High-resolution digital audio recording and editing systems
Merging Technologies is one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of high-resolution digital audio recording systems. Its list of customers reads like a who’s who in the recording industry and recordings made with Merging Technologies’ systems regularly receive the industry’s prestigious Grammy Award.
The company was founded in 1990 in Chexbres, Switzerland by Claude Cellier, an electronics graduate of the Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Cellier worked for the famous Swiss audio maker Nagra Kudelski for 10 years. Though Nagra has since diversified, its roots lie in the professional audio industry where its products are respected as workhorses, providing first-class audio performances day in and out. Legendary among these are the Nagra IV-S and Nagra T-Audio TC analogue tape recorders, where Cellier played a pivotal role in their design and development.
Within a short time of its founding, Merging quickly established a reputation for its expertise in digital signal processing and associated hardware and with its Pyramix Virtual Studio, was one of the first fully featured DAWs to be accepted into broadcast and post-production environments. Constant updates have ensured that all workflows including the latest immersive audio solutions are available with Pyramix and Ovation. What sets them apart are their exceptional sound quality and superior editing capabilities.
Quick to recognise the advantages of audio over IP, Merging introduced their first RAVENNA interface in 2012. Not only was Horus an astounding advance in connectivity, it rapidly gained an incredible reputation for the transparency of its conversion and the quality of its mic preamps. The modularity was retained for the smaller Hapi unit released later. Both products are now AES67 and ST2110 compliant and recently the company introduced the ANEMAN audio network manager to handle the routing and administration of larger audio networks. This year will see the introduction of a new version of the very popular Anubis Mission Controller which will be additionally, ST2022-7 compliant. Anubis is a compact RAVENNA/AES67 I/O unit with dual preamp architecture. Designed to operate on its own or as part of a larger system, this revolutionary unit has built-in network management capabilities as well as remarkable connectivity for a small form factor.
Merging is now introducing this AoIP technology to the consumer audio world and continues to develop products that find their place in environments as diverse as broadcast, recording, mastering, A/V, theme parks, museums, shopping malls and transport hubs. ‘Audio for the Networking Age’ is in the Merging DNA.
The Merging line up includes the Pyramix Virtual Studio, Ovation Audio and Event Sequencer, VCube HD Video Player and Recorder, Horus, Hapi and Anubis AD/DA Interfaces, ANEMAN Audio Network Manager, a range of virtual audio devices and OEM products for RAVENNA/AES67.
Key Broadcast Clients
Pyramix is a popular choice in the production of prestigious content. National broadcasters from the Middle East, Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Pacific Rim continue to use Pyramix for major music events and documentaries. The production and post-production of immersive audio content for a variety of purposes is easily achieved with Pyramix. This includes object-based audio formats such as MPEG-H and ADM. Ovation is a popular for live audio playout in broadcast studios, OB vans and at live events. Both support a wide range of plug-ins.
Major sporting events including the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens, London and Rio, the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Arab Games 2011, Asian Games 2006, 2018, Gulf Cup 2007, Commonwealth Games 2006, 2010, 2018. Ovation has been used for various synchronised firework displays for New Year and National Day celebrations.