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Silver Jeans Co. Enhances Shopping Experience with YCD Technology and ScreenPlay Content Services

New York, November 14, 2013 – YCD Multimedia, a leading global provider of smart digital signage solutions, today announced that Silver Jeans Co.™, a producer of high quality and well-fitting jeans in the mid luxury denim market, has installed YCD’s content management system (YCD|CMS) as the engine behind a new in-store concept. The new concept uses music and video wall technology to build customer loyalty within a multi-sensory environment that captures attention and shares the Silver Jeans’ story. The concept store at The Woodlands Mall in Woodlands, Texas, is the first of several stores marking Silver Jeans’ transition to exclusive brick-and-mortar retail. All content management strategy and services are planned and controlled by ScreenPlay Entertainment.

The 1,536 square foot “loft” concept store highlights the latest collection from Silver Jeans Co.™ and offers consumers a personalized approach to a full range of the company’s apparel. The highly stylized store is designed to give a feeling of being timeless and comfortable, just like Silver Jeans Co.™ products. The “loft” concept offers a central sitting area that faces a media wall, as the store’s centerpiece, a design layout that will be part of the store architecture at Silver Jeans’ new retail locations.

YCD and ScreenPlay partnered to provide the sight and sound for this experience. The audio-visual concept needed to be designed carefully to complement the brand’s classic, yet cutting edge feel. To provide the media, ScreenPlay crafted a custom program that encompasses music videos, as well as the store’s branded media pieces. The goal was to create an audio visual experience that would give both staff and customers an opportunity to hear music with a “you heard it here first” feel. The challenge was to meld breaking indie rock with timeless classics to create a musical fusion indicative of the Silver Jeans brand.

“Music has been an integral part of denim culture and our show celebrates that relationship our way,” said Darren James, Senior Director of Retail Operations, Silver Jeans Co. “The decision was all about Brand and we believe the indie music scene celebrates our ‘Independent and Free’ brand value. The artistic nature of the video content celebrates the expression of one’s ‘true self’. ScreenPlay fundamentally understood the sound of our brand on the first pass.”

“When programming music videos, it’s not as simple as choosing a song,” said Erik Chillman, Director of Programming at ScreenPlay Entertainment. “You need to select assets that have the same visual feel as the brand itself. Having the largest indie music video catalog available gave us flexibility with the programming and we reached out to the labels to source and deliver the content in HD.”

“The use of audio-visual media is increasingly becoming an integral part of the environment that characterizes the world of today’s shopping,” said Sam Losar, President of YCD USA. “The buying process in the clothing, footwear and many other industries combines messaging to the client during his visit to the store, to strengthen the brand and assist in his decision making, as well as to entertain him, to make his stay an enjoyable experience.”

In addition to customer-oriented content, YCD software offers an on-demand playback method that allows management to use the media wall as an internal communication tool, displaying training videos and corporate messaging to help ensure that store personnel are aware of products and promotions in order to improve customer service.

About YCD Multimedia

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

About ScreenPlay Entertainment

Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, ScreenPlay is the source of the largest music video library licensed for business. Representing hundreds of labels, new content is acquired daily and you won’t find a larger back catalog anywhere in the word. Over 9,000 locations receive ScreenPlay content monthly. We seek technology partners who allow us to deliver the content on the most innovated platforms available. ScreenPlay is a highly client focused company and we aim to provide the best customer service in the business. Our clients include Station Casinos, Family Video, Hard Rock Café, Norwegian Cruise Lines and many others.

