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LUMINEX Joins AVnu Alliance Promoting Adoption of IEEE 802.1 AVB Standards

LUMINEX Network Intelligence has joined the AVnu Alliance, the Beaverton, Oregon-based the industry consortium that certifies IEEE 802.1 Audio Video Bridging (AVB) products for interoperability. LUMINEX is a Belgium-based developer of lighting control, pro audio and video data distribution equipment for the entertainment industry.

AVnu Alliance is a non-profit organization formed by member companies to create compliance test procedures and processes that ensure AVB interoperability of networked AV devices and help provide the highest quality streaming AV experience for end users. Utilizing AVB, the transmission of audio and video streams can be synchronized within a microsecond of each other with low delay and minimal lost data due to network congestion. The AVnu Alliance is currently focused on three markets: professional AV, automotive and consumer electronics.

“Claiming to be an AVB-capable product is not enough these days,” says Hugo Larin, Managing director for Luminex Network Intelligence in America. “The industry is looking for commitments toward AVB, and this is why we are very excited to announce that LUMINEX has joined the AVnu Alliance.”

AVnu Alliance’s Promoter members will write compliance and interoperability test guidelines, designed for the 802.1 AVB specifications, for bridge and endpoint products to undergo and then beAVnu certified.

As an AVnu Alliance Adopter member, LUMINEX will have access to those completed test plans; it will also be eligible to have its products enter certification in an AVnu Alliance-approved test lab and participate in AVnu Alliance-hosted plug-fests.

Larin notes that, “LUMINEX has been enjoying recent growth with users wanting to deploy audio over IP in a ruggedized and simplified way.” To further broaden its reach, LUMINEX is making its first appearance at InfoComm13, June 8-14, in booth #561 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando where it will show its new range of Gigabit Ethernet switches with updated web-based user interface.

Bart Swinnen, Luminex CEO, concludes, “We’re exited to get our hands on the technical documents and get our development in line. We’re really looking forward to be a professional solution provider for AVB and serve this innovative market.”

About LUMINEX

LUMINEX Network Intelligence was formed by Bart Swinnen and Jan Renckens as a branch of parent company LUMINEX Lighting Control Equipment nv, which has an extensive technical background in the lighting industry. LUMINEX Network Intelligence launched its successful Ethernet-DMX8 node in 2004 when it ran 32 DMX lines at the Paralympics in Athens. Their complete DMX and Ethernet solutions range debuted at Siel 2005 in Paris. The GigaCore switch family opened the doors to the digital pro audio and AV markets for the new company and broadened their commitment beyond their traditional customer base.

Lightware U.S.A. Now Shipping MX-TPS-IB and -OB Input and Output Boards and HDMI-TPS-TX90/RX90 Signal Extenders

The MX-TPS-IB input board, MX-TPS-OB Output Board for the MX series routers and HDMI-TPS-TX90 and RX90 long-distance HDMI signal extenders from Lightware U.S.A., the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products, are now shipping. The new products are among those to be showcased in the Lightware booth at InfoComm13, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando booth # 4180.

The input and output boards and extenders are ideal for postproduction studios, control rooms, digital signage, multi-room video, conference rooms and collaborative telepresence – or any application requiring signal transmission over long distances.

The MX-TPS-IB is an 8-channel twisted pair input board for Lightware’s MX series Modular Matrix Routers that provides HDMI 1.4, audio, Ethernet, IR, RS-232 and remote power extension on a single CAT5/6/7 cable up to 100 m distance. It handles resolutions up to 4K, 48-bit color depth, all HDMI audio formats and 120Hz 3D signals. The board offers bi-directional RS-232 and Ethernet transmission and features a 10/100 uplink connector for the Ethernet network connection.

The MX-TPS-IB offers audio option connectors: digital S/PDIF or analog stereo connectors are available for advanced audio functions. Audio can be embedded or de-embedded on the input or output board of the Matrix. Advanced professional functions, such as HDCP enable/disable mode, Pixel Accurate Reclocking, Advanced EDID Management and Input Signal Frame Detector, are integrated and provide the highest level of set up and usage.

The board is compatible with deep color, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio and features PCM audio sample rate conversion.

