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Introducing Focusrite RedNet D16 AES

Focusrite Announces RedNet D16 AES – 16-channel AES3 I/O for Dante audio networks

Los Angeles, CA, February 3, 2014 – Focusrite announces the new RedNet D16 AES interface, a 1U 19-inch rack-mount interface featuring 16 channels of AES/EBU connectivity to and from a Dante audio network, with Ethernet redundancy for maximum network reliability. Perfect for bridging between digital consoles, power amplifiers or any other AES3 equipped audio equipment and a Dante network, RedNet D16 AES has a Sample Rate Convertor (SRC) on each input pair, allowing instant operation with any AES3 source. Word Clock and Digital Audio Reference Signal (DARS) connections provide synchronization with a wide range of hardware, while S/PDIF I/O allows the integration of equipment such as CD or solid state recorders/players.

Two DB25 connectors each provide eight channels of combined I/O to the AES59 standard, allowing speedy interconnection with other DB25-connected or XLR-based equipment by use of standard DB25 to XLR cables. The rear-panel XLR female input can be used either as a DARS sync source for the Dante system, or as an AES3 audio source replacing input channels 1–2 on the DB25 connectors. An XLR male socket provides a duplicated AES3 outlet for output channels 1–2. The RCA S/PDIF input can similarly replace input channels 3–4 of the DB25 connectors, while the S/PDIF output can replicate any adjacent odd/even pair of the 16 output channels.

The two network connectors on the rear of the unit allow two modes of operation. They can be used either as a primary/redundant network interface, allowing seamless switchover in the case of network failure, or as a daisy-chain port allowing the connection of multiple units.

All the clocking and input/output options of RedNet D16 AES are remotely controlled by the RedNet Control software application for Mac and PC.

Focusrite RedNet will be discussing and demonstrating the full range of RedNet products at the AV Networking World event, taking place February 4, 2014, at the Amsterdam Holiday Inn during ISE. To register your attendance, please click here.

U.S. MSRP: $1899.99

For more information, please go to: www.focusrite.com/ethernet-audio-interfaces/rednet-d16-aes

Focusrite RedNet D16 AES Interface Key Features:

16 Channel RedNet AES3 Interface for Dante Network
AES3 connectivity allows connection of external converters, effects units, mixing consoles or any other AES3 equipped audio equipment to the Dante audio network

Ethernet Redundancy
Dual rear-panel Ethernet connectors (primary and secondary connectors) allow maximum network reliability with seamless switchover to a standby network in the unlikely event of a network failure. The ports can alternatively be used to daisy-chain additional units.

Sample Rate Conversion on all input channels
SRC allows external equipment to run at any sample rate, irrespective of the sample rate or clocking of the Dante audio network

1U Chassis
Compact design allows maximum functionality in minimum rack space, with a full 16 channels of I/O in 1U. RedNet D16 AES features the standard trademark red anodized front panel

Input and Output on XLR as well as DB25
RedNet D16 AES provides two 8-channel AES59 combined I/O DB25 connections. In addition, a pair of XLR3 connectors duplicates channels 1 & 2

XLR Input for DARS or Digital Audio
The rear panel XLR input connector can either be used as a DARS input or as a traditional AES3 audio input, replacing channels 1–2 of the DB25 inputs

S/PDIF
S/PDIF input and outputs are provided on RCA connectors, ideal for connecting CD players or solid-state recorders. The input replaces channels 3 & 4 in the DB25 connector while the output can be assigned to replicate any adjacent odd/even output pair

Word Clock
Word Clock I/O on BNC connectors allows synchronization of the Dante network to house clock, or syncing external equipment to the Dante network

Remote routing and control
RedNet Control software allows full routing and control from your audio computer system via a software control panel – no hardware patching required

Also included in the RedNet range of Dante break-in/break-out boxes are RedNet 1 & RedNet 2, which offer eight or sixteen channels of line-level analog in and out, with Focusrite’s precision 24-bit A-D and D-A conversion for superb audio performance; RedNet 3, which interfaces your digital audio systems and components to the Dante network via AES/EBU, S/PDIF and ADAT connections; RedNet 4 which adds eight of Focusrite’s next-generation remote controlled preamps/line inputs with two selectable DIs to your Dante system; RedNet 5, which provides a bridge between the Dante network and Pro Tools|HD systems and RedNet 6 which provides a 64-channel bridge between the Dante network and MADI systems. Also available is the RedNet Dante PCIe card, which is an ultra low latency 128 I/O Dante interface for PC and Mac.

For More information on the RedNet range, go to www.focusrite.com/rednet.

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Carl Tatz Design Receives 2014 TEC Award for Studio Design

- Carl Tatz Design shares the prestigious 29th annual TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category with Vintage King for the new Vintage King Nashville (VKN) MixRoom™ -

Nashville, TN: Setting a new benchmark for control room design and performance, the revolutionary Carl Tatz Design (CTD) MixRoom™ concept, which pairs the Carl Tatz Signature Series™ acoustic modules by Auralex with the unrivaled accuracy of the PhantomFocus™ System monitor tuning protocol, has won the 2014 TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category for its new Vintage King Nashville (VKN) control room/show room installation.

