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ASHLY AUDIO HIRES GARY JONES TO NEWLY-CREATED POSITION OF CENTRAL REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

gary_jones.JPGWEBSTER, NEW YORK – MAY 2012: Ashly Audio, leading manufacturer of professional and commercial grade, network-ready amplifiers and digital signal processors, announces the hire of Gary Jones to the newly-created position of central regional sales manager. Jones brings nearly thirty years of industry experience to his new role with Ashly, where he will manage Ashly’s independent rep firms throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania.

“We’re very glad to have Gary on our team,” said John Sexton, Ashly’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Gary has years of relevant experience in every facet of the installed sound market, and we welcome the breadth and depth of his perspective.” Jones spent fifteen years with Altec Lansing in various marketing roles. Previously Jones worked for various companies as a professional audio manufacturer’s more

ASHLY GEAR SHOWCASED AT DETROIT’S INSTITUTE OF ART

detroit-institute-of-art.JPGDETROIT, MICHIGAN: The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) is the second-largest municipally-owned museum in the nation. Its collection, which represents a balanced sample of the world’s cultures arrayed across centuries of human development, is valued at over one-billion dollars, and the DIA displays much of that collection in over one-hundred galleries spread across 658,000 square feet of floor space. Consonant with its cultural significance, the DIA hosts events ranging from art openings to private functions. One of its primary event spaces is adjacent to the galleries and recently benefitted from a sound system upgrade that centers on Ashly Audio’s PEMA integrated processor/amplifier and FR-16 network fader remote control.

“The walls, floors, and ceiling of the event space are solid stone,” observed Dennis Phillips, the owner of Phillips Pro Audio, the company that designed and installed the new audio system. “It’s an art institute, more

DOWNLOAD SYMETRIX SYMNET COMPOSER TODAY

symnet_composer.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2012: Symetrix announces the release of SymNet Composer DSP configuration software. SymNet Composer is a major leap forward for installed sound DSP configuration software.

When performing basic Edge hardware configuration, Composer automatically identifies the type of audio I/O module installed in each of the Edge frames’ four I/O card slots (up to 16 channels of local audio). When connecting multiple Edge frames via Dante gigabit network audio (up to 128 channels total), quick and easy network management is accomplished entirely within the SymNet Composer programming environment. A fully open architecture application, Composer’s fast and fluid navigation accelerates the audio path design process. System designers exercise complete creative control selecting from a library of over 600 proven DSP processing, routing, mixing, and special purpose modules. A designer’s proprietary Super-modules (complex blocks of multiple DSP modules and routings) can be exported more

FSR To Introduce Digital Video Series at InfoComm 2012

Woodland Park, NJ • FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has announced that they will launch their new Digital Video series at InfoComm 2012. Aimed at professional installations requiring HDMI support, the new line of high bandwidth HDMI extenders, switchers, scalars and distribution amplifiers are designed to reduce the integration challenges inherent in the deployment of digital video systems.

To ease the integration burden, the DV series incorporates the latest features to bridge the digital video pitfalls. HDMI time correction ensures properly formatted HDMI signals over extended distances regardless of the source. Full EDID control means seamless and easy installation of devices with differing resolution. HDCP 2.1 along with a large quantity of keys, greatly improves authentication issues in dynamic installations.

The most unique and exciting product is the new Multi-Format Scaling Switcher. With a combination of 9 analog and digital video inputs, audio insertion, audio breakaway and 4 independently scaled HDMI outputs, the DV-MFSW is the perfect solution for installations requiring the latest in digital video technology and legacy device support.

All of FSR’s latest products will be on exhibit at InfoComm, June 13 – 15, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, booth N651.

