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The Northstar Session Uses Bose® L1® Systems and B2 Modules for Acoustic Trio Sets

Rising California rock act finds the right blend and harmonies with their L1 systems on stage

Framingham, Massachusetts, September 24, 2013 – California-based rock band The Northstar Session has been thrilling audiences and gaining fans since its formation in 2007. The trio has a rigorous performance schedule with dates on both coasts, and they have earned a strong following for their literate songwriting and sunny harmonies. A key element of their live performance schedule centers on their acoustic trio sets in smaller-to-medium-sized venues, and for these performances, the band uses L1® portable systems and B2 bass modules, along with T1 ToneMatch® audio engines, from Bose® Professional Systems Division.

Matt Szlachetka, the band’s primary guitarist/vocalist, notes, “I think we found really quick that our harmony is our strength. To showcase that, we developed the acoustic trio sets. It’s a really good way for people to latch on to what you’re doing.” Keyboardist/vocalist Dave Basaraba adds, “The easiest way to highlight that was to strip it down and make sure the harmonies can be heard. And there was the Bose L1 system.”

The compact nature of the L1 system simplifies the equipment setup the band has to haul with them. Drummer/vocalist Kane McGee notes, “On the East Coast, we just travel in a pickup truck. We are able to fit everything into the bed of the truck.”

The smaller stages of these venues can also present certain challenges: “A lot of these stages are really tiny. We don’t have a lot of space for amplifiers and stuff, let alone bringing in cumbersome speaker stands and monitors. We’ve got to be able to hear everything,” Basaraba notes. “It’s clubs and coffeehouses and bars. You’re trying to fit everything cohesively on stage, and at the same time make it look presentable,” Szlachetka adds.

The band’s acoustic setup includes L1 systems directly behind McGee and Basaraba, along with a B2 bass module. “We don’t have any feedback issues that way,” Szlachetka notes. “And the B2 bass modules, whether you’re doing a more stripped-down acoustic performance or a larger-scale electric thing, they’re incredibly powerful. They’re fantastic.”

“I’ve never heard anything like the L1 systems ever in any P.A. system I’ve ever used,” notes McGee. Basaraba says, “The mix and clarity of the instruments that you get with the Bose L1 system and using the ToneMatch mixers is incomparable.” Szlachetka notes, “The reason that we’re able to soundcheck usually in about ten minutes is because of the presets on the ToneMatch engine, and then that gives us more time to relax and focus on the performance.” McGee adds, “You’re not thinking about the sound. It’s already there. It’s done. You’re just having fun.”

“Having the consistent sound all the time, it’s incredibly important,” Szlachetka continues. “People always comment, ‘You guys sound amazing!’ A lot of times they’ll look around and go, ‘Where’s your P.A. system?’”

Musically, the setup lets them find the right groove on stage. “We’re virtually hearing what the audience is hearing, so that makes it really easy to harmonize, Basaraba notes. “With the L1 systems we’re all experiencing it together. You tend to feed off the audience response and give them a little more, and they give you a little more back. It’s a conversation.”

Szlachetka sums it up: “It’s been allowing us to connect with audiences on a higher level. For what we’re doing it’s like the best P.A. we could possibly use.”

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Photo Caption: California-based rock band The Northstar Session, which uses L1® portable systems and B2 bass modules, along with T1 ToneMatch® audio engines, from Bose® Professional Systems Division. Photo courtesy of The Northstar Session. © 2013

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Upcoming 135th AES Convention’s “Sound For Picture” Workshops Will Feature the Sound Shapers for the Primetime EMMY® Award-Winning Reality Show Deadliest Catch

— Re-recording Mixer/Sound Designer Bob Bronow and Picture Editor Josh Earl, both multiple Primetime EMMY® award winners, will showcase the tools and the techniques used season after season from sound captured in one of the most challenging production environments on earth —

— Presentation on Original Productions’ Deadliest Catch is part of the new workshop track “Sound For Picture” at the AES Convention in New York City —

