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FIREHOUSE 12 UPGRADES TO AN API LEGACY PLUS CONSOLE

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT: Firehouse 12, a recording studio, live music venue, and record label, located in New Haven, Connecticut, recently commissioned a 32-channel Legacy Plus console. The 24-bus, 12 aux, dual-input console replaces the API Legacy that had previously been installed.

In April, a team of API engineers and service technicians accompanied the console to Connecticut, and the team remained on hand for several days to ensure a smooth transition as the console was integrated into the newly-renovated control room.

“Prior to the Legacy Plus, I had an API Legacy installed at Firehouse 12,” shares studio owner Nick Lloyd, who has a Master’s Degree in Music Theory from neighboring Yale University. “I fell in love with the sound of that console, but realized that the flow and layout of the control room would benefit from a smaller footprint board. The 32-input Legacy Plus provides that smaller size, along with significant workflow enhancements over the Legacy.”

Located in the Ninth Square District of New Haven, Firehouse 12 is an integral part of the southern New England music scene. Nick and his crew record music in a variety of styles, but tend to work on improvised music and jazz. The commissioning of the new console is part of a larger renovation and upgrade to accommodate longer-term residential bookings at Firehouse 12. The acoustics in the main recording space remain pristine, and can accommodate anything from a rock band to the most delicate acoustic music. Equipped with its own bar, the venue also hosts live shows with up to seventy-five audience members.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

STUDIO MUSICIAN, PRODUCER, AND SONGWRITER SETH GLASSMAN ADDS DAKING FET III TO HIS STUDIO

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Seth Glassman is an accomplished bass player and multi-instrumentalist whose thirty-plus year career has included work and performances with James Brown, Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson, and literally dozens of other industry luminaries of equal star-power, along with hundreds of wildly talented musicians who populate the vanguard in their respective genres. He is currently the musical director and band leader for 1960s icon Darlene Love. Like many musicians who have a knack and interest in the technical side of things, Glassman branched out into songwriting and production decades ago. He maintains a well-equipped project studio in his New York City home that includes his go-to Daking preamps and compressors, which were recently supplemented by a borrowed Daking FET III compressor to mix a forthcoming album by all-girl power trio New Myths.

“Although I started out strictly as a musician and continue to play that role, I always had an interest in producing and writing songs,” Glassman said. “Being a studio musician put me in the privileged position of watching some of the best songwriters, producers and engineers in the world work their magic. Early on, I made a conscious effort to be a sponge – to pay attention and soak up all of their knowledge, perspectives and techniques. As I got older, I deliberately moved into songwriting and production and put everything I learned into action.”

Glassman grew to know Geoff Daking, maker of Daking gear, as they repeatedly crossed paths in NYC studio sessions: Glassman on bass and Daking behind the console. “I really respect that Geoff is a musician [he played in the 1960s platinum-selling band Blues Magoos], a sound engineer, and an electrical engineer,” said Glassman. “He knows what good music sounds like, and he understands the entire path, from the instruments, through the gear, to the final product. That obviously had – and continues to have – a huge influence on how he designs gear. For example, he selected the center frequencies on his EQs based on his decades of experience behind the console. Those are the frequencies that would be most useful for him if he were using the gear.”

Glassman is a self-avowed microphone junkie, a partial consequence, he says, of the fact that no microphone is ideal for every singer. “Vocal microphones are a study in themselves. There’s a magic that can work between a vocalist and a microphone, and it’s stunning when it happens. The sound becomes almost holographic; it has dimension and texture. Of course, that helps the vocals sit prominently in the mix.” Although certain microphones, like his Bock U99, more commonly deliver that magic, there is enough variation and enough surprise that Glassman, as a rule, tries out all his pricey vocal mics on every new singer that comes into his studio.

In contrast however, Glassman has learned that the best preamp for vocals will always be his Dakings, which stands head and shoulders above his other big name preamps. “Geoff’s preamps have a body and clarity that’s unmatched,” he said. “His preamps sound better on more instruments and with more microphones than any other preamp I’ve ever used. It’s a totally different situation from the mics, where I always have to try them all out. Geoff’s preamps always sound the best.” In fact, Glassman seldom goes to any other preamp unless he has too many inputs to use just his Dakings. He also has early model Daking FET limiters that he uses as an insert on his stereo bus whenever he mixes with his Pro Tools HD system, citing its transparent but effective dynamics control, provided he doesn’t push it too far (“It’s easy to get an affected sound by driving it, which is exactly what you want for some other uses,” he clarified).

