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FSR Launches Next-Generation Matrix Switcher

Company Extends Line of Cost-Effective and Easy to Use Solutions For An Array of Pro-AV Applications

Woodland Park, NJ — FSR is once again extending its range of innovative Pro AV solutions with the launch of its new, next-generation matrix switcher. Joining the company’s switcher line of products that already address the needs of all types of users, FSR is now introducing its DV-HMSW4K-88 Matrix switcher, which routes eight HD sources to any eight HDTV displays.

The new FSR DV-HMSW4K-88 Matrix switcher supports 1080p full HD up to 4K plus all 3D formats, along with multichannel digital audio formats such as PCM, Dolby® True HD and DTS-HD® Master Audio™. Switching and other commands can easily be implemented using the front-panel push buttons, IR remote control, RS-232, or via TCP/IP.

“FSR has always had a dynamic range of product offerings, enabling us to accommodate so many markets with smart technologies and solutions, including our complex matrix switchers, which are cost-effective, easy to use and reliable,” said company president Jan Sandri. “To this end, we are thrilled to be able to extend our line of matrix switchers by introducing the new DV-HMSW4K-88. With so many great features, we can support the many needs of AV professionals in a wide variety of applications.”

Among its many features, the DV-HMSW4K-88 supports resolutions up to 1080p@60Hz, 48-bit deep color, 4k@30Hz; allows any source to be displayed on multiple displays at the same time; allows any HDMI display to view any HDMI source at any time; allows PCM, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD master audio pass through HDMI output; offers multiple switching mode, push-in button, IR remote control, RS-232 control, and TCP/IP control; offers easy installation with rack-mounting ears; offers full 3D pass through; is HDCP compliant; and includes 9 IR receivers, 8 IR transmitters, a handheld IR Remote Control, and power supply.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

John Naylor Joins PESA to Lead Global Sales for Growing Streaming Product Line

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has hired John Naylor to serve as vice president, global sales and distribution, streaming products, effective Sept. 2. He will manage the company’s sales efforts for its PESA XSTREAM multi-channel streaming appliances and PESA Live streaming app for live event venues.

Naylor has been a part of the professional video industry for more than 20 years, most recently as marketing product manager and business development manager at Ross Video. He has held several positions with GrassValley, including managing their switchers product line. He also established Convergent Intelligence, an industry consulting firm, served as vice president of business development for NewTek, and was head of software solutions for Snell & Wilcox. Recently, Naylor hosted webinars about streaming for the SMPTEProfessionalDevelopmentAcademy, and has previously presented at the HPA Tech Retreat and the NAB Show, among others.

“In less than two years, PESA’s range of streaming products has really grown. Now it’s time to take those proven solutions and expand our user base,” said Chuck Tillett, president and COO of PESA. “John has the knowledge and experience we need to attract customers in a number of verticals and make PESA a dominant force in the streaming marketplace.”

Naylor will be based out of San Antonio. Contact him at (210) 556-8247 or via e-mail at jnaylor@pesa.com.

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. >From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

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Stewart Audio Launches Low-Power Networked Amplifier Series

Compact, affordable Dante™-enabled amplifiers bring audio networking benefits to installations requiring lower channel counts for local amplification

SONORA, California, September 4, 2014 — The benefits of digital audio networking continue to extend past the mixing board and signal processing racks, bringing simpler connectivity, lighter infrastructure and improved flexibility and control to the amplification stage and beyond. However, most networked amplifiers today specialize in high channel counts for large installations, with amplifiers centralized in densely populated racks to serve global PA systems.

Stewart Audio today introduces a family of four low-wattage, networked amplifiers that address the need for lower channel count support at the local amplification stage. The new series brings the benefits of power-efficient digital audio networking to an underserved customer base, where consultants, systems integrators, dealers and end users require simple, affordable networked amplifier solutions scaled for smaller zones. This provides an affordable and reliable option to the larger, high-wattage amplifiers for high channel counts that permeate the market.

Importantly, the compact footprint of all four products enables simple installation at endpoints, providing networked amplification to smaller zones – whether for standalone needs in small-to-mid-sized installations; or to provide low-power amplification to smaller, distant zones in larger scale projects. Dual inputs in two models (AV25-2 NET+, CVA50-1 NET+) allow customers to serve both local and global PA systems if desired, with the option to target and prioritize pages and other audio events across many zones. This flexibility ensures that Stewart Audio customers can address larger facility needs while filling the void of local amplification requirements.

