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Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ Platform Delivers A Win-Win For Multiscreen Broadcast

At IBC 2012 (Hall 3 Stand B60) Visual Unity, international broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator, will showcase its award-winning vuMedia™ multiscreen platform, which has enabled viewers across the world to enjoy this summer’s sporting extravaganza on any screen.

New enhancements to the vuMedia™ framework will be on show, including an entry level, easy to use version of the online video platform, enhanced mobile features and support for 4K streaming.

Introduced at last year’s IBC and subsequently nominated for a number of awards, vuMedia™ is an integrated content management and delivery platform that allows broadcasters and content owners to control how their brand and assets are managed, delivered 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 Video on Demand services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

With vuMedia™ powering their multiscreen offering, broadcasters are maximizing their viewing figures by reaching new audiences across the full range of connected devices and increasing advertising bandwidth by 15-20%.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “One program type that has particularly benefited from the power of vuMedia™ is sport – a genre where audiences are hungry for content that can be delivered directly to their mobiles, PCs and tablets. National broadcaster Czech TV, for example, which uses our vuMedia™ platform for its web-based iVysilani service, achieved a record of 80,000 online viewers during the Euro 2012 quarter final game between Portugal and the Czech Republic.

“While multiscreen technology is ideal for all sports, it is especially relevant for sports that don’t have big broadcasting contracts but still attract avid fans,” Petru says. “For example, we have successfully streamed the Czech Extraliga ice hockey for six years and, by using ‘new media’, have delivered a 93% saving over traditional television broadcast technology. In a very pragmatic, minimalistic one-camera set-up, we can cover a live sporting event for a little over $1000, while $2000 brings in multiple cameras, editing, graphics and so on and gets the game on the web and on mobile devices such as phones and tablets.”

Whether using the cloud or its own well-established Content Delivery Network, Visual Unity’s expertise in both linear and multiscreen systems integration is successfully helping companies worldwide to enhance their content offering and optimize performance as they build multiscreen technologies into their existing operations.

At IBC 2012, Visual Unity will also highlight its leading broadcast systems integration capabilities, which cover a wide variety of solutions from traditional Outside Broadcast vehicles and broadcast IT systems through to new media applications developed by Visual Unity’s in-house software development team.

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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

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Prism Sound Delivers Simpler Audio Measurement Solutions To All India Radio

All India Radio (AIR) has taken delivery of 35 Prism Sound dScope Series III audio test instruments, which are being used to check the audio quality of AIR’s transmitter links throughout the country.

With a national network of 237 broadcasting centres, AIR is one of the most influential radio broadcasters in India. Established in 1936 as a Government organisation with a remit to inform, educate and entertain, AIR underwent rapid expansion after India attained independence in 1947 and now reaches 99.18% of the population. Its home service broadcasts in 24 languages and 146 dialects, while its external service covers 27 languages – 17 national and 10 foreign.

Today, the broadcaster has 149 medium frequency and 54 high frequency transmitters, along with 177 FM transmitters. This extensive network is constantly checked to ensure audio quality and overall performance.

In order to win this important tender, Prism Sound worked closely with New Delhi-based Electro Dynamics, the company’s specialist agent for Government sector Test and Measurement business in India. Formerly an Audio Precision representative, Electro Dynamics has been supplying equipment to AIR and Doordarshan (TV) for many years.

Lalit Agarwal, founder and CEO of Electro Dynamics, says: “Alongside offering the most competitive financial package in its tender response, Prism Sound also offered the best technical solution. The dScope Series III instrument was deemed highly suitable for AIR’s requirements, particularly because it offers analogue and digital functionality and its ease of operation is second to none. The system will be used extensively during the overhaul of AIR’s infrastructure as it transitions to digital broadcasting, and we are delighted to be able to offer this state-of-the art solution at this key stage in AIR’s development.”

Prism Sound’s dScope Series III includes precision analogue and highly-optimised digital outputs and inputs. Precise and automatic gain-ranging enables high resolution measurements over a massive range, from a few micro-volts to more than 150 volts RMS, and from less than 1 Hz to over 90kHz. Its interface processor uses dedicated DSP to provide a wide range of real time measurements, while its software uses the host PC for almost unlimited number crunching and analysis options such as Fast Fourier Transforms, unique ‘FFT Detectors’, swept sine and multi-tone testing. Designed to be highly programmable, the dScope Series III can be automated from a wide range of third-party software using Active X controls, or internally using VBScript. The system also offers a range of uniquely powerful tools for broadcasters, including logging facilities for tracking down intermittent pops and glitches in the audio stream, and metadata inconsistencies and changes of status which could lead to audible problems.

