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Russian Guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko Is Hooked On DPA Instrument Mic

When Russian guitarist Roman Miroshnichenko was booked to play a Jubilee concert with legendary guitarist Larry Coryell at the Moscow International House of Music, he knew he would need a first class microphone to truly capture the sound of this prestigious event.

DPA Microphone’s Russian distributor I.S.P.A arranged for Roman to test a DPA d:vote™ 4099G Instrument Microphone for Guitar, which proved to be exactly what he was looking for.

“I heard that Paco De Lucia’s sound engineer rated DPA microphones very highly so on that basis I decided I had to try them out,” Roman Miroshnichenko says. “I was in need of a really good microphone for my upcoming Jubilee concert with Larry Coryell so I spoke to Maxim Kupryakhin at I.S.P.A who arranged for me to try a d:vote 4099G clip mic. The concert was a great and important test-drive for the microphone and from the very first time I used it, I was hooked. The beauty of the DPA 4099G is that it is compact, has no feedback problems on stage, and has the same tonal quality as the more expensive studio microphones. This DPA microphone gives me incredible quality in an extremely compact package and that was why I decided to buy it.”

Widely considered to be Russia’s top guitarist, Roman Miroshnichenko holds a number of prestigious international music awards, including the US Annual Independent Music Award. His virtuoso performances in the contemporary instrumental jazz-fusion field have led him to collaborate, perform and record with world-renowned musicians such as Al Di Meola, Djivan Gasparyan, Frank Colon, Joao Donato, Marco Mendoza, Dominique Di Piazza, Saskia Laroo, Augusto Enriquez and Richie Cole. In 2002 Roman founded his own band, RMProject, which has been touring Russia, Europe and the USA on a regular basis.

“2013 will also see me recording a new album using my d:vote 4099G instrument microphone and I’m really excited about that,” Roman says. “Since buying my 4099G, I’ve used it in a number of different concert halls and also on radio, TV and in the studio. For many years I have been searching for the perfect microphone and now I’ve found it. DPA really does make great microphones!”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com
For more information about Roman Miroshnichenko please visit: http://romanmiroshnichenko.com/

Visual Unity And Visual Unity Mobile Selected As A 2012 Red Herring Top 100 Global Winner

Visual Unity and its mobile division Visual Unity Mobile is delighted to announce that it has been selected as a 2012 Red Herring Top 100 global award winner. The award recognizes the achievements of leading private companies from North America, Europe and Asia, and celebrates start-up innovations and technologies across their respective industries.

“Winning the Red Herring Top 100 award demonstrates that Visual Unity Mobile has invested in product innovation. Moreover, we are proud to be recognized amongst such a strong group of participants,” says Visual Unity CEO Tomas Petru. “The mobile market is taking off and Visual Unity Mobile is playing a key part in its success by enabling customers and partners to participate in this growth through its innovative platform. With the smart phone market nearly doubling in the past year, there is a very real need for businesses to include a mobile strategy. Visual Unity Mobile helps partners and SMB’s to deliver a cost efficient and fully integrated mobile services that generate revenue and deliver value.”

Red Herring’s Top 100 Global list has become a mark of distinction for identifying promising new companies and entrepreneurs. Red Herring editors were among the first to recognize that companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, Skype, Salesforce.com, YouTube, and eBay would change the way we live and work.

“Choosing the companies with the strongest potential was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “After rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Global to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Visual Unity Mobile embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Visual Unity Mobile should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was the strongest it has ever been.”

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technology innovation, management quality, strategy, and market penetration. This assessment of potential is complemented by a review of the track record and standing of start-ups relative to their peers, allowing Red Herring to see past the “buzz” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models from around the world.

