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Yamaha StageMix 4.0 Now Available

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the availability of StageMix 4.0 for Yamaha CL, M7CL, and LS9 digital consoles. Updates available include new Dynamics Parameter Editing, Output Port Delay Editing, Output Port Levels (Gain/Attenuation), PEQ Copy and Paste, Phantom Power Switching, Mix Send Pre/Post Switching, HPF Slope Parameter (CL V1.5 only), Retina Display Support, and other enhancements.

“StageMix Version 4 raises the bar for digital mixer iPad control,” states Kevin Kimmel, Systems Application Engineer, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “We’ve continuously set the standard since we released the first version in 2010.”

The StageMix App provides greater control and flexibility for both digital mixing consoles and enables the mixing engineer to freely adjust console parameters and sound levels by wireless control, rather than at the mix position. The App also provides features like Mute Group Masters; Channel Naming; Channel Pan; Send Levels in Meter Bridge; Tap Tempo; Selectable Input and Output Meter Positions; and DCA Faders (CL and M7CL only).

Yamaha StageMix Version 4 is available from the Apple iTunes Store as a free upgrade. For more information on StageMix Version 4, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

FHITTING ROOM GETS FIT WITH ASHLY

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Fhitting Room is a boutique fitness center in New York City that, instead of leading its clients through sustained low-intensity workouts, drives them to the edge of endurance via scientifically-grounded High Intensity Trainings (HITs). The relatively small space, which can accommodate fifteen clients at a time plus two instructors, is equipped with dumbbells, medicine balls, and a pair of rowing machines. Tenants live above the Fhitting Room, which places constraints on how loud the instructors can play the energetic music that motivates the HITs, and there is potential for tension between the immediate desire to drive the music ever louder and the restraint required of neighborliness. The Fhitting Room hired Essential Communications of nearby East Hanover, New Jersey to design and install a cost-effective audio system that would be transparent for the instructors to operate and that would prevent their exuberance from raising a conflict with the neighbors above. To satisfy all of those requirements, Essential Communications specified Ashly processing, amplification, and user control.

While regularly called on to perform A/V integration in hotels, restaurants, houses of worship, and so on, Essential Communications has cultivated a unique niche for audio systems in fitness facilities nationwide. “Price was definitely a huge consideration at the Fhitting Room,” said David Schwartz owner and chief systems designer at Essential Communications. “The founder had been a marketing executive at Pepsi-Cola, and she was funding this venture with her own money. Ashly processors and amplifiers are very cost-effective, and by specifying them I was able to give them all of the performance they requested, including volume limits so that the neighbors would not be disturbed, and ease of use for the staff.”

There are only three simple inputs to the system: an iPod input and two Sennheiser wireless headset microphones. Those feed an Ashly ne4400 4×4 DSP. In addition to standard equalization and dynamics to improve the sound quality in the space, the ne4400 also provides the brick wall limiting that prevents the instructors from driving the system too loudly. Output from the processor feeds an Ashly KLR2000 dual-channel amplifier. “Whenever possible, I like to specify systems with components made by the same manufacturer,” said Schwartz. “I feel that they are designed to work together. From an engineering standpoint, the brain trust that goes into building the different components has a common basis.” In dual mono mode, the KLR2000 powers Community V2-6 two-way loudspeakers.

Control of the system is as easy as it could possibly be. “I don’t like to give the instructors access to equalizers or anything like that,” said Schwartz. “It’s too complicated for them. Too many things can go wrong. I needed something simple, and the Ashly RW-8C remote level control was just the thing.” The RW-8C is a bank of eight faders plus a master fader that interfaces with the ne4400 to provide customized control. The RW-8C also gives the instructors the ability to mix the level of the microphones over the music. This is a very convenient feature that is difficult to achieve with other user interfaces. The Fhitting Room simply uses the first three faders for the iPod, headset 1, and headset 2 volumes. The master fader controls the overall volume. If the instructors try to drive the system too hard, the brick wall limiter kicks in, protecting the Fhitting Room’s good-neighbor status!

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

Iconyx Makes a Difference in Holy Cross’ Hogan Ballroom

Worcester, MA – August 2013….. The Boston metropolitan area is home to a number of colleges and universities rich in history and tradition. Among them, College of the Holy Cross stands out as one of the first Roman Catholic colleges in the region, if not the entire country. Its alumni include US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, NBC’s Chris Matthews, and LSD pioneer Timothy Leary.

