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Press Releases For : September 9, 2014

WaterFire Concerts are Smooth as Satin Sound with RCF Line Array

Three times throughout the summer, the city of Sharon in Pennsylvania plays host to WaterFire, a world renowned multi-sensory art event. The day-long event offers concerts, food and an interactive arts experience highlighted by the riverfront waterfire exhibition in the evening where over fifty custom built floating braziers are anchored in the Shenango River; the baskets filled with wood and set ablaze at nightfall to produce a unique and compelling display. Fire and Water are opposing elements, and there’s something synergistic about these flames blazing atop the water in their specially engineered braziers.
“WaterFire has had a major impact on our community, and the event has quickly established itself as the premier art and music festival of our region,” says WaterFire Sharon Chairman Robert Wilson, drawing over 70,000 people to the region.
For the August 23 event, Hermitage, Pennsylvania-based Satin Sound (www.satinsoundsystems.com) was called on to provide the concert system. Their choice? A line array comprised of 16 RCF HDL20-A dual 10” two-way active line array modules coupled with Meyer 700-HP subwoofers.
“It is our mission to raise the bar on quality, for the smallest event to the largest production,” is the company’s philosophy has stated on their website.
For the concerts, Satin Sound owner John Durisko commented, “the HDL20-A’s covered extremely well with little to no EQ, covering uniformly to a distance of 175-feet,” as he offered up many compliments to the clarity of the rig. He goes on to mention one of the acts for the day with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra, and again, nothing but compliments.

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MuxLab Introduces 8×8 Cat5e/6 Line Level Audio Matrix Switch at CEDIA

MuxLab 8×8 Audio Switch is Newest Addition to Existing Vast Line of Digital A/V Products

CEDIA, SEPTEMBER 11 – 13, 2014, DENVER, COLORADO — MuxLab Inc. is set to release its new 8 x 8 Cat5e/6 Line Level Audio Matrix Switch at CEDIA. The Switch supports audio switching between multiple audio sources and distribution via CAT5e/6 cable.

The Audio Matrix Switch uses RJ45 connectors and works in conjunction with MuxLab’s stereo audio baluns (500019, 500027, 500028 and 500030) and digital audio balun (500020). The product provides port buffering, unity gain compensation and ground loop isolation.

The Switch including its volume can be managed via push-button, IR, RS232, Ethernet, Web Server, or 3rd party software making it versatile and easy to control in any environment.

“The new Audio Switch is ideal for various residential and commercial applications” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D. “With its multiple management options the Switch is easy to control and can be used in many types of installations.”

The new Audio Switch joins the MuxLab Pro Digital family of products which also includes HDBaseT Extenders, HDMI 4K Splitters, Digital A/V & HDMI Based Multimedia Matrix Switches, HDMI over IP Solutions, and more.

As a member of the HDBaseT Alliance, many of MuxLab’s products offer HDBaseT switching and extension via one Cat5e/6 cable up to 230 ft @ 1080p. MuxLab also offers a full range of HDBaseT extenders with varying features. The line of receivers delivers a complete point to point or multipoint structured cabling solution.

MuxLab is confident in its wide-ranging product offering to its customers and strives to maintain its reputation in both high quality and affordability in the Digital and Pro A/V markets.

Stop by Booth #718 at CEDIA to see the MuxLab products live in action.

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer of value-added connectivity hardware allowing Digital AV and CCTV equipment to be connected via cost-effective UTP. For 30 years, the brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. www.muxlab.com.

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Microsoft Production Studios rolls out Audinate’s Dante™ Audio over IP Network

PORTLAND, OREGON, September 9, 2014 – As the largest full-service HD and 4K production facility in the Pacific Northwest, every day is unique for Microsoft Production Studios. With three sound stages, three audio rooms and numerous editing suites among its 65,000 square feet located on the Microsoft headquarters campus, the impressive facility is well-equipped to accommodate multiple in-house projects while providing rental space to outside productions. Thousands of productions and events are created in the studios each year.

