Sonos in production

Sonos in production

The flexibility, ease of use and straight-up sound quality of Sonos wireless media systems has made Sonos one of the most recognisable brands for audio playback. It’s now installed in millions of homes and businesses around the world, and has become so prevalent that it has almost become a standard.

Sonos is rapidly becoming the reference speaker for content producers – after all, if you wan to check what your content sounds like, it makes sense to be referencing it on the same system that your audience will be using. So, what is it that makes Sonos so good?

Exception sound quality

Sonos speakers aren’t your average speakers – they have a studio heritage. Giles Martin of Abbey Road Studios has been involved in the development of their current range of speakers after being impressed with a pair of Play:1’s. Sonos asked for his feedback, and, based on his advice, were able to further enhance the sound quality of their speakers. As a result, they are now used as a reference point in one of the most famous studios in the world.

Click here to read more about Giles Martin’s involvement with Sonos.

The ideal speaker for non ideal acoustics

Acoustically treating a room to ensure optimal sound for playback can be a very expensive process. Sonos have developed Trueplay – an app which analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response accordingly. Free to use, all you need is an iOS device and in under 10 minutes you can calibrate your speakers to produce a near-perfect response, even in the most non-ideal conditions.

Complete flexibility

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network, meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Use a single speaker, or add a second to make a stereo pair, then add another speaker or two to a dedicated listening room and send your finished mixes there. Why not build a 5.1 setup with more speakers and a sub, and even preview a video project on a client speaker by adding the Playbar.

Every Sonos speaker on your network becomes available as part of a scalable listening system, where all speakers can be controlled individually or grouped as you like.

Sound from any source

With Sonos, you can stream music from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal among others. You can also stream locally stored music from an iTunes library on your device or from shared storage.

If you have external sources you want to connect, the Sonos Connect even lets you add CD players, DVDs, tape decks or vinyl into the mix. No matter what you want to reference your sound against, Sonos puts it right under your fingertips.

Aesthetics

Lets be honest – good looks are important if you’re dealing with clients, and Sonos speakers are certainly no ugly ducklings. They integrate easily into any environment with the dedicated range of Flexion desk-mounts, floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Sonos in education

Sonos in education

Providing an AV system that can work throughout a school can be both costly and difficult to implement (even more so if you’re hoping to control volume levels independently, and play different audio in different areas). There’s lots of cabling involved, including zoning amps to control volume levels and distribution, as well as expensive touch panels and media servers.

A Sonos system streamlines AV implementation and provides you with a cost effective, easy to use and scalable system that can stream any audio to any speaker or group of speakers on the network. Obviously, we’re not encouraging you to start playing background music in classrooms (although your students might like it) but there’s always a strong demand for music in concourses, cafeterias, reception areas, galleries, sports halls, performance areas. Sonos gives you full control over sound throughout your school.

Access to every song available

Controlled from a central app, Sonos has access to more music than any other system available. You can stream from all the major services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Tune In, Google Play Music, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Music, Napster and Tidal as well as locally stored music from an iTunes library or shared storage.

The Sonos app lets you create playlists that combine tracks from any of these sources to give you complete flexibility. Because you can add your own locally stored files to the playlists, you can easily add your own custom announcements into the mix. The Sonos Connect even lets you add external sources such as CD players into the mix, or even a public address microphone for announcements. Multiple users can access the app to control their own area, whether that’s via computer, smartphone or tablet, and its password protected so that your students can’t take over.

Simple to set up

Audio is streamed between the app and the speakers over your existing WiFi network meaning that installation and setup is very simple. It’s easily scalable too – you can start with just one Play series speaker and add more as your needs grow. Since every speaker is self-contained with its built in amplifier, there is no need for a separate amp rack or excessive cabling. If you have existing installed ceiling speakers, or want to use external weatherproof speaker to bring sound to an outdoor area, you can add the Sonos Connect Amp to drive these too.

Perfect sound – even in non-ideal conditions

Although the Sonos range is visually attractive, there will be plenty of situations where you’ll want to place your speakers more discreetly. Often, this would result in compromised acoustics but not with Sonos – the free Trueplay app analyses the acoustics of your room and speaker placement and adjusts the speaker response to produce a perfect response even in the most non-ideal conditions. That means you’re free to desk-mount your speakers, or place them on one of the dedicated Flexson floor stands, wall-mounts or ceiling mounts and site them wherever is least obtrusive.

