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Joe W. Brown Park’s Post-Katrina Restoration includes Community R-Series Loudspeakers

Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in Eastern New Orleans is a 135-acre park with an activities center, in-door heated pool, ball fields, picnic shelters, play equipment and a large nature center. After sustaining substantial damage during Hurricane Katrina, Joe W. Brown Park was restored with help from Nike, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Brees Dream Foundation. As part of the restoration, the city of New Orleans added Victory Field, a new football stadium, and restored an existing track and field facility.

Both facilities include new sound systems, designed and installed by Technical Services Group of Baton Rouge with Community R-Series Loudspeaker Systems. “You really can’t go wrong with Community R-Series,” said Patrick Meek of Technical Services Group. “They’re built to project crisp, intelligible sound and withstand any weather conditions.”

Meek chose Community R2 loudspeakers for Victory Field and Community R.5s for the smaller Track and Field. Powered by QSC amplifiers and using an Ashly Protea DSP, both designs have the loudspeakers on top of the press box covering the home bleachers, field and cross-field area which includes visitor seating at Victory Field.

The facilities are open to many different groups so Meek designed both systems to be user-friendly. He placed a handheld and headset microphone inside each press box and added wireless mics for the referees. “The city officials were very pleased with the systems,” Meek said, “they’re easy to use and they sound great!”

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Moving On: John Wiggins Retires from Community

Chester, Pennsylvania, USA – June 25, 2013 – Community Professional Loudspeakers announced today that John T. Wiggins, Community’s Vice President, will retire after a distinguished career spanning 41 years with the company.

Wiggins joined Community’s founder, President and Chief Engineer, Bruce W. Howze in 1971 and became a partner in 1972. He has held multiple roles during his time at Community, including VP of Sales, VP of Marketing and his current position as VP of Business Development.

The quality of technical documentation of loudspeaker systems delivered by Community has been industry-leading since Wiggins provided acoustical measurements and calculations for the famous “Community White Book” published in the 1970’s. The book comprehensively detailed the directivity factor and spherical propagation characteristics of Community products, together with many competing loudspeaker products of the day.

Along with the development of electroacoustic design software like EASE, Modeler, CATT, Ulysses and others, Community’s leadership in providing accurate loudspeaker data has been instrumental in revolutionizing the computer-aided acoustic modeling of performance venues and predicting the performance of sound systems.

In 2003, John Wiggins and Dave Howden, Community’s Director of Technical Services, created the Community TAG Team, the Technical Applications Group which has become one of the pre-eminent “hands-on” audio tech teams in the industry.

Throughout his career with Community, Wiggins has worked closely with countless audio luminaries, contractors, consultants, musicians, film studios, NASA, professional sports venues, motorsport tracks, cruise ships, themed entertainment and amusement parks, and government organizations.

Wiggins is a member of SMPTE, ASA, AES, TEA, IAVM and InfoComm, and is active with NCAC and various theatrical groups. He was awarded a patent for the voice coil centering method used in one of the most powerful transducers ever manufactured, the Community M4.
Bruce Howze, Community’s founder stated: “It is with equal parts sorrow and joy that we accept John’s decision to retire. John has been a trusted partner and colleague for over 40 years and has made numerous contributions to Community. He leaves the company at a time of unprecedented achievement, much of which can be credited to his contributions. We will miss him. However, I am pleased that he is making time to pursue other passions in his life. Christine and I wish him success, health and happiness.”

Wiggins stated that he will continue to pursue several academic and professional interests.

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Announcing “WET X” – the Next Generation of Community’s WET Series

Community announces “WET X” – thirteen new models of its acclaimed WET Series featuring innovative next generation techniques that redefine outdoor loudspeaker construction and improve sonic performance. WET X’s exclusive hand-laid fiberglass enclosures are internally lined with marine-grade plywood and use innovative drivers to provide premium sound quality for both outdoor and indoor venues. The versatile 12-inch and 15-inch, two-way, full-range WET X loudspeakers offer six rotatable horn patterns, high output, and unmatched LF extension. WET X loudspeakers contain a large diaphragm 1.4-inch exit high frequency compression driver and can produce the same output levels as the largest WET II loudspeakers but in enclosures only half the size. The low frequency cone and internal circuitry have Community’s proprietary Envirotech™ coating for improved weather-resistance. The WX218SDF, a downfire dual 18-inch model, adds an ultra-high-performance subwoofer to the line.