About Silver Jeans Co.™

Silver Jeans Co.™ is a division of Western Glove Works, a family-owned business that has produced quality denim products for 90 years. In 1991, Michael Silver parlayed the family’s vast denim experience into its own branded label and created Silver Jeans Co.™ Over the past 20 years, Silver Jeans Co.™ has become known by its devotees as the must-have brand for those who demand a perfect fit from their jeans. Currently headed by Allen Kemp, and designed by Janice Marks, the brand is a time-tested collection that blends modern and vintage details with intricate washes and creative designs. Silver Jeans Co.™ gives its fashion-savvy but cost-conscious customer the latest styles and best quality at a price that he or she can afford. Today the collection has grown to an international lifestyle brand offering men’s, women’s and extended size denim and denim-related sportswear to markets worldwide. Silver Jeans Co.™ products are sold in the US at independent retailers such as M. Fredric, specialty chains such as Buckle, and major department stores such as Nordstrom, Macy’s and Dillard’s.

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

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Barix Promotes Frank Frederiksen to COO

New role puts focus on IP solutions development and company operations

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, November 14, 2013 — IP audio and control specialist Barix has promoted Frank Frederiksen to COO following a successful 15 months as Vice President of Product Marketing and Strategy. His promotion, effective immediately, represents part of the strategic process at Barix to build a strong management team that will lead the company to new growth. He reports directly to Barix CEO Ronni Guggenheim.

Since coming to Barix, Frank has focused on enhancing the user experience for customers through streamlined solutions that simplify ease of use and installation. He oversaw the development and rollout of Barix’s recently-introduced IP Paging ecosystem, which eliminates complex configuration processes in favor of a plug-and-play solution where Barix devices self-configure automatically.

Frank will continue to oversee product management at Barix while working to enhance company operations, with an emphasis on improved logistics, manufacturing and fulfillment to more effectively meet customer demand. As a result, he expects Barix to strengthen its focus on complete solutions and better vertical integration.

“IP streaming has entered the mainstream, and many of our customers need more than capable hardware devices; they need a complementary environment around those devices to control, manage and monitor their entire systems,” said Frederiksen. “We have simplified interfaces and improved ease of use over the past year so that our customers don’t need to be IT experts. And there are exciting developments on the horizon that will better position Barix as a complete IP solutions provider.”

Barix’s global product management and logistics/fulfillment teams will report to Frank, and he expects to leverage this opportunity to build a more flexible production environment. “I look forward to establishing a stronger link between defining products and bringing them to market,” he said. “The combination of overseeing products and production responsibilities is a good basis for driving operations and budget.”

Barix: The Voice of Simplicity (www.barix.com)
Barix AG, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, specializes in the research and development of state-of-the-art IP based communication and control technology. The company is a long-term and reliable supplier of IP audio and control devices, with more than 150,000 devices shipped in its first decade of business. Barix products are stand-alone and able to remotely connect worldwide over standard networks/Internet, offering new and improved solutions to the commercial audio distribution, communication and automation industries. Barix products provide solutions in Audio over IP (audio distribution and monitoring, communication, security) and automation (remote controlling, monitoring and maintenance).

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

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Bose® Now Shipping RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 Small-Format Loudspeaker

Company ships new small-format loudspeaker with RoomMatch® mid/high sonic character, perfect for high-quality foreground music, under-balcony, zone fill and vocal-range floor monitor applications

Framingham, Massachusetts, November 13, 2013 – Bose® Professional Systems Division is now shipping the RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 small-format sound-reinforcement loudspeaker. The RMU208 is designed for use in high-quality foreground music, under-balcony, zone fill and vocal-range floor monitor applications in performing arts centers, civic auditoriums, houses of worship, secondary education and college auditoriums, dance clubs, hospitality and more.

The loudspeaker features a single Bose EMB2 compression driver (with 2.0-inch voice coil) to provide mid/high-frequency voicing similar to the RoomMatch full-range array modules. The EMB2 driver features a patented phase plug that lowers distortion and allows the use of a lower crossover frequency to improve vocal sound quality.

Dual Bose LF8 8-inch woofers (with 2.0-inch, extended-excursion voice coils) provide full-range output down to 80 Hz (+/-3 dB), and a 90° x 60° constant-directivity high-frequency horn provides wide, even coverage and may be rotated 90° in the enclosure.

