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Lights, Power and Broadcast Support on Display at SET Expo 2014

Anton/Bauer, Autoscript, Litepanels and Sachtler to Showcase Latest Wares

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – Autoscript, Anton/Bauer, Litepanels and Sachtler – brands of the Vitec Group – will be showcasing their latest production support gear at SET Expo 2014 at booth # D01. The tradeshow and conference is presented by the Brazilian Society of Television Engineers (SET) and focuses on broadcast and new media technology. The expo runs August 25-27 at the Expo Center North here in Sao Paulo.

SET is the technical association of professionals and companies focusing on disseminating, expanding, studying and improving all technical, scientific and operational knowledge in television, telecom, radio, internet and new media sectors of the industry. It is one of the largest broadcast events for Latin America.

The Vitec booth will include:

* Anton/Bauer(r)’s V-Mount Digital Battery Series will be on display. The company’s revolutionary Digital Battery Series is the first battery line designed specifically to power digital productions and deliver a new level in safety. Their innovative design features a “double skinned” architecture where the cells are individually contained in an impact-resistant and flame-retardant plastic honeycomb, with a 2mm air gap between them, ensuring no cells touch and air can circulate to keep the pack cool. This entire cell pack is “suspended” within the stylish impact resistant outer case, maintaining a 5mm air gap around it to prevent crushing and accidental penetration of the cells themselves by a sharp object. Additional safety features include thermal sensors that continually monitor the battery, and if a rise in temperature is detected a switch is opened to prevent further charge or discharge. Similarly the charge and discharge currents are continually monitored and if too much current is flowing, the battery switches off.

The new battery series, also available with Gold Mount(r) connectors, meets the unique needs of 4K camera set-ups and other digital cameras in use today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. With the introduction of a V-Mount option to the Digital Battery Series, Anton/Bauer’s best of breed batteries will now be available for use with any camera, accessories, lights, monitors, and recorders, among other equipment, and includes three battery sizes (90 Wh, 150 Wh and 190 Wh).

* Autoscript will demonstrate their EPIC 17, the world’s first fully integrated prompting and on-air system. It features the brightest 17″ LED prompting screen combined with an integrated 17″ full HD-SDI on-air monitor that bring flexibility and versatility to studio operations. The system negates the need for extra mounting brackets and therefore ensures that camera operators can make use of the full camera tilt range. The system is also power efficient, using 20% less power than other solutions and weighing 3kg less. Other features include long lifetime of the prompting screen – more than 70,000 hours – and simplified cable management with just one cable for both prompter and monitor.

Autoscript will also exhibit their WinPlus Remote solution, an iOS-based teleprompting system that delivers up-to-date scripts to users in the field, anywhere in the world. The technology is also suited to remote news bureaus and smaller newsroom operations. When WinPlus Remote is installed on a networked PC in the production facility, the latest version of the script can be seen by journalists on location, as well as in the studio. The software enables the script to be automatically uploaded to an FTP site where it can be downloaded onto an iPad by talent in the field and kept constantly updated. WinPlus Remote works in conjunction with picoPrompt, a popular teleprompting iOS app, and is supplied with a hand control for scrolling on mobile devices.

* Litepanels will showcase the ASTRA 1×1 Bi-Color panel. Building on the legacy of their original 1×1 fixture, the ASTRA sets a new standard for the form and function of professional LED panels. With a one-square-foot form factor, the ASTRA 1×1 offers a light output up to four times brighter than the company’s original 1×1 Bi-Color fixture, high CRI (color rendering index), and user selectable active or passive cooling modes. The ASTRA 1×1′s are also designed with select premium quality surface mount LEDs that are paired with custom designed TIR (total internal reflection) optics. The innovative daylight-to-tungsten tunable color model is the first in the company’s new ASTRA line of panels, with additional fixtures in the series set to debut later this year. The line’s development was years in the making, and every element in the ergonomic, modular design was meticulously crafted. Litepanels drew from its wealth of experience building professional LED fixtures and accessed the feedback received from their extensive customer base to produce an LED fixture that is both innovative and affordable.

