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Fairlight Unveils the Next Generation of Audio Post Production

Internationally acclaimed as the first company in the world to introduce FPGA technology to the audio post production business, Fairlight has now consolidate its position as an innovator with the launch of its second generation Crystal Core (CC-2) technology.

Hailed as the most powerful post production audio engine ever created, CC-2 incorporates an impressive 1000 playback channels, 100+ output buses and 100 live inputs. When teamed with Fairlight’s new V5 operating software, it offers the ultimate professional solution for the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry.

In keeping with Fairlight’s long tradition of seamless upgrade paths, CC-2 is entirely compatible with the audio hardware currently operating with the company’s established CC-1 engine.

Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s Chief Technical Officer, says: “Future proofing our technology has always been at the heart of our business philosophy. With the launch of CC-2, we have ensured that existing Fairlight customers can easily upgrade without having to replace their current audio interfaces or control surfaces. This means they can extend the life of their original hardware investment, whilst benefiting from the increased capacity that CC-2 brings.”

Fairlight’s CC-2 engine features a processor chip that is five times more powerful than the chip in its CC-1 engine. It also has four times the PCIe bandwidth, new dual channel memory architecture, an on-board expansion slot and almost twice the MADI connectivity.

Augmenting Fairlight’s renowned editing model, V5 sees the addition of Clipbender, an enhanced time compression and expansion feature allowing audio within a single clip to be aligned to picture, with multiple bend points and real time non-destructive processing.

Fairlight’s V5 software has advanced to a full 64-bit application, allowing unrestricted access to the full power of Intel’s latest processors. The associated increase in memory and speed delivers more simultaneous plug-ins, more video formats and larger media files. When used in combination with CC-2, this platform delivers faster than real-time, offline mixdown.

Also developed a part of the new 64-bit architecture is a brand new video engine, leveraging GPU acceleration for real-time video processing, offering support 4K video resolution, and features built-in HEVC decoding.

For more information about Fairlight’s new CC-2 audio engine and V5 software, please visit www.fairlight.com.au

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About Fairlight:

Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.

www.fairlight.com.au

Fairlight Launches Affordable QUANTUM.Live Table-Top Console

IBC 2014 will see the launch of QUANTUM.Live Table-Top (TT), the newest addition to Fairlight’s live console family that includes the award winning EVO.Live digital audio mixing system.

Based on Fairlight’s leading edge audio processing and control surface hardware, their groundbreaking range of live consoles can switch between live and post production at the touch of a button, delivering an exceptional return on investment as customers are effectively getting two consoles in one.

Designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, Fairlight’s Live family is a highly flexible console range, available from 12 to 60 faders, as standalone chassis, In-Surface modules and Table-Top configurations.

The entry level QUANTUM.Live TT is the smallest console in Fairlight’s Live line-up. It comes with faders accommodating 144 signal paths over 12 layers. It delivers fast tactile access and full command over two monitor systems. A second TT frame can be added, increasing the system to 24 faders.
At the core of all Fairlight’s Live consoles is an incredibly powerful audio processing engine designed with FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology. The Audio Processor combines: Fairlight’s renowned Crystal Core engine; a redundant power supply; all interfaces for control screens, GPIOs, storage; local control room I/O; MADI connections for remote I/O; and other system hardware.

A QUANTUM.Live Table Top base configuration with 12 faders, a centre section, audio processing engine with 48 channels, 32 buses and a full complement of local audio I/O, starts at €30,000, US$40,000.

For more information about QUANTUM.Live TT and the full Fairlight Live console range, please visit us at IBC 2014 – Hall 7, Stand H17. Or visit the company’s website –www.fairlight.com.au

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About Fairlight:
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.
www.fairlight.com.au

DK-Technologies Appoints Anders Kjempff As New Sales and Marketing Director

DK-Technologies has announced the appointment of Anders Kjempff to the position of Sales and Marketing Director, with responsibility for promoting the company’s range of audio and video metering products including the award winning DK Meter. He will be based at DK-Technologies’ head office in Herlev, Denmark.

