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Clay Paky Lighting Fixtures Make Luke Bryan’s Night on Country Artist’s New Tour

Luke Bryan has rolled out his That’s My Kind of Night Tour, and Elite Multimedia Productions in Nashville is providing Clay Paky A.LEDA, Sharpy and Sharpy Wash lighting fixturess as Bryan once again takes to the road. The popular country artist’s new tour is named after his latest single, which has catapulted to # 1 in the country charts.

“We just concluded the Dirt Road Diaries Tour with Luke; his new tour will run from January 2014 to the end of October,” says Tom Wilson, vice president of event productions at Elite Multimedia Productions. “For this tour they’ve doubled the number of Sharpys and added Sharpy Washes. They’ve been really thrilled with the Clay Paky fixtures, which have been very durable with a really low failure rate. In 10 months on the road, there have been almost no failures. The only light we lost was due to a guitar player accidentally kicking it into the audience!”

Lighting designer Justin Kitchenman of Fade Up Design Group points out that Bryan “wants all of his productions to be big, ambitious and with lots of bells and whistles. When someone walks into this show they’re walking into a party.”

Bryan is at the center of the action figuratively and literally. “We designed a 42-foot wide circle stage that sits at the end of the thrust giving the entire audience a 360º view of Luke for the majority of the show,” says Kitchenman. “Having a lighting rig that can light the entire room and have lots of punch was essential.”

Kitchenman was challenged to keep the sight lines clean and offer the entire audience “the full concert experience. We don’t want the people off to the sides or way up top to ever feel like they are missing out on elements of the show.”

Kitchenman’s Clay Paky complement consists of 46 Sharpy Beams, 20 Sharpy Washes and 12 A.LEDA Wash K10 and 32 A.LEDA Wash K5 LEDs, which are positioned “all over” forming “the teeth of this lighting rig,” he says.

“I chose Clay Paky based on the reputation of the manufacturer as well as the unparalleled support provided by A.C.T Lighting,” Kitchenman reports. “After a full year of touring with the same type of fixtures last year, there was very little down time. I’ve found all of the Clay Paky fixtures to be extremely rugged and reliable. There wasn’t a single reason why I should have been looking for alternatives this year.”

“We use the low fogger to create a bit more of a dramatic scene during one of Luke’s new songs,” he says, “and the hazers just ensure that we have plenty of haze in the air for all of those Sharpys!”

Having come full circle to the Sharpys, Elite’s Wilson chimes in that the “Clay Paky fixtures are great performing lights that hold up well” during tours. “As a company owner, that’s a big one for me.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, commented, “It’s great to see so many of our lights on this tour. Elite has been a huge supporter of ours and Justin has been a great collaborator. I look forward to the success of this tour.”

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

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HARMAN’s Crown DCi Series Amplifiers and JBL ScreenArray Loudspeakers Highlight Germany’s Haus Zoar Dolby Atmos™ Movie Theater

MÖNCHENGLADBACH, Germany — Located in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, Mönchengladbach has a history that goes back to the 10th century—but the city’s newly completed movie theater boasts up-to-the-second technology. Haus Zoar is Germany’s first cinema to feature a Dolby Atmos™ Connect interface with HARMAN’s Crown DCi Series network amplifiers. The cinema has also deployed JBL ScreenArray loudspeakers in an installation that takes surround sound realism to new heights – literally.

Dolby Atmos is a newly developed surround-sound technology that employs any number of overhead speakers as well as traditional side-surround speakers to create an astonishingly realistic 3-dimensional sonic environment.

The Haus Zoar system employs three JBL ScreenArray 3732T loudspeakers for the main left, center and right channels. Two JBL 4642A subwoofers are located in the front of the theater and two 3635 18-inch subs are installed at the back of the theater. To deliver the full potential of Dolby Atmos sound, 50 JBL 8350 surround loudspeakers are placed at the sides of the theater and mounted from the left and right of the ceiling and aimed diagonally downward. Its high power handling capability and smooth coverage over a wide area make the 8350 ideally suited for the demanding sonic and technical requirements of Dolby Atmos soundtrack reproduction.

The loudspeakers are driven by a total of 10 Crown DriveCore DCi Network Series power amplifiers, including DCi 8|300N, DCi 4|600N and DCi 2|600N. The digital audio signal from the Dolby CP850 Atmos Cinema Processor is fed directly into the Crown amplifiers’ digital input via HARMAN’s BLU link networked audio connectivity. This eliminates the need for digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion and preserves the sonic purity of the original multichannel soundtrack recording. In addition, the Crown DCi Series amplifiers include preset tunings that are optimized for various models and types of JBL loudspeakers, to further optimize the performance of the Haus Zoar system.

