Jacob Blount

Jacob Blount

Jacob was a Project Manager at THE rAVe Agency and an Assistant Editor for rAVe [PUBS]. He worked on internal and client-based projects for the Agency and oversees rAVe [PUBS]'s live event trade show and event coverage, rAVe [NOW].

This Is What Powered Pilgrimage 2021


Last you heard from me, we discussed critical decisions to make with in-person, large-scale house of worship events. Our topics rang true then, rang true for Pilgrimage 2021 and they still ring true now.  Our In-Person Experience  Pilgrimage 2021 saw new beginnings in many areas. We welcomed in-person attendees to the event at a new […]

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Three New Minimum Viable Offerings for Houses Of Worship


When designing a project for a house of worship, how often do you go back to the drawing board to ask the question, “Hmm, what should I include in this system?” Hardly ever, I assume, considering the requirements of houses of worship are mostly the same: assistive listening, environmental lighting, fixed installs and more. These […]

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A Fully Virtual Regional HOW Event


As you may recall from previous columns, I serve on the overall planning committee for a regional faith-based event in North Carolina. Pilgrimage, a large-scale event for United Methodist youth and their adult leaders, traditionally takes place in person during the second weekend in November each year. As you can imagine, that was not the […]

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Tour of Installs in New York City Tells Story of Samsung LED


Samsung featured unique installs of their micro and direct view LED solutions installed at its customers’ locations in New York City this month at a press and industry analyst event. In between quick bouts of chilly weather, we visited four locations across the Midtown and downtown Manhattan areas including stops at Fisher Brothers, Ogilvy, MoMA […]

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Atlantic Technology’s Gatecrasher1 Wireless Multi-Room Speaker Now Works With Alexa


Combining the Hands-Free Convenience of Alexa Voice Control with the Outstanding Sound Quality of Gatecrasher1 Norwood, MA – December 10, 2019 – Atlantic Technology has added the capability of hands-free voice control by Alexa to their acclaimed Gatecrasher1 wireless multi-room 2.1 stereo table-top audio systems as part of the ‘Works With Alexa’ capability which wirelessly […]

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Just Add Power Makes a Hole in One at Renovated Montecito Club in Santa Barbara


Central Coast Audio Visual Relies on Ultra HD Over IP Platform to Provide Cost-Effective, Reliable Video Distribution ARGO, Fla. — Dec. 10, 2019 — Just Add Power (J+P), a leader in Ultra HD over IP video distribution, announced that its system has been installed at the Montecito Club in Santa Barbara, California, which recently reopened […]

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SMP 300 Series Integrates Seamlessly with the Panopto Enterprise Video Platform


Anaheim, California (December 10, 2019) – Extron is pleased to announce the immediate availability of enhanced features to seamlessly connect Extron SMP 300 Series Streaming Media Recorder to Panopto enterprise video management systems. The LinkLicense for Enhanced Panopto Features enables users to live stream to Panopto and fully manage SMP recording schedules for lectures and […]

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Masque Sound Brings the Magic of Bikini Bottom to Real Life for the National Tour of The SpongeBob Musical


NEW YORK, DECEMBER 10, 2019 – When SpongeBob SquarePants, an incurable optimist and earnest sea sponge, and his undersea friends (and one squirrel) decided to come up to the surface for the national tour of The SpongeBob Musical, fans rejoiced. The challenging task of bringing the magical sounds of Bikini Bottom to audiences across the […]

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Countryman E6 and H6 Microphones Ensure Clarity of Message During the Art & Science of Sound Recording’s Master Class Training Sessions


Clear, natural sound with minimal ambient pickup characteristics prove indispensable Santa Cruz, CA – December 2019… The Art & Science of Sound Recording Master Class Training Sessions offer audio professionals and aspiring professionals alike the opportunity to gain hands-on sound recording tips and tricks from two of the industry’s best known icons. Created by audio […]

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University of Southern California Uses Enplug Digital Signage Software to Inform and Engage Faculty and Students Across the Campus


Enplug, a leading cloud-based digital signage software provider, today announced deployment of its digital signage platform in three separate organizations within the University of Southern California. USC is in the process of implementing technology throughout its campus to modernize outdated, legacy communications processes. Enplug’s ease-of-use, flexibility and robust automated & custom content options have made […]

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Yamaha YVC-330 Portable USB and Bluetooth Speakerphone Now Shipping


The New Speakerphone with SoundCap Technology Cuts Ambient Noise from Meetings in Open, Busy Environments SUDBURY, Mass. — Dec. 10, 2019 — Yamaha Unified Communications is now shipping the YVC-330 portable USB and Bluetooth® speakerphone. The latest addition to Yamaha’s portable speakerphone family, the YVC-330 virtual meeting solution features Yamaha’s new SoundCap technology. SoundCap is […]

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EZCast Pro Launches Next-Generation Multi-Screen Wireless Presentation Solution with EZCast Pro Box II


EZCast Pro continues to lead the way in creating the best multi-screen wireless display solutions for enterprise and education solutions. The newest addition to the EZCast Pro family is EZCast Pro Box II, which combines with ProCast app to create an efficient way to broadcast wireless meetings and lectures. Instead of using cumbersome, and sometimes […]

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AVer Information Inc. USA Develops Technology Collaboration with Telestream


  AVer Professional Auto Tracking and PTZ Live Streaming Cameras Now Integrate with Wirecast Video Platform Solution Fremont, CA — December 10, 2019 — AVer Information Inc. USA, the award-winning provider of video collaboration solutions and education technology solutions, today announced the company has entered a technology partnership with global digital media solutions provider Telestream. […]

