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Tightrope Media Systems Keeps Digital Signage Content Fresh with Tight Social Media Integration

New Carousel software release adds Twitter, Facebook authentication alongside new visual enhancements tools to address evolving customer needs

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, December 17, 2013Tightrope Media Systems announces a new software release for its tried-and-true Carousel digital signage platform, giving its customers new tools and enhancements that keep content fresh and enrich visual appeal.

Available today, the Carousel 6.4 software release supports direct Twitter and Facebook integration, simplifying how operators access and subsequently incorporate social media feeds into signage layouts. This native connection, achieved via a simple login process, also better organizes social media integration so that content remains timely.

“Social media is so natural to people today that it’s easy for most to focus in and consume that information on signage platforms,” said Eric Henry, Signage Solutions Lead for Tightrope Media Systems. “Our customers are increasingly seeking ways to ensure that their social media content is current, dynamic and well-aligned with their screen content. It creates a natural connection between consumers and the businesses or organizations that rely on digital signage as a communications platform.”

The new Carousel software release also includes visual and operational enhancements to keep screens lively and appealing. A new text character limit on Carousel bulletins eliminate screen crowding and wordy passages to retain viewers and strengthen messages. Similarly, a new web preview feature offers a quick glance at clock bulletins to ensure content is synchronized and easy to digest. Operationally, a new copy option allows for quick transfer of new bulletins to fresh templates, allowing users to create and customize layouts rich with up-to-date information.

“The new software release benefits our customers across all digital signage verticals we serve, including hospitality, transportation, sports and houses of worship,” said Henry. “These enhancements also reflect what our customers are requesting today.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Viewbits Launches Miniature Full Feature HD/SDI 1080p Camera for Situational Awareness and Image Processing Applications (Video Conferencing, Surveillance, Medical, and POV)

San Diego, California — Viewbits, the industrial cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., announced today that they are now shipping their new mini 1080p HD camera that supports 60 frames per second — the GNAT 1080p 60™. The ultra-compact camera measures just over 1.65 inches (42 millimeters).

Available in cased or board versions, the GNAT 1080p 60 is targeted for a wide variety of applications, including surveillance, airborne video cameras, avionics, inspection, public transportation, situational awareness, and video.

The 2.1 megapixel camera features a 1/3 inch progressive scan CMOS sensor, AGC (Automatic Gain Control), WDR (Wide Dynamic Range), digital zoom, and defog. It also supports brilliant DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) technologies like DNR, 3D-NR and 2D+3D.

“Our initial customers are amazed at the GNAT’s price point based on performance,” noted Mike Till, Marketing Manager for Viewbits. “This tiny full feature HD-SDI camera is likely to capture market share from the established Japanese players.”

The GNAT 1080p 60 HD camera is compatible with all HD-SDI capture cards, monitors, and video servers.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Features

  • 2.1 Megapixels
  • Powerful ISP chip based
  • 1/3” Progressive Scan CMOS Sensor
  • Output: 3G-SDI/HD-SDI (NTSC, PAL) with 292M
  • 42.1 x 29 x 29 millimeters – just over 1.65 inches long
  • Maximum 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Maximum 60 fps @ 1,920 x 1,080
  • C/CS mount
  • AGC, AWB, AE, D-WDR, Sens-Up
  • 2D/3D Noise Reduction, Digital Zoom
  • Defog
  • 1080/720@30p/60p/60i selectable
  • WDR (Wide Dynamic Range)
  • DNR (Digital Noise Reduction, 2D/3D-NR) – Provides outstanding clear images by reducing noise
  • AGC (Automatic Gain Control) – Improves performance in low light conditions
  • Dynamic Motion Detection (8 zones, up to 1980 blocks)
  • Privacy Zone Masking (8 zones)
  • Built-in OSD (On Screen Displays) Joystick
  • DC12V ~ 24V
  • Board mount version available with Board Mount Lens (DC Iris, TDN Support)
  • Suggested Retail Prices:
    GNAT 1080p 60 with power supply: $445 U.S.
    GNAT 1080p 60 Board version, with power supply: $435 U.S.

