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Biamp Systems’ TesiraFORTÉ Makes South American Debut at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014

Company realigns smart audio solutions to deliver Biamp(R) quality for any application, from everyday to enterprise audio

BEAVERTON, Oregon — May 8, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of networked media systems, today announced the company’s innovative lineup for TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Brasil 2014. Being held in Sao Paulo from May 13-15, the event will give regional participants their first look at the company’s newly launched TesiraFORTÉ line of Audio Video Bridging (AVB) digital signal processors with configurable USB audio, providing greater simplicity and flexibility for today’s conferencing, telephony, and VoIP environments. more

KanexPro releases 5-Input Mini HD Scaler with HDBaseT™ output for corporate boardrooms and lecture halls

May 8th, 2014 KanexPro exhibiting at InfoComm 2014, booth N1657 is pleased to release a 5-Input Presentation Switcher & Scaler with HDBaseT™. Based on a high-performance video processing engine that can scale standard definition HDMI, RGB, VGA, C-video and component to HD quality video and audio up to 2K. Ideal for lecture halls, corporate boardrooms and command-control centers, where switching of analog and digital signals are mission critical.

From large congregations such as house of worship centers to lecture halls and corporate board rooms, the growth of routing, scaling and signal distribution has seen many game changing facets over the decade. Some prevailed while others failed. This has helped KanexPro design powerful systems based on integrators needs. Today’s audiovisual systems must support a extensive range of analog and digital A/V formats says Kashyap Khetia, Marketing Head for KanexPro. Switching and distributing these diverse signals can be abysmal for SI’s and installers.

As an added benefit, the HDSC51HDBT provides remote powering by not having to install an extra power outlet to the ceiling or wall, the included receiver handles power over Ethernet to power up eliminating the need for a separate power supply at the remote unit. Perfect for the slim flat-panel LED display or projector mounting that does not have an extra power socket.

AV Control made easy – Wide band IR signals and bi-directional RS-232 control can be transmitted alongside the video signal over the CAT6 connection, allowing the remote device to be controlled without the need for additional cabling. Bi-directional control extension eliminates the need for control system wiring to remote devices.

The HD scaler is housed in a compact 1U, half rack width enclosure that can be installed virtually anywhere, including discreet placement underneath a conference table, cabinet place, inside a credenza, or in a lectern. Visit us at InfoComm, Booth # N1657 for a live demo.

About KanexPro

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively. Our mission is always to create top-tier technology reliable and affordable.

AVB Education Takes Center Stage at InfoComm with New Sessions Hosted by AVnu Alliance

Alliance member companies showcasing AVnu-certified and AVB devices at InfoComm Pavilion

Beaverton, Ore. – May 7, 2014AVnu Alliance, the industry consortium that certifies Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability, has announced today that its 2014 InfoComm initiatives will include several new education sessions which attendees can use for recertification units (RU credits) toward a Certified Technology Specialist (CTS) certification.

The dedicated AVnu Alliance technology pavilion will host ten Alliance member companies showcasing AVB and AVnu-certified demonstrations and products in booth number C11350 at InfoComm Show 2014, taking place in Las Vegas, NV on June 18-20th. In addition, the Alliance will host a new line up of in-booth presentations, as well as an industry cocktail party.

The AVnu Alliance Pavilion at InfoComm 2014 will engage visitors with in-booth AVB educational courses from Alliance members every hour. Sponsor members will also treat attendees to an in-booth networking cocktail party on Wednesday, June 18th, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. hosted by Alliance members Biamp Systems, Extreme Networks and Yamaha. Housing a large number of member companies in one pavilion allows visitors to experience the growing AVnu-certified ecosystem and learn more about advancements to AVB.

