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Hitachi CP-WX8265 Projectors Bring Pop to Texas Church

Hitachi Current 1Katy, Texas, January 19, 2015 – After the environmental projection system in Current – A Christian Church started to lose its color and strength, an upgrade was in order. Current found the perfect fit with Hitachi’s CP-WX8265 projector. Located in Katy, Texas, Current’s Worship and Creative Arts Pastor Evan Schwartz chose the CP-WX8265 for higher brightness and a picture that would “pop.”

“There are two Hitachi CP-WX8265 projectors mounted to the ceiling and they shoot on each side of our platform in the front,” explained Mr. Schwartz. “They are in our main auditorium which seats about 525 at one time.” The projectors are used for both graphics and live video during services.

There were multiple factors in choosing projectors that would fit the needs of the Texas church. “We chose the CP-WX8265 because it was a great HD projector to upgrade to without a huge bill to pay,” said Mr. Schwartz. “It was a much-needed upgrade from our SD projectors. You get quite the bang for your buck. These projectors can fill the entire room.”

Finding a projector that was easy to use was also a key factor in the decision, Mr. Schwartz said. “The projectors are very versatile. It is very easy to use the Perfect Fit feature and the lens shift to get the projector right where you need it to be.” Mr. Schwartz also mentioned how the projector’s ease of use does not compromise the quality of the projection.

The benefits the CP-WX8265 projectors have had on Current’s services have been multiple. “There are too many benefits to name,” explained Mr. Schwartz. “We upgraded our lumen power by twice the amount, threw the signal less than twice the distance, went from SD to HD and made it much more clear to see what we want people to see. When people walk into our facility, we want them to feel like they are walking into the presence of God. These projectors help us do exactly that by giving people a clear visual of what we’re presenting.”

There have been many positive comments from the church members about the new Hitachi projectors. “Many people say that it grabs your attention immediately and keeps you coming back,” said Mr. Schwartz.

For more information on the Current – A Christian Church, visit http://www.currentchristian.org

For more information on Hitachi projectors, visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi America, Ltd.
Hitachi America, Ltd. headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, particle beam therapy technologies, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges with our talented team and proven experience in global markets. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2013 (ended March 31, 2014) totaled 9,616 billion yen ($93.4 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional materials & components, automotive systems, health care and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com.

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Legendary Artist AR Rahman Adopts the HARMAN Studer Vista X Digital Console

Studer_ARRahmanCHENNAI, India – One of the world’s most respected composers, singer/songwriters, musicians and music producers, AR Rahman recently added a HARMAN Studer Vista X digital console to the studio of his YM Movies film production firm in Chennai, India.

A GRAMMY® and Academy Award® winner, AR Rahman is one of the world’s most influential music professionals and is probably best known for his scores and soundtracks in countless feature films, including Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Jodhaa Akbar. Rahman’s compositions are popular for their eclectic blend of musical styles and wide range of instrumentation. To date, Rahman has sold more than 250 million albums worldwide.

Rahman will be using the Vista X to mix audio for the extensive variety of YM Movies projects, as well as Rahman’s other works, including his own solo albums and numerous humanitarian projects.

“The console’s massive number of channels and outputs will speed up laying stems, for big scores in particular,” Rahman said.

Speaking on his decision to purchase the Vista X console, Rahman said it was love at first sight. “I first saw the Vista 5 at the HARMAN store in New York City and I loved the controls,” he noted. “I soon learned about the Vista X and had to have it. It has a very user-friendly vibe and processing redundancy.”

In addition, Rahman’s previous experience with other HARMAN audio equipment provided reassurance that the Vista X would not disappoint. “When I started my Panchathan Record Inn studios, the only speakers I had were JBL Control 5 and 4412,” Rahman said. “I am also a big fan of Lexicon reverbs as well.”

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 CPU-based board. This offers significant advantages, as CPU processing provides a scalable system, faster development of new signal processing designs, huge channel counts, full system redundancy without a single point of failure and the possibility of running third-party algorithms.

“I’m using the Vista X as a full-fledged post-production console,” he said. “Geoff Foster from Air Studios is here mixing over 600 tracks of ProTools on it right now.”

For more information on AR Rahman, please visit www.arrahman.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse Leaps Into Digital With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console

Scraft_Cocoa copy 2COCOA, Florida – First opened to the public in 1924, The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse (CVP) is listed on the national register of historic buildings, and serves as the community theater for regional Broadway performers. Having relied on a HARMAN Soundcraft MH3 console for many years, the in-house staff recently upgraded to a full digital infrastructure featuring the new Soundcraft Vi3000 console.

