DHD becomes newest member of the RAVENNA community

DHD becomes newest member of the RAVENNA community

ALC NetworX has revealed that German broadcast audio mixer and router manufacturer DHD has entered into a RAVENNA partnership.

DHD has a strong record in designing and manufacturing intelligent audio mixing and routing systems. Inaugurated by a small team of pro-audio experts in 1996, the Leipzig-based company has been a reliable supplier to public radio stations worldwide ever since.


As the number of AES67-enabled devices continues to grow, consoles and routers are required to fully integrate into AoIP environments.

Becoming part of the RAVENNA community is essential for us as a manufacturer of highly modular mixing consoles. Using RAVENNA, we are now able to provide an AoIP solution based on open standards

Joerg Deubner, general manager of DHD audio. 

A mixing console needs highly reliable audio interfaces with easy set-up and versatile compatibility options, so interoperability with other AES67 devices was DHD's core focus when developing their own AES67 implementation for the new DHD XC2 AES67 RAVENNA Interface. This opens up the complete DHD product range to all customers who favour RAVENNA technology for implementing AES67.

“We are very pleased to welcome DHD to the RAVENNA manufacturers' community,” added Andreas Hildebrand, senior product manager of ALC NetworX. “In choosing RAVENNA as the basis for their AES67 implementation, DHD clearly underlines the superior performance and flexibility of RAVENNA technology. DHD being able to implement RAVENNA on their own platform, without the need to license any third-party building blocks, is once again proof that RAVENNA’s open technology approach offers many significant advantages to system manufacturers.”



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TiMax SoundHub keeps delay to a minimum at Eurovision 2017

TiMax SoundHub keeps delay to a minimum at Eurovision 2017

A pair of TiMax SoundHub audio delay matrix units were supplied by Black Box Music (BBM) to manage multi-zone PA level and delay alignment between Main and B-stage performance areas at this year’s Eurovision 2017 in Kiev.

The setup revisits a technique first used for Adele’s recent record-breaking world-wide arena tour. The TiMax SoundHub-S16 systems were inserted between Digico SD7’s and Lake master system processing feeding the amps, which in turn fed multiple distributed L-Acoustics line array hangs, subs and fills.

As the performance switched between the two stages, the TiMax dynamic delay-matrix delivered all mix outputs from main and backup console/system processor chains via onboard 96KHz SRC’s, to seamlessly re-align and focus all PA elements onto the current stage.

Head of Sound Kai Reiss describes the power and versatility of TiMax as an interesting ‘side effect’: “We were asked to provide an emergency announcement for the security office,” he explained. “We recorded it for them [in English and Ukrainian] and then gave them a button in their office that allowed them to simply press to pull down the show sound automatically and play the emergency announcement, all from within TiMax!”

More often used for spatial audio and vocal localisation in premier theatre, presentation and immersive AV applications, the dynamic delay-matrix capability unique to TiMax also allows real-time smooth delay-morphing algorithms across multi-zone PA systems as necessary, all recalled as simple showcontrol Cues presets.

The main TiMax SoundHub unit was provided from BBM’s rental stock with the backup unit supplied by German spatial audio specialists Panix.


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Community immerses visitors at Singapore’s national museum

Community immerses visitors at Singapore's national museum

A host of Community loudspeakers are currently being used for an immersive digital art installation at the National Museum of Singapore, titled “Story of the Forest”.

The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum, and the new installation is inspired by its prized collection, the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings.

The collection is brought to life through a ‘spectacular’ interactive digital presentation in which visitors are transported to the natural ecology of 19th century Malaya, viewed through the eyes of artists of that time and re-imagined today through digital art and technology.

In 2014 the museum closed off the Glass Rotunda, to explore new and innovative ways of showcasing the country’s social history and cultural history with industry partners. This resulted in the museum’s collaboration with the Japanese digital art collective teamLab, while Singapore-based Broadcast Professional Pte was chosen for the system integration, content delivery and project management.

The Glass Rotunda’s 15 meter high drum ceiling and 170 meter passageway have been converted into an immersive large-scale digital art installation, providing a unique 360-degree audio and video experience for visitors to be absorbed. The top of the structure projects the infinitely expanding universe, where animated flowers of the region bloom and change over time as guests walk through it. Sensors that trigger the images to change have been placed strategically within the passageway.

The spiral passageway also features Community DS5 loudspeakers, which create the appropriate audio soundscape to complement the images, while also creating additional interactivity. Broadcast Professional has integrated a feature whereby a high frequency signal can be captured by a visitor’s smartphone microphone, enabling them to pinpoint their location within the various zones of the 170m wide projection.

“A total of 42 projectors have been installed along the spiral passageway with Community DS5 loudspeakers playing a critical role in the experience,” said John Paul Tan, Broadcast Professional’s sales manager. “The Community D SERIES surface mount loudspeakers are low profile, aesthetically modern and discreet, with dynamic sound quality and excellent intelligibility. With space being a premium, these loudspeakers were the ideal solution for this installation as they fit seamlessly into the environment and provide outstanding sound quality.”


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Waves makes movements with new Brauer Motion plugin

Waves makes movements with new Brauer Motion plugin

Waves Audio is now shipping the Brauer Motion plugin, a spherical auto-panner developed together with Grammy-winning mix engineer Michael Brauer.

The Waves Brauer Motion plugin allows users to create a world of movement inside a mix with up-to-360-degree auto-panning. The feature works especially well on rhythmic tracks such as percussion and acoustic guitar, on swelling pads and organs, or to achieve subtle or drastic panning movement.

As the man behind top-selling albums from Coldplay, John Mayer, Dave Matthews Band, Florence and the Machine, Bob Dylan, Hall & Oates, Aretha Franklin and many more, Brauer has a deep understanding of how movement can be used to energise a mix.

The plugin comes with four different panning modes to direct the motion of the sound; four different trigger modes for a variety of on/off options; two separate panners with full control; a dynamics section; pre-delay, motion filter, and precise control over the speed, width and depth; and a master section with gain and wet/dry controls.

The Brauer Motion plugin also includes presets from top mixing engineers, including Michael Brauer, Dave Pensado, Mark Ralph, Ross Hogarth, Tom Elmhirst, Tony Maserati and Yoad Nevo.

A brief introduction to Waves' new Brauer Motion plugin can be viewed below:


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Vanguard names Emerging as UK distributor, launches new mic

Vanguard names Emerging as UK distributor, launches new mic

Emerging has been appointed as the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for the US microphone company Vanguard Audio Labs in line with the launch of their new V13 Tube Condenser Microphone.

The Vanguard V13 is a large-diaphragm multi-pattern valve condenser mic that combines ‘vintage warmth with smooth modern detail’, specifically engineered with warm, full lows, a precise and detailed midrange, and a smooth high end.

One particularly important design objective was maintaining a low noise floor on the V13.

Recognising Emerging’s pro audio prowess, Vanguard CEO Derek Bargaehr said, “We were keen to work with Emerging because we knew their professionalism, experience, reputation and local market knowledge would be a good match for Vanguard Audio’s dedication to uncompromising quality in the Pro Audio market.”

Paul Mortimer, managing director of Emerging added: “The Vanguard Audio V13 complements our brand values perfectly as it offers great sound for an affordable price from a really innovative manufacture. We are very pleased to be offered the chance to develop the Vanguard Audio business in the UK”.

The V13 Tube mic is now shipping with an MSRP price of £950 inc VAT and will be available to demo through appointed pro audio dealers.



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