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News from the Manufacturers

                (A cumulative listing of known software/firmware updates can be found here)                 
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  • 7/6/20 - Digital Alert Systems continues its Price Relief Program for stations needing to upgrade their EAS boxes to handle the new Version 1.2 TSL security layer, which now supercedes V1.0 and 1.1.

    Version 4.2 will continue to be available at a reduced price through Sept. 7th. Savings can be as much as 60% off retail.
     
  • 6/27/20 - LAWO has a "Mix Kitchen" suite to simplify remote control of audio surfaces. Incorporating a Mackie  (or similar) fader panel, is it possible to assist and control audio mixing from anywhere in the world.
                  
    Here is more information.
     
  • 5/12/20 - Angry Audio is having a BOGO sale on the StudioHub (formerly Radio Systems) ADA-2x8SS Distribution Amplifier.
                          
    Buy one and get a second one free. Contact your favorite dealer. And see the other products at:
    StudioHub.com

     
  • 5/5/20 - Digital Alert Systems has announced their new Software Assurance Plan.  For all users of Version 4.0, DAS will provide all future software updates for a set yearly fee, along with discounts on additional options, service, and parts.
     
  • 4/9/20 - New firmware for all three Inovonics SOFIA models has just been released. This applies to the SOFIA 568 HD Radio SiteStreamer+, the complimentary SOFIA 565 FM, and SOFIA 567 AM versions. A number of new features have been added, including a more secure login for non-technical "casual users," and UDP streaming. More information can be found here.

    SOFIA 565 Firmware Rev 1.1.0.1 => HERE
    SOFIA 567 Firmware Rev 1.1.0.2 => HERE
    SOFIA 568 Firmware Rev 1.1.0.2 => HERE  
    Tips on installing firmware => HERE

     
  • 4/7/20 - Henry Engineering has another unique problem-solver called "BackUPS,"  an "automatic UPS bypasser" whichsolves the problems of (a) how to automatically (or remotely) bypass a failed UPS and (b) how to fix a failed UPS without shutting off power to critical equipment. 
                  
    The BackUPS units will ship in early May.  More information here.
     

  • 4/7/20 - Lawo is reacting to the need to get things done, while dealing with Social Distancing protocols. To help commission new radio systems, Lawo engineers are using the latest technologies so they can conduct a fully-remote FAT (Factory Acceptance Test), using carefully selected online conferencing media to interact with station engineers and certify their new systems to be broadcast-ready.  www.lawo.com
      

  • 3/31/20 - World Wide Antenna Systems announces the availability of the
    new HEBA (High Efficiency Broadcast Antenna) that can be installed at something like 1/4 the height of a standard AM antenna, without guy wires, without a buried ground system, and no aviation lighting. For more infor-mation: check the Spring Showcase or contact them at 781-273-1147 or 800-946-7007
     
  • 3/31/20 - Worldcast Systems announces a special Covid-19 promotion, where they will provide their new SmartFM - free - to Ecreso owners for the next year. This can reduce transmission energy costs by up to 40%. For more information, check the Spring Showcase.
     
  • 3/24/20 -  GatesAir will produce several web seminars during April to show off things they would have demonstrated at NAB. Starting on April 7th and 9th, seminars that discuss their 5 to 150 kW VHF and UHF transmitters with updated HTML5 GUIs, featuring advanced security, and a review of products and features for radio content delivery - HD, DAB, DRM, and more.

    Check out the whole schedule here to and reserve your seat - or arrange a personal call from GatesAir.

     
  • 3/13/20 - With many stations asking staff to work from home, remote control of studio gear is important. Logitek notes that every JetStream system ships with an embedded PC running LogMein and vMix+, which can quickly configure a virtual console to be run from anywhere. For more information or assistance, check with Logitek at 713-664-4470.
     
  • 3/6/20 - As the NAB Show has been cancelled for the time being, a lot of new products and services that companies were working hard to get ready still need to be featured. While things are a bit in chaos this week, we will do our best to let you know what is new this year, and what you need to know.
     
  • 3/5/20 - Digital Alert Systems has teamed up with DigIt Signage Technologies/ChyTV to showcase the company's new standardized look and feel for improving the visual presentation of emergency alerting information on video displays, including the addition of dynamic elements, providing broadcasters with a powerful new way of displaying emergency information.
     
  • 3/5/20 - Angry Audio has now acquired Studio-Hub, purchasing the famous brand of RJ45 adapters, cables, and studio accessories that pioneered the use of CAT5 cabling for broadcast audio.
     

  • 3/5/20 - Henry Engineering is pleased to announce a new product, SUPERLIGHT, which controls and directly-powers LED and other low-voltage tally lights is now in stock.  It can interface with virtually any networked studio installation or broadcast console, controlling tally lights using the ?mic tally? circuit.

  • 2/27/20 - The SOFIA 567 AM SiteStreamer+™ is the latest addition to Inovonics series of remote monitors with advanced features for critical situations.

    The SOFIA 567 provides analog, AES3-digital and AoIP-streaming audio outputs and the web interface enables remote AM tuning, streamed audio, source switching, alarms, and much more. Check here for more information.
     

  • 2/27/20 - RAM SYSTEMS has consolidated their Dixon Systems News Mixers and Line Matchers, Studio Items, and the Torpey Time product brands into the RAM Systems brand. Check them out at ram68.com
     

  • 2/26/20 - Nautel reminds us that their 2020 Radio Technology Forum will be held April 19th at the Flamingo, Las Vegas from 9 -12:30 PM, followed by a lunch provided for attendees. This must-attend industry event covers broadcast transmission, best practices, challenges, and technology trends. The event is free and open to anyone passionate about radio transmission.

    New this year: attendance now qualifies for a ˝ credit towards SBE recertification in category H!

    Register free at: https://www.nautel.com/nab/nug-registration/
     

  • 2/10/20 - American Amplifier Technologies announces a distributor partnership with SAS Audio for both companies to represent the wider range of products of both companies at the same time. Together, the companies will now have six locations around the country to provide products, services, and support. More information will soon be available on their website.
     

