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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - March 28, 2006
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News from the Convention
Broadcast Recruiters to Seek Prospective Employees at NAB2006
The NAB Education Foundation will host a broadcasting career fair April 26 at NAB2006 in Las Vegas. Leading broadcasters will take part in recruiting for entry-level to senior management positions. The NABEF Career Fair will be held in conjunction with the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) annual conventions. Career opportunities will be available in sales, news, production, engineering and other areas. Admission is open to registrants and non-registrants of NAB2006. Job seekers may pre-register at www.nabef.org.
Products on the Floor
Sierra Automated Systems TP-L4, TP-MTR, TP-CT, SP-M6, SP-M4
Serial-controlled turret modules
The TP-L4 turret panel features a 100mm linear fader and on/off plus four buttons. Used for studio control of a source level with on/off/cue, the system can also be used as a headphone or monitor level control with six source buttons. Several TP-L4s plus a TP-R6 can be used as a mini-console. The TP-MTR stereo LED meter features analog input. The TP-CT clock and timer accepts SMPTE or ESE. The timer offers front panel start/stop/reset, plus it accepts external reset command to slave to the console or another timer. The SP-M/R6 surface panel with on/off/cough control features headphone source and level control. The SP-M4/R6 surface panel is similar to the SP-M/R6, with the addition of three programmable buttons typically used for talkback.
Shively Labs Model 2914-2, 2914-3, 2914-4
Low power bandpass filters
Specs of the 2914-2 filter are as follows: power handling is 1,000W; VSR at +/-100kHz is 1.03:1; typical insertion loss is -0.65dB; typical frequency response at +/-100kHz is -0.01dB; and inputs and outputs are Type N female. Specs of the 2914-3 filter are: VSR at +/-100kHz is 1.06:1; typical insertion loss is -1.15dB; and typical frequency response at +/-100kHz is -0.05dB; Specs of the 2914-4 include VSR at +/-100kHz is 1.06.1; typical insertion loss is -1.65dB; and typical frequency response at +/-100kHz is -0.08dB.
JK Audio RIU-IP
Telephone hybrid remote interface
This remote control interface for the company's Innkeeper 2 and Innkeeper 4 digital hybrids contains a Web server that allows the user to send and receive control data through his Web browser. The unit features a RJ-45 Ethernet port along with several remote control capabilities such as indication of incoming rings per line; the phone line can be taken off-hook or on-hook; users can set it for auto-answer and ring count; start and stop conference (Innkeeper 2); and adjustment of transmission and receive level per line. The unit always provides test tone start and stop per line and address book upload and download. The RS-232 remote control port uses ASCII protocol and no external power is required.
Crown Broadcast Translator
Digital translator for IBOC
This digital translator for IBOC is able to accommodate IBOC and analog signals without demodulation. It offers combined power levels from 75W to an estimated 600W. No IBOC signal generator is needed.
Firstcom Music Libraries
BWF music libraries
Firstcom Music has released its 15 libraries in the Broadcast Wave (BWF) file format. More than 2,000 CDs containing about 40,000 compositions are included in this update. The BWF files are sampled at 48kHz and include metadata about the song, including title, composer, publisher and description.
Out and About in Las Vegas
At the MGM Grand-Hollywood Theatre Howie Mandel will be performing from April 22-April 26. It's a 9:00 p.m. show and tickets cost $60. After Mandel, Tom Jones will be performing on April 27-29. The show starts at 8:30 and tickets are $75.
At The Mirage-Danny Gans Theatre check out Comedian Jay Leno April 21 or April 22 at 10:30 p.m. Tickets cost $90. Wayne Brady will also be at The Mirage on April 28-April 29, also at 10:30 p.m. Tickets for that show are $65.
At the Flamingo-Second City TheaterThe Second City comedy troupe's newest venture is doing a completely "Scriptless" show--improvising skits based around suggestions from the audience. Shows are at 8:00 p.m. Thursday-Tuesday. There is also an additional at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $40.
The Blue Man Group are at The Venetian Blue Man Theatre daily. The group mix art, music, thought, sight, touch, words and sounds. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. with an extra show on Saturday starting at 10:00 p.m. Tickets start at $93.
A one-way ticket costs $5. A two-ride ticket costs $9. A 10-ride tickets costs $35. These tickets can also be shared by more than one person. If you plan to ride the Monorail several times a day, consider a one-day pass for $15 or a three-day pass for $40. The three-day pass can only be purchased online. The Monorail runs from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
Did you know...?
Q: Dubbed Viva Vision, the world's largest LED screen can be found in Las Vegas. Where is it?
Q: The heaviest animal in the Mandalay Bay Shark Reef is the Green Sea Turtle. How much does it weigh approximately?
a) 310 lbs
b) 475 lbs
c) 200 lbs
FCC Commissioner Adelstein to Speak at Business, Law and Regulation Conference
Washington - FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will speak on April 25 during the convention. Adelstein will participate in the Business, Law and Regulation Conference where federal regulators and legal experts come together to highlight the most important legal issues of the day and teach broadcast managers, station owners and station counsel how to best deal with ever-evolving technology policy.
Adelstein, an advocate for consumer rights, has traveled the country to garner the public's insight on such issues as broadcast ownership and indecency. He has been vocal in his opposition to sponsorship of prepackaged news stories, and has championed the interests of artists and musicians calling for more playlist diversity on radio.
