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CRAIG RICHARDSON, Ph.D., JOINS SYMETRIX AS V.P. OF GLOBAL SALES

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2013: Symetrix announces today the appointment of Craig Richardson to the position of Vice President of Global Sales. Richardson assumes responsibility for management of the company’s worldwide sales and business development. Richardson most recently served as Vice President of A/V Integrator Market Development with Polycom and prior to that was the Vice-President and General Manager of Polycom’s Installed Voice Business for many years. According to Symetrix CEO, Paul Roberts, “Craig Richardson is a major player in the world of audio for voice and video conferencing. We’re extremely excited to have a person of his caliber on board as we rapidly add teleconferencing products to our complete range of digital signal processors and accessories.”

“At Symetrix, I found a company with talented and dedicated people, a reputation for great products and customer-support, and a palpable level of enthusiasm for their new products and direction,” said Richardson. “It’s exhilarating to experience the passion and focus a rapidly growing company like Symetrix has for creating best-in-class products and services.”

During InfoComm Richardson will deliver a session called, “Designing and Troubleshooting Audio Conferencing Systems” on Wednesday, June 12th from 8 am to 10 am.  The session will focus on the lifecycle of an audio conferencing system: from the needs assessment and design guidelines to troubleshooting during installation and commissioning. “This session will streamline participants’ installation efforts and allow them to finish an installation sooner and with greater customer satisfaction,” said Richardson. “From a solution perspective, Symetrix’ new conferencing products, including SymNet Edge, the SymNet 4 Channel AEC Input Card, and SymNet Radius AEC, have a number of unique strengths including audio performance, audio routing options, form-factor, and price points. Their flexible architectures support both cost-effective smaller conferencing systems typically with eight or fewer microphones, and large, complex, conferencing systems connected via a Dante network over Ethernet.”

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.

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Canadian Duo Uses Yamaha CL Digital Console On International Tour

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Born in Calgary, Alberta, the Quinn sisters’ unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genres, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. Having sold nearly 1 million albums and touring with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara are on the road in support of their 7th studio album – “Heartthrob”.

A Yamaha CL3 digital audio console with two Rio3224-D racks has been provided by Gearforce of Coquitlam, BC, Canada for front of house mixing by Scottie Baldwin. Robert Nevalainen, President of Gearforce said that it became obvious early on that the CL line represented a leap forward in audio quality. “Yamaha managed to retain the Centralogic interface that so many engineers love, and the company has such market penetration, that it just made sense.”

“The CL Series sounds amazing; a perfect blend of the sonic purity and coloration add up to the most musical console on the market,” states Baldwin. “I’ve found the Dante networking to be not only simple to set up, but incredibly reliable as well. The simple setup of the Dante network gets me where I need to be: into the music. Baldwin says he makes extensive use of the console’s Premium Rack; specifically, the Neve compressors and EQ’s as well as the multi-band compressors.

Baldwin has been a Yamaha end user engineer from the first days of Yamaha digital consoles. In 2002, the Yamaha PM1D was the first large-scale digital console he used for a Prince tour. He’s used Yamaha consoles exclusively since. “The thought behind where an engineer’s hands and eyes will be during a show are most impressive, Baldwin adds, completely intuitive to live mixing, that allows maximum capability to focus on the most important element of all: the music.”

For more information on Gearforce, visit www.gearforce.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Scottie Baldwin at Yamaha CL3

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

SYMETRIX EXPANDS GLOBAL CTS CERTIFICATION BOTH ON SITE AND ONLINE

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2013: Symetrix, manufacturer of high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software, is pleased to announce the global expansion of its INFOCOMM accredited training. The announcement parallels the growth of Symetrix’ international sales.

“As we continue to expand internationally, the need for training also increases,” said Mark Ullrich, International Sales Manager with Symetrix. “We’re excited to now offer worldwide training courses that are INFOCOMM accredited. We have trainers covering Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, and the full-day course carries four CTS renewal points. Alternatively, for those who are unable to join in person for training, our self-paced online training provides renewal points as well. With CTS becoming more popular everyday among A/V professionals we’re glad to be able to offer this extra benefit for those attending our training.”

Ryan Curtright, Senior Technical Sales Engineer with Symetrix, will deliver domestic training throughout the United States. Hock Thang, Symetrix Technical Sales Engineer for Asia, will cover Asia. Iain Cameron, Director of Technical Support and Training with World Marketing Associates, will provide training throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Udo Stoof, Product and Project Manager for Digital Audio Products with TRIUS GmbH & Co., will focus on training in Germany. Matt Vance, Technical Training Specialist with Production Audio Video Technology, will deliver trainings in Australia. Mark Ullrich himself will provide training throughout the world based on demand. Online trainings are also available worldwide.

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.

