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It’s back…in black…and it’s now shipping


 
Now Shipping. 
 
The new, glossy-black finish Beamforming Microphone Array, and an extended warranty option. 
 
The world’s only professional beamforming microphone array is now available in both a glossy white and a new, glossy black finish. The ultra-sleek design fits room aesthetics as well as it solves difficult audio configurations.
 
Same unbelievable technology in a new black finish for more applications, with mounting hardware for both finishes.
 


Download free whitepaper: Advanced Beamforming Microphone Array Technology for Corporate Conferencing Systems
 
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Please contact sales@clearone.com with any questions..
 

ClearOne to Enterprise Connect: Beam Us Up

Introducing the COLLABORATE® Video Conferencing System with its advanced Beamforming Microphone Array Technology.  
 
ClearOne is a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for voice and visual communications. The performance and simplicity of its advanced comprehensive solutions offer unprecedented levels of functionality, reliability and scalability.
 
As a market leader, ClearOne is focused on developing cutting-edge conferencing and collaboration products. We are known for our industry innovation, committed to incorporating the latest technologies into our product lines.  We are bringing our most  recent technology enhancements to the Enterprise Connect Conference and Expo on March 17-20, 2014 in Orlando, Florida.  
 
The new COLLABORATE Room Pro is a complete video collaboration system with built-in features far beyond those of competing room systems at an affordable price point.  Add the game changing and award winning Beamforming Microphone Array to your video conferencing system, and you are taking your first step into the future!
 
Visit ClearOne at booth 942 at Enterprise Connect, and you will see how the Beamforming Microphone Array is now able to connect directly to the COLLABORATE Room Pro system without the need for a DSP mixer by using a standard USB connection.
 
The new COLLABORATE Room Pro SKU includes a 24-element Beamforming Microphone Array (either glossy black or white) along with the COLLABORATE Room Pro codec and 18x PTZ camera.
 
Standards-based COLLABORATE Room video conferencing solutions enable up to nine locations to be easily and inexpensively bridged together, with built-in video streaming, recording, and multicasting— all without the need for expensive infrastructure or media servers.
 
Download a free Wainhouse Research whitepaper: “Keeping Video Conferencing Simple”

 

The CONVERGE USB peripheral provides a standard USB connection between the Beamforming Microphone Array and COLLABORATE Room Pro without the need for a DSP mixer.
 
 


 
The Beamforming Microphone Array is the Pro-Audio industry’s first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation.
 
Now available in both glossy white and black finishes, the array fits room aesthetics as well as it solves difficult audio configurations.
 
Download a free whitepaper: “Advanced Beamforming Microphone Technology for Corporate Conferencing Systems”
 
Watch a Beamforming Microphone Array demonstration below
 

 
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Comm-Tec Shares Video of ClearOne Products from ISE 2014

Comm-Tec talks about ClearOne’s game changing Beamforming Microphone Array, and the WS800 Wireless Microphone System.
 

Beamforming Microphone Array:

 
The Beamforming Microphone Array is the Pro-Audio industry’s first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation. The ultra-sleek design fits into any conferencing environment and delivers the clearest audio pickup available. Twenty-four microphone elements steer pickup patterns towards participants and reject unwanted noise and reflections, offering superb and unmatched performance for group conferencing environments.
 
Download our free whitepaper “Advanced Beamforming Microphone Technology for Corporate Conferencing Systems”
 

(Please note that the Beamforming Microphone array has 24 microphone elements, not 25 convential microphones)
 

WS800 Digital Wireless Microphone System

 
WS800 Digital Wireless Microphone System — Optimized to work with CONVERGE® Pro and INTERACT® Pro products and perfectly complements ClearOne’s professionally installed audio conferencing product lines. Four new models of wireless microphones/transmitters are now available, as well as a base-station receiver with either 4 or 8 channels, which connects to professional audio mixers. The microphone system uses multiple band RF technology, 24-bit digital audio, and strong encryption for security that fits any application.
 
