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D-Tools to Sponsor 2014 National Systems Contractors Association Integration Business Survival Conference & Technology Showcase

IBSC events support AV industry education, promote technological advancements, and provide valuable networking time with systems integrators

CONCORD, CA, USA – SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, recently announced that the company has committed to becoming a sponsor of the Integration Business Survival Conference & Technology Showcase (IBSC), September 15-16 in Atlanta, GA and November 6-7 in Phoenix, Ariz. D-Tools’ latest version of System Integrator software, SI 2015, will be on display. Designed to serve integrators on a regional level, the IBSC provides both an affordable and convenient opportunity to experience new products and technologies, learn new business processes, share best practices, and obtain valuable training.

This two-day regional event presented by NSCA and Commercial Integrator covers successful business practices, emerging technologies, and new trends from the industry’s leading manufacturers. Expert panelists and guest speakers will weigh-in on project management, sales, operations, finance, and service topics through sessions dedicated specifically to IT certification, problems and solutions in the analog-to-digital transition, ways to increase profits, dealing with contract obligations and labor costs, proper planning and scheduling, and managing and billing recurring revenue, designing mass notification and emergency communications (MNEC) systems, using dashboards for future planning, building and managing a service department, strategic account planning, and smooth project management.

“As a company dedicated to streamlining project management aspects critical to the integration and installation of AV, Security and IT networking equipment, we’re proud to sponsor the 2014 Integration Business Survival Conference & Technology Showcase,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “The event provides a great opportunity to network with a dynamic community of integrators and manufacturers who are attending the IBSC to strategize about ways to maximize operational efficiencies and grow their respective businesses. It is an ideal venue to gain valuable insights, share ideas, and demonstrate how the D-Tools software platform can help save time, streamline processes, and ultimately, increase profitability. We fully support the charter and confident the IBSC will provide many tangible opportunities for all who attend.”

At the IBSC, D-Tools will provide attendees an opportunity to witness firsthand its newest release, SI 2015. A comprehensive software platform which delivers valuable productivity features and enhancements that enable Commercial and Residential integrators to both streamline business processes and increase profitability while simultaneously reducing overhead. Building new functionality into the already-robust architecture of D-Tools System Integrator platform and associated Cloud infrastructure, SI 2015 offers improvements in virtually every functional area including data and project management, QuickBooks and third-party integrations, mobile installation management, and a major upgrade to the software’s drawing capabilities. An award-winning solution used by more than 4,500 organizations worldwide, D-Tools perfectly compliments a professional integration firm’s business strategy and can provide tangible bottom-line enhancements.

Those interested in learning more about D-Tools System Integrator and the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, call (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.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 platform. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a robust solution that utilizes Autodesk®AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio to facilitate comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools enables residential and commercial integrators to streamline business processes and increase revenues while reducing the time and cost associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage electronic systems. More than 4,500 leading companies currently use the award-winning D-Tools platform to reduce time, costs and to streamline the system integration process. Product updates and related information can be obtained by following D-Tools on Twitter and on Facebook.

Press Contacts 
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102timb@d-tools.comwww.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, Inc., (425) 328-8640katye@kmbcomm.comwww.kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact 
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4105joshc@d-tools.com

 

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SSL C10 HD Lays the Foreign Language Smackdown for WWE

“Ease-of-use for the operator and reliability for engineering were two strong reasons to choose the SSL C10”

STAMFORD, CT – World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE) has upgraded its post production facilities with a Solid State Logic C10 HD Compact Broadcast Console in Audio 5 studio to support foreign language broadcasts. WWE programs, including Monday Night RAW, SmackDown and WWE Total Divas are delivered to 650 million homes in over 150 countries and translated into 30 languages. WWE live and televised entertainment encompasses terrestrial, cable and satellite broadcast and Pay-Per-View, along with the recently-launched over-the-top (OTT) WWE Network. The C10 HD is used to simulcast RAW in Spanish live in the U.S. and to Spanish-speaking countries like Puerto Rico and Mexico. It is also used for multilingual voice to picture (ADR) post-production of all WWE shows for localized programming in Brazil, China (in Mandarin), Japan and Russia.

