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New Deal Sounds Great To DPA Microphones

Leading microphone manufacturer DPA Microphones has consolidated its position in the market by joining forces with The Riverside Company, a global private equity firm that focuses on acquiring strong and growing businesses.

The Riverside Company’s investment in DPA Microphones will allow DPA to significantly expand its operation and grow the company at a much faster pace.

“DPA is already a very successful and profitable company, which has been experiencing a 15% increase in sales, year on year, for the last five years,” says DPA’s CFO Christian Hoff. “With Riverside involved, we anticipate even stronger sales growth in the next five years.”

Riverside has long experience in the audio and electronics industry, having previously invested in German loudspeaker company Teufel, which was successfully divested in 2010. More recently Riverside acquired BLUE Microphones, a US manufacturer of consumer and performance microphones and related products.

Riverside Partner Thomas Blomqvist says that Riverside saw DPA Microphones as an attractive partner because it has an innovative and well-designed product range and an international reputation for delivering outstanding quality and durability.

“This is a solid foundation for further growth, and Riverside’s global network and experience in the audio industry should help propel DPA to further success,” he says.

Under the terms of the new deal, DPA’s CEO Christian Poulsen and CFO Christian Hoff have retained their current positions in management and on the board, along with a 40% shareholding. Riverside is now the majority shareholder and will also have representation on the DPA board.

“For our day to day operation, it is business as usual,” Christian Poulsen says. “What has changed is our ability to capitalize on our current success and make this even more significant in the future. Riverside has an extensive network worldwide, many of whom are specialists in the audio industry and have deep technical knowledge and experience that we can exploit. This investment will allow us to develop new technologies and new products at a much faster pace. It will also allow us to move into new markets and attract more good people to our brand, while still properly supporting our existing customer and partner base.”

DPA makes an array of microphones geared toward demanding professional users in application areas such as theatre, broadcast, public address/live and studio. Its current product range includes headset, lavalier, instrument, and vocal microphones. In addition, the company makes adaptors and a variety of accessories to complement its offerings. DPA’s products are sold through own sales offices in Denmark, the US and Hong Kong as well as through a worldwide network of licensed distributors, and are used by many of the world’s top studios, broadcasters and recording artists.

Working with Thomas Blomqvist on the transaction for Riverside were Vice President Björn Larsson and Associate Martin Gustavsson. Principal for Origination Lars Eriksson sourced the opportunity for Riverside.

L.E.K., KPMG and Gorrissen Federspiel performed commercial, financial and legal due diligence, respectively. Danske Bank provided financing for the transaction. Audon A/S, an M&A International Inc. firm, advised DPA Microphones.

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About The Riverside Company
The Riverside Company is a global private equity firm focused on acquiring growing businesses valued at up to $250 million (€200 million in Europe). Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 320 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies.
www.riversidecompany.com or www.riversideeurope.com

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

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Prism Sound Launches ‘Bitesize’ Webinars

The enormous success of Prism Sound’s Audio Design Workshop LIVE event at the 51st AES Conference in Helsinki has inspired the company to launch a new, free webinar series – Audio Design Workshop: Bitesize.

The Bitesize series delves deeper into the audio engineering and measurement topics already discussed in Prism Sound’s popular Wednesday Webinars series. These free seminars, which are available to download from the Prism Sound website, have already covered a range of technical issues surrounding audio test and measurement and are now widely regarded as a valuable educational resource for audio engineers working in a diverse range of industries.

The launch of Audio Design Workshop: Bitesize takes the concept a stage further by delivering a detailed insight into modern testing techniques and their underlying theory. Each webinar will last roughly 30 minutes, ensuring it remains concise and relevant.

The first Bitesize webinar will take place on December 18th 2013 at 14.00 and 18:00 (UTC/GMT). This inaugural seminar will cover FFT Fundamentals and will discuss the six essential steps in audio test and measurement:
• Why you need to understand Fourier Theory
• The significance of the Time-Frequency Relationship
• DFT/FFT and why they matter
• How to choose the right window function for your measurement
• Avoiding the ‘Picket-Fence’ effect and the errors it may bring
• Make the most of your FFT – special measurement techniques
Each webinar will include live demonstrations and a Q&A session.

Anyone wanting to attend should register at www.prismsound.com/webinars to receive their session login details. Please check the Prism Sound website for information about future Bitesize webinars.

