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Christie Digital Cinema Projectors Screen World Premiere of Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” in Brilliant 3D at New York Film Festival

A Festival Sponsor, Christie is Among “The Brightest Stars” of NYFF Opening Night Celebrations.

The highly anticipated world premiere in 3D of Academy Award® winning director Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” was projected at Alice Tully Hall this weekend using acclaimed Christie Solaria digital cinema projectors as part of the 50th Annual New York Film Festival opening night celebrations.

'Life of Pi' lead actor Suraj Sharma (l.) and director Ang Lee at the New York Film Festival.

'Life of Pi' lead actor Suraj Sharma (l.) and director Ang Lee at the New York Film Festival.

Preferred Christie dealer Digital Media Systems selected and installed two powerful Christie CP4230 DLP Cinema projectors and synchronized their images on screen to meet the demands of the festival organizers, who required double the brightness levels of typical 3D presentations to more accurately depict Ang Lee’s epic 3D film, a fantasy about a boy stranded on a lifeboat with a Bengal tiger. The film kicked off the prestigious festival, setting the tone for the scores of other screenings and special events on tap, including workshops and panel discussions, many of which will feature today’s most influential filmmakers and industry leaders, from September 28 through October 14.

In addition to Alice Tully Hall, the festival is utilizing other venues on the Lincoln Center Campus, including the Walter Reade Theater, and the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, which includes the Francesca Beale Theater, Howard Gilman Theater and the Amphitheater.

“We are pleased to be a sponsor of the New York Film Festival,” said Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions at Christie. “As the undisputed leader in digital cinema with the largest number of digital cinema installations worldwide, Christie has earned a solid reputation as an industry innovator whose groundbreaking technology has revolutionized the digital cinema landscape. It’s our privilege to ‘play’ the premier venue at the New York Film Festival, and to be in the excellent company of some of the most creative and visionary filmmakers of our time.”

Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, noted that festival organizers have worked with him in the past, and so placed complete trust in him to provide them with the best digital projectors available to meet their needs. Representing 20th Century Fox, which is distributing the film and is also a Festival sponsor, Paliotta selected the Christie CP4230 projectors for their exceptional performance on the large screen. The two-projector system helped deliver an unprecedented level of brightness, image clarity, and realism.

“They wanted the most reliable, most powerful projection system in the industry to achieve the higher level of brightness required for the 3D ‘Life of Pi’, ensuring the visual impact that
Ang Lee sought to bring his cinematic vision to life,” he said. “There was never any doubt in my mind that Christie was the only one that could meet such a challenge in terms of image brightness, while still maintaining deep color saturation and razor-sharp resolution. Christie was a huge success last year when I used them for the advance screening of Martin Scorsese’s highly acclaimed film, ‘Hugo,’ and I was confident that Christie would again surpass all expectations this year.”

Paliotta added: “The feedback from the audience was remarkable. The picture was visually stunning. Everyone was beyond blown away by how it looked. Without a doubt, it was a fantastic screening and an unforgettable evening.”

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HARMAN Professional Reaffirms Its Support of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®

HARMAN Professional’s AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon will continue to serve as official P&E Wing Sponsors

Santa Monica, Calif., Oct. 3, 2012 — The Producers & Engineers Wing® of The Recording Academy® is proud that its relationship with HARMAN Professional’s leading audio brands AKG® Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon has been increasingly successful in its efforts to promote quality in audio. As official “P&E Wing Sustaining Partners,” AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon have participated in a wide variety of activities, including being the title sponsor of high-profile regional Academy Chapter events, having a presence on the P&E Wing section of the GRAMMY 365 member Web site and serving as a sustaining sponsor of the P&E Wing Manufacturers Council. HARMAN Professional has reaffirmed its sponsorship for the coming year and will continue to work closely with the P&E Wing and support its initiatives and membership.

“HARMAN proudly supports the Producers & Engineers Wing,” noted Blake Augsburger, Executive Vice President, HARMAN International and President, Professional Division. “Their efforts advance the recording industry, benefitting artists, equipment manufacturers and most of all, the listeners. We look forward to another year of rewarding projects together.”

