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DPA Microphones Brings ‘Technicolour’ To Sam Lee’s Voice

Folk singer Sam Lee finally ended his long search for the right vocal microphone when he discovered DPA Microphones d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Lee, who was nominated for a Mercury Music Prize in 2012, was introduced to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone by Front of House sound engineer Jamie Orchard-Lisle.

“Finding a microphone to match my voice has never been easy,” Lee says: “After successive attempts to find the gear to capture the full colour and dynamics of my voice, I’ve always been left feeling a bit cold. It wasn’t until Jamie introduced me to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone that the full Technicolor really left the stage and illustrated the depth and clarity of my range.”

Multi-talented Lee is not just a folk singer – he also teaches and hosts radio and TV programmes. His debut album Ground of its Own is an unusual folk collection comprising traditional songs he learned first-hand from the Roma, Gypsy, Scottish and Irish traveller communities. These songs have been passed from generation to generation, over centuries, and Lee scoured the UK to find them.

Earlier this year, Lee took part in an international showcase at the WOMEX Convention in Thessaloniki, Greece, and it was here that Jamie Orchard-Lisle first introduced the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, which was supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network.

Orchard-Lisle, who is a long term fan of DPA’s microphone technology, says: “DPA’s products always deliver fantastic results and, having tried the d:facto Vocal Microphone with other singers, I felt it would be perfect for Sam. The d:facto really brings out the dynamics of his voice and his on-stage performances now sound absolutely amazing. Since WOMEX, we’ve used the d:facto Vocal Microphone for all of his recent gigs and I’ve been getting compliments about his vocal sound from other sound engineers. The d:facto is a remarkable microphone and I can’t sing its praises highly enough.”

Sam Lee adds: “WOMEX is the largest annual world music conference, and one that is attended by world music aficionados and sound snobs. Thanks to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone, the reaction to my performance was unanimously positive and the bookings poured in. I am now so impressed with this microphone that I hope never to leave home without one. Any self-valuing singer should really be questioning whether they can afford not to carry one, in my opinion.”

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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

Meta4 Chooses DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones

Finnish string quartet Meta4 has invested in four DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones, which they are using to capture the sound of two violins, a viola and a cello.

Meta4’s Atte Kilpeläinen says: “These are, without doubt, the best microphones we have ever tried. The finest thing about them is their ability to produce a very natural sound that truly reflects our performance.”

Formed in 2001, Meta4 consists of Antti Tikkanen and Minna Pensola on violin, Atte Kilpeläinen on viola and Tomas Djupsjöbacka on cello. This internationally successful string quartet has won numerous accolades and awards including first prize in the 2004 International Shostakovich Quartet Competition in Moscow, where it was also awarded a special prize for best Shostakovich interpretation. The quartet enjoyed continued success in 2007, winning the first prize in the International Joseph Haydn Chamber Music Competition in Vienna. Later that year the Finnish Minister of Culture awarded Meta4 with the annual Finland Prize in recognition of an international breakthrough. Meta4 was also selected as a BBC New Generation Artist for 2008-2010.

Meta4 decided to upgrade its microphones after hearing very positive reviews from other musicians about the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone range.

“We approached DPA’s Finnish distributor Jyrki Makinen at Noretron Audio and arranged a demo,” Kilpeläinen says. “Having tested the microphones ourselves and really liking the sound they delivered we decided to have a set of our own. We are using clips for the violins and violas and these are working well. It takes a bit of concentration to get them in place but once they are in the right position they work extremely well.”

To date, Meta4 have used their new DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones in a concert hall environment, performing Kaija Saariaho´s Nymphea for string quartet and live electronics and Black Angels by George Crumb.

“Regardless of whether we were in Finland, Belgium or Spain – all of which are places we have performed recently – the sound engineers are always very happy with our DPA microphones,” Kilpeläinen add. “Our next challenge is to use them in a rock or jazz venue – and we’re really looking forward to that!”

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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

DPA Microphone’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone Delivers a Noticeable Difference

DPA Microphones’ new d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone has made internationally acclaimed jazz singer Claire Martin OBE very happy indeed. Since switching to the new microphone, Claire says she has never heard so much clarity in her voice and the difference is so noticeable that all the sound engineers she works with are making positive comments.

