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Anton/Bauer Gold Mount, Batteries Central to Prime Television’s Documentary, Television News and Commercial Work

LONDON, MARCH 15, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, is the battery supplier of choice for London’s Prime Television. Prime Television, a mainstay for decades of London-based productions, relies heavily on Anton/Bauer power products and the company’s global customer support. more

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TSI Global Provides Audio Upgrade To Historic St. Louis Peabody Opera House With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – In order to update the audio system at the historic Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, TSI Global of St. Charles, Missouri, installed a HARMAN JBL VERTEC(r) line array system in the 3,100-seat theater. The Opera House, originally opened in 1934, has hosted performances by prestigious artists including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. Today, it hosts a variety of events including concerts, comedies, theatricals, family and holiday shows, and more.

Paul Murdick, Vice President of TSI, stated that the install was a 3-year long process, with plans changing as technology advanced. For the main PA system, 14 JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line arrays were installed per side, accompanied by four VT4882 midsize arrayable subwoofers per side as well as three ASB7128 subwoofers per side. An additional six VT4886 subcompact line array elements per side provide outfill, with six more VT4886 loudspeakers for coverage on the stage lip and eight VT4886 loudspeakers for under-balcony coverage. Crown I-Tech amplifiers power the system, with BSS London for system processing and control via HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect(tm).

Many challenges arose during the planning and installation phases of the project. “With any renovation, especially a historical building, there is great emphasis on not ruining the architectural integrity of the original structure,” Murdick stated. “We wanted to ensure that all types of performances could be held at the theater, from a Broadway show to an intense rock concert. With the high arc of the building, the VERTEC’s worked perfectly as they met the weight limit of the rigging points, and provided a variety of uses by installing them on a swivel hang which could be rotated according to the needs of the performer.”

Since JBL is known as an industry leader with a prestigious reputation, Murdick felt confident that everyone who would be using the system would be happy. “We had the support of JBL and the owner of the Opera House to ensure that everything went according to plan, and looked the best it could be while providing quality sound and coverage needed,” he said.

Murdick concluded, “I’m proud to be a part of the renovation to a historical venue and the architecture that is present in the Opera House. There is nothing built like it anymore, and to help improve and create more history in the Opera House was a pleasure to be a part of.”

For more information on TSI Global, please visit: http://www.tsi-global.com/

For more information on the Peabody Opera House, please visit: http://peabodyoperahouse.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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Vaddio Launches EasyUSB – Tools for the USB Revolution

With Vaddio’s EasyUSB tools you now have Pro AV quality computer peripherals you need to transform your personal computer into an effective, affordable meeting room system. Whether you are looking to design a small videoconferencing system or a large integrated lecture capture classroom, Vaddio gives you the tools you need to make your software applications work in a real world AV environment.

EasyUSB Tools

EasyUSB Tools

“Until now, audio and video products designed to work with a computer have produced fairly low-quality sound and images,” explained Rob Sheeley, President of Vaddio. “We wanted to create a new standard for computer peripherals based on professional AV quality performance. We believe we have delivered just that with our new line of EasyUSB products. Now you can build an enterprise-quality videoconferencing system with affordable soft codecs like Microsoft Lync, Skype or Google Talk.”

Vaddio’s EasyUSB tools include an HD USB PTZ camera, a USB audio mixer/amplifier, USB microphone options – and for control, a web-based room control system. For those legacy and traditional AV systems, Vaddio introduces the AV Bridge – your gateway from analog to digital. The AV Bridge lets you connect audio and video inputs to your computer through a USB connection, allowing the integration of legacy AV systems into group collaboration software.

And Vaddio’s EasyUSB tools are based on UVC/UAC USB standards, eliminating the need for custom software drivers or a particular OS to be installed on the PC – so they work seamlessly with any soft client conferencing systems including Skype, Google+, Movi and Microsoft Lync, as well as lecture capture software systems such as Tegrity and Panopto. When added to your PC, the combination of EasyUSB tools create a complete group AV solution that allows users to engage in any type of collaboration and conference activity. The USB revolution is here.

