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Stampede Opens Fourth Regional Distribution Center To Serve Southeast And Southwest States

Underscoring its commitment to maintain local inventories of products in major regions throughout North America, Stampede Presentation Products, Inc. today announced the opening of its fourth North American distribution center in Duluth, Georgia. The center will launch Stampede’s new end-user centric Unified Communications demonstration center and feature a new video conferencing technologies showroom. According to Stampede President & COO Kevin Kelly, the new center reflects the company’s commitment to keeping its extensive ProAV inventory local to dealers.

“This new distribution center will provide our dealers in the southeast and southwest with low cost, fast, and efficient shipping services,” said Kelly. “The center will also serve as our first Unified Communications demonstration center that will display the latest visual conferencing technologies available.”

In addition to the demo center and technologies showroom, the center will provide dealers with job site delivery, shipping, and logistics. The center will serve the southeast region of the United States, including dealers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as a portion of the southwest territory.

The new Atlanta-area location is Stampede’s fourth center and is located at 1500 Boggs Road in Duluth, Georgia. Other centers are located in Buffalo, Phoenix and Miami. Development has already begun on new facilities that will soon open in the western region of the United States.

“Our goal is to establish additional distribution centers around the country, so we can localize product inventories and provide Stampede dealers with low cost and fast shipment deliveries, wherever they are located,” added Kelly. “We plan to keep expanding throughout the country and already have plans for the western region. Soon, every Stampede dealer in the country will have a local distribution center that will undoubtedly enhance their business.”

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,” a nearly 1,000-page catalog and companion website (www.BigBookofAV.com) that provide 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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Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 Consoles Play the Made in America Festival

Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures and numerous grandMA2 lighting consoles were on hand throughout Budweiser’s Made in America Festival, which entertained crowds on Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day Weekend. Jay-Z and Pearl Jam headlined main stage concerts on Saturday and Sunday, respectively; punk rockers, up-and-coming rappers and native Philly artists packed the other stages across the venue. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor for both Clay Paky and grandMA in North America.

Nick Whitehouse, the lighting designer for the main stage, was tasked with creating a rig “that pleased everyone and looked different for the two headline acts. It had to be efficient to meet both Jay-Z’s and Pearl Jam’s wishes for their shows and incorporate the needs of the other performers. The overall design fit the stage/set design based on a huge eagle formed from LED-panels that fitted the Americana theme” and evoked the iconic Anheuser-Busch (Budweiser) eagle logo.

Whitehouse used 68 Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures, arrayed in groups of four, to mimic the look of Par64 ACL bars. “They did that very successfully,” he reports. “A lot of the looks used the frost to help make this happen, and they very rarely moved while lit.”

He notes that the Sharpys “really show up on outdoor semi-daylight shows like no other fixtures, and they give background to the camera shots, which was very important since the whole festival was streamed live on YouTube. The Sharpys performed perfectly as always.”

A grandMA2 deployed for the main stage handled “everything we threw at it,” he reports. “It really showed how powerful a system it is.” Whitehouse extensively used the partial show read and clone feature to merge incoming acts into the festival show. He also divided the console into worlds so the incoming lighting designer could control the background of the rig and the TV gaffer (with a second online console and separate user) could run the broadcast key lights and ride inhibits of the whole rig without getting in the way. grandMA3d was also used extensively for daylight programming and fixes when required.

“A number of the lighting designers who were used to the grandMA1 became converts to grandMA2 after the festival because [the new console] showed how easy it was to pull such a large show together quickly and easily,” Whitehouse notes.

“As always, the A.C.T guys made supporting their users their top priority. A.C.T is a really great company to deal with, and we thank them for their MA programming support,” he adds.

But that’s not all.

John Duncan, Jr. of Pinpoint Lighting was the lighting designer and equipment supplier for Made in America’s B stage and electronic dance music pad. “Both stages had grandMA2 full size units and grandMA2 Lights,” he reports. “All of the 24 chrome Sharpys were spread out over the electronic tent with eight on the stage and 16 around the house.”