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DANLEY’S NEW OS80 TAKES THE LEAD AS A FULLY-WEATHERIZED OUTDOOR LOUDSPEAKER WITH PATENTED SYNERGY HORN TECHNOLOGY

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MAY 2013: Danley Sound Labs brings its revolutionary Synergy Horn technology to the great outdoors with the Danley OS80. Like its Synergy Horn siblings, the OS80 delivers tremendous output, both in terms of sound pressure level and transparency, as well as precise pattern control. Unlike its Synergy Horn siblings, however, the OS80 is housed in an enclosure that is utterly impervious to weather, making it the ideal loudspeaker for outdoor installations at sports venues, arenas, athletic fields and complexes, theme and recreational parks, public gatherings, race tracks, community centers, cruise ships, hockey rinks, water parks, swimming areas, and more.

“The Danley OS80 brings high fidelity to outdoor loudspeakers,” asserted Mike Hedden, president of Danley Sound Labs. “Until now, installing a fully-weatherized loudspeaker meant significant compromises in fidelity and impact. But like all Danley products, the OS80 doesn’t play by those rules. The OS80 not only delivers the kind of clarity and power that characterizes our flagship SH-50 loudspeaker, but it can do it in a driving rain or after a winter spent buried under snow. In addition, the OS80’s precise pattern control created by the large horn makes it possible for outdoor sound reinforcement systems to deliver superior Synergy Horn fidelity to every seat.”

The Danley OS80’s coverage pattern is 80 deg conical with an operating frequency range that spans 113 Hz to 18 kHz (+/- 3 dB). It has 101 dB SPL sensitivity and a maximum output that rates 127 dB SPL continuous and 133 dB SPL program. A single high performance 12-inch driver and a single 1.4-inch driver energize the Synergy Horn and are hidden away inside a thermal molded poly-composite exterior measuring 32.25 inches high by 26-inches wide by 14.5 inches deep. Total weight is 51 pounds, and a U bracket is included as are other flexible mounting options which allow the Danley OS80 to make itself at home in any circumstance.

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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API 1608 STARS IN ONE-OF-A-KIND STUDIO IN MILAN

MILAN, ITALY – MAY 2013: A new studio in Italy features a 16-channel API 1608 as the main attraction for a one-of-a-kind studio experience. INDIEHUB, located in Milan, is a “co-working” facility with a primary focus on creating music. Here, engineers, producers and musicians can rent space using either their own equipment (such as a laptop, audio interface, etc.) or supplied equipment and the recently installed 1608.

It all started with the idea that people in the music industry should have access to quality equipment in order to create quality music. Giving them the opportunity to meet each other and encouraging the comparison in a professional workflow is the goal of the INDIEHUB.

Owner Andrea Dolcino was introduced to a similar idea in a different type of facility, and thus the idea for INDIEHUB was born. “Before starting INDIEHUB, I’d been working for ten years as an audio engineer, specializing in post-production for advertising jingles. Three years ago, a customer took me to a co-working facility for a job,” says Dolcino. “So I decided to start the first co-working facility dedicated to music production.”

When it came time to choose a console, INDIEHUB worked with Paolo Orizio of Funky Junk in Italy. The API was the clear choice. “For our budget, the 1608 was the only console with a strong personality and a comfortable and modern routing,” says Dolcino. “It’s modern and vintage at the same time. The routing is perfect for HD recording and the 1608 preamplifiers are really attractive, especially for their response to the bass frequencies. For that money, it’s the best choice.”

The INDIEHUB facility invites clients to rent space for as little or as long as they like and can also host concerts and showcases, making this a unique experience – not only because of the facility, but also because this is the first 1608 console in Milan. “We are excited to spread our wings in Italy,” said Mark Seman, API sales. “This is a great endeavor for both API and INDIEHUB.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

ASHLY AUDIO INTRODUCES THE nX AMPLIFIERS: A WAVE OF TREMENDOUS POWER, EFFICIENCY, AND FLEXIBILITY FOR THE PRICE OF A MODEST SPLASH

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – MAY 2013: With founder Billy Thompson’s invention of the “Loud Amp” in the early 1970s and the introduction of its path-breaking MOS-FET amplifier technology in the early 1980s, Ashly Audio established itself as a company that would lead the industry in technological innovations. It continues that tradition with the new Ashly nX family of Class D amplifiers, which deliver up to 12,000W of clean power while drawing less than 1W in sleep mode. nX amplifiers are offered in four- or two-channel versions with selectable high-Z (70/100V) or low-Z output on each channel. nX model variants include the addition of Ethernet control, and onboard Protea™ DSP with load monitoring, to meet the many and varied requirements of modern fixed installation and live sound applications. True to the craftsmanship that launched the company, Ashly hand-builds nX amplifiers in the United States and backs their performance with a five-year warranty.