Continuing commitment to the AVB education program, AVnu Alliance will also be presenting to attendees in two InfoComm sessions as part of the official program. The schedule for the InfoComm sessions is as follows:

  • Effective Deployment & Management of Large Scale AVB Networks
    • ISO012 – Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 from 8:00AM – 10:00AM
    • Speaker: Jeff Koftinoff, Meyer Sound
    • 1.5 RU Credits
  • How to Design and Specify Systems Using AVB
    • ISO070 – Thursday, June 19th, 2014 from 2:30PM – 4:40PM
    • Speaker: Rob Boatright, Harman
    • 2 RU Credits

In addition, Alliance member Greg Kopchinski from Avid will present AVB for Live Production and Houses of Worship on Friday, June 20th, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. as a part of the Technologies for Houses of Worship’s co-branded seminar at InfoComm 2014. Those interested in registering for any of the above sessions may do so through the InfoComm 2014 Official Event Explorer.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked A/V devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional A/V, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

Press Contact

Caster Communications, Inc. 401-792-7080

Alex Crabb alex@castercomm.com mobile: +1-401-318-2229

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THE BOX MIXES IN NORWEGIAN HOME STUDIOS THROUGH KAN LYD

SKIEN, NORWAY: Operating out of the home of sound engineer Kjetil Arvesen Nesheim, Kan Lyd is a growing professional project studio for mixing and overdubs. While recording and mixing full productions, Kjetil often travels with his studio gear to record throughout multiple locations. To create the sounds of a big studio through smaller recording spaces, Kan Lyd has commissioned API’s THE BOX console to accommodate the needs of recording artist clients with worldwide audiences.

Kjetil had dreamed of owning a high-end console for years, and was inspired to make an API purchase after listening to vintage American vinyl recordings. He specifically cited Fleetwood Mac’s album Rumors, which was recorded through an API console in 1977. Kjetil contacted API’s Norwegian distributor Prolyd to find a system that would integrate seamlessly with the rest of his gear, and fit the needs of Kan Lyd.

“As soon as I saw the ad for THE BOX, I knew it was the right console for me,” recalls Kjetil. “After I started using it, my mixing became faster and easier, and made my mixes sound more three-dimensional. All instruments blend together perfectly. It sounds bigger, wider, and clearer all at the same time.” Kjetil also appreciates the versatility of THE BOX, and it’s optimization for the digital era. “The idea of having twenty channels of summing in mix-down, built-in preamps, EQs and compressors was very intriguing.”

For mixing purposes, Kjetil had two additional 550B EQs installed. “The first four channels of THE BOX are dedicated to drums: a 550A for kick and snare, and a 550B for toms. I’ve got the compressor strapped to the mix bus at all times. Doing it this way gives me the best of two worlds. It sounds more expensive now.”

On top of working on a voiceover project for a digital guide, the latest album for Christian rock musician Arvid Pettersen is being mixed at Kan Lyd. Kjetil comments that THE BOX has improved his work flow in comparison to his past recording projects. “This is my first experience with API gear, and I love it.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

ASHLY GEAR SCORES AT FINLAND HOCKEY ARENA

HEINOLA, FINLAND: Although the hockey arena in Heinola, Finland seats 1,600, attendance commonly swells to nearly 3,000 as hockey fans crowd through its doors. Until recently, however, fans strained to hear announcements and cringed at the sound of anemic music coming from the arena’s aged ceiling speakers. That all changed when Finnish A/V integration firm Noretron Communication Ltd. replaced the system with full-fidelity FBT loudspeakers and Ashly Audio processing, amplification, and user control. Shortly after the overhaul, Heinola hosted the Women’s Hockey World Championship to rave reviews.

“The previous system was very old and functioning poorly,” said Timo Kunnas, owner of Noretron Communication Ltd. “Using an Ashly back-end and FBT Shadow loudspeakers, we composed a plan that would give them the control and performance they desperately needed. Part of the challenge was meeting their budget and yet still providing excellent coverage in an acoustically-poor environment.” Noretron, a distributor for both Ashly and FBT in Finland, designed the system, installed the rack, and performed the system tuning at commissioning. Local electrical installation firm Electrowise Ltd. handled all of the cabling and the loudspeaker installation.

“Ashly builds reliable and great-sounding gear and sells it at a price that is very competitive,” said Kunnas. “The Ashly ne24.24M modular processor, Ashly KLR-Series amplifiers, and RD-8C remote fader control would give the arena everything they needed. And for us, it’s all very easy to set up and program.”

