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Matrox Monarch HD to be Featured at IBC2013

Award-winning streaming and recording appliance makes European debut

At IBC2013 (Amsterdam, Sept. 13-17, stand 7.B29), Matrox® Video will feature the new Matrox Monarch HD™ video streaming and recording appliance that received four important industry awards at the 2013 NAB Show. Monarch HD is designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. It provides these two independent modes in an integrated unit. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. Powerful and robust, Matrox Monarch HD is remotely controlled using any computer or mobile device with a web browser. It also offers simple, one-touch stream and record pushbuttons, low power consumption, a locking power connector, and a fanless design.

“Matrox Monarch is already being used for internet broadcasts from beta sites around the world and the feedback on the feature set has been uniformly positive,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager at Matrox. “This is the latest product that exemplifies what Matrox Video does best — provides high-quality, technologically-advanced tools for video professionals that combine multiple functions in a single cost-effective product.”

Price and availability
Priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, Matrox Monarch HD will be available worldwide by the end of September.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

PreSonus Supports LSU’s College of Engineering

Pledges $200,000 to Support Innovation in Audio Signal Processing and Digital Media

Jim Odom at LSU Engineering 01 copyBaton Rouge, LA – September 2013…  To support education and research in the Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering, PreSonus Audio Electronics has pledged $200,000 to establish a digital signal processing (DSP) laboratory.

DSP is a specialized branch of mathematics that performs analysis and processing of binary representations of analog signals. Advances in digital technology have enabled DSP systems to accomplish tasks inexpensively and efficiently that are difficult or impossible using analog technology. The DSP laboratory will provide LSU College of Engineering students a state-of-the-art environment for learning those skills required in industry settings.

“As a graduate of LSU Engineering and a Louisiana entrepreneur, I believe that investment in our home-grown technical workforce is essential in our efforts toward economic growth,” comments Jim Odom, co-founder, PreSonus. “Our intention for this grant is to assist LSU Engineering in becoming a top ten destination for technical education. The burgeoning industry of digital everything will require highly skilled and trained individuals, and LSU is perfectly positioned to meet this challenge.”

PreSonus, cofounded in 1995 by LSU electrical engineering alumni Jim Odom and Brian Smith, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of audio electronics and software used in TV and radio broadcast, live-event sound reinforcement, and professional recording studios.

“Jim and Brian provide an exemplary case of entrepreneurial spirit present in LSU’s electrical and computer engineering graduates,” said Pratul Ajmera, interim chair, LSU Division of Electrical and Computer Engineering. “We thank PreSonus for this significant investment that enhances our educational program and helps us produce world-class graduates competitive in the digital media and digital audio industries.”

A global company, PreSonus is an active recruiter of LSU students for both internships and post-graduation employment. Currently, an estimated 16 LSU alumni are employed there, including 7 engineers.

Jim Odom at LSU Engineering 02 copy PreSonus CEO Jim Mack, “We are committed to supporting LSU in their efforts and believe that keeping the curricula current and in sync with industry will support the near- and long-term strategic needs of not only the university, but the community as a whole.”

Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, PreSonus currently has a staff of 122, with additional offices in Ireland, Hamburg, and Hong Kong. The company is currently building a new 43,000-square-foot headquarters and R&D facility in Baton Rouge.

LSU’s ECE Division currently enrolls 350 undergraduate students and 102 graduate students. During the past five years, the division has, on average, granted more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, 25 master’s degrees, and more than five PhD degrees annually.

