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DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone Wins New Fans

ran Healey, the lead singer of UK band Travis, and Marti Pellow, the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, are the latest in the growing list of vocalists to switch to DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone. In both cases the artists made the change on the recommendation of their live sound engineer, Tom Wiggans.

“I have no problem recommending DPA’s new d:facto microphone because I’m so impressed with the results it has delivered for Fran and Marti – and for Dougie Payne, Travis’ bass player, who is also using one for his backing vocals,” Wiggans says. “Before I tried d:facto, I had tried quite a few new vocal microphones that made big promises, but always ended up going back to the microphone that people have been using for over 40 years. However, the d:facto’s clarity and ability to capture the true sound source without extraneous background noise has made a real difference to the way I work. I now have much more time to concentrate on other details because my vocal fader is just vocal, I don’t have to deal with anywhere near as much ambient mush bleeding into the mix.”

Tom Wiggans was introduced to the microphone by Rob Ramon, product manager for DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network.

“Rob was at one of the gigs Travis played at the Roundhouse in London, and afterwards he came backstage and introduced himself,” Wiggans said. “I was already familiar with DPA having used the company’s overhead and instrument mics. When I heard about d:facto I was keen to try one, so Rob arranged a demo. I didn’t get a chance to try it until we were in Paris a few days later. Pablo Wheeler (Travis Monitor Engineer) and I were able to do an A/B comparison with it against the mic Fran usually used. It sounded amazing – so good that after the show I realised I was going to need better reverbs. The difference was really noticeable.”

After such a positive experience, Wiggans was happy to specify two d:facto Vocal Microphones for the rest of the Travis tour, which was taking in a number of South American cities.

“I had one for Fran and one for Dougie, both of whom were delighted with the way their vocals were sounding,” Wiggans says. “We then flew straight to some Scottish shows, and unfortunately all our equipment went astray so we had to borrow stuff for a couple of shows. Thankfully, our gear arrived for the last show, and as soon as the band walked on stage and spotted we had the mics back everyone was much happier. Missing something when you don’t have it is always a good indication of how good it is.”

After completing the Travis tour, Tom Wiggans took his d:facto vocal microphones straight out on the road again – only this time with Wet Wet Wet.

“My original plan was to have Marti try the mic in rehearsal so that we could see how he got on with it, but he was having none of that,” Wiggans says. “He wanted to try it straight away so Chris Trimby (Wets Monitor Engineer) just threw him on stage with it, blind. The d:facto sounded brilliant from the off and Marti was absolutely chuffed to bits. He liked the weight and feel of it in his hand. From a performance point of view he felt it was really well balanced.”

Tom Wiggans has also been using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture drums and brass. These were supplied by SSE Audio Group in the UK and used on the Travis tour.

“The minute we miked up Neil Primroses’ drums with the d:vote 4099, everyone was blown away,” Wiggans says. “People were coming up to me and asking what I’d done to make the drums sound so ‘real’. All the attack that you get with acoustic drums was there – it sounded like you were standing right next to them, only through a PA. They were just as good on Wet Wet Wet’s brass section, which tends to be quite loud. Once again there was no problem with feedback or rejection.”

Both Travis and Wet Wet Wet will be playing live in coming months – Travis is off to the Far East in March/April, while Wet Wet Wet has a number of racecourse gigs lines up for the summer. For Tom Wiggans and for the lead singers, the choice of microphone is now easy.

“It will be DPA’s d:facto without any doubt,” Wiggans says. “From now on, when it comes to vocal mics, it’s always going to be my first choice.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Visual Unity’s vuMobile™ platform Adds Ecwid

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity Global is announcing an important extension to its mobile marketing platform vuMobile™, by integrating the popular Ecwid e-commerce platform. vuMobile™ now enables clients to build their own online store in 5 minutes. This feature improvement is offered within the existing price and service package.

Recently announced rebranding and repositioning of vuMobile™ version 4.0 is followed by a further significant platform feature improvement; integration with the revolutionary Ecwid shopping cart. Ecwid is the fastest-growing, global e-commerce platform for small businesses, and used by over 400,000 retailers in 175 countries. The multi-platform Ecwid is also Facebook’s most popular store building app.

