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Integrator Finds The Sound Of Success With The Niles Cynema Soundfield In-Wall Soundbar

International custom electronics integrator Jim Beaumont of HomeTech Europe has installed hundreds, if not thousands of different products throughout his career, and he’s never seen anything quite as unique as the Niles Cynema Soundfield in-wall soundbar from Core Brands. As the first of its kind, the Cynema Soundfield naturally has some ‘wow’ factor to it, but according to Beaumont it’s the practical application of a high-quality soundbar that virtually disappears that’s making it fly off the shelves.

“When I heard about the Niles Cynema Soundfield I knew some of my clients would love it, but I didn’t think I’d sell 10 of them in the first month!” Beaumont said. “Niles recognized that homeowners want good sound to match their attractive wall-mounted TVs, but they also want it to be as unobtrusive as the TV itself. With TVs getting thinner and thinner, the TV manufacturers have run out of room for good speakers, and the only solution when your TV is an inch off the wall is to put the speakers into the wall itself.”

The Cynema Soundfield doesn't require cutting the wall studs and the grille can be painted any color to match any decor.

Beaumont says his clients and the designers he works with immediately see the value in a soundbar that can be painted over and literally disappear into the wall. For years, in-wall speakers have been the preferred solution of integrators and interior designers because they blend into the room, but they can be expensive and difficult to install in an existing room because of wiring and additional components such as amplifiers and AV receivers. The Cynema Soundfield solves this issue because it requires just two wires, one for audio signal and one for power, and it can be installed in less than an hour by a certified Niles installer, even if the TV is already hung on the wall.

“It’s easy to sell because it can be used in retrofits, new homes, board rooms and even retail locations like hotel lobbies, without anyone even knowing it’s there,” Beaumont continued. “Several of my clients were so excited when I showed it to them that they bought multiple units for multiple rooms. I think the market for this innovative premium sound solution could be huge, and I’m going to sell as many of them as I can.”

And it’s easy to complete the home theater experience with one of Niles’ small, powerful subwoofers and wireless kit, so the sub can go anywhere the homeowners want without running wires. The wireless kit hooks right up to the Cynema Soundfield’s amplifier, so there’s no separate amp or receiver necessary.

What makes the Cynema Soundfield so unique is its rail system; the only thing that gets cut into the wall is a thin metal rail that sits flush with the drywall, and then the three individual speakers and the amplifier simply lock into the rail. With such a fast installation time, models that match TVs of all sizes, plenty of power and fidelity (30W RMS per speaker, three speakers per soundbar) and the ability to paint the grill and make the speaker invisible, the Niles Cynema Soundfield is a hot item for electronics integrators and design-conscious homeowners everywhere.

The Cynema Soundfield includes inputs for optical audio, HDMI and analog audio, and can also be integrated into a multi-room audio system. It features autosense turn-on so that no separate remote is required, and it simply turns on whenever it receives an audio signal from either the TV or a connected multi-room audio system.

Electrosonic Completes Final Phase of Global Immersion Acquisition and Launches New Immersive Theater Website

Electrosonic announced today that it has completed the final phase of its previously announced Global Immersion acquisition. The Global Immersion team of digital giant screen cinema and planetarium experts is now part of Electrosonic’s Entertainment business and will operate under the Electrosonic brand. A new website that highlights Electrosonic’s immersive theater solutions can be found at: www.ElectrosonicImmersion.com

“The acquisition of Global Immersion in 2012 provided Electrosonic with a talented team of professionals with deep experience in the giant screen and planetarium markets,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “They have helped expand our range of markets serviced, and ensured that Electrosonic continues to build on its reputation of delivering the best visual systems in the world. We look forward to providing exceptional value and innovation to the giant screen and planetarium markets as they transition to digital systems and expand the range of content that can be displayed.”

