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Extron Now Shipping New Two Input Fiber Optic Transmitter Wallplate

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new FOX T UWP 302, a two input fiber optic transmitter for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI, RGBHV, or HD component video and stereo audio signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for convenience, reliability, and exceptional image performance, this Decora-style wallplate transmitter uses all digital technology to provide perfect pixel-for-pixel transmission of images up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Analog signals are digitized to ensure high quality transmission. The transmitter also provides a host of integrator-friendly features, such as EDID Minder®, Key Minder®, audio embedding with gain and attenuation control, auto-input switching, and real-time system monitoring. The FOX T UWP 302 is ideal for a wide range of applications that require long haul transmission of high resolution digital and analog AV content in a wallplate form factor. more

AVI Event Services Bolsters Inventory with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 2 Console

FORT WAYNE, Indiana – AVI Event Services is a technical service provider for corporate events and professional venues based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. While the company is responsible for setting up audio/video systems for these events, AVI’s sound engineers had been seeking the right audio mixing console to complement its policy of exceeding client expectations. AVI’s search recently culminated with the purchase of a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 2 console.

According to Todd Fiechter, Sound Engineer/Specialist at AVI, the company began considering purchasing a digital console in early 2012. “We knew we would have to make the transition to a digital console soon,” he said. “However, digital was still pretty expensive at the time, and we were more experienced with the feel and layout of analog consoles.”

Equipment managers like Fiechter can rest assured knowing that the Soundcraft Si Expression series offers a unique combination of digital performance (recallable settings) and analog user experience. The Si Expression 2 features 24 recallable mic pre amps, four line inputs, four internal stereo FX returns, AES in, and a 64×64 expansion slot offering more than enough scope to use every one of the 66 input processing channels. All controls are dedicated to a specific function, so not only are they never layered to avoid hassle; they can also be labeled like traditional analog mixing boards.

“During a recent medical industry conference, we were responsible for a live satellite feed, a broadcast of live surgery and podium microphones. For all the tasks, the Si Expression 2 performed perfectly,” according to Fiechter.

The Si Expression 2 not only provides superior digital performance at a decent price, it also combines effects and processing into its compact form factor. “The amount of external gear the Si Expression 2 saves us is amazing; we use a lot of compression and the EQs are great,” Fiechter said.

According to Fiechter, the features of the Si Expression 2 are perfectly suited for customer-oriented professionals like himself: “Since the events we do have similar setups (video playback, PowerPoint, etc.), we plan on using the Si Expression 2 for every show. It really fits the events we do and our options for expansion down the road.”

For more information on AVI Event Services, please visit www.teamavi.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

MOZAEX RELEASES NEW APPLE IOS APP FOR MEDIA SERVER

Salt Lake City – August 13, 2013 – Mozaex™, the premiere manufacturer of multi-room Blu-ray entertainment servers and peripherals, announced today that its new Apple iOS App for iPads and iPhones is now available for free on the Apple App store.

The company also announced that a new Control4 2-Way App and a Vantage 2-Way App will be released at the 2013 CEDIA Expo, held in Denver from Sept. 26-28 at the Colorado Convention Center, booth 1810.

Mozaex Offers Widest Selection of Control System Apps

“Mozaex continues to lead the industry in providing the most extensive support for control systems,” said Mozaex CEO Douglas Kihm. “Mozaex now offers more control system interface drivers and Apps than any other Media Server vendor, including exclusive support for Vantage.”

The company boasts support for Crestron, AMX, Control4, Elan, RTI, Apple, Vantage, Savant, URC, Bitwise, and NetStreams among other OEM custom-designed control systems.

Mozaex is First Media Server to allow Control Systems to Play iTunes Movies and Music

“Ever since Apple blocked IP control of Apple TV, control systems have been unable to access iTunes movies,” Kihm continued. “Mozaex uniquely imports iTunes movies and music into its library so all compatible Mozaex control systems are now able to play iTunes movies and music from one common cover art library. You can also purchase iTunes media right from the Mozaex interface.”

Mozaex Apple App Runs on All iOS Devices and Plays iTunes Movies and Music

The Mozaex Apple App runs on all iOS devices, including the iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone and iTouch.

The Mozaex Apple App provides a simple way to search and browse stored media collections by cover art and search terms. The Apple App controls the playback of your movies, music, photo slide shows and online media including iTunes movies and music, Pandora radio, and Netflix movies. The Apple is available for free on the Apple App store. Mozaex X704.1 OS or later is required to use the App.