The RMU208’s Quasi-3-way passive crossover with separate filters for each transducer provides uniform frequency and polar response; the 80-16,000 Hz frequency response and 126 dB maximum peak SPL allow for use in high-performance system designs. Long-term continuous power handling is 400W and peak power handling is 1600W.

The enclosure is constructed of baltic birch plywood with a 2-part polyurethane coating to resist scratches and scuffs. The multi-angle cabinet design allows for flexible use in varied applications, and the system includes a U-bracket and four additional M8 threaded inserts on the enclosure’s rear surface provide additional mounting flexibility.

The new RoomMatch® Utility RMU208 small-format loudspeaker can be powered by Bose PowerMatch® amplifiers, or any professional amplifier with the appropriate power rating. The RMU208 loudspeaker is now available through authorized Bose dealers. For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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Paul Friedman Joins BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing

— Company positions itself for next phase of growth with Friedman’s appointment —

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, November 12, 2013— BMG-Hudson Sales & Marketing, a leading independent manufacturer’s rep firm specializing in the commercial audio/system integration, professional audio, MI/DJ and live sound markets, is pleased to announce the appointment of industry veteran Paul Friedman to the position of Sales & Marketing/Key Account Manager for the A/V, System Integration and Theater market sectors. The announcement was made by BMG-Hudson principals Bruce Garry and Mike Phillips and further underscores the company’s ongoing growth and expansion.
In his new position, Paul Friedman will work closely with Garry and Phillips, concentrating his efforts on expanding and strengthening relationships with consultants, A/V integrators and installed sound personnel.

With extensive experience in the audio industry, Friedman began his career as National Sales Manager for GLI Integrated Sound. He then held the position of National Sales Manager for Numark Electronics and then went on to found his own rep firm MetroNorth Marketing. He most recently held the position of Territory Manager for NFS Communications.

“Paul has a rich history in the industry and we are pleased to have him join the BMG-Hudson group,” stated Garry and Phillips. “His extensive background in the A/V, contracting and Pro Audio markets makes him uniquely qualified to help us grow our company as part of a long-term strategic business plan.”

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Auralex® HoverMat™ Goes on Tour and in the Studio with Drummer Rich Redmond

— Auralex®’s HoverMat™ slip-resistant drum mat keeps Rich Redmond’s kit sounding clean and tight, whether he’s in the studio or on the road with Jason Aldean and other major artists, or doing one of his CRASH Course For Success inspirational events —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, November 12, 2013 – Whether in his current main gig as studio and live drummer for Jason Aldean, or in his CRASH Course For Success inspirational events, where he’s inspiring a new generation of artists, drummer Rich Redmond relies on the HoverMat™ slip-resistant drummer’s mat from Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments.

Redmond (who has also recorded and performed with Kelly Clarkson, Lit, Jewel, Joe Perry, Bryan Adams, Thompson Square and many more) is a thinking man’s drummer: he’ll do 80 shows a year on the road with Aldean and in between will host his unique CRASH Course For Success inspirational events and other sessions, such as his recent inaugural “Drummer’s Weekend” workshop. For the CRASH concept – Commitment, Relationships, Attitude, Skill, and Hunger – Redmond brings in guest clinicians from current top tours and sessions to teach and serve on a Pro Panel and answer questions about building a successful career, including recording hit songs, working with top artists, and playing to tens of thousands of fans each night. But whatever he’s doing when it comes to drums and drumming, Redmond is doing it atop an Auralex HoverMat, which improves acoustical isolation and clarifies the drum’s tone. Fabricated with industry-leading Auralex SheetBlok™ Sound Barrier, the HoverMat allows for high-performance decoupling from hollow stages and floors, optimizing the sound of drums by minimizing resonance from the surface on which the kit is resting. The result is a tighter, purer, more focused drum sound.

