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Kaskade Brings Down the Staples Center with K1

EDM superstar rocks sold-out crowd on Rat Sound’s L-ACOUSTICS rig

LOS ANGELES — Named “America’s Best DJ” last year by DJ Times and PioneerDJ.com, Kaskade became the first solo electronic dance music artist in history to not only headline, but also sell out, Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Friday, July 27 with his 2012 Freaks of Nature Tour. Camarillo-based Rat Sound Systems, Inc. served as the sound reinforcement provider for the night keeping things pumping with a full L-ACOUSTICS K1 stadium loudspeaker system. more

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Stampede Takes Its Industry Leading Dealer Resource Mobile With The Big Book of AV App!

Underscoring its commitment to providing dealers with the most complete range of information resources for their extensive product lines, Stampede Presentation Products Inc., North America’s largest, high value added ProAV distributor, today announced the immediate availability of its new Big Book of AV mobile app. The new free app, available for the iPhone, iPad, and Android, allows users to browse Stampede’s nearly 1,000-page catalog that remains the industry’s number one dealer resource for product information. Dealers can now carry the standard-setting 2012 Big Book of AV catalog, featuring nineteen new product lines and a host of other innovative features, wherever they go.

“With the new app, our dealers can finally have high quality AV information right at their fingertips,” said Kevin Kelly, Stampede President & COO. “Our 2012 Big Book of AV contains 19 new product lines from the last year alone, and this new app allows the nearly 10,000 dealers in our network to access information on more than 7,967 products from more 90 manufacturers, with just one push of a button on their mobile device.”

New lines featured in the 2012 Big Book of AV catalog include: Chorus Call (Unified Communications), Christie (Commercial Displays, Micro Tiles, Projectors), Clear One (Unified Communications), DynaScan (Commercial Flat Panels and Digital Signage Solutions), Horizon Displays (Classroom, Digital Signage, and Touch Screen Solutions), IO Gear (Audio-Video Distribution, Presentation Accessories, and Digital Signage), Navitar, (Non-Lens Digital Signage) Marshall Electronics (Security Cameras, Commercial Flat Panels, Unified Communications, and Microphones), Olens (Projectors and Home Audio), Panasonic (Security Products), Peerless (Non-Mount Digital Signage and Education Products), Phoenix Audio (Commercial Audio and Unified Communications), RADVISION (Unified Communications), Room Pro (Unified Communications, Carts/Racks/Cases, and Classroom Solutions), Samsung (Commercial Flat Panels), Screen Innovations (Projection Screens), TTUFF (Digital Signage Solutions), Ultimate Support (Pro Audio), and Xantech (ATON product line).

The physical version of the 2012 Big Book of AV was introduced to Stampede’s dealers at INFOCOMM 2012, and features information on more than 7,967 products from more 90 manufacturers, making it the single largest resource guide in the entire industry. The book itself weighs more than four pounds and is just shy of 1,000 pages. What’s more, dealers will have the opportunity to custom imprint their logo on the cover of the catalog.

The 2012 catalog will once again include enhanced QuickLink® barcodes. These codes allow readers the opportunity to obtain further information about various product by scanning the codes with their smartphone, to be directed to digital information about the products on the page, either via videos about the products or a direct connection to one of Stampede’s call center representatives.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution-based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a nearly 1,000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) that provide hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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Lightware Introduces MODEX Family of Modular Signal Extenders

The Modular Extender (MODEX) family of external signal extender with modular capabilities, makes its debut from Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products. The new products work in tandem with Lightware’s new 25G Hybrid line of digital matrix switchers or act as standalone extenders offering great flexibility to users who need to transport digital and analog video, audio or data signals over a single Cat5/6/7 cable or fiber.

“MODEX is believed to be the first product family of its kind,” says Blake Dudash in sales and marketing. “It supports AV and broadcast-industry formats with a full range of modular transmitters and receivers which interface with Lightware’s new 25G line or function as standalone devices.”

MODEX eliminates the need to invest in discrete units for different types of connections, he notes. “Previously, you’d have to buy a transmitter and receiver (TX/RX) to send DVI, Display Port, HDMI 1.4, DVI-DL, VGA or 3GSDI over one fiber or CatX; each format requires its own TX/RX pair. Now we can use one MODEX TX/RX pair and send any and all of today’s, and tomorrow’s, video connection types. Instead we just switch out the connection type module in the Transmitter or Receiver.”

