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Press Releases For : October 20, 2014

Kensington Launches New Suite of Keyboard Cases for iPad Air™ 2, Including Breakthrough PowerLift™ Phone Charging Solution

New KeyFolio™ and Customize Me™ Cases for iPad Air 2 Take Thin Tablet Protection to New Levels of Performance and Reliability

Kensington Twitter logoRedwood Shores, CA, October 20, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced its new suite of ultra-thin keyboard cases designed for the iPad Air 2, including the KeyFolio Thin X3 featuring breakthrough PowerLift technology. This new innovation allows users to tap into the keyboard’s internal battery to charge a phone using a USB cable.

Kensington’s range of ultra-thin keyboard cases for the new iPad also includes the KeyFolio Thin X2, KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus and Customize Me case. Each delivers ultra-thin protection, performance and reliability, combined with the style, function and efficiency embraced by iPad users.

“With its latest tablet release, Apple is continuing to redefine what a thin, lightweight tablet should be. At Kensington we’ve set out to do the same with our new line of ultra-thin keyboard cases,” said Jim Murakami, Global Product Manager at Kensington. “Designed specifically with the Apple user in mind, our new KeyFolio and Customize Me cases embody the design and performance that matches the iPad user’s desire for stylish tablet productivity and protection. Adding to this, we’re pleased to offer our new PowerLift technology, which further supports user mobility by making it easy to charge a phone using the keyboard’s internal battery – anytime, anywhere.”

New Kensington Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cases for iPad Air 2

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air 2

(K97389US; SRP $99.99) – Featuring breakthrough PowerLift phone charging technology, this sleek, hard-shell keyboard case protects iPad Air 2 while maintaining its thin profile. The integrated Bluetooth® keyboard offers six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a dedicated row of shortcut keys. The unique QuickFold design allows you to hide the keyboard beneath the iPad Air 2 for a fast transition between typing and viewing modes. 

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97391US; SRP $99.99) – This form-fitting, hard-shell tablet protection case features an integrated white LED backlit Bluetooth® keyboard that’s ideal for low-light conditions. The KeySense Power Channel automatically turns the keyboard on and off when engaged/disengaged from the magnetic stand for improved battery conservation.

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97385US; White – K97386US; SRP $89.99) – A sleek, form-fitting keyboard case for iPad Air 2 with an integrated Bluetooth® keyboard that offers six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a row of dedicated shortcut keys. The KeyFolio Thin X2 also features Kensington’s QuickFold design and KeySense Power Channel for optimal battery life.

Kensington Customize Me Case for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97358US; Red – K97359US; SRP $39.99) – This sleek, lightweight case for iPad Air 2

features a clear, scratch-resistant picture window for user personalization using a photo or artwork. SoundWave speaker channels redirect the tablet’s audio for improved sound quality. A soft interior lining keeps the iPad screen protected, and the cover automatically wakes the tablet or puts it in sleep mode.

Product Availability

The Kensington ultra-thin keyboard cases for iPad Air 2 are available for pre-order at Kensington.com and Amazon.com. For additional information on the new and existing line of Kensington products, please visit:



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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. QuickFold, PowerLift, KeySense, Customize Me, KeyFolio Thin and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. Apple and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.





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Extron Announces New Fiber Optic USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron FOX USB Extender PlusExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the FOX USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices extreme distances over fiber optic cabling. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Used in conjunction with an Extron FOX Series DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, or VGA extender, the FOX USB Extender Plus is capable of transmitting Keyboard-Video-Mouse – KVM signals very long distances over a fiber optic infrastructure. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the FOX USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of professional environments. (more…)

VMP Features New 19-Inch Equipment Rack Enclosures at ISC East 2014

STEVENSVILLE, Md., Oct. 20, 2014 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the security, commercial, residential, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce it will feature its new 19-inch Equipment Rack Enclosure (EREN) series at ISC East 2014, held in New York from Nov. 19-20 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, booth 430. The EREN-18, EREN-27, and EREN-42E are now shipping.Video Mount Products EREN-27

“The cost-effective, portable, and fully welded EREN family of 19-inch equipment rack enclosures has been designed for installations where protected components are a necessity,” explained Keith Fulmer, president of VMP. “The EREN Series, which comes complete with integrated cooling fans and lockable, removable side panels (with optional locks) allows for the organization of multiple electronic components, while at the same time protecting them from thermal issues, as well as damage or theft.”

