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Red TX Records Michael Forever For Live TV Broadcast

More than 40,000 fans took their seats at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff this month to enjoy Michael Forever, a star-studded tribute to Michael Jackson.
The concert featured performances from a variety of artists including Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis Smokey Robinson, JLS, Ne-Yo, JLS, Pixie Lott and Cee Lo Green. The fans, many of whom were dressed in Michael Jackson attire, were treated to spectacular performances on a huge stage, which was billed as the largest event rig ever used at a European stadium.
Behind the scenes, broadcast sound specialists Red TX were on hand to record the live audio for subsequent broadcast on Sky Arts and various other television channels around the world. The company employed its new Red II truck, which was manned by Red TX director Tim Summerhayes with assistance from Ollie Nesham and Ben Summerhayes.
Tim Summerhayes says: “This was a complex show to record because there were so many artists involved and many of them were working to such tight schedules that they were not able to be in Cardiff for the pre-show dress rehearsal. Despite that, the event was fantastic and there were some magnificent performances that went down incredibly well with the fans.
“We recorded the whole show as live and then spent some time tidying up the sound in post production. No re-mixing was involved and the only real issue we had to contend with was a radio microphone failure during Alexandra Burke’s performance. This was fixed after the event when she re-recorded the song at Sarm Studios in London and we were able to drop the new recording into our mix.”
Red TX was commissioned to handle the audio recording by Iambic Productions. Producer Dawn Davis says: “I’ve worked with Tim for over 25 years and the recording is always excellent, the in and out seamless, and the dedication tremendous. Red TX have really pulled out all the stops on this one, because despite schedules being impossibly tight and some of the artists under rehearsed, Tim and his team were able to cope with everything and deliver some fantastic audio.”
Although the run up to the event was beset with difficulties, the Michael Jackson Tribute concert delivered everything that was promised on the night. The world’s media was there in force and many of the artists who later took to the stage were happy to oblige them with soundbites and interviews. The show itself was explosive – literally, as it involved a vast array of pyrotechnics during Ne-Yo’s opening performance.
The event came to an end with the Jackson family and the show’s stars packing the stage for a run through of Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough, which had the entire crowd up on their feet and dancing along in tribute to Michael Jackson, one of pop’s greatest performers.
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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD. It is headed by Ian Dyckhoff and Tim Summerhayes, both of whom have extensive experience in delivering high-quality audio for broadcast. www.red-tx.com

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Warwick Audio Uses Prism Sound dScope Series III Audio Analyzer To Test Its New Loudspeaker Range

UK-based Warwick Audio has invested in a Prism Sound dScope Series III audio analyzer in order to test the performance of a new amplifier that it has designed to drive its revolutionary Flat Flexible Loudspeaker systems.

The instrument was supplied by Prism Sound’s UK distributor, Thurlby Thandar Instrument Distribution (TTid).

Based in Coventry, Warwick Audio was founded in 2001 as a spin out company from the University of Warwick. The company’s technology is based on successful loudspeaker research that was carried out at the University’s School of Engineering by Dr. Duncan Billson and Prof. David Hutchins.

Using Dr. Billson and Prof. Hutchins research as its starting point, Warwick Audio has re-engineered Electrostatic Loudspeaker [ESL] technology to create a flat, flexible loudspeaker laminate that provides linear performance at low cost. Warwick Audio works as a design partner with manufacturers that are using its laminate fabrication to developing audio products for public or multiple listener spaces. As well as its base in Coventry, the company also has a specialist technical engineering and development operation in Ebbw Vale, South Wales.

In recent months Warwick Audio has been working on a new range of loudspeaker and amplifier products that it needed to test in order to measure distortion characteristics. Senior Electronics Engineer Brian Atkins, who is in charge of researching speaker technology and enhancing the speaker’s performance, was responsible for choosing the dScope Series III measurement platform.

