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Press Releases For : March 2, 2015

Canterbury Church Gains Invisible Intelligibility with Renkus-Heinz Iconyx

 Mountain Brook, AL – March 2015…  Established in 1950, Canterbury UMC has grown to embrace both traditional and contemporary worship styles, with separate sanctuaries for each on its Mountain Brook, Alabama campus. Recently, the church engaged Twist Technology of nearby Birmingham to address its ongoing issues with intelligibility of the spoken word in the main (traditional) sanctuary.

For Twist CEO Lynn McCroskey, there were two challenges to be overcome in this design/build project. “First, we had to create articulation in an extremely reverberant environment,” he explains. “At the same time, aesthetics was a primary concern. This is a beautiful worship space, and they did not want to see a big speaker cluster or anything like that.”

Two Iconyx IC24-R-II digitally steerable column arrays cover the entire room, delivering advanced digital beam steering to direct the sound to the seating areas, and away from the side walls, balcony facings, and other reflective surfaces. And the Iconyx slim, low-profile design enabled Twist to create a system that sounded great, with minimal visual impact.

 “The IC24 column is 10 feet tall, but only about six inches wide, so it’s really more like an architectural element than a loudspeaker,” says McCroskey. “It’s designed to be flush-mounted to the walls, so there is no interference with the congregation’s sightlines. With the precision color-matched paint job, they really just look like part of the building. Most people don’t even realize that there are two 10-foot tall speaker columns behind the altar. The church elders are very pleased and impressed.”

Iconyx steered beam technology enabled Twist Technology to meet Canterbury’s seemingly conflicting goals of preserving the sanctuary’s big sound while creating exceptional intelligibility. “We’ve used the Iconyx successfully in several architecturally sensitive installations,” McCroskey reports. “The directional control is a huge help with articulation, and really helps control reverberation. For a large space like this, with high, vaulted ceilings, a balcony, and hard surfaces everywhere, beam steering is the perfect solution. The pipe organ and choir music still soars, but now the spoken word can be clearly understood from every seat.”

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

Press Releases For : March 1, 2015

Symetrix’ Busy 2015 Training Program to Highlight Advantages of Dante-Based DSP

SymNet ComposerDigital signal processing specialist has confirmed a slew of sessions for the Dante newcomer, as well as co-sponsorship of Audinate-organised training events across the US.

SEATTLE, WA — MARCH 2015: The advantages of a fully networked solution are increasingly evident across market sectors, but the reality is that the educational efforts to support the transition aren’t always in place. Digital signal processing specialist Symetrix, however, is at the forefront of companies working to address this knowledge shortfall – and to this end has announced plans for a series of training sessions to run from spring through summer.

“The popularity of our DSP solutions that offer support for Audinate’s Dante media networking technology continues to grow,” confirms Trent Wagner, senior product manager, Symetrix. “We are aware, however, that for many users networking still represents a brave new world, so this year we are undertaking our most extensive training programme to date to ensure that our customers can achieve optimum results from their Dante implementations.”

With this in mind, Symetrix will host entry-level seminars in Minneapolis (March 3-4) and Chicago (March 5) that give attendees a grounding in networked audio and the currently available protocols, before heading into a more detailed explanation of Dante and its benefits. There will also be recreations of several different scenarios – including a live stage set-up, a hospitality environment and a teleconferencing implementation – so that visitors can get hands-on and test out their Dante skills. For more information on these events, and to register, please visit: http://goo.gl/KP2Dx2.

In addition, Symetrix has confirmed sponsorship of a series of Dante AV Networking World (AVNW) events organised by Audinate. The free, full-day events are geared towards anyone involved with the design and installation of networked audio systems, including design consultants, system integrators and sound engineers. The interactive sessions will introduce attendees to the benefits of Dante audio-over-IP networking, showcase example Dante installations, and feature a complete afternoon of hands-on training and live demonstrations with input from Symetrix technical sales engineer Greg Suchomel.

More than 100 pieces of Dante-enabled equipment will be in use for training and demonstration during the AVNW tour, which in its next round of dates will visit: Seattle, WA (March 25); Philadelphia, PA (April 22); Houston, TX (May 12); Dallas, TX (May 14); and Orlando, FL (June 16). For a more detailed agenda and to register for any of the events, visit: https://www.audinate.com/avnw?link=avnw-reg-aud-em.