Glassman’s work with New Myths is in his blood. His daughter, Rosie Slater, plays drums with the band in the space between her live and studio work with other artists. “It’s a very textually sophisticated album,” he said, “and getting the drums to fit within that tonally and dynamically was challenging and critical. With my Daking compressor on the mix bus, I tried all of the other tools in my arsenal to get the drums where I wanted them to be, but to no avail.” Glassman called in a favor and got a loaner Daking FET III Stereo Compressor from Geoff via Daking’s U.S. distributor, TransAudio Group. “The FET III gave me the sound I was after. The drums had control but they weren’t noticeably squashed-sounding. After some early criticisms of the drum sound, Rosie loved how things came together with the Daking FET III.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com

The Chairworks Adds To Its Prism Sound Roster

Castleford-based The Chairworks, the north of England’s largest residential recording studio complex, has bought two more Prism Sound ADA-8XR multi-channel AD/DA converters to add to its growing roster of the units.

“We’ve got six now,” comments Studio Manager Ryan Jarvis. “We have 32 in 64 out, and everyone who comes here uses them and comments that Prism Sound are the best converters they’ve ever heard.”

The Chairworks has invested heavily in its facilities recently and is proud of the fact that its 96 channels of immaculate Prism Sound ADA-8XR conversion help artists to capture their performances perfectly through a large selection of first class microphones and vintage pre-amps. Recent credits include ex Beautiful South members Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbot’s What Have We Become, Skindred’s Kill the Power, British Steam Power, and even the entire Grimethorpe Brass Band.

Constructed in a late nineteenth century Victorian factory, The Chairworks has been careful to utilise all the space at its disposal. Its phenomenally well-equipped Studio A control room now looks through into its newest live room, which in turn leads into another large space with multiple booths and ‘more keyboards than you can shake a stick at’.

“We finished the new live room, designed by studio legend John Wood, last year,” says Jarvis. “It features a double height ceiling and a large diamond-shaped window. It’s perfect for things like orchestral work. And while the Prism Sound converters are great for everything because of the level of detail you can hear, they’re really good for that,” he adds.

Studio A’s control room is built around an immaculately maintained SSL 4000 G+ with flying faders, Total Recall and Ultimation. To this are added the six ADA-8XRs, a Konnektor synchroniser and several racks of vintage outboard gear.

“To be honest, I think we have enough ADA-8XRs for the moment,” says Jarvis. “Besides, they’re so reliable we don’t need back-ups and the after-sales support from Prism Sound is fantastic. But the ADA-8XRs are fantastic too. What comes out is exactly the same as what goes in, you cannot tell the difference and I don’t know of any other convertor that does that. It’s just completely transparent.”

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987, Prism Sound manufacture high-quality professional digital audio equipment for the International broadcast, film, music production, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. The company’s product range includes the Prism ADA-8XR precision 8-channel converter unit, which is regularly used for music and film soundtrack projects by clients such as EMI Abbey Road, BBC, Sony, Lucasfilm and Walt Disney. Prism Sound also manufactures a range of audio test and measurement products, including the de facto standard DSA-1 handheld digital audio generator/analyser and the dScope Series III audio analyser system.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

ADVERTISING AND POST STUDIO, MICAH KOVACS AUDIO, WINS AWARDS USING A METRIC HALO ULN-2 INTERFACE

BRONXVILLE, NEW YORK: Although the path to Micah Kovacs’ relatively new and successful freelance venture, Micah Kovacs Audio, was not clear to him at the outset, his dedication, professionalism, and knack for making audio work transparently with images guided him down it, nonetheless. Already, his ten-plus years in the advertising and film post industry have earned him Addy, Promax, and Mercury awards, and several awards at juried film festivals. His clients include the Sundance Channel, VH1, L’Oreal, Verizon, NBC, and many other high-profile brands. Whether working out of his home studio for smaller projects or temporarily relocating to a client’s facility for more involved projects, Kovacs relies on the superlative audio quality and reliability of his Metric Halo ULN-2 mic-preamp/converter to maintain a pristine signal path at all times. Moreover, Metric Halo’s commitment to future-proofing the ULN-2 with software and, when necessary, firmware upgrades – together with Metric Halo’s commitment to making the ULN-2 work robustly with any and every piece of audio software in the Mac universe – guarantees that Kovacs’ investment will continue to work for him indefinitely.

