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grandMA Goes On 5-City Tour With Jay-Z

Jay-ZRapper Jay-Z began a 5-city summer tour with Ciara accompanied by grandMA. Lighting designer Patrick Dierson and Justin Collie of Performance Environment Design Group selected a pair of grandMA consoles, one controlling lighting and one controlling the show’s video. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of grandMA in North America.

Since the logistics of the tour required Dierson to cover large areas with equipment that had to be erected quickly each day he simplified the lighting design to a standard three-truss set up. “The main thing the lighting had to achieve was filling in negative space around the video elements,” he explains. “Elation’s new Design Wash LED Pro, a standard moving-head LED wash fixture on five custom-made octagonal arrays, filled in the gap of the negative area.”

Dierson also employed Coemar ACL units and Main Light MF3s for audience lighting. “Because the more

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Jonathan Goldstein Chooses Cameron Yeary For Video Content On Kid Cudi Tour

CudiAlthough Cleveland-based rising rap/hip hop star Kid Cudi doesn’t even have an album out yet, he has kicked off his first tour, which he headlines with Asher Roth. The show was designed by Jonathan Goldstein of Starlight Visual. He brought in Cameron Yeary of UVLD for media design and programming.

“Jon and I met in 2004 when he was touring with Donna Summer, and we’ve stayed in touch,” says Yeary. “The video media developer who works with Jay Z recommended that we partner on this project.” Kid Cudi’s tour runs four weeks, from mid-July to mid-August, playing intimate venues with a surprisingly large production. The tour, with content based on his hit single, “Day ‘N Nite,” along with mix tapes and Internet buzz, began in Boston at House of Blues and wraps in Chicago at Lollapalooza.

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Riverbend Centre Hosts NEXO Event, Rayvon Performs

riverbend-nexo-rayvon.jpgAustin, Tx⎯Riverbend Centre is Austin’s newest alternative performing arts center located in the Texas Hill Country. The Centre is a multi-purpose venue that plays host to musical groups, theatrical productions, television specials, corporate and private events, and conventions.

Inspired by his extensive travels through the Holy Lands, Dr. Gerald Mann envisioned a modern version of a Greco-Roman amphitheatre offering the intimacy and symmetry of those timeless venues. In 1997, Overland Partners was commissioned by the Riverbend Church to design and build the multi award-winning building.

Designed in a classical style, the venue seats over 2,300. Recently, the Centre played host to a special NEXO presentation by FILO Pro Audio of Austin, Texas. Accustomed to holding many high-end events in the venue, Riverbend was set up for a demonstration of a NEXO GEO S 12 System with NX 4×4 amplifiers and a Yamaha more

JBL LSR Studio Monitors Help Eddie Kramer Bring The Sound Of Woodstock To The Next Generation

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of arguably the most significant musical event in history, Warner Home Video has released “Woodstock: 40th Anniversary—Ultimate Collector’s Edition? on Blu-Ray disc. The release features a re-mastered director’s cut of the original film, including many previously unreleased performances. Legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, who engineered the original recordings that captured the 1969 event, was called by Warner to mix this wealth of previously material. For the project, Kramer relied on a 5.1 JBL LSR6300 studio monitor system to bring the tracks to life in Capitol Records Studio C control room.

According to Kramer, “The original recording during the festival was pretty scary in the sense that there was no communication between the stage and myself in what was essentially a tractor-trailer,? Kramer said. “We had to mix everything on the fly, so the first song in each set was basically an experiment in identifying where more

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JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays And Sound Image Drive Clapton/Winwood North American Tour

Two of rock’s most legendary British performers, Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood, recently reunited to tour North America. Premier rental firm Sound Image supplied JBL VERTEC® line arrays powered by Crown amplifiers to ensure adequate output power, fidelity and coverage for the high-profile project. Industry veteran and Clapton’s longtime live sound engineer Robert Collins handled mixing duties at front of house.

A sell-out reunion date at New York’s Madison Square Garden last year paved the way for the 2009 “Two Legends, One Live Experience? tour, which spanned 14 cities in 20 days, beginning at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey and culminating at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. The nightly set list included several songs from the classic 1969 album Blind Faith, which Clapton and Winwood recorded with bandmates Ginger Baker and Rick Grech.

