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Press Releases For : October 10, 2014

SVS LAUNCHES PC-2000 POWERED CYLINDER SUBWOOFER

The cylinder subwoofer form factor is reinvented by SVS with acclaimed 2000 Series subwoofer technology and décor-friendly styling.

Denver, CO – Rocky Mountain Audio Fest – October 10-12, 2014 – SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces the PC-2000 subwoofer, a modernization of the original SVS cylinder design featuring driver and amplifier technology from the vaunted 2000 Series subwoofers, and fresh, décor-friendly styling. With a footprint measuring just 16.5” in diameter, the PC-2000 delivers unmatched bass performance per square-inch of floor space.

“The cylinder subwoofer is an icon of our design heritage. The PC-2000 integrates our best technology and engineering resources, along with style upgrades, to make it appealing to contemporary audio and home theater enthusiasts,” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. “It’s an absolute beast of a performer and ideal for those who want outstanding deep bass effects and mid-bass slam, without the huge footprint.”

Standing 34” tall, the PC-2000 is a striking monolith of power that uses vertical height to achieve a generous enclosure volume, despite the small footprint. Interchangeable black ash or piano gloss top caps give the subwoofer design flexibility to match a range of décors. It is also the first SVS subwoofer to come standard with the SoundPath Isolation System. The elastomer feet decouple and isolate the PC-2000 from the floor, resulting in tighter and cleaner sounding bass, less room rattle, and fewer complaints from neighbors and roommates.

Inside, the PC-2000 boasts a 12” down-firing 2000-series driver. Nearly 20 driver prototypes were built by hand and punished with rigorous real-world testing; including 100-hours straight of full power testing; before the final version was approved for production. The drivers consist of dual high-grade ferrite magnets and an FEA-optimized motor for nearly distortion-free performance. A reinforced Nomex spider was integrated for improved linearity and driver control, especially important when the STA-500D amp is pushing the PC-2000 to maximum output levels.

Conservatively rated at 500 watts RMS continuous and 1100 watts peak dynamic, the Sledge STA-500D DSP amplifier inside the PC-2000 has brains to match its brawn. A sophisticated DSP in the amplifier includes an array of filters and volume, gain, and phase controls for fine-tuning performance. A frequency-dependent limiter/compressor algorithm with adjustable attack/release and compression parameters offers the ultimate in refined behavior at the drive limits of the subwoofer system. The DSP amplifier is effortless in its delivery of all this power, yet it consumes less than half-a-watt in stand-by mode.

Rated at 17-270 HZ +/- 3dB, the PC-2000 features a stereo line-level RCA input and 80Hz high pass filtered output connections, continuously variable volume and phase controls, and a rear-firing 4” high-flow port with large radius inner and outer flanges.

Pricing for the PC-2000 is $799.99 for the Black Ash top cap, and $849.99 for the Piano Gloss top cap.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com  or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nicholas Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com

Kimberly Lancaster: klancaster@castercomm.com

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SVS LAUNCHES PRIME SERIES SPEAKER FAMILY

The new line consists of tower, center channel, bookshelf and satellite speakers that redefine high performance audio at the price point.

Denver, CO – Rocky Mountain Audio Fest – October 9-11, 2014 SVS, a worldwide leader in high performance home audio products, proudly announces the Prime Series, a versatile line of high performance speakers designed to give listeners a world class audio experience at a price that defies convention. Spawned from the acclaimed SVS Ultra Speakers, the Prime Series features décor-friendly styling and trickle-down technology that cements SVS as a mainstream high performance audio leader.

Consisting of a Tower, Bookshelf, Center and Satellite model, the Prime Series is the American audio brand’s second full-range speaker family offering. SVS applied knowledge gained from developing the award-winning Ultra Series, and also applied exhaustive new engineering and form factor changes to achieve flagship performance at mainstream prices. This design philosophy is illuminated in the premium finish, features, and specifications. The ultimate goal of the Prime Series is to make high-end audio inclusive and open experiences up to a broader audience than was previously possible.

Gary Yacoubian, SVS president, said, “The mission of SVS is to bring the joys of high end audio to an ever-broader audience, and we are really proud of the Prime Series because they do exactly that.”

