Apex Liviau RApex has announced an ‘all-in-one’ conference room control system, Liviau R, offering full control over presentations and complete room control – including lighting, video, audio and other automated services.

Liviau’s 10.1-inch touchscreen interface displays only the information required during meetings and presentations. The menu places all meeting/presentation funtions under fingertip control. This can also be mirrored to an external device, allowing control from anywhere in the room.

Liviau supports wireless presentations from a laptop, tablet or smartphone using the device’s Airplay, Chromecast or Miracast technology. Content that is regularly used may be stored in Liviau R’s internal memory for ready accessibility when required. A built-in web browser allows access to information stored on other servers, or for quick searches and sharing of information. Meetings can also be recorded and archived for later consultation.

Another feature of Liviau R is its high definition audio capabilities. The device offers a built-in audio mixer that incorporates a DSP processor with multiple EQ and limiting facilities and an integrated two-channel 50W amplifier. Earphones, MP3 players and wireless headphones may connected via Bluetooth and the internal music player or internet radio offer background music.

In terms of control, Liviau R offers simple control of audio and lighting levels at all times via two faders situated at the left and right of the touchscreen. Extensive automation features allow for events such as closing blinds, retracting screens to be triggered on demand. Conventional room lights are easily controlled and LED lighting colour can be selected via a colour wheel.

Housed in a robust streamlined aluminium casing, Liviau R may be desk- or wall-mounted. It offers an integrated solution to all A/V conferencing at under €3,000.

See also:
Apex Liviau S 

More: www.apex-liviau.com

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Upgrading and standardising its operations internationally, Al Jazeera Media Network has chosen seven Calrec Audio Apollo digital mixing consoles at its broadcast facility in Qatar. The move is part of a ‘full modernisation’ of the Doha facility, which supports 24-hour operation of Al Jazeera’s English, Arabic and Mubasher television channels.

The purchase also marks the largest Apollo deployment in the Middle East, and the creation of one of the world’s largest Hydra2 networks.

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Building commercial and technical support for its growing base and realisation of our expansion plans, Netherlands-based loudspeaker manufacturing specialist Alcons Audio is invinting applications for the following positions:

Audio DSP developer
Firmware developer
Linux developer
Sales Support Engineer, Germany

More information and application details are available from Alcons Audio.

More: info@alconsaudio.de

Calrec Networking Primer

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Clear-Com has released the Linq series of comms interfaces, enabling connection of two-wire partyline with call signalling and four-wire audio over LAN, WAN or Internet IP infrastructures.

Clear-Com LinqBased on Clear-Com’s IV-Core technology, Linq is available in two-wire (Linq-2W2) or four-wire (Linq-4W2) options. The Linq-2W2 is both Clear-Com and RTS TW compatible. The Linq-4W2 can interconnect with devices, such as analogue ports of any matrix intercom system, analog telephone circuits, two-way radio gateways and audio consoles. A maximum of six Linq IP interfaces can be linked together in any 2-wire or 4-wire combination.

Linq uses the Opus high-quality audio codec, allowing bitrate, bandwidth and delay to be changed quickly without introducing distortion or discontinuity in the audio. As a low audio latency communication link, Linq can be used for natural intercom conversation, networked music performances and for audio signals that are transported via different facilities (transmission sync).

The creation of virtual partylines within a linked group is an exclusive feature. Channels from any of the six devices in the network can be linked to create common virtual partylines. At least two channels must be associated to each other. Linq uses a touch-friendly web-based user interface to configure, control and monitor any device within a linked group.

‘Linq is a simple yet significant development that enables users to expand their remote communications quickly and easily,’ says Clear-Com Product Manager, Stephen Sandford.

More: www.clearcom.com


Sound Devices has released Firmware 2.10 software for its 970 audio rack-mounted and PIX 250i, PIX 260i and PIX 270i video rack-mounted recorders.

New features and upgrades include enhanced metadata functionality, sound report creation and improved file/folder formats. In addition, Sound Devices now offers a Release Candidate Screening Program, which gives existing users of its rack-mounted recorders a preview of features and changes under development in the firmware.