“This is definitely the right microphone for me,” she says. “It picks up all the colours in my voice and I can hear every breath, which makes it easier to control phrasing. It almost makes singing easier as I can try out vocal idea’s and actually hear myself changing the timbre of my sound – something I felt was lost with other microphones. It also delivers without me having to be right in too close to the mic, so I can definitely play around with lower end notes by coming in a little closer for a bassier response. This works really well in ballads, I feel.”

Claire, who has been singing professionally for over 25 years has garnered numerous awards and rave reviews for her work, including winning the BBC Jazz Award for Best Vocalists and six British Jazz Awards. She has released a total of sixteen albums, all on the Linn label, and has collaborated with various prominent musicians including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Kenny Barron, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jim Mullen and Nigel Hitchcock. In addition to her singing career, she is also a co-presenter for Jazz Line Up on BBC Radio 3 which is now in it’s thirteenth year.

Claire’s decision to try DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone was inspired by a sound engineer who was working with her at the Pizza Express Jazz club in London’s Soho.

“The engineer was raving about the mic and saying how it would suit my voice,” she explains. “Other singers and also my record company Linn Records, had often talked about the quality of these microphones – so at last I was able to try one out in an intimate club setting. I was immediately impressed by its lightness and handling.”

The d:facto Vocal Microphone was supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network and after that initial try-out, Claire was hooked.

“The d:facto captures every nuance of my vocal sound and, once I had worked out the direction handling, it actually made me feel very confident about my diction and tone. I also notice that I don’t lose any level when I give my sound more power and pull away from the mic. The sound is still clear and full and more rounded. You can hear the whole breath and, as a jazz singer, this is the sound I’m after. This microphone certainly delivers what I want and I definitely feel I’m using the best microphone there is.”

Claire’s d:facto Vocal Microphone is now in use at every one of her concerts – and thanks to its ability to deliver high quality audio she feels she can cope much better with whatever the PA system throws at her.

“In jazz clubs, some PAs are better than others and this microphone gives me a fighting chance of getting a great sound,” she says. “I also love how light it is.”

In June 2011, Claire was appointed Office of the order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to music. She is currently touring with Brighton based cellists the Montpellier Cello Quartet, showcasing new arrangements for voice and cello quartet by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Djano Bates. She plans to return to the recording studio later this year to begin work on her 17th album.

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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

Media Group International Announces New Partnership With never.no

As part of its forward-thinking approach to bring the very latest solutions to its customers, leading systems integrator Media Group International has announced a new partnership with never.no – a world renowned company that specialises in social media integration technology for TV broadcasters and producers.

The new partnership represents MGI’s determination to expand its remit into areas such as new media, IPTV, OTT and streaming – all of which are becoming increasingly important to traditional broadcast operations.

“We recognise that today’s broadcast industry needs to incorporate a much wider range of technologies in order to give audiences the services they want,” says Paul Hennessy, CEO of MGI. “By forging exciting partnerships with best-of-breed technology partners like never.no, MGI is able to help customers embrace new technologies and install the most effective solution for their particular needs.”

never.no is a Social Television platform that gives broadcasters and advertising agencies the framework they need to support end-to-end Social TV, Synchronized Companion Apps and Participation TV.

Through its Interactive Suite, the company provides the middleware required to engage audiences, enable interaction and drive participation with a broadcast.
never.no already has a global customer base that includes many of the world’s top broadcasters such as ABC News Digital, BBC, CBC, ESPN and Voice of America. Thanks to the new partnership with MGI, broadcasters in the GCC region can also benefit from this innovative technology.

Scott Davies, never.no’s Vice President of Sales EMEA says: “Having a network of strong partners is a strategic priority for never.no and we are delighted that MGI, a company with such an impressive track record for delivering high-end broadcast and graphics solutions, is collaborating with us in the GCC. In future, broadcasters will be able to turn to MGI to deliver Social TV and audience participation in a visual and impactful way.”

Paul Hennessy adds: “Our partnership with never.no comes hot on the heels of similar arrangements we have signed with VidiGo, HoloVis International Ltd and Visual Unity. These are enabling MGI to enter new markets and deliver an even greater range of technology, solutions and services to our burgeoning client base in the Middle East and Europe.”

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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.
info@gssg.com
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.
Website: www.mgi.tv

Visual Unity Bring Video On Demand To Turkish Viewers

Leading multimedia solutions provider Visual Unity has helped Turkish company Calinos Entertainment to deliver a complete Video on Demand service.

