New Products at the 2003 NAB Radio Show
Sep 1, 2003 12:00 PM, By Kari Taylor, associate editor
Products from the floor
A product preview of NAB Radio from AEQ, ATI, Audemat-Aztec, Audioarts, Broadcast Electronics, Coaxial Dynamics, Comrex, Dalet, Enco Systems, ERI, Lakesoft, LEA International, Logitek, Marti, Mediatouch, Moseley, Musicam USA, Prophet, SAS and Tower Switch.
Audemat-Aztec (booth 6)
FMB80 and FMB10: A dynamic RBDS generator with embedded Web server, this encoder communicates with automation software through its serial or Ethernet/TCP/IP ports to send song titles, artist information or advertising messages for immediate display on listener’s radios. The unit can mix as many as 10 radio text messages, so that the user can show dynamic (coming from the automation software) and static (station’s call letters, slogan, station’s format) information. The encoder also features the TA flag that can overide other listening choices, even tapes and CDs, when the station broadcasts an important traffic alert. The FMB10 includes the same RBDS generator as the FMB80, but with a more limited message set and simple control from a single terminal.
EncoSystems (booth 401)
This Web-based service allows broadcasters to enhance their listeners online experience and retain them longer, by using interactive tools. It also allows broadcasters to derive revenue from the listener base and NTR revenue from clients through Short Message Service texting on mobile phones. By implementing a range of services from requests to dedications to contests, listeners can interact with the station to the level desired by the station from perceived control of music played, to actual control of music played. Mine demographic information from listeners and put the gathered information to work generating revenue and obtaining data from the most active listeners. This service works with analog radio and HD Radio.
Musicam USA (booth530)
Audio professionals now have a new method when sending and receiving real-time audio, ancillary data and contact closures from remote locations by this portable stereo digital audio codec. The product is based on the Netstar IP and ISDN digital audio codec. It is housed in a compact, portable enclosure with protective elements for controls, cables and connectors. Four Neutrik XLR inputs feed labeled individual level and pan controls. Each input can be switched for mic, line or unbalanced operation. All inputs are equipped with switchable phantom power. A separate AES/EBU input can be enabled to bypass the mixer section. Analog and AES/EBU outputs for return audio are standard. The codec can send and simultaneously receive bidirectional audio via IP through its Ethernet port, and can connect to ISDN codecs through its ISDN terminal adapter. Both U and S/T ISDN interfaces are supported. Simultaneous operation on both IP and ISDN is possible. The unit communicates via G.711, G.722, MPEG 1 and 2 Layer II and MPEG 1 and 2 Layer III to ensure compatibility with older CCS and other codecs. In addition, the product includes MPEG 2 AAC, and MPEG 4 AAC Low Delay, for improved audio performance at lower bit rates. The device also supports bidirectional, uncompressed, linear audio over IP, for use over networks of sufficient bandwidth.
Tower construction and consulting
ERI-Electronics Research (booth 333)
ERI’s full line of single and multi-station FM antennas, self supporting, guyed towers, combiner and filtering systems, structural engineering services, tower reinforcement products, lightning protection and enhanced grounding systems and FM IBOC implementation solutions make the company a complete one source supplier for all broadcast antenna, tower, transmission line and RF system requirements.
This 1RU, dual-channel ISDN codec can connect to U.S. and Euro ISDN networks. Connectivity is available via G.711, G.722 and MPEG Layer II algorithms to offer as much as 12kHz audio bandwidth using one ISDN B channel and up to 15kHz joint stereo or 20kHz mono, using two ISDN B Channels. The codec also features the company’s LD algorithm, providing 15kHz joint stereo with low delay, using two ISDN B channels. It also has the capacity to multiplex channels one and two. Full input and output monitoring is available via LED bargraph meters on the front panel, along with a mic and headset and an external phone connector.
LAN/WAN Add-on module
Imedia Access Server
This server, a LAN/WAN add-on module for Imediatouch, allows control of audio assets across all stations. Using a drag-and-drop interface, operators can copy audio (voice tracks, songs, commercials, IDs) to and from on-air or production studio locations. The operator can create and view on-air schedules, monitor the on-air status of a remote location and view TTA information via HTML. The module provides a wide area connectivity strategy for radio groups. It features content, scheduling and operational management functions. The system can be designed and configured for various connectivity needs. It also features remote production capabilities, audio transfer verification, schedule transfer confirmation and user security.
Control surface for Audio Engine
Logitek (booth 527)
Remora Digital Console
The Remora is a small, modular control surface for the company’s Audio Engine and can incorporate one or more pieces. The main control module incorporates fader input selection, monitor and headphone controls, and stereo VU meters along with four faders. Fader modules, containing six faders each, can be linked to the control module as desired. Because it is simply a control surface, the faders do not have to be dedicated to specific inputs; users can set up fader assignments to accommodate individual needs and tastes. Applications for this product include news workstations, small edit suites, production rooms and on-air studios where space is at a premium. Because the unit is designed to sit on a desktop, it can be used in locations where traditional consoles are not a practical choice.
Dalet Digital Media (booth 534)
Daletplus Media Library
The library is a cost-effective turnkey solution for any organization that needs to manage and archive mass amounts of media assets. From the desktop, over a standard network, users can easily enter, catalog and archive media. Users can quickly locate and retrieve important media files or exchange their creative work among team members. Valuable media assets can be repurposed without loss of quality. The library also comes with easy-to-use editing tools for storyboarding and packaging media. The library provides an administration module for configuring workflows and privileges. From defining authorized users to automating ingest and archive procedures, administrators have maximum control. The open architecture enables users to integrate this media library with their existing infrastructure.