WET X enclosures feature a modified trapezoidal silhouette that improves upon the uniquely curved shape of Community’s WET II enclosures, bringing a more traditional look and feel to the loudspeakers while still providing the same outdoor direct exposure resistance and streamlined shape to reduce wind load.

Internally, the flat surfaces are fully lined with 18mm (7-layer) marine grade plywood to provide the sonic benefits of wood inside of Community’s fiberglass enclosures. All of the wood is resin-sealed to reinforce the enclosure’s weather resistance. The outer shell is handcrafted of multi-layer fiberglass with a smooth glossy finish and is available in black or white, with custom paint colors optional. All models include a dual-layer powder-coated stainless steel mounting bracket.

WET X’s combination of multiple horn options, high output and extreme weather-resistance brings exceptional sound and speech quality to any outdoor or multi-purpose application. With the introduction of WET X, Community continues to provide stylish loudspeakers with theatrical quality sound in weather-resistant enclosures that will deliver high performance in all conditions for many years.

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Solid State Logic Appoints Jay Easley as Vice President of Live Consoles

Industry Veteran Will Lead the Company’s Expedition into the Live Market in North and South America

OXFORD, UK – SSL Inc., the U.S. operation of Solid State Logic, is pleased to announce that Jay Easley has been appointed Vice President of Live Consoles in the Americas. Previously with Midas and Klark Teknik (MKT), Easley has had a successful sales and marketing career in the live sound market, with many years experience in global audio console launches, acquiring new business and increasing market share. In this new role, Easley brings his vast understanding of the live market to promote SSL’s recently introduced ‘Live’ console, which brings the industry standard, sonic legacy of the SSL brand to the stage.

Working closely with the team in the Americas, Easley’s initial goal is to build industry awareness of the SSL Live Console. He will also work closely with Jason Kelly, SSL’s newly appointed Live Product Manager, to define future product enhancements tailored to the needs of specific clients. Using his extensive knowledge of the performance market through years of successful console placements, Easley will help dealers and mix engineers understand the many benefits of this innovative, advanced technology live sound console.

“Jay’s extraordinary stature in the live sound industry brings a high level of credibility for SSL as we enter this exciting market segment,” says Piers Plaskitt, CEO of SSL, Inc. “His surgical focus and successful experience in live sound applications makes him the ideal choice to lead the charge for the Live Console in North and South America. We believe the addition of Jay on the SSL team will herald in a new era of technology leadership for the live sound market.”

Most recently, Easley served as Associate Vice President of MKT’s North American operations. In this position, he developed and executed sales and marketing strategies, new product introductions, and delivered presentations, seminars and training classes to clients and partners.

“I am truly honored to work for SSL, a company that I consider to have an unparalleled reputation for excellence and reliability,” says Easley. “I am excited to lead the Live Console business in the Americas. We have the opportunity to show customers SSL’s advanced console technology that exceeds industry expectations for what is now available for live sound. This is SSL and we expect the Live Console will have the same leadership impact on the live sound industry as it has enjoyed with the music, broadcast, post and film markets for decades.”

Solid State Logic is the world’s leading manufacturer of analogue and digital audio consoles and provider of creative tools for music, broadcast and post production professionals. For more information about our award-winning products, please visit: www.solidstatelogic.com.

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JCB’s New Brand Experience Made Possible With the Help of Electrosonic

World-renowned construction and agricultural equipment company JCB opened a new brand experience at its headquarters in Rocester, England. Electrosonic was on board to support the integrated AV presentations that play a key role in helping visitors interpret “The Story of JCB.” As the AV systems integrator, Electrosonic continued a very long association with JCB, which goes back some 40 years.

Designed by Studio MB, the customer attraction – which combines a museum, a showroom and an immersive exhibition with brand promotion – is primarily targeted to the company’s sales efforts. JCB headquarters receives some 15,000 customer visits annually from all over the world, and this number is expected to increase as a result of the launch of “The Story of JCB.” The 25,000 square-foot installation is housed in the former JCB Design Centre and showcases 16 vehicles of all vintages.

The company’s origins date back to 1820 as Bamfords Agricultural Engineers. Joseph Cyril Bamford (Mr. JCB) brought the company into the modern era after military service in WWII. The Early Years exhibition includes a corrugated iron “barn wall,” which acts as a projection surface for a film about the early years in the post-war era. Stacked bales of straw also serve as a projection screen for visuals alongside a single-arm hydraulic loader that fits on most tractors – a very successful product for JCB.

