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News from the Manufacturers

                (A cumulative listing of software/firmware updates can be found here)                 
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  • 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.

     

  • 12/6/18 - StreamS has released a new encoder update: StreamS2 HLSdirect. Previously this encoder was only available as a 4, 8, and 16 source for big providers. Now it is available as a 2 source, and has been priced down accordingly.
     

  • 11/13/18 - Comrex has introduced HotSwap, a new feature for their ACCESS and BRIC-Link II IP codecs that adds a long-sought reliability feature. HotSwap allows users to back up their studio-to-transmitter link (STL) or other dedicated link with a wireless modem and lets users select a network that will only be engaged if the primary network fails.
     
    HotSwap is included in firmware version 4.3, which is available now for all ACCESS and BRIC-Link II codecs. Users can download it free using Device Manager.   
     

  • 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:

     

  • 10/29/18 - BlackLoud has begun shipping of their SOUNDOT AF1, which was introduced at the Fall NAB Show. The SOUNDOT AF1 is a hardware/software combination which provides radio functions to iPhones with Lightning connectors (generally, models 5 and above).
     

  • 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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    Also this week, Lawo unveils its new Ruby Mixing Console. The system includes dual-redundant networking and Dante I/O operation.

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    A new analog control console line comes from Calrec. It is IP-based, with a focus on flexibility.
     
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    Google
    is now 20 years old, Google Chrome hits 10 years.
     

  • 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.

    The latest round of Wednesday web seminars from Nautel. They begin at 12:00 Eastern time. To register, visit www.nautel.com/webinars

  • Wednesday, October 10, is “The Complete Guide to Nautel’s Radio Coverage Tool.” Nautel’s Chuck Kelly and special guest Roger Coudé will present a refresher course on how to use Nautel’s Radio Coverage Tool.

  • Wednesday, October 17 - “Saving Money with Nautel’s NX Series Medium Wave Transmitters.” Chuck Kelly and Nautel Head of Broad-cast Sales Wendell Lonergan will talk about these highly efficient transmitters with MDCL power-saving technology.
     

  • Wednesday, October 24 - “Ground-breaking GV Series Keeps Getting Better” with Chuck Kelly and guest Jeff Welton.

  • 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.

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    ENCO will debut their new speech-to-text tool during IBC in Mid-September: The enCaption4 automated closed-captioning tool.

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    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.

     

  • 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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A good console at a very nice price. You can Check it out here.
 

  • 8/2/18 - Henry Engineering's latest offering is the SportsCaster, a unit that manages all aspects of play-by-play audio by mixing the announcers’ mics, controls, distributes headphone audio for talent, producer, and camera operators, and provides an intercom for efficient back-channel communication between everyone.

     

    SportsCaster works with Henry Engineering’s Sports Pod announcer stations, integrating functions in one easy-to-use unit. SportsCaster has facilities for 3 announcers, a Field Reporter, crowd mic, and other sources. In addition to the main Program output (for “air” or streaming) there are separate, dedicated headphone outputs for the Announcers, a Field Reporter, Camera operators and the Producer. All Headphone outputs can be custom-mixed to suit each user and minimize confusion. 
     

  • 7/24/18 - ENCO and Octopus Newsroom have partnered to streamline news production and playout workflows. for broadcasters worldwide. Using support for the Media Object Server (MOS) protocol, seamless integration between their respective solutions eliminates disruptive workflow barriers to let journalists focus on creating compelling, informative stories. The new collaboration will be introduced at the IBC2018 exhibition.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 5/31/18 - Comrex has released FieldTap, a free application for remote broadcasting, for iOS and Android. The app is now available for download.


    FieldTap features a very simple user interface - with a one-button control screen.

     
    This is ideal for users of any technical ability can connect from the field - reporters and street team contributors for short drop-ins.




     

  • 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.

     

  • 5/15/18 - SCMS has worked with Wheatstone to provide a lease-to-own program for the new PRE consoles: $215-330/month for 3 years.
     

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

  • 5/9/18 - The new NEUTRIK intelligent NA2-IO-DLINE Interface enables integration of analog signal devices, within a Dante? AoIP network, in just a few easy steps. The NA2-IO-DLINE can feed analog signals to a Dante network, while receiving a mix from another Dante source and feeding it to non-Dante ready amplifiers, self-powered speaker systems, signal processors, mixing consoles, etc..
     

