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Are You Ready to Rock? Fillmore Silver Spring Gears Up With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – When Live Nation opened the newest Fillmore venue in Silver Spring, Maryland, the company knew it had to have a sound system worthy of the Fillmore’s storied history and to meet this requirement, the Fillmore Silver Spring boasts a cutting-edge audio system that includes HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays, Crown Audio amplifiers and two Soundcraft mixing consoles.

The 28,000-square-foot, 2,000-capacity Fillmore Silver Spring was built as a collaborative effort between the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and Live Nation. The state and the county put up the money and Live Nation leases the facility from both on a long-term basis.

Sound Image of Escondido, California was contracted for the audio system design. The Fillmore’s main loudspeaker system includes two columns of eight JBL VERTEC VT4888DPDA powered midsize line array elements flown left and right of the stage, complemented by eight ASB7128 subwoofers across the bottom front of the stage, four VRX915M stage monitors and 10 SRX712M monitors.

The delay system consists of pairs of JBL AC28/26 loudspeakers for upper balcony fill, VIP areas at the sides of the stage, under balcony fill and for the rear bar are. Amplification is supplied by 14 Crown XTi 6000 amplifiers and HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ software is used for system monitoring JBL DrivePack enclosures and Crown power amplifiers. Completed the system, a pair of Soundcraft Vi6 96-input digital live sound consoles handle front of house and monitor mixing duties.

“First and foremost, the new PA system needed to sound amazing,” said Dan Schartoff, VP of Production for Live Nation. “We needed a system that would be adaptable for all types of events and live performances by the likes of Deadmau5, Guns N’ Roses, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Trey Anastasio, Childish Gambino…the list goes on and on.”

Schartoff noted the many criteria that must be met to achieve that amazing sound. “We needed clarity from the audio system,” he said. “The system needed to pack a punch and have the ability to be a blank canvas for visiting engineers while also being rider-friendly.”

The two Soundcraft Vi6 consoles at the Fillmore Silver Spring also provide tremendous benefits, Schartoff noted. “We have Soundcraft consoles in many of our venues and they give the engineers a chance to store their show settings on a drive. They can make changes offline or have them ready to go when they arrive at the venue,” he said. “They sound great and enable users to eliminate most of their outboard gear.”

“HARMAN and JBL have been great to work with,” Schartoff concluded. “Their service and support, and availability to provide solutions has been excellent. I was a bit hesitant to go with VERTEC and the Vi6 consoles at first, but they have exceeded our expectations.”

For more information about the Fillmore Silver Spring please visit www.fillmoresilverspring.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.

Stampede’s 2012 Big Book of AV Tour Will Hit The Big Apple On October 24th!

North America’s largest ProAV dealer tour will take a big bite out of the Big Apple on Wednesday, October 24th, when Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. brings its Fall 2012 Big Book of AV Tour (BBOAV) to the Hotel Pennsylvania located at 401 Seventh Avenue, directly across from Penn Station in the heart of New York City.

“Make no mistake about it, Big is going to meet Big when our Fall 2012 tour stops in America’s biggest city,” Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly promised today. “So for this stop on the tour we’re adding even more seminars, more product demonstrations, and more incentives for dealers to make the time to come out and see what’s new from our exhibiting manufacturers.”

According to Kelly, all New York attendees will receive a $50 AMEX gift card. In addition, attendees will receive a $100 Restaurant.com gift card for every training session they attend! For those who register for all training sessions, they will walk away with $350 in gift cards!

Attendees will also be treated to a continental breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and a lunch buffet from noon to 1:30 p.m. There will also be a prize drawing each hour, with the lucky dealers taking home a Samsung Galaxy Tablet, clean power processors, speakers, gift cards, or even a 42” LCD TV with a Sharp Soundbar and Blu-ray DVD player!

Dealer registration is open now at www.bigbookofavtour.com, where they can also find directions and a full list of raffle prizes. The New York City event will be open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EST.