Rugged and sturdy with welded steel construction, a black powder coat finish, and a 1,000 lb. load capacity, the EREN-18 includes 18 rack spaces, the EREN-27 includes 27 rack spaces, and the EREN-42E includes 42 rack spaces.

Additional EREN Series specifications include:
- Works with all standard 19-inch rack equipment and accessories
- Rails threaded with standard 10-32 threading
- Tempered glass front door
- Double swing steel rear door
- Adjustable front and rear rails
- Vented top and bottom
- Top and bottom cable routing knockouts
- Reversible hinged front and rear door
- Casters and leveling feet
- Ships assembled
- EREN-18 preloaded with three ER-S2UV vented two space rack shelves and three ER-2B blank panels (MSRP: $749.00)
- EREN-18E – Same as EREN-18 except without preloaded shelves and blanks (MSRP: $679.00)
- EREN-27 preloaded with five ER-S2UV vented two space rack shelves and five ER-2B blank panels (MSRP: $859.00)
- EREN-27E – Same as EREN-27 except without preloaded shelves and blanks (MSRP: $699.00)
- EREN-42E (MSRP: $779.00)

“The EREN Series has been designed for use with a multitude of audio, video, security, and communication components,” added Fulmer. “With numerous shelves and a sturdy weight capacity of 1,000 lbs., the AV and security installer and end user have a tremendous amount of available space to design a fully mobile, fully enclosed security and AV rack system.”

For more information, please visit www.videomount.com or call toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the VideoMount™-Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the A/V, communication and security industries since 1994. VMP’s products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to grow by adding mounting systems to address growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of our business.

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Bose® Professional Holding One-On-One RoomMatch® Demo Sessions at Wild Bills Atlanta on October 28-30


Demos allow personalized sessions with Bose® Professional personnel, with the opportunity to mix live multitracks on an installed Bose RoomMatch® system

Framingham, Massachusetts, October 15, 2014 – As a resource for system integrators, consultants and front-of-house engineers, Bose® Professional will be hosting one-on-one demo sessions of their RoomMatch® Progressive Directivity Array loudspeaker systems at Wild Bills, the premier concert venue in metro Atlanta, on Tuesday, October 28, through Thursday, October 30, 2014.

The Wild Bills sessions are an extra-special opportunity, with plenty of time for attendees to mix live multitracks on an installed RoomMatch system. And attendees will have a chance to have discussions with Bose Professional Systems engineers. Snacks and refreshments will be available.

Wednesday, October 28th
Thursday, October 29th
Friday, October 30th

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 1-on-1 sessions

Location: Wild Bills
2075 Market St., Duluth, GA

Attendees are welcome to bring along prospective RoomMatch clients and/or other guests. Schedule a session today by contacting Anthony Papamichael at Anthony_papamichael@bose.com or 404-904-6353. Space is limited.

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137th Audio Engineering Society Convention Breaks Records and Draws Acclaim from Attendees, Exhibitors and Presenters Alike


— Convention reminds West-Coast audio community, “If It’s About Audio, It’s At AES!” —

New York, NY — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, held Thursday, October 9, 2014, through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, was the place to be if you have anything to do with the audio industry. The exhibit floor, panels and technical sessions were packed all four days, and with 15,403 registered attendees and 307 exhibitors/sponsors, AES137 far surpassed any West-Coast AES Convention in the last 10 years or more. At show close, AES reported a 28% increase in registration since the last time the convention was on the West Coast (133rd AES Convention in San Francisco in 2012).

Convention Committee Co-Chairs Valerie Tyler and Michael MacDonald and their team created one of the most ambitious and comprehensive schedules of workshops, panels and technical programs in AES convention history. From the opening keynote address on Thursday by acclaimed engineer, musician and record producer Alan Parsons; and the Richard C. Heyser Memorial Lecture presented by legendary game audio director and composer Marty O’Donnell; to Friday’s keynote by Neil Portnow, President/CEO The Recording Academy®, The GRAMMY Foundation® and MusiCares; the popular Project Studio Expo and Live Sound Expo; the High Resolution Audio Program in association with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group; the GRAMMY® SoundTables event “Songs That Move The Needle: Producers on Producing,” moderated by Ed Cherney and featuring Alex da Kid, Don Was, Niko Bolas, No I.D., and Michael Brauer; “DTV Audio Group Forum: The Implications of Streamed Content Delivery on the Evolution of Television”; “Chicks in the Mix,” moderated by acclaimed producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge and bringing together well-known female industry professionals to discuss their personal experience; “Sound Is the Conduit to the Artist Heart” presented by acclaimed producer, engineer and technologist Jack Joseph Puig; and more, AES137 hit it out of the park for attendees and exhibitors alike.