Simon Woollard, Test and Measurement Product Specialist for Prism Sound, says: “This was an important project for Prism Sound and for AIR alike, so we took the time to consult with the client in order to understand their requirements in detail. Once we knew what measurements AIR’s engineers needed, we were able to customise the appearance of the standard dScope Series III interface, using in-built user-adjustable settings. In doing so, we were able to provide a simplified menu that was easy to understand and control, even for untrained users.

“The resulting main menu offers four main sub-menus of test groups, grouped by input and output domain, plus a quick tour of the instrument and the self-test routine that AIR requested. The sub-menus then offer the operator a choice of the most commonly needed tests, e.g. frequency response, THD+N, IMD, etc, which can all be accessed from a single click. Operators can then perform their tests using the standard test profiles, or they can customise the tests according to their specific requirements.

“As with all dScope Series III instruments, automated test sequencing and reporting is also possible. We will be consulting further with AIR following their initial training and usage of the instrument to determine whether they require any further adjustments to the appearance of the instrument’s interface, or to the tests and test reporting defaults provided.

“This project is very exciting for me, as I have been involved in Prism Sound’s strategic move into the Indian market since day one, and this is one of the most significant results we have obtained since we started this campaign. This news is important for all of our customers, as it helps to strengthen our position in the region, and I look forward to working with Electro Dynamics and AIR in future as we continue to develop our audio test and measurement solutions.”

Prism Sound has already provided Digital Audio training to AIR staff and will deliver more specific dScope Series III product training during 2012. It is anticipated that AIR will place further orders in the future as it rolls dScope Series III out to other divisions.

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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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DK-Technologies Unveils The DK3 Meter To European Broadcasters At IBC 2012

DK-Technologies is now offering broadcast engineers the ability to de-embed 16 channels of audio from an SDI input by using its award-winning DK3 Compact Audio Loudness Meter. And for those working in a non-video equipped facility, there is still the option of using the meter’s three AES inputs.

DK-Technologies has also made its successful StarFish™ surround sound display available to all DK meter users, as well as those investing in the new DK3, which makes its European debut at IBC 2012 (Hall 8, Stand E60).

Richard Kelley, Sales and Marketing Director for DK-Technologies, says: “The introduction of the DK3 meter has made the Award-winning DK Meter range even more versatile. Broadcast engineers can now monitor audio levels from both video and audio sources. This is in line with industry trends that have seen audio and video being combined more frequently.”

In common with the other meters in DK-Technologies range, the DK3 is compliant with all known loudness recommendations and has pre-sets built in to allow for EBU R128, BCAP, ATSC A/85, ARIB, ABC, AGCOM 219 & ITU 1770-2. Alongside StarFish™, new software features include moving coil emulation of PPM and VU mechanical meters with user selectable scales and a goniometer display for stereo audio. These features are also available to DK1 and DK2 users and can be installed via a free software download from DK-Technologies’ website:
www.dk-technologies.com

Since their launch in 2011, DK Meters have been rapidly adopted by broadcast and post production companies because they meet 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.

DK-Technologies will complete its IBC line up with its full range of audio and video solutions including the PT0700 Series multi-channel waveform monitor, which delivers remote access, logging, Dolby decoding, audio delay, video measurements and loudspeaker level control, making this a high-grade cost effective quality control device that provides in-depth analysis with simple pre-set control. DK-Technologies will also show its industry standard SPG with auto changeover, which now has GPS and SNTP options.

If you would like a demonstration or more information about any of these products, please visit DK-Technologies in Hall 8, Stand E60.

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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

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DK-Technologies Celebrates 25 Years Of Audio And Video Excellence At IBC 2012

DK-Technologies, the world-leading manufacturer of audio and video solutions for the broadcast, music and post production industries, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary at IBC 2012.

