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Vaddio’s EasyUSB Audio Bridge – Professional Audio USB Interface

Vaddio launches EasyUSB Audio Bridge for integrating professional audio equipment into USB-based PC applications – Unified Communications, lecture capture, recording or any other application that requires professional audio. Existing meeting room audio equipment can now be used with any UC soft client – Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber, Google+, etc.

EasyUSB Audio Bridge

Equipped with both balanced and unbalanced audio inputs/outputs for maximum flexibility, the Audio Bridge easily integrates with external audio mixers, wireless microphones, amplifiers, powered loudspeakers – any audio I/O devices that require USB integration.

Professional audio equipment connects to the AV Bridge with balanced line level inputs/outputs on a 3-pin Euro Terminal block. Unbalanced audio inputs/outputs are supported with RCA connectors.

“The Audio Bridge converts the analog audio input/output signal into a USB stream detected by the computer as a USB sound input/output device,” explained CEO, Rob Sheeley. “As a result, the PC can control both input gain and output volume from the application (Cisco Jabber, Google+, etc.) and OS control panel. There is also independent USB and analog audio gain control. The gain structures can be configured between the pro audio equipment without being impacted by PC volume controls.”

Additional functionality includes, System Gain Lock for controlling AGC audio gain on the PC to eliminate interference with the external audio mixer’s AGC. Two conferencing mixing modes configurations are available: one is used when connecting to professional audio conferencing mixers with echo cancellation, while the second is used when connecting to audio equipment without internal echo cancellation. This feature improves performance with Microsoft Lync, Cisco Jabber and other soft clients.
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About Vaddio:
Vaddio is the leading manufacturer of specialty PTZ cameras and camera control systems used in the audiovisual, videoconference and broadcast industries. Your customers demand cutting-edge technology that’s simple to use. You want equipment that’s easy to install and reliable to operate. Vaddio serves integrators and operators alike – with broadcast-quality PTZ cameras and control systems that deliver the performance you need with the convenience you demand. More information can be found on the Vaddio website, www.vaddio.com or at (800) 572.2011.

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Broadcast Pix Announces Partnership with Virtualsetworks to Offer High Quality Virtual Sets

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced a technology partnership with Virtualsetworks, which offers an extensive library of virtual sets. Through the partnership, customers will be able to search the company’s catalog from the Broadcast Pix Web site. Broadcast Pix will showcase several Virtualsetworks virtual sets during the 2014 NAB Show (Booth SL6325), which runs April 7-10 in Las Vegas, Nev.

As part of the Fluent™ integrated toolset, all Broadcast Pix integrated production switchers include virtual set chromakey technology that works with green screen or blue screen backgrounds. Systems ship with a number of preloaded virtual sets, as well as a virtual set editor that allows users to create a virtual set using any picture. Virtualsetworks offers a variety of affordable themed virtual sets, including news, sports, game shows, courtrooms, living spaces and more. Virtual sets can be purchased individually or in collections, and custom set design is also available.

“The need for high quality virtual set solutions is a must have for our customers, and Virtualsetworks is a great fit,” said Steve Ellis, general manager, Broadcast Pix. “With this technology partnership, our customers have easy access to a broader array of virtual sets and post-production applications.”

“Our company has a wide variety of very high quality virtual sets,” added Eric Pratt, president of Virtualsetworks, “and I believe they are a perfect companion to Broadcast Pix’s amazing product lineup.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Fluent are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Matrox Announces Low-Profile, Multi-Channel SDI Card with High-Performance Hardware Processing

New Matrox X.mio3 PCIe video card for developers offers up to eight reconfigurable SDI I/Os with on-board scaling, compositing and motion-adaptive de-interlacing, from SD to 4K

Matrox® Video today announced the Matrox X.mio3 LP SDI video card, part of the next generation of Matrox DSX Developer Products. X.mio3 LP is a low-profile, half-length PCIe card that offers up to eight reconfigurable I/Os, from SD to 4K. Multi-channel hardware processing accelerates compute-intensive operations including motion-adaptive de-interlacing, up/down/cross scaling and mixing/compositing for all resolutions. When configured with inputs, the card is equipped with built-in frame synchronizers to generate clean SDI signals for any environment.

