MediaMatrix® Introduces sControl™ Nano Ultra-Small Network Control Processor

MediaMatrix® Introduces sControl™ Nano Ultra-Small Network Control Processor

Good things are arriving in even smaller packages, with the introduction of the sControl™ Nano, an ultra-small industry-grade network control processor from MediaMatrix®. The sControl Nano offers a robust IoT OS (internet of things operating system) pre-configured with the nWare platform ControlManager™ software suite. The software provides open-architecture control and monitoring functionality over an Ethernet data network, making the sControl Nano a cost-effective solution that’s ideal for public address, audio-visual media control, and monitoring applications.

An energy-efficient, yet powerful, Intel® Celeron® N3350 Apollo Lake processor, with HD graphics 500, forms the brain of the sControl Nano, allowing for processor-intensive applications. These vital components are enclosed in a ruggedized, IP50-rated fanless, ventless chassis that’s built to last. The sControl Nano supports MediaMatrix and Crest Audio® networkable products, including the next-generation MediaMatrix “S” series digital signal processors; I/O networkable bridges that complement video and data connectivity; and power amplifiers and audio interfaces that are either locally or network distributed, including third-party devices utilizing plugins supported by the nWare 3.0 software suite.

The sControl Nano can be custom configured as a network edge controller using nWare open-architecture programming and a control graphical user interface (GUI) design suite. Both the MediaMatrix Kiosk2Go™ and Kiosk™ GUI applications can be utilized, respectively, on any smart device supporting compatible HTML web browsers, or directly connected to an optional, supported touchscreen/monitor, as well as keyboard/mouse from the available mini-display.

Flexible and versatile, the sControl Nano features a dual-core 1.1 GHz CPU with independent graphics processor, supporting video resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 at 60 Hz via two mini-display ports, and includes two gigabit Ethernet RJ45 ports. Up to 16 network connected devices can be supported via the control software GUI suite. Two USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 ports are also available. The sControl Nano offers 32 GB eMMC (embedded multi-media card) onboard storage and 4 GB LPDDR4 RAM (low-power double data rate). The unit is powered by 12V DC at 3A universal external power supply via DC input jack, complete with a power button and LED power indicator.

Where typical fanned solutions fail, the sControl Nano thrives thanks to its hardshell fanless technology, which resists dust, metal shavings, and other debris often found in industrial, commercial, and other demanding environments. The ultra-small unit measures approximately 4.5 inches long, 3.2 inches wide, and 1.3 inches high, with a gross weight of 4 pounds. A DIN rail mounting kit is supplied, with an optional VESA mount kit.

Ultra-compact and portable, with excellent compatibility, the sControl Nano is ideal for small- to medium-size commercial AV systems in which network connected devices are required to be monitored and/or controlled.

MediaMatrix® Launches sTouch™ 7 Touch-Screen Controller

MediaMatrix® Launches sTouch™ 7 Touch-Screen Controller

MediaMatrix®, a Peavey Commercial Audio® brand, introduces the sTouch™ 7 Touch-Screen Controller. Featuring a Power over Ethernet (PoE) 7-inch diagonal IP65-compliant intelligent touch screen, the sTouch 7 provides a rich graphical user interface that can be tailored to support any control and monitoring requirement.

The sTouch 7 offers an improved user experience with its functional and responsive Projective Capacitive (PCAP) anti-UV, anti-glare touch control interface. The screen has a resolution of 1024 x 600 and a 16:9 aspect ratio, as well as brightness of 500 cd/m2 and a 700:1 contrast ratio. An Apollo Lake Intel® Celeron® processor (2 MB cache, up to 2.4 GHz) provides ample capacity, while supporting the robust Windows 10 IoT Enterprise industrial operating system. Onboard M.2 SSD storage of 32GB plus 4GB DDR3L RAM are included. A silent convection cooled operation keeps the unit running optimally.

The sTouch 7 enables network connectivity via two GbE RJ45 network interfaces or optional selected Wi-Fi supporting IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/b/ac. Multiple USB-2 and USB-3 ports (two each) allow for general purpose control and monitoring that’s fully supported by PCA’s award-winning MediaMatrix nWare™ and Kiosk2Go™ audio-video and control software suite.

