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ASHLY AUDIO ADMITTED TO WEST POINT

usmaps_exterior.JPGWEST POINT, NEW YORK: The United States Military Academy Prep School (USMAPS) provides critical academic training to promising students who aspire to be admitted to the US Army’s prestigious West Point Military Academy. Although the core institution of USMAPS has been around for nearly a century at various locations throughout the country, only recently did it commit to new construction in the town of West Point, New York, adjacent to the military academy. A multi-purpose lecture hall/ auditorium is the largest room in the new building (excepting sports-related facilities) and seats approx. 325 students. USMAPS hired New York-based Pro Sound Associates to integrate the room’s audio and video components, many of which were already purchased. Company owner Dominick Campana relied on an Ashly ne24.24M modular processor to tie the disparate pieces together in a way that would be reliable and easy for the school’s more

DANLEY DIALS IN STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND AT KELOWNA CHRISTIAN CENTRE

kelowna_christiancentre_outside.JPGKELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: Kelowna Christian Centre (KCC) in Kelowna, British Columbia is many things to many people. It is a contemporary, charismatic church with services that feature a full band, high-energy worship, multi-media presentations, dramatic performances, and dance. It is also a school: kindergarten through twelfth grade for attending students and the largest online school in British Columbia for remote students. Finally, by hosting numerous special events and conferences throughout the year, it is a hub of community life. KCC’s flexible, decade-old sanctuary is heavily used by the church and the school, and also for events, but until recently its multi-media infrastructure and sound reinforcement were outdated and approaching haphazard. Local A/V integrator AVcom Technical Productions designed and installed a new state-of-the-art A/V system centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

The original installation had its share of problems from the more

ASHLY AUDIO DELIVERS MULTIPLE LAYERS OF CONTROL IN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

greekorthodox_church.JPGROSELAND, NEW JERSEY: Saints Nicholas Constantine and Helen (SNCH) Greek Orthodox Church recently completed construction of a beautiful and inspiring new building in Roseland, New Jersey. Although orthodox in religious doctrine, SNCH was open to incorporating cutting-edge technologies in order to maximize the impact of its services and events. Audio Incorporated of nearby Roselle Park, New Jersey designed and installed a sound reinforcement system centered on Ashly Audio that accommodates three simultaneous methods of control: Ashly WR Series wall mounted remotes, wireless iPad control via a Crestron interface, and Ashly’s new FR-16 network fader remote. Via a single Ethernet cable, the affordable Ashly FR-16 provides a bank of faders and push buttons that the integrator can assign to any function inside an Ashly processor.

“Our design started with Ashly’s ne24.24M signal processor,” explained Mike Sinclair, president and owner of Audio Incorporated. “The reliability more

API 1608 IS CHOICE OF THE “S.T.R.Z.”

strz.JPGHOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA: Though founded just three years ago, S.T.R.Z. Enterprises is certainly not lacking in talent, experience, clientele or equipment. In fact, among the three producers/songwriters/engineers at S.T.R.Z. – Nick Gross, Mike Riley and Anthony Vasquez – previous credits include work with Common, Ke$ha, Marilyn Manson and Gavin Rossdale. When S.T.R.Z. Enterprises decided to open its own studio space, the three business partners knew that an API 1608 was exactly what the facility needed.

“It’s an all-around beautiful desk,” said Gross, who is also the drummer for rock band Open Air Stereo. “It’s easily maintained, a breeze to use, sounds killer, and looks great – not to mention how reasonably priced it is,” he said. “We have a few Neves and Chandlers for variation, but the 1608 is the heart of the room and we couldn’t be happier with how it’s working for more

THE KILLS LIVE WITH METRIC HALO

philip_harvey.JPGSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: When The Kills went on a tidy fifteen-show tour of North America in support of Blood Pressures (Domino Records), culminating in their ten year anniversary show in New York City, they brought along trusted FOH and recording engineer Philip Harvey (Modest Mouse, White Stripes). In addition to delivering the tuneful and carefully-crafted lo-fi of The Kills to the fans who flocked to see the duo in the flesh, Harvey was also charged with the task of recording the shows. On loan from the Amsterdam Recording Company, where he serves as head engineer, Harvey crossed the ocean with his trusted Metric Halo interfaces and the confidence that they would capture the musical soul of the band’s performance night after night.