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HARMAN Lexicon(r) LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle provides a World of Sounds for Composer, Orchestrator and Producer Simone Giuliani

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Simone Giuliani is a film and TV composer, music producer, orchestrator and keyboard player born in Florence, Italy, based in Manhattan and inspired by music from all over the world. He has composed for films and TV shows and has done digital audio editing on a host of classic jazz reissues including very rare recordings of Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong among others. He is the founder of Emunity Records, a digital label that focuses on future-lounge and ambient soundscapes, and was a contributing writer to the book “The Spiritual Significance of Music.”

“I have been interested in Lexicon products going back to 1992 when I was recording and producing an album in Florence with Funkareem, my band at the time,” said Giuliani. “At that time, I first heard the Lexicon 480L digital effects system and fell in love with it.”

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised by Lexicon’s ability to maintain a very special sonic flavor for their products throughout the years, Giuliani continued. “The sonic texture of their reverb units has always been unique. My good friend, bassist Amanda Ruzza told me about the LXP Native Reverb and when I tried it I instantly knew I had to add it to my studio arsenal.” Giuliani is using a Mac(r) Pro 8-core Intel(r) Xeon(r) desktop running Logic(r) and Pro Tools. “The Lexicon LXP works like a charm in this setup.”

Currently Giuliani is working on recording and producing Sambismo, a contemporary vision of Brazilian music with Zé Luis Oliveira (Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil) and Béco Dranoff (Bebel Gilberto, Red Hot + Rio). “A top-line roster of guest artists like the one we have on this project can only deserve the best I can give them, and the LXP Native Reverb is an obvious choice for this production. It gives me a selection of those warm, uniquely lush Lexicon reverbs that perfectly complement male and female vocals and a wide variety of instruments.”

Giuliani co-wrote the soundtrack for Vice magazine’s documentary “TOXIC: Amazon” with Guilherme Monteiro of Forro in the Dark, a New York-based collective of Brazilian expatriate musicians. “I used the LXP Native Reverb on all of Guilherme’s acoustic guitar parts and the results were excellent, perfectly complementing his beautiful tone and skillful playing with stunning ambience and depth.”

“I get to work with musicians from all over the world in my projects – for example, I’m now scoring a beautiful Italian movie by director Fabio Mollo and for the occasion I will be working with musicians from different parts of the world; I’m thrilled at the chance to try out the LXP on such a different variety of instruments.” Giuliani feels that every plug-in has a different flavor and its own reason to exist and the Lexicon LXP remains one of his favorite choices because of its versatility, regardless of the project he’s working on.

“My work approaches and explores musical styles that can be very different from one another,” Giuliani notes. “From one week to the next I can be working on anything from orchestral arrangements to soundtracks to bossa-nova to remixes using all sorts of electronic sounds, and I enjoy working with both analog and digital gear. Last year I produced Echocell, an eclectic Los Angeles band. For their forthcoming album, they wanted to experiment with all kinds of different and unusual sounds, and we had a lot of fun using the Lexicon LXP in many different and unconventional ways. We ended up creating interesting textures that haven’t been heard before that ended up on the final mixes for the record, mixed by the great engineer Dave Darlington (Sting, Wayne Shorter) here in New York.”

“No matter what style of music or approach I take when I’m working on a project,” Giuliani concluded, “it always feels good being able to count on such a solid effects plug-in like the Lexicon LXP Native Reverb.”

The Lexicon LXP Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle is designed to work with popular DAWs like Pro Tools and Logic, as well as with any other VST(r), Audio Unit(tm) or RTAS(r)-compatible host. PC- and Macintosh(r)-compatible, it offers four of Lexicon’s most renowned algorithms – Chamber, Hall, Plate and Room – plus 220 finely crafted studio presets. Its intuitive user interface provides easy access to key parameters, with a graphical real-time full-color display.

