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Lowell Manufacturing Offers New Wall-Mount and Rackmount Shelves

— Lowell continues to expand its product range with new solutions for contractors and system integrators —

PACIFIC, MO, July 29, 2013 — Lowell Manufacturing Company, a U.S. manufacturer of professional A/V products, has introduced a light-duty, wall-mount shelf (WSL-1814), and two new rackmount shelves (SLS and KS Series).

WSL-1814 Light Duty Wall Shelf
The WSL-1814 steel wall-mount shelf is an economical option for light-duty settings (up to 40 lbs.). It’s ideal for in-closet wiring applications. The WSL-1814 is made in the USA from a single piece of 100% certified 16-gauge U.S. steel that’s been formed and bolted. It features mounting holes on 16-inch stud centers and has two obround holes in the rear for cable routing. Bottom vents include provisions to mount an optional single fan kit (FW1-KIT, ordered separately) if active thermal management is desired. It sports a smooth black powder epoxy finish.

KS Series Knockdown Utility Shelves
The KS Series is a ready-to-assemble, steel rackmount shelf for which users order the base and ears separately, enabling them to keep fewer parts on-hand to mix-and-match and assemble the shelf size needed. This allows cost-efficient shipping, storage, and inventory management. Shelf ears are available in heights of 2U, 3U and 4U with 14-inch or 18-inch depth. The vented base is available with 14-, 18- or 21-inch depth. Load capacity is up to 70 lbs., depending on final assembly size.

KS Series Features:

Unassembled 16-gauge steel utility shelf
Order ears and base separately
Made in USA
Optional Accessories:
Single fan FW1-KIT or FW1-KITT or power strip ACS-1505-SW
Top clamping bracket (see specs)

SLS Steel Rackmount Shelf
Lowell Model SLS is a 19-inch E.I.A. steel rackmount shelf that slides out and latches in both open and closed positions to avoid unwanted movement or closure while working on equipment. The shelf’s full extension is 14”, while the shelf area measures 17.5” wide x 14.625” deep. The shelf is slightly more than 1U panel space, measuring 2.5” high. It sports a black semi-gloss enamel finish.

SLS Features:

Rackmount shelf slides forward to access contents
Latches in closed and open positions to avoid accidental closure while working on equipment.
Measures 17.5”W x 14.625”D
Slightly more than 1U panel space (2.5”H)
16-gauge CRS
Weighs approximately 13 lbs.
50 lbs. load capacity
Black semi-gloss enamel finish

For more information, please visit www.lowellmfg.com or e-mail Lowell at sales@lowellmfg.com.

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Clay Paky Celebrates The Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary

The Rolling Stones have wrapped the U.S. leg of their 50 and Counting world tour with Clay Paky lighting fixtures along for the still-wild ride.

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.

Francesco Romagnoli, Clay Paky Area Manager for North and Latin America, adds, “It’s great to be part of such a high profile tour and we’re proud that the lighting team for the Rolling Stones have chosen two our fixtures for it.”

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VARIA Delivers Serious Performance at Comedy Club Stardome

 

Hoover, Alabama – August 2013… For more than 25 years, the Comedy Club Stardome has built a reputation as one of the most respected comedy showcases, not just in the state but in the entire Southeast. The club’s stage has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy, including Margaret Cho, Craig Ferguson, Lewis CK, Sinbad, and Pauly Shore, as well as a regular roster of new and innovative talent.

The room’s tiered, dinner theater style seating offers a few interesting acoustical challenges. As Patrick Sobers of Birmingham-based Media Visions explains, “it’s a fan-shaped room, with dinner theater style table seating on tiered rows. But the front section is almost at orchestra pit level; you don’t get to stage height until the third or fourth row.”

With a throw to the last row of around 60 feet, the problematic space called for a sound system that could be shaped to create the custom coverage the room needed. Media Visions recommended the Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source array.

