New Products @ NAB2003

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The NAB convention is so big, we divided our new product preview into two issues. We have also provided the exhibitors' booth numbers to help you find them at the convention. For more NAB information, turn to the March issue, which includes the exclusive Radio magazine FASTtrack and a map of the Radio/Audio Hall.

Analog radio on-air console

Booth N2804


Features of this analog radio on-air console include flexible configurations and combinations of dual source mic or line inputs, four stereo outputs, mono sum and aux send outputs, fully programmable logic and machine control and dual mix-minus system availability. The console features full phone call-in support, monitor and talkback functions, full VU metering, clock, timer, stereo cue/solo, EQ availability per module, aux send and individual channel IFB feed options. The counter drop-in mount system offers easy installation.
fax 252-637-1285

Digital broadcast audio processor

Omnia Audio
Booth N2618

Omnia 6-hdfm:

For FM broadcasters upgrading to HD Radio, this processor provides seamless, synchronized audio processing for IBOC and analog signals. The processor uses 96kHz, 24-bit sampling capable of reproducing the entire audio range of IBOC. A split processing structure routes audio from the mixer section to separate, concurrent output stages for analog FM and DAB. A look-ahead final limiter conditions audio for the bit-reduced encoders used in IBOC systems, while the analog FM signal receives distortion-controlled final limiting with pre-emphasis and 15kHz filtering. Other features include a six-band limiter, five AGC bands with adjustable AGC crossovers and wideband AGC; twin full-color active-matrix displays with an integrated Dorrough Loudness Meter make it possible to immediately see the effect of processing adjustments. Remote control is accomplished via Ethernet, serial or modem connection.
fax 216-241-4103

Digital audio snake cables

Nemal Electronics
Booth C3318


These AES/EBU-compliant digital audio snake cables can be used in broadcast and other high-end audio applications. These 110Ω cables are available in constructions containing two to 24 pair, and are UL-CM approved. Part number SND2424 consists of 24 individually-shielded and jacketed pairs with an overall foil shield and jacket. The cables facilitate rapid and neat installation of systems requiring multiple digital audio pairs, and the discrete color-coded individual jackets provide for easy and positive identification. Outer jackets are available in black or other colors by special order. This product is available on 500-foot rolls, or fully terminated to customer specifications.
fax 305-895-8178

Remote off-air monitoring

Booth N2049

Golden Eagle updates:

There are several new updates to this monitor. For example, a menu event log that provides a shortcut legend in the status column at the end of the journal. Users can access it by clicking on the status field description. Another feature is the measurements menu screen that is now in a new ergonomic environment. The real time measurement menu is a new feature. Enter a frequency or select different signals and see the measurements change in real time. The Webcam menu pulls up the last picture that appeared. To refresh it, simply click on the snapshot option.
fax 305-682-2233

Traffic-area cable trough

Booth C3434

Cable Run and Protector:

This cable trough comes in bright yellow and orange or orange and black for high visability. With ramped sides, the sections can support as much as 5.25 tons. Tabs on each end allow the user to lock multiple units together. Endcaps are available to cover the tabs. This product offers a convenient carry handle located on the underside and won't slide around because it weighs 19lbs. Each section measures 36"L × 17.5"W × 1.95"H. It contains five 1.3" × 1.3" cable slots under a hinged top panel and will mate with Hubbell Tred Trak and the Linebacker GP systems.
fax 716-865-8930

Digital radio console

Soundcraft USA/BSS Audio
Booth N3216

RM1d and RM1ds enhancements:

This on-air radio console features front-panel and control-menu labeling that can be customized for radio installations. The console features an all-digital processing path with assignable input selection from analog mic/line, S/PDIF, TDIF and AES/EBU sources. It offers integrated dynamics processing and Lexicon effects, cue speaker, dual timers and digital processing enables it to store and recall as many as 128 console presets of desk settings. Version 3.0 operating software adds password lockout functions so that unauthorized changes to the console setup are not possible. The update also enhances the dynamics section and steamlines the menus for setup, dynamics and effects. A variable high-pass filter function is also included.
fax 615-367-9046

Certification handbook

Society of Broadcast Engineers
Central Lobby
Booth 21

Certification Handbook for Radio Operators:

This handbook helps board operators increase their knowledge of station operations by explaining standard practices and common procedures. This handbook will help operators learn more about the broadcasting business from the technical and business side. While it is designed for individuals just getting started in radio, the information is useful to anyone who works behind the console. The book covers FCC rules, technical layout of a typical station and the general responsibilities of a radio operator. In addition, an overview of station management structure and professional etiquette is presented. Other chapters cover station logs, the Emergency Alert System (EAS), safety requirements and operational procedures for trouble situations. Studying the information in the Certification Handbook for Radio Operators will prepare an operator to take the optional SBE certification test and earn the Certified Radio Operator (CRO) designation. It was written by Radio magazine contributor, Ron Bartlebaugh, CBNT.
fax 317-846-9120

