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Extron Now Shipping Economical Wall Mount HDMI Twisted Pair Extender

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP HDMI 230 D, a Decora®-style transmitter and receiver set for transmission of HDMI, audio, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR control signals up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable. The HDCP-compliant extender provides an economical and effective means for extending HDMI with embedded multi-channel audio from HDMI-equipped devices. In addition, the DTP HDMI 230 D accepts analog stereo audio signals and digitizes them for simultaneous transmission over the same twisted pair cable. The wall-mountable design and remote power capability make the DTP HDMI 230 D ideal for extending HDMI, audio, and bidirectional control while offering aesthetically pleasing integration in space-challenged environments.

“AV system designers need the flexibility be able to place input and output connection points right where they are needed,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The DTP HDMI 230 D achieves this with a wall-mountable design, allowing for convenient installation while also sending HDMI video, audio, and bidirectional control signals over a single twisted pair cable and ensuring optimal signal quality.”

This extender streamlines integration with analog and digital audio signals. It allows a direct analog audio connection from devices with stereo output, such as desktop computers or laptops, and provides balanced and unbalanced audio output from the receiver. Additionally, the DTP HDMI 230 D continuously maintains DDC communication of EDID and HDCP between a source and display for reliable operation, ensuring direct compatibility and optimal signal transmission between devices.

The DTP HDMI 230 D is compatible with CAT 5e, CAT 6, and CAT 7 twisted pair cable, and can be used as a point-to-point solution or integrated with an HDMI matrix switcher to extend inputs or outputs to remote locations. It supports signal resolutions up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K, and supports HDMI specification features including data rates up to 6.75 Gbps, Deep Color up to 12-bit, 3D, HD lossless audio formats, and CEC. For added flexibility, either the transmitter or receiver can be powered over the original twisted pair cable, allowing both devices to share one external power supply. Both devices are available separately, and may be mixed and matched with the desktop DTP HDMI 230 transmitter or receiver to suit the installation requirements of a specific application.

POWERSOFT EFFICIENCY DRIVES WEST VIRGINIA CHURCH P.A. DESIGN

Lewisburg, WV, May 2013 – Lewisburg Baptist Church in Lewisburg, WV unveiled its recently completed building and a brand new sound system driven by three Powersoft M Series HDSP+ETH amplifiers on Easter Sunday. Icon Media of Buford, GA provided design and installation of the church’s new audio system, which also features a Renkus-Heinz CF/CFX Series modular point source speaker array, in addition to lighting, video projection, AV recording and web streaming equipment.

Chris Austin, President, Icon Media, relates that he included the Powersoft amplifiers in the system design for a number of reasons: “Rack space saving, power efficiency that is second to none and Powersoft’s damping control.” All Powersoft M Series class D amplifiers offer maximum efficiency yet minimal weight in a compact 1RU form factor. Integrated damping control compensates for the DC resistance typically associated with low impedance speaker circuits associated with subwoofer or low frequency speakers.

“The overall sound is amazing, the DSP has all the power that we need and the networkability is fantastic,” adds Austin. “But one of Powersoft’s greatest assets is Ken Blecher, the company’s executive vice president. He was always available for assistance and to help with any questions that arose during this, and all other projects where Powersoft amplifiers were used.”

A Powersoft M50Q HDSP+ETH four-channel amplifier drives the Renkus-Heinz CF101 mid/high cabinets, while an M30Q HDSP+ETH two-channel amplifier powers the CF15S subwoofers. The arrays are flown in a left-right configuration above the raised stage in the church’s 600-seat auditorium. A Powersoft M28Q HDSP+ETH four-channel amplifier provides power to a pair of wedge monitors, two flown choir monitors and a number of Galaxy Audio Hot Spot vocal monitors.

The HDSP+ETH digital signal processing and Ethernet connectivity options provide unparalleled levels of control and monitoring through Powersoft’s Armonía Pro Audio Suite™ software. Having used Armonía to optimize the speaker system, Austin made sure that no one could tamper with the DSP settings. “We left no interface connected to it, so nobody can go in and alter the settings,” he reports.

