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New Nationwide Distribution Network Catalyst AV Inks Deals with Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC

Wide assortment of tried-and-proven media distribution, wire, cable and accessory products for residential and commercial jobs available from Catalyst AV’s 16-locations

Burlington, MA – January 29, 2013 – Catalyst AV, a newly-formed nationwide distribution network serving more than 10,000 integrators from 16-locations stateside — with emphasis on support before, during and after the sale — today announced that it has entered into agreements to nationally distribute Vanco, ICE Cable and PPC.

”Media distribution, a robust network, wire and cable, telecommunications connectors and accessories – these are the cornerstones of today’s complex residential and light commercial installations,” says board member Steve Presti, principal of member-company Easy Access Distribution.

“Catalyst AV’s goal is to benefit installers by delivering the right products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. We’re quite certain that these well-established brands will help us achieve just that,” added Presti.

The Catalyst AV member-companies are:
• Allnet Distributing (www.allnetdistributing.com) (Midwest)
• Audio Video Warehouse (www.av-warehouse.com) (Nevada, Arizona)
• Custom Plus Distributing (www.customplusdistributing.com) (Pacific NW / Alaska)
• Easy Access Distribution (www.easyaccessdistribution.com) (Northeast)
• Electronic Lane Distributors (www.electroniclane.com) (Southwest)
• Electronics Source (www.electronics-source.com) (Florida and Southeast)
• Electronic Stockroom (www.electronicstockroom.com) (California)
• HCA Distributing (www.hcadist.com) (Rocky Mountains)
• Pioneer Music Company (www.pioneermusicinc.com) (Plains States)
• SPD (www.spmreps.com/sound-product-distributing) (Upstate NY)
• Tech Source Distributors (www.techsourcedist.com) (Mid-Atlantic)

Look for upcoming press releases regarding additional Catalyst AV vendor partner announcements, as well as line shows and training events.

Muto Communications, LLC is Catalyst AV’s PR agency of record. Please direct media inquiries to Paul Muto at paul@mutocomm.com; 631.849.4301.

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 10,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence.
The Catalyst AV Board of Directors is Mike Hench (Electronics Source); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Audinate Launches Dante Ultimo™ Solution

Integrated, cost-effective networked audio

Dante Ultimo


Portland, OR-January 29, 2012- Audinate is proud to announce the newest member of the Dante? product family: Ultimo?. Ultimo is a complete, fully-featured, ready-to-use Dante interface for networked audio products, integrated into a single 13 x 13mm chip. By providing an integrated, cost-effective networked audio solution over a 100Mbps Ethernet interface, Ultimo extends the benefits of Dante networking to a wide new range of audio devices. Audinate, a company recognized for innovation in digital media networking, has created the industry’s most economical networked audio solution, enabling manufacturers to design cost-effective Dante products for the edge of the network.

Dante is the most interoperable, easy-to-use digital network solution available. Dante is licensed by over 70 OEM manufacturers, and Dante networked devices are currently being designed into hundreds of AV OEM products. Ultimo delivers a low-cost, small-footprint solution without sacrificing audio quality. As with Audinate’s other networked products, Ultimo uses high-quality, low-jitter clocks with ±1µs time alignment between networked devices. Ultimo does not require specialized switches, and works with existing network infrastructure.

Ultimo includes well-established Dante features like automatic device discovery, plug-and-play networking, network-based firmware updates, and customization of device names and channel labels.

“The Ultimo integrated chip solution accelerates the migration from analog to digital signal distribution,” says Gary Southwell, Audinate’s Vice President of Product Management. Southwell adds “Ultimo allows our OEMs to achieve their desired cost targets for networked low channel count endpoints for the first time. Ultimo is already a success, and is actively being designed into commercial products by many of the industry’s largest and most recognized AV OEMs.”

Applications targeted for Ultimo include powered speakers, microphones, speakerphones, amplifiers, paging stations, personal monitoring systems, AV wall plates, recording interfaces, analog/digital break-in/break out, and musical instruments.

Product development kits are available now.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected, by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by over 70 OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante and Ultimo are trademarks of Audinate Pty Ltd. Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

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ACIR Professional Supplies Yamaha CL5 for Jersey’s Own Southside Johnny on New Year’s Eve

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes first achieved prominence in the mid-1970s as the second act to emerge from the Jersey Shore music scene and considered part of the original Jersey Shore sound following Bruce Springsteen. Another of Jersey’s own, Jon Bon Jovi, recently said that growing up he wanted to be a Juke. Southside’s first three albums, I Don’t Want To Go Home (1976), This Time It’s for Real (1977), and Hearts of Stone (1978), were arranged and produced by one of the original co-founders of the band and Springsteen confederate, Steven Van Zandt, and largely featured songs written by Van Zandt and/or Springsteen.

Ever evolving and still touring nationally, South Side Johnny recently performed a New Years Eve show at The Count Basie Theatre, in Red Bank NJ, with ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township) supplying audio production and backline for the gig. The audio included a new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console used as the monitor console with ACIR co-owner, Ed DiBona, mixing using two Yamaha Rio-3224s. “The console sounds great, and I really like the color coded channel strips,” states DiBona. “It gives you instant recognition of key inputs and helps with locating individual channels when you are paging through multiple layers. The custom fader bank was invaluable; I was able to create a bank for the opening act and seamlessly transition to South Side.”

Joe Prinzo mixed front of house using a Yamaha PM5D. ACIR co-owner, John Grasso, mixed a live feed for a Sirius Radio broadcast on a Mackie 1602. Monitors were powered with Yamaha Tn4 amps (18) mixes. ACIR used Whirlwind cabling, Shure, Sennheiser, Audio Technica mics; and Radial and Countryman Dis. The main PA consisted of 22 d&b Audiotechnik Q1 boxes with six B2 subs.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

For more information on Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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MIPRO welcomes Ang Lee and Life of Pi with ACT-7 Series

Ang Lee and Life of Pi in Taipei
The Taiwanese legendary film director, Ang Lee, who won Academy Award for Best Director in 2006, brought his recent film Life of Pi back to Taiwan. A lot of scenes in Life of Pi were shot from many places in Taiwan, that is to say, it is a “Taiwanese-born” film.

On November 7, 2012, Ang Lee and Suraj Sharma, the hero (young Pi) of the film, attended the press conference and premiere of Life of Pi in Taipei.

Life of Pi is heavily relied on 3D special effects in post-production. Lee explores the artistic horizon of applying 3D effects and pushes the boundary of how this technology can serve the movie’s artistic vision. Through Pi’s fantasy adventure on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, Ang Lee leads the audience to explore issues of spirituality and practicality with Pi.

MIPRO ACT-7 series wireless system was used to serve the premiere of this masterpiece in Taipei. ACT-7 series has excellent and reliable sound quality without drop-out, interference-free reception; thus is the absolute choice for sound system installation to welcome this international director and his film. ACT-7 series wireless systems includes ACT-717/727/747 true diversity receivers, ACT-7H handheld transmitter and ACT-7T bodypack transmitter. Featuring true diversity receiving, PLL synthesized oscillation and ACT (Automatic Channel Targeting) sync function, MIPRO ACT-7 series is always the No.1 choice for professional application.

The movie made its commercial premiere during the Thanksgiving weekend of 2012 in the U.S. and worldwide and became a highly critical and box office success. In January 2013, Life of Pi earned 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Visual Effect.

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YCD Multimedia and Mobile Bridge Leverage Digital Signage and Accelerate ROI

New York – January 28, 2013. YCD Multimedia, a global leading provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced that it will collaborate with Mobile Bridge, a provider of targeted mobile marketing solutions, to extend digital signage beyond the boundaries of screens and video walls – into mobile devices. The combined solution will allow users to capture digital signage content, use it for their own benefit, as well as spread it virally to others. The combined solution will be introduced at ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), to be held January 29-31, 2013 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and will be showcased at YCD’s booth (#N116, Hall 10).

The seamless extension, using QR codes and NFC tags, strongly accelerates ROI of signage without changing marketing methodology. The combined YCD-Mobile Bridge solution will remind users of offers, coupons, and deals on time, and at the exact location (according to GPS). They will even be rewarded for sharing it with their friends on Facebook, Twitter, or via NFC.

The content delivered from the digital signs to the mobile devices includes coupons, vouchers, punch cards, offers, games, raffles, scratch cards, product catalogs, menus, 3D views, recipes, photos, videos, news, company info and more.