“nX amplifiers are lightweight and efficient, yet pack a tremendous amount of power and flexibility into a 2U chassis” said Anthony Errigo, director of communications for Ashly. “We have designed them to meet the demanding requirements of stadiums, arenas, performance venues, worship spaces, and convention centers – anywhere big sound and modern performance requirements are needed. nX amplifiers are especially appealing for value-engineered installs because they offer features, performance, and reliability that Ashly is known to deliver.”

Ashly is offering three series of nX amps with feature sets that build upon each other. The base nX amplifiers are available in four- or two-channel models at 3000W or 1500W per channel (@ 2 Ohms) and feature a defeatable automatic sleep mode. nXe series amps add Ethernet control, serial data control, aux preamp outputs, programmable standby mode, preset recall, fault condition logic outputs, event scheduling, and optional network audio and digital audio capability (CobraNet® or AES3). Finally, nXp series amps feature everything in nXe plus onboard 32-bit SHARC Protea DSP processing (48 or 96kHz sampling rate) and precision swept load-impedance monitoring.

Additional features include multiple independent power supplies for increased channel separation and reliability; front panel power switch and level controls (defeatable in nXe and nXp models); front panel LEDs for temperature, current, signal, clip, mute, bridge mode, protect, sleep, and more; Neutrik® Combo XLR – 1/4” TRS jack plus Euroblock input connectors; Neutrik speakON® twist locking loudspeaker connectors for security, safety, and reliability; rear panel DIP switches per channel for selection of high pass filter, limiter, input gain, and High-Z or Low-Z speaker output configuration; remote DC level control on each input channel; switch mode power supply automatically detects 120V or 240V AC operation; and extensive protection circuitry, including continuously variable cooling fans.

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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Gand Moves and Takes On Fifth GEO T System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gand Concert Sound (GCS) has moved to new digs in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. After 18 years at their Glenview stronghold, GCS has relocated to a new warehouse that quadruples their space, doubles their docks, and adds a rail spur.

“We have been busting at the seams for the last few years and started looking for more space closer to O’Hare International Airport,” states Gary Gand, President. “Real estate being in a slump allowed us to scale up square footage without taking on more financially.”

The new Gand space features a 25’ ceiling allowing full size rigs to be flown for testing, and the layout allows for a concert-sized stage to be erected for full rehearsals of touring shows.
“We can now turn trucks around in a matter of hours without having to play Rubik’s Cube with the gear,” says VP Tim Swan. “GCS intends to expand their backline presence and may team up with other production vendors, all under one roof.”

In the timeliness of the move to the larger space, the company, also known as ‘the NEXO guys’, just took delivery of another 28-box NEXO GEO T speaker system, bringing their inventory up to five arena-sized rigs. The company already owns quite a stash of NEXO GEO S12, S8, Alpha, and PS series speakers and 4X4 NXAmps, making them one of the largest NEXO houses in the USA. GCS began their stable of GEO T systems with the first concert rig in the USA used at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in 2003.

For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gandconcertsound.com.

For more information on NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: L to R: GCS Nick Dahl, Austin Swan, Tim Swan, Gary Gand, and Adam Rosenthal toast fifth NEXO GEO T System

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

DANLEY’S PRECISE AUDIO FIDELITY ANCHORS THE NEW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT FINGER LAKES COMMUNITY COLLEGE

CANANDAIGUA, NEW YORK – APRIL 2013: Given its exceptional faculty and its extensive facilities for Music and Music Recording Technology, the Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York is rare among community colleges. The résumés of its faculty include some of the best-known commercial recording studios in the world, and the campus is home to the Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC), a popular outdoor venue that seats 5,000, and a John Storyk-designed recording studio. Recently, the school committed to building a new Student Life Center building, which, among many other amenities, includes a 410-seat Performing Arts Center and a smaller multipurpose room with flexible seating. The performing arts center is acoustically- and technologically-flexible and capable of effectively delivering acoustic music, high-SPL rock, and everything in-between. Both rooms rely on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers to convey high-fidelity sound reinforcement with precise pattern control.

“It was only after we had designed the room for acoustic music that the school added high SPL amplified music to the list of requirements,” explained Seth Waltz, principal of AVL Designs (Penfield, New York). “It was originally designed as a classic recital hall, and we did all of the acoustic work with that in mind. Our initial plan called for a small central cluster of loudspeakers that would be used strictly for voice reinforcement. But then they changed things and wanted to be able to accommodate rock bands and dramatic theater. So we had to move backwards, working around the acoustics and the lighting positions that were already in place.” JMZ Architects (Glens Falls, New York) led the project, and AVL Designs designed the acoustics, rigging, lighting, video, and sound reinforcement for both rooms. Platinum Sound (Victor, New York) installed the audio and video systems, and BMI Supply installed the rigging and lighting.

