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Biamp Systems Appoints Vibhav Singh as North India Area Manager

BEAVERTON, Oregon — March 3, 2014 — Biamp Systems, a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems, today announced the addition of Vibhav Singh to its growing sales team in India, effective March 1. Appointed to the post of North India Area Manager, Singh will oversee all sales and installations in the country’s northern and eastern areas including Delhi/NCR, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, and the surrounding areas.

In his new position, Singh will support Biamp(R) in strengthening existing relationships with integrators and end users, as well as continue the growth of Biamp audio solutions within the region. Prior to joining Biamp, Singh was a Regional Sales Manager for Installed Sound with Harman International and brings five years of professional audio experience in sales, project management, and customer service. As a new member of Biamp’s expanding Indian sales team, he is located in New Delhi and reports to Robin Ghose, Regional Manager — SAARC.

“Vibhav comes to us at a time of rapid expansion for Biamp in India,” said Ghose. “As we continue to grow our market presence, his experience in sales, installed sound, and project management will be instrumental to our success. We are thrilled to have him onboard and look forward to his involvement during such an exciting time.”

“Biamp understands that creating a genuine presence within a marketplace means putting customers first,” said Singh. “In addition to being an industry leader in commercial audio solutions, Biamp has taken tangible actions for creating a culture where partnerships thrive. I am delighted to be a part of such a dynamic team.”

In addition to supervising sales and installations, Singh has held positions in areas ranging from product promotion, to AV systems integration, to national sales management. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Punjab Technical University and several industry certifications.

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About Biamp Systems
Biamp Systems is a leading provider of innovative, networked media systems that power the world’s most sophisticated audio/video installations. The company is recognized worldwide for delivering high-quality products and backing each product with a commitment to exceptional customer service.

The award-winning Biamp(R) product suite includes the Tesira(R) media system for digital audio networking, Audia(R) Digital Audio Platform, Nexia(R) digital signal processors, Sona(TM) AEC technology, and Vocia(R) Networked Public Address and Voice Evacuation System. Each has its own specific feature set that can be customized and integrated in a wide range of applications, including corporate boardrooms, conference centers, performing arts venues, courtrooms, hospitals, transportation hubs, campuses, and multi-building facilities.

Founded in 1976, Biamp is headquartered in Beaverton, OR, USA, with additional engineering operations in Brisbane, Australia and Rochester, NY. For more information on Biamp, please visit www.biamp.com.

All trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

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Dallas’ First United Methodist Church Looks to K-array Loudspeakers for System Redesign, Citing Impressive ‘Performance to Size Ratio’

K-array Speaker Installation at Historic Dallas Church Increases Intelligibility Without Detracting From Classic Interior of Landmark Architectural Design

Dallas, TX, March 3, 2014: Audio specialist Sennheiser announced that First United Methodist Church (FirstChurch), a landmark of downtown Dallas for over 165 years, recently replaced its sound reinforcement system with K-array Installation series components. The new system, which consists of (10) custom color KP102 line array elements, (2) KK52 line array elements, (2) KMT18P passive subwoofers, (4) KA40 amplifiers and (12) custom color K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers, was designed by Dallas-based Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) and installed by Electro Acoustics, Inc. of Fort Worth.

With a rich music program, congregational activities and two worship services each Sunday for roughly 1,000 congregants, FirstChurch sought to replace its existing sound system with a more current, innovative solution that could deliver greater intelligibility for both music and the spoken word. The K-array’s small footprint and no-compromise audio quality made it perfectly suited for the system redesign.

Jim Burdette of WJHW handled the overall project design, which had to be sensitive to both the architectural and acoustic requirements of the interior structure: “This was a large, high ceiling space with challenging acoustics,” he says. “The existing cluster was quite a ways up and was not able to deliver the pattern control or throw that we can now achieve with modern technology. So we looked at options and eventually decided on K-array.”

Since FirstChurch is a historic and an architecturally ornate structure, getting the aesthetics just right was of paramount importance as was the overall sound quality. “Part of the criteria and design directive was to move towards a low-profile column array like the K-array,” Burdette says. “We also wanted to have greater control over the sound dispersion while reducing any gain before feedback issues.” Burdette arranged to have the K-array KP102 line arrays brought in for a scaled demo at the church. “In use, we just loved the concept — the performance to size ratio was very impressive,” recalls Chris Jordan, president of Electro Acoustics.”

