Of course there was only one event of note at IBC 2013 and that was Mike’s iZotope RX3 Presentation ala Steve Jobs ;) Then there was Avid’s S6 launch which we have discussed already on the site.
Seriously though, what else was of interest at IBC 2013. The 52,000 attendees from 150 countries had a lot to look at and although an awful lot was for video and TV there were some interesting new products announced at IBC 2013. To start with, supporters of the site HHB, had a great show with several manufacturers choosing HHB to debut their new products.
TC Electronic made their world debut of their new UpCon up-converter for 5.1 HD TV broadcast and the Broadcast 6000 signal processor.
The TC Electronic UpCon is a cinema-quality up-converter for 5.1 HD TV broadcast, which combines an up-conversion and downmix processor in a single, high-density rack unit. UpCon is based on TC’s UnWrap HD algorithm and shares its ultra-low latency, overkill processing resolution and sound quality. It offers the same expandability as DB6 Multi and comes with one 3G SDI stream standard, but can be expanded with one or two optional Transmission 3G cards for a maximum of 3 simultaneous SDI streams. The hardware is also based on the TC’s DB6 platform and UpCon offers the same extended control possibilities. Dual low-noise fans, dual fuses and dual power inlets are also provided for feeding the unit from two independent power sources for failsafe redundancy.
The new TC Electronic Broadcast 6000 is a custom-tailored version of the System 6000 MKII that is optimised for production with broadcast in mind. The new unit comes fully equipped with a wealth of algorithms and facilitates live program mixing. It includes TC’s renowned LM6 Loudness Radar Meter, which offers a complete loudness landscape overview at a glance, the ALC6 Automatic Loudness Correction algorithm and the UnWrap HD algorithm. For the first time the AM6 Radar Meter is now available for the System 6000 MKII platform. Also included with Broadcast 6000 is the DMix algorithm, which handles trouble free, high headroom downmix from 5.1 to stereo on the fly. If additional dynamics control is needed, it comes equipped with MD5.1 and MDX5.1 multiband and multichannel dynamics processing algorithms.
It is interesting to see that TC Electronic are still developing their Unwrap algorithm and perhaps there is hope that they will produce an AAX 64 bit plug-in version, or it may be, that they are going to stick with just hardware, we shall see.
Rosendahl unveiled the new Nanoclocks GL - Digital Audio Genlock Masterclock with HHB. The standard 44.1, 88.2 , 48 and 96 kHz audio clocks are generated directly from discrete crystal oscillators working in fundamental mode without DDS (direct digital synthesis) or PLL (phase locked loop) circuits in the clock signal path. This vintage technology is not as universal as today’s digital clock synthesis circuits because it is limited to only one sample rate (+/- 50ppm) per crystal oscillator, but on the other hand it still provides the purest clock quality with lowest phase noise. Nanoclocks GL also generates -0.1% pull down sample rates using fractional division and a very high frequency PLL circuit. The unit can be controlled and its firmware can be updated via USB MIDI.
The first production model of the Dolby DP580 Reference Decoder with an added HDMI port was on show exclusively on the HHB stand. The Dolby Professional Reference Decoder DP580 allows broadcasters to monitor streams along multiple points of the broadcast chain. It provides a detailed analysis of Dolby audio streams, making it an ideal professional tool for broadcast trials and manufacturers’ test environments.
HHB debuted the new Sennheiser Limit Ear HDM Pro. Compatible with a selection of Sennheiser headphones, the HDM Pro attaches to a set of headphones to protect users from impulse sounds, loud sounds and excessive noise dose to prevent Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL).
Also from the show our friends at Nugen Audio showed their updated LMB loudness batch processor plug-in, now compatible with MXF files which will help as broadcasters move over to end to end tapeless workflows.
We also saw a more cost effective solution for central storage and drive sharing which is aimed at the smaller boutique style facilities, both audio and video. The DynamicDrivePool works with Project and File Level Sharing for Pro Tools with no latencies.
Pro Tools users can simultaneously read and write from to the same DDP virtual drives. Full project and file level based sharing is provided. Collaboration between Pro Tools editors is now straightforward. A file locking and delete protection mechanism prevents accidental erasure of data. A particular DDP drive shows up on the desktops behaving like a local drive. That is what Pro Tools wants. Each operator in hers/his own right can read and write from to that drive. And it is fast. Three hundred tracks of 48Khz, 24bit audio can be sustained over just one GbE cable. No latency; press play and you have instant play. For any combined track count up to 600 the Standalone DDP Series will do.
For companies using more then thousands of tracks the SSD DDP solutions such as the DDP48SSD can be supplied. Pro Tools on PC and Pro Tools on Mac can be mixed together.
Workflow integration with Avid and Final Cut Pro is straightforward and can conveniently be done using edit-in-place. The optional Workflow Manager has all required access right management tools. Login/out can be connected to Active or Open Directory.
I had a comprehensive demonstration of this and these guys know their stuff and they are passionate about music too, so if you are looking for a shared storage solution do check them out.
JL Cooper Electronics were showing the full range of controllers but one that seems to appeal to the boutique and freelance user is the MCS5 USB Media Control Station with Relegendable LCD Button Labels. It provides professional transport buttons, a precision optically encoded jog wheel, assignable function keys with live LCD labels (Key Function and label change on-the-fly for different editing operations). You can create and customize banks of hot keys for your specific needs, including built-in/pre-named commands for popular applications. Programmable messages, including standard key command combinations, MIDI messages, mouse clicks and others. These can be assigned to any key and named. The end result is that you can make a custom arrangement of controls to best suit your purpose, and you will always know what function you are going to get when you press a key. Arrange editing functions into different banks, to logically group frequently used commands. For example, have one bank for ingest, a bank for tracking, a bank for editing, etc.) Raised display for easy viewing. Use and customize supplied keysets for advanced control of applications including Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Premiere Pro, Pro Tools, Nuendo and others, or make your own keyset for any program.