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Robert Juliat Victor Followspots Come to the “Cabaret” at Studio 54

A pair of Robert Juliat Victor followspots with DMX dimming has been installed at Studio 54 in Manhattan where the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Cabaret” is packing the house. Tony Award-winner Alan Cumming reprises his role in “Cabaret,” which also stars multi-Oscar nominee Michelle Williams who is making her Broadway debut.

“I was very familiar with Juliat fixtures from working in Europe,” says Mike Baldassari, co-lighting designer for “Cabaret” with Peggy Eisenhauer. “The Victor followspot was in the exact neighborhood of what we needed at 1800 watts. We did a shoot out with some other followspots to test not only for brightness but also for noise level. The shoot out was facilitated by electrician John Wooding; Ron Fogel of Fogel Associates and Fred Lindauer of Robert Juliat provided the Victors for us to test.”

Baldassari points out that Studio 54 was originally built as the Gallo Opera House in 1927 so its acoustics reflect its heritage. “The way the dome is constructed projects all sounds like a microphone. The two followspots were off to the sides on custom-built platforms, exposed and in the house. So how much noise they made was a critical issue for us. Sound is not always a consideration, but in this case it was paramount.”

During the shoot out the Victor followspots scored points for their quiet operation and for having the smoothest field of the fixtures tested.

The use of the DMX douser control provided with the Victor followspots allowed the intensity of the fixtures to be controlled from the lighting console which was a “huge feature for us,” Baldassari says. “Because of the side spots being 45˚ off of center from each other, it was very difficult for the operators to judge their relative intensity against each other. By using the DMX dousers, we could set the level to exactly what we wanted, which would be 100% repeatable, and the operators only had to worry about finessing their pickups and irises.” After acquiring the Victors Baldassari and Eisenhauer added scrollers in front of the units which are also controlled from the lighting console.

The Victor followspots’ “set up is really perfect for what we need for ‘Cabaret,’” he declares. “They’re a really great light. We knew they would be spot on – no pun intended!”

Eric Yaple was the sales person at dealer PRG. Steve Beers is the technical director at Roundabout Theatre Company.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, family-run, company dedicated to the manufacture of quality lighting equipment for entertainment and architectural applications. Robert Juliat lights are installed worldwide in venues as diverse as The Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, Caesar’s Palace and other showrooms in Las Vegas, the Royal Opera House in London, the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Hong Kong Academy School. Robert Juliat lights are used on major tours and events such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, the South African Music Awards 2013 and the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

R&D, production, and company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, CT. For more information visit www.robertjuliat.com

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Sound Devices Introduces Video Devices

REEDSBURG, WI – Sound Devices, specialists in audio and video production equipment, presents Video Devices, a new brand and identity for its line of video products.

“To reinforce and clarify our audio and video product lines, Sound Devices is focusing its video product efforts into a new brand identity, Video Devices. This new and separate brand will allow us to clearly define and tailor our video product portfolio specifically to video applications and markets,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “While production sound equipment is our foundation and we continue to develop cool new audio gear, video production has become increasingly important for us. The Video Devices brand is a clear message to the industry that we are in this market for the long haul.” more

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Electrosonic Provides AV Design and Systems to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts Now Open in Beverly Hills

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (now known as The Wallis) has opened in Beverly Hills with audio-visual design and installation from Electrosonic for its public spaces and theaters. The Wallis, designed by SPF:architects, is the first performing arts center to be built in Beverly Hills.

The Center houses two performance spaces: the showpiece blackbox-style Lovelace Studio Theater, which has been re-imagined in the historic 1933 Italianate Beverly Hills Post Office, and the main stage Bram Goldsmith Theater, which makes its home in a brand new building. An education wing marks the Center’s commitment to bringing theater to young people.

Electrosonic’s Design Consulting team first came on board with the project in 2008 and provided design services for both theaters and their supporting dressing rooms, green room, workshops and control rooms.

