L-Acoustics K, A, and X Series Bring Clarity to the Spoken Word at BYU-Idaho Center

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The BYU-Idaho Center, on the western edge of Brigham Young University-Idaho’s Rexburg campus, is an architectural marvel. Dedicated in December 2010 after three years of construction, the “I-Center” is a 435,000-square-foot facility combining two distinct gathering places: a large athletics center equipped with ten multi-use sporting courts and a 15,000-seat auditorium used for student devotionals, ecclesiastical meetings, graduation exercises, and select artistic and cultural events. Recently, the auditorium became more intimate sounding when an L-Acoustics loudspeaker system was installed by Clearwing Systems Integration.

The fan-shaped venue with its 7,500-square-foot stage is one of the largest production theaters in North America, offering only 6,000 fewer seats than its sister facility, the LDS Conference Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Familiar with L-Acoustics loudspeakers installed at other LDS facilities—including the Conference Center, Salt Lake Temple, and Provo’s BYU Marriott Center—BYU-Idaho called on L-Acoustics House of Worship Application Manager Josh Maichele to conduct a product demo in its auditorium. L-Acoustics Certified Provider (CPi) Clearwing Systems Integration had both the inventory and available personnel to assist and was committed to investing the time to fine-tune the demo system to ensure that it would be optimized for the space.

Roland Partners with Australia’s JMC Academy

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Roland, the world-leading electronic musical instrument, music software, and professional video products creator, and JMC Academy, Australia’s leading Creative Industries institution, are proud to announce a partnership that will see Roland Cloud, Roland’s evolving cloud-based platform offering more than 50 authentic Roland software synthesizers and sound libraries, integrated across JMC Academy campuses, starting in September 2021.

With three campuses in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, and over 2,000 students each year, JMC Academy offers courses including audio engineering and sound production, music production, and songwriting, among others. To support JMC Academy’s mission of ensuring the highest quality of education for its students, Roland is giving students access to the full suite of Roland Cloud instruments. These include software versions of legendary synths like JUPITER-8 and JUNO-106, classic rhythm machines such as the TR-808, TR-909 and TR-606, and the music creation app Zenbeats. Additionally, Roland’s ZEN-Core Synthesis System will allow students to program sound contents in the ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer and move those sounds around a selection of ZEN-Core hardware products such as the latest FANTOM workstations and popular GROOVEBOX models like the MC-707 and MC-101.

David Johnson Joins ACT Entertainment in New Post of Senior Vice President Sales

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ACT Entertainment, the new entity formed by the ACT Lighting, RapcoHorizon and AC Power Distribution brands, announces the appointment of David Johnson to the new post of Senior Vice President Sales. Johnson is well known for managing the Live Design International (LDI) franchise.

“When we rebranded as ACT Entertainment, it was clear that we needed strong leadership in the sales department to bring all our world-class sales forces together across the organization and ensure their continued success and the high level of customer service for which we’re known,” says Ben Saltzman, CEO of ACT Entertainment. “David has 30 years’ experience in the industry and is a proven team leader. He’s well liked and has a broad knowledge of all the disciplines in which ACT Entertainment operates in. He knows the business front-to-back and side-to-side and understands the playing field in all its dimensions.”

Renkus-Heinz Partners with Seapower Technology to Strengthen Presence in Taiwan

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Seapower Technology, expert agents of audio technology, concepts, knowledge and experience with a focus on providing high-quality audio brands to AV professionals, has partnered with Renkus-Heinz to strengthen the company’s impressive array of loudspeaker offerings in the Taiwan market.

“We are very happy about this Strategic Partnership with Seapower, a highly recognized company that is excited and passionate about high quality audio solutions,” said Karan Kathuria, Director -Sales and Business Development. “We are sure this collaboration will enable the best support, education, and training for end-users, integrators, and system designers across various business verticals in Taiwan.”

Discover All the Advantages of IP-Rated Lighting on Elation July 29th Coffee Break

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As lighting professionals the world over increasingly discover the benefits of IP-rated lighting, Alistair Smyth and Frederik Afif will use the July 29th Elation Coffee Break to talk about environmental protection beyond water and moisture, and reveal some of the tips and tricks pros can use to get the most out of their ingress protected luminaires.

