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Martin Audio MLA Goes The Distance At BottleRock 2014

Napa, CA––Under new management, BottleRock 2014 provided three days of exceptional music, food and drink without any of the problems that affected last year’s trial launch.

As Jason Alt of Delicate Productions, provider of audio, video and lighting for the event points out, “This year’s festival was smoother, more organized and better run. Participating vendors and artists were taken care of in advance and everyone had a very positive festival experience.”

The eclectic lineup for the festival included The Cure, Outkast, Weezer, TV On The Radio, Heart, Third Eye Blind, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms and dozens more bands, solo artists and comedians that spanned a range of styles and musical generations.

Once again, Delicate provided Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact loudspeaker systems for the two main sponsored stages, Toshiba and Sprint, to ensure proper coverage within the festival grounds and output control to prevent noise overspill in surrounding residential neighborhoods.

“The city of Napa didn’t have a noise ordinance until after last year’s event and we teamed with the city to establish one that would work for the festival and the city,” Jason explains. “We came up with 105dB C-weighted at front of house, 110 feet from the stage, measured over an hour period average. This gave us enough latitude for bands to get louder for ten minutes at a time, which allowed for dynamics within that average without adversely affecting any artist’s performance.

“None of the artists or engineers had any issues with the noise ordinance. Even with the newly imposed time restrictions of stopping by 10pm, the festival went really well. And we had no noise complaints from those living near the festival site either.”

Part of this year’s new PA guidelines included removing the delay towers from the main stage to eliminate excess noise, which had no negative impact on coverage according to Alt. “It made the throw for MLA about 600 feet and the system still performed really well. The audience listening experience didn’t suffer at all. People were able to hear it and everything sounded really consistent and clear.”

The Toshiba main stage system consisted of two speaker clusters a side, each consisting of 16 Martin Audio MLA and two MLD (downfill) enclosures; 24 ground-stacked MLX subs; 12 W8LM speakers for front fills; two clusters for side fills, each containing 4 W8C, 4 W8CS compact subs, and 2 WS218X subs; and 6 MLA Compact each as side hangs.

An Avid Profile 96/24 console was used for FOH, and Yamaha PM5D-RH, DSP5D and Avid Venue 48/24 consoles were used for Monitors. Six Shure UHF-R wireless systems with SM58 capsules were also part of the main stage setup.

For the second (Sprint) stage, Delicate combined 18 Martin Audio MLA Compact enclosures per side with 12 DSX ground-stacked subs; 2 side fill clusters containing 2 W8Cs, 2 W8CS compact subs and a WS218X sub; 4 W8LCs for front fills and Martin Audio LE1200S and LE2100S stage monitors to complete the package.

Asked about MLA, Outkast FOH engineer Darcy Khan replied, “I enjoyed the system a lot. The most important thing was the clarity at 200 feet. I was skeptical about that because a lot of line arrays claim to have it but don’t deliver. And this is the only system I’ve come across that can produce enough low end with just 24 subs, but the way Delicate set it up with that block across the front of the stage, it was there. I was very pleased with it, the system really delivered the goods.”

Concluding, Jason added, “Overall the MLA’s performance exceeded our expectations. Everybody was very impressed with what the system was able to do and all of the engineers, many of whom were new to the system, had a great mixing experience with it.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Robben Ford Sounds Spectacular In Asia Thanks To DPA

American blues, jazz and rock guitarist Robben Ford delivered an outstanding live performance when he and his band played Shatin Town Hall Auditorium in Hong Kong recently.

The sound quality was enhanced by the use of DPA microphones, a selection of which played a key role in ensuring the success of the event.

“As a concert promoter for over ten years, I have to say that Robben’s concert was our BEST in terms of sound and audio quality,” says Mr. Clarence Chang, from Jazz World Live Series that organized the concert. “This is all thanks to the great engineer Richard Wheeler and DPA Microphones.”

Named as one of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of the 20th Century by Musician Magazine, Robben Ford was a member of the LA Express and has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of all time including Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis and George Harrison.

For his Hong Kong performance, Ford used a DPA d:facto™ Vocal Microphone, while his guitar amps and the bass amp were picked up by DPA d:dicate™ 2011C Twin Diaphragm Compact Cardioid Recording Microphones.