  • 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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  • 4/26/18 - Comrex will soon release FieldTap, a free phone application for remote broadcasting. FieldTap uses SIP to make it possible for users to transmit audio with the touch of a button.

    FieldTap features a very simple user interface. With a one-button control screen, users of any technical ability can connect from the field to the station by simply pressing a single button, sending wideband audio from their cellphones over cellular and Wi-Fi networks.

     

  • 4/20/18 - GatesAir has a new class in their training program to help younger engineers with IT backgrounds cope with RF issues
     
  • 4/11/18 - After acquiring technology and designs from Electro Impulse, Kintronic Labs increased their line of Dummy Loads, now ranging from 5 to 75 kW.
     
  • 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.

     

  • 4/4/18 -  ENCO will launch its IP-Enabled Control Surface for playout at the 2018 NAB Show. The ClipBoard button box provides cost-effective hardware control for television and radio systems, including distinctive in-button video playback

    ClipBoard provides an intuitive, physical control surface for ENCO’s comprehensive range of television and radio solutions, including the MOM (Media Operations Manager) TV automation and production platform, ClipFire instant video playout appliance, DAD radio automation and playout solution, and HotShot instant audio playback system. ClipBoard’s unique operational benefits particularly shine when used with ENCO’s video solutions, as the controller’s OLED-based buttons display 96x64 pixel graphics.

    ClipBoard’s 56-button layout mirrors and complements ENCO’s highly-regarded, touchscreen-optimized software interfaces. ClipBoard buttons can trigger any asset available in the automation or playout system, including video, audio, graphics and DCL (DAD Command Language) commands. Thumbnails of available audio or video are shown on the buttons for easy identification, while countdown timers display in-progress elements.

    “As user-friendly as our software interfaces are, hardware buttons are still often the fastest and most comfortable means of operation for a variety of use cases,” said Ken Frommert. “ClipBoard brings tactile control into the IP-enhanced era, providing a cost-effective control surface for audio playout while delivering unique benefits for video applications.”
     
  • 4/4/18 - Belar has developed a new server-based software application that will allow multiple engineers to simultaneously access its FM and HD Radio modulation monitors at transmitter sites and distant studios via SNMP. The innovation is especially useful for Belar users in station groups and networks that were previously limited in how they could connect.  

    The SNMP standard defines how to identify data-rich objects in hardware connected to an IT network, and includes a protocol that enables engineers to set and/or query parameters as well as trap events. This functionality is delivered in real-time over the network connection.

    “Our new lightweight SNMP application provides no limitations on where and how any number of engineers remotely connect to configure settings, enable alarms and notifications, and monitor health and status of their Belar units, among other needs,” said Mark Grant, CEO, Belar Electronics. “This is an open application that will enable us to add even richer software applications for control, monitoring and more over IP networks in the future, with a long-term plan of integrating the application directly inside our modulation monitors.”
     
  • 4/4/18 - DaySequerra, will introduce its 3rd-generation HD Radio Data Monitor at NAB.
     
               
    The DaySequerra HD Radio Data Monitor provides a user-friendly method for monitoring and analyzing the entire data payload in today's HD Radio broadcasts.
     
    Monitoring more than 300 data fields in an HD Radio data payload, the unit helps keep track of Artist Experience images and data designed to enhance a listeners HD Radio experience in the car, as well as proprietary weather and traffic information. DaySequerra's HD Radio Data Monitor also allows remote monitoring via IP and, using software from Xperi, enables verification of data such as Artist Experience along with the integrity of the HD Radio data stream.
     
  • 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 - StreamGuys and Barix announced powerful enhancements to the companies’ joint Reflector stream delivery and management service. Support for uncompressed audio streaming with metadata enables new cloud-based encoding, processing and distribution workflows that lower customers’ costs and expand their output capabilities while elevating quality for point-to-point transport.
     
  • 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 - ALDENA's “SEP” is an innovative Selective EMF measuring equipment for frequency range 100 kHz - 3.6 GHz. This all-in-one solution makes EMF measurement much easier. The spectrum analyzer and the 3-axis antenna (with an integrated RF switch) are both inside the same device. This facilitates the operator’s work on the field, with only one instrument to calibrate instead of three (analyzer+cable+antenna).

