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Firehouse Productions Supports Inspiring Music At Global Citizen Festival With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

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NEW YORK, New York – With a stellar reputation for managing audio at major events throughout the country, Firehouse Productions once again pushed HARMAN’s JBL VTX loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers to its limits to reinforce the sound for the 2014 Global Citizen Festival. Famous world-renowned artists and bands such as Jay Z, The Roots and DJ Tiesto performed at this show, delivering an event that matched the passion of individuals supporting this movement.

Dedicated to ending extreme poverty by 2030, the Global Citizen movement hosts this annual event to raise awareness to drive change in this world, promoting activism through live music. Firehouse Productions took this goal to heart, when it designed and set up an incredible system at the stage in the Great Lawn of Central Park.

For this outdoor venue of 55 acres, the system featured two hangs of 18 VTX V25 line arrays per side, 38 VTX G28 and 16 VT4880A subwoofers for the main PA, complemented by four hangs of 12 VT4889 loudspeakers for delays. The entire system was powered by 60 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers loudspeakers for the mid-high sections and 24 I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers for the subwoofers. The system was monitored and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“Both our engineers and the audience liked the sound very much,” said Mark Dittmar, VP of Design and Engineering. “The VTX boxes performed consistently, with powerful bass and clear highs. Though it’s an outdoor venue, we’ve set up enough delay towers to reach every corner of the venue. As always, there were no challenges that we couldn’t overcome with these line arrays.

“The biggest thing for us is to have a single amplifier that can power every JBL loudspeaker we use, so we can use just one amp rack design for everything,” said Dittmar. “The flexibility is really incredible.”

Transcending international boundaries and languages, the one-day show called upon this generation to take real action in terms of education, sanitation and healthcare. Thus, there could be no room for failure when it came to the compelling messages by the top musicians in the world.

“We’ve meticulously designed and tested this unique system for the purpose of being able to support a show that goes on for the whole day,” said Dittmar. “Thanks to the Crown amplifiers, we were confident that performance remained uninterrupted.”

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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RMB Audio Eliminates Reflections With MLA Compact

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Raleigh, NC––Tasked with providing audio for 11 concerts in a row at Dorton Arena featuring artists ranging from Vanilla Ice to comedy artist James Gregory, country stalwart Trace Adkins, Gospel luminary Tamela Mann and Christian Rock’s Newsboys, RMB Audio already faced a daunting assignment at this year’s NC State Fair.

Factor in the arena’s demanding acoustic environment, and the task became even more challenging. As RMB’s Systems Engineer Roger Dennis drily points out, “It’s got everything you want; concrete, glass, steel, and hard wooden seats. Plus the arena’s an oval, so it’s reflections galore.”

Fortunately, the RMB Audio team came equipped with a Martin Audio MLA Compact system to better control the sound in the hall and eliminate reflections. “The MLA Compact system allowed us to stop the coverage just before it hits the glass in the rear and on the sides of the room,” Roger specifies. “The system’s output control is really precise. It made our job a lot easier while improving the sound quality for all of the acts and the audience.”

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The actual system consisted of a main hang with 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side, a side hang with 8 MLA Compacts per side, and 6 Martin Audio W8LMD (downfill) as lip fill. Ample low end was provided by 12 DSX subs ground-stacked in two rows of 6 standing on end with the two outer enclosures slightly angled out.

Asked about the MLA Compact’s other attributes, Roger points out the enclosure’s lighter weight and wider dispersion, but the main advantage is still its output control capability.

“It used to be when you had someone speaking into a microphone in the arena, the reflections would kill all speech intelligibility. With MLA, that’s not a problem. When we first brought it into Dorton three years ago it was quite a shock. Now that we’ve switched to MLA’s for outfill to kill the reflections coming off the glass, the clarity for spoken word has continued to improve dramatically.

“Everyone was pleased with the system, adds Dennis, “especially Newsboys FOH Engineer John O’Neal who was very impressed with what we could do with the rig because he’s been in Dorton before with an older system. One of his last comments to me during this show was ‘everything from 300Hz and above is completely clear. We could hear everything.’ John and I walked the entire venue during the soundcheck as did several engineers who put their head right next to the glass, and they said it sounded exactly the same as it did down at the mix position.

