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Answering the Challenges of Audio in the Corrections Environment

 Yorba Linda , CA – October 2014…It’s hardly a misnomer to say that the corrections industry is, in many ways, a world apart. It is its own unique environment, with its own unique challenges. As with most high-risk settings, communication is essential and can sometimes be critical. Providing good audio in this challenging world can be a demanding profession.

Audio systems in most prisons are designed for two-way communication between the inmates’ living area and guards on duty in a central control area called the picket. As Louis Davis, Vice President of Southlake, TX-based Electronic Controls and Automation observes, performance and reliability are the essential factors in designing a system. “The engineers who spec these systems base their criteria on reliability and quality. They want to provide the best systems for their clients. If you have a problem out there, if you have an officer in need of help and his only means of communication is through the intercom system, then you have to have good, reliable audio.”

As James Beckham, President of A-V Corp in Amarillo, TX explains, the environment can also be something of an acoustical nightmare. “Typically, you’ve got a large dayroom with cells opening off this dayroom on one or two floors. You’ve got concrete floors, concrete or cinder block walls, concrete ceilings, and steel bars. If a guard wants to communicate with an inmate in his cell, and they’re slamming doors across the way, and the TV is playing in the dayroom, all that ambient noise is going to reduce your intelligibility to next to nil.”

Beckham points to Tech Works ICM intercom systems, including ICA-202 amplifiers and ICR-116 station relay panels, as his first choice for delivering intelligible audio in these challenging environments. “We’ve been specifying Tech Works systems for years. Their systems are designed to deliver better intelligibility, so you can actually understand what’s being said.”

 Dependability is another essential requirement. The systems must function in the face of regular, ongoing abuse. “Sometimes it’s inmate abuse,” says Beckham. “You might have an inmate pulling out a transformer to use the wire to make a tattooing machine, for example.” Perhaps less apparent, says Beckham, is the potential for vandalism by corrections officers themselves. “Generally, the inmates are fairly closely supervised, and don’t have as much opportunity to tear stuff up. It’s the officer sitting in the picket (the central control area), bored out of his mind, who doesn’t necessarily want to talk to foul-mouthed, abusive inmates. So he might tear up the intercom so he’s got an excuse.”

Whatever the cause, maintenance can be problematic, and the systems need to remain functional even under less than ideal conditions. “It’s a challenging environment for the electronics,” adds Beckham. “Something may be damaged, a short may occur, and the system needs to keep working. The facility will see that they’ve got a problem, but they won’t know what or where it is. They may not get around to repairing it for two or three weeks.”

“These facilities have very little maintenance available, so down time is something we want to avoid,” echoes Rob Johnson of Greenville, IL-based Creative Technologies, manufacturers of Secured State security control systems. “The equipment needs to be very fault-tolerant, to withstand both intentional and unintentional damage. That’s what I like about Tech Works gear – it will withstand a lot of electronic abuse without shorting out.”

Indeed, maintenance can be a significant challenge. “You typically have a shortage of qualified technical staff, so you have people maintaining the equipment who are not all that well skilled,” says Beckham. “For example, you might have an officer who at one time was an electrician. He may know very little about audio, but they’ll have him working on the equipment. They may re-wire, and often mis-wire a system. So in addition to wear and tear and physical abuse, the equipment may have to withstand electronic abuse like running a circuit to ground or to a short for a period of time, simply due to user error.”

 Despite the ubiquity of digital and online communications in today’s world, the corrections sector has remained distinctively analog. What some might view as a Luddite perspective is, in the prison environment, a matter of pragmatic practicality. “Most of the communications industry has moved to VOIP technology,” observes Beckham. “But while putting everything on the network might be the way to go in most settings, there are literally thousands of county jails, city jails, and other incarceration facilities out there who are still in the analog domain. They have wiring in conduit that has been poured in concrete when the buildings were constructed. These facilities do not have the budgets at this point to rewire a facility to meet an IP scheme. And from a maintenance perspective, the people who maintain these systems don’t necessarily possess the electronics expertise to work on IP-based technologies. But they do understand a basic analog system.”

“There are really only a handful of amplifiers available that meet the detention industry’s specifications, and we found that most of them still had a really high failure rate,” says Davis. “We’ve put in hundreds of Tech Works systems all over the US, and we’ve yet to have a single one fail. The audio is less noisy, we’ve had fewer feedback and crossover issues, and it’s pretty easy to set up.”