The College’s Hogan Ballroom hosts a wide range of events, from regional theater and dance performances to high-profile public speaking engagements. As Jesse Anderson, Director of Audio Visual Services explains, the room has always been a problematic acoustical space.

“It’s a large space with some very reflective surfaces, and spoken word intelligibility has always been a challenge,” says Anderson. “Last year we had (Supreme Court Justice) Clarence Thomas in to give an address, and we had to rent a PA system. That was when we decided it was time to address the issue.” 

Working with Tom Oriola from the Boston offices of AV contractors AVI-SPL and Rich Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon and Associates, the College installed a system based around a pair of Iconyx IC8R-II digitally steerable column array loudspeakers. The system was commissioned by Trombitas just in time to make its debut with Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, making his farewell tour upon being appointed to the office of Secretary of State. 

“We selected the Iconyx primarily for its intelligibility, but it has already proven itself on several musical performances as well,” Anderson reports. “It has enabled us to steer the sound away from the floor and walls and other reflective surfaces, and direct it into the audience where it needs to be. Iconyx has made a tremendous difference for the Hogan Ballroom.” 

 

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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.

Wohler Promotes Craig Newbury to Vice President of Sales for the RadiantGrid Business Line

SAN FRANCISCO — Aug. 5, 2013 — Wohler Technologies today announced that Craig Newbury has been promoted to the role of vice president of sales for the company’s RadiantGrid business line. In this new position, Newbury leads a worldwide sales team in raising awareness and adoption of Wohler’s powerful RadiantGrid file-based workflow solutions for applications including transcoding, standards conversion, loudness correction, and quality control.

Newbury has more than 15 years of experience in the broadcast and media industry. Prior to joining Wohler in 2012 as a senior account executive, he served in sales and management roles at AXON Digital Design, AmberFin, and Snell & Wilcox (now Snell).

The RadiantGrid business line includes the RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) version 8.0 release, introduced at the 2013 NAB Show, and the award-winning WohlerCaption(TM) file-based closed-caption translation appliance. Wohler also makes RadiantGrid technology available in application-specific appliances including WohlerConverter(TM), WohlerCoder(TM), and WohlerLoudness(TM).

Further information about Wohler’s RadiantGrid business line is available at www.wohler.com.

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About Wohler Technologies Inc.
Wohler’s tradition of innovation began with the creation of the industry’s first in-rack audio, video, and data monitoring category, and continues today through its development of signal management and monitoring solutions for video, audio, captioning, and loudness applications. Wohler’s 2012 acquisition of RadiantGrid Technologies extends this award-winning product line to include the Wohler RadiantGrid Intelligent Media Transformation Platform(TM) for efficient file-based content creation and distribution, quality control, and faster-than-real-time transcoding and standards conversion. This new offering, combined with the company’s proven, cost-effective confidence monitoring, compliance recording, and content management solutions, ensures high-quality media production across any platform and delivery to any device. More information about Wohler is available at www.wohler.com.

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Historic Buenos Aires Building Revitalized As Di Tella University Campus Alcorta

WSDG Provides Acoustic, A/V & Interactive Expertise To Educational Complex

BUENOS AIRES: A once grand, but long-abandoned, state building, has been reclaimed as the new Di Tella University Campus Alcorta in Buenos Aires. A work in progress since 2004, the ambitious re-development was designed and coordinated by RDR Arquitectos, an architectural firm with offices in Argentina and Switzerland. The multi-national, Walters-Storyk Design Group provided integral acoustic design and consultation, and played a key role in the project’s audio/visual and interactive technology system integration.

“The original (1937) 31,000 sq. ft. + State Water Company Building was decommissioned in 1990,” states WSDG, Partner Sergio Molho. “Comparing historical pictures with contrasting photos of the structure’s deterioration confirmed it had ‘good bones,’ and tremendous potential. “Images of derelict offices and meeting rooms served as a catalyst, our entire design team was inspired by the opportunity to bring a useful new life to this structure.”

WSDG devised a three-stage plan to revitalize the building. The process began with a comprehensive acoustical measurement and analysis program, which formed the basis for their overall systems integration plan. This included: acoustical isolation, control of reverberation time, solutions to improve speech intelligibility (STI); audio/visual technology, interactive screens, microphones and speakers to support communications between classrooms and off-campus locations. Crestron Automation Systems were engaged to facilitate complete lighting, communications, energy and security system management.

