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Peavey PVX Series Portable Loudspeakers Now Available

Peavey® set the standard for affordable, feature-packed P.A. solutions more than four decades ago. The new Peavey PVX™ Series loudspeakers are the culmination of decades of R&D and experience building the best portable, all-in-one audio solutions—combining legendary Peavey performance and reliability with modern design for audio pros and musicians of all levels.

Peavey PVX 12 and PVX 15 passive loudspeakers deliver superior sound quality by utilizing advanced materials. The Peavey RX14™ 1.4-inch titanium diaphragm compression driver, coupled to a constant directivity horn, reproduces high and mid-high frequencies with clarity, while heavy-duty, premium Peavey woofers with 2-3/8-inch voice coils handle the lows and low-mids. These two-way loudspeaker systems are lightweight and rugged, and will handle 400 watts program and 800 watts peak power for live music, speech and other sound reinforcement applications. more

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Anton/Bauer Demonstrates New Portable Solutions for Broadcasters at SET 2012

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, AUGUST 15, 2012—Anton/Bauer®, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a premier global provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries, will bring its latest portable power, lighting, and transmission products to attendees of the SET Congress and 21st edition of the Broadcast & Cable Show – International Technology Fair (Booth B11A). Among its advanced solutions will be the company’s new AB-HDRF transmitter system, DIONIC® HCX battery, ULHM-LED on-camera lighting system and new Gold Mount® Solutions for the Canon C300/C500 digital cinema cameras and Litepanels LED lighting.

“Just one year after opening our local divisional office in Brazil, we look forward to attending SET and unveiling the latest portable solutions for our local customers,” says Shin Minowa, vice president of marketing and business development, Anton/Bauer. “Whether professionals are looking for batteries or accessories to help streamline their current systems, this year we look forward to introducing solutions that will extend our customers’ investments while offering the reliable communications they’ve come to expect from Anton/Bauer.”

• The AB-HDRF system is a compact 5.8 GHz COFDM RF system capable of transmitting a robust HD signal over great distances all while being powered by Anton/Bauer batteries. Anton/Bauer collaborated with Vitec Group sister company Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) to develop an RF system that could mount directly onto the camera, using a camera’s existing Anton/Bauer Gold Mount solution. The AB-HDTX sends its signal directly to the AB-HDRX dual-diversity receiver or the DirectVu handheld confidence monitor/receiver. It has an RF output of 100 mW and is capable of accepting a wide range of HD/SD video formats, along with embedded audio from the camera’s HD SDI output. The use of MPEG-4 compression allows the signal to travel a half-mile in line-of-site applications. The system offers users the flexibility to choose from 12 different channels in which to transmit, ensuring the least amount of interference. The unit’s size makes it ideal for reality-based, ENG/EFP and live event coverage.

• Featuring a 124Wh battery capacity and a brand new motion-detection sensor that protects against capacity loss in storage, the DIONIC HCX is Anton/Bauer’s latest addition to its successful DIONIC series high-current battery line. The DIONIC HCX’s most exciting feature is its unique, built-in motion-detection sensor. After a two-day period without a load, the DIONIC HCX automatically goes into “deep sleep,” significantly reducing self-discharge and allowing extended storage with nearly zero capacity loss. To “awaken” the battery for normal use, customers need only move it, thus activating the motion-detection feature and “waking up” the battery as a result. This new motion-detection feature significantly increases the overall life of the battery by mitigating lithium-ion battery self-discharge when the battery is not in use. To provide precise run-time data, an enhanced LCD RealTime® fuel gauge has been incorporated to display up to nine hours of run-time (under low power load conditions) using a seven-segment display enclosed by four circular arcs that indicate 15-minute time intervals.