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About Visual Unity Mobile
Visual Unity Mobile, previously UNITY Mobile, is a leading mobile-web solution provider delivering custom mobile-web solutions, mobile-web solutions for small and mid-sized business as well as a cloud-based platform for creating, publishing, managing and marketing mobile websites. The Visual Unity Mobile platform is licensed by the leading hosting providers globally, including Parallels and Hostopia making it available to over 1000 hosting providers and their customers worldwide. Visual Unity Mobile enables hosters, enterprise and brands to rapidly build on core digital media investments and processes and seamlessly develop for new mobile audiences. You can learn more at: www.unitymobile.com.

About Visual Unity
Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator 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 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. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity group is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity Continues To Provide Czech TV With Streaming Services For The Next Two Years

Leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity has signed a new, two year contract with Czech TV to supply the technical services needed to operate its on-line and mobile service, iVysilani.

Czech TV has won a number of awards for its internet and mobile activities, including the prestigious 2011 Kristalova Lupa Award.

“Online consumption of Czech TV content has grown enormously in past years. Ivysilani.cz is a unique platform with more than 2592 days of video,” Pavlina Kvapilova, Executive Director of Czech Television´s New Media Division. “Enhancing our streaming infrastructure towards the highest quality, stability and user comfort which is available is a key factor for us to be able to serve this interest and react on changing lifestyle habits of our public.”

The new contract, which was awarded through a public tender process, will run until December 2014. Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ integrated content management and delivery platform is already used by iVysilani for content delivery, live streaming and Video on Demand services. Under the terms of the new contract Visual Unity will deliver various enhancements to the platform and supply additional back-end encoding, streaming, transcoding and media management services.

“Visual Unity has extensive experience of designing, delivering and integrating turnkey TV systems, broadcast-IT convergent and multiscreen solutions,” says Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity. “In recent years we have undertaken a variety of successful projects for Czech TV, including the design and build of an eight-camera High Definition Outside Broadcast vehicle and the enhancement of the broadcaster’s online and mobile services, enabling it to deliver unprecedented coverage of the recent Olympic Games in London.”

The new contract will see Visual Unity increasing Czech TV’s live streaming capacity from 60Gbps to 88Gbps in 2013 and 110Gbps in 2014, to support the broadcaster’s 12 live streaming channels. Czech TV has also asked the company to increase storage capacity for its Video on Demand archive – a service Visual Unity has been providing since 2005. The broadcaster currently has a capacity of more than 70TByte and this will be expanded to over 160TB by the end of 2014.

“To implement the terms of this new contract we have developed a number of new features for our vuMedia Content Delivery Platform that will, of course, be available to all our customers,” Tomas Petru adds.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator 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 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. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

ünger Audio’s Loudness Control Technology Is ‘On The Move’

Jünger Audio’s internationally acclaimed Loudness control technology is making an impact in the Outside Broadcast market where it is helping broadcasters tackle surprise audio level changes right at the start of the production process.

Among the broadcasters who have recently turned to Jünger Audio for their ‘on the move’ loudness control is KTK in Kazakhstan, which has installed the company’s D*AP LM4 processors into its latest DSNG truck.

Built into a Toyota Land Cruiser by Lithuanian systems integrator TVC, KTK’s DSNG station features a SWE-DISH/Rockwell Collins Drive Away Antenna system, two Ericsson Voyager II multi-format integrated DSNG encoders and two fully redundant Ericsson RX8200 advanced modular receivers. This fully operational HD live production system connects with both TV studios and Outside Broadcast vehicles and is being used for live broadcasting.

Arman Shuraev, CEO of KTK, says: “We are very satisfied with the performance of Jünger Audio’s loudness control, which we have installed in our new DSNG vehicle. The units are proving very effective and easy to use.”

Christoph Harm, Jünger Audio’s International Sales Manager, says: “With more and more countries introducing legislation to control audio loudness, we are noticing increased demand for our LEVEL MAGIC-based loudness control products from those involved in the very first stages of content creation. Broadcasters using Outside Broadcast trucks and SNG vehicles to capture content for news, live and sporting events often have to deal with a wide variety of incoming audio sources. This can result in peak level and dynamic range fluctuations during the same programme, depending on the number of different audio sources being used. Balancing these so that viewers don’t have to rely on their remote controls to constantly adjust the volume is a major problem – and one that requires an effective and economic solution.”

