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HARMAN’s Martin Lighting Shines Dynamic Perspective For French Fort Saint Jean

MARSEILLE, France — An essential French military complex for more than 400 years, the famous Fort Saint Jean has recently undertaken a massive renovation to return the legendary monument to its former glory. Located at the entrance of the Vieux Port of Marseille, Fort Saint Jean dates back to the 17th century and maintained a strong military role for the country. Now integrated into the museograhic entity of MuCEM, a museum of Europe and the Mediterranean, the structure and landscape offers visitors numerous Mediterranean style gardens to visit. In order to continue the experience after nightfall, lighting design company, L’Agence Lumière, designed and installed a HARMAN’s Martin lighting rig to brighten the symbolic monument.

Based on the intricate landscape design, the main challenge was transforming Fort Saint Jean into a new living space and nighttime walk area in Marseille. The lighting design would allow for guests to visit the many different areas of the fort after dark.

L’Agence Lumière used seventeen Martin Exterior 400 Image Projectors with rotating gobo and color wheels to illuminate the area. The Exterior 400 IP’s include seven 50-Watt white LED, which are powerful enough to guarantee a stunning visual impact of the landscape.

The light changes throughout the evening. At nightfall, the moonlight slowly surrounds the fort with a warm white light that takes over for the sunlight that shines during the day. Then, a more bluish light arises, accentuating the moonlight effect.

“On the impressive Place d’Armes or in the Cour de la Commande, the Martin lights add some texture, playing with shadows and contrasts. It gives the illusion that the ground is moving and vibrating,” explained Régis Clouzet, senior lighting designer and owner of L’Agence Lumière.

Other lighting elements of the renovation include Martin’s Exterior 410, Tripix Wash and Tripix 1200 to help the monument become a versatile area for different kinds of events. “During cultural events, this slowly-moving lighting is changed to a more festive ambiance,” added Clouzet. “Thanks to versatility of Martin, the area is capable of handling the needs of various cultural events organized by the MuCEM inside the Fort.”

Products:
• 17 x Exterior 400 IP
• 6 x Exterior 410
• 13 x Tripix Wash
• 11 x Tripix 1200

Team:
• Contractor: French Ministry of Culture
• Contractor mandatory: OPPIC
• Landscape designer: APS agency
• Lighting designer: L’Agence Lumière

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 infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

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LED Source Hires Commercial Lighting Veteran for East Coast Business Development Role

Media Contact: Sanderson & Associates For Immediate Release
Christine Picchietti
Phone: 312-829-4350
E-mail: Christine@sandersonpr.com

September 4, 2013

LED SOURCE HIRES COMMERCIAL LIGHTING VETERAN FOR EAST COAST BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ROLE

(Wellington, Fla.)—LED Source, the leading North American LED lighting solutions provider specializing in architectural, entertainment, and retrofit applications, is pleased to announce Rick Lindemann as its new East Coast business development manager.
Lindemann comes to LED Source with more than 10 years of expertise in lighting and LED. He has extensive experience in manufacturing and electrical distribution channels, with a special focus on energy saving projects. Throughout his career, Lindemann has been involved in large scale LED retrofit jobs from inception to completion.
“I’m incredibly excited to join LED Source and create a strong presence on the East Coast,” said Lindemann. “LED Source offers a very in-demand product and service that will be a huge asset to property owners on the East Coast. I’m confident that my experience in the industry, especially my work on energy saving solutions for commercial lighting, will prove to be the perfect fit for this company.”
Lindemann’s experience and knowledge extend to every level of the lighting market, including incentive programs, product selection and management, new technology and design. “My goal is to create realistic and responsible lighting solutions for any facility,” he said. That expertise and drive was a key factor in LED Source’s decision to hire Lindemann in this vital position.
“Rick is innovative and creative, and has an unbelievable amount of knowledge about the industry,” said Marcel Fairbairn, president and CEO of LED Source. “He is an effective leader and confident in his abilities and I’m sure his experience will be just what we need as we grow into the eastern region.”
Founded in 2005, LED Source is North America’s first and only franchisor of LED lighting. The company supplies LED products to a variety of spaces, and specializes in design, support, development, project management and financing through its Retrofit, Architectural and Entertainment divisions. In 2012, LED Source launched LouMan Money, a private-labeled finance program that affords companies a LED lighting upgrade without eating up capital or tapping their existing lines of credit. The finance program allow customers to qualify for an LED lighting upgrade funded entirely from their energy savings received, and covers everything from the initial LED lighting products and recycling of previous lighting, to design and installation, without the need for out-of-pocket expenses.
LED Source began franchising in 2009 and has since opened 14 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. The company will open its first location in the Caribbean this year, with further growth planned on the islands over the next few years. LED Source expects to add 12-15 franchise locations in 2013 and long term goals plan for a network of 150 franchise offices throughout North America within three years.
For more information about LED Source and its franchising opportunity, visit www.LEDsource.com.

