Day 2 at InfoComm. I arrived shortly before the exhibit halls opened and waited outside. At 9:00 AM sharp, the crowd pushed in and we were off! Back to my old stomping grounds (the world of professional audio): Sony showed a digital wireless microphone system, the DWR-R01D receiver and the DWM-01 microphone. The systems were designed to transmit 24-bit/48kHz digital audio and take advantage of the gains in audio quality over analog transmission. And given the recent FCC legislation, another handy byproduct is the ability to run more frequencies in the same spectrum as opposed to analog. Another cool aspect is the ability to remotely and wirelessly adjust the mic gain and even change the frequency. Very handy and less disruptive if you need to change the frequency mid event.
DiGiCo is showing its SD9 digital mixing system that features the same Stealth Digital Processing as found in the larger SD7 and SD8 models in a smaller footprint. Small is good. DiGiCo also announced the DiGiCo/Waves SoundGrid module that can be added to any of the SD series consoles for access to up to 16 Waves stereo processor racks.
XTA showed its new products designed for the installation market. Eschewing the anodized blue faceplates for a brushed aluminum look, the DC1048 integrated audio management processor provides the same functionality as the touring version.
While so far I’ve not seen anything groundbreaking or revolutionary (and I don’t really expect to), the innovation and development is pretty much incremental. Manufacturers are applying their expertise and experience to make things that are smaller or more user friendly or has more features.
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