Electrosonic delivers an extensive range of services to the immersive theater market including theater planning, design, integration, specialist media and software, and maintenance. State-of-the-art integrated systems have been developed and optimized for the unique needs of each immersive theater environment. The GSX(tm) Giant Screen Cinema series, for giant screen flat, curved and dome theaters, offers the highest display performance and the broadest range of content compatibility in the market. The Fidelity(tm) range offers an optimum balance of performance, reliability, functionality and value for today’s digital planetarium. In addition to leading edge theater technology, Electrosonic offers a comprehensive immersive media and show library to ensure that theaters have access to the best content.

Electrosonic also offers tailored support services to meet each theater’s unique operational requirements. Support services include a 24/7 network operations center and a cost-effective projector lamp replacement program.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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HRS Control Launches HRS KP Automation App to Simplify Control of Multiple AJA Ki Pro Units in Production Environments

HRS Control has introduced two new software products for automated control of AJA’s popular Ki Pro family of file-based recorder/players including Ki Pro, Ki Pro Mini, Ki Pro Rack and Ki Pro Quad. HRS KP Automation and the next-level HRS KP Automation PRO are dedicated Mac OSX applications that provide simple, easy control of multiple Ki Pro units.

“HRS KP Automation has been designed from the ground up to enhance the out-of-the-box experience of Ki Pro customers,” says Drew Taylor with HRS Control. “We saw a lot of interest from AJA customers who wanted gang control capabilities for their Ki Pros. They were looking for a simplified, cost-effective solution for Ki Pro only control; they didn’t need to build customized solutions with our UDC (Universal Device Control) product. So we devised a completely new application to control multiple Ki Pros from one location.”

“Our Ki Pro products have been incredibly popular for live event, professional AV and on-set broadcast and film productions. Many customers use multiple Ki Pro’s and we’re pleased that the smart engineers at HRS Control have provided a plug-and-play solution for automating gang configuration, record and playback for AJA’s Ki Pro customers,” said Nick Rashby, president, AJA Video Systems.

Developed for Mac desktop computers, HRS KP Automation is HRS Control’s first Apple desktop based app. “It’s groundbreaking for us,” Taylor says. “All of our other products are Windows-based, but a large majority of Ki Pro users have Apple computers because of the strong ties between AJA and Apple.

“The new app can be downloaded and used right away,” he reports. “There’s no learning curve, and no training is required. You put HRS KP Automation to action immediately.”

HRS KP Automation is a base-level product offering all the features and functionality that most Ki Pro users require and supports Ki Pro, Ki Pro Rack, Ki Pro Quad and Ki Pro Mini. With Ki Pro Automation “you can execute gang playback and record, download clips and do file transfers to your local Mac or network hard drive for back up,” Taylor explains.

Major features of HRS KP Automation include:
* Configuration of unlimited Ki Pros
* Downloading multiple Ki Pro clips to local and network storage
* Gang playback
* Gang stop
* Gang recording
* Gang loading of matching clips
* Loading individual clips, including stop or play after load

The app also displays current time code, current clip name and shows the progress of clip downloads as well as proving users a range of additional status information for each Ki Pro. It also permits scheduling of recording, playback and downloads.

HRS KP Automation PRO includes all the features of HRS KP Automation and more. The PRO version adds RS422 control (supported by Ki Pro, Ki Pro Mini and Ki Pro Rack, but not by Ki Pro Quad) for the ability to load a clip and jump to a specific point in the time code. It also gives you the ability to upload clips from a network or local computer and to transfer clips from Ki Pro to Ki Pro. In addition, it enables users to store hot keys on the fly for any Ki Pro product that load a clip and jump to time code – a playback utility that people with more demanding live productions, such as sports replays, are looking for,” explained Taylor.

The apps’ clean and clear interface design looks and feels familiar to users of AJA Ki Pro products. The layout features two columns. The left-hand column features buttons for transport commands and a download button for each Ki Pro unit. The right-hand column always shows clips on the selected Ki Pro; downloading is tracked with a progress bar. Selecting more than one Ki Pro unit for control triggers gang control with easy one-button execution.