Sound engineer Richard Wheeler used a d:dicate 2011C microphone for the kick drum, positioning it half way into the hole where it delivered a clean, punchy and powerful sound. The top of the snare was also miked using a d:dicate 2011C, which was twinned with a DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphone positioned on the bottom of the snare. All of the other drums were picked up individually using d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones in close proximity, while a perfect stereo image for the live mix was captured using a pair of DPA d:dicate 4011A stereo matched overhead recording microphones.

Robben Ford’s set also featured a Hammond B3 organ with a Leslie speaker. Two d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones were used to pick up the top spinning horn rotor in stereo, while the bass rotor was captured using another d:dicate 2011C microphone.

Commenting on the sound quality after the show, Wheeler says: “I was amazed by it, especially the sound from the d:facto Vocal Microphone. It sounded just like Robben himself.”

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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

SunBriteTV Launches SunBriteDS Outdoor Digital Signage Displays, Upgraded Residential Models at InfoComm 2014

THOUSAND OAKS, California, June 11, 2014 — SunBriteTV, manufacturer of the world’s best-selling outdoor television, will be at InfoComm 2014 (booth #C5835) exhibiting its new and expanded offering of outdoor digital signage displays to systems integrators, commercial end-users and venue operators. Along with the newly released Signature Series consumer line, SunBrite will be showcasing the revamped commercial Pro Series and SunBriteDS, a comprehensive line of high-performance outdoor digital signage products.

The SunBriteDS products will be the most comprehensive line of outdoor digital signage models in the industry available in several sizes, orientations and touchscreen capabilities. InfoComm 2014 will also be the debut of the SunBriteDS Marquee Series, featuring 2,000-NIT LED displays and SunBrite’s vaunted Enhanced Solar Tolerance technology. As the best-performing line of outdoor digital displays available, the Marquee Series will also be impervious to isotropic blackout.

SunBrite’s InfoComm booth will also feature newly upgraded SunBriteTV Pro Series and Signature Series models. The new Pro Series will feature ambient light sensors and enhanced LED panels, while larger displays will be added to the new Signature Series.

First released in 2004, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions incorporate more than 10 years of research, design and weatherproof technology, resulting in the world’s first and only time-tested true outdoor TVs. SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are fully weatherproof, protected from rain, dust, insects, humidity, grease and salty air due to a rugged exterior and watertight Cable Entry System.

Designed for permanent installation outdoors, SunBriteTV’s outdoor televisions are superior to indoor televisions when it comes to both safety and performance. Specialized gaskets and insulated electronics keep all wiring safe from every kind of natural element from moisture to insects. The bright, anti-glare screens are specially designed to deliver bright HD images outdoors, day or night.

Visit SunBriteTV at booth #C5835 at InfoComm to see the new products in-person, learn more about becoming an Authorized Dealer or to speak with a sales representative about how SunBriteTV’s outdoor displays can boost your amusement park, bar/nightclub, hospitality or restaurant business.

For more information on SunBriteTV please visit www.sunbritetv.com or call the sales department directly at 866.357.8688.

Follow SunBriteTV on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SunBriteTV

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV engineers and manufactures award-winning televisions and displays built specifically for outdoor use. SunBriteTV developed the industry’s first all-weather TV in 2004 and its products have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arenas, restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and airports. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

D-Tools Partners with InfoComm AV-iQ to Make AV-iQ Catalog Available within System Integrator™ Software Platform

Integrated InfoComm AV-iQ data provides SI users with access to comprehensive resource for audio visual equipment, service providers, and case studies to simplify research and specification of manufacturer products

CONCORD, CA, USA – JUNE 9, 2014 —D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, announced today it has reached an agreement with InfoComm International to provide D-Tools System Integrator (SI) software users with direct access to the InfoComm AV-iQ Online Resource from within the D-Tools software environment. This partnership will give SI users access to AV-iQ’s comprehensive library of audio-visual manufacturer products, resources and case studies, which will ultimately help further streamline efficiencies for the specification, design, and integration of low voltage electronic systems.

