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Software module for media control of Sennheiser ADN conference system

Las Vegas, June 13, 2012– A software module for media control is now available free of charge for Sennheiser’s [InfoComm 2012 booth C9736] highly successful Audio Distribution Network (ADN) conference system: ‘ADN Crestron Module’ provides easy and individual control solutions.

The ‘ADN Crestron Module’ for Sennheiser’s conference system is easy to use and highly practical due to its modular principle. Users can benefit from all the features offered by ADN, from controlling the volume of the delegates’ units to setting up an entire conference. Customers are able to design the program individually according to their preferences and requirements.

Sennheiser developed the software module in collaboration with control technology experts Crestron. The new software module is available free of charge to all authorized Crestron dealers, integrators and partners, and can be downloaded here.

Sennheiser unveils first AVB microphone

Las Vegas, June 13, 2012 – Sennheiser [InfoComm 2012 booth C9736] has chosen the InfoComm show to unveil its first microphone that employs groundbreaking Audio Video Bridging (AVB) technology. The audio specialist is one of the first companies to use this technology in a product, proving that the AVB networking standard is no longer a distant dream.

As a technology leader, Sennheiser has always had a decisive influence on designing the audio world. With the development of the first AVB microphone, the family-owned company is showcasing the application of the new networking standard at this year’s InfoComm in Las Vegas. “We are convinced that AVB will play a major role in the future,” said Sennheiser product manager Kai Tossing. “That’s why we are especially pleased to be able to present the first Sennheiser microphone with AVB technology at this year’s show.”

New technology meets proven audio quality
Sennheiser’s AVB microphone was developed as part of a study. At the moment, it is still a prototype and will not be available in this form as a product in the market. Nevetheless, as the successful outcome of a product study, it proves that Sennheiser’s renowned audio quality can be transmitted into a digital Ethernet network without problems. The microphone also demonstrates that AVB technology already functions as a network technology for tomorrow.

Visitors can experience the Sennheiser AVB microphone in action on the stage in the AVnu Pavillon. More examples can be found at the Sennheiser booth.

Advancing the AV industry with AVB
Sennheiser is a member of the AVnu Alliance, an industry forum dedicated to the advancement of professional-quality audio video. Its key objective is to establish Audio Video Bridging (AVB) as a standard technology for A/V applications such as microphones, loudspeakers, laptops, beamers and many other devices.

Visit Sennheiser at the InfoComm show in the Audio Pavilion, Booth C9736, or in the AVnu Pavilion.

PESA at InfoComm 2012

PESA Showcases New Jaguar 64X64 3G-SDI Fiber Matrix Switcher with Miniature Form Pluggable (MFP) Technology

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will present its Jaguar 3 64×64 series fiber optic routing switcher with an optional backplane design that uses MiniCube™ Miniature Form Pluggable (MFP) transmitter technology at InfoComm 2012 (Booth N1327), which runs June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. Developed by Advanced Fiber Products, LLC., MFP technology establishes a new approach to LC-type fiber connectivity that saves space and uses less power.

Offering up to 64×64 high-speed fiber optic ports, PESA’s Jaguar 3 is the first routing switcher to incorporate MFP technology for compact fiber optic switching. Two shared backplanes allow I/O ports in groups of 32 for either 75 Ohm BNC or MFP LC fiber. The Jaguar 3 can route all SMPTE and ITU standard serial digital video signals, and it supports embedded audio and other ancillary data for SDI, HD-SDI, and DVB/ASI broadcast sources. For digital cinema, the Jaguar 3 can easily be configured to support SMPTE S372 for dual-link HD-SDI.

With the MFP optional fiber backplane, HD signals can be transmitted up to 10 Km. Data rates from 50 Mbps up to 3 Gbps are supported. All inputs are auto-equalized, while outputs are auto-sensed and re-clocked to the appropriate transport stream. For non-standard formats, re-clockers can be bypassed to allow any data rate up to 3 Gbps. Two independent reference inputs allow easy selection of sync using either black burst or tri-level sync source.

“Although 3G-SDI fiber optic switching has been around for years, MFP technology brings a whole new concept to frame packaging,” explained Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “With PESA’s new Jaguar 3 64×64 MFP fiber matrix switcher option, offering coax and/or fiber connectivity becomes much less complex, which allows us to provide a better performing matrix at a much more competitive price point.”

