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AKG, Calrec, Lawo, SSL roll out new product at IBC

The audio big guns have unveiled significant new product developments at IBC 2010.

Taking place between September 10 and 14, IBC 2010 brought forth a clutch of innovative new microphones, software launches, system upgrades and interfacing products.

From AGK came the extensive line of 99er microphones. Consisting of nine microphones, the range is said to accommodate nearly any typical installed sound application, including conferencing, paging, surveillance, on-stage use and recording. The company also highlighted the roll-out of the new AKG Perception 820 Tube microphone, which is said to possess a “unique, warm and rich sound”.

Also on a microphone ‘tip’, DPA expanded its 4099 clip mic range with three new models. The series, which is now complete, has been expanded to include the 4099D for drums, 4099P for pianos and the universal 4099U microphone mount.

Audio-Technica, meanwhile, launched two new microphones in its Broadcast & Production series. The BP4001 (cardoid) and BP4002 (omnidirectional) dynamic microphones are designed for all types of broadcast interview and remote news-gathering situations, including ENG, EFP and sports applications. In other developments, Audio-Technica announced upgraded wireless systems in its 2000a and 3000b systems.

Sennheiser’s IBC activities include the introduction of the SKM 5200-II handheld transmitter. The new II version provides sound engineers with a switching bandwidth of up to 184 MHz while still offering the same transmission reliability. The company also introduced a paintable version of its miniature MKE 1 clip-on mic, the MKE 1-M.

Kai Lange, product manager for wired professional microphones at Sennheiser, commented: “The MKE 1 has already become a firm favourite with theatres, musicals, live events and TV shows. The new, paintable MKE 1-M is the icing on the cake, so to speak. Now a show can have both: impeccable audio and perfect looks, even during close-ups.”

In other areas of pro-audio technology, Genelec exhibited the 8260A 3-way DSP. Billed as the flagship product in the company’s range of DSP monitors, the new product is said to deliver accurate imaging and sound quality both on the acoustical axis as well as off-axis. Set-up is accomplished via the Genelec Loudspeaker Manager (GLM) software, which allows the 8260A to be used together with other 8200 Series DSP monitors and 7200 Series subwoofers in the same set-up.

Codec specialist APT launched the IP Audio Silver. Designed as an inexpensive unit for the delivery of broadcast-grade audio over IP networks, the new solution is ideally suited for studio transmitter links in smaller radio stations, or for large-scale audio distribution requiring multiple units.

Junger Audio, meanwhile, showed the T*AP TV Audio Processor. Primarily designed for TV playout facilities, the unit provides Loudness control, Upmix and surround sound processing for up to eight channels of audio.

In a historic development, SADiE introduced its 6 software, representing the first time that SADiE products have been available as software-only versions. Until now SADiE users have needed specific proprietary hardware to run their systems, but the new SADiE packages enable access to all the “speed, power and flexibility of SADiE” on any computer running Microsoft Windows with ASIO compatible audio hardware, as well as existing SADiE5 hardware platforms.

A clutch of major developments from console system manufacturers included a new management system for Calrec’s Hydra2 network router. Browser-based and compatible with Windows, Linux and OSX, Hydra2 Operator (H2O) allows the user to control the Hydra2 network independently from any console control surface.

Regarding the significance of the IBC event, Henry Goodman, head of sales and marketing at Calrec, told PSN-e: “IBC is a hugely important show for us – we see more customers, distributors and colleagues than [at] any other European show, and a broad mix of international visitors. In particular, audio has enjoyed a higher prominence since it moved into Hall 8 a few years ago, and this is reflected in the footfall on the stand; we see more people every year we exhibit.”

Lawo made several product introductions, including the latest addition to its broadcast on-air console family, the sapphire, along with the Nova29 compact 16-port MADI router. Delivering routing for 1024 x 1024 signals, an integral intercom function and many easy service features, Nova29 can be used as a standalone unit or be seamlessly integrated with Lawo’s broadcast systems, thereby enabling an homogenous studio network.

Indeed, MADI was something of an underlying theme at IBC 2010, with SSL among the other companies making launches in this area. SSL introduced two new MADI solutions at IBC 2010: the SDI-MADI de-embedder interface, which extracts up to 16 audio channels from each of the unit’s four SDI inputs to provide a maximum of 64 channels in both MADI and AES3; and the MADI-X8 system, which offers point-to-point bulk routing, source distribution, device splitting and source aggregation. (For more on the resurgence of MADI, see the September print issue of PSNE.)

SSL also announced the release of V3 software for the C100 HDS Digital Broadcast Console, heralding a number of customer-driven options and features. For automated production environments, V3 offers a new suite of interface protocols that provide direct integration into the latest broadcast production automation systems, including Ross Overdrive and Sony’s ELC systems, while the Dialogue Automix option provides hands-free control of fast-paced talk-show and sports productions.

Finally for this round-up, Wohler Technologies exhibited Pandora, a compact desktop or rack-mountable loudness monitor that can be employed at any point in the broadcast chain to provide simple, accurate loudness monitoring. An asset to broadcasters in addressing the demands of the CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act and other standards, the unit accepts and analyses SDI, AES, stereo or multi-channel audio, and provides a clear, accurate reading of loudness measurements for any SDI video signal with audio.