To support remote configuration across the connected network, the sTouch 7 can be powered over ethernet from a single cable drop connected to a PoE-capable network switch supporting IEEE 802.3at on-board or an equivalent power injector. Alternatively, the unit can be powered from an external universal 12V DC – 3A power supply. A power switch and reset button are included on the back-panel controls.

Weighing just 1.6 pounds unpackaged, the sTouch 7 can be easily installed with VESA mount points and separately purchased accessories, including a wall/surface mount, desktop stand, and a 19-inch equipment distribution frame.

With its clean, modern design, sharp 16:9 high-resolution display, control processing capabilities, and flexible mounting options, the MediaMatrix sTouch 7 Touch-Screen Controller provides the end user with a rich graphical user interface and a control engine that can cater to a variety of applications.

MediaMatrix® Introduces sControl™ Network Control Processor

MediaMatrix® Introduces sControl™ Network Control Processor

MediaMatrix® introduces the sControl™ network control processor. The new sControl is an industrial grade network control processor preloaded with the MediaMatrix award-winning nWare™ platform and Control Manager™ software, providing a full open-architecture control server for audio visual control and monitoring functionality typically required for large and enterprise mission-critical networked media public address and control systems. Built for hosting extensive control, performance and health status monitoring and connectivity of practically any network connected device, the sControl acts as the control center of the entire audio visual system allowing multiple network connected control interfaces running MediaMatrix Kiosk™ windows based control and/or using the HTML 5 supported Kiosk2Go™ app loaded on any Android or Apple smart phone or tablet with a browser.

Representing the brains of the control and monitoring system, sControl is designed to work in conjunction with the NION® series and next generation of digital signal processors (DSPs), Peavey Commercial Audio networkable product line power amplifiers, and audio interfaces, including practically any third-party network device either locally and/or network distributed. Like its predecessor the nControl™, sControl also supports SNMP and RATC protocols, as well as Python scripting within the nWare software control environment . The sControl operating system resides on 64 GB mSATA SSD storage media, has a 4 GB DDR3L 1866 memory (RAM), and includes support for reading/writing data from the operating system and configuration software. The control processing system includes USB ports for direct control and configuration, and dual gigabit Ethernet ports.

Where typical fanned solutions fail, the sControl thrives thanks to its hardshell fanless technology, which resists dust, metal shavings, and other debris often found in industrial environments.

The sControl network control processor weighs just 5 lbs and can be conveniently mounted within an optional 2RU rackmount tray individually or as a redundant pair allowing for independent or redundant fail-over operation typically required for mission critical applications.

For a low-profile industrial package control processor designed for integrated systems media control and monitoring of large and enterprise fixed installations, take a closer look at the sControl from Media Matrix.

MediaMatrix® Offers New sDAB™ Series of Networkable Digital Audio Bridges

MediaMatrix® Offers New sDAB™ Series of Networkable Digital Audio Bridges

PA reliable connection is the foundation of any pro-audio setup, and the new sDAB™ series of networkable digital audio bridges from MediaMatrix®, a Peavey Commercial Audio® brand, are here to provide rock-solid connection and distribution. The sDAB series of devices are break-in/break-out, rack mountable, and allow for the expansion of audio I/O from sDAB to sDAB, or via the MediaMatrix family of DSPs.  No matter the specificity of the input and/or output configuration, there is an sDAB bridge to meet the challenge.

Five sDAB pre-configured models are available, supporting 8i x 8o, 16i, 16o, plus special-order 16i x 16o and 32o configurations, respectively.  All models supporting balanced mic/line level inputs have a level range from -60 to +24 dBu, with software switchable +48V phantom on each input. All models with balanced line level outputs allow for up +24 dBu increase.  Additionally, each audio i/o connection allows for quick hook-up and connectivity utilizing 3.81 mm phoenix/euroblock connectors, each with individual plus (+), minus (-), and ground (G).

