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Community Seeks EN54-24 Compliance for R-Series Loudspeakers

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Chester, PA, February 2012…   Large venues of every kind need intelligible voice evacuation and mass notification capabilities, yet many typical fire-alarm voice-evacuation systems provide neither the voice intelligibility nor the sound levels (volume) needed to effectively communicate with very large numbers of people over the ambient levels of a real-life emergency situation.

Throughout Europe, venues such as stadia, sports and convention centers already have high intelligibility, high-level sound systems for entertainment and voice paging which can communicate effectively. For such systems installers could comply with the BS EN 60849 Standard for the installation, but there was no common laboratory test for the loudspeaker equipment. This remained subject to different requirements in every country. The introduction of the EN54-24 Standard dramatically changed this, providing a harmonized EU standard to test to.

To enable its loudspeakers to be used in voice alarm systems in venues across Europe, Community Professional Loudspeakers has applied for EN54-24 Certification of many of its large-scale loudspeaker systems through the international laboratory network of European Notified Body, Intertek. Their newly opened Life Safety & Security testing facility in Leatherhead UK had been developed to accommodate larger products used in fire detection and evacuation and had the capacity to test Community’s loudspeakers which weigh between 40 and 145 kilos.

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EN54-24 specifies the minimum requirements for voice alarm loudspeaker as a component of a voice alarm system to provide intelligible warning when a fire emergency has occurred and provides a common method of testing their operational performance.   It also specifies the common requirements for construction and robustness under climatic or mechanical conditions that might occur in a service environment.

With EN54-24 addressing the performance of products before and after they have been conditioned by factors such as corrosion, changes in temperature, vibration and impact, Intertek’s test and assessment engineers worked closely with the technical experts at Community to put various models through their paces.

Intertek’s newly built acoustic chamber enables test engineers to take audio readings at 4m as required by EN54-24 and their 998cm3 SO2 corrosion chamber (double the size of most corrosion chambers operating) is capable of conditioning larger products to simulate environmental aging.

Community is ahead of the compliance curve in this project having considered the EN54-24 requirements over a year ago and immediately initiating their plans, ahead of many other large-scale manufacturers selling into Europe.

“Sometimes new standards seem to result in nothing but red tape and bureaucracy”, said Chris Foreman, Community’s COO, “But EN-54-24 actually allows high quality professional audio systems – systems that often exceed the output capabilities of standard emergency products – to be used in emergency applications.  Community systems, particularly R-Series Systems, are already the go-to product in Europe for outdoor entertainment systems.  Given their exceptional voice capability, we expect that we will continue to enjoy great success as this directive progresses.”

 

St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church Sings Praises for Iconyx Digitally Steerable Loudspeakers

Poway, CA – February 2012…. More than a decade has passed since Fr. Michael Froidurot and the planning committee at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church set in motion their vision for a new worship space. Recently, the church unveiled their long-awaited new sanctuary to thundering applause from the congregation and accolades from the surrounding south Poway community.

Designed in traditional cruciform style bydesign-build contractor T. B. Penick & Sons, Inc. and architects Hyndman & Hyndman, the church’s patience and meticulous planning are clearly evident in its stunning architecture. Toward the front of the church, the pulpit and altar reside beneath a massive domed wood and aluminum barreled ceiling that has been blow-torched and sanded to give it a rustic appearance. Hundreds of unfinished wood pews sit atop an expansive polished concrete floor, surrounded by a drywall interior.

Although visually stunning, the many reverberant surfaces throughout the new building posed a challenge for AMT Systems Inc., the Santa Clarita, CA-based audio visual contractor responsible for designing and installing the church’s new audio system. Like many contemporary churches, St. Gabriel’s incorporates music into most worship services, with live musicians and vocalists frequently featured in religious services. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, AMT Systems had to provide a steerable system with high intelligibility and musical output.

“It’s a gorgeous looking facility, but acoustically it presented some difficult musicality and intelligibility issues,” explains AMT Systems’ Mike Shelton. “Cruciform architecture presents its own special challenges. Typically you have sound bouncing all over the place, muddying the intelligibility with echoes and timing problems. It’s very hard to get even coverage in cruciform transept spaces.”

Together with St. Gabriel’s, AMT selected Iconyx digitally steerable line array loudspeaker technology from Renkus-Heinz. Two IC32/16-R systems are column-mounted on either s side of the domed ceiling. The pastoral mics route back to a DSP processor controlled by a Crestron touch screen and iPad. All musical instrument inputs route to a Yamaha LS9 mixer. Both inputs remain live throughout the program or service.

Utilizing Beamware modeling software, Shelton configured shape and throw distance to direct sound to the nave and other areas that have previously been dead spaces. Shelton reports that Beamware helped them eliminate much of the need for acoustical treatment, now only necessary on the domed ceiling to ensure maximum sound absorption from its highly reflective corrugated aluminum panels.