* Sachtler will display their Ace Accessories, a new range of premium camera support gear, which includes the Ace Base Plate, Ace Follow Focus and Ace Matte Box. The accessories can be bought individually or as a package.

Sachtler also will showcase its Ace Shoulder Rig, comprised of a shoulder mount that offers a solid point of contact and support for secure and smooth off-tripod shooting, and hand grips that can be fitted on a universal mount. Mounted on a fluid head, the Ace Shoulder Rig also can be used as double pan bars.

Sachtler’s SPEEDLEVEL Clamp incorporates the company’s SPEEDLEVEL technology, making levelling the head faster and more convenient. The innovative product is ideal for those broadcast applications where there is a need to frequently level the head when changing location. The new SPEEDLEVEL Clamp is the ultimate partner for Sachtler’s 100mm range fluid head, enhancing the functionality and performance and making the levelling process even simpler and quicker.

The Vitec Group brands are technology leaders in the broadcasting, pro-video and cinematography sectors of the industry. They are characterized by innovation, reliability and long-term cost savings, with the highest levels of customer support. For further information, visit their booth at SET Expo.

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Early Registration for GameSoundCon Conference Ends Soon

Register for the 10th Conference on Video Game Music and Sound Design in Los Angeles by September 1 at early bird discounted price

Seattle, WA (August 14, 2014) GameSoundCon 2014, the leading conference on video game music and sound design, has announced early bird discounts on all registrations until September 1, 2014. The organization’s 10th conference will be held October 7-8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles and feature two days of sessions, panel discussions and hands-on workshops from over twenty of the game industry’s leading composers, sound designers and audio directors.

“The video game industry has been changing rapidly,” said Brian Schmidt, Executive Director of GameSoundCon. “New consoles have been launched, casual and social games have exploded onto the scene. We’ve put together speakers and sessions this year that reflect the changing challenges of working in videogames for both aspiring and professional composers and sound designers. GameSoundCon continues to be the premier audio event for people who want to understand the creative, technical and business challenges of working in sound for games.”

GameSoundCon comprises four concurrent session tracks. Game Audio Essentials features presentations and panels on essential topics in game audio, specifically designed for professional composers and sound designers who want to expand into games. Game Audio Pro features talks and roundtables for seasoned game audio professionals, while separate sessions providing Hands-on FMOD Studio training and Hands-on WWise training allow attendees to bring their laptops and receive training on creating interactive music and sound effects using the industry’s leading game audio design tools.

This year’s featured keynote speaker will be Marty O’Donnell, creator of perhaps the most iconic game soundtrack of the recent era with his work on HALO. O’Donnell, formerly audio director at Bungie, now with his own studio, will talk about stimulating creativity, the video game business, and what it was like to collaborate with Sir Paul McCartney on the upcoming game Destiny.

GameSoundCon 2014 Los Angeles will be held on October 7-8 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

For a complete list of speakers, sessions and more information or to register for GameSoundCon, visit www.GameSoundCon.com.

About SoundCon LLC
SoundCon LLC is dedicated to education on the art, technology and business of composing for video games and video game sound design. With award-winning speakers and panelists from throughout the game and traditional audio industries, GameSoundCon is the leading music and sound conference specifically for the professional audio community. GameSoundCon creator and speaker Brian Schmidt received the Game Audio Network Guild’s 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a 27 year veteran in the game audio industry, having composed award-winning game music and created sound effects for over 130 interactive games.

