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October 2012

October 2012

Tech Showcase

Column Line Array Loudspeakers

By Mark Johnson

Tried and true, the venerable column array is a design that many of us have cut our teeth on. While the modular, large-scale systems have been recently grabbing all of the headlines, column arrays have quietly made a resurgence….

Routers and Switchers

By Bennett Liles

The biggest challenge facing switchers and routers is the wide variety of digital and analog video formats being used. …


Anchor Audio Beacon Portable Line Array Sound System Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

Completely self-contained, Beacon can be powered by AC or two rechargeable 12V 9.0-amp-hour batteries that provide six to eight hours of continuous music at medium levels and two to four hours at higher levels, with even longer life if used exclusively for speech. …

Media Vision USA Taiden HCS-5300 Wireless Conference System Review

Reviewer: John McJunkin

I took a look at Media Vision USA’s Taiden HCS-5300 wireless conference system, and was pleased….

Columns & Features

Spoken Word at College Church

By Bob McCarthy

When was the last time you went to an organ concert in a room that had optimal acoustics for the organ? …

Under-balcony Delays

By Bob McCarthy

As sound designers, we often have to decide whether we should go through the added expense and trouble of mounting, wiring, and buying under-balcony speakers—an extra array. …

The Value of Continuing Education for a Programmer

By Patrick Barron

There is not a single college degree that can completely prepare an AV systems programmer for all of the situations they will encounter in the course of working with a typical system. …

Digital Signage in Recreation and Health

We’re going to look at two settings where designers deployed the same digital signage player—the Gefen HD Digital Signage Media Player—to communicate throughout casino dining establishments and in a children’s hospital wing….

The Doctor Is In

By Andrew Sobel

Many of us use annual checkups to keep tabs on our physical health each year. But checking the vitals of your professional health is just as important. …

Mixing Live with RML Labs’ Software Audio Console, Part 1

With Bennett Liles

Keith Sealy, technical director for the Goodlettsville Church of the Nazarene near Nashville, Tenn., about his use of the Software Audio Console from RML Labs to mix live sound at the church. …

Mixing Live with RML Labs’ Software Audio Console, Part 2

WIth Bennett Liles

Mixing on a computer isn’t that exotic, but if you do it live, things can get more interesting. …

The Buzz

Modern Automixing

The modest sanctuary of St. Anthony Claret Catholic Church in Anaheim, Calif., was at the height of architectural fashion when it was built in the late 1950s and has again come into vogue in the new century. …

Starin Selling Out Barco ClickShare

Starin, the exclusive U.S. supplier for Barco’s ClickShare, shipped out the first batch of systems this month. …

App: Harman Soundcraft Audio Calc Toolkit

Harman’s Soundcraft has launched an audio calculation toolkit app for the Apple iPhone. …

Show Networks and Control Systems

Author, educator, and industry veteran John Huntington has released Show Networks and Control Systems, the completely updated and revised edition of his industry standard reference text, which was previously titled Control Systems for Live Entertainment….

InfoComm EduBucks to Expire End of 2012

As a result of the InfoComm membership changes, the EduBucks program will expire at the end of 2012. …

InfoComm has New Ways to Save

InfoComm is changing the way it delivers member benefits in 2013. There will be a simplified membership structure, select online classes available to members at no charge, and discounted in-person training….

Taking Care of Business

CEDIA’s Business Toolkit webinar series has been developed in partnership with The Shiner Group….

MNEC Industry Symposium Highlights Information to Discover New Marketplace

The size of the Mass Notification and Emergency Communications (MNEC) market and the potential for systems integrators is staggering, yet the risks and rewards of entering this market must be weighed carefully….

MNEC Industry Symposium Advocates for Emerging Market Opportunities for Low-Voltage Systems Integrators

The NSCA Education Foundation is offering $100 off the registration fee for any systems integration professional interested in attending the inaugural Mass Notification & Emergency Communications (MNEC) Industry Symposium….

NSCA Launches Mass Notification & Emergency Communications Industry Symposium

The National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) will host its first-ever Mass Notification & Emergency Communications (MNEC) Industry Symposium November 14, with an opening reception November 13, at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus in Annandale, VA. …

New Products

displayLED digiFLEX

The digiFLEX is a production-friendly flexible screen for use in concert/touring environments and provides camera-friendly imagery in television studios….

Community VERIS 2 Loudspeakers

The VERIS 2 loudspeaker series features 11 new models….

AKG WMS4500 Wireless System

The AKG WMS4500 wireless system combines several frequency bands and operates up to 70 channels….

Hosa e GBX-300 Tablet Frame for iPad

Featuring universal iPad compatibility, the GBX-300 Tablet Frame for iPad from Hosa holds any iPad on all four sides….

Digital Projection International HIGHlite 330-3D Projector

Digital Projection International has introduced the HIGHlite 330-3D projector. …

Gefen GAVA Automation System

GAVA, from Gefen, is an AV automation system that controls devices like matrixes using any tablet, laptop, or smartphone….

Radial Engineering Powerhouse Power Rack

Radial Engineering has announced the Powerhouse, a 10-slot power rack for the 500 series format….

Extron FOX RS 104

Extron has introduced the FOX RS 104, a four-port RS-232 inserter for long-haul transmission of control signals….

Symetrix Radius 12×8 DSP

The Radius 12×8 is a Dante-networkable, fixed I/O, digital signal processor….

Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless System

Sennheiser has unveiled the Digital 9000, a digital wireless system that can transmit uncompressed audio….

Sonifex CM-CU1 Commentator Unit

The CM-CU1 from Sonifex provides a commentator position with a line-level input, an individual commentator output, and an additional output providing a mix of commentator and line input audio….

Vaddio Hot-Shot Camera Controller

Vaddio has revamped the Hot-Shot camera controller by adding control for Vaddio’s ClearVIEW HD-series PTZ cameras….

projectiondesign FS33 IR Projector

The second-generation solid-state ReaLED illumination engine and optics used in the FS33 IR projector increases eyelimiting resolution….

Harman HiQnet Performance Manager Software

The JBL HiQnet Performance Manager sound reinforcement system design software, an application-specific iteration of the HiQnet System Architect software. …

Extron Retractor XL Cable Retractor

The Retractor XL provides for cable extension up to 5ft. and is available in versions to support most AV and data signal types including VGA, network, PC audio, USB, DisplayPort, or HDMI….

Meyer Sound CAL Column Array Loudspeaker

Available in three models, CAL is a self-powered loudspeaker that introduces high vocal clarity in even the most reverberant environments, according to the company….

Auralex UtiliTek Sound Absorber

UtiliTek panels are fabric-covered, acoustically absorptive panels designed to reduce unwanted room reflections and reverberation….

BASSMAXX CCM112 YesMon Monitor

BASSMAXX has announced the launch of the bi-amped CCM112 YesMon powered monitor….

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