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Yamaha Training Sessions Set for Phoenix and California

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in Phoenix, Arizona July 16-18, 2013 consisting of M7CL for Beginners, M7CL for Advanced Users, Yamaha CL Operational Training, and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers.

The YCATS training team will also host several training sessions at the Buena Park, California headquarters on July 24 and 25 for those interested in Yamaha CL Operational Training and Digital Audio Networks for Engineers.

For more information and to registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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Clear-Com’s HME DX210 Wireless Intercom Promotes Safety and Increases Efficiency for Amtrak

Intercom System Offers Clear and Customized Wireless Communication Over Long Distances for the Amtrak T-SAVe Operation

WASHINGTON, JUNE 27, 2013 – Clear-Com® is pleased to announce that its HME DX210 2.4 GHz digital wireless intercom has improved crew communications aboard Amtrak’s T-SAVe (Track Structure Assessment Vehicle) inspection car. The DX210’s audio clarity, increased channel count and large coverage area promote clear communication and augment teamwork during critical operations by ensuring that all directives are heard loud and clear.

Amtrak employs the self-propelled T-SAVe car to inspect the tracks, roadbeds and overall quality of its rail lines. Its crew members must communicate with each other both while inside the car and while working behind, along the sides and underneath the car. Depending on their location, the operators might be anywhere from 10 to 75 feet away from the other crew members, sometimes working in noisy environments. This separation proved to be a challenge to the Survey Director and crew members, requiring one or more individuals to loudly repeat the vital information until it was heard on the other end. With the DX210’s ability to provide sufficient wireless coverage across those distances, this issue has now been resolved.

“Although a combination of experience and good judgment are important, they are not enough to ensure safety when operating Amtrak’s T-SAVe car,” says John Kowalski, Director of Sales for Broadcast Networks, Clear-Com. “Clear-Com’s HME DX210 intercom increased safety in that work environment by allowing clear communication and better coordination among the entire team.”

Amtrak acquired a two-channel HME DX210 system. The Amtrak employees use the DX210 base station that is located in the first third of the T-SAVe car, in a combination with the compatible BP-200 wireless beltpacks. Crew members wear comfortably-fitted HS-16 lightweight and HS-15D noise-canceling headsets over or under their hardhats. When crew members go outside the car, they can flip their microphone back and be able to easily communicate with those not on the intercom.

The DX210 system’s Spectrum-Friendly™ Technology and Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) Technology allows for interference-free communication between the crew members. These features, combined with the DX210’s ability to provide point-to-point and direct communications was an improvement from the company’s previous system. Prior to using Clear-Com, the Survey Director could only give instructions to one fixed location through a direct microphone. Now, with the DX210’s grouping function, everyone can hear directives simultaneously on the same intercom channel. The system can also be programmed to exclude those that do not require instructions from the Survey Director.

The DX210 has also improved Amtrak pilots’ communications with crew members. The pilot, who is responsible for informing the team about the railroad on which the T-SAVe will travel, used to have to repeat what the front driver said to each crew member. Using the DX210 system has saved time since the crew members can now hear directly from the pilot, eliminating the information repeating step. This has added tremendous efficiency to the overall communications process.

Amtrak purchased the HME DX210 system from Dale Pro Audio, a leading supplier of professional audio equipment in New York and a Clear-Com dealer.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com®, an HME company, is the global market leader in critical voice communications systems for professional productions. Since 1968, Clear-Com has developed and marketed a comprehensive range of analog, digital and IP-based wired and wireless intercom technologies for party-line and point-to-point communications. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communication solutions. More information about Clear-Com can be found at www.clearcom.com.

