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elektraLite Dazzles Crowds With New Audience Blinder

Brightest LED blinder on the market runs on less than one kilowatt

FARMINGDALE, New York — Continually striving to make the world a brighter place, elektraLite is pleased to announce the debut of its new Audience Blinder, which provides balanced, bright white light in a variety of options at an unprecedented intensity level for its format.

Delivering its visual punch via 144 powerful, five-watt LEDs, the elektraLite Audience Blinder is available in two versions: “Warm White” with its consistent 3,200K color temperature and CRI of 94, and “Cool White” offering a stark 6,500K white with CRI of 78. Providing 128 potential combinations of optics and color, the fixture is designed to accommodate a full range of floodlight/wash light requirements. more

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Outkast Says “Hey Ya” To DiGiCo

(L-R) The Outkast audio team - FOH engineer Darcy Khan, FOH tech Chad Fuller and monitor engineer Kevin Brown - at the DiGiCo SD10 FOH desk getting ready to "lay it down" for the more than 70,000 fans at Lollapalooza's Samsung main stage in Chicago

Group’s FOH and monitor engineers make the hip hop over to SD10s

ATLANTA — Six-time Grammy Award winners Outkast – the duo of André “André 3000″ Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton – have sold over 25 million albums in a career that spans more than two decades. Keeping the music sounding fresh on stage has been the primary goal of their long touring history, and this year the group took their show to another sonic level with the switch to DiGiCo SD10 digital consoles for both the front of house and monitor mixing roles.

The switch to the SD10 came about halfway through the group’s 40-date worldwide summer festival itinerary, which included stops at Coachella, Lollapalooza and Way Out West, and the word “amazing” is heard often and with emphasis by the band and those who mix them. “It does sound amazing,” comments Darcy Khan, Outkast’s FOH mixer and touring account manager. “What’s really incredible is that as soon as I turned it on, I said to myself, ‘That’s what the kick sounds like, that’s what the snare sounds like.’ My sounds were coming through just as I hear them without ever touching the console. Once you add in the dynamic EQ and access to multiband [EQ], you realize that the possibilities on this desk are limitless.” more

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L-ACOUSTICS Sonically Unites Woodstream Church

Woodstream Church's new ARCS WIFO and SB18m arrays flown in an LCR configuration

RCI Systems utilizes SOUNDVISION to create a powerful and uniform system based on ARCS “WIFO” and XT Series enclosures

BOWIE, Maryland — With its high-energy praise team backed by a full band and choir, Woodstream Church’s musical ministry is a blessing for those in its sanctuary every Sunday – especially now that a full L-ACOUSTICS amplifier and loudspeaker system has been installed.

Prior to the recent system retrofit, the Independent Fundamental Baptist house of worship in Bowie, Maryland suffered from uneven coverage with sound getting lost at the edges of the room and under the balcony.

To breathe new life into the sanctuary, the church called upon Beltsville-based AV systems integrator RCI Systems, which turned to L-ACOUSTICS’ acoustical simulation software, SOUNDVISION, to create a solution. According to RCI designer Bob Capotosto (CTS), the ideal remedy predicted was achieved with a combination of the manufacturer’s ARCS “WIFO” – WIDE and FOCUS – and coaxial XT product ranges. “SOUNDVISION gives us an extremely accurate picture of what we’ll need in terms of components to get a complex project like this successfully completed, and WIFO and XT were right for the job,” he says.

Coaxial 8XTi and 5XT enclosures serve as underbalcony fills for the acoustically shadowed areas

Today, the sanctuary’s main system utilizes an LCR arrangement of three arrays each comprised of two SB18m subs, two ARCS WIDE and two ARCS FOCUS enclosures. Ten compact 8XTi individually spread out just under the lip of the balcony deliver blanketed audio coverage to the rear sanctuary seats, while a single ultra-compact 5XT at each far edge of the underbalcony ensures optimum coverage to even the furthest corner seating areas. The entire loudspeaker system is powered and processed by a total of five LA8 amplified controllers.

Capotosto notes that the L-ACOUSTICS WIFO system, in particular, was ideal in that it is remarkably lightweight for its power, which minimized the amount of additional steel bracing required for the new hang points in the sanctuary’s ceiling. He also cites the tight directivity patterns and full range performance of the arrays as instrumental in being the right choice for the tall, fan-shaped space.

“Plus, the sound is amazing,” adds Capotosto, who points out that RCI has long had the ARCS WIFO solution in its rental inventory. “All of the coverage and intelligibility issues that the church had been experiencing are now gone. And the WIFO solution was affordable for the church, giving them all the power they need and with a substantial amount of headroom left to go. Also, the underbalcony area, which had been the hardest problem in the past to solve, is now completely addressed with coherent sound from the stage’s backline to the last row of the house. The church’s FOH engineer came to us and said we’ve made his job so much easier. That’s the best compliment you can get.”

Woodstream Church’s home on the web is found at www.woodstreamchurch.org, while RCI Systems can likewise be visited online at www.rcisound.com.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for North America is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, California.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

Summerfest, and the Mixing is Easy on DiGiCo

A DiGiCo SD7 at Summerfest's Marcus Amphitheatre (credit for all pics: Sara Bill)

Clearwing Productions deploys SD Series consoles on nearly every major stage of “world’s largest music festival”

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — With over 800 national and regional acts performing on 11 stages spanning over 11 days at this year’s “Big Gig,” as the locals call it, Milwaukee’s Summerfest once again proved why Guinness World Records has named it the world’s largest music festival for the past 16 consecutive years.

Held at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on the city’s scenic Lake Michigan shoreline, the 47th annual bash hosted some of the world’s biggest artists, including Bruno Mars, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Usher, Brad Paisley, OneRepublic, Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryant, Nas and Ludacris to name just a few. more

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Titan Mobile Knocks It Out Of The Park For MLB

Avolites’ compact console slugs a grand slam controlling lights at SE Systems-manned Major League Baseball stadium concert series

GREENSBORO, NC — As Major League Baseball pennant races hit a feverish pitch during these dogs days of summer, many teams are adding value to ticket prices with post-game stadium concerts by an eclectic group of all-star talent ranging from country’s Martina McBride to rap’s 50 Cent.

Much like a manager draws up a powerful yet balanced lineup full of professionals, turnkey production house SE Systems of Greensboro, NC was summoned earlier this summer by Select Artists Associates of Scottsdale, AZ to handle the pro audio/lighting needs for many of these entertaining shows hosted by the Washington Nationals and New York Mets, among others scheduled through the end of September.

Demanding a seamless, quick switchover as soon as the last pitch is thrown, SE Systems is tapping Avolites’ Titan Mobile lighting console for its small footprint (19″ x 14″), perfect for the field-friendly, time-sensitive roll-on for such a post-game assignment, explains SE lighting designer Nehemiah (aka “Captain Nemo”) Grubbs. more

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L-ACOUSTICS Serves Up Sound Solution For Clowes Memorial Hall Of Butler University

Butler University's newly-restored Clowes Memorial Hall (credit for all photos: Kelley Jordan)

Wright Consulting Associates and Mid-America Sound team up for KARAi install

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — In celebration of its 50th anniversary last fall, Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University’s professional performing arts venue, embarked on a $2M restoration project under the direction of Elise Kushigian, Executive Director, and daily supervision of all 18 contractors by Karen Steele, Director of Operations. The restoration included much-needed updates to its roof, walls, seating, carpet, acoustics and audio enhancement system. The acoustical and audio enhancement portion of the project was spearheaded by David Wright of Indianapolis-based Wright Consulting Associates, Inc. (WCA) who called upon local tour sound provider Mid-America Sound Corporation (MAS) to provide system expertise and, ultimately, the recommendation for a new L-ACOUSTICS KARAi house sound system. more

K2 Becomes NYC’s Newest Flying Superhero

See Factor deploys brand new L-ACOUSTICS system at acoustically challenging Javits Center for worldwide premiere of X-Men: Days of Future Past

NEW YORK CITY — For the launch of the summer blockbuster film X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox staged its worldwide premiere at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on midtown Manhattan’s west side.

The debut of the $200-million-plus film, attended by Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry and other stars, was a huge event filling a hall inside the cavernous Javits Center and illuminating a 75-foot-wide screen hung on the hall’s north wall. The showing also had to be able to reproduce the film’s bombastic 5.1 surround soundtrack, but the Javits is no cinema; the same huge floor-to-ceiling glass wall that offers spectacular views of the Hudson River and New Jersey can also create uncontrollable aural reflections that would turn the hall into an acoustical nightmare.

