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ASHLY GETS INTO THE PUNCH BOWL!

PORTLAND, OREGON – AUGUST 2013: Punch Bowl Social is a unique entertainment concept that got its start in Denver, Colorado and is steadily making its way to a city near you. The second and most recent Punch Bowl Social occupies 32,000 square-feet on the top floor of Pioneer Place Mall in downtown Portland. Within that space, patrons can bowl, sing karaoke, shoot pool, throw darts, play ping-pong, shoot marbles, play board games, rock ‘80s video games, and more. Of course, Punch Bowl Social patrons can also grab a drink (often literally from a punchbowl) or dine on delicious, creative fare. The idea, of course, is that in the age of big screen TVs, the human animal still craves connection, and games and music have provided the context of that connection for millennia. To keep the music engaging, Denver-based A/V integration firm PRIME used Ashly Audio processing at both locations.

“Punch Bowl Social proved to be a far greater success in Denver than the owners had dared hope for,” said Robert Higdon, owner of PRIME. “The Denver location is expansive, but still considerably smaller than the new Portland location. In Denver, we used a single Ashly ne24.24M to do all system routing and conditioning for the Flexsys F8, F12, and F15s over the lanes. The owners were so pleased with Higdon’s solution that they hired PRIME to design and install the system at the new Portland location.

One of the new features at Portland is a pair of karaoke rooms that groups can rent for private parties. A single Ashly ne24.24M outfitted with sixteen inputs and eight outputs raises their sound quality far beyond the standalone karaoke systems that bars typically employ. Four wireless microphones per room allow group performances in combination with a cloud-based karaoke server. A Lexicon dual effects processor provides the professional polish that takes ace karaoke stars to the next level – and softens the rough edges of newbies. Powered loudspeakers from dB Technologies provide robust output, and users can dial in appropriate volumes for the music, their voices, and the effects from an Ashly FR-8 wall-mounted remote control. Because the FR-8 provides a simple slider for each function, users can operate it successfully with zero training.

The main sound reinforcement system at Portland’s Punch Bowl Social uses a separate Ashly ne24.24M. Inputs include five cable boxes, a Blu-ray player, two DJ inputs (one per each side of the building), a jukebox, a paging server, and an Apple Airport Express that can stream Spotify, Pandora, and the like. dB Technologies Flexsys F8 loudspeakers and Sub 15D subwoofers populate twelve output zones logically divided by amusement type. Three separate sets of four bowling lanes get a pair of F12s and a Sub 15D hung by chains from the ceiling. A Crestron control system paired with an Apple iPad mobile pro app provides input selection and volume control. The control features a schematic of Punch Bowl Social from above. Users tap the section they want to control and make the necessary adjustments.

“For every project I’m involved in, I try to give the end user the best sound quality possible,” said Higdon. “I always use Ashly processing, and I carefully tune each zone at commissioning. Sound quality is evident to me because I work with sound for a living, but sound quality is just as important for patrons who aren’t audio professionals. For them, it’s a subconscious thing. If the sound quality is lacking or, worse, annoying, they’ll want to leave. That, of course, is the last thing the owners want. But a well-tuned system is fantastic. My favorite thing to do when a job is finished and open is to go back and watch people enjoying it. I see them singing along, bopping their heads. That’s almost payment enough for me.” Higdon will be accompanying the Punch Bowl Social enterprise as it heads to Austin in a few months.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

ALTINEX CONNECTIVITY INTEGRAL TO GENERAL ELECTRIC’S NEW CONFERENCE TABLE

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Plainville, CT – August 2013… The ability to facilitate easy connectivity to AV equipment as well as provide network and Internet access are critical concerns during the design of today’s state-of-the-art conference facilities. For their new conference room, Plainville, CT-based GE Industrial Solutions adopted a 360-degree approach with multiple video displays—and central to their AV connectivity are PNP417 Pop-N-Plug interconnect boxes and AC301-250 Dual Button Controllers from Brea, CA-headquartered Altinex. more

