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Carnival Cruise Lines Provides Open Water Entertainment With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact Digital Consoles

MIAMI, Florida — To provide live entertainment while on the open seas, Carnival Cruise Lines relies on HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles for an array of options to meet the needs of its passengers.

Carnival Cruise Lines, offering destinations such as the Bahamas, Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico, provides entertainment for all ages including casinos, full hair and beauty salons and spas, yoga classes, many restaurants with unique varieties of food, fun and games centers, and many clubs and bars with comedy and live music.

Out of 12 vessels, two of them carry Soundcraft Si Compact 16 consoles, while the remaining 10 each have an Si Compact 24. There is an accompanying stage box for each console on board.

When looking for the perfect console to fit the variety of entertainment needs aboard the ship, Erik Zvanut of Dobbs-Stanford, Soundcraft’s regional representative for Florida, suggested Soundcraft’s Si Compact series because the layout is similar to an analog board and would be easy for the onboard staff to learn. “Once I showed everyone the Si Compact series they fell in love with it pretty quickly,” Zvanut said. “The ease of use and the amount of functionality you get with the board is so much for the compact size.”

On each ship, the boards are mostly used in the theater and nightclub space, which offers live band karaoke. “The fact that the board is small and can be transported easily is huge. There isn’t much extra room on each ship, so having the small desk makes it easy to fit in a corner wherever it is needed. Carnival also wanted a desk that was easy to set up right out of the box without the need to retrain staff members,” stated Zvanut.

James Keaton, Entertainment Audio Supervisor for Carnival Cruise Lines, couldn’t be happier with the purchase decision. “The price point was perfect. Since the musicians usually operate the sound systems, it’s great to have an easy-to-use board that doesn’t need much background training. With a few of the vessels being older, it also helped to connect the stage boxes with CAT5 cable. Much of the copper wire is out of shape, and having the ease of CAT5 allows us to utilize many more inputs and outputs for whatever we may need. We tried to find a universal product that would benefit everyone, and the Si Compact consoles do the trick.”

Many of the settings and features of the Si Compact series benefit Carnival Cruise lines on a daily basis. “Many times we have a group of rotating bands that perform on different vessels,” said Keaton. “Having the ability to save settings and presets for each group makes the transition between acts very easy. Whoever is operating the desk just needs to upload the settings and they are set to go.”

For Carnival Cruise Lines, this is the start of a long-term upgrade to the entire system onboard the vessels. “It’s great that the stage boxes are compatible with the large Vi series consoles. It gives us options to expand in the future, which is our goal,” expressed Keaton.

For more information on Dobbs-Stanford, please visit: http://www.dobbsstanford.com/Pro.aspx

For more information on Carnival Cruise Lines, please visit: http://www.carnival.com/

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium Upgrades to KUDO

RCI Systems installs L-ACOUSTICS system in newly renovated performance hall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For just over 50 years, Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. has welcomed world leaders, key political figures and countless entertainers to its renowned stage. As part of an extensive renovation project celebrating its gold anniversary, the university recently updated the 1,500-seat venue’s audio facilities with the addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KUDO system. more

Students of the Academy of Music and Theatre Hamburg Learn Tricks of the Trade With a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 Digital Console

Professor Andreas Hübner, head of the AV Media Centre at the Academy of Music and Theatre Hamburg

HAMBURG, Germany – With approximately 750 students, the Academy of Music and Theatre Hamburg (HfMT) is one of the major music academies in Germany and offers an artistic and scientific education in all areas of music and theatre. One of the Academy’s hallmarks is its AV Media Center, at the heart of which lies a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 digital mixing console.

HfMT’s AV media center includes a recording studio and a video production studio, plus an audio control room for the recording of live events that take place in the Academy’s 450-seat theatre. The theatre hosts up to 10 opera productions per year, as well as productions by the Academy’s drama students. The AV Media Center’s equipment is used on a full-time basis by the Academy’s students, who are expected to familiarize themselves with the technology.

The Vista 5 console at HfMT is equipped with 32 faders. The central unit of the DSP system, the SCore Live engine, is equipped with four DSP cards and is housed in an equipment room along with other media and audio technology components. The exchange of audio and control data between the CPU and the D21m I/O system takes place via a fiber optic network.

A total of 216 and 208 outputs are available in different formats. The Studer I/O system can also be easily adapted to existing audio patchbays.

The Studer Vista 5 console was sold through Audio Pro, Studer’s Germany distributor.

For more information on Audio Pro, please visit www.audiopro.de

For more information on the Academy of Music and Theatre Hamburg, please visit www.hfmt-hamburg.de

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Audio Post Production House, Mixopolis, Adds A Fairlight Xynergi To Increase Full Project Development

NEW YORK, New York- Nestled in the heart of New York City, premier audio post production house, Mixopolis, recently purchased a Fairlight Xynergi system in order to maximize potential and optimize workflow within their state-of-the-art mixing facility, providing television and radio advertising agencies high quality promotional material.

Mixopolis, who prides itself on being a full service audio post house, deploys Fairlight for post work including voiceover recording, lock to picture, sound effects and sound design. The ability to intake all audio and video formats through the Xynergi console allows them to stay on top of the game and offers the flexibility to handle any project.

Currently featuring work on Macy’s ‘Shop For A Cause’ campaign as well as other television spots and shows for NBC and HBO, Mixopolis continues to grow. With the addition of another Fairlight system, this time a Xynergi, Mixopolis looks to extend their reputation for delivering quality projects and top-notch client service from start to finish.

The addition of Fairlight’s Xynergi provides a secondary system that will allow the Mixopolis team to access projects and files while their other studio rooms are occupied. “It’s great to have the ability of prepping files or projects on the stand alone system,” said Mitch Raboy, owner, Mixopolis. “It fits perfectly in the area near our music library and is easy to access by everyone.”

For a system that wasn’t originally meant for full project development, Raboy and his team have been able to utilize it extensively due to ease of use and ability to edit material very quickly. “We all love the Constellation we have in our mixing room. This makes it easy for our team to take advantage of the second system. To our surprise it has been used regularly and we’ve even done a few complete projects on it.”

Speaking highly of Fairlight, Raboy continued,” We’ve maintained an upgrade path and still have and use the CC1/Constellation in house, which has been a work-horse throughout the years.”

“The addition of Fairlight to be able to drag and drop any file format to the timeline has been the deal maker,” Raboy added. “This was a huge step in the process to save time. We can now store video with the project and don’t need any other peripherals.”

Although Raboy and his team are not new to the workings of the Xynergi, some of the settings and processes of the console continue to make projects simpler. “The automation is great, being able to copy past projects to the current timeline saves time when working on multiple versions of a commercial. Having touch-sensitive faders and knobs under my hands is awesome. It’s great not having to use a mouse. Whatever knob or setting you’re looking for it’s right on the console.”

“Overall Fairlight has been there through it all and helped us to do our jobs at the highest level. The support has been outstanding and gives us confidence that we can tackle any job that comes our way,” Raboy summed up.

For additional information on Mixopolis, please visit: www.mixopolis.com

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About FairlightUS:
FairlightUS is headquartered in New Jersey USA and is the exclusive distributor for Fairlight products in the North American market. Fairlight has been at the forefront of digital audio development since its inception in 1975. Fairlight designs and manufactures media creation tools including digital audio recording, editing and mixing systems for standard and high definition audio post, broadcast and music production applications. www.fairlightus.com

About Fairlight:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia Fairlight designs and manufactures media production systems powered by the company’s groundbreaking CC-1 FPGA digital processing engine. The Fairlight product range includes EVO, Xynergi and the new PyxisG2, all of which feature in the world’s leading broadcasters, commercial post facilities, music studios and film production studios. Fairlight has a rich tradition of innovation and development and is at the forefront of green computing technology.

Digital Rapids Adaptive Streaming Encoders and Automation Drive Massive Multi-Screen Sports Media Success for PERFORM

Over 150 automated StreamZ Live encoders power lucrative live streaming of 25,000 events annually for leading sports media group

March 29, 2012 — Passfield, UK: Digital Rapids announced today that sports media specialist PERFORM has deployed over 150 StreamZ Live encoders and the Digital Rapids Broadcast Manager multi-encoder automation software to power live streaming of thousands of premium sports events to viewers on an expanding range of devices and platforms. more

HARMAN’s Soundcraft® Vi1 Delivers it Strait for Matthew Manasse

LONDON, United Kingdom – When members of Dire Straits got back together for a one-off charity event at the Albert Hall, sound engineer Matthew Manasse was asked to look after the front of house mix. Having previous connections with keyboard player Alan Clark, and being a close colleague of their original engineer Robert Collins, Matthew was an obvious choice.

The incredible response led to repeated demands for the band to play again—and so ‘The Straits’ took to the road. This culminated in a full European tour recently that saw Matthew Manasse mixing the shows on a Soundcraft Vi1.

Having toured with some of the biggest names in the industry, from Dave Brubeck and Katie Melua to Rufus Wainwright and Pink, Manasse is highly regarded in the world of professional audio. However, in a world of ever tightening budgets he had become disillusioned with the touring market and left it to concentrate on running his new venture, Bluefish Live Events, to service the corporate events market.

But The Straits tour proved irresistible and as an early champion of Soundcraft’s Vi6, he had no hesitation in turning again to the company’s digital platform. The Vi1 was provided by Sound Technology, HARMAN’s distributor in the UK and ROI.

“I really loved the Vi6 so when the Vi1 was suggested I was initially a little concerned that its compact size might make it difficult or slow to navigate,” he admitted. “There are only 16 input faders visible at any one time and with 44 inputs from the stage I was worried that I’d be constantly switching between the layers and that this would take my attention away from the mix.”

Fortunately, Soundcraft was one step ahead. “There are five user definable fader layers so I’ve been able to group together the inputs that I need for different elements of the show,” Manasse said. “Accessing the right channel has never been so easy. With sound levels ranging from around 70dB up to the dramatic peaks of around 108dB, I needed a digital console that was versatile, small and flexible and that could handle that dynamic range without running out of headroom.”

The system has been programmed so there is a page for the opening number, a different page for the rocky songs and a third for the more acoustic ones. “On each of these fader pages I have the key input channels visible that I know I’ll need to access quickly,” Matthew continued. “Obviously some channels, such as the lead vocal, will appear on all these pages but that’s what makes this desk so flexible. I always have the inputs I need at my fingertips.”

Whereas previously he would simply recall a snapshot for every song, with the user definable layers he’s decided to mix the show on the fly, making the experience a lot more fun. “This has the effect of keeping the whole mix fresh as I have to stay completely involved.”

The other area where the console scores highly is on the output section. Concert Sound Clair, which has a long history with both Manasse and Dire Straits, is providing a monitor system and FOH control for the tour.

“As we aren’t able to carry a full PA system, CSC had given me an advanced processor as part of the package so that I could take complete control of the house systems that I’m using—but due to the number of matrix outputs on the Vi1, all with delay and EQ, I haven’t needed it once,” Manasse added.

CSC also provided a Vi stagerack, adding 64 mic/line inputs on stage to the 32 on the back of the console, which was a further bonus. The sound engineer noted that since the Soundcraft preamps are modelled on the Studer, this provided him with “an exceptional sound.”

The Vi1 also offers four Lexicon effects engines, which Manasse has been using sparingly on percussion, acoustic guitar, sax, vocals and the signature National steel guitar. “I am a huge fan of the built-in Lexicon effects,” he said, “and the Vistonics™ interface on the Vi1 makes it is so much more flexible and intuitive.”

One facility on the Vi1, which he regards as essential, is the input channel delay. “A few years ago I started to experiment with time alignment and now apply this to every mic on stage; it’s time consuming but the results speak for themselves as there is a marked increase in clarity and depth within the mix.The big advantage is that I can keep the acoustic guitars sounding like acoustic guitars, I don’t have to use the EQ to make them cut through as I’m already creating the ‘space’ with the time correction. By reducing the amount of ‘mess’ onstage I can keep the whole band sounding more natural.”

With Gareth Lewis on monitors and Nick Belshaw tour managing, the house engineer reflects on a thoroughly enjoyable tour of duty, before he again replaces the world of circuit venues (averaging out at around 1,500 capacity), to four and five star hotel conference and banqueting rooms.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

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Christie MicroTiles Creating Buzz At University of Iowa Carver-Hawkeye Arena

Christie® MicroTiles® are drawing rave reviews at the recently remodeled University of Iowa’s Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The 15,500-seat arena is the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes men’s and women’s basketball teams, as well as the university’s wrestling (winner of 23 NCAA championships – including 11 straight starting in 1975), men’s and women’s gymnastics, and volleyball teams.

Located in the main lobby of the new entrance, the 10 wide (13 feet 4 inches) by 7 high (7 feet) Christie MicroTiles array greets Hawkeye fans with commissioned video art, slideshows and graphics of upcoming events, and videos of current players and alumni of the college powerhouse.

“We collaborated with KJWW Engineering on this project and originally there was another brand of traditional LCD-type video wall that was supposed to go in there,” said Nate Lawrence, vice president of operations, Electronic Communications Systems (ECS). “We saw the Christie MicroTiles and thought this renovation project would be a good application for them. ECS has done a lot of video walls and we were really excited to get this new technology in there.”

“KJWW Engineering provided the engineering consulting for the project, including technology engineering services, which incorporates telecommunications, AV and security,” said Jeff Carpenter, associate principal/national director of technology, KJWW Engineering Consultants.

Carpenter said the university wanted a solution with “pop” since the MicroTiles video wall is in a high profile location with both natural and artificial ambient light.

“From a brightness perspective, the university wanted something that jumped out at you when you walked in the space,” Carpenter added. “We set up a demonstration of the Christie MicroTiles for the athletic department and they realized the MicroTiles were the solution they wanted to move forward with.”

Lawrence said the virtually seamless display of a Christie MicroTiles display wall means a more cohesive set-up than other technologies.

“When you see the MicroTiles in person, it blows you away when compared with the standard LCD display walls. The ability to create different shapes and sizes with the MicroTiles is also great. The reaction has been extremely positive. When we were putting the wall up, we couldn’t work more than a couple of minutes without somebody walking by making comments and wanting to see the wall get fired up and have content running,” added Lawrence.

The staff and students at the school are also impressed.

“We’re very excited about the MicroTiles. We have the most advanced technology and our young people – who are very aware of the latest technologies – know that,” said Dr. Jane C. Meyer, senior associate director of athletics, University of Iowa. “We wanted the most vibrant, high quality pictures on multiple screens – with very small mullions – and we have accomplished that with the MicroTiles display.”

Meyer added: “The arena has this wonderful sunlit, airy entry with a video wall that hits visitors with the display; it’s a very powerful experience for people first entering the arena. The MicroTiles have the vibrancy in a bright atmosphere that LED would never have achieved.”

“The MicroTiles wall is definitely a big focal point of the entire renovation project, both from the people just walking through and from the standpoint of the university itself,” concluded Lawrence. “With the overall image quality, brightness and how well it displays full motion video, the MicroTiles have created quite a buzz – everyone’s really excited about the overall look and how well everything integrated together.”

Dixon High School Reaches New Level Of Education With XPAND 3D Technology

HOLLY RIDGE, North Carolina – Dixon High School, part of the Onslow County School District in North Carolina, is realizing the benefits of learning in 3D with the help of XPAND 3D. Dixon High School recently purchased XPAND systems to provide a more engaging learning experience for its students in subjects like Biology, where 3D content offers greater depth and detail.

Dixon High School purchased XPAND 3D Educational products through Skylink with the help of Andy Canady, President of Skylink. XPAND 3D’s Educational Kit includes XPAND DLP®-Link 3D Glasses (which work seamlessly with all 3D-ready DLP projectors) and a library full of educational 3D content for every subject.

Jason Chambers, Biology Teacher at Dixon High School, is quite pleased with the results that he has seen since he started using the 3D material in October 2011. He has employed XPAND’s 3D content, including Designmate 3D technology, in almost all of his instruction, whether it is an introduction before diving into a new subject, teaching the subject itself or even as a refresher after a section is completed.

“It’s been a dream using the software. It not only helps the kids but the teachers are also enjoying it, especially when they see the test results. In General Biology alone there has been a more than 50 percent improvement in test scores. Our Principal is ecstatic,” Mr. Chambers said.

In North Carolina, a student has to score a level 3 (mastery of concepts) or 4 (superior understanding and clearly proficient in concept) on a statewide testing exam to be considered efficient. All classes taught by Mr. Chambers including those with EC students received 100 percent proficiency using the 3D material. In an Honors class taught by Mr. Chambers, he had 12 students score 4 in a class of 21 students. “Those types of scores are unheard of!” Mr. Chambers added. “Normally I’m lucky to get four or five 4’s in a class of 30 students, so the numbers speak for themselves.”

“The content overlaps seamlessly with our core curriculum,” Mr. Chambers said. “All the videos are under 10 minutes long so they don’t take away from my lesson plans either, they just significantly add value.”

Not only does the 3D content engage students on a higher level than Mr. Chambers has ever seen, but he also feels that high level of engagement translates into greater comprehension and retention of the information presented. “Students are grasping the material much quicker than with traditional methods,” Mr Chambers said.

Mr. Chambers noted that the 3D content is ideal for subjects like Biology, where 3D content showing DNA, mitosis or cell division can help explain the concept better than a 2D picture. “Being able to fly through a cell and watch the actual process as it happens is amazing,” he said.

Where students often get restless when a video is being played, Mr. Chambers noticed the opposite effect with the presentation of 3D content. “I can hear a pin drop in the room when we’re watching a 3D video. Kids are attentive and focused and actually entertained by what they are watching. I had never seen that before,” he said.

According to Mr. Chambers, even the quality of XPAND’s active-shutter 3D technology is apparent to the students. “The kids even enjoy it more than the passive 3D they see in the movie theater,” he noted. “They recognize the difference of the active technology that XPAND 3D uses and how it eliminates strain on the eyes and headaches. I explain the differences in the technology to them and show how the light enters the eyes differently. It’s a lesson within itself.”

“3D has been a tremendous asset for me,” Mr. Chambers concluded. “I don’t have to change the way I teach, I’ve had outstanding results with the content and I feel confident that the students are absorbing what I am teaching.”

For more information on XPAND 3D Education, please visit http://www.xpand.me/education or contact Jodi Szuter at Jodi.Szuter@xpandcinema.com
For more information on Dixon High School, please visit: http://dixon.nc.och.schoolinsites.com/

For more information on Skylink, please visit: www.skylinkinfo.com

About XPAND 3D:
The global leader in the 3D technologies for home, business, education, cinema, military and medical applications, XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name. XPAND 3D technology is used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries and is the 3D solution of choice for post-production houses, educational and professional 3D applications. XPAND designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional and AED Rent Host VTX System Listening Experience in Belgium

Pictured left to right: Brian Pickowitz, Market Manager, Tour Sound, Crown; Gert Sanner, Tour Sound Market Manager, EMEA, HARMAN; “Big” Mick Hughes, FOH Engineer for Metallica; Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional; and Glenn Roggeman, CEO, AED group.

FRANKFURT, Germany – On Friday, March 16, AV rental system provider AED Rent and HARMAN’s JBL Professional hosted the VTX System Listening Experience at the AED Demohall at AED Rent’s global headquarters in Willebroek, Belgium. The event included a demonstration of JBL Professional’s next-generation V25 line array loudspeaker in a left-right format, powered by Crown VRack amplification with V5 processing, and mixed on a Soundcraft Vi6 console.

The VTX System Listening Experience began with a technical overview of VTX led by Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional followed by an overview of Crown VRack and JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™, presented by Brian Pickowitz, Market Manager, Tour Sound, Crown Audio.

More than 240 professionals from 45 companies attended the VTX Listening Experience, including “Big” Mick Hughes, FOH engineer for Metallica. The afternoon listening sessions featured comparative listening tests between 12 deep hangs of VTX V25, VERTEC® VT4889 and L-Acoustics K1. All arrays were focused for 100-meter throw distance with identical angles and were carefully equalized and level-matched in order to provide a fair comparison.

Following comparative listening tests, Gert Sanner, HARMAN Professional EMEA Tour Sound Manager, demonstrated full left-right VTX system performance including subwoofers using show multi-tracks from Deep Purple to better represent the dynamics of real-world program material. Guest CD tracks were also used in the listening tests and attendees had an opportunity to gauge system performance using their own reference material.

“The VTX System Listening Experience was an intense, educational and overwhelmingly positive day, with a huge turnout and excellent results,” Bauman commented. “The event enabled us to showcase the distinct advantages of the VTX Line Array Series to a large number of professionals in the region and it was an excellent opportunity to see how the system performed in an outdoor open air situation as a follow-on to arena format testing at the LA Forum VTX Listening Experience.”

In January, AED Rent signed on as the first adopter of JBL’s VTX V25 line array loudspeaker and as a Strategic Partner in the VTX Network. AED Rent is known throughout Europe as a market leader and a total solution provider to AV rental companies exclusively, making the company an ideal candidate to help introduce the revolutionary VTX Series to the industry.

“We chose to purchase the JBL V25 because I think JBL has it spot-on for the future,” said Glenn Roggeman, CEO of the AED group. “JBL has always been known as the best component builder. Today, thanks to Paul Bauman, they not only have the components, but also the speaker boxes to make a terrific system.”

Audio XL, JBL’s distributor for Benelux, provided outstanding support, planning and execution of the event.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

“I do! I do! I do!” – across multiple screens

Lasika Productions uses Dataton WATCHOUT for wedding parties throughout Indonesia

The ability of WATCHOUT to seamlessly blend images from multiple sources and across virtually any different kind of display has seen it used in a host of applications around the world, but perhaps none so colourful, emotive or as beautiful as the wedding party sector in Indonesia.

Based in Surabaya in eastern Indonesia, Lasika Productions is the largest AV rental company in the region and produces, on average, 15 wedding parties per week. While not all of these are elaborate enough to justify large-scale video displays, there is growing enthusiasm among couples for wedding parties that incorporate compelling multimedia content.


“The lucky couples don’t have the in-depth technical knowledge to specify AV products themselves, but in terms of a concept and an effect, they know exactly what they want,” says Stephanus Nugroho, Managing Director of Lasika Productions. “For those who want large-screen displays, the solution is almost inevitably based around LED walls, and the nature of the animations required means that it is often necessary to combine different sizes of screen together to form a single wall. For this purpose, we always use WATCHOUT™ by Dataton.”

According to Nugroho, the AV specification for a typical wedding party can include motorised LED modules that move up and down to create different display areas at different times of the event. Another option often requested is for the LED screens to be integrated with motorised curtains so that the display area opens and closes to create screens of different widths. In both such cases, WATCHOUT is used to ensure that the image displayed is always perfectly synchronised, not just with the movement of the screens but also with other elements of the show such as audio tracks and changes in lighting scenes.

While some parties confine their AV to a single ballroom location, others want additional displays to be positioned in pre-function meeting rooms and even on the outside of the building hosting the party, as Nugroho explains:

“For a pre-function room, which is typically smaller than the main ballroom, we would combine framed and frameless LCD screens together so that you see a mixture of single screens and multiple-screen displays. Regardless of the number of screens we use, driving them with WATCHOUT ensures that all the images are correctly scaled for thesize of the screen.

“Externally, we sometimes use outdoor LED screens – in either flat or curved configurations – as a kind of welcome motif for wedding guests. More recently there has also been a trendtoward projection mapping, where the whole façade of the building is used as a dynamic, animated backdrop for multiple projected images. In either case, we again use WATCHOUT to combine the images seamlessly together and ensure consistent geometry and synchronisation.”

Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director at Dataton, concludes: “From humble beginnings as an audio manufacturer and rental company, Lasika Productions has successfully diversified to become the most innovative supplier of multimedia entertainment in its region. With its ability to sync different media together seamlessly and to a common timecode, WATCHOUT is the perfect fit not just for Lasika’s company skill-set but also for the ever-increasing demands of Indonesia’s wedding couples.

“We are delighted that our products are being used so inventively, and in ways which make an already special day even more memorable for hundreds of newly-weds and their many thousands of invited guests throughout Indonesia.”

www.dataton.com

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