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Atlas Learn Debuts with New Classroom Security and Sound Reinforcement System

Phoenix, AZ - Atlas Learn, a new division of commercial audio leader Atlas Sound, announces its official launch with the premiere of an in-classroom amplified learning system. This patent pending Amplified Learning System, ALS, is designed for use in K-12 and higher education facilities or where a room constrained public address system is required.

The ALS (model number AL2430-2PH) is a complete audio enrichment system consisting of amplifier, wireless microphones, and docking station. The teacher and students are able to walk freely around the room with the infrared microphones/system control units and project their voices through installed speakers.

The versatile and ergonomic AL2430 pendant / handheld microphone transmitter allows both teachers and students freedom of movement without bulky electronics or cumbersome wires. The dual mode transmitter allows teachers to control microphone volume, overall system volume and mute settings via side mounted soft touch controls. In addition, when "PANIC" and "MODE" controls are pressed simultaneously for 3 seconds a contact closure is triggered on the AL2430 receiver. This contact closure may be integrated with most any intercom or IP based notification system to signal an emergency condition in the classroom. When transmitter is configured for “student” mode operation, all controls are bypassed restricting the device's functionality for use as a wireless microphone only. Atlas Learn's Infrared Microphones are capable of transmitting on one of two dedicated IR channels to allow a teacher and student response microphone to be used in the same space without interference. Each microphone has three signal transmit emitters to guarantee reliable use with no drop-out whether the microphone is being handheld, on belt with external microphone connected, or on a lanyard. With a hinged belt clip and ID mounting clip, the microphone in any position is lightweight and comfortable to use.

The included ALS docking station provides not only a secure location to store microphones when not in use but also a charging station. The docking and recharging station will automatically recharge and maintain batteries in the microphone/system control units and accommodate up to 4 additional AA rechargeable batteries as spares. Each microphone requires 2 AA batteries for use with an average operation time of 6 hours between being charged.

The integrated mixer amplifier has a 30W output over an 8Ω, 25V, or 70.7V load. Three RCA inputs on the back of the amp are for Infrared Sensors for signal points from the microphones (including two separate A&B channels at any time). Five separate audio devices (labeled Computer, TV/VCR, CD/DVD, Aux and Priority Page) can also be inputted through dual summed RCA inputs with independent level controls. With Atlas’s patented ‘through hole’ chassis design the amplifier can be pole mounted at projectors, rack mounted, or table mounted for various classroom setups.

Atlas Learn is the new education focused subdivision of Atlas Sound, part of the Mitek Electronics and Communications Group. The Amplified Learning System is the first product released under the line which aims to improve classroom performance through integrated technologies at all education levels. Through sound reinforcement, networked audio, and other learning systems, Atlas Learn will provide educational equipment designed with the industry leading reliability, easy of use, and advancements one expects from the Atlas name.

"Atlas Sound has always been used in educational facilities from our PA speakers, and stadium horns to ControlKom and paging systems," said Steve Young, Atlas Sound's VP of Sales & Marketing. "But with the creation of Atlas Learn we are excited to have a group of products focusing on the needs and demands of this specific market group. The ALS is a product that can truly help teachers teach and students learn without the usual cumbersome technology that scares people away from it."

Atlas Learn's ALS system will be available June 2009. Full specifications and product brochure are online at http://www.atlassound.com/pn/AL2430-2PH. Or for more information, contact your Atlas Sound representative or call Atlas Sound toll free at (800) 876-3333.