Symetrix has also confirmed that Dante training will take place through its Swiss distributor, GoWild AG, on March 16, and anyone interested in attending should contact Patrik Scherrer (patrik.scherrer@gowild.ch). In addition, the company’s Chinese distributor, Sanecore, will be initiating monthly training sessions in its new facility starting from March, while Symetrix promises further training programmes to follow as it seeks to address the needs of its ever-expanding global customer base.

www.symetrix.co

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Press Releases For : February 28, 2015

AV Concepts Pushes Envelope with Dante Media Networking for Live Event Production

PORTLAND, OR – February 26, 2015 – AV Concepts, an experiential marketing partner focused on delivering creative and technical event solutions, has integrated Dante networking into its production and event systems to cost-effectively migrate its audio infrastructure to a networked routing and distribution environment. The transition to Audinate’s Dante solution, in combination with AV Concepts’ investment in fiber optic systems, enables AV Concepts to set up its networked audio architecture in 30 to 45 minutes, compared to the six-to-eight hours typically spent deploying a legacy audio system.

Delivering best-in-class audio solutions continues to be a key focus for AV Concepts as the company evolves its strategy to effectively deliver cutting-edge creative and technical staging services. The need to deliver more audio channels at higher quality influenced the company to evaluate various media networking solutions available today. Seeking a solution to simplify infrastructure with flexibility to scale for event size, AV Concepts quickly focused on building a new system based on Dante. The company’s first Dante networking solution was such a success that they are in the process of building a second Dante production system.

“We are winning new business because of Dante,” said Jason Thiele, Audio Systems Engineer at AV Concepts. “Engineers want to work with innovative new technology, and our research and experience has proven Dante to be our best choice as a standard networking solution.”

On average, AV Concepts utilizes 180 routed channels per event. For Thiele, the headaches of the analog universe almost always tied to configuration and troubleshooting – headaches that quickly escalated and consumed far too much of their customers’ valuable time on show site. Thiele and his colleagues carefully compared Dante and several additional networking solutions but found the others underwhelming.

“We found that most of these systems were about putting a box on each end to move audio, and we wanted a more flexible system,” explained Thiele. “We wanted a turnkey system that could send as many channels as we wanted across a network and covered the entire chain, right up to the PA system. We recognized the benefits of Dante after Yamaha launched its CL console series, and we quickly redesigned our entire infrastructure to be Dante across the board. With fiber connections and Cisco layer 3 managed switches, we can easily route whatever we need to, wherever we need to go. And we can quickly make changes to scale the network for events of any size.”

That flexibility has been a major benefit of the Dante transition according to Thiele, given the drastic reduction in installation time, labor and complexity he and his team have experienced.

“With the new Dante Controller, we send the network template to the front of house (FOH) crew so they can pull up our configuration,” said Thiele. “The Dante channels automatically correspond to the devices on the network. Additionally, when they load a USB stick into their console, it readily
looks for the device and a specific Dante channel. Once everything is plugged in and turned on, the signals are automatically routed. There is no more worrying about a patch list from the FOH team.”

Today, an AV Concepts event experience incorporates multiple Shure ULXD4Q wireless microphones, five Extron DMP128 digital matrix systems, two Yamaha Rio I/O stageboxes, and a Yamaha CL5 console with two additional Yamaha MY16-AUD cards. The infrastructure also includes 45 Dante Virtual Soundcards to enable audio networking from computing platforms, giving the AV Concepts team additional flexibility with bringing audio signals onto the network.

Because of Dante’s flexibility, AV Concepts can take advantage of a number of improvements and benefits in preparation for and during events. The team can also easily add or drop microphones and stageboxes from their Dante network depending on event needs. And the days of having to pinpoint cable issues or address latency concerns during the show are in the past.

“We have the highest-quality standards for our customers,” said Thiele. “The noise floor and signal latency on all of our Dante devices is virtually non-existent. However, the flexibility and scalability are the main benefits. We see other companies that have a console and a couple of Rio racks, but we have found that there are much bigger possibilities with the power of Dante networking. In fact, we have had several competitor companies come to our shop to look at our setup and rig, and they’ve all been amazed at the sophistication and advantages of our system.” As for the true test adds Thiele, “You just need to look at our customer satisfaction to tell the story.”