Commenting on the installation, Carsten Peter, Product Manager for Audio Pro Heilbronn, HARMAN’s German distributor who handled the installation stated, “Haus Zoar is truly a showcase installation that demonstrates the full potential of Dolby Atmos surround sound.”

“The Dolby CP850 Atmos Cinema processor, the new Crown DCi amplifiers, the large-scale JBL loudspeaker system and the superb acoustics of Haus Zoar all combine to create a remarkable and totally immersive sonic environment in what is surely one of the world’s most extraordinary movie theaters,” added Peter.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Miller Pro Audio, HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers Add Pop to Fun Fun Fun Fest

NORTHRIDGE, California – For the eighth straight year, Miller Pro Audio supplied a HARMAN’s JBL line array system, powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in downtown Austin, Texas. The system was deployed for the festival’s main (Orange) stage, which hosted performances by Snoop Dogg, MIA, MGMT, Slayer, Television and more.

The main PA system featured a left-right configuration of 10 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements per side, with an additional six V25 elements for front fill. The system also included nine ground-stacked G28 subwoofers, with 12 S28 subwoofers hung as a center cluster. Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers powered the V25 loudspeakers and S28 subs, while I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers powered the G28 subs. The system was controlled via JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

According to Oliver, the challenges of the event ranged from the large number of acts to staying within strict noise limits from the city. “We try very hard to find a happy medium that keeps everyone as happy as possible,” he said.

With offices in Austin, Dallas, Lubbock and Oklahoma City, Miller Pro Audio was founded more than 20 years ago by Danny and Leslie Miller, growing from one truck and a small shop on a dirt road to averaging well over 1,000 shows per year spanning from clubs to top 10 shed tours. “We are a turnkey company, meaning we stock a full inventory of audio, backline, lights, video, staging, truss-built roof systems and stage lines,” said Aaron Oliver, Corporate Comptroller/Corporate Trainer for Miller Pro Audio. “We also provide production management, stage management, event planning and have a thriving install department.”

This year’s Fun Fun Fun Fest marked Miller Pro Audio’s first use of the JBL VTX line array system. “We found the VTX to have great, smooth response while remaining very musical,” Oliver noted. “The output power of the V25 was killer and the subs were powerful yet smooth and punchy. We really liked the VTX system and would love to experience what it has to offer again.”

Miller Pro Audio also owns Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and have been pleased with the products’ performance. “We utilize the I-Tech amps to power many other products we supply and all in all, we love what the I-Tech’s allow us to achieve,” Oliver said.

In addition, Performance Manager has proven beneficial to Miller Pro Audio’s business. “We used Performance Manager for the Fun Fun Fun Fest and we use it on many other shows as well,” Oliver added. “The control it provides really helps us cut back on the need for additional hardware, which means less cases, less labor and lighter trucks—all of which translate to savings in budget.”

For more information on Miller Pro Audio, please visit www.millerproaudio.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Hitachi Projectors Offer the Best Solution for Evangelical Free Church’s Technology Needs

Bozeman, Montana, February 13, 2014 – Today’s houses of worship are a far cry from the small churches of medieval Europe. Where priests used to project their voices to be heard by their parishioners, now they employ digital projectors to accompany their sermons. The Evangelical Free Church is no stranger to these technological advancements: streaming services online, uploading sermons, and, most recently, purchasing two Hitachi CP-WX8265 projectors to be used for every mass.

“We needed new widescreen projectors that could be networked together, handle high room temperatures and provide a high enough brightness to overcome constant sunlight,” says Kyle Blackmore, Technical Ministry Director at Evangelical Free Church of Bozeman. “Hitachi’s CP-WX8265 projector has proven capable and consistent and came highly recommended for everything we needed.”

Mr. Blackmore had been on the lookout for new projectors when his older non-Hitachi projectors’ bulbs burned out and the LCD panels needed replacing. In October of 2013, he installed two Hitachi CP-WX8265 projectors in the main sanctuary room, which has a vaulted ceiling leading to high temperatures and lots of light.

“The projectors are suspended 30 feet high, but we’ve experienced no issues with overheating,” said Mr. Blackmore. “The picture quality has been excellent, clear and bright even in direct sunlight.”

The networking capability has also made Mr. Blackmore’s life much easier—with so many people using the projector, being able to monitor the projectors’ status and temperature remotely saves him time.

