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Extron Shipping MediaLink Plus Controller with Ethernet Device Control

Extron MLC Plus 84 D PlusExtron is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MLC Plus 84 D. This easy-to-use, two-gang Ethernet controller is used for controlling common AV functions such as power, input switching, and volume. As part of the new MediaLink Plus Series, it is designed with more powerful features, enhanced security, and Ethernet control. It has eleven backlit soft touch buttons and a variety of ports and inputs, including a remote volume control port for use with select Extron amplifiers. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the controller to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable. It is ideal for use in single display applications or anywhere that centralized, pushbutton AV control is needed. more

BenQ Unveils World’s First Professional Photography Monitor

New SW2401PT Facilitates Editing With 99-Percent Adobe RGB Color Space, IPS Technology, Black-and-White Mode, and More

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Dec. 18, 2014 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned digital lifestyle solutions provider and LED monitor expert, today introduced its all-new SW2401PT photography monitor. Featuring a 24-inch QHD display, 99-percent Adobe RGB color space, and IPS technology, BenQ’s latest addition to its creative design monitor series combines a selection of high-end features for incredibly reliable color accuracy, fidelity consistency, and seamless compatibility with today’s DSLR cameras. Designed to facilitate the way photographers work with color, the SW2401PT also enables easy hardware calibration, 14-bit 3D, LIT, Delta E<2 capabilities, a Black-and-White mode, and more.

"BenQ is proud to introduce the world's first monitor specifically engineered for today's professional photographers and enthusiasts," said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. "Loaded with advanced features to support the color editing process, our latest RevolutionEyes monitor displays a larger spectrum of color reproduction while hardware calibration allows users to adjust the monitor's image-processing chip without changing the graphics card output data. Powerful, intuitive, and extremely advanced, the SW2401PT lets photographers blend colors with incredible accuracy to bring more creative integrity to their work."

Designed specifically for today's digital photographers, BenQ's QHD 2560×1440 SW2401PT professional photography monitor includes a 99-percent Adobe RGB color gamma to provide a greater range of color reproduction for shades of blue and green, while hardware calibration allows users to fine-tune the device's image-processing chip without replacing the graphics card output data — ensuring that every photo is displayed smoothly and consistently, exactly as it was taken. Equipped with two preset calibration modes, the SW2401PT provides a 14-bit 3D Look Up Table (LUT) and DeltaE<2 in both Adobe RGB and sRGB color spaces, enabling a more authentic view of original images. The SW2401PT also comes with BenQ's Palette Master calibration software, which can be used with a calibrator to optimize color performance.

Featuring four times the pixel resolution of FHD devices and nearly 77-percent more working space, the 24-inch SW2401PT gives photographers an incredibly versatile screen area while the monitor's OSD controller puts easy remote configuration directly onto the user's hand. As a result, the SW2401PT can be customized to click through display settings for applications such as photo editing, web surfing, or word processing software. To facilitate the photo editing process even further, the SW2401PT comes equipped with a Black-and-White mode which allows users to easily edit and view black and white photos without losing any facets of the details or tones of the original photograph.

To increase viewer comfort during long periods of computer use, the SW2401PT integrates BenQ's RevolutionEyes(TM) technology. Featuring ZeroFlicker(TM) capabilities, the monitor uses a new direct lighting system engineered to eliminate flicker issues caused by backlight controllers. As a result, the eye-comfort technology enhances productivity and reduces visual fatigue by eliminating monitor flickering at all brightness levels.

The BenQ's SW2401PT is available now and retails at $499. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for "Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life," fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling projector brand powered by TI DLP(R) technology in The Americas(1). BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, and lifestyle lighting for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it's interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company's products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1) Based upon Q3'14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of "Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life", BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers' lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, audio products, cloud consumer products, mobile communications, and lifestyle lighting. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $22+ billion powerhouse comprised of nearly 20 independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group's vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company's vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of Bringing Enjoyment 'N' Quality to Life. The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world's top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BenQ AB DentCare Corp., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., LILY Medical Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Revolabs ISE 2015 Preview

Visit Revolabs at ISE 2015 at Stand 9-D141

Revolabs at ISE 2015:

Executive Elite Four- and Eight-Channel Wireless Microphone System
For medium- to large-sized applications, Revolabs’ flagship Executive Elite(TM) four- and eight-channel wireless microphone system brings boardrooms and conference rooms the market’s first and only cloud server option. As a result, customers gain a combination of local and remote cloud-based capabilities that offer incredible flexibility for enhanced setup, management, and monitoring effectiveness. For integrators and end users, the innovation easily enables managed services for all Elite systems installed across an enterprise while administrators can access information such as microphone status, audio and radio signal strength, and system performance via an intuitive Web-based interface. To facilitate installations even further, Executive Elite’s remote antenna receiver and base units connect via a standard CAT6 cable with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support and can be placed up to 100 meters away from each other. In style with today’s contemporary boardroom environments, the system’s redesigned microphones feature an elegant Fortune 500 look in addition to superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, easy installation and operation, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links.

