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Biamp Introduces Vocia 1.6 With Nurse Call Integration at HIMSS 2014

Integrated paging solution creates quieter healthcare environments by automating and zoning code calls

BEAVERTON, Oregon — Feb. 21, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, is introducing the new Vocia(R) 1.6 with Nurse Call Integration (NCI) at HIMSS 2014. Designed to reduce patient recovery time by creating a more peaceful healing environment, the networked public address and voice evacuation system combines zoned paging and prioritization with simple system supervision to provide critical messaging capabilities without compromising operational effectiveness.

“High noise levels in healthcare environments negatively impact the patient recovery process,” said Graeme Harrison, Executive Vice President of Marketing, Biamp Systems. “With Nurse Call Integration as a key capability in Vocia, Biamp is enabling hospitals to create a more peaceful healing environment by controlling where and when messages are heard, and at what volume level. This is done while integrating with the nurse call system for increased system interoperability.”

Part of Vocia’s networked public address and voice evacuation system, the Biamp(R) NCI system enhances the line’s professional-grade critical paging capabilities. Engineered to decrease noise levels, reduce alarm fatigue, and increase response times by targeting specific departments within facilities, the system enables zoned paging and prioritization of critical messages to eliminate the disturbance of patients from “all-call” pages. As a result, staff only receives pertinent paging messages, contributing to faster reaction times, quieter hospitals, and a more restful patient environment.

Created specifically for healthcare facilities, the NCI package enables a direct connection to new or existing supported nurse call systems. Messages are automatically assigned a zone and priority level before being streamed via Ethernet and played over an existing PA network. Playback can include speaking via microphone, pressing a bedside or nurse station button, or selecting preset messages from a digital switchboard. The Vocia-enabled solution consists of the Text-to-Speech Nurse Call Server (TTS-1nc), Message Server (MS-1), and Vocia Output (VO-4e) device. The entire system can also be easily supervised both onsite and remotely, and thanks to a decentralized architecture, eliminates the potential for a single point of system failure.

On display at HIMSS 2014 in Orlando, Florida, the Biamp NCI package will be highlighted alongside the company’s Vocia 1.6 platform, which now provides three new hardware devices — the eight channel Vocia Input (VI-8) for analog and digital paging inputs, the VoIP-1 telephone-paging adaptor, and the POTS-1 analog telephone-paging adaptor. Both systems will be demonstrated directly from booth 3515, featuring a code blue button and processor from Rauland-Borg.

More information on Biamp’s full line of audio solutions is available at www.biamp.com.

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Nurse Call Diagram: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp-Nurse_Call_Diagram.jpg
Vocia VI-8: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Vocia_VI-8.zip
Vocia VoIP-1: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Vocia_VoIP-1.zip
Vocia POTS-1: www.ingearpr.com/Biamp/Biamp_Vocia_POTS-1.zip

About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

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Meyer Sound Wins 2014 East Bay Innovation Award for Engineering and Design

California’s East Bay Economic Development Alliance (EDA) has honored Meyer Sound with the 2014 Award for Engineering and Design, recognizing the company’s continuing contribution to the area’s culture of innovation. The awards ceremony was held at Oakland’s Fox Theater on February 13, 2014, coinciding with the 35th anniversary of Meyer Sound’s founding by John and Helen Meyer.

“Finalists in the Engineering and Design category apply local knowledge and skill to reach around the world with their work,” explains Darien Louie, executive director of the East Bay EDA. “Meyer Sound is well-known as a global pioneer in advanced sound technologies. The independent industry judges were particularly impressed that Meyer Sound maintains all production at its Berkeley facility, creating nearly 300 local manufacturing and engineering jobs.”

Headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., Meyer Sound is one of a handful of professional audio companies that manufacture in the US. Since its founding in 1979, the company’s footprint has grown from one building to six, totaling close to 200,000 square feet of campus space. Many of the first users of Meyer Sound technology are in the East Bay. For example, Zellerbach Hall implemented the first Constellation® acoustic system for its Centennial gala, UC Berkeley’s Memorial Stadium installed the first CAL™ column array loudspeaker system, and the world’s first restaurant active acoustic system can be found at Berkeley’s Comal.