Consistent and high-quality performance made the Hitachi CP-WX8265 projector ideal for Bozeman’s Evangelical Free Church.

“So far, they’ve been running great,” said Mr. Blackmore. “And I expect they will continue to do so for many years to come.”

The Hitachi CP-WX8265 3LCD projector features a brightness of 6,500 ANSI lumens and supports an aspect ratio of 16:10 (WXGA).

For more information on Evangelical Free Church of Bozeman, visit http://www.efcb.org/

For more information on Hitachi projectors visit www.hitachi-america.us/projectors

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About Hitachi
Hitachi America, Ltd., headquartered in Tarrytown, New York, a subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., and its subsidiary companies offer a broad range of electronics, power and industrial equipment and services, automotive products and consumer electronics with operations throughout the Americas. For more information, visit www.hitachi-america.us. For more information on other Hitachi Group companies in the United States, please visit www.hitachi.us.

Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company with approximately 326,000 employees worldwide. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2012 (ended March 31, 2013) totaled 9,041 billion yen ($96.1 billion). Hitachi is focusing more than ever on the Social Innovation Business, which includes infrastructure systems, information & telecommunication systems, power systems, construction machinery, high functional material & components, automotive systems and others. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company’s website at http://www.hitachi.com/.

CAST BlackTrax and Trinity Fellowship Church to present ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’

CAST BlackTrax delivers on ROI, increased creativity and systems flexibility

Appealing to large-scale event and production professionals, Paul Braile, BlackTrax expert at CAST BlackTrax Ltd and Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church, Texas will present the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 at room Mezzanine 27 at The Nashville Municipal Auditorium, TN from 12:00 to 13:00 on Tuesday, 18th and Wednesday, 19th of February.

Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo, Texas utilized BlackTrax motion tracking system in its 3,750 seat auditorium integrated with live performers, lighting, sound, multi-media and video for its 2013 Christmas Program and beyond.

“Visitors will walk away from the seminar with an in-depth understanding of how our production has deployed BlackTrax bringing significant ROI as well as lighting, logistical and creative benefits,” explained Michael Wells, executive director of operations at Trinity Fellowship Church.

“BlackTrax is key to our presence at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014,” said Bruce Freeman, chairman at CAST Group. “We will offer visitors outstanding education as well as hands-on experience of our innovations, opening their use for future projects.”

In addition to the company’s education initiative, CAST will exhibit its revolutionary BlackTrax, wysiwyg and Vivien technologies at Booth 201 at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 from February 18 to 19, 2014.

All seminars in the Professional Development Program at PLASA Focus: Nashville 2014 are free to attend. Interested parties are encouraged to register early for the ‘Lights. Camera. Tracking!’ seminar at http://www.prereg.net/2014/plasaone/.

For enquiries about the BlackTrax Solution please contact bt@blacktrax.ca or visit the website at www.blacktrax.ca.

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Electrosonic Upgrades Audio and Video Systems in Texas Spirit Theater Prior to Debut of “Shipwrecked” Film This Fall

The Bullock Texas State History Museum in downtown Austin recently contracted Electrosonic for a complete audio and video systems upgrade and reprogramming of its 190-seat 4D Texas Spirit Theater. The upgrade prepares the theater for the November premiere of the short film “Shipwrecked,” which will support a new exhibition on the excavation of the barque La Belle, which sank off the Texas coast in 1686.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum, which opened in 2001, invites visitors to interpret for themselves the story of Texas history. The multimedia Texas Spirit Theater is auditorium style with a standard proscenium stage plus two flanking openings. Three flat projection screens provide an immersive experience for audiences when a single image fills all the screens; the side screens can also display different images to support the narrative. A complement of 4D effects enhances productions with atmospherics and movement.

The theater currently hosts two shows in rotation. “Star of Destiny,” produced by BRC Imagination Arts, looks at the epic history of Texas through stories of perseverance: the devastating Galveston hurricane of 1900, East Texas oil gushers, and the takeoff of a Saturn V rocket seen from the Johnson Space Center. “Wild Texas Weather” enables audiences to feel the wrath of Mother Nature in 22 minutes of footage showing wicked weather conditions: hurricanes, thunderstorms, droughts and flash floods, all accompanied by an original score featuring artists from Austin’s vibrant music scene.

The Texas Spirit Theater is also available to the public for screenings, presentations and conferences. It’s a favorite venue for Austin’s thriving independent filmmaking community. “The theater is very busy. In fact, that made it difficult to do the systems upgrades – we had to sneak in after hours and work as quickly as possible,” says Electrosonic project engineer Dan Lauf.

