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BitWise Controls BC1, BC2 and BC4 Home Automation Controllers to be Featured During Exclusive 2014 Integrated Systems Europe Demonstrations in Home Cinema Europe Stand 1-N53; BC1 and Room Remote will Control Theater Demonstration

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (Integrated Systems Europe 2014 – Stand 1-N53) — Feb. 3, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems will be featuring its suite of home automation products at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (ISE). BitWise controllers serve as the hub of any home automation system, allowing components and devices to interact with one another both wirelessly and seamlessly. Three controller models are available including the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; and the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects. BitWise Automation Controllers can be controlled by the new tactile, hard-button BitWise Room Remote or by iOS® and Android® devices via fully customizable graphic user interfaces (GUIs).

The top-end BC1 is a 1RU unit suitable for any residential or commercial application that easily controls audio/video, lighting, HVAC, shades, security systems and more. It features a built-in astronomical clock that provides event scheduling based on the time of day, sunrise or sunset, and includes eight IR ports (routable and attenuable), four SPDT relays, analog or digital signal sensing capabilities as well as customizable email notifications and two USB ports allow for future expansion. BC1 can be shelf or rack mounted using provided rack ears for added convenience and versatility.

The BC2 is a powerful midsized controller that features four IR ports (routable and attenuable), two SPDT relays, and analog or digital capabilities. Its compact chassis belies its powerful capabilities. It’s suitable for most any residential or commercial automation application, especially those that have fewer devices to control. Two USB ports allow for expansion, and like the BC1, email notifications can be customized.

The BC4 is an ideal single-room or expansion solution that can be used independently or in conjunction with BC1 or BC2 Automation Controllers. It offers one RS232 port, four IR ports plus a built-in blaster, two SPDT relays, and two-way interaction for a single device is supported via a serial or network connection.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, HVAC, shading systems, and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way interaction with serial and networked devices is supported. For the ultimate in ease and accessibility, BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for a variety of Apple and Android devices as well as with the new BitWise Controls Room Remote.

Experience the scalability and flexibility of BitWise and its suite of automation controllers During ISE 2014 at the Home Cinema Europe stand 1-N53. Those interested in scheduling an appointment with key BitWise executives to learn more about the simple superiority of the BitWise Controls lineup during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by calling +1(425) 328-8640 or writing to Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls
Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Housed in the renovated, historic Fenway Theater in Boston, the Berklee Performance Center is the Berklee College of Music’s flagship performance space seating more then 1,200 and counted among Boston’s most prestigious concert halls. Parsons Audio (Wellesley, MA) recently added two new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles in the performance center for use by student and faculty productions as well as national entertainment.

Berklee has had a long relationship with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems consoles dating back to 1976 beginning with the Yamaha PM1000, 3K, PM4K, PM1D, PM5D, DM2K, and now the CL Series. A CL5 is positioned at front of house with a second based in Studio BPC located in an area above the theater.

“The BPC looked upon the new CL as the PM1D successor, states Rick Scott, Sales Director, Parsons Audio LLC. Among features that were appealing to the technical team were the networking capabilities of this generation of Yamaha consoles along with its Rupert Neve plug-ins within the Premium Rack and integration with Nuendo Live.” Parsons Audio has provided customer support of the school’s Yamaha consoles since the very beginning.

“We had the Yamaha PM1D for eight years, and wanted to make sure we could stay up-to-date with current, commercially available (and currently supported) technology, states Ed Libeartore, A1 at BPC. We also really wanted to have something with remote iPad control, so we could mix monitors on stage from the FOH console.”

Liberatore said he immediately loved the sound of the preamps and the processing, and quickly became accustomed to having the controls accessible from the touch screen. “Handing an iPad off to a student assistant has been working amazingly well. It lets me concentrate on the house mix and seems to make the performers more comfortable knowing that there is somebody who can listen to the same monitor speaker with them and build a custom mix right on the spot with exactly what they need without ever having to shout to me, standing 50 feet away.”

Studio BPC, which regularly multitrack records many of the performance center concerts, is a teaching lab for live performance location recording classes. The studio is fed from a separate split off the on-stage mic snake box, but also receives a feed from the house Dante network for additional options. “I am really happy with our decision on going with the CL5 console for our live recording studio, states Alejandro Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music. The Dante Network is key in the success of our new BPC Studio, and we use Nuendo Live linked to the CL5 as one of our two multi-track systems capable of recording up to 64 channels, receiving independently the outputs of our 64 Grace mic preamps.”