“The church has really perfected their use of the Iconyx technology with this audio system,” Shelton says. “They’re extremely pleased with the musical quality and the voice intelligibility is outstanding. Everybody loves the 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.

Community Delivers Powerful Sound for Salvation Army Kroc Center

Philadelphia, PA, February 2012…  McDonald’s founders Ray and Joan Kroc were known for supporting a variety of charitable causes, and their legacy continues with a multi-billion dollar donation to the Salvation Army for the construction of several community centers in cities across America. The latest Kroc Center, recently opened in North Philadelphia, is one of the largest facilities of its kind on the East Coast. Its 130,000 square feet includes a world-class aquatics center, state-of-the-art fitness center, worship and performing arts facilities, café and culinary education center, as well as a wide range of programs for kids, adults and senior citizens.

Powerful sound was a big part of the plan for the facility, explains RTS Unified Communications’ Joe Zamborsky. RTS specified a selection of Community Professional Loudspeakers for the project, including R-Series, WET-Series and CLOUD6 in-ceiling systems to cover the pool areas, worship center, fitness center gymnasium and numerous other areas.

“In any major project like this one, there are a number of challenges,” says Zamborsky. Clearly, the project’s tight six-month schedule was a demanding one, as was the need to be exceptionally flexible in the face of numerous logistical challenges. On more than one occasion, plans had to be altered due to unforeseen surprises during the construction process. “The number one most important thing is communication,” he observes. “We maintained a daily, ongoing dialogue with everyone involved in the project, and that was key to our ability to keep things moving.”

The Community loudspeakers fit the bill on multiple levels, says Zamborsky. “Particularly in the pool areas, which combined a tremendously reverberant environment with an exceptionally high humidity, the R-Series was the only choice. Not only do they look great, but they sound terrific.”

The competition pool area offered up additional challenges as well. “Aside from having to cover the pool area itself, we were tasked with creating a separate system to cover the stands, which are tucked away in their own alcove,” says Zamborsky. “We chose the Community WET Series to cover that area, because they provided both a tight, focused coverage pattern and a high degree of intelligibility.”

Not surprisingly, the facility has been overwhelmingly embraced by the local community. “This is a great place and a tremendous asset for the city of Philadelphia,” says Zamborsky. “We’re proud to have been a part of it, and proud to be able to deliver a great sounding environment for everyone using the facility.”

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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.

Stiernberg Consulting Announces Updated & Downloadable Industry Calendar

jeanne stiernbergSherman Oaks, CA, February 2012… Greetings and Happy 2012!  We’re just back from CES, NAMM, and ISE – all more vibrant shows than ever. Trade show season has begun again in the entertainment technology, music products, and AV systems industries.

Did you ever think that there would be so many shows in our industry, in so many cities around the world?

Stiernberg Consulting began tracking key industry events and publishing them on our website more than ten years ago. Since then, our Industry Calendar has grown to become a popular reference tool for our industry friends and colleagues. Our 2012 Calendar of Industry Events now includes more than 200 trade shows, conferences, and conventions worldwide.

The calendar is updated continually and includes the event name, sponsor or hosting organization, dates, and location. A web link will take you directly to any event’s website. This is a handy tool for managers and executives who are planning travel schedules, sales and marketing budgets, or market intelligence activities.

Please visit and check it out, or download the PDF of the full calendar at:

http://www.stiernberg.com/events.html

Please contact us with questions or to suggest additional events to include. We look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes for big success in 2012!

Sincerely,

Jeanne Stiernberg

Founder and Principal Consultant

 

Jeanne Stiernberg is principal consultant with Stiernberg Consulting, the Sherman Oaks, CA-based business development firm (www.stiernberg.com). The company provides strategic planning, market intelligence, and M&A advisory services to the converging entertainment technology, music products, and AV systems industry worldwide. 
 
Stiernberg Consulting is the premier business development consultancy serving the converging entertainment technology, music products, and electronic systems industry worldwide. The company has served more than 130 clients since 1993.  

Renkus-Heinz Joins Event Live Expo 2012

Los Angeles, January 2012… Renkus-Heinz will be participating in this year’s Event Live Expo, held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on February 1 and 2, 2012.

Event Live Expo brings together the live event production community, from producers and promoters to manufacturers and service providers, to gather for one of the industry’s most comprehensive showcases of ideas and technology. The exhibition profiles all facets of the live event production industry, including staging, sound, lighting and AV, as well as supporting services such as catering, merchandising, ticketing and more.

At booth CV3002, Renkus-Heinz will be exhibiting a wide range of innovative new products, including IC Live digitally steerable array loudspeakers, IC2 (IC Squared) digitally steerable point-source arrays, and CF101LA modular point source arrays.

