While the NAB2002 convention evidenced a decrease in attendees, the
exhibitors were no less busy in unveiling new products. There were some
new ideas and approaches represented in the products shown, but many
were refinements or enhancements to existing products or
The BE Radio NAB2002 review is extensively covered in this
issue. Our pool of reporters supplemented the BE Radio editorial
staff to cover the entire show floor and bring you this all-inclusive
Also, be sure to review the recipients of radio's most prestigious,
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Arrakis Systems introduced the Nova-10C, a 10-channel digital mixing
Professional Sound unveiled the M3, a three-input, portable audio
mixer for ENG and field production.
Logitek showed the Remora control surface. Also introduced was the
redesigned Numix digital console as well as updates to the Logitek
Audio Engine digital audio router.
Wheatstone's D-4000 is the latest addition to the company's Digital
Series console line. It is based on the architecture of the D-5000.
Also unveiled was the D-8000, which includes Bus-Minus, four mix buses
and 24-bit A/D inputs. The D-700 has also expanded to store as many as
99 presets for recalling settings.
Tamura showed the Qolle AMX Series portable mixer product line,
which includes four analog models ranging from four to 20 channels.
Sound Devices displayed its 442 portable mixer, which offers
features for field mixing applications.
Harris Pacific is now shipping the Legacy console.
AEQ showed the BC 2000 Digital, which consists of a rack unit with
inputs, outputs and processing, and a control surface.
Denon introduced a DJ mixer, the DN-X400, which includes two digital
Dan Dugan showed the D-2 automatic mixing controller, which adds
digital signal processing, a separate control panel and three
processing groups for multichannel mixing.
Omnia Audio had several product introductions and demonstrations.
The Omnia A/X is a software-only processer useful for Webcasting. It
runs on Windows. The Omnia 6 CD is a studio mastering processor
designed for audio mastering applications. The Omnia 4.5 AM and Omnia
4.5 FM are new and offer 96kHz processing with 24-bit dynamic range and
a five-band limiter.
Orban added several products to its audio processing line. Version
2.0 software for the Optimod-FM 8400 (a BE Radio Pick Hit)
reduces the system audio delay and offers improved DSP algorithms. The
Optimod-FM 8400PD is an 8400 repackaged with no front-panel user
interface. It is programmed via a PC software interface. Also announced
was the Optimod-FM 8400IBOC processor.
AEV S.p.A. of Italy showed the Xtreme, a five-band digital audio
processor with a built-in sample rate converter, daypart automation,
remote control via an RS-232 port and the optional RBDS module for the
Xtreme FM, providing RBDS generation within the audio processor.
CRL Systems introduced the Amigo Grande processor set that reduces
the unit count of devices from four to three.
Aphex released its latest on-air processor, the 2020 MKIII. This is
a digitally-controlled analog processor with computer GUI control.
Waves displayed its bundled DSP software plug-in packages that
provide editing tools, sweetening and mastering processors, and sound
CTE International introduced the Condor 50AES digital audio
processor. It features five-band processing in a 1RU package, with 10
IDT has enhanced its Digital Virtual Processor with the Evolution
II, which offers 10 times the processing power of the original DVP.
Audio recording, storage, playback and editing
Audion Labs again showed the Voxpro PC, which can now be configured
to link multiple machines together across a network to share audio
Mackie's SDR24/96 is a 24-channel hard-disk recorder. Also shown was
the redesigned Soundscape software.
The Mayah Flashman (a BE Radio Pick Hit) is a portable flash
card audio recorder with variable sampling rates.
Telos showed the Profiler logging software that allows a station to
automatically log its program audio.
Microboards Technology showed its line of CD replicators including
the Copy Writer Live, a dual-drive CD recorder that spans multiple CDs
to produce a never-ending recording. Also shown was the Orbit Pro, a
two-drive, stand-alone 24× CD duplicator.