ULHM-LED is a low-power-consumption LED, designed to offer flexibility and help achieve the perfect light for any shot quickly and seamlessly. It fits any UL2 base, providing heat- and flicker-free soft 5600k light. Ideal for many applications, it consumes very little battery power. A 3200k filter is included with each light, allowing for quick changes to match color temperatures properly. A dimmer allows for an adjustment of 0–100% with minimal color temperature change. Size: 4.5 x 5.64 x 1.62 in. (11.43 cm x 14.33 cm x 4.11 cm) Weight: .40 lbs (.18 kg). The ULHM-LED requires a UL2 base, which is sold separately or standard with the purchase of the UL2 LED package.

• The QRC-CA940 Gold Mount solution was designed to help streamline battery management for Canon EOS C300 and C500 digital cinema camera users, providing 7.2V of power to the camera via a DC connector and 14.4V on three PowerTap® connectors. Anton/Bauer has designed the QRC-CA940 to be compatible with the company’s mounting bracket for 15mm or 19mm rod systems, the MATRIX Cheese Plate. It can also be adapted to third-party support systems (15mm or 19mm clamp kits sold separately).

QR-Hilio is a 24V dual Gold Mount that mounts directly to the back of the Litepanels Hilio, making the system portable. It offers users the ability to hot swap, so if one battery is almost drained, the user can replace it without turning off the light or stopping the shoot. When used with the DIONIC HC, the recommended run time is approximately one hour and 30 minutes and two hours when used with the DIONIC HCX.

QR-LG offers two PowerTap outputs to help power additional on-camera accessories. It incorporates Manfrotto’s Mini Clamp, which allows the Gold Mount to be mounted on a variety of light stands on bars, making any lighting system truly portable.

For more information, please visit www.antonbauer.com or call (800) 422-3473.

About Anton/Bauer
Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world’s innovator and a premier provider of batteries, chargers, lighting and other key mobile power systems for the professional broadcast, video and film industries. Based in the United States in Shelton, CT with offices in Europe and Asia, Anton/Bauer was established in 1970 and has expanded its product offerings to include many signature lines such as its leading Gold Mount® system, InterActive® chargers and Logic Series® batteries such as the HyTRON® 50, 100 and 140, and DIONIC® 90, 160, HC and HCX. Their products are compatible with every camera brand on the market today. Other Anton/Bauer high performance products include the Ultralight® 2, ElipZ®, CINE VCLX and the Tandem 150 Modular Charging System. Their superior-quality products have become an industry standard. For more information on Anton/Bauer, visit www.antonbauer.com.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom brings together some of the most respected, most innovative and most sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels, OConnor, Petrol, Sachtler, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec Videocom is an operating division within the Vitec Group, an international business serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military aerospace and government markets. Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers rely on worldwide.

Vitec Videocom – innovative products around the camera.

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HARMAN’s Crown Audio Expands Its VRACK Offerings With Introduction of VRACK 4x3500HD Complete Multichannel Amplification System

ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced it is adding to its popular VRACK complete amplifier management solutions with the introduction of its VRACK 4x3500HD. The new version incorporates three of Crown’s flagship I-Tech 4x3500HD DriveCore™ Series 4-channel power amplifiers in a single road-ready plug-and-play rack, providing a versatile, turnkey multichannel amplifier solution for tour, rental and installed sound applications.

Designed to work hand in hand with JBL VTX and VERTEC Series models with upcoming support planned for JBL VRX and STX models, the VRACK 4x3500HD includes three built-in Crown I-Tech HD Series 4×3500 DriveCore power amps, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system that can be set to meet US and international power standards. All the components are housed in a wheeled rack with a captive suspension system that enables it to be flown in the same manner as a line array loudspeaker system. Multiple VRACKs can be linked together for integrated operation in larger systems.

“Since its introduction our VRACK concept has been embraced by live sound and event providers for its plug-and-play operation, easy transportability and flexible configuration options,” said Brian Pickowitz, Business Segment Manager, Crown Audio. “The VRACK 4x3500HD builds on this concept with a full 12 channels of high-power amplification and greatly expanded connectivity features, giving users a powerful and versatile multichannel amplifier management solution.”