“I take my HoverMat on the road and into sessions, and engineers love it,” says Redmond. “Jason’s FOH mixer says it sounds great on stage and through the PA system. It really isolates the kit from the floor and keeps the sound tighter. I also use the HoverMat when I’m doing my CRASH Courses, which we’ve done for audiences ranging from school kids to Fortune 500 companies. In fact, Auralex has sent over extra HoverMats for some of those so that our guest clinicians and attendees can see how good it can make a drum kit sound.”

Redmond points out that the HoverMat can be also rolled up after any performance or session, and the included heavy-duty cinch sack makes transport a breeze. “I pretty much take it everywhere,” he says. “It’s portable and affordable!”

For more information, please visit www.auralex.com.

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Audio-Technica Celebrates 20 Years of Providing Microphone Solutions for CMA Awards

— For the 47th annual event, which aired live on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, leading music mixers and award-winning performers again picked A-T for sound quality and reliability —

STOW, OH, November 8, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a world leader in transducer technology, is celebrating its 20th year of supporting the Country Music Association (CMA) Awards by providing an extensive selection of vocal and instrument microphones for its annual awards show. The 47th Annual CMA Awards aired live in 5.1-channel surround sound Wednesday, November 6, 2013, on the ABC Television Network from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and featured over 150 Audio-Technica microphones, including an impressive array of hard-wired mics and Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless Systems. Audio-Technica microphones were chosen for their ability to provide clear and consistent audio quality for live broadcast.

The CMA Awards presentation is recognized as Country Music’s Biggest Night™ and represents the pinnacle of achievement for those involved in country music. Once again, Audio-Technica microphones were featured for their accurate and reliable sound reproduction — characteristics that have dictated A-T’s long-standing presence with country music artists.

The team of industry veterans responsible for the audio at this year’s CMA’s again included a who’s-who of broadcast audio. The audio was supervised by award-winning audio producers Tom Davis and Paul Sandweiss; ATK/Audiotek provided the sound system with FOH (front-of-house) mixers Patrick Baltzell and Rick Shimer; the broadcast music mix was handled by New Jersey/California-based M3’s (Music Mix Mobile’s) John Harris and Jay Vicari. Stage monitoring was handled by Tom Pesa and Jason Spence.

Audio-Technica’s acclaimed Artist Elite 5000 Series UHF Wireless System with the AEW-T6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone/Transmitter was used for lead vocals by A-T endorser Jason Aldean, who performed “Night Train.” The 5000 Series wireless was also used by Darius Rucker, who performed using the AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Transmitter. Rucker performed “The Gambler” as part of a Kenny Rogers Tribute and later performed the closing number, “Wagon Wheel.”

The backline mic complement of A-T wired microphones included the AT4080 Phantom-powered Bidirectional Ribbon Microphone on guitars; AT4050 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone on guitars and bass; AT4040 Cardioid Condenser Microphone on overheads; AE2500 Dual-Element Cardioid Instrument Microphone on kick drum; AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone on hi-hat and ride cymbals; AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Microphone on rotary speaker top and AT4050 on rotary speaker bottom; ATM650 Dynamic Instrument Microphone on snare; and ATM350 Cardioid Condenser Clip-On Microphone on toms and strings.

“Audio-Technica supplies an enormous amount of support for us during the CMA’s,” stated Paul Sandweiss, Co-Audio Producer of the 47th Annual CMA Awards. “Their wired and wireless mics sound great, and are consistently reliable — and having representatives from A-T and their gear here at the show makes our lives a whole lot easier!”

“I especially liked using the ATM350 on the string section during the George Jones Tribute,” states Jay Vicari, Co-Music Mixer. “The 350 allowed me to capture the sound of the strings very naturally and because of its size, it was unobtrusive on camera.”