“The combined YCD-Mobile Bridge solution turns customers into ‘brand ambassadors’, increasing customer loyalty and satisfaction,” said Eyal Oster, CEO of Mobile Bridge. “It provides the advertiser with a wealth of information and analytics in real time, including demographics (age, gender and more), location (GPS pinpoint info on a map), and usage info per day, week, month and year.”

“Combining Mobile Bridge’s unique solutions with the proven strength of YCD Multimedia’s products allows for a unique viral digital signage experience never seen before,” said Yael Elstein, VP marketing, YCD Multimedia. “This is a triple win for consumers, brands and operators. It turns digital signage into a measurable tool, allowing measurement of each screen’s ROI and the effectiveness of ads and campaigns.”

About YCD Multimedia

YCD Multimedia is an industry leader providing corporations and organizations worldwide with advanced digital media solutions and applications within the retail environment, as well as other industries. YCD’s flexible platforms help businesses attract clients, reinforce branding and ensure a measurable impact on their business. YCD’s end-to-end offering combines strategy, professional services and technology to increase profits, optimize product mix and enhance the customer experience. To date, the company has partnered with over 2,000 customers, including Fortune 500 corporations and some of the world’s most recognized brands, such as Burger King, Coca-Cola, Toyota, Estee Lauder, Ferrari, Cartier, and Diesel. Founded in 1999, YCD Multimedia is headquartered in the United States with offices in the United Kingdom and Israel, and has an international network of resellers serving clients around the globe. In October 2011 YCD acquired C-nario, a global provider of digital signage software solutions. For more information, visit www.ycdmultimedia.com

About Mobile Bridge

Mobile Bridge is an enterprise-grade end-to-end mobile marketing platform that builds strong client loyalty, increases store traffic and creates greater distribution and traction of marketing campaigns with a strong ROI. Mobile Bridge specializes in mobile promotions such as coupons, vouchers, exclusive offers, games and other types of engaging promotions which are received and shared by the end users via social media, push, QR code or NFC and is ‘out of the box’ compatible with leading POS/PMS systems for seamless redeeming of offers. Mobile Bridge has offices in the USA, France, Cyprus and the Netherlands and has partners and resellers in various countries. For more information visit www.mobilebridge.me

Contact:

David Kanaan
Kanaan Public Relations
Tel.: +972-54-4255307
e-mail: David@KanaanPR.com

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LECTROSONICS AUDIO PROCESSING IN EUROPE´S NEW AUDI ZENTRUM

Frankfurt, Germany – January 2013…

**** Photo: Europe’s new Audi Zentrum ****

Recently, equipment distributor MediasPro supplied the sound system for the new Audi terminal at the Hanauer Landstrasse 144 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. The new Audi Zentrum opened in the middle of September 2012. With a gross floor-space of 7,679 square feet for up to 47 new cars and nearly 300 used cars, it is the biggest Audi terminal in Europe. more

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Listen Technologies Introduces New Control Features for ListenPoint

Listen Technologies expands its audio integration and amplification solutions for classrooms, training rooms and meeting rooms with new third party control features.

ISE Stand#E108 Listen Technologies has expanded ListenPoint capabilities with the introduction of control from external control systems. This new feature expands presentation capabilities by enabling integration of a control system with a ListenPoint system.

ListenPoint amplifies a presenter’s voice to deliver clear, intelligible audio in classrooms, training rooms, boardrooms and multi-purpose spaces. ListenPoint also integrates and controls multi-media audio sources and extends the same consistent audio experience to both the audience in the room and remote participants through applications such as Skype, WebEx, and GoToMeeting.

“Now presenters can control projectors or displays from the ListenPoint M1 or select audio sources, control volume, or get battery status from an external control panel,” noted Tracy Bathurst, ListenPoint Product Group Leader at Listen Technologies. “This option allows teachers and presenters to focus on what’s important – engaging the audience and presenting an impactful message.”

External control systems are connected through the Listen Bus port of the ListenPoint R12 Room Module using a Cat-5e cable and RS485 protocol to interface to the control system. Configuration is done either through the ListenPoint configuration software. ListenPoint can control volume, mute, M1 battery status, M1 connection, report serial/model numbers, report or set relay state, report 6-12 volt input state, page audio present, and report/set active aux input. All commands are text based for easy programming and compatibility with most control systems.

For full information on ListenPoint contact Listen Technologies at
+1.801.233.8992 or info@listentech.com.