The 500-seat Bram Goldsmith Theater will be used for theater, dance and music. Its first season productions include “Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter,” “Maurice Hines is Tappin’ Thru Life,” Martha Graham Dance Company, Rueibin Chen, Sundance Institute’s ComposersLab and a symphonic presentation of “The Trumpet of the Swan.” The Goldsmith theater has a traditional proscenium stage and full fly system, and features a top-of-the-line L-ACOUSTICS ARCS Wide/Focus line source array. Electrosonic design consultant Steve Coe initially specified another audio system from L-ACOUSTICS, but as construction progressed, the manufacturer introduced the new ARCS system that proved to be even better suited to the space.

“The client didn’t want to see any speakers in the theater; the speakers needed to be hidden in recesses and architecturally integrated with the space,” Coe explains. “So when L-ACOUSTICS unveiled its ARCS Wide/Focus system, we thought its smaller size would work to our benefit from an integration point of view. It’s very unobtrusive and has a subtle warmth that’s ideal for a theatrical environment.”

The main cluster of speakers is a four box Wide/Focus array that flies out on a motorized winch, which disappears completely above the ceiling reflector when not being used. An orchestra shell can be put in place for orchestral performances. Two 12XT speakers flank the proscenium; fourteen 8XTi speakers are recessed into the side walls for surround sound and fill. Four 5XT speakers provide surround sound for the upper balcony and the system low end is reinforced by four SB18i subwoofers.

“The ARCS system is probably the best we could have installed,” says Electrosonic project manager Dan Laspa. “This new speaker line is small and perfect for the space. The performers who appeared at the opening gala commented on how good the system sounded.”

A Yamaha PM5D portable digital mixing desk serves both theaters. It was chosen for its popularity among theatrical professionals who will be immediately familiar with its use.

Electrosonic also furnished Clearcom wired and wireless intercom systems and a QSC Q-Sys DSP system for the entire Center with ceiling-mounted speakers in the lobby, back of house, dressing rooms, all tech rooms and shops.

The blackbox-style Lovelace Studio Theater is a multi-purpose, flexible performance space with a flat floor and retractable seating for 150. It will host public performances and children’s programming, and serve as the heart of the theater school for young people. The children’s production “Jason and the Argonauts” and “White” recently finished their runs.

“Since the Lovelace is a completely flexible space, there is little permanent equipment installed there,” says Coe. A control booth has a small Yamaha LS9-16 digital console and AV connector panels are found in the lighting grid and on the side walls; QSC speakers and subwoofers can hang on the grid or stand on the floor.

Electrosonic also designed audio and video signal distribution for the two theaters, including a custom 96-way Whirlwind microphone channel splitter, with Jensen transformers, to permit the greatest flexibility in configuring productions. Digital audio and video tie lines connect the Bram Goldsmith Theater and Lovelace Studio Theater. The company will supply monitors, speakers and source racks for the Center’s education wing and rehearsal spaces, which are still under construction.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, 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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Wuhu Shimao Riviera Garden Theatre Gets the Renkus-Heinz Treatment

Wuhu City, Anhui Province, China – June 2014…Covering nearly 11 km (7 mi) along the Southeast bank of the Yangtze River, the Wuhu Shimao Riviera Garden has added a new landmark to the city’s skyline. The project combines luxury residential buildings, an international five-star hotel complex, and a host of other amenities including the new Riverside Cultural Square Cultural Arts Center.

The Cultural Arts Center’s crown jewel is the Riviera Garden Theatre, a 1200-seat auditorium that includes a main floor and balcony, as well as 64 luxury seats in the balcony VIP area and a convertible orchestra pit. Created by the Zhejiang Institute of Architectural Design, the multi-purpose venue boasts a wide and varied range of performances and programs, from opera and theater to spoken word and cinema.

With a high-profile and a diverse agenda, the sound system design for the venue needed to encompass both exquisite performance and versatility. Consulting firm Institute of Acoustics of Tongii University worked with the Shanghai branch of contractors Beijing Sebang Huayi Stage Technology Co., Ltd, to create a system based around Renkus-Heinz PNX and STX Series loudspeakers.