Because it has a modular I/O count, Kunnas was able to order an Ashly ne24.24M with twelve inputs and eight outputs to accommodate four microphones, two stereo RCA input jacks, a radio output, and a CD player output. The eight outputs feed four dual-channel Ashly KLR-3200 amplifiers, which in turn power nine FBT Shadow loudspeakers, four for the central cluster and five for delays. User control consists of three redundant Ashly RD-8C remote fader panels that provide individual volume control of each input, plus overall volume control. The three redundant locations allow user control from anywhere that staff may need to make adjustments.

“The client is very happy with the sound quality, speech intelligibility, and ease of use, all thanks to Ashly,” concluded Kunnas.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

JOHNSON AUDIO WORKS SUCCESS IS BASED ON QUALITY: DANLEY SOUND LABS SPEAKERS AND SUBS HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN

COMER, GEORGIA: Bill Johnson knows live sound. Before assuming the roles of full-time technical director and chief audio engineer for the massive touring Kenneth Copeland Ministries, where he served for fourteen years, Johnson cut his teeth mixing for acts such as Concrete Blonde, the Dave Matthews Band, Ice T, and Widespread Panic. In 2000, Johnson started his own company, Johnson Audio Works, to marshal that extensive experience for the benefit of clients with small- to mid-sized live events. Recently, Johnson upgraded his rig to Danley Sound Labs, his newfound favorite loudspeakers and subwoofers. Now, Johnson graces clients with improved fidelity and impact delivered by a pair of lightweight but hugely efficient Danley SM-80 full-range loudspeakers and a pair of powerful Danley TH-118 subwoofers.

Most of Johnson’s clients are ministries, government, and community organizations, with a few upscale weddings thrown in for good measure; and three-quarters of the content he is responsible for is spoken word. His audience sizes typically range between 300 and 700 people. After recently relocating from Texas to Georgia, Johnson has developed a closer relationship with the engineers at Georgia-based Danley Sound Labs. “Of course, I was aware of Danley Sound Labs and its reputation – the pro audio industry isn’t so big,” he said. “But the first time I actually heard Danley products, I was hooked.” Part of Johnson’s success is his commitment not just to sound quality, but to the system’s overall appearance and its fine scale details. “I aim for installation quality for temporary events,” he said.

The Northside Jam is an annual event put on by Rick Nunez Ministries in Fort Worth, Texas and serves as an excellent example of the power of Johnson’s new portable Danley system. Last year, Howard Scott, former band leader of the 1970s act, War, headlined and drew 1,500 people to Marine Park. “The guy I hired to run FOH couldn’t believe I was seriously going to cover the event with just two Danley SM-80s for full-range,” Johnson said. “He could understand the two Danley BC-415 subwoofers, which I had on loan from Ivan [Beaver, Danley’s chief engineer]. But I walked in with the two SM-80s, one on each arm. They just don’t look capable of delivering the necessary SPLs. He expressed his concern but totally changed his tune after sound check. Not only were the SM-80s plenty loud enough, the sound quality was outstanding. He said it felt like mixing on studio monitors! That was at 110 feet from the stage, outdoors! I walked back 350 feet and the sound was still natural and balanced. Danley’s high-end output is notable and makes the SM-80 pleasant and effective for both near- and far-field applications.”

He continued, “In my world, it’s hard to find a one-box-fits-all solution, but the SM-80 is it. Not only is the sound quality excellent, the size greatly simplifies my set up time. That’s critical, because the margin on live events is small. I’m able to charge the competition’s rates, but where they have a four or five hour bump in, I’m able to get the job done in just two. Moreover, the Danley system tunes up with almost no adjustment, so I’m able to quickly move on to making things look nice and tending to the client’s requests. I think part of Danley’s success is the fact that everyone in the company has lived and breathed in the live and installed sound industries before. It’s more than just the sound.”

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

(PHOTO CAPTION: IFCM Branson Service in 2013.)

