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network management tools, such as HP Open View, Aperture VISTA and more. A new television production gallery desk system and the recently developed EditOne and SystemTwo desk series are being showcased in Hall 8. The Module-R product range offers a mix-and-match control room furniture system. Customer Consoles said the range allows aesthetically attractive and long-life desks to be configured to meet specific shapes and dimensions from a selection of high-quality pods, base sections, 19” rack housings, worktops, end-panel modules and legs. Co-ordinated desk pods are available as single-bay sections with up 10U chassis capacity.

Developed for use in video editing suites, broadcast graphics areas and audio studio control rooms, Custom Consoles EditOne desks use sculpted MDF support panels rather than metal legs. The curved theme is carried through to the desktop and a raised monitor shelf. Integral equipment pods are provided. An auxiliary equipment pedestal with an additional 11U of rack space and an integral worktop is available. The company said the desk was designed for flat-pack delivery and can be assembled in less than an hour using the supplied Allen key and screwdriver.

SystemTwo is a multi-element furniture system designed to accommodate free-standing or pod-mounted equipment such as graphics workstations and editing terminals. The SystemTwo range includes the S2-01B desk and S2-02B shelf, both electrically adjustable in height from 660 to 1,250mm.

standard for low-latency synchronous audio distribution over IP (AoIP) infrastructures in radio facilities.

The company claims the card is ideal for high-density audio production or automation applications in radio and TV broadcast studios, as it made it easy for users to record and play up to 128 AoIP Ravenna channels simultaneously in or out of a desktop computer. It boasts ultra-low, round- trip latency down to 3ms, interoperability with all AES67 requirements, an embedded 128 x 128 switching matrix, Grandmaster PTP clock abilities, and high redundancy assured by two Gigabit Ethernet connections.

Digigram says its hardware will enable broadcasters to maintain high performance regardless of the computational load presented by other applications running on the host system.

With the addition of an optical MADI interface option to the sound card, Digigram says the industry could migrate from synchronous audio to IP audio in the studio environment. Users could move from more expensive, less flexible proprietary equipment to standard commercial off-the- shelf IT-based systems running common media-oriented IT protocols, it added.

The new MADI option aids such a shift by supporting use of the sound card in a synchronous audio environment to stream up to 64/64 I/O MADI channels from and to the host PC and Ravenna AoIP equipment. GatesAir’s Intraplex LiveLook, dynamic software that improves analysis and troubleshooting for IP transport, has been launched.

of network statistics, including burst packets and other performance-related measurements that adversely affect IP signal transport. Built-in data mining algorithms automate packet analysis and subsequent report generation, recommending optimal techniques for error reduction. The company claims this streamlines the setup, configuration and optimisation of IP networks to reduce complexity and improve overall network performance. The company is positioning LiveLook as a value-added complement to reliability techniques already built into IP Link codecs, including dynamic stream splicing, an application that provides hitless recovery of dropped packets via seamless convergence of main and backup streams. GatesAir said this and other integrated redundancy measures, ensure IP Link codecs match the performance reliability of traditional T1/E1 circuits, while significant lowering total cost of ownership. Glensound has launched a range of USB interface units, comprising the Cub iPhone/ Smartphone interface and two versions of the GS-GC5/USB commentary mixer with USB interface – one for PC and one for tablets.

All units offer XLR inputs, compressor/limiters, jack sockets for headphones and a digital USB interface to the PC, notepad or phone. Battery operated, they have on-air buttons, can adjust volume levels, and are in sturdy cases designed for outside broadcast use.


The new Digigram LX-IP Ravenna PCIe sound card supports up to 256 Ravenna I/O channels from multiple Ravenna streams and also offers ultra- low latency, down to one audio sample per IP packet. Digigram has also announced an optical MADI interface option for the card.

Ravenna is an AES67- compatible open technology

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monitoring solution that works in conjunction with Intraplex IP Link codecs, LiveLook optimises performance for mission-critical audio contribution and distribution networks.

GatesAir explains that LiveLook will provide time- based graphical analysis

The Cub is a two-input, two-output digital mixer, with a USB audio interface for the iPhone or other smart devices. The iPhone connects to the Cub via a top panel mounted A-type USB plug. Adaptors for Apple Lightning Connector and 30-pin Apple interface leads are included. There is also a mini USB for connection to other smartphones, notepads, laptops or PCs.

The GS-GC5/USB has four inputs (mic/line/48V) and four independent headphone outputs. It is low profile with a flat top, making it a convenient base for laptop computer. All controls sit at the front of the PC, allowing users to access their mic on/off and gain controls. Each user also has

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their own two-input headphone mixer. One input is a mix of the incoming audio, the other is the return cue audio. Large lithium- ion batteries keep the GS-GC5/ USB running for over seven hours of operation. A new A-D and D-A combination board for Hapi and Horus has been released by Merging Technologies that will instantly double the quantity of analogue I/O available on the networked audio interfaces. This brings the analogue I/O count up to 48 in/48 out on Horus, while Hapi is now capable of 16 in/16 out or 8 in/8 out with MADI.

Despite the extra component density, Merging said the performance of the new ADA8 A-D and D-A option card is

virtually identical to the AD8 and DA8 components that are still in the range, and thus could be mixed and matched to form a huge range of I/O combinations. New versions of Pyramix, Ovation and VCube are being launched following the introduction of new 64-bit versions of the software. Major enhancements for the Pyramix virtual studio relate to virtual transport improvements, archiving metadata workflows and digital album publishing for DSD/DXD multichannel releases. Pluxbox will exhibit a full suite of multimedia applications for making, managing and broadcasting radio. Pluxbox’s Visual Radio range is fully integrated with websites, apps

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the multiplatform world of television, social media and the internet.

“I’m very much looking forward to speaking at IBC2014,” he says.

Professor Brian Cox, the world-renowned physicist and multiple award-winning broadcaster, is to speak at IBC2014. Cox will take part in the IBC Conference keynote session ‘Television’s Expanding Universe’ on Sunday 14 September. Originally inspired to become a physicist by the landmark TV series Cosmos, today Cox is motivating a new generation of inquiring minds through

“Television programmes like Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and James Burke’s Connections had a great influence on me when I was younger, and it’s my view that television is still the most powerful and direct way of inspiring a new generations of viewers. Integrating television with social media and the internet enhances that potential. But of course power comes with responsibility, and while we celebrate our continuing success, we must also take our responsibility to educate, inform and influence seriously. Can we still strive to be Reithian in today’s multi- platform, multichannel world? We’d better try if we want to remain relevant, influential, and successful.” 

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