MIX ENGINEER ARIEL BORUJOW EXPANDS HIS METRIC HALO PALETTE TO INCLUDE THE PRODUCTION BUNDLE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 2013: Ariel Borujow is chief engineer at New York City’s Stadiumred studios (www.stadiumred.com) and a multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated mix engineer who has worked with artist and producers such as Kanye West, Madonna, The Black Eyed Peas, P Diddy, J-Lo, Chiddy Bang, Just Blaze, and others. His success stems from his passion for audio, which makes his typical ten-hour day (clocked seven days a week) the key ingredient in a life well lived. Indeed, when we caught up with him, Borujow was happy to be getting back into that groove after being sick for a few weeks. “I didn’t know what to do with myself,” he laughed. “I was just stuck there, roaming around in my apartment, which is usually just a place to sleep at the end of a long day. I guess the upside is that I got to know my apartment better?” Now back in the studio, Borujow is finishing up projects with Modern Machines, Charlie Red, and Low Country Kingdom using the Metric Halo Production Bundle, which includes ChannelStrip 3, TransientControl, Multiband Expansion, Multiband Dynamics, Character, Precision DeEsser, and HaloVerb plug-ins.

Modern Machines (www.facebook.com/ModernMachines) is a pair of New York City producers who are making some of the most engaging and danceable electronic dance music on the planet, and Borujow recently mixed their single, “We Are the Night.” “They come from an engineering background, so the tracks sounded good coming in,” he said. “Nevertheless, they gave it some grit on purpose, and the challenge was to keep that feel while making sure the music would still translate effectively at a dance club.”

Borujow was a longtime user of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip 2, and he’s pleased that ChannelStrip 3 retains the same “out-of-the-box sound” while adding features that make it even more functional and flexible. “The size is great and the interface is even more intuitive, but the most exciting improvement is the incorporation of a spectrum analyzer,” he said. “It’s a big deal and it’s on almost all of the Production Bundle plug-ins.” As with all of his mixes, Modern Machines benefitted from plenty of ChannelStrip 3. For the all-important kick drum, he used ChannelStrip 3 to dial in the right timbre and dynamics and then used TransientControl to punch it up. “I’ve used other manufacturers’ transient plug-ins,” Borujow said, “but Metric Halo has given TransientControl something that is noticeably better, but in a subtle and interesting way. I can’t exactly put my finger on it, but there’s no doubt that it really improves the dynamics without over-processing them.”

Borujow is using a slightly different part of his brain to mix Charlie Red [www.wearecharliered.com], a duo that fuses hip-hop, blues, and rock to come up with a very unique style. The music is all live instruments and the band recorded the tracks at home. “These guys are real artists and they go by feel,” Borujow said. “All of the tracks are masterfully performed, but some of the technical stuff needed polishing.” Again, he used TransientControl to add shape and dynamics to the drums, and ChannelStrip 3 found use everywhere. The tracks were also noisy at times and Borujow used the Multiband Expander to carve out the noise. The very accurate spectrum analysis feature allowed him to zero in and position the bands for maximum effect.

Because Charlie Red’s recordings weren’t made in a purpose-built live room there was a certain “boxiness” to the recordings. Rather than EQ out the room mode frequencies, Borujow used Multiband Dynamics to carve them out dynamically. “Again, the spectrum analyzer was a tremendous help,” he said. “To lessen that boxy sound, Multiband Dynamics is preferable to EQ because EQ tends to lose something. Multiband Dynamics leaves the life in the recording. It’s a much more pleasing solution. Metric Halo’s version sounds great and is quick and easy to work with.”

With another “this meets that” description, Borujow finds Low Country Kingdom (www.lowcountrykingdom.com) at the intersection of Gorillaz meets the Beastie Boys. “These guys are just super musical! They produced all the music in Logic and sent me the stems,” he said. “To give it more of a ‘sound,’ I used Character. I especially like the ‘American Solid State’ algorithm. It’s subtle and not overboard, and it doesn’t sound digital. It sounds authentic. It’s been a go-to plug-in and setting for me lately. It’s all over the Low Country Kingdom album.” He also used the Precision DeEsser quite a lot. “I use it a lot of the time for vocals, sure, but I use it for a lot of other instruments as well,” he explained. “For example, the Low Country Kingdom snare sound was a little too bright at times. Rather than EQ it out, which kills those frequencies even when they’re not annoying, the Precision DeEsser allows me to keep them down only when they’re too much. I put the TransientControl behind it, and the snare sounded awesome.”

