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Biamp Systems at InfoComm 2014

Biamp Systems / InfoComm 2014
Booth C9736

Tesira(R) 2.0
Biamp Systems will feature Tesira(R) 2.0, the latest version of the company’s flagship family of digital signal processor (DSP)-based products. The centerpiece of Tesira 2.0 is TesiraFORTÉ, an all-new series of digital audio processors that extend Audio Video Bridging (AVB) to application-specific settings. Now shipping, TesiraFORTÉ consists of eight models (four AVB models and four non-AVB models) with fixed input and output configurations, designed to bring greater simplicity and more options to conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments. Also shipping is the new Biamp(R) Dante(TM)-enabled DAN-1 digital server networking card, which, like its current SCM-1 card does with CobraNet(R), functions as a gateway interface to support 64×64 channels of Dante networked audio. In addition, Tesira 2.0 includes new firmware and software that enable two Tesira SERVERs to act as a redundant pair — with the secondary Tesira SERVER providing a mirrored backup to prevent any interruption in service in case of failure in the primary SERVER.

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TesiraFORTÉ Family: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_TesiraFORTE_Family.jpg
DAN-1: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_DAN-1.jpg

Nexia(R)
Also at InfoComm 2014, Biamp Systems will showcase Nexia(R), the company’s award-winning distance conferencing system, newly repositioned alongside the launch of the TesiraFORTÉ series of audio processors. Together, Nexia and TesiraFORTÉ provide a well-rounded and powerful DSP product offering designed to satisfy users’ routine audio requirements for professional AV solutions at an affordable price.

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Nexia(R): www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Nexia_Family.jpg

Vocia(R) 1.6
Vocia(R) 1.6 marks a significant addition to the Biamp(R) Vocia networked public address and voice evacuation system. The central aim of this release is to better integrate with Biamp’s Tesira(R) and Audia(R) platforms in order to provide seamless multi-functional solutions. With new capabilities for extending the platform to an even broader range of installations of various sizes, Vocia 1.6 provides three new hardware devices — the eight-channel Vocia Input (VI-8) device for analog and digital paging inputs, the VoIP-1 telephone-paging adaptor, and the POTS-1 analog telephone-paging adaptor. A large number of new features and enhancements in Vocia 1.6 software include impedance monitoring for the Vocia VA-8600 and VA-8600c amplifiers, support for unicast CobraNet(R) local inputs, and a dry contact control input mode for the Vocia Life Safety Interface (LSI-16e), VI-8, and Vocia General Purpose I/O (GPIO-1) devices.

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Vocia(R) VI-8: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Vocia_VI-8.zip
Vocia(R) VoIP-1: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Vocia_VoIP-1.zip
Vocia(R) POTS-1: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Vocia_POTS-1.zip

Manufacturers’ Training Sessions at InfoComm 2014

Biamp Systems will highlight the Biamp(R) Education Experience, a robust program of education and training resources designed to provide customers with timely, targeted, and flexible learning options. This includes a new online certification program for Biamp’s all-new TesiraFORTÉ series of digital audio processors that extend Audio Video Bridging (AVB) to application-specific settings. In addition to the online certification training, Biamp offers in-person certification training with multi-day, hands-on courses covering the Tesira(R), Vocia(R), and Audia(R) products at various locations around the world.

As part of the InfoComm 2014 Manufacturers’ Training program, Biamp will present two live training sessions:

Training Topic: Basics of Successful Biamp(R) VoIP Implementation
Session ID: MT05
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 18 – 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Description:
This class will cover the basics of implementing a VoIP solution using Biamp Systems’ Tesira(R) products. Topics covered include network considerations, SIP protocol overview, setting up the Tesira SVC-2 VoIP card, and basic troubleshooting.
Instructor: Zach Snook, Applications Engineer, Biamp Systems

