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Xytech Unveils Advanced Product Developments at IBC

MediaPulse 6.1 Advancements Help Companies Move Forward

IBC Stand # 6.C22

(Mission Hills, CA/London, UK) Xytech, the market leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission, will unveil its latest product developments in their flagship MediaPulse platform at IBC, continuing to advance marketplace defining solutions with the innovative and client-centric products.

MediaPulse automates functionality across the entire production ecosystem, fusing operational automation, asset management, order management, resource management and crew management into a coherent, multi-discipline product. Platform independent, mobile and adaptive to the rapid evolution of workflows, MediaPulse has been proven in hundreds of projects, enabling atomic workflows and asset management functions to work with planning, scheduling, and financial management tools providing the only comprehensive management tool on the market. All tasks in the workflow are managed in the product by a modular architecture. Templated and dynamic workflows are driven by Xytech’s unique event orchestration technology, managing all activities in an order and automatically monitoring individual tasks for operational status and financial impact.

At IBC, the company will unveil a new Competitive Upgrade initiative, offering customers with competitor’s legacy systems new ways to upgrade to MediaPulse and take advantage of Xytech’s ability to deliver across the enterprise.

The major advancements and additions to Xytech’s MediaPulse Platform that will be on demonstration at IBC include:

    MediaPulse SKY(r)
    A platform independent, browser independent, cloud ready, HTML5 compliant new user interface delivering complete MediaPulse functionality to Xytech users. MediaPulse SKY delivers custom interfaces to all users, dramatically reduces rollout costs, and drives real time collaboration across the media enterprise and ecosystem. The dashboard-enabled module is perfect for the executive suite.

    MediaPulse(r) Transmission
    The fastest growing Transmission Solution has been enhanced with the inclusion of interfaces to Miranda iControl, Net Insight and Avid Capture for the control of Airspeeds. Circuit Profiles and Specifications now allow for the automation creation of multiple circuits in an order based upon user configurable parameters in an easy to use, clean, modern interface.

    MediaPulse(r) Personnel Rules
    Personnel Rules automates the personnel management tasks of any facility. Payroll rules in labor contracts or European Working Time Directives are easily configured using scripted workflows. Payroll penalties alerts are controlled configurable parameters including; hours worked in a given period, minimum time off, and holidays.

    MediaPulse Fuse(r) & MediaPulse Fuse Connect(r)
    Fuse is a robust platform offering the unique ability to interface with other systems across a network or over the cloud. Now an XSLT data transformation capability is included in the system, allowing developers and integrators to conditionally pull transformed data from MediaPulse supporting ETL strategies in a simplified and easily supportable model. The new ability to remotely create orders MediaPulse through simple configuration supports the creation of ecosystems spanning multiple companies.

Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech, commented, “At Xytech, we help our customers move forward. While the technology is advanced, and the needs are often complex, our perspective is straightforward: we build long-term partnerships with our customers. That’s just part of the reason that during the course of the past year, major broadcasters around the world have moved to MediaPulse. We are committed to this client centric perspective, and will continue to deliver unprecedented solutions to our customers.”

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.3478.1450 (UK).

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Meyer Sound Brings New Level of Resolution to Dallas Audio Post’s Diverse Projects

Dallas Audio Post has built a new 10,500-square-foot facility from the ground up to offer world-class film, television, and multimedia sound editing and mixing. The complex features Dallas’s first Dolby-approved dub stage, with monitoring handled by a Meyer Sound cinema system based on the Acheron® 80 screen channel loudspeaker.

To support Dallas Audio Post’s wide variety of projects, Roy Machado, owner and creative director, asked that the Meyer Sound monitoring system be set up to accommodate multiple surround modes employing both the cinema “X curve” and flat equalization.

“The performance of the Meyer speakers is tremendous, and their versatility is just phenomenal,” says Machado, one of stage’s principal mixers. “It’s a joy to mix on a monitoring system that I can trust, not only for film work but also in every kind of setting. We use the room for mixing independent films, cable television programming, and live playback multimedia for major arena sporting events—the Meyer system is incredibly accurate for all those applications.”