You can listen to Simone Giuliani’s music and read more about him here: http://www.simonegiuliani.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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Screen Innovations Experiences Explosive Growth; Appoints Key Personnel and Expands Organization

Austin, TX – March 15, 2012 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based projection screen manufacturer, today announces that the company is experiencing explosive 40% growth, citing both domestic and international sales expansion and strategic employee appointments as the primary catalyst.

A relative newcomer to the projection screen category, SI has amassed a cult-like following that can be directly tied to the value and virtue of its innovative product offering. While much has been recently written about two-piece projection, unique, multi-purpose screen technologies such as those found in Screen Innovations’ Black Diamond screens represent a game-changing opportunity for integrators and designers worldwide.

SI attributes some of the explosive growth to the lack of margin found in traditional pixel-based flat panel displays. “TVs still have a place in the world for sure, but they are being replaced by larger, more energy efficient display technologies, and projection screens are now part of that equation” says SI President Ryan Gustafson. “We knew we were on to something big back in 2005 when we manufactured and sold our first screens to Gary Wermuth at WAVE Electronics in Houston, Texas. Since then, we’ve expanded the scope of our operation significantly, and continue to evolve our product line at a feverish pace in order to meet market needs.”

To support their explosive growth, SI has made several strategic personnel appointments:
Brandon Holmes and Dan Poirier join the SI Engineering team, providing needed skills and intelligence to further develop and expand the line.

Brandon Holmes brings more than a decade’s worth of engineering and technical sales experience in the commercial screen industry (LCD/Plasma/Projector) to the SI team. Culminating from many years as the principle Engineer for highly reliably outdoor LCD displays and Digital Signage Solutions architecture, Holmes demonstrates “solid design and testing fundamentals which lend well to SI’s commitment of delivering perfectly reliable and finished products.“

Dan Poirier possesses nearly 30 years of invention, manufacturing, engineering, product and process equipment development, plus precision machining and fabrication skills to Screen Innovations. Poirier’s prior creative accomplishments include the invention of processing equipment using linear servos, rotary servos, and piezo linear actuators, as well as Pneumatic Logic, Stepper and PLC controls. This, plus his background with consumer product development and custom thin film manufacturing process equipment design and build fits perfectly with SI’s initiatives, make him a valuable addition to the Engineering team.

Shannon Gustafson and Jay Biedermann join Blake Vackar in leading the Sales team, managing accounts for their respective territories, further developing the company’s network and reach through strategic partnerships.

Shannon Gustafson recently made her re-entry back into the SI workforce after a brief stint away to start a family. The proud mother of three-year old twins, Taylor and Austin, Shannon manages all aspects of the company’s international sales and marketing efforts. Living abroad for much of her life, Shannon has a unique ability to successfully manage a diverse international clientele. Boasting impressive double-digit growth figures during challenging economic times, Shannon has truly made her mark on the company and serves as an inspiration to those around her. “As a woman, wife, and mother, I appreciate the products we design and sell. As an employee, I am thrilled at the solutions we provide. By increasing our international presence, dealers and distributors worldwide now recognize that SI represents an unparalleled opportunity to provide their customers a superior entertainment experience.”

Jay Biedermann joined SI in January as the company’s Director of Commercial Sales Development. Formerly with DMX Music, where he won the Annual Circle of Excellence Award several years in a row, Jay brings a wealth of hands-on experience to the newly formed position. Already familiar with the SI line and market strategies, Jay has developed a keen strategy to expand SI’s reach into the commercial market. With a consultative approach and an eye for detail, he works closely with integrators and systems designers to ensure they have the tools and resources needed to properly design, specify, and install two-piece projection systems utilizing Screen Innovations screens. “SI’s technological prowess is virtually unmatched in the field. Revolutionary products like Black Diamond make my job especially fulfilling, as they allow me to demonstrate the innumerable ways these screens outperform the competition on a daily basis.”

