NAB Audio 2014

May 1, 2014 9:00 AM, By The Mix Editors


Education Guide

Mix is gearing up to present its longstanding annual Audio Education Guide in its November 2014 issue. Want to have your school listed in the directory, or do you need to update your current directory listing? Add an image, program description, or a logo to your listing! Get your school in the Mix Education Guide 2014.

While the National Association of Broadcasters’ annual show, on the heels of Musikmesse and pre-InfoComm, isn’t typically big on pro audio product launches, it is a huge convention, and there is plenty of pro audio, consolidated nicely, for the most part, at the foot of the Central Hall. Here are a few products that caught Mix’s attention when we visited Las Vegas from April 7-10.

It’s a broadcast show, so much of the product on display is geared toward sound for picture and live event production. Yamaha took the opportunity for the debut of its new QL-1 and QL-5 consoles, with Rupert Neve Designs Portico EQ and compression, built-in Dan Dugan auto-mixer and iOS remote control. In a booth within the booth, Yamaha/Steinberg was showing the Nuage Version 1.5 update.

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Sound Devices 633

Sound Devices, a fixture in film/TV production and news gathering, made the trade show debut of its new 633 Field Mixer, a 6-input, 10-track recorder, with three mic/line XLR and three additional line-level TA3. It records at 24-bit/48kHz uncompressed stereo to CompactFlash and/or SD cards.

SSL, besides showing updates to its broadcast console line, was featuring its IP audio network, incorporating “Dante right now,” as they said. Also, the MADI Bridge to Dante and a new StageBox to accompany the SSL Live Console.

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Lectrosonics Digital Secure Wireless system

Lectrosonics, an Albuquerque company, threw an awesome “Breaking Bad” party after hours, while on the floor they had a lot of attention on their new Digital Secure Wireless system, which features AES-256 advanced encryption for government and other security-conscious applications.

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DPA d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone

DPA has expanded its d: line with introductions of the new d:screet Omnidirectional Miniature Necklace Microphone, coming in black, white and brown and in lengths of either 18.3 or 20.9 inches.

While Roland Systems Group showed its new S2416 digital snake, the surround field recording package was equally noteworthy. Using the USB out of the company’s video/audio field mixer, Roland showed how with a Holophone mic, recordists can monitor an 11.2 surround output using DTS Headphone:X technology.

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