New Products

January 1, 2009


Portable recorder

Yamaha

Pocketrack CX: Yamaha is now shipping its new Pocketrak CX. Yamaha's previous portable recorder offering is the Pocketrak 2G, an ultra-slim recorder with an omni-directional mic. The Pocketrak CX adds an upgraded stereo microphone system and expanded memory capability. It supports a variety of different recording formats, an onboard speaker, stand adapter, and Cubase AI DAW software. The CX then adds a larger AA re-chargeable battery built in to allow up to 40 hours of continuous recording and playback, a 90-degree X-Y microphone and Micro SD card capability. A 2GB card is included.
714-522-9000
infostation@yamaha.com
www.yamaha.com/proaudio


HD production elements

Blastwave FX

Titlewave: A compilation of Blastwave FX's six imaging elements libraries, including 10,000 stereo and 1,300 5.1 surround production elements, Titlewave gives professionals everything they need to accent, drive and punch up their productions. Categories include: 5.1 SSFX, ascends, beats, beds, choppers, compositions, descends, data FX, feedbacks, glitches, hits, lasers, logos, noise, shimmers, static, sweepers, tape rewind and tuners. Titlewave contains 240GB of HD sound effects and comes pre-installed on a premium hard drive.
www.blastwavefx.com
info@blastwavesfx.com


Wireless mic system

AKG

WMS 4500: Like the WMS 4000, the WMS 4500 offers a wide range of available components for operational versatility, but has been modified for more durable use and greater flexibility with wireless applications. The WMS 4500 is available in two new frequency bands: Band 7 (500-530MHz) and Band 8 (570-600MHz) that offer more options for multi-channel systems in today's crowded RF environment. The system's components, the SR4500 receiver unit, the PT4500 emitter, and the HT4500 handheld microphone unit all offer new features and sleek new construction.
818-920-3212
www.akg.com
akgusa@harman.com




Audio level processing system

Audessence

Pod Blaster: This entry-level digital audio processor is designed for podcasters, broadcast studios and program production applications, but can also be used for dual-microphone level control. It features analog and digital inputs and outputs, GUI set-up via USB and nine pre-set audio profiles. The Pod Blaster produces smooth sound, ends listener annoyance and tune-out due to sloppy levels, allows presenters to concentrate on the content, improves audibility and clarity of the program and eliminates overload distortion.
+44 1444 880 444
www.audessence.com


Portable Wi-fi Internet radio

C. Crane Company

Revo Pico: This portable Wi-fi radio runs nearly eight hours on just two hours of charging. The splash-resistant radio has good audio for its size (2.1 pounds), and also features a built-in FM radio, stereo headphone jack and an audio-in/HP jack. Choose between several equalizer settings to adjust the audio tone to personal preference. Includes user manual, remote control and power/charging cord.
800-522-8863
www.ccrane.com
ccraneco@aol.com


AM broadcast processor

BW Broadcast

DSPX Mini-AM: BW Broadcast has developed an AM version of its exceedingly popular entry-level DSPX Mini processor. The DSPX Mini-AM packs four bands of AGC, four bands of limiting and an anti-aliased clipper into 1RU. Other features include adjustable low-pass filtering, high-frequency equalization, asymmetrical clipping, low-frequency transmitter tilt compensation and a tone generator.
888-866-1671
www.broadcastwarehouse.com
info@broadcastwarehouse.com


Relay changeover system

Broadcast Devices

8/16 Channel A/B Switcher: This product allows for A-B switching of multiple audio, AC/DC control or logic functions. The 8/16 has 16 sets of form C contacts that can switch multiple stereo audio pairs, control signals or just about any signal desired. The 8/16 can handle studio or facility changeover providing complete backup redundancy. The unit features front panel control and logic and simple momentary remote control and remote position status. There are additional remote control outputs that can be connected to additional units to create a larger switcher if desired. The 8/16 series switchers are housed in an all-steel chassis and use a switching power supply for minimal hum pickup. All connections to and from the 8/16 series are made via standard DB-25 connectors. Commonly available break out cables can be used to connect between DB-25 and XLR connectors. Cable assemblies are also available from BDI.
914-737-5032
www.broadcast-devices.com
sales@broadcast-devices.com


Analog telephone hybrid

Axel Technology

Boxtel: Boxtel is a very small analog telephone hybrid that provides automatic line compensation, transformer-balanced audio connections and local and remote control capabilities. Boxtel does not require ac main voltage; power comes directly from the telephone line.
+39 51 736555
www.axeltechnology.com
info@axeltechnology.com


Multi-screenvideo extenders

Adder Technology

Adder Link X50-MS: The Adder Link X50-MS is a link-transparent USB and high performance video extender that delivers industry leading video quality at up to 1920x1200 together with 44.1kHz digital stereo audio over a single CATx cable. It enables USB peripherals such as keyboards, mice and graphics tablets to be extended up to 165' from the computer. The Adder Link X50-MS adds a second video and transparent, high speed RS232 connection, up to baud rates of 19200. The extra functionality allows for the extension of computers with dual monitors commonly used in a variety of KVM extension scenarios including industrial applications.
888-932-3337
www.addertec.com
enquiry@addertec.com


