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Peavey MediaMatrix NION Training Seminar Scheduled for Bay Area in July

Peavey® Commercial Audio will host a two-day MediaMatrix® NION® Certification training course in Emeryville, Calif., during July, where AV designers, consultants, contractors and end users can learn the best practices for designing, deploying and implementing MediaMatrix audio distribution, processing and control systems.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training course instructs AV professionals on the fundamentals of MediaMatrix, the most flexible and scalable audio networking system on the market, as well as how to design and program projects in NWare™; how to set up a NION processor; how to create end-user GUIs for nTouch™ 60 and nTouch 180 touch screens and PC kiosks; and how to integrate the XControl® into a MediaMatrix installation.

The MediaMatrix NION Certification training seminar will be held at Meyer Hall on the campus of Ex’pression College in Emeryville on July 30-31, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Each successful student will receive a completion certificate that can be submitted to InfoComm for receipt of 7.5 renewal credit hours for InfoComm CTS, CTS-I and CTS-D. For full class descriptions and registration, please visit mm.peavey.com/education or www.peaveycommercialaudio.com/education.

Peavey has educated thousands of AV system designers, integrators and end users from around the world since MediaMatrix revolutionized the professional audio industry in 1993. MediaMatrix also offers the content of its renowned seminars as online courses at mmtraining.peavey.com. Completion of the online Peavey MediaMatrix Basic or Advanced course earns two hours of credit toward InfoComm’s CTS and CTS-D Certification Renewal.

Now installed in more than 10,000 facilities worldwide—from theme parks, hotels and stadiums to airports and government facilities—Peavey MediaMatrix was the first digitally controlled audio network, and is still the most flexible and capable audio networking system available.

About MediaMatrix®
MediaMatrix® is a division of Peavey®, one of the largest manufacturers of professional audio equipment in the world. Peavey has earned more than 180 patents and distributes in more than 130 other countries. MediaMatrix revolutionized the high-end audio technology market with its computer-based audio processing and control interfacing systems, and can now be found in more than 10,000 airports, stadiums, theme parks, government facilities and other venues around the world. To find out more about MediaMatrix, visit mm.peavey.com or www.peaveycommercialaudio.com.
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University of Arizona Boosts Live Sports Production Control Room with Tightrope Media Systems

ZEPLAY slow motion instant replay system brings new life to venues during game action

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, July 16, 2012 – The University of Arizona’s rich sports tradition and heritage dates to the early 1900s, with 18 NCAA Championship titles to its name among many other titles and awards. The university recently overhauled its live sports production capabilities to more closely align with the grandeur of its sports tradition, transitioning its aging analog control room to an all-digital, HD-capable environment.

Director of Video and Information Technology Matt George oversaw the project, carefully choosing the components that would bring his control room vision to life. He selected Tightrope Media SystemsZEPLAY slow-motion instant replay system to inject fresh excitement into home Wildcats games, including football, basketball, volleyball and gymnastics.

“My main focus is to promote the teams and create an environment for the fans where they will continue to support our events,” said George. “ZEPLAY helps us put on a show that rivals what viewers at home are watching on TV.”

George wound up purchasing two units for the price of a single competitive system he was evaluating — and with more features and capabilities per unit. Each ZEPLAY provides eight channels of live replay (four in, four out), a built-in multiviewer for studying angles, and extensive tagging options to assist with storage, recall and lightning-fast highlight package creation.

“We build profiles for each sport, and operators can just pull down the home team, type in the player number and use a hot button to tag a play,” he said. “This is especially ideal in basketball, where fans are close to the action. We can throw together a quick player highlight package after a scoring spurt to keep the crowd juiced during breaks. We couldn’t do that without ZEPLAY’s tagging options.”

Ease of use has also been a major advantage. George adds that he can — and has — put a non-technical person in front of the system in the pinch.

“We don’t have a huge budget for production, so we utilize a lot of student and freelance labor,” said George. “I can assign a camera guy who has never run replay for a basketball game and get decent results. It’s not a simple system — it does everything we want it to do — but it’s simple to operate, and it’s very robust and powerful. And things like the built-in multiviewer are a great cost-saver to me as it provides extra information, and features like color outlines and camera titling. Most of the products we looked at gave us the angle and nothing else.”

