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DPA Convinces Metallica’s Big Mick That Its Mics Can Rock

Big Mick, Front of House sound engineer for the US heavy metal band Metallica, is using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture the sound of drummer Lars Ulrich’s cymbals and toms.

“After 30 years with Metallica – and 15 years miking Lars’ drums with another brand of microphone – I was finally persuaded to test DPA microphones by Morten Uldbæk, who is the Danish distributor for Midas consoles,” Big Mick says. “I have to admit I had never considered DPA as the right kind of microphone for live rock music, but after giving them a try I was really impressed with their brightness and crispness.”

The final impetus to switch to DPA came from the studio engineers who were working on the soundtrack for Metallica’s 3D film Through the Never, which will have its first public screening at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California on Tuesday, September 17th.

“The recording guys were not happy with our old mics because they didn’t deliver the audio they wanted across the full frequency range,” Big Mick says. “Obviously for a surround sound, 3D movie it was important that the audio was perfect so I suggested the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and, after carrying out A/B testing, they were very happy for us to switch to them.”

Big Mick adds that as well as delivering brighter, crisper audio, the DPA d:vote 4099 microphones were much clearer in the higher frequency ranges. As a result he no longer needs to use an exciter across the cymbal and toms sub group on his Midas live sound console.

“Technology does move on and I’m always looking for better solutions,” Big Mick says. “Now that I have discovered DPA I am looking forward to trying out a few other models and already have my eye on the d:dicate™ 2011 recording microphones as I’m told they are great for drums as well.”

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Visual Unity Adds Another Prestigious Award To Its Burgeoning Trophy Cabinet

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has another trophy to add to its growing collection after achieving Bronze status at the ConnectedWorld.TV 2013 Awards, which took place at IBC 2013 in Amsterdam on September 16th.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “Winning last year’s ConnectedWorld.TV Award for the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster was a highlight for Visual Unity and we are equally delighted to be represented among this year’s winners. This is the third time Visual Unity has been recognised by the ConnectedWorld.TV judges as we were also shortlisted in 2011 for our deployment of vuMedia™ at Czech TV’s online service, iVysliani.”

This year’s award in the Best Online Content Service category recognised Visual Unity’s platform delivery, enabling leading betting company Tipsport to deliver live Ice Hockey streaming throughout the hugely popular Ice Hockey Extra League in the Czech Republic.

As major sponsors of the League, Tipsport holds a solid position in the market with a 45% market share of betting transactions, in addition to their activities as a sports broadcaster. Serving over 1,000 affiliates across the country, 70% of which are sports bars equipped with high definition (HD) screens, Tipsport offers fans the possibility to watch, socialize, and bet at the same time.

Since 2011, Visual Unity has worked with Tipsport to help the company maximize its strong ice hockey fan base and up-sell live betting. Visual Unity has delivered a custom solution that combines live streaming and betting across multiple screens. With this platform, Tipsport can now stream in excess of 450 matches per season to any device (television, computer, mobile, tablet etc). Visual Unity has also designed and installed an IPTV solution for Tipsport’s betting affiliates so that sports bars across the Czech Republic can integrate seamlessly with Tipsport’s betting system while accessing live streaming of all Ice Hockey Extra League matches.

“Ice Hockey is the number one sport in the Czech Republic and fans meticulously follow their favourite teams,” adds Gabriel Dusil, Visual Unity’s Senior VP of Marketing and Corporate Strategy. “By using live streaming, Tipsport give fans the opportunity to watch their favourite matches that are not been broadcast on national television and to bet online while watching on their multiscreen device of choice. Offering complete coverage of the League has helped Tipsport reach new audiences and increase their revenue.”

Jan Cumpelik, Marketing Director at Tipsport, adds: “This project has fulfilled and exceeded the expectations of Tipsport’s business goals. Betting registrations are growing by the thousands each year, while live betting is exhibiting a similar trend. These results show that the future of betting is integral to the real-time viewing of live sports. We are happy that Visual Unity is such a reliable partner to provide us with this complete solution.”

