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MORE SLOTS, MORE POWER, BETTER PERFORMANCE API TAKES THE 500 SERIES LUNCHBOX® TO A NEW LEVEL

JESSUP, MARYLAND – JANUARY 2014: API will introduce its new eight-slot 500-8 lunchbox at the 2014 NAMM Show. The new eight-slot model is priced the same as the six-slot 500-6 lunchbox, effectively giving new purchasers two free slots! Moreover, the new 500-8B includes all of the features that have made the 500-6B so well regarded in the industry, including DB-25 (D-Sub) connectors for easy I/O, universal power supply (100 or 250V, 47 to 63Hz), phantom power, and easy rack-mounting with optional rack-ear kit for robust performance, and new toggle switches for channel linking.

Noted Larry Droppa, president of API, “Listening to our end users is key to our product development. As we add new 500 series modules to our line, including the new 505-DI and 565 Filter Bank, it was only natural to add two more slots to the 500-6 lunchbox. And to make it even sweeter, we decided to offer the 500-8 lunchbox at the same price as the 6.

The 500-8 lunchbox is now shipping MSRP: $499.00

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

STOP BY AND SEE US AT NAMM 2014 BOOTH #6204

NEW AT NAMM! SONODYNE LAUNCHES NEW SRP SERIES OF HIGHLY-ARTICULATE COMPETITIVELY-PRICED STUDIO MONITORS

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2014: Based in India, Sonodyne is well known for designing and manufacturing studio monitors that deliver big-ticket performance without the big ticket. Company founder Ashoke Mukherjee and his research team have yet again smashed the performance/price barrier with the SRP series of bi-amplified, die-cast aluminum studio reference monitors, and TransAudio Group, Sonodyne’s U.S. distributor, will be showcasing them at Booth #6945 at NAMM 2014. Five models span the series to meet different needs and budgets, from the small SRP 350, through the SRP 400, 500, and 600, to the large SRP 800. A sensible collection of back panel controls adapt the SRP series loudspeakers to a wide range of room conditions, and tapped inserts at the bottom and rear allow for a variety of mounting options. Clean self-power ranging from 20+20W in the SRP 350 to 175+100W in the SRP 800 is perfectly matched to the acoustics of the drivers and enclosures.

“We’re pleased to demo Ashoke’s latest creation at NAMM,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group. “The Sonodyne SRP series studio reference monitors deliver the sort of clear, honest reproduction that is normally available only from manufacturers that charge many times the price. The range of sizes available in the SRP series will suit a variety of needs, from small-driver references, to surround channels, to primary near-fields.” The aesthetically-pleasing Sonodyne SRP series studio monitors are available in rich black, charcoal grey, and snow white.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com

STOP BY AND SEE US AT NAMM 2014, BOOTH #6945

Symetrix SymNet Edge Processor Defines Video Conferencing at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA – JANUARY 2014: The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington opened recently just outside the gates of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, roughly fifteen miles south of Washington DC. Not only is the $45 million building the leading scholarly research facility for America’s first President, it is also filled with state-of-the-art technology that allows scholars-in-residence to videoconference with colleagues around the world. A SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSP system with comprehensive conferencing features, including Acoustic Echo Canceling (AEC), delivers robust, high-quality audio for the library’s six video conferencing systems, as well as background audio and paging services. A dedicated SymNet Radius 12×8 DSP together with a custom Crestron computer control interface serve as the heart and brains of the library’s recording studio.

Richard Derbyshire of Shen, Milsom & Wilke’s Washington, D.C. office designed the sound reinforcement system, and IES Communications of Roanoke, Virginia installed it. Jim Hogan, A/V project manager with IES Communications, explained, “This is a high-profile, high-visibility installation, and the expectation is perfection. We’ve done a number of Symetrix installations, and they always go smoothly. The technical support from Symetrix is excellent, and the sound quality and stability of the units are great. The modular SymNet Edge system gives us tremendous flexibility with regard to inputs and outputs as well as customized processing.”

The sound reinforcement system and conferencing systems are located primarily in the conference wing of the library, where two larger conference rooms and two smaller conference rooms join the library’s signature lecture and conferencing space, The David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall. A massive eighteen-foot by eight-foot micro-tile screen forms the focal point of Rubenstein Hall and allows the library’s scholars-in-residence to connect with individuals and groups across the country and around the world. Four SymNet Edge frames are outfitted with eleven AEC cards, two 2-Line analog telephone interface cards, three analog input cards, and two analog output cards, all working in conjunction with two SymNet xIn12 and two SymNet xOut12 I/O expanders. The units are integrated using the DanteTM network audio protocol. All of the conferencing systems benefit from Symetrix’ advanced AEC hardware and DSP algorithms.

