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Post Production Master Class Brings Focus to Dynamic Environment

Createasphere Presents Career-Building, Expert-Led Sessions in New York and Los Angeles

(Burbank, CA) Createasphere will again present its intensive, career-oriented Post Production Master Class (PPMC) in New York and Los Angeles. PPMC NY is set for September 27th at the New Yorker Hotel and PPMC LA will take place November 8th during Createasphere’s Entertainment Technology Expo at the Burbank Marriott.

The Post Production Master Class is a one-of-a-kind event focused on the evolving post production process, facing shifting demands, trends and technologies. The event offers rare access to thought leaders who discuss their points of view about what’s happening now and what will happen to the professional post production community in the near future. As production, on-set, pre-production, visual effects and global interactivity continue to evolve, so too will post production. The PPMC presents highly regarded experts who share their knowledge and experience and give attendees a road map to navigate this volatile but exciting career path. The small group atmosphere allows exceptional access to these professionals and the peer-to-peer nature of the class encourages lively interaction.

In addition to the educational sessions, there are Tech Spotlights, presented by the industry’s top technology providers. The expertise of the presenters offers attendees the ability to have in-depth discussions of the latest technology affecting the evolving discipline of post production.

Session and speaker highlights in New York include:

* Post Production for Spots: Delivering on the Idea – Meet the fearless producers from New York agencies who take ideas from concept to delivery for advertising campaigns. MindSmack Executive Producer Kwesi Collisson with Director Antoine Manceaux will discuss their recent international spot for Non-Stop Energy Drink, shot in Hong Kong. Twist Comedy Director Matt Pittroff will discuss how he has executed his creative vision for Cannonball’s extensive and ongoing commercial campaign for Amerista, and Producer Aaron Royer adds his perspective from numerous spots and campaigns. Moderated by NYCPPNews Founder and long-time industry journalist Dan Ochiva.

* A Colorful Conversation: Meet the Colorists – A panel of top colorists take an in-depth exploration of the changing pathway to the images that capture our attention. Speakers include Will Cox, co-founder of Final Frame; Lenny Mastrandrea, DI Colorist and Head of Department at Nice Shoes; and Tim Stipan, colorist, Technicolor-Postworks.

* Talent, Story, Time and Technology: Television Post Production New York Style – Spend time with television producer Brad Carpenter as he discusses the production and post strategies that bring Showtime’s Emmy-winning Nurse Jackie to the screen each week. Matthew Schneider, Technology and Business Development Director at Technicolor-PostWorks, will moderate a spirited look at the ways Manhattan post houses keep up with the city’s busy television production hub.

* The Evolving Post Production Career – A roundtable of post production professionals who will thoughtfully discuss where we are as an industry and where we need to go. Speakers include Marcelo Gandola, President, Post New York Alliance and Senior VP Deluxe Content Creation Group; Terry Brown, CTO, MegaPlayground, Matthew Mallinson, AllCreative NY; Glenn Allen, Co-Founder/VFX Producer/VFX Supervisor, Brainstorm; Richard Friedlander, Co-Founder/VFX Producer, Brainstorm; editors from ACE; facility owners; VFX producers and more.

Session and speaker highlights in Los Angeles include:

* Behind The Scenes In Award Winning Storytelling: The Oscar Panel – Join the editor, post supervisor, and visual effects supervisor from an Oscar worthy project and learn how choices are made and how workflow and tools impact the process.

* What Does the Future Hold, and the changing career path for post production – join the top leaders in post production for a serious look at the future and what pathways lie ahead for post production professionals.

* How Visual Effects Tools are Changing Everything – Meet the creatives who have fully embraced and benefitted from a new treasure chest of affordable tools and see how to incorporate them into your work.

* From Set to Editorial: A Keynote Conversation – An intimate conversation with a celebrated editor and cinematographer.

Los Angeles speakers include; Larry Chernoff, MTI Films, Norm Hollyn, USC; Ramy Katrib, DigitalFilm Tree; Phil Linson, AFI; Thomas Tannenberger, Gradient Effects; Tom Vice, nextLAB; Josh Rizzo, VP Technology for Technicolor/Slate Media. More speakers will be announced.

