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L-ACOUSTICS’ KARA Works the Las Vegas Strip with MGM Resorts

The new KARA rig in action in MGM Hotel/Casino's Sports Book

Touring rig covers events at more than a dozen properties for the hotel/casino chain

LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International techs see it all. Sound system requests can be for a single lavaliere microphone setup for a business meeting in the morning, a DJ-fueled and bikini-filled pool party at lunch, a prize fight weigh-in with a mariachi band in a ballroom in the afternoon, and then a headline act in an arena in the evening. When the biggest chain of mega resorts in the Entertainment Capital of the World needed a new system that was both versatile and stellar sounding, it turned to L-ACOUSTICS and a system based on the compact KARA line of loudspeakers. more

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Boulevard Pro Adds L-ACOUSTICS KARA System to Rental Inventory

Anthony (left) and James Cioffi

RIDGEFIELD PARK, New Jersey — Boulevard Pro, a leading NYC metro area audio systems and backline provider, has been assuring clients of great sound since 1986, when owners Anthony and James Cioffi came off the road as musicians, backing up artists like Gary U.S. Bonds and Mink Deville. It’s where they learned the value of having the right technology products for the markets they were working in, from renting out classic Fender Twin amps that clients of their rehearsal studio business in the 1980s knew to come to them for, to more recently having the in-demand products and systems that their live event and touring customers require. Boulevard Pro’s latest addition to that latter category has been the recent addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA package. more

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Bauder Audio Systems Gives Lorde the Royal Treatment with L-ACOUSTICS K2

Photo credit: Ryan Farber

Sold-out Tower Theater performance sonically reinforced via Certified Provider’s new rig

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania — Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lorde’s sold-out show on March 8 at the 3,119-seat Tower Theater in Philadelphia was the fifth stop on the artist’s month-long first tour of the U.S. It was also the debut performance of the first L-ACOUSTICS K2 line array system in the City of Brotherly Love.

The system, which was recently purchased by Rick Bauder of Horsham-based Bauder Audio Systems, Inc., consisted of 24 K2 line source array modules flown 12 per side, a dozen SB28 subwoofers placed end up and positioned evenly across the face of the stage, and six KARA for front fill. Fifteen LA8 amplified controllers housed in five LA-RAK touring racks delivered the power and loudspeaker processing. more

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Britannia Row Invests In BRITish Console Manufacturer DiGiCo

The 2014 BRIT Awards (photo credit: John Marshall / JM Enternational)

Britannia Row Productions has invested further in DiGiCo consoles with latest SD7 purchase going straight out on the recent MasterCard BRIT Awards

LONDON — Watched by over four million television viewers, the MasterCard BRIT Awards ceremony, held at London’s O2 Arena, was once again hosted by James Cordon and featured performances from Beyoncé, Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys, Rudimental, Lourdes, Bastille and Bruno Mars, plus a medley from Pharrell Williams and Nile Rogers.

“For the first time on the BRITS I specified DiGiCo SD7 consoles for use on Front of house and Monitors,” says Derrick Zieba, audio designer and live sound supervisor for the show. “I had used this console for the first time on the Classic BRITS last year and was amazed by the audio quality, transparency, flexibility and reliability of this board.

“For the BRITS, both the Arctic Monkeys and Bruno Mars requested the WAVES SoundGrid server package, which extended the plug-in capability to allow the artist’s sound to be tailored exactly to their needs.

“Both consoles performed without fault throughout the rehearsals and live performances and I will certainly be spec’ing these consoles on other live multi-band TV shows.”

“We’re delighted to now have virtually the full range of DiGiCo consoles in our inventory,” adds Britannia Row’s Bryan Grant. “The new SD7, our second, went straight out with our first one on the BRITS and our SD5 is currently on tour with Limp Bizkit. We take delivery of our third SD7 and an SD10 at the end of March and have continuing projects throughout the spring and summer for these and the rest of our DiGiCo stock.”

“There’s nothing like a big production with a worldwide audience, manned by a team of people that know how to get the job done right,” concludes DiGiCo managing director James Gordon. “And these are just those people.”

For more information, please visit www.brits.co.uk and www.britanniarow.com.

L-ACOUSTICS K2 Receives First PIPA Award For Best Concert Sound Product

L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle receiving the PIPA award at the ceremony

FRANKFURT, Germany — For the 15th time, more than 100 magazines from all over the world voted to determine the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2013/2014 in more than 40 categories of the MIPA Musikmesse International Press Award. The winners were presented with the awards at a special ceremony and party held during Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound on Thursday, March 13th, 2014.