  • 2/10/20 - LAWO recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. The German company has become a major producer of broadcast and media production technology, with an emphasis on IT connectivity using open standards.

    More information is at www.LAWO.com
     

  • 1/30/20 - Henry Engineering has a new PowerClamp SERIES 200 surge suppressor - rated at 200,000 surge-amps per phase, and will attenuate powerline spikes and surges to within a few volts of the AC sine wave.
    Series 200 has more surge-amp capacity than previous PowerClamp units, but costs less thanks to newer production technology, including a hybrid of multiple technologies to greatly reduce the amplitude of AC spikes and surges that often damage these switching supplies.

    For information, contact any Henry Engineering/Sine Control dealer, or call Hank Landsberg at 562-493-3589.
     

  • 1/29/20 - Inovonics is now shipping their Sophia 565 SiteStreamer+ Monitor.
     

  • 1/23/20 - DAVICOM has announced their new DEX - The Davicom Exchange Portal, an online platform to bring together information and tips to allow you optimize the use of your Davicom unit and take advantage of its full potential. This new knowledge-base holds definitions, how to's, blogs, announcements, FAQ's, setup guides, articles and more.

    More info is located here.
     

  • 1/16/20 - Comrex has released a new update for its line of IP audio codecs. Firmware version 4.5p2 is being released in conjunction with ACCESS MultiRack, a new multi-instance codec from Comrex, to provide seamless integration of all functions with legacy single-instance ACCESS codecs. This new firmware simplifies CrossLock connections between the new ACCESS MultiRack and legacy Comrex IP audio codecs.
     

  • 1/1/20 - Nautel reminds us that registration is now open for Nautel's annual NUG@NAB Radio Technology Forum, to be held Sunday morning, April 19 at the Flamingo Las Vegas. The annual educational event is open to all broadcasters interested in Radio transmission technologies, begins at 9 AM and will feature a broad range of speakers including Nautel's highly popular "Tips & Tricks" session. A hot lunch will be available to attendees immediately after the meeting, along with an optional AUI session.

    Register:
    https://www.nautel.com/nab/nug-registration/
     

  • 12/12/19 - Inovonics has developed a new free firmware update for our INOmini Receiver-Monitors, models 661, 673, 674, 676, 679. This latest firmware update improves the internal reference clock and lots of little things that have come-up since the products were first launched in June 2019.
    Inovonics recommends that users download and install the new firmware updates at their earliest convenience. It should be noted that a factory reset is required after the update.
     

  • 12/5/19 - Comrex is now shipping its ACCESS MultiRack, its new rackmount multi-channel IP audio codec. ACCESS MultiRack occupies only 1RU, it can handle up to five full-duplex IP audio connections simultaneously, and is compatible with all Comrex IP audio codecs.
     

  • 11/25/19 - LBA Technology is now showing off their new CAMICAT broadband AM isocouplers. The product makes it easier to use an AM tower for revenue production.
     

  • 1/18/19 - Nautel and GatesAir have announced their annual events for the 2020 NAB Spring Show. Nautel will remain on Sunday morning; GatesAir will move their gathering to Saturday afternoon.
     

  • 11/12/19 - LBA is offering a new Hybrid ColoCoil for 4G/5G Cellular that makes isolating Hybrid cable on AM towers hassle free and dependable.

    The Hybrid ColoCoil -series isocouplers economically isolate current fiber/copper hybrid cables from “hot” AM towers. Hybrid cables are fast replacing coaxial cables for advanced 4G and new 5G cellular installations. For legacy AM colocations, LBA Hybrid ColoCoils become drop-in upgrade replacements for coaxial ColoCoils, saving valuable space in tower-base compounds.

More information is here.

  • 11/12/19 - BW Broadcast has released Version 3 of firmware - as a FREE download  for their V3 transmitter series. Information and download link is here.
     

  • 10/30/19 - Inovonics has been making the INOmini line for ten years now. To celebrate, they have set up a "Rack Pack" bundle promotion that may interest you, as it lets you build a "rack pack" that fits your needs. More details are here.
     

  • 10/27/19 - Angry Audio has announced their new Headphone Gizmo, a high quality amplifier with or without a volume control.
                                   
    Find more info on Angry Audio's Headphone Gizmo here.
     

  • 925/19 - Nautel has a special deal for those who want/need to retire an old tube transmitter: until January 31, 2020, stations can get up to a $10,000 credit AND keep the old transmitter for backup use. Get the info here.
     

  • 9/25/19 - Comrex introduced two new products at the Radio Show this year. The new ACCESS NX Rack is a complete redesign of the industry standard ACCESS Rackmount IP audio codec, featuring a more powerful processing core, new HTML5-based web browser control interface and AES67 compatibility. The new ACCESS MultiRack features five ACCESS IP codecs in a 1RU, 19-inch rackmount chassis with the same new features as in the ACCESS NX Rack.
     

  • The Telos Alliance has a new console, the Axia Quasar, a 6th Generation AoIP Console.
    It was unveiled at IBC and NAB, and there is more information here.

     

  • 9/19/19 - GatesAir has now added Video transport added to the Intraplex audio transport platform.
     

  • 9/4/19 - Nautel will have a special program at IBC on Saturday on DRM implementation. We are told it will also be available later on the drm.org website.
     

  • 9/4/19 - At IBC and NAB, the Telos Alliance demonstrate the new Omnia MPX Node.
      
    This hardware codec is capable of transmitting a complete FM composite
    signal via IP, at rates as low as 320 kbps.
     

  • 9/4/19 - The Telos Alliance announced a new audio processor, the Linear Acoustic LA-5300. The LA-5300 is specifically designed to deliver loudness control, upmixing, watermarking, coding and monitoring for ATSC 3.0 audio.

    The LA-5300 provides loudness control via the Dolby® Real-Time Loudness leveler (when encoding to AC-4). The LA-5300 can upmix from stereo to 5.1-channel and can also decode incoming AC-4 streams for confidence monitoring, bitstream analysis, and for audience measurement using the optional Nielsen and Verance watermark encoders.
     

  • 9/4/19 - LAWO Announces Power Core MAX, a AES67 mixing engine that supports up to four independent Lawo mixing surfaces.
                