New York, NY, September 24, 2013 — Since it premiered in 2005, The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch has drawn in millions of viewers and reeled in numerous awards, including the two EMMY® Awards for Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-camera). At the upcoming 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City), key personnel from the audio team for the program will be there with a two-hour presentation on how they take sound from what is perhaps the most difficult audio environment this side of a war zone and shape it into one of the most compelling narratives on television. As part of the “Sound For Picture” track at the convention, chaired by acclaimed film sound department professional Brian McCarty (On Golden Pond, The Big Lebowski, Dick Tracy, others), Re-recording Mixer/Sound Designer Bob Bronow and Picture Editor Josh Earl will showcase the tools and the techniques they use to build the show out of a mass of raw audio shot far out to sea.

Bob Bronow has been honored with two Primetime EMMY Awards and four CAS Awards for his work on the show. In addition to mixing all nine seasons of Deadliest Catch, his credits includes Ax Men, The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man, The Colony, 1000 Ways to Die, and the feature documentary The Wrecking Crew. Josh Earl has earned three EMMY Awards for Outstanding Picture Editing For Reality Programming and an American Cinema Editors’ Eddie Award for his work on Deadliest Catch. He has been part of the production team for seven years and is getting ready for Season 10 of Deadliest Catch. A member of the American Cinema Editors, Josh’s work has been seen associated with Discovery, AMC, Fox, Disney, Pixar, MTV, Epix, A&E, and History.

Together, Bronow and Earl form an innovative team that can sift through the raw audio recorded under some of the most extreme conditions on earth aboard the crab boats working around the Aleutian Islands port of Dutch Harbor where, as the show’s title indicates, the inherent risk of injury or death is always present. Because of a lack of space, the boats do not have someone acting as audio mixer. Audio is recorded using wireless microphones worn by the fishermen, and through shotgun microphones attached to the cameras.

“What Bob and Josh are able to accomplish is incredible,” observes Brian McCarty, who approached them to be part of the “Sound For Picture” track at the AES Convention. “Sound for picture has not gotten the attention it has deserved over the last several decades; as an organization the AES is committed to changing that. With this convention we’ll be presenting a wide range of sound-for-picture applications to the audience, with sessions that feature different OSCAR®- and/ EMMY-nominated/winning figures discussing their craft and the latest technology and techniques used for sound capture, mixing, editing, loudness and more. To have the two engineers who have made the sound for Deadliest Catch so amazing as the centerpiece for the track is fantastic.”

“Sound For Picture” Track features include:

Cinema Sound – Test Evaluation & Screen Performance
Cinema Sound Masterclasses on:
Music Production for Film – A Masterclass
Sound Design for Film – A Masterclass
Dialog Editing & Mixing for Film – A Masterclass
World-Class Cinema Sound Mixers Discuss Their Craft
Sound for Reality Television – Reality Is Hard Work!
Creative Dimension of Immersive Sound – Sound in 3D
Film Soundtrack Loudness – Control and Standardization

“When they come to the reality show audio workshop, people are going to hear audio problem solving of the highest order,” says McCarty. “The audio for Deadliest Catch is captured under constantly changing circumstances, and Bob and Josh have to adapt to all of those changes as they put together a consistently great-sounding show. At this workshop, you’ll learn practical knowledge and you’ll be greatly entertained. That’s a winning combination.”

For a full roster of AES “Sound For Picture” Track presentations, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/soundforpictures/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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Photo Caption 1: Bob Bronow, Re-recording Mixer/Sound Designer for Deadliest Catch.

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Photo Caption 2: Josh Earl, Picture Editor for Deadliest Catch.

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Photo Caption 3: An action shot taken during filming for Deadliest Catch Season 9. Photo courtesy of Discovery Networks. © 2013.

