AES 2016: Audio-Technica Introduces ATM350a Microphone Systems
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:28:00 -0400
Audio-Technica is displaying its new ATM350a Microphone Systems at the AES Show in Los Angeles. Offering crisp, clear, well-balanced response even in very high SPL applications, the ATM350a Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone comes in six specially designed systems that provide discreet, rock-solid mounting solutions for a host of instruments, including woodwinds, strings, brass, percussion, drums and piano.
Following in the footsteps of the popular ATM350, the ATM350a is capable of handling 159 dB max SPL, a 10 dB increase over its predecessor. This allows the mic to cope with an even greater range of extremely powerful, dynamic sound sources. Like the ATM350, the new mic features a cardioid polar pattern that reduces side and rear pickup and protects against feedback. The mic’s in-line power module incorporates a switchable 80 Hz hi-pass filter to help control undesired ambient noise.
“This is a notable update to one of our successful products,” stated Gary Boss, Audio-Technica Marketing Director, Pro Products. “End-user feedback led us to provide additional mounting options and updated performance in the mic itself. This new variety of mounting options makes the ATM350a a versatile tool in the studio and its unprecedented build quality is perfectly suited for the road on a wide range of instruments and applications.”
The six ATM350a Microphone Systems combine the instrument microphone with unique UniMount components, giving sound engineers and musicians plenty of dependable mounting options when working on stage or in the studio.
Options include a rugged drum mount, all-new magnetic piano mount, upgraded universal clip-on mount, expandable woodwind mount, and two strong, flexible goosenecks (5″ and 9″) that can be attached to any of the mounts.
Consumer Sentiment Drops in September, Shows CTA Indexes
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:37:30 -0400
Consumer confidence toward tech spending and the overall economy decreased in September, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Indexes.
The CTA Index of Consumer Technology Expectations (ICTE), which measures consumer expectations about technology spending, decreased by 0.5 points in September to 85.8.
“Consumer sentiment on tech spending remains in-line with last month and last year,” said Shawn DuBravac, Ph.D., chief economist, CTA. “While we saw a slew of new product launches earlier this month, we still remain nearly two months outside of the core holiday shopping season and the impending presidential elections are likely dominating consumer attention right now.”
Looking ahead at the 2016 holiday season, CTA projects tech spending to increase 3.1 percent over last year – driven mostly by increases in online and mobile spending. A key holiday theme is the popularity of emerging tech such as virtual reality, wearables and smart home devices making its way into the holiday gift mix, as well as strong interest in audio categories such as headphones and wireless speakers.
The CTA Index of Consumer Expectations (ICE), which measures consumer sentiment about the U.S. economy as a whole, decreased by 4.4 points in September to reach 171.9.
“Decline in economic sentiment is primarily driven by lower expectations about the broader economy,” said DuBravac. “The economy has seen meager growth - up only one percent through the first half of the year – which has put general downward pressure on wage growth and consumer sentiment.”
NAB Show New York and Audio Engineering Society to Co-locate Conventions in 2017
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:33:13 -0400
The Audio Engineering Society (AES) East Coast convention in October 2017 will co-locate with NAB Show New York at the Javits Convention Center in New York City, event organizers announced today. The AES annual fall USA convention will be held October 18-21, 2017, and NAB Show New York will be held October 18-19, 2017. The adjacent location of these events creates the most comprehensive and largest media and entertainment event held on the East Coast with more than 600 exhibitors.
“Audio is the expertise of the AES, and NAB Show New York highlights expertise in video and content distribution. For today’s media professionals, it makes perfect sense for these two events to take place side-by-side, complementing each other’s missions, benefitting each other’s memberships and increasing the opportunities for all attendees,” said Bob Moses, executive director, Audio Engineering Society.
NAB Show New York showcases the best in next-generation technology for media, entertainment and telecom professionals, with conferences and workshops focused on television, film, satellite, online video, live events, corporate A/V, production and post. In 2015, the event hosted more than 7,200 attendees and 300 exhibitors.
The Audio Engineering Society is a member organization of audio professionals and students with more than 12,000 members from across the globe. The society’s annual conventions are the largest gatherings of audio professionals in the world and include workshops, tutorials and technical papers. The 2015 AES Convention in New York had nearly 18,500 registrants and 300 audio-centric exhibitors.
“The co-location of NAB Show New York with the AES New York convention will create a powerful, exciting and more comprehensive fall opportunity for media professionals,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Conventions and Business Operations Chris Brown. “Given the co-dependence of audio and video, we see this as absolutely the right thing to better serve the industry overall. We expect it to drive an enhanced experience for all involved.”
FEMA / FCC to Conduct Nationwide EAS Test
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:22:25 -0400
As a reminder, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will conduct a mandatory nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on Wednesday, September 28, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. In light of the upcoming test, the agencies share the following key informational points:
- The purpose of the nationwide test is to ensure that EAS remains an effective means of warning the public about emergencies. Periodic testing of public alert and warning systems helps to assess the operational readiness of alerting infrastructure and identify any needed technological and administrative improvements.
