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Focusrite Holds Day of RedNet Showcases at Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™

Nashville audio community attends demos of Focusrite’s range of modular Ethernet-networked audio interfaces

Los Angeles, CA, February 25, 2014 – On Thursday, February 20, 2014, leading audio manufacturer Focusrite showcased its acclaimed RedNet range of products at the Vintage King Audio Nashville MixRoom™ (which employs the Carl Tatz Design™ MixRoom concept), a recent recipient of a TEC Award for outstanding creative achievement in the Studio Design Project category. Highly regarded by the Vintage King staff, the RedNet units, based around the industry-standard low-latency Dante® audio networking system, are now a permanent component of Vintage King Nashville’s audio setup and will be the subject of ongoing demonstrations.

Demos took place throughout the afternoon, followed by an evening social mixer. Demonstrating RedNet’s exceptional-sounding audiophile design, attendees were able to experience firsthand how RedNet can enhance their production workflow. RedNet Product Specialist Ted White, Focusrite President Phil Wagner and Vintage King staff were on hand throughout the day.

Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep, stated, “Vintage King Nashville is very excited about the overwhelming turnout for our RedNet demo event. The Nashville audio community came out in full force and was treated to a hands-on demo of the latest in RedNet’s cutting-edge technology. We thank Focusrite personnel for making the trip, and we look forward to working with them on a continuing basis.”

Phil Wagner stated, “This event was a huge success. Based on our highly successful RedNet event at Vintage King Audio Los Angeles last fall, we decided to expand our reach to Nashville with a similar showcase. With the thriving audio production community in Nashville, we look forward to an ongoing relationship with Nashville’s top talents – the seeds of which were planted at this event.”

Photo Caption 1: Pictured L-R: Chad Evans, Vintage King Nashville Sales Rep; Sarah Miller, Vintage King Nashville Events Coordinator; Mark Ellis, Vintage King Nashville Sales Support Specialist; Ted White, Focusrite RedNet Product Specialist; and Phil Wagner, Focusrite President.

Photo Caption 2: Leading members of Nashville’s audio community gathered at Vintage King Audio Nashville for a showcase of Focusrite’s RedNet range of products on February 20, 2014.

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Studer by HARMAN Showcases New Infinity Series Processing Engine and Vista X Console Featuring Groundbreaking DSP Technology at BVE 2014, Stand K44

LONDON, United Kingdom – Marking an enormous step forward in large-scale mixing console technology for broadcast applications, Studer by HARMAN introduces its new Vista X digital console and the Studer Infinity Processing Engine. The Vista X offers an unsurpassed intuitive user interface, retaining the patented Vistonics™ and FaderGlow™ user interface, providing control of 800 or more audio DSP channels and more than 5,000 inputs and outputs.

At the heart of the system is the Infinity DSP core, which uses CPU-based processors to provide huge numbers of DSP channels for large-scale, high-resolution audio processing and mixing. Thanks to the Infinity core, this is the first time more than 800 audio channels have been processed in a single CPU-based board.

The impetus behind Infinity was Studer’s desire to create a DSP engine that not only offers superb sonic quality but is adaptable and flexible to meet the changing demands of the market. The attraction of CPU technology as used on most computers has resulted in huge worldwide R&D investment in this technology. As such, these chips are not only extremely reliable in operation but also result in a doubling of processor power every 24 months (known as “Moore’s Law”).

The new Infinity DSP engine provides 12 A-Link high-capacity fiber digital audio interfaces, providing more than 5,000 inputs and outputs. A newly designed high-density I/O system – D23m, is used to break out these A-Link connections to standard analog, digital and video interfaces. The A-Link interface also provides direct connection to the Riedel MediorNet distributed router, allowing many Infinity systems to be connected together with router capacities of 10,000 square or more.

