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Willisoundz Upgrades to the Latest PhantomFocus™ Technology

- Top-tier Nashville session player John Willis replaces legacy analog PhantomFocus™ System (PFS™) with new digital successor at his Carl Tatz Design studio, Willisoundz -

Nashville, TN: As part of a recent studio renovation that included Carl Tatz Acoustic Lens™ modules by Auralex, custom console furniture by Sound Construction & Supply and a 60″ Samsung video monitor, Willisoundz studio owner John Willis chose to upgrade to the latest PhantomFocus™ System technology, replacing his 2006 legacy analog PFS to drive his Dynaudio Air 20 monitors.

During a recent Rode microphone shoot-out project at the studio with GRAMMY®-nominated engineer/producer/educator John Merchant, who is also owner of the award-winning Carl Tatz Design studio Red Door as well as a Dual PFS user, Merchant suggested that Willis move up to the new 2013 PFS technology. Although pleased with his earlier-generation PFS monitoring, the new system’s performance came as quite a shock. Even though he anticipated being impressed, he was not prepared for its impact. “When I first sat down to experience the new system, I was sick,” laments Willis. “It made everything so crystal-clear, 3D, and full-frequency range-accurate, I wanted to go back and remix everything I’ve ever done. Kudos to Carl and the new PhantomFocus System for continuing to make my little slice of home studio a world-class facility.”

When virtuoso guitar session player John Willis is not creating studio “magic” around town for the likes of Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw and a long list of other top Nashville artists, he is working on any number of mainstream and independent acts as a producer/musician/engineer in his personal studio, Willisoundz. His studio production modus operandi has evolved into a sort of high-tech one-man-band/mad scientist approach that he controls like a musical Dr. Frankenstein, creating monster sounds from his “cockpit” array of recording and musical instrument gear. He advises, “Don’t settle for second place. Carl is the master – invest in your studio’s future with the PhantomFocus System.”

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FOR-A to Show Product Range at Telemundo – Expo Cine Video Television Show 2013

Cypress, CA – FOR-A Corporation of America announces plans to display an array of its video and audio solutions at this week’s Telemundo – Expo Cine Video Television Show, which takes place June 4-7 at the Mexico World Trade Center in Mexico City. Exhibiting within the Excellence in Communications and Technology booth (C-4), FOR-A will showcase a range of its products, including camera, multi viewer, signal processor, video switcher and frame rate converter solutions.

“The Latin American market is a very important region to us,” said Mario Rodriguez, FOR-A’s Latin American Sales Manager. “FOR-A makes it a priority to take advantage of every opportunity available to continue our strong presence in the area. Telemundo is a prestigious event for broadcasters in Latin America and a great chance for us to showcase our products to the community with our partner, Excellence in Communications and Technology.”

FOR-A will display its FT-ONE 4K variable frame rate camera. Employing FOR-A’s CMOS color sensor, FT1-CMOS, the FT-ONE has the ability to record and play back full 4K at up to 900 frames per second. FOR-A will also showcase the FLOVEL FZ-B1 ultra high sensitivity HD digital camera. Featuring an unprecedented low-light sensitivity of only 0.01 lux, the unit is the latest addition to FLOVEL’s extensive line of high-end HD specialty cameras.

Also on display will be the new FA-1010 multi-channel signal processor. With 10 video inputs and outputs, the award-winning unit offers extreme connectivity. The FA-1010 features multi-channel routing between sources as well as effective video and audio signal processing for line, relay, reporting, production, editing and delivery applications. FOR-A’s FA-9520 multi purpose signal processor will also be demoed at the expo.

FOR-A’s HVS-390HS HD/SD video switcher will also be exhibited at the booth. The compact, cost-effective HVS-390HS includes 16 HD/SD-SDI inputs and eight outputs (expandable to 24 inputs and 13 outputs), with frame synchronizers for all inputs.

Additionally, FOR-A’s modular UFM-30FRC frame rate converter will also be shown. Equipped with up, down, and cross-converter functions as standard features, the unit offer motion compensation processing and linear conversion modes and can perform wide-ranging format conversion. Another product in FOR-A’s UFM modular series that can be mounted on a UFM frame and will be displayed at the expo is the UFM-30DCC, an HD/SD digital color corrector.

The MV-1620HS HD/SD/analog mixed high-resolution multi viewer, IVS-710HS HD/SD video stabilizer, VTW-330HS HD/SD character generator, and the MBP-100SX MXF clip server are among the other products that will be showcased by FOR-A at Telemundo.