Duncan says he “loves” the Sharpy fixtures for “their nice beam and how it cuts through no matter how much fog or haze there is. It just punches.”

The grandMAs also performed “great,” he notes. “We had them slaved together on the B stage and had two users since we were running TV lighting at the same time. They performed very well.”

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Analog Way opens new headquarters

November 2012 – As part of its ongoing expansion, Analog Way is pleased to announce it has officially opened its new headquarters in Antony, near Paris, France. The new state-of-the-art building offers significantly expanded office space as well as new amenities to better serve customers.

Analog Way, award-winning designer and manufacturer of Presentation Switchers and Image Converters, recently relocated its headquarters to Antony, near Paris, France.
Besides being fashionably designed, the new state-of-the-art offices offer significant extra space to better fit Analog Way’s growing activity. In addition, the building complies with the HQE (High Environmental Quality) and the BBC (Low Consumption Building) standards.

Adrien Corso, Analog Way’s CEO, explains: “This move comes within the framework of an ambitious corporate improvement project, launched in 2009 with the intention to bring the firm to the next level. Through the three last years, this project has deeply reshaped the company and has boosted our growth beyond expectations. A new generation of talented people joined the team, and we’ve launched a series of successful new products, including the Pulse, the Smart MatriX, and the multiple award-winning Eikos. With the opening of the new headquarters today, we have reached a symbolic milestone in our ongoing change process.”

Among the amenities available, the new building includes extensive conference facilities fully equipped to host training workshops on Analog Way’s existing and upcoming products.

Franck Facon, Marketing & Communications Director at Analog Way, adds: “Analog Way entered an ambitious corporate project three years ago. Our new headquarters will allow us to pursue our development by offering expanded space for research & development and customer service. As an example of our customer support, a high-end training program will be implemented on-site. The first training sessions will be organized in early 2013.”

Based in a strategic location near Paris, Analog Way’s new headquarters are well-served by road, rail and air transportation.

New contact details:
2/4 rue Georges Besse
92160 Antony – FRANCE
Tel: +33 (0)1 81 89 08 60
Fax: +33 (0)1 57 19 04 54

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Analog Way appoints Stage Audio Works as official distributor for South Africa

October 2012 – Analog Way, a leading designer and manufacturer of presentation switchers and image converters, is pleased to appoint Stage Audio Works as official distributor for South Africa.

Stage Audio Works has gained the favour of internationally acclaimed innovation-driven designer and manufacturer, Analog Way, resulting in Analog Way appointing Stage Audio works as their official distributor for South Africa. This will mark the formulation of a robust and solid business relationship that will see a new boom in computer and video signal processing technologies being distributed throughout the country.

Analog Way’s primary headquarters are located in France, where the company was first founded. Since its creation, Analog Way has introduced over 150 innovative products to the Pro A/V market, including internationally awarded and renowned “world’s firsts”.

Analog Way’s products which encompass: Mixers and Seamless Switchers with edge blending, matrix switching and quadravision capabilities, Event Controllers and Remote Keypads, High Resolution Video Scan Converters with Embedded Audio, Video Scalers, Multi-Format Converters, Computer and Video Interfaces, Distribution Amplifiers and more… can be found around the globe in major venues, board rooms, control rooms, museums, hospitals, houses of worship, as well as military and security installations. Their new relationship with Stage Audio Works will allow for these cutting-edge technologies to make their way through the burgeoning African continent.

Both Analog Way and Stage Audio Works share a common desire to market the highest quality processing instrumentality possible, and this shared ambition can only result in bright things for the future.

John De Cet, EMEA Sales Director at Analog Way, comments: “We are pleased to have Stage Audio Works become our official distributor for South Africa. We are confident that the expertise of our partner combined with our wide range of powerful systems will ensure great customer experience”.

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