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Magnum Audio Calls on Community to Cover University of South Florida Sporting Venues

Tampa, FL, May 2012…  Founded in 1956, the University of South Florida has grown to become one of the largest universities in the US. Famous alumni include actors Lauren Hutton and Drake Hogestyn, wrestler Hulk Hogan, and Major League Baseball player/manager Tony La Russa. USF’s sprawling main campus in Tampa is home to a range of varsity sports teams, including football, baseball, soccer, and softball.

Magnum Audio Group of Tampa recently provided powerful sound systems for three of the campus’ sporting facilities: a 4500-seat baseball stadium, a 1500-seat softball stadium, and a 750-seat soccer stadium. Despite the magnitude of the three design-build projects, Magnum’s Randi Crooks reports things ran quite smoothly.

“We do a lot of athletic venues,” says Crooks. “I’ve been the head Audio Engineer for the Tampa Buccaneers for 19 years now, and we also handle audio for the BUCS at Raymond James Stadium, and for the New York Yankees at Steinbrenner Field here in Tampa.”

Indeed, with that level of expertise, it’s hardly surprising that these jobs went off without a hitch. “Baseball and softball venues in particular are fairly simple distributed systems, and the soccer stadium wasn’t all that different,” he explains. “The seats at the soccer stadium are only located on one side, but they have long landscaped berm areas where people can sit on their lounge chairs. We set up the Community R1 loudspeakers to fire down the base lines, because we knew it was powerful enough to provide coverage to that entire area.”

The baseball stadium is covered by eight Community WET-Series W2-2W8 dual 8-inch systems, along with two R1-66 medium-throw loudspeakers and two R.5 SUB subwoofers. Four Crown DSi-4000 amplifiers power the loudspeakers, with system drive and processing provided by a DBX Drive Rack 260. An Ashly MX-508 eight-channel rack mount mixer completes the system.

Over at the softball stadium, five WET W2-2W8 systems are installed, along with a pair of R1-66 medium-throw loudspeakers and two R.5 SUB subwoofers. The system is powered by three Crown DSi-4000 amps. Another DBX Drive Rack 260 covers system DSP, and another Ashly MX-508 mixer provides input channels.

Four more R.5-99 short-throw loudspeakers are installed for the Baseball and Softball batting cages. That system is powered by a pair of Crown DSi-2000 amplifiers, with a six-channel Ashley MX-206 mic/line mixer.

Audio for the soccer facility is handled by four R1-66 medium-throw loudspeakers and four more R.5-99 short-throw systems. Powering the system is a pair of Crown DSi-4000 amps. Another Ashly MX-508 mixer and DBX Drive Rack 260 round off the system.

In addition to coverage and performance, Crooks points to the all-weather durability of the WET-Series and R-Series as another factor in their selection. “We do get our share of extreme weather here in Florida, and Community’s weather-resistance has proven itself time after time,” he observes. “After Hurricane Wilma came through in 2005, we used R-Series loudspeakers to replace the destroyed systems in 13 football stadiums in Palm Beach County, and they’re all still working great.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

Join PreSonus Live from InfoComm

Las Vegas, NV, May 2012…  Join PreSonus for a very special live webcast, direct from the InfoComm Show in Las Vegas.

Tune in for Connecting Your Customers with StudioLive, a 30-minute presentation that will cover the broad range of advanced control and connectivity between PreSonus StudioLiveTM consoles and laptop computers, iPads®, iPhones®, and iPod touches®.

From iPad-based wireless mixer control with StudioLive-Remote and iPhone/iPod touch monitor control via QMixTM, to multitrack recording and production with CaptureTM and Studio OneTM Artist, PreSonus is the only compact digital mixer that offers such a wide range of software integration – for free!

The presentation will also take a look into the ever-expanding integration between PreSonus products and Rational Acoustics’ acclaimed SmaartTM audio-analysis technologies. Optimizing system EQ has never been this fast and easy.

Four 30-minute presentations will be broadcast live from the PreSonus Demo Room (N105) at InfoComm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, June 13, 14, and 15 at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 3:00 PM. (All times are Pacific Daylight Time) A live Q&A from attendees will follow each session.

