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Merging Celebrates 120 Years of The Carnegie Hall

  Pyramix Used To Record Carnegie Anniversary Concert

Switzerland, May 2011: Merging Technologies' Pyramix digital audio workstation and VCube video playback system played essential roles in the recording and post-production of the 120th anniversary concert for the internationally renowned New York venue Carnegie Hall, which was televised in the USA at the end of May.

120 years to the day since the opening of the classical music venue on May 5th 1891, a gala concert was held at Carnegie Hall to celebrate its on-going position as one of the world's foremost cultural centres. The New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, performed an evening of music with a strong historical connection to the Hall, the city of New York, or both: Dvořák, Beethoven, Ellington and Gershwin. Guest performers included cellist Yo Yo Ma, pianist Emmanuel Ax, violinist Gil Shaham, and vocalist Audra McDonald.

The concert was filmed live by flagship New York public TV channel WNET. Merging's Pyramix was used for all of the audio recording at the concert, and subsequently for all of the post-production: editing to picture, mixing (in full 5.1 surround) and mastering. Merging's VCube digital video playback system was also used for playback of the concert footage while it was being edited.

Audio Engineer Tim Martyn of Phoenix Audio, who worked on the concert alongside audio producer David Frost, commented: “It was a privilege to help celebrate the birthday of this fine old New York institution, and to do it with the best audio and video playback tools available. David Frost and I are long-standing Pyramix users, and wouldn't entrust a culturally important recording like this one to any other recording system."

About Merging Technologies

Switzerland’s Merging Technologies is the manufacturer of hardware and software systems for audio and video production professionals, including the high-resolution multichannel Pyramix digital audio workstation, VCube non-linear HD video playback system and Ovation Media Server & Sequencer play out system. Merging’s products are used where reliability and the highest possible quality are of paramount concern. Their clients include some of the finest recording studios, broadcast facilities, post-production houses and film dubbing suites in the world.