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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

Jünger Audio Incorporates Audinate’s Dante IP Technology

Jünger Audio has announced a partnership with Audinate (www.audinate.com) that will allow the company to incorporate Audinate’s Dante digital media networking solution into its Award-winning range of audio processing solutions.

Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante technology is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency, tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the leading digital media networking solution and has been adopted by more than 120 OEMs to date, with hundreds of partner’s products to choose from. Applications using Dante can be found across broadcast, pro AV, commercial installation and live sound entertainment markets.

Jünger Audio’s first device to feature Audinate’s Dante technology will be the V*AP two channel voice processor. With its high-end algorithms and simple to use interface, it is specifically designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations and TV production voice-over studios. Adding audio network capabilities to the V*AP complements its consequent network approach on control, measurement and administration. In combination with a Dante computer interface or the DVS Dante Virtual Soundcard software, the V*AP can act as a sophisticated frontend for any digital audio workstation (DAW) or video editing system. The Dante interface solution will be released for the V*AP in the first quarter of 2014 and subsequently become available for all other Jünger Audio boxed products.

Peter Poers, CEO of Jünger Audio says: “We looked at all the audio over IP network solutions and found that the efficiency, ease of use, seamless integration and growing range of manufacturers supporting Dante made it the ideal choice for Jünger Audio. As customers continue to demand and expect interoperability between devices, we believe that the adoption of Dante will allow us to provide all the functionality and flexibility that the Pro Audio community needs now, and positions us well for developing and introducing next generation audio products.”

“Jünger Audio is known for their unique range of digital processors which are designed to meet the precise needs of the professional audio broadcast market,” Lee Ellison, CEO of Audinate adds. “Dante is already the leading interoperable network solution for the professional audio and broadcast markets. Jünger Audio’s V*AP voice processor with Dante networking simplifies how audio can be distributed for TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.”

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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

Broadcast Networks Strengthens Management Team By Appointing Malcolm Robinson

Systems integration specialist Broadcast Networks has strengthened its management team, focus and skillset by appointing Malcolm Robinson as Director – Media & Broadcast Solutions.

A skilled broadcast executive and engineer who gained operational knowledge through experiences with CNN International, NEP Visions and Cine Video, Malcolm brings a wealth of technical knowledge and industry insight to Broadcast Networks. He joins the company from Sony PSE where, as General Manager for Live Production Solutions, he was responsible for the design and build of more than 200 Outside Broadcast vehicles and studios.

Innovation is always a key element to broadcasting and while at Sony Malcolm developed the team bringing leading-edge technologies to market. He was central to the development of HD, 3D and recently 4K into the outside broadcast environment.

Commenting on his appointment, Malcolm says: “Broadcast Networks has always been a strong brand and one I am well acquainted with, having previously subcontracted many Sony Live Production projects to its highly experienced team of solution architects and project managers. Their passion for innovation and customer satisfaction has always set them apart, so I am thrilled to be joining the company as it undergoes major expansion to secure its position as a leading integration partner. These are exciting times – for us and our customers.”

“The broadcast market is evolving to accommodate innovative technologies and new business models. Now, more than ever, broadcasters and media companies value partners who can help them implement game-changing ideas,” says Tom Haye, Managing Director Broadcast Networks. “We’re delighted that Malcolm is joining our team to help align our people, processes and the latest technology so that we can help customers win in this increasingly complex arena.”

As a systems integrator with more than 25 years’ experience, Broadcast Networks has a proven record in the delivery of high-quality broadcast and digital media systems to an international client base. The company specialises in fixed and mobile solutions including live production and studio systems; broadcast infrastructure, transmission and content distribution systems; Outside Broadcast and Satellite News Gathering vehicles. Clients include Chellomedia, News International, UPC, NBC Universal, Bloomberg Television, ITV and OB Team in Norway. Broadcast Networks has recently announced a strategic partnership with IEC Group and investment which will drive the expansion of its operations and capabilities.