The convention’s Open Forum Stage will feature a range of presentations throughout the show, powered by IC Live with IC215SR subwoofers.

Kicking off the proceedings on Tuesday evening, January 31 is an invitation-only networking event for all Event Live Expo, Club + Venue Design Expo and Pollstar Live! exhibitors and VIPs. Then, on February 1 and 2, the Convention Center hosts two full days of networking and business-to-business opportunities for event venue owners, production teams, event planners, designers and concert touring professionals.

Visitors can register for the Event Live Expo for free by following this link. 

“For Renkus-Heinz, live production is a tremendously important part of our user base, and a show like Event Live Expo is one we’re proud to be a part of,” said Marketing Manager Margie Ulm.

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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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Iconyx Helps St. Matthews Get the Message Across

Pacific Palisades, CA, January 2012….Nestled in the rolling canyons of Pacific Palisades, Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church is one of the area’s oldest and largest parishes. The sprawling 42-acre grounds are home to multiple buildings including St. Matthew’s Day School and Pre-School, as well as recreational facilities and the highly acclaimed Moore Ruble Yudell-designed sanctuary.

While wonderful to behold, the sanctuary’s stunning architecture, with its soaring ceilings and exquisite glass work, has long suffered from problematic acoustics. As Daniel Bae, project manager for Sierra Madre-based Platt Design Group, explains, the room’s previous systems did little to alleviate issues of intelligibility and poor sound distribution. “A lot of the complaints about the previous systems had to do with speech intelligibility and coverage,” says Bae. “The room isn’t very deep, but it is very wide, so time alignment was a major problem.”

“When the sanctuary was first built, we had two speakers on the ceiling,” says Jeremias Mendez, the church’s Plant Manager for more than 30 years. “One side of the room was completely dead – people were only able to hear the sermon from a few seats.”

“It’s my understanding that the sanctuary’s architecture was designed to make the most of the choir and organ, and not the sermons,” observes parishioner Jim Dutka, the project leader behind the drive to upgrade the church’s audio system.

Dutka and company contacted Platt Design Group, who recommended a pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC-Live steerable arrays, one on either side of the proscenium. “The IC-Live enabled us to steer the sound where it needed to go – away from the walls and reflective surfaces and into the seats.”

Not surprisingly, aesthetics was also a major concern. “Renkus-Heinz provided custom paint for the IC-Live cabinets, helping them to blend almost invisibly into the sanctuary’s beautiful architecture,” says Bae.

“We have a number of older parishioners who have traditionally relied on hearing-assisted technology systems every week,” says Dutka. “Since we’ve installed the new system, many of them have come to us and informed us that they no longer need the assisted listening.”

“Platt Designs and Renkus-Heinz have provided us with a tremendous improvement,” agrees Mendez.

“I’m proud to say we now have one of the finest audio systems in the area,” Dutka concludes.

 

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Join Renkus-Heinz at NAMM 2012

Anaheim, CA, January 2012…  The holidays are behind us and the annual NAMM Show is fast approaching. This year, Renkus-Heinz will once again be busy on multiple fronts, both on and off the show floor.

At Booth 6420 in Hall A, the company will be showcasing some of their most popular new products, including the Iconyx IC Live digitally steerable array systems and the IC2 (IC Squared) digitally steerable point source systems.

Renkus-Heinz will also be outfitting the Taylor Guitars exhibition space, located on Level Two, Room 213ABC, as well as Seymour Duncan in Booth 5561

The area surrounding the Anaheim Convention Center is also a hotbed of activity during the NAMM Show, and Renkus-Heinz will be keeping our friends and convention guests covered. At the official NAMM Sheraton Park Jazz Lounge Stage, IC Live systems will be providing sound for the Tiffany Room, and an Iconyx IC7 system with CF-Series subwoofers will amply cover the Outdoor Patio.

A full IC2 system will be provided for the NAMM Bash, sponsored by Norris-Whitney Publications, on Thursday, January 17th at the Sheraton Plaza Ballroom.

 If you’re attending the show, stop by the Renkus-Heinz booth or any of these other venues to feast your eyes and ears on the latest technology from Renkus-Heinz.

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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.

First Lutheran Church Finds “Solutions” with Community Loudspeakers

Ellicott City, MD, January 2012… The leafy green hills west of Baltimore are home to First Evangelical Lutheran, one of the area’s oldest and beloved churches. Established in 1874, the church has grown steadily over the years, moving to its current site in the mid-1950s. The campus is home to several buildings, including the Ellicott City Children’s House, Montessori School, and the current sanctuary, dedicated in 1996. more

Toronto’s Prestigious National Club Modernizes Sound System with Renkus-Heinz

Toronto, CN – January 2012…   Hidden in plain view amongst the towering skyscrapers of Toronto’s downtown financial district, The National Club is one of the city’s most prestigious landmarks. The non-political members-only organization serves as private retreat for its clientele, including many of Canada’s current and future leaders.

