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Christie Unveils World’s First Commercial Laser Projection System in Shanghai

Christie®, the industry-preferred brand in the digital cinema projection market, today announced the unveiling of the world’s first commercial pure laser projection system installed at the prestigious Shanghai Film Art Center on June 13, 2014.

The Shanghai Film Art Center, the first cineplex to be built in China, has just installed the Oriental Mega Screen and is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and amenities. The installation of Christie’s laser projection system at this facility is a clear indication that high-brightness laser projection technology is officially ready to enter commercial operations. Having successfully demonstrated high powered laser projection systems at numerous industry events for the past two years, including the world’s first commercial laser engagement in 2013, Christie has once again accomplished the pioneering feat of placing this groundbreaking projection technology permanently within the reach of the mass audience.

Don Shaw next to Christie Laser Digital Projector

Laser Projection Redefines 3D Cinema
As the pioneer and leader in laser projection technology, Christie is in constant pursuit of maximum brightness and the most realistic color reproduction. Through continuous research and innovation, Christie’s industry-leading products and solutions have time and again captivated and amazed audiences around the world, and constantly elevate the audiovisual experience to new heights. Christie laser projectors will provide industry-leading brightness of up to 72,000 lumens per projector head, wider color gamut capabilities, higher contrast, and dramatically reduced maintenance requirements, resulting in a better experience for all applications.

With a maximum brightness of up to 72,000 lumens, Christie’s laser technology has achieved an astounding breakthrough, which completely shattered its previous record of 34,000 lumens using conventional xenon lamp technology. Not only does this greatly increase the brightness when viewing 3D content, it also further pushes the capability of high quality visuals and art forms to new heights and restores cinematic colors to its intended realism and brilliance.

One of the biggest advantages of Christie’s laser projection system is its scalable and upgradable architecture, which allows users to precisely select the amount of laser light needed for their screen, with the capability to simply add more laser modules in the future if they wish to increase the brightness. Moreover, using the industry-proven Christie Duo system, there is no practical limit to the amount of light that can be put on a cinema screen. For maximum reliability, Christie’s laser system features integrated cooling in each laser module to provide the right amount of cooling for the lasers that are in use.

Shanghai Film Art Center celebrates installation of Christie laser digital projector

If the mechanical cooling components in one module experience a failure, then only that module goes dark, but the movie can still play very brightly with the light from other modules. Competitive architectures feature a single cooling unit, which represents a high risk, single-point of failure for the entire system.

Smooth Installation of World’s First Commercial Laser Projector
The process of installing the world’s first commercial 4K laser projection system in Hall 1 of the Shanghai Film Art Center by Christie’s highly-proficient technical personnel has been smooth sailing. Boasting a brightness of 60,000 lumens, a contrast ratio of 3000:1, and a 1.4 gain high uniformity white screen measuring 23 meters in width, these technologies are set to deliver an unprecedented and ultimate visual experience for the audience. Christie is on track in setting a new record in the global film industry with the installation of this cutting edge laser projection system.

“As a pioneer in the visual display industry, Christie prides itself in the pursuit of achieving the highest in brightness and achieving the most realistic color reproduction,” said Don Shaw, senior director, Product Management, Christie.

“With our rich experience in the field of laser research and development, and having conducted a number of professional and commercial laser demos, Christie is able to deliver full-fledged laser technology at the Shanghai Film Art Center. The installation has been exceptionally smooth due to our longstanding expertise and practical experience in laser projection technology.”

Christie is the world’s first visual technologies company to receive the US FDA approval of variance allowing the sale of laser projectors for use in a cinema.

Christie Leads the Way in Commercial Laser Projection
The event at the Shanghai Film Art Center showcases the capabilities of Christie’s 4K laser projection system in displaying spectacular images that redefine the cinematic experience. From the gleaming bodywork of the hottest automobiles to flying sparks from chainsaw-wielding workers, the minute details on an owl’s feathers to soaring grains of sand generated from swift motions of a shark, the crystal-clear waters of natural landscapes to glimmering lights from multiple windows of a New York skyline at night, Christie’s laser projection system elevates stunning and lifelike visuals to a whole new level.

Guests who attended the event are not just enthralled by this unprecedented visual experience, they are also convinced that this installation marks a new milestone in cinema projection technologies. At the same time, they look forward to enjoying these breathtaking visuals at more theaters in China. The gala event concluded on a high note with the special preview of the Hollywood blockbuster film Godzilla.

