NAB 2004: Eventide BD500

Apr 16, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Eventide (booth N704) has announced a 40-second version of its BD500 delay. The BD500, Eventide’s fourth-generation broadcast profanity delay, features configurable delay and dump functions, which include adjusting the dump increments from one second up to the full delay length in half-second increments.

Also featured on the BD500 is the Eventide Sneeze function, which prevents throat clearing, coughing or other extraneous noises from going out over the air. Eventide’s patented Rebuild function seamlessly rebuilds the delay buffer after a portion of audio has been removed. Ramp-to-Zero gradually backs the user out of the delay buffer at the end of the program.

The BD500 also offers a precision delay mode, which allows delay adjustments as fine as 83.3 microseconds and works well for HD radio installations and other fixed delay applications. The BD-500 offers AES/EBU standard and a full complement of remote-control functionality. Bypass a true hardwire bypass for fail-safe operation, and illuminates when the BD500 is out of circuit. The unit is fully programmable and the configuration section is password-protected to prevent inadvertent tampering with the settings, which are stored in nonvolatile memory.

“Recent events have compelled the broadcast community to ask if are we doing enough to comply with the expectations of regulators,” Ray Maxwell, Eventide’s VP of sales and marketing, explained. “With the newly enhanced BD500, Eventide seeks to provide station mangers with the highest level of protection against the recently increased penalties levied by the FCC. Today, Eventide has effectively doubled the available delay previously available and has set the new standard for profanity delay protection.”

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