2006 Product Source: S to Z

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2006 Product Source: S to Z

Sep 1, 2006 12:00 PM

2006 Product Source

The annual Product Source showcases hundreds of new products as well as the Radio magazine Pick Hits from NAB2006....

Recorder controller
LRX2: Based on the LRX this controller includes additional DSP power and control surface enhancements. Users can record 48 discrete inputs at 48kHz/24-bit (or 32 tracks at 96kHz/24-bit) from a variety of dedicated input ��slither�� cards. In addition to the standard 16 channel ADC/DAC and AES/EBU digital I/O cards, a switchable 16 channel mic/line card is available with 48V phantom power and selectable gain steps. Its hardware comprises a small assignable mixer with eight motorized faders including pre-fade listen and dedicated record enable buttons; a complete editorial interface with fully weighted jog wheel and ergonomic editing buttons; locator memories; transport controls; and a headphone monitor output. The controller uses a standard PC Laptop with a USB 2.0 interface.

Technical consultation
Equipment dealer: A 28-year-old company in the broadcast industry, the computer division was formed in 1992 to address the digital revolution and new broadcast technology. The company represents more than 700 manufacturers. SCMS occupies a 12,000 sq. ft. facility capable of staging major RF, computer or studio projects. This company is the exclusive Broadcast Electronics RF representative for the Southeast, and one of only three Wheatstone digital dealers. Additionally, SCMS has five field offices across the United States.

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Acoustic treatment
SE Electronics
Reflexion Filter: This portable device records live sources with reduced room ambience. It is a composite wall that is positioned behind a microphone with a variable position stand clamp assembly. The main function is to help obtain a dry vocal or instrument recording. The main absorber has formed pieces of polyester fiberboard attached to it via the extended separation rods, which absorb and diffuse sound waves as they pass through the main filter. The stand assembly comprises a horizontal bar onto which the filter and any standard fitting shock mount can be fixed. The microphone and the filter can then be moved vertically and horizontally along the bar. The filter prevents reflected sound reaching the back and sides of the mic. Its shape and size maximize absorption while keeping coloration down to around 1dB, and leaving the microphone's polar pattern unaffected.

Digital audio toolbox
Sencore Electronics
A Radio magazine Pick Hit of NAB2006
DA795: Analyze any stereo digital audio signal and generate low-noise digital test signals, all at up to 24-bit/96kHz sample rate resolution. The unit offers two sets of AES/EBU and S/PDIF inputs, including Toslink and ADAT plus word clock in. Digital outputs, including AES/EBU, S/PDIF, Toslink/ADAT and word clock out are also available. A transparency test verifies that a device passes digital test waveforms without errors, using a synchronous or asynchronous test. The bit stream analyzer analyzes digital stream characteristics to check actual word length and sample rate, bit activity, header information, flag errors and low voltage. Bitscope shows distortion, noise or jitter on an S/D or X-Y scope, and also applies the results to the internal speaker, headphones and line output.

Mini console
Sierra Automated Systems
A Radio magazine Pick Hit of NAB2006
Rubi-T: This mini Rubicon console is 6" high and features any number of input modules, monitor modules and talkback modules. This console is useful for news booths, edit booths, voice booths, voice tracking and as a secondary effects mixer in on-air studios. Features include full-length 100mm P&G faders, channel on and off controls, and four programmable source select or bus assignment buttons.

LED sign interface
Sine Systems
MBC-1: This interface replaces the basic signaling lights with a customized message on a Beta-Brite or other Adaptive Micro Systems LED message boards. Each interface can control several displays. The MBC-1 monitors as many as 15 control room devices and can display a unique message for each one. Any message that can be displayed on the message sign can be triggered by the unit. Several messages are preprogrammed and can be changed. Inputs are individually programmed for a momentary or latched display. Latched messages are cleared with a common reset input.

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SLS Loudspeakers
S1065: This midfield studio monitor uses a 6.5" midrange cone transducer and dual neodymium magnet 10" woofers. The system offers a flat frequency response of 35Hz to 30kHz (��2dB). Power handling capabilities of 250W RMS and 1,000W peak deliver a maximum SPL of 121dB at one meter. An internal audiophile quality, mid/high passive crossover network is included. The low/mid requires an external active crossover with a recommended fourth order Linkwitz-Riley filter, set at 250Hz for both high-pass and low-pass. The enclosure, with dimensions of 26"H x 36"W x 12"D, is constructed of 1" MDF with the motor board doubled for rigidity and time alignment of the woofers.