Austin is so pleased with the performance and quality of Powersoft’s entire range that the amplifiers are now his first choice for any system design. “We had been using another brand pretty exclusively for the last several years when I heard about Powersoft. The rep delivered some samples to us, and after using the software and listening to them we were so impressed that we decided to switch all of our system spec’s over; now we’re specifying Powersoft on all of our systems. We have not been disappointed,” he says, also noting, “Their customer service is excellent.”

In addition to the PA system, Icon Media also supplied Sennheiser wireless for the pastor and his team and Audix wired microphones for the choir. A PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2 digital mixing console that the church had previously purchased controls the entire set-up. Audio from the console is fed to a video switcher that distributes sound and picture to displays in the nursery, foyer and other parts of the building. The AV signal is also recorded into a Mac Mini computer and sent to the web as an H.264 stream. Icon also supplied and installed Chauvet COLORado 1 LED lighting fixtures, a JVC HD camera, a Christie HD projector and a Stewart Da-Lite projection screen.

“It’s not one of our driving design goals but we did try to keep everything very energy efficient and ‘green.’ That goes a long way with everyone,” says Austin. “We rocked their world!”

About Powersoft:

Powersoft is a well-established company serving the professional audio market for the past 18 years. The company designs and produces lightweight, high power, energy efficient, single rack space amplifiers and amplifiers modules. With Headquarters in Florence (Italy) and offices in Ventura, CA (USA), Powersoft associates the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio performance and high reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to places of worship, convention centers and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft web site @ www.powersoft-audio.com

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134th AES Convention Draws Int’l Pro Audio Community To Rome

High Level Dialogues On Loudness, Digital Cinema & Spatial Audio

ROME: “Our 134th convention exceeded expectations in every way,” reports AES executive director Bob Moses. “Our 4 day program of over 150 workshops, tutorials and round table discussions on digital cinema, loudness, spatial audio and other timely topics, packed our presentation rooms. In addition to a solid pro industry turnout, we attracted many enthusiastic students whose quest for information and mentors was palpable. Our sponsors were uniformly pleased with the new customers in attendance throughout the Convention. I feel confident that we are on a good path in Europe and look forward to expanding this new AES model in future years,” he adds.

The 134th AES Convention was held May 4 -7, 2013 at Rome’s Fontana di Trevi Conference Centre. Under the guidance of Convention Chair, Umberto Zangheri, the Convention program presented attendees with the opportunity to discuss the issues that impact the vitality of the pro audio industry.

“This Convention provided a unique environment for deliberating hot issues, and incubating future innovation and growth in the pro audio industry,” Moses states. “Many events were educational in nature, bringing professionals up to speed on important topics. Many others crystallized critical technical milestones in rapidly evolving fields such as Digital Cinema. One of our missions is to take all this amazing mental power in our industry and turn it into new standards and best practices. The work in the Digital Cinema community is a prime example of this synergy. They’re not just talking about the future; they’re making it happen in our meeting rooms. It’s very important work!” he adds.

Brian McCarty, chair of the AES Technical Committee of Sound For Digital Cinema and Television reports, “the standing-room only attendance for virtually all our Sound for Pictures Track events was augmented by the fact that these meetings were extremely productive in terms of producing demonstrable findings to support our Standards Committee activities.”

Following through on his promise to serve businesses in new ways, Moses says the decision not to have an exhibition floor was deliberate. “I wanted to test a model based on sponsorship,” he said, “in contrast to a traditional exhibition. This event and venue was a good opportunity for such a test. If you look at what our sponsors did – training, product placement, and so on, you can see some very interesting and creative ways for AES to serve them.

“I’m very grateful to these companies for supporting us and coming out to play,” Moses adds. “I heard many success stories from them, and I’m looking forward to stepping our sponsor program up another level in 2014.”