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 About PreSonus

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

BLASTED AROUND THE CLOCK BY SALT AIR DANLEY OS-80 HIGH-FIDELITY WEATHERPROOF SPEAKERS DELIVER SONIC CLARITY AT NEW TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-CORPUS CHRISTI OUTDOOR STADIUM

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 2013: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is situated on Ward Island, braced on one side by Oso Bay and on the other side by Corpus Christi Bay. With some of the highest average wind speeds in the nation, the entire campus possesses a maritime atmosphere (read: “salty sea spray air, 24/7”) that inspired the nickname for its students: Islanders. Thus, when it came time to specify loudspeakers that would remain outside around the clock at the new $9 million Dugan Family Soccer and Track Stadium, A/V design firm Anthony James Partners specified Danley Sound Labs’ new OS-80 loudspeaker. The OS-80 delivers the exceptional fidelity and pattern control that are the hallmarks of Tom Danley’s innovative loudspeaker designs in a fully-weatherproof housing.

Anthony James Partners was asked to join the project only a few months before it was slated for completion – a very tight time frame – and to make matters tighter, no one bid on the design. For many years prior, the Corpus Christi branch of Network Cabling Services had worked successfully with the university on its networking infrastructure, and when the university learned that Network Cabling Services had an A/V team at another branch office, it saw the solution to its installation dilemma. “We walked the stadium in late June and the project had an August 1st deadline for completion,” explained James Daniels, systems integrator with Network Cabling Services. “It was a super tight timeline, and Danley Sound Labs came through – as they always do – on time.”

The Danley OS-80 shares the same patented Synergy Horn technology of Danley’s SH-Series loudspeakers, which gives it an even frequency and phase response, tight pattern control, seamless array-ability, and vastly improved clarity and intelligibility over conventional designs. In addition, the OS-80 is engineered to function without compromise in driving rain, freezing cold, and, most germane here, maritime air. “The Danley OS-80 is sealed up tight,” said Daniels, who took one apart. “There’s an O-ring at the split, and there’s no other place where moisture can get in. That’s critical on Ward Island, where these loudspeakers will be berated by salty wind 18 out of every 24 hours, year in and year out.”

The design features ten Danley OS-80s. Four OS-80s hang side-by-side on the press box to cover the main grandstand, which seats approximately 750. Two more OS-80s hang off the side of the press box in a near-field/far-field configuration to cover a gathering area. Two OS-80s hang off the field house in a near-field/far-field configuration to cover the long jump and pole-vault area. And the final pair was made to be a portable rig that could be set up and integrated for different occasions and specific areas that were not covered by the installed sound system. “The system is spread out, with each loudspeaker covering specific areas,” said Daniels. “To do it any other way would have risked noise pollution at adjacent buildings and facilities.”

Inputs to the system include three field boxes, each with four microphone inputs and two communications inputs, along with press box microphones and audio playback devices. The inputs feed a patch panel and a 16-channel Allen & Heath MixWizard analog console. The console outputs to a QSC Q-Sys Core 250i DSP system. QSC PL-Series and CX-Series amplifiers power the system. “Strictly speaking, the Danley OS-80s are not being powered up to their program rating,” said Daniels. “We just didn’t need to project as far as they’re capable of. Nevertheless, the system sounds incredible – the intelligibility and clarity are phenomenal. We performed a test with a wireless microphone. We were about 650 feet away and the time delay meant that we were halfway through a sentence when it came back to us. We could hear and understand everything perfectly. It was crystal clear.” And this, from a fully-weatherized loudspeaker!

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

New Christie MicroTiles S310 Screen Featuring 0.7 Millimeter Seams Now Shipping

Four years after initial product launch, Christie® MicroTiles® continue to captivate audiences with high resolution, high brightness displays that bring digital content to life in rich, vivid colors. Now, Christie has taken another step forward in near seamless video walls by offering a new screen option for its multiple award-winning technology: the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen.

Christie MicroTiles S310 screen features 0.7-millimeter seams


Featuring the same optical performance and construction as the S300, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is slightly larger and features 0.7-millimeter seams (compared to 1.3-millimeter seams for the S300). The S310 operating temperature range is 5 degrees Celsius (41 degrees Fahrenheit) to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Just like the S300 screen option, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen delivers excellent contrast with deeper blacks and image uniformity in even the most demanding indoor high ambient light environments.

