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At Skaggs Place Studio in Nashville, Ricky Skaggs Depends on Neumann KH 120 Monitors to ‘Tell the Truth’

Nashville, TN – July 12, 2012: Once again, multiple GRAMMY winner and Christian artist Ricky Skaggs has been hard at work with “the boys” — his longtime band Kentucky Thunder, which have been playing bluegrass music alongside him for over 15 years. Each time Skaggs and his band enter the studio — usually at his own “Skaggs Place Studio” — the resulting music pays homage to the early trailblazers of bluegrass music, while forging entirely new paths within the seemingly timeless genre.

As an artist, Skaggs is wholly committed to authenticity and detail in his recordings. He is an avid collector of vintage microphones and esoteric gear, and constantly in pursuit of the latest sonic building blocks that will help make his recordings stand the test of time. The latest addition to his studio? The new Neumann KH 120 studio monitors. We chatted with Ricky to learn more about his recent projects, and why it’s important to have a loudspeaker that tells the truth…..

What have you been up to lately?
“Me and the boys [Kentucky Thunder] have gotten together and will be putting out a bluegrass record — the first one since Honoring the Fathers, which we recorded several years ago. We’ve cut two days of tracks, about six songs on which we are now working on overdubs. In the coming weeks, we will be doing more tracks, as well as singing and overdubs. For this record, which will have a lot of variety, I’ve brought in Gordon Kennedy [producer] for moral support. I really wanted him involved because I didn’t want it to be just another bluegrass record. Gordon is able to bring some input and creativity that I wouldn’t necessarily think to bring to the project. Beyond this, I’ve been working on a live CD of Bruce Hornsby and myself. Last time we toured, we did a lot of live recordings on the road and we’ve been going through those live shows and hope to get a record out soon.”

Tell us about your first experiences with the Neumann KH 120 monitors
“When I found out that Neumann was doing monitors, I knew they wouldn’t do anything unless it was excellent — because they have never done anything outside of excellence. If it was Neumann, it was going to be great. I first heard the KH 120s out at Winter NAMM and I was just blown away. I really loved what I was hearing. There is something in the midrange that highlights the acoustic instruments and strings, and the highs are not too bright or harsh. Finally, I just can’t believe how small they are and how great they sound.”

How about the low end?
“Typically it is a little bit harder to define the low end, but everything translates great through the KH 120s. In general, I was really impressed and surprised with their performance given their small size, and could not believe that that such clarity in the low end could be achieved without a subwoofer. The low end of my mixes sound tighter now — and in bluegrass, this is important on instruments like the upright bass and the acoustic guitar. We know that when we get to the mastering facility, that the entire low end will be nice and tight.

Why is the crossover important and how does the KH 120 perform in this regard?
“For any instrument that occupies the midrange, you’ve got to have crossovers that are extremely quick, smooth and transparent. The crossover on the Neumanns is very smooth and you can really hear this on acoustic guitars and mandolins. This is exactly what I hear from the KH 120s, and highlights the thing that I love most about them: the midrange. My instruments sound like I know they should.”

Why have the KH 120s earned a place at Skaggs Place Studio?
“I want the safety net of having a great monitor system — it takes the guesswork out of recording and mixing, and you can be more confident in what you are putting down to tape. I know the low end is there, as well as the mids and the highs. Nothing is falsified and it is the real thing. I don’t like cutting any corners — especially in the recording studio. Once you cut something and put it out, it is out there forever. As an artist, I want to make sure that the recording represented the best that I could be at that moment in time.”

You are no stranger to Neumann. Tell us about your collection of Neumann microphones

“My history with Neumann goes back a long way, and to me, the company’s microphones represent the gold standard. I have a U 47 that was once used by folks like Dolly Parton, George Jones and Johnny Cash. I also have two U 69s, which we use on everything including the piano on the recent Bruce Hornsby recording. I bought some KM 64s years ago that had been owned by a traveling gospel band, The Happy Goodman Family. My Neumann KM 66, an early version of the KM 86, is our all-time favorite guitar mic. I also use and appreciate the newer Neumann microphone models such as the TLM 102, TLM 103 and of course the M 149 and U 87.”

