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A.C.T Lighting Wraps Another Record-Setting Year and Announces New Leadership Initiatives

ACT_150dpiA.C.T Lighting, Inc., a leading importer and distributor of lighting products, is concluding another year of record-setting sales with new leadership initiatives and plans for continued growth.

“A.C.T Lighting is about two things: the people and the products. Our suppliers and their product offerings have never been stronger, and we have an incomparable team that serves the lighting community with expertise and dedication,” says CEO Ben Saltzman. “We remain committed to providing the top designers and equipment providers with the best available entertainment technology products, and following it with unparalleled service and support.”

Saltzman, who became CEO of A.C.T Lighting in July, has announced that joining him on the leadership team are Brian Dowd in marketing and sales, Mario Collazo in technical service, Rick Dobbie in operations and Aileen Gilsen in finance. All are now responsible for their respective areas across all of the company’s operations and geographic locations.

“Brian, Mario, Rick, Aileen and I are each undertaking strategic initiatives for 2015 that will create new opportunities, stronger relationships and continued growth for the company,” Saltzman reports.

He salutes Bob Gordon, founder of A.C.T Lighting, who “gave the company he built such a solid foundation.” Saltzman says, “Bob continues to be a daily presence at A.C.T and stands shoulder-to-shoulder with all of us as we push forward.”

“We are always stronger as a team, and there is tremendous value in every individual at our company,” he says. “In continuing A.C.T’s growth, our most critical task is to become an enterprise with shared vision, broad leadership and collaborative planning.”

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 call 818-707-0884.

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PlayhouseSquare Adds New NEXO M6 System For Hanna Theatre

Hanna Theatre GEO M6

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Hanna Theatre in Cleveland, Ohio, opened in 1921 and would go on to host such stage and film luminaries as Al Jolson, Katherine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Ethel Barrymore, Ginger Rogers, Helen Hayes, Mary Martin and Yul Brynner. PlayhouseSquare assumed management of the Hanna in August 1999 following its purchase of the Hanna Office Building, which houses the venue. In 2008, the Hanna underwent a renovation to add a thrust stage, re-work its seating to 550 and become the main performance base for PlayhouseSquare’s long-time constituent, Great Lakes Theater.

Today, the theatre plays host to Shakespearean plays, big bands, musical theater, and corporate events. They recently upgraded the sound system to reflect the latest in line array technology, the NEXO GEO M620, installed by NAC Technologies, Cleveland.

“The system that was previously installed during the earlier remodel was a ‘design by committee’; a nice system but it left a lot of dead spots,” states Rick Galbraith, NAC Technologies. “Size and cost always weigh in, and the client was very concerned about the size of the array and also on a very tight budget.”

No stranger to NEXO GEO Systems installed in three of the other PlayhouseSquare theatres (installed by NAC), Galbraith said they started by placing speakers in the NS1 prediction software, virtually arranging the array size, coverage, and SPL based on available rigging points. “Available rigging points was our biggest challenge, so after using the prediction software, we determined that three clusters of three M6 speakers would be ideal for the theatre. Considering the size of the clusters, the NEXO GEO M6 system sounds amazing; with zero complaints from the theatre or patrons.”

The GEO M620 is a full-range unit for stand-alone, curved array or line array application. Extremely compact in size and lightweight, the GEO M620 uses a NEXO-designed long-excursion high-efficiency 6.5” LF driver and 1 x 1″ throat driver on a BEA/FEA optimized HR Wavesource, to deliver a frequency response of 80 Hz – 19 kHz ±3dB with nominal peak SPL of 127dB. HF dispersion is 80° (120° horizontal), with 20° vertical coverage, 0° to 20° splay when arrayed. The M620 performs in a variety of configurations, facilitated by a fully integrated 3-point rigging system.

Robert Mingus, Director of Production for PlayhouseSquare, was instrumental in the decision to install the NEXO M6 in The Hanna Theatre. “Dave Cooper and Rick Galbraith of NAC have done an amazing job upgrading all of our sound systems here at PlayhouseSquare. We are very pleased and take great pride in the sound quality of our theatres, and I believe this is possible because of the great relationship we have with NAC and their craftsmanship.”