“The Vintage King Nashville CTD MixRoom has been an absolute success with our customers since day one,” comments Chad Evans, VKN national sales rep. “With the TEC Award, it gives us great satisfaction to see that our peers recognize it as well. Hats off to Carl Tatz Design for making it a reality.”

The project was very much a team effort due to the very tight time constraints and its unique application of being a MixRoom as well as a retail show room. Everyone involved, from Vintage King personnel to Sound Construction and Supply for the custom designed desk, SkinnyFish Studio Services for the wiring, all the gear manufacturers and the Carl Tatz Design craftsmen, helped to facilitate its completion in time for the grand opening party coinciding with the annual Nashville Audio Engineer Week and Audio Masters Golf Tournament.

“We’re very grateful to the TEC Award foundation for selecting us from among the other highly qualified nominees for this honor, and we’re thankful to Vintage King for choosing us to design their beautiful Nashville facility,” states Carl Tatz, principal of the Carl Tatz Design LLC firm and creator of the PhantomFocus System.

“Congratulations to you Carl. Thank you!! We appreciate your willingness to have faith in the project,” stated Andrew Nehra, Vintage King co-owner.

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CHRIS LORD-ALGE INTRODUCES REDNET INTO HIS STUDIO

As the widespread integration of RedNet into the audio community continues, we were particularly excited to report the adoption of RedNet by the Multi-GRAMMY® Award winning mix engineer Chris Lord-Alge. His case study is presented here, in full, but we thought it necessary to send the cameras in!

URL: http://youtu.be/zq7ZB68X5NY

For More Information About RedNet go to: www.focusrite.com/rednet

Contact: will.evans@focusrite.com

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Bose® Ships Dante™ Cards for ControlSpace® Processors and PowerMatch® Power Amplifiers

Framingham, Massachusetts, January 30, 2014 – Bose® Professional Systems has begun shipping three new cards that bring Dante™ networking interoperability to the company’s latest ControlSpace® engineered sound processors and PowerMatch® configurable professional power amplifiers. Each user-installable Dante option card provides 48 kHz / 24-bit digital audio network connectivity over standard IP networks for connecting with Bose and other manufacturers’ Dante-enabled products. Bose Dante cards feature configurable secondary ports for modes supporting daisy-chaining or no-glitch audio redundancy. Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Dante is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency and tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks.

The new Bose ControlSpace® Designer™ version 4.0 software release enables configuration of PowerMatch and ControlSpace products using the new Dante option cards. ControlSpace Designer software enables an operator to design, configure, control and monitor all Bose networked system electronics using a single application.

The new 8×8 Dante™ card option for the PowerMatch® power amplifiers provides digital input to the amplifier of up to eight audio channels from a Dante network. For monitoring purposes, up to eight foldback channels can be transmitted back onto the Dante network from a PowerMatch amplifier.

A second new card model supports 16×16 digital audio channels in Bose’s single-rack fixed-analog ControlSpace® engineered sound processors, including the ESP-880 (8×8 analog I/O), ESP-1240 (12×4) and ESP-4120 (4×12) products. The Dante card slips into the rear-panel network slot on the DSP chassis and is installed in minutes with just two screws. Both Dante audio and Bose network control is together over a single Ethernet connection as a feature of this card, keeping the setup and networking cabling simple.

With the addition of the third Dante network card model there are now 12 expansion card options available for the ControlSpace ESP-00 II engineered sound processor, which includes eight open card slots as standard. The new card provides up to 16×16 channels of digital audio connectivity with other Dante-enabled products. The ControlSpace ESP-00 Dante network card is compatible with ESP-00 II, ESP-00 and ESP-88 processors.

About Audinate:
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Dante™ has become the defacto standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio industry. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in the US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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Genelec Has Strong Presence at the 2014 NAMM Show

— With a product debut and awards for new and classic Genelec offerings, the NAMM Show was the backdrop for an impressive showing from Genelec —

NATICK, MA, January 29, 2014 — Genelec is proud to wrap a successful several days in Anaheim at the 2014 NAMM Show. Since recently marking the completion of its 35th anniversary year celebration in 2013, Genelec has been on a roll, and this convention served as the backdrop for a new product unveiling (the 8010 Active Monitor) and multiple prestigious awards for the loudspeaker pioneer.

Debuted at the show, the 8010 Active Monitor is the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 Series product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.

Genelec products were also the recipients of two different awards from the NAMM Foundation at the NAMM Show:

First, Genelec’s new M Series Active Monitors won the 29th Annual TEC Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement in the category “Studio Monitor Technology.” The award was presented on January 24, 2014, at a special ceremony. The energy-efficient M Series (thus far comprising the first two models, M030 and M040) takes a new approach to monitor design as part of Genelec’s larger ongoing sustainable initiatives known as Genelec Embedded Sustainability. The primary focus in developing the new M Series was to proceed with a sustainable mindset without sacrificing the accuracy and reliability for which Genelec has been known for the past 35 years – while also offering something new and innovative for project studio customers.