Atlona(R) Now Shipping New Family of HDBaseT(TM) Extenders

Devices Bring the Simplicity of RS-232, IR Control, and PoCc to High-Resolution Applications

SAN JOSE, Calif. — June 27, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that the company is now shipping its new family of HDBaseT(TM) solutions. Designed to provide the ultimate in HD connectivity to both residential and commercial applications over a common connector cable, the HDBaseT extender family offers higher resolutions at longer distances, Power over Category cable (PoCc), and multiple control options. A variety of form factors and connectors are available to meet the exact needs of any installation. more

QSC Introduces Revolutionary Power Amplification Technology Platform

The QSC CXD Series Family of Amplifiers for Installed Sound

Costa Mesa, CA (June 2013) — QSC Audio Products, LLC is pleased to announce its revolutionary power amplification technology platform with the introduction of two new amplifier families, the CXD Series for Installed Sound Applications and the PLD Series for Portable / Live Sound Reinforcement Applications. Featuring advanced signal processing combined with a unique power distribution configuration, the PLD and CXD Multi-Channel Processing Power Amplifiers completely redefine the rack-mount power amplifier category.

“Our new CXD and PLD amps represent a major advancement in amplifier technology and innovation,” says Dale Sandberg, QSC Senior Product Manager, Amplifiers. “Not only are they amazing class-D amplifiers with on-board processing, but they change the fundamental amp paradigm with a unique channel combining methodology for much greater flexibility. The benefit of all this is an outstanding new platform that meets the needs of our customers in a whole new way.”

“There’s been a misconception that QSC was moving away from power amplifier products and instead focusing our attention on loudspeakers and DSP,” states Gerry Tschetter, VP Marketing. “While we’ve seen tremendous success in those product categories in recent years, the fact remains that QSC still builds the best power amplifiers in the market. Our new CXD and PLD amplifiers are a reflection of our use of cutting edge technologies, our deep understanding of DSP and loudspeaker engineering and our legacy of over 40 years of rock solid amplifier design.”

Housed in a 2U rack-mount configuration, CXD and PLD Series amplifiers feature new QSC proprietary class-D power devices, which enable multi-channel, high performance power. The innovative Flexible Amplifier Summing Technology™ (FAST), provides better power allocation by actively distributing the total amplifier power across one, two, three or all four outputs enabling amp channels to be combined for maximum current or voltage output with the largest models capable of up to 5,000 watts.

With independent DSP processing available for every channel, a preset wizard streamlines the setup process simplifying amplifier configuration and deployment. Advanced DSP includes cross-over filters, parametric EQ, alignment delay and other dynamics processing and when paired with QSC loudspeakers, Intrinsic Correction™ processing techniques may be employed to ensure optimum sonic performance. The integration of DSP with amplification means that the onboard processor is aware of what the amplifier is doing. This enables the dynamics processing and protection circuitry to be far more accurate and effective. USB interfaces on the rear panels allow firmware updates as well as the ability to upload loudspeaker tunings and configurations and transfer data between amplifiers. Multiple DSP-controlled power saving modes combined with the Class-D design ensure high efficiency, low weight, and economical cost of ownership.

Designed specifically for the needs of integrators, CXD Series amplifiers provide efficient, robust and extraordinarily high fidelity power capable of driving multiple amplifier channels and loudspeaker configurations while simultaneously deploying sophisticated digital processing – all with optimal energy and efficiency. The CXD lineup includes the CXD4.2 (400W @ 8 ohms, continuous), the CXD4.3 (625W @ 8 ohms, continuous) and the CXD4.5 (1150W @ 8 ohms, continuous) with the CXD 4.3 and CXD4.5 able to direct drive 70V and 100V systems. The rear panel features four (4) balanced Euroblock input connectors and four (4) Euroblock touch-proof loudspeaker connectors enabling integrators to terminate wiring before connecting to the amplifier. GPIO located on the rear panel offers additional functionality including a heartbeat output for Life-Safety supervision. In addition to their outstanding efficiency, the CXD amplifiers’ power saving modes further ensure that energy costs will be kept to a minimum over the life of the installation.