“That’s one of the key things the MLA does that other systems don’t. It optimizes for the audience, not the room. The quality of the coverage is consistent from the front of the stage all the way to the back of the arena.”

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Summing up, Roger adds, “We’re going to UNC Memorial Hall on the campus of University of North Carolina, a 1600 seat proscenium theater with a really prominent balcony face that is a problem in terms of generating reflections back onto the stage. The MLA Compact allows us to steer around that balcony; we can just slice that section out of the vertical coverage. We’ve been able to make it so accurate that you can literally stand up out of a seat and you’re out of the coverage. It’s really amazing.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

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

Renkus-Heinz and First Baptist Church of Shawnee – Keeping Tradition Alive

 Shawnee, OK – November 2014… Shawnee’s First Baptist Church was founded in 1892, 15 years before Oklahoma gained statehood. After their main sanctuary was damaged by a tornado in the 1930s, the church rebuilt, and that structure serves as the main sanctuary to this day.

While the historic building has been well maintained over the years, its aging sound system had not been so fortunate. Church officials and congregation members alike were increasingly frustrated by intelligibility issues in the main sanctuary, and inconsistent coverage in the balcony and under balcony areas. The church turned to Edmond, OK-based AVL Systems Design, who recommended the steered-beam technology of Renkus Heinz ICONYX IC Live.

“The main sanctuary seats about 800 people, and has a balcony area in the rear,” explains Danny Nix of AVL Systems. “In addition to the intelligibility and coverage problems with the old system, there were reflection issues that needed to be addressed.”

 The new system comprises four ICONYX IC Live ICL-FR-DUAL columns, hung from the ceiling to avoid damaging the walls. “We used the IC Live’s beam steering capabilities to fill the balcony and the main floor of the church and we used four Renkus Heinz PNX61 Two-Way Complex Conic Loudspeaker Systems for under balcony coverage,” said Nix. “The IC Live’s beam steering technology eliminated the need for front fills, which made for a cleaner look overall. As a final touch, we painted the boxes to match the color of the walls.”

In the end, church officials were pleased that the ICONYX system not only addressed the sanctuary’s intelligibility and coverage issues, but also blended in seamlessly with the décor as well.

“Everyone at the church has been very happy with the results,” said Nix.

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

 

DVEO Announces New Products for Streaming Media West 2014 — Including Revamped Media Server, Award-Winning UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology, H.264 Mobile Backpack Encoder, and More

Live Media Distribution Server -- Atlas Media ServerSan Diego, California — DVEO, the broadcast division of Computer Modules, Inc. (CMI), will demonstrate many unique video streaming products at Streaming Media West 2014 in Huntington Beach, California, November 18-19, in booth 206.

DVEO products at the show will include:
1. Revamped Media Server — Atlas Media Server™
2. UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology — Winner of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014 — DOZERbox II IP IP™
3. Mobile Cellular Modem Encoder for H.264 HD Streaming from HD-SDI Cameras — Mobile Backpack™: H.264/HD-SDI Kit
4. 120 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for OTT and Multi Screen Services — Brutus™ V IP/IP: TELCO
5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder — D-Streamer IP/DIG™
6. Ad Inserter for Mobile Multi Screen Video Delivery and for OTT — Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI™
7. 50 Channel Transcoding IP Video Playout Server with Scheduling — IP Grooming Server™ 50ch 1TB
8. SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance — MultiStreamer DIG/IP™

1. Revamped Media Server — Atlas Media Server
Designed for IPTV operators, telcos, mobile operators, broadcasters, and Over The Top (OTT) video providers, the powerful Atlas Media Server provides grooming and VOD (video on demand) options in three different sizes.

The system ingests MPEG-2, H.264, and/or H.265/HEVC live streams over IP, then “grooms” the streams by adding wrappers such as MPEG-DASH, HLS, or RTMP, plus subtitles for closed captions or multiple languages. It outputs the live streams and simultaneously stores the streams as VOD files.

2. UDP Video Packet Recovery Technology — Winner of the Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014 — DOZERbox II IP IP
DVEO’s patent pending “DOZER” technology enables reliable high quality video delivery over public internet or so-so private lines. The DOZERbox II IP IP is a compact end-to-end Error Correcting Router for smoothing UDP traffic over the public internet, with built-in packet recovery algorithms for alleviation of packet loss and resultant video freezes. It does not add jitter or noise, and does not increase bandwidth consumption like FEC. It is perfect for delivering critical video over congested public backbones.