The Prime Tower speaker benefits from lessons learned developing the Ultra Tower, with its own distinctive touches. It has a completely new 3.5-way crossover that ensures a full, flat and seamless frequency response from the tweeter to the midrange driver, and through the two individually tuned and isolated 6.5-inch woofers. The design creates deep bass extension and a cohesive sonic presentation, with no compromises for either home theater or home stereo applications.

Designed for two-channel purists and home theater fans alike, the Prime Bookshelf speaker serves equally well as a standalone reference monitor, surround sound speaker, or front channel speaker, depending on the end user’s preference and the room’s layout. The 6.25” woofer delivers deep and articulate bass and outstanding extension, courtesy of a stiffened polypropylene cone, a refined motor with aluminum shorting ring for reduced distortion, and a vented voice coil former. The 1” aluminum dome tweeter utilizes an FEA-optimized diffuser to deliver open ‘airy’ presentation and unveiled highs.

It’s rare, if not impossible to find a true three-way center channel speaker at the Prime Series price point. Two-way center channel speakers are prone to off-axis frequency anomalies and simply can’t match the performance of other speakers in the line-up. To create an uncompromised, yet affordable center channel, SVS engineered a true three-way, four-driver design featuring a 1” aluminum dome tweeter, dedicated 3.5” midrange driver and dual 5.25” woofers. SVS’s exclusive SoundMatch three- way crossover ensures a smooth transition between all drivers for effortless projection into the room, both on- and off-axis. To avoid midrange modulation from all that woofer power, SVS mounted the midrange driver in its own dedicated and completely sealed compartment, which ensures natural and immersive dialogue clarity and vocal timbre, even during bass-heavy tracks and scenes.

The sleeper of the series may be the Prime Satellite, SVS’s first satellite speaker. The Prime Satellite pushes performance to unprecedented levels in this form factor, with design and component quality rivaling speakers two and three times their price. The Satellite speaker stands on its own, or matches perfectly with SVS subwoofers in 2.1, 5.1 and 7.1 systems, or it can serve as the front, center, and surround speakers in a very capable, very affordable multi-channel home theater system featuring other members of the Prime family. The compact size and included wall bracket also make the Satellite ideal in locations where space is limited, but high performance is desired.

Yacoubian continued, “Our design team deserves kudos for engineering the Prime Series to deliver an incredibly high level of audio performance at their disciplined price, a much more difficult prospect than when cost is no object. They are a product of both a passion for great experiences and the expertise to make them happen affordably.”

The Prime Series feature lifestyle-friendly cabinet design, available in black ash or piano gloss. Precision machined front-baffle chamfers on the Prime family were carefully engineered to reduce tweeter diffraction artifacts, as well as to tie the Prime Series to the SVS Ultra Series lineup sonically and aesthetically. Every speaker in the range has been painstakingly voiced and sonically matched with each other and the Ultra Series allowing end-users to mix and match all models, creating endless home theater possibilities.

SVS Prime Series speakers are available in a variety of two-channel and home theater packages, but can also be configured in any multi-channel array for use with Dolby Atmos or other surround sound formats. Information and pricing for the various speakers and packages is available at www.svsound.com.

For more information, please visit www.svsound.com  or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.

About SVS

SVS is a global leader in high performance home audio products; designing, manufacturing and selling subwoofers and speakers through its Internet direct business. Founded in 1998 by a group of audio enthusiasts seeking to develop an alternative to traditional audio manufacturers, SVS was forged out of a passion for the science of sound married to a disruptive, forward-facing go-to-market strategy. Today, SVS takes a radical approach to how audio products are developed. Built on collective decades of experience, SVS is redefining performance and value for people who love music and sound.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Nicholas Brown: nbrown@castercomm.com

Kimberly Lancaster: klancaster@castercomm.com

For digital images log on to: www.castercomm.com

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HARMAN’s dbx Introduces 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip

dbx-676-FrontSALT LAKE CITY, Utah – HARMAN’s dbx today announced the introduction of its model 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip, a vacuum tube-based microphone preamplifier that offers a host of flexible sound-tailoring options to deliver extraordinary audio quality in recording and live sound applications.

