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Audio-Technica Endorser Jim Brickman Tapes Session for Long-Running Radio Show at Audio-Technica’s Stow, Ohio Headquarters

STOW, OH, August 16, 2012 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology currently celebrating “50 Years of Passionate Listening,” was proud to recently host A-T endorser Jim Brickman as he recorded segments for his radio show Your Weekend with Jim Brickman, currently celebrating its 15th year as a syndicated hit, at Audio-Technica’s studio at their Stow, Ohio headquarters on August 3, 2012. A-T products used during the session included the AT4047/SV Cardioid Condenser Microphones and ATH-M50 Professional Studio Monitor Headphones.

About Jim Brickman
Jim Brickman has revolutionized the sound of solo piano with his pop-style instrumentals and star-studded vocal collaborations. A native of Cleveland, Jim Brickman began playing piano at the age of five and studied music at the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. Since the release of his debut album No Words in 1994, Jim Brickman’s romantic piano sound has made him the best-selling solo piano artist of our time. He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists: Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride, Kenny Loggins, Michael W. Smith, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Collin Raye, Michael Bolton, Donny Osmond, and Olivia Newton-John. His signature style has brought him six Gold and Platinum albums, 30 charted adult radio hits, and two GRAMMY® nominations. He recently tied for most Number One albums on Billboard’s New Age chart, and he currently holds four of its Top 10 spots. Catch Jim Brickman On A Winter’s Night touring this holiday season. For a complete list of tour dates and details visit jimbrickman.com.

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Auralex® Now Shipping UtiliTek™ Sound Absorbent Panels

— Based on Auralex®’s popular ProPanel series, UtiliTek™ panels offer contractors and system integrators a cost-effective solution in acoustical control —

INDIANAPOLIS, IN, August 13, 2012 – Auralex® Acoustics, Inc., the world’s leading brand of acoustical treatments and soon to celebrate its 35th anniversary, is now shipping its UtiliTek™ sound absorbers. Designed based on input from leading contractors and system integrators, the UtiliTek panels are similar in function, performance and design to Auralex’s acclaimed ProPanel series, but at an even more attractive price point that still yields top-notch aesthetics and performance. UtiliTek panels are fabric covered, acoustically absorptive panels designed to reduce unwanted room reflections and reverberation, providing a more accurate and articulate listening experience. UtiliTek panels are highly effective and lightweight, are composed of Class A fire-rated materials and feature a recycled absorbent core.

UtiliTek is available in four thicknesses and two edge profiles. The beveled-edge style is available in 2′x2′x1″, 2′x4′x1″ and 2′x4′x2″ sizes. The square-edge style is available in a 2′x4′x3″ size that is perfect for corner mounting between two walls or across wall/ceiling junctures for moderate low-frequency control.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to the sound contracting/fixed installation market sectors, we wanted to offer solutions for contractors working with the tighter budgets that are common in today’s economy,” stated Eric Smith, Auralex Founder and President. “UtiliTek panels can be employed in a wide variety of installations, including clubs, live performance venues, restaurants/bars, houses of worship, corporate, municipal and residential installations.”

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

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SYMETRIX EXPANDS SYMNET AUDIO DSP WITH RADIUS 12×8

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – AUGUST 2012: Symetrix announces the Radius 12×8, a Dante™-networkable, fixed I/O, open-architecture digital signal processor expanding the innovative SymNet platform.

Radius may be installed as a standalone processor or used in conjunction with SymNet Edge or third party Dante(tm) network-enabled devices to achieve the scalability and flexibility needed to meet the specifications of the simplest to the most complex installations.

“The Radius 12×8 is an extremely powerful installed sound DSP making use of one of the industry’s most popular input/output form factors – 12×8,” said Paul Roberts, CEO. “In response to integrator feedback, the SymNet Radius 12×8 includes ARC-WEB, our simple, yet powerful, browser-based user-control technology, compatible with Apple and Android smartphones and tablets.”