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munchen, Las Vegas, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

DPA Offers PLASA Visitors A Live Sound Microphone For Every Application

DPA Microphones’ award-winning d:facto II Vocal Microphone is just one of a number of high quality microphones dedicated to the live stage that will be on show at PLASA 2013 (Stand E71).
In conjunction with its UK distributor Sound Network, DPA will highlight the breadth and depth of its live sound microphone range, which now caters for every eventuality and offers something for everyone.

“Regardless of whether you are recording or amplifying, we now has a microphone for every live miking situation,” says DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen. “The launch of the d:facto II Vocal Microphone was a major step forward for DPA as it meant we could finally offer vocalists DPA’s renowned audio quality in a beautifully designed, hand-held wired or wireless unit. In addition, we also have our innovative d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones and our lightweight, easy to wear d:fine™ Headset Microphones that are so popular with theatre and musical productions and are increasingly in demand for live concerts where singers want superior sound as they dance and perform.”

DPA live sound solutions also include the recently rebranded d:dicate™ range of Recording Microphones that have long delivered superb audio quality to musicians who want to use a microphone on a stand. Among these is the d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm cardioid microphone, an all-round workhorse that is optimized for on-stage use and gives superb clarity, richness and dynamics.

Visitors attending PLASA 2013 will also have the opportunity to see DPA’s new MMC4018 modular supercardioid condenser capsule that is now an integral part of the d:dicate™ Recording Microphone range. The MMC4018 offers a highly directional pattern and an extremely controlled off-axis response, thus ensuring exceptionally smooth sound. Unlike the DPA d:dicate 4017 Shotgun, which includes an interference tube and is therefore more directional, this new variant offers more consistent rear rejection (almost no back lobe), making it ideally suited to spot miking in orchestras.

The modular nature of DPA’s d:dicate Recording Microphone range has enabled the company to expand its remit by entering the installation market. To this end it has introduced new desktop and podium microphones that give AV installers and conference organisers the clear, transparent and precise sound they demand.

DPA’s new MMC4018 capsule is the standard recommendation for the d:dicate podium microphone. By combining the capsule with different active booms and cables, installers can specify the exact microphone for their needs. For example, an MMC4018 capsule combined with an MMP-C compact pre-amp makes an ideal desktop microphone, while the same capsule combined with an MMP-E modular active cable is perfect for applications where the microphone needs to be hung from the ceiling as the preamp only adds 12mm to the capsule – and thanks to its integrated cable it is very inconspicuous.

For more information about DPA’s microphone range, please visit Stand E71. Visitors to the booth will also have the opportunity to win a DPA microphone by having their badge scanned and entering a free draw, which will be drawn each day at five pm throughout the show.

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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 on DPA Microphones, please visit
www.dpamicrophones.com

Prism Sound Appoints Elliott Whyte

Prism Sound has boosted its Test and Measurement department with the appointment of Elliott Whyte to the position of Junior Applications Engineer.

Elliott recently graduated from Birmingham City University with a first class honours degree in Music Technology. During his second year at university he began building his own audio equipment and this enabled him to secure a work placement with Technical Earth Ltd. His responsibilities at Technical Earth Ltd included repairing and testing analogue and digital audio equipment using a variety of test methods including Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio analyser.

Graham Boswell, Prism Sound’s Sales and Marketing Director, says: “Elliott’s work placement at Technical Earth brought him into daily contact with Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio analyser and gave him a good understanding of the product he is now representing. In addition, by designing his own audio equipment as part of his degree course Elliott indicated a strong ability to take an idea from conception through to a working product. His enthusiasm is obvious and he demonstrates a very innovative approach to his work. We are confident that he has all the attributes needed to succeed in the audio industry and we are delighted that he is now part of the Prism Sound Test & Measurement team.”