All three projects benefitted in roughly equal degrees by Borujow’s newfound access to HaloVerb. “I’m a huge fan of the ‘Sizzly Plate’ preset,” he said. “I find that as I get older, I use reverb as much as I used to, but I want to hear it at the front of the mix less and less. It’s more effective as a subconscious thing – an element that puts instruments in a common space. I don’t want to hear it, I want to feel it.” He used HaloVerb for Modern Machines’ synths, Charlie Red’s guitars and drums, and Low Country Kingdom’s vocals.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

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Archimedia Unveils Advanced Test Patterns for Commodity Hardware up to 4K SDI and HDMI(R)

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Aug. 20, 2013 — Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality, today announced Archimedia Reference Charts, a set of advanced test patterns developed by renowned video test and measurement company VideoQ specifically for mastering formats such as JPEG 2000. Designed for use with the Archimedia Reference Player, the world’s first software reference player for viewing, testing, and measuring master files on a standard HDMI(R) HDTV, the Archimedia Reference Charts allow users to test, align, configure, troubleshoot, and stress any equipment with an SDI or HDMI input. Such devices include encoders; transmitters; video recorders; monitors; projectors; standards converters; editors; and ingest and capture devices.

When combined with partner VideoQ’s VQMA-3 software analyzer and an Archimedia HD-SDI or 4K-SDI card, the Reference Player and Reference Charts offer the industry’s first full-featured test environment that runs on a commodity Windows(R) 7 or 8 PC — a solution that is far less costly than previous comparable test environments.

“No matter what segment of the industry they’re in, all video engineers need their own test tools in their own toolboxes for peace of mind, to document QC reports, to cover themselves in tense situations, and, ultimately, to keep their jobs,” said Mark Gray, Archimedia president and CEO. “Comparable reference test patterns and charts are either too expensive or too difficult to transport, but with Archimedia’s Reference Charts and Reference Player, every technician can carry his or her own test environment on a laptop and connect to any HDMI monitor, projector, monitor wall, multiviewer, etc. They can also install it on a rack-mount or desktop PC with Archimedia’s HD-SDI or 4K-SDI card and reach any equipment with an SDI input, or test an entire facility through its central router.”

Archimedia Reference Charts are 8, 10, and 12 bit static and dynamic test patterns in standard-definition, high-definition, 2K, and 4K resolutions — a variety that ensures the right test patterns are always at hand for the most routine and the most demanding applications. The Reference Charts contain visible audio-sync measurements, which are important when making fast adjustments to lip-sync and video-delay settings. VideoQ’s VQMA-3 software analyzer also provides a precise report of the artifacts introduced by a user’s equipment, particularly encoders and video recorders. This combination completes the quality control triangle of visual, measured, and automated testing.

With the Archimedia Reference Player as the repeatable source and VideoQ’s VQDM software to “catch” the test patterns, facilities can essentially automate their peace of mind. Among the many benefits facilities can expect from using Reference Charts on a central Windows PC is that the entire facility can test, troubleshoot, measure, configure, and stress systems with the same patterns and practices, reducing the costs of portable or multiple test-signal generators. Furthermore, by placing the Reference Charts on engineers’ laptops, a facility’s engineers can service any remote or offline system.

The Archimedia Reference Charts are particularly helpful for comparing and optimizing encoders, compressed video transmission systems, and ingest systems; aligning monitors and projectors so that creatives see the best possible picture; and identifying the cause of a video’s flaws by sending minimum, average, and maximum values through the signal chain to see where the faults or artifacts originate.

The charts are meant for any user with SDI and HDMI equipment, such as engineers, service providers, and manufacturers in broadcast, new media, and cinema and TV production. The solution is also well-suited for video game developers who need to test, measure, and validate audio sync in their computer-generated game software, as well as users of large video displays, such as 4K video walls found in a concert venue, where bezel connection checks must happen quickly.

Unlike many other patterns that are developed as bitmaps, the VideoQ-designed Archimedia Reference Charts are based on pure mathematical calculations so that every value is exact and reveals every curve, ramp, and gradient.

