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BVE 2015: FOR-A to Present New Vision Mixer and Server

London ExCel, Stand M30, 24-26 February 2015

Chessington, UK - At BVE 2015, FOR-A will present its latest vision mixer, the new HVS-2000, together with its new Broadcast Box (BB-404) four-channel server. BVE 2015 runs from February 24-26 at the ExCeL London Convention Centre.

Introduced at IBC 2014, the 2 M/E HVS-2000 vision mixer is the newest addition to the HVS switcher family. A flexible unit HVS-2000-10.30.14allowing up to 40 SDI inputs and 22 outputs, the easy-to-use HVS-2000 includes powerful features unavailable in other switchers in its class. The unit runs on what has been dubbed a V6 HVS2K engine, ready for SD, HD, Full HD (3G) and 4K production.

The HVS-2000 has a number of ground-breaking features and technologies, including MELite™, which transforms a traditional AUX bus into a functional M/E with cut, mix, wipe and key control. The MELite feature provides the HVS-2000 HVS-2000-10.30.14with the production capabilities of a fully functional 6 M/E switcher.

MELite is the building block for features such as upstream and downstream transition effects. Operators can deploy a MELite as a third M/E, transforming the switcher to a 3 M/E switcher with a 3 M/E panel. Users can also add a 1 M/E panel and allow a second operator to have the added power of a second fully functional switcher in another location, all from the V6 HVS2K engine.

The versatile, cost efficient HVS-2000 gives operators the power of 6 M/Es for multiple, independent, on-stage monitor display control. ONStage™ is a newly developed technology designed specifically for staging events, such as house of worship or corporate events where multiple image magnification displays are used, each with independent transitions. The HVS-2000 is the first switcher that allows operators to see mix, wipe, key and DVE changes with full preview control connected directly to the lever arm transition area.

Another feature that provides additional flexibility and customization is FLEXaKEY™. With FLEXaKEY, operators can tailor their production needs by adding and moving key and DVE layers to traditional M/E resources or to MELite resources. FLEXaKEY allows operators to select and multiply the layers and graphics they need, when they need them.

The switcher includes a four-channel media player capable of still image and clip store with memory back-up. Its panel memory system, P-MEM™, includes simple panel snap shot recall or events, sequence and macro memory recalls. Within the HVS-2000 is a new FOR-A-developed menu system inspired from customer feedback around the world. Called Midas Touch™, the menu system allows for easy configuration changes and full system control. The V6 HVS2K includes frame synchronizers on every input, including valuable frame grab for image capture on any input. Re-sizer for SD to HD migration is also included.

The HVS-2000 is ideal for a wide variety of applications, including OB truck, live event, television studio, house of worship and educational settings. The switcher is now shipping.

FOR-A will also show the new versatile, easy-to-use Broadcast Box video server, offering low-cost record and playout. With a range of codecs and based on industry-leading software, Broadcast Box range offers a cost-effective means of ingesting material and generating different versions from the range of available codecs.

About FOR-A
FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s products, please visit our web site at www.for-a.com

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Lenny Kravitz Goes Wireless With Shure Axient®

NILES, Ill. Jan. 28, 2015—Throughout his career, Lenny Kravitz has always insisted on accuracy in his guitar tone. “He works hard on getting everything just right, especially his guitar,” says Alex Alvarez, Lenny’s guitar tech of 23 years. “He’s just insistent on his sound, which is why he never went wireless. Every time we would demo something, it would never meet his expectations.”

But all that changed during production rehearsals for Kravitz’s European tour in support of his latest album, Strut. After a demo of multiple high-end wireless systems arranged by Tour Supply, Lenny, Alex, and guitarist Craig Ross agreed that Shure Axient® Wireless Management Network was the one system that could deliver his sonic requirements on stage.

“It started as a conversation with Lenny,” Alex relates. “The subject of wireless guitar came up, and I told him there was a system I wanted him to check out. He said, ‘We’ve been down this road before. I would like to, but you know if it doesn’t sound right, I’m not going to do it.’ So I called Lance at Tour Supply to set up a demo.”

