Zylia Launches Online Shop for Its ZYLIA ZM-1 360-Degree Audio Recording Solution

The new online shop features the ZYLIA STANDARD, and ZYLIA PRO sets; the latest software upgrades for the ZYLIA PRO, ZYLIA Studio PRO, and ZYLIA Ambisonics packages; and custom accessories.

“We’re happy to open our own online store and share the remarkable technology of our ZYLIA ZM-1 with musicians and audio engineers throughout Europe,” said Piotr Szczechowiak, Zylia co-founder and chief operating officer. “We are providing discounts for our first online customers, offering our ZYLIA PRO Set — regularly priced at 949 euros — for just 799 euro. This promotion is limited to early bird buyers, so anyone interested in affordable, state-of-the-art 360-degree recording should visit soon!”

Designed for musicians, sound engineers, podcasters, and audio creatives working in 3D audio, Ambisonics full-sphere surround sound format, and virtual reality, the ZYLIA ZM-1 is an ultimate solution for high-quality music and spatial resolution ambient recordings and provides unlimited post-processing options acquiring virtual microphones technology. This compact and lightweight spherical microphone comprises 19 high-quality MEMS microphone sensors and offers 360-degree sound capture (48-kHz/24-bit resolution) that can be configured and manipulated using ZYLIA Studio, ZYLIA Studio PRO, and ZYLIA Ambisonics Converter software.

The microphone, together with software, can auto-detect sound sources surrounding it and capture that sound as separate tracks for further editing on a digital audio workstation. The highly portable system requires only a USB connection to a Mac, PC, or a Windows tablet for both data transfer and power supply.

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Datacom and VO Sign System Integrator Partner Agreement for APAC

An international supplier of satellite communications equipment based in Hong Kong, with strong pay TV and SI skills, Datacom will play a crucial role in bringing VO’s world-class content protection and TV platform solutions to Asia-Pacific (APAC) countries, including Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Australia, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

“With VO’s solutions, operators can solve the inherent challenges involved with providing a smarter and safer digital TV and OTT experience, and we look forward to bringing these innovations to the APAC region,” said Bo Guan, Manager, Multimedia and Broadcasting Division at Datacom. “As one of the leading resellers in Asia, we have worked on a wide range of pay-TV deployments and specialize in providing complete turnkey solutions for simplicity, efficiency, and reliability purposes. VO completes our portfolio, enabling us to deliver an end-to-end solution.”

Datacom has more than 20 years of experience in system integration services, with a staff of around 200 people and offices in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, and Congo, along with distributors throughout the Asian region.

VO’s global network of system integrators is designed to deliver the best OTT and TV experience to operators through the company’s end-to-end, cloud-based TV Platform as a Service TVaaS, secure video player, anti-piracy protection services, and other solutions.

“OTT video consumption is rising steadily across the world, especially in the APAC region, and we are looking for resellers to help us address that area of business growth,” said Pierre-Alexandre Bidard, Vice President, Partnership and Product Security at VO. “Datacom is a results-oriented leader in the media communications industry with extensive project management experience and a one-stop shop service that includes design, procurement, delivery, installation, and maintenance, which will help our customers launch revenue-generating TV Everywhere services quickly.”

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Cobalt Digital Promotes Kyle Wilken to Vice President of Firmware

Wilken joined the company in 2013 as a senior FPGA engineer, and was previously promoted to embedded systems development manager in 2015.

“Over the past six years, Kyle has become an invaluable member of the Cobalt Digital engineering department. His contributions to the development of Cobalt equipment in many groundbreaking technologies, specifically HDR, are seen daily by millions of viewers across the world,” said Ryan Wallenberg, vice president of engineering. “In this position, Kyle will continue to provide the vision and engineering management required to help drive our amazing product pipeline and bring our designs to market.”


“Kyle is a strong team player and provides the strength in engineering that is vital for the future of Cobalt,” added Gene Zimmerman, president and CEO of Cobalt Digital. “We are pleased to promote from within and have him as part of our engineering management team.”

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Premier Hawaiian Production Co Selects Second FOR-A Switcher Based on 4K Capabilities, Feature Set

Honolulu-based Mid-Pacific Audio Visual is known as Hawaii’s premier firm for live corporate event and entertainment production with high-end clients in search of the best technical staff and equipment. Last month, the company added a FOR-A HANABI HVS-490 video production switcher to its roster, largely based on the success enjoyed with the compact HVS-300HS HD/SD 1 M/E switcher.

