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Extron Announces Upgrade to its H.264 Streaming Media Encoder

Anaheim, California (February 4, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce an upgrade to the popular SME 100 encoder, enabling the support of additional network and streaming protocols. The SME 100 now supports push streaming in unicast or multicast applications applying native RTP or MPEG-2 Transport Streams. Session Announcement Protocol and Session Description Protocol are applied to manage push streaming sessions. These new network and streaming protocols make the SME 100 compatible with a greater variety of third party decoding devices and streaming configurations. Other new capabilities include HTTP tunneling and closed captioning support for the EIA-608B standard. These new features are included in all SME 100 units that are shipping, and this firmware upgrade is available as a free download for current users.

“Streaming encoders are used in many different applications and network configurations. This latest firmware update supports integration into a broader variety of streaming applications, and provides compatibility with a greater variety of H.264 devices including set-top box decoders,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “We have expanded our support of encoding, network protocols, and control features in the SME 100 to give AV professionals a broader set of tools for AV streaming applications.”

The SME 100 is available in two models, the SME 100 SD, which streams at resolutions from 166×120 up to 720×576, and the SME 100 HD, which streams at resolutions from 166×120 up to HDTV 1080p/30. Both models accept standard definition video and high definition video signals, including 1080p and computer-video signals up to 1920×1200 plus audio. Extron has developed the SME 100 feature set specifically to support the broad source, control, and processing capabilities that AV applications require.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Shotoku Broadcast to Highlight Manual Camera Support Range at BVE 2013

BVE Stand # L13

Staines, UK • Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a well-established leader in manual and robotic camera support, and virtual reality tracking, today confirmed plans to exhibit at BVE – 26 to 28 February 2013 – to be held at EXCEL London. The Company will demonstrate its globally renowned product line in Stand L13 and be available for customer consultations and meetings with potential distribution partners.

BVE is the largest gathering of production, post and content delivery professionals in the UK with attendance numbers expected to exceed 16,000. Shotoku will join over 300 exhibitors who will showcase products, services and technologies, ranging from camera accessories to workflow solutions.

Shotoku will highlight the manual side of its high quality and innovative camera support systems, including pan and tilt heads, pedestals, tripods and virtual reality systems. “BVE offers an excellent opportunity to network with industry professionals and promote our rapidly growing product ranges to operators and key decision makers,” said David Shepherd EMEA Sales Manager, Manual Products.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

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Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoonComm.com

Barix Accentuates Dynamic Audio Insertion for Businesses at Digital Signage Expo

Insertion of attention-grabbing facts before advertisements help keep customers focused on business message

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, January 29, 2013Barix will highlight its complete IP audio streaming and insertion solution at Digital Signage Expo (Las Vegas Convention Center, February 27-28, Booth 151), demonstrating how businesses can cost-effectively deliver targeted, dynamic messages to consumers as part of a comprehensive, custom audio program.

The Barix solution incorporates partner MOH Technology’s Adiosys ad insertion software with its Exstreamer IP decoders for audio playout. Andrew Stadheim, president of Barix Technology, U.S., says that businesses can use the complete solution to more effectively reach consumers — notably through insertion of news headlines, weather and other local-interest facts prior to ads and promotional messages.

“You’re hearing this more at gas pumps and in retail stores that place significance on audio programming, where businesses offer a teaser to entice the consumer, and follow with a business-related message,” said Stadheim. “It’s about engaging the listener up front with the goal of driving revenue. Your customers are more likely to tune out if you feed an advertisement right away.”

The Adiosys software offers a simple way for businesses to upload, schedule and target ads, jingles and promos, and simultaneously enable fact-insertion. Meanwhile, Barix Exstreamer devices are IP addressable, with the ability to receive and playout targeted messaging in one or more zones or locations. This ensures that businesses can deliver the right messages to the right locations.

“This gives retailers and other businesses two key advantages: reliable, high-quality audio playout using Barix IP audio devices; and the ability to create a personalized, broadcast-quality audio stream with dynamic messages for each of your locations,” said Stadheim.

Barix offers several Exstreamer device models for in-store media solutions, including the Exstreamer 110 IP audio device with song, title and other stream information in a front panel window; and the Exstreamer 205, which includes built-in amplification to reduce costs and infrastructure at playout locations.

