Coming in 2018: Audio trends to look out for

Coming in 2018: Audio trends to look out for

We asked our experts to gaze into their crystal mics and predict 2018’s biggest trends for the audio industry. Reliable picks included networked audio over IP, an even bigger push on 3D sound than we’ve seen in 2017 and Ambisonics quietly cornering the market for virtual reality content…

Networked audio over IP: Dante, Ravenna, BLU Link, Q-LAN and AES67

We’ve been talking to everyone who’ll listen about Focusrite’s Dante products for years now (and, to a lesser but no less enthusiastic extent, about gear that uses Ravenna, BLU Link and Q-LAN). While all these formats are excellent in their own ways and most studios we kit out will include equipment from multiple vendors, they weren’t always cross-compatible.

The AES67 standard was designed to fix this, among other things, and allows interoperability between Dante, Ravenna and other such networks as if they were one and the same. While AES67 has been around since 2014, it’s only recently it’s really gained traction, with newer Dante and Ravenna solutions being AES67-compatible straight out of the gate. Our hope is that in 2018 working across standards becomes even easier, with the rise of the AES70 management standard allowing us to control routing between between Dante, Ravenna and BLU Link without any compatibility issues or loss of signal quality.

We’re also interested in seeing what Q-SYS, JBL and BSS have up their sleeve this year for audio system control, and advise anyone who works with audio and video to keep an eye on SMPTE 2110, which allows you to transport audio and video synchronously in separate streams, in native AES67 rather than multiplexed with the video, as in SMPTE 2022. SSL in particular have been developing solutions that incorporate this standard, including their more recent Dante-based interfaces.

Want to know more about this? Head to our Soho centre at 9am on 31st January for a special Tech Breakfast with our senior audio engineer, Matt Ward, who’ll be briefing people on AES67 and its related standards over coffee and a danish. Sign up here

Ambisonics overtake immersive audio and virtual reality

One of the things we’re most excited about at the moment is the resurgence of interest in Ambisonics, driven by the latest developments in immersive audio and VR. Originally developed in the 1970s by Michael Gerzon, Ambisonics was integrated into Pro Tools in v12.8.2, and we expect to see more third party tools appearing as VR and immersive home and cinema formats become ubiquitous.

If you’re experimenting with Ambisonics (particularly capturing sound fields), we’d recommend keeping a close eye on developments in high order ambisonic microphone arrays over the next year as the ability to store and process a greater number of channels becomes available. These arrays produce phase-coherent immersive audio signals that give your virtual environment natural acoustics, and working in higher order allows for more spatial accuracy.

In other immersive news, 2018 could be the year that SMPTE release an open standard for immersive audio, and it’ll be interesting to see whether the latest evolutions of DTS:X and Multi-Dimensional Audio can challenge Dolby Atmos – follow us on Twitter to keep up with developments.

Refining the cloud

Putting immersive audio aside for a minute, the other toolkit we’d like to see Avid expand in 2018 is Pro Tools’ suite of cloud collaboration tools. Rumours suggest we’ll see their online collaboration services refined, giving audio customers a more streamlined, integrated solution that will lure end users away from slightly less secure methods of sharing (they’re also overhauling the Media Composer Cloud-connected application, so it will interesting to see how these two sync up).

Perfecting shared storage for audio with DDP

Collaborating also means managing content and storage efficiently, and investing in a flexible and reliable storage and management data solution is undoubtedly the way forward if you want to streamline and optimise your workflow. Not many tools can deliver on all fronts but, having tested a lot of options, we’re big fans of Dynamic Drive Pool, a solution which has been designed specifically to work with this type of media.

DDP is essentially a pool of drives from which virtual or logical volumes can be created and accessed via Ethernet. This is a SAN (Storage Area Network) system, which allows data to be read and written in blocks very quickly, allowing network volumes to appear and behave like local storage. This is the perfect companion for audio systems like Pro Tools, Fairlight and Nuendo.

