Salary for a Full-time AV Tech Is Now $64,959 in the US

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The new 2020 Macroeconomics Trends Analysis (META): Pro AV Channel Employment Report, produced by AVIXA, looks at the global workforce in the ProAV industry, beginning with the impact of the macroeconomy and diving into job categories, salaries, education, skills and other factors. The Pro AV Channel Employment Report survey respondents reported substantial raises for 2019, […]

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Happy 55th Birthday to Peavey!

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Peavey Electronics celebrated the 55th anniversary of its founding on June 1, 1965. Over the past 55 years, music has been the common thread that unites communities during challenging times. Passion for music and love for people who make music is what continues to drive Hartley Peavey, and he’s always strived to share that joy […]

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AtlasIED Adds New Line of IP-addressable Power Conditioners

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AtlasIED just added a new line of IP-addressable power conditioners that utilizes power management, distribution and monitoring to safeguard connected equipment from Radio Frequency Interference and unstable AC voltage. Each of the new IP addressable power conditioners also features programmable outlets, a web-based user interface, and remote monitoring capabilities to ensure optimal performance of connected […]

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Environmental Lights Launches New 4-in-1 LED Strip Light

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Environmental Lights announced the launch of its new MaxRun 4-in-1 5050 LED Strip Light on Thursday. MaxRun 4-in-1 5050 LED Strip Light is designed to solve the creative challenges where a continuous run of color is needed. According to the company, MaxRun 4-in-1 is one of the first 4-in-1 LED strip lights that can light […]

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Roland Expands Roland Cloud, Moves it to Primary Website

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Roland announced the most massive expansion yet to Roland Cloud Wednesday. Roland Cloud is the company’s cloud-based platform with more than 50 Roland software synthesizers and sound libraries. The expansion moves the platform to the company’s primary “roland.com” website. It welcomes the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, a “virtualized ZEN-Core” plug-in instrument. Other enhancements include new membership […]

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Roland Intros ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer Plug-in

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Roland has introduced the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, an expandable plug-in version of the Roland ZEN-Core Synthesis System for macOS and Windows. ZENOLOGY allows music-makers to create with ZEN-Core directly in their DAWs and introduces new sound compatibilities between software and a range of hardware. With thousands of sounds available, ZENOLOGY’s browser allows users to filter […]

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Ross Updates Voyager Graphics Rendering Solution — Version V4.0

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Ross has announced the launch of Voyager V4.0 — the latest version of its graphics rendering solution for virtual studio and augmented reality applications. Voyager is based on Epic Games’ Unreal engine and provides content creators with creativity and realism when producing on-air graphics. Voyager V4.0 has been built on the latest Unreal V4.25 release […]

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NEC Unveils Brightest Projector in its PA Laser Projector Series

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NEC Display Solutions of America launched the brightest projector in its PA laser projector series, the PA1004UL. It has 10,000 lumens of brightness. The WUXGA resolution PA1004UL’s claim-to-fame is how quiet it is — at a 35 dB operating noise level — like 30% quieter than any other projector in its brightness category. This quiet […]

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The Status of ProAV, As Told By AVIXA’s “COVID-19 Impacts to ProAV Businesses” Webinar

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Last week, AVIXA (the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association) held an important and data-driven webinar based on consolidated findings from the past 12 weeks of its Impact Survey — a weekly assessment of proAV industry trends, attitudes and perceptions in light of the pandemic. The “COVID-19 Impacts to Pro AV Businesses Webinar,” available to AVIXA […]

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Sony Electronics Releases New BRAVIA 4K Displays for Commercial Market

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Sony Electronics launched its new BRAVIA 4K HDR BZ40H series of professional displays for the commercial market. The new models include 55-inch (FW-55BZ40H), 65-inch (FW-65BZ40H), 75-inch (FW-75BZ40H) and 85-inch (FW-85BZ40H) options for use in various B2B applications. The BZ40H series integrates Sony’s system on a chip platform with features including a redesigned with input from […]

