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GoodLuck’s International Tour Relies on HARMAN’s AKG Wireless Systems

VIENNA, Austria – Since the release of its self-titled debut album in 2011, South African electro-swing dance group GoodLuck has reached the number one spot on South African charts six times and performed more than 500 live shows in seven countries. Equipped with HARMAN’s AKG WMS4500 wireless system, GoodLuck entertains its loyal fans with mashups of old school swing music, electronic dance and its own original vocals.

With three AKG PT4500 bodypack transmitters, an HT4500 handheld transmitter and D7 capsule microphones, GoodLuck performs its chart-topping hits with clear and quality sound in any country.

“GoodLuck has been a fantastic member of the AKG family, extending our global reach and building our reputation for internationally acclaimed premium live sound on an international level,” stated Walter Ruhrig, Artist & Key Customer Relations, AKG. “As an international touring band, the quality of its performance reflects heavily on its fans’ and followers’ experience at events and we are proud to offer GoodLuck AKG’s premium wireless systems.”

GoodLuck was recently nominated for three South African Music Awards including ‘Best Dance Album,’ ‘Best Duo / Group’ and the coveted ‘Record of the Year.’ 
The group’s live show has been hailed as one of the most explosive and energetic in the electronic music world.

“When using AKG, we know our fans are hearing exactly what we envision our sound to be,” stated Ben Peters of GoodLuck. “This past year has been so great for our group and we look forward to working with AKG to continue sharing our art with the world!”

For more information about AKG, please visit http://www.akg.com and http://www.youtube.com/AKGacoustics. For more information on GoodLuck, please visit http://www.goodlucklive.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 25 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 net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

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grandMA2s, Clay Paky Sharpys and MDG Hazers Help the US Open Hit a Grand Slam at Spectacular Opening Night Ceremony

The US Open tennis classic hit a grand slam the first night of the tournament with an Opening Night Ceremony that dazzled guests and set a new benchmark for kicking off the iconic event. grandMA2 consoles, Clay Paky Sharpy lighting fixtures and MDG hazers played key roles in the dynamic ceremony. All are distributed in North America by A.C.T Lighting.

“The USTA charged its entertainment group with energizing its traditional US Open Opening Night Ceremony, and what fans saw this year was unprecedented, immersive and memorable.” says Christien Methot of design one lighting and production design, who served as the lighting designer. “Two years ago Michael Fiur, entertainment director for the USTA, asked me to get involved, in conjunction with Overland Entertainment, in creating an Opening Ceremony spectacular. They’ve had singers in the past but always used stadium lights. We started talking about the creative aspects of the show – using video mapped to the court and lighting played in conjunction with the video to fill out the stadium. We were going to do it last year, but the hurricane blew in. We learned a lot in the process to put into practice for this year’s event.”

During the Opening Ceremony Jordan Sparks paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who performed in the stadium 15 years ago. Sparks sang “Celebrate,” the hit song from the movie “Sparkle” in which she starred with Houston. Then, for the first time at the U.S. Open, the center court was turned into a giant video board with images of past champions flashing across the court during a high-energy music and light show. Sparks returned to the stage for the National Anthem; center court was mapped with red, white and blue flag graphics during her rendition.

“The Opening Ceremony was short and sweet – 20 minutes,” Methot reports. “After Jordan sang ‘Celebrate’ we launched into Taio Cruz’s ‘Dynamite’ with a lighting and video spectacular. Then during the National Anthem we had theatrical lighting and an abstracted video American flag on the court. There was really nice size pyro show, too. A lot of logistics, a lot of collaboration and back-and-forth to get it all done.”

Methot had a pair of grandMA2 Lights running SMPTE timecode; for “Dynamite” it was synched to timecode with MA’s grandma 3D software, which had been used in the pre-viz stage, to synch the space. Ten MDG Atmosphere hazers came into play, and 40 Clay Paky Sharpys lit up the night. Glow Design, which was responsible for the video components, ran eight 22K Barco projectors on Dataton WATCHOUT; they provided Methot’s rig with the SMPTE timecode.

“The grandMA2s, MDGs and Sharpys were all mission critical elements of the show,” says Methot. “They were rock solid and performed without fail.”

Methot deployed 20 of the Sharpys on the court with the other 20 surrounding the audience on the stadium’s promenade level. “We used them to create the white stars of the American flag for the National Anthem,” he explains. “They were also the main performers during the ‘Dynamite’ sequence, synched to the beat and dancing to it as though they were dancers in a nightclub. We picked the Sharpys because they can be seen for miles, have a really concentrated beam and are really fast so they could keep up with a fast-paced song. Their compact size also allowed us to put them anywhere. And they were by far the most reliable of all the fixtures.”

