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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

D.A.S. Sound System a Key Feature in Vitoria’s Buesa Arena

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Valencia, Spain – May 2012 … D.A.S. professional sound systems took center stage during the recent remodeling of the Buesa Arena pavilion in the Basque city of Vitoria. The multi-use venue currently seats over 15,000 spectators and is home to Vitoria’s beloved basketball team Baskonia, which has taken Europe by storm after making it to either the Euroleague’s semi or quarter finals for seven years running. more

Matrox Releases Adobe Creative Suite 6 Drivers

MONTREAL — May 25, 2012 — Matrox(R) Video Products Group today released support for the new Adobe(R) Creative Suite(R) 6 Production Premium software and Adobe Mercury Transmit with the Matrox MXO2(TM) family of I/O devices and the Matrox Mojito MAX(TM) I/O card. more

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Tributaries® Revamps Consumer Site and Launches Dedicated Sites for Dealers and Reps

Orlando, FL—May 2012—Tributaries is pleased to unveil its newly revamped web site with simplified information gathering tools designed to make it easier to explore their vast array of product offerings on the public pages. They have also added a shopping area, providing dealers a dedicated site for online ordering. For reps, a new site provides for online ordering as well as real-time information for their territory.

“We are thrilled with the new web site offering customers easy access to information so they can quickly compare products, and if more information is desired, it’s very easy to find,” said Joe Perfito, President of Tributaries. “While the addition of the new dealer and rep sites provide a powerful tool for our sales force with a complete online ordering system and invoice tracking system. Tributaries now provides a simplified and informative consumer front with a dealer/rep back-end that expedites doing business with our company. We believe this will greatly enhance the way our partners can operate and ultimately increase profit for everyone.”

The main consumer site will offer 4 tabs for quick reference to every product including features and benefits, specifications, images and downloads which will include literature, specifications, manuals, warranty information etc.

The dealer site is structured with four easy tabs: Shop Our Products, My Account, Resources and Contact Us. In the Shop Our Products area, dealers can shop Tributaries vast line with access to its 4000+ products via an easy to use menu and narrow the search function. Dealers can build carts while on the job and submit them later via saved carts. A key advantage and cost-saving measure, when the order is ready to submit, the site will tell the dealer how close they are to earning free freight on that order.

The My Account section gives access to important account information that includes established payment terms, credit limit and invoice ageing with the ability to view invoices and print statements. Due to the sensitive business nature of this information, Tributaries has built-in security levels for user activities. The account section also includes purchase history: with a quick view of VIR and Free Freight earned as well as a purchase history in dollars by month, quarter and year. Resources section includes anything related to assisting sales, saving dealers time from bouncing back and forth from the consumer site looking for tech documents and supporting materials.

The dedicated Rep site provides access to the features of the dealer site, going even further to provide critical and detailed real-time information to a rep organization for each dealer in their territory. They can view account info, invoices, statements, product movement, purchase history, RMA status, order placement, etc. We added a shared note section on each account for the sales rep and the corporate office to add helpful notes about the dealer’s development. The valuable resources section has territory reports, commission reports, pricelists, as well as many other options. Again due to the sensitive nature of this information, Tributaries has provided various security levels, which a rep can manage internally to do determine which users have access to what information.

Tributaries is now on Twitter, please check out @Tributaries to follow. And be sure to like us on Facebook.

About Tributaries®
Established in 1991 in Orlando, Florida, Tributaries® is an acknowledged leader in the design, production, and distribution of high-quality audio and video interconnect cables, speaker wires, accessories, and electronics. The company prides itself on its customer service, and has won the CE industry magazine Inside Track Supplier Loyalty Awards a total of 13 times in the past 15 years.

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

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Nat Geo Documentary “War Elephants” Shot With FUJINON Zoom

Follows Work of Long-Time FUJINON Shooter Bob Poole at Gorongosa National Park

Wayne, N.J. – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Optical Devices Division has announced that “War Elephants,” a nature documentary featuring the cinematography and conservation efforts of DP Bob Poole was shot using FUJINON lenses. The documentary first aired on April 22, 2012 at 8pm ET/PT on Nat Geo WILD.

