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D.A.S. AUDIO IS THE SOURCE OF PRISTINE SOUND QUALITY AT LAS VEGAS’ SAXE THEATER

*** (from left to right) Jeff Pressler, Don Hartley, and Mariano Ferolla.***

Las Vegas, NV – July 2013 … Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops of the Planet Hollywood Resort on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, the Saxe Theater is home to several of this town’s most popular shows. In addition to hosting BeatleShow! – the award winning tribute to the Beatles, patrons can also see national TV headliner and America’s Got Talent star, Nathan Burton; as well as the winner of BroadwayWorld.com’s 2012 Resident Show of The Year: VEGAS! the Show. Entertainment is king here, so all aspects of a show must be top notch. That’s precisely why the Saxe Theater recently upgraded their sound reinforcement capabilities by installing a new loudspeaker system drawn from the Aero Series 2 and Convert catalogs of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio.

GC Pro, the outside sales division of Guitar Center that focuses on the requirements of professional users, was contracted to design and install the Saxe Theater’s new sound system. GC Pro Account Manager Don Hartley, working in conjunction with Jeff Pressler, Head of Audio for David Saxe Productions, penned a system that consisted of eight Aero 12A powered two-way, mid-high line array modules with additional support from a pair of Convert 12A powered two-way full range loudspeakers. GC Pro’s Hartley, who was closely involved in the project from early system demonstrations to the actual design and installation, discussed the project. more

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Revolabs Expands Presence in Europe With New Nimans Partnership

Distribution Agreement Augments Availability of Award-Winning Revolabs FLX(TM) Conference Phone

SUDBURY, Mass. — July 23, 2013 — Revolabs Inc. today announced its partnership with Nimans, a leading telecommunications and data distribution specialist based in the United Kingdom. Effective immediately, the company will carry the Revolabs FLX(TM) wireless conference phone, expanding the availability of the award-winning solution throughout Europe. Designed for conference rooms, executive offices, and small office/home office (SoHo) settings, FLX brings Revolabs’ renowned large-room wireless audio performance to smaller spaces at an incredibly low price. more

Musician, Engineer and Pilot Joe Ellis Soars to Greater Sonic Heights With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3 Digital Mixing Console

MOSINEE, Wisconsin – Musician Joe Ellis’ career is flying higher than ever these days—literally and figuratively, as Ellis is a professional commercial airline pilot and a professional musician and audio engineer. When he’s not flying, Ellis appears as a host on the TV show “The Aviators,” performs with his band under the moniker “Joe.e” and uses a HARMAN Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console to mix live sound for a growing number of bands and events.

Like so many musicians, Ellis came to the point where he realized he needed to make the transition from analog to digital mixing. The artists and bands he worked with wanted it, and more and more he found that he personally wanted a digital console for advantages like increased flexibility, built-in reverb and effects and other benefits. Recently, Ellis found another reason to take his sound system to a higher level.

“Every summer the city of Wausau, Wisconsin does a series of weekly outdoor concerts called ‘Concerts on the Square,’” Ellis noted. “I was fortunate enough to be chosen as the front of house mixer for the series. However, that meant I had to buy an entirely new sound system. I’d been used to doing small to mid-sized clubs.”

Ellis realized this challenge offered the perfect opportunity to move up to a digital console. After looking at what various companies had to offer, Ellis chose a Soundcraft Si Expression 3. He had worked on Soundcraft Si Compact models before and liked their audio quality and ease of mixing and thought the Si Expression 3 would be a logical upgrade.

“What sold me on the Soundcraft Si Expression 3 was the sound quality,” said Ellis. “I was used to using very high-quality analog consoles and was not willing to compromise on audio performance. The sound I can get from the Si Expression 3 is as good–if not better–than anything I’ve used before, and its functionality and ability to do everything I need are perfect for me.” In addition to the “Concerts on the Square” shows, Ellis uses the Si Expression 3 for everything from club dates with his band to mixing local rock bands to mixing a 9-piece wedding band.

Summer is the busiest time of the year for Ellis, and now that he’s using the Soundcraft Si Expression 3, it’s getting even busier, and not just from his front of house role for “Concerts on the Square.” Ellis works with a production company that subs work out to him and now that he has an Si Expression 3, he’s getting more business from the company. “They appreciate the fact that I have a console that they know will sound great in any situation, and that plays well with their other gear,” Ellis concluded.

Joe Ellis’ career can be followed at www.joeellismusic.com.

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson®, and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Bannister Lake Releases BL Alert Tracker — an Emergency Notification and Information Distribution System

CAMBRIDGE, ON, Canada, July 23, 2013Bannister Lake announces the release of BL Alert Tracker — a dynamic emergency notification system that offers an affordable alert management solution for live television broadcasts, second screen displays, digital signage installations, as well as mobile and web platforms.