The CVP has provided Cocoa with affordable community theater and education in the performing arts over the decades. With 17 years of sound engineering experience, Lead Audio/Sound Designer of CVP Gavin Little knew exactly which digital console would suit the venue’s performances the most, opting for the Vi3000.

“I’m a huge Soundcraft fan because of their sound quality, and decided to replace an old analog Soundcraft with a new digital one,” said Little. “Moving over to the Vi3000 from the MH3 was a huge leap in terms of functionality. I wanted to store all the shows and have huge matrix capabilities with delays built into the console. This console does all that and is easy to use.”

Many engineers like Little prefer Soundcraft consoles over alternative brands due to their layout and design. Rather than scrolling through countless menu layers, the Vi3000 allows audio professionals to cut down on setup time and enjoy a smoother mixing experience. The Vi3000 is perfect for addressing workflow issues, even during large-scale productions.

The CVP has a seating capacity of 600 people, and currently hosts 5 shows per week, while also featuring six or seven big musicals per year. The productions consist of full large-scale orchestras and a cast so large that it is common to see 20 wireless microphones on the stage at the same time. To accommodate the channel load, Little also acquired a Soundcraft 32×8 Stagebox for use in the orchestra pit and a Soundcraft 32×16 Stagebox for use on the stage.

“This digital console is laid out so well and so intuitively, that it functions like an analog console,” said Little. “For example, the Vistonics™ screen and the FaderGlow™ are straightforward features that allow me to focus on my job and the show while mixing. I think this is the way of the future, as I was confident to be able to do a show right out of the box.”

“The sound was completely transparent from the moment I turned it on,” said Little. “The console provides true representation of sound, as you could hear the EQ working really well, with the sound being very clean. I’m excited to use this console for our next big show a month from now, which is West Side Story.”

For more information on The Historic Cocoa Village Playhouse, please visit www.cocoavillageplayhouse.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, 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 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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Iowa HS Gym Gets Overhaul From J Sound Services With Yamaha CIS

Central HS Yamaha Speakers

Central High School in, Davenport, IA recently received a new audio system, installed by J Sound Services, Inc. (JSS) in Nashville for their Marshall Gymnasium. The 19,500 sq. ft. gym, seating approximately 2,200 in its bleacher area, needed to improve speech articulation and coverage while providing a permanently installed and easy to operate system. To accomplish this, JSS chose Yamaha Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) products to satisfy the needs of the high school.

“A major complaint to be remedied was that attendees could not understand what was being said during functions in the gymnasium,” states Jason Spence, owner, J Sound Services.

The new system includes 16 Yamaha VXS8 speakers, one Yamaha MTX3 processor, one Yamaha XMV4280 4-channel amplifier, one Yamaha DCP1V-4S wall mount control panel, two Shure BLX4R/SM58 wireless microphones, and
Lowell racks and power.

Spence said that the Yamaha MTX3 processor is managing all of the audio systems’ I/O. It acts as the systems mixer, providing input channel routing and processing such as gain, high-pass filters, EQ, compression, and automatic gain control, as well as output channel/speaker processing for delay, EQ, and limiting. Two channels of wireless microphones and a stereo input from the schools media player feed four of the 8 mic/line inputs of the MTX3. “We are utilizing YDIF digital audio out of the MTX3 to feed the input of the XMV4280 amplifier, Spence says. By doing so, we’ve streamlined our signal path to the amplifier and kept the audio digital, as opposed to using the processor or amplifiers analog I/O.”

“Installing a system that is simple to operate is always an important feature when designing a system that will be operated by non-technical staff, students, and/or volunteers, adds Spence. We provided that simplicity with a Yamaha DCP1V-4S wall mount control panel, so with a touch of a button, the system is on and ready to use. By selecting the appropriate microphone on the wall controller, the microphone’s level is controlled with the volume knob on the wall controller.” MTX processors have three wall mount control panel configurations that provide simple, remote operation of the system, and may also be controlled via free apps available for Android and Apple devices and a WAP.

“Yamaha VXS and VXC speakers have become like our Swiss Army knife of speakers; they are a great sounding, competitively priced speaker, and appropriate for numerous applications, Spence notes. We have installed them with great success in Houses of Worship, golf courses, Universities, High Schools, and currently spec’d to be installed in nightclubs and restaurants this year. It was an obvious choice for Marshall Gymnasium once I determined a distributed system was the right approach for their situation.”

Yamaha’s CIS line of speakers, processors, and amplifiers allowed JSS to design and install a system that solved their client’s sound. “The system exceeded their expectations with an audio system that is simple, reliable, efficient, and flexible for any future additions they may have.”