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Mapping software
Terrain Analysis Package software v6.0: Version 6.0 of TAP for Windows W2K/XP consists of 25 modules that, when combined together, bring broad capabilities of RF system design to a personal computer. Most studies are accessed through one of two main screens: HD Path and HD Coverage. Presentation-quality coverage calculations made in HD Coverage may be displayed and printed as maps with customized configurations by using the HD Mapper screen. HD Path is completely new RF software for point-to-point path design. Select any two fixed facilities and instantly see the details of the path. Studies such as reflection analysis, antenna heights, path clearances and shadow studies are all created within this screen.

DJ mixer
Soundcraft USA
UREI 1601E: This mixer offers a built-in digital effects section of five effects: filter, delay, pan, cutter and flanger. It also features a set of 25 combo presets in five banks. The effects can be individually assigned to each channel. Two effect parameter controls provide a way of modulating key parameters of each effect currently selected, plus there are five selectable effects speeds from 1/4 to 2/1. A three-band isolator allows the user to select which frequencies of the music pass through the effects section. The mixer features connectivity for six inputs, headphone EQ and adjustable channel fader curves.

Digital radio console
Studer North America
On-Air 3000 Net: An option to the On-Air 3000, this console migrates the desk from a stand-alone operation to an open and networked part in the overall infrastructure of a broadcast center. By interconnecting several Studer S-Cores, the local and decentralized audio resources can be shared by the other S-Cores in the network. The user can control the mic gain in the other S-Core remotely and if the fader is opened the loudspeakers in the remote location will be dimmed or cut and the red light will illuminate. All interconnected audio sources are visible in the input routing page in the GUI and can be patched to faders in the same way as local sources. Routings can be stored and recalled with snapshots.

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Announcer's console
Studio Technologies
Model 212: Adding to the features of the Model 210, the Model 212 announcer's console features a flat frequency response from 20Hz to 18kHz from mic in to main out, 0.025 percent THD+N, a S/N ratio of 71dB and a common mode rejection ratio of 68dB at 60Hz. It features an XLR mic input, AES3-ID I/O and a �" TRS headphone jack. It is powered by 24Vdc through a coaxial power jack. Two spare connector locations accept a variety of Neutrik NC*D-L-1 connectors. A/D-D/A converters are 24-bit with a 100dB dynamic range. Its internal sampling rate is 48kHz and its external sampling rate is 32kHz to 96kHz.

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Surge suppressor
Superior Electric
Stabiline PT1: Sand-packed MOV arrays equally share current to suppress transients before they reach sensitive loads while capacitors filter out high-frequency noise and low-level transients in this suppressor. The arrays respond to repeated high-current lightning incidents and other transient voltage surges. The suppression filter components are bolted directly to copper bus bars, lowering system impedance and clamping voltage. The NEMA 4x fiberglass-reinforced polyester housing features a nonremovable cover. LEDs for all phases illuminate to indicate protection is active. The suppressor offers four surge amp capacity ratings to choose from: 25kA, 50kA and 100kA per mode.

Digital clock reference
A Radio magazine Pick Hit of NAB2006
Lucid Genx192: Designed to fit in a variety of digital audio situations, this system provides a low-jitter master clock reference in several digital audio formats. It is capable of handling sampling frequencies as high as 192kHz, and it features two operating modes that are accessed through the front-panel interface. A Sync Source select knob allows the operator to choose internal reference and distribution functions. In distribution mode, an external AES or word clock sync source fed into the device appears at each of the Genx192's 14 sync outputs. The unit also examines the word clock connections and indicates, via a rear-panel LED, whether that particular connection is properly terminated.

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Dual engine processor
TC Electronic
M350: A dual engine rack processor, this unit combines 15 reverbs with 15 multi-purpose effects including delay, modulation and compression. High density 24-bit processing and A/D-D/A conversion delivers full transparency. The auto-sensing 24-bit S/PDIF input ensures input connection in any setup. The processor features a preset display and provides MIDI in/out, MIDI clock tempo sync, pedal control of tap tempo and global bypass. It provides five direct access parameters for handling parameter changes. The adaptive built-in power supply secures seamless operation at any main voltage without wall-warts.

