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TRUE COLOURS MIXES BIGGER PROJECTS WITH THE BOX® FROM API

PADUA, ITALY – APRIL 2014: Located in one of the oldest towns in northern Italy, True Colours Studio is dubbed a ‘well-heeled project’ by owner Mauro Santinello. What began in 2005 as a single recording and control room has now grown into a facility with three recording rooms for commercial audio projects, jingles, and most recently some major Italian recording artists. To accommodate the needs of its growing presence in the music scene, True Colours has added THE BOX® to its studio, citing its “high quality manufacturing, and the unique API sound”.

Mauro wanted a project console that would provide a cost-effective, versatile solution to handle the needs of his growing studio in the decades to come. Along with his booming presence in the recording artist scene, True Colours has a growing demand for complete post-production, musical arrangements, and the creation of music for movie productions and short films. “I chose THE BOX because it represents the right console for a modern studio.”

The small-format recording and mixing console offers features that are not provided by most DAWs, including mic preamps, input signal processing, a high-quality mix bus, cue sends with talkback, and monitor control – all in a compact and versatile package. True Colours has a growing number of external preamps, EQs, and compressors, which includes some existing gear from API. The ability to personalize setups was a major factor that drew Mauro to THE BOX. “I didn’t want a big console with 32 preamps and 32 EQs that are all similar.”

True Colours mixes and records music of all genres, with only metal and electronic music yet to make the list. The crew has recorded a wide-range of Italian artists including famed singer Zucchero, piano master Stefano Bollani, and jazz trumpet player Enrico Rava. Most recently, Mauro used THE BOX for a session with singer Alberto Micaglio, whose acoustic presence is expanding from Italy, to London and New York. He has an album due out later this year.

“I have always wanted to buy an API console,” admits Mauro. “THE BOX offers a high-quality analog sound, and no compromises.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

FUX PRODUCTIONS TAKES METRIC HALO PLUG-INS AND INTERFACE THROUGHOUT THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE

LYON, FRANCE – APRIL 2014: Still remarkably early in his career, Julien Collier wears many hats as a musician and sound engineer. He is a multi-instrumentalist, a composer, and an arranger; he is a sound designer, a producer, and a director; he is a recording engineer, a mix engineer, and a mastering engineer; and he is a live tech, a FOH engineer, and a monitor engineer. On the side, he works as a music coach and artist developer! Collier borrowed his alias, Fux, for the production house he established in Lyon, France. Fux Productions contains a recording studio, a composing studio, and a rehearsal room, along with Collier’s extensive industry connections. Clients have access to professional musicians of all stripes, composers, sound engineers, producers, videographers, and more. Across all those wide and varied activities, Collier relies on his Metric Halo 2882 interface and Metric Halo plug-ins for almost everything. They are his pro audio equivalent of a Swiss Army knife!

Collier’s list of clients includes many French independent labels, as well as majors such as Sony, Universal, and Warner. A few of his most recent studio projects include work with Romain Ughetto, Chasing After Time, 99 Ways to Die, and Green Money. For all of those projects, he served as producer, tracking engineer, mix engineer, and mastering engineer, and on many of them he also helped with composition and performance. “A lot of important decisions are made during the tracking,” he said. “It is critical to get the recording into the computer in the best way possible because once it becomes digital, it stays digital. I use my Metric Halo 2882 for everything. It has excellent preamps and flexible input and output routing. It’s just as useful in the studio as it is on stage, where I often use the 2882 to mix in-ear monitors. The software and hardware is very stable, and I am comfortable using it live without a problem.”