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About Broadcast Networks
Broadcast Networks is a UK-based Systems Integrator with over 25 years’ experience in delivering solutions to clients the world over, including national broadcasters and global media organisations. From live production systems and OB vehicles, studios and broadcast infrastructure, satellite uplinks to content distribution, the company offers totally integrated and innovative solutions. With a highly experienced and knowledgeable team of solution architects and project managers, a flexible approach and a real commitment to customer service, Broadcast Networks works closely with organisations to meet their business and operational objectives and to deliver game-changing ideas.
Learn more: www.bcnet.co.uk

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The Music Producers Guild Gets BPI and AIM Backing For Its Broadcast WAV Initiative

Just months after officially launching its ‘ISRC in Broadcast WAV’ initiative, the Music Producers Guild has received the support of the BPI and AIM, two trade bodies representing the music industry. Both have agreed to adopt Broadcast WAV as standard.

“We are really delighted to have the support of the BPI and AIM,” says Alchemy Mastering’s Barry Grint, who has led the MPG ISRC campaign. “This is fantastic news for all recording artists and copyright owners because adopting Broadcast WAV will make file identification and content tracking much easier and more accurate. It will also help royalty agencies develop more precise systems for payments, thereby safeguarding the incomes of artists and copyright owners when their recordings are played on air.”

With two major UK music industry organisations now firmly behind the new format – and with a number of mastering hardware equipment manufactures also on-board – the Music Producers Guild believes it is only a matter of time before Broadcast WAV is adopted by the music industry world-wide.

“WAV is the standard format for music interchange in the production process, but MPG members were frustrated that there was no method of embedding industry standard ISRC information in the format to enable more accurate identification the content of files,” Grint explains. “Working in collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union, which created a professional version of the WAV format called Broadcast WAV, we have been able to ensure the carriage of ISRC information in this type of file, thus removing the need for it to be re-entered and reducing the opportunity for error.”

The inherent good sense of using Broadcast WAV is now being recognised.

BPI Chief Executive Geoff Taylor says: “BPI is pleased to support this MPG initiative and we’ll be encouraging our members to adopt Broadcast WAV as a standard. By incorporating ISRC data into the WAV file, we can provide a more accurate and reliable means of identifying recordings when they are exchanged between labels and studios.”

James Farrelly, membership manager of AIM, adds: “In an environment where labels of all sizes now understand that effective metadata management is the key to maximising revenue from their master rights, the work MPG is doing to adapt the BWF format will result in a clearer, more accurate approach to identifying tracks and minimising potential mis-allocation of income from repertoire usage. AIM is proud to support this initiative and looks forward to working with the MPG and their partners to build industry wide adoption of the format.”

The MPG is now planning to address mastering engineers by holding a seminar to demonstrate the ease with which Broadcast WAV can be implemented. This will take place in London in early November (see www.mpg.org.uk for more details).

“For engineers using Magix/Sequioa or Merging/Pyramix, switching to Broadcast WAV will simply involve a software upgrade as both of these workstation manufacturers are already backing the Broadcast WAV initiative, ” Grint explains. “Now that this issue is higher up the priority list, we hope other manufacturers will quickly follow their lead.”

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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

Partner Conference Allows Distributors To Get Under DPA’s Skin

More than 120 pro audio distributors, dealers and opinion leaders travelled to Denmark for DPA Microphones’ Partner Conference.

Guests from around the world attended three days of meetings and seminars in Copenhagen and at DPA’s headquarters in Allerød. They were also taken on a tour of DPA’s production facility in Asnæs where they were shown the different processes involved in making a DPA microphone. The conference culminated in a live, hands-on workshop at the Nørrebro Theatre in Copenhagen, where a singer/actor and a band demonstrated various DPA microphones.

DPA Microphones’ CEO Christian Poulsen says: “The conference was a huge success as it allowed those attending to really get to know the company. DPA has changed a great deal in recent years thanks to the introduction of a new management team and significant developments in R&D that have led our product range in new and exciting directions. We held this conference because we wanted our distribution partners and invited guests to get a real sense of the DNA of the new DPA – a company with true forward vision.”

Among those attending was sound engineer Chris Ekers, who was involved with the London Olympics 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Commenting on his time in Denmark he says: “I use DPA microphones all the time for theatre and classical opera work, so I know what they can do. However, I was very interested to see the production facility and learn more about how they are made. I was amazed at the amount of work and care that goes into each microphone. I met one lady who had personally touched every DPA 4060 miniature microphone ever made – and that must be an awful lot of microphones.”

Ekers adds that the seminars and demonstrations were extremely useful, even for an experienced engineer. He also enjoyed meeting the DPA team and learning more about the company’s approach to design and manufacturing.