Photo captions:
1. Ricky Skaggs, pictured alongside the Neumann KH 120 monitor
2. The Neumann KH 120 monitors are the latest edition to Nashville’s Skaggs Place Studio

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Bose® Offers New Accessories for ControlSpace® and PowerMatch™ Systems

New ControlSpace® SP-24 Sound Processor Offers Simplified Sound Processing for 2×4 Installed and Portable Applications

PowerMatch™ CobraNet® Card provides enhanced capability for Bose PowerMatch configurable professional power amplifiers

Framingham, Massachusetts, July 12, 2012 – The Bose® Professional Systems Division is offering new components for two of its flagship systems: the ControlSpace® SP-24 sound processor and a new CobraNet® compatible interface card for its PowerMatch™ amplifier line.

ControlSpace SP-24 sound processor
The ControlSpace SP-24 sound processor is a 2×4 loudspeaker processor for both installed and portable applications. It offers a different approach to configuration through two methods of control: a simplified front panel interface and a comprehensive PC software editor application.

“Customers have told us loudspeaker processors can be difficult and time consuming to set up. Bose wanted to address this with the SP-24 processor,” said Kyle Sullivan, electronics product manager, Bose Professional Systems Division. “We chose to keep the front panel very straightforward and provide users with access to the most common functions. And, for more complex applications, the SP-24 Editor software enables full access to all signal processing settings and routing. Both solutions make it possible for installers to optimize and control loudspeaker systems quickly and easily according to their installation needs.”

The ControlSpace SP-24 processor’s front panel features LCD menus and controls that allow for selection of pre-programmed scenes, gain and delay parameters, or quick access to Bose loudspeaker presets. There are also signal and clip LED indicators for input channels and a convenient front panel lockout feature that prevents unauthorized use.

The included ControlSpace SP-24 Editor software provides real-time control and monitoring, whether connected live or offline. Users can set gain/delay operations, custom channel routing, input and output 9-band equalization, band pass filters, delays, peak limiter, gain and polarity control. Custom loudspeaker EQ curves can be created or Bose professional loudspeaker EQs recalled for quick, optimized set-up. Custom scenes designed with the SP-24 Editor software can also be saved locally to a PC or, using a USB connection, stored to the SP-24 processor hardware.

The SP-24 includes standard XLR connectors for easy connection to pro-level sources such as mixing consoles, amplifiers, and powered loudspeakers. A USB port provides plug-and-play PC access for system configuration, programming, signal level monitoring and firmware updates using the SP-24 Editor software. With the 2×4 configuration, the Bose sound processor is a convenient option for both installed and portable applications.

The ControlSpace SP-24 sound processor will be available from Bose through authorized Bose dealers in July 2012 and is covered by a five-year transferable, limited warranty. The ControlSpace SP-24 Editor software will be available to download online at the same time.

CobraNet compatible interface card
Adding to the capability already enabled in ControlSpace ESP-00/88 engineered sound processors, Bose now offers a complete CobraNet network solution with its flagship DSP and amplifier products. The new CobraNet card easily inserts into the digital input card slot of the PowerMatch configurable professional power amplifier, enabling connection of up to 16 channels of uncompressed 48 kHz digital audio on the CobraNet network. The new PowerMatch CobraNet card enables configurable routing/mixing of CobraNet channels to amplifier channels, with 8 digital audio input channels as well as a diagnostic 8-channel audio monitoring bus and dual redundant network connections. The PowerMatch expansion card joins the ControlSpace ESP expansion card to give customers control and amplification solutions for CobraNet network applications. The PowerMatch CobraNet card will be available from Bose through authorized Bose dealers in June 2012 and is covered by a 5-year transferable, limited warranty.