“We are very proud to install and showcase the superiority and brilliance of the world’s first commercial laser projection system,” said Lin Yu, vice president, Christie Asia Pacific. “This revolutionary projector system will show how 3D light levels, color fidelity, image uniformity, viewing comfort, and a sense of immersion can be vastly improved, versus the conventional 3D systems found in cinemas around the world today. This heralds a new chapter in the milestones of global film technology and reinforces Christie’s position as the leader in ushering commercial theaters into a new era of high-brightness laser projection.”

Clay Paky Sharpys Treat TV’s “Nashville” Stars Like Country Music Greats

ABC-TV’s musical drama, “Nashville,” features a number of performances in every episode. The final episodes performance got the full star treatment with Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures.

The series, which just finished its second season, shoots in and around Nashville with many of the musical performances staged in a purpose-built studio in town. Sometimes the musical sequences are shot on location; the recent two-part season finale featured performances at Fort Campbell, the US Army base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, and at Nashville’s LP Field.

“The storyline included performing for the troops at Fort Campbell and involved a mobile stage on the tarmac with Apache helicopters flying over the stage,” says lighting director Steve Fallon, who works with DP Michael Lohmann on the lighting design for these segments. “Then we had the star of the show in the grandeur of a stadium performance at LP Field.”

Fallon, of Fallon Media Design, has been using Clay Paky Sharpy Wash fixtures throughout season two. “They’re a great light for TV in terms of color temperature and their small footprint,” he reports. “But we opted for the Sharpy Beams for the stadium, and they were perfect.”

The stadium was a challenge to light because Fallon had “a vast, three-level area to cover,” he explains. “Sharpy was the right choice because it was the only fixture that would give us the throw distance required. And it was the only one that delivered the punch we needed.”

Fallon deployed 150 Sharpys from Tony Macre of VER Nashville spread over multiple levels of the stadium, and reports no failures. “The load in was in the rain and freezing cold, but we had literally a zero failure rate. That’s amazing. We’re very happy with the Sharpys.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “The Sharpy is a great fixture for television as well as live entertainment. This application is a perfect example of both of those.”

A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive North American distributor for Clay Paky.

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Robert Juliat Victor Followspots Light Up Broadway Hit, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Photo: Joan Marcus

The unconventional rock musical “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is lighting up Broadway, and its lighting designer, Kevin Adams, is using Robert Juliat Victor followspots to light up the stage at the Belasco Theatre.

Neil Patrick Harris stars as Hedwig Robinson, who’s described as the “internationally ignored song stylist,” in John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s musical tale of life, love and a botched operation. The show garnered eight Tony Award nominations and four Tony wins, including Best Lighting Design of a Musical, for Kevin Adams, Best Musical Revival and Best Actor in a Musical, for Mr. Harris.

Adams consulted with his associate Paul Toben on what followspots to use for the show, and Tobin “spoke highly” of Robert Juliat’s Victor 1800W MSR followspots. “He knew the parameters and selected the Victors,” Adams says. “We needed really bright, white spots, but we also needed quiet, small units since we were putting them in the house close to the audience. With this in mind Paul knew we’d be happy with a pair of Victors.”

Adams explains that the Victors “are really close to the box seat wall, so there is no room for someone to stand at the wall side. The spot operators have to stand on opposite sides of the unit. I had a lot of anxiety about whether we were going to be able to keep that position.” The solution? One of the Victor followspots is a left-handed model.

“They are a dream come true – super bright with a really even field of light,” Adams reports. “The Victors are very white, so whatever color we put in it looks great. We never have to balance them. And they’re also really quiet.”

He says the followspots are “holding up well” during performances. “They are everything I was hoping they could be and more. They’re terrific!”

Adams acquired the Victors from PRG.

