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Masque Sound Swings to the Beat for Chicago’s Theatrical Event of the Season, The Jungle Book

Equipment Package Captures Indian-Inspired Music to Enchant Audiences of All Ages

CHICAGO, JULY 29, 2013 – This summer The Jungle Book has swung into Chicago’s famed Goodman Theatre, enchanting audience members with its exuberant song and dance routines set against the backdrop of the Indian jungle. To give this new stage musical’s sound an authentic feel, Sound Designer Ray Nardelli turned to Masque Sound, a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, for a custom audio equipment package.

The Jungle Book is a music- and movement-filled adventure chronicling young Mowgli’s coming-of-age in the Indian jungle. Tony Award-winning Director Mary Zimmerman’s adaptation is based on Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 collection of stories and Walt Disney’s 1967 animated film, presenting the movie’s best-loved songs in wholly new Indian-inspired arrangements.

Nardelli’s involvement with The Jungle Book began in February, when Zimmerman and Music Director Doug Peck held a music workshop that brought together six Chicago swing/jazz musicians and six Indian instrumentalists playing sitars, tablas and carnatic violins to fuse songs and styles to create a sound unique to this production.

“The challenges in designing the sound for The Jungle Book were two-fold,” says Nardelli. “Not only did we have to balance these Indian instruments with Western jazz instruments, but we also had to integrate the musicians into the show by moving them from the orchestra pit to the stage for certain songs. As a result, the channel count of the show skyrocketed to a whopping 140.”

Moving the musicians between the orchestra pit and the stage several times during the show required a highly mobile audio package. To meet this challenge, Masque Sound created a custom solution for The Jungle Book that adapted the microphones into the wireless. According to Nardelli, “Blending the music with the action on stage was critical to the overall atmosphere of the show. Masque Sound’s work in micing up the Indian instruments, really helped make this possible. When they came on board, I knew we were going to have all of the expert service and equipment we needed to achieve this.”

For The Jungle Book, Masque Sound provided a custom Sennheiser wireless microphone package as well as a Yamaha CL5 digital mixing console. The company also supplied the show with an extensive speaker package from Meyer, including 13 M’elodie speakers, three Galileo UPMs for front fill, two 600-HP high-powered subwoofers and two Rio 32×16 boxes (one for the actors and one for the musicians’ pit). Masque Sound also supplied UPMs for each of Goodman Theatre’s 16 opera boxes, as the boxes were too far off axis. In addition, Masque Sound worked with Nardelli and David Naunton, the Goodman’s House Audio Supervisor to provide frequency coordination for the show to ensure all the frequencies in use did not cause signal interference.

“Working with Masque Sound always takes a huge weight off my shoulders,” adds Nardelli. “I have worked with them many times in the past and I just trust them. Their services are really the best in the industry. They are very conscientious of the details, and always take great care to ensure we are happy with their services.”

The Jungle Book is playing through August 18 at Goodman Theatre, located at 170 North Dearborn in Chicago. For more information, call (312) 443-3800 or visit www.GoodmanTheatre.org.

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 Vice President 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.

Iconyx Makes Things Clear for MannKind Pharmaceuticals

 

Danbury, CA – July 2013… Besides their corporate headquarters in southern California, MannKind Pharmaceuticals maintains two other campuses, including their technical operations team, located in Danbury, CT. It’s a busy campus, hosting several hundred employees involved in the company’s manufacturing, engineering, and quality assurance divisions. 

The campus’  central meeting point is a large, multipurpose room used for everything from lunches to corporate meetings and all types of presentations. It’s a bright, airy, and welcoming space, but as Richard Trombitas of New York-based Cardone, Solomon and Associates explains, the room has long been an acoustical challenge. 

“It’s a really nice looking space, but not great for spoken word intelligibility,” says Trombitas. “It’s got a fairly high ceiling, a wall of windows, and lots of reflective surfaces.” Colortone AV’s Joe Lemischak adds, “they had an old distributed system that had probably been installed when the room was built.”

According to Traci Centofanti, Mannkind’s Director of Information Technology, the room has long been problematic. “The system that was in here originally never quite did what it was intended to do,” Centofonti says. “The coverage was very spotty – some places in the room sounded okay, but if you moved a few feet over, you could barely make out what the presenter was saying.”

The solution was easily realized with a single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered array loudspeakers. Dual ICX7-II stacks on either side of one wall can easily provide even coverage all the way to the back of the room. 