Matrox X.mio3 SDI video card for developers

Matrox X.mio3 LP is the ideal hardware platform for OEMs who need to create advanced yet compact channel-in-a-box systems, video servers, broadcast graphics systems, encoders, transcoders, multiviewers, switchers and other digital media equipment. Comprehensive development tools in the Matrox DSX SDKs for Windows® or Linux® include versatile file reading/writing, memory management, streaming synchronization, and a large selection of software codecs and effects. A prototyping tool provides a graphical representation of all hardware components so developers can simulate and test their use cases within minutes, before writing a single line of code. From a single development effort, broadcast equipment manufacturers can create a variety of products at a full range of price/performance levels.

“With the launch of the X.mio3 card, we are the first OEM supplier to provide everything needed for full multi-channel SD, HD and 4K broadcast solutions in high-density, low-profile cards,” said Alberto Cieri, senior director of sales and marketing, Matrox. “OEMs can now cost-effectively pack an unprecedented number of I/Os channels with advanced hardware processing into 1RU and blade servers.”

Matrox products will be demonstrated at CCBN (China International Exhibition Center, Beijing, March 20-22 in Matrox distributor Beijing Jinzhongheng Tech’s booth 5103) and at the 2014 NAB Show (Las Vegas, April 7-10, booth SL5019).

Availability
Matrox Xmio3 LP is now available. Developers may obtain more information by e-mailing video_oem.info@matrox.com.

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

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GRUNDORF ANNOUNCES 75-110 COMPACT RACK DRAWER FOR WIRELESS SYSTEMS

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Council Bluffs, IA – March 2014… Grundorf Corporation, a leading manufacturer of equipment for musicians and audio professionals, is pleased to announce the company’s new model 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer for wireless racks. Featuring a rugged metal design with multiple compartments and foam lining, the new Grundorf 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer is the ideal accessory for adding dedicated storage space to protect one’s valuable microphones. The 75-110 Compact Rack Drawer is the perfect rack accessory for touring musicians, audio professionals, and AV technicians in presentation environments, House of Worship, and DJ’s. more

Audiofile Releases Fidelia 1.5

A major update to the popular high definition music player for OSX

Audiofile, a leading music technology company, today announced an update to Fidelia, the acclaimed premium music player for Mac. Fidelia 1.5 introduces AirPlay, support for Notification Center, Improvements to FHX™, significant improvements to reliability and performance, as well as an updated interface and branding.

“The sophisticated music lover will always be looking for the best listening experience,” says Matthew Foust, Audiofile Managing Partner and co-founder. “Fidelia offers what many digital music players can’t: support for the highest quality formats. But it’s not enough to simply support the best formats. Fidelia also provides users with tools that allow them to control nearly every parameter of the sonic experience.”

Fidelia 1.5 also introduces an updated design for Fidelia Remote for iOS. Fidelia Remote for iOS turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a full-featured remote control for the Fidelia music player. Browse your Fidelia library and playlists, adjust playback volume and navigate between or within tracks from as far away as your wireless network allows.

Fidelia 1.5 is the first in a series planned set of updates.
For more information about Fidelia, visit http://www.audiofile-engineering.com/fidelia/.

Pricing & Availability
Fidelia 1.5 is available on the Mac App Store starting at $19.99 or at audiofile-engineering.com.

About Audiofile
Audiofile is a boutique technology company building apps that power the world’s musicians and audio engineers. Founded by Ev Olcott and Matthew Foust in 2004, Audiofile is among the most innovative and experienced audio software developers for Mac OS X and the iPhone with a long history of industry-firsts to their name. Learn more about Audiofile’s entire range of music apps for Mac and iOS at www.audiofile-engineering.com, www.facebook.com/audiofileeng and on Twitter, @weareaudiofile.

