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NewBay NAB Best Of Show Winners 2017

The Pro Audio Group of NewBay Media has announced its Best of Show Award winners for NAB 2017.

Las Vegas, NV (April 28, 2017)—The Pro Audio Group of NewBay Media has announced its Best of Show Award winners for NAB 2017.

NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of staff and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

Aaton Digital Cantar Mini Digital Sound Mixer/Recorder
Adobe Audition CC – Audio Workstation
Dan Dugan Sound Design Dugan Model E-3A Automixer
Glensound The Dante Dark 1616M
iZotope RX 6
Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless microphone system
Shure Axient Digital Wireless System

The following is an in-depth rundown (in alphabetical order) of the Pro Audio Group’s winning products, with text provided directly from the manufacturers themselves.

Aaton Digital Cantar Mini Digital Sound Mixer/Recorder 
CantarMini, a 16 track digital portable mixer/sound recorder capable of recording 16 tracks at 24-bit, 192 kHz, with channel delays and EQ. Any input can be routed to any of the tracks, and all tracks and inputs can be routed to eight analog auxiliary outputs and /or digital outputs.
Linear faders are assignable to any input, track or output, and the inputs are routed to iso tracks and to either one or two mix tracks. Inputs can be routed directly to outputs without recording them for comms, etc.
• The mix can be assigned to any of the tracks.
• Simultaneous recording to multiple media, or backup copying of recorded tracks post-record.
• Interface menu accessible through buttons, jog wheel and external keyboard.
• High Quality headphone amp with access to headphone presets with pre and post fade monitoring of playback.
• All input, output, monitoring and routing setups are available through comprehensive and intuitive menus and can be saved to use at a later date or on another X3 Mini.
• 16 or 24-bit Broadcast Wave File recording at sample rates from 44.1kHz~192kHz with support for pullup/down recording rates.
• Sample rate converters on Digital Inputs.
• Variable Delay on all analogue and digital inputs and all analogue and digital outputs.
• 30 Second Pre-Record Buffer.
• Generous 48V Phantom supply guarantees 8mA to each of the 4 Mic inputs.
• High-Pass filters are applied before preamp and EQ stage.
• All inputs analogue and digital have parametric eq adjustment.
• Native Monophonic BWF recording with optional Polyphonic real-time mirroring to removable media.
• Self-Generated PDF and CSV Sound Reports, with ALE file embedded with deliverable media.
• Metadata entry of Scene, Take, Notes, Track Names, Roll and more with support for US and Euro-centric metadata templates, with extended track names and comments, enterable either in pre-record or during record .
• Scene/Take file naming structure.
• Aaton AutoSlate automatic slate clap detection and logging .
• Built-in slate mic with external slate mic input on 3.5 mm jack with phantom power.
• High Precision 1ppm Timecode generator supports all commonly used frame rates.
• Remote Record and Stop triggered by external timecode.
• Enhanced playback monitoring with waveform display.
• M/S Recorded Tracks automatically decoded to L/R for mixdown and/or monitoring.
• USB keyboard input for easy metadata editing, recorder setup and routing control

Adobe Audition CC – Audio Workstation
Create, refine, and mix pristine audio content for video and broadcast with a comprehensive toolset including multitrack mixing, waveform editing, and a spectral display that allows you to visualize and manipulate sound with incredible precision. Accelerate your video production and audio finishing workflows with improved efficiency.

New in Adobe Audition CC:
• Multichannel audio workflows Break out multichannel files into separate clips in Multitrack, or pick and choose custom channel configurations for new clips. From intelligent separation of standard formats like 5.1 or Ambisonics, to the unique MXF arrangements common with broadcast and video facilities, the new multichannel workflows in Audition save time and desk space.

• Enhanced interchange with Premiere Pro CC Get started in Premiere Pro and move easily into Audition, thanks to enhanced timeline fidelity. Expanded integration enables a unique workflow not possible with any other industry tools, including lossless transfer of native and third-party audio effect parameters and automation keyframes, track and submix routing, timeline metadata, and renderless Dynamic Link video streaming.

• Visual Shortcut Editor Audition now offers a visual keyboard shortcut editor, making it a breeze to find, modify, and create custom keyboard shortcuts for any command. Compatibility when using localized keyboards with different language installations means added flexibility for any workstation. New presets let Avid Pro Tools users keep familiar keyboard shortcuts when making the switch to Adobe Audition.