The HDMI-TPS-TX90 and RX90 twisted pairs extend uncompressed full HD video for extreme distances (up to 180 m) over a single CAT cable. They handle resolutions up to 4K and UHD, 48-bit color depth, all standard audio formats and 120Hz 3D signals.

The units offer bi-directional RS-232, IR and Ethernet pass-through all on the same CAT5e…CAT7 cable that carries the video signal. The extenders support full HDCP and EDID compliance and work at all standard AV resolutions. Remote powering is available through the single CAT5e…CAT7 cable; a local power supply also can be used. All devices can be mounted on a rack shelf or used in stand-alone formats.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

Elidy-Big LEDs Join Queens of the Stone Age World Tour

Rockers Queens of the Stone Age have announced an extensive world tour, and Chromlech Elidy-Big LEDs will be hitting the road with the band. The tour kicks off in Europe in June. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Chromlech Elidy fixtures in North America.

Queens of the Stone Age just released a new album of original songs, “…Like Clockwork,” their first in six years. They made a live comeback in March at Lollapalooza Brazil and have summer tour festival dates set for the UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Luxembourg, Denmark, Poland, Hungary and Spain.

Lighting designer Paul Normandale is using 15 Elidy-Bigs on the tour hanging five in the air and placing five each on either side of the big screen behind the band. The fixtures, supplied by Upstaging, are deployed to display bitmapped content.

“I first saw Elidy-Bigs demo-ed in the UK,” says Normandale. “I thought they would work well on the tour since they’re a tungsten color source. And I was impressed with the unexpected nature of the effects you can create with them.”

French-made Chromlech Elidy fixtures are the world’s first LED matrixes capable of projecting volumetric graphics. They combine high-output, calibrated, warm white LEDs with specific optics to generate extremely narrow beams that far exceed the intensity of LED screens. Elidy fixtures are also decorative items that can blend easily into scenery, backgrounds and décor by using a wide range of accessories, including unique new customized covers. These covers are attached either magnetically or as a snap-on and change the panels’ appearance to take on different colors and textures, including wood, metal, mirror, leather, stone and even grass.

The Elidy-Big fixtures on the Queens of the Stone Age tour are a nine-tile configuration of the company’s 5×5 high-power LED matrixes.

Normandale reveals that the Elidy-Bigs are “working just great. Every day we find a new look we can create with them.”

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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HRS Control To Distribute Powerful Picturall Octo Media Server with 8K Play Back

HRS Control is pleased to announce that it has become the exclusive distributor of Picturall Octo in the U.S. The Finland-made Picturall Octo media server offers the easiest, most powerful and most cost-effective solution for multiscreen video installations. It can play back 16 full HD video layers and is the first media server in the world to play back full 8K resolution media. It is ideal for both rental staging and fixed installations, including theater, concert touring, museums, broadcast and unique signage configurations. Picturall will be showcased in High Resolution Systems’ booth at InfoComm13, June 8-14 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando booth # 4089.

“Picturall Octo stands out from the competition because of the amount of power it offers in one box,” says Drew Taylor at HRS Control. “It’s designed for applications with a lot of different displays. Octo has eight DVI dual-link outputs each of which can run at a dual-link resolution of 2x 1080p. With external splitters you can get up to 32 independent DVI outputs at 720p each – all fully configurable with warping, image manipulation, blending and more.”

Picturall Octo runs on the rock solid Linux operating system and is controllable using Picturall Commander, free remote-control software with a highly efficient user interface. It is also controllable via DMX, Art-Net and TCP/IP or with HRS Controls’ UDC (Universal Device Controller) software.

“A new version of Commander, which has been totally revamped with more cueing, macro executions and presets, is expected to be officially released at InfoComm,” Taylor reports.

Octo’s robust, powerful video engine delivers a playback performance of more than 16 layers of full HD video and provides 48 media layers with position, scaling, rotation, color correction, effects, alpha channel and more. The system also boasts a built-in cutting-edge 3D effects generator.

Octo is easily set up: The whole system can be installed in minutes. A simple but versatile display set up and built-in EDID manager are used to line up even the most complex display set ups in less than an hour.

