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Press Releases For : August 27, 2014

Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 Consoles Hit the Road with Journey and the Steve Miller Band’s Summer Tour

Photo: Todd Kaplan

Journey and the Steve Miller Band are in the midst of their 2014 summer tour, and Clay Paky Sharpys and grandMA2 consoles are along for the ride that will take them to 30 cities across the U.S. and Canada. A.C.T Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive distributor for both equipment brands in North America.

The tour unites two of the iconic groups that helped define The San Francisco Sound. In careers spanning 40 years, Journey has sold 80 million albums worldwide and the Steve Miller Band more than 30 million records.

Tour Tech East Ltd. in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia is providing lighting support for the tour supplying 34 Sharpys, 20 Sharpy Washes plus a pair of full-size grandMA2 consoles with two NPUs. Senior account executive Tracey Ploss has worked with Journey and the band’s lighting designer Kevin “Deuce” Christopher for eight years.

“Last year Deuce used a couple of Sharpys, but this year he specifically wanted Sharpy Washes for the tour so we added them to our inventory,” says Ploss. “We’ve made a significant investment in the Clay Paky fixtures.” Sharpys are very popular with Tour Tech customers for their output, size and low power consumption. Fixtures are currently out with Styx and Foreigner, and the Calgary Stampede deployed a large number for its famed rodeo.

grandMA2s are the “console of choice” across the board, too, notes Ploss and are “especially in demand for their networking capabilities.”

Deuce, who has been lighting designer for Journey since 2004, says he “probably doubled” the number of Sharpys in his new tour rig. “There are 12 on the side trusses and four each per overhead truss for a total of 12 more. Plus one each on ten US Towers that top a wall of 20 Sharpy Washes,” he explains. “A video display, comprised of PRG/Nocturne V-28 and V-9 LED panels, is directly behind the band above the towers. It looks like there’s a wall of light with the video display resting on top.”

He says he “wanted to do something a bit different” in creating an interesting background for the band, “but the budget didn’t call for elaborate custom sets. So Tour Tech helped me deliver the desired effect without going custom.”

Tour Tech fulfilled Deuce’s idea of using black A-Type, 30×30-inch x 8-foot truss turned upright on casters. “At the bottom of each bay there is a wooden insert. Each Sharpy fixture is placed on the insert – all of the fixtures actually sit in the truss and none on top,” says Deuce. “Using the truss as set pieces housing the lights allows us to have a tidy pack in the truck, ease of placement and removal from stage, and convenient movement for set changes with our three-band bill.”

The Sharpy Washes enable him to “go from a very narrow beam for nice graphic geometry to a wide beam for a silhouette look on the band and wash out in the audience.” Their light output also had to be able to stand out against the video display.

The Steve Miller Band’s lighting designer, Andrew Richter of IOD Group in New York, has used Sharpys and Sharpy Washes “extensively” the last two years. “The pure power from such a fast and compact fixture makes it ideal for all but long-throw, wide-beam applications. I prefer the Washes in a mid-stage position for our non-shared rig due to their speed and depth of color rendering.”

The scenic design for the band calls for Richter to block off the Sharpy Washes on the rear lower truss with a fiber optic drop and a full stage drop designed by Stanley Meyers for “Jet Airliner” in which the Sharpys play a key role.

“The ‘Jet Airliner’ stage drop consists of a large central jet aircraft pointing upward with layers of smaller aircraft in a Japanese rising sun homage,” Richter explains. “I really wanted to create a sense of the jet in motion. My long-time colleague/programmer Scott McCowan and I worked on several different intensity chases and color bumps to a less than desirable effect. Ultimately, we thought of the old anime/manga ‘speed racer,’ where the primary subject is stationary and the windows show movement quickly zipping by.”

They achieved a similar effect by deploying Sharpys from a side position so they “graze the drop with the imagery of lines of clouds zipping downward past the static aircraft wings and fuselage creating movement,” he says. “It’s the perfect synergy of the right light and brilliant programming to create the vision I wanted without video, without animation wheels but using purely the speed and position recall accuracy that only a Sharpy can deliver.”

