On March 6, 2022 industry trade group ProSource named SoundVision, LLC Member of the Year for the Sourtheast division at the Caesar’s Palace Expo Forum in LasVegas, Nevada. On hand to receive the award were SoundVision owner, Mark DiPietro, his wife Kristen DiPietro, Zach Simpson Vice President of Design, Michelle Ferlauto, Vice President of Marketing and Project Manager Phil Harrington. SoundVision has been a partner with ProSource for over 5 years.
“Each member selected for this award is an innovator,” says Dave Workman, CEO and president of ProSource. “The award is based upon a member’s ability to meet or exceed the established criteria, including a member’s participation within the group, support of group brands, conducting business in a manner that stands as an example to other members, and selection for industry awards and recognition. We extend our heartiest congratulations to each of the 2021 Members of the Year, honor their ability to evolve and adapt to the rapid changes in technology and market trends, and applaud the investment they have made in their people to create a winning team.”
SoundVision Wins ProSource Award
“I am very impressed with the team that Mark DiPietro has put together at SoundVision,” says Frank Marengo, ProSource District Manager for the Southeast Region. “Their business model includes custom audio/video, shades, and now lighting fixture sales and design, and they focus on their direct relationship with the end user. I admire their focus on elevating their staff and always being positive, and the level of service they provide to their customers.”
Lake Norman’s only Control4 Certified Showroom is now open!
Control4 Certified Showroom. SoundVision, LLC has opened a new showroom in Mooresville, North Carolina.
The showroom features a mangerie of home automation, audio, video and lighting options. Visitors can experience 3.2, 5.2 and 9.2 audio systems. Also included in the 3100 square foot showroom is a fully functional podcast studio. The space took just over a year to upfit. SoundVision LLC has been a Lake Norman home technology provider since 2010. The showroom is suplemented by a 2200 square foot warehouse that includes Service and Engineering departments.
Unique to SoundVision is the ability for visitors to experience a multitude of listening experiences. From Martin Logan electro stat and Bowers and Wilkins towers, to residential in-ceiling, commercial and outdoor grade speakers. Indoor and Outdoor televisions, media and a home theater as well as a Hunter Douglas window treatement center are all featured at the new space.
With one touch, dim the lights, play music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system. Check in on your home from your smartphone, no matter where you are. Press a “Goodnight” button that will put your house to sleep, turning off all lights and locking all doors. With Control4, your options are virtually limitless. A Control4 Certified Showroom is a hands on experience for the home automation technology.
SoundVision’s Technical Designers are now accepting appointments. Apointments can be made by calling (704) 696-2792 Ext 1 or submitting a request online https://www.svavnc.com/contact-us/
SoundVision Gives Back with IDS Society Narrow Passage Davidson
SoundVision gives back by sponsoring three show homes at The Preserve at Narrow Passage in Davidson. The event was organized by the Interior Design Society of Charlotte to benefit multiple local charities https://idscltshowhouse.com/charities/. SoundVision was involved from the prewire stages of wiring to completion. Each show home was sponsored by a different local builder. The builders included Southern Cottage Homes, Augusta Homes and Plattner Custom Builders. Although the home tours did not occurdue to COVID19, a fair amount of money was raised for several local charities.
The co-chairs of the 2020 IDS CLT Showhouse Organization are Starr Miller of Starr Miller Interior Design, Cornelius, and Audrey Clawson of Audrey Clawson Interiors, which has locations in Lake Norman and Connecticut.
This video endeavor will benefit Motor Racing Outreach, The Dale Jr. Foundation, The Hendrick Family Foundation and Operation Finally Home.
The Interior Design Society Charlotte Chapter partnered with three award-winning custom homebuilders: Ken Wrench of Augusta Homes Inc., Cornelius; Karl Plattner of Plattner Custom Builders in Davidson; and Chris Hoffman of Southern Cottage Corp. in Lake Norman.