“VRACK is an integral part of our turnkey system package for JBL VTX and VERTEC”, adds Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “Based on field testing to date, we’ve been extremely pleased with IT4x3500HD performance and VRACK4x3500HD provides the amp rack equivalent of the optimized power density philosophy that was adopted for the VTX V25 loudspeaker itself – lots of horsepower in a compact, tightly-integrated package.”

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers feature a 4.3-inch front-panel LCD touchscreen that provides amplifier monitoring and access to key functions with color-keyed visuals. Each amplifier offers an extensive complement of inputs and outputs including four analog inputs, four AES3 digital inputs and four AES inputs over VDrive and the ability to select four CobraNet® inputs. The amplifiers also include SpeakON or banana plug speaker connectors.

The VRACK 4x3500HD utilizes HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ 3.2 control functionality and Version 5 DSP preset support for JBL Professional’s new VTX Series V25 plus VERTEC Series line array loudspeakers. System Architect provides control through monitoring and adjustment on a rack-by-rack basis and the ability to make changes to all three amps in the VRack through a single interface. The VRACK 4x3500HD is also compatible with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound reinforcement system design software for enhanced control and monitoring capabilities.

The I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers deliver 1,900 watts per channel into eight ohms, 2,400 watts per channel into four ohms and 4,200 watts into four ohms bridged. The amplifiers provide extensive DSP sound-tailoring capability and incorporate Crown’s exclusive linear phase FIR and IIR filters to provide optimized loudspeaker crossover points with improved midrange clarity and off-axis response. The amplifiers’ USB port enables users to load preset amplifier settings or device files and update firmware.

The Crown VRACK 4x3500HD amplifier management solution is now shipping.

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, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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3vNet Announces Appointment of Fielder Marketing Rep Firm

3vNet, manufacturer of advanced, elegant and easy to use whole-house automation products, has announced the appointment of Fielder Marketing of Reno, Nevada who will represent 3vNet in Northern California and Northern Nevada supporting the San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Fresno and Reno markets.

Mark Fielder, President of the firm, successfully operated a highly successful integration firm for many years. He also gained outstanding experience on the manufacturing side as the National Sales Manager for BG Radia. The Fielder Marketing team represents a unique and limited group of audio & video manufacturers. “I knew right away that Mark and his team were the right choice. They have the perfect blend of technical expertise and business savvy. Fielder Marketing is a great addition to the 3vNet family” say Matt Curtin, 3vNet’s Director of Sales. Currently the firm also represents BG Radia, Severtson, Plateau, and d-tools.

About 3vNet
3vNet manufactures a vast and complete range of whole-house control solutions for lighting, climate, security, CCTV, weather and distributed home entertainment. 3vNet products blend reliability, scalability and flexibility with contemporary design to provide solutions that are easy to install, simple to use and are designed to match any décor. 3vNet is headquartered in Orlando, FL and can be found on the web at http://www.3vnetco.com

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HARMAN Professional Ships JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Version 1.0, Making Advanced Sound System Design Easier, More Efficient

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Following six months of successful real-world beta system testing and refinement, HARMAN Professional today announced the market availability of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ sound reinforcement system design software. JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.0 is a highly evolved, application-specific iteration of the category-leading HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ configuration and control software application for professional-grade audio system integration, specialized for touring and live performance venue sound reinforcement systems.

“JBL HiQnet Performance Manager is the product of considerable research, a comprehensive engineering and design effort and equally committed beta program that included 60 audio professionals drawn from the tour and theatrical communities ” noted Adam Holladay, Market Manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group. “As a result of today’s introduction, our customers in the marketplace can deploy an easy-to-use yet eminently powerful tool that allows them to be more effective and efficient at designing high-performing, consistent sound systems for an array of applications.”

Winner of a 2011 PLASA Award For Innovation and a 2012 InAVation Awards finalist, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager provides a comprehensive, step-by-step workflow that directly corresponds to real-world system configuration, taking the workflow paradigm introduced in System Architect 2 to a higher level of functionality for any live performance audio application. It is fully integrated with JBL’s Line Array Calculator II loudspeaker configuration and acoustic modeling software.

