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MICROPHONES Sky Cricket, Presteigne Broadcast Hire, FAC365 and CTV Outside Broadcast are among the companies using DPA’s d:screet miniature microphones for presenter use and dialogue recording, it has been announced. D:screet mics feature very low noise and high sensitivity and are capable of handling up to 154 dB peak before clipping. Their small factor makes them suitable as lavalier, lapel or tie clip microphones. They can also be hidden in costumes. David Handley, audio engineer at Presteigne Broadcast Hire, said: “We’re finding that more of our clients are demanding the highest quality mics to match the best quality radio packs, so much so that we’ve had to increase our stock of d:screet¢ 4060s to over 100 units.” Ian Smith, sound engineer for CTV, added: “Sport presenters can get pretty dynamic, and DPA’s d:screet miniature microphones seem to take everything in their stride, including their sometimes abrupt handling in the studio.” MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS Blackmagic Design has bought Ultimatte, the blue and green screen removal technology company, and the Australian digital audio firm Fairlight. Ultimatte’s kit is used to composite reporters, talk show hosts and others into virtual sets. Its technology uses advanced 4:4:4:4 image processing and provides enhanced matte controls that lets users accurately separate the subject from the background. Fairlight develops professional digital audio products for live broadcast event production, film and television post-production, as well as immersive 3D audio mixing and finishing. The Fairlight acquisition takes Blackmagic into pro audio for the first time. Don’t miss the action Shoot the Shots that Count! Exclusively by 2.8mm/95˚deg FOV .7 Wide Angle Adapter KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 118 OCTOBER 2016 | 9