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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - April 5, 2005
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News from the Convention
FCC's Martin and NAB's Fritts go One-on-one
Newly appointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin will be interviewed by Eddie Fritts, NAB president and CEO, at the FCC Chairman's Breakfast on April 19 at NAB2005.
Chairman Martin will be able to answer questions on topics related to the transition to digital radio and television, content regulation and broadcast localism. Individual broadcasters will also have the opportunity to pose questions to the new FCC chairman.
President Bush appointed Martin to the FCC chairmanship after four years as an FCC commissioner. Before joining the FCC, Martin was a special assistant to the President for economic policy. He served on the Bush-Cheney transition team and was deputy general counsel for the Bush campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, Martin was an advisor to FCC Commissioner Harold Furchtgott-Roth, and has also served in the Office of the Independent Counsel and worked as an associate at the Washington law firm of Wiley, Rein and Fielding.
Before joining Wiley, Rein and Fielding, Martin was a judicial clerk for U.S. District Court Judge William M. Hoeveler in Miami. Martin received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal Communications Bar Association.
The FCC Chairman's Breakfast will be held in the Las Vegas Hilton Barron Room April 18 from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Jack Buck to be Inducted into NAB Hall of Fame
The late Jack Buck, legendary announcer for the St. Louis Cardinals, will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB2005 Radio Luncheon, Tuesday, April 19. His wife, Carole, will accept the award.
Buck, who passed away in 2002, is widely regarded as one of sport's greatest announcers. He was the voice of the St. Louis Cardinals on KMOX/St. Louis from 1954 to 2001 and covered almost every professional sport. Buck's career included work for the CBS Radio Network and play-by-play assignments of the 1965 and 1976 All-Star Games, the National League Championship Series from 1979 to 1982, and the World Series from 1982 to 1989. His signature call was "That's a winner!"
Some of the famed broadcaster's most memorable moments include Lou Brock's 3,000th hit and record-breaking 938th steal, Bob Gibson's no-hitter and Mark McGwire's 61st home run. In 1987, Buck was bestowed the Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick award, which honors excellence by baseball broadcasters. A 1996 recipient of the Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle award, he received a lifetime achievement Emmy in 2000.
Buck was born in Holyoke, MA. After receiving a Purple Heart while serving in WWII, he graduated from Ohio State University, where he began broadcasting at OSU basketball and football games. Before coming to St. Louis in 1954, Buck called baseball games at WCOL in Columbus, OH and later at the Cardinal's Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, NY.
Eye on IBOC
IBOC Test Equipment Now Available
New technology requires new tools to verify that it is performing at its best, and IBOC is no exception. At NAB2004 the first IBOC modulation monitor was shown by Belar, which was awarded a Radio magazine Pick Hit Award. This year will unveil more new equipment to evaluate digital transmissions.
Audemat-Aztec will show the Goldeneagle HD, which monitors the quality of multiple IBOC and analog signals as well as program-service data and RBDS. The unit has an embedded Web and SMTP server to provide alarm notifications and a touch-screen front panel. An embedded spectrum analyzer is available as an option. When installed at the transmitter site, the unit can be used as a remote control unit with 16 digital inputs, 16 metering channels and 16 relay outputs.
Also being shown will be the Audemat-Aztec Naviboc, which provides mobile measurement of HD Radio and analog FM signals. It includes a GPS receiver for automatic mapping overlay.
Day Sequerra, a subsidiary of ATI has several tuners in the works. The new tuner designs debuted at the 2005 CES. The HD Radio Monitor Model M2 will monitor HD Radio and analog signals. The unit features peak and hold 50-segment LED meters to indicate RF carrier modulation and audio modulation, and a multi-function display to indicate tuning and other information. The M2 also includes alarms for over-modulation, loss of audio and loss of carrier. All M2 tuner functions can be monitored and controlled remotely via an optional PC interface.
The HD Broadcast Reference is a modular unit. Depending on its configuration, it can receive and distribute up to 10 different audio and video signal sources including HDTV, HD Radio, and analog FM, AM and TV to multiple zones. The company plans to offer satellite radio and Internet radio modules later.