“To date, the market has lacked an affordable way to position networked amplifiers at endpoints,” said Brian McCormick, chief marketing officer, Stewart Audio. “Our new family of compact amplifiers create a cost-efficient way to run CAT5 or CAT6 cable to local zones, allowing our customers to enjoy the benefits of digital audio networking beyond the central infrastructure. These products give our customers a simple and affordable way to address a broad range of low power, low channel count applications without the expense of larger networked amplifiers, or the complexity of architecting custom solutions with bridge devices and analog amplifiers.”

Stewart Audio incorporates the market-leading Dante™ media networking solution from Audinate into its product architecture to enable many operational benefits. The incorporation of Dante Ultimo technology in all four products specifically addresses the requirement of affordable networking solutions for lower channel counts and lower power consumption. Compatibility with other Dante-enabled products is also ensured for a seamless, high-performance networking architecture across installations of any size.

Installations are further simplified with the presence of Symetrix Composer 2.0 software. Composer 2.0 software natively integrates device discovery and signal routing all four new products through its unique Dante third-party programming environment. This further reduces complexity for the installer, accelerating deployment times and creating a cohesive end-to-end Dante networking solution with local amplification.

The complete range of new Stewart Audio networked amplification solutions include:
• AV25-2 NET+: A 2x25W, 4 or 8 ohm low impedance amplifier with two analog and two Dante inputs, and remote and local volume control. Automated port switching can override audio feeds depending on which Dante or analog feed is set to priority.
AV25-2 NET: A digital-only version of the AV25-2 NET+ with two Dante inputs.
• CVA50-1 NET+: A 50W, 70/100V mono amplifier with one analog and one Dante input, remote and local volume control, and automated priority port switching to insert local audio feeds over main programs.
CVA50-1 NET: A digital-only version of the CVA50-1 NET+ with a single Dante input.

All four compact solutions can be pole mounted or attached to a flat surface near loudspeakers, and are plenum-rated to reduce the installation costs associated with rack-mounted systems. However, the 1/3RU design enables simple integration into central equipment racks if desired.

ABOUT Stewart Audio
Since 1982, Stewart Audio’s singular focus has been making a difference in sound reinforcement. Our broad array of compact standard and network amplifiers span both analog and digital worlds. With a commitment to innovation and quality, we provide our customers with a unique combination of features from RS232 control to DSP in a compact package. Visit the company’s website at www.stewartaudio.com.
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Professional Wireless Systems Keeps the Music Playing for Telemundo’s Premios Tu Mundo

RF Equipment and On-Site Technical Expertise Ensures Exceptional Coverage for Latin Pop Culture Awards

MIAMI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 – When Telemundo’s third annual Premios Tu Mundo awards show took to the stage at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Professional Wireless Systems (PWS) was on-hand to support the star-studded spectacular, providing RF equipment and on-site expertise for the red carpet, morning show and live broadcast of the pop culture awards program.

Premios Tu Mundo is an awards show that celebrates Latin pop culture and combines the power of television, web, mobile and social media platforms to give fans the final say in what’s hot in everything that moves and inspires them, including novelas, music, fashion, movies and sports. The red carpet pre-show featured celebrities such as Yandel, Juanes and David Bisbal, to name a few.

“Since the show’s inception three years ago, the PWS team has been providing a range of wireless equipment along with its expert frequency coordination services, and we are excited to be back once again,” says Jim Van Winkle, general manager of PWS. “Live broadcasts always present their own unique set of challenges, but, we are incredibly familiar with the American Airlines Arena and the Miami RF market, which offers us a significant advantage, as we can anticipate the general causes for concern during the show and remain on-guard and ready to solve any issues that may arise within the spectrum.”

During the Premios Tu Mundo festivities, PWS supplied the network with microphones, IFBs and wireless communications for the red carpet event and Telemundo’s morning show, Un Nuevo Día, which built up excitement for the show by broadcasting enticing promotional segments in the days leading up to the awards. The PWS team, including Evan Hall and Frankie Castro, offered their onsite support to Telemundo’s morning show. PWS also worked closely with Brooks Schroeder, the main RF coordinator during the event, and Chad Meise, along with John Garrido, handled frequency coordination for the red carpet.

