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A.C.T Lighting becomes the exclusive distributor for Robert Juliat lighting solutions in the US

Robert Juliat and A.C.T Lighting have entered into a strategic agreement for A.C.T Lighting to become the exclusive distributor for all Robert Juliat products in the US.

The RJ USA Wallingford office will remain operational through the end of the year, but A.C.T Lighting will manage all sales and customer service issues going forward. RJ USA’s Fred Lindauer and Pete Engel will join the A.C.T Lighting sales group and the entire team will work together to provide a smooth and seamless transition.

Founded in 1993, A.C.T Lighting is the leading distributor of entertainment lighting equipment used in the concert touring, theatrical, and architectural industries.

“We are very proud to add Robert Juliat lighting products to A.C.T roster,” says A.C.T Lighting Chairman Bob Gordon. “Robert Juliat has long been a leader in the field and has established an excellent reputation for top-quality lighting fixtures based around superb optics and ergonomic design.” Robert Juliat is approaching its centenary: It was founded in 1919 and is still 100 percent family owned.

“We feel this agreement is a logical way to provide a future growth for Robert Juliat in the US. A.C.T Lighting is well positioned in the American market to bring added value for both the customers and Robert Juliat,” explains Robert Juliat’s Managing Director, François Juliat.

Contact sales@actlighting.com for further information.

Information on all Robert Juliat lighting products can be found at www.robertjuliat.com

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Dobbs Stanford Wins Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products presented Dobbs Stanford Corporation with the Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award at the sales meeting prior to InfoComm 2014.

Based in Dallas, TX, Dobbs Stanford represents Middle Atlantic for the Commercial AV Market in Texas (except El Paso), Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Asked to comment on the award, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Manager John Stenzel said, “Dobbs Stanford did great job with incredible growth last year, not just in Texas, but all of their territory. Their knowledgeable and seasoned staff has the long-term relationships, technical expertise and product knowledge that drives sales, especially for our corporate meeting room solutions and power products.”

Photo caption (left to right): Dan Tarkoff, Middle Atlantic; David Shauberger, Stan Thomas, Pete Blair, Terry Rountree, Fred Dobbs, Joe Piland, Darrell Clingman and Jacob McDaniels, Dobbs Stanford; John Stenzel, Bill Poling Middle Atlantic

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Technotrix and Martin Audio Cover Musical Graduation Ceremonies

Chicago, IL––Because Columbia College Chicago specializes in arts and media, their commencement exercises in the Chicago Theatre and the outdoor arts festival showcase preceding it are characterized by a wide variety of musical styles, ensembles and performances.

This is the 16th year Technotrix of Calumet City, IL has provided audio, stage and lighting for the graduation festivities, depending on Martin Audio to reproduce the music with the accuracy, audio quality and even coverage demanded by the different events.

Held the day before commencement, the Manifest Urban Arts Festival is a showcase for all graduating students on three stages at various locations near the campus in the downtown Chicago Loop.

The outdoor stages feature jazz orchestras, rock bands, performance arts groups, musical theater, stage combat and more. Each has a Martin Audio PA system run by students who function as FOH and Monitors engineers and stage technicians.

Set up under a tent, the main stage had 5 Martin Audio W8LC enclosures a side with 12 ground-stacked WSX subs; 3 W8C, 2 WS218X and 1 WS18X for side fill and 10 LE12JB stage monitors. Stage 2, also under in a tent, used 2 W8C and 2 WSX subs a side with 6 LE12JB stage monitors. The smallest stage was set up in an outdoor garden area with 2 Martin Audio WT3, 2 WS218X subs and 4 LE12JB stage wedges to keep quality high.

Asked about the results, Technotrix’s Kevin Kiefer said, “We’ve been doing the Manifest event for a number of years with a formula that just keeps getting bigger and more complex over the years as they add more bands, musicians and different types of music. The College is very happy with the sound we provide using our Martin Audio system. In fact, they said this year was the best it’s ever been. We just try to raise the bar every time out.”

The graduation ceremony takes place the next day in the historic 3600-seat capacity Chicago Theatre. Featuring two small stages stacked one on top of the other stage left and right with different ensembles, and a 25-piece jazz orchestra and 20-piece gospel choir set up in the pit, coordinating and reproducing all of the music is challenging, to say the least.

“We were up to just over 100 channels of audio this year with the jazz ensembles, commencement choir and all of the small stages,” Kevin explains. “We’d have singers and a horn section on the upper level and keyboards and rhythm section on the lower level, and they all do a variety of different numbers – a constant challenge in terms of the onstage sound. Fortunately, we had a Martin Audio monitor system to help us stay on top of the mix.

Concluding, Kevin adds “We’ve been using Martin Audio for a long time because it differentiates us from our competitors. Martin Audio speakers have a unique voice that allows us to achieve a better end result in terms of audio quality and coverage. Their speakers are accurate and consistent, which is important for events like the commencement and festival where there are so many different types of bands ranging through every type of program material. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve been doing this for 16 years.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

White Mark Designs A New Foley Studio At Moscow’s CineLab

Studio design consultancy White Mark Ltd played an important role in creating a new Foley studio for Russia’s state of the art film sound facility CineLab Ltd. Unashamedly designed to be the best in the world, CineLab’s Foley studio is already attracting projects from both local and international clients.

Based in Moscow and housed in a completely renovated former cold store building on the banks of the Moskva River, CineLab already has 14 studios including three dubbing theatres, a 5.1 mixing room for pre-mixes and TV/DVD work, multiple edit and pre-production suites and sound design rooms. Three of CineLab’s dubbing theatres have Dolby Premier Licenses, and one of these was recently upgraded by White Mark to Dolby Atmos 3D spec.

