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Felix Lighting is First in the US to Acquire Clay Paky ShotLight Wash Fixtures

ShotLight

ShotLight

La Mirada, California-based Felix Lighting has purchased a complement of 26 ShotLight Wash fixtures, brand new to the market from Clay Paky. A.C.T Lighting, the distributor of Clay Paky lighting instruments in North America, finalized the sale.

“By investing in a large package of ShotLight Wash fixtures, Felix Lighting positions itself on the leading edge of today’s lighting technology,” says Bob Gordon, president and CEO of A.C.T Lighting. “ShotLight Wash is a totally new kind of projector that combines an extraordinary 1500W discharge lamp washlight two 1500w strobes in one device. With Clay Paky’s ShotLight Wash Felix Lighting offers its clients a unique new product that will expand their creative horizons.”

Felix Lighting is dedicated to integrating high-tech LED and automated intelligent lights with conventional instruments and supporting a client base that includes concerts, shows, special events, permanent installations and others.

“We’re proud to be the first company in the US to acquire Clay Paky’s new ShotLight Wash fixtures,” says Felix Lighting owner David McKinnon. “We believe these amazing, versatile instruments will be a big hit with our customers who will now be able to combine wash and strobe capabilities in one device.”

In the ShotLight Wash fixture the wash and strobe functions are perfectly integrated and can be operator-controlled with either simultaneous or separate operation and special effects. The strobe function is provided by two semi-circular Xenon lamps working independently: They can either flash together or separately, at different frequencies.

The washlight section boasts an optical unit with extremely high luminous efficiency. It has an 11º-74º electronic zoom; CMY color system, two color wheels and linear Golden CTO; indexable and rotating ovalizing filter; “diamond effect” filter; frost filter; 0-100% hybrid dimmer; and three-phase pan/tilt motor for perfectly silent operation. Its modular construction provides easy maintenance.

The ShotLight Wash’s strobe section is comprised of two special curved, pulsed Xenon lamps, each 1500W with a 500-hour lamp life. It features a special shape mirror reflector; 0-100% intensity control with blinding effect; a flash rate of 0-16Hz; and pre-set strobe effects and strobe/wash effects. It also has automatic over-temperature safety and automatic safety blackout in case of unstable frequency.

“We’re excited about taking delivery of Clay Paky’s ShotLight Wash fixtures and are eager to put them to work,” McKinnon says.
About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Dan Renne Named Lead Developer for High Resolution Systems’ UDC Software

Dan Renne

Dan Renne

High Resolution Systems LLC (HRS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dan Renne to the post of lead developer. Previously he served as a software architect and designer for HRS’s Universal Device Control (UDC) software, providing socket-level programming and support and GUI design.

“We’re very happy to have Dan take on the new role of lead developer for our popular UDC product,” says HRS sales engineer Drew Taylor. “We’re confident that Dan and his team will take UDC software to new heights as the product continues to grow and evolve.”

High Resolution Systems’ software-based Universal Device Controller has quickly become the product of choice for the live event, staging and rental, worship, corporate industrial and broadcast markets.

Renne, who hold a Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Systems from Grand Valley State University, has 10 years of experience and expertise in C#, WPF, HTML, Javascript and socket programming.

“Learning ProAV technology was easy when I joined the team at HRS,” says Renne. “They know the technology inside and out. Together we’ll be working to take UDC software to the next level.”

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

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SnapAV Nabs Former Niles Audio Tech Support Manager John Hamilton; Aims to Double Size of Tech Support Dept. and Implement Advanced Support

Charlotte, NC – SnapAV, a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 high-quality solutions for the custom A/V channel in the US and Canada, has hired John Hamilton as Tech Support Manager.

Hamilton’s career spans product development, sales and training management positions with both consumer electronics manufacturers and systems integration companies. During his 11-year tenure as Niles Audio Corporation’s Tech Support Manager, Hamilton established himself as an industry leader.

In his new role, Hamilton will be charged with the task of doubling the size of SnapAV’s technical support team these next 12 months. He will also handle the development of informational documents including FAQS and technical support bulletins.

