Why Audio Isn’t an All-in-One-Size-Fits-All Proposition

November 30, 2023

Rewind 10 years ago, and the stack of hardware in a basic conference room included a display, an audiovisual matrix switcher, an audio amplifier, a control processor, a DSP, a hardware based codec, a PTZ camera, ceiling or table microphones, wall or ceiling speakers, and a proprietary touch panel. All that was held together with […]

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AI and Pro Audio

July 16, 2023

By Stefan Marti Shure Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing the audio industry. At least, that’s what we’ve heard lately — AI is creating new music, making it possible for your two favorite artists to release a collaboration, or even produce and release a brand-new song by The Beatles that had never been created before. What […]

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An Interview With Matt Anderson, President and CEO of Sound Devices

January 13, 2023

This is an interview with Matt Anderson, president and CEO at Sound Devices, as written by Steph Beckett. It has been edited for clarity. Can you, first off, give me a little background on Sound Devices for those who might not be familiar? We’ve been around since 1998. I’m one of the original founders … […]

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Calling All Audio Pros: What’s THE Sound of All Human Knowledge?

September 23, 2022

What is the Sound of All Human Knowledge? Here’s a challenge for audio pros and everyone else: Through an open contest, the Wikimedia Foundation invites you to create nothing less than “The Sound of All Human Knowledge.” The Wikimedia Foundation is the global nonprofit that hosts Wikipedia and Wikimedia, the movement behind Wikipedia and 12 […]

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InfoComm 2022 Will Explore the ProAV Solutions and Trends for Audio and Live Events

June 1, 2022

InfoComm 2022 on June 4-10 at the Las Vegas Convention Center will explore the ProAV solutions that power live events in addition to the latest advancements in audio solutions. The show will feature an extensive lineup of leading solution providers across the trade show floor, a comprehensive education program, audio demo rooms, and tours of […]

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Designing Effective Audio for Digital Signage

January 19, 2022

When I was working in AV integration a few years ago, one of my vendors (thanks again, Matt) sent me a lead to follow up on and was able to meet the designer that day. We discussed his project (a build out in a new space for the USTA Stadium in New York). The end […]

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User Experience Is About to Become Critical

May 4, 2021

Over the past 14 months, higher ed technology professionals have been scrambling. Whether we were sticking webcams on tripods, placing cameras/mics in classrooms or working with faculty on how to use all of the above — the past year has been more about preparing for tomorrow than for the next six months or year. While […]

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Lessons From Semester One

February 2, 2021

Higher ed just lived through what may be the strangest semester we have ever had. At my school, we held in-person classes, and — knock on wood — we were very successful, with limited numbers of COVID cases and no serious cases. Like many other schools, we employed social distancing, lower limits on people in […]

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“We’re Also an Audio Company,” Says Microsoft

September 30, 2020

From “Hey, Cortana” to cloud-enabled interactive sound for HoloLens to Windows Sonic (Windows 10 comes with support for virtual surround sound), Microsoft invests heavily in research on audio. And the company is convinced the ProAV market fails to recognize this. They have a point here. Did you know speaker detection technology developed by Microsoft researchers […]

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KRK Systems Introduces CLASSIC 5 into Family of Professional-Grade Monitors

November 6, 2019

KRK Systems, part of the Gibson family of brands, introduced the CLASSIC 5 Professional Bi-amp Studio Monitors to its family of professional-grade monitor offerings. KRK’s CLASSIC 5 is a powered nearfield studio monitor and includes a bi-amped class A/B amplifier with a built-in automatic limiter and a low-resonance enclosure for minimized distortion and colorization. Additionally, […]

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So Much More Acoustical Data, So Little Improvement in Results

August 21, 2019

Half a century ago, the world of audio and acoustic measurement was changed forever with the invention of Time Delay Spectrometry and its evolution into what would later come the TEF Analyzer and other more sophisticated hardware. The original documents, patent and explanation can be found here. Dr. Heyser’s original sketch of the system is […]

