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SnapAV Product Specifications and Dealer Pricing Now Available for Direct Download to D-Tools System Integrator™ Software

Authorized SnapAV dealers can access tiered pricing directly from D-Tools Data Library to further streamline estimation and project delivery 

CONCORD, CA – August 22, 2013 — D-Tools Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software today announced a key productivity enhancement for System Integrator™ software users. Now, authorized SnapAV dealers can download the SnapAV product and pricing catalog directly through the D-Tools Data Browser. This convenient tool enables authorized dealers to download the entire SnapAV product line – including tiered pricing levels – into their System Integrator catalogs, significantly reducing the time and cost associated with creating accurate estimates and system designs for their client engagements.

“Making this information available to our Authorized Dealers through the D-Tools workflow is a great productivity enhancement for our joint customers,” said Craig Case, President of SnapAV. “We are pleased to work with D-Tools and share a similar vision of making it easier for system integrators to deliver world-class solutions for their clients. The combination of our deep product line and D-Tools’ powerful workflow gives today’s integrators the power and convenience to compete and win.”

As a D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partner, SnapAV helps to provide system integrators with the most up-to-date product information to over 4,400 companies using D-Tools System Integrator software. D-Tools MVP members are dedicated to helping companies streamline the design process and making it easier for system integrators and installers to provide accurate, professional proposals to their clients, and the new functionality in D-Tools SIX enables delivery of specific dealer pricing, further saving time and cost.

“This is a game-changing tool and we are thrilled to offer SnapAV Authorized Dealer pricing to our SnapAV dealer customers directly from the Data Browser,” said Adam Stone, President and CEO of D-Tools. “This marks an important and significant step in the evolution of our platform, which has been built upon the goal of making the integrator’s job easier – while making it easier for our manufacturer partners to provide their dealers with the most up-to-date information available – which ultimately benefits the entire custom integration eco-system.”

About SnapAV
Established in 2005 and based in Charlotte, North Carolina, SnapAV is a manufacturer and exclusive source of more than 1,000 installation-friendly audio, video and CCTV products for residential and commercial A/V integrators. SnapAV empowers integrators to run more efficient businesses by providing high quality, lucrative products supported by best-in-class online ordering and award-winning customer service. All products are protected by zero-tolerance Internet sales policies and many feature lifetime warranties.

SnapAV Brands include Episode® Speakers and Electronics, Wirepath® Surveillance and Structured Wiring, Binary™ Media Distribution and Cables, Wattbox™ Power and Surge, Strong™ Mounts and Racks, Camden™ Cinema Furniture, and Dragonfly™ Projection Screens. Additional information about SnapAV and its product brands can be found at www.snapav.com.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), multiple recipient of Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012, 2013), Multi-Room Audio Video Awards – Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, emailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools or Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

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Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com 

 

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PixelFLEX LED Panels Brighten Sunday Service

Thousands crowded into Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis recently for a Sunday service not soon to be forgotten. PixelFLEX LED Curtains adorned the church stage with a vivid, bright and high-quality video screen celebrating the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, adding a more lifelike feel to the service.

Flexible in all directions, PixelFLEX LED Curtains are able to bend and shape around structures for a more creative display, which is why Tony Morris, director of Technical Services for Bellevue, decided to utilize the panels for the performance backdrop.

“The flexibility really provides many advantages over the hard, inflexible panels,” said Morris. “Install and tear-down is extremely easy. Additionally, the rigging hardware on the top is simple to attach to the truss and the interconnection between the panels is all very straightforward.”

The production team cleared out the 75 ft. deep and 130 ft. wide stage, which usually has a 65 piece orchestra and a 200 voice choir, to have a clean slate for creating the atmosphere desired. The panels (20mm- 5 Panels) were used as a backdrop flown from a truss to enhance colors behind the singers, small band and pastor presenting during service that morning. The church’s stage has a trim height of about 45 ft. above the stage and the crew trimmed out the panels at 25 ft.

Videos and images can be sent to the screen using any computer with a DVI-D connection – PixelFLEX LED Curtains are available from low resolution to high resolution, allowing users to demonstrate simple effects or elaborate videos. The high caliber visual components of the curtains come with equally impressive customer service assistance and without the need for an extensive budget.

Pleased with the overall ease of set-up and tear-down, as well as the accessibility of the product, Morris said they are looking at additional ways of using PixelFLEX in the future.