The installation itself involved a split array of the KP102s: an upper module consisting of three units, and a lower module of one unit. They were mounted at the proscenium line on the front face of the wall, with the lower array positioned approximately 6′ off the main floor directed at the main floor, and the upper array positioned approximately 21′ off the main floor and pointed towards the church’s balcony. “The precision of the KP102s afforded us the ability to throw deep into the room while staying close to structure and unobtrusive,” Burdette explains. “As well, we were able to position the speakers so they could disappear among the moldings.

In addition to the primary line array speakers for the main seating areas, Burdette also specified (12) KT22 point source compact speakers to reinforce audio directly beneath the balcony. “There were some old conventional style speakers there that they were going to reuse, but I recommended switching to the K-arrays because it was much less visually intrusive,” Burdette says. “From an audio perspective, this increases intelligibility for congregants seated under the balcony.”

In the choir loft, a pair of K-array KK52 line array speakers was mounted. “The choir wanted a little more presence and even coverage,” explains Chris Jordan. “That made it perfect, and now the choir members could not be more delighted.” The overall system was rounded out with a pair of K-array KMT18P ultra-light subwoofers, which were mounted into existing soffits within the structure: “The client didn’t want us to cut into any of the existing structure, so we found old speaker cutouts in the proscenium walls,” says Burdette. “We opened these back up, put grille cloth in front of them and mounted them. This turned out really well for the architecture.”

Since completing the installation, feedback has been resoundingly favorable among the congregation. “The church likes how the new loudspeaker system is performing,” reports Burdette. “Both speech intelligibility and music clarity have increased, and the K-array solution played an integral role in achieving this.”

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams:

Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. is a consulting firm offering state-of-the-art design services in sound systems, audio visual, scoreboard & video displays, broadcast provisions & video production, acoustics & noise control, theatre planning, lighting & rigging, distributed TV & satellite, video surveillance & access control, and tel/data structured cabling. Our strengths lie in the combined talents of principals and employees, our diverse technical and business skills, and experience accrued over the years from hundreds of successfully completed projects.

K-array:

The incredibly thin and lightweight K-array loudspeakers are manufactured in Italy and distributed in the U.S. and Canada exclusively by Sennheiser. Despite their small size, K-array speakers deliver impressive power and sound quality for small, medium and large-scale applications, including touring, special events, installed sound and broadcast. For more information, please visit www.k-array.com.

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.

Captions:
1. The K-array KP102 line array elements were mounted at the proscenium line at the front of the sanctuary.
2. K-array KT22 Tornado 2-inch point source compact speakers were placed underneath the balcony, providing enhanced audio intelligibility.
3. The K-array system was unobtrusive to the overall aesthetics and architectural splendor of FUMC.

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Platinum Tools® Launches 22-in-1 Security Screwdriver Kit for Security and AV Installs

CAMARILLO, Calif., March 3, 2014 – Platinum Tools(R) (www.platinumtools.com), the leader in solutions for the preparation, installation, hand termination and testing of wire and cable, is proud to announce the launch of the 22-in-1 Security Screwdriver Kit (p/n 19105). Now shipping with an MSRP of $49.95 and designed specifically for security professionals, this set provides optimal versatility for both security and traditional applications. Platinum Tools will feature the new 22-in-1 Security Screwdriver Kit at 2014 ISC West, held in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 2-4 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, booth 4045.

“The handle features a non-slip, comfort grip and a shaft design that reaches screws recessed up to five inches deep,” explained John Phillips, Platinum Tools product manager. “The 11 double-ended shaft-style bits include multiple sizes of security Torx®, hex and Robertson along with spanners and tri-wings. It also includes standard slotted and Phillips bits. Never again be caught without the right screwdriver.”

For additional pricing and more information on Platinum Tools and its complete product line, please visit www.platinumtools.com, call (800) 749-5783, or email info@platinumtools.com.