For more information please visit http://pro.Bose.com.

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ASHLY’S VERSATILE TM-360 AMP/MIXER CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL CZECH & SLOVAK MUSEUM & LIBRARY

czeck_slovak-museum.JPGCEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – JULY 2012: Established in 1974 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) quickly became a focus of cultural life in east-central Iowa and a tourist destination for travelers both national and international. A series of expansion projects led to a new building dedicated in 1995 by then-US president Bill Clinton, Czech Republic president Václav Havel, and Slovakia president Michal Kovác. A devastating flood in 2008 damaged over $8 million of museum and library collections and caused insurers to balk at the idea of covering the museum for fear the Cedar River would flood again. In an epic, but ultimately cost-effective solution, the NCSML moved its building to higher ground and simultaneously expanded to over 50,000 square feet. The NCSML recently reopened with an inviting gift shop designed to send visitors home with items that more

The RapcoHorizon Company Rips Up the Stage and Raffles Off an i-JAM at Warped Tour 2012

Phoenix-Based blessthefall Rocks with RapcoHorizon Microphone, Instrument and Patch Cables, in addition to the i-JAM 3-n-1 Smartphone Interface

ST. LOUIS, MO, JULY 12, 2012 ― The RapcoHorizon Company (Summer NAMM 2012, Booth 411), a leading manufacturer of audio/video interfacing and cable equipment, is jamming with blessthefall on the Monster Energy Stage at Warped Tour 2012. With five shows per week at tour stops throughout the United States and Canada, from June 16 to August 5, the Phoenix-based band is putting the RapcoHorizon microphone, instrument and patch cables to the extreme touring test. Additionally, Eric Lambert, the band’s stage-right guitarist, relies on the company’s i-JAM 3-n-1 Smartphone Interface during every performance. The band, one of the RapcoHorizon endorsed artists, also raffled off one i-JAM at the St. Louis tour stop. Blessthefall fan, Clint Bowman, went home a winner.

Similar to the company’s i-BLOX, the i-JAM 3-n-1 serves as an audio interface that connects an instrument to iPhone applications. During warm ups, Lambert utilizes the unit’s built-in amplifier to render the amplification of his guitar without additional equipment. Whenever applicable, he can also use the unit to create recordings of his performances. “I love how convenient the i-JAM is,” says Lambert. “I can keep it in my rack and pull it out right before we go on to start warming up.”

In addition to Lambert’s use of the i-JAM, the five members of the band rely on RapcoHorizon RoadHog cables each night. Despite being used non-stop during the five weekly performances of the Warped tour, the RapcoHorizon cables have yet to hit their limit. “The RapcoHorizon Company produces great-quality gear that makes it possible for us to perform without any worries,” states Lambert. “It’s also great to have access to a company that is such an avid supporter of local musicians.”

blessthefall is an American post-hardcore band from Phoenix, currently signed to Fearless Records. Founded in 2003 by guitarist Mike Frisby, drummer Matt Traynor and bassist Jared Warth, the band was formed during high school practice sessions. Today, blessthefall consists of five members, including Lambert, Traynor and Warth. Other members are front-man Beau Bokan and Elliott Gruenberg, who recently replaced Frisby on guitar. The band’s third studio album, Awakening, was released in October 2011.

The Warped Tour is a music and extreme sports festival, sponsored by skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans, with stops throughout all of North America. Created in 1994 by Kevin Lyman, the tour began as a showcase for punk rock music, but has more recently favored a diversity of genres. To add to the complicated audio requirements, each stop of the tour is held in parking lots and fields, where stages and other structures must be built each time.

The RapcoHorizon Company, located in Jackson, Missouri, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of audio, video, home theater, data and telecommunications cable in both bulk wire and assemblies. Used worldwide by concert touring sound companies, video and sound contractors, recording studios, system integrators, audiophiles and musicians, The RapcoHorizon Company’s products provide optimal flexibility and premium performance. The company’s state-of-the-art Custom Shop can modify existing products or build new devices to meet any need. For more information, please visit The RapcoHorizon Company’s Web site at www.rapcohorizon.com.