Deuce has been a fan of the grandMA “almost since its introduction,” he reports. He recently migrated to the grandMA2. “I like the ease of taking a tour show file into a festival situation and having the same sort of consistent show in a few hours,” he says. “The networking capabilities allow me to bring in as many universes as necessary.”

On the summer tour the grandMA2 is controlling both lighting and video consisting of two Control Freak Multitap Custom Servers. Deuce programmed Journey’s portion of the show and operates the board. “I really like the layout view for easy selection of fixtures and different video elements,” he says. “I can work pretty quickly. I also like the larger work surface and screens.”

Richter is also a long-time MA user and programmer. “The MA line of products has been my favorite for several years now. I really like some of the advancements the grandMA2 offers,” he says. “I believe it’s hands down the most flexible, tour-ready, reliable, and efficient console on the market today.”

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Deuce over his last few Journey tours – he’s always thinking of new ways to bring their performance to life for the audience. I knew the Sharpy Wash would be a nice addition for them and I was very excited that he liked it so much. Tracey and the Tour Tech East team are also great to work with, so the entire project has been a pleasure for A.C.T,” commented A.C.T Vice President, Automated Lighting, George Masek.

For Journey, Kevin Cassidy is the crew chief, Rob Kern production manager, Armando Figueroa in charge of power distribution and control, Oscar Carnales lighting tech, and Cole MacDonald FOH systems tech. Scott McCowan programmed the Steve Miller Band show.

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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Press Releases For : August 26, 2014

LA MARINA NYC’S OUTDOOR EVENTS THRIVE WITH D.A.S. AUDIO

**** Photo: Edwin Diaz at La Marina NYC ****

New York, NY – August 2014… Located at Dyckman Marina in upper Manhattan, the newly rebuilt La Marina NYC sports a restaurant, bar, lounge, and events space that covers more than 75,000 square feet of Hudson River waterfront. With world-class facilities and a breathtaking waterfront view, it is rapidly becoming the place to see and be seen. La Marina NYC’s waterfront area is where all the high profile live activity takes place and, to ensure a high level of speech intelligibility and music reproduction for all their events, the venue’s management recently took delivery of a new sound reinforcement system drawn from the WR Series catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. (more…)

PESA Awarded New GSA Contract, Continues Long-Term Support of U.S. Federal Agencies

Huntsville, Alabama – PESA, a leading designer and manufacturer of professional audio and video distribution solutions, today announced it has been awarded a new GSA Contract, effective Aug. 1. It is the company’s second GSA Contract (the first remained active for 20 years), and the latest award will continue to enable PESA to service the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other federal agencies.

Awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration under its Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program, GSA Schedule Contracts are long-term indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) agreements. They are designed to streamline acquisition procedures for federal agencies and expedite the delivery of goods using a list of prequalified vendors and contractors.

PESA (Contract Award GS-03F-062BA) is listed under Schedule 58: Professional Audio/Video, Telemetry/Tracking, Recording/Reproducing, and Signal Data Solutions. Through the program, its products are available on GSA Advantage, an online shopping site for government agencies, and are eligible for Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) and Contractor Team Arrangements (CTAs).

“We believe the GSA MAS program is an important vehicle to make our products readily available to authorized GSA customers,” said Col. John T. Wright (Retired), PESA senior vice president, sales and business development. “PESA’s new GSA Contract is further validation of our long-term support to U.S. government agencies, and we look forward to providing more of the finest video distribution systems for command and control and a variety of other mission critical environments.”

Last month, PESA announced the DoD approved upgrades to its Video Distribution System (VDS) after initially receiving full certification in January 2013. PESA was the first company to achieve listing as a VDS on the Department of Defense Unified Capabilities (UC) Approved Products List (APL), which is the only listing of such equipment approved by the DoD to be fielded in DoD networks. The APL is managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and the upgraded products received Interoperability Certification (IOC) and Information Assurance (IA) accreditation from DISA’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC).