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Radial Engineering Releases New HotShot 48V Microphone Switcher

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Radial Engineering announced its new HotShot 48V Microphone Switcher Monday. The Hotshot 48V uses a foot switch and allows a live performing artist to redirect a condenser or dynamic microphone signal away from the main house system to the stage monitoring or in-ear system for discrete communication with band members or technicians. The HotShot 48V […]

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DPA Microphones Announces New High-SPL Lavaliers

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DPA Microphones’ new 6060/6061 lavaliers are housed in stainless steel, PVD-coated casing and include high SPL up to 129dB. Both also feature a 60-percent smaller capsule and are available in black, white, brown and beige. They also feature durable construction and unsurpassed sound quality, making them ideal for any live production. According to DPA, the […]

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Future of the Integration Business: Human Resources

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By Michael Timmes National Systems Contractors Association The COVID-19 pandemic should have you reexamining your HR policies about remote work, sick time, benefits, and more. As integration companies battle through a COVID-19-depleted market, there is much uncertainty about what the future of the integration industry holds. One feeling, however, has been consistent throughout NSCA’s countless […]

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Studio Technologies Releases New Headset Aimed at Esports

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Studio Technologies has released the Model 207 Esports Console. According to the company, the console helps to make esports events more compelling by opening the lines of communication, allowing production personnel, team coaches and fans to hear what the players are discussing during gameplay. The solution also prevents teams from hearing their competitors or the […]

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Digital Projection Launches Satellite Modular Laser System

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Digital Projection launched the Satellite Modular Laser System (Satellite MLS) for the North American market on Thursday. This allows the separation of the pure laser light engine, with the associated power and thermal management, to a remote location. It then enables a compact and virtually silent projection “head” that primarily contains optics, video processing and […]

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L-Acoustics’ L-ISA Technology Will Be Natively Controllable Via Yamaha’s RIVAGE PM Digital Mixing Systems

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L-Acoustics has announced that its L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology will be natively controllable via Yamaha Professional Audio’s entire lineup of RIVAGE PM digital mixing systems. (This includes the newly launched PM5 and PM3, thanks to a DeskLink co-developed by the two manufacturers.) According to L-Acoustics, the RIVAGE PM firmware version 4.0 will be released […]

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Barco Unveils 4K Matrix Switcher for Live Events and Permanent Installs

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Barco’s new PDS-4K is an 8 x 2 (+2) 4K matrix switcher with mixing program outputs for both live events and permanent installs. The PDS is base don the Barco Event Master platform and incorporates its Athena scaling technology for seamless mixing and switching. The PDS-4K is compatible with all the Barco visualization solutions and […]

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Renewed Vision Updates ProPresenter Software, Adds Livestreaming Capabilities

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Renewed Vision debuted an update Wednesday of its ProPresenter (7.1) that adds livestreaming and recording capabilities via RTMP. ProPresenter 7.1 enables users to choose any one of the software’s multiple simultaneous output screens and stream it live using the RTMP protocol, record it to disk or do both concurrently. The livestream can be output directly […]

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DiGiCo Releases Software Update for its S Series Consoles

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DiGiCo’s latest software update, V2.6, for its S Series consoles delivers new features including control of the A164D Wall LCD and A168D Stage for networked audio in installations via the Dante 64@96 DMI as well as support for the DMI-KLANG. Since both the A164D Wall LCD (16 x 4) and the A168D Stage (16 x […]

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Ross Launches SoftGear, its New Signal-Processing Platform

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Ross announced the launch of softGear, a brand new signal-processing platform that draws its design and methodology from Ross Video’s openGear ecosystem and our experience of providing interoperable systems. SoftGear is the technology platform that creates new ways to acquire, process, manage and distribute content. It complements existing hardware-based workflows with software-based processing for both […]

