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HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional Provide Acoustic Atmospherics at The Island In Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Island at Pigeon Forge is a brand-new entertainment and retail center located in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. It’s on an actual island in the Little Pigeon River and offers a wide variety of rides, shopping, restaurants and attractions, with a 132-room hotel to be completed in spring 2014. Providing the audio solution was sound contractor Clair Brothers Audio who installed a system featuring HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, all tied together via BSS Audio signal processing components.

Clair Brothers installed the distributed audio system at The Island at Pigeon Forge, which encompasses more than 22 acres. Dustin Goen, Clair Brothers system designer and project manager specified 128 JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers for use throughout the facility, indoors and outdoors in the buildings and mounted on light poles. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of 12 Crown CTs Series CTs 2000-LITE, CTs 1000-LITE and CTS 600-LITE amplifiers. Signal processing and distribution is provided by three BSS Audio BLU-800 processors, a BLU-320 I/O expander, a BLU-100 12 x 8 signal processor and three BLU-8v2 wall controllers. The amplifiers are connected to the BSS Audio components via CobraNet, using PIP Programmable Input Processor modules that are installed in the amps.

The Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio components are housed in four distributed audio equipment rooms, all tied together with fiber cable. The tech staff can monitor and control all the amplifiers using a customized page in the HARMAN HiQnet London Architect™ system control and configuration software. Each of the equipment rooms has remote inputs and paging, enabling staffers to distribute inputs across the park or page specific areas.

“Although it covers a large area, we were able to test the entire system in the shop before we brought it to the site and configure and tune everything onsite in two days,” said Goen. “We chose the JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers with WeatherMax grilles because of their combination of sound quality, power handling and durability, which is obviously of prime importance in an outdoor installation where they’re also going to be used day in and day out.”

Goen continued, “The BSS Audio BLU devices are my go-to digital signal and networking processors because they offer tremendous flexibility and total reliability. These qualities, along with their ability to connect all the amplifiers on the same network using a single software package made them the obvious choice.”

“We have been pleased with the results from Dustin and his team’s hard work on this project. Everything has been working well thus far, and sound quality we now have throughout the property is excellent,” added Beau Berni, Director of Operations, Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Visual Unity Renews Contract with TV Nova

Leading OTT platform and multiscreen solution provider, Visual Unity Global is announcing today the contract renewal of streaming services for TV Nova. TV Nova is the biggest commercial television broadcaster in the Czech Republic, and will continue to use delivery solutions from the leading multiscreen solutions provider Visual Unity, to power VOYO, its live online streaming and Video on Demand service.

Two years ago TV Nova chose Visual Unity to launch their subscription-only service called VOYO. After a comprehensive and lengthy technical evaluation, TV Nova decided to extend their contract for OTT and CDN services until 2016.

Tomas Petru Visual Unity Global’s CEO, says: “We are delighted to continue delivering our award-winning OTT platform for TV Nova, as it further demonstrates our ability to maintain long-term relationships with our clients. Maintaining happy clients and high customer satisfaction is core to our business values.“

“The VOYO video portal offers its subscribers more than 2,000 titles ranging from the latest blockbusters to the Czech classics, including TV Nova’s own productions and series before they are premiered on TV. I am happy about the continued co-operation with Visual Unity, which as a respected expert in its field will continue providing the streaming services to more than 30,000 VOYO users,” says Petr Horák, Head of Diversification.

Gabriel Dusil, Chief Marketing and Corporate Strategy Officer, adds, “We are proud that our OTT platform, vuMedia™ sits at the heart of TV Nova’s VOYO, a leading provider of video on demand in the Czech Republic. By extending the VOYO contract we continue to demonstrate our service excellence in delivering large OTT installations, such as VOYO which includes over 10,000 premium content assets.”

