Incredibly Successful Exhibition! ISE excels once again
Posted on: Monday 11th of February 2019
The installation market might not be core to the Resolution magazine readership, but increasingly, there is a host of technology, on show for the first time, that will have ramifications for the broadcast/studio environment. Resolution couldn’t see everyone at this year’s ISE show – it was just TOO big (and that’s why they are moving to Barcelona in 2021) – but instead, here’s a few prime cuts for you…
A little change from the norm from Quested: a ‘Little Redz’ change, in fact. Here’s the Devon-based company’s Ollie Shortland (left) and Stuart Down previewing their progeny at ISE2019. “It’s the special edition of Quested’s V2104,” Down tells us. “Joining the V-Series family of products, the ultra-compact two-way 4″ nearfield incorporates 180W of onboard amplification. It’s designed to meet the needs of those requiring accurate monitoring in a compact format for music production or broadcast applications.” What about a travel bag? “Yes! The special edition Redz will come complete with travel bag for anyone who is always on the move and want to maintain a consistency when it comes to their monitoring needs.”
Marcus Brooke’s Sonifex announces the Dante commentary units, available imminently: the DIO Audiophile Dante Interfaces are simple plug-and-play audio interfaces, which provide a convenient method of connecting legacy analogue and digital audio equipment to the Dante AoIP audio network. What’s the difference between these units and others? “The audio quality!” says Brooke. “Sonifex is using A-D and D-A circuitry that’s 10 times better than similar competing products, offering greater than 120dB of dynamic range!”
XTA’s Waring Hayes eyes up the DNA 20 digital networking amplifier, new at ISE. “The DNA series offers the assurance of XTA’s highest quality audio power-amp technology with future-proofing via the inclusion of simple-to-use digital audio networking,” he says. “Fast rear-panel switching allows the amplifier to accept either four channels of analogue audio or pick up four channels of networked audio, via Dante, which is than converted using 24-bit, 96kHz DACs.” Hayes says the DNA 20 is something studio users should consider: “By offering an almost silent fan profile, the amp can maintain its maximum headroom with no impact on sound quality, meaning it’s ideal for use in studio environments where continuous full output is not a requirement.”
Powersoft’s (L-R) Nicolo Zuccherini, Claudio Lastrucci and Marc Kocks with the ‘Mover’ floor-shaker unit, ideal for home cinema systems and other ‘kinetic’, immersive installations. Says Kocks: “As we do with all major project launches at Powersoft, we’ve been testing our first beta production run of the Mover with some of our current customers. The input received from those tests confirmed that the Mover is a unique products with unmatched specification; especially with the direct-drive version, our customers are able to add movement to the audience experience. This is not possible with any other product. Our tests have already led to multiple [applications] in which the Mover plays a key role.”
CADAC’s Peter Hearl (left) and James Godbehear with the company’s latest compact console, the CDC five. Godbehear reports that One More Once, a rock band from New York, have been using the desk for recording, so impressed were they with the quality of audio. “The clarity, separation, noise floor and musical sonic impact was agreed by all to be exceptional and ‘easily on par with a million-dollar professional recording studio’.” (The Cadac system consisted of a CDC five with a CDC I/O 6448 stagebox. Additionally, microphone specialist Earthworks supported the session with its drum mics.)
The Cadac CDC five with its 48 input channels and 24 assignable busses, is the latest addition to the Cadac digital console line. Based on an evolution of Cadac’s ‘high agility’ operating system, the CDC five has all the benefits of an intuitive operating system and faster work flow all on a single 23.5” screen.
The most noticeable difference between the CDC five and its larger siblings is the lack of a stand alone 6.5” screen. The GUI of this control screen can be accessed with a swipe down action on the large 23.5” (or via a hard button to the left of the screen). There are also a number of hard buttons to the left of the screen to aid navigation when this screen is in use.
Finally! Audinate’s Josh Rush gives a fiery introduction to the latest features of Dante AV… Dante AV is a complete integrated audio and video networking solution, bringing to video all the benefits that have made Dante the market-leading audio over IP solution: discovery, ease-of-use and integrated control. Dante AV enables complete interoperability with more than 1600 Dante-enabled audio products already on the market.
Dante AV solves problems of networked video and audio synchronization, utilizing a single network clock for sub-microsecond accuracy. With Dante AV, audio and video signals are independently routable in a single, easy-to-use interface using the Dante Controller software. Manufacturers can also take advantage of Dante API to customize their management user interface. Dante AV solves time alignment issues and eliminates the need for audio de-embedders in applications such as sports bars, live events and multi-zoned AV systems for perfect lip sync everywhere.