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Ashly Audio Details InfoComm 2019 Plans for 11 New Products

June 7, 2019

Ashly Audio unveiled 11 new products at InfoComm 2019 (booth #6374) that are the result of purposeful innovation focused on delivering selling solutions and improving the user and integrator experience with professional audio. The new solutions include the mXa-1502 Mixer Amp, CA and FA Series of Amplifiers, which work for multiple types of integrations and […]

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Webinar | AV Starts with ‘A’ – and the ‘A’ is Way More Profitable than the ‘V’

April 23, 2019

**Note: CTS RUs are not available for webinar or educational session recordings. This webinar is designed to be the perfect “state of the audio industry” session. AV includes audio. The V in “AV” gets all the glitz and glamour, but the A, ironically, is more profitable. While video is an art, audio is a science […]

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Are Crowd Mics a Potential Game Changer?

March 7, 2019

A couple months ago, I wrote about the various problems that arise when people choose not to use microphones during large meetings or classes. In particular, I was discussing the negative impacts this choice has on people who have some type of hearing issue or hearing loss. I wrote about my belief that all rooms […]

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New Bose Array Tool Software Makes Sound System Design Quicker

February 4, 2019

Bose Professional today announced the release of the Bose Array Tool, a new software application to help make sound system design smarter for AV professionals. The software features an intuitive workflow that requires minimal training. The Bose Array Tool brings variables — such as room size, budget constraints, loudspeaker model and placement — under control. […]

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Genelec Launches Smart IP Audio Platform at ISE 2019

January 28, 2019

Genelec is unveiling a unique open IP networking technology platform at ISE 2019. This platform is aimed specifically at the installation market and will deliver power, audio and scalable loudspeaker system configuration, supervision and calibration features via a single, standard Cat5 cable. This novel technology will be rolled out over a range of Genelec’s installed […]

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Listen to What Is Being Said (If You Can)

January 6, 2019

We recently had a email thread at my institution discussing whether people should use microphones as a standard at all meetings. The discussion started as a result of people having a hard time hearing during faculty meetings. Interestingly, this discussion took a different direction that previous ones had. It was focused on accessibility and how […]

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Biamp Acquires Cambridge Sound Management

December 20, 2018

Biamp, a supplier of professional audio and video solutions based in Beaverton, Ore., today announced the acquisition of Cambridge Sound Management (CSM) from Gladstone Investment Corp. Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, CSM is a leader in the fast-growing sound masking market. CSM provides direct and in-plenum sound masking solutions and is a frequently installed sound masking […]

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Studio Technologies Intros 5412 Audio Interface and 5418 Mic/Line Interface

December 7, 2018

Studio Technologies introduces the Model 5412 Audio Interface and the Model 5418 Mic/Line Interface, two new Dante-compliant solutions for applications that use Audio-over-Ethernet (AoE) network connectivity. The Model 5412 supports analog line-level inputs and outputs, and is available in two versions — one with eight input and eight output channels, and the other with 16 […]

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Klipsch Sets Up One Stop Shop at CEDIA 2018

September 6, 2018

Klipsch will spotlight its One Stop Shop capabilities at CEDIA 2018. Klipsch offers a diverse range of premium audio solutions for residential and professional applications – including cinema, commercial, distributed audio, wireless, outdoor and home theater. Offerings also include innovative installation technologies that save integrators time and money, an online portal to place and track […]

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ClearOne Expands Ceiling Microphone Array Line at InfoComm with Debut of its Ceiling Microphone Array Dante Model

June 12, 2018

ClearOne introduced a new addition to its ceiling microphone array product line – the ClearOne Ceiling Microphone Array Dante at InfoComm 2018. The new ClearOne Ceiling Microphone Array Dante features easily-identified numbered mic elements, an LED indicator for On/Off/Mute, the ability to daisy-chain up to four ceiling microphone arrays to make twelve channel microphone systems, […]