Second, Genelec’s classic 1031A Active Studio Monitor, introduced in 1991, was inducted into the TECnology Hall of Fame at a separate ceremony on January 25, 2014. Outlining the 1031A’s outstanding achievement, the Hall of Fame’s description of the monitor is as follows: “The 1031A was not Genelec’s first monitor (that was 1978′s S-30) or active system that employed the innovative Directivity Control Waveguide (DCW) — a nod that goes to 1984’s 1022A mid-field tri-amp and later 1989′s large-format 1035A system. However in 1991, when Genelec debuted the 1031A — a compact, yet high-performance monitor that applied the DCW approach into a self-powered near-field design, a classic was born. At just over 15 inches tall, the 1031A offered flat response (out to 23k Hz), 240 watts of onboard biamplification and the ability to reach 120 dB peaks. All of these made the 1031A a popular choice with top engineers and producers, studios and broadcasters worldwide and it stayed in production for 15 years, eventually being replaced by Genelec’s 8000 series Minimum Diffraction Enclosure (MDE) technology monitors.”

“This has been a banner year for Genelec,” stated Will Eggleston, Genelec Inc. Marketing Manager. “I can think of no better way to wrap our 35th anniversary celebration than to have such an eventful NAMM Show. We are immensely proud of our new 8010 Active Monitor and M Series products, and it was a true honor to be acknowledged by the NAMM Foundation in two separate award ceremonies. We are dedicated to our technology on an intense level, and it is satisfying to see the fruits of our hard work.”

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

About the TEC Awards:
Founded in 1985, the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards is the foremost program recognizing the achievements of audio professionals. Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation at The NAMM Show, the TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games, and other media. TEC Awards nominations are made by a panel of industry professionals and voted upon by members of various professional organizations and audio industry websites.

About the TECnology Hall of Fame:
The TECnology Hall of Fame was established in 2004 to honor and recognize audio products and innovations that have made a significant contribution to the advancement of audio technology. Inductees to the TECnology Hall of Fame are chosen by a panel of more than 50 recognized audio experts, including authors, educators, engineers, facility owners and other professionals. Products or innovations must be at least 10 years old to be considered for induction.

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Bose® Professional System Components Selected for Harvest Bible Church in Cypress, Texas

The church wanted to keep a 1,000-seat sanctuary intimate-sounding, and Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers were able to do just that, filling the room with only six modules while covering every seat perfectly

Framingham, Massachusetts, January 28, 2014 – The Harvest Bible Church in Cypress, Texas, had a challenging agenda: allow its 1,000-seat sanctuary to have an intimate ambience yet still have both speech and music fill the entire space intelligibly and coherently, despite a relatively low 18-foot ceiling and highly reflective surfaces on the walls and floor. And one more criterion: keep the PA system’s profile minimal and as invisible as possible. It might have seemed difficult to meet all of these goals, but a RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems was just the right solution.

Covenant Communications, an AV systems designer and integrator in Houston, used two RM12020 modules, one RM12010 module and an RMS215 subwoofer in each of two L/R arrays, all powered by three Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N eight-channel amplifiers. That was all it took to fulfill all of the needs of this complex acoustical space.

“The six compression drivers in each cabinet from two arrays provided all the directivity we needed to tailor the sound coverage to all of the seats in the worship hall, and we were able to do that without further exciting this challenging acoustical environment with more cabinets yielding higher SPL’s,” observes Joe Smart, the Sales Manager for Covenant Communications and the system’s designer. Noting the concrete flooring, the copious amounts of highly reflective solid drywall, and the fact that there was no acoustical treatment in the ceiling space, he says, “A predictable coverage pattern for the sound was absolutely critical. And that’s why the RoomMatch speakers were the perfect solution: We were able to cover the space consistently and coherently with a minimum number of boxes.”

Smart says he was introduced to the Bose RoomMatch system when his Bose sales representative took him to hear it in the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center installation in Oklahoma. “I was greatly surprised and impressed by the even response of the off-axis high frequencies of the system,” he recalls. “I left there feeling confident that I could specify a RoomMatch system for the Harvest Bible Church project, to meet their challenging space and acoustical needs. I talked to the customer and flipped the spec within a week of hearing the RoomMatch system because I was never quite settled on how to solve some of the room dilemmas, but I was confident of what I heard in Broken Arrow. Without the RoomMatch loudspeakers, I would have had to use a ton of boxes and delay lines to achieve the same coherency that we get with just six RoomMatch modules. We’re getting all the benefits of a line array without having to hang more than we wanted to. There is a certain genius in the range of options for putting the boxes together.”

In addition to the RoomMatch modules used in the sanctuary, Covenant Communications also installed 70-volt Bose DS40 ceiling speakers outside of the worship center, to cover overflow areas, networked to, and powered by, the PowerMatch amplifiers. “I’ve gotten more compliments from the end user on this system than other projects I can remember. The system is really musical, and we did it all with a minimum of hardware,” says Smart. “It was definitely a case of less really being more.”

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Focusrite WNAMM14 Press Kit

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Genelec WNAMM14 Press Kit

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Waves Audio WNAMM14 Press Kit

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Auralex Acoustics WNAMM14 Press Kit

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