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Crestron’s Media Player and Command Fusion can now be integrated into a Lode Audio system, following the latest release of system integration drivers from the UK-based audio company.

The new system integration drivers are available to download free of charge from the Lode website, and offers integrators a little more choice when it comes to control systems.

Crestron Media Player

With the launch of Lode’s Creston’s Smart Media Object driver, Crestron users can utilise Lode’s low latency control and Hi-Fi-quality performance simply in their systems. The UI (User Interface) remains within the same Crestron application as the other devices in the system, allowing users to navigate their music libraries and streaming services without having to load a separate app.

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

The Lode Crestron Media Player driver is available to download free of charge from the support area of the Lode website.

Command Fusion

After much demand from users, Lode has developed its own Command Fusion solution in conjunction with Dubai-based Platinum Vision.  Command Fusion offers a flexible, high performance user experience, without the need for processors within the control landscape.

For Crestron and AMX users, the Lode Command Fusion driver can also be integrated into their systems. Those interested are asked to contact Lode’s customer support for further information.

Having worked with Lode before on other projects, Platinum Vision had given up on trying to integrate consumer-focused audio products into CI systems and wanted a dedicated CI solution.  With Command Fusion being one of its control platforms of choice, technical director at Platinum Vision, Simon Dzeletovic, contacted Lode 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 it 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.”, adds Simon. The resultant Command Fusion driver integrates Lode products perfectly into the platform, offering the user an audio solution that combines industry-leading low latency control and Hi-Fi-quality performance.

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 at Lode, adds: “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 experiences’.

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