The live sound reinforcement system for the just-completed tour more

Universiade Celebrates Three Anniversaries With Diverse Range Of JBL Loudspeakers

In preparation for one of the world’s most famous sporting events, systems integration firm Studio Berar outfitted 13 sports venues in Serbia with JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers for the 2009 Summer Universiade games.

The Universiade is an international event that hosts university athletes from around the world. This year’s Summer Universiade took place from July 1 to July 12 in Belgrade, Serbia. It hosted more than 9,000 athletes from over 140 countries, all of who competed in 15 different sports and 203 disciplines at more than 50 sport venues. This year’s games celebrated three anniversaries for what some consider to be the largest and most important sporting event next to the Olympic Games: the 25th Summer Universiade, the 50th anniversary of Universiade, and the 60th anniversary of the International University Sports Federation.

For the largest sports venues, including soccer stadiums Marakana and Partizan, as well more

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Platinum Tools® Features New EZ-RJPRO HD Modular Plug Crimp Tool at 2009 CEDIA Expo

Platinum Tools EZ-RJPRO HD modular crimp toolMOORPARK, Calif., July 29, 2009 – Platinum Tools (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation and hand termination of wire and cable, announces it will feature the recently launched EZ-RJPRO HD modular crimp tool at the 2009 CEDIA Expo, held in Atlanta from Sept. 10-13 at the Georgia World Congress Center, booth 3316.

Now shipping with a MSRP of $84.95, the EZ-RJ has been designed to terminate all EZ-RJ45 (Cat3, 5, 5e, and 6) and EZ-RJ11 (4 and 6 contact) plugs and can also be used to terminate most regular RJ45 and RJ12/11 plugs.

“The EZ-RJPRO HD has been designed for the professional installer providing a ratcheted, high leverage, ultra stable platform for consistent, repeatable terminations,? explained Lee Sachs, Platinum Tools, Inc. president and general manager. “This heavy duty tool is the more

Aloft Hotels Feature LED Tickers from Rise Display, Inc.

The LED tickers communicate news and branding information, and are incorporated in the design standard for the entire chain of Aloft Hotels

rise-display-rgb.jpgShawnee, KS – July 29, 2009 – Rise Display, a provider of integrated solutions for both Video and LED digital signage, announces that Aloft(sm) Hotels, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.’s (NYSE:HOT) new lifestyle brand, has incorporated LED tickers from Rise Display into the design standard for the re: mix lounge area of each of its hotels. Aloft Hotels are designed for the next generation of traveler, and feature multiple technology elements to enhance the guest experience, including the LED tickers from Rise Display. The tickers stream news and entertainment headlines, hotel happenings and promotional messaging, and other pertinent guest information.

“At Aloft, it’s important to our guests to remain connected and in-the-know even while they are on more

Norwegian Parliament Upgrades to BSS Audio Soundweb London

The Norwegian parliament in Oslo is using a large number of BSS Audio Soundweb devices for different applications, covering meeting rooms, hearing rooms and the main parliament assembly auditorium.

The plenary chamber recently saw a major upgrade to a Soundweb London system, relieving the older Soundweb Original system from its duties, which it has been performing since 2002.

The new system, installed during the Easter recess by Norwegian BSS Audio distributor, LydRommet AS, includes four BLU-320 break-in / out devices in an 8 x 8 configuration, and eight BLU-160 devices, all configured with four analog inputs, four digital outputs and eight analog outputs. Two BLU-10 touch screen remotes control the system locally, and the package includes a BLU-80 device located in the offices of the technical department for surveillance and monitoring of the entire system.

All 12 devices share the same control network and design file, but more

Coemar Infinity Wash XL, ACL And ParLite LED Lights Are All Dialed-Up For 311′s Unity Tour 2009

311For alternative/funk party-pack 311′s latest cross-country mélange, Coemar Infinity Wash XL, ACL and ParLite Led lights blatantly bring the beams to the brim to punch-up a bunch of June/July Unity Tour 2009 dates.

The mega-watt workhorse fixtures are precisely what lighting designer/director Joe Paradise had in mind to embellish the summer spread, of a more mature, refined sound silhouette the likes of platinum-proud 311′s chart-topping Volcano/Jive latest, Uplifter. more

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