HRS Control will be taking orders for HRS KP Automation at IBC in mid-September and shipping the app after the show. The company is accepting pre-orders for HRS KP Automation PRO, which is expected to release later this year.

“No dongles are required, and customers can sign up for a 30-day free trial before purchasing and downloading the app,” Taylor points out. “HRS KP Automation users can upgrade at any time to the PRO version.

“Ki Pros are great products – their users are really happy with them. We’re proud to provide an automated tool to make multiple Ki Pro systems even easier to use in production environments.”

About High Resolution Systems

High Resolution Systems, known as HRS Control, is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audiovisual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.HRScontrol.com.

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Kyoorius Designyatra 2013: ‘Create Change’ theme delivered for design professionals

See Dataton and Video Design at Booth D90 at InfoComm India 2013

Video Design provides Dataton WATCHOUT to manage event content

This year’s Kyoorius Designyatra event was held from 29-31 August at Goa’s Grand Hyatt Hotel, India. The event was themed ‘Create Change’ attracting high-profile presenters including BARTKRESA design, The Moment Factory and Facebook. Kyoorius Designyatra is one of the top five annual design conferences. Ensuring its success, event partner Engineered Production looked no further than Video Design, Dataton Premium Partner for India to provide technical video products and services including WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage content across multiple displays. At the end of BARTKRESA Design’s presentation on Video Mapping, both Bart Kresa and Vijay Sabhlok at Video Design demonstrated how WATCHOUT can be used to do amazing things with video projections. The session received standing ovations from the audience.

Create Change

“The ‘Create Change’ theme pushed the envelope and challenged professionals to use design as a tool to create real change – change that’s beyond the aesthetic,” said Rajesh Kejriwal, founder and CEO, Kyoorius.

“The event was a tremendous success thanks to the amazing services completed by our event partners, Engineered Production and Video Design.

“Using large-format displays proved vital in educating, informing and telling the story of communication and design to packed audiences of over 1,350 design professionals,” added Kejriwal.

We make it happen

Understanding the client brief and requirements, Jasjeet Singh, director at Engineered Productions said: “We immediately agreed to use WATCHOUT multi-image display and presentation software to enable larger than life presentations and big wow factor.”

Engineered Production and Video Design delivered a solution comprising an impressive 9 x 40 feet wide central front-projection screen (4800 x 1080 pixels) using an array of projectiondesign® F32 series projectors. An additional two 12 x 7.5 feet wide vertical rear-projection screens were positioned on each side (1080 x 1920 pixels) using Christie® HD10K-M digital projectors.

“Despite being a simple and straightforward installation, it did have its technical challenges including the combination different formats and resolutions as well as multiple data capture. In addition, live updates and twitter feeds were required to be shown at the end of every presentation,” explained Vijay Sabhlok, managing partner at Video Design.

“WATCHOUT played a central role and thanks to its ingenuity and flexibility we could achieve a lot in the limited time we had.”

Knowledge transfer: BARTKRESA Design inspires the creative use of projection mapping

Projection design studio, BARTKRESA Design presented a presentation and then followed by a workshop of Video Mapping. Bart Kresa, founder, BARTKRESA Design, said: “Presenting at the Kyoorius Designyatra was a privilege, and it was a great forum for knowledge transfer.”

BARTKRESA design is internationally renowned for delivering unique projection designs to large corporations, movie studios, and multimedia conglomerates, including Oprah Winfrey, Paramount Pictures, the Grammy Awards, HBO, General Motors, Warner Brothers, FOX, and ABC.

Adding to the vibrancy and ‘wow factor’ of the entire event, Video Design provided WATCHOUT and Christie® projectors that were used by BARTKRESA Design to map video onto a pyramid shaped structure in the foyer of Goa’s Grand Hyatt. The pyramid greeted visitors to the event and showcased the potential of video installation art.