“The new Yamaha speakers have provided us with the opportunity to hold just about any athletic type of program we want, states Brian Ehlinger, Athletic Director. Before the install, we would hold college signings, awards banquets, and season kickoff nights in the Marshall Gym and no one could understand what was being said. It got to the point where we moved those events to our auditorium instead of our historic gym. Now, with our new system, we can again bring our athletic functions back to the gym. This system allows us a level of intelligibility for speech that is phenomenal. We have already held a function in Marshall with our new system, and our stakeholders are very impressed.

For more information on J Sound Services, Inc. visit www.jss.net.

For more information on Yamaha CIS products, visit www.yamahaca.com.


About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Buddhist Television Network Uses Digigram IQOYA *LINK/LE to Extend Programming Onto Four New Web Radio Channels

Digigram Audio-Over-IP Codecs Provide Broadcast-Quality Audio With Exceptional Reliability

MONTBONNOT, France — Jan. 14, 2015 — Digigram today announced that Seoul, Korea-based Buddhist Television Network (BTN) has built a new Internet radio service on the IQOYA *LINK/LE audio-over-IP transport system. Supplied by system integrator Digicom, four Digigram IQOYA *LINK/LE IP audio codecs ensure straightforward, reliable encoding and streaming of four new Web radio channels that complement BTN’s existing lineup of cable, satellite, and IPTV channel offerings. more

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Sonnet Technologies 2015 NAMM Show Product Preview

Co-exhibiting With Corning Cable Systems in Hall A, Booth 6798

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iZ RADAR STUDIO: RADAR and Pro Tools in One Box

Track and mix with a single, integrated, best-in-class audio appliance

New Westminster, BC – iZ Technology Corporation announces RADAR studio (patent pending), the culmination of 25 years of audio engineering excellence. In addition to its best-in-class sonics, unparalleled build quality, and brilliant simplicity, RADAR studio now runs DAW software, natively. Shipping with Pro Tools* and Harrison Mixbus, RADAR studio creates an entirely new category of digital audio recording technology: the integrated audio appliance.

“Recording is a daunting task. Music producers must research and choose computers, software, audio and sync interfaces, hard drives, and unwieldy digital interface cabling and integrate them all into their studio,” says Barry Henderson, President of iZ Technology Corporation. “RADAR studio is a turnkey solution that makes recording as easy as turning on the power and hitting the record button. The best hardware and your favorite software now seamlessly work together in one box to deliver the highest sound quality. Easy.”

RADAR systems are the premier choice for multi-track recording and playback in some of the finest recording studios, scoring stages, theatres, and post-production houses around the world. Legendary musicians and producers record on RADAR because of its cutting-edge technology, rock-solid reliability, customization capability and, of course, the sound quality it delivers. Now, music producers can run their favorite DAW software and plug-ins inside RADAR studio for the best of both worlds.

RADAR studio Key Features:

Breathtaking Sound – near-zero jitter, pristine signal path and the latest converter technology
Runs Pro Tools – track, mix and automate, using all plug-ins and features of native DAW software
Simplicity – just arm tracks and hit record. Focus on the music
Workflow – integrate iZ Session Controller and MeterBridge for a traditional studio feel
Customizable – configurable I/O, drive bays, external media, DSP cards, and peripherals
Reliability – rock-solid, time tested performance; avoid endless techno-tweaking and mid-session reboots
World-renowned Support – comes with 10 years of free customer support.

iZ Technology Corporation will debut RADAR studio at the annual NAMM Show in Anaheim, California on January 22 in HALL A, booth 6890 and host appearances and Q&A with the following:

Alex Krispin (Engineer for Daniel Lanois) – Thursday, 1/22 at 11am & 2pm.
Nick Peck (Head Editor for Disney Worldwide Publishing) – Friday, 1/23 at 11am & 2pm.
Tony Shepperd (Recording Engineer/Mixer/Producer) – Saturday, 1/24 at 11am & 2pm.

Pricing & Availability:
RADAR studio is available now at an introductory price of $4,995 for a limited time. Pro Tools HD 11 is pre-installed (*user provides license key). Visit www.izcorp.com for product and ordering information.

About iZ Technology Corporation:
iZ Technology Corporation, a Canadian owned and operated company, has been developing visionary music and audio products for 25 years. Their renowned RADAR line of multi-track audio recorders and the unparalleled ADA A/D & D/A audio converters have helped thousands of customers realize their goals by delivering excellence and innovation in recording products of the highest quality. iZ is known for their uncompromising commitment to sound quality, rock solid reliability, extreme ease of use, and outstanding technical support.

