New York, NY (November 1, 2011)—All Mobile Video has purchased three SoundField UPM-1 stereo-to-5.1 audio upmix processors.
The sale marks the first handled by SoundField's newly appointed U.S. distributors, Wohler.
AMV covers large-scale outside broadcast events, including the MTV Video Music Awards and international sports events such as the U.S. Open Golf and World Athletics Championships, as well as handling the OB and uplink requirements of the New York Metropolitan Opera's regular international simulcasts to cinemas in Europe and Asia.
Upmixing has been a requirement in many areas of AMV's business for a few years now, as All Mobile Video's head audio engineer and audio development specialist Ian Vysick explains. "We cover many live-to-theatre events, but if any parts of the transmission package have been recorded, or if a show is a re-run and is coming off tape, then the taped audio is always stereo...These transmissions are usually played in cinemas with surround sound systems, so we've had a regular requirement for some means of generating surround from stereo. We've been using a variety of upmixers, including boxes from Dolby and TC Electronic.
"When Wohler suggested I try the UPM-1, I asked them to bring one to a live musical event I was mixing. It took all of about 30 seconds to decide which was best; the UPM-1 was exactly what I'd been looking for. It was more natural sounding, and also simple to set up, with just a few knobs on the front, and no button pushing."
Following another test at the red carpet coverage of the MTV Video Music Awards, AMV have now ordered three UPM-1s. One will be used between the company's various OB vehicles to upmix VT and archive material for 5.1 transmission, one will be used in AMV's uplink truck, and the third will be installed at the Gateway teleport station in New Jersey to upmix audio for the opera simulcasts from the New York Metropolitan.