• Updated effects New and updated audio effects across Audition and Premiere Pro provide parity across both apps, making it easy for users to move between the two. Many existing audio effects now have spectrum meters, gain meters, and gain reduction meters for improved visibility into audio adjustments. With the Essential Sound Panel as part of the Audio workspace inside Premiere Pro editors can designate whether an audio clip is music, effects, dialogue or ambiance and will be presented with straight forward audio parameters, appropriate to the selection made, to help editors achieve optimal sound quickly. Enables video editors with no audio expertise to easily obtain professional quality results without the need for guesswork.

Dan Dugan Sound Design Dugan Model E-3A Automixer
The Dugan Model E-3A brings the convenience of AES and/or ADAT I/O to automatic microphone mixing. This compact and easily connected product is a versatile and useful tool for sound engineers who frequently manage multiple microphones in live venues such as television talk shows, sportscasts, town hall meetings, or corporate events. The E-3A is equally at home in the studio, on the road or in temporary or permanent installations.

As with other Dugan products, the E-3A is designed to patch in to standard mixing consoles via insert points, giving operators the use of their familiar consoles, but now with comprehensive automatic mixing capability. The Dugan Speech System automixer at the heart of the E-3A has gained worldwide recognition for its fast, transparent cross-fades. With Dugan automixing, audio problems such as upcutting, choppy sound or shifts in background noise are things of the past. Transitions between talkers are instant, smooth and consistent, no matter how many microphones are open at a time. With Dugan automixing, sound engineers can easily create the best possible mix of live microphones, without the need to “ride herd” on faders.

The Model E-3A replaces the prior Dugan Model E-3. The new version incorporates a bright OLED front panel which is used for automix gain display, management of six matrix mixing buses, and other control functions. The E-3A accommodates 16 channels of AES I/O at 48kHz or 96kHz, and may be easily linked to other Dugan digital mixers for system expansion. Alternatively, users may utilize AES and ADAT I/O simultaneously for a maximum of 32 channels at 48kHz. Up to six internal matrix mixing buses may be patched to any chosen outputs. 16 automixed channels, 16 unprocessed AES inputs, and 16 unprocessed ADAT inputs are all available for a total of 48 inputs to each matrix bus.

For example, a matrix bus could be used to create an automix inside the E-3A instead of using console insert points, or the buses could be used to create mix-minus outputs for commentators’ cue speakers, or to taper gain of nearby ceiling speakers in a conference room application. As with all other Dugan automixers, the Model E-3A may be controlled from the product’s front panel, the Dugan Control Panel for Java (supplied free), the updated Dugan Control Panel for iPad, and/or the Dugan Model K Control Surface. The front panel version of the Dugan Control Panel is operated by navigation keys and a rotary encoder for setting values.

The automatic microphone mixer was invented by Mr. Dan Dugan nearly 50 years ago. As the original Sound Designer (the title was established by the theater industry for him), Mr. Dugan sought to create an automixing system that would be utterly transparent to users and listeners. The Dugan Speech System was the result of his research. This method of automixing via gain sharing – where the total system gain is carefully managed to keep microphones and background noise at a stable, consistent level – adapts at near-instant speeds to changing conditions in the room. Unlike gated systems, the Dugan Speech System does not need to work with noise thresholds, so microphones are seamlessly brought into the mix even when a user is whispering; there is no chance of upcuts or choppy sound.

Glensound The Dante Dark 1616M
The DARK1616M is a versatile break in/ out box for sending/ receiving both analogue and digital audio to/ from a network utilizing the Dante audio over IP (AoIP) protocol (which is AES67 compliant). The 16 inputs and outputs of the Dark1616M are paralleled in both analogue and AES for maximum flexibility with the added benefit of exceptional quality mic amplifiers and huge 127 dB dynamic range analogue to digital converters. Glensound adds broadcast grade reliability to the Dante interface with a primary and secondary copper and fibre links, and primary and redundant power supplies, with solid state relay loops indicating link & PSU states.

