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Classic Chicago Church Gets Renewed with Iconyx

Chicago, IL, March 2012…  Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, St. John Cantius is one of the city’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, with roots that date back to the influx of Polish immigrants in the 19th century. But the church’s parish, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has waned over the years, and when Reverend Frank Phillips was appointed pastor in 1988 he found a church in neglect and extreme disrepair.

Over the ensuing years Rev. Phillips has led community efforts to renovate the church and restore it to its former glory. Recently the church replaced an aging, ineffective sound system dating back many decades, installing an Iconyx IC16-R digitally steerable array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Erik Saari of Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the Iconyx system brought much-needed improved intelligibility to the sanctuary.

“Like many older sanctuaries, this one was built to enhance the sound of organ and choir,” says Saari. “And as with most classic architecture, aesthetics was a concern – we were not at liberty to install a large, obtrusive system, so the Iconyx’s low profile was definitely an asset.”

Although the new system was intended primarily for speech reinforcement, Saari points out that it has done more than simply improve intelligibility. “One of the nice things about the Renkus-Heinz system as opposed to the other line arrays that we’ve used is that I was able to put in more of the low end frequencies and it didn’t disrupt the acoustics of the space,” says Saari. “It really added some nice warmth, especially since some of the priests there have really young voices. It’s now intelligible and also a little bit warmer sounding.”

The DSP-controlled directivity of the Iconyx system enables the sound to be directed to the congregation and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, greatly increasing intelligibility. “I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everybody who has been going there for many, many years,” Saari reports. “It definitely sounds a lot better.”

Sound Planning Associates also supplied the church with a recording system. St. John Cantius church is well known for its choir, which regularly performs Gregorian chant and Renaissance liturgical music, as well as modern sacred choral works.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.


Classic Chicago Church Gets Renewed with Iconyx

Chicago, IL, March 2012…  Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, St. John Cantius is one of the city’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, with roots that date back to the influx of Polish immigrants in the 19th century. But the church’s parish, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has waned over the years, and when Reverend Frank Phillips was appointed pastor in 1988 he found a church in neglect and extreme disrepair.

Over the ensuing years Rev. Phillips has led community efforts to renovate the church and restore it to its former glory. Recently the church replaced an aging, ineffective sound system dating back many decades, installing an Iconyx IC16-R digitally steerable array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Erik Saari of Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the Iconyx system brought much-needed improved intelligibility to the sanctuary.

“Like many older sanctuaries, this one was built to enhance the sound of organ and choir,” says Saari. “And as with most classic architecture, aesthetics was a concern – we were not at liberty to install a large, obtrusive system, so the Iconyx’s low profile was definitely an asset.”

Although the new system was intended primarily for speech reinforcement, Saari points out that it has done more than simply improve intelligibility. “One of the nice things about the Renkus-Heinz system as opposed to the other line arrays that we’ve used is that I was able to put in more of the low end frequencies and it didn’t disrupt the acoustics of the space,” says Saari. “It really added some nice warmth, especially since some of the priests there have really young voices. It’s now intelligible and also a little bit warmer sounding.”

The DSP-controlled directivity of the Iconyx system enables the sound to be directed to the congregation and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, greatly increasing intelligibility. “I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everybody who has been going there for many, many years,” Saari reports. “It definitely sounds a lot better.”

Sound Planning Associates also supplied the church with a recording system. St. John Cantius church is well known for its choir, which regularly performs Gregorian chant and Renaissance liturgical music, as well as modern sacred choral works.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

Xite TV Brings ToolsOnAir’s “TV Station in a Mac Mini” Online

Vienna, Austria – March 2012….  Dutch broadcasters Xite (www.xite.nl) have joined the growing ranks of users to implement ToolsOnAir’s just: Broadcast Suite into their online video playout service.

The Amsterdam-based music TV and on demand platform for cable and IPTV networks is one of several early adopters of ToolsOnAir’s  “TV Station in a Mac Mini” broadcast server solution. The company uses just two Apple Mac Mini computers to run their 24/7 video playout service.

“We replaced our entire proprietary hardware system with a pair of Mac Minis, with two spares for backup,” says Luc Vleugels, Xite’s Product Manager. “With the ToolsOnAir solution, we have a far more flexible and more future-proof solution than we had before, for a fraction of the cost.”

Xite presently runs two channels – one covering most of Holland, the other covering the Flanders (Dutch-speaking) region of Belgium. Each channel utilizes a single Mac Mini, with AJA’s Video IoXT device connected via Thunderbolt technology.

Utilizing the latest Apple Mac Mini hardware, ToolsOnAir is helping to drive the next generation of cost effective “Channel in a Box” broadcast solutions. Using ToolsOnAir’s just:play software, an Apple Mac Mini becomes an HD broadcast quality playout, automation and real time graphics server, consuming a mere 85 Watts of power and housed in only one broadcast rack unit (1RU).

“Prior to using ToolsOnAir, we were using a large black box system, and no matter how we tried to make it future proof, it was never really possible,” says Vleugels. “We finally got to the point where we couldn’t go on. Now, with the ToolsOnAir system running on a Mac, we feel like the sky’s the limit. It just works.”

Presently, Xite broadcasts a 24/7 mix of music videos, as well as a video-on-demand service, and will soon launch it’s new product myXite, a personalized TV channel. ”We also have plans to schedule in commercials and promotional spots, as well as developing more graphics,” says Vleugels. “ToolsOnAir is all we need to schedule everything, and it will even allow us to implement real-time graphics. It really allows us to do everything we want.”

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Visit ToolsOnAir at the NAB Show, Booth SL8108

About ToolsOnAir

ToolsOnAir provides powerful, intuitive QuickTime-based applications designed to create a professional, fully functional broadcast production facility using Mac OS X and low-cost, off-the-shelf hardware components. The ToolsOnAir just:  suite is designed with live broadcast production in mind, integrating video, audio and graphics, along with automation, asset management and multiple format capabilities. Full QuickTime and Final Cut compatibility eliminates time-intensive file conversion, and a powerful, intuitive GUI streamlines the workflow from ingest to playout. 

About Xite:

Xite is a fast growing company delivering a complete linear and music video-on-demand (VOD) service on cable and IPTV networks to millions of viewers. With a unique combination of content, technology and cable distribution, Xite is in pole position in the fast growing vod market. Xite started broadcasting in The Netherlands in 2008 and in Belgium in 2011. Its headquarters is located in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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