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A.C.T Lighting Named as Clay Paky’s Exclusive North American Distributor

A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been named the exclusive distributor for Clay Paky lighting in the US and Canada.

Based on A.C.T Lighting’s performance as a North American distributor of Clay Paky fixtures over the past two years, comments Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, Francesco Romagnoli said, “We felt that naming A.C.T Lighting as our exclusive distributor is the best step we could take to ensure our growth in this very important market. A.C.T Lighting has not only set sales records for North America but also provided the excellent after-sales service that Clay Paky has been known for.”

Bob Gordon, president and CEO of A.C.T Lighting, affirmed his company’s extraordinary sales records with Clay Paky products and said, “We are proud that our sales records in North America have propelled us to the position of number-one Clay Paky distributor in the world by sales during the past two years. We are delighted to have achieved exclusive status with Clay Paky’s wide array of cutting-edge products.”

A.C.T Lighting, with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Canada, was founded in 1993 with the mission to identify leading high-technology products, gain exclusivity, and stock, support and service those products as if they were their own.

Italy-based Clay Paky has been producing lighting systems since 1976 for theater, television, live events, clubs, trade shows, theme parks, conferences, corporate presentations and architecture. The company is renowned for its moving-body and moving-mirror projectors, color changers, followspots, and projectors for architectural lighting and lighting effects.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems Launches Yamaha Ri8-D and Ro8-D Input and Output Rack Units

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the worldwide launch today of the Yamaha Ri8-D and Ro8-D input and output rack units that will maximize the live sound experience by using the same Dante audio network protocol as that found in the new CL Series Digital Audio Consoles. The small, but mighty 1U rack mount units provide additional options for flexible system design and implementation, while maintaining the excellent sound quality found in the CL Series and Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O racks.

Both sound quality and system layout flexibility were enhanced in the CL Series by separating I/O hardware from the mixing console. The new Ri8-D and Ro8-D take that freedom one step further with the number of inputs and outputs available wherever they are required for sound reinforcement installation and I/O distribution.

In addition to working with CL Series components, by using Dante-MY16-AUD card(s) with the new Rio units and a Yamaha PM5D will create a 96kHz system. The new Rio units can also be used with M7CL and LS9 Digital Consoles, DME64N Digital Mix Engines, and other compatible Yamaha products such as NEXO NXAmps using an NXDT104 card, further enhancing the Dante networking experience. The Ri8-D head amplifiers can even be controlled directly from the interface of the M7CL, LS9, or other compatible console.

“The natural, musical sound that is a key element of the CL Series design is again achieved without compromise in the Ri8-D and Ro8-D input and output units,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “Whether used as portable input and output racks, or alongside a Yamaha console, we know our customers will appreciate the addition of these two new units in supporting Dante networked systems of any size.”

The Ri8-D and Ro8-D can be used in any combination with the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D. Availability is expected spring of 2013 with a targeted MRSP of $1,900 for the Ri8-D and $1,700 for the Ro8-D.

For more information on the Ri8-D and Ro8-D, 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.

Harmonic Announces Sales Leadership Transition

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Jan. 4, 2013 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced a transition in leadership of its worldwide sales organization. Senior vice president of worldwide sales, Mark Carrington, will step down from his position with the company, but will assist with the transition in the short term. Harmonic has initiated a formal search for Carrington’s replacement and in the interim period, senior sales leadership will report directly to Patrick Harshman, president and CEO of Harmonic. more

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2013 HPA Tech Retreat Opens Registration

Thought Leaders Gather to Converse, Present and Demonstrate New Technologies

(Los Angeles, CA) The Hollywood Post Alliance(r) – the trade association for the post production community – has opened registration for the 2013 HPA Tech Retreat. The HPA Tech Retreat is the annual conference that brings together thought leaders from digital and content creation, media and entertainment, forensics, medicine, digital imaging, government, academic research and others for four days of intense conversation, learning and networking. This progressive industry event always delivers important technological developments in production, post production and broadcast. The HPA Tech Retreat is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for industry professionals.