“This is obviously a young and vibrant company with lots of good ideas for expanding its product range in an intelligent way,” he says. “It was a privilege to be invited to DPA’s Partner Conference and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and DPA’s hospitality.”

His views were echoed by Rui Lisboa, DPA’s Portuguese distribution partner. “I was surprised to learn that every DPA microphone is hand-crafted, and also amazed by the rigorous test procedure each one goes through,” he says.

Sound engineer Bernard Schmid, who attended the partner conference as a guest of DPA’s Austrian distributor, adds: “For me, the practical demonstrations were the most useful as these gave me a chance to compare different models. I have been using DPA microphones for many years yet I still learned a new and easier way of hiding a miniature microphone in the hair.”

Another guest was Akira Fukada, the inventor of the surround standard Fukada Tree, who says: “Being able to participate in the conference was a great honour and a very stimulating experience. I now understand the direction in which DPA is aimed and I learned about the quality control of these wonderful products. DPA is an indispensable microphone for my music production, and I look forward to new developments at DPA.”

Other attendeed included artist and sound engineer Seigen Ono; Takeru Yamazaki, product manager at DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound and Chul Hoon Choi and Soo Hwan Kim from DPA’s South Korean distributor Best Leading Solutions.

“It was a fascinating experience and I came away with a much better understanding of DPA, its business philosophy and its approach to R&D and product design,” says Soo Hwan Kim, sales manager at BLS. ”We got a few hints about some of the new products that are coming along next year and these look really exciting. DPA already has a strong reputation for quality, but seeing the care that goes into the manufacture of each and every microphone leaving its factory makes you realise just how exceptional these products really are.”

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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

SADiE Helps Producer Steve Portnoi Capture Elgar

Producer and engineer Steve Portnoi used a SADiE LRX2 to produce Elgar’s The Apostles – a double CD that was recently awarded a much coveted Gramophone Classical Music Award.

Portnoi’s recording of the Hallé Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder, won the 2013 Gramophone Award in the Choral category. Earlier this year, the CD also won BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Year and Choral Recording of the Year Awards.

“I use the LRX 2 at every stage in the process,” explains Portnoi. “I record both the live concert in the Bridgewater Hall and the rehearsal direct to the LRX. We want to keep the excitement that you only get at a live performance, so what ends up on the CD is essentially the concert recording. The rehearsals are only used to cover points where audience noise is obtrusive, or where there are minor blemishes, which could become annoying on repeated listening.”

Portnoi’s LRX configuration is two mic input cards, giving him 32 mic amps, and an AES card which he uses to connect to external devices and to give him extra track inputs for large projects such as this. Using a 16 channel A to D increases his track count to a possible 48 – he used 44 tracks on The Apostles.

“There were a lot of elements in this recording,” Portnoi says. “Not only did we have a full symphony orchestra to contend with, but we also had two choirs, six soloists, and for the first time on a recording of this work, a separate Apostles chorus, not to mention an offstage Shofar (a Hebrew horn).

Back at his studio, Portnoi used the LRX to create his stereo mix.

“For such a small box, the LRX is a remarkably powerful mixer, enabling me to create the sound-world that I require, as well as matching the sound of the empty hall to the concert mix,” he says. “Also, any shift in perspective of the soloists can be smoothed out using the LRX automation.”

Any patch editing is also carried out on the LRX. At this stage Portnoi uses Izotope RX2 to remove some of the noises inherent in a live performance, meaning that he can use less of the rehearsal patches and more of the live performance.

Portnoi has been a Sadie user since the early 80s and upgraded to Sadie 6 at the first opportunity, having helped with the Beta testing. “Of course, I also use Sadie for the final, mastering stage. Sound Suite gives me full PQ and DDP mastering facilities.”

Gramophone Magazine described The Apostles as ‘a set not to be missed’ and reviewer Andrew Aschenbach drew particular attention to Steve Portnoi’s production, which he described as ‘astutely balanced’, ‘thrilling’ and with a ‘colossal dynamic range’. This is the second of the great Elgar Oratorios that Portnoi has recorded for the Hallé Label and the second time his efforts have been rewarded with a Gramophone Award.

