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No Compromise Wireless Audio: Sennheiser Digital 9000 System On Tour with Jonas Productions

Specialty Audio Company With Offices Around the World Take Sennheiser’s Most Advanced Wireless Audio System on the Road, to the Delight of Artists, Fans

Old Lyme, Conn. – September 30, 2013 – Jonas Productions, Inc. is a specialty audio and backline services company with a primary focus on backline. The company, which has offices in Indianapolis, Las Vegas and Sydney Australia, recently adopted the groundbreaking Digital 9000 — Sennheiser’s ‘no compromise’ wireless system that was introduced at last year’s IBC after having been under development for more than ten years. Jonas Productions is a longtime user of Sennheiser and handles production Harry Connick, Jr. and many major music festivals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Australia.

Once the Digital 9000 was introduced in the fall of last year, owner Ted Jonas was among the first to express interest in the new system: “We were making a large purchase and upgrading some of our Sennheiser G2 wireless units,” he recalls. “We always try to stay on the cutting edge of technology with what’s new, and we knew the Harry Connick Jr. tour was coming up. We were so pleased with the system that we ended up purchas-ing quite a few of the Sennheiser SKM 5200 handheld transmitters as well as the Digital 9000 system itself.”

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 features completely uncompressed audio, artifact free wireless performance and superb dynamics while making frequency coordination nearly effortless. These features have made it a top consideration for many high-end appli-cations in broadcast, on Broadway and of course in live performance environments.

For Jonas Productions, the timing was right to upgrade to a world class, state of the art wireless system. “The product was available and the system itself was really impressive,” says Jonas. There are many considerations that go into such an investment, not the least of which is flexibility and long-term viability. “You want to make sure that the system is both expandable and flexible, and that the expected longevity of the product is there so you can realize your investment,” Jonas explains. “Since the Digital 9000 works in almost any situation, be it film, broadcast or special events, it seemed like the right investment to make — especially with the RF environment getting as busy as it is.”

For Jonas Productions, the ultimate measure of any investment comes back to the cus-tomer. “We want to be able to provide the best possible service,” Jonas says. “Competi-tion is really tough in the marketplace, and if you can offer something that is better than anything else, it gives you an edge. As an audio manufacturer, Sennheiser has always been able to do that.”

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 — Taking Wireless into the Digital World

The Sennheiser Digital 9000 enables users to keep the audio signal entirely within the digital domain, from the microphone all the way to the speaker. On its touring operation with Harry Connick, Jr., Jonas Productions is using the Digital 9000 in conjunction with a Midas digital console. “We use the Midas interface right out of the Digital 9000, and main-tain a digital signal right from the microphone itself all the way to the speaker box,” Jonas explains. “And we can have the digital split to monitors and front of house. As far as I know, that’s something that nobody else can do.”

Since Jonas Productions has operations in different regions of the world, the company also appreciates the modular flexibility of the Digital 9000 as frequency requirements change country to country: “If we are traveling overseas where there are other frequency regulations, we can maintain the same EM 9046 receiver unit – racked and ready to go at any time – and just grab the appropriate transmitters and antenna boosters to comply with local regulations.”

Perhaps the most important feature of the Digital 9000 is its sound, which is noticeable to both fans and artists alike: “When we graduated to the Digital 9000, we didn’t tell Harry that we were going to make a switch,” recalls Jonas. “He walked up, sang a few verses, stopped almost immediately and asked me, ‘What’s up? This sounds really good.’ I told him we upgraded our wireless system and he noticed right off the bat that there was something different.”

Jonas says that the Digital 9000 has also helped simplify the overall touring set up, which translates to time efficiency: “When we find a product that fits nicely into our workflow, like the Digital 9000, we have fewer things to worry about — it’s a cleaner package. As a small example, the rechargeable battery solution on the Digital 9000 saves a huge amount of money, not to mention it is also helping the environment,” he says.

