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Control Podcast

theSTATEofCONTROL-FLAT In the back rooms of the AVNation headquarters there have been discussions about various new shows to produce, which ones to drop, and what our future holds. This is, after all, a labour of love. We don’t sell ads, and all of our “staff”, as it is, volunteer their time. So, when a decision is made to commit time and resources to a new project it needs to be something we are all passionate about.
When we began AVNation with the pilot and flagship AVWeek in July of 2011, we weren’t sure what to expect. There were already some fine AV podcasts. Sound and Communications, InfoComm, AVRant, and others had blazed the trail. We were more than pleasantly surprised at the response and continue to be humbled by your acceptance. In those first few months a number of ideas circled around. Some of which we are still trying to fine tune. A control podcast was one of those. The question was how to pull it off.
If you are not aware, there are legal issues when it comes to some company’s control applications. You can’t just throw out there the programs and code on how to program a system from company X. They tend to frown on that. So, how would you produce a show about the world of control for AV without talking about the ins and outs of AMX, Crestron Simpl and others? Enter some really smart people.
Thanks to Steve Greenblatt, Rich Fregosa, and other control geniuses, we have a new control for AV podcast. I’m really pleased with the way this turned out. On the first episode we just scratch the surface with what is control versus configuring, the future of the programmer, and lay out various levels of what it means to be an AV control “programmer”. To be clear, I am not certified by any manufacturer. Intermediate is the highest level I have achieved from Crestron. According to these gentlemen, that would make me an end-user programmer. I know enough to switch out a dvd player if need be. There are those far more talented and experienced than I, and that is who you will be listening to. My job is to ask the question.
So, take a listen when you get a moment. If you like it, subscribe on iTunes or just keep coming back. Thanks for taking the time. Have a great week.
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About Author

Tim Albright is the founder of AVNation and is the driving force behind the AVNation network. He carries the InfoComm CTS, a B.S. from Greenville College and is pursuing an M.S. in Mass Communications from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. When not steering the AVNation ship, Tim has spent his career designing systems for churches both large and small, Fortune 500 companies, and education facilities.

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