“While our five-room facility is primarily used for post production, we need to broadcast the Spanish language version of RAW live from our Audio 5 room,” says Jason Miller, Senior Broadcast Engineer for WWE. “Being able to handle both the post-production and live broadcast roles was extremely important in our choice of a console. SSL is just rock-solid reliable and the topography is very straightforward and easy for an operator to use. We had an onsite demo of several competitor consoles, but, while they had some bells and whistles, they always took too many button presses to get to where the operator needed to go. Beyond the great sound, ease-of-use for the operator and reliability for engineering were two strong reasons for us to choose the SSL C10.”

WWE produces nearly 320 events over 52 weeks each year, so production efficiency is the rule for the busy studio complex. Audio 5, the studio control room used to accomplish the translations has a dedicated booth for voice-over and commentary work. When used for the live Monday Night RAW broadcast, Audio 5 takes its feed directly from the OB truck at the event and uses the C10 to complete the live Spanish version. Both the English and Spanish versions are simulcast on USA Network in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, while TelaVisa broadcasts the show in Spanish on tape delay.

“We have two Spanish speaking announcers working the RAW show here at the studio,” continues Miller. “One of the immediate benefits of the console was the sound, which ensures that our Spanish simulcast has the same quality audio as our main broadcast. In fact, Jim Widman, WWE’s Audio Engineer who handles 95 percent of the workload in Audio 5, has been with the company for years and he was just over the moon with the functionality and sound of the SSL. Additionally, Chris Argento, who is also VP and head of post audio and the final word in selecting the console, was equally impressed. In fact, all of the operators in the complex just rave about the sound quality of the C10.”

The presets on the C10 also help to streamline workflow, which requires that a variety of engineers and languages are being supported from the same space. “Everything about the C10 makes our job easier and better than before,” adds Widman. “We have many operators running the console to accomplish our Japanese, Chinese, Russian and Spanish versions and there are many presets being used for different situations, such as an ISDN session, ADR or live production, as well as for voice over and commentary. With the push of a button, we can instantly recall a setup and start working. Additionally, we can also expand our functions through the production assistant software packages that are available on the console. Essentially, the C10 accomplishes everything we need it to do very effectively.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

Fairlight Showcases 3D Audio Workspace at IBC 2014

At IBC 2014, Fairlight will showcase 3D Audio Workspace (3DAW), a new platform for immersive and object oriented 3D Sound Production.

Aimed at the film and television post production market, 3D Audio Workspace reinforces the industry’s drive for the ultimate in cinematic and immersive sound delivery by providing a comprehensive and diverse environment for 3D audio production.

“Fairlight has always had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of technology, but even by our high standards 3DAW is one of the most exciting products we have launched in many years,” says Tino Fibaek, Fairlight’s CTO.

One of the features that make 3DAW so unique is AirPan – a brand new concept that allows operators to use a Virtual Reality (VR) style input to position and control images in a 3D space.

“This feature is incredibly cool because you can literally reach out into the airspace monitored by the controller and by just moving your fingers in the air, you can pan, rotate, tilt and spread your sound in space,” Fibaek adds.

Fairlight’s 3DAW adds immersive sound capabilities to an existing digital audio workstation, whilst remaining fully compatible with an established workflow. This open platform configuration support VST® and RTAS® plugins, as well as ASIO® for I/O and sync sharing.

“The philosophy behind Fairlight’s 3DAW is to give sound mixers a post production solution that works with all platforms,” Tino Fibaek adds. “Different deliverables require different technologies, so Fairlight’s immersive platform provides the best of both worlds, supporting object orientated implementations such as Dolby’s Atmos and DTS’ MDA and fixed bus formats in 2D and 3D, from stereo through to 5.1 and all the way up to NHK’s impressive 22.2 format.”

Fairlight has ensured post production facilities can easily connect to their studio workspace. Integrated, user definable B-chain processing supports up to 34 discrete speaker outputs allowing sound mixers to switch instantly between different surround formats, different speaker sets, speaker muting and soloing and comprehensive metering.

