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New Products (Dec 2003)
New products from ATI, Beyerdynamic, Blue Sky International, Dalet Digital Media, Dielectric, Dmarc Networks, DPA Microphones, Electronics Research, Eventide, Gefen, Inter-M Americas, Kenneke Communications, Mayah Communications, Media Specialty Resources, MGE UPS Systems, Nemal Electronics, Netia Digital Audio, Rolls, Scott Studios, Sennheiser Electronics, Shure, Silicon Valley Power Amplifiers, Sonifex, Steinberg, Tapco and Verity Systems.
Radio station kits:
The solar-powered system allows stations to be operated where no
main power is available. Stations are available in FM, AM and
short-wave versions. A kit includes audio sources, microphones, mixer,
transmitter, antenna and solar-charging setup. Solar-powered radio
stations are useful for remote, rough or undeveloped locations. These
stations can be used for remote transmitter and translator sites.
Security system protection
MGE UPS Systems
1500VA to 3000VA UPS models:
For the power needs of sensitive equipment, high-capacity network
and storage servers, the 1500VA to 3000VA UPS models address costly
power disruptions with their high power density, small footprint and
external battery modules for extended back-up time. For protecting
secure hardware, sensitive equipment and networks as well as network
attached storage (NAS) devices, the line-interactive Evolution models
have enough battery power to keep three NAS modules running for 30
minutes, or a DLT tape autoloader with 80 gigabyte capacity running for
at least four hours. For longer backup times, external battery modules
can be added to the Evolution 2200 and 3000 models.
KVM cable extenders
These cable extenders are useful for operating a computer from a
remote location. It works by using an extension system that consists of
a sender unit, a receiver unit and a CAT-5 cable as long as 330' in
length. The computer's audio and USB signals are connected to the
sender unit. As far as 330' away, the receiver unit is connected to the
monitor, keyboard, mouse and up to two USB peripherals. Sender and
receiver units are connected with a CAT-5 cable. This product supports
two dual-monitor workstations, remotely and locally, which means the
sender and receiver units support a local set-up consisting of two
monitors, as well as a remote set-up consisting of two monitors and two
Active studio monitor
The S-5 is a compact, bi-amplified monitor that features dual
high-precision internal amplifiers providing a total of 120W RMS (60W
for the woofer and 60W for the tweeter). A 5.25" woofer delivers bass
output and detailed midrange, while a 1" waveguide-loaded silk dome
tweeter provides a smooth, non-fatiguing high end. Rear panel controls
allow for acoustic tailoring with low-frequency boost and high
frequency cut and boost switches. Inputs include ¼" TRS/XLR
balanced and RCA unbalanced.
These manual duplicators duplicate small to medium quantities of
CDs. Available with one, three or seven drives, the one to one
duplicator is useful for high speed disc to disc copying while the one
to three Power Tower and one to seven Power Tower offer high speed
duplication at 24× writer speed of up to 40 × 650MB or up to
90 × 650MB CDs per hour. All towers operate as stand-alone units
and are independent of any PC. If equipped with the optional internal
hard drive, as much as 20GB of data can be stored, allowing quick
retrieval and duplication of CDs.
The hand-held unit handles all major connector types including speak
on, MIDI five-pin, RJ-11 (telephone type) and RJ-45 (Ethernet and
CAT-5). It also sports phantom power, 1kHz test tone, polarity test,
level control and a headphone jack.
This constant impedance combiner module enables a number of 12kW FM
channels to be combined into one antenna. This module is IBOC-ready
through the integration of a circulator on the IBOC input port.
Standard configuration designs are for frequency separation of 1.6MHz
or greater. The combiner provides isolation between transmitters, while
also providing a constant impedance narrow band input for each
individual transmitter. The HD Radio version of this unit allows for
analog and HD Radio inputs at each module with a high level of
isolation between these common frequency inputs.