Kjempff brings extensive management experience to the role having previously run his own IT sales company, which he sold earlier this year. Prior to that he spent nine years with broadcast transmission company ProTeleVision Technologies (PTV) where he was Sales and Strategy Director.

Karsten Hansen, CEO of DK-Technologies, says: “There is a real sense of ‘Sliding Doors’ about Anders’ appointment because, in a parallel dimension, he should have joined the company in 2001 when DK bought the Studio Products Division of PTV. At that stage he was working for the part of the company that we didn’t buy, and that’s why he didn’t come across then. I am really delighted that our paths have finally come together. Anders has so much industry experience and is such a consummate sales and marketing professional that this is really great news for the future of DK-Technologies.”

Commenting on his appointment, Anders Kjempff adds: “I have known about DK-Technologies for many years and have always admired its approach to product design and development. DK products are conceived from a blank sheet of paper – there are no third party algorithms or components because everything is designed from scratch with no compromise. That is why the company has such a strong international reputation for quality. I am delighted that I am now part of this because I share the same values. Coming to DK really does feel like coming home.”

Under Kjempff’s guidance, DK-Technologies will be looking to promote its world class products and expand its sales network on a global scale.

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Prism Sound’s Audio Test Equipment Plays a Pivotal Role at BW Broadcast


Croydon-based BW Broadcast has increased its stock of Prism Sound audio test equipment by investing in two more dScope Series III Digital Audio Analysers, bringing the total number of units it owns to nine.

Founded in 1997 by Scott Incz and Roger Howe, BW Broadcast designs and manufactures cutting edge but affordable broadcast equipment for FM, AM, HD Radio and Internet broadcasting. Known for its innovations in low-power FM transmission, RDS encoders and processors, BW Broadcast has undergone rapid growth in recent years thanks to the development of a successful range of DSP products including its V2 FM transmitters and the DSPX range of audio processors.

“To support our growth, we have recently taken on new staff in all departments,” Scott Incz says. “We have also increased production to meet demand and this has resulted in an expansion of our product test facilities so that we can maintain high standards of quality control.”

Incz says that Prism Sound’s dScope Series III has played a pivotal role at BW Broadcast since the company acquired its first analyser 10 years ago.

“When we first decided to buy an audio analyser we looked at products from a couple of different companies and eventually chose Prism Sound’s unit because it offered more functionality,” he says. “Obviously, price was a consideration but I don’t like the way that some companies sell you a basic product and then charge you more for plug-ins or additional features. In Prism Sound’s case, the dScope Series III was a single box that did everything I needed it to do – and, of course, it was British-made, which was also a bonus.”

Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio analyser is a powerful audio test solution that leads the way in advanced generation and analysis tools. Used in both R&D labs and production lines around the world, dScope Series III includes precision analogue and highly-optimised digital outputs and inputs. Precise and automatic gain-ranging allows high resolution measurements over a massive range, from a few micro-volts to more than 150 volts RMS, and from less than 1 Hz to over 90kHz. Its interface processor uses dedicated DSP to provide a wide range of real time measurements, while its software uses the host PC for almost unlimited number crunching and analysis options such as Fast Fourier Transforms, unique ‘FFT Detectors’, swept sine and multi-tone testing. Designed to be highly programmable, the dScope Series III can be automated from a wide range of third-party software using Active X controls, or internally using VBScript.

BW Broadcast is using its latest Prism Sound dScope units in two new, state of the art Automated Test Equipment (ATE) systems, which are quality checking its range of transmitters, receivers and digital audio processors.

“Our new ATE systems incorporate various manufacturers’ products including Prism Sound’s dScope,” Scott Incz says. “The system is incredibly fast and each system can test up to 40 products a day. It is also very easy for our staff to use – they just load up the unit being tested, select the model on the computer programme, enter the serial number and press go. 15 minutes later they have 200 test results, all of which are stored to a central database. This means that if a customer has a problem with one of our units – even if it is years later – we can access all the original data to help resolve the issue.

“Prior to installing our new ATE systems, we spent hours checking every piece of equipment and inevitably mistakes would occur. The two identical ATE systems have made a huge difference to our productivity and we are now looking to add a third one.”