The HPA Tech Retreat takes place February 18-22, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Indian Wells, California (Palm Springs area). The event features cocktail receptions, a welcome dinner, breakfast roundtables, and fireside chats, as well as opportunities for networking throughout each day.

The four-day conference also includes a Demo Room, where groundbreaking new technologies are presented. There have been significant changes in the Demo Room and in addition to new technologies, new and unique services, which haven’t been included in the past, will be on hand during the event.

While the deadline to be included in the Demo Room has passed, the HPA will continue to try to accommodate worthy submissions. Companies and service providers are urged to act quickly if they wish to be included. Inquiries concerning the Demo Room should be directed to this year’s managers, Vincent Maza or Alexa Maza at TechRetreatDemoRoom@hpaonline.com. Also, the Early Bird registration deadline is Monday, January 7.

The HPA Tech Retreat program is being updated continuously and you will find it and all other information and registration at the HPA website: http://www.hpaonline.com. For questions, please contact the HPA office at 213-614-0860.

The 2013 Tech Retreat is sponsored by the Hollywood Post Alliance(r), Foundation Sponsor Dolby, as well as others to be announced soon. Media Sponsors include; Post Magazine, Shoot Magazine, Creative Handbook, Production Hub, and Sound & Picture.

About the HPA Tech Retreat(r)
The HPA Tech Retreat(r) is an informal gathering, in the Palm Springs area, of the top industry engineering, technical, and creative talent, as well as strategic business leaders focused on technology, from all aspects of digital cinema, post-production, film, television, video, broadcast, and related technology areas, for the exchange of information.

About the Hollywood Post Alliance(r)
Hollywood Post Alliance (HPA) serves the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media and other dynamic media content.

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Media Contact:
Chris Purse, 818.303.8088
ignite strategic communications
chris@ignite.bz or mimi@ignite.bz

Juanes Gets Loud & Unplugged With DiGiCo & 3G Productions

juanes.jpgFollowing the success of his MTV Unplugged special—nominated for five 2012 Latin Grammy Awards—Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes embarked on the Loud and Unplugged Tour for the greater part of 2012 with dates across the United States and Europe. The concerts echoed the intimate yet celebratory tone of the record, on which Juanes was joined by his Latin roots rock band, and guests including more

SIM2’s Fuoriserie Makes World Debut at CES 2013

New Dimension in Luxury Home Entertainment

Miramar, FL—January 4, 2013— SIM2, the Italian manufacturer known worldwide for their pristine video performance and stunning aesthetic design, will mark the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show with the world debut of the SIM2 LUMIS Fuoriserie—Exclusive, Powerful, and Unique.

SIM2's LUMIS Fuoriserie will make its world debut at CES 2013

Fuoriserie is an Italian term used to describe a custom-built, high-performance, exclusive and expensive car that qualifies the owner for his financial ability and his desire to stand out from the crowd—a car superior to all others. Fuoriserie also describes limited-production specials, which incorporate advances in design and technology. 
SIM2’s new Fuoriserie projector fully embraces this production philosophy; it is the distillation of the pure essence of the product itself. 


SIM2’s Fuoriserie incorporates only the latest, finest, most carefully selected components, each one individually tested and brought together to create a product that achieves unprecedented image perfection. 
Every detail is unique and its form is pure art. 
The highest performance and the finest materials, coupled with a stunning, sophisticated red finish, create a new dimension in luxury.

The ultimate in luxury can only be sold and installed by true high-end integrators that understand the real meaning of custom; therefore the LUMIS Fuoriserie will only be made available to SIM2 Premiere Dealers. Everyone is welcome to visit booth 20818 in the South Hall at CES 2013 in Las Vegas to learn more!