For more information about Fairlight’s 3D Audio Workspace and other innovations in the Fairlight range, please visit us at IBC 2014 – Hall 7, Stand H17. Or visit the company’s website –www.fairlight.com.au

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About Fairlight:
Fairlight has been designing, engineering and manufacturing cutting edge, professional digital audio technology for more than 30 years. Its dedication to innovation, quality and customer service has made Fairlight one of the most respected companies in professional audio. With their integrated control surfaces and intuitive user interfaces, Fairlight’s award-winning media creation tools are renowned for their speed, flexibility and exceptional sonic quality. The company’s products offer full compatibility with virtually all open audio, video and sync standards, making them ideally suited to a wide range of audio post and live broadcast applications.
www.fairlight.com.au

HARMAN’s JBL Professional EON 206P Portable PA System Delivers World-Class Sound on the Move

NORTHRIDGE, California – Delivering a complete audio solution that puts legendary sound at the fingertips of anyone for audiences of all sizes, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the EON 206P Portable PA system, an all-in-one powered system that delivers professional performance and remarkable ease of use. The EON206P is ideal for a variety of applications, including: small band/solo acts, coffeehouses, clubs, schools, worship events, meetings/seminars, presentations, health clubs and more.

“With best-in-class performance, easy setup and portability, the EON 206P allows anyone to deliver their performance, presentation, class or message with legendary JBL sound technology,” said Andy Flint, Senior Manager, Portable PA Marketing, JBL Professional. “It’s also so easy to use and lightweight that anyone can operate the system, making it possible to enjoy great sound in any environment.”

The JBL EON 206P features a pair of 6.5 inch passive loudspeakers, each featuring a 6.5-inch woofer and a 1-inch neodymium black nylon dome tweeter, powered by a 160-watt power amp section (80-watts per channel). The EON 206P features a maximum SPL output of 113 dB, with a nominal coverage pattern of 100 x 80 degrees.

The EON 206P also features an integrated 6-channel mixer with: two balanced mic/line channels with XLR/quarter-inch combo jacks (CH1 and CH2); two stereo inputs (CH3 and CH4 is RCA and quarter-inch; CH5 and CH6 is a 1/8-inch mini jack). The mixer also features Stereo Monitor Out (quarter-inch left and right out) with volume control (for an external sub or stage monitors), master volume control, reverb on Channels 1 and 2, bass/treble control, and universal power (100-240V; 50/60 Hz).

Designed for easy portability, the entire EON 206P system weighs only 25 pounds, features a durable road-tough enclosure, convenient internal cable storage, and comes in a suitcase format for easy transport and storage. It also features a 36 mm pole socket for easy mounting.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

DVIGear Introduces Universal Presentation Switcher / Scaler

Solves Challenges of Diverse Presentation Environments

Marietta, Georgia    September 2, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, has expanded its line of switching and scaling products with the new DVI-3571a Universal Presentation Switcher / Scaler.  This unit is engineered for use in conference rooms, training facilities, classrooms, auditoriums and other presentation applications.

DVI-3571a Universal Presentation Switcher / Scaler

Presentation Powerhouse

System designers and facility managers often face unpredictable requirements as different presenters can use a wide range of source devices.  For each device, the signal format and resolution can vary greatly, making AV signal distribution difficult.  The DVI-3571a overcomes these issues through a rich array of Input / Output connections that supports all popular AV input signal formats, as well as providing multiple outputs with user-selectable resolutions.  The unit’s powerful capabilities provide the flexibility needed to adapt to the ever-changing demands of media-rich presentation environments.

The DVI-3571a accepts up to eight (8) video inputs: 3x HDMI (or DVI), 3x RGB Analog (VGA), 1x Component Video and 1x Composite Video.  Each input supports a broad range of signal formats and resolutions. The selected input signal is routed simultaneously to 2x HDMI outputs and 1x RGB Analog (VGA) output for downstream display and/or processing. Two high performance scaling engines provide user-selectable output resolutions up to 1080p and 1920×1200.

Advanced Features

The DVI-3571a supports advanced audio features such as HDMI audio embedding and de-embedding, as well as lip sync correction up to 150 ms.  The unit includes a variety of control features including Ethernet, RS232, IR Remote and front panel selection.  The unit can be easily integrated into a network using the Ethernet port and controlled via the built-in web browser GUI.  These powerful features allow the unit to be seamlessly integrated into any professional AV system.