BL Alert Tracker offers complete control and flexibility over a variety of alerts, including EAS, AMBER alerts, weather, news, and other event and information notifications. The web-based content management interface combines automated data retrieval with manual text insertion and supports the inclusion of images. All alerts automatically expire after a period of time to ensure accurate, timely information distribution.

In an emergency, broadcasters, government offices, schools, and interest groups have only a few minutes to share emergency messaging with the public. “BL Alert Tracker’s simplified interface can group alerts by topic or location,” stated Georg Hentsch, president of Bannister Lake. “The solution is powerful enough to include in-line modification and spell checking tools, smart enough to prevent stale messaging, and streamlined enough to make the alert creation process simple. It’s the perfect set and forget solution.”

About Bannister Lake Software Inc.
Bannister Lake is a leading provider of professional video graphic display solutions for broadcast television, cable, satellite, digital signage and audio visual applications worldwide. Our display solutions integrate seamlessly with existing infrastructure, automating the process of data entry for video graphics display, and improving the productivity of organizations.

Visit Bannister Lake online: www.bannisterlake.com

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First Presbyterian Is Covered by Iconyx

Tyler, TX, July 2013….  The majestic white columns and stately brick edifice of First Presbyterian Church have welcomed generations of worshipers in this east Texas town for nearly a century. Recently the church’s much-beloved 650-seat sanctuary underwent a major makeover that included new seating and décor, and a new sound system based around the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered column array loudspeakers.

“It’s a beautiful, traditional, high-ceilinged space, and spoken word intelligibility has always been a bit of a challenge,” explains Derek Anderson of Longview, TX-based Sound Logic Integrations. As Anderson observes, until recently the technology didn’t exist to address the issues. “They put in a fairly elaborate system around ten years ago, and even though it was state-of-the-art for the time, it never really solved the problem.”

Acoustical design firm Kirkegaard Associates of Chicago were brought in to design a new system for the room. “Aesthetics was a big concern,” says Anderson. “The previous system clashed badly with the room’s architecture, and they were determined to avoid that mistake again.”

More than a dozen speakers in the previous system were replaced by a single pair of Iconyx IC24-R-II columns on either side of the proscenium. “The room is fairly deep, and we chose the IC24 because it gave us excellent control over directivity,” says Anderson. “We were really able to steer the sound to cover only the seating areas, without hitting the walls and floors and other reflective surfaces.”

Installation of the Iconyx system was simple and straightforward, a tremendous asset considering the tight schedule. “We had a window of only a few weeks to install the system, so we were quite happy with how easy it all went in,” says Anderson. “We finished literally only a few hours before the first service.”

Anderson says the IC24′s low profile certainly met the aesthetics challenge head-on. “The day we were finishing up the install, some of the church elders walked in and asked me where we were going to hang the speakers,” he reports. “They didn’t even see them until I pointed them out.”

Of course, the true test is in the sound, and the Iconyx has scored high marks there as well. “Everyone has been very happy with the results,” says Anderson. “They went from using more than thirty hearing assist systems to using about five or six.”

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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. 

Clay Paky and grandMA2 Celebrate The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary

Photo: Todd Kaplan

The Rolling Stones have wrapped the U.S. leg of their 50 and Counting world tour with Clay Paky lighting fixtures and grandMA2 consoles along for the still-wild ride. A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of Clay Paky and MA Lighting products in North America.

The Stones sell-out 50th anniversary tour is their first in six years. They opened the U.S. leg May 3 in LA and concluded their 18 dates June 24 in Washington, D.C. The legendary band performed on a stage set featuring a giant set of psychedelic lips and a tongue-shaped walkway that riffed on their iconic logo. Upstaging supplied the lighting equipment for the tour.

Lighting Designer Patrick Woodroffe chose Clay Paky Alpha Wash 1500s for the gigs. Co-Lighting Director Ethan Weber comments, “They’re a very impressive, bright, good-looking light.”

They also scattered a complement of Clay Paky Sharpy fixtures around the trusses. “You see Sharpys on every show now,” Weber points out. “It’s a turnaround from a few years ago when we were all using large format lights as our 3rd source. They add a nice texture to most any look.”

Weber and Programmer/Co-Lighting Director Dave Hill manned two grandMA2 full-size consoles, networked together, for the tour. “We love them, ” says Weber. “I handled the key lighting on one console and Dave ran the bulk of the system off the other.” Both men are veteran Stones lighting directors with Hill having programmed every tour since Steel Wheels. And both are veteran MA users.