    Viewbits and GNAT 1080p 60 are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
    All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    About CMI and Viewbits
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. Viewbits, the Industrial Cameras division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells HD, USB-2, CMOS, and X-Ray cameras to companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and Viewbits, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@computermodules.com. To download Viewbits press releases and product images, visit the news section at http://www.viewbits.com.

    Viewbits, 11409 West Bernardo Ct. San Diego, CA, 92127
    Web: www.viewbits.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    Extron Introduces Two Input DTP Wallplate Transmitters for HDMI and VGA

    Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP T HWP 232 D and the DTP T UWP 232 D two input Decora®-style transmitters. The DTP T HWP 232 D transmits HDMI, audio, and control, while the DTP T UWP 232 D transmits HDMI or analog video, audio, and control. These signals are sent up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. The DTP T UWP 232 D digitizes incoming analog video for reliable display on a variety of output devices. Both transmitters are HDCP compliant and include independent stereo audio connections. They also offer many integrator-friendly features such as EDID Minder, auto-switching between inputs, remote power capability, and bidirectional RS-232 and IR pass-through for remote AV device control. The wall-mountable design of the DTP T HWP 232 D and DTP T UWP 232 D provides the convenience of placing input connections precisely where they are needed. more

    Extron Introduces Compact, Economical Audio Amplifier with Exceptional Performance

    Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MPA 152 Plus, a new quarter rack width, stereo integrated mini power amplifier that delivers 15 watts rms per channel, and provides several performance enhancements over the previous MPA 152. The MPA 152 Plus features a 90 dB signal-to-noise ratio with 0.1% THD+N, offering exceptional performance for speaker systems requiring compact, economical audio amplification. The MPA 152 Plus is an ENERGY STAR® qualified amplifier with an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design. It also features patented CDRS™ – Class D Ripple Suppression technology that provides a smooth, clean audio waveform and an improvement in signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. The Extron exclusive high efficiency design generates very little heat and allows the amplifier to be fanless and operate in environments with little or no ventilation. more

    Matrox and 3M Collaborate to Deliver Interactive Multi-Touch, Multi-Display Solutions

    Multi-touch support across stretched multi-monitor desktops under Windows 7 simplifies interactive display wall implementation

    Matrox® Graphics Inc. and 3M™ Touch Systems (subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division) announced that both companies have validated a new 3M touch driver that will support multi-touch functionality across two, three or more 3M Multi-touch Displays powered by a variety of Matrox multi-monitor products. Integrators can now pair Matrox products with 3M Multi-touch Displays to create attention-grabbing, interactive digital signage and collaborative video walls that span multiple displays, without the need for touch overlays or licensing fees. Applications include interactive kiosks, way finding, retail and exhibit display walls, as well as collaborative multi-panel classroom, boardroom, and command & control installations.

    Matrox and 3M Collaborate to Deliver Interactive Multi-Touch, Multi-Display Solutions

    “With our Mura MPX, DualHead2Go and TripleHead2Go products, multiple displays are seen as one large stretched desktop, and standard off-the-shelf touch displays typically have had difficulty supporting this stretched-desktop mode,” said Caroline Injoyan, Business Development Manager, Matrox Graphics Inc. “3M’s new driver overcomes this limitation and provides a simple way for integrators to add engaging interactivity to their multi-screen digital signage setups.”

    “Many of our customers in retail, exhibit, and digital signage markets are seeking to create high-impact and memorable interactive user experiences for their customers by expanding the touch interface beyond a single display,” said Ian Kimball, Americas Marketing Manager, Touch Systems, 3M Electronic Solutions Division. “This newly-enabled functionality lets customers easily optimize multi-touch performance across multiple screens, which is ideal for multi-user collaborative applications.”

    Availability
    The 3M MT7.14.0 driver for 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Microsoft® Windows® 7 is available now as a free download driver from the 3M website.