The system comprises left and right arrays, each with a single VAX101-15 and VAX101-22 cabinet. Each array is topped with a VAX15S subwoofer. “The top box has a variable 60 to 90 degree coverage, and the bottom one goes from 90 to 120 degrees,” says Sobers. Additional front fill is provided by a pair of CFX41 compact coaxial speakers, with CFX81 8-inch cabinets covering rear delay and side fills. The system is powered by Lab Gruppen amps, with a Biamp Nexia handling system DSP. A PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console handles Front of House duties. 

Sobers quotes the club’s owner, Bruce Ayers, as saying the system “sounds absolutely awesome.”  

“They’ve struggled for several years with systems that didn’t really meet their needs,” says Sobers. “VARIA enabled us to design a system that delivers consistent, full range coverage and great intelligibility to the entire room.”

 

 

 

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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.

New NEXO STM Line Array Turns Up The Heat On Chesney’s ‘No Shoes Nation’ Tour

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Kenny Chesney has always brought country’s brightest lights to America, and this heated summer is no different as he taps newcomer and quadruple 2013 Academy of Country Music nominee, Kacey Musgraves, and 2012 ACM Single of the Year winner and multiple 2013 ACM nominee, The Eli Young Band, to open on many of his ‘No Shoes Nation’ tour stops. Country Music Association 2012 Album of the Year Winner and ACM nominee leader, Eric Church, has also taken the stage on 16 of the 19 stadium dates, while triple Grammy-winner and multiple ACM nominee, Zac Brown Band, joined for three stadium shows including a co-headline show in their hometown of Atlanta. The tour is in support of Chesney’s latest CD “Life on a Rock.”

The 46-date tour, which began March 16 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, has made a major change to its stadium line array. Morris Light & Sound (Nashville) has provided a new NEXO STM line array for the 2013-2014 tour. The system layout is configured with 74 M46 for mains, 74 b112 bass extensions, 48 s118 flown subs, 16 RS18 ground ray subs, 12 PS10s for front fills, 14 GEO S 1210s and two GEO S1230s, 22 NUAR amp racks, and two Yamaha DME 64 digital mix engines with LAKE Mesa EQ cards for system tuning and console switching.

At an early stop at Cowboy Stadium, the 45,000+ concertgoers were treated to improved sound at the venue when the STM rig arrived for the Chesney show. The in-house audio crew was extremely impressed by the NEXO system.

Morris Light & Sound was involved early in the development process of the new NEXO System. “We were involved with the STM system for about a year before the system launched,” states John Mills, Morris VP and systems engineer for the Chesney tour. “Since we were the first company with a system of this size, Chris Rabold (Chesney FOH engineer) and I provided NEXO with tons of input on how it was performing and what we were doing with it from a tuning perspective.”

Mills said NEXO support was unparalleled. “We had at least one programmer and one system specialist with us for the first few weeks of rehearsals and shows. Beyond that, we sent them our tuning files and SMAART measurements and they incorporated our preferences into a new preset. Since then we honestly do very little to the PA each day. From stadium to shed, 70,000 seats to 10,000 seats, our tuning is almost always the same. The consistency and accuracy of the PA is like none I have ever tech’ed. From what my NS1 model predicts to what we measure is really the best software/hardware/measurement relationship I have ever experienced. It really makes my job as a system engineer easier because it is so accurate.”

One of the first things that attracted Morris Light & Sound to the NEXO STM, Mills continued, was the modularity. “It really works; we have done large and small venues and even some small ground stacked systems. It is great to have a system that sounds the same no matter how you deploy it. The modularity and scale-ability coupled with the accuracy are second to none. Sonically, the throw of the system out performs anything on the market. Vocals, guitars, and even high-hat and cymbals are still clear and musical at 400 feet away. It is very accurate and revealing. Very small moves in the system EQ are very noticeable. STM was everything I hoped it would be, and more.”

“From the first meeting we had with NEXO discussing the concept of the STM, I was very intrigued,” states Morris L&S President, David Haskell. “Then, after subsequent meetings, trips to the factory, and getting to better understand both the product and the people behind it, I am proud to say that this relationship with NEXO has been amazing. From concept drawings to manufacturing and implementation to ongoing support, the STM and the fine folks behind it can only be summed up in one word…flawless!”

