Posts Categorised: NAB Show

Will show advances to its media revenue and customer relationship management solutions

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands — Wedel Software , an international provider of broadcast business and operations software, says it brings a new level of integration and connectivity to the media revenue and customer relationship management landscape.

At the NAB Show, the company is introducing a web-based CRM/quote/creative toolset that is fully integrated with its traffic/billing and analytics to provide a complete end-to-end solution for media companies.

[Exhibiting at NAB Show? Nominate a product here for Best of Show Award consideration.]

The MediaSales Suite brings customer, inventory, and revenue data together in one environment with easy access from any internet-connected device.

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Arcturus is a solution providing protection and safety for multiplexed antenna site

LITTLETON, Mass. — Site remote control and monitoring systems specialist Burk Technology will enlighten the NAB Show audience with the latest member of its ARC Plus family of remote site monitoring and control equipment, Arcturus.

Arcturus is a complete, turnkey solution providing protection and safety for multiplexed antenna sites, Burk says. It will monitor important parameters and provide needed action to minimizing damage to combiners, transmission lines or antennas. The company says that transmitter interlocks are controlled by Burk’s new high-speed VSWR protection.

Burk Vice President Chief Technology Officer Paul Shulins said of Arcturus, “The system’s built-in trend analysis uses proprietary algorithms to predict out of tolerance conditions for VSWR, line pressure, and room temperatures, allowing operators to take corrective action before safe operating levels are exceeded.”

[Exhibiting at NAB Show? Nominate a product here for Best of Show Award consideration.]

He added, “Arcturus protects your RF plant and allows engineers and site managers to precisely monitor their entire facilities remotely or in person.”

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Barix Extends Redundix

IP stream repair tool is upgraded

ZURICH — According to Barix , “Redundix adds resilience to IP-based transport by either time-delaying two streams on the same network, and/or sending a redundant stream over a separate path. On the receiving side, Redundix repairs lost packets in the stream caused by transport network imperfections using the time or path redundant streams. The result is better audio quality because lost packets are repaired, and audible imperfections are significantly reduced.”

[Exhibiting at NAB Show? Nominate a product here for Best of Show Award consideration.]

Rietschel explained “Redundix, like the Barix IP STL solution, can be self-configured. For total peace of mind, broadcasters can offload configuration and management as part of the Reflector Service provided by our partner, StreamGuys. We are excited to bring this innovation to market as we evolve our product and services portfolio to reduce costs, enhance security, and improve stream availability and uptime for the radio broadcaster.”

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Here are two more presentations that should convince you to head to Sin City for NAB Show this year

Once per year, the center of the broadcasting universe is in Las Vegas. You need to be there. 

If you still need a little help deciding, let’s look at some additional presentations to be made at this year’s NAB 2018 Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference. Last time we brought up a couple of interesting ones happening on Saturday; this time, we look at Sunday. And, keep in mind this is only a small fraction of what is going on. Take a look here to see the entire schedule.

Keyur Parikh, director of GatesAir’s Intraplex Business Unit, will present Reliability for E2X and other IP traffic across Radio Studio to Transmitter Link on Sunday, from 10:40 a.m. until noon in N260-D. The abstract reads as follows:

“While the IP based Studio to Transmitter Links (STLs) have both reduced operational cost and increased connection flexibility, they are prone to packet losses that can degrade the quality. To overcome quality problems due to packet losses, audio over IP codec vendors have come up with innovative methods such as dual-streaming, FEC etc. While these methods provided reliability for the main audio and FM MPX signals, broadcasters were still struggling to achieve reliability and security for all other network traffic across the STL, most notably, HD Radio’s Exporter to Exciter (E2X) stream. Packet losses with E2X stream can have a detrimental effect on the quality, which is causing most broadcasters to locate HD Radio equipment at the transmitter site. In this paper, we will introduce a new IP technique which leverages the current transport technology for the main audio and extends it to reliably transport any TCP/IP application packets, including E2X streams, multiplexed or non-multiplexed with the main audio signal. We will review details on how the technique protect critical application data against both packet losses and security threats and becomes a key enabler for broadcasters to locate their FM and HD processing equipment at the Studio. We will also describe different operational use cases where this technique is being used to accomplish reliability of audio, E2X and other IP traffic over public networks.”