A 2000 sq. ft. multi-media screening room was created and outfitted with a large HD screen, Blu-ray, projector, receiver and a 5.1 surround system. A studio-quality acoustical door and pro acoustical wall and ceiling treatments were stipulated for optimal sound isolation between theater, classrooms and hallways. WSDG also supervised the AV technology installation to meet professional standards.
Construction of Di Tella University began in 2004 under the direction of renowned Argentinean architect, Clorindo Testa. Planned in stages, the program enabled Di Tella to commence activities on Campus that year. The ultimate goal was to completely restore the main building and link it to the University’s neighboring facilities to create a unified campus. Remodeling continued through 2011 when the University moved forward with the final stages of the project, bringing all its majors and programs under one roof.
The large common areas are located in the basement, main and first floor, including the library, classrooms, reading rooms, workshops, canteen, and student services. The second floor features a large classroom to promote collaboration between students from all levels. Offices for faculty members, researchers and University authorities are situated on the third floor. The fourth floor is distinguished by a multi purpose room, with impressive river views.

With 32 classrooms, reading rooms, a multi-media screening room, 5 conference rooms and 130 offices, Di Tella University offers eight undergraduate degrees in Business Administration, Architecture, Economics, History, International Relations, Law, and Political Science and Government. The Business School offers a variety of Executive Education programs, and the schools of Architecture and Urban Studies and the Art Department offer professional development programs. The University provides over 50 exchange programs with universities in Europe, North America, South America, Australia, Africa and Asia. Current enrollment stands at 1000+ undergraduate and over 1500 graduate and professional students. On-going expansion of Di Tella’s curriculum, faculty, and graduate programs underscored the need to develop Campus Alcorta.

“This project engaged members of the entire WSDG team,” Sergio Molho emphasizes. “Designers, project managers and systems integrators from all six of our international offices made meaningful contributions to this project. WSDG has worked on a number of University assignments, from the NYU Steinhardt Center to the new Berklee College of Music Valencia campus, and the $100 + million Berklee Boston campus currently under construction. WSDG is committed to education and we are extremely proud of our association with Di Tella University.”

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1-3 Di Tella University Buenos Aires
4 Abandoned State Water Company Building prior to reclamation as Di Tella U

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Sennheiser’s RF Wireless Sound Academy Seminar Comes to New York City August 13th

New York City — August 5, 2013 — Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that it will be offering its highly regarded RF Wireless Sound Academy Seminar in New York City on Monday, August 13th in mid-town Manhattan. The seminar costs $199 and includes continental breakfast, full lunch, workshop materials, and a $50 rebate coupon good towards Sennheiser and Neumann products. Participants who complete the seminar will earn 6 RU CTS credits.

This single-day workshop is designed to teach attendees how to plan for trouble-free operation of multi-channel wireless microphones and wireless personal monitoring systems in even the toughest environments. Topics will include:

• Tips and tricks to maximize reliability
• Reserving TV channels for events on the new FCC spectrum database system
• Best practices for system planning and frequency coordination
• Working with wireless monitoring systems
• New developments in digital RF systems

The event will feature experts in the field including host and presenter Joe Ciaudelli, Uwe Sattler of Sennheiser, Broadway RF and audio engineer, Andrew Funk and Henry Cohen, senior RF engineer at CP Communications specializing in FCC compliance. Following are details on the event and how to register:

• Where: Musicians Union Local 802, 322 W 48th St., New York City
• When: Tuesday, August 13th 2013 between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
• Cost/registration: $199 per participant. Complete registration details, bios of guest speakers and more information at http://www.sennheiserusa.com/RFseminar.

Sennheiser
Sennheiser is a world-leading manufacturer of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. Established in 1945 in Wedemark, Germany, Sennheiser is now a global brand represented in 60 countries around the world with U.S. headquarters in Old Lyme, Conn. Sennheiser’s pioneering excellence in technology has rewarded the company with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the scientific and engineering award of the academy of motion picture arts and sciences. For more information, please visit www.sennheiserusa.com.

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Masque Sound Celebrates Commitment to Education and the Arts

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ, AUGUST 5, 2013—As a leading theatrical sound reinforcement, installation and design company, Masque Sound has worked on projects of all scopes and sizes, including some of the theater world’s most well-known productions. Many of its most rewarding projects, however, have involved educational institutions, with the past several years having been an especially busy period for these types of endeavors.

“Throughout the years, we have provided gear and services to educational facilities, from middle schools right through to universities,” says Stephanie Hansen, vice president and general manager, Masque Sound. “Now more than ever, many schools incorporate the art and science of sound into their curriculum and we believe this is a big step forward for the industry. Masque Sound is proud to be a part of that growth.”