With MFP modules, both vertical and right-angle pluggable cages are available, resulting in a 50 percent smaller footprint. With vertical mount cages, hot-pluggable fiber connections can be loaded in the same backplane space as a standard BNC port, which simplifies product packaging and increases product performance. Plus, MFP video transceivers use up to 40 percent less power than traditional video optical transceivers.

The 2 RU Jaguar 3 frame features front load, hot-swappable card sets and includes slots for optional redundant power supply/control modules. It can be configured to support a variety of control interfaces, including Ethernet, RS-232, or PESA’s PERC2000 control system. It also includes PESA’s CATTRAX software, which provides a network interface for diagnostics, setup, and switching by multiple users. For pushbutton control, the Jaguar 3 offers three styles of local or remote panels.

PESA CATops Rapid Deployable A/V Package Brings Prompt Command and Control Capabilities to Mobile Operation Centers

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and build manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will showcase its CATops™ Command and Control Video Distribution Unit (VDU) at InfoComm 2012 (Booth N1327), which runs June 13-15 in Las Vegas, Nev. The lightweight, easily deployable CATops VDU digital audio and video system connects up to 28 uncompressed full motion video sources for large-screen projection display.

CATops is an ideal command and control (C2) or intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platform for supporting a wide range of mission critical mobile command and control environments, including military, law enforcement, emergency/disaster management, tactical security operations, and remote field C2 shelters. The control system correlates signals from video cameras, digital recorders, television satellite feeds, and computer imaging systems to provide enhanced analytic capabilities of real-time video analysis. Video output displays can be configured and managed through a front panel pushbutton interface or PESA’s integrated CATops control software.

Each CATops includes at least one quad-view video processor, with a built-in video management system that allows input sources to be connected to both VGA and DVI projectors simultaneously for dual quad-screen displays. Up to four quad-view video processors can support up to eight quad-screen projector screens. Also, each quad-view can be used as an input source for other output displays, which is ideal when sharing sources from different sectors in a battalion or brigade configuration.

With the integration of PESA’s new C58 Digital Media System (C58-DMS), which is being introduced at InfoComm, CATops can support streaming video – both full screen or quad-split display – over an H.264 video transport. Plus, with the audio capabilities of the C58-DMS, CATops now provides accurate audio-video synchronization during videoconferencing.

“In the field, uncomplicated delivery of quality imagery is extremely important for the military and other government agencies,” explained Dan Holland, PESA vice president of product marketing. “With PESA’s advanced technology, CATops makes it easy to manage and distribute multiple live and near real-time uncompressed video for analysis. And our new support for streaming video and videoconferencing makes CATops even more flexible in the field.”

While high resolution displays with DVI and HDMI connections are becoming more commonplace, CATops also includes inputs for legacy RGB video and NTSC/PAL sources. As a result, it accommodates digital sources as well as older analog video equipment and unpredictable computer resolutions in the field. I/O cabling is based on standard coax (or optional fiber optic) to eliminate noise and crosstalk interference found in most CATx systems.

CATops is housed in a rugged, weatherproof, and shock-mounted case with built-in roller wheels and cable pouch. Its compact, modular design allows for easy transport and quick deployment, while its efficient design provides low power consumption. CATops also includes a rugged, lightweight aluminum projection frame system, which uses patented cantilevered floating “arms” or compact rear mounts to support a short-throw projector.

At the core of CATops are PESA’s commercial-grade products, which are fully compliant with DISA’s test and evaluation standards defined under the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) guidelines for VDU interoperability. Many DoD programs require compliance to ensure end-to-end interoperability with other video distribution equipment, and CATops is based on industry-proven SMPTE transmission methods to guarantee cross-platform compatibility between computers, full-motion video (FMV), and live digital broadcast for ISR applications.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

All products mentioned herein are trademarked property of their respective owners.

Press Contact

Mark J. Pescatore

Pipeline Communications

561-531-3106

mark@pipecomm.com

Company Contact

Dan Holland
VP, Product Marketing
256-726-9200
dholland@pesa.com

WSDG Begins 16th Art Institute Audio Teaching Studio

4-Year Building Program Creates Nation’s Largest Audio Education Network

NEW YORK: An intensive 4-year design/construction program by the Walters-Storyk Design Group has produced sixteen professional audio education studios for The Art Institutes’ educational institutions across the U.S. Developed to train students for jobs in the rapidly expanding sphere of high tech audio-related occupations, the studios provide cutting edge instruction in both theory and hands-on production techniques. The Art Institute of Michigan (Detroit) complex is currently under construction.

