Nick Symes, Input Media’s Director of Technology at the controls of the new voice-over suites.
Input Media, one of Europe’s leading sports television production companies, is using the Jünger Audio D*AP4 VAP Edition voice processor for its voiceover studios in West London.
The units, which were supplied by Jünger Audio's UK distributor Aspen Media, were installed as part of a major overhaul of the Input Media’s eight voiceover suites. This also included the installation of an Axon Digital Design Cerebrum Monitoring and Control System and several Ikegami HD monitor displays.
The suites are now fully integrated into the central broadcast infrastructure of Input Media's production centre, thus allowing the company to work faster, smarter and be more responsive to the needs of clients such as UEFA, The FA, The French Tennis Federation and the BBC.
For this project, Input Media chose ATG Danmon as its systems integrator and worked closely with them to identify the right equipment for its refurbished facility.
Nick Symes, Input Media’s Director of Technology, said choosing to implement the combination of Jünger Audio processing and Axon Cerebrum control allowed them to connect everything to the facility’s central Snell Advanced Media router. The Cerebrum software acts as the main controller and offers operators a consolidated view of all of the D*AP4 VAPs (Input Media has eight of them – one in each suite) so that they can control the characteristics of each mix.
"With this system, we can easily switch sources around and implement fail over,” Symes said, “so if one of the commentary boxes in one of the booths develops a problem we can physically take the commentator out of that booth, put him into another and route everything he needs to the new booth at the touch of a button.”
The Jünger Audio D*AP4 VAP Edition is a DSP-based 2-channel voice processor that provides all the necessary tools for transparently integrating voice content with loudness-critical programs.
Jünger Audio's D*AP4 VAP Edition is a DSP-based 2-channel voice processor that provides all the necessary tools for transparently integrating voice content with loudness-critical programs. A range of signal processing options is available, including Jünger Audio’s proprietary Spectral Signature dynamic EQ, a creative tool that offers automatic and dynamic EQ control to balance spectral differences. The unit also incorporates Jünger Audio's Level Magic Loudness Management algorithm that provides adaptive wideband loudness control with exceptionally high audio quality that is free of coloration, pumping, distortion or modulation effects.
Axon's Cerebrum is a customizable monitoring and control system that links broadcast equipment from all major manufacturers using either SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) or third party protocols, including Ember+ which is compatible with all Jünger Audio D*AP units. The system supports a wide range of devices including routers, production switchers, servers, audio desks, camera control units, receiver decoders, multiviewers and waveform monitors, and its advanced functionality and broad range of features simplifies multi device control onto one easy-to-use interface.
Although football is a key part of Input Media's business, its voiceover booths handle commentary from a wide variety of sports. This commentary is fed all over the world, according to the demands of the client.
The implementation of Jünger Audio and Axon technology is allowing Input Media's voiceover operators to work in a more flexible and creative way.
“Upgrading the voiceover suites is a start, but our long term plan is to look at implementing more cross system control to make our disparate systems work better together,” Symes said. “However that is quite an undertaking and we have to be sure the operational benefits justify the expense and time it would take to do the work, so although it's something we have earmarked for the future, we are not there yet.”
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