The Interior Design Society (IDS) is an independent national organization comprised of more than 2,000 members. One of the country’s largest design organizations dedicated to serving the residential interior design industry, IDS embraces four core values including professionalism, community, influence and growth. The IDS National headquarters is located in High Point, NC, the world’s home furnishings capital. Founded in 1973 by the National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA) to support interior designers based within furniture stores, the Interior Design Society has long since expanded its focus to provide support to professional interior design entrepreneurs nationwide.
The power of remote control macros! Now that we know what a macro is, let me give you an example of how powerful a macro can be. Below is a screen shot of a macro I use in our home every day. The idea behind this macro is when we turn off the TV at night and are headed to bed (from between the hours of 8:30pm and 11pm on the weekdays and midnight on the weekends) the following sequence of events happens. The reason I have chosen to have specific ending times, is I have recognized that if someone is up extra late, and other folks are sleeping, I don’t want lights or TVs coming on and waking them up.
Spoiler alert!!! This one is VERY long and detailed.
The macro starts simply enough by turning off some audio / video devices. This is a very common use of a macro (i.e. to turn off (or on) any number of devices from TVs to audio video receivers (AVRs) to anything you can think of). After turning these off, things get a bit interesting. You can see a lighting scene, called Intermission is activated. What this does is slowly bring up the lights to a level that allows us to see and take up and dishes or glasses or else we might have (as the lights were probably off while we were watching a movie). Yes, that would be another macro.
Macros also allow for you to select certain times they can be run. Here, you see that if it’s between 7pm and 12:30am, ANOTHER macro (called a nested macro (which, in English means one macro inside another macro)) is run for the thermostats to go to specific “sleeping” temperatures. After a few delays, another “nested macro” runs a Bedtime series of steps.
As an aside, you might be asking, why have a macro inside a macro? Why not just list all the steps under one main macro. The reason is, this way, you can change things associated with one and use it in different places or instances. Let’s say I want the temperature to change when I go to bed and be executed EITHER when I press the off button on the TV remote OR when I press a button on a lighting keypad in our bedroom. I can insert the same Temperature Night macro under both buttons. Now, let’s say I want to change the temperature from, say 68 degrees to 70 degrees, every time I press either button. I can change this in ONE place, the Temperature Night macro, and it will change the action when I turn off the TV or when I press the button on the lighting keypad.
This is one the first step in a long series of this one macro that we live with every day. I will go more in depth, next time, showing you alarm arming, door locking, lighting changes, ceiling fans, TVs turning on and off, delayed lighting scenes and more. For now, just remember that macros are intended to do anything action you normally do, over and over, and automate that action to happen how and when you want it to.
If you have any questions, give us a shot at 704-696-2792 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We LOVE talking about this stuff!
Remote Programming Macros Demystified. Over the past few days, I have been explaining some of the challenges we have regarding making your system more consistent and reliable so that it just works when you want it to. Having a remote control in your home theater or even media room can make the experience so much more enjoyable! https://www.svavnc.com/home-theaters/
I have tried to explain why sometimes remotes seem complicated and why, if not programmed correctly, using discrete codes, remotes will not function reliably. These discrete codes were defined as independent commands for each function that you have (e.g. Power On and Power Off versus simply Power that toggles between on and off on each push).
There is another reason discrete codes are so important and that is because, with them, we can develop macros. When we go to continuing education (yes, we do that), instructors tell us never to use the word “macro” around a customers. The reason is, if you are not in the information technology (IT) field, it will just sound like a fancy word that means nothing to a customer. And they are right.
Macros are the secret to making the magic happen
Ever wonder how ALL your equipment turns on, the input changes on the TV and your AVR (audio video receiver), the channel changes to your favorite or the movie starts playing with the touch of one button? Of course you haven’t! But, that’s a macro.
Simply put, a macro is a series of steps that are programmed in a particular sequence after a something else happens first. The most common of these is after the Power On button is pressed.