Systems integration company AVR worked closely with George and his team on design initiatives for the control room and installed all systems, recognizing the clear benefits of including ZEPLAY in the overall solution.

“The ZEPLAY solution was a significant value engineering choice as it literally provided double the bang for the buck in its feature set — and with change to spare,” said Jim Mauger, director of engineering, AVR. “It’s rare today to see so much quality and reliability for less money. All of this combined to help us provide a winning solution.”

AVR also added new routers, switching and audio equipment for the new control room among other systems, while running fiber connections to new digital scoreboards in the venues — the same scoreboards that now enliven the venue environments in cooperation with the ZEPLAY systems. The complete solution gives George and his staff a powerful set of live production tools to keep the fans coming back.

“The new control room is an improvement over the previous one in the way that driving a jalopy on a racetrack would compare to a brand new Corvette,” said George.

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Chyron ABE 2012 Product Preview

Exhibiting With Magna Systems & Engineering
Stand 2

Company Overview:
Chyron (NASDAQ: CHYR) is a leading provider of Graphics as a Service for on-air and digital video applications including newsrooms, studios, sports broadcasting facilities, and corporate video environments. more

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Barix Appoints Frank Frederiksen as Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, July 16, 2012 — Barix AG, a pioneer in IP-based audio, intercom, control, and monitoring, has appointed Frank Frederiksen as Vice President, Product Marketing and Strategy effective immediately. Frank will help Barix define its vertical market strategy as the company grows its business and expands its product range.

Frank has held a variety of senior management positions in program and technology management, which has given him broad experience and insight on how to develop and market products. Among other positions, Frank has served as Strategic Marketing and Innovation Manager for Philips, and Product and Technology Manager for ST-Ericsson.

“I have been involved in the development side, but have also had time in front of customers. I hope to bridge the two sides at Barix,” said Frederiksen. “What is important in any market is to bring innovative technology to the customer at the right time and price.”

Frank is looking forward to helping Barix continue on a strong path of bringing customers inventive products at a competitive price. With a continually expanding number of new IP audio markets, his main goal is to establish a future roadmap for the company in terms of products and overall marketing objectives.

“Barix is an innovative company with great technology, an unbeatable reputation for reliability and a large customer base,” said Frederiksen. “I am excited to help Barix continue to benefit from the growth of the markets we are in — and of those markets to come.”

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).
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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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D.A.S. Audio at Various F1 European GP F1 2012 Events

**** Photo: D.A.S. Aero 12A loudspeakers bring sound to the spectators ****

Valencia, Spain – July 2012 … In late June the city of Valencia and its Valencia Street Circuit – a modern, thrilling route through the streets of the Mediterranean city, which includes 25 turns and a top speed of around 323 km per hour (201 mph) – played host to a number of events held in celebration of the Formula 1 European Gran Prix. D.A.S. Audio professional sound systems were on hand to provide sound reinforcement at some of these exclusive events as well as at the circuit itself, helping to bring the emotion of the world’s biggest motorsport event to the thousands of professionals and fans who descended upon Valencia for the race. more

IBC 2012: Jünger Audio Introduces M*AP – The Latest Addition To Its *AP Family Of Loudness Processors

Dynamics specialist Jünger Audio will use the IBC 2012 platform (Hall 10, Booth D20) to unveil M*AP – the latest addition to its Award-winning *AP family of audio loudness processors.

This ground-breaking processor combines an audio monitor controller and a loudness measurement device in one unit, thus providing comprehensive quality control and loudness monitoring for anyone working in a production or broadcast environment.

Designed for quality checking surround (5.1) and/or stereo programs, M*AP can be used for live monitoring and also to ensure compliance with government regulations on loudness such as the US CALM Act, the UK Ofcom regulations and the French CSA regulations, etc.

