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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces VRX Line Array Calculator at Winter NAMM 2014

ANAHEIM, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional is announcing the VRX Line Array Calculator (LAC) for its popular and widely used VRX Constant Curvature Series loudspeakers. The VRX LAC offers an accurate and easy-to-learn design tool that allows configuration of VRX systems prior to deployment.

“Since JBL introduced the first VRX loudspeakers, they have been used in virtually every imaginable environment, from theaters to houses of worship, sports facilities to schools, as portable or permanent sound reinforcement systems,” said Jon Sager, Senior Manager, Market Development, Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “The VRX Line Array Calculator will provide an effective sound design and simulation tool that builds on the successful heritage of JBL’s VTX and VERTEC® Line Array Calculator software.”

With the VRX LAC, up to four audience planes can be modeled. Adding ground-level seating, multiple balconies, stage areas and rear wall boundaries is simple. In addition, quick calculation of optimal array angles and gain shading offers smooth front to rear audience coverage. Visual display of rigging details on a separate “Array Configuration” page shows size, weight, and rigging parameters with built-in working load limit (WLL) design factor safety warnings.

The VRX LAC also enables two separate arrays to be used simultaneously. Adding a second rear delay array with the proper angles and relative volume is now easily accomplished. Moreover, ground-supported stand mount and subwoofer stacked arrays can be modeled just as they are used with the VRX products. Dual angle pole mount socket selectors show down tilt angles for increased aiming flexibility, while single point hang array angles can now be easily checked ahead of time.

The VRX LAC includes a quick start help file that can get any VRX user up to speed and using the VRX LAC in under an hour. VRX User Guides (for both passive and powered systems) are bundled with the VRX LAC for quick reference to specific questions that may come up when using VRX loudspeakers.

To download the all-new VRX LAC, please visit http://www.jblpro.com/catalog/general/ProductFamily.aspx?FId=9&MID=2

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.

Furman Rejoins the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

CONCORD, CA – January 27, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Furman has rejoined the D-Tools MVP Program. Now, the D-Tools System Integrator™ product database features detailed information for the entire Furman lineup, providing D-Tools users worldwide the ability to create designs, estimates and proposals featuring Furman products free of charge. Celebrating 40 years of purifying power and now part of Core Brands, Furman provides a comprehensive range of premium power management solutions specifically engineered for a variety of residential and commercial applications. Together, D-Tools and Furman provide a wide range of needed solutions for integrators of all sizes.

“Furman’s product applications span a wide range of markets so our partnership with the D-Tools user community is a valued one,” said John Benz, Director of Power and Accessories at Core Brands. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with a unique platform to further extend our product reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system 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 Furman rejoin the D-Tools MVP Program because their product line is so widely used and delivers a variety of valuable options in the power management category,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their participation enhances the program as a whole and we are pleased to continue offering their award-winning products through our product database.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System 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 Furman®

Purifying power for 40 years, Furman® is an international leader in developing award-winning, innovative power management products. The company’s power and energy management products give audio/video systems the pure, noise-free power they need for superlative performance while protecting them from damage caused by power surges and lightning. Furman addresses all major electronic markets, including home theater, professional audio and video, the music industry, broadcasting, audio/video recording and office equipment. Furman is based in Petaluma, Calif., and sells through an international dealer network and through select retail outlets. More information is available at www.furmansound.com.

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Furman and BlueBOLT are part of Core Brands®, LLC, a Nortek company. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of iconic audio, power management, and control brands into a single business unit that includes the ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Korus™, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech®.

Nortek, Inc., (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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

 

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Future Automation Joins D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program; Detailed Product Information Available to D-Tools Users for Specification in Electronic System Designs and Proposals

CONCORD, CA – January 27, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Future Automation has joined the D-Tools MVP Partnership Program. As part of the agreement, detailed information about the entire line of Future Automation products will be available in the D-Tools product database for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify into their system designs and client proposals free of charge.

Future Automation’s unique product range is focused on developing engineered solutions to move and conceal audiovisual products. The company designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of lift mechanisms, wall mounts, art lifts and ceiling drops for televisions and projectors. In addition the custom design department will take on any commission for an individual product or concept should this be required.