Got a prediction for 2018? Let us know in the comments. To find out more about any of the above, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Meet the experts: Joffrey Ghiringhelli

Meet the experts: Joffrey Ghiringhelli

Our Audio Business Development Manager, Joffrey Ghiringhelli, clocked up several years as an audio engineer in post facilities before spending over a decade looking after Avid systems across the globe as their Principal Expert for audio. Now, he’s bringing his wide-ranging experience to bear to ensure our customers get the best solutions possible, whether they need solutions for audio, video, infrastructure or a bit of all three…

“Now that root6, Jigsaw24 and Picture Exchange have all teamed up, I think we have a level of expertise that’s unique among resellers. Whether the customer is working in a traditional studio, is a broadcaster looking to move into audio, or is reviewing their infrastructure because they’re planning on implementing not only audio, but much more, there’s someone on our team who has experience of that environment and can help design the best possible solution.”

Embracing technological evolution

“I’m basically a bit of an evangelist for the company – the guy who goes out and shakes hands and spends time with our customers so that we can understand their challenges and solve them, and makes sure people understand we’re not the kind of reseller who’s going to abandon you after the sale. But I also have a very technical background, so I understand customers’ challenges and requirements from that point of view too, and can help them embrace technology and really understand what’s available to them now.”

Pushing boundaries with Dolby

“The good thing about Atmos is that makes you push the boundaries of studio design further. It’s moving people away from just sticking to connecting speakers to an audio interface, because they’re now having to think about their network, they’re thinking about how things talk to each other, they’re thinking about their infrastructure. And we’re working with them to build something unique every time, and making sure we constantly reassess what technology is best for purpose.”

Around the world with Avid

“If you have any Avid pro-audio-related questions or want consultancy around that workflow, I have the experience to help. I spent ten years at Avid as a pre-sales and field services engineer, then as their Principal Expert for audio. I was travelling all around the world to build commissioned mixing desks and systems, train people, and service desks, and have done everything from studio work to broadcast to live sound, in places from South Africa to Iceland.”

Joffrey has over 15 years’ experience in the post, studio and broadcast sectors, and can provide everything from workflow and systems design through to technical training and strategic advice. If you want to know more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Win a DPA and Sony wireless mic system worth over £1000!

Win a DPA and Sony wireless mic system worth over £1000!

DPA Microphones are celebrating 25 years in the business this year, and to make sure we all get in a party mood too, we’re running a sweepstake in which you can win a complete wireless lavalier system worth over £1000, comprising a Sony UWP D-11 wireless system with camera mounted receiver and a DPA 4060 Omni Lavalier microphone! 

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For the discerning videographer, the Sony UWP and DPA bundle is one of the best sounding systems on the market. DPA microphones are recognised as possibly the best performers in their field and are the most common upgrade for the users who are dissatisfied with the sound quality from traditionally bundled lavalier microphones. The DPA SC4060 is the omnidirectional version, making it suitable for all kinds of piece-to-camera work.

The Sony UWP wireless system features a body pack transmitter and camera-mountable/belt pack format receiver, and is amongst the best sounding and most reliable systems available. Of particular interest to users of Sony cameras, the optional S-MAD P3 adapter allows the receiver to be directly mounted to cameras which have Sony’s MI (Multi Interface) shoe, which allows for a cable-free setup and also for the receiver to be directly powered by the camera itself.

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is click the link below:

Register here for your chance to win.

We also offer the full range of Sony and DPA bundles, which you can buy via our web store.

If you want to know more about your audio options, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Pick a monitor and we’ll tell your future

Pick a monitor and we’ll tell your future

Audio product specialist and amateur mystic Rob Holsman has read his tea leaves, rattled his runes and studied his bird omens, and now all he needs is for you to tell him your preferred monitor brand before he makes a startlingly accurate prediction about your future.