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Sir Elton John Shines in Denmark with HARMAN’s Martin MAC Viper Profiles

AARHUS, Denmark — Lighting Designer Andrew Pygott was pleased to learn Danish rental company Comtech began offering HARMAN’s Martin MAC Viper Profile and designed a Martin rig for Sir Elton John’s show at Denmark’s Resenlund Park composed of the high-output profiles.

“I was very interested in giving the Viper Profiles a go ever since a demo at our Barnsley headquarters in England,” says Pygott, who incorporated the Martin fixtures into the rig as the primary spots on the show, part of Elton John’s “40th Anniversary of the Rocket Man” tour.

“Its size-to-light output ratio and the good selection of stock gobos available made it an excellent fixture to clone and easily create multiple looks during the show,” Pygott says. “The Vipers are also remarkably fast on function including movement, which is outstanding for its size.”

Pygott positioned the Vipers on five of six aerial trusses, as well as on vertical towers at the rear of the stage. The tower positions and upstage truss had a pair of MAC Aura’s surrounding them to give a number of nice looks with the gobo beam emitting between the Auras.

Jes Hylby Christensen of Comtech commented, “I chose the Viper because of the efficiency of the fixture according to dimensions of the stage and the stability it offers in ‘outdoor’ environments. An important factor is also the weight-to-output ratio, which is impressive. In my opinion, the combination of Vipers and MAC III was the best solution for the job.”

Pygott thanks Comtech’s Kristian Holm Nielsen (Chief Technician), Jens Olsen (Project Manager) and Jes Hylby Christensen (Project Coordinator), “Who were able to quickly meet my requirements and provide a safe, well-positioned and fully functioning rig with great ease, making my trip to Denmark a pleasure.” He also thanks Omar Grundy, a colleague at Innovation Productions (www.innovation-productions.com), for his continued assistance.

Martin Equipment:
• 30 x MAC Viper Profile™
• 22 x MAC Aura™
• 29 x MAC 2000 Wash XB™
• 14 x MAC III Profile™
• 2 x Jem AF-1™ fan

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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Cleerline to Showcase IAV LightSpeaker Wireless Speaker Systems for Indoor and Outdoor Use at CEDIA EXPO 2013

Award-winning IAV LightSpeaker® and AudioRock® speaker systems are available now throughout the United States and Mexico

MISSOULA, MT and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO – Booth #2518) – September 25, 2013 — Cleerline, a US distributor of IAV LightSpeaker® products today announced that the company will showcase both the IAV LS5.2.2 LightSpeaker® System and the IAV RS5.2.0 Wireless AudioRock® System at CEDIA EXPO 2013, in Denver, CO September 26-28, 2013.

IAV LightSpeaker® is a patented speaker system that combines efficient LED lighting and wireless sound into a single unit that installs like a light bulb. A unique product utilizing patented AudioLight® Technology, LightSpeaker® combines an LED light and a high-quality loudspeaker that installs like a light bulb. Designed to fit into most 5” and 6” (R30 or R40) recessed lighting fixtures. They also can be used in common lamps, by adding an optional LampKit®. Utilizing a proprietary 2.4 GHz wireless technology that is discreet from the home network, LightSpeaker serves as a robust audio network. The full range driver has been customized to maximize the available air volume and digital signal processing to deliver the best possible sound, with depth, clarity and range.

The Wireless AudioRock® System is intended to easily install in any outdoor location without any expensive and complicated wiring. A typical system can be installed in just a few minutes without running any additional wires. The system includes a Wireless transmitter with two (2) Source Inputs and two (2) Separate Zone Outputs. Additional AudioRocks or LightSpeakers can be added to the transmitter or system as desired.

Cleerline will be demonstrating IAV LightSpeaker products for CEDIA EXPO 2013 attendees September 26-28, 2013 in booth #2518. Interested parties are encouraged to connect with IAV LightSpeaker by visiting www.iavlightspeaker.com, calling (877) 591-2491, or emailing info@iavlightspeaker.com. Follow IAV LightSpeaker on Twitter at twitter.com/IAVLightSpeaker.