As with any advanced video operation, audio is an integral part of the overall workflow at Microsoft Production Studios. In mid-2013, Microsoft Production Studios engineering team began to investigate how an audio over IP networking solution could transform the possibilities in their production operations. After consulting with Audinate’s team in Portland, Oregon, the MPS team recognized they could deliver multi-channel across their existing Cisco network switch fabric, while providing greater flexibility with the Dante networking solution.

“The transition to a Dante audio over IP environment just keeps generating steam, and I don’t see any end in sight,” said John L. Ball, systems engineer, Microsoft Production Studios. “It’s turned into a situation where it’s about who can think of the next cool idea on how Dante can transform and simplify our production while maintaining tight synchronization, and ultra-low latency to reduce the time and complexity for setting up the gear and sessions. We’re working toward a total networked environment for audio, communications and eventually video. Dante is core to making this easy by making every step a significant timesaver in setup, integration and network programming.”

Dante was initially installed to support in-store audio experience at Microsoft retail stores. Ball uses the software based Dante Virtual Soundcard to stream audio to a Symetrix Edge router, enabling playout of unique audio channels from PCs across multiple retail zones.

Microsoft Production Studios then upgraded its RTS ADAM intercom systems, which are integrated with Dante. This has vastly simplified the ease of use of the intercom communications across the greater Microsoft campus, ensuring production teams can reliably move audio between the studio and any remote location. Microsoft expanded the system with a multi-vendor interoperable Dante solution including RTS Intercom, Shure ULX-D microphones and Yamaha CL5 mixing consoles. The system was then extended by integrating Focusrite RedNet 6 MADI bridge units to an existing Grass Valley Miranda audio/video router.

The newest network expansions to incorporate Skype feeds and support multi-lingual feeds are perhaps even more impressive. Ball recently purchased Dante-enabled Studio Technologies Model 215 Announcer’s Consoles to control and distribute live programs in multiple languages simultaneously. His first project with the Model 215 units supported an Xbox Live broadcast from a gaming event in Germany, monitoring feeds over the Dante network and streaming the program in English, German, Italian, French and two Spanish dialects. “The cool thing about this application was using the actual video edit rooms as voiceover rooms,” said Ball. “We just connected the Studio Technologies gear and the Shure microphones right to the Dante network in each edit room. We used to have to run analog cables and connections all over the floor between multiple rooms to support this kind of event before. But now, using Dante for this configuration, it takes less than 30 minutes and a network connection to be off and running. We save at least a day and a half of work in setup time alone.”

The MPS team continues to discover new creative use cases to take advantage of Dante’s integration into PCs. With the Dante Virtual Soundcard, they broadcast on-air interviews via Microsoft’s product called SkypeTX: Microsoft Production Studio’s network two-way communications with Skype users, and translate those feeds into the broadcast and production world. By replacing analog audio I/O systems with Dante Virtual Soundcards, this has reduced infrastructure and complexity for both live and taped productions across broadcast and corporate applications.

“The original SkypeTX box required two cables in and out to bring it into the intercom environment, and then we had to transport it to audio control and convert it to digital just to get the broadcast signal out,” said Ball. “To enable talk-back, we’d have to convert it back to analog and basically reverse the entire workflow. With Dante, I can connect the audio and intercom in all IP digital, with no analog degradation. We simply capture the audio from SkypeTX, put that on the Dante network and feed our audio rooms for broadcast and production purposes. Dante is enabling a more modern means of communication with exceptional ease of use.”

Dante continues to be an integral part of Microsoft Production Studio’s future. Ball is now in the design phase of complete Dante network upgrades for all audio control rooms in the facility. Moving forward, Ball ultimately expects to upgrade their network infrastructure to a 10Gig pipe to enable the existing virtual LANs, or VLANs, to essentially to extend the Dante network and its production capabilities far beyond Microsoft’s Redmond campus.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s Dante media networking technology has been adopted by the leading OEM manufacturers and has become the standard and dominant networking technology in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Forbidden to Unveil New Forscene Interface and MAM at IBC2014

LONDON — Sept. 9, 2014 — Forbidden Technologies plc (AIM: FBT), the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market-leading cloud video platform Forscene, announced today that at IBC2014 it will unveil the next generation of Forscene with new capabilities, an entirely new interface, and a new media asset management (MAM) system. (more…)