“We are very pleased that HARMAN has again chosen to continue its partnership with The Producers & Engineers Wing,” stated Maureen Droney, Sr. Executive Director of The Recording Academy P&E Wing. “JBL Professional, AKG Acoustics and Lexicon share the P&E Wing’s vision of capturing and delivering the highest quality audio. We look forward to this continued partnership and to having key individuals from the HARMAN family of products interact and exchange ideas with our membership.”

Established in 1957, The Recording Academy is an organization of musicians, producers, engineers and recording professionals that is dedicated to improving the cultural condition and quality of life for music and its makers. Internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards — the preeminent peer-recognized award for musical excellence and the most credible brand in music — The Recording Academy is responsible for groundbreaking professional development, cultural enrichment, advocacy, education and human services programs. The Academy continues to focus on its mission of recognizing musical excellence, advocating for the well-being of music makers and ensuring music remains an indelible part of our culture. For more information about The Academy, please visit www.grammy.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @TheGRAMMYs on Twitter, like “The GRAMMYs” on Facebook, and join The GRAMMYs’ social communities on YouTube, Tumblr, Foursquare, GetGlue, and Instagram.

Currently more than 6,000 professionals comprise The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, which was established for producers, engineers, remixers, manufacturers, technologists, and other related creative and technical professionals in the recording field. This organized voice for the recording community addresses issues that affect the craft of recorded music, including the development and implementation of new technologies, technical guidelines and recommendations, and archiving and preservation initiatives. For more information, please visit www.producersandengineers.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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Ventuz Guides a Virtual Dive at Expo 2012 in Yeosu Korea


German Pavilion Wins Gold Award for “Best Content Implementation” of Event Theme

Ventuz Technology, provider of high-end 3D graphics software technology played an integral role in the interactive content display for the award-winning “Seavolution” German pavilion at the World Expo Yeosu Korea 2012. The Ventuz software suite was used by German-based multimedia agency Deutsche Werbewelt to create large scale interactive installations that demonstrated an animated voyage of discovery beneath the ocean.

“The Living Ocean and Coast” was this year’s Expo theme, where more than 100 countries and international organizations were invited to communicate and demonstrate their ideas for balancing the preservation of ocean and coastal areas with economic development. The next World Expo will be held in 2015 in Milan, Italy.

“Seavolution” (“Sea” and “Evolution”) presented by Germany, consisted of three exhibition areas: “Coasts,” “Biotope,” and “Treasure chamber.” The technologically sophisticated exhibits ranged from environmentally-friendly ships, tidal power stations, tsunami early warning systems, waste in the sea, overfishing, to the wealth of resources found on the bottom of the ocean. The German Pavilion at Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea was organized by the HMC on behalf of the BMWi. The concept for content design was provided by the working group facts and fiction GmbH and GTP Architekten. For more information, visit http://www.expo2012-deutschland.de.

Deutsche Werbewelt utilized Ventuz to plan, produce, create, and develop a variety of graphical and content-rich visualization applications that guided visitors at the Expo through interactive touch-screens, as well as dynamic presentations of a number of scientific oceanic evolutions. At the heart of the entire set of highly immersive experiences was the Ventuz software suite, a feature-rich solution that not only provided Deutsche Werbewelt with the production toolset, but also enabled visitor browsing and touch-screen interaction, as well as multi-dimensional and multi-layered content.

“For many years Ventuz has been our number one choice for creating interactive applications,” commented Dennis Presche with Deutsche Werbewelt. “It allows us to work extremely fast and adjust to the customer’s needs and wishes in the most flexible way. Therefore it was the perfect tool for a project of this size and versatility. There are no limits to our creativity with Ventuz.”

Due to the overwhelming creativity and popularity of “Seavolution,” the Yeosu Korea organization committee awarded the German pavilion with the Gold Award for the “best content implementation” of the event’s theme.

