Martin Audio Announces Special ‘Virtual’ Launch Event

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Martin Audio has announced a Special Event to take place on February 16th, 2021, getting its 50th Anniversary year off to an energetic start. The virtual presentation will provide important updates, including the announcement of major new product and software releases.

Their rationale for a virtual event is that with much of the global tradeshow calendar still in doubt, there are very few opportunities in the near future for in-person collaboration to highlight significant additions to the international pro audio industry’s arsenal.

Audinate Offers Seminar on Adapting Music Education for COVID with Dante During NAMM 2021

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Audinate is offering a free seminar during NAMM 2021 on the topic of “Getting Back to Music Education and Professional Live Performances.” The seminar explores how Dante is enabling many different types of live performances while maintaining social distancing and room occupancy safeguards for all.

Also available is a new overview of the revolutionary Dante AV video-over-IP solution from Audinate, and Level 1 and 2 of the popular Dante Certification Course. That means no matter where you are in the world, and no matter your familiarity with Dante, you can gain valuable training and practical insights on using Dante in real-world, AV-over-IP integrations.

Yamaha Virtual Night of Worship – January 21, 2020

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 Featuring an Intimate and Inspirational Session with Jason Lovins Band and We The Kingdom for “Believe in Music”

Yamaha is combining the powerful message of faith through music with the intimate setting of a prayer service for its annual Night of Worship event, January 21, 2021 during Believe in Music Week.

For the past 11 years, the Yamaha Night of Worship concert has presented inspiring live performances by worship music artists. The 2021 version will deliver the same immersive experience but in an online, interactive and personal format.

Believe in Music Week is the virtual reimagining of the annual NAMM Show, canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The hour-long session will feature music performances by We The Kingdom, named the 2020 New Artist of the Year by the Gospel Music Association, and the acclaimed and popular Jason Lovins Band. The bands will also share their experiences using music to inspire, and Yamaha is offering a live chat feature allowing viewers to interact with the artists and special guests during the livestream.

“This year’s event will deliver the best of contemporary worship music artistry, featuring We The Kingdom, an exciting newcomer on the music scene, and Jason Lovins, a beloved recording and touring artist with an incredibly inspirational story,” said nine-time Emmy award-winning producer Chris Gero, chief artist relations executive, Yamaha Artist Relations Group/Yamaha Entertainment Group. “The online and interactive format will allow the viewers to get up close and personal with these artists and establish a deeper connection with their messages of faith through music.”

Night of Worship will stream on January 21, 2021, from 4 to 5 pm PST. The event can be viewed on the Believe in Music “Artist TV Channel,” and viewers must first register for Believe in Music at https://attend.believeinmusic.tv.

A separate registration for Night of Worship is not required.

Vanco Acquires Child Care Software Firm Smartcare

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Vanco, a leading provider of technology and payment solutions for the education, faith-based and nonprofit sectors, has acquired Smartcare, a growing provider of software for child care centers.

Founded in 1998, Vanco helps more than 40,000 churches, faith-based groups, nonprofits, schools and educational organizations to simplify administrative processes, organize events and securely manage participant relationships.

Smartcare was established in 2014 by a team dedicated to solving the challenges facing managers and owners of child care centers every day — from tracking attendance and accounts receivable to communicating securely and effectively with parents. Smartcare filled a gap in the industry by building a native cloud platform to offer modern software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology that is now used by more than 2,000 child care centers, from single locations to national operations.

Brian Dowd Joins A.C. Lighting Inc. as Sales Representative for Southeastern USA

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A.C. Lighting Inc., distributor of world-class lighting and rigging technologies, is pleased to announce the appointment of Brian Dowd, a well-respected veteran in our industry, to the position of Sales Representative, Southeastern USA.

Brian brings over 30 years of experience and a proven track record of success in the Pro-Lighting industry, working in senior positions for leading companies including, GLP, A.C.T. Lighting, and TMB.