This unit is available as the Model M1, which displays RBDS, center tuning, signal strength and RF multipath. The Model M3 adds a CRT for oscilloscope indications of center tuning, signal strength and RF multipath as well as audio phase and gain.
Belar will show the FMHD-1 HD IBOC Monitor. It features a high-resolution graphical color display; frequency-agile high- and low-level inputs; HD Radio status, station info and program info; analog to IBOC audio delay measurement; IBOC and analog program audio metering; RJ-45 Ethernet interface; FFT spectrum analysis; and eight assignable analog audio outputs for L/R analog, L/R digital, L/R supplemental audio, 5.1 surround or other uses.
Products from the Floor
Plug-in for Pro Tools
Audio Processing Technology (APT) Apt-x Pro
This compatibility tool allows Pro Tools to work freely with Enhanced Apt-x-encoded 16- to 24-bit audio files. It features an intuitive user interface and can convert audio files to and from Apt-x faster than real-time. The plug-in allows Pro Tools to import Enhanced Apt-x and export PCM audio from a Pro Tools track to an Enhanced Apt-x-encoded .AUD track. The plug-in supports 44.1kHz and 48kHz sampling rates, mono or stereo files, and supports 24-bit resolution.
RBDS, HD Radio PAD interface
OMT Technologies Imediadatacast
The Imediadatacast Module for Imediatouch automation allows a station to send full artist and title information to RBDS and HD Radio encoders. Imediadatacast allows Imediatouch users to provide listeners with expanded "now playing" information and customized radio promotion data on FM Radios supporting RBDS encoding.
Now shipping, this audio meter features a large analog meter for quick measurements in frequency ranges from 32Hz to 10kHz. It can be set to measure A- and C-weighted measurements with peak or averaging response. It includes a seven-range selector switch, calibration control and a test signal output via an RCA jack. A 9V battery supplies power. SPL ranges from 50dB to 126dB, referenced to 0.0002mbar, are possible. A threaded Insert allows the meter to be mounted on a camera tripod. The unit measures 6.25" × 2.5" ×1.75".
Audio network interface
Sierra Automated Systems ANI750
The ANI-750 audio network interface for the 32KD digital audio router/mixer links multiple 32KD frames via fiber. Using a dual, counter-rotating ring for reliability, the interface provides static and dynamic sharing of up to 750 channels.
More Convention News
Audemat-Aztec Hires New Technical Support Manager
Miami FL - March 23, 2005 - Audemat-Aztec has appointed Tony Scott Peterle as technical support manager. This hire comes as part of a global strategy of improving services to its U.S. customers.
"We needed to provide more effective local support to our customers. Tony Peterle is an experienced broadcast engineer and he understands the needs of our users," explains Christophe Poulain, vice president of Audemat-Aztec." We are also conscious that we need to improve our manuals and quick start guides. That will be Tony's first priority."
Tony Peterle, know to most of his former colleagues as Tony Scott, has been a broadcast engineer for 25 years. He is a longtime SBE member and is certified as a Senior Radio Engineer. Tony has been chief engineer for many stations, including KQMQ in Honolulu, Hawaii and KPRS-FM Kansas City.
Nautel and Burk Technology Provide Serial Interface for Remote Control
Littleton, MA and Bangor, ME - Mar 29, 2005 - Nautel and Burk Technology have partnered to deliver the One Connect interface, which provides a direct serial link between Nautel transmission equipment and Burk Technology's GSC3000 transmitter remote control system. One Connect provides integrated remote monitoring and control of the Nautel V10 transmitter with the GSC3000 using a single serial connection.
One Connect provides a specialized graphical user interface to control the transmitter. Engineers at Nautel utilized the tools in Burk's Lynx 5 software to provide more detailed troubleshooting information, such as amplifier operating temperature. One Connect also allows unprecedented remote control of the transmitter. Any function available from the transmitter can be done remotely using One Connect.
The user also has the option to develop an interface and to combine transmitter control and ancillary equipment management in the same display.
The One Connect interface is part of Burk Technology's G-Link G-Bus Expansion Series line, which uses the GSC3000's G-Bus to add new capabilities to the transmitter remote control system. G-Link products will be on display at Burk Technology's NAB booth N3602. Nautel is hosting a live demonstration of One Connect and the V10 transmitter at booth N2811.
