Leasing Makes Cents

By Cory’s Audio-Visual Many businesses face large expenses and limited choices when needing essential audiovisual production equipment and technology. Whether your business is adding live music capabilities, streaming services or needs a technology facelift, it doesn’t have to keep you sitting on the fence long. There are options with financial advantages. However, one option makes […]

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Equipment Requests

Ah, September. Back to school, and, for many of my clients who are coming home from the Hamptons, back to work. For AV rental companies, in most parts of the country, business will be picking up again as their clients return to meetings. And for many of us it will be time to plan for […]

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L-Acoustics Certifies Encompass Event Group as a Rental Network Partner

Denver-based Encompass Event Group, a full-line production rental provider based in Colorado, has now been certified as an L-Acoustics Rental Network Partner. Shortly after receiving that certification, the sound reinforcement company deployed a large L-Acoustics K2 system at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, which saw President Donald Trump […]

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Upstage Video Debuts 8-Foot Wide LED Package for Rental Applications

Upstage Video today debuted the EZ LED, aimed at rental LED applications. The self-contained LED features a 5×8-foot, 2.6-millimeter pixel pitch LED screen that can be elevated up to 11 feet in the air. The screen is mounted inside a steel-constructed container on wheel thus, set-up takes about 15 minutes and it’s preconfigured with an […]

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Gig Gear Debuts New Health & Safety Training Initiative for AV Techs

Gig Gear LLC, the accessories company for AV techs, roadies and live event production professionals, has launched a new personal health and safety training initiative “Safe and Sound.” As the manufacturer of Gig Gloves, work gloves designed to protect the hands of AV techs and live event pros, the company saw the need to create […]

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GLP Releases Impression E350 LED Moving Head

GLP has officially launched the impression E350 LED moving head, a new companion to its impression S350. With an LED engine, the fixture will find any type of showcase event or installation with dynamic, articulated lighting as the centerpiece. GLP says it offers flicker free operation, with smooth electronic dimming from 0-100 percent, multiple dimming […]

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Flex Rental Solutions Announces New Gear Tracking Product

Flex Rental Solutions announced today that it will be launching a special edition of its flagship product. Flex Gear Tracking Solution (Flex GTS) was created exclusively for companies and organizations that need to track their physical assets and materials — but not their sales, finances or crew. Flex GTS harnesses the powerful functionality of Flex’s […]

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Rentman to Demo Its Cloud Rental Management Software at InfoComm

After recently passing the milestone of 1.000 global customers, Dutch-based Rentman, with its cloud-based rental management system, will make its U.S. debut at InfoComm 2018 in Las Vegas next month. This is an all-in-one solution that enables users to optimize their project management, inventory tracking and labor scheduling. At InfoComm, Rentman will also present its […]

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Second Warehouse Wants to Reinvent Pro AV Cross-Rental

Second Warehouse, founded by touring engineer and industry veteran Stuart Kerrison, is a new web-based service that will change the essential but time-consuming and costly activity of equipment cross-rental. Rental companies of all sizes will be able to trade with one another in what Second Warehouse says is a safe, fast, monitored and cost-effective environment. […]

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Inventory for Collaboration in the Rental Market

Last month, we talked about the market’s trend toward collaborative meetings and how that will presumably affect the rental and staging company and its employees. I thought then, and I still do, that the most important aspect of this change was one of familiarizing our employees with the concepts and techniques of collaborative meetings. This […]

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All the World’s a Stage

Last month, we talked about rental companies that grew out of audiovisual sales companies. As I pointed out, there are a number of differences between the personnel and equipment required for rental and those required for sales and demonstrations. There is, of course, another kind of specialized rental company which in the industry we refer […]

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Unified Everything: Part 2

Last month, we considered the idea that it isn’t just the disciplines of IT and AV that are converging, but that the tools and components of both disciplines are combining in many AV shows or installations. This earned me some criticism about the way I had misused the term “convergence” (much of it from another […]

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Unified Everything?

As some of you will know, I recently attended ISE 2014 in Amsterdam with the rAVe team. We spent a very long week seeing and documenting the entire show, and afterward Gary and I reported on what we thought the major news and themes of the show were. Gary and I (as usual) had somewhat […]

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Open Up!

The world of commercial audio visual, the world of shows and installations, is a world that is increasingly multilingual. But it’s not just the languages that we people speak — it’s happening in our inventory as well. Think about this: Only twenty years ago, virtually all AV equipment was controlled through switches or relay closures, […]

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