Harvey was introduced to Metric Halo gear and software during his seven-year tenure as the FOH engineer with Medeski Martin & Wood. “It was around 2000 when the folks from Metric Halo approached the band,” he explained. “They showed me the Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882, which was their top-of-the-line interface at the time. I was amazed to learn that I could reliably record twenty-four tracks with my Macintosh G3 laptop and three 2882s. The thing had something like 256 MB of RAM, and with all the processing taken care of by the Mobile I/Os, Metric Halo could always coax an incredible performance out of it.” At the same time, Metric Halo demonstrated its SpectraFoo sound analysis software to Harvey. “Since then, I’ve used all the other programs, including a few quirky iPad apps, but nothing compares to the smooth, musical performance of SpectraFoo,” he said. “I’ve come to trust the tight correspondence between the reality of what I’m hearing and its visual representation in SpectraFoo.”

Because The Kills only had a trailer for gear on this tour, Harvey had to keep his rig as light and compact as possible. A Digidesign SC48 digital console fit the bill and still afforded him plenty of flexibility. He installed a XO16 output card into the SC48 to feed sixteen channels or groups to his Metric Halo ULN-8. In addition, he tracked both the mix output from the board and a M/S pair of AKG 414s as audience microphones with his Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882. In all, he recorded twenty inputs of every performance using Metric Halo’s rock-solid MIO Console software to the custom installed internal hybrid hard drive on his 2011 MacBook Pro. After doing some experiments in rehearsals, Harvey determined that the whole rig sounded significantly better if he let the Metric Halo ULN-8 serve as the master clock.

“Since I’ve been working with Metric Halo equipment for over a decade, I’ve come to appreciate the company’s extreme commitment to ensuring that everything it sells is future-proof,” said Harvey. “It is the exact opposite of the ‘planned obsolescence’ business model that pervades the industry. I bought the MIO 2882 I use today in 2000, and then a couple of years ago they sold me a 2d card for a fraction of the price of a new interface… it increased its processing power by a factor of five! What other company is that serious? And then, of course, you have the ULN-8, which sounds absolutely amazing. Between the pre-amps, converters and clocking, I use it when recording, mixing, and mastering. It reveals things in the mix that other interfaces completely smear over.”

Harvey used the fifth input on the Metric Halo 2882 to feed an Earthworks TC40k omni-directional mic to the Metric Halo SpectraFoo sound analysis software that was constantly up and running on his MacBook Pro. “It’s all the routine stuff that SpectraFoo makes easy,” he said. “I adjusted the soundcheck mix to compensate for all the bodies present at the show. I watched for frequency buildups. I watched my volume by calibrating the volume to an SPL meter, which is a simple thing to do with SpectraFoo. I even used it to identify the precise delay time between the board and the ambient mics, which is crucial when going back to mix these live recordings.” When not on the road, Harvey uses SpectraFoo at the Amsterdam Recording Company to analyze the recording and control rooms and to deliver consistent, error-free mixes.

Harvey has logged many hours of live recording with his Metric Halo interfaces, notably, he recorded Under The Great White Northern Lights while on tour with The White Stripes in 2008. Although the fate of these particular recordings is not yet determined, it’s a good bet that they’ll find their way to fans in many forms. Recordings from previous tours have been available on The Kills’ website, on live videos, and as promotions on other websites.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

WIRELESS FIRST/CLAIR GLOBAL SERVE LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON SUPER BOWL WEEK

jimmyfallon_superbowl.JPGINDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA: When Late Night with Jimmy Fallon took over the Hilbert Circle Theater in Indianapolis during the week leading up to Super Bowl XLVI, the city fell head over heels for the undeniably charming host. In turn, Fallon helped the nation fall in love with Indianapolis, a city in need of a morale boost (the bitter irony of hosting professional football’s greatest event after the Colts finished an abysmal 2-14 season was a bit much to take). The show hired Wireless First/Clair Global to deliver technically flawless audio, as well as frequency coordination in an airspace that was saturated in the week leading up to the Super Bowl. True to form, Wireless First/Clair Global came through – both for the prerecorded shows and Super Bowl Sunday’s live-to-air show – using state-of-the-art proprietary technologies, including the new Clair Global CF 1090 Fractal Antenna and more

Adult Living Sounds Better than Ever with StudioLive

Taramac, FL, March 2012… As the Baby Boomer generation has grown, adult-oriented communities have become larger and more sophisticated. South Florida has long been an epicenter of the 55-plus demographic, and Tamarac is one of its model communities. This town of 56,000, midway between Miami and Palm Beach, was voted one of the most livable cities in America by the U.S. Council of Mayors.