“War Elephants” also won the best documentary prize at the prestigious Sun Valley Film Festival in March. A link to the beginning of the film can be found here: http://www.poolefilms.com/index.html

NGTV’s in-house Director of Photography Eric Cochren for “War Elephants” turned the cameras on Poole, whose award-winning cinematography sheds light on the dangers facing the majestic but threatened animals of the African plains. “War Elephants” prominently features the elephants that roam Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park. Starting in 1977, a 16-year-long civil war ravaged the country, leaving more than one million people dead and wiping out nearly 95 percent of the park’s wildlife. Elephants, poached for their ivory, were among the hardest hit — their population was reduced from more than 2,000 to just over 100. Today, peace has been restored to Mozambique, but the surviving elephants still carry the emotional scars of war.

Featured with Poole in “War Elephants” is his sister, Dr. Joyce Poole, a world-renowned zoologist specializing in the health and welfare of elephants, including their unique means of communication. About their plight, Dr. Poole describes, “We’re talking about animals that are intelligent, highly social, and probably capable of revenge. This kind of [war] experience has left a deep scar. We’re not here to make them forget. We’re here to teach them that they are safe. Gorongosa today may be the best place in Africa to be an elephant.”

Bob Poole’s lifework— including his efforts to document the life and death struggles of elephants against natural and manmade threats—is the central theme of “War Elephants.” Cochren employed an extreme telephoto HA25x16.5BERD HD Premier Series zoom lens to document Bob’s work. Throughout the film, Poole is seen shooting with his FUJINON HA25x16.5BERD and HA13x4.5BERDHD super wide-angle zoom lens. Poole also utilized his FUJINON TS-P58A external stabilizer for shots requiring image stabilization on either lens. For both Poole and Cochren, FUJINON lenses have proven to be durable and rugged in inclement weather conditions—such as the powerful winds, extreme heat, and massive sandstorms common to the African plains.

To see footage of Bob Poole on camera in “War Elephants,” please click on the following link:

http://www.poolefilms.com/bob_on_camera.html

Today, the remaining elephants are traumatized by violence, and as a result, quite hostile and aggressive towards humans. Nevertheless, DP Poole repeatedly risks his personal safety to capture breathtaking images of the elephants in their natural habitat.

“Since the elephants are wary of humans and have an uncanny sense of smell and earth vibrations, Joyce and I must observe them from considerable distance,” said Poole. “They can charge at you from a half-kilometer away and attack if they believe they are in danger.

“Filming the elephants at great distances requires highly stable, high-performance optics and camera equipment,” Poole continued. “My FUJINON 13x wide angle zoom establishes scenic and beauty shots, and my 25x telephoto zoom helps locate subjects and then zero in. If I’m properly set-up, balanced, and leveled, I don’t miss any priceless moments of animal behavior anymore.”

In Bob Poole’s two most recent NGTV wildlife documentaries, “Great Migrations” (November 2010) and “Africa’s Lost Eden” (March 2010), he focused on the plight of elephants at Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique. Besides producing over 30 nature documentaries for NGTV, Poole is also a member of the board of Gorongosa National Park, which is entrusted with its restoration and preservation.

Bob Poole is also employing his FUJINON lenses in the production of a digital textbook available on the iPad regarding the plight of Gorongosa National Park, and he plans to produce a digital field guide for the park.

About Fujifilm
FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of five operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division sells consumer and commercial photographic products and services including film, one-time-use cameras, online photo services and fulfillment, digital printing equipment and service. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras. The Motion Picture Division provides motion picture film, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides binoculars, and optical lenses for closed circuit television, videography, cinematography, broadcast and industrial markets. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. markets a range of Fujifilm products and services. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 16 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2010, and in the year ended March 31, 2011, had global revenues of $25.8 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

* At an exchange rate of 86 yen to the dollar.

All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

FUJIFILM Optical Devices Division, 10 High Point Drive, Wayne, New Jersey 07470. Phone: 973-633-5600. Fax: 973-633-5216. Web site: www.FUJINON.com

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The Holy Land Experience Uses Look Solutions’ Foggers and Hazers to Enhance Theatrical Presentations

Look Solutions’ foggers and hazers are enhancing The Holy Land Experience for visitors to the Orlando-based living biblical museum and park. The attraction, a mission of the Trinity Broadcasting Network, brings the world of the Bible alive through educational, inspirational, theatrical and historical elements.

The Holy Land Experience has invested in an array of Look Solutions products, including six Viper NTs, a Viper 2.6, two TINY CO7s, and two Unique 2.0 hazers.

“We use the hazers in our theatrical presentations,” says lighting director David Parks. “For our live show, ‘We Shall Behold Him,’ which is the story of Jesus, we use the hazers during the crucifixion scene to add to the effect of a thunder and lightning storm. Then we use them to make fog come out of his tomb.