“We had the columns custom-painted in metallic gray to match the room,” says Lemischak. “You can barely see them.” Custom mounts were designed to integrate the columns with the room’s existing structure.

Centofanti says the improvement was immediate and dramatic. “We’ve had numerous comments from people about the difference in the way things sound in there now,” she observes. “People are more involved and more attentive in presentations – they can finally hear what’s being said.” 

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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.

grandMA2 Supports Boston Strong Benefit Concert for ECLPS

A packed house raised the roof at TD Garden – and raised substantial funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing – at the Boston Strong concert May 30. The five-and-a-half hour show, headlined by top performers in music and comedy, utilized a lighting rig and grandMA2 consoles supplied by East Coast Lighting & Production Services (ECLPS). A.C.T Lighting is the exclusive distributor of MA Lighting in North America.

Proceeds from the benefit concert went to One Fund Boston, the compensation fund established to help bombing victims by Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino.

ECLPS’ Robert Morrissey worked with lighting designer Butch Allen to build a rig around the company’s inventory of fixtures. He also quickly worked out a deal with Brian Dowd of A.C.T Lighting to take speedy delivery of additional grandMA2 full-size and grandMA2 light consoles, boosting the ECLPS roster.

“Programmer extraordinaire Rob Koenig flew in and worked tirelessly to have the rig all programmed and ready to go and ran a grandMA2 for comedians Lenny Clarke, Steven Wright and Steve Sweeney,” Morrissey reports. The grandMA2 was also used by Jesse Blevins, who lit New Kids on the Block; Greg Maltby, who lit the band Boston; Aaron Swetland for country star Jason Aldean; Ephraim Sosna for J. Geils Band; and Martin Favorite for Extreme. Lighting designer Cosmo Wilson tapped the grandMA for Aerosmith; lighting designer Tom Wagstaff programmed for performances by James Taylor, Carole King and Jimmy Buffett.

“The concert went off without a hitch, thanks to all of the great people who participated in the event,” says Morrissey.

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Tecom re-Invents AV Lecterns – Case Study: Complex Technological Project, Easy to Use Interactive Lectern – Reutov, Moscow

In May, Russian AV system Integrator “Unisound” successfully completed a large scale conference rooms installation in Reutov, Moscow region. At the heart of this project, TecPodium Interactive lecterns were installed to allow easy presentation and control over the AV devices.

Unisound, Tecom longtime partner in Russia, has entered a contract to reconstruct the conference rooms, design, build and supply some of the most advanced and leading presentation technologies in the world, allowing great flexibility.
Now, the rooms include high definition video and audio conferencing – with the ability to record and simultaneously stream content, broadcast management capabilities, automatic shading, multiple video projection walls and more.

TecPodium Classroom Lectern

TecPodium Classroom Lectern

Tecom was pleased to have its newest and most advanced lectern – TecPodium Interactive (TPI-12W) – be part of such complex project and installation. The new Lecterns feature HD resolution support, a new PC with digital outputs, a wide screen interactive pen display, high resolution document camera, stereo sound and a new HD switcher scaler.
As a breakthrough audio-visual system for lecture halls, TecPodium Lectern has every multimedia capability built-in, and is managed through one simple control panel.

The rich functionality of the smart podium meets the requirements of any presenter and its’ simple, easy to use design meets the business-oriented requirements of the conference rooms.
TecPodiums have rapidly become the lectern-of-choice. Across the globe educational institutions, government facilities, hospitals, corporations and military are all installing TecPodium lecterns.

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See Barco & projectiondesign at Booth 1547 at EAS 2013

Highlighting some of the very best real-world examples from trusted ecosystem of expert partners

Visualization experts, Barco and projectiondesign® will be showcasing the breadth of their combined projection product offering at the European Attractions Expo 2013 (EAS 2013) through the demonstration of real-world examples.

Maria Dahl Aagaard, Product Marketing Manager

Maria Dahl Aagaard, product marketing manager at projectiondesign says: “Supplying some of the most prestigious and innovative theme park and visitor attractions operating today, the combined Barco and projectiondesign product lines are designed for high-performance imaging, outstanding colour reproduction, long-term use, reliability and rapid return on investment for the operator as well as an engaging experience for the visitor.

“Working at EAS 2013 and highlighting some of our best in class ecosystem of trusted technology partners, such as Holovis and Reactable, our products will demonstrate how they are part of transformational experiences in a range of demanding and cost effective applications.”

