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NAB News: Smart AV Wins NAB’s AIM Award

Smart AV recently received an NAB Award for Innovation in Media (AIM) at the NAB 2005 trade show (April 16-21).

Smart AV recently received an NAB Award for Innovation in Media (AIM) at the NAB 2005 trade show (April 16-21). As one of five companies receiving the highest number of attendee votes in the “Content Management” category and “the only Pro-Audio product in any category” during the second-annual AIM program, Smart AV received AIM recognition for its Smart Console during the NAB Technology Luncheon held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, April 20.

“As professionals who are using broadcasting technologies day in and day out, NAB attendees are in a unique position to recognize the hottest products emerging into the marketplace. The NAB would like to extend its congratulations to all of the 2005 AIM winners who received this esteemed recognition,” said NAB president and CEO, Edward O. Fritts.

The top five products within each of the Content Creation, Content Management and Content Delivery categories received recognition with a 2005 AIM award. Each winning product is eligible for further recognition: A judging panel composed of key industry editors will review the AIM-winning technologies and other new products at NAB to select an overall winner within each product category. The 2005 Editors’ Choice Award winners will be announced on Thursday, April 28, 2005.

“We are so honored to have received a 2005 AIM. The attendees‚ recognition of our product is a true testament to its value in delivering improved efficiency to engineers mixing large numbers of audio sources in high-pressure situations,” said Joe Narai, Smart AV’s CEO. “We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us for recognizing the unique functionality our Smart Console provides.”

Designed to meet the complex requirements of mixing large numbers of audio sources in high-pressure situations, the Smart Console provides ergonomic efficiency via a unique touch-sensitive arc and provides broadcasters and post-production users the choice of signal-processing engine or workstation.

The Smart Console is currently available in 48- and 96-channel configurations with a 72-channel version available soon. Consoles can be fitted with up to 24 physical channel strips and an optional Post Panel depending on size.

Designed to be a control surface, the Smart Console interfaces via an open Ethernet protocol to a growing number of signal processing and routing devices. Smart Consoles demonstrated at NAB 2005 were interfaced to Apple’s Logic Pro 7 workstation and the VADIS System from KLOTZ DIGITAL; the console also works with Merging Technology’s Pyramix. Further engine solutions are forthcoming, including the DME64N and DME24N from Yamaha, Series 5 engines from SADiE (including the PCM-H64), Steinberg’s Nuendo, Mackie’s HUI and Peavey’s MediaMatrix NION.

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