About 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 com-pany with numerous awards and accolades including an Emmy, a Grammy, and the Sci-entific and Engineering Award of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting our website at www.sennheiserusa.com.

Captions:
1) Josh Sprague, Ted Jonas and Chuck Smith of Jonas Productions, Inc.
2) Sennheiser Digital 9000 Wireless product spotlight
3) The Sennheiser Digital 9000 rack

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Clear-Com Tempest Line Extender Wins “STAR” Award from Editors of TV Technology Europe

ALAMEDA, CA, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 – Clear-Com® is pleased to announce that its Tempest CCT-RT-EX Remote Line Extender is the recipient of a prestigious 2013 STAR Award (Superior Technology Award Recipient), which was presented by the editorial staff of TV Technology Europe magazine at the 2013 IBC convention in Amsterdam.

The STAR Award is designed to celebrate and showcase technological innovations available to the broadcast industry. TV Technology Europe’s editor reviewed a variety of products, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then chose 25 winners.

“STAR Awards are given to interesting new products that help a user save money or accomplish a task in an easier way,” says Mark Hallinger, Editor of TV Technology Europe. “This year in particular we also looked for smaller incremental improvements in established products, as these improvements generally reflect a manufacturer responding to customer input, a laudable thing. The products selected help advance the industry; some were chosen because of technical novelty or innovation, some because they filled an important gap in the production or transmission chain, and others because they were just cool products.”

Shown for the first time at IBC, the new Tempest CCT-RT-EX Remote Transceiver Line Extender is used to increase the maximum distance between a Tempest BaseStation and the Remote Antenna Transceiver. The CCT-RT-EX expands the distance of a BaseStation signal to a remote antenna by as much as 914 meters (3,000 feet) with one Line Extender or 609 meters (2,000 feet) per Line Extender if using more than one Line Extender. A total of three Line Extenders can be connected to provide total coverage of up to 2286 meters (7,500 feet). These solutions further enhance the system’s application for users requiring ultra-portable wireless communications in RF-rich environments.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by TV Technology Europe, a prestigious industry publication, for this innovative product for the professional broadcast industry,” says Judy Cheng, Director of Global Marketing, Clear-Com. “The CCT-RT-EX Line Extender provides the extra coverage required, particularly on large productions to ensure that critical directives are heard regardless of location in a venue/facility. As the only intercom-focused product honored in this year’s awards program, Clear-Com is excited to continue to be recognized for its efforts to be at the forefront of providing cutting-edge intercom technology”

About TV Technology Europe
TV Technology Europe is the region’s leading magazine for broadcast technology. The magazine is published by NewBay Media. See www.nbmedia.com.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

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The Film Society of Lincoln Center Selects Christie Solaria Series Projectors to Light Up Starr Theater at Alice Tully Hall in New York City

The world’s leading digital projection system, the Christie® Solaria® Series, has been selected as digital projector of choice for the Starr Theater at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, one of the most prestigious movie premiere venues in the United States. Preferred Christie dealer Digital Media Systems performed the installation in preparation for the 51st Annual New York Film Festival (NYFF), which will run from September 27 to October 13. The 4K resolution Christie projection system debut on Friday, with the festival’s Opening Night world premiere of “Captain Phillips,” a film starring Tom Hanks and based on the true story of the 2009 seizure by four Somali pirates of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship.

Alice Tully Hall (Photo by Mark Bussell)


“The Film Society of Lincoln Center takes a lot of pride in the work it does, supporting and showcasing innovative films by well-known and aspiring filmmakers alike. Our festivals are truly a time to celebrate the moving image and the powerful narratives that can be told through this medium,” said Lesli Klainberg, managing director, the Film Society of Lincoln Center. “At Alice Tully Hall, we show the highest-profile events of the festival, including NYFF official selections and gala tributes. In recent years, many of these have used Christie projectors. We are confident that Christie will always deliver, and are excited that the firm’s projectors will form part of the technology cornerstone for Alice Tully Hall.”

Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie, noted, “Alice Tully Hall is more than just a place to watch a movie on the big screen. Directors, filmmakers, and actors are all excited when their works premiere before thousands of distinguished guests at this historic and esteemed New York City venue. It’s a vote of confidence in Christie by the Film Society of Lincoln Center that they would choose our technology to debut landmark cinematic works for years to come.”

Gregg Paliotta, president and owner of Digital Media Systems, said that two Christie CP4230 4K DLP® digital cinema projectors will be converged and synchronized to display 3D movies with double the brightness levels of typical 3D presentations, while a single Christie CP4230 will be used to show 2D content in rich 4K resolution, attesting to the high brightness levels of Christie projectors.

“The Film Society wanted the most reliable, powerful, and accurate projection system to anchor the world-renowned Alice Tully Hall, not just for the festival, but for all of its high-profile events year-round,” said Paliotta. “Having used Christie projectors at other iconic Lincoln Center venues, as well as at countless venues throughout New York City, I am confident that Christie projectors are the best choice for the job.”

The New York Film Festival, organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is North America’s second oldest film festival, drawing thousands of people to New York City every year to see exciting world premieres, award winning films, and participate in workshops and panel discussions across seven venues on Lincoln Center’s campus. Alice Tully Hall is the premiere venue for the festival, screening many of its most anticipated events.

TNDV Celebrates Business Milestone with National Quartet Convention Production

Mobile production specialist supports “Gospel Music’s Largest Annual Event” with two trucks – and celebrates 100th shoot for flagship Aspiration truck

NASHVILLE, September 30, 2013TNDV this month hit the 100-project milestone for its flagship HD/SD mobile production truck, Aspiration, in Louisville, Kentucky, where the company produced outside broadcast and in-house feeds for the annual National Quartet Convention (NQC). TNDV also brought its recently-launched audio truck Vibration to the venue, Freedom Hall, to produce surround sound feeds (5.1 and 7.2) and multitrack recordings for the world-renowned six-day gospel music event.

The in-the-round event was captured for later broadcast on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network), with veteran TV producer and director Russell Hall overseeing the 10-camera shoot on board Aspiration. Hall hand-picked TNDV for the show based on his previous experience with the company and its Aspiration truck.

“We’ve used six different mobile unit providers for this event over the past 12 years, but Aspiration is specifically targeted toward capturing entertainment and music specials,” said Hall. “It gave us an ideal complement of gear, a large expando working space and a small parking footprint. I have said many times that if I built a mobile unit, this is exactly how I would lay it out.”

The National Quartet Convention brings gospel music’s biggest stars together, and Aspiration’s layout helped Hall deliver the right product for many production elements beyond the TBN broadcast, including a live webcast, an IMAG shoot and retail videos. The project also required pristine audio production on behalf of record labels and performing artists, a role that TNDV ably filled with Vibration.

Vibration features a 256-input Studer Vista 9 console and ProTools multitrack recording at its core, with the on-board crew using more than 100 inputs for the NQC production; and running Joeco Black Box recorders in the background for maximum redundancy. Hall communicated with the Vibration crew using a centralized RTS ADAM intercom matrix, employing multiple partyline channels and point-to-point channel assignments. Similarly, TNDV built a single routing infrastructure between the two trucks, sharing video and audio resources across a Harris Broadcast Platinum router.

For Hall, the impact of employing a separate audio truck raised the overall production quality to a level not seen at previous NQC events. They previously tried mixing and monitoring inside the venue, on board video trucks, in remote audio trailers and via other methods to varied success.

“In the past we have had to compromise on the quality of the audio capture, and this year we realized we had to make audio just as important as the video,” said Hall. “We were producing an intense music event over a six-day period that would incur nearly 50 hours of audio capture. Vibration gave us that same commitment to excellence on the audio side that Aspiration provides for video.”

