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Crestview Church Gets Creative with PreSonus

Boulder, CO – March 2014… For Greig Hess, music is an indispensible part of the worship experience. As Worship Pastor at Boulder’s Crestview Church, Hess has long been a strong advocate in creating a contemporary service that inspires through music. And as he explains, PreSonus gear has made a tremendous impact on his work.

“I originally got an AudioBox 1818VSL for our small project studio about a year now,” he says. “I began using it on some live events as well, and I was really impressed with it. So we recently got a StudioLive 24.4.2 console for the sanctuary, and it’s dramatically changed the way we create and record our music.”

Hess says the StudioLive has enabled them to radically streamline their live service production. “The processing power in the StudioLive is equal to several times the outboard gear we had before — we can have a compressor and effects on every channel if we need to. Plus we were able to remove a whole rack of gear from Front of House. And the ability to save full snapshots of everything has done amazing things for our workflow.”

As has the ability to record the entire mix, he observes. “We use Capture to record a multitrack of our live service. With a volunteer staff, it’s great because when you are training a new sound guy you can use it to show them how to run the console, how to add effects, what different things sound like. And you’re doing it in an empty room, without the pressure of a live service.”

In fact, he adds, it’s a useful thing even for a more experienced mixer. “I’m usually on stage playing, and working with a Capture session gives me a chance to get familiar with the board, so I know what to ask for when I need something. It’s also great for rehearsals — we use it to control the mix from the stage, which enables us to schedule rehearsals without having to have a sound guy present.”

Not surprisingly, those Capture sessions have seeded other creative projects as well. “We load the files into Studio One and do some additional production, add instruments and do some sweetening to the tracks,” he says. “You can do some amazing things in Studio One.”

The sanctuary is outfitted with Renkus-Heinz TRX81 and TRX62H two way loudspeakers, powered by Crest and Crown amplification. A Hear Back personal monitoring system drives the musicians’ in-ear systems. And Hess reports he’s also picked up an AudioBox USB to use when playing tracks and loops from his laptop on stage.

Meanwhile, he says, the AudioBox 1818VSL has continued to be a workhorse on its own. “We’ve been using the AudioBox 1818 VSL in our Fellowship hall. It’s enabled us to add a 16-input interface in there, with no fuss and no setup woes. Sometimes we do video projects, and the Audiobox 1818VSL makes a great portable setup we can take anywhere. And I’m already thinking about how we can use it when we do retreats. I can basically set it all up for them here, configure it all the way they will be using it, and they can take it with them and not have to worry about needing a sound guy.”

Hess concludes, “for a smaller church like ours, PreSonus gear has really given us an edge. It’s affordable, it’s easy to use, and it gives us access to the kind of technology that only the really big churches used to be able to afford.”

 

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Classic St. Louis Church Trades 12 For 1 with Iconyx

Florrisant, MO – March 2014… One of the first settlements in what would become the State of Missouri, Florrisant was founded in the 18th century by French settlers. Until the late 19th century, French was the village’s predominant language — except for a small population of German settlers in the southern part of town. Seeking a church that spoke their language, in 1866 a handful of those German families founded the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The church’s grand old Gothic style sanctuary has been a landmark on Jefferson Street since 1893. The 600 seat hall was designed in the spirit of the great cathedrals, with soaring walls, stone floors, high arched ceilings, and ornate stained glass windows. It’s a lush, reverberant setting for choir and organ, but problematic for spoken word intelligibility.

“Although it’s not a large room, its acoustical character is very much like that of a cathedral,” explains Gary Haselhorst, President of Valley Park, MO-based Cignal Systems. “Their issues are similar to that of a cathedral, on a smaller scale — it’s a very reverberant space, and intelligibility suffers.” The church’s previous sound system, with 12 pillar-mounted cabinets, only added to the cacophony.

Cignal removed the existing speakers and replaced them with a single Iconyx digitally steered line array column from Renkus-Heinz. “We had recently used the Iconyx in the St. Louis Basilica, and when the monsignors heard how well it worked in the cathedral, they knew there was hope for theirs as well.”