The Sonifex Net-Log network audio logger can provide as much as 42
days of two-channel audio. Audio can be played back through any PC on
Denon introduced the DN-C550R dual-disc CD/CD-R/CD-RW
The Arrakis Digilink+ Plus is an upgrade to the Digilink Free that
supports multiple sound cards and has advanced scheduling features.
Dalet demonstrated the Dalet Plus, a digital broadcast platform that
includes a true client/server architecture, TCP/IP operation, new user
interfaces and asset management that allows association of data and
audio for Web publishing and a new mix editor with voice tracking.
CartWorks/dbm Systems announced enhancements to the CartWorks
digital audio system including one-button operation, instant access for
frequently played carts, live assist cart replacement, voice tracking
and Web updating.
OMT/Media Touch demonstrated the Imediaexpress Encoder, which
facilitates the use of a 100 CD jukebox player to convert all audio
tracks to sound files in a variety of formats.
360 Systems had three introductions. The Ethernet Audio family of
products uses central audio servers networking directly with as many as
24 dedicated Digicart/E units over CAT5 Ethernet networks. The
Short/cut has received some enhancements for faster processing,
expanded storage capacity and optional Zip drives. The Instant Replay
has also been enhanced with trim, fade and level-editing
Computer Concepts announced enhancements to the Maestro system,
which includes equalization.
The HHB 8-Track Portadrive combines 24-bit/96kHz multichannel
recording with flexible on-board mixing facilities in a compact,
portable package. HHB also announced an expansion and performance
upgrade for HHB professional recording media and a new Burnit CD
Scott Studios displayed the Distant-City Voice Tracker, which
automatically collects and compresses the beginning and end of the
songs and spots adjacent to the voice tracks in the log. Also shown was
new SS Flex software, which is based on the Scott Studios SS32 system.
The Lazer Blade phone recorder/editor also made its debut.
Prophet Systems Innovations (PSI) promoted the Nexgen Digital NS, an
entry-level computer automation system that is fully scalable and
offers most of the features found in the company's larger system.
Prophet also introduced the Phone Trac, which allows remote recording
and scheduling of audio feeds through a telephone line.
Tascam showed the SX1 DAW/mixer, whose features include motorized
faders, configurable mixing layers and a built-in CD-RW drive.
Syntrillium Software demonstrated the latest release of Cool Edit
Pro, version 2.
Mackie showed the SDR 24/96, a moderately priced, 24-track hard disk
Digigram released version 4.3 of the Xtrack editing software. The
new version supports FTP file import and export.
Pristine has updated Rapidfire to include Quickpicks for instant
audio-to-air playback, Timewarp for audio time shifting and a
production application for voice tracking.
Sonic Foundry released Sound Forge 6.0, which now features
non-destructive audio editing, large file size support and enhanced
Sadie released revision 4.2.0 of its DAW software. The new software
is available for download for all existing users of Sadie Radia, 24/96
and Artemis work-stations.
Audio routing, distribution and conversion
Logitek has enhanced its Audio Engine and added additional I/O
capability, a network card for 1Gb connection between Engines, a
multi-DSP card for EQ and dynamics processing and supervisory
Fast Channel introduced Freedom 4.0, a software update to the
company's audio distribution software and services.
Radio Systems exhibited the D-A+A-D, a 1RU D/A-A/D converter with a
24-bit variable sampling rate up to 96kHz and auto sample rate
Liquid Audio demonstrated the Distra, a system for distributing and
moving audio via the Web.
Arrakis has added a 4x6 routing switcher that talks to the
Sierra Audio Systems added the RIO Link to its 32KD Digital Audio
Network. The 2RU RIO Link allows a remote terminal to be linked to the
32KD mainframe by fiber or CAT5 cable, and provides as many as 32
channels of audio in and out, plus additional data channels, including
16 RS-485 remote control ports.
Aphex demonstrated the Model 212 A/D-D/A converter. It has a
drift-stabilized circuit to reduce dc drift.
Computer Concepts demonstrated enhancements to the Epicenter, which
can interface to the Telos Smart Surface and Logitek controllers.
Audioarts Engineering showed a new 32×32 audio router that
combines audio quality and flexibility.
