Welcome to the Cantara Blog

Welcome to the Cantara Blog. Here we’ll post and discuss topics that relate to A/V, Cinema and Control System technology that we find interesting or important. We live and breathe this technology, so we’re always thinking, seeing or working on something interesting and cutting edge.


Cantara Wins for “Amazing Application”


Cantara was honored to be awarded the Silver award for Electronic House's Home of the Year 2012 Award in the "Amazing Application" category. This category features the most unique and outside-the-box projects imagined and built in the past year. Cantara's Blue Room dance club project was the recipient of the award. The project features an incredible mix of professional stage lighting fixtures, custom lighting cue programming, fog machines, and a seat pounding QSC professional audio system. The name "Blue Room" was given because one of the walls is actually a 3" thick plexiglass partition between the dance club and the home's 8 person spa, which has its own lighting effects that change color to the music.

Cantara Wins Best Theater 2012


Cantara is proud to have been awarded Electronic House's 2012 "Best Home Theater - Gold" award in their annual Home of the Year awards. View the project's case study here. Continue reading “Cantara Wins Best Theater 2012” »

Wall Street Journal Explores Private Screening Rooms


Here's a great article from The Wall Street Journal on Hollywood's Private Screening Rooms: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204520204577249423718181572.html We define a Private Screening Room as a high performance room that is typically used to view day-of-release movies, and is capable of playing 35mm and digital content for individuals working inside the filmmaking industry. Owners of these rooms view their screening room as "offices" in addition to being a luxury home theater. They're focus is on evaluating films, and staying current on the latest release. Of course Lakers games and The Oscars get their time on the big screen too. Typically, the A/V design follows commercial cinema design and installation techniques, using the same equipment and personnel that are employed by the studio to construct mixing studios and screening rooms on studio lots. This can have positive and negative outcomes compared to rooms that we label "Private Cinemas."