For the live broadcast itself, PWS provided Shure Axient systems, Shure PSM 1000s, Shure UHFRs, Sennheiser 5200 Is, Telex BTR 800 wireless intercoms and IFBs, as well as a range of PWS’ Domed and Helical Antennas. PWS worked with Brooks Schroeder, who handled frequency coordination for the show, in addition to Acoutech, which provided the show with PA and monitor systems, microphones and in-ear monitors.

Throughout the duration of the live broadcast, PWS worked with Schroeder to monitor the event, continuously searching for unregistered wireless devices that posed the potential of frequency interference. “It is important to stay on top of who is using the spectrum and to ensure that everyone is in compliance so that there are no unexpected signal issues, especially since this is a live broadcast,” adds Van Winkle. “With our experience and expertise, the services we provide, along with the gear we select, allow us to find, isolate and minimize any potential problems that may arise, ensuring a smooth broadcast for the awards show’s multitude of listeners tuning in from their homes.”

For more information about Professional Wireless Systems, visit http://www.professionalwireless.com.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and Vice President and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “MAMMA MIA!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Renkus-Heinz Appoints Roscoe Anthony to President’s Post

Orange County, CA – September 2014…  Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Roscoe Anthony to the position of President.

Anthony joins Renkus-Heinz after a lengthy and successful tenure as President of Califone, a leading provider of audio and multimedia solutions for education. His twelve years at Califone saw the company through a period of record growth, including a dramatic transition of the company’s product lines from analog to digital.

His resume also includes stints as Division Manager for pro audio manufacturer Tascam, as well as executive positions at JBL Professional and SKB. Also an experienced advertising executive, Anthony presided over award-winning ad agency Reeds & Farris, and was named one of the “Top 100 People in Advertising” by Advertising Age magazine.

Anthony joins Renkus-Heinz during a period of unprecedented growth for the company. Throughout the recent economic downturns, Renkus-Heinz has seen a continued surge in sales, and has made significant additions to its engineering staff. Anthony’s new position will see him spearheading the company’s continued evolution, working closely with company founder and Chairman Harro Heinz.

“Roscoe brings with him an extraordinarily wide-ranging skillset, with deep expertise in business, marketing, and manufacturing, along with a powerful grasp of today’s complex technologies,” remarks Harro Heinz. “We are truly pleased to welcome him, and are looking forward to working together.”

“Renkus-Heinz is one of a handful legendary companies that has paved the foundations of professional audio,” adds Anthony, “I’m honored to be joining the organization at such an auspicious time, and I look forward to helping guide the company to a path of even greater growth and success.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

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IBC 2014: Variety of FOR-A Video Solutions to Make Show Debut

Booth highlights include: the FT-ONE-OPT 4K camera, FRC-9000 4K frame rate converter, FA-505 4K signal processor, and HVS-XT2000 4K vision mixer

Brugherio, Italy – At the upcoming IBC Show, FOR-A will showcase a variety of its new video production solutions. The company will exhibit in Hall 2, Stand A51 during the show, which runs September 12-16 at the Amsterdam RAI.

A highlight of FOR-A’s booth will be the FT-ONE-OPT – the newest version of the company’s 4K variable frame rate camera. The camera enables operators to shoot from the field with ease, allowing up to 1km distance between the unit and base station via optical cable. Capable of shooting up to 900 frames per second, the FT-ONE continuously outputs live full 4K signals and includes the ability to color correct video output live using its 12-axis system. The camera will be shown with FOR-A’s ZE-ONE 4K extraction system, which gives users the ability to frame and extract desired 4K image areas for HD replays. Ideal for broadcasting and sports applications, the FT-ONE OPT has been used by major broadcasters to produce 4K and 8K footage of major sporting events this year.

FOR-A will expand its popular XT series of video production mixers with the introduction of the XT2000 vision mixer, which offers unique capabilities that make vision mixing more versatile than ever before. Allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the XT2000 features MELite™, which gives the 2 M/E unit the power and functionality of a 6 M/E unit. MELite enables a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The 4K compatible XT2000 also includes ONStage™, full operator transition control, and the ability to preview a mix, wipe, or key change before it goes on air. Other features of the new unit include key customization with FLEXaKEY™, FOR-A’s P-MEM™ panel memory system, and a new easy-to-use menu system.

