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Adam Shulman Appointed as EAW® Installed Systems Support Manager

Company continues to expand its Application Support Group with additional personnel

Whitinsville, MA, USA, May 10, 2012 – EAW®, a world leader in audio system solutions, announces the expansion of its Application Support Group (ASG) with the appointment of Adam Shulman to the position of Installed Systems Support Manager, effective immediately. The announcement was made by Jeff Rocha, EAW President, and further underscores EAW’s dedication to customer support and the ongoing development of market-driven products.

In this newly-created role, Shulman will manage ASG support for all permanently installed sound systems, while longtime ASG resource Joe Fustolo will focus on mobile production customers. Rocha states, “Expanding ASG and bringing in a world-class resource like Adam, who is dedicated exclusively to the installation markets, further demonstrates our commitment to supporting our customers and partners. “Increasing global demand for ASG service, particularly in overseas markets, necessitated the expansion. Jerrold Stevens, Director, EAW Application Support Group, adds, “Adam’s experience in system design, project management, acoustics, education and publishing all further enhance the team’s capabilities, helping us meet the growing demand for our services.”

Prior to joining EAW, Adam has served as a Senior Consultant and Project Manager for SIA Acoustics (New York, Los Angeles and India) since 2003. He has provided acoustical and technical system design for a variety of projects including performing arts spaces, recording facilities, sports venues and houses of worship. Projects of note include a production facility and 3,500-seat arena for Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge, LA, Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and The Pearl at the Palms Concert Hall in Las Vegas. In a production context, Adam has also designed and operated sound systems for live events, including Central Park SummerStage, the Madison Square Park Music series and various special events domestically and internationally. As an educator, Adam has authored numerous articles for various trade publications, and presented at Broadway Sound Master Classes, Palme Asia, ShowWay Italy and Audio Engineering Society conventions.

Shulman notes, “I feel that I can bring my past experience as a consultant to bear on the varied types of design projects ASG handles, applying my technical knowledge combined with a practical understanding of how installation projects actually work.”

Members of the EAW Application Support Group, including Stevens, Shulman and Fustolo, will be on hand at InfoComm 2012 at the EAW booth (C10139) where they will reprise their popular ASGenius Bar – a coffee bar where designers, contractors and integrators can ask questions and review plans.

For more information, please visit www.eaw.com.

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SD11 Does Active Duty Aboard the Navy’s USS Stennis ‘Tiger Cruise’

The rugged portability of DiGiCo’s SD11 was never utilized to fuller effect than on its latest voyage aboard the United States Navy’s active-duty USS John C. Stennis aircraft carrier from Hawaii to San Diego. In one of its more unusual gigs, Broadcast Support designated the SD11 in tandem with a full dB Technologies PA—to handle all the audio functions for the seven-day Tiger Cruise, open to the aircraft carriers crew family and friends (aka “tigers”) as a reward for excellent service.

The $19,950 road-cased mixer was so ultra-compact that MacWest rep Steve McNeil, who aided Broadcast Support in the production, was able to check it as luggage on his flight from Long Beach, California to the ship, which was docked in Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. The mixer and PA were both craned aboard the ship and hoisted off again in San Diego when the return cruise ended a week later.

For the event’s myriad productions, a stage was built in an enclosed steel room below deck in the ship’s hangar where planes and helicopters were stored. The SD11 was rolled in and out every night to handle the musical entertainment for the troops provided by the Kelly Bell Band, and presentations which included two air shows, a 26-act talent show performed by service members, a “rap-off” hosted by the band, readings, and an awards ceremony commending top sailors presented by the commanding officer.

“The SD11 was pressed into service handling diverse audio tasks from mixing the front of house PA, monitors and IEM, to the delay speakers from a matrix,” explained McNeil. “Being that this was a working ship, this gig was challenging on so many levels, as we were at the mercy of the ship and the operations crew and therefore our schedule needed to be flexible. Needless to say, the week-long festivities turned out amazing and the console, operated by our engineer Karl Weidman, performed flawlessly. Karl hung out after every performance to play more with the SD11. He had quite a bit of fun mixing on it and was amazed at the big, open sound he was able to get from such a compact mixer. An SD9 is now his next purchase.”

“The SD11 is the perfect mixer where tons of performance is required in a very compact footprint,” offered Broadcast Support’s founder and President Scott Ramsey. “The show simply wouldn’t have happened with a conventional analog console and racks of effects, which the SD11 replaced. We love the console so much that DiGiCo should change the name from the ‘SD11’ to the ‘SD!!’”

