Audio over IP expert assumes new role of Senior Technologist
Merging Technologies is delighted to announce that Nicolas Sturmel has joined the company on November 1st 2016. He was previously Project Manager and Head of Research at Digigram investigating future platforms and innovative solutions for audio and video broadcasting; a position he held from 2012. During his time there, he was intimately involved with RAVENNA/AES67 projects, including a joint initiative with Merging Technologies to produce a comprehensive RAVENNA/AES67 management tool. This project was revealed at IBC in September with the view to gathering comment and technical input from interested partners in the wider Audio over IP community.
Mr Sturmel gained a Ph.D in signal processing and information technology from the University of Paris Sud Orsay. Prior to that, he was working in the music production world with a two-year spell as assistant sound engineer.
Nicolas remains passionate about audio, music, acoustics and computer science. He also loves software architecture, development and testing, project leading and participating in standards committees. These are all activities that will be central to his new position at Merging as the company is firmly committed to expanding its portfolio of RAVENNA/AES67 products and pushing the boundaries of the technology. His experience with plug fests, presentations and standardisation will be invaluable as these plans develop.
Nicolas Sturmel is a member the Audio Engineering Society where he is also involved with the AES Standards Working Group on Digital Audio. He is also a reviewer for international scientific conferences and journals.
President of Merging Technologies, Claude Cellier remarked; “Nicolas’ expertise and experience is a welcome addition to our team of talented engineers. IP technology is such an important element of our products we need real experts to champion its wider adoption in the audio and video world.”
Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 25 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries. With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first.
RAVENNA is a solution for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability and is fully AES67 compatible. With a capacity of nearly 8 x MADI streams over a single Gigabit Ethernet link, it is also the first and only Layer-3 based IP audio protocol with full support for high-channel count DXD and DSD signals.
While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, install market and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theatres, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and in production & recording applications. http://ravenna.alcnetworx.com