Fairlight’s international reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology will be reinforced at IBC 2014 (7.H17) when the company shows a range of innovative products including:
- Fairlight’s Live console family, which includes the Award-winning EVO.Live digital audio mixing system;
- Fairlight will be reinforcing the industry’s drive towards the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by launching a new platform for Object Oriented 3D Sound Production;
- New and existing Fairlight users will get their first opportunity to see the company’s fifth major software release, based on the brand new second generation CC-2 FPGA audio engine. The CC-2 audio engine with V5 software is perfectly suited to the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry. By providing over 1,000 playback channels, 100 live inputs and 100+ output buses, the system is the most powerful audio engine ever made
- Fairlight will complete its IBC 2014 unveiling by showing how to deliver complex multi-sourced workflows by combining its open platform Media GateWay with its unique iCan workflow automation tools. These Gateways offer a glimpse into the future of broadcast post production by embracing collaborative editing environments such as Quantel’s Qtube. Read More
Hailed as a new paradigm in audio live production, this ground-breaking console can switch between live and post production modes at the touch of a button.
July 21st 2014: EVO.Live, Fairlight’s new generation digital audio mixing system, will be introduced to Chinese and European broadcasters when it goes on show at two major broadcast exhibitions – BIRTV 2014 in Beijing (August 27-30th) and IBC 2014 in Amsterdam (September 12-16th).
Designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, EVO.Live won a Best of Show Award when it was launched at NAB 2014 and broadcasters around the world have been quick to spot its potential. The first console has already been installed at the prestigious Catholic TV Network in Boston, USA, where it is broadcasting live TV to more than 14 million homes worldwide.
Based on Fairlight’s leading-edge audio processing and control surface technologies, EVO.Live is a powerful console that offers integrated HD video and multitrack audio recording. However, what makes EVO.Live exceptional is its ability to switch between live and post production modes at the touch of a button so that staff engineers can use the desk for audio sweetening when it isn’t needed for on-air applications. For the full story click here
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
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
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
CC-2 – FAIRLIGHT’S NEXT GENERATION AUDIO ENGINE WITH OVER 1000 CHANNELS – A QUANTUM LEAP IN SPEED AND PERFORMANCE
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.
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.
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”.
Fairlight and Quantel Collaboration Produces Better Workflow and Faster Throughput with GATEWAY and QTube
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
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).