The NEXO STM Series (Scale Through Modularity) loudspeaker cabinets are the first of its kind on the market. Ideal for touring, festivals, and sound company rental, the new system combines the best of Alpha functionality with the technical innovation of NEXO’s patented Hyperbolic Reflector and venting design in which all radiating surfaces are in phase, delivering a powerful, flexible, and easy to use system. STM enables line array systems to scale up or down depending on event audience size, from 1,000 to 100,000 people.

When asked how the STM sounds to him, front of house engineer, Rabold, said the system sounded hi-fi and clean. “Even when I drive it hard, it won’t distort. My ears have yet to feel fatigued after a show; that’s indicative of a clean system. On a mixing level, I’m getting some great sounds. There was a bit of a learning curve in the beginning as was to be expected. I have a specific sound that I want to achieve everyday. Once I learned what the NEXO STM wanted to do naturally, I married that with my own goals and we’ve been in great shape ever since. John Mills and NEXO obviously had a good line of communication by the time I arrived on the tour, and they were extremely proactive with any of our suggestions early on.”

“The Seahawks Stadium show was spectacular, and the audio was superb,” states Fred Micera, Audio Engineer, CenturyLink Field in Seattle. “I heard things/parts I had never heard before in past Chesney shows. Kenny’s voice was captured perfectly and has never sounded more natural. The mix was very well balanced and exciting. Tonally, it was bright and crisp without being harsh or overly sibilant. Clearly understanding everything Kenney had to say between songs was another new revelation. The definition between instruments, especially the multiple guitars were remarkable. Subtle use of panning and EQ made the 4-part guitar exchanges, in particular, stand out while staying musical and not overbearing in any way. The drum sound was quite impressive, and the bass guitar/bottom end was tight and well defined. The lack of overtones and clarity in the low end stopped me dead in my tracks as I crossed in front of the FOH mix position. The STM brings out a whole new dimension to the music.”

Micera said the volume level was steady throughout the night. “The PA system’s coverage was very consistent as we walked the house. Even in areas that are usually disappointing, the sound was solid and uncompromised by the surroundings. We were literally stunned. Seriously, stunned! The success of the system deployment and tuning was not lost on us either. John Mills really addressed the venue and clearly knows how to use the tools at his disposal. The fact that the opening acts sounded so good and all the mixes came together so quickly is another testament to John and the tour’s well-oiled machine.”

For more information on the “No Shoes Nation Tour”, visit www.kennychesney.com.

For more information on Morris Light & Sound visit, www.morrislightandsound.com.

For more information on the NEXO STM system, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO CREDITS: Keith Clark and John Mills

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.

ALTINEX CONNECTIVITY SOLUTIONS INTEGRAL TO HARDROX CUSTOM CONFERENCE TABLES

** Photo: Blaise Timco, VP of Hardrox, Inc **

Austin, TX – August 2013… In today’s corporate meeting spaces, the conference table is the cornerstone of the room’s entire AV system. The ability for meeting participants to sit down and easily patch in their laptop computer or other device so as to expediently commence with business is considered essential. Fish & Richardson Associates, a national law firm practicing intellectual property law, recently saw the completion of their new conference room and, at the heart of the space is a magnificent new granite table outfitted with AV interconnect boxes from Brea, CA-based Altinex. more

Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) Hailed as a Success

— Thousands of dollars raised for charity A Place Called Home —

Los Angeles CA, August 1, 2013 — The 2013 Recording Industry Golf Tournament (RIGT) was held Monday, June 24, 2013, at Malibu Country Club. The event was organized by seasoned event producer Karen Dunn of KMD Productions and benefited the music program at A Place Called Home, a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. GRAMMY®-winning recording veterans Ed Cherney and Al Schmitt served as Honorary Co-Chairs for the afternoon’s festivities.

Honorary co-chair Al Schmitt stated, “It was a distinct honor to serve as co-chair for the RIGT. My colleagues in the industry work very hard most of the time, so it is fun to spend a day unwinding on the links. Karen Dunn put together a fantastic tournament with a great atmosphere, and it was all a very rewarding experience.”

