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Missouri-Based Dealer Wins 2013 Camaro in AVAD/Niles Partner Promotion

Los Angeles, Calif. – April 8, 2013 – AVAD LLC, the leading provider of innovative solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets, in partnership with Niles Audio, awarded a brand new 2013 Chevy Camaro Coupe 1SS to electronics integrator Curtis Shelton of Saint Louis, Mo.

Mr. Shelton participated in the contest promoting Niles Audio products through his company Galaxy Security & Sound. All active AVAD customers were eligible to participate in the contest, which ran from October 1st through December 28, 2012. Dealers were entered into the contest each time they purchased Niles Audio’s series of custom installation audio systems, components and accessories, increasing their chances of winning the grand prize with each purchase.

“I’ve been an AVAD dealer for fifteen years because of their large variety of AV products, easy local access and the friendships we have built with the AVAD crew,” said contest winner Curtis Shelton. “Niles products have been a part of our selection for over twenty years and the quality, looks and warranty of their speakers practically sell themselves. I appreciate everyone that has made this fabulous giveaway possible and most humbly accept it on behalf of my family at Galaxy Security & Sound.”

“The loyalty and ingenuity of AVAD customers merits a huge prize,” said Jim Annes, VP and General Manager at AVAD. “Considering our contest partner Niles and their renowned installer-friendly custom audio products, the exceptional Chevy Camaro was a fitting prize that symbolizes the distinctive strength and workmanship that is built into Niles Audio systems every day. AVAD is proud to be a partner with this great manufacturer.”

The Camaro Coupe 1SS is powered by a 6.2L 426-horsepower V8 engine. The vehicle comes equipped with 20” aluminum wheels, electric power steering, Bluetooth® wireless technology for select phones, and a three-month trial of Sirius XM® Satellite Radio. EPA averages 16 MPG and an estimated 24 MPG on the highway.

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About AVAD LLC
As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

About Niles:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. The company is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com. Niles is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment www.nortek-inc.com. CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

SYMETRIX TEAM FEEDS THE HUNGRY

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix is recognized worldwide as one of the leading manufacturers of high-end professional audio solutions. What most audio professionals don’t know is that the company also has an ongoing program in place to provide up to two hundred meals each month for local families in need. The Symetrix team orders supplies, assembles sack lunches, and delivers them to local food banks and shelters. “Sometimes a good meal can make all the difference and we feel it is important to share our good fortune with others,” said Symetrix CEO Paul Roberts.

There is a great team-building aspect to the mission, as well. Symetrix employees gather together from all departments of the company and participate in packing the lunches and having fun interacting. “It’s fun to help others and to get to know the people we work with a little better,” said Mark Ryals, Symetrix marketing coordinator.

This project started more than ten years ago when a Symetrix employee had an extra holiday ham and decided to turn it into sandwiches for the homeless. After making sack lunches as a family project for several years, the Chairman of Symetrix, Dane Butcher, suggested bringing the project into the company. The response from the Symetrix employees was tremendous and ‘many hands make light work’ has made it easy for us to continue with this important work on an even larger scale.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS: A PERMANENT SOLUTION FOR BUFFALO STATE STUDENT UNION

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – APRIL 2013: For over sixty years, the Campbell Student Union has been the central campus venue for meetings, relaxation, and events at Buffalo State, the State University of New York. To keep pace with the shifting needs of its students and to take advantage of new technologies, the university secured funds for a $6 million renovation. The centerpiece of the renovation is a vastly improved social hall, where approximately four hundred people can attend a huge diversity of events, from national touring rock bands to fashion shows and from performing arts to lectures. Even roller skating is on the list! Prior to the renovation, Buffalo State rented a PA for the space whenever it was needed at great expense and with imperfect results. Now, a permanent sound reinforcement system comprised of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers delivers any kind of program material with fidelity and punch.

AVL Designs of Penfield, New York designed the system. “Several people at the school had their hearts set on a line array solution when we first became involved in the project,” said Seth Waltz, owner and chief designer at AVL Designs. “Of course, I want to provide them with the best sounding, most durable solution available. I felt that a Danley system would be best in that regard, but I also knew it would be financially smarter than a line array. To help persuade them, I sent a Danley loudspeaker for a demo. A few days later, I received their short but telling reply: ‘Yeah, we’re fine. We don’t need a line array.’ Once you hear it, you can’t really argue with Danley’s sound quality.” Operating out of its Rochester, New York office, Ronco Specialized Systems handled the installation.

