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SYMETRIX LAUNCHES SYMNET TELEPHONE INTERFACE CARD

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix announces the release of the 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card for SymNet. The card integrates a complete set of PSTN telephony functions into SymNet Edge and Radius AEC systems configured for teleconferencing. The initial rollout includes US FCC Part 68 certification and Industry Canada CS-03 Part I.

The telephone card’s robust feature set includes incoming call detection and answering, DTMF-dialing, speed-dialing, re-dialing, DTMF decoding, do not disturb, caller-ID reception, call progress detection, and continuous line status and fault monitoring.

Telco connections use standard RJ-11 jacks with parallel set connections per line for a physical handset, a dialer, or an ADA-compliant visual or audible device. As with all SymNet modular cards, the 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card may be installed in the field by a certified technician.

Beyond teleconferencing, the card is also intended for use in paging, broadcast feed, and remote system monitoring applications.

Paul Roberts, Symetrix CEO, noted, “The 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card is the nextstep in our audio teleconferencing product developments. Integrators and consultants in North America can now design and deliver teleconferencing systems using SymNet AEC and analog telephone interface technology deployed on our Edge and Radius AEC hardware platforms.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

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SYMETRIX DEBUTS DEDICATED AEC PROCESSOR

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix announces delivery of the SymNet Radius AEC, a core acoustic echo-cancelling device for deployment in teleconferencing installations of any size. The 1U rack unit contains eight mic/line wideband echo cancellers, eight line outputs, and four auxiliary line inputs. Application specific input or output expansion of a single Radius AEC is facilitated with a configurable slot supporting any SymNet I/O card including the recently released 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface.

As a building block in larger systems Radius AEC uses Dante for network audio connections to additional Radius or SymNet Edge DSPs, and to the cost-effective SymNet 12-channel I/O expanders.

Paul Roberts, Symetrix CEO was quick to point out, “We designed mega DSP into this box. In addition to the eight full-band, low-latency channels with direct outputs, we have a flexible general purpose DSP to handle all the other processing that is truly required to support high-intelligibility speech and effective communications. Corporate and educational end users are raising the bar every day. We purposefully designed Radius AEC to stay ahead of the curve.”

As with all SymNet DSP products using Composer open architecture software, Radius AEC supports an array of user controls including the ARC-WEB browser, ARC wall panels, SymVue custom user screens, and third party touchscreens.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

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POST KATRINA, JOE BROWN MEMORIAL PARK RE-OPENS WITH SR SYSTEMS CENTERED ON ASHLY

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – APRIL 2013: Hurricane Katrina and the levee failures it caused left Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in east New Orleans under seven feet of water. The water sat for weeks, leaving everything below its depths to rust and rot. The march toward full recovery has advanced slowly but steadily, and now Joe Brown Park is not only back, it’s better than it was in the summer of 2005, before the fateful hurricane made landfall. Nike, the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Drew Brees Foundation joined the city to help fund the $23 million rehab, which includes a new football field and a new track and soccer field. Local A/V integration firm Technical Services Group (TSG) designed and installed sound reinforcement systems for both areas, relying on Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control to provide a pair of complementary system that – although different “under the hood” – function identically from the user’s perspective.

“I grew up in New Orleans, and I played high school baseball at Joe Brown Park,” said Patrick Meek, vice president of sales and marketing at TSG, who, together with A/V designer, Scott Richard won the bid and saw the project through to completion. “Being a part of this project was important to me personally. Moreover, it’s a high-profile job that’s being funded by some very big organizations. We worked hard to create a powerful, reliable system on budget, and Ashly’s performance per dollar, for processing, amplification, and user control, was a significant part of our success.”

Because an endless parade of different, non-technically-inclined teachers, park officials, parents, and others would need to be able to reliably use the systems, they had to be completely intuitive. TSG therefore led with the Ashly RW-8C, a four-gang wall plate with eight programmable channel faders and a programmable master fader, each with an on/off button. “The two systems operate as equals from the user’s perspective,” said Meek. “They can walk into either one and understand that the various available microphones and input sources, all labeled on the RW-8C, can be turned on or off and turned up or turned down. Behind the scenes, the processing, amplification, and loudspeakers are different between the two systems, but that’s invisible to them.”