In addition, the library staff has use of a small audio and video recording studio with which to create educational and other materials in-house. Hogan centered the studio workflow on a SymNet Radius 12×8 processor. He used its open architecture to design custom recording and playback functionality that users control via an intuitively laid out Crestron interface, thereby enhancing their productivity by providing them with efficient, easy to use tools.

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

DRAWMER’S TEC AWARD-NOMINATED MC2.1 MONITOR CONTROLLER SHOWCASED AT WINTER NAMM

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JANUARY 2014: Whether it’s at the recording stage, the mixing stage, or the mastering stage, Drawmer MC2.1 Monitor Controller gives engineers all of the tools they need to deliver great recordings that will translate anywhere. It has two essential assets that are rarely found together. First, the MC2.1 Monitor Controller is designed and quality-controlled to provide a pristine, ultra-low distortion signal path and amplification stage that transparently conveys the signal at its selected input from 20Hz to 40kHz, +/- 0.2dB. Second, it provides comprehensive I/O selection to permit quick, benchmarked comparisons across four inputs, three loudspeaker outputs (with an additional mono output), and two headphone outputs. All outputs have individual left/right trims to permit perfect volume matching. A talkback microphone and comprehensive mix-checking controls (left/right cut, phase reverse, mono, dim, and mute) complete the MC2.1 Monitor Controller’s feature set.

“Everyone knows that if you can’t properly hear what you’re recording, mixing, or mastering, you can’t be sure that the end result will hold up,” said Brad Lunde, president of TransAudio Group, the U.S. distributor of Drawmer’s legendary and growing line of signal processors. “The new Drawmer MC2.1 Monitor Controller was painstakingly designed by Ivor Drawmer and his team of engineers to possess brutally honest circuitry that will reveal every nuance at its input, both the good and the bad. Moreover, its comprehensive collection of inputs, outputs, and mix-checking features will speed an engineer’s workflow and make referencing different loudspeakers and headphones easy. This is a significant advancement over the status quo of comparable products.”
US-MSRP $650.00

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.www.transaudiogroup.com

STOP BY AND SEE US AT NAMM 2014, BOOTH #6945

API ANNOUNCES THE WEST COAST DEBUT OF “THE BOX” AT NAMM – PLUS THREE NEW 500 SERIES MODULES

JESSUP, MARYLAND – JANUARY 2014: API’s professional project studio console, THE BOX, was the hit of AES in New York City, and now API showcases it at NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, California to the west coast recordists. THE BOX is the ideal analog console for small studios that are centered on DAWs, providing four input channels with preamps and processing; sixteen channels of classic analog summing (twenty at mixdown); cue sends with talkback; and monitor control. Most importantly, THE BOX uses the classic discrete analog circuitry that is found in all of its products, including the 1608 small format console and the Legacy Plus and Vision large-format consoles.

API also debuts three new 500 Series products at NAMM: the new eight-slot 500-8 lunchbox®; the 505 DI direct input, which like the module-based API 205, accepts a guitar, bass or keyboard direct input while minimizing any loading effect on Hi-Z instrument pickups; and the 565 Filter Bank module with circuits that are true to the musical filters of the famed 215 module found in large format API consoles.

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

STOP BY AND SEE US AT NAMM 2014 BOOTH #6204

RF VENUE AND PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS PARTNER ON INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – JANUARY 2014: In a unique supply agreement, RF Venue remote antennas, RF distribution equipment, and other accessory products for wireless microphones, IEMs, and intercoms are now available through Professional Wireless Systems, a Masque Sound company.

“Professional Wireless’ team is among the elite groups in wireless audio system configuration, coordination, and management worldwide,” commented RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. “We are thrilled to add our products to their RF toolkit and now be able to offer our customers the best in class frequency coordination and onsite RF services.”

RF Venue’s innovative Diversity Fin, RF Spotlight, and CP Beam antennas represent all-new approaches to solving signal dropout and interference problems for wireless audio systems of all sizes. Professional Wireless offers a complementary range of RF hardware and software systems in addition to a wide range of consulting, design, and show management capabilities.

“Quite simply we found kindred spirits with Chris and his team at RF Venue,” stated Geoff Shearing, president of Masque Sound and Professional Wireless. “We share a passion for solving RF problems for users of wireless audio products and I am greatly looking forward to the exciting things that will come from this collaboration.”

ABOUT PROFESSIONAL WIRELESS SYSTEMS As a wholly owned subsidiary of Masque Sound, Professional Wireless Systems specializes in developing brand new gear for the increasing demands of RF equipment. PWS supplies and supports wireless systems for any kind of live and broadcast event. www.professionalwireless.com

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events. www.rfvenue.com

ASHLY PROCESSING, AMPLIFICATION, AND CONTROL AT ROCHESTER, NEW YORK’S HISTORIC SIBLEY BUILDING

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – JANUARY 2014: The “new” Sibley Building in downtown Rochester, New York rose out of the ashes of the original Sibley Building, which served as the city’s first department store and burned down in 1906. It has remained an architectural fixture ever since and was admitted to National Register of Historic Places in 1984. The lower levels serve as retail space and help to anchor Rochester’s current downtown revitalization. Its public areas recently benefited from a sound system overhaul that centered on processing, amplification, and control provided by commercial audio manufacturer Ashly Audio of nearby Webster, New York.