“Performance Manager is an integral part of Harman Professional’s turnkey system solution for the recently-released JBL Professional VTX Series and provides an ideal simulation and control environment that allows system engineers to fully leverage the power of VTX and Crown Audio VRACK”, commented Paul Bauman, Sr Manager – Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The workflow approach is consistent with what has been taught throughout VerTec training for the past 6 years and there is an exciting roadmap ahead for additional product and optimization integration into Performance Manager. I’d like to personally thank all of the beta testers who provided invaluable input as well as the SDIG software team for doing a fantastic job on the software development side”.

JBL HiQnet Performance Manager version 1.0 is available for $399 per license at http://hiqnet.harmanpro.com. Volume discounts are available. An in-depth series of online training videos can also be viewed and a public Performance Manager training session will be held during the PLASA tradeshow in London, England in September. Visit http://hiqnet.harmanpro.com for more information.

The Performance Manager workflow forms the very foundation of the software with an appropriately- tailored user interface for each and every stage. The user begins by loading templates of the speaker arrays used in the system, and then runs Line Array Calculator II for each array as part of the initial sound design task of determining how many and which type of loudspeakers are required to cover a given venue. For each array, Performance Manager automatically loads the passive VERTEC or powered VERTEC DrivePack DPDA line array configuration into the main application workspace – the first of many automated design processes native to the software application. Loudspeakers can also be manually loaded into the templates if desired.

Once the user defines the required amplifier parameters for the passive loudspeakers within the arrays, Performance Manager automatically loads the correct number of Crown Audio VRACK or other user-determined amplifier racks into the audio system. The software then associates the amplifier outputs with the bandpass crossover inputs for the selected array and programs the amplifiers with the correct JBL preset data, as well as gain shading and JBL Line Array Control Panel equalization parameters that are determined in JBL’s Line Array Calculator II as part of the modeling process to optimize sound pressure level and frequency response over the defined audience geometry.

Representations of the bandpass inputs for each loudspeaker section are overlaid onto the arrays, enabling the user to easily visualize the array configuration, whether JBL DrivePack-powered or driven by external Crown power amplifiers. Performance Manager software also significantly simplifies system-networking configuration – the user can simply drag and drop devices discovered on the network onto the pre-configured devices within the Performance Manager workspace to synchronize all addressing and parameter values.

In addition, the Performance Manager graphic interface provides embedded control panels for array calibration, time alignment and system EQ which utilize input section digital signal processing resources available in either Crown I-Tech HD (and legacy I-Tech) power amplifiers or JBL DrivePack-powered loudspeakers with DPDA digital audio input modules. Input attenuation, equalization, delay settings and bandpass controls are all readily accessible directly within the main application workspace along with flexible grouping and comprehensive solo/mute functionality for system testing.

Once system tuning is complete, Performance Manager’s Show Mode display is optimized for the actual live performance, offering appropriate adjustment control ballistics for equalization and dedicated monitoring interfaces for levels, speaker loads, thermal conditions and AC power requirements. The workspace for all stages of Performance Manager’s workflow has a common design motif, with monitoring functions overlaid on top of the same loudspeaker bandpass representations within the workspace, making visualization easier and more consistent across various workflow screens.

HARMAN HiQnet™ is the world’s first connectivity and control protocol that integrates all product categories in the signal chain for professional audio systems of all types, size, and applications. HARMAN HiQnet no longer requires the user to manage multiple disparate operating systems or be responsible for programming individual signal processors, speaker controllers, wireless microphone systems, and mixing consoles. HiQnet was developed by engineers from across HARMAN’s Professional Division and is coordinated by the System Development and Integration Group (SDIG), a team of dedicated systems specialists based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Marshall University’s Cam Henderson Center Gets In the Zone With HARMAN’s BSS, Crown and JBL Audio Components