James Stoffo, RF Coordinator/Microphone Tech, echoes Sandweiss’s sentiments: “We have 36 wireless microphones on the show from various manufacturers in a backdrop of 200 radio frequencies that include in-ears, mics and backstage communications. We love the support we receive from Audio-Technica, and we have never had any problems with interference, drifting or audio quality of their wireless systems. The A-T wireless that we have used, not only on this show but others, has been flawless. I’m always happy to see A-T on the show.”

Please visit www.audio-technica.com for more information.

Photo Caption 1: Jason Aldean, performing at the 47th Annual CMA Awards on November 6, 2013, using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System and AEW-T6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Transmitter. Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Larry Busacca/Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Photo Caption 2: Darius Rucker, performing at the 47th Annual CMA Awards on November 6, 2013, using Audio-Technica’s Artist Elite® 5000 Series UHF Wireless System and AEW-T5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Transmitter. Photo by Todd Wawrychuk/Getty Images. (This photo is the property of Todd Wawrychuk/Getty Images and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

Photo Caption 3: The audio team from the 47th Annual CMA Awards held an intimate dinner with Audio-Technica at Nashville’s Palm Restaurant during rehearsals. Shown L-R: Seated: Mark Linett (M3 Music Mix Stage Pre Amp Tech), Jay Vicari (Co-Music Mixer) John Harris (Co-Music Mixer), Roxanne Ricks (Audio-Technica Artist Relations Manager and Events Specialist), Joel Singer (M3 Engineer In Charge), Russell Fischer (leading FOH). Top Row: Paul Sandweiss (Co-Audio Producer), Maren Angus (Audio Producers’ Assistant), James Stoffo (RF Coordinator/Microphone Tech), Tom Davis (Co-Audio Producer), Brian Flanzbaum (M3 Music Mix Stage Pre Amp Tech), Max Feldman (M3 Music Remix Assistant), Bob Green (Audio-Technica Director of Digital and Technical Wireless Engineering), Stacey Lee Hempel (Pro Tools Operator) and Russell Long (M3 Music Mix Assistant). Photo by Yu Howe. (This photo is the property of Clyne Media Inc., and may be used by the press only for the purpose of one-time reproduction. Unauthorized use, alteration or reproduction of this photograph is strictly prohibited.)

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MuxLab’s HDMI/RS232 Extender Kit is now available in a ‘PoE’ version

MuxLab is pleased to announce that the MuxLab HDMI/RS232 Extender Kit is now available in a ‘PoE’ version (model 500454-PoE).

The ‘PoE’ configuration allows the HDMI/RS232 Receiver to be powered by the transmitter for greater ease of cabling.

Product features:

Supports 3D of HDMI 1.4
Up to 230 ft (70m) at all resolutions up to 1080p via single Cat5e/6
Supports all digital audio modes
Supports RS232
Supports bi-directional IR remote source control
Includes IR Emitter and IR Sensor

Visit www.muxlab.com for more details.

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Cabletime Unveils New Digital-Only Media Player

Cabletime, developer of the powerful MediaStar Evolution range of IPTV distribution solutions has announced the launch of the Evolution 780SL Media Player. This ‘refined’ version of the flagship Evolution 780AV player is aimed at users looking for a simpler range of features in an affordable, entry-level solution.

The Evolution 780SL delivers HDMI digital video and audio outputs, and suits users with no requirement for analogue. It still provides the ability to decode streams but now also features 8GB of on-board storage allowing it to play back stored content such as corporate videos and Powerpoint presentations. Like all Evolution products, the 780SL schedules this content through the Evolution Media Manager control software. It is available in standard and power-over-Ethernet versions.

Amongst a variety of other software features, the 780SL has an enhanced scrolling duo ‘ticker’. This enables users to display news, corporate announcements or internal messages overlaid on existing media, in the form of an RSS feed or custom text created via a protected web page. All standard RSS feeds can be shown and up to 10 individual feeds can be scrolled consecutively with a selection of header and/or subject content and in a wide range of colours. One unique feature is the clock, which can be synchronised to the user’s building time server, and, using the feeds, will allow the screen to display up to 10 different time zones simultaneously.