“Although it had been fine when it went in, the old sound system was twenty years old,” said Alan Clayton, sales representative with the local integration firm, The Presentation Source, that designed and installed the new system. “The owners wanted to add some outdoor loudspeakers to the entrances, and they wanted to be able to play different music sources at different entrances. The old system had zero multi-zone support.” The different music sources will be used to affect some innocuous crowd control: some exciting music at the sidewalk entrances to draw in passers by and some not-so-exciting music near a different entrance to discourage loitering.

A new Ashly ne24.24M modular matrix processor outfitted with four inputs and twelve outputs forms the heart of the new system, and an Ashly neWR-5 networked remote control provides relevant user controls. “The neWR-5 is a great way to give the client just the right amount of control,” said Clayton. “It’s a fine line. I want to allow them to do everything they want to do, but not allow them to get into trouble. The neWR-5 lets me hone in on just the right amount.” To power the existing indoor loudspeakers as well as the new One Systems outdoor loudspeakers, Clayton installed an eight-channel, two-rack space Ashly ne8250.70 amplifier.

“A lot of things go into choosing this kind of equipment, not the least of which is the inclusion of local manufacturers when possible,” said Clayton. “That’s especially significant given the historic nature of the Sibley Building. Just as important is our previous experience with Ashly equipment and Ashly support. Both are excellent. The equipment sounds great, holds up reliably, and the people at Ashly are very easy to work with.”

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

Symetrix SymNet Edge Deployed at Atlanta’s Stone Mountain Park

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 2014: On a clear day, you can see downtown Atlanta from Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, and crowds flock there from the city and the surrounding states to enjoy the park’s awe-inspiring geology and nature. In addition to a massive laser, fireworks, pyrotechnics, and projection show that has operated on summer evenings since 1983 and is almost synonymous with Stone Mountain Park, the park’s attractions include the mountain itself, camping, a cable car to the summit, a collection of historic plantation buildings, Geyser Towers playground, the Sky Hike family ropes adventure course, a children’s activity area, and Crossroads Base Camp, a town with restaurants, retail stores, a movie theater, mini-golf, and craft stores. With so much going on, the owners hired Atlanta-based Full Spectrum to begin deploying a Symetrix SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSP system that will grow and eventually expand to cover all of the park’s attractions via an inexpensive CAT5 network.

“The owners built Crossroads about a decade ago, and the original sound system did a passable job of supplying background music,” explained Paul Creasy, partner at Full Spectrum. “But as the development grew and several of the establishments set their sights on more and different events, the constraints of the original system became apparent. The upshot was that they needed something that was completely flexible. Moreover, the owners wanted to expand system coverage to several of the other attractions, but they didn’t want to have to start from scratch every time they expanded. The Symetrix SymNet Edge DSP system offered the perfect solution. Each Edge frame has modular I/O, and its open architecture programming allows us to customize system features and performance. The fact that the Edge DSP system networks via Dante will allow us to easily expand across the park.” Currently, eight SymNet Edge frames populate Crossroads, each in a different building.

“We do niche A/V,” said Creasy. “You can’t call up a preset for a place like Stone Mountain Park. I appreciate the flexibility and intuitive layout of SymNet Composer open architecture software. It’s easy to work with, even with a complex system like this one. Moreover, any time I have a question, Symetrix’ tech support is available and ready with an answer.” Within the next year, Full Spectrum plans to expand the sound reinforcement system via Dante and additional remote Edge DSP units to incorporate the Plantation, the Sky Ride cable car complex, and, perhaps most exciting, Stone Mountain’s famous laser show!

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

LSU ROARS WITH DANLEY!

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 2014: The Louisiana State University Tigers football team plays all of its home games at Tiger Stadium on the school’s Baton Rouge campus. Nicknamed “Death Valley,” the stadium’s deafening roar of 92,500 Tigers fans is notorious for scrambling the communications and sapping the confidence of the Tigers’ unlucky opponents. Indeed, the NCAA ranked Tiger Stadium as the loudest stadium in college football, noting as an example that fans’ euphoric response to a last-minute LSU touchdown in 1988 measured as a minor earthquake on the campus seismograph! Despite this, Tiger Stadium persisted until recently with an underpowered sound reinforcement system that one list-serve commenter likened unfavorably to a car radio. No more. With a beefy Danley Sound Labs sound reinforcement system that includes eighteen Jericho Horns and six “Rock Monster” subwoofers, Tiger Stadium’s music playback system is now positioned to whip LSU fans to even greater fervor.

