NAB 2009

Jun 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Mix Editors

UPSIDES AND DOWNSIDES IN A TOUGH MARKET

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NAB 2009, which took place April 18-23 in Las Vegas, had a lot of the old feel from years past, as well as a few changes you'd expect during a down economy. For instance, the usual craziness of the South Lower Hall (pictured above) was in evidence with packed booths and lots of buzz around the more glitzy video-oriented demos and gear. In the North and Central Halls, however, traffic was down considerably — some estimating as much as 40 percent.

On the upside, many attendees took advantage of bargain hotel room rates, while the airport, monorail and cab lines seemed shorter than usual. Most manufacturers seemed unfazed by the economic situation, as there was no shortage of new gear debuts, most stressing cost-saving solutions for broadcast and post users. For product-demo videos, visit mixonline.com/video.

Consoles

Calrec Audio's Apollo console offers more than double the processing power of the company's Alpha platform — a channel count that sets a new industry benchmark — and includes a new, highly responsive, user-configurable control surface. At 48 kHz, Apollo's Bluefin2 provides up to 1,020 channel processing paths, 128 program buses, 96 IFB/track outputs and 48 auxes — or half of those numbers at 96 kHz.

Solid State Logic had a strong showing. Its C10 HD digital audio console comes in 24×8 or 32×8 frame sizes, with scalable DSP and I/O options. For mixing inside the box, SSL's new MX4 combines three central system elements: high-channel-count/high-quality audio interface, a versatile software mixer and DSP-powered plug-ins providing legendary SSL audio characteristics. SSL also unveiled The X-Desk, a desktop/rackmount unit with 16 mixdown channels, eight channel inserts, stereo and mono aux sends, talkback, two monitor outs, two stereo effects returns and inserts on the stereo bus.

New broadcast enhancements for Euphonix's System 5-B/BP and Max Air digital audio mixing systems include the SH624 router, which integrates those digital consoles with facility routers using the ES-Switch Protocol. The SH624 has 24 MADI ins and outs for a maximum of 1,536×1,536 signal paths at 48 kHz, doubling the size of the current SH612 router.

Studer announced its new RELINK (Resource Linking) I/O sharing system, which extends audio capabilities and can link numerous consoles in a facility's various locations for audio source and control data sharing across a wide network.

Tascam introduced its slick, miniature M-164UF analog mixer, with six mic inputs, EQ and built-in meter bridge, plus onboard digital effects. Its built-in USB 2 can deliver all 16 outputs to a Mac or PC for live or studio recording. Other features include 16-channel mixing, onboard RIAA phono preamp, sub and main output buses, and two aux sends.

Intended for broadcast applications, Yamaha's MY8-SDI-D enables the input of HD-SDI-embedded audio signals directly to a host Yamaha digital console or DME (Digital Mix Engine). It features one HD-SDI input with one HD-SDI thru output, and can replace the need for conventional converters previously used to directly feed Yamaha digital mixing products.

Monitoring

Genelec's 1038CF tri-amplified active monitoring system features a slim enclosure (only 9.25 inches deep!), dual long-throw 8-inch woofers, 5-inch midrange driver and 1-inch dome tweeter. Based on the 1038B monitor, it has 420 watts of onboard power.

JBL Pro's LSR2300 Series monitors come in 5- or 8-inch versions (LSR2325P or LSR2328P, respectively), with an optional 10-inch sub to take the system down to 28 Hz.






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