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VITEC Kicks Off the Ultimate Game-Day Experience at Allianz Field


EZ TV IPTV and Digital Signage Solution Delivers Best In-the-Field Game Coverage and Advertising Opportunity Ahead of 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs ATLANTA — Dec. 10, 2019 — VITEC, a worldwide leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, today announced that Minnesota United selected its award-winning EZ TV IPTV and Digital Signage Solution to control […]

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RUSHWORKS Introduces RUSHPROMPTER: “Powerfully Simple” Teleprompting Software


Flower Mound, Texas – December 10, 2019 – RUSHWORKS, provider of cool technology for production, playback and streaming since 2001, today announced the release of RUSHPROMPTER™, a Windows-based teleprompting software solution available as a stand-alone download from its website, or integrated with VNEWS, the company’s TV NEWS PRODUCTION hardware/software system. Rush Beesley, RUSHWORKS founder and […]

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Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Empowered with Conferencing Capabilities from ClearOne


The ClearOne Beamforming Mic Array Ceiling Tile and CONVERGE®Pro 2 48V help to deliver justice for all. SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, December 10, 2019 – Established in 1912 and serving more than 20,000 individuals annually, the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo is the largest and oldest provider of legal services to the indigent in Western […]

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Uniguest Group Appoints James Keen as its VP of Marketing


Keen will lead global marketing team including the Uniguest, Touchtown, ONELAN and Tripleplay brands Nashville, TN, 10th December 2019: Uniguest Group is pleased to announce that James Keen, formerly head of marketing at Tripleplay, has been appointed the group vice president of marketing tasked with leading the growth and development of its brands across the […]

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SFL On Tour for Senbla Film Season


Audiovisual production supplier SFL provided a custom-built 10m wide projection screen and stage monitoring for Senbla’s latest film season – starting in September with Star Wars and finishing in December with Love Actually – which sees iconic films screened in HD in prestigious venues around the UK, with live orchestras performing the films’ scores. “We […]

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Xilica Appoints Sennheiser As Distributor For India


Xilica, a global leader in digital signal processing technology for AV and installed sound, has today announced the appointment of Sennheiser India, the local subsidiary of Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG, as its distributor for the Republic of India effective December 11, 2019. Based in Gurugram, Haryana, Sennheiser India is one of the country’s […]

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Atlona Introduces New Omega Series HDBaseT Receiver


AT-OME-RX11 combines 4K/UHD support with integrated audio de-embedding and PoE SAN JOSE, California, December 10, 2019 – Atlona, a Panduit company, today unveiled the AT-OME-RX11 4K/UHD HDBaseT receiver with audio de-embedding capabilities. Available immediately, the new model is the latest addition to Atlona’s extensive Omega™ Series of switching, extension, and video processing solutions for modern […]

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Rentman Rental Management Software expands to Spanish-speaking markets


Europe’s leading cloud rental management solution is now fully available in Spanish Utrecht, NL – European market leader Rentman releases its advanced rental management software to the Spanish-speaking market. The move aims to make the lives of both current and prospective customers from Spain, South and Central America easier, by allowing them to manage their […]

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LDA Audio Tech Attends Cairo ICT Fair With Partner Secucom


Cairo ICT is one of the majors trade shows about technology for the influence area of North Africa and Middle East Málaga, Spain – December 10, 2019. – LDA Audio Tech’s advanced public address and voice evacuation solutions were present at the major telecommunications and information technology fair for the Middle East and Africa, Cairo […]

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Visionary Solutions Partners with Inavate in Vietnam


Santa Barbara, CA – December 2019 — Visionary Solutions is pleased to announce the appointment of Inavate as its distributor partner in Vietnam. The highest certified professional AV company in Vietnam, Inavate is based in Ho Chi Minh City and provides tailored AV and telepresence solutions to the corporate, public, and residential markets. “We’re delighted […]

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Biamp Streamlines European Distribution System


ANTWERP, Belgium — Dec. 10, 2019 — Biamp, a leading supplier of professional audio and video solutions based in Beaverton, Oregon, USA, today announced a new streamlined European distribution model to strengthen the company’s sales, support, and product distribution in the region. With a continued focus on rapid investment and expansion across Europe, Biamp has […]

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Crestron Introduces Wireless Horizon EX Dimmers and Keypads


Line of wall-box controllers features matching dimmers and keypads; enables residential system integrators to deliver consistent, elegant look throughout the home for hybrid systems  Rockleigh, NJ – December 9, 2019 – Crestron, a global leader in advanced smart home technology, announced today it is now shipping its wireless Horizon™ EX keypads and dimmers. Featuring matching […]

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CEDIA Promotes Samantha Ventura and Ian Bryant


CEDIA has announced two promotions. The global organization has named Samantha Ventura vice president of education and training and Ian Bryant vice president of technology application and workforce initiatives. The positions deal with two of CEDIA’s key areas of strategic focus: education and workforce development. “The decisions to elevate the roles and responsibilities of Samantha […]

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Vaddio RoboSHOT PTZ Cameras Now Integrated With Echo360


Vaddio has confirmed that all RoboSHOT PTZ cameras equipped with RTSP streaming work with Echo360 to record video directly into the higher education video platform. With Vaddio Echo360 IP camera support, instructors can now use any Vaddio camera that supports RTSP streaming to record video in the Echo360 platform. Cameras connect to the Echo360 platform […]

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