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Image Caption: Revolabs Executive Elite(TM)

Elite Wired Microphones
Making their European debut are Revolabs’ new Elite(TM) Wired Microphones which feature a unique combination of exceptional performance features and contemporary design elements. Created with the same sleek form factor and intuitive design as the entire Executive Elite product family, the new units deliver outstanding audio pickup, simple installation, and easy maintenance for any meeting space while integrating seamlessly with existing conferencing setups. Engineered for incredible convenience within modern workspaces such as boardrooms, conference rooms, huddle rooms, and learning spaces, the audio-driven microphones allow users to connect instantly to today’s wide range of collaboration tools — including both audio systems and unified communication solutions — via any universal microphone input connection. Resilient and durable, the Elite series enables easy customization of any conferencing experience via directional and omnidirectional models, as well as a variety of colors including brushed nickel, white, and black.

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Image Caption: Revolabs Elite(TM) Wired Microphones

FLX UC 500 USB Conference Phone
Now shipping, the Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500 USB conference phone sets a new standard for audio quality in PC communication applications during meetings and online collaboration. With powerful, high-fidelity audio capabilities using tweeter and mid-woofer elements, the FLX UC 500 effectively puts the speaker back into the audio equation. Equipped with four microphones, a wider frequency response, and higher power than typical USB audio devices, the FLX UC 500 brings professional-grade sound to unified communication applications such as video and audio conferencing services, softphone calls, or webinars at an entirely new price/performance ratio. Designed specifically for huddle rooms, small offices, and home offices, the device furthers its high-level audio clarity using embedded echo cancellation without any additional processing required from the PC while offering full duplex support for simultaneous audio capture and playback. Users can listen to external audio or link the system to a laptop or PC for use with applications such as Skype(TM), Microsoft(R) Lync(R), Cisco Jabber, WebEx(R), and others.

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Image Caption: Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 500

FLX UC 1000 IP Conference Phone With SIP and USB Audio Support
Also on display at ISE 2015 will be Revolabs’ FLX(TM) UC 1000 IP conference phone with SIP and USB audio support. Featuring first-class sound components and multiple communication channel integration, the unit is a simple, stylish, and powerful solution for desktop and conference room applications in a single device. The FLX UC 1000 features audio capture and delivery via premium tweeter and mid-woofer elements, four microphones, an ultra-wide frequency response, and integrated echo cancellation. The FLX UC 1000 supports the SIP standard and works in all major VoIP environments with market-leading IP PBX systems, whether on premises or in the cloud. For IP calling, the FLX UC 1000 features a separate dialer with a color display while USB support allows users to connect the speakerphone to any laptop, PC, or tablet. The sleek device also functions as a bridge for joining IP telephone calls with USB audio applications.

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Image Caption: Revolabs FLX(TM) UC 1000

Yamaha YVC-1000 Unified Communications Microphone and Speaker System
Revolabs will also be demonstrating Yamaha’s YVC-1000 unified communications (UC) microphone and speaker system. This audio solution marks the first collaborative effort between the companies since Yamaha’s acquisition of Revolabs in early 2014. Featuring Yamaha’s latest microphone and speaker technology, including Human Voice Activity Detection, the YVC-1000 provides a seamless extension to any VTC or audio conferencing solution. Ideal for medium to large conference rooms, the audio peripheral allows users to connect to virtual calls via Bluetooth or USB, enabling instant participation from personal devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers. Equipped with audio in/out connections to support external speakers, the high-end solution also provides daisy-chain connectivity for up to five microphones, enabling comprehensive A/V coverage of significantly larger rooms. To further simplify multiuse settings, the unit equalizes audio at the touch of a button using Yamaha’s automatic audio tuning — applying signal processing advances such as echo cancelling, noise reduction, tracking, gain control, dereverberation, and more.