The football field uses an Ashly ne24.24M processor configured with twelve inputs and eight outputs. A Denon CD player joins two Sennheiser HMD-Series headset microphones, a handheld Sennheiser e 935 microphone for vocals, and two Lectrosonics Venue-Series wireless microphones (a belt-pack transmitter lavalier system) and a handheld microphone transmitter at the inputs. Three QSC ISA-Series amplifiers power a Community array composed of two R2-77z, two R2-94z, and two R2-52z loudspeakers. In contrast, the track and field uses an Ashly Pema 8250.70 combination amplifier/processor together with a Protea processing-equipped Ashly ne2400.pe for both signal conditioning, mixing, and power. Again, a Denon CD player allows for music playback, a Sennheiser HMD-Series headset, and a wired Sennheiser e935 microphone provides input for vocals, but this time those inputs are joined by Sennheiser ew-Series wireless lavalier and handheld microphones. Two Community R.5-66TZ and two Community R.5-94TZ loudspeakers complete the system.

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

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MUSICIANS INSTITUTE OF LOS ANGELES INSTALLS API 1608 FOR AUDIO ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROGRAM

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 2013: A 32-channel 1608 console will contribute to the education of many audio engineering students at the Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music for years to come. The 1608 console can be found in Studio C of the college and was installed in the beginning of January, just in time for the spring semester.

The school, located in Los Angeles, has been an important part of music education in southern California since the late 70s and offers a variety of programs, such as Guitar Craft, Music Industry and Audio Engineering, where the 1608 will be used. Approximately two hundred students are currently enrolled in the Audio Engineering program.

The console was sold and installed by Westlake Pro, an API dealer located in North Hollywood. The 1608 was selected to replace the aging large format console in Studio C after a complete rework of the patch bay. “The API was chosen based on recommendations. When we decided to get a new console, many of the instructors requested an API. The final decision was made by our previous program chair after discussing the options with Westlake,” said Krystal Schafer, studio manager.

“The API 1608 is perfect for teaching classic, all-analog, signal chain theory, operation and patch bay to MI’s beginning audio engineering students,” says instructor Barry Rudolph. “The Practical Recording Class is one of the first exposures they have to professional recording consoles.”

Audio Engineering students will learn the basics of the 1608 console in the Practical Recording course during their first quarter and will dive deeper into recording during their second quarter in the Mixing and Mastering course. Students are also able to book studio time on weekends to practice and work on projects.

“API was the overwhelming choice, as everyone involved knew of the API 1608’s value as a high-quality, easy-to-use, great-sounding, traditional recording console,” said Gadget Hopkins of Westlake Pro. “The API 1608’s rich heritage, based off the renowned vintage 1604, is classic API sound and quality, while adding new modern features that are valuable for today’s engineers, producers and musicians. These features fit the schools requirements for their curriculum perfectly.”

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

Nest Learning Thermostat Now Available at AVAD

Custom electronics distributor offers thermostat that programs itself, saves energy.

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 22, 2013 – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading providers of custom electronics, has announced it now offers dealers access to the award-winning Nest® Learning Thermostat™ from Nest Labs. Compatible with 95 percent of low-voltage heating and cooling systems, the Nest Learning Thermostat remembers what temperatures homeowners like, creates a custom schedule for their home, and turns itself down when they are away.

The Nest Learning Thermostat is designed to address the reality of home energy consumption: that the thermostat controls about half of the average home’s power—more than appliances, lighting, TVs, computers and stereos combined. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that programmable thermostats can save home energy bills up to 20% annually by eliminating excessive heating or cooling. The Nest Learning Thermostat enables energy saving features that are specific to each customer by using sensors and software algorithms to monitor usage patterns and measure each home’s thermal profile.

“AVAD values the Nest mission of getting serious about saving people money by continually working to perfect home energy efficiency,” said Hugh Hughes, Director of Merchandising at AVAD. “We are expanding our home control and HVAC portfolio in an effort to expand the AVAD vision of Custom Install 2.0 that helps integrators stay ahead of the competition by bringing exciting, trending products to all of our customers.”

The Nest Learning Thermostat connects to Wi-Fi and can be controlled from anywhere using a smartphone or tablet. The Nest app is available for iOS and Android devices for free. Nest’s unique features can help save energy and keep customers comfortable. The device includes a host of proprietary features that are capable of managing heating and cooling units including gas, electric, oil, solar, hot water, geothermal, forced air, heat pump and radiant systems:

• Auto-Schedule™- No more programming hassles. Nest learns the temperatures you like and programs itself.
• Auto-Away™- Nest automatically turns itself to an energy-saving temp when you’re not home.
• Airwave™- Automatically turns off the AC a few minutes early, but keeps the fan running. The air stays cool but your AC runs up to 30% less.
• Energy History- See when heating and cooling were on and what affected your energy use.
• Nest Leaf- Appears when you turn Nest to a temperature that’s energy efficient, guiding you to energy savings.
• System Match™- Make sure you’re getting the most out of your high-efficiency system. System Match turns on specific features for forced air, heat pump or radiant to help you save and keep you comfortable.
• Remote Control- Connect Nest to Wi-Fi to change the temp or adjust your schedule from a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

For more information on Nest, visit the manufacturer’s website at http://www.nest.com.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Nest
Nest is focused on addressing home-energy consumption with an elegantly designed solution – one that people actually enjoy using. Founded by Apple alums Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, Nest brings together a world-class team with the broad backgrounds needed to deliver an amazing product that blends technology with ease of use. Nest is privately funded and based in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit http://www.nest.com.