The company will be marking the occasion by showing an anniversary range of meters branded with new colour schemes and an anniversary logo. Visitors to the DK-Technologies booth (Hall 8:E60) will also have the opportunity to collect a commemorative gift.

Over the last 25 years DK-Technologies has cemented its reputation for ground-breaking Research and Development by introducing a range of audio and video test and measurement products that have rapidly become industry standards. The company has won numerous awards for innovation and for its ability to match its solutions to customer requirements.

Founded in 1987 by its current CEO Karsten Hansen, DK-Technologies has notched up many industry firsts including:
 The first to introduce stand-alone audio metering products that could be sold as individual units
 The first 5.1 surround meter (the MSD 600C MkI)
 The first visual display technology (JellyFish™) to show stereo audio signals in an easy to understand format
 The first surround sound display technology (StarFish™) to show an image of acoustic audio levels as they are experienced by the listener
 The first to offer four waveform monitors in one box (the PTO760M)
 The first to develop a remote unit for a waveform monitor (the PT0700-R) so broadcast engineers on location can see the same audio and video display as engineers in the Master Control Room
 The first to launch a small, portable and cost-effective hand-held audio meter range (the DK Meter) that offers full compliance will all known loudness recommendations (EBU R128, ATSC A/85, ARIB, ABC, AGCOM 219 & ITU 1770-2).

DK-Technologies is not afraid of change and has consistently pushed the boundaries in its bid to develop new technologies that satisfy the needs of the broadcast, music and post production industries.

We hope that you will visit us at IBC 2012 and join in our celebrations to mark a magnificent 25 years.

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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

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The Norwegian Television School Relies on DPA 4060 Miniature Microphones

The Norwegian Television School has replaced its existing stock of miniature microphones with 20 DPA 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones, which were chosen for their ruggedness and reliability.

Supplied by DPA’s Norwegian distributor Lyd-Systemer AS, the new microphones are being used with Senheisser wireless systems, including eight channels of stationary wireless receivers for multi camera applications. Originally designed for use with wireless systems in theatre, television and close-miked instrument applications, DPA’s 4060 miniature microphones are exceedingly accurate and highly unobtrusive.

Erik Sutterud, Technical Supervisor at the Television School, says: “Every time we purchase new equipment we research the market to look for the best products. A manufacturer that specialized in one type of product is likely to put more effort into its equipment than a company making a wide variety of products. This was the reason why we chose DPA. We also based our choice on our our previous good experiences with the company – we already own a number of DPA microphones that are among the finest in our collection. If a manufacturer’s equipment has proved to be reliable, it makes sense to go with the same manufacturer again.”

Based at the University College of Lillehammer, the Norwegian Television School offers BA and MA degrees in Documentary Film Making and Multi Camera Production. Students are using the new DPA microphones for guest talk shows and to record characters taking part in documentary films. As both the students and the people they are filming are often inexperienced with microphone technology, it was imperative that the chosen system was hard wearing enough to withstand heavy use.

“All students need to make a mistake or two before they master the equipment and learn to handle it properly,” Erik Sutterud says. “With this in mind, we need to be sure that any equipment we buy is tough enough to withstand student use. The DPA 4060 microphones are ideal because the sound quality is great and the connectors are smaller, more rugged and more flexible and therefore less likely to suffer if they get bent or knocked during operation.”

The Norwegian Television School is renowned for its exceptional results with graduates going straight into film production in all major television companies. They also represent a major part of the country’s freelance film making community.

An audio engineer and Pro Tools expert in his own right, Erik Sutterud has been with the Norwegian Television School since 2006. As well as looking after the facility’s audio equipment, he also lectures in analogue and digital audio and post production techniques.

“DPA Microphones – and previously Bruel & Kjær – have delivered excellent products for decades. Among our collection of microphones we are proud to own four 4006 microphones with sequential serial numbers and two 4011 microphones. These are about thirty years old and following their last service at DPA they are now in ‘as new’ condition. Over their lifetimes they have captured some great recordings and are among our best investments.”

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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

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Prism Sound Appoints WAVNet To Represent Its Test Products In The USA

Prism Sound is pleased to announce that it has appointed WAVNet as its newest representative in the USA. WAVNet will help promote sales and provide application support and training for Prism Sound’s range of class-leading audio test and measurement instruments, including the revolutionary dScope Series III audio analyzer.

