Peavey Commercial Audio® Powers Up Crest Audio Stage™ 2x2D DI Network Audio Interface

Peavey Commercial Audio® Powers Up Crest Audio Stage™ 2x2D DI Network Audio Interface

MERIDIAN, MS — Audio professionals worldwide demanded it and Peavey Commercial Audio® has delivered, with the new Crest Audio Stage™ 2x2D Direct Injection Network Audio Interface. The Stage 2x2D is a feature-rich DI box, PoE – Dante®/AES67 capable pro-audio A-D/D-A interface that’s powered up for virtually any performance challenge. Designed with future proof network audio streaming connectivity and supporting high-quality, low-noise extended dynamic range microphone, Line level and Hi-Z instrument pre-amplifiers, the Stage 2x2D is a rock-solid robust solution delivering audio signals without compromise, transient audio loss or acoustic artefacts.

At the minimum, a DI box converts unbalanced high-impedance signals. At the maximum, a powerfully versatile DI network audio interface goes beyond the box and maintains signal integrity while improving the utility/efficiency of the pro-audio chain. The Stage 2x2D’s versatility is what really separates this DI box from its competitors. From large arena touring events to permanent installation theaters, the Stage 2x2D makes DI signal connections fast and easy. In the studio, the 2x2D is right at home for any recording or post-production needs. On large network audio installations such as hotels, performance arts and convention centers, the Crest Audio 2x2D will reliably provide solid performance day in and day out.

The Stage 2x2D has an analog microphone input featuring a -60 to +4dBu and +24 gain range “without pads.” On the front panel, Signal Present and Peak LEDs allow for fast, accurate setup with optimal headroom (20dB at all settings) and low noise. An adjacent switch allows the user to apply +48V phantom power at the Mic input via a combo XLR/TRS 1/4 inch connector. A headphone output selection switch allows for monitoring of either the Hi-Z or Mic/Line signals. When it’s time to turn things up, the Hi-Z input is capable of being directly connected to backline amplifiers capable of accepting extremely high signal levels from 70V distributed power amplifier sound systems.. The Line input pre-amp can take the heat, operating across a continuous setting range of -40 to +24dBu, with a max of +44dBu.

The Stage 2x2D delivers on the expectations of discerning audiophiles, with professional signal levels and a 1mΩ Hi-Z/instrument input that’s ideally suited for classic guitar pickups. When the signal goes out, the Inputs, Mic/Line, or Hi-Z are converted from analog to digital and routed as a Dante or AES67 network audio stream, with two “Network Return” channels available as line level outputs.

The Stage 2x2D is PoE powered (IEEE 802.3 af/at) via a network switch or PoE injector. For convenient installation, a 1U single or dual rack mount is available and housed in a robust aluminum extruded case with recessed protected controls and connectors. Removable rubber protective “bumpers” are suitable for touring applications. 

For audio professionals who seek the world’s most robust and feature-rich network audio DI box, the Crest Audio Stage 2x2D provides flexibility, reliability, and sound integrity for the most demanding of applications. 

Peavey Commercial Audio Introduces MediaMatrix sPower Series – Smart Power Amplifiers for Constant-Voltage Applications

Peavey Commercial Audio® Introduces MediaMatrix® sPower™ Series - Smart Power Amplifiers for Constant-Voltage Applications

MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Commercial Audio® introduces the MediaMatrix® sPower™ Series multi-channel smart power amplifiers designed for applications that require a large quantity of constant voltage output channels. The sPower Series offers seven different models of smart power amplifiers that support either 4- and 8-channel outputs at 75, 150, or 300W per channel plus a hi-power 600W/Ch x 4 option. Intelligently designed and highly efficient, sPower Series smart power amplifiers are ready to meet the most demanding of venues and environments, where power and reliability can’t be compromised.

The thoughtful design of the MediaMatrix sPower Series smart power amplifiers begin with optionally selectable 70V RMS (true 100V peak) or 100V (true 140V peak) output amplifier channels. The units offer Class-D output topology for maximum efficiency and minimal heat dissipation, resulting in excellent longevity while not requiring forced air cooling and typical service demands. Rather, the unit is cooled with a low-volume internal air-exchange system. Further helping to control power efficiency, a Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS) helps to regulate power supply rails, delivering full specified power regardless of A/C power conditions operating anywhere between 85 to 250V (43 to 63Hz at 2400W). Each unit has a 110Hz high-pass filter with 12dB per octave per selectable channel.