The complete set of Archimedia Reference Charts can be downloaded from the Archimedia website for less than $2,000 and includes free upgrades to 4K Digital Cinema and Ultra HD formats when they become available. A free trial is also available. Information about Archimedia Reference Charts, the free trial, and other Archimedia products can be found at www.archimediatech.com.

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About VideoQ
VideoQ Inc. is a California-based company that focuses on video test and measurement and video enhancement technologies, products, and services. The minds behind VideoQ have more than 50 years of award-winning experience in the field of broadcast, consumer electronics, transcoding, and video data compression. A renowned player in calibration and benchmarking of displays, video projectors, transcoders, and graphics and video processors to reveal artifacts, problems, and deficiencies instantly, VideoQ raises the bar in the video quality experience.

About Archimedia
Archimedia Technology specializes in the processing, conversion, and playback of mastering formats, including JPEG 2000, for the professional broadcast, digital cinema, and video archival industries. Its technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives without loss of quality. Archimedia’s products fulfill a critical piece of the production and archival workflows, encapsulating complex file interchange and quality control processes for mastering and archive formats into practical solutions that give end users a new level of access to their assets. More information is available at www.archimediatech.com.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS STORE IN MESA, ARIZONA

New location features on-site lessons, new repair services, and vast inventory selection

ANNOUNCEMENT HIGHLIGHTS:

Guitar Center has opened its 251st store location in the U.S.
Customers can take a “virtual tour” of the store online
GC Garage service will provide a much-needed range of musical instrument repair services
GC Studios, first-ever GC lessons facility in Mesa to support local music scene, is at the store, located at 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ 85204

(Los Angeles, CA) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of guitars, amplifiers, drums, keyboards, recording, live sound, DJ and lighting equipment, opened its 251st location, in Mesa, Arizona, on August 1, 2013. The store, located at 1652 S. Val Vista Dr., Mesa, AZ 85204, is also part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows GC to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

In a first for Guitar Center, customers can preview the Mesa store with an online “virtual tour.” To view, click on Mesa’s Google listing page at https://plus.google.com/108704360942360682486/about?gl=us&hl=en, then click “See Inside” near the page’s bottom right. Use your keyboard’s arrows to navigate through the store.

MESA STORE LOCATION BACKGROUNDER:

Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Mesa brings an unprecedented selection of products to Mesa, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the local music scene, Guitar Center Mesa also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location.. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving area residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools, Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Mesa includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Mesa: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Mesa customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Mesa will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Mesa store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Mesa residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Mesa Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 11 AM-6 PM

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Clear-Com’s Tempest 2400 and Encore Simplify Production Management for Australia’s National Memorial Theater

Wireless and Partyline Intercoms Enable Minimal Staff to Stage High-Quality Productions

ST. KILDA, MELBOURNE, AUGUST 20, 2013 ─ Clear-Com® is helping to streamline communications at Australia’s National Memorial Theater. Clear-Com’s Tempest®2400 Digital Wireless Intercom and Encore Analog Partyline Systems offer the theater’s production crew members greater mobility and audio clarity, allowing each staff to more easily handle multiple job positions at one time.

The 783-seat National Memorial Theater hosts performances from community and school groups as well as amateur and professional musical, theater and dance groups. The majority of the events that take place at the venue are amateur productions, requiring a more hands-on approach by the professional staff. At the same time, the theater typically runs skeleton crews to keep costs down for its clients. Clear-Com’s Tempest2400 and Encore intercoms, supplied by Jands Pty. Ltd., Clear-Com’s Australian Channel Partner, have provided a massive boost to the theater’s workflow, enabling the crew to be anywhere and do anything without compromising productivity. The systems also permit the theater to seamlessly integrate other intercom systems into its permanent Clear-Com setup, a capability that was previously impossible with its aging intercom system.

“For any production, I might have the person running the lighting console during the show and then serve as the rigger after the performance. Similarly, the stage manager may also act as the flyman, while the floor electrician may also be a stagehand, among other double duties,” explains Mick Crozier, Production Manager and Head Technician at the National Theater. “It’s important that we remain in contact, wherever we may be, so that we can stay abreast of any upcoming cues. I can’t tell you how much easier it is with Clear-Com because we’re able to move freely and talk with the production crew. The audio quality of the Clear-Com systems is astounding—they’re much clearer than our previous system and are great when a performance gets loud. Clear-Com has a reputation for high-quality, reliable and long-lasting products, so I know these systems will be able to support the different performances that take place here.”