With a catalog that now features information on more than 7,967 products from more 90 manufacturers, Stampede continues to provide the largest range of ProAV solutions in the industry. “Our extensive product selection lets our dealers find the customized solutions that meet their specific needs,” said Kelly. “Our expert knowledge of ProAV combined with our incredible product selection allows us to offer dealers the very best.”

The 2012 Big Book of AV Tour features more than 40 exhibitors including Atlona, Benq, BrightSign, Canon, Chief, Christie, Draper, Epson, Gefen, Hall Research, Hitachi, Hitachi StarBoard, Ken-a-vision, Kramer, LG Panels, MediaPOINTE, Mitsubishi, Mustang, NEC, Optoma, Peerless, Perfect Path, Samsung, Sharp and Sony. Remaining stops on the Fall 2012 Tour include:

November 8, 2012 San Diego, CA
December 5, 2012 Atlanta, GA

About Stampede
Known for its value-added distribution, Amherst, New York-based Stampede is the leading distributor of presentation equipment including LCD/DLP projectors and flat panel displays. Stampede provides a complete range of brand name presentation equipment to a variety of audio/video, computer, and home theater resellers and integrators in the United States, Canada and Latin America. These resellers rely on Stampede for value-added services in distribution, marketing and solution- based sales. Stampede annually produces the “Big Book of AV,” an 816-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) providing hundreds of sales, installation and spec tips for Stampede’s dealers in addition to product details on more than 5,000 SKUs. For more information on Stampede, log onto www.stampedeglobal.com.

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NanoLumens’ Karen Robinson Receives 2012 Turknett Leadership Character Award

NanoLumens® today announced that its Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Karen Robinson, has received the Turknett Leadership Group’s 2012 Leadership Character Award in the “Inspiritor” Category. The annual Turknett Leadership Character Awards, which was held at the Georgia Aquarium, recognize individuals who demonstrate integrity, relate to customers, suppliers, co-workers and others with respect, and maintain a culture in which everyone takes responsibility for achieving results while upholding the organization’s core values.

“The opportunity to recognize leaders of character is the highlight of the year for us. We believe that by celebrating role models of leadership character, we inspire character in others,” said Lyn Turknett, co-founder of the awards with her husband and partner Dr. Robert Turknett.

The nominees were judged by a four-person advisory group which consists of Kent C. “Oz” Nelson, retired chairman and CEO of UPS; Conchita Robinson, president and CEO of C Robinson Associates, Inc.; Dr. Betty Siegel, president-emeritus of Kennesaw State University; and Tom Crawford, Former Chairman and CEO of Crawford and Company.

“I’m honored to be recognized as a inspiring figure in corporate leadership, and am extremely proud to be a part of NanoLumens’ incredible success and rapid growth,” Robinson said. “We’re an innovative company in a highly competitive industry, and ensuring that every employee is doing their best and every customer is happy is absolutely vital to our continued success.”

About the Leadership Character Awards:
Since 2003, the Turknett Leadership Character Awards have recognized individuals who demonstrate character in leadership by maintaining integrity while consistently balancing respect and responsibility. GV Financial is the silver sponsor and Kroger and Morris, Manning and Martin are the bronze sponsors of this year’s awards.

About Turknett Leadership Group
Turknett Leadership Group (TLG) is a talent management firm based in Atlanta that has assessed, coached and developed high level leaders and their organizations throughout the U.S. for more than 25 years. TLG’s clients range from start-ups to American icons.

Using sophisticated assessment tools and the Leadership Character Model™ as a foundation, the TLG professional staff combines extensive psychological expertise in the behavioral sciences with practical business sense and executive management experience. All TLG consultants stay at the forefront of their fields through research and writing.

