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IBC Preview 1: From Aaton Digital to Nugen

Which companies are showing what at the expo?

Strap in for details on some of the companies showcasing their wares in Amsterdam from 9-13 September…

Aaton Digital(pictured right) will present the complete CantarX3 digital sound recorder package at IBC, including the new Cantarem2. The CantarX3, among other unique features, can self-generate PDF and CSV sound reports, with ALE files embedded within deliverable media. The Cantarem2 is a USB quick add-on extension mixer panel to extend the control capabilities of the CantarX3.

Calrec is showcasing four new networking interfaces, including an AES67/Ravenna interface, an AVB interface, and a modular I/O Dante card that also has AES67 compatibility. In addition, Calrec is debuting a SMPTE 2022-6 video interface.

Cedar Audio is demonstrating its CEDAR Studio suite of plug-ins, which offer eight audio restoration and noise suppression processes and together can greatly reduce or even eliminate the common audio problems encountered in film and TV post. Also on stand is the latest version of the company’s flagship CEDAR Cambridge workstation.

A new audio insertion manager for automating text-to-speech conversion is being launched by ENCO. Designed to deliver clear and concise emergency alert audio to visually impaired audiences, the compact 1RU system also brings lifelike sound to automated audio content on primary TV channels. The new AIM-100 audio insertion monitors incoming XML or TXT files from news tickers and other master control systems, and prioritises and converts that information to audio.

Unveiled by Etere will be an all-new cloud-ready solution that allows significant time savings in QC tasks. Etere Advanced QC is part of Etere MAM at no additional cost, and this latest release is built with an integrated modular architecture designed to perform comprehensive QC via workflow. The video quality check software system is able to analyse an expansive list of file formats, including support for all major wrappers and all compression schemas.

Visitors can find C-Next, the brand new live connected tool from EVS at IBC. This contribution network platform gives remote teams the ability to share files and metadata content over IP, from any OB truck, broadcast centre or production HQ. EVS is also demonstrating its new-generation IPWeb – a remote access application that lets users browse and select content no matter where they are – and the IT/software-based, fully scalable architecture of its IP-based DYVI production switcher.

Making its official debut at IBC is Focusrite’s RedNet range of audio-over-IP products. Based around Audinate’s Dante, RedNet features analogue I/O, AES3 I/O, MADI I/O, Pro Tools|HD I/O, microphone preamplifier options and a new Thunderbolt audio interface. The range features dual PSUs for redundancy as well as dual etherCON ports on the 1U chassis, and is controlled by Focusrite’s RedNet Control software.

Version 2.0 of the Dan Dugan Sound Design control panel for iPad will be available. This new app, free from the Apple iTunes store, provides the same control functions as the Dugan Control Panel for Java, which is supplied with networkable Dugan automixers. It allows users to set up channels, name units and channels, assign groups, set weights, mute channels, and manually override the automix.

Exhibiting in conjunction with its Dutch distributor, Amptec, DPA is showcasing its range of mics. On display will include the bodyworn d:fine headset microphones, which can get very close to the sound source, ensuring high speech-intelligibility, while some variants come with integrated in-ear monitors. Other broadcast offerings include the d:facto interview microphone and the mobile d:mension surround solution.

Brand new at IBC from Harman is the Studer Modular Series, which the company says offers flexibility and interoperability not seen before in an on-air mixing console. In this product, only the necessary controls for live operation are provided physically, all other control is virtualised through multi-touch graphical user interfaces. The GUIs can be customised to match the technical level of each user, displaying all the controls they need and hiding others.

V_matrix, a software defined IP Core routing and processing platform, has been launched and is being brought to IBC by Lawo. This new IP broadcast video core infrastructure is based on data centre principles of flexibility, fabric computing and COTS economics and offers a completely virtualised real-time routing and processing infrastructure.

NETIA will introduce a new monitoring tool for Media Assist, giving radio staff a single, easy-to-use interface for managing and optimising multisite workflows. Staff can now monitor priority levels on all launched processes to help minimise their impact on bandwidth, while facilitating content delivery within the group and increasing time-to-air ratios.

The new NOA VideoPlayer for jobDB will be featured at the show and allows users to set up workflows for the ingest, reshaping, and analysis of media for archiving, re-transcoding or other complex processes. A range of video settings, such as de-interlacing and field order adjustment, ensure correct replay behaviour and later transcoding of material.

A significant upgrade of the Halo Upmix software (pictured top) for upmixing stereo audio to surround is being showcased by Nugen. Available in Avid AAX, VST, and AU formats, Halo Upmix automates the creation of a stereo-to-surround, downmix-compatible upmix with unique centre-channel management and spatial density controls.

Registration is still open for the event.