    SEP can be plugged to the PC via a fibre optic cable and its software allows several functionalities (channel power, multi-channel power, settable markers, max hold, RMS and average in a selectable time, and more). Moreover, thanks to its lightweight nature (370g only) and its small size, SEP can be mounted for measurements on a drone.
     
  • 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 - Nautel has provided TWR Bonaire with an NX-400 450 kW transmitter - the largest AM transmitter in the Western hemisphere. Kintronic Labs provided the upgraded four-tower antenna system.

    TWR says the stronger signal could double the size of its audience.
     

  • 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 - ENCO will be showing the latest iteration of Virtual Radio, of interest to radio broadcasters seeking a way to engage streaming audiences through a dynamic multimedia experience delivered over web and social media platforms. When fully integrated, Visual Radio combines ENCO's DAD radio automation and Presenter Management for radio playout, with multi-camera studio production capabilities developed by Broadcast Pix.
     

  • 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.
     

  • 3/15/18 -  WorldCast Systems is launching its APT Mobile SureStreamer, designed by WorldCast Systems APT Codec division, to maximize the uptime and broadcast quality of existing hardware or software audio codecs over 3G/4G networks. (Such networks are more readily available and affordable than traditional options for remotes such as ISDN but they often fail to deliver the quality and reliability that broadcasters previously enjoyed.)

    The APT Mobile SureStreamer employs SureStream technology, the industry-leading approach to redundant streaming widely used in Studio-Transmitter links worldwide and applies it to remote and outside broadcast applications.
     
    Supplied in a protective, lightweight portable case, the Mobile SureStreamer can be fully pre-configured in the studio so non-technical personnel and talent in the field can connect immediately on start-up. It
    features four universal Ethernet ports allowing connection to any type of network access including the two 3G/4G modems supplied.

    The APT Mobile SureStreamer will be available for demo on the WorldCast Systems?
    Booth N711.
     

  • 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.
     
  • 3/8/18 - At the NAB Show, ENCO will display the second generation of WebDAD, the cloud-based solution that now allows broadcasters to take full, native control of the radio station from any networked location.

    New for NAB, ENCO will unveil WebDAD's second-generation user interface, fully redesigned and optimized through an HTML5 architecture - ensuring that broadcasters are no longer limited to specific web browsers, enabling complete native-level control from any workstation or mobile device.

     
  • 2/27/18 - Belar Electronics plans to introduce an application to decode and monitor the presence of Artist Experience graphics in the RF stream, at the 2018 NAB Show (April 9-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N7127).

    Artist Experience represents the simultaneous transmission, delivery and display of images on HD Radio receivers that correlate with the audio broadcast. This includes album art, band/artist photos and other still images. Belar's new WizWin software automatically solves the problem of managing bandwidth-heavy image data, and provides broadcasters with a diagnostic tool to monitor the health and status of the Artist Experience data stream.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 2/20/18 - At the upcoming NAB show (N2024), Orban will demonstrate the OPTICLOUD Any Content | Any Device. The patented technology addresses the problem of voice intelligibility in the home as well as stereo/multichannel imaging for users who view content on mobile devices.
     
    XPN-AM is the result of more than five years of research by processing pioneer Bob Orban. It exploits a psychoacoustic model to maximize the reach and intelligibility of AM transmissions while lowering distortion and reducing listening fatigue.

     
  • 2/1/18 - Comrex is set to debut their new product, EarShot IFB, at NAB 2018. EarShot IFB is designed to help TV stations reduce costs and provide more flexibility for remote IFB feeds by providing  telephone-based live studio program and IFB audio to field-based remote broadcasts. Up to 30 users can listen one of four program feeds or two IFB feeds by calling into EarShot IFB with a mobile phone.
     
  • 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.)
     
  • 12/12/17 - SCMS, Inc. has been appointed the Exclusive Sale Representative for the MaxxCasting System for the United State and Latin America.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 12/6/17 - Ka You has merges into LinkUp Communications Corporation in Panama City, Fla., to provide complete access to 24/7 customer service and state-of-the-art transmission solutions. Industry veterans Karen Johnson and Mark Johnson will head up the merged company.
     
  • 12/6/17 - Hearst Television and GatesAir signed an agreement for TV Spectrum Repack gear and services in 39 markets. Services include transmitters and installation, along with site surveys and other needs.
     
  • 11/2/17 - INOVONICS has declared November Audio Processor Month, with special discounts on the DAVID IV processor. Check with your supplier for details.
     

