TEAC SPINS BELT-DRIVE TURNTABLE
When was the last time you saw a belt-drive turntable introduced? One that didn’t cost as much as a mortgage payment?
Take a look at Teac’s TN-200. This is a two-speed model, 33 1/3 and 45 rpm. It offers standard RCA consumer outputs and a USB output. An onboard preamp for the RCA outputs provides a line-level signal. There is also a phono EQ.
The platter is aluminum and the body composite wood for stable performance. A straight tonearm and anti-skating design add to the surety of playback. It ships with a replaceable moving magnet cartridge.
AUDIOARTS’ SPIRIT OF 76
Console-maker Audioarts has a new digital offering, the D-76.
The model is available in 12- or 18-channel frames with four main stereo busses. It can mix analog or digital inputs, depending on the interface card used. Each digital channel offers a sample rate converter. Overall native sample rates for the mixer are 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz.
Additional standard features include built-in headphone amp, cue speaker, LED bargraph meters, digital timer and clock. StudioHub+ is used for connectivity.
Audioarts says the overall design is part of a new, “sleek” look.
WheatNet-IP connectivity is optional, as are a backup power supply, additional mic preamps and Superphone dual hybrid.
DIGIGRAM DELIVERS NEW IQOYA *SERV/LINK
Digigram announced an update to its Iqoya *Serv/Link multichannel IP audio codec, now in a 1RU unit that is able to support up to 64 stereo channels.
The more compact model allows users to send multiple audio programs simultaneously to a variety of destinations with a single piece of equipment.
One-third the size of earlier models, the box is available with analog and AES/EBU I/O (up to eight stereo analog I/O), AES/EBU-only I/O (up to 16 stereo analog I/O), or MADI I/O (up to 64 stereo analog I/O).
It also features up to 16 RS-232 ports and 16 GPIOs for auxiliary data tunneling, explains Digigram.
The Iqoya *Serv/Link provides multi-format encoding and multiprotocol streaming of each input. It also enables the decoding of multiple audio programs, giving users the option of defining three decoding priorities for each program, including sound files and playlists, the company adds.
NEWTEK ADVANCES TRICASTER
The TriCaster all-in-one video platform is receiving an across-the-line upgrade from NewTek.
Labeled TriCaster Advanced Edition, the optional package can be used with everything from the TriCaster Mini through the TriCaster 8000.
The company says, “More than 60 new major capabilities and enhancements in TriCaster Advanced Edition help multiply audiences, streamline repetitive tasks, and make productions more riveting in an ever-more-connected world.”
New items and capabilities include “automated real-time data-driven graphics, new IP workflows, advanced automation, multiplatform streaming, social and Web publishing, terrific in-show replay features, enhanced multimedia mixing, sophisticated production elements …”
The graphics upgrades also provide additional information such as sports scores, weather updates, business reports, election results and social media feeds. Other additions include a pre-visualization tool for transitions, in-show replays, improved sound and video editing tools and improved
graphics processing power.
DB BROADCAST RELEASES TRANSMITTER REMOTE APP
The Mozart Wi-Fi Touch from Italian firm DB Elettronica is a Web app that allows the remote control of the firm’s FM transmitters.
Designed to ease the management of equipment that is located in hard-to-reach areas, such as transmission sites where dust, humidity and high temperatures are often present, the Mozart Wi-Fi Touch features advanced software able to guide users through all settings, says the company, providing instant access and control of the specified system via a smartphone or tablet.
Mozart Wi-Fi Touch can be installed on both Apple and Android devices, and allows operation via SNMP, the Web, GSM and SMS.
BEHRINGER DOES THE SPLITS
For the ambitious station building out a performance space, Behringer is now shipping the Ultralink MS8000.
The MS8000 is an eight-channel-in/16-channel out microphone splitter. It generally splits each channel on a one-two basis but using a channel link function a single input could be split into four outputs. Each input channel has a ground lift button. All connectors are XLR.
ELECTRO-VOICE LENGTHENS INTERVIEW MICROPHONES
Microphone maker Electro-Voice has announced the release of extended length “L” models for select microphones.
The well-known broadcast veteran 635 and the RE50 dynamic interview/field production microphones will be extended to 9 1/2 inches in length.
The 635 will be available in beige (635L) and black (635L/B) while the RE50 will be available in black (RE50L) and black with a neodymium capsule (RE50N/D-L). Prices: 635L — $249; 635L-B — $249; RE50L — $319; RE50N/D-L — $335.
OLSEN IS BLOWING AWAY THE WIND
Olsen Audio Group’s WindTech division, specializing in windscreens and pop filters for microphones, has announced new windscreens, the 10378 and 10380.
The latest utilize a higher grade of SonicFoam. This high-density S80 foam has been used in military applications, in headsets for soldiers and pilots. It has a Carnauba wax water-wicking feature.
A release notes that “all models are designed for use in high wind applications for lapel, lavaliere, headset and condenser type microphones and offer up to 20 dB of wind noise protection.” According to WindTech, the windscreen should be frequency-transparent.
Made in U.S.A. of formaldehyde-free polyurethane foam.
GEFEN MASTERS MULTIPLE COMPUTERS
Interconnect box specialist Gefen has a new box out that might be of interest to engineering and IT personnel faced with monitoring many computers throughout a facility, a 4 x 1 DVI KVM multiview switcher (EXT-DVIK-MV-41).
The 1 RU box provides outputs for two DVI monitors along with inputs for keyboard and mouse. Up to eight boxes can be daisy-chained for a total of 32 computers slaved to one workstation. There are four source DVI input banks per box. Each bank has a USB port, mic and speaker audio inputs.