Electrosonic had provided the theater’s original audio and video systems, which had continued to function well but were a dozen years into their life cycle. “The upcoming ‘Shipwrecked’ film offered a good opportunity to upgrade the equipment and provide a clean slate for programming the new show,” Lauf points out.

Told through the eyes of a young crew member, “Shipwrecked,” from Cortina Productions, supports the upcoming exhibition about the La Belle, one of Robert de La Salle’s four ships that set out to explore the Gulf of Mexico in 1685. The remains of the hull will be on display along with over a million recovered artifacts. The theater’s 4D effects will permit audiences to feel the power of the storm that resulted in the sinking of the ship.

Electrosonic replaced the existing show control system with an Alcorn McBride V16 Pro show controller and swapped out HD-MPEG video players in favor of a Dataton WATCHOUT video playback system. Electrosonic ensured that the programming for “Star of Destiny” and “Wild Texas Weather” translated smoothly to the new gear and that programming for “Shipwrecked” got underway efficiently.

“The new WATCHOUT system gives the theater technicians a greater ability to run shows easily every day and play alternate content easily when the venue is used for other events,” Lauf says. “We didn’t just install the new equipment – we provided training for it, including a two-day session with visiting Alcorn McBride personnel. A lot of our focus for this project was getting the theater techs ready to fully service and operate the space in all ways.”

On the audio side, Electrosonic upgraded the audio systems with a QSC Q-Sys DSP engine featuring SSD multi-track audio playback. “The Texas Spirit Theater is a full surround theater. The new system allows full 5.1 surround playback for regular film presentations and expandability to the 15 separate audio tracks required for the 4D shows,” Lauf explains.

The Museum’s Director of Theaters, John Lewis, concluded, “Electrosonic has been a great partner to the Bullock Museum, providing top-notch technical design, support and guidance since the museum opened in 2001. The recently upgraded theater system has breathed new life into the Texas Spirit Theater by increasing programming capabilities, streamlining operations, and preserving the theater’s tradition of providing a superior immersive theater experience to generations of Texans and visitors to Texas for years to come.”

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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High Resolution Systems’ UDC Raptor Offers the Ultimate in Control at Thurman’s 34 Rush Sports Bar at Batavia Downs Casino

Rochester, New York-based AAVS is on a roll with High Resolution Systems’ UDC Pro ECS-Raptor, a UDC Pro Embedded Control Server, the ultimate in customer control for the nine-cube videowall at Thurman’s 34 Rush Sports Bar at the Batavia Downs Casino in Batavia, New York. Name for Thurman Thomas, the Hall of Fame running back for the Buffalo Bills who wore No. 34, the Sports Bar is part of the facility’s $28 million expansion. It boasts 30 TVs, a projector and videowall plus small stage. Two more videowalls occupy the casino area.

AAVS designs and integrates audio, video, lighting, communications, surveillance and control equipment in new and existing construction. It is the leading AV integrator and rental company in upstate New York.

“With UDC Raptor and its Apple iPad interface, the client can control all the displays and sources that go into the videowall changing from DirecTV to a network simulcast to digital signage,” says Graeme T. Poluch, vice president of sales at AAVS. “If someone wants to watch a horse race, the bartender can walk to the iPad, select the TV input and display the telecast the customer wants. Every input can be changed. All the sound can be controlled. All through IP with no serial connections or IR commands at all.”

The same functionality is offered for the two videowalls on the casino floor. “A player playing slots can ask one of the attendants to change any TV from the iPad,” Poluch continues. “The whole thing is on a continuous network making control simple.”

AAVS became aware of UDC at InfoComm when it was looking for an IP-based control system. “As soon as we saw the cool stuff from High Resolution Systems we left our current manufacturer and immediately went to UDC,” recalls Poluch. “It’s much easier to use and has a very cool interface. It’s easy to configure, easy for the customer to use and completely customizable. There’s really nothing this product can’t do. It can handle all the things the larger control companies do at a much larger price tag and not as elegantly!”

According to Poluch Thurman’s is “thrilled” with UDC Raptor and additional projects may lie ahead.

About HRS Control

High Resolution Systems known as HRS Control is a company with a strong systems engineering and applications background. Its founders have decades of experience in the audio visual rental and staging industry, broadcast applications, A/V installations and system design. This combined experience allows them to provide the highest possible quality solutions to its customers in the most efficient manner. For more information, visit www.HRScontrol.com.