Previously, on the larger shows, the single production channel was so cluttered with conversations that it was difficult for people to understand each other. The two-channel Tempest system provides two isolated communication paths to minimize the number of conversations on each channel. Lighting effects, followspots and floor electrics or audio, mic tech and the musical director speak on Channel A while all others are assigned to Channel B. Another useful feature of the Tempest system is the menu-lock function on the beltpacks, preventing non-professional crew members from accidently changing the settings during a performance.

The Tempest2400 BaseStation and Encore partyline main stations are installed at the stage manager’s desk. There is also an Encore speaker station in the stage office, which lets the theater’s supervisor or tech on duty to monitor crew communications for any issues with a particular production. The theater has also run a dual communications loop through the stage and auditorium, so wired beltpacks can plug into either loop from just about anywhere.

“In a live production environment such as the National Theater, where crew members are covering multiple positions, communication is critical to keep productions at a professional level,” says Peter Giddings, Clear-Com’s Senior Vice President, Global Events. “As the most comprehensive systems in the market, Clear-Com’s Tempest and Encore systems provide the crew with the right capabilities to make that happen.”

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

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LEVA Attendees Emphasize Value, Importance of Training at Conference

(MIDLOTHIAN, TEX.) – Despite tight training funds at many agencies, the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) will attract an international group of video professionals for its 2013 LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Training Symposium, which runs Sept. 9-13 at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Asheville, N.C. The five-day conference will offer a variety of hands-on workshops, case studies, and interactive seminars that focus on forensic video and audio technologies, as well as video production and editing tools. It is a unique combination that provides value for attendees.

“There is no question that law enforcement video professionals need training, but budgets often dictate whether they can attend the LEVA conference or other training programs,” said LEVA president Det. Blaine Davison, Norman, Oklahoma, Police Department. “We keep our tuition low so it’s less of a burden on those budgets, but we make sure the quality and quantity of training at our annual conference is unsurpassed. Our conference provides hands-on experience with today’s leading technologies, and helps departments establish better operating procedures.”

Budget restraints have kept Michael Bush of the Denver Police Department Crime Lab from attending in the annual conference in the past, but he is looking forward to this year’s workshops and networking opportunities. “There are many good workshops this year,” he said. “Of course, I am really looking forward to expanding my legal knowledge with Jonathan Hak’s ‘Courtroom Testimony for Forensic Video Analysts.’”

Thorbjörn Johansson will represent the Swedish National Bureau of Investigation Computer Crime Unit at the LEVA conference. “Cybercrime has a high position on the priority list of our police authority,” he explained, “and video forensics is interesting for us because during the last few years we have made an effort to develop this line of work within our authority. We have high expectations for this conference. I am convinced that we will benefit a great deal if we attend these lectures and listen to the presentations.”

LEVA will also offer a free introductory course, “Video Essentials for First Responders,” on Sept. 10. Registration is limited to 90 students, but attendees do not have to be LEVA members to attend. Many sessions throughout the conference have limited availability, and pre-registration is required. For travel information, as well as the conference schedule and pricing options, visit leva.org.

ABOUT LEVA

LEVA is a nonprofit corporation committed to improving the quality of video training and promoting the use of state-of-the-art, effective equipment in the law enforcement and emergency services community. Our mission is to serve as a key resource to the global public safety community by focusing on the needs of video production and forensic imaging disciplines by providing opportunities for professional development through quality training and informational exchange. We make a positive contribution to a more competent public safety establishment. Find out more at leva.org.

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Atlona(R) Now Shipping AT-HDDA-2 and AT-HDDA-4 Distribution Amplifiers

For Commercial Applications, Two- and Four-Zone Amplifiers are Among the First in the Industry to Support Ultra HD (4Kx2K) Resolution

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 20, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital connectivity solutions provider, today announced that its AT-HDDA-2 (1×2) and AT-HDDA-4 (1×4) HDMI(R) distribution amplifiers are now shipping. Among the industry’s first such devices to support Ultra HD (4Kx2K), the highest resolution currently available, the AT-HDDA-2 and AT-HDDA-4 extend HDMI sources to two or four zones, respectively, for commercial applications.

