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Symetrix Processing Simplifies Audio at New Willow Creek Care Center

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2014: The Willow Creek Care Center in South Barrington, Illinois is a direct charitable extension of Willow Creek Community Church – the third largest church in the country. What started as an off-site food pantry grew over the years to include other services as well, and the church recently funded construction for a new $10 million building on its main campus. The new building houses a grocery store, a clothing store, dental & eye care, a car repair shop, culinary training, legal & employment consultation facilities, and facilities to teach English as a second language, as well as other classes. A Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed architecture processor, with twelve inputs, six outputs, powerful application-specific DSP resources, and flexible user control options, forms the heart of the new building’s music playback and paging system.

Willow Creek Audio Systems Engineer Matthew Wentz designed the new building’s sound system with consultation from A/V equipment provider TC Furlong (Lake Forest, Illinois). “The folks in charge of the care center wanted to be able to play music from CD, iPod, or a music server and to distribute it to the lobby, the grocery store, the clothing store, the dental/eye care center, and the corridor that links the care center to the main church building,” said Wentz. “In addition, they wanted the ability to send pages to all of those locations with automatic music ducking. Because there are predictable times when the center is officially closed but when volunteers are still stocking shelves, they wanted to schedule volume changes that would accommodate those different uses. Finally, they wanted the ability to control the volume in each zone.”

He continued, “I chose the Symetrix Zone Mix 761 because it has all of the features that they were looking for, plus the availability of Symetrix ARC-K1e wall-mounted volume controls that would allow for an easy installation in each location using just a single CAT6 run. Going beyond that, Symetrix’ implementation of the free ARC-WEB interface for use on smartphones was tremendous because I could program certain parameters that they could adjust without having to go to each individual volume control. It also allowed me to create admin-only controls so that I could be in a different part of the building and still control volume, muting, and routing.”

The Zone Mix 761’s well-implemented paging features also proved to be an important part of the overall design. “The paging functionality did exactly what it was supposed to do without a lot of setup and programming,” Wentz said. A Shure paging microphone connects to one of the Zone Mix 761’s line inputs and is programmed to send to all six zones, duck the music appropriately, and bring the music back in smoothly when the page is complete. “Importantly, the page goes out at an appropriate volume no matter what volume each zone is using for music playback,” he said.

The system has been up for six months without a glitch, and the daily users of the system love its simplicity and reliability. The Willow Creek Care Center’s website is www.willowcreekcarecenter.org.

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

DETROIT AUTO SHOWS BENEFIT FROM DANLEY SOUND LABS SPEAKERS AT THE NEW GRAND RIVERVIEW BALLROOM AT COBO CENTER

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – FEBRUARY 2014: The roots of the North American International Auto Show, which is held annually in Detroit, Michigan, go back to 1907 when it was strictly a regional venue for America’s nascent auto manufacturers to parade their latest inventions. Flash forward over a century and the event has become one of the largest auto shows in the world, attracting press and enthusiasts from around the globe to the North American auto-making capital, and bringing an approximate $500 million annual boost to the local economy. As attendance numbers continue to grow, Cobo Center, which hosts the event, recently renovated the underused 12,000-seat Cobo Arena to convert it into a ballroom better suited to the show. Danley Sound Labs SM-60F full-range loudspeakers, supported by Danley TH-115 subwoofers, fire down from the new ballroom’s fifty-foot ceilings to support high-energy auto show productions, along with other events that the new space, renamed Grand Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center, will host throughout the year.

“The old Cobo Arena was not used very often,” explained Tim Hamilton, A/V designer with Acoustics By Design (Grand Rapids, Michigan) and the lead A/V consultant on the Cobo project. “They gutted it completely, down to the structure, and put in a new floor. The upper half is the new Grand Riverview Ballroom, and it is aesthetically gorgeous, a far cry from the rough arena that went so underused. The Grand Riverview Ballroom is a premium spot, and I suspect that all of the manufacturers will be clambering to rent it, rather than being stuck on the concrete floors of the main exhibit hall. I gave the system enough oomph so that they could easily cover any event short of a full-blown concert.”

