DirectOut Supplies 1+1 Media Group in Ukraine

One of 1+1 media's HD OBVans

1+1 Media Group is one of the largest media conglomerates in Ukraine. It is comprised of eight Ukrainian TV channels and also includes a fully-fledged production company. 1+1 Media recently installed an ANDIAMO.XT AES/MADI converter and two powerful M.1k2 MADI routing systems from DirectOut as the audio core in their brand new eight-floor TV Center, plus a number of ANDIAMO.XT AES/MADI converters in two of their OB vans which have been converted to full HD facilities.

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“This is the first time we have worked with DirectOut, and they couldn’t have been more helpful,” affirmed Aleksey Marko, Head of Procurement for 1+1 Media. “It’s rather a long story and of course our political situation has not helped matters, but the short version is, that having purchased an Evertz video router for the new TV center, we needed a solution to be able to combine all of our audio devices with the router. Our audio engineer, Alex Stremovskiy, did a lot of research and came across DirectOut who seemed to offer what we were looking for. DirectOut’s rapid and detailed responses to our questions gave us the confidence to buy on spec, and we are extremely pleased with our decision. The equipment is technically sophisticated, robust and stable, and offers us a huge amount of flexibility and scalability in our routing choices where we have equipment from Riedel (MediorNet), Artist, Studer, Soundcraft, Calrec and of course Evertz and DirectOut all on the same network. It’s also much more cost-effective than a number of other options we considered and the back-up and technical support we have received from DirectOut is second to none.”

As a result, when it came to specifying equipment for the OB van upgrades to full HD, the 1+1 Media technical department had no hesitation in turning to DirectOut for their ANDIAMO.XT AES/MADI converters and breakout boxes. “We could have used the dedicated Calrec solution as they supplied the consoles for the upgrade, but having already used the DirectOut converters in another guise, we knew them to be extremely high quality, 100% reliable, and again, much more cost-effective, and so ultimately a much more satisfactory solution for us. We have three ANDIAMO.XT devices in total, each equipped with sample rate converters on the AES inputs, and with BNC/SC ports for the Alfacam van with switchable converter sensitivity of up to +18dBu. They work perfectly and I’m delighted to count DirectOut as one of our key suppliers.”

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“It was a surprise for us when 1+1 actually placed their first order as they were going purely on spec” recalled DirectOut’s Jan Ehrlich. “Very quickly we recognized that 1+1 Media was looking for flexible and reliable solutions to interface between different systems and formats. Given that our equipment was at the heart of their installation in the TV Center, a perfect integration and interaction right from the start was mandatory. We are proud to have earned their confidence for this and future projects.”

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About DirectOut GmbH
DirectOut GmbH was founded in 2008 by a team of professional sound engineers headed up by Stephan Flock, an award-winning classical music sound engineer with over 20 years’ experience in digital audio signal processing design. The company specializes in developing essential pro audio connectivity, networking and bridging solutions for broadcast, studio, live and installed sound applications. Unique in that all members of the DirectOut development team are still active professional sound engineers, the company is thus fully focused on real-world demands and problem solving. The product range, marketed under the brand of DirectOut Technologies®, offers solutions that build bridges between different audio worlds and make systems and formats more flexible. Audio formats supported include MADI, AES67 and RAVENNA. Headquartered in Mittweida, Germany, DirectOut products are distributed worldwide.

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