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Cerwin-Vega! P-Series is the Secret Ingredient for the Batch at Cake Shop Music Venue

Powerful, Portable Speaker System Provides an Improved Sound

Cake Shop Live Music Venue recently upgraded its entire PA system with Cerwin-Vega!®’s new P-Series professional PA system and a CVM Mixer. Previously employing an aging system combining a mix of solutions from different manufacturers, Cake Shop sought a high-end PA that’s better equipped to support the variety of Indie musicians and DJs who perform at the venue. Bearing this in mind, Cake Shop’s owners selected a Cerwin-Vega! P-Series system for its ability to deliver consistent, powerful sound throughout the stage and audience areas, ensuring performers achieve the highest quality of sound possible, regardless of their music genre.

Controlled at front-of-house by a 16-channel Cerwin-Vega! CVM Mixer, the setup includes seven P1500X two-way, bi-amped, full-range bass-reflex speakers and four P1800SX-powered subwoofers. The P1800SX’s large woofer and amplifier offer the Cerwin-Vega!-trademark high-level bass punch and extreme low-end response. The proprietary hemi-conical horn of the P1500X, meanwhile, gives the venue enhanced sound clarity over an even, wide coverage area.

“The new Cerwin-Vega! P-Series system sounds amazing,” says Nick Bodor, co-owner of Cake Shop Live Music Venue and Record Store. “Although I’m not a musician, I’m very much a music fan, and I know what I like. With the P-Series, the room’s sound is completely improved and we have a lot more control of the audio. The way the instruments and vocals are separated out, everything just sounds really good. With the P-Series, the audio doesn’t need to be blasting; it can be at a comfortable level and still make for an awesome show.”

Primarily a live music venue, recent performances at Cake Shop have included the indie bands Literature and Jazz Butcher as well as touring bands from Wales and Montreal. Visitors on Friday or Saturday nights can also jam out with a variety of DJs who spin when the bands are between sets or have finished for the night. The venue also hosts underground comedy and reading series on weekdays and comedian Reggie Watts recently stopped by for a set, which is known to do on occasion. With a fully packed schedule and varying types of performances, Cake Shop needs gear that is both durable and versatile. As its P1500X can be used as a single speaker for a small venue, set in pairs for a larger venue needing more coverage and SPL, or side mounted as a floor monitor for a band, the P-Series fulfills these requirements perfectly.

“Because we’re open seven days a week and we host a series of touring bands, our equipment takes a bit of a beating over time,” explains Bodor. “With our previous system, our sound engineer was always soldering stuff, pulling out speakers and replacing them. It was a real miss-match of equipment, but he always made it work. With the P-Series, we no longer have to worry about swapping out gear to keep our consistent sound. My brother Andy co-owns Cake Shop with me, and a big part of our philosophy is that we always want our sound to be good.”

Bodor isn’t the only one who has noticed the difference. “We want bands to feel like they have a good experience here,” he explains. “All of the visiting sound engineers love the new system. Every time I’m around them, they tell me how great it is.”

The Cerwin-Vega! P-Series delivers a new standard in power and bass punch, suited for any sound reinforcement application, from live performances to public speeches. The P1500X speaker is the most powerful PA product in its price class, employing a 15-inch woofer and high-frequency compression driver, powered by a custom 1500W Class-D amp. The P1800SX powered subwoofer features an 18-inch woofer with a custom 2000W Class-D amp. Both pieces include a built-in mixer with I/O connections, allowing for simple and fast setup, while enhanced EQ, VEGA BASS boost and high-pass filters enable exact tuning and exceptional performance for any event.

With a café and record store on the ground level, Cake Shop is a versatile venue for performance lovers of all degrees. Bands like MGMT and Vampire Weekend got their start on the CakeShop stage and artists like Surfer Blood, Spoon and Peter Bjorn & John have performed secret shows at the venue.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the new Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Guitar Corp.
Gibson Guitar Corp. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Guitar Corp.’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

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Wyrestorm All-In-One AMP-001-010 HDBaseT Class D Digital Audio Amplifier is Now Shipping

The new AMP-001-010 combines HDBaseT extension, HDMI Receiving, Control, and D Class amplification into an ultimate all-in-one digital amplifier solution for residential and commercial installations, large and small.