Jünger Audio’s recently introduced D*AP range of Digital Audio Processors is proving particularly popular with the Outside Broadcast market because it is specifically designed to control audio loudness at the creation and editing stage. The D*AP series, which is available in two and four channel versions, can handle both analogue and digital (AES/EBU) audio with optional 3G/HD/SD-SDI I/O. The units fit neatly into a 19” rack, making them ideal for installation into OB trucks, and are controllable through a front panel or via a Web-based interface.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

DPA Captures The Drama Of The Tango

Richard Galliano, a musician widely regarded as the world’s greatest living accordionist, is currently touring the world with a quintet of musicians to celebrate the life and works of his mentor, Astor Piazolla.

In order to deliver the true acoustic feel of Piazolla’s acclaimed tango music, the tour’s sound engineer Rémi Bourcereau has chosen eight DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which his is using for Galliano’s accordion and bandoneón and also for the violins, viola, double bass and cello played by Galliano’s quintet. For the piano, Bourcereau is using two DPA 2011C twin diaphragm cardioid microphones, which are positioned on a stereo bar. All of these microphones were bought from DPA’s French distributor Audio².

“I first used DPA microphones a year ago on a different tour and was delighted with the results they gave me,” Bourcereau explains. “For this tour, we wanted the audience to feel as acoustically close to the instruments as possible and that is why I chose DPA. In close miking conditions they deliver a very natural sound, which is exactly what this type of music requires.”

Richard Galliano, who was born in 1950 of Italian/French parentage, was taught to play the accordion by his father when he was just four years old. In 1983 his musical talent was recognised by Argentine tango composer and bandoneón player Astor Piazolla, a man whose ability to integrate classical, modern and jazz music influences had elevated tango music to concert hall status and earned him the title of the ‘King of Tango’.

Piazolla invited Galliano to be the bandoneón soloist at the Comédie Française where his original music was being used to accompany William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This was the starting point of their decade-long friendship that lasted until Piazzolla passed away in 1992.

Galliano’s current tour, which is designed to mark the 20th anniversary of Piazolla’s death, has already taken him to numerous concert halls in the USA, Canada, South America and Europe. Most recently he has been in China where he performed a number of concerts in Guangzhou, Changsha, Shanghai, Wuhan, Xi’an, Beijing and Shenzhen.

“We have attached the DPA d:vote 4099s to Richard’s accordion and bandoneón using magnetic piano holders with scratch tape wrapped around the clips for added security,” Rémi Bourcereau says. “Richard is really enjoying the sound he is getting from the DPA microphones and, because they are now his regular microphones, he is finding that he can always get the dynamic that he wants.”

The other musicians in the quintet also appreciate the audio quality delivered by their DPA microphones – and the fact that having the same microphone in every venue means they know exactly how they are going to sound and don’t face any nasty surprises.

“The d:vote 4099s are very easy for the musicians to use because they simply clip onto their instruments – something that is really helpful when you are on tour,” Bourcereau says. “From my point of view, I’m really happy with the sound the DPA microphones are delivering, especially with the strings. The d:vote 4099s have a good sounding off axis response and this brings a lot of acoustic coherence on strings.”

Richard Galliano’s Piazolla tribute tour will continue into 2013, taking in more European dates. DPA microphones are now a permanent feature of this tour, ensuring the highest possible audio quality in every venue.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Jünger Audio Appoints Oliver Harms In The Far East

Dynamics processing specialist Jünger Audio is delighted to announce the appointment of Oliver Harms, who has joined the company to handle Technical Sales for the Asia region.

Harms has extensive experience in audio and hardware development, having previously worked for Native Instruments, GSP-Audiotechnologies and Formac. He also has a thorough knowledge of Asian culture and speaks and writes fluent Mandarin.

