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Martin Audio Opens New MLA Production Facilities

Martin Audio recently opened new MLA facilities including production and assembly areas, quality control and testing, along with additional warehousing.

Designed for MLA, MLA Compact and the new MLA Mini, the facilities will provide a space worthy of this premier system series and further improve Martin Audio’s overall service to its customers.

Since the introduction of MLA in 2010, the system has won multiple awards for innovation and has taken the market by storm. With the international success stretching around the globe from the US to UK and Japan, and now with the introduction of MLA Mini set to further popularize the technology, it was a necessity to develop these new facilities.

Importantly, the principles of 5S were introduced as an integral part of the new development. 5S originated in Japan and stands for the Japanese words seiri (tidiness), seiton (orderliness), seiso (cleanliness), seiketsu (standardization), and shitsuke (discipline), principles that lead to improved efficiency, service and safety.

Jason Robson, Quality Manager for Martin Audio, stated, “The runaway success that MLA has become meant we needed additional production and warehousing space in order to meet the growing demand. But we also took the opportunity to instill new principles in both the creation of the layout and the day to day running of the facilities. 5S will help guarantee that we not only keep up with demand, but that this is achieved in an efficient manner with the quality our customers expect and this leading system demands.”

Alongside the production elements, the new facilities will also house Martin Audio’s popular training sessions for both MLA and OmniLine. Andy Davies, Lead Applications Engineer, said, “This new space will provide the perfect vehicle for premier training, while enabling us to show people how the product they are being trained on is made.”

For more about Martin Audio, please 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.

ASHLY AUDIO POWERED PROCESSORS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S SAGE CHAPEL CONDENSING SEVEN FEET OF PROCESSING & AMPLIFICATION INTO SEVEN INCHES

ITHACA, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Erected in 1875, Sage Chapel sits near the center of the picturesque campus of Cornell University in upstate New York. It is expressly non-denominational, and its interior is adorned by symbols of all the major and minor religions from around the world. For services and other events, Sage Chapel seats over 700 people, plus a large choir. To help voices carry with intelligibility in the large space, its sound reinforcement system has evolved with the state of technology over the decades. Apart from the chapel’s two organs, the system also provides reinforcement for any musical instruments used. Its latest upgrade condensed seven feet of rack space used for 1990s-era processing and amplification into just seven inches using an Ashly Pema 8250 and an Ashly ne4250pe. Each unit combines Ashly’s Protea signal processing with clean, high-powered amplifier channels – twelve in all.

“We put the previous system in over twenty years ago to deal with issues of intelligibility that were plaguing them at the time,” said Barny Cole, president of Calf Audio, also of Ithaca. “We put in three sets of loudspeakers arrayed in stereo pairs on delays running from the front of the chapel to the back. It delivered great sound quality, but it took a ton of processing to dial in. In those days, that meant a lot of separate rack units to individually equalize and time align each component. That system took seven feet of rack space! The university approached us recently to ask if we could condense all that processing because the closet was coveted by the janitorial staff. Of course, they didn’t want to lean their mops against a bunch of electrical equipment, so if we could condense it down and raise it up, everyone would be happy.”

With its fully-implemented front-end processing capabilities, the Ashly Pema 8250 now takes care of all of the “everyday” mixing and processing chores. It also delivers eight 250-Watt amplifier channels, all within two rack spaces. Because the Pema 8250 also includes line-level outputs from the processing section, it feeds the four-channel Ashly ne4250pe amplifiers with optional processing. All together, the system provides twelve 250-Watt amplifier channels and all of the processing they require in a tamperproof package. “I’m predisposed to choosing Ashly,” Cole admitted. “The company is a close neighbor – they’re just an hour-and-a-half down the road – and I like the individuals who work there. Ashly’s products are famously solid and reliable, and their service is spectacular. Since they deliver all of that at a huge price advantage, it would seem silly to bother with anyone else!”

An Ashly neWR-5 wall panel remote control provides simple selection of several presets. At its most basic, the Ashly Pema 8250 auto-mixes all of the usual inputs. The presets also allow selection of arrangements for other common event scenarios. For more complicated events, a console can patch in and take control of the inputs. Calf Audio is usually called in to provide sound engineer support for those more complicated events.

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

Matrox Maevex H.264 Encoders and Decoders Named 2014 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards Finalist

Vote “Maevex” for Most Innovative Video Processing (Transport) Product

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced the selection of Matrox Maevex™ 5100 Series H.264 encoders and decoders to the list of finalists for the 2014 SCN InfoComm Installation Product Awards in the Most Innovative Video Processing (Transport) category.