The facility’s new Foley studio was designed to cater for two very distinctive approaches to Foley recording, says CineLab’s Managing Director Vadim Nerukov.

“Some Foley artists want to close mic everything and then add effects, compression, reverb, etc. afterwards in the control room,” he explains. “Others prefer a more ‘naturalistic’ approach where they use the space and air in the room and real reflections from the walls. In our opinion neither approach is the best – they are simply different. We wanted a room that could cope with both.”

To achieve this result, White Mark worked closely with internationally acclaimed and award-winning Foley artist and sound designer Nicolas Becker, whose credits include Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The Ninth Gate, The Pianist, Oliver Twist, The Ghost and Venus In Furs, all directed by Roman Polanski.

White Mark’s managing director, David Bell says: “We designed and built the room from scratch, including every conceivable kind of indoor and outdoor surface. We also incorporated motorized ceiling panels and wall curtains that can be used to modify the room acoustics, and a special floor mounted on acoustic pads that can be tuned to different frequencies by tightening or loosening screws.

Bell adds that White Mark obviously included a conventional control room in its design but after speaking to Becker and watching him work, the company also positioned an additional mixing and recording area in the centre of the live room with a line of sight into each of the studio’s four working zones.

“This dedicated space allows the artists like Nicolas who prefer to work naturally to move around the studio and create sounds to the picture in real time,” David Bell says. “The picture is projected onto screens and the engineer working with him has five microphone positions at his disposal and can literally mix live, building up each scene, sound by sound.”

White Mark installed a 5.1 surround sound system in the Control Room, while the live room, which has four screens in different positions, has a theatrical-style loudspeaker system (Left-centre-Right) behind the main screen. This allows the Foley artist to work to picture and hear exactly what a cinema audience will ultimately hear.

Naturally the studio is filled with props and devices to create new sounds – and there is a dedicated large storage room with a car access dock so that bigger props can be brought in.

“This is, without doubt, the most impressive Foley room I’ve ever seen – and certainly the most impressive we’ve ever built,” David Bell adds. “Of course, having carte blanche to create something special did help – as did the fact that CineLab was effectively built from the ground up so we could incorporate features like the very thick cast concrete floor, incorporating deep pits and water pools of different depths, and the loading dock very early on in the design process.”

Vadim Nerukov says that completing CineLab’s Foley studio involved the most innovation in terms of ideas, design and workflow.

“As our design partner, White Mark has achieved great results with all of the rooms in the facility,” Nerukov says. “In our view they are the best acoustic design company on the market and we’re thrilled with the Foley room – it is quite simply magnificent.”

Recent projects undertaken at CineLab include the mix for the feature film Stalingrad, carried out by Vincent Arnardi, and the mix for Viy, carried out by four times Oscar winning sound engineer Bob Beemer. CineLab has also recently completed the Russian dub of The Amazing Spiderman 2, one of the first projects to take place in its newly accredited Dolby Atmos theatre.

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About White Mark:

Established in 1997 by David Bell, John Dunnill, Derek Buckingham and Alan Cundell, White Mark Ltd specialises in production facilities for music recording and the film and television industries. Over the last fifteen years it has designed and supervised the construction of over 500 production suites worldwide. The company’s impressive client list encompasses some of the world’s most famous music recording facilities including Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in the UK, Germano Studios in New York, Hit Factory/Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Strongroom in London and private studios for producers and musicians such as William Orbit and Damon Albarn. In the area of audio post production, White Mark has completed over 140 audio studios and many broadcast and video editing facilities for more than 60 companies in Soho alone. The list of clients includes Grand Central, Hackenbacker, Envy, De Lane Lea, Scramble, Lipsync, Molinare, DeLuxe, 750mph, NBC/Universal, Wave, Unit and Boom. Advertising agency clients include worldwide facilities for Hogarth International and AMV/BBDO on four continents.
www.whitemark.com

CCF Church — Massive Sound for a Massive Hall

Manila, Phillipines – July 2014…. Founded in the early 1980s, CCF (Christ’s Commission Fellowship) has grown from a 40-member evangelistic bible study group to become one of the world’s mega-churches, with membership in the tens of thousands and numerous satellites across the globe. Over the years, the church has moved several times as its numbers have outgrown its seating capacity, and in May of 2013, CCF opened the doors to its new world headquarters. CCF Worship and Training Center’s 750,000 square foot building is home to the church’s offices and school, a youth and sports center, a 10,000-seat chapel, and a 2,000-seat overflow hall.

Audio for the massive space was designed in part by Vance Breshears of the San Diego, CA offices of Acoustic Dimensions, and installed by Manila-based Joint Venture Sound, Light, and Entertainment Concepts. The main system comprises 36 Renkus-Heinz STLA/9R line array loudspeakers. Front fill is provided by 40 Sygma Series SG81-2R compact 8-inch two-way loudspeakers, with 12 DR18-2R dual 18-inch subwoofers covering low frequency reinforcement.

The smaller (relatively speaking) 2,000-seat overflow hall is covered by a system of 16 CF101LA-52R compact modular point source line array speakers, with 26 more SG81-2R cabinets covering front fill. Four DR18-2R subs handle the bottom end in the room. Renkus-Heinz Senior VP Ralph Heinz and engineer KK Tan assisted with commissioning the system.

“The new CCF church headquarters is a breathtakingly beautiful architectural space, and Renkus-Heinz is proud to have been selected to provide the sound for their new, state-of-the-art chapels,” remarked Ralph Heinz.

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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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