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New Products - October 2009
Vista Vue: Vista Vue is a software application that gives on-air and production personnel more control and visibility of the Vista Max network operation. The centerpiece of the Harris networking and infrastructure equipment range for the radio broadcast industry, the Vista Max audio management system provides routing and connectivity across the radio broadcast studio to more efficiently share resources while reducing costs associated with traditional audio routing systems. Vista Vue software provides a choice of two user interfaces and flexible access rights that can be defined for each user. Individual and community macros provide one-click routing changes and supplement scheduled and automated macros available through Harris Vista Touch software. Definable interfaces for each user simplify changes to signal routing. The Vista Vue application, which can run on facility computer networks or a wide-area network, greatly simplifies operation of the Vista Max network by allowing changes at the desktop instead of the technical core area.
Voice-to-content messaging: Voice-to-text technology allows listeners to contribute to a radio show's dialog by speaking messages that are then converted into text and either read on air by the hosts and/or posted to the show's website. Listeners can leave short and concise messages without being put on hold or talking to a call screener first. While similar radio call-in shows invite listener participation, the opinions that make it to air are selected to keep the conversation moving forward. With the Spinvox technology, radio hosts are able to sort through these messages quickly and deliver more of the most salient thoughts on the air.
Tieserver: Tieserver, Tieline's IP traversal server and management software makes connecting over IP networks simple. It takes care of all the IP call routing automatically and works for studio-to-transmitter links, audio distribution between studios and remote broadcast connections. Tieserver is a secure independently hosted global server that tells your codecs how to find each other. Using a simple Web browser interface, you can log in and register your codecs to Tieserver. For networks with large numbers of codecs, you can create groups or buddy lists such as news or sports which will only display the codecs belonging to a specific group in the address book list. It can connect over wired and wireless IP networks including LANs WANs, the Internet, satellite IP, Wi-max, Wi-fi as well as 3G/3.5G/4G IP networks.
Surround monitoring system
Studiocomm 76DB/77B: By eliminating the need for an add-on analog-to-digital converter, the fidelity of the 5.1 digital signals from the source to the loudspeaker is maintained. Broadcasters can realize the full benefit of their investment in digital, both in loudspeakers and routing infrastructure. The Studiocomm 76DB/77B, comprised of a Model 77B control console connected to a rack-mounted Model 76DB central controller, provides two 5.1 surround inputs, three stereo inputs, along with pre-fade and post-fade 5.1 surround outputs. Flexible source selection, Dolby E dialnorm support, and a two-channel auxiliary output for special applications such as monitoring site-event cue signals, as well as downmix, channel solo, level adjustment, reference level, and dim, make this system suited for broadcast master control applications.
Directional power sensor
Bird Technologies Group
DPS Series: The Bird Directional Power Sensor features a dual-socket, Thruline sensor. A wide range of Bird Elements can be selected to tailor the unit to specific needs over a wide range of frequencies and power levels. Also, select field changeable input and output RF connectors from dozens of types including N, BNC, HN and 7/16 DIN. The DPS measures true average power and/or peak power with exceptional accuracy that is traceable to National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Operate your sensor with either Bird's handheld display, the 5000-XT, or via a computer with our windows compatible software tool the VPM2.
Kathrein, Scala Division
3024: With measuring capability from 1W to 1mW, the 3024 presents an ideal upgrade for existing directional coupler-based RF measuring transmitter power monitors, providing PC and Internet access and SNMP network connectivity. It will work with most existing directional couplers, eliminating the need to install new line sections. Internal user-programmable software calculates the display power depending on the probe input, offset, gain and the given value of the directional coupler. Since the setup for each probe in the system is unique, it will even work with different brands of directional couplers. The working end of the rack-mounted 19" 3024 is in the rear, where up to eight probes can be connected for simultaneous power measurements. Multiple combinations of directional couplers and compensated probes produce a matrix that will give readings with +/- 5 percent accuracy. Both digital and optocoupler ports provide 16 software-assignable relay-type contact closure outputs for alerts.
Upgrades and Updates
Audio Science has received certification from Ibiquity for its ASI8914 four-channel HD Radio tuner adapter. (www.audioscience.com)...Sennheiser Electronics, the U.S. distributor for HHB, is shipping the HHB CDR-882 Dualburn professional CD recorder. (www.sennheiserusa.com, www.hhb.co.uk)...Sennheiser has released high-end wireless headphones with Bluetooth connectivity that incorporate Apt-x audio codec technology under license agreement with APTX. (www.sennheiser.com, www.aptx.com)...Sound Devices has released firmware update 1.75 for its 788T digital recorder. (www.sounddevices.com)
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