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Nexidia Releases Dialogue Search v1.6 With New-Third Party Integrations

ATLANTA — Aug. 12, 2014 – Nexidia, a leading developer of dialogue and audio analysis products and technologies, today announced version 1.6 of Nexidia Dialogue Search, the company’s solution that searches for any spoken word or phrase across massive media libraries in seconds. With Dialogue Search v1.6, Nexidia has expanded its third-party integrations for the Dalet Galaxy and Squarebox Systems CatDV media asset management (MAM) systems, making them even more valuable and flexible for media operations of any size. In addition, Vizrt and IPV have now integrated dialog search capabilities into their respective MAM applications using the Dialogue Search API.

“We designed Dialogue Search to be an indispensable tool for any media-centric organization needing to find any clip among thousands — or even hundreds of thousands — of hours of media. We do this independent of, but in conjunction with, any existing metadata,” said Drew Lanham, senior vice president and general manager of Nexidia’s Media and Entertainment division. “At the same time, several new technology partnerships mean users can benefit from Dialogue Search in a broader array of tools to make media immediately accessible without the time and expense of logging or transcription.”

Dialogue Search quickly indexes all of the audio in a media library and then utilizes Nexidia’s patented phonetic search technology to find clips based on what is spoken on the audio tracks.

With v1.6, Dialogue Search has expanded its integrations with several of the industry’s MAM and metadata management systems. In addition to the expanded integrations with Dalet Galaxy and Squarebox Systems CatDV, MAM solutions IPV Curator and Vizrt Viz One have now incorporated the Dialogue Search API — enabling Dialogue Search capabilities to create a unified search experience. The API enables all of the user features of Dialogue Search to be integrated in the third-party application without disrupting the existing user experience or workflows.

Nexidia will demonstrate Dialogue Search v1.6 at the IBC2014 in stand 3.A54 and in the IPV Stand, 8.A33. The product will be available in September.

More information about Dialogue Search and other Nexidia products is available at www.nexidia.tv.

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About Nexidia
Nexidia is the audio and video search company with patented technologies and breakthrough applications that make it quick and easy for customers to gain new insight, boost their competitive advantage, and monetize large volumes of audio and video assets from entertainment, sports, news, education, corporate, government, financial, house of worship, and non-profit organizations. More information is available at www.nexidia.tv.

All trademarks appearing herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Extron Introduces MediaLink Controllers with Sleek New Designs

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the MLC 55 RS and MLC 55 RS VC. These economical, easy-to-use MediaLink controllers are used for common AV functions such as power, input selection, and volume in single display applications. They feature a sleek new look, with redesigned backlit buttons and magnetically-attached faceplates that hide the mounting screws and configuration ports, giving the controllers a refined, uncluttered appearance. Both models include unidirectional RS-232 and IR display control, as well as discrete ON and OFF display power controls. The MLC 55 RS VC model features a newly-designed, larger volume knob for smooth, precise volume control of Extron MPA Series and select XTRA Series amplifiers. Flexible mounting options allow the controllers to be installed virtually anywhere, including walls, lecterns, or tables. more

TNDV Delivers Multistage Mobile Production Services for CMA Music Festival

Specialist captures live video and audio for performances and events across 11 stages and five days for live streams, broadcast TV special

NASHVILLE, August 13, 2014
— Mobile production specialist TNDV has five trucks and six fly packs crossing the country on any given week, but for one week in June most of the fleet and crew remained in Nashville for the CMA Music Festival, accommodating a live broadcast TV shoot plus video and audio production across multiple downtown stages.

TNDV’s relationship with the Country Music Association is enduring, delivering full-service mobile production for several annual events including pre-show festivities for the CMA Awards each November. The CMA Music Festival is the most immense, encompassing many outdoor stages with live performances from well-known and emerging national and local musical acts. TNDV also provided onsite shooting, graphics and editing services across most stages, producing 30 original packages used in conjunction with an ABC TV special that aired on August 5.

In addition to the musical performances, TNDV’s Aspiration truck was reserved for a 10-camera live TV shoot, capturing performers and personalities for the CMT Music Awards Red Carpet Special. The mobile production infrastructure required 96 channels of professional audio and a massive RTS intercom matrix to ensure smooth communication across the large production crew.