Composite STL transmitter
Marti Electronics (booth 317)
This is the company’s latest STL transmitter, replacing the STL-15C for the 950MHz band. Several changes were made to make this a price-value leader in composite STL products. The transmitter features a new synthesizer and a new RF amplifier as well as a cooling fan. It offers more power, reliability, it runs cooler and is easier to tune.
LEAInternational (booth 541)
Featuring the patented Wagon Wheel design, the suppressor combines MOV and silicon technologies for suppression across all modes and features replaceable modules. The unit is UL and CSA listed and carries a standard five year unlimited warranty.
Wireless data link
Moseley Associates (booth 12)
This wireless data link consists of the Max-Link IDU and the AB-Access wireless data radio. The IDU is a full duplex packetizer for up to eight E1/T1 highways that can operate in E1 or T1 mode, and whose individual 64kb/s channels can be ATM cell networked to a composite ATM 25 port. The Max-Link IDU connects to the all-outdoor AB-Access radio by a regular CAT-5 cable. The two units can be as much as 150′ apart. Features of this product include a license exempt wireless link, rapid ROI, split IDU/ODU architecture, switchable ATM or IP interfaces and it is fast and easy to deploy.
Prophet Systems (booth 439)
Prophet’s music scheduler works with most digital automation systems. The scheduler is easy to use, yet allows the user to create the most complex music rotations. Now this software can be downloaded from the company’s website. Features of this music scheduler include configurable output files that can be imported to most digital automation systems; easily import and export the current song library; create custom coding and base new rules on this new coding; and categorize songs and build clocks with drag and drop features.
Towerswitch (booth 428)
Designed for multiple station broadcast towers, the NB-5 provides important safety and contact information in plain speech to those requiring tower access. It’s an easy way to ensure compliance with FCC-mandated radiation exposure guidelines in a multi-transmitter environment. Messages may be highly customized to each tower location and are recorded on inexpensive camera-style memory cards.
Broadcast Electronics(booth 317)
The FMI-703 transmitter for FM analog and HD Radio offers the flexibility to convert FM stations to HD Radio now, or function as the main transmitter for the existing FM analog service until the time comes to add HD Radio. The transmitter, available from 17W digital-only to 28,000W of combined digital and analog power, is based on the company’s C-series solid state FM transmitters and S-series models, but use linearization techniques to ensure maximum efficiency and peak digital performance.
Matrix GSM module
With the GSM Module, broadcasters can transmit high-quality remote audio over a wireless network without a telephone line or a separate wireless phone. The module incorporates a GSM wireless phone and firmware into a compact housing, compatible with all portable Matrix units. The system adds an external antenna and increased power over standard hand-held phones, resulting in improved reliability and stability. Installation takes seconds, and with the optional battery kit, the unit can broadcast in the field for as long as four hours. The updated firmware provides as much as 7kHz frequency response. The module enables broadcasters to deliver broadcast-quality audio live from sports events, press conferences, parking lots or nearly anywhere, without the hassle of installing a phone line.
Digital on-air radio board
Audioarts Engineering(booth 14)
This console features a compact footprint and a built-in router that assigns any source to any input or monitor. The unit controls 16 input channels and two caller phone channels. It is equipped with digital bargraph metering and alpha source displays. This product provides analog and digital stereo PGM and AUD, mono 1 and 2 output buses, in addition to four mix-minus outputs. Assignable machine control ports are opto-isol-ated. Direct access to rear DB-25 I/O connectors facilitate easy countertop installation.
The MMA800-XLR features eight mic preamplifiers in a rugged single rack space enclosure with XLR connectors in and out. Each low noise preamplifier includes a front panel selection of level, high or low gain, phase reverse and low cut filter as well as LED readouts of signal presence and signal clipping, switchable output level meter. Other features include internal switches for input summing into multiple outputs, and active balance or transformer balanced outputs.
Audio control surface
SierraAutomated Systems (booth 435)
A stand-alone control surface, the Rubicon integrates seamlessly into the SAS 32KD Digital Audio Network for its mixing, switching, level control and effects. Completely modular, extensively customizable and fully programmable, this control surface is useful for a medium- or large-market facility.
Digital carrier power meters
Coaxial Dynamics (booth 508)
The Coaxial Dynamics Digital Wattchman rack-mounted station monitor/alarm is similar in function and appearance to the company’s 81090 series, except that it is designed for the accurate measurement of complex RF waveforms such as CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) and DAB signals. It will also function well with AM and FM signals. A digital station monitor/alarm system installation consists of a Digital Wattchman, a dual socket line section and two digital broadcast plug-in elements for monitoring forward and reflected power. The Digital Wattchman is supplied with four 25′ cable assemblies for connection to the line section and elements, and a six’ ac power cord. Installation requires inserting the line section and elements into the transmission line, connecting the terminals of the transmitter interlock systems to the proper terminals on the Digital Wattchman and providing ac power.
Control and sensing system
LakeSoft (booth 433)
This multitask control and sensing system features various input and output options that can be customized. Any combination of input and output cards can be installed in the 12 modular slots of the main chassis. As many as 64 chassis can be linked together to create a maximum capacity of 768 cards. Connections are made to each card via standard connectors. Most cards use Amphenol connectors to allow for ease of installation directly to punch blocks. The Airemote supports the English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Hungarian, Dutch and Croatian languages. It is compatible with most existing remote controls and integrates easily, allowing for expansion. In addition, RBDS encoders, automation systems, IBOC transmitters, backup playback units, audio processors and more can be interfaced via serial or TCP/IP to the unit.
Show floor hours
Wednesday, October 1 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 2 – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, October 3 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.