Mingus said the NEXO M6 solved many challenges of The Hanna, but most importantly, sights the sound and compactness. “The M6 system sounds fantastic! Our three-box center cluster weighs only 76 lbs., virtually disappears, and is not in the way of lighting. With special brackets from NEXO, we were able to mount the three box arrays for L + R onto the proscenium for a very clean look. NAC then tuned the room to perfection, avoiding the many problems of getting the sound into the house and off of the thrust stage.”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on the Hanna Theatre, visit http://www.playhousesquare.org/venues/detail/hanna-theatre.

For more information on the NEXO GEO M6 system, visit www.yamahaca.com.


About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the sound reinforcement, touring, broadcast, commercial recording, and post-production markets with a complete line of digital mixers, amplifiers, speakers, processors, networking capabilities, and NUAGE Advanced Production DAW System. YCAS is also the official North American distributor for NEXO speaker products. With the new CIS Series that includes ceiling and surface mount speakers, mixer and power amplifiers, and matrix processors, the Company furthers is commitment to their commercial installation solutions customers. All market sectors receive comprehensive in-house/field product training, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.


**** (from left – right): Michael Onken (Bridge Marketing), Stacy Kaskon and Pete Milbery of Neutrik USA, Pablo Espinosa and Ken Murray of, Meyer Sound ****

**** (from left – right): Michael Onken (Bridge Marketing), Stacy Kaskon and Pete Milbery of Neutrik USA, Pablo Espinosa and Ken Murray of Meyer Sound ****

Charlotte, NC – December 2014… Neutrik USA, the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions for audio, video, and data, is pleased to announce the recipients of the company’s 2014 premierPARTNER Awards program. The premierPARTNER Awards recognize five select companies that have developed an innovative product that incorporates Neutrik-brand connectors and meets the highest level of innovation for their segment of the industry.

The Neutrik premierPARTNER Awards program is extremely selective. As Neutrik connectivity products are engineered for professional users, only the most high-end and innovative solutions are eligible for the award. The use of Neutrik connectors demonstrates to a potential customer that quality matters.

Recipients of a Neutrik premierPARTNER Award have their product displayed on Neutrik USA’s Experience Neutrik Website (www.experience-neutrik.com). Recipients receive a framed award for display on their company premises and Neutrik USA displays a similar version of the award at the company’s Charlotte headquarters. Additionally, a video of these awards runs at Neutrik’s booth during tradeshows to help promote the various innovative products incorporating Neutrik connectivity.

The recipients of the Neutrik 2014 premierPARTNER Awards include:

• Meyer Sound LYON Compact linear line array loudspeaker
• Avid VENUE | S3L-X Portable Live Sound Mixing Console and Accessories
• EAW OTTO Adaptive Subwoofer
• EMG Pickups Electric guitar and bass output jack assemblies
• D‘Addario The American Stage Kill-Switch Cable

Jeff Rocha, EAW President, reflected on his company being named a recipient of Neutrik’s premierPARTNER Award. “Having selected Neutrik PowerCON True1 for our premier touring full-range system (Anya), we decided to continue the trend with Otto – allowing us to standardize power cabling and distribution across all EAW Adaptive Systems. Because Otto extends Anya’s remarkable pattern control capabilities deep into the sub-bass range, we knew that it would be imperative for the two systems to work together seamlessly; both in terms of their acoustical performance and in their setup and operation. Using the Neutrik True1 connector to deliver power to the entire Adaptive Systems platform helps us to achieve this goal.”

Jim D’Addario, President of D’Addario & Co., offered his thoughts on receiving a Neutrik premierPARTNER Award. “Neutrik and D’Addario partnered closely to design and develop the exclusive connectors utilized in our American Stage cable line. American Stage cables are assembled in D’Addario’s Farmingdale, NY facilities utilizing exclusive Neutrik connectors and proprietary USA-made cable. All American Stage connectors are made to exacting specifications in Neutrik’s Liechtenstein factory. The ¼-inch connectors include D’Addario’s patented Geo-Tip technology. The new American Stage Kill-Switch Cable incorporates a push button signal cancelling feature. The Kill-Switch was the result of direct collaboration between Neutrik CEO, Werner Bachmann and myself. The Killswitch enables performers to swap instruments on stage without having to mute their amplification system during the changeover.”