Collier’s appreciation for the 2882 made him curious about Metric Halo’s other products and inspired him to get the company’s Production Bundle, which is a complete collection of Metric Halo plug-ins. “Like the 2882, the Production Bundle is now completely integrated into my workflow,” he said. “I use Metric Halo plug-ins on everything and in every situation. They are very flexible and allow me to handle everything from subtle track correction to creative coloration and effects. I use ChannelStrip 3 to clean up my tracks with equalization, compression, and filtering. I love that the plug-in has a great deal of precision – when I adjust a parameter, I really feel it directly. The Character plug-in models different signal paths and gives me a great sound that I use all the time. I use two variants of HaloVerb on most of my productions, which combine together nicely without using a lot of DSP resources. I use the Precision DeEsser on all my vocals and on other shrill instruments, like keyboards or hi-hat. Finally, I use the Transient Control on all of my percussion and drum tracks which gives me fine-grain control of dynamics, attack, and power. It’s also often useful on acoustic and electric guitars and is a lot more reactive than other plug-ins of its type.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

HEAVY MELODY MUSIC PRAISES THE BOX® BY API AN “ALL-IN-ONE SOLUTION FOR COMPOSERS”

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 2014: Located in the heart of Manhattan, Heavy Melody Music composes original tracks for film and video game trailers, designs sound and music for video games and television, and functions as a post-production facility. Four friends run the studio, as well as software development company Heavyocity Media – a resource for composers and sound designers looking for production-ready musical and sound design elements. Producing for both companies requires a wide range of technical audio needs, which is why each of Heavy Melody’s composing rooms uses THE BOX®, the latest recording and mixing innovation from API.

Heavy Melody was founded in 2003 by Dave Fraser and Neil Goldberg as a new music and sound design company focusing on video game audio and music for advertising. Today, the team focuses on original music for motion picture advertising and video game trailers. “As soon as the release of THE BOX was announced, I was running around the studio showing the guys what it was. We HAD to get them,” recalls Neil. “We saw THE BOX as a solution to getting a really big sound in a small footprint, with a lot of the great features found in large format consoles.”

The studio has three albums out, and also creates custom trailer and spot work, as well as dialog casting and recording for games and TV spots. Much of the sound capturing and mixing for Heavyocity’s “DM-307” virtual instrument was done through THE BOX, as well as some custom revisions for tracks on the trailer album God Machine. “We noticed a significant difference in punch and depth, said Neil. “Running the analog synth percussion sound through THE BOX produced some amazingly heavy tones with a great, transparent top.”

The group isn’t a stranger to API, and has used the brand’s microphone pre’s for previous projects. Among the studio’s favorite feature on THE BOX is the Talkback system. “THE BOX has all of my favorite features rolled into one with the API sound,” said Neil. “I was excited that it had four mic/line input channels with the 500 Series EQ, a stereo bus compressor, and a sixteen-input summing mixer with sends/inserts and the headroom and character of API.”

“It has a great bottom end,” shares partner, composer, and sound designer Ari Winters. “The sound that comes out is punchy, yet transparent. With sixteen channels, you get a ton of headroom, that comes together nicely with the on-board compressor.”

While compact in size compared to a larger format studio console, THE BOX is capable of seeing projects through from start to finish, which is something Ari appreciates. “It’s an all-in-one solution for us as composers. It allows us to have multiple computers linked together, spitting out a ton of stems at very high output levels. Also, we now have the ability to monitor and record live microphones without ‘in the box’ latency.”

Co-Founder Dave Fraser sums it up easily, “What can we say, THE BOX is a beast.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) IMAGE 1: The crew at Heavy Melody from left to right: Ari Winters, George Valavanis, Neil Goldberg, and Dave Fraser. IMAGE 2: Co-Founder/Composer/Sound Designer Dave Fraser’s room.

TC Takes QL On Demonstration Road Show

BUENA PARK, Caiif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the first mid-west demonstrations of the new Yamaha QL Series Digital Consoles hosted by TC Furlong Inc. Events are free. The dates and locations are as follows:

Wednesday, 4/16, 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
TC Furlong Inc. in Lake Forest, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-after-hours-tc-furlong-inc-tickets-11201286349?aff=yamaha

Tuesday, 4/22, 9:00 am -1:00 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
Regus Offices in Rosemont, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-rosemont-il-tickets-11203922233?aff=yamaha

Tuesday, 4/22, 4:00 pm -7:30 pm (with Yamaha district manager, Mike Eiseman)
The Moody Church in Chicago, IL
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/yamaha-ql-series-launch-tour-chicago-il-tickets-11204000467?aff=yamaha

The new Yamaha QL Series inherits CL console features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.

