NAB 2010 Report
Apr 16, 2010 5:20 PM, By the Mix Editors
Big News and a Bigger Show Rock the Desert
MOTU brought its HD Express HDMI video interface,
a broadcast-quality HD and SD video capturing and monitoring device for
Final Cut Pro on Mac and Premiere Pro on Windows. The HD Express HDMI
connects to a current-generation Mac or Windows computer via PCI
Express. HDMI supports full-raster, pixel-for-pixel digital clarity
with no video compression, resulting in stunning image quality and
color depth that far surpasses highly-compressed workflows based on DV,
HDV, AVC and similar capture codecs.
Prism Sound brought the soon-to-be-released SADiE 6 software,
a version of SADiE that can run as a software-only version with any
I/O. In addition to new technical features, the slick new interface
offers an astounding array of viewing options including complex, shaded
color choices making this new release easy on the eyes. (Watch a video demo of SADiE 6 software from Winter NAMM 2010.)
Prism Sound also showed a lower-cost version of its groundbreaking
dScope Series III audio analyzer. It’s aimed at R&D engineers and
production line managers who currently only require audio analysis in
the analog domain.
TC Electronic showed its 6000 MKII,
a retooled version of the company’s legacy hardware
reverb/multi-effects unit with TC Icon controller. New features include
a network and Wi-Fi savvy platform, ITU BS.1770, ATSC A/85 and EBU R128
compliant metering, Matrix 88 mixer for ultimate precision summing and
a stronger chassis with a new stylish look.
Small Tree featured the GRaniteSTOR ST-RAID, which promises consistent performance over Ethernet networks. The system is available in 8-, 12- or 16-drive configurations.
PT0700R remote Client Panel lets an engineer in one location see
exactly the same audio and video display as an engineer in the master
control room. Both the master and remote display can be independently
controlled and both follow a standard interface protocol, allowing any
DVI/DCC interface to extend the distance between the units.
Neyrinck displayed SoundCode for Dolby E,
which operates as a standalone app or plug-in. It offers accelerated
encoding, easier monitoring and decoding, encoding directly into Final
Cut Pro and Final Cut Express, N-Mon monitoring utility and stereo
Mix received an ears-on demo of TAC System’s innovative new plug-ins including the RTAS/AudioSuite/Audio Units/VST NML RevCon-RR reverb reduction plug-in.
It features the ability to de-reverberate a signal and we can certify
that the results are incredible. The NML RevCon-RS takes that same
basic ability but rather than eliminating the reverberation, it
separates it allowing you to steer it to back speakers in a
multi-channel monitoring array for realistic surround effects.
announced the Version 1.6 software upgrade for its flagship broadcast
delay units, the BD600 and the BD600E. It’s available as a free
download at eventide.com for registered owners and released to
production for new units in May of 2010. The BD600 and its sibling, the
BD600E offer 80 seconds of 24-bit profanity delay protection, with an
adjustable delay buffer in half-second increments from 1 second to 80
seconds, and feature a Panic mode.
DN-F300 and DN-F400 solid-state audio players can read MP3 files and
uncompressed WAV files from SD or SDHC cards (the DN-F300 can also read
from USB drives)—all technologies more stable and reliable in demanding
applications than the “spinning” CD.
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