Based in Istanbul, Calinos Entertainment was established in 1997 as a content distribution company supplying television and film programmes to service providers and channels. With Visual Unity’s expertise, the company has now expanded its operations to deliver a Video on Demand service directly to their subscribers on any screen or connected device.

Visual Unity provided Calinos Entertainment with the technology needed to deliver its new service. The technical infrastructure is based on Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM Over the Top (OTT) content solution that allows broadcasters to manage, monetize and monitor delivery of content to multiscreens.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: ““Visual Unity won this contract on the basis of our proven expertise in multiscreen integration. With over 20 years’ experience in architecting, building and technically supporting linear broadcast to multiscreen solutions we demonstrated to Calinos Entertainment our ability to successfully deliver VoD solutions similar to customers such as voyo.cz, cinema.cz and TopFun.”

Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ platform supports comprehensive VoD services and integrates with billing and CRM processes. For this project, Visual Unity provided a content management system with GUI and API access, DMR protection, software to play back and control video content on the web, analytics, delivery and support for mobile devices.

In addition, Visual Unity also helped the broadcaster to build a feature-rich VoD portal that contains thousands of films, dramas and popular television programmes. This Cloud-based service allows Calinos Entertainment to publish its content online, thus alleviating the need to build an expensive, in-house and resource-intensive media library.

“Monetization is not just about selling your content – it is about building business awareness and a communication strategy around your brand,” adds Gabriel Dusil, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Strategy at Visual Unity. “We are confident that by using our proven vuMedia™ technology Calinos Entertainment can now deliver a cutting-edge viewing experience to its audiences on any screen or connected device.”

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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, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, 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

Visual Unity and PROVYS Announces Their Strategic Partnership at NAB 2013

Las Vegas, Nevada, April 8th, 2013: Multiscreen solution provider Visual Unity has partnered with media software solutions provider PROVYS by integrating Visual Unity’s next generation vuMedia™ Over the Top (OTT) platform with PROVYS’ advanced broadcast management and planning system.
This ground-breaking joint venture between Visual Unity and PROVYS will be on show at NAB 2013 at the PROVYS booth (N5818).

Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ offers the ability to manage and monetize audio, video and image libraries – quickly and easily. This Cloud-based service alleviates the need for businesses to build an expensive, in-house and resource-intensive media library by allowing content owners and distributors to publish content online. The platform also supports live streaming of High Definition video. Graphics and other audio and visual material can be associated with files, for brand promotion or to generate advertisement revenue.

PROVYS’ software solution provides broadcasters with the mature and robust channel management and advertisement sales tools needed to increase productivity and gain strategic insight into business processes.
Integration of vuMedia™ with PROVYS is seamless. No additional inputs are required. Customers who choose PROVYS with vuMedia™ will have front-end access to their own catalogue, charts and metadata, as well as a video player with a smart URL, which will allow movies to be played on a variety of different devices. Other vumedia™ features such as statistical analysis, advertisement injection and social network integration are also available, bringing the full power of OTT to a much wider audience.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “This is a significant development for PROVYS’ customers as it offers a completely automated online video platform where content can be managed centrally, thus saving time, equipment cost and manpower. It will also increase business bandwidth by providing broadcasters with an easy and effective way to utilize all their content rights.”

The new solution is completely connected to Visual Unity’s content delivery Network (CDN) module, vuNet™, with connectors to other worldwide CDN’s such as Akamai, Limelight, Level3, Du and MediaNova.
Josef Vasica, CEO of PROVYS comments, “We are delighted to present the results of our common development at our booth. Visual Unity brings years of OTT expertise and breath of services that complement our own. This as a triple win situation for all: PROVYS, Visual, and our customers. The combined best practices allow us to build even better products, services and overall solutions for our clients.”

Gabriel Dusil, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Corporate Strategy, adds: “This is an exciting joint project we have developed with PROVYS, and we see it as a major endorsement of our vuMedia™ OTT platform. Our joint offering is a solution that speaks to what is at the top of the broadcaster’s agenda – a Cloud-based service that allows them to maintain rights to their content, while providing flexible methods to monetize their content onto multiple screens.”

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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, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, 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 PROVYS

PROVYS channel management system for TV broadcasters was created by DCIT Incorporated in 1997. Since then, its continuous development has expanded its capabilities and power, enabling cost reduction and improved efficiency. It is now used by hundreds of broadcast channels – including five national broadcasters and several renowned global companies such as Sony Pictures, Arqiva, Polsat and CME.
The core functions of PROVYS “TVoffice solution” provide the basis of an efficient and secure environment that supports the business objectives of any broadcaster, seamlessly linking all the business processes. The modular architecture provides a wide spectrum of options to suit every broadcaster, with expansion into new areas to cover growing user requirements.
PROVYS support services have a great reputation. Available around the clock, the support team provides reliable and highly responsive user support and technical assistance.

