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NAB Show New Products

Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, by Erin Shipps, associate editor

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Rugged optical connectors


Booth N9029

IP65 Rated Opticalcon: This connector has been upgraded for dust-tight and water-jet protection. The upgrade extends the outdoor capabilities of the Opticalcon, making it ideal for mobile trucks and other outdoor broadcast settings. It is especially useful when weatherproof extensions are required. To achieve a water-resistant IP65 connection, additional seals and gaskets have been employed on the chassis connector and cable ends. For earlier versions of Opticalcon cable connection systems, an upgrade kit is offered so it can be combined with the upgraded NO2-4FDW chassis connector or NAO2-4S75W coupler. The new cable ends are 100 percent backward compatible and work with all existing chassis installations.

Aluminun and steel panels

APW Enclosures

Booth SU5613

Filler panels: Stantron's aluminum and steel filler panels are rack-mounts, designed to block open spaces and provide a continuous and clean look to the front of the rack. They come in a wide range of styles and sizes and are compatible with Stantron's E-Rack and Presentation Racks. Stantron manufactures both varieties of panels in solid, perforated, vertical- or horizontal-slotted styles, as well as solid flat designs. The aluminum filler panels come in a variety of finishes to complement existing equipment and rack configurations. Stantron's steel filler panels are available in four standard colors.

Baffles, panels and tiles

Pinta Acoustic/Sonex

Booth N6814

Sonex Clean: These products are designed for environments that require noise control with durable, washable and cleanable materials. The baffles, panels and ceiling tiles are fully encapsulated in FR taffeta vinyl for efficient cleaning and long, durable life. They offer excellent sound absorption to reduce reverberation or echo. The Sonex Clean line is made from Pinta Acoustic's Willtec melamine foam core, which is ASTM E84 Class 1 fire-rated. Products are available in 17 standard colors. The baffles and panels are 24" x 48" x 2" and the ceiling tiles are available in 24" x 24" x 2" or 24" x 48" x 2".

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Audio mixers


Booth N5232

Bardl P Series: Available in 8- and 12-channel configurations, the Bardl P Series offers features including general sound reinforcement for fixed and portable use, as well as integration into desktop recording environments. The series provides USB and S/PDIF digital connectivity. The integrated USB capability facilitates bi-directional audio communication with software-based recording applications while the S/PDIF port enables a CD recorder or other similar equipment to serve as a mastering deck. Two of the same model mixers can be cascaded for increased channel capacity via a 9-pin D-Sub connector. The P Series mixers also provide switchable mic/line inputs. Primary input channels have three-band shelving EQ while a contour control is provided for Groups 1, 2 and the main L-R stereo bus. For monitoring, the mixers provide separate headphone level control and direct output control for recording.

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Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, by Erin Shipps, associate editor

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Compact console

Audioarts Engineering

Booth N7612

Air 1: The Air 1 Console is a compact console that retains the features and inter-connect system of much larger consoles. The low profile frame, only 2.5" high, comes equipped with rugged tabletop mount with direct access TRS rear connectors. The unit features dual program busses, a cue that can automatically interrupt the main monitor when activated, a switchable meter, monitor source selection, dual monitor outs, long-throw faders, dual mic preamps, solid-state illumination, a built-in headphone amp and an on-air indicator.


Jampro Antennas

Booth C2607

JHPC Penetrator: The JHPC-HD antenna is the medium-power version of the Penetrator antenna. This model has been designed for use with HD Radio broadcast. Rated at 50kW maximum input, each bay consists of a Penetrator-style radiating element with a 3-1/8" shunt feed line. Each JHPC is factory tuned to any frequency in the FM Band II (87.5-108MHz) range on a tower structure that best simulates the customer's actual tower. Multiple frequency design is also available. The antenna is constructed of the highest quality marine brass and copper. A hot-dipped, galvanized-steel mounting bracket for utmost grounding supports each bay. Standard round leg mounting brackets for uniform face towers are included with each antenna.

Vertically polarized FM antenna

Propagation Systems Inc

Booth C2324

PSIFLV: For broadcasters searching for a low-power antenna that is omni-directional and vertically polarized, the PSIFLV is constructed of marine brass and copper. It accepts deicers or radomes for environmental protection. Each element can handle input power of up to 500W and provides excellent bandwidth and low VSWR <1.1:1. This antenna is factory tuned and mounting hardware is included.