Peter Milbery, President of Neutrik USA, Inc., commented on this year’s premierPARTNER Award winners, “We are fortunate to be involved with so many amazing manufacturers in the professional audio industry. This program is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals to learn about new and innovative products that incorporate Neutrik connectors. We constantly discuss new product designs and debate which ones should be included in our reward program. It’s not an easy job because we put a limit on the awards. This year it was only five. We believe that promoting innovative products that utilize our connectivity solutions benefits not just Neutrik and our partner companies, but most importantly, it benefits professional users by making them aware of these high-end and innovative solutions. When you look closely at the award, you’ll see that it’s a badge much like a Neutrik employee badge. What this represents to us is that these companies are true partners and a vibrant part of our team. Presenting these awards is one of the highlights of the year for all of us at Neutrik USA.”.

About Neutrik USA
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Neutrik USA, a subsidiary of Neutrik AG, is the leading supplier of robust and reliable professional connectivity solutions. Neutrik manufactures a wide array of XLR connectors and receptacles, jacks and plugs, fiber optic connector systems, and accessories for a broad range of customers ranging from rock bands to lighting design and industrial equipment to broadcast studios. For more information, please visit Neutrik USA online at http://www.neutrik.us/, http://www.experience-neutrik.com/, and become a part of its social network family at www.facebook.com/Neutrik.


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Grundorf_30th_HiCouncil Bluffs, IA – December 2014 … Grundorf Corporation, a leading manufacturer of equipment cases and related accessories for musicians and audio professionals and parent company of Grund Audio Design, is pleased to announce it is celebrating its 30th anniversary. From humble beginnings in the family garage, Grundorf Corporation has evolved into an internationally recognized organization whose products have become an integral part of the livelihoods of musicians, audio professionals, and technology managers everywhere. more

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Powersoft’s Revolutionary Deva Messaging System Makes its U.S. Debut at RiverRink, One of Philadelphia’s Most Famous Holiday Attractions

Deva Combines Pristine Audio, LED Lighting, Messaging and Security Features into a Compact, Eco-Friendly Unit

1Philadelphia, December 15, 2014: Each year at the end of November, thousands of tourists and Philadelphians flock to RiverRink at Penn’s Landing to celebrate the onset of winter and the holiday season. For over 20 years, the Olympic Size skating rink has been a focal point one of the City’s most enduring holiday traditions. This year, RiverRink is the centerpiece of a ‘pop up’ winter garden that features a magical winter landscape complete with Christmas trees, cozy fire pits and spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River. RiverRink is also the site of the very first U.S. installation of Powersoft’s Deva — a revolutionary new messaging system that is helping cities like Philadelphia embrace ‘smart city’ applications.

For the thousands of skaters that attend RiverRink each day, the Powersoft Deva system delivers up to 115 dBs of pristine audio — while consuming a diminutive physical footprint and remaining completely energy independent. Two of the Deva units are programmed to take photos of skaters at regular intervals, enhancing the overall entertainment experience. After the rink closes, the system — which is controlled over a wireless LAN — is able to provide intelligent surveillance and active monitoring of the premises.

2Williamsport, MD-based Live Sound Co., which handled design and integration of the Deva system, was given a preview of the Deva system over a year ago by Claudio Lastrucci, Research & Development Director at Powersoft. “Our first installation of Deva is the culmination of our efforts with Powersoft, and their incredible engineering vision,” commented Jeremiah Leiter, President of Live Sound Co. “When we turned the units on and they were working exactly as we hoped they would, it was such a feeling of pride. We don’t just want to sell products to our clients, we want to help them solve problems. This is exactly what the Powersoft’s Deva enables us to do.”

A Small Revolution in a Smart City
The Philadelphia RiverRink installation is comprised of four Deva units mounted on two steel poles on opposite sides of the skating rink. A fifth Deva unit is mounted on a pole and pointed towards the entrance of the rink. Each unit — which measures approximately 12″ x 18″ and weighs just under 22 lbs. — comprises an active loudspeaker, an interactive messaging system, high powered LED lighting, an FM tuner, built in GPS, presence sensors, Wi-Fi and many other intelligent features.