About PESA
As a leading provider of audio/video (A/V) Baseband and IP connectivity products, PESA offers a wide selection of multi-path streaming products, routing switchers, matrix switchers, extenders, converters, media extenders, and signal processing gear to support government, military, industrial, commercial, medical, broadcast, and mobile truck applications. From large to small-scale A/V routing and extender products to multiple IP streaming appliances, PESA offers a diverse suite of AV products, all of which are supported by 24/7 technical support. PESA is located in Huntsville, Ala., with regional sales offices throughout North America and China. Our cost effective solutions are available around the world through our industry leading team of Channel Partners offering local support and installation. All products mentioned herein are trademarked property. Learn more about us at www.pesa.com. Follow us on Twitter: @PESA_ONLINE.

Summerfest, and the Mixing is Easy on DiGiCo

A DiGiCo SD7 at Summerfest's Marcus Amphitheatre (credit for all pics: Sara Bill)

Clearwing Productions deploys SD Series consoles on nearly every major stage of “world’s largest music festival”

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — With over 800 national and regional acts performing on 11 stages spanning over 11 days at this year’s “Big Gig,” as the locals call it, Milwaukee’s Summerfest once again proved why Guinness World Records has named it the world’s largest music festival for the past 16 consecutive years.

Held at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on the city’s scenic Lake Michigan shoreline, the 47th annual bash hosted some of the world’s biggest artists, including Bruno Mars, Outkast, Lady Gaga, Usher, Brad Paisley, OneRepublic, Dave Matthews Band, Luke Bryant, Nas and Ludacris to name just a few. (more…)

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Harmonic Reaches New Encoding Milestone With 100,000 Channels of Electra(TM) Encoder Shipped

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Aug. 26, 2014 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced that the company has surpassed 100,000 channels shipped with its Electra(TM) broadcast encoder family. This reinforces Harmonic’s position as the market-leading provider of video compression solutions. Since its launch in 2004, the Electra platform has been deployed by broadcast, satellite, telco, and cable operators worldwide to deliver SD, HD, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 AVC services. (more…)

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Biamp Systems Announces White Paper Examining Role of Huddle Rooms in Corporate Environment

Findings show employee collaboration and decision-making improve when desktop and AV services facilitate huddle spaces (more…)

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High Resolution Audio to Be a Major Focus at 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention

— DEG to present a comprehensive High Resolution Audio program October 10 at AES137 in Los Angeles —

New York, NY — The 137th Audio Engineering Society Convention (October 9-12, 2014, at the Los Angeles Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles) will feature a High Resolution Audio (HRA) program Friday, October 10, 2014. The direct result of a collaborative effort between the Audio Engineering Society (AES) and DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, the HRA program will include a number of panels and sessions that address the current and future direction of HRA from various perspectives, including content creation, digital distribution, licensing of hi-res music files, archiving, subscription models, marketing/promotion of hi-res music, compatibility of playback devices and more. These panels and sessions will feature some of the brightest minds in the business as they discuss some of the most current and controversial issues concerning the rapid adoption of high-resolution audio across the industry.

“The DEG is pleased to join with the Audio Engineering Society in promoting the benefits of Hi-Res Audio during this event,” said Amy Jo Smith, President, DEG. “Working together, we can underscore HRA’s numerous benefits to the professional recording community and enlist their support in helping drive this initiative.”

For over 65 years, nearly every seminal audio development has been incubated and promoted within the AES community, beginning with stereo LPs in the 1950s and continuing with magnetic tape in the 60s, digital audio and the Compact Disc in the 70s, perceptual coding (e.g. MP3) over the past 25 years, all the way to today’s digital streaming formats. It’s no wonder that the DEG and the AES have decided to partner to bring to AES137 Convention attendees the most current and comprehensive information on the state of High Resolution Audio, which is defined as “lossless audio that is capable of reproducing the full range of sound from recordings that have been mastered from better than CD quality music sources.”