“We take pride in the motorized solutions we provide to clients worldwide and fully understand the challenges and unique nuances each job represents,” said Rob Luxton of Future Automation. “D-Tools is dedicated to developing the best System Integration software in the industry and we are happy to team up with them to provide our mutual clients with our latest and most comprehensive product information for use in their electronic systems design, proposal, and specification.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and are dedicated to making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“We are proud to have Future Automation join the D-Tools MVP Program,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As a premier provider of motorized solutions for clients worldwide, Future Automation delivers creative results to seemingly impossible applications. It’s now easier than ever for system designers, integrators and others in the field to incorporate these elegant enhancements into their designs and proposals.”

About Future Automation

Future Automation, a privately owned company, is the market leader in flat screen mounting solutions and high-tech automation devices.  Focused on putting the custom back into custom installations, Future Automation products are unrivalled in their diversity, and its innovative product range is manufactured to order to the highest possible standards. The company’s background in custom installation affords Future Automation an unrivalled understanding of the challenges integrators face. Future Automation’s unique insight and innovations allow the company to develop the most comprehensive product range of its kind. Combined with the company’s unparalleled service, Future Automation delivers a solution for every project; whatever the size and however challenging. For more information on Future Automation and its many fine products for home theater and custom audio/video installation, visit www.futureautomation.net or call +1 (603) 742 9181.

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. 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, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), 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 contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283katye@kmbcomm.com,www.kmbcomm.com/press@katyemcgregor

 

 

 

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Audinate Enhances Dante Controller 3.5 with New Advanced Capabilities

Portland, OR January 23, 2014- Audinate, the inventors of Dante, have released Dante Controller version 3.5, a updated release of their free networking management configuration and monitoring application. Several powerful new features have been added providing advanced real-time network monitoring functionality, including multicast bandwidth usage, clock health monitoring and latency management statistical information. These enhancements enable you to quickly identify and fix potential issues on the network, while preserving Dante Controller’s hallmark ease-of-use characteristics.

Dante has become the defacto standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio industry. Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency and tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the most interoperable digital media networking solution available and has become the most specified technology by system designers, installation contractors and end-users.

“Many of the new features in Dante Controller 3.5 were implemented to directly meet specific customer requirements”, says Gary Southwell, VP of Product Management at Audinate. Southwell adds, “Dante has rapidly become the market leader and the dominant media networking solution for audio networking. Dante Controller 3.5 includes many features that AV and IT professionals could only dream of a few short years ago.”

What’s New in Dante Controller 3.5

Significantly Enhanced Latency Reporting
•New histogram-based reporting and tracking of transmitter latencies – provides at-a-glance information about the latency performance of audio flows for supported devices.
•Latency histograms indicate if latency play-out settings are properly configured, and also provide an overall view of the health of the network.
•This feature helps solve one of the biggest challenges in the industry: It allows an operator to quickly see if an audio flow has been properly configured, and also indicates if underlying network issues could potentially develop into an audio quality problem.

Improved Clock Health Monitoring
•Clock health is now tracked on a per-device basis via dedicated performance histograms. This enables the quick and easy detection of difficult-to-diagnose network issues which are impacting clock accuracy – such as clock traffic bottlenecks, and low-performance external word clocks.

New Preset Tool Suite
•New preset system exposes XML-based network configuration presets for use in off-line configuration tools. This simplifies the setting up of new networks, and the reconfiguration of existing networks. Ideal for integrators, and large multi-use end-user networks.
•Presets are further enhanced to enable simpler switching between standard configurations and special event configurations. Provides greater confidence in the ability to share audio network configurations for multiple uses and/or user groups.

Redundant Network Connection
•Enables visibility of primary and secondary networks at all times. Redundant devices can still be seen and managed via the secondary network in the event of a problem with primary network connectivity.
•Simplifies redundant network set-up, and allows the operator to easily verify that both networks are properly configured.
•Provides real-time notifications about connectivity status on both primary and secondary networks.

New Channel Grouping Capability
•Allows simple viewing and configuring of large numbers of device channels, in groups of 16.
•Each group can be expanded then collapsed when set-up is complete.