“Purchasing the FOR-A HVS-490 was an easy decision,” said Chuck Baughn, Senior Video Engineer, Mid-Pacific Audio Visual. “In addition to FOR-A’s excellent reputation for quality products, we already had an HVS-300HS-based flypack in heavy rotation. Many of our Japanese clients producing events in Hawaii are quite familiar with the capability and dependability of the FOR-A HANABI line of switchers and request them for live event work.”

Event memory and macro functions as well as integrated frame synchronizers and multi-viewers make it easier to prepare for live performances with the HANABI HVS-490 video switcher. MELite™ technology extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to 6 M/E, which eliminates the need to have several switchers ready for multi-monitor staging. It also opens the door to more affordable 4K production. HDMI 2.0b specification support provides 4K output to a multi-viewer. Offering exclusive features, including the HVS-490 is designed for use in any live environment, including mobile shoots, events, and in-house corporate productions.

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“The incredible features of the HVS-490 help to further set us apart from its competition,” added Baughn. “With the optional HVS-49IO card, we’ve got 32 inputs and 18 outputs (including two HDMI outputs), which we need for 4K production. We also have two additional MELites, which allow us to preview transitions prior to execution. We use them to send out delay screens and other destinations. And we appreciate the three built-in multi-viewers with so many display options.”

Baughn said while the HVS-490 sets Mid-Pacific Audio Visual apart from the crowd, it’s FOR-A’s technical support that distinguish it from other manufacturers: “Any issues or questions we have had, FOR-A’s engineering staff have always been there for us with timely information and follow up. We’re very happy with our purchase of the HVS-490, and it’s nice to know that FOR-A will always be there for us in the future.

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A Symply SAN solution for Drago Broadcast Services

Symply has announced the sale and installation of a high performance fibre channel shared storage system for Madrid-based Drago Broadcast Services, part of Grupo Secuoya.

When Drago determined that it needed a new solution to ensure storage performance and resilience, it turned to Tangram Solutions, also of Madrid, and Symply.

Tangram firstly installed a 600TB Infortrend NAS with 40Gb Ethernet interfaces, offering sufficient capacity to store all the Raw assets and act as a common repository for Drago Broadcast Services’ and their different departments, including: ingest, low-res transcoding, editing, and post-production. The NAS is also used to keep online copies of materials, this data is then automatically backed up on to an LTO Tape library following pre-set policies, and these assets can then be transported and archived outside the facilities. This is easily achieved by having a single centralised NAS storage unit.


Once the NAS was operative the SAN system was installed to serve the different editors, the configuration consists of the main server (SymplyULTRA) linked to a complementary one (SymplyIO) that provides additional processing and bandwidth to the system. This is in combination with two expansions, increasing transfer rates and storage capacity to reach the nearly 400 TB of storage required, and up to 6GB/s aggregate transfer rates.

Secuoya Group Operations Director, Raúl Pino Vaquerizo, said, “The challenge was to give high-speed access to artists who perform parallel real-time colour correction and colour grading, while giving access to the same materials for quality control or file delivery to customers. We determined that the performance and resilience of the hardware and reliability of the software the Symply uses (i.e., the Quantum StorNext® on Linux CentOS 7) would ensure that Drago Broadcast Services would never have to turn away work or risk missing deadlines.”

The demanding formats used today require a system that offers high transfer rate ratios so that play-outs and editing in 2K and 4K are fluid. This enables artists to carry out their projects more efficiently. A major advantage of the Symply system is its cross-platform compatibility, which allows its clients to use their preferred OS and tools. This, in turn, means that there is no need to change the operators’ workflow as it is easily integrated into existing processes.

Vaquerizo added, “Formats are evolving in such a way that image quality is improving continuously to meet the users’ demands. Therefore, the need to be able to work with increasingly large files is becoming one of the most important issues to consider in any installation.”

Symply resolves this issue with installations that are future proof by allowing not only up-scaling storage capacity to several petabytes, but fully scaling-out by increasing also the system’s bandwidth. The ability to scale to over 35GB/s throughput while maintaining the same low latency eliminates any worries of not being able to meet audiovisual industry demands now, or in the future.

The increasingly high amount of data stored in single volumes requires an additional security layer. Symply’s patented RAID structure provides virtual protection against multiple hard drive failures in multiple RAID sets with no data loss. It also provides for an accelerated drive rebuild, thus reducing the possibility of cascading drive failure.