Scott Incz added that dScope Series III is a central piece of the jigsaw. “We couldn’t operate our ATE without it,” he says. “We use dScope to test every aspect of our products’ audio performance, including measuring the performance of our DSP code. dScope allows us to carry out numerous audio-related tests and always gives accurate results. We particularly like the FFT multitone testing feature because it allows us to take multiple measurements at the same time, which really speeds up the testing process.”

Although Prism Sound can offer computer scripts for production line testing, BW Broadcast decided to commission its own script for its ATE.

“We went the custom script route because we wanted our ATE to work with lots of different test products,” he says. “It took over a year to develop our custom script and we soon discovered that the parameters were moving as the development went along. This is inevitable with computer scripting – the system you end up with is not necessarily the one you thought you would get. Since our ATE went live just over a year ago we’ve done a number of re-writes and tweaks, which have improved it even further.”

BW Broadcast sells its products to radio broadcasters all over the world, as well as to movie theatres and sports stadiums. The company’s Award-winning technology has recently been used in both the Soccer and Rugby world cups and the Olympics.

The company also works with major car manufacturers, supplying high performance testing for their in-car entertainment development and production lines. Its engineering department also routinely works on custom and ‘special’ transmission projects for non-profits, charities, governmental and military organisations.

For more information about BW Broadcast, please visit www.bwbroadcast.com

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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Fairlight Showcases 3D Audio Workspace at IBC 2014

At IBC 2014, Fairlight will showcase 3D Audio Workspace (3DAW), a new platform for immersive and object oriented 3D Sound Production.

Aimed at the film and television post production market, 3D Audio Workspace reinforces the industry’s drive for the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by providing a comprehensive and diverse environment for 3D audio production.

“Fairlight has always had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology, but even by our high standards 3DAW is one of the most exciting products we have launched in many years,” says Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s CTO.

One of the features that make 3DAW so unique is AirPan – a brand new concept that allows operators to use a Virtual Reality (VR) style input to position and control images in a 3D space.

“This feature is incredibly cool because you can literally reach out into the airspace monitored by the controller and by just moving your fingers in the air, you can pan, rotate, tilt and spread your sound in space,” Fibaek adds.

Fairlight’s 3DAW adds immersive sound capabilities to an existing digital audio workstation, whilst remaining fully compatible with an established workflow. This open platform configuration support VST® and RTAS® plugins, as well as ASIO® for I/O and sync sharing.

“The philosophy behind Fairlight’s 3DAW is to give sound mixers a post production solution that works with all platforms,” Tino Fibaek adds. “Different deliverables require different technologies, so Fairlight’s immersive platform provides the best of both worlds, supporting object orientated implementations such as Dolby’s Atmos and DTS’ MDA and fixed bus formats in 2D and 3D, from stereo through to 5.1 and all the way up to NHK’s impressive 22.2 format.”

Fairlight has ensured post production facilities can easily connect to their studio workspace. Integrated, user definable B-chain processing supports up to 34 discrete speaker outputs allowing sound mixers to switch instantly between different surround formats, different speaker sets, speaker muting and soloing and comprehensive metering.

For more information about Fairlight’s 3D Audio Workspace and other innovations in the Fairlight range, please visit us at IBC 2014 – Hall 7, Stand H17. Or visit the company’s website –www.fairlight.com.au

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About Fairlight:
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.
www.fairlight.com.au

Prism Sound Releases SADiE Version 6.1

Prism Sound has announced the release of SADiE Version 6.1, an update to its highly acclaimed SADiE Version 6.0.0 recording and editing software.

With no dedicated proprietary hardware requirements the SADiE v 6.1 software packs are application based and focus on the core SADiE expertise of Mastering, Radio Production, TV/Film Post, Archiving and Restoration, and high level Sound Design.

Prism Sound has also announced a new and exceptionally competitive pricing structure for its SADiE software packs. With the entry level SADiE PRO now starting at UK £445.00 (plus VAT), the product range is even more cost effective, taking the SADiE brand, reputation and advantages into new markets. The extended compatibility will also significantly reinforce its appeal to professional users around the world.