“With its near seamless appearance, the new Christie MicroTiles S310 screen provides an even more lifelike visual experience – and creates an even more natural touch interface when Christie MicroTiles are coupled with the Christie Interactivity Kit,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “For applications such as broadcast sets, control rooms, and high-profile lobby, corporate or retail signage where the tightest possible seams are necessary, the Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is the clear choice.”

Christie Interactivity Kit provides the creative flexibility to incorporate multipoint touch interactivity into large-format digital displays and allows multiple users to interact simultaneously with content on Christie MicroTiles or any large-format video wall.

With a much wider color palette than conventional LCD and plasma displays, Christie MicroTiles display pure, saturated, accurate colors, making them ideal for public spaces. The modular display technology can be configured into nearly any shape and size to create an eye-catching digital canvas.

The Christie MicroTiles S310 screen is now shipping.

Extron Scaling Receiver for XTP Systems Now Shipping

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP SR HDMI, an HDCP-compliant scaling receiver that accepts HDMI, DVI, RGB, HD component video, and standard definition video signals from XTP devices. The receiver provides selectable output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K, to scale the video to the optimal output resolution for the display. In addition to high performance video, it accepts audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet for transmission up to 330 feet (100 m) over a single CATx cable. Its many integrator-friendly features, including Key Minder, EDID Minder, picture controls, on-screen menus, audio controls, and internal test patterns, help streamline installation. The features and capabilities of the XTP SR HDMI make it ideal for XTP Systems that require precise and reliable scaling of video to digital displays. more

Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panel Delivers More Vibrant, Sharper Images for Near Seamless Video Walls

Christie® continues to satisfy market needs for near seamless video wall flat-panel solutions with today’s introduction of the versatile Christie FHD461-X. Perfectly suited for space-limited installations; signage in museums, universities, corporate spaces, broadcast sets and retail environments, as well as monitoring applications such as security and surveillance, the Christie FHD461-X is the definitive choice with its ultra-narrow (5.4 millimeter) bezel and 3-inch depth. Delivering crisp, detailed images and high brightness with full HD resolution, the Christie FHD461-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a complete, interactive digital experience.

Videowall Composed of Christie FHD461-X Ultra-Narrow Bezel Flat Panels


The sleek, elegant and competitively priced Christie FHD461-X has 10-bit color for richer, more vivid images, higher (4000:1) contrast ratio for deeper blacks, and a shallower depth compared with other flat panels in its category. With its LED backlighting and high pixel density for sharper, more vibrant images from any distance, the Christie FHD461-X provides the brightness, and picture clarity needed for any indoor environment. Energy efficient and ENERGY STAR® qualified, the Christie FHD461-X features low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability and a reduced environmental footprint.

“Every digital display installation is unique and with the Christie FHD461-X, our customers now have a 46-inch ultra-narrow bezel flat panel solution with a thin profile to fit those tighter spaces where required,” said Richard Heslett, senior product manager, Christie. “The Christie FHD461-X offers rich, superior color reproduction and high contrast ratio for an image that really jumps out at the viewer.”

Benefits of Christie FHD461-X LCD Flat Panel

- Superior image quality for visuals that ‘pop’ with the highest contrast ratio and color depth of any 46-inch SNB flat panel.
- At three inches, it is the shallowest panel in the 46-inch SNB category and complies with the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for an installed depth under 4 inches.
- More natural touch interface and no lost pixels/data – near seamless video wall with smallest bezel-to-bezel width for any 46-inch Super Narrow Bezel (SNB) flat panel.
- Energy efficient / ENERGY STAR qualified – low power consumption at 105W (typical) for maximum sustainability.
- Portrait or landscape supported.
- Can stretch single video source over multiple panels.
- Christie is the only display manufacturer to offer a fully modular multi-touch interactive solution (Christie Interactivity Kit) specifically designed for tiled video walls.

“The Christie experience is one of renowned quality, innovation and service across the entire digital display technology spectrum and we are proud to add the Christie FHD461-X to our family of solutions,” Heslett concluded.