RF mapping application

Softwright

Radio Path Analysis: Softwright, developers of the Terrain Analysis Package Software (TAP) now provide the capability to visually see the details of a radio path analysis or RF coverage map using Google Earth. The application can be used to visualize virtually all types of radio system paths. Softwright has developed a way of graphically modeling not only the portion of the Fresnel zone that lies below the actual line-of-sight path, but also on both sides of the exact path, where additional path losses are created. Up to now this degradation would have been undetected. With this newly designed RF modeling tool, the engineer can fly an entire path and look at the areas that would cause signal deterioration down the entire path including the side lobes of the protected Fresnel zone. Only when one knows precisely where these obstructed locations are, can an engineer proceed with strategic solutions to seek to eliminate locations where the signal is unreliable.
303-344-5486
www.softwright.com
sales@softwright.com




Ambisonic soundfield mic

Core Sound

Tetramic: Based on the principles of Ambisonic recording, Tetramic allows the placement of a single tetrahedral microphone in a sound field, recording of four channels of audio in A format, transform them using software into B format (W, X, Y and Z), and later interpret those four channels to essentially any single-point configuration of microphones. The four channels of B format can also be interpreted into almost any playback format.
888-937-6832
www.core-sound.com


Unisex XLR

Neutrik

Convertcon: Convertcon is a new three-pin male and female cable connector in a single housing. It is available with black chrome housing and gold contacts. By sliding the housing back and forth, Convertcon is transformed from a male to female connector. This new male/female cable end XLR allows for use of one connector, as it can mate with either a male or female three-pin XLR. Convertcon shares some of the features and benefits of Neutrik's best-selling XLR XX series. It also features an improved chuck type strain relief that provides higher pull-out force and makes assembly easier and faster.
732-901-9488
www.neutrik.com
info@neutrikusa.com


Power conditioners

Furman Sound

Classic Series: Furman's Classic Series offers all the technologies of the Series II line, including Linear Filtering Technology (LIFT), Series Multi-Stage Protection (SMP) for the highest level of surge protection available, and automatic Extreme Voltage Shutdown (EVS) to protect connected equipment from overvoltage conditions. For rack illumination, the units feature Smooth Track LED rack lights and a rear-panel BNC connector to power any standard gooseneck lamp. The Classic Series includes three 15-amp models, the PL-8C, PL-PLUS C, and PL-PLUS DMC, along with the two 20-amp Pro models, the PL-PRO C and PL-PRO DMC. All units in the Classic Series feature nine outlets with two rear-panel isolated outlet banks to lower intercomponent noise interference, along with a Protection OK indicator on the front panel to alert users to the operational status of the unit. To accommodate bulky transformers, the power management solutions feature wall-wart spacing.
707-763-1010
www.furmansound.com
info@furmansound.com


CD burning software

Yangaroo

DMDS Burn: DMDS Burn brings watermarked CD burning to the desktop. Created in response to client needs, DMDS allows clients to use their DMDS Agent to produce audio CDs at their desktop that are individually watermarked with any data the user specifies. The entire process can be done in a few minutes, with the watermark data embedded into a CD quality audio file. Currently, record labels either have to purchase very expensive watermark burning hardware, or ship the tracks out to an external service to complete this task. Both of these alternatives are inefficient and time consuming.
905-763-3553
www.musicrypt.com


Coupled combiner

Myat

IBOC Lo-loss: Myat's patent-pending technology combines FM and digital signals in a way that others said couldn't be done. It uses filters to combine digital and analog transmitters efficiently to create an IBOC signal for transmission. This method is significantly more efficient than other high-level combining techniques currently in use. Applications include use with the proposed digital sideband power increase. Up to 86 percent efficiency for digital insertion is possible. It is available for primary and extended mode IBOC operation.
201-767-5380
www.myat.com
sales@myat.com


Condenser vocal mic

Sennheiser Electronic

Evolution E 965: Not only is the Evolution E 965 microphone the company's flagship product within the Evolution range, it is also its first large-diaphragm true condenser microphone. A wide frequency range, extensive dynamics, and extremely low distortion are among the mic's features. The E 965 also features a dual-diaphragm transducer, which allows users to switch between cardioid and super-cardioid pick-up patterns. When the ambient volume is loud the user can select the tighter pattern. For high sound pressure levels, users can switch on a pre-attenuation of -10dB. A low-cut filter reduces impact noise and reduces the low-frequency overemphasis during close miking. Handling noise is efficiently reduced by the shock-mount design, while an integrated pop shield and windshield make the microphone very user-friendly.
860-434-9190
www.sennheiserusa.com
lit@sennheiserusa.com