New Control4 Driver Controls Movies, Music, Photos, iTunes and More

The new Control4 driver upgrades the original V1.0 Mozaex Control4 driver with support for 2-Way control of movies and music, including iTunes movies and music.

The Control4 driver provides a simple way to search and browse stored media collections by cover art and search terms. The driver controls the playback of movies, music, photo slide shows and online media including iTunes movies and music, Pandora radio, and Netflix movies.

The Control4 App runs on all current Control4 Touch Panels and Remotes and will be available for free along with the entire Mozaex product line on the Control4 online store.

New Exclusive Vantage App is First Vantage Media Server Control App

The new Vantage driver was co-developed with Vantage®, and was demonstrated at the North X Northwest dealer event that was held at the Stage West in Toronto, Canada May 29, 2013. The Mozaex-Vantage App provides control of movies, music, photos, iTunes, Pandora, and Netflix, and is compatible with both legacy and the newly released Vantage Equinox Touch Panels.

“Mozaex is honored to have been exclusively selected by Vantage to co-develop a Vantage 2-Way Control Interface for our Entertainment Servers,” added Kihm. “With this new 2-Way Control App, Vantage dealers can now offer a completely integrated Vantage-Mozaex multi-room entertainment solution.”

Mozaex Control System offers complete iTunes Online Store and playback of movies and music

“The Mozaex control system solution is unique in that it is the first Entertainment Server that allows you to purchase, download and play in multiple rooms, iTunes movies and music,” said Kihm. “By combining the quality of Blu-ray® with the popularity and ease of iTunes®, the Mozaex control system solution offers custom integrators a unique opportunity to expand sales while dramatically improving their clients’ entertainment value and experience”.

Kihm continued, “iTunes has revolutionized convenient and affordable online movies and music yet the dealer has not yet been able to fully capitalize on this profitable revolution until now. At a similar price of a music-only server, custom integrators can now offer an iTunes movie and music server plus a full featured Blu-ray movie server with touch panel 2-way control.”

When only music playback is required in a zone, Mozaex offers the Sonnet wireless music-only player. Sonnet plays loaded CDs, iTunes, imported music files and Pandora® radio. Sonnet may be controlled by any of the 2-Way Mozaex control systems.

Contact Information:
Mozaex USA: 3785 South 700 East Salt Lake City Utah 84106 – www.mozaex.com
Sales Department: +01.801.685.9000 – sales@mozaex.com

About Mozaex
Mozaex is a leading manufacturer of Blu-ray 3D Entertainment Servers, BLUWAVS 7.1 HDMI Headphones and operates the largest CD quality BLUWAVS MUSIC Store.

Mozaex is a multi-room media server that loads, stores and instantly delivers, Blu-ray and DVD movies, digital music, photos and online media including iTunes®, Ultraviolet® and Netflix®. BLUWAVS™ Headphones are the world’s first 7.1 HDMI HD Audio headphones while the BLUWAVS MUSIC Store offers over 600,000 downloadable and streamable CD quality albums in FLAC, ALAC and WAV formats.

Combining elegant operation with uncompromised reliability, service and quality, Mozaex has become the solution of choice for homes and yachts around the world. Mozaex has shipped more non-jukebox Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D Servers than any other company. Since introducing the world’s first multimedia entertainment server in 2004 and the first Blu-ray 3D server in 2010 the company has shipped over 8,500 units worldwide. Mozaex is sold exclusively through a network of over 750 dealers that are supported by 8 US rep firms and 15 international distributors in 27 countries.

Disclaimers
All specifications cited are subject to change. While Mozaex is shipped with licensed decryption software that is used to play back optical DVD and Blu-ray discs, it may not be able to load or play some or all DVD and Blu-ray movies. Mozaex does not ship, offer or induce the use of any unlicensed decrypting software on Mozaex products. All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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DATATON CONGRATULATES SHORTLISTED PROJECTS IN 15TH AV AWARDS 2013 PROGRAMME


Industry recognition of the deployment of PICKUP audio guides and WATCHOUT multi-image display software

Dataton technology is used by projection designer, BARTKRESA Design and systems integrator, D J Willrich (DJW) whose innovative projects have been shortlisted by the industry’s finest judges in the 15th AV Awards 2013.

BARTKRESA Design recognized for innovative projection mapping using WATCHOUT

© Christie

Shortlisted for the Digital Signage Project of the Year for the Christie® InfoComm 2012 exhibition booth, BARTKRESA Design created all architectural projection mapping and design.