The inputs to the system include a collection of AKG wireless microphones together with numerous floor boxes and wall panels. All of the inputs feed a Biamp AudiaFlex signal processing system. Touch panels positioned at strategic locations throughout the hall run Biamp’s daVinci control system software, which allows input selection and volume control. Outputs from the processing system feed Biamp amplifiers that power twenty full-range Danley SM-60F loudspeakers and Crown iTech series amplifiers that power the four Danley TH-115 subwoofers. Each loudspeaker and subwoofer has its own amplifier channel. Preset selection allows users to engage all the loudspeakers and subwoofers as one unit for full-floor events, to split the room in half for situations in which a retractable wall is in place, or to mute the loudspeakers at one end of the hall for events where a stage is in place.

“There weren’t a lot of loudspeaker and subwoofer solutions that would meet all of the particular needs of the Grand Riverview Ballroom,” said Hamilton. “First, they would be fifty feet in the air, and most traditional ceiling speakers would be significantly under-gunned. Second, the beautiful, decorative ceiling had only a limited number of rigging points, and yet we still had to satisfy the need to divide or mute speakers according to the presets. Third, we needed great fidelity and power on a budget. The Danley SM-60F had the right 60×60 beam width to hit the floor correctly, and it has the Danley sound and efficiency at a great price point. Moreover, it is a relatively small box, which satisfied the requirements for the rigging points. All in all, we used the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers to cover a large space with a distributed system that focuses sound on the floor and minimizes reflections off the ceiling and walls.”

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

Yamaha CL Award IF Product Design Award

BUENA PARK, Calif.–The Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles has been awarded an IF Product Design Award at the iF Design Awards 2014 held in Germany it was announced today by Yamaha Corporation Japan. Since 1953, the prestigious, international IF Design Awards have been hosted by the IF Industries Forum Design e.V. in Hannover, Germany and celebrate outstanding industrial product design.

The awards are comprised of four categories: product design, communications design, material design, and packaging design. The IF Product Design Award received by the Yamaha CL Series is awarded not only for creativity and innovation in design but from an overall viewpoint including functional aspects such as ease of use, quality, and environmental friendliness. Over 4,615 products from 55 countries around the world were entered for this year’s IF Design Awards.

“The CL Series has made great strides in sound quality, ease of use, functionality, and reliability meeting the needs of both artists and sound engineers,” states Laurence Italia, Vice President/General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We congratulate our design colleagues in Japan and celebrate this award with all of our dedicated CL Series customers.”

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Extron Announces Industry-leading 4K Training

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce industry-leading training on 4K technology through the Extron Institute. Coursework for the School of Emerging Technologies now addresses designing with Extron twisted pair, fiber optic, signal processing, streaming, and playback solutions for high-performance 4K signal extension, routing, and distribution systems. Instruction includes increased resolution demands, color bit-depth, frame rates, dynamic range, and the impact these have on the data rate and infrastructure components. more

Martin Audio MLA’s Winning Role At National Television Awards

Britain’s 19th National TV Awards were held recently at London’s O2, where a Martin Audio MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system was used to provide superior sound intelligibility for the first time.

The event, initiated in 1995 and moved to the O2 in 2010, featured Dermot O’Leary host and celebrated the most popular TV shows of the past year.

Stewart Chaney’s London-based Plus 4 Audio handled the audio in the venue, specifying the MLA for the main system. The company decided to try a different approach with the array design after talking through the system capabilities with Martin Audio Application Support specialist, Andy Davies.

“Key to the design was finding a system that could deliver consistent audience coverage while dramatically reducing the on-stage sound,” said Davies. “With most of the acceptance speeches given from an open lectern position gain before feedback was critical to the live sound mix.”

MLA easily achieved this, even allowing system tech Mark Edwards to reduce reflections from the glass-fronted VIP sections through the advanced optimization software.

The Plus 4 team fielded 22 x MLA enclosures and two MLD Downfill cabinets for the main system, with infill and outfill duties handled by their existing cabinet stock.

Using a self-powered cabinet meant the unobtrusive MLA distro racks could be concealed in the roof of the O2, dramatically cutting down cable and mains distribution requirements.

