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11/16/21 - LAWO has announced its new radio console, the "diamond" - ranging from two to 60 pots (and 60 more virtual pots!). 

 

The diamond's IP-native mixing system is based on the open AES67/RAVENNA Audio-over-IP networking standards and also complies with ST2110-30/-31 and ST2022-7. The diamond is powered by the Lawo Power Core Engine. Fully and flexibly programmable, the surface is complemented by the optional Virtual Extension HD colo TFT touch displays for easy control.

11/15/21 - Looking for a microphone that gives top of the line presence and openness? 

The Sennheiser MD 435 and MD 445 dynamic microphones may be just what you need.

11/10/21 - Inovonics announces their new HD Radio Modulation Monitors, models 551 & 552. Shipping is expected in January. A new on-line Inovonics catalog is also now available.

10/18/21 - GatesAir has added native Livewire+ IP audio networking to its Intraplex Ascent cloud transport platform, effective immediately. Intraplex Ascent can now ingest and output multiple audio channels directly via IP without the need for conversion equipment. Future support is planned for WheatNet-IP.

10/18/21 - Comrex has introduced several new products, including Gagl a VoIP service to link its different codecs in a way to make remote broadcast audio easy-to-access. A multi-rack mount for the ACCESS was also shown.

10/15/21 - The Telos Alliance is unveiling Quasar SR's sophisticated AoIP technology - designed for steadfast reliability with no single point of failure.

10/17/21 - StreamGuys has unveiled a major upgrade to its HTML5-based SGplayer multimedia player. Complementing SGplayer’s existing embeddable configuration, version 3.2 offers a new full-page layout mode that provides additional ways for radio broadcasters and content producers to connect with their audiences and monetize their live streams and podcasts.

9/27/21 - Shure has updated the ADX5D firmware to add new features and enhancements to their wireless system receiver.

9/16/21 - Dielectric is seeking a Proposed RuleMaking by the FCC to permit AI-Based Directional FM Antenna Pattern Verification. Their new software may accomplish what the Method of Moments did for AM directionals.

9/15/21 - The Telos Alliance has announced the release of Omnia.11 version 4.0 - a free release featuring a brand new Frank Foti-designed clipper capable of providing significant sonic improvements for G-Force users and new presets. Learn more

Also, a whole series of software downloads have been released.

9/8/21 - Wheatstone plans plenty of exciting new products for the forthcoming NAB Show.

  • Blade 4, the fourth generation AoIP unit for WheatNet continues bringing all the various studio elements into an even better and more flexible ecosystem integration.
  • The GSX2 console takes full advantage of the Blade 4 innovations, and is fully customizable locally or via IP connection. 
  • Streamblade and the new Wheatstream are a way to simplify the whole streaming process, especially for up to eight input streams with 32 output streams, featuring support for most streaming protocols. 
  • The MP-532 Audio Processor has all the tools needed to meet the needs for all broadcasts - AM, FM, and HD - and includes RDS, a multiplex power controller and the Wheatnet-IP audio network interface.

For more information, contact Wheatstone at 252-638-7000 or sales@wheatstone.com

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9/7/21 - The Telos Alliance has announced the release of Omnia.11 version 4.0 - a free release featuring a brand new Frank Foti-designed clipper capable of providing significant sonic improvements for G-Force users and new presets.  Learn more

Download the latest Telos Alliance software updates here: Axia iQx AoIP Console v1.4.12, Axia Pathfinder Core PRO v1.8.5.00, Omnia.11 v4.0, Telos VSet6 + VSet12 Software v1.3.5, 25-Seven Systems Program Delay Manager (PDM) v2.5.13.

8/24/21 - LOGITEK  has moved into their new facility in Houston, not far from the old site. With the ability to customize the site for better manufacturing and service, they are ready to serve their customer. Phone numbers and email remain the same.

8/23/21 - DAVICOM will not be NAB this year, but will be showing off their newest products on their web site. Take a look at their new SNMP Temperature Probe Interface and the Lightning Awareness Products.

8/11/21 - NAUTEL  really wants to make a deal with you. If you are buying a GV Series transmitter, for a little longer, Nautel will give you a second exciter, at no cost! Now, that is a good deal.

7/23/21 - INOVONICS is featuring their Rack Pack, a concept that has become very popular with  customers who appreciate the flexibility of combining a growing selection of their compact INOmini 1/3 rack-sized or half-rack-sized products in a 1U 19" RackShelf.


An extra discount is an added bonus when ordering a Rack Pack. And you save on shipping too.

7/22/21 - Angry Audio has a new product, the Headphone Disconnector.

Based on the principles of the power cords on Apple and Surface computers, it is a magnetized cord that disconnects rather than pulling a wire out of a headphone or the plug. 

7/7/21 - Italian manufacturer RVR is now shipping their newest model: the TEX1002TFT FM Transmitter, a 1 kW unit based on the latest RF technologies, featuring a user friendly color touch screen, enhanced cooling, up to 80% efficiency, and more.

