NAB Insider from Radio magazine - Mar 31, 2009

March 31, 2009


Index:

  • Coraline Director Henry Selick to Keynote NAB Show Session
  • Battlestar Galactica Creator and Executive Producer David Eick to Present Keynote at NAB Show
  • Day Sequerra M4DDM
  • ATCi Altair
  • Yamaha BR Series
  • Samson Technologies Go Mic
  • How well do you know your Vegas history?
  • Media professionals to recruit job seekers during nab show Career Day
  • Barix Presents Audio over IP Workshops
  • Marantz CDR633
  • Antelope Audio Trinity
  • Broadcast Tools SS 4.4
  • Beyerdynamic DT 790 and DT 797
  • Las Vegas Resources
  • Larcan Encore Series
  • Broadcast Electronics Audio Vault Flex
  • Henry Engineering Powerswitch
  • Dalet Digital Media Dalet Plus 3.0
  • Las Vegas Restaurants
  • How did you do?

    News from the Convention

    Henry Selick

    Coraline Director Henry Selick to Keynote NAB Show Session
    Washington, DC - Henry Selick, director of the recently released 3-D, stop-motion animated film Coraline, will be a featured keynote speaker during the 2009 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Speaking in an afternoon keynote on Monday, April 20, Selick will offer show attendees his thoughts on how digital technology has helped to revitalize the handcrafted approach of stop-motion animation.

    Distributed by Focus Features, Coraline offers audiences what Selick calls "a fully immersive three-dimensional movie-going experience." The first stop-motion animated feature to be shot entirely in stereoscopic 3-D, the film opened in the U.S. on Feb. 6 to lavish critical praise and has already generated more than $40 million at the box office. Kenneth Turan writing for the Los Angeles Times said, "The third dimension comes of age with Coraline. The first contemporary film in which the 3-D experience feels intrinsic to the story instead of a Godforsaken gimmick, Coraline is a remarkable feat of imagination, a magical tale with a genuinely sinister edge."

    Selick, a director, producer and stop-motion animation pioneer, is also well known for other directorial works including The Nightmare Before Christmas and James and the Giant Peach.

    Selick made his feature film directing debut in 1993 with The Nightmare Before Christmas, the first full-length, stop-motion feature from a major studio. An instant holiday classic, "Nightmare" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects and won the International Animated Film Society's Annie Award for Best Creative Supervision.

    In 1996, Selick followed with a second feature, James and the Giant Peach, which combines stop-motion animation with computer graphics. The film received widespread critical acclaim and won the top prize for an animated feature at the Annecy Film Festival in 1997. After joining the animation studio LAIKA in 2004, Selick directed his first computer-generated effort, the award-winning short film Moongirl.


    Battlestar Galactica Creator and Executive Producer David Eick to Present Keynote at NAB Show
    Washington, DC - Battlestar Galactica Co-creator and Executive Producer David Eick will present an afternoon keynote address entitled "The Making of Battlestar Galactica" at the 2009 NAB Show on Tuesday, April 21 in Las Vegas. The Super Session will focus on how to launch and produce a hit TV franchise that breaks the traditional mold seen in many television program storylines.

    Eick will discuss how the legendary sci-fi series came together -- conceptually, technically and politically. He will show clips from the series and provide an inside look at Battlestar Galactica's rebirth and production, including educational details about its visual effects, production design, casting and directorial battles for creative integrity.

    Eick's presentation will be followed by a sit-down discussion with Battlestar Galactica Co-supervising Producer and Writer David Weddle. Weddle's credits also include supervising producer of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and author of 2001's critically-acclaimed biography If They Move, Kill 'Em! - The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah.

    Eick has produced many popular television shows including USA Network's acclaimed drama Cover Me and the critically-celebrated comedy Manhattan, AZ. At the SCI FI Channel, Eick launched the network's first internally-produced hit, The Invisible Man. He also produced the successful syndicated series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and co-developed and launched its spin-off, Xena: Warrior Princess.