There is plenty of utility on the sPower Series back panel. The serial RS485 control port, in conjunction with the MediaMatrix nWare™ 3.0 ControlManager software suite, allows for amplifier monitoring and control. Additionally, loudspeaker loads as low as 5W rated output can be monitored. All sPower amplifiers are designed to enable the use of intelligent load limiting on the amplifier output stage, preventing over-drive and designed with protections against short circuits, overheating, over-currents, and DC over-voltage.

A unique feature to the sPower amplifiers is an automated high-power change-over relay per output channel, provides a N/O connection allowing any of the internal amplifier channels to act as a backup in case the primary amplifier channel fails. Alternatively an addition external amplifier channel to back-up the primary amplifier channel can be used for a true “n+1 redundancy” at the same output port without the need to physically change the speaker cable circuit.

Seven 2U rack mount models are available in the sPower Series; the sPower 754 and 758, respectively 4- and 8 channels offering 75W per channel; the 1504 and 1508, offering 150W per channel; the sPower 3004 and 3008, offering 300W per channel; and the sPower 6004, with Hi-Power output of 600W per 4 channel.

Ideal for venues requiring expansive high quality, energy efficient public address audio distribution, such as airports, rail networks, subway stations, retail stores, hospitality, and theme parks. The MediaMatrix sPower Series smart power amplifiers are ready to take on any integrated audio challenge.

Peavey Commercial Audio Attends 2023 Integrated Systems Europe Show

Peavey Commercial Audio Attends 2023 Integrated Systems Europe Show

MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Commercial Audio is showing its new MediaMatrix® and Crest Audio® solutions at the 2023 Integrated Systems Europe Show, Stand 7C150. Held in Fira Barcelona, Grand Via, the show will run January 31 – February 3. 

Prospective attendees are invited to register using Peavey Commercial Audio’s registration code, LQYMYFQK, at the registration link below:

https://registration.firabarcelona.com/?cod_prom=LQYMYFQK#/en_GB/E234023/WEB

MediaMatrix releases featured at the show will include the powerful new SCION™ DSP Media and Control processor platform, sTouch™ 55 wall mount touch-screen control panel, sControl™ Nano ultra-small industry-grade network control processor, sTouch™ 7 touch-screen controller, sControl™ industrial grade network control processor, sDAB™ series networkable digital audio bridges, and the nCIE PILOT® EN54 solution. 

Crest Audio products being shown will include the Tactus digital mixing system, the new CPL+™ series of hybrid loudspeakers, and the PCX™ series of digital matrix speaker management processors. 

About Integrated Systems Europe Show 2023:

Integrated Systems Europe is the largest Audio Visual and systems integration gathering in the world. It will take place on 31 Jan – 3 Feb 2023 at the Fira de Barcelona.

Peavey Commercial Audio® Taps ETicket A/V as Southwest U.S. Distributor

Peavey Commercial Audio® Taps ETicket A/V as Southwest U.S. Distributor

MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Commercial Audio® announces that ETicket A/V has been selected as the sales representative of PCA brands in the Southwest U.S. territory. Under the agreement, Las Vegas-based ETicket A/V will represent PCA’s product lines of MediaMatrix®, Crest Audio®, and Peavey® crossover products in a region spanning five Southwest states, including southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and El Paso Texas area. ETicket A/V will leverage existing relationships and build new ones to bolster PCA’s market position ahead of 2023.

ETicket A/V is a manufacturer representative for audio, video, lighting, and control products. The company boasts extensive knowledge and over 25 years of industry experience serving music stores, A/V rental, commercial and industrial contractors, consultants, broadcasters, and lighting professionals. PCA is targeting these verticals with recent new product launches, including Crest Audio’s PCX™ audio processors, CPL+™ Series of loudspeakers; MediaMatrix ‘S’ series of I/O interfaces, wall mount Touch-Screens and Control Panels; plus the third-generation SCION® DSP (digital signal processing) and control platform.