The Dante system provides a completely transparent redundant network link system which means that if the Dark1616M lost its primary link circuit the secondary link would automatically take over with no loss of audio. The Dark1616M includes remote control mic amps on all analogue inputs making the inputs mic/ line. These are the highest quality remote gain controlled THAT Corporation analogue mic amps currently available, the outputs of which are converted to the digital domain by some of the best analogue to digital converters available, with 127dB of dynamic range. This allows the mic inputs to enter the audio network in the cleanest way possible.

The AES3 inputs have sample rate converters on them and can accept input frequencies up to 192 kHz, the incoming AES3 circuit is always sample rate converted to match the Dante network frequency. The AES3 outputs are locked to the sample frequency of the Dante network. The primary and secondary network interfaces are routed internally via a network switch and it is possible to set this switch to work as a traditional network switch instead of the default redundant mode meaning that there would be just one link to the Dante?? network and the other connections of the switch could have other Dante or network devices connected to them.

As with all Dante devices, once set up, Dark1616M units can be directly connected with each other with no external network hardware. The Remote App Controller is the DARK 1616Ms most unique feature. Modern and sophisticated the Windows 10 App allows full remote control of all the features of the DARK1616M. The App allows remote control of mic amp gains and phantom power from a computer or laptop. It is provided for the remote control and setup of the microphone amplifier and inputs and allows remote metering of each of those inputs.

The App connects to the Dark1616M via the same network as the Dante audio circuits and provides a reliable redundant control system via both the primary and secondary network interfaces, meaning that even if one of the two networks were to become disconnected the remote control would continue to work.

One App can connect to multiple DARK1616Ms and multiple Apps running on different PCs can connect to a single DARK1616M. Using password protection, other users can be prevented from controlling a Dark1616M, meaning only authorised personnel can change the settings on a DARK1616M. For users regularly using the units at different events and functions, settings can be saved and names assigned for quick recall.

iZotope RX 6 , Audio Repair
RX is widely recognized as the industry standard in audio repair for post and music production. Version 6 introduces new features and tools that will completely change the way audio repair is done for years to come. Packed with new technologies like wind and mic rustle removal, voice isolation, composite editing, de-bleed, spectral de-esser and breath reduction plugins, and much more, RX 6 is our biggest upgrade ever.

Sennheiser Digital 6000 wireless microphone system
The Digital 6000 microphone system takes the acclaimed Long Range transmission mode and proprietary audio codec from Sennheiser’s flagship Digital 9000 series to applications that demand smaller, more flexible systems. Thus, Digital 6000 not only delivers impeccable RF wireless and audio performance , it also fulfils the business need of rental companies, theatres, broadcasters and houses of worship for a flexible two-channel wireless solution that allows the use of existing accessory infrastructures. 

Designed for demanding live productions, Digital 6000 also addresses the challenges of the shrinking UHF spectrum: The system eliminates intermodulation, so frequencies can simply be placed in an equidistant grid (instead of having to plan frequencies around intermodulation products), enabling more channels to operate in less spectrum space. The Digital 6000 series comprises a two-channel receiver that is available in two different versions (EM 6000 and EM 6000 Dante), a bodypack and a handheld transmitter, plus a modular, rack-mount 19” charging unit. The receiver’s switching bandwidth of 244 MHz (470 to 714 MHz) is covered by three transmitter versions (470 – 558 MHz, 550 – 638 MHz, and 630 – 718 MHz). Up to eight receiver units can be daisy-chained without the need for an additional antenna splitter.

To ensure superior reception and reliable audio, Digital 6000 uses true bit diversity, transmission error correction and additional intelligent error concealment.
True bit diversity is a new diversity technique that ensures a far better reception quality than other diversity techniques, for example switching diversity or true diversity. While the latter either work with the RF signal of a single antenna or the audio signal of a single reception path, true bit diversity combines the information content of both reception paths for an optimum signal. If, as in difficult RF environments, the signal should get temporarily corrupted to such an extent that the transmission error correction of Digital 6000 can no longer repair it, the intelligent error concealment sets in.

It employs intelligent learning algorithms to replace the corrupted part, enabling Digital 6000 to still transmit flawlessly where other digital systems fail. For data security, Digital 6000 features switchable AES 256 encryption, with the transmitters also supporting the proprietary encryption of the Digital 9000 system. Digital 6000 has been designed to keep additional investments as low as possible: Existing antenna infrastructures can continue to be used as the system works with standard active and passive wideband UHF antennas. Also, the Digital 6000 transmitters use the same high-performance rechargeable accupacks as their Digital 9000 counterparts.