”I’m looking forward to taking an already spectacular team to the next level,” says Hamilton. “This is especially crucial given SnapAV’s massive growth and expansion into such categories as media distribution and surveillance, to name few. I see great things in the future and look forward to a long, rewarding career with SnapAV.”

Last year CE Pro Magazine awarded SnapAV’s tech support team with its 2011 Gold Quest for Quality Award.

About SnapAV: Established in 2005 by custom integrator Jay Faison and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installer-friendly products for the custom A/V channel. SnapAV empowers custom installers to run more efficient businesses. The company provides high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties. www.snapav.com

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Technomad and Electrocom Revitalize Stadium Audio at Historic Tacoma High Schools

BOSTON, January 5, 2012 — Two illustrious high school stadiums in the Tacoma Public Schools system enjoyed vastly improved sound for the 2011 football season, thanks to comprehensive distributed audio system upgrades at both locations.

Lynwood, Washington-based systems integration firm Electrocom managed the upgrades, installing Technomad advanced audio loudspeakers and high-powered amplifiers among other components at Stadium High School and Lincoln High School. Electrocom handpicked the systems to replace aging horn components that were in disrepair and bleeding into adjacent neighborhoods — prompting a flurry of complaints.

The stadiums’ long, rich histories are evident in their grandeur: large, bowl-shaped venue designs with concrete bleachers and expansive sideline space. This made sound improvements — especially even, venue-wide coverage — unusually challenging.

“These are not typical press box installations where we mount and blast away,” said Matt Wright, project manager at Electrocom. “We positioned narrow-dispersion loudspeakers at multiple points, with enough SPL, or sound pressure, to cover the distance of the field in some cases. We also needed a wireless amplifier solution at each stadium to remain under budget. It would have been expensive and complicated to run wires the length of the field and trench into the concrete.”

Technomad PowerChiton4 high-power amplifiers provide the wireless solution for pole-mounted loudspeakers on the visitor sidelines at each stadium. The IP66-rated amplifiers offer a waterproof design for outdoor audio, and a compact, modular form factor for greater proximity to loudspeakers. The 1600-watt amplifiers also pack plenty of power for loud stadium environments.

Wright adds that Technomad loudspeakers provide exceptional audio quality and are among the best at containing audio within the confines of a stadium or similar venue. “The end users are very happy with the audio quality,” he said. “The Technomad systems have improved intelligibility and increased audio isolation from the neighbors at both stadiums.”

Electrocom installed Berlin 9040 and 6040 narrow-dispersion loudspeakers at both stadiums. All Stadium High School loudspeakers mount to four large steel light poles — two above and behind the home side bleachers, and two above and behind the visitor side. Each home side pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers aimed toward the front row at a steep angle to cover the audience. One Berlin 6040 aims outward to cover the field.

One visitor-side pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers powered by a Technomad PowerChiton4 amplifier and RF solution to cover one end of the bleachers. A second pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers and a PowerChiton4 for the near bleachers; and a single Berlin 6040 with a dedicated PowerChiton4 amplifier to cover an extension of the bleacher away from the cluster. Allen PoleStar mounting hardware supports all loudspeakers.

A mix of Berlin 6040 and 9040 loudspeakers cover the Lincoln High School field from three locations behind the home bleachers, including the end zones for audio during track and field events. Berlin 6040s and PowerChiton4 amplifiers cover the visitor side from the front corners of the bleachers.

“These are among the largest stadiums we’ve done and there were plenty of challenges,” said Wright. “Technomad loudspeakers provide high-quality audio, high-frequency intelligibility and strong SPL along with a weatherproof design. And the PowerChiton amplifiers provided a way to get audio to difficult places without being cost-prohibitive.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

Rumor Has It: HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Are a Hit at Philadelphia’s Newest Nightclub

NORTHRIDGE, California – It’s not a rumor: Philadelphia’s brand-new Rumor nightclub is a 10,000-square-foot venue featuring two dance floors, multiple oversized bars, private catering facilities and more—including a private VIP room called the Vault. Patrons can enjoy music from Rumor’s multiple sound systems, which include a variety of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers powered by Crown amplifiers, and controlled with BSS processing and HiQnet London Architect™ software.