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Yamaha NUAGE Version 1.5 Announced Today

LAS VEGAS—In response to an overwhelmingly positive reaction, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced Version 1.5 software of the NUAGE Advanced Production System. Available in May via free download, the new version will allow remote control of R Series audio interface head amplifiers from NUAGE Fader/Master control surfaces. In addition to providing a broader selection of I/O options for NUAGE systems, the software also allows Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Console inputs to be shared via a Dante network for significant system expansion capability.

Although NUAGE already allows switching between up to three different DAWs, with V1.5 the “NUAGE PT Bridge” driver for Avid Pro Tools control gains OSX 10.9 compatibility so that Pro Tools running on Mac platforms is fully supported. Also, adding Quick Control to the NUAGE Master unit, specified parameters can be assigned to the multi-function display so the user has even greater customization control. The NUAGE Master unit now has the ability to instantly access a vast range of VST instruments from the display and knobs for more efficient, effective sound crafting. The multi-function knobs will also provide as much as 512 times finer control than has been available in the Fine Mode.

“All of the powerful refinements in NUAGE V1.5 add up to enhanced efficiency and improved workflow for end users,” states Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “With ongoing feedback from the field, NUAGE will continue to evolve as the new standard for DAW system performance.”

Launched in 2012, the flexible NUAGE system features tight DAW software integration, groundbreaking operability, modular architecture, and Dante networking capability. NUAGE systems are currently being installed in audio post-production and recording facilities around the world.

For more information on NUAGE V1.5, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at NAB 2014, booth #C2143 or on the web at www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

DPA Microphones Helps Steve Browell Capture Unique Car Sounds

Recording audio for film and TV within the confines of a car is hard enough, but actually capturing the sheer range of sounds that comprise car noise is an entirely different level of challenge. This, however, is something of a specialty for freelance sound effects editor Steve Browell who uses a range of DPA microphones and a variety of techniques to achieve spectacular results.

Browell, whose recent projects have included recording sound effects for Scarlett Johansson’s latest film Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer, says: “What I love about the job is that it’s so varied. From enhancing the physical sounds on screen to bringing inanimate objects to life; from designing effects to add to the emotion of the story to recording original sounds for each film, there is always a new challenge.”

Browell’s work involves many different locations, from race-tracks to mansion houses, from anechoic chambers to scrap yards. With him go a matched pair of DPA’s d:dicate™ 4011C Compact Cardioid Recording Microphones and a selected pair of d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones, which were supplied by DPA’s UK distributor Sound Network. Browell also owns a pair of d:dicate 4021 Compact Cardioid Recording Microphones in an DPA X/Y setup that have been customised to fit into a Rycote windshield.

“I have always liked the sound DPA microphones capture,” he says. “When I started my career I was involved in a lot of music recording and I can remember the first time I used a pair of DPA d:dicate 4011s when they were still Brüel and Kjaer. I loved the amazingly detailed and natural sound they were able to capture; it was like hearing the sound from the live source again. From then on I have always wanted to own my own pair.”

Browell first started experimenting with car recordings when he was asked to capture car sounds for a film he was working on. “Cars are fascinating machines that create a symphony of sound,” he says. “Also I liked the physical challenge of where and how to place microphones on a moving vehicle and still get a decent sounding recording with as little vibration and wind buffeting as possible.”


He explains that much of the action in Under the Skin takes place in the interior of a Mercedes Sprinter van. “To get a really authentic sound and the right coverage I spent a day recording the van with a multi-mic setup covering different aspects of the interior, the engine and the exhaust.”

Browell has been able to hone his techniques, not to mention widen the library of different cars he has captured, with work on the Need for Speed computer game franchise. As he says, though, it’s a delicate balance between the shielding stopping wind noise and it starting to colour the source sound.

