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Canterbury Church Gains Invisible Intelligibility with Renkus-Heinz Iconyx

 Mountain Brook, AL – March 2015…  Established in 1950, Canterbury UMC has grown to embrace both traditional and contemporary worship styles, with separate sanctuaries for each on its Mountain Brook, Alabama campus. Recently, the church engaged Twist Technology of nearby Birmingham to address its ongoing issues with intelligibility of the spoken word in the main (traditional) sanctuary.

For Twist CEO Lynn McCroskey, there were two challenges to be overcome in this design/build project. “First, we had to create articulation in an extremely reverberant environment,” he explains. “At the same time, aesthetics was a primary concern. This is a beautiful worship space, and they did not want to see a big speaker cluster or anything like that.”

Two Iconyx IC24-R-II digitally steerable column arrays cover the entire room, delivering advanced digital beam steering to direct the sound to the seating areas, and away from the side walls, balcony facings, and other reflective surfaces. And the Iconyx slim, low-profile design enabled Twist to create a system that sounded great, with minimal visual impact.

 “The IC24 column is 10 feet tall, but only about six inches wide, so it’s really more like an architectural element than a loudspeaker,” says McCroskey. “It’s designed to be flush-mounted to the walls, so there is no interference with the congregation’s sightlines. With the precision color-matched paint job, they really just look like part of the building. Most people don’t even realize that there are two 10-foot tall speaker columns behind the altar. The church elders are very pleased and impressed.”

Iconyx steered beam technology enabled Twist Technology to meet Canterbury’s seemingly conflicting goals of preserving the sanctuary’s big sound while creating exceptional intelligibility. “We’ve used the Iconyx successfully in several architecturally sensitive installations,” McCroskey reports. “The directional control is a huge help with articulation, and really helps control reverberation. For a large space like this, with high, vaulted ceilings, a balcony, and hard surfaces everywhere, beam steering is the perfect solution. The pipe organ and choir music still soars, but now the spoken word can be clearly understood from every seat.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

Renkus-Heinz Helps Conquer Audio Challenges in Canadian Museum for Human Rights

 Winnipeg, Manitoba – February 2015… With a portfolio that includes high-profile museums, performing arts centers, corporate settings, and high-end residential theaters, Milford, CT-based SH Acoustics has gained a well-earned reputation in the rarefied world of sound design for some of the world’s most challenging acoustical spaces. For the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the combination of open architecture, reflective surfaces, and a plethora of multimedia-based exhibits made the firm the preferred choice as acoustic and audio design consultant.

SH Acoustics President and Principal Consultant Steve Haas was invigorated by the challenges the museum presented. “What makes this building unique is the open nature of the architecture,” he explains. “The walls and ceilings rarely meet, and there are few if any right angles. There are literally no doors in the galleries. Even the glass exhibit walls are unique, with open, overlapping ‘shards’ instead of a flat surface. To achieve focused sound in the exhibits and galleries and, more importantly, to control it, required a lot of specific audio gear, acoustical treatments, and careful planning and calibration.”

Renkus-Heinz loudspeakers and steerable array systems proved to be a key tool in realizing the promise and goals of the museum space. “I have had great success with Renkus-Heinz in similarly challenging spaces, especially their Iconyx arrays,” says Haas. “The pattern control and fidelity they offer are ideal for applications like this, which require working closely with architects, engineers and AV designers to deliver the intended sound without bleeding throughout the exhibit galleries.”

Haas cited the Canadian Museum for Human Rights as among the Company’s more challenging recent projects. While the ten main galleries are spread throughout the building’s seven levels, each floor is acoustically coupled to at least several others, with open architecture, reflective glass walls, and oddly-placed criss-crossing ramps connecting and passing through all the galleries. SH Acoustics worked with Electrosonic, a US-based international AV integration firm, and over a dozen media producers from all around the world, to ensure its sound designs would translate accurately to the museum space.

“We used a lot of different techniques to coordinate between the acoustics and audio,” says Haas. “Some were very localized and focused, while other spaces needed a widespread soundscape. In the mini-theater settings, Renkus-Heinz gear was involved in a big way. We used the TRX and CF Series speakers, some with PN112 subwoofers, as primary front delivery speakers behind the screen, because we’ve come to know the preciseness of their radiation pattern.”