“When we design a system for our customers, we’re looking not only at the cost of purchasing a system, but total cost of ownership,” says Johnson. “That includes the price of operation and maintenance down the road. Since we believe our systems should not require a maintenance contract, Tech Works has been the answer for us. The dependability is outstanding. We never had to send one back or had any issues with it. That enables us to design a bullet-proof system upfront and maintain our core values.”

The Tech Works systems used in corrections facilities had their start in another challenging setting, the medical industry. As Beckham points out, the company has been proactive in adapting their systems to meet the prison industry’s needs. “When I call in for a price quote, often (Tech Works President) Mark Dundas will get on the phone with me personally to ask about how I’m using a particular component, and we’ll brainstorm together on how to improve the product to meet our unique criteria. They’ve taken their healthcare audio systems and adapted them for the prison environment by making them even more robust and more secure. There’s simply no other manufacturer that builds an entire system that fills this niche.”

“One of the reasons you do business with a company is support,” offers Louis Davis. “Any time I’ve ever had a question, whether it’s about a particular type of microphone or speaker, or an existing amplifier has been compromised, I can call Tech Works and the people there have been super helpful. I can get all the info I’m after and more. It makes a big, big difference.”

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About Tech Works - Tech Works is a US-based manufacturer of high-quality, highly specialized communications systems for the healthcare, security, corrections, and education industries. Based in Yorba Linda, California, Tech Works was founded in 1984 with the goal of creating powerful communications solutions for the most demanding environments. Our products are designed to meet the unique challenges of our customers, in applications where clear communication can be critical. For more information, please visit www.tech4people.com

 

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Leading Saudi Arabia University Goes All Renkus-Heinz

 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – October 2014… Founded in 1953, Imam Muhammad ibn Saud Islamic University today enrolls over 35,000 students in a campus network that spans across Saudi Arabia’s capital city. Islamic tradition specifies that men and women attend school separately, so the University has a campus for each.

Most of the university’s multiple lecture halls and auditoriums on both the men’s and women’s campuses have long struggled with intelligibility and reverberation issues, and university officials recently embarked on a massive, multi-year retrofit of the school’s sound reinforcement systems. After a thorough review of the various facilities, Madrid, Spain-based engineering and architectural firm TYPSA recommended systems based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems. Local Riyadh contractor/integrator Baud Telecom Company was selected as the installing contractor.

“Renkus-Heinz ICONYX was the clear choice for a project of this magnitude,” observes TYPSA design supervisor Sergio Onrubia Alvarez. “Steered-beam technology was the obvious solution for these challenging spaces, and Renkus-Heinz is the recognized leader in digital beam steering. We wanted consistency in sound quality throughout the campus, and we were confident that Renkus-Heinz systems were versatile enough to deliver the performance and coverage requirements of these many different spaces.”

 The scope of the women’s campus installation included 40 lecture halls, each with 112 seats, and two 200-seat auditoriums used for small conferences, presentations and special lessons. A pair of ICONYX IC16-R-II columns was installed in each of the 40 lecture halls. The two auditoriums are outfitted with a pair of IC16-R-II arrays, augmented by three SG61-R compact 6.5-inch two-way Complex Conic loudspeakers for front fill coverage. A CF15S 15-inch high-performance subwoofer handles LF reinforcement.

“Prior to installation, we measured the total reverberation time in the halls at 1.2 seconds, with resonances on the mid and low frequencies,” states TYPSA technical supervisor Victor Fernández Garrido. “As we expected, the ICONYX systems improved intelligibility significantly.”

The men’s campus is divided into dedicated buildings for the various colleges (engineering, medicine, language, etc), each with two 400-seat auditoriums. For these halls, TYPSA specified left and right arrays of five PN102LAR RHAON-empowered point source arrays. Each array includes IC212S-R dual 12-inch subwoofers, and three SG61-R boxes are installed on the stage lip for front fills.

The main conference building on the men’s campus includes two larger halls used for conferences and presentations. A major concern in both halls was an older acoustic drop ceiling that magnified room resonance and audible vibrations. A pair of ICONYX IC Live ICL-FR-DUAL columns is installed in each of the rooms.

 By employing IC LIVE systems in these two halls, we were able to achieve consistent coverage while addressing the vibration and resonance issues, as well as improving intelligibility by reducing room reverberation,” said Alvaro Guiterrez Moreno, TYPSA architectural support.