For information on how you can get your FREE Exhibits-Plus badge (pre-registration required) and detailed information on the High Resolution Audio Program at the AES137 Convention, as well as further Registration, Hotel, and Technical Program information, visit the AES137 webpage at http://www.aes.org/events/137/.

About DEG
DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group is an industry association that advocates and promotes entertainment platforms, products and distribution channels on behalf of the motion picture, music, consumer electronics and technology companies.

About the Audio Engineering Society
The Audio Engineering Society was formed in 1948 and now counts over 14,000 members throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Japan and the Far East. The organization serves as the pivotal force in the exchange and dissemination of technical information for the industry. Currently, its members are affiliated with more than 75 AES professional sections and more than 95 AES student sections around the world. Section activities may include guest speakers, technical tours, demonstrations and social functions. Through local AES section events, members experience valuable opportunities for professional networking and personal growth. For additional information visit http://www.aes.org.

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Video Devices Product Line Steps into the Spotlight at IBC for the First Time

New Brand Identity from Sound Devices Reinforces Video Product Line

AMSTERDAM, AUGUST 27, 2014 – Video Devices, mission-critical video products by Sound Devices, will make its IBC debut at this year’s exhibition (Hall 8, Stand B59). Since Sound Devices introduced its first video products, the camera-mounted PIX 240i and PIX 220i, the company has expanded on its success with a range of rack-mounted, network-connected video recorders. These product additions, including the new PIX 270i and PIX 250i, have opened new markets and product categories for the company.

“While production sound equipment is our foundation, and we continue to develop new audio gear, video production has become increasingly important for us,” says Matt Anderson, President of Sound Devices. “We are excited to highlight this new brand to the international broadcast community, in addition to our range of audio gear, at IBC 2014.”

The network-connected PIX 270i and PIX 250i video decks offer significant advantages for production workflows, providing time-saving tapeless, file-based recording and playback with the ability to remotely control, set up and transfer high-quality files over Ethernet. The units record edit-ready Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHD files and allow simultaneous multiple-drive recording, giving production staff peace of mind with their rock-solid redundancy and backup capabilities (four drives for PIX 270i and two drives for 250i). Their extensive audio capabilities, including 64 channels of both MADI audio and Dante audio-over-Ethernet for PIX 270i (a world’s first for a video deck) and the PIX 250i’s 16 tracks of audio, make each unit a comprehensive, cost-effective tool for high-performance video capture and presentation.

Over the next several months, the company will brand all video-related products as Video Devices, including the PIX 240i, PIX 250i, and PIX 270i recorders. All future video products will also be branded Video Devices. This is a key step in a focused strategy to make Video Devices a dominant force in the video production and video integration markets.

Video Devices, a brand of Sound Devices, produces digital video recorders and related products that address a range of multiple-source video productions, including fast-paced, mission-critical studio applications, live sports, live events and mobile production. Sound Devices, LLC designs and manufactures portable audio mixers, digital audio recorders and related equipment for feature film, episodic television, documentary, news-gathering, live event and acoustical test and measurement applications. Founded in 1998, the company designs and manufactures both brands from its Reedsburg, Wisconsin headquarters, with additional offices in Madison, WI. For more information, visit the Video Devices and Sound Devices websites, www.videodevices.com; www.sounddevices.com.

FSR’s New LITE-IT Enclosed Box Light Named Winner In rAVe’s 2014 Annual Best of InfoComm Awards

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR is proud to announce that its LITE-IT Enclosure Box Light, introduced at this year’s InfoComm 2014 show in Las Vegas, has been named a winner by rAVe [Publications] in its 2014 Annual Best of InfoComm Awards in the category of “Best New AV Accessory.” Winners were revealed following the show, which reports a record high of 37,000-plus attendees from more than 114 countries. After scouring more than 490,000 net square feet of space and visiting with the 947 exhibitors showing new products and technologies, the rAVe team carefully chose the products that they thought were the best and most innovative.

FSR’s new LITE-IT easily provides lighting in floor, wall and ceiling boxes, or anywhere a work light is needed. This little light securely fastens to any ferrous metal surface via a “rare earth” magnetic mounting. A timed circuit automatically turns LITE-IT off after 75 seconds, and its anti-retrigger circuit prevents it from staying on even if the switch is held continuously.