For additional information, email sales@fsrinc.com, or call 973-785-4347.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

All FSR products are designed and manufactured in its Woodland Park, NJ facility. FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF DA1907LX DITTO-AMP™ 1- IN / 2- OUT VGA DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIER

**** Photo: Altinex DA1907LX ****

Brea, CA – May 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce availability of the DA1907LX Ditto-Amp 1-In / 2-Out VGA Distribution Amplifier, another addition to the company’s popular line of dedicated AV solutions. The DA1907LX is a high resolution distribution amplifier designed to facilitate the connection of a single VGA-UXGA source to as many as two scan-rate compatible displays. With the ability to pass very high-resolution video signals without degradation to the image quality, the DA1907LX is an ideal tool that integrators and AV technology managers will find invaluable. more

FSR To Launch Enhanced “GREEN” D/A’s InfoComm 2012

UNITS TREAT THE PLANET KINDER WHILE MAINTAINING SIGNAL INTEGRITY OVER LONG CABLE RUNS

POWER SAVER FEATURE DRAMATICALLY REDUCES CONSUMPTION

Woodland Park, NJ • At InfoComm 2012 FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, will introduce enhanced versions of their high-resolution 1 X 2 computer distribution amplifiers that maintain excellent signal integrity while dramatically reducing power consumption. The new CDA-2EQG and CDA-2EQGA, with stereo audio, satisfy applications where a local monitor is needed along with a remote display device requiring a long cable run, such as Conference / Board Rooms, Classrooms, Courtrooms, Staging and Rental, and Houses of Worship.

The enhanced models incorporate all of the benefits of their predecessors, including ultra high bandwidth, flat frequency response, local monitor output and second monitor output with integrated line driver and cable EQ. Additionally they feature a “green” automatic power down feature that reduces standby power consumption to less than 50mW, a reduction of over 95%, and an advanced sync output circuit that helps provide reliable display operation even with improperly terminated cables.

The CDA-2EQG local monitor output is fully buffered by an independent amplifier stage to eliminate interaction with the remote output that is buffered and equalized to maintain excellent signal integrity with even the highest video resolutions. Signals arrive at the far end of the cable, up to 175’ of standard mini hi-res coax, with almost an immeasurable amount of loss.

The CDA-2EQGA incorporates a mini stereo input jack on the front and 5 position pluggable captive screw terminal on the back for balanced stereo audio output. An active audio balancing circuit ensures long, noise free stereo audio cable runs from the point of installation to the sound system.

All of FSR’s latest products will be on exhibit at InfoComm, June 13 – 15, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, booth N651.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.
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FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Martin Audio Introduces MLA Compact™ For Installed Sound

Las Vegas, NV––Introduced at InfoComm 2012, the new MLA Compact™ makes Martin Audio’s award winning* Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) technology available to a wide range of installed sound applications.

Incorporating the same principles that allowed MLA to break new ground on the international touring circuit, the self-powered and processed MLA Compact takes advanced cellular control to permanent installations such as Theaters, Concert Halls, Ballrooms and Houses of Worship where a smaller, lighter system takes precedence over the full power and throw of the flagship MLA.

The new system’s compact size (each enclosure measures only 31” wide x 11” high x 19.6” deep and weighs 109 lbs.) belies its output capabilities—a 12-box array can easily deliver full rock SPLs in a 5,000 seat venue, while a 24-box array will approach the output of many “full-size” systems which have less efficient acoustic elements.

MLA Compact’s fully integrated system brings together the latest technologies in acoustic design, Class D amplification, DSP and industry-leading optimization software—with communications and control via an easy-to-use audio network. Combining with fast, automated Display 2.1™ intelligent software it delivers a dramatically increased level of performance and coverage consistency over traditional line arrays.

Since no external amplifier racks are required, the integration of power and control also represents huge trucking advantages as well as valuable space and cost saving.

Asked about the new system, Martin Audio North American Director of Sales Rob Hofkamp stated, “MLA Compact is ideally suited for fixed installations. Its light weight, scalability and competitive pricing, coupled with the power and seamless coverage of MLA technology, make it a winner right out of the box.”

For more about Martin Audio, please stop by Demo Room N112 at InfoComm 2012 or click to www.martin-audio.com.

(*) PLASA Gold Award for Innovation; MusikMesse International Press Award; Parnelli Indispensable Technology Award; PSW/LSI Reader’s Choice Award.

About MLA Compact
System Architecture: Loudspeakers
The 3-way MLA Compact delivers power, clarity and detail, with a peak output capability of 135dB LF, 135dB midrange and 135dB HF, per box at 1 meter. MLA Compact’s LF section utilizes 2 × 10”/2.5″ voice coil, neodymium drive units in a unique Hybrid® configuration. Each driver is slot-loaded into a truncated horn with a low flare rate, to give a high sensitivity of 103dB @ 1m/2.83V.

