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NAB Insider from Radio magazine - Mar 25, 2008
News from the Convention
Dreamworks and HP Executives to Keynote at NAB
Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO and director of Dreamworks Animation; Todd Bradley, EVP of the personal systems group for HP; and Roger Enrico, chairman of the board for Dreamworks animation, will present a keynote at the NAB Show on Mon., April 14.
The trio will discuss how creativity is driving technology advances and expanding the potential for new content including: Fast-approaching technology changes that may dramatically influence the broadcast, film and video post, animation and graphic arts industries; highly integrated systems that will enable superior content and greater levels of digital color consistency from device to device; and a sneak preview of upcoming digital 3-D movies from Dreamworks Animation.
Holophone, Rycote Collaborate on Windscreens
Toronto, On - Feb 26, 2008 - Holophone and Rycote have teamed to develop windscreen systems for Holophone's entire line of surround microphones, the H2-Pro, H3-D and H4 Supermini. Available in standalone fuzzy and fuzzy/windscreen pairs, the Rycote windshield systems provide 10dB-12dB extra protection for Holophone's surround microphones over a standard windshield. The entire line of windscreen systems are made from specially designed and manufactured screening materials that offer minimal adverse effect on sound level or quality. To provide a snug fit, all windscreens feature a drawstring and toggle.
Audioarts Engineering W-12
The W-12 Console targets small- to mid-market radio stations and offers high-end features such as: three stereo main busses, 12 A/B dual source stereo line inputs (analog or digital), two microphone preamps, uncompressed 24-bit operation (44.1 or 48kHz), switched VU meters, built-in cue speaker with level control and headphone jack with built-in amp.
Jampro Antennas JHPC Penetrator
Booth C 2607
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.
This multiband, dual-path FM plus HD Radio processor features an interactive user interface that provides remote monitoring and control. This 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.
Burk Technology ARC Plus Mobile Web Connectivity
Portable remote control
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.
Wheatstone Evolution Networked Audio Line Premiers at BSW
New Bern, NC - Wheatstone Corporation has created an alliance with Tacoma, WA-based BSW, aimed at launching the new Wheatstone Evolution networked console line. Studios equipped with the new Evolution consoles can operate independently yet can share all sources and mixes through the E-series Wheatnet Switch without traffic limitations, audio latency or machine control delays.
RCS' HD Importer Now Supports Tagging
White Plains, NY - To take advantage of the new technology, RCS HD Importer now supports the 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.
Do You Know...?
2. True or false: Construction worker hard hats were first used in Nevada.
3. Which of the following is true?
a. The first hotel and casino in Vegas was the Golden Gate Hotel and Casino in 1906
b. In 1941, El Ranchero was the first resort on Vegas strip (now across from the Sahara)
c. The Las Vegas Convention Center opened in 1959
d. The Mirage was the first mega resort in 1989, built for $630 million
e. All of the above
Klotz Digital Vadis upgrades
New workflow tools
A variety of new Vadis workflow tools will be unveiled at the convention. Vadis Shared Control Management module manages the use of sharing resources through a LAN infrastructure, such as central play out systems, freely assignable announcer booths, remotely controlled mic preamps, pools of telephone hybrids and codecs, central devices and devices in other studios or areas. It provides access to all device specific parameters, functions and attributes to allow a quick operation. Vadis Remote Source Assignment module allows the studio console selection of remote router sources in the same manner as local sources. It provides the communication between a mixing console and a central router. Router sources are assigned to the console on a need to use basis.
Propagation Systems Inc PSIFLV
Vertically polarized FM antenna
Booth C 2324
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.
Booth C 1918
This antenna consists of a crossed-dipole radiator fed in phase quadrature and mounted within a circular cavity. The cavity used in this circularly polarized FM antenna is a welded, stainless steel or galvanized grid. The cavity grid is supported from a center mounting plate, which also serves as a mounting for the dipole assembly and for attachment of the unit to the supporting structure. The use of grid cavities and aerodynamic design significantly reduces weight and windload requirements of the supporting structure. Multistation operation can be achieved only with the wide bandwidth characteristics the DCBR antenna offers. The antenna is stainless steel with three or four configurations available, power ratings up to 10 class C stations, single or dual EIA inputs up to 9", ABS feed point randome, low downward radiation, near omni-directional free space pattern performance, RH circular polarization, low weight and wind load.