Lars Sandlund, chief operating officer at Dataton concluded: “WATCHOUT is the perfect tool for designers and creative professionals to use to manage multiple video displays, audio, live video feeds and much more. We’re delighted that our trusted Premium Partner, Video Design has been so integral in this event using our technology. We look forward to future education hosted by Video Design in India to enrich, enthral and educate video professionals.”

Dataton and Video Design will exhibit at Booth D90 at InfoComm India 2013 at the Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai, India.

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Wisdom Audio and D-Tools Renew MVP Program Partnership

Wisdom Audio product information is now completely updated in System Integrator™ and available to current SI users for immediate use and specification

CONCORD, CA – September 4, 2013 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Wisdom Audio has renewed their participation in the MVP Partnership Program.  Detailed information on of the entire line of Wisdom Audio products are available in D-Tools product database, for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify free of charge. Based in Carson City, Nevada, Wisdom Audio was founded in 1996 and has been a long-standing participant in the D-Tools MVP program. Catering to music lovers and audiophiles alike, Wisdom Audio provides products that offer the highest levels of performance and superior technology.

“From inception, our goal has been to create the finest loudspeaker design and revolutionary technology while maintaining our commitment to providing world-class customer service,” said Todd Sutherland, VP of Marketing for Wisdom Audio. “That same goal extends to our partnership with D-Tools. We are pleased to offer System Integrator™ users our most current product information in order to provide an efficient outlet for them to recommend our solutions to their clients.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“Wisdom Audio has been a longstanding MVP Program participant, and we are thrilled to have them renew for yet another year,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “Our global network of SIX 2013 users are provided a significant advantage through this partnership, as it ensures they have ready access to detailed product information and simplified specification of Wisdom Audio’s highly stylistic and innovative loudspeaker solutions in their project proposals.”

About Wisdom Audio
Wisdom Audio is the leader in designing and manufacturing high-performance planar magnetic transducers for architectural speaker applications with more than 100 man-years experience. Wisdom Audio was founded in 1996 to create no-compromise planar magnetic hybrid loudspeaker systems for the most demanding and critical audiophiles.

Wisdom Audio systems employ proprietary, custom-made planar magnetic and dynamic transducers optimized for high performance, including high-end architectural audio reproduction applications. Its hybrid-technology systems have earned praise and awards from the specialized media, while satisfying a growing base of customers and dealers worldwide. Wisdom Audio’s products, including their multi-award winning Sage Series architectural models, are handcrafted in limited quantities by specialized craftsman at the Company’s headquarters in Carson City, Nevada.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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VISOM DIGITAL SUPPLIES STUDIO TECHNOLOGIES’ IFB PLUS SERIES TO MAJOR BRAZILIAN BROADCASTERS

Visom Digital, a production sales company with a studio division specializing in recording, mixing, post-production film with Foley, ADR, Dubbing, SFX and pre- mixes of stems capabilities, and a systems sales, integration and technical support division, has recently placed Studio Technologies’ IFB Plus Series Interruptible Foldback System with major Brazilian broadcasters to enhance communication flow for OB trucks. Consisting of the Model 2A Central Controller, the Model 22 and Model 24 Access Stations, as well as the Model 32A and Model 33A Talent Amplifiers, the IFB Plus Series brings talent cuing to the next level, allowing reporters and other on-air talent to receive program audio along with audio cues from production personnel.

“The Studio Technologies IFB Plus Series delivers ultra-reliable, high-quality performance to the director, producer or other production associate in need of crystal clear, easy-to-use IFB communication with on-air talent and camera operators,” says Paulo Campos, sales manager for Visom Digital. “The mission of Visom Digital is to work with our clients to understand their particular production needs and, from there, make informed choices of equipment that will best suit those needs. We have successfully placed the IFB Series with a number of major players in the Brazilian broadcast market with great results. With the Studio Technologies IFB unit, our clients have exactly the right tool to accomplish this all-important production communications link.”