Bob and Lyn Turknett are co-authors of Decent People Decent Company: How to Lead with Character at Work and in Life and creators of the Leadership Character Awards, which celebrates its ninth year in 2012. For more information visit: www.turknett.com; www.decentpeopledecentcompany.com; and www.leadershipcharacter.com/awards

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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3vNet Partners with Training Allies to Launch Certification Program Beginning January 1, 2013

ORLANDO, FL – October 4, 2012 – 3vNet, manufacturer of advanced, elegant and easy to use whole-house automation products, has entered into a partnership with Training Allies, a professional training and education firm that provides customized training programs and e-learning solutions to consumer electronics and home integration companies.

Together, 3vNet and Training Allies plan to develop a two-tiered training program for 3vNet integration partners. The basic certification, to be offered online, includes courses for audio and basic systems integration. The advanced certification program will include both online and classroom-based courses in lighting and advanced programming. 3vNet’s basic certification program will launch on January 1, 2013; the advanced program will follow later in 2013.

Tim Dunigan, 3vNet’s newly hired Training & Education Manager, will head up these programs. Dunigan brings years of consumer electronics, IT, and training experience to the 3vNet team. “As a former integrator, Tim really has his finger on the pulse on what our customers need to know to be successful,” reports Matt Curtin, 3vNet’s Director of Sales. “His skills and experience are a perfect fit for us and we are extremely happy that he is onboard.” Dunigan will be based out of 3vNet’s new headquarters in Orlando, Florida.

Training Allies has provided professional training programs for such brands as Denon, McIntosh, Sharp, Lutron, NuVo, Boston Acoustics, and others.

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 us,e and designed to match any décor. 3vNet is headquartered in Orlando, Florida and can be found on the Web at http://www.3vnetco.com.

About TrainingAllies, LLC
Training Allies is a home technology-focused training and education firm that works with organizations in all sectors of the marketplace, from manufacturing through installation. They assist companies in developing and implementing effective educational strategies that enable them to educate a broader audience more effectively and cost-efficiently, and to garner greater results and increased ROI from their training efforts.

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THE HÅLOGALAND THEATRE UPGRADES WITH DPA

The Hålogaland Theatre in Tromsø, Norway, is putting its new DPA d:fine™ Headset Microphones through their paces on a production of Les Misérables, which opened on September 6th 2012.

The theatre has replaced its old stock of DPA 4060 omnidirectional miniature microphones with 40 directional d:fine Headset Microphones and 40 d:fine omni microphone booms, which are being used with a new 32 channel Shure Axient wireless system. The microphones were supplied by sound company Lydproduksjon Tromsø AS, in conjunction with DPA’s Norwegian distributor Lydsystemer.

Jim Oddvar Hansen, Head of Sound at the theatre, says: “The new d:fine Headset Microphones replace a selection of DPA 4060 miniature microphones that we had had for some time. As our previous experience with DPA technology had always been good, it made sense to upgrade using the same manufacturer’s products.”

Jim Oddvar Hansen adds that the d:fine headset microphones were chosen because they offer the latest technology and are also very comfortable for performers to wear.

“The microphones stay in place even with theatre productions like Les Misérables that include dancing and running about the stage while singing. This was a major consideration when it came down to our choice of headworn microphones – we needed something that not only offered exceptional sound quality but was also durable and practical. The DPA d:fine fits all these criteria.”

The Hålogaland Theatre, the regional theatre for Troms and Finnmark, has also invested in 40 DPA omni microphone booms, which are less sensitive to handling noise and to wind, blows and pops.

“We felt that omni microphones would give us the best sound quality for musical productions,” Jim Oddvar Hansen adds. “Also, having both long and short booms provide maximum flexibility and makes it possible to use the microphones on children, or to hide them underneath costumes.”

The Hålogaland Theatre’s production of Les Misérables stars some of Norway’s most talented artists and will run until 28th of November 2012.

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Editors’ information:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphones and microphone solutions for professional applications in studio, broadcast, theatre, video/film and sound reinforcement environments. All DPA microphones and components are manufactured at the company’s purpose-built factory in Denmark.
For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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