“The MLA really proved itself to us on the very first challenging show we had used it on,” stated Plus 4 Audio’s senior engineer, Mark Ballard. “We pride ourselves on achieving excellent sound quality in difficult situations and this year’s NTA show was a great result for us.”

For more about Martin Audio and MLA, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

MassAV Creates ‘Ultimate Production Snake’ by FiberPlex

It’s lights, cameras and a whole lot more action for massAV as a result of a new FiberPlex Technologies optical snake recently added to its linecard.

The live event AV staging and production company in Billerica, Massachusetts, purchased FiberPlex’s WDM optical multiplexer to create what massAV Director of Operations Aaron Raymond calls the ultimate production snake. “We build a lot of very high end video systems, and when you start adding multiple lines of HD video along with audio, data, lighting and control for an event, it really has to be fiber,” he said, adding, “We’d been limited in our use of fiber until now because it meant having to set up an optical transmitter and receiver on every single channel, and that got expensive.”

Now, with FiberPlex’s WDM-8 active wave division multiplexer, massAV can multiplex eight discrete signals at 3 Gb/s each for transporting video, audio, lighting and control feeds onto one fiber pair.

The FiberPlex WDM multiplexer comes in 16-channel and 8-channel models and are on a cost parity with copper and copper’s associated installation and handling expenses. As the cost of copper cabling continues to rise, companies like massAV are going the fiber optic route to transport large volumes of content. Optical fiber has ten times the transference rate of copper at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio.

“The FiberPlex multiplexer makes it so that we can run eight channels on the same fiber pair as opposed to dealing with the different types and sizes of copper cabling as well as the need to re-clock signals every couple hundred feet for longer runs,” explained Raymond.

As a result, massAV is able to replace 2,000 pounds of copper cabling with a 25-pound spool of fiber optics for large events, a savings that is realized by its corporate and other live event customers in reduced labor, setup time and transportation costs to truck in and set up copper cabling at events.

Multiplexing media and control signals onto one, 1/4-inch optical cable is also ideal for events that require running cables down hallways, across doorways or through public areas where bulky copper cabling is not practical, said Raymond.

massAV recently tried out the new multiplexer for a 1,500-person event with a main stage, two control areas, and 26 video projectors in the air – all tied together via the ultimate production snake consisting of little more than a spool of fiber optic cabling and a pair of WDM multiplexers. The setup involved multiple lines of data, video, audio, lighting control, intercom communications, and serial communications between equipment.

FiberPlex’s eight-channel WDM-8 and sixteen-channel WDM-16 multiplexers use interchangeable SFP/SFP+ modules for interfacing to a variety of gear and environments, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. massAV’s new multiplexer provides the flexibility now and into the immediate future as new media requirements change, noted Raymond.

FiberPlex recently took to the road to conduct a 25-city demo tour of its active wave division multiplexers as the ultimate production snake (check with a local FiberPlex representative for details). FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance
for Targeted Communications

Full 1080p HD Video Delivery for Digital Signage Networks

DSE, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA – February 12, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the SA1360 signage appliance player, providing full high definition (HD) 1080p video performance, delivering a quality digital signage experience.

The SA1360 features the powerful and energy-efficient Intel® Core™ i-series processor (i3 or i7) in a fanless, robust package, providing dual Full-HD video playback yet energy-efficient power consumption. The integrated Microsoft® Windows® 7 Professional operating system offers a highly intuitive menu interface and enhanced flexibility to integrate with other applications.

With DVI and DisplayPort connectors for high-quality video and optimal display experience, the SA1360 powers displays with dynamic content while communicating with the server for updates. The SA1360 also offers up to 128GB of flash storage and up to 8GB of RAM, with TPM 1.2 support, and a PCI Express expansion port. With options for wireless networking, WebDT signage appliances offer flexibility in placement, and support growing digital signage networks.

The SA1360 is complimented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, URL, RSS, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a screen to be divided into up to eight areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video within a screen. This detailed management software allows quick updates over an IP network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.0 Pro now adds built-in Widgets, one-click publishing, an enhanced schedule interface, and more multiple-screen deployment tools.