HRS Control is also distributing Picturall Octo+, a new version of the Octo media server, equipped with enhanced hardware capable of running media up to 8K. “With a faster processor, Octo+ is targeted to very high-resolution content needs,” says Taylor.

Picturall Octo has been used to display images from the Vancouver Winter Olympics on an innovative multi-screen set for a Dutch broadcaster; run high-resolution media content on a giant LED screen during the opening ceremonies for the ShenZhen Universiade in China; help create one of the world’s largest holographic projections at the Tian Long Yuan Theatre in Beijing; and run the media content for a staggering 3,010 square-meter display that comprised the Qin Han Tang Emporium’s Sky Screen in Xi’an, China.

HRS Control has demo units of Picturall Octo available now. Octo and Octo+ may be rented or purchased from HRS Contol, which also offers operator training to customers.

About High Resolution Systems
High Resolution Systems, a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audiovisual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.hrscontrol.com.

Lightware U.S.A. to Demo Live Instant Matrix Switching of 4K HDMI 1.4 Sources to 4K Monitors at InfoComm13

Visitors attending InfoComm13 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, June 8-14, will be treated to a unique demo at the Lightware U.S.A. booth #4180 where they will witness live matrix switching of 4K HDMI 1.4 sources on a 4K monitor. The demo will spotlight Lightware’s MX-3D-HDMI-IB input board and MX-3D-HDMI-OB output board, which provides 8-channels of HDMI 1.4a inputs/outputs and is now shipping. Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

The impressive demo will likely feature the only working and currently shipping 4K matrix switcher at InfoComm13 and one of the few 4K and UHD monitors in the industry available today. “It’s a very unique solution for the coming wave of 4K and UHD,” says Lightware USA’s Drew Taylor. “Lightware is ahead of the curve with this technology.”

The demonstration will show that instant matrix switching of 4K HDMI 1.4 sources is more than a proof of concept: With Lightware it’s a reality and available today.

“The MX-HDMI-3D input and output boards are in stock and available now in the US,” Taylor points out. “A lot of our customers are interested in boards that support 4K even if they have no 4K sources now. They want to future-proof their systems for when they go to 4K – at a time when the price point for 4K monitors and sources will have decreased, while some customers in high end applications are already using 4K today.”

Lightware’s MX-HDMI-3D boards are HDMI 1.4a, DVI and HDCP compliant and supports all 3D formats and 36-bit color depth. The input board is available with audio option connectors: Digital S/PDIF or analog stereo connectors are available for advanced audio functions. Audio can be embedded or de-embedded on the input or output board of the Matrix. Advanced professional functions, such as HDCP enable/disable mode, Pixel Accurate Reclocking, Advanced EDID Management and Input Signal Frame Detector, are integrated and provide the highest level of technical capabilities, signal quality and system integrity.

About Lightware U.S.A.

Lightware U.S.A. is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. For more information on these products, visit www.lightwareUSA.com.

Smart Monkeys, Inc. Introduces Five MxM Plug-Ins for Medialon Show Control

Smart Monkeys, Inc. has designed and published a series of five MxM plug-ins for the Medialon Show Control product line. The SMI MxM Series redefines the way Medialon users program shows and installations by offering easier programming, shorter code and faster computation.

“For the first time since Medialon Manager has become available to programmers around the world, an independent company is offering additional tools to improve the capabilities of Medialon Show Control software,” says Smart Monkeys co-founder, Stephan Villet. “We’re pleased to be the first third-party company providing Medialon MxM plug-ins. Our collection of MxMs is a powerful toolkit that allows programmers to be more flexible and work a lot faster.”

The SMI MxM Series consists of SMI Lists MxM, SMI Media Info MxM, SMI Tables MxM, SMI Strings MxM and SMI Variables MxM. Although Medialon users need a license to register each of the SMI MxM plug-ins and use them in programs, the software can be downloaded immediately from the Smart Monkeys, Inc. online store for testing features in the Medialon Manager Demo mode.

SMI Lists MxM gives extended power over List objects manipulations. Simple and easy to use, this plug-in enables users to search, resize, reverse and merge lists in seconds. They can sort a list and automatically keep associated lists synched to it. Commands such as “Convert to Medialon List” and “List Adjust Position” save time and many lines of code. Simple calculation (min, max, sum, average) is included and duplicates or empty items can be removed quickly. The plug-in is priced at $149.

