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Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Version 2 Ships – Featuring Apple AAC iTunes Plus Codec And MPEG Surround Support

Oxford, UK – September 13, 2012: Fraunhofer IIS, the world’s renowned source for audio and multimedia technologies, and innovative plug-in designer/manufacturer Sonnox Ltd. today announce the second generation Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In. Initially released in 2011 to global praise, the Pro-Codec Version 2 introduces the ability to master for iTunes and supports the latest multi-channel audio codecs.

For the first time, the Pro-Codec Plug-In enables engineers to use Apple’s iTunes Plus codec for real-time auditioning, making it a powerful time-saving tool to efficiently mix directly for the “Mastered for iTunes” program. Sonnox has added Apple’s iTunes Plus codec to the Plug-In to enable the exact clipping behavior of the iTunes encoding chain to be monitored, and levels corrected if necessary, saving time and ensuring high quality output during the mixing process.

In addition, Sonnox and Fraunhofer have integrated the latest MPEG Surround codec along with Advanced Audio Coding Low Complexity (AAC-LC) multi-channel and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) multi-channel support, making the codecs conveniently available for producers of surround music. These codecs provide superior audio quality for surround sound mixing and are used in surround broadcasting and streaming.

The Pro-Codec Version 2 continues to provide Fraunhofer implementations of all major MPEG audio codecs and lossless codecs such as mp3 High Definition (mp3HD) and High Definition Advanced Audio Coding (HD-AAC). This establishes the Pro-Codec as the most powerful codec plug-in available for digital audio workstations.

Version 2 of the Sonnox Fraunhofer Pro-Codec Plug-In is available now at the same price as Version 1 at $495. A free upgrade will be available for Version 1 owners.

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About Fraunhofer

The Fraunhofer IIS Audio and Multimedia division, based in Erlangen, Germany, has been working in compressed audio technology for more than 20 years and remains a leading innovator of technologies for cutting-edge multimedia systems. Fraunhofer IIS is universally credited with the development of mp3 and co-development of AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) as well as technologies for the media world of tomorrow, including MPEG Surround and the Fraunhofer Audio Communication Engine.

Through the course of more than two decades, Fraunhofer IIS has licensed its audio codec software and application-specific customizations to at least 1,000 companies. Fraunhofer estimates that it has enabled more than 5 billion commercial products worldwide using its mp3, AAC and other media technologies.

The Fraunhofer IIS organization is part of Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, based in Munich, Germany. Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is Europe’s largest applied research organization and is partly funded by the German government. With 20,000 employees worldwide, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is composed of 60 Institutes conducting research in a broad range of research areas. For more information, contact Matthias Rose, matthias.rose@iis.fraunhofer.de, or visit www.iis.fraunhofer.de/amm.

About Sonnox

Sonnox Ltd. is the leading designer of innovative, high quality, award-winning, audio processing plug-ins for professional audio engineers. Oxford Plug-ins are used in an extraordinary range of audio applications including mixing for music production, live sound, broadcast, TV & feature film audio post production, and even scientific and forensics projects.

Sonnox Oxford Plug-ins include: The SuprEsser, a highly efficient de-esser and dynamic EQ; The Restore Suite for sophisticated audio restoration; and most recently, the revolutionary Fraunhofer Pro-Codec, a real-time plug-in for auditioning and encoding audio to multiple formats including iTunes. Sonnox continues to embrace new technology, supporting both Avid’s ProTools | HDX and Universal Audio’s UAD-2 platforms as well as most popular native workstations.
For more information, contact Nathan Eames, nathan@sonnox.com. or visit www.sonnox.com

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MuxLab Previews New HDMI over IP Converter at CEDIA Expo 2012

Innovatively designed for a wide range of applications

 

MONTREAL, CANADA — MuxLab Inc. is thrilled with the pre-release response of the newest addition to its HDMI family; the HDMI over IP Converter. This new member of the MuxLab product line, previewed at the CEDIA Expo 2012 in Indianapolis, allows an HDMI source to be connected via any Ethernet LAN thereby allowing AV broadcasts to be set up and changed without the need for dedicated cabling system or AV matrix switch.

Developed for various applications including meeting and event broadcasts, digital signage, and digital video surveillance, the converter features two devices; the HDMI Encoder and the HDMI Decoder. The Encoder converts an HDMI signal into IP, thereby allowing it to be transmitted via an Ethernet 10/100/1000 BaseT LAN. The Decoder converts IP back to native HDMI for playback on an HDMI display.

Above being easy to use, the converter has features such as being compatible with HDMI 1.4, Ethernet 10/100/1000BaseT, PoE, up to 1080p resolution capability, unicasting and multicasting, bit rate and resolution management, and much more.