Prism Sound has been supplying successful high quality audio test solutions for more than 20 years. The company’s solutions provide state-of-the-art testing capabilities, backed up by consultancy and support services that are recognised as the best in the industry. It’s flagship dScope Series III audio analyzer platform provides a range of portable and versatile audio test solutions that offer comprehensive analogue and digital audio signal generation and analysis tools, plus support for digital audio carrier testing, quasi-anechoic microphone/loudspeaker analysis and testing of Windows™ sound devices.

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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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Red TX Mixes the Audio for Morrissey’s New Film


Broadcast audio specialists Red TX played a pivotal role in the production of MORRISSEY 25: LIVE FROM HOLLYWOOD HIGH, recorded at Hollywood High, a legacy concert film that celebrates 25 years of this enigmatic performer’s solo career.

Filmed live at the Hollywood High School in Los Angeles in March 2013, this intimate gig provided the material for the first authorised Morrissey film to be released in nine years. Red TX worked closely with Nineteen Fifteen and Eagle Rock Productions, the producers for Eagle Rock Entertainment, to ensure a great soundtrack. As well as liaising closely with the US recording crew, the company was also responsible for mixing the concert – a task that took place back in the UK on board Red TX’s main Outside Broadcast vehicle, Red One, with director Tim Summerhayes at the controls.

Nineteen Fifteen producer Vicki Betihavas says: “I have worked with Tim and the Red TX team for many years and they are my first choice for all my music projects, in particular live shows. On this occasion we had entirely local support for the filming, with only the producer, director and DOP coming in from the UK. However, Red TX knew the audio crew in Los Angeles so I knew we were in safe hands as Tim and the US team coordinated what we needed. Tim also mixed the Theatrical, TV and DVD versions for us and the sound was great – as always.”

Tim Summerhayes adds: “I was really happy to be involved in this project. We arranged to have the concert recorded by Guy Charbonneau and his son Ian who run Le Mobile in Los Angeles. I’ve known Guy for years and was entirely confident that he would do a great job. The multitrack arrived back in the UK as a disc drive of .WAV files. I mixed it over a period of five days and it was a very straightforward task since the recording had been so well done. The band was excellent and, because it was a small venue, the sound was really honest.”

The film opens with tributes from fans who talk about their unwavering devotion to Morrissey. They also discuss the unique appeal of the unusual venue, which offered a striking contrast to the sold out arena concert at the Staples Center where Morrissey had played the previous night. Tickets for the concert in the 1,800-seater school auditorium were sold out in 12 seconds and this now legendary concert became Morrissey’s penultimate performance on his US Tour.

The project was completed in July in time for the film’s Global Theatrical release. Distributed by More 2 Screen (UK) and SpectiCast (North America) on behalf of Eagle Rock Entertainment, the film is still being shown in various territories and regions, particularly in the US where it is playing encore performances in many cities. The DVD/Blu-ray version will be released on October 21st 2013.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

Media Group International Installs VidiGo’s Visual Radio Solution at Clouds FM

Leading Media Systems Integrator Media Group International has assisted Tanzania’s Clouds FM radio station to give its audience a totally new, interactive experience by installing VidiGo Visual Radio software. The new software will go live on air at Clouds FM within the next few weeks.

The Clouds FM project is the first major radio installation MGI and VidiGo have completed in Africa since meeting at CABSAT 2012 and subsequently forging a partnership. The two companies are now working together to give MGI’s television and radio customers much greater access to VidiGo’s revolutionary range of broadcast software products.
VidiGo Visual Radio was the ideal solution for Clouds FM, one of four stations operated by Tanzania’s Clouds Media Group. Affectionately referred to as The People’s Station, Clouds FM is annually rated the number one station in Tanzania for the youth segment.

