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Platinum Tools Launches VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 Length Measurement Voice/Data/Video Tester

Now Shipping, the Updated VDV MapMaster Now Includes Cable Length Measurement, and Combines Continuity Testing, Mapping, and Tone Generator into a Single Unit.

CAMARILLO, Calif., July 5, 2012 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the new VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 voice, data, and video tester. Now with cable length measurement, the VDV MapMaster™ 2.0 is now shipping with an MSRP of $129.95.

“The VDV MapMaster 2.0 now combines cable length measurement with continuity testing, mapping, and tone generator functions into a single unit,” explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “Made in the USA, the VDV MapMaster is capable of identifying and mapping 19 locations at one time. Whether the job is commercial or residential, the versatility and added features of the VDV MapMaster 2.0 makes it an installer’s best friend.”

Length Mode is used to measure the length of entire cables and its pin pairs and allows for viewing and adjusting the length constant value for video, data, and voice cables. The VDV MapMaster tests Cat-6, Cat5e, Cat-5, Cat-4, Cat-3, and coax cables, as well as shielded cables. Video and data cables can be connected to their respective remotes at the same time to improve testing efficiency. Patch cables may be tested without removing the master remote from storage.

With a convenient size and weight of only 6.4in x 2.8in x 1.4in and just 9.0 ounces, additional features of the VDV MapMaster include:
• Tests voice (six wire), data (eight wire), and video (coax)
• Measures the entire length of a cable and/or individual wire pairs within the cable
• Easy-to-read , extra large 7-segment LCD screen with large icons
• Tone generator with selectable tone cadence and selectable pins carrying tone
• RJ (voice and data) master remote stores in bottom of case
• Map 19 locations at one time
• Measures length in feet or meters
• Tests and indicates pins with shorts, opens, reversals miswires and split pairs
• Displays “Pass” icon for correctly wired T568A/B and crossover/uplink
• Displays “Pass” icon for correctly wired 6-pin telephone plus “Rev” for reverse pinned
• Voltage detection warning icon
• Long battery life; low battery icon indicator
• Auto power off

Numerous accessories for the VDV MapMaster 2.0 are also available.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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Dual Meyer Sound Systems Renewed at Lebanon’s Casino du Liban

When Lebanon’s Casino du Liban celebrated its grand re-reopening back in 1996, the opulent gaming resort entertained visiting jet-setters in two completely remodeled venues—both featuring Meyer Sound technology. Between 2009 and earlier this year, another technical upgrade project equipped the 1,200-capacity Théâtre du Liban with Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeakers and furnished the cabaret-style 600-seat Salle des Ambassadeurs with new M’elodie line array loudspeakers.

“After hundreds of successful shows, I had no thoughts of replacing the old systems with anything other than Meyer,” says Tony Khoury, who has been head audio engineer at Casino du Liban since 1996. “I wanted newer technology but with the same natural sound quality and amazing reliability. In 16 years, I had zero loudspeaker failures. That made me a Meyer Sound believer.”

Both systems were designed by Khoury, in consultation with Meyer Sound Design Services, using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. For the two-level Théâtre du Liban, Khoury plotted a configuration with seven-per-side MICA line arrays each flown under a 600-HP subwoofer, with additional deep bass from dual ground-stacked 700-HP subwoofers. Four M1D line array loudspeakers and five UPM-1P loudspeakers supply front fill and balcony delay respectively, with everything tied together by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor.

In Salle des Ambassadeurs, the newer of the two rigs deploys seven-per-side M’elodie line array loudspeakers along with twin UPQ-2 loudspeakers as a center cluster, four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers for left and right side fill, 10 M1D loudspeakers for underbalcony fill, two 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor. This system was provided and installed by Beirut-based Prolites in early 2012.

“The new line arrays have given me much more headroom, and even better uniformity of levels and imaging throughout the rooms,” states Khoury. “Since we completed the installation at Salle des Ambassadeurs, we’ve had seven concerts and all the bands were surprised by the punch of the system and the clarity of instrumental sounds.”

