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AUDIO Music Licensing for Corporate Video by Kevin Cook, Video Artisan M usic copyright is a nightmare. It’s an incredibly confusing subject and failing to understand it can be potentially ruinous. As a corporate video producer you simply can’t skip around the subject as it’s something that you’ll have to deal with on a daily basis. Quite often clients will also ask for their favourite commercial track dubbed on their corporate video. What they have no appreciation of is the complexity and work involved in obtaining all the necessary permissions to do this – and absolutely no clue whatsoever about the fees that they might be facing. With no standard licences available everything has to be by negotiation – often between many individuals and organisations involved in the creation of the music works (music score and lyrics) and the recording itself (the record company and the performing artists). - and you do not have to cough up a penny more or fi ll in forms and keep tabs on licence periods or where your fi lms are being distributed. Simples! Even if you do manage to set up communications with the rights owners or their agents most clients simply don’t understand that the rights owners will charge whatever they feel your client can afford. There are quite a few copyright-free libraries in the UK but none as widely used and well respected as AKM Music. The quality of some libraries has caused some users to scoff at the idea of using copyright-free but all I can imagine is that these people have never seriously listened to AKM’s offerings. With thousands of individual downloads and nearly 160 albums covering every genre of music I’ve rarely looked to them for an off-the- shelf music score and not found what I’m after. Their production standards and music variety is really second to none. So this is where quality Royalty Free Music comes in. Like Production Music, Copyright- Free Music (AKA Royalty-Free) has been produced specifi cally to be incorporated into audio visual productions. The main difference is that once you buy the track or album there is nothing more to pay. You can use the tracks as much as you like – on as many productions as you like Unique Additions to 4-Wire /IFB Talkback Controller I n the communications world there are many ways to get audio from point A to point B and for each different application that’s arisen, suitably niche products have been developed. At Sonifex we’re a company that specialises in developing niche products for niche applications, as evidenced by the growing Redbox range, mainly developed as audio and video ‘glue’ to piece together the larger elements of an audio/video installation. We took a step into the ‘comms’ world 3 years ago with the release of a dedicated 1U rackmount 4-wire/IFB talkback intercom unit. For use in OB trucks, TV production galleries, audio booths and backstage theatre comms, the CM-TB8 offers 8 channels of 4-wire communications with 2 IFB circuits. It has the usual features of: individual channel level controls, speaker with mute and dim functions, headphone output, mic/headset input with phantom power, etc, but it also has some interesting additions. 74 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 89 MAY 2014 The unit has a built in line-up tone generator for easy channel identifi cation and cabling checks. This allows a much simpler installation since each output can be individually recognized on connection. It has an Ethernet port so that it can be confi gured from a web-browser and altered on-the-fl y from a remote location, or just more simply from a desk position, rather than having to go to the front panel of the rack. It also allows new user features to be added simply. The most recent unique addition to the controller is the ability to add a dual GSM or dual POTS (telephony) card into the unit so that you can have 6 channels of 4-wire/IFB and 2 channels of either GSM/POTS/IFB connectivity. This allows a cameraman, interviewer, commentator or anchorman to be in a remote location and still receive talkback, and talk to the producer, over GSM (Note: without the need for expensive wireless equipment, which for one channel can cost as much as the CM-TB8 itself). Whilst it doesn’t offer a totally wireless solution, it does provide a cheap half way house to allow comms over a non-wired connection. The GSM modules have separate antenna connections on the rear panel and are confi gured via the embedded web server. This provides access to features including network selection, telephone number storage and phone logs. Telephone calls are made and received directly on the CM-TB8 using the channel controls to speed dial the required telephone number. IFB modes are fully supported on the telephone channels allowing selected input signals to be routed to a connected telephone call. For more information on the CM-TB8: