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New York Festival of Light Makes a Hit in DUMBO with Clay Paky Supersharpys in U.S. Debut in Dazzling Beacon Installation

New York Festival of Lights, Dumbo/Brooklyn New YorkThe first annual New York Festival of Light (NYFOL) came alive November 6, 7 and 8 after dark in DUMBO, Brooklyn attracting crowds so large that the family event had to turn away people Saturday night. NYFOL utilized numerous Clay Paky fixtures on the main stage under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge, and Clay Paky’s new Supersharpys, controlled by a grandMA2 onPC Command Wing, created the spectacular Beacon installation at The Pearl Street Triangle. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky lighting and grandMA products in North America.

NYFOL offered visitors a curated collection of lighting installations created by local and international lighting designers, performance artists and technologists – all working with the medium of light. The event was presented by The New York Festival of Light Organization, a non-profit art group. Its vision is to create and provide a unique and delightful experience for residents and tourists by enhancing New York City’s architecture through interactive, static and projected lighting installations.

NYFOL marked the U.S. debut of Clay Paky’s Supersharpy fixture. Clay Paky was also represented at the festival by a dozen each of Sharpys, Alpha Spot HPE 700s and A.leda B-EYE K10s.

Lighting designer Ira Levy, who heads lighting production company Levy Lighting NYC, cofounded NYFOL with Liam O’Braion and serves as its creative director. Four years in the making, NYFOL finally gives New York the kind of impressive festival of light found in other major cities.

“We have such an active lighting industry and were the only city without a festival of light,” says Levy. When prospective sponsors and others asked for a proof of concept, The NYFOL Organization staged last year’s First Light in lower Manhattan as a launch event to raise awareness and generate excitement for a festival of light. A.C.T Lighting supported First Light and was eager to jump on board for NYFOL, which was planned for DUMBO.

“Ira is a long-time friend, so we offered to provide the new Supersharpys and create a powerful statement for the festival,” says Brian Dowd, vice president of sales at A.C.T Lighting. Collaborating with Levy, he mounted eight Supersharpys on a 6-foot tall platform and pointed the lights up at the sky to form a the Beacon, a stunning tapering column of blue light that could be seen from midtown Manhattan. A big mirror ball hung in the center of the platform spilling shards of light over the area when the beams focused on it.

“We have been demo’ing Supersharpys to customers here for several months but this was believed to be the first use of Supersharpys in the U.S.,” says Dowd. “Supersharpys were just used to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Each Supersharpy is only 470 watts but their power is mind-numbing: Nothing in lighting history comes close to it.”

Clay Paky builds on the Sharpy’s worldwide success with Supersharpy, an ACL beam-type moving head featuring a 470-watt, 7,800K lamp. Its light beam is three times brighter than Sharpy and packs an even bigger impact than the numbers suggest. Supersharpy’s light can reach incredible mid-air distances, making it the first low-wattage beam light that can really challenge a searchlight.

“The Beacon became an iconic part of the festival,” says Levy. “It reached up higher than the 20-story buildings in the neighborhood, and you could see the rotating pattern in the clouds.”

Dowd provided a grandMA2 onPC Command Wing to run the Beacon. “Its small footprint adapted well to the location,” he says. “It’s small but has all the power of the grandMA2 light in a package that was easily transportable to DUMBO.”

Levy Lighting provided the Clay Paky fixtures that played key roles on the main stage under the Archway of the Manhattan Bridge lighting the performers and highlighting the architecture of the structure. The stage hosted an array of DJs as well as singer and light performer Nicole Renaud; the sonic cinema group Zero Times Everything, which provided the live soundtrack for the laser show; and iLuminate.

“We lined the tunnel with two lines of stick truss, which housed the moving lights and laser system,” Levy explains. Twelve Sharpys accentuated the laser effects shooting beams “that were safe enough to light people,” he says. Twelve Alpha Spot HPE 700s “gave texture and depth to the ceiling architecture” while twelve B-EYE K10s “washed the stage and highlighted the performers.”

The NYFOL Organization was “really elated with the response” to the festival, which quickly went viral via social media and the local press, Levy says. “We felt it was a real opportunity for our industry to branch out from what people expect us to do – light for New York theater and concerts – and also capitalize on the general public’s fascination with light. It opened the door for more than B-to-B relationships. We were gratified to see so many young people and hope kids will remember it and students will think of light as a career path. NYFOL can also be a hatching ground for manufacturers to think about different – maybe unintended – ways to use their lights. It opens up the industry to more creativity by more people.”

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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Calrec Installation in South Africa Marks Milestone Success for Summa Audio Console

South Africa’s SuperSport Outside Broadcast Purchases 19th and 20th Summa Consoles

HEBDEN BRIDGE, U.K. — Nov. 13, 2014 — Calrec Audio today announced that it has sold its 20th Summa audio console, the newest in its lineup of advanced digital audio consoles. Since July, Calrec has been delivering Summa desks into the U.S., China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Turkey, Italy, South Africa, South Korea, and Kuwait. The most recent two Summa sales were made to SuperSport Outside Broadcast in South Africa.

Having standardized its fleet of large OB trucks on Calrec, SuperSport is installing the two Summa consoles to replace the other audio desks in its smaller OB-7 and OB-8 units. The small OB trucks will be used for sports coverage throughout South Africa.

“OB vans are becoming more and more sophisticated, and space is always an issue, but perhaps even more so in small units. They must be able to deliver the same level of quality as their larger counterparts in a smaller footprint,” said Johan van Tonder, technical operations manager at SuperSport Outside Broadcast. “We trust our entire fleet of large trucks to Calrec, and now that the Summa desk is available, we can take advantage of the Calrec benefits in our small OB vans as well.”

“Our customers and other broadcasters were asking for a console that was every bit as robust as our Apollo and Artemis consoles, but with a smaller surface, fewer resources, and an intuitive GUI with a small learning curve. That was the motivation behind the Summa console,” said Calrec’s international sales manager, Anthony Harrison. “The fact that we’ve delivered 20 of them since July tells us that demand is high for a more compact alternative to our other popular consoles. Progressive broadcasters like SuperSport, our first Summa customer in South Africa, are helping Calrec to gain a foothold in the market for small OB units.”

Launched in September 2013 with a 180-channel capacity, Summa is now also available in a 128-channel version as an alternative for broadcasters who do not require the larger channel count of the original Summa console. Both versions offer broadcast-focused facilities presented on a straightforward control surface with a highly intuitive GUI, making it suitable for a broad range of operator levels. Operators control the console via a 17-inch multitouch screen inspired by familiar tablet technology using established finger gestures. Summa 128 has been designed for live broadcast applications with a clear focus on ease of operation, allowing fast and easy access to controls to make it easy to create engrossing broadcast audio. On Summa, even complex workflow tasks such as creating mix-minus feeds are simplified.

The console uses Calrec’s award-winning Bluefin2 technology at its core, along with the same Hydra2 router technology that is integral to Calrec’s other Bluefin2 consoles — technologies that are in use 24 hours a day at hundreds of facilities around the globe.

Information about Calrec and its products is available at calrec.com.

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About Calrec Audio Ltd.
Calrec Audio is exclusively dedicated to excellence in audio mixing for on-air and live production. A broadcast specialist for 50 years, Calrec has developed a range of digital consoles relied on by the world’s most successful broadcasters. For putting sound in the picture, broadcasters put their trust in Calrec. More information is available at calrec.com.

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Photo Caption: The Calrec Summa console installed in one of SuperSport’s OB trucks.

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Photo Caption: Thembinkosi Nala of SuperSport assigns DSP channels to faders on the Summa audio console.

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InfoComm Announces University Days in Cardiff & London

InfoComm International®, the leading trade association representing the audiovisual and information communications industries worldwide announces two InfoComm University™ Days to 18th November at the Thistle Cardiff City Center and 20 November onboard the HMS Belfast, London.

Cardiff and London University Days are supported by Canon Europe. The London University Day is supported by Audio-Technica.

Chris Lavelle, Regional Director, UK & Ireland at InfoComm International said: “We’ve got an amazing line up of expert speakers who will present informative and topical issues. Interested parties are encouraged to sign up as early as possible.”

Each day will be a full day of education covering topics including networked microphones to the behavior of light in projection, LED video wall displays, cloud computing, big data and a look at InfoComm’s new AV Systems Performance Verification Guide. Each event will be followed by a networking reception to reflect on the day.

Certified Technology Specialist holders can earn CTS® renewal points. Each event is free to InfoComm members and includes lunch.

There will be prize giveaways for delegates including a compact digital camera from Canon at both events and pair of Audio-Technica headphones at the London University Day.

Viewing the full schedule is highly recommended. Please visit:

Cardiff – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40438.htm
London – http://www.infocomm.org/cps/rde/xchg/infocomm/hs.xsl/40532.htm

Clay Paky Sharpys and B-EYEs Amp Up the Energy at “Nights by Absolut” on Brooklyn’s Pier 9

IMG_7890Clay Paky Sharpy and B-EYE K20 fixtures helped light up the New York City sky when “Nights by Absolut” launched on September 12 with a high-volume, high-energy twist on the club scene.

Vita Motus, the design studio of Heather Shaw, transformed the Pier 9 Container Terminal in Red Hook, Brooklyn into one of the most exciting clubs in the world for just one night. The iconic silhouette of the Absolut vodka bottle took center stage with the New York City skyline illuminated behind it. DJs Alvin Risk and Araabmuzik took command of the music on the stage below and built suspense for a surprise appearance by guest DJ Zedd.

The event, produced by VICE, was part of the innovative Absolut brand campaign, “Transform Today,” which launched last year. “Nights by Absolut” staged in Johannesburg, Berlin and Sao Paulo followed.

DMDS7tudios of North Miami Beach worked with Vita Motus and VT Pro Design to bring the custom-rigged, 85-foot tall Absolut silhouette to life with 84 Clay Paky B-EYE K20s and 72 Clay Paky Sharpys.

“The goal for the design team was to bring a very progressive brand like Absolut to the forefront of the technology movement, and there is no other effect or lighting fixture on the market currently that has so many options and so much power as the B-EYE,” says Scott Chmielewski, principal of DMDS7tudios, which was brought onto the project as programmers and technology consultants and integrators. The company was charged with programming and implementing the B-EYE lighting effects and pixel mapping the individual LED cells within the fixtures.

“There is literally nothing like the look of the B-EYE out there and, with the fixture’s latest software, options have expanded dramatically,” notes Chmielewski. “The ability of the B-EYE to change from a very powerful and bright wash light to an effects-filled fixture made it an obvious choice for this project.”

He calls the design of “Nights by Absolut” “nothing short of immersive in both its scale and use of technology. Using a well-scripted and choreographed escalation of the event, each element of the project came to life in dramatic steps showcasing a different use of technology and integrated design.”

Chmielewski says there were “no issues with any of the gear” during the pop-up club’s unforgettable one-night only event on Pier 9. “Every element of this show performed flawlessly. We were in an exposed outdoor environment with limited access to the fixtures once they were hung, so that’s one of the reasons the B-EYEs were chosen,” Chmielewski says. “So many options, so few moving parts.”

“Scott is such an innovative designer and this project was really impressive,” says A.C.T Lighting Vice President of Sales, Brian Dowd. “DMDS7tudios has been a great partner of ours and we look forward to many more projects of this caliber from them.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “This was a very interesting project and we’re so glad the B-Eyes were able to delivery everything Scott needed for this. We look forward to working with him again.”

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BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking to d3 at LDI 2014

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BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking at the d3 Technologies booth 1275 at LDI 2014, 20-23 November 2014, Las Vegas Convention Center, NV

Realtime motion tracking solution specialists, CAST BlackTrax will provide core motion tracking to support d3 Technologies booth at LDI 2014. In addition, BlackTrax expert staff will be present on the d3 booth to answer any questions in relation to tracking. The d3 booth is aimed at enabling creative designers and entertainment production professionals to see its latest hardware and to get a glimpse of what the future of live projection has in store.

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Whilst the exact nature of the d3 demonstration is a closely guarded secret until the show, the booth is designed to give projection designers the ultimate freedom to move. BlackTrax will be integrated with d3’s upcoming Dynamic Blend feature to track several objects.

With the benefits of fast, consistent and precise image tracking quality and reliability, BlackTrax delivers realtime tracking data to downstream technologies such as audio, lighting, multimedia and video cameras. At the same time, it can track performers, props, a moving video wall or projection display canvas.

Excited about the latest step in the technical collaboration between the two companies, Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax said: “We have worked alongside d3 on a number of the world’s highest-profile, cutting-edge projects such as Marvel Universe LIVE! and a Honda Dealer Meeting, during 2014. We’re delighted to provide our BlackTrax solution to the d3 booth, helping to show its new media servers at their best.”

Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies added: “We’re always looking for ways to advance the state of the art, and the ability to easily project content onto moving objects is clearly the next step. We’re conscious that we’re discovering a whole new design vocabulary – we’re excited to put this in front of creative designers at LDI, and see what they will do with it. BlackTrax has played an integral role in helping us to deliver that vision consistently in the high-pressure live environment.”

1 Gil Densham, President & CEO, CAST Group and Ash Nehru, Director of Software, d3 Technologies

Gil Densham, President at CAST BlackTrax and Ash Nehru, Software Director at d3 Technologies.

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Empire PRO To Host QSC, Shure, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Day

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LOS ANGELES—On Thursday, December 4th, QSC, Shure, and Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., will present a powerful day of live-sound training at Empire PRO, 5675 Mansfield Way, Bell, CA. A professional production of the training will also be streamed live at http://www.mldistrict.com/empirepro, courtesy of DataVideo. Empire PRO is a leading national Pro Audio, Video & Lighting distribution partner.

The training, appropriately titled “Modern Technology For Today’s Production” will cover line arrays, digital consoles, monitors, amps, wireless and digital microphones, and in-ear monitors along with how they optimally work together for applications from small to mid-size production. Presenters will focus on system design, networking, Dante and RF landscape, coordination, and antenna setup as well as best practices, special tools, and tips.

“Our goal is to provide the Pro AV community with support and resources that empower them to grow their business, states Edmond Khanian, VP Sales at Empire PRO. We are more than a great place to get the products you need, when you need them, and at the prices you expect; we are a partner whose top priority is the success of our dealers’ business. We are proud and grateful to have strong relationships with industry leaders like QSC, Shure, and Yamaha Commercial Audio, who share and support our vision.”

Empire PRO continues to prove its commitment to be the most supportive Pro Audio, Video and Lighting wholesale distribution partner for AV Professionals through training and educational opportunities like this.

Presentation Schedule

• 9:40-10am: Introduction
• 10-11:15am: Shure – RF (spectrum update/incentive auction)
• 11:15-12:30pm Shure – RF coordination using Shure gear (highlighting BLX, QLXD, ULXD, AXT600 and WWB6) and how to choose the right antenna
• 12:30-1:30pm QSC – Line Array (specification and deployment) / Amp Technology
• 1:30-2:30pm LUNCH
• 2:30-3:30pm QSC – Touchmix (for production)
• 3:30-4:45pm Yamaha – CL Consoles (who, what, where, when, why and how)
• 4:45-6pm Yamaha – QL Consoles (who, what, where, when, why and how)

Don’t miss this opportunity to develop your Pro Audio knowledge. Space is limited, so RSVP now at http://www.empirepro.com/qsc-yamaha-shuretraining.php, or tune into the live streaming at http://www.mldistrict.com/empirepro. For information on how to become an Empire PRO dealer, call Omer Saar at 213.748.5200 x 112 or via email at omer@empirepro.com.

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About Empire PRO:
Empire PRO is among the largest distributors of Professional Audio, Video and Lighting equipment nationwide and highly regarded worldwide. We take pride in providing our clients with a reliable, supportive and efficient source of optimal full-system solutions by distributing leading audio, video and lighting brands, stocking deep inventory in-house, and being centrally located in the heart of Los Angeles for prompt delivery.

Our goal is to provide you with the most valuable support services and full-system-solutions to help you close deals and provide your clients with an experience that exceeds their expectations. Our Sales Executives are experts in helping you define and design optimal system-solutions for your clients. Our service is personal & professional and we offer full technical and sales support to insure satisfaction.

California State University Bakersfield Upgrades Theater Acoustics With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3

Scraft_CSUBakersfieldBAKERSFIELD, California – Known for its accessible, student-focused higher education programs and individualized attention to students, California State University Bakersfield recently purchased a HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Performer 3 to solidify the technology supporting its growing music and theater programs. The console is used for live mixing during shows in the 485-seat Doré Theatre, which include jazz and other music productions, theatrical productions, musicals, and opera. The board was purchased through Full Compass Systems.

To accommodate the 14 to 20 wireless microphones for the Music and Theatre Department productions, Performing Arts Technician Frank Robinson chose the Soundcraft Si Performer 3 with 32 channels for sufficient capacity and room for future expansion. The sound booth that houses the console also allows for a simplified wiring network, and will permit elimination of much of the internal house wiring at a later date.

“We chose Soundcraft because we wanted a brand-new system within our budget that works consistently and reliably,” said Robinson. “From my decades of tour sound experience, I know that Soundcraft makes solid consoles, and the Si Performer is a good combination of intuitive design and great sound for the money.”