Matrox Maevex H.264 encoders and decoders extend Full HD-quality 1080p60 video and audio over standard IP networks at user definable bitrates between 100Kbps and 25Mbps. They are ideal for driving dynamic digital signage, delivering multimedia materials to different classrooms, and letting operators share desktop, video, and other content on collaborative video walls. Maevex encoders also support software-based decoding on non-Maevex devices and will soon include video recording to capture and store video/audio to a network shared drive or NAS. The flexible and innovative PowerStream™ software lets administrators remotely discover, manage and adjust encode/decode settings on a network of Maevex devices.

Vote for Maevex today! Voting closes May 1 and the winners will be revealed at InfoComm 2014.

See Maevex in action at upcoming tradeshows — NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10, booth SL5019), ITEC (Cologne Messe, Germany, May 20-22, stand E170) and InfoComm (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth 2247).

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Spinitar has new account manager for Command & Control Rooms and Digital Signage Markets

Spinitar Account Manager
Janine Zaffino, Spinitar Account Manager

La Mirada, Calif.- Spinitar has hired Janine Zaffino to be the Account Manager to specialize in audio video solutions for Command & Control Rooms and Digital Signage. Responsible for driving development, Janine is a 25 year seasoned sales person of innovative, high-technology products and services. Most recently she influenced and grew control room business and niche markets at RGB Spectrum.

Janine led the development of many new incremental opportunities at RGB Spectrum. Janine began her career influencing Sales, Operations, and Manufacturing to push IT and Pro AV products out the door in areas not identified by Sales.

“Janine brings Spinitar big energy,” says Spinitar Co-Owner Jay Rogina, “and a unique perspective from technology manufacturing with regard to operations and business development. Spinitar is excited about what Janine, and our growing organization, will unveil in 2014 and beyond.”

“Spinitar has made me part of a dedicated business unit that will focus their selling efforts on AV solutions for command, control, and monitoring centers, and digital signage applications”, states Zaffino. “Partnering up with Spinitar who has a solid reputation for quality and performance, is an honor. I am eager to be part of the strong team synergy and its history as a top AV integrator.”

Janine has a running record at past employment locations of being Employee of the Year and sales awards from each.

ABOUT SPINITAR
Since 1986, Spinitar has been a leading and trusted provider of audio visual services and technology to business, government, and education customers. Spinitar was recently ranked #32 amongst audio visual firms by Systems Contractors News, and is also a member of Professional Systems Network International, supporting enterprise clients throughout North America.

Interested in keeping up with Spinitar?
For more information on Spinitar and its services, please visit: http://www.spinitar.com/about_spinitar.asp

Installer’s Choice – An IMS Engineered Products Brand – Joins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

Installer's Choice product specifications are now available to D-Tools System Integrator users worldwide

Participation in the D-Tools MVP Program enables global System Integrator™ users free access to detailed Installer’s Choice product information for use in designing, specifying and estimating low voltage electronic systems for residential and commercial applications 

 CONCORD, CA, USA – MARCH 20, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products Brand – has joined the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, those who use D-Tools for their audio video system designs and proposals will have immediate access to detailed information about the entire family of IMS Engineered products (IMSEP) via the D-Tools product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify IMSEP products.

A global supplier of AV and Data racks, IMS Engineered Products has more than 70 years of experience designing and manufacturing racks trusted by companies and institutions providing services that touch virtually every aspect of your daily life.

“We are thrilled with the opportunity to partner with D-Tools,” said Kevin Groom, VP of Sales and Marketing for IMS Engineered Products. “We believe it’s of the utmost importance that dealers have easy access to the most up-to-date and comprehensive product information available; it provides them with the details needed to help scope and specify the best products possible for successful client projects. Furthermore, our participation in the MVP Program not only benefits the integrator community but also helps us to broaden our market reach and build valuable new business relationships.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to have Installer’s Choice – an IMS Engineered Products company – sign on as an MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their products service virtually every sector of industry in both residential and commercial applications which will provide our users with high quality, versatile options for many of their client engagements.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools Systems Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About IMS Engineered Products
IMS Engineered Products, a division of IMS Companies, LLC, is a manufacturer of a full line of proprietary and custom enclosures and video mounting products for electronic packaging, data and audio visual applications under its IMS Engineered Products and Installer’s Choice brands. For more information, visit www.imsep.com and www.installerschoice.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

 
Links to Accompanying Images:
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System Integrator™ Installer’s Choice Screen Shot

 

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ASHLY MIXES IT UP WITH VINTAGE MOS-FET AND NEW AMPLIFIERS TO UPDATE MIDLAND NAZARENE CHURCH

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN – MARCH 2014: Though founded decades earlier, the Midland Nazarene Church in Midland, Michigan moved to its present, 450-seat church in 1970. Although much changed in the four decades that followed, the church’s sound system didn’t change until only very recently. It bore the burden of the church’s increasing use of reinforced music, and equipment slowly succumbed to time and wear. When finally the only things that were still functioning as they had when they went in were a pair of Ashly FTX-1501 MOS-FET amplifiers (circa early 1980s), Midland Nazarene put its renovation out to bid. Nearby A/V integrator Center Line Technologies won the bid, scrapped everything except the perfectly functioning “vintage” Ashly amps, and added new Ashly amplifiers and processing to bring the sound system up to modern standards.