The prior Meyer Sound systems utilized a variety of legacy loudspeakers, including UPA-1C, MSL-2A, USW-1, and 650-R subwoofers. Both rooms are still making good use of the existing stage monitoring systems, with each comprising legacy USM-1 non-powered monitors and MTS-4A self-powered loudspeakers for side fill. The upgrade program also furnished three new Midas PRO6 consoles: one at each FOH mix and one at monitor in Salle des Ambassadeurs.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean about 20 miles from Beirut, Casino du Liban originally opened in 1959. Thirty years later, beleaguered by years of factional strife in Lebanon, the casino was forced to close. After a $50 million complete reconstruction, the elegant resort reopened in 1996.

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Earthworks Upgrades Measurement Microphones

M23, M30, M30BX, M50

Milford, NH – July 5, 2012 ― Earthworks has upgraded its measurement microphones to include electronic calibration files in addition to the accessories previously offered at no additional cost.

With the purchase of any Earthworks measurement microphone beginning on July 1, 2012, customers will receive an electronic calibration file, mic clip, ½ inch calibrator adapter and case. Customers will receive their ECF via email after registering their Measurement Series microphone on the Earthworks website.

Together with the provided sensitivity of your individual microphone, the ECF can be used to calibrate your specific microphone to your measurement software or system.

Hand built, tuned and tested in the Earthworks facility in Milford, NH, the Measurement Series includes models with upper frequency responses of 23kHz, 30kHz and 50kHz. Each microphone’s capsule is hand tested and matched to its circuitry to provide the most accurate responses.

MAP pricing: M23 – $459; M30 – $649; M30BX – $799; M50 – $1299

www.earthworksaudio.com

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X2O Media to Showcase its SharePoint(R) TV Solution at 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference

X2O Platform Turns SharePoint Content Into Real-Time TV Channels

MONTREAL — July 5, 2012 — X2O Media, a full-service provider of real-time enterprise visual communications solutions, today announced that the company will be demonstrating its SharePoint(R) TV platform at the 2012 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, taking place July 8-12 in Toronto.

SharePoint TV is a visual communication and collaboration platform that lets users create TV-like channels using content already stored in SharePoint. Users can easily build interactive channels that can be viewed from any desktop, tablet, display screen, or mobile device. With links to SharePoint content and data, any changes made in SharePoint are automatically reflected in the channels, giving viewers instant access to the most relevant enterprise information. In addition, users can fully leverage their investment in SharePoint by presenting the information using eye-catching visuals that viewers will enjoy watching, greatly improving internal and external communications.

With SharePoint TV, users can simply link to SharePoint information sources such as calendars, announcements, project tasks, and dashboard data to display information quickly on a variety of screens throughout an organization using stunning graphics and video. Sample channels include company and department news, employee training, executive dashboards, and much more. SharePoint TV is fully compatible with Windows(R) 8 and Windows Azure(TM).

For timely messages and alerts, information can be entered directly into SharePoint and rapidly sent throughout an organization or to specific staff or locations. For more creative collaboration and knowledge sharing, employees can also publish videos, images, and PowerPoint(R) slides that appear within the SharePoint interface. The result is a powerful communications tool with the look and feel of a broadcast TV channel, enabling enterprises, retailers, and other organizations of any size to spread their messages in an engaging way.

More information on X2O products is available at www.x2omedia.com.

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About X2O Media
X2O Media is a leading software developer of real-time visual communication solutions that significantly improve enterprise-wide communications. X2O’s solutions facilitate the creation and delivery of video and graphics-rich content to digital displays, employee desktops, and mobile devices. Applications include corporate news channels, dynamic corporate dashboards, real-time emergency messaging, and more. In addition to technology, X2O offers award-winning content design, acquisition, and management services. X2O’s products and services are sold and supported globally, through a network of experienced distribution partners. More information about X2O Media is available at www.x2omedia.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

PR Link: www.ingearpr.com/X2OMedia/120705.zip

Image Link: www.ingearpr.com/X2OMedia/SharePoint_Dashboard.zip

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Vista Spyder X20 Turns Vision Into Reality In The Owner’s Box At Omni Dallas Hotel

Two Vista Spyder X20-0808 video processors are adding visual punch to the sporting events broadcast at The Owner’s Box, the sports bar located in the new Omni Dallas Hotel. A sports lover’s dream with patio dining and oversized seating areas, The Owner’s Box lets patrons feel the luxury and excitement of being a team owner in a sports-mad city that includes the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers and the 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks.