With rehearsals being in Miami, Lance Wascom, CEO of Tour Supply, had two days to set up the requested shootout. “We showed two Shure systems, Axient and ULX-D®, plus two other major brands,” he says. “Everything had to come together quickly and accurately, so I flew to Miami to set up the demo. Being that Lenny and Alex are such great clients, we really wanted to offer every level of support possible.”

Axient was the system that Alex Alvarez had his eye on from the start. “I had heard about it, both from Shure and from other guitar techs,” he notes. “The fact that it can detect interference and change frequencies on its own made it really attractive to me, but I knew that if the sound wasn’t perfect to Lenny’s ears, he would just stick with his cable. But since we already use Shure PSM® 1000 in-ears, I figured it was worth a try.”

The first day of rehearsals, Kravitz was not available, so his longtime guitarist and writing partner, Craig Ross, did the initial testing. “Craig really liked the sound and said, ‘Man, Lenny’s got to approve this.’ So we set up two more units for Lenny to check out the next day, and he was very impressed with both the sound and the technology. It turned out to be an easy decision.”

Asked to comment on his adoption of the Shure Axient guitar system, Lenny Kravitz stated, “After 25 years of resisting wireless systems, I am finally free from my beloved cables without sacrificing the organic tone of my guitar and amplifiers.”

Kravitz ordered three dual-channel Axient systems: two each for himself, Craig Ross, and bassist Gail Ann Dorsey. To fully realize the system’s networking and control capabilities, the band also purchased an AXT6000 Spectrum Manager and ShowLink Access Point.

Being Axient certified, Tour Supply’s Lance Wascom took on the task of educating the production crew on the system’s extensive monitoring, control, and frequency management capabilities. Along with Alex Alvarez, Wascom conferred with monitor engineer Josh Mellottsi on how to best integrate the new systems into the Kravitz backline.

“I love the technology,” says Wascom. “Axient tends to blow people’s minds. To see their reaction as it switches channels by itself, and to see how excited the monitor engineer gets when you coordinate all their frequencies in less than a minute… it’s just a lot of fun! It’s especially gratifying to know that you’re making an impact on the crew’s day-to-day workload. Frequency coordination and monitoring can be time consuming and stressful. Axient automates much of this, which saves time and allows the guys to focus on other tasks. In that sense, Axient can be as much as a ‘win’ for the crew as it is for the band.”

While the three Axient receivers sit in racks atop each of the guitar and bass rigs, the tour’s total wireless package is networked together and operated from Mellottsi’s monitor position. Frequency coordination is handled through Axient Spectrum Manager and Shure’s Wireless Workbench® software. Each day, Mellottsi scans for available frequencies and deploys them through the system.

“Between microphones, in-ears, and now guitars, we have so many frequencies that it’s best to have one person manage it all,” says Alvarez. “Of course, what I like best about Axient is that it always has spare frequencies ready to deploy in case there’s a problem. I remember the first time the system changed frequencies on the fly, and nobody noticed anything on stage. Very awesome.”

Alvarez is also very enthused about Shure’s rechargeable battery system, which is used for the six Axient transmitters as well as the band’s 11 channels of Shure PSM 1000 in-ears. “That’s another huge saving grace,” he enthused. “We get far more time out of a full charge than alkalines, and the system actually monitors remaining life down to the minute, so there are no surprises. We used to spend $10,000 in batteries for each leg of a major tour, so it’s not just the responsible thing to do, but they also pay for themselves.”

Having used the system on the Lenny Kravitz Strut tour of Europe, Alex Alvarez reports the Shure Axient guitar systems have been a total success. “We’ve literally had zero technical problems with the system,” he reports. “But with Lenny, it always comes back to the sound. He wouldn’t go wireless unless the system didn’t change what he’s worked so hard to sound like. Shure Axient does that for him.”

Photo credit:  Axient Rack, Courtesy of Photographer Alex Alvarez

Photo credit: Axient Rack, Courtesy of Photographer Alex Alvarez

Photo credit:  Lenny Kravitz, Courtesy of Photographer Mathieu Bitton

Photo credit: Lenny Kravitz, Courtesy of Photographer Mathieu Bitton

About Shure Incorporated
Founded in 1925, Shure Incorporated (www.shure.com) is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading manufacturer of microphones and audio electronics. Over the years, the Company has designed and produced many high-quality professional and consumer audio products that have become legendary for performance, reliability, and value. Shure’s diverse product line includes world-class wired microphones, wireless microphone systems, in-ear personal monitoring systems, conferencing and discussion systems, networked audio systems, award-winning earphones and headphones, and top-rated phonograph cartridges. Today, Shure products are the first choice whenever audio performance is a top priority.

