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VUE Audiotechnik Announces Multi-Year Development Partnership with Materion Electrofusion

VUE Audiotechnik to deliver high performance transducers based on Materion Electrofusion’s Truextent® brand acoustic beryllium

San Diego, CA (April 11, 2012) – Following their recent launch at the Pro Light & Sound expo in Frankfurt, VUE Audiotechnik today announced a development partnership with Materion Electrofusion, the world’s leading supplier of genuine beryllium and other advanced materials for high-end acoustic applications.

VUE Audiotechnik and Materion are currently developing a family of compression drivers based around Materion’s Truextent acoustic beryllium. Extremely stiff and lightweight, beryllium offers a unique combination of properties that dramatically reduce mechanical deformation (breakup), shifting the resonant frequencies inherent in more conventional materials outside the audible range.

VUE Audiotechnik’s unique application of beryllium will first appear in a family of 4-inch down to 1-inch HF transducers—all delivering significantly lower HF distortion at higher outputs than the most advanced titanium or aluminum solutions available today.

 

“Materion shares our commitment to expanding the boundaries of loudspeaker performance through the application of advanced technologies at all levels,” explains Ken Berger, CEO of VUE Audiotechnik. “Their Truextent beryllium is the result of significant research and development efforts to move beyond the limitations of more traditional materials. We’re extremely excited to deliver this technology and its unique performance advantages to VUE customers.”

VUE Audiotechnik’s proprietary beryllium-based compression drivers will be the “crown jewels” in a range of premier loudspeakers debuting as early as this Spring. At the same time, Materion and VUE are also exploring future applications of beryllium, including its benefits beyond HF reproduction alone.

“We’ve been looking for a development partner to bring our technology to the sound reinforcement market worldwide with the right combination of fresh thinking, nimble manufacturing, and a global distribution network,” remarked Steve Willenborg, Truextent Product Manager at Materion Electrofusion. “VUE Audiotechnik is the perfect partner to showcase Truextent acoustic beryllium through the development and deployment of a wide range of professional loudspeaker systems that greatly exceed current performance benchmarks.”

About VUE Audiotechnik

VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships. 

 About Materion Electrofusion

Materion Electrofusion is a business of Materion Corporation.  Based in Fremont, California, Materion Electrofusion supplies high-purity beryllium components to the acoustics market.  It operates a manufacturing facility in Fremont with sales and distribution sites in Europe and Asia.  Materion Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, supplies highly engineered advanced enabling materials to global markets. Products include precious and non-precious specialty metals, inorganic chemicals and powders, specialty coatings, specialty engineered beryllium alloys, beryllium and beryllium composites, and engineered clad and plated metal systems. Headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, the Company serves customers in more than 50 countries. It has operating, service center and major office locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia, and employs approximately 3,000 people worldwide.

Truextent is a registered trademark of Materion Brush, Inc.

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Technosound Chooses Community to Provide Indoor and Outdoor Solutions for Bkerké

Lebanon, April 2012… Built in 1893 and located 650 meters above the bay of Jounieh in Lebanon, Bkerké is the See of the Maronite Catholic Patriarchate.  Like many ancient religious buildings the architecture is beautiful and the acoustics challenging.  For its new sound system the Church commissioned Lebanon-based pro audio specialists, Technosound, to provide a solution that would give the highest quality audio with the minimum aesthetic intrusion.  A combined system was required to provide sound for both the interior of the main church and also for selected areas outside the building.

“For the main area inside the church we chose Community’s ENTASYS three-way, full-range column line-array loudspeaker systems,” said Pierre Fahed of Technosound.  “Their wide horizontal and very narrow vertical dispersion gives excellent coverage with minimal overspill to the reflective surfaces of the room.  The ENTASYS also provides the highest intelligibility from a very slim column, which merges well aesthetically.  To minimise intrusion we painted the units locally, to match the building’s stone interior.”

For the outside areas at the front entrance and the courtyard, Technosound utilised Community R.25-94TZ two-way, full-range, all-weather systems, with a 90 x 40 degree coverage pattern.  “For sound quality combined with long-term outdoor reliability, Community’s R-Series are unequalled,” said Fahed.  “Their compact size and discreet colouring were again a big advantage in minimizing visual impact.”

To ensure high quality voice for the system, Technosound supplied a range of AKG microphones, including two AKG WMS450-P wireless, four AKG CGN521E goosenecks, four AKG C5 condensers and one AKG D5S vocal mic.  These are mixed via an Allen & Heath ZED22FX with an ART MX225 distribution mixer for zone control.  Processing is handled by a DBX DriveRack PA+ and the loudspeakers are driven by QSC PLX3602 amplifiers.  Two QSC K10 active loudspeakers provide foldback for the choir and the system is complete for recording and playback with a TEAC CDP650 CD Player and a TEAC CDRW890 CD Recorder.

