NAB Insider from Radio magazine - Mar 24, 2009

March 24, 2009


  • 2009 NAB Show to Attract Attendees from more than 160 Countries
  • Visionary Malcolm Gladwell to Present Keynote at Nab Show
  • VB Mobile Studio
  • Axia Audio Single, Dual and X-Y Router Selectors
  • Prism Sound MEA-2 Upgrade
  • Markertek Inline-EMCF, Inline EMCM
  • How well do you know your Vegas history?
  • Wireworks Celebrates 35 Years
  • Broadcast Electronics Turns 50
  • Studio Technologies Model 45
  • Clark Wire and Cable CAT5-Flex
  • NKK Switches GB2 Series
  • Zaxcom Deva Mix-8
  • Registration Hours
  • JK Audio Bluekeeper
  • Audio Science ASI564x Series
  • Digigram Lola
  • Neutrik Crystalcon
  • Vegas Attractions
  • How did you do?

    News from the Convention

    2009 NAB Show to Attract Attendees from more than 160 Countries
    Washington, DC -- Nearly one in four attendees at this year's NAB Show, April 18-23 in Las Vegas, is expected to come from outside the U.S., demonstrating the global scale and scope of the NAB Show, convention organizers announced today.

    Some of these international attendees will be part of more than 70 international groups, organized by 51 different delegation leaders. Four delegations (representing Bulgaria, Greece, Morocco and Norway) are coming to the show for the first time. In addition, as many as nine countries are sending top-level government officials representing broadcasting and allied industry sectors. These Ministers of Communications will bring business leaders from their respective countries including Taiwan, Columbia, Brazil, India, Philippines, New Zealand, Cambodia, Kenya and Russia.

    Among the more than 1,500 companies exhibiting at the NAB Show, more than 500 are headquartered outside the U.S. Some of these companies will be showcased within the largest representation of international pavilions in the show's history. International pavilions include Bavaria, Belgium, Brazil, India, Italy and the United Kingdom. France and Korea will also have a presence on the show floor with dedicated pavilions for the first time in recent years.

    In addition, the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT), a telecommunications research organization in Japan, will demonstrate advanced imaging and sound technologies being developed in their labs.

    More than 28,000 electronic media professionals representing 166 countries traveled from outside the U.S. to attend the 2008 NAB Show, representing more than 25 percent of overall attendance.

    The NAB Show has been recognized time and again by the U.S. Department of Commerce as the most critical business-to-business international industry event in which to participate in any hemisphere and was presented with the "Highest Global Participation" award from Trade Show Executive magazine in 2008.

    Visionary Malcolm Gladwell to Present Keynote at Nab Show
    Washington, DC - Malcolm Gladwell, bestselling author of The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers, will present a morning keynote discussion with NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr at the 2009 NAB Show on Wednesday, April 22 in Las Vegas. Galdwell, who was named one of Time Magazine's Most Influential People in 2005, will also engage in an interactive dialog with audience members during the thought-provoking discussion entitled, "A Conversation With Malcom Gladwell."

    "I am honored and delighted to be part of the NAB Show, and look forward to talking with attendees about the incredible opportunities for collaborative innovation and leadership in content and broadcasting," Gladwell said. "This is a very disruptive and challenging time in the industry, but I hope to share some interesting stories about people who are 'Outliers' - those who have taken unusual life experiences and worked collectively to seize opportunities and build success by challenge the status quo during uncertain times."

    Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and valuable to business and general audiences alike. He is the author of three New York Times no. 1 bestsellers, and one of the leading social scientists in the world. Gladwell is a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award.

    "We are proud to welcome Malcolm Gladwell to the NAB Show as one of our keynote speakers for 2009 ," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "Malcolm is one of the world's most visionary thinkers in the area of social science, and his insights into the qualities that create and nurture success have been used by people and organizations globally. We look forward to an illuminating conversation with Malcolm, and a very engaging interactive session between him and our attendees."

    Gladwell's first book The Tipping Point, has been a BusinessWeek bestseller ever since it was published in February of 2000 and it has embedded the term in our everyday vocabulary. Like The Tipping Point, Gladwell's next book, Blink, was a New York Times no. 1 bestseller. Where The Tipping Point gave us new tools for understanding trends, Blink has deepened our understanding of the human mind and how we make decisions. Gladwell's most recent book, Outliers: Why Some People Succeed and Some Don't, also debut as a bestseller and promises to have an even greater impact on business and society by pointing us toward the real factors that foster success.

    Gladwell will host a keynote luncheon session on Wednesday, April 22nd at the Las Vegas Hilton.