New SADiE Features

WAV Master
With many more consumers now choosing to buy their music via a download, record labels are increasingly asking mastering engineers to deliver mastered audio as digital WAV files so they can be easily supplied to audio download sites such as iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
SADiE’s newly introduced WAV Master feature allows users to create WAV files for an entire album, using PQ marks to define the start and end of the WAV file for each album track. Track Titles, Artist Name and other information is automatically incorporated into these files. As a further extension of its WAV Master feature, SADiE has also introduced a new high quality Sample Rate conversion algorithm. This brings the sample rate conversion process in-line with the high quality processing standards for which SADiE’s parent company, Prism Sound, is famous.

This ultra-efficient workflow allows SADiE’s PQ list to be used as a single source to create the WAVs, DDP and CDs that are required by today’s mastering engineers.

ISRC in BWF Files
Prism Sound has also incorporated ISRC in BWF into SADiE’s new WAV Master option. This feature is included as part of the Mastering Suite and Sound Suite packs.

Created and standardised by the European Broadcasting Union, Broadcast WAV (BWF) is an extended WAV format that allows ISRC data to be embedded in the file. ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code. Every song released, and every version of that song, is allocated a unique ISRC by the record label. ISRC is then used to ensure that the correct files are used for playback and replication. It also ensures that artists and recording professionals who stand to benefit financially from any playback or replication are identified and compensated.

The UK Music Producer’s Guild has led the initiative to get BWF adopted as standard, and in conjunction with the EBU it has produced a Recommended Practice document that lays out methods by which an ISRC can be embedded into a BWF.

Other updates

These include an extension to SADiE’s Wav Master functionality with support for reading and writing a WAV file’s LIST-INFO chunk, and for Track Name and Artist metadata (included in Mastering Suite and Sound Suite packs). Prism Sound has also incorporated 32bit floating point format for recording or bouncing to WAV or BWF, thus allowing engineers to work at the highest possible resolution throughout. There is also the option of creating a profile when making a DDP Image or importing one.
In addition to these upgrades, Prism Sound is now including SADIE MTR (Multi-Track Recorder) software in the SADIE6 installer. This will run without license when using an LRX2 or Prism Sound Lyra, Titan, and Atlas, interfaces, and requires a license for native operation.
Looking to the future, SADiE will soon be offering enhanced video support for BlackMagic Design Decklink cards, as well as timecode support on SADiE Native systems (where the ASIO audio hardware supports timecode functionality). These extended new features will be included in an imminent service update. The software element of this update will be available to all 6.1 users, although some users may require additional hardware.

To try out the software, please visit http://www.sadie.com/support/download_v6.php

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

100 Free DPA Microphones – How Do You Wear Yours?

As part of an exciting competition that begins today (September 1 2014), DPA is giving 100 lucky people the chance to win its d:screet™ Necklace Microphones, which were launched earlier this year.

The competition, running on DPA’s Facebook page and website, asks contestants to come up with ingenious ideas for how and where to use the d:screet™ Necklace Microphone. Five microphones will be awarded to the five most liked submissions on Facebook, while the remaining 95 will be given to the people who, in DPA’s opinion, come up with the best, most creative and most original ideas. An example can be found at this YouTube video, created by DPA Microphones: http://bit.ly/1ll1KBQ

This unique plug-and-play microphone solution from DPA is ideally suited to situations where mounting and consistent audio output are the primary requirements. By housing a legendary d:screet 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Capsule in a soft rubber necklace, DPA has created a microphone that anyone can use. There is no need to worry about attaching it to clothing because the only fitting skill this microphone requires is the ability to do up a necklace catch.

“We are extremely excited about this product and want to share our excitement with the rest of the world,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “These new microphones are clearly meeting a need because they can be mounted and removed quickly, and several times, by untrained talent without a sound expert nearby. We are well aware that they are perfect for reality show settings as they have already been used for the Danish adaptation of Big Brother. But we think there are plenty of other situations where their simplicity, audio quality and size make them ideal. We hope that people entering our competition will use their imagination to come up with some really ingenious ideas to surprise and amuse us.”