In speaking about the shortlist, Bart Kresa, projection designer at BARTKRESA Design, said: “On the Christie® booth at InfoComm 2012 we used Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-image display and presentation software to manage three video feeds from Christie® Roadster S+20K and S+14K-J 3-chip DLP® projectors onto the surface of two pyramid shaped structures. Each pyramid had different and often contrasting bright, visual and moving content highlighting the capabilities of the digital projectors.

“BARTKRESA Design relies on WATCHOUT for all projects around the world and is constantly using the technology in new, exciting and creative ways,” Kresa added.

DJW shortlisted for four projects in the AV Awards 2013 that utilise Dataton WATCHOUT and PICKUP technologies

Expert systems integrator, DJW has an unrivalled four projects in the AV Awards 2013 shortlist, all of which take advantage of Dataton technology.

© The National Football Museum. Images courtesy D J Willrich

The View from The Shard was shortlisted in the Consumer Installation category and BP Olympics Showcase was shortlisted for the Green or Environmental Project of the Year category. The National Football Museum was shortlisted for the Consumer Installation and AV/IT Project of the Year categories. All projects completed by DJ Willrich utilize Dataton WATCHOUT.

DJW’s work at The Allison Customer Experience Center was shortlisted for the Business Installation of the Year. The project uses the combination of PICKUP™ audio guides and Dataton WATCHOUT to engage and inform audiences.

All shortlisted projects were supported by Mirage Associates, WATCHOUT Premium Partner for the UK and Ireland.

“We use Dataton in many projects because they have the most reliable, durable and flexible solution out there,” commented David Willrich, Managing Director at DJW. “Dataton WATCHOUT can handle multiple feeds and resolutions and is a future-proof solution.”

In speaking about the AV Awards 2013 shortlist, Lars Sandlund, COO at Dataton, said: “It’s terrific to see industry recognition of some of our most innovative and trusted partners which incorporates the creative use of WATCHOUT on the world stage.”

The official 15th AV Awards 2013 is run by AV Magazine and will take place at the Park Lane Hilton, London on 11 October 2013.

ENDS

About Dataton
Established in 1973, renowned Swedish show control developer and manufacturer, Dataton this year celebrates its 40th year in business. The company serves its core markets in multi-media entertainment, visitor attractions, digital signage scenography, event production and corporate A/V. The company’s flagship products include the WATCHPAX™ media server, award-winning Dataton WATCHOUT™ multi-display production and presentation system as well as the intuitive Dataton PICKUP™ audio guide. The entire range is supported by Dataton’s established global distribution and reseller network.

www.dataton.com

New Broadcast Pix Version 3.5 Software Connects with Cloud-Based Content for Live Productions

Fluent Rapid CG 3 Adds Support for Twitter, OES Scoreboard Data

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the availability of its new Version 3.5 software, which adds a number of enhancements, including the cloud-based content access of its award-winning Flint™integrated production system, to its Mica™ and Granite™ systems. The company also announced the availability of Fluent Rapid CG™ 3, its most advanced tool for creating data-intensive CG graphics with automated database integration, and Fluent Rapid CG LT, a light version that can access RSS and Twitter feeds.

Demonstrated at InfoComm 2013 in June, V3.5 enables any Broadcast Pix system to run the optional new Fluent Rapid CG software and connect cloud-based content and data directly to on-air graphics. Fluent Rapid CG LT lets the audience become part of the production by connecting to Twitter and other cloud-based data sources. RSS, clock, and weather feeds can flow directly into on-air graphics, and Tweets can flow directly to air or be pre-screened with a built-in management system. Plus, action buttons can now trigger multiple tags.

Fluent Rapid CG 3 includes all the LT features plus dual-channel connectivity to local and cloud-based content databases, news automation, and scoreboards. With cloud-based databases becoming common for sports, elections, and other applications, Rapid CG 3 allows sports scores in league databases to automatically flow into on-air graphics. It also adds support for OES Scoreboard data and Web-based XML databases.

Beyond automated graphics, V3.5 connects any system to any cloud-based resource for access to animations, clips, and databases during live productions. Using Fluent Watch-Folders, Broadcast Pix’s built-in ingest and content management system, V3.5 allows access to files from Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft SkyDrive Drive, or any cloud-based content resource, even during the middle of a live production. The system operator is alerted when a file arrives, the file’s thumbnail appears on the system monitor, and the file name appears on the control panel’s button.