The technology is also available as a software license — the Media Dozer: LIC™, or in a one RU system — the DOZER Racks IP IP™. The DOZERbox II IP IP is the winner of the prestigious Society of Broadcast Engineers Technology Award for 2014.

3. Mobile Cellular Modem Encoder for H.264 HD Streaming from HD-SDI Cameras — Mobile Backpack: H.264/HD-SDI Kit
The Mobile Backpack: H.264/HD-SDI Kit is a lightweight (about 8.6 lbs./3.9 kg.) H.264 backpack encoder for streaming HD-SDI, SDI, or HDMI video via live wireless video and data transmission, using bonded 3G and 4G mobile network connections. It bundles up to eight mobile network channels from one or more operators into a single broadband channel.

Streaming media production professionals will use this system for electronic news gathering and streaming live video from events. The system ships with a matching decoder and a custom made backpack.

4. 120 Channel Adaptive Optimized Transcoder for OTT and Multi Screen Services –Brutus V IP/IP: TELCO
The enterprise class Brutus IV IP/IP: TELCO is a real time Adaptive Optimized Transcoder with 48 Cores — ideal for simple transcoding or grooming at headends for OTT or Multiscreen services. It transcodes up to 120 SD streams, or 40 720p HD streams, or 30 1080i/p HD streams from MPEG-2 to H.264 or vice-versa. The system is suitable for IPTV, OTT, mobile TV, broadcast, and Telco TV, or as a transcoder/reformatter for RTSP IP Cameras. The Brutus supports Flash, HLS, RTMP, HTTP, Smooth, and Live streaming and works well with Wowza®, Adobe® Flash® and RealNetworks® Servers.

5. IP to SDI/HD-SDI Video and Audio Decoder — D-Streamer IP/DIG
The D-Streamer IP/DIG is a real time H.264 or MPEG-2 decoder that receives IP transport streams and decodes them to SDI or HD-SDI, or optional HDMI. Streaming media content providers use DVEO’s MultiStreamer DIG/IP to encode SDI or HD-SDI to H.264 IP, then decode the IP streams with the D-Streamer IP/DIG. The Linux® based system is available in three versions — a single input channel, two input channels, or 1-8 input channels. It is perfect for receiving and professionally decoding “poor” video from IP cameras, remote sites, content delivery networks (CDNs), or IPTV compatible appliances or players. The system works with Teradek, Nanocaster, Minicaster, Axis IP Cameras, and other streaming appliances.

6. Ad Inserter for Mobile Multi Screen Video Delivery and for OTT — Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI
The Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI is a broadcast quality playout server with Ad and EAS (Emergency Alert System) capabilities. It inserts or overlays video clips, graphical ads, logos, scrolling text, and RSS news feeds — anywhere on live or stored video content, on a schedule, or via signaling like SCTE 35 signals from EAS generators. Graphics, logos, and text can be static, blinking, or rotating.

The system adds messages to one to four IPTV SD channels, or to one to four targeted SD cable or on-air channels or sub channels. (An option for 1 HD and 3 SD channels is available.) Three versions are available: DVB-ASI, IP, or SDI.

7. 50 Channel Transcoding IP Video Playout Server with Scheduling — IP Grooming Server 50ch 1TB
The IP Grooming Server 50ch 1TB is a file playout server for scheduled continuous streaming. It stores various file types, then “grooms” them by transcoding the streams to H.264 and/or scaling the video to different resolutions. It also adds various “wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, etc.

With the IP Grooming Server, users can create their own 50 “streaming” web channels with 50 different movies or content, playing on a preset schedule. The Linux® based system is a great video hosting playout server for ISPs, corporate websites, schools, hotels, and digital signage.

8. SDI/HD-SDI to IP Live Streaming Appliance — MultiStreamer DIG/IP
The latest version of DVEO’s real time MultiStreamer DIG/IP live streaming webcasting encoder receives one, two, or four SDI or HD-SDI inputs (from cameras, editing systems, or video servers) and multiple IP inputs. It creates multiple simultaneous high, medium, and low bitrate IP streams and sends them to iPads, iPhones, content delivery networks (CDNs), and remote video capture devices. Each stream can have several proxies with different “wrappers” such as HLS, RTMP, etc. The broadcast quality system features schedulable input — it can receive input at a specified date and time — and ships with one terabyte of local storage.

