New Products from the 2008 NAB Show
ARC-15B: This powerful, general-purpose console meets the needs for most on-air radio and radio production studio applications. Channels one through five can be internally selected as either mic or stereo line channels. This is ideal for talk studio applications. Channel 15 is an advanced telephone interface to an external hybrid for live callers or an off-line contest call. Channel 14 can be configured with a Windows PC USB interface for use with live on-air, automation and production software. This console includes two stereo program output mixes, 15 input source channels, optional 16×3 out stereo remote select switcher, real VU meters for low fatigue monitoring during a long board shift, headphone system with stereo amp, cue-talkback system with built-in amplifier and speaker, and it provides monitor audio and logic for a studio/announce booth.
Venice: Version 5.0 of the Eclipse Digital Matrix intercom system acts as a central switching unit for communications across a broadcast operation. The system links Clear-Com V-Series panels and Cellcom wireless beltpacks and headsets for access to communication in the studio or in the field with more connectivity options. Working with an E-FIB card, fiber linking between Eclipse intercom matrixes of the Median and Omega classes enables large productions to tie their intercom systems together. Multiple Eclipse systems may then act as one non-blocking matrix using redundant high-capacity fiber, resulting in a large, high-quality, full-duplex communications system for mobile production and studio integration. An AES-6-RJ interface card allows the user to control remote V-Series Panels through AES3 stereo digital audio routers and consoles where the Eclipse intercom is required to talk over audio feeds.
Modular enclosures and racks
Broadcast Enclosures: Belden broadcast, A/V enclosures and racks are an extension to its line of IT networking enclosures. Belden enclosures are engineered for maximum flexibility in configuring systems that meet unique application requirements while, at the same time, facilitating cable installation and management. Belden enclosures and racks are well-suited to support infrastructures for structured cabling systems, copper or optical fiber cable and connectivity systems and wireless LAN systems. To assist users in configuring and ordering a system to fit their size, space and component storage requirements, Belden offers a simplified ordering matrix as well as personalized service and support. The new series includes the Belden XSF and XMF Series, and the Belden XME and XMER Series.
Traffic and business system
Aquira: Aquira is scalable from a single station to multi-station or multi-location broadcast groups. With a modern user interface, a user can open multiple logs at the same time and drag and drop spots from one log to another. Its report writing gives the user the power to create custom reports and save them with an easy-to-use Report Builder Tool. With Flexible Rate management, the user can maintain special control over each station. Powerful accounting functions generate a single invoice or send a group of invoices from a customized list at the click of a button.
R-44: This compact, four-channel, solid-state field recorder uses SD or large capacity SDHC cards as the storage media. Capture up to four channels of uncompressed audio with selectable bit depths (16- or 24-bit) and sampling frequencies (44.1kHz/48kHz/88.2kHz/96kHz/192kHz). Onboard effects include limiter, low-cut filter, 3-band EQ, 6-band GEQ, Enhancer and de-esser. Weighing in at just less than 3 lbs, including batteries, the R-44 is very portable. Recording and monitoring without external devices is possible with built-in microphones and speakers.
Double coated-DTRS tapes
DA60DC and DA113DC: These double-coated DTRS tapes provide DTRS users with the latest metal particle tape formulation. First, a non-magnetic layer beneath the recording layer contains a lubricant that appreciably smoothes tape movement. Second, the tape substrate itself is designed to minimize friction during high-speed shuttling. Finally, the binder is specially formulated to minimize the shedding of the metal particle recording layer, even after repeated use over many years. Approved by Tascam for all DTRS recording applications, both the 60- and 113-minute tapes are packaged in professional library cases and come with labeling formatted specifically for professional audio use.
Professional RBDS/RDS encoder
Smart Gen 4.0: A full-function RDS encoder that conforms to European and U.S. standards for FM datacasting, this encoder transmits data in either block or safe scrolling modes and includes the TA function for traffic message priority override. It supports all service IDs and offers simultaneous scrolling-PS and Radio Text messaging. Two-way addressability includes a front-panel USB port for fast and easy static register programming of station and format IDs, and for entering default scrolling or static text. In full-dynamic operation, station automation communicates with direct RS-232 serial connection. Screen-entry Windows software makes programming the Smart Gen 4.0 simple. It operates with any FM exciter and stereo generator. A dedicated 19kHz sync source is not required, and a failsafe relay bypass is built in. It connects directly to all popular radio automation systems to scroll song titles and advertising.
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