Tangram Solutions’ priority was to optimise Drago Broadcast Services workflow to eliminate any bottle necks. The collaborative workflow facilitated by the Symply system enabled different users to simultaneously work with the same materials, speeding up the processes necessary to complete a wide range and number of complex projects.

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GatesAir Brings Over-The-Air Leadership Message to BroadcastAsia 2019

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio broadcasters, returns to BroadcastAsia with a broader product portfolio foremerging low-power and digital broadcasting opportunities throughout the region. In addition to its existing range of Maxiva and Flexiva transmitters, the company will also highlight new TV and DAB Radio transmitters procured through its acquisition of ONEtastic. New innovations include the debut ofa weatherized pole-mounted TV transmitter built to deliver high-performance, low-power and gap-filler solutions in challenging outdoor environments.

BroadcastAsia 2019 also marks the regional debut of new Maxiva TV (10 W to 2kW) and Flexiva FM radio transmitters (7.5 kW) introduced at NAB in April. GatesAir will demonstrate a broad range of its high-efficiency UHF, VHF, DAB and FM transmitters across all power levels, with an emphasis on guiding broadcasters through complex digital transitions and refreshing analog infrastructure. The company’s software-defined Maxiva XTE exciter will be at the center of all digital TV demonstrations, offering broadcasters a path to any digital standard while optimizing performance and stability.


GatesAir will round out its BroadcastAsia 2019 presence with its latest Intraplex audio contribution and distribution solutions, including its new IT-based Ascent Audio over IP platform. Receiving its regional debut, Intraplex Ascent represents the latest in broadcast and IT convergence, and is GatesAir’s first Intraplex system to live on a COTS x86 server. Ascent provides broadcasters with a highly scalable, redundant and cloud-based transport platform for multichannel contribution and distribution. Designed for centralized control and maximum interconnectivity, Ascent is compliant with the AES67 standard, today’s leading AoIP networking solutions, and most Intraplex Audio over IP codecs.

GatesAir’s problem-solving approach will be a common theme across all exhibits and demonstrations, with a focus on helping customers reduce operational costs, add new services, and transition to more efficient platforms. Chief among these include embracing the flexible capabilities of single-frequency networking (SFN) for TV and radio broadcasting, and leveraging IP as a primary transport method for audio and data.


“GatesAir has spent the last six months aggressively growing its global presence, both throughinternational team expansion and the strategic acquisition of ONEtastic,” said Rich Redmond, President and Managing Director, International for GatesAir. “We are excited to bring our message of low total cost of ownership, innovative problem-solving, and strong service and support toBroadcastAsia as we prepare our customers for the next generation of over-the-air broadcast opportunities worldwide.”

GatesAir exhibits at Stand 4Q3-01 at BroadcastAsia 2019, which takes place June 18-20 at Suntec Singapore.

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Mediaproxy boosts its sales and support operation with appointment of Rajesh Patel

Mediaproxy has appointed Rajesh Patel as its new Vice President of Sales and Solutions for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Patel most recently managed the reseller, VAR, OEM and systems integration channel for the Mediaproxy range at Polar Graphics, where he gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of both the product range and the needs of end-users.

Based out of London, Patel will work with Mediaproxy’s customers and partners in the EMEA regions as part of the company’s overall strategy to expand its reach internationally. With a degree in Electrical Engineering from Westminster University, Patel has worked in the broadcast technology market for over 30 years. He has held a variety of posts during this time, including Quality Engineer, Customer Support Engineer, Product Manager and Technical Sales and Partnership Manager.

Among the other companies, Patel has worked for are Grass Valley, Harris, VizRT, Avid and SGL. He also held the position of Operations Manager at the Sheik Zayed archive in Abu Dhabi. Commenting on his new role, Patel says, “In all my jobs I have been focused on both sales and what the customer wants. This has given me invaluable client management experience as well as commercial, technical, interpersonal and communications skills. I hope to bring this to bear in my new role at Mediaproxy, which is a brand I am well acquainted with from my time at Polar Graphics and is highly regarded in the marketplace.”


Mediaproxy’s chief executive officer, Erik Otto, adds, “I am very happy to welcome Rajesh into the Mediaproxy fold. His experience of both our product range and broadcast technology in general will prove invaluable in reinforcing our commitment to our customers and partners in EMEA, as well as further expanding the company’s global activities.”

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