    The following 3M Multi-Touch Display products are supported:
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C4667PW (46″)
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C3266PW (32″)
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C2167PW (21.5″)
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display C2256PW (22″)
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2767PW (27″)
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2467PW (24″)
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M2167PW (21.5″)
    • 3M™ Multi-Touch Display M1866PW (18.5″)

    The following Matrox multi-display products are supported:
    • Matrox DualHead2Go external multi-monitor adapters
    • Matrox TripleHead2Go external multi-monitor adapters
    • Matrox M-Series™ add-in graphics cards
    • Matrox Mura™ MPX video wall controller boards
    • Matrox Extio™ KVM extenders

    About Matrox Graphics Inc.
    Matrox Graphics is a leading manufacturer of graphics solutions for professional markets. In-house design expertise, top-to-bottom manufacturing, and dedicated customer support make our solutions the premier choice in industries that require stable, high-reliability products. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

    About 3M Electronics Division and 3M Touch Systems Inc.
    The 3M Electronic Solutions Division offers innovative solutions to the global electronics market, such as touch systems and multi-touch displays; static control products; copper interconnect systems; cables and cable assemblies; carrier and cover tapes and trays; flexible circuits; embedded capacitor materials, and Textool brand test and burn-in sockets. Information about 3M electronics offerings is available at www.3M.com/electronics.

    3M Touch Systems Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the 3M Electronic Solutions Division, provides innovative touchscreen systems and display solutions to customers worldwide under the 3M and MicroTouch brands. 3M touch products are commonly used for single-touch and multi-touch applications that include casino gaming, foodservice, hospitality, industrial, interactive digital signage, healthcare, retail point of sale and self-service. Information about 3M touch solutions is available at www.3M.com/touch. Information about 3M Company is available at www.3M.com/about.

    on Introduces New SoundField Wide Coverage Two-Way Ceiling Speakers

    Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SoundField SF 26X, a two-way ceiling speaker featuring an open back and coaxial dual driver design for use in non-plenum airspace environments. The driver complement includes a 6.5″ (16.5 cm) woofer coupled to a 3/4″ (1.9 cm) ferrofluid-cooled dome tweeter. The SF 26X provides a frequency range of 50 Hz to 20 kHz for accurate voice and detailed music reproduction. This speaker offers a nominal impedance of 8 ohms, and is engineered with a wide, uniform 110° conical coverage and uncolored off-axis response. The SF 26X features a thin-edged bezel for a refined appearance on the ceiling, and a magnetically attached grille. more

    Four IC Realtime ELITE Series Surveillance Cameras Receive UL Listing.

    The certification is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and code-restrictive counties.

    Pompano Beach, FL – November 19, 2013 – IC Realtime today announced that four of its popular ELITE Series surveillance cameras have achieved UL® listing by Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. under the UL-60950 standard for Information Technology Equipment. The models are the EL-1000, EL-2000 and EL-3000 vandal-resistant dome cameras, and the EL-750 infrared bullet camera. These are the company’s first cameras to receive UL Listing.

    According to IC Realtime CEO Matt Sailor, the UL Listing is a significant selling-point when dealing with school districts, financial institutions, hospitals, government and certain code-restrictive counties.

    “IC Realtime is one of few surveillance manufacturers to offer UL Listed cameras,” says Sailor. ”Eventually all of our cameras will be UL Listed as we want to be ahead of the curve for our dealers.”

    ICR's ELITE series bullet camera is one of several that are now UL Listed

    Many of IC Realtime’s cameras – including the four UL Listed models — incorporate a proprietary technology called i-Sniper that utilizes special sensors in the cameras to capture images in detail both night and day, even under challenging mixed-lighting conditions, making the cameras a top choice among IC Realtime dealers.

    For more information on IC Realtime’s products, please contact IC Realtime at 954.772.5327.

    For all IC Realtime media inquiries, contact Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com or phone 631.849.4301.

    About IC Realtime
    IC Realtime is a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced visual surveillance solutions. The company is founded by experts with a combined 35 years of experience in the development, marketing, sales, installation and support of security and alarm equipment. The company offers a wide variety of analog and IP cameras, DVRs, NVRs, software Apps and accessories. www.icrealtime.com.

    DVEO Announces New Products for Streaming Media West 2013 — Including Live Media Server with 8 HD-SDI Inputs,Video Warehouse with Automatic Archiving, IP Video Traffic Shaping Technology, and More

    San Diego, California — November 15, 2013 — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will demonstrate many unique products at Streaming Media West 2013 in Huntington Beach, California, November 19-20, in booth 207.

    Also at Streaming Media West, Scott Grizzle, Business Development/Product Manager for DVEO, will be a speaker at the Streaming Media Producer Live Conference, with his presentation titled “Mini, Mobile, or Modular — Which Flypack is Best for You?” on Wednesday, November 20.