“Community really did have the ideal solutions for this installation, inside and out,” concluded Fahed, “visually discreet with excellent sound quality, ideal coverage patterns and assured reliability.  Most importantly, the Church is very impressed and completely satisfied with the new system.”

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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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Riverside Casino Gets Filled In with Renkus-Heinz Point Source Array

Riverside, IA, April 2012… The Riverside Casino & Golf Resort has positioned itself as a unique Midwest destination, offering Las Vegas-inspired gaming and slot machines in a resort setting featuring luxurious accommodations with panoramic views of its world-class golf course, an indoor/outdoor pool and other amenities. The resort, located just south of Iowa City, is also home to a multipurpose Events Center that offers a busy schedule of top name entertainment featuring artists like Big & Rich, Peter Frampton, The Robert Cray Band, and Tony Orlando, as well as hosting corporate, community and private functions.

The resort has recently upgraded their in-house audio capabilities with the installation of four Renkus-Heinz CF101LA modular point source array speakers. As Marvin Smejkal, owner of Sound Concepts, a production sound installation and rental company with offices in Iowa, Missouri and Florida, explains, there were a number of challenges at the Riverside Events Center.

“The original in-house, distributed voice reinforcement system was insufficient for many of the venue’s functions, but it was generally cost prohibitive to bring in a larger rental rig,” says Smejkal, adding that the self-powered CF101LA loudspeakers serve a dual purpose, both as a primary voice reinforcement system for smaller events and as center in-fill for larger PA rental rigs.

“The venue has unique requirements due to an exceptionally wide stage,” says Smejkal, “and when we bring in a large PA for concerts, the speakers have to be positioned in a wide configuration, making a center-fill necessary. It was costly and time-prohibitive to set up and tear down a flown center cluster on a show-by-show basis. Now, the CF101LA system can be used as the primary PA for small and mid-sized events, and as a center fill to augment a larger PA systems for big concerts.”

 Smejkal designed and installed a basic four-speaker setup requiring no additional processing or EQ. “The venue has a portable audio/visual mixer for breakout rooms, which can simply plug into an XLR in for smaller events. The CF101LA speakers are incorporated into every large show; when we come in we have a program to add them into our rental system.”

“The self-powered speakers are a cost-effective option when there is limited space to permanently install additional equipment in a venue,” Smejkal continues. “The CF101LAs are convenient, and are fulfilling a wide variety of needs, both as a stand-alone system for the venue’s day-to-day needs, and in the demanding role of center fills when larger line arrays are widely spread for larger events.”

The CF101LA speakers proved to be a unique problem solver, he concludes. “Those speakers deliver at that price point. We will use them again.”

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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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Jeld-Wen Field Powers Up with Community

 

Portland, OR, April 2012… One of Portland’s storied sporting arenas, Jeld-Wen Field has been reborn following a $40 million renovation. Originally opened in 1926 as Multnomah Stadium, the venue has hosted a number of landmark events, including one of the first-ever outdoor rock concerts when Elvis Presley performed there in 1957. Now home to Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers, the remade Jeld-Wen Field boasts 5,000 new seats, bringing its capacity to 22,000, with more than 800 square feet of LED video screens and a state-of-the-art sound system featuring Community Professional Loudspeakers.  Previously, the stadium had been used as a Triple-A ballpark utilizing 36 R2 all-weather loudspeakers. The format change to Major League Soccer called for additional Community WET-Series 15″ two-way and 15″ three-way systems and R-Series R.5 weather-resistant loudspeakers. Designed by Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW), the audio system was installed by Denver, CO-based Empowercom.

 

 

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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Pleasantville Church Modernizes Audio with Community Pro’s iBox

Chalfont, PA – April 2012…  Established as the region’s very first church in 1840, Pleasantville United Church of Christ has served the southeastern counties of Bucks and Montgomery for more than 170 years.Today the celebrated church hosts a wide range of activities for its congregation and the surrounding community, with fundraisers for local & far-reaching ministry needs including the annual Super Bowl chili cook-off and Christmas music celebration featuring a choir, orchestra and dramatic actors.

Pleasantville Church recently completed construction of its new sanctuary, a project that began more than 15 years ago. The newly built sanctuary is an exact replica of the original building, but constructed on a larger footprint.

The challenge of designing the optimal audio system for the space was met by designer/installer Tony Hersch of Audiobahn. The sanctuary’s high vaulted ceilings and reflective surfaces presented a unique challenge in system design.