Audinate’s award-winning Dante technology is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Dante delivers a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols.

Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO remarks “Symetrix has done their research and is seizing the opportunity with the launch of the Radius 12×8, their second Dante-enabled product to hit the market this year. ” Ellison adds, “With the new Radius, customers will be able to easily connect to the many other Dante-enabled products now available which in turn offers a broader networked solution for everyone.”

KEY PRODUCT BENEFITS AND FEATURES
• Plug-and-play networking enables multiple Radius and Edge units to function as building blocks in a scalable system design, from one DSP to many.
• Easy transition to Radius 12×8 with advanced training available online 24/7 and Symetrix technical support staff available for design assistance.
• Twelve mic/line inputs, eight line outputs.
• Configure with SymNet Composer software with over 600 DSP modules.
• Internal gigabit and 10/100 switches eliminate the need for third-party switches in most systems.
• Network audio expansion using Dante protocol over standard IT networks. 64 transmit and 64 receive channels. Ultra low latency.
• User control: Symetrix ARC wall panels, ARC-WEB web app, SymNet SymVue, third-party touch screens.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

ANALOG ACTIVIST MIXER JEFF JULIANO SHARES HIS PASSION FOR METRIC HALO’S CHANNELSTRIP

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – AUGUST 2012: Although he started out his career as both a recording engineer and a mix engineer, Jeff Juliano has since heeded his passion and focused his talents to become a mix engineer exclusively. A blessed blend of intuition and elbow grease has earned Juliano work with artists such as John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Train, Shinedown, O.A.R., Dave Matthews, Paramore, Green River Ordinance and All Time Low. These days, the flexible, but opinionated, Juliano works out of a state-of-the-art home studio, where he has amassed an impressive collection of analog outboard processors that find their way into almost every mix he does. And although he feels that most plug-ins can’t compete with the analog processing at his disposal, there is one that does: Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip. It too finds its way into almost every mix he does.

“With most plug-ins, I end up having to put five other plug-ins behind it,” said Juliano. “When I find that I’m adding a compressor and then a filter bank and then something else on top of the first plug-in, it’s because the first plug-in isn’t really doing what I want it to do. Not so with ChannelStrip.” Metric Halo ChannelStrip (an earlier version of which was installed on Juliano’s first Pro Tools rig back in the late 1990s) delivers a fully-featured gate, compressor, and equalizer in every instance.

Because Juliano is a self-described freak about analog gear, the bar for good digital plug-ins is much higher than it might otherwise be. His studio is loaded with outboard gear, both new and vintage, from manufacturers such as API, Neve, Manley, Empirical Labs, and Inward Connections. “ChannelStrip is so good that I often disable an analog send that isn’t doing the job in favor of ChannelStrip,” Juliano said. “The dynamics are reactive and the equalizer has air and warmth. ChannelStrip is useful both as an enhancement for tracks that are decent to begin with and as an emergency repair for tracks that have big problems. It’s a one-stop shop, and there’s a reason why it’s still an industry standard after well over a decade on the market. In fact, I just mixed a single “Champions” by O.A.R. and B.o.B that was recently released as part of Duracell’s campaign to support the 2012 London Olympic Games. I used the Channel Strip on every channel of that session.”

Juliano asserts that not only does ChannelStrip sound good, but it sounds good fast. “In this business, anything that I can use that will speed my work and allow me to have a life… I’ll buy that product,” he laughed. “Really, if I can finish a mix that sounds fantastic with time left over to enjoy dinner with my wife and kid and maybe go play some soccer in the backyard… why wouldn’t I?” On the business side of things, Juliano points out that the timelines for project completion have shrunk – and continue to shrink. “People give me a 25-song live recording and tell me it needs to be available on iTunes in three weeks,” he said. “To me, that’s crazy, but at the same time, it’s realistic these days. With ChannelStrip, I get immediate results. Boom! Moving on! That’s important not only as speed for speed’s sake, but also for maintaining my creative vibe. With other plug-ins, I can get bogged down with things that aren’t really happening, and that can kill my creative vibe.”