Other V3.5 features include enhanced PixMaster file management software to view and manage file metadata, such as setting files to auto-start when taken into the live show. Plus, all 1 M/E control panels can now provide control for 2 M/E systems. The new software also delivers enhanced Sony camera control and advanced audio-follow-video functionality.

“Our version 3.5 software fulfills our promise to deliver integrated production systems that embrace the cloud,” said Steve Ellis, Broadcast Pix CEO. “Cloud-based content continues to become more important in the live production environment. Whether it’s a Skype video interview, a last-minute graphic from a designer across the country, or even Tweets, Broadcast Pix makes it easy to ingest and manage content – and then include that content on the air without lip sync or formatting issues.”

V3.5 is a free upgrade for all Granite and Mica systems under warranty, and is available as a paid upgrade or with a warranty extension for systems that are out of warranty. Customers should contact the Broadcast Pix sales team for more information.

About Broadcast Pix
The leader in live video production systems with end-to-end integration, Broadcast Pix was founded in 2002 and has customers in more than 110 countries. Its Video Control Centers™ combine an integrated switcher, clip server, CG, and external control software with patented control panels, unique touch-screens, and exceptional displays. Systems range from compact systems controlled by touch-screen or voice automation to large sophisticated control panels. Customers include leading broadcast, streaming, sports, corporate, education, religious, and government studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix, Fluent Rapid CG, Flint, Granite, and Mica are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

HARMAN’s Martin MAC III Quadray’s Multi-Beam Luminaire Provides One-of-a-Kind Lighting

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional MAC III Quadray™ is an all-new, multi-beam effect offering a whole new dimension to the lighting designer toolbox. The MAC III Quadray is tour-tested, having been deployed on Paul McCartney’s latest tour ‘Out There!’ with lighting design by Roy Bennett, among others. The MAC III Quadray allows designers to create a wide variety of looks that would otherwise be difficult to program solely via a lighting console.

The MAC III Quadray allows for projection of up to four individually controllable rays of light from a single luminaire, providing new possibilities in static or dynamic mid-air effects. Superior output from a 1500-watt lamp means the MAC III Quadray delivers enough power for even the biggest stages and venues. It houses the same high-quality feature set as Martin’s MAC III AirFX™, including a vibrant color mixing system, stunning aerial effects and a linear zoom with linked focus.

Available as an easy-to-install front lens replacement kit for the MAC III AirFX, the lens kit installs (and uninstalls) in only a few minutes, providing flexibility of use and greater value from a single luminaire. The MAC II provides added flexibility and enhanced value for any rental house or lighting designer.

For more information on the MAC III Quadray, please visit http://bitly.com/MACIIIQuadrayOnYouTube

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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BASSMAXX Launches New SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer

New SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer Delivers Output Comparable to Many Double 18” Subs from a Compact Double-15” Cabinet

Austin, TX (August 13, 2013) – BASSMAXX announces their new SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer, adual 15” loudspeaker powered by a 4000W amplifier with comprehensive onboard DSP. Thanks to its low height of only 17.5”, this extremely powerful sub can be placed under low stages and ceilings, and in tight corners where larger boxes won’t fit. Its largest dimension is 48” wide, which, when turned on end, makes the box an excellent stack platform for getting top boxes above the heads of the audience. The depth is a mere 22.5”, allowing it to be placed in front of stages with minimal loss of audience area and making the SSP215 a perfect truck-pack size for both 90” and 96” trucks. It’s also an outrageous drum monitor sub that minimizes space but maximizes impact.

At about half the size of the average double 18” subwoofer, the SSP215 is ideal for the mobile professional who needs substantial bass output but has limited transport space. For installations in lounges or restaurants where sound quality is a priority and space is limited, the SSP215 will comfortably take the place of double 18” boxes without loss of output or diminished frequency range while taking significantly less floor space.

The SSP215 easily competes with most double 18? subwoofers on the market, providing equal or better output with significantly less size and weight. The SSP215 is tuned low, providing linear response down to 35Hz (±3 dB) for use as a real subwoofer, with long-excursion, low distortion 15” woofers, and, thanks to the lower mass of the 15” cones, it delivers a tight, punchy sound as well as the deep, rolling bass.

The included amplifier provides 2400W to the on-board woofers. In addition, the amplifier can power a second matching cabinet, providing a total of 4000W. The SSP215 is a 4800W program rated double 15. The woofers have 4” voice coils and a power handling rating of 1200W rms and 2400W program each. The DSP features 96­­­Khz, 24 bit processing, and provides high-pass and low-pass filtering, limiting and time alignment functions. Controls include an input attenuator and mute button. Touring options include a 4-wheel transport cart with locking casters and covers for one, two or three cabinets on a cart. Installation versions are available with 16 x 3/8” threaded flypoints, and the included amplification and processing package can be ordered in a 2-space rack chassis.