Used throughout the live presentation and broadcast markets, the Ventuz software suite is considered one of the most innovative solutions available today. It specifically addresses the challenges creative agencies are facing in keeping up with the technological and presentation needs of customers as well as helping broadcasters produce, manage and deliver high-end 3D on-air and in-studio graphics efficiently and economically. Regardless of the application, the openness of the Ventuz software suite allows for a variety of external control capabilities, such as multi-touch functionality enabling communication with any input device connected to a standard Windows PC.

Its easy to use authoring and animation environment offers an open framework of building blocks, which means users not only have a complete toolset for creating compelling content, but it also supports seamless integration with 3rd party applications. The unsurpassed flexibility of the Ventuz 3D engine provides unique possibilities to utilize designs for live presentations, interactive exhibits, broadcast on-air graphics, and interactive in-studio applications.

About Ventuz Technology AG:
Ventuz Technology offers hardware-agnostic, resolution-independent 3D real-time software and technology for graphics design, authoring, and control of non-linear animation and interactive 3D presentations, as well as video wall and multi-display presentations.

Ventuz Broadcast:
Ventuz Technology’s Broadcast edition addresses on-air and in-studio broadcast applications, post production graphics and 3D workflows. As a field-proven real-time graphics solution, global broadcast stations currently utilize Ventuz for the 2D/3D authoring and graphic playback of sportscasts, and in-studio presentations.

Ventuz Professional:
Advertising agencies and the live events industry utilize Ventuz Professional edition for creating and staging large-scale multimedia client presentations and fully interactive product launches. Digital signage content designers use Ventuz software tools for the creation and display (including touch-screen) for POS. Regardless of the application, customers including Microsoft, Audi, Adidas, D:SF, VW, and Porsche use Ventuz for unlimited creativity for real-time 3D design, authoring and presentation.

For more information about Ventuz products and services please visit: http://ventuz.com.

View the Ventuz YouTube Channel for application examples: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL47C04DEBB7C43967&feature=plcp

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Advanced Broadcast Solutions Sponsors WATOA Conference

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) will sponsor the President’s Reception and provide a technology demonstration at the WATOA Annual Fall Conference, which runs Oct. 11-12 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Richland, Wash. ABS will also exhibit at regional show along with Panasonic, Grass Valley, and LiveU.

Presented by the Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, the conference will include workshops and presentations for government television and cable franchise managers and producers, as well as communications managers, network administrators, and Web site managers. The conference will also include the annual WATOA meeting and several networking opportunities.

“WATOA addresses important issues for cable franchises and other telecommunications systems, including government regulations,” said Mark Siegel, President of ABS. “We are proud to be a sponsor at this year’s annual conference.”

For registration and more information, visit www.watoa.org.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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HARMAN Professional’s AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon Continue Sponsorship of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN Professional today announced its AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon brands are maintaining their status as official “P&E Wing Sustaining Partners” with the renewal of their sponsorship of P&E Wing Sustaining Partners® through 2013. This sponsorship will include cooperation in a variety of events and activities throughout the year, a presence on the P&E Wing section of the GRAMMY365 member Web site and sustaining sponsorship of the P&E Wing Manufacturers Council.

Over the past 12 months, HARMAN Professional supported P&E Wing events such as the P&E Wing’s “Mic to Mix” event, held at Conway Recording Studios in Los Angeles, which featured a live acoustic recording session by the pop/soul group Elaine Faye & Company, engineered by 2-time GRAMMY® winner Nathaniel Kunkel. HARMAN also sponsored “The Hang with HARMAN” at Nashville’s famed Sound Stage studios, featuring 3-time GRAMMY-winning engineer Chuck Ainlay (Mark Knopfler, Miranda Lambert, George Strait) and artist Betsey Long. At both events, attendees were able to hear various models of JBL studio monitors, AKG headphones and AKG microphones, and Lexicon PCM Native Reverb software plug-ins.

