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NEWS Vocal microphone wins new fans F ran Healey, the lead singer of UK band Travis, and Marti Pellow, the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, are the latest in the growing list of vocalists to switch to DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone. In both cases the artists made the change on the recommendation of their live sound engineer, Tom Wiggans. “I have no problem recommending DPA’s new d:facto microphone because I’m so impressed with the results it has delivered for Fran and Marti and for Dougie Payne, Travis’ bass player, who is also using one for his backing vocals,” Wiggans says. “Before I tried d:facto, I had tried quite a few new vocal microphones that made big promises, but always ended up going back to the microphone that people have been using for over 40 years. However, the d:facto’s clarity and ability to capture the true sound source without extraneous background noise has made a real difference to the way I work. I now have much more time to concentrate on other details because my vocal fader is just vocal, I don’t have to deal with anywhere near as much ambient mush bleeding into the mix.” Tom Wiggans was introduced to the microphone by Rob Ramon, product manager for DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network. www.dpamicrophones.com Powering playout M iranda Technologies has announced the installation of its iTX integrated playout platform, along with NVISION routing, Densit© signal processing and Belden connectivity solutions, at Westar Satellite Services new centralized master control facility in Cedar Hill, Texas. Located just outside Dallas, Westar Master Control Services currently provides video playback services to 15 commercial and public broadcasting customers and is a fully owned subsidiary of New York-based All Mobile Video (AMV), one of the nation’s premier providers of end-to-end video and audio solutions for entertainment, sports, news programming and events. www.miranda.com 4k UHD high frame rate support A JA Video Systems have released the free v10.5.1 Mac software driver package adding 4k/UHD high frame rate support to AJAs Io 4k, its popular device for professional video I/O, updated and customized for Thunderbolt™ 2 technology and the latest 4k workflows. The new software upgrade adds Io 4k support for 50,59.94 and 60 fps capability at 4k (4096 x 2160) and UltraHD (3840 x 2160) resolutions. This high frame rate support is critical for the latest 4k and UltraHD broadcast and motion picture workfl ows. www.aja.com Managing video assets C ambridge Imaging Systems has announced that its flagship asset management system, Imagen, has been chosen by Endemol to manage and provide easy access to the vast catalogue of content across its many subsidiaries. The tens of thousands of hours of content produced by these companies needed to be digitised, organised and accessible in order to keep up with growing trends in online video consumption. www.cambridgeimaging.co.uk 10 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 87 MARCH 2014