Sponsors included Blue Sky, Avid, GC Pro, Sterling Audio, Dave Collins Mastering, Design FX Audio, JBL Professional, Lurssen Mastering, Ocean Way Studios, PreSonus, Record Plant, SAE Los Angeles, Shure, Sound Design Corporation, TransAudio Group, Clyne Media Inc., Vintage King Audio and Westlake Recording Studios. A Harley-Davidson motorcycle hole-in-one prize was provided by Bartels Harley-Davidson in Marina Del Rey.

Bryan Bradley, JBL President, noted, “JBL is proud to have been a sponsor of the RIGT. In addition to supporting a great cause in A Place Called Home, we had the opportunity to spend time with our friends and associates in the industry and interact in a laid-back environment. Karen put together an excellent event, and we’re looking forward to next year’s tournament.”

Approximately 100 players made the rounds following the day’s registration time, which included a putting contest, massages, coffee, Bloody Mary’s, mimosas, muffins, and a selection of swag. After 18 holes, 1st place was awarded to the team from Sybersound Records Inc. (Steve Graham, Gary Sexton, Wayne Lura, Rob Bourque); 2nd place was Westlake Recording Studios (Steve Burdick, Chris Clark, Ryan Anderson, Chris Spilfogel); and 3rd place went to GC Pro / Sterling Audio Team #1 (Mike Pendleton, Matt Speitel, Bill Hall, Ryan Hall). Spilfogel of the Westlake team also got the chance at the $1 million shootout but unfortunately did not make a winning shot. A special tequila cart proved to be very popular, as was the Mexican dinner buffet offered during the afternoon reception. Also featured during the reception was a live musical performance from 29 Live, a group of children from the A Place Called Home program.

“We were all extremely pleased with how the day’s activities played out,” stated event organizer Karen Dunn. “A great time was had by all, and we raised money for an important cause. We cannot wait for the next tournament, in June 2014.”

For more information about the tournament, visit http://recordingindustrygolftournament.webs.com/ or call Karen Dunn at 925-708-0307.

About A Place Called Home
A Place Called Home (www.apch.org) is a dynamic community center and safe haven in South Central Los Angeles where underserved youth 8-21 years old are empowered to take ownership of the quality and direction of their lives through programs in education, arts, and well-being. APCH provides support and opportunities that increase the likelihood that young people will stay in school, go on to higher education and viable jobs, and make a meaningful difference in their communities and the world. Music and recording are key components of the organization’s program offering, and the APCH youth band performs and records on a regular basis.

About KMD Productions
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, KMD Productions offers full-service event production across the US for businesses and individuals, providing a wide range of services needed to make events an overwhelming success. KMD Productions can handle all the details of your fundraiser, corporate function or trade show event. Whether you’re looking to launch a new product, get better brand recognition or raise money for your worthwhile charity, KMD Productions has the resources and experience to help you achieve your goals.

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Photo Caption 1: Leading members of the professional audio/recording community came out to support the Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which benefited L.A.-based charity A Place Called Home. Held on June 24, 2013, at the Malibu Country Club, the event raised thousands of dollars for the charity. Photo © 2013 Paul Lester Photography.

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Photo Caption 2: The winning team, Sybersound Records Inc., at the Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which benefited L.A.-based charity A Place Called Home. The event was held on June 24, 2013, at the Malibu Country Club. Photo © 2013 Paul Lester Photography.

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Photo Caption 3: Honorary co-chairs Ed Cherney (left) and Al Schmitt (right) at Recording Industry Golf Tournament, which benefited L.A.-based charity A Place Called Home. The event was held on June 24, 2013, at the Malibu Country Club. Photo © 2013 Paul Lester Photography.

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IC Live Rings In North Carolina’s New Governor

Raleigh, NC – August 2013… For more than 170 years, North Carolina’s State Capitol building has served proudly as a centerpiece of the city of Raleigh, and a focal point of state government. This classic architectural masterpiece, its majestic columns evoking ancient Greek temples like the Parthenon, has been a gathering place for generations of events, both large and small. 