Improved Network and Device Status Information
•Network and device information has been enhanced and restructured across two tabs (including a new Network Status tab) to provide a clearer and more useful overall picture of the network.
•New notification icons provide up-front, real-time information about a range of network and device events.

Click link to download Dante Controller 3.5 http://goo.gl/IjDQ6D

Click links to view Dante Controller 3.5 videos
Latency Monitoring http://youtu.be/FLQDwDXXoxc | Clock Status http://youtu.be/Sgnx0-TwDjE
Pre-sets http://youtu.be/AQZGShVW0MA | Connection to Secondary Network http://youtu.be/ZTsLFzQ262k

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Dante has become the defacto standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio industry. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by leading OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Racks up Another Winner with New Si Performer 1 Digital Console

ANAHEIM, California – At Winter NAMM 2014, HARMAN’s Soundcraft is adding to its groundbreaking Si Performer Series digital consoles with the introduction of the Si Performer 1—the most compact Si Performer console to date. The Si Performer features two Option Card slots available for ViSi Connect Expansion cards, 80 inputs to mix, Soundcraft’s patented FaderGlow™ and Channel Displays for instant mix status, plus the DMX interface and control (which allows simultaneous control of light and sound)…all of which is available in a single 19-inch rackmount console.

The Si Performer’s two Option Card slots offer unprecedented flexibility, enabling users to connect stageboxes, while providing the ability to connect to audio networks like Dante, BLU Link, and CobraNet. The Option Card slots also allow for use with personal monitoring systems like the dbx PMC Personal Monitor Controller via BLU Link.

The Si Performer has an input capacity of 80 audio inputs to mix on all models, while featuring the same mix power as the Performer 2 and 3 consoles but with 16 mic pres and 16 faders. It is a feature-packed audio console with fully parametric 4-band EQ as standard on all input channels, and as usual on Soundcraft’s digital range, BSS graphic EQs on all bus outputs. This is in addition to the already standard filters, gates, compressors and delays on all inputs and compressors and delays on all outputs, which when calculated delivers the equivalent of over 448 rack units of processing in a tiny footprint. Unlike many other digital consoles at this price point, all this processing is fully available all of the time, there are no compromises on the amount of DSP in use.

In addition, the Si Performer offers Soundcraft FaderGlow, which allows faders to be color-coded via an LED strip alongside the fader to indicate its function or channel identification. The Si Performer 1 also features eight VCA groups and eight mute groups for easier control over Si Performer 1’s 80 inputs and 35 busses. Each channel on the surface features a custom LCD screen to show identifications such as channel name, assignments, graphic EQ frequencies and DMX data, plus signal metering. Lastly, the unique integration of a DMX512 port offers core lighting control, ideal for single (audio + lighting) operator application.

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.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional LSR310S Powered Studio Subwoofer With XLF Rounds Out Winning 3 Series Studio Monitor Line

ANAHEIM, California – Bringing extended low-frequency performance to music recording and post-production clients, HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced the new LSR310S powered studio subwoofer optimized for use with the highly successful JBL 3 Series studio monitors. The first studio monitors to incorporate JBL’s patent-pending Image Control Waveguide, the recently introduced 3 Series models provide an unprecedented level of accuracy, with exceptional imaging and detail at most affordable price points. Rounding out the 3 Series line, the new LSR310S subwoofer extends the low-frequency response of the system into the 20 Hz range while including an innovative feature that will make the sub attractive to dance music producers.

Driven by an integrated 200 Watt Class D power amplifier, a new 10-inch high excursion woofer works in concert with JBL’s patented Slip Stream Port™, delivering impressive low-frequency response below 27 Hz, with peak output of 113 dB SPL. Exceptional performance in a compact form-factor make the LSR310S the ideal choice for use in music recording and playback reference systems, and also as the “.1” LFE Low Frequency Effects speaker in surround-sound post production applications. Developed with dance music producers in mind, the sub includes a selectable XLF Extended Low Frequency setting that emulates the augmented low frequency response heard in the dance club environment. This provides a useful reference of how a dance mix will sound in the outside world.