  • 10/26/17 - BELAR is releasing an update for their AMMA-2, their DSP-based, microprocessor-controlled AM modulation monitor that precisely measures and analyzes positive and negative modulation and carrier level. The AMMA-2 was originally designed for the Voice of America (VOA) to support high-power shortwave transmitters running Modulation-Dependent Carrier Level, or MDCL, algorithms.
     

  • 10/13/17 - Comrex has begun shipping of their new Opal IP unit for remote interviews.
                           
    Opal provides near-studio quality audio using a laptop or smartphone. Guests can connect instantly by clicking a link. Opal makes it possible to do interview segments in HD voice quality, without requiring guests to install apps or fiddle with settings.
      

  • 9/28/17 -  Inovonics has added a new feature to their INOmini 638 HD Radio SiteStreamer to monitor and log HD Radio EAS Messages. 
     
    Among other features, the INOmini 638 will alert station personal with an email each time an EAS alert is received, or a single email with the start and stop time of the alert received. 
     

  • 8/30/17 -  GatesAir has put together a whiteboard animation to introduce you to their various repack preparation services, including site surveys, installs, and more! You can access the information here.
     

  • 8/17/17 - Henry Electronics SAMS is shipping. With the ability to monitor up to 15 sources, one station or a cluster can see immediately if something is wrong.


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  • 8/17/17 - ACCESS NX, the latest portable IP codec from Comrex, is now shipping. ACCESS NX has been built from the ground up, implementing a decade of knowledge into a brand new hardware platform. New features include an added audio channel and a 5-inch capacitive touch screen. Customers should contact a Comrex dealer to place an order.
     

  • 8/7/17 - NAUTEL announced the delivery of 33 transmitters to the All India Radio DRM Network.

    The project has the goal of bringing digital radio to nearly a billion residents of the country.

     
    All 33 transmitters in the AIR project are configured for DRM30 operation.

    Some 6,000 kilowatts have now gone on line for this project. 
     

     


  • 8/7/17 - ROHDE and SCHWARTZ announce building up their Customer Support Staff
    in advance of the Spectral Repack crush.

     

  • 8/7/17 - DIELECTRIC COMMUNICATIONS has likewise moved to make things less of a hassle.
                  
    A new 33,000 square foot manufacturing facility has been built 25 miles North of the existing plant, to increase capacity.  
     

  • 8/7/17 - ENCO has upgraded their DAD platform to provide tighter integration between
    production and newsroom operations, as well as exhibiting the power and
    interoperability of its Visual Radio solutions.

     

  • 8/4/17 - WHEATSTONE releases their second-generation processor, the FM-55 as well as the new PR&E DMX (See 7/24 below)


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  • 8/4/17 - WORLDCAST has updated their APT Codecs.
     

  • 8/1/17 - LAWO has upgraded the software for their RELAY Virtual Radio Mixer.  The software now includes four and eight fader virtual mixers, plus patch bay and sound card software.
     

  • 7/24/17 - Inovonics officially has ended production of the model 222 - NRSC - AM limiter. It was 30 years ago that the 222 was introduced, to help AMers meet the NRSC curves. The 222 and the drop-in solid state replacement for the Ampex 351 Electronics were largely the source of Inovonics' good reputation.
     

  • 7/24/17 - Wheatstone The PR&E DMX digital audio console, shown at NAB, is now in production. To match the new product, Wheatstone is rolling out support teams that know PR&E gear. PR&E DMX / Support Press Release (PDF)
     

  • 7/2/17 - GENELEC has updated their popular 1032C two-way studio monitor with features normally found on their higher end speakers. They will be available in Q3 2017.

    The company's Smart Active Monitoring software allows for more accurate calibration for playback in the studio. New Digital I/O and Class D amplification let the 1032C reach levels of 117 dBu.
     

  • 7/2/17 - Biquad Broadcast introduces the HP-600, a headphone amplifier capable of driving 12 headphones. 
      
    Noting the quality of the components, Biquad positions the HP-600 as a reference headphone amp.
     

  • 6/28/17 - Sound4 expands into the US with its products, including HD/FM audio processors: The Impact, Pulse, and First.


Sound4's Impact
   The features in the line include: HLS streaming, audio patch points for water-mark insertion and BS-412-compliance.

  • 6/26/17 - StreamGuys has produced a custom Alexa creation for broadcasters to add functions for streaming hosts. The new Alexa skills allow broadcasters to choose the words that users speak to launch the station's programming elements.  
     