“This was the kind of church that likes to do things for themselves,” said Tony Rogalski, vice president at Center Line Technologies. “As their on-stage needs grew, they added four mini floor monitors for the praise team, two monitors for the pulpit, and two monitors for the musicians. All told, they had eight floor monitors on stage and only two small loudspeakers to cover the congregation. And they were the original two loudspeakers!”

Rogalski replaced those two loudspeakers with a new JBL system comprised of multiple flown loudspeakers and monitors, plus subwoofers. The new system called for vastly more channels, and while he was happy to keep the Ashly FTX-1501 MOS-FET amplifiers in service for monitors, he added an Ashly KLR 5000 to power the left/right loudspeakers and an Ashly KLR 4000 to power the center loudspeaker and the flown monitors. A new Ashly ne24.24M processor with modular I/O now replaces the scant analog processing of the original system. He increased its I/O count to 8×8 to handle all the new equipment. New Shure wireless microphones and an Aviom system provide a robust input set, which the church now mixes with a new Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital console. Rogalski repurposed several of the floor monitors for use in the classrooms that serve as overflow.

“We started working with Ashly processing over fifteen years ago, and it became our go-to processor,” said Rogalski. “Ashly processors never failed, and my field techs consistently reported that they were the easiest to program and gave them the most consistent results. Why mess with that track record? Ashly amplifiers won me over when we started specifying their combined amplifier/processor units. At their price point, it’s like buying an amplifier and getting a processor for free. Ashly amplifiers have proven to be every bit as robust as the Ashly processors that I’m more familiar with.”

He continued, “Midland, Michigan supposedly has more PhDs than anywhere else, and selling them on a system was a bit of challenge because they were all rocket scientists. Because their original Ashly amplifiers had proven themselves, they had no problem with our choice of Ashly for the new amps and processing. They’re very happy with the way things turned out. There is a clarity and naturalness to the sound, and the coverage, which had previously been spotty, is now even and seamless.”

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

SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12×8 JAZZES IT UP AT FAMOUS NYC SOUL FOOD RESTAURANT

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Founded in 1962 by Sylvia Wood, Sylvia’s Restaurant in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City serves soul food that has attained regional and international fame. Numbered among its past clients are Jesse Jackson, Magic Johnson, and the late Nelson Mandela, and its regulars include President Bill Clinton and Reverend Al Sharpton! Over the decades, Sylvia’s has expanded from its original storefront by annexing several of the adjacent storefronts. With each expansion, its sound system grew in size – but not in quality. Taylor Sound of Long Island, New York recently gave Sylvia’s a sophisticated, yet easy to use commercial-grade sound system centered on a Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante networked audio DSP.

“The Symetrix Radius 12×8 was the first thing we installed at Sylvia’s, and it was almost too good,” said Bill Taylor, owner of Taylor Sound. “They clearly needed new speakers and amplifiers as well, but the Radius was such a step up from their old system that, without an external reference, the improvement seemed more than adequate. We went with the Radius 12×8 because we knew the sound quality would be there and because Symetrix’ open-architecture programming would allow us to give them the customized performance and user-control options that the restaurant needed. Specifically, we wanted to zone out each separate room so that processing and volume could be room-specific.” Taylor Sound designed and installed the new system.

Inputs to the system include a podium mic for calling guests when there is a wait (which is frequently), an iPod input, and output from an existing PreSonus studio/live board. The board supports the musicians and vocalists for Saturday Jazz Brunch and Sunday Gospel Brunch, each a longstanding tradition at the restaurant. User control includes a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote for each room, as well as Symetrix ARC-WEB for managers. ARC-WEB allows them to control the system from their smartphones. Taylor Sound is installing new Renkus-Heinz TRX81 loudspeakers in each room in phases.

“The Symetrix Radius 12×8 has everything we need, including comprehensive dynamics, equalization, and delay for slight time alignment in each room,” said Taylor. “I really love working with the SymNet Composer open-architecture software. It allows me easily create whatever I need for a particular situation. Of course, giving the client ARC-WEB for free is nice. Finally, because the Radius 12×8 is built around the Dante network, it will be easy to expand in the future. Already, Sylvia’s is talking about blowing out another wall to add more table space!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

RF VENUE INTRODUCES RF OPTIX™

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 2014: Wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Optix™ RF to fiber optic conversion system, a powerful new tool for mainstream wireless microphone users that expands the possibilities of antenna distribution and wireless audio design.