If you want to experience the power of Sonos for yourself, you’re welcome to come to our Golden Square demonstration suite and immerse yourself in top-quality sound.

If you’d like to find out more about Sonos, drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 400 888. For everything else, including the latest news, events and offers, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Dynaudio PRO LYD Monitors

Dynaudio PRO LYD Monitors

The Pro Audio team at Jigsaw24 know a good thing when we hear it and our latest listening pleasure is the new LYD range of studio studio monitors from Dynaudio PRO.

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Building on the heritage of the industry standard BM series of near-field monitors, LYD completely refreshes and updates the segment with the latest DSP and amplifier technology, to offer producers and musicians authoritative and powerful studio monitors that still excel at low volume, while still maintaining the precision Dynaudio PRO is famous for.

Each LYD monitor speaker drive unit is powered by a state-of-the-art Class-D amplifier that features a 96kHz/24bit signal path, plus the hand-made and consistent non fatiguing drivers (all new soft-dome tweeters and trademark Magnesium Silicate Polymer (MSP) woofers) ensure an unerring accuracy. Finally, a DSP used in just the right way offers the option to extend or curtail the low frequency response by 10Hz where needed, while both ‘Position’ and ‘Sound Balance’ controls ensure the best possible performance for any environment.

Utmost care in selection of materials and production, combined with the industry’s most thorough and extensive testing programme allows Dynaudio PRO monitors to achieve 100 percent uniformity – not just between different pairs, but also when crossing pairs or relying on pairs in different locations.

All of this makes the LYD range THE personal reference monitors – redefined!

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LYD Range Main Features

• Handcrafted personal reference monitors
• Bi-amped speaker design, with state-of-the-art Class-D amplification
• Bass Extension control – extends or curtails the low end frequency response
• Position Mode control – better sound when monitors are placed close to a wall • Sound Balance control – influence the overall response of the speaker
• Made in Denmark

Want to book a demo? drop an e-mail to our Pro Audio Solutions specialists at audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Save on Genelec when you trade in your old speakers!

Save on Genelec when you trade in your old speakers!

Got some old speakers knocking about that you’d rather see the back of? Until 30th September, we’re offering a trade-in promotion whereby you can exchange your old speakers for a flashy new pair from Genelec.

The deal could see you save up to £465 on the price of new Genelec speakers, including the 8010, 8020, 8030, 8040 and 8050 models. And as long as your old speakers are in decent working nick, it doesn’t matter what brand they are, or whether they’re passive or active.

Check out the offers below for more details:

Save £117 on Genelec 8010 active studio monitor speakers (pair). Trade-in promo price: £149 ex VAT (each).

Save £100 on Genelec 8020C CPM compact 2-way active monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £215 ex VAT (each).

Save £165 on Genelec 8030 BPM compact 2-way active monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £307.50 ex VAT (each).

Save £282 on Genelec 8040 BPM active studio monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £499 ex VAT (each).

– Save £465 on Genelec 8050 active studio monitors (pair). Trade-in promo price: £807.50 ex VAT (each).

Want to find out more? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook

Our guide to audio monitoring solutions

Our guide to audio monitoring solutions

Making sure you’re compliant with loudness standards has now become just as important as the quality of your output. Whatever medium you work in – from audio for post-production to broadcast TV – it’s essential you have an audio monitoring and metering solution in place. Bearing that in mind, we’ve put together this guide to monitoring hardware, software and speakers, picking out a range of products from top manufacturers like TC Electronic, Waves, DK, Yamaha and Genelec that will suit all workflows and budgets.

If you’re new to the noisy subject of acceptable loudness standards for broadcast audio, it’s now a must for broadcasters to maintain consistent volume. Essentially, watchdogs have clamped down on jumps between levels, especially on TV, which has led to the introduction of loudness level metadata (dialnorm) and an international standard for loudness measurement (ITU-R BS.1770).

Most studios will now have a solution in place to monitor loudness levels, and these can range from low-cost software plug-ins that complement your DAW to high-end external hardware. Either way, you also need to couple these with decent quality reference monitors to hear your content back. Here are the top solutions we recommend to fit in with your workflow, from outside broadcast to small studios.