    Additionally, Eick served as producer of the critically-acclaimed CBS series American Gothic; co-produced five Hercules movies for first-run syndication; produced two direct-to-video sequels of the big-screen feature Darkman; and produced the two-hour pilot for the FOX series M.A.N.T.I.S.


    Exhibitor Extra

    Day Sequerra M4DDM

    Day Sequerra M4DDM
    Digital signal processor
    Booth Number: N5129
    This diversity delay monitor is the first Day Sequerra product to incorporate the company's newly developed digital signal processing (DSP) architecture. The M4DDM DSP runs the Day Sequerra Timelock algorithm to automatically maintain alignment of the HD Radio main program signal (MPS) analog and HD-1 digital audio. Using its selective off-air tuner, the M4DDM measures the MPS analog and HD-1 digital audio diversity and generates a continuous stream of correction vectors to keep the analog and digital audio time and level aligned. These correction vectors can be processed internally by the M4DDM to delay the digital program audio or can be sent via Ethernet to an HD Radio Embedded Exporter to provide the necessary delay. Additionally, the unit has digital audio outputs for confidence monitoring and alarm outputs for loss of program audio and OFDM sidebands as well as HD Radio data and RBDS data payloads. The algorithm used in the M4DDM is based on a new digital audio correlation methodology developed jointly by Harris and Day Sequerra.


    ATCi Altair
    Pre-packaged broadcast systems
    Booth Number: C5343
    The Altair family of uplink satellite broadcasting systems was designed to meet the requirements of varying broadcast companies and applications of religious institutions, universities, new satellite channels, existing channels, large corporations, news agencies, etc. Altair is available in 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-channel packages in both C and Ku-band depending on customer needs. The Altair package includes the antenna and all related indoor and outdoor electronics that will handle encoding, modulation, transmission, as well as monitoring of the satellite signal. The Altair systems are offered all-inclusive, in stock and pre-tested for maximum reliability allowing for quick set up and fast time to air.


    Yamaha BR Series

    Yamaha BR Series
    Passive PA speakers
    Booth Number: N3838
    The BR line of sound reinforcement loudspeakers are designed for good audio performance and good looks. A pure titanium 1" compression driver provides the high frequency output. The bass reflex cabinets feature a 10", 12" or 15" woofer, and sport large steel handles, corner protectors and built-in pole sockets. Each model includes integral protection circuitry built into the passive crossover. Five BR models are available. BR10 (250W), BR 12 (300W) and BR15 (400W) are suited for floor or pole mounting. The BR12M and BR15M are angled for on-floor monitor use.


    Samson Technologies Go Mic

    Samson Technologies Go Mic
    USB microphone
    Booth Number: SL10125
    Go Mic is designed to record professional quality audio on any computer. Its unique design provides the user with a built-in laptop mount or allows placement on a multidirectional hinge; ensuring consumers record only the intended audio. Go Mic is ideal for applications such as Skype, iChat, webcasting, podcasting, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and voice recognition software. Features include plug-and-play MAC and PC compatibility, USB interface for high-resolution, digital audio streaming, a custom design that clips to a laptop or sits on a desk, compact, folding design that allows for easy storage in a brief case or laptop bag, condenser transducer with pressure gradient USB digital output, frequency response of 20Hz - 18kHz, selectable cardioids or omni directional polar recording pattern, available in black or white.




  • Do You Know?

    How well do you know your Vegas history?
    Each of these events happened from 1996-1998, can you guess the correct year?
    Hint: There are four for each year.