The DVI-3571a is available now for immediate delivery.

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo:  DVI-3571a

 


SVS Expands Retail Presence with Electronics Expo

The complete award-winning line up of SVS subwoofers will now be available via the New Jersey-based home theater retailer.

Girard, OH – September 2, 2014SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, announces that New Jersey-based Electronics Expo is the latest retailer to carry the high-performance audio brand.

Meticulously constructed and sonically designed in-store demonstration rooms outfitted with the latest and greatest in in-home audio products has solidified Electronics Expo as the premiere destination for New Jersey-based home theater enthusiasts. Experts in home theater design and installation, customers in the tri-state area looking to elevate their system’s performance with the hard-hitting and accurate low frequency reproduction only a dedicated subwoofer can provide will be able to demo and purchase the full line up of legendary SVS subwoofers through Electronics Expo, a New Jersey-based specialty audio products and audio/video accessories retailer.

“Not only does Electronics Expo share our passion for great audio experiences, their mastery of customer service and prowess in the online market space make them a retailer we’re very excited to be partnering with,” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS President. “In a space where other specialty retailers may be experiencing difficulties, Electronics Expo understands the needs of their customers and has played their part in the resurgence of high performance audio.”

“The level of attention SVS pays to every single sonic detail of the products coupled with the remarkable advancements they make with each newly launched product is just one of the reasons why we’re excited for what the future of this partnership holds,” said Leon Temiz, CEO at Electronics Expo. “It’s always been our goal to offer customers the best of the best when it comes to in-home entertainment choices. With the unparalleled performance SVS subwoofers are renowned for, we know our customers will be thrilled with this incredible addition to our product line.”

SVS products are sold internationally, both direct and at retail, depending on regional preferences. The company’s hybrid go-to market approach and unilateral resale policy have proven to be a profitable model that helps raise the average selling price of audio products for dealers with real margins backed by expert service, when it’s needed.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com  or like them on Facebook or Twitter.

For more information about Electronics Expo, please visit www.electronicsexpo.com

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nicholas Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com

Peter Girard: pgirard@castercomm.com

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AVnu Alliance Continues to Expand Global Membership

Membership growth leads to more AVB products in the AVnu certification pipeline.

 Beaverton, OR – September 2, 2014AVnu Alliance, the only industry consortium driving open standards-based time sensitive networking through certification, welcomes new technology industry leaders to its membership roster. Each is a frontrunner in its space, dedicated to driving AVB and creating a new ecosystem of interoperable AVnu-certified devices. The eight new member companies include:

  • Coveloz, a technology provider of embedded and fully programmable media transport solutions;
  • Imagination Technologies, a global leader in multimedia, processor, communication and cloud technologies;
  • intoPIX, who provide compression, cryptographic, and video transport FPGA IP-cores, reference design and software tools to build smarter, networked and future-proof media workflows;
  • Ixia, a networking company with a passion for developing products that allow their customers to be connected to the world around them;
  • MIPRO, a manufacturer of wireless microphone and wireless PA systems;
  • NXP Semiconductors, a global market leader in car entertainment, car, access, and in-vehicle communication networks for the automotive industry, as well as solutions for the RF identification, mobile, lighting, healthcare, industrial, consumer and computing industries;
  • Pivitec, a producer of personal audio mixers and professional networked audio solutions;
  • Xavtel, the makers of modern high definition video, audio, conference and VoIP applications and products.

As AVnu Alliance grows to nearly 80 members, these new members represent continued momentum for the alliance. This year, the Alliance has added more than a dozen members across multiple market segments. This progression speaks to the industry’s increasing recognition of the benefits of open standards and AVnu certification.

“AVB standards are the future of the A/V networking industry and we are excited to be a part of this strong alliance to bring solutions to our customers,” said Eugene Chen, vice president of international sales for MIPRO.