“It’s amazing just how bright those things are,” said Morris. “We plan to try to incorporate the PixelFLEX panels in more elaborate productions moving forward to maximize the worship experience for our congregation.”

Bellevue Baptist Church, founded in 1903 and based out of Memphis, Tenn., is led by Pastor Dr. Steve Gaines and provides in church services as well as podcasts and television services for its members.

For more information on PixelFLEX and its growing line of lightweight LED video screens, visit www.LEDCurtain.com. Follow PixelFLEX at www.Facebook.com/PixelFLEXUSA or @ledcurtain.

3G Productions Expands LA Facility, Strengthens Sales Team in Southern CA

Devon Murray

Las Vegas, NV––3G Productions, Inc. has expanded its presence in Southern California with a larger Los Angeles facility and a new Director of Business Development and Sales, Devon Murray, who will spearhead the company’s growth and sales in the market.

Located just south of downtown Los Angeles, 3G’s facility now has more than twice the warehouse space of its predecessor and is centrally located to major live production and corporate events, touring and dance festival venues in the Southern California area.

Highly experienced in all aspects of live production, Murray joins 3G after an eight-year stint as Senior Production Manager for STAPLES CENTER/AEG where he was responsible for production and management for all events at the arena in Los Angeles.

Commenting on his new appointment, Murray said, “I’m elated to join the talented team at 3G. I was always impressed with the quality of the engineers, products and work when they produced events at the Staples Center. I see tremendous growth potential in 3G, particularly in LA, and my goal is to continue to build on top of the solid business foundation 3G has already created.”

Asked about the hire, 3G owner and Vice President Jay Curiel added, “We’re excited to have Devon join our sales team. His vast experience and knowledge in the industry will translate into new and exciting growth opportunities for 3G in Southern California as we emphasize our commitment to service this market.”

Known for its fresh perspective, engaged engineers and exceptional customer service, 3G has distinguished itself with its ability to provide the high quality audio and communications for everything from the largest dance festivals and tours to their increased focus on corporate and TV/film broadcast events while maintaining the dominant role in live event production and touring that has been their mainstay.

For more about 3G Productions, 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.

HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers Star in 2013 Sunset Strip Music Festival

LOS ANGELES, California —The epicenter of rock music on the west coast will find you on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California and at no time of year is the iconic street louder than the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival. Featuring artists such as Street Drum Corps, Finch, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Awolnation and headlined by Linkin Park. Escondido, California-based Sound Image supplied a HARMAN JBL VTX system powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers for the festival which took place on August 3rd, 2013.

The system Sound Image deployed for the festival featured 24 JBL VTX V25 full-size line array elements (12 per side) along with four VERTEC® VT 4887A compact line array elements for front fill, 18 VTX S28 subwoofers (nine per side) and eight VTX G28 subwoofers in a single cardioid array. Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers powered the entire system.

“The VTX line arrays are a huge step forward sonically. It’s very smooth and the low-end is tighter and you have more headroom at the high-end as well. Plus using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Software is extremely straight forward and intuitive,” explained Rich Davis, Audio Engineer for Sound Image.

Considering the time crunch, the combination of the Crown-powered VTX system used in conjunction with Performance Manager made the entire production far more efficient. “This was a one day festival and we didn’t have the ability to do load in the day before. We were onsite at 3:00am and once the stage was in place we had everything set-up quickly. Paul Bauman from JBL had visited the site and done some preliminary work and then it was just a matter of refining some of the angles and the distance we needed to throw. Being able to do everything from assigning the amplifiers to tuning the PA with delay times in the software is a major time saver,” added Davis.

For headliners Linkin Park, the difference in the VTX rig is unquestionable. “My favorite PA out there is the JBL VTX. At the high-end it really shines, there is no distortion and its capabilities are unlike anything else that is out there right now, when I’m out with Linkin Park it’s our first choice,” added Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, FOH Engineer for Linkin Park.

Sunset Music Festival’s Head of Production, Phil Jaurigui, explained how this was a unique year for the festival. “After years of using JBL systems for smaller staging applications, I was overjoyed by the sound and performance of the VTX system for the main stage at the Sunset Strip Music Festival,” he said. “It was not only twice as loud than the previous system we have used that fit into the same footprint, it also had a punch that was clear and noticeable even two blocks away. This performance has made me a firm believer in large-scale JBL touring rigs forever.”