A single IC24-R-II column is mounted on a front pillar, just left of the altar. “We were able to achieve very uniform coverage with just one speaker,” says Haselhorst. “We ordered the cabinet painted to match the brickwork, and the Monsignor’s sister painted some marbled accents on it. It blends in almost invisibly with the architecture.”

Haselhorst reports the system has solved the room’s intelligibility problems and more. “They run the praise band through the Iconyx as well, and it sounds great,” he says. “We took out twelve speakers and replaced them with one Iconyx. They’re very pleased.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

Extron Pro Series Control Processors Deliver Speed, Security, Power

Extron is pleased to introduce six IP Link Pro Series control processors. All of these are faster, more secure, and more powerful than ever. Built-in Gigabit Ethernet and the latest network protocols allow fast, secure connections with multiple TouchLink Pro touchpanels using today’s network infrastructure. IP Link Pro control processors are built to work with TouchLink Pro touchpanels and are fully customizable with Extron’s most powerful configuration software – Global Configurator Professional. more

MuxLab Releases HDMI Matrix Switch with HDBT Technology

FEBRUARY 24, 2014, MONTREAL, CANADA – MuxLab Inc. is excited to announce at ISE the launch of a new HDMI 4×4 Matrix Switch (500416-PoE) that allows up to four different HDMI sources to be connected and/or distributed to up to four HDMI displays via Cat5e/6 unshielded twisted pair cable.

The new 500416-PoE works in conjunction with MuxLab’s HDMI receivers supporting up to 230 ft (70m) at all resolutions up to 1080p via Cat5e cable.

“The Matrix’s management functions include pushbutton, IR, USB, RS232 and webserver interface” states Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D. “This makes the matrix versatile and easy for anyone to use”.

Ideal for applications such as commercial and residential AV systems, classroom projector systems & boardroom systems, the new Matrix is a great new addition to the already thriving and popular line of MuxLab HDMI products.

The 500416-PoE is also available as a PoE Kit that includes 4 PoE receivers (500416-POE-US-KIT, 500416-POE-UK-KIT, 500416-POE-EU-KIT).

About MuxLab
MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer of value-added connectivity hardware allowing CCTV and audio-video equipment to be connected via cost-effective copper twisted pair. For almost 30 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab is Your #1 Choice for CCTV and Audio-Video Connectivity Solutions.

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For more information;
www.muxlab.com
press@muxlab.com
514-905-0588

 

Extron Introduces the Industry’s Most Powerful Configurable Control System Software

Extron is pleased introduce Global Configurator Professional. This dynamic configuration software is ideal for control systems and applications that range in scope from single projector classrooms to large, elaborate control system designs. Powerful features, such as conditional logic, variables, and macros provide even greater flexibility for more sophisticated control scenarios. The Controller Groups feature expands AV system design potential for much larger systems requiring multiple IP Link Pro control processors. Global Configurator Professional brings advanced configuration capabilities, enhanced features, and streamlined integration to your next control system design. more

Washington Family Ranch Extends Campus Reach with Barix IP Paging

Outreach ministry informs guests and staff with clarity and consistency across multiple zones

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, February 26, 2014 — The Washington Family Ranch in rural central Oregon had a problem last summer: With 400 youth guests per week, the Young Life-owned ministry camp’s expensive, network-based paging system was failing. Receivers were transmitting live pages in a staggered manner, creating unintelligible messages — along with guest confusion and complaints.

Based on the suggestion of audio engineer/integrator Alan Stricklin, Washington Family Ranch installed a multipoint Barix IP Paging system this off-season. The system is fully tested and ready for the upcoming 13-week season, and delivering punch and clarity at all playout points thanks to low latency and exceptional audio quality.

“Our previous system was billed as Hi-Fi, but it was very hard to understand the messages with the various amps and receivers responding at different times,” said Andrew Pratt, guest services manager at Washington Family Ranch. “This past year we just turned the amps off, which left us exposed on the liability side. We were limited in how to alert our guests if something were to happen.”

Enter Barix courtesy of Stricklin, who also uses Barix solutions at Minnesota Public Radio. The complete solution gives Pratt and his staff a compact, easy-to-use master paging station in the main office that connects over the network to playout points in high-traffic locations. Pages are streamed live to Barix IP audio decoders at these locations, which prepare and deliver the messages over loudspeakers.