    In addition to giving users incredible amounts of processing, routing and I/O capabilities, Power Core has 96 available DSP channels and the capacity to handle hundreds of analog, digital and AES67 audio signals. According to Clark Novak, "with the Power Core MAX license pack, a single engine can be controlled by more than one mixing surface."


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    9/4/19 - GatesAir, has expanded its range of DAB Radio transmitters and solutions to include multi-carrier and liquid-cooled innovations, starting with debuts at IBC2019. Many of the new innovations result from the company?s recent acquisition of ONEtastic, known forward as GatesAir S.r.l.
     

  • 8/22/19 - LAWO announces their AES67 Stream Monitor, a new software product for Windows PCs, debuting at IBC 2019.
        
    Called an easy way to keep themselves informed about the state of their program streams, Clark Novak says: "Broadcasters are vocal about their support for the AES67 standard. But they've had no easy way to inspect and monitor critical audio streams. AES67 Stream Monitor addresses this issue and fills their need."
     

  • Wheatstone is adding a remote interface for their LXE control surface. Remote LXE mirrors the LXE hardware surface as a fully functional and studio-ready user interface, complete with like buttons and knobs as well as familiar navigation and menuing options for setting EQ curves, filtering and other custom settings.
     

  • ENCO announced DAD Disaster Recovery (DAD-DR), a cloud-based companion to the company’s renowned DAD radio automation system that provides a fully-featured clone ready to take over program and ad playout on a moment's notice in case of a natural disaster or critical technical failure.
     
     

  • 8/13/19 - Comrex is now shipping the newest addition to their industry-leading ACCESS IP audio codec line, ACCESS NX Rack.

    ACCESS NX Rack includes AES3 or analog audio I/O, along with AES67 compatibility. It can connect to Wi-fi and 4G modems, and supports a wide arrange of connection protocols and audio encoders. It’s driven via a new HTML5-based web user interface.
     

  • 8/12/19 - Broadcast Depot has announced a new app to bring your station to listeners in an enhanced way - and one easily monetized. TuApp works with iOS and Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, Smart TV, and more.
     

  • 7/21/19 - Crown Broadcast is celebrating their 30th year of making transmitters next year. Right now, they are looking for the oldest operating model, and giving away a free "Companion" Internet and Control unit to the oldest, and ALSO drawing for five more of the entries.
     

  • 7/18/19 - Inovonics has announced the complete transition to their new INOmini model lines. INOmini models 633, 634, 636, 639, 660 are no longer available.
     

  • 7/11/19 - Digital Alert Systems has prepared a white paper with information for EAS Participants.
     

  • 6/17/19 - If you are considering getting a DAVICOM Cortex 320, now is the time (until August 1): Ask your dealer for a quote, or call Davicom to get your customized price quote. The new Cortex 320 that will officially ship this September. This is a limited offer that you will not want to miss. A video is here.
     

  • 5/6/19 - Inovonics is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the INOmini.

    The economically sized INOmini occupies just 1/3-rack allowing broadcasters to optimize their rack space with unique INOmini solutions for audio processing, RDS encoding, and monitoring for AM | FM | RDS | HD-Radio | DAB+.
     

  • 5/2/19 - Nautel announced upcoming support for HD Radio MP11 enhanced data modes in all GV Series FM transmitters, bringing an extra 24 kbps for data transmission or for addition of another audio channel to FM stations operating in hybrid digital mode.

    They also announced significant enhancements to the HD MultiCast+ Importer/Exporter including integral Orban audio processing for both HD2 and HD3 and simplified setup of Artist Experience data.

    There was also a Nautel demonstration of significant reductions in power usage for AM transmitters via an NX5 transmitter at NAB. MDCL technology is now incorporated at no charge in all NX Series transmitters, with the possibility to save up to US$50,000 per year!
     

  • 5/2/19 - Angry Audio has launched their new Mic Tally Gizmo. This Gizmo has one job: to illuminate those tantalizing mic arm tallies that have become popular. Using a 5-pin XLR to carry both mic audio and logic signals, bottom passes mic audio to your preamp while dual, optically-isolated logic inputs energize the mic arm tally colors. Installation in a 2-inch round hole takes just minutes.
     

  • 5/2/19 - Monroe Electronics, makes of the DASDEC EAS boxes, presents their "Trade up" program for older boxes that may be close to end of life.
     

  • 5/2/19 - GatesAir's Flexiva FMXi 4g is now shipping.
     

  • 4/4/19 - Wheatstone's LXE, the IP audio console that broke new ground as the industry’s first reprogrammable control surface, adds a multi-touch remote UI for multiple operators sharing board duties during fast-paced productions.

    Remote LXE mirrors the LXE hardware surface as a fully functional and studio-ready user interface. See it in Booth N6806
     

  • 4/4/19 - Inovonics has announced a half dozen new/updated products this year in booth N6524. Everything from off air and online monitors to RDS to audio processors will be on display. Scroll down or search for "Inovonics" to see each of them!
     

  • 4/4/19 - Comrex will be at C2330 with their ACCESS MultiRack, ACCESS NX Rack, HotSwap, and Firmware version 4.3-p6.
     

  • 4/4/19 - Henry Engineering SportsCaster so impressed the student staff at Hoover High School in North Canton, Ohio, that the students in the VideoProduction class produced a video starring Henry Engineering's SportsCaster. It is only a minute or so, but worth a look to see what the kids are doing these days!
     

  • 4/4/19 - The Telos Alliance has entered into an exclusive agreement to market, sell, and support Junger Audio-branded products globally. You can get more information and demonstrations at booth SU3921 in the Upper South Hall.
     
  • 4/4/19 - SAS announces and will show its new CORE Advanced AoIP and Multimedia Router will debut at the 2019 NAB Show, booth N6520



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  • 4/2/19 - Nautel plans a demonstration of MDCL on the NAB Show floor, in booth N5924 using an NX5, 5 kW transmitter. Also, a power saving calculator will be available to see what MDCL can do for you.
     
