16 April 2008

NAB Tidbits

Hey, kids, here's a quick sampler of recent NAB announcements.

First up, the Sonorae Audio Monitoring System. Snip:

The Sonarae offers an input mode selector for up to 8 AES/EBU data streams or 16 individual audio channels...

The 8 AES/EBU input data streams pass into the heart of the system, which is comprised of a 16x2 summing matrix. This matrix allows the operator to listen to individual left or right audio channels at the output or to select various channel combinations. Special algorithms have been developed to maintain a constant level at the output of the 16x2 summing matrix...

For ease of use the 16x2 matrix is equipped with 5.1/6.1/7.1 surround sound stereo mix down selectors along with a set-up, learn, and clear function...

Sonarae provides the operator with master speaker level, along with two different dim settings and a mute switch, which can also be remoted to a foot switch. In addition, a headphone amplifier (with separate level control) and output jack is located in the control panel...

Operator-selectable delay is built into the unit to allow for compensation of picture monitor latency, adjustable from zero to 9.5 video frames in 0.5 frame steps.



Next, the Voice Over There mobile voice-over booth:
Voice Over There is based in Santa Clarita, CA and offers a sound-proof cargo trailer that's been outfitted with air conditioning and WiFi access, all for the purpose of going on location to record voice performances.

Powered by a Honda Whisper generator, the trailer's booth is five feet wide and six feet long, allowing it to comfortably accommodate up to two people during a session or one musician with an instrument. Recording gear includes Digidesign Pro Tools LE, Universal Audio tube pre-amps, Telos Xstream, two high-end mics and an LCD monitor.



And batting clean-up today is the Holophone N-CODE (via Creative Cow):

Holophone, a leading manufacturer of surround microphones, has brought Dolby Pro Logic II® encoding technology and the portability of the company’s popular H4 SuperMINI to its larger mic models, the H2-PRO and H3-D, with the introduction of the Holophone N-CODE portable multi-channel encoder...

Ideal for larger remote productions requiring surround recordings, the Holophone N-CODE takes six channels of audio from the H2-PRO or H3-D and converts them to two channels using Dolby’s Pro Logic II technology, allowing full 5.1 channel surround sound audio to be captured or transmitted to virtually any stereo recoding device, or broadcast over the existing stereo infrastructure...

Stereo recordings made with the Holophone N-CODE can be easily converted back to brilliant and realistic 5.1 surround sound using the company’s new Holophone D-CODE multi-channel decoder...


That's it for today, people. Stay tuned.
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