Like so many in the audio industry, Kovacs stumbled across recording technology while in a high school band. “I was fascinated by the process of recording very early on,” he said. “In college, I joined some other bands and we recorded ourselves with 4-tracks or with digital workstations when they were available. It wasn’t anything close to what I do these days; we weren’t using Pro Tools, for example. But the craft of recording and mixing captivated me.” An art major, Kovacs gravitated toward video in his coursework and secured an internship at a video post-production house after graduating. He worked his way up from production assistant to assistant video editor. “The whole time, I was the go-to guy for any audio work that needed to be done,” he recalled. “I really enjoyed the mix process and learned, through my work there, that there were companies dedicated solely to audio for video.”

From there, Kovacs took a job at NYC’s Pink Noise, where he worked his way up from glorified runner to head engineer in a span of eight years. Then he took a position at NYC’s Verbatim Sound as head engineer and music producer, and a while later – sated with industry contacts and know-how – he shifted to full-time freelance under the Micah Kovacs Audio flag. “Going freelance, I knew I had to upgrade my audio hardware,” Kovacs said. “Most of the audio interfaces on the market, including the one I owned at the time, had a nasty reputation for quickly becoming obsolete as computers and audio software progressed. I needed something that would be portable and more accepting of software upgrades. Moreover, I work with a number of audio programs, including Pro Tools and Nuendo, and I wanted something that would work seamlessly with all of them, now and in the future.”

He continued, “The Metric Halo ULN-2 was the natural choice. Metric Halo is famous for supporting its products [original versions of the company's first interface, the 2882, are still supported for all the latest Mac hardware and software]. In addition, its sound quality and reliability are consistently praised as among the best on the market.” With countless hours logged at his earlier jobs, Kovacs learned what gear was indispensible and what was not. He outfitted his personal studio with a lean, but powerful collection of gear that could travel when necessary. A small rack of outboard gear serves a variety of functions and interacts with a MacBook Pro and iMac via the ULN-2. The ULN-2 also sends signal from the computers to the gear and to a pair of KRK monitors and a pair of Yamaha NS-10s. On the far front end, Kovaks maintains a collection of studio-grade musical instruments for use in original recordings. When necessary, Kovacs can move his studio to a client’s space to complete long-term or quick turnaround jobs.

Understandably, Metric Halo’s free audio routing software, MIO Console, plays a large role in Kovacs’ setup. “I love MIO Console,” he said. “With it, I can switch between my monitors internally, and I can route signals in elaborate ways between internal software programs and my external hardware. I also like the processing the ULN-2 ships with; I’ve been experimenting a lot with the ‘Character’ signal path modeling plug-in. Finally, I was pleased with the service I received from Metric Halo. There’s a ton to learn, especially with MIO Console, and the tech support zeroed in on my particular setup to get me up and running quickly. I had clients wanting service right away, so I didn’t have time to experiment. Metric Halo understood that.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

ASHLY AUDIO PROCESSING AND USER CONTROL STREAMLINES NEW MICHIGAN FUNERAL HOME

HOMER, MICHIGAN: Long established in Michigan, the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home recently expanded to Homer, Michigan, where it purchased a small funeral home. Kempf immediately brought in contractors to revitalize the existing structure, which itself had originally been a residential house, and ordered an expansion to provide a modestly larger chapel than the existing 30’ x 15’ room. Local A/V firm Crookston Audio designed and installed a new sound reinforcement system for the new chapel and for the remodeled rooms. Based on its simplicity of installation, competitive pricing, and intuitive user interfaces, company president John Crookston specified an Ashly Pema 4125.70 integrated processor & four-channel amplifier together with Ashly RD-8C and WR-2 user controls.

“They originally asked for two zones, one for the new chapel and one for the existing chapel, the lobby, and the fellowship hall combined,” explained Crookston. “They wanted the ability to reinforce a small keyboard, a soloist, audio from DVD or CD, plus, of course, the spoken word from the person officiating the funeral or delivering a eulogy. Those inputs would be reinforced within the new chapel, and they would also be sent to the old chapel and the fellowship hall, which could serve as cry rooms or overflow. We explained that using four zones, one for each room, would give them greater flexibility, with the promise that using the system would be so intuitive that staff would be able to confidently negotiate source selection and volume control with little or no training.”

A two-rack space, four-channel Ashly Pema 4125.70 resides at the heart of the system and delivers 125 watts to each of the four 70-volt systems. The new chapel, which is still a modest 25’ x 35’, has four mic-level inputs, enough for soloists, vocalists, and spoken word. The audio system also takes input from the room’s CD and video sources. A single Community V2-28 two-way loudspeaker provides coverage in the new chapel, whereas Community D5 ceiling speakers provide coverage in the old chapel, the lobby, and the fellowship hall.

User control consists of two complementary controls. First, an Ashly RD-8C remote desktop fader bank allows anyone to sit within the new chapel and mix the input sources in real time. A single cable ties the RD-8C to the Pema 4125.70, which allows the operator to sit anywhere in the new chapel and discretely mix. Second, an Ashly WR-2 resides near the equipment rack and allows staff to send audio from the new chapel to any (or none) of the other rooms.

“As a contractor, I not only have to deliver a great final product, I also have to make money doing it,” Crookston laughed. “Ashly is a great help with that! Ashly equipment is totally reliable. We’ve been using it for years and never had a problem. Moreover, Ashly’s Protea™ signal processing software is common to the entire Ashly line. So my staff can learn Protea, which is quite intuitive, and then install any Ashly product in any size system. There’s no learning curve. As a result, all of our installations are predictable and as easy as they can be, which is the way I like it.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

Red TX Joins The Remote Recording Network

Broadcast audio specialist Red TX has joined Europe’s leading live recording initiative Remote Recording Network. Whilst contributing to managing and engineering music and broadcast assignments on a global and cost-effective basis, RRN offers bespoke solutions that cater for all kinds of transmission, recording, mixing, mastering, duplication and publishing.

Remote Recording Network GmbH had last year joined forces with Dutch mobile recording company Eurosound bv and had integrated the German ‘RemoteTaxi’ enterprise to establish the initial ‘Network’.

Peter Brandt, head of Remote Recording Network and a man with over 30 years’ experience of recording and mixing international rock, pop, jazz, and classical artists, says: “Bringing Red TX into RRN will benefit our European customers by giving them access to a fully digital truck based in Europe that can handle high-end surround sound projects, particularly for broadcast.”

Tim Summerhayes, CEO of Red TX, adds: “I have known Peter Brandt for many years and we have worked together on numerous projects in the past. I am very excited by this collaboration because it allows us to utilize our combined technical resources in a very effective way. There is a huge requirement for mobile digital recording facilities in Europe and by joining forces with the Remote Recording Network we can now provide the necessary human and technical resources to meet this demand.”

Red TX has two state of the art recording units, RED 1 and RED 2. Both are equipped with Studer Vista 8 Digital Mixers, PMC 5.1 surround sound monitoring and Pyramix, Pro Tools and Reaper recording systems. They also have extensive racks of outboard equipment and digital effects, and are internally designed to very high acoustic specifications. RED 2, which is the larger of the two units, will be located as required, between the RRN HQ in Germany and Eurosound bv’s base in The Netherlands, while RED 1 will remain at Red TX’s premises in the UK.

“Our model of using international partners to combine resources and equipment is very valid, especially in a world where businesses need to reduce their carbon footprint as much as they can,” Peter Brandt adds: “By tapping into facilities that are already stationed on different continents, we don’t need to transport huge trucks around the globe. Instead we can ‘travel lite’, frequently only needing to transport an engineer, which minimizes travel costs and keeps our carbon footprint to a healthy low. It also means that we can keep our rates very competitive, too.”

Red TX’s RED 2 unit will make its Remote Recording Network debut in June at the Tuckerville Festival in Enschede, The Netherlands. From there it has a busy summer ahead, working at live events and festivals in various countries.

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About Red TX:
Red TX provides a comprehensive concert recording and broadcast service to the music and television industries. The company has state-of-the-art mobile recording facilities and can handle projects of any size or complexity. As well as recording audio for broadcast, the company also records live music events for subsequent release on CD or DVD www.remoterecording.net
www.red-tx.com

About Remote Recording Network:
Remote Recording Network is a new initiative that brings together the market-leading live recording companies Peter Brandt Remote Recording and Eurosound GmbH. Years of experience, knowledge and network are now combined to supply an unrivaled, world-class, world-wide recording service.
www.remoterecording.net
For more information, please contact Tony Andrews – tony@awandrews.com

Matrox at IBC2014 — Product Preview

New additions to all Matrox product lines to be highlighted including live streaming and recording solutions, 4K video monitoring cards, scan converters, multiviewers, editing devices and OEM products

At IBC2014 (Amsterdam, Sept. 12–16, stand 7.B29), Matrox® Video will showcase video streaming and recording appliances, live production streaming systems, 4K video monitoring cards, multiviewers, scan converters, editing devices, and developer products.