With vuMobile™, clients can now build an online store within five minutes. This storefront is fully functional on any device including feature phones, smart phones and even desktops. Through a modern responsive design, clients are able to categorize different types of products (for example consumer electronics or e-products) and choose from more than 40 payment systems. Ecwid has numerous shipping and tax options and enables product feeds to marketplaces and comparison shopping engines. The e-shop is easily integrated with social media networks like Facebook, and the Ecwid storefront is available in 45 languages.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity Global, says. “Thanks to the integration with Ecwid’s online store, our vuMobile™ platform now offers our clients the ability to easily generate additional revenue through mobile channels worldwide.”

“Ecwid is honored to integrate with the Visual Unity platform and work with such an innovative partner,” says Jim O’Hara, president of Ecwid, Inc., adding, “Now Visual Unity’s users can add robust e-commerce functionality directly to their mobile sites in minutes, and also enjoy the flexibility of adding stores to social media and other online venues.”

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy officer at Visual Unity Global adds: “This latest integration with Ecwid shows Visual Unity’s commitment to developing strategic features that bring untapped revenue success to our clients.”

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyse and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

About Ecwid: Ecwid is a full-featured, cloud-based e-commerce platform that allows businesses to create professional online stores and embed them into any existing web, mobile, or social site. Ecwid, available directly or through trusted partners, has over 400,000 registered merchants in 175 countries, and is available in 45 languages. A free plan is available. The Ecwid Facebook app is the leading shopping cart application on Facebook, with over 40,000 Facebook stores globally and used by more than 300,000 monthly active users.

For further information, please visit: www.ecwid.com.

Fred Falke Dubs Prism Sound’s Lyra the Pinnacle of ADA Conversation

Renowned French DJ, remixer and producer Fred Falke was so bowled over by Prism Sound’s Lyra II audio interface that he bought one after just one listen.

“It simply surpasses every other competitor by far,” he says. “The AD conversion is so clear that recording becomes effortless, and the DA is just unreal: you can hear every little detail in a mix in a way that you never thought was possible. It’s like watching the stars through the Hubble telescope.”

One of the most prolific and in-demand producers around, Fred Falke earned global recognition as a DJ, producer and remixer with his debut release Intro. Now based in Los Angeles, Falke’s career has spanned nearly two decades and he has consistently proven his versatility with releases such as Golden Cage and reworks of Nervo and Robyn tracks. His ability to bridge the gap between pop and electronic dance music is evident with his remixes for artists from Katy Perry and Ke$ha to, more recently, Lana Del Rey, Jason Derulo and Selena Gomez. He has also written and produced for Ellie Goulding and Florrie and co-wrote Amelia Lilly’s track You Bring Me Joy that reached #2 in the UK charts.

Falke says he first came across Prism Sound’s recently introduced Lyra 2 audio interface during a recording session at Metropolis Studios in London.

“It sounded so good that I immediately bought a unit myself,” he says. “I have subsequently gone on to use it on a number of tracks, including remixes of Tiesto’s Redlights and Foxes’ Let’s Go.”

Prism Sound’s Lyra has built up a loyal following among musicians and DJs because it is so portable and versatile – something that Falke says is essential to him. “It doesn’t matter where I’m working, I have this little ‘magic box’ in my bag and can achieve superb recording and mixing,” he says.

He connects the interface via USB to his MacPro, utilising the line-ins and also the preamp inputs. “When mixing, my DAW master out goes into the outboard through line-outs one to two, and comes back into the Lyra line-ins,” he explains.

Ease of use is also high on Falke’s list of criteria. Part of his signature approach is his love of crafting synth sounds and beats with synthesisers, drum machines and samplers.

“They all have a specific sonic signature,” explains Falke. “Instruments and vocals carry emotions. The Lyra manages to capture that with an unmatched perfection. The controller software is a no-brainer, offering the same zero-latency recording as working from a desk.”

In perhaps the ultimate testament to the quality of the Lyra, Falke explains that when he took delivery of it, he listened to many of his favourite songs and tracks through it right away.

“Even though I have heard these songs a million times before, all of a sudden I heard things I never heard before,” he recalls. “It’s hard to describe how good it is; you have to experience it to realize what you’ve been missing: Prism Sound is the pinnacle of ADA conversion.”