Training Topic: Using TesiraFORTÉ CI to Implement a Conferencing Solution With a Soft Codec (Taught in Spanish)
Session ID: MT45
Date/Time: Friday, June 20 – 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Description:
Taught in Spanish, this class will show how to use a TesiraFORTÉ CI to implement a remote conferencing application in conjunction with a software-based codec (Skype, Lync, etc.). System setup and control of the system using Tesira(R) software and Biamp(R) Canvas(TM) will be demonstrated as well as utilizing the TesiraFORTÉ USB port for passing audio to and from the soft codec.
Instructor: Claudio Berstein, Applications Engineer, Biamp Systems

Company Quote:
“At this year’s InfoComm, we’re looking forward to showcasing our latest innovations in DSP technology, designed to offer powerful new functionality for both everyday and enterprise audio. In particular, TesiraFORTÉ has generated great excitement and has been a tremendous success right out of the door, enabling us to reposition classic products like Nexia for wider adoption in a greater variety of today’s audio environments. For application-specific settings, TesiraFORTÉ combines audio processing performance and ease of use for applying AVB in conferencing, telephony, and VoIP settings.”
– Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Biamp Systems

Company Overview:
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Mark Barfoot of Hyphen Appointed President of AMUG Board

Mark Barfoot, Managing Director of Hyphen™, was appointed president of the 2014-2015 board at the 26th annual Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) Conference in Tucson, Arizona (April 6-11). A Canadian, Barfoot is the first international board member to hold the president’s title for the US-based association.

“I am honored to be appointed president of the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) board and I look forward to furthering the awareness of the only user group association dedicated to the ongoing education and training of additive manufacturing and 3D printing practitioners,” said Barfoot.

Mark Barfoot (right) and Bret Bordner

AMUG is an independent, all-volunteer association that works closely with industry professionals, OEMs and vendors to educate and advance the uses and applications of additive manufacturing technologies.

“It is exciting to serve as president of an association that brings together beginners to advanced users of additive manufacturing from all over the world. More eyes are focused on additive manufacturing and 3D printing than ever before, which is generating enthusiasm and collaboration between traditional manufacturing and additive manufacturing industries. This is a game-changing time for Hyphen, AMUG and the additive manufacturing industry as a whole,” said Barfoot.

As part of Barfoot’s accountabilities as incoming president of AMUG, he will have oversight of the board’s activities and planning in preparation for the 2015 AMUG conference taking place at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida (April 19 – 23, 2015). The 2015 AMUG conference will offer 4 full days of hands-on training, educational classes and technical presentations from industry experts, OEMs and vendors, as well as a 2-day exhibitors’ expo, technical competition and awards banquet.

Barfoot receives DINO award
In addition to being appointed AMUG president, Barfoot was also the recipient of a Distinguished Innovator Operator (DINO) award at the 2014 AMUG conference. The award recognizes individuals for their contributions to, and years of experience within, the additive manufacturing industry.

Barfoot was instrumental in bringing additive manufacturing to Christie® and building its in-house capabilities before launching Hyphen in October 2012. He has led the Hyphen team in innovation and growth, and has contributed as a volunteer and presenter for AMUG, serving to elevate the profile of additive manufacturing across North America. As a division of Christie, Hyphen (www.hyphenservices.com) now operates as the most comprehensive rapid prototyping and environmental testing facility that is open to the public, with all services under one roof, in North America.

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Aladdin Finds a Whole New World of Audio Solutions with DPA Microphones


Sound designer for hit new Broadway musical comedy relies on large collection of the company’s mics to achieve pristine audio

NEW YORK, APRIL 30, 2014Aladdin is the most recent of Disney®’s beloved animated films to come to life on Broadway and DPA Microphones is in a leading role for this musical comedy, engaging audiences with dramatic sound and theatrical adventures. To help make the magical experience come alive, Ken Travis, sound designer for the show, calls on the company’s d:screet™ 4061 Omnidirectional Microphones to close-mic the entire cast, along with a combination of d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid and d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to amplify the natural sound of the orchestra.

Featuring all of the original Academy® Award-winning songs from the hit animated film, as well as new material written especially for the stage production, Aladdin combines elements of magic, adventure and comedy to captivate audiences. For Travis, this means producing a phenomenal sound to bring the cinematic experience to stage in the most vibrant way possible, lending this his desire to create an audio masterpiece that feels like the original film mixed with a classic Broadway musical. Whether costumes had to be designed around the mics or actors were equipped with several mics to account for costume changes, every setup was tested to achieve optimal audio amplification.

