News from IBC 2022

After a two-year hiatus due to Covid-19, IBC returned this year running from 9/9-12/9. Though somewhat subdued in size and attendance those that did attend were excited to be there, including the HHB team.  The show’s content continues to centre around themes like cloud processing, next generation audio, and remote working. While not mentioned in the dailies, common stories were heard from stand to stand. Chip shortages continue to cause havoc on delivery times and manufactures ability to focus on new products. Many companies have had to focus on updating current product designs rather than developing new products. In spite of these challenges, many companies showed up to IBC with new technology and hope for future products and solutions.

Unhindered by sourcing issues software was an area that had the most innovation.  IBC saw the launch of some great software products along with hardware manufacturers who have focused on updating software while production issues remain. NUGEN Audio released Halo Vision, a comprehensive analysis suite for 3D and immersive audio. With the latest module, Timecode View, engineers will be able to determine the exact locations of errors in a project.

Yellowtec, Wohler, and DAD were able to innovate with current products by releasing software-based updates to their current products. Yellowtec have released a free update for the iXm Recording Microphone.  The update includes six presets that will improve and already great recording experience. Wohler has released software updates for their iVAM line that will allow customer to benefit from additional preset configurations, and routing capabilities. At IBC DAD has released DADman 5.6.3 which supports macOS Monterey, as well as both M1 Apple Silicon and Intel-based Macs. Additionally, now the monitor profile configuration, order sources and outputs can be rearranged once configured.

For questions or help with updating your DAD products contact us.

Comrex was demonstrating Gagl, a cloud service that allows between one and five users to send and receive audio from computers and smartphones. The audio is conferenced (if more than one user) and delivered to a Comrex hardware codec (such as ACCESS or BRIC-Link, usually in a studio). All participants can hear other participants and the codec ‘send’ audio back to them.

There were some new physical products from manufacturers including Sonnet, Yellowtec, and Focusrite. Sonnet have released the xMac Studio and the RackMac Studio designed to neatly incorporate A Mac Studios in 19″ racks with PCIs expansion.  Yellowtec have announced m!ka hush and hush+. hush allows users to easily control a m!ka Mic Arm’s OnAir signalling. The hush+ adds a high-end mic preamp. Released this summer, Focusrite debuted their Vocaster One and Two, which feature Auto Gain, an easy way to get great studio sound simply.

It was wonderful to return to an international show and see our customers and partners at this year’s IBC. As the world continues to right itself it seems that many exciting new products and solutions are inbound for IBC 2023.  For questions or more information on the products mentioned above, do not hesitate to reach out to HHB.

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