Continued Development = Happy Customers!

Never a company that sits still, we continue to work hard to bring our customers the very latest drivers for the market-leading control platforms.  We are, therefore, delighted to announce today the launch of our Creston Media Player driver and the launch of our Command Fusion driver.

Constantly looking at ways we can add value for Lode customers, read on to see what we are now offering, all free-of-charge to Lode users:

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We are very proud to announce that the Lode Crestron Media Player object has passed our beta testing and is now available as a download from our website. Many thanks to those of you who took the time to test and comment on the pre-release of the driver and continue to feedback to us.

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Crucial updates that are included in the fully-fledged driver include:

  • Saving of queues as playlists
  • Direct API calls via the driver
  • All source selection now done via cross point
  • Zone grouping support for those not using a separate audio matrix

We will continue to enhance this driver based on your feedback, so please do keep all feedback coming to support@lodeaudio.com

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We have had much demand for this driver and opted to develop our own solution in conjunction with Dubai-based Platinum Vision, one of the most professional integrators in the world. We are very proud of the outcome and are pleased to announce that we have now added Command Fusion to our collection of drivers for our range of Lode Audio Servers.

Command fusion offers a very flexible, high performance and rich end user experience, without the need for processors within the control landscape.

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Crestron and AMX users – did you know that you can add Command Fusion interfaces to your existing projects?  Contact us for more information.

If you have a great idea, we will work with you to make it happen!

At Lode, we constantly explore ways to make our products more integrated with our customer’s systems.  To this end, we actively look for ideas and compatibility solutions and like to actively work with our customers to ensure seamless integration.

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A good example of this collaboration was with the newly-launched Command Fusion driver.  Having worked with us before on other projects, Dubai-based high-end install business Platinum Vision had given up on trying to integrate consumer-focused products into CI systems and wanted a dedicated audio solution.  With Command Fusion being one of its control platforms of choice, Technical Director at Platinum Vision, Simon Dzeletovic, contacted us to see if it was possible.

As Simon comments, “Platinum Vision has been working with Lode audio for some years, but due to the growing demand of our clients and the limitations placed on us by other solutions, we needed to improve our audio solution and control capability.  As a result, we opted to evolve away from our original consumer-ended product offering because of those technical and performance limitations and select a control interface that was fast and responsive.

Working closely with the team at Platinum Vision to make sure we achieved a fully-fledged Command Fusion control suite, the Lode technical team created the required drivers in record time.  “The new Command Fusion driver is testament to the capabilities and communication from both of our teams who worked together very well to provide the solutions that excel.”, added Simon.

Command fusion offers a very flexible, high performance and rich end user experience without the need for processors within the control landscape.  We are very proud of the outcome and delighted to add Command Fusion to our collection of drivers for our range of Lode Audio Servers.

Simon continues, “Through the process of migrating our offering to completely focus on Lode’s server solutions, we have formed a very close relationship on both a technical and business level with the team.  I can say that Lode is an exciting company that really understands our business needs and offers a technical ability and turnaround that outpaces the competition and fits with our very exacting demands.”

Andy Oattes, Head of Sales and Marketing here at Lode, added, “Platinum Vision is a world leading integration company with very demanding clients. Working closely with experienced installers to offer the high-levels of service, software development and, above all, performance helps keep us ahead of the competition, whilst providing our clients with high performance multi-room audio and intuitive, exciting and immersive control experience’.

Do you have an installation that requires bespoke integration development?  If yes, we would be very happy to hear from you and see how we can work together to give your customers the high-end experience they require.

Contact us here and we would be delighted to chat through your requirements.

Lode Lands with a bang at ISE 2017

Phew – things are gearing up!

We can’t believe its March already.  Since the beginning of the year, we have been non-stop with new product and software development, whilst continuing to work with our international customers who are installing truly custom audio solutions.  Whilst we have five minutes to breath, here is our latest newsletter with updates on what has been happening at Lode over the last couple of months.

ISE – Lode proves CI can also be HiFi

ISE 2017 was the biggest and busiest it has ever been and was the perfect opportunity for us to attend our first international show.  Not only was our booth busy the entire duration of the show, the feedback from visitors was incredible.  As well as previewing two new products, we also showcased the latest version of our firmware, which included full integrations of the market’s leading control platforms.

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For those that couldn’t attend the show, here is an overview of what was being discussed:

Featuring a 50 Watt per channel Cass D amplifier, ISE saw the launch of the LA1A – our newly developed amplified zone player.  Perfectly suited to those that want to have all of the convenience of our multiroom audio zone players with locally connected loudspeakers, the LA1A allows users to have real HiFi integrated into their control systems without the paraphernalia of a conventional audio system.  Diminutive in size, the LA1A integrates perfectly on to the LodeNet infrastructure, offering the same zero latency HiFi performance matched with industry-leading control.  The LA1A is a product much in demand and the response from show goers couldn’t have been more positive.

Adding to our already highly regarded music server range, ISE also saw the launch of the LA2 – our two-zone player.  Developed due to demand from our existing customers, the LA2’s 1U form slots perfectly into a 19” rack and offers greater flexibility for system designers creating LodeNet multiroom systems.

ISE visitors were also the first to experience a refresh of our control system drivers, with the latest Crestron Media Player driver, Control 4 driver update and Command Fusion driver fully integrated into LodeNet for the first time.

And finally, we also previewed our soon to launch market leading music services.

Head of Sales and Marketing at Lode, Andy Oattes, commented, “ISE 2017 was a massive show for Lode Audio. The reception of the market to what we are trying to achieve was spectacular, with an incredible number of dealers, agents, distributors and manufacturers from all over the world responding very favourably to what we do and our plans moving forward. It’s almost like we are being seen as a bunch of geeks that have been developing world leading technology in our labs without anyone knowing quite what we’re up to and now ISE was the first real step into the market revealing to the world what we’re doing – and they loved it!  As we come from the CI space, we think like our customers, we know the issues and saw a clear opportunity to provide the tech and leadership the space needs. We give the installers the product and platform and distribution strategy that outperforms the competition in all areas and the feedback couldn’t have been better!”

Even more regions now Loded up.

We are delighted to announce that our message is reaching an ever-expanding range of territories.  With immediate effect, Hometronix (Nigeria), Advanced Territory Management (Canada) and Alfocus (Singapore & Indonesia) have joined the Lode family, all recognising our ability to deliver real HiFi performance to the CI market combined with class-leading control.

lode_32_countriesAndy continues, “The market is responding and so we are starting to scale our global distribution to meet the demand. We welcome our new distributors and are working to sign-off with some very big partners in America, Scandinavia and Europe, where we will focus our resources to build our brand and provide the best solutions for the market. ISE marked the moment that Lode landed and 2017 is the year that Lode goes global. Watch this space as it’s about to get very, very exciting!”

With things moving so quickly at Lode, we endeavour to keep you updated on developments.  Keep an eye on our newsletters for further product and firmware updates.

For further information, visit lodeaudio.com