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

The Lyra 1 interface has two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. Lyra 2 includes two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both versions incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing that allows for seamless integration with both Macs and PCs. Both versions also offer digital volume control, a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring and optical SPDIF capability.

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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 organised 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

The Music Producers Guild In Association With Prism Sound Announces its 2014 Awards Winners

The annual Music Producers Guild Awards took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London last night and once again it attracted a high turnout of music industry VIPs and celebrities.

A total of 16 Awards was presented (see full list of winners below), with the top award for Producer of the Year going to Flood (Mark Ellis) and Alan Moulder for their work on Foals album Holy Fire. As recipients of this accolade, Flood and Moulder also automatically win the 2014 BRIT Award for Best Producer.

A highlight of the evening was a live performance by Producers, the supergroup formed by Trevor Horn who attended the event to receive the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award. Horn was joined on stage by former 10CC musician Lol Crème, award-winning engineer and producer Stephen Lipson and drummer Ash Soan, as well as special guest Seal.

Now in its sixth year, the Music Producers Guild Awards recognises the enormous contribution made by recording professionals to the success of the UK’s music industry. This year’s event once again highlighted the close relationship between artist and recording professional with many artists attending the ceremony to present their producer with an award. Others who were not able to attend in person sent video messages of support.

Steve Levine, chairman of the Music Producers Guild, says: “Our winners highlight the creativity that is inherent in UK music production, and when you look at the amazing work these recording professionals have done in the past 12 months it is no surprise that Britain’s recording talent remains the envy of the rest of the world.”

Levine adds that winning an MPG Awards represents the highest level of achievement because it is an endorsement by one’s peers.

“Only Full Members of the MPG can vote for the MPG’s shortlist and therefore the results are relevant to the creative value of our industry,” he says. “Winning an MPG Award shows that you are at the top of your game as a recording professional and an inspiration to many up and coming producers and engineers.”

This year’s Music Producers Guild Awards recipients cover a wide variety of musical genres and also span the generations, with younger recording professionals such as Dan Cox and MJ Cole sharing the accolades with world renowned producers such as Trevor Horn and Nile Rodgers, who have been inspirational for so many up and coming producers and engineers.

The winners for each of the MPG 2014 Awards categories are as follows:

• UK Producer of the Year, sponsored by The BRITS 2014:
Flood (Mark Ellis) & Alan Moulder

• International Producer of the Year, sponsored by Beats by Dr Dre:
Rick Rubin

• Recording Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Rode:
Guy Massey

• Mix Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Solid State Logic:
Mark ‘Spike’ Stent

• Mastering Engineer of the Year, sponsored by SADiE:
John Dent

• Breakthrough Producer of the Year, sponsored by Focusrite/Novation:
Disclosure (Guy Lawrence, Howard Lawrence)

• Breakthrough Engineer of the Year, sponsored by Prism Sound:
Dan Cox

• Re-mixer of the Year:
MJ Cole (Matthew Coleman)

• UK Album of the Year, sponsored by Universal Audio:
Foals – Holy Fire

• UK Single Song Release of the Year, sponsored by Shure:
Everything Everything – Kemosabe

• Studio of the Year, sponsored by KMR Audio:
RAK Studios

• The A&R Award:
Jim Chancellor

• The MPG Innovation Award, sponsored by Genelec, presented by the Music Producers Guild:
David Bowie

• The MPG Inspiration Award, sponsored by UK Music, presented by the Music Producers Guild:
Nile Rodgers

• Special Recognition Award, sponsored by Protape and Transco Blanx:
Sean Davies

• The Outstanding Contribution to UK Music, sponsored by PPL:
Trevor Horn

The Music Producers Guild would like to give a special thanks to the following sponsors:
• Music Insurance Brokers for sponsoring the Reception Drinks
• Hardwick & Morris for sponsoring the judges tickets
• Avid for sponsoring Award tickets for all of the nominees in the producer, engineer and remixer categories.

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

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Funky Junk helps Ruadhri Cushnan Upgrade His Monitors

Funky Junk, Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services, has supplied Award-winning Mix engineer Ruadhri Cushnan with a pair of ATC SM25A studio monitors.

