Fairlight Helps Deliver Winning Coverage at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by

German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF are all set to deliver great coverage of major sport events such as the Olympic Games, the European Soccer Championships and the FIFA World Cup thanks to the deployment of their state-of-the-art Mobile Production Unit (MPE).

 Equipped with the very latest technology, ARD and ZDF’s MPE uses a combination of Fairlight, Avid and EVS systems to create a networked environment that is capable of delivering exceptionally fast workflows without time-consuming format conversions. For the full story click here

Fairlight EVO.Live On-Air at The CatholicTV Network

Posted on Thursday, July 10, 2014 by

The CatholicTV Network, which broadcasts local national and international religious programming including live coverage of Pope Francis from production facilities in the Greater Boston area, is on-air with the first Fairlight EVO.Live digital audio mixing console. Based on Fairlight’s Crystal Core technology, EVO.Live is a powerful console with integrated HD video and multitrack audio recording designed for broadcast studio and live production applications that can be reconfigured to operate as a post production system at the push of a button.

Fairlight’s first production mixing console, EVO.Live can be used in a dual-operator configuration with each engineer having independent fader sets. The system delivered to The CatholicTV Network is a true split configuration with a main control surface located in the audio production suite and a second, smaller surface positioned in the video control room. Both surfaces access the same I/O and EVO.Live FPGA core processor but operate independently of each other. Either surface can control the audio going to air while the other is being used for a rehearsal or getting set for the next production. For the full story click here

750mph studio upgrades with Fairlight post production systems

Posted on Friday, June 6, 2014 by

Sound design studio 750mph has chosen Fairlight audio post production systems for its entire facility upgrade.

After an in-depth technical and commercial evaluation process, the Soho-based high-end studio has commissioned Fairlight to supply nine new EVO post systems (pictured) for their production rooms and two PYXIS dual-channel HD video recorders for their transfer rooms.

“We have used Fairlight workstations at 750mph for many years and we have been very happy with their reliability and versatility,” said Ben Mason, technical director at 750mph.

“We obviously wanted to make sure we purchased the best possible equipment and most dynamic mixing and editing platform available.

“Our new Fairlight systems mean we are future proof in that we have the output performance, flexibility and forward compatibility with all emerging technologies.

“Over the last year, we have exhaustively reviewed the technical solutions available to us and we came to the conclusion that Fairlight is absolutely the system for 750.

“Fairlight help to provide us with a clear roadmap for the future, and will be a major part in our pursuit of perfect sound for our A list clients.”

Fairlight appoints Philip Belcher as CEO

Posted on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by

SYDNEY, Australia – On the back of the company’s recent and highly successful launch into the live audio category, Fairlight today announced the appointment of widely experienced ICT senior executive Philip Belcher as Fairlight Chief Executive Officer.

After a 12 month recapitalization, restructure and product development period, Mr. Belcher has been tasked with leading the organization through its next significant growth phase.

Philip has an enviable track record as a business leader and senior executive having been CEO/Managing Director of companies including Datacraft Australia, AWA, Storagetek ANZ, Radware ANZ, PMPartners group and executive general manager of major divisions of prestigious ICT organizations including Cisco Asia Pacific and NEC Australia.

“Philip’s appointment is a major win for Fairlight and his experience and capabilities will be a huge asset to the company. His technical knowledge, sales & marketing expertise and industry experience dovetail perfectly into our plans for the business which will result in a clearer roadmap for our customers and partners globally” said KFT’s Managing Director, Steven Kepper.

“I am delighted to accept the challenge of leading and growing the company which has such a rich history and iconic brand following. The business has an excellent core technology base and comprehensive product range with enormous near term and future potential. The opportunities to also grow its OEM, control surface and licensing revenues are most significant” said Mr. Belcher.

Leading Taiwanese Film Production facility 3H Sound Studios installs seven Fairlight systems

Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by

TAIPEI, Taiwan: Fairlight, a global manufacturer of audio post, live and video production
systems, has completed a major installation at 3H Sound Studios, a leading film production
house in Taipei, Taiwan.