For two smaller 60-seat and 100-seat auditoriums in the administration building, TYPSA recommended left-right IC8-R-II and IC16-R-II systems, respectively, with the larger venue also receiving three SG61-R boxes for front fills.

“This was a very large and multi-faceted installation,” concludes Victor Fernández Garrido. “We needed to be able to address intelligibility problems in the halls and auditoriums, as well as deliver consistent coverage and high performance in all the rooms across the campus. We were confident that Renkus-Heinz was the only company that could meet all of the University’s strict criteria, and officials are very happy with the results.”

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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.

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

MAC-1DL32R_main copyWOODINVILLE, WA, USA – OCTOBER 15, 2014 – Mackie today introduces a powerful new 32-channel digital mixing system completely controlled wirelessly from Mackie’s intuitive Master Fader iPad® app, freeing users to get in the mix like never before — the DL32R 32-Channel Wireless Digital Mixer with iPad Control. 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 will be available worldwide in Q4, 2014. The DL32R will have a U.S. MSRP of $2499.99.

The Master Fader app is available for free download from the App Store.

The My Fader app is available through iTunes.

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

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VARIA Helps Millsaps College Solve a Sonic Challenge

 Jackson, MS – October 2014… Founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890, Millsaps College is a privately supported national liberal arts school located on a sprawling, leafy 103 acre campus near downtown Jackson, MS. Like many small colleges, the school’s main auditorium acts as a multi-purpose venue, used for a wide range of events that includes lectures, city council meetings, panel discussions, recitals, music performances, and movie showings.

As Philip Boyd of Ridgeland, MS-based Academic Technologies explains, the college had long struggled to achieve consistent sound coverage across the venue, particularly with regard to vocal intelligibility. “It’s mostly a recital hall, a very live room, with brick walls and a big pipe organ in it,” says Boyd. “The previous two box center-cluster solution was underpowered and covered only a portion of the room – mostly a hot spot in the center about eight rows back. They wanted the ability to have a true versatile dynamic – to go from spoken word to musical programs. Achieving clarity in a board meeting or a panel discussion in that room with no treatment was difficult.”

The hall’s layout and design was another major contributor to poor intelligibility. “The room is about 85 feet deep by 50 feet wide, with steeply raked seating,” Boyd continues. “So the ceiling is 25 feet at the stage, but only 8 feet at the back of the room, which makes uniform coverage even more of a challenge. It also created line-of-sight issues – the screen was partially obscured at the back of the room by the old center cluster.”

After thorough assessment of the room, Boyd recommended the school replace the current system with a Renkus-Heinz VARIA Modular Point Source Line Array system. “The VARIA system was the best option to achieve the versatility we needed,” Boyd observes. “VARIA’s modular design gave us a lot of flexibility in terms of system placement and configuration. And VARIA’s range of vertical and horizontal dispersion angles, together with its transitional waveguides, enabled us to custom configure a system that easily addressed the multiple challenges we had to deal with in the hall.”

Academic Technologies replaced the old center cluster with left and right VARIA arrays. “We used two 7.5×60 degree VARIA systems on top, and then a 7.5×60/90 degree and a 22.5×90/120 degree, and complementing subs for each array,” says Boyd. “The subs were flown beside the main array to minimize the vertical and visual component of the system, both to avoid interference with the large center video screen as well as the visual of the pipe organ when the screen is not in use. The VARIA arrays are 35 feet apart over the front of the stage, and we’re still able to get coverage for the first two rows.”

Boyd reports Millsaps college officials are exceptionally pleased with the new system. “The VARIA arrays enabled us to address both coverage and line-of-sight issues, and to achieve excellent intelligibility without changing the sound qualities of the room. Everybody has been very happy with the results.”

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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.

Chongqing International Expo Center Gets IC Live

 Chongqing, Peopl’s Republic of China – October 2014…Located at the confluence of the Jialing Jiang and Yangtze Rivers, Chongqing International Expo Center is one of the world’s ten largest convention centers, and the largest in western China. Designed and built by Insigma Systems Engineering Co, Ltd., and owned by Chongqing Panda Investment and Development Co., Ltd., the Expo Center covers more than 200,000 square meters (2.1 million square feet), with 16 exhibition halls that buzz throughout the year with exhibitions, conferences, and a wide range of events.