Listen Technologies will be providing product demonstrations at ISE of the new ListenPoint control features and its RF and IR solutions at Stand #E108.

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Extron Introduces New DMS Series Modular Frames & Fiber Matrix Boards

Extron DMS 2000

Extron DMS 2000

Anaheim, California (January 28, 2013) – Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the addition of the DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 Frames and DMS Fiber Matrix Boards to the DMS Series of Modular DVI Matrix Switchers. The DMS Series combine the simplicity and reliability of a fixed I/O matrix switcher with the convenience and flexibility of a modular solution. The compact DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 are designed to fit in a wide range of installations. The DMS 2000 is available in I/O configurations of 4×4 up to 20×20 in a 3U enclosure, and the DMS 3200 is available in I/O configurations of 4×4 up to 32×32 in a 5U enclosure. For design flexibility, the DMS Fiber Matrix Boards support transmitted distances up to 300 meters (984 feet) on one multimode fiber. Available in 4×4 I/O, 4-input, and 4-output configurations, the fiber optic boards can be mixed-and-matched with available DMS DVI Matrix Boards. The DMS Series is ideal for a wide variety of environments where switching and distribution of high resolution digital video signals without copy protection is needed and a fully digital pathway is essential to maintain the highest possible image quality.

“The modular DMS DVI Matrix Switcher system has become a favorite of AV integrators because of its proven, robust performance and high reliability in mission-critical installations,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “The addition of these new compact frames and DMS Fiber Matrix Boards now extends the DMS platform into a broader range of environments and offers even greater design flexibility in demanding digital signal distribution applications.”

DMS Series Frames are available in sizes to fit I/O combinations from 4×4 to 36×36. The DMS 2000 and DMS 3200 frames are designed for applications requiring a compact enclosure size with a single, fixed power supply. For mission critical, 24/7 applications that require dual AC power inputs and hot-swappable power supplies, the DMS 1600 and DMS 3600 frames support I/O configurations up to 16×16 or 36×36, respectively. All four DMS frames accept any combination of the available DMS DVI and Fiber Matrix Boards.

The DMS Fiber Matrix Boards are compatible with the new Extron DFX 100 DVI extenders. The boards utilize standard LC connectors, which provide reliable physical connectivity and precise fiber core alignment, and allow the use of low-cost, widely available pre-terminated cables.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

NUGEN Audio at the 2013 NAB Show

At the 2013 NAB Show, NUGEN Audio will be displaying a range of industry-leading innovations for loudness correction that offer a smarter approach to meeting new loudness regulations and raising the quality of broadcast audio.

NEW — LM-Correct: Stand-Alone Loudness Tool
For the first time, LM-Correct is available as a file-based program, taking its speed and simplicity outside the Avid(R) environment. LM-Correct is designed to offer automatic, faster-than-real-time loudness analysis and correction.

LM-Correct is ideal for rapid, intuitive correction in situations where time is limited, providing an automatic method of rapidly conforming audio to current loudness standards. LM-Correct can be used as a one-stop solution for loudness correction, fixing audio that has not been mixed with loudness standards in mind, or in conjunction with a real-time loudness meter such as VisLM to “fine tune” audio mixed to loudness requirements from the outset. LM-Correct can also be used as a final “back-stop” processor, ensuring that finished files are within specification and performing a fix where errors are found.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/LM-Correct.zip
Photo Caption: LM-Correct Audio Suite Plug-In

NEW — VisLM v1.6: Visual Loudness Metering Plug-In Now Available in Avid(R) AAX Format and 64-Bit OS X(R)
NUGEN Audio is now offering VisLM 1.6, a significant update to its visual loudness monitoring tool. With this new version, VisLM is available for the first time in the Avid(R) AAX format. Additionally, VisLM is now available in a 64-bit OS X(R) version.

VisLM 1.6 also includes a new dialog gate option that allows automatic measurement of dialog sections within the source material. Measurements can now be written to automation tracks so that elements such as the loudness profile and true-peak clips can be seen against the waveform in the digital audio workstation timeline for diagnostic referencing.

With detailed, objective loudness measurement, history, and logging facilities, VisLM provides an easy-to-use ITU, ATSC and EBU standard-compliant way to measure, compare, and contrast loudness during production, broadcast, and post production, either on the fly or for entire sections of audio. Offering true-peak level metering (inter-sample accurate level monitoring), loudness range (to help decide if and how much dynamic compression to apply), momentary “instantaneous loudness” for mixing by ear, short-term loudness (three-second time window) and program loudness (long-term integrated loudness measurement), VisLM is a comprehensive tool that helps audio professionals cut through the complexity of loudness compliance.