3H Sound Studios’ extensive facility includes Foley and ADR rooms, and seven post production
studios, six of which are equipped with Fairlight XYNERGI desktop systems with fader sidecars.
HD video is available in all of the studios, one of which also runs dual-stream video for 3D work.
Three studios are 7.1 capable for editing and mixing, while the rest of the rooms offer 5.1.

Fairlight’s integrated immersive 3D surround sound technology plays a major role in the mixing
capabilities of 3H’s main room, which is equipped with a 36 fader EVO post production console,
fitted with Dolby Atmos and Barco’s Auro-3D.

Mr. Duu-Chih Tu, founder of 3H Sound Studios and winner of multiple Golden Horse Awards for
Best Sound Effects, and Technical Grand Prize winner at Cannes International Film Festival
comments that Fairlight systems are, “So state-of-the-art that it would take any other post
production facility at least five years to catch up.”

Agnes Liu, one the main audio engineers at 3H states: “I’ve been using Fairlight products for
almost eight years. They’re fully designed for post, not like others, which are more about music
purposes in many ways. The editing work on Fairlight is just a lot easier because you have
everything you need right in front of you. I don’t think I can do sound editing with a mouse and
keyboard anymore, and why should I?” Agnes Liu continued “The best part about choosing
Fairlight is their service. They are always responsive and helpful.”

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EVO.Live – Best of Show Award Winner at NAB 2014

Posted on Monday, April 14, 2014 by

The editorial team of Pro Audio Review and Pro Sound News magazines have granted EVO.Live – Fairlight’s new broadcast and live production system with the Best of Show Award at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas.

ProSoundNetwork’s announcement states, “During each of the major conventions and trade shows, the editors of PAR and PSN comb the exhibit halls for new and noteworthy products. Gear and software that show particular merit are singled out for the ProSoundNetwork Best of Show Awards. All products debuting at a given event will be eligible”.

We are delighted about this reputable industry award and the extraordinary buzz EVO.Live has created at the NAB Show. It is a recognition of Fairlight’s innovative approach to live production with leading-edge audio processing and control surface technologies, delivering incredible audio mixing performance at an unprecedented price. EVO.Live’s unique operational features with benchmark level of customisation, live multi-track recording, advanced surround sound capabilities and ability to switch between live and post modes make this product a very strong contender in the OB truck, performing arts venues, houses of worship and broadcast market.

NAB 2014 overall was a great show for Fairlight and the team wanted to thank the many customers who visited our booth and showed enthusiasm for our Audio Live and Post Production systems, Universal Media Production Controllers and 4K Video Recorder. For those of your who could not make it to show and experience our exciting new tools, we are looking forward to seeing you at the AES exhibition in Berlin, Germany from April 26 to April 29, 2014.

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Learn more about EVO.Live here.

CC-2 – FAIRLIGHT’S NEXT GENERATION AUDIO ENGINE WITH OVER 1000 CHANNELS – A QUANTUM LEAP IN SPEED AND PERFORMANCE

Posted on Monday, April 7, 2014 by

CC-2 is the second generation digital audio engine from Fairlight delivering unsurpassed track-counts, and full-time processing power supporting immersive surround formats beyond 22.2 and all on a single PCIe card.

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 7, 2014) – Fairlight (NAB Booth C1459), world renowned for providing the fastest audio production tools, and peerless sound quality, has raised the bar again with the release of its next generation audio engine. CC-2 is based on Fairlight’s Crystal Core Technology, powering their entire range of high-speed digital audio mixing, recording and editing systems, delivering guaranteed performance and increased efficiencies in the largest and most complex productions.

One Thousand Channels
Track counts and surround formats of today’s film and television productions require a more advanced and more scalable alternative to outdated DSP based solutions, which is why Fairlight has moved to the more advanced FPGA-based CC-2 technology. Providing 1,000 hard disk playback channels, 100 live inputs and 100+ output buses available, the CC-2 system is the fastest and most powerful audio engine ever made, perfectly suited to today’s submersive surround sound formats, including Dolby® Atmos™, DTS® MDA and NHK’s 22.2.