“The East Bay’s innovative spirit and unique mixture of talents and cultures have given us many wonderful opportunities to work with some of the most exciting thought-leaders in their fields,” says Helen Meyer. “From scientists to musicians, the level of cross-industry collaboration is truly unique to the East Bay, and has helped us build many successful products that are heard around the world. We are proud to be an East Bay company and grateful for award organizers’ recognition.”

The East Bay Innovation Awards announced winners in nine categories, selected from more than 100 total entries. They include Kaiser Permanente, Youth Radio, Boehringer Ingleheim, Soraa, Techbridge, Meyer Sound, Back to the Roots, Aspera, and Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland. The awards were presented by the EDA, in association with the San Francisco Business Times. 

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FOX Sports Relies on FUJINON Cabrios for Close Calls at Superbowl and NFL Season; To Capture Race Action at Upcoming Daytona 500

Wayne, N.J. – FOX Sports has adopted what the network considers a ‘best of breed’ 4K imaging system for its NFL regular season coverage and this month’s Super Bowl XLVII coverage – the Sony F55 CineAlta digital motion picture camera paired with a FUJINON PL 85-300mm Cabrio lens. The combination has been so successful, FOX Sports will use two of its F55/Cabrio pairings to capture close up shots during NASCAR’s Daytona 500 on February 23rd and coverage from Budweiser SpeedWeek events leading up to the big race, marking the first time the network will employ the duo for its auto racing coverage.

Michael Davies, FOX Sports’ Vice President of Field and Technical Operations, looks forward to extending the network’s high-resolution imaging to auto racing. “We can use these cameras and lenses to zoom into an area with little or no resolution lost,” said Davies. “For auto racing, we’ll be able to shoot the pits and any accidents may that occur in great detail. We can capture the different things that can happen simultaneously in an incident – what caused it, who got caught up in it, and who got away – all in one shot. We can also take the viewer closer into the pits in a way that far surpasses what we’ve done before.”

During the Seattle Seahawks’ 43-8 Super Bowl win over the Denver Broncos on February 2nd, six Sony 4K cameras were lensed with FUJINON PL 85-300 and PL 19-90 Cabrio’s. They were used to capture close calls at the field’s sidelines, goal lines and end lines. During the regular NFL season, one Sony/FUJINON 4K combination was used though out the season to capture potential close calls.

This is the third year FOX Sports has employed 4K imaging for its NFL coverage with a Sony/FUJINON package. Davies believes this represents the best of today’s 4K imaging technology: “We used this camera/lens combination to great effect throughout the NFL season. It’s a highly compelling tool to show exactly what happened in vivid detail. We can zoom into a foot, a hand or even piles of players to determine if it was really a catch or a fumble. Was he in or out of bounds? I think this package will become ubiquitous for football coverage.”

The Cabrio zooms affords FOX Sports the greatest magnification and versatility possible using a 4K camera with a PL mount. “Previously, we had to use light-sucking adaptors with our lenses, but the Cabrio’s, with their native mounts, work beautifully with the F55’s, which is particularly evident in nighttime and low-light situations.”

“We’re honored to have been a part of FOX Sport’s 4K Super Bowl coverage this year,” said Thom Calabro, FUJIFILM Optical Devices’ Director of Marketing and Product Development. “Having our lenses contribute to the success of such a significant sporting event for FOX Sports is a proud achievement for us all at FUJIFILM.”

The high-performance FUJINON Cabrio zoom lens were designed using the latest optical simulation technology, offering exceptional optical performance in both the center of the image and in the corners of the frame. The PL 85-300’s longer lens makes it ideal for professional cinematographers and videographers. The PL 85-300 offers a focal length of 85-220mm at T2.9 and 300mm at T4.0, the PL 19-90 is T2.9 end to end, both with 200-degree focus rotation.

The lightweight, versatile FUJINON Cabrio lenses feature an exclusive detachable servo drive unit, making them ideal for use as standard PL lens or as ENG-style lenses. The digital servo’s 16-bit encoding assures operators that all lens data output is extremely accurate. The lenses are equipped with flange focal distance adjustment, self-aligning servo drive, a macro function for extreme close-up focus, and coverage of a 31.5mm diagonal sensor. Cabrio’s can be controlled using cinema industry standard wireless controllers, as well as existing FUJINON wired and wireless units.