WSDG Partner/Senior Project Manager Romina Larregina has spearheaded the program since its inception. Working closely with company principal/architect/ acoustician John Storyk she has supervised each construction project to insure the highest level of pro audio educational professionalism. “John Storyk’s commitment to education was a primary catalyst behind The Art Institutes decision to retain WSDG for this major assignment,” Larregina says. “His extensive lecturing background, coupled with our 40-year + history of creating world-class studios for artists ranging from Jimi Hendrix to Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen, made us an obvious choice for this expansive, on-going project.”

“Each WSDG- IA studio was custom designed to meet specific aesthetic and logistic requirements,” Larregina reports. “Room and class size, technology selection, acoustics, a myriad of related issues dictated our design considerations. These are not ‘cookie cutter’ installations,” she emphasized. “They are designed to address every aspect of pro audio training, including digital and analogue technology.”

“Professional audio education has undergone a seismic shift over the past few years,” John Storyk remarked. “The traditional mega studio paradigm has evolved to a new generation of compact, powerful ‘vest-pocket’ and personal facilities which maximize the potential of affordable laptop-based recording and mixing technology. Concurrently, the new job category has flourished,” Storyk adds. “While traditional positions such as mixing, mastering and FOH engineering may have diminished; audio pros are now flourishing in such diverse occupations as perceptual audio coding, streaming, virtual acoustics, and forensic audio reconstruction. These new AI studios and their faculties are positioned to populate the mushrooming pro audio job market with highly trained and motivated candidates. WSDG is proud to have been associated with AI’s expansion.”

WSDG has created AI studios in Washington, DC, Nashville, Austin, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, Philadelphia, Shaumburg (Illinois), San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Inland Empire (CA), Chicago, Austin, Minneapolis and now Detroit.

“We are expanding our professional audio production curriculum in recognition of the new job opportunities in a field far wider than traditional music recording and live sound mixing,” states John Mazzoni, president of The Arts Institutes. “Video game design and production; corporate, governmental, industrial, educational, broadcast and many other sectors rely on skilled professionals to produce high-quality audio content for a variety of creative, entertainment, and messaging purposes. Innovative applications ranging from audio forensics to ringtone production are expanding exponentially. Jobs exist now and entire new categories are emerging. We are committed to training our students to serve as valuable assets to these potential employers.”

In recent years, WSDG has created a number of large-scale audio education facilities. These include: NYU’s $6.5 million Steinhardt Center Music Technology Complex in NYC, teaching studios for the University of Colorado (Boulder) and the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor).

WSDG is currently engaged in the largest and most ambitious audio education project in their 40+-year history. Teaching studios for two massive Berklee College of Music campuses: An ultra-modern complex in Valencia, Spain is rapidly approaching completion. And, a 22,000 sq. ft. audio facility for Berklee’s new $100 million, 16 story multi-purpose building is currently under construction at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, at the heart of the college campus.

Photos: 1. AI Chicago teaching studio control room designed by WSDG
2. AI Chicago teaching studio live room designed by WSDG

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Walters-Storyk Design Group has designed over 3000 media production facilities in the U.S., Europe, the Far East and Latin America. WSDG credits range from the original Jimi Hendrix Electric Lady Studio in Greenwich Village to NYC’s Jazz At Lincoln Center performance complex, broadcast facilities for The Food Network, CBS and WNET, over twenty teaching studios for The Art Institutes around the US, and corporate clients such as Hoffman La Roche. Recent credits include Jungle City, NY’s major new destination studio; private studios for Green Day, Jay-Z, Timbaland’s Tim Mosley, film composer Carter Burwell, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys. WSDG principals John Storyk, Beth Walters, and Dirk Noy lecture frequently at universities and industry events, and contribute regularly to industry publications. WSDG is a seven-time winner of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding achievement in Acoustics/Facility Design, including 2012 for Jungle City. WSDG maintains offices in NY, SF, Miami, Argentina, Brazil, Beijing, Germany, Mexico City, Spain and Switzerland.

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Outline Showcases EIDOS 265 LA Compact Line Array Speakers at InfoComm 2012

Speakers Designed to Work with New FlySub Subwoofer Speaker

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 – Outline, the makers of high quality, industry leading speaker systems for touring, installation and studio applications, showcases the new EIDOS 265 LA Line Array Speakers at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C11549). Designed for small- to medium-sized touring and front of house applications including theater, house of worship and live club installations, the EDIOS 265 LA is an excellent and cost-effective choice for voice amplification, live music reproduction and program material.