Collectively, the CMA Music Festival exemplified TNDV’s ability to accommodate production requirements for events of varying scales simultaneously, demonstrating the company’s diverse skillset and technical portfolio across the five-day event. In addition to general camera shoots and audio recording, the diverse needs of the CMA Music Festival required a great deal of digital content management, from on-the-fly editing to live web streaming.

“Our relationship with the CMA is based on production flexibility, requiring an innate ability to adjust on short notice while keeping pace with their year-on-year growth,” said Nic Dugger, owner and president, TNDV. “The relationship has evolved over a six-year period, when we were first approached for a simple rental that we quickly converted into a custom flypack. This year, it meant providing a diverse array of scaled mobile production solutions, including trucks and flypacks, to shoot, mix, edit and stream performances throughout the week. That made for a number of unique and interesting situations that allowed us to engineer custom workflows to accommodate production needs based on event scale and venue size.”

Some of the more unique events included the CMA Close Up stage, featuring private performances and interviews from Lady Antebellum, Leann Rimes and other well-known artists. TNDV set up a streaming server to capture the main events, engineering a live, automated switching architecture with three HD robotic cameras and integrated encoding technologies from BlackMagic Design to seamlessly hand off the live streams.

Additionally, TNDV converted a downtown honkytonk club into a performance venue that also served as a shoot for the premiere episode of Big Smo, a new A&E network reality TV show that follows the life of a Tennessee rap artist. The end-to-end solution includes several large HD display screens for live image magnification of the performances.

On a grander scale, TNDV supplied a five-camera HD flypack for the CMA Chevy Riverfront Stage, with massive LED video boards and a full online HD edit suite. Performances from this stage, which included Billy Ray Cyrus, Kellie Pickler and Colt Ford, were also played back across other venues throughout the week using Aja KiPro servers.

TNDV also provided complete support for the press room at LP Field, the Tennessee Titans NFL stadium that served as the main CMA Music Festival venue. The production infrastructure here included HD cameras for live interview feeds, along with a complete signal routing and processing infrastructure to support HD-SDI, SD-SDI and composite video outputs, along with XLR audio for mic and line level connections. Custom TNDV made press mults featuring three video options, two audio options, and integrated LCD monitors were made available to the press.

Additional mobile production solutions for other CMA Festival location shoots included:
• The company’s Inspiration mobile production truck, a large LED board and a custom PA sound system for the City of Hope celebrity softball game at Greer Stadium.
• Multiple HD cameras and live switching at the CMA Global Stage, positioned on the corner of 1st Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville.
• Custom HD flypacks to shoot in-house video and ISO-record Grand Ole Opry performances, to be used for a Labor Day TV special.

Custom mobile production solutions were also developed across additional venues, including the Bud Light Stage and Samsung Galaxy Stage among other locations.

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of over 22 years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent projects include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and for the first time in broadcasting history TNDV produced the 2014 Hat Trick of Country Music Award show red carpet specials, including the CMA Awards, the CMT Awards, and the ACM Awards. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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First Large-Scale Canadian Laser Projection Demo Highlights Toronto’s GSCA International Conference

In a special technical session of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) conference scheduled for September 23 at the Cineplex Cinemas Queensway in Toronto, Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, is teaming with Harkness Screens and Electrosonic to demonstrate a premium giant screen cinema experience.

Press and GSCA delegates from 20 countries will have an opportunity to learn all about the latest in cinema technology from a group of industry experts and will be treated to the ultimate cinema experience, with clips from educational documentary films as well as Hollywood blockbusters being projected at over 90,000 lumens (brightness) by the Christie laser projection system—which delivers more than three times the light output compared to current, lamp-based digital projectors. Coupled with an immersive array of Christie Vive Audio speakers, this session represents the best cinema technology available today.