About AV Concepts
AV Concepts partners with brands, their experiential marketing agencies, and production partners to deliver creative and technical event solutions. We offer a collaborative, in-house approach for general sessions, keynote productions and experiential marketing activations including creative, engineering, technology and staging. From intimate events to large user conferences, we grow and evolve with our clients as their needs adapt and change. And we’re always pushing the envelope, leveraging new technologies, or inventing our own, to ensure we’re creating immersive experiences that dazzle audiences and drive business results. Visit www.avconcepts.com to learn how we can partner with you on your next event or connect with us @avconceptsinc or on LinkedIn.

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 the 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 and Dante Via are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

Press Releases For : February 26, 2015

Masque Sound Helps Audiences Explore The Mystery of Love & Sex

NEW YORK - When the curtain rose on The Mystery of Love & Sex at Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was on-hand to provide Daniel Kluger, sound designer and composer, with a custom audio equipment package that would allow audiences to explore this new drama.Masque1

The Mystery of Love & Sex is the story of four individuals whose lives remain inextricably intertwined over time. Charlotte and Jonny are two college students and long-time friends since the age of nine. As their relationship turns romantic, despite Charlotte’s parents’ objections, an onslaught of truths about their past is unleashed, threatening not only their relationship with each other, but their relationships with their families as well.Masque2

Kluger’s goal in the sound design was to create an elegant and dynamically versatile soundscape to support scene changes. “I needed a system that could deliver even coverage with high fidelity, and the dynamic equipment package that Masque Sound provided allowed me to do that.”

In addition to the show’s storytelling, the layout of the theater also presented its own opportunity to Kluger. “The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater is a unique thrust space that I chose to treat as a large circle,” he says. “We covered every seat with the center cluster, while at the same time extending the surround system a full 360 degrees around the room by treating the upstage speakers as an extension of that system. It’s about creating a feeling of inclusion. The relationship between what you are hearing in front of you and behind you is constantly shifting depending on where in the circle you lie and where the point of focus is on stage.”Masque3

For this production, the fundamental principle is to have a channel on the center of the room and then an outer orbit. In order to help bring this to life, Masque Sound provided Kluger with a Yamaha CL1 Digital Mixing Console. Because of the number of speaker boxes necessary for the system of concentric circles, along with the fact that the show is primarily playback, Kluger needed a lot of timing and control, which the CL1 expertly provided.

Additionally, the speaker package that Masque Sound provided is primarily composed of d&b audiotechnik speakers with a center cluster of Q7s, a B4 subwoofer and a delay field of E3s and E0s for surrounds. “The d&b speakers provide warmth and clarity and make such a big difference, and I am thrilled that Masque Sound was able to supply them,” he adds.

In addition to designing the sound for the show, Kluger also created the production’s original score. Kluger wrote half a dozen pieces of music and ended up using one as the primary source material for the design. In creating the playback score, Kluger collaborated with a talented group of musicians, the Momenta Quartet, celebrated for its innovative programming, juxtaposing contemporary works from widely divergent aesthetics with great music from the past.

“Masque Sound has an excellent inventory, and they are continuously growing so there are always new tools to work with,” concludes Kluger. “Masque Sound understands what it takes for a sound designer to be successful, and on this production, we essentially got everything we wanted. It’s been a pleasure to work with them once again. In addition, Ben Truppin-Brown, my assistant sound designer, and Stephen Bettridge, my production audio engineer, both did absolutely fantastic work.”

The Mystery of Love & Sex officially opens on March 2 at the Lincoln Center Theater’s Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, located on 150 West 65th Street in Manhattan. Previews began February 5. For more information, visit www.lct.org.

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Press Releases For : February 25, 2015

Metric Halo Supports SCA Spring Fling

PrintSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2015: Metric Halo, maker of high-end professional audio interfaces and plug-ins, is proud to support the Seattle Composers Alliance (SCA). Metric Halo will donate two Production Bundles for the SCA’s online auction in the weeks leading up to its annual Spring Fling fundraising gala, music showcase, and silent auction (Monday, March 9, 2015). The Production Bundle is Metric Halo’s complete collection of great sounding, easy-to-use plug-ins, including ChannelStrip (the enduring classic), Character (signal path modeling), HaloVerb, Precision De-Esser, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, TransientControl, and the new Dirty Delay.

