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As Media Migrates To The Net, So Goes SerendipitySeptember 11th 2019 - 09:00 AM

Serendipity — the unplanned random discovery of things of interest — is disappearing in the age of the internet. As the novelty of web surfing wears off, old human habits return. Today, most of us are spending more time on fewer and fewer web sites though greater variety exists. 

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Sound Devices MixPre 6 II.

32-Bit Float Files Promise A Revolution In Field RecordingSeptember 9th 2019 - 12:05 PM

Sound Devices has upgraded its MixPre line of portable audio mixer/recorders and Zoom will soon deliver its F6 mixer/recorder. Both have a revolutionary new feature: so much headroom that it no longer matters where the gain level is set during recording. Both explosive high and quiet volume signals can be recorded at full audio quality without touching a control.

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Production switchers are now being tasked with handling an ever-increasing number of sources that can stress switcher resources.

In Pursuit Of A Better Live Production SwitcherSeptember 4th 2019 - 01:00 PM

Like many critical professional equipment categories, live production switchers (“vision mixers” to many overseas) have undergone a transformation based largely around the implementation of software-defined features and multi-layered capabilities that allow the operator to do more. When EVS introduced its Dyvi switcher in 2017, it boasted a software-defined architecture - basically a software approach to utilizing GPU performance to manipulate and modify video streams - that offered users a brand-new approach to live production while promising to take them far beyond the limits of conventional hardware switcher design.

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New Technology; Old ValuesSeptember 2nd 2019 - 01:00 PM

Audio recording has always been more about art than science. That’s one of the key reasons it’s so much fun. Every time the big guys make leaps toward the “perfection” of audio technology, some little guy comes along, bucks the trend and creates a classic recording on a shoestring budget in a garage.

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Secure IP Infrastructures For Broadcasters - Part 1 - Secure ServersAugust 29th 2019 - 10:00 AM

In this series of three articles, we investigate the underlying aspects of computer server design for high value security and 24-hour operation. In the first article we look at advanced server security, in the second article we understand how servers are controlled, and in the third article we gain a deeper understanding of virtualization and the benefits for secure operation.

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As Easy As Selling ApplesAugust 26th 2019 - 01:00 PM

In the late 1980s, after co-producing a six hour audio retrospective of the best radio work of Orson Welles and the Mercury Theatre, I agreed to allow it to be played in its entirety over a major Los Angeles radio station. Yes, it was free to anyone who wanted to listen.

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User Interface of Zoom H1N.

Audio’s Magic Formula: Simplicity And Good Design August 22nd 2019 - 10:00 AM

If you’re like me, you are increasingly weary of poorly-designed electronic devices that waste your time and try your patience. Common items like car radios and washing machines — previously no brainers to operate — have become so needlessly complex in the digital era that they often leave me scratching my head in frustration. 

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NEP’s SSCBS mobile production unit is HDR capable, but hasn

HDR In Live Production Slow To Take Off In The U.S.August 21st 2019 - 08:00 AM

Following a rash of 4K UHD products that hit the market two years ago, cameras with high dynamic range (HDR) capability also began to emerge as a less costly alternative to improving signal quality. Indeed, HDR had a strong showing at the 2017 CES, with different TV manufacturers pledging support for Dolby Vision (PQ) and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) systems in addition to the baseline HDR10 standard.

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