Like some sort of law (“thou shalt push technology to the brink”), Juliano notes that session sizes have been keeping pace with the exponential increase in processing speeds and storage capacity. He’s typically handed about 150-tracks per pop song. “There are still only two speakers,” he laughed. “I can – and often do – have ChannelStrip on one hundred tracks. Each instance gives me all the fundamentals – gate, compressor, and EQ – with quality that sits proudly with my big-name analog outboard gear. It’s really an invaluable tool. It saves the day, again and again.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO
Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

Autoscript Showcases Broadcast Prompting Solutions at SET 2012

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL, AUGUST 22, 2012—Autoscript, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, and a world-leading teleprompting company, is showcasing the company’s latest prompting solutions at the SET Congress and 21st edition of the Broadcast & Cable Show – International Technology Fair. The company is present at two locations at the show; attendees can visit either the Vitec Brasil Booth (B11A) and/or the PHASE Booth to see a variety of the company’s teleprompters, accessories and software.

Autoscript is exhibiting its full line of LED teleprompters at the show, including the LED17TFT-BLW and W19HDSDI-OA prompters. The LED17TFT-BLW is a 17-inch LED color on-camera prompter with a wide-angle molded hood and 17-inch LED teleprompter monitor. The W19HDSDI-OA is a 19-inch HD/SD SDI widescreen color LCD professional monitor with on-air kit. Both systems incorporate the latest in Autoscript’s illumination technology, the TFT (thin-film transistor) LED system. Unlike CCFLs (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Tubes), which take many minutes to reach full efficiency and light output, the company’s LED prompters offer instant warm-up to full brightness. In addition, the wide-angle hood of the prompters makes them optimal for news- or studio-based productions.

For broadcasters in search of portable and/or handheld solutions, Autoscript is featuring its LED8TFT and ELP15 teleprompters. The LED8TFT is an eight-inch high-bright LED color TFT on-camera prompter with a small folding hood. Weighing only 7.7 pounds, it is suitable for studio (jib), field and high-bright applications. The ELP15-POV is a 15-inch TFT color LCD on-camera prompter ideal for small POV cameras.

Autoscript is also highlighting all three versions of its WinPlus prompting software. Compatible with all leading newsroom systems, including ENPS and iNEWS, WinPlus-News, Studio and Xlite offer users all-in-one solutions for show rundowns, cues and prompting. User-friendly and intuitive, WinPlus software enables users to control the run order and edit anywhere within the script, even when scrolling through the on-air story. This leaves the prompt output unaffected, adding resilience to the overall system.

The company is also exhibiting its range of tally and timecode accessories. The ClockPlus is an LED SMPTE/EBU timecode display that changes color from green to red when a suitable tally input is applied. In addition, the company will showcase its TallyPlus, a unique camera number system that features a large LED indicator. It displays the camera in green (1-9) while in standby and then turns red when the camera is live. TallyPlus retrofits to the entire range of Autoscript TFTs. It has the unique feature of a second photo-electric cell built into the rear of the device, which docks with the cue light on the TFT.

For more information and to find an authorized Autoscript dealer, please visit www.Autoscript.tv or contact ussales@autoscript.tv.

About Autoscript
Established in the UK in 1984, with headquarters in the US and the UK, Autoscript is the world leader in the prompting industry. Autoscript provides a complete range of teleprompters for PC and the i-Series, the best designed and built hardware, PC cards and software, and—with its expanding line of intuitive accessories—is the new definition in prompting. Autoscript is a member of the Vitec Group. For more information visit www.autoscript.tv.

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 Bags, 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.