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Lincoln Heritage Museum’s New Facility at Lincoln College Selects Alcorn McBride for Complete Package of Playback and Control Equipment

The life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln will come alive in the new home of the Lincoln Heritage Museum on the campus of Lincoln College when it reopens in April 2014 in Lincoln, Illinois. The museum will use Alcorn McBride’s Digital Binloop, A/V Binloop HD, ProTraXX, DMX Machines and V16 Pro to interpret the world in which the 16th president lived, particularly as it pertained to Illinois.

Groundbreaking for the first building on campus took place on Lincoln’s last living birthday in 1865. The Lincoln Heritage Museum began in 1942 with the bequest of a vast Lincoln and Logan County history collection with the stipulation that a museum be established. The holdings have continued to grow, prompting the museum’s move to the new Lincoln Center on the north side of the campus.

“The new facility is really designed as a whole experience,” says Alan Eidson of Eidson Studios, which performed the AV design and installation. Taylor Studios, Inc. of Rantoul, Illinois is the exhibit design, fabrication and lighting firm for the entire project. “There are multiple rooms with multiple presentations within each room. Visitors interact with 53 audio and video programs by 35 motion and touch-points. The touch-points are controlled by proximity sensors from Technovision and include objects such as a plow, rose, quilt, books, maps and even a coffin.

“Many of the presentations have rear projection, and there are six video and audio programs. For one of the presentations, visitors look through a wall in the box at Ford’s Theater to witness a reenactment video of Lincoln’s assassination then look through another wall to see a video of the house where the mortally wounded president died. Between those presentations a multimedia review of Lincoln’s life is shown.”

Eidson says Alcorn McBride gear was selected because the company “had all the components we needed for a complete package.” A Digital Binloop carries the surround sound audio; an A/V Binloop HD provides synchronized video playback. Two DMX Machines control about 400 lights in the facility. A ProTraXX 16-channel audio player is used for other programs; and a V16 Pro serves as the show controller.

“I like the Binloop set up in one rack unit,” Eidson says. “They have it all in one package and make it very easy – they were the best choice for reproduction of the media. Then I learned more about ProTraXX and the awesome DMX Machines – I have used them for many years. Both Taylor and I were very familiar with Alcorn and its programming, so it was a no-brainer to choose the V16 Pro show controller.”

Eidson reports that all of the products are “stable and integrate easily” with other equipment. He also hails Alcorn McBride support. “They’ve been just great. Any time we have any issues or questions they are very accommodating.”

About Alcorn McBride:
Founded in 1986, Alcorn McBride is the leading manufacturer of show control, audio and video equipment for the themed entertainment industry, and a rapidly growing provider of audio and video systems for retail environments and transportation applications. Staffed by some of the industry’s best engineers and backed by outstanding customer support, the company has demonstrated great agility in bringing new designs to market. A hallmark of Alcorn McBride products is their durable, zero maintenance design. The company’s products provide consistent, reliable operation for audio and video playback applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.alcorn.com.

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MassAV Creates ‘Ultimate Production Snake’ by FiberPlex

It’s lights, cameras and a whole lot more action for massAV as a result of a new FiberPlex Technologies optical snake recently added to its linecard.

The live event AV staging and production company in Billerica, Massachusetts, purchased FiberPlex’s WDM optical multiplexer to create what massAV Director of Operations Aaron Raymond calls the ultimate production snake. “We build a lot of very high end video systems, and when you start adding multiple lines of HD video along with audio, data, lighting and control for an event, it really has to be fiber,” he said, adding, “We’d been limited in our use of fiber until now because it meant having to set up an optical transmitter and receiver on every single channel, and that got expensive.”

Now, with FiberPlex’s WDM-8 active wave division multiplexer, massAV can multiplex eight discrete signals at 3 Gb/s each for transporting video, audio, lighting and control feeds onto one fiber pair.

The FiberPlex WDM multiplexer comes in 16-channel and 8-channel models and are on a cost parity with copper and copper’s associated installation and handling expenses. As the cost of copper cabling continues to rise, companies like massAV are going the fiber optic route to transport large volumes of content. Optical fiber has ten times the transference rate of copper at the high end and can transmit data error-free over greater distances by a 400:1 ratio.

“The FiberPlex multiplexer makes it so that we can run eight channels on the same fiber pair as opposed to dealing with the different types and sizes of copper cabling as well as the need to re-clock signals every couple hundred feet for longer runs,” explained Raymond.