For more information on the Berklee Performance Center, visit www.berklee.edu.

For more information on Parsons Audio, visit www.paudio.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console, 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. 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.

Cirque du Soleil Relaunches Varekai as an Arena Show using BlackTrax

Streaming realtime tracking data keeps the lights on the performers

The Cirque du Soleil’s Varekai, which has been touring the world since 2002, returned to Montreal, Quebec in December 2013 for its re-launch as Arena Shows. The production team proposed to lighting designer, Nol van Genuchten the deployment of the BlackTrax realtime tracking solution from CAST BlackTrax Ltd for moving light tracking of performers.

Improving production efficiency

“As lighting designer for the very first edition of Varekai, it’s great to be working on it again as it evolves. With the new arena tour, Varekai is hosted at a different location each week and presents its own lighting challenges allowing me to adapt the lighting to ‘the arena’ of each new environment,” said van Genuchten.

“We introduced BlackTrax as an operational efficiency and cost saving tool as well as a way of calibrating lighting highlights to track performers on the stage area. BlackTrax works by accurately tracking people and objects using a proprietary infra-red sensor and a LED beacon that is attached to a performer giving positional information for X, Y, and Z coordinates.

“Using BlackTrax we placed a tracker and beacon and designated certain fixtures to track certain performers throughout the show. At each venue of the Arena tour, BlackTrax quickly calibrates moving lights making sure that the performer and high-res light beam control is used, and that the beam of light is kept at minimal width,” added van Genuchten.

BlackTrax enhances creativity

As well as significant recurring cost savings, BlackTrax became interesting as it gave van Genuchten and Varekai more creative control with lighting.

“With BlackTrax, I had a lot more freedom to create and place highlights on performers within the imagery and doing so in a way that I couldn’t have done with a traditional follow spot.”

“The BlackTrax software interface is very well developed and the physical practicality of creating trackable LEDs and beacons worked well. What’s more, BlackTrax is supported by a very good technical team at CAST that were there to assist us with any queries we had.”

“BlackTrax is a very powerful tool for the future,” concluded van Genuchten.

Gil Densham, President and CEO of CAST Group Group said: “Did you know that in English “Varekai” means “wherever”, which also describes the renown of Cirque du Soleil for its highly creative, hugely artistic entertainment and clever leveraging of technology to consistently deliver magical results! BlackTrax is the solution that makes possible seamless, spontaneous creativity + artistry + technology – its job was to simplify. Nol and the creative team of magicians + artists used hot-wired technology to help spin a thrilling, vibrant and colorful yarn. And, we are pleased that BlackTrax played its part by streaming the critical, precise, target coordinates to lighting technology in realtime so the planned creative effects augmented the artistry.”

www.blacktrax.ca

Barix Introduces Next-Generation In-Store Radio Solution

SoundScape delivers comprehensive management and audio playout solution to help retailers, businesses efficiently engage consumers

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 29, 2014Barix has long been a global provider of in-store radio solutions, bringing value to retail shops and other businesses through brand awareness, consumer engagement and revenue generation. The introduction of SoundScape, its next-generation in-store radio solution, positions Barix as a technology leader in the retail market, helping businesses enhance flexibility and fuel new business opportunities from an advanced yet easy-to-use platform.

SoundScape is a comprehensive solution to manage audio distribution over IP networks, offering a centralized management portal and audio players at multiple locations. Music service providers can efficiently power in-store radio networks with SoundScape, using the portal to manage, configure, group and monitor SoundScape audio players and device status network-wide. SoundScape also enables content scheduling through built-in software, or allows service providers to use custom scheduling solutions.

Barix previously offered live streaming and Store and Play programs as separate applications, each available via software downloads for its IP audio encoders and decoders. SoundScape supports both applications on the same device, allowing retailers to switch between live feeds and stored playlists that play back at scheduled times. Both applications support targeted, location-based advertising insertions that seamlessly fade in and out of music programs.

The network-wide management capabilities of SoundScape further reduces costs and complexity by enabling customers to remotely deliver firmware updates, create and monitor logs, and track play reports for sponsors. This takes the onus off content providers who previously used in-house or third-party monitoring solutions to perform such services. Retailers can also integrate SoundScape with music suppliers to minimize licensing costs.