“ETicket A/V is very pleased to have been selected by Peavey Commercial Audio to represent Crest, MediaMatrix, and Peavey Commercial in the Southwest U.S.,” ETicket A/V Principal Jim Bowles said in a statement. “PCA has such a long and legendary history of developing and manufacturing so many outstanding products over the years, many of them absolute game-changers for the professional A/V industry. We look forward to supporting all the dealers in the Southwest U.S. and growing with PCA in the years to come.”

Beyond his leadership of ETicket A/V, Jim leads a professional networking group, Las Vegas Pro A/V Industry Group, informally known as “Beer & Gear.” The group holds a casual monthly networking event where attendees discuss A/V and industry-related equipment, with occasional opportunities to meet with sponsor manufacturers. Members include A/V end users, hotel A/V staff, local consultants, regional sound companies, and various other A/V end users.

Jim Bowles’ passion for the A/V industry is more than evident, and PCA is proud to form this representative partnership with ETicket A/V. PCA looks forward to growing its Southwest presence in more arenas, hospitality and convention spaces, live performance venues, and other outlets that require state-of-the-art pro-audio solutions.

Peavey Commercial Audio Attends 2022 PLASA Show

Peavey Commercial Audio Attends 2022 PLASA Show

MERIDIAN, MS — Peavey Commercial Audio is showing its new MediaMatrix® and Crest Audio® solutions at the 2022 PLASA Show, Stand B36 Held in Olympia, London, the show will run September 4-6. 

MediaMatrix releases featured at the show will include the powerful new SCION™ DSP Media and Control processor platform, sTouch™ 55 wall mount touch-screen control panel, sControl™ Nano ultra-small industry-grade network control processor, sTouch™ 7 touch-screen controller, sControl™ industrial grade network control processor, sDAB™ series networkable digital audio bridges, and the nCIE PILOT® EN54 solution. 

Crest Audio products being shown will include the Tactus digital mixing system, the new CPL+™ series of hybrid loudspeakers, and the PCX™ series of digital matrix speaker management processors. 

About PLASA Show 2022:

PLASA Show will return to Olympia London from 4-6 September 2022 to showcase all that is new, and all that is possible in Audio, AV, Lighting, Rigging and Staging. 

The market-leading seminar programme presents the works of thought-leaders and taste-makers, delving into the most prominent industry issues. Plus, visitors can take advantage of hands-on training workshops and immersive demonstrations.

The show is produced by PLASA, a global community and association serving those who work in the events, entertainment and installation industries. In addition to hosting PLASA Focus Leeds and PLASA Show in London, PLASA publishes the market-leading LSi and LS&A magazines, which deliver trustworthy content for industry professionals around the world. 

Third Generation MediaMatrix SCION DSP Launches at InfoComm 2022 Las Vegas

Third Generation MediaMatrix SCION DSP Launches at InfoComm 2022 Las Vegas

MERIDIAN, MS — MediaMatrix®, a Peavey Commercial Audio® (PCA) brand introduces SCION®, the all-new and powerful Media and Control processor. Shaping the third generation MediaMatrix offering, SCION calls upon 30 years of engineering prowess and market expertise in DSP and networked audio to deliver the most powerful media and control system available today.SCION, a descendant of the legendary MediaMatrix NION® platform, transcends its predecessor leveraging ADi’s cutting-edge SHARC® DSP architecture providing a fully scalable, configurable and flexible media and control processing system. At the heart of the new Peavey MediaMatrix ‘S’ series ecosystem – PCA announces MediaMatrix sNET™ the native AES67 media transport protocol capable of delivering up to 512×512 networked audio channels from a single device. Designed as a ‘Build it Your Way’ system, the SCION frame can be configured from an entry-level device to a fully-featured powerhouse or something in-between with optional hardware modules giving the consultant, integrator, and end-user unrivaled fit for purpose flexibility.Sharing in some strong elements of DNA with NION paves the way for backwards compatibility and convergence, allowing consultants to design system upgrades and fresh projects with the confidence of a simplified and seamless migration path thanks to NWare™ 3.0’s new dual-compiler tool enabling SCION and NION nodes to coexist in the same project. NIO™ Card-based I/O is also compatible with SCION providing welcomed continuity, quality and flexibility.SCION represents the evolution of MediaMatrix and as the meaning of its name suggests a ‘shoot’ that has taken root and continues to grow organically symbolized as a tree with branches and offshoots growing as companion control and I/O products forming to shape a rich ecosystem known as the ‘S’ series.As the world’s first digitally configured and controlled distributed audio system, MediaMatrix has grown from roots of wisdom, through decades of understanding. The launch of SCION signifies innovation in full bloom – a technology and ideal that has been nurtured over time and is ready to flex its branches to accommodate the world’s most demanding commercial audio needs.