Genelec

The Curator. November will be a good month for tying up loose ends and clearing the backlog existing projects before the new moon in December heralds a departure from existing workflows, but beware of clearing out unused assets – an upcoming project will be tailor made for work you have already done! Beware of a plug-in offer that looks to good to be true though, as phasing issues may cause more problems than they solve. Your lucky hat type is Trilby and your power letter is H.

Focal

The Bull – Your tempestuous nature will serve you well when it comes to making snap decisions – follow your instincts and go with your first mix hunch to let that shine, as endless revisions – while being more technically refined – may tend towards the mediocre and now is the time to be individual. Let it shine! December may be a good time to adjust your speaker placement, and invest in some new shoes. Your lucky fruit for December is pomegranate and your power number is 10.

KRK

The Cyclone. There is a new collaboration on the cards over the next few months but proceed with caution when faced with a choice. A lot can hinge on first impressions, so choose what to wear on your first meeting carefully. In particular beware of potential collaborators with Gmail accounts as this represents a potential clash personality over small details which can derail the creative process. December is a good month for reworking your signal chain as you will finally solve an issue which has been bothering you. Your lucky cloud type is cirrostratus and your power shape is Rhombus.

Yamaha

The Unicyclist. The interaction of Jupiter this month means its time for a change in approach. If you’re a stickler for old school then embracing new technology will give you a new perspective while if you’re used to working “in the box” then now is time to go back to some belt and braces approaches to spark your creativity. A tricky choice between 2 microphones will require a mixture of blind testing and gut instinct – but beware of being led astray by looks. Beware of Chinese products and anyone offering constructive criticism wearing an aran cable knit sweater. Your lucky horse is piebald and your power word is “nomenclature”.

ADAM

The Salvager. A tricky project will have you scratching your head in December. When in doubt, go back to basics – starting over can seem like a big job but quicker in the long run that hunting for the cause of the issue. Checking for phase cancellation at the start will be prudent and any investment in metering will have paid dividends by mid-January so don’t skimp. There is potential for disaster if a microphone stand isn’t up to scratch. Your lucky neckwear is a Windsor knot tie and your power stationary is the orange highlighter.

PSI

The Wandbearer. Taking on too much in November could have consequences as there are some unexpected opportunities in December that will be helped by having a clean slate to work on. Avoid rash decisions by colour coding and beware of any projects where fruit is a prominent theme. A past collaborator will come back into your life around the 28th and will introduce you to some new equipment which will be indispensable over the next year. Your lucky garden implement is the watering can and your power meat is bacon.

Dynaudio

The Satellite. November is a month to take stock of what you are currently using and look to break out of your mould as there is potential for a creative rut. Set aside some time to play with demo versions and get some new inspiration – there are things you no longer use which are taking up space and a clearout will give you a bit of much needed space and some extra money. Beware of anyone using the word “leopard print” as they may have ulterior motives for advice offered on a personal basis. Your lucky sport is body boarding and your power fish is the Tench.

JBL

The River. When creativity hits a wall around the 25th, look to nature for inspiration. Let the ascension of Pisces lead you outside and take time to see the flow of life – the cause of the blockage will become clear through casual observation. Slow upload speeds will hamper a project in December so seek out some alternatives to avoid frustration. A new monitor controller may reveal phasing issues that have been causing problems. Your lucky menu command is Quantise and your power cable is IEC.

Presonus

The Quantum Magician. From the 3rd of December until the new moon in January, there is direct opposition in the celestial houses of both Cards and Lords, leading you to overlook some fundamental basics. Pay close attention to harmony and tuning from the 15th, or you risk spending hours wondering why things aren’t sitting properly in a mix. Microphone placement will play a big part throughout November so refresh your knowledge now before it is called upon, and there are signs that a fresh approach to automation will yield unexpected positive results on Sunday. Your lucky utensil is the colander and your power chord is A#.