The MultiStreamer is also available with other video input formats — 8VSB, HDMI, Analog, DVB-ASI, HDMI, DVB-S+S2, DVB-T+T2, QAM, ISDB-T, or DVB-C.

“We are excited to be showing our leading edge products at Streaming Media West,” said Laszlo Zoltan, Vice President of DVEO. “Our unique streaming systems feature lots of options to meet the needs of our customers. And as always, we are very open to customizing our products.”

Ad Serter IP/ASI/SDI, Atlas Media Server, Brutus, D-Streamer, DVEO,
DOZERbox II IP IP, DOZER Racks IP IP, IP Server, IP Grooming Server,
Media Dozer II: LIC, Mobile Backpack, and MultiStreamer are trademarks of Computer Modules, Inc.
All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

Supplemental Information for Press Release

Suggested Retail Prices:
Ad Serter ASI/ASI 4ch (SD): $14,995 U.S.
Ad Serter IP/IP 4ch (SD): $10,995 U.S.
Ad Serter SDI/SDI 4ch (SD): $13,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Small, 1RU: $5,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Medium, 1RU: $9,995 U.S.
Atlas Media Server — Large, 3RU: $16,995 U.S.
Brutus V IP/IP Telco: $33,995 U.S.
DOZERbox II IP IP: $1,695 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
DOZER Racks IP IP: $2,995 U.S. each, typically sold in pairs
IP Grooming Server (with transcoding): $16,995 U.S.
IP Server (No transcoding): $4,995 U.S.
Media Dozer II: LIC: $100 to $1,200 U.S. each
Mobile Backpack: $24,995 U.S.
MultiStreamer DIG/IP: $3,995 U.S.

About CMI and DVEO
CMI, founded in 1982, is a privately held company headquartered in San Diego, California. DVEO, the Broadcast Division of Computer Modules, Inc., sells digital video and high definition television (HDTV) products to the top television broadcast companies throughout the world.

For more information on CMI and DVEO, please contact Rebecca Gray at +1 (858) 613-1818 or rebecca@dveo.com. To download DVEO’s press releases and product images, visit the news section at www.dveo.com.

Stagecraft Audio Finds Smooth Sailing With Cobalt Digital’s Blue Box Group

Units deliver lightweight, practical conversion solution

Urbana, IL – Cobalt Digital, manufacturer of award-winning 3G/HD/SD-SDI conversion gear, has delivered a practical signal conversion solution to Stagecraft Audio, a full service sound, lighting and AV company located in Newport, RI that specializes in large-scale projects ranging from corporate events to broadcast applications. After evaluating options for lightweight, easy-to-install conversion gear that delivers a pristine signal, Stagecraft chose eight of Cobalt’s Blue Box Group™ BBG S-to-H (SDI to HDMI) and one BBG H-to-S (HDMI to SDI) unit.

The BBG S-to-H units provide direct conversion from SMPTE 259M, 292M and 424M SDI to HDMI and feature easy to use DIP switch sets YPbPr or RGB colorspace and HDMI or DVI output modes. The H-to-S model provides true 3G and HD conversions from HDMI to SMPTE 424M, 292M, or 259M. The HDMI input can also receive and convert DVI-D sources (limited to SMPTE HD formats).

“Cobalt’s BBG units have already proved their value during a recent event in the Arcadia Room of the New York Yacht Club in Newport,” said Frank Dwyer, Stagecraft Audio’s owner. “I’d worked in that same room many times before, but having the boxes this time really made the difference. The BBG took the signal out of the client’s laptop on the podium, sent it through my video switcher and I was able to hit the displays around the room without extension cords and with no signal degradation at all. It was easy and worked perfectly!”

Other features that tipped the scales in Cobalt’s favor are the boxes ability to power directly via USB as well as their lightweight, small footprint. “The boxes are USB powered, and that’s wonderful,” exclaimed Dwyer. “Previously, I had to run cables to hit each TV, now we can run power from USB to each display. The boxes are also light enough to sit on the back of a TV with Velcro. I can just slap it on the TV and leave it there. It’s part of the TV now and has made the process so much easier.”