Learn more about the WS800 Digital Wireless Microphone System here.
 

 

ClearOne’s Beamforming Microphone Array featured in Sound & Communications Magazine

In the latest version of Sound & Communications magazine (Vol. 59 no. 12) published on December 23, 2013, ClearOne’s game-changing Beamforming Microphone Array was featured in the article titled “Business Evolution by Design.” Franklin Electric in Fort Wayne, Indiana has grown from a small motor manufacturer into a global company that produces and markets systems and components for moving water and automobile fluids. The company serves customers around the world, and has more than 14 manufacturing and distribution facilities. When the company wanted to move their headquarters from Bluffton, Indiana to Fort Wayne, they wanted to have cutting edge technology installed throughout the building. Earl Almack, Business Development Manager at Integrator Sensory Technologies said “They wanted to set themselves apart, technology-wise. That was one of the challenges and goals; to get them equipment and systems that nobody else, or few companies, had.”
 
For their audio conferencing, Integrator Sensory Technologies installed the ClearOne CONVERGE® Pro 880 which works in conjunction with a ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array. The CONVERGE Unit offers Distributed Echo Cancellation®, Noise Cancellation, First Microphone Priority, and Adaptive Modeling that all work in tandem to provide the unmatched sound quality you expect from ClearOne.
 
ClearOne’s Beamforming Microphone Array is the Pro-Audio industry’s first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation. The ultra-sleek design fits into any conferencing environment and delivers the clearest audio pickup available. Twenty-four microphone elements steer pickup patterns towards participants and reject unwanted noise and reflections, offering superb and unmatched performance for group conferencing environments.
 
Modern companies are looking for reliable technology that provides crystal-clear audio without visual intrusion. The Beamforming Microphone Array offers a variety of mounting options – ceiling, table, and wall mounts are all available. The variety of mounting options, together with the Beamformer’s adaptive acoustic processing which automatically adjusts to room configuration, offers you the best possible audio pickup regardless of room setup and design.
 

 

 

 
You can read the entire Sound & Communication article here.
 
 

Beamforming Microphone Array Voted One of the Most Innovative Products of 2013


 
Two years ago, the editors of Sound & Video Contractor started creating a list of 30 innovative products that they had noticed during the year. They determined that innovation could be defined as anything from years of R&D to a stroke of inspiration, and they acknowledged both mechanical innovations and electronic ones. This list has become a way to honor the work of designers, engineers, and manufacturing technicians.
 
This year, voting was up to readers of Sound & Video Contractor for the first time. Thousands of votes were cast to choose the most innovative from among more than 60 submitted products. To be eligible for this award, products must have been designed for the professional AV market and have shipped between Oct. 15, 2012, and Oct. 15, 2013.  ClearOne’s Beamforming Microphone Array was voted on the Most Innovative Products of 2013 by the readers of Sound & Video Contractor,
 
The Beamforming Microphone Array is the Pro-Audio industry’s first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation. The ultra-sleek design fits into any conferencing environment and delivers the clearest audio pickup available. Twenty-four microphone elements steer pickup patterns towards participants and reject unwanted noise and reflections, offering superb and unmatched performance for group conferencing environments.

     

  • Beamforming & adaptive steering technology
  • Next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation
  • 24 microphone elements
  • Mono and stereo modes for diverse applications
  • Flexible mounting for ceiling, tabletop and wall modes
  • Works with CONVERGE® Pro products: 880, 840T, 880T, 880TA
  • Expandable for larger room applications by daisy-chaining up to three arrays per CONVERGE Pro unit
  • Adaptive acoustic processing automatically adjusts to room configuration for best possible audio pickup
  • Replaces up to 10 traditional microphones, with twice the pick-up range

 

 
Thank you to the readers of Sound & Video Contractor for voting us as one the Most Innovative Products of 2013!
 
 

New Technology and Creative Design are Reinventing the Modern Office.


