New Products (Dec 2003)
Dec 1, 2003 12:00 PM, By Kari Taylor, associate editor
New products from ATI, Beyerdynamic, Blue Sky International, DaletDigital Media, Dielectric, Dmarc Networks, DPA Microphones, ElectronicsResearch, Eventide, Gefen, Inter-M Americas, Kenneke Communications,Mayah Communications, Media Specialty Resources, MGE UPS Systems, NemalElectronics, Netia Digital Audio, Rolls, Scott Studios, SennheiserElectronics, Shure, Silicon Valley Power Amplifiers, Sonifex,Steinberg, Tapco and Verity Systems.
Radio station kits:
The solar-powered system allows stations to be operated where nomain power is available. Stations are available in FM, AM andshort-wave versions. A kit includes audio sources, microphones, mixer,transmitter, antenna and solar-charging setup. Solar-powered radiostations are useful for remote, rough or undeveloped locations. Thesestations can be used for remote transmitter and translator sites.
Security system protection
MGE UPS Systems
1500VA to 3000VA UPS models:
For the power needs of sensitive equipment, high-capacity networkand storage servers, the 1500VA to 3000VA UPS models address costlypower disruptions with their high power density, small footprint andexternal battery modules for extended back-up time. For protectingsecure hardware, sensitive equipment and networks as well as networkattached storage (NAS) devices, the line-interactive Evolution modelshave enough battery power to keep three NAS modules running for 30minutes, or a DLT tape autoloader with 80 gigabyte capacity running forat least four hours. For longer backup times, external battery modulescan be added to the Evolution 2200 and 3000 models.
KVM cable extenders
These cable extenders are useful for operating a computer from aremote location. It works by using an extension system that consists ofa sender unit, a receiver unit and a CAT-5 cable as long as 330′ inlength. The computer’s audio and USB signals are connected to thesender unit. As far as 330′ away, the receiver unit is connected to themonitor, keyboard, mouse and up to two USB peripherals. Sender andreceiver units are connected with a CAT-5 cable. This product supportstwo dual-monitor workstations, remotely and locally, which means thesender and receiver units support a local set-up consisting of twomonitors, as well as a remote set-up consisting of two monitors and twoUSB peripherals.
Active studio monitor
The S-5 is a compact, bi-amplified monitor that features dualhigh-precision internal amplifiers providing a total of 120W RMS (60Wfor the woofer and 60W for the tweeter). A 5.25″ woofer delivers bassoutput and detailed midrange, while a 1″ waveguide-loaded silk dometweeter provides a smooth, non-fatiguing high end. Rear panel controlsallow for acoustic tailoring with low-frequency boost and highfrequency cut and boost switches. Inputs include �” TRS/XLRbalanced and RCA unbalanced.
These manual duplicators duplicate small to medium quantities ofCDs. Available with one, three or seven drives, the one to oneduplicator is useful for high speed disc to disc copying while the oneto three Power Tower and one to seven Power Tower offer high speedduplication at 24� writer speed of up to 40 � 650MB or up to90 � 650MB CDs per hour. All towers operate as stand-alone unitsand are independent of any PC. If equipped with the optional internalhard drive, as much as 20GB of data can be stored, allowing quickretrieval and duplication of CDs.
The hand-held unit handles all major connector types including speakon, MIDI five-pin, RJ-11 (telephone type) and RJ-45 (Ethernet andCAT-5). It also sports phantom power, 1kHz test tone, polarity test,level control and a headphone jack.
This constant impedance combiner module enables a number of 12kW FMchannels to be combined into one antenna. This module is IBOC-readythrough the integration of a circulator on the IBOC input port.Standard configuration designs are for frequency separation of 1.6MHzor greater. The combiner provides isolation between transmitters, whilealso providing a constant impedance narrow band input for eachindividual transmitter. The HD Radio version of this unit allows foranalog and HD Radio inputs at each module with a high level ofisolation between these common frequency inputs.
Portable audio codec
This portable codec and mixer is based on the Centauri productfamily. While typical portable devices have restrictions on the numberof audio inputs and outputs and compatibility, this codec offers fourswitchable mic/line inputs and four headphone outputs; switchablephantom power 48V with LED indication; one or optionally four ISDN BRI;10/100 Mb/s Ethernet for audio-via-IP and wireless-LAN; extended mixingcapabilities including monitor and control; and flashcast compatibilityto most of all available audio codecs. The unit also offers low delayalgorithms with Apt-X, ADPCM4SB and AAC low delay, as well aselectronically controlled potentiometers for full audio mixing remotecontrol.