Atlona(R) Appoints Director of Finance and Director of Human Resources

SAN JOSE, Calif. — April 24, 2013 — Atlona(R) today announced that it has appointed Kelly Hicks as the company’s director of finance and Jessica Mansfield as the director of human resources. Hicks will oversee the company’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, purchasing, and order administration functions while Mansfield will be responsible for Atlona’s human resource policies, programs, and services. As the company continues to grow, Atlona’s goal is to redefine its internal structure to better serve its customers and partners. more

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API 1608 CONSOLE INSTALLED AT UPSTATE NEW YORK’S SOUNDSCAPE STUDIO

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – APRIL 2013: James Calabrese, owner of Soundscape in Buffalo, New York has purchased a 32-channel 1608 with an expander. The veteran composer, engineer and studio-owner chose the 1608 console as the prized piece of his upstate New York dwelling.

“I first heard an API when I was in New York helping to cut tracks for Miki Howard’s debut album Come Share My Love and the engineer used a Lunchbox to EQ the massive electric piano part,” says Calabrese. He has been in the market ever since.

His studio also features other API gear such as the 3124 four-channel mic pre, a 500V rack, and four 550 EQ’s, as well as two 525 compressors, now in the console. The console was purchased from API rep, Vintage King of Detroit.

James started as a composer, where he recorded original music for commercials, corporate and broadcast video scoring, in pop, rock, jazz, and classical styles. Some clients include Fisher Price, Hasbro, Xerox, Kodak, Phillips Electronics, and artists like Pointer Sisters, Ray Charles, and the Goo Goo Dolls. He even co-wrote the track, Where You Are on Whitney Houston’s multi-platinum second album, Whitney. “I’ve collaborated with New York composer Ken Higgins to score a few films and documentaries along with the globally-syndicated miniseries Hemmingway for Daniel Wilson Productions,” he says of his experiences.

As of late, he has completed sessions on his new 1608 with pianist arranger transcriber Krista Seddon, remixed a tune for LA-based guitarist Michael Campagna for a Varese Sarabande library, and has also mixed an Old Navy commercial.

“There really wasn’t any other choice,” says Calabrese. “I’m still only at the beginning of my knowledge of the 1608; still learning the center section, love the sound, love the build quality and I’m looking forward to some larger tracking sessions in the next few months. I liked the fact that API was going to be around a while. I wanted a desk that I’d probably keep the rest of my career.”

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

Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights Tour Hits the Road with Renewed Vision

Music director and video director both using ProPresenter 5 in new ways on Contemporary Christian music’s biggest tour

ATLANTA, Georgia — When Chris Tomlin’s latest album, Burning Lights, was released this past January, it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, making it only the fourth Christian album in history to do so. To support the new album, Tomlin and his band are once again back out on the road for a two-month, 36-date U.S. arena tour, and along with them for the trek is Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter 5 lyric and media presentation software. more

AES Announces Sponsors For 134th Convention In Rome

New Sponsorship Program Bringing Businesses Into The Convention in New Ways

Berklee College of Music & RCF Take Gold Sponsorships

ROME: “The AES has always been the place for the audio industry to promote innovation, education, and best practices,” states Executive Director Bob Moses. “In the past, the exhibition provided a platform for companies to showcase the latest and most advanced technologies for recording, live sound, broadcast and related audio fields. But during the past decade, e-commerce, social networking, mobile platforms, economic struggles, and the increasingly rapid pace in which we work, have coalesced into a total game changer. We’re exploring a number of new ways AES can serve businesses at the convention and beyond. These initiatives are part of our new convention sponsorship program.”

Moses underscores the growing need for companies to cut through the ubiquitous online chatter to reach key customers and decision makers. “Many companies want to deliver the message that their brands stand for quality and innovation. And they realize that our industry is driven by advancing technology — innovation fuels growth. AES is the ideal place to promote a healthy audio ecosystem. Sponsored on-site training sessions and focused demos are two examples of this AES/business partnership.” Our evolving role is to nurture a vigorous community for audio professionals who demand high quality audio equipment and keep the bar high for the audio profession across the board.