Portable audio codec
This portable codec and mixer is based on the Centauri product
family. While typical portable devices have restrictions on the number
of audio inputs and outputs and compatibility, this codec offers four
switchable mic/line inputs and four headphone outputs; switchable
phantom power 48V with LED indication; one or optionally four ISDN BRI;
10/100 Mb/s Ethernet for audio-via-IP and wireless-LAN; extended mixing
capabilities including monitor and control; and flashcast compatibility
to most of all available audio codecs. The unit also offers low delay
algorithms with Apt-X, ADPCM4SB and AAC low delay, as well as
electronically controlled potentiometers for full audio mixing remote
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The plug-in for Digidesign Pro Tools TDM for Mac v5.1.3 or greater,
is a multi-effects plug-in that incorporates a pair of delays, pre- and
post-stereo three-band parametric EQ, a high-quality compressor and a
Lo-Fi effect. The sound quality is compelling, using reverb algorithms
from the company's flagship Orville, including halls, chambers, plates
and rooms. Each reverb type offers three-band stereo parametric
equalization before and after the reverb, reverb contour for built-in
tone shaping, a pair of delay lines with filters and a
A clip-on instrument, this miniature mic can be securely mounted to
almost any instrument as a self-contained system. The mic uses a
clip-on clamp that still allows for the quick change between
instruments. Handling high SPL levels and gain-before-feedback
performance, the miniature cardioid condenser unit is low-profile in
design, thereby minimizing its stage presence. The mic also offers a
flexible gooseneck, a locking windscreen for outdoor use and an
integrated isolation shock mount that reduces the transmission of
instrument key noise and other mechanical noise.
The RB-DAC digital-to-analog converter is a 1RU piece of equipment
that produces a stereo balanced XLR or unbalanced phono output from an
incoming AES/EBU or S/PDIF digital input signal. There is also a
headphone output with volume control for monitoring purposes. The
analog outputs have an output level control, allowing full-scale
settings selectable from 12dBu, 18dBu or 24dBu. There is a button to
select the AES/EBU or S/PDIF input for the D/A converter, which is
located on the rear panel. De-emphasis on the output can be enabled via
dipswitch. When operating, the front panel power LED flashes whenever
the unit is not synchronized to the incoming digital signal.
IBOC FM antenna
Dual-feed IBOC antenna:
This dual-input, side-mounted FM antenna is designed for FM IBOC
applications and transmits the analog and digital FM signals without
requiring a high-loss hybrid combiner or the use of a circulator to
attain the required isolation between the digital and analog
transmitters. The antenna is a dual-input antenna that excites all
radiating elements with analog and digital signals. The antenna
eliminates the combining loss that is present in the 10dB hybrid
combining method. It is able to achieve 1.05:1 VSWR for analog and
digital inputs. The antenna can also achieve in excess of 30dB
isolation between analog and digital inputs without using an isolator
This patent-pending system provides packet-based, centralized radio
data service and content management. This system enables FM
broadcasters to dynamically schedule, target, deliver and report on RDS
text broadcasts across one or multiple stations, all through
user-friendly desktop software: the Webmanager 1.0.
4015 and 4016 Wide Cardioid:
The 4015 P48 phantom-power and the 4016 130V wide cardioid
microphones are transformerless, giving shorter sound paths and cleaner
bass response, and are capable of handling high sound levels. Both mics
can handle 158dB peak before clipping. An additional 10dB of headroom
can be obtained by choosing the 4016 paired with the HMA4000
two-channel, high-voltage microphone amplifier. The 4015 features a
linear frequency response from 40Hz to 20kHz and is designed with a
soft high frequency boost to offer better sound in close miking
applications and a linear response in the diffuse field.
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FM class C amplifiers
Silicon Valley Power Amplifiers
PAB FM series:
These broadband FM commercial radio amplifiers offer value and
performance in an easy to service EIA standard 19" rack mount cabinet.
A newly designed second-generation, computer-based controller allows
power setting through front panel display or through an RS-232 serial
connector with simple commands. This modular amplifier series uses
MOSFET technology for efficient and reliable operation. This fault
tolerant system will keep a station on the air by reducing power in any
fault condition-VSWR, high temperature or device failure. A modular
approach is applied to all RF components and power supply. Output PA
modules have connectors and use quick-disconnect fittings for fast hot
swapping of modules so the station never leaves the air. Fault
tolerance is designed throughout the system.
Radio Assist enhancements
Netia Digital Audio
This systems offers a music management tool in the new Radio-Assist
7 range and is designed to manage a station's music schedule with
consistency. The user can choose from a wide range of broadcast
criteria to define run frequency, mandatory or forbidden sequences and
any other relevant constraint. Tracks are mixed and matched by an
independent rotation method. It can produce as many as 100 schedules
from a single title database.