MLA Compact has separate, mid and HF horns with horizontal constant directivity characteristics—so the horizontal off-axis response tracks the on-axis response exactly. The mid horn utilizes 2 × 5″/1.5″ voice coil neodymium drivers to produce 109dB @ 1m/2.83V, while the 5″ cone/0.7″ compression driver combination replaces the more traditionally used large format compression driver and has less distortion, as well as having a much more extended HF response.

The HF section utilizes 4 × 0.7″ exit neodymium compression drivers which feed separate horns for true 100° horizontal constant directivity. In the vertical plane, MLA Compact makes significant advances over previous thinking by adopting new criteria for vertical wavefront curvature.

DSX Subwoofer/DSX-F Sub
With high output level, compact size and advanced DSP-based realization of directional arrays, the DSX more than meets the challenge of a powerful subwoofer.

Capable of 146dB peak output at 1m (half space, measured), the DSX powered and networked subwoofer is an incredible performer. Its high output level is achieved by combining state-of-the-art LF driver technology with an onboard Class D amplifier module that can deliver 6kW peak power.

The DSX features 2 × 18″/4″ voice coil, ferrite drivers in a reflex-loaded enclosure with four flared ports, carefully designed to improve linear airflow. Each driver is housed in its own separate chamber to move any cabinet resonances out of band. Sonically, the DSX is a perfect balance of low frequency extension and punch.

A flying version, the DSX-F Sub, can be flown alongside or at the top of MLA Compact arrays, as well as being ground stacked. A maximum of 15 DSX-F can be suspended from the MLA flying frame and symmetrical rigging allows flown DSX-F cabinets to face backwards — enabling directional flown as well as directional ground stacked arrays to be configured.

The ground-stack DSX can be upgraded to the DSX–F by the addition of an easy-to-fit accessory kit.

System Architecture: Control
Each MLA Compact enclosure is fitted with a state-of-the-art five-channel amplifier module — with high-efficiency Class D circuitry delivering a total of 2.1kW continuous and 4.2kW peak output. One channel powers both LF drivers in parallel and two channels drive each mid independently. For the HF section, two channels drive the four HF drivers in parallel pairs, making a total of five independently powered acoustic cells per enclosure. Lightweight, switched-mode power supplies, auto-range to global mains voltages from 100 to 240V 50/60Hz, whilst Power Factor Correction smoothes out the mains current draw over the whole of the AC waveform. The amplifier section is designed to withstand rain and ambient temperatures of up to 45°C and features advanced protection ─ amplifier monitoring via U-NET includes input signal, output signal at the drive unit terminals, limiter status, heatsink temperatures and driver fault conditions.

Powerful onboard DSP performs all crossover and EQ functions via a combination of IIR and advanced FIR filtering — fast VanishingPoint™ FIR filters give the freedom to physically separate the mid and HF horns — so they do not compromise each other’s constant directivity dispersion pattern, yet achieve the spatial performance of a single device.

Arrays can be remotely controlled over U-NET from the supplied wireless tablet running VU-NET™ control software with its intuitive graphical interface. VU-NET also enables the user to switch on enclosure identification LEDs with automatic identification of neighboring enclosures and connectivity confirmation.

MLA Compact’s rigging system combines speed with precision. Up to 24 enclosures can be suspended via its two-point-lift flybar, and the same hardware can also be used for single point lifting of up to 12 cabinets, as well as ground stacking up to 6 high.

For more about Martin Audio, please stop by Demo Room N112 at InfoComm 2012 or click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

The OAC Group Set To Ramp Up Russound

Newmarket, NH (May 16, 2012) Russound, the leader in mulitroom audio and video systems announces its new agreement with marketing powerhouse The OAC Group, to take Russound to the next level in marketing strategy and product development.

With the sale of Colorado vNet accomplished, Russound is ramping up its focus on acceleration of marketing, product development, dealer and customer relations, and sales.

The OAC Group will apply its considerable marketing strategy muscle to strengthening the Russound brand and all of its essential components.