The Christie FHD461-X debuts at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC), Hall 9 Booth 9.C17 in Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 13-17, and is now shipping with a three-year parts and labor warranty.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Si Expression 3 Console Provides an Educational Experience at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

EDWARDSVILLE, Illinois – Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is a 4-year public university whose Department of Theater and Dance offers a broad variety of academic courses and practical experience in Performance, Dance, Design and Technical Theater, Theater Education and Theater History/Literature/Criticism. In order to stay on top of theater audio technology, SIUE department chair Jim Wulfsong needed to upgrade to a digital live sound console, and found the HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 ideal as both a production and educational tool.

“At SIUE, performances and education are intertwined,” said Wulfsong, who teaches a number of courses at SIUE including live sound engineering. “My students start by taking courses in theatrical audio production and live sound—and then they soon move up to doing the front of house mixing of an actual performance.” Productions are held at SIUE’s main theater, where the Si Expression 3 is installed.

Wulfsong needed a console that offers the latest features to accommodate the requirements of professional theatrical production—and could stand up to the rigors of constant use. The students learn on the console day in and day out during the academic year, and activity gets particularly intense during Tech Week, the week before a show debuts when the technical staff finalizes the show’s mic requirements, live and pre-recorded audio cues and other audio needs.

One of the key reasons Wulfsong chose the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 is because he and his students needed flexibility in a console that wasn’t difficult to operate. “The console is primarily used by students, who, while eager and talented, aren’t pros yet. The Si Expression 3 lets them work out in advance and store almost everything that’s needed before the show—cues, levels, EQ and so on—which greatly reduces the students’ stress level once the curtain goes up.” The Si Expression 3 lets his students concentrate on listening to the sound—rather than constantly have to think three steps ahead about what they have to do next. “Sometimes it seems like we can get any slider and knob to do anything we want.”

One of the main uses for the console is to play back cues and sound effects for musicals using QLab multimedia playback software. There can be hundreds of cues in a show and Wulfsong finds the Si Expression 3 makes moving from one cue to the next easy. “The Next button on the console responds really fast, which is critical when you have almost no time to kill a cue or mute and unmute different combinations of every single onstage mic.”
Thanks to the console’s sophisticated panning capabilities and multiple stereo and mono busses, Wulfsong and his students can now do “fancy Hollywood sound effects” like having planes fly overhead and sound effects following the onstage action—all at the touch of a button.

Wulfsong finds the ability to apply EQ on every channel to be “a major feature.” Every input-processing channel on the Si Expression 3 has dedicated processing not only for four-band EQ, but also high-pass filter, input delay, gate and compressor, enabling precise sonic fine-tuning of every input. Another plus is the console’s smaller size. Wulfsong thought that moving to a more advanced console would require more space in the control room, but the Si Expression 3 is actually smaller than the previous console and gave room to install a bigger computer monitor.

In fact, Wulfsong originally was looking for a console to replace the board in SIUE’s smaller theater—and wound up using the Si Expression 3 in the big room. “I was stunned by the price point and value the Si Expression 3 offered—and once we got it in-house we realized we were going to be using it as our main console in the theater.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Belkin Introduces Air Shield Case for Cart-Compatible, Extra-Durable iPad Protection for Students

New Air Shield Technology Represents Belkin’s Premier Protective Solution As it
Expands Product Portfolio Designed for the Education Market
  

Playa Vista, CA Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced the expansion of its education product line with the introduction of the Belkin Air Shield™ Case for iPads. The Air Shield Case provides exceptional durability for robust iPad protection, designed to guard against the daily wear and tear of student transport between classrooms, and to and from school.