About Barix AG (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich Switzerland, specializes in research and development of state of the art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks / Internet offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industry. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

New Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV Inks Deals with Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC

Wide assortment of tried-and-proven media distribution, wire, cable and accessory products for residential and commercial jobs available from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations

Burlington, MA – January 29, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into agreements to nationally distribute Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC.

”Media distribution, a robust network, wire and cable, telecommunications connectors and accessories – these are the cornerstones of today’s complex residential and light commercial installations,” says board member Steve Presti, principal of member-company Easy Access Distribution.

“Catalyst AV’s goal is to benefit installers by delivering the right products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. We’re quite certain that these well-established brands will help us achieve just that,” added Presti.

The Catalyst AV member-companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Muto Communications, LLC is Catalyst AV’s PR agency of record. Please direct media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
The Catalyst AV Board of Directors is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

SVSi’s Next Generation of Networked AV Products will Support Ultra-HD

Integrators can be assured that their AV switching and distribution infrastructure will support tomorrow’s technology

Huntsville, Alabama (January 16, 2013) — SVSi, the industry’s leading provider of Networked AV solutions and pioneer in IP-based AV distribution solutions announced today that the technology used in its next generation of Networked Encoders and Decoders is capable of supporting Ultra-HD resolutions of 4K up to 120-Hz and 8K up to 60-Hz. SVSi’s integrators can now be assured that their Networked AV video switching and distribution infrastructure will be able to support tomorrow’s technology.

“I’m very excited to see this growth path in resolution and frame-rate since SVSi technology can readily accommodate Ultra-HD traffic on existing gigabit copper networks without having to wait for next generation 10-gig fiber or copper appliances,” said Andy Whitehead, President of SVSi. “SVSi’s Networked AV technology is capable of 8K at 60-Hz through a single gigabit drop, while Non-IP-based distribution solutions like HDBaseT require 10.2-Gbps to send 4K at 30-Hz.”

As Ultra High-Definition (also referred to as Super Hi-Vision) devices make their way into corporate and entertainment venues around the globe, SVSi is engineering its products to accommodate the anticipated demand for the latest adaptation of High Definition. This year’s Consumer Electronic Show proved that Ultra-HD is the next big step in HD mania with mega companies like Samsung, Sharp and Sony who are already showcasing their Ultra-HD innovations. Winning the category of “Best in HDTVs” was Sony’s 56-inch Ultra-HD OLED. Another momentous event for Ultra-HD was during the 2012 London Olympics where the games were broadcasted live from the BBC Radio Theatre, BBC Scotland and the National Media Museum in Bradford using NHK’s 8K Ultra HDTV.

From televisions to camcorders to cellphones to tablets, users can expect Ultra-HD to start making its way into retail stores in the beginning of 2013. As a leading manufacturer of AV distribution equipment, SVSi is making sure that its products provide the most advanced technological benefits for audio and video system designers and installers. Get more out of your AV installation with Networked AV from SVSi.

About SVSi – SVSi’s Networked AV product solutions deliver digital media distribution and matrix switching that simply works. Any combination of analog and digital sources connects easily to any number of outputs over the most reliable switching solution in the industry. Our easy to install, cost-effective products offer point-to-multipoint streaming of HD content over standard IT infrastructure. SVSi., based in Huntsville, Alabama, was founded in 2003, and has reinvented the way high-definition media is delivered to Government, Corporate, Education, Retail, Healthcare, Entertainment and Event Centers and Houses of Worship.

Get more out of your AV installation with Networked AV from SVSi. Distribution | Switching | Recording | Windowing | Wall Processing | Control

For more information, visit www.svsiav.com

If you would like additional information about this topic, or to schedule an interview please call Kevin Deasy at 256-461-7143

SYMETRIX INTRODUCES COST-EFFECTIVE AUDIO INPUT/OUTPUT EXPANSION DEVICES FOR USE WITH SYMNET EDGE AND RADIUS DANTE NETWORK AUDIO DSP

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2013: Symetrix announces today the release of the cost-effective SymNet xIn 12 and xOut 12. These products increase a system’s analog input or output channel capacity resulting in a reduction in overall price per channel.

Designed exclusively for use with SymNet Edge and Radius DSP units, each of the twelve studio-grade analog inputs’ and each of the twelve studio-grade outputs, along with bus assignments, are configured using SymNet Composer open architecture software. The xIn 12 and xOut 12 set-up is logical and fast with no requirement to use third party software. There are no mechanical switches or circuit board jumpers to set. Systems are simpler, cost less, and have fewer potential points of failure.