“This is the most collaborative production at this level that I have ever been involved with,” Travis shares. “For instance, we were working directly with the costume designers because we don’t want any wires to be seen on the cast. One unique thing we created was a prosthetic chin for the Genie, which has a DPA d:screet 4061 inside. While designing the chin, we tried multiple microphones, manufacturers and styles in order to find the perfect sound. The day we switched to the d:screet 4061 everyone said, ‘wow, whatever you guys did to the Genie, that’s it!’ ”

Like the Genie, the entire ensemble uses d:screet 4061s, as Travis finds they provide a natural sound, with the benefit of being easily concealable. The mics are also designed to withstand the toughest of conditions, including humidity and sweat, and have a reinforced cable relief built to handle the constant twists, bends and pulls, which is perfect for a production of this magnitude.

Since the show requires as many as 72 costume changes in four minutes, the mics are hidden along the actors’ hairline or turban to ensure the fast-paced environment is always perfectly wired for sound, allowing the ensemble to instead focus on their performances rather than mic placement.

“Sometimes the cast only has a second to make sure the mic is in the proper placement after a wardrobe change,” shares Travis. “In those instances, we tell them to try and hit their mark, but just in case, we also built a transmitter for the mics that we hide in the costumes, such as under a jewel in the turbans. There are some cases when cast members are triple-miked because they’ll have multiple hat and turban changes. Whether the number requires an actor put on a new turban, which covers the primary mic, or take off a turban to reveal another hat, equipped with a backup mic, we always have a redundant mic just so we don’t lose any audio.”

While it was crucial to Travis to find the best sound solution for the cast, he knew the orchestra also plays a big role in the Broadway experience. For Aladdin, a song such as A Friend Like Me, which is three minutes long in the movie, is a 10-minute production onstage. When it came time to select the mics to amplify the orchestra, Travis tested every mic available to ensure the sound quality of the instruments matched the vocal abilities of the performers. Again, DPA Microphones was the clear winner.

“I’m never happy with the sound of snare drums, so we wanted to try different microphone varieties and pick whichever sounded the best,” recalls Travis. “Eric [Mayer, president of DPA, Inc.] suggested we try the d:dicate 2011C microphonesM. He felt they were just what we were looking for, so we included one in our blind test and he was right.”

After finding the perfect orchestra mic, the audio team needed a setup to match, so they hung two d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioids from a custom harness above the grand piano and orchestra to create what Travis describes as a very accurate sound. Additionally, they clipped d:vote 4099s to the toms and ethnic drums. From piano, guitar and strings to woodwinds, brass and drums, the d:vote 4099 sounds incredible on every instrument as it amplifies their natural acoustics and removes any unwanted noise. Ideal for the Broadway stage, a single d:vote model can reinforce an entire orchestra.

“What we like about this setup is that the piano goes from very legato into the Genie performances that are really rocking,” he explains. “Those songs were our biggest test for the d:vote 4099s and d:dicate 2011Cs, because we use a lot of snares and ethnic drums, which can get loud. Some mics don’t seem to reproduce that type of sound very accurately, but both micsstood up to the challenge. We are really happy with the sound, so we’re trying the d:votes on some brass instruments next.”

Per Travis’ request, Masque Sound supplied a custom audio equipment package, which included the DPA d:screet 4061 mics, to support his creative design for the show, which opened at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20. His vision was additionally brought to life by associate sound designer Alex Hawthorn, production audio head Lucas Indelicato and front of house mixer Gabe Wood, who each had a hand in selecting all of the DPA mics.

Travis is no stranger to the theater environment, as he has been providing his audio genius to the Great White Way since 1997. His recent works include Newsies; Jekyll & Hyde; and A Christmas Story, the Musical, both on and off-Broadway.