Methot selected the MDG Atmosphere hazers after doing a shootout with several other manufacturers. “The MDGs had the best delivery of haze for an outdoor situation,” he reports. “The CO2 helped because it kept the haze a little cooler and made it hang a little longer. They did a great job.”

He was also pleased that the no-charge grandMA 3D software was “vital in giving us a couple of days of programming in advance.”

Methot rented the equipment through WorldStage. “They have a strong relationship with Overland Entertainment and really took care of us,” he says.

Working alongside Methot were programmer Jason Baeri and gaffer Randy Treu.

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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Axon Introduces Jünger Audio’s Loudness Control For Its Synapse Control Modules at NAB 2013

Leading modular AV signal processing and control specialist Axon Digital Design is incorporating Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ loudness control technology into its Synapse audio and video signal processing and control modules. The result of this collaboration will be on show for the first time at NAB 2013 at the Axon booth, N.6006.

Under the terms of the new partnership, four new audio processing modules will be incorporated into Axon Synapse, thus creating a new standard in a range of modular products covering applications such as audio up-mixing and loudness control. With Jünger Audio processing on board, Axon customers can now eliminate annoying loudness variations between program segments and between programs and commercial breaks.

Axon’s Synapse is a modular system comprising multiple 19-inch frames, active hot swappable cards and (mostly) passive connector panels. It is designed to support demanding mission critical broadcast applications, especially the conversion of composite analogue video signals into HD.

Jünger Audio has developed a custom digital signal processing (DSP) board that integrates seamlessly within a standard Axon Synapse module. Building on this seamless interoperability, the two companies have jointly developed four new Synapse modules, which provide a combination of sophisticated up-mixing and loudness control capabilities within both stereo and 5.1 multi-channel audio environments.

Further extending their application versatility, these modules are available as either 3Gb/s or HD capable. The HD version offers a 3Gb/s upgrade pathway for future migration to the greater demands of 3Gb/s operations.

“Jünger Audio is well known as a pioneer in audio technology and we are delighted to have developed a close partnership with the team there,” commented Peter Schut, Chief Technology Officer at Axon. “Together, we have created a range of audio processing solutions which offer significantly new feature-sets and functionality. These innovative products will open new markets to Axon.”

Peter Pörs, Managing Director of Junger Audio, says: “Loudness control is a hot topic and there is increasing demand from broadcasters for an effective solution that can eliminate jumps in audio levels. More and more customers are demanding our LEVEL MAGIC™ process in individual hardware and software solutions because it delivers high quality audio and supports all known loudness standards including ITU, EBU and ATSC. With AXON, we have found the perfect partner to enable us to address this demand.”

Jünger Audio’s LEVEL MAGIC™ technology uses Wideband processing to control loudness and peak level, and avoid defects like breathing, pumping, and spectral changes. The processing relies on a highly sophisticated, adaptive level con¬trol algorithm.

By incorporating LEVEL MAGIC™ into its Synapse modules, Axon customers can set their desired Loudness Target, or Operating Level, and Peak Level. Once set, processing takes place automatically providing continuous loudness control, regard-less of the source of the audio.

For further information during NAB 2013, please visit Axon at Booth N.6006 or Jünger Audio at Booth C.2333. Alternatively please visit the companys’ websites – www.axon.tv or www.junger-audio.com

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About Jünger Audio
Established in Berlin in 1990, Jünger Audio specialises in the design and manufacture of high-quality digital audio dynamics processors. It has developed a unique range of digital processors that are designed to meet the demands of the professional audio market. All of its products are easy to operate and are developed and manufactured in-house, ensuring that the highest standards are maintained throughout. Its customers include many of the world’s top radio and TV broadcasters, IPTV providers, music recording studios and audio post production facilities.

HARMAN’s Crown Is Now Shipping Its New DriveCore Install Series Power Amplifiers

ELKHART, Indiana — HARMAN’s Crown Audio today announced that it is now shipping its new DriveCore Install (DCi) Series power amplifiers. Successor to the company’s acclaimed CTs Series, the DCi Analog two, four, and eight channel amplifiers incorporate a host of improvements including HARMAN’s exclusive DriveCore™ technology to set new industry standards in sound quality, flexibility and efficiency.