Companies are constantly searching for the smartest and brightest employees, and the modern workspace is becoming more and more crucial to help recruit and retain them. Gone are the workspaces of cubicles, blank walls and a small break room with a ping pong table. Employees today are looking for places to allow them to create their best work, to feel like an individual who matters and not just a corporate drone.
 

At Airbnb, software developers gather in a room modeled after the War Room in the film Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and features a ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array.

Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world. They connect people to unique travel experiences such as spending a night in a cabin in Australia, a weekend get-a-way in a designer studio in the heart of Paris, or even a week in a windmill in the United Kingdom.
 
This unique company wanted to design their workspace to become a visual manifestation of their company brand. So their 200 San Francisco employees work in one of eight environments that replicate their exotic property listings— from a Copenhagen pad with faux timber beams, to Balinese home with potted palms and a woven grass ceiling.
 
So why is ClearOne, a global company that designs, develops and sells conferencing, collaboration, streaming and digital signage solutions for audio and visual communications talking about office design?
 
Well, we were already known as a game changer in the pro-audio industry. Our Beamforming Microphone Array is the first professional-grade microphone array with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation. It has twenty-four microphone elements steer pickup patterns towards participants and reject unwanted noise and reflections, offering superb and unmatched performance for group conferencing environments.
 

 
Lisa Bottom, a principal at Gensler, the global design firm behind the Airbnb and Facebook offices said that the design for Airbnb “…was to be an enabler of their company’s culture.” One of the conference rooms recreates one of the most iconic movie sets of all time — the War Room from Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb. The sleek Beamforming Microphone Array, with a high glossy white exterior made it a perfect choice for this unique room design. This single unit is able to cover all attendees in the room with pickup patterns that steer towards the speaker, and cancel out unwanted noise, echo, reflections, and more. It’s form matches the functionality perfectly, and give Airbnb the quality audio they need along with complimenting the design of the room. The War Room at Airbnb is so cool, it even has its own check-in on Four Square!
 
The design on the Beamforming Microphone Array also is a visual manifestation of our company brand. Its ultra-sleek and modern design reflects the pioneering and leading-edge thinking that defines ClearOne as a company. The Beamforming Microphone Array has a low profile that can subtly blend into the ceiling, or wall, or a clean and eye-catching display as a table microphone with its attractive blue LED lighting. Businesses no longer want dozens of ceiling mics creating a busy sightline in the executive conference room, and this one unit can replace up to ten traditional microphones. The unit’s flexible mounting allows designers to have the freedom to create a beautiful workspace, and the installer is able to produce the crystal clear audio that you expect from ClearOne, no matter where it is mounted in the room.
 

 
Read more about modern office design at Airbnb and other companies here: http://www.modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/workspace-arms-race
 

ADVANCED BEAMFORMING MICROPHONE ARRAY TECHNOLOGY FOR CORPORATE CONFERENCING SYSTEMS

Beamforming arrays date back over 100 years, and were first used in the military for determining the bearing and location of aircraft, ships, and submarines. Until the mid 1970’s, when microprocessors became widely available, these arrays were 100% acoustic and fairly primitive. Modern software development and digital signal processing techniques have substantially advanced the state of the art of this technology. With good design and engineering, it’s now possible to employ an advanced microphone array system to capture desired sounds and produce a highly intelligible, superior-quality audio signal.

Also known as spatial filtering, beamforming can be applied to both sound waves and radio energy, and thus is sometimes discussed in the context of cellular telephones, wireless networking, biomedicine, sonar, seismology, and even radio astronomy.

This paper focuses exclusively on beamforming as a method of sensing and filtering acoustic waves for enterprise video and telephone conferencing applications, and describes emerging techniques and technologies to improve the capture and processing of acoustic patterns, and the clarity of human speech in corporate conference rooms.

Acoustic Beamforming Theory

Research Scientist Andrew A. Ganse of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington explains that “The basic point in beamforming is, when you set multiple transducers next to each other sending out signals [or listening for sound waves], you’re going to get a kind of interference pattern, just like you see in a pond when you throw several stones in at once and create interfering ripples. If you select the spacing between your transducers and the delay in the transducers’ signals just right, you can create an interference pattern that’s to your benefit, in particular one in which the majority of the signal energy all goes out in one angular direction.”

