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AVnu Alliance Announces First AVnu-Certified AVB Products

Extreme Networks Family of Switches Receives AVnu Certification

 Beaverton, Ore. – February 20, 2014AVnu Alliance®, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, is proud to announce the first AVnu-certified AVB series of switches from Extreme Networks. The Extreme Networks Summit® X440 Series of stackable switches has passed all testing for certification and will now bear the AVnu-certified Logo.

“We are thrilled to announce the first AVnu-certified family of switches from Extreme Networks. This is just the first of many AVnu-certified products to come, but an important start. We are proud of Extreme Networks’ dedication to furthering the momentum of AVB,” said AVnu Alliance President, Rick Kreifeldt. “The Alliance chose to do more than simply connect products together and check that they can connect and stream. Instead, we developed a robust set of hundreds of conformance tests that ensure devices implement AVB standards consistently — which is the only way to ensure interoperability.”

Once a product has passed the testing procedures at an AVnu-appointed test house, the member manufacturer may use the AVnu certification logo on that device. This is the first and only independent AV networking certification test program.

“AVB provides an infrastructure that supports a level of scalability and flexibility that is extremely important for our switches. We put our Summit® X440 Series of stackable switches through the extensive testing and are extremely proud to announce it as the first AVnu-certified switch series on the market,” said Todd Acree, Director of Product Management at Extreme Networks, AVnu Alliance member. “We chose to pursue AVnu standards and certification of our Summit X440 Series switches because having technology that meets this standard takes the complexity of managing and optimizing the network out of the question, thereby simplifying system design, costs and maintenance, all while improving performance, reliability and overall network functionality.”

Extreme Networks’ AVB Summit X440 Series, now AVnu-certified, is a stackable switch that extends the benefits of the ExtremeXOS® operating system to intelligent, affordable, edge switching for professional audio/video applications, where data, audio and video co-exist on a single standards-based network. IT managers and AV integrators benefit from simplified deployments, enhanced quality of service and reduced costs from a converged network.

The AVnu-Certified Extreme Networks Summit X440 Series Switch was demonstrated in the AVnu Alliance Pavilion at Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), earlier this month. AVnu Certification is open for switches and professional audio products at its appointed testing house, University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab (UNH-IOL). Any member with a Professional-Audio product or switch may enter it into certification testing.

About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. is setting a new standard for superior customer experience by delivering network-powered innovation and market leading service and support. The company delivers high-performance switching and routing products for data center and core-to-edge networks, wired/wireless LAN access, and unified network management and control.  Our award-winning solutions include software-defined networking (SDN), cloud and high-density Wi-Fi, BYOD and enterprise mobility, identity access management and security.  Extreme Networks is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has more than 12,000 customers in over 80 countries.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

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PAcalculate: Offline pro-audio and lighting calculators for mobile phones and tablets

PAcalculate calculator iOS IconBrusi Acoustics, a consulting firm based in Valencia (Spain), has announced the availability of PAcalculate, a free multi-lingual multi-platform mobile app with calculators and other information and utilities for pro-audio and lighting professionals. PAcalculate can be installed on iOS (Apple), Android, Windows-Phone 8 and Blackberry devices from their respective app stores. The application uses responsive design developed to work on screens that range from a classic Blackberry to a large tablet. Both metric and English units are supported.

PA related calculators include SPL, SPL addition, ceiling speaker coverage, air absorption, time to distance (and vice versa), frequency to wavelength (and vice versa) with full and half lambda options for arrays, Q factor to bandwidth conversion, dBu-dBV-Volts and speaker cable losses (low and high impedance). For lighting, a DMX calculator as well and RGBW and CMY LED emulations are provided. Calculators provide comprehensive options as well as built-in help. Other calculators are not directly related to the industry, but will nonetheless be useful: Ohm’s / Joule’s Law, KVA, BPM to time and conversion of weighs and measures.

PAcalculate spaker cable loss calculation

PAcalculate spaker cable loss calculation

In addition to calculators, pin assignment information is provided for some of the most common audio and lighting connectors. Lastly, an inclinometer utility rounds up the feature set.

At the time of writing this, PAcalculate came with English, Spanish, Portuguese and Simplified Chinese language sets. The developers are seeking collaborative translations to other major languages; translators will be listed on the credits. They estimate the app, which can be used without an Internet connection, will be installable in 94% of smart phones.