The main system is comprised of left, right, and center clusters of three PNX151T loudspeakers covering medium and long throw, with STX7 cabinets handling left and right house coverage. Low frequency reinforcement is provided by a pair of DRS18-2B direct radiating subwoofers. Onstage monitoring is courtesy of four TRX121T two-way complex conic systems. A Yamaha M7CL 48-channel digital console is installed at Front of House. The system is powered by QSC amplification, with a pair of Biamp processors handling system processing.

CAH/Tico of Hong Kong and Beijing provided the equipment for the project. As CAH’s JY Hui explains, the project presented a few challenges. “The theater’s design did not create the most perfect acoustical environment,” says Hui. “Fortunately, we were able to work with the consultants to create EASE predictions and determine the optimal system design well in advance. We also encountered some logistical problems, because the architects did not reserve enough space to install the speakers. Of course, this added to the challenge.”

Since the theater’s opening, Hui reports that the system has received high praise from staff and audience alike. “The client has exceptionally high standards, which makes us even more pleased with the results of the system,” he says. “We felt confident that the Renkus-Heinz technology was a great fit for this application, and we are proud to say it has met and even exceeded our expectations.”

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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Tech Works Keeps Things Running Smoothly at Intermountain Dixie Med’s River Road Clinics

St George, UT- June 2014… As anyone who’s ever spent any time at a busy outpatient clinic knows, things can get a bit chaotic. With dozens, if not hundreds of patients being seen to on any given day, communications between staff and physicians can easily get sidetracked.

Dixie Medical Center’s River Road Campus is just such a busy facility, with several independent clinics handling everything from Urgent Care and Family Practice to Radiology, Internal Medicine, and Lab Work. The clinics recently underwent an expansion and renovation project, installing not only new medical equipment, but a new Light Call communications system from Yorba Linda, CA-based Tech Works. As Dennis Savage of Marshall Industries in Salt Lake City, the company behind the design and installation of the systems, explains, the Light Call system is a simple yet highly effective means of streamlining communication within the clinical environment.

“Even though this is a typical multi-physician facility, the communications system is a bit different in a lot of respects,” says Savage. “It’s far more efficient, and more direct, and that makes a tremendous difference.”

The system itself is fairly simple in its operation. When a patient is assigned a room, the intake staff brings the patient and their chart to an examining room. They push a button on a station, which illuminates a light and sounds a tone in one of the doctors’ offices. The lights and buttons are color-coded, letting the staff of that particular physician know they are needed.

“One of the major differences between the Tech Works system and others we’ve tried is that most other systems rely on verbal notifications,” says Savage. “If you rely on voice communication, there’s always a chance that person will not hear the room number clearly, or that they’ll be called away for something else and overlook it, or that the person trying to relay the message won’t find them. The nice thing about the Tech Works system is that the light remains live until someone deactivates it. It’s essentially a fail-safe.”

The system was also chosen for its flexibility, adds Savage. “Because we have several clinics, each with its own diverse set of requirements, it was significant that we were able to essentially configure one basic system to do four completely different things for us. In our Radiology clinic, for example, we added another four-button switch, giving staff the capability to call for different techs, to call for a chart, an x-ray, or a number of other things. In our Urgent Care facility, we added emergency call buttons in each room. We’ve been able to essentially customize the system to create four completely different systems.”

The River Road Clinic continues to be one of the area’s busiest, and remains one of the best in patient satisfaction, thanks in no small part to great communication between doctors, staff, and patients. “Everybody involved in the care chain is informed and updated about any patient’s status, in any room, at any given time,” says Savage. “The Tech Works system has really helped the staff provide the high quality of care they’re known for.”

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Tech Works is a US-based manufacturer of high-quality, highly specialized communications systems for the healthcare, security, corrections, and education industries. Based in Yorba Linda, California, Tech Works was founded in 1984 with the goal of creating powerful communications solutions for the most demanding environments. Our products are designed to meet the unique challenges of our customers, in applications where clear communication can be critical.

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