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Digigram IQOYA *CALL and IQOYA *CALL/LE IP Audio Codecs Now Shipping With Free Opus Option

Support for Low-Latency Opus Encoding Algorithm Enables High-Quality Audio Contribution Applications Over Greater Choice of IP Networks (more…)

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Gefen Syner-G™ Suite Changes the Game of Signal Management, Offering a Software Suite of Tools for System Integrators

Value-Added Features for Discovering, Configuring, Monitoring, Updating and Managing Gefen Products Now Available in One Convenient Solution

CHATSWORTH, CA – Digital connectivity solutions provider Gefen today announced the availability of Gefen Syner-G™ software suite, a signal management solution providing powerful add-on features. This new foray into the software side of signal management is a first for Gefen, and is indicative of its belief that the future will be IP connected products.

The new Gefen Syner-G™ suite has all the capability to discover, control, monitor, manage and upgrade Gefen products over a local IP infrastructure and through direct connections using USB. Included are advanced EDID management tools, IP product management, an automated firmware update engine and remote product configuration options.

With the Manage feature, Gefen’s powerful EDID tools control what EDID is presented to equipment connected to select Gefen products. The EDID stored in Gefen devices can be remotely manipulated and users can build their own EDIDs from scratch using the EDID Generator, as well as upload/download unique EDIDs, store them for later use and modify any EDID in the program for unique installation scenarios.

“Many failed attempts to get the best picture, or any picture, on a display are often the result of EDID issues,” said Orrin Charm, Gefen’s product manager. “Even beyond the picture, proper EDID settings are critical to getting desired audio outputs, as EDID affects audio settings as well. This new tool solves all these EDID related issues.”

The Configuration aspect of Gefen Syner-G™ suite gives convenient access to settings on Gefen hardware that does not already incorporate a web GUI, allowing product settings to be changed on the fly.

The Discovery tool lists all connected Gefen equipment on an IP network, enabling a simple way to view and control select Gefen hardware from anywhere on the network. This makes adding new Gefen products to an existing network very easy. In the past, integrators needed both familiarity with and access to network administration settings in order to add new devices to a network. Generally, it required changing network configuration settings on connected PCs in order to access the device, remember and then return settings to their original values afterwards—a challenging task for inexperienced network professionals. Plus, if multiple devices were added to a network with overlapping IP addresses, it was basically impossible to access any of them. With the Discovery tool, integrators can connect new Gefen devices directly to the network, as well as access, configure and change IP settings, all from a PC, laptop or smartphone.

Updating Gefen equipment is also extremely easy and seamless. When the Update feature is activated, current firmware updates can be immediately downloaded and installed.

“The Gefen Syner-G™ suite combines the world’s best EDID manager with tools for IP discovery, software configuration and firmware updates into a single seamless package, bringing a new standard in video management to the AV and IT professional,” added Charm.

Gefen Syner-G™ software may be downloaded from www.gefen.com. The mobile Gefen Syner-G™ Discovery Apps are available on iTunes and Google Play. All are free of charge. Currently available on select models, all functionalities and features of Gefen Syner-G™ suite will be included on all Gefen hardware beginning in 2015.

Gefen® G-logo™ and Syner-G™ are trademarks of Gefen, LLC © 2014

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Volicon and Nexidia to Co-host Webinar on Closed-Captioning Quality Compliance Rules and Solutions

Sept. 23 Webinar Featuring Turner Broadcasting’s Ken Brady Will Outline New FCC Rules, Examine Real-World Deployment of Automated Compliance Solution (more…)

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Extron Introduces 3G-SDI to 3G-SDI Scaler with Audio Embedding and De-Embedding

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the DSC 3G-3G A, a high performance 3G-SDI scaler that converts between 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, and SDI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts, scales, and outputs SMPTE video resolutions from 480i and 576i up to 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC 3G-3G A features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. The DSC 3G-3G A also provides flexible audio capability with analog audio embedding, de-embedding, and level adjustments. Dual SDI outputs, genlock, and an input loop-through facilitate integration in demanding professional environments, while the compact enclosure simplifies installation. The DSC 3G-3G A is ideal for applications with professional video systems, including video editing and production, rental and staging, medical imaging, and large-scale presentations. (more…)