PLD Series Amplifiers, designed specifically for portable sound applications, provide efficient, robust and extraordinarily high-fidelity power to drive multiple channels of loudspeakers while simultaneously deploying sophisticated digital processing, all with minimal operational complexity. The PLD line consists of the PLD4.2 (400W @ 8 ohms, continuous), the PLD4.3 (625W @ 8 ohms, continuous) and the PLD4.5 (1150W @ 8 ohms, continuous). The rear panel features four (4) balanced XLR input connectors with loop-thru and six (6) Speakon® NL4 loudspeaker connectors for easy setup. The on-board processing is managed via front panel controls with 20 factory settings included for the most common applications. For more customized settings, the included Configuration Wizard helps streamline system setup and configuration. PLD amplifiers combine improved system performance with a wide and flexible range of options for future systems growth.

CXD and PLD Series Amplifiers will be available in July 2013.

About QSC
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, network audio systems and digital signal processors worldwide. qsc.com

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South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas Builds to the Future with Complete QSC Audio System

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV (June 2013) — South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, the first mega-resort to be built south of McCarran Airport on the Las Vegas Strip, has installed a QSC Audio Q-Sys(TM) Core 500i network processor, CX Series amplifiers and AcousticDesign(TM) ceiling speakers to handle paging and P.A. in its recently expanded Arena and Equestrian Center. The resort, which purchased the QSC Audio components through Solotech Las Vegas, intends to extend the Q-Sys network into a $30 million bowling arena planned for completion at the beginning of 2016.

The property opened at the very end of 2006, and added QSC Audio BASIS networked audio products to the resort, reports Jason Lein, South Point’s production manager. “When we expanded the arena we took the opportunity to upgrade the processing in there from BASIS to the new Q-Sys 500i. The system has so much processing power that all of the bowling arena expansion will be run off that same core as well. The bowling center will be built for broadcast TV and we’ll have two new equestrian arenas as well—we’ll run it all off that same system.”

South Point recently expanded a concourse and added meeting rooms to its Arena and Equestrian Center, which features a 4,600-seat show arena, an indoor practice arena and a covered outside arena. The center also hosts motor sports and other events in addition to equestrian shows.

Using the new Core 500i, adds Lein, “We created four different concourse zones. We’ve got a bar, tunnels, a practice arena and 1200 air-conditioned horse stalls; the new meeting rooms located on the concourse. We run approximately 144 different page configuration options, using both wired and wireless mics for paging. Depending on what horse events are in here we have to set up several different page zoning scenarios on the fly.”

Lein and his crew installed a dozen AcousticDesign AD-CI52ST two-way, high fidelity in-ceiling speakers in the concourse and meeting rooms, as well as TSC-3 networked touch screen controllers in the meeting rooms. South Point added QSC CX602 amplifiers to power the new ceiling speakers. “Everything is QSC amp-based, even in the main arena,” reports Lein. “We’ve got some PowerLight 4.0 amps from the original install that we never need to replace, and we’re using the PL380s as well.”

Production staff members typically employ wireless control of the Q-Sys set-up, says Lein. “Whichever tech crew is assigned to an event will grab an iPad or the computer controller and set the paging configurations up prior to that show, based on that event’s needs. Switching from the BASIS to the Q-Sys system made it very easy for us to program these iPad-controllable UCIs [user control interfaces] to fit those needs, then reset the whole system before the next event, and then set up the next event, all off these UCIs. The Q-Sys system has been a big benefit for that alone.”

At the end of April, South Point, Las Vegas Events and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority jointly announced a 12-year agreement with the United States Bowling Congress to host seven championship events in Las Vegas beginning in 2016. South Point, which already features a 64-lane Bowling Center, home to the Professional Bowlers Association’s World Series of Bowling, will build a two-story complex housing a 60-lane bowling facility outfitted with the latest technology on the top floor and two additional horse arenas—sound isolated from the floor above—on the lower level.

“When we get into the new expansion, the two new arena bowls, we’ll install the new QSC AcousticDesign Series speakers,” says Lein. “We’ll be installing over 100 of the 5 ¼-inch AD-CI52ST ceiling speakers throughout the bowling center hallways. We’ll also be installing AcousticDesign series speakers for the bowling lanes, with QSC subs placed throughout the bowling center. We’ll probably be adding more Q-Sys I/O Frames later this year.”