Firmware 2.10 features a new Metadata screen that allows users recording audio to access and edit the Scene, Notes, Take and Circle status of Previous, Current and Next takes. It also provides the same metadata editing functionality from PIXNet, the Web browser interface. Additionally, the PIXNet clips tab now display information about recordings, including start time code, fps, user-bits, duration, codec and audio format.

With regard to reel folder formats, in previous iterations of the firmware, a Custom option enabled users to edit reel folder names with any alphanumeric value, whereas the 2.10 firmware offers a second Daily option. If set to Daily, new reel folders will automatically be named with the current system date in the YYMMDD format. These daily reel folders, which are containers for the recordings, are helpful in organising deliverables for projects that span multiple days. This latest firmware also features a new Phrase List Manager, which lets end users create a list of commonly used phrases and then use them to quickly edit the Notes field of recorded WAV files. Users can also now enter notes from either the File list or the new Metadata screen, for the next recording.

For those devices operating in Audio Only Mono mode, it is now possible to have the system append the actual audio track name to the end of the file name. While recording, track names can now be edited from the audio screen and from PIXNet. This assists those in postproduction in determining which audio file is associated with which member of the cast, a feature that is particularly useful in high-track-count reality shows. In addition, the new Sound Reports feature creates CSV files based on WAV-file metadata.

The Release Candidate Screening Program provides the company with direct customer input on the usability of its updates, ensuring the stability of firmware updates in real-world applications. Initially, the programme will target the Video Devices and Sound Devices rackmount products, with the company planning to expand it to other product lines over time.

‘The goal of our new screening program is to work together with end-users to identify and resolve any potential stability issues and get feedback on product performance in real-life workflows, so the best possible firmware makes it into upcoming official releases,’ says Dan Desjardins, Manager of Software Development & Quality Assurance ‘Sound Devices enjoys a highly regarded, open-door relationship with its customers worldwide, and this programme promises to expand on that bond.’

Each Release Candidate will come with a pre-determined expiration date and limited technical support. Firmware 2.10 is available as a free download for all existing rack-mount products.

More: www.sounddevices.com/download/release-candidate


Bel Digital has announced the BM-A1-4SHD audio and BM-AV2-4SHD audio/video monitors, which brings the company’s four-channel monitoring range up-to-date, featuring a variety of connections for all current broadcast applications.

Features include two autosensing SDI inputs SD/HD/3G, with a dedicated switchable SDI output to provide a feed to an external video monitor; two AES3-id pair inputs (four channels); four XLR balanced analogue inputs; XLR LR analogue monitor outputs, following speaker selection; and two AES3-id pair outputs (four channels follow the source selected on the bargraph meters allowing, for example, an SDI group to be de-embedded).

Both units feature Bel’s intuitive front panel designs and come in a space-saving 200mm depth chassis, enabling the monitors to be easily mounted in OB vehicles. Housed in a 1U-high rackmount unit, the BM-A1-4SHD features a three-speaker system providing audible reproduction of impressive clarity. The BM-AV2-4SHD is housed in a 2U–high rackmount unit and comes with a five inch video monitor and highly reliable 52-segment LED bargraph meters.

More: www.beldigital.com


Stephen JonesScrub, a division of HHB specialising in postproduction, has appointed Stephen Jones to the newly created position of Sales Administrator, addressing ‘significant growth’ in the sales of Avid Pro Tools systems and the S6 control surface.

In his new position, Jones will support Ben Scully and Devin Workman from Scrub’s office and demo facilities in London’s Soho’s post community. He began working with HHB in 2012 after graduating from Coventry University with a degree in Music Composition and has been promoted to help provide first-line support for Avid Pro Tools, and other Mac and PC-based DAWs.

The Scrub sales team is backed by technical support, which boasts the services of three Avid Certified Service Representatives (ACSR). It is this expertise that has earned HHB and Scrub the award for Avid’s EMEA Audio Top Channel Partner in 2013 and 2014: ‘The addition of Stephen to the team means that we have the largest and most experienced group of sales and technical support professionals in the UK and further enhances our ability to provide immediate support to a wide range of clients,’ says Head of Scrub Sales, Ben Scully. ‘He is very friendly and well versed in Scrub’s services and product portfolio so he is a great fit.’

‘Many of the world’s leading audio post houses are right on our doorstep and it’s great to be a part of Soho’s vibrant audio post community,’ Jones adds.

More: www.hhb.co.uk

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