Powered by InfoComm International, AV-iQ provides North American audio-visual integrators with the most comprehensive pro-AV resource available. AV-iQ users are able to explore equipment catalogs by way of a brand-new product data comparison tool and BIM library, and can also access a case study library for cutting-edge installation inspiration. Also provided is the ability to locate nearby service providers with the AV Services Directory and Unified Communications directory, as well as exclusive access to product news, industry updates and tools.

“We’re pleased to integrate our comprehensive industry resource into the D-Tools System Integrator software platform, providing a highly proficient user community of AV integrators greater access to the product specifications that are critical to their success,” said John Fuchs, Senior VP of InfoComm AV-iQ.

The integration of InfoComm AV-iQ data into the D-Tools Data Browser environment will make it easy for SI users to find the right product for the job. As a value-added component of D-Tools SI’s data-driven workflow, AV integrators have a wealth of information available at the critical design and specification phase of the project, greatly reducing research time, and ensuring that they are specifying the best possible solution for their client engagements. With this partnership, the D-Tools software platform is more than just a workflow-enhancing toolset for users; it also provides a window into the audio-visual marketplace at a macro level.

“This relationship gives our users InfoComm AV-iQ’s vast, current, and in-depth product information at the time that they need it most—during the proposal and design part of the job—and as a seamless part of their workflow,” said Tim Bigoness, VP of Sales and Marketing for D-Tools. “We’re excited to provide our users access to this incredible resource directly from the System Integrator software environment as we know it will make a positive impact on their workflow.”

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 platforms. 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.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com, (866) 386-6571 ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

About InfoComm iQ
In addition to being the largest, most comprehensive, single source of audio visual equipment, service providers and case studies in the world other benefits incorporated into the AV-iQ solution include common categorization and common data presentation to simplify research, news, videos and a monthly recap of all new products entered into the database sorted by manufacturer’s name and category. InfoComm AV-iQ also serves another very important role in the Audio Visual community. They define one of the core values brought to the market by resellers and integrators; the audio visual equipment that they are authorized and trained to sell and support. While it is true that many products are now available through distribution, just having access to audio visual equipment for inclusion in projects and systems cannot be the only consideration in choosing products and their providers. Critical to the long-term investment is the proper installation, service and maintenance that is available from the provider to ensure maximum up time and full performance.

Media Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, +1 (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com

MVP Contact
Josh Carlson, D-Tools, Inc., +1 (925) 270-4105, joshc@d-tools.com

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces High-Humidity Grilles for Control® 10 Series Ceiling Speakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the MTC-14WG and MTC-16WG high-humidity grilles for its industry-leading Control® 10 Series ceiling speakers. These grilles fit JBL’s Control 12C/T, Control 14C/T, and Control 16C/T, as well as Control 26C and 26CT. Made of an aluminum alloy material that does not rust and finished in a durable powder-coat, these grilles can extend the longevity of ceiling speakers when installed in humid environments.

The MTC-14WG and MTC-16WG address the weakest link when using ceiling speakers in high-humidity applications: a steel grille that can rust. These high-humidity grilles extend the longevity of JBL’s Control 10 Series model ceiling speakers, as their aluminum alloy material does not rust and the durable powder-coated finish prevents pitting that could otherwise occur with raw unfinished aluminum. The finish provides a nice look that matches with the speaker.

“JBL has offered weather grilles for many of our surface-mount speakers and these MTC-WG grilles are the first such products for our ceiling speakers,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “With these new grilles, our ceiling speaker models can be used in high-humidity applications, such as outdoor patios, business entranceways and restrooms.”

The MTC-14WG and MTC-16WG high-humidity grilles are available in either white or black.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Matrox Demonstrates Crestron Control of Streaming and Recording Products at InfoComm 2014

AV professionals can now integrate control of Matrox Monarch HD and VS4Recoder within Crestron 2-Series and 3-Series Room Media Controller interfaces

At InfoComm 2014 (Las Vegas, June 18-20, booth N2247), Matrox® Video will present Monarch HD streaming and recording appliances and VS4Recorder multi-camera recording systems integrated with Crestron® controllers. Crestron programmers can use the Matrox Monarch HD Control API or the VS4Recorder API to interface Matrox products with Crestron 2-Series® and 3-Series® Room Media Controllers. Operators can then easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interfaces.