Interactive digital importer


Booth N5917

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HD Importer: RCS HD Importer supports the recently launched HD Radio application of Itunes Tagging. The RCS HD Importer enables advanced radio capabilities, like multicasting and datacasting. As a stand-alone module, it can work with any automation system and integrates seamlessly with Nexgen. The Importer is made up of several core applications that need to start in a certain order. It aggressively manages those applications and their configuration settings, keeping them running at all times.

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Wireless mic system


Booth N5223

UTPR20: Combining the capsule from Heil Sound's PR20 dynamic microphone with the Lectrosonics UT Series Digital Hybrid Wireless transmitters, this system provides compandor-free audio for wide dynamic range and neutral frequency response. The UTPR20 uses Heil's grill basket and capsule identifier ring features a gold-colored battery access ring to match the unit's overall color scheme. The transmitter features 100mW RF power, 256 synthesized frequencies and full compatibility with Lectrosonics Digital Hybrid Wireless and analog receivers.

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Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, by Erin Shipps, associate editor

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Digital radio installation resource

Elsevier/Focal Press

Booth L27 (SBE)

HD Radio Implementation: Published in cooperation with the Society of Broadcast Engineers, this book offers a hands-on approach to HD Radio implementation. It covers the elements of the radio station signal chain that need to be upgraded or modified to better accommodate the needs of the transmission system.

User-programmable studio control panels

Axia Audio

Booth N7620

Smart Switch: Smart Switch panels interface with Axia's Pathfinder PC router control software to provide on-air hosts, guests and producers with one-touch activation of router salvos, studio switching operations, audio equipment control, custom intercom functions and more. These panels are 1RU devices available in either 9- or 17-button configurations. They contain back-lit, dynamic LCD displays, and are designed for convenient placement next to host or guest mic positions. Smart Switch panels connect to Axia networks via Ethernet.

HD Radio audio codec


Booth N8811

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Worldcast Horizon HD: The Worldcast Horizon HD is a duplex stereo codec that enables broadcasters to deliver FM and HD content from studio to transmitter site. With both a T1 and ethernet interface, broadcasters can utilize existing T1 links for the FM transport and send their HD content as a UDP stream embedded in the T1 link, eliminating the need for additional bandwidth and cost. At the remote/transmitter link, the HD content is presented back on an IP port. As a fully duplex device, WorldCast Horizon HD allows off-air monitoring or an independent channel to backhaul RPU feeds and satellite down-linked audio. An RS-232 port is available for PAD and contact closures for remote control.

Audio analyzer

Sencore Electronics

Booths N1122 and SU12108

SP495 Sound Pro-EX: The SP495 Sound Pro-Extreme is an update to the SP495 Sound Pro. Improvements include a 1/30th octave FFT analyzer, doubling the ETG resolution, an early decay time (EDT) measurement, noise criterion curves overlay on the RTA, improved speech intelligibility STIPA with memory to store test results, improved multi-band decay test performance with memory to store test results, the addition of noise criteria computation per-band, 140V and 200V computation to the impedance meter and LEQ measurements to the TDA. New functions include the auto home theater (Auto HT), auto time delay, macro, card memory logger, and clear memories/macro functions.

Portable remote control

Burk Technology

Booth N6920

ARC Plus Mobile Web Connectivity: Burk Technology has added mobile Web connectivity to the ARC Plus broadcast facility control system. The ARC Plus now allows remote access via Web-enabled cell phones and PDAs, including Treos, Iphones, Pocket PCs and more. Virtually any device with Web access can now monitor transmitter readings and allow remote operators to review alarms, issue commands and run macros without a PC.

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Wireless interview tool

JK Audio

Booth N7929

Bluepack: JK Audio combines Bluetooth Wireless Technology with professional audio electronics in a rugged new belt-pack design. Bluepack allows live man-on-the-street interviews through a cell phone equipped with Bluetooth wireless technology. Bluepack pairs to a cell phone like a Bluetooth wireless headset. A 3.5mm stereo line input jack allows recordings to be mixed into the broadcast. The 3.5mm stereo line output jack provides a full bandwidth microphone signal on the left channel and Bluetooth audio on the right channel. The stereo headphone output gives a mix of the XLR microphone input, 3.5mm input and Bluetooth audio. The 0.5W stereo headphone amplifier will cut through any crowd noise. Bluepack also pairs to Bluetooth equipped sound cards and music players in full bandwidth stereo A2DP mode.