Since its founding in 1874, The National Club has hosted a who’s who of important Canadian and foreign dignitaries. Today it serves as an esteemed venue for private meetings and dinners, weddings, presentations and club-hosted events.

The brick-and-plaster building has endured several renovations since being constructed in 1906. Most recently, the club’s Board of Directors voted to replace the Main Dining Room’s existing audio  system, with an eye toward better addressing the club’s requirements for high voice intelligibility and imrproved sound distribution.

The two-story, 1950 square foot Main Dining Room comfortably seats 200 people, with antique chandeliers hanging from its impressive 19-foot ceiling. A balcony is located to one side of the room, creating two alcoves directly underneath it.

According to Brock McGinnis of Westbury National Show Systems, Ltd., who designed and installed the new audio system, the building’s historic nature and 14″ thick brick-and-plaster walls presented some specific challenges during the installation.

“The room is a very reverberant two-story space, and the dinner guests create a great deal of noise,” McGinnis explains. “It’s very much like having dinner in the middle of a cathedral. The walls and ceiling are made of very hard surfaces, so in addition to the reverb problem we weren’t able to run any cable through the walls.”

McGinnis opted for an Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeaker system by Renkus-Heinz. A pair of IC8-R columns are mounted on either side of the room’s motorized video screen. The high performance system provides superior sound pattern distribution technology combined with outstanding musicality and voice intelligibility.

“Renkus-Heinz was our first choice for The National Club,” says McGinnis. “We’ve used Iconyx loudspeakers on many other projects and find them to be extremely effective at steering the sound precisely where it’s needed, and away from areas where it isn’t. The quality of sound we get is excellent, even with all the hard surfaces in the room.”

Preserving the character and appearance of the club’s architecture was also paramount. The Iconyx loudspeakers fit very discreetly into the wall, rendering them barely visible.

“The National Club is so pleased with the Iconyx system’s sound quality and distribution technology that they want to install more Iconyx loudspeakers in other parts of the building,” McGinnis reports.

Iconyx Makes the Grade in Missouri State University’s Carrington Hall

Springfield, MO – January 2012... Carrington Hall was the first building to open its doors on the Missouri State University campus in 1908, and has lived through many incarnations since then. Today Carrington Hall serves as the university’s administration building, and its previously unused, antiquated auditorium has been renovated and modernized.

To better serve the university’s needs, the auditorium has been converted into large multi-purpose classroom, to be used primarily for lectures but also to accommodate feature concerts, films and other special events.

MSU brought in Lenexa, KS-based acoustic and audio visual consultants Coffeen Fricke and Associates to design an audio system for the new multi-purpose classroom. As CFA’s Bob Ledo explains, the building’s stone and concrete architecture created an extremely reverberant environment, albeit a visually interesting one.

“The main seating area is a futuristic looking space designed with linear, angled florescent lighting on the underside of a gigantic cube that makes the large volume space more controllable, but also cuts off the view to the top of proscenium,” says Ledo. The room also features very low under-balcony seating space completely surrounded by concrete.

It proved quite challenging for Coffeen Fricke and Associates to find loudspeakers that would provide proper coverage in the hall’s main seating area as well as to the lower under-balcony seating.

“There was nowhere to put loudspeakers in the main seating area,” says Ledo. “We couldn’t use source clusters because the cube was in the way. Using surface mounted distributed loudspeakers would have been our least costly solution but definitely the least aesthetically appealing.”

The solution was found in the low profile Iconyx system from Renkus-Heinz. “We only needed two loudspeakers, which we shelf-mounted,” Ledo says. “They blend into the environment so well, they’re not recognizable as loudspeakers.”

The new audio system utilizes two self-powered Iconyx IC16-R line arrays located on either side of the stage. The room also utilizes a simple presenter podium with a gooseneck microphone and a wireless lapel mic, all driven by Biamp Audia DSP.

CFA associate John Hodgson used Renkus-Heinz RHAON DSP software to equalize the IC16-Rs. A Biamp Audia also provided very narrow parametric filters for room equalization and narrow banding, a technique CFA has used for many years.

“We were very successful in tuning the Iconyx,” explains Hodgson. “Feedback is a non-issue. We’re able to walk right in front of the Iconyx with a lapel mic, without any feedback.”

Ledo stressed that Carrington Hall’s new audio system is a fairly simplistic one. “Iconyx gave us the pattern control and directionality we needed, as well as satisfying the aesthetic requirements of the space. Everyone is extremely pleased with the results.”

 

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