“The SCA is a non-profit group of professional composers, students, and others interested in composing for film, video games, and other media – as well as concert works,” said Brian Monroney, guitarist, composer, long-time Metric Halo user, and Seattle Composers Alliance Board Member. “We’re pleased to have Metric Halo’s support. Metric Halo interfaces and plug-ins give composers high-end studio quality sound, with reliability, flexibility, and a proven record of future-proofing that further increase their value. Importantly for composers, Metric Halo hardware and software give great results fast. That fuels creativity. The SCA presents a variety of educational and networking events throughout the year, and the money we raise at the Spring Fling will help support these efforts.”

“Metric Halo is dedicated to expanding the bounds of human excellence and the sum of human knowledge,” said Stu Buchalter, Metric Halo’s vice president of worldwide sales. “By bringing likeminded composers together, the SCA fosters innovation and motivates members to achieve greater creative heights. And because Metric Halo strives to provide useful and inspiring tools for professionals in the music and audio industries, we’re a natural fit with the members of the SCA.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO
Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

For more details about the event and the online auction visit: www.seattlecomposers.org

Sergio Mendes and will.i.am have a (Governors) Ball with DPA Microphones

Sergio Mendes and will.i.am have a (Governors) Ball with DPA Microphones
The duo performed at the legendary after-awards party using company’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphones

DPA dfacto_Sergio Mendes SingersLOS ANGELES, FEBRUARY 25, 2015 – After awards were collected and the lights dimmed on stage at the Dolby Theatre, the stars hit the streets of Los Angeles to find their favorite after parties. Among these, the legendary Governors Ball, held at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center. Kicking off the event’s entertainment this year was Grammy® Winner Sergio Mendes, who performed songs with special guest will.i.am from their co-produced, Latin Grammy-winning album Timeless, using several of DPA Microphones’ d:facto™ Vocal Microphones.

Selected by Mendes’ Production Manager John Baker, wired and wireless versions of the d:factos were used for vocals by Mendes, will.i.am and the three female singers who performed centerstage for their roughly 45 minute set. Baker also selected DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for a variety of the band’s instruments.

DPA dfacto_Sergio Mendes and Singers“My goal was to spread the DPA mics all around because, to me, they are the best mics out there,” says Baker. “These mics really work best when I just let them do what they do – no EQ, very minimal compression – it’s almost counter-intuitive as an engineer. I was very excited for this performance, to see how the DPAs would work, and I’m so happy to have used them.”

Though Baker is himself also an engineer, his wife Keiko Takeda is Mendes’ longtime FOH engineer, a role she once again took on for the Governors Ball. “Leading up to the event, I told Keiko about my experiences using DPA and how she wouldn’t have to process the mics very much to get a perfect sound,” says Baker, who notes that while he’s a very good mixer, his wife is even better. “She’s such a good sound engineer, so I was very interested to hear what she would think of the mics. She took my advice and the set sounded fantastic. It was very interesting to see how she worked with this new process and to hear how the mics performed. Keiko was definitely impressed as well. We’re now going to have a microphone custody battle should we have competing tour schedules.”

DPA dvote_Sergio Mendes Band_DrumsWhile available in both wired or wireless versions, Baker felt the traditional wired d:factos were best-suited to Mendes’ portion of the performance. “Sergio and his singers have excellent mic technique,” he explains. “The Mendes singers have spectacular voices, so they traditionally sing dynamically lower and further away from the mic. With the d:facto, they got a more comprehensive sound—because of the cancellation pattern and the way the mic is made—than they have achieved with other microphones. I selected wired options for them because, to me, a wired mic always sounds better than a wireless, it’s just the fact of physics.”

Since will.i.am tends to move more about the stage, Baker recognized that a wireless version would be the best solution for him. “There was the potential for other surprise guest artists showing up to perform with Sergio and Will, so I wanted to have the d:factos with the Shure wireless system on hand,” he continues. “I’m a total fan of the entire DPA line. Any opportunity I can get to open someone’s eyes to their sound, I’m ecstatic. The d:facto is really a perfect mic no matter what setup you use. The first time I ever used it, I thought ‘wow, those engineers at DPA sure have a sense of humor; they call it the d:facto—in other words, the fact or the truth. You literally just plug it in and let it do what it’s supposed to do.’ It’s really THE premier microphone for vocals.”

When he’s not doing production work for Mendes, Baker can be found on the road as FOH engineer for The Al McKay All Stars—featuring legendary Earth, Wind & Fire guitarist, songwriter and producer Al McKay—and The Jacksons, for which he also uses a large collection of DPA Microphones.