For some of the wider theaters, off-axis response naturally became an issue, again with a Renkus-Heinz solution. On the upper level, the “Canadian Journey” gallery utilizes two IC16-R-II digitally steerable line arrays, augmented by PN Series subwoofers. “The Canadian Journey contains dozens of local media experiences, but comes alive each hour with a sound and light show projected on large screens, plus a powerful presentation with live actors,” explains Haas. “The Iconyx digital beam steering makes it easy to transition between the two programs.”

 The mechanically steerable Iconyx IC7 series also found a unique use in the museum’s primary gallery for the multimedia presentation, “What are Human Rights?” Haas explains the challenge: “The screen and seating area are roughly 90 feet wide, with multiple video projectors. We needed low-level localization of sound to cover that very wide bench in a very precise way.” The solution was to use four IC7-II mechanically steered arrays, aimed from above complemented with compact subwoofers embedded in the bench itself and a series of seven TRX speakers behind the large scrim. This provided full-range, focused sound to listeners, while still localizing back to the images on the screen. Strategies like this also helped to avoid interfering with the building’s ceiling speakers, which are required for paging.

Designed by acclaimed architect Antoine Predock and Exhibit Designer, Ralph Appelbaum, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opened on September 19, 2014 to outstanding reviews. For SH Acoustics, it was another in a long line of acoustical challenges met and conquered. “It’s quite an ingenious design – one of the most fascinating buildings I’ve ever been in,” says Steve Haas. “With both large theaters and small interactive displays in an open acoustic environment, you really have to play with the laws of physics to make it all work together. But with tools like the Renkus-Heinz speakers we’ve come to rely on, it really came together nicely. Everyone is extremely pleased.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

 

Renkus-Heinz IC2 a Hidden Gem at University Chapel

 Newport News, VA – February 2015… Christopher Newport University recently took the wraps off its newest addition, the non-denominational Pope Chapel. The 10,000-square-foot building stands at the entrance to the University and includes state-of-the-art audio, video, lighting, and media systems, including a powerful and versatile audio system centered on the digitally steerable IC2 (IC Squared) array from Renkus-Heinz.

Tom Beaudry, Owner and Senior Designer of Chesapeake-based design/build specialists Onyx AudioVisual, worked together with Erik “Ketch” Kelly, audio engineer for CNU’s Ferguson Center for the Arts to design the systems. As Kelly explains, versatility was a key requirement for the new venue’s sound system.

“The chapel is used for meetings and services by various campus religious groups, but also hosts weddings and musical programs, so the system needed to be versatile enough to deliver a wide range of program material,” explains Kelly.

The 350-seat chapel’s stunning Neo-Georgian architecture is beautiful to behold, but notoriously reverberant, making spoken word intelligibility a critical issue, and making it an ideal candidate for a digitally steered array. As Beaudry observes, the IC2 delivered the best of both worlds.

“We needed a high performance, high fidelity, system that could deliver intelligible speech in a highly reverberant space,” explains Beaudry. “The IC2 system gave us the pattern control of a digitally steered array, but with the full range musicality and output power of a point-source array.”

 Just two self-powered IC2-FR cabinets cover the entire room, each hidden behind scrims in two small soffits above and on either side of the stage area. “We basically needed a compact, invisible sound system that was robust and flexible enough to be used for anything, even an occasional rock band,” says Kelly.

In fact, the IC2 system delivered more than enough power, says Beaudry. “We had originally specified two boxes per side, and were a bit apprehensive when we learned that there was only room for one. But we have more than enough volume from just a pair of IC2 cabinets.”

A big test for the system came when the university decided to add a pipe organ to the room. “That was not part of the original design concept for the chapel, and we were a little concerned because of the wide frequency spread of the instrument,” says Kelly. But as Beaudry notes, “the IC2 easily handles the full range and impact of the organ. It really confirmed that we had made the right choice for the room.”

Beaudry concludes, “for a space like Pope Chapel, we had to design a system that delivered great intelligibility as well as the power and performance for a wide range of source material. And it had to have a footprint that was virtually invisible. The Renkus-Heinz IC2 does exactly that – even when you can’t see it.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

Fulcrum Acoustic Covers WCSU’s New High-Tech PAC

 Danbury, CT – January 2015… Opened in September 2014, Western Connecticut State University’s new Visual and Performing Arts Center is a stunning achievement in both architecture and technology. Several years in the making, the 130,000 square foot facility comprises three wings – Theatre Arts, Music, and Visual Arts – and houses a multitude of spaces including a Concert Hall, Studio Theatre, Recording Studio, rehearsal rooms, as well as an Art Gallery, Painting and Sculpture Studios, and numerous other creative spaces.

“It’s definitely an adventurous architectural space,” observes Ben Bausher, Senior Consultant at Norwalk, CT-based Jaffe Holden, and designer of the Center’s state-of-the-art audio and video systems. As Bausher explains, the project presented a number of challenges, not the least of which was the unconventional architectural design of the venues themselves.

The 350-seat Veronica Hagman Concert Hall is a case in point. One of the Center’s more interesting spaces, the hall features stunning, unconventional architecture with tri-level, in-the-round seating, variable acoustics, and an audio system featuring Fulcrum Acoustic TQ Series loudspeakers. “It’s a fairly well-behaved space, acoustically speaking,” says Bausher. “But the unique seating pattern called for a considerable number of distributed fill speakers to provide uniform coverage across the entire space.”

 Six Fulcrum CX1565 12-inch coaxial systems comprise the main arrays, with ten RX599 compact 5.25–inch cabinets providing front fill. A second fill ring of 14 RX599 boxes and a third fill ring of eight more RX599s completes coverage, with four SUB215 subwoofers stacked onstage in cardioid pattern to reduce low frequency buildup. A DiGiCo SD9 console handles FOH duties.

The 350-seat MainStage Theatre, a somewhat more conventional proscenium-style venue, is outfitted with left and right arrays, each with two Fulcrum GX1295 and two GX1265 12-inch coaxial systems, along with a center array of two CX1265 cabinets. A pair of SUB215 subs covers low end punch. Front fill and under balcony fill are both handled by RX599 boxes A DiGiCo SD10-24 covers the live mix.

The installation was performed by New Jersey-based Masque Sound. All rooms are connected via MADI over Opticore to the recording studio, which is outfitted with an SSL Duality console. A pair of portable recording racks with remote-control microphone preamps can be positioned in any of the halls or rehearsal rooms as needed, connecting directly with the studio’s Pro Tools system to capture performances in any room in the house.

Bausher points to Fulcrum’s unique coaxial design as a critical factor in the systems’ design. “To achieve the performance of Fulcrum’s 12-inch, two-way cabinets in a non-coaxial design would require a box around 30 inches tall,” he observes. “Plus, it runs on a single amplifier channel and only needs a single processing output. It’s smaller, needs less power and processing, and that ultimately means a lower budget. It was the perfect fit.”

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About Fulcrum Acoustic - Founded in 2008, Fulcrum Acoustic is a professional loudspeaker manufacturer known for its unique approach to loudspeaker design. Employing the research of company co-founder David Gunness, Fulcrum Acoustic combines proprietary coaxial design and Temporal EqualizationTM processing power to create the most powerful and versatile line of loudspeakers available.  

 

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Small Church Gets Big Sound with Renkus-Heinz VARIA

 Homestead, FL – February 2015…  Located about 45 minutes south of Miami, Florida, Princeton Church of the Nazarene has survived at least three major hurricanes over the past century. The church’s modest 200-seat sanctuary has a long history of struggling with uneven sound quality and poor intelligibility. As the first stage in a renovation for the building’s upcoming 100-year anniversary, the sanctuary was recently updated with a new sound system centered on Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source line array loudspeakers.

The system was specified by Robert Bernecker of Waxahachi, TX-based SEFI Consulting, and installed by Revelation Sound of Miami, FL. Bernecker saw this modest house of worship as an ideal setting for VARIA’s hybrid approach, using just three loudspeakers to provide controlled coverage for the entire sanctuary.

“The old system was just hammering the back wall, creating a lot of slapback, yet it wasn’t covering the front seats because it was aimed so high,” explains Bernecker. “It had very wide dispersion and zero control. VARIA’s modular design enabled me to create a system with the power of a line array, but with the pattern control to cover the room very nicely.”

