Roland Virtual Sonics & Sony Pictures Post Production Services Collaborate on Development of RAINLINK™ Virtual Music Application


Roland Virtual Sonics & Sony Pictures Post Production Services Collaborate on Development of RAINLINK™ Virtual Music Application

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HAMAMATSU, Japan, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Roland Virtual Sonics, in concert with Sony Pictures Post Production Services, is developing advanced new tools and content for RAINLINK™, a high-definition music, sound, and video performance and control technology first introduced by Roland and Roland Virtual Sonics at the 2017 NAMM music products tradeshow. Beginning in early 2018, Roland Virtual Sonics will release a series of RAINLINK-enabled software products through Roland Cloud, featuring audio recordings made at Sony Pictures Post Production Services sound facilities in Culver City, California.

Roland Virtual Sonics & Sony Pictures Post Production Services Collaborate on Development of RAINLINK™ Virtual Music Application

These new RAINLINK products will be designed to assist audio professionals working in today’s mixed media industries. They will include a continuously growing library of virtual instrument audio sounds to be used with the most popular digital audio workstations, will be well-suited for use in film, television, video games and virtual reality applications, and will be available to all through Roland Cloud (

“In a collaboration designed to modernize the sounds heard behind today’s music and greatly add to the bright future of RAINLINK, Roland is collaborating with Sony Pictures Post Production Services to leverage the studio’s world-renowned sound facilities, including one of the industry’s most beloved scoring stages, where multiple OSCAR®-winning scores have been recorded,” said Jeremy Soule, executive director of Roland Virtual Sonics.

RAINLINK technology from Roland features more than 130,000 times the resolution of the current global standard known as MIDI. Other RAINLINK innovations address a future of cloud computing in content creation, deep support for gaming and virtual/augmented reality applications, and much more. RAINLINK brings new expressive and creative capabilities for musicians and producers working in every form and style of music.

In 1983, Roland co-introduced MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) to musicians and forever changed the world of music performance and production. Since its introduction, MIDI has taken a central role in the creation of music for film, television, video games, and music albums. But while MIDI has achieved much as a global standard, it’s remained largely unchanged since its invention more than 30 years ago.

“As motion pictures have increasingly migrated to digital formats and cloud-centric workflows, Roland Virtual Sonics and Sony Pictures Post Production Services have identified an opportunity to bring the next generation of virtual musical instruments, sounds, and related tools to modern productions,” added Soule. “Early into discussions of collaboration, we jointly recognized that the audio capabilities of Sony Pictures Post Production Services and its world-class sound stages could greatly enhance and accelerate efforts to establish RAINLINK as a next-generation technology alongside MIDI. Roland intends to support both formats for years to come.”

MIDI is a technical protocol that describes both the method and means of communication between musical instruments, computers, and related audiovisual devices. Unlike simple audio connections, MIDI carries data representing music performance and control, such as the movement of keys on a keyboard, the strike of a drum, the strum of a guitar, the spin of a DJ controller, and more. MIDI allows one compatible musical instrument to play or “trigger” another, and can be recorded, edited, and played back with relative ease. And while nearly every album, film and television score, or video game soundtrack still incorporates MIDI at some stage in production, most applications use the original “8-bit word” specification. While Roland continues to respect and support MIDI as a world standard, RAINLINK is based on 24-bit words, and simply put, more bits means new capabilities.

BAFTA-winner and Roland Virtual Sonics chief Soule concluded, “I’ve spent 23 years of my career as a composer working within the confines of MIDI. At times, I have asked myself if I wanted to spend the rest of my career working with low-resolution while the rest of the world advanced. Today I’m grateful to be working with Roland as we develop RAINLINK and bring the world of music performance and production into the high-res 21st century.”

Sony Pictures Post Production Services is a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., which is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. SPE’s Motion Picture Group includes film labels Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, and Sony Pictures Classics. For additional information, visit

About Roland Virtual Sonics

Roland Virtual Sonics LLC. represents the joint venture between Roland Corporation Japan and Seattle-based Virtual Sonics. We are a software, services and media solutions provider that represents the next wave in the evolution of modern music creation, and our first full offering is called Roland Cloud. Through Roland Cloud, we work to alleviate many pain-points that plague both professional and amateur musicians, producers, and creators, including the lack of access to truly high-resolution virtual instruments, the need for open and supportive community, access to mentoring, and more. Become a Roland Cloud member today by visiting






Roland Corporation is a leading manufacturer and distributor of electronic musical instruments, including keyboards and synthesizers, guitar products, electronic percussion, amplifiers, audio and recording products, vocal products, and professional audio and video products. With more than 40 years of musical instrument development, Roland sets the standard in music technology for the world to follow. For more information, visit


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Canon Receives Eleven 2017 Summer Pick Awards from Buyers Laboratory, LLC


Canon Receives Eleven 2017 Summer Pick Awards from Buyers Laboratory, LLC

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MELVILLE, N.Y., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Canon, U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, builds on the success of its imageRUNNER ADVANCE, imageCLASS and imageFORMULA line as the recipient of eleven 2017 Summer Pick Awards from Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab (BLI). BLI recognized Canon across the enterprise solutions, desktop solutions and scanner solutions categories.

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Selections for the ‘Pick’ Awards are made by BLI’s staff of technicians and analysts after subjecting a number of devices from every major original equipment manufacturer to BLI’s comprehensive lab tests in the last six months. With these imageRUNNER ADVANCE accolades Canon adds to awards received in previous Pick seasons resulting in at least one model within every product family of the third generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE line being recognized as a BLI Pick.  With the awards for imageCLASS, imageFORMULA, imagePROGRAF, uniFLOW and Therefore, Canon is receiving a level of distinction that speaks to the strength and breadth of its B2B offering, as well as its ability to meet the diverse needs of customers.