About Cleerline

Cleerline Technology Group is a Missoula, MT based distributor of unique technology solutions for Commercial and Residential Integrators that maximize efficiency, complete system installations, and increase their bottom line. www.pwcis.com

About IAV LightSpeaker

In an age where multi-room audio is accessible to almost anyone, IAV LightSpeaker® sparked the beginning of both a new era and a new category. Utilizing patented AudioLight® technology, the LightSpeaker® line combines an LED light and a high-quality loudspeaker that delivers a simplified audio experience unlike any other. Designed to install like a light bulb and constructed to fit into most 5” and 6” recessed lighting fixtures, LightSpeaker also serves as a robust yet discreet audio network that provides rich sound that is full of clarity and range. Using only 10 watts to produce light bright enough to replace up to a 65-watt bulb, LightSpeaker is highly efficient and capable of lasting up to 15 years. Evolving to meet the needs of a varied consumer audience, the Company added AudioRock® speakers to the lineup for portable outdoor use during the summer of 2013.

More information about IAV LightSpeaker can be obtained by calling (877) 591-2491, e-mailing info@iavlightspeaker.com, or by visiting www.iavlightspeaker.com. Follow IAV LightSpeaker on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/IAVLightspeaker/279480795490860 and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/IAVLightSpeaker.

IAV LightSpeaker Press Contacts: 

Krista Bergman

IAV LightSpeaker

(877) 591-2491

krista@iavlightspeaker.com

www.iavlightspeaker.com

 

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Blokhed Studios Makes A Smart Move To HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 Digital Live Sound Console

DEER PARK, New York – When it comes to sound quality, Blokhed Studios owner Tom Stiegler is no fool. A drummer, recording, mastering and live sound engineer, Stiegler is a self-described “sonic perfectionist” who didn’t want to make the move to live digital mixing until it met his standards. When HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console hit the market Stiegler found what he’d been waiting for.

Stiegler was “really excited” when digital live sound consoles started to become more affordable a few years ago. However, excitement turned to disappointment when he first heard one of those earlier models. “I hated it,” was his reaction, finding it thin sounding and impractical to use because the faders had to be zeroed out whenever they needed to be reset. He shied away from trying a digital console again until recently, as prices came down and more manufacturers including Soundcraft entered the market.

This time, Stiegler was more wary and spent a lot of time “obsessively researching my options” and making sonic comparisons. “Soundcraft was on my list. I always had faith in their mic preamps, and the new Si Expression Series looked like it had the features I needed. The Si Expression 2 was price-competitive with other comparable brands.” After comparing various digital consoles in his price range, Stiegler chose the Si Expression 2 for its superior sound quality and feature set. “I’m a mixing and mastering engineer,” he noted. “I hear everything. What seems like a little bit of a sonic difference to others is a big amount to me.”

Stiegler does a lot of live sound work for local Long Island and New York Metro area bands at outdoor and indoor gigs, where bands have come to rely on him for his ability to get a good-sounding mix no matter where they’re playing—even in clubs with less-than-stellar acoustics and house sound systems. “I feel that local bands should have a live sound mix that’s as good as any national act,” he emphasized. Easier said than done in some venues, which is why Stiegler often brings in extra PA gear and appreciates the Si Expression 2’s ability to adapt to any live sound situation.

In the hectic environment of club sound, Stiegler will often have to set up the Si Expression 2 in less than an hour—or even have only minutes to build a mix. He finds the console to be adept at getting him where he needs to be fast, thanks to its motorized faders, logical layout and features like Soundcraft’s simple, timesaving cue/snapshot system that lets Stiegler instantly recall any board settings from any club he’s ever worked in – “a beautiful thing.” Equally useful is Soundcraft’s TOTEM™ (The One-Touch Easy Mix) system that reconfigures the console and allows users to press a single key to mix to an AUX, FX or Matrix bus.