The dbx 676 employs a high-gain, Class A tube preamp section based around a 12AU7 vacuum tube that can be adjusted to be clean and pure-sounding or dirty and full of harmonic character. The 676 incorporates the Compressor/Limiter design from the highly sought-after dbx 162SL and a 3-band parametric EQ, enabling exacting control of dynamics and tonal balance.

“We created the dbx 676 to be nothing less than the ultimate mic preamp,” said Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast, HARMAN Signal Processing. “Whether you need a preamp that provides pristine, rich sound quality and tube warmth, want to add some edge and personality to vocals and instruments or are seeking to improve the sound of your recording or live rig, the dbx 676 is the ideal tool for taking your sound to the highest level.”

The dbx 676 offers ¼-inch and XLR inputs and outputs, a front-panel instrument input and a side chain insert. An optional digital output card is available. The 676 allows for precise tailoring of input and output levels which can be monitored by its large multi-function VU meter.

The compressor/limiter section provides extremely flexible control of dynamics including threshold, attack, gain and release, auto attack and release, hard and soft knee compression, dbx-exclusive AutoVelocity™ manual and OverEasy® modes and PeakStop™ limiting algorithm and many additional functions. The 676’s 3-band parametric EQ allows adjustment of level and bandwidth at frequencies that have been carefully chosen for maximum musical effectiveness.

Although comprehensive in its capabilities the dbx 676 is designed for ease of use, with its vintage-style controls and VU metering. The 676 features military-grade build for total reliability and mounts in a 2U rack space.

The dbx 676 Tube Mic Pre Channel Strip will be available in January 2015 at a U.S. street price of $999.95.

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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Chandler Limited Announces REDD.47 Pre-Amplifier

Chandler Limited REDD.47 Pre Amp - EMI Abbey Road StudiosChandler Limited adds tube pre-amplifier to its Abbey Road Studios series

Shell Rock, IA – October 2014 … Chandler Limited, recognized globally for signal processing and related music and audio products that deliver the classic analog sounds recording and professional musicians seek, announces addition of the REDD.47 pre-amplifier to Chandler’s esteemed Abbey Road Studios product line.

The REDD.47 microphone pre-amplifier, considered a ‘holy grail’ to some, is most closely associated with the sound of The Beatles’ records recorded at Abbey Road Studios from 1964-1968. Today, 50 years later, Chandler Limited revives this legendary sound with its own incarnation of the famous REDD.47.

The origins of the REDD.47 began at Abbey Road Studios’ technical division, the ‘Record Engineering Development Department’,  in 1958. The REDD.47 line amplifier was designed as the replacement for Telefunken’s V72S. The latter was a specially modified version of the Telefunken V72 valve amplifier, used in the early EMI REDD mixing consoles at Abbey Road Studios.

The REDD.47 tube amplifier was introduced as the plug-in all-purpose line amplifier component for EMI’s next generation REDD.51 mixing console, first built in 1959. However, Abbey Road’s Studio Two, home to the majority of The Beatles’ recording sessions, only received its REDD.51 mixing console in 1964. The REDD.47 left its unmistakable sonic character on every Beatles record from 1964 to 1968.

Chandler Limited’s re-imagination of the REDD.47 realizes the punchy, aggressive sound of the original pre-amplifier, while adding new features required for the rigors of today’s recording studio environment. One of the features of Chandler Limited’s REDD.47 design is increased gain, allowing a range of tonal options from pristine clean sound to classic rich, saturated tone with up to 2% harmonic distortion before clipping. The Chandler Limited REDD.47 pre-amp easily reproduces the distortions heard on The Beatles’ ‘Revolution.’

The introduction of the REDD.47 tube pre-amplifier is a milestone for the Shell Rock, Iowa pro-audio manufacturer and Chandler’s heralded Abbey Road Studios product line. Chandler Limited founder and chief designer, Wade Goeke, had this to say,

“Obviously this is a big step for Chandler Limited. The REDD.47 is possibly the most famous mic pre of all time and we all wanted it to be special in sound, function, and appearance. From using the original documentation, to remolding the jumbo old style knobs, to reviving the Rumble Filter, every part of this design has been special . . . and if you’re wondering . . . yes, it distorts in that special way just like on the old songs!”