The WebDT Signage System offers innovative digital signage hardware integrated with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered signage appliance players for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience while driving sales.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays. Powered by Windows® operating systems, WebDT systems offer durability and ease in integration, leading to solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

SA1360 Ultra High Performance Digital Signage Appliance

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS COMPLETE THE FINAL PHASE OF GREEEN BAY PACKERS’ LAMBEAU FIELD EXPANSION

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN: The Green Bay Packers have yet again expanded the seating capacity of legendary Lambeau Field, which raises it to the third-largest NFL stadium in the league with a total of 80,750 seats. The additional seats number 7,000 and fill in the south end zone, which had been the last remaining gap in Lambeau Field’s bowl architecture. With the bowl complete, designer Anthony James Partners and installer Pro Media Ultrasound were able to remove the longer-throw loudspeakers that had previously covered the south end zone seating and replace them with distributed Danley Sound Labs Synergy Horn loudspeakers that are mounted unobtrusively to the new structure. This final phase completes Lambeau Field’s all-Danley sound reinforcement system, which has been widely praised for its impact and fidelity.

“We knew going into the original system overhaul that the structural completion of the south end zone would give us the fully-symmetrical system we wanted,” explained Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering for Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia). Lucas designed both phases of the Danley system overhaul at Lambeau Field. He continued, “Not only did it allow us to cover the original south end zone seating, it also allowed us to cover the 7,000 new seats as well.”

Over one hundred new Danley Synergy Horn loudspeakers comprise the addition. They include 26 Danley SM-100s, 31 Danley SM-96s, 42 Danley SH-MINIs, six Danley SH-46s, 21 Danley SH-21s, and, for good measure, two of Danley’s flagship SH-50s. Crown amplifiers power the system, with processing and control from BSS London. The existing Danley system is made up of twelve loudspeaker towers, each of which contains a Danley Genesis Horn GH-60 for primary coverage, a Danley SH-100 for fill, and a Danley TH-118 subwoofer for impactful bass.

Danley’s Mike Hedden commented, “Part of the commissioning process included STIPA measurements performed by the local authorities in charge of emergency and mass communication. They measured every seat not once but twice as they had never seen such high STIPA readings. Intelligibility is a huge hurdle in large venues and to have the third largest NFL stadium with stunning fidelity as well as intelligibility speaks to our superior technologies.”

“Danley’s small-format loudspeakers gave us the opportunity to tuck them under the soffits and under the new deck,” said Lucas. “Importantly, we did not have to place any loudspeakers on the front of the new deck, which is prime advertising real estate. The team has received a lot of comments from season ticket holders in the south end zone. They’re very pleased with the sound of the new system. As a system designer, it was especially gratifying to see the whole stadium come together. It was exciting to commission and verify that, as planned, all of Lambeau Field is now seamless.”

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

Extron Announces A New Era for Control

We are pleased to introduce Extron Pro Series Control Systems. Extron takes configurable control to a whole new level with advanced configuration software, exciting new touchpanels, more powerful processors, and a broad range of other tools and breakthrough technologies geared to handle the evolving complexities of today’s AV system designs. There are over 40 Pro Series control products; all designed to make complex systems simpler and simple systems more powerful, and all backed by the Extron Quality Guarantee and S3 customer support you trust. more

Extron Introduces the Ultimate Presentation Matrix Switcher

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DTP CrossPoint 84, the AV industry’s first fully featured, true 4K presentation matrix switcher. The highly versatile, compact 2U DTP CrossPoint 84 delivers all of the technologically advanced capabilities necessary to design and integrate a complete AV system in one box, including an 8×4 matrix switcher with 4K inputs and outputs, two built-in independent scalers, integrated DTP and XTP transmitters and receivers, a high performance mono or stereo amplifier, and comprehensive audio DSP capabilities unmatched in the industry. The DTP CrossPoint 84 is the new industry standard for fully integrated AV systems, greatly simplifying system design and installation, and dramatically reducing total cost of ownership. more

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