    Also on show: Nautel’s commitment to digital broadcasting has brought new capabilities to FM stations running HD Radio programming. The company’s flagship GV Series of FM transmitters will soon support operation using the MP11 enhanced data mode, with industry-leading digital power and efficiency. Use of advanced data modes provides higher HD Radio data rates, supporting additional audio and data services such as traffic reporting or emerging IoT applications.
     

  • 3/27/19 - Wheatstone  will introduce their Strata 32 audio console at NAB 2019, with 64 channels and the latest IP audio innovation into a 40-inch frame that fits most television applications and budgets under US $75,000.

    For a more modest budget, the Glass LXE is a multi-touch UI that operates as a standalone virtual console similar in function, feel and layout to the network’s flagship LXE hardware control surface, working into the WheatNet-IP audio network, providing a complete IP audio ecosystem of consoles, talent stations, I/O units, accessories and SIP phone and codec distribution appliances.
     

  • 3/27/19 - Comrex will roll out the ACCESS MultiRack system, said to be equal to five IP audio codecs in one box. ACCESS MultiRack allows for five simultaneous full-duplex connections to ACCESS Portables (Classic, 2USB, and NX), ACCESS Racks (Classic and NX), and BRIC-Link (Classic and II) codecs as well as the FieldTap app. The first codec features AES67 in addition to AES3 and standard analog I/O while the remaining four codecs all utilize AES67 I/O.
     

  • 3/27/19 - The INOmini 661 is Inovonics' second-generation, small form-factor off-air monitoring receiver for EBU-specified DAB and DAB+ digital radio broadcasts.
     
    The 661 provides high-quality confidence monitoring and delivers a dual audio feed with independently-adjustable analog and AES digital audio outputs. Front-panel and remote alarms indicate transmission problems, and the compact size of the INOmini 661 allows the mounting of three units in a 1U rack space.

     

  • 3/27/19 - Nautel  is celebrating their 50th year with lots of interesting items on display:

    • AM Radio innovation featuring a live demo of All-Digital AM transmission.
    • AM Power Savings demo featuring MDCL algorithms and Orban MDCL-optimized audio processing.
    • Live demo of HD Radio MP11 mode on a GV Series for broadcasters wanting more data capacity.
    • How HD PowerBoost gives a power and efficiency advantage over transmitters using PAR2.
    • HD MultiCast+ combined Importer/Exporter with expanded functionality for AM and FM.
    • Comprehensive transmitter control via our award-winning Advanced User Interface (AUI).
    • Nautel's AUI Companion and HTML roadmap.
    • VS Series low power FM live demo featuring AUI, AUI Companion and Orban Inside.
    • Designated technical support area with customer service reps on hand to answer your questions.
    • New Nautel sales team members Ted Nahil and Jeff Wilson.
       
  • 3/27/19 - Angry Audio makes its debut at NAB this year, with several products:
     
    • The Guest Gizmo, a compact in-desk device that installs in minutes in standard grommet-sized cutouts and provides each studio guest with a cough button for mic muting, headphone amp with volume control, and a relay to light mic arm tallies. 
    • The Talkshow Gadget,which adds essential features like monitor volume control, second monitor input and automatic speaker muting to inexpensive live mixers. Available with tabletop, under-desk or rack-mount options, the Talkshow Gadget even includes logic for “On Air” lamps and pushbutton on/off control of up to 4 mic channels.
    • The Failsafe Gadget, a compact half-width 1RU device that automatically helps guard against dead air. Connect a main program output and backup feed to the balanced inputs, and select silence-sense interval and threshold; if primary audio is interrupted, the backup source switches to air, while a logic circuit sends an alert.
    • The Balancing Gadget. More than just a matching device, the Balancing Gadget (with exclusive “Ground-Breaking” technology) suppresses ground loop noise while converting unbalanced signals to broadcast-grade balanced audio. No wall-warts: an internal low-noise linear power supply and direct-coupled transformerless audio circuitry help ensure pristine audio. Available in single, dual and bi-directional models.
    • he Distribution Gadget, also with exclusive “Ground-Breaking” technology, suppresses input ground loop noise before sending pristine, sonically transparent audio to 8 destinations. Dual inputs (balanced and unbalanced) add program switching capability; stereo / mono summing and mode switching adds flexibility. Tons of headroom, too ? up to 24 ddBm per output.

 

  • 3/20/19 - Inovonics will launch yet another new product at NAB. New INOmini 679 FM/HD Radio Broadcast Receiver is Inovonics' third-generation, small form-factor FM and FM-band HD Radio broadcast monitor receiver. It receives both analog FM and digital HD1-HD8 radio channels for confidence monitoring and delivers a high-quality audio feed for rebroadcast or program distribution throughout the broadcast facility.
     

  • 3/14/19 - GatesAir will unveil their Intraplex Ascent next month, a scalable, multichannel Audio over IP transport solution that addresses the convergence of broadcast operations with IT infrastructure. Introduced as a technology demonstration at IBC in September, the 2019 NAB Show marks the official introduction of the complete working solution. More information.
     

  • Inovonics will launch yet another new product at NAB. The new 676 is replacing its predecessor - model 636 NOAA Weather Receiver.
                     
    This is a second-generation, small form-factor off-air radio receiver for reception of NOAA weather information and alerts. It tunes all US and Canadian weather band frequencies and responds to the 1050Hz Warning Alarm Tone (WAT).
     
    The INOmini 676 receiver gives front-panel and remote alarm indications for WAT, Low Signal and Audio Loss conditions and delivers both analog and AES digital audio outputs with adjustable levels. More information.

     
     

  • 3/6/19 - Wheatstone will introduce their new SwitchBlade AoIP appliance during  NAB.
         
    SwitchBlade is a 1RU appliance for the WheatNet-IP audio network that includes audio codecs, SIP messaging and ACI control interface. It is the first product of its kind to combine the power of AoIP logic control with SIP connectivity and codec bandwidth optimization. It removes the barriers to seamlessly sharing studio operation and high-quality programming between facilities, sports venues, and other sites in separate locations.
     