Shure Incorporated is headquartered in Niles, Illinois, in the United States. The Company also has regional sales and marketing headquarters in Eppingen, Germany, and Hong Kong, China, with more than 30 additional manufacturing facilities and regional sales offices throughout the Americas, EMEA, and Asia.

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Meyer Sound LEO Goes “Gangnam Style” with Psy in South Korea

psyPsy, a global viral superstar, recently played four sold-out shows at Seoul’s 14,000-capacity Olympic Park Gymnastics Arena. Dubbed “All Night Stand,” the hometown shows were powered by a Meyer Sound LEO® linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

“The extended headroom and linear output characteristic of LEO is huge with Psy’s music,” says Park Dong Won, the singer’s veteran FOH engineer. “The highs were smooth and natural, even when we pushed the levels, and the dispersion meant uniform coverage for every seat. I’m not just confident in specifying LEO, but also proud to use it.”

The system comprised dual main arrays, each with 15 LEO-M line array loudspeakers flown over two LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill. Twenty-four 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were arranged in a directional array, with seven MILO® line array loudspeakers per side for out fill and two-each LYON-W and MICA® line array loudspeakers for front fill. Onstage foldback was supplied by two side-fill stacks with two 700-HP subwoofers and four MILO loudspeakers each, along with 20 MJF-212A stage monitors. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with four Galileo Callisto 616 and two Galileo Callisto 616 AES array processors supplied drive and optimization.

“Psy was very happy with the LEO system when he first heard it during rehearsals,” reports Park. “He had been using other large-format systems, but discovered that LEO was the first that could deliver clear high frequencies at extreme levels without hurting your ears.”

The LEO system was supplied by Live MISO and designed by Y Hun Lee, systems tech from Sovico, Meyer Sound’s Korean distributor, in consultation with “dB Dave” Dennison, a veteran international system design and tuning specialist.

Park mixed the shows behind a DiGiCo SD7 digital console and was assisted by second engineer Ko Jong Jin. A DiGiCo SD8 was used as a sidecar for Pro Tools track playback. Wireless audio for Psy and his special guests was via a Shure UR4D system, with Psy singing through a custom silver handheld transmitter equipped with a Shure Beta 58A capsule.

Released in 2012, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a worldwide cultural phenomenon with over 2.2 billion views on YouTube. Psy’s popularity in Korea continues unabated as his concert ticket sales, recordings, and video all occupied the number one positions for 2014.

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L.O.C. FOH Mixer on Meyer Sound LEO and LYON: “Whatever Sound I Put In is Exactly What Comes Out”

L.O.CDanish hip-hop artist L.O.C. became the latest artist to tour with Meyer Sound LEO-M and LYON™ linear line array loudspeakers. Named the “Rødt Lys Tour” (“Red Light Tour”), the production was mixed by Mads Stærke, one of Scandinavia’s most in-demand FOH engineers.

“With LEO and LYON, I know the system will respond musically, so I just let the voices and the instruments do their thing and use much less EQ,” says Stærke, who has worked with L.O.C. for the past seven years. “This system allows me to mix musically, and not technically.”

The touring system comprised 20 LYON-M main line array loudspeakers, with four LYON-W wide-coverage line array loudspeakers as down fill and four UPA-1P loudspeakers as additional fill. In some of the larger venues, 16 LEO-M line array loudspeakers anchored the main system. Ten 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements were driven by the main mix, while 10 more received a separate feed for extreme low-end effects. Two additional 1100-LFC loudspeakers and four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers were deployed on stage for side fill, while a Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 AES and two Galileo Callisto 616 array processors provided system drive and alignment. Risskov–based Victory Tour Production provided the system, with Theis Romme serving as system tech.