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Advanced Systems Group Hires Industry Veteran Mark Haynes, Expands Audio Department

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, today announced that pro audio veteran Mark Haynes has joined the company, effective April 2. Haynes is part of ASG’s expansion of its audio business, and he will specialize in contributing an audio perspective to video-centric projects.

Prior to joining ASG, Haynes was vice president of sales for Leo’s Professional Audio in Oakland, Calif., where he worked for 26 years. He began his career in the early 1970s with Showco, Inc., one of the pioneers in large-scale sound reinforcement, where he toured nationally and internationally as FOH engineer for Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Jefferson Airplane, and other headliners.

“Mark has spent decades in the audio industry, and he’s helping ASG enhance our audio offerings across the board,” explained Dave Van Hoy, president, ASG. “Audio is a vital part of any video system solution, and we want to make sure it receives the attention it deserves.”

“I’m here to contribute a perspective on audio’s importance as an integral element in any project,” Haynes added. “It’s exciting to join such an experienced team of colleagues at ASG, and it’s gratifying to receive the support and encouragement of the many audio vendors who share our passion for sound and all of its related disciplines.”

Haynes is based at ASG’s Emeryville office and can be contacted at (510) 654-8300 or via e-mail at mh@asgllc.com.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Total Events Scores With HARMAN’s JBL and Soundcraft(r) at Davis Cup

GEELONG, Australia – Total Events supplied a HARMAN audio system for background music, MC and umpires at the Geelong Lawn Tennis Club stands for the recent Davis Cup tennis tournament in Australia.

The main challenge for Total Events was keeping a minimal layout without obscuring sightlines and the company’s stock of JBL VRX Constant Curvature loudspeakers was ideal for this as they are renowned for
their low visual impact.

Six JBL VRX918S powered subwoofers and 12 JBL VRX932LA loudspeakers were used, powered by six Crown IT8000 amplifiers all networked along with a Soundcraft Si Compact 32 digital console.

“The VRX cabinets are discreet so you can point and shoot without obscuring the view of the tennis action,” commented Bill Busbridge, managing director of Total Events. “They have a nice high power output and it’s good to be able to network the amplifiers so I can control remotely and time align.”

“I absolutely love the Soundcraft Si Compact console,” Busbridge noted. “I have two of them in hire and I have also sold a couple. I really enjoy using them and we’re using them a lot on our shows & events.

“I really like that you can move channels to any layer is great,” Busbridge added. “The small footprint is a bonus and it’s just so easy to grab it and use. We find a lot of walk-in engineers who are familiar with the console.”

The system was sold through Jands, JBL and Soundcraft’s Australian distributor.

For more information on Total Events, please visit: http://www.totalevents.com.au/index.htm

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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 $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

George Masek Joins A.C.T Lighting in New Post of Vice President, Automated Lighting

George Masek

George Masek

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. has named George Masek Vice President, Automated Lighting for the company. He will be based in Dallas, Texas. A.C.T Lighting is the distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

“We are delighted to welcome George to A.C.T Lighting,” says president and CEO Bob Gordon. “George strengthens our knowledge base on automated stage lighting and brings with him first hand knowledge of the history of automated lights. He knows how to take care of lighting professionals and how to provide exactly what they need to be successful. He has more than 20 years experience in the lighting industry and we expect him to strengthen our position as the number one Clay Paky distributor in the world.”

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the folks from A.C.T Lighting and to have the chance to be associated with the powerful brands they represent,” says Masek. “I saw joining A.C.T Lighting as a great chance for growth and an opportunity to work with a group of professionals I truly admire. I’m looking forward to combining my knowledge base in automated lighting with their great products and talented people.”

Masek started as a road tech for Philips VARI*LITE in 1990. He toured with Fleetwood Mac, Aerosmith, INXS, Depeche Mode, Gloria Estefan and other top bands and designed lighting for the Incredible Acrobats of China. He became a charter member of The 500 Club, an exclusive group of staff members who worked on shows featuring more than 500 VARI*LITE fixtures.

He later moved over to manufacturing and tech support becoming head of the company’s tech support department. He became an account manager for touring, handling Jimmy Buffet and Lords of the Dance, among others. Subsequently, Masek took a position in long-term leases and installation support and was named Product Manager in 2001.

“The various positions I held allowed me to work in rock ‘n roll touring, on Broadway, for feature films and television, as well as on installations and corporate tradeshow projects,” he notes. “If you can use an automated light for it, I’ve done it!”

A 1989 graduate of Southern Methodist University with a B.A. degree in Radio/Television, Masek is a member of IATSE Local 82.

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.

George Masek can be reached by email at george@actlighting.com

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