Matrox Monarch HD with Crestron Interface

“Crestron integration is one of the top user-requested features for our streaming and recording products,” said Daniel Maloney, technical marketing manager, Matrox Video. “Our APIs let AV integrators eliminate the need for additional control surfaces in venues such as lecture halls, corporate office buildings, museums, hotels and convention centers.”

Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive.

VS4Recorder is a multi-camera recording app that comes bundled with Matrox VS4 quad HD capture cards. It gives live event producers complete synchronized control over capture of the four inputs connected to the VS4 to create high-quality MOV, MP4, or AVI files for use with popular editing apps, for immediate upload to the internet or for archiving.

Price and availability
Matrox Monarch HD, priced at $995 US (€799, £699) not including local taxes and delivery, is now available through a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The Monarch HD Control API is available to registered Monarch HD users as a free download from the Matrox website. Sample code to demonstrate Crestron programming will be available late June.

The Matrox VS4 card is priced at $1,495 US (€1295, £995). Full turnkey HD recording systems are available from some certified systems builders. Crestron control is part of Matrox VS4Recorder 3.0 which will be available to registered VS4 users as a free download from the Matrox website in July.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Casio Expands Signature LampFree® Projector Lineup for the Hospitality Space

 

CASIO EXPANDS SIGNATURE LAMPFREE® PROJECTOR LINEUP FOR THE HOSPITALITY SPACE
New Projectors Equipped with Fifth Generation LampFree® Technology, Built-In Memory, USB Display and Wired LAN Projection 

DOVER, NJ, JUNE 3rd, 2014 Casio America, Inc., a pioneer in the LampFree® projection space, is pleased to introduce a new lineup of Signature projectors. Geared for the hospitality industry, the new lineup of Signature projectors offer Casio’s LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source, which combines a laser, fluorescent element and LEDs to generate high brightness. Now in its 5th generation, the improved LASER & LED HYBRID Light Source offers a 30 percent increase in light output for improved colors for all models in Casio’s LampFree® portfolio in addition to an estimated 20,000 hours lifespan with minimal brightness degradation and continuous operation. The average user will save an estimated $800 after 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamp projectors.

“Since its introduction, the Signature series has become our most popular product line with the K-12 education market. These new feature enhancements will further solidify the Signature series’ popularity,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division.

Weighing in at 8.6 pounds, the new Signature projectors offer a variety of features including remote operation capable through Crestron Roomview™, Intelligent Brightness Control, wired LAN projection and MobiShow®. The projectors also provide a powerful 3D graphic experience as each model is fitted with a fully connectable interface, including three types of video and audio inputs, as well as HDMI, RGB and RS-232C terminals.

Equipped with 2 GB of built-in memory, the new LampFree® Signature projectors allow many file formats, such as PDF and QuickTime, to be stored in the projector for quick and easy playback. The can also display content from a PC by connecting the projector and PC through a USB cable, as well as a variety of languages – 10 new in main (total 23) and 8 new in USB (total 18) including Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Finnish, Turkish and Portuguese.

Casio’s LampFree® projectors come with a standard three (3) year parts and labor warranty plus a five (5) year or 10,000 hour warranty on the LASER & LED Hybrid Light source. The new Signature models will be available in July with a MSRP starting at $919.99 through Casio’s national Pro AV dealer network and authorized distributors. For additional information on Casio’s full portfolio of LampFree® projectors, visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio LampFree® Projectors

Casio’s portfolio of LampFree® projectors combines a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED light to deliver a mercury-free hybrid light source that lasts up to 20,000 hours while sustaining a high brightness and keeping maintenance costs to a minimum.  Casio has four series of LampFree® projectors that are available for home, business, education and commercial applications – Slim, Signature, Pro and Short Throw. For additional information on Casio’s projector series and LampFree® technology, please visit www.CasioLampFree.com.

 

About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.CasioUSA.com.