For concerts, DJs, plays, and other stage-based or high-volume events, Waltz designed a stereo system, with identical clusters flown above either side of the stage. Within each cluster, a Danley SH-60P and a Danley SH-50P merge their coverage patterns to provide an even blanket of sound to the main floor. Additionally, each cluster contains a Danley SH-95P for downfill. All six boxes make use of Danley’s optional self-power. Two Danley DBH-218 subwoofers provide abundant bass from either end of the stage. “We had originally designed the system with four DBH-218s,” said Waltz. “But after hooking up just two, we knew four would be complete overkill. With just two, we could deliver a tremendous amount of clean, amazing bass.”

“Our technicians love working on Danley projects,” said Al Colucci, account manager at Ronco Specialized Systems. “Their loudspeakers and subwoofers sound great, and the people at Danley are easy to work with. The pattern control is excellent and as advertised.” Waltz added, “We started incorporating Danley into our designs about three years ago, after hearing them at InfoComm. They are, hands down, the most natural-sounding vocal boxes we’d ever heard. And not only do they sound great, they require little EQ and translate a wide range of musical styles well.”

For dinners and lectures, Waltz specified nine Danley SH-100s, which are distributed around the room and fire straight down. An eight-channel Ashly ne8250 amplifier powers them (with two SH-100s tied together on one of the channels). “When we were tuning the system, I had someone walk around with a Countryman headset microphone,” said Waltz. “For the first time ever in my experience, we didn’t need any filters. The distributed system sounded even and natural right out of the box.”

An Ashly ne24.24M processor handles all of the input and loudspeaker conditioning. “I put an Ashly processor in almost every job I do,” said Waltz. “In terms of functions per dollar, Ashly can’t be beat. And the audio path is clean and nice sounding, which is of course critical. Here, it handles all of the system equalization and dynamics.” An APB DynaSonics console provides a versatile analog front end, and a collection of Shure and Countryman microphones supply the primary inputs.

Recently, Buffalo State celebrated the completion of the Campbell Student Union renovations with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by university officials, state lawmakers, faculty, and students. Multiple events, including a live band and a fashion show, demonstrated the new system’s ability to work across styles for maximum effect.

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

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ASHLY AUDIO NE4250 MULTI-CHANNEL AMP/DSP CONNECTS WITH THE NEW JONESVILLE FIREHOUSE

JONESVILLE, NEW YORK – APRIL 2013: For ninety years, the Jonesville Volunteer Fire Department (JVFD) has been protecting the people and property of what was once a farming community and is now a thriving suburb of Albany, New York. In response to the growing population and infrastructure for which it is responsible, the JVFD recently completed construction on a second firehouse. Pro Sound Associates (Guilderland, New York) and Live Sound, Inc. (Troy, New York) worked with electrical contractor Tech Electric (Waterford, New York) and electrical engineers M/E Engineering (Schenectady, New York) to design and install a forward-thinking, robust, sound reinforcement system centered on an Ashly ne4250.70pe combination four-channel amplifier and digital signal processor.

“Of course this was a public bid, and we had to stay very competitive,” said Dominick Campana, owner of Pro Sound Associates. “The two-rack space Ashly ne4250.70pe offered us all the functionality we needed at a very reasonable price. The control room is very small and there was no place for a wall rack. We had to fit all of our equipment in existing cabinetry. Moreover, we had to cover four zones, each with different types of loudspeakers and different acoustics. The Ashly ne4250.70pe has plenty of power to drive the system, and its DSP capabilities allowed us to effectively deal with the different acoustics.”

Two channels of amplification feed three customer-specified Bogen loudspeakers each in the apparatus bay, which is where the trucks are parked and ambient noise is often substantial. The third channel of amplification feeds four more Bogen loudspeakers in the gear room and flex bay, where ambient noise is less of a problem. Finally, the fourth channel of amplification feeds an extended string of eight contractor ceiling speakers in the radio, fitness and training rooms, and the office and corridors.

Inputs to a Shure SCM-262 mixer with priority ducking include a Tascam CD player with iPod input, a feed from the fire radio dispatch, and a desktop paging microphone. In every room, except the apparatus bay, simple wall attenuators provide adequate volume control. Because the apparatus bay loudspeakers were tapped at their highest setting and receiving 250W per string, a wall attenuator wasn’t a good choice. Instead, Campana installed an Ashly WR-1, which provides separate DSP-based control of the apparatus bay volumes via two rotary dials.

