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FSR Announces a Winning Trifecta of New Representatives

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, appointed three new representative firms to add expert coverage in the Rocky Mountain Region, Indiana, Kentucky, Texas, and Louisiana. Jan Sandri, president of FSR Inc., made the announcement today from headquarters in Woodland Park, NJ.

Jack Aragon Marketing and Sales (J.A.M.S.), specializing in professional and commercial audio, brings new support to the broad Rocky Mountain region. J.A.M.S.’s dedication to detail and extensive market knowledge will help customers work smarter and more efficiently through their equipment purchases.

Tech Solutions + Sales has joined the FSR family to serve customers in Indiana and Kentucky. The organization represents manufacturers of audio, video, and security solutions with an emphasis on providing integrators and the consulting community with reliable service, expert support, and ‘best-in-class’ products from select manufacturers.

Highway Marketing, an audio and security manufactures’ representative company with a broad range of sales and technical skills, will use its extensive experience to counsel FSR’s Texas and Louisiana market-base regarding the most appropriate, eco-friendly, and cost-effective solutions, and deliver the highest degree of service available in the area.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome all three organizations to the FSR family,” stated Sandri. “Each company brings its own brand of dedication and experience to its region and we are confident that our customers will benefit from their expertise.”

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. The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: http://www.fsrinc.com.

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

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

Extron Expands with Five New Facilities Throughout North America

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce that it will open five new training and product demonstration facilities in the Chicago, Dallas, New York, Silicon Valley, and Toronto areas. Extron is actively looking to hire system design engineers and sales, support, and training staff in each of those facilities. more

DiGiCo SD5 Debuts at ProLight+Sound

A decade after the launch of the D5 Live, British audio solutions manufacturer DiGiCo launches its new incarnation, the SD5. As you would expect, the SD5 fits directly into the D5’s shoes, but benefits from the advancements made possible by DiGiCo’s proprietary Stealth Digital Processing™.

“We’ve evolved a lot over the past decade, both in terms of the way we use the available technology and our understanding of what our customers really want and need,” says DiGiCo’s managing director, James Gordon. “SD5 is the culmination of that combined knowledge, so we want to make it the next generation D5 Live.”

The SD5’s worksurface is a low noise, heat dissipation worksurface benefiting from Hidden-til-lit (HTL) technology, yet its five digitally driven full colour TFT LCD screens, three of which are touch sensitive, have a new configuration that allows easy access to single or multiple users. There are also two interactive dynamic metering displays (IDM) and quick access buttons are positioned down the left side of the channel screens for fast and easy navigation.

Incorporating the master screen into the worksurface design has allowed for complete user feedback, but maintained a lower profile meter bridge. This still allows clear visibility of those on stage for the user, with everything in close reach to the mix position.

As with all SD range consoles, the SD5’s superior headroom, dynamic range and audio quality are of paramount importance and its feature set surpasses any other console in its class.

As standard, the SD5 comes with a 2Gb fibre optic system, which is capable of running 448 channels of I/O at 96kHz, plus 56 console-to-console tie lines, allowing connection to up to 14 of the SD variant racks. There are three redundant MADI ports and local I/O includes eight microphone inputs, eight line outputs and eight AES I/O (mono).

The SD5 has 124 input channels; 56 configurable busses, plus up to 5.1 master; a 24 x 24 fixed matrix; DiGiTubes on every channel, buss and output; 24 assignable Dynamic EQ; 24 multiband compressors; 24 stereo effects; 32 Graphic EQ; 10 x 4 (40) RGB backlit macro buttons; plus the ability to add a Waves upgrade.

“The SD5 has some DiGiCo added extras as well,” adds Gordon. “The D5 Live was the first ever console to have an integrated light bar, so of course, the SD5 has that as well. We’ve also included keyboard illumination and convenient headphone hooks to save you having to borrow a drumstick to hang up your headphones.

“The D5 was at the forefront of the live world moving over to digital mixing and SD5 is the perfect way of taking that pioneering spirit to the next level.”

In full motion: FoveaHD makes NAB debut

See Calibre UK at NAB 2012, Booth N1817, 16-19 April 2012, Las Vegas

Cost-effective HD and SD motion compensated standards converter with real-time noise reduction and image enhancement

British video image processing hardware manufacturer, Calibre UK will introduce the new FoveaHD MEMC motion compensated frame rate converter into the broadcast marketplace at NAB 2012.

“The FoveaHD is a completely new motion compensated standards convertor designed for cost-effective and smooth SD and HD broadcasting. Typical applications for FoveaHD include newsgathering, mobile operations, outside broadcasting and live events to studio dubbing and satellite broadcast communications,” says Tim Brooksbank, Chairman at Calibre UK.

The convertor has multiple SD and HD inputs and outputs to enable upconversion, downconversion, cross conversion, as well as converting between all common frame rates. Adding to its functionality, the FoveaHD convertor is equipped with 3G-SDI and Analog I/O. FoveaHD provides motion compensated HD and SD standards conversion at the price of a standard linear video converter.

FoveaHD also has powerful image restoration capabilities for archive conversion, a valuable library asset.