Dwyer’s experience with Cobalt was also enhanced by excellent sales support. “I got the runaround from other companies because I didn’t want to buy in bulk,” he explained. “I found the Cobalt’s Blue Box Group on their web site, sent an email, and the very next day Anthony Klick, Cobalt’s eastern sales manager, not only contacted me, but came by to discuss the best solution for my needs. I was so impressed with the physical and technical features of the products and with the service that I ordered nine units and have plans for more in the future.”
ABOUT COBALT DIGITAL INC.
Cobalt Digital Inc. designs and manufactures award-winning 3G/HD/SD conversion gear for the broadcast television environment. Distributed through a worldwide network of dealers, system integrators, and other partnerships, Cobalt products are backed with a 5-year warranty. For more information, visit http://www.cobaltdigital.com .

Company Contact: Chris Shaw, EVP of Sales and Marketing
+1-217-344-1243 / chris.shaw@cobaltdigital.com

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+1-845-512-8283 / harriet@desertmoon.tv

Clay Paky Sharpy Washes Turn in Winning Performances at the “Miss America Pageant”

MA 1Fifty-three contestants walked the walk on stage at Boardwalk Hall when the 88th “Miss America Pageant” returned to Atlantic City in September. Two dozen Clay Paky Sharpy Wash fixtures were on hand from Atomic Lighting in Lititz, Pennsylvania for the gala telecast on ABC Television.

Allen Branton was the lighting designer for the “Miss America Pageant” with Felix Peralta and Kevin Lawson the lighting directors and Laura Frank the screens producer and media programmer.

“It was our eighth year doing the pageant,” says Peralta. “It’s always a challenge to recreate the excitement of the show; we’re looking to enhance and improve the previous year’s telecast. With three days devoted to pageant preliminaries, which are not broadcast, we got an opportunity to build the show on site. Friday and Saturday were camera rehearsal days then Sunday was the live show.”

Kevin Lawson was responsible for the key light and audience light – an important role for a show where 53 young ladies take center stage. “The show is ultimately about the contestants, and my primary task was to make sure all of them looked good whether 53 girls were out there or one of them was performing in the talent competition,” he notes. “In a lot of ways the pageant is like an awards show: They want a certain amount of grandeur, and there’s a long-standing tradition behind it. The show has to be exciting but high quality and dignified.”

With large groups on stage at times Lawson was challenged to not just bathe the scene with light. “I wanted to shape it enough to make the girls look great and be individually visible,” he explains.

Approximately 24 Sharpy Wash fixtures served as the primary stage wash. They were hung across the stage and acted as “workhorses” for the show, bathing the contestants with backlight and color, Lawson says. “They were in pretty much every shot. I love Sharpys Washes: Their field is consistent, their zoom is great. They’re bright, the color is constant; they’re easily manipulated and fast. In fact, they’re good for all shows.”

Felix Peralta, who handled the environment lighting, notes that the Sharpy washes “treated some scenery, too, including the bigger-than-life-size Miss America statue, which had six washes on it.”

John Calkins was the production designer for the “Miss America Pageant.”

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, added, “What a group of talented lighting professionals. Allen, Laura, Felix and Kevin are so well respected in this industry and it’s a great honor that they like our equipment as much as they do.”

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

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Church of the Highlands Delivers High-Energy Worship Experience For 20,000 Members With HARMAN’s Martin Professional Lighting Fixtures

MARTIN_ChurchoftheHighlandsAARHUS, Denmark — With ten campuses and more than 30,000 active members throughout Alabama, the Church of the Highlands delivers a unique style of prayer that utilizes professional production elements to create a high-energy, high-worship atmosphere. Now in its second decade, the church was in need of a versatile and reliable lighting solution for its weekly services and Lighting Designer, Brian Worster, turned to HARMAN’s Martin Professional lighting fixtures to provide stage and effect lighting across the ten campuses.

Services for the church are held at a variety of campuses ranging from high schools to community centers and entertainment venues and are produced primarily by volunteer “worship teams”. While the sermon is delivered from the Grants Mill main campus in Birmingham, Alabama via the Internet, each campus worship team runs the program and services locally. “We wanted to create a passionate high-energy worship atmosphere with lighting that could be quickly loaded-in and loaded-out by volunteers every week,” said Worster.