HUNTINGTON, West Virginia – Marshall University’s 9,100-seat Cam Henderson Center is the college’s primary indoor athletic facility. First opened in 1981, the Center was ready for a sound system installation upgrade, which was handled by Newtech Systems, Inc., a systems integrator with locations in Dunbar, West Virginia, Ashland, Kentucky and Lexington, Kentucky. Tom Kibler, system designer and sales executive for Newtech Systems Inc., supervised the installation of a new audio system that includes more than 60 HARMAN’s JBL VRX932LA-1 Constant Curvature loudspeakers, powered by Crown DSi 4000, IT5000 HD and CDi 4000 amplifiers. The system also utilizes BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-160 Signal Processors and other BSS Audio components. Coffeen Fricke and Associates was the designer and acoustical consultant for the project.

“We chose HARMAN products because they were the best fit for me as the systems integrator,” Kibler noted. “I am very familiar with the JBL, Crown and BSS Audio products we used and in my experience they are the most reliable in their respective categories. I did consider other brands but in addition to their performance advantages concluded that the HARMAN brands offer the best bang for the buck.”

The JBL VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers are suspended from steel trusses around the interior of the arena. Each array column consists of either six or four loudspeakers. Two of the arrays are used for events such as commencements where only the arena’s stage is needed; these arrays are turned off during sporting events when the rest of the speakers are used. The system is set up so the loudspeakers’ focal points and delays are automatically reconfigured at the touch of a preset, using the Soundweb London BLU-160’s Control Inputs and Logic Outputs. In addition to the main arrays, four JBL ASB6128V subwoofers located at the center of the arena provide low-frequency reinforcement.

Two full-size equipment racks located in a dedicated electronics room contain 16 Crown DSi 4000, one CDi 4000 and two IT5000HD power amplifiers, along with the Soundweb London BLU-160 Signal Processor and a BLU-BOB2 Output Expander.

“With a job this big it’s especially true that time is money,” said Kibler, “and our installation crew marvelled at how easy it was to mount the JBL VRX932LA-1’s. Their specially designed quick-release integral rigging hardware, compact size and relatively light 46-pound weight made it possible for us to complete the installation under the hours we had bid for the project.”

“The JBL VRX932LA-1 loudspeakers allowed us to get good, clean, crisp audio to every seat in the arena,” Kibler continued. “One feature that came in really handy was their Array Configuration Selector, a series of switches that control the output of each high-frequency section in the array. This lets you set each VRX932LA-1 to deliver more high-frequency output to a distant location or less output to seats that are closer up. This feature really came in handy and allowed us to quickly do high-frequency ‘shadowing’ or fine-tuning for the near and far throw boxes in the speaker stacks. We boosted the highs 3dB on the top two arrays in the six-array stacks. We did the final high-frequency ‘sweetening’ with the BLU-160 during the commissioning of the system.”

“Programming the digital signal processing for an audio system has been a part of my work since DSP first came into the industry, and the BSS Audio Soundweb London audio networking products, DSP and setup software used in this installation actually made life pretty easy,” Kibler stated. “Not only did it provide a high level of system tuning, it enabled us to set up custom GUI [Graphical User Interface] pages and shortcuts, for example, the page that instantly switches between the stage speakers and the main venue speakers. The University staff wanted the system to be easy to operate, and Soundweb London made this possible.”

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, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Oracle Revolutionizes the Meeting Experience Featuring Video and Interactive Elements from WorldStage

When Oracle held The Experience Revolution, a special event at New York City’s Gotham Hall, event producers InVision Communications turned to WorldStage to deliver four different video and interactive elements supporting Oracle’s chosen theme.

The evening of exploration, inspiration and networking with customer experience executives featured Oracle president Mark Hurd introducing the Oracle Customer Experience, a suite of products that includes the new Oracle RightNow CX Cloud Service. The event was staged as an interactive gallery of customer experience interactions with videos, touchscreens and near field communication technology taking attendees through an individualized event experience.