Harris to Show DRM System
Cincinnati - Mar 30, 2005 - After several international demonstrations, Harris will demonstrate a studio-through-transmitter system for Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM). Harris held winter DRM demonstrations in Romania and Mexico, and NAB2005 will be the first U.S. demo.
A Harris DAX1 AM transmitter with a DRM modulator and content server will be featured in the demonstration. DAX transmitters use Digital Adaptive Modulation, a Harris-developed technique. Digital Adaptive Modulation samples the modulated output and dynamically corrects for non-linearity.
Pristine Systems, OMT Partner with Axia Audio
Axia Audio has struck partnerships with Pristine Systems and OMT Technologies. to provide Livewire connectivity in the Pristine CDS32 and Imediatouch content delivery systems. As part of the deal, Pristine Systems and OMT will offer systems including Axia networking components and integrate the Axia IP-Audio Driver into each company's software, allowing users to send IP audio directly to the Axia network from workstations and servers.
Orban Optimod-FM 8500
Orban's new flagship processor, the 8500 builds on the 8400 version 3 and adds features suitable for use with IBOC, Eureka-147 or a netcast. Beginning with a redesigned system, the processor has doubled its DSP power to provide headroom for future DSP improvements. Featuring five-band and two-band processing for analog and digital FM, the 8500 provides stereo enhancement, equalization, AGC, multiband compression, low-IM peak limiting, stereo encoding and composite limiting. More than 20 format-specific factory presets are loaded, included all of those from the 8400 version 3. Each preset can be customized with the Less-More control or with more than 60 advanced controls. Custom presets for the 8400 can be loaded into the 8500. Processing for a digital chain is standard. The base sample rate of all processing has been raised to 64kHz. A built-in eight-second delay in the analog processing path improves installation versatility in HD Radio facilities. In the analog-only mode, the base throughput delay has decreased by almost 4ms compared to the 8400. The headphone monitor output option has a 2ms delay regardless of the processing structure on-air.
Multichannel sound card
Featuring one stereo input and six stereo outputs in balanced analog and AES/EBU formats in a short-length PCI card, the PCX1222HR is targeted at mission-critical live-assist systems in radio. The card features 24-bit/192kHz converters, a comprehensive set of drivers, hardware sample-rate converters, a 66MHz/64-bit PCI interface, a more powerful on-board DSP, and greater flexibility for custom developments. I/O connections are available on a breakout cable or a rack mountable external breakout box.
Wheatstone Audio processor series
The two channel/stereo audio processor provides an array of analog/digital inputs and outputs, a four-band parametric EQ, three-band compressor, and tunable filters along with overall AGC, limiting and expansion. All settings can be stored and replayed as password-protected presets. The front panel display includes input, output and gain-reduction meters. Remote monitoring and operational control is possible using Ethernet-enabled GUI software.
Prophet Systems Newsgen
This stand-alone news room software enables reporters to write newscasts, receive and manipulate wire copy and digitally record, edit and playback audio. Users can define hot-keys, change the look and feel of the screens, set up custom wire searches, set up alert conditions on the wires, define custom colors, and create categories for stories and media. This production system enables news reporters to create news casts for music stations to air from without having to leave the news room.
SBE Events at NAB2005
The Society of Broadcast Engineers has several events and meetings planned during the convention. SBE members are welcome to attend any of these functions, especially the membership meeting.
SBE Board of Directors Meeting
7:30 a.m. to noon
Grand/Royal Salon, LV Hilton
SBE Education Committee Meeting
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Grand Salon, LV Hilton
SBE/NFL Game Day Coordinators Meeting
9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Conference Rooms 4 and 5 LV Hilton
SBE EAS Meeting
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
SBE Certification Exams - registration required
9 a.m. to noon
Grand and Royal Salons, LV Hilton
SBE Frequency Coordinators Meeting
10 a.m. noon
Conference Rooms 4 and 5 LV Hilton
SBE Membership Meeting
5 p.m. to 6 p.m.
N109 and N110, LVCC
SNS to Hold Hard Drive Toss Contest
Studio Network Solutions (SNS) will host its first Hard Drive Toss Contest from noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 19 in the outdoor Mobile Media area between South and Central Halls. The contest winners will receive one of three prizes: a 17" Powerbook, an Ibook and a U2 Ipod. SNS is holding the event to demonstrate that without the proper storage technology a person might as well toss his hard drive in the garbage.