About SIM2 USA Inc. and SIM2 Multimedia
Since their entrance into the US home theater market in 1999, SIM2 USA, under the guidance of its parent SIM2 Multimedia (established in 1995), has dedicated its resources to marketing and servicing products that meet the demands of the US market. SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of home theater products and leading provider of high-end performance large screen systems (for control rooms, information, communication, and simulation) and professional projection systems for E–cinema applications. Over the years, SIM2 has gained a reputation for meeting the industry’s demands for new, emerging technologies, offering high-quality and reliable products that meet the customer’s need in any application. Products are designed and manufactured in Italy. The marketing policies of the company are world-oriented, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, UK, China, Germany (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

Visit www.sim2usa.com for more information.

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact 24 Travels With Norrish Reaction

SEATTLE, Washington — Guitarist, singer and songwriter Winston Norrish recently upgraded to HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact 24 for the ultimate small-format console with tremendous flexibility and ease of use for live shows with his band, Norrish Reaction.

Norrish recently completed a recording project at the historic London Bridge Studios in Seattle, Washington with friend and drummer Bob Lupton. After great success, Norrish wanted a console that he could take on the road for live music venues.

Norrish was in the market for a console that would be an easy upgrade from his previous digital desk as well as a console that would be easy to teach to others. With the ability to run several in-ear stereo auxiliaries and great onboard processing and effects, the Si Compact 24 was the perfect choice for the job.

“A lot of consoles look similar on paper, but the similarities stop there,” Norrish said. “I discovered the Si Compact console after weighing several options. The quality of the preamps, depth and capability of onboard processing and effects, layout, ease of use, and enormous flexibility all played into my decision. Soundcraft does not compromise on quality and that is key.”

The Si Compact replaced a much larger mixer, Norrish added. “It sets up in a fraction of time, takes up half the space, sounds better and I am more confident in its reliability. It also opens the doors to expand the system in the future.”

“I am now sold on all Soundcraft products,” Norrish concluded. “The fantastic customer service I have received from Soundcraft gives me the confidence that every time I use the console I will have a great experience.”

For more information on Winston Norrish, please visit: http://www.reverbnation.com/norrishreaction

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYED AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

*** First Christian Church’s sanctuary. ***

Venice, FL – January 2013… With three services each Sunday—two of which are contemporary in nature— First Christian Church has a vibrant worship program that caters to a diverse congregation. After enduring lackluster performance from their sound reinforcement system for far too long, the decision was made to upgrade their sanctuary’s facilities. Seeking a new system capable of delivering a high level of speech intelligibility and first-rate music reproduction, they ultimately resolved their sound system shortcomings by installing a new setup drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies.

Cape Coral, FL-based Creative Sound Solutions, LLC, an AV design/build firm that handles audio, video, lighting, and acoustics for the commercial and church markets, was contracted to design and implement the church’s new sound reinforcement system. Rob Robinson, general manager and co-owner of Creative Sound Solutions, managed the First Christian Church project. He discussed the challenges that led to the deployment of the WorxAudio X3-P compact line array. more

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HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 is at the Heart of Stooshe’s Sound

LONDON, United Kingdom — Three-piece UK all-girl vocal group Stooshe is now using a pair of HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 digital audio consoles on the road. The band’s popularity soared after sales of its debut single Black Heart reached more than 500,000, which led to a dedicated monitor engineer being brought in to the fold to join John Delf at FOH.

Delf has worked FOH for a number of major artists including Lily Allen and Plan B, and has been with Stooshe from the offset. He is also a big fan of Soundcraft’s Vi6 console. “I’d always liked the Vi6, and I’d never used a Vi1 before, so I saw this tour as the perfect opportunity to get to grips with it,” Delf said during a recent soundcheck at London’s Scala. “Within a half-hour of using it, I was back in the zone again. It’s just perfect for this kind of tour as the footprint’s so small and transportation is so easy. We only have a small trailer on the back of a van, but the two Vi1s fit in easily. Also, these consoles sound just as good as the Vi6. I was also able to use my Vi6 show file from Stooshe’s previous tour and it worked perfectly on the Vi1; that’s a big advantage to have, as it gives you an immediate platform to work from.”

Nigel Thomas was brought in three months ago to work monitors for the band and said it was a total no-brainer opting for the Vi1.

