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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.

About MuxLab

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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Pixcom Installs Matrox Avio KVM Extenders to Facilitate Workstation Centralization Outside of Production Studios

Matrox fiber-optic KVM extenders provide real-time control while eliminating system background noise and heat in video editing studios

Matrox® Graphics Inc. today announced production company Groupe Pixcom Inc. has successfully installed Matrox Avio F120 fiber-optic KVM extenders, which have been running flawlessly since day one. Pixcom has eliminated system background noise and heat in their video editing studios by centralizing systems in a separate machine room with Avio transmitter/receiver pairs, letting video editors maintain real-time control over high-resolution dual-display desktops and peripherals.

Matrox Avio at Pixcom Studio

Moving into new offices, Pixcom required new fiber-optic KVM extenders to securely centralize high-performance workstations up to 100 meters from their video editing studios. Pixcom chose Avio over competitors for its comprehensive feature set, including zero-latency 10Gbps transmission over a single fiber-optic cable. Ease of integration, supported distance (10 km or 6.2 mi), 4K-readiness, and a compact, rack-mountable design also factored into Pixcom’s decision.

“By meeting all of our extension needs in a single box connected by a single fiber-optic cable, Avio let us reduce clutter in the workspace and cut down on the wiring required,” said Dominic Gagné, a member of Pixcom’s technical services team. “Avio is a robust technology we can rely on… to the point where we can even forget it’s there!”

To read the complete story, visit Pixcom Centralizes Video Editing Workstations with Matrox Avio KVM Extenders.

About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics is a global manufacturer of reliable, high-quality ASICs, boards, appliances, and software. Backed by in-house design expertise and dedicated customer support, Matrox products deliver stellar capture, extension, distribution, and display. Engineering high-quality products since 1976, Matrox technology is trusted by professionals and partners worldwide. Matrox is a privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, visit www.matrox.com/graphics.

Emmy Award-Winning Studio Works Mouseless, Keyboardless with Yamaha NUAGE

Jereco Studios and Yamaha NUAGE

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Jereco Studios is located in Bozeman, Montana, a small town located outside of Yellowstone National Park, and home to a unique, dense film and music community. The four-time Emmy® award-winning, commercial sound recording studio offers sync-to-film ADR and voice-over recordings with remote link up via ISDN or SourceConnect. Jereco is equipped for 5.1 and 7.1 Digital Surround Sound, Dolby E, DTS, and many other formats. In addition, the studio provides a full line of quality live sound reinforcement services and equipment rental packages.

Jeremiah Slovarp, producer/engineer and President of Jereco Studios, has been working up until now on a Yamaha 02R96v2. In early 2013, he began searching for a new, modern work surface. “Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems had posted its first NUAGE photos and articles on their web site, and I knew this system was what I was looking for,” states Slovarp. I admit, I miss the old console, but am moving ahead with the new Yamaha NUAGE. The 02R96 still works after almost 14 years, which is a real testament to Yamaha’s design and build quality.”

“In the fall of 2013, the Club Cubase newsletter announced NUAGE would be on display with technical and sales team members from Yamaha present at Poll Sound in Salt Lake, Utah, Slovarp says. It was too late for me to book a flight, so I drove the seven hours from Bozeman to Salt Lake the night before so I could be the first one at Poll Sound the following morning. I was met on demo day by the Poll Sound staff and Yamaha’s Chris Hinson and Randy Weitzel. Because I was early that morning, I had the console to myself for a good two hours while Chris and the Poll Sound staff took turns showing me around and answering questions.”

JeremiahMixingNuage

Before he left Montana, Slovarp packed up a few projects to use as workflow samples on the demo NUAGE at Poll Sound. “I think this was a great experiment and gave me the opportunity to work on the console with my own work and workflow preferences. I was particularly impressed that Chris was taking notes on my hiccups and recommendations, and passed those notes on to the NUAGE development team, some of which have shown up in the latest software updates. The integration of my existing workflow into a new platform that felt so much like my natural workspace in Nuendo really was seamless. The deep integration and control of the DAW on the console is truly complete and unique.”

Slovarp has been using Nuendo 2 since 2002, keeping up with every revision and update. He said the most important thing he appreciates about NUAGE is that it has enabled him to put down the keyboard and mouse. “I feel like I can get back to mixing, pushing faders, turning knobs, and just working on a creative console. After an eight or ten hour day, my hands would be in pain from all the manual movements I had to make being dependent on mouse editing and clicking. With the advent of all the cool and amazing new digital DAW based mixing tools and equipment, I think the industry, in general, has regressed from the art of mixing and working with consoles and large format hardware. But with NUAGE, I appreciate the deliberate move Yamaha has made to enable engineers to get back to mixing and editing as an art form.”

For more information on Jereco Studios, visit www.jerecostudios.com.

For more information on Yamaha NUAGE, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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

TNDV Simplifies Fiber Transport With MultiDyne(R) SMPTE-HUT Universal Camera Transceiver

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Engineer Eric Masip Adds HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 To His Mobile Inventory

Scraft_EricMasipLLEIDA, Spain – Providing audio services for concerts, theater events and conferences, freelance engineer Eric Masip recently acquired a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 digital console to streamline his services into a compact but powerful mixing package. While supporting several live production companies, Masip uses his Vi1 for multiple situations, including monitors mixing, FOH mixing and live recording. The console was sold to Masip by Vtecnics En Ruta, through EARPRO, Soundcraft’s distributor in Spain and Portugal.

With a versatile audio background, Masip wanted a new digital console that would complement his jack-of-all-trades work ethic. To that end, he relied on his previous experience with Soundcraft Vi Series consoles. With the Vi1, he gained the flexibility of a compact console, and the power of MADI protocols to distribute audio signals to other interfaces.