The Wheatstone Bridge 2001 router has added a logic I/O card to
route data and a machine's status info, and an event scheduler to
automatically change crosspoints or salvos.
Gepco had several new product introductions for AES-3 audio
applications including the 552624GFC 24-pair cable.
Auditronics is now shipping the ALM-12d console that was introduced
Gibson Labs introduced Magic (media-accelerated global information
carrier) a replacement to long, heavy and bulky microphone snake cables
by using A/D converters to multiplex as much as 200 inputs onto one
Broadcast Tools unveiled the new SS16.4 16×4 switcher and the
ACS 8.2 8×2 switcher. Both can mix and overlap audio sources and
can be controlled via contact closures, RS-232 or RS-485 serial
connections. The NSS-3 can be used to send serial strings from an
The AEQ Impact/Caddy is an audio converter/router system that uses
various rack-mount modules to provide as much as a 60×60 matrix.
Optional control software is available.
Computers and peripherals
Ergo 2000 showed the CSD1-17, CSD-1 and S2-17 rack-mount LCD
monitors with integrated keyboard and trackball, which fold into a 1RU
drawer for storage while not in use.
Dbm Systems has added to the Audio Surge line of transient-voltage
protectors for most major-brand digital audio cards.
AudioScience unveiled the ASI6114 digital audio with four stereo
streams. The company is also adding MRX technology, the ability to mix
multiple sampling rates and formats within a sound card, and
SoundGuard, transient-voltage protection, to the ASI6122, ASI6114,
ASI6118 and ASI6244 sound cards.
Monitors, microphones and headphones
The Shure ULX wire mic systems now have additional frequencies
MB Quart displayed the MBK 948 ACS headphone/mic, which features
four-mic elements and a closed-cup design.
Mackie unveiled the HR624, a two-way active nearfield monitor with a
Lightwave Audio Systems displayed the Minimount all-purpose
isolation shockmount for short- and medium-length mics.
Schoeps has repackaged its mics into sets with various amplifier and
capsule combinations with accessories.
Genelec displayed the Sub LSE, a series of laminar, spiral enclosure
sub-woofers providing high SPL with low turbulence noise.
A-audio (Audio) displayed the Envoy series of UHF wireless mic
Sabine showed a 2.4GHz spread-spectrum wireless mic system that is
frequency agile and contains Sabine's FBX Feedback Exterminator, a
compressor/limiter and an intelligent de-esser.
LPB has added the Tri-Mount silent boom mic to its offerings. It
sits in the standard mounting flange.
PMI Audio Group exhibited the line of inexpensive studio condenser
mics from Studio Projects.
The Mackie SP 400Cmonitor is designed to be concealed in a ceiling
for tight studio configurations.
ATI showed the HDA400 and HDA600 headphone distribution systems with
four and six outputs. Both can drive as much as 100nW into a 32-ohm to
Audio-Technica unveiled the studio condenser AT4040 mic, the Artist
Elite series of handheld mics, the 30 series of mics and headphones and
the UHF Yagi Antenna System for wireless mic applications.
AKG Acoustics debuted the K 240 Studio and K 141 Studio headphones.
These feature Varimotion XXL drivers.
DPA Microphones introduced the Type 4071 omnidirectional miniature
Microwave, RPU, fiber optic and telco
Moseley debuted the Digital Composite Link. The Starlink Composite
STL uses 16-bit sampling with a SNR of more than 85dB with more than
70dB of stereo separation. Options include an IBOC transport channel as
well as MPEG LIII auxiliary audio channels.
Marti showed the SRPT-40A transmitter. The Digital Cellcas, which
also make an appearance, is designed to use the various digital
cellphone networks found worldwide and the STL-20C composite STL
transmitter and the STL-20M mono STL transmitter.
Mayah showed the Centauri 3000, a T-1 bi-directional STL with 15kHz
uncompressed audio and an IP addressable Ethernet data link. Also shown
was the Centauri 3001 ISDN Codec, which is compatible with all the
major-brand ISDN codecs. The Centauri Webserver is a plug-and-play
audio server for use on the Internet or on an intranet.