The main campus deploys Martin’s MAC Viper moving head luminaires and MAC 250 wash lights. Worster also often specified the Viper series for youth conferences put on by the church, citing their optics and power. “We recently put on a youth conference in which we brought in 28 Auras and 18 Vipers,” said Worster. “The Vipers offer great gobos, they are extremely punchy, and have incredible optics that deliver strong output and framing.”

Martin’s MAC 101 series wash lights are also used at each of the church’s locations to ensure that volunteers can easily update positioning on short turnarounds. Worster also brought in the 101s for their ability to color mix as well as for their efficiency because many of the campus locations have little to no infrastructure for large amounts of power consumption.

“The 101s are super bright and in some locations we are throwing 100 feet or more to the stage and still only at 70-80 percent output,” said Worster. “The lens accessories are great for zooming or narrow the beams to blend the front wash. We also use the 101s during the message portion as a supplement to house lights like in a theater.”

The Tuscaloosa campus features 16 101 RGBs on the upstage floor shooting on the ceiling above the stage, while the Woodlawn campus, a high school theater uses 8 101 WRMs for front wash as well. The Fultondale and Huntsville campuses feature 10 101 RGBs on trusses upstage as well as several 101 CTs downstage for front wash.

“We’ve used the 101s at the Fultondale campus for almost two years and they’ve totally changed the way we approach launching a campus with the church,” said Worster. “They offer more flexibility and provide an atmosphere that we can recreate at every location. Also, budget is an important when launching a new campus and the 101s are extremely bright yet also inexpensive enough that they were a no-brainer for our productions.”

“The service Martin has provided to us has been incredible,” summarized Worster. “The fact that Martin has a team specifically dedicated to the House of Worship market is huge for us—we feel like we have another ally on our team and I could not have imagined the success of our services without their help!”

For more information on Martin’s stage lighting solutions, please visit: www.martin.com

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 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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Clay Paky Sharpy Fixtures and grandMA2 Consoles Help Deliver Powerful Message For “Stand Up to Cancer” Blockbuster Special

2When the fourth biennial “Stand Up to Cancer” special aired in the US and Canada on September 5 it raised more than $109 million for its groundbreaking collaborative research efforts. Some 60 Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures were deployed for the event with a complement of grandMA2 consoles controlling lighting and media. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of both brands in North America.

More than three dozen broadcast and cable networks in the US and Canada telecast “Stand Up to Cancer.” The show, staged at LA’s Dolby Theatre, featured celebrity guests, music by Lupe Fiasco, Jennifer Hudson and Common, The Who, the Dave Matthews Band, and Ariana Grande, and inspiring stories about patients who have benefited from the research supported by the organization. Atomic Lighting of Lititz, Pennsylvania provided the Clay Paky fixtures and grandMA2 consoles.

“This show really means a lot to me,” says Brad Hafer, vice president of account management, at Atomic Lighting. “‘Stand Up to Cancer’ is about something real – it’s not just done for ratings. It made us all feel that we were contributing something to the cause.”

Allen Branton was the lighting designer for the special with Felix Peralta, Daniel K. Boland and Darren Langer the lighting directors. Peralta worked closely with Branton on the show design. “We’ve been associated with ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ before; its message is a very powerful one and the show has high production values, but not flashy ones,” he explains.

The Sharpys were used as strong beam lights and for their Sharpy dappling technique, Peralta points out. “Giant white walls acted as video projection surfaces, which we enhanced with accents of color or Sharpy dappling – treating the scenic pieces with the high-output fixtures to create a nice effect that you can’t get with a hard-edged light. It was a big part of the look of the show.”

Since the special was “a strong, video-driven show,” Peralta teamed with Laura Frank, screens producer and media programmer, on the media canvas. “She and I like to make sure the lighting and video stories come from the same center, that the transitions are the same, the color schemes complementary or matching,” he explains. “When lighting and video play together both are much more powerful.”

Frank, who is the principal of Minneapolis-based Luminous FX, says Kurtis Kennington of Digital Flodur designed the media content creating “about a dozen looks for the show, plus the band. The entire set was projection mapped so the environment was video driven.” Looks included themes of science and technology to support certain speakers; the band was often accompanied by photomontages of cancer survivors.