If you want to know more, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 14

NAB 2017: Blackmagic Design announces DaVinci Resolve 14

Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 14, the biggest release in the history of the product, and an update that has been designed to be more than an incremental software update, but a complete revolution in post production. Blackmagic Design believes the new DaVinci Resolve will break through the stagnant toolsets used in post production, and offer a new path forward for the smallest as well as the largest facilities in the world.

New features include up to 10 times performance improvement, a whole new audio post production suite with Fairlight audio built into DaVinci Resolve, and multi user collaboration tools that let multiple people edit, color and mix audio from multiple systems, all in the same project at the same time.

What this means is that DaVinci Resolve 14 is like 3 high end applications in one. Customers get professional editing, color correction and the new Fairlight audio tools. All it takes is a single click to switch between editing, color and audio. Then the new multi user collaboration tools let everyone work on the same project at the same time, so customers no longer have to import, export, translate or conform projects.

DaVinci Resolve 14 dramatically changes post production from a linear to a parallel workflow, so everyone can work at the same time, giving editors, colorists and audio engineers more time to be creative.

A public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 will be available today and for immediate download from the Blackmagic Design website. DaVinci Resolve 14 will also be demonstrated on the Blackmagic Design NAB 2017 booth at #SL216.

DaVinci Resolve 14 features a new high performance playback engine that’s up to 10 times faster than before.

In addition to extensive CPU and GPU optimizations, customers also get better threading and GPU pipelining, lower latency, much faster UI refresh rates, support for Apple Metal and much more. This makes DaVinci Resolve 14 faster and more responsive than ever so customers get incredibly fluid performance and more precise editing, even on long timelines with thousands of clips. Scrubbing and playback are instantaneous and there is powerful new acceleration for processor intensive formats like H.264, making it possible to edit 4K images on a laptop.

 

Legendary Fairlight audio is now fully built into the DaVinci Resolve 14 application itself. Fairlight is famous for being used at the world’s highest end studios for audio post on film and television. Fairlight is known for both its superior sound quality and its speed. Customers get a massive set of professional audio tools for recording, editing and sweetening, professional bussing, mixing and routing, and multi format mastering to 3D audio formats such as 5.1, 7.1, Dolby and even 22.2. The state of the art, super low latency audio engine is designed to work with 192kHz 96-bit audio and delivers up to 1,000 tracks with real time EQ, dynamics processing and plug-ins on every track when used with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator. Plus the new Fairlight audio can record up to 96 channels while simultaneously playing back up to 150 audio channels, while mixing it all in real time! There simply is no other software available with this level of dedicated audio power.

The new Fairlight audio in DaVinci Resolve 14 features a full multi track timeline for subframe editing of audio, down to the sample level. The mixer is designed to let customers create sophisticated sequences and has several main, sub and aux buses for mastering and delivering to multiple formats at the same time. Every channel on the mixer features real time 6 band parametric EQ, along with expander/gate, compressor and limiter dynamics. Clip time warping lets customers stretch or compress audio without shifting pitch. In addition, every single parameter can be automated, even VST plug ins, using a variety of automation modes.

In addition to audio editing, sweetening, and mixing, Fairlight audio in DaVinci Resolve 14 also includes multi channel recording tools that are far superior to those found in most editing systems. Customers can record voice overs or even an entire symphony orchestra while also monitoring video and multiple channels of dialog and sound effects. The advanced monitoring can handle buses up to 24 channels wide with customizable fold-up and fold-down for crossing between formats. Monitoring can be done on up to 16 different sets of speakers, including massive cinematic installations.

DaVinci Resolve 14 works with the Fairlight Audio Accelerator card, which gives customers up to 1,000 zero latency tracks and real time effects processing for EQ, dynamics, and up to 6 VST plug ins per channel. Even without the accelerator, most modern computers can still process more than 60 tracks in real time. In addition, DaVinci Resolve 14 can also be used to drive the entire line of Fairlight hardware mixing consoles, which makes working on complex multi track projects faster than any other system available.