“The new Outline EIDOS delivers the sonic quality expected from an Outline product but in a compact form factor and attractive price point,” says Tom Bensen, senior vice-president and managing director of Outline North America. “The engineering challenge was to develop an entry-level line array speaker system that would stand up to the sound quality of a larger system and the EIDOS 265 LA does just that. The speaker system is fully compatible with our new FlySub 15 passive subwoofer and together they deliver a crystal clear, full range sound for smaller venue sound reinforcement applications.”

The EIDOS 265 LA is a passive loudspeaker line array system element. It features two 6.5-inch mid-woofers, each with a 1.75-inch voice coil and ferrite magnet, and one High Frequency (HF) 1.4-inch throat-exit compression driver with a 2.5-inch voice coil. The two mid-woofers are bass-reflex loaded and are housed within the baffle located at the front of the enclosure, creating a semi-direct radiation system. The HF driver is loaded onto the waveguide, which features an acoustic lens specifically designed to obtain perfect summation between HF sections when coupled in an array configuration. The HF assembly is placed between the woofers. This gives a controlled, symmetrical horizontal dispersion (nominally 100-degrees). The vertical dispersion is sufficiently narrow to create a vertical array, but is wide enough to create predictable coverage when used in a ‘curved’ configuration, suggested for this array type.

An internal passive cross-over, utilizing top-grade components, is employed to deftly filter cross-over frequencies between the two active elements. Up to four cabinets can be powered from a single channel of Outline’s T5-DSP power amplifier. Each EIDOS 265 LA speaker has a nominal impedance of eight ohms and can handle up to 500-watts AES and 2000-watts peak. Connection is in the form of two NL4 wired in parallel.

The cabinet is built from high-quality birch plywood and the trapezoidal shape is optimized in order to achieve a very compact size. A sturdy, steel, painted grille, internally covered by sound-transparent foam, provides superior physical protection for the components housed at the front of the system. Four recessed handles facilitate handling and dedicated flight-cases make transportation easy and safe.

“In order to ensure extremely high resistance to stress, corrosion and abrasion, the integrated suspension hardware found on the EIDOS 265 LA is designed using a combination of top quality materials and industrial treatments,” adds Bensen. “The result is a rigging system that is light weight and simple to operate and set up. The angles between the array enclosures are selectable from 0-degrees to 10-degrees, in 1-degree steps, to maximize system coverage and up to sixteen EIDOS 265 LA speakers can be flown in the same array. The light-weight aluminum suspension frame allows the creation of both flown and stacked arrays for system flexibility. If necessary, the array’s low-frequency response can be extended via one or more FLYSUB 15 bass-units to deliver a truly remarkable sonic experience.”

About Outline
Outline S.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeakers of both powered and un-powered configurations. Founded in 1973, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker systems, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy and the USA and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4000 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders in the professional audio market.

ATM Fly-Ware Introduces New Audio Solutions at InfoComm 2012

New Rigging Solutions Cater to a Range of Permanent Applications

LAS VEGAS, JUNE 13, 2012 – ATM Fly-Ware, a division of Adaptive Technologies Group and the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker-rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances, debuts several new audio-rigging solutions at InfoComm 2012 (Booth C9547), including its JBL VLA 601 Line Array systems, Gimballed Beam Clamps, Swivel Structural Beam Clamps and Steerables Tilt Cable Kit.

“ATM Fly-Ware is proud to showcase its latest rigging solutions for model-specific and general applications,” says Paul Allen, president, Adaptive Technologies Group. “As the live sound and permanent install industries evolve, ATM Fly-Ware is committed to following suit by providing multiple rig options for a range of applications.”

ATM Fly-Ware’s JBL VLA 601 Line Array System, available in shallow, medium and steep tilts, is a complete high-strength, load-rated line array permanent rigging system. It is specifically designed to quickly and safely connect, aim and fly the VLA601 model cabinets without adding significant weight. Its universal overhead grid offers multiple, front-to-back and left-to-right suspension points, which provide ample shallow-cluster down-tilt control capabilities. These capabilities are especially useful when hoisting and leveling clusters into place with winches. The system features two preset fixed-angle brackets, available from zero to ten degrees in one-degree increments, in the back of the cabinet. These allow users to set the down angle between cabinets in order to shape the line array cluster to meet the specific needs of the venue. The system is also available for JBL’s VLA901 model; stepping from the VLA601 to the VLA901 is easily accommodated by way of an innovative step/lock kit.