“Since I have previously worked with the Soundcraft Vi6, I am convinced that the Soundcraft brand is better for me than all of the others that I have tried,” said Masip. “A freelance engineer like myself needs something portable enough to carry to shows, but also something powerful enough to provide quality services. Ultimately, I was impressed by the compact dimensions, clean interface, good sound and elegant design of the Vi1.”

With BSS EQ’s, Lexicon effects and Soundcraft FaderGlowTM illumination, the Vi1 console offers comprehensive mixing capabilities despite it being the smallest product in the Vi Series. Many engineers recognize a Soundcraft console by its intuitive layout and design, but the improved workflow is especially important for those that wear as many hats as Masip.

“The sound is really brilliant and clear, and it performs great with many of the top bands, but it’s the workflow that is truly amazing, offering me a lot of possibilities during a show.” said Masip. “The combination of the touchscreen and the vertical organization gives the console an analog-like feel, allowing me to operate very quickly, and the FaderGlow function is an excellent addition.”

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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HARMAN’s Martin Professional MAC Quantum, VC-strips and Tripix Entertain The Audience Alongside Robbie Williams

Swings Both Ways Tour 2014.2 Credit Ralph Larmann (c) Farrell Music Ltd.jpg copyNEW YORK, New York — It’s all about glitz and glam in Robbie Williams’, Swings Both Ways Tour, which started in May and ends this September. The stage design is theatrical in every possible way. The lighting design, by Mark Cunniffe, is the perfect accompaniment to an inspired stage design and features a substantial rig by HARMAN’s Martin Professional, which is also the first major outing for lighting supplier NEG EARTH’s new stock of MAC Quantum Wash.

Martin Professional spoke to Lighting Designer, Mark Cunniffe, NEG EARTH MD, Dave Ridgway and Project Manager Caroline Beverley to hear about the lighting design process and their experiences working with MAC Quantum for this major production.

Cunniffe worked closely with Set Designer, Ric Lipson from Stufish. Based on Lipson’s initial stage design concept, Cunniffe designed the lighting. He also provided suggestions for additional stage elements, such as the chandeliers “floating” above the stage, which became a major feature of the show and have received a lot of attention.

Cunniffe started plying his trade over 20 years ago and has witnessed many advances in lighting fixture design. The rise in LED products requiring less power has allowed him to continue to develop his art in an increasingly eco-friendly way. “I find that Martin’s new MAC Quantum Wash provides me with a very good theatrical unit,” said Cunniffe. “I was lucky enough to get a glimpse of it last year and was totally blown away by its brightness and its color quality.”

Initially Cunniffe thought that he would need Quantums both on the top and bottom of the 90 x 55 ft Austrian drape, but soon realised that the Quantum was sufficiently bright and its beam sufficiently even to light up the whole drape from top to bottom. Another pleasant surprise was how straightforward it was to match the color of the MAC Auras to the new Quantums for the stage elements. Cunniffe recalled:

“We thought there would definitely be a discrepancy because of the age difference in the fixtures,” said Cunniffe. “We use a pallet of around 30 colors – very few pastels and a lot saturated and secondary colors. It didn’t take much programming and the color match between all of the units was excellent.”

“The original idea was to use MAC Auras to light the Austrian drape,” said Ridgway. “They would have done a good job, but we would have needed more of them. The Quantum is a different sort of light; its wider and more powerful, and it looks great.”

MAC Quantums were also used as audience lighting, mounted as a separate rig. According to Cunniffe, five years ago, no one would have used an LED product as an audience wash light on a show, but the Quantum is perfect for it. “The tungsten values you can get now from an LED fixture are very good,” Cunniffe said. “The Quantums allowed me to do achieve all I wanted to achieve, which is a real testament to it.”

The Tripix range was also deployed in great numbers on the tour. Although essentially an outdoor architectural fixture, it did extremely well on the semi-circular walkway. Initially, Cunniffe wanted to use them solely to get some soft light shining up on Robbie when he took to this part of the stage. “It worked so well that it turned into a stand-alone scenic element of the show, which is also why we saved it for the second act,” he said. “It wasn’t just functional; it was absolutely faultless in an entertainment environment.”

The design process concluded with a three week rehearsal period to test and adjust the stage and lighting design. “Rehearsals can be the most tricky period and the units aren’t necessarily designed to be on for 100 hours straight, but the Quantums performed as well as we could have hoped and overall we are very happy with the quality,” Beverly said.

“The lights came out of the box, they were rigged and they worked,” Cunniffe said. “Everyone involved have done a fantastic job. We also appreciate the help from the guys at Martin UK.”

“We don’t often get a chance to come in at an early stage in the production process and help things develop,” said Michael Walker, Sales Director for Martin Professional in the UK. “Although we’ve only played a small part in this incredible production, it’s great to work with such talented people, to experience the challenges and technical demands and to see what happens on the basis of a creative brief. The knowledge we gain from being part of such an epic-scale production, helps us develop new products based on real demands.”

The Swings Both Ways Tour ended September 28th with a final show in Sydney.

Martin Equipment:
MAC Quantum Wash, 62 pcs.
MAC Viper AirFX, 64 pcs.
MAC Viper Profile, 30 pcs.
MAC Viper Performance, 12 pcs.
MAC Aura, 52 pcs.
Tripix range, 300 pcs.

For more information, please visit: http://martin.com/en-US/View-Case?itemId=CaseStory:14196

Photo Credit: Ralph Larman © Farrell Music Ltd. and Ric Lipson © Farrell Music Ltd.

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 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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