MGI’s Sales Director Paul Wallis, who brokered the Clouds FM deal in conjunction with Sales Assistant Diana Velikova, says: “Thanks to its strong reputation for delivering trendsetting programming, dynamic presenters and innovative promotions, Clouds FM is widely regarded as the ‘coolest’ radio station in Tanzania by the country’s 18 to 35 year olds. Given this demographic, the station wanted to incorporate interactive graphics that could be overlaid onto the video feed of its radio broadcasts and used to enhance its internet presence and Twitter, RSS and social media feeds. Diana and I felt that VidiGo Visual Radio was ideal for Clouds FM because it will be able to deliver all the elements station staff need in a very simple to use and intuitive package.”

VidiGo Virtual Radio combines the strength of VidiGo Live and VidiGo Audio Director. VidiGo Live is a full blown software solution for multi-camera TV production. The VidiGo Audio Director is an intelligent extension to VidiGo Live that makes automatic decisions by analyzing audio signals with its advanced algorithms, allowing it to make decisions like a real television director. Finally, the graphics and text overlays are automatically inserted within VidiGo Live, which makes it possible to superimpose content in a live situation using a station’s own designed Flash application.

Joseph Cusago, Managing Director, Clouds Media Group, says: “We are really thrilled with the workflow VidiGo Virtual Radio has provided and our audiences will love the fact that we will soon offer an interactive visual radio experience via the internet and social media feeds. The system is incredibly easy to operate and, because the cameras are switched automatically on the basis of which microphone input is being used, there is very little for our presenters to do. This means they can concentrate on the job of presenting, leaving VidiGo’s clever software to take care of everything else.”

VidiGo CCO Reinout Lempers adds: “With VidiGo’s background in radio, we understand the culture and needs of a radio station. We knew from the start that we shouldn’t bother radio presenters with creating video. That’s why we developed an automated software workflow that is fully compatible with existing radio workflows. With our solution presenters to do what they are good at, which is making radio, while VidiGo’s automated workflow creates an entire TV show, just like a real director would.”

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Notes to the editor:
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 is a proven media broadcast and communications technologies systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 40 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. Media Group International provides solutions from safeguarding national security such as in government operations, creating the best venues for education such as museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, the team has grown with new local and international talent. We use our expertise to help realise your goals and ambitions – we listen, advise, design and build great workflows that work for you. Our ambition is to be your trusted partner in the Gulf region.

www.mgi.tv
Clouds Media Group
Clouds Media Group is a privately owned media house based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clouds Media Group excels at entertaining and deepening community engagement, integrating new media technologies to meet evolving lifestyles, and leveraging resources to build vibrant and informed communities. Now celebrating its 15th year, Clouds Media Group has an impeccable track record for excellence in execution of radio campaigns and broadcasting performance. Comprised of 4 dynamic broadcast stations, East & Central Africa’s largest event production firm as well as a 40 Channel DTT network on the Island of Zanzibar, all of which are leaders in their specific categories fuel the Clouds Media Group powerhouse. This dynamic assortment of formidable companies allows advertisers to achieve maximum value by enabling them to reach their core demographic on multiple platforms all within one media house. Clouds Media Group stands as a beacon of fair business ethics, openness, transparency, and value; and is one of the highest awarded media houses in Tanzania. Clouds Media Group recently was named the #2 Mid -Company in Tanzania in 2012 by Superbrands.
VidiGo
For almost a decade VidiGo has been the visionary leader in the broadcast industry, with the first full software based AV-workflow running on standard IT hardware. The core of all VidiGo workflows is DAVE; an in-house developed powerful, low-latency video engine. All VidiGo workflows focus on automation, flexibility and open architecture to make broadcasting easier, faster and cost effective.
VidiGo stands for innovation, reliability, product leadership, and premium support.
VidiGo clients include leading broadcasters, radio stations, sport arenas and video production companies all around the world.
VidiGo offers a full portfolio of broadcasting workflows and solutions
VidiGo Live – Multi camera live production suite
VidiGo Visual Radio – Quality video content of your radio show
VidiGo Studio Automation – Full rundown automation
VidiGo Arena Solutions – Boost stadium experiences
VidiGo Toolbox – Desktop grabber, Skype to SDI and VLC media plugin
VidiGo Graphics – Adobe Air/Flash directly into your live broadcast
VidiGo Playout – 24/7 Playout with Adobe Air/Flash graphics
www.vidigo.tv

Visual Unity Helps Clouds Media To Deliver OTT Content Service

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has helped Tanzanian media conglomerate Clouds Media to deliver a complete Over the Top content service to the East African market.