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Dior Installs BrightSign Players in 13 Counters Around the World

LOS GATOS, CA – (September 17, 2013) – BrightSign today announced that international luxury brand Dior is using BrightSign players to drive video walls in 13 stores and concessions in Europe and Asia. The installation was conceived and is managed by Digitalli, a media content agency.

Dior stores and concessions in France, UK, Italy, Spain, Russia, China and Japan feature two or more video walls with 2-5 synchronized screens driven by BrightSign players. Dior commissioned Digitalli to provide synchronized video content to run on all of the screens worldwide. Bertrand Degien, Technical Director, recommended BrightSign players for the new Points of Sale (POS) they installed. BrightSign solid-state players are the playback platform of choice for Digitalli at new stores around the world based on their stellar image quality and total reliability.

The Dior installation is challenging in two ways. Installations in Dior stores and concessions worldwide are carried out by local AV integrators and as a result the format of the screens isn’t completely standard. Secondly, the Internet connection in some stores cannot be used to upload content due to security restrictions.

“I love the BrightSign solid-state players,” said Bertrand Degien. “They are robust, and easy to use and provide great quality Full HD playback. We provide over 30 different videos per month to be played in-synch on the BrightSign players on two different walls in each store worldwide. Though with some stores we are able to access the players directly through the BrightSign Network, for most we have to send SD cards with the content which are handled by the store staff. Due to the simplicity of the BrightSign players, this has caused no issue even though we are working with staff around the world speaking multiple different languages. In addition, BrightAuthor software makes it very easy to synchronise the content across all of the screens in each store. The software also allows us to edit the movie to work with the specific screens in each store.”

Pierre Gillet – Vice President, European Sales for BrightSign added, “The use of BrightSign players by a premium brand like Dior in 13 stores around the world demonstrates that our players stand comparison with much more costly solutions in terms of playback quality. The Dior installation is exceptionally demanding as the screens are located all over the world, so the total reliability of BrightSign players was a further key factor in Digitalli’s choice for these counters.”

About Digitalli
Digitalli is a media content agency specialising in the integration of digital signage and new technologies at Points of Sale, particularly for the most famous luxury and cosmetic brands. They are highly skilled in the set-up of video walls and they are able to provide fully synchronized content to suit every aspect ratio used in store. Digitalli is based in Paris and provides robust and reliable installations, as well as high definition content. Creating a reliable and qualitative content and container chain has pushed Digitalli to choose BrightSign in order to perfectly fulfill the luxury brands expectations. Thanks to BrightSign products and network functionality, Digitalli is able to meet any international request.

For any information: contact@digitalli.fr or you can also follow them on twitter @DIGITALLI_PROD

About BrightSign
BrightSign, LLC is the market leader in digital signage players. Based in Los Gatos, California, the company develops products, software and networking solutions for digital signage. BrightSign solid-state digital sign controllers set new standards for both stand-alone and networked digital signage applications with their superior video quality, reliability, affordability, ease of use and interactivity. Online information about BrightSign units is available at www.brightsign.biz.

For US sales inquiries, please contact sales@brightsign.biz or call +1-408-852-9263. For European sales inquiries, please email Pierre Gillet: pgillet@brightsign.biz or call +44-1223-911842. Follow BrightSign at http://twitter.com/brightsign and http://www.facebook.com/BrightSignLLC.

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Acoustic Light Supports Legendary Mille Miglia Classic Car Race with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

BRESCIA, Italy – Each year, over a long weekend, a classic-car open-road endurance race takes place in Italy between Brescia and Rome. As it has since 2010, Santa Maria degli Angelia (PG)-based rental company Acoustic Light provided a HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array system for the arrival at Castel Sant’Angelo in Rome and the initial departure from Brescia (and eventual return to the city).

Only 375 vehicles are accepted for participation in the event, and these are selected exclusively from the models that took part in at least one of the historic Mille Miglia races, which were held between 1927 and 1957—with crews coming from all over the world to compete. Like the older Targa Florio and later the Carrera Panamericana, the Mille Miglia helped make Gran Turismo (Grand Touring) sports cars like Alfa Romeo, BMW, Ferrari, Maserati and Porsche world famous brands.