“The mood and environment was different from the kind of event Oracle usually does,” notes Corey Burton, a producer with InVision Communications, which is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California. “Instead of standard presentations delivered in a static environment, Oracle stepped out of the box for a casual evening of people roaming around trying demos and watching two brief presentations. The feedback I got onsite was that Oracle was over the moon about how it went, and I hope we’ll see more flexible presentation styles like this in the future.”

WorldStage, which has worked on numerous Oracle conferences and product launches, was represented throughout Gotham Hall. The company supplied 46-inch ELO touchscreens and Brown Innovation sound domes housed for eight interactive, custom exhibit kiosks, which were designed by Design Contact and built by Global Scenic Services.

“Attendees could go up to a kiosk, scan their RF ID card and the computer would recognize them and present their interactive experience,” explains WorldStage V.P. of Production Services, Richard Bevan.

The space was branded on its sidewalls by a pair of 18.5×60-foot projection screens displaying Oracle graphics. During the presentations the display switched to PIP video playback. WorldStage provided a pair of Christie Roadster HD18K image-blended projectors for each screen; content was fed via Encore.

Bevan says that WorldStage also furnished a 4×4 NEC monitor wall, measuring 7.7×14.5 feet overall, as a backdrop and display for the Oracle presentations. The configuration featured 16 thin-bezel monitors.

Finally, WorldStage provided two Panasonic P2 cameras, one of them in a Steadicam rig. During the presentations an RF feed to the cameras documented the event. At other times, the cameras captured ENG-style man-on-the-street interviews with attendees. All footage was flown back to Oracle headquarters for postproduction.w

Corey Burton has enjoyed a 10-year relationship with Video Applications Inc., now part of the WorldStage brand with Scharff Weisberg. “I’ve always received the highest level of service from them, and their equipment has always been top notch,” he reports.

“Probably the greatest value I get from working with WorldStage is their assistance in engineering and their ability to look at the goal and result instead of just taking orders,” says Burton. “They’re always looking to make the event more interesting and exciting. WorldStage is right there on our team helping make sure the client is always thrilled. That’s a huge value add for us.”

Burton produced The Experience Revolution with Kerry Job. Katherine Eckert, from InVision Communications’ New York City office, was production assistant; Jennifer Smart was account manager.

At WorldStage, John Ackerman was technical director and Tobi Martz project manager.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Starlite Productions Provides a Complete HARMAN Audio System to Tropicana’s Boogie Nights Club, Debuting JBL’s New Marquis Dance Club Series Loudspeakers

Starlite Productions outfitted the new Boogie Nights dance club in Atlantic City with JBL’s new Marquis Dance Club Series loudspeakers.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Providing Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino and Resort with a complete audio solution for its retro ‘70s and ‘80s Boogie Nights dance club, Moorestown, New Jersey-based Starlite Productions installed HARMAN’s JBL Marquis Dance Club Series loudspeakers, making it a premier night club that boasts high-fidelity sound quality.

The Tropicana needed a solution after management renovated a section of its casino into the Boogie Nights club and approached Starlite to design the venue’s entire audio, video, control, and lighting system. “The biggest challenge was ensuring our clients’ needs were met to the fullest degree, while keeping everyone involved on the same page throughout the process,” stated Brandon Powell, Systems Project Manager at Starlite.

Boogie Nights comprises a long space just off the casino floor with three sections including a club area, a bar and lounge. There is also a VIP area and a balcony area that performers and dancers can access.

The audio system in the club area is anchored by JBL’s new Marquis Dance Club Series loudspeakers, specifically designed for the dance club market with unprecedented fidelity, clarity and breathtaking purity. There are four JBL MD49 loudspeakers and four MD7 dual 18-inch subwoofers suspended from the building structure, hung to cover the dance floor from all sides while providing stereo imaging from any dance area on the floor. They are positioned around and inside the perimeter of a large circular truss roughly 30 feet in diameter that is suspended 20 feet above the dance floor. This allows people to step just beyond the dance area to converse without interference from the high-output levels of the loudspeakers. Other overhead features include intelligent lighting, fog machines, bubble machines, video projectors, and the biggest disco ball on the Atlantic City strip. There are also 10 MD55 loudspeakers throughout the bar and lounge, with two of them flown over the stage for the DJ or talent monitors.