Walker Engineering, Inc. of Irving, Texas, collaborated with the City of Dallas, Matthews Southwest Developers and Omni Hotels on the project.

A glass floor displays newspaper clippings of the Dallas sports scene with a ‘jumble wall’ comprising 13 Panasonic full HD displays presenting dynamic visual content in a random, patchwork-style pattern.

“Each of the 13 displays operates independently or all of them can work in tandem so one game image fills the entire wall through the push of a button or as part of a timed sequence,” said Kip Kendrick, business development and manager of AVL systems for Walker Engineering. “Content is refreshed constantly and we can even brand the wall with vendor or corporate visitor logos: The Omni Dallas Hotel logo ‘pops off’ the wall during transitions and the ESPN Radio logo is haloed onto the wall when the network sets up live broadcasts from the bar.”

The jumble wall is fed content from a Blu-ray player, DirecTV, Apple and Windows computers, and a media server via a Crestron Digital Media switcher. By attaching two linked Spyders to the Digital Media switcher’s inputs and outputs, “the power of the Spyder is harnessed anywhere in the bar they see fit,” Kendrick added.

For example, there are five large-format projection screens above the stunning 60-foot ice bar. “We take advantage of the power of Spyder to show college and pro games on those displays. With the push of a button, the bartender can change the performance mode from unaltered video content to a wave effect – heightening fan excitement.”

Kendrick has used Spyder for worship market installations and live staging and chose Spyder for its stability and ability to pixel map and manipulate high-definition content across 13 screens spread apart. He said the 18-foot by 13-foot jumble wall defies the current trend toward “zero mullions” and, instead, assembles its 13 displays with varying and substantial distances among them.

“We imported a CAD dimensional drawing to Spyder, and it’s incredible how it takes 1920 by 1080 images and maps them across 13 screens with zero degradation to the video,” Kendrick continued. “We ran a Discovery Channel Space Shuttle documentary in full-screen mode in the entire bar – the rocket blast off was so cool to see! It’s also fun watching hockey and NASCAR moving from screen to screen.”

Kendrick praised Vista’s “support and commitment,” provided by Ryan Strope. “Ryan was there during the hotel’s opening day to certify that everything was fully operational. We’re very thankful that Vista captured our vision and made it a reality.”

Jerry Roskin of Walker Engineering was the lead project manager. Eric Dell and Troy Morgan at PanTech Design programmed Crestron touch panels for Spyder control – creating a GUI display of the 13 jumble wall screens and Spyder’s display options.

A Meyer surround sound system provides seven audio zones for patrons to listen to games or enjoy background music.

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Platinum Tools® Launches Recon… the first 21st century “butt” set.

Recon Test Set - T62

The Recon Test Set has features not found in any other ‘butt’ set.

• Advanced data detection & identification

• Largest backlit display

• Glow in the dark keypad

• 100% Data Safe

• Rugged weatherproof case

The T62 Offers a Complete Menu for Measuring Data, Actively Monitoring and Detection of High Line Voltages

“The T62 Recon Test Set is tough as well as talented,” said Todd Cota, VP of Sales.

“It is the first 21st Century telephone test set, and sets a new standard for telephone line analysis.”

The T62 is scheduled to ship in July, MSRP $269.95.