With this grand building as a backdrop, Pat McCrory was recently sworn in as the 74th Governor of North Carolina. Despite the familiar setting, McCrory’s inauguration was the first to take place on the Capitol’s South Lawn, with the stage looking out down Fayetteville Street, a vibrant thoroughfare that serves as Raleigh’s ceremonial center. 

With highly reflective marble buildings lining both sides of the street, the setting presented some daunting obstacles to speech intelligibility. “We were really concerned about the location,” says Allin Foulkrod, President of Creative Visions. “It was a big challenge to reduce slap off the marble buildings, while ensuring great quality sound for all the areas we needed to provide it for.” 

To ensure that the attention remained squarely on Gov. McCrory, and not the sound system, Creative Visions selected the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live steerable array. Two pairs of IC Live speakers were deployed on each side of the stage, creating an extremely low-profile system that delivered every word of the inauguration with complete clarity. 

“We looked at a number of different speakers, and IC Live were absolutely the best solution,” says Foulkrod. “The magic of the IC Live is that they have an incredibly low profile, and they are ground-supported. It was crucial for the TV shots that the ceremony not look technology-heavy – if you fly major speaker arrays it takes away from this, for obvious reasons.”

The low-profile, tightly controlled sound, and high output of the IC Live allowed Creative Visions to fire them directly down a crowded street lined with reflective buildings, delivering sound cleanly to the audience while being almost invisible. “With IC Live, the speakers literally disappeared,” says Foulkrod. “I produced the show, but when I went back and looked at pictures I had a difficult time finding where the speakers were in the press shots. That is an amazing thing, having been in the business for 24 years, to see something vanish like that into a crowd of thousands.” 

Foulkrod points out that no additional near fields or other fill speakers were required to deliver full sound coverage to the audience of thousands. “We were just shocked by the results, we were so pleased,” he says. “The sound was fantastic – crystal clear, and with beautiful articulation. The comment made by the #1 TV station in town was, ‘This was a production designed for television.’ It’s the best one they have seen in years.” 

 

 

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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.

Malaysian Holy Light Church Chooses Meyer Sound MINA

Originally founded in Johor Bahru, Malaysia by Presbyterian missionaries from England, the English-speaking congregation of Holy Light Church celebrated its 60th anniversary with the completion of a gleaming white new church building. To ensure clarity for speech and music, this new worship hall has installed a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system.

The hall’s architecture features a high-peaked ceiling and ample windows which give a feeling of natural light and open space. This design also introduces reverberation for choirs in traditional worship services, though these same acoustical conditions introduce problems for both spoken word and amplified contemporary praise bands. To find the best solution, the church went to Danny Kinchang of Selangor, Malaysia-based First Live Sound Sdn. Bhd.

“The church’s range of worship styles coupled with its reverberant hall meant that good directional control was crucial in the loudspeakers,” says Kinchang. “That’s one reason I chose the MINA arrays. Their compact design was a perfect fit for the room, and I knew they would deliver controlled clarity throughout the congregation seating areas.”

Covering the main hall are two main arrays with five MINA loudspeakers each. Two 500-HP subwoofers provide low end, while two UPM-1P loudspeakers offer front fill. A connected low-ceilinged rear entry hall is also covered by a self-powered system comprising two each UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers and MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, plus two MM-10 subwoofers. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system featuring one Galileo 408 processor supplies system drive, delay and equalization.

The Meyer Sound system is mixed on a Yamaha IM8-32 analog console, with wireless microphone systems from Shure and JTS.

“We very much wanted a system with clarity and good musical quality, not simply ‘musical noise,’” says Pastor Gan. “I trusted Danny, and he did not disappoint us.”

First Live Sound Sdn. Bhd offers sound system design and installation services along with in-depth audio education courses.