According to Stærke, also an experienced mixer of jazz, EDM, rock, and pop, the advantages of mixing on LEO and LYON apply across musical genres. “The first time I mixed on a LYON system was actually a pop concert, and I was blown away by the accuracy and clarity,” he recalls. “Whatever sound I put in is exactly what comes out—the system gives me a very precise and clear feeling of the music. It feels like I can do anything with it. It’s so powerful and physical but at the same time very musical. The 1100-LFCs are also extremely precise in the way they move the air, and are much more powerful than any other low-frequency speaker on the market.”

Stærke mixed the show on a Midas PRO2 digital console, while monitors were mixed on a DiGiCo SD8 digital console. Performers used a Shure Axient digital wireless microphone system with KSM9HS head, in addition to Sennheiser SR 2050 transmitters and EK 2000 beltpack receivers.

L.O.C. has been Denmark’s most popular hip-hop artist for nearly two decades, both as a solo act and a member of the groups Alzheimer Klinikken and B.A.N.G.E.R.S. A two-time Danish Music Award winner, he has been both a coach and a judge on the Danish TV version of “The Voice.”

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Matrox at the 2015 NAB Show — Product Preview

Video streaming and recording appliance, multi-camera recording app and OEM products will be featured

At the 2015 NAB Show, (Las Vegas, April 13-16, booth SL5817), Matrox® Video will showcase the popular Monarch™ HD video streaming and recording appliance, the new VS4Recorder Pro™ multi-camera recording app and the Matrox DSX™ Developer Products.

Also on display will be the Matrox MicroQuad™ multiviewer, the Matrox Convert™ DVI Plus HD-SDI scan converter and the Matrox MC-100™ dual-SDI to HDMI mini converter.

Matrox Monarch HD — Video Streaming and Recording Appliance

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Matrox Monarch HD is a small, easy-to-use H.264 encoder designed for professional video producers who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a mastering-quality version for post-event editing. From any HDMI input source such as a camera or switcher, Matrox Monarch HD generates an H.264-encoded stream compliant with RTSP or RTMP protocol. While encoding the video at bitrates suitable for live streaming, Matrox Monarch HD simultaneously records a high-quality MP4 or MOV file to an SD card, a USB drive, or a network-mapped drive. The Monarch SDK, an HTTP-based API, includes documentation and sample code that let AV and broadcast equipment developers write applications to configure and control Monarch HD streaming capabilities, giving them a very straightforward way to include a high-quality webcasting service as part of their overall product offerings. Monarch HD can also be integrated with a Crestron® controller, which allows operators to easily start and stop streaming and recording from within the familiar Crestron interface.

VS4Recorder Pro — Multi-camera Recording App

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VS4Recorder Pro is designed for use with Matrox VS4™ quad HD capture cards. Each VS4Recorder Pro system frame-accurately captures up to four video and audio inputs to create files for use with popular editing apps from Adobe, Apple and Avid and for archiving. H.264 is provided in either MOV or MP4 wrappers. AVI files can be created using the high-quality Matrox MPEG 2 I-Frame codec. MOV QuickTime files can be created using DV, DVCPRO, DVCPRO50 and DVCPRO HD. VS4Recorder Pro also functions as a multiviewer, offering pristine video quality even when monitoring interlaced sources on progressive computer monitors. VS4-based systems are also ideal for multi-camera live production streaming with Telestream® Wirecast® for Windows® or StudioCoast vMix software.

Matrox DSX — Developer Products

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Matrox DSX Developer Products combine a full range of multi-channel SD/HD/4K I/O hardware, including low profile cards that support up to eight reconfigurable SDI inputs and outputs, with feature-rich Windows and Linux SDKs and powerful tools for quick app development. Matrox technology enables OEMs to create advanced broadcast graphics systems, video servers, channel-in-a-box equipment, contribution and distribution encoders, and non-linear editing systems that provide 24/7 reliability in even the most demanding environments. Premium hardware features include multiple motion adaptive de-interlacers, up/down/cross converters and video compositors. A constantly expanding selection of codecs (DVCPRO HD, MPEG-2, XDCAM HD AVC-Intra, H.264, Apple ProRes, Avid DNxHD, PitchBlue, and more) and extensive file format support (GXF, MXF, MOV, AVI, MPG, MP4, and more) meet evolving needs.