Digital distribution amplifiers
DDA Series updates:
These six digital audio distribution amplifiers are based on ATI's
established products and offer lower price points. Retaining most of
the features of the company's AES/EBU digital audio distribution
amplifier DDA lineup, the DXA offering adds four new models designed to
fit in a 1RU space in 1x4, 1x6, 2x6 and 2x12 versions: DXA104, DXA106,
DXA206 and DXA212 respectively. ATI has also redesigned the DDA206-XLR
and DDA212-XLR. The inputs and outputs of the new DXA series are
transformer-isolated 110ohm XLRs. The DXA distribution amplifiers
process digital audio sample rates from 27kHz to 96kHz with propagation
delay of less than 300 nanoseconds. The distributed outputs are
de-clocked and regenerated with low jitter (less than 3 nanoseconds
peak-peak). S/PDIF models using RCA connectors and 75Ω AES/EBU
models with BNC connectors are also available.
The 9107S is an AM/FM tuner with 30 programmable presets and an
autoscan function. The AM section spans 522kHz to 1,611kHz. Features of
this tuner include a stable and reliable circuit; fixed and variable
output; autoscan and 30 presets; mute switch and LED; emergency battery
operation; and an output level/impedance fixed 300mV/1kohm, unbalanced.
The power consumption of this unit is 14W. It weighs 3.5kg and its
dimensions are 482mm W × 44mm H × 280mm D.
Audio storage and playback system
SS32 for Linux:
SS32 for Linux features the same user-friendly, intuitive look, feel
and features as Windows versions. The system provides new security,
support and safety. Because Linux includes the source code for the
operating system, Scott can fine-tune Linux and SS32 to prevent
crashes. Linux drives never need defragmenting and it connects well to
Windows traffic and music scheduling software.
The MCE 72 is a compact stereo mic for XY recording with a wide and
linear frequency response producing uncolored, high-quality recordings.
The mic is suitable for stereo recording in home studio applications,
concert recordings with DAT or MD, film and interviewing. The mic
features two mic capsules that are mounted in an angle of ±60
degrees to the mic axis to achieve a wide recording range and an
accurate reproduction of the sound source. The optional EA 19/25
elastic suspension suppresses footfall sound effectively.
Digital audio snake cables
SND2424 and SND1224:
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. 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.
Blue Sky International
Big Blue is a mid-field powered, three way, quad amplified, 500W
monitor featuring dual 8" high excursion, hemispherical woofers, an
ultra low distortion 4" hemispherical midrange driver and 1" dual
concentric diaphragm tweeter with integral waveguide for superior
off-axis response. Powered by a dedicated low distortion 100W amplifier
for each 8" woofer, one low distortion 200W amplifier for the midrange
and one low distortion 100W amplifier for the tweeter, this unit
delivers clean and accurate sound with a frequency response of 40Hz to
20kHz. The monitor is housed in a heavily reinforced MDF enclosure that
measures 12" H x 25” W x 15" D and weighs 80 lbs. The rear panel
features two independent balanced input stages with XLR
Upgrades and Updates
Harris Distributes Newsboss
Newsboss is a newsroom automation system that runs on Windows. It is
a radio-specific automation system that uses a database for management
of news data. Newsboss is scaleable and configurable and can
accommodate systems from one to 80 users.
KRK Ships ST Series
KRK is now shipping the new ST Series of passive monitors, which
includes the ST6 and ST8. The ST Series design incorporates new driver
and crossover technologies for precision monitoring. The ST8 features
an 8" aluminum woofer and 1" silk tweeter. Both models feature ⅞"
MDF construction to control sound reflection and standing waves within
the monitor and a double-layer anodized aluminum cones for extremely
Omnia A/X Software
The software operates on Windows, conditioning and processing audio prior to encoding. It works with most applications that use the standard Windows Wave in/out driver interface, including Windows Media, Real and MP3 streaming encoders.
It features a wide range of processing controls, including wideband
automatic gain control (AGC), a three-band combined AGC/limiter, high
frequency EQ, an adjustable-bandwidth low-pass filter and a look-ahead
Audio Science Releases
Linux ALSA Driver
The ALSA driver allows standard Linux applications to play, record
and mix PCM audio using the Audio Science range of professional sound
cards. The source code is available as a patch to ALSA driver source
from Audio Science's website in the download section. Updates will be
made periodically available as new adapters and features are supported.
Advanced functions, such as time scaling (TSX) and on-card MPEG audio
processing, can still be accessed through the Audio Science HPI
interface (also recently released under GPL).
BSI Releases New Version of Simian
Broadcast Software International (BSI) has released Simian 1.6. BSI
has incorporated more than 100 user suggestions in recent releases,
including improved deckfade macros to increase user control, improved
index handling and playback on MP3 files, added control over the Async
deck, increased webcasting functions and serial strings, and a Reset
Cart command to allow Simian to go back to the first item in a cart,
even if all the items have not been played.
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