The upgrade to the Q-Sys system’s advanced Layer 3 networking technology has made it easier for Lein to program the new set-up. “Our new design with Q Sys, where the schematics are all-in- one is phenomenal. It definitely makes it easier on the programmer,” he observes. Lein also praises the remote access offered by the system. “We’ve got one or two people, myself included, who handle the programming. When we’re at home and we get service calls, it’s so great to be able to have the remote Signal Probe and be able to analyze what’s going on with the system from anywhere.”

About QSC
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, network audio systems and digital signal processors worldwide. qsc.com

Auralex® Now Shipping SonoFiber™ Panels

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, JUNE 26, 2013 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and currently celebrating its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its new SonoFiber™ Panels, available in charcoal gray and arctic white.

SonoFiber is the perfect solution for contractors and system integrators with projects requiring a Class A fire rating without the aesthetic demands of designer treatments such as fabric-covered panels. SonoFiber is ideal for nightclubs, restaurants, gymnasiums, houses of worship, multi-purpose rooms and any other commercial or industrial environment where aesthetic concerns are secondary to performance and safety.

SonoFiber is a 1″ thick natural fiber acoustic absorptive panel that offers significant advantages over the more traditional Class A melamine foam alternatives, including:
• Lower cost per square foot
• Sound absorption coefficients equal to or better than 2″ thick melamine products
• A flexible form that will not puncture or break like melamine panels
• Safe, easy, dust-free installations

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Waves Live Tools Chosen by Tom Wiggans, FOH for The Cranberries

— Wiggans looks to Waves plugins for live problem-solving —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, June 26, 2013 — Waves Audio’s popularity is growing among live sound engineers. One front-of-house engineer who has recently adopted Waves’ SoundGrid® live platform is Tom Wiggans (UB40, Squeeze, Wet Wet Wet, and Roni Size & Reprazent), who is currently using SoundGrid and Waves plugins on tour with Irish alt-rock mainstays The Cranberries.

He notes, “I ended up using SoundGrid especially for problem solving. The most impressive thing for me is the Waves C4, since it is the first multiband compressor that I have used that I can actually hear working when making the subtlest of changes. I use it on the main vocal, backing vocals and bass. I also use the GTR3 guitar amps and stomp pedals on the DI outputs.”

He continues, “I like to work at getting the source as correct as possible and apply effects/dynamics as a last resort, but in cases where this isn’t possible Waves plugins add a substantial amount of warmth. I use MaxxBass on the bass guitar to remove the room resonance frequencies from the source and then reinforce them with the harmonics. It worked quite well in getting rid of that ‘one-note’ bass sound. Also, H-Comp sounds great as a parallel bus compressor on the drums and it really adds weight to the snare.”

Wiggans is part of a growing trend of live sound professionals who are making the move to the next generation workflow with Waves plugins and WavesLive SoundGrid. Visit www.waves.com and www.waveslive.com for more information.

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Bose® Expands Line of RoomMatch® Array Module Loudspeakers with Horizontally Asymmetrical Patterns

Company adds 22 new RoomMatch® modules that improve sound quality by reducing side-wall reflections without the need to “yaw in” array aiming

Framingham, Massachusetts, June 25, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division has expanded its range of RoomMatch® array module loudspeakers with 22 new models with horizontally asymmetrical coverage patterns. Building upon the innovative designs pioneered by the Bose engineering team, with the addition of these asymmetrical array modules, the RoomMatch series now includes 42 unique coverage patterns providing system designers with unprecedented coverage control and scalability for venues including houses of worship, auditoriums, performing arts centers and sports arenas.