VITC embedded time code is supported and includes automatic delay and correction.

The 2U rack system has control via Ethernet or front panel keyboard ensuring smooth integration.

“The introduction of FoveaHD follows the success of our VideoExcel series broadcast grade universal format converters and frame synchronizers, which will also be on show at NAB alongside the latest HQView530 video scalers, format convertors and scan convertors aimed at the professional video market,” adds Brooksbank.

Calibre UK will exhibit on booth N1817 at NAB 2012 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA between 16-19 April 2012.

www.calibreuk.com

GET THE SYMNET EDGE

symnet_edge.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MARCH 2012: Symetrix announces SymNet Edge, a significant update to its long line of DSP solutions packed with incredible new features. DSP is deep in Symetrix’ DNA and Edge is their most exciting commercial audio product yet. Edge is scalable hardware configured with SymNet Composer open architecture software for total design synergy.

Symetrix designed Edge to meet the I/O capacity requirements of the bulk of commercial sound installations. Edge features four configurable I/O card slots, up to 16 channels total of local I/O plus 128 (64×64) channels of Dante network audio. Flexible I/O and plug-and-play networking enable multiple Edge units to scale to your projects’ demands.

Built for performance, Edge trumps the competition with DSP efficiency, consistently providing more processing per project. An internal gigabit switch provides the bandwidth that unleashes the power of Dante to deliver ultra-low latency more

Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Launches CL Series Digital Consoles


BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the launch of the new CL Series of digital consoles. The three consoles are making their official debut today at the ProLight+Sound Expo in Frankfurt, Germany. The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network-based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic™ series, only differentiated by frame size and input capability, feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs. The footprint of all three CL consoles is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast. The high output bus count will be a great benefit to live broadcast and monitor applications.

The Yamaha CL5 mix capacity is 72 mono + 8 stereo inputs (64 channels through Dante and 8 local), with 34 faders (16 on the left, 8 Centralogic, and 8 right plus stereo and mono masters). The CL5 also includes built-in output metering. The CL3 is a 64 mono input system, with 8 stereo inputs, and 26 faders (16 left, 8 Centralogic center, plus masters). The CL1 console is a 48-mono + 8 stereo inputs, and 16 faders plus two master faders (8 left and 8 Centralogic center, plus masters). All models feature 16 DCAs, channel encoders and support 48kHz and 44.1kHz sampling rates. An optional meter bridge is available for the CL3 and CL1 consoles. The CL5 and CL3 feature a built-in shelf for an iPad, and the CL1 has a shelf for an iPod.

All CL consoles are configured with a top panel center section with a comprehensive selected channel section, a new 16-bit color LED back-lit touch screen, four User-Defined Knobs, a built-in help system, 2-track USB recorder/player section, and much more. The CL Series features 16 31-band GEQs, an 8U effects rack and a new 8U Premium Rack including Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 Compressor and Portico 5033 EQ as well as new Yamaha VCM compressors and EQs. Rupert Neve, who approved the 5033 and 5043 in the Premium Rack during its initial evaluation, called it ‘very sweet sounding’ and ‘indistinguishable from its hardware equivalent’.

Up to eight external Rio (Remote I/O) boxes can be used for a total of 256 channels via the Dante digital network. The 5U rack space Rio3224-D includes 32 remote controlled mic/line inputs, 16 line outputs, and four AES-3 outs. The 3U Rio1608-D includes 16 remote controlled mic/line inputs and eight line outputs. Dante network I/O can easily be set up and patched utilizing familiar paradigms within the console user interface, with no external software required for network operations

Additional console features include simultaneous CL Editor/StageMix connection, multi-track recording via Dante Virtual Soundcard software, and File Converter Software for CL, PM5D, M7CL and LS9 consoles. A new recording software from Steinberg dubbed “Nuendo Live”, optimized for live recording and playback transport, will also be bundled with the console. CL Editor for Mac and PC as well as StageMix for iPad will be available for the series free of charge.

“The CL Series sets a new standard in terms of sound quality, flexibility and usability for mixing professionals,” states Larry Italia, Vice President/General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We appreciate the loyalty of our customers and are excited by the possibilities the CL Series will afford mixing engineers.”

The fader sections of all CL consoles features new self-lit key tops, channel name and color bar visible in sunlight, new fader caps and a smoother drive circuit. The Centralogic section also features Undo and Preview keys for Scene Memory, fader bank select, and 16 user defined keys.

The CL console’s back panel consists of dual Dante ports, 3 MY card slots, work clock I/O, MIDI I/O, AES/EBU digital out, 8 Analog Omni ins/outs, 5-in/5-out GPI, and an external PW800W PSU connection.

Targeted MSRP for the Yamaha CL5, CL3, and CL1 is $27,499, $21,999 and $14,999, respectively. The Rio3224-D has a targeted MSRP of $8,499 and the Rio1608-D has a targeted MSRP of $4,799. The optional meter bridge for the CL3 and CL1 has a targeted MSRP $1,199.

The Yamaha CL5 and Rio3224-D will be available in late Spring 2012, and the CL3, CL1, and Rio1608-D will be available in late summer 2012.

