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GC Pro Takes Care of AV for Wellsville, Ohio’s Holy Trinity Parish Church

— GC Pro provides turnkey solution for Holy Trinity Church and calls upon the services of Affiliate Program member Koko Brothers Entertainment to provide the AV systems installation and integration —

The AV systems at Holy Trinity Parish Church, in Wellsville, Ohio, needed an upgrade, and Guitar Center Professional (GC Pro), the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the needs of professional users, knew just what to do. Billy Walker, Senior Account Manager at GC Pro’s Northeast/Mid-Atlantic office in Wilmington, Delaware, working with regional service provider Koko Brothers Entertainment, outlined a plan to upgrade all of the church’s sound systems, as well as some of the audio and video systems at the affiliated St. Aloysius School. Koko Brothers is a member of GC Pro’s acclaimed Affiliate Program, which provides approved AV systems integrators as vendors for complex AV integration and installation projects.

The project was completed this summer and included systems and products such as the QSC AD-S282H-WH dual 8-inch 2-way speaker enclosure, Crown XTi 4002 power amplifiers, Shure wired and wireless microphones, a Countryman E6DW5l1SL E6 directional earset, BenQ MX717 3D-ready DLP projector, Da-lite matte white screen and PM2425 Pixmate monitor cart.

“It was really a tune-up and an upgrade, and it was a very smooth project that left their systems in a much better state,” says Walker. “The church’s sanctuary now has all-new speakers and amplifiers, and the intelligibility of the system has been greatly improved,” with new audio zones also added around the church’s interior. The school’s gymnasium and cafeteria also received new audio systems, and the BenQ / Dalite projection system is cart-mounted, making it available throughout the school for AV educational and instructional applications.

“Father Peter Haladej at the church had visited one of our local Guitar Center stores and when they realized that the customer needed design help and larger components, they sent them to GC Pro,” Walker explains. “We went in there with Koko Brothers Entertainment, evaluated their needs and created a plan that would give them the benefit of a proven installation vendor and access to GC Pro’s wide inventory and pricing. When you factor all of that in, GC Pro can’t be beat.”

Angelo Kokkinakos, Partner with his brother Lou Kokkinakos in Baltimore-based Koko Brothers Entertainment, which has done a number of projects at houses of worship, restaurants and retirement communities in partnership with GC Pro, says the church’s existing sound system wasn’t fulfilling its needs. “That’s really one of the great benefits for us and for clients in working with GC Pro,” he says. “We can take the time to really analyze what needs to be done to make a project fit the particular requirements of each location, and we have access, through GC Pro, to a much greater array of possible solutions. It’s never about one-size-fits-all; it’s always about what works best for each customer’s needs. And we were able to make a big difference in the sound at the church – when we came in, one of the biggest problems the church had that I found was a 12 dB drop in the back of the sanctuary. After the install it is less than a 3 dB drop.”

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

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Hackenbacker Tackles The Audio Post For Hunted – A Major New Series For BBC One and HBO Cinemax

After completing the audio post production for all 10 series of the drama Spooks, Soho-based post production facility Hackenbacker has returned to the world of espionage – this time tackling the audio post for Hunted, a new eight-part suspense thriller produced by Kudos Film & Television in association with Big Light Productions, for BBC One and HBO’s Cinemax channel.

Written and created by the award-winning American television writer and producer Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Strike Back), Hunted stars Melissa George (The Slap, In Treatment) as Sam, a highly skilled operative for an elite private intelligence firm who survives an attempt on her life that may have been orchestrated by members of her own team. Once she returns to the firm, she performs her secretive duties without knowing who to trust and who wants her dead.

Adam Rayner (Hawthorne, Mistresses) plays Sam’s colleague at the firm and love interest. The dedicated and complex members of the firm operate in the shadows and must often confront life and death situations on secret missions where sometimes they are unaware of who or what they are fighting for.

Filmed on location in Scotland, London and Morocco, Hunted is scheduled to be screened by the BBC from October 4th at 9 pm. Additional cast includes Stephen Dillane (Game Of Thrones), Morven Christie (The Sinking Of The Laconia) Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost, Strike Back), Lex Shrapnel (Captain America: The First Avenger), Uriel Emil (Criminal Justice), Patrick Malahide (Five Days, Billy Elliot), Stephen Campbell Moore (The Bank Job, History Boys) and Oscar Kennedy (Toast).

Hackenbacker was chosen to handle the audio post production for Hunted on the basis of its Award-winning reputation for creating superb broadcast audio.

Frank Spotnitz says: “It was a joy collaborating with Nigel and his team at Hackenbacker. The work they did on Hunted was nothing short of spectacular. Their passion, attention to detail and artistry shine through in every moment of the series. They are true storytellers.”

Nigel Heath, founder of Hackenbacker, adds: “It was such a thrill to be approached by Kudos and HBO to provide sound services on this great production. For me, there was the added bonus of being able to work again with returning director SJ Clarkson for who’s work I have huge respect – and, of course, Frank Spotnitz, who has created so much incredible entertainment over the years. The producers have encouraged bold and original use of sound in this show, and the mix review sessions have had that wonderful feeling of everyone in the room (and there are sometimes quite a lot of us!) really wanting to achieve the same end result. For what is actually a large and technically demanding show there’s been a lot of fun in the studio, too. The composer Ruth Barrett has done a superb job and all of us on the sound crew are really quite chuffed with the final result. It’s been a real pleasure to work on and a fantastic experience for all of us.”

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About Hackenbacker:
With more than 25 years experience in the audio post production business, Hackenbacker provides a first class service to the film and television industries. Its award-winning team of sound editors, designers and mixers combine a thorough knowledge of today’s technology with an understanding of the importance of deadlines in order to deliver an exceptional service to all Hackenbacker customers. The facility offers full time technical support and access to the very latest equipment as well as some more esoteric specialist devices. www.hackenbacker.com

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