Matrox Monarch HD — Video Streaming and Recording Appliance
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. The new Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. The IBC2014 demonstration will present Monarch HD integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

Matrox VS4 and VS4Recorder — Multi-Camera Streaming and Recording Systems
Matrox VS4™ is a quad HD capture card ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software. It not only sends video feeds for streaming, it also facilitates ISO recording to disk of all the original video and audio feeds for post event editing via a Matrox plug-in for Wirecast or Matrox Video for Windows (VfW) codecs for vMix MultiCoder software. The VS4Recorder™ multi-camera recording app works with the VS4 card to give 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.

Matrox Mojito 4K — 4K Video Monitoring Card
Matrox Mojito™ 4K is a quad 3G-SDI, 4K video card for use with Adobe® Creative Cloud™ professional video editing tools on Windows platforms. It provides 10-bit H.264 intra-frame rendering and enables realtime monitoring and output of video footage at resolutions up to 4096 x 2160 and at frame rates up to 60 fps (4Kp60). Users can ingest, edit, render and export in full 4K.

Matrox MicroQuad — Multiviewer
Matrox MicroQuad™ is a four-channel SDI-to-HDMI multiviewer for 3G/HD/SD at a breakthrough price. It lets broadcasters and A/V professionals use an affordable HDMI display to view up to four SDI video signals and show or hide labels and VU meters. Its powerful 10-bit scaling engine and advanced filtering algorithms ensure a crisp, artifact-free monitoring experience. MicroQuad can be controlled using buttons on the unit itself or from a distance using a Windows-based app.

Matrox Convert DVI Plus — Scan Converter
Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus is a cost-effective, genlockable HD-SDI scan converter that lets broadcasters easily and economically incorporate content from computers, iPads and iPhones into broadcast programs. It is ideal for creating broadcast-quality video from computer applications such as Skype, YouTube, Google Earth, FaceTime, ProPresenter, PowerPoint and web browsers. The region-of-interest feature lets the user define any region of any size from the computer display and output just that content at the required broadcast resolution. If the selected area doesn’t match the output resolution, Matrox Convert DVI Plus provides horizontal and vertical upscaling and downscaling. The unit can be genlocked to an SD analog black burst (bi-level) or HD tri-level genlock source. Proc amp controls on the output let the user adjust the hue, chroma, saturation, and brightness levels. In addition, Matrox Convert DVI Plus can be used to drive projectors and large displays at live events.

Matrox MXO2 LE MAX — Editing Device
Matrox MXO2 LE MAX™ provides broadcast-quality input, output and monitoring for leading editing apps from Adobe, Apple® and Avid®. It turbocharges H.264 encoding for deliveries to the web, mobile devices and Blu-ray up to five times faster than software alone without sacrificing quality. In addition, MXO2 devices provide cross-platform Mac® and Windows support and are still the only solutions that connect anywhere, Mac and PC, via Thunderbolt™, PCIe® or ExpressCard/34®—with the same versatile unit.

Matrox DSX — Developer Products
Matrox DSX™ Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware, including low profile cards that support up to eight reconfigurable SDI inputs and outputs, with feature-rich Windows and Linux SDKs and powerful tools for quick app development. Matrox technology enables OEMs to create advanced broadcast graphics systems, video servers, channel-in-a-box equipment, contribution and distribution encoders, and non-linear editing systems that provide 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments. Premium hardware features include multiple motion adaptive de-interlacers, up/down/cross converters and video compositors. A constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more) and extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) meet evolving needs.

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.

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BenQ Unveils Award-Winning Education Solutions at ISTE 2014

New Products and Support Programs Allow Schools to Transform Classrooms Easily Into Collaborative, Connected Environments

COSTA MESA, Calif. — June 26, 2014 – BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of Classroom IQ solutions and the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand in North America(1), today announced its innovative showcase for ISTE 2014. Comprised of award-winning visual display solutions and education-specific initiatives, the company’s connected learning portfolio will include the industry-acclaimed MW853UST ultra short-throw projector and RP700+ interactive flat panel (IFP) display, as well as exciting details on BenQ’s community support programs and new grant initiatives. Held in Atlanta from June 28 to July 1, the event will bring together teachers, technology coordinators, administrators, library media specialists, teacher educators, and policy makers to view and discuss the latest advances in education technology.

“Our showcase at this year’s ISTE represents BenQ’s dedication to empowering technology-driven classrooms with programs and solutions that enrich the overall learning experience,” said Patti Postel, CTS, National Education Sales Manager for BenQ America Corp. “Featuring market changers such as tablet-like touch navigation, dual-screen collaboration, and the new BenQ Cares Education Grant program, schools can now easily create more immersive lessons through a combination of easy-to-use technology and unmatched academic support.”