Twelve models in the DCi Series are available ranging from 300 watts to 600 watts of minimum guaranteed power into 4 and 8 ohms and 70Vrms and 100Vrms. The first number in the model is the amount of channels and the second number indicates the watts-per-channel power rating. All amplifiers are just 2U rack spaces high, to conserve valuable installation space.

“We designed the DCi Series to be the new world standard for amplifiers in installed sound applications,” said Daniel Saenz, Business Segment Manager, Install Sound, Crown. “In fact, the DCi Series could be nothing less, considering the CTs Series established itself as the benchmark power amplifier for fixed installations. The DCi Series lives up to the task and then some and audio professionals worldwide will appreciate its greatly improved performance, flexible features, high efficiency and compact form factor.”

At the heart of the DCi Series is HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier IC chip. The DriveCore chip combines the amplifier driver stage into the power output stage along with additional audio-signal functions – yet is about the size of a postage stamp. DriveCore and the DCi Series’ leading-edge amplifier topologies dramatically reduce size and power consumption requirements and yield much more energy-efficient operation that conforms to HARMAN International’s GreenEdge™ environmental initiative.

DriveCore technology dramatically reduces the footprint of the amplifier by replacing over 500 parts from a typical amplifier design with one single IC. Smaller amplifier engines means more channels can be put into a 2 RU box with more capabilities.

Crown DCi Series amplifiers can be operated into 8-, 4- or 2-ohm loads and offer direct drive “constant voltage” capabilities for 70Vrms and 100Vrms amplification without the need for a step-up transformer, yielding higher audio quality and more power available at the speaker in distributed audio applications. The amplifiers incorporate an exclusive Power Factor Corrected (PFC) global power supply that is designed to deliver maximum power in any country and their universal AC input accepts voltages from 100 – 240 VAC, 50/60Hz (+/- 10%).

The DCi Series is Crown’s greenest amplifier line ever, with a PFC power supply, a selectable powersave auto-standby mode where the amplifier will power down after 30 minutes of no input signal and consume less than 1 watt. In addition to the amplifiers’ balanced 3-pin input connectors and 2-pin terminal strip output connectors, a rear-panel AUX port enables the amplifiers to be integrated into control systems for remote on/off and amplifier fault monitoring.

Crown DCi Series amplifiers are built for the most demanding conditions of continuous professional use and carry a 3-year, no-fault fully transferrable warranty.

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.

Xytech Powering Today’s Digital Supply Chain with Innovative Facility Management Solutions

NAB 2013 – Booth # SL2427

(Mission Hills, CA) Xytech, the global leader in facility management software for the broadcast, production, media services and video transmission industries, will be showcasing updates and additions to their industry-leading MediaPulse platform at NAB 2013. Xytech continues to define the marketplace with the most innovative and client-centric products available.

MediaPulse, Xytech’s flagship product, is uniquely positioned to offer out-of-the-box automation for the entire production ecosystem. With more than 150 implementations, the platform enables craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with planning, scheduling, and financial management tools. All tasks in the workflow chain, from automation to asset scheduling and personnel management, are managed in the product by a modular architecture. Templated and dynamic workflows are driven by Xytech’s unique event orchestration technology, managing all activities in an order and automatically monitoring individual tasks for operational status and financial impact.

Xytech is keenly focused on ongoing product innovation, such as platform independence, keeping clients ahead of the changes they continually face in the dynamic landscape of today’s media and entertainment industries. Major additions and advancements to Xytech’s MediaPulse platform will be on demonstration in Las Vegas, NV, April 8th through the 11th, including:

MediaPulse SKY
PRODUCT PREVIEW
SKY is a platform independent, browser-based, HTML5 compliant new user interface (UI) bringing complete MediaPulse functionality to Xytech users, regardless of whether they are operating on Mac, PC, Mobile, iOS or in the Cloud. By introducing the ability to access MediaPulse on any device, SKY manages facility operations in a way that meets 21st century requirements. SKY delivers custom configured interfaces to all users, dramatically reduces rollout costs, drives real time collaboration across the media enterprise between clients and multiple vendors, and is appropriate for freelancers, clients and the edit suite. The dashboard-enabled module is perfect for the executive suite.