“I knew ATC had a great reputation as a monitor manufacturer and I’d specifically heard a few people talk favourably about the SM25s,” Ruadhri Cushnan says. “When I mentioned to the Funky Junk guys that I needed to improve my monitors they suggested that I try them. I did, and they were amazing, so I decided to buy a pair.”

The monitors have now been installed at Cushnan’s project studio.

“I’ve had my own Mix space since 2007, but recently moved to my current space because it is slightly bigger and gives me more room to accommodate my ever expanding gear racks,”

Cushnan says. “Being near Funky Junk was a happy accident but one that has definitely worked out well. It’s like having a big studio maintenance department right on the doorstep. The guys are very friendly and always happy to help – and they have a good coffee machine.”

Ruadhri Cushnan started his career as an assistant engineer at Metropolis Studios before turning his hand to freelance projects. Having worked as a programmer, writer and re-mixer, Cushnan is now best known as a Mix engineer – an area he has been focusing on since 2007. Recent projects have included album and single mixes for Ed Sheeran, Half Moon Run, The Maccabees, Nina Nesbitt and Foy Vance. He was also responsible for mixing Mumford & Son’s album Babel, for which he received a Grammy in 2013.

Virtually all of Cushnan’s mix projects are carried out at his project studio where he tends to mix ‘in the box’, but with lots of traditional analogue outboard as part of the workflow.

“I occasionally record some vocals and overdubs but 90% of my time is spent mixing,” he explains. “Obviously monitoring is critical and that’s why I needed to upgrade. I’m delighted with the ATC SM25s, which I’ve been using for a little while now. They really do have an incredible amount of detail and are very easy to listen to. I can mix on them at a good level for hours and not get tired out. When I first got them I put on some old favourite vinyls that I thought I knew well and, although it’s a real cliché, it was like hearing them fresh for the first time. They are excellent speakers.”

Cushnan adds that he was very happy with the help and advice Funky Junk’s technical boffins gave him. “They have a great support system and are always very competitive on price,” he says.

The success Ruadhri Cushnan enjoyed in 2012 and 2013 looks set to continue this year as he is already busy working on album projects for Luke Sital Singh (Parlophone) Saint Raymond (Warner/Asylum), King Charles (Universal/Republic), Foy Vance (Glassnote) and Nina Nesbitt.

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About Funky Junk:
Funky Junk is Europe’s leading supplier of new and refurbished professional recording equipment and services. It has offices in London, Paris, Milan and Spain and has been in business for over 20 years. The company is renowned for its high level technical knowledge, backed by extensive workshop facilities. As well as handling sales and repairs, Funky Junk also acts as a distributor to a number of equipment brands and deals with their service and warranty.

For more information please visit www.proaudioeurope.com

DPA Microphones Bring Added Clarity To David Gray’s Vocals

Leading singer songwriter David Gray has become the latest in a long line of vocalists to discover the benefits of DPA Microphones’ new d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Gray’s well-crafted songs were delivered with pristine clarity during his recent Sounding Out tour of Ireland after FOH engineer Graham Pattison introduced DPA’s d:facto II into the equipment line-up.

“I’ve been a fan of DPA microphones for some time because they deliver such great sound quality,” Pattison says. “However, this was the first time I’d had the opportunity to use the new d:facto II Vocal Microphone and I was really impressed with the results we achieved. Right from the first syllable in rehearsals I knew we were onto a winner, but it wasn’t until the first show in Ireland a few days later that I really heard the vocal clarity and exceptional quality through a large venue sound system. There were no gain or feedback issues, and even when left with a flat EQ it sounded exactly how I’m used to hearing David’s voice. The EQ I did end up using was just to help the vocal sit in well with the instrumentation.”

Pattison adds that Gray didn’t question why his microphone had been changed.

“He trusted my judgment and his own ears,” he explains. “During the two week tour we played 11 shows, and did a live streamed and filmed ‘other voices’ show and a live on air RTE radio show. Everyone was coming back to me with very positive feedback about the sound in general as well as his vocal performance.”

Pattison first began working with David Gray in 2007 and since then he has engineered all his live gigs. In 2011, Gray’s Lost and Found tour gave him the opportunity to experiment with a different technical approach and it was on that occasion that he began using DPA microphones.

