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PESA to Promote Audio Router Solutions with Conversion Options at InfoComm 2013

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading U.S.-based custom design and manufacturing company for professional audio and video signal distribution, will showcase its Series-C DRS small-scale companion audio router systems at InfoComm 2013 (Booth 2958), which runs June 12-14 in Orlando, Fla. Based on PESA’s established DRS distributed audio signal processing technology, Series-C frames are available in two sizes, providing the same high-end features in a compact package.

The Series-C64 supports mono audio up to 64×64 and AES audio up to 32×32 in a 1 RU frame, while the Series-C128 supports mono audio up to 128×128 and AES audio up to 64×64 in 2 RU. Both sizes offer several models of audio routing connectivity solutions for analog and digital formats. Analog frames support both mono and stereo audio and are offered in either 6-pin pluggable or ELCO connector styles. Digital frames can support AES-110 in 6-pin pluggable or ELCO, while AES-75 is connected using a 75 Ohm BNC.

In addition to traditional I/O connections for mono, stereo, AES-110, and AES-75 signals, Series-C audio frames offer optional conversion capabilities allowing analog-to-digital, digital-to-analog, and digital-to-digital conversion. Both the Series-C64 and C128 offer analog audio input signals for mono or stereo that can be converted to AES outputs over 75 Ohm coax. Conversely, AES-75 coaxial inputs can be converted to either analog stereo or mono audio outputs. AES-110 digital audio inputs can be converted to AES-75 coaxial outputs.

Each DRS Series-C frame includes an on-board frame control/power supply module to operate as a secondary level in PESA’s video frame small-scale system control hardware. Features include the ability to set gain, delay, L/R sum, L/R swap, and breakaway. Internal generator options include silence, sweep tone, white noise, or pink noise. Gain adjustments are done independently in 0.1dB increments on each input or output up to +/- 6dB. Audio delay is set independently on both inputs and outputs, with options to set the delay in restricted or unrestricted modes. Unrestricted allows adjustments up to 0.341 ms (>10 NTSC frames) on each input and output. Restricted mode provides up to 1.365 seconds (>40 NTSC frames) on a limited number of I/O.

Series-C frames feature front load, hot swappable card sets, and include space for an optional redundant frame control/power supply module. Plus, all Series-C units are compatible with PESA’s Cattrax™ graphical user control interface, which supports comprehensive configuration, diagnostics, and monitoring of the full line of PESA router frames. The software, installed on a host PC running the Windows® operating system, communicates via an Ethernet port located on each router.

Designed to operate as companion audio routers to the Cougar or Jaguar video frames, Series-C DRS frames create a complete audio/video/control router configuration. The systems provide a full suite of signal management for production studios, editing suites, and compact live production vans.

About PESA

As a leading provider of audio/video connectivity, PESA offers a wide selection of routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, broadcast and mobile truck applications. PESA offers one of the widest ranges of AV products – from large scale fiber optic routing to single-point CAT-5 DVI extenders – each with the integrity and innovative high performance technology expected from PESA. Our products are available around the world from a leading team of channel partners offering local support and installation; and all of our products are supported by 24/7 technical support. To learn more about our technologies and services visit www.pesa.com. PESA is located in Huntsville, Alabama with regional offices throughout the United States.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Supports East Brunswick’s St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church Sermons

EAST BRUNSWICK, New Jersey – Michael Matta of South River, New Jersey-based GMT Electronics recently installed a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 at St. Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Matta also purchased a Soundcraft Si Expression 1 for GMT Electronics for a variety of applications.

GMT Electronics provides pro audio solutions for houses of worship, corporate events and conferencing environments. Matta has been a long-time Soundcraft enthusiast, both as a customer and certified dealer. “That’s the beauty of my relationship with Soundcraft. I was a customer at first and now I’m a certified dealer for a product I really love. I’ve been a fan of Soundcraft all along,” said Matta.

When considering a new console for St. Mary’s, Matta required a board that offers ease of use and high-quality mixing capabilities. “What I like about the Si Expression is its simplicity because you don’t have to use a lot of menus or sub-menus while mixing, which can be distracting for live applications,” said Matta. “In addition, the built-in effects are very powerful and allow for operation without having to buy external equipment. It’s really phenomenal.”