ABOUT DPA MICROPHONES:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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StrandVision Offers Personal Finance Tips in Latest Set of Employee Digital Signage Communications Animated Templates

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StrandVision Offers Personal Finance Tips in Latest Set of Employee Digital Signage Communications Animated Templates

Latest in the series of pre-packaged employee communications libraries covering 15 subject areas…

MENOMONIE, Wis. – Feb. 25, 2015 – StrandVision Digital Signage today rolled out its latest set of employee communication electronic signage page templates. The fifth in a 15-part series for its digital signage subscribers the templates offer Personal Finance tips for employees and customers. These pre-produced, animated digital signage pages are designed to be interspersed with subscribers’ announcement pages in their employee- and customer-facing digital signage networks.

Tips on saving, spending and financial management

The Personal Finance Library includes approximately 50 attractive digital signage templates. Each offers a supporting graphic and moving text dealing with a specific personal finance issue. Typical topics include: household budgeting; investing; saving for college, mortgage and retirement; insurance and other personal finance topics.

The Personal Finance Communications Library combines the 50 specific topics with one of six random animation sequences to provide a mix of eye-catching pages that attract and hold viewers’ attention. The Personal Finance set joins a Library of 15 free Corporate Responsibility topics. Previous animated template sets address Employee Morale/Motivation, Environment Responsibility, Health/Wellness and Safety. The Communications Library pages are added into the subscriber’s normal digital signage page mix. StrandVision customers and Free Digital Signage Test Drive participants can add the pages with a single click at http://www.svds.co/?installimage&e=1&i=L64FX874KCQ2XTBDBT83L38UY295F on the StrandVision Digital Signage Content Management System (CMS).financial

“The Personal Finance Library is another handy resource that helps our subscribers fill in their StrandVision Digital Signage mix with free, pre-programmed, attractive employee and customer communications content,” said StrandVision founder and CEO Mike Strand. “It adds variety, offers great tips and keeps viewers engaged, which helps the locally-developed content to continue to be noticed. It’s very easy for administrators to add any (or all) of our animated template libraries – they’re simple selections on their administrator portal or the free digital signage trial test drive. We encourage all of our subscribers and interested non-subscribers to try the Communications Library.”

StrandVision Animated Template Library Program

The StrandVision Animated Communications Library covers 15 themes from diversity and ethics, to safety and morale, quality and time management, spanning hundreds of specific subjects. Designed for both employee communication and general public audiences, the Communications Campaign Library motivates, educates and informs digital signage viewers while demonstrating the StrandVision Digital Signage subscriber organization’s commitment to worthwhile personal and corporate initiatives.

The animated templates can be displayed in full-screen or in-frame formats. Administrators can easily define frequency and change default settings, such as scroll speed, scheduling, expiration and other functions, to meet the needs of their particular display environments. The Personal Finance Library can be combined with the growing list of previously introduced StrandVision Communications Library offerings.

The variety of subjects, combined with the high definition graphics and animations, creates a dynamic presentation that keeps people focused on the digital media player screens long after the campaign page plays.
Personal Finance Communications Campaign Library template pages are available immediately at no charge to all StrandVision Digital Signage subscribers, as well as StrandVision Free Digital Signage Test Drive participants. See sample templates at: http://www.strandvision.com/corporate_social_responsibility_samples.html or call 715-235-7446 or email sales at StrandVision.com.

About StrandVision

StrandVision LLC, based in Menomonie, Wis., delivers low-cost, cloud-based digital signage to subscribers’ digital media player displays, as well as computers, websites and mobile devices. StrandVision’s patented approach distributes customer-created text, graphics, videos and RSS/social media feeds along with pre-packaged, user-selectable weather and news, trivia and music, as well as a library of social responsibility topics. StrandVision Digital Signage is ideal for many business marketing applications for visitor and employee communication for banks and retailers, schools and universities, business and industry, as well as nonprofit and religious organizations.