Blake Vackar, who is now a well-known face for the SI brand, joined the company from D-Tools, and serves as the Director of US Sales. Managing all aspects of the company’s domestic sales strategy, Blake spends his time educating and inspiring others on the virtues and benefits of using Screen Innovations’ products. The face and voice behind many of the company’s educational videos that are showcased on the SI website, Blake utilizes his prior experience as an integrator to guide dealers to projection screen technology bliss, enjoying the fruits of his labor immensely. “To work with such a capable and creative group is just so cool,” he says, furthering “I get to show dealers how to reinvent themselves through two-piece projection, during the most expansive time the category has ever witnessed. To say our projection screens are life-changing may seem a little over the top, but there are times when it feels that way, based on the overwhelming response we get on a fairly regular basis.”

Screen Innovations’ trajectory from a garage-based business to a well-established internationally recognized projection screen powerhouse has been “a labor of love,” according to SI President Ryan Gustafson. “It has been incredibly fulfilling, and I am both proud and humbled at the same time whenever I think about how far we have come in such a short time,” said Gustafson. “Projection screen technology is finally hitting the mainstream now, and although we’ve been banging on this drum for many years, the technology has finally progressed to a state where it is truly a viable and appealing solution for many of today’s video-centric installations. In fact, this evolution is what motivates and drives us. While we understand and appreciate the world’s dependence on pixel-based displays, we believe that two-piece projection can -and will- justifiably surpass those technologies in both the residential and commercial spaces in the near future.”

Bringing a lifetime of inspired innovation to the SI team, Ryan Gustafson is the grandson of an inventor and is a consummate innovator himself. Spearheading many of the design and engineering initiatives, Ryan works closely with his teams to ensure the unique needs of SI’s diverse clientele is being met with each product delivered. “We are returning profitability to our dealers by providing them the solutions they need at an affordable price, backed by the best warranty in the business, and supported by a great group of people who are truly dedicated to their success,” he says.

An insatiable force behind the enterprising young company, Gustafson works tirelessly to promote SI technologies, initiatives, and accomplishments, often finding inspiration from family, friends, or during his time spent in the field. “I see opportunity everywhere I go. Sure, I don’t sleep much, but then again, does any father of three-year old twins?” he jokes.

Black Diamond, SI’s flagship projection screen, stormed onto the scene last year, upping the category’s ante significantly. Zero Edge designs introduced in 2011 added a plasma TV-like viewing experience to the Black Diamond line. Because of their pencil-thin bezel, projected images seem to ‘float’ off the wall, as though not restricted by any bounds. Representing a unique opportunity for dealers and consumers alike, Black Diamond Zero Edge price-points rival -or often beat- traditional flat panel displays, and the screens work brilliantly in either light or dark, dedicated or multi-use spaces in either residential or commercial environments. They are currently the only native black projection screens on the market.

Not one to sit idle, Screen Innovations will announce new product designs in the upcoming months. In fact, several new residential and commercial products are set for unveiling at Infocomm, June 13-15, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV, and CEDIA Expo, September 5-8, 2012 in Indianapolis, IN. SI will make pre-show product announcements the week prior to each event.

Serving as Screen Innovations’ newly appointed PR firm of record, Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications will spearhead SI’s communications efforts, working closely with Gustafson and the team to execute strategically targeted PR, marketing, and promotional endeavors. Bennett, who has been in the Consumer Electronics industry for nearly 20 years, brings hands-on experience with retail, distribution, light manufacturing, and supply chain and event logistics that not only complements, but also serves the diverse needs of the company well. “I started KMB Communications last year on the heels of my wedding and on the eve of CEDIA, knowing that I wanted to work with uniquely positioned, entrepreneurial innovators in the industry. It is an honor and an inspiration to work with the Screen Innovations team.”