Ken Tankel, product manager for Linear Acoustic, will be giving the presentation “Latest Updates on Audio over IP & AES67″ on Sunday, also from 10:40 to noon, but in N260.

“Audio over IP has been a revolutionary innovation, changing almost everything about how the job of professional audio gets done. The hallmark of a true revolution is that it keeps going, the change keeps evolving and growing. This paper will give an overview of the current state of the audio over IP technology, and its impact on the industry as of 2018. Coverage will include the use of AES67 as part of the latest SMPTE standards, the growth of interoperation of both industry standards and proprietary AoIP systems, the penetration into the automotive, entertainment, government, and public address wired sound systems. “

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IP Link 200A provides AES67-compatibility

MASON, Ohio — The GatesAir Intraplex IP Link 200A, debuting at the NAB Show, is the latest in the Intraplex line of IP codecs. The 200A’s mission is to provide AES67 digital audio compatibility.

A release explains: “The IP Link 200A is a hybrid model that interconnects AES67 and analog/AES3 signals simultaneously, and enables conversion between the two formats. With dedicated channels for both, users still operating in analog or AES3 mode have a futureproof path to an industry-adopted audio over IP standard.”

An additional feature is GatesAir’s Dynamic Stream Splicing technology software, “which mitigates IP packet loss and eliminates off-air time through multiple redundant streams.” In addition, “GatesAir’s integration of a firewall and advanced packet filtering capabilities strengthen network security, protecting against outside intrusions to ensure rock-solid, on-air signal protection.”

[Exhibiting at NAB Show? Nominate a product here for Best of Show Award consideration.]

GatesAir Chief Product Officer Rich Redmond said, “Its design simplifies the cabling and interconnection requirements from our codecs to the wide area network, and provides our customers with a true AES67 audio over IP device that is interoperable with today’s leading audio over IP solutions, including WheatNet-IP, Ravenna and Livewire+.”

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JK Audio Releases New Outerloop

Connect intercom systems with wireless devices

SANDWICH, Ill. — Interface maker JK Audio has a new edition of its Outerloop wireless link for intercoms.

The battery-powered Outerloop 3.5 is a bidirectional device that allows users to call into an intercom phone bridge, station phone coupler, or any phone-based intercom app such as Unity Intercom or Clear-Com Agent-IC, for access to an intercom system.

Each belt pack offers front-panel send and receive level controls, push on and off talk button, sidetone level control and HD Voice expanded bandwidth. A 3.5 mm/1/8-inch TRRS connector and cable connect to mobile devices. Compatible with electret or dynamic headset mics.

[Exhibiting at NAB Show? Nominate a product here for Best of Show Award consideration .]

It is available in male or female versions — with one four-pin and one five-pin XLR connector on each belt pack.

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ARES Interactive Media platform enables viewers to ask questions, participate in contests and be interviewed in real-time

MONTREUIL, France — MultiCAM Systems has integrated two-way interactivity into its video production systems, which include MultiCAM Radio and MultiCAM Studio.

[Exhibiting at NAB Show? Nominate a product here for Best of Show Award consideration .]

According to the company, using the ARES Interactive Media platform developed by MultiCAM Systems partner ARES Interactive Media, streaming media originators can now receive online comments from viewers in real time. These viewers can also ask the host questions as well as participate in online contests and polls during streaming events.

When integrated within the MultiCAM Radio automated visual radio system and MultiCAM Studio for local TV and PEG stations and live remotes, the ARES Interactive Media platform allows show producers to contact viewers during live video streams, and put them “on air” using the viewers’ own web cams. The platform can support an online video window of the host, plus windows of the viewers being interviewed.