  • The first non-stop scheduled commercial flight from Frankfurt-Mein International Airport in Germany lands May 7 with 215 passengers at McCarran International Airport.
  • The $72 million, 1,100-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway with tracks for drag, stock car and formula car races opens.
  • Annual gross gaming revenue in Nevada hits the $8.1 billion mark.
  • "Star Trek: The Experience" opens January 4 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The attraction is now closed.
  • Las Vegas Convention Center opens an expansion, boosting its total space to 1.9 million square feet.
  • Wayne Newton celebrates 25,000th Las Vegas performance. Siegfried and Roy celebrate 15,000th Las Vegas performance.
  • New York-New York Hotel Casino opens on the Las Vegas Strip. More than 100,000 people a day visit the new resort during the casino's first days in operation.
  • Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the U.S. and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, opens.
  • Coca Cola Co. opens its World of Coca Cola store in the Showcase Mall marked by a 100-foot-tall glass Coca Cola bottle.
  • Work is completed on the Desert Inn Road arterial, creating the first tunnel under the Las Vegas Strip.
  • A 66-year-old Las Vegas resident hits a $27.58 million progressive Megabucks jackpot at the Palace Station Hotel Casino.
  • The Forum Shops at Caesars opened 35 new shops, stores and restaurants in a 276,000-square-foot expansion. Growth doubles the size of the upscale shopping mall adjacent to Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

    Industry

    Media professionals to recruit job seekers during NAB Show Career Day
    Washington, DC - the NAB education foundation, in partnership with the broadcast education association (BEA) and radio-television news directors association (RTNDA), will host their annual Career Day at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday, April 22 during the 2009 NAB Show. Sponsored by Edge Technology Services, Career Day will allow students and entry-level job seekers to meet with media industry professionals.

    "Career Day typically attracts over 1,500 attendees, and has expanded to include a 'Career Services' component that is particularly relevant given today's challenging job market," said NABEF President Marcellus Alexander. "Our goal is to provide as many people as possible with the opportunity to network with broadcasting professionals and learn the tools necessary for career advancement."

    The Career Services Center will provide resume critiquing and one-on-one career coaching sessions to help prepare prospective employees for career advancement. Career Day will also feature several informative sessions, including utilizing social networking tools in your job search, getting back in the job search game and standing out in a competitive market, that will provide job seekers with in-depth information and comprehensive tools to enhance their broadcasting careers.

    Designed for experienced professionals, college students and entry-level job seekers, Career Day will include professionals from a variety of broadcast and media companies, including CBS News, Edge Communications, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., LIN Television, McGraw-Hill Broadcasting, Oregon Association of Broadcasters, The Star Radio Group - WFLS/WWUZ/WWVB and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc./CNN. Recruiters will be on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in job opportunities and internships within the media industry. Admission is free, and open to both registrants and non-registrants of the NAB Show. For additional information, contact Rumana Sultana at rsultana@nab.org or visit the NABEF website.


    Barix Presents Audio over IP Workshops
    Zurich, Switzerland - Barix has scheduled a series of hands-on workshops to immediate follow the upcoming NAB, Infocomm and IBC conventions. The workshops will educate attendees on the topic of Audio over IP, Barix products, applications, and an overview of the Barix Control Language used for custom Barix applications.

    Barix held two workshops alongside Infocomm Asia and the Digital Signage Expo conventions in Hong Kong and Las Vegas, and included hands-on demonstrations of how the products are used in real-world applications. The next three workshops will be held on the following dates with locations to be announced:

  • NAB Workshop: April 23 in Las Vegas
  • Infocomm Workshop: June 16 in Orlando
  • IBC Workshop: Sept. 10 in Amsterdam

    The NAB and IBC demonstrations will mainly emphasize broadcast and pro audio applications for the Instreamer encoding, Exstreamer decoding and Annuncicom intercom product lines, with limited discussion of how the Barionet control and automation products can be applied to these applications. The Infocomm workshop with be more general, focusing on the use of all Barix IP audio and control products in pro audio, security, education, worship and other markets.

    All workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the listed dates. Locations will be close to either the airports or convention centers in each city. Seats are limited. E-mail events@barix.com to reserve your sport or request additional information.


    Products from the Floor

    Marantz CDR633

    Marantz CDR633
    CD recorder/player
    Booth Number: N7636
    Housed in a 2RU enclosure, this professional CD player plays and records standard CD-R and CD-RW discs. It can also play MP3 files. Other features include Marantz Minute Track with Adjustable Time - or Level-dependent Auto Track Increment, auto-cue, auto fade-in and out with programmable time and sync (level dependent) recording. It includes an internal sample rate Converter (32 - 48kHz) and analog and coaxial/optical (S/PDIF) digital inputs and outputs.