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The plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools TDM for Mac v5.1.3 or greater,is a multi-effects plug-in that incorporates a pair of delays, pre- andpost-stereo three-band parametric EQ, a high-quality compressor and aLo-Fi effect. The sound quality is compelling, using reverb algorithmsfrom the company’s flagship Orville, including halls, chambers, platesand rooms. Each reverb type offers three-band stereo parametricequalization before and after the reverb, reverb contour for built-intone shaping, a pair of delay lines with filters and acompressor.
A clip-on instrument, this miniature mic can be securely mounted toalmost any instrument as a self-contained system. The mic uses aclip-on clamp that still allows for the quick change betweeninstruments. Handling high SPL levels and gain-before-feedbackperformance, the miniature cardioid condenser unit is low-profile indesign, thereby minimizing its stage presence. The mic also offers aflexible gooseneck, a locking windscreen for outdoor use and anintegrated isolation shock mount that reduces the transmission ofinstrument key noise and other mechanical noise.
The RB-DAC digital-to-analog converter is a 1RU piece of equipmentthat produces a stereo balanced XLR or unbalanced phono output from anincoming AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital input signal. There is also aheadphone output with volume control for monitoring purposes. Theanalog outputs have an output level control, allowing full-scalesettings selectable from 12dBu, 18dBu or 24dBu. There is a button toselect the AES/EBU or S/PDIF input for the D/A converter, which islocated on the rear panel. De-emphasis on the output can be enabled viadipswitch. When operating, the front panel power LED flashes wheneverthe unit is not synchronized to the incoming digital signal.
IBOC FM antenna
Dual-feed IBOC antenna:
This dual-input, side-mounted FM antenna is designed for FM IBOCapplications and transmits the analog and digital FM signals withoutrequiring a high-loss hybrid combiner or the use of a circulator toattain the required isolation between the digital and analogtransmitters. The antenna is a dual-input antenna that excites allradiating elements with analog and digital signals. The antennaeliminates the combining loss that is present in the 10dB hybridcombining method. It is able to achieve 1.05:1 VSWR for analog anddigital inputs. The antenna can also achieve in excess of 30dBisolation between analog and digital inputs without using an isolatorand circulator.
This patent-pending system provides packet-based, centralized radiodata service and content management. This system enables FMbroadcasters to dynamically schedule, target, deliver and report on RDStext broadcasts across one or multiple stations, all throughuser-friendly desktop software: the Webmanager 1.0.
4015 and 4016 Wide Cardioid:
The 4015 P48 phantom-power and the 4016 130V wide cardioidmicrophones are transformerless, giving shorter sound paths and cleanerbass response, and are capable of handling high sound levels. Both micscan handle 158dB peak before clipping. An additional 10dB of headroomcan be obtained by choosing the 4016 paired with the HMA4000two-channel, high-voltage microphone amplifier. The 4015 features alinear frequency response from 40Hz to 20kHz and is designed with asoft high frequency boost to offer better sound in close mikingapplications and a linear response in the diffuse field.
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FM class C amplifiers
Silicon Valley Power Amplifiers
PAB FM series:
These broadband FM commercial radio amplifiers offer value andperformance in an easy to service EIA standard 19″ rack mount cabinet.A newly designed second-generation, computer-based controller allowspower setting through front panel display or through an RS-232 serialconnector with simple commands. This modular amplifier series usesMOSFET technology for efficient and reliable operation. This faulttolerant system will keep a station on the air by reducing power in anyfault condition-VSWR, high temperature or device failure. A modularapproach is applied to all RF components and power supply. Output PAmodules have connectors and use quick-disconnect fittings for fast hotswapping of modules so the station never leaves the air. Faulttolerance is designed throughout the system.
Radio Assist enhancements
Netia Digital Audio
This systems offers a music management tool in the new Radio-Assist7 range and is designed to manage a station’s music schedule withconsistency. The user can choose from a wide range of broadcastcriteria to define run frequency, mandatory or forbidden sequences andany other relevant constraint. Tracks are mixed and matched by anindependent rotation method. It can produce as many as 100 schedulesfrom a single title database.
Digital distribution amplifiers
DDA Series updates:
These six digital audio distribution amplifiers are based on ATI’sestablished products and offer lower price points. Retaining most ofthe features of the company’s AES/EBU digital audio distributionamplifier DDA lineup, the DXA offering adds four new models designed tofit in a 1RU space in 1×4, 1×6, 2×6 and 2×12 versions: DXA104, DXA106,DXA206 and DXA212 respectively. ATI has also redesigned the DDA206-XLRand DDA212-XLR. The inputs and outputs of the new DXA series aretransformer-isolated 110ohm XLRs. The DXA distribution amplifiersprocess digital audio sample rates from 27kHz to 96kHz with propagationdelay of less than 300 nanoseconds. The distributed outputs arede-clocked and regenerated with low jitter (less than 3 nanosecondspeak-peak). S/PDIF models using RCA connectors and 75O AES/EBUmodels with BNC connectors are also available.