  • 6/25/17 - Debuted at the Spring NAB Show, O.C. White, manufacturer of microphone booms and other products, the Mic-Lite on-air LED lighting system is available. It is easily incorporated into most studio installations.
     
  • 6/8/17 - The Telos Alliance Comrex is releasing a a major software update - version 3.16.52 for the Omnia.9sg stereo generator and final stage processor.
     
  • 6/1/17 - Crown has developed a new module to add IP remote control connection to their transmitters.
     
  • 6/1/17 - Nautel has a summer series of web seminars. Free signup is at: www.nautel.com/webinars
     
  • 5/13/17 - Comrex is launching a world tour to show-case its new products, Opal and ACCESS NX.
     
    The tour, in partnership with their distributors and local broadcast organizations, will be visiting cities across North America, Central & South America, and Asia to demonstrate the products. More information will be on the Comrex web site or via email here.
     
  • 4/19/17 - POST and Futuri Streaming will be demonstrating their package to quickly make broadcast audio available on demand, as well as how their audience engagement technology is designed to drive ratings and revenue for broadcasters.  They will have a private suite (Encore Salon J) to give personal demonstrations. A quick email to partner@futurimedia.com will get contact going during the show.
     
  • 4/19/17 - Digital Alert Systems and Triveni Digital have jointly announced an ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Alerting "starter kit," the first of its kind in the industry. This is significant for several reasons: including the ability to upgrade the DASDEC - which is currently used at well over 3/4 of all US TV stations - to handle ATSC 3.0 AEA will help stations looking to streamline and simplify a migration to ATSC 3.0. 

    The starter kit is also a foundation to build additional enhanced urgent communications capabilities enabled by ATSC 3.0 for fixed, mobile and portable devices.  DASDEC will be at booth N5009


    4/19/17 - The Telos Alliance announced the v2.10 software update for the Axia IP-Audio Driver, which makes it the first AES67-compliant IP driver in the world. The Axia Livewire+ AES67 IP-Audio Driver is available now as a free download and will be demonstrated at Booth #N7724.

    4/19/17 - Lawo announces that Modulation Index, the California company headed by Greg Ogonowski, will be the first partner to provide software for purchase in its R3LAY.com webshoppe, for the R3LAY Virtual Radio Mixer. nCode, a version of Modulation Index's well-known StreamS Live audio encoding software can be seen at Lawo's booth: #N1424

    4/19/17 - Wheatstone will have busy booth at N6531. They have recently purchased PRE Consoles, they will show the new new PRE DMX console line, also they are introducing their second-generation FM-55 audio processor, the FM-55e, a 1 RU model, with free upgrade to all FM-55 users.
     
    Wheatstone also reports a partnership with real-time multimedia delivery company Artel to demonstrate live remote production using virtualized audio services across a wide-area network, the new VoxPro7, and there will also be an extensive display of AES-67 compatibility tools.


    4/19/17 - WorldCast has announced their newest products. First is a
    built-in audio processor to the Ecreso transmitter line and a AUDEMAT CONTROL upgrade, including a special DB37 connector that may especially interest users of Burk gear.  Booth N8924
     
  • 4/12/17 - Dielectric (C2613) continues to lower initial and operational costs by reducing the amount of parts required to filter two or more channels. This year Dielectric will display unique cross couplings to its manifold filter design, effectively allowing less frequency separation for combined channels.  Since fewer cavities are used, efficiency is improved and operational costs are reduced.
     
  • 4/12/17 - GatesAir (N2613) continues innovation around its Intraplex brand of intelligent networking solutions with IPConnect, a new software application designed to fortify data transport across IP networks. Available as an option in most Intraplex IP Link codecs, IPConnect solves the problem of reliable data transport across complex networks - both studio-generated data, as well IP data from external sources - that traditionally suffer data loss through dropped packets.
     
  • 4/12/17 - WORLDCAST (N8924) will have a demo of new RDS2 technology at NAB 2017. The new standard extends the capabilities and geographical reach of RDS and offers many exciting and enriched new services for a new content-driven generation of audience. It is also backwards compatible with existing encoders.
     
  • 4/12/17 - INVONOICS continues rolling out its 2017 products, with the Novia Model 262 Audio Processor and the updated AARON 655 receiver on display.
     