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, family-run, company dedicated to the manufacture of quality lighting equipment for entertainment and architectural applications. Robert Juliat lights are installed worldwide in venues as diverse as The Metropolitan Opera House in New York, the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, Caesar’s Palace and other showrooms in Las Vegas, the Royal Opera House in London, the Los Angeles Music Center, and the Hong Kong Academy School. Robert Juliat lights are used on major tours and events such as Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion, the South African Music Awards 2013 and the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

R&D, production, and company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, CT. For more information visit www.robertjuliat.com

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Pivitec Personal Mixing System on tour with Dirty Loops

Swedish “fusion-pop” band Dirty Loops has chosen a Pivitec Personal Monitor Mix System for touring in support of their first album, “Loopified”. The 3 piece band also chose an Avid S3L to handle front of house. Rather than rent or rely on whatever console the venue may (or may not) have, Dirty Loops, travels with the S3L and Pivitec for consistent sound gig to gig whether they are in Stockholm, LA or, most recently, NYC where I had a chance to meet up with the band.

The band with their Pivitec and IEM racks. L-R Henrik Linder, bass; Jonah Nilsson, vocals and keys; Aaron Mellergardh, drums.

The system was put together by Marcus Agnesund of Arva Trading AB, Pivitec’s Swedish distributor. Marcus also handles FOH for the band on tour. Marcus and Dirty Loops chose the Pivitec / Avid combo not only for the compact nature of the system but also because Ethernet AVB interfacing makes for streamlined set up and connectivity. The whole rig packs packs into a few flight cases that the band check as luggage when they fly from gig to gig.

The band, known for their extremely tight, jazz influenced arrangements, appreciate the level of detail and control afforded by the Pivitec system. The Pivitec e32 Mixers and network switch are mounted in their own small rack with the line level outputs of the 4 x Mixers each feeding a Shure PSM 1000 Wireless IEM. Control is handled via Pivitec V2Mix Pro App running on  Apple iPads.  Wireless control and monitoring means less clutter and no wedges means no stage spill for Marcus to deal with from FOH.

The Pivitec system also simplifies sound check by eliminating the usual back-and-forth “can I have more….” between musician and engineer and gives the band a consistent mix from night to night with only small tweaks required. As the band uses pre-recorded loops and click live, In Ear Monitors are essential and with 32 discrete channels Pivitec offers more than enough capacity and control to handle their complex instrumentation.

The Pivitec team are really honored to be working with Dirty Loops. And BTW – they are really nice guys as well. It was great meeting them and seeing them live in NYC. We are looking forward to their return to US later this year.

See Pivitec at InfoComm 2014 booth C11446

For more info: www.pivitec.com

Sarasota Upgrades to HD Production for City Commission Coverage with Broadcast Pix

Billerica, Massachusetts – Broadcast Pix™ today announced the city of Sarasota, Fla., has upgraded its City Hall facilities to a native HD infrastructure, anchored by a Granite™ 2000 integrated production switcher, to produce its city commission meetings for television and the Web.

In 2000, the city upgraded its small production facility in City Hall with an S-Video infrastructure. More than a dozen years later, however, the city found it difficult to maintain or replace its outdated equipment. In February, Encore Broadcast Solutions of Tampa, Fla., installed a system-wide upgrade, including an HD-SDI signal path.

“Part of our impetus for doing the upgrade was to upgrade to HD production and adopt a digital workflow,” said Miles Larsen, public broadcasting manager, city of Sarasota.

Coverage of city commission meetings is sent via fiber to master control in a nearby county building for Access Sarasota, a unique government access channel available locally on Comcast Cable and Verizon FiOS that is shared between Sarasota County and the city. Neither Comcast nor Verizon provides an HD channel, so Access Sarasota sends a 4:3 letterbox signal of its meeting coverage to maintain the wide aspect ratio. The city also provides live and on-demand HD meeting coverage on its Web site.

The upgraded system includes three new Panasonic PTZ HD cameras (as well as a previously purchased document camera) in the commission chambers. One camera provides a wide shot of the commission, another shoots close-ups of commission members, and a third is positioned to shoot presenters. The chamber upgrade also included new microphones and an electronic voting system.

In the control room, the Granite system replaced an aging Echolab switcher and PC-based graphics system. “We were not planning on doing a lot of crazy, elaborate stuff,” Larsen recalled. “This is a dedicated switcher just for covering meetings. We actually went back to Encore and asked if the Granite was more than what we needed, and they said we’d want room to grow. They were right.”

With 11 SDI inputs, Granite provides the city commission with enough inputs for all four cameras, as well as DVDs, USB thumb drives and tablets supplied by residents, when necessary. Plus, Encore and Broadcast Pix engineers were able to create an API to allow our switcher to integrate with the AMX control system in the commission chambers, so a staff member can run the production, if necessary.