7/7/21 - WorldCast Systems has a major new release of the APT IP Codec range. The 4.0 system release (SR 4.0) is available on the APT IP, AoIP Multichannel, and MPX Multichannel codecs and includes several new features and enhancements. The most significant are the unique APTmpX technology, the world's first and only non-destructive MPX/composite compression algorithm, and SynchroStream, a new APT technology for precise and stable time-synchronous IP transmission and playout of audio content. Both available as software options. Other enhancements include a precision clock module for GPS, an NTP - content time alignment, and NAT transversal connection mode

6/12/21 - The WireCAD library is designed for the broadcaster to make facility and project design more organized and document everything. With cloud-based and desktop software WireCAD can aid the engineer with easy to understand computer aided design. There is a demo video on the page.

6/11/21 - Digital Alert Systems now has a new technology partnership with COMARK (Hitachi Kokusai Electric Comark LLC), a systems integrator and supplier of the LEX-2000 MPEG-2 digital TV encoder/multiplexer for the low-power television (LPTV) market. The partnership links the Digital Alert Systems’ DASDEC™ Emergency Alert System (EAS) messaging platform over a standard IP network with the LEX-2000 encoder. Users can now present the alert message as a text crawl with audio over all configured program streams.

5/25/21 - Jampro is offering their FM Sidekick portfolio of combiners to allow Channel 6 TV Stations to provide ATSC 3.0 TV and FM Audio Transmission on the same antenna infrastructure. The RCCC-101-FM-4EH will allow broadcasters to combine both the Next-Generation ATSC 3.0 TV and FM audio broadcasts within the assigned channel 6 bandwidth.

5/9/21 - Inovonics has announced their new model DAVID IV 719N FM/HD Radio Broadcast Processor with Network Interface - adding easy Web Access for set-up, control, and increased networking capabilities to the popular DAVID IV 719 DSP-based design processor with no price increase.

Furthermore, Inovonics will provide free upgrades to 719 users that purchased their processors from January 1, 2020 to May 2021 (transport not included). For those with 719 processors purchased before 2020, there will be a $500 upgrade fee + transport to convert their 719 units to the new 719N model.

5/7/21 - The  Telos Alliance has premiered their new powerful, adaptable Telos VXs Virtual VoIP system for radio.

4/23/21 - Shulins' Solutions has recently completed the installation of its Stellar Eclipse broadcast site monitor and protection system in Houston. 

The Stellar Eclipse, featuring a VSWR Sentinel, is now  protecting four leading Texas FM radio stations and their shared antenna and combining systems. Such shared common antenna sites often  have complex combining networks which need a comprehensive solution for monitoring and protection beyond that from a simple remote control.

The system provides a platform and architecture to not only protect the RF systems, but also provides unique cloud-based monitoring of many shared systems often overlooked in an individual stations remote control. More information is available here.

4/21/21 - LAWO has debuted HOME, an innovative new management platform for IP based media infrastructures. Built on cloud-ready microservices architecture, HOME enables users to connect, manage and secure networked production setups from the ground up, helping broadcast professionals address some of the most demanding requirements of modern IP infrastructures, including automated discovery and registration of devices, connection management, flow control, software and firmware management, scalability and security.

4/13/21 - WorldCast Systems have officially launched their SynchroStream technology for the APT Codec Range with the release of SR 4.0. The SynchroStream technology and its "single pane of glass" approach benefits the broadcaster by hugely simplifying the setup, configuration and maintenance of a solid and stable SFN network. SynchroStream is compatible with baseband audio coding and the existing MPX/Composite linear coding schemes and also the new APTmpX algorithm, the world's first non-destructive MPX/Composite algorithm, also part of the new SR 4.0.

4/7/21 - Nautel has played a key role in recent digital signals from a single FM transmitter in order to provide a wider range of services. The tests have successfully demonstrated the viability of operating up to six separate digital channels from one transmitter, each of which carries multiple HD Radio or DRM services.

4/7/21 - Orban Labs' OPTIMOD-FM 5500i, 5700i, and 8600Si processors have received Nielsen certification and are now available with onboard PPM encoding, joining Orban’s XPN-AM which. last fall, was the industry’s first processor to include internal PPM encoding and receive Nielsen certification.

3/29/21 - Digital Alert Systems has released software Version 4.3 for the DASDEC EAS boxes. The update s free, and contains security upgrades and a Single Sign On (SSO) feature so administering multiple boxes can be done with one login and password. 

3/29/21 - Dielectric Communications has promoted Mike Spugnardi to hear the RF Systems and Components Division., after successfully handling the TV Re-Pack. 

3/13/21 - The program automation company Enco has moved after 20 years, and is now down the road to new offices. The new site in Novi, MI is 17 miles from the old offices.
 

Among the benefits of the move, ENCO will have a lot more space, and be able to bring all departments together at one location, making the whole operation more efficient. 