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Image Caption: Yamaha YVC-1000

Company Quote:
“Revolabs is proud to exhibit a full portfolio of unified communication audio solutions that are built to satisfy any application setting. From our flagship Executive Elite Wireless Microphones, to the award-winning FLX UC 500 USB conference phone, to our versatile FLX UC 1000 IP conference phone, our products on display leverage advanced technology and are designed to turn virtual interactions into more natural-sounding conversations. When adding the European debut of our Elite Wired Microphones and the YVC-1000 microphone and speaker system to our lineup, Revolabs’ stand becomes one of the must-see venues at ISE 2015.”
– JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs

Company Overview:
Revolabs(R) Inc. is the premier provider of audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s teleconferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Massachusetts, and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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Pro Control ISE 2015 Show Preview

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University of Utah is Taking Care of Business with Matrox Monarch HD

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Picture this. Salt Lake City. Three feet of snow and wind blowing outside, cold and fever, and to top it off, having a bad hair day. Enough reasons for even the most diligent student to stay in bed! But there is one important class at the David Eccles School of Business that simply can’t be missed. Not to worry, with the new classroom studio enabled by Matrox Monarch HD, all classroom activities, including lectures and white board content are captured and streamed live so students don’t miss a single thing. The classes are made available online on demand as well for future reference.

At the core of the classroom studio is the Matrox Monarch HD streaming and recording appliance. The School of Business was looking for a nice and simple process where they could take the recorded class content and provide it to its video distribution and streaming services with a quick turnaround. Software based applications fell short of expectations. In addition, the school wanted to have high quality recordings that could be edited by non-linear editors and uploaded online as course content that the students could view on demand.

Mark Fowles, AV and Technology Support Specialist at the David Eccles School of Business, summed up the reasons why he homed in on Matrox Monarch HD:

• With software based applications, the computer that the software was running on would lock up in the middle of a recording, and all data was lost. A decision was made to find a product that worked more like an appliance.

• Software based uncompressed video capture produced large sized files – about 500 GB for an hour’s worth of video. With Matrox Monarch HD, a two hour lecture produced compressed files less than 2 GB in size.

• When compression was available with software based applications, the overall quality of the video suffered. With Matrox Monarch HD’s H.264 encoder, pristine quality recordings were produced.

• Other options considered limited the encoding and streaming to be done at the same bit rate only. Matrox Monarch HD was the only option that provided the flexibility to record videos at a much higher quality, independent from the streaming bit rate. One could record at up to 25 Mbps if required and stream at up to 5 Mbps simultaneously.

Fowles states, “With its video recording and streaming capabilities, stability, and competitive price, I am pleased with the Matrox Monarch HD. For us, the biggest criteria were reliability and simplicity – and the Matrox Monarch HD fit both of those very nicely.”

The Set Up
Classrooms where the courses are recorded are fitted with two remote cameras mounted on the wall and another camera on a tripod, all connected to a production switcher placed on a cart. The input to the Matrox Monarch HD appliance is connected to the output of the production switcher. The video recording settings are pre-configured to capture at 1280 x 720 resolution, 4 Mbps bit rate, and 30 frames per second.

In addition, a simpler, more portable solution is also conceived using a second Monarch HD. The HDMI output of a portable JVC camera is connected to the input of the second Monarch HD. A SATA (laptop) hard drive is used to store the recordings and it easily plugs into the output (USB port) of the Matrox Monarch HD appliance.

An AMX control room system is used to remotely control the computer and projectors in the classroom setting. By using the simple Monarch HD Control API, the Monarch HD appliance as well can be controlled by the AMX system.

The Process
Within minutes, a facilitator in the class, usually a Teaching Assistant, can be taught to take on the role of a production crew – to switch cameras, and easily control the recording and streaming by pushing the one touch Stream/Record buttons conveniently located on the front of the Monarch HD.

The classroom recordings are captured as MP4 files. At the end of the class, the SATA drive with the captured video files is simply unplugged, taken to the lecturer’s office, reviewed, edited, and processed with quick turnaround times. The NLE (non-linear editor) of choice is Adobe Premiere Pro CC 2014. The edited class content files are then uploaded to a video sharing platform called Kaltura which is used to store and stream the video. To build online course content, files from Kaltura are embedded into a course management system called Canvas. The students then get access to the courses through the Canvas system.

Using the RTMP protocol and Matrox Monarch HD, the School of Business is streaming live through YouTube at 1.2 to 1.5 Mbps, and it is working beautifully, “just gorgeous”, according to Fowles. They do this by creating a profile in YouTube and uploading the XML file into the Matrox Monarch HD appliance.

Fowles comments, “Matrox Monarch HD does such a nice job of capturing content at higher compress rates, giving us smaller files, that it really makes our turnaround process for recordings faster, smoother, and that’s why we have gone that way.”

The Results
The School of Business has gone from streaming one or two classes a year to two or three classes a week now! Given the increased interest, over the next year, they see the possibility of two or three classes being streamed simultaneously.

Currently providing online courses, the School of Business is looking to expand into providing an online degree.