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Chromasound Provides Hungary’s Agora Centre with Dual Meyer Sound Systems

The Agora community and arts centre (Hungarian: A Vértes Agorája) in Tatabánya, Hungary, has been equipped with two Meyer Sound systems, supplied by Budapest-based Chromasound.

In the Agora theatre, Chromasound installed a permanent CQ-1 loudspeaker system  to support small ensemble musical and theatrical performances. A separate mobile system, based on the Meyer Sound JM-1P arrayable loudspeaker, complements the CQ-1 system during rock concerts, and is also used for outdoor events. The upgrade at the Agora was part of a wider government initiative to upgrade Hungary’s cultural facilities.

“The mobile system is capable of delivering a very high SPL, and the integration between the mobile and installed systems is easy to achieve,” says Makkay Imre, director of Chromasound. “The outstanding quality of the Meyer Sound loudspeakers proved itself from the moment the first fader went up.”

The installed system comprises a CQ-1 loudspeaker and a 700-HP subwoofer per side, while two UPA-1P and UPM-1P loudspeakers each provide fill as required. System optimization is handled by a Galileo loudspeaker management system featuring one Galileo 408 processor.

Agora’s mobile configuration consists of four JM-1P arrayable loudspeakers and two 700-HP subwoofers per side, as well as a Galileo system with a Galileo 408 processor. DiGiCo SD9 digital consoles are used for both the permanent and portable systems. In addition to supplying equipment, Chromasound also provided training to the technicians at the Agora.

With a goal of preserving Hungarian traditions while also looking to the future, the Agora is used for a variety of local community events and activities, including concerts, sports, lectures, technology education, competitions, and art exhibitions.

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Meyer Sound MINA Brings Clarity to Great Ideas at San Francisco’s Nourse Theatre

After 32 years at the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco’s City Arts & Lectures has moved its presentations two blocks away to the Nourse Theatre. Through a Meyer Sound MINA™ line array loudspeaker system, audiences of up to 1,680 are drawn into intimate, thought-provoking conversations with leaders of thought and culture. They include luminaries such as former Vice President Al Gore, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, and best-selling authors Michael Lewis and Joyce Carol Oates.

“This new Meyer system has taken the sound to a level of quality that amazes us,” remarks Sydney Goldstein, the founding executive director of City Arts & Lectures. “With the spoken word, standards for clarity are extremely high, and in that regard there are simply no bad seats anywhere in the Nourse.”

Limited resources were available for acoustical treatment when City Arts & Lectures relocated to the Nourse Theatre, a 1920s high school hall that later fell into use as a storage facility. As a result, loudspeaker system intelligibility became a top priority for Mark Roos, audio system designer and project manager for local systems integrator BBI Engineering.

“MINA arrays were an ideal solution,” says Roos. “They are a perfect fit for the room, and we split the arrays into two zones so that balcony coverage could be turned off if those seats aren’t used, resulting in better clarity below. The fact that they are self-powered was also a plus, as we had little room for amp racks.”

In addition to the 16 MINA loudspeakers, the Nourse installation also comprises seven UP-4XP 48 V loudspeakers as front fill, four 500-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo® loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors.

Goldstein notes that the new Meyer Sound system is capable of supporting folk and jazz musical events as well as speech. “Sound is by far the most important factor when involving the audience in a personal conversation,” says Goldstein. “With this Meyer system, if you close your eyes, you imagine yourself in a smaller, more intimate space.”

For most presentations at the Nourse, Technical Director Masae Aitoku gives the guest speakers and interviewers Countryman E6 headset microphones with Shure BETA 87 handhelds for audience Q&A, which are all transmitted via Shure UHF-R wireless systems. The mixing console is a Yamaha M7CL.

Launched by Goldstein in 1980, the non-profit City Arts & Lectures offers more than 50 lectures and onstage conversations each year, along with occasional surprise performances, film tributes, and concerts, which are broadcast nationally on over 170 public radio stations. Presenters include outstanding writers, critics, scientists, performing artists, and cultural figures from around the world.

The Nourse Theatre is owned by the San Francisco Unified School District, with operations managed by City Arts & Lectures.

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