Studer consoles are designed with longevity and mission-critical operations in mind, and therefore reliability is of prime importance. A key element in the design of the Infinity Series is to avoid the possibility of a single fault causing loss of audio. Taking a lead from the “fly by wire” aircraft industry with multiple redundant processors flying the airplane, the new Vista X console features four processors, offering complete redundancy of the control surface. Now, the Infinity Core, with a combination of CPU-based DSP and A-Link audio interfaces, offers N+1 redundancy of the DSP engine and I/O with instant switchover between main and standby system without audio break.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Clay Paky Igloos Domes and Sharpys Shine a Light on Holiday Trees for “Illumination: The Lights at The Morton Arboretum” in Chicago

Christmas trees were not the only magical trees during the holiday season. Visitors to “Illumination: The Lights at The Morton Arboretum” in suburban Chicago discovered magic of a different sort along a one-mile, gently rolling paved path where tree lighting effects were created by Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures in Igloo domes, which were programmed on grandMA consoles. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

The Morton Arboretum was founded in 1922 by Morton Salt magnate Joy Morton whose father inaugurated Arbor Day in the U.S. The “Illumination” event featured stunning lighting effects along an outdoor path through the trees and offered opportunities to interact with the trees to change the color and intensity of the lights.

Lighting designer John Featherstone of design firm Lightswitch specified 28 Clay Paky Sharpys for “Illumination” choosing them to light the path and provide lighting effects. Their tight beams, long range and low power consumption were well suited to the tasks. The Sharpys were fitted into custom outdoor domes and a dozen Igloo domes from Clay Paky. Igloos are sturdy enclosures that offer protection against the elements while maintaining a perfect working temperature. Quick to install and simple to use, Igloos are indispensible for outdoor events, festivals and installations. Injection molded from UV-resistant transparent polycarbonate, Igloos ensure flawless projections without loss of light or image distortion.

“The fixtures and Igloo domes held up great – they sat outside from early October to mid-January, and we had almost no failures,” reports Matt Pearlman, senior account executive with Intelligent Lighting Creations (ILC), a Chicago-based lighting rental company. “We used wireless DMX control in the Igloo domes, which cut down on a lot of cable.”

Pearlman says the Sharpys created aerial patterns in some areas. “In one area the fixtures were placed within the landscape architecture of a massive hedge garden allowing the shafts of light to visually extend the pattern of the garden,” he notes.

The light show was programmed on a pair of grandMA2 consoles. “The programmers were able to share the show file and make adjustments in real time,” Pearlman says. “For the show run we ended up using solid state computers running grandMA onPC software with multiple nodes over a wireless network. The control system worked flawlessly.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “This is a great application of our Igloo Domes and a very interesting project. We’re glad they chose our product lines for this application.”

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High Resolution Systems’ UDC Gives Easy Front-End Control to Fibertech Networks’ Videowall

Rochester, New York-based AAVS (Advanced Audio Visual Solutions) selected High Resolution Systems’ UDC (Universal Device Controller) software for front-end control of a videowall at Fibertech Networks’ operations center in town. Fibertech Networks is a leader in building and operating fiber optic networks in the eastern and central region of the US. AAVS sells and integrates audio, video, lighting, communications, surveillance and control equipment in new and existing construction. It is the leading AV integrator and rental company in upstate New York.

To monitor T1 lines and fiber networks Fibertech uses a 64 ft x 8.5ft videowall and an RGB Spectrum video wall processor. Sixteen PCs feed the Spectrum; inputs can be displayed anywhere on the videowall and can be stretched between walls and minimized and maximized to fit the location. Six projectors, all edgeblended, can display any of the inputs to any part of the overall raster. Windowing is performed by the Spectrum.

“The advantage of using UDC as the front-end controller is the ease of moving things around,” says Graeme T. Poluch, vice president of sales at AAVS. “We have programmed some presets, but UDC is also fully customizable, so any of the 16 inputs can be any size and in any location on the wall.”

AAVS chose to employ UDC with a Windows RT 8 tablet interface. “We like that UDC enables us to use any type of Wi-Fi tablet we like,” says Poluch. “UDC has multiple output resolutions so it looks great on any tablet interface. We can select an input on the tablet then select the desired location for it. Typically, we’ll work with one of the existing templates, but if we want something customized we can modify from that point. Its ease of use and flexibility make it easy to love!”

Poluch notes that Fibertech Networks is “thrilled” with UDC control and more projects may be in store with the customer.