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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 range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

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Prism Sound Appoints Elliott Whyte

Prism Sound has boosted its Test and Measurement department with the appointment of Elliott Whyte to the position of Junior Applications Engineer.

Elliott recently graduated from Birmingham City University with a first class honours degree in Music Technology. During his second year at university he began building his own audio equipment and this enabled him to secure a work placement with Technical Earth Ltd. His responsibilities at Technical Earth Ltd included repairing and testing analogue and digital audio equipment using a variety of test methods including Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio analyser.

Graham Boswell, Prism Sound’s Sales and Marketing Director, says: “Elliott’s work placement at Technical Earth brought him into daily contact with Prism Sound’s dScope Series III audio analyser and gave him a good understanding of the product he is now representing. In addition, by designing his own audio equipment as part of his degree course Elliott indicated a strong ability to take an idea from conception through to a working product. His enthusiasm is obvious and he demonstrates a very innovative approach to his work. We are confident that he has all the attributes needed to succeed in the audio industry and we are delighted that he is now part of the Prism Sound Test & Measurement team.”

Prism Sound has been supplying successful high quality audio test solutions for more than 20 years. The company’s solutions provide state-of-the-art testing capabilities, backed up by consultancy and support services that are recognised as the best in the industry. It’s flagship dScope Series III audio analyzer platform provides a range of portable and versatile audio test solutions that offer comprehensive analogue and digital audio signal generation and analysis tools, plus support for digital audio carrier testing, quasi-anechoic microphone/loudspeaker analysis and testing of Windows™ sound devices.

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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

Media Group International Installs VidiGo’s Visual Radio Solution at Clouds FM

Leading Media Systems Integrator Media Group International has assisted Tanzania’s Clouds FM radio station to give its audience a totally new, interactive experience by installing VidiGo Visual Radio software. The new software will go live on air at Clouds FM within the next few weeks.

The Clouds FM project is the first major radio installation MGI and VidiGo have completed in Africa since meeting at CABSAT 2012 and subsequently forging a partnership. The two companies are now working together to give MGI’s television and radio customers much greater access to VidiGo’s revolutionary range of broadcast software products.
VidiGo Visual Radio was the ideal solution for Clouds FM, one of four stations operated by Tanzania’s Clouds Media Group. Affectionately referred to as The People’s Station, Clouds FM is annually rated the number one station in Tanzania for the youth segment.

MGI’s Sales Director Paul Wallis, who brokered the Clouds FM deal in conjunction with Sales Assistant Diana Velikova, says: “Thanks to its strong reputation for delivering trendsetting programming, dynamic presenters and innovative promotions, Clouds FM is widely regarded as the ‘coolest’ radio station in Tanzania by the country’s 18 to 35 year olds. Given this demographic, the station wanted to incorporate interactive graphics that could be overlaid onto the video feed of its radio broadcasts and used to enhance its internet presence and Twitter, RSS and social media feeds. Diana and I felt that VidiGo Visual Radio was ideal for Clouds FM because it will be able to deliver all the elements station staff need in a very simple to use and intuitive package.”

VidiGo Virtual Radio combines the strength of VidiGo Live and VidiGo Audio Director. VidiGo Live is a full blown software solution for multi-camera TV production. The VidiGo Audio Director is an intelligent extension to VidiGo Live that makes automatic decisions by analyzing audio signals with its advanced algorithms, allowing it to make decisions like a real television director. Finally, the graphics and text overlays are automatically inserted within VidiGo Live, which makes it possible to superimpose content in a live situation using a station’s own designed Flash application.

Joseph Cusago, Managing Director, Clouds Media Group, says: “We are really thrilled with the workflow VidiGo Virtual Radio has provided and our audiences will love the fact that we will soon offer an interactive visual radio experience via the internet and social media feeds. The system is incredibly easy to operate and, because the cameras are switched automatically on the basis of which microphone input is being used, there is very little for our presenters to do. This means they can concentrate on the job of presenting, leaving VidiGo’s clever software to take care of everything else.”

VidiGo CCO Reinout Lempers adds: “With VidiGo’s background in radio, we understand the culture and needs of a radio station. We knew from the start that we shouldn’t bother radio presenters with creating video. That’s why we developed an automated software workflow that is fully compatible with existing radio workflows. With our solution presenters to do what they are good at, which is making radio, while VidiGo’s automated workflow creates an entire TV show, just like a real director would.”