The heart of the IFB Plus Series is the Model 2A Central Controller. This one rack-space unit offers a wide range of features particularly optimized for mobile applications. These include two independent IFB channels, an internal interrupt microphone and four program inputs. Two telephone interfaces allow direct connection to telephone lines or standard audio signals. The telephone interfaces can be used to receive and send IFB audio.

Mobile IFB applications present increased challenges as the number and variety of program sources, interrupt sources, and configuration possibilities quickly multiply. Program audio can come from many avenues including off-air receivers, 2-way radios, telephone lines, satellite receivers and cell phones, for example. Interrupt audio (talent cues) may be received with the program material connected via telephone lines or may need to come from the mobile unit itself. The ability to provide IFB audio to a number of destinations is also required. These include talent “beltpack” amplifiers, transmitters used with wireless receivers, and intercom systems. This is where the IFB Plus Series shines.

“IFB Plus delivers all the capabilities necessary to handle even the most complex field operations, taking the technical worry away from this aspect of production workflow,” states Campos. “Now that our clients have a successful experience with Studio Technologies equipment, we are planning to showcase other products that the company makes because their products, like the IFB Plus, work well and solve problems. It doesn’t get better than that.”

About Studio Technologies, Inc.
Studio Technologies, Inc. provides tailored, high-performance video, audio and fiber optic products for the professional audio and broadcast markets. The company was founded in 1978 with a commitment to design and manufacture dependable, individualized solutions for broadcast studio, stadium and corporate environments. Known for “designing for the way professionals work,” the company is recognized as an industry leader that has never wavered from its individualized design pledge. Product categories include fiber-optic transport, broadcast support, mobile broadcast, intercom and IFB, announcer consoles, loudspeaker monitor control systems and sound pressure level monitor systems. For more information, please visit the Studio Technologies website at www.studio-tech.com or call 847.676.9177.

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RTW Rolls Out New Trade-In Program to Support U.S. Calm Act Regulations

LANCASTER, PA, SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 ─ RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, is pleased to announce that RTW International Corp., its Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based facility, is offering a new trade-in/trade-up rebate program to U.S. customers. The rebate is valid on any RTW TouchMonitor audio meters and SurroundControl products purchased between Sept. 1, 2013 and Nov. 30, 2013.

“RTW and RTW International Corp. are very aware of the importance of U.S. broadcast and content creators complying with loudness regulations as outlined in the CALM Act,” says Christopher Spahr, Director of U.S. Sales and Operations, RTW International Corp. “Our trade-in program is a cost-effective way for our customers to upgrade the valuable tools they have come to rely on in order to comply with the CALM ACT. We hope that all of our customers are compelled to take advantage of this limited-time promotion.”

This special program is available to all broadcast and content creators currently operating without the proper loudness measurement tools to ensure compliance with the CALM Act, as stated by the December 1, 2012 ruling. In order to receive a rebate, customers must trade in an equal number of working audio metering products, including non-RTW brands.

The following RTW products are available for RTW’s rebate offer:

TouchMonitor Series
• TM3
• TM3-6CH
• TM3-3G
• TMR7
• TM7
• TM9

SurroundControl Series
• 11900
• 11900SD
• 31900
• 31900SD
• 31960
• 31960SD

For more information about RTW International Corp’s trade-in/trade-up rebate program, please call 877-938-7221 or visit www.rtw.com.

For more information about the CALM Act, please visit: http://www.fcc.gov/document/commercial-advertisement-loudness-mitigation-calm-act-implementation

ABOUT RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s ranges of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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The National Press Club Installs FOR-A’s HVS-4000 Switcher as Part of HD Upgrade

Cypress, CA – The National Press Club in Washington, D.C. has been an institution for more than a century. In addition to being a private club for journalists and communications professionals, the organization also serves as a full-spectrum production house. The club offers video production solutions, and studio and editing facilities to a versatile group of clients that includes everything from public relations and corporate agencies to local PBS stations. When the organization decided to transition one of its two studios to HD, they sought to find a cost-effective production switcher that offered the capabilities they needed, such as multiple M/Es and a number of digital effects and chroma keyer options. The club, whose other studio is equipped with a FOR-A HVS-350HS video switcher, chose FOR-A’s HVS-4000 3 M/E video switcher for its new control room.

“We chose the HVS-4000 because it has all of the bells and whistles without costing a fortune,” said Ryan Dillenbeck, Director of New Technologies, The National Press Club. “We’ve been using a FOR-A HVS-350HS switcher in our other production studio, and have taken it on the road with us for use in flypacks and remote productions. Since we’ve been happy with the performance of the HVS-350HS, upgrading our facility with a larger FOR-A switcher just seemed like a natural progression for us.”

The National Press Club provides a variety of video services to its clients, including Webcasting, satellite media tours, public broadcasting reports, interviews and corporate messaging productions. FOR-A’s HVS-4000 video switcher offers a wide range of features to handle these types of complex video productions, including 3 Gbps support, 2.5D and 3D DVE, up/down converter, external device control, macro function and video file support. The organization has been using the HVS-4000 switcher since the beginning of June, and also recently installed a FOR-A MV-3200 high-resolution multi viewer in its new studio.

Jay Shinn, Northeast Account Manager, FOR-A, said, “The National Press Club is a unique organization that provides a lot of high-end video services. We’re happy that they’re now all FOR-A in terms of production switcher capability, and we look forward to continuing to provide the club with our affordable, reliable technologies.”

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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RTW to Unveil New Loudness Solution and Product Upgrades at IBC 2013

AMSTERDAM, 3 SEPTEMBER, 2013 – RTW, a leading vendor of visual audio meters and monitoring devices for professional broadcast, production, post production and quality control, will debut at IBC 2013 (Stand 8.D92) a new tool for logging, true-peak data analysis and reporting compatible with its TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors. The company will also introduce several new updates to its TouchMonitor and SurroundControl lines of audio measurement products.

“We are thrilled to share our latest advancements in loudness measurement with the international broadcast community once again at IBC,” says Andreas Tweitmann, CEO, RTW. “Whether it’s a brand-new product, such as the new tool we will unveil at IBC this year, or upgrades to our TouchMonitor and SurroundControl series of products, we are always striving to bring forth new technologies and options for users.”

TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors
As part of the recently released SW20013 software, RTW is now shipping a new BLITS (Black & Lane’s Ident Tones for Surround) instrument option for its line of TM7 and TM9 TouchMonitors. The BLITS license option uses the order code SW20013, and requires users to install the current firmware, version 3.10, first.

RTW will also demo its new TM7-HW20714 TouchMonitor, featuring a 3G-SDI interface. RTW developed the interface in response to requests by audio engineers in the broadcast market for a seven-inch audio metering tool compatible with 3G interfacing.

SurroundControl 31900 and 31960 Series
For its flagship product line, RTW will have on hand its latest firmware update V04.00.41 for the Surround Control 31900 and 31960 series, which combines control, analysis and monitoring of eight-channel 5.1 to 7.1 surround sound into one single system. Firmware V04.00.41 supports all current EBU/ITU loudness regulations, including ITU 1770-3. Further, the popular Multicorrelator display offers detailed phase information between all channel-pair combinations. Meanwhile, the LFE correlator is an advanced feature for testing for phase problems between any given channel in respect to LFE.

TM3 and TM3-3G TouchMonitors
The new TM3-SWMC software license for the TM3 line expands the functionality of the TM3 TouchMonitor series with PPM, VU, loudness and a new combination of PPM and loudness moving coil instruments. The moving coil emulation display features vertical or horizontal orientation and numeric and peak indicators with single, double and stereo channel instruments. For stereo groups in the PPM moving coil mode, additional M/S moving coil emulation is selectable.

