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Crest Audio partners with Waves for Tactus

Crest Audio® (Booth 10129) has partnered with Waves® to create the Tactus™ Digital Mixing System. With a simple, customizable touch-screen operating interface that puts all of the audio routing, processing and mixing tools, the Tactus Digital Mixing System is one of the most innovative and audio mixing platforms yet. In addition to providing a full complement of professional features, the Tactus system allows the use of Waves audio processing plug-ins for live events.

The system includes Tactus.FOH™, the audio processing core for the system, the Tactus.Stage™, a 32-in/16-out remote stage box, and the Tactus.Control, a dedicated hardware control surface. With its modular  design which interconnects via standard Gigabit Ethernet cabling and an internal Gigabit switch, the system can be scaled to suit the installation or application.


The Tactus.FOH is powered by the Waves SoundGrid audio processing/networking platform, combining extremely low latency with precision audio processing. When matched with the new Waves eMotion Mixer for SoundGrid, the products result in a mixing platform that is unsurpassed in the industry with regard to features, audio quality, and flexibility. The Tactus.FOH frame provides 8 local microphone/line inputs and 8 line outputs, and serves as the audio signal processing engine.


Audio inputs are handled by the Tactus.Stage unit, which contains 32 microphone/line inputs and 16 line outputs. The digitally controlled high-quality mic preamps feature ultra-low input noise, high slew rate, very low THD, and 66dB adjustment range in 1dB steps to maximize dynamic range. An integrated gigabit Ethernet switch allows for easy networking. Two interfaces can be combined for a total of 64 stereo inputs by 32 stereo outputs.

QSC Launches New Q-Sys Network Audio Products

QSC Audio Products (Booth C9917) showed two new Enterprise Cores at InfoComm 2014.  The new Core 1100 provides 256 x 256 network audio channels and 96 AEC channels, while the new Core 3100 is capable of a robust 512 x 512 channels and 192 AEC channels. Additionally, the already familiar QSC CXD-series amplifiers got a boost with the launch of CXD-Q designed specifically for use with the respected Q-Sys platform.  Combined together, the amplifiers benefit from Q-Sys extensive DSP processing for a well-integrated solution to large installed applications, including convention centers, public transportation terminals, hotels, stadiums, and other venues with complex zone and routing requirements.


On the speaker side, three new speaker models have been added.  Two surface-mount loudspeakers in the Acoustic Design Series bookend an already diverse line of product.  The AD-S112sw is a compact single 12″ subwoofer with weather treated driver capable of 121db peak SPL, and includes mounting yoke.  Advanced voicing filter sets using QSC Intrinsic Correction™, available through either Q-Sys processing or CXD amplifier platforms.  The AD-S6T uses a 6” weather treated woofer; 1” silk dome tweeter to achieve 105° Axisymmetric (conical) coverage.  Maximum peak SPL 116 db, and also utilizes advanced voicing filter sets using QSC Intrinsic Correction™, available through either Q-Sys processing or CXD amplifier platforms. 60 watt low-saturation and low-loss 70/100V transformers with 8? bypass are built in.  The entire line is designed for indoor and outdoor use, and meets IEC60529 IP-54 for dust and splash resistance.

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Sound & Video Contractor Magazine Announces 2014 InfoComm Best Of Show Award Winners

Las Vegas, NV (June 20, 2014) — Sound & Video Contractor magazine, published by NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group, announced its Best of Show Award winners today at the InfoComm 2014.


NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards are judged by a panel of engineers and industry experts from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.


The 2014 winners are:

Audio-Technica ATND971 Network Microphone with Direct Dante™ Protocol

Aurora Multimedia QXT-700

Black Box MediaCento IPX Controller

Clear-Com HelixNet HKB-2X Speaker Station with S-Mount

Core Brands BlueBOLT BB-RS232

Crestron Electronics DigitalMedia

D-Tools, Inc. SIX 2013 R2 featuring Mobile Quote

Epson America, Inc. Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL

ESP/SurgeX ESP enVision PCS with Remote Portal

Kramer Electronics VIA Collage

Lab.gruppen D series with Tesira

LG Electronics LG’s 55LV77A Full HD Video Wall Display

Listen Technologies iDSP RF receiver

Martin Audio DD12

Middle Atlantic Products TechPed™ Series Technology Pedestal

Peerless-AV Peerless-AV PeerSound™ Wireless Audio System (ADS100-B)

QSC CXD-Q Amplifiers

Rane Corporation EXP 2X

Shure Inc. QLX-D™ Digital Wireless System

SiliconCore Technology Magnolia 1.5mm LED

Sony Electronics VPL-GTZ1 4K ultra short throw laser projector

SVSi N-Touch N8300-series Wall Controller

Symetrix, Inc. SymNet Composer 2.0


Vaddio AV Bridge Matrix PRO

Vaddio RoboSHOT Broadcast and Conference

Video Devices (at Sound Devices booth) PIX 270i

Video Furniture International  (VFI) Electric Lift Collaboration and Video Table


Yamaha QL Series Digital Audio Console

WOW Vision (at Starin booth) Collab8 Eco-System


See the official rules. For more information, contact Anthony Savona.



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All-Star Rockers Assembled for Free Bose Concert

Bose Professional Systems (Booth C11122) hosted a free concert Thursday at 5:30 pm in the LVH Theater, directly adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center.  The assembled “supergroup” includes Howard Leese (Guitar- Heart, Bad Company), Doug Aldrich (Guitar- Whitesnake), Robin McAuley (Vocals- MSG, Survivor), Paul Shortino (Vocals- Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Andrew Freeman (Vocals/Guitars- Lynch Mob, The Offspring), Jay Schellen (Drums- Badfinger, Asia), Michael T. Ross (Keys- Lita Ford Band), and Mark Boals (Vocals- Yngwie Malmsteen).  The setlist included classic tunes from legendary rock groups like the Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors, Led Zeplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Eagles, Queen, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Journey, Aerosmith, and more.  The nearly standing-room-only crowd was treated to over 90 minutes of classic rock anthems.


This extraordinary musicianship was enhanced by the acclaimed Bose RoomMatch™ audio system, with unparalleled coherence through a manifold waveguide, allowing a much lower crossover point than most other compression arrays.  Bose’s unique construction is modular, allowing different midrange/high-frequency units (even with asymmetrical dispersion patterns) to be combined with low-frequency units into one line array unit.  This unusually diverse pallet allows designers to customize the coverage more ideally to the room and seating, keeping energy off the walls and other surfaces and cutting down destructive interference.  The system was powered by Bose PowerMatch(tm) 4- and 8-channel amplifiers delivering up to 4000 watts per amplifier with less than 20-amp current draw per unit.



The editors of Sound & Video Contractor post live from InfoComm as the news happens. Check back several times a day for the latest industry news, reports from press conferences, and product introductions.


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