M3 Supports Gallery of Iconic Guitars


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At M3 technology Group, we love supporting all kinds of different projects for our customers – but we’re excited to share one of the coolest. Belmont University was recently gifted 500 unique guitars and mandolins from collector Steven Shaw, 100 of which will be displayed in the new Gallery of Iconic Guitars (GIG.) The GIG was unveiled this past Tuesday, with County music stars Vince Gill and Ricky Skaggs on hand to open new exhibit. M3 worked on the design, acoustics, and technology integration for the space.

About the room:

“It’s a treasure,” says Doug Howard, dean of Belmont’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. “Our students don’t really know yet the treasure that we have in store for them. The students that come here often are really trained, really competitive, but they want to take it to that next level. It’s hard in life to think about a situation where you’d have an opportunity to check out and play some of the really finest instruments that have ever been made.”

M3 Technology Group Sr. Account Manager, Keith Martin and Project Manager, Dustin Waldrop lead the project for Belmont. Technologies deployed include sound reinforcement and video recording for capturing live performances within the space, as well as ties the post-production suite within the R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center. M3 provided A/V technologies to this robust facility as well in 2015, which includes a 250-seats theater and classrooms, labs, performance spaces, production spaces and research rooms for the music business, motion pictures and media studies programs. For more on this, click here.

To say that the GIG offers an incredible experience to guitar lovers is an understatement. Check out the below video for the kick off performance. To read more about the GIG, including admission information, and to hear a great audio piece from Nashville Public Radio, click here.

AV Apps 21: AV Mogul

Did you know that there is an app that gamifys Audio Visual integration?  AV Mogul by our friend Julio Carrasco, whose face graces the app icon, takes you through the process of designing and installing a corporate board room.  Think of it as Sim People for the AV set.

Julio tells us that there is a new and improved version slated for release this April. We were able to get a sneak peek, and the game steps it up. See the full episode below.

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M3 Attends Recent Schmoozapalooza


Another successful Schmoozapalooza in the books. M3 attended the most recent edition of Knoxville’s premier networking event, and as always, it didn’t disappoint. The M3 booth – staffed by our own David, Angela, and Bob – was busy with visitors from the Knoxville business community throughout the event. Take a look at some of the pictures here, and stay tuned for information on how you can attend the next Schmoozapalooza later this year.

M3 Designs Theatre and Mixing Stage Expansion

We’re excited to share our work at Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business and the R. Milton and Denice Johnson Center, which features a 250-seats theater and classrooms, labs, performance spaces, production spaces and research rooms for the music business, motion pictures and media studies programs. M3 provided design and installation services, utilizing an array of technologies from HARMAN, Dolby and others.

To read more about this project, featured in the news, click here.

M3’s Towne Featured in Commercial Integrator

M3 is pleased to share our own Michael Towne and his son, Griffin, were featured in Commercial Integrator for their involvement in InfoComm’s ICIF program.

From the article:

Griffin Towne spent last summer working at M3 Technology Group and learned about the industry alongside his dad thanks to InfoComm International’s International Communications Industry Foundation (ICIF) program.


M3’s Michael Towne calls the ICIF grant program “a great opportunity to run through the summer. It became not only a great opportunity in terms of resources, but also a good way to bring a young person into the company. It changed the approach and attitude of other people in the office to have them mentoring someone else.”

To read the full article, click here.

M3 Noted as Grant Sponsor for ICIF

M3 is proud to support AV education and the great people behind The International Communications Industries Foundation (ICIF). The ICIF grant program is designed to mentor and engage talented individuals in the AV industry.

This year, M3 is pleased to announce our Grant Sponsor recipient, Griffin Towne. Griffin discovered the AV industry and jumped right in by becoming a Crestron programmer when he was in high school. He loves a challenge and the opportunity to learn new skills – a perfect match for a career in AV. Griffin is set on being an expert, and at this pace, he is well on his way.

To see the rest of the ICIF grant recipients, click here.

#AVApps 17: Portal Proposal Software

Portal is a one stop web software and App that enables you to generate a full system proposal in minutes.  From Equipment to labor and incidentals, you can generate quotes, PO’s and more all with one hand. (Mosey has done this while feeding his newborn recently). Learn more in this new AVNation AV APP Show video, hosted by M3’s own Phillip “HiPhi” Cordell, and featuring Mosey Levy and Victoria Ferrari in a lively dialog about this new application.

M3, Christie Digital, FSR and Listen Technologies make an impact at 2016 AIA Chattanooga Exhibition

M3 Technology Group and partners Christie Digital, FSR and Listen Technologies were prominent exhibitors last week at the 2016 AIA Tennessee Convention, held at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Each year AIATN hosts an annual conventions where over 300 influential architects, firm principals and emerging professionals from the region, who gather to network and learn about innovative products and services. M3 was very pleased to attend this year’s show and present technologies specifically geared toward this professional group.

The greatest draw to the M3 booth was the stunning Christie Digital Velvet Apex LED 4×4 video wall display, powered by the Christie’s Vista Spyder X20 video processor, which presented high-impact, brilliant visuals on its expansive 100” screen. Christie experts were on hand to explain the flexibility, power and applicability of this technology to a very enthusiastic AIA-member audience.

M3 also showcased base-building fixtures and equipment, including the latest in floor box and table-mount cable cubby solutions from FSR, and ADA compliant RF and IR hearing assistance solutions from Listen Technologies. Both of these exhibits demonstrated cost-effective, easy to deploy solutions that are critical components for architects to consider when designing spaces that incorporate communications technologies.

Christie Digital’s LED video wall was a true show stopper, and base-building solutions from FSR and Listen attracted many visitors to the M3 booth. It was tremendous to see these AV technologies embraced by the architectural community at the 2016 AIA Tennessee show. Until next year…We thank everyone who participated in making this show such a great success!

For further information on the show or any of the products displayed, please contact M3Technology Group.