Software-based Intercom

Clear-Com Systems

Booth C5908

Concert: Based on voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology, Clear-Com Concert's audio features deliver crystal-clear sound and non-blocking communications over a standard Local Area Network or Internet between local and remote users. This eliminates the need for picking up a phone or connecting to a conference bridge. The interface facilitates ad-hoc communications and makes the user the conductor with easy drag-and-drop functionality. The Presence Awareness feature monitors participants' availability. The system, scalable to many hundreds of users, is designed with proprietary protocols and error recovery algorithms for mission-critical applications that include live broadcast productions. The system uses AES 128-bit encryption to provide security for protecting privacy of transmissions. Supporting a variety of codecs including wideband and ultra wideband, Clear-Com Concert provides realistic audio.

AM reference receiver and modulation monitor


Booth N5829

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Model 525: The 525 is a frequency-agile, wideband AM-broadcast receiver that utilizes a highly linear phase-locked detector to provide accurate off-air measurements of AM carrier modulation. An important feature of this new monitor is the ability to resolve the amplitude-modulation component of the station's carrier during IBOC Hybrid Digital broadcast operation. Positive and negative carrier modulation is shown simultaneously on a high-resolution LCD display. This can be switched to provide a read-out of received signal strength and asynchronous noise as well, two parameters that can influence the modulation reading. Measurement response is pancake-flat to 10kHz, although a menu-controlled low-pass filter in the audio-monitor output provides a cutoff that can be programmed between 10kHz and 2kHz in 1kHz steps. This allows the user to preview the sonic compromises imposed by pre-transmission audio filtering and to simulate the response of consumer radios.

2.4GHz transmitter


Booth N4533

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IFB 100: This 2.4GHz IFB transmitter is designed for use with the company's TRX900 series of wireless microphone systems. The IFB100 transmits a single RF carrier containing timecode, IFB audio, and remote control signals to any number of TRX900 wireless systems, giving users the ability to record a group of channels and play them back as a virtual multitrack recording. The unit directly accepts SMPTE timecode and balanced audio at line level. The IFB100's 125mW RF power output provides a range of up to 300 feet for transmission of IFB audio and up to 1,000 feet for timecode transmission and remote control signals. Its 2.4GHz frequency can be used license free in almost any country.

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Stand-alone disc duplication

Vinpower Digital

Booth SL 7709

Xerox-branded tower duplicators: The Xerox-branded standalone tower duplicators offer the ability to transfer image files directly from a PC to the duplicator's internal hard drive, saving users the time and effort usually required to produce a master disc for each project. With a range of SKUs from 1:1 up to 1:15 writer drives, each operates independently of a PC. Several models in the line also provide users with a 256MB buffer memory for more stable and reliable high-speed duplication with a greatly reduced occurrence of buffer underrun errors.

Powered monitor

Adam Professional Audio

Booth N8120

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A5: This powered monitor uses the same technology as existing Adam monitors. Technically, the A5 is a smaller version of the A7, and can be used either in stereo or to fill out a 5.1 surround system. Powered by 2�25W on-board amplifiers, the A5 combines Adam's accelerated ribbon technology folded ribbon tweeter with a 5" woofer constructed of a carbon fiber and Rohacell sandwich. The front of the A5 sports dual ports for low frequency response down to 55Hz, metal grills for added durability, as well as power and gain controls. The rear panel includes balanced XLR jacks, unbalanced RCA jacks and Stereolink, which connects speakers with input and output jacks, allowing the user to control the overall volume of the system from any one speaker's gain control.