DPA’s competition also has a second phase, which will be open to those who win one of the initial 100 necklace microphones. Once winners get their microphones, all they have to do is document their idea by sending the company a picture or a video. The two best entries will win a grand prize – a choice of DPA Microphones up to a value of 1,000 EUR (list price).

Entry to this competition is via the DPA website or DPA’s Facebook page. All ideas need to be submitted by September 28, 2014 and the 100 initial winners will be announced on October 1, 2014. Contestants can win multiple necklace microphones, but only one microphone will be awarded per idea.

Entry to phase two of the competition will open after October 1, with the two ultimate winners announced on November 10, 2014. The first grand prize will go to the most liked picture or video on Facebook, while the second will go to the application idea that DPA perceives to be the best and most well documented.

To enter and for more information please follow these links:
Website http://www.dpamicrophones.com/100freemics
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dpamicrophones

For inspiration of what you might do with your microphone, watch this clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IJFpGwWfcQ&feature=youtu.be

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

DPA Helps Ivan Rutherford Bring Broadway to Hong Kong

Internationally acclaimed artist Ivan Rutherford turned to DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to help him give a truly emotional performance during a recent one-off show in Hong Kong.

The actor and singer, who has performed the role of Jean Valjean in Les Miserables over 2,000 times on Broadway, was looking for a microphone that could deliver exceptional sound quality and clarity through a large venue sound system. He also wanted a hand held microphone so that he could move freely on stage while he sang a series of Broadway hits dating from the 1930s to the present day. DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone fitted the bill perfectly. Rutherford used the microphone in a wireless configuration with a Sennheiser Wireless System, which made movement possible and allowed him to deliver a vocal performance that was memorable for the audience.

“I had never used a DPA microphone before and I was very pleased with the experience,” Rutherford says. “I was impressed with the intensity of the sound and the mobility it allowed onstage, which gave me great freedom to make unobstructed connections with my audience. I also enjoyed the feel and weight of the microphone in my hand, and found that it helped give me the necessary confidence for a one man performance. I would very much enjoy working with a DPA mic again.”

Rutherford’s show, entitled A Taste of Broadway, took place at the Academic Community Hall in Hong Kong. Mr. Clarence Chang, from Jazz World Live Series that organized the concert, says: “The only instrument on stage was a grand piano, which was also miked with DPA – a matched pair of d:dicate™ 4011A Cardiod Microphones in A-B configuration to capture the main piano signal and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones in a stereo piano kit configuration to provide additional percussive effect from the hammers. This proved to be a very successful formula because the piano sounded fantastic – really crisp and lively, yet with all the body and warmth one would expect from a top of the range instrument.”

Ken Kimura, DPA’s General Manager for the APAC region, and Ricky Wan, from DPA’s Hong Kong distributor Digital Media Technology, were on hand to ensure the optimal microphone set up.

“The d:facto Vocal Microphone in a wireless configuration was a perfect match for Ivan Rutherford as it enabled him to move freely, while capturing every nuance of his voice,” Kimura says. “When you have a two hour show that only consists of a singer and grand piano, you really need that artist to be super talented and to have a great voice. Ivan Rutherford had both of these attributes in abundance and gave a fantastic performance.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Media Group International Helps Sharjah TV Prepare For An HD Future

Leading systems integrator Media Group International has completed a major infrastructure project for Sharjah TV by upgrading the broadcaster’s Avid storage system and redesigning its network infrastructure to enhance day to day operations.

Based in the United Arab Emirates, Sharjah TV celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and has marked this milestone with a switch to High Definition broadcasting. Over coming months the broadcaster will be enhancing its audiences’ viewing experience by offering HD coverage of a wide range of cultural events, all of which tie in with Sharjah’s current status as Islamic Cultural Capital of the Arab region for 2014.

At the heart of Sharjah TV’s HD switch was the Avid upgrade, which was needed to provide additional storage for current production work and to ensure that Sharjah TV was ready for the new format.

His Excellency Dr. Khalid Al Medfa, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation, commented: “Sharjah TV is committed to technological developments and professionalism. This commitment enhances performance and maintains an approach that is consistent with the ambition of Sharjah in its quest to achieve leadership in various fields. There is no doubt that the transition to High Definition TV broadcast is an important step for Sharjah TV in providing modern and cutting edge coverage. The move sheds light on our unlimited support that will lead to advancements in the media sector and highlights our leadership in this field.”