Acoustics First® adds Speaker Isolation Stands to improve sound at the source


Acoustics First now carries the ISO-L8R155. These speaker isolation stands make a perfect complement to the www.PhaseFOAM.com or www.ToneTiles.com acoustical systems. Just as both systems allow you to adjust the acoustical material to tune your room, these speaker isolation stands instantly improve the focus and sound of studio monitors. Each box ships with all the parts to create a short or long stand. For use in critical listening environments, these speaker stands are great in recording studios, home listening, mastering suites, desktop gaming and more.

Speaker Isolation Stands (IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155)
Set of two stands (Right and Left)
Product Code: AFISO-L8R
$99.00 ea.

***Free Standard Shipping Through the End of July 2012**

Acoustics First Corporation supplies acoustical panels and soundproofing materials to control sound and eliminate noise in commercial, residential, government, institutional applications worldwide. Products include the patented Art Diffusor®, sound absorbers, noise barriers, acoustical fabrics and accessories. Acoustics First® products are sold for O.E.M applications, direct, and through dealers. For more information on acoustical materials and their application, please visit www.AcousticsFirst.com or call Toll Free 1-888-765-2900 (US & Canada).

VMP’s New CH-001B Wall Mount Electronic Component Shelf Now Shipping

The CH-001B is a Stylish Way to Hold Blu-ray and DVD Players, DVRs, HD Receivers, CD Players, VCRs, Gaming Systems, and Other Electronic Components

STEVENSVILLE, Md., July 12, 2012 — Video Mount Products (videomount.com), a leading provider of mounting solutions for the residential, commercial, security, and pro audio/video markets, is proud to announce its new CH-001B Wall Mount Electronic Component Shelf is now shipping. The CH-001B has an MSRP of $56.95.

“With the amount of components utilized by today’s consumer in both the workplace and in the home, as well as the need to free up valuable shelf and furniture space, VMP’s new CH-001B wall mount component self is a stylish way to hold Blu-ray and DVD players, DVRs, HD receivers, CD players, VCRs, and gaming systems (including Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii),” said Keith Fulmer, president of Video Mount Products. “The CH-001B mount can be used for a single device or ‘stacked’ for use with multiple devices.”

The CH-001B is capable of mounting on a single stud or other suitable mounting surface, and can be mountedable as one unit or assembled together with multiple CH-001B units to create a wall shelf system. It can also be used in conjunction with any TV wall mount to design an entertainment center.

Additional CH-001B features and specifications include:
• product dimensions: 13in. W x 12.65in. D x 9.05in H
• shelf dimensions – 13in. W x 11in. D
• weight: 5.2 lbs.
• black tempered glass shelf
• load capacity – 25 lbs.
• black powder coat finish

For more information on the CH-001B, please visit www.videomount.com or call (410) 643-6390 or toll free 877-281-2169. If you need help choosing the right mount for your application, try the Video Mount™ Finder at www.chooseamount.com.

About Video Mount Products
Born in 1994, Video Mount Products (VMP) is a leading provider of mounting solutions for the video, audio and security industries. VMP products consistently offer the latest designs in safety and flexibility, all at an outstanding value. VMP’s product offering continues to substantially grow by adding several mounting systems to address the increasing popularity offor flat panel technology, both LCD and Plasma, as well as other growing segments across many markets.

VMP has become the mounting systems company of choice for professionals and their customers everywhere. All products have been engineered for and installed with confidence in thousands of residences, businesses, hotels, restaurants, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and security applications throughout the world and come with the industry’s only Forever Warranty. VMP prides itself on providing the best products in the industry and by supporting those products with knowledgeable professionals who understand that “support” is the core of the business.