Noted CEO, Paul Roberts, “Whether you are scaling up a SymNet Edge system, a SymNet Radius system, or one that combines the two, the xIn 12 and xOut 12 create larger systems with smaller price tags.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

SAN ANTONIO’S FAMOUS HILTON PALACIO DEL RIO SIMPLIFIES MEETING ROOM FUNCTIONALITY VIA SYMNET SOLUS 8 STANDALONE FIXED I/O DSP

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JANUARY 2013: With San Antonio’s gorgeous downtown River Walk just steps to the west, the city’s well-booked convention center across the street to the east, and the Alamo historic site a block away to the north, the Hilton Palacio del Rio is at the center of a fabulous Texas experience. It delivers the perfect mix of luxury, location, and event support and wins over first-time visitors, earning their repeat business. The hotel possesses over 27,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space split between the 4th floor and the 22nd floor. Recently, the hotel gutted those areas to modernize both their aesthetic and their functionality. Audio/video integrator Good Thunder Provisioning of Montgomery, Texas designed and installed the new system, centering it on four Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 open-architecture DSP units.

“The renovation of the 4th & 22nd floor Meeting Rooms & Ballrooms was undertaken on very fast track – you might call it a hyper track,” said Robert Slaughter, proprietor of Good Thunder Provisioning. “The start date for the demolition of the existing building interior & audio system was July 15, and the first use of the new system was September 27th.” The incredibly short timeframe required advanced planning on the part of everyone involved and tight coordination with the general contractor, the architect, the in-house audio/visual provider (Swank Audio Visual), and the hotel. Slaughter’s sound reinforcement design focused on reproducing high-quality, intelligible speech and engaging foreground music.

Importantly, he kept the interests of the in-house A/V provider in mind. “Too many times we see very high-end, super-technical systems installed in hotels that end up limiting the revenue of the in-house A/V provider,” said Slaughter. “That ultimately limits the commissions paid to the hotel.” The new system exceeds the standards of the International Association of Conference Centers.

With potentially dozens of subdivided rooms, the Hilton Palacio del Rio can take on serious overflow from the nearby conference center or can host sizable conferences or other events all on its own. Input plates in each divisible space provide an XLR input for line-level signals, a CAT6 connection that links to a projector and the rack locations, and HDMI & VGA for connection to a projector or wall-mounted LED monitors. Wireless microphone systems provide the principle audio input for conferences. House music, which is processed by an Aphex Aural Exciter, provides an additional input option. TOA DA-250DH multi-channel digital amplifiers power scores of TOA F-122CU2 full-range ceiling speakers.

Four Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 standalone fixed I/O DSP, each with eight inputs and eight outputs, handle all of the input conditioning, routing logic, and loudspeaker conditioning for the system. As one might imagine, the routing is complex, with numerous zones adding or subtracting speakers in different locations. “Our staff has had a very long and positive history with Symetrix, starting with the Express Cobra series,” said Slaughter. “The Solus is a great product. It’s flexible, easy to program, and great sounding. Adding the Symetrix ARC-2e and the Axiomtek Touch Panel for user control makes the choice of Symetrix a no-brainier. Cost was also a factor, and by using these products we were able to come out better than we had budgeted.”

The user control is made available in two layers. First, twenty Symetrix ARC-2e remote wall panels allow for the line level control of each room section, music level control of each room section, and selection of optional high-pass filtering for improved voice intelligibility. Second, a pair of Axiomtek GOT-5100T-830 touch panels at each rack location duplicate those controls and add room combining, auxiliary input/output routing, and selection of additional music sources. Lighting control will be included in the near future. “The Symetrix ARCs offer a wide range of control features and functions that are flexible and easy to install,” said Slaughter. “They are an excellent choice. Axiomtek Touch Panels are rugged and always work right out of the box. Their reputation is great.”

Once Hotel management heard and controlled the new system, they asked Good Thunder Provisioning to provide new sound reinforcement systems for the hotel’s restaurant and bar areas in the near term and for the lobby next year. The new restaurant/bar system will use a single Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 DSP to deliver two zones with multiple music, cable TV, and iPod inputs. Four Symetrix ARC-2e remote wall panels provide source selection and level control for both zones. Slaughter will use the same TOA loudspeakers and amplifiers to maintain consistency.