“Businesses of all kinds, including many retail chains, have long used Barix in-store radio solutions to deliver live streams and file-based playlists to stores and locations,” said Guggenheim. “SoundScape retains the core Barix competency of efficiently and reliably moving audio across IP networks, while introducing new features that will ultimately help businesses create better brand awareness, improve the shopping experience and increase basket size as part of their omni-channel strategies.”

SoundScape additionally provides value through an ability to target content across the network. The end-to-end architecture ensures that businesses can group devices to receive specific ads, other languages or completely different programs – whether by location, by department or otherwise.

The ability to switch between live streams and stored playlists brings additional flexibility. Retailers can take advantage of true, dynamic ad insertions within live, branded radio programs for part of the day, and switch to stored content at busier shopping times to preserve network bandwidth. The Store and Play application otherwise allows retailers to switch to special, customized playlists for holidays, events and local store promotions. To the latter point, retailers can easily take advantage of system flexibility to insert special ads for real-time promotion of price drops and other in-store specials.

Barix will demonstrate the complete solution in simulated retail environments at ISE 2014, taking place February 4-6 at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam (Stand 8-E275); and one week later at Digital Signage Expo (Booth 1716), taking place February 12-13 at the Sands Convention Center.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

FiberPlex MADI SFP Passes Optical to Avid During NFL Pro Bowl Sunday

It was a double pass for optical fiber at Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl game at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, where copper cabling took a beating due to excessive moisture buildup from the rain.

“The issue with copper wasn’t noise for a change, it was water,” said Jeff Kang with Custom Audio, Kaneohe, Hawaii, which has been providing sound reinforcement for Pro Bowl for over 10 years. Fortunately, this year, Kang had contacted FiberPlex Technologies about a MADI-to-optic conversion box for his Avid Profile live audio console in order to run optical fiber across the stadium, and thereby bypass the problems associated with a copper run.

The FiberPlex FOI-6010 conversion box with MADI SFP/SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable module) on one end and multimode fiber SFP/SFP+ on the other makes it possible to run a fiber snake between the Avid FOH rack and a main stage rack about 650 feet away, something Kang wishes he had been able to do with a secondary stage rack 350 feet up field. The secondary stage rack connected through copper cabling was glitchy due to a steady drizzle of rain the day of the game.

“The problem was that it (copper snake) would constantly switch between primary and backup because of the condensation,” he said, adding that the optical run was unaffected by weather or noise – which was good, because he didn’t have a backup system. “That’s how much trust I put in these fiber systems,” commented Kang, who has two FiberPlex LightViper audio snakes that he uses for a variety of venues, including use as a 330-foot optical snake during the Pro Bowl game.

For Pro Bowl 2014, FiberPlex’s MADI SFP/SFP+ easily handled Avid’s modified MADI protocol for bidirectional 48×48 digital audio channels into multimode optical fiber supporting separate wireless mics, multitrack recordings, live band, plus a number of announcers and other sources that add to the mix of a typical NFL game. The remaining channels of the 64×64 bidirectional MADI capability are used for controlling mic preamps, metering, and for reading data on the Avid stage rack down field. (This is part of Avid’s modified use of the MADI protocol.)

Custom Audio is one of a growing number of sound reinforcement firms now using optical snakes for live mixing and other applications that require transporting media error-free and transparently over long distances. Setup requires only a few strands of fiber for the copper equivalent of a 40-pair, 500-pound snake, which is why Custom Audio’s crew was able to dismantle the system in record time after the Pro Bowl game. “My crew looked at me and said, ‘We got out of here two hours faster than we normally do,’” commented Kang.

FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

ADX TRAX Audio Separation Software Now Available

New Software Provides Powerful Tool for Remixing or Creating New Compositions

LOS ANGELES (January 23, 2014) – Audionamix® announces the release of ADX TRAX™, unique audio separation software built on the company’s proprietary ADX® Technology. ADX TRAX separates full mixes into two audio files: a vocal track and its accompanying music track. This cloud-based technology allows musicians, mixers, audio engineering professionals and producers to achieve superior vocal isolation for a number of creative applications. The company is demonstrating ADX TRAX (booth #7523 in The Venue) at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, which runs January 23-26, and it is available to download at www.audionamix.com.

“ADX TRAX puts a piece of our innovative, melodic source separation technology into the hands of the professional music community,” says Rick Silva, VP of Production and Product Manager at Audionamix. “We’ve designed TRAX to be a user friendly tool for speeding up the labor-intensive task of creating vocal isolations and instrumental tracks. By utilizing the power of cloud computing, the process is now automated for quick, high-quality results.”