He says: “We began investigating a solution for amplifier measurements, and looked at a number of audio test instruments, including the Prism Sound dScope Series III Audio Analzyer. This seemed the best because it was small, cost effective and UK-designed, and contained all the tools we needed for amplifier measurements, and hence we invested in the Prism Sound solution.”

Atkins began a dialogue with Prism Sound, during which he discovered that the company had already solved his problem by creating a software module that enabled him to measure distortion in flat speakers without needing an anechoic chamber.

Simon Woollard, Applications Engineer for Prism Sound, says: “A growing number of our clients are involved in the fields of both audio electronics and electroacoustics. We had an instrumentation architecture that could potentially support both electronic and electroacoustic measurements, so it made perfect sense for us to develop a loudspeaker testing module for our dScope Series III instrument. This module allows customers like Warwick Audio to measure their loudspeakers in a non-anechoic environment, providing frequency response, harmonic distortion, impedance and phase response using a gated impulse response technique.”

Warwick Audio is now using its dScope Series III to test both speaker distortion and general electronic testing.

“We especially like the instrument’s small footprint,” Atkins says. “It is very easy to use and to move around the lab, and is providing very accurate results when it comes to measuring our loudspeaker and amplifier products.”

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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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Oxygen DCT’s New Evolution P3 Camera Monitor Goes In For Extreme Action

Oxygen DCT’s award-winning Evolution P3 camera monitor is currently enjoying some hair-raising rides on-board a specially modified camera car belonging to Pursuit Europe, the tracking vehicle division of UK-based Helicopter Filming Services.

Pursuit Europe operates three camera cars and a quad bike, all of which are used to capture film and broadcast projects. The cars include a mighty VW Touareg V10, a 400bhp Mitsubishi Evo for track and fast work and a Smart Brabus for tight places. The Evolution P3 monitor is currently being used onboard the VW Touareg, where it is mounted into the dashboard.

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Jeremy Braben, owner and director of Helicopter Film Services and Pursuit Europe, says the monitor was chosen because it is so compact. Available in 7″ and 17″ sizes, the Evolution P3 boasts an onboard HD recorder that allows recording from the main camera and more

Imerge Launches a 4th Generation 3D Home Entertainment Media Server

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Following its acquisition of the Imerge brand, Prism Sound has been developing new products to add to the brand’s range of movie and music-focused entertainment servers.

The first of these, the MS1-3D, due to be launched at the end of September, was on show yesterday for the first time at Essential Install Live in Manchester, UK.

Imerge is a well established provider of premium enhanced personalised multi-room audio and video entertainment solutions for the high-end Custom Install market. The introduction of the MS1-3D consolidates Imerge’s pioneering work in audio and media servers by offering the market a 4th generation server that cements its position as a market leader.

The MS1-3D builds on the pedigree and heritage of the award winning MS1-HD server and is much more than just a 3D upgrade. The unit is a complete media server more

Red TX Brings Stunning Audio Quality To The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Album Launch

Broadcast sound specialist Red TX was recently commissioned to capture the audio for a very special Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Cologne, Germany, which was filmed and broadcast live to 1,500 cinemas around the world.

The concert marked the launch of the multi-platinum rock band’s new album, I’m With You, released through Warner Bros. Records on August 29th. The band played the album in its entirety and followed up with some of their greatest hits.

Production company Splinter chose Red-TX to handle the audio component of the project on the basis of its previous good working relationship with the sound specialists. Renowned live sound engineer and Red TX director Tim Summerhayes manned the desk on board Red TX’s new RED II truck and provided a live audio feed that achieved the same quality as the band’s in-studio performance.

“This was a very special performance for more

Red TX Unveils A Brand New Broadcast Audio Recording Vehicle

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Broadcast sound specialist Red TX generated plenty of interest when it officially unveiled its new RED II mobile recording unit at Pinewood Studios before an audience of invited guests from various music and broadcast industry trade associations.

