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Boulevard Pro Adds L-ACOUSTICS KARA System to Rental Inventory

Anthony (left) and James Cioffi

RIDGEFIELD PARK, New Jersey — Boulevard Pro, a leading NYC metro area audio systems and backline provider, has been assuring clients of great sound since 1986, when owners Anthony and James Cioffi came off the road as musicians, backing up artists like Gary U.S. Bonds and Mink Deville. It’s where they learned the value of having the right technology products for the markets they were working in, from renting out classic Fender Twin amps that clients of their rehearsal studio business in the 1980s knew to come to them for, to more recently having the in-demand products and systems that their live event and touring customers require. Boulevard Pro’s latest addition to that latter category has been the recent addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA package. more

L-ACOUSTICS K2 Receives First PIPA Award For Best Concert Sound Product

L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle receiving the PIPA award at the ceremony

FRANKFURT, Germany — For the 15th time, more than 100 magazines from all over the world voted to determine the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2013/2014 in more than 40 categories of the MIPA Musikmesse International Press Award. The winners were presented with the awards at a special ceremony and party held during Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound on Thursday, March 13th, 2014.

More than 300 international representatives of musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturers and distributors got together for the 15th MIPA award show, including guests from more than 20 countries, firmly establishing that the MIPA Musikmesse International Press Award is the “Grammy” of the Musical Instrument/Pro Audio industry. To celebrate the 15th MIPA Awards, the PIPA Prolight + Sound Press Award was presented for the first time and L-ACOUSTICS’ K2 received the award in the category of Best Concert Sound product.

L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle, who was representing the French manufacturer at the ceremony, says: “The 250 employees of L-ACOUSTICS are delighted and honored to receive such a distinction for K2. We realize that the international press has echoed the market reaction to this brand new system, which has already distinguished itself during the Winter Olympics ceremonies and counts 60 early adopters worldwide. What better start could we have hoped for for K2?”

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
info@l-acoustics-us.com / www.l-acoustics.com

Inter-American Development Bank Shares Culture with L-ACOUSTICS

IDB Conference Center's Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

Pershing Technologies specifies KIVA/KILO system at IDB’s Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Headquartered in the heart of the nation’s capitol, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Latin America and Caribbean countries by providing much needed loans, grants, technical assistance and research. In 2005, when the organization first opened the IDB Conference Center at 1330 New York Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., its 500-seat Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium was slated to host films, seminars, lectures, and town hall meetings, so the original PA system was primarily designed to accommodate spoken word and cinema playback.

In 2012, however, the decision was made to better utilize the facility for the presentation of concerts and other cultural events featuring live entertainment by Central and South American artists, musicians, and dancers. more

Avolites Hosts Free Weekly Training Webinars

Manufacturer offers interactive sessions covering Titan Version 7 and Ai Media Server

LONDON — In an effort to provide the very best product support to its current clients and potential customers, Avolites announces its continuing series of free weekly online training sessions. Hosted from the manufacturer’s worldwide headquarters in London, several one-hour GoToMeeting webinars each Thursday cover various topics related to Avolites and Avolites Media products.

Sessions held at 9:00 a.m. EST every Thursday guide users through the GUI of Avolites’ groundbreaking Ai Media Server. Attendees learn how to navigate the built-in 3D visualizer, import video files and play them back, and adjust these videos by changing color and adding effects, introducing keystone and warps. The informal sessions will also cover video mapping to non-uniform projection surfaces and output to LED screens.

Webinars held one hour later at 10:00 a.m. EST focus on Titan Version 7 and feature the Avolites Titan Simulator, which allows attendees to view every button press made by the trainer, see features and ask questions. The schedule for the remainder of March and April is as follows:

- March 20 – Chases: recording and unfolding chases; using speed masters and tap tempo

- March 27 – Customizing your console: making, editing and deleting workspaces; assigning and recording macros; changing default values, including fixture locate, highlight values and key profiles

- April 3 – Titan overview: console layout, basic programming and operation

- April 10 – Time in programmer, time palettes, using the encoder wheel to set times and the edit times menu

- April 17 – Version 7: set list, show import, reports and the @ key functions

- April 24 – Artnet: using an Artnet to DMX box to expand your universes; using a Titan Net Processor; connecting and assigning lines

“Education is the key to unlocking the creative possibilities of the desk,” says Group One’s Brad White, national sales manager for the Avolites brand. “These free webinars are a great place not only for tapping into expert advice but also for collaborating with other LDs and programmers from all over the world. So sign up to experience Avolites’ world-class training in the comfort of your own home or office, learn new tips and tricks on the Titan software, and maybe even contribute a few yourself.”