Directed by Tony Award®-winning director and choreographer Casey Nicholaw, Aladdin is based on the book by Chad Beguelin, music by Alan Menkin and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. The show stars Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (Genie) and Courtney Reed (Jasmine). Jafar is portrayed by Jonathan Freeman, who also voiced the character in the movie.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Gibson Brands Announces 2014 Gibson “Win a Studio” Video Contests

Prizes include Gibson Guitar, KRK, TASCAM and Stanton Products

NASHVILLE, APRIL 30, 2014 — In celebration of its 120 years of innovation, Gibson Brands is hosting the 2014 Gibson “Win a Studio” Video Contests, with monthly drawings for which the first prize winners receive everything they need for a full home recording setup. Included among this gear are some of the company’s most popular recording pieces, such as KRK Systems’ ROKIT 5 Studio Monitors and 10s Powered Subwoofer; TASCAM’s TM-PC1 Condenser Microphone, US-366 USB 2.0 Audio Interface and TH-MX2 Professional Headphones; and Stanton’s DJC.4 Virtual DJ Digital Workstation; among others. At the end of the contest, which concludes November 30, one Grand Prize winner will be chosen to win a Gibson Double Diamond Guitar.

To enter, contestants must create an original 30-second to 15-minute video that highlights the Gibson Brands product that is the focus of each specific contest, such as March’s Gibson Min-ETune and April’s KRK ROKIT challenges. The featured products will be posted online on the Gibson “Win a Studio” Contest page at the start of each new month and contestants will have two months from that date to submit their video. To be considered, participants must upload their video to their personal YouTube channel with a title that mentions the product, followed by the words “Gibson Studio Giveaway.” The video description must include the following tags: Gibson Win A Studio Contest, Gibson Brands, Inc. and the month of the contest to which it applies. Videos must then be submitted to the specific contest entry page located online at the link above by the end of the two month submission deadline. By entering, a contestant attests that they are the sole owner of all copyrighted materials contained in the video. Winners will be announced one month after individual contest submission deadlines. The grand prize winner will be announced on December 31.

In the monthly contest prize pack are the KRK ROKIT 5 Studio Monitors, which feature lightweight yellow composite woofers that achieve outstanding dynamics. These monitors not only meet the highest sonic standards, but deliver the versatility needed by all users to take their mixes to the next level—regardless of musical style. The unique tuning process used on the ROKITS treats the woofer, cabinet, and port as a single, integrated whole, which provides extreme vocal clarity with extended bass response.

A perfect complement to the ROKITs, the KRK 10s Powered Subwoofer is designed to extend the low-frequency performance of the monitors to ensure ideal engineered sound. It features a great-looking curved cabinet and a yellow glass-aramid composite woofer, which both echo the style of the ROKITS. Combined with a front-firing bass port, the woofer provides an accurate and powerful low-end punch, while a high-powered amplifier and active crossovers offer smooth and precise sound reproduction.

With the TASCAM TM-PC1 Condenser Microphone, engineers can capture every detail of their vocals and acoustic instruments. A one-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm, switchable pad and roll-off make the microphone versatile enough for any recording application. The mic includes a shock mount, pop filter and desktop stand to start recording right out of the box.

Perfect for use with the condenser mic, TASCAM’s US-366 USB 2.0 Audio Interface features high-quality HDDA mic preamps with a wide frequency response (from 10Hz to 68kHz). Up to 192kHz/24bit recording yields low noise and low distortion, and an on-board DSP Mixer provides zero-latency headphone mixes with effects. The US-366 includes two XLR mic inputs with +48V phantom power, two TRS inputs and additional line level and digital I/O for maximum flexibility and the best possible sound.

A great addition to any studio, the TASCAM TH-MX2 Professional Headphones are tailored for mixing and feature a powerful bass response that adds energy to the audio and brilliant mids that round out a mix. Its closed-back isolation offers a clean sound with rich bass response and crisp highs. The foldable design makes it easy to transport, while the circumaural ear cuffs and flexible headband provide comfort for hours of use.