Stiegler noted that all the compression, EQ, noise gate and other controls he needs the most are at his fingertips, with the “analog section” of the console right at the top and the touchscreen interface providing ready access to desired functions. Stiegler finds the FaderGlow™ color-coded illuminated faders a lifesaver in clubs where front of house is thrown into near-darkness when the house lights go down.

The Si Expression 2’s iPad compatibility gives Stiegler the ability to make adjustments to the console from anywhere in the room—an extremely useful feature that lets him adjust the mix from anywhere in the venue and set each musician’s monitor mix from the musician’s on-stage position.

In making the move from analog to digital, Stiegler found there was a learning curve, but not too big a one. “The Si Expression 2 is not that hard to learn. The biggest mistake you can make is walking into it thinking it’s going to be too complicated. If you’re thinking about buying a digital console in this price range, the Si Expression 2 is the one to get—it’s not even a question,” he concluded.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Alcorn McBride Adds Dante Option to Binloop Family of Audio and Video Players

Alcorn McBride is pleased to announce that its Binloop family of products (Digital Binloop, A/V Binloop, A/V Binloop HD) has added Dante as an option to the product line. The Binloop is the industry standard for perfectly synchronized A/V playback. The products can synchronize up to 32-channels of audio (sample accurate), 16-channels of Standard-Definition video (frame-accurate), and 8-channels of HD video (frame-accurate) without any need for an external sync source or control system. Multiple Binloop products can be combined to achieve more audio and video channels. These scalable devices offer flexible control along with audio options for Cobranet and now Dante.

Alcorn McBride partnered with Audinate to offer Dante, its patented media networking solution that makes digital media networking easy. Dante delivers a no hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network using standard Internet Protocols Gigabit Ethernet. It distributes digital audio plus integrated control data with sub millisecond latency, sample-accurate playback synchronization, extreme reliability and high channel counts. Dante has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in fixed installations, live sound, broadcast and recording applications globally.

“The addition of Dante provides a higher channel count and lower latency, and in a distributed audio system lower latency means greater accuracy,” says Alcorn McBride director of sales, Larry Howard. “Dante will also incorporate the AVB (AV Bridging) protocol in the future to complement Dante’s rich feature set. Dante puts us on a good path to the future.”

Dante has become the fastest growing networking solution, Howard notes. “By offering the Dante option we gain more access to our customers who are designing Dante networks. Customers will be able to network Binloop products with their Dante-enabled systems.”

Dante is also expected to open up a new client base for the Binloop family in the U.S. “Our customers have traditionally been theme parks, amusement parks and museums,” says Howard. “Dante tends to be used in live staging, theater and corporate events. Customers in those market segments may have digital consoles with Dante inputs, so coming out with Binloops that can go straight into their consoles will give us a big advantage.”

Dante makes networking a true plug-and-play process with automatic device discovery and system configuration so users can skip complicated, error-prone set up procedures. Dante is built on global networking standards, including Internet Protocols – not just Ethernet. Dante technology works as an IT network capable of transporting professional-quality audio with no limits on layout options. Latency is extremely low with Dante, whether users choose to run their Dante network with fixed latency or optimized latency.

Alcorn McBride’s Binloop product offers customers a unique solution for playback systems that are not currently available today,” says Dave Anderson, Director of Sales Audinate. “Alcorn McBrides’s decision to incorporate Dante into the Binloop family of products will be a welcome addition and can be easily added to a larger existing installed base of Dante systems.”