Certain interference patterns from multiple transducers can be spaced to act beneficially

By combining elements [i.e., antennas or microphones] in a phased array, so that signals at particular angles experience constructive interference while others experience destructive interference, beamforming can be used to achieve spatial selectivity and elimination of unwanted signals.

Beamforming microphones are part of a larger family of mics considered to be high-directionality, or perhaps ultra-directional microphones, due to their stunning sound quality, advanced performance, and similarities to phased-array radar.

As all sound professionals know, an omnidirectional microphone is one that picks up sound from all directions. The disadvantage of omni mics is that they often result in a sound feed that is reverberant, or hollow, and full of ambient noise from all directions in a room. A basic directional microphone still in common use today is the cardioid mic, perfected in the early 1940’s. Cardioid mics sound less reverberant and less noisy than omni mics because they attenuate off-axis reflected audio and noise by reducing sound pickup from the sides and rear. But cardioid mics have limited selectivity or filtering capabilities, which can be surpassed using beamforming technology.

Beamforming can be used to select, or focus on, just those sounds or voices that you want conference participants to hear, while rejecting all unwanted sounds. Selecting desired sound sources and rejecting undesirable sounds has been the goal of audio engineers for most of a century. With acoustic beamforming and integrated digital signal processing made possible by modern microprocessors and software, this is now technologically possible.

Traditional directional microphones may be used in conferencing applications to perform limited spatial filtering to improve audio quality. These microphones have an acoustic pattern that selectively picks up desired sound waves in one region of space and rejects others.

Beamforming is a signal processing technique carried out by a processor using input from the beamforming microphone array. The signals from the various microphones are combined such that signals at particular angles experience constructive interference, while others experience destructive interference.

Superior spatial selectivity can be achieved using beamforming techniques so that certain regions (sound directions) can be amplified, and other regions can be significantly attenuated. Beamforming processing components can also be configured to attenuate unwanted sounds originating from the direction of a door or window into the conference room.

To adjust and tune the directionality of the array to focus on desired sounds, a beamforming array system adjusts the phase and amplitude of the sounds reaching each microphone, to create a pattern of constructive and destructive interference in the wave front. Information from different microphones is then combined such that the expected acoustic pattern is preferentially processed and fed into the conferencing audio stream.

Advanced beamforming techniques employ interference patterns to change the directionality of the array, so that information collected from the various microphones can be combined to give preference to the expected acoustic patterns. Adaptive beamforming algorithms may also be included to automatically adapt to different situations and environments.

The most advanced, state-of-the-art enterprise video and teleconferencing systems today employ professionally engineered beamforming microphone arrays and associated components and processors.

The Emergence of Beamforming for Conferencing Applications

It’s common practice in audio/video teleconferencing systems to deploy a grouping of cardioid microphones, placed on a tabletop or mounted in the ceiling. When each directional mic is properly aimed at an individual and connected to a professional conferencing mixer, excellent audio pickup can be achieved. Similar results can be accomplished with wireless lapel or hand mics.

In a boardroom environment, however, there is frequently a desire to maintain a clean, cultured, corporate image, and a collection of microphones resting on tabletops or hanging from ceilings can be visually disruptive and damaging to interior designers’ esthetic goals. Integrated three-microphone arrays offer a reduction in the number of visible microphone elements, but nonetheless have a hard technical look that may also inhibit an ultra-clean, styled appearance.

Other disadvantages of tabletop and ceiling microphone strategies include the extra work that goes into maintaining numerous microphones, checking wireless batteries and sound levels, the inconvenience of worrying about whether everyone has remembered to clip on their wireless mics, whether any noise is being introduced, and constantly optimizing mixer levels. There are also high costs associated with mics, mounts, stands, cables, installation, and upkeep.