Finally, offered as part of firmware 2.50 for the TM3 line, users can employ the new Time Test Control sub menu to set the parameters for starting and stopping loudness measurement functions. In addition to a manual control enabled by on-screen keys and/or the GPI interface, full or semi-automatic measurements can also be defined. The Test Time Control option will also be available for the TouchMonitor TM7, TMR7 and TM9 with the actual firmware release.

Users can download all of RTW’s firmware updates for free by logging into RTW’s website: http://www.rtw.de/en/sales-support/manuals-software.html.

About RTW
For more than 45 years, Cologne-based RTW has accompanied the steady technological progress in the professional audio industry with innovative instruments and technologies for visual audio monitoring in broadcast, production, post production and quality control. Its state-of-the-art audio and loudness metering systems have an excellent reputation throughout the world. With groundbreaking products such as the Surround Sound Analyzer, the company has been a key vendor of professional broadcast and audio metering equipment for decades.

RTW’s range of products currently include the SurroundControl series for monitoring, controlling and routing stereo, multichannel and surround audio and the TouchMonitor range, which truly marks a paradigm shift in visual audio monitoring and loudness metering. Combining maximum flexibility and modularity with an intuitive touch-enabled surface and multichannel signal analysis, the TM7 and TM9 units are the essence of many years of experience. The attractively priced TouchMonitor TM3 entry-level system opens new markets, targeting applications such as journalist cubicles, edit suites and small control rooms.

As part of its expansion into the U.S. market, in 2013 RTW established RTW International Corp. in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The new office is the first U.S. location launched by RTW, showing the company’s dedication to supporting its customers and dealer networks in the U.S. The new U.S. office will house all customer service, repair and final product assembly activities for U.S.-based RTW customers.

For more information on RTW, visit www.rtw.de, www.facebook.com/rtw.de or call +49 221 709130. For more information on RTW International Corp., visit www.rtw.com or call 877-938-7221.

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Liberty AV Solutions Renews Partnership in D-Tools MVP Program

Strategic partnership enhances D-Tools MVP Program by offering the complete Liberty AV Solutions product information library to current System Integrator™ users free of charge

CONCORD, CA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Liberty AV Solutions has recently renewed their membership in the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. As such, detailed information on the entire family of Liberty AV Solutions products is now available in D-Tools’ extensive product database, better enabling D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify Liberty AV Solution products as part of their client engagements. Liberty AV Solutions, based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, is an AV supplier of solutions-based products ranging from bulk cable and connectors to custom plates, panels, racks, and signal distribution devices manufactured by its Intelix division.

“Our partnership with D-Tools is an important one, as it ensures that updated product information is made readily available to the entire D-Tools SI user community,” said Ed Jankowski, President of Liberty AV solutions. “It’s important for dealers to have the most up-to-date and complete product information available when they are designing their client projects and we believe that our participation in the D-Tools MVP program not only strengthens our current relationships within the integrator community, but also enables us to communicate the value of our products to a multitude of potential new dealers.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients.

“We are excited that Liberty AV Solutions once again chose to participate in the MVP program,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “As a long-time partner, Liberty AV understands that providing integrators up-to-date product information ultimately makes it easier for them to focus on designing world-class systems for their customers, and that benefits everyone involved.”

About Liberty AV Solutions
Liberty AV Solutions is recognized as a leading supplier of audio-visual integration products, including industry-leading digital solutions. Liberty is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and operates offices in Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina, Wisconsin and Europe. Liberty remains focused on customer service and education while continuing to provide the broadest range of professional AV products available. Liberty AV Solutions is a subsidiary of WESCO Distribution, Inc., a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three-time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting D-Tools online at www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

 

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102                                              

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640                                              

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

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