VARIA’s modular design includes a range of cabinets with configurable horizontal and vertical dispersion patterns. Renkus-Heinz proprietary progressive waveguides enable transitions between two horizontal dispersion angles within a single cabinet. The result is a custom configurable system, with tighter pattern control using fewer cabinets.

“Originally, I looked at this church two years ago, and envisioned it would take about 12 horns and a few clever tricks to get the pattern control the room needed,” Bernecker recalls. “But by the time the church was ready to move forward, Renkus-Heinz had released VARIA, which gave me the tools to do the same job, with better control, using just three boxes and a good DSP system. The timing was perfect.”

The system at Princeton Church of the Nazarene comprises a single array of three VAX101 enclosures, with a different waveguide in each. The bottom speaker sports a 120-degree horizontal guide to enable full coverage of the front rows. The middle box uses a transitional waveguide that goes from 120 degrees to 90, while the top cabinet continues the progression from 90 down to 60 degrees. A legacy subwoofer is flown behind the VARIA system to provide bass extension.

 “By putting those three boxes together in that fashion, you get a seamless array with plenty of output,” explains Bernecker. “The 10-inch drivers couple together in line array fashion, which is perfect for the lows and low mids. Yet when you get to the highs, each of those horns is serving a distinct area, more like a point source. So it’s really a hybrid approach, and exactly what a smaller room like this needs.”

To ensure even coverage, Bernecker used Symetrix DSP to control the output of each speaker. “For the long throws at 60 and 90 degrees, I obviously wanted all three of those drivers firing,” he notes. “But to keep from blasting the front rows, I used FIR filters to get my pattern control by shading off each box at different frequencies. In essence, we created a variable length array that was still totally phase coherent. We were never able to do that before, and I was very, very pleased with the evenness.”

This was the first installation of Renkus-Heinz VARIA for both SEFI Consulting and Revelation Sound, and the benefits were immediately obvious, with fewer loudspeakers providing full-range audio with excellent intelligibility. “It’s the kind of thing we do routinely in a 1500-seat house of worship, using 12-box arrays coupled with some high-end processing,” says Bernecker. “VARIA enabled us to bring those same capabilities to smaller churches, giving them incredible bang for their buck.”

Mike Melcher, President of Revelation Sound, agrees. “ The Renkus-Heinz VARIA system sounds absolutely incredible,” he asserts. “This will be our premiere system for new customer demonstrations.”

As for the worship team and congregation, Bernecker reports that their first experience was revelatory. “When they walked in, their jaws dropped,” he recounts. “They had dealt with poor coverage for so many years, it was amazing to them – to have every corner of the room covered perfectly, and how the PA cuts off right at the platform’s edge. They could not believe how much clearer it sounds.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

See and Hear Renkus-Heinz at ISE 2015

 Amsterdam, Netherlands – February 2015… It’s a new year and the start of a busy trade show season, and the annual Integrated Systems Europe Convention is just around the corner. As always, ISE promises to be a busy show, and Renkus-Heinz will be at the RAI Center in Amsterdam, in Hall 7, Stand K175, February 10 through 12, 2015.

This year at ISE, Renkus-Heinz will once again showcase why they are the world leader in steerable sound, demonstrating the very latest in groundbreaking loudspeaker technology, including the full line of Iconyx steerable line array systems. Full IC Live and IC2 systems will be on display, as well as all configurations of Iconyx IC-R-II systems with triple tweeter technology, plus the new Gen5.

Also on display will be the highly acclaimed VARIAi line of modular point source array loudspeakers, as well as RHAON II, our exciting new Renkus-Heinz Audio Operation Network — redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up.

As the World Leader in Steerable Sound, Renkus-Heinz will be offering a quick yet highly effective demonstration of the power of digital beam steering. In less than a minute, you will hear what Iconyx can do for you.

Come and meet with the Renkus-Heinz staff, including new company President Roscoe Anthony, VP Sales & Marketing Rik Kirby, VP International Sales Karl Brunvoll, Marketing Manager Margie Ulm, European Sales Manager Håkan Sjöö, and Middle East Sales Manager Norbert Bau, along with representatives from distributor TM Audio. We’ll see you at ISE.