Granite’s built-in production tools, including the customizable Fluent-View multi-view, have also improved workflow during meetings. In particular, the Inscriber CG is a “huge upgrade” from the previous graphics system, which Larsen said was poorly integrated and poorly positioned in the control room. “Having the CG inside the switcher is so nice,” he added. “There’s no rolling your chair back and forth between workstations, and it’s so much easier to make changes.”

The new system has only been in use since March, but Larsen is already planning to use Granite’s built-in clip store to add roll-ins to open and close meeting coverage. “We can do things we just couldn’t do before, and we have the freedom to think creatively and improve our production values,” he said. “Every time I sit down in front of the Granite, from the beginning of the meeting to the end of the meeting, I’m more convinced it was the right decision. It makes our productions easier and better.”

About Broadcast Pix Founded in 2002, Broadcast Pix is the leader in integrated production switchers, with customers in more than 110 countries. Available in several configurations, from compact systems with end-to-end integration to large-scale systems for high-end live productions, Broadcast Pix switchers include CG, dual clip stores, file-based macros, external control software, and customizable multi-view and virtual sets with patented control options. Broadcast Pix also offers ReVue next generation slow motion systems, fX3D real-time 3D graphics, Rapid CG dynamic graphic playout software, and VOX voice-automated live video production, each designed to enhance our highly integrated live production switchers. Customers include leading broadcast, corporate, education, government, religious, sports, streaming, and visual radio studios. Learn more at www.broadcastpix.com.

Broadcast Pix and Granite are trademarks of Broadcast Pix, Inc. Patented. Made in USA.

Christie Delivers Visual Display Technologies at InfoComm

Christie® is showcasing the widest range of visual display solutions at InfoComm 2014 at the Las Vegas Convention Center June 1820. A trusted market leader celebrating 85 years of experience and an InfoComm Gold Sponsor, Christie is introducing new laser phosphor 1-chip DLP® projectors, new LED tiles and LCD panels, the new Roadie 4K25 and 4K35, and a new Christie LX1750 3LCD projector for fixed installations, rental and staging, education, business, government and industry, sports and entertainment, houses of worship, meetings and events, and hospitality.

Christie products featured at InfoComm 2014

“Christie is a total solutions provider and it’s all about providing customers with the ultimate peace of mind; knowing that calling Christie means ‘problem solved!’” said Kathryn Cress, vice president, global and corporate marketing, Christie. “Christie solutions offer exceptional performance and reliability. They help customers create the world’s best shared experiences, visually and audibly, using the broadest range of collaborative tools available today.”

At InfoComm, Christie’s all-inclusive solutions will be highlighted in seven distinct zones.

Zone 1
Large, curved Christie® Velvet™ LED display with content managed by the Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 2
Christie 4K zone features blending of two Christie 4K25 3-chip DLP® projectors and two stacked Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors with content managed by a Christie Spyder X20.

Zone 3
Christie Brio Family of collaboration tools, introducing the new Christie Brio Team. Zone 3 also showcases the new Christie 84-inch Quad HD, Christie FHD651-T touch panels and the Christie Q Series, which will be using the new Christie One Mount.

Zone 4
Control Room display with stacked Christie Entero HB 70-inch HD front access display cubes, Christie Phoenix™, Christie JumpStart and Christie FHD552-X 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD flat panels.

Zone 5
Christie Spyder image processing display solutions and a selection of Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors, the Christie LWU501i and Christie Q Series.

Zone 6
The Projection Mapping zone includes the recently released Book of Transformations showcasing examples from all over the world. The display will be using Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors. The Christie Interactive Design Studio – 3D, interactive projection mapping display will feature Christie G Series projectors and Christie® MicroTiles®.

Zone 7
Interactive/Bulb-Free displays with the new laser-phosphor GS Series, Christie One Mount, Christie MicroTiles using Christie Interactivity Kit, and touch LCD panels.

Zones will include the following new solutions:

Christie GS Series Laser Phosphor Projectors
Christie is expanding its G Series projection family to include solid state illumination in WXGA (DWX555-GS), HD (DHD555-GS) and WUXGA (DWU555-GS) resolutions. Using 1-chip DLP® and a laser phosphor illumination system, the Christie GS Series provides an astonishing 20,000 hours of lamp-less operation and recommended for fixed installations where high resolution applications are required, such as boardrooms, higher education, houses of worship, and smaller entertainment venues.

