The 2016 NAB Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center concludes today. Here, Mix magazine present the products and technologies on exhibit that stood out and got our attention as we look forward to the months ahead in broadcast audio.
Shure announced that two of its leading digital wireless systems—ULX-D and QLX-D—are now available in VHF spectrum, providing users with 42 MHz of tuning bandwidth in spectrum that is as predictable and as usable as today’s UHF TV band.
Sennheiser showed the EK 6042 slot-in camera receiver, a 2-channel unit that works with analog and digital Sennheiser transmitters or—a world first—a mix thereof, across a bandwidth of 184 MHz. Also in the booth was the MKE 440 camera microphone, which employs an innovative stereo technique to match sound and picture, and the MK 4, featuring high-quality Apogee A/D conversion and mic preamp technology. The MK 4 digital connects directly to iOS devices, Mac and PC computers.
Pliant Technologies, the new professional products division of CoachComm, had CrewCom, based on a totally new technology platform that offers the industry’s highest user density, unparalleled range, and scalability.
Waves showed the next generation of the TEC Award-winning WLM Loudness Meter plug-in, the Dugan Automixer plug-in, and the slick eMotion LV1, a revolutionary digital mixing console for front-of-house, monitor and broadcast engineers, featured in Mix’s April 2016 issue.
Focusrite announced the launch of the Red 4Pre, featuring digitally-controlled mic preamps, high-headroom instrument inputs, with dual Pro Tools HD DigiLink and Dante= network audio connectivity.
Genelec showed its 8430A SAM Studio Monitor enabling direct monitoring of audio-over-IP stream content, the first studio monitor on the market supporting AES67 and RAVENNA standard.
SSL had a whole new look to its booth with the System T, designed from the ground up to provide the power to handle large-scale productions through a range of hardware and software control interfaces, which can be placed anywhere on a network with up to three consoles or control interfaces accessing a single or fully mirrored redundant pair of processor Engines.
Audio-Technica had its BP40 large-diaphragm dynamic broadcast microphone, which is used for podcasts including Matt Boudreau’s Working Class Audio and The Vocal Booth from the Pensado’s Place team.
For the first time at NAB, Wisycom displayed the MTP41S Pocket Wireless Transmitter, an extremely small and lightweight unit featuring an integrated hardware limiter.
Studio Technologies showcased the new Model 5205 Mic/Line to Dante Interface allowing two microphone or line-level signals to interface with systems that use Dante media networking technology.
ProCo Sound presented the new DMX 4U Break In/Out Boxes and DOC 4U Professional Rigging Boxes, which enable lighting professionals to run multiple DMX 512 universes over a single Cat-6 cable.
DPA Microphones had its d:facto Linear Vocal Microphone on hand. The mic is designed for sound engineers who prefer a truly uncolored sound, giving them free range to EQ as much or as little as they see fit.
Downstairs in the South Hall at NAB, Small Tree, the data storage experts, unveiled the TZ5+, the ideal mobile workflow solution for audio and video professionals.
In the South Hall at NAB, Minnetonka showed their AudioTools Cloud, an advanced audio processing solution providing loudness control, encoding, decoding, channel management, frame rate conversion, quality control, and container management from an easy-to-use user interface designed for the Amazon AWS Marketplace.
Cedar had its new, portable 2-channel DNS 2 noise suppressor at NAB, which hosts a new DNS algorithm that requires nothing more than switching on the Learn function that identifies and adapts to the background noise, and dialing in the amount of noise attenuation required.
VocalBooth.com showed its slick new booth incorporating panels from Vicoustic and brand new LED Color-Changing Lights.
Zaxcom on Tuesday announced the new ZHD models; the TRXLT3, TRXLA3 and TRX743 are 100-percent digital, have built-in backup recording with timecode, NeverClip for superior dynamic range and are fully encrypted.
RME showed three new products, including the MADIface Pro compact audio interface with MADI connectivity; Fireface UFX+, RME’s first interface with Thunderbolt connectivity; and the ADI-2 Pro high-end AD/DA converter.
Prism Sound displayed the Callia plug and play high-end DAC and headphone amp delivering a great listening experience to Windows, OSX, Linux, iOS and Android users.
Sanken released its CSS-50 shotgun microphone for use in broadcasting and film. The CSS-50’s 3-diaphragm electret condenser mic offers innovative technology in a short, practical form factor.
Lectrosonics had its SRc and SRc5P Digital Hybrid Wireless dual-channel diversity “Slot” receivers on hand at NAB 2016.
Dolby announced the release of the AC-4 Codec, a powerful new audio format addressing the current and future needs of next-generation video and audio entertainment services including broadcast and Internet streaming.
Jünger Audio was promoting its Smart Audio concept at the show with products that provide Auto-Level, Auto-Upmix, Auto-EQ, Auto-MIX, Auto-Loudness, Codec System Metadata Management and more.
JBL’s Peter Chaikin was giving demos of the company’s new 7 Series Master Reference Monitors featuring easy integration and stellar sound and control across a network.
LaCie had its latest multi-drive tower supporting the Thunderbolt 3 format, transferring data at nearly 3GB/second.
DiGiCo announced the expanded upgrade of its entire line to Stealth Core2 engine, providing upgraded FPGA processing power that moves the complete range to new levels of processing.
DTS was talking about HD Radio at NAB, offering new FM channels, crystal-clear sound and advanced data services with no subscription fees.
Finally, OWC showed a new Thunderbolt 3 Dock among other new digital innovations at NAB 2016.