The advanced busing and mixing architecture also allows multi language and multi format delivery to be handled simultaneously from the same project, dramatically reducing the time required to deliver final masters.

All this editing, color correction and audio post production power also means multiple people need to work on the same job, at the same time. This is where the revolutionary new collaboration tools are vital to the dream of revolutionizing post production. The new collaboration tools completely redefines post production workflows by supporting simultaneous editing, color correction and audio post. Assistant editors can prepare footage while editors cut the picture, colorists grade the shots, and sound editors mix and finish audio, all in the same project at the same time.

New bin, clip and timeline locking lets users safely work on a specific part of the project without overwriting each other. There’s also a built in secure chat client that lets team members talk to each other from within DaVinci Resolve without the need for an external internet connection. This secure chat is vital because most high end facilities are unable to use services such as Slack or Skype for messaging because they need to remain completely disconnected from the internet to ensure security against hacking.

The new timeline comparison tool makes it fast and easy to see differences and merge changes between two timelines by viewing a side by side comparison of every single change made between users. Best of all, DaVinci Resolve 14 works with the storage you already have. There’s no need to buy expensive or proprietary storage and servers to work collaboratively.

The new multi user features of DaVinci Resolve 14 eliminate the need for importing, exporting, translating and conforming projects. Customers no longer have to wait for a locked edit before starting color and audio work. Switching between editing, color and audio is just a single click away. That means picture editors, colorists, and sound editors can all work in parallel, making DaVinci Resolve 14 the fastest way to edit, grade, mix and deliver projects.

In addition to the incredible performance improvements, editors also get new slip and slide trim commands that make it easier to dynamically trim live on the fly during playback. They can now save interface layout presets, view multiple bins at once and open multiple bin windows. New marker overlays, audio only and video only edit tools, track colors, and subframe audio editing make it the world’s most powerful creative editor.

For colorists, there are over 20 new Resolve FX filters that make it easy to remove dust, fix dead pixels, warp images and more. The amazing new face enhancement tool automatically recognizes and tracks facial features so colorists can quickly smooth skin, adjust skin tone, brighten eyes, and even change lip color, all without having to manually select or rotoscope any part of the image. The face enhancement tool is an indispensable feature that colorists will use every single day. In addition, there are new stabilization, match move, and other image processing tools that give colorists more creative options than ever before.

Customers can add a DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel, DaVinci Resolve Mini Panel or a DaVinci Resolve Advanced Control panel for the ultimate high speed workflow. All controls are logically placed near natural hand positions and are made out of the highest quality materials. Smooth, high resolution weighted trackballs and precision engineered knobs and dials feature the perfect amount of resistance for accurately adjusting any setting. The DaVinci Resolve control panels give colorists and editors fluid, hands on control over multiple parameters at the same time, allowing them to create looks that are simply impossible with a standard mouse.

“The overwhelming success of DaVinci Resolve has been incredibly exciting. It has become the world’s fastest growing editing system and now we’re taking it to the next level with DaVinci Resolve 14,” said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design. “With this new version, we didn’t want to do an incremental update. We wanted to make a large leap forward and break new ground. It’s also much more exciting for the whole engineering team here at Blackmagic Design! We are really excited about how quickly editors are switching and we hope that a new generation of audio engineers will enter the industry. Together, we can all work to continue making it the best editing, color correction and now audio software in the world!”

Blackmagic Design also announced a price reduction for DaVinci Resolve Studio from $995 to only $299. It costs less than most annual cloud based subscription plans, making DaVinci Resolve more affordable to more customers.

The free version of DaVinci Resolve is also available with the same powerful new editing and audio post production features. The $299 DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio version adds the new collaborative multi user tools, over 20 new Resolve FX including the advanced face enhancement tools, 4K and 120fps project support, stereoscopic 3D, optical quality blur and mist effects, film grain, de-noise tools and much more. Best of all, DaVinci Resolve 14 Studio does not require a connection to the internet or a cloud subscription to work.

