St. Mary Magdalene Parish’s first mass was held at the Apex Middle School in 1999, and until recently, the school gymnasium remained the congregation’s makeshift sanctuary. While grateful to its host, the congregation needed a home of its own. At last, after two years of construction, the lovely new St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church opened its doors this year, welcoming a capacity crowd of about 1,450 congregants. To worshippers’ delight, every word spoken from the pulpit and every note performed by the band and choir could be clearly heard, thanks to a new Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC2 sound system designed and installed by Cary, North Carolina, design/build AV systems integration firm AVCON Inc.
LD Thomas Gerdon finds lighting solution in powerful IP65 Proteus Hybrid™
It has been 500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Reformation and the German city of Worms, which played a central role in the movement, has been marking the event throughout the year. From October 27th to November 1st, a spectacular “Ecumenical Bridge of Light” was cast between the city’s St. Peter’s Cathedral and the Luther Church using Elation Professional Proteus Hybrid™ moving heads.
Lighting designer Thomas Gerdon was contacted by the city to connect the lofty Catholic Cathedral with the Protestant Luther Church in a bridge of light intended to express the bond between Catholics and Protestants. “Even though they are separate religions, they are still connected by the Christian faith,” Gerdon says of the reason behind the project. “The bridge of light was meant to visualize this connection as a symbolic meeting of the two great faiths in partnership.”
John Stiernberg, 66, President and Founder of Stiernberg Consulting, passed away November 11, 2017, after a months-long battle with cancer.
A Chicago area native, John was deeply committed to his college sweetheart and wife of 45 years, the former Jeanne Broughton. Together they founded Stiernberg Consulting in 1993, a seminal business development consultancy within the music, audio-video, and entertainment technology industry. Despite his influential role as a guiding force behind many of the industry’s success stories, John maintained an intentionally understated, behind the scenes profile to keep the spotlight on his clients.
An accomplished bluegrass and gospel musician, John was an ardent music lover and aficionado, with an encyclopedic knowledge that spanned multiple genres and eras. He embraced technology with equal fervor, cultivating a keen insight and understanding of consumer and professional technologies. But it was John’s business acumen that informed his work, guiding the CEOs and business trajectories of the industry’s dominant players and rising stars.
As a non-denominational Christian House of Worship, Bellerose Assembly of God seeks to impact and renew its congregation with the transforming message of Jesus Christ through words and actions. With a casual atmosphere that helps put people at ease, church management wanted to ensure their message was reaching everyone with a high degree of clarity. To address this challenge, they recently upgraded their sound reinforcement system—drawing upon loudspeakers from the WorxAudio catalog of Baton Rouge, LA-based PreSonus Audio Electronics.
Audio Design Group of Ronkonkoma, NY, a design / build firm that is actively engaged in the House of Worship market and also operates production and rental divisions, was contracted to design and deploy a new sound reinforcement system for Bellerose Assembly of God. After meeting with church officials to ascertain their goals for the new sound system, company owner Phil Christie designed a system that incorporates a WorxAudio X3i-P all-in-one compact line array, two TL118SSi-P subwoofers, four W-8Ai and two W-12Ai enclosures from the company’s Wave Series product group. Christie discussed the project.
Roland Professional A/V is introducing the XS-62S, an integrated six-channel video switcher and audio mixer with PTZ camera control capabilities in a space-saving design, optimized for installed or portable live event, recording, broadcast and streaming productions. This latest addition to Roland’s comprehensive line of video production solutions delivers a powerful feature set in a compact 1RU form factor and can be operated by a single user from easy-to-use front panel controls, or remotely from a Mac or PC or programmable interface.
The Roland XS-62S supports seamless six-channel switching between four SDI inputs, featuring de-lacer along with scaled HDMI and RGB inputs from computer, tablet and other video sources, plus two still images stored in internal memory. Two SDI and two HDMI outputs may be assigned to program (PGM), preview (PVW) or auxiliary (AUX) buses. The multiview output displays all six video input sources, two still images and PGM and PVW outputs with audio meters. Three video switching modes are available, enabling the XS-62S to handle a wide range of applications, including presentations, performances and special events, corporate AV conferences and distance learning.
During the last quarter of the 19th century, German-speaking Mennonites from Russia began settling the area around what is now the city of Winkler in southeastern Manitoba, about 75 miles southwest of Winnipeg and a dozen miles north of Cavalier County, North Dakota. Mennonites continued to settle in the area and today constitute the overwhelming majority of the population. To serve this growing congregation, in 1981, Zion Mennonite Church built a new house of worship at Schanzenfeld, a small community a few miles south of Winkler.
The region has continued to grow, and Zion Mennonite Church’s congregation grew apace. To accommodate its increase, the congregation recently expanded its facility and equipped it with a new Renkus-Heinz sound system designed and installed by Golden West Sound Design of nearby Altona.
Tony Award-nominated Sound Designer Nevin Steinberg has created exceptional experiences for audiences of Hamilton, Avenue Q and Monty Python’s Spamalot. On June 13, he will join a lineup of influential storytellers for InfoComm International’s inaugural TIDE conference (Technology. Innovation. Design. Experience.), to be held one day prior to the InfoComm 2017 exposition in Orlando, Florida.
“Sound design is really about storytelling and attention to detail,” said Steinberg. “Our ears connect directly to emotional centers, mood centers, and even centers of peace and quiet. It’s a big part of my job to manage an audience’s expectations and help communicate the way a story gets told through this sensitive human network in the theater. Continuing to exploit advances in audio technology and synchronization while maintaining a direct connection between performers and patrons – that keeps me challenged and excited.”
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When a big-name act comes to town, they’re going to want a big sound – so when heavy metal band, Stryper was scheduled to play at The Liberty in Roswell, New Mexico, recently, John Pennell, owner of Total Productions, turned to FBT to supply a complete front-of-house rig. Thanks to a Mitus 206 line array and four Mitus 218A subs, the band was backed by a powerful system, and blew the audience away.
The Liberty is a popular venue with bands making their way from Texas to Albuquerque on their tours, but it’s also a rental space for private events. With this in mind, Pennell has always had to be mindful of the need for a versatile system. From day to day, staging is resized or removed altogether to accommodate the varying events booked at the venue, which has a standing capacity of 500 people. They currently have their own Mitus 206 line array, but Pennell supplements with additional boxes, as needed.
RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer, today announced a two-way driver for MuxLab’s ProDigital series of AV over IP products. The new driver allows integrators to easily incorporate MuxLab …