“Services at the church lean towards a traditional/blended style,” Hersch explains. “Music worship is typically led by a vocal choir backed by an organist or piano and various other instrumentalists. Pleasantville needed a main loudspeaker system with coverage throughout the sanctuary that could perform not only for Sunday services but also at a concert level for special events when needed. In addition, there are three separate performance areas for choir, bell choir and center stage, and we needed a main and stage monitoring system that would provide coverage, impact and clarity while still remaining unobtrusive.”

Hersch selected the iBOX line of high performance loudspeakers by Community Professional Loudspeakers, noting that the iBOX line is ideally suited for houses of worship due to its versatility. “The iBOX is one of the few systems that offer a complete selection of different dispersion patterns along with very high performance and power handling,” he observes.

The system comprises iBOXIHP1299 two-way loudspeakers in a left-center-right configuration, augmented by a pair of i112S subwoofers on the stage. A distributed system of CLOUD6 and CLOUD12 in-ceiling loudspeakers covers the hallways and nursery, while the lobby is served by I/O5 surface mount loudspeakers. QSC amplifiers power the systems, with prodcessing provided by an Ashly Audio 326 DSP.

An Allen and Heath GL2400-32 console is installed at front of house, along with Ashly Protea digital EQ, TC Electronic M1 effects processor, and eight Shure wireless microphone systems. Community’s VERIS stage monitors are wall mounted in the choir areas.

“The new Community system is hands down the best system we’ve ever had, and we’ve gotten very positive feedback from musicians and congregation alike,” says Gene Fox, the church’s audio director. “We had one member of our congregation who had always used a hearing assistance system, and she came up to me after the first service with the new system and told me she no longer needed the hearing assistance.”

“The system sounds great and it looks gorgeous,” adds Hersch. “The church is thrilled with the sound quality and the pattern coverage. The capabilities of the new system also allow the church to expand their musical productions and to include more contemporary music in future services.”

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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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DK Vascom Upgrades Donam-Dong Catholic Church With Iconyx

SOUTH KOREA, April 2012... Dai Kyung Vascom, Renkus-Heinz distributor for South Korea, recently installed a pair of Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers as part of an overall audio system upgrade for the Donam-dong Catholic church in Donam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.

Used for both the spoken word and music, the system was designed to improve acoustic intelligibility and musical clarity  in this 400-seat local church.

Patrick Han of Dai Kyung Vascom comments: “The church wanted to upgrade their system, and after assessing the space and discussing their requirements in detail, we have supplied two Renkus-Heinz IC8-R units with RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) and upgraded other aspects of their system to create a better system all around.”

Also installed were an Allen & Heath ML3000-24 mixer, Apex dBQ-Zero and 104-10 Aural Exciter and a variety of Sennheiser microphones.

Patrick Han adds: “The reaction from worshippers and the priests to the new system has been really good and representatives from another nearby Catholic church who also came by to listen to the system were very impressed”

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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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‘KK’ Tan Strengthens Renkus-Heinz APAC Support Team

Singapore, April 2012…   Renkus-Heinz has announced an important addition to its APAC international application support team, Singaporean national Tan Kheng Keong (‘KK’).

Technically trained and fluent in Chinese and English, KK joins the company from Renkus-Heinz’s Singapore distributor, Electro-Acoustics Systems, where he was part of the technical team involved in the execution of several major projects including the new Singapore Supreme Court, National Institute of Education, Resorts World Sentosa, and Universal Studios Singapore. Before this he worked both as project and design engineer for an engineering company and an audio consultancy firm.

KK will be offering system design assistance, commissioning support and more, focusing on supporting the company’s Asian/Pacific Rim customers.

He comments: “At EAS, my role was as an internal system consultant: design, commissioning and troubleshooting, all highly technical. My relationship with Renkus-Heinz goes back to when I was consulting over 11 years ago. I was impressed with their loudspeakers and specified them on numerous projects, so I’m already familiar with the products and their ethos.

“The future here is about moving more into digital technology and live sound. The new IC2 system, for example, is just right for concerts. Audio and IT are coming together and at Renkus-Heinz, convergence is happening quickly, and for me it’s natural, having been exposed to IT from a young age. I’m very excited about the future here.”

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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 Blends Right in at First United Methodist

Conway, SC, March 2012…  The bell tower of First United Methodist Church has been a landmark in this coastal city’s historic downtown since the early 1960s. In recent years Conway has undergone something of a revitalization, and First United Methodist is no exception. The 600-seat Georgian-style sanctuary was recently treated to an extensive renovation that included everything from foundation repair and new flooring to an elevator and a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Iconyx digitally steered column arrays from Renkus-Heinz.