Charlie Porritt, CEO of Russound said, “We called on The OAC Group for its track record in high impact strategic consulting and business development. We know from working with them in multiple engagements over 20 years, that they collaborate well with our management, staff and vendors. At the same time, they put their team to work coming up with relevant concepts and designs for new product development, marketing, publicity and sales which they implement effectively.”

The OAC Group’s powerhouse team, led by Oscar Ciornei and his business partners, Joshua Cooper and Mark Donnigan, is comprised of seasoned and proven experts in technology, product design, marketing, public relations and business strategy.

Oscar Ciornei said, “Companies today, more than ever, need coaching at the executive level to help them navigate the competitive road ahead. Our team works hands-on with a number of high profiled CE companies at fast tracking their success. And with Russound, we intend to get back to basics and build upon their strong foundation of high performance, feature packed products that are easy to sell at attractive and profitable price points. It is exciting to be working with Maureen (Baldwin), Charlie (Porritt) and the Russound team once again.”For additional information on Russound, visit: www.russound.com. # # #

ABOUT THE OAC GROUP
The OAC Group is a high impact strategic consulting and business development firm focused on launching and enabling digital entertainment products and services, helping companies achieve fast start growth for maximum success. For over 30 years, The OAC Group has been responsible for generating over $1 Billion in increased CE sales with dozens of manufacturers. For more information, visit www.theoacgroup.com.

ABOUT RUSSOUND
Since 1967, innovation, quality and reliability have been the pillars of the Russound® product tradition. Located in Newmarket, N.H., USA, Russound offers the products and expertise customers need to enjoy multiroom audio and video systems in the home. With more than 40 years experience, Russound continues to cater to installation professionals and their customers by pairing powerful systems using the latest technologies with intuitive controls to give customers high-performance, easy-to-use solutions. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.russound.com.

Technomad Expands Integrator and End User Options for PowerChiton Amplifiers

Localized control and connections, streaming audio support offer progressive solutions to enhance outdoor audio installations

BOSTON, May 15, 2012Technomad introduces several new product accessories at InfoComm 2012 to complement its advanced audio solutions range. The innovative tools give systems integrators and end users flexible new options to simplify Technomad installations in stadiums, on college campuses and across other indoor/outdoor facilities.

At InfoComm (June 13-15, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C12033), Technomad introduces a weatherproof breakout box and Apple AirPort Express audio streaming compatibility for its range of PowerChiton amplifier modules. The company will also show a new stainless steel mounting solution for its high-power weatherproof loudspeaker models.

“Technomad is always seeking ways to increase the range of applications for our products, and make life easier for systems integrators by innovating solutions that address installation challenges in the field,” said Rodger von Kries, vice president, Technomad.

PowerChiton Breakout Box
The PowerChiton range of passively-cooled, IP66-rated weatherproof amplifier modules — available in four power levels up to 1600 watts — have grown increasingly popular in outdoor audio projects where installers wish to co-locate amplification with loudspeakers, from athletic field complexes to university campus mass notification systems. The compact and low profile of PowerChiton amplifier modules — along with the rugged, weatherproof design — enables sound contractors to easily install the modules on light poles and other surfaces at any height.

Technomad now introduces a specialized PowerChiton breakout box that enables local audio control at user-friendly locations in the same NEMA-style protective enclosure. Contractors can install the breakout box at eye level, for example, allowing end users to adjust volume and connect a handheld microphone or an iPod on the fly.

The PowerChiton breakout box, which begins shipping July 1, includes mic and line level inputs, a four-channel mixer, an accessory cord and mounting hardware. The breakout box also enables remote installations, such as athletic fields without a press box or other protected location, to benefit from permanently-installed, PowerChiton-based PA systems. A coach or announcer can walk up to the breakout box, open it and be speaking through the PA or playing music within seconds.

“Installers typically only open PowerChiton amplifiers to hard-wire connections and set levels, and then screw the box shut for dependable, permanent installations,” said von Kries. “The PowerChiton breakout box is designed for ongoing user adjustments, with easy and direct access to controls and the capacity to store an audio player and microphone. It also provides a local audio source to make announcements and connect an iPod or other playout device.”