ADX TRAX features intuitive navigation and editing tools in an environment that is familiar to all DAW users. The software is unique in that it has the ability to perform separations on mono, as well as stereo recordings, and it is compatible with multiple file formats, bit depths and sample rates.

Specific to the software, ADX TRAX provides users with a vocal volume control feature. This is an extremely valuable option when lead vocal levels of a mixed music track need to be adjusted for various commercial applications.

Additional software features address reverb, and an A/B button provides the ability to refer to the current refined pitch guide, as well as return to the automatic separation and associated pitch guide.

ADX TRAX is client and cloud-based audio separation software designed for MAC OS (10.6 or later). It is intended for use with owned or licensed content, or content obtained from the public domain, and may not be used to violate any law, including copyright laws.

An annual, prepaid software license for ADX TRAX begins at $240. Audionamix is offering a 20% discount to anyone who purchases the software through February 28. There is also a free 7-day trial available for anyone who signs up by January 31. After that, it will be a free 3-day trial period.

As a special show offer, NAMM attendees can visit the Audionamix booth for a promo code to save an extra $120 on the Premium subscription package, which can be applied with the 20% discount through January 31, for a total savings of $168. To download ADX TRAX, and for more information on subscription plans, visit www.audionamix.com.

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About Audionamix
Founded in 2008, Audionamix is a global leader in audio source separation. Based on years of research, the company developed the revolutionary, patented ADX Technology and continues to pioneer audio solutions for the film, broadcast and music industries. Audionamix’s technical expertise in isolating and separating elements from a master recording empowers content owners, engineers, producers, and artists to create new arrangements, and unlock television and movie assets for expanded distribution. ADX TRAX is specialized software that utilizes the company’s technology to easily, quickly and effectively isolate vocal elements from its accompanying music track. Located in Los Angeles and Paris, the company’s technology and service offerings provide innovative solutions to a wide range of audio challenges. For more information, visit www.audionamix.com, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and LinkedIn.

(Audionamix, ADX and ADX TRAX are trademarks of Audionamix.)

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Provides World-Class Performance and Added Flexibility with JBL VTX V20 and S25 Line Array Loudspeakers

ANAHEIM, California – Adding to its already-legendary VTX Series line arrays, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the VTX V20 dual 10-inch line array loudspeaker and VTX S25 cardioid-arrayable dual 15-inch subwoofer. Both products offer the same unmatched sonic clarity, high power density and precise coverage as their predecessors (the V25, S28 and G28) but in more compact form factors, providing rental sound companies, event sound designers and system integrators even more flexibility when building world-class live sound reinforcement systems.

“In its short history, the VTX Series has already proven to be the world’s highest-performing line array system, as evidenced by its rapid worldwide adoption and deployment on some of the world’s most successful tours and in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, not to mention numerous industry awards,” said Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The new V20 and S25 deliver the same level of performance that is characteristic of the VTX Series while adding even more flexibility due to their compact form factors.”

The VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive™ woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

VTX V20 features three D2415K transducers – a new small format version of the patented D2 Dual Diaphragm, Dual Voice Coil annular (ring radiator) compression driver that delivers a dramatic increase in pure high frequency extension and sound pressure levels with significantly lower distortion, reduced power compression and lower weight combined with increased power handling, linearity and dynamic headroom.

A new Radiation Boundary Integrator (RBI) waveguide based on the same proven design principles that have been so successfully employed for both the VTX V25 and VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements, provides stable 110-degree horizontal coverage for V20, combined with perfect line source array coupling from 0 – 12.5 degrees in the vertical plane. The VTX V20 features a highly integrated, modular design with unique cast-aluminum baffle and HF waveguide construction that allows the enclosure to achieve the same tightly-packed power density as the V25 along with the added benefits of light weight, improved structural rigidity and enhanced heat dissipation.

VTX V20′s new ASM Suspension System was specifically designed for ease of transport and handling, speed of installation and versatile re-configurability. Fully captive, ergonomic flip hingebars work in conjunction with a rotary cam angle stop mechanism (ASM) to select inter-enclosure angles quickly and efficiently while the array is being deployed. The dual mode ASM suspension system facilitates operation in either compression mode (using a rear pullback motor or hand hoist to set inter-enclosure angles) or traditional fixed angle suspension mode (using quick release pins to secure angles between enclosures). During de-installation, ASMs can quickly be reset to zero degrees to configure enclosures into travel position for convenient landing onto vertical transporters that are specifically designed to have truck pack friendly dimensions.