About FOR-A

FOR-A is a major manufacturer and distributor of video and audio systems to the broadcast, postproduction and professional video markets. For more information about FOR-A’s product line, call 714-894-3311 or visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

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GUITAR CENTER OPENS NEW STORE IN BELLINGHAM, WA

— 248th Guitar Center location features on-site lessons and repair services, along with GC’s vast inventory selection —

Westlake Village, CA (June 3, 2013) – On the evening of Thursday, May 30, 2013, Guitar Center held the grand opening of its new location in Bellingham, Washington, located at 3960 Meridian St., Suite 101, Bellingham, WA 98226. The Bellingham store (Guitar Center’s 248th retail location) is part of a new wave of Guitar Center retail stores that feature lesson spaces, which allows the brand to offer additional music lessons, special programs and expanded opportunities for local musicians.

Bellingham Store Manager Kelly Sites stated, “I’m very excited to be a part of the new Bellingham store. I grew up making music in the Northeast and it’s so rewarding to help my friends, neighbors and colleagues continue to do the same. Helping get the perfect instrument in the hands of just the right customer, while also helping our customers learn or hone their craft at the awesome new Guitar Center Studios, is what makes this job so special for myself and the staff every single day.” Sites is GC certified in guitars, accessories, pro audio, drums and keyboards, and has been with the company for six years.

Guitar Center Bellingham: What Musicians Will Find In-Store

Guitar Center Studios – Deeply vested in expanding and enhancing the Bellingham music scene, Guitar Center Bellingham also brings Guitar Center Studios to the new location. The fully-equipped, in-house lesson space is giving Bellingham residents of all ages and skill levels access to affordable music lessons. Sourcing locally trained store employees as certified instructors, courses will be offered on guitar, bass, keys and drums, as well as vocals and recording techniques using Pro Tools and Logic Pro and GarageBand.
Vast Product Selection and Low Prices – Guitar Center Bellingham brings an unprecedented selection of products to Bellingham, all backed by Guitar Center’s guarantee and available at attractive prices. The store features the latest in guitars, amplifiers, percussion instruments and keyboards, as well as live sound, DJ, lighting and recording equipment.
Guitar Center Garage – Guitar Center Bellingham includes GC Garage, the store’s on-site guitar repair service, offering a host of services, including electronics repair, hardware customization, fretwork, structural repairs, cosmetic enhancements, setup and maintenances.

Guitar Center Bellingham: Additional In-Store Programs and Opportunities Include:

Guitar Center’s “Endless Aisle” – Bellingham customers can now shop from Guitar Center’s new multi-channel “endless aisle,” which extends the in-store inventory to over $400 million in new and used products from across the nation. Shoppers will be able to purchase in-store, online and via phone, with the option to have products shipped to their home or to the store for convenient pick up.
At: Guitar Center Programs – Throughout the calendar year, Guitar Center Bellingham will host an array of free events, such as artist workshops, lessons, product launches and performances, as a part of the company’s ongoing commitment to educating and assisting unsigned artists. These programs aim to provide musicians with the opportunities and exposure essential to achieving their music goals.
Recording Made Easy – Available at all Guitar Center locations, the Recording Made Easy program is a four-week, user-friendly series of weekly classes occurring Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

In addition to special programs at the new Bellingham store, Guitar Center offers year-round programs designed to spearhead creativity and highlight promising undiscovered talent. Bellingham residents will now be able to participate in these ongoing events from their hometown. Programs have included Your Next Record, Guitar Center On-Stage, Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter, Guitar Center’s Battle of the Blues and Guitar Center’s Drum-Off.

Guitar Center Bellingham Store and Studio Hours
Mon-Fri: 11 AM-8 PM
Sat: 10 AM-8 PM
Sun: 12 PM-6 PM

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Renewed Vision Unveils ProVideoServer at InfoComm 2013

Popular and reliable ProVideoSync media server rebranded and upgraded with significant improvements

ORLANDO, Florida – InfoComm 2013 booth #4211 — Renewed Vision is taking advantage of InfoComm 2013 to officially debut ProVideoServer (PVS), the company’s new four-channel HD video server with synchronization.

Eight years ago, Renewed Vision introduced ProVideoSync, a dual-channel media server currently used by many organizations around the world for the synchronized playback of two channels of broadcast-quality video with select video codecs. Since that time, codecs like H.264 that were originally suitable for web video became of a better quality, distribution of content over the web became more desirable, remote control capabilities in video switchers became more widespread, and the appetite for even more video channels has grown.