The sDAB series of networkable digital audio bridges support Dante™ and/or AES67 audio-over-IP, with control and monitoring via the award-winning nWare™ software suite. Control and monitoring can also be managed by using the built-in Web UI allowing for sDAB to sDAB audio routing and distribution together with control and monitoring from the standalone web server browser-pages.  Dual RJ-45 network jacks provide for steaming audio and control over Ethernet supporting redundant or switched mode configuration as well as being Dante Domain Manager ‘DDM’ ready.

For clear monitoring and visibility, RGB front-panel LEDs, two per channel, provide metering and streaming status at a sample rate of 44.1, 48, or 96 kHz at 32-bit A/D and D/A conversion (AES-67 at 48 kHz ) All sDAB models feature a 25-pin GPIO (General Purpose Input Output) ‘D’ connector for digital, and dry contact closure connectivity. The GPIO also allows for an optional DIN rail mounting system called the GPIO-25 (ordered separately) for efficient rack wiring and service.  The unit is powered via a built-in universal 90 to 260 AC power supply with optional 12V DC redundancy, for mission critical applications.

Take your pro-audio configuration to the next level with the sDAB series of networkable digital audio bridges.

Peavey Commercial Audio shows the MediaMatrix® NION®/nCIE PILOT® EN54 solution and the Crest Audio® Tactus™ at ISCVEx 2022

Peavey Commercial Audio Attends ISCVEx 2022

Peavey Commercial Audio is showing the MediaMatrix® NION®/nCIE PILOT® EN54 solution and the Crest Audio® Tactus™ at ISCVEx 2022.

Featuring the nCIE PILOT® control PC and NION® series DSPs, 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. Click here to learn more. 

Crest Audio Tactus has expanded to support WAVES eMotion LV1 v12! The latest update now supports resizable plugins, retina-ready graphics, a lightning-fast preset browser, and ability to find and add presets instantly including Tactus.Control support of WAVES MIDI control protocol. Click here to learn more. 

About ISCVEx:

Produced by the Institute of Sound, Communications and Visual Engineers (ISCVE), ISCVEx is an annual exhibition and seminar program for all sound, communications and visual professionals. 

If you’re working in commercial system design, integration, project management or sales, ISCVEx provides excellent opportunities to learn, engage and discuss commercial sound, communications and visual solutions in an intimate, non-imposing environment.

ISCVEx is a multi-faceted event that includes seminars, training, networking dinner and an exhibition of the industries leading manufacturers and distributors. There are plenty of opportunities to meet up with industry colleagues, share ideas and discuss projects in informal environments.

Crest Audio® Tactus™.Control Expands to Support WAVES eMotion LV1 v12​

Crest Audio® Tactus™.Control Expands to Support WAVES eMotion LV1 v12

Crest Audio®, a Peavey Commercial Audio® brand, announces that the Tactus™.Control motorized mixing console now supports WAVES® eMotion™ LV1 Version 12 with embedded MIDI control. Tactus.Control users can now enjoy the benefits of the tactile console combined with the advantages of V12 software.

The Tactus.Control is designed to supplement the eMotion LV1 touch screen by providing moving faders, lighted buttons, and knobs for the most used functions. The latest update, now supported by the Tactus Digital Mixing Systems, now offers resizable plugins, retina-ready graphics, a lightning-fast preset browser, and the ability to find and add presets instantly.

Crest Audio’s Tactus Digital Mixing System is a scalable, modular system designed to support any type of live performance event or recording environment. The Crest Tactus hardware and WAVES LV1 eMotion software combine to create a high-quality, flexible live-sound system, giving the operator a flexible audio mixing solution and the ability to expand up to 256 channels to meet any challenge, including fixed installed and touring systems.

Complementing the Tactus.Control are the Tactus.FoH I/O with integrated WAVES SoundGrid Extreme Server and Tactus.Stage rack mount digital network stage boxes, both featuring high-quality audio pre-amps. For existing Tactus.Control users, a MIDI supported sticker pack is available upon request through Crest Audio dealers. Tactus supporting firmware is downloadable at peaveycommercialaudio.com/software/.

Tactus Digital Mixing System products, including Tactus.Control, are in stock and available now for immediate shipping.

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.

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