  • 4/12/17 - ENCO (N2024) will showcase enhancements to its DAD radio automation system that strengthen integration between production and newsroom operations, and diversify options for dissemination of Program Associated Data (PAD). The iNews MOS Interface will allow DAD systems to play out assets from the Avid iNews newsroom computer system.
  • 4/7/17 - Henry Engineering's (N7608) NAB offerings this year include the Power Tracker, an easy way to remote the status of three-phase power at a remote site, and Mike Alert, a control interface for microphone arms using two coloe tally light system.
     
  • 4/7/17 - WorldCast (N8924) announces their new WorldCast MANAGER Server software (a replacement for MANAGER Desktop) which is said to be vendor-agnostic - designed to handle NMS communication with multiple devices at multiple locations.
     
  • 4/5/17 - PTEK - is adding new 3.5KW, 4.0KW and 4.5KW Transmitter designs. These new Wattage ranges are packaged in the same 4 Rack Unit chassis as our other PS Series Transmitters. Also, PTEK is working on a new web server GUI for its products, expected to be released later this year.
     
  • 4/4/17 - Lawo (N1424) has a new audio production console, the flagship of an IP-based series especially for video production.
     
  • 4/4/17 - Davicom's booth (N8517) at NAB have several new items, including the Universal SNMP Interface, The DVLC-1 lightning strike counter, the TSH-4 temperature sensor, and the BKB-1 "Brand B" interfact harness.
     
  • 4/4/17 - Kintronic Labs' booth at NAB will be filled with new items planned for release. Of interest to any station running dry air, the LAB4.50 and LAB9.50 automatic dehydrators feature several innovations, like having a pair of pumps and dehydration chambers, said to yield >165,000 hours of operation MTBF. Low noise operation, auto regeneration, and alarm functions are included in the design.
     
    Other new products include isocoupler models for for co-locating Digital LPTV and TV translators on AM towers for the TV repack, and the Pantronix Titus II software-defined receiver(SDR), the World's first consumer-ready SDR package, consisting of a handheld portable Android tablet computer with wideband digital RF receiver capable of analog AM and FM, DRM30(MW & SW), DRM+(Digital FM) and DAB+.
       
     
    And to top it all off, there will be a display of AM synchronous technology, to demon-strate the value of synchronization for all AM stations in the US.
     
  • 3/30/17 - WorldCast (N8924) will be launching their new Solar FM Rebroadcaster system at NAB. The hybrid power system is said to be able to run in harsh environments; the system can receive multiple audio sources.

    The system includes an app to control power sources (and show battery level) and audio inputs.
     
  • 3/27/17- GateAir (N2613) staff is jumping for joy as Cumulus signed a PO for 70 assorted AM and FM transmitters. Major electrical savings are anticipated.
     
  • 3/19/17 - Another set of upgrades comes from Tieline which will demonstrate new features for their ViA codec. The firmware upgrade is available here.
     
  • 3/16/17 - Monroe Electronics will bring three upgrades, including the mandatory 3.1 version upgrade of the DASDEC software, to display at the NAB Show. The software is also said to be available next week.
     
  • 3/15/17 - Orban will come to the NAB Show (N3203) with a smaller set of models, a result of feedback from the field. At this point, the Orban line includes the 5500i, 5700i, 8600Si, 8600 FM/HD, and the new 8700i, which will be introduced at NAB 2017.
     
  • 3/10/17 - Kathrein Scala has named SCMS as one of only two Premier Distribution Partners in the US for their extensive line of antennas.
     
  • 3/10/17 - Telos Alliance (N7724) member Axia is almost ready to ship their new Axia IP-Tablet.

    Axia IP-Tablet permits virtualization of control and hardware resources. It also aggregates control of several Telos Alliance devices, putting only what the broadcaster needs at his or her fingertips and creating shortcuts to control Telos Alliance hardware.

    Broadcasters can also use the IP-Tablet to manage user rights for device access, linking a user's profile to his or her needs and access privileges.
     
     
  • 3/8/17 - Enco (N2024) is poised to expand its enCloud suite at the 2017 NAB Show with WebDAD, the first ENCO enCloud solution that allows broadcasters to take full control of the radio station from any remote location with a network connection.
                    
    With a direct line to DAD in the studio, the broadcaster can control the complete on-air interface over IP via any standard web browser.

