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Soundelux USA Announces U99 Microphone



Soundelux USA has announced the U99 Microphone. It is made in the USA by David Bock and its components have been carefully auditioned and selected for the best sound and lowest noise, not to satisfy a spread sheet. The mic comes with its own proprietary N470 power supply, six pin XLR cable, and bottom thread shock mount.

Inspired by the “Sound of Tomorrow 67”, Soundelux USA announces the U99 multi-pattern tube microphone; a versatile, high-quality workhorse mic that rises to any task a studio can throw at it.

Featuring a k67 dual symmetrical backplate dual membrane capsule along the signature Soundelux USA “fat” switch featured on the U195 microphone and an innovative new high frequency “boost-flat-cut” switch, the U99 has enough proximity effect to sound full, but not so much that it sounds “boomy.” This makes it a natural on vocals, acoustics instruments, and drums thanks to an onboard pad switch. The added benefit of allowing the user to set the brightness and fullness characteristics of the mic via switches means unrivaled flexibility for the engineer, producer, or artist.

As all Soundelux USA mics, the U99 uses a “new old stock” tube and true linear high current power supply for fullest possible sound. The electronics circuit differs from the vintage 67 in its departure from non-removable frequency shaping components and the removal of gain controlling negative feedback. It also feature a larger output transformer to radically increase the low frequency headroom.

The Soundelux USA U99 Microphones carries a US MSRP of $2,599 and will be available in March 2017. Visit Soundelux at NAMM booth #6799A.


AVerMedia 4k Capture Card Evolves with NewTek NDI



AVerMedia has announced support for NewTek’s NDI, a software-driven live production IP workflow over Ethernet. In doing so, AVerMedia has become a member of the NewTek Developer Network. Joining the industry’s largest IP ecosystem with hundreds of NDI-ready commercial products and the rapidly expanding number of companies enabling IP-based customer workflows, AverMedia’s NDI-ready products allow them to be recognized and communicate with other NDI-readied applications and devices connected to the Ethernet network.

NewTek’s royalty free NDI technology allows video and audio sources to be shared bi-directionally across a network, eliminating the need for costly direct connections, expensive cable runs, and infrastructure upgrades while utilizing every IP video source on the network instantly.

Gone are the days of bandwidth and hardware restrictions for 4K video streaming. Coupling NDI with AVerMedia’s 4K PCle capture card, live 4K video can be accessed flawlessly over the network while the IP-based workflow simplifies the creation and distribution of high quality media production. The advantages of AVerMedia SDK incorporating NDI means network users accessing the 4K stream also gain AVerMedia 4K capture card’s video processing functionalities such as resolution scaling, de-interlacing, and color-space conversion.

AVerMedia is also supporting NDI version 2.0, the recently updated software development kit (SDK) from NewTek The NDI SDK is royalty free for any company looking to establish IP workflows within their organization, or in commercial products and applications they deliver.

Building on the widely adopted and ground-breaking NDI announced at IBC 2015, NewTek’s NDI version 2 adds higher performance, resolution independence, 16-bit per channel support for the highest precision color of any IP standard, 16 channels of floating point audio, improved cross subnet support, integrated fail-safe support, network-based re-routing support, and more.


Samson Announces QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier



Samson, a leader in professional live and studio audio products, announced the QH4 4-Channel Headphone Amplifier. The QH4 is designed to distribute audio to up to four individual headphones, each with its own volume making it perfect for tracking multiple performers in a studio, podcast recording, or recreational music listening. The QH4 is also ideal for use with any studio or desktop workstation, as well as with laptops or smartphones when recording on the go.

Samson’s QH4 includes 1/4″ inputs to connect with a mixing console or studio interface, and a stereo 1/8” Aux In for playing music via a smartphone or MP3 player. Individual headphone outputs allow users to connect up to four sets of headphones, each with its own independent channel volume control, as well as a Master volume control for overall level adjustments. Also provided is a stereo 1/8” Aux Out for daisy chaining multiple QH4s together and a master Mute button for silencing all outputs.

Stereo channels may be combined using the QH4’s key feature, the Mono button, before audio is sent to headphones, allowing listeners to check for phase issues, mono compatibility or when monitoring tracks that are split left and right. The Mono button also allows you to take a split left and right feed from a stereo interview and send both tracks to each side of your headphones, ideal for quickly monitoring a split track podcast or recording.

The QH4 is available now for $69.99. Visit Samson at NAMM 2017 in Hall A booth #6900.


FoxFury Announced New Cordless Nomad Lights



foxfury-cordless-nomad-t32-and-t56-lightsFoxFury Lighting Solutions creates unique and cutting edge lighting products that reflect the needs of their customers, who demand quality and dependability. FoxFury is best known for its niche LED headlamps designed for specific markets. They have added to their Nomad line of professional lights.