“We also use the Unique hazer and some foggers onstage in our new Church of All Nations,” he adds.

The TINY CO7s are employed to give extra menace to a Satan character appearing in one of our shows. “The TINYs are so small that we’ve strapped them to the actor with his mic packs and use a remote trigger to make fog pour out of his hood and cape,” says Parks. “He looks like he just came out of Hell!”

Look Solutions’ Unique2 haze machine offers minimal warm up time, minimal noise and minimal fluid consumption. Its new, more efficient fan quickly distributes haze in a room, and its variable output can achieve any desired effect from the finest mist to a thick haze similar to fog.

The Viper NT fogger unites current digital technology with proven technique and power. It features DMX 512 as standard, has an internal timer and easy-to-use LED-display panel, and offers fine adjustment of the output to produce everything from a tiny fog cloud to the thickest fog.

The Viper 2.6 combines a very powerful output with simple handling, DMX 512 and the ability to connect an external fan.

The TINY CO7 is the modified successor of the Tiny Compact. The handy, compact, lightweight fog generator is battery operated and offers easy handling and quick start up – it can easily be triggered with one hand.

The Holy Land Experience began acquiring Look Solutions products with the purchase of two Viper NTs, “then I just started ordering them until they replaced everything else,” Parks explains. Other foggers and hazers he tried “did not have the same output or longevity of fog. The Viper NT’s bursts are stronger and go farther. They seem more powerful than numerous other brands.”

He also notes the industrial foggers he used before “needed constant maintenance. Look Solutions’ products work fine – you turn them on and they go. And the company’s technical support has been great.”

About Look Solutions

Based in Germany, Look Solutions manufactures high-performance fog machines, haze machines, battery-powered mini-foggers, low-foggers, accessories and fluids at reasonable prices. Look Solutions USA, located in western Maryland, serves customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, or to request a demo machine for evaluation, visit www.looksolutionsusa.com or call Hunter Totty, Director of Operations, at 1-800-426-4189. Look Solutions’ Technical Service line is 646-300-0520.

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Influential Tech Brand BGR Brings Production Integrity to the Fore with Sennheiser Wireless Mics as it Debuts The BGR Show

Old Lyme, CT – May 24, 2012— For six years, BGR (Boy Genius Report) has been a primary destination for consumers to get a first glimpse at breaking news and cutting-edge consumer products in the tech space. For BGR, one of the most prominent tech and mobile sites in the world, quality is key. Now, as it is making new forays into video, BGR has turned to Sennheiser for the best possible audio.

BGR, which was originally founded under the precept of providing viewers with not only the latest tech and product news but also leading commentary and insights from industry influencers and tastemakers, is focused on quality rather than quantity when creating content for its viewers.

Therefore, as it launches The BGR Show, a weekly video report that looks at the different ways technology has permeated our daily lives through the lens of manufacturers, celebrities, personalities and executives, BGR has armed its production team with a fleet of DSLR cameras coupled with Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 wireless microphone systems. The BGR Show debuts on BGR.com on May 31st.

“Most devices that are connected to the Internet these days — whether they are laptops, monitors or headphones, wired or wireless — are capable of delivering a high quality experience to people,” commented Jonathan Geller, President and Editor-In-Chief of BGR.com. “In terms of production quality, we wanted to partner with Sennheiser to make sure that everything we did with audio was to the highest standard.”

“Regardless of where we are capturing the content, Sennheiser’s microphones and wireless equipment play a fundamental role in this process,” he continued. Sennheiser’s wireless expertise regularly contributes to the success of events such as The Super Bowl, The Grammy Awards® and many other major broadcast productions.

The BGR Show is being launched in partnership with Pharrell Williams and Google and will cover the latest tech and lifestyle products, while featuring prominent celebrities, executives, and other influencers. Ken “Duro” Ifill, a Grammy winning mixer & producer who has worked alongside chart topping artists such as Jay-Z, The Beastie Boys, Usher, Mariah Carey and many others will be co-executive producing the show alongside Geller.

Video content will be capturing using Canon’s DSLR family, which provides both image quality and editing flexibility and the audio will be captured with Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 wireless microphone and transmitter sets, which provide not only outstanding audio quality but also ruggedness and reliability in the field.

For more information on The BGR Show, please visit http://www.bgr.com/2012/05/21/presenting-the-bgr-show/.