Axia Audio Element Touchscreen Timer Panel
Board operators and hosts using Element consoles have access to a full-featured time-keeping suite using console-mounted controls. Now, the Element Touchscreen Timer Panel gives studio guests, producers and show hosts access to these functions with a touch-sensitive interface. The Touchscreen features configurable, digital and analog time-of-day clocks, an elapsed-time counter with freeze and pause functions, expansion ports than can host up to five more Element studio accessories, a built-in Web server and the option to be desk or turret-mounted.
Sessions on Monday
Communicating with Management
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Moderator: Chriss Scherer
Presenters: John Bisset, David Israel, Don Kelley, Gary Kline and Paul Tinkle
This session will discuss ways to get management on your side - elevating your department’s standing while providing personal satisfaction. The session will provide a variety of simple, yet effective, techniques that will raise you and your department in the eyes of your manager; and that can be used to advance your career.
Alternative STL Technologies
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Moderator: Paul Shulins
Presenters: Bob Band, Guy Campell and Tim Anderson
Topics include: The HD Radio STL: Issues, Options and Technologies; The Best of Synchronus With the Best of IP; and Robust HD Radio Exporter to Exgine Architecture.
Digital Radio Worldwide
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Moderator: Barry Thomas
Presenters: Chuck Kelly, Olaf Korte, Myron Fanton and Andrew Janitschek
Topics include: Bandwidth and Frequency Allocation Issues in International Digital Radio AM and FM Broadcasting; New Standards and Codecs for European Digital Broadcasting; Mobile Coverage Optimization by Polarization Diversity in VHF and UHF Propagation; and Does Your Yotta Byte?
For more information on these sessions, visit the NAB Show website.
Out and About
High-resolution audio recorder/mixer
This system replaces the multiple mixers and portable recorders normally required to support mixing and recording of audio via RF link or hardwired cable. Fusion can mix 16 inputs to eight output buses for recording up to eight tracks. Fusion eliminates the use of a hard drive, which additionally removes concerns of hard drive damage from extreme temperatures or motion. The system records to two Compact Flash cards simultaneously, ensuring 100 percent solid-state recording that provides redundancy and flexibility. With the Fusion's DSP-based audio tools, users can adjust over 300 mixer cross points and 200 controllable parameters. Four balanced AES inputs with sample rate conversion allow eight channels of audio to come from four different devices with varying sample rates or unlocked sample rate clocks.
Stream Guys Aggregated Streaming Services
Booth C 1848
Stream Guys offers a variety of streaming media solutions and tools enabling quality delivery and monetization of digital media, across all sectors of Internet broadcasting. The Stream Guys Aggregated Service Platform includes various hardware and software to support a mix and match of audio and video streaming formats, with advanced services for server clustering, load balancing and performance monitoring.
RTW Radio-Technische Werkstatten 31900/31960
RTW has completely overhauled its Surround Control family, an eight-channel system that controls, monitors and analyzes surround sound utilizing RTW's Surround Sound Analyzer. The analyzer is the house-shaped display features an easy-to-read, visual manifestation of overall sound, including loudness and sound pressure level, phase correlation and level differences among channels. The Surround Control 31900 is designed for studios and fits in a 1RU case, while the Surround Control 31960 is sized as a half 19" 3RU module.
Netia Digital Audio Radio Assist 7.5 Modules
Digital audio software programs
The short message service module for Radio-Assist 7.5 uses mobile phone platforms as a new way to communicate interactively, allowing on-air talent to play interactive SMS and voting games with listeners. The Air-DDO module is spread over two monitor screens. The GUI simultaneously displays four broadcast channels and offers access to help and preparation tools, including a cuer, on-air monitoring, playlist modification, recording and production. The statistics tool allows users to measure and monitor the effectiveness of various elements of their daily broadcasts, including the number of times an audio clip has been played, the broadcast rate and the number of times an advertisement has been broadcast. This new tool automatically displays results per day, month, or the users period of choice. Multitrack XT is an editing tool for Radio-Assist 7.5 and designed for multitrack digital audio recording and editing. Along with traditional recording, editing, and playback features, it offers time stretching, pitch shifting, noise reduction, noise gating, synchronization, stereo and multitrack broadcasting, support for CD burners, and import/export MP3 files.
Did You Know?
2. True: Construction worker hard hats were first invented specifically for workers on the Hoover Dam in 1933.
3. e. All of the above
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Also in the April Issue
- Update on Transmitters
- On-air Missteps to Avoid
- Tower Lease Renegotiation
- New Products
- Applied Technology: Streaming with the MPEG HE-AAC Audio Codec
- Side by Side: Studio Furniture
- Practical Use: Circulators and Isolators