“I cannot put into words how thrilled I am with the 137th AES Convention,” stated Bob Moses, Executive Director of the AES. “Our organizing committee really outdid themselves, with over 350 presentations from an astounding 731 leading researchers and practitioners in the field, many of them standing-room-only. We have some serious momentum built from recent conventions in New York and Berlin, and we are going to keep it going for the coming conventions in Warsaw in May and then back to New York next October. You could say that our conventions and the AES organization have a renewed energy, and we couldn’t be happier.”

No matter what sector of the industry you are involved in — recording & production, broadcast & streaming, game audio, live sound, networked audio, sound for picture, post production or system integration — AES137 had it all. The convention received support from leading audio companies including: Audionamix, Audinate, Audio Precision, Auro Technologies, Avid, DiGiCo, EAW, Focusrite/Novation, L-Acoustics, Lectrosonics, Location Sound Corp, MOTU, Sennheiser/Neumann, Shure, TC Electronic, TC Applied Technologies, THAT Corp, Universal Audio, and Yamaha.

For additional information on the Audio Engineering Society and its conventions, conferences and technological outreach, visit http://www.aes.org.

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Waves Audio 2014 AES Press Kit

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Genelec 2014 AES Press Kit

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HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces MAC TW1 Fixture Refurbishment Program

MARTIN_MAC TW1AARHUS, Denmark — Underscoring its commitment to legacy customers, HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced the return of its popular MAC TW1 Tungsten wash light as a certified refurbished product to satisfy the global demands of lighting professionals. All Martin MAC TW1 refurbished fixtures will bear a “pre-owned /certified by Martin” label and meet the same performance standards and quality level of new Martin products.

“We are thrilled to see that the MAC TW1 is still acknowledged as an outstanding product and the ideal moving light, especially in theater and TV applications where best possible light quality is important for LD´s and camera personnel,” said Markus Klüsener, Product Manager for stage lighting at Martin Professional. “Whilst LED technology is constantly improving on efficiency and light quality and finds its way into more and more applications and markets, we truly acknowledge that there is, as yet, no light source available on the market that beats the quality of the incandescent light. For certain applications, that superior light quality is needed, and we are pleased we can continue to support this need with the MAC TW1.”

Ideal for stage and studio lighting, the MAC TW1 utilizes an incandescent lamp that provides high-quality optics with soft beam edges and uniform light/color output to ensure even distribution across projected surfaces. The MAC TW1 operates in three modes—Normal, Studio and Silent—which are selectable from a lighting desk and features a unique heat management system which traps heat and silently dissipates it through the back of the fixture. A CMY color mixing system that ensures smooth transitions and delivers a multitude of vibrant colors ranging from saturated deep hues to soft pastels.

Refurbished models will be available in 80 V lamp versions that offer superior output when compared to traditional voltage lamps. In addition, all refurbished versions of the MAC TW1 wash light are backed by spare part availability and a one-year warranty.

For more information on the MAC TW1 refurbishment program, please visit: www.martin.com

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Audio-Technica 2014 AES Press Kit

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SSL Live for Oprah’s ‘The Life You Want’ Weekend 2014

“The clarity and the ‘air’ on the top end are remarkable.”

BRENTWOOD, TN – Oprah Winfrey has taken ‘The Life You Want Weekend’, a high-profile two-night self-help show on the road for eight weekends this fall. Along for the ride is CTS Audio, who is providing sound for the tour including a SSL Live. L500 console at the mix position, operated by CTS veteran front of house engineer Jon Schwarz.

Jon Schwarz with SSL Live. L500This two-night event starts the first night with Winfrey offering the inspirational story of her life’s journey. She speaks about identifying life’s purpose and leads exercises on taking action to reach goals. The second night, Oprah introduces motivational speakers from her network, who each give their own monologues in turn. “Eat, Pray, Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert, pastor Rob Bell and OWN TV personality Iyanla Vanzant are joined in some cities by alternative-medicine guru Deepak Chopra as well as DJ performances.