The asymmetrical pattern modules improve sound quality in many room shapes by reducing side-wall reflections, which helps improve consistency of sound quality, seat-to-seat, without the need for “yaw in” array aiming. The asymmetrical pattern modules also improve stereo soundstage effects when used either in left/right pairs or in L/C/R array configurations. The modules feature the industry’s only large-format asymmetrical waveguides, with pattern control down to 800 Hz, which improve vocal clarity by reducing room reflections in the critical 1-4 kHz vocal intelligibility range.

All RoomMatch full-range modules utilize six Bose EMB2 extended–midrange compression drivers with 2-inch voice coils for the high frequencies and dual Bose LF10 high-excursion, 10-inch woofers with 3-inch voice coils for the low frequencies. RoomMatch full-range array modules feature a frequency response of 60-16k Hz (+/- 3 db) with long-term continuous power handling of 500 W and peak handling of 2000 W.

The new RoomMatch asymmetrical array modules will be available through authorized Bose dealers beginning in October 2013. For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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Lowell Manufacturing Offers a Customer Center Web Portal

— 24/7 information center is an invaluable resource for all Lowell customers —

PACIFIC, MO, June 25, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, offers authorized dealers access to the Lowell Customer Center (LCC) portal via the Lowell home page (www.lowellmfg.com), or at https://access.lowellmfg.com/eLowell/. This easy-to-navigate site is designed as a 24/7 resource where customers can place and track orders, view real-time pricing and shipping information, browse past and current invoices/P.O.’s, and much more. This is an information tool designed specifically for systems integrators, sales representatives, and consultants. It can serve many disciplines within an organization such as account executives, engineering, estimating, purchasing, and senior management.

“This is a no-cost, multi-purpose resource available to our customers,” stated John Lowell, Lowell Manufacturing President and CEO. “We currently have many active dealers enjoying the benefits of our customer center. The ‘LCC’ provides real time information at the user’s fingertips at any time or anywhere around the globe. This is part of a continuing effort to enhance the Lowell customer experience.”

Authorized Lowell customers can quickly set up an account via an online form, and a temporary password will be forwarded via email to the user. Once logged in to the site, the user is able to search by part numbers or partial part numbers as well as keywords, basic product descriptions, or they can navigate by product category. Other tools include “Order Tracking,” “Store” and “User Management.” The store function is not only for placing orders; it can also be used as an estimating tool without expectation of transaction. Products that are frequently purchased can be selected as “favorites” per individual user for streamlined project management. Users can also “duplicate” and edit previous orders if a similar order needs to be placed.

A Lowell Customer Center tutorial video is available to registered dealers, and will be furnished when your registration is completed. For further information e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Extron Announces New Fiber Optic DisplayPort Extender for Signals up to 2560×1600

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOX II DP, a transmitter and receiver set for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant DisplayPort video, multi-channel audio, RS-232 control, and IR control signals over fiber optic cabling. The FOX II DP brings support for higher resolutions up to 2560×1600, multi-channel audio, an audio return channel, and IR support to the FOX Series. Engineered for reliability and exceptional image performance, it uses Extron all-digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel DisplayPort computer-video images up to 2560×1600. The FOX II DP is ideal for point-to-point installations or in combination with a FOX Series matrix switcher for an enterprise-wide distribution system of high resolution DisplayPort video, multi-channel audio, and control signals.

“Integrators and system designers who rely on Extron fiber optic systems can now experience a new level of performance for distributing AV and control signals over a fiber optic infrastructure,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “With support for DisplayPort resolutions up to 2560×1600 along with its enhanced features, the FOX II DP breaks new ground for the already extensive line of FOX Series fiber optic products from Extron.”

The fiber optic DisplayPort extender is available in multimode and singlemode models. Some of its many integrator-friendly features include Key Minder, EDID Minder, Auto Input Memory, audio embedding and de-embedding, audio gain and attenuation control, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX II DP is ideal for a wide range of applications requiring long distance transmission of high resolution content with the highest quality.

To watch a product introduction video, please visit: www.extron.com/foxiidpvideo

For more information on the FOX II DP, please visit : www.extron.com/foxiidppr

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