Next generation Holovis MotionDome™ launched at EAS

Holovis MotionDome™ is an immersive and interactive platform ideal for creating gaming or dark ride transformative experiences in 2D or 3D. The solution is scalable from small to large full dome theatres, completed with ride motion technology.

Four F35 AS3D active stereoscopic 3D DLP™ projectors are seamlessly edge blended on the Holovis MotionDome™ curved screen display, positioned above the participant’s eye line to create the completely immersive experience.

The MotionDome™ solution combines unrivalled attraction design with visual performance and control. Four F35 AS3D active stereoscopic 3D DLP™ projectors are seamlessly edge blended on the Holovis MotionDome™ curved screen display, positioned above the participant’s eye line to create the completely immersive experience, integrated with Holovis motion seat technology and interactive gaming devices. This is all driven by In-Mo® a proprietary Holovis technology that integrates real-time interactive game technology into the dome of choice.

A first of its kind in Dome Theatre attractions, Stuart Hetherington, CEO at Holovis says: “We are delighted to be bringing our extensive innovation-led expertise in high-end immersive and interactive experience design to EAS with our MotionDome™ technology. We are already working with a range of first to market clients including FECs, Property Asset Developers and major Theme Park operators on deploying these high impact, cost effective visitor attractions.

“Complementing our MotionDome™ technology will be our use of the stunning Barco OL-521 full-resolution stereoscopic 3D display wall. A range of Barco and projectiondesign® products will be displayed in formations that demonstrate how we have integrated these into our extensive range of turn-key solutions that transform the sensory experience, including videowall technology for visual system storyboarding.”

Barco’s OL-521 rear-projection video wall display will be shown for the first time at EAS 2013. The system uses a modular design ensuring that video cubes can be stacked to practically any size or position. Images are created using reliable LED illumination that brings several operational benefits to the visitor attractions and the leisure space including a small footprint, front-panel control and access, failsafe and cool operation, wide viewing angle and reliable DLP™ imaging technology. Using LED illumination means that the visual system operates up to 80,000 hours life-time in economy mode and has no moving parts. Calibration is achieved using Barco’s proprietary Sense6 calibration software.

The Reactable Experience ensures that EAS visitors will see, touch and hear sound!

Aimed at captivating, engaging and enthralling EAS visitors, on the Barco and projectiondesign stand will be live video and music performances using interactive table technology from Reactable. projectiondesign F22 projectors are installed inside the table with live HD camera feeds of video jockeys making music being displayed on the big screen using F32 projectors.

“Reactable is an electronic musical instrument with a simple and intuitive design. Visitors to EAS will be able to experiment and create sound, change its structure and control its parameters in a direct and unique way,” says Gunter Geiger, CEO at Reactable. “Through using projection as its visual interface, the musician is able to connect with his music creating a richer experience for himself and his audience by hearing, seeing and touching the sound.”

© Massimo Boldrin

EAS takes place between 18-20 September 2013 at the Paris Expo, Port de Versailles in Paris, France.

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Image credit: Reacatable © Massimo Boldrin

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University of Wisconsin’s Schofield Auditorium Gets Next Gen IC Live

 

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Eau Claire, WI... UW-Eau Claire’s oldest building, the stately brick façade of Schofield Hall dates back to the beginnings of this storied campus in 1916. In addition to the University’s main administration offices, the building is home to the Schofield Auditorium, a 600-seat multi-purpose venue that was recently treated to a complete renovation, from new seating and décor to modern, high-performance audio and video systems. 

“The room is primarily used for lectures, guest speakers and small group performances, and our primary focus was on achieving superior intelligibility,” explains Nancy Carlson of Audio Architects in Chippewa Falls. “But there are also a number of smaller musical groups and other performances in there, and we wanted to design a system that would be flexible enough to adapt to a wide range of programs and performances.”

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The system includes one of the first installations of the new generation of Iconyx IC Live digitally steered column arrays. As Carlson explains, the hall’s new architectural design enabled the two ICL-FR-TRIP columns to be completely concealed.

“They wanted a classic look, much like when the auditorium was built in 1916, and they didn’t necessarily want to see the speakers,” Carlson says. “They had designed some decorative columns on either side of the proscenium, which provided us with a perfect location for the Iconyx columns.” Four DR18-2R dual 18-inch powered subwoofers are also concealed in cavities in the front wall. “We had to have a general contractor reinforce the platforms, but we were able to hang a sound-transparent panel in front of them, making them equally unseen,” Carlson adds.