For Nic Dugger, president and owner of TNDV, celebrating his 100th shoot with Aspiration at a nearly week-long event that covered 50 hours of complex concerts — with multiple producers and production companies — put into perspective how quickly things have progressed since launching the truck.

“In 25 months, Aspiration has done 100 unique shoots with unique load-in and load-out processes, often for multi-day events,” said Dugger. “In the meantime we have launched three additional trucks, including our first audio truck with Vibration.”

Dugger notes that NQC was a special event to hit that milestone given how much planning went into the production. “There was a crew member for each position — something not done very often today — which allowed TNDV engineers to truly service everyone involved instead of covering open positions. It’s ultimately our jobs to make sure these portable facilities work just like their home studios, which allows everyone to work in complete comfort.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Infinity Park Gets Vista System Spyders for Events Center’s 360º Screen

Infinity Park Event Center is proud have a new Vista Systems Spyder X20 system. Infinity Park is a municipally-owned sports, entertainment and events campus in Glendale, Colorado. Blazen Illuminations LLC of Loveland, Colorado installed two Vista Systems’ Spyder X20s at the core of a refurbished projection system dedicated to the venue’s 360º screen.

Infinity Park is a unique site featuring an events center, fitness and recreation center, high-altitude training facility, expansive outdoor park and rugby stadium with a 4,000-person capacity.

“We were originally called in by the events center to maintain and program the High End Systems’ DL.2 digital lights, but they were having difficulties handling the projection demands,” says Nate Webb, Co-Owner of Blazen Illuminations. “We sat down with the staff at Infinity Park and developed a master plan starting with a pair of Vista Systems Spyder X20 1608s running in parallel that would drive the first 12 projectors to cover nearly the entire room in 360 degrees.”

Nate Webb is familiar with the Vista Systems Spyder, so when the project came up he knew Spyder would be the perfect solution. “There are a lot of Spyder systems in the area, so we know it is a great solution,” he says. “When event center clients find out we’re using the Spyder they get excited! It actually becomes a selling point for the venue! They’re confident that the Spyder will do everything they need for their show.”

Blazen Illuminations was tasked with reusing the Christie Digital projectors from the DL.2s, so they removed those components and remounted them in a more conventional way. “After doing some engineering we incorporated 10 of the projectors as well as two other existing projectors already in the room,” says Webb. “We also incorporated fiber optic HD extenders with HDCP to eliminate any potential of latency or image degradation. Those systems work phenomenally. Through HDCP the Spyder X20s can see each projector and we can send the correct resolution to each.”

“All of the projectors are on a Christie net system so we can power them on and off from a PC. The DL2s did not always want to work. The new system saves us massive amounts of time. The DL2s all had on-board servers which had to be managed and updated through the ArtNet network. We would spend over 30 hours a week to develop and load graphics to each server for each show, now we can do the whole thing on the Spyder system in less than a day,” Nate explains.

“We used to have to align everything daily and we were much more limited in projection quality: Alignment and blending used to be very time consuming. But the Spyder systems have taken all those problems away,” he notes. “The production team saves 30 hours a week in graphic and tech work alone. Now we have three media servers handling all of the video playback and nine other input sources such as IMAG cameras, client laptops, and more, which can simply be placed anywhere we like on the giant screens.”

In addition to saving time at the events center, the Spyder system requires less manpower to operate a show. “It used to take four to six technicians to operate a show, and now the production team only requires three,” Webb reports. “The learning curve for in-house AV techs has been very quick, too.”

The Vista Systems Spyder X20s are performing “excellently, and they are exceeding customer expectations” he says. Having completed the first phase of a three-phase upgrade effort, Blazen Illuminations hopes to “add more Spyder X20s for digital signage and lobby effects, as well as replace the projectors in the main ballroom.” Nate notes.

About Vista Systems
Vista Systems’ switchers have become the industry standard for live multiple-destination video and data mixed signal switching with real-time windowing and composition. For more information on Vista Systems, visit their website at www.vistasystems.net.