“Offering the Dante option in our Binloop family of products is a win-win proposition,” Howard concludes. “Binloop customers get immediate advantages in performance, Alcorn McBride gains access to new customers around the world and new market segments in the U.S., and Dante positions all of us to interoperate today with a vast Dante ecosystem from over 100 manufacturers products, or with products for the coming AVB network.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

Screen Innovations Announces Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film; a Proprietary Projection Screen Solution for Commercial and Residential Installations

 

New adhesive-based screen lineup to be unveiled at CEDIA EXPO Being Held September 26-28, 2013 in Denver, Colorado

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO booth #3331) September 25, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that a new film-based projection screen material aptly named Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film has been added to the acclaimed Black Diamond™ line. Known for being the first and only multi-directional ambient light rejecting screen technology on the market, Black Diamond by Screen Innovations has forever changed the way the world watches television, movies and other video-based content. Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film takes the experience to a new level, providing integrators a highly versatile solution for both residential and commercial environments. A light-diffusing rear projection film that can be applied to any transparent surface to create a dynamic digital display, it has unmatched light rejection and creates contrast levels ideal for retail and in-window displays, exhibits and tradeshows, corporate lobbies, boardrooms, houses of worship, and even home cinema.

Sold as a viable alternative to flat panel TVs and other displays, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film is available in 60”x99’ rolls that ship on a 2” core or it can be purchased laminated to glass or acrylic as a finished solution. Highly versatile, it can be deployed in many residential locations that would otherwise be deemed unusable for a home cinema.  A typical installation might be on an attic wall or even a garage wall for a unique outdoor movie experience, but the options are extensive. Delivering a large-format home cinema with a superior picture quality and a price point that is much lower than available flat panel offerings even when the projector price is factored in. For commercial applications, the options are profound; retail stores; restaurants and bars; event centers; houses of worship; digital signage; and more. The options and opportunities that Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film delivers are virtually limitless.

Video: http://vimeo.com/74468069

URL: http://www.screeninnovations.com/screen-materials/black-diamond-rear-pro-film-1-4/

“We developed Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film to be a blank canvas of sorts. One that integrators can creatively use to craft a unique and memorable experience for clients who have the space to accommodate a large format rear-projection screen,” said Ryan Gustafson, president and founder of Screen Innovations. “This is an inspired solution that delivers a fully immersive experience, no matter where it’s applied or used.”

Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film is 4K rated and available in .8 and 1.4 gains. Utilizing SI’s proprietary multi-directional ambient light rejecting technology, Black Diamond Rear-Pro Film features a wide viewing cone and eliminates the need for a dark, dedicated entertainment space, thereby allowing two-piece projection to exist in high brightness areas anywhere, anytime.

Those interested in learning more about Black Diamond™ Rear-Pro Film and the family of SI screen solutions are encouraged to visit booth #3331 at CEDIA EXPO 2013.

For detailed information on the SI line, to find local area dealers, or to access screen calculators and other useful specification and ordering tools, visit www.screeninnovations.com, email sales@screeninnovations.com, or call (512) 832-6939.

About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any application.

More information about Screen Innovations can be obtained by visiting www.screeninnovations.com, e-mailing sales@screeninnovations.com, or by calling (512) 832-6939. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations, and on Vimeo at www.vimeo.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

E. Katye@kmbcomm.com

O. (406) 446-1283

C. (425) 328-8640

T. @katyemcgregor

W. www.kmbcomm.com

Press kits: www.kmbcomm.com/press

 

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NEW D-TOOLS DTCONNECT FEATURE DELIVERS HIGHLY VALUABLE INTEGRATED ANALYTICS AND UNIFIED COMMUNICATIONS

MVP Program Partners and D-Tools User Community Can Now Effectively Interact, Communicate, and Collaborate Within the D-Tools System Integrator SIX 2013 Software Environment

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 25, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the Company will soon launch a new feature called DTConnect that provides highly valuable integrated analytics and communication systems for manufacturers and the D-Tools user community from within the D-Tools System Integrator software environment. DTConnect enables timely pricing updates, special offers, and other information relevant to users of D-Tools’ award-winning SIX 2013 platform. D-Tools will unveil DTConnect during CEDIA EXPO 2013 being held September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

A highly valuable enhancement, D-Tools DTConnect provides significant benefits for MVP Program partners:

