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Clay Paky Shotlight Wash Captures Live Design Product of the Year Honors

Live Design magazine has named the Clay Paky Shotlight Wash one of its 2011-2012 Products of the Year. The award winners are chosen annually by a panel of prestigious designers and programmers in the lighting, sound and projection fields. Clay Paky’s Shotlight Wash was cited in the Luminaire category.

“We are very proud that our Shotlight Wash has been honored with this important award,” says Pio Nahum, Chief Commercial Officer at Clay Paky. “We are especially pleased that Live Design has recognized our products two years in a row: Sharpy won the 2010-2011 Product of the Year award in the same category.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, Spain, Japan and Korea, notes that this latest award signals the impact the company’s lighting fixtures are making in the U.S. “It’s very rewarding to be honored for the Shotlight Wash, which is capturing the attention of lighting designers in the U.S.,” he says. “Just like Sharpy before it, Shotlight Wash is making a name for itself in this key market.”

Clay Paky’s Shotlight Wash is a totally new kind of projector that combines a 1500W discharge lamp washlight and a 3000W Xenon lamp strobe in one fixture. The wash/strobe functions are perfectly integrated and can be operator controlled with either simultaneous or separate operation and special effects.

The washlight’s optical unit offers extremely high luminous efficiency; electronic zoom; CMY color system, two color wheels and a linear Golden CTO; ovalizing, diamond effect and frost filters; and three-phase pan/tilt motor for silent operation.

The strobe section is provided by two semi-circular Xenon lamps, which can flash together or separately at different frequencies. Strobe and strobe/wash effects can be pre-set.

“The Shotlight Wash is unique, and American lighting designers are beginning to discover all that it can do,” says Bob Gordon, President and CEO of A.C.T Lighting, the number one Clay Paky distributor in the world and the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America. “Clay Paky is known for introducing innovative fixtures, and Shotlight Wash richly deserves Product of the Year honors.”

Steve Lieberman is an American lighting designer who has already added Shotlight Wash to his repertoire. “A strobe on the front of a moving light: Genius!” he declares. “This light is a perfect fit for my shows. It offers high visual impact with a knockout punch that will have you seeing stars. I’m using 26 of them on my next show.”

Live Design’s Product of the Year Awards will be announced in the May issue and presented during the Broadway Lighting Master Classes on May 22 at a reception at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City.

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Stampede To Introduce Biggest-Ever “Big Book of AV” Product Catalog At INFOCOMM 2012!

Underscoring its phenomenal rate of growth as North America’s largest, high value-added ProAV distributor, Stampede Presentation Products Inc. today announced that its standard-setting 2012 Big Book of AV catalog will be available at INFOCOMM 2012 at Booth #C7525 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. The 2012 Big Book of AV includes nineteen new product lines and a host of other innovative features designed to ensure that the nearly 1,000-page catalog remains the industry’s number one dealer resource for product information.

According to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, “The size, scale and scope of the 2012 edition of The Big Book of AV is an accurate reflection of our continued growth as the industry’s oldest and largest ProAV distributor. In the last year alone Stampede has added 19 new lines to our offering, more than any other distributor in the industry today. We continue to grow as a valuable sales and support partner to our manufacturers because we are focused exclusively on one and only one goal — helping the nearly 10,000 dealers in our network to profitably grow their businesses in their local markets with highly customized system and support solutions.”

New lines featured in the 2012 Big Book of AV catalog include: Chorus Call (Unified Communications), Christie (Commercial Displays, Micro Tiles, Projectors), Clear One (Unified Communications), DynaScan (Commercial Flat Panels and Digital Signage Solutions), Horizon Displays (Classroom, Digital Signage, and Touch Screen Solutions), IO Gear (Audio-Video Distribution, Presentation Accessories, and Digital Signage), Navitar, (Non-Lens Digital Signage) Marshall Electronics (Security Cameras, Commercial Flat Panels, Unified Communications, and Microphones), Olens (Projectors and Home Audio), Panasonic (Security Products), Peerless (Non-Mount Digital Signage and Education Products), Phoenix Audio (Commercial Audio and Unified Communications), RADVISION (Unified Communications), Room Pro (Unified Communications, Carts/Racks/Cases, and Classroom Solutions), Samsung (Commercial Flat Panels), Screen Innovations (Projection Screens), TTUFT (Digital Signage Solutions), Ultimate Support (Pro Audio), and Xantech (ATON product line).

In all, the 2012 Big Book of AV features information on more than 7,967 products from more 90 manufacturers, making it the single largest resource guide in the entire industry. The book itself weighs more than four pounds and is just shy of 1,000 pages. What’s more, dealers will have the opportunity to custom imprint their logo on the cover of the catalog.

The 2012 catalog will once again include enhanced QuickLink® barcodes. These codes allow readers the opportunity to obtain further information about various product by scanning the codes with their smartphone, to be directed to digital information about the products on the page, either via videos about the products or a direct connection to one of Stampede’s call center representatives.