Stanton’s DJC.4 Virtual DJ Digital Workstation is a DJ controller and audio interface, bundled with an enhanced four-deck version of Virtual DJ LE, allowing users to scratch and mix up to four desk of audio while also controlling video. An integrated four-channel audio interface can be integrated with analog turntables or CD decks for added performance, while the large touch-sensitive jog wheels make for an extremely tight scratch and pitch bend control. Additionally, its setup couldn’t be simpler; plug in the included USB cable, start up Virtual DJ LE and the user is on their way.

Additional prizes in the studio prize package include a 2014 Gibson LPM Guitar, an Epiphone Hummingbird Pro Guitar, an Epiphone Thunderbird Guitar, Onkyo Trainer Headphones, a Gibson Memory Cable and the studio version of Cakewalk’s Sonar software.

About KRK Systems
Over the past two decades, KRK Systems has become synonymous with quality design and unparalleled performance in the world of studio monitors, subwoofers and headphones. And because KRK has remained true to its mission of providing accurate and reliable studio monitors, as well as developed products that fit its customer’s needs like a glove, the company occupies the industry’s #1 position for studio monitors. With four series of monitoring systems (both passive and active, in a variety of sizes), KRK offers products that meet the diverse needs of home studios, professional studios, and audiophiles. For more information, visit us at www.krksys.com.

About TASCAM
TASCAM is part of the pro audio and home recording division of TEAC Corporation. TASCAM will continue to be instrumental in revolutionizing professional and home recording by offering the highest quality products at the best value to their customers. For more information, visit www.tascam.com

About Stanton
Stanton is an industry leader in the design and manufacture of professional audio products for DJs. Founded in 1946 by Walter O. Stanton, the inventor of an easily replaceable phonograph stylus, Stanton has grown from being one of the first American companies to make and sell magnetic cartridges to offering a complete line of DJ products, which include turntables, high-performance cartridges, CD players, DJ mixers, accessories and digital controllers. With over 50 years of innovation, Stanton is the name DJs trust. For additional information, visit the company online at www.stantondj.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Dayton Dragons Hit Another Home Run with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Consoles

DAYTON, Ohio – Mandalay Baseball, the parent company of the legendary Dayton Dragons Minor League Baseball team, contracted integrator Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment Group to completely renovate the video control and broadcast room at their Fifth Third Field Ballpark. The new setup now comprises two HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 consoles, significantly expanding the digital capabilities of the broadcast and production team.

Commenting on the project Darren Whitten, Account Executive with Alpha Video Sports & Entertainment, said, “We are honored that Mandalay Baseball chose us to provide the integration services for their new control room. Even though they’ve never had problems filling seats at Fifth Third Field, the new control room will definitely enhance the game day experience for their fans.”

The ballpark holds the record for consecutive sold-out games, which include all American professional sports teams. As a multi-use facility with seating for 7,800, it is used for baseball and various specialty events as well. Thus, the new digital system is fine-tuned to be flexible and expandable: the Si Expression 3 was installed in the production control room, feeding live signals to the audience, while the console in the broadcast room is responsible for broadcasting 25 games every season to local CBS affiliate networks.

“We wanted to move away from complex analog structures, and decided that the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 was the best choice,” said Scott Rohrer, Creative Technologist for Mandalay Baseball. “When compared with a Yamaha LS9 console, the Si Expression blew it out of the water, in terms of digital options and what we could do with it. From my experience with the Si Compact line and this console, Soundcraft has earned a well-deserved reputation.”

Given the limited size of the booths where the operations take place, the Si Expression 3 consoles fit the bill by providing great power in a reasonable form. Also, both consoles are configured with a Soundcraft Dante™ option card, which adds huge expandability and provides a 64 x 64ch interface to any Dante-compatible device from HARMAN or other third-party manufacturer.