 

 

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CLEAR-COM INTRODUCES KEY NEW PRODUCTS FOR HELIXNET™ PARTYLINE INTERCOM SYSTEM

Clear-Com® will present three new product additions that add significant flexibility and functionality to the HelixNet™ digital networked Partyline Intercom System at InfoComm 2014. The new units – HRM-4X Remote Station, HKB-2X Speaker Station and S-Mount – extend the digital product range to satisfy those workflow demands in live event corporate
production as well as arena and stadia and performing arts center fixed installations. Furthermore, HelixNet can be found in command and control business-related applications.

HelixNet is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom system. It was designed as a digital version of Clear-Com’s industry-standard analog partyline system, bringing simplicity, efficiency and a powerful set of intelligent features to those users who require a cost-effective digital communication solution. Up to now the HelixNet line has consisted of the HMS-4X Main Station, the HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpack and several interface
modules. The newly launched units are:

  • HRM-4X Remote Station – provides the intercom functionality of the Main Station but without powering the system or housing interfaces, and is therefore
    a more compact unit. The Remote Station provides access to four simultaneous
    channels of intercom communication, plus program audio. It receives audio
    data, control data, and DC power via the same cable, and additionally has the
    capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use
    Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.
  • HKB-2X Speaker Station – receives four channels of intercom
    communications simultaneously over a single cable, and is able to monitor all
    four and communicate on any two of those channels at any given time. The user
    can also receive and monitor a separate level-controllable program feed. It can
    be mounted in a 4-gang wall box or be used with the optional S-Mount enclosure.
  • S-Mount - an attractive yet durable mount that enables the Speaker Station to be used in portable applications. It can be surface mounted or set as a desktop, enclosed
    and secure. The mount and display can be easily adjusted to different angles to
    better suit the user’s requirement. It includes a DC Power connector and XLR-3M
    and XLR-3F Powerline Intercom Ports for easy connection; additionally it has the capability to be locally powered via an external power supply or use Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) connection.

Simon Browne, Head of Product Management, Clear-Com, said, “Our analog partyline system, Encore, has been providing critical production communication capabilities for over 45 years. While the functionality of HelixNet is quite similar to Encore, it is however much more dynamic and flexible, plugs and plays elegantly with most existing cable infrastructure, and allows more intercom channels and users to be on a single system or to be networked than ever before. HelixNet has proved immensely popular with AV consultants, integrators and rental companies that require a simple yet effective digital communication system. These new additions to the HelixNet line round out our digital partyline offering and will continue to provide numerous user benefits that have not been delivered by any digital partyline system before.”

The HelixNet family of products, together with a wide range of other Clear-Com solutions,
will be available for demonstration on Stand C9140 at InfoComm 2014.

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D-Tools Adds HydraConnect to Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) Program

D-Tools System Integrator™ software users now have the entire catalog of HydraConnect products available, giving them the tools they need to specify and integrate advanced HDMI matrix-switching products

CONCORD, CA, USA – May 29, 2014 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system-integration software, today announced that HydraConnect, a leader in advanced HDMI matrix-switching solutions, has joined its D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program. HydraConnect joins the ranks of 150+ other MVP Program vendors in what is now the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the system integrator.

With the addition of HydraConnect to D-Tools’ MVP program, integrators, installers, sales professionals, and retailers who use D-Tools System Integrator™ for system design, proposal, and estimation will have immediate access to detailed information on all HydraConnect’s product offerings. This includes the company’s lauded HDMI matrix switchers, which include automatic setup and interface processing via an onboard LINUX computer. Integrators and systems designers can also access and specify information and pricing on HydraConnects’ other products, including multichannel amplifiers, HDBaseT extenders, and more. 

“HydraConnect is the only manufacturer at this price point to provide integrated HDMI audio stripping and Dolby Digital down mixing,” says Sean C. Greer, National Sales Manager of HydraConnect. “We look forward to partnering with D-Tools and offering significant value to the company’s software community.”

The D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) program provides systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers the most up-to-date and detailed partner product information available, in a format that can be utilized in a cross-functional capacity for maximum workflow efficiency. In fact, more than 4,500 MVP users are now streamlining the design process by using the D-Tools System Integrator platform. Users of System Integrator receive all MVP product data free, along with current data from MVP partners on the latest product updates and special offers.