    Antelope Audio Trinity

    Antelope Audio Trinity
    Master Clock
    Booth Number: N2234
    The Trinity's features include three Independent Audio Generators up to 384kHz, with Varispeed Control; three Independent SD Generators, simultaneously offering PAL and NTSC; three Independent HD Generators, presenting a choice of 16 formats, and Antelope's fourth Generation of Acoustically Focused Clocking (AFC) which now employs 64-bit DSP. Also, a triple display shows the frequencies for the Independent Audio Generators. Trinity maintains all of the features from Antelope's current OCX-V Audio/Video Master Clock, such as Jitter Management Module, Black burst generator, and full audio and video Gearboxing with simultaneous 0.1 and 4 percent pull-ups/pull-downs.


    Broadcast Tools SS 4.4
    Active stereo matrix switcher
    Booth Number: N8120
    The SS 4.4 provides matrix audio switching of four stereo inputs to four stereo outputs. Matrix switching allows any or all inputs to be assigned to any or all outputs. The SS 4.4 may be controlled via front panel switches, contact closures and/or the multi-drop RS-232 serial port. Additional features include stereo silence sensor with relay, front-panel stereo LED VU meters, stereo headphone jack with level control, powered monitor level control all with output selection switching, 16 GPIs, four GPO- open collectors and four SPST relays. Installation is simplified with pluggable Euroblock screw terminals. The SS 4.4 is supplied in a 1RU chassis.


    Beyerdynamic DT 790 and DT 797

    Beyerdynamic DT 790 and DT 797
    Broadcast headsets
    Booth Number: SL7024
    The basis of these new headsets is the classic closed reference studio headphone DT 770 PRO with the addition of a pivoting gooseneck microphone boom, and one of two first-class microphone capsules. Both models have been built to thrive in highly noisy environments, delivering top notch audio quality and speech intelligibility. The DT 790, with dynamic microphone (hypercardioid), is specially designed with camera men and sound engineers in mind, while the DT 797, with condenser microphone (cardioid), has been developed for use by commentators in live broadcasting situations (i.e. live sporting events). The powerful headphone-systems feature a frequency response of 5Hz to 30kHz, providing an exceptionally balanced sound characteristic. The sound insulating housing and soft-skin ear pads provide superb isolation from ambient noise and the new pivoting goose neck microphone boom makes sure the dynamic microphone can always be optimally adjusted into any required position. The microphone boom can be used at left or right side or can be moved into standby (upper) position. The single-sided cable will be available with a wide variety connectors to accommodate any application.




  • More Convention News

    Las Vegas Resources
    Need a toothbrush? Forget shampoo? Need to mail a postcard or buy a cable? Don't worry, we've got you covered! Check out our Las Vegas Resources page for everything you'll need, emergency or not.


    More Products

    Larcan Encore Series

    Larcan Encore Series
    IBOC FM translator
    Booth Number: C2616
    Incorporating TV transmitter amplifier designs and applying them to digital radio, the Encore IBOC FM Translator delivers a high-quality digital FM radio quality sound. Highly linear amplifiers and custom designed IF filtering enable optimum reception and output power in digital operation. Integrating filtering and new linear conversion technologies, the Encore Series of translators takes the digital FM signal and translates/repeats it, keeping the IBOC digital signal intact. The result is an IBOC FM translator that delivers the original analog FM signal and the digital portion of the signal together to an audience. The Encore Series is available from 25W to 250W.


    Broadcast Electronics Audio Vault Flex
    Digital media system
    Booth Number: N7917
    The Audio Vault Flex digital media system offers new resource allocation tools and studio networking capabilities to broadcasters. New capabilities such as remote voicetracking, interactive talent collaboration, work environment customization and advanced segue editor enable broadcasters to do more with less. BE Audio Vault systems are digital media systems for live-assist or satellite operation, including scheduling and production modules for multi-track editing, music rotation and ad insertion. The new AVFlex platform offers these features as well as advanced features such as in-group program syndication, centralized music library management and multi-location workgroup collaboration. AVFlex is also the first studio platform of its kind with the flexibility and capacity for repurposing content and personalizing format channels for the Internet or over the air.


