NEWS end-January 2013

bveslResolution is helping with the creation of the seminar programme in the dedicated Audio Theatre at the BVE exhibition held 26-28 February at Excel in London.
The programme will see days dedicated to Sustainability and Audio, Audio Networking and Audio for DSLR and will cover practical insights from end users. technological presentations and discussions. ‘We’ve helped to give shape and form to the Audio Theatre programme, which has been criticised in the past for being a little variable, and to make sure that audio gets the attention it deserves in the wider context of a broad event like BVE,’ said Resolution’s Zenon Schoepe.
See the Programme here

DLWaves, DiGiCo and Soundtracs have combined forces to produce DiGiGrid, a product range designed to provide an open approach to audio, plug-ins, control and audio resource networking. The development explains why Waves has not followed the AAX route and it has enormous implications for prolonging hardware life and breaking down existing DAW-specific hardware and software restrictions.
iocWaves’ SoundGrid Audio-over-Ethernet networking is at the heart of the technology; whether it is a connection to your DAW, a preamp, or the processing engine for your recording, plug-ins and studio network, the system is designed to allow you to interface with the elements you need today, with the flexibility to network further in the future as it is scalable and expandable.
dlsIn the studio, DiGiGrid systems deliver real-time, ultra low latency Waves plug-in processing and monitoring capabilities, for all major DAW hosts and are powered by Intel-based Waves SoundGrid DSP servers, connected using standard Cat 5e or Cat 6 cables. Multiple I-Os, DAWs and consoles can all be interconnected via SoundGrid and mixed on the Waves eMotion software mixer even between Windows and Mac operating systems. DiGiGrid units can also be used in standalone mode, connecting to your DAW using compliant Core Audio or ASIO drivers.
SoundGrid is a layer 2 protocol Audio-over-Ethernet network integrated within all DiGiGrid products, providing ultra low latency, high channel count Waves audio processing.
mgoDiGiGrid MGB and MGO are portable MADI interfaces on BNC or optical connection respectively that connect to a computer via the SoundGrid network connection giving access to two MADI I-Os which on a 1Gb Ethernet port can be used to record 128 channels with simultaneous playback of 128 channels. SWI is a five-port 1Gb network switch and inserting it into a system allows the aforementioned MADI I-O to be shared over the network.
The DLS is a processing and SoundGrid connection hub as well as an expansion route to future additional I-O or MADI. If you use older Pro Tools hardware, you can still use Native plug-ins or you can future-proof your setup with the ultra low latency DiGiGrid platform. Whether you’re using the latest or legacy Pro Tools hardware, all you need is a single Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable to patch into the SoundGrid DSP server. Your plug-ins are now instantly accessible with your Waves plug-ins. By plugging you into the SoundGrid network, DiGiGrid DL allows you to use your existing Pro Tools I-O even when you switch to another platform.
The DLI offers the same connectivity and access to new and old Pro Tools hardware, and lets you integrate your existing SoundGrid DSP Server into the larger DiGiGrid network and I-O infrastructure.
ioxThe IOS I-O and SoundGrid DSP Server provides a high-speed Ethernet connection to your DAW that allows you to insert ultra low latency high resolution Waves plug-ins into their chosen platform. You also get mic preamps, metering and headphones monitoring.
The IOX and IOC 1U units include preamps and the ability to connect artist and studio I-O to your current DAW system. Metering combines with two or four headphone outputs. Because these units are on a network they can be shared with multiple users and MADI, more I-O, and plug-ins are an Ethernet cable away.
Adding a DiGiGrid DMI card upgrade allows DiGiCo D-Rack or SD-Rack I-O interfaces to be connected to your SoundGrid studio network.

A total of 5,735 visitors attended the 27th Tonmeistertagung, which was an increase of almost 80% on the last event with the move to Cologne proving to be a universally popular one. There were 144 exhibitors represented in 92 exhibition booths and showrooms and 285 authors presented 185 lectures, workshops, round tables, and posters. A key aspect was the daily Get Together meetings in the evenings with performing bands and free beer.
The Cologne event had a good feel and spirit to it and many exhibitors expressed an interest in the event going annual and picking up from where the European AES Convention has left off.
The next Tonmeistertagung will be held at the CCN in Cologne in November 2014 with more exhibition space, larger halls for presenting papers and workshops, and a relocated reception area, according to the organisers.