Event producer Samantha Sackler Productions tapped NYC-based See Factor Industry, its longtime collaborator on east coast events and movie premieres, who called upon the sonic equivalent of a superhero: L-ACOUSTICS’ K2, a lightweight, high-powered, full-range line source array system that made its official debut earlier this year. For the X-Men premiere, the AV specialist deployed 24 K2, 12 SB28 subs and 16 coaxial 115XT HiQ wedges, all powered and processed by L-ACOUSTICS’ LA8 amplified controllers. See Factor also provided all lighting, rigging and management services for the event. more

A United ‘Console’ Kingdom

DiGiCo, Allen & Heath and Calrec announce the formation of a new ProAudio Group

The DiGiCo team has spent the last 18 months consulting with Electra Partners about the possible combination of both Allen & Heath and Calrec with the DiGiCo family. The culmination of this brings together three British console companies to create a new professional audio group, while retaining their unique skills, customer relationships and the identities of each brand.

James Gordon will become Group CEO supported by a strong and talented management from across the new group. When asked about what this means for the future, James said:

“We have bold plans for the group but it is imperative that each company maintains its own independence and style. None of these brands needs to trade off each other’s technology or reputation.”

“These are three great companies and all the brands currently in the group have enviable reputations for technology, audio quality, reliability and perhaps, most importantly, customer focus and care. The strategy is to share technology and resource across the group and allow some interconnectivity across the product lines.”

“The combined R&D teams are about to enter a new world of possibilities and we intend to take full advantage of their resource, passion and experience. It’s an amazing opportunity for us, and just maybe the whole British Pro Audio industry.” more

Thunder Audio Rolls and Roars with L-ACOUSTICS

Thunder Audio's Tony Villarreal (left) and Paul Owen with a few of their new L-ACOUSTICS K1 enclosures

Detroit/Nashville sound company purchases K1 system after taking K2 on Vampire Weekend tour

LIVONIA, Michigan — After putting a new K2 loudspeaker system through its paces – including a recent trek on Vampire Weekend’s North American tour leg – Thunder Audio, Inc. has expanded its inventory with a large-format K1 system from L-ACOUSTICS.

According to Thunder Audio Business Development Manager Greg Snyder, the company is currently taking delivery of 48 K1 enclosures, as well as bringing the rest of its total L-ACOUSTICS inventory up to 36 K2 and 24 KARA elements, 18 K1-SB and 34 SB28 subs, six ARCS II and 22 LA-RAK, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers. An additional 48 K2 are also on order for the first quarter of 2015.

“K1 has become the industry’s first choice for live audio reinforcement systems, but K2 is the reason we finally became a member of the L-ACOUSTICS family,” says Snyder. “It’s a stellar system for arena tours, like Vampire Weekend, as well as the perfect support box for K1 on larger stadium and festival shows. We are thrilled with the linearity in performance across L-ACOUSTICS’ entire product range and excited about the solutions that these systems will provide for our clients.”

Vampire Weekend performing on Thunder Audio's K2 system in Chicago

Client response has, indeed, been very favorable. Neil Heal, Vampire Weekend’s FOH engineer since late-2007, commented on his use of Thunder Audio’s K2 rig. “The typical configuration on our most recent American tour leg was left and right arrays of 14 K2, plus eight KARA outfills and four SB28 per side, all of which sounded fantastic. It seemed odd to be using so few subs, but more than that would have been overkill with K2, which is such a full range enclosure with a really nice usable low end. Vampire Weekend’s mix is all about vocal and instrumental clarity, and I could literally run the rig without subs in most arenas, but having just a few of them more than adequately filled out the low end.”

“We used K2 both indoors and outdoors, with arrays ranging between eight and 14 boxes per side, and I’m very impressed with the sonic consistency we got from night to night,” he continues. “K2′s ‘steerability’ with Panflex is also really nice in the event that Jonny [Winkler, Thunder Audio FOH systems engineer] had to hang the arrays near a glass wall or whatever; we could aim the top end away from it, which is great.”

Thunder Audio’s Winkler appreciates not only the fidelity of K2, but also the ease with which the system flies and strikes. “We flew the rig so fast each day that the lighting guys and carpenters were angry with me,” he laughs. “It takes longer to get the pins pre-set than it does to fly it, and that doesn’t even take that long. We have several other manufacturer’s boxes in our inventory here at Thunder Audio, and this is by far the fastest and easiest. I’ve flown an entire K2 rig totally by myself in less than four hours.”

Vampire Weekend heard via L-ACOUSTICS K2 at Chicago's UIC Pavilion

As for Heal, his only regret is that he didn’t have the system earlier. “The band was out on the road for 17 months and carried another PA for most of the tour because K2 simply didn’t exist when we started,” he says. “But I really prefer K2. It’s awesome. I’d love to have it every night, without a doubt. But it’ll be available on the next tour, and I’ll certainly take it out again. Plus, our festival stops this summer are on K1 mains with K2 outfills, which is just perfect.”