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Solotech Increases Yamaha NUAGE Awareness In Canada

Solotech NUAGE DEMO

BUENA PARK, Calif.—A recent Yamaha NUAGE demo took place at Solotech in Quebec City, increasing awareness of the new advanced digital audio production system to the Canadian market, and educating its clients about the new system.

Held in October, the “NUAGE Demo Week” included Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems team member Michel Trépanier and Marcel Maurceri and François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, who conducted approximately a dozen of demos and presentations to clients. “The clients really enjoyed the event and were amazed by NUAGE and its impressive possibilities for post-production,” states Fabien Panou, Marketing & Communications for Solotech.

“Mr.Thibault received training from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, and is probably one the most well-trained representatives in Canada on the system, Panou said. He has already sold three NUAGE systems this year, and interest from our clients is continually growing.”

Attendees consisted of studio owners, audio specialists in the video game industry, and educational institutions. “The NUAGE system integrates perfectly with the capacity of Nuendo,” notes Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, while Pierre Rousseau owner of Studio SFX said he’s been working in a Pro Tools environment for the last 20 years and was very surprised how the NUAGE system is revolutionary on many aspects. “The system brings creativity and productivity to another level.”

For more information on Solotech, visit www.solotech.com.

For more information on Yamaha NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: L to R: François Thibault, Solotech Studio Specialist, Jacques Monminy, Studio TRAM, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Michel Trepanier and Marcel Mauceri

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Ashly Amps and Processors Team with Danley Outdoor Loudspeakers at One of the Largest U.S. Private Schools

SevernSchool_AthleticCenterBALTIMORE, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 2014: Severn School is among the largest and most august private schools in the nation. Situated midway between Baltimore and Annapolis in Maryland, Severn School was founded in 1914 as a preparatory school for the U.S. Navy. Today, it serves eight hundred students from kindergarten to twelfth grade. In recent years, Severn School has been updating its buildings and grounds, including new turf fields for football, field hockey, soccer, and lacrosse adjacent to the new Edward St. John Athletic Center. For a few years after their installation, the school used a portable system for every football game, a solution that proved to be of low quality and, moreover, quite a hassle. Severn School called on Baltimore-based A/V contractor HP Electronics to design and install a permanent system. Citing their value and sound quality, HP Electronics installed an Ashly MX-206 six-channel microphone mixer, an Ashly nXp 1.52 two-channel 1500W Network Amplifier with a built-in Protea™ DSP Processor powering three Danley Sound Labs OS-80 fully-weatherized full-range loudspeakers.

SevernSchool_SpeakerWith no press box or permanent building adjacent to the field, HP Electronics Sales Designer Joe Schwartz gave Severn School a portable rack bag that connects to the permanent Danley OS-80s via a simple five-pin connector. Inside the rack, the Ashly MX-206 analog mixer provides a simple, intuitive way to control input volume for an Audio-Technica wireless microphone and a custom input panel for connecting MP3 playback devices and the like. A Furman CN-1800S provides power conditioning and sequencing, and is used to trigger a Furman CN20P within the main rack inside the Athletic Center, allowing the entire system to be powered up from the outdoor mix position. The Ashly nXp 1.52 provides abundant power and processing for the system in just two rack spaces. “I’ve always been a fan of Ashly products,” said Schwartz. “The MX-206 is simple to use, sounds great, and will serve Severn School a long, long time. The nXp 1.52 delivers a ton of power for the cost, and the optional built-in processing is very convenient and easy to use.”

Schwartz configured the three Danley OS-80s such that two cover the left and right sides of the bleachers and one covers the field from a crow’s nest above the bleachers. “We’ve used Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers in a number of churches and auditoriums, and they sound great,” he said. “When we saw that Danley had come out with a fully-weatherized loudspeaker that was based on the same design that we had used in the churches, it seemed like an excellent way to go at Severn. The engineers at Danley even helped with the design based on a similar field they had done. The OS-80s were relatively lightweight and easy to install. I was shocked that the single OS-80 was able to cover pretty much the entire field. And that coverage, like the coverage in the bleachers, is remarkably even. Overall, the system has great fidelity and coverage, and it came in at a very competitive price point.”

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 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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

CRAS Outfits New Control Room wth Super Transparent ATC SCM25A Reference Monitors

Conservatory_RecordingArtsSciencesGILBERT, ARIZONA: The Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences – or “CRAS” as it is more affectionately known – is a top-tier technical school dedicated to placing its well-trained students in entry-level positions in the music, game audio, live sound, broadcast, and post-production industries. Unlike most similar programs, CRAS obligates its students to obtain internships in order to graduate, and it has a excellent record of helping students obtain their first paying gig. Part of its success, which has resulted in literally hundreds of CRAS grads working on literally hundreds of Grammy Award-winning projects, is exposing students to high-end professional tools. Thus, when CRAS recently expanded its facilities with the addition of control rooms F and G, it put ATC SCM25A Pro reference monitors – among the industry’s most-trusted tools – in both.

