In last week’s episode of “An Interview with Matt” we learned about his passion for the Influxis Cloud. Now we get to learn more about what else Matt is passionate about plus some less known capabilities of Influxis services…

So when you’re not jumping around for joy inside of networks, what else do you like to do?
One thing I like to do outside of technology is gardening. I have several gardens and I am now growing the largest garden I’ve built to date and have over 12 fruits and vegetables. There’s something about growing your own garden which makes you appreciate how much effort it takes and where it all comes from. Beyond gardening, I am also an audiophile and work with several local bands for their live performance sound engineering using a Yamaha MG166-CX soundboard. I’m also passionate about linguistics, politics, and talking about the future.

Flowering Broccoli from Matt's garden.
Flowering Broccoli from Matt’s garden.

Wow, so you’re a sound engineer too! How did you get into that?
I got into sound engineering when I was going to my church in San Diego, and they had a band that had their own albums and CD’s released and they trained me in all I know today about sound engineering. This was where I learned a lot about sound engineering, and about how complex it could be. I took what I learned and applied it to this company, to make sure our customers are getting the clearest, crispest audio possible.

Do you have a lot of radio and audio centric customers, and if so, how do they say the audio streaming you offer compares to what they had before?
We do have a number of these customers, and we work closely with them to make sure we deliver the best possible audio experience we can support, through assessing onsite capabilities and talking to the clients to understand what they truly want. With the inclusion of Dolby Digital and DTS decoding in Flash 11, this space has been opened up even more so in 2014, for surround sound in 5.1 and 7.1 channel audio playback through Flash at speeds up to 512 Kbps.

Dolby digital tablet

What benefit does the Dolby in Flash provide?
Before Dolby Digital or DTS audio decoding were included in Flash, the maximum audio experience you would deliver would be a 2 channel feed at 320kbps. Today, HD content such as Blu-Rays or HD Netflix streams, typically deliver 800kbps audio. And in some cases much higher than that, to deliver next generation audio with the ability to playback Dolby Digital recorded audio through Flash, operators of Flash stations or anyone trying to deliver audio through Flash to provide an HD Live audio experience which is currently not possible outside of Flash or Silverlight on the internet.

What about the mobile experience in terms of audio?
For the mobile experience, our hands are tied to the capabilities of the HLS protocol. That being said, the current maximum audio quality remains that of Flash’s previous audio quality of 2-channel AAC audio at 400 kbps.

So it isn’t apparent that Influxis offers this type of audio streaming…
The audio capabilities of Influxis could be brought into the light more, however for each and every customer we make sure to gauge their exact wants and needs. If they want high quality audio, we make sure all their needs are met and then some.

That’s a lot of stuff you’re working on…are you going to do some gardening to relax this weekend?
I will do some gardening this weekend, however this is also an important weekend for launching Influxis Cloud 2.0; so I will be enjoying both of my passions this weekend. And for anybody reading this who wants to take advantage of these capabilities or has questions about our cloud capabilities, just call us.

Artichokes in Matt's garden and his cat "Salem".
Artichokes in Matt’s garden and his cat “Salem”.

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