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Notes to the editor:
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 internationally. 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

Media Group International
Media Group International is a proven media broadcast and communications technologies systems integrator, serving the media, telecommunications, security, education, hospitality and advertising industries in the Gulf region for more than 40 years. Formerly known as Salam Media Cast (SMC), the company joined GSSG Holdings in 2010, with offices in Qatar, UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UK.

Media Group International is diversifying its business into new technologies. As well as equipping professional television stations and studios, master control rooms, newsrooms, concert stages and theatres providing light and sound technology, the company also equips whole multivendor

and multisensory environments. Media Group International 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 revolutionising health facilities and satellite telecommunications.

To support the workflow and innovation demands of our valued customers, the team has grown 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.mgi.tv
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 Superbrands.
VidiGo
For almost a decade VidiGo has been the visionary leader in the broadcast industry, with the first full software based AV-workflow running on standard IT hardware. The core of all VidiGo workflows is DAVE; an in-house developed powerful, low-latency video engine. All VidiGo workflows focus on automation, flexibility and open architecture to make broadcasting easier, faster and cost effective.
VidiGo stands for innovation, reliability, product leadership, and premium support.
VidiGo clients include leading broadcasters, radio stations, sport arenas and video production companies all around the world.
VidiGo offers a full portfolio of broadcasting workflows and solutions
VidiGo Live – Multi camera live production suite
VidiGo Visual Radio – Quality video content of your radio show
VidiGo Studio Automation – Full rundown automation
VidiGo Arena Solutions – Boost stadium experiences
VidiGo Toolbox – Desktop grabber, Skype to SDI and VLC media plugin
VidiGo Graphics – Adobe Air/Flash directly into your live broadcast
VidiGo Playout – 24/7 Playout with Adobe Air/Flash graphics
www.vidigo.tv

Visual Unity Helps Clouds Media To Deliver OTT Content Service

Leading OTT solutions provider Visual Unity has helped Tanzanian media conglomerate Clouds Media to deliver a complete Over the Top content service to the East African market.

Based in Dar-es-Salaam, Clouds Media was established in 1998 as a radio and television broadcaster, delivering music, television and film content the Tanzanian market. With Visual Unity’s expertise, Clouds Media has now expanded its operations to deliver Over the Top Transmission (OTT) directly to their viewers on any screen or connected device anywhere in the world.

Visual Unity provided Clouds Media with the technology necessary to deliver its new service. The technical infrastructure is based on Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM Over the Top (OTT) content solution. vuMediaTM allows broadcasters to manage, monetize and monitor delivery of content to any connected screen and over 7000 connected devices including legacy phones.

Tomas Petru, CEO of Visual Unity, says: “Visual Unity was awarded this contract on the basis of our proven expertise in multiscreen integration. With over 20 years’ experience in designing, building and technically supporting linear broadcast to multiscreen solutions we demonstrated to Clouds Media our ability to successfully design VoD solutions similar to our customers such as the leading Czech portals ivysilani.cz, voyo.cz, topfun.cz, cinema.cz and Calinos Entertainment’s VodVod.com in Turkey.”

“Thanks to vuMediaTM and Clouds’ modern approach to content delivery, Clouds is now able to reach its audience online, thus avoiding expensive and geographically limiting satellite transmission. Clouds can now provide films, news, dramas and popular television throughout East Africa, the Middle East and the rest of the world,” added Joseph Kusaga, Managing Director, Clouds Media Group.

Visual Unity’s vuMedia™ platform supports comprehensive streaming and VoD services and integrates with billing and CRM processes. For this project, Visual Unity is providing full live channel streaming capability a Visual Unity designed UI/UX with full GUI/API access, DMR protection, analytics, delivery and support for an amazing array of mobile devices.

With TV in Tanzania going digital we found that this was the right time to reach fans of the Clouds brand both domestically and internationally via OTT multiscreen. The complete service is officially being launched in October.

Visual Unity will showcase the latest version of its award-winning vuMedia™ multiscreen platform at IBC 2013, Connected World (Hall 14, Stand 114).

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content. Our clients can measure, analyze 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, Munchen, Las Vegas, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

Visual Unity: Na Hrebenech II 1718/8, Prague 4, 147 00, Czech Republic
T: +420 271 742 111 F: +420 271 742 112 E: 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

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