The PPMC in both cities is sponsored by the PNYA, HPA, ACE, ASC, and registration is only $45. For more information, please call 818.842.6611 or visit http://createasphere.com/PPMC.

About Createasphere
Createasphere is the premier business development partner for technology enabled entertainment, marketing, and communications organizations. We advance careers and technologies by connecting world-class professionals globally online and in person.

Createasphere was founded in 2001, and over the past decade has grown into a global company that in 2011 produced seventeen events over three continents as well as five websites. Createasphere became part of Diversified Business Communications in 2008, and now drives their entertainment, media, technology strategies and properties division. Currently, Createasphere produces the Entertainment Technology Expos in Los Angeles; the Digital Asset Management Conference in New York, Los Angeles, and Europe; The DAMMY Awards in New York; the Executive Marketplaces for Houses of Worship in Los Angeles and Chicago; Post Production Master Classes in New York and Los Angeles, the Digital Process Workflow Lab and the online news and content portals ProVideoCoalition.com, DamCoalition.com and ProPhotoCoalition.com.

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SOUND DEVICES INTRODUCES NEW 664 PRODUCTION MIXER AT IBC 2012

New Flagship Mixer Features an Unprecedented Amount of I/O Connectivity and Recording Flexibility


AMSTERDAM, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012 – Sound Devices, experts in audio and video products for field production, unveils the 664 Production Mixer, the newest addition to its best-selling line of field and production mixers, at IBC 2012 (Stand 8.D74). The new flagship in Sound Devices’ line of portable production mixers, the 664 builds upon the powerful features of the 552 Production Mixer and offers expanded input/output connectivity and recording capabilities, along with greater flexibility and ease-of-use. Its six input channels have dedicated controls for trim, fader, pan and PFL. The inputs and four output buses are all recordable, for a total of 10 tracks of recording.

Sound Devices’ 664 contains six ultra-low noise, high-dynamic range transformer-less preamps that accept mic- or line-level signals and include analog peak limiters, high-pass filters, input trim control and direct outputs on every channel. Featuring full analog audio paths for high-performance audio and superb power efficiency, the 664 also has numerous digital capabilities. Inputs 1 and 6 are unique in that they can be selected as AES3 or AES42 inputs for digital microphones, each with its own SRC for simplicity in system clocking.

The analog output compliment includes four output buses. The L and R buses are on balanced XLR, 10-Pin, TA-3M connectors, or unbalanced on TA-3M or 3.5mm connectors. Auxiliary output buses X1 and X2 are available on balanced TA-3M connectors. Inputs and buses can be routed to four AES3 connections for eight digital outputs on the XLR and 10-pin connectors.

The 664 can record up to 10 tracks, 16- or 24-bit broadcast WAV files to SD and/or CompactFlash cards. All six inputs and its four outputs are individually selectable for recording, enabling the mixer to record all 10 channels of audio. With its dual card slots, content can be recorded to either or both cards simultaneously, with the added ability to assign individual tracks to each memory card.

Sound Devices also introduces a companion accessory, the CL-6 Expander. The CL-6 is specifically designed to add six analog line-level inputs to the 664 Production Mixer. With the CL-6 attached, the direct output connectors are available as recordable inputs, controlled by faders located on the CL-6 front panel. The CL-6 also offers additional LED output metering and duplicate-recording transport controls. With the 664 Production Mixer connected to the CL-6 Expander, users can now record up to 12 input channels and four outputs, for a total of 16 tracks.

The 664 features an abundance of connectivity options in addition to the main audio I/O, catering to the complex productions that are becoming more common today. It has expanded return-monitoring capabilities, with three separate camera returns as well as a dedicated private line communications connection. The 664, like the 552, has a built-in slate microphone and tone oscillator, and includes a dedicated input for an external slate mike. The internal or external slate mike can be routed to either outputs or to the dedicated comm output. The 664 can easily build a private line communication with a comm return input, separate from camera returns.

“Our customers are looking for more inputs, connectivity, flexibility and power in the field,” says Jon Tatooles, managing director, Sound Devices. “We have taken the strengths and knowledge gained from our existing mixer line and continue to evolve the technology to meet the growing needs of sound mixers. The 664 is how we see the future of high-performance field mixers; they need to have recording capabilities in order to be a fully functional tool in the field.”

