A Few More NAB Show Quickies

Since this is a largely a show for the broadcast industry, it’s appropriate that Audio-Technica introduced the BP40, a large diaphragm dynamic mice intended for broadcast studio use. It looks a good bit like the versatile E-V RE20. It’s a hypercardioid with about a 10 dB rise between starting at 1 kHz and peaking at 4 kHz, then dropping back to normal at 5 kHz.

Sennheiser partnered up with Apogee to make a few new mics that interface digially with iOS devices through the Lightning connector. The pro version uses their MKE2 miniature clip-on omni capsule mated with an Apogee preamp and A/D converter providing a digital stream of up to 96 kHz sample rate at 24 bit resolution. The ClipMic Digital is a similar system with a lower grade capsule. Also from Sennheiser is the AVX wireless mic system designed to work with a video camera. The receiver is an XLR plug with a little lump behind it that’s phantom powered. There are various matching mics, both clip-on and hand-held. The wireless technology is similar to the performer’s mic system that they introduced at the NAMM show that does all the setup work on its own – finds a good frequency, sets the mic to that frequency, and it’s ready to go.

RME previewed (not much of a preview as it was introduced at Music Messe the day after the NAB show) the Babyface Pro, a large facelift of the long running Babyface desktop audio interface. The Pro has updated preamps and converters for better fidelity and the analog mic/instrument inputs are now on XLR combo jacks on the box rather than using a breakout cable.

Several years back when we first started using field recorders that store data on flash memory cards, I wished for a gadget that you could plug a card into, push a button, and it would dump all the files to a hard drive quickly. That was important back in the day when we were recording low budget weekend-long festivals and a 1 GB memory card was about $50. Nowadays a single card can handle a weekend’s programs for about $10 so a transfer box is not so important, but I finally saw a good one at this show. The NEXTODI ND2901 is battery powered (rechargeable) and can back up more than 200 GB of SD/SCHC cards to its internal 500 GB drive. For the photographers, there’s an LCD screen for picture preview, and for real backup, it will dump its internal drive to an external USB drive.

A couple of updates/corrections from yesterday’s quickie:
The TASCAM 64-channel recorders’s model number is DA-6400. Its “internal” drive is a removable SSD drive, and its multi-channel digital I/O option cards include MADI, Dante, AVB, and AES/EBU.
The proper name for the Yamaha “Bento Box” is RSio64D. No wonder the engineers there gave it an easier name to remember. Appropiate, too, as that’s the name for the Japanese worker’s lunch box, which containes a variety of treats.


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