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Atlona Introduces AtlonaAdvantage Global Partner Support and Exclusive Premier Club Programs

SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Jan. 2, 2012 — To fulfill the business needs of its dealers and distributors, respond to their daily challenges, and deliver new opportunities to help them build on their success, Atlona(R) today introduced the AtlonaAdvantage Global Partner Support Program. In addition, for select partners, Atlona is taking dealer support to an entirely new level with the exclusive AtlonaAdvantage Premier Club Program. more

No Kinks in Davies Tour Using NEXO 45 N-12 Line Monitors

BUENA PARK, Calif.—NEXO’s new stage monitors have been paired up with one of the UK’s legendary singer-songwriters, founder member of The Kinks. The 45 N-12 line monitors were used for a series of high-profile gigs in the UK and for Davies’s US tour.

Chris Wibberley, monitor engineer for Davies for 11 years, had a chance encounter with NEXO’s new N-12 wedges at last year’s PLASA exhibition which led to a demo, and almost immediately, use of the monitors at the Meltdown (UK) shows at the Royal Festival Hall in London.

“We set up a pair of N-12s to the left and right of Ray,” explains Wibberley. “Of the pair to his left, the outside one is on its own mix, giving a discrete mix to guitarist Bill Shandley, with the remaining three delivering Ray’s mix. When Bill isn’t at the front, I can just mute the mic inputs that go into his mix and use all four wedges to give complete coverage to Ray. The N-12s are so phase coherent that I can flick between the two modes. Because of the way the units’ couple, the N-12s act as a single source. If Ray, by himself, wants more of anything, I can put it into Bill’s wedge. Or I can put it into acoustic mode, turning down Ray’s bits and turning up the Bill bits – any of Ray’s bits that Bill wants to hear will be completely in sync with Ray’s wedges. They sound absolutely fantastic!”

Wibberley is using two NXAMPs to drive the 45 N-12s. “The problem with a lot of wedges is that they can sound too clean and hi-fi. But these have a bark to them. They’re still rock ‘n’ roll but they sound like a wedge doing what it is supposed to do. There are parts of the show where Ray goes off mic and off-axis with his guitar to watch the band. The definite dispersion of the N-12 allows him to step in and out of focus, so when he physically walks out of the zone, I don’t have to turn it down.” Front-of-house engineer, Tristan Mallett, guitarist Bill Shandley, and Davies himself, supports Wibberley’s enthusiasm for the N-12s. “This is the best box that I’ve used on stage, and Ray may agree with that. He certainly got used to them pretty quickly, and he seems very happy – which is unusual!”

For more information on the NEXO 45 N-12 line monitor, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: L to R Tristan Mallett and Chris Wibberley
PHOTO CREDIT: CM Photos

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Iconyx Makes the Grade in Missouri State University’s Carrington Hall

Springfield, MO – January 2012... Carrington Hall was the first building to open its doors on the Missouri State University campus in 1908, and has lived through many incarnations since then. Today Carrington Hall serves as the university’s administration building, and its previously unused, antiquated auditorium has been renovated and modernized.

To better serve the university’s needs, the auditorium has been converted into large multi-purpose classroom, to be used primarily for lectures but also to accommodate feature concerts, films and other special events.

MSU brought in Lenexa, KS-based acoustic and audio visual consultants Coffeen Fricke and Associates to design an audio system for the new multi-purpose classroom. As CFA’s Bob Ledo explains, the building’s stone and concrete architecture created an extremely reverberant environment, albeit a visually interesting one.

“The main seating area is a futuristic looking space designed with linear, angled florescent lighting on the underside of a gigantic cube that makes the large volume space more controllable, but also cuts off the view to the top of proscenium,” says Ledo. The room also features very low under-balcony seating space completely surrounded by concrete.

It proved quite challenging for Coffeen Fricke and Associates to find loudspeakers that would provide proper coverage in the hall’s main seating area as well as to the lower under-balcony seating.

“There was nowhere to put loudspeakers in the main seating area,” says Ledo. “We couldn’t use source clusters because the cube was in the way. Using surface mounted distributed loudspeakers would have been our least costly solution but definitely the least aesthetically appealing.”

The solution was found in the low profile Iconyx system from Renkus-Heinz. “We only needed two loudspeakers, which we shelf-mounted,” Ledo says. “They blend into the environment so well, they’re not recognizable as loudspeakers.”

The new audio system utilizes two self-powered Iconyx IC16-R line arrays located on either side of the stage. The room also utilizes a simple presenter podium with a gooseneck microphone and a wireless lapel mic, all driven by Biamp Audia DSP.

CFA associate John Hodgson used Renkus-Heinz RHAON DSP software to equalize the IC16-Rs. A Biamp Audia also provided very narrow parametric filters for room equalization and narrow banding, a technique CFA has used for many years.

“We were very successful in tuning the Iconyx,” explains Hodgson. “Feedback is a non-issue. We’re able to walk right in front of the Iconyx with a lapel mic, without any feedback.”

Ledo stressed that Carrington Hall’s new audio system is a fairly simplistic one. “Iconyx gave us the pattern control and directionality we needed, as well as satisfying the aesthetic requirements of the space. Everyone is extremely pleased with the results.”

 

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