MediaPulse Personnel Rules
PRODUCT PREMIER
Xytech’s new Personnel Rules provides much anticipated functionality and technology for the personnel management tasks of any facility. Payroll rules in labor contracts or European Working Time Directives are easily configured using scripted workflows. Payroll penalties are controlled by issuing warnings and alerts on pre-configured parameters including; limits to the number of hours worked in a given period, a mandated minimum amount of time off between assignments, and considerations regarding scheduling personnel to work on days off or holidays. All functionality is presented in a highly configurable interface that makes order entry, operations management, and financial reconciliation user friendly.

MediaPulse Fuse & Fuse Connect
PRODUCT ADVANCES
Xytech’s Fuse is rolling out important advancements. Fuse is a flexible and robust platform extension that offers the unique ability to interface with other systems across a network or over the cloud; Fuse allows users to cover the entire spectrum of system interfaces in a highly scalable manner. Now an XSLT (Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations) data transformation capability is included in the system, allowing developers and integrators to conditionally pull transformed data from MediaPulse supporting ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) strategies in a simplified and easily supportable model. In addition, Fuse now offers the ability to remotely create orders in any other MediaPulse system through simple configuration. This advanced functionality provides real ROI as it supports modern digital ecosystems where orders are shared amongst several companies.

Greg Dolan, Chief Operating Officer of Xytech, noted, “Our mission commands all of us at Xytech to remain sharply focused on our clients’ need for flexible, scalable solutions to today’s issues. Digital Order, unveiled at last year’s NAB, is now driving essential automated workflows at national broadcasters. This is simply one example of how we build products to solve our clients’ problems. Every year, we look back on our successful products in place in the community, and ahead to those that will help our clients in the future. The products we are announcing at NAB this year are a direct result of ceaseless innovation on behalf of our customers. We never stop the evolution of our products or inventive new solutions. This is why we are the dominant provider of facility management systems.”

Visit Xytech at NAB 2013, Booth # SL2427.

About Xytech
Xytech Systems Corporation(tm) is the leading global provider of facility management software for today’s media and broadcast companies. Leveraging a 25-year history of innovation and market expertise, Xytech brings unparalleled proficiency to its customers with flexible, transparent and evolutionary solutions that set the standard for successfully managing the continuous business realignments that define today’s marketplace. Xytech’s collaborative MediaPulse platform and suite of solutions enable craft workflow and asset management systems to work seamlessly with the company’s renowned planning, scheduling and financial management tools. Xytech has over 450 software deployments in more than 20 countries around the world and is headquartered in Mission Hills, California, with regional offices in New York and London.

For more information, please visit www.XytechSystems.com or call +1.818.698.4900 (US) or +44 (0)20.3478.1450 (UK).

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Broadway Systems Helps TheBlaze Launch National TV Network Under Aggressive Time Schedule

March 25, 2013 – Grand Rapids, Mich. – Most cable or satellite network startups have months, sometimes more than a year, to prepare for launching their network. TheBlaze had less than 45 days. Despite the aggressive time schedule, Broadway Systems, the leading provider of advertising management software for cable networks, was able to help the network launch on time and on budget.

TheBlaze began as GBTV, an online, subscription-based channel with six hours of programming each day. Last June, the company was rebranded as TheBlaze and moved forward with plans for a 24-hour programming schedule. In addition to its Web-based service, the network negotiated distribution agreements with DISH Network.

“We had the foundation of GBTV to start, but going from six hours a day to 24/7 is a huge jump,” said Eric Pearce, senior vice president of television operations. “We had about 40 days to get everything up and running. It was pretty intense.”

TheBlaze needed a partner that could manage its advertising at the right economics – and was capable of meeting its tight deadline. They initially contacted Broadway Systems in late July 2012 and were able to launch on schedule on Sept. 12.

“Of all the people we spoke to, Broadway was the most confident in working with us,” Pearce recalled. “They quickly came back with a plan and said, ‘We can do this.’ They were able to deliver what we needed so we, in turn, could deliver to our audience.”

While the majority of network programming is based out of Dallas, TheBlaze maintains its sales offices in New York City. Pearce said Broadway spent time at the network’s Times Square location training TheBlaze personnel how to use its Programming, Scheduling, and Traffic and Billing modules. “They configured their software to work best with our internal needs and the needs of our clients,” he added. “We are very pleased with what the Broadway software has allowed us to do.”

Pearce said Broadway’s integrated platform not only helps internal workflows between departments (including master control playout), but also helps TheBlaze provide better service to its advertising clients. “When it comes to integrating commercials, we have lots of departments working together,” he explained. “Broadway’s software makes it much easier for day-to-day production. Their trafficking system was a huge key for us. Our clients get top-notch service, and Broadway allows us to do that.”

