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White Mark Designs Two Preview Theatres for NBC Universal

Studio design and acoustics consultancy White Mark Ltd has completed a major project for NBC Universal that involved designing two state of the art preview theatres at the company’s new international headquarters in London.

NBC Universal’s move into the award-winning Central Saint Giles office development allowed the company to bring all of its technical facilities together under one roof. Working in conjunction with architects T P Bennett and cinema optics consultant Lawrence Claydon, White Mark designed a 64-seat, double height screening room on the ground floor of the building and a smaller 18-seat theatre on the first floor. Both theatres are now being used for executive and private screenings.

David Hodgkinson, Senior Vice President, Theatrical Operations at NBC Universal, says: “We chose White Mark for this project on the basis of the company’s excellent worldwide reputation for designing sonically accurate film dubbing theatres and post production facilities, and we’re delighted with the end result.”

David Bell, Managing Director of White Mark, says: “This was a complex project because of the lightweight construction of the building and the fact that we were working within very tight space constraints. Also, as a mixed use building, it was imperative that both theatres had excellent acoustic isolation. To achieve satisfactory weight distribution, we built each theatre within its own steel isolation shell and placed these on top of each other to effectively create a theatre stack. As sonic excellence was an important part of our design brief, we paid careful attention to the room acoustics to make sure these theatres were as accurate as the professional film dubbing rooms in which soundtracks are mixed.”

Having completed the preview theatres, White Mark was then asked to design a range of other technical facilities including audio and video editing and post production suites, quality control suites and library and archive facilities.

“This project took 18 months to complete and involved high level collaboration with T P Bennett,” David Bell adds. “There was a fantastic spirit of cooperation between our team, the main architect Shane Kelly and interior designer Tajal Rutherford-Bhatt. Between us, we overcame a number of practical issues to create two stunning preview theatres and an impressive range of technical facilities that are exceptionally high-end.”

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents. www.whitemark.com

DPA Microphones Brings Exceptional Sound Quality To The Live Sound And Touring Industries During PLASA 2012

At PLASA 2012 (Hall 1, Stand F38), DPA Microphones and its UK distributor Sound Network will showcase an outstanding range of high quality microphones that are ideally suited to the rigours and demands of the live sound and touring industries.

Christian Poulsen, DPA’s CEO, says: “We are excited to be exhibiting at the PLASA show this year with the UK being one of our key markets. With the new d:fine™ headset, d:facto™ vocal and d:vote™ instrument microphones, we are raising the bar for good sound in challenging environments, where DPA microphones have already set the standard for headset and miniature mics for many years. DPA’s long list of fantastic references within theatre, broadcast, lives and installation environments proves the unique combination of high sound quality and reliability.”

DPA will show its expanded d:fine™ series of headset microphones that recently won Live Design’s Sound Product of the Year Award. Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, the unobtrusive d:fine™ headset microphones are easy to fit and provide a discreet microphone solution. The range, which is renowned for its audio accuracy, is available in both directional and omnidirectional options and in single or dual-ear designs with a choice of three lengths of microphone booms.

DPA will also be showing its new d:facto™ hand-held vocal mic, which offers an exceptionally natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and extreme sound level handling. In common with all DPA mics, d:facto™ features superior gain-before-feedback and combines a supercardiod pattern with superb definition to give high separation and true sound color on stage. d:facto also features an inbuilt 3-step pop protection grid that allows the artist’s vocal performance to dominate by effectively removing unwanted noise.

PLASA visitors can win one of these ground-breaking microphones by getting their badge scanned at the DPA stand. One lucky visitor will be chosen at random and the winner will be announced after the show.

DPA will complete its PLASA 2012 line up with its popular range of d:vote™ 4099 instrument microphones. Perfect for PA amplification and live recording, d:vote™ 4099 instrument microphones are tiny, elegant products that are extremely rugged and durable. Capable of handling high sound pressure levels and offering superior gain-before-feedback, these microphones live up to DPA’s pedigree of breathtaking clarity and richness.

