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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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Genelec WNAMM14 Press Kit

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Bose® RoomMatch® System Chosen for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa

With a sanctuary layout that made intelligibility a real challenge, the church needed the right system, and the resulting RoomMatch® cluster provides a “nice, tight band of sound for the congregation”

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa, was dealing with a problem familiar to many churches: their existing sound system was simply not adequate. The layout of the church’s sanctuary did the system no favors, with a tall ceiling and lots of glass causing any number of reverberations, making speech intelligibility and clear music nearly impossible. Several attempts were made to improve the system’s performance, but these tries amounted to little more than “band-aids,” according to Mark Carey, President/Owner of Spencer, Iowa-based Carey’s Electronics. Eventually, a consensus was reached among the church’s leadership and members that a permanent solution was in order, and Carey and his team were selected to spec different options for the system, all of which revolved around products from Bose® Professional Systems. Carey and the church eventually decided on a straightforward, highly effective system consisting of Bose RoomMatch® loudspeakers and a PowerMatch® amplifier.

The Sanctuary’s main floor, including the stage, is 55′ deep by 40′ wide. The side walls are 8′ high with glass walls from the 2.5′ level to 8′, concrete below that. The roof is tongue-in-groove pine, steeply peaked at 40′, giving Carey ample room to place the RoomMatch array. The modular configuration includes two RoomMatch RM7020 loudspeakers and a single RM9040 loudspeaker in a center cluster, powered by a PowerMatch PM8500 amplifier. The RM9040 module covers the front half of the sanctuary, and the RM7020 modules cover the sanctuary’s back half and the choir loft, respectively.

Carey notes, “It’s a nice, simple system. We had to deal with the difficult dimensions of the church, including side wings, as well as lots of glass windows. Intelligibility was not happening with the previous system, but after we got the right configuration for the RoomMatch cluster, we ended up with a nice, tight band of sound for the congregation. The church is thrilled.”

Pastor Steve Winsor adds, “When getting quotes for a sanctuary sound system, there was a refrain we got time and time again…’It is going to be tough to get sound to a number of spots in your sanctuary.’ Overhangs that run the length of the sanctuary, a balcony with an open narthex under it, all under an ‘A’ frame roof line, made for tricky acoustics. The Bose RoomMatch system has delivered high quality sound to those hard to reach spaces, and then some. With even distribution of voice and music, we can deliver a much better quality worship service than before.”

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Bose® Professional System Components Chosen as Standard for Shopping Malls in U.S. and Canada by Mood Media

Mood Media looks to Bose® PowerMatch® 8500N configurable power amplifiers, ControlSpace® digital signal processing and CobraNet® digital audio interface cards for multi-zone audio distribution in shopping centers across the country

Bose installations have taken place in numerous Simon Property Group malls in North America

Mood Media, the world’s leading provider of retail music solutions and sound systems, is seeing recent growth in the design and installation of multi-zone distributed audio in shopping centers and other public locations. Mood Media has turned to components from Bose® Professional Systems, including PowerMatch® 8500N configurable power amplifiers, ControlSpace® digital signal processing (DSP) and PowerMatch CobraNet® digital audio interface cards, for many such installations in malls in the U.S. and Canada. Several of these projects have been in properties owned and managed by Simon Property Group.

Craig Breigle, Premier Systems Account Executive, Mood Media, based in Austin, TX, notes that the PowerMatch and ControlSpace products are chosen for their reliability, as well as the flexibility that comes from having several channels on the amp, a hallmark of PowerMatch. “The system configurations in these malls vary greatly from project to project. For example, sometimes we have a single ‘head-end’ control room, and sometimes there are two or three, depending on the size of the mall and other factors. We like having the option to bridge or not bridge PowerMatch amps based on the situation, not to mention the high number of channels per amp. We need an incredible amount of reliability and flexibility in the products we spec, and Bose PowerMatch amps and ControlSpace network cards are just the right building blocks for these systems.”

Breigle added, “The ControlSpace CobraNet cards add flexibility too, as we can put the cards right in the amp – when we have multiple head-end positions or have multiple buildings connected by nothing but a network, the CobraNet card helps us send those signals cleanly.”

Bose engineering personnel have worked closely with Mood Media on these projects, meeting together at the installation sites for initial planning stages all the way through fine-tuning once a system is up and running. Art Webster, VP Systems Sales, Mood Media, stated, “Those are extra steps that we don’t see done quite often in the industry. We also recently spent a few days testing the CobraNet solution at a test mall, and it got us all on the same page. We tested the solution and made sure everything worked with their network and made adjustments needed upfront before a round of new installations. And together we continually vet a system right though the end. We do our homework before, during and after, and it shows when these systems perform flawlessly time and time again.”

“We are proud to partner with Mood Media on the Simon Property Group installations and other projects,” stated Steve Miller, Manager, Major Accounts Group, Bose. “As one of the leading design and installation firms in the industry, Mood Media has a reputation for excellence, and it is gratifying that we can continue to contribute with our products and support.”

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