Equally excited for the new REDD.47 pre-amplifier is Abbey Road Studios’ Head of Audio Products, Mirek Stiles,

“Abbey Road Studios is proud to see the legendary REDD.47 microphone pre-amp brought back to life as a hardware unit. The distinctively warm and sometimes aggressive sound the REDD.47 is known for has made a huge impact on some of the most important historical recordings of all time. It’s very exciting to know the famous ‘edgy treble’ sound will now be available to engineers, producers and artists all over the world.”

Chandler Limited’s REDD.47 pre-amp has the ability to be used as a mic pre-amp, line amplifier, or serve as a D/I, and is sure to become a record production staple of recording studios worldwide.

To learn more about Chandler Limited’s REDD.47 pre-amp visit: http://chandlerlimited.com/redd-47-pre-amp

Chandler Limited expects to begin shipping the highly anticipated REDD.47 pre-amp during first quarter 2015.

 

About Chandler Limited

Headquartered in Shell Rock, Iowa, Chandler Limited, Inc. is a boutique manufacturer of high-end signal processors, mixers, and amplifiers for musicians and audio professionals. Recognized globally for its exquisitely handmade products and the company’s high profile clientele, Chandler’s product offerings include the Abbey Road/TG line, its unique Germanium transistor series of products, the 500 Series Modules, plus its recently introduced guitar pedals and amplifier. For additional information about all Chandler Limited products, please visit the company online at www.chandlerlimited.com.

About Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios are the most famous recording studios in the world and an iconic symbol of British music.  They have been home to countless landmark recordings and pioneering advances in recording technology.  Opened in November 1931, Abbey Road Studios were the world’s first purpose-built recording studios.  The hallowed building has a phenomenal history spanning over 80 years, during which the studios have hosted many of the world’s most famous artists, including the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies, Kate Bush, Oasis, Florence and the Machine, Adele and Lady Gaga.  Abbey Road is also one of the world’s premiere locations for movie scoring.  Since the 1980s, scores for films such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Braveheart, and The King’s Speech have been recorded there.  The list continues with many other major titles, including Shrek, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Skyfall, and The Hobbit.

 

Abbey Road Studios, EMI, REDD and their associated logos are trademarks of EMI (IP) Limited.

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Press Releases For : October 9, 2014

METRIC HALO ANNOUNCES 2014 FALL SALE!

MetricHalo_2014_FallSaleSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 2014: Metric Halo announced the start of the 2014 Fall Sale with the best deals ever offered on Metric Halo gear. Save up to 58% off list prices on all products including hardware and software. With this sale, customers will save up to $1,100 off Metric Halo’s award-winning hardware products, and up to $400 off Metric Halo’s award-winning software products.

The Fall Sale celebrates the launch of Production Bundle v.2 which brings VST and Windows support to the Metric Halo Production Bundle, and also introduces a new plug-in – MH Dirty Delay.

Metric Halo products are available from dealers or directly from the Metric Halo website: http://mhlabs.com

The Metric Halo 2014 Fall Sale runs until 10/31/2014.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

ATC ANNOUNCES NEW LINE OF POWER AMPLIFIERS – THE P1 PRO AND P2 PRO

ATC_P1_PROLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 2014: The TransAudio Group is proud to announce the release of two new MOSFET Class A/B design dual mono power amplifiers from ATC – the P1 Pro and P2 Pro. At 150W/ch into 8 Ohms and 300W/ch into 8 Ohms respectively, these fan-less, rack-mountable power amplifiers offer the perfect solution for any studio wishing to get the best out of their passive monitors, including the all-new ATC SCM20PSL Pro.

Both models feature a 19-inch rack-mount chassis with front panel mounted standby button and L/R clip indication. The amplifiers incorporate the same gain reduction and loudspeaker protection circuits that are used in the ATC active monitors. These circuits ensure that the amplifier will not clip, even when working at very high volumes, which protects the loudspeakers from damage and improves the subjective performance of the entire system. Importantly, neither amplifier uses a fan, so they can be placed anywhere, including the control room.

