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NEW ASHLY COMMERCIAL MIXER/AMPLIFIER ENDS UP IN FUNERAL HOME

hillcrest.JPGBEDFORD PARK, OHIO – MAY 2012: With increasing frequency, the administrators at Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Bedford Heights, Ohio were hearing the same simple request; a request they could not properly fill. During visitation prior to a funeral, the bereaved asked to play their own music. Very often, it was the music cherished by the deceased or music that was especially grounding in such a trying time. But beyond supplying an inelegant boom box, Hillcrest had no infrastructure for music playback. The administrators called on Audio Video Interiors and Safety Technologies (AVIST) of nearby Middleburg Heights, Ohio to provide a cost-effective solution. AVIST director Gary Matthews designed a simple, robust system around the new 3-input, 1-output Ashly Audio TM-360 public address mixer/amplifier.

“I have a lot of customers who are looking for very simple, very cost-effective solutions for straightforward sound reinforcement situations,” more

A STEREO PAIR OF DANLEY JERICHO HORNS HERALD A NEW REFERENCE SPEAKER MODEL FOR CHURCH AUDIO

goodlettsville_tn_church.JPGGOODLETTSVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 2012: The parishioners at First Baptist Church of Goodlettsville, Tennessee are the first churchgoers in the world to enjoy the exacting fidelity, soul-lifting power, and clean, even coverage of a pair of Danley Sound Labs Jericho JH-90 full-range, point-source loudspeakers, heretofore installed mainly in sports arenas and stadiums as well as concert venues. Professional Audio Solutions, Inc. designed and installed the first-of-its-kind project under the leadership of Scott Oliver, director of contracting and engineering. Once Oliver included the costs of labor and amplifier channels, he discovered that purchasing and installing a stereo pair of Jericho JH-90s would be less expensive – and far better sounding – than a conventional multi-box solution.

Like many churches, Goodlettsville FBC transitioned over the years from having only traditional services to offering a mix of traditional and contemporary services. Its old PA system consisted more

ASHLY AUDIO HIRES GARY JONES TO NEWLY-CREATED POSITION OF CENTRAL REGIONAL SALES MANAGER

gary_jones.JPGWEBSTER, NEW YORK – MAY 2012: Ashly Audio, leading manufacturer of professional and commercial grade, network-ready amplifiers and digital signal processors, announces the hire of Gary Jones to the newly-created position of central regional sales manager. Jones brings nearly thirty years of industry experience to his new role with Ashly, where he will manage Ashly’s independent rep firms throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and western Pennsylvania.

“We’re very glad to have Gary on our team,” said John Sexton, Ashly’s vice president of sales and marketing. “Gary has years of relevant experience in every facet of the installed sound market, and we welcome the breadth and depth of his perspective.” Jones spent fifteen years with Altec Lansing in various marketing roles. Previously Jones worked for various companies as a professional audio manufacturer’s more

VISOM DIGITAL BECOMES API DISTRIBUTOR IN BRAZIL

carlos_deandrade.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND: API (Automated Processes, Inc.) continues to expand into South America with the appointment of Visom Digital as Brazil’s exclusive API distributor.

Visom Digital has served the community for over 25 years with peerless audio mixing, mastering and recording services as well as top-of-the-line equipment sales and service. Visom Digital’s mission is to develop innovative recording techniques. In that spirit, Visom owner and founder, Carlos de Andrade, jumped at the opportunity to represent API products.

“For most distributors a line like API is a gem to be catered to with great consideration of its tradition,” declared de Andrade. “For Visom, API is not a brand. It is a passion and a bit of our history. We will not just sell API. We will evangelize and educate our clients on the ownership of an important part of audio history in a time more

ASHLY GEAR SHOWCASED AT DETROIT’S INSTITUTE OF ART

detroit-institute-of-art.JPGDETROIT, MICHIGAN: The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) is the second-largest municipally-owned museum in the nation. Its collection, which represents a balanced sample of the world’s cultures arrayed across centuries of human development, is valued at over one-billion dollars, and the DIA displays much of that collection in over one-hundred galleries spread across 658,000 square feet of floor space. Consonant with its cultural significance, the DIA hosts events ranging from art openings to private functions. One of its primary event spaces is adjacent to the galleries and recently benefitted from a sound system upgrade that centers on Ashly Audio’s PEMA integrated processor/amplifier and FR-16 network fader remote control.

“The walls, floors, and ceiling of the event space are solid stone,” observed Dennis Phillips, the owner of Phillips Pro Audio, the company that designed and installed the new audio system. “It’s an art institute, more

METRIC HALO ON THE ROAD WITH RISING HIP-HOP STARS MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS

macklemore_ryan.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2012: The team of rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis is making some of the most forward-thinking hip-hop music on the planet. Lewis’ irresistible beats and music form a sophisticated backdrop for Macklemore’s tight rhymes and deceptively easy delivery. Macklemore’s subject matter – drug addiction, consumerism, race, and other weighty themes – resonates with an authenticity that deftly sidesteps clichés to bathe familiar subjects in a fresh light. Lewis, who also handles many of the engineering duties for the duo, recently committed to purchasing a Metric Halo ULN-2 preamplifier/interface so that they could cut studio-quality tracks for their forthcoming album while on the road.