RF Venue Releases RF Explorer® RackPRO™

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS: Boston-based wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Explorer® RackPRO™ a unique hardware/software spectrum analysis platform designed to manage and monitor any size wireless audio system from a USB-connected laptop or directly onboard a wireless equipment rack. The RackPRO is the first easy-to-use, affordable RF spectrum analyzer in a standard 1-RU housing with included RF coordination, monitoring, and management software all available from RF Venue.

“The ability to visualize, monitor and manage RF has never been more critical as the wireless spectrum becomes a more hostile and unpredictable place for wireless mics and IEMs,” says RF Venue CEO Chris Regan. “To date this capability has been limited to expensive test equipment and the expertise of trained RF system coordinators. We are thrilled to finally bring this capability to the broader wireless audio market in a system tailored for live production and installed sound.”

The RackPRO can provide a quick assessment of RF activity in standalone mode via an onboard LCD screen and front panel hardware controls, or connected via USB to a Windows or Mac computer for expanded functionality. With the included Clear Waves software, users can see spectrum activity in their venue, calculate sets of intermodulation distortion-free frequencies, and export it all to PDF report files or to compatible Shure® Wireless Workbench® and Professional Wireless Systems® IAS file formats. Individual transmitter frequencies can also be labeled and monitored to catch dropouts or interference before they ruin a performance.

“Clear Waves strikes the right balance between ease-of-use and powerful functionality for Windows users. We will also soon be releasing a RackPRO compatible native application for Mac OSX,” continues Regan. “For our dealers and customers routinely frustrated by the unpredictable nature of wireless audio systems, the RackPRO will provide greater reliability and long overdue peace of mind.”

The RF Explorer RackPRO is now shipping and is priced at $849 MAP. For ordering information or to join the fast growing community of RF Venue dealers, visit www.RFVenue.com or call 1-800-795-0817.

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events.
www.rfvenue.com
Contact RF Venue at 800-795-0817 or email orders@RFvenue.com for further details.

SYMETRIX LAUNCHES SYMNET COMPOSER SOFTWARE VERSION 2.0

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix announces a new release of its SymNet Composer open architecture design software for Edge and Radius DanteTM network audio DSPs. In addition to a host of time-saving workflow enhancements, Composer 2.0 natively integrates select Dante third-party hardware supporting the discovery, signal routing, and other aspects of AtteroTech unDIO2x2 and unDX2IO and Stewart Audio AV25-2 and NetAV 2×2 devices. Composer 2.0 is the only programming environment needed to build a Dante networked system from start to finish, simplifying and speeding initial design, revisions, and troubleshooting.

Trent Wagner, senior product manager at Symetrix, noted, “I’m very excited to launch this version of SymNet Composer. To my knowledge, Composer 2.0 is the first full integration of third-party Dante devices in our industry. Contractors can now manage an entire Dante-based system from end-to-end (remote wall box I/O, to DSP, to power amps) using only SymNet Composer 2.0 with select products from AtteroTech, Stewart Audio, and Symetrix.”

In addition to third-party Dante device integration, Composer 2.0 offers a number of workflow enhancements. Remote control protocol can be accessed via TCP/IP and TCP/IP string output modules, simplifying integration with control devices and increasing the number of compatible control systems (e.g. projectors). Module input and output names can be automatically propagated to downstream modules, speeding and standardizing the labeling process, and presets can now be created and edited without going off-line. In addition to the 600+ DSP modules already within the Edge and Radius system, a new Transient Suppressor DSP module reduces random transient noise (e.g. pen tapping, silverware clanking) for clearer conference audio. Furthermore, a new “Trace Signal Path Forward” feature now traces through all Dante transmitters and receivers that significantly reduces the time required to understand, follow, and troubleshoot signal flows within large systems.

Added Symetrix Founder and CEO, Dane Butcher, “SymNet Composer 2.0 is yet another milepost in our ongoing mission to provide software and hardware tools that help our integrators achieve the greatest possible levels of technical excellence while at the same time expending the least time and effort.”