Enhanced Productivity
Tightly integrated with Fairlight’s editing and mixing environment, the new CC-2 enables a range of productivity-enhancing features including an entirely new 64 bit codebase, advanced delay compensation, and faster than real-time bounce to name just a few. With equalisation, dynamics, plug-ins and inserts always on every input and bus with near zero latency, unlimited headroom and legendary sound quality, Fairlight users will now be able to tackle larger projects, with more tracks, more processing power, and more speed with ease.

Accelerated Workflow
CC-2 is a quantum leap in processing power and when combined with Fairlight’s intuitive user interface, tactile control surfaces featuring their patented, self-labelling Picture Key Technology, and tight integration with third-party storage, media asset management systems or video collaboration environments, Fairlight delivers the fastest workflows of any system on the market. When faced with tight deadlines, you can rely on Fairlight to help you deliver a quality product, on time, every time, at least 20% faster than on competitive systems.

Invest in your future
Continuing a long tradition of seamless upgrade paths, Fairlight has ensured that CC-2 is also compatible with audio hardware purchased for CC-1. This means that owners of Fairlight systems don’t need to replace their current audio interfaces and control surfaces to upgrade to CC-2. Existing investments in Fairlight’s high-quality hardware continues to be supported, maximising the return of investment on existing equipment.

“Traditional approaches to audio processing are not enough in today’s high-track-count, multi-channel immersive surround mixing environments,” commented Tino Fibaek, Chief Technology Officer of Fairlight. “The new CC-2 guarantees rock-solid performance for our customers, with no limits. Creativity should never be limited by technology”.

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Fairlight and Quantel Collaboration Produces Better Workflow and Faster Throughput with GATEWAY and QTube

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014 by

SYDNEY, Australia – Fairlight, a renowned manufacturer of audio post, live and video production
solutions, and Quantel, the market leading innovator in news and sports production systems and high
quality post, today announced the upcoming release of Fairlight’s new audio post Gateway integration
module with Quantel QTube.

Fairlight makes the ultimate in audio post production tools. Professional tools for editing, mixing, plug-ins,
file transfer and multichannel recording, all under the fast control of Fairlight’s tactile control surfaces
featuring its patented Picture Key Technology.

Quantel’s QTube technology provides industry partners with direct access to audio, video and metadata
held on its Enterprise sQ production systems. QTube has a RESTful API which is available to companies
such as Fairlight, and enables development of new workflows with minimal engineering overhead.

The Quantel QTube API gives Fairlight audio editing systems instant, real-time access to Quantel video
compositions directly within the Fairlight software. Fairlight’s Gateway accesses the Quantel Enterprise
sQ storage, with no rendering or video file import required, providing frame accurate playback, jogging
and scrubbing over a local LAN network or even over the internet.

Extensive search functions allow the operator to quickly find pending work, and import audio assets from
the Quantel server with ease. At the end of the session, the final audio is laid back directly to the Quantel
server via Fairlight Gateway.

Tino Fibaek, CTO of Fairlight commented, “Tight system integration within a broadcast facility is vital to
meeting the challenges of today’s demanding production deadlines. The close collaboration between
Fairlight and Quantel and the open design architecture of both systems was crucial in the development of
the Fairlight GATEWAY module for QTube with the objective to deliver seamless workflow integration and
faster throughput.”

Steve Owen, Quantel Marketing Director, said, “The QTube API really does enable tight integration of
systems from different manufacturers. The Fairlight Gateway is a perfect example, adding powerful audio
post production tools to complement the unrivalled editing workflow of our Enterprise sQ systems.”
Fairlight Gateway with Quantel QTube integration is on display at the Fairlight booth C1459 at NAB 2014
in Las Vegas (April 7-10).

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Fairlight Delivers Audio for Opening and Closing Ceremonies at Sochi 2014

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 by

SYDNEY, Australia – With a global audience of billions of people from over 200 countries, it was Fairlight technology that delivered the audio for the spectacular opening and closing ceremonies at the Fisht Stadium of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics at Sochi, Russia.