“We both spent a few years on the grandMA,” Weber says. “I switched over to the grandMA2 last year for Green Day, and found it a very fluid changeover. The grandMA2 has a good feel and look to it-a mature version of the 1. I very much like the way it programs and operates-the bigger screens make for quicker access, the effects engine is much improved, more functional macros, etc. And I’m very appreciative that the command syntax is close to that of the 1. It seems like it can be hit or miss with updated/re-designed consoles, but think MA got it right with the 2

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Spreading the News: Yamaha Training Sessions Head to New York

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Training Seminars (YCATS) will hold training sessions in New York on August 13 and 14, 2013. Sessions include M7CL for Beginners, M7CL for Advanced Users, and Yamaha Technology Partners Sessions.

For more information, course description, seminar location, and registration visit: http://yamahacommercialaudiosystems.com/training.php?catID=11001.

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Greater Faith Gets Varia

Indiana Church is Home to One of the First Varia Systems in the US

New Albany, IN… The Church of the Greater Faith is an active and forward-thinking Pentecostal congregation that has been growing by leaps and bounds, thanks in no small part to their contemporary approach to worship. Indeed, Greater Faith’s rapid growth has been a source of both joy and challenges, and as their numbers have swelled, their modest 700-seat sanctuary now hosts two Sunday morning services, with a third service added in the afternoon.

The peaked, metal A-frame structure has long suffered from challenging acoustics, and as Jason Ryder, General Manager of Lake Charles, LA-based Porche Advance Systems explains, efforts over the years to improve the situation have only made things worse.

“Their original system was poorly designed and underpowered to begin with, and they spent the next 11 years trying to fix it,” says Ryder. “The end result was a patchwork of mis-wired, out-of-phase components, and a room with dead spots and really poor, uneven coverage everywhere.”

“They knew they ultimately needed to replace the entire system, but they had been reluctant to do so because they were looking at moving to a larger venue within the next couple of years,” adds owner Jacob Porche. “But with Varia, we were able to design an expandable, flexible system that would work for them now, and become part of their new system later. When they build the new sanctuary, these three cabinets will become the bottom three cabinets in a larger, eight-cabinet array. The fact that this was an investment that could grow with them was a huge plus.”

The new system comprises left and right arrays, each with three Varia cabinets. “The top box has a 90 by 7 degree horn pattern, the middle cabinet has the transitional horn that goes from 90 to 120 degrees wide by 15 degrees vertical, and the bottom unit covers 22 degrees vertical by 120 degrees wide,” says Porche. “That tapered approach enabled us to cover the entire space without resorting to EQ and processing, and to achieve a remarkably flat response from left to right. There is not a single dead spot in the entire sanctuary now.”

Ryder says the congregation’s response to the new system has been unmistakable. “They were all singing louder and moving with the music – the energy level in the room was fantastic.” And the message is getting across now too. “One of the church’s board members came up to me after a service to thank me,” adds Porche. “He said it was the first time he’d ever been able to hear every word of the sermon, and every instrument in the band.”

“With Varia, Renkus-Heinz has developed a system that can truly adapt to any environment,” Porche concludes. “The system’s variable coverage means it can work in any room, and its modular, expandable design means that the system will not become obsolete once the church moves to larger quarters.”

The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® Holds “Hear It Like I Hear It” in New York City

Presented with the Consumer Electronics Association Audio Division, This Event Included GRAMMY®-Winning Engineer Andrew Scheps Pushing Forward with Popular “Lost In Translation” Lecture Series, along with a Session from Tom Fleischman and GRAMMY Winner Elliot Scheiner on Audio in Film

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (July 19, 2013) — On the evening of Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in New York City, The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing® hosted “Hear It Like I Hear It,” a joint presentation of the P&E Wing and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®) Audio Division, and scheduled in conjunction with CE Week in New York. Held in an intimate setting in Manhattan’s Alison 18 restaurant, just a few short blocks from the CE Week exhibits, it was attended by prominent members of the audio community, consumer audio media and journalists from the mainstream press.

The first half of the evening featured GRAMMY®-winning engineer Andrew Scheps’ presentation “Lost In Translation,” again part of the P&E Wing and CEA Audio Division’s ongoing “Quality Sound Matters” initiative, which educates about and demonstrates the importance of high-quality audio. The lecture provided an engaging, revelatory and humorous presentation of current audio format comparisons. Set in a high-end listening environment featuring a Genelec 5.1 Active Monitoring System, the multimedia demonstration showcased the auditory differences of master recordings played back in different formats such as vinyl, CD, MP3, AAC and online streaming models. Scheps has engineered and mixed for some of the biggest acts in the business, including Adele, Green Day, Linkin Park, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and U2. He is a two-time GRAMMY winner for his work on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Stadium Arcadium and Adele’s 21 albums and was named the 2012 International Recording Engineer of the Year by the UK’s Music Producers Guild.