With all of that in mind, Renewed Vision’s engineering team set out to address these modern requirements, re-imagining and extending the original scope of PVS. The result is essentially a brand new product with a slightly updated name better suited for its purpose. more

MASQUE SOUND RECREATES THE HEYDAY OF POST-VAUDEVILLE BURLESQUE FOR BROADWAY’S NEWEST PLAY, THE NANCE

Custom Audio Solution Helps Nathan Lane Make Glorious Return
In Hilarious and Heartbreaking Play

NEW YORK, JUNE 4, 2013—When Sound Designer Leon Rothenberg was tasked with reproducing the post-vaudeville burlesque scene of the 1930s for the new Broadway play, The Nance, he turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, to provide an audio solution capable of transporting the audience back to this wild time.

Lincoln Center Theater’s production of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance, playing at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway, brings to life the naughty, raucous world of burlesque’s heyday with the backstage story of Chauncey Miles and his fellow performers. At a time when it was easy to play gay but dangerous to actually be gay, Chauncey’s uproarious antics on the stage stand out in marked contrast to his offstage life. Directed by three-time Tony Award-winner Jack O’Brien, The Nance welcomes two-time Tony Award-winner Nathan Lane back to Broadway as Chauncey.

For The Nance, Rothenberg’s goal in working with Masque Sound was to make the play’s setting as authentic as possible. “The sound design was not going to be standard by today’s blueprint,” says Rothenberg. “In the 1930s, there would have been no help from a sound system. There was a band in the pit, and if the performer wanted to be heard, it was all on them. They sang, performed musical numbers and sketches and told jokes, and they just had to be loud. Trying to recreate that feeling without being visibly intrusive and still making sure that everything got heard was a complex challenge. Fortunately, my team, including Danny Erdberg, assistant sound designer, Liz Coleman, assistant audio engineer, Marc Salzberg, production sound engineer and I, were able to work with Masque Sound to come up with a great sound solution.”

By strategically placing boundary and foot microphones, provided by Masque Sound, within the framework of the set and at the front of the stage, Rothenberg’s design was able to pick up the actors successfully and provide that authentic feel he sought.

“After the sound system is designed and tuned, it’s all about the mix,” adds Rothenberg. “It is a very specific and rigorous show to mix in that every moment has to be very tightly controlled. We want to get the most out of the band, and the most out of the singing and the music without sacrificing clarity or the story. Marc Salzberg has a great sense of mixing this way, a great sense of this kind of specificity and how to maintain natural transparent sound. He was great to have on the show and did a phenomenal job.”

Another unique aspect of the sound design for Rothenberg was The Nance’s use of a turntable stage. “There are moments when the band has to sound like it is in the pit and others where the music needs to ‘move’ with the turntable to give the audience the impression of being backstage,” says Rothenberg. “From a sound point of view, these are two very different feelings we seek for the audience to experience, making it an interesting challenge. The band is actually down the hall backstage, but heard through speakers where the pit would be. Then we simulate the sound of a stage house from onstage, with installed speakers up the entire stage right side wall. Masque Sound had the gear I was looking for and the final result gave us just the effect we wanted. It turned out great.”

Masque Sound provided an equipment package that included the Avid VENUE profile console, which delivers studio-grade sound, powerful performance and complete ease of use, with maximum flexibility and power in a smaller footprint. In addition, Masque Sound provided Yamaha DME64 Digital Mixing Engines, which employ Yamaha’s original DSP6 and DSP7 signal-processing LSIs for extraordinary audio processing power and quality. A d&b speaker system complemented by two Meyer USW-1P subwoofers, and DPA Microphones were paired with Rothenberg’s design.

Rothenberg also credits the success of the show to the theater itself. “The Lyceum is the oldest theater on Broadway and the acoustics and feeling of intimacy in that theater are just fantastic,” he adds. “It might have been hard to pull off what we did in a different venue. The Lyceum is both visually stunning and sonically generous and thanks to Masque Sound’s first class support, we produced a first-class show.”

The Nance recently received five Tony Award nominations, including “Best Sound Design of a Play” for Leon Rothenberg. It is currently running on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre.

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InfoComm International and NewBay Media announce finalists for the 1st annual People’s Choice Awards

Fifteen outstanding AV installations will be presented in an exhibit on the show floor June 12-13 at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, where registered attendees will vote with their badges to choose the winners.