White further points out that additional webinar sessions may be added to better accommodate other time zones, such as PST, as demand increases.

Attendance for each webinar is currently limited to 25 people per session and space will be allotted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register for one or more of the sessions, please visit the “Webinars & UK Masterclasses” link at www.avolites.com.

DiGiCo Takes the Ice for 2014 NHL Winter Classic, Stadium Series and Heritage Classic

Ron Reaves (left) and Jason Spence at the DiGiCo SD10 console in the NHL Heritage Classic mix room

Ron Reaves chooses SD10 to mix live musical entertainment in outdoor stadiums for broadcast on NBC networks

NEW YORK, NY — This year, for the first time, the National Hockey League (NHL) programmed four regular season games into outdoor venues in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, scheduling the 2014 NHL Stadium Series between the previously established NHL Winter Classic and NHL Heritage Classic series of outdoor games. Tasked with mixing the live musical entertainment at the games in all three NHL series for broadcast on the NBC networks, Ron Reaves called on production provider Clair Nashville to supply a DiGiCo SD10 digital audio mixing console with two SD-Racks. more

Clearwing Takes KARA and KIVA to the Streets of New York City

The Bacon Brothers on NYC's Super Bowl Boulevard stage featuring Clearwing's L-ACOUSTICS KARA and KIVA enclosures

Week of Super Bowl concerts on Broadway rely on L-ACOUSTICS

NEW YORK CITY — Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee reports that it was hired by the National Football League for three Super Bowl venues, all of which it supported with a full compliment of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers.

The NFL’s official Super Bowl Tailgate party held at the old Meadowlands Racetrack featured American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips, The Band Perry and the cast of Jersey Boys on a brand new K2 rig. The NFL On Location Super Bowl Club featured the Fray and Cyndi Lauper before the game on another K2 system hung at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. However, the real test for Clearwing took place during the entire week prior to the game across the river in Manhattan.

Super Bowl Boulevard took over Broadway between 34th and 47th streets featuring a stage that by day hosted NFL player autograph sessions and by night bands like Blondie, the Bacon Brothers, Michael Cavanaugh and the Café Wha? House Band.

The system had to be compact because, although the stage spanned the Great White Way, emergency vehicle lanes needed to be created on both sides of the street, which kept the stage width down to a rather tight 32 feet. Furthermore, the system had to ground stacked, which made the choice of KARA and KIVA, supported by eight SB18 and a pair of SB28 subs, one that met both the logistical and audio needs.

“Stacking in the downstage corners of the stage, the width of the speakers took up minimal stage space; plus, being able to stack the SB18s directly behind the KARA stacks allowed us to get the bigger sound that a three-way enclosure would provide while still maintaining a small footprint,” says Clearwing’s Steve Harvey, who, along with system tech Trevor Powers, was in charge of the audio for the stage. “We had the SB18s running up to 100Hz for improved low end from bass guitar and drums, and the SB28s in front of the stage added extra lows in the drums and playback elements.”

As if the logistical challenges of an outdoor gig in the middle of Manhattan were not enough, the weather in New York City that week was at times very cold.

“Our semi trucks had to be unloaded at midnight and the show started at noon,” says Harvey. Outdoor temperatures got down to zero Fahrenheit at times. “The amps were turned on at the beginning of the week and stayed on all week. The L-ACOUSTICS gear was solid throughout, however; not a single blip from an LA-RAK — even in these extreme conditions — and the speakers were solid.”

When the bands played, the audio had to cover an area that extended a full city block. That may sound more like a gig for a full-sized K1 rig rather than the relatively diminutive KARA, but it was about coverage — not volume — which is where the KIVA boxes came into play.

“We deployed a pair of KIVAs every 40 feet on each side of the street,” adds Harvey. “There were three sets of delays total, and it was all about coverage and intelligibility. Those delays meant we could hit the very back of the block without thrashing the nine KARA boxes stacked on either side of the stage. It was a tough gig, but the L-ACOUSTICS stuff worked great.”

Clearwing Productions can be found online at www.clearwing.com.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

DiGiCo Announces 2014 Masters Series Tour Dates

Digital console maker publicizes first five locations of this year’s hands-on training sessions

ATLANTA, Georgia — Having been the digital mixing console choice for many of the world’s top tours and festivals, DiGiCo is certainly no stranger to life on the road. Now, however, the manufacturer is once again poised to take the spotlight on a trek of its very own — the DiGiCo Masters Series Training Tour.