A special bonus for those attending the show in person: PreSonus will give away a free seven-port USB hub and free 2GB USB drive to attendees at the end of each presentation.

So join us online at http://livestream.com/presonuslive to catch all the action as it happens, or to view it later.

To schedule an email reminder, visit us athttp://presonus.com/community/presonuslive/

 

Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Fender Center is Live with StudioLive

Corona, CA, May 2012…  Located in the heart of this bustling Southern California city, the Fender Center for Music Education is a busy place. The 33,000-square foot building is home to a music school, a museum, two performance venues, and a recording studio, and the Center is buzzing with activity throughout most of the year.

Run by the nonprofit Fender Museum of Music and the Arts Foundation, the Fender Center’s main focus is to provide music education to young people at low or no cost. As the Center’s audio engineer Kelly McGuire explains, the program has made an impact on a great many kids’ lives.

“Our program is called Kids Rock Free,” says McGuire. “It’s a low-cost lesson program for kids from 7 to 17 years old. We’ve been doing this for going on about 12 years now, and over 12,000 kids have been through the program.” The Center is also home to two live performance venues. “We have an outdoor concert venue where we do summer concerts like Steve Miller Band, and we also have a smaller nightclub venue,” says McGuire.

As a non-profit, the Center doesn’t rely on deep corporate pockets, counting instead on the support of donors. “Steve Miller and Paul Rogers have been really supportive,” says McGuire. “They’ve both put on benefit fundraisers for us, and companies like PreSonus have been there for us since the beginning.”

McGuire has been mixing a variety of projects on the Center’s StudioLive 24.4.2 console. “For one of our first projects, we put together a three-concert TV series starring Deana Carter.” The project was a collaboration with nearby Lucas Oil. “They’re our neighbors here in Corona,” says McGuire, “and they have a full TV production studio that turns out about 100 shows per year. There are lots of musicians working over there, and they’re huge supporters of our program, and they came up with the idea of doing a show with us, originating from our venue, and aired on their network.”

McGuire approached Carter and her band about the idea. “When I approached Deana, Max and David about doing this show, I just had a really good feeling about it,” he says. “I said, ‘Let’s try it out because I think you’re really going to like it. The audio’s going to be good, and the video’s going to look fantastic.’ And that’s exactly how it turned out.”

As McGuire points out, the StudioLive enabled him to wear multiple hats during the shows, handling the live mix, monitors, TV feeds, and live recording. “I was able to mix the show live, mix a couple of other sources for the TV track, and run five monitor mixes for the band, and at the same time I was tracking the show to a MacBook, using Studio One to edit it later. That’s what’s so cool about the StudioLive. There is really nothing else that I can think of that makes the whole process so effortless and streamlined.”

While the initial show with Deana Carter was put together as a showcase, the response both at the Center and at Lucas Oil has been so positive that plans are already in the works for several new productions. Upcoming shows will include members of Grand Funk Railroad, .38 Special, and Jack Mack and the Heart Attack.

But the StudioLive has been busy on more than just TV shows. “I’ve also been using the console for other stuff, including some shows, some studio recording, and some projects with the kids,” says McGuire. “It’s going to be in use all summer, pretty much all the time, including some of our outdoor concerts.”

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

Renkus-Heinz Continues to Expand Engineering Department

Foothill Ranch, CA, May 2012… Renkus-Heinz has announced the continued expansion of their engineering department with the addition of Alejandro Fidalgo to their engineering team.

Fidalgo joins Renkus-Heinz after working in audio electronics firmware and hardware development at Isaac Daniel Group in Burbank, California, where he worked on audio products for the Video On Demand entertainment industry. He holds a degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

“We’re very happy to welcome Alejandro to Renkus-Heinz engineering,” remarked Engineering Manager Tim Shuttleworth. “His expertise in developing complex digital audio technologies is a great fit for our team.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with a company like Renkus-Heinz,” added Fidalgo. “This company has such a long history of making great products, and I’m really excited to be able to contribute to the next generation of Renkus-Heinz technologies.”

In his new position, Fidalgo will work within the engineering group to continue to develop advanced digital processing and transport technologies for Renkus-Heinz products. Fidalgo will report to Engineering Manager Tim Shuttleworth, and will be based out of the company’s Foothill Ranch, CA headquarters.