Referred to as “the Dolby Stage,” the room was designed by Francis Manzella of Mahopac, N.Y.-based Francis Manzella Design Ltd., in consultation with Dolby. Seamlessly integrated with the room acoustics, the Meyer Sound audio system comprises three Acheron 80 screen loudspeakers, eight HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, two X-800C cinema subwoofers, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 408 processors. Dallas-based Sound Productions, Inc. supplied the monitoring system.

“I’m hearing a level of resolution that you can’t even get from mid-field monitors, which is what I’m used to working with,” states Machado. “Even though we’ve doubled or tripled the distance between my position and the monitors, I’m hearing even more detail. That is truly remarkable.”

Recent projects at Dallas Audio Post include the independent films “Unconditional” and “Sanitarium,” and the HGTV television series’ “Home Strange Home” and “Cool Pools.” The facility also supplies sound production services for live arena playback at Dallas Mavericks basketball and Dallas Stars hockey games, often involving dynamic surround mixes in a custom 11.2 format.

“I’m extremely proud of the room’s performance,” says Machado. “When you place Meyer Sound speakers in a top-notch acoustical environment, they become monitors capable of mixing anything. I would not want to move any further in my career without having Meyer Sound monitors with me.”

Roy Machado first launched Dallas Audio Post in 1994. The new, purpose-built facility is strategically located in suburban Carrollton, Tex., near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

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Meyer Sound JM-1P Focuses the Fun at Hard Rock Nabq in Egypt

At the new Hard Rock Cafe Nabq in Egypt’s trendy Sharm el-Sheik resort area, a Meyer Sound JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker system combines exceptional power and precision coverage control to offer a superior guest experience. All audio systems were provided and installed by Cairo-based Modern Touch.

“The ceilings in the main room are over eight meters high at some points, and the dance floor is under a dome,” notes Magued Makram, president of Modern Touch. “It was very hard to generate the high SPLs we wanted without hitting reflective walls and the ceiling. Fortunately, the Meyer Sound JM-1P had exactly the right combination of high power, superb sonic quality, and the precise directional pattern we needed.”

The club’s main system targets the dance floor and adjacent seating areas with twin-flown clusters of three-each JM-1P loudspeakers, with four 600-HP subwoofers floor-stacked underneath. Seventeen UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers are spaced high around the room’s perimeter and in adjacent bars and seating areas, providing both main system support as well as softer music for daytime and early evening crowds. Four MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers are installed in the gift shop, while eight UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and four USW-1P subwoofers provide controlled sound on the expansive outdoor terrace.

A Galileo® loudspeaker management system employs one Galileo 616 processor for the indoor systems and one Galileo 408 processor for the outdoor loudspeakers. System installation was managed on-site by Modern Touch’s Hani Naguib.

“This installation marks a major step up in sound quality for resorts in the area,” says Naguib.

The main system’s Galileo system has three presets for tailoring signal distribution, loudspeaker levels, and EQ for live music, DJ dance music, or pre-recorded music for dining.

The 1,700-square-meter Hard Rock Cafe Nabq features the chain’s trademark collection of rock memorabilia. It offers indoor seating for up to 390, plus an outdoor terrace that seats an additional 130.

More than 177 cafés, hotels, and casinos are now operating under the Hard Rock banner in 58 countries. The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa in Catoosa, Okla., features a Meyer Sound system based around MICA® line array loudspeakers in its 2,700-seat showroom, The Joint.

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From Classrooms to Stadium, Meyer Sound Brings Clarity to Texas High School

Located a few miles from Texas A&M University, the gleaming new campus of College Station, Tex.-based College Station High School features a wealth of cutting-edge AV systems. More than 130 Meyer Sound loudspeakers are installed in 14 separate systems in the school’s classrooms, athletic facilities, and main theatre. These systems were designed by Houston-based HFP Acoustical Consultants.