The unit comes with alarm signals that alert the operator when pre-set loudness thresholds are exceeded, and these signals can be delivered by simple GPOs and/or SNMP traps, which carry actual loudness values. Loudness measurements can be performed over a long run or over a fraction of a program, or both. These measurements can be triggered by automation systems via GPIs or via the network – or even manually by buttons of the X*AP remote panel.

Alongside loudness measurements, M*AP also offers functionality for acoustical QA. It has eight speaker outputs that allow for A/B checking of stereo compatibility of a surround downmix through alternative speakers, as well as via L/R front speakers.

Peter Pörs, Managing Director of Jünger Audio, says: “By incorporating 3G, HD and SD auto detection, M*AP gives users the option of dealing with all 16 channels of SDI embedded audio at the same time. This means that you can listen to one program while permanently logging the loudness of two (5.1 +2 mode) or four (4×2 mode) programs. It is also possible to send further embedded programs to M*AP’s AES outputs to feed a third party instrument for analyzing and/or display.”

For no extra cost, the M*AP’s SDI board acts as an embedder as well and comes with video delay to compensate for any kind of audio delay. This feature is ideal for those looking to maintain lip sync in QA suites or control rooms. M*AP also features a built-in Dolby® Metadata generator and an optional Dolby® decoder that allows users to decode Dolby-E, Dolby-D (AC-3) and Dolby Digital plus (E-AC-3).

At IBC 2012, Jünger Audio will also be showing the rest of the processors in its *AP range, including the Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor, the D*AP LM4 four-channel Digital Audio Processor and the D*AP LM2 two-channel Digital Audio Processor.

Also on show will be Jünger Audio’s Loudness Logger, a powerful tool that offers customers of all Jünger Audio levelling processors an easy way to monitor the development of the loudness over time. Using this new software, broadcasters can monitor in real time or by analyzing previously stored loudness log files. This innovation is critical as all broadcasters now need to show precisely how their audio levels are performing in order to comply with new legislation on Loudness.

If you would like more information about these products please visit Jünger Audio at IBC 2012 – Hall 10, Booth D20 – for a demo.

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities. www.junger-audio.com

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Landmark Kansas City Venue Gets the Full Renkus-Heinz Treatment

Kansas City, MO – July 2012…  The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is the centerpiece of Kansas City’s downtown revival. The futuristic 285,000-square-foot, $413 million project links the city’s downtown center with its landmark Crossroads Arts and Power & Light Districts, and is home to the Kansas City Symphony, Kansas City Ballet, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

The two performance spaces – Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall – were designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie. Both were created using ultra-modern, sound-isolating building-within-a-building construction; a foundation, walls, and roof surrounded by fully independent foundation, walls, and roof.

The 1600-seat Helzberg Hall, home to the Kansas City Symphony, offers seating in a semi-circular “vineyard-style” configuration that surrounds more than 270 degrees of the massive 2700-square-foot stage, placing no seat more than 100 feet away.

Consultants Engineering Harmonics, whose team included Senior Consultant Martin Van Dijk, Associate Consultant Roer Gans, and designer Russ Noble, worked with Nagata Acoustics to design the sound system, which was installed by Clair Brothers. With the venue’s acoustics primarily designed for symphonic sound, the hall essentially called for dual systems – one for music, the other for voice intelligibility.

The main performance system is centered around Renkus-Heinz ST-Series reference point arrays, with left and right clusters of ST4, augmented by ST-2M cabinets. Rear and side fills are amply covered with ST2-R and ST2-MR boxes, while TRX62H compact systems provide over balcony fills. A dozen PNX112 Subswoofers are built into the stage lip, while 72 Iconyx SSL drivers are built into a custom baffle inside the balcony for additional coverage.

The innovative voice reinforcement system utilizes three Iconyx IC16-5 digitally steered arrays. The three columns are arranged in a 360-degree configuration, with each column covering a 120-degree pattern. The “voice stick” is concealed in the ceiling, descending from its soffit inside the 100,000-lb acoustical reflector canopy above the stage.

The massive, seven-story glass enclosed lobby was also treated to Iconyx systems to help with spoken word intelligibility, with three more Ic16-R arrays concealed behind a metal grille.

