With AES/NAB New York taking place in our backyard, we’re continually excited to hop on the LIRR to learn about the latest audio and broadcast advancements. While the weather during AES and NAB NY 2019 was not very good, it didn’t slow us down. Of course, who could be disappointed by rain when New York’s own Grandmaster Flash was this year’s keynote speaker! Did you catch his opening remarks?
As always, we enjoyed seeing our clients at the show. This year, that included DPA Microphones, NUGEN Audio and Pliant Technologies on the AES side. Over at NAB NY, we hosted JVC Professional and TSL Products.
Of course, we had tons of news to share as well:
Perhaps you’ve already heard, but DPA recently launched a new vocal mic; and AES was its first official public debut. Perfect for everyone from indie artists to international touring singer, the 2028 aims to change the live performance landscape. It offers renowned natural sound, a road-ready design and a competitive price point; and it is ideally suited for live stage, broadcast and pro AV applications. The company also highlighted its new 4097 CORE Supercardioid Choir Mic, which is expertly tailored to capture a dynamic choir sound. It features DPA’s famous flat off-axis supercardioid pattern, with a very high gain-before-feedback that makes the entire choir sound natural from all angles.
The big news over at the NUGEN booth (in the AVID Partner Pavilion) was the release of its SigMod software update. The update allows SigMod to host multiple instances of the Insert module and incorporates hosting support for third-party VST2 and AU plug-ins. This enables users to access a wider pool of plug-ins and increases access for creative routing. The company has also implemented a wet/dry control for the Insert module for even further flexibility. NUGEN also showcased its VisLM updates for the first time in the U.S. The plug-in’s new ‘Flag’ feature builds upon the Alert functionality. This allows users to navigate through True Peak and short-term/momentary loudness alerts and manual flags for other points of interest.
Never one to disappoint, Pliant showcased its newest wireless intercom system, MicroCom, which offers a simple and affordable digital wireless intercom solution for any budget. Available in 900MHz (where legal) and 2.4 GHz, MicroCom provides single channel, full-duplex, multi-user intercom for applications where high-quality audio, excellent range, and affordability are essential. This compact, economical wireless intercom is ideal for a wide array of applications where a small, yet robust com system needs to be deployed.
We had a lot of fun chatting with our media contacts during our meetings at TSL Products. The company is continuing to evolve its solutions to meet the changing needs of its customers and the transition towards IP workflows. As such, the company highlighted the latest updates to its audio monitoring offerings, including its SAM-Q platform, PAM-IP and its MPA1 lines. In addition, it showcased the newest features for its advanced broadcast control solutions, as well as its IP Control Buddy, range of Anywhere Interface Boxes and Flashboard updates.
What Else Was Happening at AES 2019 & NAB NY 2019?
Since this is one of our more easy-going shows, it always provides the opportunity to get some extra face time with our clients, media contacts and other colleagues in the industry. Grabbing lunch and coffee is not uncommon, and we enjoyed having a more causal setting for our meetings.
The rain proved incredibly difficult to our after-hours plans as it greatly limited the availability of taxis, Ubers and Lyfts, causing nearly every attendee to miss reservations and events! We had been looking forward to attending the POST party, a yearly event for the DPC Staff and a great way to unwind after the show. While the transportation delay hindered us from attending, we look forward to next year. We also had plans to introduce our friends at NUGEN to the fun world of Hibachi, but with our reservation getting pushed to a later time, we opted instead to enjoy traditional Japanese fair at the restaurant. We even got to indulge in some (almost too cute to eat) steamed dessert buns, on the house.
AES and NAB NY 2019 were definitely a lot of fun, despite the rain, and we look forward to next year’s event!