‘The Life You Want’ employs two stages; a traditional endplay arena stage with a multi-tiered set, multiple video and a stereo line-array music and playback system and a small B stage in the arena’s center, where monologues are delivered via a second, separate ‘in the round’ system. With the majority of the audio originating from the speakers and DJ performances, input count is small, under 30 channels, but when combined with the other performances elements, the show became a real undertaking. “They [the Oprah Tour] have a lot of video content,” explains CTS Vice President Mike Taylor. “It’s a very complicated show in terms of video cueing and audio because of all of the sources.”

The real challenge for this tour was generating a high-quality audio feed to ensure that all inspirational messages were heard both in the venue and for future TV Broadcasts and DVD’s. “Most, if not all of the show, is being recorded for TV, so we wanted to pass along the highest quality audio,” adds Schwarz. “They’re just taking analogue audio output back to the video world but they’ve noted how clean and warm it sounds and the dynamic range is fantastic.”
Though this was Schwarz’s first major tour where he was working with the L500, he had a chance to experience the dramatic difference in sound quality at a few previous CTS events and knew it would be an asset to this minimalist production. “The very first time I heard SSL Live, we had a show in a stadium and there was a moment with a person singing and playing the acoustic guitar,” Schwarz says. “I’ve done plenty of shows in stadiums with many different consoles and the very first thing I noticed with this one, was the clarity and the top end ‘air’ on it. I’ve never heard that, especially in a space that large with that much reverb time in the room. The clarity and the ‘air’ on the top end are remarkable.”

Schwarz points out that the L500’s input list can be organized by operator workflow and how banks of faders are programmed, which ended up being an asset for each show’s varying programs. The console has two lower 12-fader banks, or ‘tiles’ in the left and center positions, plus a third, 12-fader tile on the upper left of the console. “On most consoles, the sequence of inputs dictates workflow,” he explains. “With SSL Live, input list order just doesn’t matter as much. The concept of layers and banks is very cool; the first night’s show varies from the second night’s show, so I layer my banks based on what I need on the surface for each day. I also lay out what I need for different parts of each show in other layers on the center tile.”

Due to the setup of the event, redundancy becomes a key factor. “Because the format is predominantly one input, one person, I can’t have enough redundancy and back-ups,” he explains. “To accomplish this, several hardwired emergency microphones are placed at different stage locations, as well as a few others that are all controlled from a layer on the top left tile. I also have my master faders for the music PA and the vocal PA on the top left with the emergency mics due to the dual system design.”

Console operators of corporate-style events, such as Oprah’s, must man their consoles for much longer periods of time than with typical concerts. The design and layout of the SSL Live helps Schwarz to handle his job without fatigue. “On Saturday I sit behind the console for close to 10 hours straight,” he says. “With the SSL Live, operators can sit in one place without having to move around a lot. Having everything within arm’s reach is a huge convenience.”
He also mentions the Focus Channel section on the L500′s right side as being an asset during the tour. “At first I used the main, central touch screen a lot, but over time I find I touch the Focus Fader and Channel Control Tile more and the main screen less,” he says. “Grabbing hotkeys and using its small screen is fast and accurate and there’s a lot of information there. When I have to ride gain or EQ, based on what’s happening on the show with something really dynamic, I use it a lot.”

Schwarz also points out that the sound of the console allows him to mix differently than on another console. “Between the preamps and EQs, it reacts differently than other consoles I’ve used, so I can lean on them more than I would with others,” he says. “I’ve also found that the EQ is so musical, I’m able to do things that I’ve never been able to do with other consoles and the results are exciting. I had someone speaking, and the way that I could shelf one side and boost the other allowed me to cut the sibilance out and add air on the back side, which was something I hadn’t experienced on other consoles.”

“It’s just so transparent, it really is,” says Taylor about the sound quality of Live. “Whether hearing an acoustic guitar and vocal or a full band for an event in a stadium with 30,000 people was stunning. We’ve also done a worship conference with 12,000 attendees and the sound was just incredible for just a vocal and a piano. Then to take it on a TV shoot of an awards show with full bands and hear what it could do was a testament of the flexibility and consistency of this console. The console is just so clear.”


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

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