NAB 2009

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

UPSIDES AND DOWNSIDES IN A TOUGH MARKET

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The all-digital StudioComm 76DB/77B surround monitoring system from Studio Technologies offers simple, effective monitoring of 5.1 surround and stereo audio material. Comprising a Model 76DB Central Controller and a Model 77B Control Console, the system is well suited for use with digital-input loudspeakers.

The Reference Monitor from Sonifex is a single-rackspace audio monitor with Dolby decoding. The RM-4C8-HDE1 can decode a Dolby E or Dolby Digital audio stream, letting users visually monitor eight (or 5.1) audio channels and select any two for listening.

The Headzone PRO XT from Beyerdynamic is an updated version of the company's innovative Headzone system that uses DSP technology to provide headphone-based 5.1 surround sound reproduction using a patented ultrasonic HeadTracking system, which locates the orientation of the listener's head with respect to the source material and adjusts the audio accordingly.

Mics, Mics, Mics

AKG brought new life to its classic C 747 and C 3000 mics. The updated C 747 V11 maintains its predecessor's operational excellence, while the new C 3000 retains the characteristics of the popular original but with a sleek finish.

The Sennheiser 2000 Series is a professional, entry-level wireless mic system, with handheld or bodypack transmitters. For monitoring, users can combine the diversity receivers of the series with single or twin monitor transmitters.

Audio-Technica's smallest lavalier mic offering to date, the BP896 subminiature omnidirectional condenser has a capsule measuring a mere 2.5 mm in diameter, making it ideal for applications requiring minimum visibility.

Hosa is distributing Da-Cappo shotgun mics from Australia. The Location Pack bundles three shotgun mics — a 14-inch mini for on-camera, and medium (17.4-inch) and 22-inch long bodies for boom use — all in a travel case with power supply.

The CL-2 Boom Pole Remote Fader from Sound Devices offers convenient control over its 788T multitrack field recorder. Connecting to the 788T's proprietary C.Link port, the CL-2 offers a single fader that can be programmed to control any input or track on the 788T. Two user-programmable switches on the remote unit can operate several critical functions on the 788T, including remote-record activation.

Studio Essentials

Dolby bowed Dolby Pulse, the newest solution for online, mobile and broadcast markets. This lets broadcasters deliver stereo and 5.1-channel audio at the lowest bandwidth rates while maintaining high audio quality. As it includes Dolby metadata, Dolby Pulse is the one HE-AAC solution that eliminates the need for a stereo simulcast within a 5.1 broadcast, further reducing bandwidth.

Sony Creative Software showed its Vegas Pro 9 software, the latest version of the HD audio/video-editing application. Vegas Pro 9's customizable interface offers optimized viewing and enhanced usability, as well as significant improvements for pro video editors, including direct browsing and import of Sony XDCAM EX footage, native file support for the Red One camera, compress to MXF file format during capture from SD/HD-SDI sources, a scalable 4k workflow, and powerful new effects and enhancements.

SurCode for DTS-HD from Minnetonka Audio Software comprises an encoder and decoder plug-in pair: SurCode Encoder for DTS-HD for Compressor and SurCode Decoder for DTS-HD for QuickTime.

Lexicon's PCM96 surround reverb/effects processor delivers 50 new Lexicon reverbs, delays and modulation effects, along with more presets, configuration options and additional I/Os. The PCM96 Surround can function as a control-only insert or FireWire streaming audio plug-in inside any Mac VST or Audio Units software.

The FCP (Final Cut Plug-In) from SmartSound, creators of the Sonicfire Pro 5 plug-in, provides interoperability between Final Cut Pro and Sonicfire Pro 5. This lets users set markers in Final Cut, which enables Sonicfire to calculate the exact amount of music needed.






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