This year, the Sony booth was larger than the first church I attended after college. To say there was a lot to see would be an understatement. However, we found a few things that might be of interest to the church tech. A few new HD cameras and a slick little video mixer that has some real potential for smaller productions.
JK Audio has introduced several new wireless audio products based on BlueTooth. While I’m not sure about the wireless mic products, the BlueTooth adapters for com are pretty intriguing. Ever wanted to link the com from two campuses together via cell phones? Now you can!
While roaming the show floor, we came across the AT booth and spied a cool new stereo mic. The AT2022 is a single body with dual heads that can be arranged in a 120 or 90 degree spread. And we tried on the new AT893 micro headset mic. It looks pretty much like an 892 with a really short boom.
Now that Apple has added Thunderbolt ports to the new MacBook Pros (with the rest of the line sure to follow), we need some hot new drive products to connect to them. Promise delivers with the Pegasus R4 and R6 RAID enclosures. We saw it populated with 6 SSD drives and saw speeds of almost 800 MB/sec. That’s megaBytes! Rockin!
After checking out the Ross Crossover Solo, we had to take a peak at the new Carbonite. In the big picture, the Carbonite is basically, “Twice everything.” It’s available in 1 or 2 ME versions, with a 1 or 2 ME control panel and with 16 or 24 inputs. It’s also fully upgradeable, so you could start with a 16 input single ME and upgrade to 24 inputs and 2 MEs with a simple software unlock. Van gets a quick tour from Luke.
Most people are familiar with MOTU’s audio interfaces, but many forget they also make some pretty cool video I/O as well. In this clip, we look at the V4HD, the HDX-SDI and the HD Express. All in all, they’re some pretty great options, depending on your needs.
The long-awaited successor the popular M-400, the M-480 is finally here. The M-400 was a great console for it’s time, but lacked full 4-band parametric EQ and had no way to handle more than 48 inputs. That’s all fixed, and Roland even threw in some great additional features (and kept the price the same!). John Broadhead tells us more. UPDATE: Apparently the price is not the same as the M-400, it’s about 20% more. Still for under $12K, it’s not bad. END UPDATE
This was a big one. You guys know I’m a huge fan of the DiGiCo SD8 (and the SD7 for that matter). The problem with their line has been they didn’t have an intermediate step between the SD8 at 60 stereo channels and the SD7 with it’s crazy amount of I/O. Now they do. With a numbering scheme that no one will ever be able to figure out, the SD10 slots nicely in between the SD8 and SD7. Basically it’s a 96 channel SD8, but since 12 of those channels can be stereo, it can process 108 inputs. We’ll let Matt Larson from Group One tell you the rest of the story.
As we walked by the Renewed Vision booth, we caught a glimpse of the new iOS app that Brad teased us with last time he was on Church Tech Weekly. It’s the Wireless Stage Display, and essentially turns an iPad or iPhone into a fully configurable stage dispaly. It’s pretty cool, and in this clip, Matt gives Van a look at how it works.
A few days ago we showed you the TV One rack mount monitors. If you’d rather just have your video sources on one big monitor, check out the CORIOView C2-6204 mutliviewer. It will take four 3G SDI inputs and put them on the screen pretty much however you like.