Denver, CO – September 3, 2013 – CEDIA EXPO – Booth 631 – Wyrestorm, a global manufacturer that specializes in the design and development of innovative HD distribution products, is now shipping the world’s first HDBaseT™ (HDBT) D Class Digital Audio Amplifier, the AMP-001-010. The feature-rich amplifier is the first of its kind to combine the benefits of HDMI, HDBT, and local amplification, with unique engineering and integration features to provide custom electronic system integrators with the ultimate in performance and installation flexibility for residential and commercial applications.

The truly unique, patent pending design of the AMP-001-010 makes it equally compelling as a simple-to-install value-added extender solution for single-source/single-display systems, or as a building block for larger extended systems of more than 50 displays when combined with Wyrestorm Pro Plus matrices and extenders as part of the total end-to-end distribution and control solution.

 

“Our AMP is the world’s first all-in-one HDBaseT extender and digital amplification solution to offer integrators the utmost in flexibility for any and all distributed A/V installations. Only Wyrestorm’s AMP-001-010 successfully combines, simplifies, and improves the relationship between HDMI and HDBT and stereo audio. By combining the benefits of HDBT with some creative, proprietary engineering in the AMP-001-010, we are able to deliver the ultimate one-box solution for our customers. Virtually no system that requires total HD audio and video distribution —no matter how large or small—is outside its reach,” said Wyrestorm CEO Derek Hulbert.

The AMP-001-010 digital amplifier was engineered to save integrators time and money by eliminating the need for additional A/V receivers, distribution amps, numerous gadgets and converters. It is the only product that can extract stereo audio direct from the digital audio within the HDBT signal and amplify it locally, removing the need to mix digital and analogue audio formats, add needless multi-room amplifiers, and eliminating any costs associated with various breakout boxes, converters and power supplies.

 

For basic, single-source installations, full HD audio/video and control can be routed to the AMP-001-010 from a cable box, Blu-ray player, media server, etc., by way of a simple HDBT transmitter (TX-70-PP), and out to the display via the amplifier’s built-in HDMI output. Connect stereo speakers and a subwoofer directly to the device, and you have a complete entertainment system, with fully integrated IR or RS-232 control, without the need for additional devices. Furthermore, the ARC (Audio Return Channel) capabilities of the AMP-001-010 give you full access to audio from the integrated smart TV features of the display, including YouTube and other streaming audio/video services. You can even add audio from an additional source, like a personal media player or smartphone, via the AMP-001-010’s 3.5mm auxiliary audio jack.

For larger systems, the AMP-001-010’s HDBaseT output capabilities give installers the ability to add amplifiers at 70-meter intervals, enabling them to add additional displays, each with access to and capable of delivering full HD quality, centralized audio and video, and 2.1-channel speaker setup, along with the way. Up to seven AMP’s can be added to one network to cover areas over 1500 feet and achieve full HD video, fully amplified 2.1-channel audio and IR/RS-232 control, for the utmost in installation flexibility.

With a compact size (202mm x 178mm x 31mm) and HDBaseT capabilities, the cool running AMP-001-010 can be easily hidden, either mounted discretely near the display, secreted away in a ceiling void while still providing convenient, fully uncompressed HD signal distribution via one Cat5e/6.

The AMP-001-010 is now shipping. It is fully compatible with Wyrestorm’s new EX-1UTP-IR-70/100 extenders and HDBaseT matrices. MSRP is $799.00 and includes a 3 year warranty. Wyrestorm products are available through a growing network of authorized dealers and distributors worldwide.

For more information about Wyrestorm, visit www.wyrestorm.com.

 

About Wyrestorm

Wyrestorm is a worldwide manufacturer of digital high-definition distribution technology. Wyrestorm specializes in the design and development of innovative technology solutions for residential and commercial applications, proudly offering customers around the globe the highest quality and reliability in its wide range of products. Wyrestorm award-winning products include HDMI & HDBT extenders, the first HDBaseT audio amplifier, configurable matrix switchers, splitters, converters and basic control. Wyrestorm products are manufactured to ISO9001 standards.