Over the past few years, Masque Sound has steadily built relationships in the education market, catering to standard educational facilities that support the arts as well as more specialized institutions. Notably, in late 2009, Husson University revealed its new state-of-the-art facility. Located in Bangor, Maine, Husson University opened its Gracie Theatre. Masque Sound was on hand to coordinate the audio needs for the new venue, which, in addition to hosting the university’s center for the fine and performing arts, serves as a learning environment for students from the New England School of Communications. At the Gracie Theatre, students get their grounding in digital audio, sound mixing, set design and construction, lighting, acting and electronics.

New York University’s (NYU) program in music technology unveiled a new facility in 2009, as well—a $6.5-million state-of-the-art music technology building, the James L. Dolan Recording Studio. Gensler and the Walters-Storyk Design Group (WSDG) designed the 7,500-square-foot multifunctional teaching, recording, and research space, working closely with Masque Sound on the technology selection and integration. The Masque Sound team provided a plethora of tie lines to accommodate the sheer amount of technology provided, as well as all of the equipment necessary to directly link the entire complex to the main control room.

Also in 2009, Masque Sound completed an audio overhaul at Memorial High School in West New York, New Jersey. The company helped the school, known for its annual musical productions, resolve lingering audio issues stemming from an outdated system. Other schools that worked with Masque Sound throughout 2009 – 2011 include Secaucus High School, Bayonne High School and The Wilson School in New Jersey. Masque Sound took Bayonne High School’s audio system from analog to digital, in addition to updating the school’s wireless capabilities.

Fast-forward to early 2012, and Masque Sound continued its commitment to education by completing an AV upgrade for MS-223, a nationally recognized middle school of excellence in the Bronx, New York. Contracted by Yorke Construction and working with acoustical design firm Akustiks, LLC, the team at Masque Sound provided a much-needed upgrade to the old audio equipment in the aging auditorium.

“This was a special project for a special school,” says Matt Peskie, systems engineer, Masque Sound. “As MS-223 is a model of exemplary teaching and learning, we wanted to make sure we provided it with the technology to give students the ability to explore their creative and artistic sides to the fullest. The auditorium went from an aging room to a great sound stage and was completed just in time for the new school year, a credit to all involved.”

Following the MS-223 project, Masque Sound was sub-contracted by Midland Electric and worked with acoustical design firm Criterion Acoustics to support an upgrade at Brooklyn Tech High School, another acclaimed New York City educational institution. Built in 1933, Brooklyn Tech is home to the third largest auditorium in New York, second only to Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. Featuring seating for 3,100 and two balconies, the auditorium underwent a 2010 architectural makeover designed to preserve its 20th-century elegance. Masque Sound helped bring the audio capacity up to 21st-century, professional-caliber production standards, including speaker and sound reinforcement.

“Each of the auditoriums turned out nothing short of spectacular,” adds Peskie. “Masque Sound is committed to providing schools with state-of-the art turnkey solutions that allow students, and those involved in the arts programs at the schools, to fully leverage the audio resources needed for a stellar production.”

Adding to an already eventful first-half of 2013, Masque Sound looks forward to several upcoming, education-related installations, including a project at Western Connecticut State University’s Visual and Performing Arts Center with design firm Jaffe Holden, where Masque Sound will work as a sub-contractor under Ferguson Electric. The team looks forward to working with Ben Bausher again as it provides equipment for a proscenium theater, concert hall and recording studio. Additionally, Masque Sound is currently working with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) on upgrading their sound system, with an expected install completion date of early fall. NJIT is one of the nation’s leading public technological universities.

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.

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DPA Microphones in Leading Role at La Jolla Playhouse

Performance Venue at the University of California at San Diego Relies on DPA d:dicate™ Recording Microphones for Variety of Productions

SAN DIEGO, CA, AUGUST 5, 2013 – Many of today’s university theaters serve as teaching facilities for dramatic arts students and as venues for professional productions. To accommodate this dual purpose, the schools often require for high-quality equipment. This is precisely why La Jolla Playhouse at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) purchased a variety of DPA Microphones’ d:dicate™ Recording Microphones. Included among these are DPA’s 2011C Twin Diaphragm Cardioid Microphones and 4061/4062 Omindirectional Miniature Microphones, which are used during both student and staff productions.