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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.

Renkus-Heinz IC Live Solves Intelligibility Issues in Dodge City Cathedral

 Dodge City, KS – January 2015…  Dodge City’s Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe is a stunning architectural achievement that embodies the classic disparity between traditional and contemporary worship. With its soaring ceilings and open, 270-degree seating, this 1400-seat sanctuary creates a wonderfully reverberant sense of musical majesty, but at the expense of the intelligibility needed to deliver the message.

To address these issues in the 12 year-old building, Amos Yost of Montezuma, KS-based Montezuma Sound was contracted to design and install a new sound system. His solution for creating clear intelligibility amid the room’s glorious reverb was centered on the IC Live digitally steerable array system by Renkus-Heinz.

As Yost explains, the room’s circular design and abundance of hard, reflective surfaces presented a number of challenges, and the existing distributed PA’s speakers were aimed almost straight down at the tile floor, creating uncontrolled reflections that exacerbated the room’s ringing 3.5-second reverberation time.

“The organ and choir music sounded pretty good, but voice intelligibility was sorely lacking,” notes Yost. It was clear that a steerable array system would directly address the room’s issues, but because the sanctuary is a circular space, effective deployment would be tricky.

 Montezuma Sound’s solution was to set up two ICL-FR-DUAL columnar arrays mounted on the walls behind the altar area, cross-firing to cover the 270 degree seating spread while preserving audience sightlines. This arrangement created smooth, even coverage from the first row to the last, a throw of 120 feet. With twin IC Live columns of 16 speakers each, there was more than enough beam steering flexibility to cover all seating, even those under the balcony, while avoiding unwanted reflections from the windows, side walls, and balcony facing.

Our Lady of Guadalupe features two Catholic services each Sunday. The traditional service is in English and features pipe organ and choir. The second mass is offered in Spanish and features full musical orchestration. This made it clear that the cathedral’s new loudspeaker system would require the versatility to not only provide the desired improvement in speech intelligibility, but also provide a powerful music experience for the congregation. Yost opted to augment the IC Live system with a pair of IC215S subwoofers, installed out of sight behind a grille with the pipe organ speakers.

“The church is very happy with the Renkus-Heinz system,” reports Yost. “When we brought it in to demo, the IC Live sounded so clear right out of the box, it blew them away. In fact, they didn’t want us to take it back! When we performed the final installation, we barely applied any system EQ at all. The music sounds great for both worship styles, and the spoken word is now clearly understandable. It proved to be the ideal solution.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

New Mackie iP Series Loudspeakers Designed Exclusively for Install

Performance-driven passive speaker line delivers features contractors need and performance customers expect

 ANAHEIM, CA, USA – JANUARY 22, 2015 – Mackie today introduces an all-new loudspeaker line specifically designed for installs seeking rich, articulate full-bandwidth response in a sleek compact design – iP Series Install Performance Loudspeakers.

“We are extremely excited to deliver a professional Mackie solution for the install market,” commented John Boudreau, SVP Product Marketing. “iP speakers deliver stunning performance and have a clean look perfect for even the most aesthetically-demanding venues.”

The series includes three full-range models (10″, 12″ and 15″) and a companion 18″ subwoofer. The full-range iP-10, iP-12 and iP-15 feature 8 x M10 rigging points and a rotatable 90°x50° horn to support both vertical and horizontal rigging. A rotatable center logo allows for clean presentation in all configurations.

Sonically, premium components include high-output, custom-designed woofers with large voice coils to handle more power for maximum output and premium 1.4″ titanium diaphragm compression drivers for smooth, consistent high-frequency response. Plus, convenient features like a choice of either Neutrik® or terminal connections can simplify an install, saving time and cost. A selection of mounting accessories delivers additional placement flexibility. Available are both a ceiling and wall-mount bracket to meet the needs of nearly any install application. The optional SP260 2×6 Speaker Processor features presets specifically for iP loudspeaker for quick setup and flawless sonic performance.

“With the demanding needs of install applications, each and every detail is important,” remarked Boudreau. “From horizontal and vertical hangs, to low-profile wall and ceiling mount accessories plus a rotatable logo that presents well in any orientation, iP series is the perfect solution when the client is focused on the perfect aesthetic.”