“FSR is proud that our new LITE-IT Enclosure Box Light has not only received a very warm reception from show attendees at this year’s InfoComm show, but that it also gained the attention of the staff from rAVe and won its 2014 Annual Best of InfoComm Award,” said Jan Sandri, FSR president. “While looking to address the needs of our many users in markets ranging from education and houses of worship to corporate and medical, FSR wanted to design a unit that would deliver the same level of outstanding performance for which we are known.”

LITE-IT’s warm 3000K LED color for eye comfort provides over 12 Lumens of light output (20 percent more than a standard PR-2 flashlight bulb), and its super-efficient wide angle dual LED’s furnish a lighting pattern with uniform brightness to very end of battery life. High-quality alkaline batteries are included and pre-installed and provide 4+ years of typical usage from a single pair of batteries (Based on 2 operations per day, 5 days per week, 52 weeks per year).

rAVe [Publications], founded in 1998 by Gary Kayye, is a news organization that provides coverage of the commercial (ProAV) and residential (HomeAV) audiovisual trade industries via e-newsletters, blogs, video, social media, and a variety of other mediums.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of signal management and infrastructure solutions for the audio / video, datacom, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and HDBaseT & CAT-X signal delivery solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Public Relations & Advertising
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Focusrite Ships Midnight Plug-In For FREE

Company offers a FREE Midnight Plug-in suite with purchase of any new Saffire PRO Firewire/Thunderbolt-compatible multichannel audio interface

Los Angeles, CA, August 18, 2014 – Focusrite is now shipping its Midnight Plug-in suite free (a $99.00 value) with the purchase of any new Saffire PRO Firewire/Thunderbolt-compatible multichannel audio interface. The Midnight Plug-in suite precisely models the performance and sound of Focusrite’s two most iconic modules, the ISA110 equalizer and ISA130 compressor, and provides elegant, functional on-screen front panels for easy user control.

“It seemed only fitting for us to provide Midnight free with the leading Saffire PRO line of Firewire interfaces, since Scarlett, the top-selling USB interface line, ships with Scarlett Plug-in software,” says Phil Wagner, President of Focusrite Novation Inc. “All newly registered Saffire users can download this powerful plug-in. Many users have come to rely on Focusrite’s Firewire technology, as Saffire Pro offers great sound quality overall and rock solid driver performance.”

The original designs of the ISA110 equalizer and ISA130 compressor can be traced back to the legendary Focusrite mixing console, the subject of a recent documentary film, “The Story of the Focusrite Studio Console,” which has over 120,000 views on YouTube.

Focusrite’s Saffire PRO line-up was originally introduced in 2006 and features four award-winning models of Firewire interfaces: the 8-in/6-out Saffire PRO 14, the 16-in/8-out Saffire PRO 24, the market leading 20-in/20-out Saffire PRO 40, which features eight mic preamps, and the unique 28-in/28-out Liquid Saffire 56, featuring Focusrite’s Liquid Mic Pre convolution technology. All Focusrite Firewire interfaces may be connected to a Thunderbolt-capable computer using an Apple Thunderbolt adapter (not included), thereby freeing up valuable USB ports. All Saffire PRO Firewire interfaces now ship with 800-to-400 Firewire cables.

The Saffire range of interfaces has a huge fan base worldwide, including professional users such as GRAMMY®-winning mixer, engineer and producer Adrian Bushby, known for his work with Foo Fighters and Muse. Bushby, who regularly uses the Midnight Plug-in suite when mixing, observes that vintage hardware processors can stop working, and while an engineer is limited by the number of devices in the outboard racks, he or she can use as many instances of a Midnight Plug-in as they wish. “It’s a win-win,” he says.

In this video, Bushby further discusses why he uses the Focusrite Midnight Plug-in Suite: http://youtu.be/7TxTaMPieJY

For More information, go to www.focusrite.com.

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