Sound Devices’ 664 features an intuitive LCD menu that enables users to simply adjust input settings and offers the capability to see how an input is routed and connected when its settings are altered. The LCD display also enables users to quickly activate the individual tracks that are to be recorded. The Sound Devices 664 features dedicated front panel controls for gain, trim and faders, as well as full-size XLR connectors. The mixer is powered by five AA batteries or external DC power.

The 664 includes a high-precision Ambient-based time-code generator/reader for multi-camera and double-system sound applications. All common production time-code rates and modes are supported. The 664, like all Sound Devices products, is designed to withstand the physical and environmental extremes of field production. Its top and bottom chassis panels are made from molded, metalized carbon fiber for superior durability and weight reduction. The chassis panels are also gasketed for water resistance.

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Niles® Unveils Two New Powerful High Fidelity Compact Subwoofers at CEDIA EXPO 2012

Expanding its line of powerful high-fidelity subwoofers, Niles®, The First Name In Custom Installation®, today announced the CEDIA channel introduction of two new stylish compact subwoofers engineered with designers in mind, the SW6.5 and the SW8. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

“With these new stylishly-designed compact subwoofers, installers can place a high-powered, highly attractive and easily concealed subwoofer virtually anywhere for a home theater or home audio system,” said Paul Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer of Niles. “These subwoofers outperform their larger rivals and offer superior sound quality and design for all residential installations.”

The SW6.5’s and SW8’s ultra-compact sizes and fingerprint-resistant piano-black finishes present an aesthetically pleasing profile that is easy to blend into any décor. Pairing a long-throw front-firing woofer with dual long-throw side-mounted passive radiators, the compact subwoofers deliver the power of subwoofers four times their size, making them perfect for any setup requiring more bass in less space.

In addition to the designer-friendly features, the SW6.5 and SW8 have even more technical features that make them perfect for the custom installation industry. They both feature automated turn-on via 12 volt trigger or audio signal sensing and include a built in CAT5 balun to enable audio delivery over easy-to-use CAT5 cable. Additionally, both models come with a built-in bracket-mount that is compatible with the optional OmniMount® 30.0 ST-MP to allow easy wall or ceiling mounting, making it perfect for all residential installations. Installers can further increase the subwoofers’ placement flexibility by going wireless with the optional Niles SW-T wireless transceiver and SW-R receiver that easily attaches to a built-in mounting port on the rear of the subwoofers.

As for the audio, the SW6.5 produces 200W RMS power and up to 800W peak power through a 6.5” active driver and two 6.5” passive radiators with a frequency response of 42-200Hz. This unbelievable power is delivered from a cabinet that is smaller than 10 inches-cubed and weighs only 11 pounds.

The SW8 ups the ante, producing 300W RMS power and up to 1200W peak power through an 8” active driver and two 8” passive radiators with a frequency response of 36-200Hz. Once again, this room-filling bass performance comes from an amazingly small cabinet about 12 inches-cubed that weighs only 16.5 pounds.

The subwoofer’s long throw active drivers feature a black anodized aluminum cone that provides superior rigidity compared to conventional paper cone designs. The dual anodized aluminum cone passive radiators provide additional driver surface area that combine with the active driver to produce higher output than a larger single active driver. Both models include both LFE and stereo line level inputs and unbuffered stereo pass-through line outputs, allowing up to four subwoofers to be wired from a single receiver output. The adjustable frequency control features a bypass positions, eliminating low pass filtering within the subwoofer, and variable phase control (0°-180°) allows for precise phase matching with the main speakers.

About Niles®:
California-based Niles® is recognized as The First Name in Custom Installation®. Niles is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of audio/video custom installation products and accessories and is guided by its vision to be the world’s leading provider of products and services that enable professional custom installers to design and install systems that delight their customers. To that end, Niles pursues a mission to provide solutions for end users that enable simple and easy access to home entertainment and that integrate seamlessly with other low voltage subsystems like lighting, Internet, security and HVAC in residential and light commercial environments. Niles conducts its business with a promise to treat its customers, employees, suppliers and stakeholders with fairness and respect and to foster teamwork, innovation and a commitment to be the best in everything it does. Additional information may be obtained by visiting www.nilesaudio.com.