To see the new Yamaha CL Series Digital Consoles and for more information, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at the 2012 NAB Convention April 16 in Las Vegas, booth #C2239, or on the web at 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. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains 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.

Yamaha StageMix Version 3 Takes a Bow


BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced a major update for the StageMix iPad App available for Yamaha M7CL and LS9 digital consoles. StageMix Version 3 enables even greater control and ease-of-use in live sound and sound reinforcement applications such as houses of worship and performing arts centers. StageMix Version 3 makes its official debut today at ProLight+Sound in Frankfurt.

In 2010, Yamaha released the first application of the StageMix iPad App for the M7CL console, allowing engineers to quickly adjust monitor mixes from the performance position onstage or anywhere in the audience immediately hearing the effects of the adjustments. In 2011, the Company released a similar StageMix iPad App for use with the LS9 console. The StageMix App provides greater control and flexibility for both digital mixing consoles and enables the mixing engineer to freely adjust console parameters and sound levels by wireless control, rather than at the mix position.

New functions for StageMix V3 include: Mute Group Masters; Channel Naming;
Channel Pan; Send Levels in Meter Bridge; Tap Tempo; Edit Mixer Setting (i.e. IP and MAC Addresses); Bank Navigation in Long Faders mode; Selectable Input and Output Meter Positions; EQ Type I / II button in EQ screen; HPF ON button is always available in EQ screen; and DCA Faders (M7CL only).

“As we celebrate our 25th year in providing high-quality digital technology products, we continue to be at the forefront of developing high-performance products for our customers and end users,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “With input from our customers based on their needs and feedback, the combination of StageMix Version 3 with an M7CL or LS9 will provide even greater flexibility and convenience when making important and necessary mix adjustments.”

StageMix Version 3 for the M7CL or LS9 will be available in April 2012 and can be downloaded free of charge via the Apple iTunes Store.

For more information on StageMix Version 3, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at the NAB 2012 Show on April 16, booth #C2239 or via the web at 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. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains 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.

AuviTran Introduces Audinate’s Dante Protocol in Its Audio Toolbox

Meylan, France and Portland, OR March 20, 2012- AuviTran, the Audio networking specialist, and Audinate, the inventors of the award winning Dante™ media networking solution, announces today it is adding Dante technology to its Audio Toolbox product range. Audinate was chosen to accelerate AuviTran’s development towards new networking technologies.

“The integration of Dante technology into our product portfolio will allow AuviTran to address market’s demands for new network interoperability. Dante offers our customers a smart path to AVB. AuviTran is continuously and consistently expanding its product offer in terms of powerful and versatile networking solutions” says Yves Ansade, AuviTran’ s Managing Director.

Audinate is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols. Dante offers a market leading solution today, while de-risking the future by providing a migration path to upgrade to new standards such as the IEEE Audio Video Bridging (“AVB”).

“We are glad to contribute to the convergence of audio networking technologies and share our expertise with AuviTran” states Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO. “Auvitran is one of the more experienced implementers of audio networking technologies, so this agreement is a strong recognition of the market momentum of Dante”.

Thanks to the new AuviTran product range, audio professionals can now use a playful Audio ToolBox to connect various types of interfaces (Analog Line, Microphone, AES-EBU, MADI, ADAT™…) or bridge different audio network technologies. “This is an exciting opportunity for our customers to build their own tailor made products, regardless of the technologies they want to use or the product they want to plug in. We will supply the tools and they will use their talents” adds product development manager Jeremie Weber.

AuviTran’s AxC-DANTE interface card will be presented during PL+S 2012. Hall 8 Booth B19
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About AuviTran
Since 2003 AuviTran has provided audio professionals with innovative networking solutions, using EtherSound technology. With almost 30000 audio network devices supplied worldwide and a unique audio network cross brand control software, AuviTran benefits of a wide knowledge and presence on the Audio Pro market.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Visit www.audinate.comfor the latest news and information on the company.
Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

Cobalt Digital Goes Retro At NAB 2012 With A Modular Signal Conversion Line

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital (www.CobaltDigital.com), manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear for broadcast environments, is returning to its roots with the addition of a modular signal conversion line. The series – named Blue Box Group – will debut at NAB 2012 on Cobalt’s booth N 1929 in the North Hall.

Blue Box Group
Cobalt Digital returns to its origins of throw-down modular bricks with the introduction of the Blue Box Group to answer the demand for first class quality, price competitive, signal conversion equipment.

Initial product offerings include HDMI to SDI and SDI to HDMI converters, and Analog to Digital, Digital to Analog converter boxes with audio embedding and de-embedding.

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ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com.

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, VP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Extron Expands into New Facility in Raleigh, North Carolina

Extron Electronics has moved its East Coast operations into a new, four-story, 146,000 square foot building on a seven-acre campus in Raleigh, North Carolina. The new building includes an 8,000 square foot training and product demonstration facility, and expanded areas for sales and manufacturing, as well as research and development. This new, larger East Coast facility will allow Extron to better serve its customers with more convenient training and certification programs, and a larger sales staff that is ready to assist with product or application questions, technical support, or system design advice. more

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