3In all his years of doing systems integration work, Live Sound Co. Chief Operating Officer Nik Mondo has never seen such a revolutionary product. “As far as I know, there is no other product on the market that combines such a compelling feature set,” he says. “The icing on the cake is that they can be solar powered and have a built-in battery, so they don’t require external power sources. This means that you don’t have to worry about the typical power restrictions that might be faced in other scenarios with other competing products on the marketplace.”

While the RiverRink installation was initially set up as a ‘proof of concept’ to demonstrate Deva’s features and functionality, Nik Mondo, who hails from the City of Brotherly Love, is confident that the council will soon find other ‘smart city’ applications for the unit: “I would like to see Deva installed alongside the trails along the Delaware River, all the way to South Philadelphia,” he says. “Such a system could provide messaging and an added measure of assurance and security for pedestrians, especially in areas where there is not a lot of lighting or public infrastructure.”

4“Security is such an important consideration for just about any metro area,” Mondo continues. “On this product, there is a light, a camera, an FM tuner, a motion sensor and a speaker all in one. So if somebody walks in front of the unit, it can trigger a predefined message — or it can photograph surroundings at predefined intervals. All of this activity can be monitored from any location via the network.”

Design Intelligence, Ease of Integration
Deva’s intelligent product design carries through to its unmatched ease of installation: “We can install each unit in about seven minutes,” says Mondo. “The mounting and set up is very simple and exactly what you would expect from Powersoft.” The power is supplied via solar panels, which are positioned and clamped directly to the truss above each unit.” As engineers, designers, installers and integrators, we are used to dealing with complex levels of components, software and other considerations to make things work right,” says Leiter. “Deva is a joy for us because it is so easy to get it up and running — all the functionality you could ask for is at the ready for the end user.”

5Once the system was up and running at RiverRink, the audio quality did not disappoint. “When we first fired it up and played music in the rink, all the audio engineers and staff had smiles on their faces. The audio was crisp, clear and articulate,” Mondo says. Initially, he was concerned that the four Deva units would not cover the 98′ x 200′ rink space, due to their modest — yet sleek — physical presence. “I was extremely worried that four units may not cover all that space,” he recalls “To my surprise and excitement, they audio covered the entire rink with ease and even bled out into other areas beyond the rink when we needed it to.”

6Having completed its first successful Deva installation at RiverRink, Live Sound Co. is eager to approach other new markets with Powersoft’s latest solution, which is among the first to combine such valuable features in a physically compact and ecologically minded design. New markets and potential applications include amusement parks, zoos, campus environments and other city municipalities — all of which could likely benefit from Deva’s interactive messaging and security features. “We really believe in this product since it represents a potential solution for so many things,” says Samuel Leiter, Executive VP, Live Sound Co. “We have an open invitation for any city official in the U.S. to visit us in Philadelphia to preview what these units could do in their own cities.”

To learn more about Powersoft’s Deva, please visit: http://www.powersoft-audio.com/en/multimedia/deva. For more information on Live Sound Co., contact Nikolas Mondo at info@livesoundco.com or by phone at 1-800-977-5350.

About Powersoft
Powersoft is the world leader in lightweight, high power, single rack space, energy efficient amplifiers for the professional audio market. Founded in Italy in 1995, headquartered in Florence, Italy, with offices in Ventura, CA, Powersoft couples the experience and precision of its production department with exceptional components to deliver products with perfect audio response and high performance reliability. Its state-of-the-art amplifiers can be found in an array of markets, ranging from stadiums, sporting arenas, theme parks, performance venues and airports to convention centers, churches and clubs, and are used by the world’s leading tour sound companies. For more information, visit the Powersoft website @ www.powersoft-audio.com.