“Our rooms reflect reality in the industry,” said Tony Nunes, music production instructor and manufacture liaison at CRAS. Nunes, together with Mike Jones, director of education, travels to trade shows, recording studios, and post-production facilities around the country to keep CRAS’s facilities and instruction in perfect synchrony with the latest (and enduring) industry standards. “We sculpt our technology and instruction to remain always at the current standards in the industry,” he continued. “Two years ago at AES in New York City, we visited a lot of the big studios in town, like Stadium Red and Electric Ladyland, and talked with our grads who worked there. A consistent theme that studio managers/staff stressed was the persistent requests they received for ATC monitors; so persistent, in fact, that most studios invested in their own ATCs.” CRAS’s ATC SCM25A Pros join Pro Tools HDX rigs with Apogee converters, [soundBlade HD] rigs with Mytek converters, and SSL AWS 948 combined console and control surfaces.

“The ATCs are certainly the most transparent monitors we have at CRAS,” said Nunes. “Students don’t get to studios F and G until they are a little ways into the program. By that time, they can really appreciate the details that the ATCs reveal. For example, when we’re tracking in those control rooms, students will notice the smallest details, like fret buzz on the bass. One time we had a vocalist who was struggling with an allergy and sinus problem. After he rested and had some tea, he came back and all the students could really hear the physicality of the difference. One student said it was like he could see the vocal cords in the ATCs. They’re a really great tool.”

Because students use the ATC SCM25A Pros later in the program, they get an opportunity to scrutinize their earlier projects. “They know so much more six months later, and now they’ve got these great monitors that reveal so much; it can often be a painful experience,” said Nunes. “But we bravely turn it into a learning experience. We find and analyze the mistakes, and then students may remix their projects. Every time, they come back happy with the results. Because the new mixes pass the test on the ATCs, they translate everywhere else, like students’ cars, apartments and computers.”

Although CRAS is explicit in stating that it does not teach students to be mastering engineers per se – which necessarily requires skills that can only be acquired through years of experience – it most definitely teaches its students about the mastering process and about the technical details that mastering engineers will expect of their work. There again, the ATC SCM25A Pros, which are mastering-grade reference monitors, benefit CRAS students.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUPTransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

One Year Later, API 1608 is the Perfect Foundation for the Blackbird Academy

BlackbirdAcademy_1stAnnivNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2014: The API 1608 analog console at the center of The Blackbird Academy’s thirty-seat classroom has scarcely been idle since the school opened its doors in 2013. The Blackbird Academy, an extension of the top-flight, multi-room Blackbird Studio in Nashville, is owned and operated by recording engineer John McBride and his wife, country music superstar, Martina McBride. Students in the program learn the basics of pro audio sound quality and signal flow using the classroom’s 1608, and then apply that knowledge in Blackbird Studio’s control rooms, which include a 32-channel API 1608 and two large-format API Legacy Plus consoles.

“The API 1608 sounds great, and serves as the perfect foundation for our students to build from,” said Kevin Becka, instructor and co-director of the academy. “Before arriving at Blackbird, most of our students got into audio using their own computers with inexpensive interfaces. They’re shocked at how the act of simply plugging in an instrument to the clean signal path and transformers of the 1608 can make it sound. We’ve come to call the effect, ‘API Love’. The construction of the 1608 is well thought-out and executed – everything about it is solid.”

The classroom is designed to give students a co-pilot’s view of everything the instructor is doing. Video cameras mounted above the 1608, and display the view on 65-inch screens. Each student uses an academy-issued iPad with custom-created apps, providing descriptions of every aspect of the studio, and how those aspects connect with gear in Blackbird’s dedicated control rooms.

Outside the classroom, students disperse into the control rooms of Blackbird Studio for smaller classes, and execute independent projects. “These are the very same control rooms that are regularly attended by some of the biggest names in the music industry,” said Becka. “It’s a unique experience for the students to go into those rooms and know that yesterday, Tim McGraw or Keith Urban were in the same room. Learning signal flow on the classroom’s API 1608 transfers directly to Blackbird’s two API Legacy Plus consoles.”

The staff at The Blackbird Academy is looking forward to a second year, and continued success, behind the API 1608.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.
www.apiaudio.com

Extron FOX USB Extender Plus Now Shipping

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the receiver features an integrated four‑port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. more

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