The new truck, which is designed to cater for 3D and 7.1 surround sound productions, enables Red TX to tackle more high quality broadcast productions without the need to outsource. Its innovative design also makes it much easier to mix surround sound audio in a live environment – and it’s a lot more comfortable for the people working on-board.

Ian Dyckhoff, managing director of Red TX, says: “We were hamstrung by only having one truck and were often forced to lease other vehicles to fulfil our obligations. Having a second truck will allow us to increase workflow and offer clients the latest technology more

Broadcast Networks Expands Into Europe With Video Signal

Systems Integration specialist Broadcast Networks has expanded its European presence by partnering with Milan-based Video Signal, a leading provider of production and post-production systems in Italy.

Broadcast Networks has more than 25 years experience as an independent Systems Integration company and has designed and delivered media systems worldwide, including major European transmission facilities and HD Outside Broadcast vehicles for sports production. Clients include Chellomedia in Holland, Bloomberg in Germany, ITV in the UK, OB Team in Norway and SBP in Italy.

This new venture will enable Broadcast Networks to provide enhanced Systems Integration services to the Italian market and establish a foothold in mainland Europe. Video Signal will provide build facilities in Milan for local projects and offer support to Broadcast Networks’ clients in the region. Other European customers will also benefit by having access to Broadcast Networks’ high quality services without leaving mainland Europe. This will provide more

DK-Technologies Wins Two Prestigious Orders For Its New DK Meter

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Following its launch at this year’s NAB Convention, DK-Technologies’ new DK Meter is already proving popular with international broadcasters who are seeing the unit as a viable solution for metering audio loudness.

No bigger than a smart phone and very competitively priced, the Compact Audio Loudness Meter (CALM) is designed to meet increasing demands from the market for cost-effective stereo and 5.1 metering, including loudness.

In Germany, DK-Technologies has received orders from two ARD-member broadcasters for its DK1 meter, which is specifically designed for anyone working in stereo. There is also a 5.1 version, the DK2, which is aimed at the burgeoning surround sound market.

Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR), the public radio and television broadcaster for the state of Saarland, has requested two DK1 meters which it ordered direct from the company’s German office. Bayrischer Rundfunk (BR), the public broadcasting more

Jünger Audio Helps Bethesda Cathedral Manage Its Audio Loudness Levels

Bethesda Cathedral in eastern Singapore has solved the problem sudden peaks in the volume of its AV presentations by investing in a Jünger Audio LEVEL MAGIC™ two-channel loudness normaliser. The unit has been added to the signal path between the Cathedral’s new Allen & Heath iLive digital mixing system and the distribution patch bay to automatically control the levels on any incoming signal source, regardless of its input level.

Bethesda Cathedral is built over four levels, with a 2000-capacity main sanctuary located on the third floor. This is supplemented by a 600-capacity chapel on the ground floor that is used as an overflow venue if the main sanctuary is full.

The Cathedral’s AV system has to send audio to three locations outside the main sanctuary, including to the overflow hall. Prior to installing the Jünger Audio normaliser, audio levels in the overflow hall were difficult to control, more

Jünger Audio and Merging Technologies Merge Technologies

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Jünger Audio and Merging Technologies announced that they have signed a technology partnership that will see Jünger Audio’s groundbreaking LEVEL MAGIC™ Loudness control solution incorporated into Merging’s new MXFix™ batch-processing wrap tool. The combination of industry proven MXF metadata conformity wrapping, Final Check loudness analysis, Surcode Dolby E® decoding and encoding plug-ins and LEVEL MAGIC™ provides a powerful all-in-one media compliance batch processing wrap tool.

Jünger Audio has achieved notable success with a range of hardware units offering LEVEL MAGIC™ as one of the processes. These incorporate ATSC, ITU and EBU R128 recommendations on Loudness and have already been adopted by broadcasters such as Discovery Channel, MediaCorp, Canal +, Astro and RTL. The addition of LEVEL MAGIC™ to MXFix is the first time it has been offered as part of a suite of software options. MXFix with LEVEL MAGIC™ was more

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