The next part of the exhibition depicts how JCB was built up as a brand and features one of the celebrated “Dancing Diggers,” a famous aspect of JCB’s product introductions which were used to perform intricately choreographed moves showing off the product’s versatility. A digger in mid-dance frames a screen presenting a video on brand development. Exhibits on the Loadall telescopic loader and the 110 crawler digger explain the evolution of their design, and include a localized soundtrack fed through four overhead loudspeakers triggered by a break-beam sensor.

The Global Expansion zone looks at JCB’s 22 plants around the world. The company’s international activities are projected onto a hemisphere set into the floor. Individual exhibit tables with built-in LCD screens detail the activities of some of the principal units. An LED ticker overhead displays statistics.

A full-size wireframe model of the JS200 tracked excavator, made from 8mm steel rods and weighing two tons, is a striking introduction to the exhibit “Our Largest Vehicles for the World’s Largest Projects.” A nearby screen displays a video on the excavator and JCB’s other heavy equipment. Opposite the JS200, a three-ton JCB Fastrac chassis is suspended over a nine-screen videowall located in a raised bed on the floor. It displays a video about the pioneering chassis design and the products based on it.

A curved wall comprised of crates of spare parts acts as a projection surface highlighting the company’s worldwide parts and service organization. Another exhibit explores products for the military and includes visuals of the products in action.

More AV elements come into play for the exhibit on diesel engines and the super-sleek JCB Dieselmax car, which holds the world speed record for a diesel-powered car at 350 mph. A panoramic screen behind the vehicle displays its record-breaking run on the Utah salt flats.

In the awards section, a rear projection screen shows the many distinguished visitors to JCB, including prime ministers and royals.

“The Story of JCB” concludes with the Wonderwall, which is formed by a line of four 46-inch LCD screens. In interactive mode, the displays perform like an animated card index of JCB products; at other times, they scroll through images of JCB products.

Customers typically take a guided tour of the exhibits with guides using Apple iPods to trigger installations. The shows can also run automatically in sequence or play as continuous loops with no formal visitor control. The entire AV system can be controlled from simple touch panels at the exhibition entrance and exit. The password-protected controls can fire up or shut down the whole system and select the mode of operation.

Electrosonic opted to standardize the AV equipment throughout the installation as much as possible. 7thSense Delta Nano servers replay video for the loader, Global Expansion and Parts and Service displays, where irregular screen shapes require some geometry correction. A 7thSense Delta Duo server replays video for the Dieselmax car exhibit, which requires both edge blending and synchronized playback.

All other video playback is from Brightsign HD220 units, some of them located adjacent to the displays and controlled by LAN using powerline plug-in adapters. In all other cases, video distribution is over CAT 5 cable using DVI extenders.

Electrosonic chose an Optoma projector for the introductory “barn wall” screen. All other projectors are high-output, single-chip DLP Christie projectors (models DHD670-E, DS+750, DHD800) with light outputs in the range of 5800-8000 lumens, and accommodating both HD and SXGA formats.

NEC 46-inch LCDs are deployed in the Wonderwall and in the videowall under the Fastrac chassis. Winmate open-frame 21-inch LCDs are built into display counters.

Source and control equipment is located in three racks alongside the exhibition to minimize cable runs. Within each rack, audio from the media players is fed to an AMX Precis DSP, and then to Cloud multi-channel amps in a mixture of 4- and 8-channel units.

Exhibit loudspeakers are primarily from the Tannoy Di range (models Di 8DC, Di 6DC, Di 5DC).

The entire AV system is controlled by an AMX NI-900 integrated controller; all devices are connected to it through a LAN. In addition to the small control panels previously cited, full control and monitoring of every device is available from a master control built into the main AV rack and from an AMX MVP-9000i wireless control panel. These panels can only be operated by authorized maintenance personnel.

Studio MB of Edinburgh was the design and build contract lead. Exhibition fit out was performed by SharmanShaw Exhibitions Ltd. of Leeds. Lighting design was by Nich Smith of Glasgow and the electrical contractor was Andrews Electrical of Burton on Trent. AV content was written and co-designed by Studio MB, and co-designed and produced by ISO Design of Glasgow. Quadrille Media Ltd. of Edinburgh encoded the content. The AV consultant for the project was Edinburgh-based Douglas Bolton.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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