The P1 Pro and P2 Pro are of a ‘true’ dual mono design: the power supplies, signal, and return paths are totally separated from each other. This approach maximizes signal separation and minimizes crosstalk. Further, intermodulation between channels via the power supplies is reduced to an absolute minimum at all frequencies, and the power demand from one channel cannot affect the specified power available to the other channel.

Brad Lunde, president of the TransAudio Group, ATC’s U.S. distributor stated, “ATC is famous for building active studio reference monitors that give engineers a consistent, honest reflection of their work. Although ATC’s revolutionary drivers and chasses get most of the credit for the brand’s legendary transparency, ATC’s superbly-designed amplifiers deserve equal credit. Just as the new passive ATC SCM20PSL Pro gives engineers access to ATC’s loudspeaker without the amplification, the new ATC P1 Pro and P2 Pro give engineers access to ATC’s zero-compromise amplification without the loudspeaker itself. Any reference monitor will benefit from the clean power of an ATC P1 Pro or P2 Pro.”

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.

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137th AES Convention to Feature “Chicks in the Mix” Panel

New York, NY, October 9, 2014 — The upcoming 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, will feature a panel exploring the experience of female audio/recording professionals. “Chicks in the Mix” will take place Saturday, October 11, from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Room 403 AB. Historically the audio and recording industries have represented a male-dominated workplace – although the atmosphere has changed, there are still many challenges faced by female engineers, product designers, producers, mixers, managers, songwriters and artists that are not faced by their male counterparts. This panel brings together well-known female industry professionals to discuss their personal experience in these terms and how they do what they do.

Moderated by acclaimed producer and mixer Chris Lord-Alge, the discussion will feature the following panelists:

Marcella Araica, Recording & Mix engineer (Britney Spears, Madonna, Pink) – Miami, FL, USA; Los Angeles, CA, USA
Amy Burr, Larrabee Sound Studios, Studio Manager – North Hollywood, CA, USA
Emily Lazar, September Mourning (Lead Vocalist for the band) – New York, NY, USA
Lisa Loeb, GRAMMY®-nominated Singer/Songwriter – Los Angeles, CA USA
Brenda Russell, BMPR – Los Angeles, CA, USA

This dynamic panel, debuting at the AES137 Convention, is set to offer lively debate and discussion across all boundaries. No matter your gender, you will want to hear what these “Chicks in the Mix” have to say.

“I am very much looking forward to the ‘Chicks in the Mix’ panel at the AES convention,” stated Lord-Alge. “These five professionals each offer a distinct point of view and a different skill set, and their stories will help illuminate the experience of women in our industry.”

For further information about AES137 Special Events, as well as further Registration, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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History Gets Its Due at the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

New York, NY, October 9, 2014 — Music/audio production is by its nature an inherently historical and archival discipline, and the 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention, taking place today through Sunday, October 12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California, sees the past come alive with the annual History Track.

AES Convention Historical Events Chair Mark Gander have assembled a winning collection of presentations. These include the perfect pairing of “The Evolution of Studio Acoustic Design” and “Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound,” which portrays highlights from the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards event.

Attendees will also enjoy listening to Michael Petersen of Shure, Inc., narrate the life and career of Benjamin Bauer, who developed the Uniphase network and the iconic Shure Model 55 Unidyne® Microphone, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. Bauer, an immigrant from Ukraine, developed the network at age 24, and it earned him the first of over 100 patents in audio technology. Included in the presentation are photos and details of the first Unidyne mic elements constructed by Bauer, uncovered December 2013 in the Shure Archives and not seen since the early 1940s.

In another fascinating panel, representatives from companies including Empirical Labs, Universal Audio and Great River Electronics – all engaged in manufacturing modern versions of classic audio products – will each profile one or more products, describing some of the methods that they use to duplicate the performance of the classic pieces. The participants will include representatives from manufacturers who develop hardware as well as software plug-ins. Each manufacturer will present products, methods and techniques, with discussion of measured and sonically judged faithfulness and/or improvements, followed by panel interaction and questions from the audience.

