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Diavolo Delivers Optimum Martin Audio Dance System For Vee Lounge


Fort Worth, TX––The mission for Diavolo Systems owner Tim Hannum was “to build a top-of-the-line dance floor sound system and light show in a combination restaurant/lounge, and not have it look like you’re walking into a cavernous nightclub.”

A real challenge since the 13,434 square foot venue for Vee Lounge that formerly served as a live club for cover bands is located on the main floor of a parking garage. The space wasn’t designed for acoustics and suffered from significant acoustic challenges like a sloped roof higher on one side of the room than the other.

The plan for owner Rick’s Cabaret International—a longstanding Diavolo client–– was to create a high-end Tapas restaurant that could easily transition into a full on dance club featuring local and well-known national/international touring DJs playing Electronic Dance Music on weekends.

Hannum, who named his company in part based on the expression, “the devil’s in the details,” approached the challenges implicit in the Vee Lounge project with his customary mix of thoroughness, precision and creativity.

“We put in a reinforced wood DJ stage built out of cabinet-grade lumber instead of metal studs and covered it with a 3/8” recycled rubber floor normally used for workout facilities,” he explains. “With the custom steel Vee Lounge performance stage from Red Bull, we end up with a really nice EDM performance stage.

“In front of the DJ booth, we put in a really huge custom oval shaped dance floor made out of hard oak and raised with enough clearance off the ground to make you feel more of the low end through your feet,” Tim continues.” When it comes to sound, we designed a true left-right speaker system with three Martin Audio Blackline H3H+ enclosures on each side at different heights to reach every corner of the room. You can hear the system pan left and right and, overall, the system is very clean, precise and oh so sexy.”

According to Hannum, “in addition to four S218+ subs, we floor-mounted two of Martin Audio’s new high-powered X15+ subs as monitors at either side of the booth on yokes so DJs can position them any way they want. The X15s are separately powered and processed with their own DSP in the booth.

“As it turns out, the setup transforms pretty well from controlled restaurant sound allowing lower volumes from the perimeter speakers to a high impact club system running full on from the mains. We have plenty of horsepower with the Martin Audio. And as difficult as the room is, the sound is really good, that’s all I can say.”

Vee Lounge also features a sophisticated LED-based lighting system by Chauvet Professional, which Hannum says is “very effects-driven and all operated from Martin Professional’s Light Jockey. The video system is run via Mac Minis with Arkaos video software where we can access different background imagery for all the displays in the room which includes the new 90” Sharp TVs on either side of the DJ booth.”

Underscoring his out-of-the-box approach, Tim explains, “I used a plethora of inexpensive lighting effects that people wouldn’t normally think of for a big club but I’m using them differently for stuff like an expanded ceiling effect that’s very sexy. In fact, it’s a very sexy room with all of the round columns and rounded curvatures of the bar and faciae of the drop-down ceiling pieces. Everything is very curved and sexy, like the sound system.”

Open just over a month after a grand opening featuring an extended hour and a half set by Australian DJ Havana Brown of “We Run the Night” fame, Vee Lounge is rapidly becoming a essential component of Fort Worth nightlife.

Asked about the reaction to the sound system, Hannum concludes, “The owners expect the best and that’s what they get with Martin Audio. The regional DJs were absolutely floored by the sound on the floor and in the booth. When they’re in the booth, they’re immersed in a blanket of sound, so anybody can mix anything at any time. Everything about it helps the DJ do his or her job better and it really sounds good. That works for me.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

For more about Diavolo Systems, please click to www.diavolosystems.com

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Almo Professional A/V Hosts Five AV Snacks in March

Almo Professional A/V Hosts Five AV Snacks in March

Engaging 15-Minute Webinars Held Every Friday; March Theme is Higher Education; Hosted by Almo and Led by Chief, Canon, C2G, Hitachi and Mitsubishi

Philadelphia, PA — March 6, 2013 — Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, has begun its weekly interactive mini-webinar series “AV Snacks” for March, which focuses on the theme of Higher Education. AV Snacks are designed to provide relevant industry trends, application examples and more to busy AV professionals, presented in a 15-minute snack-style webinar format every Friday at 2:00 p.m. E.S.T. The March schedule includes information from Chief, Canon, C2G, Hitachi and Mitsubishi.