“The new consoles allowed us to play around with many digital options; MADI links, and the functionality of the Dante card was a big advantage,” according to Rohrer. “Having 10 games under our belts so far with the Si Expression, the digital flexibility has been simply amazing. Our system now has a much more simplified integration of networks and gear than before, without compromising the audio quality.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

RTI Takes Audio Distribution to the Next Level With AD-4x and AD-8x

4×4 and 8×8 Units Boast Built-in Cool Power(R) Amplifiers, Ethernet Control, and Web-based Configuration Interfaces

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — April 30, 2014 — Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI) today announced that its next-generation AD-4x and AD-8x audio distribution systems are now shipping. The cost-effective 4×4 and 8×8 units are bolstered with built-in Ethernet for powerful two-way control and feedback over the LAN, as well as new Web-based interfaces for simple configuration via any Ethernet-enabled device. more

CRAS Sets Broadcast Audio Students on the Right Track with HARMAN Studer Vista Consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Studio Monitors

GILBERT, Arizona – Located in the Arizona desert, the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is an oasis for aspiring audio professionals. Established in 1980, CRAS offers a comprehensive educational program designed to prepare students for the fast-paced, challenging world of audio recording and sound engineering. Recently, CRAS expanded its Master Recording Program to include a Broadcast Audio segment, and outfitted its facilities with world-class HARMAN equipment that includes Studer Vista digital consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Series studio monitors.

The Broadcast Audio segment focuses on the opportunities and workflows and technologies that are specific to live television broadcast. Students will work out of the CRAS Broadcast audio production room as well as the CRAS mobile production trailer and work hands-on with the Studer broadcast audio mixing consoles. “Our program has always required students to study onsite for 30 weeks and then go on a mandatory internship, but we expanded that to six more weeks in our program and that includes the new Broadcast Audio phase,” said Robert Brock, Digital Department Director at CRAS. “We want our students to understand the requirements of working in broadcast production—being able to focus while working under a director and handling the pressure that comes with live broadcast.”

Brock noted a need at the educational level to raise awareness of opportunities in the broadcast industry. “The problem is a lot of people haven’t had the exposure to audio for broadcast, so there’s kind of a feeling within the broadcast industry that there isn’t a passion for audio,” Brock said. “We want to make our students aware of the numerous opportunities that exist for audio engineers in broadcast.”

While in the development stages of the Broadcast Audio segment, CRAS found an ideal partner in Studer. “We never want to do anything halfway when it comes to technology, because we want to serve the students but also want to show the industry how committed we are. A lot of manufacturers offer educational discounts and that’s fine, but we really wanted an educational partner and something that was mutually beneficial to the manufacturer and to our students. And this is where Studer really stepped up, they really understood that we wanted a partner that had some vision of their own.”

This vision led to the creation of StuderBroadcastAcademy.com, developed in partnership between Studer and CRAS. The training program is available to professional engineers but also provides the basis of the curriculum at CRAS. Students can operate a Vista 9 console in the audio production room, a Vista 5 in the mobile broadcast unit, or get training online at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com using the Studer Virtual Vista software.

“When you sit behind the Vista 9 or the 5, the user interface with Vistonics™ displays makes it really intuitive once you have it set up and configured,” Brock added. “It’s very easy to take a student who knows very little about consoles and explain just a few things and they can navigate the system, which isn’t true of all consoles out there.”

In addition, CRAS outfitted its studios with two 5.1 surround sound systems consisting of JBL LSR6325 studio monitors with LSR6312S studio monitor subwoofers. “I was at JBL’s headquarters in Northridge, California and [JBL Professional’s Senior Manager, Recording & Broadcast] Peter Chaikin showed us the LSR6325 monitors and we really liked them,” Brock noted. “They were the right form factor and sound really great. What I really like is as a system when coupled with the sub, they sound better than anything else out there. As a singular system, it jibes together really well.”

CRAS worked closely with veteran audio engineer Fred Aldous and other professionals to help CRAS devise the approach of the Broadcast Audio segment. “Fred has been working with our instructors once a week to get them up to speed on everything, and in the meantime we’ve reached out to NASCAR, the NFL and other organizations to get connected with some A1 engineers in the field. We’re really trying to connect closely with the industry,” Brock said.

For more information on CRAS, please visit www.audiorecordingschool.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Barix Names Thorvin Electronics as Canadian Distributor

Company’s experience in digital signage, IP technologies makes Barix an ideal fit

ZURICH/MINNEAPOLIS, April 30, 2014
Barix has appointed Thorvin Electronics as its new Canadian distributor as the company increases its presence across the provinces and territories of North America’s largest geographical country.