Main Event Entertainment™ Creates a Visual and Digital Entertainment Experience With Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 Projectors

MAIN EVENT ENTERTAINMENT™ CREATES A VISUAL AND DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT EXPERIENCE WITH CASIO’S SIGNATURE XJ-M250 PROJECTORS

DOVER, NJ, (AUGUST 22, 2012) - Main Event Entertainment™, a leading family entertainment center based in Plano, Texas wanted to visually enhance and transform their customers’ overall bowling experience.  To do so, the Center sought out SAVE Electronics –  a leading solutions provider of presentation, entertainment and communications systems components and support for business and home systems to help find a less expensive and low maintenance projector for wall-to-wall entertainment. With the help of SAVE Electronics located in Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex, SAVE Electronics installed 40 of Casio’s Signature XJ-M250
projectors across three different Main Event locations.

SAVE Electronics suggested Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 projectors because they are lamp-free and run on Casio’s state-of-the-art LASER & LED Hybrid Light Source. This means users do not have to replace lamps every 2-3 months, which typically costs almost as much as the original projector cost over one year. With the projectors having an estimated lifespan of 20,000 hours, Main Event can now provide on-going visual footage, since the projectors typically run 14-16 hours a day.

“I have been in this business for more than 30 years and found Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 projector to be incomparable,” said Tim Boyd, president of SAVE Electronics. “The fact that it can withstand such a high amount of daily use is a major benefit. Additionally, the XJ-M250 is one of the brightest Lamp Free Laser & LED projectors on the market and the zoom feature works great, while still allowing the brightness of the image to stay intact.”

With Casio’s XJ-M250, Main Event can shut down the projectors every day without worrying about additional setup time. When the power is turned back on, the projectors retain memory of the zoom settings and cut down on calibration time. Even if the Center were to lose power during a thunderstorm, this easy to use system will not lose the data needed to keep the visual effects running when power is restored.  Since the projectors use Laser & LED’s it only takes eight seconds from Power on to reach full brightness. And instant OFF capability means no cool down time.

“The total cost of ownership and ability to withstand daily use were the two major components in choosing a projector,” said Pete Del Monte, Director of Technical Services of Main Event Entertainment. “Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 meets our needs beyond our expectations and has made a significant technological difference in our bowling alleys by cutting down costs and maintenance, and brightening the atmosphere. This projector has transformed Main Event Bowling Centers into an amazing digital experience for consumers.”

Casio’s Signature XJ-M250 projectors are set up at the end of all bowling lanes, right above the pins, from floor to ceiling. The units can project advertisements, live video of sporting events, music videos and more. Controlled by Crestron, the projectors have an additional switcher that allows managers to choose from six different DirectTV networks.

Main Event set up 11 projectors in their first location, which became the first full digital building in the United States. After testing Casio’s projectors in this location, Main Event Bowling Center decided to implement the projectors in two other locations as well. They went on to set up 12 projectors in a second location and 17 in a third. Currently, Main Event Bowling Center is building a new location in Katy, Texas, which will include 14 Casio projectors.

“Casio is proud to be Main Event’s premier projector provider,” said Matt Mustachio, general manager of Casio’s Business Projector Division. “We know our Lamp Free projectors will reduce operating costs over the life of the installation and create a space that is both inviting and dynamic. We look forward to our continued relationship with Main Event Entertainment.”

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About Casio America, Inc.

Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions. Established in 1957, Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to fulfill its corporate creed of creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit www.casiousa.com.

About Main Event Entertainment™

Main Event Entertainment is an expanding, Dallas-based company founded in 1998 and currently operates high-volume family entertainment centers throughout Texas.  Main Event Entertainment, LP operates as a subsidiary within Ardent Leisure Group of Australia.  Voted in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as “Best Place to Bowl,” as well as “Best Party Place” by the Austin Chronicle and “Best Indoor Play” by Austin Family Magazine, Main Event family entertainment centers house 50,000-75,000 square feet of superior recreational bowling, billiards, laser tag, a unique selection of interactive games, a tempting array of quality food and beverage, as well as complimentary Wi-Fi and flexible meeting and event space for corporate outings or group gatherings.  For more information, visit http://www.maineventusa.com

About SAVE Electronics Inc.