Based in Dar-es-Salaam, Clouds Media was established in 1998 as a radio and television broadcaster, delivering music, television and film content the Tanzanian market. With Visual Unity’s expertise, Clouds Media has now expanded its operations to deliver Over the Top Transmission (OTT) directly to their viewers on any screen or connected device anywhere in the world.

Visual Unity provided Clouds Media with the technology necessary to deliver its new service. The technical infrastructure is based on Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM Over the Top (OTT) content solution. vuMediaTM allows broadcasters to manage, monetize and monitor delivery of content to any connected screen and over 7000 connected devices including legacy phones.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “Visual Unity was awarded this contract on the basis of our proven expertise in multiscreen integration. With over 20 years’ experience in designing, building and technically supporting linear broadcast to multiscreen solutions we demonstrated to Clouds Media our ability to successfully design VoD solutions similar to our customers such as the leading Czech portals ivysilani.cz, voyo.cz, topfun.cz, cinema.cz and Calinos Entertainment’s VodVod.com in Turkey.”

“Thanks to vuMediaTM and Clouds’ modern approach to content delivery, Clouds is now able to reach its audience online, thus avoiding expensive and geographically limiting satellite transmission. Clouds can now provide films, news, dramas and popular television throughout East Africa, the Middle East and the rest of the world,” added Joseph Kusaga, Managing Director, Clouds Media Group.

Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ platform supports comprehensive streaming and VoD services and integrates with billing and CRM processes. For this project, Visual Unity is providing full live channel streaming capability a Visual Unity designed UI/UX with full GUI/API access, DMR protection, analytics, delivery and support for an amazing array of mobile devices.

With TV in Tanzania going digital we found that this was the right time to reach fans of the Clouds brand both domestically and internationally via OTT multiscreen. The complete service is officially being launched in October.

Visual Unity will showcase the latest version of its award-winning vuMedia™ multiscreen platform at IBC 2013, Connected World (Hall 14, Stand 114).

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munchen, Las Vegas, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity: Na Hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: info@visualunity.com

About Clouds Media Group

Clouds Media Group is a privately owned media house based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clouds Media Group excels at entertaining and deepening community engagement, integrating new media technologies to meet evolving lifestyles, and leveraging resources to build vibrant and informed communities. Now celebrating its 15th year, Clouds Media Group has an impeccable track record for excellence in execution of radio campaigns and broadcasting performance. Comprised of 4 dynamic broadcast stations, East & Central Africa’s largest event production firm as well as a 40 Channel DTT network on the Island of Zanzibar, all of which are leaders in their specific categories fuel the Clouds Media Group powerhouse. This dynamic assortment of formidable companies allows advertisers to achieve maximum value by enabling them to reach their core demographic on multiple platforms all within one media house. Clouds Media Group stands as a beacon of fair business ethics, openness, transparency, and value; and is one of the highest awarded media houses in Tanzania. Clouds Media Group recently was named the #2 Mid -Company in Tanzania in 2012 by Superbra

DK-Technologies Unveils the Feature-Rich DK T7 Audio Meter

At IBC 2013 (8:E60) DK-Technologies will unveil the DK T7 – a high precision, multi touch interface Audio and Loudness meter that gives broadcasters more integral features and functionality than any other audio meter on the market.

Competitively priced at €3495 and USD5400, the DK T7 incorporates as standard every Audio and Loudness meter function currently offered by the award winning DK Meter range. These functions include Bargraphs, Moving Coil Emulation, DK-Technologies’ proprietary StarFish™ and JellyFish™ display technology, FFT spectrum analysis and, of course, industry compliant Loudness and Logging.