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HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional Provide Acoustic Atmospherics at The Island In Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Island at Pigeon Forge is a brand-new entertainment and retail center located in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. It’s on an actual island in the Little Pigeon River and offers a wide variety of rides, shopping, restaurants and attractions, with a 132-room hotel to be completed in spring 2014. Providing the audio solution was sound contractor Clair Brothers Audio who installed a system featuring HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, all tied together via BSS Audio signal processing components.

Clair Brothers installed the distributed audio system at The Island at Pigeon Forge, which encompasses more than 22 acres. Dustin Goen, Clair Brothers system designer and project manager specified 128 JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers for use throughout the facility, indoors and outdoors in the buildings and mounted on light poles. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of 12 Crown CTs Series CTs 2000-LITE, CTs 1000-LITE and CTS 600-LITE amplifiers. Signal processing and distribution is provided by three BSS Audio BLU-800 processors, a BLU-320 I/O expander, a BLU-100 12 x 8 signal processor and three BLU-8v2 wall controllers. The amplifiers are connected to the BSS Audio components via CobraNet, using PIP Programmable Input Processor modules that are installed in the amps.

The Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio components are housed in four distributed audio equipment rooms, all tied together with fiber cable. The tech staff can monitor and control all the amplifiers using a customized page in the HARMAN HiQnet London Architect™ system control and configuration software. Each of the equipment rooms has remote inputs and paging, enabling staffers to distribute inputs across the park or page specific areas.

“Although it covers a large area, we were able to test the entire system in the shop before we brought it to the site and configure and tune everything onsite in two days,” said Goen. “We chose the JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers with WeatherMax grilles because of their combination of sound quality, power handling and durability, which is obviously of prime importance in an outdoor installation where they’re also going to be used day in and day out.”

Goen continued, “The BSS Audio BLU devices are my go-to digital signal and networking processors because they offer tremendous flexibility and total reliability. These qualities, along with their ability to connect all the amplifiers on the same network using a single software package made them the obvious choice.”

“We have been pleased with the results from Dustin and his team’s hard work on this project. Everything has been working well thus far, and sound quality we now have throughout the property is excellent,” added Beau Berni, Director of Operations, Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN Professional Releases JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Version 1.7, Adding Support for JBL VTX F Series Loudspeakers

FRANKFURT, Germany – HARMAN Professional today introduced the latest iteration of its comprehensive software for live sound system configuration and control, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ version 1.7. New to version 1.7 is support for JBL’s VTX F Series loudspeakers, new circuiting functionality, plus a host of other new capabilities.

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is a true workflow-based user experience for designing, deploying and controlling any configuration of HiQnet live performance system that offers touring and live sound professionals reduced design time, simplified networking, and an automated interface configuration.

Version 1.7 features new circuiting functionality that allows for automatic mirroring of delay, bandpass gain, circuit level attenuation, and limiter reduction. It also affords the ability for center stacks to mirror their circuit configuration. With the new functionality, circuits for ground stacks on-end are built in an onstage to offstage fashion and HARMAN’s Crown VRACK amplifier channels are now automatically associated with sub bandpasses by using channel 1 of all three amps before associating with channel 2. The functionality also separates the circuits of cardioid subs so non-consecutive circuiting and more economical triplets can be created.

Additionally, online matching now has the option of preserving physical devices addresses and making the virtual device in Performance Manager receive the HiQnet address from the networked device. The update also features substantial changes to ground stack templates: it is now possible to select any number of column or row stacks, while selecting an odd number of ground stacks on-end will create a center stack that circuits inside-to-out within itself.

When in “Amplify Mode” users now have the capability to make associations directly by dragging speaker bandpasses to amplifier channels or vice versa. Version 1.7 also features a new ‘auto’ VRACK wiring mode option within the Array Configuration dialog. This allows Performance Manager to automatically decide the most economical use of VRACKs and can be used instead of the advanced tab for complex scenarios.

“Today’s introduction features improvements that are a direct result of input from our users,” commented Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Version 1.7 further enhances Performance Manager’s ability to simplify complex system configurations and guide professionals and even those with less experience to optimize the performance of JBL tour sound products.”