“When we envisioned this product we saw so many uses for it and we designed it to be able to perform in various applications,” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of Research and Development. “A good example would be using the converter to broadcast a video server output to any plasma display in a digital signage application”.

Working in conjunction with DVD, plasma, projectors, monitors, TV, PC, laptops, and servers supporting HDMI, HDMI over IP Converter is a complete solution that is easy to install and simple to use, keeping the new product in line with the rest of the MuxLab family of products.

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6
copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes

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Text to Speech Peripheral Advances Hospital Announcement and Medical Dispatch Systems

TextSpeak ships human sounding speech synthesis appliance for hospital paging, emergency notification and multi-lingual patient communication

TextSpeak™ has released the TTS-EM-HD2, a small yet all-inclusive voice synthesis paging and announcement product.

Targeted to deploy with unified hospital communications, the stand-alone device requires only text information to produce spoken audio. The conversion of the text data to a clear, natural sounding voice is completely automatic. TextSpeak’s real-time audio announcements support over 20 languages.

Medical call center dispatch may now convert SMS, beeper, text display and computer information to a clear and understandable voice delivered directly to doctors, nurses and EMS staff. Dynamic and real-time dispatch center information, alerts and security warnings can be spoken from computer message queues, streaming data or directly from typed text.

The TTS-EM products improve hospital and nursing facility efficiency when interfaced directly to audio paging systems. Mass notification and emergency messages can be sent from a remote command center and spoken virtually anywhere, improving safety. Digital signage information can be automatically upgraded to speak messaging with audio announcements. In addition, patients with disabilities, both blind or with limited sight can be accommodated with audio announcements.

The TextSpeak integrated audio amplifiers deliver the synthesized sound to paging systems, radio and video channels, or directly to a single speaker.
The TTS-EM scales to meet the most demanding specifications.
• Existing sources of data, such as computer generated SMS, beeper and digital signage data can be spoken directly to doctors and staff over speakers, phones or via personal radio receivers.
• Informational alerts can be pre-programmed and launched remotely by automated systems saving time and insuring information is scheduled correctly and accurate.
• Emergency vehicles can offer dynamic announcement information transmitted by radio, from stored data, or updated locally from a keyboard.
• Multi-lingual announcements can be easily generated, with precise accents, to speak directly to international visitors and patients.
• General audio messaging can be queued for sequential delivery. Real time text can be supplemented with pre-recorded messages or tones.
• Deployment is suited for hospitals, nursing facilities, parking systems, vehicles and public areas.

“The speech quality we digitally synthesize is nearly indistinguishable from a spoken human voice,” said Nancy Wolfe, president of TextSpeak. “We have removed the requirement of a PC interface and created a flexible deployment model with a suite of world languages. This will help medical services converge visual data with speech. Audio messaging improves eyes-on-patient care, supports unified communications at a low cost that is designed to integrate with EXISTING hospital software and audio systems.”

TextSpeak speech systems are currently deployed in hospitals, transportation facilities and municipal areas worldwide. TTS-EM-HD2 versions are available in as board level products and in mountable enclosures and are priced at $300 in quantities. Single unit evaluation packages are available online.

TTS-EM-HD2 World Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Korean, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Turkish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish, among others.

TextSpeak designs and produces human sounding embedded text to speech (TTS) voice solutions for medical, transportation, banking, industrial systems and security. Automatic voice announcements support unified messaging for hospitals and provide real-time notification without sacrificing eyes-on-patient activities for healthcare providers. TextSpeak also manufactures low cost Talking Keyboards that give a voice to people who have trouble speaking, either permanently or in post operation. For more information, visit www.textspeak.com

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LD Systems Orders Massive L-ACOUSTICS System

Purchase of nearly 400 enclosures plus 150 amplified controllers underscores company’s dedication to K1/KUDO

HOUSTON, Texas — Lending further proof to the saying “everything is bigger in Texas,” L-ACOUSTICS US reports that Houston-based LD Systems has now purchased a mega-stadium-sized K1/KUDO system. Hailed as one of the largest sales in the manufacturer’s 28-year history, the order comprises 386 enclosures — including variable curvature, constant curvature and coaxial systems — all powered by LA-RAK.

According to Rob McKinley, co-founder, president and owner of LD Systems, the quantity of product was largely driven by the sound reinforcement needs of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which has been an annual client since 1985. In February and March of each year, as part of RodeoHouston, up to 75,000 people pack Reliant Stadium on any given night for three straight weeks of rodeo action and concerts from some of the biggest stars in pop, rock and country music. more

Visual Unity Wins Major Connected World Award.TV At IBC 2012

Leading broadcast and multiscreen systems integrator Visual Unity is delighted to announce that its vuMedia™ integrated multiscreen content and delivery platform has won the ConnectedWorld.TV 2012 Award for the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster.