Christie Velvet
Christie expands its line of tiled displays with the introduction of Christie Velvet high resolution indoor LED tiles that provide high image quality and are seamless to integrate. The new, smart design LED tiles are available in various sizes and can be built-to-order in 1.875 mm, 2.5 mm, 3 mm and 4 mm pixel pitches. With wide-viewing angles and exceptional image clarity, the tiles are suitable for indoor video wall applications, such as retail, hospitality, corporate lobbies and control rooms. Built for 24/7/365 use and backed by industry-leading warranty and trusted pre/post sales service, the high performance LED tiles can be used with Christie’s image processing and content management software.

Christie FHQ841-T 84-inch UHD LCD Panel

The new 84-inch “plug and play” Christie FHQ841-T multi-touch UHD LCD panel features 3820 x 2160 resolution, anti-glare glass and 10 simultaneous touch points. For customers and integrators who want a single source provider to meet all of its products and service needs, Christie offers a wide selection of displays that can be bundled with options such as Christie Brio integrated collaboration system, enhanced service plans and on-site support.

Christie FHD552-X 55-inch LCD Panel
Christie’s 55-inch ultra-narrow bezel LCD panel features a reduction in tiled space by 35 percent to just 3.5 mm between screens for a minimal loss of content. The Christie FHD552-X tiled display wall has full high-definition resolution, high pixel density and a LED-backlit screen. Images look sharp at any distance, with controlled brightness suitable for a variety of indoor environments. The Christie FHD552-X is compatible with Christie JumpStart and Christie Interactivity Kit for a fully interactive digital experience.

Christie Roadie 4K25 and 4K35 Ruggedized Projectors
The Christie Roadie 4K25 and Christie Roadie 4K35 3-chip DLP® projectors are built to withstand the rigors of the road delivering 25,000 and 35,000 lumens respectively. Both are ideal for rental/staging applications and offer 4K 60Hz projection that features industry-leading Christie TruLife™ electronics with 3G-SDI and Display Port as standard inputs and optional HDMI and DVI input modules.

Christie LX1750 3LCD Projector
Following on the heels of the highly successful Christie LX1500 comes the next generation Christie LX1750, offering a powerful 16,000 lumens (17500 center lumens), 4D color technology for superior color reproduction, and professional design. The LX1750 is ideal for houses of worship, large conference rooms, higher education, medium-sized auditoriums, and staging applications. The Christie LX1750 also features a suite of eleven optional, high performance lenses to support virtually any installation or venue, along with a fully motorized lensing system that offers easy setup and configuration.

Christie Brio Team
Christie Brio Team, the newest model in the Christie Brio family of presentation and collaboration systems, is a plug and play unit that makes it easy for individuals to wirelessly stream content onto displays from devices such as PCs, tablets, smartphones. Users can share content, edit in real time, save their work and capture action items for quicker follow-up while in study areas, small meeting rooms and huddle spaces. Brio Team, with its integrated Wi-Fi, AirPlay and WiDi receiver, requires no additional software apps, external dongles or local area network.

Christie Partners With Euromet Deliver Quality Ceiling Mount
Christie is partnering with Euromet to deliver a professional quality ceiling mount capable of supporting more than 20 Christie projectors. Christie One Mount is a modified version of the popular Euromet Arakno mount, but also includes a quick release pin to allow for easy projector serviceability. The Christie One Mount features a white and stainless steel color combination with a white ceiling mounting plate.

Christie Presence throughout InfoComm

Christie will be partnering with vendors throughout InfoComm including Crestron, in meeting room N250, which will be using a Christie D4K2560; Da-Lite, in booth C5408, with a Christie D4K2560, Christie HD10K-M and six Christie HD20K-J 3-chip DLP projectors; Stewart Filmscreen, in booth C6821, using the Christie Mirage 4K25 projector; coolux, in booth N405, with the Christie HD20K-J and Christie WU20K-J projectors; Alcorn McBride in booth N427, using Christie FHD551-X flat panels in landscape mode; the InfoComm Show Management, which is using several Christie projectors including the Christie S+22K-J, the Christie HD20K-J, the Christie HD14K-M in portrait mode, and the Christie Spyder video processor; rp Visual Solutions, booth N619, using 48 Christie® MicroTiles® Christie Interactivity Kit , and both the Christie Roadster HD20K-J and Christie HD14K-M 3-chip DLP® projectors; and InfiTec, booth N662, using Christie WU14K-M projectors.