Axon Introduces Jünger Audio’s Loudness Control For Its Synapse Control Modules at NAB 2013

Leading modular AV signal processing and control specialist Axon Digital Design is incorporating Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ loudness control technology into its Synapse audio and video signal processing and control modules. The result of this collaboration will be on show for the first time at NAB 2013 at the Axon booth, N.6006.

Under the terms of the new partnership, four new audio processing modules will be incorporated into Axon Synapse, thus creating a new standard in a range of modular products covering applications such as audio up-mixing and loudness control. With Jünger Audio processing on board, Axon customers can now eliminate annoying loudness variations between program segments and between programs and commercial breaks.

Axon’s Synapse is a modular system comprising multiple 19-inch frames, active hot swappable cards and (mostly) passive connector panels. It is designed to support demanding mission critical broadcast applications, especially the conversion of composite analogue video signals into HD.

Jünger Audio has developed a custom digital signal processing (DSP) board that integrates seamlessly within a standard Axon Synapse module. Building on this seamless interoperability, the two companies have jointly developed four new Synapse modules, which provide a combination of sophisticated up-mixing and loudness control capabilities within both stereo and 5.1 multi-channel audio environments.

Further extending their application versatility, these modules are available as either 3Gb/s or HD capable. The HD version offers a 3Gb/s upgrade pathway for future migration to the greater demands of 3Gb/s operations.

“Jünger Audio is well known as a pioneer in audio technology and we are delighted to have developed a close partnership with the team there,” commented Peter Schut, Chief Technology Officer at Axon. “Together, we have created a range of audio processing solutions which offer significantly new feature-sets and functionality. These innovative products will open new markets to Axon.”

Peter Pörs, Managing Director of Junger Audio, says: “Loudness control is a hot topic and there is increasing demand from broadcasters for an effective solution that can eliminate jumps in audio levels. More and more customers are demanding our LEVEL MAGIC™ process in individual hardware and software solutions because it delivers high quality audio and supports all known loudness standards including ITU, EBU and ATSC. With AXON, we have found the perfect partner to enable us to address this demand.”

Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ technology uses Wideband processing to control loudness and peak level, and avoid defects like breathing, pumping, and spectral changes. The processing relies on a highly sophisticated, adaptive level con¬trol algorithm.

By incorporating LEVEL MAGIC™ into its Synapse modules, Axon customers can set their desired Loudness Target, or Operating Level, and Peak Level. Once set, processing takes place automatically providing continuous loudness control, regard-less of the source of the audio.

For further information during NAB 2013, please visit Axon at Booth N.6006 or Jünger Audio at Booth C.2333. Alternatively please visit the companys’ websites – www.axon.tv or www.junger-audio.com

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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.

Prism Sound Shows The New Lyra Audio Interface At Prolight + Sound 2013

European studio producers, musicians and DJs will have their first opportunity to see Prism Sound’s new Lyra family of Audio Interfaces at this year’s Prolight + Sound exhibition in Frankfurt (Hall 5.1, stand B50A).

With Lyra, Prism Sound is bringing its high performance audio technology to an even wider audience. This brand new family of interfaces is aimed at musicians, composers, project studio owners, DJs, re-mixers and other audio content producers such as radio and podcasting. It is also anticipated that high-end home audio enthusiasts will find the USB interface and stereo configuration with digital volume control an attractive package.

Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much improved price point.

“Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface,” says Graham Boswell, Sales and Marketing Director for Prism Sound. “For recording professionals who don’t need eight channels of analogue I/O, Lyra is the perfect interface because it allows them to access Prism Sound quality in a convenient package and at an affordable price.”

Prism Sound plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra and has started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex-based ‘Xcore’ processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.

Lyra 1, which retails at £1,349 plus VAT, will be of particular interest to the musician and project studio market. This unit offers two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. With Lyra 1, musicians can connect a guitar and a microphone through the input channels, plug into their software mixer via a simple USB connection and start laying down basic tracks in a matter of minutes.

Lyra 2, which retails at £1,849 plus VAT, takes the concept a little further by offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.

Both products are ergonomically designed to look as good as they sound. The front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels, while the unit’s small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. For studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.