All the speakers are powered by Crown amplifiers, which are located in the equipment racks next to the bar. There are two Crown Macro-Tech 12000i amplifiers, six Macro-Tech 5000i amplifiers, one CTS2000 amplifier and one CTS8200 amplifier.

The system also boasts two BSS audio processors: a BLU160 and a BLU320 handle audio routing, signal processing and speaker management throughout the space. Starlite utilized an additional output to feed the casino floor area immediately outside Boogie Nights, so during open hours, what is being played inside will overflow into the gaming space, excluding microphone feeds.

When deciding on the best equipment for the job, Lenny DiGangi, AV Sales & Design for Starlite, mentioned, “We have a great relationship with HARMAN and knew the Marquis Dance Club Series would be perfect for this application. Everyone has their preferences and we chose the products and components that make us the most efficient installers and programmers, while keeping the project in the scope of what our client wants.”

“I was impressed with the MD49 loudspeakers as they are smooth right out of the box,” Powell said. “The Marquis Dance Club Series is set up for clubs. The super tweeters and the 4-way, quad-amplified configuration add great value and sound quality to these boxes, giving them exceptional clarity with loads of headroom.”

“The Macro-Tech amplifiers are workhorses,” Powell added. “The CTS amplifiers get the job done well—this is known industry-wide and is the reason we continue to use them.”

“Starlite did a fantastic job with the entire project, especially since the installation experience was very challenging,” said David Peña, Owner, Boogie Nights. “Since the club is a transformation of a huge open space, it was a difficult room to fill evenly with audio. The sound system is incredible! Customers constantly comment on how impressed they are and how clean it sounds. The lounge area has great energy while allowing patrons to still have a conversation due to the ability to direct sound. The loudspeakers definitely complete the Boogie Nights experience. Some of our other clubs have JBL and we’ve always had great experiences with their products. JBL is a name I feel comfortable with and I know their speakers are dance quality.”

Other members of Starlite Productions who helped with the design and implementation of the project include; David King, Senior Systems Manager who wrote the HARMAN HiQnet London Architect™ file and tuned the space using Smaart real-time sound analysis; Mark Pacitti, AV Integrator who wrote the program that manages system control and video routing; James Suit, Lighting Sales, who was in charge of lighting design; and Brandon Creel, Systems Project Manager who programmed the intelligent lighting and dance floor.

For more information on Starlite Productions, please visit: http://www.starlite.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, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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Yamaha CL Console Lights Up Orion Festival

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Bader Field in Atlantic City over a recent summer weekend was the site for the Orion Music + More Festival featuring Metallica on the main stage along with 30+ bands and over 33,000 in attendance on each of the two-days.

ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) provided the new Yamaha CL5 Digital Console and two Yamaha PM5Ds for the Damage Inc stage along with ten Yamaha TX3n amps for monitors. The Damage Inc stage featured performances by Suicidal Tendencies, Sepultura, The Black Dahlia Murder, Torche, Letlive, Red Fang, Kyng, Landine Marathon, Black Tusk, and Thy Will Be Done. The front of house engineers for the acts got their mixing hands on the new CL console, with Yamaha and ACIR staff on hand to answer any questions.

“Having already been familiar with the Yamaha PM5D, the CL was a breeze to use,” states Matthew (Woody) Woods, front of house engineer for The Black Dahlia Murder. “From the layout, navigation, display and touch screen, the CL makes it much easier to adjust your mix.”

“The CL5 was so quick in getting my mix where it needed to be thanks to the user defined knobs and touch screen capabilities,” says front of house engineer for Red Fang, Adam Pike. “The console was truly put to the test at the Festival where we had to do line checks through headphones. I had no idea what it was going to sound like when we went live through the mains. By the end of the first song, I was already shaping with the Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5043 and 5033 in the Yamaha CL; I felt so spoiled!”

