Las Vegas (April 16, 2004)–Eventide has announced the 40- second version of its flagship delay, the BD500, and will be displaying the product at next week’s NAB Convention. According to Eventide vice president of sales and marketing Ray Maxwell, the product’s announcement comes at a time when content control by station managers has become essential in order to avoid regulatory fines.
“Recent events have compelled the broadcast community to ask if are we doing enough to comply with the expectations of regulators,” Maxwell explained. “With the newly enhanced BD500, Eventide seeks to provide station mangers with the highest level of protection against the recently increased penalties levied by the FCC. Today, Eventide, the company that invented the broadcast obscenity delay in 1977, has effectively doubled the available delay previously available, and has set the new standard for profanity delay protection.”
The BD500 is Eventide’s fourth-generation broadcast profanity delay featuring configurable delay and dump functions, which include adjusting the dump increments from one second up to the full delay length in half-second increments. Also featured on the BD500 is the Eventide SNEEZE function, which prevents throat clearing, coughing or other extraneous noises from going out over the air. Eventide’s patented REBUILD function seamlessly rebuilds the delay buffer after a portion of audio has been removed. RAMP-TO-ZERO gradually backs you out of the delay buffer at the end of the program.
The BD500 also offers a precision delay mode which allows delay adjustments as fine as 83.3 microseconds and works well for HD radio installations as well as other fixed delay applications. The BD-500 offers AES/EBU standard, and offers a full complement of remote control functionality. BYPASS is a true hard-wire bypass for fail-safe operation, and is illuminated when the BD500 is out of circuit. The unit is fully programmable and the configuration section is password protected to prevent inadvertent tampering with the settings, which are stored in nonvolatile memory.