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FUJIFILM North America Corporation, a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation consists of four operating divisions and one subsidiary company. The Imaging Division provides consumer and commercial photographic products and services, including: photographic paper; digital printing equipment, along with service and support; personalized photo products; film; and one-time-use cameras; and also markets motion picture archival film and on-set color management solutions to the motion picture, broadcast and production industries. The Electronic Imaging Division markets consumer digital cameras, and the Graphic Systems Division supplies products and services to the graphic printing industry. The Optical Devices Division provides optical lenses for the broadcast, cinematography, closed circuit television, videography and industrial markets, and also markets binoculars. FUJIFILM Canada Inc. sells and markets a range of Fujifilm products and services in Canada. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com/northamerica, go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter, or go to www.facebook.com/FujifilmNorthAmerica to Like Fujifilm on Facebook. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm via RSS, subscribe at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, digital printing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 10 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2012, and in the year ended March 31, 2013, had global revenues of $26.7 billion*. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visitwww.fujifilmholdings.com.

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SSL Builds Asian Live Console Distribution Network

Solid State Logic is pleased to welcome DMT in Hong Kong and Beijing and Stage Craft International in Manila, Philippines to its commercial distribution partners for the SSL Live console. The company also announces that distribution for Singapore will be processed through the SSL Singapore office.

“DMT has been an exclusive distributor for SSL in the greater China and Hong Kong territory for nearly 20 years now,” says Chris Fish, technical director of DMT. “By catering to the professional broadcast, music and post production markets, we have forged a very close working relationship with SSL and have worked hard to expand our operation to serve the live and installation markets. The SSL Live represents an exciting new opportunity for us in this field and perfectly complements our existing high-end live companies. After the recent SSL Live distributor training event at our Hong Kong headquarters, we found that everyone is getting very positive feedback from prospective clients, especially with regards to sound quality and flexibility.”

“Stage Craft International has a long and proud track record in the professional light and sound industry and at broadcast studios, houses of worship and live venues across the Philippines,” says Shiela Petalio, senior sales manager for Stage Craft International. “We have continuously been closely associated with the leading brands in the world, and SSL is the best in this field. Our specialists have been trained by SSL in the operation and service of the Live desk, and we can’t wait to show it to our customers. There is already so much interest.”

“SSL Singapore has been part of the SSL network for some 25 years, and I was pleased to join them this year to help co-ordinate and market the SSL Live desk,” says Dominic Koh, sales and marketing manager, SSL Singapore. “I’ve spent my career in the live music industry both as an engineer and commercially, and I think that the SSL Live desk is stunning in sound and flexibility. We have already received many requests from across the region from people keen to try it for themselves. I’m looking forward to taking our demo system on the road in 2014.”

“China and South East Asia represent an important and growing market for Solid State Logic,” says Anthony Gofton, Sales Manager, Solid State Logic. “The live music scene in this region is vibrant and very healthy, and we look forward to being an increasingly important part of that. We are pleased to announce that we have a growing network of distributors for the Live desk throughout Asia, each with demo console(s) and trained personnel on site. We will host events across the region throughout 2014 and will be showing the console at many trade shows, seminars and concerts. This way, everyone will have the opportunity to see and hear the SSL Live console for themselves. Each distributor represents the best in professional audio products and services in their region, and I am pleased and proud to work closely with them.”

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Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast, live and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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DPA’s d:facto™ Vocal Microphone Wins New Fans

ran Healey, the lead singer of UK band Travis, and Marti Pellow, the lead singer of Wet Wet Wet, are the latest in the growing list of vocalists to switch to DPA’s d:facto Vocal Microphone. In both cases the artists made the change on the recommendation of their live sound engineer, Tom Wiggans.

“I have no problem recommending DPA’s new d:facto microphone because I’m so impressed with the results it has delivered for Fran and Marti – and for Dougie Payne, Travis’ bass player, who is also using one for his backing vocals,” Wiggans says. “Before I tried d:facto, I had tried quite a few new vocal microphones that made big promises, but always ended up going back to the microphone that people have been using for over 40 years. However, the d:facto’s clarity and ability to capture the true sound source without extraneous background noise has made a real difference to the way I work. I now have much more time to concentrate on other details because my vocal fader is just vocal, I don’t have to deal with anywhere near as much ambient mush bleeding into the mix.”

Tom Wiggans was introduced to the microphone by Rob Ramon, product manager for DPA’s UK distributor, Sound Network.