Fairfax, VA – InfoComm International and NewBay Media are pleased to announce the finalists for the 1st annual People’s Choice Awards. These finalists were selected from among submitted entries by a panel of industry experts including journalists, technical directors, and industry educators.

Now it’s up to InfoComm attendees to pick the winners in five categories: Corporate, Education, Healthcare, Arts/Leisure and Government.

Registered attendees can drop by the People’s Choice pavilion (#1087) to vote during show floor hours between 9a.m. Wednesday, June 12th and 3p.m. Thursday, June 13th. Voting will close Thursday at 3p.m. Winners will be announced Friday June 14th. Read the in-depth feature from Sound & Video Contractor‘s June issue!

Here are the finalists:

CORPORATE

GE Customer Experience Center
Markham, Ontario, Canada
Advanced for GE Energy

Verizon Innovation Center
Waltham, Massachusetts
Whitlock with Cavanaugh Tocci Associates for Verizon Wireless

EDUCATION

Northeastern University Visitor Center
Boston, Massachusetts
Whitlock with Cavanaugh Tocci Associates for Northeastern University

James B. Hunt Jr. Library of the Future at North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina
The Sextant Group & AVI-SPL for North Carolina State University Library

Perimeter Institute Expansion
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Westbury National for Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics

HEALTHCARE

Goodman Hall at IU Health Neuroscience Center
Indianapolis, Indiana
Sensory Technologies for Indiana (IU) Health

Health Science & Education Building at Downtown Phoenix Biomedical Campus
Phoenix, Arizona
Audio Video Resources for University of Arizona

Simulation Center at Dwight Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Ashland, Ohio
SoundCom Systems for Ashland University

ARTS & LEISURE

The View from The Shard
London
Dataton, DJ Willrich, Event Communications, Mirage Associates for The View from The Shard

Comal Restaurant Acoustic System
Berkeley, California
Meyer Sound & BugID for Comal Restaurant

SFJAZZ Center at Robert N. Miner Auditorium
San Francisco, California
Aurbach Pollack Friedlander, BBI Engineering, SIA Acoustics for SFJAZZ

GOVERNMENT

Santa Barbara Emergency Operations Center
Santa Barbara, California
Electrosonic for County of Santa Barbara

Minneapolis School Board Meeting Room
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alpha Audio & Video for Minneapolis Public Schools

The Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management
Springfield, Missouri
TLC Engineering, TechSpa & Killian Digital for Springfield-Greene County

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Display Development Kicks Off Cool Promotion

Batavia, NY—June 2013—Display Development, originator of the Residential Architectural Video System category, has announced a special dealer promotion with the company’s proprietary Smart Cooling System. For a limited time only, dealers who order the avielo optix, optix 120 (3D), optix SuperWide 235, avielo kroma, avielo helios Studio Edition, helios or Display Development HD3 or HD4, are eligible to receive one Smart Cooling System at no charge. The promotion runs through June 30, 2013.

“It’s no secret that projectors require normal room temperature and proper ventilation for best performance and long-term reliability,” said Jim Burns, co-founder and president of Display Development. “The Display Development Smart Cooling System is custom engineered for each specific installation to provide a true architectural integration solution. By offering a safe and extremely reliable cooling system, our dealers avoid the most common reason for system failures and customer complaints, ultimately resulting in higher profits by spending less time addressing these issues.”

Display Development's Smart Cooling System

For specific program details, current dealers should contact their representative. Prospective dealers interested in learning more about Display Development’s architectural solutions should email the sales team directly: info@displaydevelopment.com.

Benefits of the Display Development Smart Cooling System (SCS)
• Thermal management is the most critical element of reliable projector installations.

• While most projectors are manufactured to be pole-mounted in free space, the SCS allows a true architectural solution with proper concealment.

• Each Display Development Smart Cooling System is engineered to connect directly to the exhaust to ensure the hot air is properly removed from the installation location and both the heat and noise are removed from the listening environment.

• Smart Cooling Systems are thermostatically controlled to maintain an operating
temperature of within 3 degrees of optimum.

• Smart Cooling Systems use large, overcapacity, in-line fans that rotate at lower speeds for whisper-quiet operation, and that can support long duct lengths to provide additional flexibility for unconventional projector placement.

You can also learn more about Display Development on Twitter (@DisplayDev) and on Facebook.

