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Australian Rock Legend Cold Chisel Benefits From HARMAN’s new JBL VERTEC(r) V5 Presets

NORTHRIDGE, California – After legendary Australian rock band Cold Chisel rapturously received industry accolades for best-of arena shows of last year, the band recently played at the Festival Hall in Melbourne where sound engineer Greg Rosman utilized the venue’s in-house HARMAN JBL VERTEC(r) line array system, installed by JPJ Audio. For these shows, Rosman had a powerful new weapon in his arsenal: JBL V5 VERTEC presets courtesy of the new Crown VRack, a complete power amplifier and digital signal processing management rack system solution. The VRack features three built-in Crown I-Tech IT 12000HD amplifiers, immediately providing an easy-to-configure, plug-and-play solution that eliminates the need to build amplifier racks.

“The VRacks have made a big difference to the sound of VERTEC,” commented Rosman. “They allow us access to the new JBL VERTEC V5 presets and with V5 it’s like having a new VERTEC system all over again!”

The VERTEC V5 DSP presets offer significant improvements in horizontal coverage due to the use of higher order, asymmetric filters, and improved sound quality via phase linearization. The presets also offer improved system response to equalization, far-field summation and throw, and inter-array interaction/summation and stereo imaging.

“The VERTEC V5 DSP is the next step forward in delivering the best sound possible,” Rosman added. “We found that the high end was much smoother and the low-end response was great. Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional, has done a great job of tidying up their presets to make the VERTEC sound significantly better. There’s no denying that JBL has really got it right with the V5.”

The PA system in the Festival Hall consists of two strips of six VT4889 full size line array cabinets and side hangs of two strips of three VT4889, plus sub bass and front fill.

“Really they’ve had a noticeable performance upgrade without buying new equipment!” Rosman concluded. “The software upgrade was done really quickly-V5 is great value for anyone who uses VERTEC.”

For more information on JPJ Audio, please visit http://www.jps.com.au/

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.

One party to rule them all at InfoComm 2012

There’s one party to rule them all at this year’s InfoComm on the projectiondesign Booth N1351, Thursday, 14 June at 3-5pm.

Live music and ‘We Will Rock You’ themed entertainment!

See http://www.projectiondesign.com/corporate/news-events/event-calendar/infocomm-2012 for more info!

MDG Hazers, Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA Take to the Road with Bruce Springsteen

The Boss is back on tour in support of his 17th studio album, “Wrecking Ball,” with an electrifying series of concerts featuring a number of technical innovations to enhance the experience. Las Vegas-based Morpheus Lights is providing MDG AtmosphereAPS hazers, Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures and a grandMA lighting control platform for the US and European tour of Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band. A.C.T Lighting is the distributor of MDG, Clay Paky and grandMA products in the U.S

Morpheus Lights worked closely with Springsteen’s lighting designer, Jeff Ravitz, of Los Angeles based, Intensity Advisors, to meet his specifications for the look The Boss likes to present to his sold-out audiences. But for this tour the look took some new directions.

“For years we have avoided atmospherics – we were told that Bruce didn’t want them and didn’t like the idea,” says Paul Weller of Morpheus Lights. “But this year, with the addition of Clay Paky Sharpys to the lighting inventory, the question of haze came up. One of the main reasons to use haze is to enhance the effect of the Sharpy fixtures. You really can’t see the beams of the Sharpys unless you have somthing that helps them “paint” the air.”

Ravitz agrees that haze “allows for lighting to have a little more tangible quality. But hazers have never been permitted because of the vocal issues, and that has forced us into a particular style of design. Nevertheless, over the years Bruce has done shows in misty rain and smoky arenas and we could see the advantages: The haze makes for interesting visual compositions. So when we put the Wrecking Ball Tour together, the management asked me to use haze subtly.”

Weller talked to MDG about the benefits of its AtmosphereAPS hazer, which has become the industry standard in haze generators. Atmosphere is known for is extremely quiet operation and long hanging times. It produces continuous or momentary haze emission, has a DMX interface and features an exclusive Automatic Purging System to prevent build up and clogging.

“The Atmosphere is a mineral oil-based hazer that puts out very fine particles, comparative to other units” Weller explains. “The smaller particle means that the haze “hangs” longer so you need to put less of it into the air, and that means the performers are affected less. We’re told that the MDG Atmosphere is more singer-friendly than glycol-based hazers which can dry out the throat and affect the performers voice.”

“It was crucial that the haze be voice friendly,” Ravitz emphasizes. “Bruce gives his voice a very thorough workout on stage. Research showed that MDG hazers were considered tried and true equipment on Broadway where the voice is so important. So we brought them into rehearsal and set them pretty far from the stage to fill the arena in a very even way. They enhanced what we had done; we weren’t using them as a crutch. Bruce and the other performers didn’t object to the MDG Atmospheres and, in fact, recognized the hazers were taking a well-composed show to another level.”

Weller calls the Atmosphere “a very solid unit that’s performed very well. The Automatic Purging System means there’s no heavy maintenance.”