“Rob was at one of the gigs Travis played at the Roundhouse in London, and afterwards he came backstage and introduced himself,” Wiggans said. “I was already familiar with DPA having used the company’s overhead and instrument mics. When I heard about d:facto I was keen to try one, so Rob arranged a demo. I didn’t get a chance to try it until we were in Paris a few days later. Pablo Wheeler (Travis Monitor Engineer) and I were able to do an A/B comparison with it against the mic Fran usually used. It sounded amazing – so good that after the show I realised I was going to need better reverbs. The difference was really noticeable.”

After such a positive experience, Wiggans was happy to specify two d:facto Vocal Microphones for the rest of the Travis tour, which was taking in a number of South American cities.

“I had one for Fran and one for Dougie, both of whom were delighted with the way their vocals were sounding,” Wiggans says. “We then flew straight to some Scottish shows, and unfortunately all our equipment went astray so we had to borrow stuff for a couple of shows. Thankfully, our gear arrived for the last show, and as soon as the band walked on stage and spotted we had the mics back everyone was much happier. Missing something when you don’t have it is always a good indication of how good it is.”

After completing the Travis tour, Tom Wiggans took his d:facto vocal microphones straight out on the road again – only this time with Wet Wet Wet.

“My original plan was to have Marti try the mic in rehearsal so that we could see how he got on with it, but he was having none of that,” Wiggans says. “He wanted to try it straight away so Chris Trimby (Wets Monitor Engineer) just threw him on stage with it, blind. The d:facto sounded brilliant from the off and Marti was absolutely chuffed to bits. He liked the weight and feel of it in his hand. From a performance point of view he felt it was really well balanced.”

Tom Wiggans has also been using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture drums and brass. These were supplied by SSE Audio Group in the UK and used on the Travis tour.

“The minute we miked up Neil Primroses’ drums with the d:vote 4099, everyone was blown away,” Wiggans says. “People were coming up to me and asking what I’d done to make the drums sound so ‘real’. All the attack that you get with acoustic drums was there – it sounded like you were standing right next to them, only through a PA. They were just as good on Wet Wet Wet’s brass section, which tends to be quite loud. Once again there was no problem with feedback or rejection.”

Both Travis and Wet Wet Wet will be playing live in coming months – Travis is off to the Far East in March/April, while Wet Wet Wet has a number of racecourse gigs lines up for the summer. For Tom Wiggans and for the lead singers, the choice of microphone is now easy.

“It will be DPA’s d:facto without any doubt,” Wiggans says. “From now on, when it comes to vocal mics, it’s always going to be my first choice.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

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HARMAN Professional Delivers Superior Sound to Arbor Brewing Company India

BANGALORE, India – The craft beer and micro-brewing industry is a worldwide sensation that in recent years has found its way to Bangalore, the pub capital of India. The Arbor Brewing Company (ABC), a local brewpub and eatery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the inspiration for one of Bangalore’s largest and most popular brewpubs: ABC India. With the recent increase in pub-goers, ABC India’s sound system was in need of an upgrade to cover the multiple zones throughout its 12,000 square feet and support its future expansion plans. HARMAN Professional’s Application Engineering team specified a system consisting of HARMAN’s BSS Audio signal processing, JBL loudspeakers, and Crown amplifiers.

The HARMAN team carried out the entire design process, testing and commissioning of the project while India based System Integrator, Sigma Byte handled the installation which includes a BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-100 networkable signal processor with two BOB2’s for sixteen additional audio channels to create four stereo zones throughout the venue (outdoor area, tap room, bar and lounge, dining and cellar). A single BSS BLU-8v2 programmable zone controller was integrated in the AV Control room to control each of the four zones.

“As the crowd sizes increased, the existing system could not produce adequate SPL with intelligibility needed throughout the pub,” commented Sunil Karanjikar, Application Manager, HARMAN India. “Due to the crowd noise level and size of the venue, the pub was split into controllable zones. The zones were created with the help of the BSS BLU-100 and BOB2’s while a BLU 8v2 was installed to control the volume and source of each zone.”

The outdoor area was fitted with JBL Control 23 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers backed by SB-2 dual coil wall-mounted subwoofers and powered by a Crown XLi 3500 dual-channel amplifier. JBL Control 25AV loudspeakers cover the tap room, and are supplemented with SB-2 subs. HARMAN’s Application Engineering team designed the tap room zone with a Crown XLi 3500 amp and Soundcraft EPM6 audio mixing console for signal monitoring and the added ability to use the tap room for private dinners or parties with its own music source.