NSCA Education Foundation Sponsorship

Christie is sponsoring the NSCA Education Foundation’s Drunk Unkles event, dubbed Insanity at Vanity, to be held at Hard Rock Hotel’s Club Vanity in Las Vegas, June 18. The annual event draws thousands of participants from the A/V industry, and media, to help raise money for the NSCA Education Foundation. For more information, visit www.drunkunkles.com.

Cerwin-Vega! P-Series Sets the Stage for 2014 New Music Seminar

NEW YORK, JUNE 12, 2014 – Cerwin-Vega!, part of Gibson Brands Inc., is pleased to announce that its P-Series Professional PA system was an integral part of the audio setup for the prestigious New Music Seminar (NMS) in New York. Marking its second year in attendance at the event, the Cerwin-Vega! P-Series provided a natural sound that is ideal for all NMS presentations and performances.

See Factor, the lighting and sound company for the conference, supplied a total of eight full P-Series setups – comprised of two P1500X Loudspeakers and a P1800SX Subwoofer each – for traditional PA arrangements, two additional P1500X Loudspeakers for monitor wedges and two 16-Channel CVM Mixers. “Before we moved to our current location at the iconic New Yorker Hotel, the entire conference was held at Webster Hall,” explains Dave Lory, musical director for the event. “Since it’s an acclaimed music venue that hosts world-famous musicians, we always relied on the hall’s house PA system for all of our audio needs. Knowing about the change of location, my friends at Gibson approached me and recommended I try their Cerwin-Vega! P-Series. I was honestly a little wary at first, but they performed so well last year that it was a no-brainer for me this year.”

“Dave is one of the best event producers in the industry, he demands excellence when it comes to audio production and the quality of his work always reflects that,” adds Peter Schwinge, the seminar’s general manager who was appointed to help grow international presence at the event. “Gibson brought the idea of Cerwin-Vega! to us, but the fact that Dave has chosen to use them again speaks volumes. And I agree with him, too. The speakers sound very natural and the distance on them is absolutely great!”

With an average attendance of approximately 1,300 people each year, NMS is one of the most influential music conferences in the world. It features sessions and/or presentations from more than 150 CEOs, presidents, executives and leaders who address the many aspects of the emerging music industry in addition to as many as 100 artist performances. The seminar’s goal is to serve as a quality launch pad for musicians and businesses alike. On the artist side, the conference provides the opportunity for them to hone their skills and learn new tricks. For businesses, it’s a chance for them to find the next big name in the industry.

Originally having run from 1980 to 1995, NMS was re-launched in 2009 with new vigor. In 2012, the seminar received support from the New York City Mayor’s office to declare the first New York Music Week. With support and appearances from the heads of such corporate brands as Pepsi Co, Napster, Clear Channel and Vevo, the seminar features music showcases from France, Spain and Sweden and the newly-launched Xray A&R Listening and Critique room where artists had the opportunity to have their music reviewed by the representatives from all of the major recording labels.

About Cerwin-Vega!
Cerwin-Vega!, part of the Gibson Pro Audio division, is a leader in the design, manufacture, and distribution of loudspeakers for the home and professional audio markets. Designed in the pursuit of dynamic, accurate sound reproduction since 1954, Cerwin-Vega! products are distributed throughout the world via a network of distributors and dealers in more than 75 countries. For additional information on all Cerwin-Vega! products, please visit us online at www.cerwin-vega.com.

About Gibson Brands
Gibson Brands Inc. is known worldwide for producing classic models in every major style of fretted instrument, including acoustic and electric guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The Gibson Les Paul Guitar is the bestselling guitar of all time and is a tribute to the late, famed musician of the same name. Collectively, the Gibson Robot Guitar, Gibson Dark Fire, Gibson Dusk Tiger and the Gibson Firebird X represent the biggest advances in electric guitar design in more than 75 years. Through the Gibson Foundation, Gibson Guitar Corp. has become equally known for its philanthropic efforts on behalf of music, education, health, and human services. Founded in 1894 in Kalamazoo, MI, and headquartered in Nashville, TN, since 1984, Gibson Brands Inc’s family of brands includes Epiphone, Dobro, Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Echoplex, Electar, Flatiron, Slingerland, Valley Arts, Maestro, Oberheim, Baldwin, Sunshine Piano, Take Anywhere Technology, J&C Fischer, Chickering, Hamilton, Wurlitzer, Cakewalk and Gibson Pro Audio. Visit Gibson’s website at www.gibson.com. Follow Gibson Guitar at www.twitter.com/gibsonguitar and www.facebook.com/gibsonguitar.