Peter Poers, Managing Director of Jünger Audio, says: “We have noticed a significant increase in sales to countries in Asia, in particular China, and this appointment reflects the importance we place on further developing our business in this region. Oliver’s experience in audio and hardware solutions, along with his impressive communication skills, will help our customers integrate Jünger Audio’s Level Magic™ Loudness control into their broadcast workflow in a simple and effective way.”

Oliver Harms adds: “I am very happy to be working for Jünger Audio and to have this opportunity to channel my audio and hardware experience into the new and challenging environment of technical sales. It is also a delight to be working with such a great team.”

Harms will primarily be based in Jünger Audio’s head office in Berlin but will be making regular trips to the Far East to support sales activity in the region.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

DPA Tackles A Medieval Fantasy

To ensure that his original recordings were as pristine as possible, Emmy Award winning Production Sound Mixer Ronan Hill employed DPA 4071 lavalier microphones to capture the on-location dialogue while filming the third series of HBO’s medieval fantasy television series Game of Thrones.

“As someone who was brought up to “get it on the boom” and only use radio mics when there was no other way, I have become a convert to them when used with DPA’s 4071 lavalier microphones,” he says. “The DPA 4071 is great when used outside. They give really good isolation from environmental conditions, while still retaining a natural vocal quality. They are also good when recording inside as they offer reinforcement to the boom. It is a rare occasion when they aren’t included in the mix. The DPA 4071 microphones have really helped to keep ADR on Game of Thrones to a minimum and have contributed to the show receiving a Primetime Emmy for Best Sound.”

Game of Thrones, an adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s fantasy novels A Song of Ice and Fire, was created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. The plot revolves around a violent dynastic struggle among several noble families for control of the Iron Throne. Since first airing in 2010, the show has been a huge critical success and has won numerous awards for the quality of its production.

“The show is filmed in many remote and hard to get to locations – and in all kinds of weather conditions,” Ronan Hill says. “In Series One we were shooting in temperatures of -17º C, while in Series Two we had to contend with a hurricane. Every day is an adventure in sound.”

Replacing poorly recorded dialogue during post production may be an intrinsic part of making a film or television programme, but it certainly saves production companies time and money if ADR can be kept to a minimum. DPA’s 4071 mics became the lavalier microphone of choice on Game of Thrones at the start of Series Two having been recommended by supervising sound editor Stefan Henrix.

“You soon appreciate how good they sound” Hill explains. “They are available with well thought out accessories to aid fitting, and we fitted them to all cast with dialogue. Thankfully, the cast appreciate that the costumes are difficult for sound so they are tolerant to tweaks that will save the need for ADR.”

With three series of the programme now under his belt, Ronan Hill still maintains that his favourite shooting experience was Blackwater (Episode 9 in Series Two).

“With large battle scenes in addition to the great dialogue, it had real potential for sound,” he explains. “There was so much texture to record and then the challenge to isolate the dialogue from it. Game of Thrones has a character count of over 300. Scenes can have more than 10 principal characters speaking and there is always the professional pressure to capture the dialogue on location and keep ADR to a minimum. I wanted to give a presence to the big action scenes and burst the old myth that no scripted dialogue means no sound. I also tried to ensure rehearsal for any songs to be sung live.”

Hill’s familiarity with DPA microphone technology has, to date, been limited to DPA 4071s but he hopes to expand on this in the future.

“As a result of my good experiences with the DPA 4071s and the positive feedback I have heard about DPA’s other microphones, I can’t wait to try more of them,” he says.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Red TX Partners With CTV To Capture The Broadcast Audio For Strictly Come Dancing’s Live Wembley Arena Show

Strictly Come Dancing’s one-off glitterball spectacular, which was broadcast live from Wembley Arena on Saturday November 17th in aid of Children In Need, involved an enormous effort backstage to ensure that the audio reflected the quality of the on-stage performances.

