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LOUDNESS CAPTURE CARDS AJA Video Systems has released KONA IP, the company’s first desktop video and audio I/O product for professional IP-based workflows. At the same time the company has rolled out a free version 12.4 desktop software update for KONA, Io and T-TAP, adding support for Adobe CC June 2016 releases, Avid Media Composer 8.5.3, updated Avid DNxHR support in AJA Control Room, and more. KONA IP is the next generation of AJA’s KONA line of PCIe capture cards. Supported by Avid, Adobe and Grass Valley, it works with AJA Desktop software, including AJA Control Room, Control Panel, and SDK tools, and is capable of handling SMPTE 2022-6 IP-encapsulated uncompressed 3G-SDI video, audio and VANC data. Through future firmware updates and codec package offerings KONA IP will also support compressed codecs like J2K and advanced IP protocols including VSF TR-04, VSF TR-03 and more. KONA IP is available now via AJA’s worldwide reseller network. FINISHING Rohde and Schwarz has asked Jigsaw24 to spearhead the expansion of its products in the UK. The agreement will see the dealer and reseller providing hardware, solutions, installation and support services around Rohde and Schwarz’s broadcast, post-production and storage ranges, including the Clipster DI mastering product, the Venice ingest server and the Spycer/DVS SAN shared storage systems. Roger Whittle, managing director of Jigsaw24, said: “The DVS brand has been a leading name in the video industry for thirty years, coupled with the incredible technology and business portfolio at Rohde and Schwarz we are very excited to be on-boarding not just the media focused products but also their industry leading technologies in other areas that compliment our broad market penetration.” At the AES convention in Paris, Nugen Audio introduced updates for MasterCheck, the plug-in for creating music with loudness normalisation and true-peak limiting techniques. With YouTube, iTunes Radio, Spotify, and DAB radio in mind, MasterCheck, users are able to mix audio to the new criteria and understand how algorithms from the major streaming platforms will affect the mix. The MasterCheck updates showcased at the convention included pre-sets for Spotify and YouTube and support of the new AES streaming recommendations. “As an increasing number of audio streaming services are using loudness normalization, built-for-purpose metering is even more critical for the music producer,” said Jon Schorah, creative director, Nugen Audio. BROADCAST AUDIO Calrec has completed its first deal in France, selling Apollo, Artemis, and Artemis Light mixers to OB firm AMP Visual TV. The kit has been installed in a new truck, the Millennium Signature 12, and made its debut during coverage of the Le Mans 24 Hour motor race. AMP Visual TV has previously used Studer and Yamaha consoles in its OB trucks. “In a market dominated by one of our biggest competitors, [this] is a huge milestone for our company,” said Calrec Audio international sales manager Florent Chaouby. The truck includes a 56-fader Apollo console, a 24-fader Artemis Light console, and a 16-fader Artemis sidecar that can be used to extend the other two. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 115 JULY 2016 | 15