“It’s important that Imagination supports the standards that enable our customers to build high-quality products utilizing our broad range of multimedia processor IP including our PowerVR video, MIPS-based audio and Ensigma Wi-Fi & Bluetooth,” said Tony King-Smith, EVP marketing, Imagination. “As the audio and video markets continue to expand, AVnu-certified solutions will become an important driver in ensuring the best possible consumer experiences in global markets. We believe that our expertise in all forms of multimedia and networking will ensure we play a valuable role in the AVnu Alliance.”

“Pivitec has a four-year track record in AVB development and after a successful launch of its e64i/o-MADI 64-channel AVB network interface at InfoComm 2014, has chosen to join AVnu Alliance with the express intention of pursuing AVnu certification,” said Pivitec’s Co-Founder Tom Knesel.

Xavtel is also entering products into certification testing. “We are in the process of starting our certification testing and hope to have AVnu-certified hardware very soon,” said Romano M. Cunsolo, director of marketing and business development at Xavtel, who just recently launched an AVB-enabled Senator Networked DSP Conference and Interpretation System.

“Coveloz demonstrated a customizable and scalable solution based on FPGA technology at InfoComm 2014,” said Nestor Amaya, president of Coveloz. “We’ve begun interoperability testing of our system-on-chip product in our Ottawa lab and have plans to go through AVnu-certification testing of the embeddable solution this year. Coveloz is fostering AVB interoperability by offering engineering and certification-support services to adopters of AVB technology.”

In the automotive industry, NXP Semiconductors has their sights set securely on connected cars. “As Ethernet becomes a key enabling technology for automotive applications, NXP is very pleased to join the AVnu Alliance which is building substantial momentum in the marketplace,” said Guenter Sporer, Ethernet segment director for NXP Semiconductors. “Our membership with AVnu will enable the quick deployment of the NXP Ethernet switch and PHY solutions as well as the development of new and advanced products targeted to anticipate future requests of our customers.”

In addition to certification, Alliance members have access to compliance tools, testing plans, and test suites enabling early internal testing. Members may also benefit from participating in member-only plug fests, offering a unique hands-on opportunity for engineers to test connectivity and interoperability.
“We are extremely excited by the addition of these new members to the Alliance, and by the overall growth we’ve experienced within the last year. With each new member added, we all benefit from a valuable mix of innovation and experience,” says AVnu Alliance President Rick Kreifeldt.

About AVnu Alliance

The AVnu Alliance is dedicated to the advancement of streaming audio video by promoting the adoption of IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) standards over the network infrastructure. The organization strives to create an open path to AVB standards, define AVB compliance test procedures, and an AVnu certification program that ensures AVB interoperability of networked AV devices to provide the highest quality streaming experience in professional AV, automotive, and consumer applications to deliver a compelling end user experience.

Press Contact

Caster Communications, Inc. 401-792-7080

Alex Crabb alex@castercomm.com mobile: +1-401-318-2229

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Provides Energy Efficient Lighting Solution for Danish Power Plant

ROSKILDE, Denmark — In 2011, Danish waste management company KARA/NOVEREN set out to replace two furnaces with a state-of-the-art waste-to-energy incineration line. Three years later the incineration line, or more popularly referred to as The Energy Tower, stands tall on the skyline of the Danish City of Roskilde, ready for its opening today, September 2nd 2014 with HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures.

Increasing demands to reduce Co2 emissions from fossil fuels calls for alternative energy production, and implementing a modern facility will allow KARA/NOVEREN to utilize the energy resources from residual waste that cannot otherwise be recycled. In line with KARA/NOVEREN’s vision was for The Energy Tower to become a new Danish landmark. Naturally they wanted an energy efficient lighting solution to go with it so 112 Martin Exterior 410 fixtures and 78 Tripix 1200 LED strips were installed, controlled by Martin’s M-PC software.

KARA/NOVEREN envisioned a structure with the ability to communicate and relay messages of sustainable energy to the public. Located only a few hundred meters from one of the major inroads to the Danish Capital of Copenhagen, it has a huge reach and potentially thousands of spectators on a daily basis.