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About Visual Unity Global
Visual Unity Global is a global provider of video and digital media solutions, enabling our clients to deliver premium quality video content over the internet. Our clients can measure, analyze and optimize their libraries over time and achieve optimal business success. Our platform capabilities inspire our clients to deploy their assets across multiple devices, screens, and media formats. Visual Unity helps clients manage, deliver and monetize their digital content.
Visual Unity is a Multiscreen Solution Provider, bridging the gap between linear broadcast, IT and IPTV to help clients reach and engage audiences on any screen. Since 1991, the team has been designing and delivering turnkey broadcast and complex multiscreen solutions worldwide – from HD outside Broadcast (OB) vehicles and major playout facilities to live internet streaming and Video on Demand services. Visual Unity’s award-winning vuMedia™ platform helps broadcasters and content owners control how their brand and assets are managed and monetized in the multiscreen environment. vuMedia™ is a highly scalable and a modular architecture, delivering a cutting-edge live viewing experience on the web or any mobile or connected device – all of which can be deployed into existing workflows and business processes.
Visual Unity is based in Prague, London, Munich, Nairobi and Los Angeles.
For further information, please visit www.visualunity.com, info@visualunity.com

Prolight + Sound 2014: HARMAN’s Martin Professional Introduces New Lighting Solutions and Offers Daily RUSH™ Giveaway

FRANKFURT, Germany — Underscoring its commitment to providing innovative solutions for lighting designers around the world, HARMAN’s Martin Professional introduced several new lighting solutions, both hardware and software, as well as a offered a daily giveaway of Martin’s popular RUSH™ line, at Prolight + Sound 2014.

Day 1 Highlights
Martin Professional revealed the MAC Quantum Profile™, the latest addition to its new MAC Quantum line. The profile features innovative LED technology and Martin’s proprietary optical designs to deliver super-bright light output. Martin also introduced an expanded family of its proprietary VC-Grids™ and VC-Strips™ family to include 15, 25, 30 and 60 mm pixel pitch fit for architectural installations, stage design, and TV set design.

Additionally, the show’s first day featured the introduction of two new RUSH by Martin LED fixtures—the RUSH MH 5 Profile™ and RUSH DC 1 Aqua™. The RUSH MH 5 features two color wheels, two gobo wheels, and a rotating 3-facet prism, in a compact yet super bright LED profile moving head. The RUSH DC 1 Aqua is a compact and bright LED fixture featuring full electronic dimming, variable manual focus, and five selectable colors to deliver aquatic decoration effects for shows, clubs, and other entertainment venues. Integrated into the Martin stand is an authentic club setting, complete with a DJ and house music, which features the RUSH by Martin line in time-coded shows.

Day 2 Highlights
Garou Blancan, was introduced as the winner of Martin’s annual worldwide Young Lighting Designer Contest at a press conference held by Martin’s Villads Thomsen, Vice President of Global Sales, and Theis Wermuth, Product Application Specialist. They also discussed the process of reviewing the top shows and presented a viewing of Blancan’s winning show design as he accepted the winning trophy.

The second drawing of Martin’s RUSH daily giveaway surprised winner Christoph Mainusch with a RUSH product of his choice. Mainusch works for Munich-based MC-Veranstaltungsdienste, where he provides lighting design services for popular band, Famous Naked Gypus Circus. Mainusch quickly chose the RUSH Multibeam 2™ as his prize.

Martin successfully hosted its annual RUSH event at the prestigous Gibson Club in Frankfurt. The event featured a unique lighting experience provided by Martin’s RUSH Multibeam 2™, RUSH MH 4 Beam™, RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom™ and other members of the RUSH by Martin line.

Additionally, Martin’s state-of-the-art M6 lighting console was honored with the PIPA award for best lighting controller.

For live updates from Martin Professional at Prolight + Sound, please visit: www.facebook.com/MartinProfessional

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

NPI Audio Visual Solutions Adds First Vista Systems’ Spyder to its Inventory

Cleveland-based systems integrator NPI Audio Visual Solutions has invested in its first Vista Systems Spyder X20 for use in live events and for its demo room where the company showcases equipment for permanent installations. NPI serves customers nationwide with a primary focus in Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and West Virginia.

“Our installation/integration division provides engineered AV systems for broadcast facilities, corporate installations, K-12 and higher education, mobile facilities and portable AV flight packs” says director of sales Sam Avellone. “In addition, we have a staging and rental division, an in-house AV services division for hotels & conference centers, corporate event production, and an HD video truck, trailer and portable AV flight pack systems for live event production, broadcasts & web streaming, with an in-house production studio for content development, editing & duplication.” “So we can pretty much handle anything in the AV realm (sales, rentals & production).”

Recently, NPI was looking for a device to “zone content and edge blend,” Avellone explains. “After a little research we discovered that Spyder was the product that delivers those capabilities.”

He notes that NPI has developed a control system for scoreboards, which Spyder has augmented. “A lot of the scoreboard companies only have one video input on their control system which limits what they can display on the scoreboard. But now that we have Spyder we can plug in a head end system that allows them to also show branded/sponsored videos, advertisements and instant replays which can be placed ( in any configuration ) on the video display. The customer gets a next-level scoreboard and a system that not only enhances the “in-game” experience, but can also generate revenue for them”.

Avellone reports that the Spyder has been “working great and everybody is happy with it. Vista trainers came here to provide training for our technicians, and they’ve been great in terms of sales support, too. We did a tradeshow with Vista for the annual Ohio Association of Broadcasters Engineers conference. Vista was very helpful in assisting us to show off the product and even came and worked the booth. Spyder looked great and got a lot of attention on the show floor.”

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

For More Information about NPI Audio Visual Solutions, contact Sam Avellone -
Director of Sales ( Phone : 216-514-5023 / E-mail: sam.avellone@npiav.com )

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DPA Microphones Allow Jure Tori To Move Freely On Stage

Slovenian accordionist Jure Tori is using DPA d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to bring extra energy and quality to the sound he is achieving on stage. The internationally acclaimed musician recently bought two d:vote microphones from DPA’s Slovenian distributor, Sonus, and is now using them for all of his live performances.

“When you’re playing an accordion, the whole body is involved,” Tori says. “Therefore I need microphones that enable me to move and express myself without limitations. With a DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone attached to my accordion, I am able to pick up the sound of the entire keyboard and really capture the sensitivity of my music.”

A unique and charismatic musician, Jure Tori has performed on stages all over the world, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with other musicians such as Austrian double bass player Ewald Oberleitner and guitarist Ariel Cubria. He also plays as part of the group Orlek and recently established the Tori Trio with Oberleitner and percussionist Ganesh Anandan. His reputation as an accordionist is now so well established that his songs are part of the curriculum programme for students of accordion and his compositions have been published by the Slovenian Music Information Center. His music has also been used to accompany animations by Dušan Kastelic (Bugbrain Institute), in movies by Metod Pevec and in various Slovenian and Austrian documentaries.

“My compositions express my personality, traumas and pleasures – sometimes in a funny way and sometimes in a sad way” he explains. “DPA microphones have brought real progress to my music, especially the work I am doing with the Tori Trio. With DPA, I have achieved more live musical energy, improved the quality of the sound and found it much easier to play my instrument.”

DPA’s d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones are renowned for their audio quality and their versatility. Despite their tiny, discreet size and lightweight design, these clip mics are rugged, stable and perfectly suited to the rigors of touring and live performance. Intended for fast-paced settings, the mics can easily be unclipped and repositioned or moved to another instrument with only one hand. Additionally, the d:vote’s microphone mounting system is designed to be extremely gentle, never marring the finish of an instrument.

“On an accordion, the constant sound of the bass is very important and these microphones enable that sound to be properly picked up,” Tori adds. “They also make it much easier to record live concerts. I have managed to find a good solution for fixing and positioning the microphones on both sides of the instrument and as a result I am really enjoying the sound these microphones are delivering.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

NAB Booth C 3841

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BHV Broadcast to Show Seriously Expanded Video Ghost Series at NAB 2014

Video Phantom Power System to Offer HDMI Monitoring, a Rack-Mount Version, and a Digital Signage Solution

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of compact, cost-effective equipment for live and post-production will show a seriously expanded Video Ghost series at NAB2014, Booth C 3841.

• Video Ghost – Sleek, sexy and affordable, Video Ghost lets you run power and serial digital (SD/HD/3G) video over a single coaxial cable. Video Ghost now offers enhanced cable length performance up to 200m from the camera or monitor and a maximum power output of 65W (both ratings may depend on signal format and application). Multi-layer protection circuitry prevents inadvertent damage caused by mis-connection. This powerful alternative to batteries is especially relevant for installing cameras or monitors where the supply of power is difficult or hazardous, such as gantries, stage sets, sports arenas and amphitheatres.

NEW at NAB – Ghost now provides optional HDMI monitoring of SD/HD/3G video feeds.

• GhostRack – On show for the first time! The rack-mounted version of BHV’s friendly spirit offers 4 channels of Video Ghost Power Over Coax in a 2RU x 19″ rack case with integral power supply and front panel monitoring. Ideal for mounting in an OB and powering four remote monitors or cameras over the video cables!

• Video Ghost is being introduced as a low-cost and reliable power source for Digital Signage applications. The ‘fit-and-forget’ system provides an innovative and unique way to get power to a monitor on a stage floor or in an arena roof, and eliminates the need for local mains power for monitors.

“Video Ghost is ideal for short-term or permanent applications that utilise monitors for digital signage such as entertainment venues, retail establishments and houses of worship,” explained Julian Hiorns, BHV Broadcast’s managing director. “Operational benefits include portability and rapid deployment – important features for mobile productions and difficult locations where monitoring is required, and the flexibility to send or receive video signals and DC power wherever and whenever the need arises.”

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

NAB Booth C3841

BHV Broadcast’s Syntax Up-Converter Series Adds Closed Captions Capability

First US Demonstrations of Syntax Bridge Slated for NAB 2014 in Booth C3841

Owslebury, UK – BHV Broadcast, manufacturer of award-winning rate-converters, up-converters and the innovative coax-powering solution Video Ghost, will introduce the US market to Syntax Bridge at NAB 2014. The newest member of the Syntax up-converter series provides closed captions capability via integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 data management system. The first US demonstrations are slated to be held in Booth C3841 at the LVCC.

Syntax Bridge, recipient of TV Technology’s IBC 2013 STAR award, was developed in response to the growing global requirement for closed captions as part of the retention of metadata through the broadcast chain. Now broadcasters and producers can enjoy the benefit of Syntax’s unrivalled quality HD up-conversion with closed captions. BHV’s award-winning Syntax up-scaler integration with Microvideo’s HDB 300 (which in itself provides simultaneous data management of control signals, trans-coding, decoding, bridging and copying) will allow broadcasters to utilize the artefact-free performance of the Syntax in distribution and production chains with massive metadata handling capability.

BHV Broadcast’s managing director, Julian Hiorns, commented “The combination of BHV’s extraordinary Syntax up-converter combined with Microvideo’s HDB 300 provides an unparalleled solution to the latest closed caption compliance requirements. We’re delighted to demonstrate this exciting new technology at NAB and make it available in the Americas.”

BHV’s Syntax series uses Super-Resolution Bandlet technology, a natural successor to motion compensation, for virtually transparent conversions.

See all of BHV’s award-winning products at NAB 2014. Click on harriet@desertmoon.tv to schedule a visit!

About BHV Broadcast
BHV Broadcast is the manufacturer of award-winning compact and cost-effective equipment for production and post-production including a full range of rack-mount and portable digital switchers to accommodate any application where space is at a premium. The company also manufactures rate and format converters and video power systems. For further information: www.bhvbroadcast.com

BHV Broadcast contact: Martin Cook
+44 (0) 1962 777733 • sales@BHVBroadcast.com

Press contact: Harriet Diener / Desert Moon Communications
1-845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Expands RUSH™ Line, Introduces Two New LED Light Fixtures

FRANKFURT, Germany — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today introduced the latest additions to its comprehensive RUSH™ by Martin line for club and DJ effects—the RUSH MH 5 Profile™ and RUSH DC 1 Aqua™. Both fixtures combine advanced LED technology with the latest innovations in effects lighting to offer an affordable solution with unparalleled light output and reliability.

RUSH MH 5 Profile™
The RUSH MH 5 is a super bright LED profile moving head that offers 75 W of efficient optics to produce a variety of effects and colors perfect for DJs, bands, clubs, bars, cruise ships and installations. The compact housing features two color wheels, two gobo wheels (fixed and rotating), and a rotating 3-facet prism, making this moving head perfect for applications where a smaller footprint and lightweight is critical.

RUSH DC 1 Aqua™
This ultra-compact yet bright LED fixture projects brilliant aquatic decoration effects ideal for shows, clubs, and other entertainment venues. The RUSH DC 1 Aqua features full electronic dimming, variable manual focus, variable effect speed/direction control, and five selectable colors, including open white and split color options.

“The new RUSH MH 5 Profile and DC 1 Aqua adhere to the cost-efficient yet high-performance approach our RUSH line has become known for,” commented Uffe Kristensen, Product Manager, RUSH by Martin. “By sticking to this approach, entertainment venues and DJ’s can not only produce excellent effects but also operate their RUSH solutions more efficiently than other options available—effectively saving on energy costs while still generating high-quality, super-bright light.”

In addition, Martin will be giving away a different RUSH product each day of the Prolight + Sound expo. Attendees can enter for a chance to by visiting the Martin stand and collecting their competition badge.

For more information on RUSH by Martin, please visit:
www.martin.com/productgroup/productgroup.asp?psg=rushbymartin&selgroup=114

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Feel The RUSH with HARMAN’s Martin Professional At Prolight + Sound 2014

FRANKFURT, Germany — At Prolight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s Martin Professional will host its annual RUSH event at the Gibson Club in Frankfurt on March 13. In addition to a great night of fun, the venue will showcase the RUSH™ by Martin line, including Martin’s RUSH Multibeam 2™, MH 4 Beam™, and PAR 2 RGBW Zoom™ lighting fixtures.

PL+S attendees can collect their free ticket to the RUSH event by visiting the Martin stand (Hall 9, A93) during show hours. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis and all event attendees must be at least 18 years of age. Martin will also be giving away a different RUSH by Martin product each day of the show. Attendees can enter for a chance to win at the Martin stand.

The RUSH by Martin line features a comprehensive and affordable range of profile, wash, strobe, beam and pin spot luminaries for DJ and club effects. As a compact moving head for smaller venues, the RUSH MH 4 Beam houses a fixed gobo wheel and color wheel for a multitude of effects, such as dimming, strobe, 6-facet prism, and focus. The RUSH Multibeam 2 is a versatile effect featuring two moveable LED bars each with five individually controlled narrow beams, as well as preprogrammed macros for powerful yet easy effects. The RUSH PAR 2 RGBW Zoom is a bright single-lens LED PAR Can with fully premixed color from 12 RGBW LEDs that offers electronic dimming and strobe.

For more information about Martin Professional’s RUSH event, please visit: http://martin.com/pressrelease/pressrelease.asp?id=948&

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional Announces Winner of Annual Young Lighting Designer Contest

AARHUS, Denmark — HARMAN’s Martin Professional today announced Garou Blancan as the winner of its 2014 Professional Young Lighting Designer contest. Throughout the month of February, young amateur lighting designers from around the world competed for a chance to win by programming their ultimate show to a music track of their choice and submitting it the Martin Facebook page. Blancan will be presented as the winner during the 2014 Martin Professional Prolight + Sound Press Conference at 4 PM on Thursday, March 14 at the Martin Booth A93 (Hall 9.0).

As the first place winner, Blancan, a 25 year old Belize-born Canadian, has been awarded an all expenses paid trip to the 2014 Prolight + Sound Expo in Frankfurt Germany as well as with a Martin MG20™ lighting controller. The MG20 is a powerful yet compact controller that is easy-to-use and offers 10 fader playbacks, an external video screen, an effects generator, as well as a host of other features.

“The decision to choose Garou as the winner was unanimous,” commented Paul Pelletier, Product Manager for Controllers, HARMAN Martin Professional. “His design contained every element of a great show, including creative positions, movements, color mixing, variation and blackout. Now armed with an MG20 controller to further his already fantastic creative abilities, we are very excited to see Garou put together many great shows in the future.”

A winner was chosen through a simple process: Facebook users voted for their favorite shows and the three shows with the most votes were then judged by a three-person panel consisting of last year’s winner, Brad Helzer, Martin Professional’s Global Product and Application Specialist, Theis Wermuth, and Pelletier.

The contest also awarded prizes for the second and third place winners. As the second place winner, Ricardo Dias of Portugal was awarded Martin’s M2PC™ control surface that delivers a professional suite of features directly from any PC. The third place winner, Mihail Kisiov of Bulgaria, won a Martin USB Duo DMX Interface that offers XLR 5P female connectors and provides two DMX 512 universes from any USB enabled Windows-based PC.

“Congratulations to Garuou, Ricardo, and Mihail on their achievement as the world’s most remarkable young lighting designers,” commented Pelletier. “We are proud to support aspiring lighting design professionals and extend thanks to all the participants and those who took the time to vote to make this contest the best yet. We look forward to putting a new generation of lighting designers to the test next year.”

To view the winning shows, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/MartinProfessional/app_486254294756872

As a world leader in the creation of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors, Martin lighting and video systems are renowned the world over. Martin also offers a range of advanced lighting controllers and media servers, as well as a complete line of smoke machines as a complement to intelligent lighting. Martin operates the industry’s most complete and capable distributor network with local partners in nearly 100 countries. Founded in 1987 and based in Aarhus, Denmark, Martin is the lighting division of global infotainment and audio company HARMAN International Industries. For more information please visit: http://www.martin.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

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