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WORLD NEWS IFB Plus Series gets an upgrade S tudio Technologies, a manufacturer of high-quality video, audio and fiber optic products for professional audio and broadcast applications, recently released the next evolution in its IFB Plus Series, the Model 2A Central Controller. The single-rack space unit builds on the foundation of the original Model 2 but offers upgraded features and innovative improvements that make the new model perform better, serve more reliably and use less energy than the original. Supporting the big 3 Dolby formats D olby Dolby Dolby. Yes we have to say it three times because the PHABRIX range now supports three Dolby formats – Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D plus! PHABRIX’s successful Sx hand held range has recently been upgraded to V12. With V12 on board, the versatile combined generator, analyser and monitoring instruments of the Sx display Dolby metadata, metering and full logging in Dolby E, Dolby D and Dolby D plus. Existing customers with the Dolby E option will be upgraded free of charge to Dolby D and Dolby D plus. Flawless communication at MTV Europe Music Awards L ate 2013, Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome was the scene of the 20th MTV Europe Music Awards. Watched live by around 50 million viewers in over 60 countries, the event included performances by international music idols such as Eminem, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Kings of Leon. For the first time, Hilversum-based broadcasting specialist UNITED was responsible for the whole broadcast of the event. Capturing images and sounds from four different locations, UNITED employed a staff of over 150 individuals, five OB trucks, six uplink, two downlink and two audio trucks. The EMA’s are a huge, complicated and prestigious event, recalls Bolke Burnaby Lautier, Manager Operations Sports and Events with UNITED. With literally millions of viewers following the event live all over the world on TV and over the Internet, any technical failure could have proved catastrophic. Crucial to a positive outcome was therefore the quality of communications between the individual live locations. In all OB trucks deployed, UNITED chose to rely upon intercom systems from RTS. Flagship of the broadcast was UNITEDs HD-capable OB14 which acted as a rolling control room for the whole production. The nerve centre of communications on board is an ADAM (Advanced Digital Audio Matrix) from RTS with a 144 x 144 port confi guration, linked to 31 keypanels in (KP-32 CLD or KP-12 CLD) with color displays alone in the OB14. The system was trunked to a second ADAM frame which supported 28 external panels located within the venue. Six 2W/4W Digital Hybrid Interfaces from RTS as well as RTS TW BP-325 two-channel belt packs completed the impressive array of communications equipment on board. 12 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 85 JANUARY 2014 Dolby themselves have recently promoted the PHABRIX Sx as the successor to its now discontinued DM100. With both generation and analyser toolsets, the Sx hand held range is a plus for engineers who need a sophisticated T&M tool to measure guard band, PPM and Dolby meta data parameters. With full logging of all Dolby parameters broadcast manufacturers will also benefi t from a cost effective portable Dolby test bed that will assist in checking their products conform to the very latest Dolby specifi cation. B VE 25-27 th Feb. ExCel Exhibition Centre, London. Stand N43