MediaMatrix® Launches sTouch™ 55 Wall Mount Touch-Screen Control Panel

MediaMatrix® Launches sTouch™ 55 Wall Mount Touch-Screen Control Panel

MERIDIAN, MS — MediaMatrix®, a Peavey Commercial Audio® brand, introduces the sTouch™ 55 Wall Mount Touch-Screen Control Panel. Fully supported by MediaMatrix software and offering excellent connectivity through Power over Ethernet (PoE), the sTouch 55 delivers a rich graphical user interface that can be tailored to support any local control requirement and is mountable in any number of locations.

The hallmark feature of the sTouch 55 is its functional and responsive IPS LCD (In-Plane Switching Liquid Crystal Display). This captive touch-screen produces rich colors across a 5.5-inch diagonal high-resolution 720 x 1280 pixel display and a brightness of 300 Nits. Inside the sTouch 55’s greater user experience is an RK3566 Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A55 processor, up to 1.8GHz, running an Android 11 operating system. The unit has 2GB DRAM operating memory with 16GB on-board storage housed in a clean-line modern design with convection air-cooling for optimal performance.

The sTouch 55 is capable of being powered over Ethernet from a single cable drop from the RJ45 Ethernet port (10/100 Ethernet connectivity) connected to a PoE capable network switch supporting IEEE 802.3at/af or equivalent power injector. Alternatively, an external universal 12-24VDC power supply can power the unit.

The sTouch 55 is fully supported by the award-winning MediaMatrix nWare™ and Kiosk2Go™ audio-video and control software suite for even greater functionality and expansion. When it comes to installing the sTouch 55, the unit offers optional in-wall-installation-supported backboxes. Both U.S. NEMA and UK Standard single-gang backbox adapter plates can be ordered separately.

An optimal solution for controlling AV sources and room features, such as lights and blinds, the sTouch 55 Wall Mount Touch-Screen Control Panel is ideal for convention halls, conference rooms, and other professional settings where ease-of-use is paramount.

MediaMatrix® Powers Up sWALL™ 2×2 Audio Network Interface Panel

MediaMatrix® Powers Up sWALL™ 2x2 Audio Network Interface Panel

MERIDIAN, MS — MediaMatrix®, a Peavey Commercial Audio® brand, introduces the sWALL™ 2×2 audio network interface panel with Dante® and AES67 audio-over-IP network compatibility. This in-wall surface mount panel is designed for fixed installation in engineered audio and communication systems, offering IT and pro-audio teams the freedom and flexibility that comes from not having to run hundreds of feet of proprietary cable to the nearest control room rack. sWALL users can instead convert their analog devices to a digital signal for transmission across a standard IP network, to mixers, speakers, and other Dante/AES67-enabled pro-audio components.

The sWALL is designed to fit commonly available NEMA 2-gang backboxes. On the input side, the analog audio channels support both microphone and line-level balanced and unbalanced audio sources. Input attenuation is automatically selected upon connecting either an XLR for microphone-level sources or a 1/4-inch TRS jack for line-level sources. Individual rotary micro switches allow input gain adjustment of up to +20dB.

Another advantage of the sWALL is the inclusion of 48V DC phantom power for high-quality condenser microphones, selectable on each channel. The interface Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) adheres to IEEE802.3af and IEEE802.3at standards. Audio from the universal XLR/TRS 1/4-inch jack input connectors is independently transmitted on the Dante or AES67 network using two separate subchannels.

On the output side, the sWALL provides up to two independent balanced audio line-level channels. Network data streamed audio subchannels are decoded and made available via the XLR output connectors. The network interface panel Ethernet port is side-mounted to ensure the connected network cable has sufficient bend radius. Remote setup of the streams is made possible using Dante Controller.

Whether used in conference rooms, banquet halls, music studios, or houses of worship, the MediaMatrix sWALL 2×2 is a universally compatible, cost-effective solution for the needs of today’s pro audio market.

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® 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.

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