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About Blazen Illuminations
Blazen Illuminations offers a full range of services and solutions for the entertainment industry. Systems design and integration for state of the art audio, lighting, and video production and presentations in all markets. For more information, visit Blazen Illuminations at www.blazenlights.com.

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About Infinity Park
Infinity Park Event Center is a state-of-the-art event venue nestled in the heart of Glendale, Colo. next to the Cherry Creek shopping district, minutes from downtown Denver. The Event Center is the ideal place to hold your next customized event with our unique indoor and outdoor spaces.
Visit http://infinityparkatglendale.com/eventcenter

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Robert Juliat Fixtures Light Concert Portions of Metallica’s New “Through the Never” IMAX 3D Movie

Metallica lights up the big screen with its IMAX 3D feature, “Metallica Through The Never,” which premieres September 27, and Robert Juliat fixtures helped light up the concert portion of the movie courtesy of Spotrental North America in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

Directed by Nimrod Antal (“Predators”), “Metallica Through The Never” takes a hybrid approach to plot interspersing a concert by Metallica with a dark fantasy narrative about a roadie who encounters a post-apocalyptic situation that, true to the band’s philosophy, leaves a lot of interpretation to viewers and fans. Metallica’s previous film was the 2004 documentary, “Some Kind of Monster.” The new movie has no dialogue – rather, the 16-song soundtrack runs throughout the narrative portion of the film. Following it’s one week exclusive run in IMAX Theaters, “Metallica Through The Never” opens on 3D in theaters nationwide on October 4.

Spotrental supplied eight Robert Juliat Aramis and four Cyrano 2500w HMI followspots to the production for the concert portion of the film. “There were four actual concerts shot for the movie,” explains Joe Zimmerman of Spotrental. “They wanted to make the spots as unobtrusive as possible, so we put the stands over the top of the seats. The stands for the Robert Juliat fixtures are easily adjustable compared to other followspots.”

Aramis is often used in concerts and is constructed to withstand the rigors of touring. It’s well suited to the long throws of big venues indoors and outdoors. Cyrano does everything that Aramis does plus its narrower beam angle makes it perfect for really long-throw distances; its filters also offer additional design possibilities.

According to Zimmerman, the lights “performed flawlessly. They were so bright that we actually had to bring them down. The consistency of field was very even all the way across – there were no hot spots. These fixtures are very solid and almost never go down.”

Zimmerman says the lights’ “maintenance is very good” and “service with the factory is the best of any manufacturer we work with. We always get the information or service that we need. The Aramis and Cyranos are great lights – I really like them.”

About Robert Juliat

Robert Juliat is a three-generation, independent, family-run company dedicated to stage lighting. The current chairman’s grandfather was, at the end of the 19th century, one of the pioneers in creating special effects for the fledgling motion picture industry in France. Robert Juliat lights are used worldwide by customers who include the Cirque du Soleil, Celine Dion in Las Vegas, Disney World, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Comedie Francaise, the Holiday On Ice tour, the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games and football’s World Cup in Japan and Germany.

R&D, production and the company headquarters are based in the village of Fresnoy-en-Thelle, 50 km north of Paris. Robert Juliat USA is located in Wallingford, Connecticut. For more information visit www.robertjuliatamerica.com.

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DPA Convinces Metallica’s Big Mick That Its Mics Can Rock

Big Mick, Front of House sound engineer for the US heavy metal band Metallica, is using DPA’s d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones to capture the sound of drummer Lars Ulrich’s cymbals and toms.

“After 30 years with Metallica – and 15 years miking Lars’ drums with another brand of microphone – I was finally persuaded to test DPA microphones by Morten Uldbæk, who is the Danish distributor for Midas consoles,” Big Mick says. “I have to admit I had never considered DPA as the right kind of microphone for live rock music, but after giving them a try I was really impressed with their brightness and crispness.”

The final impetus to switch to DPA came from the studio engineers who were working on the soundtrack for Metallica’s 3D film Through the Never, which will have its first public screening at the Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael, California on Tuesday, September 17th.