1) The Powersoft Deva messaging system was recently installed at Philadelphia’s RiverRink ice rink.
2) For over 20 years, RiverRInk has been a focal point one of the City’s most enduring holiday traditions.
3) Closeup of one of the towers supporting Powersoft’s Deva solution at Philadelphia’s RiverRink.
4) The Powersoft Deva features an intelligent design in a small footprint.
5) Video featuring Powersoft’s Deva.
6) Philadelphia’s RiverRink, which features Powersoft’s Deva messaging system, is the centerpiece of a ‘pop up’ winter garden that features a magical winter landscape complete with Christmas trees, cozy fire pits and spectacular views of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River.

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Blonder Tongue Brings Efficiency to IP Video Delivery With New MPEG-2 HD Encoder

By Eliminating the Need for External QAM-to-IP Equipment, HDE-8C-QAM/IP Encoder Enables Cost-Effective and Reliable Distribution of Enterprise Commercial Video Networks, While Providing Superior Video Quality

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Dec. 15, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced that it has launched the HDE-8C-QAM/IP MPEG-2 HD encoder, designed to bring increased reliability, efficiency, and affordability to high-definition video delivery. Building upon the high-performance design and sophisticated feature set offered by Blonder Tongue’s popular HDE-8C-QAM encoder, the new encoder includes an IP output that is compatible with IPTV networks. By providing operators with a direct IP output, the HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder eliminates the need for external QAM-to-IP equipment, making network design simpler and more manageable for operators in the education, enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, government, and pro A/V markets. more

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PIX PRODUCTIONS and WorldStage Push Back the Boundaries at Adobe MAX 2014

2014_Adobe_MAX-2343Adobe MAX 2014 – The Creativity Conference unveiled the latest in new technology by using one of the world’s oldest staging techniques with projection mapping support from WorldStage.

The annual Adobe users’ conference, Adobe MAX is s a source of ideas and inspiration, a place where creative minds meet. It held its general sessions at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. In the past, Adobe MAX has used extensive video projection pixel mapping as a canvas for showcasing artistic and graphical elements on stage. Bicoastal WorldStage has lent its projection mapping expertise to Adobe’s biggest annual event for the last three years.

This year PIX PRODUCTIONS, with scenic designer Peter Crawford, devised an interesting challenge for the producers, designers and engineers supporting the project. The question raised was whether it would be possible to project onto a pair of motorized 27×30-foot periaktoi and warp and track the imagery as the set pieces moved? The periaktoi would be projected upon from multiple 3D angles so the video images had to be perfectly reshaped, dynamically and on the fly, as the triangular screens rotated.

Dating back to ancient Greek theater, periaktoi are triangular-shaped devices used for displaying, and rapidly changing, theater scenes. For Adobe MAX, Crawford proposed to place a pair of periaktoi in the middle of an array of big screens on stage. As the periaktoi rotated they would alternately present angled and flat surfaces to the audience for a dazzling new twist on projected content.

“The dynamic reshaping of images projected across moving screens is a process that was not even possible just a few short years ago,” says WorldStage project manager Jack Dussault. “The combined efforts of technology experts at Worldstage East and West were deeply involved in the development and utilization of the pixel mapping technologies in this event.”

WorldStage devised a 28-channel, 42-projector rig that covered two large projection screens as well as the giant periaktoi. “This is the first time I’m aware of this type of mapping/tracking projection being used on a corporate presentation stage,” says WorldStage president Josh Weisberg.

“The show was a great success. Some of the first words from the Adobe CEO when he appeared on stage was, ‘What about those screens?’ followed by an eruption of applause and shouts from the audience. The screens were truly amazing,” Weisberg says. “The teams from PIX PRODUCTIONS and WorldStage, along with the content team at Core Studios, and set builders Mystic Scenic, accomplished something very noteworthy.”

Thirty-two channels of Pandoras Box were used as the primary media servers for pixel shaping and media playback. Christie Roadster HD20K-J projectors were used for the main and side screens and Christie Roadster S+20K projectors for the periaktoi.

“An All Star team of WorldStage projectionists and media server techs worked in shifts for several days, around the clock, to do the intricate programming and adjustments necessary for the convergence of multiple layers of overlapped projection in the very demanding, dynamic scenario,” Dussault reports. The result was “stunningly sharp images moving across changing, rotating angular surfaces, combining the stage and theater walls into a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of imagery.”