“GSCA prides itself on showcasing the best films in their best possible light,” says Tammy Seldon, GSCA Executive Director. “We are very pleased to partner with Christie, Harkness Screens, and Electrosonic to show our members the latest in projection technology” she added.

“As a pioneer in the cinema industry, Christie is known for delivering the ultimate cinema experience, both in image and audio reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

Added Shaw, “As exhibitors realize the benefits of laser projection and advanced immersive audio systems, they will also realize the benefits of engaging leading integrators such as Electrosonic to take advantage of the oversight, detailed design assistance—for both hardware and software components—and system-level testing to perfection that only skilled integrators can deliver. We also can’t overlook the impact of matching the technology with the ideal screen surface, which has a tremendous impact on both the visual and audio experience in a cinema. Currently, we recommend Harkness Screens for all of our laser projection installations.”

“Electrosonic is proud to have shared 50 years with innovative partners and customers, pushing the limits of what audio-visual technology can do,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “It’s an incredible evolution across many markets including entertainment, which has been one of our top priorities for decades. Our work with visionary suppliers like Christie–who has led in laser projector development–reflects an important mutual commitment to technology and customers.”

The Christie laser projection system installed for the GSCA laser event uses a state-of-the-art,
6 primary (6P) color system that provides intense brightness, wider color gamut capabilities and higher contrast than traditional digital projectors, and delivers naturally simultaneous stereoscopic imagery with no 3D “crosstalk.” The result is the ultimate giant screen cinema experience for all 2D and 3D films. The system installed for this show will provide greater than 90,000 lumens of brightness, and images will be delivered at 4K resolution, to reveal stunningly clear details.

Film clips scheduled to be seen at the technical session include Antarctica’s Penguin Emperors, Dark Universe, The Life of Trees, NAYA Legend of the Golden Dolphin, Remnants, Star Spangled Banner: An Anthem of Liberty, The Turn of This Century, UFOTOG, as well as several shorter clips of the best of the Giant Screen clips.

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PNTA Joins Yamaha Dealer Network

BUENA PARK, Calif.—PNTA opened its doors in1975 as a local Seattle-area supplier of theatrical equipment and consumables. Since that time, PNTA has expanded staff and capabilities to provide a wealth of services for customers nationally. Employee-owned since 2008, the Company has increased its services to include audio, video, and lighting. As part of its recent growth, PNTA has joined the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. dealer network adding the new Yamaha QL Digital Audio Console to their ever-growing Yamaha arsenal.

With an expert technical services staff, PNTA installs and repairs equipment and supports both non-profit and private customers through their Event Services Department providing production requirements for events of all sizes. Masters at their craft, the Event Services staff enriches the company with backgrounds in systems design, lighting design, sound design, set design, stage management, equipment repair, event design and production, and graphic arts and design.
PNTA is located in a 20,000 square-foot facility near downtown Seattle. The facility notably includes a sizeable brick and mortar retail store supporting its dealer activity for leading entertainment and live production manufacturers, now including Yamaha Commercial Audio products. The company has an active walk-in customer business seeking to buy lighting, audio, video, staging and special effects, drapery and decorative fabrics, as well as an extensive assortment of consumables.

“We did an exhaustive internal review of what audio vendor we needed to strategically add to best accelerate our market progress in growing our overall audio business, states Dave Vaught, Event Services Production Manager at PNTA. We were particularly interested in broadening our offering in professional products appealing to our client base. We focused those efforts initially in audio control and sound reproduction as we needed more tools for sale, rental, and event services support. With the substantial market position and reputation of Yamaha and its many new and highly regarded products recently introduced, the answer became clear. We are happy to have become a Yamaha dealer and integrator of Yamaha’s Commercial Audio Systems products.”