“The new Evolution has been refined, in the sense that it weighs slightly less than the 780AV, it also requires slightly less power, but it is highly affordable and still delivers all the functionality that Cabletime’s customers have come to expect of the Evolution range,” commented Mike Cuckow, Sales Director, EMEA Asia Pacific at Cabletime.

“Our goal was to deliver a media player that would allow content to be stored, scheduled, played-back and streamed using the clever technology that we have perfected over time, but with less components, enabling us to offer it at a highly competitive price. I believe we have achieved that goal.” Cuckow concluded.

The Evolution 780SL was launched on November 1st and is now available for order. Prices available from Cabletime or its network of resellers.

The MediaStar range provides TV/AV and multimedia distribution products primarily for medium to large enterprises, which require future-proof, stable and proven solutions for live TV, corporate communications, multicasts, music TV, training and digital signage.
www.cabletime.com

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WorldStage and AV&C Set “Stylescape” in Motion at the “3.1 Phillip Lim for Target” Fashion Week Event

During Fashion Week the 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target collection was previewed at a private pop-up shopping event in New York City where “Stylescape,” a larger-than-life interactive cinemagraph conceived by Mother NY to showcase the limited-edition collection as worn and blogged about by tastemakers across the US and Canada. WorldStage provided AV support for “Stylescape,” for which the media and interaction systems and software were designed and implemented by Audio, Video and Controls (AV&C).

The event was held at Spring Studio on Varrick Street where shoppers clamored for Lim’s clothing, shoes, bags and accessories for men and women while mingling with Jessica Alba, Solange Knowles, Nate Berkus, Maria Sharapova and Perez Hilton. Billed as a “North American fashion panorama,” “Stylescape” served as a striking backdrop in the space, displaying notables photographed on the same day in various North American cities wearing Lim’s collection. The panoramic, interactive video installation played out on a high-resolution 3.9 mm LED wall measuring 10 x 120 feet.

AV&C is a New York-based media and interactive systems and software firm, led by David Bianciardi, that bridges the gap between technology and design in the built environment. The company specializes in creating digital icons and interactive experiences in public spaces, so it was uniquely qualified to bring “Stylescape” to life.

For the pop-up shopping event, the team at Mother wanted to create something ambitious, engaging AV&C early in the process to design something aesthetically beautiful and technically sophisticated. The team finally settled on creating “the world’s largest cinemagraph and make it interactive and responsive,” says AV&C’s Bianciardi. “We had a huge canvas of visuals shot in 6 locations by Peter Funch, acquired simultaneously in 6x 4K video and digital stills. The resulting composited canvas was beautiful in itself, then we introduced the cinemagraph’s repetitive motion,” which guests triggered by manipulating physical props, using social media services, or simply moving and posing in front of the interactive wall.

The idea was to play with blurring the boundaries of physical, social and digital media, he explains. “A famous blogger would stand next to a bus station in Dallas on the screen; viewers could Tweet her, she’d respond and it would show upon the poster at the bus stop. Or viewers could dance with a salsa dancer, take a photo with the designer, blow on pinwheels, etc. There were 40 opportunities for interaction. The way we combined techniques was unprecedented and the scale and resolution of this type of screen was unprecedented.”

“David and the folks at AV&C are great at finding the sweet spot where technological sophistication and user enjoyment meet.” says WorldStage president Josh Weisberg. “It’s our job to mirror that philosophy in the implementation of the audio, video and lighting systems and in this project all of those elements came together successfully. You could see it in the faces of the guests interacting with Stylescape.”

AV&C called WorldStage Integration VP & tech designer John Ackerman as soon as they were awarded the project. “John immediately got it,” say Bianciardi, “and so did the superstars up and down the WorldStage ranks – that’s what makes WorldStage the right partner for us. We made several visits to their shop and set up a series of technology tests with client and creative stakeholders. WorldStage provided the platforms for all the work we did on the interactive technology, and we wrote custom software that put everything together into a cohesive whole.”