IMS Technology Services Strengthens Managed Services Layer with SyncPro CloudOS Platform

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SyncPro announces that IMS Technology Services (IMS) has joined its growing AV community of CloudOS-connected integrators. Leveraging SyncPro’s managed services platform, IMS can now remotely monitor and troubleshoot its commercial AV installations, strengthening its value proposition for end users.

Based near Philadelphia, IMS often monitors the health and performance of its AV projects post-installation. In addition to standard troubleshooting and diagnostics, IMS monitors how often and when equipment is used to determine when systems should be replaced, upgraded or scaled. Importantly, the CloudOS platform will greatly extend IMS’ reach across a client’s AV ecosystem, instead of limiting access to specific components as before.

Lectrosonics Sponsors Sound is Essential Contest

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Lectrosonics, together with a number of dealers, industry manufacturers and end users, has been spearheading a social media campaign for the last few weeks, Sound is Essential, to emphasize that no matter the medium, sound is critical. Without sound, stories and messages are lost to the viewers, audiences, or congregations. Alongside the campaign, Lectrosonics is sponsoring the Sound is Essential creativity contest, where users can upload videos to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and tag them with #lectrosonics and #soundisessential. The deadline to enter the contest is January 31, 2021.

The Sound is Essential videos should be short, creative, and focused on demonstrating the importance of sound. For instance, with the sound of the video absent altogether, viewers will likely wonder “what went wrong” at first, while they try to figure out why they can’t hear anything. This content may be in the form of product introductions, instructional videos, tips and tricks, videos, and the like.

dbTechnologies – EAW For Distribution Partnership

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By distributing each other’s products in their home regions EAW and dBTechnologies will better serve their customers and position themselves for growth into 2021.

“The dBTechnologies and EAW brands offer exceptional innovation and value to their customers and deserve the best chance to grow globally. A lack of unified distribution in Europe has held EAW back here for years and the star power of EAW will be a big part in lifting the image of dB in the US, exposing the brand to even more customers.” – Arturo Vicari RCF Group [RCF Group CEO)

L-Acoustics Announces Support Initiatives for Industry and Partners

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Closing out a year that will surely be remembered as the most disrupting for the live sound industry, L-Acoustics announces three new initiatives to help industry colleagues, partners, and clients. Recognizing the impact the COVID crisis had on live event production companies and venues, which remained idle most of the year, L-Acoustics announces a one-year extension of its five-year product warranty. The warranty extension is automatic and applicable to all products still covered under the manufacturer’s warranty as of January 1, 2020.

In addition, following a global survey and roundtable with Certified Providers conducted in the fall, L-Acoustics notified its network of amendments to the company’s commercial terms for 2021. Adapting its discount structure to reflect the network partners’ lower expected turnover, L-Acoustics strives to help them regain their footing more rapidly in the coming year and maintain competitive access to product and support from the manufacturer.

DPA MICROPHONES CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS WITH 14th ANNUAL “CHRISTMAS AT DEPAUL” SPECTACULAR

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DePaul University, the largest Catholic university in the United States, recently presented its 14th annual “Christmas at DePaul” holiday celebration as a virtual event. Long before the semester began, the school’s administration knew it would need to make some big changes if the Christmas show was to safely go on during these unprecedented times. With some ingenuity and an assist from DPA Microphones, the school found a way to host the event virtually.

Leading into the school year, DePaul University’s Director of Operations & Events, Melissa Grady, knew it was going to be hard to gauge what would be possible in a COVID world. “We had to make the call very early that we were not going to have an in-person event this year,” she says. “The show’s artistic director, Tony Peluso, and production manager, Jamie Davis, both alumni of DePaul, worked closely with the university to create a plan that would allow us to pre-record our show. While the show looks different than it has in the past, we were still able to use the exceptional talents of our students, faculty, staff and alumni while following COVID protocols to make Christmas at DePaul a reality this year.” Dan Steinman, one of the professors in the University Sound Recording Technology Department, was instrumental in making the show a success.