About Platinum Tools
Platinum Tools, founded in 1997, was created based upon two very simple objectives. First, develop the absolute best possible solutions for the preparation, installation, and hand termination of wire and cable. Second, implement an operational infrastructure that can deliver these products in an efficient, timely, and high quality manner.

All of our products must absolutely satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…utility of function; quality of function; and economic value. Our people are our company. They, too, must be focused on and work to satisfy three critical benchmark criteria…customer satisfaction; product knowledge and expertise; and willingness to learn and adapt.

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RCF adds horn-loaded HL Stadium Series to Installed Sound catalogue

(Edison, New Jersey) Combining the properties of a genuine horn-loaded, constant or variable curvature array, while meeting specifications for high vocal intelligibility, was the design goal set by RCF when producing the new medium- to long-throw HL series for stadium and arena use. The product was previewed at the 2013 Infocomm show this past summer and is now in production.
The new 2-way passive HL2240, HL2260, HL2290 full range and HS2200 subwoofer are vibrant additions to the Italian company’s Installed Sound System catalogue.
“The starting point was derived from two main projects “Firstly, inspired by a recent installation project undertook in a premium stadium and followed by a large-scale vocal reinforcement in the Middle East. The customer requirement was for a constant curvature array with the specific key point of vocal reproduction and our experience at these two events led to the development of this series,” says RCF Executive Director Alberto Ruozzi.
To achieve this curvature, it was found the perfect balance between a line array solution and a small system made up of several loudspeaker components.
Within the product nomenclature, the ‘22’ designates the 22.5° horizontal coverage pattern of each loudspeaker, and the 40, 60 and 90 respectively the vertical angles
All speakers are bass reflex horn loaded, symmetrically designed, with the horn in the center. The full-range speakers each house 4” horn-loaded compression driver and 2 x 12” horn-loaded sub. The 1 x 18” HS2200 subwoofer has been designed as the perfect complement for LF extension.
The connectors are IP67-rated and the enclosures, constructed in Baltic birch plywood, are finished in Polyurea, to make them IP55-rated weather resistant. The different coverage angles are defined in the RCF engineering, which enables the sound beams to be focused differently.
In addition to stadia (and other outdoor fixed applications), RCF also predicts demand for this intermediate-sized system from indoor venues such as large sports arenas.
Additional information, including data sheets, drawings and EASE for data can be found at http://www.rcf.it/en_US/installed-sound-systems/h-series

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Bose® RoomMatch® and PowerMatch® Components Provide Versatile Sound for Mount Aloysius College’s New Convocation Center

Multi-use facility is set to host everything from collegiate basketball to graduation ceremonies, and Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeaker modules assure that the sound is powerful and accurate

Framingham, Massachusetts, February 28, 2014 – Recently, The Sextant Group, a national independent technology consulting firm specializing in the planning and design of learning, communications and entertainment facilities and systems, was contracted to specify a sound system for the new Convocation Center at Mount Aloysius College in central Pennsylvania. The Sextant Group selected an option that was new for them: a RoomMatch® sound system from Bose® Professional Systems.

The system consists of 17 RoomMatch loudspeakers divided into one five-speaker array (RM5505, RM7010, RM9010, RM9020, and RM12040 modules) that covers the main floor, and six separate two-module RM7040/RM9020 arrays covering the bleacher seating on both sides of the floor. The speaker arrays are all powered by five PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and were installed by the Pittsburgh office of Cleveland, Ohio-based SoundCom Systems.

The school’s new Convocation Center is a hub of campus life, featuring a basketball court, fitness center, distance-learning classroom, dance studio and other amenities. The 2,500-seat basketball court also doubles as an event space, used for ceremonies such as graduations and other applications. The space is highly configurable – the bleachers can be rolled in and out and are divided into six different areas. Courts and gymnasiums are notoriously difficult spaces in terms of acoustics, so The Sextant Group wanted to go the extra mile in terms of the sound quality and versatility of the system – that’s where the RoomMatch system came in.

“We wanted this space to be able to develop a lot of energy and keep it tightly focused on the seating areas,” explains Mark Gillis, Principal Consultant at The Sextant Group. “We wanted the sound to really have an impact, to help events here really generate a high level of excitement.”