An affordable install solution, Mackie iP Series loudspeakers meet the needs of a wide range of install applications including Houses-of-Worship, theaters, auditoriums, casinos, clubs and karaoke rooms.

The new iP Series Install Performance Loudspeakers are available for order now. The iP-10 will have a U.S. MSRP of $519.99. The iP-12 will have a U.S. MSRP of $669.99. The iP-15 will have a U.S. MSRP of $749.99. The iP-18S will have a U.S. MSRP of $879.99. Available accessories include the Mackie PA-A2 eyebolt kit ($47.99 U.S. MSRP), iP-CM100 ceiling mount ($99.99 U.S. MSRP)  and iP-WM100 wall mount ($99.99 U.S. MSRP). The SP260 speaker processor is sold separately with a U.S. MSRP of $629.99. For more information, visit www.mackie.com.

Hear the new iP Series during the 2015 Winter NAMM show at Mackie’s booth, upstairs in Demo Room 209A/B.

 

Control Everything From Anywhere with the All-New Mackie DL32R™ Digital Live Sound Mixer

Delivering complete wireless control of a powerful 32-channel digital mixing platform

 WOODINVILLE, WA, USA – January 2015 – At NAMM Booth 209A and B, Mackie is showing the new DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control, a powerful new digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader iPad® app, freeing users to get in the mix like never before. Featuring complete wireless control over everything, including fully-loaded DSP and multi-track recording/playback, you can control everything from anywhere with the DL32R.

“Early on, Mackie believed that we can bring the user incredible benefits if we just let go of old conventions,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “By ensuring that each and every feature can be controlled wirelessly without compromise, we are delivering benefits to users that were simply not possible before now.”

The Mackie DL32R features a mix of flexible, professional I/O in an ultra-compact 3U rackmount design. Each of the 32 inputs (24 XLR, 8 XLR/TRS combo) feature Mackie’s all-new Onyx+ recallable mic preamps, with remote control over preamp gain and phantom power. The new Onyx+ preamps outperform the industry-proven Onyx design, which has garnered rave reviews for its boutique-quality sound and performance.

“You get frequency response that goes all the way down to 20Hz within 1dB at all gain settings,” remarked Olswang. “Noise is minimized at every gain setting, not just minimum and maximum like other mixers. Designed for the rigid standards of professional live sound, DL32R’s gain changes are completely silent.”

Fully-assignable using the Master Fader control app, there are 14 XLR outputs great for anything from stage monitors to matrix outputs. The front panel also features a stereo AES digital output for connecting gear like speaker processors. A dedicated stereo monitor output is ideal for connecting an in-ear monitor system for detailed listening from anywhere in the venue.

 With complete wireless control of the system using Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app, a new world of mixing possibilities opens up. There is no longer any need for a fixed FOH position. Place the mixer where it works best — be it next to the stage, backstage or even tucked away in a utility closet. This can also eliminate the need for an expensive, bulky analog snake.The DL32R does away with troublesome FOH positions such as under a balcony, behind a pillar, etc.  The user can tune the room right from the problem spots and get on stage to ring out monitors or work with the band to dial in the perfect monitor mix.

Multiple engineers can work wirelessly from a single DL32R mixer using their own iOS device, including monitor engineers and performers who wish to control their own monitor mixes. The lead engineer can apply access limiting to additional control devices, keeping the user from making unwanted changes.

Multi-track recording and playback are critical for professional applications and the DL32R features two flexible methods for multi-track recording and playback. The first of these is direct to USB hard drive, which is currently a 48 kHz, 24-bit, 24 input by 24 output platform. This will be expanded soon to 32×32 via a free firmware update. The direct-to-disk option delivers unprecedented wireless control over your multi-track recording and playback.

“Just connect a USB hard drive loaded with your media directly to the DL32R and you can control it all from anywhere in the venue,” remarks Olswang. “It’s an amazing way to control things like backing tracks and intermission music all while recording the show. Plus, who wants to run back and forth to a separate recording rig?”