The AT-HDDA-2 and AT-HDDA-4 distribution amplifiers are ideal for small- and medium-sized TV showroom and digital signage applications that utilize cutting-edge Ultra HD resolution. For larger settings, up to eight HDDA units can be cascaded. In addition to their high-resolution capabilities, the distribution amplifiers support all lossy and lossless audio formats up to Dolby(R) TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio(TM), and 3D up to 48-bit deep color.

Featuring advanced EDID management, the units learn reference EDID from the first connected output display and mirror it to all outputs, ensuring a reliable and uninterrupted AV signal. The AT-HDDA-2 and AT-HDDA-4 feature locking HDMI ports, link status LEDs for sources and outputs, and mini USB ports for easy firmware updates in the field. Easy to install, the AT-HDDA-2 features Velcro strips for shelf mounting and a captive screw power termination to reduce wiring and provide more reliable connections. The AT-HDDA-4 ships with dual-purpose wall/rackmount ears.

“The industry has been waiting for an HDMI distribution amplifier that supports Ultra HD, and we are excited to say that it’s here and now available. The first products in our new HDDA family, the AT-HDDA-2 and AT-HDDA-4, are the perfect solution for reliably distributing video in the most vivid detail possible for commercial applications with multiple zones,” said Steve Heintz, senior product manager, Atlona. “To meet the needs of applications requiring distribution over greater distances and the routing of different sources, the units are also compatible with our HDBaseT extender and distribution amplifier families, and our HDMI-to-HDMI matrix switchers.”

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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Revolabs Products on Display at TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico 2013

Company Quote:

“At this year’s TecnoMultimedia InfoComm Mexico show, we are excited to highlight the latest offerings from our wide range of market-leading conferencing solutions. Our next-generation products, such as the elegant Executive Elite four- and eight-channel wireless microphone systems, continue to build on our reputation for developing forward-thinking unified communication products that combine simplicity, flexibility, and optimal performance. We look forward to the Executive Elite making its TechnoMultimedia debut, as well as showcasing a number of our award-winning solutions.” — JP Carney, CEO at Revolabs

Revolabs HD(TM) Wireless Microphone Systems
Designed to satisfy today’s most demanding boardroom and conference room requirements, the new Revolabs Executive Elite(TM) wireless conferencing solution combines a sophisticated look and feel with augmented audio performance and security. With superior audio pickup, improved signal-to-noise ratio, and enhanced digital signal communication over wireless links, the four- and eight-channel wireless microphone system also enables AES-256 encryption with dynamic key updates every 60 seconds to ensure the highest level of security possible.

Also being highlighted will be the popular Revolabs Executive HD(TM) MaxSecure for applications requiring high levels of security, the Revolabs HD(TM) Single/Dual Channel for video conferencing, the rackmount Revolabs HD Venue(TM), the Executive HD for executive boardrooms and large conference rooms, and the versatile Revolabs Hybrid HD(TM) for installations requiring a powered audio solution. In addition, Revolabs will demonstrate its enhanced Windows(R)-based HD Control Panel, which allows users to monitor and control networked HD wireless microphone systems from a single PC software program with an intuitive graphical user interface.

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Revolabs FLX(TM) Wireless Conference Phone
Ideal for conference rooms, executive offices, and small office/home office (SoHo) environments, the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone is offered either with an analog telephone interface or with a VoIP interface. The FLX VoIP is the first and only wireless conference phone designed for VoIP networks. The FLX VoIP integrates directly with most IP telephone switches following the SIP standard, enabling new features only available through digital switch environments, such as voicemail alerts and do not disturb. The unit can also serve as the audio interface for virtually any major brand of video conferencing equipment, making it ideal for unified communications in any environment.

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Revolabs V3 Microphones With Field-Replaceable Batteries
With Revolabs’ V3 microphones featuring field replaceable batteries, users can easily purchase batteries as an accessory from their dealer/distributor. To swap batteries, they simply open the microphone, put in the new battery, and charge it. Old batteries can be sent to Revolabs for disposal as part of the company’s free recycling program. The V3 microphones allow users to keep spare batteries fully charged and ready for use by purchasing a new battery charging adaptor, which allows batteries to be charged without placing the whole microphone in the charger.