More than 300 international representatives of musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturers and distributors got together for the 15th MIPA award show, including guests from more than 20 countries, firmly establishing that the MIPA Musikmesse International Press Award is the “Grammy” of the Musical Instrument/Pro Audio industry. To celebrate the 15th MIPA Awards, the PIPA Prolight + Sound Press Award was presented for the first time and L-ACOUSTICS’ K2 received the award in the category of Best Concert Sound product.

L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle, who was representing the French manufacturer at the ceremony, says: “The 250 employees of L-ACOUSTICS are delighted and honored to receive such a distinction for K2. We realize that the international press has echoed the market reaction to this brand new system, which has already distinguished itself during the Winter Olympics ceremonies and counts 60 early adopters worldwide. What better start could we have hoped for for K2?”

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
info@l-acoustics-us.com / www.l-acoustics.com

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Inter-American Development Bank Shares Culture with L-ACOUSTICS

IDB Conference Center's Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

Pershing Technologies specifies KIVA/KILO system at IDB’s Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Headquartered in the heart of the nation’s capitol, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Latin America and Caribbean countries by providing much needed loans, grants, technical assistance and research. In 2005, when the organization first opened the IDB Conference Center at 1330 New York Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., its 500-seat Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium was slated to host films, seminars, lectures, and town hall meetings, so the original PA system was primarily designed to accommodate spoken word and cinema playback.

In 2012, however, the decision was made to better utilize the facility for the presentation of concerts and other cultural events featuring live entertainment by Central and South American artists, musicians, and dancers. more

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Avolites Hosts Free Weekly Training Webinars

Manufacturer offers interactive sessions covering Titan Version 7 and Ai Media Server

LONDON — In an effort to provide the very best product support to its current clients and potential customers, Avolites announces its continuing series of free weekly online training sessions. Hosted from the manufacturer’s worldwide headquarters in London, several one-hour GoToMeeting webinars each Thursday cover various topics related to Avolites and Avolites Media products.

Sessions held at 9:00 a.m. EST every Thursday guide users through the GUI of Avolites’ groundbreaking Ai Media Server. Attendees learn how to navigate the built-in 3D visualizer, import video files and play them back, and adjust these videos by changing color and adding effects, introducing keystone and warps. The informal sessions will also cover video mapping to non-uniform projection surfaces and output to LED screens.

Webinars held one hour later at 10:00 a.m. EST focus on Titan Version 7 and feature the Avolites Titan Simulator, which allows attendees to view every button press made by the trainer, see features and ask questions. The schedule for the remainder of March and April is as follows:

- March 20 – Chases: recording and unfolding chases; using speed masters and tap tempo

- March 27 – Customizing your console: making, editing and deleting workspaces; assigning and recording macros; changing default values, including fixture locate, highlight values and key profiles

- April 3 – Titan overview: console layout, basic programming and operation

- April 10 – Time in programmer, time palettes, using the encoder wheel to set times and the edit times menu

- April 17 – Version 7: set list, show import, reports and the @ key functions

- April 24 – Artnet: using an Artnet to DMX box to expand your universes; using a Titan Net Processor; connecting and assigning lines

“Education is the key to unlocking the creative possibilities of the desk,” says Group One’s Brad White, national sales manager for the Avolites brand. “These free webinars are a great place not only for tapping into expert advice but also for collaborating with other LDs and programmers from all over the world. So sign up to experience Avolites’ world-class training in the comfort of your own home or office, learn new tips and tricks on the Titan software, and maybe even contribute a few yourself.”

White further points out that additional webinar sessions may be added to better accommodate other time zones, such as PST, as demand increases.

Attendance for each webinar is currently limited to 25 people per session and space will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for one or more of the sessions, please visit the “Webinars & UK Masterclasses” link at www.avolites.com.

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DiGiCo Takes the Ice for 2014 NHL Winter Classic, Stadium Series and Heritage Classic

Ron Reaves (left) and Jason Spence at the DiGiCo SD10 console in the NHL Heritage Classic mix room

Ron Reaves chooses SD10 to mix live musical entertainment in outdoor stadiums for broadcast on NBC networks

NEW YORK, NY — This year, for the first time, the National Hockey League (NHL) programmed four regular season games into outdoor venues in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, scheduling the 2014 NHL Stadium Series between the previously established NHL Winter Classic and NHL Heritage Classic series of outdoor games. Tasked with mixing the live musical entertainment at the games in all three NHL series for broadcast on the NBC networks, Ron Reaves called on production provider Clair Nashville to supply a DiGiCo SD10 digital audio mixing console with two SD-Racks. more

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Clearwing Takes KARA and KIVA to the Streets of NYC

The Bacon Brothers on NYC's Super Bowl Boulevard stage featuring Clearwing's L-ACOUSTICS KARA and KIVA enclosures

Week of Super Bowl concerts on Broadway rely on L-ACOUSTICS

NEW YORK CITY — Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee reports that it was hired by the National Football League for three Super Bowl venues, all of which it supported with a full compliment of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers.