About Matrox Video
Matrox Video is a technology and market leader in the field of 4K, HD and SD digital video hardware and software for accelerated H.264 encoding, realtime editing, audio/video input/output, streaming, A/V signal conversion, capture/playout servers, channel-in-a-box systems and CGs. Matrox’s Emmy award-winning technology powers a full range of multi-screen content creation and delivery platforms used by broadcasters, telcos, cable operators, post-production facilities, live event producers, videographers and A/V professionals worldwide. Founded in 1976, Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/video.

Christie Delivers Undisputed Performance with Launch of 30,000 Lumen Christie Boxer 4K30 Projector

New Boxer Series of 3DLP solutions introduces the brightest, lightest, smallest, omni-directional projector in its class for rental staging and fixed installations

A combination of the most lumens, the most pixels, and 3DLP® quality combined with the smallest, lightest, yet most rugged design available in its class defines the new Christie® Boxer 4K30 projector launched today. The first offering from the new Boxer Series, the Boxer 4K30 hits the target every time while setting a new industry benchmark for rental staging and fixed installation applications including concerts, amusement parks, projection mapping projects, museums, planetariums and more.

The Christie Boxer 4K30

The Christie Boxer 4K30

The Boxer 4K30 has six 450W mercury lamps delivering 30,000 center lumens and will make its worldwide debut at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam, Netherlands, February 10-12 at Christie booth No. 1-H50. At a pre-launch event, held in November with rental stagers at Christie’s Canadian facility, former undisputed heavyweight boxing legend Lennox Lewis was part of the festivities and the boxing legend will continue to champion Boxer Series. Already a global hit with more than 200 units sold worldwide, the Boxer 4K30 delivers, pound for pound, the ultimate combination of power, brightness, performance and durability.

Weighing less than 150 pounds (68 kilograms), the Boxer 4K30 can be carried by two individuals and is built to deliver undisputed performance for any rental/staging fleet or permanent installation. With built-in Christie Twist™, images can be blended and warped from multiple projectors onto curved or irregular surfaces without requiring an external solution. Housed in two 3-lamp cartridges, the six long-life mercury lamp modules are easy to handle, maintain, and change and stock, which means a better return on investment and less consumables.

Users can monitor the lamp hours and serial numbers through Near Field Communication (NFC) with each lamp – simplifying the effort required to track lamp-life and the ability to make fast changeovers so the show goes on. Boxer’s Christie TruLife™ electronics package is equally at home supporting the most demanding high bit depth, high frame rate, native 4K signals as well as seamlessly supporting HD signals, with on-board upscaling making it a simple task to fit it into existing HD workflows.

“The brightness-to-size and brightness-to-weight ratios of the Boxer 4K30 is second-to-none in this lumen level of projector. This translates to not only the lightest projector at 30,000 lumens, but also reduced shipping costs and on-site handling,” said Mike Garrido, senior product manager, Christie. “This Boxer 4K30 and the Boxer Series is about our customers winning more bids, winning more repeat business, earning more money per project and satisfying the needs of the most demanding clients. Boxer is optimized to provide an unprecedented user experience and everything from ease of use to lumens to durability to shipping size to weight has been taken into account.”

“At the pre-launch event, everyone was very impressed with Boxer not only for delivering so much brightness in such a small, quiet package, but also for the fact that Boxer was loaded with exciting new features that make it very easy to use. For example, you can monitor lamp life levels using your smartphone and the projector even comes with its very own built-in toolbox,” said Jeevan Vivegananthan, senior director of engineering, Christie. “In developing Boxer, we spent a lot of time with our customers around the world observing their needs and combined with Christie’s own substantive expertise and experience in the field, reflected that in the design. We witnessed a definite user-affinity with Boxer that we’re confident will continue to grow.”

“With the Boxer 4K30 and the entire Boxer Series, the omnidirectional orientation capability means greater installation and placement flexibility. No matter where you place the Boxer projectors and whether the projector points up or down at any angle, the image maintains its integrity and uniformity throughout the performance or presentation,” Vivegananthan concluded.

The Christie Boxer 4K30 has a three-year parts and labor warranty and ships in April.

Christie Boxer Series is equipped with full connectivity including 3G-SDI, HDBaseT, Display Port, DVI-I, HDMI, VGA, and 5 BNC, plus a color LCD preview panel readout, and a complete lens suite.