About Screen Innovations
Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading manufacturer of projection screen technologies for residential and commercial applications. Delivering needed solutions, aesthetically pleasing designs, and competitive price points, SI screens provide unparalleled ambient light rejection and video image reproduction.

A highly innovative, industry-specific Screen Innovations design and engineering team works tirelessly, constantly evolving the category in order to effectively bring projection to the mainstream. Operating under the principle that, “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI aims to resolve the issues that have historically hamstrung the projection screen industry.

Handcrafted in the USA, each Screen Innovations product carries a lifetime replacement policy, and is produced utilizing advanced custom robotics and green manufacturing practices. Dedicated to corporate and consumer responsibility, every SI screen is manufactured in the most efficient manner possible.
For more information about Screen Innovations, visit: www.screeninnovations.com/. To download product images, logos, videos and associated content, please visit: http://www.screeninnovations.com/downloads/.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:
Katye (McGregor) Bennett
KMB Communications
O – (425) 374 – 8930
C – (425) 328 – 8640
E – Katye@KMBComm.com

Canon REALiS WUX4000 Installation LCOS Projectors and XF305 Professional HD Camcorders Create Value for a University’s Video Display and Capture Requirements

Set amid the majestic hills of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Soka University is a private four-year liberal arts college and graduate school. Among the many impressive buildings on its picturesque 103-acre campus is the new Soka Performing Arts Center. Designed and built to the highest standards, the Center is one of three campus locations recently outfitted with REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projectors from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. Displaying bright 4000-lumen higher-than-HD-resolution (1920 x 1200) widescreen 16:10 video and still images, a total of four REALiS WUX4000 projectors are used to present a variety of visual content at this prestigious University.

“The Soka Performing Arts Center is a stunning space both visually and acoustically,” noted Sam Morales, associate technical service manager at the University. “We wanted to have a zero-compromise facility in terms of the equipment that we put into that space, and that’s why we chose Canon REALiS WUX4000 projectors.”

Initially discouraged by the cost of large-venue projectors for the 1200-seat Soka Performing Arts Center, Morales and his team looked instead for a display solution for the smaller 180-seat black-box theater in the Academic Building. Their search led them to the Canon REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projector, which proved to be the right choice for both venues.

“I was skeptical that the Canon REALiS WUX4000 would even work in the black box theater, since it didn’t even have a projection screen in it,” he recalled. “What it does have is an almost transparent cyclorama with a non-reflective surface. But when we fired-up the REALiS WUX4000 and saw how it looked, we were amazed. The pictures were really sharp even though we intentionally used dark imagery to see what kind of detail we could get out of the projector. The results were so good that we felt immediately compelled to purchase one for that theater.”

Impressed with the performance of the Canon REALiS WUX4000, Morales and his team also tested it in the Soka Performing Arts Center. What they saw resulted in their decision to purchase not one but three more of the projectors. Two are stacked in the Center and another was installed in a large classroom.

“Even from 100 feet away, one Canon REALiS WUX4000 projector can do the job in the Center with good HD quality with proper brightness and contrast,” he said. “It’s also quite a cost savings, when you consider that the projection lamp for the first large-venue projector we looked at cost almost as much as an entire REALiS WUX4000. There are absolutely no grids in the picture like you see with LCD projectors and the overall quality is fantastic.”

Employing Canon’s fourth-generation proprietary AISYS-enhanced LCOS optical engine, the REALiS WUX4000 projector delivers crisp, seamless images with intricate detail, high brightness, high contrast and accurate color. LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) is a next-generation display technology utilizing tightly packed pixels providing excellent image quality. Canon’s proprietary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) technology further increases the display advantages of LCOS by efficiently utilizing and equalizing light from the projector lamp. Featuring an easy-access lamp, air filter, and optical filter, and a choice of three interchangeable Genuine Canon projection lenses to suit a variety of presentation environments, the REALiS WUX4000 also provides quiet operation.