Audio editing software

Digidesign

Protools 8: Completely updated with a new user interface, more than 70 plug-ins and virtual instruments, fully-integrated MIDI and score editors, and an expanded array of editing features, the new Pro Tools 8 software provides everything users need to create, compose, score, record, mix, produce and broadcast all in one application. At first glance, the most noticeable new feature in Pro Tools 8 is its redesigned user interface, which frames an expanded set of creative tools and a host of features. Enhancements, such as dockable Editor windows and a configurable Edit window toolbar, make it easier to navigate than ever before.
800-333-2137
www.digidesign.com
prodinfo@digidesign.com




Advanced Wattchman monitor/alarm

Coaxial Dynamics

81094: The Model 81094 is the first in a series of Internet/intranet accessible Advanced Wattchman wattmeter/alarm systems that will monitor forward and reflected power in two transmission lines with only one controller. The front-panel display shows power on both systems simultaneously. Operating conditions may also be displayed on a PC from any location on the Internet/intranet. The Model 81094 is designed to work with a series of specialized line sections from 7/8” to 6 1/8” and standard Coaxial Dynamics elements for analog or digital applications. Elements are available from 1W to 100kW and from 2MHz to 2.3GHz.
800-COAXIAL
www.coaxial.com
sales@coaxial.com


Floor-mounted connector boxes

Rapcohorizon

Floor Pocket Box/Mini Floor Boxes: The Floor Pocket Box is designed for permanent installations requiring multiple microphone, speaker and/or video connectors. Available insert plates include a 5" plate that can accommodate up to eight connectors, and the 8" plate, which holds up to 16 connectors. The mounting flange and lid are fabricated from sturdy 3/16" steel with a black finish. The Mini Floor Box is intended for installations requiring up to only four connectors for microphone, speaker and/or video applications. This product is additionally perfect in consort with the larger Floor Pocket Box to add connection accessibility to a remote area of a larger installation. The Mini Floor Box is constructed from 16-gauge steel with a black finish and comes in only a 5" depth version. Standard size electrical conduit knockouts are provided left and right for easy cable insertion and strain relief. The Mini Floor Box ships with a blank insert plate that can be user configured. Custom factory configurations are also available.
573-651-6500
www.rapcohorizon.com
info@rapcohorizon.com


Transmitter power increase

Nautel

HD Power Boost: Nautel's new HD Radio technology, HD Power Boost, allows broadcasters to increase digital transmitter power while improving efficiency. Unlike traditional FM transmission, the IBOC signal presents the broadcast transmitter with a widely varying signal envelope. The peak power compared to the average power in the signal is defined as the peak-to-average-power ratio (PAPR). By using advanced algorithms, peak power requirements are reduced, allowing new Nautel transmitters to transmit higher digital power levels while at the same time achieving greater transmitter efficiency. This effect is even more pronounced at higher digital carrier injection levels.
207-947-8200
www.nautel.cominfo@nautel.com


Anti-slip cable pad

Middle Atlantic Products

ASP-OWP: The ASP-OWP Series anti-slip cable pads are designed to improve cable management and performance in broadcast applications. When cable is dropped in from the top of racks and enclosures where hook-and-loop or wire-tie-type fasteners are used, the weight of the cable creates a significant and often problematic strain on the tie, connection and horizontal to vertical transition points. The pads have been designed to remove close to 40 percent of the cable weight off the tie point, while reducing pull tension where cables are fastened to meet or exceed cable manufacturers' requirements. These pads eliminate the need to over tighten the cable fastener to the point where it deforms or kinks the cables, an issue that can interrupt critical broadcast transmissions.
973-839-1011
www.middleatlantic.com
sales@middleatlantic.com


Distribution panel

Balsys Technology Group

Global Distribution Portal: Balsys Technology Group's Global Distribution Portal panel provides convenient two-way interface between any studio/central audio system and external equipment. Active circuitry supports both analog and digital stereo I/O in both professional and consumer formats, utilizing the most commonly encountered audio connectors. Three mono summed output feeds at mic level are provided, each with ground-lift switches, and are spaced to permit use of wireless transmitters. Also included are six utility feed-through connectors. Standard configuration is two each USB, Fire Wire, and RJ-45, but all are interchangeable and can easily be field configured as desired. The unit is 3RU in height, and intended for mounting in walls or broadcast furniture. Rackmount adaptors are optionally available.
407-656-3719
www.balsys.com
sales@balsys.com


Upgrades and Updates

Vorsis released software version v1.3.0 for the company's AP2000 and FM2000 processors. (www.vorsis.com)...V-Soft has recently has acquired a new 30 sec. terrain database to use with FM Commander, Probe 3 and other V-Soft programs that access terrain. (www.v-soft.com)...Logitek Electronic Systems has slated the sale of the first Jetstream IP-based console system. KFCF Radio, Fresno Free College Foundation, a Pacifica affiliate station based in Fresno, CA, ordered a Jetstream Mini router and a Remora control surface. (www.logitekaudio.com)...Yangaroo has integrated its Digital Media Distribution System (DMDS) with Powergold, the music scheduling software produced by Micropower. (www.powergold.com, www.yangaroo.com)



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