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Clay Paky Fixtures and grandMA2 Consoles To Be Showcased in Open House at Mid-America Sound on February 3

Mid-America Sound Corporation, one of the largest full-service concert and event production companies in the Midwest, and A.C.T Lighting will present an open house featuring Clay Paky automated fixtures and MA Lighting grandMA2 consoles on February 3 from 10 am to 3 pm.

Mid-America will host the open house at its Greenfield, Indiana headquarters where Clay Paky Alpha 1500 and 700 series fixtures and the new Sharpy fixture will be showcased alongside a complete range of grandMA2s, both full size and Light.

“The open house will give customers a chance to check out the latest technology,” says Mid-America Lighting Division Manager Bob Williams. “People have been asking about our Clay Paky fixtures which are hard to find in the Midwest, and from time to time we hold product training classes for the grandMAs. So we decided to showcase both products in a very hands-on open house event.”

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Electrosonic Soars with AV Solutions for “Flight of the Dragon” And “Flying America? Dark Rides at OCT Theme Parks in Shanghai and Shenzhen, China

Shanghai/Shenzhen Dark Ride Setup

Shanghai/Shenzhen Dark Ride Setup

As developer OCT builds and expands its network of theme parks throughout China, the company has called on Electrosonic to provide all the AV solutions for two new dark ride attractions at Happy Valley outside Shanghai and Window of the World in Shenzhen, north of Hong Kong. Although a thousand miles separate the theme parks, the two attractions were virtually identical in size and scope for Electrosonic, which supplied full projection systems and screens, the main show control system, 4D effects, audio and lighting. Electrosonic worked in concert with Huss Attractions who provided the complex ride system and brought in creative content producers Super 78 Studios.

Both attractions are movie-based dark rides featuring complex curved screens and a quad projection system with custom lenses, dynamic audio reinforcement and 4D more

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Scharff Weisberg Supports Zachary Borovay with Video Projection for Broadway’s Lombardi and Elf

Lombardi

Lombardi

Scharff Weisberg has teamed with projection designer Zachary Borovay to integrate video into two acclaimed Broadway productions, Lombardi and Elf. The relationship between Scharff Weisberg and Borovay goes back almost 10 years and includes Broadway productions such as Xanadu and To Be Or Not To Be as well as Peepshow in Las Vegas.

“The great thing about working with Scharff Weisberg’s, Lars [Pedersen] and T.J. [Donoghue] is that they really collaborate with you on the design of the system. That’s vital, especially when you’re dealing with the unique challenges that both Lombardi and Elf posed,” says Borovay.

Lombardi stars Dan Lauria as the Hall of Fame football coach and Judith Light as his wife. It is presented in the round at the Circle in the Square Theatre while Elf, based on the Will Ferrell more

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grandMa Goes Merrily on Tour with the Radio City Christmas Show

When Radio City sent its famed Christmas show on the road this year grandMA went with it. One tour playing Providence, RI and Boston and another playing Ft. Meyers and Jacksonville, Florida and Austin, Texas have converted to grandMA for control of all their moving and conventional lights. A.C.T. Lighting is the exclusively distributor of grandMA in North America.

“The tours used to run two consoles each: one for moving lights and one for conventionals,” reports programmer Paul J. Sonnleitner. “In July we converted all the current desk information into grandMA so one system would control all the lighting fixtures for each tour.”

Lighting designer David Agress says that grandMA has been used on the Radio City New York Christmas Show and has “over 1,000 flawless performances” to its credit. “It’s extremely reliable,” he notes. “The tours are less elaborate with fewer fixtures, although they fill 20 trucks more

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Stage Research Releases Updates for ShowBuilder 6 and RF Guru

Stage Research wraps up the year with a holiday present for users of its ShowBuilder 6 and RF Guru software: new versions of both popular packages.

“ShowBuilder 6.1 has been updated with a new user interface for easier access to data,” reports Stage Research co-founder Carlton Guc. “It also features the latest database of sound equipment, new reports and improved support for multiple disciplines, including lighting and video.”

ShowBuilder has been embraced by industry professionals as the software that takes the drudgery out of the administrative side of production. Completely rewritten last year to broaden its scope, ShowBuilder serves everyone in production: sound designers, lighting designers, carpenters, hair and makeup, stage management, wardrobe and technical directors. Users find the software indispensable for handling production paperwork for company, cast, sound, props, route tracking and more.

Guc is also pleased to announce an update for RF Guru, which launched more

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Lightware DVI-I Input Boards Bridge the Gap as Customers Upgrade From Analog to Digital Systems

Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering is introducing fully-functional DVI-I input boards for its pro line of matrices in mid-January 2011, according to the company’s US distributor Lightware U.S.A.

“This is the ‘Missing Link’ in the Lightware product mix,” says sales and marketing associate Blake Dudash. “DVI-I allows an analog signal to come into a Lightware matrix and be converted into a digital signal, so Lightware can accept any type of video from any analog or digital source (except SDI and HD-SDI) and route it in our matrix.

“Because most people are converting from analog to digital systems, they usually have some analog sources that they still need to access,” he explains. “Before, you would have had to use an external converter to gain that accessibility. Now, you can manage all analog or digital video signals in one Lightware matrix.”

The DVI-I input boards accommodate any size Lightware more

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SUNY Delhi Adds Prism Projection RevEAL Color Wash LED Fixtures to Farrell Student Activity Center Auditorium

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SUNY Delhi, the State University of New York at Delhi in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, has taken delivery of 16 Prism Projection RevEAL Color Wash (RevEAL CW) LED luminaires for the Farrell Student Activity Center Auditorium. The complement of LEDs come in a host of configurations, including 37º, 50º, 70º and very wide sync wash-style to accommodate placement from front to back of house.

Introduced late last year, RevEAL CW fixtures have quickly gained a reputation for unparalleled color rendering, palette, repeatability and beam quality. Designed for TV studios, film productions, theater, worship, events, theme parks, architecture and other no-compromise applications, the RevEAL CW is a robust, environmentally-friendly luminaire. It features TrueSource(tm) optical and color LED management technology for precise and repeatable color and optimum optics, multi-primary color mixing and optical feedback.

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Latin Grammy Awards Dazzle with Clay Paky Alpha Beam 1500s

Latin Grammys

Latin Grammys

Clay Paky Alpha Beam 1500 fixtures helped Atomic Lighting shine at the 11th annual Latin Grammy Awards telecast on Univision November 11 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. A.C.T Lighting is a distributor of Clay Paky lighting in North America.

The Alpha Beam 1500 is the most powerful luminaire among fully-automated ACL fixtures. It generates a solid, super-concentrated parallel beam for very long-throw projections that can be shaped and animated with built-in tools for fantastic mid-air effects. With its new Fast-Fit 1500W lamp, the fixture can also become a spotlight for long-distance, focused projections and perform as a narrow-angle washlight.

“We used eight Alpha Beam 1500s on the show,” reports Atomic Lighting’s Brett Puwalski. “The lighting designer, Carlos Colina, had heard about them and was interested in checking them more

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Stage Research Co-founder Taps SFX and LightFactory for Regional Theater

Stage Research continued its commitment to regional theater when co-founder Carlton Guc put SFX and LightFactory software through their paces on two recent Ohio productions.

SFX is the company’s flagship product for creating reliable and enriched soundscapes; LightFactory brings all the features expected from a lighting control board to software that can be run on the smallest of laptops.

Stage Research provided many technical advances, including SFX and LightFactory software and related hardware, to Actors’ Summit when Akron’s professional theater company brought “A Christmas Carol” to Greystone Hall for a limited engagement. Guc also designed sound for the holiday production, which runs through December 29. This adaptation of Charles Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” is a traditional crowd-pleaser: It was staged at the Cleveland Play House for eight years.

Guc was also in demand as sound designer for “Steel Magnolias,” which just concluded its run as part of more

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Kaufman Astoria Studios Helps grandMA2 Rock for “Today” Show

NBC Today

NBC Today

When the lighting needs intensified for the Rockefeller Center outdoor concerts hosted by NBC’s “Today” show, Kaufman Astoria Studios provided a grandMA2 to handle lighting control duties. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of the grandMA in North America.

“Emmy Award winning Lighting designer Howie Strawbridge began getting into heavier lighting with ColorBlazes, Showguns and HMIs, and he wanted to start using the grandMA2,” says Kaufman Astoria vice president Mike Spera. “So we’ve been providing the board for concerts featuring Bon Jovi, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Carole King. The grandMA2 not only controls Howie’s lighting but several DL3 projectors on the set, too.” Brian Davis is the board programmer.

When “Today” wraps its concert series in December the grandMA2, which has been housed at NBC in Rockefeller Center, will go back more

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