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RTI’s Accelerated XP-8s Processor Kicks Control Into High Gear

New Control Processor Features Even More Processing Power and Expansion Capabilities

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Nov. 15, 2012 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that it has begun shipping the latest version of its popular XP-8 remote control processor: the XP-8s. Offering all of the control interface options of its predecessor, the accelerated XP-8s kicks control into high gear with a faster processor, more internal memory, and an SD card for an additional 4GB of Flash memory. more

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SYMETRIX SOLUS 16 SUPPORTS 7.1 SURROUND SOUND COMPUTER LAB

RENO, NEVADA: The Red House Project is an initiative at Reno High School in Nevada that prepares students for future work with computers, software development, Internet content, CAD, and other computer-based college majors and career paths. It is one of the Washoe County School District’s “Signature Academies,” each of which focuses on a specific in-depth curriculum. Reno students who opt for “Track 1” courses receive training in graphic design, animation, video production, and digital game development using a state-of-the-art computer lab featuring the latest software, 7.1 surround sound technology, and high-definition video projection and capture. Reno-based Innovative Communication Systems (ICS) designed and installed the room’s A/V system with a Symetrix SymNet Solus 16 audio processor to provide affordable signal routing and processing.

As far as the students are concerned, the system begins with banks of fully-loaded Apple Mac Pro computers. In order to effectively wrestle all of their video outputs together with input jacks of every flavor, ICS owner Jeff Bowers and his staff installed an FSR DV-MFSW-94 presentation matrix switcher, which accepts them all and scales every signal to HDMI. From there, signal travels to a pair of school-furnished high-definition video projectors, one for a 16-foot screen on each side of the room. In addition, the room features a massive 25-foot green screen that will allow creative students to perform all manner of video trickery. A blue screen is slated for future installation.

On the audio end of things, output from the computers first hits and Extron SSP 7.1, which effectively pre-processes for 7.1 surround sound. Its output, together with two AudioTechnica wireless microphones, a microphone jack, and stereo output from the FSR switcher, feeds a Symetrix SymNet Solus 16. The SymNet Solus 16 features sixteen mic- or line-level inputs, powerful open-architecture signal processing, eight outputs, and myriad control options. The unit handles all of the system’s customized audio routing, as well as input leveling, loudspeaker management, and volume control. Self-powered QSC K10 loudspeakers handle all seven full-range channels. A Crestron AV2/PRO2 paired with a nine-inch touchscreen provides intuitive, customized user control of both the audio and video signals.

Because audio signal also needed to run to an Atlas amplifier for distribution in adjoining rooms, Bowers had to implement one small work-around. “Instead of using the eighth output for the subwoofer, we used it for the distributed system,” he said. “For the self-powered QSC KW181 subwoofer, we sent signal directly from the Extron unit. It’s one of those situations where you do a cost/benefit analysis. Is it better to buy a larger processor at greater expense or to go for the work-around at less expense? In this case the answer was clear because the subwoofer didn’t need any processing.”

He continued, “The capabilities of the SymNet Solus are fantastic, and the everyone at the company loves its price point. Symetrix’ open-architecture programming is intuitive and comprehensive. We can do all those weird little things that seem to always come up. In addition, we’ve been installing Symetrix processors for a long time, and they’re always dependable.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

EASY TO NAVIGATE AND RICH WITH INFORMATION –DANLEY SOUND LABS UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

new_danley_website.JPGGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs, innovator and manufacturer of awe-inspiring loudspeakers and subwoofers, has revamped its website, www.danleysoundlabs.com. Apart from a refreshing aesthetic and a transparent “feel,” the new website places information at the fingertips of those who are already involved with projects using Danley designs, those who are contemplating using Danley designs, and those who are simply curious about Danley’s unconventional more

SYMETRIX EXTENDS FACTORY WARRANTY TO THREE YEARS

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix, manufacturer of high-end professional audio solutions specializing in DSP hardware and software, announces that all products purchased on or after October 1, 2012 are covered by a three-year limited factory warranty. The new warranty period covers all Symetrix Edge, Radius, Solus, Jupiter, Integrator Series, AirTools, analog hardware, and user interfaces.