Part of ATM Fly-Ware’s Beam-Ware line, the Gimballed Beam Clamp is an overhead fastener that maintains its maximum working load at different angles. It is available in three adjustable sizes, BC3-8-GE for three- to eight-inch wide beam flanges, BC7-12-GE for seven- to 12-inch wide beam flanges and the BC12-18-GE for beam flanges from 12- to 18-inches wide. Loads can be suspended from any angle, up to 20 degrees off center, with the rigging maintaining a constant working load. Traditional beam clamps have a fixed or swivel eye bolt that achieves its maximum strength only when its load is suspended vertically. When the load is moved off center, the Gimballed Beam Clamp has the capability to side load, as the eye bolt swivels within the clamps channel in any direction. When the swiveling eye bolt reaches its maximum rotation of 20 degrees, the working load is reduced at a much shallower rate, making this clamp a much more predictable rigging device.

Swivel Structural Beam Clamps are time-saving rigging solutions that provide a safe and load-rated method of securing loudspeakers with pan and tilt adjustments. Once anchored to a beam, these clamps provide a simple and reliable method for aiming loudspeakers and other objects. Swivel Beam Clamps can be secured to a building’s overhead structural beams, steel or wood, for widths ranging from three- to 12-inch (76- to 305-mm). Its lower suspension arm, which rotates 360 degrees for precise aiming, is available in a variety of lengths to suit the needs of any installation. Swivel Beam Clamps support a variety of rigging and mounting options, including ATM Fly-Ware’s AJ Series of adjustable U-Brackets, fixed-length wire rope suspensions and its newest Steerables Tilt Cable Kits.

The Steerables Tilt Cable Kit is a new general purpose, complete loudspeaker suspension and aiming solution. Its versatile aircraft cable and pulley design allows installers to secure loudspeakers from an overhead grid structure or other suspension devices, then quickly and precisely tilt them into position using the adjustable pull-back feature. Loudspeakers and other objects can be suspended at the top of the cabinet to achieve slight down-tilt angles or be suspended from the back of the cabinet to achieve a steeper down-tilt angle. At the center of the design are clutch-lock and pulley mechanisms, which provide the pull-back cable with an in?nite range of locking-tilt angles. Two ?xed cables provide all of the necessary structural support, while the pull-back cable sets the tilt angle. Standard and custom-length ?xed cables are offered for a wide variety of applications. All Steerables Tilt Cable Kits are equipped with each of the necessary components for installation, providing an out-of the-box rigging solution.

About Adaptive Technologies Group
Adaptive Technologies Group combines the talents and disciplines of Allen Products, ATM Fly-ware and Adaptive Video Walls and Displays, and offers state-of-the-art rigging and mounting solutions for a wide range of audio and video applications. Adaptive’s combined divisions are a major resource worldwide by way of the design, development and manufacturing of professionally installed AV mounting and rigging equipment. Each brand offers its own standard and unique time-saving solutions, plus unlimited custom products for any venue or application.

In addition to providing a wide selection of popular mounting and rigging solutions, Adaptive is a major resource for hundreds of commonly used and often hard to find rigging hardware and fastener items, including metric sizes. Based in Signal Hill, California, all overhead products and parts are made and assembled in the USA.

ATM Fly-Ware is the world’s leading designer of certified, pre-engineered professional loudspeaker rigging systems for permanent installations and live performances. Allen Products is a leading designer and supplier of universal fit standard, custom and OEM loudspeaker mounts, mounting loudspeakers to walls, ceilings, under balconies, to poles and vertical columns. Adaptive Video Walls and Displays is the premier provider of innovative interlocking wall, ceiling and floor mounted video wall frames and flyable video wall assemblies for multiple narrow bezel LCD, LED and plasma monitors.

For more information, visit http://adapttechgroup.com.

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Peavey® Commercial Audio Unveils Video Scaling & Control for MediaMatrix®

Peavey® Commercial Audio proudly announces it has once again expanded the capabilities of MediaMatrix®, the world’s most flexible and scalable networkable digital audio system. For the first time, systems integrators will be able to extend video switching and scaling to all control interfaces within MediaMatrix projects.