Christie Boxer 4K30 at a glance:

- 30,000 center lumens for Boxer 4K30 in smallest and lightest design available

- Six 450W mercury lamps with NFC capabilities to simplify lamp management both in the projector and on the shelf

- Unmatched 360-degree operation on any axis

- Longer life lamps allow the projector to continue generating revenue with less consumables

- The smaller, lighter projector reduces both shipping costs and on-site handling

- Built-in lamp confidence with six lamps offers piece of mind during shows
Equally accepts 4K and HD signals, the latter using Christie TruLife’s on-board enhanced upscaler

- Full connectivity for digital sources and a broad range of analog sources

- Preview screen adds confidence in the quality and number of sources available to the projector

The Christie Boxer 4K30 has a three-year parts and labor warranty and ships in April.

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Christie H Series Joins Powerful and Distinguished 1DLP Roster

Christie® introduces its most powerful 1-chip DLP® projector line today with the new Christie H Series, which will have its first showing at the Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) show in Amsterdam Feb. 10-12 at Christie booth No. 1-H50.

Weighing only 52.5 pounds (24 kilograms) each, the dual-lamp Christie D12HD-H and Christie D12WU-H are suitable for both mid-to-large rental staging and fixed applications including concert halls, auditoriums, hotels, boardrooms, education, government, conference rooms and houses of worship.

The high brightness and durability is a boon for rental stagers, while fixed installation applications benefit from not only the superior image clarity and color integrity, but also the compact design, enabling the Christie H Series to be installed in portrait or landscape mode. With this announcement, Christie continues to demonstrate its commitment to the 1DLP® market, adding to a lineup that already includes Christie G Series, GS Series and Q Series to deliver an unrivaled platform of 1DLP® solutions.

“Christie H Series provides the best of both worlds in 1DLP offerings. It is both rugged and bright enough for rental staging applications but also provides rich, beautiful colors and is well-designed for the office,” said Curtis Lingard, product manager, Christie. “At less than half the size and noise factor of other projectors in this class, the Christie H Series delivers a super-quiet, clean, sophisticated look with plenty of presentation power packed inside.”

Christie H Series at a glance:

- 1DLP® with dual-lamps and 12,000 lumens
- HD and WUXGA resolutions
- Built-in warping, blending and color correction
- Super-quiet noise level – 40dBA
- Camera-based geometry correction (camera not included)
- Portrait capability and 360-degree orientation
- Optional coarse dust and fog filters for harsher environments
- Full suite of lenses and there is an adapter available for existing Christie E Series lenses
- 6-Segment color wheel providing excellent color integrity and bright, powerful images
- Easy integration with 3G SDI, HDBaseT, bottom-side HDMI connectivity, Crestron and AMX compatibility
- Optional Rigging/Stacking Frame
- Wireless dongle for presentation and control
- Black or white chassis

Christie H-Series

Christie H-Series

Christie H Series ships in April with a three-year parts and labor warranty backed by Christie’s renowned customer service.

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Vegas Dealers Can Hit the Jackpot with AV Warehouse’s HD Technology Showcase February 26 – 27 at the Las Vegas Country Club

jackpot Sponsored by Cleerline Technology Group, Blackwire Advanced Automation Solutions, Smart Audio Video Integration, LG Electronics, Wolf Cinema, Pure Link and Just Add Power, this 2-day event focuses on the latest in fiber optics, UltraHD, video distribution and networking/IP

Las Vegas, NV – January 30, 2015 – AV Warehouse, (www.av-warehouse.com) – the Southwest region member of the Catalyst AV distribution network with outlets in Scottsdale, AZ and Las Vegas, NV – is holding its first annual HD Technology Showcase February 26 – 27 at the Las Vegas Country Club.

“Today’s integrators have a chance to capitalize on commercial and residential video and digital signage opportunities using fiber technology – especially here in Vegas,” says Paul Brown, AV Warehouse principal. “Accordingly, keeping up on the latest delivery solutions is paramount to delivering the highest-quality systems. For many, it can be their calling-card.”

“To this, AV Warehouse is proud to host a showcase event that gives local integrators the opportunity to learn about the latest in fiber optics, UltraHD, video distribution and networking/IP solutions,” adds Brown.