[Related: “New Studio Interface Features on the Way From MultiCam “]

MultiCAM adds that the ARES Interactive Media platform further immerses viewers into the event by allowing webcasters to utilize them as production resources. For example, the ARES Interactive Media platform allows on-air hosts to poll audiences on their views during live broadcasts, compile those results automatically and deliver the results in seconds. In addition, says the firm, hosts can deliver a breaking news story by using the links supported by ARES Interactive Media to reach people in the affected area.

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Tom Jones will be recognized in Las Vegas

WASHINGTON — Two engineers well known in the world of U.S. radio broadcasting will be honored by the National Association of Broadcasters at the spring show.

Tom Jones will receive the 2018 NAB Radio Engineering Achievement Award. He is president of Carl T. Jones Corp., having joined his father’s firm as a senior engineer in 1979. He became a full partner in 1983 and become president two years later.

Tom Jones

“He has managed hundreds of complex broadcast engineering projects, served on industry and government advisory committees and has been heavily involved in the development of the Method Moments analysis for AM directional arrays and more recently the AM revitalization effort,” NAB stated in the announcement. (For a full list of past radio winners, see below.)

Clay Freinwald will receive the Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award from NAB. He began his engineering career in 1961 and has held technical positions at numerous stations and station groups, including Tacoma News Tribune, Viacom and Entercom, according to the NAB announcement.

Clay Freinwald

A recipient in 2007 of the Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award, Freinwald is a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a founding member of the Broadcast Warning Working Group, which helps broadcasters and others understand and implement EAS technology. He has served as chairman of the Washington State EAS Committee for over 20 years and chaired the SBE EAS Committee for a decade.

On the TV side, Roger Keating will receive the NAB Digital Leadership Award. He joined Hearst Television in 2008, overseeing its digital media unit and leading product development, business development and corporate development. His portfolio includes serving as the first chairman of Pearl TV, leadership in the Dyle mobile DTV project, support of the NAB SPROCKIT program and most recently leadership in the launch of NewsON, the mobile-only app for local news aggregation, according to the NAB announcement.

And the NAB Television Engineering Achievement Award will go to Mark Aitken, whom NAB described as “a dynamic leader in the development of Next Gen TV.” He joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999 and became VP of advanced technology in 2011. “He has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services, including participation in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, involvement in ATSC including chairing the specialist group on mobile DTV, and with the formation of Sinclair’s joint venture ONE Media, serving as its President.”


Recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Award are listed here. Beginning in 1991, radio and TV winners were named; radio winners are shown.