To customize MODEX users choose a media core (single or duplex fiber or CAT5/6/7 twisted pair cable), select one or two video and audio modules (analog VGA, Interlaced Composite Video, DVI, dual-link DVI, HDMI 1.4 with 3D, SDI, 3G-SDI and Displayport 1.1 or 1.2) and choose up to four interface modules for ethernet, control or optional audio. MODEX is then ready to use.

The technology built into the MODEX family breaks many standard limitations allowing 60-meter DVI cable compensation on inputs; advanced EDID management; pixel-accurate reclocking; LAN, RS-232, RS-422 and USB control; fiber cable powering and more.

MODEX comes in 1/2 rack width and full rack width RU frames. The full rack width extender has the bigger media core, which allows two video and audio modules and four interface modules. The front panel has an additional 10/100/1000 Mbps ethernet port and USB KVM connectors. The half-rack width extender has the same functionality but allows one video and audio module and two interface modules; its front panel has an additional 10/100 Mbps ethernet port and USB KVM connectors. Both size frames may be either a video transmitter or receiver depending on the installed video and audio module.

“MODEX’s modularity is the key concept for all kinds of users – permanent installations, rental and staging, broadcast,” says Dudash. “Users can easily swap out connection modules as needed for real mix-and-match applications.”

MODEX is expected to be available this fall following the release of the Lightware 25G line.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

SOUNDCAST SELECTS SKINIT FOR ITS SPEAKERS – Make your OutCast stand-out, or blend-in with an exterior wrap

Chula Vista, CA (July 31, 2012) – Soundcast Systems, developer of high-performance wireless audio speaker systems, transmitters and receivers, announced today that they have partnered with Skinit, Inc., the industry leader in on-demand personalization for electronics to provide skin adhesive wraps for its OutCast and OutCast Jr. portable wireless speaker systems.

Featuring an easy-on application as well as a “residual-free removal,” Skinit allows you to personalize the exterior of any OutCast speaker by browsing and selecting a skin design from their vast online library of colors, patterns, photography, art, professional sports leagues, colleges, universities and even an customized option for creating your own unique design – from bold, to nearly invisible, the choices are extensive.

“With OutCast’s wireless portability and flexibility to fit and play anywhere, anytime, the need for varied exterior finish options is a no-brainer. And, to meet this need and make the product more fun, aesthetically pleasing and personal, we are thrilled to announce a new exterior skin wrap option by Skinit, that allows clients to pick, choose and order their own unique “flavor and style” preference for their speaker,” said Mike Weaver, president of Soundcast Systems, Inc.

And with Skinit, Inc., the automated online design and order system effortlessly guides you step-by-step through the browsing, choosing, personalizing, and order approval process. Soundcast Systems dealers and clients can view Skinit options, pricing, and order information at http://www.soundcastsystems.com/skinit.

In addition, to support its dealers with retail storefronts Soundcast will offer point-of-sale retail wraps for both OutCast models that illustrate the features and applications of each model.

Visit Soundcast Systems at Booth #3324 at CEDIA Expo, Indianapolis, IN – September 6-8, 2012 – New Skinit exterior speaker wraps will be on display in a variety of colors, themes and patterns.

Soundcast OutCast Speaker Systems with Skinit personalized wraps

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ABOUT SKINIT, INC. – www.skinit.com
Skinit, Inc. is the industry leader in On-Demand Personalization Technology including the manufacture and distribution of customized products for electronic devices. Skinit’s online ordering and customization tools allow consumers to create branded, designed, and personalized electronic device covers, or skins, using strong durable vinyl products. Skinit also offers B2B On-Demand Personalization Platforms as complete turn-key or stand-alone hosted software and service solutions which drive manufacturing technologies such as laser etching, paint on-demand, digital print, film conversion and others. Located in San Diego, CA USA.

ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com
Located in Chula Vista, California, Soundcast is a market innovator and leader in wireless audio systems for residential and commercial development applications. Soundcast uses the renowned high-tech frequency hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) bulletproof technology that continually searches for open channels and connects instantly to avoid interference from other products. Soundcast wireless products perfectly deliver a far-reaching broadcast range of pure, clean and crisp audio transmission through walls, doors, floors, ceilings and even outdoors. With Soundcast Systems, don’t let the music stop where the wires end.

For information about Soundcast and its innovative products, please visit www.soundcastsystems.com

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 671-0110 ext. 3034 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Soundcast Press Contact: Roberta Lewis, The OAC Group • Tel: 713/665-8758 • email: roberta@theoacgroup.com
Skinit, Inc. Press Contact: Kim Puckett • Orange Public Relations • Tel. 317/284-1607 • kim@orangepublicrelations.com

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