Commenting on her reaction to the Convention, Gioia Molinari, Head of Marketing for Gold Sponsor, RCF remarked, “The emphasis on serious industry issues and meaningful technical dialogues distinguished this event from the new product introduction focus of many large scale conventions. The AES European gathering is sized and designed to establish critical new business relationships and, to help us assess where the industry is headed technically. We were extremely pleased with the quality of the attendees and the genuine enthusiasm expressed by our co-sponsors. This was one of the most productive and stimulating Conventions we have participated in.”

“AES Conventions are unsurpassed environments for student interaction,” said Stephen Webber, Gold Sponsor, Berklee College of Music’s Valencia Campus Director for Technology Innovation. “These are the kinds of events, which inspire dialogues that spark creative breakthroughs. The students we engaged with were bright, inquisitive and, grateful for the opportunity to meet with both their international peers and the industry professionals who are pioneering the changes which are moving our industry forward.”

“The AES Rome Convention technical program focus appealed to us as a manufacturer,” said CharterOak President Michael Deming. “The format successfully allowed us to present our products in a focused way in two technical training sessions ‘Intelligent Compression In the Analog Domain’ and ‘Wide Bandwidth Equalization in the Analog Domain.’ Our presentation room was filled with industry pioneers, working professionals and wide-eyed students, creating an environment for training and technical discussions, that doesn’t happen on a crowded exhibits floor,” Deming adds.

AES President, Frank Wells concludes, “In the marketplace of ideas, the 134th Convention proved that the AES remains professional audio’s prime source for the fundamental information, leading edge technology and technique, standards and practices-AES convention attendees have the information available to allow them lead the curve while others follow.”

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1. Keynote crowd at 134th AES Convention in Rome
2. Members of the 134th AES Convention team in Rome
3. 134th AES Convention co-sponsor, CharterOak, President, Michael Deming during a presentation in Rome.

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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Technomad Advanced Audio Solution Brings New Energy to Texas School District Athletic Programs

Covenant Communications relies on Technomad’s all-inclusive, outdoor audio solution for batting cages; installation follows several previous sports audio upgrades

BOSTON, May 28, 2013 — Houston-area systems design and integration firm Covenant Communications has gradually transformed sports audio for the Alvin Independent School District in southern Texas in recent years, installing Technomad advanced audio loudspeakers across baseball and softball fields, a large football stadium and other athletic venues to improve quality and coverage.

Covenant Communications extended those audio benefits to the new batting cages at Manvel High School this spring, injecting fresh energy into the arduous drill of batting practice. The Technomad solution here covers all the bases, bringing together two full-range loudspeakers, an outdoor amplifier and a flexible audio control system. All components are completely weatherproof for protection against the heat, humidity and moisture of the harsh coastal-area climate.

“Technomad is the only choice for us in the weatherproof loudspeaker category, but we weren’t sure how to power a system in this situation,” said Shawn Mullins, President, Covenant Communications. “The batting cages are typically designed as a metal structure with a roof, open sides, a chain link fence and nets to catch the balls. We knew whatever we put out there would be exposed to moisture, severe thunderstorms and occasional hurricane-force winds and rains. We wanted to find something we could bolt down, plug in and leave alone.”

Mullins quickly discovered the Technomad PowerChiton, a series of compact, weatherproof amplifier modules that contractors can install outdoors and close to loudspeakers. The series also now includes the PowerChiton BreakoutBox, a similarly designed module offering accessible microphone and media player connections, audio control and device storage. The solution removes the need for a separate equipment rack and power source, with a single cable providing direct connection to the amplifier module.

“The PowerChiton was the only option we found outside the conventional mindset,” said Mullins. “It blends in well with other electrical equipment boxes; most people don’t even realize it’s there. It also completely eliminated the need for a portable PA system. We didn’t want to force coaches to roll in an equipment rack every time students wanted music.”

And the students are certainly getting music. Two Technomad Noho loudspeakers are positioned to the left and right sides, splitting the distance to the center of the cages. The broad dispersion provides even coverage throughout, immersing batters in the auditory experience.