“We tried to pack an extensive bunch of tools that could be useful for sound reinforcement professionals doing live or fixed install work, plus some lighting ones too. While there is no rocket science involved in the calculations, some can get cumbersome, specially in the field, and others can get very complicated very easily (such as calculating time delays taking into account the effect of temperature, which can be critical for delay synchronization). Others, like KVA calculations or unit conversions are not specific to our industry, but will nevertheless be useful to have under the same roof, without the need to exit the application. We’ll be listening carefully in the future and adding new tools and contents based on users’ feedback”, comments Senior Consultant José Brusi.

Links to the app for the different platforms as well as a full list of features can be found at http://www.brusi.com/downloads.shtml#PAC

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Renkus-Heinz Will Be at Pro Light + Sound — Will You?

Frankfurt, Germany — February 2014… Pro Light + Sound, held in tandem with Frankfurt Musikmesse, is one of the year’s largest trade shows for the professional audio, video, music, and media industries. Covering literally acres of aisles within the sprawling Frankfurt Messehalle complex, it’s pretty much impossible to see it all, even in four days’ time.

But if you’re planning on attending this year’s Musikmesse, don’t forget to add a visit to Renkus-Heinz to your must-see list. The leader in digitally steered loudspeaker technology will be displaying their full line of Iconyx steerable line array systems, the world’s most popular and highly acclaimed solution. Full IC Live and IC Live Dual systems will be on display, as well as IC2, and all configurations of third-generation Iconyx IC-R-II systems with triple tweeter technology.

Also on display will be the award winning VARIA line of modular point source array loudspeakers, as well as our exciting new RH Series loudspeakers, and a preview of RHAON2, the new Renkus-Heinz Audio Operation Network — redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up.

As the world’s most experienced manufacturer of digitally steered products, Renkus-Heinz will be offering a quick yet highly effective demonstration of the power of digital beam steering. In less than a minute, you will hear what Iconyx can do for you.

After the demo, register to win an iPad Mini. A winner will be drawn at random at the end of the show. You do not need to be present to win.

Come by Hall 8, Stand M40, and meet with the Renkus-Heinz staff, including VP Sales & Marketing Rik Kirby, VP International Sales Karl Brunvoll, Marketing Manager Margie Ulm, European Sales Manager Håkan Sjöö, and Middle East Sales Manager Norbert Bau, along with representatives from various worldwide distributors. See you in Frankfurt!

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

Symetrix Processing Simplifies Audio at New Willow Creek Care Center

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2014: The Willow Creek Care Center in South Barrington, Illinois is a direct charitable extension of Willow Creek Community Church – the third largest church in the country. What started as an off-site food pantry grew over the years to include other services as well, and the church recently funded construction for a new $10 million building on its main campus. The new building houses a grocery store, a clothing store, dental & eye care, a car repair shop, culinary training, legal & employment consultation facilities, and facilities to teach English as a second language, as well as other classes. A Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed architecture processor, with twelve inputs, six outputs, powerful application-specific DSP resources, and flexible user control options, forms the heart of the new building’s music playback and paging system.

Willow Creek Audio Systems Engineer Matthew Wentz designed the new building’s sound system with consultation from A/V equipment provider TC Furlong (Lake Forest, Illinois). “The folks in charge of the care center wanted to be able to play music from CD, iPod, or a music server and to distribute it to the lobby, the grocery store, the clothing store, the dental/eye care center, and the corridor that links the care center to the main church building,” said Wentz. “In addition, they wanted the ability to send pages to all of those locations with automatic music ducking. Because there are predictable times when the center is officially closed but when volunteers are still stocking shelves, they wanted to schedule volume changes that would accommodate those different uses. Finally, they wanted the ability to control the volume in each zone.”

He continued, “I chose the Symetrix Zone Mix 761 because it has all of the features that they were looking for, plus the availability of Symetrix ARC-K1e wall-mounted volume controls that would allow for an easy installation in each location using just a single CAT6 run. Going beyond that, Symetrix’ implementation of the free ARC-WEB interface for use on smartphones was tremendous because I could program certain parameters that they could adjust without having to go to each individual volume control. It also allowed me to create admin-only controls so that I could be in a different part of the building and still control volume, muting, and routing.”