Behind the scenes two Outside Broadcast vehicles belonging to Red TX and CTV were working in tandem to provide BBC Studios and Post Production sound engineers Tony Revell, Andy Tapley and Richard Sillitoe with all the facilities they needed to capture and broadcast the audio in stereo and 5.1 surround sound.

Red TX, which has extensive experience of delivering live sound for broadcast, provided its RED II truck for this project, while CTV provided its main OB9 scanner.

Andy Tapley, who manned the Studer Vista 8 digital mixing system on board RED II, says: “It was a complex project that involved a lot of inputs to capture the sound from the audience, the presenters and judges, the dancers, the orchestra and the guest acts – Kylie Minogue and Girls Aloud. Usually Tony and I sit next to each other at the same console, but for this show we were in separate vehicles and had to coordinate our mixes using the technical infrastructure provides by Red TX and CTV.”

The two trucks were linked using a combination of MADI and MIDI interfaces. This allowed Andy, who was in charge of the audio from the orchestra and the dancers, to work in unison with Tony, who was handling the audio from the audience, presenters, judges and guest performers to create the main mix.

Red TX’s RED II truck is designed to cater for 3D and 7.1 surround sound productions and is ideally suited to complex live broadcast projects because it offers simultaneous mixes to a variety of different formats.

RED II also incorporates an additional production/overdub and video gallery room at the rear of the vehicle. For this project it was equipped with a Yamaha DM2000 console, which was also linked to the CTV truck and used by Richard Sillitoe to create the surround sound mix.

Red TX Director Ian Dyckhoff, who along with Red TX engineer Ollie Nesham was present on the night to support the BBC sound team, says: “This is the second year running that we have worked on the live Strictly show from Wembley Arena and we consider it an honour to be involved in such a prestigious project. Live shows are always nerve wracking and, although we weren’t manning the controls this time, we saw it as our responsibility to ensure that technically everything ran smoothly so that Andy, Tony and Richard could relax and get on with the job.”

Andy Tapley adds: “The RED II truck is a dream to work in and is, in my opinion, the best on the market for capturing broadcast audio, especially when it’s going out live. I particularly like the Studer Vista 8 console and we made good use of its snapshot function to fire cues through to Tony on the CTV truck. Ian and his team were incredibly hospitable and gave us masses of support. When you are doing a show like Strictly live from Wembley Arena you need the technical infrastructure and the reliability that Red TX and CTV can provide.”

More than 6,500 Strictly fans packed Wembley Arena to watch the live show – and millions more watched at home. Highlights of the show included live performances from Kylie Minogue and Girls Aloud, who performed their Children In Need fund raising single Something New.

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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

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DK-Technologies Expands the DK Audio and Loudness Meter Family

DK-Technologies has announced the availability of its DK3 meter AND added the brand new DK4 meter to its award-winning DK METER family.

Like DK3, DK4 offers de-embedding of SDI 3G input channels. Additionally, DK4 includes three AES as well as two Analogue inputs.

Building on the already impressive DK METER Loudness and Audio toolbox, DK4 adds FFT Spectrum analysis, Screen Grabber and the classic MSD Meter Landscape View as standard features. These features are all optionally available for the other meters in the DK METER range.

To coincide with the launch of the DK4, DK-Technologies has also introduced an integrated set-up Wizard that takes DK Meter user friendliness to a whole new dimension. With this quick set-up guide, engineers can get to grips with DK’s powerful metering technology in a matter of minutes, thus giving them a head start with any meter in the DK range.

Jacob Hänel Christensen, Sales and Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “With the addition of DK4, the DK METER reach has once again been expanded. Broadcasters and Post Production engineers can now monitor everything from compliant Loudness Measurements and True Peak readouts, through to detailed Spectrum Analysis.”