In 2012, HARMAN also celebrated its fourth year as the “official sound partner” of the GRAMMY Awards® and served as the title sponsor of the Pre-GRAMMY Gala, produced by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy.

“The work of the P&E Wing is vital to the advancement of the recording industry. As manufacturers of the tools used to craft today’s recordings, we feel an obligation not only to perfect our technologies, but to educate the market about the benefits,” said Peter Chaikin, Senior Manager, Recording & Broadcast Marketing, JBL Professional. “Our continued partnership with the P&E Wing provides a channel for valuable exchange with talented producers and engineers at the forefront of the industry. We are looking forward to building on this successful relationship with a terrific 2013!”

“Our ongoing partnership with the P&E Wing continues to strengthen our relationships within the recording industry, enabling us to connect with the world’s most renowned producers and engineers as well as aspiring professionals,” said Joe Wagoner, Product Manager, Wireless-Tour-Install, AKG. “We anticipate even greater success in 2013 in our efforts to provide the recording community with world-class technology and our relationship with the P&E Wing plays a significant role in our ability to do so.”

“We are proud to extend our relationship with the P&E Wing as they continue their outstanding work with major events and initiatives that support and foster a sense of community for the rapidly growing community of highly talented producers and engineers,” said Noel Larson, Market Manager, Portable PA, Tour and Recording at HARMAN Music Group.

Maureen Droney, Senior Executive Director of The Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing, stated, “Our partnership with HARMAN Professional and its leading brands AKG Acoustics, JBL Professional and Lexicon, continues to be a mutually beneficial, and very successful, relationship. From their ongoing support of the P&E Wing’s initiatives, to our signature annual GRAMMY Week event, to local Chapter functions, as well as being a sustaining member of our Manufacturer’s Council, HARMAN is a major force in helping us raise the awareness of high quality audio to the marketplace.”

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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AES Announces Awards Presentations

SAN FRANCISCO: Each year the Audio Engineering Society presents special awards to members who have made outstanding contributions to the Society in such areas as research, scholarship, and publications. Additionally, members whose accomplishments have advanced and enhanced our industry are recognized for their endeavors. This year’s Awards will be presented during the opening ceremonies of the 133rd AES Convention on Friday, Oct. 26th at SF’s Moscone Center.

“While their individual areas of expertise are diverse, AES Award recipients are similar in that each of them has made an indelible mark on the advancement of the art and science of pro audio,” remarked Awards Committee Chair Diemer de Vries. “The dedication and perspiration they have devoted to their life’s work, coupled with their ongoing efforts to further the goals of our Society, make them examples of perseverance and innovation. We are extremely pleased to honor these brilliant, original thinkers.”

RECIPIENTS OF THE 2012 AES BOARD OF GOVERNORS AWARD ARE:

•Jay Fouts, in recognition of his work on behalf of the Audio Engineering Society over more than half a century
•Kyungwhoon Cheun, in recognition of co-chairing the 43rd AES International Conference in Rohang, Korea, September-October 2011
•Ricardo Escallón in recognition of co-chairing the 2010 Latin American Conference in Bogota, October 2010
•Cesar Lamschtein, in recognition of chairing the 2011 Latin America Conference in Montevideo, August-September 2011
•Gunther Melendez, in recognition of chairing the 2012 Latin America Conference in Guatemala, August 2012
•John Oh, in recognition of co-chairing the 43rd AES International Conference in Pohang, Korea, September-October 2011
•Ville Pulkki, in recognition of chairing the 45th AES International Conference on Application of Time-Frequency Processing in Audio in Helsinki, Finland, March 2012
•Jeff. M. Smith, in recognition of chairing the 46th AES International Conference on Audio Forensics in Denver, June 2012
•Michael Santucci, in recognition of chairing the 47th AES International Conference on Music Induced Hearing Disorders in Chicago, June 2012
•Marcela Zorro, in recognition of co-chairing the 2010 Latin American Conference in Bogota, October 2010

AES FELLOWSHIP AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO:

•Juha Backman, for his contribution to bringing about high-quality audio for mobile devices