    DVEO products at the show will include:
    1. IP Video Traffic Shaping Technology for Alleviating Packet Loss, Video Freezes, Jitter, and Noise — DOZERbox IP IP™
    2. Eight Channel HD-SDI Streamer, Encoder, and Live Media Distribution Server — MAGNUS Anytime HD-SDI™
    3. Portable Dual Input SDI/HD-SDI Live Streamer/Encoder with Touch Panel Control — MAMBA DIG/IP™
    4. Multichannel Video Warehouse with Automatic Archiving — VidBak™
    5. 80 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for Mobile and OTT — MultiStreamer Brutus™ IV IP/IP: TELCO
    6. Live Ingest Stand Alone VOD Server and Live Media Distributor — Reality Anytime IP IP: TELCO™
    7. Transport Stream Multiviewer and Monitoring System — IP Check™
    8. Scheduled Playout Server with IP Out — Infinity Streamer™ (mini) .5T/50ch

    1. IP Video Traffic Shaping Technology for Alleviating Packet Loss, Video Freezes, Jitter, and Noise — DOZERbox IP IP
    DVEO’s DOZERbox IP IP gateways enable IPTV operators, Over The Top (OTT) video providers, and broadcasters to improve video distribution over average quality internet backbones. Customers in the USA use Dozer technology to import video content from Greece, Iraq, Colombia, and Bangladesh — with no packet loss or video freezes, and lower latency.

    Typically sold in pairs, the DOZERbox IP IP is based on the Intel® NUC. The unit is just over 4.5 inches wide. It is also available in a 1RU version — the DOZERbox R™. The traffic shaping technology can also be purchased as a software application to add on to DVEO’s encoders, transcoders, and IP gateways — the Media Dozer: LIC™.

    2. Eight Channel HD-SDI Streamer, Encoder, and Live Media Distribution Server — MAGNUS Anytime HD-SDI
    The MAGNUS Anytime HD-SDI is a powerful multichannel (10 1080p, 20 720p, or 40 SD Channels) live H.264 encoder and live media distribution server/VOD (video on demand) server. It ingests and transcodes up to eight live HD-SDI inputs and adds wrappers such as HLS, RTMP, or RTSP. The system outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files. It delivers live or stored streams to over 500 simultaneous users.

    Streaming media production professionals will use this system to feed HD-SDI from production trucks to production crew or to audiences via IP. It is an ideal distribution server for studios, stadiums, concert halls, cruise ships, etc. who rely on both live and resident content. It is also suitable for sending videos to iPads, iPhones, and other portable devices, and for building a CDN (content distribution network) or adding live content to a CDN.

    In addition to demonstrating the MAGNUS Anytime HD-SDI at Streaming Media West 2013, DVEO will also be showing the video tutorial.

    3. Portable Dual Input SDI/HD-SDI Live Streamer/Encoder with Touch Panel Control — MAMBA DIG/IP
    Only 12.25 inches long and 8.25 inches wide, the MAMBA DIG/IP is a portable SDI/HD-SDI live encoder/streamer with one or two HD-SDI inputs. The output is one HD and three SD H.264 streams with different profiles. In addition to an LCD touch screen for monitoring and simple controls, the compact encoder also features remote management from anywhere via the public internet. The MAMBA DIG/IP is ideal for electronic news gathering, corporate training, and streaming live video from events, concerts, and sporting events.

    An optional battery belt pack is available for video shoots in the field. Optional versions are available for a single HDMI input or 4 analog (composite) inputs, instead of SDI/HD-SDI inputs.

    4. Multichannel Video Warehouse with Automatic Archiving — VidBak
    The VidBak encodes uploaded video and audio files into online streaming formats. It archives 100,000+ streams and serves them on demand within schools, universities, corporations, institutions, cruise ships, etc. The remotely manageable system can also encrypt videos for content protection. The easy to use GUI allows self directed searches and quick meta data based searches. Users can self-categorize videos in multiple categories. The VidBak runs on a Windows® server with external storage arrays.