In contrast, a modern beamforming mic array delivers the ultimate in convenience, speech intelligibility, sound quality, and reliable communications. Beamforming arrays are less visually intrusive, and when mounted strategically, can disappear unobtrusively into the background.

With an array on a conference room table or mounted on ceiling or wall, the various microphone elements in the array, along with associated steering algorithms, digital signal processing, and echo cancellation can “zoom in” acoustically on individual conference participants and deliver sound quality that is superior to traditional conference room sound-gathering methodologies.

World’s First Professional-Grade, 24-Element Beamforming Microphone Array

The convergence of modern conference room interior design with advances in acoustic technology and digital signal processing is accentuated by the recent availability of the ClearOne 24-element Beamforming Microphone Array, the first solution of its kind in the professional audio industry.

Made possible by ClearOne’s beamforming technology, digital signal processing, adaptive steering – think of it as smart beam selection, and next-generation acoustic echo canceling processes, the 24-element Beamforming Microphone Array system is a groundbreaking, integrated teleconferencing system consisting of microphone capsules, on-board-processing, advanced software, and a connected digital electronics mixer stack.

As many as ten traditional microphones can be removed from a conference room and replaced by the sleek, attractive enclosure of the beamforming array. The on-board intelligence, spatial filtering, and signal processing capabilities of the integrated system give it twice the pick-up range of other microphones and significantly reduce height, distance, and angle constraints.

Each Beamforming Microphone Array unit operates in collaboration with a ClearOne CONVERGE® Pro conferencing system, which shares processing tasks and provides echo cancellation, noise cancellation, filtering, gating, level control, and adaptive acoustic modeling to deliver the most natural conferencing audio experience possible.

The combined beamforming and signal processing technologies automatically steer tightly-focused audio pickup beams towards people speaking, and filter out unwanted sounds and reflections to reduce room noises and eliminate those hollow reverberant sounds that commonly plague conference room environments.

Beams that would be aimed towards unwanted regions, such as windows, doors, or noise sources, can be disabled by the installer in software. Up to three beamforming arrays can be attached to each supported CONVERGE Pro system, and as many as sixteen beamforming arrays along with six required CONVERGE Pro conferencing systems can be networked together to provide coverage in multiple regions, rooms, or portions of a building.

Simplicity and Ease of Installation

The ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array is a plug-and-play device that can be easily configured, customized and installed. Minimal configuration is required, since the technology is completely internalized. The array’s sophistication, and its associated software, processors, and electronics are so intelligently implemented, that a technician with average audio conferencing skills is capable of performing the installation and configuration.

+ The ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array is no more complicated to install and setup than any other microphone. Integrators experienced in the installation and configuration of typical conference microphones can easily configure the array.

+ The only connections required are a single Power over Ethernet (PoE) and one audio connection to the expansion bus of the CONVERGE Pro unit. No custom cables, no wiring terminal blocks, or any other onnections are needed.

+ Although completely customizable to meet the needs of nearly every application, the ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array default configuration works right out of the box. Unlike standard conference microphones which require experience in configuring proper gain structure between devices, the Beamforming Microphone Array is pre-configured to work directly with the internal gain structure of the CONVERGE Pro. When installed according to ClearOne guidelines, the only adjustments will be minor gain changes to customize levels for your application.

The Ultimate in Teleconferencing Sound Quality

In the world of professional audio and video teleconferencing – beamforming microphone arrays and their associated mixers, digital signal processors, and echo-canceling functions represent the newest, most advanced technological innovations, breaking new ground for teleconference sound fidelity, clarity, and intelligibility.

Modern beamforming technology has the proven ability to surpass traditional techniques for clearly capturing and reproducing human voices in conferencing applications, and rejecting unwanted sounds, to optimize collaboration and understanding among conference participants.

When conveniently installed in conference center ceilings, walls, or tabletops, beamforming microphone systems deliver the best, most unobtrusive options for the physical placement of microphones, making them the superior choice for flawless conferencing audio in any setting.