Broadcast Richardson showed the Swedish portable IP Satellite
Terminal, a suitcase-sized portable audio uplink that uses MPG2 for
live two-way communications or MPG4 for higher-quality non-real time
Audio Processing Technology demonstrated the Program Channel Access
Unit (PCAU), an encoder/decoder card using Apt-X encoding for 20Hz to
20kHz audio over a 128kb/s ISDN link.
DB Elettronica introduced the TD/16 and RD/16, a set of codecs that
are compatible with any analog FM Aural STL, that provide a digital
upgrade to existing equipment.
The Telos Zephyr Xport (a BE Radio Pick Hit) is a portable,
POTS codec that connects to an ISDN codec.
Ireland-based ILD Networks showed the Surroundnet, a mutichannel
MPEG-2 codec for transmitting 5.1 channel audio, SMPTE time code, IFB
and RS-232 data over bonded ISDN lines.
BandNet-64 is a low-delay audio codec for transmitting two-channel
audio over ISDN for audio conferencing and remote music
Tieline Technology unveiled the Patriot, a new POTS codec that has
the company's latest proprietary algorithms to produce 15kHz mono audio
at bit rates as low as 24kb/s with minimal delay.
Energy-Onix introduced a remote pick-up transmitter/receiver system
called the Roadcaster, available in UHF and VHF versions. Also shown
was the Tele-Link Internet STL package that provides 22kHz stereo audio
through a broadband Internet connection or Ethernet network.
Musicam USA showed the Liberty POTS codec, which delivers 15kHz
bi-directional audio at connection rates as low as 24kb/s.
AEV S.p.A introduced the Millennium 2 audio codec, which
automatically recognizes the codec at the other end of the line and is
software remote controllable via Windows. It is available in two
models, one with an LCD display and hardware user interface, and one
designed strictly for remote PC control.
Orban's Opticodec 7200 has been added to the Opticodec line with a
1RU unit without a display, which is designed for remote control
Bext unveiled the LKT/LKR aural studio-transmitter link, a 2RU 940
to 970MHz transmitter/receiver set that accepts a stereo composite
OMT/Media Touch showed the Imediamultistream, a streaming audio
package allowing simultaneous streaming with as many as four audio
inputs and as many as 16 streaming outputs from a single PC.
Comrex introduced the Blue Box, which works with POTS lines or GSM
JK Audio demonstrated the Celltap, Daptor Two and Compack. All three
offer interface methods for POTS or cellphones.
AETA demonstrated the Scoop EZ for POTS, ISDN, wireless and Inmarsat
use. It includes a built-in two-channel mixer and a selectable
AEQ introduced the Course ISDN codec rack-mount system. As many as
10 codecs can be mounted in a 4RU space.
Wil-burt showed the D-Tec ac field detection and object proximity
detection for pneumatic masts.
Sigalarm displayed the High Voltage Power Line Proximity Warning
Superior Electric now offers a line of UPS products that are
rack-mounted and available in various capacities.
Catalyst Power displayed the Pinnacle Plus system that combines a
natural gas-powered generator, UPS and Smartgate, which is Catalyst
Power's proprietary Internet-based remote power management
Videoquip Research Limited showed the UVM-6 universal ac line
voltage monitor, which can monitor and log voltage spikes and anomalies
on as many as six circuits simultaneously.
Studio and facility support
Stardraw introduced Stardraw Radio, an easy-to-use CAD package for
designing radio studios that includes a library of more than 10,000
pieces of equipment from most major suppliers.
Dataworld brought several new services including License Tracker,
which provides e-mail notification of upcoming license expiration dates
and renewal application deadlines; Apptracker, which provides e-mail
notification of activity on a specific application submitted to the
FCC; and an improvement to the Flag service, a Web-based management
page allowing users to set activity flag points using a control panel
interface to monitor the status of pending FCC applications.