“We are extremely pleased to be specified on Linkin Park’s technical rider and it was a pleasure to support them on this event. Ken Van Druten always does a fantastic job in making the VTX system sound great! Rich Davis and the Sound Image crew did a great job as always in ensuring that everything ran smoothly and the VTX system performed flawlessly. In particular, the EDS cardioid subwoofer array provided excellent onstage rejection – something that is important to the band members of Linkin Park – while providing high impact out front combined with very even horizontal coverage without any power alley issues whatsoever,” stated Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional.

“Swing House has produced the Sunset Strip Music Festival since its inception six years ago and building a large-scale street festival on Sunset Boulevard in just under 12 hours is an almost impossible task,” Jaurigui added. “However, with the great team of Sound Image, DPS and Bartles International Group all working jointly with us along with the addition of the JBL VTX system, it came off without a hitch and was the best-sounding and best-looking show we have ever presented.”

For more information on Sound Image please visit: www.sound-image.com.

For more information on Swing House, please visit www.swinghouse.com

For more information on the Sunset Strip Music Festival please visit: www.sunsetstripmusicfestival.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) 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 about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Advanced Systems Group, Quantum Reschedule Free Archiving and Storage Strategies Webinar for August 21

EMERYVILLE, CALIF.–Advanced Systems Group (ASG), a leading West Coast video and film integration firm, and Quantum, a global leader in data management and protection solutions, has rescheduled its free webinar on archiving and tiered storage for Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. PT.

Designed for smaller workgroups that are considering an archive system, the webinar will explain the benefits of a dedicated archive system and outline a number of applicable strategies and technologies. The presentation will also highlight the new Quantum StorNext AEL500 Mini Archive, an entry-level archive that starts with 30TB of LTO-6 tape capacity and can grow to more than 1PB.

Dave Van Hoy, president of ASG, and Yannick Guillerm, technical advisor for the Quantum StorNext AEL Archives product line, will host the webinar. “Everyone needs archiving, and Quantum’s new StorNext AEL500 Mini lowers the entry point,” explained Van Hoy. “Our webinar will help attendees identify best practices for smaller workgroup workflows.”

Tiered storage and digital archiving address issues associated with overburdened storage systems, unprotected assets, and the expanding number of digital formats. Quantum’s StorNext AEL Archives provide active archiving to LTO tape, automatically migrating content without the cost, space, power consumption, and management overhead of conventional disk. Plus, with built-in data protection and self-healing capabilities, the systems ensure valuable data is available and accessible long-term.

For more information, please visit www.asgllc.com or click here to register.

About ASG:

Advanced Systems Group LLC of Emeryville, Calif., with offices in the Bay Area and Southern California, has provided engineering, systems, integration, support and training to the broadcast, film, creative, and corporate video markets since 1997. With unmatched experience in Apple-based newsroom systems, shared storage, archiving, editing, finishing, and VFX systems, ASG has become one of largest installers of post production and shared storage systems on the West Coast. The ASG team is highly focused on customer success, and has installed and supported more than 185 SANs, production, and post production systems over the last six years. For more information, visit www.asgllc.com or call 510-654-8300.

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ABS Media Technology Expo Announces Seminar Schedule

SEATAC, WA — The 2nd Annual Media Technology Expo (MTE), which begins in Seattle on Oct. 1 at Fremont Studios and concludes at Left Bank Annex in Portland, Ore., on Oct. 3, will feature a full schedule of free educational seminars at both venues. Presented by professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS), the MTE seminar schedule will explore 4K technology, digital media workflows, LED lighting, and more.

“MTE is designed for a variety of video professionals, so our seminar schedule covers a variety of issues,” said Arco Groenenberg, executive vice president and general manager, ABS. “4K is the hot topic for high-end production, for example, but audio and lighting seminars are always in demand. We have a solid program developed with help from some of our exhibitors, and it’s going to be a valuable part of the MTE experience.”

The sessions begin at 11:30 a.m. with an audio seminar presented by Sennheiser, followed by a 4K technology seminar at 1 p.m. from Sony. Extron will focus on control systems at 2:30 p.m., while Harmonic will detail digital media workflows at 4 p.m. Brightline will conclude the program with LED lighting at 5:30 p.m. Both venues will feature the same schedule.