The 9107S is an AM/FM tuner with 30 programmable presets and anautoscan function. The AM section spans 522kHz to 1,611kHz. Features ofthis tuner include a stable and reliable circuit; fixed and variableoutput; autoscan and 30 presets; mute switch and LED; emergency batteryoperation; and an output level/impedance fixed 300mV/1kohm, unbalanced.The power consumption of this unit is 14W. It weighs 3.5kg and itsdimensions are 482mm W � 44mm H � 280mm D.
Audio storage and playback system
SS32 for Linux:
SS32 for Linux features the same user-friendly, intuitive look, feeland features as Windows versions. The system provides new security,support and safety. Because Linux includes the source code for theoperating system, Scott can fine-tune Linux and SS32 to preventcrashes. Linux drives never need defragmenting and it connects well toWindows traffic and music scheduling software.
The MCE 72 is a compact stereo mic for XY recording with a wide andlinear frequency response producing uncolored, high-quality recordings.The mic is suitable for stereo recording in home studio applications,concert recordings with DAT or MD, film and interviewing. The micfeatures two mic capsules that are mounted in an angle of �60degrees to the mic axis to achieve a wide recording range and anaccurate reproduction of the sound source. The optional EA 19/25elastic suspension suppresses footfall sound effectively.
Digital audio snake cables
SND2424 and SND1224:
These AES/EBU compliant digital audio snake cables can be used inbroadcast and other high-end audio applications. These 110O cablesare available in constructions containing two to 24 pair, and are UL-CMapproved. The cables facilitate rapid and neat installation of systemsrequiring multiple digital audio pairs, and the discrete color-codedindividual jackets provide for easy and positive identification.
Blue Sky International
Big Blue is a mid-field powered, three way, quad amplified, 500Wmonitor featuring dual 8″ high excursion, hemispherical woofers, anultra low distortion 4″ hemispherical midrange driver and 1″ dualconcentric diaphragm tweeter with integral waveguide for superioroff-axis response. Powered by a dedicated low distortion 100W amplifierfor each 8″ woofer, one low distortion 200W amplifier for the midrangeand one low distortion 100W amplifier for the tweeter, this unitdelivers clean and accurate sound with a frequency response of 40Hz to20kHz. The monitor is housed in a heavily reinforced MDF enclosure thatmeasures 12″ H x 25� W x 15″ D and weighs 80 lbs. The rear panelfeatures two independent balanced input stages with XLRterminals.
Upgrades and Updates
Harris Distributes Newsboss
Newsboss is a newsroom automation system that runs on Windows. It isa radio-specific automation system that uses a database for managementof news data. Newsboss is scaleable and configurable and canaccommodate systems from one to 80 users.
KRK Ships ST Series
KRK is now shipping the new ST Series of passive monitors, whichincludes the ST6 and ST8. The ST Series design incorporates new driverand crossover technologies for precision monitoring. The ST8 featuresan 8″ aluminum woofer and 1″ silk tweeter. Both models feature ?”MDF construction to control sound reflection and standing waves withinthe monitor and a double-layer anodized aluminum cones for extremelylow distortion.
Omnia A/X Software
The software operates on Windows, conditioning and processing audioprior to encoding. It works with most applications that use thestandard Windows Wave in/out driver interface, including Windows Media,Real and MP3 streaming encoders.
It features a wide range of processing controls, including widebandautomatic gain control (AGC), a three-band combined AGC/limiter, highfrequency EQ, an adjustable-bandwidth low-pass filter and a look-aheadfinal limiter.
Audio Science Releases
Linux ALSA Driver
The ALSA driver allows standard Linux applications to play, recordand mix PCM audio using the Audio Science range of professional soundcards. The source code is available as a patch to ALSA driver sourcefrom Audio Science’s website in the download section. Updates will bemade periodically available as new adapters and features are supported.Advanced functions, such as time scaling (TSX) and on-card MPEG audioprocessing, can still be accessed through the Audio Science HPIinterface (also recently released under GPL).
BSI Releases New Version of Simian
Broadcast Software International (BSI) has released Simian 1.6. BSIhas incorporated more than 100 user suggestions in recent releases,including improved deckfade macros to increase user control, improvedindex handling and playback on MP3 files, added control over the Asyncdeck, increased webcasting functions and serial strings, and a ResetCart command to allow Simian to go back to the first item in a cart,even if all the items have not been played.