Interfaces, wire, cable and routing at NAB2001

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Sound Devices showed the USBPre 1.5, which takes an analog audio input and converts it to USB for connection to your laptop (see Pick Hits, page 40). It also has S/PDIF outputs in case you'd rather record to DAT. It has multiple inputs, with two balanced mic inputs, two balanced line inputs and two unbalanced tape inputs.

Radio Design Labs (RDL) had numerous new offerings including the FP-MP1 mic pre-amp and the FP-PEQ3 three-band parametric equalizer.

Broadcast Tools debuted several items: the Time Sync and Time Sync II (see Pick Hits, page 41), the AVR-8 voice response alarm announcer and the BOR-4 Box O' Relays.

SBS introduced a modular rack-mount system called FlexRack, that includes modules for signal conversion, a silence sensor, and a gain amp. More modules are being developed as well. Also shown was the FlexDA matrix distribution amplifier.

Wire, cable and routing

Belden has marketed its CAT6 MediaTwist cable as its annuity product capable of carrying any signal a radio station might need to route — now and in the future. Also shown was DataTwist, CAT6 cable.

Gepco displayed the 5596 extended distance AES3 audio cable, capable of reliable transmission 60% farther than other types of twisted-pair cable.

Neutrik showed the EtherCon ruggedized RJ-45 data connector, ideal for harsh and demanding environments.

Wheatstone displayed the Wiremax studio wiring interface system. Designed to act as a centralized connector interface between Wheatstone consoles and studio sources, pre-wired interface cables connect the console to the WireMax interface frame, which would most likely be mounted underneath the audio console. Also shown was the Bridge 2001 router (visit the Demo Room for more info).

Symetrix discussed its plans in developing the AirTools audio routing system. This modular system places smaller rack-mount units wherever they are needed.

Sierra Automated Systems (SAS) debuted the 32KD digital audio router (see Pick Hits, page 40).

Jim Paluzzi, Ph. D., is general manager of Boise Radio, Boise, ID.

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