New Products from NAB2006
Jun 1, 2006 12:00 PM, By Kari Taylor, senior associate editor
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TLM 49: The TLM 49 features the K47 capsule used in the M49 and U47 microphones. The capsule offers a linear frequency response up to the upper mid-range. Above 2kHz there is a gentle presence boost up to 3dB. The capsule is enclosed by a large, acoustically open head grille. The 34mm diaphragm cardioid capsule has a tendency toward supercardioid performance due to the special capsule construction. The mic operates at an SPL of up to 114dB without distortion and a dynamic range of 102dB (A-weighted).
Master clock time code generator
ES-188: The ES-188 is a 1RU black anodized unit that displays nine digits (day of year, hour, minute and second) of time as received via a user selected NTP server. Several types of time code, as well as a 1PPS signal are generated and output on the rear panel. These outputs allow the unit to interface with new or existing computers, automation systems and third-party clock systems. The clock features automatic correction for Daylight Saving Time and a four-hour battery backup. Options include ASCII NPR time code output, relay contact closure, 220Vac, 12 to 35Vdc power input and UL-approved power supply.
IP audio codec software
Audiostar: This is software for PCs that works over LAN, WAN, DSL, ADSL and the Internet. The system features an auto-detect algorithm built in, so when a user sends or receives content over an IP connection, the system can recognize the coding algorithm used in the transmission and automatically change the settings to match. A compact USB hardware key is required to run the software unrestricted. The software can be used on any computer equipped with a 10/100 LAN interface and a Direct Sound compatible sound card. It supports standard algorithms MPEG 1 and Layer 2, MPEG 2 and Layer 3 and G.722. It also supports MPEG 2 and 4 AAC, MPEG 4 AAC low delay and uncompressed PCM linear audio.
Perception 100, 200: These large diaphragm, side-address condenser mics are equipped with 1" capsules that deliver 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response, with a high-end peak that begins at 5kHz and rises to +4dB at 10kHz. The mics offer 135dB maximum SPL capability and self-noise of less than 16dB-A. The 200 adds switchable 300Hz, 12dB-per-octave bass-cut filter and a 10dB pad for greater flexibility. Both mic's externally-biased capsules must be powered by 48V phantom power. The chassis are made of zinc/aluminum alloy and the grille screens are made of special spring steel that are dent resistant. Both mics have an impedance of 200V with a S/N of 78dB.
Brilliance Low Cap OFHC: The cable's performance gains are achieved through the use of high-conductivity, oxygen-free copper conductors that are inherently free of impurities. The use of a low-capacitance polyolefin dielectric rather than traditional PVC ensures a high frequency response, even over extended distance cable runs. The new cables are available with 10, 12, 14 or 16 AWG bare copper conductors and feature round, brightly colored and satin-finished PVC jackets.
Podcasting, live streaming
1020 FE: This encoding application for netcasting, file encoding, podcasting, audio content downloading and mobile 3GPP devices supports the MP4 family of codecs including AAC and HE-AAC/AAC Plus. It can produce podcasts that can be streamed live or played on demand, even when the file is still downloading. Also included are file hinting for streaming applications and 3GPP mobile phones. The system can tag and add graphics for album art and logos. Downloads comparable to high bit-rate MP3s and WMAs can be achieved in half the time, using half of the bandwidth.
Audiovault 9.5: Central to the new software version is the Flexscreen approach to the user interface, which gives broadcasters various profile options for personalized, on-screen layout of the functions used in their studios. Broadcasters can profile workspaces unique to each show or format, as well as for operational continuity throughout the studio environment. This version also integrates production tools into the air studio workflow. Segue Editor is one of several tools now embedded in AV Air utility to provide greater flexibility to voice track or create music fades and other transitions within the air studio.
7200, 8200: These monitors and subwoofers accept all standard AES/EBU formats of digital audio. The 8200/7200 series will accept sampling rates ranging from 32kHz to 192kHz. The 8200 series will also accept traditional analog signals. The 8240A uses a 6.5" woofer and 3/4" tweeter set into Genelec's Advanced Directivity Controlled Waveguide. The free-field frequency response is 48Hz to 20kHz. Peak SPL per pair is 115dB driven by a pair of 90W amplifiers for each driver. The 7260A features a single 10" proprietary driver with a 120W power amplifier, frequency response of 19Hz to 85Hz and delivers an SPL of 108dB at 1 meter.