“We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus,” Graham Boswell adds. “However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to market until we were 100% convinced that it could live up to our exacting specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it.”

Lyra will start shipping in April 2013 and will be fully supported by Prism Sound’s acclaimed technical and after-sales service staff.

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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 company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Award-Winning Composer Michael Price Invests In Prism Sound’s High Quality Audio

Award-winning composer and producer Michael Price is using a Prism Sound Maselec Master Series MEA-2 equaliser on his latest project – creating the music for ITV’s acclaimed supernatural drama series Lightfields.

“I wanted something fabulous that could add some sparkle and warmth to the TV mixes we were doing in the studio for Lightfields. I loved the MEA-2 when I’d used it at Abbey Road so I decided to invest in one for my own studio,” Michael explains.

Prism Sound’s MEA-2 is a stereo or two-channel, four-band precision equalizer that is designed for recording and mastering applications where ultimate sonic performance, musicality and precision are required. The unit provides a very transparent signal path where only the desired equalization is obtained, without adding any particular sonic signature.

Developed for Prism Sound by engineer/producer Leif Mases, who has worked with a diverse range of artists including Abba, Led Zeppelin, Jeff Beck and Black Sabbath, the MEA-2 is one of a number of products in the Maselec Master Series range. All of these combine Leif Mases’ experience with the creative process and Prism Sound’s focus on engineering and technical excellence to ensure the delivery of great-sounding audio in an intuitive and easy-to-use package.

Michael, who has worked on more than 30 major studio pictures, says: “The MEA-2 is incredibly well made, but more than that it has a peculiar sonic ability to make things just sound better, without stamping too much of its own opinion on the music. It’s no surprise that mastering engineers love them, but it’s also a super useful thing to have in a mix studio.”

Michael bought his MEA-2 from Studioxchange, the official Prism Sound Retail Partner. It now has a permanent home in his project studio in Berkhamsted.
“This studio has been mostly digitally equipped up till now,” he says, “but I’m really excited about getting more into high-quality analogue gear. I’m really delighted with the sound I’m achieving with the Prism Sound MEA-2 and we always try and specify them when we are recording in studios like Abbey Road. Now that I own one, try prising it out of my hands. It’s going nowhere!”

As a film, TV, classical music and contemporary dance composer, equally at ease writing in full orchestral or more electronic idioms, Michael is in great demand. He is currently writing a new album for Erased Tapes Records, which will be released on vinyl later in the year, and is scoring the new independent British film, Delicious, on which Michael makes his producer debut.

He started his career as assistant to the film composer, Michael Kamen (Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Lethal Weapon), then worked as a music editor (Lord of the Rings, Children of Men and Love Actually), before returning to composition. Since then he has written the score for BBC’s critically acclaimed Sherlock series with David Arnold – a project that won them a Royal Television Society Award and BAFTA and EMMY nominations – and composed music for the Inbetweeners movie, Horrid Henry: The Movie and Cheerful Weather for the Wedding.

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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 company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

Media Group International Receive Prestigious ISO 9001:2008 Certification

Dubai, UAE, 25th March 2013: Media Group International (MGI), the region’s leading systems integrator, has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard. MGI is the first company of its kind to receive the prestigious accolade within the Middle East region, guaranteeing customers world-class quality assured products.

The certification follows a thorough auditing and validation process by British Standards Institute (BSI), and will see the company regularly continue to comply with quality monitoring processes. ISO 9001:2008 accreditation guarantees optimum quality assurance and control to MGI’s customers.

Paul Hennessy, CEO of Media Group International says: “This great achievement is a strong stepping stone for Media Group International towards excellence. The award of the ISO 9001:2008 certification is evidence of the company’s on-going commitment to quality management and continual improvement. It also demonstrates Media Group International’s promise to consistently provide quality products and services to its customers.

“I would like to congratulate the entire project team, senior management and all staff members who were involved in this project.”

Representatives from the BSI attended leading industry event CABSAT 2013 to present the certificate to MGI’s Chief Executive Officer, Paul Hennessy. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast, MGI debuted under its new name at the trade event held earlier this month at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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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 35 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia. MGI opened its first European office in London in August 2012, under the direction of Managing Director, Neils Thomas, who formerly worked as Head of Sales for North Europe at Sony Professional Solutions Europe.
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.
Website: www.mgi.tv
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.
info@gssg.com
www.gssg.com

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