“RF Optix brings technology from the world of broadcast and IT into the reach of church, school, and theater wireless users,” says CEO Chris Regan. “Integrators, tour managers, and church technicians are now able to do things with fiber that would have been way out of budget, or downright impossible, with coaxial cable.”

The RF Optix system leverages the low cost, lossless characteristics of fiber optic cable over the expensive, fragile, lossy characteristics of coaxial cables. Fiber cable runs thousands of feet long are possible with negligible in-line attenuation, so antennas can be remoted in venues far away from racks or equipment rooms located elsewhere in the facility.

“One of the main constraints for distributed antenna systems for wireless audio is the cost and signal loss challenges of coax cables,” says Regan. “This is especially true for plenum installs, where plenum rated coax can exceed the cost of the entire audio system. With inexpensive plenum rated fiber cables, system designers can now rethink their equipment layouts without sacrificing the huge performance benefit of using a remote antenna system for their wireless system.”

The RF Optix system is offered as a single channel for connecting to one antenna or in a dual channel package for diversity antenna systems. The Install Package includes wall or rack mountable flanges and the Live Package includes a hard-shell carrying case. Both options include 10’ BNC to SMA adapter cables for connecting to antennas and wireless rack equipment; 9V screw-on power supplies are also provided. Available accessories include 100m single mode plenum fiber cables and 100m indoor/outdoor reinforced fiber cables. Custom fiber cable lengths are available.

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events.

http://www.rfvenue.com

Contact RF Venue at 800-795-0817 or email orders@RFvenue.com for further details.

GRUNDORF ANNOUNCES 75-110 COMPACT RACK DRAWER FOR WIRELESS SYSTEMS

**** Photo: Grundorf model 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer ****

Council Bluffs, IA – March 2014… Grundorf Corporation, a leading manufacturer of equipment for musicians and audio professionals, is pleased to announce the company’s new model 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer for wireless racks. Featuring a rugged metal design with multiple compartments and foam lining, the new Grundorf 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer is the ideal accessory for adding dedicated storage space to protect one’s valuable microphones. The 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer is the perfect rack accessory for touring musicians, audio professionals, and AV technicians in presentation environments, House of Worship, and DJ’s. more

VARIA Fills Calvary Chapel with Exquisite Sound

Chattanooga, TN – March 2014…Leaving a rental space for a place of their own was a big step for  Calvary Chapel. Their new campus sits amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown Chattanooga, close to restaurants, hotels, shops and grocery stores, making Calvary Chapel now a visible and accessible part of the community.

In fact, Calvary Chapel’s new home is a converted Bi-Lo grocery store, reminiscent of its former self through the concrete floor and open corrugated metal ceiling. Folding this industrial edge into their contemporary approach, Calvary Chapel cleared the columns and raised the roof, opening up the 100 by 100 square foot space and adding a bit of acoustical treatment to the side walls.

The space seats 750-800 people, in typical fan shaped sanctuary seating, with one center aisle and two on either side. The services are always packed, from Saturday night praise band to late Sunday morning service, where they have an extra 150-200 people in overflow areas, connected via fiber.

Their contemporary services, complete with amplified instruments, fit well into this unique, industrious and sleek aesthetic. Making it sound as good as it looks, with hard surfaced, square dimensions, was a whole other issue; one that couldn’t be solved with a one-size-fits-all solution.

“It was pretty rough when they moved in there three or four years ago,” says Tracy Miller of Chattanooga-based DB Technologies. Calvary Chapel called Miller in for a consultation about a year ago, needing his help in taming and utilizing this new space. Miller had previously demoed the Renkus-Heinz PN102 line arrays in the space, but quickly realized he needed a different approach. “With the liveliness of this particular room, a traditional line array wasn’t the right thing. There was just too much sound bouncing around that place.”

What Miller and Calvary Chapel needed was a line array that could be tailored to fit their needs precisely; from rock bands to sermons, without allowing the square, hard barriers of the Chapel to shape the sound. “I had been wanting to try out the VARIA and this seemed like a good opportunity,” Miller says. “We set up a demo, and it was just night and day. With the VARIA array, we were able to taper the coverage and focus the sound on the seating area, without hitting all those walls and reflective surfaces.”

With left and right three-cabinet arrays of narrow, transitional and wide dispersion boxes, VARIA also fits in well with the pre-existing design of the space, complementing both the industrial and the sleek aesthetics. And, says Miller, the dramatic shift in sound quality made the job easier, even for the Chapel’s new sound guy. “He’s been just getting up to speed on the Roland M400 console, and he usually asks a lot of questions. But we went from nobody in the room to a packed house and it was so smooth, I did not have to go to the console even once.”

Miller recalls, “after the first service, I got a text: ‘we want to keep these.’ And I had the feeling that would be the case.”

 

 

 

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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