For more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line,

visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

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DPA Microphones Took Center Stage for Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular

Boston Pops Calls on DPA Annually for the Nationally Broadcast Live Event

BOSTON, JULY 4, 2012
– The Boston Symphony Orchestra has once again tapped DPA Microphones for its nationally broadcast, live Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular. Held annually in the Hatch Shell at the Esplanade along the Charles River, the concert and fireworks show hosts nearly 400,000 attendees. As the most watched Independence Day performance in the U.S. each year, the Pops have continued to rely on DPA Microphones to ensure that audio at the Spectacular is as magnificent as the rockets’ red glare.

With limited rehearsal time and over one hundred production inputs, the Pops needed gear that sounded good from the start and worked dependably. DPA Microphones fit the bill for miking the orchestra, and the audio crew made good use of several of the company’s equipment options during the event. DPA could be found across the stage throughout the evening’s performance, with the d:vote™ 4099 instrument microphones in the strings section, 4023 compact cardioid microphones on the piano and in the woodwinds section, and 4066 omni headset microphones worn by the vocalists and narrators.

While there were many DPA microphones on stage, revelers and home viewers would have had to look closely to find the gear during the show. “One thing we like about the DPA line is that they have lots of low-profile miniature capsules and microphones that are ideal for television projects,” says Steve Colby, Boston Pops sound designer and music mixer for the TV broadcast of the Spectacular. “DPA makes it easy to use a lot of microphones but not have the gear in the way of the camera shots, which makes the directors happy.”

The discreet nature of the DPA microphones used during the performance wasn’t the only thing that drew Colby to the brand. Since the Fourth of July concert is held at an outdoor venue, Colby and the Pops needed microphones that could withstand the extreme weather changes of a summer day in Boston.

“We were looking for exceptionally high-quality, great-sounding microphones that were robust and dependable in semi-hostile outdoor conditions, such as heavy rain and high temperatures,” continues Colby. “We’ve had great luck with the DPA line. There are a lot of other high-end microphones that we’ve used throughout the years, but sometimes those were tough to use in the high-humidity conditions that often roll in over the city. DPA has been very dependable in these situations.”

In addition to using DPA Microphones for the Fourth of July Concert each year, the Boston Pops Orchestra also relies on DPA’s 4023 and d:vote 4099 microphones for most of its theatrical performances, whether it’s a simple presentation or a full Broadway-style show.

“Another thing we like about the DPA microphones, and the 4099s in particular, is that, unlike a lot of other clip-on microphones, they sound really good,” declares Colby. “Usually, there’s a tradeoff between having a microphone attached to an instrument and having a great sound. But, whatever DPA has done, they’ve created a microphone with audio quality that is very good and true to the sound of each instrument, even when placed very close”

The first Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular took place in 1974, at the suggestion of Boston-area philanthropist David Mugar to Pops Conductor Arthur Fiedler. The idea was in place to revive the then-diminishing Esplanade Concert Series by playing Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” with a few added extras. The next Fourth of July, howitzer cannons, fireworks and church bells were all added to the concert and, for the first time ever, a July Fourth fireworks display took place over the Charles River.

Now, 39 years later, the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is known as the premier Independence Day celebration in the nation. Each year, since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to the banks of the Charles River to celebrate America’s birthday, while another seven million tune in nationally on the CBS television network to view the event during a live one-hour primetime special.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones A/S is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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Prism Sound Appoints WAVNet To Represent Its Test Products In The USA

Prism Sound is pleased to announce that it has appointed WAVNet as its newest representative in the USA. WAVNet will help promote sales and provide application support and training for Prism Sound’s range of class-leading audio test and measurement instruments, including the revolutionary dScope Series III audio analyzer.

WAVNet’s Owner and Chief Consultant Greg Groeper will be responsible for managing the Midwest/Great Lakes states of Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. This is a territory he knows well from 25 years of Audio Test and Measurement sales and support in the region.

The appointment of WAVNet reunites Greg Groeper with Doug Ordon, Prism Sound’s US National Sales Representative for Test and Measurement. The two worked together for many years in Chicago during the 1980s as AVC Systems and then as Douglas Ordon and Co. During that time, in addition to establishing an 80% regional market share in Test and Measurement and Broadcast Automation, they helped pioneer the audio industry’s transition from tape based to random access digital editing. In 1992, when Ordon moved on to a new assignment, Groeper took over the business and re-organized it as WAVNet.

