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Renkus-Heinz Fits the Bill at the Aratani Theater in Little Tokyo

Los Angeles, CA – January 2015…. Located in Little Tokyo, the historic heart of the Japanese American community in Los Angeles, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) was the dream of visionary first and second-generation Japanese American pioneers to create a permanent community center where arts and culture could come alive and flourish for future generations. Since first opening its doors in 1980, the JACCC has evolved into one of the largest ethnic art and cultural centers in the U.S.

Among the JACCC’s facilities is the 880-seat Aratani Theatre. The Aratani stages a range of performances year-round, from music to dance and drama, requiring a sound system that can meet those versatile requirements. JACCC representatives were not happy with the Theater’s existing sound system, and called upon audio consultant Gerald Ishibashi to recommend a solution. After analyzing the room and considering the multi-use performance needs, Ishibashi recommended Renkus-Heinz IC2 steered array systems for front of house, and RH-Series systems for stage monitors.

“The Aratani is a nicely designed room, but their existing system was not a full range solution,” Ishibashi explains. “They’ve had continual issues with poor intelligibility and inconsistent coverage in some areas. I’ve used Renkus-Heinz products for years, and their beam steering technology is just the best there is. When the new IC2 systems were introduced, I felt it would be a great solution for the sound issues in the hall.”

 For the front of house system, Ishibashi recommended a pair of IC2-FR Digitally Steerable arrays on either side of the stage. “We brought the IC2 cabinets into the room and, because the arrays are steerable, we were able to ground stack them instead of flying the arrays, which eliminated line of sight issues. Ralph Heinz came in and commissioned the system, and it sounded great. The clarity and articulation was just amazing, and it was consistent to every seat in the house.”

For stage monitors, Ishibashi recommended six 12-inch RH123 Three-Way Loudspeakers and a pair of 15-inch RH153 Three-Way Loudspeakers.

“The first test of the system was a live performance by The Association,” said Ishibashi. “Being a vocal group, I knew this concert would be a good test of both the house and monitor systems. After the show, the band members were ecstatic about the sound, both on stage and in the theater.”

A subsequent show with Jackson Browne confirmed his decision. “Jackson’s engineer has exceptionally high standards, and I could see he was initially a bit skeptical of the system,” says Ishibashi. “After the show, he made it a point to tell me how happy he was with the sound. That’s the thing with the IC2 – people are initially skeptical because they are used to a curved line array. But everybody that hears the IC2s loves them.”

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

 

 

Renkus-Heinz Welcomes MediasPro as New Distributor in Germany

Orange County, CA and Eckersdorf, Germany – January 2015… Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of MediasPro GmbH as the company’s new distribution partner in Germany, effective January 1, 2015.

Founded in 1999, MediasPro is one of Germany’s leading distributors for installed audio products, including digital audio networking, PA systems, and amplifiers, as well as amplification control and monitoring technologies. MediasPro also specializes in room and concert hall acoustics, with more than 15 years’ experience in acoustical measurements, room modeling and evaluation, and electroacoustical tuning of room parameters.

“Renkus-Heinz is one of the world’s most respected and renowned professional audio manufacturers,” remarked Michael Voessing, MediasPro CEO. “With the addition of Renkus-Heinz products to our portfolio, MediasPro will now be in a position to provide the finest integrated systems solutions for projects ranging for small installations to large venues. We are very much looking forward to working with this outstanding brand, and with the great team at Renkus-Heinz.”

Renkus-Heinz European Sales Manager Hâkkan Sjöö added, “We are exceptionally pleased to welcome MediasPro to the Renkus-Heinz family. Their team are truly experts in the field of installed sound technologies, and their reputation is second to none. We are looking forward to a long and mutually successful relationship.”

In addition to their main office in Eckersdorf, MediasPro also operates regional offices in Bad Vilbel, Haimhausen, and Schwaebisch Hall. For more information on MediasPro, visit their website at www.mediaspro.de.

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

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Renkus-Heinz IC2 Steers Grove City Church in Right Direction


Grove City, OH – December 2014…
Grove City Church of the Nazarene – known to congregants and locals as The Naz – has built a large and diverse congregation in this Columbus suburb. The church offers a mix of both contemporary and classic worship services, as well as hosting many conferences and concerts from touring Christian artists.