Presented in conjunction with Group One Limited, DiGiCo’s US distributor, the single-day course is designed to provide attendees with plenty of hands-on console time — including multi-track playback to the desk and the ability to mix down to headphones — allowing them to put into practice what they’ve learned throughout the day.

“The idea behind these one-day trainings is to not only give those that attend a great introduction into the DiGiCo mixing environment but also make sure they understand the ins and outs of system configuration and operation,” says Ryan Shelton, sales and support specialist and instructor for Group One. “This is a great opportunity for those interested in what DiGiCo has to offer as a mixing platform as well as those who are familiar with DiGiCo but may simply want to brush up on what’s new.”

DiGiCo’s first two training tour dates of 2014 will take place in Atlanta on March 19 and 20, followed over the next couple of months with stops in St. Louis (April 22, 23), Chicago (April 29, 30), Phoenix (May 13, 14) and Denver (May 20, 21). Additional cities and dates will be announced soon.

Although there is no cost to attend the DiGiCo Masters Series training sessions, reservations are limited to ensure that all attendees are able to spend sufficient time on the desks. Complimentary lunch will also be provided. For more information and to reserve a seat for one of the upcoming dates, please visit DiGiCo’s Masters Series Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/digicomastersseries

Thunder Audio Storms Into 2014 With K2

Prominent Midwest-based SR provider takes delivery of its first L-ACOUSTICS system

The Thunder Audio crew with several of its new L-ACOUSTICS enclosures

LIVONIA, Michigan — Fresh back from the 25th annual Pollstar Awards in Nashville, where they were nominated for “Sound Company of the Year,” Thunder Audio President Tony Villarreal and Vice President Paul Owen proudly announce that they have now officially taken delivery of their company’s first L-ACOUSTICS system, the new K2.

Comprised of 36 K2 and six KARA variable curvature WST® line source elements, eight K1-SB and 18 SB28 subs, six ARCS II constant curvature enclosures and 10 LA-RAK touring racks — each housing three LA8 amplified controllers — the sound reinforcement provider’s recent purchase marks one of the very first K2 systems sold in the U.S.

Thunder Audio’s company principals made the decision to join the L-ACOUSTICS family after critically listening to K2 late last year at the manufacturer’s corporate headquarters in Marcoussis, France. Fully aware of the impact that L-ACOUSTICS’ larger K1 system has had on the festival and touring industries, both Villarreal and Owen are equally optimistic about K2′s potential.

Paul Owen (left) and Tony Villarreal at the 25th annual Pollstar Awards at the historic Ryman Theater in Nashville where Thunder Audio was nominated for "Sound Company of the Year"

“In the past, we’ve always purchased large-scale systems based on the requirements dictated by a specific tour or application,” notes Owen. “This is the first time, however, that we’ve taken delivery of a product purely from the standpoint of feeling in our gut that it will be a success. Given the overwhelming reputation of K1 — as well as the more than 20-year legacy of K2′s predecessor, V-DOSC — we knew that getting in on the ground floor of this new system with such a stellar pedigree was absolutely the right choice for us and our client base.”

“With its compact profile, surprisingly light weight and exceptional horsepower, K2 is perfect for so many of our customers — from corporate to touring to theatrical,” agrees Villarreal. “And, of course, the sound is absolutely phenomenal. We A/B-ed it with the other four systems in our inventory and felt that it shined above and beyond anything else. We really have a sense that this is very quickly going to become the number one requested box on the market, and we’re so confident in that fact that we’ve already put in a purchase order for an additional 48 K2 for early next year, which is about the soonest we can get more seeing how popular they are right now!”

According to the two company principals, Thunder Audio is ultimately hoping to set its sights on K1 ownership as well. “In addition to being terrific as a standalone system, K2 is also a great stepping stone for us potentially getting into K1,” Owen describes. “It would make a lot of sense for us to be able to repurpose our K2 arrays as side hangs on a stadium-sized rig, which is one of the big reasons that we began looking into it in the first place. We’ve had some prior clients that have requested L-ACOUSTICS in the past, and with K2 — and eventually K1, perhaps — we’ll be in a position to give them both the service that has been our hallmark and the systems that they’re looking for.”

Villarreal sums things up by adding, “We feel that we’ve definitely made a wise investment here. The demand for the product is strong and the support we’ve received from L-ACOUSTICS has been fantastic. It’s truly a winning combination.”