“The recording guys were not happy with our old mics because they didn’t deliver the audio they wanted across the full frequency range,” Big Mick says. “Obviously for a surround sound, 3D movie it was important that the audio was perfect so I suggested the DPA d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphones and, after carrying out A/B testing, they were very happy for us to switch to them.”

Big Mick adds that as well as delivering brighter, crisper audio, the DPA d:vote 4099 microphones were much clearer in the higher frequency ranges. As a result he no longer needs to use an exciter across the cymbal and toms sub group on his Midas live sound console.

“Technology does move on and I’m always looking for better solutions,” Big Mick says. “Now that I have discovered DPA I am looking forward to trying out a few other models and already have my eye on the d:dicate™ 2011 recording microphones as I’m told they are great for drums as well.”

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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 provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all 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

VARIA Delivers for Bethany Wesleyan Church

Cherryville, PA – September 2013… From their 80-acre campus in this close-knit eastern Pennsylvania town, Bethany Wesleyan Church combines an inspirational, contemporary worship style with a broad mix of community programs including sports, education and family oriented activities. With a dedicated and rapidly expanding congregation, Bethany Wesleyan recently took the wraps off their new 1600 seat sanctuary and multipurpose room, equipped with a custom designed sound system based around the versatile Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source line array.

“The church wanted a space that would be versatile enough to accommodate everything from worship services to concerts and even sporting events,” explains Allen “Doc” Nagle of Orwigsburg, PA-based Events Staging. “It’s essentially a gymnasium with a stage at one end and removable seating.”

As any systems designer can attest, multi-purpose rooms often present some of the most challenging audio environments, and Bethany Wesleyan was no exception. The room’s high, open ceilings and concrete and sheetrock walls could have been a potential nightmare. But as Nagle explains, “thanks to good communication with the architect during the planning phase, we were able to take steps to reduce standing waves and reflectivity.”

For the sound system, versatility was key. The system needed to keep the sound tightly focused on the room’s key listening areas, which could change via a variety of room configurations. It also had to accommodate a wide range of program material, from spoken word to different types of musical content.

“The VARIA system was perfect because it provides the best options for placing sound exactly where you need it in the room, as opposed to spilling it all over the place,” says Nagle. “The VARIA’s transitional waveguide allows you to vary the horizontal coverage from the top of the array to the bottom, which was perfect for shaping the coverage pattern off the reflective surfaces.”

The system comprises left and right hangs, each with five VARIA VAX101 series cabinets. Horizontal dispersion varies from 60 degrees at the top of the array, increasing incrementally to 120 degrees at the bottom. A center fill of two VARIA 90 degree cabinets adds a bit of psychoacoustical enhancement. Eight PNX212-SUB subwoofers are bunkered, four per side, into the face of the stage. An Avid VENUE Profile at the front of house position handles the mix, while four CFX121M wedges provide onstage monitoring.

“The VARIA made all the difference in this installation,” adds Nagle. “It allowed us to easily pinpoint exactly where the sound should be in the room while avoid any unwanted interactions. It sounds amazing.”

An ancillary chapel and cafe incorporate the Renkus-Heinz IC7-II steerable array, with a pair of PNX212 series subwoofers providing a solid bottom end. Ashly Audio NE2424m matrix processors handle speaker management for the entire facility while providing a selection of easily recalled presets for the church’s all volunteer crew.

Visual impact is equally impressive, with three 16,000-lumen projectors firing at three, 20-foot screens positioned left-to-right across the back of the stage.

Finally, multiple HD PTZ and manned cameras and a Pro Tools system capture weekly services for distribution on DVD, with plans already in place to expand into Internet streaming and live broadcast.

With the system up and running, Nagle is pleased that his team was able to strike such an effective balance between usability and performance, while placing the church on a solid foundation for future growth.