Wesley United Methodist Church Reinforces Its Sound With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Digital Console

(Gray Shirt) Garret Kyler, Wesley United Methodist Church; and (Black Shirt) Chase Daigle, MSC Systems.

BEAUMONT, Texas – Wesley United Methodist Church in Beaumont, Texas recently improved its audio capacity with the new HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 digital console and Soundcraft Si Performer 3 digital console. Installed by MSC Systems of Beaumont, the consoles are part of a sound reinforcement project aimed at providing better audio fidelity to the 100-year-old church, which provides contemporary services for up to 500 people.

The newly launched Vi3000 features the new powerful SpiderCore DSP, plus extensive onboard options such as Dante and MADI interfaces. The expanded capabilities of the new 40-bit floating point DSP engine mixes FPGA and DSP technologies in a unique combination with a footprint small enough for it to be included within a control surface. While adding the usual ease-of-use features that made Soundcraft consoles so desirable, such as the Vistonics™ user interface and FaderGlow™ functionality, this console takes any venue to new heights.

“The capabilities of the Vi3000 are amazing, as it has plenty of ins and outs,” said Chase Daigle, Lead Designer/Installer of MSC Systems. “The operators can now mix 12 stereo in-ear monitor mixes right on the console, and have 48 local inputs in addition to the 48×32 stage box run with fiber and 64×64 capability of Dante to the Si Performer. We can also configure presets for every channel, which means we can now recall settings for every single musician on different weeks, instead of resetting the whole board. Operation was so easy that the technical staff often involves the assistance of local volunteers, who despite lacking professional training were able to operate the Vi3000 and the Si Performer 3 after a few pointers.”

Nothing was compromised to provide the best audio solution for this house of worship, with the Vi3000 handling FOH and monitors on different sections of the same board, while the Si Performer 3 with an additional Dante card is used for recording in a separate room. Feeds from the Vi3000 are also routed through the Si Performer 3, so the church services can be streamed directly online.

“The audio has been dramatically improved over our old system,” said Garret Kyler, Worship and Technical Arts Director of Wesley United Methodist Church. “The new Vi3000 console does not sound thin and digital, but very warm and analog-like. It’s also not like other consoles such as those made by Yamaha, where you go through layers of menus. The whole thing is incredibly responsive, because whatever you put in, you get back immediately.”

With a completely remodeled sound and lighting infrastructure, the church is set to handle another decade of contemporary performances. With the “spectacular and natural” Lexicon effects that Daigle applauds, the new Vi3000 will grant church members the sound they were looking for.

For more information on MSC Systems, please visit www.mscsound.com

Photo Credit: Abel McBride

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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Martin Audio MLA Goes The Distance At BottleRock 2014

Napa, CA––Under new management, BottleRock 2014 provided three days of exceptional music, food and drink without any of the problems that affected last year’s trial launch.

As Jason Alt of Delicate Productions, provider of audio, video and lighting for the event points out, “This year’s festival was smoother, more organized and better run. Participating vendors and artists were taken care of in advance and everyone had a very positive festival experience.”

The eclectic lineup for the festival included The Cure, Outkast, Weezer, TV On The Radio, Heart, Third Eye Blind, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, Gin Blossoms and dozens more bands, solo artists and comedians that spanned a range of styles and musical generations.

Once again, Delicate provided Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact loudspeaker systems for the two main sponsored stages, Toshiba and Sprint, to ensure proper coverage within the festival grounds and output control to prevent noise overspill in surrounding residential neighborhoods.

“The city of Napa didn’t have a noise ordinance until after last year’s event and we teamed with the city to establish one that would work for the festival and the city,” Jason explains. “We came up with 105dB C-weighted at front of house, 110 feet from the stage, measured over an hour period average. This gave us enough latitude for bands to get louder for ten minutes at a time, which allowed for dynamics within that average without adversely affecting any artist’s performance.