FOR-A will also introduce the FRC-9000 4K HD frame rate converter. Building on the success of the FRC-8000 unit, this new frame rate converter features FOR-A’s enhanced state-of-the-art motion compensated frame rate conversion technologies. Ideal for live transmission use, the FRC-9000 can be used as a 2 X HD/SD-SDI frame rate converter.

Other solutions that will be debuting for the first time include: the MFR-6464 video routing switcher and Fujitsu video streaming software for its IP series of encoder and decoder solutions.

First introduced at NAB2014, FOR-A’s FA-505 multi channel signal processor will make its IBC debut. The five-input, five-output signal processor features up/down/cross/aspect ratio conversion capability on each input. Ideal for 4K applications, features of the unit include: a powerful synchronizer that includes frame/line/AVDL modes, video delay line of up to eight frames, full RGB color correction, and 16 channels of embedded audio per channel – with the ability to remap channels from any input to any output.

Other video solutions that will make their European debut in FOR-A’s booth include the MV-4200 multi viewer – a compact, 2 RU unit multi viewer that accepts 4K signals, and is capable of handling up to 68 inputs and 8 outputs. FOR-A will also show its URC-4000 super resolution 4K up converter, which features unique I/P (Interlace/Progressive) and resolution conversion technology to turn HD video into 4K in real time. Both the MV-4200 and URC-4000 were introduced at NAB earlier this year.
Other FOR-A technology introduced earlier this year at NAB that will be shown at IBC for the first time includes the VTW-350HS HD character generator, the LTR-200HS6 LTO video archiving recorder, and the FRC Export Plug-in – frame rate converter software for Adobe Premier Pro.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, visit our web site at www.for-a.co.jp

KanexPro HDBaseT™ Extender for Digital Signage and Corporate AV

As video technology continues its progressive march, the demands placed on it also increase from 4K resolutions to higher color depths and longer runs, says Samuel Miranda, Business Development Manager. And you might have the biggest, highest resolution TV screen available, but if the signal reaching it isn’t at its strongest, then it doesn’t do you much good.

KanexPro is proud to announce its one of a kind HDBaseT™ Extender with PoH (Power over HDBaseT) and HDMI output on the transmitter for local monitor support which extends HDMI signals using shielded CAT6 up to 100 meters providing bi-directional IR and RS-232 control.

HDBASE100POEL

For the starters, the Extender supports solid resolutions up to UltraHD 4K with EDID and HDCP compliant ensuring proper handshake and output at the display side.

Key Features for AV Design and Install:

• Support for PoE – Power over Ethernet from either side of the extender set up to 330 feet (Tx to Rx – Rx to Tx) saving electrician’s cost and one power outlet.

• LAN accessibility available through 1x Ethernet port on the Sender to route Internet signals to 2x Ethernet jack on the Receiver for PC, media player or Smart TV connectivity over a single CAT6 cable using HDBaseT technology.

• Locking HDMI connectors and power supplies which protects the unit from cable jostling and signal loss.

• HDMI loop for local monitor out while extending 330’ to the receiver side. Fully compliant with the latest HDCP specifications and supports EDID management for proper resolution output up to ultra HD 4K, 1080p/60/120Hz & 3D.

The transmitter and receiver sets are built with aircraft grade aluminum enclosure, which provide light weight for mounting behind flat-panel TV’s or over the ceiling structures with sturdy finish.

Ideally used for Connected Home Theater applications, Digital Signage, Corporate AV, classroom technology and government applications where you can route ultra HD signals up to 330 feet (100meters) over a single STP CAT6a cable and provide power over Ethernet to the receiver side of the extender or vice versa.

About KanexPro

KanexPro is a key player in the Pro AV space as a manufacturer of presentation system switchers, converters and extenders for the latest HDMI & HDBaseT™ connectivity products. We offer premium quality products at competitive pricing to meet the needs of systems integrators and our AV customers.