The Expo Center’s various halls have been outfitted with a number of high-performance sound systems based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC Live digitally steered line array systems. The Grand Ballroom system includes four ICL-FR cabinets, permanently installed, as well as four more ICL-R portable systems for added flexibility. Four IC215S-R powered subwoofers provide low frequency reinforcement. Four CF121-2 full-range point source loudspeakers and four CF121M-2 stage monitors cover additional fill duties. A PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital console handles the mix, with a BSS BLU-80A processor providing system DSP.

 The large 1500-person conference hall is equipped with two ICL-FR columns, along with a pair of CF121M-2 boxes for fills. Two smaller 1000-person conference halls offer similar systems. All three venues also utilize PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 mixers and BSS BLU-80A audio processors, as well as Bosch DCN conference systems.

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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.

ICONYX Saves The Day At St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Long Beach, MS – September 2014… Located steps from the sand on Mississippi’s scenic Gulf Coast, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church has a rich association with the city and community. Its beachfront location also boasts something of an ominous history; on August 29, 2005, the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed just west of the church, bringing 20 foot swells, rendering the main sanctuary, and its sound system, unusable.

As part of St. Thomas’ restoration, the church reached out to Magnolia Music to design a new sound system. After an analysis of the room, Magnolia’s Tony Strong and Rain Jaudon recommended Renkus-Heniz ICONYX IC24-R-II digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems.

“It was apparent to me that, with the aesthetics of the room and the high vaulted and beautiful wood ceiling, a traditional speaker approach would not be in keeping with the design,” said Strong. “A steerable array system using the Renkus-Heinz IC24Rs was the perfect solution.”

While all agreed on the steerable array, budget conscious church officials opted to look for ways to cut costs. “Someone at the diocese decided to take the preliminary designs and put them out to bid,” said Jaudon. “After some value engineering was done, the project was awarded to another integrator, and the new design called for a lower priced, digitally steerable array.”

The budget system was mounted 12 feet above the floor, but ultimately did not deliver the intelligible, high quality audio that was promised. Next, a new, more powerful point source line array system was installed, which also proved unsatisfactory. “With the second system, the folks right in front of the arrays were being blown away with sound and intelligibility was poor in the rear of the room,” said Strong.

Church officials once again reached out to Strong and Jaudin, and the consultants stood firm in their recommendation of the IC24Rs. “We demoed the IC24, and it was clear that we could cover the congregation evenly and consistently with the IC24Rs,” said Strong. “Just to show the accuracy of the steering, I purposefully aimed the beam over the first couple of pews to show the comparison to the passive line arrays installed.”

The speakers were mounted down-mic, just behind the pulpit and lectern – a placement that initially raised concerns about feedback from church officials. “All agreed that it was a better location aesthetically,” said Jaudon. “However, there was concern about the mounting location being upstage from the primary microphones. I assured them that, based on our experience with the ICONYX arrays, we would be able to steer the main lobes over the microphones successfully, and that turned out to be the case.”

Ultimately, the ICONYX system outperformed the previous two systems, proving that not all array systems are created equal, and that compromising quality to save costs can end up costing more in the long run.

“The bottom line of the story is that, with the ICONYX arrays, we selected the right tool for the job,” said Strong. “Someone tried to value engineer and save the church money by purchasing two different systems that did not perform. After six years and thousands spent on other systems, they purchased the right system for the job – the IC24Rs. Now, the ministers are free to do what they do best – minister – without having to deal with complaints about the sound system.”

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mackie DLM Helps Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Keep Travelers Entertained

 Austin, TX – October 2014… Widely regarded as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin’s buzzing local scene is heightened by the notoriety of festivals like South By Southwest, and popular shows like “Austin City Limits.”

Austin boasts literally hundreds of live music venues, but one stands out as particularly unique. With more than 10 million people passing through its gates every year, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is often the first and last live music venue visitors to the city see and hear. The audio is powered by a Mackie DLM system installed at the Main Terminal’s Asleep At the Wheel Stage at the Ray Benson Roadhouse.

“There has been music here in the airport since it opened 15 years ago,” explains Michael Pennock, who oversees the music and audio at Austin-Bergstrom Airport. “We have six venues and 23 shows a week. The Ray Benson Roadhouse is our busiest venue.”

The Roadhouse’s Asleep At the Wheel Stage features two Mackie DLM12 12-inch full-range powered loudspeakers, along with four DLM12s for stage monitoring. The entire system is connected to a Mackie DL1608 16-channel digital live sound mixer with iPad control.