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The Fall 2020 Classroom

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It’s June of 2020, and colleges and universities have finished their crazy spring semesters. Most are pivoting, rooted in planning for the fall semester of 2020. A few themes seem to be emerging that will begin to shape what this next school year looks like, and therefore how the AV market will play a role. […]

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Nominations Now Open for Ninth Annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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We weren’t sure whether to continue with the Readers’ Choice Awards this year. To be honest, with COVID-19 affecting so many different aspects of our work and our lives, it didn’t seem like the right time. That’s when it hit us. We began giving out these awards as a way to let our audience tell […]

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Haven’t Registered for InfoComm Connected 2020 Yet? Here’s the Info

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AVIXA has announced registration is open for its virtual show InfoComm 2020 Connected, taking place June 16-18. The show will gather thought leaders from multiple ProAV disciplines — and it will host conversations on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. Here are a few sneak peeks of what the sessions will include: Kay Sargent, […]

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AJA Video Systems Announces New Single-Channel 4K/UltraHD Recorder and Player

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AJA Video Systems has announced Ki Pro Ultra 12G, a new single-channel 4K/UltraHD recorder and player or four-channel HD recorder. It features 12G-SDI connectivity with a host of unique and powerful features. Ki Pro Ultra 12G offers single-channel 4K/UltraHD up to 50/60p recording and playback to and from Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR, with connectivity […]

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Powersoft Releases New Plug-Ins for Mezzo Series and Amplifier Platforms

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Powersoft has released new plug-ins supporting Mezzo Series, and its non-DSP install dedicated amplifier platforms ranges for the Q-SYS and Crestron control ecosystems. These free-to-download plug-ins allow for network-based control of amplifier functionality via third-party systems. Also, a new Q-SYS plug-in supporting DSP+D versions of Duecanali, Quattrocanali, Ottocanali, X and T series is slated for […]

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Matrox Announces KVM Extender With WAN Support

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Matrox just announced wide-area-network (WAN) support with its high-performance Matrox Extio 3 IP KVM extenders. This new mode of operation enables organizations to introduce new remote work and collaborative workflow infrastructures by allowing users to access, share and control any centralized workstation located in another building or city. Featuring 4K and multidisplay extension and switching […]

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I Attended Almo’s E4v — Here’s What I Learned

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As with many events in the world right now, Almo Professional A/V canceled its E4 Experience(s) that was supposed to happen this spring. Instead, the distributor held an totally online version — calling it the E4 Evolution or E4v. I wrote a sneak preview about it a couple of weeks ago. But in case you […]

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Waves Audio Releases New Improved Version of its SoundGrid Studio Software

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Waves Audio is now shipping the new, enhanced version of its SoundGrid Studio software for real-time audio processing and networking. SoundGrid Studio is the software used to control a Waves SoundGrid-powered system for real-time recording and monitoring, plug-in DSP offload for mixing and flexible audio networking. SoundGrid allows producers, engineers and musicians to: Record and […]

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Dropping the Ball

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Responsiveness and Reliability As any regular reader of my columns will know, one of my significant beliefs is critical to any relationship between a manufacturer and consultants/specifiers. It’s about two things: responsiveness and reliability. Therefore, I present the following story as an illustration of precisely what NOT to do if you are a manufacturer. Take […]

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DPA Microphones Releases 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Microphone

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DPA Microphones just launched the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun Microphone. Featuring the same sonic qualities as the brand’s super-cardioid choir microphone, the 4097 CORE Micro Shotgun has been optimized to pick up speech from a distance. Incorporated into the company’s new 4097 CORE Interview Kit, the mic has been designed for use with a lightweight […]

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Planar to Expand LED Display Options With FX Series Line

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Planar announced an expansion Wednesday to the company’s portfolio of LED display solutions with the Planar FX Series’ introduction. Planar FX Series fine pixel pitch LED video wall displays bring image detail and resolution historically reserved for lower light private spaces (in indoor and outdoor applications). The Planar FX Series offers outdoor models available in […]

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