Iosono and Deutsche Telekom AG have signed a patent license agreement for 3D audio technologies. The licensing deal grants Iosono the use of 3D audio patents developed by Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs), the company’s central research and development unit.
‘Iosono is a technology leader in 3D audio. We’re proud to have them as our licensee for the Deutsche Telekom audio patents and look forward to seeing new audio solutions being developed,’ said Tim Alexander Oelmann, senior IPR manager at Deutsche Telekom AG. With the new agreement, Iosono is strengthening its IP portfolio in the areas of audio technology and communications.
‘We will further enhance the consumer’s listening experience in cinemas, event locations or at home and are working on new, exciting products. In Deutsche Telekom we have found a renowned partner to expand our licensing business with even more state-of-the-art technologies,’ commented Olaf Stepputat, CEO of Iosono. 2013 sees the start of the company’s new licensing programme with the goal to further develop and establish 3D audio technology in cinema, entertainment and consumer products.

Messe Frankfurt has signed a joint-venture agreement with Chinese exhibition organiser Guangdong International Science and Technology Exhibition Company (STE) to work together on ProSound + Light Guangzhou, which is China’s second largest and Southern China’s largest industry show for the professional audio and lighting industry.
The 2013 edition of ProSound + Light Guangzhou will take place 9–12 March at the China Import and Export Fair Pazhou Complex, Guangzhou, China and is expected to attract more than 900 exhibitors. In 2012, the show attracted 757 and, held concurrently with Music Guangzhou, more than 43,257 people visited.
‘We are looking forward to working closely with the organisers of ProSound + Light Guangzhou,’ said Jason Cao, senior general manager of Messe Frankfurt (HK). ‘As one of the world's largest trade fair organisers, Messe Frankfurt brings its overseas and domestic resources to the show with its professional experience in running the Prolight + Sound brand shows worldwide, such as Prolight + Sound in Frankfurt, Germany, one of the world’s best known industry shows, the highly respected Prolight + Sound Shanghai which is China’s leading annual show, as well as Prolight + Sound NAMM Russia, which made its debut in 2012.’

cabThe 2013 edition of Cabsat runs from 12-14 March at Dubai World Trade Centre and comes at a time of transformational change in the broadcast and media industry in the region, according to the organisers. The event is claiming a 15% increase in size from broadcast and satellite technology companies.
According to Digital TV Research, ten countries in the region have already achieved the milestone of 100% digital television penetration, with the whole of MENA seeing digital television in 85% of households as soon as 2017. Content specialists LiquidThread carried out research on viewing patterns during Ramadan this year and found a high level of internet use, particularly to catch up on favourite programmes. The same research predicts that access to digital video recording in the set-top box will triple in the next 10 years.
‘We are explicitly broadening our appeal this year to include the emerging African markets and the hotspots of South Asia as well as our established MENA footprint,’ said Helal Saeed Almarri, CEO, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event. The Cabsat Academy will again offer targeted training, workshop and discussion sessions to boost knowledge exchange through a mixture of free and paid sessions, with vendor presentations, workshops and interactive tutorials. 2013 sees a new dedicated Africa in Focus zone on the exhibition floor to provide a networking area for decision makers coming from emerging African markets.

goghJulian Gough’s Noises Off service has created a portable sound rig for high quality recording based around Merging Pyramix, the Smart AV Tango 2 controller and the Horus networked audio convertor with mic preamps. It was used for the first time to record BBC Sunday night Songs of Praise in the crypt of Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral.
‘I was confident that everything would work technically but mixing in an unknown and uncontrolled acoustic was always going to be a challenge,’ he said. ‘I had foreseen this and purchased portable acoustic treatment, sadly they had been delivered damaged and not having enough time to get them replaced, I had to leave them at home.
‘The whole in-the-box Merging solution worked well and delivered the sort of low latency figures that are essential for this sort of work,’ he said. ‘Having a built-in multitrack recorder is a huge advantage and gave me the option to do a little bit of remixing back at my place which resolved the minor monitoring issues and the end result sounds excellent. Now that I have proof of concept, my challenge for the New Year is to really launch this service properly and do some marketing.’