Vaught said that PNTA wanted to add consoles that they expected to see high rental demand from for both existing customers and customers travelling into the state of Washington. “With the announcement of the QL Series, we found a very forward-thinking technological capability in a footprint that was easily transportable while being exceedingly powerful. The expandability of the QL Series clinched our choice and buying depth at key levels. Based on our client history, every need we could think of could be answered by some or all of the features of Yamaha QL desks. We were impressed with a number of the features, including onboard recording, signal and effect processing, auto-mixing, and iPad integration.” For rentals and event services, PNTA also invested in a speaker line extension, moving into the Yamaha DXR and DXS Speaker Series.

“While our company size has grown along with the expanded services we now offer, PNTA retains what we started with when we first opened our doors—a dedication to meeting the needs of our valued customers and finding creative solutions to tough problems,” states Richard Carlson, President. “By adding Yamaha products to our product line, we can now offer the ultimate in quality and reliability to our audio customers. Yamaha consoles are specified on many riders and fill rental needs as well as being versatile for our production needs.”

For more information on PNTA, visit www.pnta.com.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: From left to right: Jon-Philippe Ruhumuliza, Rental Manger; Bill Woodland, Custom Sales; Dave Vaught, Event Services Manager

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
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.

Sound Devices Opens New European Service Center

New Berlin Location Provides Shorter Repair Turnaround Time for European Customers

REEDSBURG, WI, AUGUST 20, 2014 – Sound Devices is pleased to announce the establishment of Sound Devices Europe GmbH and the opening of its new European Service Center in Berlin-Adlershof, Germany’s leading science and technology park. The new facility has been established to extend product service and repair to the company’s growing international customer base.

With the opening of the new repair facility in Berlin, European customers can expect shorter turnaround times and lower shipping costs. In addition, local users will also have closer contact with Sound Devices technicians. The facility is stocked with a full inventory of parts and features brand-new, state-of-the-art repair equipment, and Sound Devices factory-customized test stands to ensure the highest quality service and repair possible.

“This new Service Center is a big step for us and a testament to our commitment to our European customers,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are not only committed to creating the finest video and audio products, but also providing unrivalled service to our customers. It is further proof of our continued growth and evolution as a company.”

Effective immediately, the European Service Center will perform factory service and repair for all Video Devices products, warranty and non-warranty, sold in the EU. For Sound Devices audio products, it will provide this service for the following EU countries: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Sweden. Distributors with established audio service repair facilities will continue to service Sound Devices audio products at this time, including Ambient Recording, Audio Electronics Mattijsen, JBK Marketing and Shure Distribution UK. Over time, all warranty service repairs will be moved to the Berlin facility.

The European Service Center is in direct contact with all European distributors, further ensuring timely delivery of service. To have product repair or service undertaken, customers should contact their local distributor directly to receive authorization.

The Berlin facility is headed by Ginetta Fassio, an accomplished Tonmeister (sound master) and Sound Devices product user for more than a decade. The expert technician team comprises highly qualified German electrical engineers, all of whom have received special training at the Sound Devices corporate headquarters in Reedsburg, Wisconsin.

“Our doors are officially open and we are ready to begin handling repairs.” says Fassio. “As an extension to the team headquartered in the U.S., we will provide the personal one-on-one service that Sound Devices is known for, to those customers and distributors in Europe and the surrounding region.”

Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production.

Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from their Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters with additional offices in Madison, WI. Established in 2014, Sound Devices Europe GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary headquartered in Berlin. For more information, visit the Sound Devices and Video Devices websites, www.sounddevices.com; www.videodevices.com.

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Lady Gaga Launches ArtRave Tour with Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 Consoles Joining Her on the Road

Lady Gaga has launched her tour, ArtRave: The Artpop Ball, and Clay Paky’s A.leda B-EYE K20 innovative, LED-based moving lights, Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 consoles are along for the wild ride. A.C.T Lighting is in the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting in North America.

ArtRave marks Lady Gaga’s fourth concert tour. It is in support of her third studio album, “Artpop” and kicked off May 4 in Fort Lauderdale. It will play 78 dates in North America, Europe, Oceania and Asia.

