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Manos Backline Purchases HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™ Digital Console to Satisfy Small-Format Requirements

ATHENS, Greece — Public address equipment may form only a subsidiary part of Manos Backline Services’ equipment inventory, but recently the company invested in a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1™ digital console, placing the order with HARMAN’s Greece distributor, Bon Studio.

“We have a small PA system consisting of JBL SRX Series loudspeakers, as we are 75 percent focused on backline,” says the company’s co-owner, Stamos Vasilakis. “However, for the 25 percent PA dry hire we always try to keep up with the latest quality gear available, as it’s an expanding part of our business.

“The market needed a good quality small format digital mixer at an affordable rental price, and the Soundcraft Vi1 was the perfect product for our clients’ needs. I firmly believe that in times of crisis this product will prove itself a winner.”

Despite the bias towards backline, Manos has invested heavily in digital desks, including the Soundcraft Vi6. Feature wise, Vasilakis knows precisely what he is looking for: “Ease of use and the best possible pre-amps,” he states unequivocally. “I needed a product that would enable an engineer who had never used it before to mix within 30 minutes maximum from setup—and the Vi1 fitted the bill. It is important to have everything in front of you and not be digging through layers or pages to find what you need. That’s why Soundcraft is one of my favourite interfaces—and the Vi1’s pre-amps are an absolute bargain. The mixer sounds fresh, crisp and all the instruments have clarity and ‘body’ in the mix.”

Having experienced almost all the available mixers in the Greek market, Vasilakis’ decision to back Soundcraft was based not only on the above attributes, but the increasing demand for this platform, and the Vistonics II interface, in the local market.

“The interface really is that easy to use,” he says. “Furthermore, the 24 outputs are a big plus for a small format mixer when your band uses in-ear monitors or if you want to record from the direct outs. The user pages are a great-looking and useful function as well.

“As for demand, in our business you have to go with the flow. If we see an increasing demand on a product we just buy it—and that’s what happened with the Vi Series — regardless of the fact that I also happen to think it’s a great mixer.”

And the feedback from Vasilakis’ clients matches his own conclusion. “People love it! To be honest, I think I should buy another for next summer—it’s so affordable that even low-budget tours can deal with it.”

For more information on Manos Backline Services, please visit www.backline.gr

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2011.

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Peavey Impulse 12D Combines ‘Cutting-Edge Technology’ & ‘Legendary Peavey Durability’

High power, pristine clarity and light weight come together in the Peavey® Impulse® 12D, a portable, powered loudspeaker enclosure that combines Peavey’s revolutionary IPR™ amplifier technology with a true ribbon driver. Pro Audio Review magazine put the groundbreaking Impulse 12D to the test for its October 2011 issue.

“In the [Impulse] 12D, Peavey has done a fantastic job combining legendary Peavey durability; classic touches such as the Black Widow woofer; cutting-edge IPR amp technology, and the uniqueness of the ribbon driver,” wrote Joshua D. Garber. more

Firehouse Productions Delivers Dynamic Sound With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays For iHeartRadio Event

Firehouse Productions supplied a JBL VERTEC line array system for the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Firehouse Productions recently provided sound for some of the biggest names in music at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, sponsored by Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio social media networking outlet. With performances by Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and many others, Firehouse deployed HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays to match the dynamic range of performers in the MGM Grand Arena.

The audio system included two main left-right arrays of 17 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements each, accompanied by two flown arrays of 12 VT4880A fullsize subwoofers. Side coverage was provided by JBL VT4888 midsize line array elements, and JBL VT4887 compact line array elements provided the front fills. Firehouse also provided two ground-stacked columns of three VT4889 loudspeakers each, on top of three VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers each. Crown I-Tech IT1200HD amplifiers powered the entire system using the new VERTEC V5 DSP settings.

Large events like the iHeartRadio Music Festival pose a variety of unique challenges, particularly when they feature so many different artists. “With a show this size, there are different rehearsals taking place at different times, all with information and settings that need to be conveyed back to the main system,” said Mark Dittmar, Lead Design & Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions.

With so many variables, the VERTEC line arrays were extremely easy to set up—one of the main reasons why Firehouse continues to rely on VERTEC for major events and a significant factor in the success of the iHeartRadio event. “Everything went as well as we could have hoped, Clear Channel and MGM Grand were happy and we were even five minutes ahead of schedule on every change-over,” Dittmar said. “You can always gauge how a multi-band show is going depending on that; we were always ready to go with no delays, as smooth as could be.”