The full Historical Track program is here:

Thursday, October 9, 2:15 pm — 4:15 pm
Session H1 Evolution of Studio Acoustic Design

Thursday, October 9, 5:00 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H2 Audio Architects of the Nashville Sound: Highlights from the AES Nashville Lifetime Achievement Awards

Friday, October 10, 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H3 Benjamin Bauer and the Shure Unidyne Microphone: 75 Years of Audio Legend

Saturday, October 11, 12:15 pm — 1:15 pm
Session H4 History of Audio Measurement Technology

Saturday, October 11, 5:30 pm — 6:30 pm
Session H5 History of Line Arrays

Sunday, October 12, 2:30 pm — 4:30 pm
Session H6 Authentic Replication and Modeling of Vintage Audio Gear

“We put an enormous amount of care and thought into curating the Historical Track at the AES Conventions, because there is so much history in this industry, and so much more being made every day,” states Gander. “And it’s gratifying that they tend to be among the most well-attended sessions of the entire event. It’s clear that those involved in professional audio care deeply about its legacy.”

Further detailed information on the Historical Track at the AES137 Convention, as well as Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program formation are available on the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

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Powersoft Launches Armonia Pro Audio Suite™ 2.5.0, With New Interface and Advanced Control of Powersoft X Series

Software Upgrade Represents a Milestone in the Development of Powersoft’s Pro Audio Suite

Ventura, CA, October 9, 2014: Powersoft, a world-leading manufacturer of professional power amplifiers, announced the launch of Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™. Since the first software edition was released in 2009, Armonía Pro Audio Suite™ has gained a reputation as a powerful solution that helps audio professionals significantly improve sonic performance and system reliability in their loudspeaker systems.

armoniascreeshotArmonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™, which is able to control the all new X series amplifiers, is designed to facilitate seamless remote control and monitoring of Powersoft amplifiers. With the new software version, system engineers can easily perform on-line or off-line system setup and tuning — as well as manage and monitor all vital functions in real-time from a remote PC via a single intuitive GUI.

The new release of Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™, which is most relevant update to the digital signage monitoring and processing software to date, is able to maximize interaction among loudspeakers, as well as manage the entire range of Powersoft products.

New Software Interface:

armoniaxThe update to Armonía Pro Audio Suite includes a new interface to control the advanced features of Powersoft’s X Series (e.g. Matrix / Speaker Routing / Redundancy Priorities, and improves control functionality for the new DigiMod DSP-D amp modules: such as parameter settings, bank preset management, grouping information and preset locking functions.

Armonía can also control and monitor a complex system with greater ease and intelligence by leveraging LivingWorkspace, an innovative component that is able to render a quick overview of the entire system status on the workspace. With LivingWorkspace, users can access critical information about signal presence, muting, gain reduction and clipping instantaneously. Additionally, link state and alarms state are clearly visible by icons, which appear on both the border and background.

Finally, a software update has been included allowing OEM manufacturers to significantly raise their own brand profiles. While using Armonía ProManager, the software is able to configure any IK Series amp modules combination, so loudspeakers manufacturers can make their custom-branded products accessible in Armonía. This provides an added benefit of customization and visibility.

Learning and Collaboration Resources:

There are many ways to for users to become more familar with Armonía Pro Audio Suite, including a rich tutorial section on the Powersoft website available here: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/software/armonia-tutorial. This includes a host of training videos that cover comprehensive topics such as handling presets, digital signal, running a system and many others. Additionally, Powersoft hosts a very active Armonía support forum [http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/armonia-forum] where users can gain valuable insight directly from their peers. Finally, the Armonía Sound School has been established as an ongoing resource to help disseminate knowledge in the field of sound engineering.

Armonía Pro Audio Suite 2.5.0™ is accessible via a free download and fully compatible with Windows 8.1 and earlier. For more information on Armonía Pro Audio Suite, please visit http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/software/armonia-pro-audio-suite.