“What we realised quite early on was that the girls needed to have consistency,” he insists. “When I came in and had the discussion with John [Delf] about the kit, it very soon became clear to both of us that the Vi1 was absolutely the perfect solution. I’ve come across several of them when working in theatres and have always liked the way they sound, and I’m particularly impressed by the user interface. I find that when I’m working on it, I don’t even look down, as everything is just there in the right place.”

For a number of the shows on this tour, including the Scala show, the pair has used the venues’ in-house analogue multicores in combination with their Soundcraft Compact Stagebox, which Thomas said has allowed both engineers to get exactly what they need.

“Using the in-house multi means I can have a gain control,” he explained. “I’m then sending that up to John, and it’s then going into our digital [Compact] Stagebox at FOH, which is great because it allows John to basically put his desk wherever he wants to.”

At the Scala, Delf ran 28 channels at FOH, which left him enough space for any click tracks, cues, or last minute surprises. “We just found out that on tonight’s show there will be several guest vocalists,” Delf said hours before show time. “Fortunately we can make room for these very easily as the Vi1 has plenty of channels; and of course, due to the quality of the console’s built-in effects, it’s easy to tweak compression, reverb and EQ really quickly to get any vocal sounding good right away.”

Delf said for this show, he spends most of his “hands-on” time mixing Stooshe’s vocals. “That’s my main focal point, really; and the rest of the time I’m just making sure everything is nice and dynamic,” he explained. “I love the Lexicon effects in the Vi1: I use a plate reverb on the girls’ vocals along with a studio delay, and a drum reverb on the kit; all of them sound great.”

Thomas created 11 stereo monitor mixes: six for the girls and the band members; one for the backline tech; and four for the wedges and sidefills. He said working from the Vi1 makes his workflow “so much more efficient.”

“Unlike many digital desks, it doesn’t feel like you’re working on a typewriter when you’re operating a Vi1,” he said. “It’s just laid out so well, and because of that, it’s a lovely desk to work with. For John and I on this tour it’s been a fantastic little solution.”

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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RowOne Home Theater Furniture Now Available at AVAD

Custom electronics distributor adds home cinema products to lineup

Los Angeles, Calif. – AVAD LLC, one of North America’s leading providers of custom electronics, has announced that it now offers the latest home cinema accent décor from RowOne.

RowOne manufactures high-quality, cost-effective home theater furniture, notably home theater seating. The RowOne Collection has the look of high-end artisan craftsmanship and offers dealers everything needed to create the ideal home theater experience. AVAD will carry RowOne’s newest Plaza theater seating in black with other colors available via special order.

“AVAD is excited to add RowOne to our list of home theater solution providers,” said Hugh Hughes, Director of Merchandising at AVAD. “RowOne’s innovative products will enable our dealers to be more competitive by providing their customers with more high-quality, yet affordable, home theater furniture options.”

For more information on RowOne, visit the manufacturer’s website at http://www.rowonebyjc.com/.

For more information on AVAD, please visit http://www.avad.com in the US or http://www.avadcanada.ca in Canada. Connect with AVAD on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for news on the latest promotions and news.

About AVAD LLC
AVAD is an industry-leading provider of solutions to the residential and commercial custom installation markets. As part of the Specialty Solutions Division, AVAD, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Micro, provides integrators access to the industry’s top products and integrated solutions for residential and commercial video, audio, lighting control, content management, whole-home and business automation and control, as well as digital signage and commercial solutions and design services. AVAD offers the broadest consumer electronics and home and business automation portfolio in North America. Further differentiating its services, AVAD invests in the business tools and technical support and services integrators need to grow their businesses. With 24 locations throughout North America, AVAD offers local, hands-on access to the latest products and trainings, as well as free support services including system design and technical support.

Media Contact:
Scott Moody, Director of Public Relations
Marketing Matters
Tel: 954-925-1511
Email: scott@marketingmatters.net
Web: http://www.marketingmatters.net

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