Speaking of the opportunity to work together again, Greg said, “Doug and I have been meaning to find the right venue to put our established track record of success to use for sometime. That track record based on extraordinary customer support and the fact that Prism Sound is in alignment with our philosophy is wonderful. This opportunity to work together again in Test and Measurement for Prism Sound is just what we’d hoped for.”

Commenting on WAVNet’s appointment, Simon Woollard, Test & Measurement specialist at Prism Sound, says: “This is an exciting development for Prism Sound, and I very much look forward to working with Greg as the latest member to join our team. I have known Greg for several years, having been introduced by Doug, and I have witnessed the rapport that he has with his clients and their respect for his expertise in the field of audio test and measurement. Greg brings many years of experience with him, and I am confident that he will be a real asset to our US test and measurement sales and support network.”

Greg Groeper has a long history of top level technical support within his large customer base of R&D, Broadcast and Manufacturing Engineering customers. He has always insisted on handling applications engineering and system development at the local/regional level, allowing him to develop expert knowledge in the analysis of acoustics, transducers, electronics and production engineering.

Recently, Groeper founded and manages the 1800+ member Linked-In Professional Group “atme” Audio Test & Measurement Engineering, an exclusive forum for audio professionals dedicated to the finer aspects of Audio Test & Measurement. People interested in joining are invited to register at www.linkedin.com/groups/Audio-Test-Measurement-Engineering-2408733

Additionally, there are several focused subgroups including: Audio Standards, Auditory/Medical, Automotive Audio, D’SPeech, Studio Schmudio and Loudspeaker Measurements.

Greg can be contacted via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/groeper or at his WAVNet email address wavggg@attglobal.net.

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About Prism Sound
Founded in 1987 in Cambridge, UK, Prism Sound manufactures a range of high quality professional test equipment for audio applications. The company is organized in three divisions and in addition to audio test equipment, Prism Sound also manufactures equipment for high-quality recording and production for music and sound applications and for voice-logging recorders used in law enforcement, legislative and business applications. Prism Sound audio test equipment is used by many major consumer electronics brands in automotive, home entertainment, personal mobile, communications and other market sectors as well as most of the world’s leading broadcasters including the BBC. Prism Sound’s music recording products are widely used by leading professionals in music and film sound such as the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London.

For more information: www.prismsound.com

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft and Studer Consoles Support RAI’s Landmark Recording of Rossini’s La Cenerentola

TORINO, Italy – HARMAN’s Soundcraft and Studer’s Italian distributor, Leading Technologies Srl, along with sister company Sound Light & Technologies (SL&T) recently participated in an exciting recording project with RAI Radio, using a combination of Soundcraft and Studer digital mixing platforms in order to optimize the sound.

The vast production of Rossini’s famous La Cenerentola (Cinderella), which involved around 250 members of cast and technical crew, was mixed on a combination of three Studer Vista 9 and Vista 5 consoles, with three further Soundcraft V1 desks providing backup. These were used in four different scene locations: while the actors, singers and choir were variously located in Parco della Mandria in Venaria, Palazzina di Caccia and Palazzo Reale in Torino, the orchestra was recorded remotely at the Auditorium RAI in Torino.

All locations were linked by fibre or radio bridge to give the actors the sense of performing in real time with the orchestra-and a Studer stagebox was positioned in each venue.

On duty were two Vista 9 consoles (configured with 52 faders), a further Vista 9 with 42 faders and a 42-fader Vista 5 located in the OB truck, which were used for mixing the Orchestra and actors’ microphones, as well as for 5.1 post-production, while the three Soundcraft Vi1 consoles were used for pre-mix of secondary inputs and backup.

A multitrack recorder received the audio via a MADI port on the Vista 9. The orchestra required 68 microphone channels on the desks with a further 12 channels for the choir (who were based in the same location as the actors).

