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.

Visix Wins DIGI Award for Best Digital Signage Product Innovation

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Visix, Inc. has been awarded a 2021 DIGI Award for their Voice Recognizer Widget for AxisTV Signage Suite in the category of Best Digital Signage Product: Innovation. The DIGI Awards recognize the best digital signage applications and the most innovative new products for the digital signage market.

“Continual innovation is one of our core values,” says Debbie DeWitt, marketing communications manager for Visix. “We started working with voice user interface for custom projects in 2019. With the arrival of COVID-19, it’s more important than ever to provide safe interactive experiences for all of our digital signage clients. We’re thrilled to receive this award and extremely proud of our development team for driving this feature to market so quickly.”

DPA Microphones Hit the Road With Zach Williams for the “Drive-In Theater Tour”

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Zach Williams was out on a solo, headlining tour when the COVID pandemic began to peak. Though the remaining shows for the year were cancelled, Williams still yearned for the live stage and delivering his gift of song to fans. The Christian country/rock star, together with Big Daddy Weave, organized the “Drive-In Theater Tour.” Though social distancing protocols required smaller crews, which also meant less gear on stage, Williams’ FOH and monitor engineers were in agreement that the DPA d:facto and 2028 Vocal Microphones were essential to the performances.

“We had one 20×24 SL100 mobile stage, definitely smaller than what we’re used to, and all of the attendees would park and stay in or near their car,” explains Carson Brannock, monitor engineer for Zach Williams. “I didn’t even realize there were this many drive-in theaters still operating in the country, but we did about 30 separate tour stops. From an operational perspective, the biggest difference on our end was that we didn’t advance any local stagehands in order to keep the crew consistent throughout. No one was allowed backstage, not even family, so we did everything on our own. It was a bit of an adjustment, but we got into a flow that worked fairly well. It was definitely different than the normal setup and atmosphere than we’re used to, but it was really cool.”

MARSHALL ELECTRONICS CV506 INCLUDED AS ESSENTIAL FOR 5 WORDS MEDIA’S #FREECHURCHAV CONTEST

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5 Words Media (5WM), an AV and lighting integrator based in Phoenix with offices located in Austin and San Diego, recently embarked on its #FreeChurchAV contest as a way to give back to the HOW industry. The contest, which garnered over 580 entrants, had an impressive prize package ̶ a brand new state-of-the-art AV system, which included three CV506 Full-HD Miniature Cameras from Marshall Electronics.

“The #FreeChurchAV contest was conceived by our team internally when we were looking for a way to give back to the church community that has been so good to us as a company,” says Daniel Gourley, 5 Words Media Owner/Design Principle. “We are a Christian-based company and #FreeChurchAV was a great way to provide value to a church in need of an equipment upgrade.”

TC Furlong Answers How Loud is Loud with TREND Webinar November 17

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How loud is loud? This is often a difficult question to answer. While perceived loudness is subjective, Sound Pressure Level (SPL) measurements are critical in order to maintain consistency and safety in any given space or performance.

TC Furlong Inc. of Lake Forest, IL is hosting a webinar with industry colleague Chris Gille on November 17th to discuss the TREND SPL reporting software. TREND is an objective, easy-to-use tool that eliminates the difficult task of guessing at sound pressure levels by providing a simple, real-time, and intuitive readout of SPL.

Atlona Launches New AV Training Certifications for Educational Technologists and Designers

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As the convergence of AV and IT technologies continues to sweep across higher education and K-12 facilities worldwide, Atlona – a Panduit company – is introducing two new training pathways to strengthen AV understanding for instructional technologists and systems designers within educational institutions. The AV Education Technician certification sets learners up for success when installing modern AV solutions in educational environments, while the AV Education Designer certification delivers similar benefits for those tasked with planning and designing AV systems for educational applications.

“Today’s educational institutions frequently handle their own AV planning, design, and deployment, and require training resources that align with their distinct needs,” said Roger Takacs, Strategic Account Manager at Atlona, who is spearheading the company’s initiatives in the education vertical market. “Our new training certifications for educational technologists and designers combine the relevant core components of our existing, proven courseware with new content specifically developed around the needs of universities, colleges, and K-12 schools.”

Point Source Audio Announce New Market Development Manager

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Point Source Audio has named Mac Johnson as its Market Development Manager. Previously, Johnson toured as a Production Sound Engineer on a variety of Broadway productions, as well as working as a sound designer for theatrical productions, music festivals and corporate events.

With 30+ years of experience in the professional audio industry, Johnson understands where the sound starts and how to capture it. As well as being a mixer and designer, he is also a performer and knows how microphones are an extension of an artist’s instrument. Prior to joining Point Source Audio, Johnson was the managing partner of an event production company in Charleston, SC and became an integral part of Meyer Sound’s team in 2007, where he spent 13+ years working in various roles across multiple departments, markets segments and all sales regions.

StreamGear Wins 2020 NAB Show Product of the Year Award for VidiMo Go Live Streaming Production Solution

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Streaming solutions innovator StreamGear Inc. has been honored as the winner of a 2020 NAB Show Product of the Year Award for the company’s smartphone-empowered VidiMo Go handheld, live video production system. Now in their second year, the official NAB Show Product of the Year Awards recognize the industry’s most significant and promising new products and technologies. This year’s winners were announced earlier this week during the NAB Show New York digital experience.

The VidiMo Go hardware-and-app combination turns a smartphone and HDMI video source (such as a camera) into a full-featured, virtual production and streaming studio. Enabling a single operator to produce multi-source, television-style shows, VidiMo – short for Video director on Mobile – offers an easier way for video professionals and enthusiasts to create and stream engaging, high-quality, live productions.

ADAPTive Systems Level 1 Training

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EAW’s Online ADAPTive Systems Level 1 Training is now eligible to earn you CTS credits.

Watch 6 short videos and take the certification test. Once submitted, your answers will be evaluated by a member of our training team and the results will be emailed to you. If you pass, you will receive both an EAW Level 1 certificate and an AVIXA certificate verifying you earned .75 CTS credits.