With more than 50 exhibitors, MTE is designed for broadcast and cable, post, government, house of worship, corporate, live event, and independent video production professionals. Sponsors for the venue include Oregon Media Production Association (OMPA), Washington Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (WATOA), Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) Oregon and Washington Chapters, and Access Community Media.

MTE 2013 is open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in both locations and offers free registration and free valet parking for all attendees. Registration includes free food and beverages during the show, but space is limited. For registration, vendor information, and full seminar schedule, visit www.mediatechexpo.com.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables Receives rAVe Reviews at InfoComm 2013

Mega-Bandwidth HDMI Cables Take Home “Best New Accessory” Award from rAVe [Publications]

Orlando, FL – FSR’s new Digital Ribbon mega-bandwidth HDMI cables were a hit with attendees and judges alike at this year’s InfoComm. The cost and time saving innovation received an outstanding reception by attendees, and was recognized with a 2013 Best of InfoComm Award as “Best New AV Accessory” by rAVe [Publications].

“We are proud to add this award to our growing trophy room!” said FSR president Jan Sandri. “It’s an amazing honor to have our Digital Ribbon Cables singled-out as the best-of-the-best by rAVe at InfoComm 2013, an event that showcased more new products and technology than ever before.”

Based upon a proprietary composite technology, FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables took home the “Best New AV Accessory” award for its capacity to carry 1080p and 4k x 2k HDMI signals up to 325 feet, nearly twice that of other “extended” solutions, with crystal clear accuracy. The product’s ultra-simple, fast installation (just pull and plug), and money-saving ability to operate without transmitters or receivers add to its appeal.

Shipping now, additional information can be found at: http://www.fsrinc.com/products/dr-pcb-hxxm.htm

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

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

FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables Offer Price-Pleasing Solution for Simple Installions

Award-winning Innovation Made Global Debut at InfoComm

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR president Jan Sandri has announced the availability of the Company’s new Digital Ribbon mega-bandwidth HDMI cables. First shown at InfoComm 2013, the innovation received an outstanding reception by attendees, and was recognized with a 2013 Best of InfoComm Award as “Best New AV Accessory” by rAVe [Publications].

FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables save installation time and money while providing the highest quality Images over the longest distances. Based upon a proprietary composite technology, the cable packs 10.2 Gb/Sec of bandwidth in a cable profile that is only 5mm x 2.5mm. This allows Digital Ribbon to carry 1080p and 4k x 2k HDMI signals up to 325 feet, nearly twice that of other “extended” solutions, with crystal clear accuracy.

“We didn’t want just another ‘me too’ HDMI extender product. In fact, we already have two of those. We wanted something new, something that outperforms everyone else, that is easier to install and costs less. Digital Ribbon is the answer,” exclaimed Sandri

Digital Ribbon is a money saving solution. First, Digital Ribbon is a cable. Simply pull the cable, plug it in on both ends and you are done. Installation could not be faster. Second, Digital Ribbon does not require transmitters or receivers to work. This means no black boxes to hide and no wall warts to plug in. Lastly, Digital Ribbon is far less expensive than an “extender” transmitter / receiver pair and the wire needed to connect them.

Digital Ribbon supports HD resolutions up to 1080p, 4k x 2k, 3D, Deep Color and more at distances up to 325’ while maintaining HDCP and EDID compatibility. Cables are available in a variety of lengths from 50’ to 325’, are UL listed and Plenum rated.

For further information: http://www.fsrinc.com/products/dr-pcb-hxxm.htm

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

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

ESS Audio Promotes HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Through Busy Summer Season

WARSAW, Poland – ESS Audio, HARMAN Professional’s distributor in Poland, is midway through a busy summer festival season with HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays, highlighted by the recent Heineken Open’er Festival at Gdynia-Kosakowo Airport on the North Coast. Organized by concert agency Alter Art, Heineken Open’er Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Poland (and the third largest in Europe), with 50,000 attending the 4-day festival daily.

ESS Audio’s customer—rental company, GMB Pro Sound—took responsibility for equipping the main stage, using their new JBL VTX system. They fielded a total of 64 V25 fullsize line array elements, with the main front-facing PA comprising 18 elements per side. This was supported by outfills (in hangs of nine) and downfill enclosures, complemented by 48 G28 subwoofers in a broadside reverse cardioid array. Four VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array elements were added for near-field coverage and a further 24 VT4889 were used for delays further down the field.