This ConnectedWorld.TV Award recognises the impact vuMedia™ has had in helping Czech company TopFun deliver its innovative Video-on-Demand and PayTV service. The solution distributes media streams commonly broadcasted via satellite and cable TV to smart phones, iDevices, set-top boxes and Smart TVs, in both SD and HD quality, and supports a unique application for Samsung TVs that lets viewers access live feeds and download movies direct to their TV.

vuMediaTM was developed by Visual Unity to help broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment – delivering a cutting-edge viewing experience on any screen or connected device. The platform supports comprehensive Video-on-Demand services, integrating with billing and CRM processes, providing TopFun with complete control of content delivery, monetization and subscriber management. TopFun also employs Visual Unity’s own Content Delivery Network to ensure secure and robust regional distribution.

Visual Unity, which was also nominated in two other categories, beat stiff competition from Angel Sharp and the Football Association to win this Award. Open to any organization with limited access to broadcast distribution, the Best Use of Online Video by a Non-Broadcaster Award aims to recognize how the Connected World has been successfully exploited to deliver multimedia and TV-style content to a defined target audience.

Tomas Petru, President of Visual Unity, says: “We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award and see it as a fantastic endorsement of the power and flexibility of the vuMedia™ platform. We are proud of TopFun’s success, where we have delivered a reliable and superior viewing experience for the subscribers, driven by an efficient back-end that will enable TopFun to expand in the future. The combination of this ground-breaking technology and Visual Unity’s experience in broadcast and multiscreen systems integration is enabling us to optimize workflows for our customers and deliver real value in the content-on-demand space.”

The ConnectedWorld.TV awards, held in conjunction with the IBC Connected World, celebrate the creativity of broadcasters, independent producers, technology companies and consumer electronics manufacturers pioneering the business of ‘content everywhere’. The Awards showcase many of the exciting developments arising from the growing use of broadband internet – both fixed and mobile – as an alternative distribution channel for TV and video content.

Nearly 150 entries were received from 102 organizations in 23 countries and the quality of the entries was described as ‘phenomenal’ by Neil Nixon, chairman of the judging panel and editor of ConnectedWorld.TV and IBE.

In 2011, the judging panel also shortlisted Visual Unity for an award based on the deployment of vuMedia™ for Czech TV. This system continues to be central to the state broadcaster’s online service, iVysliani, and helped deliver to the Czech Republic unprecedented multiscreen coverage of the London 2012 Games.

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About Visual Unity

Visual Unity is an international Systems Integrator bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD Outside Broadcast vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services.
Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMediaTM platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. Highly scalable and flexible, vuMediaTM delivers a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device, comprehensive VoD services, social network integration and secure robust content distribution – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Cologne, Moscow, Bratislava, Belgrade, Nairobi and Dubai. For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com

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Lightware’s DP-OPT-TX150 and DP-OPT-RX150 KVM DisplayPort Fiber Optical Extenders Add USB HID Functionality

Lightware Visual Engineering has expanded its inventory of Fiber Optical DisplayPort extenders by introducing the DP-OPT-TX150 and DP-OPT-RX150 KVM DisplayPort fiber optical extenders. An upgrade to the company’s DP-OPT-TX100 and -RX100 extenders, the new products offer DisplayPort 1.1a extension plus USB HID (Human Interface Device, such as a keyboard, mouse or presenter) functionality for a maximum of two devices over the same multimode single fiber optic cable. They feature plug-and-play operation with no drivers required.

“The -TX150 transmitter and -RX150 receiver extend DisplayPort 1.1.a up to 1,500 meters and provide keyboard and mouse functionality for a remote workstation – all over one fiber optic cable,” reports Blake Dudash in sales and marketing. “By integrating USB HID functionality we’re offering new capabilities that many customers will want to use.”

The DP-OPT-TX150 has two extra local USB ports with a built-in HUB and can be connected to a PC/Mac with a single USB cable.

DisplayPort is one of the newest video interface standards introduced by VESA. Using DisplayPort, high-resolution video and excellent quality audio can be transmitted. The interface’s 10.8 Gbps bandwidth is capable of transmitting 2560×1600-pixel resolution video with full support of content protection (HDCP). 4K resolution can be achieved at a lower frame rate (4096×2160 @ 30Hz). There is zero frame latency and no delay with the new extenders and no compression.

“Apple is integrating DisplayPort’s higher bandwidth into its new products, and other manufacturers are following suit,” notes Dudash. “DisplayPort, instead of HDMI, will be the connection of choice for the TVs of the future.”

The DP-OPT-TX150 and -RX150 extenders are compatible with Apple Cinema Display and 27- and 30-inch LCD displays.