The evening’s second half focused on audio in film, and GRAMMY-winning engineer Elliot Scheiner (The Eagles, Steely Dan) and prominent re-recording mixer Tom Fleischman (Silence of the Lambs, The Aviator, Gangs of New York) discussed their recent project, the documentary film History of the Eagles. Showing clips from the documentary, Fleischman and Scheiner discussed how they were able to remix audio from vintage live recordings of the band for the documentary’s rich 5.1 surround sound format. Scheiner has worked with the Eagles for decades, putting him in a unique position to reflect the band’s signature sound and original creative intent on the newly mixed footage, and he discussed this process in the context of their classic albums and recording sessions.

Maureen Droney, P&E Wing Senior Executive Director, stated, “The ‘Hear It Like I Hear It’ event was another successful venture for the P&E Wing, and we were especially pleased to present these sessions with the CEA Audio Division. The ‘Lost in Translation’ lecture series from Andrew Scheps has been a true highlight of recent events, providing an entertaining yet simple and practical exploration of the various formats delivering music to consumers today. Pairing it with Elliot Scheiner and Tom Fleischman’s engaging lecture on their Eagles documentary audio work was a wonderful choice, as those two gentlemen, in discussing their 5.1-for-film mixing methods, were able to complement Scheps’ lecture with more examples of the importance of quality sound. We thank all three of these minds for sharing their insight.”

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Audio-Technica Supports Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School’s New Recording Program

STOW, OH, July 19, 2013 — Audio-Technica, a leading innovator in transducer technology for over 50 years, is proud to be among an elite group of audio equipment manufacturers lending key support to Nashville’s Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School (the only entertainment magnet high school in the country) as it rolls out its new recording technology program and world-class recording studio, the result of Nashville Metro Schools’ “Music Makes Us” initiative. The studio was designed and assembled by leading members of The Recording Academy® Producers & Engineers Wing®, and is part of the first-ever student-run record label in a high school. On May 8, 2013, members of the P&E Wing, along with Nashville public officials, representatives from Audio-Technica and other key sponsors, members of the media and more attended a red-carpet event at the school’s campus celebrating the grand opening of the program and facility.

The studio, which will serve the school’s Academy of Entertainment Management and Academy of Entertainment Communication divisions, is a multi-room facility with a large control room that will allow several students and teachers to work comfortably using the recording equipment, synthesizers, digital samplers and drum machines. The studio also features a sizable tracking room where the Audio-Technica microphones will be employed as students capture recordings of live musicians. The facility also features several isolation booths and two 5.1 surround sound editing suites. In addition, the studio houses a multi-station teaching area with 30 Apple iMac-equipped workstations connected to the teacher’s station and the studio.

A-T equipment in the studio includes two ATM650 Hypercardioid Dynamic Microphones; an ATM450 Cardioid Condenser Instrument Microphone; three ATM25/LE Limited edition Hypercardioid Dynamic Instrument Microphones; two AT4081Bidirectional Ribbon Microphones; two AT4033/CL Side address Cardioid Condenser Microphones; an AT4047/SV Side address Cardioid Condenser Microphone; an AT4050 Multi-pattern Condenser Microphone; two AT4051b Cardioid Condenser Microphones; an AT4050ST Stereo Condenser Microphone; and five sets of ATH-M50s straight-cable Studio Monitor Headphones.

Multiple GRAMMY® Award nominee Jeff Balding, P&E Wing Pearl-Cohn Subcommittee Chair, stated, “We thank Audio-Technica and all of our key sponsors. They provided an integral piece of this puzzle, and they have made a tremendous impact on this groundbreaking program. I can’t help but think of what a gift it will be for these students to be working with such state-of-the-art gear as Audio-Technica microphones and headphones. This is an unprecedented opportunity for the present and future of music, and we are proud to have Audio-Technica involved.”

Fellow subcommittee member Chuck Ainlay, who also acts as the Chair of the P&E Wing in Nashville, added, “I have personally been a long-time user of Audio-Technica microphones and headphones, and it’s great that the students at Pearl-Cohn will have the opportunity to use the same microphones that the pros use in the studio. With the support of companies like Audio-Technica, the recording technology program at Pearl-Cohn will help raise students’ expectations about the quality of music and have a tremendous impact on their lives.”

For more information, please visit www.audio-technica.com.

About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us is a joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Karl Dean and music industry and community leaders. The Music Makes Us initiative will lead the nation in music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape.

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