Versatility is key to the success of the d:vote range, which features a number of different clips suited to a wide variety of instruments. Each microphone incorporates a gooseneck to provide ultra-stable positioning and the mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument. Recent enhancements to the shock mount provide even better absorption and d:vote™ instrument microphones now feature detachable cables available in 2.2mm (0.087 in) and 1.55mm (0.061 in) diameter versions from the end of the gooseneck. Further flexibility is available through an extension unit for the gooseneck supplied with the microphone, which lengthens its neck by 50%.

With their MicroDot connectors and the option of more than 35 DPA adapters, both d:fine™ headset microphones and d:vote™ instrument microphones are compatible with just about any wireless system. They can also be used as a standard 48V phantom powered microphone via its supplied XLR connector.

PLASA 2012 takes place at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, London, from September 9th – 12th. For more information about DPA Microphones, please come to Hall 1, Stand F38 or visit the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com

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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

Visual Unity Expands TV Nova Live Streaming and Video On Demand Service

TV Nova, the biggest commercial television broadcaster in the Czech Republic, is using technology supplied by leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity to power its live online streaming and Video on Demand service, VOYO.

Having worked closely with Visual Unity to launch and then transition VOYO to a subscription-only service earlier this year, TV Nova has once again relied on the company’s consultancy and technical support to launch two new channels – VOYO Cinema, a subscription-based movie channel and VOYO News, a free and continual online news channel that combines live streaming with video reports and advertising.

Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ integrated content management and delivery platform sits at the heart of the solution, enabling the efficient delivery and monetization of live content and access to TV Nova’s ever-expanding archive, which currently includes over 50,000 video assets. The end-to-end platform provides live simulcast streaming of multiple channels integrated with the station back-end and with AD TECH, the broadcaster’s advertising system.

Jakub Kabourek, Visual Unity’s CEO, says: “The technical solution behind VOYO had to provide a solid infrastructure that integrated fully with TV Nova’s existing technology and business systems. It also had to efficiently manage live and archived content in High Definition (720p), enable editing of live News feeds in real-time and deliver a high quality service and experience to subscribers. vuMedia™ addresses all these requirements and more in a very effective way.

“The system incorporates anti-piracy protection (Playready) and uses traditional Silverlight technology to deliver encrypted video content and Flash technology for free video content. In addition, viewers can choose from three quality options to suit the speed of their online connection.”

Part of CME Group and one of the most successful and profitable commercial television stations in Europe, TV Nova broadcasts 24 hours a day to audiences in the Czech Republic. Secure and reliable content distribution is key to the success of the broadcaster’s VOYO online service and for this it relies heavily on Visual Unity’s own Content Distribution Network, offering 100GBps throughput and 400 TB storage for tens-of-thousands of concurrent regional users.

Pavel Krbec, Internet and Other Interactive Services Director at TV Nova, says: “With vuMedia, Visual Unity has delivered a robust and efficient multiscreen solution that has enabled us to easily expand our services and we are delighted with the results. Our viewers enjoy a quality experience through a simple, elegant and intuitive player and by employing Visual Unity’s Content Delivery Network we are able to provide a highly reliable service. Thanks to our long standing relationship with Visual Unity we knew they would be the right systems integration and technology partner for this project and we really appreciate the on-going assistance and technical support they provide us with.”

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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

DPA Microphones Deliver A Spectacular Summer Concert At Leeds Castle In The UK

DPA Microphones played an important part in delivering a fantastic evening of classical music to over 10,000 people who attended a summer concert organised by Heritage Events at Leeds Castle in the UK.

Situated in Kent, this beautiful Castle provided a dramatic backdrop to a spectacular concert that featured the Royal Philharmonic orchestra conducted by John Rigby, the Central Band of the Royal Air Force and the Military Wives Choir. There were also solo performances from leading tenor James Edwards and international soprano Claire Rutter.

Sound, lighting and PA specialists SRD Group provided all of the equipment for the concert, including a large selection of DPA microphones, which it leased from sound engineer Ian Barfoot.