In common with the other meters in DK-Technologies range, the DK4 is compliant with all known loudness recommendations including; EBU R128, BCAP, ATSC A/85, ARIB, ABC, AGCOM 219 & ITU BS1770-2. Alongside StarFish™, Vectorscope and Moving Coil Emulations, new software features also include ‘Eye Width’ Instant SDI signal quality read out.

Since the launch of DK1 in 2011, the DK METER range has been rapidly adopted by broadcast and post production companies because it meets industry demand for cost-effective stereo and 5.1 metering, including loudness. No bigger than a smart phone, all of the meters in the range are easy to install and can be powered from a computer USB port, making them ideal for location recording. They are supplied with standard DK-Technologies meter scales plus the industry-standard StarFish™ and deliver conventional metering as well as loudness metering at the same time, on the same display and in a single box. Pricing for these products is highly competitive – starting at just $1499.00 in the US and €995.00 in Europe.

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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

Salam Media Cast Announces New Partnership With VidiGo

Leading systems integration company Salam Media Cast (SMC) has announced an exciting partnership with VidiGo that will allow SMC’s customers to access VidiGo’s revolutionary range of broadcast software products.

The new deal, which comes hot on the heels of similar arrangements with HoloVis International Ltd and Visual Unity, will enable SMC to expand its world leading capabilities in the Broadcast Solutions market and offer an even greater range of technology, solutions and services to its burgeoning client base in the Middle East and Europe.

Launched in 2006, VidiGo has developed a range of high quality, intuitive software products running on standard IT-hardware that liberate the use of professional video and make the production of AV content accessible and affordable for everyone.

Among the many software solution in the VidiGo range are VidiGo Live, a multi-camera live production solution that incorporates audio and video effects; VidiGo Toolbox, a software solution that allows broadcasters to easily incorporate Skype, Google Maps and YouTube into their programming; VidiGo Graphics, that allows broadcasters to interact with social media; VidiGo Works, a software for creating, editing and distributing processional video content; VidiGo Playout, for incorporating Adobe Flash graphics into a playout schedule, and VidiGo Visual Radio, which gives radio broadcasters access to online, mobile and TV platforms.

Paul Hennessy, CEO of SMC, says the new partnership with VidiGo will allow SMC’s broadcaster customers to access some of the most sophisticated software solutions on the market.

“SMC has a proven track record in identifying the very latest broadcast technologies and we are constantly investigating new ways in which we can bring value-added solutions and services to our clients,” he says. “Our new partnership with VidiGo is very exciting as it expands our ability to deliver innovative workflows that truly benefit customer specific requirements.”

Hans Krouwels, CEO of VidiGo adds: “We are delighted that SMC is partnering with us and look forward to introducing many new customers to our product range. By replacing complex hardware driven workflows with easy-to-use VidiGo solutions, creative staff can regain control of their workflow while broadcasters can make substantial savings in investment and operational costs.”

Based in Doha, Qatar, SMC has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region. The company represents many worldwide manufacturers such as Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange, Leitch, Vinten Broadcast Ltd., Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

In 2010, SMC joined GSSG Holdings as part of its Media Group, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia. More recently, the company has been expanding its team by acquiring local and international talent, opening an office in the UK and diversifying its activities to reflect the technological changes that are taking place within the broadcast and media industries. This shift in focus is enabling SMC to enter new markets and develop its business in the multiscreen environment. It is also introducing new services such as Salam Media Cast Support, a cost effective service that is designed to help customers deal with their day to day maintenance requirements and simplify the management of multi-vendor hardware and software to ensure that systems operate at peak performance.

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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 international. 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

Salam Media Cast (SMC)
Salam Media Cast is a proven Media Broadcast and Communications Technologies solutions provider, serving the Media, Telecommunications, Security, Education, Hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for nearly 40 years. In 2010, SMC joined GSSG Holdings as part of its Media Group, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
Salam Media Cast pioneers not only in equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, but also equips whole multivendor environments. SMC 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 revolutionizing health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, we have recently expanded our team 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.salammediacast.com

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