    Exhibitor Extra VB Mobile Studio VB Mobile Studio
    Booth Number SL9612
    Mobile recording studio
    The 20' VB Mobile Studio includes a control room, vocal booth and a performance space. This studio is housed in a large trailer that can be hauled behind any tour bus or heavy duty pickup truck. This smaller option utilizes a slide-out expansion system adding more than 30 percent more space to the trailer. There are also 30' and 40' VB Mobile Studio trailers available. The much larger 53' VB Mobile Studio is housed in a full 18-wheeler truck trailer with a slide-out feature and includes a restroom, mini bar, lounge, vocal booth, control room and performance space. Each studio is fully customizable including interior design choices and exterior trailer graphics. Each size abounds with options related to temperature control, cable conduits, custom lighting and other luxury amenities.

    Axia Audio Single, Dual and X-Y Router Selectors
    Booth Number N7620
    Router control panels
    Axia expands its line of router hardware with three new router control panels: the Single Router Selector, Dual Router Selector and X-Y Router Control Panel occupy only 1RU of rack space and feature intuitive OLED displays and a rotary selection control. Axia's family of router controllers includes 5-, 10- and 15-button Film-Cap Switch Panels, 9- and 17-button Smart Switch Panels with dynamic text and backlight colors, and an 8-button OLED keyswitch panel. Axia networks allow routing any source to any destination instantly; optional Pathfinder PC Routing Control software enables sophisticated custom routing applications – from simple point-to-point routes to multi-point scene changes that can reconfigure an entire facility manually, at a specified time, or in response to an event trigger.

    Prism Sound MEA-2 Upgrade

    Prism Sound MEA-2 Upgrade
    Booth Number N4624
    Designed for recording and mastering applications, the MEA-2 is a stereo or two-channel, four-band analog equalizer with stepped Q/shelf, frequency and cut/boost controls on each band. The new MEA-2 features faster amplifiers with wider bandwidth and improved low-frequency EQ filters. The individual EQ sections are now completely switched off when the gain controls are set to 0dB and the unit goes into full bypass when the power is switched off. The new output amplifiers have improved high frequency performance.

    Markertek Inline-EMCF, Inline EMCM

    Markertek Inline-EMCF, Inline EMCM
    Booth Number OE103
    XLR RF filter/hum eliminators
    Even the best starquad audio cables aren't immune to RF signal attenuation. What's more, you can never be certain about the quality of installation on stage boxes and patch panels at a venue. Be 100 percent sure with these inline filters designed around Neutrik's EMC XLR connectors. The EMC's integrated LC-filter rejects RF interference and LF noise while having no effect on balanced audio signal. Use on inputs or outputs.

  • Do You Know?

    How well do you know your Vegas history?
    Place the following events in historical order (1860 to 1995):

  • Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino Opens
  • Dunes Hotel imploded October 27.
  • The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Opens - Worlds Largest Hotel
  • Work begins on Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Fremont Street is permanently closed to automobile traffic on September 7.
  • The Beatles arrive in Las Vegas and performed two sold out shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • MGM Grand Hotel is consumed in a fire - Worst disaster in Las Vegas History
  • The first scheduled Condor charter flight to Las Vegas from Cologne, Germany, lands November 7 at McCarran International Airport.
  • Money won by Nevada casinos tops the $6 billion mark for the first time.
  • Construction begins on Steve Wynn's 46-story, $1.7 billion 3,000-room Bellagio, located at the intersection of Flamingo Road and the Las Vegas Strip.
  • Hilton Hotel fire
  • Four skywalks are built over the intersection of Tropicana Boulevard and the Las Vegas Strip.
  • $25 million monorail begins running between MGM Grand and Bally's hotel-casinos on June 14.
  • Nevada gaming revenues first crack $1 billion mark.
  • Howard Hughes arrives to live at Desert Inn. Hughes made his first impact in Las Vegas in the early 1940's when he bought up the land that is now Summerlin to build an aircraft factory


    Wireworks Celebrates 35 Years
    Hillside, NJ - Wireworks celebrates 35 years of manufacturing audio/video cabling products and custom panels. Beginning on Broadway and expanding over the past three decades into other markets including broadcast, Wireworks designs and manufactures cabling products that are commonly used in theatre, auditorium/arena, education, corporate, government and houses of worship.