DPA Microphones Help Niels Lan Doky Bring Superlative Sound To Tokyo’s Blue Note Club

The Blue Note Japan -credit Yuka Yamaji 1

Tokyo’s famous Blue Note club recently played host to Danish Jazz legend, producer and internationally acclaimed pianist Niels Lan Doky, who performed a series of concerts with Swedish singer and actress Edda Magnason. Also on stage were the other two thirds of Niels’ Jazz trio – drummer Niclas Bardeleben and bass player Ira Coleman, who has also played with Herbie Hancock and Sting.

Key to the success of these concerts was the extensive use of DPA microphones – a brand that Lan Doky insists on using, both on the road and back home in Copenhagen where his own club, The Standard (thestandardcph.dk), is fully equipped with DPA.

“It has been two years since I was last in Japan and these concerts, which were an homage to the Swedish actress and jazz singer Monica Zetterlund, were much anticipated and sold out in advance,” Lan Doky says. “For this reason it was particularly important that I delivered the best show possible. To achieve this aim I knew that DPA microphones would have to be part of the mix. I have been using DPA microphones on piano since 1993 and since October 2013 I have used them exclusively on all instruments at all of the concerts at The Standard. In my own club we are dedicated to an uncompromised top quality sound and we only use DPA there because they are by far the most detailed, precise and ‘true’ microphones on the market. I cannot imagine a concert without them, and this is why we used them on piano, acoustic bass, drums and Edda’s vocals at the Blue Note. These mics are so good that it would be a huge compromise to not have them on recording as well as live.”

Niels Lan Doky took his own DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone to Japan, along with his DPA 3521 Cardiod Compact stereo kit to mic the Blue Note’s grand piano. The kit, which has now been superseded by the d:dicate™ 3511ES stereo kit, consists of two d:dicate 4011ES Cardiod Compact microphones in stereo left/right set up.

Lan Doky says: “I also use a DPA d:vote™ 4099P Instrument Microphone stereo kit for piano, close to the piano’s soundboard in one of the holes in the sound metal frame. This allows me to blend a direct close mic signal with a warm feel and different touch into the mix.”

DPA’s Japanese distributor Hibino Intersound supplied the required d:vote 4099P Instrument Microphone for the Tokyo concerts and also supplied an additional d:facto Vocal Microphone, a d:vote 4099B Instrument Microphone for the upright bass and mics for the drums including a d:dicate 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardiod Compact mic for the bass drum, a d:dicate 4006A Omnidirectional mic that was placed inside the drum kit and a matched pair of d:dicate 4011A Cardiod microphones on overheads.

Ken Kimura, DPA’s General Manager for the APAC region says: “It was very important to Niels that the stage configuration was the same as it is at The Standard. Hibino Intersound were very happy to supply the additional microphones he needed and to offer on-site support throughout the concerts.”

Lan Doky adds that while he loves all of his DPA microphones, the one model he simply can’t live without is the d:facto Vocal Microphone.

“For vocals I swear by this microphone,” he says. “It combines crispness, warmth and precision – all at the same time. Vocalist Edda Magnason who played with my trio has a lot of detail in the frequency spectrum of her voice. For her I can’t imagine using any other microphone. We also took it with us for an appearance on a J-Wave radio show. It is just an amazing vocal microphone.”

Niels Lan Doky and his precious DPA microphones are now safely back in Copenhagen and are being put to good use at The Standard. But he is still extolling the hospitality of his Japanese hosts at the Blue Note Club, the support he received from Hibino Intersound and the sheer fun of performing in a city as vibrant as Tokyo.

“It all sounded so good,” he says. “We had a fantastic time and want to extend our thanks to Hibino Intersound and DPA for helping us materialize the best possible sounding show at The Blue Note Tokyo.”


About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Point Source Audio’s Radically New CM-i3 Intercom Headset Debuts at a Limited-Time Introductory Price

Boasting a patent-pending lightweight and modular design, the groundbreaking headset is now shipping at an extraordinary $289 price through March 31, 2015


Petaluma, CA — January 14, 2015 — As part of their ongoing commitment to provide audio professionals with the ultimate in technology engineering and functional ease, industry pioneer Point Source Audio (PSA) is proud to announce the official unveiling of the CM-i3 Intercom Headset—strategically designed to deliver an unparalleled combination of noise isolation, lightweight comfort and earphone modularity.