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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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Renkus-Heinz Takes Center Stage at Jelenia Góra Spa Theatre

Poland, May 2012…   Established in 1976 by the Wroclaw actor Andrzej Dziedziul, the Zdrojowy Teatr Animacji (or Spa Theatre) in Jelenia Góra, is housed in the classically designed Spa Theatre, which was built in 1836. Used mainly for children’s productions, it also stages adult plays as well as outdoor performances.

With the prevailing demand for state-of-the-art technology in theatre, the plan for Zdrojowy Teatr Animacji’s modernization began in 2008. Enter Polish entertainment technology specialists M.Ostrowski, with a brief to supply and assemble a lighting, stage management and theatre audio system for an audience capacity of 200.

Recognizing the need for a top-performance sound reinforcement system, M.Ostrowski deployed the newest CF Series solutions from Renkus-Heinz, guaranteed to provide maximum operational reliability while delivering excellent dynamics, listening comfort and uniform sound distribution for the audience.

Using EASE 4.3 software to determine the optimum position of the loudspeakers, eight full-range Renkus-Heinz CF101LA speaker modules were arranged in two line array clusters either side of the stage, and two Renkus-Heinz CF15S subwoofer modules in a central cluster.

The deployment of active speaker modules with RHAON (Renkus Heinz Audio Operations Network) technology, allows for remote system configuration, adjustment of DSP signal corrections as well as monitoring of the state of the speakers.

In consideration of the surroundings, M. Ostrowski engineers also designed a unique mounting for the line array hoists to ensure that the equipment blends in with the theatre’s historical interiors.

M. Ostrowski also supplied and installed a complete lighting system, with a GrandMA2 Light management system; the theatre was also equipped with more than 130 projector lights and spotlights.

The installation also included a Digital Soundcraft Vi4 console; a wireless microphone system based on 500 G3 Sennheiser units; a two-way wireless communication system based on solutions by 3M and a stage-manager system based on Riedel digital intercom solutions, as well as a wireless stage action confirmation system, which was developed specifically to accommodate the needs of the Spa Theatre.

Some 20 facility panels around the stage, auditorium and audio control room provide 52 microphone inputs, 31 return lines, 17 speaker lines as well as a Cat5e network, for transmission of data, audio and video signals as well as control of devices connected to the internal network. The entire system is freely configurable at the patch panels, located within the main equipment rack. The installation also allows a show to be run from the audience, with a patch panel to plug in a console along with its peripherals.

M. Czechowicz, the Spa Theatre’s Sound Engineer, said: “The new audio system’s versatility and quality make it wonderful to work with and we’re delighted that M.Ostrowski has created this solution.”

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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.

Renkus-Heinz Expands Sales Management

Phil Van Peborgh

Foothill Ranch, CA, May 2012… Renkus Heinz has announced two major changes to their sales management force.

Industry veteran Phil Van Peborgh has joined the company as Eastern Regional Sales Manager, while Technical Sales Manager Ladd Temple has been promoted to Western Regional Sales Manager.

Van Peborgh comes to Renkus-Heinz after several years as a manufacturers’ representative with Highway Marketing and TechRep. He was also Director of Marketing for social media portal Knetwit.com, and General Manager of video games magazine Polygon.

Prior to moving to the US in 2000, Van Peborgh spent more than a decade working in live sound, touring the US and Europe extensively as a FOH, Monitor and Production Engineer. His resume also includes several years as a systems integrator.

“We’re very excited to welcome Phil to Renkus-Heinz,” said Rik Kirby, VP of Sales and Marketing. “His extensive career experience across a wide range of professional audio positions gives him a unique first-hand perspective into the many different markets in which our products are found, and his proven track record in sales makes him an ideal fit for our continued growth.”

“Renkus-Heinz is not just one of the original loudspeaker manufacturers in our industry, they’re also one of the most innovative,” added Van Peborgh. “Few companies can boast a track record of so many industry firsts, across so many different pro audio sectors. I’m proud to be joining such a forward-thinking team, and am very much looking forward to getting out and meeting our representatives and our end users.”