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Church Technology Conferences

April 16, 2018

After a week-long intensive at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB), it may feel too soon to start thinking about another conference. Then again, a major reason your firm goes to these conferences is to connect with potential buyers, reconnect with existing clients and see for yourself what others in the audio, video and […]

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Audio and Video Missing from AV Social Media

February 23, 2018

The future of reaching each vertical, including the House of Worship (HOW) market, has a big stake in social media advertising, engagement and user-generated stories. Like the social media landscape, the audiovisual space often looks like a nascent, promising industry on the verge of something significant. Unlike the social media brands, the audiovisual industry is […]

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HARMAN Pro Ships JBL Professional 7 Series Powered Monitors

October 20, 2017

HARMAN Professional Solutions today announced JBL Professional 7 Series Powered studio monitors are now shipping. The new JBL 705P and 708P self-powered models deliver superb imaging and neutral response in any room. The 7 Series Powered studio monitors feature newly developed JBL high- and low-frequency transducers driven by dual 250-watt power amplifiers to deliver what JBL says is two-to-three […]

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Alcons Extends Coverage Of The QR24 Line-Source Column

October 20, 2017

The QR24/110 is a modular two-way column loudspeaker to be used as scalable vertical array system, for both permanent and (limited) portable applications. It combines a 1:1 linear and dynamic sound reproduction with superb intelligibility and throw, in even the acoustically most challenging environments. The symmetrical acoustic design, in combination with the wide, patented 110-degree horizontal dispersion of the […]

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I’m Sorry, Dave. I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That.

September 20, 2017

Read a related piece from Dr. Ampel about electronics and aircrafts with a warning for the audio industry, here. The conflict that often occurs between human sentience and machine intelligence is an ancient story oft told. It is also massively important for our industry as we now face ever more automation and AI based controllers […]

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Selling to Churches? Learn from Amazon Prime

July 20, 2017

Churches have needs for audio, video and lighting (AVL) technology far more often than most manufacturers or systems integrators know. From changing sermon series with new scenic stage designs every few weeks to the addition or renovation of multi-site venues to production tech upgrades, churches utilize AVL tech week in and week out. It is […]

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Solve Three Problems to Increase Sales in Churches

July 17, 2017

“Can you come and fix our church AV?” This singular question is rife with implications for the audio, video and lighting (AVL) industry and one that needs to be addressed by manufacturers, systems integrators and rep firms serving the $1 billion (annual) church AVL market so that the pain experienced by all involved is properly […]

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Christmas Church Tech in the Summer

June 22, 2017

The dog days of summer are upon us and much of the commercial and education vertical markets have slowed to a crawl, but the house of worship market is heating up seemingly in proportion to the high temps of the season. That’s because, for churches, summertime is the time when the planning for the big […]

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Sennheiser’s InfoComm 2017 Plans

June 6, 2017

At InfoComm 2017, Sennheiser will showcase its comprehensive range of dedicated business products. For the first time at a US event of this kind, the audio specialist will be presenting the new TeamConnect Wireless Tray-M Set, a more compact configuration of the innovative wireless conferencing solution for up to 12 participants, as well as the SpeechLine Boundary 114‑S DW microphone – a […]

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The Rise of Business Intelligence for AVL in Churches

May 30, 2017

Churches deal in large inventories of complex Audio, Video and Lighting (AVL) technology across multiple venues and increasingly across multiple campuses. The advent of the church technical director in the 1970s has become a standard role in even medium-sized churches where the ubiquitous presence of AVL is the norm, not the exception. What these churches […]

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Cost Depreciation and the Amortization of Church AVL Technology

May 30, 2017

How do you make that large technology investment look approachable? Sell the cost-per-service value. To help churches invest wisely in their Audio, Video and Lighting (AVL) technologies, start with defining value before price is discussed. The price should be what something is after the church buyers have determined the value they can expect to meet […]

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