“I’m in the middle of producing a full-length LP with rapper Macklemore,” said Lewis. “I needed a small unit that could deliver audio quality worthy of our debut LP. The goal is for Macklemore to be able to record at home or on the road, tracking vocals wherever he wants or needs to.” Lewis learned about Metric Halo through online research and discussions with audio engineers in their hometown of Seattle.

“One of the largest consumer products for introductory home recording is the two-channel USB or FireWire interface,” he continued. “Almost every company has their own version. Nevertheless, there honestly wasn’t a lot out there that could compete with the ULN-2. Finding high-quality AD/DA conversion is hard, and finding high-quality AD/DA conversion together with fantastic preamps is almost impossible. The Metric Halo ULN-2 was exactly what we needed. It alone could match the quality of vocals we’re tracking in the studio.”

As an active member of the Seattle music scene, Macklemore earned a hometown following early on. But it was with his 2004 release Welcome to Myspace – which was heavily hyped by the then-new social networking site – that Macklemore earned respect and an eager following at the national and international levels. Success begat success, but in combination with a self-avowed drug problem, it also doused the creative flame that had committed so many fresh rhymes and ideas to paper. Macklemore languished for years before a one-month stay at rehab gave him the sobriety and creative perspective he so desperately needed. Now on a mission to make good on his promising start and with three successful post-rehab solo albums, Macklemore has joined forces with Ryan Lewis, and the two are poised to take the hip-hop world by storm with the forthcoming release.

Taking the long view, Lewis cited Metric Halo’s dogged commitment to future-proofing its equipment via upgrades as another excellent reason to go with the ULN-2. “Metric Halo is a company that is focused on the future of pro audio and that’s why I’m so excited to be working with their products,” he said. Later in the year, Lewis and Macklemore plan to follow up the ULN-2 with an eight-channel ULN-8, Metric Halo’s flagship product, for use in their studio.

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.

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API TOUTS TENTH 1608 IN ARGENTINA

JESSUP. MARYLAND – MAY 2012: API marked the tenth 1608 delivery to Argentina with the installation of the console at Studio Fort Music. Sold by SL Audio, API’s sole distributor in Argentina, the console joined the studio’s digital platform to create a completely analog recording set-up.

Studio Fort Music’s manager Oscar Gimenez Plett has been active in the Argentinian music scene for some time. He began his engineering career in the 1970s at Studio DISCOS CBS. He then moved on to Sandro’s Studio, Studio Greengo, Ion Studios, Pulstar Studios, Digiart Studios and Del Absto al Pasto before landing at Fort Music.

“API is the mixer brand which I learned to work with,” Plett said. “Once I tried the new 1608, I saw that it has the same audio dimension and quality as the API consoles had back in 1974, when I used more

DANLEY TH-812S SUBS CHOSEN FOR UTAH’S TUACAHN OUTDOOR AMPHITHEATER

tuacahn_amphitheater.JPGIVINS, UTAH – APRIL 2012: Like a “miniature Red Rocks” nestled amid the raw scenic splendor of Southwest Utah, Tuacahn Amphitheater is an outdoor venue that hosts off-Broadway theatrical runs, as well as national and regional musical acts. The nearly 2,000-seat venue occupies the end of a red rock box canyon and draws visitors from nearby communities, as well as escapees from Las Vegas. Because the shows at Tuacahn – which have included Tarzan, Grease, Cats, and Annie, among many others – are held to the very highest artistic and technical standards, patrons oblivious to the clean Utah air, starry sky, and majestic scenery might mistake a Tuacahn experience for a show in New York City or London. Recently, Tuacahn rounded out that experience with powerful, authentic, low end delivered by two Danley Sound Labs TH-812 subwoofers.

With its production of Tarzan in more

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METRIC HALO’S NEW PRODUCTION BUNDLE USED BY GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ENGINEER GARY NOBLE

gary_noble.JPGSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Gary Noble is an adept manager of a Twitter feed, a Google+ account, and a blog that will resonate with anyone in the pro audio recording industry. But despite, or perhaps because of his active Internet presence, Noble maintains a busy schedule of recording and mixing sessions. In addition to a long list of highly-respected artists who haven’t yet made it to “household name” status, Noble has worked with Amy Winehouse, Ricky Martin, Estelle, and Whitney Houston, often with producer Salaam Remi. His work with Amy Winehouse earned him a Grammy Award. As evidenced by his informative blog, Noble is a passionate advocate of the tools and techniques that deliver successful recordings. Metric Halo products, including ChannelStrip 3 and the Production Bundle collection of plug-ins, SpectraFoo signal analysis software, and the eighteen-channel 2882 interface, have proven themselves worthy of Noble’s respect.
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DOWNLOAD SYMETRIX SYMNET COMPOSER TODAY

symnet_composer.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – MAY 2012: Symetrix announces the release of SymNet Composer DSP configuration software. SymNet Composer is a major leap forward for installed sound DSP configuration software.

When performing basic Edge hardware configuration, Composer automatically identifies the type of audio I/O module installed in each of the Edge frames’ four I/O card slots (up to 16 channels of local audio). When connecting multiple Edge frames via Dante gigabit network audio (up to 128 channels total), quick and easy network management is accomplished entirely within the SymNet Composer programming environment. A fully open architecture application, Composer’s fast and fluid navigation accelerates the audio path design process. System designers exercise complete creative control selecting from a library of over 600 proven DSP processing, routing, mixing, and special purpose modules. A designer’s proprietary Super-modules (complex blocks of multiple DSP modules and routings) can be exported more

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