Margarita Mix of Santa Monica, a FotoKem company specialising in audio post services for commercials and advertising media, has installed a fourth Fairlight EVO integrated audio production system for their award-winning team of sound designers, mixers and composers. With the upgrade, the facility’s accomplished sound mixers Paul Hurtubise, Jimmy Hite, Nathan Dubin and Jeff Levy are now working on identical audio post platforms in their HD mixing suites.
“The facility was already working extensively on Fairlight, and after careful evaluation and testing, I made the transition,” says Hurtubise, who joined Margarita Mix in late 2012 with over 20 years of experience in commercial audio post. Having used a number of platforms over the course of his career, Hurtubise notes, “I simply think Fairlight sounds better. It’s less fatiguing on the ears, and I seem to hear things more clearly and definitively.”
London-based Sky Vision Sound Studios, part of the international distribution arm of Sky, has recently completed a major upgrade of its Fairlight equipment to bring it in line with Sky’s UK broadcasting facilities in Osterley. The three-studio complex, two mix rooms and a prep room, has upgraded its Fairlight Constellation console with a Fairlight EVO, six of which are already in use at Sky. It has also upgraded its XYNERGI system by installing the latest software version – a move that is already improving workflow.
Sky Vision’s Audio Supervisor and Senior Dubbing Mixer Robert Thompson says: “Although we have handled work for external clients such as Sky, the BBC, Universal and Channel 5, the majority of our work comes from Sky Vision. As work often moves between Sky’s sound studios and ours, it made sense for us to have identical equipment. The dubbing mixers at Sky were obviously very happy with their Fairlight EVO’s and this, combined with our own good experiences of Fairlight, meant we had no qualms about upgrading our own desk.”
Fairlight’s EVO.Live broadcast and live production console has won a second major accolade after being voted a winner in NewBay Media’s first ever IBC Best of Show Awards.
EVO.Live won in the TVB Europe category, which was judged at IBC 2014 by an independent panel of experts who examined each product nominated in depth. The judging criteria assessed nominations for their design, features, cost efficiency and performance in serving industry professionals.
Fairlight’s EVO.Live is already the recipient of a Pro Audio Review and Pro Sound News Best of Show Award from NAB 2014.
September 18th, 2014: Internationally acclaimed as the first company in the world to introduce FPGA technology to the audio post production business, Fairlight has now consolidated its position as an innovator with the launch of its second generation Crystal Core (CC-2) technology.
Hailed as the most powerful post production audio engine ever created, CC-2 incorporates an impressive 1000 tracks, 100+ output buses and 100 live inputs. When teamed with Fairlight’s new V5 operating software, it offers the ultimate professional solution for the demanding delivery requirements of today’s broadcast industry.
In keeping with Fairlight’s long tradition of seamless upgrade paths, CC-2 is entirely compatible with the audio hardware currently operating with the company’s established CC-1 engine.
Extending its range of dual purpose production consoles,
Fairlight’s new release offers a powerful entry level solution.
September 10th, 2014: IBC 2014 will see the launch of QUANTUM.Live Table-Top (TT), the newest addition to Fairlight’s live console family that includes the award winning EVO.Live digital audio mixing system.
Based on Fairlight’s leading edge audio processing and control surface hardware, their groundbreaking range of live consoles can switch between live and post production at the touch of a button, delivering an exceptional return on investment as customers are effectively getting two consoles in one.
Designed for the most demanding on-air and live productions, Fairlight’s Live family is a highly flexible console range, available from 12 to 60 faders, as a standalone chassis, In-Surface modules and Table-Top configurations.
Fairlight will showcase 3D Audio Workspace (3DAW), a new platform for immersive and object oriented 3D Sound Production, at both IBC 2014 in Amsterdam (September 12–16) and the Sound for Film Conference on Immersive Sound in Los Angeles (September 6).
Aimed at the film and television post production market, 3D Audio Workspace reinforces the industry’s drive for the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by providing a comprehensive and diverse environment for 3D audio production.
“Fairlight has always had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology, but even by our high standards 3DAW is one of the most exciting products we have launched in many years,” says Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s CTO.
One of the features that make 3DAW so unique is AirPan – a brand new concept that allows operators to use a Virtual Reality (VR) style input to position and control images in a 3D space.
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