“None of the artists or engineers had any issues with the noise ordinance. Even with the newly imposed time restrictions of stopping by 10pm, the festival went really well. And we had no noise complaints from those living near the festival site either.”

Part of this year’s new PA guidelines included removing the delay towers from the main stage to eliminate excess noise, which had no negative impact on coverage according to Alt. “It made the throw for MLA about 600 feet and the system still performed really well. The audience listening experience didn’t suffer at all. People were able to hear it and everything sounded really consistent and clear.”

The Toshiba main stage system consisted of two speaker clusters a side, each consisting of 16 Martin Audio MLA and two MLD (downfill) enclosures; 24 ground-stacked MLX subs; 12 W8LM speakers for front fills; two clusters for side fills, each containing 4 W8C, 4 W8CS compact subs, and 2 WS218X subs; and 6 MLA Compact each as side hangs.

An Avid Profile 96/24 console was used for FOH, and Yamaha PM5D-RH, DSP5D and Avid Venue 48/24 consoles were used for Monitors. Six Shure UHF-R wireless systems with SM58 capsules were also part of the main stage setup.

For the second (Sprint) stage, Delicate combined 18 Martin Audio MLA Compact enclosures per side with 12 DSX ground-stacked subs; 2 side fill clusters containing 2 W8Cs, 2 W8CS compact subs and a WS218X sub; 4 W8LCs for front fills and Martin Audio LE1200S and LE2100S stage monitors to complete the package.

Asked about MLA, Outkast FOH engineer Darcy Khan replied, “I enjoyed the system a lot. The most important thing was the clarity at 200 feet. I was skeptical about that because a lot of line arrays claim to have it but don’t deliver. And this is the only system I’ve come across that can produce enough low end with just 24 subs, but the way Delicate set it up with that block across the front of the stage, it was there. I was very pleased with it, the system really delivered the goods.”

Concluding, Jason added, “Overall the MLA’s performance exceeded our expectations. Everybody was very impressed with what the system was able to do and all of the engineers, many of whom were new to the system, had a great mixing experience with it.”

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About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

HARMAN’s Martin Professional M6 Lighting Console Brings Joy To Changlong International Circus Festival

ZHUHAI, China – Located in the southern Guangdong province and bordering Macau, Zhuhai is a premier tourist hotspot in China. Recently, it is also the host to the Changlong International Circus Festival, of which the committee selected the HARMAN’s Martin M6 Console to control and calibrate the lighting systems on and around the stage. Local Martin distributor Guangzhou Dan-Pro Stage Equipment Co., Ltd recommended the console from a world-renowned brand not only to match the popularity of the venue, but also to provide a compelling experience to such a joyous event.

The Martin M6 console offers the most advanced visualization of lighting control, accommodating a wide product range from traditional fixtures to moving lights and even the most advanced media servers with ease. The setup for the festival features two M6 consoles of the 64 channel version, as well as eight Ether2DMX8™ DMX routers.

“The M6 console is extremely popular amongst integrators, especially for live applications,” said Yuri Zhang, Vice GM of Guangzhou Dan-Pro Stage Equipment Co., Ltd. “During shows that span multiple days, it is imperative for the lighting systems to be controlled by a console that can consistently keep up with the pace without failure. To this end, the body of the console consists of a lightweight aluminum shell, which also allows for a compact design and fast setup times.”

The show features 10 consecutive days of clown acts, circus and aerial acrobatics, animal performances and magic acts, pushing top groups around the world to exciting levels of brilliance. Since there are no two acts alike, all participants had different requirements for synchronizing the lighting effects with their performance. Powered by an industrial multi-core processor and solid-state drives, the M6 console is well equipped to endure such a long and arduous event.

“The M6 console is one of the most reliable lighting consoles to date,” according to Zhang. “It pushes innovative boundaries in terms of flexibility and modularity, as it works with nearly all forms of lighting equipment. By adding a custom touchscreen display to improve ergonomics and workflow, we boost user confidence, so that they may focus on the show.”

The Circus Festival organizers, Changlong Group’s board members, and technical staff were all satisfied with the performance of the Martin M6 console, and praised it for its design and effectiveness. The operators found the controls to be “ambitiously effective” and thus, the M6 will continue its mission to accommodate regular programs for the Changlong International Circus.

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 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 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

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