The audio system also includes a large-format Yamaha M7CL 48-channel digital console at Front of House. “We provided inputs at several different points in the room, and on stage, all wired back to the FOH console,” says Carlson. A Biamp AudiaFLEX CM unit handles system DSP. 

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Carlson says the IC Live’s steered beam technology provided an ideal solution for one of the room’s biggest challenges.”We needed to find a way to provide sound to the under-balcony seating, which was only about seven feet from floor to ceiling, while also providing even coverage to the upper balcony area. The Iconyx enabled us to direct individual sound beams both above and below the balcony, giving us consistent and even coverage to every seat in the house, without the need for under-balcony fills.” 

 

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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.

BASSMAXX Launches DiaMon DJ112: Huge Sound, Tiny Box

Self-powered monitor with amazing size to output ratio and unique design

Austin, TX (July 26, 2013)BASSMAXX proudly announces the availability of their new, very compact and very loud DiaMon DJ112. The DiaMon DJ112 gives venues more options for speaker placement without compromising on sound. It also provides mobile DJs big system volume while keeping setup time and effort to a bare minimum.

The DiaMon DJ112 is fully self-contained and needs nothing more than power and signal to be ready to play. Despite its small size, it has the output to keep up with several subwoofers. For portable applications, it’s intended to be mounted on a pole-stand above one or more of the BASSMAXX Profundo Series subwoofers. Used with a subwoofer system, the DiaMon is a powerful main speaker, capable of remarkable clarity at very high sound levels.

An example of their extraordinary size to output ratio came when world-famous DJ Andy C. was presented with them as his monitors. On seeing their size, his comment “That’s not going to do, mate!” was quickly followed by amazement at their volume. “What have you put in those things? I don’t think we need the mains!”

The DiaMon DJ112 is a high-output, self-powered, bi-amped, co-axial monitor that features a neodymium magnet 700W 12” woofer; a 3″ voice coil, a 1.4” exit compression driver; and a 1500W amplifier with an integrated digital signal processor. The compression driver plays through the center of the woofer, making it a true point-source cabinet. Both the woofer and tweeter coils share the same magnetic structure to keep size and weight to a minimum, and the cabinet is barely bigger than the 12″ woofer. The 1500-watt class D Powersoft amplifier features built-in digital signal processing that provides crossover functions as well as a full complement of protections, limiters and equalizers that ensure accurate, consistent, and reliable operation.

An impressive example of how the DiaMon integrates elegantly into a venue’s décor while simultaneously creating an intense dance sound system can be found at AMPED in Austin, TX. AMPED, an upscale, two-story dance and live music club on Austin’s famed Sixth Street features a full BASSMAXX system install with four DiaMon DJ112s for the dance floor mains, paired with two BASSMAXX SSP218 Profundo Subwoofers. With a limited amount of space upstairs and a roof that opens to the sky, this set-up enables the club to minimize obstruction of the view while maximizing sound quality and quantity.

Not only are the size and the sound quality compelling, but the DiaMon DJ112’s unique design makes the monitor a talking point for both DJs and their audience. The angle-cut corner allows it to be placed on a table and used as a DJ monitor without pole-mounting. An adjustable wall-mount bracket is also available. Gregory Selph, Operating Partner at TREEHOUSE Miami was the first to put the DiaMon DJ112 to the test as a DJ monitor. “It’s an ultra forward design that you just don’t see in any other clubs…” he reports. “The DJs, especially the European DJs – they love it – I love it. Looks aside, if they didn’t take the beatings our system took each night then it wouldn’t matter how great they look. We have put our new DiaMon DJ112 monitors through a pretty tortuous three months test drive, and again – no disappointments.” DJ Luke Hunter experienced the performance of the DiaMonDJ12 first hand while performing at Treehouse Miami, and raved “I’m completely blown away!”

Features:
• Stunning Output-to-Size and Weight Ratio
• Elegant and Unique Design and Grill
• Bi-Amped Self-Powered with Built-In DSP
• 1500W Digital Class D Amplifier
• Point Source Co-Axial Loudspeaker Offers:
– Superior Coherence
– Excellent Off-Axis Response
– Reduction of Feedback
• Pole-Mount, Wall-Mount and Tabletop placement options

The DiaMon DJ112 is $2,953 MSRP. Further information at www.bassmaxx.com or by calling toll-free (855) 822-7770.