Ladd Temple

Ladd Temple, who joined the company last year as Technical Sales Manager, has been promoted to the position of Western Regional Sales Manager. Temple, who came to Renkus-Heinz after several years with Peavey Electronics, has already been providing technical and sales support to Renkus-Heinz’s extensive representative and dealer network throughout the United States.

“Ladd’s work with our sales reps has not only afforded him an unparalleled technical knowledge of the entire Renkus-Heinz product line, but has fostered relationships that will be invaluable in his new position,” added Kirby.

Van Peborgh’s territory will include the United States east of the Mississippi. He will be working from his offices in Knoxville, TN, and can be reached via email at phil@renkus-heinz.com. Temple will now handle all territories west of the Mississippi, and will continue to be based in Texas. He can be reached at ladd@renkus-heinz.com.

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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.

Irvine Inline Sounds Great with Renkus-Heinz CF-Series

Irvine, CA, April 2012…  As any die-hard fan will tell you, hockey is the Rodney Dangerfield of American sports. Despite a long history and legions of fans, the game has never quite garnered the respect it deserves.

But the folks behind the Anaheim Ducks are working to change that perception with The Rinks, a fast-growing chain of ice and inline hockey venues in southern California designed to promote the game in a kid- and teen-friendly environment.

“Particularly in Southern California, hockey’s always been a pretty underrated sport,” says Jason Voorhees of Costa Mesa-based Cantara Design, the company behind the audio systems at The Rinks. “It’s gotten a bad rap as a rough game, and in the past, many of the available places to play have been rather run down and neglected.”

The Ducks have been working to combat that image, purchasing and renovating older rinks to create clean, modern, family-friendly environments. “The Ducks want to raise the bar and set a new standard for what a hockey rink can be, giving kids an appealing environment to play the game and become fans,” Voorhees explains.

The recently-opened Irvine location is a prime example. Irvine Inline boasts a pro hockey genealogy, having been originally owned by hockey legend Wayne Gretzky. Home to three inline rinks, the venue is a fresh new take on hockey rinks, with family-style lounge and state-of-the-art Renkus-Heinz sound systems.

As Voorhees explains, the Renkus-Heinz systems were chosen for their performance and weather-resistant durability. “Our primary objective was to design a great sounding system that was high-output, self-powered, and capable of standing up to the elements,” he says. “These venues are all essentially outdoors. They do have a metal roof, but no walls. So even though you don’t get rain, per se, you get exposure to all the elements – Santa Ana winds and humid, moist days, all sorts of extremes. Also, because the roofs are metal, the air mass that hovers above the rinks can stay cool, and when the sun hits the roof, that cool, moist air hits the hot roof and starts to condense and rain back down.”

Jason Voorhees & Adam Purath, Cantara Design; Bjorn Slijderink, H&S Ventures; Garrison Parkin, The SG Group.

Each of the three rinks is outfitted with four CF81-2 powered two-way 8-inch systems and two CF121-5 powered 12-inch two-way systems. “Since the systems are all outdoors, they designed a mobile control station on a rolling cart,” says Voorhees. “Every morning they roll out the three control stations, and every evening they roll them back into the Pro Shop.” Each individual station is equipped with its own MP3 input, sound effects machine and microphone.

All three systems are tied to a CobraNet network, enabling a central music source or announcement mic to cover the entire venue at one time. “They can control all this from a touch screen at the office or the front desk,”

Since opening its doors, Irvine Inline has seen a steady growth in popularity, with a full schedule of games and practices for everything from Pee Wee to High School Leagues.

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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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Loren Robinson Joins Community

Chester, PA, May 2012…   

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Loren Robinson to the position of Regional Manager for Western US and Canada.

Robinson, a veteran pro audio manufacturers’ representative and installation team manager, joins Community after many years with Harman Corporation, where he held positions as National Sales Manager for Selenium and Western Regional Manager for Crown Audio.

“We’re very excited to welcome Loren to Community,” said Julia Lee, Director of Sales and Marketing. “His expertise in installed sound and his solid track record in management are ideally suited for the growth Community is presently experiencing.”

“I’m thrilled to be working with such a legendary company like Community,” added Robinson. “This is an amazing group of people with an amazing history, and they’re still breaking new ground today.”