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ABS Supports Cable Industry, Exhibits at NW Tech Days

SEATAC, WA — Professional video and audio systems integration firm Advanced Broadcast Solutions (ABS) will exhibit at the 18th annual NW Tech Days on July 24 at the Embassy Suites Portland Airport in Portland, Ore. Sponsored by the Cascade Range, Shasta-Rogue, Mid-Columbia, and Inland Empire Chapters of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), the one-day event includes a full schedule of technical training sessions and an exhibit hall.

ABS will be joined by several vendor partners at the show, including Harmonic, Tektronix, Telairity, Digital Nirvana, Pico Digital, and Kathrein, Inc., Scala Division. In addition, ABS will sponsor a hole during the NW Tech Days Golf Tournament on July 25 at the Eastmoreland Golf Course in Portland.

“Tech Days is one of the most important cable shows in our area, because it draws MSOs, independents, telcos, and NCTC operators from across the Pacific Northwest,” said Victor Abramson, ABS national sales manager, CATV solutions. “We are proud to support this event and look forward to expanding our presence in the cable industry.”

For more information about NW Tech Days, visit www.scte.org/events.

About ABS:

Based in SeaTac, WA, ABS (Advanced Broadcast Solutions) delivers customized, technologically superior solutions for broadcast, corporate, house of worship, entertainment, government, and educational facilities – from design and integration to installation and support services. Since 1982, its experienced technical staff has installed more than 700 systems for clients including Fisher Communications, Cowles California Media, Real Networks, Cisco Systems, and Microsoft Studios. For more information, call 206-870-0244 or visit www.advancedbroadcastsolutions.com.

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Masque Sound Serves Up Turnkey Solutions for Broadway’s Newest Supper Club

Custom Audio Equipment Package Raises the Temperature at 54 Below

NEW YORK, JULY 12, 2012—Before the doors opened at 54 Below, Broadway’s newest supper club, Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, was busy installing a custom audio equipment package for the Great White Way’s newest hot spot. Located below what was once the legendary nightclub Studio 54, 54 Below aims to provide an unforgettable New York nightlife experience, combining performances by Broadway’s best with world-class dining in an elegant setting.

Envisioned as Broadway’s living room; a home away from home for show professionals and audiences, 54 Below combines grace and style in an intimate environment. As great sound plays a prominent role in this type of atmosphere, Peter Hylenski, the Grammy, Tony and Olivier Award-nominated sound designer on the project, turned to Masque Sound to supply the club’s audio equipment and help make his vision a reality.

“Having worked with Peter in the past on previous Broadway projects, we knew he was going to come up with an innovative and crowd-pleasing design,” says Matt Peskie, systems engineer, Masque Sound. “Peter’s vision was to ensure that every seat is a good seat; no matter where a patron sits, they would have no issues hearing the performers. To ensure complete coverage, we provided a large quantity of Meyer Sound speakers.”

Masque Sound also equipped 54 Below with a highly flexible Avid SC48 digital console. According to Peskie, “The fact that 54 Below will be able to save and recall settings will be extremely beneficial and time efficient. Many artists will appear for repeated acts, not to mention there will be multiple acts per night, so a digital console like the Avid will allow them go to easily back and forth to recall settings for each act.”

In addition, Masque Sound chose Millennia Media pre-amps. These high-end mic pre-amps can be combined to feed the console as well as the JoeCo black-box recorder. This gives the venue the option of dual recording, both as a primary and backup.

All of the digital signal processing is being handled using BSS processors. The venue is split up into a dozen speaker zones including ceiling speaker zones that can be controlled by BSS blue 10 remotes. This allows the bartender to play an iPod before the show and have control over the whole system. The bartender or sound system operator who has a controller can then go onto a touch screen and fade out the iPod, allowing the Avid SE48 to take over and drive the speaker.