BenQ’s 70-inch RP700+ interactive flat panel features advanced multitouch technology for extremely receptive tactile navigation — allowing students and educators to easily pan, zoom, and scroll directly on the screen, exactly like a tablet. To increase viewer comfort, the panel also features advanced anti-glare glass to reduce reflection and eliminate any visual noise, in addition to a low blue light mode, which further prevents eye fatigue and stress. Increasing installation convenience via multiplatform compatibility, the RP700+ can be used with Windows(R), Mac(R), Linux(R), and Chrome OS, while EZCast software enables content directly from WiFi(R) — supporting easy notebook connectivity. Other innovations include DisplayNote software for control via handheld devices, ambient light sensors, hotkey operation, and connection options for USB microphones, cameras, and more.

The recent recipient of AV Technology Magazine’s Best of Show Award at InfoComm 2014, BenQ’s ultra short-throw MW853UST projector provides enhanced interactivity to any projection-based classroom. Featuring innovative dual-screen capabilities, two units can easily enlarge projection on any surface, allowing up to four participants to collaborate simultaneously on areas as large as 190 inches using up to four PointWrite(TM) pens or via finger-touch for simple hands-on participation. Easy to set up and install, the auto-calibrated MW853UST also features a wall mount plate integrated directly onto the projector, 3D, PC, and Blu-ray readiness, and double 10W speakers — creating a complete multimedia solution for full-on classroom collaboration.

Using Colorific(TM) technology, BenQ projectors deliver accurate, crisp, and long-lasting color — allowing learners to experience up to 1 billion stunning colors on any classroom projection screen. The technology also eliminates light burn or color degradation over extended usage to reduce devices’ total cost of ownership (TCO). To further support learning spaces, BenQ has recently unveiled the “BenQ Cares” Education Grant. The new initiative provides discounts to qualifying schools, colleges, and universities for select BenQ interactive touch panel displays.

BenQ’s full line of Classroom IQ solutions and education programs will be showcased in booth 3054 at ISTE 2014. More information on BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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About BenQ America Corp.
The BenQ digital lifestyle brand stands for “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” fusing lifestyle with technology, enjoyment with productivity, and aesthetic design with purpose-built engineering. It is this mantra that has made BenQ the No. 1-selling DLP(R) projector brand(1) as well as the fastest growing projector brand(2) in North America. BenQ America Corp. offers an extensive line of visual display and presentation solutions that incorporate the very latest technologies. The company delivers a broad range of Colorific(TM) projectors, RevolutionEyes(TM) monitors, and flat-panel displays for any application and market — education, home, gaming, enterprise, government, house of worship, digital signage, A/V, and IT — with cutting-edge models that lead the industry in performance, reliability, environmental sustainability, and aesthetics. Whether it’s interactive digital whiteboards for classrooms, full HD 3D projectors for home theaters, short-throw projectors for boardrooms, interactive flat-panel displays for digital signage, or LED backlight monitors for professional gaming, BenQ continues to defy the limits of digital displays. The company’s products are available across North America through leading value-added distributors, resellers, and retailers.

More information is available at www.BenQ.us.

(1)Based upon Q1’14 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research
(2)Based upon Q4’13 Quarterly Projector Shipment and Forecast Report from PMA Research

About BenQ Corporation
Founded on the corporate vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life,” BenQ Corporation is a world-leading human technology and solutions provider aiming to elevate and enrich every aspect of consumers’ lives. To realize this vision, the company focuses on the aspects that matter most to people today — lifestyle, business, healthcare, and education — with the hope of providing people with the means to live better, increase efficiency, feel healthier, and enhance learning. Such means include a delightful broad portfolio of people-driven products and embedded technologies spanning digital projectors, monitors, interactive large-format displays, digital cameras and camcorders, mobile computing devices, and lighting solutions. Because it matters.

About BenQ Group
The BenQ Group is a $20+ billion powerhouse comprised of 15+ independent companies operating in over 30 countries across numerous industries with a combined workforce of over 100,000 employees. Each Group member is a recognized leader in its own field, contributing to the BenQ Group’s vast resources, broad R&D, and distinct strategic strengths. By leveraging each company’s vertical specialization to create true scale across horizontal markets, the BenQ Group controls a highly efficient value chain with the unrivaled ability to deliver critical components and world-class solutions in the following industries: TFT-LCD, green energy, fine chemicals and advanced materials, lighting, IC design, precision components, system integration, branded business, and service. The Group is committed to profitable and sustainable businesses that share its long-standing vision of “Bringing Enjoyment ‘N’ Quality to Life.”

