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New Products from the 2008 NAB Show

New Products from the 2008 NAB Show

Jun 1, 2008 12:00 PM

Stereo Profanity Delay


RB-PD2: The Redbox RB-PD2 is a stereo audio profanity delay used for live broadcast programs to prevent unwanted or obscene material from being transmitted. It features both analog and digital I/O and an automatic audio stretch algorithm that allows between two and 55 seconds of delay to be built up live on-air while maintaining the correct pitch. When the program is complete, the audio stretch algorithm seamlessly reduces the delay to zero. The delay can also be acquired while playing a preselected audio file on a Compact Flash memory card, and because playback from a Compact Flash card can be triggered remotely, the RB-PD2 can also be used at transmitter sites to play an emergency audio file via GPI in the event of silence detection.

Microwave frequency searching tool

V-Soft Communications

Microwave Pro: Microwave Pro uses the FCC’s ULS database to identify usable microwave frequencies and examine paths over terrain elevation plots while acknowledging interference to and from other microwave links. The program uses terrain-based analysis in conjunction with methodology found in TIA-EIA Telecommunications System Bulletin TSB10-F. When supplied with the parameters for a proposed path, Microwave Pro can quickly load all stations that have a potential interference relationship and calculate Carrier to Interference (C/I) ratios. A list of contact information for paths within the keyhole radius from the proposed path can be generated to be used in the prior notification process. Microwave-Pro also has a built-in link budget system analysis tool that can be used to generate complete link budget report. The wizard-based interface allows the user to enter path information, transmitter power, antenna gains, and other system gains and losses. The program will calculate the EIRP, path loss, fade margin and provide a minimum recommended fade margin.

Digital surround audio processor


Optimod 8585: Starting with the technology of Orban’s Optimod 6300 two-channel processor for digital transmission media, the 8585 incorporates multichannel processing that reflects the latest psychoacoustic research into loudness perception. The 8585 features Optimod-quality two- and five-band audio processing for surround sound broadcasting, netcasting and mastering. Thanks to versatile compression ratio controls and a mastering-quality look-ahead peak limiter, the 8585 is ideal for mastering audio in broadcast productions. The 8585 is built on Orban’s flagship hardware platform. This features a GUI displayed on a quarter-VGA active matrix color LCD, making it easy to do all setup and adjustment from the 8585’s front panel. A new third-generation CBS Loudness Controller helps retain audiences by controlling both subjective loudness and annoyance. The multichannel and 2.0 processors can operate with separate audio processing parameters like release times.

Audio router

Klotz Digital

Venice: Designed for complex applications where an enormous number of channels need to be routed and a comprehensive router system is required, Venice offers a capacity of up to 2624 x 2624 channels. An almost unlimited router size can be achieved by cascading multiple Venice units. It offers full implementation and support of optical and coax MADI standard protocols as well as Klotz Digital’s Vadis fibre optic network. The unique Studionet Octo-Bus is also supported as well as the new and future-proof IT standard for audio platforms: Ethernet AV. All principal functions are controlled via LEDs, status display and an Ethernet port, allowing Venice to be fully integrated into Klotz Digital’s Vadis control network. In addition to Octo-Bus and Vadis, Venice is compatible to all other Klotz Digital components, such as Routing Control Panels, Vadis D.C.II and Decennium.

Audio and data multiplexer


BC-2000 D Multiplexer: The BC-2000 D Multiplexer inserts and extracts digital or analog, mono or stereo audio channels in E1/T1/J1 or Ethernet data transmissions. The audio channels can be linear or compressed. The link capacities that are not used for audio can be employed for data transport. The BC-2000 D Multiplexer is a part of the BC-2000 D router digital audio platform that routes, mixes, processes and distributes audio. Other applications of the multiplexer are: studio to transmitter links (STL) and networks of transmission for radio with different simultaneous centers of production and emission.

Master clock time code generator


ES-160U: This crystal-based master clock/time code generator employs a temperature compensated crystal oscillator (TCXO), which provides the ES-160U with an accuracy of one second per month. Six 0.56″ yellow LEDs display real-time while the unit simultaneously generates several types of time code. The ES-160U features ESE, SMPTE/EBU and ASCII time code outputs; one PPS (pulse-per-second) output; 12 or 24 hour display; automatic Daylight Saving Time correction; battery backup; external time sync input; and a 1RU enclosure.

Digital audio logger

Pristine Systems

Blackbox Logger: This is a digital audio logger, monitor and alert system that is designed to meet compliance, proof, audit, programming, management and engineering needs. Up to 16 stereo (or 32 virtual mono) channels of logging are available. Choose from a variety of WAV audio devices, and AM, FM and TV tuner boards. Most popular audio storage formats are supported. Advanced tools provide the program eirector or consultant with everything needed for quick review or detailed analysis of the entire market. A virtual radio-style player allows switching between multiple stations during playback as though listening to a radio in real-time. Real-time monitoring of audio level and RF signal strength (when equipped with ASI tuner boards) with an extensive alarm system provides quick alerts to help avoid lost air time.

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Radio console


ARC-15B: This powerful, general-purpose console meets the needs for most on-air radio and radio production studio applications. Channels one through five can be internally selected as either mic or stereo line channels. This is ideal for talk studio applications. Channel 15 is an advanced telephone interface to an external hybrid for live callers or an off-line contest call. Channel 14 can be configured with a Windows PC USB interface for use with live on-air, automation and production software. This console includes two stereo program output mixes, 15 input source channels, optional 16�3 out stereo remote select switcher, real VU meters for low fatigue monitoring during a long board shift, headphone system with stereo amp, cue-talkback system with built-in amplifier and speaker, and it provides monitor audio and logic for a studio/announce booth.