“Acoustics are the primary focus of the hall and we found that we can actually put the Canon REALiS WUX4000 projector right in the middle of the seats and it doesn’t bother anyone,” Morales stated. Canon projection lenses chosen for Soka University’s REALiS WUX4000’s include a 1.7x long-focus zoom for the large classroom and a 1.5x zoom for the black box theater. Both lenses are used in the Soka Performing Arts Center, depending on which of its multiple projection screens are being used.

Versatile HD Video Capture
REALiS WUX4000 installation LCOS projectors aren’t the only Canon professional imaging products being used at Soka University, Morales revealed. The institution also has ten Canon XF305 Professional HD Camcorders mounted on custom-made robotic arms in both the Center and the black-box theater. Easily removable from their mounts, the XF305 Professional HD Camcorders are used for a variety of production tasks at the University.

“The Canon XF305 is actually designed for hand-held ENG-style shooting, but we also use them as robotic-style HD cameras,” Morales explained. “In our custom mounts they can do everything that traditional robotic HD cameras can, and at a third of the price. They are fantastic HD cameras for performing arts centers and concert halls, where discretion is of the outmost importance. A larger HD camera would be too aesthetically cumbersome for those spaces.”

The Canon XF305 Professional Camcorder records Full HD video directly to Compact Flash cards. Equipped with three high-sensitivity Canon native 1920 x 1080 CMOS sensors, the XF305 features a Genuine Canon 18x HD zoom lens with Instant AF and a Full Manual Focus mode with mechanical “hard” end stops and distance markers. Weighing just 6 lbs., the XF305 includes a 4-inch, 1.23-megapixel LCD monitor (with built-in waveform and vector scope display) that can be positioned at either the right or left side of the camera body. The XF305 also includes an industry-standard HD-SDI output, a genlock input, and SMPTE time code (in/out) terminals for multi-camera productions. Equipped with Canon’s advanced MPEG-2 4:2:2 50Mbps XF Codec for exceptional image quality, the XF305 employs the MXF File Wrapper for robust workflow and compatibility with all leading non-linear editing systems.

“These Canon XF305 HD cameras are very versatile,” Morales adds. “We can take them off of the robotic mounts and use them at different locations on campus. I keep one in my office and have taken it up in a helicopter to shoot aerial views. We also use them in our recreation center, where we hold our yearly gala. In the past we hired a crew with its own cameras. This year they used our Canon XF305 HD cameras and we saved thousands on rental fees.”

Named after a Japanese word that means “to create value,” Soka University’s choice of image projection and capture technologies do much to fulfill that goal, according to Morales. “In a very demanding application, with high expectations and standards, we feel that these Canon products create value for our video capture and display needs,” he stated. “We don’t want to settle for anything less than the best.”


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HARMAN’s Studer Vista 5 Console Is Installed as Part of Historic New York City Center Renovation

NEW YORK, New York – The New York City Center is one of the nation’s most renowned venues, host to the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theatre and a year-round program of concerts, theatrical performances and other events. Beginning in May 2010, the New York City Center embarked on a full-scale, $57 million renovation project that encompassed a complete redesign of the facility and the main auditorium, with a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 42-fader digital mixing console at the heart of the completely upgraded audio system.

“The auditorium was redone from the ground up-literally, as a new, sprung stage floor was installed,” said Augie J. Propersi, Audio Engineer at the New York City Theater, who did the audio system design in association with New York’s Scott Lehrer Sound Design. Ennead Architects LLP was contracted for the architectural design, with infrastructure consulting by performing arts facilities design specialists Auerbach Pollock Friedlander and acoustic consulting by Kirkegaard Associates.

“Because this was such a massive project and we needed to stay open for our resident company’s performance seasons, the work had to be done in two phases,” Propersi pointed out. “Phase one involved the construction of a new stage floor, new stage rigging and the construction of a new room to house the amplifiers. The majority of the work on the new audio system was done in phase two, including the construction of a new front of house area for the Studer Vista 5 console, the installation of all the speakers and audio/video electronics and the routing of all the cabling. In addition, we refurbished our lobbies, installed more comfortable seats, increased legroom and improved sightlines.”

The IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) Local 1 performed the equipment installation and cabling, with the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 3 providing the electrical wiring.

“As you can imagine, an audio system of this caliber is remarkably complex,” Propersi noted. “We are running 496 inputs and 378 outputs including 136 mic pres, 40 line inputs and outputs, 48 AES ins and outs, 128 MADI ins and outs, 32 Ethersound inputs and outputs and 64 CobraNet ins and outs. The system is all-digital from the Studer Vista 5 out. The Vista 5′s massive I/O capacity is absolutely essential in this application, and in fact, the console can handle more than 1,700 total inputs and outputs so we have ample room for any future expansion.”

“All the audio system signal wiring is AES/EBU copper cable and we’re using the AES-24 standard for connecting the audio devices together from the Studer Vista to TiMax matrix to amplifiers,” Propersi continued. “Almost all of the audio components are connected digitally, although some of the older outboard processors and components are connected via analogue and we can patch in a TV truck via digital or analogue connection if necessary, for example. The Vista 5 works absolutely flawlessly in ‘talking to’ everything in the system.”

Another extremely useful function of the Vista 5 is its ability to be remotely controlled. Propersi uses laptop computers to control the mix at various remote locations throughout the theatre. “If we want to tweak the mix from the sound designer’s location or up in the balcony, we can do that via the laptops instead of having to communicate via walkie-talking to the front of house mixer,” Propersi said. “The laptops can physically move the console’s faders and other controls without interfering with the person mixing the show, via wireless communication with the Vista 5.”

Even more important than the Vista 5′s connectivity is its ease of use under the demanding conditions of live performance, Propersi said. “The console’s Vistonics(tm) touchscreen displays make it much easier to see what you’re doing and get access to key parameters quickly and without having to scroll through banks of menus,” he noted. “The Vista 5 has a lot of additional features that are specifically designed for live sound mixing, like the ability to gang and assign groups of inputs, automatic recall of previous mixes and cues and extensive surround sound functionality.”

“The Studer Vista 5 has proven to be the ideal console for the City Center,” Propersi concluded. “We’re running a world-class facility at the City Center and the Vista 5 is absolutely up to the task and then some.”

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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Clay Paky Sharpy and Alpha Profile 700 Fixtures Go Dreamin’ with Katy Perry Tour

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

It was a dream date for Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures and Alpha Beam 700 automated spotlights when they accompanied American pop star Katy Perry on her California Dreams Tour in support of her new “Teenage Dream” album.

Lighting designer Baz Halpin added 16 Sharpys to US leg of the tour after having used them for Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum shows.

“Katy’s tour was very theatrical. It was set in a ‘Candyfornia’ world that was very colorful and thematically-inspired, very much like Katy herself,” he explains. “The show was divided into five acts with different color schemes for each, ranging from pastel to dark, monochromatic to Saturated.”

Halpin found that he needed “very small but punchy” fixtures on the floor upstage and along the perimeter of the stage. “Since we didn’t have additional rehearsals, I wanted a light I already knew,” he says. “With Sharpy, I knew we could match and compliment colors with the Alpha beams and also have the benefit of quick, snappy changes of the color wheel.”

He gives kudos to the Sharpys’ ability to “cut through an already visually stimulating show. We could add to the look without muddling up what had already been programmed. The Sharpys were a nice exclamation point.”

Halpin utilized 36 Alpha Beam 700s as “multipurpose workhorses” on the tour. “They have a very strong beam, and I love the style of color. We could throw a gobo on and use them as Profiles or frost the lights and use them as a wash. They’re great for theatrical themes as well as very dynamic up-tempo looks.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “We’re proud that our lights are such an important component of this tour. Mr. Halpin has been a friend of Clay Paky for a while and it’s rewarding to see him use our fixtures in such interesting way

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