Dittmar went on to rave about the new V5 presets software upgrade for the VERTEC system. “They are stunning and the high end is much smoother,” he noted. ”The V5 presets solve all kinds of midrange issues, and the low-end response is amazing. The manager of the building even said that you could hear it blasting two blocks away—an impressive volume that had never been reached before. Some acts used the entire system, pushing all the amps to the max level, and even when touching the limit it sounded linear and smooth. It’s always nice when you don’t have to worry about pushing a system too hard and can just let it fly. It’s great to have the performance upgrade without having to buy new equipment. The software upgrade was done in a half-hour and we were ready to go. It’s simply an amazing value to anyone who uses VERTEC.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com

For more information on iHeartRadio, please visit: http://www.iheart.com/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

HARMAN’s DigiTech® Pedals Deliver the Sonic Goods for Versatile Guitarist Phil X

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Phil X is one busy guitar player. Equally at home live, in the studio or on YouTube, he has played with scores of top-name artists like Kelly Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Avril Lavigne, Daughtry, Chris Cornell, Tommy Lee, Bon Jovi, Alice Cooper and more. Phil X plays in the band The Drills (www.thedrills.com), and his wry humor and no-holds-barred playing style have made him one of the world’s most viewed guitarists via his YouTube demos for guitar dealer Fretted Americana.

Phil X can use any overdrive pedal he pleases – and his mainstay is the DigiTech Bad Monkey. “Whenever I need overdrive, my go to is the Bad Monkey,” Phil notes. “It simply does everything I want an overdrive to do.”
“I have also been recently using the HardWire pedals. The CR-7 Stereo Chorus is amazing, the TR-7 Tremolo/Rotary killer and the RV-7 Reverb is astounding – couldn’t be better.”

“I like DigiTech gear because of the quality, how rugged it is and its affordability,” Phil continued. “It’s valuable to me to be able to tell young guitar players what gear I use, and know they can actually afford it. I constantly get e-mails from kids around the world telling me how much they love the Bad Monkey, and asking me what settings I use.”

Underneath Phil Xs affable demeanor is a musician who takes the tools of his trade very seriously. “I have a pretty crazy ear when it comes to effects. I know exactly what I like and don’t like. The HardWire pedals blew me away when I first heard them. Sometimes I am looking for a piece of gear to be simple and sometimes I want crazy options. The HardWire gear does both. The pedals are simple, yet give me a ton of variety.”

“I’ve also been able to simplify my setup,” Phil continued. “With HardWire, I know I can get everything I need with one chorus pedal, one delay pedal and one reverb pedal along with my Bad Monkey, which reduces the amount of gear that I need to have at all times. In the studio, having access to a lot of sounds is like painting with a bunch of colors and textures to make the mood feel right. It’s the time to experiment and find unique sounds.”
“On stage, it’s a different story,” notes Phil. “There’s no time to experiment with effects settings. Everything has to be ready to go. Live, I know I can just hook my DigiTech pedals up and rely on them, freeing me to devote myself fully to my performance. Ultimately, I want my two hands to be what entertains people.”

For more information on Phil X, please visit: www.philx.tv

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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SPEED™ Selects High Resolution Systems’ UDC-400 for Studio Control

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The latest to discover the utility and versatility of High Resolution Systems LLC’s Universal Device Controller (UDC) is SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, which is deploying a UDC-400 in its Charlotte, North Carolina studio. The software-based UDC-400 is the product of choice for the live event, staging and rental, worship, corporate industrial and broadcast markets.

“We have a Vista Spyder and were looking for a way to integrate control functionality for the Spyder when the Vista people recommended the UDC-400,” says Tom Creter, vice president of engineering for the cable motor sports network. “We use the Spyder on one of the sets of ‘SPEED Center,’ our live weekend news show. Spyder sends video and graphics to three large videowalls, which are captured as part of the show.

“The UDC-400 controls the Spyder, an Abekas Mira four-channel video server that plays graphic elements into the Spyder, and Omnion video ports. It also controls LED lighting that runs concurrent with the videowall,” Creter explains.

He reports that the UDC-400 learning curve was very short for the studio technicians. “Everyone picked up on it really quickly. It’s easy to manipulate and control the templates and profiles they need – they’re able to create a template, effect or move on the videowall almost on the fly. It’s such a versatile little device and allows us to control multiple systems simultaneously – it works really well for TV. We’re thrilled with it!”

Creter also gives kudos to High Resolution Systems’ hands-on service and post-sales follow up. “Drew Taylor and company have been just terrific in detailing and fine-tuning the solution for us,” he says.