Responsible for staging everything from student plays to comedy troupes to Broadway-level productions, La Jolla Playhouse is regarded as one of the country’s top theaters. Together with the Globe Theater in San Diego, La Jolla has a reputation for sending more shows to Broadway than all other theaters in the country combined. This high level of exposure means that La Jolla Playhouse must make sure its venues and technologies are kept to the highest standards of performance.

“We premier a lot of new productions, which requires us to be flexible in our sound and video area because with works in progress things can change every day,” says Joe Huppert, sound and video supervisor for La Jolla Playhouse and the UCSD department for theater and dance. “In these situations, we also work directly with Broadway sound designers who have set ways of doing things, and they always expect us to have DPA Microphones. Our largest venue is just 600 seats, so we look for a realistic, somewhat intimate, sound reinforcement environment where we need high-quality sound rather than high levels of sound. All of the DPA mics that I’ve encountered have filled these needs.”

Primarily used on instruments and as foot mics, DPA Microphones is a regular part of the La Jolla rotation. The theater also recently embedded its 2011C mics in various areas of the stage for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” for which the actors climbed around the set, and one was even suspended upside down, six feet above the stage. In this production, the sound team was able to pick up the audio for all of the performers.

In addition to hosting professional productions, La Jolla Playhouse’s five theaters also are home to a variety of student-run shows and university events. Supported by the venue’s professional carpenters, electricians and sound technicians, the students are mentored on what audio equipment will work best for their production. They ultimately take this gear and implement it on the stage.

“Since UCSD’s students use our sound equipment, it is very important that it always works well,” explains Huppert. “We’ve used some other brands as foot mics, but we found them to be much more difficult to EQ and get a good sound. When we throw in a really good mic, like DPA, it makes it easier for us to teach our students how to get a good production.”
The theater also occasionally rents DPA’s 4021 Compact Cardioid Microphones to use in addition to the 2011Cs as foot mics for its high-end performances, such as the Second City Comedy Troupe that often performs at the school. At these times, Huppert calls on the theater’s sound designer, Eric Stahlhammer, owner of Greater Sound Designs, to specify the gear.

“The DPA mics are just way better in terms of flatter response, full coverage and off-axis response,” says Stahlhammer of the 4021s and 2011s. “We didn’t have an issue with feedback and what was going into the microphone was clean from the PA. Joe [Huppert] was in need of a small shotgun foot mic for Second City, and we both had good luck when we tested the 4021. We ultimately selected the 2011C because we saw it as an interesting option that was great for this application because of its tighter pattern. DPA has an incredible reputation for producing top of the line, world class stuff and when we saw this microphone, we knew it was a good option.”

The next show that will feature the DPA mics is the theater’s summer production of Sideways the Play, which opens July 21 and is performed by the Ruskin Group Theatre Company. Adapted by Rex Pickett from his own novel, Sideways is the comedic story of two friends, Miles and Jack, and their epic journey across the Santa Ynez wine country before Jack gets married. For this production, Huppert is using the DPA mics in a close-quarters trap position.

A theater with a long, storied history, the current incarnation of La Jolla Playhouse has been around for more than 30 years. It consists of five theater buildings, which seat anywhere from 50 to 600 guests. The University California, San Diego is one of the world’s leading public research universities.

ABOUT DPA:
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high-quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to always provide its customers with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for all its markets, which include live sound, installation, recording, theatre and broadcast. When it comes to the design process, DPA takes no shortcuts. Nor does the company compromise on its manufacturing process, which is done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability and, above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information on DPA Microphones, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com.

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On Stage Audio Expands, Builds North America’s Largest Martin Audio MLA Inventory

With three locations in Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville and a hectic schedule of live production work, corporate shows, product launches, TV broadcasts and special events; On Stage Audio (OSA) continues its national growth in audio rentals, service and production.

As part of that growth, OSA recently purchased a number of additional Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact enclosures, resulting in OSA having the largest MLA inventory in North America. With this and other recent sales, the total number of MLA cabinets deployed worldwide is well over 3,000 cabinets at this point.

Asked about the MLA acquisition, OSA Vice President Jim Risgin said, “We believe in the product, technology and, most importantly, the result that MLA delivers.”

In addition to successful deployments of MLA and MLA Compact at a growing number of corporate and special events, OSA recently equipped the pavilion stage at Ravinia Festival with the MLA system, the first new PA system at North America’s oldest music festival in a decade. Ravinia welcomes about 600,000 guests every summer to over 100 events, including the annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since Ravinia’s 1904 inception, a residential neighborhood has grown around the concert venue resulting in Ravinia becoming increasingly sensitive to containing sound within its gates.