The result is clear messages for guests and staff in four dormitories, the main activity center, campus store, snack bar, dining hall, kitchen and main reception building. Pratt notes this is especially important in the event of a dangerous weather or a security situation, given the camp’s rural location.

“The intelligibility is exceptional and all our speakers are firing at the same time,” said Pratt. “We’re confident that wherever guests are standing that they will clearly hear the announcements, instead of trying to translate the messages.”

In addition to quality, Pratt cites low cost and simplicity as major benefits of the Barix IP Paging solution.

“This operates like a set it and forget it system, and I’m excited that it requires minimal management,” said Pratt. “We believe it will be the kind of system where we train people to use it at the beginning of the summer, and that’s it. The low cost of the system makes it seem as though we will absolutely get our money’s worth.”

The complete Barix IP Paging solution installed at Washington Family Ranch includes an Annuncicom PS1 master paging station, and Barix Exstreamer 205 IP audio decoders at playout points — the latter of which include built-in amplifiers to reduce costs and infrastructure. Looking forward, Pratt expects to take advantage of Barix scalability by adding more playout points via additional Exstreamers, and exploring multicast delivery — a Barix specialty — to minimize network bandwidth.

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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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

Stealth Acoustics Renews Partnership in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

Detailed Stealth Acoustics Product Specifications Made Available to D-Tools System Integrator™ Product Database Users for Immediate Specification Worldwide

CONCORD, CA, USA – FEBRUARY 25, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Stealth Acoustics has renewed their participation in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, detailed information about the entire family of Stealth Acoustics products will be made available for use within the D-Tools product database, better enabling worldwide D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify Stealth products for their A/V installations. Based near Seattle, Washington, Stealth Acoustics has been directly involved in countless systems integration projects spanning the Company’s near 40-year history.

“Over the years, the D-Tools MVP Program has enabled us to facilitate better communication with our dealers and introduce additional custom integrators to our award-winning line of Stealth Acoustics speakers and amplifiers,” said Steve Olszewski, Vice President of Stealth Acoustics. “We’re pleased to renew our membership in the D-Tools MVP program as it helps to ensure the best invisible audio solutions are available to the D-Tools System Integrator™ user community and that detailed product specifications are available whenever and wherever they are needed.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, MVP members help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“We are pleased to welcome back Stealth Acoustics as a returning MVP partner,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Their unique and totally invisible audio solutions enable D-Tools SIX users to recommend great sounding and aesthetically-pleasing audio options to their clients for a variety of creative applications.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Stealth Acoustics
Stealth Acoustics is a division of Dimensional Communications, Inc., who for over 37 years has been a US-based systems integrator with a passion for creating high quality audio solutions. Starting as a boutique retail stereo store, Dimensional formed its speaker manufacturing division in 1977. Today, Stealth Acoustics is a world-recognized leading invisible speaker manufacturer with a continuing passion for creating speaker systems that not only sound great and provide installation simplicity, but which also offer unprecedented levels of elegance, value and performance to the home owner.  For more information please visit www.stealthacoustics.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.
D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. In fact, over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

For more information, contact D-Tools at (866) 386-6571, e-mail at info@d-tools.com, follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/DTools, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool or visit D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com.

D-Tools Press Contacts:
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

LINK TO IMAGES:
Stealth Acoustics D-Tools Data Library screenshot

 

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Full Compass Systems to Hold Expo, Yamaha NUAGE System Demonstration

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Full Compass Systems will host a manufacturers’ Expo on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. will be on hand to demonstrate the company’s new NUAGE DAW System.

NUAGE is the first truly networkable recording system consisting of hardware work surface components, sleek interface, comprehensive visual feedback, networkable audio interface units, and a software-based digital audio workstation. The Yamaha control surface features a combination of fader and main control units allowing for various system configurations, and the core of NUAGE is Steinberg’s award winning Nuendo digital audio workstation software. Coupled with the power of Dante, this advanced production system provides mix engineers a truly synergistic studio solution.

