that need to control audio loudness while creating and editing broadcast content. Similar in concept to the Jünger Audio B46 processor, which it will ultimately replace, the D*AP LM4 also features onboard AES/EBU digital I/O, along with optional 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O or analogue I/O.

Networking technology developer Optocore will highlight the fact that, with its new R series of interface devices, it can now offer 1024 input channels and unlimited output channels within a distributed matrix, while giving the ability to route MADI, AES/EBU, data and video over a 2Gbps fibre optical ring. Suitable for live, broadcast and fixed applications, Optocore is said to facilitate simplified set-up, operation and deployment.

The manufacturer is also launching a new module for Yamaha mini-YGDAI slots, the Y3R-TP, that is designed to interface on Optocore’s SANE network. Fully compatible with all Yamaha pro devices, it features 16 input/16 output audio channels through the mini-YGDAI slots, with word clock/to from the slot, to/from the network, and word clock transport to any device in the network. The two SANE ports enable connection of multiple Y3R cards to the stand-alone SANE network or as a Cat5-based extension to a 2Gbit Optocore ring. Also incorporated are a LAN slot and a USB/RS232/Remote port for direct transport of the Yamaha HA Remote protocol via Optocore.

Riedel is to show its MediorNet Compact 50G multimedia stagebox with integrated WDM for the first time in Europe. Described as a cost-effective entry point into the MediorNet approach to integrated media signal distribution and processing, Compact has a bandwidth of 50 Gbit/s, providing enough capacity for bi-directional transport of 12 HD-SDI signals, dozens of MADI streams or Gbit-Ethernet signals, and hundreds of audio channels or intercom ports. Riedel claims the product is ideal for streamlining the infrastructure of any mobile, studio or live event application.

Dublin-based hybrid satelite and terrestrial wireless network operator Solaris Mobile is to showcase a new offering for digital radio in Europe. A new visual and interactive digital radio solution from GMIT willbe shown on a high-resolution touch-screen radio handheld device. In addition – and for the first time at IBC – Solaris Mobile will exhibit the Quantum Q300 Group Transport S-band receiver. This device can be used within coaches, trains, ferries and airplanes to allow users of Wi-Fi-enabled devices to receive satellite services without having a dedicated individual DVB-SH receiver device.

Sound Devices will present its first line of portable audio/video recorders to the European market: PIX 220 and PIX 240. The recorders can be connected to cameras with HDMI and record directly to QuickTime using Apple’s ProRes or Avid’s DNxHD codec. This means files recorded in the field may be used directly in post-production, ensuring a quick and simple workflow. The PIX 240 adds further flexibility with its HD-SDI input and simultaneous SDI and HDMI outputs, as well as a built-in Ambient Clockit time code generator/reader with Genlock output for multi-camera and double-system sound applications.

For more IBC product announcements as they break, keep an eye on The IBC Daily website.