StrandVision also offers digital signage support hardware including PC-2-TV.net, a fully digital, high-definition (HD) video extender for long distance multi-screen distribution, Linux digital media players to ease and optimize electronic signage network installation and administration, and several large-format displays including freestanding pedestal displays. StrandVision Digital Signage services, installation and equipment are available directly from StrandVision and through registered affiliates and system integrators. Additional information about StrandVision Digital Signage is available at StrandVision.com, 715-235-7446 or by email.
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Mike Strand
StrandVision
715-235-7446 X100
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Greg Soucy
Soucy Communications Group
603-682-7162
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Press Releases For : February 24, 2015

Ashly Saves the Day at Rocky Mountain Classical Academy

RockyMountain_ClassicalAcademyCOLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO – FEBRUARY 2015: Founded in 2005, the Rocky Mountain Classical Academy is a successful K-8 charter school in Colorado’s second-largest city, Colorado Springs. However, RMCA was split between two locations until the recent completion of a $17 million, 100,000 square-foot building to house all of its 1,000 students, with additional room to grow school enrollment by 33%. The building is community-oriented, featuring lots of open areas and gathering spaces with an abundance of natural light. Among them are an adjacent gymnasium and auditorium. With a clever arrangement of movable partitions, the two facilities share a stage that can be used for a wide range of events. When unforeseen budgetary issues threatening the audio/video systems in both rooms, the school district hired local A/V integration firm Sight & Sound Technologies to engineer a fix that would preserve the hoped-for functionality and reliability at a more affordable price. Sight & Sound swapped out the original design’s pricey processors and amplifiers for Ashly Audio’s affordable, network-ready DSP and nX Series amplifiers.

“As sometimes happens, the new building ran into extra expenses that they hadn’t planned for,” said Kris Johnson, COO with Sight & Sound Technologies. “They brought us in, and we got as close to the original system’s functionality as we could while still passing on a savings that amounted to hundreds of thousands of dollars. A significant component of that was moving to Ashly processing and amplification, which offers tremendous value in performance and reliability at a much more affordable cost. Importantly, all of the Ashly equipment that we installed is network-ready, so we can dial into the system from our offices to make any adjustments that the school requests.” In addition to the two sound reinforcement systems, Sight & Sound installed a Martin Professional PC-based control system with Chauvet Ovation series fixtures-based lighting system and a Panasonic HD projector/Draper motorized screen-based video system.

To handle the huge range of functions anticipated in the original design, Johnson installed an Ashly ne24.24M Protea™ digital matrix processor that, with the help of a Crestron control system, allows users to select preset scenarios and make adjustments to individual input channels. An Ashly ne4800 4-in x 8-out Protea DSP System Processor handles loudspeaker conditioning for the auditorium side, and an Ashly 3.6SP 3×6 DSP processor handles loudspeaker conditioning for the gymnasium side. A collection of five Ashly NE and nXe-Series network amplifiers, including an ne8250 8-channel 250W amp, an nXe4002 2-channel network 400W amp, two nXe8002s 2-channel network 800W amps, and an nXe1.52 2-channel 1,500W network amp, power the system. Tannoy VX12Q mains with six Tannoy VX6 fills cover the gymnasium, whereas Fulcrum DX1595 mains with US212 subwoofers cover the auditorium. Inputs to the system include a Behringer x32 console on a digital snake and an assortment of wired and wireless microphones. For simple events, the Crestron control system handles everything, so a tech is not needed.

“Ashly has been my go-to processor and amplifier manufacturer for years,” said Johnson. “I always know exactly what I’m going to get, and I love the programming interface. At RMCA, we did all of our programming ahead of time at the office, which made for a smooth installation. Ashly’s sound quality is excellent; it’s always clean and quiet. In fact, I don’t even think to worry about that anymore! The Ashly Protea processing is flexible enough that we were able to give the school all of the functionality they had hoped for in the original design. Ashly’s reliability has always been bulletproof, so I know we won’t be going back to deal with flakey gear.”

He continued, “Several school officials, including the president of the board, have to come to us to say how amazing the system is and how pleased they are that we made it work with their restricted budget. Before we came in, there was talk of cutting the A/V system entirely! It’s quite a turn-around.”

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 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.
www.ashly.com

ABOUT SIGHT AND SOUND TECHNOLOGIES Sight and Sound Technologies exists to help churches, school and other organizations with their audio, video, lighting systems.  Designing full building integrated systems down to simple equipment purchases. Based in Colorado SST works all over the country.
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@sightnsoundtech

StoreStreams to Offer Turnkey In-Store Radio to Businesses

Integrated solution removes the headaches of procuring content and licensing, while simplifying deployments and operation through a fully networked system

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, February 24, 2015 — The in-store radio architecture is typically a patchwork of systems and components from different sources to deliver music and advertising to businesses, with challenging scenarios for licensing music and audio content. The formation of StoreStreams aims to simplify the launch and management of a multi-site in-store radio system, cleanly integrating IT network infrastructure with audio players—and providing the content, licensing and user interface to ensure a unified and profitable service.