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Robert Juliat Followspots Measure Up for Elm Shakespeare Company’s Summer Shakespeare Production

It’s time for the Elm Shakespeare Company’s annual free summer Shakespeare production in New Haven, Connecticut’s Edgerton Park, and once again Robert Juliat followspots will play a key role, this time for The Bard’s “Measure For Measure.” Some 30,000 people are expected to attend performances through August and over the Labor Day weekend.

“It will be our fifth season using Robert Juliat spots,” says Jamie Burnett, who serves as lighting designer, production manager, resident set designer and master electrician for the Company. “We are using the Super Korrigan [1200-watt HMI] and Topaze [1200-watt MSD] fixtures for the play, and their light output is great.”

Robert Juliat followspots have made “a vast improvement” to the Company’s productions, he reports. “I get a lot of punch and control in an outdoor environment for a small footprint. The operators like them, and learn them quickly – they enjoy the very smooth and precise control they get with the spots. The spots are very intuitive to operate and it is easy to control the beam.”

Previously, Burnett tapped Robert Juliat followspots for “The Three Musketeers” where the fixtures were placed in towers in a downstage side light position. He says the production was “one of our most elaborate to date with a turntable holding the central two-level set. The spots allowed me to pick the action out of the background while, at the same time, keeping the use of followspots subtle and appropriate for a dramatic piece. I could pick out characters from the darker background in the more somber scenes, such as when the audience feels the treachery of Milady de Winter’s plans.”

According to Burnett, the followspots “played an indispensable role in the production allowing me to supplement the stage lighting with pinpoint accuracy as sword fighters leapt around, climbed stairs and traversed bridges while the set was in motion. “Because of the fixtures’ accurate dousing mechanism, the spot operators were able to fine tune their performance to keep the light subtle or dramatic as needed to help convey the mood of the scene,” he reports.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent family-run company dedicated to the manufacturing of professional stage lighting products. Robert Juliat lights are used by customers who include Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, New York’s Lincoln Center, LA’s Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Bruce Springsteen, Disney Theme Parks, Carnegie Hall, The San Francisco Opera and Ballet, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Comedie Francaise, The Sydney Opera House, plus theatres, schools and public venues around the world.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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projectiondesign® F35 AS3D – world’s highest resolution 3D single chip DLP® projector now available


WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE F35 AS3D HERE.

Fully uncompressed 3D at up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels and 120 Hz for superior imaging and performance.

Further consolidating the Norwegian manufacturer’s reputation for innovation in display technology, projectiondesign® announces that its F35 AS3D – the world’s highest resolution Active Stereo 3D DLP® projector – is now available for immediate shipping.

With up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixel resolution at full 120 Hz refresh rates, the F35 AS3D displays fully uncompressed 3D with more detail than any projector in its size, price and performance category, creating the best and most life like 3D experience available anywhere.

“One of the real user benefits lies in the deployment of our newly developed dual bandwidth imaging”, says Anders Løkke, Marketing Director at projectiondesign. “With double the image processing speed of competing products, we are able to display pictures that do not rely on compression technologies, thus outputting full image detail and accuracy without artefacts.”

Particularly useful for scientific visualization, virtual reality, visitor attraction and training and simulation applications, these higher detail levels allow users to make quicker and better-informed decisions, saving them both time and money.

The F35 AS3D is based on the already popular F35 wqxga model – the highest resolution DLP projector available for commercial use. Roger Carver, manager of DLP’s front projection business at Texas Instruments, developers of the DLP imaging platform, comments: “The F35 wqxga was a stunning technological achievement – now the F35 AS3D version takes this innovation to a new level of image detail. We are proud to be associated with such ground-breaking engineering by a manufacturer that is consistently pushing the boundaries of industry imaging standards and excellence.”

The F35 AS3D features a wide range of specifically designed high resolution projection lenses and incorporates projectiondesign’s unique RealColor™ colour management suite for perfect on-site calibration and unmatched colour accuracy. Natural and precise colours add to the high-resolution performance of the F35 AS3D, and image quality can be guaranteed over any number of projection channels.

The projector offers brightness levels up to 7,500 ANSI lumens, a range of configuration options, and seamless switching between 3D and 2D. Additional benefits include user adjustable Smear Reduction Processing that reduces motion artefacts in high-speed imaging – yet another key feature for simulation applications.

As with all projectiondesign professional projectors, the F35 AS3D benefits from up to five years of full 24/7 warranty availability and is incorporated into the company’s ProNet asset management software suite.

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WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE F35 AS3D HERE.

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