A completely new array frame and extension bar design complements the V20 suspension system, providing a high degree of flexibility for either compression or tension mode suspension as well as tilt adjustment capability for stacked configurations. An additional adapter accessory is under development that will allow V20 to be suspended under V25 enclosures for downfill applications.

The companion VTX S25 subwoofer uses a pair of the same 2000-Watt continuous, 15-inch Differential Drive transducers employed in the fullsize V25, ensuring the same sonic signature while allowing V20 and S25 arrays to be used for outfill, center cluster or delay system applications in conjunction with main left/right V25 arrays. The S25 is cardioid-arrayable, and can be suspended in the middle of V20 arrays to provide effective balcony/floor coverage and under-balcony penetration for theatrical sound design applications. Alternatively, S25 enclosures can be flown at the top of V20 arrays in either front-firing or cardioid mode to extend the low frequency length of the line array and provide improved low frequency pattern control and throw, similar to the manner in which S28 enclosures can be deployed at the top of V25 arrays. With its compact form factor, the S25 is also an ideal tool for drum monitoring and medium format front-of-house ”subwoofer/satellite” use with VTX F Series enclosures or VERTEC subcompact line arrays.

Bauman concludes, “NAMM is the public preview of V20 and S25 and we are excited to be featuring the system on the Grand Plaza main stage to serve all live acts in front of the Anaheim Convention Center. We’ll be conducting field testing throughout January and February with key development partners to further refine the V20 system in preparation for production availability in March 2014.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Barix Audio Signage Solutions Give Screens a Voice

Multichannel audio streaming solution engages consumers on mobile devices in retail environments

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 22, 2014Barix comes to ISE 2014 and the Digital Signage Expo (DSE) with a unique retail solution that enhances the shopping experience for consumers and adds value for retailers through mobile connectivity and synchronized promotional content.

The unique solution aims to give the screen a voice, engaging consumers at shopping windows and inside stores through visual content and associated audio streams. A free Barix smartphone app called Barix Audio Point, to be available in traditional App Stores, prompts consumers to scan a QR Code for stream access, which provides relevant and captivating audio content in synchronization with on-screen video. The combination brings higher awareness to promotions, store branding and other messaging through deeper engagement with shoppers – and addresses the retailer’s goal of increasing basket size.

At ISE 2014 (February 4-6, RAI Exhibition Centre, Amsterdam, Stand 8-E275) and DSE (February 12-13, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 1716) Barix will demonstrate a complete audio signage solution with screenFOOD, a dynamic in-store merchandising company whose content management system automates video delivery. The Barix solution can work with any Digital Signage player to achieve this multi-sensorial approach, with Barix encoding and streaming high-quality audio through access points near each screen. Those access points enable the Wi-Fi connection that delivers audio to mobile devices in perfect harmony with video playing out on screens.

The complete solution gives systems integrators and end users an all-in-one package that is quick to deploy, with ongoing reliability. Multichannel audio capacity additionally supports multiple streams, allowing retailers to provide audio signage content in several languages.

Barix CEO Ronni Guggenheim believes the bring-your-own-device trend in retail makes audio signage a natural step in advancing the customer journey, from redeeming special coupons delivered alongside mobile streams to receiving information about online shopping after stores have closed.

“The act of seeing and listening together raises the grade of perception, and through this solution retailers can give their customers a more complete experience that raises the potential to drive purchases,” said Guggenheim. “Barix excels at moving audio over IP networks with very minimal delay, and our audio signage solutions feature content management systems from screenFOOD and other suppliers to help retailers deliver an enjoyable in-store audio visual experience to consumers.”

screenFOOD CEO Pierre Farine believes that this concept advances communication at retail touchpoints to a new level, moving past solitary audio or visual to bring greater context to the shopping environment.

“Good sounding audio helps to focus customer attention and extend their journeys into the mobile universe while on premises,” said Farine. “Overall, this solution breathes new life into visual screen content. Barix also shares our philosophy of high-quality, reasonably priced technology and customer-centric solutions, and we see this as a unique opportunity to bring an innovative and exciting retail solution to market.”

