Peavey Commercial Audio® Announces New UK Sales Strategy

James Kennedy James Cleary and Courtland Gray

Peavey Commercial Audio® Announces New UK Sales Strategy

Peavey Commercial Audio® announces that moving forward, the company will handle its own sales and consulting for its commercial audio division in the United Kingdom. These core functions were handled previously by the company’s UK distribution partner, Barnes & Mullins, which will continue to distribute the Peavey® line of musical instruments and live sound products. By embarking on this new sales strategy, PCA and B&M will create new and exciting opportunities and maximize the reach of Peavey’s state-of-the-art products and solutions.   

“As we move into a new decade which poses a modern set of challenges, we are excited to be addressing the UK market directly again and working closer with consultancy and integration businesses for fixed installation systems,” said James Kennedy, PCA EMEA Operations Manager. “With Barnes & Mullins concentrating on the live entertainment sectors, we believe that both B&M and PCA can specialize, utilizing their strengths in each respective market.”

The new strategy comes as Peavey Commercial Audio and Barnes & Mullins approach the three-year anniversary of their initial distribution deal, which added PCA’s full product range to B&M’s offering. These brands include Crest Audio®, MediaMatrix®, and the full line of Peavey professional products. Going forward, B&M will continue to market and sell Peavey sound reinforcement products and Crest Audio live performance products, including the innovative Tactus™ digital mixing system, Versarray™ MKIII and Versarray PRO powered line array systems, and the new fully featured ProTour™ multi-channel DSP/Dante amplifiers. These product lines naturally complement Barnes & Mullins’ musical instrument and back-line portfolio, which completes the concert and touring offering from B&M, a company celebrating its 125th anniversary this year.

“Barnes & Mullins are pleased to continue the supply and promotion of Peavey MI and Pro Audio products,” comments Brian Cleary, Barnes & Mullins’ joint managing director. “Peavey and Crest Audio have an enviable reputation in both the Musical Instrument and Sound Reinforcement market, and with recent highlights such as the Tactus digital mixers and the Versarray PRO systems, Peavey’s innovative approach to design and production is once again evident.”

Meanwhile, PCA will focus on fixed installation and systems solutions that go directly to integration businesses. PCA’s flagship MediaMatrix and Crest Audio multi-channel smart/networked amplifiers will be at the heart of these efforts. EN54-16 certification for MediaMatrix NION® processors and the recently launched nCIE PILOT® control PC form a versatile life-safety system and an innovative platform to introduce to the UK market. The PCA UK team based in Corby, Northants will serve as a support backbone and hub for consultants and integrators, and will assist with design, programming, training, and technical support matters. Product will be housed and shipped into the UK from Germany.

James Kennedy James Cleary and Courtland Gray

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MediaMatrix® Announces EN54-16 Certification for nCIE PILOT™ Control PC and NION® Series DSPs

MediaMatrix EN 54-16 Certification

MediaMatrix® Announces EN54-16 Certification for nCIE PILOT™ Control PC and NION® Series DSPs

MediaMatrix EN 54-16 CertificationMediaMatrix® is pleased to announce that its NION® Series of digital signal and control processors (DSPs) and nCIE PILOT™ control PC are now certified by the EN54-16 European Standard. These components form the nucleus of a dynamic VACIE system (Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment) used to provide optimum protection for the public and for safety personnel.

The EN54 certification is a mandatory standard that specifies, requires, and laboratory tests every component of fire detection and fire alarm systems. Part 16 of the certification specifically pertains to voice alarm control and indicating equipment. The certifications of both the nCIE PILOT control PC and NION Series DSPs, respectively, speak to the industrial-grade quality of MediaMatrix equipment, as well as their stable, efficient, and robust performance.

The just-launched MediaMatrix nCIE PILOT processor, the brain of the VACIE system, manages all control and fault-monitoring logic. It also provides all control functionality to the end user through hosting the award-winning Kiosk2Go (tablet device HTML5) GUIs (graphical user interfaces) to multiple clients, which means the VACIE solution is essentially a headless system.

Additionally, the well-distinguished MediaMatrix NION Series nX, n3, and n6 DSP frames handle audio input sources, DSP processing, routing, networked and analog audio distribution, and voice alarm message playback, among other operational tasks. The VACIE system can be configured and scaled as a centralized single-rack solution, configured across multiple remote racks as a distributed solution, or positioned as a hybrid of both. The VACIE system can also scale to hundreds or even thousands of channels utilizing the flexible MediaMatrix NION architecture.

The nCIE PILOT and NION frames are accompanied by a choice of Powersoft, d&b audiotechnik, or Crown networked multi-channel power amplification to meet system requirements. Belgian company Luminex has also deployed its robust and highly intuitive GigaCore 26i Ethernet switch, which manages all IP communications between devices and is also used for handling all Dante-networked audio traffic.