Air Shield technology features a rigid, protective shell with shock-absorbing edges and corners to protect an iPad from accidental damage. The case has been independently tested to meet conditions for MIL STD 810G transit drops up to six feet specified by the U.S. Department of Defense.*

The case is compatible with iPad 2, 3, and 4 as well as with standard charging stations and carts, such as the Belkin Store and Charge or Bretford carts. It offers quick, hassle-free assembly, perfect for large iPad deployment. Other key features of the Belkin Air Shield Case include: 

  • Durable, protective shell construction and shock-absorbing edges and corners
  • Full, open access to all ports and buttons for easy device management and usability
  • Full edge, bezel, and back coverage
  • Thin profile and ergonomic design to fit small hands and most charging carts 

“Apple iPads are important, effective learning tools in many modern classrooms, and they can represent a significant investment of a school’s limited resources,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Shielding that investment from the risks of bumps and falls when being transported by enthusiastic students is a genuine concern. Belkin’s Air Shield Case now offers a practical, affordable solution for extra durability and protection.”

Belkin Air Shield Case joins a product portfolio that includes the Belkin Air Protect Case, introduced in June, which was designed to provide reliable simplicity without unnecessary bulk or weight. The Air Protect Case uses the same lightweight, high-grade material that is found in shock-absorbing running shoe in-soles and protective athletic helmets. 

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness Unveils Air Shield #iPadCase for Extra-durable, Cart-compatible Protection

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Tags: iPad, iPad case, classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions 

*Independently tested to meet the conditions outlined in the U.S. Department of Defense MIL STD 810G, Method 516-6, Procedure IV – transit drop.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Launches “Mixing with Professionals” Program for Si Series Consoles

NORTHRIDGE, California – In response to popular demand, HARMAN’s Soundcraft has launched a new “Mixing with Professionals” program for its Si Series of digital mixing consoles. Building on its successful program for the Vi Series, these “Mixing with Professionals” sessions will offer fully hands-on training, focusing on Soundcraft’s Si Expression and Si Performer consoles.

“Mixing with Professionals” Si Series training sessions will be held throughout the United States and hosted by factory-trained Soundcraft sales representatives. Guest engineers will join them to share their experiences with Soundcraft consoles and to provide additional training. These 3-hour sessions will follow a classroom format of six “stations”, with one to four people per station, working on either an Si Expression or Si Performer console.

“Our ‘Mixing with Professionals’ training programs have been so overwhelmingly popular that, combined with the success of our Si Expression and Si Performer lines, we have received considerable demand to expand our training to include these products,” said Katy Templeman-Holmes of Soundcraft Studer. “Training is free and open to anyone wanting to learn, or to more advanced users looking for additional tips and tricks to get the most out of their Si consoles!”

Anyone interested is invited to register online at http://usa.soundcraft.com/mwp/events.aspx or navigate to the Events Calendar at http://usa.soundcraft.com/mwp/events. Guests are asked to bring their own headphones to the sessions (mini or ¼”).

Photo Credit: Jonathan Trotman

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Parsons Audio Expo 2013 To Take Place in November

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Parsons Audio (Wellesley Hills, Mass) will hold its 23rd annual EXPO on Thursday, November 14th from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the Dedham Holiday Inn in Dedham, Mass.

Parsons Audio, a leader in offering professional audio products in the New England area, will begin the day at 10:00 am on Professional Development Workshops taught by industry leaders and focusing on industry trends. At 12:00 noon, the manufacturer exhibit floor opens with product representation from all top professional audio manufacturers represented by Parsons Audio.

This year, the Parsons Audio Expo will include the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Rolling Showroom with the new NUAGE system. Yamaha staff will be on hand for presentations and demonstrations. NUAGE, a joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, is a hardware and software system that adds the power of the Dante audio network to world-class recording, post production, live to tape broadcast, and house of worship recording for re-broadcast, NUAGE is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.

“We enjoy keeping our customers and potential customers up to date on what is new in the professional audio market,” states Roger Talkov, General Manager, Parsons Audio. The Professional Development seminars are extremely useful In providing the latest industry trends.”

For more information visit www.paudio.com/expo or email roger@paudio.com.

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