Factory representatives from Cleerline Technology Group, Blackwire Advanced Automation Solutions, Smart Audio Video Integration, LG Electronics, Wolf Cinema, Pure Link and Just Add Power will be on-hand to take dealers through their latest offerings and offer in-depth insight. Refreshments will be served throughout the two days.

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Location: Las Vegas Country Club, 3000 Joe W Brown Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Dates and times: February 26, 2015: 1 PM – 7 PM and February 27, 2015: 10 AM – 2 PM.
RSVP: rosie@av-warehouse.com
Additional information: 702.364.1134

About Catalyst AV
Founded in 2012, Catalyst AV is a network of 11 independent consumer electronics distributors serving the residential and professional AV channels in the U.S. Catalyst AV grants manufacturers a consistent and cohesive nationwide distribution model to more than 15,000 professional integration specialists. Catalyst AV benefits integrators by delivering all the products and support necessary to execute the demands of job specifications with confidence. The Catalyst AV Board of Directors consists of Mike Hench (Electronics Source Distributors); Steve Presti (Easy Access Distribution) and Wally Whinna (Allnet Distributing). www.catalystav.com

Masque Sound Delivers a Basket Full of Sonic Goodies in Revival of Sondheim and Lapine’s Fairy Tale Inspired Musical, Into the Woods

NEW YORK — When Sound Designer Darron L West and Associate Sound Designer Charles Coes were given the challenge of creating a dynamic audioscape for Fiasco Theater’s production of Into the Woods, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company in association with McCarter Theatre Center, they turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to supply a custom audio equipment package for the wildly theatrical, fairy tale inspired musical.IntoTheWoods - No One Is Alone

Directed by Noah Brody and Ben Steinfeld, Stephen Sondheim & James Lapine’s Tony Award®-winning musical, Into the Woods, weaves together the stories of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (and his beanstalk), and a childless baker and his wife as they quest to achieve their greatest wishes. With only 10 actors, one piano and boundless imagination, Into the Woods includes dazzling classic songs such as “Children Will Listen” and “Giants in the Sky.” Audiences are asked to mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what happens when they really do come true.

In this actor-driven production, the sound designers’ main challenge was to create a soundscape that would support the actors, bringing their dialogue front and center, and ensuring clarity as they convey the story to the audience. “This production was about transparent reinforcement and supporting the artists as they are doing their work on stage,” says Coes. “All of the sound effects are created using the instruments and other objects on set, so we were tasked with finding interesting ways to mic those objects to create reverb and other effects that would help turn the production into something magical and remarkable. Masque Sound was wonderful at once again providing us the equipment we needed to achieve our vision.”IntoTheWoods - Little Red, Wolf

Another challenge that the designers faced was with the layout of the theatre itself. The Laura Pels Theatre has an excellent house system, but it can be difficult to reach deep under the balcony to the last couple of seats. To accomplish this, the sound designers enhanced the theatre’s existing house system with a Meyer Sound PA system, provided by Masque Sound.

“We elected to use Meyer M1D speakers because of their relatively tight vertical pattern, which allowed us to throw sound deep into the under balcony,” says Coes. “We also used those same cabinets in their more conventional line array form as a center cluster so that we could cover the orchestra and the balcony. We chose the Meyer speakers because they are tried and true, and very compact. Despite the very low ceiling height of the theatre, we were still able to get enough boxes in to cover the room without protruding too far into the visual picture.

In addition, the designers used a pair of Meyer 500-HP subwoofers, which allowed them to get enough gain before feedback on the stage’s majestic piano walls. “On the stage right and left, the piano walls are giant frames constructed with grand piano harps, minus the wood,” Coes adds. “The harps are tuned, contact mic’d and heavily processed and played by the actors for various ‘magic’ effects throughout the performance.”IntoTheWoods - Baker, Wife, Witch

At the heart of the custom audio equipment package provided by Masque Sound was the DiGiCo SD9T Live Digital Console. “We had done the show at The Old Globe in San Diego on a DiGiCo SD10 and wanted to find a way to stay in the world of DiGiCo when we moved into New York City, so we approached Masque with the idea and they helped us make it happen,” says Coes. “Working with an SD9T brought the software price down without sacrificing sound quality. It is incredibly flexible, has enough channels for this show, doesn’t take up many seats and has a rental cost that the producers really liked. Specifically for this show, in which the actors are frequently trading lines and changing characters, the DiGiCo theatre software made those transitions incredibly easy to handle.”