“DPA microphones were ideal for this project because they always deliver fantastic audio quality and are very rugged, which means you can put them through the mill without having to worry about them,” Barfoot explains. “The weather for the concert wasn’t great and it did rain very heavily all day, but the damp conditions didn’t affect the microphones at all. Luckily it stopped raining during the evening, which improved the mood of the audience who had turned up armed with big umbrellas expecting to get soaked.”

Ian Barfoot, who was responsible for delivering orchestral stems to the monitor and front of house engineers, provided a selection of DPA microphones – over 60 in total – to capture the orchestras and soloists.

“One of the musicians was playing a very fine Stradivarius, which we miked with a DPA 4060 miniature microphone,” he says. “We also used DPA d:vote™ 4099 instrument microphones to capture the fanfare trumpeters from the RAF Band, who delivered a resonant finale to the evening.”

During the evening there were displays from classic World War II aircraft and the concert culminated with a firework spectacular. Despite the weather, Stuart Roberts, Managing Director of SRD Group, says the event was a resounding success.

“This is the third year running that we have been involved with the summer concert Heritage Events stages at Leeds Castle and we always use Ian’s stock of DPA microphones for the orchestras. The weather did create more work in terms of getting equipment on and off the site, but the sound quality on the night was as stunning as ever and it was a really wonderful evening for everyone who attended.”

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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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Imerge Adds STARS AV To Its International Distributor List

Imerge, manufacturer of premium quality audio and media servers, has appointed STARS AV as its new Spanish distributor, with responsibility for its entire product range including the recently launched MS1-3D media server, the Mini Client and the S4000 audio server.

STARS AV specialises in home systems distribution and focuses its portfolio on up market residential audio visual needs. Established in 2009, the company is exclusive distributor for a number of high-end brands including Meridian Audio, Future Automation, Sonance, Avielo by Projectiondesign, Liberty Cables, Intelix, Waterfall, and Proficient.

Graham Boswell, Sales Director for Prism Sound that owns the Imerge brand, says: “We are delighted to add STARS AV to our growing list of international distributors and we feel confident that the local knowledge and retailing skills the company brings to the Imerge brand will significantly increase our presence in the Spanish market.”

STARS AV is headed by directors Patrick Kahr and Boyen Rienks, both of whom have backgrounds in high-end retailing and marketing.

“Our focus is very much on brand development and strategic commercial alliances to build brand awareness for the companies we represent,” Patrick Kahr says. “STARS AV’s business is geared towards the luxury consumer segment and the high-end residential market.

“We work with a network of highly qualified third party installers, focusing on residential projects with multi room audio video and control requirements. Imerge products are ideally suited to this market as they offer a centralized database that allows us to deliver the high quality, multi-room audio and video that these customers demand.”

Mr. Kahr adds that Spain’s economic difficulties have had an impact on sales but the market for quality remains consistent.

“There is some movement in the high end segment but we recognise that we have to be patient and work on building a solid foundation,” he explains. “We are delighted to bring Imerge into the STARS portfolio because its products are ideally suited to our core customer base. We have already sold a number of systems, with more sales in the pipeline, and we are also promoting the range by displaying Imerge in our strategic product showrooms in Madrid, Marbella and Barcelona. This is an exciting relationship and we look forward to developing it in the future.”

For more information about Imerge in Spain, please contact STARS AV on telephone: +34 91 563 1092. Email: pk@starsav.com

For general information about Imerge and its extensive product range please visit www.imerge.co.uk

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Imerge
Part of what is popularly known as the “Cambridge Phenomenon”, Imerge is well-qualified to be the leader in its field. A spin-off from Cambridge-based technology consultancy “Scientific Generics”, it developed the world’s first hard drive-based audio server, the SoundServer, back in 1990s. In 2007 Imerge launched a multi-terabyte, 1080p-capable music/movies multi-room server hailed for setting new standards in usability as it also integrated multi-room entertainment, as well as delivering the very highest standards of audio and video performance. In 2008, Imerge changed the rules by introducing the world’s most advanced media server, the MS1, and its associated enterprise grade storage solution, the XiVASafe. Redefining the way we interact with our media, Imerge has continually innovating releasing MS1-HD and most recently the MS1-3D, incorporating 2D and 3D Blu-ray support, and the revolutionary new and unique XiVA music store and user interface in over 12 languages and many more market firsts. The current range in includes two brand new products introduced in 2012, the multi-zone S4000 audio server product and a miniature HD video player unit (Mini Client) for the MS1-3D video server.