With over 55 years of experience and a staff of design and integration experts, SAVE Electronics stays up to date on the latest technology with the solutions needed for each and every project.  Parent company Boyd’s TV was first established in 1957 with SAVE Electronics re-establishing in 1998. SAVE Electronics utilizes and supports the latest advances in technologies from leading-edge and recognized manufactures.  Receiving awards such as “Best MDU Residential Tower Project” – 2007 Lutron Electronics / “One Of the Most Dependable Home Theater Design Company Of Central United States” -2008 Electronics House Magazine.  It is able to do so by all technicians maintaining certification in all areas of the control, installastion, and programming for the delivery audio/visual communications, lighting, and surveillance including distributed network systems for residence, offices, hospitality and commercial venues.

 

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L-ACOUSTICS KARA Installed in Tokyo Concert Hall

TOKYO — L-ACOUSTICS’ Japanese distributor, Bestec Audio, has supplied a KARA/KUDO WST line source system to Orchard Hall in Tokyo’s Bunkamura complex. Located in the Shibuya district, the huge cultural facility was the first of its kind in Japan and consists of a concert hall, theatre, museum, cinema, cafes and art shops. more

Neumann KH 120 Monitors Maintain Sonic Consistency in WWE’s Challenging Multiple-Medium Post-Production Environment

The production standard is set extremely high for post-production engineers at WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.), a global entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn. that reaches over 13 million viewers in the U.S. and broadcasts to more than 145 countries in 30 languages. Recently, WWE installed several pairs of Neumann KH 120s in its editing and post-production suites, which are used to monitor its weekly television, web and live auditorium programming.

The Neumann KH 120 was chosen for its versatility and its ability to deliver consistent sound quality across multiple broadcast mediums. Post-production staff at WWE relies on monitors in their non-linear video editing suites to produce audio that will provide viewers with the best possible listening experience on television, online and in arenas.

WWE produces seven hours of domestic television and another 80 hours of international content every week of the year, in addition to two home video titles and a pay-per-view event each month. When it came time to upgrade the video editing suites in WWE headquarters, the production team spent 18 months investigating options to get audio quality that sounded like “real speakers,” said Chris Argento, vice president of post-production at WWE.

“I fell in love with the audio quality of the small, self-powered Neumann KH 120 monitors,” Argentino says. “The stereo imaging and center channel information are absolutely perfect, and it’s incredible how accurate they are. There’s no artificial high end or feeling of processing. They sound like ‘real speakers’ and enable us to develop programming where we can judge the sound for television, online and the arena.”

Argento tested a variety of monitors while upgrading WWE’s Audio Mixing suites. For large suites, he selected Neumann’s new O 410 active midfield studio monitors. Having been extremely pleased with the crisp sound of the O 410s, Argento turned again to Neumann for the smaller non-linear video editing suites, which he chose to outfit with KH 120 monitors after getting firsthand experience with them during the 2011 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

WWE initially deployed pairs of KH 120 monitors in six non-linear editing suites, and subsequently added pairs to 14 additional suites. Now that the Neumann KH 120 has become the standard for WWE monitoring environments, Argento says he plans to add even more pairs of KH 120 monitors to additional editing suites in the near future.

Following its mantra of “good video is made by good audio,” WWE engineers are faced with a daily challenge of providing a consistent quality across existing and future media. Argento says the Neumann KH 120 monitors have made it easy to achieve this consistency, while maintaining the company’s high standards of audio quality.

The monitors have also aided editing and production staff in finishing programs that must forego audio post-production. Argento said it is critical post-production engineers are able get the same listening experience viewers will have later, and in this regard, he says the KH 120s have exceeded expectations.

As the first of Neumann’s line of studio monitors, the KH 120 is designed for use as a near-field loudspeaker or as a rear loudspeaker in larger multi-channel systems. It represents the latest in acoustic and electronic simulation and measurement technologies to ensure the most accurate sound reproduction possible.