Matta also discovered the Si Expression is easy to learn—an important feature for a house of worship that relies on volunteer staff to operate its audio system. “You can start to get familiar with the Si Expression within a day or two. The average user doesn’t have to know all the features yet and can still produce a mix. You can easily learn on the go with the Si Expression,” said Matta.

GMT Electronics and Matta equip local houses of worship in the area with pro audio solutions and are currently in the process of installing a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 at another local church.

“I’m very happy with the Soundcraft quality,” Matta concluded. “We appreciate Soundcraft and what Soundcraft means to us.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with Harman audio and infotainment systems. Harman has a workforce of about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Matrox Convert DVI Plus Offered at the New Low Price of $995

HD-SDI scan converter with genlock and region-of-interest (ROI) support seamlessly incorporates computer signals into video productions

Matrox® Video today announced the immediate availability of the Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converter with genlock and ROI support at the new low price of $995 US (€799, £649).

Matrox Convert DVI Plus lets broadcasters easily and economically incorporate content from computers, iPads and iPhones into broadcast programs. In addition, it can be used to drive projectors and large displays at live events. Matrox Convert DVI Plus is ideal for creating broadcast-quality video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, ProPresenter, PowerPoint and web browsers. The ROI feature lets the user define any region of any size from the computer display and output just that content at the required broadcast resolution. If the selected area doesn’t match the output resolution, Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides high-quality horizontal and vertical upscaling and downscaling. The unit can be genlocked to an SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock source. Proc amp controls on the output let the user adjust the hue, chroma, saturation, and brightness levels.

“Convert DVI Plus has been field proven in demanding broadcast and live production environments around the world over the last two years,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “Users appreciate its high-quality output and scaling that lets them seamlessly incorporate computer content into their video productions as well as the advanced features, ease of use, and reliability they have come to expect from Matrox products.”

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £649) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Convert DVI Plus is available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

New Hope Baptist Church Goes Digital with Yamaha CL1: Adds to DSR Arsenal

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—Initially opening in 1941, the 250-seat contemporary-style New Hope Baptist Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey recently wanted to switch their analog mixer out for a digital mixer and chose a Yamaha CL1 equipped with a Rio3224-D input/output box. ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) was responsible for the installation and at the same time, upgraded their current DSR speaker system. In 2012, the church added a few Yamaha DSRs and DSR subs, and craving for even more coverage, they just added two DSR115s, four DXR12s, and two more DSR118 subs.

“The church fell in love with the CL1,” states Bobby Harper, Vice President/Sales, ACIR. “They wanted to be able to easily record to multi-track and utilize the Dante networking functions.” Harper also said the church staff is thrilled with the DSR and DXR coverage (the DSRs are flown).

“Our new Yamaha speakers gives us an overall bigger, but controlled sound,” states Minister John W. Howard, Jr., Director of Worship and Arts. “Bands and groups from outside of our church are now renting our space because of our new sound system! The recording capabilities and functionality of the Yamaha CL1 is priceless and easy to use. Our audio staff loves the new system and has learned the CL1 very easily. We work with a number of bands and gospel groups, so the console’s ability to save scenes, saves a lot of work. I would recommend our Yamaha system to anyone.” Minister Howard noted that on any given Sunday, there are 2-3 musicians and 9-20 in the choir.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL1 and DSR and DXR speakers, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Lightware U.S.A. Now Shipping MX-TPS-IB and -OB Input and Output Boards and HDMI-TPS-TX90/RX90 Signal Extenders

The MX-TPS-IB input board, MX-TPS-OB Output Board for the MX series routers and HDMI-TPS-TX90 and RX90 long-distance HDMI signal extenders from Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products, are now shipping. The new products are among those to be showcased in the Lightware booth at InfoComm13, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando booth # 4180.

The input and output boards and extenders are ideal for postproduction studios, control rooms, digital signage, multi-room video, conference rooms and collaborative telepresence – or any application requiring signal transmission over long distances.