  • Download Statistics: DTConnect lets MVP Program partners (MVPs) track how many dealers are downloading product data by day, month, or year, and also which specific products are being downloaded most often.
  • Dealer Contact Information: DTConnect allows MVPs to identify integrators that are downloading product information in order to spot trends and better serve customers.
  • Direct Messaging: DTConnect gives MVP partners the ability to create and send messages directly to dealers through the D-Tools SIX 2013 Data Browser, publish dealer pricing, inform dealers of the latest product news, or post completed system designs to make dealers even more effective.
  • Product Catalog Management: DTConnect allows MVPs to review and make simple changes to their product catalog, or download their entire catalog and send detailed changes to D-Tools.
  • Update Company Profile: DTConnect enables MVPs to update their company logo, boilerplate message, and social media links. Changes made will be seen by D-Tools users across the platform, including on the D-Tools website and in SIX 2013.

DTConnect is also an effective tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners to enhance and accelerate their sales and marketing strategies in the following ways:

  • Includes MVP product data in D-Tools SIX 2013, a powerful and effective sales solution now being used by more than 4,400 system integrators worldwide.
  • MVPs can transmit accurate, up-to-date dealer pricing information to authorized dealers downloading product data to use within D-Tools.
  • MVPs can communicate directly to dealers through the D-Tools Data Browser, to help generate new business for their products.

“DTConnect is a feature we’ve been developing for some time that benefits the entire D-Tools ecosystem. It is designed to improve visibility, scope, reach, and results for MVP Program partners and integrators alike,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “We’re confident that this (DTConnect) new feature set will be quickly realized as a highly valuable tool for D-Tools MVP Program partners that helps them not only expand their business through D-Tools’ ever-growing user base, but also to facilitate detailed usage reports and trend analysis to refine their approach and improve their bottom-line results. This expanded scope strategically positions D-Tools as more than a workflow-enhancing platform, but rather a business-enhancing, profit-generating software solution.”

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. D-Tools DTConnect will be unveiled during CEDIA EXPO September 26th – 28th at the Colorado Convention Center in D-Tools booth #922. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

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 Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for 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 about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting 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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IHIJI ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF NEARLY 100 NEW FEATURES AND ENHANCEMENTS FOR CEDIA EXPO 2013

Award-winning ihiji invision system extensively updated to provide expanded remote network monitoring and management capabilities

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji announced today the addition of nearly 100 new features to its award winning cloud-based remote network monitoring and management system, ihiji invision. These extensive additions and enhancements provide even more valuable resources to technology integrators and IT professionals, further assisting them in improving efficiencies and creating a sustainable stream of recurring revenue. The newly increased versatility of the ihiji invision system facilitates remote management, monitoring and maintenance capabilities of an even wider variety of technologies deployed in the field than ever before.

Several of ihiji’s newest features will be showcased at the 2013 CEDIA Expo in Denver, Colo., from September 26 to 28. Included are ihiji invision’s expanded IT support tools that increase visibility and provide secure access to remote installations. Other additions include new manufacturer integrations, detailed user permissions, Power over Ethernet (PoE) reboots and robust remote management functionalities. ihiji will also be sharing new and improved ways to economically implement its services and will discuss the many benefits that can be derived through Client Care Plans, such as those that ihiji launched earlier this year.

ihiji’s NetNinjas will also be on display. The NetNinjas are a powerful set of features that allow for simple, one-click, cloud-based reboots of devices such as routers, switches, control processors, PoE devices, IP power devices, and touch panels – all from within the ihiji invision system. ConnectNinja is the newest addition to the NetNinjas suite and is used to establish a secure remote connection with any device on a customer’s network. This support mechanism will provide full remote access to integrators and eliminates the need for complex VPN connections or insecure port forwarding. The ConnectNinja also complements the ihiji invision portal’s newer features, such as fully enabled manageable user permissions across individual sites, which is used to heighten secure site access control.