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Meyer Sound Favored for Events Large or Small, Indoors or Out, at Lied Center of Kansas

Consistent audio quality is the rule at the Lied Center of Kansas, the principal performing arts venue for the University of Kansas in Lawrence. Whether attending a headliner concert in the 2,000-seat theatre, an evening of acoustic folk music in the new pavilion, or an outdoor social event on the adjoining terrace, patrons appreciate the superlative music and voice reproduction provided by Meyer Sound self-powered loudspeakers.

The newest addition of Meyer Sound equipment was installed in the facility’s new education pavilion. A flexible open space hosting a broad range of events—pre-and post-performance discussions, lectures, master classes, and intimate musical performances—the roughly 200-person capacity pavilion presented an acoustical challenge to the system designer and integrator, Kent Clasen of Lawrence-based MSM Systems. He resolved the issue by implementing dual Meyer Sound UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers.

“The room is extremely live with hardwood floors and two glass walls,” Clasen says. “Other wall and ceiling surfaces are set at angles, so mounting architectural columns—our initial plan—would appear awkward. Fortunately, the UPJ-1P loudspeakers gave us precise control to keep sounds properly focused. We’re also getting excellent intelligibility and wider bandwidth for music, and the architects are happy with the look thanks to the custom-color finish.”

The pavilion’s system also includes a recessed 500-HP subwoofer for low-frequency extension. “The sub is primarily used for full-bandwidth reproduction of video soundtracks,” Clasen says, “but it’s also handy for something like acoustic bass in a jazz band.”

Rounding out the system, two additional UPJ-1P loudspeakers are adaptable for pole mounting, connection to outputs for the adjoining terrace, or for use elsewhere in the building. “We’ve used them a lot for effects and monitoring,” notes Doug Wendel, associate director of Lied Center of Kansas. “They sound wonderful, and you can do just about anything with them.”

The recent pavilion setup follows an earlier Meyer Sound installation for the main theatre. Comprising eight CQ-2 main loudspeakers, two 650-P subwoofers, and four UPM-1P loudspeakers for front fills, the system lends optimum audio support to the wide variety of jazz, pop, world music, and spoken-word performances in the main venue.

“The sound of that system is just amazing,” Wendel says. “Kent did a great job of tuning it, and the coverage is seamless. We just had a Mongolian contemporary music ensemble in here, and once again the sound was absolutely perfect.”

Lied Center of Kansas opened in 1993 and was made possible by generous support from the Lied Foundation Trust based in Las Vegas, Nev. Its diverse programming includes performances by University of Kansas music ensembles, as well as touring Broadway shows, humor and spoken word presentations, and concerts encompassing a range of pop, jazz, classical, and ethnic/world music styles.

www.meyersound.com/news

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Thunder Audio Provides Meyer Sound MILO for Movement Electronic Music Festival

The Movement Electronic Music Festival, taking place May 26-28, 2012 at Detroit’s Hart Plaza, will feature a huge array of Meyer Sound equipment provided by Livonia, Mich.-based Thunder Audio.

The annual festival, which drew some 100,000 attendees in 2011, has grown and evolved considerably from its inception as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. This year, three of five stages will feature a Meyer Sound system.

“Our company was unaware of Meyer in a practical sense until we teamed up with Thunder Audio on the Movement Festival a few years ago,” recalls Sam Fotias, operations manager of the Movement Electronic Music Festival and Detroit-based Paxahau Event Productions and Management. “We had tried other loudspeaker products, but nothing really gave us the raw power and, more importantly, clarity at high SPL that we were looking for until we were exposed to MILO.”

The festival’s Main Stage will boast a system comprised of 48 MILO and 16 M’elodie line array loudspeakers; 36 700-HP subwoofers; two UPA-1P and UPA-2P loudspeakers each; and a Galileo loudspeaker management system. The monitoring system includes 12 Meyer Sound MJF-212A stage monitors.

The Beatport Stage will feature 24 MICA, 12 MILO, and eight M’elodie line array loudspeakers; 18 700-HP subwoofers; three UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers; and a Galileo loudspeaker management system. The Made in Detroit Stage will feature 24 MILO and eight M1D line array loudspeakers, and Galileo.

“We got involved in this event six or seven years ago, and there was all manner of different configurations on each stage,” recalls Thunder Audio’s Paul Owen. “We came in and did one stage, and then they saw how good the Meyer product was—the powered line array, without hundreds of amp racks everywhere.”

Fotias adds: “Having Tony [Villarreal] and Paul and their team from Thunder so close is amazing. They have been such an instrumental part of allowing this event to grow and being able to facilitate all of the big crowds we get.”

www.meyersound.com/news

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