“There were several factors driving the selection of loudspeakers,” says Bill Schuermann, project consultant at HFP. “The school wanted consistency and musicality for the performing arts, power and clarity for the athletic systems, high intelligibility throughout, and proven long-term reliability. All that, coupled with limited space for amp racks, pointed to a Meyer Sound self-powered solution.”

The need for a linear and musical response was essential for the 500-seat main theatre and classrooms for band, choir, orchestra, drama, dance, and cheerleading. Each classroom is equipped with an identical system comprising two UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers and one MM-10 subwoofer. Student performers hear the same linear response through the main theatre’s playback system of UPM-1P loudspeakers and M1D-Sub subwoofers, while the audience experiences the consistent sonic signature through 16 M1D line array loudspeakers and four M1D-Sub subwoofers.

“These systems give students and faculty a constant, uncolored reference so that what they hear is familiar and recognizable when they transition from one space to another,” says Schuermann. “Students will hear on the stage exactly what they heard in classroom rehearsals.”

In addition, College Station’s football stadium benefits with the power of four UPQ-1P and six UPJ-1P VariO™ loudspeakers. The baseball and softball fields are equipped with identical systems of two-each UP-4XP and UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, while UPJ-1P and UPQ-1P loudspeakers are installed in the competition and secondary gyms.

“I’ve heard all the installed systems, and they sound fantastic,” says Jon Hall, director of construction services for the College Station Independent School District. “Staff and parents have been positive about the clarity and power. In my opinion, they are the best sound systems I’ve heard at any school.”

Additional Meyer Sound systems are installed in the main dining room, lobby, and the circular LGI (Large Group Instruction) classroom, which utilizes a total of 36 MM-4 loudspeakers.

Other key AV system components include Soundcraft digital consoles, Digital Projection M-Vision Cine video projectors, Stewart Filmscreen motorized screens, and Crestron controllers.

The College Station High School campus was designed by Plano, Tex.-based SHW Group with Rayce Boyter, AIA as lead architect. AV systems were integrated and installed by Covenant Communications of Houston, under the supervision of Project Manager Greg Griffin.

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Meyer Sound CAL Maximizes Speech Intelligibility in Medieval Italian Cathedral

Built in the early 12th century, the stately Romanesque Cathedral of Sessa Aurunca in Italy, recently installed a Meyer Sound CAL™ column array loudspeaker system to solve a speech intelligibility problem commonly found in highly reverberant spaces.

The cathedral’s high, vaulted interior is acoustically reflective, with stone walls and columns surrounding a tile mosaic floor, and hard plastic seating. To bring speech clarity to this reverberant space, two CAL 32 loudspeakers were deployed to focus acoustic energy precisely on the congregation seating area with minimal energy exciting the adjacent hard surfaces. The CAL loudspeakers are adjustable to one degree of vertical dispersion.

“The cathedral is an ancient and historic building, and almost nothing is permitted that would alter the appearance of the interior,” says Lorenzo Benigna of system provider Linear Sound S.r.l. “Our objective was to design a new system that would be effective, yet practically unnoticeable.”

The two slender CAL 32 loudspeakers are mounted flush against the cathedral’s sidewall to remain unobtrusive, with each vertical beam tilted down 10 degrees. Their vertical dispersion angle is set at 30 degrees to project a uniform wedge of highly intelligible sound precisely upon the seating area.

“There really is no comparison to the cathedral’s old system,” points out Benigna. “CAL is an exceptional system with superior performance not just for speech, but for music as well.”

The system also employs eight MM-4XP and four MM-4XPD self-powered loudspeakers to discreetly fill seating area spots that are acoustically shadowed. The units receive audio signal and DC power over a single cable from dual MPS-488HP power supplies (48 V DC).

“The exceptional directivity of the MM-4XPD was very helpful, as these speakers were placed near the microphones,” says Benigna. “They provide excellent coverage without producing feedback.”

The system design was a collaborative effort involving Benigna and Giovanni Bugari of Linear Sound, together with Adriano Conte, a church AV consultant.