An additional USB 2.0 computer audio interface is available for 32×32 recording and playback that can directly connect with any DAW, great for studio applications and rehearsal spaces. Both methods provide the ability to record the band and perform a virtual soundcheck at the next show. This is a powerful and professional way to dial in a mix at any venue.

The DL32R is loaded with powerful DSP that eliminates the need for racks of expensive outboard processing. Each of the 32 inputs features a 4-band parametric EQ with a separate high-pass filter plus gating and compression. Four return channels feature dedicated EQ and compression. Each of the 14 aux sends, six matrix busses and main L/R busses feature a 4-band parametric EQ, 31-band GEQ, a compressor limiter and alignment delay. Six subgroups feature EQ and compression. Each processor features Modern and Vintage voicing options, delivering sonic choice to the user. Three separate effects processors with dedicated sends allow for two reverbs and one delay with tap control. 6 VCAs and 6 Mute Groups round out the processing.

“Only the DL32R delivers professional mixing tools like VCAs, subgroups and matrix busses at this price point,” comments Olswang. “And there’s no configuration or tradeoffs. Every input and output has all the processing you need for your professional application.”

Designed from the ground up for live sound, Mackie’s Master Fader iPad app delivers total wireless control over the DL32R. True to Mackie’s ongoing commitment to creating mixers that are extremely easy to learn and to master, Master Fader provides fast navigation and very powerful tools for mixing 32-channels of audio.

“One of the most powerful features of Master Fader is our user-definable view groups,” remarks Olswang. “Simply select the channels for each of the six view groups to easily switch between things like drums, guitars or vocals. This means no swiping and no remembering what bank to select. Just go right to what you need.”

Master Fader is loaded with a wide array of factory presets that are ideal for novice users and a great starting point for any professional, requiring little to no tweaking depending on the application. Users can also create their own custom presets, simplifying and minimizing setup when working with common and familiar sources. There’s also the ability to share these presets via email or Dropbox, which is a powerful new tool for the Mackie mixing community. Plus, with frequent and simple App Store updates, Master Fader will get better over time with more features planned for the future.

“With the Mackie DL32R, you control everything from anywhere. You get the freedom to mix how you want, where you want and get results that truly benefit the audience,” concludes Olswang.

The new Mackie DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control is available now worldwide. The DL32R carries a U.S. MSRP of $2499.99.

For more information, visit http://www.mackie.com/DL32R

 

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Wi-Fi router and iPad required for operation. Not included.  

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About Mackie - Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. For more information visit: www.mackie.com.

Mackie is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States, European Union and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Hear Renkus-Heinz at Winter NAMM

 Orange County, CA – January 2015… After the eggnog and Auld Lang Syne, the music and pro audio industry kicks off the New Year with the annual Winter NAMM Convention in Anaheim, California. In keeping with that storied tradition, you will find Renkus-Heinz in our usual spot in the Anaheim Convention Center, Hall A, Booth 6420, from January 22-25, 2015.

Along with flagship Renkus-Heinz Iconyx products including IC2 and IC Live, on hand throughout the show will be VP Sales & Marketing Rik Kirby, Marketing Manager Margie Ulm, Product Marketing expert Jim Bailey, US Sales Managers Ladd Temple and Phil Van Peborgh, and our new company President Roscoe Anthony.

Next door at the always popular Hilton Mix Lounge, the Official NAMM Stage will be hosting a full roster of great performances beginning Wednesday evening and continuing through Saturday night. The stage will sound better than ever this year, outfitted with a full IC2 steered array and IC212S subwoofers. On stage, the players will be covered by RH123 monitors.

Elsewhere on the show floor, Sensaphonic will be sporting some PN61 two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers at booth 6952. And on Thursday evening at 8:00 PM at the Sharaton Park Hotel, Renkus-Heinz will join Contact Distribution in sponsoring the Canadian Reception. Hosted by Canadian Music Magazine, the Invitation-Only event will feature a set by R&B band Red Zeppelin, performing through an IC Live Dual sound system, with CF121M monitors on stage. Contact your Renkus-Heinz rep for an invite.

So if you’re visiting sunny Southern California for NAMM this year, come by and visit Renkus-Heinz, stop by the Hilton and hear IC2 in action. We’ll see you in Anaheim.

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About Renkus-Heinz - 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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