Starting off from Brescia on the Thursday night, and arriving in Rome the day after, participants then drive the route in reverse, arriving back in Brescia late on Saturday night. The following day was then dedicated to the prize ceremony and celebrations. With up to five million enthusiasts lining the route, the whole 4-day re-enactment needs to be coordinated by high-quality sound reinforcement, which shows the same powers of endurance as the drivers themselves.

Acoustic Light, with the support of HARMAN Professional distributor, Leading Technologies, played an active role as they have been doing since 2010. At each destination a sound engineer, two audio technicians and a PA manager were stationed. In Brescia, Acoustic Light provided 24 JBL VERTEC VT4888DP powered midsized line array elements; eight JBL VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers; 12 JBL VRX932LAP powered Constant Curvature loudspeakers—as well as a Soundcraft Vi1 digital mixing console and AKG D700 radio microphone systems.

The setup in Rome included 12 JBL VT4887A compact line array elements; four JBL SRX728 subwoofers; 12 VRX932LAP loudspeakers; a Soundcraft Vi1; and two AKG D700 radio mic systems.

These sound reinforcement systems were used at the destinations for the presentations of the car and the team (driver and co-driver) and interviews up on the ramp. During the event itself there were various VIP interviews. The whole event was televised by RAI, the Italian state broadcaster.

Stephan Luthi, Acoustic Light’s technical chief responsible for this event, was delighted with the standard of production, particularly the fidelity and reliability of the audio systems. “We have the relationship with Leading Technologies to thank for this, and the support they provided with HARMAN components.”

And Giacomo Laria, Key Account and Live Division Manager of Leading Technologies, added his endorsement of the event. “Apart from the rain during assembly in Brescia and Rome, there were no problems whatsoever. Fortunately we had prior warning of the weather and arrived in both locations one day early!”

Meanwhile, Leading Technologies’ newly-formed Live Division will comprise a network of rental companies, under the name THP (Totally HARMAN Pro)—designed to expand their presence in this market. “It is particularly important at this time to be able to reinforce the relationship that exists between distributors and customers,” said Giacomo.

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.

HARMAN’s JBL VTX Network Continues to Build Momentum in France

PARIS, France – The arrival of system and sound engineer Laurent Delenclos at French HARMAN Professional distributor SCV Audio eight months ago has not only boosted the company’s technical support, but provided added reassurance to the growing network of JBL VTX users.

Although Delenclos is supporting all the represented HARMAN Professional brands, his primary focus has been on spreading the word about VTX, JBL’s groundbreaking new system, via demos and at the SCV Audio facility outside Paris.

Following the VTX system’s French debut in September 2012 at the summer festival, Foire en Scène in Chalons en Champagne, three companies—Pan Pot, Echo Animation and Audio Scène—have made substantial investments in the platform, and Delenclos believes this is just the beginning.

“All three companies that have bought into VTX technology are delighted with their purchases and the benefits that this system brings,” Delenclos confirmed.

As an existing JBL VERTEC® user, Audio Scène (based in north-central France) was the first to commit, consolidating its rental fleet with 12 VTX V25, six G28 subs and four Crown VRack 2 complete touring amplifier racks.

Also based in the north, Echo Animation boosted its inventory with 12 V25, six S28 and four VRack 2 systems, while across in the French Alps, Pan Pot purchased 18 VTX V25, twelve G28 subs and six VRack 4 in a complete overhaul of its existing rental fleet. Since all companies specialize in the event and concert market, this provides JBL with a growing network of partners.

“Without this new generation of speakers, the breakthrough would have been much more difficult to achieve,” Delenclos said. “I joined SCV with the idea of overturning old preconceptions about JBL. In France, the mere fact of having a good PA system is not enough—users also want to work with competent partners, with complete support of the distributor—and I remain available for that. The system is very easy to troubleshoot.”

Technical training is of paramount importance, he insists. “It is the first implementation of the system, and I support this personally—carrying out duties such as hosting seminars and demos, as well as checking JBL Line Array Calculator (LAC) simulations for installations and supporting dialogue between the users — in other words acting as a link between them and JBL.

Delenclos says the addition of Crown VRacks has also been particularly welcome. “This standardization of amplification and DSP is a real plus for the VTX system,” he said. “The Crown I-Tech HD amps are powerful and reliable and they are fitted with an exemplary DSP resource. In addition, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software is an extremely flexible tool that facilitates the implementation of VTX and VRack systems.”