- The nationwide test will be administered by FEMA, in cooperation with the FCC and National Weather Service, and with the participation of radio, broadcast TV, cable, satellite, and other service providers (known as “EAS Participants”). EAS Participants are required to file reports with the FCC after the test, which the agency will analyze to determine how the test performed.
- FEMA’s test message will be similar to the regular monthly EAS test messages in that the public should receive both audio and on-screen text conveying that this is only a test. Specific language will differ slightly as it will indicate that, “This is a national test of the Emergency Alert System. This is only a test.” (emphasis added.)
- The test message will be transmitted in both English and Spanish, with EAS Participants deciding which version to use for their communities. The test is intended to last approximately one minute.
- How EAS works: Emergency alerts are created by authorized government agencies and sent to local radio and video service providers by local connections or through a central system administered by FEMA. The radio and video service providers then disseminate the emergency alert messages to affected communities. The FCC prescribes technical and procedural rules for communications providers’ participation in this process.
- Public safety officials need to be sure that in times of an emergency or disaster, they have reliable methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public when needed. Conducting regional and national testing supports the continued use, training, and improvement of the system.
- Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will not be part of the test.
- The back-up date for the test is October 5, 2016, in case the September 28 test is cancelled due to widespread severe weather or other significant events.
- The test was first officially announced on July 18, 2016. FEMA and the FCC have been coordinating with EAS Participants and other stakeholders in preparation for the test.
September is National Preparedness Month. In addition to conducting the nationwide EAS test, FEMA and the FCC encourage individuals to take action to prepare now and throughout the year. While government plays a role, each of us - including individuals, organizations and businesses - has important things we can do to be ready for the unexpected. Take time this month to be better prepared by following these steps:
- Make an emergency plan so families know how to reconnect and reunite when an emergency strikes.
- Download the FEMA App for disaster resources and to receive weather alerts, safety tips, and reminders (in English and Spanish) so you can have peace of mind and be ready for the unexpected.
- Practice your preparedness. In case you are not with your family during an emergency, practice how you will communicate with each other; digitize important documents and plan a safety drill or exercise at your place of work.
- Visit Ready.gov. There are easy-to-use tools and resources available for families, organizations and communities for many disasters, to include floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and wildfires at Ready.gov.
Panasonic Advances Software-Driven IP Workflows with NewTek Connect Pro
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:17:44 -0400
Panasonic today announced support for software-driven IP workflows using NewTek Connect Pro software enabling Network Device Interface (NDI) connectivity. The Connect Pro Software application makes Panasonic PTZ cameras recognizable as a source by NDI-enabled applications and devices connected to a standard Ethernet local area network. NewTek’s royalty-free NDI technology allows video and audio sources to be shared bidirectionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, expensive cable runs and infrastructure upgrades, while turning every source into a destination instantly available anywhere on the network.
IBC 2016 conference attendees recently had a chance to see how far this technology has come in just a few years. At the NAB 2015 conference, Panasonic and NewTek first showed IP connectivity between Panasonic AW-HE130 IP streaming capable PTZ cameras and TriCaster® multi-camera video productions systems. This same connectivity also allowed camera control over the same network. At the InfoComm 2016 conference, Panasonic and NewTek showed integration between NewTek Connect Pro and Panasonic AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 series PTZ cameras, increasing the number of cameras that could connect. At IBC 2016, NewTek and Panasonic for the first time demonstrated IP interoperability between multiple NewTek Connect Pro-enabled Panasonic AW-HE130 PTZ cameras and multiple NewTek video production systems located at both companies’ booths using the convention center’s standard Ethernet infrastructure.
“When we first showed the ability to connect Panasonic PTZ cameras like the AW-HE130 and AW-HE40 with IP streaming directly to a TriCaster that was an eye opener, but as we enable NDI using NewTek Connect Pro software in the system, possibilities increase dramatically,” says Panasonic Senior Business Development Manager Michael Bergeron. “We have been talking to customers looking for IP-based video systems across all video markets from broadcast to audio-video. There are many requirements for different applications but the emerging markets are looking for IP on a simple Gb Ethernet like this. Panasonic PTZ customers continue to become more diverse as these configuration options have increased.”
“Software-driven IP workflows are quickly becoming ubiquitous in video production,” said Michael Kornet, executive vice president of Business Development for NewTek. “NewTek Connect Pro with NDI technology now allows customers with Panasonic PTZ cameras to exponentially increase the video sources available for live production. NewTek and Panasonic are demonstrating efficiencies and opportunities for customers that simply did not previously exist. NDI is the most widely adopted IP technology on the market, epitomized by the millions of customers with access to it today.”
NewTek is also providing additional features in NDI version 2 in an updated software development kit (SDK) available in Q4 2016.The NDI SDK is royalty-free for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organization, or in commercial products and applications they deliver. Building on the widely adopted Network Device Interface announced at IBC 2015, NewTek’s NDI version 2 adds higher performance, resolution independence, 16-bit per channel support for the highest precision color of any IP standard, 16 channels of floating point audio, improved cross subnet support, integrated fail-safe support, network-based re-routing support, and more.