After the expo, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, there will be a presentation by Alex Buono, renowned Director of Photography for the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, who will demonstrate various products and share tips and tricks of the trade. The Full Compass Expo will be held at The Pilot House at Discovery World,
500 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI.

To see all manufacturers exhibiting and to register visit www.fullcompass.com/alexbuono/#register. Seating is limited.

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Camplex Introduces New HDMI to Fiber Optic Converter

SAUGERTIES, N.Y. – February 24, 2014 - Camplex, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of professional broadcast fiber optic interface gear, today announced the availability of a new HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System. The CMX-HDMIF accepts HDMI and converts it to ST Fiber allowing the signal to be sent over 10 miles using low cost fiber optic cable. The cost effective Camplex complete converter system is perfect for extended use of HDTV, LCD monitors, digital projectors, plasma TV’s and other equipment requiring HDMI to Fiber conversion.Camplex CMX-HDMIF HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System

“Taking into account the low cost of fiber we wanted to provide a simple solution to extend HDMI signals over long distances,” said Dan Coscarella, Product Manager at Camplex. “The Camplex HDMI over Fiber conversion system delivers broadcast results. With ST Fiber connectors and a locking power supply the CMX-HDMIF gives you the added assurance that you’re always connected.”

The Camplex HDMI to Fiber Optic Conversion System is available for pre-order now and is expected to start shipping on March 10th. To learn more about the CMX-HDMIF and other Camplex products visit www.camplex.com.

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About Camplex
Camplex is a popular broadcast industry manufacturer of fiber optic based camera adapter systems and other broadcast grade fiber optic interface gear. With our unique modular design philosophy, you can add high bandwidth, long length easily deployable fiber to any camera – from broadcast to pro-sumer at dramatically lower costs than other professional systems. Unlike other systems, our fiber optic equipment is instantly swappable to any camera. Camplex supports all formats including 4K and Ultra HD production.

Camplex is exclusively distributed by TecNec Distributing and is available through the entire TecNec dealer network and online at Markertek.com.

Cairo’s St. Therese Basilica Gets Mackie HDA

Cairo, Egypt , February 2014…With more than 22 million inhabitants, the city of Cairo is rich in history and culture. In a region renowned as the birthplace of most of today’s religions, the sprawling metropolis on the banks of the Nile River is dotted with mosques, cathedrals, and houses of worship large and small.

The Basilica of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus is one of the more remarkable Catholic churches in the region. Named for one of the church’s early French missionaries, the Basilica is a massive Byzantine style structure adorned with Arabic-Egyptian ornamentation. Constructed in 1939, it served for many years as a stopover for missionaries on their way to the East. Today, it attracts a great number of visitors, many of them foreign tourists.

As with many of the grand basilicas, the room’s acoustics have long been a challenge. Soaring walls, marble floors, wooden pews, and a massive 80-foot (25 meter) high dome ringed with windows are just the beginning of a highly reflective environment that makes intelligibility nearly impossible. The walls of the church are decorated with an ornate mosaic which, while beautiful to behold, only adds to the reflectivity of the space.

Egyptian audio distributors Al Fanny Trading were called in to help solve the Basilica’s sonic challenges, and installed a system based around four of Mackie’s HDA two-way arrayable powered loudspeakers. As Al Fanny’s Rami Saad explains, the church’s previous system was simply not up to the task.

“They had a system of ten speakers installed on the columns, but the sound quality was very poor,” Saad says. “People could not understand the sermon, and the balance between the choir and the spoken word was very poor.”

Saad says the HDA system was selected not just for its power, but for its pattern control. “It was no problem to find speakers that were loud, or speakers with good sound quality,” he explains. “The challenge was to find speakers that could direct the sound toward the people, not toward the walls. The HDA speakers did exactly that, and very well.”

The choir area has been equipped with several SRM450v2 loudspeakers for monitoring. “The choir are standing higher on a platform, and the sound coming out of the main speakers didn’t really provide them with enough coverage,” says Saad. “The SRM speakers are a great solution.”

As the final piece to the sound system, Al Fanny installed a Mackie Onyx 24.4-Bus console. “The Onyx console sounds wonderful — very clean and clear,” says Saad. “The system has made a big difference for them already, and everyone is very pleased.”

 

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