  • 3/6/19 - Inovonics will launch a new family of SiteStreamers called the SOFIA SiteStreamer Plus, a ˝-rack width unit with Analog and AES Digital audio outputs, as well as an AoIP. It allows up to 10 people to listen remotely to the audio stream simultaneously. The first model - SOFIA 568 FM/HD Radio SiteStreamer+ is an FM/HD Radio monitor-receiver.

    Inovonics will also launch t
    he INOmini 673 - Inovonics' second-generation, small form-factor FM broadcast monitor for professional applications.
    A sensitive and selective off-air receiver for standard analog-FM broadcasts, the 673 decodes and displays the most important data from RDS/RBDS data groups as well.
    The 673 has application as a 'confidence monitor' or as a rebroadcast receiver in FM translator service.

     

  • 3/6/19 - GatesAir has brought to market what is said to be the first Embedded HD Radio program importer/exporter: The Flexiva FMXi 4g.
       
    Features
    include an Integrated Diversity Delay, Dynamic Time & Audio Correction, Integrated Audio & PAD,  Monitoring, No Fans or Moving Parts, Full Support of SFN, Fast Bootup Time, Simplified Artist Experience Setup, No Windows Operating System. More information at: https://www.gatesair.com/
     

  • 3/6/19 - Digital Alert Systems will feature the latest iteration of HALO, a first-of-a-kind enterprise-grade Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) management solution capable of overseeing all encoders/decoders and managing all connected EAS devices within an organization. This web-based, enterprise-wide tool forms a single aggregation point through which multiple users from different departments (engineering, legal, etc.) - all with varying permission levels - can oversee the health and status of each EAS device.

    More information is available here.
     

  • 3/6/19 - Logitek has introduced mixIT, a compact AoIP audio console.

    mixIT works in conjunction with Logitek’s JetStream Mini and JetStream Plus routers as well as the new Jet-67 AES-67 engine.

    More information is here.

 

  • 3/1/19 - Davicom is pleased to be host their 5th annual edition of the DEX, the DAVICOM EXCHANGE FORUM on Tuesday, April 9th from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM at the Wheel House at the High Roller, 3545 S Las Vegas Blvd, in Las Vegas. Breakfast is provided. Invitation is by RSVP to: dex@davicom.com

    The DEX forum serves as a platform for technical exchanges between Davicom community users, specialized training and support professionals and those new to the benefits and flexibility of Davicom's Remote Site Management Systems.  More info is here.  
     

  • 2/28/19 - Wheatstone has announced the introduction of its PhoneBlade VoIP telephone system for multi-host talkshows at NAB 2019.
       
    With VoIP phone systems rapidly replacing packet-switched telephone network (PSTN) phone systems due to their significant cost savings and flexibility, the PhoneBlade is made specifically for connecting VoIP phone systems directly into the WheatNet-IP audio network without telephone hybrids or other interfaces.

    PhoneBlade offers up to 24 lines in a 1RU appliance with an optional call controller hardware panel that has two network connections: one for connecting to one or more SIP phone providers via the Internet or to an internal SIP PBX, and the other for connecting directly into the WheatNet IP audio network. More information is here.
     

  • 2/27/19 - Inovonics introduces their second generation AM Receiver Model 734, replacing the 634.
                         
    • The INOmini 674 is a sensitive, DSP-based (SDR) receiver.
    • Easy front-panel setup uses jog-wheel menu navigation with a large color-LCD display. Critical system menus are hidden.
    • Flashing-red front-panel alarms and rear-panel 'tallies' indicate Carrier Loss and Audio Program Loss.
    • Balanced analog and AES-digital program line outputs have separately-adjustable levels and may be used simultaneously.
    • Firmware is Field-Upgradeable via USB. firmware upgrades are FREE

    More information here.
     

  • 2/14/19 - Davicom is proud to announce the release of Cortex360 Firmware 6.02.23522. New features include 32 Up/Down Counters, 32 Activity Monitors, Workspace Panel Hyperlinks, 32 SNMP Devices,Up to 32 Modbus Devices (an added cost feature), Higher data compression rate, Math Function Averaging Operator, amd No-login Web View. Download page is here.
     
  • 2/12/19 - Nautel's NUG@NAB2019 will be their best yet - a conference and lunch at NAB. 2019 marks Nautel's 50th year, and they are offering new purchasers a special "extra 50 month warranty," among other things. Check out www.nautel.com
     
  • 2/11/19 -Inovonics has announced a price increase will occur on April 1st,
    so those planning a purchase should contact their representatives soon.


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  • 2/7/19 - Henry Engineering has announced their SportsCaster is now in stock. It is the "missing link" that manages all aspects of play-by-play audio.  It mixes the announcers' mics, controls and distributes headphone audio for announcers, producer, and camera operators, and provides an intercom for communication between everyone.


     
    SportsCaster works with Henry Engineering's Sports Pod announcer stations, and integrates eliminates the need for multiple mixers, headphone amps, distribution systems, and complicated wiring.

    Detailed information is available at https://henryeng.com/sportscaster/.

     

  • 2/7/19 - Futuri has announced the launch of POST Video, which enables radio stations to seamlessly turn their audio into compelling video content for socials and websites with very little time or effort required on their part.

    A unique feature is that the videos delivered pull from a huge library of fully-licensed footage from major entertainment, sports, and lifestyle events. A game-changer for stations who struggle to find the time or licensing resources to create video content, which we all know gets more important by the day.

    For more information, check
    http://www.futurimedia.com/post
     

  • 12/13/18 - MONROE ELECTRONICS has released an update for their DASDEC units. The Version 4.0 software upgrade brings a wealth of enhancements, including a complete OS upgrade and improved software-update management tools. The upgrade also includes industryfirst Triggered Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Polling, a powerful tool for presenting more complete alert information to the public, as well as support for the new Blue Alert (BLU) Emergency Alert System (EAS) code. Included in the major OS upgrade is a cybersecurity update and numerous security patches.
     

