CEDAR Audio wins an Academy Award for the CEDAR DNS1000™

Academy Awards, February 2005

23 February 2005

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® has honoured CEDAR's Senior Engineer, Dr Christopher Hicks, and CEDAR's Engineering Director, Mr Dave Betts, with a Technical Achievement Award for the design and implementation of the CEDAR DNS1000.

Developed for audio engineers working in post and dubbing, the DNS1000 was designed specifically to remove background noise from recorded and live dialogue. It is an essential tool for dubbing, post, noisy studios and outside broadcast and, in the words of Scarlett Johansson, the hostess of the awards ceremony on 12 February 2005, "The DNS1000 can be found on virtually all dubbing stages worldwide, and has become the tool of choice for removing unwanted noise by re-recording mixers everywhere."

On receiving their awards from Ms Johansson, Mr Betts and Dr Hicks thanked the Academy, Fraser Jones of CEDAR Audio USA, Dave Dysart of HHB Communications (Canada) and all the Directors and staff of CEDAR Audio Ltd, who had made the development of the DNS1000 possible, and the product such a success.

CEDAR's Managing Director, Gordon Reid, said, "We are absolutely delighted for Christopher and Dave. There is no greater honour in this industry than an Academy Award, and to have their work recognised in this fashion is a source of great pride for everyone at CEDAR Audio."

Notes to publications: A high resolution version of this photograph is available from www.oscars.org. Mr Betts and Dr Hicks are 4th and 3rd from the right in the back row of this photograph, respectively.

About the SciTech Awards

Scientific and Technical Awards are presented by the Academy for devices, methods, formulae, discoveries or inventions of special and outstanding value to the arts and sciences of motion pictures. Portions of the Oscar presentations are taped for inclusion in the Academy Awards broadcast on 27th February 2005.

About the CEDAR DNS1000

The DNS1000 Dialogue Noise Suppressor reduces or eliminates background noise such as air conditioning, wind, rain and traffic rumble. It does so with minimal effect on the wanted signal, and its near-zero latency means that engineers do not need to slip the audio against time-code, making it possible to use the DNS1000 in real-time on the dubbing stage. For location sound engineers (who do not have the luxury of random access to the material) the near-zero latency means that the DNS1000 is simple to use with video, and removes the need for a video frame store.

The combination of low latency and 24-bit fidelity means that you can leave the DNS1000 permanently in the signal chain without fear of signal degradation. Furthermore, in the audio forensic laboratory, the DNS1000 can remove motor noise from small covert recorders, eliminate electrical interference, and help to clean up recordings suffering from unfavourable acoustics and poor microphone locations.

CEDAR produces a range of products based on its DNS technology. These include the DNS1000™, the fully automated DNS2000™ which runs in the Pro Tools™ environment, and the eight-channel DNS™ software hosted by the CEDAR Cambridge™ platform.

For further information:

CEDAR Audio Limited, 20 Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridge, CB21 5BS, United Kingdom.
t: +44 1223 881771
f: +44 1223 881778
e: info@cedaraudio.com

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211-1972, USA
t: +1 310 247 3000
e: publicity@oscars.org
w: www.oscars.org