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Accelerated ELAN Third Party Development Program Kicks Into High Gear At CEDIA EXPO 2012

Demonstrating its commitment to integrate all of the most popular third-party components, ELAN® Home Systems today announced that it has added more than 30 new drivers to its ELAN g! Entertainment and Control System since May 2012. With new and updated drivers for the latest climate control systems, surveillance cameras, lighting, audio receivers, music sources, security systems, HDMI video switchers and connectivity products, ELAN continues to offer its dealers simple integration with the industry’s top products. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 at ELAN’s Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

According to ELAN Chief Marketing Officer Paul Starkey, “ELAN continues to enhance the g! system’s integration with third-party developers with the addition of more than 30 new drivers that dealers want most. With significant additions to nearly every control category, the easiest-to-install, easiest-to-maintain, and easiest-to-use entertainment and control system just got a whole lot easier for everyone.”

Amplifying this point further, Joe Lautner, ELAN Product Manager & Business Development said, “ELAN partners with other best-in-class entertainment, climate, security, lighting, irrigation and other home automation companies to make sure our products and theirs work together seamlessly. It is this proven integration that makes an ELAN g! System the safe foundation of any Smart Home control solution you desire.”

ELAN has greatly expanded its list of supported climate control systems with new drivers for systems from 2 Gig, Honeywell, Trane and Z-Wave-based thermostats. More than a dozen brands of climate control are now fully integrated with ELAN g!, including systems from Aprilaire, Bryant, Carrier, HAI, KNX, RCS, Tekmar, and Lutron.

The g! System also received several new drivers for Honeywell security systems. Integrators can now choose from a wide range of security options including systems from Ademco/Honeywell, Bosch, DSC, Elk, First Alert, GE, HAI and Napco.

New drivers for video surveillance products from Axis, Panasonic and Vivotek give integrators maximum installation flexibility to incorporate the ideal components for both residential and commercial security applications.

With the addition of several new and updated drivers for Denon and Pioneer, the g! System now supports the latest a/v components from ADA, Denon, Integra, Logitech Squeezebox, Marantz, Niles, Nuvo, Onkyo, Pioneer, Russound, Sony, Yamaha and SpeakerCraft.

To provide users with even more music choices, ELAN has added support for TuneIn, a web-based music service that delivers digital versions of broadcast radio stations from all over the world. Other supported digital music sources include, ShoutCast, Rhapsody, Pandora, Sirius/XM and Apple iTunes.

With new lighting systems integration for products from Rako, integrators all over the world now have a slew of top-tier lighting solutions to spec and install including systems from Centralite, HAI, Leviton, Lutron, PCS, Somfy and KNX.

The g! System also received updates to support Xantech’s new XtraNet line of IR-over-IP connectivity solutions, giving dealers the ability to fully leverage this new more reliable remote control technology.

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more visit www.elanhomesystems.com.

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Pro Audio Technology Announces V-Series Speakers

V stands for value as Pro Audio Technology unveils its most affordable full-range speakers to date.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 5-8 – Sound Room 5 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in professional-grade loudspeaker and digital amplifier technology, today announced the new V-Series loudspeakers, designed to deliver the high-impact dynamics for which PRO is known, but at a more affordable price than ever before. Both new models, the SCRS-210v full-range loudspeaker and LFC-12v subwoofer, feature enclosures only 6-inch deep, making deployment of high-output systems in small rooms possible.

The two professional 10” woofers employed in the SCRS-210v create an astonishingly high sound pressure of 102dB with one watt of input and combined, can handle 300W of continuous power. Offering even higher sensitivity, the 1” annular-diaphragm compression driver produces 110dB-per-watt and delivers highs that are both detailed and extended, resulting in an effortless presentation that is both dynamic and life-like in scale. Striking the perfect balance of power and accuracy, the SCRS-210v fills nearly any space with cinema quality sound and concert caliber music without industrial-grade pricing or space requirements.

For added low frequency support, the companion LFC-12v subwoofer features a high-output 12” professional-grade woofer with huge 4” voice coil. With sensitivity rated at 96dB driven with one watt, and power handling up to 700W, the LFC-12v has no problem producing the bone-jarring explosions or visceral slam found in today’s high quality recordings, all from an enclosure only 6” deep.