    Henry Engineering Powerswitch

    Henry Engineering Powerswitch
    Automatic AC power controller
    Booth Number: N8215
    Powerswitch is an automatic failsafe AC power controller that switches AC power to backup equipment if main equipment fails. Powerswitch was developed for use with Arbitron PPM encoders. If a PPM Monitor is used, the Powerswitch will automatically switch to the backup PPM encoder if the main encoder fails. This redundancy with automatic backup ensures that radio stations never lose ratings data in the event of a fault with their main PPM encoder. Powerswitch can also be used as a remote rebooter, to reboot a PC at a transmitter site or other remote location. It can also be used in any application where AC power needs to be remotely turned on or off.


    Dalet Digital Media Dalet Plus 3.0
    Asset management
    Booth Number: SU3702
    Dalet Plus is an asset management platform designed for HD production workflows and archiving for news, sports and programs, as well multimedia content creation and distribution to Web, Mobile and VOD platforms. Integrated powerful production tools to ingest, produce, play-out and archive are packaged into four offerings: Dalet Enterprise Edition, Dalet News Suite, Dalet Media Library and Dalet Radio Suite HD. Version 3.0 Dalet solutions will include features such as integrated CG production in the Dalet timeline; a new Dalet Dashboard for system-wide monitoring and analysis; native integration with SeaChange video servers; and new ingest technology based on cost effective IT servers.




    Out and About

    Las Vegas Restaurants
    Need to grab a bite near the convention center? Try one of these great restaurants within walking distance.

    Envy Steakhouse
    3400 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89169
    702-784-5716ý
    Breakfast: 6:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Daily Menu
    Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Daily Menu
    Dinner: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday – Thursday; 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday Menu
    Brunch: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday

    Piero's Las Vegas Italian Restaurant
    355 Convention Center Dr., Las Vegas, NV 89109
    702-369-2305ý
    5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Menu

    Benihana
    3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109
    702-732-5334
    5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Monday – Sunday Menu

    Casa Nicola
    In Las Vegas Hilton
    3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas, NV 89109
    702-732-5755
    5:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday

    New Restaurant!
    Delmonico Steakhouse
    Inside The Venetian
    3355 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109
    702 414 3737
    Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Monday – Sunday Menu
    Dinner: 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday - Thursday; 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday Menu


    Did You Know?

    How did you do?
    Las Vegas timeline 1996-1998:

  • 1996 - The $72 million, 1,100-acre Las Vegas motor speedway with tracks for drag, stock car and formula car races opens.
  • 1996 - Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the U.S. and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi river, opens.
  • 1996 - Work is completed on the Desert Inn Road arterial, creating the first tunnel under the Las Vegas strip.
  • 1996 - Wayne Newton celebrates 25,000th Las Vegas performance. Siegfried and Roy celebrate 15,000th Las Vegas performance.
  • 1997 - The Forum Shops at Caesars opened 35 new shops, stores and restaurants in a 276,000-square-foot expansion. Growth doubles the size of the upscale shopping mall adjacent to Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas strip.
  • 1997 - The first non-stop scheduled commercial flight from Frankfurt-mein international airport in Germany lands May 7 with 215 passengers at McCarran International Airport.
  • 1997 - Coca Cola Co. opens its World of Coca Cola store in the showcase mall marked by a 100-foot-tall glass Coca Cola bottle.
  • 1997 - New York-New York Hotel Casino opens on the Las Vegas strip. More than 100,000 people a day visit the new resort during the casino's first days in operation.
  • 1998 - Annual gross gaming revenue in Nevada hits the $8.1 billion mark.
  • 1998 - A 66-year-old Las Vegas resident hits a $27.58 million progressive megabucks jackpot at the Palace Station Hotel Casino.
  • 1998 - Las Vegas Convention Ccenter opens an expansion, boosting its total space to 1.9 million square feet.
  • 1998 - "Star Trek: The Experience" opens Jan. 4 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The attraction is now closed.


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