Before joining the FCC, Adelstein served for 15 years as a staff member in the U.S. Senate. For the last seven years, he was a senior legislative aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD), where he advised Senator Daschle on telecommunications, financial services, transportation and other key issues. Adelstein also worked as a staff aide to Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman David Pryor (D-AR) and was a special liaison to Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) and a Legislative Assistant to Sen. Donald Riegle, Jr. (D-MI).
Session Lineup for Monday at NAB2006
Monday, April 24
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. NAB Radio and TV Member Lounge, Sponsored by Sprint
10:30 a.m. - noon Digital Radio Worldwide
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Disaster Preparedness for Broadcasters
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. IEEE/BTS Delivering Television to Handheld Devices: A Technology Tutorial
Tieline Technology I-mix G3
15kHz stereo codecs
Tieline Technology now offers IP-based connections with its G3 Commander and I-mix G3 platforms. The audio over IP capability allows stations to connect reliably over the Internet and deliver FM-quality mono and stereo audio for remote broadcasts. The new IP software has been integrated into the Tieline Commander G3 field codec and the I-mix G3 codec. Broadcasters can even go wireless over 802.11 Wi-fi.
This multiband, dual path FM plus HD Radio processor features an interactive user interface that provides remote monitoring and control. The unit simultaneously provides outputs to FM or AM transmitter and HD Radio signal chain. Other features include multi-band processing, embedded graphic control, Ethernet interface, front panel USB ports and remote monitoring using interactive GUI software.
Dielectric's Opto-SXFM combines the outputs of two transmitters operating at power levels up to 35kW, allowing for a total combined power level of 70kW. The Opto-SXFM allows switching between transmitters under power, eliminating the need for powering down to complete the switching process. The system uses a patented non-contacting coaxial phase-shifter design, providing a phase shift of at least 180° at three distinct shift positions.
Prophet PSI 101 (formerly Nexgen 101)
Booth N3522, C4431
Nexgen 101 software has been renamed PSI 101. While the name is new, the software is unchanged. According to Prophet Systems, the rebranding gives the product its own identity. Prophet added that Nexgen and PSI 101 are aimed at two entirely different markets. PSI 101 is suited for small market stations, college stations or Internet stations. PSI 101 is built on a core license, and additional modules are added, such as Voice Tracing and CD Extractor, as they are needed.
The lounge is open to all of NAB's radio and TV broadcaster members. Stop by to learn more about how NAB membership can work for you and visit with NAB membership and NAB Educational Foundation representatives while you take advantage of these exclusive services:
Nex Gen Showcase Debuts at NAB2006
Washington - The Next Generation Content Delivery Showcase will highlight the future of content delivery, featuring products and services for IPTV, mobile TV, gaming, VOD and interactive TV. Produced in partnership with Ihollywood Forum, this exhibit showcase will complement the IPTV Forum and MoTV Mobile Video and Television Forum, part of the NAB Multimedia World Conference. Companies such as the Mobile DTV Alliance, Nellymoser, Nokia, Qualcomm-Mediaflo, Verizon and Widevine Technologies will demonstrate products in this area.
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Adobe Audition 2.0
Audio editing software
Booth SL3732, SL186-MR
In Adobe Audition 2.0, a new low-latency mixing engine with ASIO hardware support allows greater creative flexibility, with real-time effects and input monitoring. Automatic delay compensation keeps everything in sync while you mix an unlimited number of tracks, including as many as 80 simultaneous input and output devices. The revamped mixer panel lets users set up the routing, using inputs, outputs, sends and buses. Parameter automation can be recorded and adjusted in the mixer itself, or in the new automation lanes in the timeline. Users can also add 16 sends per channel, providing techniques for mixing and monitoring sessions. Use CPU power more efficiently by creating sends on several tracks that go to a bus with a reverb or other effects applied. Or use sends and buses to create mixes for specific purposes, such as a mix-minus feed for a remote session.
DK Technologies PM5639/06
Booth C2044, C2507A
Designed to provide accurate alignment, this analyzer checks color temperature and luminance levels of LCD monitors. The system measures the x and y values in the CIE diagram, luminance in candela per sq.m. or footlamberts, and correlated color temperature of the monitor. A RGB bar graph display with zoom function makes white balance alignment easy and intuitive. The PM5639 family of color alignment products has its roots in the design of the original Philips color analyzer.
Audio delay synchronizer
Booth N4507, N4508
A stereo audio delay synchronizer, this device features balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio inputs and outputs on three-pin XLR connectors. The system can provide 10.5 seconds of delay at 96kHz sampling, 24 bit (42 secs at 48kHz, 16 bit). An internal Compact Flash expansion allows 2GB of memory to be accessed, providing delay times of more than 3.5 hours to delay a program output across different time zones. Delay times can be selected in samples, fields, frames, millseconds. Frame and field definitions can be for PAL or NTSC signals. This product could also be used to delay the analog portion of an HD Radio signal.
The DRE expands an FM station's capability of transmitting two additional digital mono programs. No change is required in the existing transmitter. The system can produce 64kB of digital data within the 58kHz to 100kHz SCA bandwidth and 164kB within the 20kHz to 100kHz bandwidth.
Did you know...?
A: The Green Sea Turtle weighs about 310 lbs.
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