Over the past 12 months, Broadway Systems has implemented or entered into long-term contracts with a number of national cable networks, including BBC America, MGM Syndication, MNET, Tennis Channel, and WWE. “Broadway has a proven track record with new networks, and we were proud to be part of the successful launch of TheBlaze,” said John Sorensen, president of Broadway Systems. “We engineered our end-to-end software platform as an integrated, modular solution that can grow with the cable network. The result is an efficient and configurable platform that is appropriate for the launch of a new network but robust enough to manage top 20 rated networks.”

About TheBlaze

Glenn Beck’s TheBlaze is a news, information & entertainment network dedicated to delivering high quality programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The exclusive provider of Glenn’s daily television broadcast, TheBlaze also offers a full slate of thought provoking news and opinion shows like Real News and Wilkow, late night comedy like BS of A, family-friendly programming like Independence USA and Liberty Treehouse, provocative documentaries and other original specials covering a myriad of entertaining and enlightening topics. TheBlaze, which receives over 10 million unique online visitors per month, is the only network where you can find the facts and stories you care about most. TheBlaze – Truth Lives Here.

About Broadway Systems

Since 2002, Broadway Systems has collaborated with cable networks to engineer a contemporary and fully integrated programming, sales, traffic, stewardship, and billing software system. Today, this platform manages more than $3 billion in advertising revenues for top 20 rated cable networks as well as startups. Broadway Systems offers cable networks a strategic alternative to existing vendors, one that is dedicated to their business and keeps pace with the changing needs of this dynamic industry. Find out more at www.broadwaysystems.com.

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Boyd Baumgartner Boosts Pacific Northwest Sales Efforts for Advanced Systems Group

EMERYVILLE, CALIF. – Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, today announced that Boyd Baumgartner has joined the company’s sales team, effective March 6. He will focus on storage systems, archiving, and asset management business development in the Pacific Northwest.

Baumgartner joins ASG after six years with Quantum Corporation, where he developed relationships with a number of technology partners, and recruited and trained independent value added resellers (VARs) in a number of vertical markets. Previously, he served as a regional sales manager for Vizrt and Pinnacle Systems, and held a variety of sales positions with Hewlett Packard.

“Boyd has extensive experience selling to the professional video marketplace,” said Dave Van Hoy, president, Advanced Systems Group. “We look forward to having him expand ASG’s presence in the Pacific Northwest.”

Baumgartner is based in Portland, Ore. Contact him at (360) 600-0873 or via e-mail at boyd@asgllc.com.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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Audionamix Brings Cutting-Edge Sound Solutions to NAB

Audionamix, the premier sound separation technology and services company, will present Unmixing Audio with Cutting-Edge Technology at NAB.

In these two 20-minute sessions, free-to-attendees, Audionamix will highlight the role sound plays in revitalizing existing content for future revenue opportunities, and why their ability to isolate and separate audio elements at a high quality has been fundamental in revolutionizing the possibilities for remixing.

Two demos at the 2013 NAB Show take place:
Tuesday, April 9
Pro Audio Pit (Central Hall, C3155)
12:30 p.m.
AND
Wednesday, April 10
HPA Post Pit (South Hall, Lower level, SL15708)
10 a.m.

The company will demonstrate concrete examples of easy workflow integration and answer questions about the possibilities for unlocking the vaults by:
• Separating dialog from a full mix for foreign re-versioning
• Removing and replacing costly music cues from television shows while preserving the dialog and effects in the original mix
• Isolating and separating a singing voice from its orchestration to fuel new creations, or just modulate the levels while synching to commentary.

Based on years of audio science, Audionamix is the industry’s leading audio deconstruction specialists, providing proprietary sound separation technology and services for the film, broadcast and music sectors. Their ability to isolate audio elements and provide stems at a high quality has unleashed the creative power of many sound editors/mixers/designers as well as the assets of content owners to “unmix to re-create.”

Audionamix’s ADX technology essentially reverse engineers mono or stereo audio recordings into tracks for dialogue/vocal/instrument isolation, music dissociation, and instrumental creation, for various applications.

