October 2012

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October 2012

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Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc.: Sound System Makes Lollapalooza Smashing

For three evenings in July, more than 45,000 fervent fans gathered at the Lollapalooza festival's Bud Light Stage to hear some of the world's top musical acts: Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne, Avicii, Justice, and Franz Ferdinand. To deliver the music with full impact across the 7.5-acre, grassy quadrangle, Thunder Audio of Livonia, Michigan assembled a massive sound reinforcement system built around 76 Meyer Sound MILO line array loudspeakers.

Lollapalooza producer C3 Presents invited Thunder Audio to bring the MILO rig to Chicago based in large part on the performance of the system at Metallica's Orion Music + More festival, also produced by C3, staged in Atlantic City, New Jersey in June.

Wenger Corporation: Diva Acoustical Shell 'Reborn'

Following its impressive 1995 debut, the newly redesigned Diva full-stage acoustical shell from Wenger Corp. features numerous functional and aesthetic improvements. Handling and set up are now easier with more size and design options available.

One of the first installations of the new Diva shell was at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Texas. Its previous Wenger shell was from 1990.

In addition to headquarters in Owatonna, Minnesota, Wenger Corporation has international distributors. In 2011, Wenger acquired the stage rigging company, J.R. Clancy, Inc., of Syracuse, New York. For more information, contact Wenger at 1-800-4WENGER or visit www.wengercorp.com.

Creative Stage Lighting: Avolites has released TITAN 6

Avolites has released TITAN 6, a new version of the Avolites operating system. Creative Stage Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Avolites and Avolites media in the United States. TITAN is the heart of Avolites lighting control consoles including Pearl Expert, Tiger Touch, TITAN Mobile, and the new Sapphire Touch.

Full release notes and installation instructions can be found on the Avolites website. For more information call 518-251-3302.

ETC: Fixtures Light up Highest Train Station in Europe

One of the world's most spactacular train journies is the one to the Jungfraujoch station in the Swiss Alps. Stunning views from the platform, restaurants and a geological station greet visitors when they finally reach the top. And now, with the help of ETC Selador Desire LED lighting fixtures, a large section of tunnel has been turned into an even more compelling tourist experience.

People now can explore six special attraction areas as part of a new museum-like exhibition; the new Alpine Sensation creates an 800-foot-long experience subway with moving walkways transporting guests on steeper sections. The primary technical challenge for lighting was the site's low air pressure at such an altitude. The solid state Selador Desire D40XT Studio HDs also seamlessly change color temperature to affect the mood of the lighting. The unique surroundings also meant that any lighting fixtures had to be able to acclimate to the Alpine surroundings. The IP66 rating on the Desire XT fixtures certifies they are both water- and dust-tight.

The Alpine Sensation is open year round, and, for the 100th anniversary of the Jungfrau Railway, special excursions are planned. For more information, visit www.jungfrau.ch. For more information on ETC and its products, visit www.etcconnect.com

Daktronics: Provided Automated Rigging Experience

Daktronics gave attendees at the September 9 to 12 PLASA show in London a hands-on opportunity to experience the latest in automated stage rigging technology.

The featured product was the Vortek Classic hoist and the popular Pro Series controller with its three-part cueing capability. On display for the first time at the London PLASA show was the handheld maintenance pendant used during commissioning to verify that the hoist is working correctly.

Stage Technologies: Extend Presence at PLASA

Automation specialist Stage Technologies had a more extensive presence at PLASA 2012 than in recent years. The company presented a seminar at the Professional Development Programme, taking part in two panels at the concurrent Rigging Conference and returning to the show's Hall 1 after several years in Hall 2, to exhibit its products and meet with customers.

For more information visit www.stagetech.com or www.plasashow.com.