In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced a new worldwide training and certification program, along with certified curriculum for DaVinci Resolve. Customers can learn at their own pace by purchasing the Blackmagic Design series of books, or they can take training courses online or in person at certified training centers. More details are available on the DaVinci Resolve website.

DaVinci Resolve 14 runs on all major platforms, including Mac, Windows and Linux, making it easy to integrate with existing systems and workflows. Customers running Red Hat or CentOS Linux can even build their own workstations using low cost motherboards, extremely fast processors, massive amounts of RAM and up to 8 GPUs for incredible real time performance.

Availability and Price

The public beta of DaVinci Resolve 14 is available today as a free download from the Blackmagic Design website for all current DaVinci Resolve and DaVinci Resolve Studio customers. DaVinci Resolve Studio is available for $299 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

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View from the front: Nuno Fernandes rounds up our RedNet Rundown

View from the front: Nuno Fernandes rounds up our RedNet Rundown

We’re a sociable bunch at Jigsaw24, and we like nothing more than a good natter over the latest audio kit. To that end, we opened the doors of our Soho facility for a RedNet Rundown, giving you the chance to see the range in action and put your questions to Focusrite’s team. Freelance engineer and producer Nuno Fernandes took time out from working with his impressive client list to come down, and has been kind enough to let us share his roundup

Focusrite Red 4PRE & Pro Tools

This past Thursday I went down to Soho to visit Jigsaw24 to attend an event on Focusrite RedNet. Focusrite has a long history in the audio world and when they first announced the RedNet line I was curious but a little skeptical. It seemed like a solution to a problem I didn’t have. So I kept following developments but it was slightly off my radar.

Recently, with the release of the Red 4Pre, I started thinking a lot about Nathaniel Kunkel’s Studio Without Walls concept again. Focusrite was offering an interface that I could use with my ProTools HD Native rig at home and that I could connect using Thunderbolt to my laptop on location, at the same time being able to use 32 channels of Dante expandability! I was almost convinced, but it wasn’t until the release of the Red 8Pre that I started really seriously considering it.

The idea of being able to reach a location and not having to carry long XLR multi-cores between points is nice. The idea of having the Red8Pre next to my laptop and just running an Ethernet lead to one or two MP8R (or a Grace Design m802, or a Millennia Media HV-3R) close to the sources and just having to run XLR leads from that point to the mics seems heavenly, especially since the pres are remote controlled. I could then have an A16R close to the interface for any other color preamps I would like to use.

True, for those I’d need some long XLR leads or multicores but that would be an option for flavor. Another Ethernet cable to feed headphones or DI’s… There are so many options that are Dante compatible, and in the near future with the adoption of the AES67 standard by the main Audio-over-IP suppliers, you can even add equipment from other standards, like Ravenna.

I truly believe that this would make my idea of a portable pro-studio a lot easier to achieve. The cabling will be a lot cheaper and easier to carry, and the gear itself also. Now, if I could only find the funds and get rid of my Avid Omni…

Thanks to Andy Brooks, Will Hoult, and Cameron Stevenson for the presentation and the patience to answer questions.

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IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

IBC 2016: Sony showcase Beyond Definition vision

In case you weren’t excited enough by Prime Support, IP workflow solutions and the NX5R, Sony have another ace up their sleeve: they’re demonstrating their Beyond Definition workflow solutions on their stand, including PTZ cameras, lenses and monitors.

The HDC-P43; a 4K point-of-view from any angle

The HDC-P43 is Sony’s new, unique camera ready for 4K HDR and HFR shooting. A 4K point-of-view camera, the HDC-P43 is based on the HDC-4300 platform, with a light and compact body as well as low power consumption.