The Energy Tower was designed by Dutch Architect and expert in sustainable design Erick Van Egeraat, who brought in Danish Lighting Architect Gunver Hansen to identify and implement the most optimal lighting solution. An extensive testing phase began to determine the best choice of fixtures. The requirements for these fixtures were very specific. First of all the lighting solution had to be able to reproduce the lighting concept created by Van Egeraat (described below). All fixtures should be individually controllable to give the building a dynamic expression. It was also crucial that the fixtures would be able to illuminate the relatively difficult projection surface, which was dark and very diverse. At the same time the lighting should be bright and powerful enough to be seen from a distance. Finally, of course there was also a desire for low power consumption.

Even before the construction process had started, various forms of testing were performed on surfaces that resembled the projection surface of The Energy Tower. Ultimately, Martin Professional’s Exterior range fixtures were chosen for the project due to their size, durability, and color reproduction capabilities.

Van Egeraat’s vision for the lighting was for it to be an aesthetic contribution to The Energy Tower as a new landmark, and that it should signal the processes that take place inside of the tower and portray the combustion and energy making process. “At night the backlight perforated façade transforms the incinerator into a gently glowing beacon – a symbol of the plant’s energy production,” said Erick van Egeraat. “Several times an hour a spark of light will gradually grow into a burning flame that lights up the entire building. When the metaphorical fire ceases, the building falls back into a state of burning embers.”

Van Egeraat’s vision for the lighting was for it to be an aesthetic contribution to The Energy Tower as a new landmark, and that it should signal the processes that take place inside of the tower. The lighting scenario that is in place for the opening starts with a white flickering at the bottom that spreads to the whole tower. For a few minutes every hour the spark gradually grows into a blazing flame that encases the whole building. The array of warm colors resembling flames and glowing coals are meant to portray the combustion and energy making process.

“When I designed the tower I wanted the lighting design to complement the building and express what type of building it is and what it does,” said Van Egeraat. “The lighting solution has proven to have many more options than we originally anticipated, and therefore we are now working on additional lighting designs for special occasions such as the Danish Constitution Day, cultural and sporting events etc. Citizens of Roskilde and the surrounding areas will be in for a treat.”

According to Gunver Hansen this was one of the more challenging projects of her career. The structure itself consists of a framing grid built around the new chimney. An amber-colored aluminum plating is mounted onto the grid to form the exterior facade of the tower. The fixtures are mounted inside on the grid between the outer facade and the facade of the inner building, and the fixtures project onto the inner facade, which is visible at night through the laser-cut circular openings of the outer facade. Many factors had to be taken into consideration, e.g. the distance between the exterior facade and the interior projection surface varies across the entire structure. Therefore each individual fixture had to be placed carefully so the colors would mix correctly and the output would be even. Also, as the direct view into the LEDs in the fixtures had to be avoided, a number of the projectors had to be screened off with a specially designed grid.

The next challenge that presented itself was how to mount the fixtures. A lift was not an option as the fixtures had to be mounted between the inner surface and the new exterior facade. As the space was not accessible to any kind of machinery, a team of professional climbers from Danclimb was hired to mount the fixtures via rope access.

Today, on its opening day, the tower is already a well-known landmark and the object of admiration for passers-by. “We’ve already received an overwhelming public support for this project,” said Thorkil Jørgensen, CEO of KARA/NOVEREN. “People respond very well to the idea and the concept, and they really like what it adds to the area in terms of architecture and beautiful lighting. This is extremely valuable to us for branding purposes and to secure a future leading position in waste management. We see it as a great investment on several levels. We’re happy to combine an investment in modern waste management methods with an extraordinarily beautiful structure and landmark for the area.”

“We’re very pleased with the end result,” Lighting Architect, Gunver Hansen added. “The many creative possibilities for changing light color and light patterns on the Energy Tower’s facades work amazingly. I think we have succeeded in creating a shining Energy Tower, that is a fascinating and magical landmark on the dark Roskilde night sky.“

Even though not officially open till today, spectators have already had glimpses of the building in lit condition. For example during the famous Roskilde Festival, The Energy Tower shone orange to mirror the official color of the festival and its main stage. Part of the magic of KARA/NOVEREN’s new Energy Tower is its ability to alter its appearance with future lighting designs for special events, and that the lighting concept sends the message of waste-to-energy to spectators. It is an important message with global relevance.

