NAB 2010 Report

Apr 16, 2010 5:20 PM, By the Mix Editors

Big News and a Bigger Show Rock the Desert


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Although it’s mostly known as a video show, this year’s NAB Show (April 12 to 15, 2010) opened with big news on the audio side: Avid’s announcement of its intent to purchase Euphonix. The deal had been in the works since last year’s IBC show, but was the buzz at NAB, having only been publicly announced the day before exhibits opened. You’ll find Avid’s announcement and Kevin Becka’s blog about the announcement on Mix’s Website, but suffice it to say, there were more questions generated than answers.

Beyond that blockbuster news, the broadcast industry’s biggest show brought gear galore and thick crowds to the four halls at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The general consensus was that the show was up from last year and figures proved that to be correct. NAB claimed 88,044 attendees, a 6.5 percent increase from the 2009 NAB show.

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Audio manufacturers liked the increased floor traffic from the move to the Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“We’re delighted by the extraordinarily positive feedback from both attendees and exhibitors,” says NAB executive vice president Dennis Wharton. “The uptick in attendance and dazzling technology on display here demonstrates again the NAB show’s enduring popularity and status as the premiere global event for the content marketplace.”

Exhibitors seemed equally upbeat about the consolidation of audio now mostly moved to the C Hall. And even in the far corners, exhibitors were pleased with the traffic. Most manufacturers had new things to show, some bringing major releases to NAB 2010. Here are a few highlights we encountered.

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Euphonix MC Control Version 2

Consoles—More Power, Smaller Packages
Beyond the all the Avid talk, Euphonix was focused on business, showing the MC Control Version 2, which features a new 800x480-pixel backlit LED touchscreen, four touch-sensitive faders and better tactile control of parameters via eight new touch sensitive rotary encoders. MC Control V. 2's ergonomic layout includes dedicated transport controls as well as a data entry wheel that can be assigned on the fly to control everything from basic jog/shuttle navigation and zooming to a host of advanced editing functions.

Solid State Logic showed an extremely compact 16-fader version of its no-compromise C10 HD digital broadcast console. The C10 HD features an efficient 34-inch wide design, an option for “Broadcast Production Automation,” a 5.1 Upmix option that generates a multichannel surround output from stereo sources, and a Dialog Automix option for reliable, multi-mic audio level management for talk-show-style productions. Another option, DAW Control, enables post-production mixing during studio dark periods for increased studio productivity.

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Fairlight EVO console

Fairlight launched EVO, a console that promises high-end power with cutting-edge affordability. Using Fairlight’s proprietary Crystal Core Processing, the SX range of I/O options and Xynergi self-labeling key technology, EVO gives users fast access to mixing tools via rotary encoders and touch screens that combine to deliver inline controls and detailed full-color displays for every fader.

The Vi1 from Soundcraft is a complete stand-alone digital console package featuring 32 channels of analog input to 27 analog outputs, plus six digital inputs, four Stereo FX Returns and six digital outputs in one chassis. By adding a stage box (compatible with the existing Vi racks), simultaneous channel count increases to 64.

Calrec showed a fully customizable three-rackspace I/O interface box that fits into its Hydra2 Network system. The unit’s modular design contributes to fast, easy signal routing among devices on an audio network. Also making its first NAB showing, Calrec’s Artemis console is based on the Apollo platform and, like Apollo, relies on Calrec technology—Bluefin2 for processing and Hydra2 for routing.

Lawo announced its intent for closer collaboration with Optocore, which developed a “Lawo Emulation Mode” that enables a Lawo console to communicate with Optocore I/O units. Lawo also showed a new interface for its mc² series and the Nova73 HD systems in its Version 4.8 software release that promises a faster workflow offering greater flexibility.

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