Situated in an educational environment, the theater features continental seating that is both wide and shallow, creating perfect acoustics for theatrical and musical applications. Robinson capitalized on these favorable acoustic conditions by specifying a console that is great not only in sound quality but also workflow. So far, the intuitive onboard dynamics such as Soundcraft FaderGlow™ are greatly appreciated by the students and staff alike.

“At our venue, not a lot of reproduction is needed, but we still wanted to get the perfect mix, and this board delivers on that,” said Robinson. “Since installation, events for which we used the Si Performer went smoothly, partly thanks to how quickly the students learned how to operate the board. Compared to some of the more expensive Yamaha consoles, this Soundcraft console sounds great and makes mixing easier, especially when it comes to patching.”

For more information on California State University, please visit http://www.csub.edu

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

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Moorpark College’s MDG Ice Fog Q Generator Delivers Just the Right Atmosphere for New Production of “Dracula”

MC DRAC 1Dracula is eternally popular. A new version of the tale of Vlad the Impaler hit big screens recently while on stage Steven Dietz’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula” opened at the Moorpark College Performing Arts Center where an MDG Ice Fog Q generator helped create just the right atmosphere for the play. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor of MDG foggers in North America.

Moorpark College is one of three in the Ventura Country Community College District near Simi Valley, California. The Performing Arts Center staged “Dracula” in time for Halloween with evening and afternoon performances in mid- to late-October.

“When the theater opened in 1996 we had two dry ice barrels with pumps for fog effects, and they broke down a lot,” recalls Mickey Howell, the performing arts technician at the theater. “Then we rented MDG Ice Fog units. In the last couple of years funding from the state has enabled us to buy new equipment, and an MDG fogger was one of the things on my list.”

Unlike traditional dry ice machines, MDG Ice Fog generators use liquid CO2, or liquid N2, to create the maximum low-lying fog with zero residue. The machines are extremely quiet, self-contained units on wheels for easy operation. They offer adjustable low fog output and are compatible with remote control timers and a DMX interface.

Howell had seen an MDG Ice Fog Q machine at LDI and was impressed by the amount of its output in a short amount of time. “Also, you could pump it out for long periods – five or ten minutes continuously,” he says. In addition, “the fog dissipates rather than rises. With dry ice there are so many nuances and it can be dangerous, especially around students. But the MDG fogger is very easy to use. It’s the best I’ve seen in the past two years.”

“Dracula” marked the debut of the system. And it couldn’t have picked a better play to showcase its capabilities. Fog shrouds Dracula’s castle and Lucy’s tomb and, at times, Dracula himself appears as fog. “One of the characteristics of Dracula is that he is actually fog in part of the play,” Howell explains. “It’s a great effect, and we’re glad to be in the position to create it now.”

He reports that the MDG Ice Fog Q “worked out really well” for “Dracula.” “It’s an incredible unit that does what we tell it to do. It produces great effects and is very reliable. And in theater reliability is especially critical.”

Howell gives kudos to A.C.T Lighting president Bob Gordon who has “helped educate” him on equipment to enhance the Moorpark College productions. “The first set of scrollers we ever got were from Bob – we’ve been dealing with A.C.T since we opened,” he says. “Bob has helped me to grow the equipment inventory and the quality of my theater. It’s nice to work with someone you know and trust.”

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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4K UHD HDMI Switcher with Audio Extraction is Newest Addition to Digital A/V Line of Products

MONTREAL, QUEBEC — MuxLab Inc. is pleased to introduce the newest member if its Digital AV line of products. The HDMI 4×1 Switcher with Audio Extraction allows four HDMI sources to be distributed to one HDMI display. The switcher supports up to 4K (3840 x 2160), 8-bit color and HD audio.

The Switcher was designed to meet the high demand of installs for various commercial and residential AV systems. The extracted audio is available on an S/PDIF Toslink, Coaxial and 3.5mm Stereo Jack. The push button selects between the HDMI inputs, and the unit also features IR Remote Control.

“The new HDMI 4×1 Switcher with Audio Extraction is ideal for various residential and boardroom applications” said Marc Bohbot, MuxLab’s Director of R&D. “With its multiple Audio output formats, it can be used with a variety of audio equipment.”

MuxLab offers its customers a wide-ranging product line-up and strives to maintain its reputation in both high quality and affordability in the Digital and Pro A/V markets.