The Beamforming Microphone Array fits any application with flexible mounting for tabletop, ceiling, and wall modes

 

EFFECTIVE AUDIO FOR VIDEO CONFERENCING – Part Two


 
This post continues our discussion on addressing what needs to be done with audio to make it effective in all situations so users can clearly hear everyone involved in audio and video conferencing calls.
 

Audio Is The Foundation

 
Humans can tolerate visual interference – a grainy image, untrue colors, and jerky images. But, the audio must be high quality in order for listeners to perceive the words. Decades of research have shown how specific types of signal degradation affect perception. This research has been used to produce telecommunications networks that are optimized for transmission of high quality human speech.
 
One study, conducted by TRI, had 100 participants view video and evaluate the quality of the image as they thought the bandwidth of the video was being altered. In reality, the bandwidth allotted to audio was changed. The participants perceived the video improving as the audio improved, even though no changes were made to the video quality.
 
Audio must be high quality in order for people to perceive the words. Speech can tolerate some clipping or the loss of an occasional syllable, but time lag is intolerable to listeners during conversation. When the range in the voice is muffled and speaker identity and intelligibility are affected, calls are no longer understandable. All these factors make audio quality an extremely important component of a video conference. Lowered speech intelligibility will inevitably obscure natural communication, take focus away from important aspects of the meeting, and cause fatigue.
 
The way audio is handled in a video call can also be an issue. The quality of speech transmitted over a local area network (LAN) or wide area network (WAN) can be impacted by the way audio packets are handled. Compression and decompression of audio is a standard part of a video conferencing system, and can be a source of reduction in audio quality. Complete loss of some audio packets during transmission over the pubic Internet may also occur. As a result, the audio signal may suffer in quality and delay. In some instances, to optimize audio in a video conference, a full duplex voice telephone circuit is used to carry the audio portion of the conference. The independent channel can also be helpful for troubleshooting if participants have difficulty with the LAN or collaboration applications during a meeting. As an alternative, a company can pay a service provider with Quality of Service (QoS) technologies like Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Differentiated Services or DiffServ, which allow audio and video data to be transmitted with a guaranteed level of quality.
 

Achieving Audio Quality

 
The goal in any video conference is for the participants to feel they are in a meeting room with good acoustics and do not feel distracted when others whisper, tap pens or rustle papers. If a room is properly equipped and designed, meeting participants should not have to worry where they sit or stand in order to be heard. They should feel as if everyone is in the same room, even when communicating from a distance. Achieving quality audio is dependent on both the right equipment and the proper environment.
 

 
Room design is an important component for quality audio. A room with hard surfaces everywhere results in too much echo. When setting up a room for a video conference, consideration must be given to whether there are reflective surfaces near the microphones and speakers, whether there are sources of noise coming from other equipment or SS systems, and how well the room is sound-insulated from adjoining rooms. For some rooms, a premium or installed audio system may be appropriate.
 
Check for symptoms of bad acoustics by clapping your hands. If it sounds like you are in an empty barrel, garage or basement, you need acoustical treatment of the room. Your goal is to achieve a sound that is relaxing and inviting. The next step is to look at your meeting room and check for hard floors, hard walls and the presence of undraped windows. Hard surfaces are part of the cause of bad acoustics. The secret to making your room better for audio or video calls is to have soft surfaces that absorb sound. Carpeting, upholstered surfaces, and draperies are examples of how to soften a room to achieve better audio. But changing a room is not always practical or desired. A professionally installed system is designed by an integrator to mitigate noise and echo while optimizing desired sound.
 
Acoustical wall panels will also help achieve proper sound in a room. Never let two opposing walls remain without absorption. Acoustical treatment attenuates the reflected sound and increases the usable distance between sound sources and receivers. This will increase the audio quality over a wider seating area.

 
ClearOne’s new Beamforming Microphone Array automatically configures to room acoustics with twenty-four microphone elements, steering its pickup pattern towards participants in the room and rejecting unwanted noise and reflections.
 