Participants will toss a traditional hard drive into a garbage can that will be placed at a pre-determined length from the tossing line. The contest will test the arm strength and accuracy of attendees while providing some relief from the stresses caused by a tradeshow environment.
Visit SNS at booth SL3331 or go to the Mobile Media area to toss a hard drive.
Out and About in Las Vegas
Exploring Nevada's Past
Las Vegas was founded near a small stream, and if it wasn't for the success of the casinos, its history might have been very different. There are many ghost towns in the area that did not survive the test of time once the mines ran out or the railroad moved.
Just south of the Hoover Dam off US 93 is the town of Chloride, which derived its name from the ore in which many miners found caches of silver, gold, lead, zinc and turquoise. Chloride began its boom in the late 1860's when silver was found on Silver Hill. The town continued to grow to just over 2,000 residents by 1920. Two transportation lines served Chloride, the Butterfield Stage from 1868 to 1919 and the Santa Fe Railroad from 1898 to 1935. When the cost of mining materials and labor escalated in the mid 1940's, the mines were shut down.
Once Nevada's largest city after gold was discovered in 1902, it was known for its opulence and luxury, seldom seen in mining towns. Goldfield, also called the Queen of Camps had more than 20,000 residents at its peak. Its mines produced $10,000 a day back in 1907.
About 20 miles East of Laughlin lies the ghost town of Oatman, AZ. Once a thriving mining town during the gold rush, wild burros now wander the streets.
Potosi is Nevada's first ghost town. Founded about 1856, the nearby mine was abandoned in 1857 and reopened in 1861.
One of Nevada's most prominent ghost towns, Rhyolite was once a bustling metropolis. In 1904 gold was discovered in the area and the towns of Rhyolite and Bullfrog were born. Rhyolite was named after one of the main minerals found locally. It became a ghost town by 1911. A house built in 1905 entirely of 51,000 bottles is worth a visit.
Just southeast of Las Vegas on to way toward Laughlin, gold was discovered here in 1897. Searchlight began to boom in 1902 and reached its peak in 1907. Gold production reached more than $4.5 million by 1940.
20kW FM Transmitter
Eddystone Broadcast S7800
The flagship of the new S7800 series is a 20kW FM broadcast transmitter, which breaks from the common tradition of combining two 10kW amplifiers together to achieve a 20kW power level. The result is an integrated, broadband design. The transmitter series retains the modular architecture of Eddystone Broadcast transmitters, but the S7820 uses 2.5kW hot-pluggable power amplifier modules instead of 300W modules. The transmitter also a hot-pluggable, switched-mode power supply. The integrated design yields a smaller footprint than dual-combined methods.
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ATA Audio Scoop-EZ Tri-band GSM
The new module now includes the 900MHz to 1.9GHz bands. This allows the unit to be used Americas, Europe and Asia without the worry of which GSM module is needed. Users simply insert a GSM sim card into the module and dial back to the studio. The module will auto detect the band and service that is available.
Aphex Systems 230
Features of this voice processor include a reflected plate amplifier tube mic preamp, an easy rider compressor, a logic-assisted gate, split band de-esser and an aural exciter. The processor offers +4dBu and -10dBV outputs, as well as 24-bit/96kHz A/D AES, S/PDIF and optical outputs. Low jitter word clock output, word clock input and a cough wwitch (soft mute) are also features of this unit.
Routable digital DA
Broadcast Tools RDDA 4x4
A routable, four-input, 16-output digital audio distribution unit, this product is capable of distributing the same format AES or word clock around a facility. Each input may be configured to feed any one or all of the four groups of outputs. Each group consists of four transformer-balanced outputs. Inputs, outputs and status are supplied on removable Euro block connectors. Input signal presence is monitored and displayed on four front panel LEDs with remote control status provided on the rear panel. The half-rack profile allows the unit to be set on a desktop, mounted on a wall or as part of the new RA-1, Rack-Able mounting shelf. The unit accepts signals with sample rates from 8kHz to 96kHz.
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