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WORLD NEWS Looking at Broadcasters’ perspectives T he IABM (International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers) have announced that the organization’s annual conference, Nov. 29-30 in Windsor, U.K., will once again include the popular “Voice of the Customer” interview and panel. This year’s customer interview features John Maxwell Hobbs, head of technology at BBC Scotland. Hobbs will talk about what end users of broadcast and media technologies are thinking right now, the ways in which their projects and expenditure decisions are evolving, and the investments that they are making priorities today. Going digital with two Studer OnAir 1500 mixers H HB Communications Ltd. has supplied University Radio Nottingham with two Studer OnAir 1500 audio mixers for both of its studios as part of a major refurbishment. Over the summer of 2012, University Radio Nottingham replaced the core of its technical infrastructures with new equipment, cabling and studio furniture. The extensive new facilities are based around sophisticated digital audio technology comprised of the OnAir 1500 mixers, a DirectOut Andiamo MADI audio router and Lynx digital sound cards. The digital audio equipment package was specified and supplied by HHB, and the installation work was carried out by radio staff.   www.hhb.co.uk Listen to University Radio Nottingham at: http://urn1350.net/ Further information about the IABM annual conference and an online registration form are available at www.theiabm.org/ conference. More information about the IABM is available at www.theiabm.org. Capturing The Plight of the Great Apes R ecording audio on film shoots in extreme locations always presents technical issues, but when Great Apes are your subject matter you really can’t afford to get too close without upsetting the animals or putting yourself at risk.   This was the situation sound designer Craig Carter faced when he undertook 15 weeks of filming in the jungles of Africa, Indonesia, Sumatra and Borneo for The Last of the Great Apes, a 3D film covering all six species of Great Apes. His microphone of choice for capturing surround ambience was a DPA 5100 Mobile Surround Microphone, while for avoiding unwanted extraneous noise he turned to the DPA 4017B Shotgun Microphone with a Rycote Windshield solution, which he used on a long boom so that he could capture the sounds he wanted without disturbing the animals.   www.dpamicrophones.com The extra sparkle to TV graphics P ixel Power, the innovative supplier of broadcast playout solutions with integrated graphics, has announced that The Genuine Gemstone Company - owners of Gems TV, GemsXtra and Jewellery Maker has turned to Pixel Power broadcast graphics technology to facilitate an innovative onscreen rebranding and provide a significant increase to the graphics updating speed.  The three market-leading UK-broadcast channels are carried on Freeview, Sky and Virgin Media. The company has also recently launched a US channel Rocks TV which is carried on DirecTV and Dish Network.  www.pixelpower.com 16 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE TV-BAY071NOV12.indd 16 06/11/2012 18:09