Sound Devices, builders of top end audio field equipment, has introduced the new flagship 664 Field Producer Mixer. It builds on the features of the popular 552 Production Mixer and offers expanded input/output connectivity, additional recording capabilities and full-featured time code. Key features in the new model include six high-bandwidth, low noise microphone preamplifiers with phantom, limiters, high-pass, pan and direct outputs per channel. There are four output buses, left, right and aux 1, aux 2; transformer-balanced for freedom from ground loops; and multiple output connectors—including dual multi-pins.
Audio specialist Sennheiser has unveiled the Digital 9000, a digital wireless system that can transmit completely uncompressed audio, artifact-free and with superb dynamics. The Digital 9000 system, which includes the EM 9046 receiver, SKM 9000 handheld and SK 9000 bodypack transmitters, and a comprehensive suite of accessories, has been meticulously designed for the highest channel counts in today's increasingly dense frequency environment. "This system is a masterpiece, both in the digital and in the wireless realm," said Kevin Jungk, portfolio manager for wireless microphones at Sennheiser. "It offers unprecedented sound quality and ease of use."
Neyrinck has announced that their new SoundCode LtRt Tools for Pro Tools 10 is now available. It features LtRt encoding and Pro Logic IIx decoding for audio post production. Neyrinck's older SoundCode Stereo LtRt plug-in for Pro Tools can be upgraded to add the new Pro Logic decoding features. SoundCode LtRt Tools is a suite of Pro Tools AAX Native, AAX DSP and Audiosuite plug-ins designed for post-production studios, TV mixers, video game mixers, and broadcasters that monitor or deliver stereo down mixed and LtRt encoded audio compatible with Pro Logic I and II decoders.
The new MX410 from Rolls, priced on the street at about $270, is a four-channel microphone mixer with some professional features for videographers on a budget. It's not perfect, but comes a long way toward offering many of the essential features needed to make usable video with audio in the field. It weighs only 2.45 pounds, though it's in a solid, all-metal case. The size is convenient, at nine by 6.75 by 1.5 inches. Included is a case, though it may cover up labels on the mixer's case and limit easy access to some controls.
Sennheiser has introduced the first prototype microphone that employs Audio Video Bridging (AVB) technology. AVB allows time-synchronized low latency streaming services through IEEE 802 networks. Audio and video equipment connections historically were analog one-way, single-purpose and point-to-point. Even digital A/V standards often were point-to-point and one-way such as S/PDIF for audio and the serial digital interface (SDI) for video. This resulted in large confusing masses of cables, especially in professional and high-end consumer applications.