WAVNet’s Owner and Chief Consultant Greg Groeper will be responsible for managing the Midwest/Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. This is a territory he knows well from 25 years of Audio Test and Measurement sales and support in the region.

The appointment of WAVNet reunites Greg Groeper with Doug Ordon, Prism Sound’s US National Sales Representative for Test and Measurement. The two worked together for many years in Chicago during the 1980s as AVC Systems and then as Douglas Ordon and Co. During that time, in addition to establishing an 80% regional market share in Test and Measurement and Broadcast Automation, they helped pioneer the audio industry’s transition from tape based to random access digital editing. In 1992, when Ordon moved on to a new assignment, Groeper took over the business and re-organized it as WAVNet.

Speaking of the opportunity to work together again, Greg said, “Doug and I have been meaning to find the right venue to put our established track record of success to use for sometime. That track record based on extraordinary customer support and the fact that Prism Sound is in alignment with our philosophy is wonderful. This opportunity to work together again in Test and Measurement for Prism Sound is just what we’d hoped for.”

Commenting on WAVNet’s appointment, Simon Woollard, Test & Measurement specialist at Prism Sound, says: “This is an exciting development for Prism Sound, and I very much look forward to working with Greg as the latest member to join our team. I have known Greg for several years, having been introduced by Doug, and I have witnessed the rapport that he has with his clients and their respect for his expertise in the field of audio test and measurement. Greg brings many years of experience with him, and I am confident that he will be a real asset to our US test and measurement sales and support network.”

Greg Groeper has a long history of top level technical support within his large customer base of R&D, Broadcast and Manufacturing Engineering customers. He has always insisted on handling applications engineering and system development at the local/regional level, allowing him to develop expert knowledge in the analysis of acoustics, transducers, electronics and production engineering.

Recently, Groeper founded and manages the 1800+ member Linked-In Professional Group “atme” Audio Test & Measurement Engineering, an exclusive forum for audio professionals dedicated to the finer aspects of Audio Test & Measurement. People interested in joining are invited to register at www.linkedin.com/groups/Audio-Test-Measurement-Engineering-2408733

Additionally, there are several focused subgroups including: Audio Standards, Auditory/Medical, Automotive Audio, D’SPeech, Studio Schmudio and Loudspeaker Measurements.

Greg can be contacted via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/groeper or at his WAVNet email address wavggg@attglobal.net.

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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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DPA Microphones Defy The Elements During The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

More than one million people lined the River Thames in London on Sunday, June 3rd to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she celebrated her Diamond Jubilee with a River Pageant involving 1000 boats. And in typical British style the weather was dreadful, with heavy rain doing its best to spoil what was supposed to be the highlight of the UK’s Diamond Jubilee weekend.

But the cold, the wind and the rain proved no match for the DPA microphones that were the unsung heroes of the event. Even in atrocious conditions they worked perfectly and all of the microphones used to record the orchestras and choirs delivered a seamless performance.

DPA 4088 Directional Headset Microphones were used to mike the Royal College of Music Chamber Choir who performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Symphony, the last of 10 Herald music barges taking part in the pageant. Photographs of the 12 choristers, soaked through and with their hair plastered to their faces, were transmitted around the world for days after the event – and there in the pictures were (among others) DPA’s sturdy microphones on the choir girls, doing their best to defy everything Mother Nature could throw at them.

(http://www.rcm.ac.uk/about/news/diamondjubileecelebrations.aspx)

DPA microphones also featured on two of the four music barges equipped by Thames Audio. Thames Audio director Pete Cox says: “We used DPA microphones on Edwardian, which carried the Academy of Ancient Music who played Händel’s Water Music, and Valulla, which carried 30 musicians from The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth, one of the most famous and highly regarded military bands in the world.

“We chose these DPA microphones because they are small, unobtrusive and have a very directional quality, which meant we were able to record the orchestras without picking up too much of the surrounding acoustics. Given that the Academy of Ancient Music musicians were in an acoustically dreadful see-through marquee and the noise from the strong wind and rain, this was a very important point. The microphones were only a few feet from the PA but still gave us plenty of gain before feedback.”