“The Lost and Found tour was a more acoustic presentation of David’s songs, so we used different instrumentation,” Pattison explains. “We also added a couple of new musicians who could cover backing vocalist duties, so at times we had a five voice choir to back up David’s main vocal.”

Thanks to the acoustic nature of the show, Pattison decided that DPA microphones would be the perfect way to capture the instruments on stage. After speaking with DP’A UK distributor Sound Network about the tour’s requirements, Pattison settled on using two d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for the double bass and cello, two d:dicate™ 4011 Recording Microphones for the acoustic guitar and mandolin, two 4023 microphones for the grand piano and one d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone for Gray’s trademark handpump harmonium.

“I chose DPA microphones for their sound quality – it really was as simple as that,” Pattison says. “DPA microphones have always been regarded as the best you can buy, so when I had an opportunity to acquire some mics for my studio and for live shows, I knew that DPA was the way I wanted to go. Apart from their exceptional sound quality, I’ve also find them extremely versatile because they can be mounted in so many different ways, including directly onto the instrument.”

Pattison says that DPA microphones are now standard on all the tours he engineers because they are so rugged and reliable.

“I did three tours last year, all with DPA, and I didn’t have any microphone failures,” he says. “Even the miniature cardioid microphone I’ve been using on David’s pump harmonium is still going strong. The build quality, particularly of the d:dicate 4011 Recording Microphones, is fantastic and no matter where in the world I ship them, they always withstand the rigors of freighting and come out of their boxes working perfectly every time.

“With an ever increasing vocal choir, I am now looking forward to getting my hands on some more DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones. With those, and the d:vote 4099 drum microphones, DPA will certainly be getting a good run in.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Visual Unity Global and Clouds Media Bring vuMobile™ to Africa

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity Global is expanding its vuMobile™ platform into Africa after signing a new partnership agreement with Tanzanian media conglomerate Clouds Media.

Designed to rapidly mobilize mobile businesses and empower partners and resellers, the vuMobile™ platform will be white labelled, allowing subscribers to create mobile optimised websites in a fast and effective way, under the Clouds Media brand.

In a country where nearly 80% of all internet access is carried out via a mobile phone, this partnership between Visual Unity Global and Clouds Media will bring significant benefits to the local business community. Thanks to the vuMobile™ platform, local companies will now have access to mobile optimized websites offering a highly intuitive and user friendly experience.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity Global, says: “By collaborating with Clouds Media we are helping to rapidly grow our web services for mobile devices in the Tanzanian market. Together with Mobile Money, vuMobile™ will complement the m-commerce offering of local SMBs.”

Using vuMobile™, businesses in Tanzania will have access to the latest website building technologies such as HTML 5/CSS 3 and Responsive Design. Moreover the platform also enables an m-commerce presence robust media streaming capabilities and QR codes.

Joseph Kusaga, Managing Director at Clouds Media, says: “This partnership with Visual Unity will allow us to bring the most relevant and latest technologies to Tanzania, so that we can better serve our clients.”

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy officer at Visual Unity Global, adds: “In Tanzania, as in many parts of Africa, a company’s mobile presence plays a critical role in establishing new revenue streams. vuMobile™ helps businesses to generate new subscribers, retain existing customers, and stand out from competitors.”

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About Visual Unity Global

Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyse and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.

Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMediaTM is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.

Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

About Clouds Media Group

Clouds Media Group is a privately owned media house based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Clouds Media Group excels at entertaining and deepening community engagement, integrating new media technologies to meet evolving lifestyles, and leveraging resources to build vibrant and informed communities. Now celebrating its 15th year, Clouds Media Group has an impeccable track record for excellence in execution of radio campaigns and broadcasting performance. Comprised of 4 dynamic broadcast stations, East & Central Africa’s largest event production firm as well as a 40 Channel DTT network on the Island of Zanzibar, all of which are leaders in their specific categories fuel the Clouds Media Group powerhouse. This dynamic assortment of formidable companies allows advertisers to achieve maximum value by enabling them to reach their core demographic on multiple platforms all within one media house. Clouds Media Group stands as a beacon of fair business ethics, openness, transparency, and value; and is one of the highest awarded media houses in Tanzania. Clouds Media Group recently was named the #2 Mid-Company in Tanzania in 2012 by Superbra.