Designed to integrate into a broad range of applications the LSR310S features balanced XLR and ¼” inputs, a selectable input sensitivity switch and three crossover settings: 80Hz, XLF and External. The 80 Hz setting implements high and low pass filters to create a seamless blend of the LSR310S with JBL’s LSR305 or LSR308 studio monitors or models from other manufacturers. The external setting bypasses all filtering, allowing use of an external crossover. The special XLF setting activates a 120Hz High Pass Filter in conjunction with a low frequency tuning that approximates the tuning used in club playback systems. Using this setting, the bass output more than doubles and the newly developed woofer/amp combination with protective limiting allow the 310S to produce extended bass output continuously without failure.

The LSR310S joins JBL’s exciting 3 Series Powered Studio Monitors, which are capturing rave reviews for their exceptional performance and value. “With the addition of the LSR310S Sub, we are able to offer a complete full range system with impressive detail, accuracy and low frequency performance at a price within reach of any studio,” said Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager Recording and Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional. “The new XLF setting will be a welcome ‘plus’ for producers of hip-hop and dance music, conveniently bringing the sound of the club to the control room,” Chaikin added.

The LSR310S striking appearance is highlighted by a distinctive glossy black flange of the front-mounted Slip Stream™ Port. The handsome compact black enclosure is designed to fit neatly into small recording and post production studio environments.

“The 3 Series Studio Monitor line is the result of close collaboration with the production community and our retail partners and our commitment to the needs and trends of the market. The new LSR310S leverages JBL’s market leading transducer and acoustic technologies to provide an unusual level of performance and value.” Chaikin concluded The LSR310S will ship in January 2014 with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $499.00. More information is available at www.jblpro.com/3Series.

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.

Matrox Adds 10 km Extension and HDCP Compliance to Avio F125 KVM Extenders

New features make Matrox Avio F125 the ideal solution for long-haul transmission of high quality dual-HD, 4K or 4K UHD video content

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced that important new features have been added to Matrox Avio™ F125 KVM extension solutions. Maximum extension distance over a single duplex LC-LC fiber optic cable has been increased from 4 km (2.5 mi) to 10 km (6.2 mi) and High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) compliance has been added.

Matrox Avio F125 - 10km KVM Extension with HDCP

Designed for high-performance environments, Avio F125 delivers fluid graphics and video playback over long distances making it ideal for Pro A/V, industrial process control, oil and gas, 3D design and visualization, education, military, broadcast and post-production environments. The ability to extend uncompressed dual-HD, 4K or 4K UHD video; keyboard; mouse; stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices up to 10 km from a workstation over a single duplex LC-LC cable lowers the cost of deployment across campuses and multi-story facilities. HDCP compliance lets users extend and playback copy-protected content on HDCP-enabled displays.

“The new 10 km extension and HDCP compliance features let users get the most from their investment,” said Caroline Injoyan, business development manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “In particular, customers who require longer distance deployments will appreciate the significant cost saving inherent in Avio’s single-cable design.”
Matrox Avio will be presented at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (Amsterdam RAI, Feb. 4-6, stand 11-M66).

Availability
Support for 10 km extension is available as part of the Avio SFP single-mode upgrade kit. The HDCP compliance feature for Avio will be available as a firmware update this quarter. For more information, contact Matrox Graphics.

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.

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.

Symetrix SymNet Edge Processor Defines Video Conferencing at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

MOUNT VERNON, VIRGINIA – JANUARY 2014: The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington opened recently just outside the gates of Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, roughly fifteen miles south of Washington DC. Not only is the $45 million building the leading scholarly research facility for America’s first President, it is also filled with state-of-the-art technology that allows scholars-in-residence to videoconference with colleagues around the world. A SymNet Edge Dante networked audio DSP system with comprehensive conferencing features, including Acoustic Echo Canceling (AEC), delivers robust, high-quality audio for the library’s six video conferencing systems, as well as background audio and paging services. A dedicated SymNet Radius 12×8 DSP together with a custom Crestron computer control interface serve as the heart and brains of the library’s recording studio.