The new DK T7 also includes 3G SDI Picture Preview, as well as the ability to read and log against SMPTE time-code – a feature that has only recently been added to the DK Meter range.

Uffe Kjems, Product Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “Engineers working in the broadcast and post production industries now have to cope with a complex set of formats, standards and documentation requirements. For this reason we felt it was vital to give them an easy to use Audio and Loudness meter that did the job it was bought for as soon as it came out of its box. The DK T7 is the most complete, high precision Audio and Loudness meter on the market today – and the most honest because it does not involve any hidden costs.”

The DK T7, which is on show at DK-Technologies’ IBC 2013 stand (Hall 8, Stand E.60) allows end-users to adapt to virtually any format including 3G SDI I/O. The unit also offers 8 AES/EBU input/output channels, 2ch Analogue input channels, headphone output and HDMI monitor output.

At just 20 x 135 x 180 mm (depth, height and width), the DK T7′s compact design allows it to be highly portable and easy to position, while its intuitive multi touch interface makes it very straightforward to use.

DK T7 is expected to ship in Q4 2013. For a demo and more information please visit DK-Technologies at IBC 2013 (8:E60) or visit www.dk-technologies.com.

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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

Nominations Open For Music Producers Guild Awards 2014

Nominations for the Music Producers Guild Awards 2014 will open today, Monday 9th September, as the most prestigious event recognising the UK’s top producers, engineers, remixers and mastering engineers prepares for its biggest year to date.

Set to be hosted at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in Vauxhall, London, on Thursday 13th February 2014, the MPG Awards 2014 will award fifteen different categories of music production including the UK Producer of the Year, International Producer of the Year, Breakthrough Producer of the Year and Outstanding Contribution to UK Music.

Now in its sixth year, the MPG Awards celebrate the best and brightest talent in the history of music recording, along with the industry’s rising stars. The MPG Awards count the likes of Paul Epworth, Al O’Connell, Plan B and Sir George Martin CBE amongst previous winners and the winner of the UK Producer of the Year category will automatically win a BRIT Award for Best Producer.

The nominations process, running until Monday 14th October, allows anyone to put the names of any worthwhile recording professional forward for many of the fifteen MPG Awards 2014 categories. Nominations can be made via www.mpgawards.com with producers and engineers being actively encouraged to nominate themselves.

The MPG 2014 Awards categories are:

UK Producer of the Year
International Producer of the Year
Breakthrough Producer of the Year
Recording Engineer of the Year
Breakthrough Engineer of the Year
Mix Engineer of the Year
Mastering Engineer of the Year
Re-mixer of the Year
UK Album of the Year
UK Single Song Release of the Year
Studio of the Year
The A&R Award
The MPG Innovation Award
The MPG Inspiration Award
Outstanding Contribution to UK Music

Nominations can be made at www.mpgawards.com

MPG Chairman Steve Levine said: “The Music Producers Guild Award brings those responsible for the creation of music loved around the world into the spotlight to give them the recognition they deserve. With a bigger venue and new categories, the MPG Awards 2014 is going to be the best yet and I would encourage everyone to make their nominations for one or all of the categories and then join us in February for a celebration of the very best of production talent.”

Held in a larger venue for the first time due to the high demand of previous years, the MPG Awards 2014 is expected to be a star-studded event with every aspect of the industry represented. Attendees in previous years have included: Laura Marling, Plan B, Mark Ronson, Jamie xx, Muse, Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Jamie T, Dizzee Rascal, Florence Welch, Brian Eno, Calvin Harris and many more.