Robert Slaughter is the senior project manager for Hairel Enterprises in Conroe, Texas and owns Good Thunder Provisioning.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

Pro Control’s ProPanel App Now Available for ProLink.r Processor

ProPanel Enables Complete Control Over Systems Via iPad(R), iPhone(R), and iPod Touch(R)

SHAKOPEE, Minn. — Jan. 24, 2013 — Pro Control, a division of Remote Technologies Incorporated (RTI), announced that the company’s popular ProPanel control app for the iPad(R), iPhone(R), and iPod touch(R) is now available for the ProLink.r control processor. The powerful ProPanel app provides users with convenient system control of the home environment. Already available for the ProLink.z, and now available for the ProLink.r, the ProPanel app will integrate either ProLink processor with Apple(R) devices to control A/V systems, lights, music servers, shades, internet radio, door locks, and more. more

Acoustics First releases video on Vibration Isolation

Acoustics First has conjured up yet another video demonstration. As the fourth in a series designed to help explain common acoustic principles, this video briefly reveals what is necessary to provide vibration isolation.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission

As the quandary of vibration isolation can quickly prove to be obtuse and relatively difficult to understand. Common problems like footfall from upstairs neighbors, industrial noise from machinery and HVAC equipment or isolating speakers and scientific devices can require completely different approaches. Most often, an on site assessment should be completed by a qualified engineering professional to determine an appropriate acoustic solution. In many cases the solution will require a modification to the structure and implement more than a single strategy.

This simple vibration demonstration challenges to provide a basic understanding of how acoustical materials may be used to prevent the spread of mechanical noise and vibration through existing structures like walls, floors and ceilings.

In this acoustic demonstration, a surface mounted piezo transducer connected to an analog meter will register levels of sound vibrations transmitted to the table. A vibrating device placed directly on the surface will transmit sound vibrations and resonate loudly throughout the table. These vibrations will register on the analog meter. By inserting isolation materials between the device and the surface, the mechanical sound transmission is reduced and sound no longer registers on the meter.

VIBRATION ISOLATION DEMONSTRATION: Controlling Mechanical Sound Transmission


Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, and institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

Technomad Loudspeakers Blanket Snow-Covered Mountains of Scandinavian Ski Resort

BOSTON, January 22, 2013 — The largest ski resort in Northern Europe has amplified the lighting and sound experience for its guests, with Technomad advanced audio loudspeakers as the centerpiece.

SkiStar, located in the Åre municipality in northern Sweden, is giving skiers an interactive experience on the slopes with its new high-quality, multi-zone entertainment system. The Technomad loudspeakers, projected by systems integration company Watt & Volt Sverige AB, communicate the history of SkiStar and deliver atmospheric audio in eight locations. Watt & Volt worked alongside project leader Ljusarkitektur AB, which is responsible for the new lighting structure that accompanies the audio system.

The complete, synchronized system delivers a captivating lighting and sound experience to skiers, with audio originated through zoned DMX-controlled MP3 players.

“This is a completely new concept for ski resorts in the north of Europe, perhaps even beyond,” said Hamrin. “To our knowledge, it is the only system in the north of Europe of its kind, in the way the ambient sounds connect surrounding areas with the lighting installation.”

Watt & Volt, which recently joined Technomad’s European dealer network, chose Technomad loudspeakers for their complete weatherproof construction and ability to withstand harsh outdoor environments — also noting excellent audio quality and broad coverage as benefits.

“There is nothing to compare with Technomad,” says Niklas Hamrin, managing director, of Watt & Volt. “We find the audio quality to be very good, especially considering the extremely rugged build. Their loudspeakers provide the appropriate protection considering the large snow amounts and extremely low temperatures, which can drop to between -30 and -40 Celsius.”

Technomad Paris loudspeakers, which provide full-range audio output in a classic column design, were installed at locations where musical reproduction and exceptional bass output were required. Watt & Volt chose Technomad Vernal loudspeakers, the most compact model in the company’s portfolio, at stations where intelligible speech is a priority. Hamrin added that both models satisfy unobtrusive audio system requirements from SkiStar and Ljusarkitektur. The loudspeakers are installed alongside compact, protective, heated cabinets with built-in amplifiers to complete the outdoor installation.

Future expansion plans include the installation of more Technomad loudspeakers at outdoor gondolas throughout the resort. The gondola systems will include battery-powered, RFID-controllable MP3 players built into ultra-compact, highly protective plastic cases.

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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