All BASSMAXX products come with the BASSMAXX “Sound Defense” warranty that covers failed drivers, including burned voice coils, for two years. If a voice coil, or any other part, fails within the warranty period, replacement parts will be provided without charge.

Highlights:
- Half the size of the SSP218 boxes
- High SPL output beats most double 18” subs
- Deep bass output comparable to double 18” subs
- Convenient shape for lifting and loading
- Truck pack dimensions for touring
- Very low profile for under stages or low ceilings

Pricing & Availability
The SSP215 Profundo Subwoofer is $5148.00 MSRP.
When sold as a powered-passive combination of two subs as the PowerBASS Pair they are $3905.00 each MSRP. Further information available at www.bassmaxx.com or by calling toll-free (855) 822-7770.

About BASSMAXX
Since 1999, BASSMAXX has designed and delivered powerful and efficient sound systems to the live sound and high-end club market. Applying a ruthless practicality to uncompromising standards of quality and reliability has yielded a product line that is both exotic in performance and accessible in price. BASSMAXX is based in Austin, TX. More info at www.bassmaxx.com

Media contact:
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Martina McConnon
e: martina@musicmarcom.com
v: 610-577-4982
www.musicmarcom.com

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HARMAN’s Martin MAC Viper Quadray™ – Four Times the Excitement

AARHUS, Denmark — As HARMAN’s Martin continues to provide the brightest and most reliable professional lighting equipment to the industry, today, it’s new MAC Viper Quadray is officially launched, adding to Martin’s award-winning MAC Viper Family of moving heads. This unique, multi-beam luminaire has been deployed on international tours, including the Sarah Brightman tour with lighting design by Andi Watson, and Pitbull with lighting design by Justin Geiger.

The MAC Viper Quadray allows for the projection of four individually controllable rays of light – a new effect providing a unique aspect to any show.

An efficient effects engine provides designers and programmers the ability to create a whole new variety of looks that would otherwise be difficult or even impossible to program via a lighting console.

The MAC Viper Quadray houses a narrow-range zoom and includes the same high-quality feature set as the MAC Viper AirFX, including a vibrant color mixing system and stunning aerial designs. Additionally, it features the same compact form, impressive speed and superior light quality from the MAC Viper Family’s 1000-watt lamp.

The MAC Viper Quadray is available as an easy-to-install front lens replacement kit for any standard MAC Viper AirFX. The lens kit installs (and uninstalls) quickly, providing flexibility of use and greater value from a single luminaire.

“The ability to individually maneuver and manipulate up to four beams from a single luminaire provides designers new possibilities in static or dynamic mid-air effects,” stated Brian Friborg, President, Martin US. “For the end user, Quadray provides another great lighting tool, as well as increasing the rental house benefits from added flexibility and enhanced value for their MAC Viper AirFX portfolio.”

For more information on The MAC Viper Quarday, please visit http://bitly.com/MACViperQuadrayOnYouYube

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

grandMA2 Rocks Bon Jovi’s Because We Can: The Tour

Because We Can is Bon Jovi’s 15th tour, and grandMA2 is playing a key role as the Jersey rockers play 92 dates around the world during an almost year-long gig. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

Because We Can supports Bon Jovi’s studio album, “What About Now,” whose lead single gave the tour its name. Uniquely, the band’s arena and stadium shows are completely different although four grandMA2s work front of house: Two grandMA2 full-size units are dedicated to lighting, two grandMA2 lights are devoted to video and there are 8 NPUs. All exist on the same Art-Net network.

Performance Environment Design Group’s Doug “Spike” Brant conceived the arena show design as a kinetic sculpture with a lot of movement. By contrast, the stadium show design transforms the entire stage into the front end of a 1959 Buick Electra with the band playing in the 130-foot wide grille flanked by four headlights each 10 feet in diameter. The headlights are made of Chromlech Elidy-S panels. TAIT engineered and built the muscle car set, complete with New Jersey license plate.

The 60-foot multi-level stage section where the band performs is the only common element in both the arena and stadium shows; it provides familiarity to the rockers at both venue types and is easily set up from date to date.