Once this “trigger” happens, the system can process the event (pressing the Power On button) and then tell other components to turn on, go to particular inputs, change channels, dim the lights, lower the shades, change the volume or any other host of things you might want to happen. The amount of things that can happen are infinite and only limited by your imagination.
What are discreet codes?
This is another reason that discrete codes are SO important. One series of events can happen when the Power On button is pressed. Another series of events can happen when the Power Off button is pressed. Macros are not limited to power commands either. They can be “triggered” by any button press, time event (think dawn or dusk or midnight or when you wake up), motion from security sensors, doors opening or closing, and the list goes on and on. Essentially, anything that is tied to your system’s brain, can trigger anything else tied to the system. Remote Programming Macros demystified.
This is one reason why, at SoundVision, we implemented the 30 day “live in” program. We will, AT NO CHARGE, come back out to your home and make programming changes and RE-TRAIN YOUR FAMILY. This give you the opportunity to live with the system for a period of time and actually figure out what you would like these magical macros to do.
Next time, I’ll elaborate a bit more on macros and actually show you some from our projects. This will give you some ideas on how we can make your home or place of business smarter. It’s just another way we are trying to Simplify Your Life Through Technology.
If you have ANY questions, please feel free to reach out at email@example.com or give us a call at 704-696-2792. We are here and happy to talk with you.
Protecting your Security…It is a new world and our personal security is again weighing on our minds. We’re constantly reminded of day to day security risks. We find ourselves asking, ”What can I do”?
First and foremost, we must be alert. Take a proactive role to ensure the cybersecurity safety of your family, employees, clients and community. Install a CCTV (closed circuit television) camera system. We’ve all seen how effective doorbell cameras are. Visible cameras are an excellent deterrent for would-be criminals. A monitored system is invaluable when tied in to a comprehensive life-safety and security system that includes smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, motion and glass-break detectors and window sensors. Imagine the comfort of having a single panic button to call out to police, fire fighters or paramedics.
Criminal’s Dreaded Foe
Light it up! Automated Lighting and motorized shades can be an effective deterrent for would-be criminals because they can be programmed to mimic occupancy. Interior and exterior landscape lighting can be programmed to sunset or sunrise. Protecting your security with automation can help!
Protecting your security with automation can help!
It seems that we’re seeing more and more “big data” breeches among major retailers and, with the holidays fast approaching and many of us shopping online, we need to be diligent to protect ourselves from cyber-crimes. Take every measure to ensure the security of your networks. Your home and business are worth protecting. If your equipment is outdated, make it a priority to upgrade! Smart home automation can help take the guesswork out of security.
SoundVision prides itself on using companies who will not sell your data or breach your personal security. Many companies will seel your information because they profit from the data sale. This is not the case with “Do it youself” products. Check out how Control4 automation protects your privacy https://www.control4.com/company/privacy-and-security/
Be Proactive and Prepared
Take time to formulate a plan. What will you do in the event of a robbery or natural disaster? Does everyone know how to alert authorities, access fire extinguishers, engage smart door locks, etc.? Take the time to check your community’s resources and formulate a plan.
Please share links to any resources you’ve found to be valuable from your school, our local law enforcement and fire departments, etc. Together, we can make our community a safer place.
The holidays are right around the corner! Soon our homes will be filled with
festive decorations, mouthwatering smells wafting from the kitchen and guests to entertain! Whether you’ve been thinking about sprucing things up before your guests descend or simply want to make some comfortable home improvements that will add to your holiday merriment, here are some things you may wish to consider.
No Place Like Home for the Holidays
Nothing says “Welcome” quite like lighting design. From the moment your guests turn the corner, they’ll see your beautifully lit landscape and inviting walkway. Highlighted artwork and the soft glow of a chandelier in your foyer make a stunning first impression. Lighting scenes can transform the mood at the touch of a button (or an “ask” of your integrated voice control). An “Entertain” setting may turn your kitchen into a bustling center of activity full of food prep and lively conversation while lowering the downlights, sconces and chandelier in the dining room, setting the stage for the evening’s elegant meal. Following dinner the lights come back up to your “Clean-up” setting and your favorite holiday playlist cues up, drawing everyone to gather around the fireplace (also integrated into your home’s Control4 technology system).
