NAB 2011 Report

May 2, 2011 1:36 PM, By the Mix Editors



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The recently concluded 2011 NAB Show (April 11 through April 14, 2011) brought throngs of broadcast industry professionals from 151 countries to the Las Vegas Convention Center, where they could see and preview equipment on display from more than 1,500 exhibitors.

According to the National Association of Broadcasters, this year’s attendance showed an increase over the 2010 show; for the 2011 NAB Show, NAB reported 92,708 total registered attendees, while the 2010 NAB Show final attendance was 88,044.

"Content professionals from around the globe flock to the NAB Show every year, and this year was no exception,” says NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton. “We're thrilled to host the largest media and entertainment convention annually, and delighted that the NAB Show remains the premiere event for the industry."

Pro audio exhibitors once again held court in the Central Hall, and according to NAB, nearly 14,000 NAB Show attendees are interested in pro audio.

In audio news from the show, on Wednesday, April 13, MOTU, announced that it is working closely with Apple and Intel to develop future products that take full advantage of Thunderbolt, the new, connectivity standard developed by Intel and deployed by Apple to worldwide markets on their latest generation MacBook Pro laptop computers. Thunderbolt offers very high bandwidth and low-latency.

"MOTU has often been the first to adopt new connectivity standards, such as FireWire, in our video and audio I/O products," says Jim Cooper, MOTU Director of Marketing. "We're excited about Thunderbolt because it clearly represents the future of professional I/O. MOTU's strong partnership with Apple and Intel lays the groundwork for exciting new possibilities for Thunderbolt-equipped MOTU products in the near future."

Mix magazine editors saw a number of audio products of interest on the show floor. Technical editor Kevin Becka selected his Top 5 Gear Picks, and in the following NAB 2011 Report, we present a few more highlights.

SSL C-Play Audio Playout System
SSL’s new C-Play Audio Playout System is embedded into the SSL C100 HDS or C10 HD Digital Broadcast Consoles’ control surface. It completely integrates an essential studio process into the audio console, eliminating the requirement of dedicated hardware and significantly streamlining operator preparation for on-air sessions.

Auralex Acoustics SonoLite
An aesthetic and price point blend of Auralex’s StudiofoamPro and ELiTE ProPanels, the SonoLite fabric wrapped Studiofoam Pro panels combine the look of the ELiTE ProPanel with StudiofoamPro’s cost. SonoLite is a 2x2x1-foot fabric wrapped StudiofoamPro panel, available in black or beige, with squared edges and provides an overall Noise Coefficient Rating (NRC) of 0.75 at a price of $29.99 per panel.

Sound Devices MixPre-D
Sound Devices introduced the MixPre-D, which is designed for any production application where capturing great sound is important, but size and weight are a concern. Features include a M/S stereo matrix, tone oscillator, internal slate microphone, return monitoring of both analog and USB audio, high-gain headphone output and two-AA battery or external 5-18VDC powering.

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