Radio Currents Online - Aug 16 - Aug 22, 2004
Aug 16, 2004 9:36 AM
Radio technology news updated as it happens.
Loud Technologies, Echo Digital Sign Cross-licensing Agreement
Woodinville, WA - Aug 19, 2004- Loud Technologies, the parent company of Mackie, EAW and Tapco brands, has signed a cross-licensing agreement with Echo Digital Audio. Under the agreement, Loud will license Fire Wire audio technology from Echo and Echo will license Mackie-branded application and plug-in products from Loud.
Echo will begin bundling Mackie-branded software products with Echo PCI and Fire Wire devices. This bundle will include Mackie Tracktion and Final Mix.
Moseley Signs Licensing Deal With APT
Belfast and Santa Barbara, CA � Aug 17, 2004 - Audio codec manufacturer APT has signed a licensing agreement with Moseley Associates that will enable Moseley to use APT's Apt-x algorithm for three years. The agreement, which covers both standard and enhanced versions of the Apt-x algorithm at 16-, 20- and 24-bit resolution, was signed by APT's licensing manager John McCaffrey and Moseley Associate's director of engineering, Sunil Naik, at the Broadcast Asia Exhibition and Conference in Singapore.
Digital Radio Roll-Out Restructures
Ottawa - Jul 28, 2004 - At a special meeting of its members held on July 21, Digital Radio Roll-Out Inc. (DRRI), an organization mandated to ensure the promotion of digital audio broadcasting (DAB) in Canada, restructured the organization, appointed a new Board of Directors and endorsed a plan to re-focus its mandate. Glenn O'Farrell, president of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), was appointed DRRI interim president.
DRRI will shift its primary focus away from marketing to keep track of digital audio broadcasting activities and to address the policy and regulatory issues fundamental to DAB advancement in Canada. An engineering consultant will be hired shortly to closely follow all DAB activities and to manage the policy, regulatory and technical files. This consultant will also develop and manage liaison with CRTC, Industry Canada, Canadian Heritage and Communications Research Centre and will serve as Canadian DAB point of contact with World DAB, receiver industry, auto industry and retailers.
Duff Roman had served as DRRI's president since 1997. DRRI executive director David Garforth will leave DRRI at the end of August.
Members of the new Board of Directors of DRRI include:
Glenn O'Farrell, president, Canadian Association of Broadcasters
John Hayes, president, Radio, Corus Entertainment
Ray Carnovale, vice president, CBC/Radio-Canada
Michel Arpin, senior advisor, government and regulatory affairs, Astral Media
Michael Caine, president, Whiteoaks Communications Group Limited
Rael Merson, president, Rogers Broadcasting
Duff Roman, vice president, industry affairs and digital operations, CHUM
Gary Slaight, president, Standard Radio
The Shanghai Media Group (SMG), which operates radio stations in China, is completing an upgrade of its on-air studios, equipping them all with new Studer On Air 2000 Series audio mixing consoles. SMG is a multimedia conglomerate of radio and television stations, newspapers and websites. It is comprised of 10 media organizations, which all use the same production facilities. Chief among these are Radio Shanghai and Eastern Radio Shanghai. Ten on-air and production studios at the station have been upgraded with three more in the works. Some of the smaller on-air studios are using Studer On Air 1000 mixers. SMG has taken delivery of 11 Studer consoles to date.
Media Monitors has reached an agreement with Emmis Radio to provide its radio stations with the Media Monitors Aircheck spot airplay data service. Accessible from any computer, Aircheck's same-day, online reports analyze commercials and songs played on stations nationwide.
Capital Radio, a UK commercial radio group, is installing APT's Worldnet Rio codecs in all its main FM transmitter links. The group, which has a total of 22 analog licenses and 59 digital licenses, broadcasts to over half of the country's adult population. The codecs replace the Musicline 2000 service from British Telecom.
Entravision Communications in Phoenix has purchased an audio routing and mixing system from Wheatstone. The system includes four Generation 4 digital control surfaces and a Bridge digital audio network router. Wheatstone Wiremax studio pre-wiring was also chosen to facilitate the equipment installation.
BE Appoints HD Radio Product Manager