The HDC-P43 supports a variety of applications and greatly expands 4K shooting capabilities for production teams: it can be used as large studio camera systems, including the PMW-F55 and CA4000, as stand-alone 4K camera for setup in limited space, as well as for shooting on a crane and shooting overhead views of hall and event venue. The HDC-P43 is also highly configurable using optional software licenses. Licenses are available for 4K and HFR capture, allowing for a customizable solution for HD, 4K, HDR, and HFR live productions

4K/HD PTZ remote cameras

The new BRC-X1000 and BRC-H800 provide impressive picture quality with high sensitivity and low noise. Ideal for small-to-midsize production companies as a primary camera for local broadcast affiliates, cable TV operations, education, hospital and government applications, as well as live event recording for houses of worship or weddings. It can also serve as a key production element in large, advanced media production facilities requiring the proven efficiencies BRC remote-operated cameras bring to a production workflow

Interchangeable lens E PZ 18-110mm F4 G OSS Super 35mm/APS-C lens with power zoom capability

The latest addition to α interchangeable lens line-up is an ideal companion to α Mount System cameras, from PXW-FS7 professional camcorders to α7 series interchangeable-lens cameras offering 18mm to 110mm (27mm to 165mm in 35mm format) standard zoom range and greater operability. It benefits from Sony’s Smooth Motion Optics (SMO) design developed to eliminate unwanted image shifts during movie shooting like focus shift and axial shift during zooming, and focus breathing as well.

Professional Master monitors for HD production

Sony’s recently announced BVM-E171 (17-inch) and BVM-E251 (25-inch) TRIMASTER ELTM OLED Master Monitors support ITU-R BT.2020 colour space, the broadcasting standard for Ultra HD, for accurate colour reproduction. To eliminate possible flicker especially in case that low frequency signal is displayed (24p, 24PsF 50i and so on), the BVM-E171 and BVM-E251 are equipped with flicker-free mode

Professional audio

Sony has introduced new ENG models in the DWX-N series, the DWR-S02DN dual channel slot-in receiver and the DWT-P01N plug-on transmitter. In addition to current codec mode one, mode two (high sound quality with low latency) and mode three (more reliable RF transmission) will be added. Also, a new configuration menu for XDCAM Shoulder Camcorders will add wireless audio features such as remote control of transmitter’s RF output power and a power save setting.

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Sonos in the workplace

Sonos in the workplace

Sonos is the perfect solution for providing music in the workplace, whether you want to liven up your office or are looking to create ambience in a customer-facing environment. As the most advanced multi-room music system in the world, you have the flexibility to play the same music to all of your speakers, or different tracks to groups or individual speakers, each with their own volume controls.

Sonos is ideal for creating a quiet ambience in a restaurant area, or a louder soundtrack in a bar for example. With Sonos, you could distribute sound around a showroom, but play something entirely different in a client reception area. You could also add impact to meeting room presentations with the Playbar and Sub, all of which can be managed from a simple-to-use interface from your Mac or iOS device. Here’s a rundown of why Sonos is awesome in the workplace:

Access to every song available

Controlled from a central app, Sonos has access to more music than any other system available. You can stream from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal as well as locally stored music from an iTunes library or shared storage.

The Sonos app lets you create playlists that combine tracks from any of these sources to give you complete flexibility. Because you can add your own locally stored files to the playlists, you can easily add your own custom announcements into the mix. The Sonos Connect even lets you add external sources such as CD players into the mix, or even a public address microphone for announcements. Multiple users can access the app to control their own area, whether that’s via computer, smartphone or tablet, and its password protected so that your students can’t take over.

Simple to set up

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Since every speaker is self-contained with its built in amplifier, there is no need for a separate amp rack or excessive cabling. If you have existing installed ceiling speakers, or want to use external weatherproof speaker to bring sound to an outdoor area, you can add the Sonos Connect Amp to drive these too.