FoxFury announced its new cordless Nomad T32 and T56 production lights for on-location photo and video work. The self-contained lights feature a built-in rechargeable battery system and tripod legs for use anytime, anywhere, including underwater. They were previewed at the 2016 NAB Show.

The Nomad T32 Production Light has a color temperature of 32,00 Kelvins. The Nomad T56 Production Light has a color temperature of 5600 Kelvins. Both are built for assisting the user with field of visibility. Both have a color temperature that is ideal for use in daylight.

Each is durable enough to withstand strong wind currents. Both are a compacting unit with adjustable feet, a telescoping bullseye level, are highly portable, and have an internal power source.


Blue Introduces Raspberry



raspberry-microphone-by-blueBlue is a company that makes great microphones with funny names. You’ve probably heard of their Yeti, Hummingbird, Mouse, Baby Bottle, and other varieties of microphone. The newest one is called Raspberry.

Raspberry is a very small microphone that is designed to help you get your best sound, no matter where you are. It is a vocal studio that fits into the palm of your hand, and is the ultimate mobile condenser microphone for voice and instruments. It gives you professional results.

Raspberry delivers dramatic, 24-bit studio-quality sound directly to your PC, Mac, iPhone, or iPad. Raspberry’s new patent-pending Internal Acoustic Diffuser (IAD) design resembles treatments found in studios and concert halls, focusing your voice or instrument while minimizing the sound of the room.

The integrated stand and plug-and-play operation help you start creating immediately. Pristine 24-bit audio lets you record and stream professional projects. Connect your headphones right into Raspberry for real-time, no latency monitoring of your recording. And the included soft-suede carrying pouch and compact form factor make it easy to move effortlessly between recording locations.

Raspberry works with popular audio and video recording apps like: Garageband, Opinion podcasts, Spire recorder, MoviePro, and BandLab.


Logitech Announced New C922 Pro Stream Webcam



logitech-c922-pros-stream-webcamLogitech has announced its newest webcam, the Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam.  It was designed to meet the needs of serious streamers. The C922 Pro Stream Webcam lets you stream and record vibrant, true-to-life HD 1080p video at 30 frames per second (fps) or 720p at 60fps, features dynamic background replacement software, powered by Personify, and a 3-month XSplit recording and streaming premium license.

With the C922 Pro Stream Webcam, you can broadcast in HD at 6-fps for a more fluid motion, so every detail of your gameplay can be witnessed by your community at the same speed as your game. The webcam also includes a dynamic background replacement feature that uses intelligent shape recognition to separate the gamer from their background, without the need for a cumbersome green screen. Gamers can then overlay the video of themselves on the gaming stream with popular broadcasting apps such as OBS and XSplit.

Logitech has taken the best of what made the award-winning Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, the most widely recommended webcam by professional gamers and vloggers, and improved upon that legacy to deliver a higher video quality experience.

With automatic low light correction and sharp autofocus, the C922 webcam adjusts to flickering room lights or multiple computer screens, so you can stream clear video even in dim lighting. And, no matter what angle you broadcast from, two omnidirectional noise canceling microphones enable a crisp stereo audio with no-drop streaming and recorded video.

Logitech worked closely with the leading gaming broadcast software company, XSplit, to integrate its popular live streaming and recording applications with the C922 webcam by adding predefined settings and capabilities to enable the best user experience. The C922 webcam comes bundled with a 3-month XSplit Premium license, which includes complete access to the professional-grade tools and features of both XSplit Broadcaster and XSplit Gamecaster, so you can quickly and easily start streaming any type of content right out of the box.

The Logitech C922 Pro Stream Webcam is available today at Logitech.com for a suggested retail price of $99.99.


Sony Announces New Flagship 4K and HD Action Cams



sony-boss-cameraSony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has announced their first POV cameras to feature the innovative Balanced Optical SteadyShot (B.O.SS) image stabilization technology, the FDR-X300R 4K model and HDR-AS300R Full HD model.

The flagship feature of the two new cameras – Balanced Optical SteadyShot – is an advanced form of image stabilization where internally, the camera’s lens and sensor are joined and moved together to compensate for camera shake caused by excessive motion, whether shooting handheld with optional accessories or during a fast-paced sporting activity. This is a particularly effective technology when paired with a POV action camera design as it ensures captured video footage is smooth and stable – even in 4K or high-frame-rate shooting modes.

The versatile FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300R Action Cam feature a new ZEISS Tessar lens with significantly less lens distortion than previous models. They are also equipped with a new back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor with large pixels designed for 16:9 aspect ratio video plus a powerful BIONZ X processor, ensuring that video quality remains consistently strong across all settings.

FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300F each have a built-in stereo mic with wind noise reduction to reduce the impact of wind interference on overall audio quality, and are equipped with stereo microphone input for advanced recording.

