NAB New Product: Otari DB-10, DB32, More

Otari Inc. is showing and/or demonstrating several products at NAB this year, including the DB-10 and DB-32 digital on-air consoles, the ND-20B, the Otari Lightwinder LW-55 and the Otari DR-100 48-track hard disk recorder with Version 2.0 software.
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Otari DB-10

Otari Inc. is showing and/or demonstrating several products at NAB this year, including the DB-10 digital on-air console, DB-32 digital on-air console, the ND-20B with MLan control software, the Otari Lightwinder LW-55 multi-channel audio and data transmission system and the Otari DR-100 48-track digital audio hard disk recorder with Version 2.0 software.

The DB-10 is aimed both at broadcasters entering the world of digital audio for the first time, as well as seasoned operators. Offering sample rates from 32 to 96 kHz, the DB-10 is based around an ergonomically designed control surface featuring 10 channel input faders. The microphone inputs on channels 1 through 4 are always available, while the remaining 6 faders can be set up to control 6 stereo and 2 mono analog input channels, 4 AES/EBU channel pairs and 2 S/PDIF input channel pairs. Line, Stereo and digital inputs can be routed to the A or B inputs of channels 5 to 10 for a maximum configuration of 2 mono line and 6 stereo channels, making 12 paths in all. Each channel includes 3-band selectable EQ, HPF, delay and compressor.

The Otari DB-32 is an on-air digital console equipped with 24 input channel faders and an A/B switching function. Various incoming signals can be freely routed to the A/B input channels (48 paths in total). The DB-32 also has features such as output routing, an emergency circuit, free arrangement of the control surface, optional redundant power supplies and optional mLAN (audio network) card.

The most frequently used buttons and knobs are located on the console surface and the console’s operation retains an analog feel. In addition, each input channel has “soft key” buttons which can be assigned as an A/B, SEL, PFL, or MUTE.

The Otari DB-32 has 24 channel faders that accept a wide variety of inputs. All channels have an A/B input switching function and any of the following inputs can be assigned to either of A and B: 8 microphone inputs; 12 stereo and 4 mono analog line inputs; and 12 AES/EBU digital inputs (4 of them can be used for S/PDIF format).

The new ND-20B provides low latency and higher bandwidth for increased channel capability (over 120 channels 48 kHz/24-bit). Analog electronics, built-in sample rate conversion, and the ability to use multiple sample rates make the ND-20B a complete solution for connecting and networking digital and analog audio.

The ND-20B offers high quality A/D and D/A conversion and AES3 I/O as a stand-alone device, or for combinations with multiple ND-20B’s connected via IEEE 1394 cable or fiber optic cable (single or multimode). The ND-20B system can be controlled via hardware routing locally or by using computer software (mLAN control software) for system-wide configuration and routing.

Each ND-20B has up to 32-channel capacity for analog or digital inputs or outputs. The
ND-20B has four slots for I/O cards. Options include MIC inputs (remotely-controlled), line inputs, line outputs, and AES3 input/output. All I/O are capable of handling 96, 48, 44.1, and 32 kHz sample rates.

The control software, which runs in Windows XP, is for monitor and control of mLAN apparatus. This software can set up audio signal routing, a clock master and gain of an ND-20 MIC module.

The Otari Lightwinder LW-55 multi-channel audio and data transmission system can send multiple signals over long distances via optical cables. With modules for MIC AMP, A/D, D/A AES/EBU input/output, the LW-55 can be custom configured for any application. The LW-55 transmits up to 64 channels of 24-bit, 96 kHz digital audio signals in each direction. All of these features can be controlled and monitored by the included control software.

The LW-55 can handle up to 64 channels of 24-bit 96 kHz audio signals. It accepts external word clock signals at 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96 kHz. The optical fiber cables between two units can be extended up to 1.5 km and the transmission length can be extended up to 22.5 km with a maximum of 16 units connected.

The LW-55 units are connected by dual transmission lines and each unit has dual power supplies for fault-tolerant and redundant operation.

The DR-100 features 48-track recording at 24-bit, 44.1/48 kHz sampling, and 24-track at 24-bit, 88.2/96 kHz, direct to a super high-performance 15,000 rpm, 72 GB SCSI hot-swappable hard drive that enables seamless/gapless punch in/out throughout all 48 (or 24) tracks (48/24 channel crossfade). In addition, there are 208 virtual tracks that can be used for each project, with 5 editing layers totaling 256 tracks including 48 nominal tracks.

Visit www.otari.com for more information.