It’s new equipment season!
This annual feature is all about new gear that has come onto the market in recent months, especially during spring convention season.
Check out this installment of products, and also find previous batches online here.
Angry Audio Guest Gizmo and Bidirectional Balancing Gadget
Angry Audio has introduced itself as a problem-solver.
Its Guest Gizmo (shown above) is a multifeatured RF-resistant metal panel for studio guests. It has a cough button and a headphone amp with volume control. According to Angry Audio, the cough circuit can connect to a small mixer’s insert jack, or to the muting logic of a broadcast board. The Guest Gizmo can even light up a mic arm tally, according to the company. It can be installed in a cable/grommet hole.
Also Angry Audio says that its Bidirectional Balancing Gadget has exclusive “ground-breaking” technology that suppresses ground loop noise while converting unbalanced signals to pristine, broadcast-grade balanced audio. It converts one stereo pair from unbalanced to balanced, and a second stereo pair from balanced to unbalanced — for the likes of recording devices computers.
Bittree Patch32A Dante Patchbay
Interconnects specialist Bittree says that its Bittree Patch32A was “the world’s first Dante audio patchbay to market.”
According to the company, “the Bittree Dante patchbay will interface with Dante Virtual Soundcard, countless Dante devices, and almost any analog component in the same system, including audio distribution equipment, digital audio workstations, digital signal processors, mixing consoles, multitrack recorders and video routers.”
Bittree Senior Sales Consultant Bryan Carpenter said, “This patchbay streamlines the integration of analog and digital network audio patching, and establishes a foundation for interconnectivity across facilities within central equipment rooms, production studios, and IT closets among other locations. It is flexible enough to immediately solve problems in existing facilities, or optimize flexibility from the start in new facility designs.”
Bittree’s Dante patchbay supports a sample rates ranging from 24-bit/44.1 to 192 kHz. The design utilizes balanced TT connections to Dante analog and digital conversions.
Settings are configurable using Dante Controller, including sample rates and channel assignments to and from Dante networks.
The compact standalone or rack-mounted 1.5 RU powder-coat enclosure has redundant DC power, external word clock I/O, network status and LED metering.
Burk Arcadia Cloud Service
Remote control products manufacturer Burk Technology is promoting its latest version of the Arcadia Cloud Service.
Burk explains that Arcadia “delivers secure web-based access to remote site information for managers and engineers on the go.”
Summary screens for each site are generated automatically providing an instant overview of facility status.
Custom views highlighting critical information from multiple sites are created on the fly and stored for future use. Arcadia’s user interface adapts to fit each browser’s screen size, enabling easy viewing on smartphones, tablets or PCs, according to the company.
NOC facilities running Burk’s AutoPilot software can also leverage the Arcadia cloud-based communications architecture, the company says. AutoPilot custom views and alarm logs in the NOC refresh continuously from the Arcadia cloud server, increasing network efficiency and improving coordination among multiple NOC operators and facilities.
According to Burk, “Arcadia’s cloud-based resources scale as needed, offering high performance for very large networks and cost-effective operation for smaller installations.”
Burk Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales Jim Alnwick said, “Arcadia delivers consolidated access to each user’s authorized sites over a single encrypted web link, leveraging the power of HTML 5.”
Inovonics INOmini 679 FM/HD Radio Monitor Receiver
Inovonics describes its INOmini 679 as a third-generation, small form-factor FM and FM band HD Radio broadcast monitor receiver.
It receives both analog FM and digital HD1–HD8 radio channels for confidence monitoring and delivers a high-quality audio feed for rebroadcast or program distribution throughout a broadcast facility with adjustable analog and AES digital audio outputs.
Onboard is a sensitive, DSP-based software-defined radio. Balanced analog and AES digital program line outputs are available simultaneously. The levels are independently adjustable. The screen displays RBDS, PAD info, RSSI, SNR, Cd/No, multipath and HD level metrics to help with receive antenna alignment.
Front-panel alarms and rear-panel “tallies” indicate HD reception loss, low signal and audio loss. Inovonics says the 679 will stay on-mode and on-channel through signal and power loss and won’t blend between FM and HD Radio as consumer units do. Split Mode audio monitoring aids transmission diversity delay setup.
Free firmware updates are easily installed in the field via USB.