The Zone Mix 761’s well-implemented paging features also proved to be an important part of the overall design. “The paging functionality did exactly what it was supposed to do without a lot of setup and programming,” Wentz said. A Shure paging microphone connects to one of the Zone Mix 761’s line inputs and is programmed to send to all six zones, duck the music appropriately, and bring the music back in smoothly when the page is complete. “Importantly, the page goes out at an appropriate volume no matter what volume each zone is using for music playback,” he said.

The system has been up for six months without a glitch, and the daily users of the system love its simplicity and reliability. The Willow Creek Care Center’s website is www.willowcreekcarecenter.org.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

ASHLY’S PEMA PROCESSOR MATCHES THE UPSCALE AESTHETIC AT SUITSUPPLY STORES WORLDWIDE

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 2014: Based in the Netherlands, Suitsupply is a high-end men’s fashion brand with stores throughout the world, including six locations in the United States and five more that are currently under construction. It would be difficult to overstate the brand’s command of cutting-edge fashion, and everything it touches – from its garments, to its fashion photography, to the aesthetic of its stores – speaks to that command. Nothing is off-message. To ensure that the sonic environment that clients experience when they enter a Suitsupply store also supports the brand, the company hired Tau Audio Solutions of Groningen, Netherlands to design professional music playback systems that would be reliable, high performance, and easy to use. Tau Audio Solutions in turn specified the Ashly Pema (Protea-Equipped Media Amplifier) for use in every new store, delivering sophisticated processing, high-fidelity amplification, and reliable remote-control operation in just two rack spaces. Most of the time, the home office controls Suitsupply music systems around the world from its home office in Amsterdam!

“Originally, Suitsupply worked with standard consumer-grade hi-fi equipment,” explained Ron Vossen, managing director at Tau Audio Solutions. “But they quickly realized they had a higher standard, and they contacted us to give them professional sound that is truly high-fidelity, IP addressable, and foolproof.” Tau Audio Solutions designs the sound reinforcement for each new store and hires a local integrator to install and commission it. “We always find local companies that are familiar with Ashly Audio,” he said.

Unlike most other retailers, each Suitsupply location has its own unique aesthetic, which requires a fresh sound system design from Tau. “Very different ceiling heights are often an issue, as are the demands of the interior designers,” said Vossen. “They are in the fashion business and so is their approach to technical issues. A big part of our job is understanding and translating their questions into solutions.” Inputs to a typical Suitsupply sound system include a Sonos music playback system, a microphone, or an external music source. An Ashly Pema 4250.70 combination 8-in x 8-out Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor and 4-channel 250-Watt amplifier does most of the work, and its four separate outputs allow different processing and volumes in, for example, the fitting rooms or the entrance. SoundTube loudspeakers and subwoofers (“they like a sophisticated punch,” said Vossen) serve as the endpoints of each system.

“The Ashly Pema is a great choice for Suitsupply because it contains high-quality, flexible processing and amplification in just two-rack spaces at a competitive price,” said Vossen. “Almost all of the system control happens from Amsterdam – each store has only limited volume control. It seems to work out well. We give them the settings that we think are best, and they deliver those settings to the Ashy Pemas all around the world via IP addresses.”

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

DETROIT AUTO SHOWS BENEFIT FROM DANLEY SOUND LABS SPEAKERS AT THE NEW GRAND RIVERVIEW BALLROOM AT COBO CENTER

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 2014: The roots of the North American International Auto Show, which is held annually in Detroit, Michigan, go back to 1907 when it was strictly a regional venue for America’s nascent auto manufacturers to parade their latest inventions. Flash forward over a century and the event has become one of the largest auto shows in the world, attracting press and enthusiasts from around the globe to the North American auto-making capital, and bringing an approximate $500 million annual boost to the local economy. As attendance numbers continue to grow, Cobo Center, which hosts the event, recently renovated the underused 12,000-seat Cobo Arena to convert it into a ballroom better suited to the show. Danley Sound Labs SM-60F full-range loudspeakers, supported by Danley TH-115 subwoofers, fire down from the new ballroom’s fifty-foot ceilings to support high-energy auto show productions, along with other events that the new space, renamed Grand Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center, will host throughout the year.