In addition, one of the interesting components to the custom audio equipment package provided by Masque Sound was the use of the new Shure ULX-D® Digital Wireless System. “Scott Kalata at Masque Sound suggested the ULX-D, and since we knew that there were enough channels to cover our vocals, we gave it a shot,” adds Coes. “We used four of the new receivers for the vocals. They are incredibly transparent, cost-effective and sound fantastic. We are really glad that Masque Sound made them available to us.”

For microphones, Masque Sound provided 12 channels of vocal wireless, four channels of instrument wireless, along with two Sennheiser SKP Series plug-on transmitters mounted on to the show’s piano equipped with DPA 4021s, which gave the piano great volume and clarity without getting in the way of the piano player who frequently spins around.

“Masque Sound has been incredibly supportive and helped us put together a wonderful system that sounds great and does everything we needed it to do for a very reasonable budget,” concludes Coes. “As always, all of the equipment was delivered in fantastic working condition and on-time. In addition, our team, Walter Tillman (A1), Gillian Walker and Richard Lund (A2s), did a great job.”

Into the Woods premiered in May 2013 at the McCarter Theatre in association with the Fiasco Theater. The Off-Broadway production, presented by Roundabout Theatre Company, began preview performances on December 18, 2014 and officially opened on January 22, 2015 at the Laura Pels Theatre in the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This limited engagement was recently extended through April 12, 2015.

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is led by President Stephanie Hansen and the firm’s third generation owner, Geoff Shearing. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies,” “Once” and “Kinky Boots” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

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New Clay Paky Stormy Fixtures Join Slipknot Tour

A67G0465Masked rockers Slipknot are making headlines with a fifth album release, the addition of new band members, their Knotfest concert series and the launch of the “Prepare for Hell” tour – and Clay Paky Stormys are along for the wild ride.

The band just marked the debut of their fifth studio album, “.5: The Gray Chapter,” which was quickly followed by performances October 25 and 26 at their own Knotfest in San Bernardino, California. They began headlining the “Prepare for Hell” North American tour afterwards.

Trevor Ahlstrand, lighting designer/production designer for Slipknot, is using a package of 30 Stormys, obtained from Christie Lights, on the shows. The new Stormy uses the latest LED technology while retaining all the charm of the classic strobe. He has positioned a few on each piece truss and several in a row on the floor.

“The show is very asymmetrical with random sticks of different heights jutting out in random places and set elements of a carnival theme,” he says. “The thing with this group is that they have nine members, three of whom are drummers, so they’re very percussive. I use strobes to accent a lot of the underlying drum parts in their music; trying constantly to be creative in how I would use the strobes keeping it interesting and different from song to song.”

But Ahlstrand confesses that he’s “always had a problem with using scrollers on strobes. I don’t like to blast on lights all the time, and I don’t want to abuse the audience all night. So I try to use scrollers to get a different feel but could never seem to get them all working right.”

He looked at several LED fixtures then discovered that “Stormy had the feel of an old-school Atomic 3000 with a scroller on it. But it was way more intense. I could get any color you can think of, and when you hit it full blast it was so bright – you didn’t see anything else. I get all the benefits of a classic strobe with all the control of an LED.”

Reached during rehearsals with the band Ahlstrand reports the Stormys were performing “amazing so far – no technical issues. My fear with LEDs is balance with color, but the Stormys are all dead on with each other. They’re extremely bright and fast – I hit whatever color I want at any time. And I program them the same way I would anything else.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “We’re very excited about our new Stormys and pleased to see that they’re working well for Mr. Ahlstrand and the band.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

About Clay Paky
Headquartered in Seriate (Bergamo), Italy, Clay Paky SPA has a history of designing and manufacturing innovative professional show lighting. The company was founded in 1976 by entrepreneur Pasquale Quadri who anticipated the enormous impact the evolution of technology would have on the show and entertainment worlds.

For more information on Clay Paky products, please contact:
Francesco Romagnoli francesco@claypaky.it
Davide Barbetta webmaster@claypaky.it

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