It’s new equipment season again!
Radio World’s annual feature is all about new gear that has come onto the market in recent months, especially during spring convention season.
Check out the next installment of broadcast goodies.
WorldCast Audemat RDS Encoder
The WorldCast Audemat RDS Encoder is built on the company’s FMB80.
The RDS Encoder carries the expected RDS/RDBS tools (e.g. artist name, song titles, traffic message, EAS, Radiotext, etc.). But looking forward it adds an MPX-over-AES digital audio function. Furthermore, it can insert the encoding directly into the digital chain. It is also compatible with the latest RDS Edition 2018 standards (IEC- 62106-1 :2018 to IEC 62106-6:2018) and upcoming RDS2 standards. WorldCast notes, “RDS2 will allow broadcasters to send more information (such as pictures) through the FM signal by adding three subcarriers to the MPX/composite signal.”
As a WorldCast product, it is conversant with the company’s ScriptEasy Apps and Manager for programming, control and management. It is fully networkable and remote controllable.
There’s also an onboard tuner for immediate monitoring. WorldCast’s Manager software can be used to operate the RDS Encoder remotely.
Axia Audio iQx Console
The Axia Audio iQx is designed with AoIP in mind, all wrapped in a single package.
Telos Alliance VP of Sales, Support, and Marketing Marty Sacks said, “Axia iQx suddenly opens up the world of AoIP and Axia capabilities to more people by utilizing existing network resources and eliminating the cost of an outboard mix engine.”
It will be available with 8–24 100 mm sealed plastic-conductive faders. It also offers three-band EQ and multifunction soft key per channel. According to the company, the talkback and mix-minus system offers flexible routing for sources. The iQx can be operated remotely via a web interface.
As a Telos Alliance product, there are telco/hybrid options available. In addition, native Livewire+ support makes the iQx compatible with other Telos Alliance equipment on a network. It is also AES67 and SMPTE 2110-30-compatible.
Nautel NX AM Digital Transmitters
Nautel has an added a nifty feature to its NX AM transmitter line: digital AM transmission.
Nautel head of Marketing John Whyte said, “Although all-digital AM operation currently requires an experimental license, we and others feel that this is an exciting direction for the AM band and Nautel is ready to support broadcasters as they move ahead with their plans.”
Whyte added, “Its digital modes provide the precision needed in the spectral mask as well as the in-band signal quality required for digital features such as User Experience metadata. NX transmitters, combined with our digital-ready importers and exporters such as HD MultiCast+, make it easy for AM stations to adopt digital transmission.”
DEVA Broadcast DB4005 FM Radio Modulation Monitor
DEVA Broadcast’s new DB4005 is a third-generation digital FM radio modulation analyzer and monitoring receiver.
The company explains that the system features software-defined radio FM tuner-based signal processing, achieved through “sophisticated” DSP algorithms and that its digital filter precision enables the FM signal to be accurately and repeatedly analyzed with each device.
In addition, says DEVA, the MPX input allows users to monitor external baseband signals, regardless of whether they are from a composite STL receiver/stereo FM encoder, or from an off-air source. “With its incredible processing power, it provides detailed readings of all the multiplex FM signal components, while all measurements are refreshed simultaneously and synchronously,” the company says.
What’s more, the DB4005’s loudness meter can display measurements as defined by both ITU BS.1770-4 and EBU R128 recommendations, thanks to the product’s support of both standards.
This tool, which DEVA says allows operators to monitor up to 50 FM radio stations, supports USB and LAN communication interfaces for remote connection and control. It also provides features such as TCP/IP connectivity, audio streaming, and automatic alerts for operation outside of predefined ITU-R ranges.