ACIR Professional also provided a Yamaha LS9-32 with eight Yamaha DSR 15 speakers and eight DSR subs for Rob Trujillo, the bass player of Metallica, for use on the Vans stage.

“Front of house engineers were pretty enthusiastic about using the new Yamaha CL5 at the Damaged Inc stage, which is a testament to the Yamaha familiarity found throughout the company’s digital console series,” states John Grasso, co-owner of ACIR Professional and systems engineer for the Damage Inc stage. “We wanted to provide an opportunity for the festival engineers to gain the benefit of being the first in our market to work on the console, and we believe it was immensely successful for us, the engineers, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems.”

For more information on the new Yamaha CL digital console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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Photo ID: Matthew ‘Woody’ Woods

Photo Credit: Digital Warmth

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. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains 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.

HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6™ Console Supports Ray Davies Tour All Day and All of the Night

Tristan Mallett, FOH engineer for Ray Davies, with the Soundcraft Vi6 console.

NORTHRIDGE, California — Building on years of success with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital mixing console, rock and roll legend Ray Davies used a Soundcraft Vi6 as the front of house console for his recent tour.

Davies, co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members The Kinks, recently embarked on a tour through Canada and the United States, with Los Angeles-based group The 88 serving as Davies’ opening act and backing band. Davies’ performances span a seemingly endless catalog of legendary songs, a few of which include, “You Really Got Me,” “All Day and All of the Night,” “Sunny Afternoon” and “Waterloo Sunset.”

Tristan Mallett has been the FOH engineer for Davies for 15 years, working in coordination with monitor engineer Chris Wibberley, who has been with Davies for the past 12 years. Mallett is a longtime user of Soundcraft’s middle-footprint Vi4 digital console.

“I’ve also used the Vi1 quite a bit and I love it equally,” Mallett said. “It’s nice and compact, sounds great and I love the idea that one show file fits all. Having everything fit on a Vi1 allows me to get a bit more indulgent with my music pages on the Vi6. However the small footprint of the Vi1 makes it perfect for music festivals.”

As Davies’ set ranges from softer acoustic tunes to some of the heaviest rockers, Mallett’s responsibilities include accommodating for a massive dynamic range. “I need something that will be low noise at low volume and then also something I can drive hard, without running the risk of it overdriving,” he said. “With the Vi6, even if you do hit red lights, you don’t hear them. Transparency and faithful reproduction are vital and very important, especially with guitars. This is why large diaphragm AKG 414 microphones are used on the guitar amps and combined with the Studer microphone amplifiers before entering the digital stage.

“Mic amps are the highest priority for me, plus the Vi Series has everything in one package, with no need for outboard gear,” Mallett added. “There are some really nice reverbs in there. The Vi’s de-esser is also amazing—I don’t even need to know how it works, it just does the job seamlessly!”

In addition, thanks to the Vi6’s Vistonics™ II user interface, Mallett finds the Vi6 very easy to use.

“The whole layout is very accessible and with the Vistonics interface I don’t think I’ve ever lost my place on the board,” Mallett noted. “The operation of the Vi6 is very intuitive and almost foolproof in that respect.”

In addition to the Vi6 console, Davies relies on a variety of HARMAN’s AKG microphones. “For Ray’s vocals, we’ve used a D7 exclusively for the last 18 months—it’s an outstanding vocal mic,” Wibberley said. “We have 414’s on the guitars, which are great, as well as some D5 and even 535 microphones on stage.”

Like many live sound engineers, Mallett’s transition from analog consoles to digital several years ago was one he was reluctant to make. However, friend and longtime Soundcraft supporter Paul Hatt of CS Audio Ltd. England, turned Mallett on to the Soundcraft Vi Series.

“I’ve always liked analog but we of course are now in the age where digital consoles are so much more reliable, so I entered the digital world kicking and screaming, but the Vi consoles helped tremendously,” Mallett said. “The Vi is very forgiving and feels like an analog board. It takes a lot of punishment, which is a requisite for rock and roll!”

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, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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