“In addition to making the right decisions in terms of acoustical treatment, we wanted a system that would allow us to very precisely aim the sound and keep it over the seating areas, but at the same time we also wanted to give the school a full-range sound system that works well for music as well as speech,” says Joe Hammett, Systems Designer at The Sextant Group. “Too often, good sound is value-engineered out of spaces like this, with the PA really just suitable for the narrow range of the voice. This system needed to also cover music, which adds to the experience, and keep the sound where we needed it. The RoomMatch system was definitely the right choice.”

The result has been extremely satisfying. In fact, The Sextant Group is in the process of specifying a Bose RoomMatch system for another college multi-use center, this one seating 5,000. “Mount Aloysius now has sound that matches what schools in the top-tier divisions and even major-league arenas have,” says Gillis. “Music and speech both sound great, and the intensity of the sound makes a huge difference in the energy of the place. The RoomMatch system really was able to do it all.”

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Top Songwriting Venue The Listening Room Cafe Upgrades Its Sound with Bose® RoomMatch® Loudspeakers

Nashville venue will debut Bose® RoomMatch® system at March 1st anniversary event

Framingham, Massachusetts, February 26, 2014 – Since its founding in Franklin, TN, in 2006, The Listening Room Cafe has become a Nashville institution, moving to Music City’s Cummins Station in 2008 and its new home downtown in early 2013 – nearly one year ago to the day. Owner Chris Blair, a singer-songwriter himself, has maintained his original intention: to offer Nashville songwriters a venue with the sound and atmosphere he felt they deserved. The new space’s audio recently got even better with the installation of a new RoomMatch® loudspeaker system from Bose® Professional Systems. The installation coincides with the one-year anniversary at the new location. To celebrate the occasion (and the new system), The Listening Room will be hosting an all-day event on Saturday, March 1, 2014 – known as the “Bose Party & Birthday Bash.” The event will feature hit songwriters and top talents throughout the day and is open to the public. The Listening Room Cafe is located at 217 2nd Ave S, Nashville, TN.

The sound system is flexible; with the flip of a switch it can accommodate full band stage performances or intimate acoustic “in-the-round” performances. The full system consists of the following Bose components: two RM7020 modules, two RM12040 modules, ten RMU208 modules, one RMS218 subwoofer module and one Panaray® MB12-III modular bass loudspeaker, all powered by three PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifiers and a single PM4500N amplifier, with processing handled by a ControlSpace® ESP-4120 Engineered Sound Processor and CC-64 Control Center.

“I am very proud of where we have come in the last several years,” stated Blair. “Our new location downtown has been an incredible move and we are so excited for everything that is happening in Nashville right now. The birthday bash is to celebrate that anniversary and to offer a full day of great music and food/drink specials so everyone can come hang with us all day long. The awesome plus to the day is that we also get to celebrate our new Bose system. I have always loved the sound of Bose, and we used their L1® portable systems at the old Cummins Station location. The new RoomMatch system can handle the full band drive or acoustic performances with complete clarity. It’s something you truly have to hear for yourself, and we invite everyone to come do just that while we celebrate all day long on Saturday, March 1st.”

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Historic Lyric Theater Upgraded With Martin Audio

Miami, FL––Built in 1913, the Lyric Theater quickly became a popular entertainment center for African-Americans in Miami. It grew to be the anchor of “Little Broadway” in Overtown, eventually featuring artists such as Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Celia Cruz, B.B. King, Patti LaBelle, Ella Fitzgerald, Redd Foxx, Mary Wells and others.

After closing in the 70s, the Lyric was purchased by the Black Archives, History and Research Foundation of South Florida in 1988. Since then, the venerable theater has undergone three major restorations and upgrades, culminating in a grand opening for the fully refurbished performance complex in early February.

Miami’s Drummer Boy Sound Productions did the consulting and design for the Lyric’s new audio and video systems. Asked why he chose Martin Audio for the upgrade, owner Harold Cummings responded, “My client Tim Barber, managing director of the Black Archives, had heard a Martin Audio system at one of my events and was impressed.

“The client wanted a high quality sound system that could be used for national R&B and Gospel acts and theater production events, that would properly cover the venue, and be accepted by touring engineers,” adds Harold.