“We needed to provide sound for a number of spaces that differed greatly in their sound reinforcement requirements,” noted Ian Hoffer of Aurora Sound and Light Design, which specializes in nightclub system design. “The Vault is an elegant, high-end room with velvet walls. One of the bar areas has a VIP cove at the end that needed audio. There’s an oval-shaped dance room that presented some challenges, and even the bathroom hallway had its particular acoustical requirements.”

The system in the Vault includes four JBL AC28 compact 2-way loudspeakers and two ASB6115 15-inch subwoofers. “This combination gave us all the sound coverage we needed without overly intruding into the space,” said Hoffer. “We used two Crown Macro-Tech i Series MA-5000i amplifiers to drive this system. The velvet walls in The Vault were put there as part of the room décor, not for acoustic reasons, but they actually provide a great acoustic environment.”

The Lev Room is an oval shaped dance floor with a DJ booth at one end. “We found by installing two JBL AM7215 high-power, 15-inch, 2-way, full-range speakers and two ASB6125 dual-15-inch subs gave us powerful sound with plenty of impact, yet without creating any acoustic problems that might have occurred considering the room’s oval shape,” Hoffer noted. “The DJ booth is equipped with two SRX712M 2-way, 12-inch stage monitors, which happen to work perfectly in this application, along with an ASB6115 subwoofer. The combination of the SRX712M monitors and ASB6115 sub in the DJ booth work perfectly together.”

To avoid any dead spots in the club, Hoffer chose six JBL Control® Contractor 322CT in-ceiling speakers and two ASB6125 subwoofers in the VIP cove at the end of the 40-foot long bar, and four Control 47LP in-ceiling speakers in the bathroom hallway. “We installed the Control 47LP speakers there so people could still hear what was going on in the main rooms while they were in the hallway,” Hoffer added. “The bar is quite striking, by the way, because it’s illuminated and constantly changes colors.” A Crown CTs Series CTs 3000 amp powers the VIP cove and hallway speakers.

“We used the Control 47LP and 322C in-ceiling speakers because I feel you get a fuller sound from them than from competitive models,” stated Hoffer. “They were easy to install with no mounting issues at all.”

All the audio signals for Rumor’s sound system are handled by a BSS BLU-160 signal processor with digital audio bus capability, augmented by four BLU-BOB2 breakout box output expanders. Control is provided by the BSS London Architect programming interface and HARMAN HiQnet software. “I had never used the JBL ASB subwoofers before this project – and I was very impressed with them,” said Hoffer. “Thanks to the London Architect setup and configuration macro for the ASB subs, we were able to get a great sound from them.”

“Everyone at Rumor is happy with the project,” Hoffer concluded. “The Vault is the newest and most popular Thursday night venue in Philadelphia and Rumor has been getting nothing but rave reviews.”

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.

PHOTOGRAPHER MATTHEW CHERRY ENLISTS ANTON/BAUER BATTERIES, CUSTOMER SERVICE IN PRODUCTION TEAM

GREENWICH, CT, JANUARY 5, 2012—For Matthew Cherry, owner and director of Matthew Cherry Studios, Anton/Bauer® and its DIONIC® 90 batteries have been a trusted part of his production crew for the last 10 years, whether he’s creating independent films or corporate videos. The DIONIC 90 from Anton/Bauer, a brand of The Vitec Group, and a leading global provider of premier batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, allows Cherry to focus on his creative work without worrying about his power needs.

As a photographer and cinematographer, Cherry has worked in independent films and corporate video, as well as commercial photography—creating a mix of video and film and still photography—for more than 20 years. While much of his work is focused on fine arts, Cherry also produces commercial projects, including a recent promotional video for Anton/Bauer.