The Cathedral of Sessa Aurunca is a medieval basilica with a vaulted portico and two aisles formed by 18 columns. It was constructed in 1113 using materials from the ancient Roman temples of Mercury and Hercules. With a population of about 23,000, the city of Sessa Aurunca is located 140 kilometers southeast of Rome in the region of Campania.

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Atlona(R) Now Shipping New 6×6 HDMI(R) to HDBaseT(TM) Matrix Switcher

Device Brings High-Speed HDMI(R) Switching Using HDBaseT(TM) and PoCc Technology

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 12, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced the company is now shipping its new PRO3HD66M 6×6 HDMI(R) to HDBaseT(TM) matrix switcher. Designed as a cost-effective solution to connect and route sources to displays for media to be shared in multiple spaces simultaneously, the unit is also equipped with locking HDMI and power connectors for reliability.

The PRO3HD66M matrix switcher — a new addition to the PRO3HD collection — uses HDBaseT and Power over Category cable (PoCc) to extend up to six sources to six HDBaseT outputs and two mirrored HDMI output connections over a distance of up to 230 feet (70 meters). To facilitate multiroom distribution, the device powers zone extenders, eliminating the need for remote receivers to require a separate power source and resulting in increased cost-effectiveness. In addition, unique control-signal-routing capabilities offer easy control of connected devices via IR and RS-232 from third-party control systems, while Ethernet connections contribute to simpler system configurations thanks to GUI and TCP/IP control.

With de-embedded digital S/PDIF audio for the HDBaseT outputs, audio distribution becomes easier for either multichannel amplifiers or AV receivers. To ensure that displays are both audio and video compatible — enabling enhanced and more flexible audio performance — the PRO3HD66M switcher’s S/PDIF outputs support multichannel audio up to Dolby(R) Digital and DTS(R) 5.1. In addition, Dolby TrueHD lossless HD digital audio and DTS HD Master Audio(TM) are supported on two mirrored HDMI outputs, enabling multichannel HD digital audio from Blu-ray(TM) sources.

For fast and reliable switching, programmable EDID memory presets come pre-loaded to any source connected to the switcher, ensuring that all connected displays receive the highest supported audio and video signals. The PRO3HD66M is also equipped with a convenient USB port that enables installers to perform firmware updates directly from the field, further simplifying the procedure if needed.

“Our product development team continuously strives to bring our customers the winning combination of simplicity and market-changing innovations,” said Steve Heintz, senior product manager, Atlona. “With our new PRO3HD66M switcher, we’re introducing the easiest, most affordable, and reliable solution to route and connect multiple outputs simultaneously, resulting in lower costs for multiroom setups and applications. Now backed by our new 10-year warranty, customers can further trust that Atlona is behind both the requirements of today’s connectivity marketplace and the factors needed for ensuring long-term success.”

More information on Atlona’s full line of products is available at www.atlona.com.

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About Atlona(R)
Atlona(R) is a leading provider of innovative, reliable AV and IT connectivity solutions. Since 2003, the company has been designing and engineering award-winning products for a diverse range of residential and commercial AV and IT markets, including education, business, government, entertainment, and healthcare.

Atlona’s products and services enable system designers, integrators, consultants, and installers to simplify installation, minimize maintenance, and maximize the versatility of premier automated control solutions. Atlona’s vision is simple: deliver customer-driven products designed and developed with the features, performance, and reliability that industry leaders demand; and deliver the best value in the industry.

More information about Atlona is available at www.atlona.com.

(C) 2013 Atlona Inc. All rights reserved. Atlona and the Atlona logo are registered trademarks of Atlona Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. All other names and marks are trademarks of their respective holders.

Product prices and availability are subject to change without notice.

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Sennheiser and House of Blues Renew Agreement

Old Lyme, CT, August 12, 2013 – Audio specialist Sennheiser and the House of Blues, the iconic chain of high-quality performance venues, announced that they have renewed their alliance. Sennheiser will continue to support the House of Blues with premium microphones and wireless solutions at each of its 13 locations across the United States.