“The grandMA2 has been my preferred console for a while,” says Frank. “This show marked just the second time I was using the d3 server driven by grandMA2, and I was beta testing d3′s DMX control interface, which enables the grandMA2 to drive the time line-based d3.”

Boland, who heads LA’s Team Boland Productions, Inc., has been using grandMA desks for a decade or more. He deployed a full-size grandMA2 on “Stand Up to Cancer” where he programmed the key and audience lighting.

“The show was as much about lighting the people in the audience as those on stage,” says Boland. “We made sure everyone was lit, the color temperature was fine. During rehearsal we keyed at least six positions for the people making speeches and introducing the videos, including one on a round extension into the audience.”

Especially handy for Boland was the grandMA2′s special menu for using shutters on spots. “If the fixture has shutters you just choose the shutters menu and angle them easily by dragging your fingers,” he explains.

Darren Langer, the floor lighting director, worked closely with Boland to ensure consistent exposure levels for the talent and the audience and a “polished” look, Peralta says.

Peralta himself was responsible for lighting the environment for the show, including the scenic pieces and architecture of the house. He says production designer John Calkins partnered with Branton to create a “tasteful and powerful” environment that helped deliver the show’s strong message.

Peralta used a grandMA2 light to “make sure the environment complemented the video and gelled with it,” he points out. He’s been using MA family consoles for about 15 years. “It’s the only choice,” he says. “This was one of the first shows we did with the new 3.0 software, and we were very pleased with the additional features and improvements.

“For ‘Stand Up to Cancer’ we had the luxury of a good amount of time on site so we could program there at a very human pace,” he adds. “It’s uncommon to have that kind of time and we were very grateful for it so we could create a real hand-craft look.”

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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Culture Club Kicks Off Reunion Tour with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi3000 Console and the Realtime Rack, Soundcraft’s UAD Plug-In Engine

Scraft_CultureClubLONDON, United Kingdom – More than 30 years since winning the world over with pop classics like “Karma Chameleon” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me”, Culture Club is reuniting for a string of concerts throughout North America, to be followed by a multi-arena tour in the United Kingdom. The band’s longtime front of house engineer, Jimmy Sarikas, aka “Mixologist”, recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi3000 console, which he put to use for a private Culture Club performance at the Heaven nightclub in London. The console was sold through SSE Audio Group, Soundcraft Vi Select dealer.

Jimmy purchased the Vi3000 for multiple purposes, including live mixing as well as studio and mobile recording. “I’m a one-stop shop, so I needed a console that could perform multiple functions,” he said. “I can roll up to a festival and do live multi-track recording and broadcast, and I have multiple duplication systems in my truck, so I can give you 200 CDs in a half-hour after the show.”

The first task for Jimmy’s new desk – was a private performance from the group at the Heaven nightclub in London.

Alex Penn, Sales Director for SSE Audio Group commented, “As SSE Hire has been working with Culture Club on various recent events, and SSE Audio Group has been long term suppliers of Soundcraft Vi consoles for both Hire and Sales, Jimmy got in touch with SSE Sales when he decided that the Vi3000 was his console of choice. As Jimmy really wanted to use all of the available features of the console we had to develop some customised packaging solutions, housing two screens (record overview and Realtime Rack) in the case, as well as the Realtime Rack itself and a UPS.”

According to Jimmy, the Vi3000 offers multiple benefits compared to other consoles on the market. “For starters, the sound quality of the Vi3000 is just amazing,” he said. “Vi Series consoles have always had an amazing sound and that’s the case with the Vi3000. The second major factor is ease of use. I personally feel that manufacturers are making boards that are too small. I want some faders! My arms are more than capable to open as wide as 24 faders, so it’s Soundcraft all the way for me.”

For the Culture Club shows, Jimmy is running 53 channels to accommodate the multiple vocals and diverse instrumentation on stage, which includes two piano players, several guitars, a brass section and a variety of percussion. Jimmy is also utilizing the Soundcraft Realtime Rack, a 1RU box that features a library of Universal Audio plug-ins.