With Elation offering the market’s leading line of IP65-rated luminaires, and the Proteus range now synonymous with weatherproof lighting, there’s no more qualified team to present an IP65 special. Join Alistair and Frederik as they provide tips for weathering temporary outdoor installations such as festivals, while covering topics like marine grade coating, sun protection mode, and IP testing gear. And remember, sealed IP-rated lighting keeps out particulates like dust, sand and grime and has a host of benefits for indoor use as well.

Biamp Announces 2021 Charitable Grant Recipients

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Biamp today announced three winners of its 2021 Charitable Grant Program, which recognizes organizations that share Biamp’s vision for using audiovisual technology and engineering to enhance the lives of those around us. The 2021 winners are the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls, Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington, and the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation. Selected by Biamp’s charitable leadership committee, each organization will receive a $7,000 to $10,000 grant in support of their efforts to enrich the communities in which we work, live, and play.

“Our mission is to connect people through extraordinary experiences, not only in the AV industry but throughout our communities as well, and I’m incredibly proud to partner with and support organizations that share this vision,” said Rashid Skaf, Biamp President, CEO, and co-Chairman. “Each of our grant winners is making an impact in local and underserved communities and helping to connect people through the power of audiovisual technology. We look forward to being a part of their continued growth.”

Navori Labs Celebrated by Two Leading AV Industry Publications for Innovative AI-Driven Solutions

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Navori Labs, a pioneer and global industry leader in digital signage software, has been recognized by two industry-leading publications for innovative solutions powered by the company’s AI technology advances. AV Technology magazine has awarded its 2021 Best in Market Award to Navori’s Aquaji AI-driven marketing analytics software, while Commercial Integrator named the company’s QL Access Control – which enables retailers and public spaces to monitor and secure entry and exit traffic – as the 2021 BEST (Best Electronics Systems Technologies) Award winner for Digital Signage Software.

Aquaji is AI-driven marketing analytics software for brick-and-mortar stores, restaurants, shopping malls, and digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising. It counts unique visitors and gathers data on demographics, length of stay, wait time, and attention span KPIs over segmented time slots. Offering a complete omnichannel marketing approach, Aquaji helps businesses understand consumer habits and profiles and creates new opportunities for growth through stronger visitor engagement, all while building a smarter, more comprehensive business intelligence ecosystem.

Visix Chooses Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and Freshdesk for Better Customer Experience

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Visix, Inc. has chosen Microsoft Azure Cloud Services for its second-generation cloud platform, which will be released later in Q3 2021. The company has also launched a new client support portal powered by Freshdesk. Both platforms are being adopted to provide a better customer experience for Visix clients.

“We looked at Amazon AWS and Google Cloud, but ultimately, Azure offers the level of platform integration and scalability that our clients need for their digital signage systems,” said Sean Matthews, president and CEO of Visix.

Microphone Techniques for Live Vocalists

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When you are ready to take the stage as a vocalist, it’s important to know how to work with a microphone to enhance the sound of your most precious instrument – your voice! In this webinar, vocal coach Matt Ramsey and Shure Market Development Lead, Laura Davidson will offer tips and tricks on how to approach singing through a mic on stage and how to avoid common pitfalls singers often face when performing live. Matt will also demonstrate these tips in real-time, so come ready to watch, listen and learn.

Event Info
The online event will take place on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm CDT.

Fulcrum Acoustic Appoints Ligra as Distributor for Italy

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Fulcrum Acoustic, creators of innovative professional loudspeaker technologies, has appointed Ligra DS S.r.l as their distributor for Italy. Ligra is the latest in a rapidly growing list of international distributors supporting Fulcrum Acoustic as demand increases for their proprietary audio solutions.

“Like Fulcrum Acoustic, Ligra is a rapidly growing company,” says Gianluigi Cravedi, Ligra’s CEO. “We have been looking for innovative loudspeaker technologies to offer to our customers. Fulcrum’s unique blend of technology and performance provides the type of solutions that we were seeking.”