SymNet Composer 2.0 is available for free download at www.symetrix.co

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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FORT WORTH BUILDS ITS STUDIO PROFILE WITH AN API 1608 CONSOLE

FORT WORTH, TEXAS: Over a span of 25 years and growing out of two previous studios, producer/engineer/studio owner Bart Rose has made his presence known in the Texas music scene through what is now called Fort Worth Sound. The studio works with both bands and singer/songwriters ranging from rock, country, blues and jazz. A new 1608 console by API completes the transformation of Fort Worth Sound’s Studio A, which has been a project in the making since 2008.

It took years to complete the construction of Fort Worth’s Studio A. “I wanted a console with amazing analog character, a small-ish footprint, and great reputation in the production world,” shares Bart. “There had been times when a prospective client looked at my control surface and asked ‘where’s the console?’ We think you will agree that Fort Worth Sound is one of the finest recording studios in the North Texas area.”

Studio A, which houses the 1608 console, accommodates the majority of the album recording and mixing projects. Since purchasing the console, Bart has used the console for several recording sessions. “I love the sound of the preamps. Just having amazing preamps with a high-pass filter yields great results on tracks that don’t need EQ.” Bart takes the sound coming from the studio into great consideration. The main recording room for Studio A has twelve-foot ceilings, independent climate control for each room, and floating floors to avoid low-frequency rumble from city traffic.

Since 2008, Fort Worth Sound has worked with major artists including The Toadies, Los Lobos, and Pat Green. Soon after the 1608 commissioning, the studio hosted a very successful two-night open house, where past and perspective clients were shown the new capabilities of Studio A. Bart has confidence that the purchase of the 1608 will diversify his studio profile. “I have a feeling this console will attract clients who wouldn’t have recorded with me before I had an analog console on the front end.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (TOP) Bart Rose with the API 1608 console in Fort Worth Sound’s Studio A. (BOTTOM) FortWorthSound_StudioA.JPG: Studio A at Fort Worth Sound.

Matrox Mura Capture and Display Boards to Drive 36-Screen Curved Video Wall at 2014 NEC Solutions Showcase

Matrox Mura video wall controller boards, Maevex H.264 encoders/decoders and M-Series graphics cards to be featured at London’s AV and digital signage event of the year

At the 2014 NEC Solutions Showcase (May 14–15, The Velodrome, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London), Matrox® Graphics Inc. will collaborate with leading AV-industry suppliers to present integrated digital signage, video display wall and AV-over-IP solutions for a variety of applications.

Matrox Mura™ MPX Series video wall controller boards will capture and display content on PSCo’s impressive curved video wall made up of thirty-six 55-inch NEC X554 displays with ultra-thin bezels. They will also drive a 2×2 control room video wall in the Emergency Services Zone. Mura cards feature flexible inputs and high-quality outputs allowing AV integrators, system builders and equipment manufacturers to easily and cost-effectively build high-density video wall controller systems supporting custom video walls of almost any size. Exceptional-quality scaling, switching, and compositing of source content including HDCP feeds are easily managed through intuitive control options including Matrox MuraControl™ software, third-party software and simple integration with existing AV control systems.

Matrox Maevex™ H.264 encoders will be used to deliver AV-over-IP content to landscape and portrait digital signage configurations and to the adjacent Mura-driven control room wall in the Emergency Services Zone. Maevex delivers exceptional quality AV streaming at low bandwidth over standard IP networks for display or for storage anywhere on the LAN. Maevex encoders can be combined with Maevex decoders or third-party software decoders to stream up to Full HD digital signage, education and training materials, camera footage, desktop screen capture and other AV content to one or more displays and to collaborative video walls.

Matrox M-Series multi-display graphics cards will be used to drive six displays attached to an ergonomic desk from DAS Business Furniture. M-Series cards render pristine images across up to eight high-resolution monitors at resolutions up to 2560×1600 for an exceptional multi-monitor user experience. For professional environments that require even larger desktop space, M-Series cards support multi-board hybriding, enabling up to 16 displays on a single computer. With up to 2 GB of memory per card and advanced desktop management features such as stretched and independent desktop modes, M-Series drives business, industrial, and government applications with extraordinary performance.

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.

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