“Given the new requirements, we had to find a very well-controlled loudspeaker that would keep energy off the walls and ceiling, yet deliver tremendous SPL with audiophile fidelity,” said Waltz. “Because of sight lines, lighting positions, and the geometry of the room, a line array was out of the question. Danley Sound Labs’ Synergy Horn technology was the obvious, and perhaps only choice.” AVL designed stereo clusters mounted at either edge of the proscenium, each composed of a Danley SH-64 with a Danley SH-95 for downfill. Four Danley TH-112 subwoofers support the low end from below the stage.

A Digidesign Venue SC48 sits at FOH and feeds an Ashly ne24.24M modular I/O processor configured four eight inputs and sixteen outputs. “In terms of sound quality for the dollar, I love the Ashly processors,” said Waltz. “The Ashly ne24.24M is the perfect FOH processor.” A pair of four-channel Lab.gruppen c48:4s power the Danley TH-112 subwoofers and the Danley SH-64 loudspeakers, and a c28:4 powers the SH-95s. Crestron control integrates all of the A/V system functionality and lights. A high-definition Christie Digital LX1500 projector illuminates a Da-Lite 270-inch screen for cinema-quality video, and ETC lighting with 192 channels of dimming allow for flexible and dramatic staging.

The design goal was not merely to make the Performing Arts Center acceptable for a wide range of music and performances, but to make it excellent across that range. Because they have such low distortion and because it is largely independent of the output volume, the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers contribute significantly toward that goal. Going further, AVL Designs incorporated a Yamaha AFC electronic reverberation system for the room. A series of sixteen hidden microphones feed a processing engine that outputs to approximately forty hidden loudspeakers with small subwoofers built in. Using the Yamaha system, the room’s reverb can be adjusted between 1 and 2.5 seconds.

Although much smaller in scope, the multipurpose room was the first space in which the college’s discriminating faculty had an opportunity to hear Danley loudspeakers installed. A pair of Danley SH-100Bs provide stereo output with integrated subwoofer support. “The faculty – and these are all veteran recording engineers – were blown away by the Danley SH-100Bs,” said Waltz. “And when these people say that they like the way a loudspeaker sounds, it really means something!” A Yamaha 24-channel digital console feeds another Ashly ne24.24M, this time configured as 8×12. A QSC PLX 3102 amplifier powers the system.

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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SYMETRIX INTRODUCES EXTERNAL CONTROL EXPANDER FOR SYMNET

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix announces release of the SymNet xControl, an external control expander for use with the SymNet Edge and Radius family of DSP products useful in conferencing and paging applications. For those installations where Edge and Radius’s eight onboard control inputs and eight logic outputs require expansion, xControl provides an additional sixteen inputs, sixteen outputs and two RS-232 ports.

In typical conferencing and paging applications, external control inputs accommodate closures from push to talk (PTT) microphone switches while control outputs directly drive LED indicators associated with the PTT mics. Additional output applications may include the triggering of external relays or camera switching devices.The xControl’s flexibility lends support to both everyday and ‘outside-the-box’ applications.

For serial communications with third party projectors, camera controls, routers, and lighting either of xControl’s two RS-232 ports may be configured to receive or transmit commands. An added bonus is Power over Ethernet (PoE) which means xControl may be mounted outside of a rack room and connected to the system with a single CAT5/6 cable via a PoE network switch. Occupying only a 1U, two of the half-rack devices can be mounted side-by-side or xControl may be surface mounted. For either type of mounting, all hardware is included. For direct powering, a PoE injector is included. SymNet Composer open architecture software provides comprehensive set-up and management of xControl.

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.

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SYMETRIX LAUNCHES SYMNET TELEPHONE INTERFACE CARD

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – APRIL 2013: Symetrix announces the release of the 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card for SymNet. The card integrates a complete set of PSTN telephony functions into SymNet Edge and Radius AEC systems configured for teleconferencing. The initial rollout includes US FCC Part 68 certification and Industry Canada CS-03 Part I.

The telephone card’s robust feature set includes incoming call detection and answering, DTMF-dialing, speed-dialing, re-dialing, DTMF decoding, do not disturb, caller-ID reception, call progress detection, and continuous line status and fault monitoring.

Telco connections use standard RJ-11 jacks with parallel set connections per line for a physical handset, a dialer, or an ADA-compliant visual or audible device. As with all SymNet modular cards, the 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card may be installed in the field by a certified technician.

Beyond teleconferencing, the card is also intended for use in paging, broadcast feed, and remote system monitoring applications.

Paul Roberts, Symetrix CEO, noted, “The 2 Line Analog Telephone Interface Card is the nextstep in our audio teleconferencing product developments. Integrators and consultants in North America can now design and deliver teleconferencing systems using SymNet AEC and analog telephone interface technology deployed on our Edge and Radius AEC hardware platforms.”

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.

PLEASE STOP AND SEE US AT INFOCOMM BOOTH #922

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