The Switcher joins the MuxLab Pro Digital family of products which also includes HDBase-T extenders, 4K HDMI splitters, multi-media & HDMI matrix switches, HDMI over IP distribution solutions, and more.

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MuxLab is a leading Canadian manufacturer of A/V, CCTV, and Broadcast equipment including matrices, splitters, switchers, & extenders with a full range of HDBaseT solutions for both residential and commercial environments. At the forefront of innovation, MuxLab continuously releases new products to keep up with the changing and evolving markets.

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Edward Jones Dome Undergoes Major Upgrade with HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL

Dome08MorningST. LOUIS, Missouri – Opened in 1995, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis is no stranger to bringing new attractions to town. Owned by the St. Louis Regional Sports Authority and operated by the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, the facility is part of the city’s convention center complex and seats up to 68,000 people. Its new HARMAN Professional audio system, featuring BSS Audio, Crown and JBL VERTEC® loudspeakers, is part of the continuous program to improve the experience of attendees at a variety of sporting events, as well as large conventions, religious gatherings, and much more.

The Edward Jones Dome project is the largest installation of powered VERTEC equipment in the world. At the heart of it are 12 arrays that each contain 12 JBL VERTEC VT4889A fullsize line array elements with DrivePack® DPDA input modules. In addition, there are two arrays of nine and two arrays of 12 JBL VERTEC VT4887A compact line array loudspeakers with DPDA modules that cover the field. All arrays utilize a top and bottom short frame and are suspended by a custom Polar Focus rigging system that allows every array to be operable for service. The installation also features four BSS Audio BLU-800 devices, two of which are used in the control room to create new networks. Of the remaining two, one feeds all bowl loudspeakers and the other all of the under deck and back of the house fill speakers.

Rounding out the installation are 25 Crown amplifiers. The South Amp Room, which powers underdeck and back-of-house loudspeakers is equipped with 10 DriveCore™ Install (DCi) 4|1250N amplifiers. The North Amp Room, which powers underdeck and back-of-house loudspeakers as well as an overflow press area, has 11 DCi 4|1250N amplifiers. There are three DCi 2|300N amplifiers in the main control room which power various booth monitors and elevators, and one Crown DCi 4I1250N amplifier, also in the Main Control Room, which is available as an auxiliary amp for various speaker needs on and around the field.

“For this project we worked very closely with HARMAN to identify an audio solution that would address all of the goals the owners had to improve audio performance throughout the facility in an efficient, cost-effective manner,” said Paul Murdick, who heads the technology solutions division of TSI Global, a St. Louis-area full-service systems integrator. “With this installation we wanted to take advantage of the acoustical upgrades, which we were confident would make the audio sound better than it did before. Also, with the Sports Authority’s plans to diversify the kinds of events it hosts, it was the perfect time to upgrade the entire system rather than do a quick fix.”

Lee Buckalew, systems designer for TSI Global, explained that he found the fact that the amplifiers were network-enabled to be particularly beneficial. “It was our first time using them, and we found them to be amazingly stable,” he said. “Their networking and error-reporting capabilities are impressive.”

Throughout the project, TSI worked closely with consultants Ross & Baruzzini, Inc, as well as John Powell, vice president of sales for JBL, Doug Nelson, accounts manager with Network Sales and Marketing, and Aaron Kunz, HARMAN territory sales manager. Brad Ricks and George Georgallis from HARMAN assisted with system tuning and Emilian Wojtowycz, also of HARMAN, offered pre-tuning assistance. Polar Focus provided engineering input, creating a system that provided solutions for ease of service while simplifying the seismic restraint needs, all while increasing the seismic protection offered.

Together, the team worked to address challenges unique to the Edward Jones Dome, including the shape of the dome, which made solid, even coverage for both lower and upper seats a potential problem.

In order to expedite tuning of the massive PA the team utilized JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ and the system is now remotely configured and managed on a day-to-day basis using HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™. “We were able to minimize our time from start to finish on this project using both HARMAN software platforms,” added Buckalew.

“From start to finish, HARMAN was overwhelmingly supportive,” says Murdick. “As a project that began more than two years ago when the owners spoke to us about fixing a center cluster of loudspeakers and getting more field coverage with the audio system, HARMAN really demonstrated its commitment to working with systems integrators over the course of a relatively long-term installation.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 16,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2014.

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