Mullins used Technomad outdoor yoke mounts to hang the Nohos, citing ease of angling as a major benefit. “The yokes allow us to tilt the loudspeakers to whatever point we need, and it also saves us the time of custom fabricating mounting equipment,” he said. “It’s a simple point-blank hang, reinforced with a safety cable.”

Ultimately, the many Technomad installations across the Alvin School District are representative of an organization that takes pride in its sporting programs. Alvin Memorial Stadium is the showcase of these installations, featuring five Technomad Berlin outdoor loudspeakers – the largest in the company’s portfolio – spreading even coverage of intelligible voice and full-range music across the large venue.

“Sporting programs are very prominent in Texas, and this school district has been aggressive with integrating technology into their venues,” said Mullins. “And the Technomads have performed very well. We have had some of their loudspeakers outside in a hostile weather environment for seven or eight years, and we’ve never had any performance issues.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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DPA’s d:facto™ II Vocal Microphone Wins New Fans In Belgium

Belgian sound engineer Joris Verniest, from betterliVe.be, has been introducing DPA Microphones’ new d:facto II Vocal Microphone to some of the country’s top bands after being blown away by the natural sound quality it delivers on the live stage.

DPA’s Belgian distributor Amptec gave Verniest the first DPA d:facto II Vocal Microphone in the country to demo and since then he has been using it for a wide variety of gigs and with many different artists.

“It doesn’t matter what situation I put it in – whether it is a small club, a big outside stage such as the Pukkelpop festival, with wedges or in-ear – I have consistently got great results,” Verniest explains. “The vocals are incredibly clear through my mix and there is very little crosstalk from the drums or guitar amps. I even recorded some gigs in multitrack to compare the d:facto with other microphones and there was a huge difference in terms of crosstalk, with the d:facto coming out much better.”

Joris Verniest’s recently used the DPA d:facto II Vocal Microphone at a concert for Belgian Indie Rock band Het Zesde Metaal at the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. The band was playing with a string quartet and acoustic piano, both of which were also miked with DPA – d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for the string quartet and a stereo pair of DPA 4021 Compact Cardioid microphones for the piano.

“In general I use the d:facto II Vocal Microphone with DPA’s wired handle, but I do like the concept of the adapter system that makes it compatible with most commonly used wireless systems,” Verniest says. “I’ve always been a big fan of DPA’s sound quality and have quite a collection of DPA mics. That’s why I was so interested to try the new d:facto Vocal Microphone.”

Among the bands that Verniest has introduced to the DPA d:facto Vocal Microphone are Customs, The Bony King of Nowhere, Renée and Sherman.

“All of these artists have really noticed a difference and have been very happy with the clarity d:facto delivers to their vocals,” he adds. “Sherman, for example, wanted his vocals to be very loud and clear and the d:facto helped me achieve that without sounding hollow or being on the edge of feedback.”

Verniest adds that although some singers take a little while to get used to the d:facto Vocal Microphone, they soon realise that what they are hearing through the wedges or in-ear is far superior in terms of sound quality.

“I’ve even had house technicians and monitor engineers commenting on the great sound,” he says. “And when you even get members of the audience telling you they appreciated the quality of the vocals, you know you are on to a good thing!”

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Lightware Now Shipping MODEX Family of Modular Signal Extenders

Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering, is now shipping the Modular Extender (MODEX) family of external signal extenders with modular capabilities. MODEX live demos will be shown in the Lightware booth at InfoComm13, June 8-14 at the Orange Country Convention Center in Orlando booth # 4180.

The first product family of its kind, MODEX works in tandem with Lightware’s 25G Hybrid line of digital matrix switchers or act as standalone extenders offering great flexibility to users who need to transport digital and analog video, audio or data signals over a single Cat5/6/7 or fiber cable.

MODEX eliminates the need to invest in discrete units for extending and switching different audio, video and control signal types. With MODEX customers specify the modules needed for a custom built solution.