Main video output is up to 1,920 x 1,200/WUXGA. The box provides a number of viewing options such as picture in picture, quad view, etc.
REMUS HELPS TOWER BEACONS
It’s a problem not readily obvious to most broadcasters: obscured or partially obscured tower beacons.
Jared Remus of Remus Tower Service came up with a simple solution: An extender.
A release explains: “The development of the patented RTS 36-66 was driven by two key regulation changes within the tower industry. The first is the FAA regulation prohibiting the tower beacon to be located behind the antennas surrounding the top of the tower. The second was an OSHA act preventing work on any object over 36-inches above the structure of the tower.”
The RTS 36-66 is made of zinc-plated steel. It has locking points every 6 inches. The device is 36 inches tall and extends to 66 inches. Extension is motivated by a removable hand cranking device
Remus is a tower worker himself, so the product derives from experience.
DHD 52/TX FEATURES FLEXIBILITY
DHD has released the 52/TX, a tabletop control surface/utility mixer designed for news desks, editing suites and SNGs.
The mixer is dominated by a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, two assignable potentiometers and six programmable hardware buttons. It is particularly suited for small applications.
With a dedicated microphone input, headphone output, talkback mic and loudspeaker, the company says that the 52/TX is always ready for telephone interviews and dubbing, and also serves as a talkback unit or monitoring controller.
With the Toolbox8 configuration software users can create an individual mixer layout as per requirements. It’s possible to define number and size of faders, buttons, functions and peak meters to show signal levels.
The 52/TX can be used with any of the current DHD DSP cores as a standalone mixing console or as extension of a larger DHD system.
OMT LAUNCHES ENTERPRISE FOR IMEDIATOUCH
OMT Technologies has launched iMediaTouch Enterprise, the latest iteration of its iMediaTouch automation system.
According to OMT, Enterprise incorporates “a new SQL-based content management system and an innovative new customizable on-air user interface” designed for “application interoperability, and sharing of content, programming and resources across the radio enterprise.”
Other Enterprise features highlighted include a customizable interface with user profiles with multimonitor capability and full 1080p HD resolution; real-time content management system SQL backup and other redundancies and compatibility with Axia and Wheatstone audio over IP nets.
V-SOFT RELEASES MICROWAVE PRO 2
Radio frequency propagation analysis and measurement software developer V-Soft has a new version of its Microwave Pro microwave frequency allocation and path analysis program. The program is useful for Broadcast Auxiliary Services, Part 101, COALS and CARS projects, according to V-Soft.
New to Microwave Pro 2 is the usage of the NSMA OH loss model, the industry standard, the company says.
The program will calculate C/I ratios that consider terrain obstructions, plots terrain profiles of all protected and interfering paths, provides a map showing the geometry of protected and interfering paths.
Newly added is a point study that allows users to analyze specific trouble spots such as wind farms and calculate their prospective impact on microwave paths.
It performs frequency searches for the part 101 and the
broadcast auxiliary frequencies and will provide all elements
for prior coordination mailings to affected licenses.
DAS OFFERS MULTILINGUAL OPTION
The DASDEC OmniLingual Alert Module software from Digital Alert Systems gives the company’s DASDEC emergency messaging platform enhanced multilingual alerting capabilities for EAS alert text translation, as well as text-to-speech in a variety of languages.
Languages include Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Polish and Lithuanian; the company says that it is working on supporting further languages.
According to the company, DASDEC was the first EAS device to introduce English and French language support in Canada. The OmniLingual Alert Module enables automatic alert translation from conventional EAS or Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) sources, and the user can select one or more languages for EAS text display and TTS audio conversion and output.
EAS-NET is Digital Alert Systems exclusive communications protocol software enabling EAS data and audio transmission over a TCP/IP network for up to eight EAS-NET compatible platforms. The firm explains that devices using EAS-NET are able to exchange EAS message data and audio between devices for communicating and disseminating EAS events to viewers, listeners, or subscribers.
JK AUDIO ADDS TO REMOTEMIX LINE
Building up its RemoteMix line of portable field mixers, JK Audio has developed the x4 and x5 (shown) models. The company sees these as useful as a front-end mixer for POTS, ISDN, IP, smartphone or laptop codecs in remotes, news and sports coverage.
Both models share many of the same features: four-channel, XLR mic preamps, 48 V phantom power, 120 Hz low-cut filter, four 1/4-inch headphone jacks with individual source selector and level controls, 3.5 mm send/receive and 3.5 mm wired headset input.
The x5 adds a 24-bit USB codec, AES digital output, soft peak limiter, 1 kHz tone generator and XLR headphone cue input.
JK Audio estimates battery life for the two 9 V batteries to be greater than 10 hours for the x4 and greater than eight hours for the x5.
REDDING DISTRIBUTES SCHOEPS HEADSET
Retailer and distributor Redding Audio has added a new headset from Germany’s Schoeps to its distribution offerings.
The HSC 4VXP matches a Schoeps CCM 4VXS cardioid microphone with Ultrasone HFI 680 closed-back headphones.
Schoeps says that the mic “offers a steep bass rolloff and a mild high-frequency boost. It is designed for lateral sound pickup at the shortest possible distance, i.e. directly in front of the speaker’s mouth. Proximity effect compensates for its low-frequency rolloff such that the microphone has an even frequency response for the person speaking, while background noise encounters the full response rolloff and is greatly reduced.”
The opposite-side earcup can be rotated away from the ear. A swappable B5 pop screen is included.