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Power amplifier
TCS Audio
TA4000: The amplifier delivers 2,000W per channel of power at 4ohms. The amplifier's S/N ratio is greater than 100dB and a THD factor of less than 0.03 percent. The inclusion of both male and female locking XLR connectors on each channel facilitates easy cascading of multiple amplifiers when driving a loudspeaker array. Additional features: binding post and Speakon output connectors, switches for easy selection of parallel, bridged or stereo operation, plus switches for power limiting on/off and ground lift. Channel indicators include LEDs for signal, 50 percent and 80 percent power, clip and limiter. Detented level controls provide easy setting repeatability and it uses a 12- and 16-guage powder-coated steel chassis.

Talkshow system
Telos Systems
Nx12: The Nx12 provides support for POTS and ISDN and Livewire audio-over-IP technology. The system is a self-contained, 12-line product that includes four hybrids. Available with analog or AES inputs/outputs, the system mixes callers down to two separate analog or AES feeds when the built-in outputs are used. Four hybrids remain present. Each hybrid incorporates its own Omnia AGC and noise gate employing DSP algorithms. The system includes echo cancellation for VoIP and cell phone callers. With two program-on-hold inputs and two analog or AES outputs, the system handles the telephone requirements for two stations simultaneously.

Digital audio codec
Tieline America
TLR300B Commander G3: The 1RU codec can be controlled by a PC screen interface connected via LAN, WAN, USB, serial or remotely controlled over the Internet. The 2RU features comprehensive front panel hardware control with PC remote control via the PC GUI. Two expansion slots accept POTS, ISDN, X.21 and IP. The codec features a configurable 11x6 cross point matrix audio router, and front panel configurable communications buttons for local and off-air real time communications. On-board relay and RS-232 control system provides local and remote control of equipment. LAN/USB masters/slave and serial interfaces connect to IP control networks and computers.

Tower safety messaging
A Radio magazine Pick Hit of NAB2006
Collocom-2: This system is useful at the base of a tower, the doorway leading to the antenna rooftop or the side of the equipment housing. The audio-based safety device will automatically provide one or more verbal messages to all site visitors so that they may be properly informed of any safety hazards present. The Collocom Solar Datalogger is solar-powered; it will also run on ac, dc or a site's battery bank. The system features multiple messages and alternate language record and playback capability, as well as a 250-event non-volatile event logger. It's constructed in a NEMA 4 cabinet that is waterproof and a 1/4-turn lock with key.

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DSP encoder
CO2: A IP-controlled RDS/RBDS encoder, this device features scrolling PS text for real time title and artist, remote access and control via TCP/IP or serial ports and local control using a LCD screen and jogwheel. The encoder's input impedance is 10Kohms, its frequency response is less than 0.5dB (40Hz to 53kHz) and its power consumption is 19W.

Signal processor
A Radio magazine Pick Hit of NAB2006
AP-1000: This multiband, dual-path FM plus HD Radio processor features an interactive user interface for remote monitoring and control. The 31-band processor features three-band preprocessing AGC, an AM/FM output limiter, an HD Radio output limiter, four-band full parametric EQ, variable high- and low-pass filters and Ethernet control. It provides HD Radio latency FM delay, FM stereo MPX generator, a 24-bit sample rate converter, de-esser, and accepts a 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz or 192kHz input.

Generation 6E: This console features a mixing router-based topology with a mouse-driven GUI that adds production tools expansion and compression on all input channels. Four-band parametric EQ is provided on all input channels, as well as variable high- and low-pass filters. The console provides event storage and recall, four stereo output buses, eight mix-minus outputs and two stereo auxiliary sends. Full scale digital peak and VU metering is provided.

Safety system
A Radio magazine Pick Hit of NAB2006
D-TEC II: The built-in anti-collision system automatically stops mast extension, providing added protection from overhead hazards for the operator and equipment. The unit is equipped with the Emergency Bypass System, providing a safe means of bypassing the D-TEC II in the rare event a malfunction or false trip occurs preventing mast extension. System safety features include dual threshold ac alert, E-Field (current) and H-Field (magnetic); ac current and ac voltage sensing; audible alerts; and expanded self-testing features. The system offers an ac voltage detection range starting at 110Vac/60Hz.

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Microphone, monitor arms
Yellowtec Mika: Its internal linkage and coil spring construction supports heavy microphones up to 4.5lbs. The unit remains virtually silent during position adjustments. The mic arm ships as just one part of an open and modular system. The multifunctional MSS pole forms the backbone of the system. It can be used as an extension for the mic arm and as a support for multiple flat panel monitor mounts at the same time.
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