Six-channel mixer

Mackie Designs
Booth SL2531

Tapco 6306:

This mixer was designed and manufactured to make high-quality, durable professional audio equipment accessible to any station's budget. The mixer is backed by the engineering and manufacturing team of Mackie Designs and includes features such as low-noise mic preamps. The mixer features two low-noise mic preamps, two instrument inputs, a stereo aux return to monitor, two aux sends, eight-segment LED metering as well as separate headphone and control room level controls.
fax 425-487-4337

Rack-mount cable tester

RCI Custom Products
Booth SL1624


This rack-mount cable tester provides a convenient and practical way to test most commonly used audiovisual connectors. It is useful for large system installations such as hotels and sports arenas, or in portable audiovisual systems where misplaced and lost cable testers are problematic. Features include 2RU high, tests for continuity as well as shorts, test any connector to any other connector, includes XLR, BNC, phone, minim banana, S-video, RCA and Neutrik NL4 connectors.
fax (240) 912-0131

Software package

Dalet Digital Media
Booth SL321

Daletplus Active Log:

The newest addition to the Daletplus suite of solutions, this software package is feature rich for large scale media ingesting, monitoring, cataloging and archiving. Developed for standard IT hardware, the system is a cost effective solution that eliminates the need for tapes and time consuming tape management. Its user-friendly interface emulates standard recording and transcribing functionality, while providing powerful search and retrieval capabilities, enabling instant access to information, even while recording. The package is useful for managing massive amounts of video, audio and metadata.
fax 212-825-018

Patch bay

Booth N3201


The Bantam Pro patch bay is available with direct solder rear termination or fitted with 25-pin D-sub connectors wired to the Tascam DA88 standard. It can be used for most types of audio signal including mono, stereo, balanced and unbalanced lines. Unike conventional panels, the Isopatch design offers half or full normalling on every channel by simply soldering across the special program pads on the top PCB.
fax 207-773-2422

Rack-mount telephone interface

JK Audio
Booth N2237

Innkeeper 4:

This product contains four independent digital hybrids in a 1RU space. The front panel keypad, display and handset jacks provide easy speed dialing and call setup. Digital hybrids allow the user to send signals into the phone line while maintaining separation between the user's voice and the caller. The balanced XLR output jacks contain only the caller's voice. Digital hybrids connect audio signals to standard analog telephone lines without the transmit and receive crosstalk common to analog hybrids. A digital signal processor (DSP) continuously monitors the phone line and audio signals to deliver separation, typically exceeding 50dB, without any setup and without sending a noise burst down the line. An auxiliary telephone jack is provided. The auxiliary telephone is disconnected when you press the call button, and reconnected when you press the drop button.
fax 815-786-8502

Omnidirectional microphone

Pearl Microphone Labs
Booth N3201


Manufacturing microphones in Sweden for more than 50 years, the company's large membrane microphone, the CO22, is a phantom-powered preamplifier offering low noise levels, which make it useful in studio applications.The frequency response of the mic is flat on the on and off axis up to 12kHz, which makes it useful in distance recording applications. It is also useful for recording acoustical instruments, whether recording a small ensemble or a full symphony orchestra. The microphone is finished in black chromium, and a red LED indicates that phantom power is applied to the microphone. The mic is supplied in an AC01 aluminium case.
fax 207-773-2422

Compact production mixer

Sound Devices
Booth N2045


Developed specifically for field production audio applications, this is a compact and cost-effective battery-powered audio mixer. Key features include: large, 40-segment sunlight-viewable output level meters, channel-selectable microphone powering (48/12V phantom and T-power), three microphone inputs with Lundahl input transformers, input limiters and software-selectable output limiters and headphone monitoring, including PFLs and MS stereo matrix.
fax 608-524-0655

Composite data/power cables

Booth C674

Brilliance Multi-Media Touch Panel Control cable:

These composite data/power cables are appropriate for analog or digital system controllers and are recommended for all aspects of building management, including: PC, A/V and Internet integration; remote monitoring and control of building systems and security surveillance; equipment monitoring; A/V system pre-programming; and energy, environmental and climate control programming. The 1502R and 1502P two-pair composite cables are designed to be flexible. The data pairs offer noise immunity and are engineered and tested for 100Ω impedance. The signal and control pairs are rated at 300V and have a temperature rating of 750 degrees C. Each cable consists of a shielded data pair and an unshielded signal/control pair. The data pair in the riser-rated 1502R construction is comprised of two 22 AWG 7-strand tinned copper conductors insulated with foamed polyethylene (FPE).
fax 765-983-5294