Masterclock showed its expanding line of master clock systems,
displays and time generators.
Radio Systems has upgraded its timers so each one can act as a
clock, timer or slave display. An infrared remote control is also
available on some models.
Symetrix is developing its Airtools line with the 6100 Broadcast
Audio Delay, which offers as long as a 20-second delay and 20kHz stereo
EDX demonstrated the Microcell/Indoor design tool to help determine
interference and coverage problems of a wireless network. It maps all
transmit and receive links.
Sonifex has added more devices to its Red Box line including the
RB-HD1 stereo headphone amplifier and RB-DMA2 dual digital mic
amplifier that converts mic level signals to AES3 or S/PDIF.
Gorgy Timing showed its complete line of clocks, timing systems,
displays and time-sync generators and readers.
Henry Engineering showed the Moniswitch, which eliminates the
headphone echo caused by digital processor delays. Also shown was the
Patchbox, a passive DA that creates 11 stereo outputs from a single,
balanced stereo input.
Radio Design Labs (RDL) showed the Accessory Mounting System for
jacks, indicators, switches and controls that allows users to create
custom projects with a completely finished look when used in
conjunction with RDL modules and enclosures. Also exhibited were a
series of audio isolation transformers called the Audio Format
Converters. The Stick-on line has a new addition: The STM-LDA3 is a mic
preamplifier with distributed line-level outputs.
Burli introduced its Virtual Newsroom software that manages all
newsroom text and audio needs from a desktop computer.
Eventide displayed the BD960, a profanity delay featuring an
eight-second maximum delay with built-in substitute audio, which is
stored digitally, uncompressed in nonvolatile memory.
Penny & Giles presented its Flexipatch Patchbay, a
dipswitch-configurable patchbay with a compact design suited for
RCS demonstrated Selector XV, which has a new Windows interface.
Industrial Acoustics introduced a veneer finish to its steel doors
to give the look of wood to the door. The company also introduced Track
Walls, a method of moving wall partitions.
ATI added to the Nanoamp series with the AMM200, an audio monitor
and metering device. Also added was the DM200, which can check the
integrity of a digital line. It supports multiple sampling rates and
has a headphone output.
Athens Technology Center introduced the News Asset system, an
integrated approach to handling text, audio and other media files for
news storage and delivery.
Acoustics First unveiled the Transfusor 2'×2' acoustic ceiling
Wireready showed the Sales System for managing contacts and client
Gangverk, an Icelandic company, displayed its Majones radio system
that allows listeners to view a station's playlist and select songs
from it through a mobile telephone interface.
System integrators and services
Mager Systems introduced the Sound Choice Furniture (a BE
Radio Pick Hit), a line of studio furniture featuring
Harris displayed the Quickline studio furniture and the new
Smoothline series. One interesting addition was the Studioflex
hydraulic lift furniture, which can change from stand-up to sit-down
operation as needed.
Forecast Consoles exhibited the Imagemaster Edit Consoles, which are
pre-engineered, modular edit stations that feature the Master Rail
Dynamic Device Management System for quick reconfiguration of
Test and measurement
The Audemat AM Fieldstar automatically takes AM field strength
measurements while driving. It includes an antenna that automatically
nulls to the transmitter site, speeding measurement and data
RDL (Radio Design Labs) showed the PT-ASG1 audio oscillator and the
PT-AMG2 portable test instrument. The PT-AMG2 contains an oscillator
and audio monitoring section with metering and a speaker.
Belar featured a new addition to the Wizard monitors, the AMMA-2 AM
Digital Modulation Monitor/Analyzer (a BE Radio Pick Hit). It
includes filters for IBOC compatibility and DSP processing allows IM
distortion of less than 0.1 percent with as much as 99 percent
Potomac featured its line of AM antenna monitors and field-strength
measuring equipment. Its antenna monitors are compatible with IBOC
The Audio Precision ATS-2 is a PC-based audio test and measurement
system. Capabilities include harmonic distortion, FFT and multi-tone
Inovonics debuted the Model 531 FM modulation analyzer, which
includes digitally synthesized tuning, subcarrier measurement, AM noise
measurement and an extended meter range.