For more information please visit: www.kanexpro.com

STEWART FILMSCREEN APPOINTS PETER BROWN AS VP, SALES AND MARKETING

Formerly a top sales and marketing executive at Pioneer Elite, Sonance, and Hitachi, Brown will spearhead Stewart’s sales and marketing efforts, commencing with the presentation of The Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo 2014 

TORRANCE, CA – September 3, 2014– Stewart Filmscreen Corp., the leading international manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings for residential and commercial applications, announced the appointment of Peter Brown as VP, Sales and Marketing, who joined the Company in August. 

A seasoned executive with deep-rooted industry affiliations, Peter’s background includes more than 35 years of sales and marketing experience. His career began in audio-video retail sales, merchandising and management, he then went on to Pioneer where he was VP of Sales for the Home Entertainment Division. Later, he went on to be the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Sonance’s iPort line and Director of National Accounts for all the company’s retail brands. He held a similar role at Hitachi, where he served as Vice President of Consumer Sales, leading a $300M regional sales team. 

“I look forward to working directly with Stewart dealers to make the company as easy and beneficial to work with as possible,” says Brown. “I’m excited about the momentum Stewart is building and the future opportunities in store for the company and its dealer network. This is a very exciting time for the company and I am incredibly enthusiastic about what the future holds. CEDIA Expo will be a great time to meet and I encourage everyone who is interested in doing so to come by the booth (#136).” 

Peter’s broad base of leadership experience ranges from small startups to large, multinational companies. His professional foundation was established from first with business management education from the University of California at Santa Cruz and then also Golden Gate University Law School. Peter is known for his deft relationship skills and has a reputation for sincerely caring about the growth and success of his customers. He will be in charge of Stewart Filmscreen residential sales, serving as the in-house contact for the residential market, as well as spearheading marketing initiatives for both the residential and commercial channels. 

“Peter brings with him a strong written corporate governance for our day-to-day customer relations at Stewart Filmscreen. He inspires people and motivates teams,” says Stewart Filmscreen CEO, Grant Stewart. “We’re confident that he will not only bring cohesion to our internal teams and a new level of service and support to our customers and partners, but also deploy initiatives that will further Stewart’s goals of being a nimble company that dynamically responds to the marketplace while staying true to our legacy as the premiere manufacturer of high-performance projection screens.” Furthering, “We will continue to enhance our capabilities across departments, to ensure that Stewart Filmscreen customers receive the highest level of support possible coupled with the finest screen solutions available.” 

Peter will join the Stewart Filmscreen team at CEDIA Expo in Denver next week at the Colorado Convention Center, in Stewart’s Booth (#136). There, Stewart will show some of the most cutting-edge video displays that can be custom engineered to provide the best possible image available for the residential market. A demonstration of the latest 4K+ technologies, The Stewart Filmscreen 4K+ Ultra HD Experience Center at CEDIA Expo, is one not to be missed.

Those interested in experiencing, delivering, and learning more about achieving the best image possible for any application imaginable are encouraged to connect with Stewart during CEDIA Expo in booth #136.

Visit www.stewartfilmscreen.com, e-mail request@stewartfilmscreen.com, call (800) 762-4999, or follow @StewartFilm for more on Stewart’s legendary screens and award-winning technology. Please contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications at Katye@kmbcomm.com or (406) 446-1283 for additional information or to schedule a media tour.

About Stewart Filmscreen
Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., with additional manufacturing and satellite sales facilities in Ohio, Singapore, and Denmark, Stewart Filmscreen has been the consistent choice of discerning clientele around the world for more than 65 years. An Academy Award-winning manufacturer of projection screens and specialty optical coatings, aesthetic-conscious architects, consultants, systems designers, and property owners rely on Stewart Filmscreen for the perfect combination of superior quality, flexible design, and dedicated support, and we consistently deliver. Providing the most immersive experience in the industry, Stewart can custom engineer a projection screen solution to meet nearly every need. Proprietary material science and innovative manufacturing methods allow Stewart to produce some of the most optically immaculate screens in the world, ultimately delivering a visual entertainment experience that’s unrivaled in the marketplace. Simply put, if a screen can be imagined, Stewart Filmscreen can deliver it. www.stewartfilmscreen.com | @StewartFilm

Stewart Filmscreen Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett | President | KMB Communications Inc. | (425) 328-8640 | Katye@KMBComm.com | @katyemcgregor

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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.

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