Press Contact:  Caster Communications, Inc. at 401.792.7080

Alex Crabb acrabb@castercomm.com

Tim Viall tviall@castercomm.com

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HDBaseT is a trademark of the HDBaseT Alliance.

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Foreigner Tours with Earthworks WL40V Wireless Capsule

September 3, 2013, Milford, NH – With nearly three and a half decades of singing under his belt, Kelly Hansen, lead vocalist of Foreigner, is no stranger to vocal microphones. As the band geared up for their latest tour, the Earthworks WL40V wireless capsule came along for the ride to deliver Hansen’s vocals to audiences around the globe.

Hansen explains, “Regarding microphones for live performance, I realized early on, that the natural profile of my voice didn’t really match with the Shure family of vocal mics. I started using an SM57, then moved on to an SM58. These Shure mics have a peak in the midrange which accentuated the midrange peak my own natural voice, resulting in a shrill sound. I needed a microphone with a smoother response that did not accentuate the midrange in my own voice. So I stopped using the Shure mics and started using a Sennheiser M421 and a variety of Beyerdynamic microphones from the M88 all the way up to their Opus line of wireless microphone systems, some of which had interchangeable mic capsules. As time went on, I was always looking for a better solution in a wireless handheld vocal microphone that would really make me happy and give me a condenser microphone sound on stage.”

After trying out several different wireless microphones capsules and wireless systems to no avail, Lorenzo Banda, monitor engineer for Foreigner, and Hansen were introduced to the Earthworks WL40V. Banda explains, “I had never used any Earthworks microphones until being endorsed by Lectrosonics, who introduced us to Earthworks and the WL40V microphone capsule. Earthworks sent us the WL40V, and when we tried it on the Lectrosonics wireless system we loved it.”

Hansen continues, “When it comes to wireless microphone capsules, it is really all about the sound. And that is what is really great about the Earthworks capsule. It has an open top, a flatter response and a nice bottom end that really sounds like a studio condenser microphone on stage (in a wireless form). The WL40V isn’t rolled off in a weird place that doesn’t give you any bottom support and it’s not peaky in the midrange like a Shure. It just has that flat warm sound with a natural openness in the top.”

Banda also put the SR40V, the wired predecessor to the WL40V, through its paces at sound check. Banda says, “In most stage situations, you get cymbal bleed like crazy, especially when you have a drummer who plays fairly hard. Even though the vocal mics were about 18 feet away from the drums, cymbal leakage was a problem. As soon as we switched to the Earthworks SR40V and WL40V the cymbal leakage almost went away. The rear rejection capabilities of the Earthworks microphones, in addition to their excellent vocal quality and the rich sound, just floored me.”

While touring, Hansen requires a studio quality mix in his headphones while he performs. “If you have an in-ear monitor system, you need a microphone to be way more precise, way more accurate and way more user friendly as far as proximity goes,” Hansen explains.

“Because I have an in-ear system like this, it really makes me feel like I’m in the studio, even when I am on stage,” Hansen continues. “I get all of the expressiveness I desire. In addition, I can sing close to the microphone or back away from it without using any compression, because I can hear every detail and every nuance of the microphone. This is really important to me as a vocalist. I have been singing for a long time, and I know how to use a microphone. I know what to do to get what I want out of a good microphone. But if the microphone is not willing to give it to me, then I can’t use it.”

Banda explains how the WL40V works with Hansen’s vocal style. “The confidence Kelly has with the Earthworks WL40V capsule allows him to do whatever he requires of it, and the capsule just puts it out for him. It becomes effortless for him to sing into the microphone,” Banda says. “With most microphones, you have to work harder or project harder to get what you want to come out of the microphone. In comparison, with the WL40V or other Earthworks vocal mics, you can whisper and be able to clearly hear your breath. This capsule is airy and transparent and so natural sounding that it makes it effortless to sing. When Kelly goes into the lower registers, you can hear the soft low end and every breath he takes on songs like “I Want to Know What Love Is.” Going from the low-mids up into the midrange, it is just amazing how clean the transition is. The EQ we use with the WL40V is very subtle as the microphone doesn’t need much help with respect to signal processing. The WL40V is just a sweet sounding microphone.”