A number of high profile one-off events have already benefited from the power of VTX. These include Les Nuits de Frejus, Festival d’Hyères, Les Arènes de Frejus, Festival Amnésique and Jazzaramatuelle (all with Pan Pot), Jazz in Marciac (Antoine Crespin /SCV Audio) and of course Foire en Scène 2012 et 2013 (SCV Audio).

Delenclos says is more than happy with the penetration of the French rental market to date, but added, “We will not be resting on our laurels and I will be continuing to work hard to promote VTX.”

For more information on SCV Audio, please visit www.scv.fr

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Waves Virtual Stock Software Distribution (VSSD) System Enhances Eventide Product Availability

— Eventide software products are now always in-stock at authorized U.S. retailers —

— Waves’ VSSD System provides manufacturers and dealers alike with an efficient, cost-effective ordering and stocking system —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, September 16, 2013 — Waves Audio announces that Eventide will join Waves’ pioneering Virtual Stock Software Distribution (VSSD) fulfillment program, as an alternative means of product distribution. Now, end users will always have access to the complete range of Eventide software products from their favorite authorized Eventide U.S. dealer, and the dealer will never be out-of-stock. Additionally, using VSSD, authorized U.S. M.I. and Professional Audio dealers can sell software products while eliminating inventory management and unnecessary stocking costs.

After customers purchase an Eventide software product, the dealer will enter the order number and instantly receive unique serial numbers for the product purchased. These numbers unlock the copy-protected software, which is available for download at the customer’s convenience.

“We are delighted to join the Waves VSSD virtual distribution platform,” says Ray Maxwell, Eventide VP Sales & Marketing. “For the first time ever, retailers around the world can deliver Eventide plug-ins to their customers instantly.”

About Waves VSSD
Waves Audio developed its Virtual Stock Software Distribution System (VSSD) to provide dealers with an efficient, cost-effective ordering and stocking system, while offering end-users convenient digital music solutions. Waves launched VSSD in 2004 as a way for MI and Professional Audio dealers to sell software product while eliminating inventory management and unnecessary stocking costs. VSSD allows dealers to go online, enter a customer’s order into the system, and instantly receive unique serial numbers to unlock the customer’s copy-protected software, which is downloaded by the user. This “virtual stock” eliminates dealer inventory costs, while providing customers with the products they need.

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Sessions on Product Design at the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention Will Balance Technology and Marketing

— Audio product design takes center stage at the Product Design Track at the AES convention, and for the first time product branding will be discussed with a presentation entitled “The Power of the Brand” —

New York, NY, September 16, 2013 — Continuing its mission to present the professional audio community with a comprehensive knowledge platform, the 135th Audio Engineering Society Convention (Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City) this year will again feature an increasingly popular event focused on pro audio products. The Product Design Track (taking place all four days of the convention), assembled and moderated by Dan Foley, Director of European Sales for Audio Precision, will focus broadly on product design, with an emphasis on system-performance measurement. New for this year is a special presentation on the importance of properly branding and marketing new professional audio products. Presented by noted industrial designer Adrian Weidmann, “The Power of the Brand” will define the meaning of branding and explore its power and importance for the commercial success of product development and service, be it a microphone, audio processing software, or a recording studio. As Weidmann states, “Creating, defining and maintaining your brand and its message may be the most important ‘product’ you ever develop.”

“This is a unique track for the AES convention, and we’ve made it that much more interesting this year with the inclusion of the product branding seminar,” states Dan Foley. “The overarching theme is all about product development, but this year it has a timely focus on performance measurement, coming as it does at the same time that the CALM Act [Federal legislation that tightly regulates the relative level of broadcast commercials] takes effect. But the inclusion of the product branding presentation is completely new, never before done at an AES convention. So we’re balancing our technical presentations with this one that really brings out the importance of properly presenting new products to the market. I believe this shows how the AES convention continues to evolve and adapt to new realities as the industry changes.”

The Product Design Track gives design professionals insight into the latest techniques for audio hardware and software development. The events in this track are very practical in nature and anyone involved in audio product development will benefit from attending. A partial list of sessions includes:

Best Practices in Audio Software Development
High-Order Harmonic Distortion Measurement and Its Impact on Fidelity
An Introduction To the Acoustics of Personal Telecommunications Devices
The Power of the Brand

Confirmed sponsors for the Product Design Track include THAT Corporation Audio Technology and Audio Precision.

For further detailed information on the Product Design Track, visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/productdesign/. For further information on the 135th AES International Convention, and to register for your free Exhibits-Plus badge or the premium All-Access badge, please visit http://www.aes.org/events/135/.