“This was such a unique project to be involved in, as the location is a symbol of the culture and history of New York,” says Hylenski. “Based on my experience with Masque Sound, I was confident that they would help to create the right vibe for this iconic location. I have received nothing but positive feedback in terms of how the rooms and all the shows sound.”

54 Below features up to three shows nightly as well as a late-night lounge. Accommodating 144 people in the main dining room, with all tables situated no more than 24 feet from the stage, the facilities include the capability to broadcast and record audio and video.

“The turnaround time for this project was about nine or 10 weeks from start to finish,” says Peskie. “Due to the aggressive timing, we had to really coordinate on the job site, making sure both the electrical and general contractors had everything they needed. It’s a really aesthetically pleasing room, with ornate ceilings, so the key to a successful install was working closely with the other trades. The final outcome is absolutely beautiful.”

About Masque Sound
Founded in 1936 by a trio of Broadway stagehands, Masque Sound evolved into one of NYC’s most successful theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design companies specializing in theatrical, house of worship, sporting, corporate, TV broadcast and live concert events. Celebrating more than 75 years in the industry, the company is lead by Geoff Shearing, the firm’s 3rd generation owner, and General Manager Stephanie Hansen. The company also operates Florida-based Professional Wireless Systems, a leader in the development and implementation of wireless technology. Credits range from major Broadway shows and tours including “Phantom of the Opera,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Lion King,” “Jersey Boys,” “Memphis,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Newsies” and “Once” to yearly Super Bowl broadcasts and installations of varying sizes, including New York’s New Victory Theater and historic St. Bartholomew’s Church. Masque Sound’s 70,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters and main assembly facility is located at 21 East Union Ave., East Rutherford, NJ, 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan. For more information, call (201) 939-8666 or visit www.MasqueSound.com.

Ready to Make History Again: Peltrix Installed HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) Line Arrays in Howard Theatre

Peltrix recently installed JBL VERTEC line arrays for the audio system at the restored Howard Theatre in Washington, DC.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Not long ago, the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was slated for the wrecking ball. Built in 1910 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Howard Theatre went from being a showcase for artists like Sarah Vaughn, Buddy Holly, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown and Duke Ellington to its abandonment in 1980. By the time a non-profit citizens group called the Howard Theatre organization formed in 2006 to raise the $29 million needed to revive the theatre, it was almost in total ruin.

In September 2010 the restoration began, which was completed in April 2012 in a venue of elegance and beauty inside and out. Washington, DC’s Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Marshall Moya Design were responsible for the theatre’s design, architecture and restoration. Systems contractor Peltrix (www.peltrix.com) of Purdys, NY handled the A/V design and installation, which includes a large-scale HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) line array system. Richard Talaske (www.talaske.com) of Oak Park, IL was brought in as the acoustical consultant.

“The inside of the Theatre was a complete disaster,” said Amit Peleg of Peltrix. “The roof was caving in, a pile of debris was in the middle of the floor and it was clear that everything would have to be completely gutted. However, we knew of the Theatre’s past glories and that there was the potential for magnificence buried amid the wreckage.”

The restoration plans had to combine and reconcile historic architectural elements with modern attributes including the A/V wiring, rigging, HVAC system and other aspects that were not present in the original construction. “Although the construction crew wound up tearing down almost everything to the bare walls and even dug a new basement, we had a lot of historical guidelines that we had to conform to, as the Howard Theatre organization wanted to retain the charm and distinctive look and feel of the original venue as it was back in 1910,” Peleg noted.

“Obviously, we couldn’t completely hide a system that included more than 50 JBL loudspeakers,” Peleg continued, “but we worked closely with the Howard Theatre team, the architects and Talaske to strike the best compromise between the placement and performance of the speakers while ensuring the structural integrity of the installation and intruding as little as possible on the interior design.”

The main system includes 20 JBL VERTEC VT4888DP-DA powered midsize line array elements, flown 10 on each side of the stage, along with six VERTEC VT4880ADP-DA fullsize, arrayable powered subwoofers. Four additional ASB7128 subwoofers are placed at ground level. The system also includes two VERTEC VT4887ADP-DA powered compact line array elements for center downfill and two VRX928LA compact Constant Curvature loudspeakers for delay fill under the mezzanine.