Another major concern when going wireless is contending with RFI rich environments. “The WL40V is excellent with the Lectrosonics HH wireless microphone system,” says Hansen. “We have a lot of wireless on stage, vocals, guitars, etc. and sometimes we play in places with very heavy media environments with all sorts of radio frequency interference and other types of interference. Even in these very trying environments with a lot of RFI floating around, the combination of the WL40V and the Lectrosonics wireless system has been flawless.”

“The microphone capsule has to be able to put up with high SPL and I have to be able to drop the mic a few times without knocking it out” Hansen said. “I don’t drop a microphone on purpose, but sometimes it happens and the WL40V seems to be pretty bullet-proof in this respect.”

Hansen describes his most recent experience with the WL40V on stage. “We just got back from Germany, where we did a live acoustic show, which we recorded for SWR2 in Germany. On this recording, I use my Earthworks WL40V capsule for my vocals. I could have used a Telefunken M251 for this recording, but instead, I chose to use my Earthworks WL40V microphone capsule. Maybe the sound would have been really cool on the M251, but when you put the Earthworks capsule on a good wireless system, that makes it portable. So even though we are sitting down, doing an acoustic show, I could stand up and walk to the audience and say, come on, everybody sing along. There is no way this could have happened if I was using a Telefunken M251 studio microphone. I want to thank Earthworks for giving me such a great mic to work with!”

Before getting back on the road, Banda offered this closing thought on his experience working with Earthworks. “Earthworks as a company, has been amazing to work with,” Banda says. “We are so appreciative of everything they do for us. Everyone there really bends over backwards for us in providing what we need, whenever we need it.”

To learn more about Foreigner and their current tour, visit the band online at www.foreigneronline.com.

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Leveraging Technology: A Look Inside Use of Fiber for High School Band

Howard High School’s unusual music program is one example of how fiber optic technology is being leveraged to foster creativity in learning at schools and colleges.

High school marching band adds guitars and keyboards.

Annapolis Junction, Maryland – Howard High School’s music department started the school year with an unusual marching band program that combines brass and drums with guitars and keyboards, thanks to fiber optic connectivity by FiberPlex Technologies.

“We’re reinvigorating the traditional scholastic music program and mixing in contemporary music with the marching band,” explained Christopher Campbell, Band Director for Howard High School, Ellicott City, Maryland, which added to its band program a complete synth ensemble – all able to chime in live and amplified alongside band instrumentation during halftimes on the football field due to FiberPlex LightViper optical technology. “Imagine a rock band on the 50-yard line with a marching band moving and playing around it,” he added.

During a recent game documented in this video, Howard High School incorporated popular music tunes “Where Have you Been” by Rihanna and “The Pretender” by Foo Fighters with the formation of an all-electronic front ensemble. “Because of the kind of music that we’re doing, it gave us strong opportunity for a lot of creative input and thought from the kids,” said Daniel Roberts, Front Ensemble Director for Howard High School. “The kids learned a lot more … they actually became involved in the creative process of that music that we were performing,” he said.

It all started last year when the high school set out to combine traditional with contemporary music in order to engage more students in the school’s music program. The two music directors knew they could add a couple of contemporary keyboards off to the sidelines of the school’s football field in the band pit, and maybe a guitar or two, but the problem was what to do about amplification. Any guitar or keyboard that could be heard over the brass of a full marching band required an amplifier, which, of course, meant some sort of audio snake between the instrument set and the amplifiers to get the sound across.

Wireless communications was out; too much interference. Copper cable was also out due to problems with bulk and signal degradation.

The two were at a loss until a parent suggested an alternative: fiber optic cable. Parent Buddy Oliver, whose son Bo is very active in Howard High School’s Music Department, and who is an accomplished musician himself, is the CEO of optical equipment manufacturer FiberPlex in nearby Annapolis Junction. He explained to Campbell and Roberts that fiber optic cable can transport music error-free and transparently over greater distances, by a 400:1 ratio compared to copper. One fiber cable weighing less than eight pounds can transmit the same data as two, 40-pair copper cables weighing 700 pounds. Also of interest to the school administrators is optical fiber’s environmental profile. Fiber strands are made from sand, a sustainable resource, unlike copper, which is a limited resource that is expensive to mine.