•David Bialik, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to AES activities in the field of radio broadcast engineering
•Poppy Crum, for her work in neuroscience and psyhoacoustics, allowing a better understanding of how we listen to audio
•Carlos Indio Gauvron, in recognition of outstanding contribution to the dissemination of audio knowledge in Latin America
•Garry Margolis, in recognition of his many years of activities in audio engineering, having worked in areas as diverse as loudspeaker development and digital audio coding.
•Jorge Moreno, in recognition of his many years of work in researching new technologies in audio measurement as well as his dedication to audio education in Latin America
•John Storyk, in recognition of his more than four decades of work in the areas of room design, acoustical treatment, and modification.
•Woon-Seng Gan, for contributions to signal processing, education, and research leadership in the field of Audio Engineering

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICES MEDAL IS AWARDED TO:

•John Vanderkooy, in recognition of his many years of work as AES Journal Editor and as a member of the Board of Governors

AN HONORARY MEMBERSHIP AWARD IS PRESENTED TO:

•Ronald E. Uhlig, in recognition of his pioneering engineering achievements to enhance the film sound experience for the audience

“The significance of these AES Awards can not be overstated,” concludes AES President, Jan Abildgaard Pedersen. “The Awards Committee scrupulously deliberates every nominee recommendation. Our Awards are held in high regard because they honor noteworthy achievements and long, productive careers. Each recipient has earned the enduring respect of his or her peers. We are proud to honor them in this fashion.”

For a detailed Preliminary Calendar of Events please visit: http://www.aes.org/events/133/calendar/calendar.cfm

Photo: John Vanderkooy will receive the AES Distinguished Services Medal

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The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 by a group of concerned audio engineers. The AES counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org

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Advanced Installs An Immersive One-Of-A-Kind AV System In Jack Astor’s Flagship Toronto Location

When the management team at Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill was looking to make their new flagship Toronto location stand out completely from any other restaurant around, they did what they’ve done 15 times in the past, and turned to Advanced, Canada’s leading audio-visual presentation products and solutions specialist, and Jack Astor’s go-to provider for all things AV. Advanced equipped the restaurant with a completely original AV solution that enhances the customer experience and includes an impressive 5-display by 5-display video wall, the largest permanent video wall the company has ever installed inside a restaurant.

“We have a longstanding history with the Jack Astor’s chain, so they knew that we would be able take their concepts and turn them into realities,” said Mark Mulford President at Advanced. “The management team at Jack Astor’s wanted the biggest video display possible, so our team of experts created a massive video wall that completely distinguishes this location from any other restaurant around. Nothing else even comes close.”

Advanced provided the restaurant with a 5×5 NEC video wall that is visible from literally anywhere in the restaurant, making an impact on patrons as soon as they walk through the door. The video wall allows customers on both the floor and mezzanine levels of the restaurant to enjoy satellite programming while they dine. Advanced also implemented several strategically placed ‘video wall trees’ throughout the restaurant. These ‘trees’ consist of a metal pipe that goes from the ceiling down to the floor, with each holding two plasma screens, making it so that everybody in the restaurant is able to watch the game at all times.

According to Mark McPherson, Vice President of Sales at Advanced, the key to making the St. Lawrence restaurant stand out was to try something that has never been done before. “Advanced has implemented AV solutions in close to 15 other Jack Astor’s locations, so they knew that we were capable of coming up with a plan that would make their new location completely stand apart from anything done before,” said McPherson. “We not only installed our biggest restaurant video wall ever, but we equipped the restaurant with over 70 LCD displays, designed and constructed the video wall trees, and integrated a full audio solution. Everyone at Jack Astor’s, from the management to the customers, is loving the new setup.”

In fact, the management team at Jack Astor’s is so happy with their new AV system, that they are planning to have Advanced go back to previous Jack Astor’s locations that they’ve worked on, to update those systems with the same innovative technology used in the St. Lawrence restaurant. Advanced is also currently working on integrating a similar AV solution in a Kingston-based Jack Astor’s restaurant.