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IBC 2012: Jünger Audio Introduces M*AP – The Latest Addition To Its *AP Family Of Loudness Processors

Dynamics specialist Jünger Audio will use the IBC 2012 platform (Hall 10, Booth D20) to unveil M*AP – the latest addition to its Award-winning *AP family of audio loudness processors.

This ground-breaking processor combines an audio monitor controller and a loudness measurement device in one unit, thus providing comprehensive quality control and loudness monitoring for anyone working in a production or broadcast environment.

Designed for quality checking surround (5.1) and/or stereo programs, M*AP can be used for live monitoring and also to ensure compliance with government regulations on loudness such as the US CALM Act, the UK Ofcom regulations and the French CSA regulations, etc.

The unit comes with alarm signals that alert the operator when pre-set loudness thresholds are exceeded, and these signals can be delivered by simple GPOs and/or SNMP traps, which carry actual loudness values. Loudness measurements can be performed over a long run or over a fraction of a program, or both. These measurements can be triggered by automation systems via GPIs or via the network – or even manually by buttons of the X*AP remote panel.

Alongside loudness measurements, M*AP also offers functionality for acoustical QA. It has eight speaker outputs that allow for A/B checking of stereo compatibility of a surround downmix through alternative speakers, as well as via L/R front speakers.

Peter Pörs, Managing Director of Jünger Audio, says: “By incorporating 3G, HD and SD auto detection, M*AP gives users the option of dealing with all 16 channels of SDI embedded audio at the same time. This means that you can listen to one program while permanently logging the loudness of two (5.1 +2 mode) or four (4×2 mode) programs. It is also possible to send further embedded programs to M*AP’s AES outputs to feed a third party instrument for analyzing and/or display.”

For no extra cost, the M*AP’s SDI board acts as an embedder as well and comes with video delay to compensate for any kind of audio delay. This feature is ideal for those looking to maintain lip sync in QA suites or control rooms. M*AP also features a built-in Dolby® Metadata generator and an optional Dolby® decoder that allows users to decode Dolby-E, Dolby-D (AC-3) and Dolby Digital plus (E-AC-3).

At IBC 2012, Jünger Audio will also be showing the rest of the processors in its *AP range, including the Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor, the D*AP LM4 four-channel Digital Audio Processor and the D*AP LM2 two-channel Digital Audio Processor.

Also on show will be Jünger Audio’s Loudness Logger, a powerful tool that offers customers of all Jünger Audio levelling processors an easy way to monitor the development of the loudness over time. Using this new software, broadcasters can monitor in real time or by analyzing previously stored loudness log files. This innovation is critical as all broadcasters now need to show precisely how their audio levels are performing in order to comply with new legislation on Loudness.

If you would like more information about these products please visit Jünger Audio at IBC 2012 – Hall 10, Booth D20 – for a demo.

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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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DPA Microphones Offers A Range of Broadcast Microphone Solutions at IBC 2012

DPA Microphones is highlighting its international reputation for distortion-free sound and ergonomic design at IBC 2012 (Hall 8, Stand D70) by showing a range of high-quality microphones that are ideally suited to broadcast applications.

Among the products on show will be DPA’s expanded d:fine™ series of headset microphones, which recently won Live Design’s Sound Product of the Year Award, and the new d:facto™ vocal mic that made its debut earlier this year at Prolight + Sound.

“With so many television programmes now being delivered in High Definition and 5.1 surround sound, demand for high quality microphones for broadcast use has never been greater,” says Christian Poulsen, DPA’s CEO. “DPA is internationally acclaimed for delivering the pristine sound quality that programme makers and viewers want. Our range includes microphones for a wide variety of broadcast applications and we are confident that, both in terms of sound quality and design, they are the best broadcast microphones on the market today.”

