TSL Professional Products Ltd. (PPL), a manufacturer of hardware and software audio monitoring, tally and power management solutions for the broadcast industry, today announced at its IBC press conference in Amsterdam, that it has acquired leading surround sound microphone and audio processing technology manufacturer SoundField Ltd. The newly acquired range of surround microphones and upmix/downmix solutions are being demonstrated on TSLs IBC Stand 10.B41.
With the addition of the SoundField range, TSL PPLs product portfolio will further expand its support of 5.1 audio in the broadcast workflow. As HD broadcasting becomes the standard for televised content, viewers are demanding 5.1 audio to match their high-quality images. By adding the SoundField surround microphones and processors to its market-leading audio monitoring solutions, such as the renowned PAM series, TSL PPL can now offer customers solutions for use throughout the production process, from acquisition to delivery.
The addition of SoundField to the TSL PPL fold couldnt have come at a better time, says Chris Exelby, managing director of TSL Professional Products Ltd. With TSL PPL audio monitors becoming a standard fixture in many broadcast production facilities, particularly our Touchmix and PAM family of products, which are synonymous with surround sound, we can now bring a more complete offering to market and further our mission to help our customers deliver the highest quality sound to the viewer at home.
Pieter Schillebeeckx, head of research and development for SoundField, Ltd., says the acquisition is great news for SoundField. I am very excited about this acquisition and dont think we could have put the future of SoundFields legacy in better hands. The established global sales and marketing of TSL PPL will greatly improve the visibility of our unique microphone and upmix products worldwide. And the extensive manufacturing and design expertise of TSL PPL, combined with SoundFields know-how, will ensure SoundFields tradition of creating high-quality 5.1 audio equipment will continue to thrive and develop.
SoundField enjoys a longstanding reputation of providing superior microphones for recording both stereo and surround sound. For broadcasters of world-class major sporting events or concerts, a single SoundField mic is all thats needed to generate an accurate ambient surround bed simultaneously in stereo and 5.1 audio for SD and HD transmission. It is this precise sound capture that has made SoundField microphones and upmix/downmix processors the sonic tools of choice for broadcasters such as BSkyB (UK), Disney (USA), BBC (UK), Sogecable (Spain), NRK (Norway), RTS (Serbia) and SABC (South Africa), as well as event companies like Video Sound Services (FIFA World Cup) for quality 5.1 surround recording, transmission and production.
I have been aware of SoundField for many years and recognized the brand as representing excellence in microphone systems, explains Martin Dyster, head of audio, TSL Professional Products Ltd. In recent years, SoundField has established itself as a leader in audio processing technologies, with the UPM-1 stereo-to-5.1 upmixer considered by many leading engineers as possessing one of the best-sounding upmix algorithms available. TSL PPLs purchase of SoundField Ltd. pools together the creative minds of two of the industrys most forward-thinking audio companies. I look forward with great excitement to the results of this collaboration.
Customer support, marketing and sales will be resourced from TSL PPL. Effective immediately, orders for SoundField products can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org, as TSL PPL has initiated efforts to increase product supply moving forward.