Technomad also now supports AirPlay capability from PowerChiton for Apple AirPort Express users. This allows commercial and residential customers to wirelessly stream iTunes audio files and playlists to an AirPort Express unit within a PowerChiton amplifier or breakout box. Users require only the hardware and a basic network or Wi-Fi connection to wirelessly stream audio from a computer or playout device to the PowerChiton — reducing costs and infrastructure associated with traditional wiring and cabling.

New Wall Mount Solution
Technomad is now shipping a new stainless steel wall mount for its AS Series of weatherproof, advanced audio loudspeakers. The AS Series consists of the largest and most powerful Technomad loudspeakers, including the Noho and all Berlin models (broad and narrow-dispersion).

Unlike older styles, the new Technomad wall mount accessory allows installers to position any AS Series loudspeaker vertically or horizontally. The stainless steel design prevents weather-related erosion over time, and pole-mount adaption simplifies lighting and telephone pole installations.

Technomad will also show a range of existing advanced audio solutions, including its ultra-lightweight DragonFly remote audio system; and its Schedulon audio playback and recording system.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

Harley Davidson Showroom Transforms and Puts New Life Into Church with NEXO System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—When LifePointe Christian Church in Elk Grove, California was looking for a sound system to compliment their new location, a converted Harley Davidson showroom, they turned to the expertise of CCI of Olympia, Washington. Project manager, David McLain, recommended a NEXO PS15 system for the 400-seat church that consists of three PS15s, one CD18 and a 4×4 NXAMP.

“Pastor Chris Delfs sought out a new location where they would not only own their space but could create a unique, new culture,” states McLain. “They weren’t looking for a NEXO system per se, but were looking for good advice.” At only 60’ deep, with less than 20’ of trim, a line array would not have been the best tool, whereas, the asymmetrical horn pattern of a PS15 reaches the back rows with ease.”

“David actually discouraged a line array approach in this case, and if you look at how much the HVAC and lighting impacts the trim height, the PS solution was much better,” notes Steve Armstrong, PROS Inc., independent rep firm for NEXO.

“I’d been hearing a lot of talk about NEXO speakers over the past few years,” and have listened to various models and I was impressed enough to recommend them for a couple of rooms, particularly given the outstanding support I’ve been receiving from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems,” says McLain. I didn’t really know the extent of the NEXO lineup until I had opportunity to listen critically and extensively to their whole selection of speakers at a demo at the Cerritos Performing Arts Center in California. The Cerritos Center is an awesome building. We used their beautiful main room to try out the NEXO speakers. I spent the first demo day designing speaker systems for rooms using various software, and I liked the way the NEXO speakers worked in the planning, and also liked what I saw in the computer models. The NS-1 software was easy to work with, so I imported some real-world rooms, like LifePointe, that I’d been working on. It appeared the NEXO PS Series would provide excellent coverage.”

“I have to admit, there’s a fair bit of skeptic in me,” McLain says. “A box that promises a rectangular coverage pattern had better do more than just advertise well! It needs to offer an actual rectangular coverage pattern. And more importantly, it needs to sound good! In the next day’s listening tests, I measured 112 dB at the back of the listening room, and I have to say, it sure didn’t feel like 112 dB. In fact, it didn’t sound like a PA playing. It sounded like a woman was right there singing to me. Yamaha brought in a live jazz drummer and they just sounded louder, like there was no PA in between. Even the little NEXO PS8 two-way sounded way bigger than its small size. And, all of the subwoofers for the line arrays – which were shaking my pant legs at 100’ – are cardioid subs. Even during the “fairly loud” cuts (think aggressive Sunday morning volume), we could easily hold a conversation on the stage behind the subwoofers.”

Armstrong added that Pastor Delfs was appreciative of CCI’s insistence on NEXO. “David has provided LifePointe with five previous systems and each one has progressed in terms of quality and capabilities.”

“Every Sunday, one of our congregation members emotes about the system, which is so significant to my passion to lead people to a better way, that I’m thrilled beyond words,” states Pastor Delfs. “I love the NEXO sound system. David and CCI hit it out of the ballpark.”

For more information on CCI Solutions, visit www.ccisolutions.com.
For more information on NEXO, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. The company is the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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