“We have a long history working with Ashly and have always found their products to be rock solid,” said Campana. “Moreover, Ashly’s Protea™ DSP software is one of – if not the – easiest to program. They’ve worked out the networking so that all we have to do is plug it and our computer into the network, scan for devices, and it comes right up. You’re right into it. It’s great to have that kind of consistently stable performance to rely on.”

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

Vivitek Projectors Now Available from Catalyst AV’s 17 Distribution Outlets

Burlington, MA – April 8, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a specialized custom AV products distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 17-locations stateside — with emphasis on dealer support before, during and after the sale — today announced Vivitek as its front projector vendor partner.

Vivitek offers a vast assortment of mobile, consumer, education, conference room and showroom front projectors. Its parent company is a leading OEM/ODM headquartered in Taiwan. With more than 10 years of design and engineering experience, Vivitek manufactures a variety of single-chip, dual-lamp and 3-chip digital projectors, as well as lamp-free LED model. The company is ranked as a Top 3 manufacturer in terms of volume of projectors produced and sold on a worldwide basis.

”Vivitek has an outstanding lineup of front projectors,” says Catalyst AV board member Mike Hench. “The company is committed to the channels that we serve. This is the right product at right time for Catalyst AV.”

The Catalyst AV member companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Please direct all Catalyst AV media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

About Catalyst AV: Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

New Triad Speakers InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub is Small in Size, Yet Big on Performance

Triad's new InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub

Unique, space-saving engineering approach makes way for long-throw 10-inch aluminum driver, all from a narrow enclosure with a flat grill that mounts flush to wall

Portland, OR – April 3, 2013 – Triad Speakers, Inc., a leading custom manufacturer of reference-quality loudspeakers for the home, today announced the availability of its new InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub.

Measuring 3-15/16 inches deep to fit into a standard 4-inch deep wall cutout, the flat grill, flush mount design of the SlimSub represents an aesthetical improvement over the model it replaces, the InWall Bronze/4 Sub, which protruded several inches from the wall.

The SlimSub delivers deep bass at high volumes, achieving a maximum output of 109 dB from 40-80 Hz with bass extension of -6dB at 25 Hz. This performance also represents an improvement over the previous model; in fact it rivals that of the company’s larger, 6-inch deep InWall Bronze/6 model.

According to Triad Speakers President Larry Pexton, the company achieved such rich performance by finely-tuning the sealed enclosure to match the excursion of the proprietary long-throw 10-inch aluminum driver employed. Triad engineers also integrated a round steel back-plate that serves to replace the thick MDF behind the driver, capturing more air volume to accommodate the lengthy throw of the driver.

The SlimSub fits into the same cut-out (size “V”) as the company’s other in-wall subs, making it ideal for retrofit opportunities. To further blend with the décor of most any home, the SlimSub incorporates all 3 types of Triad’s Acoustimesh™ grill (wide, narrow and frameless) which the company can custom paint-match at the factory.

The InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub is paired with Triad’s 350-watt rack amplifier (Model # RackAmp 350 DSP) at an MSRP of $1,400.

The InWall Bronze/4 SlimSub is shipping now. Dealers interested in more information can contact Triad Speakers directly at 800.666.6316.

About Triad Speakers: Established in 1982 by President Larry Pexton (a founding member and Vice-Chair of CEDIA), Triad Speakers, Inc. is a steadily growing provider of complete loudspeaker solutions for multi-room residential and home theater system applications. A top choice by many custom integrators nationwide, Triad has made significant advancements in the arena of front-channel speakers, surrounds, subwoofers, distributed audio speakers via enclosed in-wall, in-ceiling, on-wall and freestanding designs. Over 80% of Triad’s products are manufactured daily in Portland Oregon, in a pure build to order operation with no work in progress and no finished goods inventory of the US built products. In the 2006 – 2010 Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Tests, Triad ranked #1 in the category of Custom Installation Company. Visit us on the web at: www.triadspeakers.com and www.facebook.com/triadspeakersfans

A TEAM OF ASHLY EIGHT-CHANNEL NE8250 AMPLIFIERS & THE STARR GROUP WIN THE GOLD AT THE LAKE PLACID CONFERENCE CENTER

LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK: Set in the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains of New York at the site of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, the newly-constructed Conference Center at Lake Placid pairs the splendor and story of its surroundings with amenities that far surpass those of most big city convention centers. The architecturally stunning three-story building boasts over 90,000 square-feet of flexible ballrooms, meeting rooms, and pre-function space, not to mention decks and verandas from which to enjoy the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. Starr Entertainment Group designed and installed a flexible and abundantly powerful A/V system for the center, in part by relying on Ashly ne8250 eight-channel network amplifiers that deliver 250-Watts of power to 104 zones of distributed audio speakers.