3/5/21 - Broadcast Depot is featuring the Brigitte Studio Furniture line. It is described as all-in-one, customizable, able to adapt to any studio size.

More information here. Features include adjustable legs, USB/WiFi/Bluetooth connections, Electrical outlets, smart lights with on-air and incoming call signalling. Alexa enabled.

3/3/21 - Henry Engineering is pleased to announce the SportsCaster is back in stock. Due to the Covid situation, the Sportscaster  - a comprehensive audio management system specifically designed for radio, webcast, and TV coverage of semi-pro and scholastic sporting events - had been unavailable and on "hiatus" for several months.
 
Detailed information is available at https://henryeng.com/sportscaster/

2/10/21 - Nautel has acquired Digidia, a French company deeply involved in high power electronics and digital signal processing, including DAB+ and DRM.

12/9/20 - Nautel has sold 30 NVLT transmitters - with an option of 12 more - to the Turkish Radio/Television Corporation for delivery during 2021.

12/2/20 - LAWO users will appreciate their recent major VSM 2020-2 release, which is available now by download from the Lawo website. www.lawo.com

11/2/20 - Davicom has just released its DTPI, which will provide an interface for up to four temperature probes. There is a panel display, and it can be accessed remotely via SNMP systems. More information is here.

10/23/20 - HELM Audio, makers of their new True Wireless 5 Headphones, is offering a 50% discount on this set of ear buds through the end of November for "Frontline Heroes." According to the HELM Audio website, this means first responders and military members and vets, as well as teachers, medical staff and nurses, etc.

10/22/20 - WorldCast Systems announces SynchroStream, a hardware and software option of the latest APT IP Codec generation, for time-synchronous IP transmission and playout of audio content.
                    
SynchroStream is designed to work with broadcasts from synchronized transmitters (SFN), whether analog (FM), digital (DAB+), or multiple audio channels building a surround sound image, that must be synchronized with high precision and stability. More information is here.

10/21/20 - StreamS has two new AES digital in/out USB audio interfaces.

The IOdigi2X and the IOdigi8X makes transfer of content in and out of Windows/MacOS/iPad/Linux and Android systems as simple as plugging in the USB cable. A free custom Windows driver with advanced features is also available. For more information, click here.

10-15-20 - GatesAir has a promotion until the end of November where purchasers of certain new FM transmitters will receive a 2nd Exciter at no cost. More information is here.

10-15-20 Owners of SYES television transmitters may benefit from the free inspection and checkup, in coordination with Broadcast Depot. A technician will perform a  check up, including an inspection of the logs, install a software update to improve performance and stability, and provide reports, technical advice, and technical training on your transmitter. Correct: there is no charge. And, during this promotion, stations will receive 50% off on parts, labor and the entire new SYES product catalogue. Want more information or details? Contact Broadcast Depot.

9/23/20 - Nautel has released an app for transmitter control that does not rely on browser-based Flash. This app does not require a transmitter visit. (You may recall that the browser makers have pledged to drop Flash support at the end of the year.)

9/11/20 - The LBA Group has announced that 100% of its technical staff have been certified for installing CBRS facilities.

9/4/20 - WorldCast Systems' Ecreso FM 3kW transmitter has been approved by the German Public Broadcasting system (ARD), having met their rigorous specifications, among the most demanding.

9/1/20 - Digital Alert Systems has prepared the small upload you need to make your EAS box work with the new FEMA certificate. The old one expires on October 28th. You can get the new one here

9/1/20 - LOGITEK is now offering a Dante option for their JET67 console engine - the engine that powers their inexpensive mixIT console. It will work with a Helix as well. More information here.

9/1/20 - INOVONICS BROADCAST is in the evacuation zone for one of the big California fires. Thus, they are doing their best to service customers, but response times may be less than optimal. So far, no injuries or damage reported to the factory, but owe want to send our "positives" in their direction.

8/5/20 - Nautel and Telos are teaming up for a trio of webcasts every other week, starting this Thursday (August 13) at Noon EDT, on the factors that affect your air chain and deploying the newer technologies in the studio and at the transmitter. Register here.

7/29/20 - Nautel has released a new eBook, "9 Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Transmitter," including space requirements, potential delivery issues, site preparation and more.

"No matter what brand of radio transmitter you are considering, there are many details involved," said John Whyte, Head of Marketing at Nautel. "Failure to account for even small details can drive up your total cost of ownership. This eBook addresses what we consider to be the top nine issues involved with a new transmitter purchase and includes questions you should be asking yourself in the preparation process."

Get your own copy of this valuable resource here.

7/16/20 - Angry Audio is offering the promo code GETREAL20 to receive 20% off all genuine StudioHub products, making their products as inexpensive as off-brands. For more information, contact your favorite dealer.

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.

4/7/20 - 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

3/24/20 - 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.

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.

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

2/10/20 - 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.

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.

11/18/19 - 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.

9/25/19 - 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.

9/25/19 - 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."

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."

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