About BASSMAXX
Since 1999, BASSMAXX has designed and delivered powerful and efficient sound systems to the live sound and high-end club market. Applying a ruthless practicality to uncompromising standards of quality and reliability has yielded a product line that is both exotic in performance and accessible in price. BASSMAXX is based in Austin, TX. More information at www.bassmaxx.com

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Indian Performer Sunitha Sarathy Signs On As A HARMAN AKG Endorsee

MUMBAI, India – HARMAN India today announced that it has signed vocalist and performer Sunitha Sarathy as an AKG endorsee. Based in southern India, Sarathy possesses a voice of uncommon beauty and depth of feeling and is equally at home performing Indian contemporary music, western classical music and other western styles and in church choirs as a gospel singer.

In 2000, Sarathy won the “Virgin Voice Choice” contest sponsored by Virgin Records and Channel [V] India, taking first prize over 45,000 other contestants. Her professional career took off after singing the full-length solo song “Thoodu Varuma” for the blockbuster Tamil film, Kaakha Kaakha in 2003. She has since contributed to more than 350 Indian films and is also accomplished as a percussionist and keyboard player performing Western classical, soul, jazz and other styles.

Sarathy uses the AKG C5 professional vocal condenser microphone for live performance and the C414 XL II reference multi-pattern condenser mic for recording. “I love the AKG C5 and C414 XL II for their sonic purity, warmth and presence,” said Sarathy. “I know I can depend on the C5 to deliver outstanding sound anywhere I perform, night after night and it sounds exceptionally rich and detailed.”

“I can hear why the C414 XL II has become such a classic recording studio mic,” Sarathy continued. “It captures all of my vocal nuances and dynamics. I am always thrilled to hear a playback after singing through the C414.”

“We are thrilled to have Sunitha Sarathy come on board as an AKG endorsee,” said Ankush Agarwal, Director- Marketing & Business Development, HARMAN Professional India. “She is the first female solo vocalist to join the roster of international artists who endorse AKG in India, and this move reflects our commitment to associate with a wide variety of Indian musicians, artists and genres.” Other Indian AKG band and artist endorsees include Soulmate, Sivamani, Niladri Kumar and Ranjit Barot.

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

Premier Production & Sound Services Delivers World-Class Audio to Variety of Events with HARMAN’s Crown, JBL and Soundcraft Audio Components

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Over a 4-day span, Premier Production & Sound Services (PSS) worked with over 127 bands in Baton Rouge and New Orleans at various music festivals and events, including the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, LSU’s “Groovin’ on the Grounds” and the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans. For the live sound reinforcement of each event, PSS provided HARMAN’s Crown amplifiers, JBL loudspeakers and Soundcraft mixing consoles.

LSU’s student government and LSU student group “Students on Target” coordinate the annual “Groovin’ on the Grounds” concert in Baton Rouge, which combines live musical performances and LSU’s Wellness Fair. This year, Lupe Fiasco, Levee Daze, Yelawolf and Grace Porter highlighted the “Groovin’ on the Grounds” lineup with PSS providing audio for the Main Stage and the Wellness Stage.

On the Main Stage, PSS deployed 24 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements (12 per side), 18 JBL VTX S28 subwoofers (nine per side in a cardioid array), four JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements per side for down fill and front fill, and four VT4886 subcompact line array elements plus two VT4883 subcompact subwoofers per side for side fill. Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers powered the system and all monitor amplifiers were Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD models. PSS used a Soundcraft Vi6 as the front of house console for the Main Stage. For the Wellness Stage, PSS supplied a system highlighted by JBL PRX portable loudspeakers, including two JBL PRX612M loudspeakers per side, two PRX618S-XLF subwoofers per side and two PRX615M stage monitors.

Known as “The Largest Free Festival in the South,” the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans hosts jazz and blues performers and was attended by over 500,000 fans this year. PSS provided audio for four stages at The French Quarter Festival: the Riverside Capitol One Stage, Jackson Square Stage, Chevron Stage, and Kids’ Stage.

At the Riverside Capitol One Stage, PSS installed four JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements per side, three ground-stacked JBL SRX728 subwoofers and two JBL VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements per side. Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers powered the system and Soundcraft Si2 consoles were used for both front of house and monitor positions.

At the Jackson Square Stage, PSS provided three JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements per side and three ground-stacked JBL SRX728 subwoofers per side with Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers powering the system that was fed by a Soundcraft Vi1 console at front of house and a Soundcraft Si Compact 32 at the monitor position.