About HRS Control

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 audio visual 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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Analog Way names Philippe Vitali as Head of a new Integration and Application Software team

February 2014 – Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of innovative presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Vitali as Integration and Application Software Director. Philippe Vitali will manage Analog Way’s new R&D team dedicated to the development of accessories and tools for the integration of its lines of processors.

Analog Way is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippe Vitali as Integration and Application Software Director. Based in Analog Way’s headquarters near Paris – France, Philippe Vitali joined the company a few months ago to form and manage a new R&D team, working particularly on tools and other services to supplement its lines of Mixers & Seamless Switchers.

Philippe has a strong background in software development and team management, gained within leading global companies.
Now in charge of Analog Way’s new Integration and Application Software department, Philippe and his team will work on the development of solutions to easily deploy Analog Way’s systems into automation and IT environments. This will include the creation of drivers enabling third party control, mobile applications to control the company’s devices, and remote maintenance solutions. In addition, Philippe Vitali will also provide services to support integrators and consulting firms in the integration of Analog Way’s processors.

The new Integration and Application Software team already released a complete series of drivers to facilitate the integration of its LiveCore™ and Midra™ series of Mixers & Seamless Switchers. These systems can now be controlled through AMX and Crestron 2 and 3-series control systems. Packages are available online, with full documentation and ready-to-use samples.

“I’m excited to join Analog Way as Integration and Application Software Director”, comments Philippe Vitali. “Whether you need to control AV presentations, distribute live or produced content in event venues or in secured command centers, Analog Way will assist you with solutions to make your job easier”.

Adrien Corso, Analog Way’s CEO comments: Analog Way is determined to reinforce its presence in the Systems Integration market. With the nomination of Philippe and his team, we’re confident that we will provide all necessary tools and support to integrators in order to improve their experience with our systems”.

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Zektor Again Renews Partnership in D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point Program

Detailed Zektor Information Available in D-Tools System Integrator™ Product Database For Immediate Worldwide Project Specification

CONCORD, CA, USA – FEBRUARY 26, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced that Zektor has renewed their participation in the MVP Partnership Program. Detailed information about the entire line of Zektor products is available in the D-Tools product database for D-Tools System Integrator™ users to specify free of charge.

Founded in 2003, Zektor designs and manufactures some of the most recommended audio/video signal distribution and switching products for the global custom installation market.

“We are pleased to renew our participation in the D-Tools MVP Program, making our professional A/V switching equipment more readily available to system integrators and custom installers,” said Jeff Haynes, CEO at Zektor. “The D-Tools MVP program provides us with an exceptional platform to further extend our product reach by making it easier for integrators worldwide to specify our full line of products. As a service-centric organization serving the dynamic custom installation trade, it is critical that detailed product information be readily available whenever are wherever it’s most convenient to those who need it. D-Tools not only provides this capability, it also simplifies the design and estimation process significantly.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides system designers, specifiers, integrators and installers the most up-to-date and detailed product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP members worldwide help companies streamline the design process by making it easier for them to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform.

“Zektor’s products are well known for their quality and compatibility and their products are an ideal fit for the D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point program, so we are happy to have them renew their participation,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “D-Tools System Integrator users have come to rely on Zektor’s premium quality Audio Video Switching and Distribution options for their customers and we’re thrilled to make the lineup available to them for use in their system designs and proposals.”

Those interested in learning more about the D-Tools MVP program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the many benefits that can be derived from utilizing a streamlined system design, proposal and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, Email mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About Zektor
Zektor is a designer and manufacturer of feature rich professional grade audio/video distribution products for the custom installer.  Zektor proudly designs, manufactures and supports all of their matrix products in the USA. Zektor was founded in 2003 and is a privately held company. For more information please visit their website at www.zektor.com.

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. In fact, over 4,500 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time, costs and to 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), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), as well as a winner of the National Systems Contractors Association Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award, CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software, and CE Pro BEST Award for Software Applications (2013).

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, (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press

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Zektor Products Featured in D-Tools Six Data Library as Part of MVP Program Partnership

 

 

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