The Howard Theatre’s impressive stage monitor system consists of 13 JBL VRX915M floor wedges, two VP71215/95DPDA for side fills and a VP7215/64DPDA powered loudspeaker and ASB7118-DPDA powered subwoofer to deliver the drum mix.

“As I mentioned, we didn’t have the luxury of putting all the speakers exactly where we might have wanted them,” Peleg said. “We couldn’t place any delay speakers in the mezzanine, for example, but on the other hand we were able to install bigger line arrays than we had first envisioned. We also placed some of the side fill speakers on custom moveable brackets so they can be easily moved in and out of the way when the lighting truss is moved into and out of place for different shows. Because the room isn’t that large, we didn’t have to worry about having enough speakers to ensure adequate sound or trying to fit too many speakers into the room.”

“The result is absolutely stunning,” Peleg concluded. “The Howard Theatre is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and I’m really proud of the fact that by making some intelligent placement decisions and working closely with everyone involved, our team was able to install an exceptional speaker system that does not detract from the interior design.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

Story Sound Powers Emporium Music Festival with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays

Story Sound deployed its brand-new JBL VTX line array system at the massive Emporium festival in the Dutch city of Nijmegen.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Netherlands-based production company Story Sound BV recently deployed its new HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array system at the Emporium dance festival in the Dutch city of Nijmegen. The Festival, which this year drew 30,000 people (and 120 DJ’s), embraces every genre of dance music from trance/progressive to hardstyle.

For the festival, Story Sound deployed almost 350 JBL loudspeakers, including 138 of the new VTX V25 full-range enclosures, powered by 190 Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers. This was the eighth edition of the popular event, which is held annually on the recreational area ‘De Berendonck’ just outside Nijmegen-and Story Sound has been there since the beginning.

Headlining on the largest stage was Sander van Doorn with 12 V25 loudspeakers per side, and a further six per side providing outfield coverage. The main stage also had two delay points, each containing six more VTX arrays, while the VIP section of the tribunes featured two further delay points, each containing six JBL VERTEC(r) VT4887A compact line array elements.

The stage sizes then reduced from area to area, with the smallest containing five V25 loudspeakers per side.

Taking into account three wind directions, Story Sound installed a wireless measuring device to monitor the sound levels (which were restricted to 85dBA at 100 meters), set 100 meters behind three of the stages. “Since VTX is highly focused and offers us more controllability we could produce a higher overall sound level for the audience,” he explained.

Story Sound provided a sound technician to supervise each stage, with wireless laptop communication back to the central network control position in the production village, overseen on the HARMAN HiQnet(tm) platform by Story Sound’s Barney Broomer. “We could listen to the measuring microphone on the same network while we also had a range of Soundcraft desks-Vi6, Vi4, Vi1, Si Compacts on the smaller stages-so we could control the input of the DJ and monitor feeds, as well as the MCs’ microphones, using the dynamics of the desk,” said Story.

Each DJ was provided with two JBL VRX932 loudspeakers per side as high-class reference monitoring so they were not mistaken in thinking that the lack of sound bleeding back onto the stage was an indicator that their levels were too low.

In summary, Story believed the event was a massive success. “JBL’s Performance Manager(tm) is definitely an upgrade from System Architect, where we would have had to design so many custom panels [to achieve the same effect]. This has full input / output metering and thermal monitoring so that we could measure the temperature of the amps, side hangs and run a diagnostic,” he said.

The network had been rock-solid throughout, he confirmed. “It was a very fast and the stability of the Crown amps was very good. All DJ’s were extremely happy with the sound and the promoters were very happy-noting immediately the upgrade in sound quality.”

For more information on Story Sound, please visit www.storysound.nl

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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