Eric Marchwinski, the tour’s lighting programmer, previsualized and programmed the lighting for both the arena and stadium tours. Control Freak Systems’ Kirk Miller, the tour’s video programmer and operator, did the same for the video elements. “Eric and I tied ourselves together via Art-Net,” Miller explains. “We shared a lot of control over things like the automated columns for the projection during the arena tour. Faced with the challenges of automation, it was great that we could control our own motion presets.”

According to Marchwinski, “there was an incredible time crunch for the arena tour. grandMA 3D proved to be an integral part of programming offline. We were able to do everything with an extreme degree of accuracy. We used 16-bit motion channels that were embedded into the content, which gave us thousands of DMX values. The fact that grandMA 3D let us put in physical values meant we could look at it in a number of ways.”

“The grandMA2 is a very comprehensive system that we stretched to its full potential,” he reports. “No other console would have allowed us such direct control and amazing data management. In fact, the grandMA2′s flexibility made it a show control console instead of just a lighting console.”

For the arena shows Marchwinski also programmed control of 32 winches with lights on them plus 10 lighting towers in the back. “We have feedback coming from the [TAIT/FTSI] Navigator control software for the winches,” he says. “We can control things in feet and degrees.”

Working together, TAIT and Control Freak Systems created a program that allowed the grandMA2 to send control commands to the Navigator software. Miller explains, “We could program automation like lighting – the grandMA2 made it unbelievably easy to manage that data just like you would a moving light. Only it was a 2,000 pound video column instead.”

Miller, who has been using the grandMA2 for close to three years, agrees with Marchwinski that the platform is more than a lighting console. “We don’t look at grandMA2 as a lighting or video desk but as a show control desk – one control surface firing off everything,” he says. “For this show, there was no debate-that was the control system we were going to use.”

On the arena tour the grandMA2s are controlling four media servers, three Encores via CFS Encore Bridge, and Navigator. The use of the grandMA2 in the complex control system has proven to be a distinct plus for Miller and Marchwinski. For the stadium system, either the lighting or video grandMA2s can control the LED tiles as well as the Elidy-S panels. Marchwinski creates numerous color tricks by taking control of the 120 LED tiles in the center grille of the stage.

“The support we get from A.C.T and MA has been great,” Miller says. “They help us solve problems and push the limits of the desk and make things happen. grandMA 3D is amazing – no other product on the market offers such a feature. It gave us the power to do the show well in advance of getting the video columns – we relied heavily on grandMA 3D for this.”

Sooner Routhier is the lighting director of the Bon Jovi tour.

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Audio-Technica Artist Elite® 5000 Series Wireless System and AEW-T6100 Transmitter Keep Justin Timberlake’s Vocals Clearly Spectacular for His 20/20 Experience World Tour

— FOH mixer Andy Meyer says Timberlake’s vocals through the A-T AEW-T6100 is “like taking the studio out on the road” —

STOW, OH, August 12, 2013 — Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour is the live iteration of the artist’s sophisticated The 20/20 Experience LP, which debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 earlier this year. The record was Timberlake’s second number-one album and best-selling debut week of his solo career, spawning hit singles including “Suit & Tie” and “Mirrors.” To assure that every bit of that experience translates to the sold-out stadiums and arenas the tour is passing through, front-of-house mixer Andy Meyer chose the Artist Elite® 5000 Series Frequency-agile True Diversity UHF Wireless System paired with an AEW-T6100 transmitter (wireless iteration of the AE6100 Hypercardioid Dynamic Handheld Microphone) and AEW-R5200 Receiver from Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years. On tour, these system components are delivering Timberlake’s vocals flawlessly to hundreds of thousands of fans each night in stadiums across the U.S.

“The AE6100, as well as its wireless counterpart, is an amazing-sounding microphone, and it really works for Justin’s vocals,” says Meyer. “The sound quality is superior – it sounds like we’re taking the studio out on the road.” At the same time, he says, the AE6100’s live performance characteristics are equally impressive. “It has great rejection, especially with the kind of volume we’re getting from the crowds on this tour. There’s very little bleed from the stage or the venue that gets in there, which really helps keep Justin’s vocals clean for FOH and Monitors.

Meyer is also using A-T mics in other applications on the tour, including the ATM25/LE (Limited Edition) Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphone on toms, and the AE5400 Cardioid Condenser Handheld Microphone – normally a handheld vocal microphone – on the top and bottom of the snare drum. “I’ve been doing that since I was like seven years old,” Meyer jokes. “Seriously, you cannot beat the 5400 in that application, and I keep trying!”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

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