IBC 2018 roundup: Lawo, Sennheiser, Trinnov, Lectrosonics
Posted on: Wednesday 26th of September 2018
Lawo announced 10 new products, with the emphasis on a “Re-think”. Relay 4.0, a new version of the Virtual Radio Console, with a new Power Core, the engine behind the ST2022-7 capable console. The vm__dmv64-4, a new 4K version of their Distributed Multiviewer for video , plus the vm_udx 4K up/down cross-converter. There were extra features for the various VSM broadcast control systems; two new system monitors, smartDash and smartScope – monitoring and deep packet inspectors for broadcast IP networks – essential tools as networks become increasingly complex.
Dedicated audio products included the Power Core, an all-in-one remote production IP audio solution, and the A__line, Lawo’s new WAN-capable AoIP interface. Hidden behind a curtain for a dramatic reveal was the A__UHD Core, a network-based, software-defined audio DSP engine with huge processing density “elevating mc² 56 and mc² 96 consoles to the next dimension”.
Sennheiser and Neumann showcased their full range of media production tools, which now span a wide range of production pros – from YouTubers and vloggers to film crews, studio, stage and broadcast. Among the highlights was the introduction of the new Memory Mic, a wireless microphone for smartphones, as reviewed in Resolution V17.6. Sennheiser also debuted the new IE 40 PRO in-ear monitors, the company’s entry model in a series of new professional in-ears.
A preview of the new SK 6212 mini-bodypack transmitter for the Digital 6000 wireless microphone system caught our eye – it’s small! Sedac and Long range modes are supported, and it is compatible with the EK6042 as well as Digital 6000 and 9000. Available in early 2019, the mini-transmitter will be an ideal choice for any broadcast or live show that requires an inconspicuous, ultra-compact package with the same reliable and intermodulation-free transmission as that offered by the other Digital 6000 transmitters.
Trinnov extended its range of MC Processors with AES67 and Dante solutions, and an AoIP option was announced for the D-Mon series. The AES67 and Dante MC Processors both provide 64 input and output channels over the network with two dedicated network ports for redundancy. The AES67 model is based on Ravenna and is fully SMPTE 2210-30 compatible (also with Dante in its AES67 compatible mode). The Dante models use an Audinate board and also provides AES67 compatibility.
The AoIP option for the D-MON series will be available from October 2018, a paid-for upgrade providing additional AoIP sources and destinations in a Ravenna/AES67/SMPTE 2110-30 mode. This option uses the built-in network port of the D-MON and requires a Clock Master Device on the network.
Wide-band/75MHz features continue to be added to the fifth generation SM series (looking surprisingly similar to a hip flask) which also includes infrared sync and an improved hi-res display. Undoing the ‘hip flask’ stopper reveals space for a micro SD card, meaning the units can either be used as transmitters or PDRs. The card slot enables the units to have field firmware updates.
Brand new for the show was the SPDR – Stereo Portable Digital Recorder. Stereo inputs, 96kHz recording, digital inputs, and external power options to supplement the two AA batteries – including auto switch-over to internal batteries should an external supply fail. Both Lectrosonics recorders feature split-gain recording: two tracks of audio per input, with a low-gain channel at -18dB.