Tickets for the MPG Awards 2014 are also available to order through the website, including an early bird discount offer:
MPG Full Members: £175 plus VAT, reduced to £150 plus VAT with early bird discount.
MPG Non Members: £199 plus VAT, reduced to £175 plus VAT with early bird discount.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the MPG Awards 2014 and any company that would like to be part of this exciting event should contact Joe Edwards at FM First Monday. Telephone: +44 (0) 7701 030 513 / Email: joe@fmfirstmonday.com.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers.
www.mpg.org.uk

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DPA Brings Out The ‘Wood’ and ‘Air’ In Dave Swift’s Bass

The first time bassist Dave Swift used a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone to amplify his double bass, he was so blown away by the sound that he decided to make the d:vote his only microphone.

“The sound coming out of my bass monitor was simply incredible,” he says. “The d:vote captured every little nuance of my playing and I could really hear the “wood” and “air” in the notes. I was so impressed that I decided to buy one and it is now the only microphone I would consider using. What’s interesting is that everyone has commented on how brilliantly it performs. Sound engineers have the biggest smile on their faces when they discover I have a DPA and they all say the same thing: ‘well done for using the best clip-on mic on the market’. Every engineer tells me it is now the industry standard mic, particularly for amplified strings, and it makes me very happy and extremely confident to know that I’m using the best product available for my needs.”

Dave Swift has been the bassist for Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra since 1991 and during this time he has played with an enormous range of artists including Al Jarreau, George Benson, Chaka Khan, Eric Clapton, Paul Weller, BB King and many more. Swift has also toured across the globe with Jools Holland, as well as performing on his hugely popular ‘Later…with Jools Holland’ TV show, which attracts millions of viewers on BBC2. Swift is also the bassist on ‘The Jools Holland Show’ on BBC Radio 2 and has recorded several multi-platinum selling albums and DVDs with Jools and his band.

When Swift is not playing with Jools Holland he works as a freelance session musician. Over the summer he is touring with comedian, game show host and singer Alexander Armstrong, but he will be back with Jools Holland by the end of the year for a tour that will feature guests such as Roland Gift and former Spice Girl Melanie C.

Dave Swift believes his DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone has made an enormous difference to both his live and his recorded sessions. He was introduced to the microphone by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network while he was recording ‘Later….With Jools Holland’. At the time he was using Fishman pickups, but he wanted a microphone that could capture more of the acoustic quality of his double bass so he decided to try a DPA because he had heard such good things about the brand.

“I’m really impressed with this microphone, especially with the way it fits so easily and simply onto the strings beyond the tailpiece,” Swift says. “It doesn’t involve any ‘clamping’ to the actual body of the bass, so it allows the instrument to resonate to its full potential. It is also very quick and easy to remove the mic without causing any damage whatsoever to the instrument – and another feature I really like is the extension gooseneck attachment. This allows even greater placement range for the mic itself, giving many options of where to position it, which is very useful as players tend to have different ideas about where best to position a mic on a Double Bass for their particular requirements. In my case, for example, I tend to position my DPA an inch or so from the central ‘belly’ of the bass, but I’ve seen other players have the DPA mic above the bridge, hovering over the strings themselves. That’s what is so great about this mic and its mounting system. It’s just so flexible and accommodating.”

Fellow musicians, including Jools Holland, have been equally impressed with Dave Swift’s DPA microphone.

“Jools is very particular when it comes to the sound of a double bass – he loves the true, vintage ‘old school’ sound of the instrument, which is why I use Pirastro gut and synthetic strings on my Double Bass,” Swift says. “However, it was only when I started using the DPA mic that Jools’ eyes lit up because he was finally hearing the full potential of the bass, and could really hear the ‘gut’ in those strings. He loves my DPA mic and on every gig and session he asks if I’ve brought it with me. I always tell him not to worry because the DPA never leaves my bass under any circumstances – I couldn’t play without it now.”

Swift adds that the DPA d:vote 4099 microphone has not only transformed his amplified sound, but has also significantly enhanced the whole process of performing and recording.

“Any musician who needs to amplify their instrument should check out DPA microphones,” he says. “They really are the industry standard and I have never encountered a better product.”

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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.
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