Since the two companies began collaborating over five years ago, the House of Blues has experienced increased level of audio quality, flexibility and durability within its audio equipment arsenal at each of its locations. Currently, the House of Blues is using a full line of wired evolution microphones, evolution wireless G3 microphone systems and evolution wireless G3 monitoring systems at each of its venues.

Kristy Jo Winkler, relations manager, Americas, Global Sales of Sennheiser, commented: “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the House of Blues. By supporting each of its venues in so many different ways, Sennheiser is helping contribute to the unique brand the House of Blues has established. Each of their locations has a reputation as a great performance environment to hear the hottest acts in live music with the best engineering talent and the best microphones and wireless equipment available.”

“The relationship between House of Blues and Sennheiser is truly harmonious,” says Dan Schartoff, VP production, House of Blues. “There is shared passion for providing the best quality of sound and overall audio experience. Indeed, Sennheiser’s microphones have been part of many amazing and historic shows at our venues.”

An evolution of premium sound

Pierre Rochman, production manager of House of Blues – Anaheim, says that the Sennheiser evolution microphone series continues to deliver – especially when it comes to reliability. “We are doing 200 shows and events in a year at each location easily,” he says. “Yesterday we ran seven bands on the bill, today we’re going to run five and tomorrow we’re going to run six – it’s relentless and punishing. The evolution hard-wired microphones really stand up to the abuse. And in the rare case where we need a repair, Sennheiser has been very fast and responsive.”

The House of Blues, which has served as a host to A-list touring acts as well emerging artists, also appreciates the sonic flexibility and predictability of the evolution microphones. “Even though we host artists at a national level who already own Sennheiser equipment, we also host a ton of emerging artists who do not have a mic package of any kind,” states Rochman. “With our Sennheiser microphone package, we are able to introduce these artists and their engineers to high-quality audio. Whereas they might go on a stage and see a competitor’s product elsewhere, they come in here, get in front of an e 835 or e 935 wired microphone and experience great sound and great rejection. They remember these experiences and carry them throughout their career.”

Sonic flexibility and predictability

Each of the 13 House of Blues locations has an equipment package consisting of Sennheiser’s evolution series wired microphones, its renowned evolution wireless systems as well as an array of professional headphones and classic legacy mics such as the MD 421-II. This equipment provides its performance spaces large and small with the ultimate in sonic flexibility. “With so many artists coming in and out on each of our different stages, we need to be able to quickly recognize what each artist is trying to accomplish and reproduce that sonically,” Rochman notes. “I usually have about 15 minutes to get up at front of house and make that happen, and the Sennheiser evolution microphones give us plenty of latitude to do that — no matter what the genre the performance is in.”

Rochman is particularly fond of the e 906, which he says is now the ‘go-to’ microphone for amplifiers. “The e 906 gives us a much broader frequency response, and the filter switching makes it more flexible than other mics if I have to cut or boost, depending on the signal I’m getting out of the amplifier.”

As a premiere national live performance venue, the House of Blues takes a great deal of pride in the sound quality it offers at each of its locations, something they work hard at maintaining each day. “Many of our engineers would never work here unless we were able to offer quality equipment, like Sennheiser,” Rochman concludes. “We’ve got engineers that are touring with A-list acts, but this is their ‘home’ because we have great microphones, a great sounding PA and of course because we book great artists into the rooms. We appreciate the Sennheiser relationship so we can continue to service the artists to create the best possible show.”

About House of Blues

Founded in 1992, each of the thirteen House of Blues locations features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature, original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine.

About Sennheiser

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. In 2012 the family company, which was founded in 1945, achieved a turnover of around 584 million euros. Sennheiser employs more than 2,300 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiser.com.

Photo captions:
1: Exterior photo of the House of Blues – Dallas, Texas

2: Pierre Rochman, production manager of House of Blues – Anaheim, with his Sennheiser wireless microphones

Photos courtesy of House of Blues Entertainment

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Renkus-Heinz Unveils New Website

Orange County, CA – August 2013... Renkus-Heinz, a leading innovator in professional audio and loudspeaker design, has announced the debut of their new modernized website. The long-awaited redesign offers up a bold new look and feel, along with better navigation and a dramatically different user interface.