NTP time servers

Booth SU5623

E-104, E-289, E-299, E911:

This line of network time protocol time servers (NTP) provides a method of putting time information onto a network. Each of the four NTP time servers provide accurate and synchronized time throughout a network. The concept is as simple as plugging the time server into the network, configuring the time server and allowing any client on the network to request time from the time server. This time server is equipped with an internal GPS receiver as its time reference, providing the user with a source of Stratum 1 accuracy. ES-289, ES-299 and ES-911/NTP receive their time reference from external sources of time code. They are time code translators, each receiving time code and outputting NTP. The ES-289 accepts SMPTE/EBU time code while the ES-299 references IRIG (A, B or E), NASA 36, XR3 or 2137 time code (AM or TTL). ES-911/NTP accepts ASCII time code in any of the following formats: NENA (Format 0, 1 or 2), ESE (Format A) or NMEA 0183.
fax 310-322-8127

Composite STL receiver

Marti Electronics
Booth N2604


This composite STL receiver is the companion to the STL-20C transmitter, which has a 20W output in the 935MHz to 965MHz band. The added power will help on those difficult paths. This receiver will yield an average left and right separation better than 60dB across the band.
fax 817-735-9340

Editing workstation

Booth N2746

Series 5:

Completely redesigned, this line of editing workstations increases a station's processing muscle. The new platform includes full support for real-time DirectX plug-ins and standard Windows networking. The DSD8 is a full eight-channel PCM editor supporting all high-resolution formats. The two-channel DSD2 can be upgraded to a DSD8. The PCM4 replaces the existing Radia workstation as the company's entry-level product in the Series 5 range. The PCM8 replaces the existing 24*96 system and offers eight-channel in/out capability.
fax 615-327-1699

Digital audio codec

Musicam USA
Booth N3022


This codec allows users to send and receive real-time audio, contact closures and ancillary data. The codec is self-contained in a 2RU chassis. Stereo analog and AES/EBU inputs and outputs are standard. Netstar can send and receive bi-directional audio via IP, ISDN and all types of dedicated data circuits. This product contains all of the popular coding algorithms, including G.711, G.722, MPEG 1 and 2 Layer II, and MPEG 1 and 2 Layer III for compatibility with older codecs. In addition, it provides MPEG 2 AAC and MPEG 4 AAC low-delay encoding for high audio performance at lower bit-rates. Featuring four large, bright LED VU meters and a large menu display, this codec is a flexible headphone monitoring system that allows users monitor send audio, receive audio or a blend of the two. The blend function is well suited to voice talents, who often need to monitor both ends of a session.
fax 732-739-1818

Digital audio codec

Booth N2460

Millennium 2:

This codec offers networking capabilities such as Internet, Intranet, LAN and WAN. It features 24-bit/96kHz digital audio, combined with coding algorithms from G.711, G.722, Layer 2, Layer 3 and networking via ISDN, X.21/V.35. For conventional broadcasting, the codec offers a high range of standards and J.52 compatibility. Other features include communications and Webcasting, networking, broadcast and Internet. Multichannel ADAT and eight channel I/O for multichannel audio in HDTV, HQ-productions, as well as automatic codec detection are also available.
+39 051 950 350
fax +39 051 950 201

Recording device

Booth N2250

Eskimmer 4.2 Appliance System:

Version 4.3 of the Eskimmer Appliance System allows high-quality recordings of on-air signals, performances or communications, and allows playback over its unique Webskimmer interface via a LAN, WAN or the Internet. Easy-to-use controls allow a user to listen to audio from down the hall or across continents. Encoding-on-the-fly allows audio that is still being recorded to be immediately accessible for playback and verification.
fax 541-967-8721

Test unit data link

Booth C2560

Minilink USB:

This link, which can be retrofit in the field, enables PC-based communications between NTI's Minilyzer (ML1) and Digilyzer (DL1), and allows easier documentation and data acquisition of all device functions. The Minilyzer and Digilyzer are part of the Minstruments family of test equipment, manufactured by NTI AG and sold by Neutrik USA. These products can be used to maintain audio equipment, de-bug audio installations and tune live sound systems, as well as analyze acoustical and industrial vibration.
fax 732-901-9608

Studio headphones

Booth N2241

K171 Studio and K271 Studio:

