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The AES Show: More New Hardware Than in Recent Years


The AES Show: More New Hardware Than in Recent Years Virtual networks and streaming were a focus for many exhibitors By Dan Daley, Audio Editor

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00 am

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The phrase What's new? has been superseded on trade-show floors in recent years by What have you seen the latest software version of? However, at Audio Engineering Society's AES Show at New York's Javits Center last week, there was a wealth of new products.

A major example was right at the front of the audio hall, adjacent to the hall occupied by the NAB Show New York: Solid State Logic was showing its first new fully analog audio console in 25 years. The ORIGIN analog desk harks back to the traditional in-line console designs of the 1970s and '80s, such as SSL's famous 4000 series. ORIGIN evokes and emulates the 4000 series in many ways, with a dual-channel design, 16 buses, E Series EQ, and the company's classic Bus Compressor. Not a broadcast console per se, but, given music's deepening integration with sports on television, online, and in the venue, ORIGIN's audio will likely turn up on-air soon.

In a related move, SSL's parent company, UK-based Audiotonix - which also owns leading broadcast-audio-console manufacturer Calrec, live-sound and broadcast-console manufacturer DiGiCo, and live-sound and studio-desk supplier Allen & Heath - announced at the show that it has completed acquisition of Group One Ltd., longtime U.S. distributor of DiGiCo products.

Group One's Jack Kelly

According to Group One CEO Jack Kelly, Group One brings U.S.-market savvy to the Audiotonix portfolio for specific verticals, including in-venue and broadcast sports. However, although back-office functions might share resources, each brand will remain unique in terms of products, R&D, and support.

There might be situations in which you'll see an SSL System T console go up against a Calrec Artemis, he says, but the outcome, the best solution, will be determined by what the customer's needs are. There are no inherent synergies between the brands. They're each unique.

In a related announcement, pro-audio-industry veteran Phil Wagner was named North American SVP of SSL, where he has worked for 17 years, becoming president of U.S. operations in 2005. His career has also included president of U.S. operations for Focusrite Novation Inc., with more-recent senior-management roles at Apogee Electronics and Ocean Way Audio.

Zaxcom MRX414 module receiver

More Hardware

Another piece of new hardware was Zaxcom's MRX414 module receiver for reception from four separate transmitters, launched at the show. Part of its Digital Recording Wireless line and paired with the Nova recorder/mixer, two of these modules will allow the Nova to receive audio from eight separate transmitters in one unit weighing 3.7 lb., substantially less than a typical sound bag with similar capabilities, which can weigh upwards of 25 lb. The UHF diversity receiver uses the High-Q tunable tracking frontend filter within its host device to combat interference and extend range. The module is compatible with any Zaxcom digital recording wireless transmitter and with all current Zaxcom modulations (mono, stereo, XR, and ZHD96).

Underscoring audio's move deeper into networked territory, Focusrite released RedNet Control 2.4, a free software update adding Dante Domain Manager (DDM) and AES67/AES70 compatibility, as well as an AES3 Kill Switch function, background mode, and other enhancements. RedNet Control 2.4 makes all Focusrite Red audio interfaces - plus RedNet devices with Audinate Brooklyn 2, Ultimo, and Ultimo X architecture - compatible with DDM.

AKG Lyra microphone

A new product with implications for podcast sports is AKG's new Lyra, a microphone that reflects the migration to Ultra HD-grade 24-bit/192-kHz audio resolution and, in this case, in a USB microphone format, which gives podcasting a tool on the same level as high-end recording. Features are designed for experienced and novice users: the AKG Adaptive Capsule Array provides user-selectable capture modes, and plug-and-play operation allows users of all levels to get set up quickly. An internal self-adjusting shock mount minimizes contact noise, and a built-in sound diffuser and AKG's proprietary Internal Element Overload Prevention reduce noise, eliminate pops, and improve signal levels.

The Telos Alliance showed several new products in support of ATSC 3.0 and immersive television audio, as well as updates and enhancements to its existing product and solutions portfolio at AES. Additions to the Telos Infinity IP intercom platform include Dashboard Advanced software, Infinity Link, and new base models of the Master Panel and Desktop Station. The Telos Infinity Link provides connectivity for Infinity systems installed in remote locations by using embedded, versatile, speech-optimized OPUS codecs to convert WAN-side VoIP (including the internet) to LAN-side Livewire AES67 networks. Infinity Link is available in the form of software licenses that can be added to any host Infinity Panel or beltpack hardware or by way of a dedicated higher-density 1RU hardware gateway. The resulting Livewire AES67 streams from the remote locations appear as sources and destinations within the Telos Infinity Dashboard software and behave just like local-networked audio sources, providing the ultimate in flexibility.

And Avid has once again refined its foundational Pro Tools system. Its newest version, unveiled last week, will support higher video resolutions and frame rates, giving users higher precision when editing and mixing sound to picture, smoother collaboration between editorial and sound mixing, and streamlined end-to-end audio post-creative workflows. The newest version of Pro Tools increases the efficien
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