PRG has provided 120 B-EYEs for the tour as well as a large complement of Clay Paky Sharpys. Lighting control is performed with three full-size grandMA2s and 10 NPUs.

“Production and lighting designer Roy Bennett’s approach to the show was to make it an immersive rave that reflected Gaga’s non-stop party aesthetic,” says programmer Jason Baeri. “That means active, alive, vibrant and high energy — it requires us to be just as active on stage as in the crowd. The audience is every bit as much a set piece as they are a room of spectators, so we had to include them as part of Gaga’s same party not just watching the spectacle from afar. Cue wise, that’s almost like programming two shows at once: Both had to behave as one cohesive element, which was made light of, as always, by grandMA2.”

Bennett describes the set as three stages connected by Lucite catwalks over the audience so the crowd can dance while watching Gaga perform above them. “It’s very interactive. She plays off the audience with her dancing and a big rave vibe,” he says. Bennett had previously used B-EYEs for Lady Gaga’s gig at the Roseland Ballroom. On this tour they are mounted above the upstage video wall, which measures 3×40 feet. “They mainly act as eye candy,” he explains. “They’re working great; they’ve been very reliable.”

For the ArtRave tour the lighting designer has deployed the Sharpy rig “all over the place: the main stage, front, rear, side, as well as on the pods over the audience. The Sharpys act as our other main effects light. I always have at least 100 if not 200 hundred on shows.”

Baeri cites the data management challenge the tour poses given “the immense amount of pixels we’re controlling. There are about 120 B-EYEs on the show, all in full-tilt mode, which adds up to over 4,500 pixels of just B-EYEs — and we use them in every configuration possible. Gaga’s music is extremely detailed, so we’re using every part of that light for the various tones and inflections in every song.”

Baeri loves that the console will “let me grab one pixel and turn it on, then a second later grab 2,000 pixels in a deferent direction, as fast as the grandMA2 allows me to. We’re bending the MA-Tricks on this job in ways I didn’t know you could, and we still keep finding new ways to use it,” he adds.

He likes the console’s layout view, too. “With this many individual sub-fixtures, I need to be able to graphically see and access everything at once without worrying about the minutiae of keying in cell after cell on the keypad. With the right combination of layouts, I can create an overview of what every fixture in my rig is doing for a visual snapshot of the whole scene all on one screen. For a rig that fills an entire arena floor, that’s a pretty impressive feature for a programmer!”

The grandMA2 has become Baeri’s console of choice primarily for its data management capabilities. “I’ve had my hands on plenty of platforms, but none let me control as many fixtures with so little effort,” he reports. “Every key on every screen is exactly where I want it. If there’s a function I want that isn’t there already, I make a new key in seconds flat without having to employ long-handed workarounds and new versions of software.”

He notes that the crew had little more than two weeks to put ArtRave together. “Speed was of the essence. I use the grandMA2 because it allows me to put together incredibly complex shows extremely fast without compromising the details that would otherwise be too time consuming on any other platform.   And if I get in trouble, there’s someone on the phone, 24/7 anywhere in the world. No dreaded 4 am ‘leave a message’ help line. I pick up the phone and I’m covered. I can’t tell you what a comfort that is.”

Baeri says the grandMA2 is turning in an “exemplary” performance, “as always. We were bending over 60 universes at a time, and I never saw the NPUs workload exceed six percent. Not once. That’s a lot of universes to keep in time and in sync. I’m impressed, as usual!” he declares.

Solotech is the video contractor and 8th Day Sound the audio contractor for the show.

About A.C.T Lighting

A leading importer and distributor of lighting products, A.C.T Lighting, Inc. strives to identify future trends and cutting-edge products, and stock, sell and support their inventory. The company provides superior customer service and value for money to all of its clients.

For more information call 818-707-0884.

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