StoreStreams Data Center

StoreStreams brings together the music catalog and network intelligence of XYZ Stream Hosting, a specialist in live, multiplatform content delivery; with end point hardware supplied through LineQ, a distributor specializing in networked AV equipment. LineQ will supply Ecler Sound amplifiers, Cornered Sound loudspeakers and media players from Barix, an IP audio pioneer with hundreds of thousands of hardware players in deployment worldwide. Furthermore, the service operates on a contract-free, month-to-month basis for maximum operational flexibility.

The StoreStreams service will focus specifically on streaming content to network operators and retail businesses that want a wide selection of music channels, without the headaches of procuring and licensing content. A clean and intuitive interface will allow curators and program managers to build playlists and manage content with ease. Included within the management application is the ability to structure and schedule ad placement, station ID’s and promotional material. For resellers and integrators, the complete integrated package minimizes components and eliminates installation headaches, further accelerating deployments.

Perhaps above all, the reliability of the cloud-based, redundant streaming architecture will ensure a live, branded streaming service with high availability for networks of any scale—ensuring a dynamic, high-quality and uninterrupted in-store radio experience.

“Utilizing 21 data centers, StoreStreams serves retail businesses nationwide with hyper-regionalized content and customized services directly from the data center closest to each business location,” said Charles Odom, vice president of marketing, StoreStreams. “And through our multichannel music library and licensing agreements, our customers will have access to the most up-to-date content with full legality.”

Will Schmidt, vice president of sales for LineQ, adds that packaging the content and licensing into an integrated solution with streaming, content management, and end point tools also makes StoreStreams an ideal platform for content curators. By including content and licensing, curators can manage audio programming for retail businesses without getting involved in the legal aspects of the in-store media business.

“By aligning everything under one management system and offering comfortable month-to-month contracts, StoreStreams and LineQ have a recipe for anyone to succeed at in-store radio,” said Schmidt, adding that the entire solution is engineered to deliver an absorbing retail customer experience. “The placement of the servers and optimization of end points for consistency in live streaming is all designed to provide superior performance. This is a service that is built to satisfy customers for the long haul.”

LineQ is currently offering six months of free service with the purchase of an endpoint device, such as the Barix Exstreamer—the device that receives, decodes and plays out audio content inside stores. The complete solution will be available by end of February.

About StoreStreams
StoreStreams is the turnkey in-store audio solution that integrates seamlessly within retail environments, providing access to a wide-ranging music catalog that complements the atmosphere of any business. Founded by musicians and music lovers, StoreStreams creates customized, branded radio channels that remove the elevator music stigma, and is driven by technology that ensures the highest quality sound. StoreStreams also ensures the highest possible uptime for live streaming services without interruption through its regionalized, redundant server environments, offering reliable and scalable services for both the single retail storefront and large business networks with thousands of locations.

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Press Releases For : February 23, 2015

Audinate Announces “Audio over IP in Broadcast with Dante” Event in London

Audinate, developers of acclaimed Dante™ Audio over IP technology, are partnering with leading audio manufacturers to present a day-long workshop dedicated to Audio over IP in the broadcast market on Friday, 20 March 2015. The event will take place at the Royal Festival Hall in London and will feature the largest demonstration of interoperable AoIP Broadcast products available and shipping today.

Be present for this unique opportunity to participate in high-level discussions about AoIP, and specific successful deployments of Dante in Broadcast. Experience the future of AoIP technology directly from professionals on the front lines.

Representatives from Aaton, AEQ, Audinate, DAD/NTP, Delec, DHD, Focusrite, Ghielmetti, Glensound, Junger, Quicklink, Roland, Salzbrenner Stagetec, Sennheiser, Shure, Solid State Logic, Sound Devices, Studer and Yamaha will be demonstrating over 50 Dante-enabled products at this free, all-day event.

The event will run from 10:00 to 15:30 with refreshments served at the end of the day. Space for this event is extremely limited, so early registration is highly encouraged.

Click here to register: www.audinate.com/aoip-20mar2015AoIP in Broadcast with Dante

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.

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