The Energy Tower has been submitted for the Danish Lighting Award 2014.

Martin Professional Equipment
Exterior 410, 112 pcs.
Tripix 1200, 78 pcs.
Control system: Martin M-PC, RDM 5.5 splitter, Ether 2DMX

Facade Design:
(designed by) Erick van Egeraat
Facade Lighting:
Architectural Concept: (designed by) Erick van Egeraat
Lighting Project: Gunver Hansen Tegnestue
Fixtures, light control, programming, and installation: Martin Professional

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 premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Prism Sound Releases SADiE Version 6.1

Prism Sound has announced the release of SADiE Version 6.1, an update to its highly acclaimed SADiE Version 6.0.0 recording and editing software.

With no dedicated proprietary hardware requirements the SADiE v 6.1 software packs are application based and focus on the core SADiE expertise of Mastering, Radio Production, TV/Film Post, Archiving and Restoration, and high level Sound Design.

Prism Sound has also announced a new and exceptionally competitive pricing structure for its SADiE software packs. With the entry level SADiE PRO now starting at UK £445.00 (plus VAT), the product range is even more cost effective, taking the SADiE brand, reputation and advantages into new markets. The extended compatibility will also significantly reinforce its appeal to professional users around the world.

New SADiE Features

WAV Master
With many more consumers now choosing to buy their music via a download, record labels are increasingly asking mastering engineers to deliver mastered audio as digital WAV files so they can be easily supplied to audio download sites such as iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
SADiE’s newly introduced WAV Master feature allows users to create WAV files for an entire album, using PQ marks to define the start and end of the WAV file for each album track. Track Titles, Artist Name and other information is automatically incorporated into these files. As a further extension of its WAV Master feature, SADiE has also introduced a new high quality Sample Rate conversion algorithm. This brings the sample rate conversion process in-line with the high quality processing standards for which SADiE’s parent company, Prism Sound, is famous.

This ultra-efficient workflow allows SADiE’s PQ list to be used as a single source to create the WAVs, DDP and CDs that are required by today’s mastering engineers.

ISRC in BWF Files
Prism Sound has also incorporated ISRC in BWF into SADiE’s new WAV Master option. This feature is included as part of the Mastering Suite and Sound Suite packs.

Created and standardised by the European Broadcasting Union, Broadcast WAV (BWF) is an extended WAV format that allows ISRC data to be embedded in the file. ISRC stands for International Standard Recording Code. Every song released, and every version of that song, is allocated a unique ISRC by the record label. ISRC is then used to ensure that the correct files are used for playback and replication. It also ensures that artists and recording professionals who stand to benefit financially from any playback or replication are identified and compensated.

The UK Music Producer’s Guild has led the initiative to get BWF adopted as standard, and in conjunction with the EBU it has produced a Recommended Practice document that lays out methods by which an ISRC can be embedded into a BWF.

Other updates

These include an extension to SADiE’s Wav Master functionality with support for reading and writing a WAV file’s LIST-INFO chunk, and for Track Name and Artist metadata (included in Mastering Suite and Sound Suite packs). Prism Sound has also incorporated 32bit floating point format for recording or bouncing to WAV or BWF, thus allowing engineers to work at the highest possible resolution throughout. There is also the option of creating a profile when making a DDP Image or importing one.
In addition to these upgrades, Prism Sound is now including SADIE MTR (Multi-Track Recorder) software in the SADIE6 installer. This will run without license when using an LRX2 or Prism Sound Lyra, Titan, and Atlas, interfaces, and requires a license for native operation.
Looking to the future, SADiE will soon be offering enhanced video support for BlackMagic Design Decklink cards, as well as timecode support on SADiE Native systems (where the ASIO audio hardware supports timecode functionality). These extended new features will be included in an imminent service update. The software element of this update will be available to all 6.1 users, although some users may require additional hardware.

To try out the software, please visit http://www.sadie.com/support/download_v6.php

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The range now includes SADiE digital audio workstations and location recorders. Prism Sound also manufactures audio test and measurement products such as the DSA-1 and the dScope Series III audio analyzer.

For more information please visit www.sadie.com or www.prismsound.com

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