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Electrosonic’s Conte and Kent to Moderate Lighting and Projection Technology Session at TEA’s SATE ’13

Chris Conte and Paul Kent of Electrosonic will moderate the session, “The Death of Halogen and the Rise of Coherent Light,” at SATE ’13, the Themed Entertainment Association’s (TEA) annual experiential design conference. The two-day event is slated for October 3 to 4 at the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia.

SATE ’13 is expected to draw creative thinkers, producers, suppliers and decision makers in the attractions industry. Among the speakers scheduled to address attendees are visionary architect Chuck Hoberman, the Warhol Museum’s Josh Jeffery, Walt Disney Imagineering’s Asa Kalama, and Roger Gould and Liz Gazzano of Pixar Animation Studios. MK Haley of Disney Research is the Technology Chair of the conference.

“The Death of Halogen and the Rise of Coherent Light” will look at the history of technologies traditionally used in themed environments, and then move on to address recent advances in lighting and projection technology. The panel will discuss how these technologies can be applied in new and creative ways in the world of themed entertainment.

“The session will look at the emerging technologies for the sources of illumination in immersive environments,” comments Kent. “For both lighting and projection, the change from halogen to laser will have an impact on both the design and production of these environments. Our session will take a look at the major changes in technology that have advanced the entertainment industry over the years, and we will also look forward to where we see it going.”

Chris Conte is Electrosonic’s Vice President of Entertainment and Paul Kent is a senior consultant in the company’s entertainment team. The panel that Conte and Kent will moderate mixes manufacturers, designers and end users of the technologies. Currently they include Ray Hole of Ray Hole Architects Ltd. (as a virtual attendee), Bryan Boehme of Christie Digital, and David Gray of Oasis Enterprises, Dubai.

Learn more about SATE ’13 visit sate2013.blogspot.com

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures Wrap a Summer on the Road with the 311 Unity Tour 2013

Omaha-based alternative rock band 311 completed its summer Unity Tour 2013, and a large complement of Clay Paky lighting went along for the 26-show ride coast-to-coast. The tour marked the eleventh consecutive summer the band has headlined amphitheaters across the country.

Lighting designer Joe Paradise created the show design to “get the most bang for the buck,” he says. “I was looking for the most output and the most efficient fixtures. We had 62-foot wide trusses, which were as wide as we could possibly use wherever we went. And lots of layers of lights.”

AG Lighting provided the fixtures, which comprised 24 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s, 16 Clay Paky Alpha Spot HPE 1500s and 25 Clay Paky Alpha Beam 1500s.

“This was the first time I’ve used almost an entire Clay Paky rig,” Paradise points out. “There was a great quality of light and good color throughout the rig; the gobos and prisms were great and worked well. It was the kind of look I always want from all my lights.”

Paradise used the Sharpy Washes as “traditional washes on the downstage trusses for practical illumination; I set the zoom at what I thought was a good coverage. I chose them for the low wattage of the lamp; considering their size and wattage the output is amazing and they’re incredibly durable. The color was astonishing and the speed on pan and tilt was unbelievable. And weighing next to nothing we were able to go thousands of pounds lighter on the rig without suffering any loss of output.”

Paradise positioned the Alpha Spot HPE 1500s on three straight 40-foot trusses scattered in a pattern in groups of four. “They were staggered and filled in all the holes,” he says. “They provided different fan looks, and I love the color on them. The beam is crisper and clearer than anything I know of – better than any profile fixture I’ve seen.”

He arranged the Alpha Beam 1500s in a staggered grid on hinged trusses, which were underhung from the upstage trusses. In addition, eight 1500s were placed on the floor. “I like them a lot,” Paradise says. “I love the colors – their saturation is amazing. And they give an alternative big, beefy beam look that’s very powerful. You can get a really bright, thick beam that has a throw forever.”

Bobby L. Grey, who served as assistant lighting designer and programmer reports that, “the Clay Paky gear was great and reliable” for the duration of the tour. He singles out the Sharpy Washes as being responsible for “taking out between a ton-and-a-half and two tons out of the rig. They saved a ridiculous amount of weight and power. Last year’s fixtures were clunky and didn’t have the power. But the Sharpy Wash was the brightest I’ve ever seen. Through the entire tour I don’t think I swapped a single spare.”

Bobby “Junior” Jones was the master electrician for the 311 Unity Tour 2013.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, comments, “It’s great to see the team of 311 designers coming to Clay Paky for their fixture needs. This is a very well designed show and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

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

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