RAI Radio provided technical staff while SL&T provided personnel support and other ancillary equipment from the HARMAN Professional portfolio, such as JBL EON loudspeakers and AKG microphones and headphones. AKG C414 XLII and various K141 and K702 microphones were used for mixing and monitoring by the musicians and engineers.

The La Cenerentola recording marked the latest success in a long relationship between Italy’s national broadcaster and SL&T/Leading Technologies.

The event itself was transmitted live around the world over a 2-day period in early June and the DVD, produced by Rada Film, will be available soon for marketing and promotion.

RAI Radio has the technical production rights for La Cenerentola, with Antonio Ciano taking overall audio responsibility, Fiervisaggio Giorgetti, technical project and installation supervisor, Marco Diodato and Domenico Narducci as Vista 9 engineers and Dario Chiapino as Vista 5 engineer.

Rada Film has the production rights for Cinderella under the authorisation of Andrea Andermann with the direction of Carlo Verdone. Providing the technical interface between Rada Film and RAI was Alessandro Bernardi.

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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A.C.T Lighting Helps Mexico’s 150th Anniversary of Cinco de Mayo Shine with Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 Consoles

Mexico undoubtedly knows how to celebrate. When the country recently marked the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo – the commemoration of the Battle of Puebla, which halted an invasion by the French – it pulled out all the stops with an array of festivities and special events. Clay Paky Sharpy fixures and grandMA2 lighting consoles were on hand for the Cinco de Mayo Spectacular, the nighttime gala orchestrated by Five Currents, the production company for the 2011 Pan American Games Ceremonies in Guadalajara Mexico and countless other spectacles. A.C.T Lighting is the North American distributor of both Clay Paky Sharpy and grandMA.

The Cinco de Mayo Spectacular, hosted by former Miss Universe Ximena Navarrette, featured star-studded tributes, an appearance by the Mexican president and a massive display of fireworks. It was staged at the Guadalupe Fort in Puebla; the city is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Televisa broadcast the event nationwide.

Lighting designer David Grill, of David Grill Associates, Inc. in Mahwah, New Jersey, specified a grandMA2 for control of some 375 moving lights during the Spectacular and utilized a second full size MA2 as a backup console. A grandMA2 light served as the focus console remote. Solotech furnished the complete system.

“There was a massive main stage for the headline talent,” he reports. “Then there was the fort in the background. And the hill between the two that was a performance area as well. So everything in the environment was really part of the shot.”

Grill opted for the grandMA2s “because of the strength of their networking,” he says. “Stuff was everywhere, so we needed the efficiency of using the MA network. It made things really simple thanks to its processing speed. The way the system deals with effects enabled us to quickly do things that would have been much more time consuming on other consoles. We could also create all sorts of little visual mapping tools that made Pauls’ life much easier. All of this from a system dramatically more user-friendly than anything else.”

He adds that, “We had great support from MA in transitioning from grandMA, which we had been using, to grandMA2. And A.C.T took good care of us.”

Lighting director and programmer Paul Sonnleitner was accustomed to doing shows of the scale of the Spectacular, but this was his first with grandMA2. “I really liked the layout feature, which helped me manage the three distinct areas,” he says. “I could actually draw out where the fixtures fell. It’s a great tool for large rigs: You can see what color they’re in, what gobo. You can see the whole rig as a unit and grab large areas and change things without knowing the fixtures’ channel number.”

He also praises the grandMA2′s effects engine, which “has come a long way. It’s fun to build effects from scratch and add them to the MA toolkit.”

Grill deployed a complement of 44 Clay Paky Sharpy moving heads, which were mounted on the H truss at stage right for the headline talent and behind the main stage as backlights. “I’ve used them before on shows I’ve directed, but this was my first as a designer,” he says. “I love them to death. They’re incredibly bright, come in a small package and don’t chew up a lot of power. You cannot possibly get anything else at 189W that has a beam that bright.”

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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