The new products have attractive solid aluminum bodies and come in matte silver or black. They feature several status LEDs for power, fiber link, source detect and monitor detect.

The extenders are rack-mountable. Their 1U-high rack shelf provides mounting holes for fastening two half-rack or four quarter-rack sized units. Pocket-sized devices can also be fastened on the shelf. An under-desk mounting kit double makes it easy to mount a single device or multiple devices on any flat surface, such as furniture. A wall power adaptor with interchangeable plug for international use is supplied.

The DP-OPT-TX150 and DP-OPT-RX150 are currently shipping.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

Classic Church Gets Modern Update

Brigantine, NJ, September 2012….  Like most of New Jersey’s seaside communities, life on this resort island near Atlantic City is affected by the seasons. In the summer months, the sun seekers and beach lovers help to swell the congregation at St. Thomas the Apostle from 1,000 to more than 3,000 – well beyond what their existing sanctuary can handle. As Bobby Harper, VP of Sales at Egg Harbor-based ACIR Professional explains, the church came up with a creative solution.

“It’s an older structure, and it has some history, and they didn’t want to just tear it down and build something bigger,” says Harper. “So they opted to renovate the original building and also build an event center, which could handle the overflow, as well as other functions.”

The idea of connecting the events center to the sanctuary via audio and video was suggested early on, but a complex digital matrix with touch panels was simply not feasible. “We wanted to create a solution for them that would meet their needs without getting into complex and expensive networking,” Harper explains. In the end, a bit of creativity was all it took.

Using the seasonal population shifts to their advantage, the project was carried out in two phases. “The first summer, they used the (just-completed) events center as just that – a multi-purpose events center,” explains Harper. When fall approached, the event center was pressed into service as temporary sanctuary while the original 1920s-era building was then renovated, expanded, and tied in with the events center via audio and video feeds. “This summer they are finally enjoying it as an expansion space.”

The new sanctuary presented some challenging acoustics. “The sanctuary is pretty reflective inside,” says Harper. “They replaced the carpet with granite and marble, which increased the reverberance.” The addition of naves to the left and right of the altar also impacted the room’s acoustics.

“We decided to go with a distributed system,” Harper continues. “We didn’t want to energize the space with a large system, and we wanted clarity and consistency in coverage.”

The room’s audio includes a pair of Community VERIS 28 dual 8-inch systems at left and right of the altar, with another three VERIS 8 single 8-inch loudspeakers along each side. Yamaha 3500 and 5000 amplifiers power the system. “The church has a full praise band, with drummer, bass , keyboard, organ, a couple of violins and flute, and musicality was an important consideration,” says Harper. “We had been looking into the VERIS systems, and it seemed like a perfect fit.”

System drive and processing is covered by Community’s dSPEC™ networked loudspeaker processor. “The dSPEC is a great piece of gear,” says Harper. “We’re hardly pushing the amps – that’s the beauty of it. We use the dSPEC  to calibrate the limiters on the amps for maximum efficiency with the loudspeakers. And it’s very user friendly. I plugged it in, had no training on it, and had it sorted out in less than an hour.”

A Yamaha MG16 console is installed at the sanctuary’s mix position, with a Yamaha MG24 for the choir monitors. Sennheiser mics and wireless systems cover the choir loft, altar and musicians. A Sony PTZ70 camera captures the service and sends the signal via Ethernet to the event center. Space to the left and right of the altar have been converted into naves, each of which are served by a pair of MX10 compact monitors as wedges. “We custom-painted them to match the wall, and mounted them where the wall meets ceiling,” says Harper. “They look fantastic and they sound great.”

Over in the event center, another Yamaha MG16 console covers mix position. Connected pairs between each of the three consoles enables each to receive aux send audio feeds from the others. As Harper observes, “the system is not quite foolproof, but fortunately the church’s technical personnel are savvy enough not to route things into a feedback loop.”  A smaller 5.1 consumer system covers most of the room’s audio needs, and an Eiki LCWB42NA projector gets the Sony PTZ’s video feed to a ceiling-mounted DaLite screen.

As Harper points out, the event center was conceived from the outset as a multi-use venue, with flexibility a key requirement. “We installed audio I/O panels throughout the room, and they can easily configure the system for whatever event they’re holding. They can take the audio and video feed from the sanctuary, or they can host a power point demonstration, or watch a movie, or Monday night football,” he says. “It also made it easy to configure a portable church while the main sanctuary was under construction.”

While A/V interconnectivity is more often the province of contemporary churches, Harper says the implementation of it in this older, more traditional setting was worth it. “There were certainly some challenges in terms of running cable and working out logistics, but the end result is exactly what we wanted.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

 

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