  • 12/6/18 - Axia had launched its new iQx AoIP console. It looks like a traditional console, but its actually a surface and mix engine rolled into one. Axia dove deep with AES67, giving users access to every source, anywhere on the network with nearly limitless connection possibilities.  More info at: https://www.telosalliance.com/
                  

    Built from the ground up as an AoIP console, iQx is AES67-compliant and stands fully capable of supporting emerging standards including SMPTE 2110-30. There’s no limit to the number of sources and connections users can access on the network.

    If you already have an existing AoIP network, you may not even need to add additional I/O, meaning you don’t have to pay for I/O interfaces you don’t need.

     

  • 11/13/18 - Inovonics has a new video to introduce their "RackPack" - a way to rackmount several of their products, 3 INOmini, 2 half-rack, or one of each:

     

  • 10/11/18 - GatesAir Flexiva FMXi 4g is GatesAir’s fourth-generation Importer/Exporter, combining both functions into a fully software-embedded architecture that eliminates boot-up processes, moving parts and troublesome PC-based applications. The FMXi 4g is also the industry’s first HD Radio Importer/Exporter solution to provide dynamic time and audio correction, using GatesAir’s exclusive HD Diversity Delay algorithm - requiring no manual time alignment adjustments on the engineering side.
     

  • SportsCaster is Henry Engineering's newest product.  It's a "Sports Broadcast Audio Control System" that manages and controls all aspects of play-by-play audio. It provides comprehensive audio facilities for the entire broadcast team: play-by-play announcers, producer, field reporter, and camera operators.

    SportsCaster's most unique feature is the ability to custom-mix the headphone audio for each user. What the play-by-play talent hears might be different from what the camera ops hear. The announcers need an intercom to chat with each other (off-air), as well as talk to the Producer. The field reporter needs a dedicated headphone feed, with intercom to/from the Producer, but isolated from the announcer's intercom.

  • 9/20/18 - Inovonics is celebrating 30 years of service from President/CEO Ben Barber.  Barber has been in place in 1988, and had been named CTO in 2007. He has been a key player in bringing Inovonics to its current factory location, developing new products for the company - and active in customer support.

    Meanwhile,
    Inovonics has added new features to the INOmini 662 DAB+ SiteStreamer
                   
    You now can remotely monitor up to thirty sources of DABB+ programming over the Internet. Tune-in, switch modes, listen remotely via streamed audio, and receive email or text alarms for various reception problems. And now, the 662 also allows you to view remotely the MOT visual slide shows.
     

  • 9/19/18 - If you had trouble reaching Wheatstone over the past week, they have now re-opened the factory after Hurricane Florence blew through. The factory was on a high piece of land in New Bern, NC. Reports are that while power outages affected almost everyone, about half the staff did not lose their homes to water or wind damage.
     

  • 9/13/18 - The Telos Alliance is to release updated this coming week for Omnia.9 and Omnia.11, including some new features, including new clippers.

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  • 9/6/17 - Nautel announces three new websites, making it even easier to find the information you want. www.nautel.com is focused on products while everything to do with Support is at support.nautel.com.
     

  • 9/6/17 - Lawo, German manufacturer of IP-based audio / video systems and control solutions, will show their latest innovation for Radio at IBC 2018: mixing consoles compliant with the SMPTE 2022-7 network-reliability standard.
     
    Also to be unveiled at IBC will be an upgrade to LAWO's Relay virtual console. The virtual radio suite 4.0 includes SMPTE 2022-7 capability.

    9/6/17 - Wheatstone announnced a new software release for its VoxPro recorder/editor, the popular digital audio editing system used in broadcast studios and newsrooms worldwide for live recording and editing of call-ins, interviews, and spots.

    Wheatstone also announced that it is once again partnering with other vendors in the IP Showcase at IBC to demonstrate AES67 compatibility and IP audio networking in radio and television environments.
     

  • 8/29/18 - Wheatstone has a deal for you on a new PRE console. The new PRE DMX console can be purchased for $4995, including 8 channels of faders, the engine, I/O, and software. A nice console, a very nice price. Check it out here.
     

  • 8/24/18 - Wheatstone has a deal for you on a new PRE console.               
     

  • This is the DMX console that can be purchased for $4995, including 8 channels of faders, the engine, I/O, and Software.  There are also other size/feature versions.

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  • 7/24/18 - The INOVONICS 732 Advanced Dynamic RDS Encoder packs in the latest RDS tools along with the obligatory broadcasting song title, artist information, and station IDs. The Dynamic Web Interface is a game changer for control and monitoring.
     
    If you have any questions or are interested in testing the 732, please contact sales@inovonicsbroadcast.com

     

  • 7/19/18 - Dielectric Communications introduces new low-band VHF systems specific to Channels 4 and 5. The complete solution packages Dielectric's circularly polarized DCR-Q FM ring-style antenna with newly developed band-tunable filters, and the company's highly durable rigid transmission line. This will allow more users to use the system, making for better support now and in the future. More information as: www.dielectric.com
     

  • 7/2/18 - Consulting Engineer Joe DiPietro has designed a new FM receiver especially for use with EAS gear. The FM Guardian from RFEngineers will do all the no longer available Dayton receivers did - and more.  Contact them at rfengineers@gmail.com   A preliminary picture is here.
     

  • 6/16/18 - The INOmini 638 HD SiteStreamer, manufactured by Inovonics, is now available with Listener Experience, a new option that allows users to remotely view on a single screen all of the FM and HD-Radio Channels 1-8 from channel presets on the unit.
     
    Listener Experience is available as a free firmware upgrade for  the 638. Users  need  to install the 638 Firmware Update Rev 1.2.0.7 which is available for download at this link: http://www.inovonicsbroadcast.com/product/638#downloads

     

  • 6/15/18 - Henry Engineering's USB Matchbox II has recently been updated to enhance the functionality of the unit's AES digital audio capability. The AES Digital Output of the unit is now compatible with requirements of most AES network audio. The bandwidth is now sufficient to meet the risetime requirement of network audio system interface.
     
    Older USB Matchbox II units, shipped prior to May, 2018, can be upgraded at the factory. There is no charge for this modification. For more information, please contact Hank Landsberg at 562-493-3589 or email henryeng@aol.com.