Many systems today use simple microphones with little directional sensitivity. While these microphones capture sound from all directions, they do not adequately suppress ambient noise. New microphones are being developed to optimize directional sensitivity. Installing the right audio equipment and treating the room will help optimize audio quality.
 
This process does not have to be expensive. One end user solved the audio problems in a room located in a parking garage inexpensively by hanging lined draperies on the wall. The small changes worked and resulted in acceptable audio during a video conference. Small adjustments to the room can make slight audio improvements, while solutions ranging from speakerphones to professionally installed systems can bring the greatest improvements to conferencing sound.
 
Finally, there is no substitute for proper speech etiquette. Anyone speaking should use a normal speaking voice, with no need to shout or whisper, and always direct his or her voice at a microphone. The right audio system, with intelligence provided to automatically correct microphone gain without causing unnecessary pumping noise, is the approach to take for optimized audio. With intelligent systems presenters are able to stand or walk around a room without being tied to a lavaliere microphone or having to directly speak into a microphone.
 
Awareness of what needs to be done to achieve good quality audio is the key to video conferencing success. Good audio solutions for every conferencing application – with or without video – are important to successful calls.
 
S. Ann Earon, Ph.D., is president of Telemanagement Resources International Inc. and Founding Chairperson of IMCCA, the non-profit industry association for collaborative conferencing. She can be reached via email at annearon@aol.com.
 

ClearOne Beamforming Microphone Array Demo Video


 
The Beamforming Microphone Array — Pro-Audio with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation
 
The ultra-sleek design fits into any conferencing environment and delivers the clearest audio pickup available with adaptive acoustic processing. Twenty-four microphone elements can steer its pickup pattern towards participants in the room and reject unwanted noise and reflections, thereby offering superb and unmatched performance for group conferencing environments.
 

  • Beamforming & adaptive steering technology
  • Next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation
  • 24 microphone elements
  • Mono and stereo modes for diverse applications
  • Flexible mounting for ceiling, tabletop and wall modes
  • Works with CONVERGE® Pro products: 880, 840T, 880T, 880TA
  • Expandable for larger room applications by daisy-chaining up to three arrays per CONVERGE Pro unit
  • Adaptive acoustic processing automatically adjusts to room configuration for best possible audio pickup
  • Replaces up to 10 traditional microphones, with twice the pick-up range
  • WARRANTY: 2 years, From date of purchase

 
Learn more about the Beamforming Microphone Array here
 
Additional video about the Beamforming Microphone Array here
 

InfoComm 2013 – Great First Day, Busy Booth and New Products

InfoComm 2013 is underway and ClearOne is excited to be back with our friends and fans in Orlando, Florida. Our team arrived on Sunday, June 9th to start assembling our booth and to get all of the new products ready for their debut on the show floor.
 

 
After several days of hard work, all the boxes had been unpacked, the products were on display, monitors were showing videos of our product line, and visitors to our both had a live video conference feed with our office back in Salt Lake City, Utah! Watch the video below to learn more about our perfect HD-1080p60 system.
 

 
InfoComm 2013 continues through Friday, June 14th at 4:00 p.m. EST, so there is still time to visit booth 2059 and experience the must sees of InfoComm like the Beamforming Microphone Array that is revolutionizing professional audio world with beamforming and adaptive steering technology and ClearOne’s next-generation Acoustic Echo Cancellation. Now with ceiling, wall and desk mount options, you have to see it, AND hear it, to believe it. You can chat live with our Salt Lake City office with our state of the art, perfect HD – 1080p60 videoconferencing software. Listen to the quality of our new wireless microphone system which is optimized to work with CONVERGE® Pro and INTERACT® Pro products and perfectly complements ClearOne’s professionally installed audio conferencing product lines. Questions about streaming and signage? Our talented team is waiting to give you the solutions you have been looking for.
 

 
Come see us at Booth 2059 – Here’s an interactive map to find us easier.