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Euphonix at IBC2007: new eMix software and CNN sales announcement

test 11 September 2007

US: Euphonix has been publicising the latest version of its eMix management software for the System 5 series of digital audio mixing systems throughout this year’s IBC exhibition, which comes to an end at the Amsterdam RAI today (September 11th). The company has also revealed during the show that CNN has purchased a further two of the Max Air digital audio broadcast systems, writes David Davies.

Supporting the array of System 5 upgrades now available to Euphonix clients worldwide, eMix 3.0 possesses new features such as scene automation and Dual Spill Zone, which enables two operators working on the console to independently spill out stereo or 5.1 masters to their component parts on each side of the console.

eMix 3.0 also supports all the new DSP SuperCore hardware features including bus processing, enabling mix and group buses to have dynamics and filters added without having to use DSP channel facilities, meaning that – for example – a 5.1 mix stem can have an overall six-channel compressor. The new software also provides for the extra router points attendant to the new DSP SuperCore, along with provision on the control surface input knobs for the increase in channel delay to two seconds for broadcast applications.

“The new version of eMix now fully supports all the hardware upgrades that Euphonix has introduced over the last 18 months,” Andrew Wild, Euphonix’s vice-president – marketing, tells PSN-e. “The new control surface also supports more memory and faster processors for faster response. The eMix software makes full use of these new hardware features.”

Originally introduced in 2000, the System 5 range has undergone a significant evolution over the last 18 months, a process that commenced with the introduction of a new control surface incorporating touch-sensitive knobs and higher resolution screens.

Euphonix has also revealed that CNN has purchased two of its Max Air digital audio broadcast systems for its new on-air and production studios currently under construction in Los Angeles. The systems – which will be used for shows including Larry King Live – join a considerable arsenal of Max Air consoles already owned by CNN, which has four such systems installed at its sites in Atlanta, two in New York and a further pair in Washington DC.

“We are very proud of the relationship we have built with CNN starting with the first Atlanta installations in 2003,” said Euphonix CEO Martin Kloiber. “Our team at Euphonix has worked to ensure that our systems and support can handle all of CNN’s applications, even going as far as to develop new technology such as the remote 8-fader screen for Max Air to help meet some of their specific requirements.”

Finally, the S5 Fusion digital mixing system showcased at NAB and AES earlier this year (read PSN-e’s coverage here is continuing to establish a market presence. Aimed principally at the TV broadcast sector and combining DSP and DAW control technology with Euphonix’s EuCon Hybrid protocol, S5 Fusion recently scored its first European studio installation at Yellow Cab in Paris. An S5 Fusion with 40 faders, 154 DSP channels and 32 mix buses has been located in audio post-production facility’s main dubbing theatre.


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