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NanoLumens To Participate In Upcoming Almo Professional E4 AV Events In Dallas And New York

NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia-based company that introduced the world to large format flexible LED display technology, will again team up with Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, at the upcoming E4 AV training and networking events in Dallas on September 13 and New York on October 3, 2012. An overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 tour can be viewed here.

According to NanoLumens’ VP of sales, Dana Michaelis, NanoLumens will showcase its NanoFlex™ 112” and NanoSlim™ 114” LED displays at both events. “NanoLumens looks forward to participating in the Almo E4 A/V events this fall,” Michaelis said today. “Exhibiting at the spring events provided us with a strategic opportunity to take our displays out into key markets, and we are eager to reach even more installers and end-users at these new stops.”

“NanoLumens has been an excellent addition to our E4 event – the technology is so unique that it always draws a tremendous amount of interest,” explained Melody Craigmyle, VP of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “Attending E4 partners have a special opportunity to learn more about how the NanoLumens products can be designed into any shape or size and to the exact specifications of their digital signage and rental and staging installs. This keeps our partners competitive and makes what they can offer their customers, in terms of displays, truly limitless.”

The NanoLumens NanoFlex will be showcased in a 112” model of the lightweight LED display that can be elegantly curved and wrapped around contoured walls and structures to meet the specific needs of any environment, including corporate lobbies, high-end retail stores, stadiums, and anywhere else digital signage is needed.
 
NanoLumens will also feature a 114” model of its NanoSlim display, which is designed to provide a sleek digital signage solution for even the most discerning clientele. NanoLumens uses their patented technology to build beautiful, thin, lightweight large format LED display solutions unlike anything in the display market today. Available in 6mm, 5mm, and 4mm pixel pitches, the displays offer customers a more cost-effective alternative when flexibility is not a requirement.

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.
 
NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50 percent reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible. 

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are offered in standard configurations as well as design-specific configurations to fit virtually any size, shape or curvature in both the NanoFlex line of flexible displays and the NanoSlim line of fixed frame displays.
 
The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

The E4 Dallas event will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas while the E4 New York event is on October 3 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. Both events will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

About Almo Professional A/V’s E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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grandMA Series 2 Consoles, MDG Foggers and Clay Paky Sharpys Hit the Road with Dave Matthews

The Dave Matthews Band is back on the road this summer with a North American tour preceding the release of their album, “Away From The World,” due out in September. Accompanying the band is a complement of equipment distributed by A.C.T Lighting, Inc., including two full-size grandMA2 consoles, a grandMA2 Light, two MDG 5000 high-output foggers, two MDG 3000 high-output foggers and 16 Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures.

All of the equipment was specified by the band’s longtime lighting designer Fenton Williams and supplied by Theatrical Media Services Inc. (TMS) of Omaha, Nebraska.

Williams, who’s also the overall visual designer for the tour, acts as co-lighting operator for the shows running one grandMA console while Aaron Stinebrink from TMS runs the second desk. “Fenton is very active and likes to augment on the fly during the show,” says TMS’s Pete Franks who serves as system crew chief on the road. “That’s why there are two consoles always operating front of house – and there’s a grandMA Light on hand for back up. All are networked together and can control lighting and the Green Hippo Hippotizer.”

Franks notes that Williams transitioned to the grandMA2s after almost a decade of using grandMA1 consoles. “We never considered using another brand when looking for a new console,” he says. “The new units are great with much more functionality. We’ve had no failure with the new units since we started using them.”

Among the lights controlled by the grandMAs are 16 Sharpys, which were purchased new by TMS for the tour and are delivering “rock solid” performance. Williams has mounted them vertically on the video screen surrounds upstage of the band where they replace ACL-type lights he had used in the past. The lighting designer likes “the unique look of the fixture,” says Franks as well as the Sharpys’ “narrow beam angle.”

The MDG foggers are also a hit with the show. “We really like the 100 percent duty cycle capabilities of the MDG,” says Franks, whose company also boasts an inventory of MDG hazers. “They all use the same fluid. And they all do a great job.”

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