You Never Know Where A Book Will Turn Up

A friend is looking at a new sound console and we were talking about the Yamaha QL series.  I was telling her that these new consoles came with my friend Dan Dugan's very cool automixing built in, and we ended up watching an interesting Yamaha youtube video featuring Dan:

Watching the video, shot in Dan's San Francisco studio (which I visited a couple years ago), I started laughing, and my friend didn't know why.  

Over Dan's shoulder, prominently displayed, is a copy of my book!  Thanks Dan for the unintended product placement!

My Self Publishing Talk at HOPE X

I'm honored to once again have a talk approved for the upcoming HOPE X hacker conference here in NYC.  I've been going to HOPE conferences since 2000 or so, and spoken at the last two HOPE conferences (you can listen to my talks and watch the slides here and here), and this year I'm talking about self publishing my book, Show Networks and Control Systems.  Here's the description from the HOPE X site:

 

Just days before HOPE Number Nine, John Huntington released a self-published version of his book, Show Networks and Control Systems. Several months before, his publisher had decided that they were not interested in an update after three successful editions, so Huntington got his publishing rights back and did a whole new edition himself using Amazon’s Createspace for printed copies and Kindle for e-books. And it’s been a success – Huntington has made far more money self publishing this one edition than the royalties on all three of the previous editions with the publisher combined. More importantly, he has had a far higher level of engagement with his readers, and has been able to do things he never could have done with the publisher, like putting free lecture videos for each chapter on his website, or giving copies away (which he will do at the end of this talk). Huntington will share sales figures, compare the economics and issues related to both printed and e-book editions, and lay out the challenges, pitfalls, and successes of this process.

I hope to see you there!

AVB and Audinate's Dante: An Update After Infocomm 2014

One of the things I like most about the Infocomm show is that I always unexpectedly run into friends, and also invariably see something new. In 2009, that something new was Audio-Video Bridging (AVB), an IEEE open standard for transmitting time-synchronized audio and video over Ethernet, using special network switches. I've long been a supporter of open standards, and I was a big supporter of AVB. But after the 2013 AES convention, four years after that very public roll out, it seemed to me that AVB had been too slow out of the gate, and that Audinate's proprietary Dante audio networking technology had already won dominance in the live sound market (and I wrote about all that in a blog entry, which, amazingly to me, has had nearly 5,000 views). Everything I saw at this year's Infocomm further supports that conclusion.  

These pictures (sorry for the cameraphone quality, I wasn't lugging my heavy DSLR around the show) sum up the situation for me. Here's the display by the AVNU Alliance (the AVB Trade association--I wrote a lot about them here after a visit to their testing lab last summer):

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There's actually less on display this year than last year. There was the (very nice) AVB-based Avid S3L console, some interfaces, and switches from Extreme Networks, who, as of now, are the only company to get AVNU-certified switches onto the market. The Extreme switches seem very nice, but when I priced them recently I was surprised to learn that the AVB option costs over $300+ extra per switch. With so little AVB product available for our industry, what does that $300 get me?  (BTW, recently there was a very cool "Brick and Bullet" AVB I/O Kickstarter that unfortunately did not reach its funding goal--they are vowing to go forward anyway).

Contrast that to the demo area at Audinate's A/V Networking World (AVNW) the day before Infocomm:

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Here, there was lots of stuff from popular pro audio manufacturers that you can buy today, all connected together using standard switches and patched with a consistent interface. And in this all-day Dante love fest, they showed real world, completed installations, and lots of new, working stuff.  My friend Jamie Anderson from Rational Acoustics presented on a recent SMAART class he taught where he replaced his old analog signal distribution system with Dante, saying it saved him several hours on the class because it "just worked":'

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Another old friend, Michael Cusick from SAVI, explained the massive Dante network his company recently installed in a big renovation at the Planet Hollywood showroom in Vegas.

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I had to miss the afternoon presentations.  But Dante had a booth on the floor showing many of their OEM partners:

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The booth also featured Audio Technica's ATND971, "the first wired microphone that transmits audio and control data together over the Dante network protocol":

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So, it seems the prediction I made after peering into my crystal ball back in November still holds up: "... Audinate's Dante has won the race, while AVB is still being tweaked by the mechanics over in the pit lane."   

You can see all my AVB/Dante postings here, and pictures of random stuff I found interesting at this year's Infocomm here.  I also have a writeup of our 2014 show control geekout here.

Update June 24, 1pm: Here's a video from Audinate from Infocomm explaining the above and some things I missed at the show:

controlgeek.net/Timberspring Infocomm Las Vegas 2014 Show Control Case Studies and Geekout Wrapup

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As I wrote here, Jim Janninck and I once again hosted our now-annual Case Studies session/Geekout in Las Vegas during Infocomm 2014.  We had three great presentations, about 25 attendees, and some great food and drinks provided by Tommy Bridges and ATI!

 

 

We started with a presentation on the Field of Screams haunted attraction by Don Nolan and Ben Holmes of Venue Magic.

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Next up was Stephan Villet and Mitch Schuh from Smart Monkeys presenting the Integrated Environmental Media System at Los Angeles Airport.

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We took a quick break and Eric from Medialon took up as bartender:

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And last but not least was Scott Harkless of Alcorn McBride and Kevin Ruud of Design Horizons presenting on the new High Roller observation wheel (which we rode the night before, pictures here).

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It was a really fun night, with direct competitors (as usual) having a friendly chat and sharing their technological approaches to various problems.  A small group of us had a great time after at KISS Mini Golf:

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Jim and I will likely do this again next year at Infocomm Orlando 2015, so take pictures of your projects this year and please apply for the session next year!  I always announce it here and on the show control mailing list.

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