The NFL’s official Super Bowl Tailgate party held at the old Meadowlands Racetrack featured American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips, The Band Perry and the cast of Jersey Boys on a brand new K2 rig. The NFL On Location Super Bowl Club featured the Fray and Cyndi Lauper before the game on another K2 system hung at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. However, the real test for Clearwing took place during the entire week prior to the game across the river in Manhattan.

Super Bowl Boulevard took over Broadway between 34th and 47th streets featuring a stage that by day hosted NFL player autograph sessions and by night bands like Blondie, the Bacon Brothers, Michael Cavanaugh and the Café Wha? House Band.

The system had to be compact because, although the stage spanned the Great White Way, emergency vehicle lanes needed to be created on both sides of the street, which kept the stage width down to a rather tight 32 feet. Furthermore, the system had to ground stacked, which made the choice of KARA and KIVA, supported by eight SB18 and a pair of SB28 subs, one that met both the logistical and audio needs.

“Stacking in the downstage corners of the stage, the width of the speakers took up minimal stage space; plus, being able to stack the SB18s directly behind the KARA stacks allowed us to get the bigger sound that a three-way enclosure would provide while still maintaining a small footprint,” says Clearwing’s Steve Harvey, who, along with system tech Trevor Powers, was in charge of the audio for the stage. “We had the SB18s running up to 100Hz for improved low end from bass guitar and drums, and the SB28s in front of the stage added extra lows in the drums and playback elements.”

As if the logistical challenges of an outdoor gig in the middle of Manhattan were not enough, the weather in New York City that week was at times very cold.

“Our semi trucks had to be unloaded at midnight and the show started at noon,” says Harvey. Outdoor temperatures got down to zero Fahrenheit at times. “The amps were turned on at the beginning of the week and stayed on all week. The L-ACOUSTICS gear was solid throughout, however; not a single blip from an LA-RAK — even in these extreme conditions — and the speakers were solid.”

When the bands played, the audio had to cover an area that extended a full city block. That may sound more like a gig for a full-sized K1 rig rather than the relatively diminutive KARA, but it was about coverage — not volume — which is where the KIVA boxes came into play.

“We deployed a pair of KIVAs every 40 feet on each side of the street,” adds Harvey. “There were three sets of delays total, and it was all about coverage and intelligibility. Those delays meant we could hit the very back of the block without thrashing the nine KARA boxes stacked on either side of the stage. It was a tough gig, but the L-ACOUSTICS stuff worked great.”

Clearwing Productions can be found online at www.clearwing.com.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

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DiGiCo Announces 2014 Masters Series Tour Dates

Digital console maker publicizes first five locations of this year’s hands-on training sessions

ATLANTA, Georgia — Having been the digital mixing console choice for many of the world’s top tours and festivals, DiGiCo is certainly no stranger to life on the road. Now, however, the manufacturer is once again poised to take the spotlight on a trek of its very own — the DiGiCo Masters Series Training Tour.

Presented in conjunction with Group One Limited, DiGiCo’s US distributor, the single-day course is designed to provide attendees with plenty of hands-on console time — including multi-track playback to the desk and the ability to mix down to headphones — allowing them to put into practice what they’ve learned throughout the day.

“The idea behind these one-day trainings is to not only give those that attend a great introduction into the DiGiCo mixing environment but also make sure they understand the ins and outs of system configuration and operation,” says Ryan Shelton, sales and support specialist and instructor for Group One. “This is a great opportunity for those interested in what DiGiCo has to offer as a mixing platform as well as those who are familiar with DiGiCo but may simply want to brush up on what’s new.”

DiGiCo’s first two training tour dates of 2014 will take place in Atlanta on March 19 and 20, followed over the next couple of months with stops in St. Louis (April 22, 23), Chicago (April 29, 30), Phoenix (May 13, 14) and Denver (May 20, 21). Additional cities and dates will be announced soon.

Although there is no cost to attend the DiGiCo Masters Series training sessions, reservations are limited to ensure that all attendees are able to spend sufficient time on the desks. Complimentary lunch will also be provided. For more information and to reserve a seat for one of the upcoming dates, please visit DiGiCo’s Masters Series Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/digicomastersseries

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