1960 T.A.M. Craven

1961 Raymond F. Guy

1962 Ralph N. Harmon

1963 Dr. George R. Town

1964 John H. DeWitt Jr.

1965 Edward W. Allen Jr.

1966 Carl J. Meyers

1967 Robert M. Morris

1968 Howard A. Chinn

1969 Jarrett L. Hathaway

1970 Philip Whitney

1971 Benjamin Wolfe

1972 John M. Sherman

1973 A. James Ebel

1974 Joseph B. Epperson

1975 John D. Silva

1976 Dr. Frank G. Kear

1977 Daniel H. Smith

1978 John A. Moseley

1979 Robert W. Flanders

1980 James D. Parker

1981 Wallace E. Johnson

1982 Julius Barnathan

1983 Joseph Flaherty

1984 Otis S. Freeman

1985 Carl E. Smith

1986 Dr. George Brown

1987 Renville H. McMann

1988 Jules Cohen

1989 William Connolly

1990 Hilmer Swanson

1991 George Marti

1992 Edward Edison & Robert L. Hammett

1993 Robert M. Silliman

1994 Charles T. Morgan

1995 Robert Orban

1996 Ogden Prestholdt

1997 George Jacobs

1998 John Battison

1999 Geoffrey Mendenhall

2000 Michael Dorrough

2001 Arno Meyer

2002 Paul Schafer

2003 John W. Reiser

2004 E. Glynn Walden

2005 Milford Smith

2006 Benjamin Dawson & Ronald Rackley

2007 Louis A. King

2008 Thomas B. Silliman

2009 Jack Sellmeyer

2010 Steve Church

2011 L. Robert du Treil

2012 Paul Brenner

2013 Frank Foti

2014 Jeff Littlejohn

2015 Thomas F. King

2016 Andy Laird 

2017 John Kean

2018 Tom Jones

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Plan for NAB Show Now

Here are some BEITC topics of interest to radio engineers

LAS VEGAS — With NAB now just a month away, it’s time to “fish or cut bait” and decide if you are going or not. To help you along, I’m going to look at some of the presentations scheduled for the Broadcast Engineering & IT conference, which happens the weekend prior to the show floor being open.

On Saturday, April 7, in N260, Kirk Harnack will present “Where’s my console?—New tools lead to new workflow for on-air radio talent,” which is all about virtual radio.

“’Virtual Radio’ is the buzz-phrase among forward-thinking radio broadcasters. The term implies new tools, new methods and new workflows for producing compelling audio content. Workflow virtualization is now taking several directions. A common theme within these manifestations is the abstraction of traditional hardware into graphical user interfaces. A hardware audio console with faders, buttons, knobs, switches and meters is no longer a requirement for creating a radio show. Even a full-service live show, with studio guests, remote contribution, bumper audio, sound effects, jingles and more is easily produced using a virtual audio console. And, whether or not a console is fully virtualized, some functions can be performed algorithmically, such as gain-riding a talk show or panel discussion. Further, a virtual console can bring together equipment and functions that used to be separate and required separate hardware interfaces and controllers. With any paradigm shift in technology or workflows there will be multiple approaches to achieving similar ends. This presentation explores workflow improvements through equipment virtualization. It also examines several approaches in achieving similar outcomes aimed at producing more meaningful content with accuracy and convenience.”

Later in the afternoon, also in N260, Mike Erickson and Brad Harrison of Wheatstone will present “Processing the many forms of audio delivery.”

“Audio coming out of radio, TV and production houses takes many forms today. Audio can now take the shape of on-air or streamed or it can be put into a podcast, MP3, WAV or other audio file for later download. It can be run through a codec, over several links and played back on iPhones, laptops or the car radio, each with different bandwidths, reception quality and listener expectations. Brad and Mike take attendees through the five main considerations of managing audio. Mike discusses the issues associated with low bandwidth transport and how processing can compensate. Also covered will be poor radio reception, the quality of radios today and how to adjust processing to optimize your audio, including audio for handhelds. Brad touches on new AES audio guidelines for OTT and video streaming and how new television standards could affect audio deliverables in the future. Finally, they wrap up the discussion on infrastructure tips and the dos and don’ts for producing the best possible sound regardless of what form it takes.”

Take a look at the detailed schedule here .

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FMHD-1 mod monitor gets AE management tweak

WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Belar’s well-known FMHD-1 HD Radio-capable modulation monitor is receiving a software update that will allow it to decode and monitor the presence of Artist Experience graphics in the RF stream.

Belar’s new WizWin software will automatically manage bandwidth-heavy image data, while providing broadcasters with a diagnostic tool to monitor the health and status of the Artist Experience data stream. The software recognizes the receipt of Large Object Transmission data encoded in the HD Radio signal, and decodes the image for display on a desktop or laptop workstation in alignment with text-based Program Associated Data such as artist name and song title.

After decoding and processing images, the monitor communicates with the WizWin software to translate the image display on a PC. This ensures that engineers can monitor the presence and proper timing of graphics, and also visualize the full color palette to confirm image quality.

Belar CEO Mark Grant notes that simple HD Radio receivers such as car radios are not adequate to provide the detailed level of monitoring needed. “Without the built-in diagnostic tools of the modulation monitor, there is no simple and immediate way to understand what is happening if the graphic fails, and the service defaults to a station logo, for example. WizWin provides our customers with a complete solution to decode, process, display and monitor Artist Experience data from virtually any location.”

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