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Hi Folks, I finally finished cutting together the video I shot of RME's Jeff Petersen at NAB. There's a lot of interesting topics that he discusses, including: why RME chose external PCIe instead of Thunderbolt a new standard for MADI over Ethernet why RME feels MADI is inherently more stable than DANTE 12V DC powered MADI interface with DSP Here's the link: I hope it's ok to post this here and not the Manufacturers and Dealers forum - it just seems more on-target in this forum. Peter Schneider Gotham Sound
At InfoComm 2014, audio specialist Sennheiser [booth C10908] affirmed its support for the Dante™ multi-channel audio networking standard. “By joining this standard, we will be able to optimally cater to our customers in the broadcasting and live sound worlds,” explained Claus Menke, Head of Portfolio Management Pro for Sennheiser’s Professional Division. The first product to make use of the network technology will be the company’s Digital 9000 wireless microphone system. A Dante-enabled expansion card for the receiver will be launched in summer 2014. Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG signed the Dante License Agreement with Audinate Pty Ltd at the end of March, just ahead of NAB. In 2013, Sennheiser had signed the RAVENNA Partnership Agreement with ALC NetworX GmbH, following in the footsteps of its subsidiary Georg Neumann GmbH. Sennheiser has also been a member of the AVnu Alliance since 2010. “The future belongs to digital networking. We see the digital distribution of audio and control signals becoming more and more widespread in all areas of production,” said Claus Menke. “The flexibility and modularity of our Digital 9000 wireless system allows the seamless integration of networking technologies, making this and subsequent microphone systems a future-proof investment.” “Sennheiser is recognised globally for its uncompromised performance,” stated Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate. “The Sennheiser Digital 9000 microphone receiver combined with Audinate’s Dante networking further enriches the broad suite of Dante products available for audio over IP networks in broadcast, live sound, theatre, and professional audio markets.” http://en-de.sennheiser.com/news-sennheiser-supports-dante-multi-channel-audio-networking-standard ___________________ Receiver to mixer (or recorder or mixer/recorder) with one cable up to 8 or 16 channels. Simple!
I’m on a stunts day so I have a chance to write between the explosions. Seems that NAB didn’t bring any announcements of new gear from Lectro. That got me thinking about my wish list of improvements to radio mic systems - regardless of manufacturer. When I started in this industry 30 years ago I used Micron VHF radio mics which were fixed frequency. Later models had three switchable frequencies. I became used to what we now call frequency agile wireless about fifteen years ago with the Audio Ltd 2020, later the 2040 range and now use Lectro. A lot of the equipment we use is tuneable over perhaps 30mHz but Wisycom now have a tuning range of 230mHz and new to the market Audio Wireless have a 120mHz tuning range. With multi camera we now use far more wireless and at crowded studio complexes or big events we cannot always stick to the blocks that we have in our kit so that we have to rent in alternative equipment – inconvenient and we loose the rental on the kit we own. I assume that what Wisycom and Audio Wireless have started will be picked up by other manufacturers. In particular, now that Lectro have tracking receiver modules and wide band Venue and Field frames, it seems to me that the next step is freeing receiver modules from individual blocks and like Wisycom designing wide band receivers and a similar tuning range on transmitters. I am not suggesting that this will be anything but a challenge for the RF engineers but for me, the user, a system that would tune from 520 to 640mHz (Audio Wireless tuning range) or even better from 470 to 700mHz (Wisycom tuning range) would be a really significant improvement. The Sound Devices Pix 260 has a Dante connection that inputs 24 channels of 24 bit audio via a single Cat 5 cable with minimal latency. I have no doubt that Dante - already adopted by many audio manufacturers http://www.audinate.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=343 - will be incorporated into new recorders from other manufacturers. As the track count increases, a system such as Dante frees up a lot of socket real estate on both the recorder and potentially the wireless receiver. So imagine a bigger receiver rack such as the Venue with Dante – Lectro have already made their own Dante boards and break out for the for their Aspen system - perhaps with space for 12 wide tuning range VRT receivers in a deeper 1U enclosure - able to tune across different blocks with one set of receiver modules and a single Cat5 connection to the recorder. That would be space saving both on the receiver and the recorder and money saving because you wouldn’t have to rent in alternative blocks if some or all of the kit you own is not usable in a particular location. It will come at a price just as VRT is more expensive than VRS but the versatility and convenience as well as the cost saving on rental would make it a very good incentive to upgrade. Is anyone like minded? Tim