Thorvin Electronics specializes in quality audio, video and digital signage products and systems, supporting communications dealers across Canada. The Thorvin Electronics team sees Barix as an ideal match for its portfolio based on the acceleration of IP transitions across AV and broadcast systems throughout Canada.

“Everything is moving toward IP today, and our AV dealers are increasingly working to move paging and background music systems to the network – a core Barix strength,” said Jean-Marc Langevin, vice president and sales manager, Thorvin Electronics. “We also see a rapidly growing interest in audio for digital signage as businesses recognize its value. We think the Barix AudioPoint solution, which synchronizes audio streams with video signage, will make a real impact by engaging consumers through their mobile devices. That solves the noise pollution challenge in signage deployments that our dealers have battled for years.”

Langevin adds that Thorvin’s footprint across Canada, which includes sales representation and AV dealers in every region, has raised Barix’s profile across the country. He already has opportunities to deliver complete Barix solutions to single customers that merge audio signage, in-store radio, and paging and intercom on the same network. Langevin points to retail, transportation (including airports) and education as especially ripe opportunities across Canada, likening Barix solutions to “a Swiss Army Knife, with an array of uses and flexibility.”

Ronni Guggenheim, CEO of Barix, believes that Thorvin Electronics is in a unique position to cost-effectively transition AV and broadcast businesses across Canada from legacy to IP architectures, leveraging its vast portfolio of products and solutions — which now includes Barix.

“There is a synergy between Barix and other product lines in the Thorvin Electronics portfolio that creates exceptional growth opportunities for end users across multiple business verticals,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix. “We believe that Thorvin Electronics has the broadest range of solutions in Canada to help businesses and organizations move audio across IP networks with better efficiency, quality and reliability.”

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Extron Now Shipping Pro Series Control Systems

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of many exciting Pro Series control systems products, including TouchLink Pro touchpanels, IP Link Pro control processors, Global Configurator Professional, LinkLicense, and several Pro Series accessories. Extron Pro Series takes configurable control to a whole new level with a broad range of tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. In addition to more processing power, greater security, and enhanced overall performance, all Pro Series control systems are designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful. As always, these new Pro Series products are backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and award-winning S3 customer support. more

Distinguished Percussionist Taku Hirano Makes His Mark with HARMAN’s AKG Microphones

NEW YORK, New York – As a recording and touring percussionist, Taku Hirano has worked with some of the most successful artists in the world, performing live with legends such as Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige and Usher, and working in the studio with Fleetwood Mac, Dr. Dre, Kanye West and Lionel Richie. Throughout these endeavors, Hirano has relied on only the highest quality microphones from HARMAN’s AKG.

“I have always been a fan of AKG microphones for both tour and studio applications,” said Hirano. “Working with AKG has afforded me superior microphones that meet my needs for both sonic precision in the studio and the rigors of the road.”

As a microphone for overheads in his percussion setup, Hirano uses the C414 XLS to capture the best patterns during every application. It can cover everything from handheld percussion instruments to cymbals and gongs. Most recently, Hirano also acquired a Groove Pack, which includes an AKG P2, two P17 and three P4 microphones for multi-purpose use on the road.

“This has been my go-to kit for everything while I am on tour,” according to Hirano. “Whether I am conducting sessions in my hotel room, or live performances on stage, these microphones and the accompanying lightweight protective aluminum case cover all my needs.”

Having performed at high-profile venues recently such as the White House and Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL” world tour, Hirano requires his microphones to be durable and consistent throughout the duration of their lifespan. He believes AKG microphones fulfill this criteria matching the longevity of his career.

“It’s no surprise to me that all of the AKG products I own have performed flawlessly,” said Hirano. “Having recently visited the AKG manufacturing facility in Vienna during a world tour, I saw firsthand the meticulous attention to detail that AKG follows. The quality of sound and durability of the physical microphone casing means that I can have peace of mind in the studio and on the road.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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