    Company founders, Gerald Krulewicz and Larry Williams first recognized the need for professional multi-channel audio products while working in lighting and sound on Broadway in the early 1970s. At that time, individual microphone cables were manually bundled together for multiple-microphone cable runs from the stage to front of house. Based on this first-hand experience, Krulewicz and Williams founded Wireworks in 1974 and introduced the first full line of commercially available multi-channel audio cables. Throughout the 1970s Wireworks continued to create new products, including large-scale multi-pin disconnects, colored microphone cables and a line of audio and video cable assemblies. In addition, the company established the a method of audio cabling that became a Broadway standard that is specified on new shows.

    Wireworks tells more of its story:

    Throughout the 1980's Wireworks expanded its product lines to include the world's first manufactured combined audio/video multi-cables for broadcast use. The company also introduced its do-it-yourself configuration tool for Wireworks universally adaptable, modular multichannel system, the Microphone Multicable Components Group (MMCG). The Crystal Cathedral, Walt Disney's Epcot Center, the Reagan/Gorbachev Geneva Summit, Liberty Weekend, the Pan American Games, the Indy 500, the Calgary Winter Olympics and the still running Phantom of the Opera on Broadway are just a few projects that relied upon Wireworks during this decade.

    The company's audio/video multipin system, AV2000, can accommodate audio, video, data and control signals in a single hybrid connector. During the '90s, Wireworks received both LDI and Eddy Awards for its cabling products, many of which were incorporated into distinctive installations at the White House, Euro Disney, the Normandy Beach reenactment, The Tonight Show and many others.

    Along with the new millennium came an entire new line of products from Wireworks: Wirelux, a flexible line of premium audio cables including Musilux, Instalux, Studilux, Ultralux and Speakerlux. The Salt Lake Olympics, the X Games, Metropolitan Opera and XM Radio's studio headquarters in Washington, DC, were all enhanced by products from Wireworks.

    To date, Wireworks has been involved in thousands of installations worldwide.

    Broadcast Electronics Turns 50
    Quincy, IL - Mar 19, 2009 - Broadcast Electronics is marking its 50th year in business. The company was founded on June 18, 1959, and introduced its first product: the first broadcast cart machine. In 1965 the company introduced the first multi-deck tape cartridge machine. Audio playback continued to be a part of BE's plan when it introduced the first microprocessor-based program control system in 1978. In 1989, this experience with automation BE introduced the first automation system based on the open PC platform: The Audio Vault.

    RF has also been a part of the company's history. In 1979 when the company introduced the first single-tube high-powered FM transmitter, which featured a patented folded half-wave cavity that eliminates plate-blocking capacitors and sliding contacts. BE also developed a new exciter that year, which would later develop into the current FXI exciter line. The company has since been involved in solid-state designs and HD Radio applications.

    To celebrate the milestone, Broadcast Electronics has created a contest to find the oldest operating Broadcast Electronics transmitter. The owner of this transmitter will qualify to win a BE STX LP 1kW transmitter. The transmitter can be used as a main or standby transmitter. Contest details and submission information is available online. Entries can be submitted through June 1, 2009.

    On June 18, a panel of BE judges will mark the company's official anniversary date by selecting a winner based on transmitter age, site conditions, and application, among other qualifications.

    Broadcast Electronics will mark the anniversary at its booth at the 2009 NAB Show, and also at an event to be held at the company's Quincy, IL, headquarters on June 18, 2009.

    Products from the Floor

    Studio Technologies Model 45

    Studio Technologies Model 45
    Booth Number C11843
    Two-wire to Four-wire interface
    The Model 45 is designed to interface a two-wire full-duplex party-line intercom circuit with a four-wire audio circuit associated with a matrix intercom system. Other specialized audio system interfacing applications can also be supported. The unit provides a full-featured two-channel interface which includes two hybrid circuits with automatic nulling capability. For flexibility, the Model 45 can be powered by the connected two-wire party-line circuit or by means of an external source of 24Vdc. When powered by an external source, the Model 45 is capable of supplying dc power to the two-wire intercom circuit. This unique feature allows direct operation of devices such as user belt packs. Audio level meters provide confirmation of system performance during setup and operation. Standard audio connectors are used for all input and output signals.

    Clark Wire and Cable CAT5-Flex

    Clark Wire and Cable CAT5-Flex
    Booth Number C10108
    The CAT-5-Flex cable is a truly distinctive product. The black pressure extruded polyurethane jacket makes this cable extremely resistant to cuts and abrasions, while maintaining unbelievable flexibility. The stranded conductors give a very high flex life minimizing breakdowns. A true field cable, it is resistant to sunlight, oil and water. Compatible with standard RJ45 connectors (stranded conductor rated).