VisLM is available in two versions, VisLM-C (compact) and VisLM-H (history). Both versions are available in 2.0 and 5.1 formats.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/VisLM-H.zip
Photo Caption: Visual Loudness Metering (History)

ISL: Inter-Sample True-Peak Limiter
The NUGEN Audio ISL Inter-Sample True-Peak Limiter is designed for the control of peak levels in audio signals from mono to 5.1. Unlike traditional approaches to limiting, ISL offers a true brick-wall solution, measuring inter-sample peaks and allowing the user to define the true-peak limit of the audio output (rather than the more traditional threshold control at which limiting begins to take effect).

Easy to use and totally transparent, ISL is based on the standardized true-peak algorithms of ITU-R B.S. 1770 and related standards, and is suitable for the control of audio for post-production and broadcast applications. True-peak limiting can also be used to ensure that downstream codecs such as mp3, AAC, etc. do not introduce distortion into the signal. While ISL is designed for limiting relatively dynamic high-quality audio, it can also be used to hard limit and reduce dynamic range considerably if required.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/ISL5.1.zip
Photo Caption: ISL 5.1 True-Peak Limiter

LMB: Batch Processing Loudness Correction Tool for High Throughput Applications
The NUGEN Audio LMB system is an off-line, file-based loudness analysis and correction program designed for rapid assessment and correction of files for loudness and true-peak content to ITU-R BS. 1770- and EBU R128-based specifications.

With a drag-and-drop interface and/or specific watched folders, LMB saves operator time by automatically handling the process of checking and conforming files to multiple broadcast criteria. LMB produces detailed post-mortem logs and includes a built-in graphing facility. LMB can be fully integrated into an automated system using the optional command-line interface and XML file output logs.

Photo Link: www.wallstcom.com/NUGEN/LMB.zip
Photo Caption: LMB Loudness Analysis and Correction Program

Company Overview

About NUGEN Audio
NUGEN Audio creates innovative, intuitive professional audio tools for high-end music producers, post-production engineers, and broadcasters. Reflecting the real-world production experience of the design team, the company’s products make it easier to deliver better quality, save time, and reduce costs. NUGEN Audio’s tools for audio analysis, loudness metering, mixing/mastering, and tracking are used by the world’s top names in broadcast, music, and audio production. For more information, visit www.nugenaudio.com

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Display Development Adds New Models to its In-Wall Home Theater Projection Systems Series

Batavia, NY—January 2013—Display Development, innovator of the Architectural Video category, proudly announces the latest additions to its series of In-Wall Projection systems made exclusively for Home Theater applications. The new IW7 and IW8 offer extreme flexibility at an unprecedented value. The IW8 will make its world debut in the Home Cinema Europe Booth #N-153 during the 2013 ISE Show.

“With the introduction of the IW7 and IW8, we can now extend our in-wall projection systems to a wide array of customers, offering innovative, space-saving solutions for environments where a ceiling-mounted projector is not practical,” said Jim Burns, president of Display Development. “As always, we design our systems with integrators in mind, and we pride ourselves on being the only company to deliver a concealed video system that does not sacrifice performance for convenience.”

The Display Development IW7 and IW8 systems include single-chip DLP® projectors, VP 100 video scaler for high performance processing and flexibility, and Smart Cooling technology for efficient, reliable operation. Designed for popular screen sizes, the IW7 boasting 4,200 Lumens, is ideal for brightly lit family/media rooms, while the IW8 outputting 1,800 Lumens, is capable of delivering the color accuracy needed for a true home theater system in a light-controlled environment.

The IW systems create a TV solution that is far superior to a flat panel in terms of image size, fidelity and overall experience, with no impact on a room’s décor, coupled with the ability to provide a completely concealed system when not in use.

Display Development's IW8 In-Wall Video Projection System designed exclusively for home theater applications makes its debuts at #ISE2013.

About Display Development
Display Development is an independent design and marketing group that concentrates its efforts on very-high-performance visual imaging systems. With a proven 20-year track record, the core team of Display Design Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology. For more information, please visit www.displaydevelopment.com.

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