brunoMixer/producer Bruno Ellingham has installed an SSL X-Desk, X-Logic G Series compressor, X-Panda summing system and Alpha-Link I-O system in his mix room within Massive Attack’s Bristol-based studio complex. He has used it to give Massive Attack’s Blue Lines album a contemporary mixing makeover for its 20th anniversary rerelease. All but two tracks from Blue Lines were originally mixed on a large-format SSL console in London’s Matrix Studios.
‘A suggestion came up to try and do a new mix,’ he explains. ‘At which point I seized upon the idea that maybe it would be an interesting experiment to see if it could be done with a more DAW-centric approach considering the fact that it was originally mixed on a large-format SSL.’
Bruno started with a set of SSL Duende Native plug-ins on Pro Tools: ‘While I could match the sound of the Blue Lines mixes, I couldn’t match the shape or size of them; I couldn’t get them as deep or as expansive as the original mixes were. I got the X-Desk and an X-Panda, so that I’d have 20 faders available to me for whatever scenario, plus some SSL Alpha-Link audio interfaces, which weren’t something I’d ever come across before,’ he said. ‘But when I plugged in the audio interfaces and summed my mixes through the X-Desk, suddenly I was able to get that size, depth, and breadth that I’d been missing. The X-Desk also has a very good, fast transient response, so you can make things very punchy. It really does have that SSL sound.’

New Product Releases

The specification of CEDAR Cambridge Series III hardware has been significantly increased. Featuring 12 Xeon processing cores and 32Gb of RAM, the system supports multiple instances and multiple users more efficiently and, depending on the number of processing paths and the number of processes running in each, this can lead to increases in productivity.
The new system will support six DVI monitors, which makes it easier to set up, view and control multiple instances of CEDAR Cambridge on the same host hardware with all of their signal analysis, processing paths, metadata, and report generation windows laid out and visible simultaneously. Prices remain unchanged from previous versions.

redFocusrite has announced the return of the Red Series mic preamp with the Red 1 500 Series Mic Pre. As with the original Red range, the new module is made in England. It uses the same circuit design and components as the original, the same Lundahl LL1538 input transformer and custom Carnhill output transformer, Grayhill gold-plated gain switch with a gain range of 66dB, switchable phantom power, polarity invert and a backlit VU meter with calibration.
redneFocusrite’s RedNet Ethernet-based interface system is shipping with RedNet units 1-4 and the RedNet PCIe card. RedNet 5, which provides a direct link to Pro Tools HD, and RedNet 6, a MADI multichannel interface, will become available shortly. RedNet 6 is a 64-channel MADI interface with coaxial and optical for connection to mixing consoles, standalone converters and PCIe cards. The MADI audio stream can operate simultaneously at a different sample rate to the RedNet network using asynchronous sample rate conversion.
scarThe Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 interface has 18 inputs and 20 outputs with eight mic preamps with phantom power and 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A convertors. An additional eight channels of ADAT are provided with SPDIF providing an additional stereo I-O. The device has two independent headphone outputs and a dedicated monitor section with dim and mute.
Scarlett 18i20 ships with Ableton Live Lite, the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in bundle, Novation's Bass Station soft synth and 1Gb of Loopmasters samples.

mgThe Cardioid Plane Microphone KEM 975 is a new version of the patented instantaneous line array microphone principle, which is already in use in the KEM 970. A new circuit design has been developed; besides the ceramic capsules of the M 300 series, Microtech-Gefell has developed a low-noise preamplifier system for the KEM 975. Also, the construction of the housing has been revised without changing any of the critical dimensions of the Line Array itself; as the capsule positioning and relationship is an integral part of the design. The result of the revision is a shorted overall body length.
Compared to the KEM 970, the KEM 975 Cardioid Plane Microphone has an increased dynamic range. There are five switch settings covering the entire Line level. Microtech’s optical principle to generate the capsule polarisation voltage is also used in the KEM 975.
IRT München, which originally designed and patented the line-array microphone and licensed Microtech to manufacture it, has enhanced the directivity at low frequencies by the addition of an extra microphone capsule mounted at the rear that is available as an accessory.
The new construction, coupled with the improvements in lowering the noise floor, mean that the KEM 975 is suitable for music recordings as well as sound reinforcement, broadcast and video conferencing applications. By using an optimised filter system, the sound of the rear capsule is summed with the sound of the Microphone Line Array.