Intercom system

Clear-Com Systems

Venice: Version 5.0 of the Eclipse Digital Matrix intercom system acts as a central switching unit for communications across a broadcast operation. The system links Clear-Com V-Series panels and Cellcom wireless beltpacks and headsets for access to communication in the studio or in the field with more connectivity options. Working with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large productions to tie their intercom systems together. Multiple Eclipse systems may then act as one non-blocking matrix using redundant high-capacity fiber, resulting in a large, high-quality, full-duplex communications system for mobile production and studio integration. An AES-6-RJ interface card allows the user to control remote V-Series Panels through AES3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse intercom is required to talk over audio feeds.

Modular enclosures and racks


Broadcast Enclosures: Belden broadcast, A/V enclosures and racks are an extension to its line of IT networking enclosures. Belden enclosures are engineered for maximum flexibility in configuring systems that meet unique application requirements while, at the same time, facilitating cable installation and management. Belden enclosures and racks are well-suited to support infrastructures for structured cabling systems, copper or optical fiber cable and connectivity systems and wireless LAN systems. To assist users in configuring and ordering a system to fit their size, space and component storage requirements, Belden offers a simplified ordering matrix as well as personalized service and support. The new series includes the Belden XSF and XMF Series, and the Belden XME and XMER Series.

Traffic and business system


Aquira: Aquira is scalable from a single station to multi-station or multi-location broadcast groups. With a modern user interface, a user can open multiple logs at the same time and drag and drop spots from one log to another. Its report writing gives the user the power to create custom reports and save them with an easy-to-use Report Builder Tool. With Flexible Rate management, the user can maintain special control over each station. Powerful accounting functions generate a single invoice or send a group of invoices from a customized list at the click of a button.

Portable recorder


R-44: This compact, four-channel, solid-state field recorder uses SD or large capacity SDHC cards as the storage media. Capture up to four channels of uncompressed audio with selectable bit depths (16- or 24-bit) and sampling frequencies (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz/192kHz). Onboard effects include limiter, low-cut filter, 3-band EQ, 6-band GEQ, Enhancer and de-esser. Weighing in at just less than 3 lbs, including batteries, the R-44 is very portable. Recording and monitoring without external devices is possible with built-in microphones and speakers.

Double coated-DTRS tapes


DA60DC and DA113DC: These double-coated DTRS tapes provide DTRS users with the latest metal particle tape formulation. First, a non-magnetic layer beneath the recording layer contains a lubricant that appreciably smoothes tape movement. Second, the tape substrate itself is designed to minimize friction during high-speed shuttling. Finally, the binder is specially formulated to minimize the shedding of the metal particle recording layer, even after repeated use over many years. Approved by Tascam for all DTRS recording applications, both the 60- and 113-minute tapes are packaged in professional library cases and come with labeling formatted specifically for professional audio use.

Professional RBDS/RDS encoder

Deva Broadcast

Smart Gen 4.0: A full-function RDS encoder that conforms to European and U.S. standards for FM datacasting, this encoder transmits data in either block or safe scrolling modes and includes the TA function for traffic message priority override. It supports all service IDs and offers simultaneous scrolling-PS and Radio Text messaging. Two-way addressability includes a front-panel USB port for fast and easy static register programming of station and format IDs, and for entering default scrolling or static text. In full-dynamic operation, station automation communicates with direct RS-232 serial connection. Screen-entry Windows software makes programming the Smart Gen 4.0 simple. It operates with any FM exciter and stereo generator. A dedicated 19kHz sync source is not required, and a failsafe relay bypass is built in. It connects directly to all popular radio automation systems to scroll song titles and advertising.
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Audio toolbox

Broadcast Devices

ATB-300: The ATB-300 includes all of the long-asked-for functions in one convenient single rack unit box with simple, front-panel programmable functions a facility needs every day. Network feeds that are unbalanced, over/under driven, phase flipped, channel reversed, or incorrect mode can now all be fixed with the touch of a few buttons. The ATB-300 accepts analog and digital inputs to manipulate audio in the analog or digital domain quickly without the need to go off to the console first. There are countless other jobs the ATB-300 can do as a switcher, router and basic audio processing device. It allows switching between any two channels, mixing two or more channels together, turning channels on and off to create a mixer on the fly and switches to programmed sequence of channels upon failure of active channel with look back.

Facility supervision


RMS-1000: The RMS-1000 delivers IP-based communication, extensive I/O connectivity and fanless operation. The system is ideal for broadcast monitoring, security applications, IT infrastructure management and facility supervision applications. The RMS-1000 with optional Audemat Script Easy software provides an intuitive graphical user interface that requires no software programming skills. Users simply drag and drop logic functions to define condition parameters. The software automatically generates monitoring and control scripts that deliver status reports and alerts. Script Easy includes an embedded Web server that enables configuration and status monitoring from any Internet connection. Alarms can be sent via e-mail, SNMP and Voice/DTMF interface.

Audio processor


FM10-HD: The successor to the FM5, the FM10-HD offers a five-band AGC followed by a 10-band limiter. The FM signal chain includes pre-emphasis and peak control as well as a reference-grade stereo generator. The HD signal chain includes its own specialized peak controller tailored for the codec utilized in FM HD Radio broadcasting. Features include: High-pass filter may operate in stereo or M/S modes; automatic audio source failover on analog and digital audio inputs; separate audio input gains for analog and digital inputs; four-band parametric equalizer; five-band linear phase crossover with adjustable crossover points; exclusive five-band Vorsis Multiband Dynamics Controller; precision 10-band final limiter with distortion masked clipper, FM output simultaneously available as AES3 and analog; reference-grade multiplex encoder with selectable composite clipper; multiplex filter; and twin composite outputs.

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