“The old Cobo Arena was not used very often,” explained Tim Hamilton, A/V designer with Acoustics By Design (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and the lead A/V consultant on the Cobo project. “They gutted it completely, down to the structure, and put in a new floor. The upper half is the new Grand Riverview Ballroom, and it is aesthetically gorgeous, a far cry from the rough arena that went so underused. The Grand Riverview Ballroom is a premium spot, and I suspect that all of the manufacturers will be clambering to rent it, rather than being stuck on the concrete floors of the main exhibit hall. I gave the system enough oomph so that they could easily cover any event short of a full-blown concert.”

The inputs to the system include a collection of AKG wireless microphones together with numerous floor boxes and wall panels. All of the inputs feed a Biamp AudiaFlex signal processing system. Touch panels positioned at strategic locations throughout the hall run Biamp’s daVinci control system software, which allows input selection and volume control. Outputs from the processing system feed Biamp amplifiers that power twenty full-range Danley SM-60F loudspeakers and Crown iTech series amplifiers that power the four Danley TH-115 subwoofers. Each loudspeaker and subwoofer has its own amplifier channel. Preset selection allows users to engage all the loudspeakers and subwoofers as one unit for full-floor events, to split the room in half for situations in which a retractable wall is in place, or to mute the loudspeakers at one end of the hall for events where a stage is in place.

“There weren’t a lot of loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions that would meet all of the particular needs of the Grand Riverview Ballroom,” said Hamilton. “First, they would be fifty feet in the air, and most traditional ceiling speakers would be significantly under-gunned. Second, the beautiful, decorative ceiling had only a limited number of rigging points, and yet we still had to satisfy the need to divide or mute speakers according to the presets. Third, we needed great fidelity and power on a budget. The Danley SM-60F had the right 60×60 beam width to hit the floor correctly, and it has the Danley sound and efficiency at a great price point. Moreover, it is a relatively small box, which satisfied the requirements for the rigging points. All in all, we used the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers to cover a large space with a distributed system that focuses sound on the floor and minimizes reflections off the ceiling and walls.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

EMERSON COLLEGE ADDS 32-CHANNEL API 1608 ANALOG CONSOLE WITH AUTOMATION

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 2014: Specializing in preparing students for careers in communications and the arts, Emerson College, through a collaborative initiative between VMA Prof. Pierre Archambault and the TRF Audio Group, recently added a 32-channel API 1608 analog console with full automation to its studio facilities to provide high-end sonics and a transitional work-flow between its other studio facilities. The school is located in Boston, Massachusetts and currently enrolls over 4,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Among schools of its type, Emerson College is unique for its long history – Charles Wesley Emerson founded it as a school of oratory in 1880 – and its recent growth. The new API 1608 will be used to teach courses in Advanced Recording and Introduction to Sound Design.

“We are a school of communications, focusing on Sound for Visual Media Arts,” said Bruno Caruso, Audio Technical Supervisor with Emerson College. “We use our studio facilities to teach Sound Design, Mix to Picture, ADR, Foley, sound for gaming, and voice-over.” Emerson’s studio facility already contains an entry-level room, with an analog console workflow, and a high-end post-production suite with an Avid ICON Digital workflow. The post-production suite already uses a collection of API 512c mic preamps and an API Channel Strip to handle any source recording. “We were certainly very happy with that sound,” said Caruso. “That was a factor that moved us in the direction of API for our console purchase.”

The goal was to add a studio space that bridged the technological gap between the entry-level room and the post-production suite. “Of course the API sound was an important part of our decision to add a 1608, but there was more to it than that,” said Caruso. “It’s an analog board with a great sound that’s very easy to teach. The students can stand around the board while the Faculty demonstrates techniques. Moreover, including automation gave us a pedagogical bridge between the entry-level room and the post-production suite.”

Emerson College purchased its 32-channel API 1608 through nearby Parsons Audio (Wellesley, Massachusetts). “Everyone at Parsons was great,” said Caruso. “They gave us demos of everything we were considering and lots of other support. They were instrumental in pointing us in the right direction for our needs. Through them, Todd Beeten of Sound Construction built us custom furniture and racks for our facilities” Caruso was also impressed by the help he received from API: “As far as I’m concerned, the entire industry should look to API as an ideal model for customer service. Right off the bat, our phone calls were always answered by an actual person and that’s very reassuring. Their lead technical support guy, Radovan Maricic, had the complete answer to any question we had right on the tip of his tongue. He knows API inside and out, outside and in. There’s no ‘I’ll check into that and get back to you.’ He knows exactly what’s going on, and that made it easy to install and commission the board.”

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

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