The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), which manages the state of the art conference center, tapped Starr Entertainment Group to design a thoroughly modern A/V system that could flexibly accommodate a wide range of uses. Pleased with the company’s competence and communication, ORDA invited Starr Entertainment Group to bid on the installation of its design. The bid was successful, and so the company saw its design through to completion.

The system collects its audio inputs from wireless microphone systems, wired microphones, media input panels, visual media players, and a background music system. In addition, several small-frame consoles in rolling racks accommodate events with live music. The inputs feed a Peavey Media Matrix NION processor, which allows system-wide inputs to be assigned to any output zone. Thirteen Ashly ne8250 eight-channel amplifiers deliver 250 Watts to each of the 104 zones distributed throughout the building. The meeting rooms and common areas use 180 JBL Control 26 in-ceiling loudspeakers, and the ballrooms use sixty 12-inch JBL Control 322 in-ceiling loudspeakers.

“ORDA wanted a high-quality system. They wanted to do it right,” said Peter Starr, owner and chief designer of Starr Entertainment Group. “About a year-and-a-half ago, we used some Ashly ne8250 amplifiers in a hotel system. I loved the fact that we could get 250 Watts per channel. It’s ideal for these kinds of systems. Of course, there are other multi-channel amps on the market, but nothing combines the specs, affordability, and reliability of Ashly’s ne Series. It is certain, the Conference Center at Lake Placid sounds great and is capable of some serious volume when needed.”

A 32 x 32 Crestron digital video matrix processor allow any video input to be shown on any combination of the center’s approximately 120 video output devices. Those devices include Sanyo HD projectors and flat-screen monitors. In addition, a large Visix-based digital signage system provides the conference center guests with way-finding and other information. A Crestron Pro2 system with 22 wall panels allow user control of every aspect of system performance, such as video and audio input selection and volume, room combining, as well as room functions such as room temperature and lighting. In addition, the building’s functions can be accessed via secure Internet and LAN connections. According to Bob Hammond, ORDA’s director of planning and construction, “the Starr Group has exceeded expectations,” and was noted by Ted Blazer, ORDA’s president and CEO, to be “the most dependable and cooperative contractor on the project.”

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

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DANLEY GETS INTO THE IVY LEAGUE: THE HUN SCHOOL OF PRINCETON UPGRADES THEATER SOUND SYSTEM WITH DANLEY SOUND LABS LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBWOOFERS

PRINCETON, NEW JERSEY: The Hun School of Princeton is a private school for students in sixth grade through high school. Located near Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, the school serves five-hundred students from over a dozen states and nearly two-dozen countries. A third of the students board there. School assemblies, dramatic and musical performances, and other events take place in the Hun School’s 350-seat proscenium theater, but a low ceiling and overly-diffuse loudspeakers had given the it poor sound reinforcement for many years. Recently, the school hired local A/V design and integration firm Reid Sound, Inc. to identify the weak links in its sound reinforcement chain and to make strategic improvements on a budget. Reid Sound installed Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and a subwoofer. Their combination of high fidelity and excellent pattern control elevated the theater’s sound quality from poor to excellent.

“The theater is used for a variety of events, including musicals, dramas, presentations, dance performances, and more,” said Darren R. Sussman, owner of Reid Sound, Inc. Sussman designed the new system together with Timothy Pearce, Reid Sound’s director of installation services. Sussman continued, “Vocal reinforcement was a major concern, but the system had to deliver excellent music reproduction as well. The space is very wide, but it’s not very deep. Moreover, the ceiling height is only around eighteen feet. Because the loudspeakers would be hanging very near the front of the stage, precise pattern control was critical.”