“We appreciate BLI’s careful selection process and recognition of Canon’s commitment to quality,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon continues its dedication to setting high standards of excellence, and these awards serve as positive reinforcement of this approach. We pride ourselves on being able to consistently deliver quality solutions for a variety of businesses, and thank BLI for the recognition.”

In the enterprise solutions category, BLI awarded Canon with the following Summer ‘Pick’ Awards:

  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE C5560i       
    Outstanding 60-ppm Color Copier MFP
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 4535i         Outstanding 356-ppm Copier MFP
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE C3530i       Outstanding 30-ppm Color Copier MFP
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE 3525i         Outstanding 25-ppm Color Copier MFP
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE C355iF       
    Outstanding Color MFP for Large Workgroups
  • imageRUNNER ADVANCE C255iF       Outstanding Color MFP for SMBs

BLI awarded Canon the following awards in the desktop solutions category:

  • Color imageCLASS LBP712Cdn       
    Outstanding Color Printer for Large Workgroups
  • imageCLASS LBP312dn                   
    Outstanding Printer for Small Workgroups
  • imageCLASS MF410 Series              
    Outstanding MFP for Small Workgroups

“Canon’s awarded MFPs and desktop printers include advanced features that let users customize and personalize to their preferences and job requirements,” said George Mikolay, Associate Director of A3/Production for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “Customization lets users simplify and streamline their printing, scanning and copying workflows to meet their organization’s goals more efficiently and ensure maximum uptime.”

Canon was also recognized in the scanner solutions category with the following award:

  • imageFORMULA ScanFront 400       
    Outstanding Workgroup Scanner

“Similar to many of the award-winning MFPs, Canon’s imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 networked document scanner boasts user-friendly, intuitive features that optimize the user experience,” said Jamie Bsales, Director of Software Analysis for Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab. “With its stellar ease of use and flexible integration with uniFLOW and other business software, the Canon imageFORMULA ScanFront 400 is an excellent choice for distributed scanning environments and a deserving recipient of this award.”

For more information about Canon U.S.A., Inc., visit

About Keypoint Intelligence – Buyers Lab

Keypoint Intelligence is a one-stop shop for the digital imaging industry. With our unparalleled tools and unmatched depth of knowledge, we cut through the noise of data to offer clients the unbiased insights and responsive tools they need in those mission-critical moments that define their products and empower their sales. For over 50 years, Buyers Lab has been the global document imaging industry’s resource for unbiased and reliable information, test data, and competitive selling tools. What started out as a consumer-based publication about office equipment has become an all-encompassing industry resource. In a landscape that’s ever evolving, we change with it. For more information on Buyers Lab, please call 973-797-2100, visit, or e-mail

About Canon U.S.A., Inc
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions to the United States and to Latin America and the Caribbean markets. With approximately $29 billion in global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE: CAJ), ranks third overall in U.S. patents granted in 2016.† Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest level of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes in the United States. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility. In 2014, the Canon Americas Headquarters secured LEED® Gold certification, a recognition for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of high-performance green buildings. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company’s RSS news feed by visiting and follow us on Twitter @CanonUSA. For media inquiries, please contact

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Smart Homes Receive Water Upgrade With New Technology From Culligan International


Smart Homes Receive Water Upgrade With New Technology From Culligan International

Groundbreaking Culligan Connect™ Wi-Fi Mobile App Gives Homeowners Control Over Remote Water Monitoring

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ROSEMONT, Ill., July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ – Advancing technologies continue to increase the automated intelligence of our homes, but until now, water systems have been largely left behind. That’s why Culligan International, a world leader in the treatment of water, aims to revolutionize the current state of smart homes with the introduction of the Culligan Connect™ Wi-Fi mobile app. The latest breakthrough in consumer water monitoring, Culligan Connect provides an added value to high efficiency (HE) water softeners by giving homeowners the freedom to control their system through a mobile device, delivering peace of mind while they are home or away.

The Culligan Connect™ Wi-Fi mobile app aims to revolutionize the current state of smart homes and water monitoring by giving homeowners the freedom to control their water softening system. Not only can users conserve water and energy by tracking water usage, but they can also bypass treated water for outdoor cleaning and watering applications. What’s more, the smart system sends push notifications when salt supplies are low and alerts users of unexpected water flow when away.

“Whether you’re tracking daily water usage or system efficiency, Culligan Connect makes it easy to regulate your home’s water softener,” says Judd Larned, President North America for Culligan. “With a simple tap on the app, users gain personal access to system diagnostics, flow controls and more.”

The Culligan Connect Wi-Fi accessory is easily installed by a trained local technician and includes several unique features to help homeowners stay in control of their water. Not only can users conserve water and energy by tracking water usage, but they can also bypass treated water for outdoor cleaning and watering applications. What’s more, the smart system sends push notifications when salt supplies are low, alerts users of unexpected water flow when away, and shares diagnostic reports to help monitor the system’s status.  

Culligan Connect is currently compatible with Culligan high efficiency (HE) water softeners in the United States and Canada, and users can download the free mobile app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. To learn more about Culligan Connect or to find your local Culligan dealer visit

About Culligan International

Founded in 1936 by Emmett Culligan, Culligan International is a world leader in delivering water solutions that will improve the lives of their customers. The company offers some of the most technologically advanced, state-of-the-art water filtration products. Culligan’s products include water softeners, drinking water systems, whole-house systems and solutions for business. Culligan’s network of franchise dealers is the largest in the world, with over 800 dealers in 90 countries. Many Culligan dealers have valuable equity in their communities as multigenerational family owners of their franchises. For more information visit:



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