As a result, massAV is able to replace 2,000 pounds of copper cabling with a 25-pound spool of fiber optics for large events, a savings that is realized by its corporate and other live event customers in reduced labor, setup time and transportation costs to truck in and set up copper cabling at events.

Multiplexing media and control signals onto one, 1/4-inch optical cable is also ideal for events that require running cables down hallways, across doorways or through public areas where bulky copper cabling is not practical, said Raymond.

massAV recently tried out the new multiplexer for a 1,500-person event with a main stage, two control areas, and 26 video projectors in the air – all tied together via the ultimate production snake consisting of little more than a spool of fiber optic cabling and a pair of WDM multiplexers. The setup involved multiple lines of data, video, audio, lighting control, intercom communications, and serial communications between equipment.

FiberPlex’s eight-channel WDM-8 and sixteen-channel WDM-16 multiplexers use interchangeable SFP/SFP+ modules for interfacing to a variety of gear and environments, including converting between media formats SD-SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, and 6G-SDI and for HDMI/DVI, 10/100/1G Ethernet and MADI, as well as full duplex and BiDi optical. massAV’s new multiplexer provides the flexibility now and into the immediate future as new media requirements change, noted Raymond.

FiberPlex recently took to the road to conduct a 25-city demo tour of its active wave division multiplexers as the ultimate production snake (check with a local FiberPlex representative for details). FiberPlex makes fiber optic products and systems for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education.

SONO LUMINUS PRODUCTION TEAM EARNED A 2014 GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2014: “I had two Grammy nominations in 2013, and our company, Sono Luminus, had a total of seven,” said Daniel Shores, managing director and head engineer of Sono Luminus, with modesty and a hint of awe in his voice. “It seemed like everything was packed into last year, so we really weren’t expecting anything this year.” Contrary to expectation, however, Shores and Dan Mercerio Sono Luminus managing director/head engineer shared a nomination for “Best Surround Sound Album” at the 2014 Grammy Awards for Sprung Rhythm, a collection of new works performed by the Washington DC-based ensemble, Inscape. “It’s such an amazing honor,” continued Shores. “Not only is this the category that is so close to my heart and so identifiable with the DNA of our company, but we are included among other nominees with such legendary talent. Indeed, the other nominees included the winners, Al Schmitt and Tommy LiPuma, for their work with Paul McCartney.

Sprung Rhythm arose from a three-day recording session at Sono Luminus’ studio in Virginia, with all of the composers on hand to help fully-realize their visions. The number of musicians varied from piece to piece and ranged from four to twelve. “Rather than move mics to the instruments for placement during editing and mixing, we choose to set up the mics for ideal surround sound playback and then placed the instruments where they needed to be in the room,” said Shores. “I believe that things should be recorded as they’re meant to be heard, and we try to give both the musicians and our listeners the most organic experience that we can. This way of recording surround achieves that, I believe. Having the composers on hand was very helpful. They were able to help interpret their compositions spatially. Did it make sense to keep certain instruments close together? Should there be a call and response across the surround sound field? That sort of thing.”

All seven microphones were B&K 4006s, with an additional Schoeps MK2s placed on the low-frequency instruments for a direct sub channel. Because the Metric Halo ULN-8 has no fan, they were able to place it in the center of the live room, which minimized the length of mic-level cable runs. They used the ULN-8’s microphone preamplifiers and A/D converters as the front end to Pro Tools for a 24-bit, 192kHz session, and they used its D/A converters for monitoring. “The Metric Halo ULN-8 is so transparent,” said Shores. “It’s the best interface I’ve found for use with Pro Tools, and I often get praise for delivering recordings that ‘don’t sound like they were done on Pro Tools.’ Since our goal is always to reproduce exactly what we’re hearing in the room, pairing the ULN-8’s transparency with clean, precise microphones like the B&K 4006 makes for a really stellar combination.”

Shores happily admits that, from a mixing standpoint, his work at Sono Luminus is “quite boring.” “The microphones are our surround sound channels, so there’s nothing to mix,” he said. Since the label releases everything on a Pure Audio Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc, as well as on a standard CD, the listener hears almost exactly what Shores was hearing. “I monitor during editing, mixing, and mastering using the precision of the ULN-8 to ensure that I have an accurate representation of what the listener will get,” he said.

Shores has already finished recording Sono Luminus’ second Inscape release using similar techniques and equipment, including the ULN-8. And on his way to the Grammy Awards, Shores packed up the ULN-8 to take to California so that the following day he could record the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the same ensemble that earned him a Grammy nomination last year!

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

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