Regularly priced at $400 MSRP, the CM-i3 is being offered at a limited-time introductory price of $289 through March 31, 2015 at select retailers. This revolutionary intercom headset is available with varying male/female XLR connectors, and even a 3.5mm option to support intercom apps for iPhones and iPads. All CM-i3 packages include Point Source Audio’s pro-quality EM-3 in-earphones installed, microphone assembly, three sets of eartips, windscreen, and a custom storage case.

“The design advancements of the CM-i3 address what customers are looking for in a professional quality noise-isolation com headset,” said James Lamb, President of Point Source Audio. “Most users wear their com headsets for long hours so we engineered the CM-i3 to provide the necessary performance without all the bulk and weight. And our introductory price is just one more incentive for consumers to experience the CM-i3’s long-wearing comfort for themselves.”

The CM-i3’s binaural functionality solves the challenges of high-noise environments by reducing noise and increasing audio intelligibility better than monaural headsets. It is equally well-suited for camera operators, stage and screen technicians and control room engineers in all types of professional trade applications such as front of house, live entertainment, or media production.

At a weight of just two ounces, the CM-i3’s patent-pending design is a slim-line, elegant alternative over traditional head clamp-style headsets that can weigh almost 10 times as much. Consumers will notice the immediate difference in wearing comfort, especially after eight to nine hours a day or longer of sustained wearing. Due to its tremendous reduction in mass and weight, the company advises there may even be a period for users to become accustomed to the remarkable difference in this lighter weight com headset.

The CM-i3 earphones are lightweight but also functional for switching between three listening modes—left, right, or left and right — to create the desired audio mix, and without having to remove or adjust the entire headset. Three sizes of eartips are supplied with each CM-i3 intercom headset so users can design a personal fit. The earphones are modular allowing for on-site service replacement, or swapping out with other limited varieties of in-earphones.

Price and Availability

The CM-i3 intercom headsets are now shipping and can be purchased at select resellers and distributors worldwide. The following models—available in varying terminations compatible for Clear-Com, Telex, RTS, and other popular intercom systems—are priced at a limited-time $289 introductory price (a $111 savings off the $400 MSRP) through March 31, 2015:

CM-i3-4F – equipped with 4-pin female XLR
CM-i3-4M – equipped with 4-pin male XLR
CM-i3-5F – equipped with 5-pin female XLR
CM-i3-5Mm – equipped with 5-pin male XLR mono
CM-i3-5Ms – equipped with 5-pin male XLR stereo
CM-i3-PH – equipped with 3.5 mm plug for iPhone and iPad intercom apps

Custom terminations may be requested through Point Source Audio. More information about the CM-i3 and Point Source Audio’s other industry-leading audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (@PSA_audio) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features, and a winner of the 2014 Best Microphone award. As the Digigram Distributor for the Americas, the world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, and IP audio and video networking technology are also available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

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Tightrope Media Systems Scales for Enterprise-Level Digital Signage with Carousel 6.5

New release accelerates rendering times, improves remote diagnostics for out-of-home networks

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, January 15, 2015
Tightrope Media Systems is enhancing its Carousel digital signage system at Digital Signage Expo (March 10-12, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 2631) with new tools to accelerate content rendering speed across out-of-home networks of any size. The updates, now available in the recent Carousel 6.5 release, improve core processing and memory utilization for increased rendering times—to the tune of 60 times faster.


The Carousel 6.5 enhancements empower network operators to seamlessly scale networks to an infinite number of screens and locations, without adversely affecting network performance. The faster rendering performance specifically benefits the creation and distribution of weather bulletins, RSS feeds, and other time-sensitive content that requires real-time display. To achieve this, Carousel 6.5 amplifies its server performance to more effectively scale across multiple cores. Tightrope’s Carousel enterprise servers are easily scaled by adding further processing cores as the number of player end points escalates.

At Digital Signage Expo, Tightrope will also introduce Carousel Detective, a network diagnostics tool incorporated within the Carousel server core. The software-defined architecture allows network operators and Tightrope service engineers to access Carousel Detective over IP from any connected device for troubleshooting and general performance monitoring, further enhancing the enterprise-level performance of Carousel 6.5.

“Tightrope continues to invest in improving the user experience,” said Eric Henry, signage solutions leader, Tightrope Media Systems. “With enterprise-level bulletin rendering across large-scale network now taking a matter of seconds, our customers are assured timely distribution of dynamic and time-sensitive content across networks of any size. These improvements, along with extensive diagnostic toolset of Carousel Detective, set the stage for significant strides in next-generation Carousel systems on the horizon—notably a far richer, intuitive and user-friendly GUI on tap for the next major software release later this year.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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