“A line array wasn’t the right answer because the Lyric is a small 400-seater with a balcony and the sound would have been all over the place. Plus we needed a stereo-imaged room because the space also doubles as a movie theater.

“The Martin Audio W3P was the only speaker that made sense since it’s a compact 3-way trapezoid system with a tight pattern and 65º horizontal dispersion, which was key to this job,” Harold explains. “There weren’t that many speakers on the market with that type of dispersion, sound quality and high output capability in one package.”

Cummings’ system design includes four W3Ps flown from the proscenium wall, (one firing at the balcony and one at the main theater floor on each side) two Martin Audio AQ5s for stereo under balcony, two AQ5s for stereo front fill, and two WS218SX subs fitted into custom openings inside the stage. There are also Martin Audio LE1200s as stage monitors.

Other system components include an Allen & Heath iLive T112 console with iDR48 rack, Ashly Protea processor, Shure mics, a Whirlwind split snake system and cables.

Asked about the reaction to the audio system’s debut at a grand opening event called “Lyric Live” (an amateur hour contest for singers, bands and comedians from all over South Florida), Harold said, “Everyone thought the system sounded amazing and the coverage was incredible. You could hear perfectly in every single seat. We had more than enough headroom and plenty of low end, something that’s very important to me. With Martin Audio, I feel confident that no matter what kind of act comes in here, we have it covered.”

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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Electrosonic Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of its Founding

Electrosonic announces that March 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the company’s founding. In 1964 the company started with two rooms in London’s Greenwich vegetable market. Five decades later, Electrosonic is an international, multi-million dollar business with headquarters in Burbank, California, and offices worldwide.

Electrosonic’s story is complex but in many ways it parallels the history of audio-visual technology, and provides a window into how the industry and its services and products have changed.

Founded by Denis Naisbitt, Michael Ray and Robert Simpson, the company opened with the strapline “Electronic Control and Audio Systems”. From the start, Electrosonic combined the manufacturing and selling of products with the building of complete engineered systems. Key product categories included electronic lighting control, multi-image slide projection and videowalls. The product and systems portions of the business continued together through 2010 when the products side of the business, which by then represented a small portion of overall revenue, was sold.

“The 50 year anniversary marks an important milestone for the company as we look back on our incredible heritage of talent and accomplishments. Electrosonic is continually investing in new generations of talented staff through mentoring and education as we continue to push the limits of what AV technology can do,” says Jim Bowie, President of Electrosonic Group. “A key element of Electrosonic’s success, and one that we are very proud of, is our long and enduring relationship with designers, suppliers and customers.”

Electrosonic carried out many impressive and memorable projects over the last 50 years all around the world, from multi-image spectaculars in 1970s Iran and the world’s biggest videowall in Seville in 1992 to massive projection displays at EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. Electrosonic was often leading the way in applying new technology, whether it was pushing 70mm film to the limit, implementing multi-channel dynamic sound systems, or achieving huge 3D images with the latest electronic projectors.

Electrosonic’s historical project portfolio can be best summarized as embracing world EXPOs, lighting control, theater sound systems, experience shows, museums and visitor centers, theme parks, videowalls, control rooms and corporate AV.

World EXPO, or international exposition, work was a key business driver for Electrosonic from the start. Exposition work, starting with EXPO 67 Montreal, instilled in Electrosonic the desire to work internationally. More importantly, many influential people from around the world saw the shows, which in turn led to demands to emulate the work at home and globally. Electrosonic would go on to carry out installations in 15 different EXPOs.

In its present role as designer and integrator of complex systems, Electrosonic continues to exploit advances in technology. The business today serves three market sectors, each of which is treated on a global basis. The largest is “Entertainment”, followed by “Corporate” and “Control Rooms”. Beyond system engineering, Electrosonic has always offered ancillary services to further assist its clients. Today these include support services, managed services and technical design consulting.

Electrosonic will release a book about its history in late March 2014, with the title “Electrosonic – 50 Years on the Audio-Visual Frontline”. Written by co-founder Robert Simpson, the book presents a short history of the company, and chapters on its products, notable projects completed, its people and on the company’s contributions to the AV industry.