“By implementing (Derivative’s) TouchDesigner platform and Pandora we enabled the client to put a really big tableau on a long videowall,” says Weisberg. WorldStage also furnished 16-channel sound for “Stylescape” and a lighting package for the event. Michael Kohler was the Pandora programmer and Kate Brown was the audio engineer. AV&C’s Vincent Houze led the visualization and interaction software development.

“We partner with WorldStage for their technical sophistication,” say Bianciardi. “They understand what our requests mean and make suggestions as an active partner. They truly work in the service of design.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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SOUNDCAST® NAMED AS CES INNOVATIONS 2014 DESIGN AND ENGINEERING AWARD HONOREE

2014 Innovations Design and Engineering Honoree Award


New York, New York, November 13, 2013 – Soundcast Systems today announced that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its new Melody by Soundcast Portable Bluetooth Speaker System in the Portable Media Players and Accessories product category.

A preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, independent engineers and members of the trade media to judge products entered in this prestigious program across 29 categories, honoring outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics.

Melody’s omni-directional 360° 8–speaker design delivers high-quality sound perfection with deep bass and touts 20-hours+ of uninterrupted use with its internal rechargeable battery system making it the perfect portable outdoor entertainment companion. The compact and highly stylish weather-resistant system is equipped with the latest v3.0 Bluetooth® and AAC / Apt-X® codecs allow users to stream high performance CD Quality audio from their music library, or from apps like Pandora®, Spotify™, Rhapsody®, iTunes®, TuneIn® and others, from Apple or PC devices alike.

Soundcast’s president Mike Weaver states, “The entire Soundcast team is honored beyond measure to receive the prestigious 2014 Innovations Honoree Award for our new Melody portable Bluetooth speaker system.”

Melody has quickly earned its spot as the Best Sounding Portable Bluetooth Audio System on the market today by winning six distinguished consumer electronics awards since its U.S. debut at CE WEEK in New York City.

The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

Soundcast’s Melody will be displayed in The Venetian Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Pavilion at the 2014 International CES, which runs January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Products chosen as an Innovations honoree reflect cutting-edge design and engineering. Examples may include the first time various technologies are combined in a single product or dramatic enhancements to previous product designs.

Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering honoree products are featured on CESweb.org/Innovations, which lists product categories, as well as each product name, manufacturer information, designer, description, photo and URL.

The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
• Engineering qualities, based on technical specs and materials used
• Aesthetic and design qualities, using photos provided
• The product’s intended use/function and user value
• Why the product deserves the Innovations award, including specifics regarding its unique/novel features and features that consumers would find attractive
• How the design and innovation of this product directly compare to other products in the market place

ABOUT SOUNDCAST SYSTEMS – www.soundcastsystems.com / www.FollowMelody.com.
Located in San Diego, California, Soundcast Systems delivers high performance wireless speakers and solutions. We’re the first in the industry to get it right. That’s because we’ve developed the technology to produce the best wireless range and ultimate audio experience so you can take your music everywhere you go. It’s sound that speaks for itself and literally cuts through the noise of our competitors.

With a full line of Portable Music Systems and Wireless Audio Solutions, backed by over ten years of audio, battery and wireless technology research and development, Soundcast innovations have paved the way for the industry. Featuring a weather-resistant enclosure and industry leading battery life, our products are made for indoors and outdoors all-day play.

Designed to complement your social life, Soundcast goes everywhere you go—from the kitchen counter to the beach, poolside parties and sailing adventures to dinner soirées. Go places.

Soundcast Contact: Mike Weaver • 1 (619) 591-0126 ext. 3038 • mweaver@soundcastsystems.com
Press Contact: Roberta Lewis • Tel: 1 (713) 665-8758 • email: roberta@robertalewis.com

All rights reserved. All brands and trade names are the property of their respective owners.

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