To customize MODEX users choose a media core (single or duplex fiber or CAT5/6/7 twisted pair cable), select one or two video and audio modules (analog VGA, Interlaced Composite Video, DVI, dual-link DVI, HDMI 1.4 with 3D, SDI, 3G-SDI and/or Displayport 1.2) and choose up to four interface modules for ethernet, control or optional audio.

The technology built into the MODEX family breaks many standard limitations allowing 60-meter DVI cable on input; advanced EDID management; pixel-accurate reclocking; LAN, RS-232, RS-422, IR, CEC and USB control; fiber cable powering and more.

MODEX comes in 1/2RU and 1RU frames. The one-unit extender has the bigger media core, which allows two video and audio modules and four interface modules. The front panel has an additional 10/100/1000 Mbps ethernet port and USB KVM connectors. The half-unit extender has the same functionality but allows one video and audio module and two interface modules; its front panel has an additional 10/100 Mbps ethernet port and USB KVM connectors. Both size frames may be either a video transmitter or receiver depending on the installed video and audio module.

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.

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VCore Controller from Alcorn McBride Makes InfoComm13 Debut

Alcorn McBride’s newest addition to the company’s control product line will debut at InfoComm in booth 2504, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. VCore’s form factor is unlike anything on the market. It is a sleek and powerful device that provides solid reliable control of museum exhibits, kiosks, retail outlets, and also works as a subsystem controller.

VCore is the smallest controller in the line, recommended for up to ten devices, and delivers the same rock-solid performance that’s synonymous with the Alcorn McBride brand. Weighing only three pounds, VCore is compact yet contains many of the high-level features found in Alcorn McBride’s larger V Series controllers: Ethernet, real time clock scheduler, incoming message processing, online programming interface, Touch Panel integration and more.

VCore can be programmed with Timeline in minutes to command any exhibit area, kiosk, or other standard AV system. Timeline offers a flexible way to program events and supports hundreds of time-based and event-based sequences and hundreds of timelines. This product also works seamlessly with Touch software to create customizable user interfaces. Touch software runs on ShowTouch hardware, now offered in 7”, 10”, and 17” models, or any iOS device.

VCore mounts on a standard 35mm DIN rail. With its sleek solid state design, it offers superior performance and operation that will outlast the life of its application.

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications.  Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market.  A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design.  The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide.  For more information, visit www.alcorn.com. 

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Jünger Audio Unveils the V*AP Voice Processor To Asian Broadcasters

Dynamics specialist Jünger Audio will be showing its new V*AP two channel voice processor at Broadcast Asia 2013 (Booth 5E6-01). This will give broadcasters in the region their first opportunity to view a product that is specifically designed to make life easier for engineers working in radio stations and TV production voice-over studios.

V*AP, the latest addition to Jünger Audio’s award-winning *AP family of products, draws on the company’s extensive experience with previous Voice Processing devices such as its v-series, but adds new tools and algorithms to create a new, easier and more efficient approach to voice processing with no compromise in sound quality.

V*AP’s main task is to offer perfect control of microphone recordings. Jünger Audio has also included processing such as HP/LP filtering, dynamic section, full parametric EQ and de-essing. All of the V*AP functions can be easily set up by the audio engineer, making it hassle free for any journalist or reporter to use it. Jünger Audio has also provided a dedicated leveler combined with a voice over circuit to help auto-mix voice programs into loudness-based broadcasting on the fly. Using the optional SDI I/O card automated voice over for embedded audio becomes an attractive feature of the V*AP.

Available as either an insert into a mixing desk or as a stand-alone unit, V*AP offers interfaces that allow integration in existing environments via an AES insert. The unit can also be used with an optional analogue board that adds two high quality mic-preamps.

Another key feature of V*AP is the inclusion of Spectral Signature™, Jünger Audio’s automatic spectral sound management algorithm that dynamically controls spectral balance to create consistent voice recordings meeting a dedicated station sound. Spectral Signature™ can automatically analyze the recording of the voice to create a sound fingerprints that become the reference the algorithm matches to on all subsequent live recordings.