The sessions offer a “taste” of a particular topic each week in a format that is lively and engaging, with a five-question quiz that attendees can take to earn specific prizes. The following mini-webinars are in place for March:

Theme: Higher Education

3/1 Chief: “Transform Rooms with Interactive Ingredients” (Available On Demand)
Research shows that presentations conducted with interactive technology enhance audience engagement and retention, encourage participation, and deepen the overall learning experience.
Chief’s new interactive AV solutions make integrating interactive technology easy. This revolutionary range of tools combines Chief’s industry-leading mounts with interactive eBeam™ technology from Luidia, Inc., instantly transforming existing projectors and displays into dynamic, interactive platforms. Adding to Chiefs capabilities is the DaLite IDEA (Interactive Dry Erase Application) Screen, which offers its own revolutionary dual-purpose projection screen and writable marker board combination.
Prize: Chief Road Show T-Shirt

3/8 Canon Projectors: “Image Quality as the Main Ingredient”
Putting together a projection system is all about the picture, both in size and quality. There are several different variables, the least of which is the projector itself. With the focus on cheap lumens in many of today’s projector lines, has image quality been taken off the table? Canon’s focus on lens construction, light path engineering, and superior LCoS technology provides the best image you can get on screen. Join us to learn how Canon projectors make a difference in education environments.
Prize: iTunes Gift Card
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3/15 C2G: “Video Walls: Transition from Analog to Digital Video”
Learn how digital video is eating up the higher education space. Utilizing C2G’s AOC technology, you’ll provide optimum performance every time. With many options to choose from, AOC technology has enticing features that will make you come back for seconds!
Prize: Starbucks Gift Card
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3/22 Hitachi: “A Wireless Four Course Meal”
Have you heard of educators struggling to integrate books, video, internet all into one lecture? With Hitachi, effortlessly switch between your devices from one system that can be controlled from a single source (i.e. iPad). Better yet, with a contacted wireless document camera, you can also incorporate in-person supplements to the lecture. From beginning to end, Hitachi makes it easy to serve you a four course meal!
Prize: Gift Card
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3/29 Mitsubishi: “Serving Brilliant Color & Seamless Excellence”
Provide quality and service with Mitsubishi’s 7000 and 8000 series projector models. Perfect for lecture centers and large rooms, the image quality is as sharp as a knife. Even simple text from a PC to a Blu-Ray DVD, the clarity is unmatched. See how we’ve transformed spaces that will be sure to leave your mouth watering for more!
Prize: Almo Drawstring Backpack
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All of the AV Snacks sessions are recorded and archived for access after they run. AV Snacks is the latest program in Almo Professional A/V’s extensive line up of industry education and training resources for its partners. Other ongoing programs include full-length webinars, streaming Tech Tips and the company’s popular traveling E4 AV Tour, which is a free one-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers.

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About Almo Professional A/V
Almo Professional A/V is the nation’s fastest growing distributor serving the needs of professional audiovisual integrators, dealers and consultants. With a highly skilled sales team, reseller education programs, 10 distribution centers across the U.S. and product lines for the Pro A/V channel, Almo Professional A/V provides customers with the full distribution experience on a local and a personal level. Almo Professional A/V is a division of Almo Corp., the nation’s leading independent distributor of consumer electronics and major appliances. For more information about Almo Professional A/V, please call 410-560-2890 or go to www.almoproav.com. Almo Professional A/V can also be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/almoproav and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/almoproav.

*All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Extron Announces VNS 104 Multi-Stream Decoding Software

Extron VNS 104Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce VNS 104 Multi-Stream Decoding Software. This new software decodes and presents one or four video sources and one associated stereo audio source streamed from VN-Matrix® 225 or 200 Series Encoders and VN-Matrix Recorder. VNS 104 multi-stream decoding software includes text overlay and status messaging features, which are valuable for distinguishing between AV sources during operation and system commissioning.