Outline GTO Powers Andrea Bocelli 2013 U.S. Tour

PRG Las Vegas Production Team Meets Exacting and Demanding System Specification for Inaugural U.S. Concert at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

SUNRISE, FL, APRIL 1, 2013 – The Production Resource Group (PRG), one of the largest production services companies in North America, employed a massive Outline GTO Line Array, MANTAS and Butterfly-driven sound system for the recent Andrea Bocelli performance in the BB&T Center, the largest indoor arena in Florida. Principally used for live sporting events and with occasional high-end pop concerts, the challenge for Outline and PRG was to transform the sonic space of this multi-purpose arena into a world-class symphonic hall capable of delivering the subtle nuance and gripping power of a Bocelli performance. Outline’s exclusive OPENARRAY-3D prediction software was employed to guide the installation of the system.

“I decided to specify Outline for Maestro Bocelli’s 2013 U.S. tour based on my first hand experience with the GTO at the 2012 Worker’s Day concert in Rome,” said Bocelli’s system sound designer, Andrea Taglia, who was tasked with the audio design for the BB&T Center. “After mixing the orchestras for that event on the GTO, I was truly surprised and very pleased with the system’s performance, coverage and headroom, making Outline’s GTO the system of choice for this critical application. The GTO is among an exclusive club of the finest systems available on the market today.”

While fully capable of earth-shattering SPL, the massive sound system was designed to deliver uniform, smooth and even coverage throughout the arena to enhance the nature of the performance. Outline’s proprietary 3-D prediction software, OPENARRAY, was used by Taglia to construct a precise and exacting model of this complex coordination of Outline’s innovative technology with the acoustic environment of the arena. The integrated architecture included 45 GTOs in an L-C-R configuration, with each hang complemented by Outline’s unique and patent pending GTO-DF dedicated down-fill cabinet. An array of 20 point source MANTAS on each side provided the off-axis out fills, while three arrays of 12 Butterfly speakers were deployed as the down-field delays.

Outline’s latest addition to the GTO family of products, the LipFill-082, designed to complement the GTO-DF and MANTAS, provided the critical front/lip fill coverage for the VIP seats. A total of six DVS12-P 12-inch two-way trapezoidal cabinets were pole mounted three per side, off stage left and right, to augment the coverage for the VIP and patron seating areas. Beneath it all were 16 GTO-SUBs, with Outline’s innovative Decoupled Baffle Subwoofer (DBS) technology, delivering the warm and musical low frequency response critical for classical orchestral music. The entire system was powered by Outline’s T-11, single rack space, highly efficient, lightweight, Class-D amplifiers.

“The results of the event speak for themselves,” says Tom Bensen, Outline North America Sr. VP/Managing Director. “PRG’s team of production professionals skillfully deployed the GTO and related line array products as designed, precisely delivering the predicted response and coverage that was simulated in Outline’s exclusive Openarray 3D sound modeling software. The complete system sounded simply magnificent. We certainly enlisted many new members to the Outline and GTO ‘fan club’ that night.”

The February concert in Florida was the first date of the U.S. 2013 tour. The Andrea Bocelli U.S. Tour resumes in June of this year. For more information about the Andrea Bocelli Tour please visit: www.andreabocellitour.net.

About Outline
Outline s.r.l., based in Brescia, Italy, is a leading manufacturer of high quality loudspeaker systems of both powered and un-powered formats. Founded in 1973 by Guido Noselli, the company has a rich history in the development of high quality loudspeaker enclosures, test and measurement systems, and holds numerous technology patents. With offices in Italy, The UK and the USA, and over 50 distributors on five continents with more than 4200 venues and users to its credit, Outline has assumed its place among the leaders on the professional audio market.

About Production Resource Group
Production Resource Group, L.L.C., (PRG) is the world’s leading supplier of entertainment and event technology to a wide range of markets, including corporate and automotive events, concerts, special events, theatre, television and film, trade shows, and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores and performing arts centers. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. For more information on PRG, please visit www.prg.com.

L-ACOUSTICS Rides High at RodeoHouston®

A record-breaking 80,020 George Strait fans packed Reliant Stadium on RodeoHouston's final night (credit for all photos: Andy Tennille)

LD Systems deploys world’s largest K1 stadium system for 21 consecutive nights of major concerts and rodeo events at Houston’s Reliant Stadium

HOUSTON, Texas — Billed as the world’s largest live entertainment and exhibition event, the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ — with rodeo and concert events known as RodeoHouston® — is also one of Texas’ largest charities having contributed over $330 million to the state’s youth since 1932. But ask any of those youth about this year’s event and they’ll likely rave on about Reliant Stadium’s stellar three-week rodeo and concert series, which was heard via the world’s largest L-ACOUSTICS K1 stadium system provided by LD Systems, Inc. more

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