Overall, MediaMatrix’s unique mix-and-match EN54-16 VACIE system delivers a truly flexible, fully customizable, high-powered pro-audio solution for life-safety applications that specifiers, consultants, integrators, and decision-makers have not previously seen or enjoyed before.

MediaMatrix® Launches nCIE PILOT™ Industrial-Grade PC for Life-Safety VACIE

nCIE Pilot

MediaMatrix® Launches nCIE PILOT™ Industrial-Grade PC for Life-Safety VACIE

nCIE PilotReliable control and monitoring is everything  in mission-critical life-safety systems, and the new nCIE PILOT™ from MediaMatrix®,  is an industrial-grade PC that’s built for the challenge. Tested and certified to the EN54-16 European Standard, the nCIE PILOT is designed to work in conjunction with the NION® Series of digital signal processors (DSPs), also EN54-16 certified, and a host of third-party devices under the MediaMatrixNWare software suite. Together, these vital components form a life-safety VACIE (Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment) system that’s designed to endure the rigors of industrial environments.

As the brains of the system, the nCIE PILOT performs all logical operations for fault detection and reporting VACIE wide. Powerful Python scripting is utilized to survey and manage all 3rd party devices within the VACIE and will alert the systems operator on the event of any system non-conformance. In addition,the PILOT hosts the graphical user interfaces for the operators through the award winning Kiosk2Go® HTML5 based MediaMatrix application. As a headless system Kiosk2Go provides intuitive and versatile remote control capability with fully customizable graphics authored in NWare.

The nCIE PILOT strikes the perfect balance between energy efficiency, performance, versatility and durability making it a machine built to last.  Enclosed in a ruggedized, fanless and ventless chassis  the PILOT resists dust, metal shavings, and other debris that are standard hazards on manufacturing floors thanks to its HardshellFanless Technology . The fully solid-state  architectureeliminates points of failure and relies on the superior design of the integrated heatsink to keep internal components cool.

Despite its small footprint, the nCIE PILOT is equipped with an array of IOs (inputs/outputs), including VGA and HDMI, and is capable of powering dual-independent displays, including one at 4K resolution. Dual-gigabit Ethernet LAN, three optional COM ports, and six USB ports, including four USB 3.0 ports, round out the available built-in connectivity. The nCIE PILOT is accompanied by an optional 2U rackmount adaptor allowing two PILOTs to be buddied together that can be configured independently or as  an N+N redundant auto fail-over configuration.

Users are provided additional reassurance with the EN54-16 certification that both the MediaMatrix nCIE PILOT and NION Series DSPs have been awarded. The EN54 certification is a mandatory standard that specifies, requires, and laboratory tests every component of fire detection and fire alarm systems. Part 16 of the certification specifically pertains to voice alarm control and indicating equipment. This certification speaks to the industrial-grade quality of MediaMatrix’s equipment, as well as its stable, efficient, and robust performance.

Peavey Commercial Audio® Sets Tone for Big Year of Innovation

Peavey Commercial Audio at ISE 2020

Peavey Commercial Audio® Sets Tone for Big Year of Innovation

Peavey Commercial Audio at ISE 2020MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Commercial Audio® recently set the tone for a big year of innovation at Integrated Systems Europe, ISE 2020, the world’s largest AV and systems integration show. From Feb. 11-14 at the RAI Amsterdam, Peavey exhibited at booth 7-H200 with comprehensive offerings across multiple categories, including audio processing, audio systems and acoustics, conferencing and collaborations, media distribution, and paging and evacuation systems. Offering pro-audio solutions from its industry-leading brands, including Crest Audio® and MediaMatrix®, Peavey Commercial Audio is a one-stop shop for a multitude of venues and installations.

ISE’s evolution from a show with 3,500 attendees in 2004 to more than 81,000 visitors in 2019 speaks to the AV industry’s expansive needs. As the market has evolved over the past 15 years, so too have Peavey Commercial Audio’s solutions. This year, the company returned to highlight new systems for live performances and workplace safety.

New for this year’s show, MediaMatrix launched its nCIE PILOT® industrial-grade control and monitoring node designed to work in conjunction with the NION® series of digital signal processors. Together these vital components form the life-safety VACIE (Voice Alarm Control and Indicating Equipment) system that’s designed to endure the rigors of industrial environments. Both the MediaMatrix nCIE Pilot and NION series were recently EN54-16 certified in accordance with strict European standards for voice alarm products.

Additionally, Peavey Commercial Audio showcased some recent groundbreaking innovations, including the Versarray™ PRO powered line array system from Crest Audio, as well as the RBN™ Series and Impulse® Series speaker enclosures from Peavey Electronics®.

Peavey Commercial Audio was excited to exhibit at what was the last ISE show in Amsterdam, before the exhibition relocates to Fira de Barcelona in 2021. Peavey invited attendees to booth 7-H200 to help say “vaarwell” to this vibrant venue while ushering in an exciting year of innovation.