“I also had to find materials that would withstand the high temperatures and a few Rycote windshields got burnt in the process,” he explains. “The McLaren MP4 12c was particularly bad for this; on overrun you can get a flame of three foot out of the exhaust. It can also be a problem fixing the microphones onto the cars and not damaging the paint and bodywork, which is important when some of them are valued at over $1m. Each car’s shape is so different and I need to be extremely flexible with my methods to get the microphones into a sweet spot: out of the direct airflow around the car but also avoiding some of the high temperatures and trying to dampen some of the vibration.”

For the future he says he would definitely like to own more DPA microphones, but adds that remembering petrol helps, too…

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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

Amptec and DPA Host Microphone Workshop With Balthazar

Belgium rock band Balthazar recently threw open the doors to one of their sound checks so that 45 audio engineers and musicians in Brussels could see how DPA microphones are used during the band’s live shows.

This unique workshop, organised by DPA’s Belgium distributor Amptec, was supported by Balthazar’s Front of House engineer Filip Tanghe who took part in a question and answer session with the invited audience, during which he discussed microphone and mixing techniques.

Dany Meeuwissen, Pro Audio Sales Manager at Amptec, says: “The workshop took place at the Ancienne Belgique concert hall where the band were playing a gig later that evening. After a general introduction to DPA’s microphone technology, the audience was able to listen to the band soundchecking and hear solo examples of the various DPA microphones that they use on stage. These include four d:facto™ Vocal Microphones, two d:dicate™ 4011C Compact Recording Microphones, which are used for overheads, and three d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones, which are used on the snare and floor tom drums.”

Originally from Ghent and Kortrijk, Balthazar is a five-piece rock band that has been receiving fantastic reviews across Europe as the support act for Editors. The band is now touring in its own right and has made DPA microphones an integral part of its tour equipment.

“When it comes to vocal microphones, DPA’s d:facto is my first choice because it has such great resistance to feedback without sacrificing any detail,” says Filip Tanghe. “The sound it produces is very full and rounded, with no harshness at all. I find it incredibly musical.”

Tanghe engineers approximately 130 live gigs a year for Balthazar and now uses DPA microphones all the time. When Balthazar are not touring he works with Belgian singer songwriter Hannelore Bedert, who tours with an 11-piece band consisting of horns, strings, drums, guitars, keyboards and backing vocalists.

“I use DPA microphones for Hannelore’s live gigs as well and they certainly make those set-ups a lot easier,” Tanghe says.

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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

Prism Sound Shows New Audio Interfaces at NAB 2014

After an exceptionally successful 12 month trading period, which culminated in a move to larger offices in the USA, internationally acclaimed manufacturer Prism Sound will be using the NAB 2014 platform to introduce post production and broadcaster engineers to its growing family of audio interfaces.

Alongside Orpheus, Lyra and Titan, the company will also be showing Atlas – the third new interface product that Prism Sound has launched in the last year.

“Launching three new products in such a short timeframe meant that our existing premises could no longer cope – to put it simply we needed more space,” says Janice Norton, Prism Sound’s VP US Operations. “We have moved to a larger, ground floor suite close to our former premises in Rockaway, New Jersey, and now have plenty of room to stock the extensive range of products that Prism Sound offers to both the recording and broadcast markets.”

Designed with Prism Sound’s latest and award-winning CleverClox clocking technology and incorporating eight of the company’s popular mic pre’s as standard, the new Atlas interface is aimed squarely at multitrack recording applications. It offers recording professionals ultimate quality analogue and digital I/O for Mac or Windows PC at sample rates up to 192kHz via a simple USB interface. In addition to the USB host interface, Atlas also features Prism Sound’s new MDIO interface expansion slot, which was first incorporated into Titan and announced at AES New York in October 2013. Using this miniature expansion slot users can, for example, directly connect to Pro Tools|HDX systems. A range of other MDIO interfaces is planned for later introduction. Atlas will also run with Apple and Windows native applications over USB.

Atlas, Titan and Lyra are all capable of aggregated operation in both MAC and Windows PC environments. This makes it possible to link up a number of different units for multichannel applications – for example 24 track, 32 track – or even bigger set-ups – while retaining a USB connection for each unit. In the Windows environment, Prism Sound provides a new driver that aggregates the units and presents a single multitrack interface to DAW applications for I/O routing.