The Mackie DLM12 delivers 2,000 Watts of Class D amplification, powering a custom-designed 12-inch woofer and 1.75″ HF compression driver. As Pennock points out, the extra power translates into better performance without having to push the system too hard.

 “Initially, we had other speakers installed on a truss above the stage, and there was a lot more sound spilling over to the gates,” said Pennock. “With the DLM12s, we’re able to focus the sound and get better coverage with virtually no bleed. It’s been a great improvement and we get a lot of compliments from the performers on the sound.”

As Pennock observes, one of the major challenges in operating a live music venue in the middle of a busy airport is maintaining control over the sound to ensure the music does not overpower the airport’s paging system. The ability to control the 16-channel DL1608 via iPad empowered the airport’s audio crew to easily stay on top of the challenge.

“On either side of the Ray Benson Roadhouse, there are two Southwest airline gates,” says Pennock. “With the DL1608s remote iPad control, we can actually walk over to the gates while the band is playing, check volume levels with the airline personnel, and adjust from the iPad on the spot if needed.”

The DL1608 six aux sends handle more than enough monitor mixes, and support for up to 10 wireless iPad connections makes it easy for both crew and performers to dial in exactly what they need.

Besides just being a great sounding mixer, Pennock says the DL1608’s iPad integration has brought other benefits as well. “Since moving to iPad control, we not only have better communication with the airlines, we’ve got a better sounding mix, and we’re able to get just a little bit louder too. The amount of control the DLM loudspeakers and DL1608 mixer provides is an absolute blessing in this kind of application.”

 

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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.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doha Airport is Covered with ICONYX as Far as the Eye Can’t See

Doha, Qatar – September 2014…. Hamad International Airport covers nearly a third of the city of Doha, with more than half of the airport’s. 29 sq km (11 sq miles) reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. Its state-of-the-art passenger and cargo facilities will serve more than 30 million passengers and 1.4m tons of freight per year.

Technology for the airport is equally impressive, including an RFID baggage handling system, high-tech air traffic control and radar systems, and a cutting-edge public address system based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems.

The system includes 208 IC8-R, 30 IC16-R, five IC24-R, and two IC32-R loudspeaker columns, all networked to provide individual control of each individual unit. Strikingly, not a single one of the 245 speaker columns installed throughout the facility is visible to the naked eye.

“All the loudspeakers are hidden,” explains Renkus-Heinz Middle East Sales Manager Norbert Bau. “They have all been flush mounted and concealed behind grilles, or they have been integrated into custom-designed stainless steel pillars. It’s an architecturally stunning facility and the best Iconyx installation I’ve ever seen.”

Much of the credit for this impressive installation goes to the contractors, Consolidated Engineering Systems Co (CESCO), and subcontractors H. Robert Guild Associates, Inc (HRGA). “The system was designed by Acoustic Design Ahnert (ADA Gulf), and the entire installation was performed by CESCO, who brought in Robert Guild of HRGA to provide the experience and expertise for this very high-profile project,” Bau observes. The project also included a massive IED announcement control system and thousands of small ceiling speakers for the voice alarm system. Testing and commissioning the system was performed by HRGA, with support from Renkus-Heinz application engineers.

While the project has not been without its challenges, Bau points to good planning as an indispensible factor. “The design of the sound system was seriously considered when designing the airport. And ADA Gulf convinced the architect to apply acoustic treatment so the acoustic conditions are very good – it sounds very dry.”

Since opening its doors to passengers, Hamad International Airport is quickly becoming an international hub, providing the air travel capacity the city of Doha has been sorely needing, with a sound system that will clearly and intelligibly serve millions of passengers for years to come. As Norbert Bau concludes, “it is an impressive system for a very impressive airport.”

 

 

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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.

Iconyx Covers Serious Space at Eaton World Headquarters

Beachwood, OH – September 2014… Founded nearly a century ago as a small gear and axle manufacturer, Eaton Corporation has grown to become a global leader in power management, with more than 100,000 employees in 175 countries. The company recently opened its new world headquarters in this Cleveland suburb, a 580,000-square-foot office tower designed by architects Pickard-Chilton of New Haven, CT.

The building’s entrance encompasses a massive glass atrium soaring several stories high, creating a vast, open and naturally lit indoor space. More than just an impressive entryway, it’s a stunning architectural design that serves as a nexus for staff and guests to converge for everything from casual lunching to large-scale company events.