“For every large theater brought to us, there are at least six to eight small theater projects with smaller budgets but with the same high levels of expectation,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “Using intelligent engineering and careful selection of components, we designed the V-Series to deliver the maximum quantity of high resolution sound for the minimum dollar spent.”

At only 14” wide and 6” deep, the SCRS-210v and LFC-12v have been designed for placement inside a 2×6 stud wall or behind the viewing screen for a clean and unobtrusive installation.

As with all PRO products, DSP processing is a must. When paired with the companion PMA amplifier / processor, advanced digital EQ can be applied to compensate for speaker positions near boundaries or for the effects of placement behind viewing screens or fabric. As a system, the PRO V-Series loudspeakers and PMA amplifiers provide a level of sonic accuracy unparalleled at the price.

“Dealers now have an option for price-conscious applications without having to sacrifice the commercial cinema caliber dynamics and output levels we built our business on,” Hales said.

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

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Xantech Launches XtraNet, The First Comprehensive Line of IR-Over-IP Products At CEDIA Expo 2012

Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution for over 40 years, today introduced XtraNet, its next generation family of wired and wireless products for integration into commercial and home AV systems, allowing control of any device over an installed IP network. The XtraNet range of products enables native IR, Wi-Fi and serial control of networked A/V devices using any IR remote or wireless, web-enabled iPad®, iPhone®, Android® tablet or Android smartphone. Xantech Chief Marketing Officer, Paul Starkey, made the new introduction at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

The XtraNet product range includes standalone devices that separately provide native IR control over installed wired or wireless IP networks. A separate device adds serial control capabilities. A master device provides comprehensive system control where multiple XtraNet devices are combined on a network. All XtraNet devices are self-configuring when integrated into any wired network.

Paul Starkey, Chief Marketing Officer of Xantech, stated, “For the first time, there is a comprehensive IR-over-IP product line that provides the contractor and system integrator a complete tool kit to handle any job, from new construction to retro. The XtraNet system is the culmination of our 40 years working in IR, and the XtraLink legacy, which began in the 1980s.”

The XtraNet XLIP200 is a basic IR input and output device that supports native IR I/O over wired networks, to which it interfaces via an RJ-45 connector, and is configured as an input by default. The XLIP400, configured by default as an output, adds support of up to 128 macros. These macros may be accessed via a web page from any computer, tablet, smartphone or similar smart device connected to the network. Alternatively, users may create personalized control pages for the iPhone or iPad using commercially available third party apps. The macros are configured as eight system-wide buttons plus four groups of 30 macro buttons that may be dedicated to specific devices in the A/V system.

The XtraNet XLIP400K Kit combines an XLIP400, DL95 universal IR receiver, four 283D IR emitters and a power supply for applications where a standalone native IR repeater is required. That control can be expanded over a wired network, into a second room, for example, with the addition of an XLIP200. The XLIP400K Kit also provides the flexibility for customers to either use their cable remote/TV remote or universal IR-based remote, as well as an iPhone or iPad, to access those devices.

For applications where serial control is required, the XLIP232 adds bi-directional RS232 support. The device includes memory for 128 macros and offers both serial and IR connections. Serial commands can be extended to another device through the addition of another XLIP232 unit.

Where multiple XtraNet devices are combined in a more complex system, the XLIP800, which supports serial RS232/422/485, IR, digital I/O, telnet, UDP, relays and other functionality, ties the components together through its serial and IR ports. The XLIP800 also supports customizable web pages, enabling control access from an iPad, iPhone, Android tablet or Android smartphone via the wireless smart device’s web browser. Commands sent from the XLIP800 master unit can additionally trigger macros in any network-attached XLIP400, XLIP 600 or XLIP232 devices, combining all of the units into a single, comprehensive A/V control system.

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

About Xantech:
Xantech designs and manufactures an extensive range of audio, video and control products and systems, many of which have become de facto industry standards. Xantech IR products are specified into more audio/video installations than any other brand. Xantech also supplies hi-definition HDMI video solutions, touch panels, IP control systems, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors and software programming tools for residential and commercial applications.