On milder evenings you may wish to entertain on the patio. Lighting scenes showcase architectural features, planters and fountains for added drama while highlighting uneven walking surfaces and stairs for comfort and safety. You and your guests can enjoy cozying up around the fire pit to watch your favorite holiday classics on a weatherproof outdoor TV or projection screen.
If the weather outside is “frightful”, bring the party indoors into an updated media room or dedicated home theater. We’ll help you plan the perfect space with plenty of plush custom theater seating.
The Envy of Your Neighbors
If you’re one who wants to share your joy and seek to become a “destination” (or viral video) by putting on an outdoor display that could land a 747, you’ll need a sound system that’s worthy of the task. Those synchronized music and lighting displays are sophisticated but, if you have an integrated home automation system, we can get you in control and in “sync”!
While the neighbors are out gawking at the lights and enjoying the orchestration, unless you have the famous Leg Lamp prominently displayed in your front window, you may want to add some beautiful motorized window shades or draperies. Automated window coverings can be integrated with your lighting scenes and come in an elegant array of weaves, styles and colors. They are the perfect solution for hard to reach floor-to-ceiling windows in voluminous rooms and can be on separate settings. They’re also great for blacking out light in areas for TV viewing and are available for custom installations over skylights, stairway/foyer accent windows, etc.
Like a Warm Cup of Cocoa
While preparing your guest rooms, imagine offering them the luxury of automation. Easy-to-read and use touch panels, keypads and hand-held remotes that control lighting, fans, fireplaces and more in their room add elegance and enjoyment to their stay.
All snug in their beds
While we’re off dreaming of sugar plums, others are up to Grinch-like behavior scheming to steal the joy from our celebration. Yes, unfortunately, according to the FBI, nearly 400,000 homes are burglarized during November and December each year. Burglars are opportunists and will move to an easier score when a few simple deterrents are in place. Strong door locks, compatible with your Control4 system, will keep them out while allowing you the ability to “buzz” your family and friends in using your smartphone app if you’re caught in holiday traffic. And nothing says “we’re home” like programmed indoor and exterior lighting. And your lighting control can be integrated with your home security system for even greater peace of mind.
So give us a call and let us help you prepare for the holidays! We’ve even got a terrific Control4 one-room solution bundle to get you started! All you need to do is create your holiday playlist, address your invitations and start shopping! Shopping? Oh yeah, we’ve got you covered there too! Stay tuned for our gift giving guide. We’ll help you find something for every tech-enthusiast on your list!
The 21st century version of “lock it and throw away the key.”
You’re likely one of the 70 percent of Americans who use their garage as a primary entrance. If not, you’ve probably forgotten to lock the door behind you at least a dozen times. If this sounds familiar, a smart lock or smart garage might be a perfect place for you to start implementing smart home technology into your space.
Keyless entry, remote locking and alert options via handy smartphone apps allow you to change access to your home from wherever you may be. Smart locks also offer a safer alternative to leaving that spare key under the mat. We always suggest assigning different codes to each person you’ve allowed access. Whenever this code is used, you’ll get an alert sent straight to your phone. Even better, consider purchasing a smart lock with a built-in video doorbell, or a system that will record video each time your front door is open. Need more? Some smart locks even feature apps that will send you reminders to lock your door or close the garage – ensuring you have 24/7 access to your home.
Accompany this tech with a professionally-monitored security system, and you’ll have the ability to use your smartphone apps to lock up, trigger your security system on, and even turn on your home’s lights to ward off potential intruders. You can also install image sensors in your garage to detect movement and see what’s happening directly on your smartphone.
Smart locks and smart garages are a great place to start when integrating a new security system ensuring that your family and your belongings are safe.
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