International AV consultants Electrosonic created the atrium’s focal point, a towering cylindrical LED display matrix “chandelier” that brings an ever-changing dynamic to the environment with imagery, information, and animations that can be seen throughout the space.

Audio and acoustical treatment was provided by Milford, CT-based SH Acoustics, the company behind such landmarks as Washington, DC’s Newseum, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Exploration Space, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Daily Planet. As SH Acoustics President Steve Haas explains, the brief was to create an acoustical experience that would complement the stunning visual environment.

“It’s a very dynamic space — much more than just a lobby,” says Haas. “It’s often used to host both formal and informal events, sometimes attended by hundreds of people.”

Needless to say, the large, reflective environment presented its share of acoustical challenges. Says Haas, “it’s a very large, very live space, and no one really knew how all these different surfaces would work together. We worked with (integrators) Zenith Systems and the architects to design the audio system, enhance the acoustical treatment, and ensure that everything they were planning was done right.”

Anticipating that the atrium would become something of a multi-use space, Haas explains his team’s approach in designing the sound system. “We broke it down to several different categories,” he says. “The daytime experience is more of a casual, ambient environment, while the evening experience is typically an event or presentation, with the chandelier as a visual focus. We had to create an audio system that could provide complete and consistent coverage, as well as being flexible and reconfigurable for different types of events.”

The main system centers around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steerable line array loudspeakers. A total of eight IC7-II are implemented throughout the space, each with its own matching subwoofer, creating eight points of full-range sound. But as Haas explains, only two of the arrays are permanently mounted. “We’ve made six of them portable. The two permanently mounted units are great for providing light ambient music to fill the space. The others are on stands, and when they want to do a larger event, they just set them up, plug them in, and press a button from wherever they are in the space. That’s the magic of DSP — we’ve set up various configurations to work with a number of different types of events, different presentation positions, and other variables.”

“The key to the success of this system is in using very directional speakers, and placing them precisely,” observes Brian Yates, Project Coordinator with Zenith Systems. “Steve Haas recommended Iconyx because it’s an excellent speaker that throws well and has great directionality. He and his team spent several days working with us to calculate DSP and time alignment for each speaker, based on different possible scenarios of where in the space a presentation might be held.”

The trick, of course, is to achieve the impression of localized sound throughout the atrium, and to do so from whichever of several possible locations the presenter might select. “The Iconyx arrays are all calibrated to create an immersion in the middle of the atrium,” says Haas. “Using different time delays, we can make it sound like it is coming from one end or one side or wherever the speaker is located. The IC7s behave so well, even in challenging spaces, and that is a big part of what makes it work.”

“This was the first project we’d worked with Steve on, but we’ve worked with Iconyx on a number of projects, and agreed immediately it was a great solution,” says Yates. “It’s also got a nice, low profile, which makes it easy to blend them in with the architecture.”

“This has been a really unique and interesting project,” Haas concludes. “Holding events in an atrium isn’t all that new, but the type of multimedia events they’re doing in this space really does raise the bar. They are not just creating innovative content, they’re also figuring out how to be creative in delivering it in this space, with this medium. We’re really pleased with the results.”

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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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Jim Bailey Joins Renkus-Heinz

Orange County, CA – September 2014… Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of industry veteran Jim Bailey to a newly created product marketing position.

Bailey comes to Renkus-Heinz after serving as General Manager of Aphex, a manufacturer of professional audio processing hardware. His lengthy career in pro audio has also included product management positions at Avid and TASCAM, playing a major role in the development of numerous award-winning products at both companies. His many years as a successful recording engineer and studio owner served as his launching point into manufacturing, applying that experience in the development of new audio products.

In his new position, Bailey will fill a number of vital roles within the company, including the creation of technical documentation, educational videos, and software development. He will interface directly with both marketing and engineering.

“Jim’s broad background across a wide range of technical and marketing disciplines is exactly what is needed at Renkus-Heinz,” observes VP of Sales and Marketing Rik Kirby. “His ability to fulfill multiple roles is invaluable, and we are confident he will quickly become an indispensible member of the Renkus-Heinz team.”

“Renkus-Heinz is one of the companies that started it all — they’re part of the history of professional audio,” adds Bailey. “More importantly, they are innovators whose products have had a major impact on loudspeaker design. I’m proud to be a part of such a great group of people, and looking forward to contributing to the next generation of Renkus-Heinz technology.”

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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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