Robinson will be responsible for all outside sales management in the western United States, as well as in Canada. He can be reached at lrobinson@communitypro.com.

 

Community’s VERIS is Part of Classic Church’s Rebirth

Holland, PA, May 2012…   Founded nearly half a century ago in Northampton Township, Saint Bede the Venerable has grown to more than 10,000 parishioners. The church recently underwent a $5 million renovation and expansion, incorporating a classic Italian marble altar, magnificent stained glass, and a new sound system based around Community Professional Loudspeakers VERIS 8 two-way full-range systems.

As Audiobahn’s Tony Hersch explains, the new sound system design called for versatility. “Unlike some of the more traditional Catholic churches, St. Bede offers a mix of traditional and semi-contemporary services, with a choral and live musical accompaniment, as well as traditional organ and choir,” he says. “So ultimately we had to design a system that offered more than simply spoken word intelligibility – it had to offer good musicality as well.”

The distributed audio system includes 14 VERIS 8 cabinets – seven on each side of the seating area, as well as two additional VERIS 8 boxes for platform monitors. A pair of Community CPL27 dual eight-inch systems provide monitoring to the choir loft, and two MVP12M boxes provide additional monitoring. The system is powered by QSC amplification. A Soundcraft LX7II 16-channel console and Shure RF systems complete the signal chain.

One of the biggest challenges in installing the system, says Hersch, was coordinating the work around the ongoing construction. “It was a pretty extensive renovation,” he says. “They brought in the altar from another church in Philadelphia that had closed its doors, with massive marble columns, and gorgeous stained glass windows. They were still holding services during the renovation, with the construction behind a false wall, and we were running cable and installing the speakers within a very tight schedule, alongside the general contractors.”

Hersch reports that the newly redone sanctuary is nothing short of stunning, with sound to match. “It sounds fantastic, and the coverage is great,” he says. “There’s not a bad seat in the house. And it looks terrific.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers has been a leading supplier of professional sound systems since 1968. Headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, Community distributes its products to over fifty countries on six continents. Visit www.communitypro.com for more information.

Taylored Sound Ramps Up Offshore Europe with Community

Aberdeen, UK, April 2012…  Organized by Reed Exhibitions UK, the biennial SPE Offshore Europe conference and exhibition is the largest upstream oil and gas event outside North America. With some 1,500 exhibitors, the convention attracts an audience of around 50,000 visitors, including engineers, technical specialists, industry leaders, and experts from all over the world. Held at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, around 25,000 square meters (270,000 square feet) of temporary exhibition space is created in five giant marquees. Not surprisingly, a substantial PA system is required for information and safety announcements.

Taylored Sound, the Aberdeen-based pro audio rental and installation specialists, were commissioned to design and install the PA for the recent exhibition, and they designed a system based around Community R.25 loudspeakers. “The power and 90 x 40 degree dispersion of the Community R.25 was ideally suited for the large areas to be covered,” commented Taylored Sound’s Jimi Troup. “Their spoken word intelligibility is exceptional, and their compact size and light weight were a real advantage for fast installation. The entire break down took only three hours with just two people.”

A total of sixty-six R.25s were used to provide complete coverage for Halls 1 through 4, as well as at the entrance gates. In the four main halls the R.25s were mounted in pairs, spaced evenly along the apex of the steel-framed marquees. A Symetrix Solus 8, with eight mic/line inputs and eight outputs, provided paging configuration and control and the 28,000W available from three Powersoft K8 amplifiers provided more than ample headroom for the system.

“We brought in the complete stock of R.25s specifically for this event, and it was a good investment,” said Troup, “The organizers thanked us, saying it was the best PA they’d ever had for the exhibition. These R.25 loudspeakers will continue to lift the standard of audio quality for the great many smaller events we provide for throughout the year. They are incredibly robust, and with the Community heritage for all-weather durability we can use them at any type of public event. With many years of service ahead, these hard-working loudspeakers will pay back their investment many times over.” 

www.tayloredsound.co.uk

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Community Professional Loudspeakers has been a leading supplier of professional sound systems since 1968. Headquartered in Chester, Pennsylvania, Community distributes its products to over fifty countries on six continents. Visit www.communitypro.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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