     
  • 3/8/17 - GatesAir (N2613) will introduce a new ground breaking intelligent IP networking solution at the 2017 NAB Show that halves bandwidth consumption for Uncompressed Digital IP STL Transport. The Intraplex IP Link MPXp is the first FM MPX IP codec to support?sepparately or together?AES 192 digital and analog composite signals over a secure and reliable digital IP path.This will, of course, reduce the costs and bolster the opportunities associated with radio program transport.
     

  • 3/7/17 - Telos Alliance (N7724) member 25/7 has launched a new product, the TVC-15 Broadcast Watermark Analyzer and Monitor. 
                
    The TVC-15 is designed to help stations monitor watermarking and adjust levels, even automatically to maximize the watermarking. A closer look and more info is here.

     
  • 2/27/17 - Telos Alliance (N7724) member Axia is now shipping their new Pathfinder Core Pro Routing and Facility Management Appliance. The Pathfinder Core Pro works for stations wanting advanced routing control without use of a PC.
              

    Pathfinder Core PRO lets users create their own user panels, giving them a unique and customized look and design for features like meters and buttons. Because there are a variety of automation systems that don’t understand the Axia language, Pathfinder Core PRO Device Emulators allow the unit to “look like” another protocol, emulating third-party protocols and translating them into the Axia language.  More information is here. 
     
  • 2/23/17 - LBA Technology has been named the Distributor for the EMCTD Smart Fieldmeter® systems. These high quality instruments are among the lowest in cost of competitive RF survey meters. LBA’s EMCTD offerings will support FCC, OSHA, and international radio frequency compliance in the industrial, broadcast, and wireless communications markets.  More information is here

    LBA also is shipping their new CAMI broadband isolator, which allows low power TV operators to locate to “hot” AM towers, and the new expanded line of CAMIs can handle TV power all the way to 40,000 Watts, VHF and UHF.
     
  • 2/22/17 - ENCO  (N2024) is now shipping their new Clipfire application. A flexible wall of audio cuts "touch ready," Clipfire is ideal for TV, radio, and remote broadcast insertion of audio clips. For more information, click here.
                                 
     
  • 2/17/17 - Wheatstone has agreed to purchase PR&E products from GatesAir. The well-regarded consoles add to the variety of products in the Wheatstone stable.
     
  • 2/7/17 - Comrex plans to introduce two new products at NAB2017.

    ACCESS NX (right) is the latest version of the famous portable audio IP encoder, adding an audio channel, plus a new, larger touch screen and a digital mixing stage.

    The other new product, Opal, is a web portal for audio, allowing the user to deliver high quality sound with low delay from any computer, without special gear.
           

    Opal serves a web page to allow remote guests to deliver studio quality sound, without the need for any special equipment on their end. It is 1 RU, with two fitting only slot.

     
  • 2/7/17 - Inovonics has introduced their new Model 223 AM Processor. The new model, in the INOmini configuration, replaces the Model 235 Processor.
                         
    The Inovonics 223 is designed for NRSC AM, Monaural FM, TIS, analog SCA uses, plus studio and microphone processing. It features a tri-band compressor, selectable crossovers, and a look-ahead peak controller.
     
    Also, there will be a new line of Novia processors, and a new FM/HD receiver, the AARON 655.
                            
         
     
  • 1/30/17 - One week after the last update, Broadcast Electronics is releasing an AudioVAULT Software Release 10.40.606.2, which can be obtained by contacting the Studio Technical Services department by phone at 217.224.4700 or e-mail service@bdcast.com. BE suggests all AudioVAUILT users install the upgrade. 
     
  • 1/23/17 - Belar Electronics is now shipping their new low-cost versions of their HD Radio and All-in-One modulation monitors, introduced last Spring. These units, the FMHD-1 Lite and FMCS-1 Lite, emphasizing remote access via Belar's WizWin software over front-panel management, are half the size and nearly half the price point of the company’s traditional monitors.
     
  • 1/20/17 - Two of the major manufacturers in the broadcast industry are celebrating milestone anniversaries this year.  GatesAir goes back to a start in 1922 by Parker Gates - 95 years - while Dielectric is celebrating 75 years of service. A number of events during the year are said to be announced shortly. Stay tuned!
     
  • 1/17/17 - The Telos Alliance has added SAS (Sierra Automated Systems) to the list of companies who will produce gear using the Livewire standard developed by the Telos Alliance.

 

 


 

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