Products are sold to professional installers and distributors directly from Xantech. Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. For additional information about Xantech and its innovative products, please visit www.xantech.com.

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Sunfire Makes Bass Invisible With Debut Of In-Wall 8″ Subwoofer At CEDIA Expo 2012

Sunfire®, a specialist in the design, manufacturing and marketing of luxury home theater audio products, today announced the introduction of the all-new Sunfire HRSIW8, an in-wall dual-driver 8” subwoofer that features the brand’s patented Stillbass™ anti-shake technology that virtually eliminates mechanical vibration, improving bass definition while helping to contain the bass to the room in which it is mounted. The Stillbass technology, coupled with Sunfire’s trademark High Back-emf designed woofers, helps provide pounding audiophile-grade bass from a subwoofer that easily retrofits into a standard 16” on-center stud bay. The announcement was made at CEDIA EXPO 2012 in Booth #902 of the Indiana Convention Center.

According to Sunfire General Manager Mark Weisenberg, “Every day, the engineers and designers at Sunfire are developing new ways to deliver what home owners want from their home entertainment experience; dynamic, accurate bass without donating large amounts of space in the process. We have accomplished that with the HRSIW8. Combining our legacy technologies with our latest thinking in subwoofer power and control, the HRSIW8 is simple to install. Setup is straightforward using Sunfire’s Digital amplifier platform, which includes a wide array of optional adjustments for maximum performance. Now our dealers will be able to specify a budget conscious, high performance in-wall subwoofer that delivers on our brand promise.”

The HRSIW8 features two custom-designed 8” long-throw woofers using ultra low mass fiberglass cones in a sealed cabinet that measures 12.2”W x 24.7”H x 3.75”D, and only requires a wall cutout of 10.6”W x 23.5”H. With six built-in dog-toggle style wall clamps it is a perfect solution for both retrofits and new construction jobs, easily fitting in any standard 16” on-center stud bay. A wire channel is provided on the rear of the enclosure to avoid pinching the wire between the enclosure and the back of the drywall inside the opening. Easily removable magnetic grilles and a cutout template for easy installation are provided.

The HRSIW8’s external rack-mount amplifier is an evolution of the Sunfire digital amplifier used in the company’s SDS subwoofer line. Using Sunfire’s Frequency Filtration Design (FFD) for high fidelity bass, the amp delivers 520W of power with near zero distortion. A wide range of filtering adjustments are included as well as DSP with room equalization and a remote control that provides one-touch access to preset equalizer modes.

The HRSIW8 has an MSRP of $1,700 and features a frequency response of 33Hz-150Hz, maximum output of 106dB, balanced and unbalanced line level inputs, gold plated speaker terminals and adjustable high-pass and low pass filters.

The continuing “Science of Sunfire” is the direct result of a design philosophy originally pioneered by Bob Carver that has become codified by the brand. This unique approach to design has resulted in amazingly compact high performance subwoofers that combine the best electronics and acoustics with specialized, premium materials to exemplify the mantra of “small form, high fidelity with high output and reliability”.

About Sunfire:
Founded by renowned audio innovator Bob Carver, Sunfire designs, develops, manufactures and markets the smallest, most powerful speakers, subwoofers and amplifiers in the world. Sold in over 65 countries, Sunfire combines unconventional thinking with precision engineering to create innovative audio products that deliver exceptional performance – whenever, and wherever, they are heard. Carver’s forty years of scientific research has resulted in numerous patents including the Tracking Downconverter™ power supply used in the company’s subwoofers and amplifiers; and High Pressure, High Back-emf technology found in the company’s loudspeakers. Complete information on Sunfire, its products and technology, is readily available at www.sunfire.com.

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Pro Audio Technology Announces V-Series Speakers

V stands for value as Pro Audio Technology unveils its most affordable full-range speakers to date.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo 2012 – September 5-8 – Sound Room 5 – Pro Audio Technology (PRO), the leader in professional-grade loudspeaker and digital amplifier technology, today announced the new V-Series loudspeakers, designed to deliver the high-impact dynamics for which PRO is known, but at a more affordable price than ever before. Both new models, the SCRS-210v full-range loudspeaker and LFC-12v subwoofer, feature enclosures only 6-inch deep, making deployment of high-output systems in small rooms possible.