“Early on, I used batteries that were provided by camera manufacturers,” says Cherry. “However, a few good friends of mine who traveled the globe doing news production for major networks all said to me that you can have a lot of problems with many types of batteries—temperature, environmental issues and moisture. Making an investment with Anton/Bauer batteries, however, I haven’t had to deal with those issues.”
The DIONIC 90 was designed by Anton/Bauer to deliver consistently reliable performance even in the most challenging shooting environments on Earth. It offers a RealTime® display that continually updates the operator on how much run-time remains and on the state of the current charge. Weighing only 1.7 pounds, the DIONIC 90 can be transported without restriction under the IATA and DOT safety regulations (http://www.antonbauer.com/Support/TransportationInformation). The 91 WH battery can handle a maximum load of six amps, and offers runtimes ranging from six hours at 15 watts to 1.75 hours at 50 watts.

“The DIONIC 90 powers the camera all day,” says Cherry, who typically uses cameras such as the Canon L2 and Panasonic AG-HVX100 up through the VariCam. “I no longer have to think about batteries because I can look at the RealTime display to see the battery status and know exactly how much power is remaining.”

According to Cherry, working with Anton/Bauer for the last 10 years has helped eliminate the need for someone to manage recharging batteries during productions. “I typically bring three batteries per camera with me on a shoot, however I usually only need one,” he says. “I no longer have to plan a take around battery life. Whether you’re doing news or a narrative, how much is a lost shot worth if your battery dies?”

When it comes down to it, Cherry believes that if you have to think about your batteries, it’s a problem. “The very reason I rely on Anton/Bauer batteries is because I don’t have to think about them. If I do have a question, the global support team is readily available and able to help diagnose a problem.”

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight®, ElipZ®, ElightZ®, CINE VCLX and CINE VCLX/2. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2010 revenue of £309 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organized in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services. Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events. Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG. Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fiber optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.

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Xantech Brings High Technology To The Ricketts Hall Weight Room At The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis

Xantech WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller and CWTC10 Wireless Touch Controllers create a reliable, scalable and intuitive control system for audio and video

CARLSBAD, CALIFORNIA, January 5, 2012 — Xantech, a leader in the field of audio/video remote control and distribution, provided the core technology systems that enabled the “strength and conditioning” training room at United States Naval Academy’s Ricketts Hall to become an advanced state-of-the-art facility. As part of a technology upgrade, AV systems integrator DSL Sound of Hagerstown, Maryland, installed a Xantech control system consisting of the WIC1200 Web Intelligent Controller, two CWTC10 Wireless Touch Controllers, CSPLCD64G in-wall touch panels and a host of IPRS232 XtraLink IP modules.

The “strength and conditioning” training room at United States Naval Academy’s Ricketts Hall, featuring a recently updated AV system with control solutions from Xantech.


The network-based Xantech components provide full control over the weight rooms’ new AV systems, which include an HD Video Matrix system by FSR®, 16 55-inch LG® plasma monitors that make up five zones of video, and an extensive audio system throughout the facility, featuring the BiAmp® Nexia networked digital audio processor. Xantech’s IPRS232 units enable network control of the RS232-based LG monitors; user control is totally accessible via the Xantech CWTC10 10.4-inch WiFi tablets located in the weight room itself and in a control rack. Additionally, users can access the system remotely via iPad or remotely via a dedicated VPN network installed as part of the AV upgrade. This is all made possible through the rich feature set of the WIC1200.

Ricketts Hall is home to U.S.N.A.’s basketball, football and lacrosse team training offices, the locker room for the varsity football team, and the “strength and conditioning facility,” one of three on campus. The new Xantech-controlled audio and video system plays back content including customized weight training video programs, room and conditioning schedules, football and other sports videos, and other related content, stored on a custom computer system with RAID drives and six HDMI video outputs. Multiple screens over five video zones allow for multiple streams of content simultaneously, all controlled and distributed by the Xantech equipment.