    5. 80 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for Mobile and OTT — MultiStreamer Brutus IV IP/IP: TELCO
    The broadcast quality MultiStreamer Brutus IV IP/IP: TELCO is a real time transcoder, streamer and scaler. It transcodes up to 80 SD streams, or 40 720p HD streams, or 20 1080i/p HD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa. Built on a dependable 4 x 8 Core Intel® Sandy Bridge CPU, the system is suitable for IPTV, OTT, mobile TV, broadcast, and Telco TV, or as a transcoder/reformatter for RTSP IP Cameras. The Brutus supports Flash, HLS, RTMP, HTTP, Smooth, and Live streaming and works well with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash® and RealNetworks® Servers. Audio support includes AAC, Ogg Vorbis, MPEG-1 Layer II, optional MP3, and/or optional “SurCode for Dolby Digital” AC-3.

    6. Live Ingest Stand Alone VOD Server and Live Media Distributor — Reality Anytime IP IP: TELCO
    Recommended for small to mid-sized IPTV distribution, multiscreen content delivery, and stadiums, universities, and other public venues, the Reality Anytime IP IP Telco serves over 500 live and/or recorded streams on an on-demand basis to over 1,000 simultaneous users. It can support even more users with optional Intel® solid-state drives. It ingests “pre groomed” (pre formatted) live streams, then adds wrappers and protocols that are needed by today’s mobile devices, set top boxes, and OTT equipped televisions. Since this server automatically discovers files on other servers, some customers use it to create or augment their CDNs.

    7. Transport Stream Multiviewer and Monitoring System — IP Check
    The IP Check is a real time multi-window MPEG-2 or H.264 IP transport stream monitoring system for viewing, monitoring, and logging errors in multi program IP streams. It monitors video freezes, black screens, video loss, audio loss, loss of subtitles, and audio levels. The IP Check provides a real time comprehensive MPEG TS layer analysis of multiple services coming from multiple transport streams — up to 20 HD and 50 SD video programs in a single unit. The display panel sizes and locations are easy to configure. Error alerts can be communicated via visual alerts, SNMP, e-mail, and audio alarms.

    8. Scheduled Playout Server with IP Out — Infinity Streamer (mini) .5T/50ch
    Ideal for video hosting, the Infinity Streamer is an IP video playout server for continuous scheduled or looped streaming. It plays up to 50 separate video clips simultaneously from the on board .5 TB hard drive, with different bit rates and wrappers for each stream. Numerous file types are supported, including H.264 ts, flv, H.264 ps, .mov, VC-1 (.wmv), mkv, and others. ISPs and CDNs can create their own 50 “streaming” web channels with 50 different programs or content playing on a preset schedule.

    “We are looking forward to showing our latest products at Streaming Media West,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “In the last year, DVEO’s video streaming business has grown by over 50 percent.”

    DVEO, DOZERbox, Infinity Streamer, IP Check, MAGNUS Anytime, MAMBA DIG/IP, MAMBA HDMI/IP, MAMBA CVBS/IP, Media Dozer: LIC, MultiStreamer Brutus, Reality Anytime IP IP Telco, and VidBak are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

    Supplemental Information for Press Release

    Suggested Retail Prices:
    DOZERbox IP IP: $1,500 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
    DOZERbox IP IP R: $2,500 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
    Media Dozer: LIC: $1,000 to $1,500 U.S. each
    Infinity Streamer (mini) .5T/50ch: $4,995 U.S.
    IP Check: $7,995 U.S.
    MAGNUS Anytime HD-SDI: 18,995 U.S.
    MAMBA DIG/IP — Dual SDI/HD-SDI Inputs, IP Out: $5,995 U.S.
    MAMBA HDMI/IP — Single HDMI Input, IP Out: $5,895 U.S.
    MAMBA CVBS/IP — 4 Composite Video Inputs, IP Out: $5,995 U.S.
    MultiStreamer Brutus IV IP/IP Telco: $23,995 U.S.
    Reality Anytime IP IP Telco: $6,995 U.S.
    VidBak: $14,995 U.S.