Terrasonde demonstrated the Digital Audio Toolbox multifunction
audio test set.
Aztec Radiomedia introduced the FMTEL5, an FM monitoring and
supervision system built on a DSP architecture that provides an FM
tuner and RDS decoder for remote monitoring of multiple stations.
Transmission and tower equipment
In addition to demonstrating the Digital Radio Mondiale system,
Continental Electronics announced that its 35kW FM transmitter will
begin using a 4CX20000E.
Electronics Research Inc. (ERI) showed the IBOX, a hybrid
digital/analog combiner with a nominal 10dB coupling level at medium-
and high-power levels. Also shown was the S.A.M. hardware/software
monitoring system for master antenna systems that monitors power,
pressure, temperature, moisture and antenna icing at multiple points in
Armstrong introduced the LCD series of FM transmitters with power
ranges from 500W to 10kW.
Kintronic Labs released a new microwave isocoupler for PCS digital
cellphones, wireless Internet or other spread-spectrum applications on
AM broadcast towers.
Unimar displayed its ALTR tower lighting control that alternates
between each lamp in a double obstruction-light assembly. Each time the
unit is energized by the photo control, it switches lamps, ensuring
equal usage of both lamps in the double assembly.
Bext displayed the HS series of solid-state FM transmitters, a line
of low- to medium-power units featuring hot-swappable amplifier
modules. The XPT FM transmitter series has AES3 digital inputs and
onboard digital processing and are available in 50W, 100W, 250W and
500W power levels.
Dielectric introduced the 1400 series FM Filter: a compact, 10kW FM
filter designed for bandpass, notch and constant impedance filter
Burk Technology displayed the Arcplus remote control. Auto-pilot
version 2 is the new release of the remote control software, which has
been completely rewritten. The ARC-16 has a new firmware upgrade to
version 5.4 that allows adjustable alarm delays and command durations.
An auto-load feature allows editing of all user-defined labels on a
Broadcast Electronics showed its IBOC development progress with the
FMI solid-state IBOC compatible transmitter line. This technology uses
linearization techniques that allow the transmitters to be used in a
high-level combined system or a common amplifier system. The Fxi60 and
Fxi250 digital exciters can be configured with an optional IBOC input
card and work with the Fsi-10 and Asi-10 FM and AM IBOC signal
Shively Labs debuted the Interleaved Analog-Digital (IAD) antenna (a
BE Radio Pick Hit) for IBOC conversion for low- and medium-power
stations, as well as the IBOC filter-injector.
Nautel showed its digital AM products. The ND, XL and NA line of
transmitters are fully compatible with IBOC and DRM. Power levels are
available from 1kW to 1MW. Also shown was the NE 50 IBOC exciter.
Presented by Flash Technologies, the Remote Telemetry System can
monitor lights, door entry, generator fuel level and room
Harris exhibited several IBOC offerings. The Dexstar exciter (a
BE Radio Pick Hit) is an exciter for AM or FM. The Z series
transmitters are also being offered as the Z-IBIC series for IBOC
Kintronics labs showed remotely controlled ATUs that are used over
water, at significant heights or in hard-to-reach areas.
Crown Broadcast displayed the FMX series of 30W, 100W and 300W
transmitters, which offer the DMS-enhanced front panel control and RMS
remote interface system. Also shown was the RF Sentinel, a packaged
system with a built-in, automatic backup system.
CTE International offered the VL 1000 1kW FM MOSFT amplifier, which
occupies 5RU with RS-232/RS-485 remote control.
Seratel Technology unveiled the ST 501 FM exciter, a 50W 2RU exciter
with a front-panel LCD for control of all functions.
Bird Electronic introduced the BPM series of RF wattmeters. These
systems combine accuracy of a calorimeter with the ease and price of a
Econco, known for its power tube rebuilding service, has added
original manufacturing capabilities to its product offerings.