SMI Media Info MxM is a very easy to use Media Metadata aggregator supporting numerous audio, video and picture codecs and formats. Users just select a media file and retrieve hundreds of metadata that can be used in programs and/or simply displayed on panel designs. The plug-in is priced at $49.

SMI Tables MxM brings the power of arrays, tables, databases and more inside Medialon Manager Pro or Lite with no additional software required. This MxM creates an advanced data structure natively within Medialon Manager. An SQL backend supports table functionality with quick sorting, filtering and a range of output options. Since the plug-in is based on SQLite, programmers experienced with SQLite can use standard SQL queries. The plug-in is priced at $299.

SMI Strings MxM makes strings manipulation even more powerful, offering a complete new set of commands never available before in Medialon Manager. Users can split, swap and trim strings; count substrings; convert or remove non-print characters; and check string format. It also introduces Regex (regular expressions) to Medialon programming. This codified method of searching is extremely powerful and well known to developers worldwide. With SMI Strings MxM and the Regex syntax, string computation is limitless. The plug-in is priced at $199.

SMI Variables MxM implements pointers and more for Medialon Manager changing the way users manage variables in projects and saving hundreds or thousands of lines of code. Correction, modification and improvement of projects are fast and efficient; users can loop, iterate, convert and manage variables with incredible ease. Distance, speed and temperature conversions are included. The plug-in is priced at $249.

In addition, Smart Monkeys, Inc. offers the SMI MxM Pack, which bundles all five plug-ins for $749, a greatly reduced price compared to individual purchases.

“”Medialon’s technical team is impressed with the powerful functionality Smart Monkeys’ new MxMs bring to the table,” said Eric J. Cantrell, North American Sales Manager for Medialon, Inc. “Opening up our system for third party developers to create plugins introduced the possibility for advanced functionality that even we hadn’t envisioned. It’s exciting to see power users like Smart Monkeys finding new and more advanced ways to adapt our software to make it even easier to use and more powerful.”

A.C.T Lighting Announces Leadership Changes

A.C.T Lighting, a leading importer and distributor of lighting products, has announced title changes and a promotion among its top tier leadership. Effective June 1 President and CEO Bob Gordon assumes Chairman and CEO duties. At the same time Ben Saltzman will be named President and COO.

The changes come at a time of unprecedented growth for A.C.T Lighting and ensure the company’s continuing success. The company, which is the exclusive North American distributor of Clay Paky lighting and MA Lighting among others, recently added Chromlech’s innovative LED matrixes to its product inventory. Earlier this year, A.C.T Lighting posted the highest sales volume in Clay Paky history for the second consecutive year marking a tripling in North American sales for Clay Paky in less than three years.

Bob Gordon founded A.C.T Lighting in 1993 with the mission to identify leading high-technology products, gain exclusivity, and stock, support and service those products as if they were their own. The company has offices in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. “I’m extremely proud of all our accomplishments as we celebrate our 20th anniversary year,” Gordon says.

Ben Saltzman joined A.C.T Lighting in 2007 after successfully launching and running Scharff Weisberg Lighting. A graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BFA in Lighting Design, he spent time touring and working on Broadway before joining the highly renowned systems group at Production Arts Lighting. While at Production Arts he was involved with a wide range of projects, from the construction of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas to the 1998 renovation of Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

“In the seven years that Ben has been with A.C.T Lighting he has put his indelible imprint on the company,” says Bob Gordon. “Ben has more than earned this new position and title.”

Saltzman says, “I’m excited to take on this new role, and it’s a privilege to be surrounded by the exceptional team and extraordinary partners at A.C.T Lighting. Bob continues to inspire all of us as the company sets new records and pursues new strategies with the brands we represent.”

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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WorldStage Provides Video Support for Multi-Tony Award Nominee “Lucky Guy” Starring Tom Hanks

Joining the long list of Broadway credits for WorldStage is “Lucky Guy,” Nora Ephron’s play about tabloid journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winner Mike McAlary, which stars Tom Hanks in his Broadway debut. WorldStage provides video support for the drama, which has garnered six Tony Award nominations for best play, lead actor, featured actor, director, scenic design and lighting design.