DK-Technologies Appoints Maser As Its UK Distributor

Audio and video metering specialist DK-Technologies has appointed the Maser Group as its distribution partner in the UK, with responsibility for handling its entire product range.

Established in 1983, the Maser Group is a multinational company with offices in Australia, New Zealand and United Kingdom, Maser Group supplies communications solutions, products and systems to a large number of market segments including Broadcast, Audio/Video, Fixed/HFC Networks, Industrial, Mobile/Wireless Networks, Public Security & Safety and Defence. Maser Communications (UK) Ltd, located on the south coast is one of the major cable, connectivity and solution distributors to the Broadcast and AV industries.

By adding DK-Technologies to its UK distribution roster, Maser can now offer its customers high quality, Award-winning metering and monitoring solutions.

Graeme Lewis, General Manager of Maser Communications UK, says: “I have been a fan of DK’s products ever since the company captivated the audio industry with the introduction of the world’s first surround sound metering system. Now, as DK-Technologies and with the addition of the video products, I am very happy to finally become a distributor for this unique and innovative company. The introduction of the PT0800 Audio and Waveform monitor and the DK T7 continues the pedigree of the MSD meters and makes this a particularly exciting time to represent DK’s innovative products.”


DK-Technologies has been developing high end audio and video monitoring and metering products for more than 20 years and is renowned for the extreme accuracy and quality of its products. In recent years it has led the market in Loudness metering technology, particularly in portable and affordable solutions such as those exemplified by the DK Meter family – a range of audio and loudness metering products that have been exceptionally well received by broadcasters and post production facilities around the world.

Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director at DK-Technologies, adds: “We are excited about the cooperation with Maser Communications. Maser has tremendous insight and experience in the broadcast industry on both audio and video applications. We see a strong synergy between our product portfolio and Masers access to the UK market and expect that this combination will continue our growth and presence in the UK broadcast industry.”

For more information about DK-Technologies products in the UK, please contact Graeme Lewis at Maser Communications UK. Tel: 01329 236000. Email: graeme@masercomms.co.uk Alternatively please visit www.dk-technologies.com

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About DK-Technologies
DK-Technologies develops and produces audio meters, video sync and test signal generators, as well as video waveform monitors and colour analysers both for LCD and CRT monitors. Alongside its worldwide distributor network, DK-Technologies also operates branch offices in Denmark, Germany, UK and USA. www.dk-technologies.com

Jünger Audio Celebrates Sales Success In China

As China celebrates the start of a New Year, dynamics specialist Jünger Audio is also marking an important event – the culmination of its most successful sales year in the country.

“Since opening a dedicated regional office in Beijing in 2010, we have seen our Chinese sales grow year on year,” says Jünger Audio CEO Peter Pörs. “However, 2013 was successful with sales exceeding our expectations. We shipped a wide range of audio processors which were delivered to a number of different Chinese broadcasters. 44 D*AP4 LM Digital Audio Processors went to GZTV, therefore our success was especially noticeable in the Guang Dong region where all three provincial and city TV stations are now using Jünger Audio products to control broadcast loudness.”

Pörs adds that Jünger Audio’s achievements in China are down to two key factors – having a permanent base in the country, which inspires customer confidence, and offering a range of high quality products that are renowned for their ability to deliver uncompromised audio loudness management.

“Our Beijing office is headed by Jian Gao, a Chinese national who understood both the business climate and our own industry,” he says. “Jian’s broadcast and pro audio experience, combined with her local knowledge, make a huge difference to how we are perceived by our Chinese customers. Having a local presence reassures our customers as they know they will be properly supported after they buy.”

Jünger Audio’s D*AP4 LM series has proved particularly popular in China because it gives users the processing quality and features offered by Jünger Audio’s flagship T*AP Television Audio Processors, but in a smaller 4 or 2 channel system. Incorporating Jünger Audio’s unique LEVEL MAGIC™ algorithm, the unit focuses on automatic and adaptive loudness management compliant with all current broadcast audio loudness recommendations including ITU.1770 Standards (revisions 1, 2 and 3) as well as recommended practices ATSC A/85 (2011/2013), ARIB TR-B32, Free TV OP-59, Portaria 354 and EBU R128.