At NAB 2014, Prism Sound is also showing its full range of Test & Measurement solutions, including the versatile dScope Series III Audio Analyzer. This award-winning unit features a freely-available test suite that can be used to evaluate the performance and compliance of any loudness meter on the market. As US broadcasters are now legally obliged to comply with the ATSC A/85 standards, Prism Sound’s test suite enables them to properly evaluate all loudness meters and ensure that their chosen product can deliver both ATSC and ITU BS.1770 compliance.

To find out more about the Prism Sound range and to demo the new Atlas interface, please visit NAB booth C1944. The company’s new address is Suite 1, 45 Pine Street, Rockaway, NJ 07866. The telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

In the US
Sales department
Prism Media Products Inc.
45 Pine Street, Suite 1
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NJ 07866
USA
Tel : +1 (973) 983 9577
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e-mail : sales@prismsound.com

Prism Sound Discusses Audio Production at Brighton Music Conference

Internationally acclaimed manufacturer Prism Sound is hosting a production panel at this year’s Brighton Music Conference where it will also be taking an exhibition stand for two days.

Prism Sound’s panel will discuss all things audio – from creative audio production through to studio techniques and tips. Confirmed panelists include producer Steve Mac, DJ Dave Clarke, Producer and re-mixer James Wiltshire (Freemasons) and Anthony Middleton of Audiofly.

Brighton Music Conference (BMC) runs from April 11th – 12th and Prism Sound’s panel will be held on Friday April 11th at 16.35 in the Exhibition Room.

“Our panel is designed to be educational as well as entertaining,” says Prism Sound Product Specialist Chris Allen, who is hosting the event. “There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to fire questions at our panelists and we are anticipating lively debate.”

Prism Sound will also be using the BMC platform to show its internationally acclaimed family of audio interfaces, which include Orpheus, Titan, Atlas, and Lyra. Also on show will be the company’s range of Maselec audio production tools such as the MEA-2 EQ and the MLA-2 compressor.

“We have launched three new products in less than a year, which is a record for Prism Sound,” Chris Allen adds. “This indicates our determination to offer recording professionals the widest possible choice when it comes to the high quality, richly featured and competitive tools they want and need.”

As part of its commitment to the audio production community, Prism Sound will also be promoting the Music Producers Guild on its BMC stand. Representatives from MPG will be on hand to talk about the issues the organization is involved in and highlight the benefits of joining.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

DK-Technologies Launches Entry Level DK T7 Audio Meter at NAB 2014

Just months after launching its versatile DK T7 audio meter, DK-Technologies is using the NAB 2014 platform to launch a brand new, entry level version of this ground-breaking product (Booth N1202 in conjunction with Ward-Beck).

The DK T7 Stereo is aimed squarely at engineers who are only working with stereo audio, whether that be in radio, post production or recording music for subsequent CD release. Designed to be intuitive, the DK T7 Stereo has an easy to use, fast responding touch interface that makes it a breeze to set up and operate. Like its DK T7 big brother, the DK T7 Stereo offers high precision features and functionality at a highly cost effective price – just €2895 or USD 4890 MSRP. Its extensive feature-set includes industry compliant Loudness readings, Vectorscope, FFT spectrum analysis and Loudness Logging and Reporting.

“We recognized that our DK T7 audio meter was perfect for engineers working in stereo, but that we could reduce the cost to them by removing multichannel capabilities and SDI interface,” says Uffe Kjems Hansen, Product Marketing Director of DK-Technologies. “Therefore we have targeted the same tools for stereo metering, and made it a much more cost-effective bargain.”

The DK T7 Stereo includes balanced and unbalanced AES I/O, Analogue stereo inputs, headphone outputs as well as HDMI for external screen view. It is available as a stand-alone desktop or a 19” rack mounted unit. DK-Technologies can also offer in-console mounting options for console manufacturers and customers who prefer their meter to be integral to their desk.

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

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