The entire system was powered by Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and Macro-Tech MA5000 amplifiers, while the company dipped further into its HARMAN Professional inventory for digital control. Four Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles were deployed for use by the FOH and monitor engineers for internationally-famous acts such as Rihanna, Blur, Steve Reich, Arctic Monkeys, Editors, Skunk Anansie, Nick Cave, Queens of the Stone Age and Kings of Leon.

Earlier in the month, GMB Pro Sound had again fielded its premium JBL VTX system for the main stage at Orange Warsaw Festival, held at the National Stadium, Warsaw, and this year featuring Beyonce, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Tinie Tempah Offspring and Cypress Hill. Since the Festival began in 2008 it has grown to become one of the country’s most important events, televised by commercial network TVN.

The same company also supplied a pair of Soundcraft Vi6 digital consoles for the Top Trendy Festival at Opera Leśna in Sopot (close to Gdynia). Organized by television station, Polsat, the event is divided into two sections: ‘Top’ presents the 10 most popular artists in Poland while ‘Trendy’ presents emerging artists, who participate in a talent show. Viewers voting by SMS chose the winner, with the prize a Polsat TV appearance.

For this event sound coverage was provided by 30 V25 line array elements and 18 G28 subwoofers, each driven by a Crown VRack system, supplemented by a further four VERTEC VT4880 arrayable subwoofers (powered by Crown Macro-Tech MA5000), eight VERTEC VT4887 compact line array elements and four VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers on fill duties—all assigned to Crown I-Tech 8000 amplifiers.

Finally, in the south of the country, the National Festival of Polish Song is staged and broadcast annually at the Millennium Amphitheatre (Amfiteatr Tysiąclecia) by TVP, Poland’s national broadcaster. One of the two most important music festivals in Poland, the Opole festival reflects the past year’s achievements by Polish song writers and performers, incorporating hits of the previous season with new songs and performance debuts (including a tournament).

For this event, GMB Pro Audio fielded 18 VRack-powered JBL V25’s, along with 12 SRX712M monitors and a pair of Soundcraft Vi6’s—one at the stage and one at FOH.

Summing up, the challenges of getting so many large VTX systems out to so many major events, ESS Audio director, Witold Karalow said, “Poland is a great place to see how versatile and powerful the JBL VTX system is. We have been able to cover the four biggest and most famous festivals in the country with JBL line arrays—presenting totally different music genres, from rock and pop thru classical, R&B and club music.”

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment 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 about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s Martin LEDs Blossom at Sweden’s Summerburst Festival

STOCKHOLM, Sweden — As some of the world’s most pronounced DJs took the stage at the Sweden Summerburst Festival, a team of lighting professionals designed and managed a complete HARMAN Martin lighting display, highlighting artists such as David Guetta, Sebastian Ingroso, Axwell, Steve Angello, Alesso, Steve Aoki and Hardwell, among others. Deployed by Westridge Audio AB, the Martin system was required to have enough power to shine brightly and effectively during both day and night performances.

Music & Lights AB supplied 72 Martin MAC Aura’s, 12 MAC 301 Washes and 62 Atomic 3000 strobes for the festival’s two, 2-day events in Göteborg and Stockholm.

“The MAC Aura did an amazing job at the Summerburst Festival,” stated Production Manager Daniel Rüdén. “The brightness of the fixtures and lenses are very usable during daylight and when the sun set, the zoom beam was almost as strong as the beam fixtures next to it!”

Rüdén described his struggle with weight limitations on tours and during festivals, but with Aura’s lightweight construction, the lighting team was able to provide more lighting options and fixtures, while keeping functionality at a maximum. “We were able to hang trusses with fixtures between the LED panels on each side of the stage. The Martin Aura was small and effective, allowing us to move the trusses closer together and create great visuals for each performance.”

Tobias Borén, Lighting Director for the festival since its inception in 2011, was given free reign to put his final touch on the festival’s lights, choosing the best fixtures to suit the EDM music during the festival. The final combined design between Rüdén and Borén’s visions were underscored by the Martin solution.

“It was an easy choice for us – the MAC Aura is by far the best LED wash fixture on the market, due to its brightness and light weight,” Rüdén continued. “Tobias also designed some great custom rain covers for the Auras, which allowed us to concentrate more on the show than the weather conditions.”

Photos: Per Ruben

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 (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment 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 about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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