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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International School Installs more TecPodium Interactive Lecterns!

Rothberg International School uses TecPodium Control Panel to bridge between the 30 languages spoken in classrooms.

What can you do if you have students from more than 50 countries speaking more than 30 different languages? How do you transmit a professional appearance to students who demand up-to-date technology that operates with zero failure? Is there a way to host international conventions and conferences without the need to spend on monitoring technicians each day?

These were the exact dilemmas the leaders and executives of the Rothberg International School were facing when they decided to enquire the possibilities opened for them.

After examining and testing several alternatives TecPodium Interactive Lectern (TPI-12) was chosen as the preferred solution across the School’s lecture halls, classrooms and teaching areas.
This Summer, more TecPodium units were integrated in the rooms with Sharp LCD projectors, motorized screens and light control modules.

TecPodium with its outstanding easy to use Control Panel has only a few keys, with icons that transcend language, to control and switch between all the AV equipment. Students from China and Japan understand the simple icons just like there colleagues from Russia and America.

Rothberg International School hosts some 1,200 students from abroad who come to pursue degrees or earn credits for transfer. The School has become an international arena, a magnet that attracts students from around the world.

www.tecpodium.com

“Carnival of Madness” Rock Extravaganza Goes Crazy for Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures were crazy popular on the “Carnival of Madness” tour, the annual rock extravaganza that played major US cities this summer. Evanescence headlined dates across the country along with Chevelle, Halestorm, New Medicine and CAVO.

Dan Hardiman of THC Design, the lighting designer for Evanescence, selected 26 Sharpy fixtures for the exclusive use of the band. The core of the Evanescence rig was used for all of the musical acts.

“I had previously used Sharpys for Goo Goo Dolls and for Evanescence as floor specials,” says Hardiman. “Sharpys are a very lightweight fixture whose beam is visible in daylight. For this tour I wanted to remove the ACLs from the flown rig to save on focusing time and eliminate the need to climb any trusses. Sharpy was the perfect choice: Its small footprint and high power-to-weight ratio enabled the units to be placed in tight clusters and still cut through the 1500W moving lights.”

Hardiman placed 14 Sharpys upstage on the floor positioned in pairs on draped cases and used them for both aerial effects and to back light the band. He deployed a dozen Sharpy fixtures in the roof in bars of three as ACL effects and Lekos and to reinforce the floor aerial effects.

“The Sharpys performed very well,” he reports. “I loved them as floor fixtures and it was great to get some in the roof this time.”

A.C.T Lighting is the distributor for Clay Paky in North America.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “Dan has become a big fan or our Sharpys and it’s great to see that he’s using them on this tour as well. The show looks awesome and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

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Dante-MY16-AUD Updated for Remote Head Amp Control

—Rio3224-D/Rio1608-D Head Amp Control from the M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM1000, and DM2000—

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD Mini-YGDAI interface card marketed by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., has been updated to allow remote head amp control. The updated version allows the head amps in the new Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, developed for the new Yamaha CL console line, to be remotely controlled from an M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM2000, and DM1000 digital mixing console.

The Dante network audio protocol developed by the Australia-based manufacturer Audinate, offers outstanding basic performance with low jitter and latency, while also allowing flexible system scaling to accommodate a wide range of applications and capacities. These capabilities have made Dante a mainstream choice for installations and live sound applications.

The collaboration with Audinate began in 2009 with the development of the Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, and this year’s release of the Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles realized the world’s first implementation of Dante as the standard built-in protocol. The new update will enable the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, that could previously only be used with the CL series, to now be used with digital mixing consoles such as the M7CL and LS9 that do not feature built-in Dante communication capability.

“Now, Yamaha digital consoles equipped with Audinate’s Dante-MY16-AUD will gain the ability use the head amp control feature and integrate with the new the Rio I/O racks,” says Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO. “This enhancement further extends the complete Dante network ecosystem for Yamaha products.”

For more information on the updated Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

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