In addition to the stellar projection mapping, WorldStage supported more than 40 live demos of various mobile devices and software apps from two on-stage kiosks over two days of the convention. WorldStage provided 13 HD cameras – manned, unmanned and robotic – to capture the show for broadcast and live streaming over the web to viewers worldwide. Switching was performed with a Ross Vision HD multi-format production switching system and three Vista System Spyder X20 screen switching frame groups.

Los Angeles-based IATSE LOCAL 33 provided all of the Nokia Theatre technical staff and crewing.

“Once in a while we do a show that’s really special, and Adobe Max 2014 was one of those,” says Dussault. “I couldn’t be more proud of our teams’ efforts: from shop prep to the on-site team, the All Star projection team, our brilliant engineers and the fun and quirky Pandora team.”

“The collaboration from start to finish with WorldStage makes high-end, technically challenging and wildly creative beautiful events possible,” says Jeremy Nichols, executive producer at PIX PRODUCTIONS. “The engagement at all levels of the company and the close working relationship with WorldStage are the keys to the success of these events.”

At PIX PRODUCTIONS Shaun Boyle was the technical producer and John Bettini the technical director. At Core Studios Gary Jaeger was the director of the opening video.

At WorldStage Richard Bevan was the account executive, TJ Donoghue was the media server project manager and Florian Mosleh and Michael Kohler and Brianna Bainbridge were the media server programmers. Terry Nakamura, Scott Goegebuer, Dennis Alfonso, Luke Frey, Andrew Taylor and Jerry Edgerly were the projectionists. Jason Spencer served as the Spyder operator.

Neal Gass, Jason Spencer, Shane Zinke, Jerry Edgerly, Frank Musgrove, Jon Tanner, Patrick DelaCruz, John Muldoon and Shawn Hutcheson comprised the WorldStage engineering team.

Stan Dickerson, Gabe Benzo, Ryan Trefethen and Will Herald headed up the audio team.

Fabian Yeager was the lighting designer; Mark Jepsen handled the live camera direction. Dan Eslinger was the Mystic Scenic Automation Engineer and integral to the success of the mapping project. Dan Kirsch was the production carpenter; production rigging was supplied by Rigtech/Show Group.

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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Renkus-Heinz IC2 Steers Grove City Church in Right Direction

Grove City, OH – December 2014…
Grove City Church of the Nazarene – known to congregants and locals as The Naz – has built a large and diverse congregation in this Columbus suburb. The church offers a mix of both contemporary and classic worship services, as well as hosting many conferences and concerts from touring Christian artists.

The Naz’s 2800-seat sanctuary has long struggled with sonic issues, including poor intelligibility and uneven coverage, and the church was more than ready to upgrade their sound system. Technical director Matt Groves and front of house sound engineer Doug McLaughlin undertook the job of researching possible solutions. “We looked at several major loudspeaker brands and invited several in to do demos for us,” he recalls. “They all sounded fine, but the Renkus-Heinz IC2 really stood out. They demonstrated the beam steering by putting us up in the balcony with the IC2 cabinet on stage. We could hear it just fine. Then he opens his laptop and says, ‘Watch this,’ and steers the speaker digitally so it’s hitting us directly upstairs. All of a sudden, boom, there it was, with unbelievable clarity. I looked at my front of house engineer and we both said, ‘That’s the one.’ It was the coolest thing.”

The system, installed by Tech Art Production of Columbus, comprises a left-center-right,  dead-hung configuration, with three IC2-FR modules in the center flanked by five more on either side. Each full-range IC2-FR module contains four 8-inch speakers and four vertically aligned one-inch high frequency drivers. To deliver the bass needed for the church’s powerful contemporary presentation, the arrays are supplemented by six DR18-2R powered subwoofers, hung in two groups of three between the main IC2 arrays.

Like most contemporary houses of worship, this installation requires both musicality and intelligibility, and the IC2 system delivers. “The music sounds amazing, and the spoken word is crystal clear in every seat, even under the balcony,” says Groves. “The IC2‘s digital steering enabled us to aim a beam down to hit the front rows and another to cover beneath the balcony. And we have totally eliminated the slap-back echo from sound bouncing off the balcony facing.”