The new Renkus-Heinz.com delivers easy, streamlined access to information on Renkus-Heinz products and technologies like ICONYX, IC2, and VARIA, including detailed specifications and technical data. It also offers up a brand new International News feed and expanded company info.

“In recent years, our product lines have grown and our technologies have progressed,” remarked VP of Sales and Marketing Rik Kirby. “We’ve grown immensely as a company, but our website hasn’t reflected that. The new website speaks to what Renkus-Heinz is today as a company, and we feel it offers a more personal connection to our customers.”

The new site is live as of Friday, August 9, 2013. Check out the new www.renkus-heinz.com

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems. 

Platinum Tools® Launches Smart Remote Kit for VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 Length Measurement Voice/Data/Video Tester at 2013 CEDIA Expo

CAMARILLO, Calif., Aug. 12, 2013 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the new Smart Remote Kit for the VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 voice, data, and video tester. Platinum Tools will feature the T139 during the 2013 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 26-28 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 529. With a MSRP of $151.62, the T139 Smart Remote Kit is now shipping.

“Platinum Tools designed the T139 Smart Remote Kit in order to help maximize and save installers’ and technicians’ time by eliminating the need to walk back and forth to test sites,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools, Inc. product manager. “Combine this kit with a T129 VDV MapMaster 2.0 to both ‘Test’ & ‘Map/ID’ up to eight drops/locations simultaneously. Smart Remotes are a ‘smarter’ way to go.”

T139 Smart Remote Kit specifications and applications include:
• Test & Map/ID voice/data simultaneously
• Cat6, Cat5e, Cat5, Cat4 and Cat3 cables
• Shielded and unshielded cables
• Remotes 2-8 work on UTP/STP cables (Remote #1 Included with VDV MapMaster 2.0)
• Snap-lock clear case protects and alerts you if a remote is missing

The VDV MapMaster 2.0 now combines cable length measurement with continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit. Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time. Whether the job is commercial or residential, the versatility and added features of the VDV MapMaster 2.0 makes it an installer’s best friend.

“The CEPro Best of 2012 award-winning VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 has become popular with technicians in a very short period of time, and now we’re able to provide them with additional accessories when out on a call,” added Phillips. “The T139 Smart Remote Kit is just another example of how Platinum Tools designs our products with our customers’ time and efficiency in mind.”

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Sound Devices Update V3.02 Bring New Capabilities To The PIX 240i Video Recorder

REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 12, 2013Sound Devices, specialists in portable audio and video products for field production, introduces its new version 3.02 firmware update for its PIX 220i and 240i Production Video Recorders. The update changes file formatting from UDF to exFAT volumes for PIX 220, PIX 220i, PIX 240 and PIX 240i users. This new update is available free of charge to all PIX customers.

The portable PIX 220i and PIX 240i recorders bring edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD recording to SD/HD-SDI or HDMI-equipped video cameras, simplifying both production and post-production environments. Previously, drives formatted by PIX Video Recorders were UDF volumes. While the PIX 220i and PIX 240i Video Recorders will now format drives as exFAT, users still have the ability to record and play back from UDF-formatted drives.

“exFAT is a well-supported drive format, compatible with Mac OS, Windows and Linux, and will offer expanded convenience and functionality to our end users,” says Paul Isaacs, Technical Development Manager, Sound Devices. “As drive sizes continue to increase, exFAT scales exceptionally well, supporting volumes as large as 64 ZiB.”

While PIX 220i and PIX 240i units running version 3.02 will now be able to read and record to UDF-formatted drives, once a drive has been formatted as exFAT, it can only be accessed by a machine able to address exFAT. PIX 220i and/or PIX 240i recorders running firmware version 3.01 or earlier will not be able to address exFAT-formatted drives.

For more information and to download this latest update, visit http://www.sounddevices.com/download/pix-firmware/download/.

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders, and digital video recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI and Highland Park, IL. For more information, visit the Sound Devices website, www.sounddevices.com.

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