The previous system consisted of a pair of popular commercial powered loudspeakers mounted to the walls next to the proscenium. Although a number of deficiencies existed within the entire system, the project’s budget only allowed for a partial replacement, and Sussman and Pearce identified the loudspeakers as the most significant weakness. “The old loudspeakers weren’t very directional,” Sussman explained. “They spilled a lot of energy onto the walls and ceiling, which contributed to poor intelligibility, and there were seats that were inadequately covered by direct sound.” In short, the coverage was indistinct and uneven.

The team selected a pair of Danley Sound Labs SH-50 loudspeakers for the center cluster. “The arrayed pair gives excellent 100-degree horizontal coverage to the entire seating area, and the tight 50-degree vertical coverage keeps energy off the ceiling and on the seats,” said Sussman. The center cluster is primarily responsible for vocal reinforcement. They also installed a pair of Danley Sound Labs SH-95s, one on either side of the proscenium, for reproduction of program material or reinforcement of musical instruments. Again, the SH-95s deliver pattern control that excites the listeners, but not the space itself.

Although Reid Sound had done a handful of smaller systems involving Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, this was the company’s first experience with a Danley subwoofer. “Normally, I would have installed a pair of subwoofers, but when I read the Danley TH-118’s specifications, I realized that a pair would be tremendous overkill,” said Sussman. “Those specifications proved to be accurate. A single TH-118 provides an incredible amount of low-frequency extension in the space. It’s not even turned up halfway, and it can shake the room.” In addition to the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers, Sussman and Pearce installed a new Biamp Nexia processor and new QSC CX-Series amplifiers.

“We completed the job in February and we’ve heard nothing but great comments from the school,” said Sussman. “They just completed a production of Hairspray using the new reinforcement system. Spoken word was perfectly intelligible and music was full-frequency and engaging. The new Danley system is a great improvement for the Hun School of Princeton.”

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

TWO SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12×8 DANTE NETWORKED AUDIO DSP CONTROLLED BY A CUSTOM IPAD MIXER AT SIGNAL HILL LUTHERAN CHURCH

BELLEVILLE, ILLINOIS: Signal Hill Lutheran Church is located in Belleville, Illinois, southeast of St. Louis. Its sanctuary is gorgeous and inviting, seating 125 people in rows of wooden pews under a natural wood framework that supports a sharply peaked ceiling. Natural light filters through stained glass, and a beautiful alter forms the focus of the cozy room. However, Signal Hill’s sound reinforcement system was not cut from that same fine cloth, a fact made evident by the church’s recent move toward more contemporary music in worship. The sound quality was not very good and a complete lack of user control meant that if something sounded bad, it stayed that way clear to the end of the service. Committed to remedying the problem, Signal Hill hired A/V integration firm Film Otter Inc. and design firm Design and Ideas Inc. The first round of upgrades is now complete, and a pair of Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante network audio DSPs provide sophisticated audio processing and, together with a CommandFusion iPad interface, remote user control from anywhere in the pews!

“Signal Hill is a traditional church with a sound system that was not only old, but no longer an appropriate fit for their style of service,” said Phil Mahder, the semi-eponymous owner of Film Otter Inc. “The most difficult issue was that they have no tech booth and no tech person. The sound system equipment was in a closet that no one touched. If the system worked, it worked. But if it didn’t, there was no recourse.” The church contacted Mahder, a commercial A/V veteran of three decades, keenly aware of their problems but unsure whether an affordable solution existed.

Given the church’s budget constraints, Mahder will execute a complete renovation in stages, only the first of which is completed. Signal Hill’s existing amplifiers, loudspeakers, and lighting will be upgraded as funds become available, but for now things are sounding worlds better with just the inclusion of two Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante network audio DSPs. Inputs to the system include spoken word microphones at the pulpit, lectern, and altar, as well as wireless microphones, Praise Band inputs, with microphones for up to five vocalists. The reason for two Radius 12x8s is was to get the input count necessary. The processed outputs feed the amplifiers for the speakers in three independent zones, monitor lines for powered stage monitors, ALS, and a digital recorder. The inputs and outputs at each Radius 12×8 meld via the Dante network into a fluid whole, and their open architecture design allowed for a powerful, customized processing and user control.