Groves also appreciates the economy of cabinets required to covers the church’s wide, cavernous sanctuary. “Having 120 degree dispersion lets us cover the full width of the room, even the side wings, with just the three LCR arrays,” he reports. “To do this room with standard line arrays would take two groups 9 or 10 boxes in a curved hang, plus extra speakers to cover the dead spots. Our biggest arrays are only five cabinets tall, and we have clean sightlines from every seat. There are no front fills, no side fills, and no speakers under the balcony.”

The early Sunday service is the classic presentation, with an 80-voice choir, 20-piece orchestra, plus a rhythm section. Thirty minutes after that service ends, the room is reset for the contemporary service, with the choir loft walled off and the stage reconfigured. There is also a hybrid service on Saturday. The system’s advanced RHAON control software can instantly recall multiple configurations for each service’s different demands.

“The contemporary service is a pretty high octane and edgier presentation that includes a rhythm section, six vocalists, a whole lot of bass, and is very guitar driven,” says Groves.  “The traditional service needs less bass reinforcement, which we have set up in the RHAON software as a preset. Both sound fantastic from every seat in the house.”

The Renkus-Heinz IC2 has proven to be a perfect fit for the Grove City Church of the Nazarene. “From the first service onward, we’ve gotten nothing but compliments on the system,” says Groves. “The senior pastor is immensely pleased with it. It’s easy to differentiate everything in the mix, the sermon is perfectly clear, and we have plenty of power to get that rock concert feel when we need it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the system.”


About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

LOUD Appoints Jason Tan as Mackie APAC Product Specialist

MAC-JasonTan copySingapore – December 2014… LOUD Technologies Music Gear Group has announced the appointment of Jason Tan to the position of Mackie Product Specialist for the APAC Region. Based in Singapore, Tan joins LOUD after more than 20 years in the professional audio industry.

In addition to a lengthy career in live sound and recording, Tan is the founder of Eastwardaudio, one of the region’s major production facilities, where he oversaw productions for Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI, Pony Canyon, and other major labels, as well as film scores and corporate clients including Coca Cola, Lexus, Hitachi, and Motorola. Singapore’s National Arts Council also appointed Tan as a mentor to their youth music program.

“We are very excited to have Jason on board as our Mackie Product Specialist for the APAC region,” remarked Rohan Smith, LOUD Director of APAC Music Gear sales. “He brings a wealth of Pro Audio experience to the table, from both a distribution and an audio engineering/production perspective. His technical and training expertise is first class. I am confident he will add significant value to all of our distribution partners’ businesses as we drive forward with new, groundbreaking products.”

Tan added, “Working with LOUD is like a dream come true. I’ve used Mackie and Ampeg products since I began making music. I can’t remember how many hours I’ve spent making and mixing music with Mackie gear. It’s fantastic working for a company at the forefront of Pro Audio technology. I’m looking forward to supporting the events and activities of Mackie’s great partners in the region.


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SMPTE to Produce Documentary on Evolution of Motion-Imaging Technology and the People Behind It

Treatment Completed by Chris Kenneally, Randall Dark to Begin Production With Director Howard Lukk

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Dec. 11, 2014 — The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), the worldwide leader in motion-imaging standards and education for the communications, media, entertainment, and technology industries, is producing a documentary on the intriguing history of motion-imaging technology to celebrate the Society’s centennial anniversary in 2016. SMPTE has named motion-imaging technology and creative visionary Randall Dark as producer. Howard Lukk, former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, will serve as director on the initial project. Chris Kenneally, who is best known as the writer and director for the acclaimed documentary “Side by Side,” produced by Justin Szlasa and Keanu Reeves, already has completed the initial treatment for the film.

“For this project we specifically selected a team with both production expertise and firsthand knowledge of the innovations and inventions that have influenced the art and science of the motion-imaging industry ecosystem,” said SMPTE Documentary Committee Chair and Past President Peter Ludé. “I am excited that the unique personal perspective that Randall and Howard bring to the project will bring this exciting story to a large general audience, as well as cinema buffs, history enthusiasts, and industry experts.”