“This is a really dynamic and active congregation,” he concludes. “They’re looking to entice national worship tours, as well as setting the stage for broadcast and streaming. The combination of the VARIA and Avid systems ensures them a level of sound quality and technical capability they’ve never had before. I’m confident they’re set for many years to come.”

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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.

SunBriteTV Announces Best Seat in the House Consumer Rebate Promotion for 4th Quarter

DENVER, Colorado – Now that football season has kicked off, there’s no better place than outside to watch every game. And there’s no better time than now to invest in an outdoor television, thanks to SunBriteTV’s new Best Seat in the House consumer rebate program.

Starting October 1 and running through the end of the year, consumers will be eligible to receive $300 back on SunBriteTV’s Signature Series model 4660HD ($2,795), the best-selling outdoor television in the world. A rebate for the 5560HD ($3,995) and 6560HD ($6,995) is also available for $400.

“Nothing compares to watching football outdoors,” says Tom Dixon, VP of Marketing, SunBriteTV. “With the Best Seat in the House promotion, football fans across the country can choose to save money or upgrade to a larger screen. There’s never been a better time to invest in an outdoor TV!”

Dealers should be just as excited as football-loving SunBriteTV customers on this touchdown of a deal. Watch sales continue to drive deep into winter all the while retaining full retail prices and gross margins!

Both dealers and consumers alike should visit SunBriteTV at CEDIA booth #2904 to learn more about how to take full advantage of the Best Seat in the House rebate program.

About SunBriteTV
SunBriteTV’s all-weather televisions have been time-tested in home installations, outdoor sports arena, restaurant and hotel patios and even on military vehicles participating in field operations. All models are available through SunBriteTV’s network of Authorized Dealers. To inquire about becoming an Authorized Dealer, contact SunBriteTV at 866.357.8688, or visit the Dealer Inquiry page at www.sunbritetv.com.

Double Grammy Winner Fun. Tours with Solotech and Meyer Sound LEO

After winning the 2013 Grammy Song of the Year and Best New Artist awards, indie pop band Fun.’s “Most Nights” tour has been packing music venues across 34 North American cities throughout the summer. Montreal-based Solotech is providing the tour with a Meyer Sound LEO™ linear large-scale sound reinforcement system.

“I’d heard LEO last year at Outside Lands festival in San Francisco, and I was tickled pink when I had the opportunity to take a rig out this year,” says Gordon Reddy, FOH engineer for Fun. “It’s a great kit, with a wonderfully smooth high end. If a typical sweet high end is like table sugar, then LEO is clarified honey.”

The band’s touring system includes main arrays of 14 LEO-M line array loudspeakers per side, with low-end impact supplied by a total of 24 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements. Rounding out the system are eight UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers and six UPQ-1P loudspeakers for stage lip and front corner fill, respectively. A Galileo® Callisto™ loudspeaker management system with three Galileo Callisto 616 array processors and one Galileo 616 AES processor provide system drive and alignment. David Brazeau of Solotech designed the base system configuration in consultation with Reddy.

“LEO certainly has the horsepower when you need it,” claims Reddy. “At one show in the Midwest, the promoters oversold the venue and extended the audience area out into the parking lot, over 300 feet from the stage. They made no provision for delays; fortunately the LEOs delivered all the way to the back. It was fantastic.

“It’s a great system to listen to and mix on with such a big, beefy, dominant, coherent sound,” continues Reddy. “Other systems just don’t have the focus and the clarity that comes with the linearity of LEO.”

Joining Reddy for the tour are systems engineer Jonathan Trudeau of Solotech and monitor engineer Dave Rupsch. The band is mixed on twin DiGiCo SD8 consoles, each outfitted with Waves SoundGrid plug-ins. The band uses Shure SM-58 vocal microphones on a UHF-R wireless microphone system.

Fun.’s “Most Nights” tour includes a diverse number of sheds and amphitheaters with capacities of up to 20,000. Opening the shows is the indie rock duo Tegan & Sara.

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