With an estimated 105,000 registrants, NAB 2008 had a somewhat lightly attended feel this year. That said, most manufacturers commented that, while traffic on the show floor was down, the people that did attend were there to do business. And business we did – lots of it
But what would NAB be without a party with 800 of your closest friends? Again this year, BSW was a proud co-sponsor of the Amateur Radio Reception, along with our good friends, Bob and Sarah Heil of Heil Microphones. A crowd started to gather about an hour in advance of the 6pm door on Wednesday, and somehow everyone fit into the crowded Hilton Ballroom B. It took almost an hour to give away nearly $16,000 worth of door prizes! A good time was had by all.
Blue Microphones showed a prototype of the new Airtime broadcast mic. As you’d expect from Blue, it looks great! Its a end-address dynamic, of course, and features an integral swivel yoke/shockmount.
Keep your eye on Musicam. They showed a prototype portable IP codec, and are working to deliver it sometime this summer.
Broadcast Bionics has added multi-line, drag and drop conferencing to their VOIP-based talkshow software, PhoneBox Solo.
Wheatstone’s Vorsis line is growing quickly with the addition of several new units and a striking new look. Available now with an elegant, high-gloss black front panel: The AP2000 (which replaces the AP1000) features new presets and has a newly added leveler. The FM1000 features the same great processing as the AP2000, but without the HD channel. Of particular note, the VP-8 is new single rack space processor offering six operating modes: FM, AM, HDC, MPEG3, HE-AAC, and VoIP. Changing algorithms can be done directly from the unit’s front panel – no reboot required.
The new Bird TPM (Transmitter Power Monitor) is bound to make every RF engineer’s life easier. Providing three power measurement ports (forward, reflected, and non-directional), the TPM is the only power monitor solution that can also be calibrated in-line and on-site.
In a related move, Burk has announced that they have added a virtual meter to the Autopilot Plus software that reads and displays data from the Bird TPM and BPME (via ArcPlus hardware). Also new: the PlusX AC8. It’s an 8 channel, remote controllable, rack mounted power strip. Among its many uses is the ability to remotely “re-boot” rack mounted DSP-based processors that are plugged into it.