MGI’s expertise with Avid systems and its ability to provide Avid-trained in-house engineers was a key reason why Sharjah TV chose the company for this task.

Aisha Alzareef, Head of Broadcast IT at Sharjah Media Corporation, says: “MGI worked closely with us to ensure that this complex series of upgrades happened in a smooth and cohesive manner. We had to implement these changes in a very tight timeframe and were impressed that MGI managed the whole process so effortlessly, without any interruptions to our broadcast schedule. We were also grateful to MGI for ensuring that third party software from companies like Vizrt, FlipFactory and DivaArchive was upgraded in line with these changes.”

Commenting on this project, Mohamad Othman, Business Development Manager of MGI, says: “There were a number of challenges to overcome, not least the need to keep Sharjah TV on air throughout. The task was tackled in two phases to ensure that there was no downtime and that we stayed within the specified timeframe and budget.”

The project, which began at the start of 2014, involved upgrading Sharjah TV’s Avid Interplay Central® system and increasing the broadcaster’s storage capacity from 48TB to 768TB. MGI and Avid also redefined and engineered the broadcast workflow to ensure a smooth transition to HD and to provide Sharjah TV with a fully tapeless operation.

Founded by His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, Sharjah TV comes under the umbrella of the Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC), which also includes the Sharjah Sports Channel, the youth and cultural channel Sharjah TV 2, Sharjah Radio Station and the Sharjah Media Training Centre. Renowned for its ground-breaking approach to technology, it was among the first broadcasters in the region to move from terrestrial to satellite transmission in 1996, and was credited with the title of the Arab Cultural Channel the year after.

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About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings

Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.

GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and internationally. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.

The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.

In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.

www.gssg.com

Media Group International

Media Group International (MGI) is an award-winning media broadcast and communications systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor and multisensory environments. MGI provides solutions from safeguarding national security, such as in government operations, to creating the best educational venues in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

Media Group International won the Digital Studio award for ‘System Integrator of the Year’ in March 2014. The company also holds ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. It is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

www.mgi.tv

Fairlight Demonstrates Ongoing Innovation at IBC 2014

Fairlight’s international reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology will be reinforced at IBC 2014 (7.H17) when the company shows a range of innovative products.

Leading the parade is Fairlight’s Live console family, which includes the Award-winning EVO.Live digital audio mixing system – a dual function console that allows engineers to switch between live and post modes at the touch of a button. Designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, Fairlight’s versatile Live family covers a wide range of consoles, processing and I/O solutions, giving users highly scalable audio processing capabilities. In addition, Fairlight is showing its expanded range of live production tools, which includes the highly acclaimed iCan customisation software.

At IBC 2014, Fairlight will also be reinforcing the industry’s drive towards the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by launching a new platform for Object Oriented 3D Sound Production.

This new platform supports traditional standard and custom bussing in simultaneous 2D and 3D, along with NHK’s 22.2, Dolby Atmos (via RMU) and DTS MDA. It also supports third party client applications such as Avid Pro Tools 10.x and Nuendo 6.0.

IBC 2014 will give new and existing Fairlight users their first opportunity to see the company’s fifth major software release, based on the brand new second generation CC-2 FPGA audio engine. The CC-2 audio engine with V5 software is perfectly suited to the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry. By providing over 1,000 playback channels, 100 live inputs and 100+ output buses, the system is the most powerful audio engine ever made.

Fairlight will complete its IBC 2014 unveiling by showing how to deliver complex multi-sourced workflows by combining its open platform Media GateWay with its unique iCan workflow automation tools. These Gateways offer a glimpse into the future of broadcast post production by embracing collaborative editing environments such as Quantel’s Qtube, with internet based video source reference, original source audio and faster-than-realtime layback.

To learn more about Fairlight, please visit IBC 2014 Booth 7.H17, or www.fairlight.com.au for English information and www.fairlighteu.com for German information.

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About Fairlight:
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.
www.fairlightau.com

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