    About CMI and DVEO
    CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

    For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

    DVEO, 11409 West Bernardo Court, San Diego, California, 92127
    Web: www.dveo.com phone: +1 (858) 613-1818, fax: +1 (858) 613-1815

    Extron Now Shipping Three Input Switcher with Integrated DTP Transmitter

    Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DTP T USW 233, a three input switcher for sending HDMI or analog video, audio, and control up to 230 feet (70 meters) over a single CATx cable to an Extron DTP 230 receiver. It is HDCP compliant and provides two HDMI inputs, one RGBHV or component video input, and one DTP 230 twisted pair output. Analog video input signals are digitized to ensure a high quality digital video signal is transmitted to the DTP 230 receiver. The switcher also offers many integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder, Key Minder, auto-switching between inputs, audio input assignment, and remote powering. These features, plus the low profile enclosure, make the DTP T USW 233 ideal for discreet placement in lecterns, beneath tables, or in other environments requiring input switching and signal transmission. more

    SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS REVITALIZES THE AUDIO AT THE HISTORIC SUFFOLK THEATER

    RIVERHEAD, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2013: The Suffolk Theater in historic downtown Riverhead, New York opened its doors for the first time in 1933, and the public faithfully filled its resplendent art-deco interior night after night. Movies put the theater in the black for decades, but proliferating strip malls, the rise of the multiplex, and America’s seedy love affair with the living room couch decimated the Suffolk’s crowds and led to its final performance in 1987. The story is hardly unique to The Suffolk, and twenty years passed before area residents realized what they lost in the bargain. In the past decade, the tides turned, and, under new ownership, The Suffolk Theater responded with the sound of renovation. It recently reopened to tremendous fanfare, and beneath its carefully-restored Depression-era art-deco façade breathes a 21st Century audio/video/lighting system that includes a 36-input/20-output Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante networked DSP system.

    Award-winning theatre and A/V designer Stuart Allyn of A.D.R. Studios (Irvington, New York) designed and commissioned the new theatrical/audio/video systems at The Suffolk Theater, and Theatrical Services and Supplies (Hauppauge, New York) installed it. “Of course, a lot of thought goes into every aspect of a system like this,” said Allyn. “I went with the SymNet Radius 12×8 because it’s a cost-effective processor that is totally flexible, both in terms of its processing power and its input/output count.” The Suffolk Theater needed a large number of inputs and outputs because the entire system throughout the building is fed from the central FOH position. A wide number of areas (bars, offices, restrooms, backstage, etc.) are all capable of receiving the main show audio (and video in some cases) plus each area, at the touch of a button, can optionally receive a local source such as cable TV or a Blu-ray player. Each area when viewing the stage feed must be time aligned to the stage, and when viewing local sources that timing needs to be synced to the video. Each “zone” required speaker processing for each mode of operation. By having all the system processing centralized and separate, sound mixers using the digital mixing system are free to use whatever systems, EQs etc. they desire to use in the console, while the main speaker and system processing remains in place. The Symetrix system handled all that very easily. To the twelve inputs and eight outputs of the system’s single Radius 12×8, Allyn added two Symetrix SymNet xIn 12 expansion boxes and one Symetrix SymNet xOut 12. Like all products in the Symetrix SymNet Radius and Edge family, the expansion boxes connect to the processor via the robust, low-latency Dante network protocol.

    “We’ve used a lot of Symetrix products in the past, and we’ve never had issues,” said Allyn. “Symetrix equipment sounds good and works well at commissioning and over the long haul. In addition, I like using SymNet Composer to build customized processing. I can see the entire system on one screen, and that overview is important to me. Then I can drill down as needed.” The system includes comprehensive Crestron control, but that didn’t stop Allyn from making cost-effective use of Symetrix’ inexpensive ARC-2e wall panel remotes. Eight ARC-2e’s placed at strategic locations in ancillary rooms and spaces allow users to select from presets and to change input sources and volumes. Indeed, several of the Symetrix ARC-2e’s send command strings to the SymNet Radius 12×8 system and to the system’s Crestron video switcher!

    Although the super low latency Dante network plays no larger role in the system, the scalability of the Symetrix SymNet system via Dante was a critical factor in its selection. “We designed the system with foresight of possible future expansion in mind,” said Allyn. “There’s a lot of extra wiring in place that will allow them to expand the stage and the dressing room areas. If needed, we can simply add another Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 to the system via Dante to accommodate even more inputs, outputs, and processing. It is a beautiful venue that should provide great entertainment to Long Island for many years to come.”

    ABOUT SYMETRIX
    Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

    For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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