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Kramer US President Dave Bright Appointed to AQAV Board of Directors

Kramer Electronics, the first educational partner with the Association for Quality in Audio Video Technology (AQAV), is pleased to announce that Kramer US President Dave Bright has been appointed to the Board of Directors of AQAV.
“We have made a huge commitment to AQAV. Since the transition from analog to digital, creating standards for quality in AV system design and installation is imperative to the efficiency and success of every participant in the market,” explains Dave Bright. “With that in mind, we have pledged our complete support to the program and the organization, and I am very proud to have been selected to the Board of Directors of AQAV.”

Since the establishment of the partnership, Kramer Electronics has held seven successful AQAV trainings and many individuals have completed the AQAV workshop and earned their certifications. The most recent trainings took place in Las Vegas in June just prior to the InfoComm show. The University of Nevada Las Vegas kindly hosted both CQD (Certified Quality Designer) and CQT (Certified Quality Technician) classes. Those who have successfully earned their AQAV certifications continue to use what they have learned from the class in every day applications to increase profits and ensure flawless system operations.

“Our AQAV motto is − Saving the AV industry … one system at a time,” states Mario Maltese, Executive Director of AQAV. “Kramer Electronics has really stepped up to the plate to help us accomplish that goal. They have committed so many resources to make the goal of quality a reality. They have committed monetary resources, personnel resources and marketing resources to the cause. We can’t imagine a better partner in our quest and therefore it was an easy decision to invite Dave Bright to join our Board of Directors.”

End Users, Consultants and Pro AV Integrators are able to attest to the benefits of AQAV. End user, Elaine Manfredonia, Vice President of JPMorgan Chase explained, “Being AV9000 compliant is a major plus for providers who want to work for us. It eliminates untold costs and aggravation the client won’t, and the integrator shouldn’t, accept. No question the business is trending this way.”

Pro AV integrators, such as Jeremy Elsesser of the Pro AV integrator Level 3 Audio Visual in Mesa, AZ, are also aware of the advantages of being AQAV certified. Jeremy stated, “Since Level 3 Audio Visual has started down the path of AV9000 and began implementing the systems into our daily workflows, we have seen a large increase in team collaboration along with a significant reduction of time spent in the field. Culturally, AV9000 has provided a mechanism to get everyone on the same page and pursuing the highest quality of work we can provide.”

In addition, higher education markets are also reveling in the AQAV benefits. Dan Doolen, Chief Instructional Media Systems Engineer at the University of Illinois, explains how his team has embraced the AQAV standards, “We’ve built AV9000 into our campus facility standards and follow it on all our installations. It has everyone working from the same page and explains the ‘why’ as well as the ‘how’. It’s turned into a friendly competition between the installation team and the commissioning team.”

Kramer Electronics currently has three more AQAV trainings planned, one private event in Dallas, Texas on July 29−31, a public CQD class on September 10−12 in Chicago, and a public CQT class at Kramer US HQ in New Jersey on November 18−20. Additional AQAV trainings might also be scheduled in 2014. This will be dictated by demand from the market.

With Kramer US President Dave Bright joining the AQAV Board of Directors, Kramer’s commitment to the AQAV movement continues to grow. Kramer believes AQAV is one of the single most important “tools” available today for participants in the Pro AV market. It is the key to increasing profits by ensuring customer satisfaction and eliminating costly issues before they ever occur.

For more information about AQAV please visit the AQAV section of the Kramer website or theAQAV website.

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Yamaha YCATS Training Moves Toward Future In Networking

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Sessions (YCATS) is moving in a new direction with their console training programs. This year, YCATS has created two new console classes in order to eliminate the repetition between the CL, QL, M7CL and LS9 seminars as these consoles share many of the same software features. The new classes will initially be held at HB Live during the first week of August, HB Live is sponsoring a CL/QL Series Essentials Class in North Haven, CT and ATR/Treehouse is sponsoring the same class in Warwick, RI.

HB Live, a division of HB Communications will host new sessions Tuesday, August 5th between 8:30 – 5:00 pm at 60 Dodge Avenue, North Haven, CT. For more information, call 800-331-1804. Registration details below.

ATR/Treehouse sessions will be held Thursday, August 7th between 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Ocean State Theater, 1245 Jefferson Blvd, Warwick, RI. Complementary breakfast and lunch will be served. For more info, contact ATR/Treehouse at 401-751-3121. Registration details below.

“The new YCATS training direction will be much for efficient and streamlined for our customers,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We are improving the YCATS programs for networking and acknowledge that our end user customers operate different Yamaha digital consoles from time to time with many common paradigms between the various models that enables us to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our training programs.”

Console Operation – Level 1 is for those with little or no familiarity with Yamaha live sound consoles. Console Operation – Level 2, is more of an intermediate to advanced class designed for those familiar with the basic functions of Yamaha digital consoles. This new training format will allow YCATS more efficiency in terms of customer time. It will also reinforce that the software of Yamaha digital consoles is the same, and a user familiar with one should have no problem operating another. Right now, the largest demand is for training on CL, QL, M7CL and LS9; all sharing similar software.

In addition to the new Console Operation Levels, YCATS is adding “Digital Sound Reinforcement – Dante” and “CL/QL Series Essentials”. “DSR – Dante” is a one-day class covering design and use of Dante networks with Yamaha products as well as several third party products (i.e. Shure ULX-D and Aviom D800). “CL/QL Series Essentials” is a class for those who have been trained on the M7CL and LS9 and covers all new features with the CL and QL consoles and the set up of Dante networks.

For an end user looking for more in depth information on a particular console, YCATS has produced an online video series that can be used as a reference. New videos and webinars are on the docket for later this year.

Detailed descriptions of the new classes can be found online at:

Console Operation – Level 1: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=33
Console Operation – Level 2: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=34
Digital Sound Reinforcement – Dante: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=35
CL/QL Series Essentials:
http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training_class_desc.php?courseID=32

Look for the new YCATS classes coming in Chicago, IL; Hayward, CA’ Long Island City/Queens, NY; and Nashville, TN. A full list of locations for this year can be found at: http://www.yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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