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NEWS MANIPULATE & EDIT AUDIO NETWORKING To support the adoption of Dante audio networking technology, Audinate has expanded both its global HQ in Sydney and its North America base in Portland, Oregon. The Innovation Centre in Sydney has been doubled in size while the new North America facility, located in the Albers Mill Building in Portland, is three times bigger than the previous office. The latter also features Audinate’s new North America training centre. Lee Ellison, the chief executive of Audinate, said: “With Dante now adopted by more than 300 OEMs, and tens of thousands of Dante enabled systems being installed over the next 12 months, the expansion of both offices enables us to scale to meet growing demand.” Audinate has also announced that Level 1 of its Dante Certification programme is now available online. AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION The Shoreditch-based audio post house Fonic has bought Nugen Audio’s Halo Upmix plug-in to allow it to up-mix to surround sound on its television and cinema work. Available in Avid AAX, VST, and AU formats, Halo Upmix automates the creation of a stereo-to-5.1/7.1 downmix-compatible upmix. It also has centre channel management and spatial density controls. JM Finch, a dubbing mixer at Fonic, said: “Increasingly, we’re required to deliver broadcast projects in 5.1 surround audio, but most music composers still produce audio tracks in stereo. In order to keep to tight delivery schedules, we need to be able to create surround mixes quickly and easily without degrading the sound quality. Compared to other tools we’ve worked with, Halo Upmix is truly unique in its ability to produce both a high-quality and great-sounding 5.1 upmix and a downmix that sounds almost identical to the original stereo source.” Projects that have benefitted from Halo Upmix include the animated film Thomas and Friends: The Great Race. BROADCAST AUDIO Turkish OB company HD Protek has installed a Calrec Summa audio console as part of an upgrade of its HDP 04 outside broadcast unit. The installation is the first for the Summa in the Turkish OB market. Yucel Ozacar, general manager of HD Protek, said: “We have a busy and dynamic production schedule, and the Summa saves our sound engineer a lot of time and effort. The Summa is flexible, reliable, and easy to operate, and its powerful features streamline the audio workflow.” Systems integrator Teratek upgraded HDP 04. The first live broadcast produced from the truck was for The Voice Turkey. Calrec has also announced that JAA Systems is to be its exclusive distributor for Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. STORAGE Pixit Media has released a data storage system for post- production and broadcast facilities and studios that have up to 20 artists. PixStor One includes the same file system and features as the company’s PixStor but in a smaller scale NAS. 4U-sized. It is being made available via resellers in capacities of up to 130TB and offering speeds of up to 1.5GB/s. “Some facilities who aren’t large enough to warrant the need for the capacity or the initial spend of PixStor are missing out on the solid, day-in, day-out, reliable performance PixStor delivers,” said Jez Tucker, head of research and development at Pixit Media. “Such studios require a more affordable, smaller, robust platform and we’ve responded by introducing the PixStor One.” 14 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 119 NOVEMBER 2016