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The new MediaMatrix family of versatile and highly capable video products—the VSC-101tn™, VSC-101™, VSC-51™ and VCAT-HD™ video scalers and switchers—provides an integrated video solution for mid-level entertainment venues, houses of worship, conference rooms and educational facilities. Through this new suite of products, users can configure and control video projects in MediaMatrix installations using the intuitive NION drag-and-drop interface for nControl™, nTouch™ surface-mount panels, the NWare™ Mobile App and more. more

Crest Audio® Pro-LITE™ 2.0 Power Amplifier Now Shipping

Crest Audio® proudly announces it is now shipping the new Pro-LITE™ 2.0 power amplifier. Featuring an efficient design and built on the solid, three-decade legacy of Crest Audio amplifiers, the Pro-LITE 2.0 provides high power and rock-solid performance in an ultra-efficient lightweight package for all professional audio applications.

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The Crest Audio Pro-LITE 2.0 amplifier is designed with an advanced, high-speed class D design with a switch-mode power supply that reduces weight while increasing reliability, thermal efficiency and output power in parallel, stereo and bridged modes. The Pro-LITE 2.0 boasts two channels with independent, fourth-order 100 Hz crossovers and power ratings of 540 watts per channel at 4 ohms stereo (up to 2,000 watts bridged @ 4 ohms) at just 11.6 lbs. A robust power supply allows these amplifiers to deliver consistent, stable performance with low frequencies. more

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Peavey® Architectural Acoustics® Digitool® MX16 Featuring NWare™ Algorithms Now Available

The new Digitool® digital audio processors from Peavey® Architectural Acoustics® bring world-class NWare™ algorithms to mid-market contractor and live sound reinforcement applications.

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The new Digitool Series is a trio of multi-channel, full featured, digital audio processing and control systems—the Digitool MX16, which is available now, along with the Digitool MX32 and Digitool Live—that provide stand-alone or external GUI-based audio controlin 8×8 or 16×16 I/O formats. The new Digitool models share a common processing platform with the Peavey MediaMatrix NION® processor, providing ample headroom for running the commercial audio market’s leading processing algorithms on an economical and efficient subset of Peavey’s market-leading technology. more

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces AWC82 and AWC129 Compact All-Weather Loudspeakers at InfoComm 2012

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – At InfoComm 2012, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the AWC Series of compact, all-weather loudspeaker systems, bringing world-class sound quality and high sound level capability to today’s outdoor applications. The wide-range, smooth frequency response and high sensitivity ensure high-fidelity music reproduction and superb projection of clear, intelligible speech.

The AWC82 is a very compact, 8-inch, 2-way coaxial speaker with compression-driver high frequency, wide 120 x 120-degree coverage and 250 Watts power handling. The AWC129 is a 12-inch, 2-way coaxial speaker, also with compression-driver high frequency, focused 90 x 90-degree coverage, and 400 Watts of power handling. Both speakers can be operated as direct low-impedance (8 ohm) or on a 70V or 100V distributed line via built-in 200 Watt low-saturation, multi-tap transformers.

Components feature Kevlar(r) reinforced low-frequency drivers and high-frequency compression drivers with a unique patented design and high temperature polymer diaphragm for high output levels with low distortion.

Enclosures come in light gray or black and are paintable to match the requirements of the application.

AWC components are highly weather-treated and a 3-layer grille with vapor-barrier backing minimizes direct rain contact with the system transducers. The recessed terminal compartment is protected by a panel cover and a water-tight gland nut fitting. A U-bracket is included. The system’s IP-56 outdoor rating and wide, smooth frequency response makes JBL’s AWC speakers ideal for projects such as racetracks, school stadiums, theme parks, fairgrounds, skating rinks and swimming facilities, as well as for arenas, general public address and a variety of other indoor and outdoor applications.

“The high power 8-inch and 12-inch low-frequency drivers, derived from JBL’s Control 328 and Control 322 high power, large format in-ceiling systems, combined with a new generation of compression driver, utilize the internally contoured pole piece and the entire driver cone to form a large diameter waveguide for the high frequencies,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Marketing Manager, Commercial Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “Those factors, along with high-slope crossovers, provide exceptionally consistent pattern control from a very compact system. These coaxial drivers allow these speakers to be extremely compact while really packing a punch in both sound level and audio quality.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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