These studio headphones feature Varimotion XXL transducers. Varimotion XXL technology delivers sonic definition, wide frequency response and lifelike dynamics. The K171 Studio offers a closed-back design with the comfort of supra-aural headphones. The closed-back design, combined with the new transducer, gives the headphone a different low-frequency character than the K141 Studio, yet maintains its comfort. The K171 Studio has a frequency range of 18Hz to 26kHz and weighs 7.1oz without cable. This headphone has a detachable 10ft/3m input cable with a screw-on, gold-plated mini-to-¼" jack. The K271 Studio combines the benefits of a circumaural around-the-ear design for comfort with a closed-back design for isolation from ambient noise. Another feature of this headphone is a switch in the headband that mutes the audio as soon as the headphones are taken off. This headphone has a frequency range of 16Hz to 28kHz and weighs 8.5oz without cable.
fax 615-620-3875

Phone editing system

Audion Laboratories
Booth N2604

Vox Pro PC:

Providing quick digital editing of voice and phone recordings, commands may be executed on a PC keyboard or an optional control panel measuring 8" x 10". Features include importation of file types such as MP3 and multiple file export in most formats. Voiceslip automatically separates host/caller talk-over. This product also offers one-button insert record, a jog wheel and button audio scrub. It undos and redos for the life of the recording. Vox Pro Network, an optional plug-in, allows users to access accounts and files from any networked Vox Pro workstation on their station's existing NT, Novell or peer-to-peer network.
fax 206-842-6029

Multistream audio adapter

Booth N3003


This adapter is aimed at high-performance broadcast and streaming applications requiring multi-stream MP3 and MPEG Layer 2 record and playback with analog and AES/EBU digital interfaces. The sound card uses dual 150MHz Texas Instruments TMS320C6711 DSPs and provides four stereo outputs, two stereo inputs, four record streams, four play streams and a powerful multi-rate digital mixer.
fax 302-738-9434


Booth N2146

CD-R Discs:

After a comprehensive overhaul, five of the company's seven discs are replaced by new higher-performing products. The Silver Type discs, the CDR74 and CDR80, the inkjet printable CDR80IP and CDR80BulkIP, and the thermal printable CDR80 Bulk Thermal use a Phthalocyanine dye formulation in conjunction with a high-precision stamper to deliver significant benefits in three key areas. First, the discs are specifically developed for use in the 1x to 24x writers used in audio CD recorders and duplicators. Using the correctly speed-rated media is essential to ensure consistently low block error rates and low jitter, optimising the integrity of the recorded data and extending its secure archival life. High reflectivity offered by the new discs ensures that the recorded material can be replayed on the widest possible range of CD players. Second, the discs deliver excellent burn yields in short run and bulk recording applications, resulting in significantly improved economy. And third, when recording to discs developed specifically for 1x to 24x applications, economy is improved by reducing the operating stress on the lower-power lasers used in audio CD recorders and duplicators.
fax 310-319-1311

Analog audio cables

Gepco International
Booth C244


This analog audio cable is available in single- and multi-pair versions. The cable is flexible and sonically transparent. It offers low noise and is a durable balanced cable useful in studios or live-sound venues. This cable will not retain kinks and bends when flexed. Notable features include reduced high-frequency absorption and a foam dielectric that allows for easy cutting and stripping with minimal wickback when soldering. Its shield will not open through repeated flexing and is easy to trim. Quick ground termination with drain wire and the cables offer RF and EMI rejection.
fax 847-795-8770

Booth information current as of March 21, 2003

Upgrades and Updates

AEQ Eagle and Swing add new features

The dual-channel, ISDN audio codec now offers MPEG Layer III transmission for compatibility with most other codec brands. In addition, an ISDN backup feature has been added. When the Eagle is used with the V.35 or X.21 interface, the unit can be set to automatically dial a preset emergency number through the terminal adapter when it detects a loss of the clock on the data link. When a stable clock condition returns, the codec reverts back to the data-link mode and original settings.

The Swing has added an internal digital dynamic level processor (DLP), which provides constant audio levels without overloads. The dynamics processor settings are fully adjustable through a software interface.

Orban Ships Optimod PC

The first shipments of the long-awaited Optimod PC (a.k.a. the Optimod 1100) began in February. The product was an idea driven completely by customer demand and developed by Bob Orban, Greg Ogonowski and the engineering team at Orban.

Eimac Power Tube Reference Manual Online

The Eimac division of CPI has posted the Care and Feeding of Power Grid Tubes reference book on its website at Covering device fundamentals and theory, equipment design considerations and applications information, this is considered by many to be the essential reference in the tube industry.

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