“We at Symetrix are proud of our reputation for building dependable equipment,” said Brooke Macomber, director of marketing. “The newly extended factory warranty period reflects the confidence we have in our product quality. Our equipment stands up to the stresses and strains of the working world with tremendous resilience. Consultants and contractors will find our warranty is clear-cut and devoid of loopholes. Even more importantly, Symetrix products are reliable, and are designed and manufactured to outperform industry product life expectations.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

EUREKA! ASHLY PROCESSING AND AMPLIFICATION, PROVE TO BE RELIABLE AND FLEXIBLE FOR VOLUNTEER FIRE AND AMBULANCE COMPANY

STEWARTSTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA – NOVEMBER 2012: The Eureka Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Company serves the greater Stewartstown, Pennsylvania area, and although most of its glory and commitment is deservedly focused on helping neighbors in need, it also boasts a fine social hall that it rents for meetings, wedding receptions, and other events. At over 4,000 square-feet, the social hall can comfortably accommodate up to three hundred people. Until recently, however, its sound reinforcement system delivered poor coverage with marginal fidelity. The company hired Stage Masters, a local AV integration firm, to renovate the room’s A/V system. Stage Masters called on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control to deliver a new system that is perfectly tuned, reliable, and easy to use.

The new system is configured to flexibly meet the needs of all potential users and renters. Shure wireless microphones provide users with a ready and convenient means of amplify voice and are joined by a stereo iPod input, a handful of mic- and line-level input jacks, and the outputs from the video playback system. Shawn Fife, owner of Stage Masters, selected the Ashly ne24.24M processor based on its flexibility. For example, its I/O count is modular, and he initially outfitted the social hall’s ne24.24M with twelve inputs and four outputs. “With the Ashly ne24.24M, I can scale the processing to the needs of a particular job,” said Fife. “Moreover, the unit is network ready, right out of the box, which makes it easy to help clients remotely.”

The Ashly ne24.24M’s modularity was especially useful in this instance, because the officials requested additional output channels after the system was already installed. “I gave them Shure headset microphones for use on bingo nights, among other things,” said Fife. “After they used the system a few times, they changed their minds and wanted to give the caller a monitor channel to listen for bingo calls. Since we were already using all four of the installed output channels, they would have been out of luck were it not for the ne24.24M’s modularity. We were able to meet their request at little expense simply by adding another output card together with a small powered monitor at the caller’s position.”

The original four outputs from the Ashly ne24.24M feed four zones: the entrance hall, the kitchen, main hall left, and main hall right. Because the room is always oriented the same way for video presentations, it was possible to enhance the experience with stereo. A new BenQ SH910 projector gives the room’s users crisp video presentations. Powered by an Ashly ne4250.70 amplifier, Pure Resonance SD4 Lay-In 2×2 drop ceiling speakers give the system impressive punch and clarity with no hot spots. “For the power that they deliver, the Ashly amplifiers are extremely cost-effective,” said Fife. Although he hasn’t yet hooked into them as he has the ne24.24M, the Ashly ne4250.70 is also network-ready right out of the box.

User control of the system is simple and intuitive. An Ashly WR-5 push-button wall remote placed at the front of the room provides volume control of an adjacent microphone jack and computer input, as well as volume control of the system’s four wireless microphones. A second Ashly WR-5 located in the kitchen provides volume control of two adjacent microphone jacks, as well as an adjacent iPod jack.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

ASHLY AUDIO REVAMPS WEBSITE, BEEFS UP ORGANIZATION AND CONTENT

WEBSTER, NEW YORK: Ashly Audio, one of leading manufacturers of power amplification and signal processing, now treats its existing and prospective customers to a newly-redesigned website (www.ashly.com) replete with well-organized product, installation and application content. With a modern look and feel, the site is easy to navigate. John Sexton, Ashly’s vice president of sales, conceived the organization and aesthetic, and graphic designer Michael Sukhenko executed it.

“Technical specifiers told us to make data sheets, manuals and drawing files no more than two mouse clicks away”, explains Sexton. “Our Products page has a spreadsheet of information in a single location. It’s two clicks for integrators to download data sheets for submittals. It’s two clicks for system designers to access A&E DOC files that can be cut and pasted right into their specification packages. Two clicks and you’re done.”

Metrics show that the Ashly website has increasing traffic from dealer’s clients and end-users, which underscores the importance of presenting Ashly products to non-technical visitors. The new website features a graphic guide on the home page – Ashly In Your World – that directs these visitors to a page that explains how Ashly products work in worship facilities, restaurants, schools, hotels and other facilities. Each market segment page features information from Ashly’s extensive collection of installation profiles and application notes.