Richard Derbyshire of Shen, Milsom & Wilke’s Washington, D.C. office designed the sound reinforcement system, and IES Communications of Roanoke, Virginia installed it. Jim Hogan, A/V project manager with IES Communications, explained, “This is a high-profile, high-visibility installation, and the expectation is perfection. We’ve done a number of Symetrix installations, and they always go smoothly. The technical support from Symetrix is excellent, and the sound quality and stability of the units are great. The modular SymNet Edge system gives us tremendous flexibility with regard to inputs and outputs as well as customized processing.”

The sound reinforcement system and conferencing systems are located primarily in the conference wing of the library, where two larger conference rooms and two smaller conference rooms join the library’s signature lecture and conferencing space, The David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall. A massive eighteen-foot by eight-foot micro-tile screen forms the focal point of Rubenstein Hall and allows the library’s scholars-in-residence to connect with individuals and groups across the country and around the world. Four SymNet Edge frames are outfitted with eleven AEC cards, two 2-Line analog telephone interface cards, three analog input cards, and two analog output cards, all working in conjunction with two SymNet xIn12 and two SymNet xOut12 I/O expanders. The units are integrated using the DanteTM network audio protocol. All of the conferencing systems benefit from Symetrix’ advanced AEC hardware and DSP algorithms.

In addition, the library staff has use of a small audio and video recording studio with which to create educational and other materials in-house. Hogan centered the studio workflow on a SymNet Radius 12×8 processor. He used its open architecture to design custom recording and playback functionality that users control via an intuitively laid out Crestron interface, thereby enhancing their productivity by providing them with efficient, easy to use tools.

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

Dan Corson Transforms Council Bluffs, Iowa’s River’s Edge Park Into Interactive Art Landscape With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — As an open space to accommodate community events and recreational activities, Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park sits on the Missouri River, creating a border between Council Bluffs, Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska. Artist Dan Corson recently designed a massive light show for the park, complete with complex characters and simple, intuitive interactive games that spans across the park’s five acres. HARMAN’s Martin Professional light fixtures were installed by Bandit Lites to illuminate the artist’s vision.

Inspired by European baroque knot gardens, the ever-changing light environment showcases choreographed sequences and patterns every half hour. Additionally the piece interacts with visitors via thermal cameras and analytics program to track and “play” a series of simple, intuitive and fun games. The motions of park visitors can control the lighting and allow participants to be tracked with spotlights. The light show has been calibrated to utilize a different color palate for each of the three “park seasons” of the year: White, Brown and Green, coinciding with the snow, dormant grass and green grass states of the lawn.

“The city was originally expecting an artwork something along the lines of a laser light show, but the potential for a more ambitious interactive light environment was too great to pass up. I wanted a layer of activity that would engage visitors’ curiosity in the large space,” stated Corson. “I have been very impressed by the Martin lights and how they ended up meeting the power, brightness and area needs of this piece.”

A total of 16 Martin Exterior 1200 Image Projectors with custom gobos mounted on 35-foot poles and four MAC III Profile fixtures with custom gobos in Tempest enclosures mounted on 14-foot poles surround the 5-acre park to create the visual experience. A Martin MAX Module Cerebrum combined with a custom motion control system by David Beaudry of Beaudry Interactive runs the timing and interactive lightshow from a weatherproof station in the park.

Visual Terrain, Inc. worked with Corson to implement his vision. “With a project of this magnitude and a limited budget, we were concerned about providing meaningful coverage for the exhibit,” stated Lisa Passamonte Green, CEO and Principal in Charge at Visual Terrain. “We tested many products in terms of brightness, pattern capability and movement prior to selecting the Martin fixtures. The combination of their brightness, exterior housings, pattern and texture movement, and adjustability won us over. We have a long history with Martin and continue to come back to them when they fit the project application. We look forward to using Martin fixtures on our own future projects and those we do with artists such as Dan.”

The biggest challenge of the project, according to John Jenkinson of Bandit Lites was the sheer size of the space. “On the fixture side, every piece spec’d for this project was a perfect fit,” Jenkinson says. “The MAC 1200’s were one of the few tools that could have pulled off what we planned and the brightness and colors have performed perfectly.”

Photos by John Jenkinson, Bandit Lites

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

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.

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