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution-based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” a nearly 1,000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) that provide hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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HARMAN’s AKG Microphones Surround Guns N’ Roses’ Matt Sorum’s Legendary Drum Set, Leading The Rock N Roll Allstars’ Global Tour

VIENNA, Austria – Eleven of the most famed rock and roll musicians of recent history have teamed up for a world tour of epic proportions in 2012. Led by former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum, The Rock N Roll Allstars recently concluded a successful run in South America. Behind his massive drum set, mic’d with a strategic array of HARMAN’s AKG technology, Sorum conducts the Allstars through a 2.5-hour show, performing a collection of hits from each member’s respective band.

The Rock N Roll Allstars include Gene Simmons of Kiss, Joe Elliott of Def Leppard, Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Gilby Clarke of Guns-N-Roses, Billy Duffy of The Cult, Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Steve Stevens of the Billy Idol band and Mike Inez of Alice in Chains, in addition to Sorum.

Sorum’s drum kit boasts double kick drums, five toms and a very large collection of cymbals. With such an elaborate drum set, Sorum wanted to ensure it was enjoyed visually as much as it would be for its sound. The pure epicness of the tour itself, combined with the enthusiasm of the fans, made sound a number-one factor for Sorum and the Allstars. When looking for a set of mics to capture the drums, Sorum required three factors: ease of use, durability and visual appeal for the perfect set up. AKG’s collection of microphones proved to be the perfect match.

AKG’s C518 M micro mics were Sorum’s first choice on his toms – the instrument for which he is widely known. The C518′s easily clipped on to his toms and held tight during his passionate beats. AKG D12 capsules were placed in the kickdrums, suspended in the drums themselves for a rich sound with no adverse noise. C414XLS mics were mounted for overhead cymbal pickup, while one C214 was mounted in the front of the kit for the splash cymbals and ride. Two sets of C451 stereo condensers were clipped on the set to mic the main hats as well as an x-hat set up. Sorum utilized one additional AKG P4 for backup vocals during the shows.

“I’ve had real issues with tom mics in the past, falling off or needing adjustments, but the 518′s give me a great sound and are reliable during the shows,” stated Sorum. “AKG gives my drum set a huge sound and a clean look, without the worry of fixing an ill-fitting clip. Once the D12′s are in place and the 414′s are set, we get this amazing, thick, warm, fat resonance and it couldn’t sound more natural.”

The Rock N Roll Allstars will continue their world tour in Australia and Japan in fall, 2012. The South American shows were host to more than 20,000 fans each night in the outdoor venues.

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information about the tour, please visit http://www.rnrallstars.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(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.

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grandMA Gets “WICKED” on Broadway

There’s a grandMA in the house for “WICKED,” the Broadway musical about the untold story of the Witches of Oz. The long-running show at the Gershwin Theatre recently switched to a grandMA2 console for lighting and special effects control. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

“It was time to replace our previous system due to its age, and it made sense to update to a grandMA2,” says Brendan Quigley, show electrician. “All of the ‘WICKED shows worldwide are on the grandMA platform, so it was our turn to move up. The grandMA is proving to be both agile and rock solid.”

He notes that reliability is critical for a production that does eight shows a week and more than 400 performances a year, not counting rehearsals. “The previous control platforms were approaching 20 years old, so it was time to ensure that we had a stable system moving forward. We need a desk we can call on day after day to deliver the show our audience expects and wants to see.”

In an understatement, Quigley notes that the grandMA controls “a lot of gear” for the show. The lighting inventory boasts approximately 650 conventional fixtures; 78 VARI*LITEs, including 3000 Spots, 2000 Spots and 2000 Washes; and more than 250 scrollers of varying sizes. The console also controls a pair of Barco R6+ projectors using Catalyst software and Catalyst moving mirror heads, three SS6K dry ice machines, two Aquafog 3000 dry ice machines “and a smattering of other ancillary equipment,” says Quigley.

Even with all that gear, “we really aren’t pushing the limits of the grandMA2,” he reports. “We’ve only replicated the original show that was programmed on other systems. The grandMA2 has far more power than we will ever need or want. We’re very happy with it and know it will be state-of-the-art for the remainder of the run of ‘Wicked.’ It’s a stable desk that will serve our needs for years to come.”

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ALTINEX ISC2000 INTERA VGA + STEREO AUDIO INPUT MODULE PROVIDES AV SYSTEM WALL MOUNT CONVENIENCE

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Brea, CA – May 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the ISC2000 INTERA VGA + Stereo Audio Input Module. Designed for installation into a wall, the ISC2000 is a 1-In / 1-Out VGA + Audio line driver that provides a convenient method of transmitting video and audio signals to a remote display and audio receiver or amplifier. more

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