“Symetrix processing is excellent, and – critical for this job – the Symetrix automix/gain-sharing algorithms are stellar,” said Mahder. “The Radius 12×8 allowed us to create a predominately automatic system with convenient and simple manual controls that communicate wirelessly via a custom configuration of CommandFusion’s iViewer 4 iPad app. This solution is better than giving them a dedicated tech booth because the operator can sit with his family in the pews! Moreover, the tool is simple enough that an usher can easily run sound for the more traditional service and, by simply including additional pages on the iPad app, complex enough to mix sound for the band, multiple singers, and two monitor mixes.” CommandFusion iViewer 4 software integrates robustly with the Symetrix hardware and software to provide that customized iPad control.

Mahder continued, “This small traditional church with a small budget had the foresight to invest in tools that will allow them to grow not just in their musical expressions, but also in the technical infrastructure that enables those expressions. They went from an archaic system to one that is way ahead of the curve. The credit for this change goes to the church leadership’s willingness to trust advice even though it is something that they had never heard of, and especially to the system design and programming genius of the system designer, Philip Houser of Designs and Ideas. He not only programmed the DSPs, but actually built a custom interface that provides all the functions that they needed from a traditional audio mixer using the CommandFusion platform. There is no conventional audio mixer in the system; it is entirely the iPad app wirelessly controlling the two DSP units. The church was even able to select fader size, color, labeling, layout, and much more. Have you ever before seen a church that was able to have a mixer built to perfectly meet their needs and imagination?”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management.  For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

IC Realtime Adds 20,000 Square Foot Integration Center to Florida Corporate Office

IC Realtime's Experience Center Showroom

Showroom demonstrates brand’s surveillance cameras, video recorders and Apps live, including integration into leading home automation, computer and mobile platforms; also new are a dedicated training center and a larger tech support facility

Pompano Beach, FL – March 28, 2013 – IC Realtime, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions for residential and commercial applications — with US corporate headquarters in Pompano Beach, Florida and a satellite office in Goodyear, Arizona — today announced that it has expanded its Florida offices to accommodate a brand-new 20,000 square foot integration center. Now open and fully-operational, the center adds a state-of-the-art demonstration showroom, a dedicated training center and an expanded tech support / R&D lab.

The first thing visitors experience when they enter IC Realtime’s main corporate entrance is the fully-equipped showroom replete with individual workstations demonstrating the company’s many analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, Apps and accessories – all live, in action. Also in place are workstations that show IC Realtime’s products fully-integrated into RTI, Control4, Crestron and Savant environments.

In the middle of the showroom stands a display center equipped with all the mobile devices that the company supports including Kindle, Windows8, Android and Apple (both mobile and home) platforms.

Another focal point of the showroom is a demonstration of IC Realtime’s I-Sniper technology which illustrates how special sensors in the cameras capture images in detail both night and day, even under challenging mixed-lighting conditions. This “pixel-by-pixel” enhancement technology is created exclusively for IC Realtime by Pixim, Inc.

IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor has opened the showroom to security and AV dealers interested in demonstrating the company’s solutions to their clientele. In addition, Sailor intends to fly-in dealers from around the US to experience the showroom and get better acquainted with IC Realtime.

IC Realtime’s sales and technical teams are also available to conduct demonstrations to dealers and their clientele. Standard showroom hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 6 PM. Special after-hours appointments can be made as well.

Annexed to the showroom is a brand-new training center that comfortably seats 40 people. Making for more interactive and robust training sessions, the facility incorporates digital whiteboards that communicate via Bluetooth. IC Realtime plans to offer educational classes throughout the year that earn participants 2 CEDIA University credits.

Also in place is a new-and-improved lab that IC Realtime uses for research and development and technical support. The lab is 4 times larger than the company’s previous lab and incorporates new testing areas for newly developed product, R&D equipment, and specialty projects. In total the company employs more than 30 people in the lab.

According to Sailor, the integration center cost IC Realtime more than $300,000 to build. “We’ve put our money where our mouth is here,” says Sailor. “The showroom is designed to show — not talk about — how our products truly integrate with these multiple platforms.”

The integration center is situated at IC Realtime’s US headquarters, located at 3050 North Andrews Ave Extension, Pompano Beach, FL 33064 – only minutes from Interstate I-95. Dealers interested in visiting should call 954.772.5327 or email info@icrealtime.com.

Later this year, IC Realtime plans to put in place a 10,000 square foot integration center in its Arizona office.

For all media inquiries, please contact Paul Muto at 631.849.4301 or via email at paul@mutocomm.com

About IC Realtime: IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions – founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories. www.icrealtime.com.

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