IBC2016: Blackmagic buys Fairlight

Blackmagic Design has today announced its acquisition of Fairlight – manufacturer of professional digital audio products for live broadcast event production, film and television post-production, as well as immersive 3D audio mixing and finishing.

Blackmagic specialises in video editing products, digital film cameras, color correctors, video converters, video monitoring, routers, live production switchers, disk recorders, waveform monitors and real time film scanners for the feature film, post-production and television broadcast industries.

As well as designing and manufacturing integrated audio control surfaces and software, Fairlight provides a series of Live products that feature consoles created for demanding on-air and live productions with control surfaces ranging from 12 to 60 faders, along with audio I/O interfaces with full redundancy for use in broadcast facilities, OB trucks, performing arts venues and houses of worship.

For post-production, Fairlight offers a range of solutions from compact desktop audio post systems to large-format mixing consoles with dedicated controls. Fairlight audio engines can deliver up to 1,000 tracks, allowing users to create complex productions without premixing, along with 64 channels of monitoring.

Fairlight’s editing software and fully featured audio post consoles promise complete tactile control along with unique features like time compression and expansion that enables audio within a single clip to be precisely aligned to picture. Designed for the film and TV post markets, Fairlight also makes immersive audio workstations for the delivery of 3D sound in formats such as 5.1, DTS MDA, Dolby Atmos, NHK’s 22.2 and more. Fairlight’s 3D audio workstations are large-format mixers with complete support for both 2K and 4K video playback.

“Fairlight creates the world’s most powerful digital audio software and hardware for video production,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “The exciting part about this acquisition is that it will add incredibly high-end professional audio technology to Blackmagic Design’s amazing video products. We look forward to working with the Fairlight team to build even more exciting new products for our customers.”