Systems integrators can add more value by using the same network architecture to separately deliver Barix in-store radio solutions with dynamic ad insertion; and live paging and intercom. Retailers can deploy the latter at help points alongside display screens to expand customer service channels.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Announces Availability of Vi Version 4.8 Software for Vi2, Vi4 and Vi6 Consoles

Now loaded with Vi 4.8 software, the Soundcraft Vi6 rolls off the production line in Potters Bar, UK. Pictured (left to right): Harry McGee, Tony Alexander, Dominic Harter, Tim Mahesan.

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom – HARMAN’s Soundcraft today announces the launch of its Vi Version 4.8 software—a substantial new update for Soundcraft Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 consoles. Version 4.8 software contains a number of significant new features, with stage monitor applications in particular set to benefit most from the update.. Some of the new features may require the purchase of additional DSP cards for Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 consoles.

The most significant of the new features is the upgrade of the bussing system on Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 to allow all 32 of the console’s mix busses to work in stereo mode when required—without stealing any other busses–to allow use as in-ear mixes. In addition, a new source selection switch has been implemented that allows each individual aux or group bus send from channels to be sourced from four different points in the signal path—post-fade, post-EQ & Dynamics, pre-Dynamics but post-EQ, and pre-EQ & Dynamics (existing software only allows the first two of these points to be selected). Other features include stereo mode for Matrix busses (including up to eight stereo Matrices on the Vi1), post-fade insert points for automixer insertion on Vi2, 4 and 6, and coloured channel label backgrounds. A new enhanced Aux VCA system allows monitor engineers to selectively use VCA mixing within a monitor mix.

In order to benefit from the new audio features, Vi1, Vi2, 4 and 6 consoles must have at least three DSP cards fitted to the Local Rack. Consoles with only two DSP cards fitted will require the purchase of a third DSP card in order to benefit from the new audio features and in this case will need to choose using an ‘Expansion Mode’ switch between 96 inputs and the old bussing system, or 64 inputs with the new bussing system. In order to have both 96 inputs and the new audio features, a fourth DSP card will need to be purchased.

Vi1 consoles will not receive the ‘All Busses can be mono or stereo’ feature, pre-fade Aux send options or post-fade insert point features, due to DSP restrictions.
A new Contribution Pan function allows each of the Matrix contribution signals, selectable from a multitude of sources including channel direct outs, bus and master outs and direct I/O patches, to be positioned within the Matrix bus’s stereo field.

Also for Vi1 consoles, V4.8 software allows increased flexibility of the Local I/O configuration, so for example one of the line out modules may be exchanged for a third Mic/line input module, giving a total of 48 mic ins and 16 line outs on the back of the console.

For all Vi consoles, it is now possible to select a bus mix as the external key input source for the Gate/Ducker on input channels. This allows more flexibility particularly when using the ducker to control ambient mics for a recording or in-ear monitor mix.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.5 billion for the last twelve months ended September 30, 2013.

Barix Sharpens Retail Focus in 2014

Company to introduce new strategy, solutions at ISE and Digital Signage Expo

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 15, 2013
Barix opens 2014 with a new executive management team and company strategy that will shift the company’s focus to core growth areas, with retail a key focus heading into two first-quarter trade shows.

The company will unveil a new booth design at the ISE 2014 and Digital Signage Expo shows simulating technology in retail environments, with three key demonstrations:
Audio Signage, a unique application that delivers multichannel audio streams to consumer devices in synchronization with visual displays
In-Store Radio and Ad Insertion, a long-time Barix expertise improved through new hardware and software, including a system-wide management platform
Paging and Intercom, addressing retail store communications for security and general needs in real-time

Barix retail solutions feature tried-and-true Barix IP audio technology at the core, leveraged to bring complete solutions that engage consumers, simplify communications and add value for systems integrators through simple installation, scalability and all-in one converged network solutions. All three demonstrations will showcase the core Barix benefit of reliably moving audio over IP networks.

“Particularly with our audio signage solution, we aim to bring the two siloes of video and audio communication into a single-contained, harmonized and managed platform in the retail shop,” said Ronni Guggenheim, CEO, Barix. “Overall, we view the retail market as an exciting opportunity to showcase how we can merge core Barix strengths and new enhancements to deliver complete, reliable and cost-effective solutions that engage audiences, enrich brands and generate revenue.”

Barix will move its ISE stand to the digital signage hall this year to more prominently display its new retail solutions to systems integrators and end users with interest in this market. Barix will exhibit at Stand 8-E275 at ISE 2014, which takes place February 4-6, RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam. The company will then demonstrate these solutions the following week at Digital Signage Expo (Booth 1716), taking place February 12-13 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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