In turn, the MVP program gives manufacturer partners a direct connection with the D-Tools user database, building customer loyalty by ensuring that existing dealers have the important information they need to recommend, specify, and install their products. It is also makes it clear to any MVP program members’ dealers that the manufacturer is committed to the very best in customer service. 

“Homeowners and businesses alike are increasingly relying on high-def matrix switching to shuttle HD video around the house or office from a centralized source or sources,” says Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “With HydraConnect as an added MVP partner, we ensure that our users have the tools, stats, pricing, and promotional information they need to specify the right products from this respected manufacturer. We are very excited about the opportunities HydraConnect opens up to users of D-Tools software.”

D-Tools has launched its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote–– which enables integrators and sales people to specify HydraConnect products (and any other D-Tools MVP partner for that matter) from any jobsite in the world. The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app is available for download from the Apple App Store and carries a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

About HydraConnect
HydraConnect LLC leads the HDMI matrix-switching marketplace by providing the industry’s most advanced system automation, automatic set-up, and interface processing through the use of an onboard LINUX computer. The integrated web-based interface allows installers to use a laptop, tablet or smart phone to automatically setup and test all the connected devices. HydraConnect products that are connected to the Internet are part of the company’s ‘Cloud.’ When software updates are available, they occur automatically without user intervention or dealer visits. This remote access capability enables an installer or factory technician to troubleshoot a system from anywhere in the world. HydraConnect’s patented CEC Control software functions as a ‘universal translator’ among the many HDMI hardware control implementations to eliminate IR flashers. HydraConnect’s patent-pending Dynamic EDID manages mixed resolution displays as well as mixed 3D and 2D TVs. All of HydraConnect LLC’s switching products are made in Denver, Colorado. www.hydraconnect.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.

Learn more about the D-Tools MVP Program, D-Tools System Integrator, or the undeniable benefits of using a streamlined system design, proposal, and estimation software platform at www.d-tools.com(866) 386-6571, ext. 1, or e-mail info@d-tools.com or mvp@d-tools.com.

Press Contacts
Tim Bigoness, D-Tools, Inc., (925) 270-4102, timb@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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HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Array Loudspeakers Are the Unsung Heroes in “Sing My Song”

BEIJING, China – Music reality show “Sing My Song” is aired by CCTV3 and recently became a ratings winner in China. With a live audience of 300 people, the popularity of the show is largely attributed to its emphasis on original songs created by independent artists. To complement the ambitious direction of the show, HARMAN’s JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers were installed at the show’s live studio to enable the singers to showcase their original pieces of music.

Amidst many musical talent shows that focus on the contestants’ ability to sing cover songs, “Sing My Song” appeals to the artists’ creativity, rekindling the life and spirit of original compositions. The powerful, yet pure-sounding JBL VTX Series loudspeakers are the perfect choice for this program, as they deliver even coverage throughout the studio.

The main PA system features two groups of 10 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array loudspeakers each that are suspended and cover three sides of the stage. Beneath the stage are three groups of four JBL VTX S28 subwoofers each. Thanks to the JBL VTX LAC (Line Array Calculator) Software, each projected area of the loudspeakers is taken into consideration to calculate the energy output of each loudspeaker.

“The JBL VTX loudspeakers perform and sound amazing,” said Jin Shaogang, music and pitch instructor for the show. “The mids and highs of the V25 loudspeakers sound smooth and transparent, while the JBL S28 subwoofers pack a lot of power and add plenty of depth to the sound.” The performance of the VTX loudspeakers also sound impressive on a variety of instruments, and their world-class sound quality is able to bring entire audiences to their feet.

Thirty-two Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers power the loudspeakers, and the entire system is connected using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software, for the convenience of uploading the configurations for all the equipment during installation and sound debugging during live shows.

Four instructors Liu Huan, Yang Kun, Zhou Huajian, Cai Jianya were truly impressed by the “good songs and good sounds,” in reference to the excellent live audio quality that the JBL VTX line array loudspeakers bring to any stage.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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