“Being in the optical transport business I see it as an obvious choice for applications like this, certainly. But speaking as a musician and parent, this is a great way for students to experience music differently and maybe get involved in music where they might not have otherwise. It demonstrates to the students that all that science and math they are taking can be leveraged to create high end technology with real practical (and cool) applications,” stated Oliver, who helped configure the school’s sound system. The system includes a LightViper™ optical snake system that collects all the signals from the keyboards, guitar and bass on the field and transports them up to a mixer in the stands where a student technician can sit in a prime mixing position. The resulting ‘mixed’ signals are sent back down the fiber to amps and speakers on the field for the musicians and crowd to hear.  The whole project was facilitated through the professional staff at Mid Atlantic School Equipment Company out of Virginia.

“We just started the mix of synth and marching band for halftime programs last year, and got a fantastic reception. We were told it was quite revolutionary,” said Campbell, who recently rolled out the small spool of fiber from the music room to a 20-workstation music lab just down the hall, where students can network into Pro Tools and music notation programs for arranging and writing music on their own. “There’s a sense of community and culture of learning that happens when you get kids together to create something that they feel passionate about, and that’s what we’ve done here,” added Roberts.

Howard High School is just one example of how fiber optic technology can be leveraged to foster creativity in learning at schools and colleges. FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

About FiberPlex Technologies, LLC (www.fiberplex.com)

FiberPlex Technologies, LLC is a leader in digital transport and communications technology. The FiberPlex name has been around for a quarter of a century and is known for its secure fiber solutions to the U.S. government. Recently, FiberPlex extended its secure communications and fiber optic products to the commercial and AV sectors. As a fiber optics expert and equipment manufacturer, FiberPlex educates businesses, houses of worship, hospitals, financial institutions, campuses, broadcasters and live production firms on how to leverage fiber optics technology for large bandwidth delivery as well as to lower security risk and increase profits.

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Boulevard Pro Installs Two Yamaha CL5s at bergenPAC

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Boulevard Professional (Ridgefield Park, N.J.) recently installed two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles along with four Rio 3224-D input/output boxes, one at front of house and one for monitors, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center (bergenPAC) in Englewood, New Jersey. Since 1986, Boulevard Pro has been providing audio systems for rental and installation to customers around the Tri-State area.

For 10 years, bergenPAC has been known as northern New Jersey’s busiest not-for-profit performing arts center, and home to hundreds of world-class performances reaching audiences of over 250,000 each year. The 1,367-seat theater embraces the spectrum of the arts from rock to classical, dance to comedy, with nearly 150 events each year. The soul of bergenPAC can best be seen in its efforts to provide a home for innovative arts and educational programs that reach out to thousands of families via their performing arts school.

“We’ve built a strong relationship with bergenPAC over the past 10 years,” states James Cioffi, co-owner, Boulevard Pro. “We suggested the new Yamaha CL5 consoles to the audio staff and initially provided them as rentals so the crew would have an opportunity to see how functional the consoles are and how well they sound. The staff loved the console’s sound and size, affording the theater extra room at front of house.” A Yamaha MY lake card is installed in the FOH console and is used to control the existing speaker system and all theater zones.

Since Boulevard installed two complete CL systems, bergenPAC can rotate the consoles from the theater to the Drapkin Cabaret & Lounge as well as its performing arts school located just down the street.

“We’ve been working with Boulevard Pro for many years now, and they always go the extra mile to make sure our shows go off without a hitch,” states Joe Feola, Tech Director. About the console, Feola says “I’ve been a Yamaha supporter for a long time, and the CL5 fits our needs perfectly. By accommodating the files of other Yamaha boards, it helps to speed up the load in. The venue hasn’t sounded better.”

The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network-based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic™ series, only differentiated by frame size and input capability, feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs. The footprint of all three CL consoles is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast. The high output bus count will be a great benefit to live broadcast and monitor applications.

“Recently, I have had the opportunity to make the audio leap from analog to digital, states Paul Denise, Audio Department Head at bergenPAC. During this time of change, I was able to do a head-to-head comparison. Our sound system responded wonderfully with the new CL. Not only was our lighting dimmer buzz gone, but the clarity and separation in the high end, particularly, was awesome.” Denise said shows like The Village People, Rock and Blues Fest, and Cheap Trick have enjoyed working with the CL5. “Even when bands like ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd bring their own console in, we are still subbing into the CL5 to send to all 8 audio zones in the theater. The more I use the CL5, the more I like it.”