Tamarac is home to Kings Point, an upscale 55-and-over community that includes the Palace Theatre for the Performing Arts. Described by Production Manager Anthony Ezzo as “one of the best-kept secrets in show business,” the 1,000-seat multipurpose venue is an architectural gem, its soaring glass exterior surrounding an elegant, single-level auditorium that plays host to an active and varied roster of performances.

Ezzo, a veteran live-sound engineer whose credits include Julio Iglesias, Michelle Branch, Duran Duran, and Boys II Men, has been running the mix at the Palace since 1998. The theater recently upgraded its aging analog console, going digital with a PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 Performance and Recording Digital Mixer. As Ezzo explains, the diminutive console compared favorably to many consoles several times its price.

“Some of the other local theaters had been moving to digital consoles, and my boss asked me to get some prices,” he says. “I compared all the available digital solutions out there, and I was pretty much blown away when I heard the price on the StudioLive. For the features this mixer offered, nothing else even came close in terms of value for the money.”

StudioLive’s flexibility and built-in processing power were what immediately caught his eye, says Ezzo. “We do a lot of different types of shows here, from live music to theatrical presentations, spoken word, and movies. The ability to configure a live mix and monitor mix and record the show live, all with just a few clicks, is something I could never do with our old console. And being able to slap a compressor and EQ on every channel is huge.”

Multitracking any show live is more than just a novelty, he observes. “If we’ve got someone coming in for multiple dates, I can do a multitrack recording to Capture, and when the house is empty I can sit and fine-tune the mix. It gives me the opportunity to fool around with different EQs, compressors, and effects and try stuff I’d never have a chance to do during a live show.”

But, as Ezzo explains, what really sealed the deal was StudioLive’s highly evolved remote-mixing capabilities. “The first day I got the console, I set up the wireless control, sat in the audience with my wife’s iPad, and mixed the show. And not just channel levels; I had all the effects covered too. The people in the audience sitting near me were just blown away.”

Ezzo reports the theater’s management and staff are thrilled with the console’s performance. “I have two young assistants working with me, guys who went to audio school in Orlando. When we put in the StudioLive, they said, ‘wow, this job just got way cooler.’ In fact, we’re getting ready to pick up a second StudioLive to replace our analog monitor desk.”

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 Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio. 

PreSonus Audio Electronics

7257 Florida Blvd

Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Tel: +1 225.216.7887

Fax: +1225.926.8347

www.presonus.com

Webinar: Best Practices in Digital AV Network Solutions

AVI-SPL is teaming up with Crestron Electronics on Tuesday, March 13 at 1 p.m. EST to present a free, one hour webinar entitled “Choosing the Right Digital AV Solution for Your Network.”

To keep pace with today’s IT networks, analog systems must be upgraded to work with the new systems designed and specified for digital AV signal management. With these trends in mind, Crestron’s Jeff Singer will discuss the most important and commonly overlooked considerations when designing and installing a digital AV switching or distribution system.

“Attendees will leave with a clear understanding about different choices of infrastructure, hardware, data management, control options, scalability and more,” said Singer, director of global marketing campaigns for Crestron Electronics. “This is a very practical discussion intended to empower consumers in making educated and intelligent purchasing decisions.”

Singer has been with Crestron since 2004 and in the AV industry since 1992. Singer previously spent two years as regional vice president of business development for FM Valenti, Inc., where he managed sales channels for brands such as Winsted, Xantech, Toshiba and Philips.

Singer spent the first 10 years of his career with manufacturer Knox Video Technologies, first as a sales manager and then as vice president of sales and marketing.

Participants across all industries — including corporate, healthcare, government and hospitality — are invited to attend.

To register to attend “Choosing the Right Digital AV Solution for Your Network,” visit:
http://www.avispl.com/goto.asp?id=4604.

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