In the bar and lounge zone, the front system consists of JBL PRX615M powered loudspeakers, AC15 compact loudspeakers for center fill, as well as VRX918SP powered subwoofers. In addition, Sigma Byte deployed C29AV-1 loudspeakers and Control SB210 subwoofers powered by Crown XTi 6002 and 2002 amplifiers. The dining and cellar areas were outfitted with Control 25AV and C29AV-1 loudspeakers with Control SB-2 and Control SB210 subwoofers powered by an XTi 6002 amplifier.

“The system we had in place was unable to effectively cover the areas we needed it to,” commented Gaurav Sikka, CEO of Arbor Brewing Company India. “With the new HARMAN system customers are afforded the luxury of crystal-clear sound while still enjoying conversation with their friends and family. It’s truly a luxury because rarely do pubs have the ability to offer great conversation and great sound at the same time.”

“Arbor Brewing Company India’s management team requested a high-quality, high-performance system and we are proud to help further their endeavor in India,” commented Prashant Govindan, Director, India Operations HARMAN Professional. “An installation of this size consisting entirely of HARMAN components is a testament to our commitment to offering full-service solutions for the needs of any venue.”

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

North St. Paul Community Center Offers Even More with Hitachi Projectors

North St. Paul, Minnesota, February 21, 2014 – The North St. Paul Community Center in Minnesota, which features a gymnasium, running track, and public library, can certainly be described as multi-purpose. But it’s the community center’s Fireside Room that, through a recent installation of Hitachi projectors, demonstrates the community center’s flexible use of media.

The Fireside Room accommodates 100 guests for any kind of meal, function or gathering. Divided by a center accordion wall that can be left open or closed to form two separate rooms, John Rudie of Provision Media Inc., was tasked with finding a solution that would maximize the versatile space’s entertainment potential.

“They wanted as big of a display screen as possible,” said Mr. Rudie. “But the folding wall presented the real challenge. We ended up installing two separate Hitachi CP-X5021N projectors firing from opposite walls that can be used to project the same image if the need arises.”

The Hitachi CP-X5021N 3LCD projectors feature XGA 1024 x 768 resolution and offer 5,000 ANSI lumens brightness.

“The Fireside Room had one west-facing wall nearly covered in windows,” said Mr. Rudie. “Knowing that these projectors will see a lot of use in the evening, the 5,000 ANSI lumens brightness was enough to counteract all that ambient light.”

The CP-X5021N projectors are regulated by Kramer control panels that make operation simple and intuitive for staff and guests alike.

“So much goes into every installation these days that it’s easy to forget about the core components,” said Mr. Rudie. “Hitachi projectors are the core component of every one of our installations. We’ve never been more satisfied with a projector and based on our feedback, neither have our customers.”

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Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional LSR6300 Series Studio Monitors and VERTEC® Line Arrays Support the Music Industry’s Best at the 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

Photo Caption (Left to Right): Hank Neuberger, GRAMMY Awards Telecast Sound Supervisor; Bryan Bradley, Vice President, General Manager, JBL Professional; Michael Abbott, GRAMMY Awards Audio Director

LOS ANGELES, California – HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers were once again put to use at Sunday’s 56th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, with JBL VERTEC® line arrays comprising the live sound reinforcement system at the STAPLES Center and a JBL LSR6300 Series 5.1 surround sound studio monitor system used in the Television Committee Room.

The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, known as Music’s Biggest Night®, is presented by The Recording Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. The GRAMMY Awards were broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network. More 28.5 million viewers watched this year’s Awards telecast.
This year’s Awards were hosted by LL Cool J and featured performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Madonna, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Bruno Mars, Katy Perry and more. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis earned Best New Artist, Lorde won Song of the Year for “Royals,” while Daft Punk won Album of the Year for Get Lucky, plus two other GRAMMY Awards.

In addition, HARMAN’s Lexicon earned a Technical GRAMMY Award, which is presented to individuals and companies that have made contributions of outstanding technical significance to the recording field.

ATK Audiotek provided the main PA system for the Awards ceremony, which featured four arrays each containing 12 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements, plus two arrays of six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers each. An additional 12 VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers were used for front fill.

