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SBE Expands Education Program
Indianapolis - The Society of Broadcast Engineers will step up its educational program for members, following action by the Society's board of directors at its meeting at the 2009 NAB Show. The Board approved a plan that calls for the Society's education programs to triple by the end of 2012. The Society will add a full-time education director position to its national staff in Indianapolis to help facilitate the growth. The additional staff person will work with the Society's volunteer Education Committee to expand the Society's existing educational offerings into a comprehensive program geared towards working broadcast engineers and technicians. Courses and seminars will be offered online, as live or recorded webinars and in traditional in-person settings, with topics offered from basic to advanced levels.
One of the immediate targets of the effort will be to expand on the Society's SBE University, which opened on Jan. 1, 2009. The SBE University now includes four courses that are available on-line and on-demand. Participants may access the courses 24/7/365. The Society plans to have as many as 18 different SBE University courses available by 2012.
"The SBE has always been about education, since its founding in 1964. Our members and the industry have told us that they need more opportunities for continuing education to keep up with changing technology." said SBE President Barry Thomas, CPBE CBNT.
Tascam LA Series
Tascam has updated their line amplifiers with the LA-40mk3, LA-80mk2 and LA-81mk2. The new models include a ±12dB trim control for better matching of levels between components. A signal present LED proves useful during system design and troubleshooting. The new models are packaged in black rack cases with standard chassis depth for easier wiring. All of this is offered for a lower price than ever before. The LA-80mk2 is an eight-channel unbalanced to balanced line amplifier, where the LA-81mk2 converts eight channels of balanced to unbalanced audio. The LA-40mk3 has four channels of unbalanced to balanced and another four channels of balanced to unbalanced out.
Sonifex Signal LED Illuminated Signs
Designed for studio installers and systems integrators, this range of illuminated RGB LED studio signs contain the control electronics themselves so they can be simply configured for color and operation on site.
Abacast Ad Injection
Abacast's Ad Injection System allows broadcasters to easily switch their online stream from over-the-air content to online-only content. This system allows stations to automatically replace terrestrial content (typically ads or PSAs) with online-specific ads or other content to realize additional revenue online. Injected ads can be pulled from external locations making reselling of ad inventory straightforward. Features include: Player Sponsorships -- sell premium promotional time and player real-estate; Gateway or Pre-Roll Advertisements -- generate revenue from audio or video ads when a listener session begins; Rotating Banner Ads -- rotate banner ads on the player to capture additional revenue; Abacast Premier Media Player -- provide any or all of these monetization capabilities, customized with your station brand. Ad Injection System is a lightweight software program that runs on the encoder server. It automatically interprets triggers in the terrestrial content indicating a commercial or other replaceable content is coming up and injects online-specific ads or content into the online stream.
NKK Switches YB2 Series
Tamper resistant 22MM pushbuttons
The YB2 Series of 22mm pushbuttons is offered in both illuminated and non-illuminated models. Features for the pushbuttons include tamper resistant, flush mount, panel seal and super low profile. The dust-tight and splash-proof panel seal design protects the YB2 series against low pressure jets of water from all directions and meets IP65 of IEC60529 standards. At 1.8mm, these pushbuttons have one of the shortest above panel dimensions in the industry. The YB2 Series exhibits a short behind-the-panel body measuring only 24.5mm. In addition, the series has a tamper resistant 19mm actuator with a distinctive long stroke and user-friendly actuation.
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