    NKK Switches GB2 Series

    NKK Switches GB2 Series
    Booth Number N2816
    Pushbutton switches
    With a footprint of just 7mm high, 7mm wide and 2.5mm thick, the GB2 Series of ultra thin and ultra miniature pushbutton switches are suited for high density PCB mounting and other applications where board space is at a minimum. These switches are also suitable for block or ganged mounting. The GB2 Series features off-center plungers that further facilitate mounting in tight spaces, and the unique plunger design also helps prevent accidental actuation. These switches are momentary circuit, single pole-single throw and feature an off momentary on configuration. They carry a rating of 0.4Vac maximum at 28Vac/dc maximum and their mechanical and electrical life is recommended for 50,000 operations minimum. They can be ordered in straight PC, straight PC with support bracket and right angle bracketed PC in a single or double switch mounted configuration.

    Zaxcom Deva Mix-8

    Zaxcom Deva Mix-8
    Booth Number N3114
    Control panel
    Zaxcom's Deva Mix-8 eight-fader mixing control panel integrates directly with the company's Deva and high-resolution Fusion audio recording systems to provide a more compact, mobile, and precise control panel for audio mixing. The Deva Mix-8 incorporates the familiarity of fader-based mixing controls into a control panel that's compact enough for over-the-shoulder use. All mixing functions and powering of the unit are supported through a single cable connecting the Mix-8 to its host system.

  • Convention Registration

    Registration Hours
    Attendee registration
    Friday, April 17
    North Hall: Noon to 5 p.m.

    Saturday, April 18
    North Hall: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Sunday, April 19
    North Hall: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Monday, April 20 - Wednesday, April 22
    North Hall: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    South Hall: 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Thursday, April 23
    North Hall: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    South Hall: 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Visit for great attendee package deals. Or be a guest of Radio magazine and register for a free exhibits-only VIP pass using our code: I559.

    More Products

    JK Audio Bluekeeper

    JK Audio Bluekeeper
    Booth Number N2125
    Wireless audio gateway
    Bluekeeper sends mic and line level signals to a wireless phone while maintaining separation between the local voice and the caller. The stereo output jack on the back of the unit provides the sending voice on one channel and only the caller's voice on the other channel. The balanced XLR output jack contains only the caller's voice. Bluekeeper pairs to a cell phone like a Bluetooth wireless headset. Bluekeeper also pairs to Bluetooth-equipped sound cards and music players in full bandwidth stereo A2DP mode. The 3.5mm stereo line input jack allows recordings to be sent into the Bluetooth device. The 3.5mm stereo line output jack provides the full bandwidth send mix on the left channel and Bluetooth caller audio on the right channel. The headphone output provides a mix of the XLR input, 3.5 mm input and Bluetooth audio.

    Audio Science ASI564x Series

    Audio Science ASI564x Series
    Booth Number N8313
    Linear PCI express sound cards
    The ASI564x series are the junior partners of the ASI6600 series of PCI Express sound cards, used extensively in radio station automation. The cards retain high end features such as +24dBu balanced analog audio with 110dB dynamic range, together with AES/EBU digital I/O with hardware sample rate converters on all inputs. Multi-channel support is standard. Using the surround sound extensions (SSX), streams of up to eight channels may be played, recorded and mixed. These cards are ideal for applications such as radio production and automation systems that do not require DSP based MPEG compression. The ASI564x series contains three models: the ASI5640 has 4 stereo/8 mono I/O with balanced analog interfaces, the ASI5641 has 4 stereo/8 mono I/O with AES/EBU interfaces and the ASI5644 has 4 stereo/8 mono I/O with both balanced analog and AES/EBU interfaces.

    Digigram Lola

    Digigram Lola
    Booth Number N9024
    Low-latemcy sound card platform
    Lola is a state-of-the-art low latency sound card platform for logging and multi-channel recording. The main features of the first Lola product – the LoLa280 – include eight line level inputs, two line level outputs and an optional 8-channel microphone pre-amp in a 1RU rackmount package. The sound card is Digigram''s first in a low profile PCI Express bus form factor. It also includes a built-in mixer with automatic gain control (AGC) and a software control panel, allowing inputs to be summed prior to recording and to directly monitor inputs.

    Neutrik Crystalcon

    Neutrik Crystalcon
    Booth Number N7929
    Crystal-laden connectors
    The Neutrik XX series XLRs have been blinged with Swarovski crystals. Named Crystalcon, this connector line is geared toward users looking for that extra sparkle on stage. Fancy and attractive, the crystal XLRs and crystal plugs are eye catchers, offering a unique appearance and innovative look. Now visually enhanced by Crystallized-Swarovski Elements, Crystalcon is based on established Neutrik connector products, offering all the benefits and features found in the company''s best-selling XLRs.

