New RTI 4K Video Over IP Platform Enables Seamless Control Integration

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RTI, a leading control and automation manufacturer, today announced a new Video over IP (VIP) platform that allows integrators to distribute 4K UHD video over a 1GB network switch. This exceptionally flexible system can be installed in minutes, scaled to a virtually unlimited number of endpoints, and controlled natively within the RTI control environment. For the user, everything in the system is conveniently displayed on an RTI touchpanel, remote, or mobile device with video preview, making it easy to align any source with any display.

“Our new VIP platform allows integrators to take advantage of existing network infrastructure to cost-effectively distribute crystal-clear video to displays across installations of any size,” said RTI Director of AV Product Management, Neal Ellsworth. “We’ve designed it so that integrators can deliver the benefits of Video over IP without the need for a deep understanding of networking or the need to manually assign IP addresses. It’s fully integrated into the RTI Integration Designer APEX programming and configuration platform, so all endpoints auto-discover and configure. This saves time on every installation.”

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.

Luxul Delivers Installation Flexibility With New Five-Port PoE+ Powered Gigabit Switch

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Luxul, the leading innovator of IP networking solutions, today introduced a new five-port PoE+ powered Gigabit switch with PoE pass-through. For installation flexibility, the SW-100-05PD is powered by a PoE+ switch or injector — eliminating the need for a power supply — and offers multiple mounting options.

The SW-100-05PD features a dedicated PoE+ input port, a pass-through Gigabit PoE port capable of powering a PoE/802.11af device up to 15 Watts — such as an IP camera, control system interface, or AV-over-IP receiver — and four additional non-PoE Gigabit. The unit offers a durable metal enclosure and includes attachable rubber feet for desktop mounting, mounting wings with keyhole features for surface mounting, and magnetic feet for easy mounting to metal surfaces.

Christmas Under The Stars is a Stellar Success with L-Acoustics

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Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV), a non-denominational Christian church located in and around Phoenix, likes to do things in a big way. Founded in 1982, CCV was able to raise over $1 million in a single day back in 1996 to purchase 50 acres in the northwest suburb of Peoria where it would build its main 3,000-seat campus, the first of what are now ten worship locations, and soon to be an even dozen in 2021.

When it came to its annual Christmastime event for 2020, the church wasn’t about to let COVID-19 permanently halt the production. Instead, it produced Christmas Under The Stars outdoors and safely spaced at all of its campuses over six nights during the holiday. Enjoyed by an estimated 50,000 people, each campus had fantastic sound thanks to the deployment of an astounding 210 L-Acoustics loudspeaker enclosures and components provided by the Phoenix office of Clearwing Productions.

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.

Lawo Special Event: Next-Generation Lawo Audio Console Core and Most Compact mc² Mixing Console Unveiled

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In a highly-anticipated debut streamed live from the Jazz Club Karlsruhe, just a few minutes from Lawo headquarters in Rastatt, Germany, the company today unveiled two bright new stars in the Lawo mixing universe: the Phase II of its incredibly powerful A__UHD Core audio engine, and the next generation of Lawo’s most compact, feature-filled all-in-one mixer: the mc²36 audio production console. 

Both products are designed to deliver maximum output using minimal space, weight and power requirements. The native-IP A__UHD Core just became Lawo’s new console core for mc² consoles and takes a decisive lead in processing power per cubic centimeter by delivering an astounding 1,024 channels of mc²-quality audio processing in just 1RU, while dramatically cutting power consumption — performance that previously required 5x the power and 10x the rack space. The new mc²36 mixer raises the audio production bar by more than doubling the DSP channel count of the original, as well as introducing an ultra-compact 16-fader version that delivers big performance in the smallest mc² footprint ever. And a major new feature, IP Easy, makes managing IP network devices simpler and more intuitive than ever before.

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.”

Keep Both Feet on The Ground with Chroma-Q’s Pole Operated Pan & Tilt Yoke

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Chroma-Q® is excited to announce the launch of a brand-new Pole Operated Pan & Tilt Yoke accessory for their Space Force Octo™ and Space Force onebytwo™ fixtures.

Over the past few months Chroma-Q has seen a large increase in demand from their film and TV customers, specifically for their Space Force range of fixtures.

“The development and launch of this new accessory came about due to customer demand. We are delighted to be able to give our customers what they want and endeavour to respond to their needs to ensure our products tick all the boxes.” Commented Chroma-Q’s Global Brand Manager, Paul Pelletier.