“I’m loving the Dante connectivity because I record 64 channels in and 64 channels out for virtual sound checks as well as my multi-track recordings,” Jimmy noted. “I’m working with two machines for that [Mac Minis with SSD hard drives]. Both computers fit in a 1RU rack located in the flight case of the Vi3000: one is my recording device and the other is the Realtime Rack.” The computer with the “Realtime Rack” software also records a redundant 64 channels of multi-track audio via the secondary Dante output. The two screens also slide into compartments in the case. Can you believe all this and the Vi3000 in one box on wheels?”

In addition, Jimmy’s positive experience with Soundcraft boards in the past played a factor in his decision to add the Vi3000 to his arsenal. “I’ve used Vi6 consoles at festivals before and they always felt a bit daunting at first, but the truth is that Vi consoles are probably the easiest control surfaces to use,” Jimmy said. “There aren’t any hidden pages—what you need is right in front of you.”

For more information on Jimmy Sarikas, please visit www.mixologist.co.uk or www.payperviewconcerts.co.uk

For more information on Culture Club, please visit www.culture-club.co.uk

For more information on SSE Audio Group, please visit www.sseaudiogroup.com

Soundcraft and Harman products are distributed in the UK and ROI by Sound Technology Ltd, for more information, please visit www.soundtech.co.uk

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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Brand New Metropolitan West Space Debuts with Versace Event and Extensive WorldStage Installation

versace-party-web-preview-5-1252One of the most glittering events during New York’s Fashion Week was the Anthony Vaccarello x Versus Versace Spring/Summer 2015 runway show and after-party at the new Metropolitan West venue. Signaling the notoriety of the event, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Lady Gaga, Bella Thorne, Rachel Zoe and Victoria Justice all made appearances. Metropolitan West is a new event facility designed and built by the Metropolitan Pavilion organization and is the sister facility of Metropolitan Chelsea. Both facilities utilize WorldStage as the exclusive provider of audio, video/staging and lighting services.

The x Versus Versace 8 pm runway show, spotlighting the young diffusion line of the Versace fashion house, and after-party marked the first event since the new space opened its doors. During the months prior to opening, WorldStage had installed a comprehensive audio, video and lighting system to meet the demands of prospective Metropolitan West clients. The systems represent provide state-of-the-art performance while being cost effective, providing clients a wide range of configurations and minimal visual interference as much of the hardware is finished in white to match the interior design.

x Versus Versace utilized both the first and second floors of Metropolitan West. “Since we were supporting not only a full runway show on the first floor but a large party and concert performance on the second floor, we augmented the installed system with additional gear from our warehouse inventory. However, for almost all events we’ll see at the space, the built-in system will be able to handle it.” says WorldStage account executive/project manager Frank Mejia. “Scenically, the client brought in additional walls for the party and we provided the AV package for the performance by St. Vincent.”

KCD partnered with Todo Productions on the creative for the evening. “Anthony (Vaccarello) wanted a clean, modern, white light venue for the show,” says Susan Schroeder with Todo Productions. “He used a lot of graphic patterns in his collection, which we adapted for the graphic design of the runway. Upstairs at the party we used lighting and projection to get that graphic look in the very modern, white space. We also played with the infinity of reflections of the models in a lot of mirrors.”

Frank Mejia notes that WorldStage met the twin challenges of readying Metropolitan West for its debut as well as ensuring it met the needs of KCD and Todo for x Versus Versace’s dual events. “John Ackerman, Vice President – Systems Integration, Barry Grossman, Chief Engineer and I worked hand in hand with the management and operations team of the venue to make sure everything was at 100 percent by the load-in day,” he says.

For the high-profile fashion event WorldStage was charged with implementing the creative visions of lighting designer Joe Saint of IMCD Lighting and audio designer Eric Bechtel of Audible Difference Inc. (ADI).

In all, nearly 100 moving lights, 150 conventional lights and various LED fixtures were used to light the fashion show, party and performance. For sound 40 Yamaha and 34 d&b speakers were used, running from Avid and newYamaha QL1 mixing desks.

“We were the first production at Met West, and WorldStage was great about working together with us to make everything happen for our show,” says Schroeder. “WorldStage really impressed me by putting our needs first.

WorldStage Inc., the company created by the merger of Scharff Weisberg Inc and Video Applications Inc, continues a thirty-year legacy of providing clients the widest variety of entertainment technology coupled with conscientious and imaginative engineering services. WorldStage provides audio, video and lighting equipment and services to the event, theatrical, broadcast and brand experience markets nationally and internationally.

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