“The Iconyx definitely helped to focus the sound in a very challenging environment,” says Ciair Brothers Project Manager Dustin Goen. “I don’t see how it could have been done with any other kind of loudspeakers.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

OSD Audio Expands Line of Affordable Flat Panel Mounts

Brea, Calif., July 13, 2012—OSD Audio, a Southern California-based manufacturer of whole-house audio products, announced the expansion of their flat panel TV mounts designed specifically for LCD, LED and plasma screens. Suitable for both residential and commercial applications, the expanded line includes fixed mounts, tilt mounts and full motion mounts that can accommodate panels ranging in size from 13 to 70 inches. Rounding out the line will be an innovative line of full motion desktop mounts that can hold multiple LCD screens.

“We expanded our line because we want installers and do-it-yourselfers to come to us for every mount they need for the home or office,” notes Tim Leahy, General Manager for OSD Audio. “There are a lot more options for displaying large and small screens and a lot more places these mounts can go, under cabinets, above a fireplace, a desk corner, anywhere there is a secured surface that can hold the weight.”

Built with the highest quality materials and thoroughly load tested, OSD Audio’s lightweight, low profile TV mounts range from extremely sturdy fixed mount units to more complex articulating units with tilt and swivel capability. Easy to install with all the hardware included, OSD Audio’s new line will support the vast majority of flat panel TVs with some models capable of holding up to 200 pounds. New desktop mounts include full motion units that can accommodate multiple screens in one mount, making these units the ultimate multi-tasking tool for busy employees.

New bookshelf mounts for game consoles and AV gear will also be added to the line. “We carry TV mounts for just about any installation scenario you can think of,” concludes Leahy. “Customers will find that just like other OSD products, the build quality is excellent and our prices are about half of what competitors charge.”

For more information, go to outdoorspeakerdepot.com

About OSD Audio
Based in Southern California, OSD Audio manufactures whole-house audio products, including in-wall speakers, amplifiers, volume controllers and a variety of outdoor speaker systems. We are a family of audio enthusiasts comprised of engineers, product designers, sales, marketing, and administrative staff dedicated to providing the best products at unbeatable prices with world class customer service. www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com

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DANLEY JERICHO HORNS DESERT DEMO COMPETES EFFECTIVELY WITH THE ROAR OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 2012:danley_desert_demo_1.JPG In the days before InfoComm, representatives from Danley Sound Labs arranged an impromptu demonstration of the Danley Jericho Horn family of beefy point-source loudspeakers for long-throw applications. The team rented a 25kV generator and a lift and found an undeveloped industrial park in the desert adjacent to Nellis Air Force Base. Although originally arranged for the benefit of a few representatives from a large university who were considering a Danley Jericho system for their stadium, word of mouth swelled the number of attendees to nearly forty. They walked down the unused road to a distance of 1,500 feet from the source and marveled at the intelligibility of the Jericho cluster, set off against the intermittent roar of fighter jets, stealth bombers, and attack helicopters.

The Danley team used Lab.Gruppen amplifiers and a Danley DSLP48 processor to drive more

SYMETRIX TO DISTRIBUTE URC KP-4000C TOUCHSCREEN WALL PANEL CONTROLLER

kp4000c_zonemix761.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JULY 2012: With a new agreement to distribute a custom URC KP-4000C color network keypad kit, Symetrix reconfirms its commitment to providing a diverse array of end-user control options. The KP-4000C is manufactured by URC, a leading control technologies firm headquartered in Harrison, New York. It offers a fully-customizable touchscreen or button. The URC KP-4000C joins the Symetrix family of ARC menu-driven wall panel remotes, Symetrix SymVue for PC-based control, and Symetrix ARC-WEB for smartphones and other Internet-connected devices. The custom URC KP-4000C kit is now shipping from Symetrix.

“We at Symetrix entered into this agreement because we recognize the importance of offering integrators the industry’s most comprehensive and user-friendly external control options,” said Paul Roberts, CEO of Symetrix. “The Symetrix custom URC KP-4000C kit adds a flexible, powerful, and cost-effective wall panel to our current line-up of end-user control more

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