AV Racks 101: The Backbone of AV and IT Infrastructure
Racks, enclosures, housings, whatever you call them they are the essential infrastructure component for any installation. They spend their lives behind doors labeled authorized personnel only and danger high voltage. Or, they remain anonymous behind an unmarked steel door in a dark corner of the basement. They stand side by side, often row after endless row, holding together the electronic components that make our systems function. Without them, there would be no way to organize hardware, coordinate cabling, structure the signal flow of systems or perform a myriad of other often forgotten, but critical tasks. Racks also provide security, cooling, safety and increase serviceability.
Dialing Up a Robust Communication Solution
After Fortune 500 company Henkel acquired Dial to expand its personal care and household cleaning market, it enlisted the help of integrator Level 3 Audio Visual (L3AV) to outfit the sprawling corporate campus in Scottsdale, Ariz., with a Crestron control system to manage, monitor and control global video conferencing (VC) systems, campus-wide AV distribution, digital signage, as well as shades and drapes throughout the property.
Acoustics Can No Longer Be an Afterthought
Attention to acoustics solves problems with coherency. Simple solutions like a formal Noise Criteria assessment can prevent difficulties in communicating. These lessons and others are imparted by Steve Durr, an acoustical consultant.
NAMM Gets Creative to Solve Acoustical Issues for the TEC Awards
See how NAMM provided a quality sound experience for the TEC awards despite acoustical issues at the site's location. The chosen acoustical solution consisted of 200 custom GeerFab MultiZorber panels, each measuring approximately 4 x 9-1/2 feet and made of lightweight, acoustically absorbent substrate material wrapped in a black fabric. These were strategically mounted on rigging points throughout the venue to combat sound difficulties.
TSL Products Introduces New AVB Audio Monitoring Units
TSL Products, manufacturer of audio monitoring solutions, surround sound microphones and processors, broadcast control systems and power management tools, is debuting its cutting-edge PAM1 and PAM2 AVB Audio Monitoring Units at NAB 2014. The PAM AVB units provide all the power and capability of TSL Products’ PAM precision audio monitoring systems, while specifically addressing the needs of an Audio-over-IP AVB facility infrastructure.
Extron Introduces the MPS 601 Media Presentation Switcher
Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the MPS 601, a compact six input, one output media presentation switcher for digital and analog sources. It offers four, HDCP-compliant HDMI inputs and two RGB video inputs with analog stereo audio. RGB video and analog audio are digitized and switched through the HDMI output, without the need for additional signal conversion equipment.
RF Venue Presents RF Optix for Fiber Based Venues
Wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Optix RF to fiber optic conversion system, a new tool for mainstream wireless microphone users that enhances antenna distribution and wireless audio design.
Digital Signage and Mobile Wayfinding — 4 Solutions for Corporate Facilities
Digital signage is always evolving and so is wayfinding technology. One of these developments is mobile wayfinding — where mobile integration lets visitors take digital signage with them. Smartphone or tablet, iPhone or Andriod these platforms take digital signage to the next level of communication. We profile four companies that offer mobile wayfinding for digital signage: Four Winds Interactive, 22MILES, Jibestream Interactive Media, and Here2There Software. Check out the videos of how these work.
3 Pro Audio Apps for Measuring Impulse Response
Impulse response refers to the way a dynamic system reacts to an external change. In the context of sound, this refers to how the system reacts to any signal input. Just as white and pink noise test the range and sound of your sound system, impulse response physically maps how the signal being sent through the system exists as a function of time. With mobile apps, finding the right impulse response app can be tasking. Specifically, the convenience of all-in-one audio toolboxes from developers like Studio Six Digital, offer comparable features and tools to measure impulse response, but often require in-app purchases or force customers to dig through features and settings to find the most efficient way to display the data.
In Case of Crisis App Version 3.0 Now Available
Earlier this week, Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis recently released its new 3.0 version in four editions – Corporate, Education, Hospitality and Government. Helping emergency, security and risk professionals empower their communities before, during and after crisis situations, In Case of Crisis 3.0 is available as an iOS and Android app and now includes additional critical emergency and business continuity enhancements, including incident reporting capabilities and a host of new data security features.
The NAMM Show 2014
From low-cost consoles to app that turns your iPad into a digital mixer, NAMM 2014 had some very interesting highlights.
Inside 4 Critical Elements of an MNEC Solution
For any person involved in designing or procuring and effective mass notification emergency communication (MNEC) system, the following video tutorial is worth watching. Lencore, an audio, soundmasking and MNEC solutions manufacturer, taps into the fact that there remains a large learning curve when it comes to this all-too-critical category.