For more information on JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ version 1.7, please visit: hiqnet.harmanpro.com/general/performance_manager

Performance Manager is available for purchase via license key on the HiQnet website: hiqnet.harmanpro.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Now Use a Third-Party Touchscreen with Extron Control Systems

Extron is pleased to introduce the TLI Pro 101 TouchLink Interface, which allows a third party touchscreen display to be used as a point of control within an Extron Pro Series control system. This unique interface includes a scaled HDCP-compliant HDMI input for video preview and the scaled output supports displays from 800×600 to 1920×1200, as well as HDTV 1080p/60. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the TLI Pro 101 to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for an additional power supply. The TLI Pro 101 works with any Extron IP Link Pro control processor, enabling third party touchscreen devices to be used for complete, interactive control of a broad range of source devices. more

BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

NAB Booth C3841

BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

First US Demonstrations of Syntax Bridge Slated for NAB 2014 in Booth C3841

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of award-winning rate-converters, up-converters and the innovative coax-powering solution Video Ghost, will introduce the US market to Syntax Bridge at NAB 2014. The newest member of the Syntax up-converter series provides closed captions capability via integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 data management system. The first US demonstrations are slated to be held in Booth C3841 at the LVCC.

Syntax Bridge, recipient of TV Technology’s IBC 2013 STAR award, was developed in response to the growing global requirement for closed captions as part of the retention of metadata through the broadcast chain. Now broadcasters and producers can enjoy the benefit of Syntax’s unrivalled quality HD up-conversion with closed captions. BHV’s award-winning Syntax up-scaler integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 (which in itself provides simultaneous data management of control signals, trans-coding, decoding, bridging and copying) will allow broadcasters to utilize the artefact-free performance of the Syntax in distribution and production chains with massive metadata handling capability.

BHV Broadcast’s managing director, Julian Hiorns, commented “The combination of BHV’s extraordinary Syntax up-converter combined with Microvideo’s HDB 300 provides an unparalleled solution to the latest closed caption compliance requirements. We’re delighted to demonstrate this exciting new technology at NAB and make it available in the Americas.”

BHV’s Syntax series uses Super-Resolution Bandlet technology, a natural successor to motion compensation, for virtually transparent conversions.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Expands RUSH™ Line, Introduces Two New LED Light Fixtures

FRANKFURT, Germany — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the latest additions to its comprehensive RUSH™ by Martin line for club and DJ effects—the RUSH MH 5 Profile™ and RUSH DC 1 Aqua™. Both fixtures combine advanced LED technology with the latest innovations in effects lighting to offer an affordable solution with unparalleled light output and reliability.

RUSH MH 5 Profile™
The RUSH MH 5 is a super bright LED profile moving head that offers 75 W of efficient optics to produce a variety of effects and colors perfect for DJs, bands, clubs, bars, cruise ships and installations. The compact housing features two color wheels, two gobo wheels (fixed and rotating), and a rotating 3-facet prism, making this moving head perfect for applications where a smaller footprint and lightweight is critical.

RUSH DC 1 Aqua™
This ultra-compact yet bright LED fixture projects brilliant aquatic decoration effects ideal for shows, clubs, and other entertainment venues. The RUSH DC 1 Aqua features full electronic dimming, variable manual focus, variable effect speed/direction control, and five selectable colors, including open white and split color options.

“The new RUSH MH 5 Profile and DC 1 Aqua adhere to the cost-efficient yet high-performance approach our RUSH line has become known for,” commented Uffe Kristensen, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “By sticking to this approach, entertainment venues and DJ’s can not only produce excellent effects but also operate their RUSH solutions more efficiently than other options available—effectively saving on energy costs while still generating high-quality, super-bright light.”

In addition, Martin will be giving away a different RUSH product each day of the Prolight + Sound expo. Attendees can enter for a chance to by visiting the Martin stand and collecting their competition badge.

For more information on RUSH by Martin, please visit:
www.martin.com/productgroup/productgroup.asp?psg=rushbymartin&selgroup=114

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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