“VN-Matrix streaming systems often manage many sources, creating requirements for presenting multiple source streams on display systems,” says Casey Hall, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Extron. “VNS 104 provides an efficient, cost-effective method for decoding and monitoring one or four streams on a single display.”

VNS 104 multi-stream decoding software operates on Windows PCs and is managed as a part of a system by a VN-Matrix Enterprise Controller. It offers aspect ratio management for VN-Matrix streams, including FILL, FOLLOW, and a 1:1 mode, which can be applied independently to each decoded source. VNS 104 provides an effective method for monitoring multiple streaming sources in a variety of environments including command and control, after action review, training and simulation, and medical or geological visualization.

Visit our Web site at www.extron.com for more information.

Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700s Light Up Stone Sour-Papa Roach World Tour

American alternative metal band Stone Sour and rockers Papa Roach are co-headlining a world tour, which features Clay Paky Alpha Beam 700s in a prominent role.

The bands began their tour in Europe last year, are currently playing dates across the U.S. and will finish in Australia. Stone Sour released its fourth album, “House of Gold & Bones – Part 1,” last fall and Papa Roach is hot off its eighth studio record, “The Connection.”

Lighting designer/programmer/operator Michael Smalley was a fan of the Alpha Beam 700 from the last tour he did for electronic musician Bassnectar. “I love the fixtures. They’re a really punchy light,” he says.

Clay Paky’s Alpha Beam 700 is the first and original 700W beam moving light on the market. It was conceived as an automated ACL to create parallel light beams, visible even in the brightest scenes. Its small, lightweight, quick-moving body contains the most advanced technology for generating a bright beam that can be colored and shaped as desired for amazing dynamic mid-air effects and other innovative options.

For the Stone Sour-Papa Roach tour Smalley is working with a “really clean stage with no backline – a big, white backdrop that communicates with color and patterns.” He has positioned 12 Alpha Beam 700s on six towers, the tallest points of the ground rig.

“They give an upstage washy look, a new school techno approach,” he says. “I like to do geometric patterns, and the Alphas are really capable of finishing out those lines. They provide the geometry of the look.”

Smalley reports that the Clay Paky fixtures are working well on the road. “They have a tight, narrow beam, a nice soft frost filter and the color mix is really flexible – like a photon torpedo,” he says. “They’re great!”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “this is a very interesting tour and the Alpha Beam 700 is the perfect light for it. I’m glad that Mr. Smalley had gotten such great effects from them.”

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MuxLab Launches New CCTV Power-Thru Converter Balun

MONTREAL, CANADA — MuxLab Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the newest addition to its CCTV family; the CCTV Power-Thru Converter Balun (500024-CNV). The balun allows video and remote power to be transmitted via one Cat 5e/6 cable therefore eliminating the need to install multiple cables in analog security and surveillance environments.

The 500024-CNV converts 24V AC to DC in order to allow 12V DC cameras to be remotely powered from a central 24V AC CCTV power supply. The CCTV Power-Thru Converter Balun is installed at the camera side and works in conjunction with MuxLab’s CCTV Power-Thru Balun (500024), Passive CCTV Power Integrator Hub (500136), or Passive CCTV Hub (500130) for a complete cabling solution.

“MuxLab’s goal is to provide complete cabling solutions to our users and this new balun works in conjunction with some of our existing products to provide just that” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D.

The balun supports video up to 2,200 ft (670m) via Cat 5e/6 UTP, and transmits 24V AC up to 795 ft (242m) @ 400mA max.

About MuxLab

MuxLab Inc. is a leading designer and manufacturer of connectivity solutions that allow CCTV and Audio-Video equipment to be connected via cost-efficient Cat5e/6 copper twisted pair in the structured cabling environment. For over 25 years, the MuxLab brand has been synonymous with quality, performance and reliability. MuxLab solutions streamline cabling by reducing material, space and installation costs. Even after installation, MuxLab products help save time and money by facilitating moves, adds, and changes.

 

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For more information;

www.muxlab.com

videoease@muxlab.com

514-905-0588

MuxLab's new 500024-CNV

MuxLab's new 500024-CNV

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