Server enclosure

Middle Atlantic Products

Booth SU10205

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WMRK: WMRK Series configured server enclosures are manufactured with features that simplify cable, thermal and power management when mounting servers or other data-specific components, and save installers time and energy when ordering, installing and servicing components. The enclosures are designed to house servers from all manufacturers. They are also designed to facilitate passive thermal management with perforated front and split rear doors and a Decora temperature-monitoring module for local monitoring; as well as electrical knockouts on rear plates, removable split bottom rear panel, integral gland grommeted cable pass-throughs and a 42-space vertical lacing strip.

Surround headphones


Booth N7917

DT 770 PRO HT: Beyerdynamic unveiled the Headzone PRO, a 5.1 portable surround monitoring system, at NAB2007. To provide additional sound isolation in noisy remote environments, the Headzone system has been extended to include the closed DT 770 PRO HT headphones. Thanks to Binaural Environment Modeling technology and patented ultrasonic headtracking, Headzone recreates a 5.1 surround monitor setup utilizing conventional stereo headphones. To further create the feel of a traditional 5.1 setup, the Headzone uses an ultrasonic headtracker to detect the position of the listener's head and adapts the source audio playback accordingly.

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Apr 1, 2008 12:00 PM, by Erin Shipps, associate editor

Studio automation platform

Broadcast Electronics

Booth N7007

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Audio Vault X: Audio Vault X is a new studio platform with more capacity and flexibility for adding and personalizing format channels on the Internet or over the air. New capabilities enable broadcasters to do more with less. Audio Vault X handles complex segues, such as inserting donut tracks in the middle of a song, station ID or weathercast. It can even do double donuts - that is, drop in a voice or other segment in the middle of a song or jingle twice. Plus, talent can manipulate fades, audio levels and other characteristics of segues. Personalized studio mashups combine studio tools and applications from more than one source into a single workspace. The Audio Vault X multi-thread engine enables talent in separate studios to work collectively off the same log, in real-time. BE's Audio Vault X is a complete digital media system for live-assist or satellite operation. The new platform offers on-air studio operation as well as a full suite of scheduling and production modules for multi-track editing, music rotation and ad insertion.

Solid-state recorders


Booths SL9623 and SL10328

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SS-R1, SS-CDR1: The SS-R1 and SS-CDR1 are a pair of single-rack-space Compact Flash recorders. Designed for applications that previously used a cassette or Mini Disc recorder, the SS-R1 records in WAV or MP3 formats to achieve extended recording times. The SS-CDR1 adds a slot-loading CD recorder for additional recording and audio transfer functions. Each recorder includes balanced and unbalanced audio inputs and outputs, RS-232 and parallel control and a wired remote control.

Audio processor and exciter


Booth N7932

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Digiplexer 246: The Digiplexer 246 processor is similar to the Audemat Digiplexer 2/4, but the 3RU device provides 2- or 4-band audio processor with an RBDS and stereo encoder, audio back-up and remote control capabilities. The unit is available with a 10W, 20W or 100W exciter.

High output headphone box

Aphex Systems

Booth N5617

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Head Pod: The Model 454 Head Pod is a four-output headphone distribution pod with four independent stereo power amplifiers. Working with any headphone type, the Head Pod provides high headroom to avoid clipping even at high sound levels. Designed for ultra low distortion and wide frequency response capabilities, the Model 454 also allows for longer listening sessions without listener fatigue. Individual volume controls are provided for each of the four headphone outputs, made with durable metal jacks. A master volume control on the Head Pod allows for matching of source levels. It connects to any analog source, with a rear panel selector switch to choose between balanced sources (discrete left and right) and unbalanced sources.

Microphone capsule heads


Booth N8207

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KK 131, KK 143, KK145: Neumann has doubled the number of modular capsule head options for the KM D miniature digital series of microphones with the introduction of the new KK 131 (free field-equalized omni-directional), KK 143 (wide cardioid) and KK 145 (cardioid with low frequency roll-off), which are all derived from the analog KM 100 and KM 180 series. The three new modular capsule heads join three existing options for the KM D microphone series, which locates Neumann A-to-D converter technology in the microphone immediately next to the capsule. Like these latest additions, the existing KK 183 (diffuse field-equalized omni-directional), KK 184 (cardioid) and KK 185 (hypercardioid) capsule heads were also developed from the KM 100 and KM 180 series of miniature analog microphones. The KM 100 series AK capsule heads are not interchangeable with KM D series capsule heads.

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