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AV network updates, steerable theatre audio, and Rocky Mountain coverage…

Our tech news round up features ClearOne updating its network software, EAW partnering with reps in Rocky Mountains, Renkus-Heinz fitting steerable theatre audio, as well as offers from Sennheiser, and Visix...

ClearOne updates AV network software

Conferencing and collaboration specialist ClearOne has released an update to its Convergence AV Network Manager software. The company said that the update has added an organisational portal for multiple user accounts, together with support for up to 2,048 combined devices and users. It also includes LDAP support as well as a secure administrator level for full access and a viewer level for monitoring.

The Convergence software is a unified AV network management platform used to monitor, control, and audit ClearOne Pro AV products and services. The company said, “The solution provides a powerful and elegant user interface on any browser from desktop to mobile. Users can stay up to date with email status notifications and can search, sort, and filter to find what is needed quickly. Efficient batch firmware updates can be performed on multiple audio or video devices at once. Users can also download, back up, or restore project files simultaneously for multiple CONVERGE® Pro 2 and Huddle DSP mixers, as well as their P-Link peripherals.”

Convergence supports integration with third-party management systems such as IBM Cognos Analytics and Barco Overture via a RESTful web service interface, and is available in 12 languages.

EAW announces new distributor for Rocky Mountain States

Eastern Acoustic Works (EAW) has announced that it will be working with DirectLink Marketing as its “manufacturer’s representative” serving the Rocky Mountain States of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and the El Paso, and Texas.

“With over three decades of industry experience, DirectLink Marketing has a reputation for representing only top tier brands – we are honored to have EAW as part of its esteemed line card,” said EAW president, TJ Smith. “Principal Dave Larsen has a deep understanding of his customer base and the market, and we look forward to better serving this expansive territory.”

Larsen added, “When I was looking for a speaker company, I asked some well-respected industry colleagues and as we went down the list, EAW clearly stood out as the company that we wanted to represent,” says Larsen. “In addition, Josh Garcia, a former EAW employee who now handles the Colorado region for us, highly recommended the brand and given his extensive EAW knowledge, the partnership just made sense.”

Renkus-Heinz installs steerable audio in ‘challenging’ Polish theatre 

Renkus-Heniz has released information about a recent install at the Cyprian Norwid Theatre in Jelenia Góra, Poland. The Art Nouveau theatre, which was built in 1904, has undergone a ‘modernisation’ of its technology this year, carried out by local integrator M.Ostrowski sp.j, part of which was to improve the coverage and legibility of the audio system.

The design of the building, which features two balconies and a number of uniquely placed private box seats, has provided a long-standing challenge for live sound distribution, with reflective surfaces also hampering audio clarity and quality in some spaces inside the theatre.

Dominik Wilczynski, audio engineer at M.Ostrowski sp.j, explained how they arrived at the solution of installing digitally steerable loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz. “To meet the requirements of the theatre we chose a Renkus-Heinz system, the great advantage of which is the ability to create digitally steerable beams and keep the loudspeakers mounted flat on the wall,” he said. “By using software to tailor an asymmetrical beam and steer it towards the listeners only, we limit unwanted reflections. This improves direct sound and intelligibility.”

The install includes four ICLive X steerable array modules on the ground floor – featuring two-unit tall ICLX arrays on each side of the stage – and two Dante-enabled ICLive X modules on the first balcony level. The theatre also has four ICLive X 118S subwoofers on the main floor, which are portable units that allow for scalability in sound depending on the type of performance.

“During the implementation we had an unexpected change in the loudspeaker system design, where the delay boxes for the second balcony had to be removed,” added Wilczynski. “But with Renkus-Heinz’ digital beam steering we were able to program multiple beams so they are directed precisely where we need the coverage. It is a huge benefit that the technology is so flexible, and that it addresses real problems we see in the field.”

Sennhesier offering anniversary discounts 

If you are looking for some pro-grade audio kit for your home studio/office this month, then Sennheiser is offering its MD 421-II microphone and HD 200 PRO headphones at special anniversary prices. The company is marking its 75th anniversary this year and is offering 49 per cent on the MD 421-II throughout the month of October. The microphone will retail at £179 MSRP (instead of £349 MSRP), while the HD 200 PRO will retail at £43 (instead of £66) until the end of the year. You can find more info over at:

Safety first for digital signage clients

Digital signage solutions provider Visix has launched a new safety message subscription service for signage clients. The company is promoting an introductory offer for clients who purchase a new AxisTV Signage Suite content management system, who will receive three months of free OSHA-inspired safety content.

“Safety is on everyone’s mind right now, but it’s always been a paramount concern in manufacturing,” said Debbie DeWitt, marketing communications manager for Visix. “Safety managers work hard to build rich EHS cultures, and we want to support those efforts by making safety communications more effective and more convenient. Regardless of whether it’s a factory or plant, utility provider or corporate warehouse, workplace safety is vital to both productivity and employee engagement. ”

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