“A look at the list of sponsors for the 134th Convention in Rome, will reveal astute companies partnering with AES to deliver important audio training, support standards activities, promote their brands, and supporting us because they love what AES does” Moses said.

The sponsors of the 134th Convention in Rome are:

Audio Precision, Audiomatica Srl, bd Sound, B&C Speakers, Berklee College Of Music (Gold), CharterOak, Crane Song Ltd., EKO Music Group spa, Fairlight Europe, Klippel GmbH, LAMBDA srl, Link, Microtech Gefell GmbH, Pro Audio Consulting srl, RCF (Gold), Thrax Audio Ltd., Trinnov Audio and ZP Engineering srl.

“Italian company, RCF, and the Berklee College of Music came in especially strong as our Gold Sponsors, and we are delighted to welcome them as our Convention partners,” said Convention Chairman Umberto Zanghieri. “RCF has been a leader in the development of world-class speakers, studio monitors and live sound technology for concerts, tours and theatrical performances for more than 60 years. Over the past 50 years, Berklee College of Music has evolved to a position as the world’s premier learning lab for the music of today and tomorrow. These two industry leaders top a list of eighteen outstanding sponsors committed to making the 134th AES Convention – May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre an unforgettable event.”

In acknowledging their Gold Sponsorship, RCF Head of Marketing, Gioia Molinari remarked, “The AES is essential for engaging with our peers, developing new associations, revitalizing long-standing friendships, and participating in extraordinary Live Sound events, Workshops, Tutorials, and high level social networking activities. We are pleased to lend our support to this irreplaceable organization.”

Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus Director for Technology Innovation Stephen Webber adds, “In supporting our mandate for providing students with the highest standards in music education, we find AES Conventions invaluable for developing high level mentoring opportunities, for acquiring insights into technology, standards and best practices, and for providing a unique environment for students to engage with a diverse range of industry professionals.”

“We salute our sponsors and we will make every effort to ‘over-deliver’ in our efforts to serve them at the Convention,” Moses concluded. “We hope other companies jump on-board the sponsorship bandwagon at future events so we can collaborate on keeping our industry smart and strong.”

For details visit the Preliminary Events Calendar at: http://www.aes.org/events/134/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photos: RCF and Berklee College of Music Logos

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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New iRidium mobile driver development kit enables faster, easier AV system automation and control

iRidium for AV and Custom Systems module provides faster, easier project creation and advanced control of any automation system and AV equipment from any device using any graphical user interface

 Nizhny Tagil, Russia – April 24, 2013 iRidium mobile Ltd., the dynamic and rapidly evolving developer of iRidium, an App-based software package that enables the simplified control and automation of AV equipment from any device or interface, announces today that the company has released impressive new driver creation capabilities and associated functionality as part of the iRidium for AV and Custom Systems software tools package.

Available for immediate download and use by integrators worldwide, the iRidium for AV and Custom Systems module further expands the robust capabilities of iRidium’s highly functional all-in-one App-based software package by adding TCP-IP, RS232 and IR control. Consisting of iRidium’s Driver Development Kit (DDK) and a constantly evolving database of script drivers, the iRidium for AV and Custom Systems module allows integrators to create drivers to automate and control any type of AV or Custom systems.

Enabling integrators to quickly and easily create advanced custom interfaces for their clients to utilize and enjoy, iRidium for AV and Custom Systems provides:

  • Control of AV equipment via iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, Mac, Android, and Windows XP/7/8 devices
  • Full 2-way communication
  • IR database including more than 100,000+ IR codes
  • Growing library of iRidium Scripts that enable the creation of scenes and macros

Delivering unrivaled multiplatformity and elegantly styled customizable graphical user interfaces, iRidium for AV and Custom Systems operates on iRidium V2.0.7 and provides integrators the ability to combine the functionalities of disparate and varied electronics systems components into a single, easily managed project. This enables an entire system to be operated by control panels, touch panels, tablets, devices and gadgets, and allows integrators to deliver unique functionality for each location, device or end user to use as desired or required.

iRidium for AV and Custom Systems is now available for integrators worldwide and can be downloaded from the products page within the iRidium mobile website: www.iridiummobile.net/products/native-drivers/. Constantly evolving to meet the demands of today’s hyper-connected society, iRidium products are currently compatible with Crestron, KNX, AMX, Lutron, My Home, Global Cache’, HDL, Clipsal, Modbus, Helvar, Domintell and Weinzierl. Other brands will be added as they are collectively tested and approved.

Designed to be flexible yet functional, the iRidium software package and all of the associated tools are easily operated by individuals with varying degrees of technical knowledge. Interested parties are encouraged to learn more about iRidium mobile on the web by visiting www.iridiummobile.net or by writing to contact@iridiummobile.ru.

 

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