The documentary, which goes by the working title “Moving Images,” will explore the excitement surrounding the development of motion-imaging technology from the turn of the 20th century through the present while inquiring about what the future has in store. Through interviews with top filmmakers, historians, entrepreneurs, and engineers, the documentary will investigate the influence that art and science have on one another.

“SMPTE has played a vital role in the advancement of movies and television for nearly 100 years,” said Dark. “I’m so honored that I get to help tell the story of the people who literally invented the technology that I’ve built my entire career.”

The film will expose the human element behind epic engineering feats and technological achievements, examining the ways it has advanced the artistic element of content creation. The documentary will serve as a celebration of the ingenuity, invention, and personalities that are responsible for many important works of art while demonstrating how SMPTE’s important work on industry education and standards has guided the technology.

“Technology inspires, thrills, and defines us. It teaches us to dream and helps us communicate,” said Lukk. “Through this film, we will honor those engineers and technologists who have enabled producers and directors to tell their stories and push the boundaries of their craft.”

The SMPTE Board of Governors has authorized initial funding for the project, which has included Kenneally’s treatment and Dark’s initial production work. The intent is to produce a 90-minute theatrical feature, as well as an abbreviated television version.

SMPTE is now seeking supporters to underwrite the project to fulfill this intention. Supporters will become part of the SMPTE legacy of setting the standard for motion imaging. The Society has set up a verified nonprofit crowdfunding campaign with Indiegogo. Contributions to the campaign will be processed by FirstGiving and may be tax deductible. Learn more about the documentary and become a supporter at http://igg.me/at/smptedoc.

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About Randall Dark
Randall Dark is a pioneer within the digital media industry and renowned expert in emerging technologies. Dark and his companies, including Randall Dark Productions, have been involved in more than 2,000 high-definition (HD) projects including feature films, documentaries, commercials, music videos, corporate presentations, product launches, and live events, and he has received one of the International Electronic Cinema Festival’s (IECF) top honors, The Pioneer Award, in recognition of extraordinary contributions to the success of HD. HD programs directed by Dark have received awards from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), Telly, IECF, Communicator, Aurora, Axiem, WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, Videographer, The American Corporate Video Awards, and Cinema Chicago. In 2007, during the making of “Closing Escrow,” Dark earned an Independent Filmmaker Award for Achievement from the Maxell Corporation. He also served as executive producer of the independent feature “Angels Sing,” released in November 2013. Dark is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS).

About Howard Lukk
Howard Lukk is a SMPTE Standards Director and former vice president of production technology at The Walt Disney Studios, where he was responsible for helping to incorporate new technologies into the workflow of the studio. Prior to Disney, Lukk was director of technology for DCI, where he was responsible for researching and documenting Digital Cinema System Specifications. Lukk has always had a deep passion for film. While earning a living as a motion picture engineer, Lukk, in his spare time, shot short subject dramatic and documentary footage over the years and is now pursuing the craft of filmmaking full time. Lukk has just completed directing his second short film titled “Emma” (2014). This comes on the heels of his directorial debut “Make Believe” (2013) that was shot in 3D with the prototype hybrid 3D camera rig in Berlin. Lukk is a SMPTE Fellow and an associate member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

About the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R))
The Oscar(R) and Emmy(R) Award-winning Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers(R) (SMPTE(R)), a professional membership association, is the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide. An internationally recognized and accredited organization, SMPTE advances moving-imagery education and engineering across the communications, technology, media, and entertainment industries. Since its founding in 1916, SMPTE has published the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal and developed more than 800 standards, recommended practices, and engineering guidelines.

The Society is sustained by more than 6,000 members — motion-imaging executives, engineers, creative and technology professionals, researchers, scientists, educators, and students — who meet in Sections throughout the world. Through the Society’s partnership with the Hollywood Post Alliance(R) (HPA(R)), this membership is complemented by the professional community of businesses and individuals who provide expertise, support, tools and the infrastructure for the creation and finishing of motion pictures, television, commercials, digital media, and other dynamic media content. Information on joining SMPTE is available at www.smpte.org/join.

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