Offering impressive gain before feedback and very stable construction, DPA’s unobtrusive d:fine headset microphones are easy to fit and provide presenters and guests with a discreet microphone solution that can’t be seen on the face. The d:fine range is renowned for its audio accuracy and its ability to deliver natural voice intelligibility and consistent audio performance at all SPLs. d:fine capsules are so small that they are virtually invisible, leaving presenters free to focus on their performance, safe in the knowledge that these hand-built microphones will deliver high-quality, distortion-free sound.

d:fine is available in both directional and omnidirectional options, in single or dual-ear designs and with long or short booms. Designed to fit comfortably, they adjust to accommodate any ear size and head shape and can be mounted on either the left or right side of the head. Available in black, beige, brown, and lime green, each solution performs spectacularly in either cabled or wireless settings and can accommodate a range of accessories including windscreens, power supplies, and adapters or cables with fixed connectors (MicroDot, 3-pin Lemo, TA4F mini XLR, Mini-jack).

DPA Microphones d:facto™ hand-held vocal mic bridges the gap between live stage performances and studio recordings. Offering an exceptionally natural sound, high separation from nearby sound sources and extreme sound level handling, this microphone is ideal for live music broadcasting as it combines a supercardiod pattern with superb definition to give high separation and true sound color on stage. In common with all DPA mics, d:facto features superior gain before feedback, while the inbuilt 3-step pop protection grid effectively removes unwanted noise.

d:facto has already been put through its paces on several TV shows, including Voice of Denmark, a standard format TV show broadcast in several countries. IBC visitors will have the opportunity to win one of these ground-breaking microphones by getting their badge scanned at the DPA stand. One lucky visitor will be chosen at random and the winner will be announced after the show.

At IBC 2012, DPA will also be showing its light-weight range of miniature microphones that are popular with broadcasters because they deliver excellent speech reproduction and can achieve quality pick up even when they are not directly aimed at the sound source.

DPA will complete is line up with its best-selling and versatile Reference Standard range of microphones that exhibit total transparency in any recording situation and are capable of picking up incredible detail and depth of sound.

For more information about DPA Microphones, please come to Hall 8, Stand D70 or visit the company’s website – www.dpamicrophones.com

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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’s New Ultra Low Price ProFlex Monitor Range

Oxygen DCT has consolidated its reputation for constant innovation with the launch of the Evolution ProFlex range of monitors. This latest addition to the popular Evolution Pro range is targeted at more budget conscious installations by offering broadcast picture quality at consumer pricing levels.

Addressing the gallery and studio market, Oxygen DCT’s low cost, high performance Evolution ProFlex broadcast monitors give budget conscious control rooms and galleries access to professional grade monitoring, thus negating the need to use large domestic televisions that don’t offer the same level of picture quality.

There are seven different sizes in the range, from a super 9.7” to a high performance 10 bit, 1.06 billion colour 55” model and an emormous 70” screen. The Evolution ProFlex range is designed to be flexible and is capable of being driven by multi-viewer systems with between four and 64 signals on a single screen. These types of monitors are typically found in control rooms, galleries and outside broadcast vehicles and are the perfect antidote to using low cost domestic or semi-professional monitors. Unlike consumer screens, these monitors are a consistent ergonomic design that will not change model or design every six months as occurs in the consumer market. They also have broadcast colour reproduction with adjustable colour controls, contrast and backlight setting allowing broadcast users to colour match panels together.

The 9.7” screens were initially developed in conjunction with ITN, which installed them in its new Channel Four News room. Following further requests from other customers Oxygen DCT decided to develop a full range of sizes for galleries and outside broadcast vehicles. Each screen is equipped with the latest, high performance LCD panels and low energy LED backlighting. ProFlex monitors are designed to be flexible with control from either rear mounted buttons or a plug-in remote control panel. DVI and HDMI inputs are standard whilst 3G-HD-SDI is optional. Prices for the Evolution ProFlex start from just £355 for the 9.7” to £477 for the 21.5” and £3,330 for the 55” model.

Oxygen DCT’s Evolution Pro series is the most extensive range of video monitors in the industry and includes the Evolution Pro-X series monitors, which are suited to grading and other colour critical viewing applications.

For more information please call Oxygen DCT or 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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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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