Perfect sound – even in non-ideal conditions

Although the Sonos range is visually attractive, there will be plenty of situations where you’ll want to place your speakers more discreetly. Often, this would result in compromised acoustics but not with Sonos – the free Trueplay app analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response to produce a perfect response even in the most non-ideal conditions. That means you’re free to desk-mount your speakers, or place them on one of the dedicated Flexson floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts and site them wherever is least obtrusive.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Sonos in education

Sonos in education

Providing an AV system that can work throughout a school can be both costly and difficult to implement (even more so if you’re hoping to control volume levels independently, and play different audio in different areas). There’s lots of cabling involved, including zoning amps to control volume levels and distribution, as well as expensive touch panels and media servers.

A Sonos system streamlines AV implementation and provides you with a cost effective, easy to use and scalable system that can stream any audio to any speaker or group of speakers on the network. Obviously, we’re not encouraging you to start playing background music in classrooms (although your students might like it) but there’s always a strong demand for music in concourses, cafeterias, reception areas, galleries, sports halls, performance areas. Sonos gives you full control over sound throughout your school.

Access to every song available

Controlled from a central app, Sonos has access to more music than any other system available. You can stream from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal as well as locally stored music from an iTunes library or shared storage.

The Sonos app lets you create playlists that combine tracks from any of these sources to give you complete flexibility. Because you can add your own locally stored files to the playlists, you can easily add your own custom announcements into the mix. The Sonos Connect even lets you add external sources such as CD players into the mix, or even a public address microphone for announcements. Multiple users can access the app to control their own area, whether that’s via computer, smartphone or tablet, and its password protected so that your students can’t take over.

Simple to set up

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Since every speaker is self-contained with its built in amplifier, there is no need for a separate amp rack or excessive cabling. If you have existing installed ceiling speakers, or want to use external weatherproof speaker to bring sound to an outdoor area, you can add the Sonos Connect Amp to drive these too.

Perfect sound – even in non-ideal conditions

Although the Sonos range is visually attractive, there will be plenty of situations where you’ll want to place your speakers more discreetly. Often, this would result in compromised acoustics but not with Sonos – the free Trueplay app analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response to produce a perfect response even in the most non-ideal conditions. That means you’re free to desk-mount your speakers, or place them on one of the dedicated Flexson floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts and site them wherever is least obtrusive.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We’re stoked to be stocking Sonos gear!

We always enjoy adding a new vendor to our canon, especially when it means we get to try out exciting new gear. Which is why we’re very pleased to welcome Sonos into the Jigsaw24 stable.

Sonos manufacture a smart speaker system that allows you to stream music to one room or every room, then control multiple speakers with a single app. They’ve also introduced Trueplay, a responsive technology that analyses the room your speaker is placed in and then adjusts each woofer and tweeter sounds, so you always get the best sound for the room you’re in.

So what are we most excited about?

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PLAY:5

Sonos have just released the largest player in the range, PLAY:5. It comes with six custom-designed drivers with dedicated Class-D amplifiers that are lightweight and energy efficient. The PLAY:5 uses Trueplay tuning to deliver sound that’s tailored to the acoustics of your room, thanks to smart-synchronised mid-woofers and tweeters.

Three dedicated mid-woofers ensure the faithful reproduction of mid-range frequencies crucial for accurate playback of vocals and instruments, while also delivering a deep, rich bass. All filter settings, active equalisation, and time-alignment are done in the digital domain through state-of-the-art DSP circuitry so there’s absolutely no loss of audio quality or energy.

Then you can simply control your PLAY:5 unit over WiFi using the Sonos app on any smart phone, tablet or computer, or the convenient touch controls on the device itself.

PLAYBAR

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A player that we think would be great for the M&E sector is PLAYBAR, a sound bar that complements HD screens with highly detailed, richly textured sound. As it works over your WiFi network, it’s easy to set up and expand your system over time, plus it requires just two cords: one power cord and one optical cord, both of which are included. Paired with Sonos PLAY speakers and a SUB unit, it can be used as the basis of a 3.1 or 5.1 surround sound system.

Want to know more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.