Christie and The Sextant Group Help North Carolina State University Build Research Library of the Future

Large-Scale Display Visualization and Content Create Collaborative Technology Incubator

CYPRESS, Calif. – (June 3, 2013) – Christie® and The Sextant Group are helping redefine the components of a research library at North Carolina State University’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library in Raleigh, North Carolina. Achieving the school’s goal of securing a competitive advantage by equipping students with collaborative research tools for solving problems in today’s tech-driven society, the library sets a new standard in combining technological innovation, student engagement and striking architecture using Christie® MicroTiles®, Christie projectors, and Christie Spyder X20 video processors.

NCSU Hunt Library - Immersion Theater

According to Maurice York, Head of Information Technology, NCSU Libraries, North Carolina State University, the space was carefully designed as a purpose-built environment where students and faculty can interact with top-of-the-line digital technology to further their research and education.

York said, “Our goal was to, figuratively, ‘blow the walls off’ the library. This meant large-scale display visualization and content to create a truly collaborative technology incubator. In addition, the new central facility had to utilize open technologies, continuously repurposed, that could work for molecular dynamics one day and gaming that same day or next day.”

Christie Central to the Solution and Success of Project

With AVI-SPL as integrator, design engineer The Sextant Group, project consultant, selected Christie to fit the extensive needs of the project, starting with Christie MicroTiles – the versatile digital building blocks that are configurable into any design or shape in any indoor environment. With each MicroTile measuring approximately 12-inches tall by 16 inches wide by 10 inches deep, they met the tight space required while achieving that ‘wow’ factor the University was looking for.

“The school wanted the highest resolution and highest color depth displays, but space was at a premium and the technology needed to be versatile enough to fit into various rooms and be used for various purposes,” said design engineer Scott Frey.

NCSU Hunt Library - Game Lab

Once the Christie MicroTiles were chosen, the project evolved into Christie projection systems and Christie Spyder X20 video processors as crucial solutions to achieving an engaging digital library. The projectors are now helping immerse students and faculty in creative and interactive environments that can be reconfigured and repurposed at any time. The Christie Spyder X20 processors ensure the full potential of the Christie projectors and MicroTiles walls are realized, with their ability to blend, window, mix, and scale any source format and then route the signal to any destination device or combination of display devices quickly and easily.

“Advanced digital display media make learning more accessible – even fun – to students and act as a catalyst for ideas, creativity, and problem solving,” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global & corporate marketing, Christie. “At the Hunt Library, every pixel is dedicated to the students, with Christie playing a central role in bringing to fruition the groundbreaking concepts. We are proud to be part of this incredible project that takes a unique and creative approach to collaborative and engaging education.”

Christie visual display solutions in the Hunt Library:

- The iPearl Immersion Theater is used to showcase student exhibits, faculty theories and work, and to publicize speaking events to students and faculty on a 16-unit wide by 7-unit tall Christie MicroTiles installation lining a curved wall at the main pathway entrance.
- The Game Lab includes a 16-unit wide by 5-unit high MicroTiles display. Designed as a place for play, it also serves as a vital resource for advancement in the study of games and design experimentation on a large, high-resolution scale. A Christie Spyder X20 video processor gives users complete control over the displayed content.
- The Art Wall is a 15-unit wide by 8-unit tall MicroTiles wall located above the “ASK US” service point. Used to display photography and artwork of faculty and students, the Art Wall also features a welcome screen for visitors.
- Outside the Teaching and Visualization Lab is a 9-unit wide by 10-unit tall MicroTiles array configured in columns and separated by a wall. Used to display artistic video pieces and animation, the wall also displays what takes place inside the lab, which features 10 Christie Mirage WU7K-M 3-chip DLP® stereoscopic projectors as part of a 270-degree immersive environment with seamless, blended images. A Christie Spyder X20 video processor controls the content.
- Inside the Creativity Studio, two Christie Mirage WU7K–M 3D projectors and four Christie DHD800 projectors have been installed and are displaying impeccably clear visual presentations by both students and faculty.
- A 4-unit wide by 4-unit tall MicroTiles array acting as a Creative Sandbox for a variety of uses.
- A 400-person Lecture Hall is fitted with two Christie Mirage WU12K-M 3D projectors – lighting up one of the largest campus screens. Christie Twist™, a solution that enables full image warping and advanced edge-blending, ensures perfect pixel alignment onto the curved projected surface. A Christie HD7K-J projector was installed in a separate, 100-person meeting room.

Christie Is Central to Library’s Success

The completed James B. Hunt Jr. Library has been a unanimous success at NC State, with faculty, students, and visitors in awe of the stunning visuals and technology. The university has achieved its goal of creating an iconic space where students and faculty from all disciplines can collaborate on new ideas, experiment with technology on a large scale, engage through course work and research, and showcase their work in a big way.