Audio Engineer David Clyburn of Roebuck, SC-based MusiCraft explains the selection of the Iconyx IC16-R systems. “The sanctuary is a beautiful, large, rectangular space with high ceilings and tall windows,” he says. “Even before the renovation, we measured the reverb time at more than three seconds, and that was before they expanded the space to accommodate their new pipe organ. They also removed the carpet and put in hardwood floors. We knew right away we would have to remove their traditional cluster loudspeakers and go for a more focused line array type system.

After researching all the options, Iconyx was the clear choice, says Clyburn. “The Iconyx’s steered array technology enabled us to focus the sound onto the seating areas and away from the walls and floor,” he explains. “We were able to replace an entire cluster of multiple cabinets with two small IC16 cabinets. The sound is nicely focused, and the intelligibility issues the building has long endured are a thing of the past.” The system also includes a Yamaha LS9 digital console, with a Yamaha DM8 processor connected via Cobranet. A pair of Renkus-Heinz IC7 mechanically steered columns are installed in the choir loft as monitors.

The building’s landmark status meant that aesthetics was also a major consideration. Here too, Iconyx fit the bill. “With such an extensive renovation, they were very clear on their desire for the sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible,” says Clyburn. “The Iconyx cabinets, mounted on the vertical columns, blended in perfectly. Everyone was really pleased with the way it looks, and we’re getting great compliments on the sound quality.

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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.

Classic Chicago Church Gets Renewed with Iconyx

Chicago, IL, March 2012…  Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, St. John Cantius is one of the city’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, with roots that date back to the influx of Polish immigrants in the 19th century. But the church’s parish, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has waned over the years, and when Reverend Frank Phillips was appointed pastor in 1988 he found a church in neglect and extreme disrepair.

Over the ensuing years Rev. Phillips has led community efforts to renovate the church and restore it to its former glory. Recently the church replaced an aging, ineffective sound system dating back many decades, installing an Iconyx IC16-R digitally steerable array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Erik Saari of Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the Iconyx system brought much-needed improved intelligibility to the sanctuary.

“Like many older sanctuaries, this one was built to enhance the sound of organ and choir,” says Saari. “And as with most classic architecture, aesthetics was a concern – we were not at liberty to install a large, obtrusive system, so the Iconyx’s low profile was definitely an asset.”

Although the new system was intended primarily for speech reinforcement, Saari points out that it has done more than simply improve intelligibility. “One of the nice things about the Renkus-Heinz system as opposed to the other line arrays that we’ve used is that I was able to put in more of the low end frequencies and it didn’t disrupt the acoustics of the space,” says Saari. “It really added some nice warmth, especially since some of the priests there have really young voices. It’s now intelligible and also a little bit warmer sounding.”

The DSP-controlled directivity of the Iconyx system enables the sound to be directed to the congregation and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, greatly increasing intelligibility. “I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everybody who has been going there for many, many years,” Saari reports. “It definitely sounds a lot better.”

Sound Planning Associates also supplied the church with a recording system. St. John Cantius church is well known for its choir, which regularly performs Gregorian chant and Renaissance liturgical music, as well as modern sacred choral works.

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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.


Classic Chicago Church Gets Renewed with Iconyx

Chicago, IL, March 2012…  Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, St. John Cantius is one of the city’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, with roots that date back to the influx of Polish immigrants in the 19th century. But the church’s parish, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has waned over the years, and when Reverend Frank Phillips was appointed pastor in 1988 he found a church in neglect and extreme disrepair.

Over the ensuing years Rev. Phillips has led community efforts to renovate the church and restore it to its former glory. Recently the church replaced an aging, ineffective sound system dating back many decades, installing an Iconyx IC16-R digitally steerable array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Erik Saari of Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the Iconyx system brought much-needed improved intelligibility to the sanctuary.

“Like many older sanctuaries, this one was built to enhance the sound of organ and choir,” says Saari. “And as with most classic architecture, aesthetics was a concern – we were not at liberty to install a large, obtrusive system, so the Iconyx’s low profile was definitely an asset.”

Although the new system was intended primarily for speech reinforcement, Saari points out that it has done more than simply improve intelligibility. “One of the nice things about the Renkus-Heinz system as opposed to the other line arrays that we’ve used is that I was able to put in more of the low end frequencies and it didn’t disrupt the acoustics of the space,” says Saari. “It really added some nice warmth, especially since some of the priests there have really young voices. It’s now intelligible and also a little bit warmer sounding.”

The DSP-controlled directivity of the Iconyx system enables the sound to be directed to the congregation and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, greatly increasing intelligibility. “I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everybody who has been going there for many, many years,” Saari reports. “It definitely sounds a lot better.”

Sound Planning Associates also supplied the church with a recording system. St. John Cantius church is well known for its choir, which regularly performs Gregorian chant and Renaissance liturgical music, as well as modern sacred choral works.

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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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