About Revolabs
Revolabs Inc. is the premier provider of wireless audio solutions for unified communications, enterprise collaboration, and professional audio applications across a wide range of markets. Offering unmatched audio quality that allows users to “hear every word,” the company’s wireless conferencing and microphone systems are utilized across the globe for a variety of applications, from webcasts and video conferencing to podcasts and broadcasting. Combining the ultimate in flexibility with sleek, stylish form factors, Revolabs solutions cut the cord, facilitating natural mobility by allowing participants to move about a workspace and still be heard, without being held back by wires. Leading the way in innovation, the company continues to add to its portfolio of value-added audio and telephony systems with superior products. Revolabs systems are secure (encrypted), rechargeable (environmentally friendly), and GSM-impervious. The company is headquartered in Sudbury, Mass., and can be reached at +1-800-326-1088 or www.revolabs.com.

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BlueBOLT(R) Introduces Network Management Feature Upgrade to Existing Products

Free and Automatic Upgrade Available in Q4 for Panamax(R) MD2-ZB and BB-ZB1 Product Family

PETALUMA, Calif. — Aug. 20, 2013 — BlueBOLT(R) today announced that the company has introduced a network management feature to its cloud-based power and energy management platform. The new feature allows users to query (ping) any device with an IP address on a network from a BlueBOLT-enabled component with a BlueBOLT-CV1 card. In the event of a failed ping response, BlueBOLT can send email notifications, reboot an outlet, reboot a series of outlets in sequence, or any combination of the above. A boon for integrators, the network management feature facilitates a self-healing network, which will drastically reduce service calls, limit truck rolls, and ultimately provide a better experience for the end user.

Initially designed to facilitate the control of power and energy usage and remotely reboot problem components in installed electronics systems, the company’s hardware and software technology provides an intuitive, plug-and-play Web interface where users can control AC outlets to schedule, monitor, and manage their energy consumption easily. With this new feature, BlueBOLT expands from power and energy management to network management — a key infrastructure element — for a full systems management platform.

“Because BlueBOLT is designed to be the simplest Web-based power management solution available, network management was the next logical step,” said John Benz, director of power and accessories, Core Brands(R). “With the unique ability to ping devices directly from the cloud, integrators, contractors, installers, and technicians can diagnose and repair networks remotely, resulting in fewer vehicles on the street and a greater power and cost-savings for the end user. Combined with BlueBOLT’s auto-reboot feature to ensure a consistent connection to the Internet, BlueBOLT provides a tremendous amount of value to both the integrator and their clients by ensuring systems perform their best.”

The network management feature can be utilized in commercial or residential applications where networked equipment could potentially lock up. By leveraging the cloud-based ping, problematic networked equipment can be automatically rebooted from anywhere in the world, eliminating potential service calls and reducing system downtime.

Available now at no additional charge, the network management feature can be found on the BlueBOLT platform’s “Location Details” screen and will work with preinstalled Panamax(R) or Furman(R) products in the field with a BlueBOLT-CV1 card installed (firmware update required). In addition, the feature will be available in Q4 for use with the Panamax MD2-ZB and BB-ZB1 product family.

More information is available at www.mybluebolt.com.

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About BlueBOLT(R)
BlueBOLT(R) remote power and energy management platform provides real-time, cloud-based control and monitoring of the energy used by electronic devices. Users can simply plug electronics into a BlueBOLT-enabled power management device to open up a new world of command and visibility of energy usage. From easy network queries and subsequent reboots of locked-up electronics to comprehensive energy tracking and scheduled conservation, BlueBOLT provides a unique combination of control and monitoring directly at the electronics’ power source. More information is available at www.mybluebolt.com.

BlueBOLT is part of Core Brands(R) which is part of Nortek, Inc. Core Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON(R), BlueBOLT(R), ELAN(R), Furman(R), Niles(R), Panamax(R), Proficient(R), SpeakerCraft(R), Sunfire(R), and Xantech(R) brands.

Nortek Inc. (NASDAQ: NTK) is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

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