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Salam Media Cast Appoints Niels Thomas To Head Its New European Headquarters

Salam Media Cast has consolidated its position as a leading integrated broadcasting solutions provider by opening a new London office that will enhance its service offering to its well-established network of international clients.

Salam Media Cast UK, the first of a number of offices Salam Media Cast (SMC) plans to open in new geographic locations, is headed by Niels Thomas, formerly Head of Sales for North Europe at Sony Professional Solutions Europe. Thomas has an impressive track record in the broadcast and media industries having previously worked for companies such as Omneon, Thomson and Grass Valley. As Managing Director of Salam Media Cast UK, he will use his extensive contacts and professional reputation to develop new business opportunities and strengthen existing customer relationships.

“SMC’s expansion into Europe will enable the company to engage more thoroughly with its international customers by providing much closer cooperation and ensuring tighter control of project timelines and costs,” Niels Thomas says. “SMC has always been a client-focused company and I am looking forward to helping our valued customers achieve their goals and ambitions through a thorough understanding of their objectives so that we can create the best solutions for their needs.”

Based in Doha, Qatar, SMC has over 35 years’ experience of systems integration in the Gulf region and an enviable reputation for delivering innovative workflows that benefit customer specific requirements. It represents many worldwide manufacturers such as Avid Technology, Quantel, SeaChange, Leitch, Drake Electronics, Vinten Broadcast Ltd., Strand Lighting, Telestream, Vizrt and EVS Broadcasting. It also serves TV channels and networks, movie studios and network operators in the region, providing telecommunications, broadcasting, integrated systems and state-of-the-art security.

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

“SMC is changing,” says CEO Paul Hennessy. “We are acquiring world class skills and capabilities to provide a genuine distinction amongst our peers in the industry. SMC’s vision is to be the leading international media systems integrator and we are achieving this by building meaningful relationships with our customers that are based on in-depth knowledge of their technical and business requirements.”

Salam Media Cast is active in numerous business areas, from equipping professional television stations, studios, master control rooms and newsrooms to providing light and sound technology for concert stages and theatres and equipping whole multivendor environments. The solutions it provides include safeguarding national security in government operations, creating the best venues for education in museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments, revolutionizing health facilities and delivering state-of-the-art satellite telecommunications facilities.

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About Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings

Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad & Sons Group Holdings (GSSG) was founded by Ghanim bin Saad Al Saad in 1993 and incorporated in 2007. Today it is one of Qatar’s most successful private sector business groups, making a major contribution to the country’s economic growth.
GSSG has enjoyed steady growth and success in many fields and industries locally and international. GSSG’s diverse portfolio gives it strength and enables its companies within the group to maximise global business opportunities wherever and whenever they arise.
The founder, Mr. Ghanim bin Saad al Saad, has enabled the group to grow to over 40 companies around the world. As an inspirational business leader, he has steered the group to achieve its success in industries that include aviation, maritime, automobiles, oil & gas, real estate, manufacturing, contracting and trading, finance & asset management, engineering, education, fitness, hotels, hospitality and fashion, information technology and telecommunications.
In addition to its corporate headquarters in Doha, GSSG also has five international offices located in London, Zurich, Cairo, Singapore and Dubai.
www.gssg.com

Salam Media Cast (SMC)
Salam Media Cast is a proven Media Broadcast and Communications Technologies solutions provider, serving the Media, Telecommunications, Security, Education, Hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for nearly 40 years. In 2010, SMC joined GSSG Holdings as part of its Media Group, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, and Saudi Arabia.
Salam Media Cast pioneers not only in equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, but also equips whole multivendor environments. SMC provides solutions from safeguarding national security such as in government operations, creating the best venues for education such as museums and classrooms, enhancing sports environments and revolutionizing health facilities and satellite telecommunications.
To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, we have recently expanded our team with new local and international talent. We use our expertise to help realise your goals and ambitions – we listen, advise, design and build great workflows that work for you. Our ambition is to be your trusted partner in the Gulf region.
www.salammediacast.com

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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

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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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