“The old system was expressly designed for public address, not music playback,” explained Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering for Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia) and the person responsible for designing LSU’s new sound reinforcement system. “Given the game-day experience demanded from fans these days, a serious upgrade was a necessity. The point-source system that we designed flanks the LED screen on the north end of the stadium and throws eight-hundred feet across to the south end zone seating. With the Danley Jericho Horns, we were able to throw 8kHz that full distance with program material that measured 105dBA. That’s an unprecedented technical leap!” Baker Audio of Norcross, Georgia installed the system.

Fourteen Danley J3-64 full-range Jericho Horns comprise the bulk of the new system, while four Danley J4-31 high-frequency Jericho Horns contribute to the system’s amazing high-end throw. Six Danley TH-812 “Rock Monster” subwoofers fill out the bottom of the system with thunderous low end. Four Danley SH-96s, four Danley SH-64s, four Danley SM-80s, and twenty Danley SH-MINIs provide fill for areas not directly covered by the Jericho Horns. A 32-channel Yamaha LS9 provides a familiar front end, while a QSC Q-Sys processing system feeds twenty-four Lab.gruppen PLM 10000Q and 20000Q amplifiers behind the scenes.

Mike Hedden, co-founder and president of Danley Sound Labs commented. “We measured the frequency response of the completed system at hundreds of positions around the stadium and the system is remarkably consistent with solid bass down into the mid 20Hz region and top end extending into the 10kHz range even at seats eight-hundred feet away. This is unprecedented performance in a venue this size and could only be achieved within the limitations of the scoreboard using Danley’s unique technologies.”

The north end scoreboard sits over eighty feet from ground level, and each loudspeaker and subwoofer had to be lifted individually by crane to that height. Then the Baker Audio rigging crew set up a beam trolley system with rigging motors to lift each set into position, to secure final rigging hardware, and to lock in the angles and aiming points. Because Tiger Stadium is in a hurricane zone, everything had to be slightly over-engineered to make sure that the rigging tolerances would hold up to hurricane force winds.

“There are always questions about how a system’s real life performance will compare to the acoustical models we work with in the design process,” commented Chris Moore, senior project manager with Baker Audio. “Given the throw distances at Tiger Stadium, a few degrees in coverage pattern or small variables in the overall acoustic performance could have been very time consuming to correct in the field. No one wants to do a redesign in the field, especially given the rigging elements that we had to use on this job. Thankfully, the Danley speakers performed exactly as the design models predicted they would, so we did not have to change any rigging angles or aiming points once we had the speakers hanging in the air. That made the installation process fast and efficient. It’s always a good day when everything performs as planned.”

“The Danley J3-64 Jericho Horns, together with the additional Danley fill speakers, combined to provide uniform coverage throughout the stadium, including the far upper end zone seating,” said Doug Stancil, senior engineer with Baker Audio. “The coverage was complicated by Tiger Stadium’s extended sideline seating, which reaches up to 175 feet at its highest point. The Danley system covers all of those seats very well. I was also impressed by the performance of the Danley TH-812 subs in the far field. Although I have been in stadiums where the low end starts to fall off at the fifty-yard line, this is definitely not the case at Louisiana State University. Fans will feel the full impact of the ‘Tiger Roar’ wherever they sit!”

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

GREG SUCHOMEL JOINS SYMETRIX TEAM AS TECHNICAL SALES ENGINEER

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2014: Symetrix – a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories – announces experienced A/V engineer Greg Suchomel has joined the team as a Field Technical Sales Engineer. Based in New Jersey, Suchomel will promote Symetrix products in the East and Northeast regions in North America by delivering technical certification and specialization training to Symetrix partners and supporting Symetrix partner eco-system with both remote and on-site design and installation help.

“We are excited to welcome Greg to our growing Symetrix sales and support team,” said Craig Richardson, vice president of global sales. “He has over twenty years of real-world A/V experience and a broad background in conferencing and audio system design and installation. His expertise will be a key component in our strategy to increase focus and technical coverage for our partners in the East and Northeast.”

“Symetrix has a great history in the industry with current and future forward-thinking products and solutions and is focused on making life sound better, a philosophy that very much appeals to me,” said Suchomel. “Audio is a critical piece of the puzzle and I’m looking forward to helping Symetrix build the best solutions possible.”

Symetrix designs and sells DSP equipment for managing audio in a broad range of commercial applications used by large and small businesses, retail establishments, houses of worship, hotels, restaurants, sport venues, schools, and more. Symetrix DSP expertise and software design tools are the preferred solution for thousands of unique applications in venues worldwide. As an acknowledged provider of best in class DSP management products, Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better.

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

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