For more information on Boulevard Professional, visit www.blvdpro.com.

For more information on bergenPac, visit www.bergenPAC.org.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R: Ralph Grasso, Monitor Tech; James Cioffi, Boulevard Pro; Joe Feola, Tech Director; Paul Denise, Audio Department Head

PHOTO CREDIT: CM PHOTOS

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

About bergenPAC:
Founded in 2003, the 1,367-seat Bergen Performing Arts Center, or bergenPAC, is the area’s cultural mecca. Housed in a historic Art Deco-style theater boasting one of the finest acoustic halls in the United States, bergenPAC attracts a stellar roster of world-class entertainment. The jewel in our crown is The Performing Arts School at bergenPAC – the innovative, educational performing arts initiative that reaches more than 30,000 students annually. The Performing Arts School provides community youth, age 2 months to 21 years, with unique, “hands-on” training in music, dance and theater by industry professionals. It is through the ongoing generosity of sponsors, donors and patrons that the not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation bergenPAC and The Performing Arts School are able to thrive and enrich our community. bergenPAC is located at 30 North Van Brunt Street, Englewood New Jersey 07631 www.bergenPAC.org 201 227 1030

Clay Paky Sharpys Rock with Rush as Band Wraps Clockwork Angels Tour

Photo: Steve Jennings

Rock band Rush just wrapped its Clockwork Angels Tour in the US in support of its eponymous album, and Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures went along for the ride.

Rush began its US tour last September on the heels of a successful European leg. Dates in Phoenix and Dallas were recorded for a DVD release later this year.

“We had 55 Sharpys on the tour for the duration,” says Howard Ungerleider, lighting designer for Rush. “Sharpys are one of the most versatile and exciting lighting fixtures I’ve used in a while. I can really get a lot of looks out of them. I definitely work them without over-using them.”

Ungerleider positioned the Sharpys, which were provided by Premier Global and Production Design International, on moving parts of the truss so they could descend at any time for automated moves. He maximized their application, deploying them to different effect for various songs in the set.

He used Sharpys with gobos for a laser simulation for “Red Sector A” where he also had the fixtures simulate laser effects. He tapped them as accent points for “Body Electric.”

Ungerleider used very three-dimensional theatrical effects for “The Wreckers” in which a video showed a storm at sea and the Sharpys emulated rain with their atmospherics. The lights also created a Jacob’s Ladder effect and a barricade for “The Pass.”

The lighting designer believes Sharpys are “a superior light” whose “performance is amazing. I love the beam and the ability to use gobos. The Sharpys’ size and weight are incredible, too. The light source and what it produced filled the bill for what I was trying to accomplish for Rush on tour.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “It’s great to be part of this imaginatively designed tour and great to collaborate with Mr. Ungerleider who is a great talent.”

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

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College Expands – More Tecom “TecPodium Rooms” Delivered!

The Academic College of Ashkelon, a long time Tecom customer, has recently expanded it’s facilities to include an additional Campus, due to drastic increase in its’ number of students.

The new state-of-the art classrooms and computer labs now include the latest IT and AV technologies including students personal workstations in computer labs, high speed fiber-optic data networks, short throw projectors, stereo sound systems and Tecom latest classroom lectern – the TecPodium Interactive.

The recently introduced TecPodium Interactive (TPI-12W) is a breakthrough audio-visual lectern featuring HD resolution support, a new PC with digital outputs, a wide screen interactive pen display, high resolution document camera, stereo sound and a new HD switcher scaler.

One simple control panel is used for controlling every AV device, from an LCD projector, PC or document camera to a laptop and DVD player.

The rich functionality of the smart podium meets the requirements of any presenter and its’ simple, easy to use design meets the requirements of modern learning environments, ideal for group study.

TecPodiums have rapidly become the lectern-of-choice. Across the globe educational institutions, government facilities, hospitals, corporations and military are all installing TecPodium lecterns.

www.tecpodium.com

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