“I have worked with Christie for a very long time and for every major project I turn to them for the reliable and quality performance I know I can count on,” said Frey.

“Christie has been central to the success of the Hunt library, helping us to redefine a space and create a true visual environment, rather than just simply fill up a screen,” concluded York.

Omar Prashad Appointed Director of Sales – Systems Integration At Advanced

In a move to strengthen its sales efforts at a critically important time of expansion, Advanced, Canada’s premier AV and IT integrator, today announced the appointment of Omar Prashad to the position of Director of Sales ¬– Systems Integration, effective immediately, according to David Weatherhead, Co-President at Advanced. Prashad will report directly to Vice President of Sales, Mark McPherson.

“We are pleased to announce that Omar has joined the Advanced team at this exciting time of growth,” Weatherhead said today, “Omar is an accomplished leader, having had major success in a variety of areas in the AV industry, including product sales, systems integration, sales and design engineering and sales management. We’re confident that his sales experience and leadership abilities will play a crucial role in bringing Advanced to the next level in the integration market.”

Prashad comes to Advanced from Duocom Canada Inc., where he served most recently as the Vice President of Sales and Engineering and was tasked with providing leadership and management of all sales, operations and engineering team members. Prashad was responsible for increasing revenue by reforming the organization’s sales strategy and department alignment, and also created and deployed formal operational processes that resulted in better technical utilization, accurate job costing, and an effective, efficient, repeatable project life-cycle.

Throughout his 10-year career in the AV industry, Prashad has sold, designed, and managed numerous innovative six- and seven-figure audiovisual integration projects for a wide breadth of clients in the corporate, education, healthcare and legal markets. Prior to entering the workforce, Prashad attended York University and graduated in 2003 with an Undergraduate degree in Psychology.

“Advanced stands at the forefront of Canada’s AV and IT integration market and it is with great enthusiasm that I join the team,” Prashad said today. “In my new position I will focus on driving unity and increasing revenue within the systems integration sales team, and I feel confident that Advanced will continue to achieve incredible growth in the AV and IT industry.”

About Advanced
Advanced is a leading audiovisual and collaborative communications company working with corporations, government agencies, healthcare, and educational organizations throughout Canada and beyond. Dedicated to innovation in technology and services, Advanced has a strong set of businesses aligned to meet today’s needs. The company offers presentation and videoconferencing solutions in addition to complete integrated systems, visual collaboration systems, rental and staging services, repair, maintenance, and value-added integration services including design and engineering, installation and audiovisual consulting. Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Advanced also has offices in Ottawa, Toronto, London and Sudbury with partner offices located in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. To learn more visit www.advanced-inc.com.

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Elidy-Big LEDs Join Queens of the Stone Age World Tour

Rockers Queens of the Stone Age have announced an extensive world tour, and Chromlech Elidy-Big LEDs will be hitting the road with the band. The tour kicks off in Europe in June. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Chromlech Elidy fixtures in North America.

Queens of the Stone Age just released a new album of original songs, “…Like Clockwork,” their first in six years. They made a live comeback in March at Lollapalooza Brazil and have summer tour festival dates set for the UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

Lighting designer Paul Normandale is using 15 Elidy-Bigs on the tour hanging five in the air and placing five each on either side of the big screen behind the band. The fixtures, supplied by Upstaging, are deployed to display bitmapped content.

“I first saw Elidy-Bigs demo-ed in the UK,” says Normandale. “I thought they would work well on the tour since they’re a tungsten color source. And I was impressed with the unexpected nature of the effects you can create with them.”

French-made Chromlech Elidy fixtures are the world’s first LED matrixes capable of projecting volumetric graphics. They combine high-output, calibrated, warm white LEDs with specific optics to generate extremely narrow beams that far exceed the intensity of LED screens. Elidy fixtures are also decorative items that can blend easily into scenery, backgrounds and décor by using a wide range of accessories, including unique new customized covers. These covers are attached either magnetically or as a snap-on and change the panels’ appearance to take on different colors and textures, including wood, metal, mirror, leather, stone and even grass.

The Elidy-Big fixtures on the Queens of the Stone Age tour are a nine-tile configuration of the company’s 5×5 high-power LED matrixes.

Normandale reveals that the Elidy-Bigs are “working just great. Every day we find a new look we can create with them.”

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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