    Out and About

    Vegas Attractions
    Have some free time in Las Vegas this year? Check out some of the neatest local attractions courtesy of

    Pinball Hall of Fame
    The Pinball Hall of Fame is an attempt by the members of the Las Vegas Pinball Collectors Club to house and display the world's largest pinball collection, open to the public. All machines are available for play, so not only can you see them, you can actually play your old favorites!

    Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace
    The Auto Collection at the Imperial Palace is the auto enthusiast's dream. Featuring 350 classic cars that span more than a century, every single one is available for purchase.

    Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
    Featuring exhibitions of art and objects from all over the world, the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is sure to attract art lovers.

    Previously on display in cities across the world including New York City and London, "Bodies...The Exhibition" showcases 21 whole-body specimens as well as more than 260 organs and partial body specimens.

    Centaur Art Galleries
    Known as Las Vegas' oldest art gallery, Centaur Art Galleries features fine works from the world's most famous painters, including Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Norman Rockwell as well as contemporary artists like LeRoy Neiman and Steve Kaufman, to name a few. Showcasing a diverse selection of paintings from around the world, visitors can easily find themselves browsing through the gallery's colorful collection for hours.

    Ethel M Chocolate Factory Tour
    Ethel M Chocolates panders to the sweet tooth in all of us. And after you peer at and hear about the mouth-watering confectionaries, the tour ends in the chocolate shop for a free sample.

    Las Vegas Natural History Museum
    Marine life, Nevada's wildlife and animated dinosaurs are featured at this museum, plus a children's hands-on learning room.

    Liberace Museum
    Here you'll find all the spectacle "Mr. Showmanship" encompassed, from the rhinestone-studded pianos to the mirrored Rolls Royce limousine to the red, white and blue hot pants outfit.

    Lied Discover Children's Museum
    More than 100 hands-on exhibits in the arts, humanities and sciences at one of the country's largest children's museums.

    M&M's World
    M&M's World delivers four stories of colorful fun to the Showcase Mall, offering a brilliant spectrum of the candy-coated treats and various items, including everything from T-shirts and caps to limited-edition lithographs.

    Madame Tussauds Las Vegas
    Madame Tussauds features more than 100 exquisite wax figures of the world's most famous stars.

    Marjorie Barrick Museum of Natural History
    The Barrick Museum hosts exhibits of archaeology, anthropology and natural history of Mexico and the Southwest, plus a traveling exhibit gallery.

    Nevada State Museum
    The museum depicts southern Nevada's plants, animals, fossils and history from the Ice Age to modern times.

    Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati
    A longtime fan of the exquisite craftsmanship of Ferraris, Steve Wynn has created the ultimate tribute to the Italian carmaker with the opening of Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati.

    Springs Preserve
    From interactive learning stations and an indoor flood exhibit to the eight-acre botanical gardens and walking trails, Springs Preserve celebrates the colorful nature of Las Vegas.

    Although the "ship of dreams" met its demise nearly a century ago, the spirit of the Titanic and its passengers live on through "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition."

    Did You Know?

    How did you do?
    Las Vegas timeline 1960 to 1995:

  • 1964 - The Beatles arrive in Las Vegas and performed two sold out shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center
  • 1966 - Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino Opens
  • 1966 - Howard Hughes arrives to live at Desert Inn. Hughes made his first impact in Las Vegas in the early 1940's when he bought up the land that is now Summerlin to build an aircraft factory
  • 1973 - The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Opens - Worlds Largest Hotel
  • 1975 - Nevada gaming revenues first crack $1 billion mark.
  • 1980 - MGM Grand Hotel is consumed in a fire - Worst disaster in Las Vegas History
  • 1980 - Hilton Hotel fire
  • 1993 - Money won by Nevada casinos tops the $6 billion mark for the first time
  • 1993 - Dunes Hotel imploded October 27.
  • 1994 - Work begins on Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Fremont Street is permanently closed to automobile traffic on September 7.
  • 1994 - Four skywalks are built over the intersection of Tropicana Boulevard and the Las Vegas Strip.
  • 1994 - The first scheduled Condor charter flight to Las Vegas from Cologne, Germany, lands November 7 at McCarran International Airport.
  • 1995 - $25 million monorail begins running between MGM Grand and Bally's hotel-casinos on June 14.
  • 1995 - Construction begins on Steve Wynn's 46-story, $1.7 billion 3,000-room Bellagio, located at the intersection of Flamingo Road and the Las Vegas Strip.

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