The Technical Support & Educational menu has been enhanced by the addition of Ashly TV, a series of three to five minute videos that address specific technical topics. The page has a built-in video player. The FAQ Section was developed by the technical services staff to answer the most popular questions that arise from new dealers who are using Ashly products for the first time.

Retained in the new design is a comprehensive – and appropriately humorous – look at Ashly’s 38-year history as a pro audio innovator.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

Advanced Systems Group Offers Free Video Archive Webinar

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, will host “How To Avoid Archive Anarchy,” a free webinar to explore video archive solutions, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. Hosted by ASG’s Tyler Berry, the 90-minute webinar will feature presentations from Cache-A, Quantum, and XenData – three leading providers of archiving products for professional video applications.

“There are many archiving choices in our market, so it’s important to understand the differences in approach and technology between manufacturers,” said Dave Van Hoy, ASG president. “Our webinar will spotlight solutions from three different companies and show how their products integrate with today’s file-based workflows.”

Cache-A specializes in the development of cost effective archive appliances for the digital film and professional video industries. Mark Ostlund, vice president of sales and marketing, will discuss the company’s LTO data tape-based solutions. XenData, with its focus on media and entertainment industry requirements, has digital video archives in more than 50 countries. CEO Phil Storey will detail the company’s tape and disk-based approach. And Quantum offers specialized tape, disk, and cloud-based storage solutions for a variety of industries, but will focus specifically on its StorNext line of archive appliances and software. The presentations will be followed by a short Q&A session.

To register for “How To Avoid Archive Anarchy,” or for more information, visit http://www.asgllc.com/events/archive-webinar-event.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Two Months In and Delicate’s Still Digging the VUE

Delicate's President Jason Alt with one of their new VUE as-115 Subwoofers.

San Diego, CA (November 15, 2012) – As one of North America’s leading production companies, Camarillo, California-based Delicate Productions provides audio, lighting, and multimedia services for some of the world’s most recognizable clients. With an ever-expanding roster that includes names like The Killers, Silver Sun Pickups and Foo Fighters, there’s little doubt that Delicate’s unwavering focus on customer satisfaction is paying off.

A passionate group of audio/video “gear heads”, the Delicate team’s knowledge and sheer know-how is matched by their zeal for new technology and a commitment to keeping up with the industry’s latest offerings. So when it came time to update their range of compact, portable systems, the team was anxious to hear what VUE Audiotechnik had to offer.

“I’d been hearing a lot of buzz about this new loudspeaker company that was a joint venture between the founders of EAW and Apogee Sound,” explained Delicate’s President, Jason Alt. “After a quick phone discussion, VUE invited us to a demo they were conducting near our headquarters here in Camarillo. We were immediately impressed with the build quality, as well as the forward, warm voicing that was exceptionally consistent throughout the range.”

Alt and team quickly recognized that the VUE speakers would be ideal for a series of private, VIP events taking place throughout October as part of L.A.’s Fashion Week. There was only one problem…the speaker had to be white.

“As a new company, I wasn’t sure they’d be willing to take on a custom job so soon,” explained Alt. “Not only did they agree without hesitating, but I had the speakers in my warehouse within two weeks!”

Delicate added a total of 12 VUE Audiotechik boxes to their lineup. Included were eight, a-8 full range models, along with four as-115 subwoofers. All 12 cabinets were custom painted in satin white, as requested.

Since taking delivery in late September, Delicate has successfully deployed the VUE systems in a variety of environments, at more than a dozen events. Discerning customers have ranged from Chanel (Chanel Cruse—produced by Bounce Event Marketing) to the Hammer Museum (a Mitie Tucker Event Production), to name just a few.

“The VUE speakers simply sounded fantastic,” remarked engineer Noel Edwards, who was among the first to use the new speakers for the Hammer Museum Gala. “They provided exactly the presence I needed, and best of all, they required almost no EQ. They just sounded so nice and warm right out of the box.”