Thunder Audio Vice President Paul Owen sums up his investments by adding, “This was a huge undertaking by Tony [Villarreal, President] and I, and we had to take a lot into consideration before moving forward with K1 and K2: popularity, demand and, of course, availability. K1 is the first choice on the majority of riders that we handle and the predominant system when it comes to festivals. There’s no denying its sheer power and quality. We feel that K1 and K2 are our best venture to date for attracting new customers and facilitating old ones, and we’re very excited for what these systems can do for our clients and company’s future.”

For more info on Thunder Audio, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for North America is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, California.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

Avolites Lights Up The Strip at South Point Hotel and Casino

Joey Juliano creates a visual mix on the Avolites Sapphire Touch for South Point's showroom

LAS VEGAS — If there’s a word that characterizes Las Vegas, it’s “spectacle,” something that South Point Hotel and Casino on the south end of The Strip has in spades, especially now that the property has recently added three Avolites products to illuminate its live entertainment offerings.

On weekends, South Point hosts national artists ranging from Tower of Power to Tony Orlando, in addition to a wide variety of regional acts. With its 4,600-seat arena and 400-seat showroom, plus convention hall, the resort’s crews are lighting acts six or seven days a week – often with multiple shows on the same day and going into the wee hours for nightclub bands.

For South Point’s production team, the investment in Avolites’ Sapphire Touch lighting control console for the showroom, Tiger Touch II for the convention facility and original Tiger Touch for a portable rig that does arena and pool shows was a “no-brainer,” according to Jason Lein, the casino’s production manager.

When asked about what specific factors helped the venue choose Avolites products, Lein responds succinctly: “Powerful consoles for a fraction of the price of their competitors with the same capabilities if not more power.”

The desks were sold and installed by Kelly Koster at Blue Planet Lighting Inc., founded in 2008, a leading provider of entertainment stage lighting gear and services with offices located in Hollister, Missouri and Las Vegas, Nevada.

South Point's Jason Lein (left) and Joey Juliano stand behind Avolites' flagship product

The gear’s flexibility and ease of use are major selling points for Joey Juliano, South Point’s entertainment lead LD, who cites the “awesomeness” of Avolites’ Cue Stacking for South Point’s big production shows and the consoles’ general plug-and-play operation. “The first time the audience sees our shows is the first time I see the show. With an ‘Avo’ I can make the show look like I’ve seen it a million times.”

Juliano learned stage lighting from Group One Limited’s (Avolites’ US distributor) Brad White on an Avolites Diamond III console eight years ago. “I have been lucky enough to be able to progress my lighting designs with each new Avolites console that is produced without having to take any more classes. They have kept their language the same through all their upgrades in their consoles, which is very smart.”

Two Avolites console functions that Juliano finds integral to his job in achieving his lighting design goals are Fixture Overlap and Fixture Exchange. “The Pixel Mapper is so addicting and super powerful as well,” he says. The coolest new function that I use literally all the time is being able to steal any aspect of a previous show and drop it into my current show, like cues, palettes, shapes, etc. The consoles also handle our media server in a plug-and-play manner.”

South Point’s Jason Lein notes that equipment features are important, but so is servicing from whom sold it, and he doesn’t take for granted the casino’s relationship with Blue Planet Lighting.

“When we decide on a product to purchase, the support that is behind it is just as important as the product and its capabilities,” he says. “Kelly Koster at Blue Planet and Brad White at Group One have shown that Avolites has a perfect balance of great products with the right support systems behind them.”

South Point Hotel and Casino can be found online at www.southpointcasino.com, while Blue Planet Lighting’s home on the Web is located at www.blueplanetlighting.com.

About Group One Ltd.
Group One Ltd. is a U.S. importer and distributor for a number of professional audio and lighting manufacturers. The company’s audio division currently distributes Blue Sky powered nearfield monitors, DiGiCo digital mixing consoles, MC2 high quality innovative amplifiers, and XTA digital signal processing equipment. The lighting division currently distributes Avolites lighting control consoles, ElektraLite controllers and intelligent lighting, and Pulsar LED lighting.

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Contact:
Avolites U.S. / Group One Ltd.
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tel: 516.249.1399 / Fax: 516.249.8870
Email: sales@g1limited.com
Web: www.g1limited.com / www.avolites.com

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