About Thunder Audio
Headquartered in the Detroit suburb of Livonia, with a new office and rehearsal space in Nashville, Thunder Audio has grown over the past three and a half decades into one of the world’s top touring sound reinforcement companies. For more information, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

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Contact:
Thunder Audio
28501 Schoolcraft Rd., Livonia, MI 48150
Phone: 313.291.5020 / Fax: 313.291.5124
Web: www.thunderaudioinc.com

DiGiCo Sweeps the GRAMMY® Awards

ATK Audiotek deploys numerous SD Series consoles for “Music’s Biggest Night”

FOH Music Mixer Ron Reaves manning ATK Audiotek's DiGiCo SD7 console at the 2014 GRAMMY Awards

LOS ANGELES — Southern California-based live event sound, equipment rental and broadcast audio production specialist ATK Audiotek recently acquired a slew of DiGiCo digital consoles, immediately putting them to work on the 56th annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast in Los Angeles in late January. This is the third consecutive year that ATK has relied on DiGiCo consoles for the production of “Music’s Biggest Night,” with this year’s show marking the very first outing for the company’s latest purchases.

ATK, the audio production provider for the Recording Academy’s annual music celebration since the telecast permanently relocated to the Staples Center in downtown L.A. fourteen years ago, made the switch to DiGiCo consoles in 2012. This year, the console complement included an SD10 for Mikael Stewart, FOH production mixer and ATK’s vice president of special events, plus an SD7 for Ron Reaves, FOH music mixer, seated alongside Stewart.

“Everybody who comes through the GRAMMYs leaves happy, and all I use is the onboard processing,” says Reaves. “But my partner in crime at the GRAMMYs, Mikael Stewart, uses the Waves plugins quite extensively. He mixes all the dialog and the production elements, so he makes use of the DNS plugin on some of the podium micas.” Stewart, whose console was directly connected to a DiGiCo SoundGrid server, used the Waves Dialog Noise Suppression plugin to reduce the room regeneration coming back in to the microphones and also made use of the Waves C6 Multiband Compressor.

The DiGiCo SD8-24 desk positioned backstage at the Staples Center and used for signal distribution monitoring

Tom Pesa, the A stage monitor engineer, and Michael Parker, monitor engineer for the B stage, each mixed on an SD7 with a redundant engine. This year, for the first time, an SD8-24 — supplied by Hi-Tech Audio for the occasion — was positioned backstage at A2 world, and that enabled an assistant engineer to more efficiently monitor signal distribution throughout the venue.

As in previous years, Parker and Pesa each accessed common head amps in the four SD-Racks positioned backstage. But this year, in another first, two SD-Racks were added in parallel in order to provide Reaves with discrete preamp control at FOH. “Those were running MADI to his console. Staying at 48 kHz, we got an entire rack down one MADI cable instead of two,” says Jeff Peterson, ATK’s system designer. A further four SD-Racks were dedicated to outputs. ATK’s recent purchase was comprised of six consoles — two SD10s, two SD7s and two SD5s — plus 14 SD-Racks.

ATK was not the only company utilizing DiGiCo equipment at the GRAMMY Awards show. Outside the venue, in the Music Mix Mobile (M3) Eclipse truck, which provides the 5.1 surround music mix for the broadcast, Joel Singer, engineer-in-charge and M3 company partner, made use of a DiGiGrid MGO dual-port optical MADI interface and SoundGrid SGS-1 Server One. The setup enabled co-broadcast music mixers John Harris and Eric Schilling to insert Waves Renaissance Vox and DeEsser as well as CLA-76 and SSL Compressor plugins on the truck’s console and Pro Tools system.

About DiGiCo
DiGiCo is a UK-based manufacturer of some of the world’s most popular, successful and groundbreaking digital mixing consoles for the live, theatre, broadcast and post production industries and is exclusively distributed in the U.S. by Group One Ltd. of Farmingdale, New York. For more information, go to: www.DiGiCo.biz

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Rob Mailman Finds Supernatural Success in DiGiCo’s SD5

Rob Mailman and his DiGiCo SD5 set up at Las Vegas' House of Blues Mandalay Bay for a Santana concert (photo credit: Linda Evans)

Veteran analog stalwart makes the jump to digital during Santana’s Las Vegas residency at House of Blues Mandalay Bay

LAS VEGAS, NV — Remember the old sound guy adage about knowing what all the knobs and buttons do? As the industry increasingly moves in a digital direction depending more on touch screens than faders and on menus and layers instead of every function being at one’s fingertips, mix engineers like Rob Mailman — who need to move fast and are accustomed to the dedicated control of analog — are searching for digital consoles that offer ease-of-navigation as well as outstanding sound quality. And like Mailman, who has now officially made the move to a DiGiCo SD5, those engineers are increasingly turning to DiGiCo citing the “analog-ness” of the SD interface. more

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