Thames Audio had a total of 14 DPA d:vote™ 4099 instrument microphones on Edwardian. These were clipped onto the violins and woodwind instruments using DPA’s dedicated instrument clips. On Valulla, Thames Audio used DPA d:vote™ 4099s with the appropriate clips for the trombones, French horns and cornets. They also used DPA 4060 miniature mics, which were taped onto the clarinets and saxophones and actually mounted on the helmets of the musicians who were playing piccolo. In total 18 DPA microphones were used.

“All of our DPA microphones delivered exceptional results and the damp conditions didn’t daunt them at all,” Pete Cox adds. “The sound quality remained fantastic throughout and we were very pleased with the results we achieved.”

Thames Audio sourced part of its stock of DPA microphones from freelance sound engineer Ian Barfoot, who was also recruited to handle the sound mixing on the day.

Barfoot says: “I have a large selection of approximately 70 DPA microphones, all of which were sourced from DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network. I use them for all sorts of concerts, including a lot of Rock and Roll work, because they always perform exactly as they should. They are very forgiving and you can put them through hell and back without having to worry about them. If I don’t have DPA microphones to work with, I tend to throw my toys out of my pram.”

The music performed during the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant, believed to be the Thames’s most spectacular in 350 years, was recorded by the BBC for both broadcast and archive purposes. Live coverage of the event was transmitted to BBC Big Screens in 22 locations around the UK.

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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

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Oxygen DCT Introduces A New 3G Test Signal Generator To the Broadcast Market

Oxygen DCT has launched a powerful and feature-rich 3G test signal generator that offers all the analysis tools engineers need in a highly portable, hand-held unit.

The OxTPG 1000 offers the full range of High Definition standards including 3G and HD/SDI up to 1080p resolution. While ideally suited to all film and broadcast applications, its portable nature makes it particularly well suited to those working in an Outside Broadcast environment with DSNG vehicles and fly-away units. By taking advantage of new technology, the unit is also significantly lower in price than many of its competitors.

Steve Hathaway, Managing Director of Oxygen DCT, says: “This ground-breaking unit is capable of generating all the signals broadcast and film engineers need, regardless of the format or standard they are working with. The OxTPG 1000 comes with a selection of moving test patterns to test links and monitor performance, and users can personalise the unit by loading their own test patters.”

The OxTPG 1000 features a variety of output modes including SD/SDI, HD/SDI and 3G/SDI test signals. Audio is incorporated within the test signal output and users can also Genlock the unit to a master reference.

Hathaway adds that optional fibre optic links can be supplied with the OxTPG 1000 should these be required. The unit can also be powered by an on-board battery, making it even more useful and versatile.

For more information about the OxTPG 1000 or any other product in Oxygen DCT’s extensive range of high quality broadcast , film and post production equipment, please visit www.oxygendct.com

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About Oxygen DCT:
Oxygen DCT is a broadcasts systems solutions provider with a deep knowledge and understanding of the broadcast and professional media markets. This dynamic organisation has amassed in just over five years, a very extensive and comprehensive products portfolio of over 3000 carefully designed broadcast and production products that represent the pinnacle of engineering excellence. Oxygen DCT was the first company in the broadcast industry to fully implement online facilities for its customers and its unique, comprehensive online ordering facility automatically configures equipment systems for customers, saving time and provides industry professionals with the convenience of immediate online pricing. The ‘one-stop-shop’ website caters for the smallest requirements whilst also allowing users to prepare their own quotes and place orders online with immediate order confirmation. Oxygen DCT also provides advice, support and expertise as part of its ‘life cycle’ care scheme, ensuring that customers are fully serviced throughout their career life cycles. www.oxygendct.com

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Prism Sound Introduces Chinese Language Support For its Award-Winning dScope Series III Audio Analyser Range

In order to meet the needs of the burgeoning Chinese design and manufacturing sector, audio test and measurement specialist Prism Sound is now providing Chinese language support for its Award-winning dScope Series III audio analyser range.

The decision to specifically address the needs of this market is based on sound economics and recognizes China’s increasing global importance as an engineering and manufacturing nation. High-tech professional and consumer electronic devices such as mixing consoles, tablet computers, televisions and smart phones all have audio components that require testing, and high quality test instruments such as the Prism Sound dScope Series III range are in great demand.