Video projection plays a key role in the play helping to establish a sense of time – it spans a 12-year period – and location, including newsrooms, bars and the streets of New York during the 1980′s and ’90s. Projection designer Robin Silvestri, creative director/partner in Batwin + Robin, worked with director George C. Wolfe to develop images composed of film noir-style fragments, shadows and elements rather than literal video clips.

The video system was comprised of a multitude of display devices and screen surfaces encompassing the stage, each of which were fed from a centralized Dataton WATCHOUT media server system. Each of the projection surfaces was atypically sized and oriented, which presented a number of difficulties. One such challenge was designing the projector array for the header banner that flies in and out landing at various predetermined trim heights each time. Measuring approximately 24 feet wide x 3 feet high and running across the top of the back wall, the header banner displays various newspaper headlines during the show.

“The difficulty was in trying to project imagery onto the banner in two different positions,” says Lars Pedersen, Director of Emerging Technology with WorldStage. “We used an edge-blend solution to fill the width of the banner and overshot the banner screen top and bottom so we had enough raster to provide coverage for the different trim heights. The accuracy of the automation system allowed us to pre-program the position of the content within the raster so it fell in the exact location of the physical screen.” Double-stacked Panasonic HD 6.5K projectors supplied the required resolution, brightness, and redundancy.

In a serendipitous moment Silvestri discovered that the black scenic slider panels that move across the front of the LED wall, allowing the wall function as a full piece or be sectioned off, could also be used as a projection surface. By using the header banner projectors and manipulating the media in WATCHOUT – including elevated train track elements and a subway animation -the design team was able to accomplish projections on another surface with using the same toolset.

An additional technical challenge was posed by the forced perspective ceiling panel above the set, which offers additional display surfaces: It starts as a slightly raked flat ceiling, then drops down to become an angled display for the NY Post newsroom and finally is lowered to serve as an almost vertical backdrop for the end of Act One.

“In its default position the panel, which is on an articulated arm, is laid almost parallel to the stage floor. Then it moves to a 45º angle to the audience and finally lowers to be perpendicular to the projectors,” Pedersen explains. He positioned two Christie DS+10K-M projectors side by side at the middle of the balcony to hit the panel and deliver maximum brightness and redundancy. He partnered with WATCHOUT programmer Bill Lyons to determine how to warp and map the imagery onto the panel as it travels to and assumes the various positions.

As a way to deal with the endless understudy possibilities WorldStage provided a separate control system comprised of a Coolux Widget Designer Pro package. The user interface, designed and programmed by WorldStage Technology Specialist Raul Herrera, afforded the operators a quick and efficient method of accessing and launching the appropriate Watchout show file. Comprehensive projector and playback control and status monitoring were included in the user interface as an added bonus.

Silvestri, who first worked with Pedersen 25 years ago, reports that, “he never lets us down. WorldStage was fantastic. It’s important to have confidence in a supplier, which I do in WorldStage.”

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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Electrosonic Engineers MicroTiles Video Wall and Provides AV Support for LKAB Visitor Centre Above Arctic Circle

It may not be the Aurora Borealis, but the giant Christie MicroTiles video wall engineered by Electrosonic at the LKAB Visitor Centre in Koskullskulle, Sweden, is lighting up the north.

LKAB (Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag) is the world’s technical leader in supplying iron ore pellets, acquired from underground mining, to the global steel industry. Its rich magnetite mines are located in the north of Sweden above the Arctic Circle. A new research centre in Koskullskulle includes a visitor centre that welcomes guests to the nearby Malmberget mine. LKAB’s iron ore mining operations are among the most productive in the world and feature automated processes that result in the “greenest” production of iron.

Electrosonic’s Stockholm office was tasked by LKAB consultant WSP with designing and engineering the audio-visual facilities at the visitor centre, including its showpiece video wall comprised of 192 Christie MicroTiles. The video wall dominates the flexible main presentation space, which can seat 120 people classroom style. The wall is arranged in a 16×12 configuration for an image size of 6.5 x 3.7 meters (21.4 x 12 feet). The display consumes little floor space and is bright enough to be used with full room lighting and with natural light streaming through an exterior glass wall at the opposite end of the room. During the Arctic winter, the MicroTiles display is highly visible from outside the building.

A Vista Spyder image processor, configured for eight inputs and eight outputs, feeds the video wall ensuring that all images are displayed at their full resolution and providing flexibility in image placement. The high resolution of the MicroTiles themselves means that no pixels are visible no matter how close the audience gets to the display.

Permanent inputs to the display include a Blu-ray player, a dual-output high specification computer mounted in the source system rack, a digital video tuner (set top box) and facilities for connecting sources like laptops. An Extron JMP 9600 player is used to present a show that introduces visitors to LKAB, its products and processes. Spectacular high-resolution aerial photographs of LKAB’s operating sites are used as backdrops to formal and informal presentations.

Electrosonic also supplied the presentation room with a comprehensive audio system comprised of a BSS Soundweb DSP controller that accepts inputs from the video sources and from five microphones deployed as needed, plus Crown amplifiers and JBL loudspeakers. A four-channel Bosch infrared system was also installed; it benefits the hearing impaired and may be potentially useful for simultaneous translation.

Two AMX NI-3100 controllers provide overall system control. The user interface is a touchscreen mounted at the lectern and supplemented by an Apple iPad, which enables control from anywhere in the visitor centre.

Adjacent to the presentation room is a board room for management meetings, which Electrosonic has outfitted with basic AV facilities that offer a growth path as the use of the space becomes better defined.

The main display in the board room is comprised of four NEC X551UN 55-inch LCD monitors in a 2×2 array; they feature ultra narrow mullions, sport LED illumination and are bright enough for all ambient light conditions. A Blu-ray player, set top box and two Kramer SID-X1 twisted pair transmitters feed a Kramer presentation switcher. Once again, an AMX room controller with touchscreen user interface provides overall control of the NEC display.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic 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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grandMA2 Joins Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden

credit: Tom Case

grandMA2 met Clapton at the Crossroads when the guitar legend held his triennial guitar mega-jam with his friends and musical contemporaries. Four grandMA2 light consoles were on hand for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013, which was staged for two nights at Madison Square Garden. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighitng in North America.

Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival has been held every three years since since 2004 as a fundraiser for his Crossroads Centre, an addiction treatment facility in Antigua. This year, each five-hour show featured a roster of guitarists as legendary as Clapton himself, including Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy – with a surprise appearance by Keith Richards.

Two grandMA2 lights were used for concert lighting and TV/key lighting; two additional units acted as back ups. The shows were designed with the Crossroads’ branding in mind and the guitar motif was prominent. “There were lots of bright colors and images of guitars – all the content emphasized these thematic guitar images,” says Dave Maxwell, Clapton’s lighting and show designer who also crafted the TV lighting.

“This was the first Crossroads show we used the grandMA2 on – and I’ve done all the Crossroads shows with Dave. This was a huge show,” says Eric Wade, head programmer for the concert lighting. “It was our best show yet; it really turned out well.”

Wade did all the preprogramming in New Jersey. “We programmed for three or four days with all the bands. I could even call up some of the songs on YouTube and partially cue to them,” he reveals.

“There were so many guitar solos, and we could do a lot of overriding and adapt on the fly. In layout view you can place the lights where they are in space and easily locate them quickly – it’s so fast. Dave did the key lighting and audience matching. I did all the cue-to-cue. It was a lot of fun!”

The grandMA2 also ran all the media and graphics, he notes. The stage sported a 56 x16-foot 10 mil LED wall and a pair of 20 mil walls; two 11 mil walls displayed IMAG for the audience, all via four Catalyst servers. “We faded in and out cameras all the live video through the consoles,” he explains.

Wade praises the flexibility of the grandMA2 and “the great layout.” He reports that he and Maxwell “didn’t have to make any concessions in the show due to the limitations of the desk. That’s amazing – and unheard of with other consoles.”

“grandMA2 is all I use,” Maxwell declares. “I like the feel, and it’s very stable. I usually program it then leave it to the operator. With the wide array of macros and the extensive programming options you can let a lot of it run on its own. No other consoles have as wide an array of automators.”

Wade rifs on grandMA2 one more time. “There’s nothing better out there in the market today,” he concludes.

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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