     

  • 6/6/18 - Monroe Electronics, makers of the DASDEC EAS boxes, has alerted users to the imminent change in the FEMA certificate which will prevent reception of the tests and alerts. DASDEC and OneNet users are advised to replace the FEMA IPAWS digital certificate file as soon as possible, and will find field service information at: www.digitalalertsystems.com/resources_fsb.html.
     

  • 5/23/18 - It can be difficult - especially when someone is new to a facility - to know if all the software and firmware updates are in place. The Telos Alliance is making this a bit easier with a page full of update information. Check it out here.
     

  • 5/21/18 - Futuri Media has announced that its TopLine system has added the TopLine-MapIt feature, which creates custom maps showing buyers with a highly effective visualization to demonstrate how station audiences geographically relate to a sponsor's brand and business goals.

    The TopLine-MapIt feature, which is included in all TopLine subscriptions. For more on TopLine by Futuri Media, visit futurimedia.com/topline.

     

  • 5/9/18 - Inovonics is now shipping their new RDS Encoder, Model 732.
     

  • 5/1/18 - Tieline reminds everyone that Java support in Firefox will end this summer, with other browsers already dropping such support. Tieline has upgraded all its apps to prevent any problems. To download new firmware for your Tieline codecs visit Firmware Downloads.


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  • 4/20/18 - GatesAir has a new class in their training program to help younger engineers with IT backgrounds cope with RF issues
     
  • 4/4/18 - Wheatstone will be bringing the PR&E EMX console, the Audioarts Lightning console, and a new version of Wheatstone's ScreenBuilder virtual development platform to this year's NAB show.
     


    For virtual studio workflows, ScreenBuilder 2.0, is the latest version of the virtual development platform for the popular WheatNet-IP audio network.

    ScreenBuilder includes scripting tools and GUI for developing virtual news desks, producer workstations, control panels and other virtual interfaces and workflows for the WheatNet-IP networked studio.
     
    The new PR&E console is the EMX, a full-featured AoIP control surface.

    It builds on the success of the 8-or 16-channel DMX, introduced last year with several new features and up to 28 faders in one frame, as well as easy connectivity to a plug-and-play IP audio network. The EMX features four stereo main buses, two stereo aux buses, an off line bus, a dedicated two-channel telco record output, and a separate bus-minus feed from each channel.
     
  • 4/4/18 - The Telos Alliance announced a significant upgrade for the Omnia.11 broadcast audio processor with the v3.5 software upgrade. The software includes the Pepino Clipper & G-Force Dynamics updates, the latest FM final clipper design from Frank Foti and  Omnia.11’s G-Force dynamics engine.

    Frank Foti explains "The toughest job, or function, for a broadcast audio processor is the final stage, which is known as the clipper or peak limiter, as this is where the precision peak control is accomplished. Controlling the peaks with some form of clip function is quite easy. The challenge is what to do with the portion of the signal that has been clipped off, as this content gets distributed within the audio spectrum as both harmonic and intermodulation distortion.
     
    "Through advanced research into the peak limiting mechanism and how distortion is created, we have designed a new clipper system that suppresses both harmonic and intermodulation distortion as the clipping function is realized. This is applied over the entire audio spectrum, and the result is cleaner audio overall, yet without any compromise to the desired competitive loudness level."

    V3.5 includes several other dramatic improvements, including better high-frequency handling and more consistent bass response; seamless transitions when switching between presets with extremely different EQ and compression characteristics; improved audio consistency for better blending between FM and HD channels, including a unified FM/HD Bass Clipper; a new “Phat Bass” update for richer, stronger bass presence; improved sound in the low-latency DJ section; a greatly improved HD look-ahead limiter in HD-enabled units; and warmer and cleaner live/dry voice performance.

    In addition, the Telos Alliance is launching the Axia IP-Tablet QOR.32/16 IP-Tablet Virtual Radio Software.

    And Omnia.9 Software gets a complete sonic overhaul, featuring new clippers for FM and AM and integrating a new declipper. Other significant updates include Phase Correction with Mono Bass to reduce multipath distortion; a fully rewritten streaming engine supporting Shoutcast 2 and lossless streaming with an integrated internal stream server; seamless preset switching for better transitions between presets with very different EQ and compression characteristics.

     

  • 3/29/18 - GatesAir is bringing new innovations to its HD Radio product portfolio, powered through its fourth-generation Flexiva Importer/Exporter. In addition to virtually eliminating maintenance through a fully embedded architecture that combines both functions, the new FMXi 4g becomes the industry’s first HD Radio Importer/Exporter solution to provide dynamic time and audio correction.
     
    The GatesAir-exclusive algorithm inside the FMXi 4g ensures proper time alignment between analog (FM) and digital (HD Radio) signals, and improves the listener experience by removing the objectionable blending artifacts. HD Radio Diversity Delay  eliminates all manual and external device needs to enable time alignment by integrating specialized Diversity Delay software inside the FMXi 4g.

     
  • 3/28/18 - Futuri Media announced that its revolutionary real-time story discovery and show prep tool, TopicPulse, has hit a record-high subscriber base, adding more than 100 new station partners in the first three months of 2018 alone. Those new partners include stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland, and several other markets.

    TopicPulse uses patent-pending technology to scan social media and 100k+ sources of verified news and information every second; it then shows real-time insights into which stories will resonate with specific audiences to help drive on-air, social, and website content decisions - assuring that all talk breaks, either live or voicetracked, are as timely and compelling as possible.

     
  • 3/26/18 - Inovonics is introducing a new Advanced Dynamic RDS Encoder this year at NAB, Model 732, taking RDS to new level adding greater functionality, and incorporating the latest RDS technology. It connects with virtually any playout system, broadcasting song title, artist information, station ID's and much more to listener´s radios. The 732 also supports enhanced RT+ tagging with variable replacement capability.
     
  • 3/26/18 - Davicom is set to introduce the Cortex360

    Instantly see site status thanks to the built-in OLED system display. Easily view detailed system status and alarm conditions.