The BenQ Group companies are: BenQ Corporation, AU Optronics Corporation (world’s top manufacturer of large-size TFT-LCD panels), Qisda Corporation, Darfon Electronics Corporation, BenQ ESCO Corp., BenQ Materials Corp., BenQ Guru Corp., BenQ Medical Center, BenQ Medical Technology Corp., BriView Co., Ltd., Daxin Materials Corp., Dazzo Technology Corp., Forhouse Corp., Lextar Electronics Corp., and Raydium Semiconductor Corp.

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Mastering Engineer Eric Boulanger Extolls the Benefits of SADiE’s New Mastering Toolkit

The new mastering features that SADiE has incorporated into its popular SADiE 6 editing and production software have been hailed as a major improvement by internationally acclaimed mastering engineer Eric Boulanger – not least because they are saving him an enormous amount of time.

Eric Boulanger is based at the world famous The Mastering Lab (TML), which was America’s first independent mastering facility when it was opened in 1967 by Doug Sax. Originally in Hollywood but now based on Ojai, California, TML remains a revolutionary state-of-the-art company that uses unique concepts of signal flow and electronics pioneered by Doug’s brother, Sherwood Sax. All of its custom electronics and console are all purpose designed and handcrafted, and this attention to detail has earned TML more Grammy nominations for engineering than any other mastering facility.

As well as being an eminent mastering engineer, Boulanger is also responsible for ensuring TML’s custom analogue equipment stays in tip-top shape. In keeping with TML’s pioneering spirit, Boulanger was the first Mastering Engineer to produce a ‘Mastered for iTunes’ release (in 2011) – a format that is now the mainstay for all major record label releases on iTunes thanks to the popularity of digital downloads.

When Boulanger isn’t working, he lets his creativity loose in the studio as a professional violinist. He is also on the Steering Committee of NARAS, the GRAMMYs Producers & Engineers Wing.

Boulanger has been a SADiE user since 2007 when he started working at TML.

“We have five operational systems that range from the early Artemis to our current SADiE 6.1 systems,” he says. “These are our workhorses, but when we are working with DSD, we use an older SADiE 5 DSD8, which is still the finest DSD editor I’ve encountered.”

TML’s decision to upgrade its SADiE 6 software to the latest version, which includes the new mastering tools, came as a result of changes within the music business. Boulanger explains: “These days, artists and labels are mainly releasing Hi-res files (for example HDTracks); MFiTs, 16Bit digital downloads, and (maybe) CDs. Thanks to the new mastering features in SADiE 6, I can generate all of these files with just a few clicks of the mouse. The new software will also generate WAV file masters that are cut gapless and therefore maintain any track spacing, or fancy crossfades between tracks (like Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, for example, or a live concert with applause segues). Now all the different products will match track length, etc.”

The main benefit the new version of SADiE 6 has brought to Boulanger’s workflow is time saving.

“It is literally saving me hours and hours of production time because I no longer have to recreate separate EDLs and jump through hoops to create WAV bounces that match other sample rate or CD products,” he says. “I also don’t have to bounce grouped clips with extra space tagged on to maintain correct gapless track spacing.”

Boulanger adds that, thanks to the efforts of the European Broadcasting Union and the UK Music Producers Guild, SADiE 6 also supports Broadcast WAV, an extended WAV format that allows ISRC codes to be embedded into the XML Metadata of WAV files.

“This is a solid step forward in making WAV file masters a professional format,” Boulanger says. “Prior to getting this new software I had to manually rename files – and, of course, there was no possibility of including ISRC codes in the metadata.”

Since installing the latest version of SADie 6, Boulanger has been working on various albums, all of which have benefitted from the speed at which he can now turn project around.

“The day I received the new features, I was working on a popular Christian group’s live album,” he says. “They had attended the session and were in a rush to make a flight, so I gave the new features a whirl since there were many edits and crossfades to create the live album experience. To my delight, everything worked perfectly right off the bat, and the band made their flight, masters in hand.”

Boulanger, who has worked with artists such as Eric Burdon, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, The Plain White T’s, Serena Ryder, Chris Botti, Sarah Jarosz, and Jackson Browne, has most recently finished an album with multiple formats for singer Anais Mitchell. Produced and mixed by Gary Paczosa, it will be released on Wilderland Records later this year.

