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Solid-state media recorder
Ares-M:This solid-state record offers an operating range of -20° to 60°C with 24-bit, 48kHz A/D conversion. It measures 5" x 2" x 0.8" and it weighs less than 250g. The recorder offers a 1.1 USB connector for file transfer and battery charging. The unit's sampling frequency can be set from 32kHz to 48kHz. It features an internal omni-directional mic and stereo mic and line inputs, and an internal speaker. Its S/N ratio is greater than 90dB A-weighted. The device also offers built-in audio editing, automatic record start, an adjustable audio record buffer, menu setting templates, markers and software updates from the Internet.
5200-D:A networkable news mixer, the unit provides front- and rear-panel mic input connectors along with a front-panel headphone jack. The mixer also provides a single-segment LED VU meter and two output buses with program and mix-minus options. The five total inputs consist of one mic, one analog input and three digital outputs (two with router selectors). A built-in Ethernet Bridge X-Y controller is standard, as well as cue speaker and headphone, cue level control, monitor selector and headphone volume control.
Analog/digital audio test system
Booths N2524, N1327
Dscope Update:Key new features to Dscope include the Acoustics 1 package, which offers transducer/room test support, including dB SPL units, measurement mic sensitivity and frequency response calibration, impulse response by MLS and swept-sine method, LS impedance measurement by use of an external ballast resistor in series with EUT and analog I/O, which will run optionally at 48kHz as well as 96kHz and 192kHz.
Access Portable: About the size of a camcorder, this hand-held unit may be powered for more than seven hours by its rechargeable battery. For broadcasts that require larger mixing and headphone capabilities, the system may be docked into the stereo mixer/headphone management section to provide a full-featured, table-top, five-channel mixer/codec. The codec uses BRIC technology to deliver wideband mono or stereo audio on a single POTS line or IP network including the Internet. Other features include a built-in Ethernet port, and connection to a range of other networks via integral Cardbus slot including, modem, 3G cellular, Wi-fi and Wi-max.
Import series: Audio-Technica is manufacturing three professional monitor headphones featuring a low-profile, closed-back dynamic design for isolation in loud listening environments. The headphones handle high SPL levels, and use large-aperture drivers, copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils, rotating earpieces for one-ear monitoring, and oxygen-free copper cable with gold-plated stereo ¨û" connector and ¨ù" adapter. The range includes the ATH-PRO700 SV, ATH-PRO5 V and ATH-PRO5 MS. For portable and active applications, there are seven styles that include three adjustable clip-on models featuring two lightweight ear buds; a lightweight ear-bud/clip-on hybrid headphone with a three-position design; and a folding headphone designed for comfort, quality and portability. Models include the ATH-EW9, ATH-EM9r and ATH-EM7 GM adjustable clip-on headphones; ATH-CM7 SV and ATH-CM7Ti ear-bud headphones; ATH-EC7 GM ear-bud/clip-on hybrid headphones; and ATH-ES5 SV portable folding headphones.
Middle Atlantic Products
Split Screen Pop Filter: This pop filter uses two screens with a separation space that diffuses harsh consonants, which combined with the removal of the outer ring, provides an added measure of air dispersion. Sound is diffused by the first screen, dispersed by the open space between the two screens and diffused once again by the second screen. Any pops created by explosive consonants are eliminated before they reach the microphone. The Split Screen Pop Filter has also been engineered with no parallel surfaces between the two screens to avoid creating any resonant frequencies within the pop filter hoop.
PMD560: Offering more than 35 hours of recording time on a 1GB CF memory card, this compact rack-mount digital recorder is a solid-state recorder with recording to Compact Flash media cards or Microdrives. Uncompressed WAV files can be recorded at 44.1kHz or 48kHz, and MP3 files can be recorded in mono (at 64kb/s) or in stereo (at 128kb/s). Using a standard 1GB Compact Flash card, the unit can record more than 1.5 hours of stereo and more than three hours of mono uncompressed audio, more than 17 hours of stereo MP3 and more than 35 hours of mono MP3 audio. The recorder features RCA input and output jacks, two remote jacks as well as an RS-232C connection port. The front panel offers a headphone jack with volume level and a built-in USB interface.
4MX 25: Based on patent-pending 4MX medium-wave digital transmission technology, which is a method of modulating the duty cycle of the radio frequency directly to produce a more linear output waveform, the 25kW transmitter is DRM-compatible and capable of linear audio reproduction. The transmitter comes with a separate audio input to pass the full frequency range possible of digital transmission. The modulation scheme uses a breakthrough technique to apply a signal to all PA modules in parallel. This design maintains audio quality and efficiency during full power daytime and reduced power nighttime modes.
Prophet Systems Innovations
Booths N3522, C4431
XLR8R: With this system, users can create and post podcasts 10 times faster than conventional means. The Nexgen podcast module is user friendly and is integrated into the workflow at a radio station. The module helps users to craft compelling, original and experimental programming.
Prontonet: The Prontonet is a multiformat audio codec with capabilities such as dual codec (two independent encoders and decoders) supporting G711, G722, MPEG1/2 Layer II, MPEG1/2 Layer III, MPEG2/4 AAC LC and MPEG4 LD as well as Apt-x among its standard coding algorithms and bi-directional uncompressed linear audio transmission over IP through its Ethernet 10/100 port. The Prontonet can also establish a back-up link using ISDN at 64kb/s or 128kb/s under communication loss of X21 or IP links.
Lucid 88192: This audio converter supports eight channels of A/D-D/A conversion at sampling frequencies up to 192kHz. The multi-format unit offers simultaneous connectivity for analog, AES/EBU digital audio and SMUX2 ADAT optical digital audio. An option port is included for future adoption of additional formats.
Automation, scheduling, management system
Booths N617, C2507F
Streamline: Enco partnered with Wicks Broadcast Solutions and Powergold to create Streamline, an integrated automation, music scheduling and traffic system. Streamline integrates DAD's library/playlist functions with Visual Traffic spot entry/log management and Powergold music scheduling/analysis, simplifying a workflow. The system runs on standard PCs with Windows 2000 or Windows XP Pro operating systems.
Documentor: This audio logger permits a station to select previous programs by the minute, hour, day and month. The unit can drive 10 terminals simultaneously via LAN or Internet connections.
Digital telephone hybrid
DHY-03: This DSP-based digital telephone hybrid is a redesign of the DHY-02 and offers 75dB typical line balance rejection. The hybrid's feature-set includes universal line compatibility, input and output gain adjustment, input and output metering, conferencing, RS-232 serial control, local and remote line hold switching, integrated auto-answer, automatic call disconnection, auto-ducking, DTMF tone recognition, a balanced mic/line input and balanced line output.
Pyramix 5.0: In Pyramix version 5.0, the system's firmware has been expanded from 64 to 128 I/O. The company has improved the media management and libraries, transport and machine control, timeline and editing, CD editing and SACD authoring as well as general settings. The main unit features a master fader section and 24 additional user-definable keys across two layers that can be used as 48 direct access solo/mute/track arming keys, locators, cue triggers or any other chosen function. There is a separate and optional eight-fader expansion unit with eight rotary encoders and both units use 100mm touch-sensitive moving faders with dedicated solo, mute, read and write automation keys.