The STAPLES Center also features a permanent JBL VERTEC line array system, which ATK Audiotek also utilized. The STAPLES Center system features eight arrays each containing between 11 and 13 JBL VT4889DP-DA powered line array elements, plus two fill clusters each containing four VT4889DP-DA elements, which are specially positioned to cover the end seating areas. The system also features four subwoofer arrays, each containing six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

In the Television Committee Room, Michael Abbott, Audio Director for the GRAMMY Awards, along with Recording Academy executives, relied on five JBL LSR6328P studio monitors and two LSR6312SP subwoofers to listen to the mix of the show in real time. “Attention to detail is always essential for the GRAMMY telecasts, and this year’s Awards were no different,” Abbott said. “Thanks to the LSR6300’s accuracy and RMC Technology, we were able to hear every nuance of the performances, and the 6300’s gave us exactly what we needed.”

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Rose.Rabbit.Lie. Establishes a New Paradigm in Las Vegas With Clay Paky Lighting

Described as a venue that blurs the lines between restaurant, bar, club and show, Rose.Rabbit.Lie. at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the city’s most talked about new “social club.” Clay Paky lighting plays a key role in the unique venue, which represents a partnership of The Cosmopolitan, Coastal Luxury Management (food and beverages) and Spiegelworld (entertainment).

Guests at Rose.Rabbit.Lie. can dine on a small-plate menu in the library area, have drinks at the bar and in the study, and catch the “Vegas Nocturne” ticketed show that plays three times throughout the night; the theater transforms into a club following the last show and performers turn up everywhere to entertain guests. Walls move up and down to reconfigure the space, and guests move from room to room as they choreograph their evening and enjoy a customized experience.

Justin Spangler and PSX Audiovisual Technologies in Covington, Louisiana, supplied the Clay Paky fixtures and were also the integrator on the project.

Lighting designer Nick Whitehouse came on board at Rose.Rabbit.Lie. at the behest of Spiegelworld. He was tasked with creating theatrical lighting schemes for all nine rooms to enable every bit of the venue to act as a performance space.

“It was a large-scale project, the idea being that theatrical elements play around the whole venue,” says Whitehouse. “So we really had to design the lighting to make performance possible anywhere – and have the performers lit properly anywhere. I needed to design a rig that could cope with anything without being just everywhere.”

One of the biggest challenges was trim height since the overall trim of the venue was about 15 feet and some of the performers are high-wire and aerial acts, which come close to the lighting rig. “Many of these acts need to have consistent and very specific lighting for safety reasons, so I had to design a rig with proper lighting, safety and limited trim height in mind,” Whitehouse says.

“I also had to be able to have up to three acts going on at the same time in different rooms and, since the show is constantly changing, make the rig adaptable to fast changes that happen pretty much all the time.”

Whitehouse chose Clay Paky Alpha Spot QWO 800s as the spot fixtures throughout the venue. “They do the majority of work in the space. They light all the performances and provide the main key lighting,” he explains. “Because the space is essentially in the round and performers use every part of the rooms, the fact that we had a fully-automated rig meant that we could reduce the number of fixtures as they could all do multiple jobs. The QWO 800 spots have amazing optics, high brightness and, most importantly, small size and weight. We use 64 throughout the space with the main concentration in the theater where the main show and nightclub are centered.”

Whitehouse also selected 53 Clay Paky Sharpy Wash 330s as the main theatrical wash in the theater; he likes the fixture’s size, speed and variable zoom and frost features. “The spots and washes provide some great effects lighting as needed for the more up-tempo numbers with some really nice looking gobo and beam looks from the spots,” he says. “They immediately transition into effects lighting for the nightclub, which opens after the 12 am show finishes.”

Whitehouse had previously auditioned the QWO 800s for another project and has used the Sharpy Washes extensively. “I knew what they were capable of and that they would be perfect for this venue,” he says. “I looked at other fixtures in the same size and power range but felt that none had the same quality of light.”

He reports that the lights “work great – they’re very reliable despite being pushed hard for 14 to 16 hours a day. They’re doing everything I asked of them in the programming I did. I’m very happy with them.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “This is a great application for our lights and we’re proud that Mr. Whitehouse has again chosen us to support his creative efforts. The space is amazing!”

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

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