The two professional 10” woofers employed in the SCRS-210v create an astonishingly high sound pressure of 102dB with one watt of input and combined, can handle 300W of continuous power. Offering even higher sensitivity, the 1” annular-diaphragm compression driver produces 110dB-per-watt and delivers highs that are both detailed and extended, resulting in an effortless presentation that is both dynamic and life-like in scale. Striking the perfect balance of power and accuracy, the SCRS-210v fills nearly any space with cinema quality sound and concert caliber music without industrial-grade pricing or space requirements.

For added low frequency support, the companion LFC-12v subwoofer features a high-output 12” professional-grade woofer with huge 4” voice coil. With sensitivity rated at 96dB driven with one watt, and power handling up to 700W, the LFC-12v has no problem producing the bone-jarring explosions or visceral slam found in today’s high quality recordings, all from an enclosure only 6” deep.

“For every large theater brought to us, there are at least six to eight small theater projects with smaller budgets but with the same high levels of expectation,” said Paul Hales, Pro Audio Technology founder. “Using intelligent engineering and careful selection of components, we designed the V-Series to deliver the maximum quantity of high resolution sound for the minimum dollar spent.”

At only 14” wide and 6” deep, the SCRS-210v and LFC-12v have been designed for placement inside a 2×6 stud wall or behind the viewing screen for a clean and unobtrusive installation.

As with all PRO products, DSP processing is a must. When paired with the companion PMA amplifier / processor, advanced digital EQ can be applied to compensate for speaker positions near boundaries or for the effects of placement behind viewing screens or fabric. As a system, the PRO V-Series loudspeakers and PMA amplifiers provide a level of sonic accuracy unparalleled at the price.

“Dealers now have an option for price-conscious applications without having to sacrifice the commercial cinema caliber dynamics and output levels we built our business on,” Hales said.

For more information about Pro Audio Technology products, visit www.proaudiotechnology.com

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Control4 Unveils New OS Capabilities at CEDIA Expo 2012

Control4 OS 2.3 release delivers new lighting experience and commercial applications – and optimizes performance and interoperability for residential and commercial installations.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo Booth 4949 – September 6, 2012, 2012 at 8:00AM ET – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light-commercial automation systems, unveiled today the next major update to its award-winning automation operating system. Control4® OS 2.3, set for release in Q4 2012, will deliver a host of enhancements including a new lighting user experience, new applications for light commercial installations, and feature enhancements to boost performance and interoperability.

“Control4 continues to enhance the consumer and dealer experience through the advancement of our automation platform,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “With the addition of new lighting, commercial and interoperability functionality, we continue to deliver solid, high-performance solutions to serve the needs of our dealers and our customers.”

Elegant, Sophisticated Lighting Experience
One of the key attributes of the new Control4 OS release is the introduction of a new, elegant user-experience for lighting. The clean, intuitive UI is available across all control interfaces, making it easy for consumers to control lighting throughout a residence or business from any on-screen device — TVs, Control4® touch screens, smart phones, and tablet devices. In addition to the visual design refinements, consumers will benefit from new personalization and editing capabilities, including the ability to easily edit and toggle between scenes and specific lighting, eliminating on-site dealer presence just to adjust settings when homeowners would like simple changes. Additionally, the new Preference Default function remembers what homeowners like and sets on-screen default values to those preferences delivering the personalized experience.

Control4’s new Advanced Lighting Scenes Agent will roll out with Control4 OS 2.3 and will help dealers program sophisticated lighting effects. The Lighting Scene Agent streamlines dealer programming with single-button on/off toggles for scenes, tracking and display of lighting scene states, and configuration of advanced scene ramping/fading with support of complex scene sequencing including delays between ramps/fades of different lighting zones — all from within the Control4® Composer system design software.