“This is the first time we’ve deployed the Xantech systems, and they are working wonderfully, especially considering that no one’s ever put this advanced level of AV systems control into a weight room before,” comments Robert Musser, Sales & Engineering Specialist for DSL Sound. “We were looking for a control solution that was reliable, scalable and affordable, and the WIC1200 succeeded on all counts. It can be controlled via RS-232 wired connections using the IPRS232 XtraLink IP and via iPads remotely on the VPN and it can expand as the system needs to grow. The graphical user interface is especially good, and we were able to create a practical and intuitive control surface that’s easy to use. We definitely plan to use the Xantech equipment again in the future. It’s that good.”

For more information, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com

About Xantech Commercial
Xantech designs and manufactures an extensive range of audio, video and control products and systems, many of which have become de facto industry standards. Xantech IR products are specified into more audio/video installations than any other brand. Xantech also supplies hi-definition HDMI video solutions, touch-panels and IP control systems for residential and commercial applications, multi-room audio/video systems, audio source components and processors, and software programming tools.

Xantech Commercial expands upon this foundation to bring new opportunities to the commercial field, providing scalable, user-friendly, and cost-effective audio/video control and distribution solutions. Products are sold to professional installers and distributors directly from Xantech. Xantech’s products are marketed in North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. Xantech is a part of The AVC Group in Carlsbad, California. For additional information about Xantech Commercial and its innovative products, please visit www.xantechcommercial.com.

About The AVC Group, LLC:
Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, The AVC Group, LLC is a portfolio of pre-eminent manufacturers and marketers of state-of-the-art consumer and commercial audio, video and control system solutions. The AVC Group is comprised of the following industry leading brands: NILES® Audio, ELAN® Home Systems, Xantech®, ATON®, and Sunfire®. The AVC Group, LLC is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.’s Home Technology Group.

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ALTINEX APPOINTS COSSEY VP OF SALES

**** Grant Cossey ****

Brea, CA – January 2012… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the appointment of Grant Cossey to the newly created position of Vice President, Sales. With a comprehensive background that includes 15+ years of audio visual industry experience, including a proven track record with both equipment manufacturers and the industry’s dealers and integrators, Cossey is well positioned to oversee Altinex’ sales operations. Cossey commenced work in December 2011 and is stationed at the company’s corporate headquarters in Brea, CA. more

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METRIC HALO RELOCATES TO SUN-DRENCHED FLORIDA

mhllogolarge_for-white.jpgSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Without snow shovels and down jackets, Metric Halo is in the process of moving to the Tampa Bay area during the holiday break. A beautiful 10,000-square foot facility in Safety Harbor, Florida will serve as the company’s new management, manufacturing and research & development nerve center. Remarkably, every single member of the Metric Halo staff is moving with the company, which means no break in continuity creativity or sales for Metric Halo’s loyal users. Only the company’s address and phone number will change.

“After a lifetime of braving winter in New York, we’re done,” said Joe Buchalter, president of Metric Halo. “While I’m pretty sure that some of us will be back to the Northeast to visit friends and family, the operative word is ‘visit.’” Metric Halo is timing the move to minimize disruption. The office, shipping, and support departments more

WIRELESS FIRST/CLAIR GLOBAL PROVIDE LIVE AND BROADCAST AUDIO FOR CMT ARTISTS OF THE YEAR SHOW

cmt_awards_2011.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2011: The Country Music Television (CMT) Artists of the Year celebration honors five country music artists who stand at the top of the field with an evening of live music at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. This year, Rob Lowe hosted the proceedings, which included heartfelt performances by the five honorees: Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Lady Antebellum, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Chesney. As in the past, CMT hired Wireless First, a Clair Global Company to simultaneously provide live sound reinforcement and broadcast sound (the show aired in mid-December), along with RF equipment and expertise. In addition to the impactful Clair i3 line array system, which stays out of television sightlines, Clair Global brought two new products: a custom-built portable RF microphone podium and the CF 1090 Fractal Antenna. Both provided tangible benefits over existing technologies that allowed the crew to accomplish such more

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