George Walter Joins Christie as Director, Home Entertainment

Christie®, a world leader in visual technology displays, today announced that George Walter has joined the company in the role of Director, Home Entertainment. Reporting to Tony Barton, senior director, Americas Sales, Mr. Walter will be based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Walter will work closely with a select group of accomplished, high-end North American home entertainment integrators to bring the best in video and audio solutions to home theaters. Drawing on Christie’s acknowledged experience and enviable reputation in the cinema world, Mr. Walter will orchestrate the delivery, installation and servicing of a wide-range of projectors, flat panel displays, processors and audio products to strengthen and complement the services of these high-end integrators.

“I am honored to be joining Christie, the world leader in professional cinema and entertainment products. The chance to bring the Christie level of performance to the home entertainment channel will be an exciting adventure for me and a logical extension for the company, which has always delivered an unparalleled entertainment experience to its customers,” said Walter.

Mr. Walter most recently served as Vice President of Home Cinema for Digital Projection, where he launched and managed that company’s home cinema initiative over 14 years. As well, he managed product and supplier relations for a variety of display products at that firm. In prior years he spent almost a decade at Barco in various product management and sales management positions.

“George’s experience with and knowledge of the needs of the home entertainment market are unmatched, so we are especially pleased that he saw in Christie’s existing and planned product and service offerings a winning combination for the discerning, tech-savvy clients that make up the high-end market,” said Tony Barton. “Over the years, as Christie led the digital-cinema revolution, directors, producers and actors asked us why we weren’t delivering ‘Christie quality’ to the home market, and now we can answer with an unqualified ‘yes, we’re here to help,’” added Barton.

Mr. Walter is a CEDIA member and is available for meetings at CEDIA 2014, September 10-13, in Christie Booth #1078, at the Colorado Convention Center, Denver. He also serves as a founding member of the Azione industry group http://azioneunlimited.com/.

Holding both a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), both from Syracuse University, Mr. Walter is truly an electronics and home entertainment expert.

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Christie Brings Pedigree Cinema Experience to Home Entertainment at CEDIA 2014

Christie®, the global leader in visual display and audio technologies, now brings its illustrious pedigree and 85 years’ experience to home entertainment at CEDIA 2014, September 10-13 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. The tradeshow floor opens September 11 at 9:00 a.m. with Christie showcasing a variety of 3-chip DLP®, 1-chip DLP®, flat panel and audio solutions available for home entertainment, all bearing the celebrated Christie name and backed with the quality, reliability and service of the distinguished Christie brand.

Using DCI and alternative 4K content, the inviting 1,200 square foot booth features a premium home-entertainment theater where audiences will enjoy the exhilarating and memorable Christie experience with the thundering sounds and vibrant images previously available only in commercial theaters or to A-list celebrities. Additional alternative content will also be featured on secondary displays at the booth.

Additional presentations by Christie home entertainment experts will take place throughout the show, which will also include a ‘Who is Christie?’ quiz. Visitors to the booth who complete a survey can win a pair of M1 Vive Audio speakers and other special giveaways will be available.

The Christie Experience comes to your home
A trailblazer in Digital Cinema® technology, event marketing, and both large and small venue display applications, Christie is now expanding its expertise and scaling it to fit the home environment. George Walter, director of Home Entertainment, Christie, will be attending the show, participating in presentations, and giving media interviews.

“Now, the Christie cinema experience you’ve enjoyed at your local theater is available in the comfort and convenience of your home,” said Walter. “Working with an elite dealer system, Christie will orchestrate the delivery, installation and servicing of a wide-range of projectors, flat panel displays, processors and audio solutions to strengthen and complement the services of these high-end integrators.”

Christie home entertainment customers can also connect with the Christie Network Operations Center (NOC) to monitor their systems and components, receive software updates, and have access to 24/7 concierge support.

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