About Powersoft:
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

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Kensington Tablet Cases Make Holiday Shopping a Snap

From rugged protection to extreme personalization, Kensington tablet cases have it all, and at budget-friendly prices

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Redwood Shores, CA, October 8, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, offers a host of tablet cases that ease holiday shopping in a world that is always wired, from classroom, to dining room, to boardroom. Kensington tablet cases address a variety of needs, including rugged protection, power consumption and savings, personalization, ergonomics, and convenience. Ranging from $14.99 to $99.99, the cases deliver value at budget-friendly prices.

You’ve seen the designs before. And now they’re available in a cool, lightweight case for tablets. Kensington is drawing on its nostalgic past to create a case for today with the new Mead-inspired universal cases for 9-inch and 10-inch tablets. The soft, lightweight case offers secure protection for devices through the Silicone 4-Corner Base, which uses stay straps that come up and over the corners of the tablet. The inside cover has a soft interior lining that prevents the screen from getting scratched or damaged and a magnetic flap keeps the folio securely closed. The cover can be opened or folded into an upright or low-angle triangle stand so you can select the ideal position for watching videos, typing emails or web browsing.

The iPad Air has redefined the look and feel of what a thin, lightweight tablet should look and feel like. Now Kensington is doing the same for ultra-thin keyboard cases with the KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air. The X3 features a breakthrough in innovation. PowerLift allows you to tap into the keyboard’s internal battery and charge your phone using its USB cable. A sleek and form-fitting, hard-shell exterior surrounds the tablet with protection while maintaining its thin profile. When the KeyFolio Thin X3 is opened, it reveals an integrated Bluetooth® keyboard that features six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a row of dedicated shortcut keys, allowing you to be more productive using fewer keystrokes. The unique QuickFold design allows you to hide the keyboard beneath the iPad Air so you can quickly and easily transition from typing mode to viewing mode. The KeySense Power Channel automatically turns the keyboard on and off when it’s engaged or disengaged from the magnetic stand, helping conserve battery life.

With so many 10-inch tablets available in the market, finding a keyboard case that’s versatile enough to fit all the slight dimension changes is more important than ever. That’s why we developed the KeyFolio Fit for tablets running Android. A silicone four-corner base uses stay straps to securely keep the tablet in place. But the most exciting feature has to be TapLaunch available on the Android model, which lets you easily customize three shortcut keys so you can quickly start your favorite apps straight from your keyboard. And speaking of the keyboard, it’s integrated right into the case and pairs fast to your tablet through a Bluetooth® connection. With six rows of high-performance scissor keys, you can type with optimal productivity. A soft interior lining keeps your tablet protected from scratches and damage, and a magnetic flap keeps the case securely closed when you’re on the go.

  • BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case for iPad Air (Black – K97065WW), $59.99
  • BlackBelt  2nd Degree Rugged Case for iPad Air (Plum – K97078WW) or Red – K97079WW), $49.99

Accidents happen, and someday your iPad Air is probably going to get dropped. That’s why Kensington made the BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case. By surrounding your iPad Air in a strong, cushioned rubber layer, it can survive drops and bumps because it offers premium shock absorption. It also features a built-in hand strap, multi-position stand and a screen protector.

  • SafeGrip Rugged Carrying Case and Stand for iPad Air (Blueberry – K67809WW or Charcoal – K67808WW), $44.99

The iPad opens a whole new world of hands-on learning for kids. However, sensitive electronics like the iPad Air just weren’t made to withstand the punishment kids can dish out. The Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Carry Case & Stand wraps the iPad Air in a tough, padded case complete with screen protection. It also has a thick, sturdy handle that’s perfect for kids’ hands, plus a built-in stylus holder and personalization window.

The GummyGrip has a firm tip that’s highly durable, so it won’t wear out even after extended use. Because kids tend to put things in their mouths that they shouldn’t, Kensington designed the GummyGrip with only non-toxic materials in an ergonomic shape that’s ideal for small hands. A lanyard loop allows the stylus to be worn like a necklace, minimizing the chances for the stylus to get misplaced. It also fits perfectly into the stylus holder of the Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Case.

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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 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 trademark of ACCO Brands. BlackBelt, SafeGrip, GummyGrip, TapLaunch, QuickFold, KeySense, PowerLift and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. iPad is a trademark 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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