cartCartec Audio’s Compère 500 series enclosure has 8 slots with an internal power supply providing 3A per rail. It has an assignable front panel input XLR in addition to the 8 input and output XLRs. Users can introduce the front panel input signal to any one of the 8 modules via the front panel Aux to input module rotary switch and associated 48V phantom power switch. This is intended to provide uninterrupted phantom power when switching to different preamp modules. The Aux to output module rotary switch selects which module carries the output and the audio appears on the dedicated rear mounted routing section output XLR. The regular module’s XLR I-O audio path is defeated while the Aux Compère function is activated for that module. At the rear of the rack each module slot has a link switch that routes the output of a module into the input of the next module slot to the right.

rnd511Rupert Neve Designs has two 500 Series modules: the 511 Mic Pre with Silk and the 542 True Tape Emulator with Texture. The 511 incorporates the preamp circuitry from the 517, the sweepable high-pass filter from the 5012, and a variable Silk circuit from the Portico II Channel.
The 511 can be used for mic or line sources and has a polarity reverse switch and a 12dB/octave swept high-pass filter, while the Silk Red mode can be engaged to add thickness and sparkle in the high end as the Texture level is increased.
The 542 is a follow-up to the Portico 5042 and delivers a simulation of classic tape sound through the inclusion of tape drive circuitry. The True Tape drive circuit works by feeding a tiny magnetic record head, which in turn is coupled to a correctly-equalised replay amplifier. As the voltage rises on the record head, saturation increases, and a soft-clip circuit engages at higher levels to round off peak transients. The sound of the tape circuit can be further modified with selectable 15 and 30ips modes and a pre/post-tape blend control. The 542 also includes variable Silk/Texture circuitry.

sankSanken’s CU-55 cardioid has a side-firing 16mm capsule with a resonant chamber like the top of the line Sanken CU-44x that has been tuned to create a ‘perfect’ cardioid pattern. The new microphone is flat at 90 degrees, flat on-axis, with very little proximity effect. The CU-55 uses the same diaphragm material as Sanken's CU-100 and CUW-180 mics.
Maximum SPL is claimed as 137dB at 1% THD and 15dB ENL, It has a -10dB attenuation switch for two sensitivity settings.

ixyRøde’s iXY is a stereo microphone for iPhone and iPad with 30-pin connector that allows recording at 24-bit/96kHz. It has a matched pair of ½-inch cardioid condenser capsules, fixed in a 90 degree ‘near-coincident’ alignment. It uses its own A-D conversion. A foam windshield is provided for outdoor recordings as well as a zip pocket. It is released in conjunction with the iXY is Røde Rec, an app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch and when used together they transform an iOS device into a field recorder.

  • BVE, London, 26-28 February
  • Cabsat, Dubai, 19-21 March
  • ProLight + Sound, Frankfurt, 10-13 April
  • NAB, Las Vegas, 8-11 April
  • LLB, Stockholm, 23-25 April
  • Plasa Focus, Leeds, 30 April-1 May
  • AES, Rome, 4-7 May
  • KOBA, Seoul, 13-16 May
  • Infocomm, Orlando, 12-14 June
  • BroadcastAsia, Singapore, 18-21 June
  • IBC, Amsterdam, 13-17 September
  • Plasa, London, 6-9 October
  • AES, New York, 17-20 October
In Resolution
  • The Andrew Scheps interview
  • Live one-man AV DSLR recording
  • Fan funding and the kick-start generation
  • Production sound mixing with Simon Hayes
  • Audio networking in focus
  • Watkinson on fundamentalism

Plus regular columns by Dan Daley, John Watkinson and Dennis Baxter and reviews of the Audio-Technica 5040, Allen & Heath ICE-16, DPA d:fine, Midas XL48, Sound Devices 664, Inward Connections TSL-4, Warm Audio WA12 and Marantz PMD620MkII & PMD661MkII.