About Electrosonic
Electrosonic, celebrating its 50th anniversary, is an international audio-visual company that creates tailored, state-of-the-art solutions for a wide range of markets including theme parks, museums, control rooms, and corporate meeting rooms. Since its founding in 1964, Electrosonic has built a strong reputation for working on complex projects, both large and small, and has developed lasting partnerships with customers and suppliers. Beyond complete integrated systems, Electrosonic provides a comprehensive scope of services including technical design, projector lamp sales, maintenance and operational support.

Learn more about Electrosonic. Visit http://www.electrosonic.com

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Tecom Introduces a New Presentation Switcher – the “TRANSLATOR”

Tecom launches the new TSS-650 “Translator” HD Switcher/Scaler at ISE 2014

New York, NY United States – February 26, 2014 —Tecom launches its newly developed HD presentation switcher/scaler, also known as The “Translator”, at the Amsterdam RAI annual ISE 2014 show.

Tecom Electronics, manufacturer of the TecPodium Smart Lecterns product line, responded to the ever-growing demand for better and more affordable technological solutions to the current and future classroom/boardroom requirements. The latest offering is the “Translator” – a multi-format HD presentation switcher/scaler that connects and translate different video signals, and now with just the right amount of inputs and outputs.

The TSS-650 is a Multi-Input Switcher/Scaler that has HDMI, PC (VGA), Component and Composite Video inputs. It can switch and scale the signal to HDMI or VGA with audio outputs. The TSS-650 supports HDMI output resolutions up to 1080p/WUXGA, Analog Digital Conversion (ADC) and Digital Analog Conversion (DAC) – allowing wide range of AV signals display on an HDMI or VGA monitors and projectors. Furthermore, the On-Screen Display (OSD), IR remote, RS-232, IP and on-panel controls make this product versatile and easy to use. The TSS-650 web interface allows administrators to remotely manage and control the unit remotely over the network.

Aviv Brosilovski, Tecom CEO commented: “Our new TRANSLATOR is here to arrange and improve customers’ AV technology issues without breaking a sweat. Combined with the option to control the device via a web browser or even your mobile phone, it allows fast and on the spot management and troubleshooting from anywhere and at any time, saving valuable time and money”.

MSRP: $799. Special Price for the Educational/Government customers $720.

TecPodium TRANSLATOR and Accessories Video at ISE 2014

www.tecpodium.com

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Classic St. Louis Church Trades 12 For 1 with Iconyx

Florrisant, MO – March 2014… One of the first settlements in what would become the State of Missouri, Florrisant was founded in the 18th century by French settlers. Until the late 19th century, French was the village’s predominant language — except for a small population of German settlers in the southern part of town. Seeking a church that spoke their language, in 1866 a handful of those German families founded the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The church’s grand old Gothic style sanctuary has been a landmark on Jefferson Street since 1893. The 600 seat hall was designed in the spirit of the great cathedrals, with soaring walls, stone floors, high arched ceilings, and ornate stained glass windows. It’s a lush, reverberant setting for choir and organ, but problematic for spoken word intelligibility.

“Although it’s not a large room, its acoustical character is very much like that of a cathedral,” explains Gary Haselhorst, President of Valley Park, MO-based Cignal Systems. “Their issues are similar to that of a cathedral, on a smaller scale — it’s a very reverberant space, and intelligibility suffers.” The church’s previous sound system, with 12 pillar-mounted cabinets, only added to the cacophony.

Cignal removed the existing speakers and replaced them with a single Iconyx digitally steered line array column from Renkus-Heinz. “We had recently used the Iconyx in the St. Louis Basilica, and when the monsignors heard how well it worked in the cathedral, they knew there was hope for theirs as well.”

A single IC24-R-II column is mounted on a front pillar, just left of the altar. “We were able to achieve very uniform coverage with just one speaker,” says Haselhorst. “We ordered the cabinet painted to match the brickwork, and the Monsignor’s sister painted some marbled accents on it. It blends in almost invisibly with the architecture.”

Haselhorst reports the system has solved the room’s intelligibility problems and more. “They run the praise band through the Iconyx as well, and it sounds great,” he says. “We took out twelve speakers and replaced them with one Iconyx. They’re very pleased.”

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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.

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