Recent customers in China have included Guang Zhou TV, which has investing in 44 D*AP4 LM processors, making this one of the largest single orders to PRC in the company’s history. As the TV station of Guang Zhou city, GZTV is determined to ensure that its viewers receive the highest quality audio and it is therefore installing Jünger Audio’s loudness control throughout its playout chain and advertising servers.

Another prestigious Jünger Audio customer is Nan Fang TV Station, the second provincial terrestrial and satellite TV station in Guang Dong province. Nan Fang TV is now using D*AP4 LM processors and J*AM loudness logging software to control and monitor loudness quality on all eight of its TV channels.

In the same region, Guang Dong TV Station in Guang Zhou city has invested in 12 D*AP4 LM processors and six T*AP Television Audio Processors as part of a station upgrade to HD. These units have been installed on GDTV’s three HD channels and six SD channels, all of which will go on-air once the station completes its system upgrades.

Finally, major satellite TV station ShenZhen TV, based in Shen Zhen city, has recently started using Jünger Audio D*AP4 and J*AM loudness logging software to monitor and log its program loudness.

“Chinese broadcasters are now well aware of the importance of loudness control and are choosing Jünger Audio’s products to achieve it because they meet China’s demands for technical sophistication and audio quality,” Jian Gao says. “In recent months, Jünger Audio’s loudness control and Surround production tools have been used on some highly prestigious broadcasts – for example Shanghai Media Group’s Season One finale of The Chinese Idol, which was broadcast in August 2013; all Guang Dong TV’s New Year’s Eve concerts since 2012 and ZITV’s Voice of China, including the Season 2 Finale in 2013 where Jünger Audio’s M*AP processor was used as the Dolby surround signal monitor control. That broadcast also featured two T*AP units, which were used for Dolby E encoding from ZITV’s HD OB Van where they performed beautifully.”

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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

Trevor Horn’s Band to Perform Live at MPG Awards 2014


Renowned producer, musician and songwriter Trevor Horn has revealed his plans to perform live at next month’s Music Producers Guild Awards in London – and that he will be joined on stage by some ‘special guests’.

Horn, who is attending the event to receive the Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award, will perform as part of the supergroup Producers, the band he established in 2006 with former 10CC musician Lol Crème, award-winning engineer and producer Stephen Lipson and drummer Ash Soan. This exciting collection of extraordinarily highly regarded producers and artists have scored over 200 hit singles and albums, including their own debut album Made in Basing Street, which was released in 2012.

Music Producers Guild Chairman Steve Levine says: “A live performance by Producers is quite a coup for the MPG and we’re really thrilled that guests attending our 2014 Awards ceremony will have the opportunity to witness this unique performance. The MPG Awards are always a popular event on the music industry calendar because they are such a joyful celebration of the UK’s recording talent, but when you get the chance to see a supergroup play live as well, you just know it’s going to be a brilliant night.”

The MPG is presenting Trevor Horn with the PPL-sponsored Outstanding Contribution to UK Music Award in recognition of a remarkable career that has spanned more than three decades. The award he will receive from the MPG acknowledges those who have made a significant contribution over a long period of time to the success of the UK music recording industry.

Described variously as ‘unashamedly an exhibitionist’, an ‘architect of sound’ and a producer whose work is linked by a common theme of excellence, Horn has been responsible for numerous hits for artists such as ABC, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones and Robbie Williams. He first achieved success as an artist with The Buggles, Yes and Art of Noise, but eventually turned to production and song writing where he established a reputation for pushing the boundaries of music production. During the early 1980s he set up Sarm Studios in London and also ZTT Records and music publishing company Perfect Songs.

Trevor Horn will be presented with his award at the MPG’s 2014 Awards Ceremony, which takes place on February 13th at the Park Plaza Riverbank Hotel in London. Tickets for the event are available by emailing event organiser, Joe Edwards. Email: joe@ilikethesoundofthat.com

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About Music Producers Guild (UK):
The Music Producers Guild (UK) is an independent and democratic organisation that encourages the highest standards of music production, and actively engages with other music industry organisations to campaign and lobby on matters of important mutual interest.

The MPG represents and promotes the interests of all those involved in the production of recorded music, including producers, engineers, mixers, re-mixers, programmers and mastering engineers. www.mpg.org.uk or www.mpgawards.com

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