Asked why MLA was chosen, Jim responds, “Sound is crucial in two ways to outdoor concert presenters who not only want to provide the best musical experience they can to their attendees but who also want to prevent that music from reaching unintended listeners. We are proud Ravinia chose us to help them present a premium customer experience and to help them be a good neighbor to the residents of its home community.”

Expanding on his feelings about MLA, Jim points out, “It’s the first technology in the last 30 plus years that is truly delivering sound in a new and exciting way as far as I’m concerned. Even with the obvious benefits the Multi Cellular drive brings such as SPL control, consistent audience coverage as well as out of area rejection, it still amazes me how good it sounds every time I turn on the system. Simply input the room calculations and MLA in turn delivers the expected coverage as well as giving the engineer a stellar sonic canvas to work with. Now I can allocate my time to my craft and art of mixing rather than spending the time mastering conventional systems to gain similar results. This translates into a better end product for our clients as well as savings in time and labor.

“In terms of its performance, MLA never runs out, it never stops. I think it’s the best sounding system with the most even coverage out of the box. Every seat gets the same high quality sound regardless of the location, which helps our clients reduce costs for acoustical treatments in some venues. At this point, the level of the MLA system control has become second nature. For me to work on something other than MLA has become an eye-opener rather than the other way around.”

Photo caption: Middle and Top Rows (L-R): Edwin Jones, Mario Educate, Dave Iannuccilli, Paul Educate, Karim Ben-Rhouma, Steve Varner, John Brandvold, Martyn “Ferrit” Rowe, Dale Stuart
Bottom Row (L-R): Deb Miller, Lindsay Dreyer, Merissa Iannuccilli, Shannon Wardle, Jim Flynn

For more about On Stage Audio, please click to www.osacorp.com

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Listen Scholarship Recipient Attends HLAA National Convention

San Francisco Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) chapter member attends the 28th annual convention and trade show thanks to a scholarship sponsored by Listen Technologies.

Listen Technologies sponsored a Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Annual Convention Scholarship for its 28th annual convention hosted in Portland, Oregon. The HLAA Convention is the nation’s most extensive educational program and trade show for people with hearing loss.

Each year HLAA Convention attendees come together to learn about the latest assistive technology and services available to them. The convention schedule offers a wealth of workshops, presentations, vendors, and product demonstrations to inform, educate and support the Hard of Hearing Community (HoH). Events for networking and socializing are also built in to the schedule.

Scholarships are awarded to HLAA members who have never attended a convention and who otherwise would not be able to attend including: veterans, young adults and seniors. HLAA awards a full-activity package registration.

“I am grateful to Listen Technologies for making it possible for me to attend the HLAA National Convention in Portland, Oregon this year,” said Janice Armigo Brown, Scholarship Recipient, San Francisco. “It’s not every day that this many people with hearing loss are under the same roof unless they are attending a national convention. This unique experience alone is one that I will always cherish. The true camaraderie experience! I truly appreciate their interest in helping provide access to communication technology for people with hearing loss.”

“With almost one in ten people having hearing loss, it’s probably safe to say that most of us know someone who is affected by hearing loss,” noted Cory Schaeffer, Co-Founder, Listen Technologies. “The Convention is an opportunity to celebrate HLAA and its members. We are honored to support HLAA’s mission to open the world of communication to people with hearing loss. This scholarship is one way we’ve chosen to show our support and advocacy for the hearing loss community.”

Austin, Texas will be the host city for Convention 2014, June 26 – 29 for more details on the HLAA and the convention visit www.hearingloss.org.

About Hearing Loss Association of America
The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss. According to the National Center for Health Statistics 48 million (20 percent) Americans have some degree of hearing loss making it a public health issue third in line after heart disease and arthritis. HLAA provides assistance and resources for people with hearing loss and their families to learn how to adjust to living with hearing loss. HLAA is working to eradicate the stigma associated with hearing loss and raise public awareness about the need for prevention, treatment, and regular hearing screenings throughout life.

About Listen Technologies Corporation
Listen Technologies brings power and clarity to the sounds that enrich your life—by overcoming the challenges of noise, distance, lively debate and hearing loss to deliver precise and personalized audio in any setting or environment. With Listen solutions, you can cut through the clutter and connect to an experience of pure, focused sound. Listen solutions are used in gathering places around the world including schools, houses of worship, factories, entertainment venues, government agencies and more. For more information on Listen solutions, contact Listen Technologies at 1.800.330.0891, +1.801.233.8992, or visit www.listentech.com.

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