The system at the Chevron Stage featured three JBL SRX722 loudspeakers stacked on top of three JBL SRX728S subwoofers per side powered by Crown I-Tech 4000 amplification. PSS used a Soundcraft Series 5 at front of house featuring Lexicon effects and BSS processing and the monitor console was a Soundcraft Si Compact 32. At the Kids’ Stage, PSS provided one JBL SRX722 loudspeaker per side on top of two JBL VRX918S subwoofers per side. Two Crown I-Tech 5000 amplifiers powered the main system with two Crown XTi 4000 amplifiers for the monitors.

All systems at the French Quarter Festival used JBL SRX712M stage monitors, with a total of 32 SRX712M monitors across all stages.

This year, the Baton Rouge Blues and Heritage Festival was the largest the event has ever been, featuring headliners such as Robert Randolph and the Family Band and Bobby Rush. In its first year running both stages at the festival, PSS provided JBL VERTEC line arrays for the main stage, a JBL SRX loudspeaker system for the smaller stage, complemented by Soundcraft Si Compact 32 consoles and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

PSS has been a Soundcraft customer for many years and Russ Bryant, Director of Operations and Co-Owner of PSS, was impressed with both the Vi and Si series. “Across the entire line, the Soundcraft consoles have better audio quality than all of their competitors,” said Bryant. “The Vi series is extremely flexible, easy to use and I really like the fact that their stage boxes are compatible across the Vi and Si lines.”

In addition, Bryant commented on the advantages of the new JBL V5 presets for VERTEC. “We are very happy with the V5 tunings and the improved processing, especially the limiting in the I-Tech HD amplifiers,“ Bryant concluded.

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.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.

Rock Star University Delivers the Decibels With HARMAN’s JBL, Crown, Soundcraft and AKG

SANTA ROSA, California – Santa Rosa’s Rock Star University (www.rockstaruniversity.com) teaches students how to play like the pros. The “House of Rock” offers instruction in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals and stage performance. Located in an 8,000-square-foot music and media production building, the school is equipped with a 1,000-square-foot stage complete with stacks of amplifiers, drums, audio and video recording facilities and a complete pro audio system including HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array loudspeakers, Crown I-Tech HD Series amps, a Soundcraft Vi1 mixing console and AKG microphones.

Rock Star University was built from the ground up – the owners purchased a warehouse, gutted it and converted it into a combination performance venue, music teaching school and rehearsal studio. The 350-seat performance area features a full stage with concert-quality lighting, video backline and sound. The audio and video system was installed by systems integrator Sound Expressions of Santa Rosa (www.soundexpressions.com) under the direction of Greg Adams.

Sound Expressions was one of the first systems contractors to ever install the VERTEC VT4886 line arrays in the US and chose the VT4886 subcompact line array element for Rock Star University, having outstanding results with the speaker in various sizes and shapes of venues. “For this space it was a home run out of the box,” said Adams. “We needed a low-profile line array system because of the low ceilings in the performance space and I knew the VT4886 would be perfect for it.” Adams and his team hung five JBL VT4886 loudspeakers on each side of the stage, with low-frequency reinforcement provided by one JBL SRX728 subwoofer per side. The system also features four JBL SRX712M stage monitors.

PA system amplification is courtesy of Crown I-Tech 12000HD power amps. “The I-Tech HD’s have tons of power and tons of headroom,” Adams noted. They’re really clean even when pushed hard and the sound tailoring and system tuning capabilities offered by their onboard DSP is unparalleled.” A Soundcraft Vi1 digital live sound console was chosen for its combination of small footprint yet large channel count, ease of use and flexibility. Rock Star University puts a big emphasis on recording its students’ performances so the students can listen to and learn from them, and the Vi1 is equipped with a MADI card that outputs multitrack digital audio from the console into a ProTools rig.

Rounding out the system is a complement of AKG vocal and instrument microphones. The drum kit is miked using D40 dynamic mics on the snare and tom toms, a C214 large-diaphragm condenser overhead mic and a C451 B condenser on the hi-hat. Several D5 handheld vocal mics are on hand and the guitar amps are miked with Perception 120 condensers. CM311 and 520L headworn mics are available for drummers who sing and WMS 470 wireless systems are used with electric guitars. In addition, three IVM4500 wireless in-ear monitoring systems are available for vocalists.

“Students who attend Rock Star University aren’t just going to some glorified rehearsal studio—thanks to the HARMAN Professional audio system and the same staging and lighting you’d find in a real music venue, the students are getting a complete learning experience that’ll have them ready to rock wherever they play,” Adams concluded.

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.

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