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About VUE Audiotechnik

VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

API ANNOUNCES NEW DEALER AND DISTRIBUTOR IN ICELAND AND CHILE

JESSUP, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 2012: API, manufacturer of high-end analog processors and consoles, announces that Tónastö?in will serve as its dealer in Iceland and that VGL will serve as its distributor in Chile. Both firms have been supplying their respective regions with professional audio equipment for over twenty years, and both firms are highly visible and respected. The new agreements confirm and solidify API’s commitment to satisfying the demand for its unique brand of warm analog processing in every market where professional recordings are made.

Tónastö?in’s customers originally made the recommendation that the firm start carrying API gear. “With a total population of only just over 300,000, Iceland is a relatively small market,” said Andrés Helgason of Tónastö?in. “So you might say that most, if not all, musicians and audio engineers in Iceland are quite familiar with Tónastö?in. We have great access to the studio world here and are therefore in a good position to promote API.” Tónastö?in will begin selling API rack equipment and 500-series modules.

VGL is an audio-visual system integrator, and its audio division specializes in professional, high-end equipment for recording studios, broadcast studios, live sound, and installed sound. “Like our customers, we are passionate about audio and so we have a deep appreciation for their needs,” said Daniel Vinagre of VGL. “In addition to our sales team, we have a customer support team that is ready to provide after-sale assistance. That helps to earn customer loyalty and repeat sales. We’re excited to work with API because their gear has a unique sound that is full of character and that serves very well in an integrated analog/digital studio.” VGL will distribute the entire API line, from the smallest 500-series module to the small-frame 1608 console to the grand API Vision and Legacy consoles.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment. www.apiaudio.com

Village of Niles To Begin Live Coverage of Council Meetings with Broadcast Pix System

Billerica, Massachusetts – When the Village of Niles, Ill., built its Village Hall in the mid 1990’s, officials had no interest in recording or broadcasting its meetings. In the last few years, however, changes to the local political landscape prompted a new attitude – and the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department was tasked with retrofitting the council chambers and building a video production system from scratch. Now, the village is preparing to broadcast its first meeting with a system built around a Broadcast Pix™ Mica™ 2000 Video Production Center™.

The project had a number of challenges, including a limited budget and no dedicated staff in place to operate the system. The final solution needed to be powerful enough to create compelling coverage, yet simple enough to be operated by one person with minimal training.

“This had to be easy to operate and it had to be as consolidated as possible. The Mica is what made it all possible,” explained Bill Shaw, MIS director for the Village of Niles, which is north of Chicago and has a population near 30,000.

“It’s only because of the integration in the Mica,” added Steve Cusick, systems engineer. “It allows us to make a consistent on-air product, regardless of who is behind the switcher and how much experience they have.”

Shaw and Cusick engineered and installed the system. In an effort to manage costs, every line item – from cables to cameras – was sent out to bid to more than three dozen vendors. In the end, 14 vendors provided various equipment for the project. While Shaw admitted it was a “very complicated” process, it was also the only way the village could afford a system that would meet their objectives.

While the village has been training on the system since late September, it will be used to broadcast its first meeting in December. Meetings will be available in HD for live streaming and video-on-demand on the village’s Web site, and will be broadcast live and rebroadcast in SD on the village’s PEG cable channel.

The large closet containing the audio rack for the Council Chambers in Village Hall was converted to serve as the control room. The council chambers are equipped with four Panasonic HD robotic cameras that are controlled through the Mica; a projector in chambers is another source that can be accessed through the switcher. Mica’s built-in Fluent-View provides customized multi-view monitoring over two LCD touch-screens in the control room, while the integrated Inscriber CG is used for titles and credits.

With Fluent™ Macros, production complexities have been programmed into user-friendly macros to automate meeting coverage as much as possible. As a result, Shaw said, village staff with minimal training can produce a quality broadcast. Cusick and Shaw have created macros to move and switch cameras, add graphics, trigger breaks, and even turn off the cameras after a meeting.

“We realized the only product out there that met our goals was Broadcast Pix. We designed the entire solution around the Mica,” said Cusick. “It’s easy to use, with built-in automation with macros and integrated camera control. It was really the right solution for us.”

About Broadcast Pix
The leader in live video production systems, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and device control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays that enable operators to create with confidence. That confidence is further enhanced with rock-solid stability, patented technologies to maintain lip sync, and great technical support. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to sophisticated 2 M/E control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, religious, government, webcast, entertainment and mobile studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Mica, Fluent, and Video Control Centers are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

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