     

  • 3/22/18 - GATES RADIO SUSPENDS AM TRANSMITTER PRODUCTION
    Most of the more experienced (older) people in the industry have watched the technological changes over the years, and know that support can be a problem as equipment ages. This is especially true for some key ICs - once state-of-the-art - and now unobtanium. Manufacturers determined to support their existing customers try to stock as many ICs as possible when "End of Life" notices come out. But this is only a stop-gap measure. New designs, daughter boards, etc all need to be crafted to keep product working.

    GatesAir has taken this issue to heart with their AM transmitters. Reacting to difficulties in getting sufficient quantities of key ICs, GatesAir has said the right thing to do is to temporarily suspend production, so they can direct existing parts supplies to current customers in need. Although the date for production re-start is not yet set, the company says announcements will be made concerning ongoing production and support for their AM line.
     

  • 3/22/18 - WorldCast Systems will unveil a 3kW FM Transmitter at the NAB Show 2018 that adds new levels of reliability and redundancy to the many features of the existing compact range.
     

  • 3/22/18 - The Ecreso FM 3kW transmitter has built-in redundancy, a direct to channel digital modulator into its 2U or 3U chassis, a wide range of on-board features including digital modulator, 6th generation MOSFETs and up to 76% efficiency. Additionally, the transmitter includes a dynamic RDS encoder, stereo encoder, 5-band audio processing, MPX over AES, and GPIO support as well as Single Frequency Networking.  With the launch of the Ecreso FM 3kW Transmitter, the power range of the compact system is extended to now reach from 100W up to 3kW.
     

  • 3/22/18 - Logitek has introduced JetConnect, an easy-to-use management system for the company?s JetLink remote audio software. As shown in testing over the pasts six months, JetLink enables sending and receiving of broadcast quality audio from computer to computer. Using a high bitrate Opus software codec, JetLink has been proven to keep a solid, low latency connection on corporate LAN connections, DSL lines, WiFi, and 4G LTE connections.
     

  • 3/15/18 - At NAB Monroe Electronics will unveil HALO, to answer the need for a highly-specialized management system capable of overseeing all EAS encoder/decoders in a connected organization. Using a unified configuration control, EAS log reporting, and error/alarm monitoring program, HALO provides a collective point where multiple users can monitor the overall EAS equipment health, manage and compare configuration settings, manage software updates, receive timely notifications regarding equipment status changes, configuration changes, and alerts, then generate accurate FCC compliance decreasing the time spent on EAS related matters.

    More information is available at: https://www.monroe-electronics.com/HALO/home.html

     

  • 3/15/18 - Also at NAB GatesAir will show off its IPConnect software to protect against data loss and service interruptions, and increases redundancy and security across the IP ecosystem. The second-generation of its Intraplex IPConnect content stream transport solution is now a standalone half-rack hardware device for data protection capability for a broadcaster's audio and distribution network. The configurable platform addresses the growing trend of data transport over IP networks by enhancing network resilience and security. (GatesAir exhibits at Booth N3703.)

    In addition to strengthening data transport, the new IPConnect device adds new built-in monitoring features such as SafeIP to manage redundancy for external IP sources and bandwidth measurement capability tools to help broadcasters confirm network health and capacity before launching an application.
     

  • 3/8/18 - At NAB, Dielectric will display its proven Powerlite DCR-T ring style antenna adapted for the directional signal control now required by an increasing number of lower power FM and FM translator stations. The antenna is provided with proof of performance documentation that substantiates the performance required by a station's FCC authorization.

                    

    The ring style design of the DCR-T antenna, with its stable axial ratio independent of impedance tuning, is an ideal platform on which to add directional signal control,” said Steven Moreen, sales manager, Dielectric. The circularly polarized DCR-T directional antenna is offered as a cost-effective solution for low-to-medium power FM and translator stations, which traditionally required a far more expensive antenna in designs typical of higher power operations, to meet directional pattern requirements.
     
  • 2/26/18 - The Telos Alliance will introduce the Telos Infinity IP Intercom to the radio market at NAB 2018.

    Already used in the TV industry, Telos Infinity IP Intercom is the first in a new series of Telos Infinity solutions.  converging voice communication and contribution audio on a single IT backbone. Infinity employs the latest standards-based VoIP and Livewire+ AES67 AoIP to replace outmoded matrix technology with an advanced, distributed IP network solution that provides superior functionality in a simplified, more elegant form.
     
  • 1/4/18 - Dielectric has developed some software to make antenna design easier and coverage more predictable without requiring range testing models. Dielectric's High-Frequency Simulation Software starts by optimizing a station's pattern and then specifies that construction, lowering costs significantly. A report on the Dielectric website details the process being used for translators.

    Also in the news from Dielectric, Steve Moreen has joined the company as Sales Manager for the Western Regional District. Moreen noted this is the perfect time to deal with the repacking issues facing many stations. Moreen can be reached at 619-347-4306 and steven.moreen@dielectric.com
     
  • 12/12/17 - Dielectric celebrated the opening of its new 33,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Lewiston, Maine, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and facility tours for customers and partners. The new Lewiston facility culminates three years of preparation for UHF business and repack orders, and gives Dielectric two dedicated facilities for TV and FM radio antenna systems production.

    To date, the company has delivered 1814 technical proposals for repack work, with 189 antennas officially on order. Dielectric has hired 55 new employees so far to support operations.
     
  • 12/12/17 - LAWO, the German manufacturer of pioneering IP audio, video and control infrastructure solutions, is once again expanding its US operations, by adding personnel and opening a new support and logistics hub in Elmsford, New York, triple the size and capacity of its previous facility in New York City. The new hub will serve as warehouse, test facility, training center and East Coast Sales and Support office. (A West Coast office for Sales and Support is located in LA.)
     
  • 12/6/17 - Nautel's largest transmitter, a 2 Megawatt NX2000 Medium Wave system - five Nautel NX400 transmitters along with a large, versatile combiner - has been fully commissioned and is now on the air at Antenna Hungaria's transmission facility near Solt, Hungary. The project involved large infrastructure changes at the site as well as installation of the new transmitter. The system can be reconfigured if one or more transmitters is shut down to ensure that maximum power is always delivered to the antenna. The new Nautel system replaces an old tube transmitter that had been in operation for 40 years.
     

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