The FDR-X3000R and HDR-AS300F both include a unique Time-lapse Capture feature that shoots still images in pre-set intervals that can later be transformed into a stunning 4K time-lapse movie utilizing the Action Cam Movie Creator software. The Action Cam App can also create time-lapse movies in Full HD.

The new Sony FDR-X3000R will be sold as body only for about $400 US ($550 CA), and will be offered as a kit (model FDR-X3000R) with the new Live-View Remote for about $550 US ($700 CA).

The new Sony HDR-AS300F will be sold as a body only for about $300 US ($400 CA) and will be offered as a kit (model HDR-AS300F) with the new Live-view Remote for about $450 US ($550 CA).

All products will be available in North America in late September at authorized dealers.


AJA’s U-TAP USB Capture Devices Now Shipping



aja-u-tap-now-shippingAJA is now shipping U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI for high quality HD/SDI. The U-TAP products offer a simple, cost effective and portable solution for plug and play capture that is compatible with OS X and Windows, and a broad range of software applications.

Small and simple to use, U-TAP connects directly to your computer system via a USB 3.0 connection which provides the simplest implementation ever, with no drivers to install and incredible software compatibility. U-TAP HDMI and U-TAP SDI offer easy, cost effective, and portable solutions for plug and play capture.

U-TAP SDI Features:

  • Compact and Portable
  • 3G-SDI, SMPTE-259/292/424 Looping Input
  • USB 3.0 connection to desktop or laptop
  • Bus Powered through USB 3.0 interface
  • Embedded Stereo Audio support
  • Supported by OS on Mac and Windows (with Linux coming soon)
  • 3 year warranty
  • US MRSP $345

U-TAP HDMI Features:

  • Compact and Portable
  • HD/SD HDMI v1.4a 24, 30, or 36-bits/pixel, RGB or YUV
  • USB 3.0 connection to desktop or laptop
  • Bus Powered through USB 3.0 interface
  • Embedded Stereo Audio support
  • Supported by OS on Mac and Windows (with Linux coming soon)
  • 3 year warranty
  • US MRSP $345

Convergent Design Announces Titan HD Extract



titan-hd-extractConvergent Design has released information about their Titan HD Extract. It is an incredible new upgrade option for the Odyssey and Apollo monitor/recorders. The Titan HD Extract allows multicamera production from a single 4K source.

Titan uses one 4K camera to create three HD video signals. One frame is a SuperSample of the full image area and two are windows selected from within the original input. These windows can be panned smoothly through the 4K field and the three angles can be Live-Switched. All four HD signals can be recorded simultaneously in Apple ProRes with matching timecode and file names.

Eliminate the render time of reframing in post. Deliver edited content as well as the complete separate angles to your client at the end of the shoot. Shoot a multi-cam job with a kit you can fit in a single backpack.

Titan accepts 4K video signals over HDMI and SDI (original Oddessy7Q limited to 3G-SDI). Titan also accepts 4K RAW data from the Sony F55, FS7, and FS700 cameras. Live-Switching is available as cuts and dissolves, and an Edit Decision List is generated as an .EDL file for conforming an edit in post.

Titan is an option for the Odyssey7Q and Apollo monitor/recorders. Other options (Odyssey RAW Bundle or Apollo) are not required for Titan,

Titan list price is $1295, but Convergent Design will offer Titan for a limited time at an introductory price of $995. Titan is expected to be available around the beginning of October.


Sienna Automation Production Control Compatible with NewTek IP Series



Sienna Automation Production ControlSienna, makers of broadcast automation for News and Sport announced compatibility between their Sienna MOS driven Automation Production Control system and NewTek’s IP Series vision mixer.

Sienna is used by many globally recognized broadcasters including the BBC, Associated Press, and Televisa. Support for NewTek’s ground breaking IP Series brings Sienna’s world-class capabilities to a new audience, at a dramatically reduced price point. Sienna’s extensive TriCaster integration brings full automatic production control within the reach of any news or sports broadcaster.

“IP Series is a revolutionary IP based vision mixer with great support for legacy SDI workflows”, said Mark Gilbert, CTO Gallery SIENNA. “We are proud to announce support in Sienna Automation for IP Series and we look forward to enabling fully automated IP driven workflows for news and sports stations embracing these important changes in the broadcast landscape.”

Automation Production Control
Sienna forms a sophisticated media asset management, edit integration and automation layer between TriCaster and MOS newsroom systems including ENPS, Inception, iNews, Octopus, and OpenMedia. With the NCS, producers can prepare a very complex news bulletin, including packages, vision mixer operations, virtual set camera moves, audio mixing, and on screen graphics.

This rundown is then driven step by step in the Sienna AutomationX live-asset system controlling TriCaster. Works with: TriCaster Mini, TriCaster 8000, TriCaster 860, TriCaster 460, and TriCaster 410.