Supporting Commercial Installations
For authorized dealers with light commercial clients, OS 2.3 also adds a number of new capabilities:

• The enhanced Themes SDK enables user interface customization by dealers to thematically brand screens on Control4 displays (TV, touchscreens).
• The new Access Agent, which limits unauthorized access through password protection and hiding selective functions, provides business owners more controlled access to automated capability.
• The new FieldServer driver provides support for commercial HVAC systems through the FieldServer Technologies’ QuickServer Gateway enabling automation access to Delta Controls, GE, Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Mitsubishi, Rockwell and other thermostats over device networks including BACnet, Lonworks, Modbus, and more via serial, bus or TCP/IP.
• The new Tandberg driver extends Control4’s support for teleconference systems − supplementing existing support for Polycom and ClearOne.

Control4’s Commitment to Driving Interoperability
Control4 leads the industry in device discovery and interoperability and with OS 2.3 new tools have been added to simplify installation and programming for dealers. The new Control4® Driver Editor enables dealers and developers to create and test new drivers without requiring a full, onsite Control4 system up and running, making it much easier and more efficient to quickly design and develop drivers for third-party products.

OS 2.3 also includes support for Control4® Simple Device Discovery Protocol (SDDP), a groundbreaking new capability which will automatically identify and load the correct driver for Control4 devices, as well as an expanding roster of third-party devices. SDDP compatible devices will be automatically identified and configure themselves within Control4 installations and will remain connected with the Control4 system regardless of IP address changes.

“One of the unique capabilities and benefits Control4 introduced to the industry was the ability to easily and uniquely identify Control4 devices during a system installation by simply pressing a button on any Control4 device. Now, we are extending those benefits and simplicity to 3rd party products by providing them with open access to our SDDP software technology so they can embed it within their products to enable device discovery, model identification, and proper software driver association during Control4 installations — saving time and reducing the potential for errors” said Plaehn.

Control4 OS 2.3 will be available in Q4 2012.

For more information visit www.control4.com.

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Control4 and Sony Partner to Deliver Exceptional Media Room Experiences

Together Control4 and Sony launch the world’s first AV receivers with built-in home automation.

Indianapolis, IN – CEDIA Expo Booth 4949 – September 5, 2012 at 5:00PM ET – Control4, a leading innovator in residential and light commercial automation systems, announced that Sony has integrated Control4® automation technology into its new ES receivers (introduced at CEDIA Expo) – delivering best-in-class AV performance and home automation within one easy-to-install and easy-to-use product. The ES receivers with Control4 automation are available for order now through authorized Control4 and Sony ES dealers.

This is a powerful partnership redefining the AVR category by delivering an unprecedented integrated AV and automation experience in a single device. Consumers will enjoy top AVR performance, unmatched 4K content and a stunning selection of streaming media services, plus the added lifestyle benefits of personalized automation that can transform a house into a smart home. With companies like Sony embracing and marketing the benefits of home automation, the custom installation industry benefits as a whole. Together, Sony and Control4 have created an exciting new avenue to drive consumer awareness for the category.

“We are delighted that Sony selected Control4 technology to revolutionize their receiver line and deliver a fantastic automation experience,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Enthusiastic dealer feedback validates the power and promise of our integrated solution. Together, Control4 and Sony are delivering a unique and strategic product for our dealers – providing them with a high impact addition to their product portfolio to grow their business.”

“Sony has delivered many firsts to the industry and now we elevate the category standard again by integrating Control4 home automation in the new ES receiver line,” said Mike Lucas, Senior Vice President of Sony Electronics’ Home Division. “Our partnership with Control4 represents Sony’s commitment to expand automation to a broader consumer base, delivering new opportunity to the growing custom installation market.”

With a Control4 Activation License, authorized Control4 Dealers in the U.S. can enable full home controller functionality to automate whole-home lighting, adjust climate, arm the security system, lock the back door, and manage energy usage, all through the award winning Control4 on-screen UI. For Control4 Dealers, these fully integrated receivers deliver a comprehensive home automation solution with fewer boxes and cables, radically simplifying installation.

The STR-DA5800ES ($2,099 MSRP) and STR-DA2800ES ($999 MSRP) include Control4 automation out-of-the box to create and control a single-room home entertainment system, and are available for order now through authorized Control4 and Sony ES dealers. The Control4 Activation License to enable full-controller functionality is an additional $300 when purchased together with the new ES receivers in the U.S. from Control4.

For more information visit www.control4.com/sony and/or www.sony.com/es.

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