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With IBC under their belts for another year, many broadcast radio companies begin in earnest to turn their thoughts to the Sound Broadcasting Equipment Show (SBES). Organisers Point Promotions say that they always get a last rush of stand bookings once companies get back from Amsterdam. According to Dave McVittie: "We usually manage to fit everyone in, but by this time of year the options available to potential exhibitors tend to be a bit limited, as most of the spaces have long since been sold." He also added: "There will be an increase in the number of exhibitors offering formal product presentations on their stands this year; this was something visitors to past SBES show particularly requested." The formal presentations will be in addition to the Broadcast Bionics FutureZone.
For those companies and organisations which have already confirmed their bookings, now is the time to finalise what they'll be exhibiting. Despite the compact nature of SBES, over the years many new products and services, not to mention the occasional new company, have been launched at SBES, and 2006 looks like continuing the trend.
Speaking to various exhibitors, it soon becomes clear that there'll be quite a range of interesting developments and public announcements in Birmingham this year. For starters, transmitter manufacturers, BW Broadcast will be launching its new range of FM transmitters as well as the latest version of its 'DSPXtreme' six-band broadcast audio processor. According to Roger Howe, one of the company's directors: "Our latest 600 Watt CE approved transmitter includes a host of new features not to mention increased ease of maintenance, and the latest version of the DSPXtreme processor includes a new , easier to operate front panel user interface."
Meanwhile over on the Radica Broadcast Systems stand, according to Marketing Director, Rob Spiers, the company "will be showing the latest version of its MAC (Monitoring and Control) system. In addition we've been expanding our monitoring range to include multi-channel AM and FM off-air capture cards, as well as a unique programme audio monitoring and multi-station content recognition system, both of which will be demonstrated in the UK for the first time at SBES."
Over the past few years, Spanish company, AEQ has made quite an impression at SBES. According to Carl Landsbert, the company's UK sales manager, this year it's expecting a great deal of interest in the latest additions to its range of products "including the new 'Arena' digital mixing console, new POTS and IP cards for the 'Course' 10-slot multi-codec, and the 'Paw120' hand-held digital field recorder."
Sonifex are SBES veterans who have used the show to launch a variety of new products over the years. For 2006, the company will be showing a number of additions to its range for the first time in the UK. Two new 'Red Boxes' will be on display, the RB-SSML1, Microphone and Line Source Selector (with Integrated Compressor / Limiter), and the RB-0A3, Three Studio On-Air Switcher. For new studio builds, Sonifex will also be showing its highly successful S2 Mixer and associated studio furniture. Managing director, Marcus Brooke, says: "The S2 has been an incredible success, so much so that we've had to expand our production resources to cope with the demand. Studio mixers have been a successful part of our range over many years and it's great to know that the S2 is continuing that tradition!"
These are just a few examples of what visitors to SBES are likely to find at Birmingham's NEC in November. The two-day event continues to be the only show held in the UK that is exclusively for sound broadcasting. It is an ideal event for seeking out equipment and services for radio.
The SBES is open between 10:00 and 18:00 on Wednesday and Thursday the 15th and 16th of November. Advanced tickets can be obtained, now, free of charge from the SBES web-site at: http://www.sbes.com/ and, if you're planning to stay overnight in the Birmingham area, SBES recommends the Virtuoso hotel booking service (also free) at http://www.virtuosoltd.com/, and which can also be accessed via the SBES web-site.
29th September 2006
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