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

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

D-Tools SIX R2 with Mobile Quote Named InfoComm 2014 Best of Show by Sound & Video Contractor magazine

Tenured trade professionals and prestigious trade publication honor D-Tools for being a leading workflow-enhancing estimation, design, and project management software solution

CONCORD, CA, USA – JUNE 25, 2014 D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system-integration software, today announced that D-Tools SIX R2 with Mobile Quote has been awarded an InfoComm14 Best of Show Award from Sound & Video Contractor magazine. Published by NewBay Media’s AV and Pro Audio Group, Sound & Video Contractormagazine has a print audience of more than 24,000 and an online audience of 68,300 per month. The publication’s trade-oriented readership is primarily comprised of buyers, specifiers, consultants, designers, installers and end-users, and is considered to be a definitive technical resource for the professional audio-visual trade. A panel of engineers and industry experts judge NewBay Media’s Best of Show Awards from submitted nominations. Criteria include ease of installation and use/maintenance, performance, relevance, value/ROI, network friendliness, versatility, and reliability.

Newly minted an InfoComm Best in Show winner, D-Tools’ SIX 2013 R2 with Mobile Quote is a complete estimation, design, and project management software platform that helps firms increase revenues while reducing time and costs associated with the integration of low-voltage systems. D-Tools’ data-driven workflow links equipment lists to project documentation, including estimates, and drawings via Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio, and enables the creation of Work and Service Orders to effectively manage projects to completion. “Being awarded an InfoComm14 Best In Show Award for D-Tools SIX 2013 R2 with Mobile Quote is an honor and a true testament to not only the platform’s workflow-enhancing power and prowess, but also it’s versatility,” stated D-Tools president, Adam Stone.

Featuring the largest aggregated software-based product database available for the electronics system integrator, D-Tools provides over 4,500 systems designers, specifiers, integrators, and installers in the Commercial and Residential Audio Video, Security, and IT Networking industries the most detailed and up-to-date product information available, delivering data to users that is easily utilized in a cross-functional capacity resulting in maximum workflow efficiency. The versatile platform provides a high degree of synchronization, increased performance, added flexibility, better communication, and advanced customization options, delivering finished solutions that can have a dramatic, positive impact on business efficiency and profitability.

“Industry leaders and some of the most successful companies in the industry are using the platform to maximize their team’s efficiencies. I am proud of what D-Tools has evolved into, honored by the recognition the product and our team has received, and look forward to the continued expansion of our leadership position as we continue to build and release additional productivity solutions,” Stone noted.

Highly scalable, D-Tools is a robust business process automation platform that continues to dynamically evolve. To better facilitate the ever-changing needs of the systems integration community, D-Tools recently launched its first native iOS application—Mobile Quote. Enabling the specification of products from any jobsite in the world, The D-Tools Mobile Quote iPad app is now available for download from the Apple App Store and carries a monthly subscription fee per user/device.

Furthermore, as part of an aggressive push towards industry standardization, the D-Tools System Integrator™ electronic system estimation, design and documentation software platform features fully integrated SIA/IAPSC Security Drawing Symbols and InfoComm J-STD-710 Audio, Video and Control Architectural Drawing Symbols. Straightforward and easily recognized, these Industry Standard Drawing Symbols are used for planning electronic system installations to facilitate system designs, blueprints, or schematics, and are consistent with symbols used by Builders, Architects, Consultants, Electronic Systems Contractors, and other professional trades to design and integrate all aspects of audio, video, IT networking and security installations in commercial and residential applications.

In addition, D-Tools announced the availability of FreeTools PSL™, a new system design companion application available to the entire electronic systems integration community free of charge. FreeTools PSL (Professional Symbol Library) is a free D-Tools application that provides Microsoft® Visio users with multiple libraries of industry-specific plan view symbols and Visio drawing templates that make it easier to create system designs using universally accepted industry standards.  Available now, D-Tools FreeTools PSL can be downloaded by visiting http://downloads.d-tools.com/six/FreeToolsPSL/FreeToolsPSL.exe

By utilizing the D-Tools System Integrator platform for their system design and documentation practices, electronics systems integrators are able to more clearly communicate with project partners across trades. Not only does this provide needed clarity and consistency between project partners, it also provides integrators an opportunity to compete for bids at a higher level, earn and maintain project access, streamline processes, and boost their bottom line. To learn more about D-Tools System Integrator or how electronic systems integrators are using the powerful platform to streamline complex system design, proposal and estimation processes, please visit www.d-tools.com, phone (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) 270-4102, timb@d-tools.com, www.d-tools.com
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, (425) 328-8640, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com

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

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