All Prism Sound dScope Series III audio analyzers, including the brand new dScope Series IIIE system aimed at the high-volume manufacturing market, are now supplied with the Chinese language interface as standard. The user can set their language preferences as part of their Windows® installation, and the dScope Series III software looks up these preferences in order to determine which language to display.

In addition, and in recognition of the need to streamline the learning curve for engineers working in high-volume manufacturing, prism Sound is also launching an ‘Auto Sequence’ application, which enables engineers to configure automated test sequences and reports without needing to learn the dScope Series III automation scripting language.

Simon Woollard, Test and Measurement Product Specialist for Prism Sound, says: “Our new Chinese language interface is just one part of a series of exciting new developments for Prism Sound and our customers. We believe that we are the first major Western manufacturer of general-purpose audio measurement instruments to offer a Chinese language option. It is very important that we cater for the needs of our customers, and our sales partners in China, CDA Professional Audio, identified the need for their clients to be able to operate our systems in their native language. The translation task has been quite a substantial piece of work, but we are confident that the investment will be justified, and that it will greatly improve the usability of our solution by our customers in China.

“This new user interface, along with our new dScope Series IIIE system and Auto Sequence application, will help us to raise the bar in ease-of-use and cost-effectiveness in QC system deployment. These are important developments, not just for our clients in Asia, but for our entire global customer base, many of whom work with manufacturing partners and design facilities in Asia. Any time savings in the learning curve and ongoing usage will be very welcome for all concerned.”

Prism Sound’s dScope Series III platform is ideally suited to production line testing applications as it can be easily automated using its built in VBScript interpreter, and now also from a dedicated test sequencer that avoids the need for script writing, enabling the creation of custom test routines and pass/fail limit checking. Furthermore, test automation can be accomplished with dScope’s “ActiveX COM” interface, offering support for third party automation executives e.g. National Instruments TestStand.

The latest version of the dScope Series III software, complete with Chinese language interface, can be downloaded from the following link:

http://www.prismsound.com/test_measure/support_subs/support_downloads.php

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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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France’s CMC Invests in Multiple Jünger Audio T*AP Units for Loudness Compliance

German dynamics processing manufacturer Jünger Audio has recently sold four of its market-leading T*AP Television Audio Processor units to France’s CMC laboratories. Part of the giant MonalSystem group, CMC is one of the leading facilities houses servicing the French broadcast industry, with clients including all the main French TV broadcasters (France Télévision, TF1, Canal+, M6), as well as international distributors such as Warner, Universal, Metropolitan, Wild Side, etc.

Three T*APs, which were supplied by Jünger Audio’s French distributor 44.1, were bought for the CMC video laboratories and one for the audio mixing operation.

“Our Jünger Audio T*AP units are being used to create broadcast tapes, which, in France, now need to be compliant with the EBU’s R128 loudness recommendation,” explains Daniel Almeida, Senior Maintenance Technician at MonalSystem. “We make a large number of broadcast tapes using VTRs and we needed a realtime and high quality solution for the audio loudness normalisation according to the R128 recommendation.”

Jünger Audio’s audio loudness systems support all known loudness standards including ITU, EBU and ATSC. What’s more, they use the company’s proprietary LEVEL MAGIC™ technology, which is based on a simultaneous combination of an AGC, a Transient Processor for fast changes, and a “look ahead” Peak Limiter for continuous unattended control of any programme material, regardless of its original source.

“We tested all of the products available on the market before choosing the T*AP, and this made us realise that realtime loudness normalisation is not an easy thing,” says Jean-François Brion, Assistant to the Operating Manager and Sound Engineer at CMC. “We already knew the Jünger product range well – especially the D02 limiter/compressor – and we were quick to take interest in the LEVEL MAGIC™ algorithm. We optimised the T*AP setup over a long period of work to make the loudness normalisation the way we wanted it to be: smooth and as respectful as possible of the original sound.”

While CMC chose the T*APs primarily for the quality of their sound treatment, other important considerations were also taken into account, including the way the units would fit into established workflows at the facility.

“We also like the ability to configure the unit via a web interface and the remote control,” says Almeida. “The remote control was necessary for the seamless integration of the hardware into our working environment, and we appreciate the realtime display of the R128 measurements. It is very important for us to have a physical interface for our technicians; they can set-up the hardware with hotkeys and check the result of the loudness normalisation at the end of a job.”

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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

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