The hazers are used in tandem with 28 Sharpys – 16 positioned below the stage shooting up through plexiglass windows that replace part of the deck on the custom-built Tait Towers stage plus 6 Sharpys each on two vertical side trusses shooting from left and right.

“Historically, the show’s design had been oriented very horizontally to allow for maximum sightlines from every angle,” Ravitz points out. “We decided to add some Sharpys in a vertical “stack” so we could play around with something we never really had before. We found positions to place two twenty-foot vertical trusses that give us a very dynamic look. And now that we’re adding haze, the Sharpys really pay off.”

Ravitz notes that Springsteen’s look is still about subtlety, however. “We’ve forced ourselves to be minimal, but we’re still having a lot of fun with the Sharpys. Sometimes they’re used with no color, sometimes with deep color, and sometimes we ballyhoo them. We feel we’ve found the right balance.

“The crew tells me that the Sharpys are pretty bulletproof and are working great every day,” he adds.

The grandMA continues to perform loyal service to Springsteen’s tours, acting as the automated lighting control console for the Wrecking Ball concerts.

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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Norway’s projectiondesign® to partner with BOI Solutions, Inc. at InfoComm 2012

See projectiondesign at InfoComm 2012, Booth N1351, 13-15 June, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Ohio-based integrator to provide 16-channel projected visualization solution with diverse market applications

The migration of immersive displays to the worlds of enterprise conferencing and collaboration will be a key theme for projectiondesign® at this year’s InfoComm 2012 show, as the Norwegian manufacturer teams up with BOI Solutions, Inc., to showcase its F22 projectors integrated in a 16-channel visualization solution on its booth in Las Vegas.

“We use projectiondesign projectors with our top customers ranging from Procter & Gamble (P&G) through to Starbucks, NFL Films, Honda and the U.S. Military. BOI Solutions designs research simulators and high-end conference rooms using the highest levels of video and audio systems engineering. Based in Ohio, the firm has pioneered the convergence of immersive displays with corporate meeting-room systems, even designing a unique conference-room concept – known as the Business Sphere – around a curved screen for which it co-holds a patent with P&G,” says Bill Othick, vice-president of BOI.

“Our company is a think-tank that designs working spaces, as opposed to a typical audio-visual firm that installs equipment in certain kinds of rooms,” adds Bill Othick. “When you make data really visual, it is quicker and easier to process than if it simply sits on a spreadsheet or a PowerPoint presentation.”

By applying techniques more commonly used in product visualization – such as the edge-blending and warping of multiple projected images and high-quality, multi-channel surround sound – to meeting rooms, BOI helps enterprises change the way they think about business, bringing market reports and strategies to life in the same way that a new product or landscape can be viewed from any angle in an industrial or military simulation environment.

Such an approach requires BOI to stay at the forefront of audiovisual technology, and Othick says he could not ask for a more responsive partner than projectiondesign.

“Our success is driven by our ability to integrate technologies of higher and higher performance capabilities, and we’ve used projectiondesign in many jobs for clients such as P&G and NFL Films,” adds Othick. “The resolution of the projectors is excellent, their imaging is ultra-dependable, and the service and support we receive from the company is second to none.

“We’re excited about being part of projectiondesign’s InfoComm exhibit plans and look forward to meeting current and future end-customers while they are literally right in front of our unique approach to visualization.”

Anders Løkke, Marketing Director, projectiondesign, adds: “The InfoComm show always delivers a strong mix of international integrators and end-users, and we believe our 16-channel projected display, designed and built in partnership with BOI, will inspire both communities to see how visualization displays are moving from niche markets into everyday enterprise communication.”

Set up and alignment of all projectors in the BOI Solutions 16-channel visualization wall at InfoComm is achieved using Scalable Display Technologies’ software and expertise.

www.projectiondesign.com

Sound Works Productions Supports Northwestern’s PhilFest

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Big Daddy Love and Paper Thick Walls performed at the Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois) 2012 Philfest held in mid-May. The annual bluegrass concert, co-sponsored by A&O Productions and Students for Ecological and Environmental Development (SEED), is held in memory of Phil Semmer, a SEED member who passed away while studying abroad. The event raises money for the Rocky Mountain Institute; an organization that researches more effective use of resources and that Semmer aspired to join after graduation.

Sound Works Productions of Frankfort, Illinois, not only staffed the event (Eric Lindholm at Front of House, Daniel Nickleski at Monitors and Kevin Flasza as Stage Tech), but also provided a NEXO GEO S line array for the main PA along with a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console for FOH and LS9-32 for monitors.

The NEXO GEO S12 was configured as eight GEO S1210s, two GEO S1230s for mains, two PS10s used for front fills, four RS18 Ray Subs, and three 4×4 NXAmps.

“Every time our GEO S12 rig goes out it never ceases to amaze our clients,” says Nickleski. “The versatility, ease of set up, and the consistent sound quality are what keeps our clients coming back.”

For more information on Sound Works Productions, visit www.soundworkspro.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. The company is the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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