At Broadcast Asia 2013, Jünger Audio will also show its ground-breaking M*AP audio loudness processor, which 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 today’s standards and regulations (ITU 1770-3, ATSC A/85 or EBU R128).

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).

Jünger Audio will complete its Broadcast Asia line-up with the Award-winning T*AP TV Audio Processor and 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 Broadcast Asia 2013 – Booth 5E6-01 – 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.jungeraudio.com

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Prism Sound Ships Lyra – A New Audio Interface For The Studio Producer, Musician and DJ Market

The good things in life are always worth waiting for and after months of anticipation internationally renowned British manufacturer Prism Sound has finally shipped the first Lyra audio interfaces to its worldwide dealer network.

“We were hoping to ship Lyra earlier in the year but due to some manufacturing issues this was delayed until now,” says Prism Sound’s Sales and Marketing director Graham Boswell. “Testing Lyra on all of the software and hardware platforms took longer than anticipated, but now we have commenced deliveries I am confident that this new family of audio interfaces will delight all audio content producers including musicians, composers, project studio owners, DJs and re-mixers.”

Lyra, which made its debut at the 2012 AES Convention in San Francisco, brings to an even wider audience Prism Sound’s high performance audio converter technology. This technology is used in the world’s leading recording facilities by recording artists and for blockbuster movie soundtracks such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit. Based on the award-winning and critically acclaimed Orpheus interface, Lyra allows music recording professionals to access the power and sophistication of the Orpheus audio path and clock circuitry, but in a smaller package and at a much more affordable price point.

Lyra connects seamlessly with both Macs and PCs via a simple USB interface, making it ideal for recording professionals who don’t need eight channels of analogue I/O.

Prism Sound plans to launch a number of different variants of Lyra and has started the ball rolling with Lyra 1 and Lyra 2. Both incorporate new ARM Cortex processor design offering class-compliant USB interfacing, plus DSP and a low latency ‘console-quality’ digital mixer for foldback monitoring. Both products also have optical SPDIF capability and Lyra 2 also supports ADAT.

Lyra 1, which retails in the UK at £1,349 plus VAT, will be of particular interest to the musician and project studio market. This unit offers two analogue input channels – one for instrument/line and one for mic/line – plus two DA output channels and optical-only digital I/O. With Lyra 1, musicians can connect a guitar and a microphone through the input channels, plug into their software mixer via a simple USB connection and start laying down basic tracks in a matter of minutes.

Lyra 2, which retails in the UK at £1,849 plus VAT, takes the concept a little further by offering two AD input channels with switchable microphone, instrument or line input modes and four DA output channels. Both optical-only digital I/O and copper S/PDIF are available on this version of Lyra, which also offers wordclock In/Out enabling synchronization with other digital devices.

Both products are ergonomically designed to look as good as they sound. The front panel has a master volume control assignable to selected output channels, while the unit’s small size – just 11 inches wide – makes it very easy to transport for musicians, producers and DJs on the road. For studio use, Prism Sound can supply dedicated rack mounts as an extra.

“We know there is a market for Lyra because our customers have been demanding this product ever since we launched Orpheus,” Graham Boswell adds. “However, we are very protective of our reputation for delivering the highest possible audio quality so we were not going to bring any product to market until we were sure that it could live up to our exacting specifications. Lyra does just that, and we are very proud to introduce it.”

Lyra is fully supported by Prism Sound’s acclaimed technical and after-sales service staff.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

RTI Releases Integration Designer(R) 9.0 Programming Software

New Features for Large Multiprocessor Systems, Diagnostics, and Improved Performance

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — May 23, 2013 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced a major update to its programming software Integration Designer(R), a CEDIA Hall Of Fame inductee. Integration Designer 9.0 is bolstered with powerful new features to simplify the design of large systems with multiple processors dramatically, such as the ability to create independent Zigbee(R) networks, a diagnostic driver for monitoring system performance, improved overall performance, and much more. more

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