The full design and direction of audio systems and services for these events was managed by Auditoria Pty. Ltd. from Sydney, Australia. Auditoria has delivered audio and communications systems for some of the world’s largest live and broadcast performance events.

An event like Sochi requires reliability, speed and seamless integration with other production elements in order to provide an excellent audience experience. Among the equipment chosen for these high profile shows were two identical turnkey Fairlight editing and playback systems, each consisting of two XSTREAM desktop controllers, two workstation PC’s, two SX-20 I/O units and XE-6 Faders.

Auditoria director Scott Willsallen commented from Sochi, “The elegance, simplicity and robustness of the Fairlight systems in use here in Sochi are second to none. Whilst our primary usage of the system is for dual-redundant A/B playback, our workflow also includes creating QuickTime movies for technical programmers and choreographers. The Fairlight platform gives us the buss count and flexibility to deliver stems for FOH & monitors, broadcast mixes, sound design content stems and backup vocal stems as well as the Quicktime movies, all within one session with complete A/B-roll capability and fully backed up on a second system. The XSTREAM controller is fully configurable and offers the fastest, most user-friendly interface available. I am in the unique position on these projects where I can nominate any product the market has to offer – when it comes to playback, I choose Fairlight.”

The Fairlight systems on-site were fully operated by veteran head audio editor and playback engineer Steve Logan.

Steve Logan added, “In any live event, but especially one of this magnitude and importance, reliability is paramount. This is why we always choose Fairlight for our audio requirements – because we know that, with Fairlight, we simply won’t have any problems.”

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Fairlight Launches EVO.Live –
A New Paradigm In Audio Live Production

Posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 by

SYDNEY, Australia – At NAB 2014, Fairlight will introduce EVO.Live – a new generation digital audio
mixing system for the most demanding on-air and live productions. Built on Fairlight’s leading-edge audio
processing and control surface technologies, this new system comes with true live credentials, offering
the best possible price/performance value and unique operational features.

The mixing console’s compact, modular design creates the perfect mixing environment for OB trucks,
performing arts venues, house of worship and broadcast facilities. The console is available in different
chassis or table-mount configurations from 12 to 60 faders. The ergonomic control surface design with
touch TFT monitors offer immediate access to all critical live functions with excellent visualisation. The
system maintains full redundancy with automatic takeover on any component failure.
Fairlight’s interactive control surface includes unique Picture Keys which self-label instantly for each task
performed, displaying the right commands and functions at the right time. In addition, Fairlight’s new iCan
(Integrated Control Across Network) technology provides the operator with an easy to use editor to design
fully customised layouts.

The console incorporates complete Dual-Operator functionality allowing each audio engineer to
independently access their own set of faders, solos, channel selections and monitoring controls.
Audio processing takes place in Fairlight’s FPGA-based Crystal Core audio engine ensuring very high
channel and bus counts, lowest latency and purest sound quality. Comprehensive Mix-Minus, advanced
comms, extensive metering and flexible bussing are meticulously implemented. The compact 2U Live
Audio Processor includes an extensive range of built-in I/O. Adding a second hot-swappable FPGAbased
engine with dual-input power supplies guarantees the highest system reliability. A wide choice of
modular remote I/O is also available to meet the demands of any application.

The power of EVO.Live reaches beyond live production, with full recording facilities, off-line preparation
via laptop, a built-in cart machine for flying in sound effects, and control extensions to lighting systems,
third party DAW and sound library databases.

After the live event has completed, EVO.Live can be entirely reconfigured, turning into Fairlight’s industryleading
post production system featuring audio editing, full video integration, plug-ins, automation and
sophisticated 3D surround panning.

Jean-Claude Kathriner, CEO of Fairlight commented “Fairlight, as the brand trusted by high-end audio
professionals for over 30 years, is proud to extend its state-of-the-art technology to the live production
industry. EVO.Live includes an array of innovations that will benefit customers in terms of productivity
gains, reliability and especially value for money. The intuitive level of customisation of the user interface
and its unique ability to switch between live and post modes will change audio production forever”.
EVO.Live will be on display at the Fairlight booth C1459 at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas (April 7-10).

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