The MX-TPS-IB is an 8-channel twisted pair input board for Lightware’s MX series Modular Matrix Routers that provides HDMI 1.4, audio, Ethernet, IR, RS-232 and remote power extension on a single CAT5/6/7 cable up to 100 m distance. It handles resolutions up to 4K, 48-bit color depth, all HDMI audio formats and 120Hz 3D signals. The board offers bi-directional RS-232 and Ethernet transmission and features a 10/100 uplink connector for the Ethernet network connection.

The MX-TPS-IB offers audio option connectors: digital S/PDIF or analog stereo connectors are available for advanced audio functions. Audio can be embedded or de-embedded on the input or output board of the Matrix. Advanced professional functions, such as HDCP enable/disable mode, Pixel Accurate Reclocking, Advanced EDID Management and Input Signal Frame Detector, are integrated and provide the highest level of set up and usage.

The board is compatible with deep color, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio and features PCM audio sample rate conversion.

The HDMI-TPS-TX90 and RX90 twisted pairs extend uncompressed full HD video for extreme distances (up to 180 m) over a single CAT cable. They handle resolutions up to 4K and UHD, 48-bit color depth, all standard audio formats and 120Hz 3D signals.

The units offer bi-directional RS-232, IR and Ethernet pass-through all on the same CAT5e…CAT7 cable that carries the video signal. The extenders support full HDCP and EDID compliance and work at all standard AV resolutions. Remote powering is available through the single CAT5e…CAT7 cable; a local power supply also can be used. All devices can be mounted on a rack shelf or used in stand-alone formats.

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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Max Gilkes Upgrades His Mastering Facility with SADiE 6 and Prism Sound

Producer Max Gilkes has upgraded his Brighton-based mastering and post production facility 1 Sonic by installing SADiE 6 software for Mastering and a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire audio interface.

Gilkes, who founded 1 Sonic eight years ago, says the support offered by Prism Sound was a key factor in his decision to invest in the company’s products.

“I was previously using Peak as a playlist editor and doing most other things on Pro Tools,” he explains. “But as it was time for an upgrade I decided to go with a company that I knew I could have a good working relationship with, and one that was also based in the UK.”

With a client list that includes Ninja Tune, Big Dada, Sony (France), Smart Move Productions, Mr. Bongo, Keep Up, Silverland and Mission, Gilkes is rarely out of the studio. His recent credits have included Fink, Dobie, Roots Manuva, The Skints, Deco Child, Raffertie, Eliza Carthy and Prince Fatty.

The facility itself is mainly used for mastering and mixing, but it also boasts a live room with 8 tie-lines that is large enough to record drums.

“The outboard in the studio is primarily for tracking, so there are some nice pre’s and compressors,” Gilkes says. “I also have a master section by Audient, PMC and Yamaha monitors, Pro-Tools, various classic guitar and bass amps and a range of microphones – not to mention an over-used tea pot!”

Moving from one software platform to another can be intimidating, but Gilkes says he has found the transition to SADiE 6 far less painful than he anticipated.

“It’s always hard work making the transition from one system that you are particularly well versed with to a whole new environment, but SADiE 6 is very intuitive and easy to use,” he says. “I’m really enjoying the facilities it provides. The editing facilities, in particular, are great and I like the PQ and DDP tools. However, the sound quality is the most outstanding feature and I am really impressed by that.”

Sound quality also played a part in Gilkes’ decision to buy a Prism Sound Orpheus FireWire audio interface.

“It was a no brainer, really,” he says. “The studio needed to make a significant step up in convertor quality and Orpheus delivered the transparency and clarity I was looking for, both as an A/D and a D/A converter. It has great sounding pre’s and I like the interface features for multi-tracking in Pro Tools.”

Gilkes is now using SADiE 6 and Orpheus on a variety of projects, including mastering an album for French artist Mayra Andrade on Sony (France), recording tracks for Congo Natty, completing a debut album for Chevron, recording drums for the next Grasscut (Ninja Tune) album, finishing backline tracking for a band called Bentcousin, which is releasing a three-track single through Team-Love NY and completing an album for a local brighton band called the Meow Meows.

And if that work schedule isn’t intensive enough, Gilkes is also producing and co-writing with the legendary Russell Stone of R&J Stone fame.

“The Russell Stone project is very interesting as all tracks are vocal/non-verbal and based on free improvisations.” He says. “The album, which is called HUMU, is very nearly finished and should be out in September.”

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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 range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

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