The SKM 6000 handheld transmitter features Sennheiser’s standard capsule interface – it can therefore be used with any microphone head from the evolution wireless Series, the 2000 Series, and also with the special 9000 Series heads. The SK 6000 bodypack excels as a high-end solution for wireless instruments such as guitar and bass – or is ready to use with a variety of Sennheiser clip-on microphones and headmics.

For quick set-up, Digital 6000 is fitted with an automatic frequency set-up function. A user-friendly menu control with a bright, white OLED display gives a quick overview of the most important parameters. Several home screens provide easy access to further information, without the user having to navigate through submenus. Critical operating conditions and error messages are directly indicated on the display. Digital 6000 is compatible with Digital 9000 in long-range mode and with the EK 6042 digital/analogue camera receiver, integrating seamlessly into digital or analogue system infrastructures.

Shure Axient Digital Wireless System
Shure debuted the Axient® Digital Wireless System at NAB 2017. As the new premier wireless in Shure’s successful portfolio, Axient Digital builds on the superior benefits of the Company’s UHF-R®, ULX-D® and Axient wireless systems to create the most advanced wireless platform to date, suited for all professional productions and situations. Catering to evolving customer needs—especially in an environment of continued RF spectrum pressure—Axient Digital provides high-performance RF, exceptional audio quality, command and control, and hardware scalability.

Axient Digital features a receiver that is compatible with its two transmitter offerings, the AD Series and ADX Series. AD Series transmitters deliver a tremendous level of core product benefits including exceptional RF performance, digital audio and networking. Axient Digital ADX Series transmitters additionally incorporate ShowLink, which provides real-time control of all transmitter parameters along with interference detection and avoidance. The ADX Series also includes the first micro bodypack with an integrated self-tuning antenna, enabling greater concealment and comfort.

Ideal for a variety of users and applications, Axient Digital features numerous user-friendly features and benefits:

• High-Performance RF—Incorporating all of the capabilities that professional productions demand, Axient Digital is designed for maximum signal stability. It features true digital diversity with Quadversity™ and a robust High Density mode that delivers superior spectral efficiency, significantly mitigating the potential for signal fades or interference that can cause drop outs. Quadversity antenna mode enables users to place sets of diversity antennas in different zones, or double the number of antennas in a single zone, to improve RF signal-to-noise in challenging environments.

• Audio Quality—Featuring transparent digital audio via Dante, AES67 and AES3, Axient Digital has a 20Hz to 20 kHz range with a flat frequency response and accurate transient response. Axient Digital also boasts wide dynamic range and an industry leading 2ms latency from the mic transducer to the analog output.

• Command and Control—Axient Digital is compatible with Wireless Workbench® for efficient control and configuration, as well as the ShurePlus™ Channels App for optimal spectrum management and frequency monitoring. The system’s Dante Cue and Dante Browse features enable headphone monitoring of high-fidelity, true audio output from any Dante-enabled connected device. Additionally, Axient Digital’s networked charging capabilities provide a suite of smart, high-performance batteries and chargers.

• Hardware and Scalability—Axient Digital’s wide tuning range of 184 MHz for all transmitters and receivers covers an extended range of spectrum and simplifies inventory. Dual and quad receiver options combined with a common receiver platform supporting both AD and ADX transmitters, maximizes user flexibility and scalability. Axient Digital is compatible with the Shure Battery Rack Charger (SBRC), which supports up to eight rechargeable batteries in a single, compact rack space. Providing a seamless, tour-ready battery charging and storage solution, the SBRC features an easy-to-read front panel that displays critical battery parameters, including charge status, time-to-full and battery health indicators. When connected to a network, Shure Wireless Workbench and ShurePlus Channels software provide remote monitoring of the SBRC to track battery status. Given the increasing challenges of RF spectrum, it’s essential that users have access to a system that can deliver the critical audio inputs of a production reliably over the air. With unparalleled RF stability and spectral efficiency, Axient Digital offers a variety of users the flexibility to work in the available spectrum, whether the number of channels required is great or small, and provides the pristine sound quality that today’s productions demand.