Loudness monitoring hardware

TC Electronic DB6 Broadcast Loudness Monitor

TC Electronic DB6 Broadcast Loudness Processor. A TV and OB Broadcast processor that allows you to handle every aspect of loudness management, from monitoring to processing, to ensure complete compliance. Up- or down-convert to output both stereo or 5.1 streams simultaneously and deliver to any platform and any codec, be it HDTV, Mobile TV, Digital Radio or Podcast using AAC, Dolby, Ogg Vorbis, Lossless or Linear. £5995 ex VAT. Learn more.

TC Electronic TM7 Loudness Meter

TC Electronic TM7 TouchMonitor. Our most popular solution, this is a fully configurable standalone monitor, compatible with all major broadcast standards  including ITU-R BS.1770, EBU R128 and ATSC A/85. Optional Loudness Radar software lets you see how loudness varies over time, which is vital for long programme material. The TM7 is suitable for both surround and stereo material. £2735 ex VAT. Learn more.

RTW TM3 TouchMonitor Loudness Meter

RTW TM3 TouchMonitorA 4.3″ touchscreen stereo loudness audio meter which is ideal for smaller edit suites, offering loudness metering to the following standards:  EBU R128, ITU BS.1770-2/1771, ATSC A/85, and ARIB, with bar graphs and numerical readouts. A 6 channel version is also available and all models feature analogue and digital inputs. £1155 ex VAT. Learn more.

DK Technologies DK1 Master Stereo Loudness Meter

DK Technologies DK1 Master Stereo loudness meter. Simple, compact and expandable, the DK1 is about the size of a smartphone and is easily positioned to show you a realtime loudness readout, via Horizontal/Vertical Bargraph, FFT, Vectorscope, Phase correlation, StarFish, JellyFish and Horizontal/Vertical Moving Coil Emulation. The DK1 is compliant with all major loudness standards (BS1770-2. A/85, R128, ARIB and more). £929 ex VAT. Learn more.

Loudness monitoring software

Dolby Media MeterFeaturing Dialogue Intelligence technology and conforming to ITU-R BS.1770-1, the Dolby Media Meter is an ideal tool for monitoring loudness in dialogue-heavy transmissions. £599 ex VAT. Learn more.

TC Electronic LM6 Loudness Meter. The LM6 plug-in brings TC’s cutting edge Loudness Radar Meter technology to any DAW or NLE edit station, making it perfect for anyone creating output in Avid Pro Tools or Media Composer. £429 ex VAT. Learn more.

Waves WLM Loudness Meter. The WLM Loudness Meter from plug-in makers Waves provides ITU, EBU, and ATSC compliant loudness measurement and metering for broadcast, movie trailers, games and packaged media. £279 ex VAT. Learn more.

Nugen Audio LM-Correct Loudness Correction. This plug-in shows true-peak, Integrated Program Loudness and Short Term Loudness and support EBU R128, ITU B.S 1770-2 and more. £229 ex VAT. Learn more.

Monitor speakers

We offer a huge range of studio monitors from the likes of Focal, Genelec and Yamaha, so get in touch if you’re looking for something specific, but by far our best selling speaker bundles for loudness monitoring are the following. All of them are available in either stereo or surround setups.

Focal Full Surround Monitoring Bundle – £3699 ex VAT

Genelec 8030B Surround Bundle with 5.1 controller – £3139 ex VAT

Genelec 8030 Pair and Presonus Monitor Station – £899 ex VAT

Yamaha HS5 5.1 Monitoring Bundle – £1145 ex VAT

Yamaha HS5 Stereo Monitoring Bundle – £299 ex VAT

Why Jigsaw24?

We provide a whole range of solutions to give your production professional sound, from recording right through to the final edit. As an Avid HD Dealer, we can offer their full ‘One Avid’ production line-up, so you can seamlessly integrate your audio (Pro Tools) with video (Media Composer and Symphony). We also provide a range of shotgun mics, radio mics, wireless field recorders, full voiceover kits, and metering and loudness monitoring solutions – as well as consultancy, installations and preflights.

Want to know more about loudness monitoring and metering solutions? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email audio@Jigsaw24.com. You can also follow @Jigsaw24Audio on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook