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Wireworld® Nano Series Improves In-Ear Monitors

Wireworld Cable Technology, a respected manufacturer of high-performance audio and video cables, is releasing a brand-new series of ultra-light and flexible audio cables for in-ear monitors (IEMs) as well as headphones and portable audio devices. The Nano series will include four level options, each of which utilizes patented Wireworld technology to provide dramatic sonic benefits.

“In-ear monitors have become an essential tool for live performances,” comments Wireworld president and founder David Salz. “The increased clarity and expressive dynamics of the Nano cables bring IEM systems to a new level of performance that artists can rely on.”

All four Nano cables employ Wireworld’s patented DNA Helix® design with eight signal conductors—four times as many as in standard cables—to channel the electromagnetic signal energy more efficiently, providing greater detail and dynamics. They also utilize Wireworld’s proprietary Composilex® 2 insulation which minimizes triboelectric noise for surprisingly lifelike tone quality.

With molded plugs and oxygen-free copper conductors, the Pulse™ brings the advantages of this leading edge cable design down to popular pricing at $40 USD (1.5m). The Nano-Eclipse™ has Ohno Continuous Cast® (OCC) copper conductors and sells for $160 (1.5m). The Nano-Silver Eclipse™ features OCC® silver-clad copper conductors at $220 USD (1.5m). And featuring carbon-fiber plugs and OCC® solid-silver conductors for uncompromised performance, the Nano-Platinum Eclipse™ has a suggested retail price of $500 USD (1.5m).

The Nano cables are available with mini jacks and the most popular headphone terminals in a variety of standard and custom lengths.

Wireworld Pro Audio will be exhibiting and demonstrating Nano and their entire line of Pro Audio Cables during NAMM 2015, in Hall A, Booth 6773. Please visit to learn why industry expert Bobby Owsinski said, “I was a major skeptic that high-end cables could offer any sonic improvement, but Wireworld changed my mind in a big way.”

About Wireworld
Wireworld Cable Technology, founded by industrial designer David Salz in 1992, is the premier provider of leading-edge digital and analog cable technology for home audio speakers and video components, from HDMI and USB audio to state-of-the-art high-end interconnects and speaker cables. Wireworld earned its world-class reputation by producing superior cables based on the use of objective perceptual testing, innovative patented designs, premium materials, and exceptional manufacturing quality. For more information, visit: www.wireworldproaudio.com and www.wireworldcable.com.

Clay Paky Mythos Fixtures Make US TV Debut on CMT’s Live “Ultimate Kickoff Party” Launching College Football Playoffs

IMG_3357CMT’s live “Ultimate Kickoff Party” launched the first College Football Playoffs with a glittering show, which also marked the US TV debut of Clay Paky’s new Mythos fixtures, a highly-advanced hybrid light which serves as an excellent 470-watt spotlight and an extraordinary beam light. grandMA2 consoles were deployed on the concert special for lighting control. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America.

Production designer/lighting designer Mike Swinford obtained 146 Mythos fixtures from Nashville-based Morris Light & Sound, which offers a large inventory of the new lights. As a spot, Mythos has an outstanding large beam and zoom optimized for focusing; as a beam light it remains parallel for its entire length even at great distances. Mythos is smooth, fast and very quiet with a completely redesigned indexed visual effects disc.

Swinford and Morris Light & Sound president and CEO David Haskell were introduced to Mythos when A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales and Marketing Brian Dowd invited them to Clay Paky’s factory in Italy. Dowd orchestrated the visit, accompanied them on the trip and arranged demos of the new fixture. They were among the first people to ever see the fixture and immediately thought it was amazing. Haskell ordered 240 Mythos lights, and Swinford was first in line to use them.

“I was shopping for something new and great for the upcoming Kenny Chesney tour,” Swinford recalls. “Then this job for CMT came up, and I asked David if we could use the Mythos for the ‘Ultimate Kickoff Party’ first. He said sure, but the lights were so new they didn’t have cases yet!”

Haskell notes that Morris Light & Sound “does a lot of work with CMT, so we were happy to be able to offer Mythos on short order. I always hesitate to use a brand new fixture on live TV, especially so many of them. But my confidence level was high enough that Mike decided to give Mythos a go.”

Swinford was impressed by Mythos low power consumption, lightweight, incredible brightness and versatility – qualities he needed for the “Ultimate Kickoff Party.” The 90-minute concert special was staged in the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas and headlined by Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Brett Eldredge, Jake Owen, Maddie & Tae, Thomas Rhett, and Big & Rich.

“The show was primarily lighting-driven,” Swinford says, “although we had some low-resolution screens in the truss structure to display graphics. Mythos dominated the rig and was supported by some LED Flares. With Mythos I was able to get everything I wanted from a single fixture: huge graphic looks – like Sharpy on steroids – the ability to zoom out for nice texture with gobos and the ability to soften the edges for a pseudo wash-type look. I was confident that Mythos could be the one light that does it all.”

Swinford mounted 24 Mythos on each of three zigzag truss structures made of 10-foot sticks with four-way corner blocks. Each corner block included a five-foot piece of vertical truss featuring two more Mythos fixtures. A fourth zigzag truss, free-standing on eight-foot legs, had 24 more Mythos lights.

With this configuration, “we could do one thing, like zoom, with the horizontal Mythos, then add sharp parallel beams from the vertical Mythos,” Swinford explains. “Mythos allowed me to create distinctive looks for each artist by changing up color palettes and using their great gobos.”

Lighting director and programmer Mike Appel was also dazzled by the lights. “Mythos is so small, so bright and so versatile,” he says. “We could go from super Sharpy-type beam mode to a really wide zoom. The patterns, aerials and color mix were really great. It can do everything: strobing, flashing, color changes. We could pop from beam to zoom mode really quickly, and the lights held up well.”

Swinford says, “For Lady Antebellum the Mythos were pointed straight at the camera with a gobo look that was fantastic – very crisp and hard edged. The optics on the lamps are outstanding.”

“We put a star field pattern in the fixture and spun it fast so we got an unbelievably strong look,” adds Appel. “It was a look we couldn’t have gotten before with a smaller head.”

And on the finale with Big & Rich covering “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” Swinford and Appel “went all out,” says Appel. “We were in full-on party mode and structured the beams to cut through everything. With all the chasing we were still able to create a structural look with the beams cutting through. They looked just great!”

Swinford says the Mythos fixtures generated lots of buzz backstage. “Nobody had ever seen this look before, and the artists could see and feel the power of it. They all made comments: ‘What is this? We’ve never seen anything like it!’ They were very impressed with the new look of Mythos.”

Appel had two grandMA2 consoles for lighting control: a full-size desk with three NPUs for the A system and a grandMA2 light with three NPUs for the back up B system. A long-time grandMA fan, Appel began using the system in 2002 migrating to the grandMA2 in 2010.

He found that the consoles paired well with the new Mythos fixtures. “The profile for the Mythos that A.C.T Lighting supplied worked just fine; I just made a few small modifications based on my personal preferences,” Appel explains.

Swinford reports the fixtures “came off great” on their TV debut. “We ran them about five days and they performed amazingly. When I turned on the rig for the first time it was really exciting. I haven’t felt this strongly about a light for a long time. It’s nice to be the first kid on the block with a new toy!”

“I think Mythos is going to be very popular,” Swinford concludes. “Clay Paky will probably have to run double shifts to keep up with the demand!”

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 on A.C.T Lighting, visit www.actlighting.com
For more information on Morris Light & Sound, visit www.morrislightandsound.com.

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Calibre releases NEW LEDView325DS Digital Signage LED Videowall Scaler

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Calibre announces the release of its latest model in the highly successful LEDView range of LED videowall optimised image scalers.

LEDView325DS is designed specifically for cost conscious digital signage projects where quality is required but without breaking the bank.

Digital signage is a market often ignored when it comes to high quality scaling with many clients relying on software based solutions from a PC. This unfortunately causes difficulty creating and showing client content together with severe image quality issues, both of which lead to unhappy clients.

LEDView325DS is a cost effective yet high quality image scaler which provides Calibre’s market-leading pixel-accurate per-edge image re-sizing algorithm which allows each edge of the picture content to be independently dragged to the correct position on the LED videowall.

There is also per input colour calibration capability to ensure client content looks how the client wants with control of RGB gains and blacks as well as saturation and hue even on digital computer-originated content. These are the kinds of functions typically found on premium live events models, which are now available without the cost associated with a live events scaler.

LEDView325DS gives outstanding image quality with fast simple set-up of picture size, colour calibration and network-based back-up and restore of settings for fast disaster recovery. Control and configuration is by internet browser, using the inbuilt webserver so when connected to a suitable network remote control and status monitoring is also possible.

Calibre UK will exhibit on stand 4U64 at ISE 2015 taking place from 10-12 February 2015 at the Amsterdam RAI.

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 27 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing. www.calibreuk.com

Real-world innovation at the heart of Kramer’s ISE 2015 presence

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Solutions focus, brand new products, exhibitor hospitality and extensive education line up

At this year’s Integrated Systems Europe 2015 event, Kramer Electronics will exhibit over thirteen real-world solutions and technologies. They will also provide training, education and networking opportunities and make several product introductions on stand 1.F20.

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To demonstrate working solutions in real-life settings, each with a presenter, is the best way to communicate the value – both business and technical – of our extensive product range in numerous vertical markets,” said Aviv Ron, Vice President Business Development and Strategy at Kramer Electronics.

We expect that our stand will outperform everything we have done at previous shows and will position us ahead of the competition in our ability to bring solutions of unparalleled value, innovation, functionality, scale and performance. Visitors to the Kramer stand will be able to see the products in action, test them out, ask questions and plan for future project investments.

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Set to draw crowds from many disciplines in the AV and IT worlds, highlights include solutions-based demonstration areas such as Corporate, Education, Banking and Trading, Live Events and Healthcare.

In addition, there will be dedicated areas for Collaboration, Control and Streaming as well as Kramer’s industry-leading portfolio of “Installer Solutions”, including cables, connectivity and surprising Audio innovations.

Showing for the first time in Europe will be the multi-award winning VIA Collage™ and VIA Connect Pro™ true collaboration solutions. On a dedicated booth area, visitors will be able to see first hand how multiple participants can manage and share video, documents or files securely in real time using PC, Mac or mobile devices.

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Award winning innovation
Like at previous shows, Kramer will take up the opportunity of the biggest industry tradeshow in Europe to launch new products in many product categories. This will include new scalers, range extenders, various audio products and much more.

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Adding to its tradeshow presence, Kramer is shortlisted for three categories in the InAVation Technology Awards 2015. The VIA Collage is shortlisted in the Collaboration category, K-Touch is shortlisted for Control category and VS-D matrix switcher family is shortlisted in the Video Processing and Distribution category.


Education and training

Reaffirming its commitment to spreading the knowledge about AV technology and solutions, Kramer is set to double its training efforts with ongoing presentations about the benefits of collaboration, which will run at the Kramer stand during all three days of ISE 2015.

Set to be an ISE show highlight, Kramer will host a panel on Future solutions for productive and effective collaboration in the Unified Communications Theatre, on Wednesday, 11 February, Hall 9.A140 between 16:00 – 17:00.

Meanwhile, the company will present at three InfoComm University™ training sessions:

InfoComm Lab: Succeeding with EDID, a hands-on-lab showing how to design HDMI installation correctly presented by Ohad Oman, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February at 14:30-16:30 in Room D403.

Streaming AV – A Wave of Opportunities will explore technologies, benefits, implementations and applications. The session will be presented by Erez Dafnai, Product Manager on Tuesday, 10 February between 14:30 to 15:30 in Room D204.

Collaboration in the BYOD Era will be presented by Neta Lempert, VP Digital Business Development on Thursday, 12 February between 14:30 and 15:30 in Room D203.

Commenting on the company’s training offering at ISE 2015, Aviv Ron said: “This year, we are putting an even greater focus on education and training to support our technological innovations in the rapidly changing AV and IT world. For the first time, we are introducing Kramer’s Training On Demand™ that will offer all classes in all popular languages, according to visitors’ demand. ISE is the perfect place for us to do that and it shows the global nature of our presence and support. Training, or rather industry education, is key to our customers’ ability to adopt new technologies and to leverage them when implementing excellent end-users’ solutions.”

For information about all of Kramer Electronics, Sierra Video, Minicom Digital Signage and Kramer Powered by Calibre products please visit www.KramerAV.com.

Some useful links:
Official ISE hashtag: ‪#kramersolutions‬‬‬‬
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kramerelec
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kramerelectronics
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kramerelec/
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kramerelectronicsus
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/895692

About Kramer Electronics:

Since 1981, Kramer Electronics has been a leading player and pioneer in the Pro AV industry. With 26 global offices, supporting and distributing its products in over 100 countries across 6 continents, Kramer offers an extensive and innovative Pro AV solutions portfolio for Corporate, Education, Houses of Worship, Government, Live Events, Health Care, and more.

For over three decades, Kramer has built its reputation on strong personal relationships with its customers and providing the highest level of service and support in the industry.

Kramer has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Pioneer of AV Award at InfoComm in honor of its Founder, President & Chairman, Dr. Joseph Kramer. Kramer’s award winning analog and IP-driven solutions for collaboration, streaming and control are at the forefront of an ever-evolving Pro AV industry. Kramer’s consistent sales growth and expansion into new markets is a testament to the company’s commitment to R&D and reliance on customer feedback.

For more information, visit us at: www.KramerAV.com

WorldStage Supports The First Wall Street Journal Digital Live International Technical Conference

IMG_0762.jpgWhen WSJDLive, “where the digital world connects,” kicked off its inaugural conference, WorldStage was there to provide video systems and displays to Bay Area event and entertainment company e2k Events x Entertainment.

An international technical conference, WSJDLive brought together global CEOs, leading thinkers and top entrepreneurs in a series of interviews, round table discussions and interactive events at The Montage, Laguna Beach, California. Speakers included writer/director/producer James Cameron, Apple CEO Tim Cook, billionaires Jack Ma and Carlos Slim, DreamWorks Studios co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and UCLA chancellor Gene Block.

“WSJDLive was our first event with event producers e2k; it was very well attended and had very compelling content,” says Michael May, WorldStage account manager for the project. “Plans are already underway for next year’s conferences.”

The expansive event had components throughout The Montage resort, which is luxuriously sited alongside the Pacific Ocean. WorldStage provided video systems and displays for the main keynote room, the lobby area and the outdoor stage.

The evening sessions at the outdoor stage featured projection mapping by WorldStage onto the rear façade of The Montage. The projection content, created by graphical design firm 3Monkeys, served to open and close presentations by Tim Cook and Jack Ma.

“We had limited time to work the night before the outdoor stage presentations began,” says May. “Guests had cocktails on the lawn then sat down to watch the presenters. We partnered with 3Monkeys, which brought Ventuz media servers to integrate with our system. Four double-stacked Christie HD 20K projectors with Christie Twist displayed the content on the back of the hotel.”

The location’s architecture, with numerous overhangs, balconies and corners, presented a challenge for the mapping process. “We could only place the projectors in specific locations, so there was a lot of off-axis shooting to compensate for,” says May.

WorldStage also provided a three-camera switch and record package to capture the speakers’ appearances for posterity – and for news outlets. “Our footage was all over the network news the next morning,” May reports.

In the lobby area WorldStage created an interactive video wall, which attracted a lot of buzz. The 3×3 configuration of NEC LCD monitors displayed tweets extracted live from internet sources and displayed to attendees.

“For display processing on the video wall, we used a Vista Systems X20 to provide a canvas of multi-window presets that could be reconfigured at the touch of a button.” May explains.

In addition to the video set ups for the outer areas, WorldStage provided an extensive system for the ballroom keynote presentations consisting of a curved 45-foot wide LED wall with 3.9-mil pixel pitch as the main feature. “This main LED wall with 3Monkeys content displayed was a stunning backdrop for the presenters,” says May.

At WorldStage, James Sarro and Dave Morris were the project managers, Shane Zinke and Frank Musgrove video engineers, Terry Nakamura projectionist, James Armstrong the Spyder operator, and Ken Stanford and James Boress video directors.

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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Revolabs’ Executive Elite Wireless Microphone System Wins SVC Innovative Product Award

SUDBURY, Mass. — Jan. 20, 2015 — Revolabs(R) today announced that the company’s flagship Executive Elite(TM) wireless microphone system has been awarded a 2014 Most Innovative Product Award by Sound & Video Contractor magazine. Chosen by readers, the honor recognizes the year’s top thirty electronic and mechanical innovations across the professional A/V industry that demonstrate ingenuity, creativity, and technical achievement. more

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Extron Introduces NetPA Compact Audio Power Amplifiers with Dante

Extron NetPAExtron Electronics is pleased to introduce the Extron NetPA 502 AT and NetPA 1001-70V AT, half rack 1U, convection cooled power amplifiers equipped with Dante™ digital audio networking. The NetPA 502 AT delivers two channels of 50 watts into 4 ohms, and the NetPA 1001-70V AT provides a single channel of 100 watts at 70 volts. NetPA amplifiers can receive audio from Dante-equipped audio processors over a standard local area network, greatly simplifying the cabling infrastructure for sharing audio across multiple rooms or floors in a building. In addition to amplifying incoming Dante audio, NetPA amplifiers feature line level outputs that can simultaneously feed an additional speaker zone or audio system. They feature an Extron exclusive, highly efficient, advanced Class D amplifier design, plus patented CDRS – Class D Ripple Suppression that provides improved signal fidelity over conventional Class D amplifiers. more

Bayside Church Installs LUMINEX Switches, Node and Hubs to Create Single Network Backbone for Growing AV Needs

christmas 8 9 2014 batz-201-X3Bayside Church in Granite Bay, California has upgraded its AV system with a complement of equipment from LUMINEX Network Intelligence consisting of two GigaCore 12 managed Gigabit Ethernet switches, an 8-port Ethernet-to-DMX node and three DMX 10-port hubs.

Sacramento-based integrator Dave’s World Lighting & Scenic Designs selected the LUMINEX equipment, which was obtained from BP Productions in West Sacramento. Dave Carr, who heads Dave’s World Designs, installed the original AV system for the church about ten years ago and added its first network-based lighting system a year later.

The Biblically-based Bayside Church draws some 10,000 worshippers to its six weekend services. The sanctuary holds about 2,400 people in a multi-purpose space with retractable seating and a stage, which can be partially removed to open up the floor. Two 12×22-foot front projection screens, displaying IMAG, song lyrics, video and PowerPoint, are also movable.

Last year the church upgraded to a grandMA2 Light console for lighting control and added a roster of Martin Viper Profiles, Viper Washes and Aura Washes to its lighting package. The next step was a lighting network and distribution upgrade, moving from an existing set of DMX lines and multiple Ethernet networks running to the stage and back.

“Bayside Church is like a touring production that doesn’t tour,” says Carr. “The church’s lighting had been handled by dumb switches – multiple lighting networks throughout the building. But they were getting old and needed to be upgraded.”

In addition, the entry-level nodes in use had injected data issues and latency into the system.

Carr had been using LUMINEX switches for the past year as the network backbone for front of house and the stage on the Eli Young Band tour. “They were flawless and reliable – a great solution,” he reports. So LUMINEX was front of mind for Bayside Church’s upgrade.

“Initially, when I spoke with Bayside lighting designer Alec Takahashi, we were going to start with something small, like a LUMINEX node. But then we decided to add the switches and hubs and build a single, solid network backbone that would be reliable for many years to come. We wanted to get everything done early in November so the system would be up and running for the busiest time of year: the Christmas season.”

“LUMNEX seemed to be a very solid system, so we purchased an 8-port node that serves as our primary network infrastructure with the switches as back ups,” says Takahashi. The system incorporates the media server and runs MA3D.

The slate of Christmas services proved to be “a very good test” of the new LUMINEX network, he notes. Bayside Church held 16 services from December 18-24, each about 90 minutes long and featuring carols, candle lighting and a message from the senior pastor. A special 360º circular screen, 21 feet in diameter, was hung above the stage with a circular lighting truss inside it; seating for the congregation was in the round.

“Before, the church was only wired for two DMX lines. With LUMINEX we’re set up for eight DMX ports, and we used eight for Christmas,” says Carr. “We were able to control the projection network over LUMINEX along with the MA console network and the media server network. The lighting data distribution was done over LUMINEX, too. It drove all the content with live feedback of video into the consoles and remote computers at the control center.”

“Our rig was a bit bigger than normal for Christmas,” says Takahashi, “and LUMINEX worked seamlessly. We didn’t have to use our back ups but we had tested them, and the system worked seamlessly with them, too.”

“Bayside Church has a technical team and a team of volunteers, and they don’t have to deal with the system once it’s been configured,” says Carr. “All the web interfaces are easy for them to understand. You don’t have to be an IT person to master them.”

Carr’s associate Brian Vaughn controlled the video content for the church’s Christmas services.

“We expect that LUMINEX will serve us well for the next five to eight years,” says Takahashi. “We plan to purchase another system for our new campus in Rocklin, California, which will launch in a few months” to accommodate a growing population of worshippers in the area.

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 converter 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.

For more information visit www.luminex.be

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Myers Heads Up 3G’s New AV Installation Division

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Los Angeles, CA––As an integral part of a significant expansion and growth move for the company, David Myers has been appointed as Director of 3G Pro Audio’s new Installation Division.

As Director of AV Installations, Myers will be dedicated to building a division that sets itself apart in terms of innovative solutions, unique new methodologies and successful collaborations with clients.

A veteran in the field with 25 years in contracting, David holds CTS-I and CTS-D certifications in Installation and Design.

Asked about his mission, David responds, “Developing consistencies within the division so our key sales team members can sell and support installations while maintaining a commonality in how things are done. Refining our branding so that 3G is perceived as an installation house; growing sales; designing systems, and responsible project management at every stage of the process.”

3G will build on its core strengths in theatrical and festival production and touring to focus on vertical installation markets such as performance venues and Houses of Worship, nightclubs and hotels that can draw from the company’s expertise in live entertainment. They will also focus on performance spaces in government and educational environments.

David feels the division should be seen as specialists in terms of the lines they carry, the solutions they offer and the way they present themselves. “We don’t want to be like everyone else,” he affirms. “What’s really important is understanding the client’s needs and maintaining a constant connection with them throughout the installation process and after the project has been completed.

“3G intends to deliver turnkey solutions that meet all of the customer’s technical requirements including sound, lighting and video. We’re not just a sound company.”

Asked about his feelings regarding the appointment, David answers, “I’m honored and excited to be part of the company. 3G is made up of a terrific group of people dedicated to treating their customers and their own staff the right way, which is the core of all business.”

Eli Stearns, President and CEO of 3G adds, “We are really excited to have Dave join our team and lead our new Installation Division. While we have been selling professional audio systems for years, Dave’s expertise as an experienced contractor and designer of full AV systems will catapult our company’s capabilities to full service integration. Moreover, Dave’s work ethic, leadership and ‘can do’ attitude makes him a perfect fit with the company’s commitment to providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

For more about 3G Pro Audio, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

Lightware USA and Solotech Team to Put the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Ice

IMG_5863Solotech, the premier North American end-to-end provider of entertainment technology services, has integrated a Lightware MX16x16DVI matrix switcher into the system that projects the Toronto Maple Leafs’ player intro video onto the home ice at MLSE’s Air Canada Centre. Lightware USA is the US distributor for Budapest-based Lightware Visual Engineering products.

Used in the past as a fan “extra” for NHL play off games, videos projected onto the ice itself have become a new way to generate fan excitement during regular season games. The Maple Leafs’ video, created by 4U2C, Solotech’s content design company, is a dynamic montage of still and moving images showcasing the players, on-ice action and graphic glimpses of the team logo, a rippling flag, even the stitches on the players’ jerseys. Teams face off, sticks clash, pucks fly, players crash and crowds roar in the lead up to the Maple Leafs’ line up hitting the ice.

“We’ve used Lightware in other applications for several years now. It’s always worked well even in a tough show business environment,” says Sebastien Lovse, video technical advisor at Solotech. “We try hard to find robust equipment to guarantee the security of the shows we do, and we have never experienced any failure with Lightware products.”

In MLSE’s Air Canada Centre, the Lightware matrix enables technicians to switch any input or output of the system to six double-stacked 20K projectors, which are mounted on the grid above the ice.

“We had only three weeks to set up the entire show, so receiving the MX16x16 router from Lightware really fast helped a lot. Since we’re accustomed to working in touring and staging fast turnarounds are nothing new to us. Lightware USA delivered the system quickly, and we made it happen!” Lovse reports.

The Lightware switcher is housed in a rack in the equipment control center at the venue. Solotech operators supported the video display system for the first ten games of the hockey season then MLSE technicians assumed control. 4U2C can update and create new content as needed by the team.

Solotech maintains a rental inventory of other Lightware gear, including HDBaseT and fiber optic transmitters and receivers and 17x and 32x frames. “We’re hoping to partner with Lightware to develop other products that fit our needs,” says Lovse. “We’ve (been) having ongoing discussions about how to customize Lightware solutions for our clients.”

About Lightware USA

Lightware USA is the US distributor of professional AV products manufactured by Lightware Visual Engineering in Budapest, Hungary. With the flexibility of the Lightware product line, the Lightware USA team is able to assist with the design for some of the highest performance systems in the world. Router sizes ranging from the robust UMX4x4-Pro up to the impressive 160×160 25G Hybrid give Lightware USA the edge over the competition when it comes to routing multiple video sources to the ever changing variety of displays in the industry. Their array of solutions for extending the highest resolution video formats including 4K and 3D over Cat or Fiber put Lightware USA on the forefront of cutting edge technology.

For more information on these products, visit www.LightwareUSA.com.

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