Furthermore, ihiji has developed new integrations to enable cloud-based monitoring and remote reboot capabilities for DirecTV and Sonos devices as well as products from companies such as SnapAV, Panamax, Middle Atlantic, Pakedge, Planet, Control4, Crestron, Richard Gray’s Power Company and more. “At ihiji, our primary focus is to facilitate a far more robust and secure environment for integrators working in the residential, commercial, and information technology channels.” said ihiji Vice President of Technology, Michael Maniscalco. “We’ve worked tirelessly over the last year to deliver on the promises we’ve made, providing scalable, cloud-based technologies that will best support the fully converged AV/ IT marketplace.” ihiji’s new features focus on the critical task of providing technology integrators and IT Professionals more transparency as to the status of connected devices while improving security in their system core management.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 during CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520.

About ihiji
ihiji is the only zero-maintenance, cloud-based, remote network management solution for IT professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses a low-cost, palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized, web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. Subsequently, ihiji’s customers become more proactive and efficient, eliminating up to 50% of service calls while simultaneously increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solutions provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or follow ihiji on twitter @ihiji.

ihiji Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

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New ihiji ConnectNinja Simplifies Secure Remote Network Access and Eliminates the Need for VPN or Unsecure Port Forwards

Technology integrators and IT professionals immediately benefit from the new remote access features

AUSTIN, TX and DENVER, CO (CEDIA Expo booth #3459) – September 25, 2013 – ihiji®, a global leader in remote network management, today announced the release of a new feature enhancement called ConnectNinja. Available now, ConnectNinja allows authorized network technicians simple and secure remote access to troubleshoot and configure their client’s devices and networks through the ihiji invision web portal. ihiji invision, a cloud-based remote network management system, simplifies the work of IT Professionals and technology integrators worldwide. Utilizing an intuitive central dashboard, ihiji invision users can detect, diagnose and resolve network issues, saving the time and cost of troubleshooting or rolling a truck.

With ihiji ConnectNinja, users can now resolve more complex issues by accessing devices through the invision portal without the need for VPNs or unsecure port forwards. Tunneling connections into the device through ihiji’s servers, ConnectNinja passes securely through firewalls, connecting users directly to the LAN devices.  The ConnectNinja functionality extends ihiji’s already powerful NetNinja Suite, which collectively serves to remotely resolve issues with networks and devices. Its counterparts include the PowerNinja, which remotely reboots IP power units; SwitchNinja, which remotely power cycles PoE ports; and StealthNinja, which provides direct soft-reboots of devices.

“We’ve done the heavy-lifting by forming a secure connection from the appliance back to our server, so communications are encrypted and secure,” said ihiji CEO Stuart Rench.  “With the addition of the ConnectNinja, ihiji invision is an even more valuable asset for IT Professionals and technology integrators focusing on efficient and proactive customer service. The secure remote access feature cuts both time and money spent on troubleshooting or deploying technicians, fully complementing invision’s remote network monitoring functionality.

ConnectNinja makes its debut at the 2013 CEDIA Expo where it will be launched and included as a part of the ihiji invision solution for no additional cost.  ihiji’s zero-maintenance cloud-based architecture means that the feature will be available with no additional patches or upgrades needed by the dealer.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit ihiji in booth #3459 at CEDIA Expo 2013, write to info@ihiji.com or call (512) 538-0520. More information can also be found at www.ihiji.com.

About ihiji

ihiji is the only zero maintenance cloud-based remote network management solution for IT Professionals and technology integrators. The award-winning ihiji invision solution is easy to set up, uses low-cost a palm-sized appliance as the only onsite hardware, and gives service providers a centralized web-based dashboard with visibility into multiple client networks at once. ihiji’s customers become more efficient and proactive, eliminate up to 50% of service calls, and become more valuable to their clients, while increasing recurring revenue and protecting profits. A global solution provider, the privately held company is based in Austin, Texas. To learn more, visit www.ihiji.com or on twitter @ihiji.
ihiji Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

O. (406) 446.1283

C. (425) 328.8640

E. Katye@KMBComm.com

T. @katyemcgregor

 

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