The Naz’s 2800-seat sanctuary has long struggled with sonic issues, including poor intelligibility and uneven coverage, and the church was more than ready to upgrade their sound system. Technical director Matt Groves and front of house sound engineer Doug McLaughlin undertook the job of researching possible solutions. “We looked at several major loudspeaker brands and invited several in to do demos for us,” he recalls. “They all sounded fine, but the Renkus-Heinz IC2 really stood out. They demonstrated the beam steering by putting us up in the balcony with the IC2 cabinet on stage. We could hear it just fine. Then he opens his laptop and says, ‘Watch this,’ and steers the speaker digitally so it’s hitting us directly upstairs. All of a sudden, boom, there it was, with unbelievable clarity. I looked at my front of house engineer and we both said, ‘That’s the one.’ It was the coolest thing.”

The system, installed by Tech Art Production of Columbus, comprises a left-center-right,  dead-hung configuration, with three IC2-FR modules in the center flanked by five more on either side. Each full-range IC2-FR module contains four 8-inch speakers and four vertically aligned one-inch high frequency drivers. To deliver the bass needed for the church’s powerful contemporary presentation, the arrays are supplemented by six DR18-2R powered subwoofers, hung in two groups of three between the main IC2 arrays.

Like most contemporary houses of worship, this installation requires both musicality and intelligibility, and the IC2 system delivers. “The music sounds amazing, and the spoken word is crystal clear in every seat, even under the balcony,” says Groves. “The IC2‘s digital steering enabled us to aim a beam down to hit the front rows and another to cover beneath the balcony. And we have totally eliminated the slap-back echo from sound bouncing off the balcony facing.”

Groves also appreciates the economy of cabinets required to covers the church’s wide, cavernous sanctuary. “Having 120 degree dispersion lets us cover the full width of the room, even the side wings, with just the three LCR arrays,” he reports. “To do this room with standard line arrays would take two groups 9 or 10 boxes in a curved hang, plus extra speakers to cover the dead spots. Our biggest arrays are only five cabinets tall, and we have clean sightlines from every seat. There are no front fills, no side fills, and no speakers under the balcony.”

The early Sunday service is the classic presentation, with an 80-voice choir, 20-piece orchestra, plus a rhythm section. Thirty minutes after that service ends, the room is reset for the contemporary service, with the choir loft walled off and the stage reconfigured. There is also a hybrid service on Saturday. The system’s advanced RHAON control software can instantly recall multiple configurations for each service’s different demands.

“The contemporary service is a pretty high octane and edgier presentation that includes a rhythm section, six vocalists, a whole lot of bass, and is very guitar driven,” says Groves.  “The traditional service needs less bass reinforcement, which we have set up in the RHAON software as a preset. Both sound fantastic from every seat in the house.”

The Renkus-Heinz IC2 has proven to be a perfect fit for the Grove City Church of the Nazarene. “From the first service onward, we’ve gotten nothing but compliments on the system,” says Groves. “The senior pastor is immensely pleased with it. It’s easy to differentiate everything in the mix, the sermon is perfectly clear, and we have plenty of power to get that rock concert feel when we need it. We couldn’t be more pleased with the system.”

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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.

LOUD Appoints Jason Tan as Mackie APAC Product Specialist

MAC-JasonTan copySingapore – December 2014… LOUD Technologies Music Gear Group has announced the appointment of Jason Tan to the position of Mackie Product Specialist for the APAC Region. Based in Singapore, Tan joins LOUD after more than 20 years in the professional audio industry.

In addition to a lengthy career in live sound and recording, Tan is the founder of Eastwardaudio, one of the region’s major production facilities, where he oversaw productions for Universal Music, Sony BMG, EMI, Pony Canyon, and other major labels, as well as film scores and corporate clients including Coca Cola, Lexus, Hitachi, and Motorola. Singapore’s National Arts Council also appointed Tan as a mentor to their youth music program.

“We are very excited to have Jason on board as our Mackie Product Specialist for the APAC region,” remarked Rohan Smith, LOUD Director of APAC Music Gear sales. “He brings a wealth of Pro Audio experience to the table, from both a distribution and an audio engineering/production perspective. His technical and training expertise is first class. I am confident he will add significant value to all of our distribution partners’ businesses as we drive forward with new, groundbreaking products.”

Tan added, “Working with LOUD is like a dream come true. I’ve used Mackie and Ampeg products since I began making music. I can’t remember how many hours I’ve spent making and mixing music with Mackie gear. It’s fantastic working for a company at the forefront of Pro Audio technology. I’m looking forward to supporting the events and activities of Mackie’s great partners in the region.

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Iconyx Tames Bank of China’s Auditorium

 Hong Kong – December 2014… Hong Kong has long been known for its breathtaking skyline, and the compelling geometric profile of the I.M. Pei-designed Bank of China Tower is a prominent jewel of the city’s glimmering urban landscape. Occupying the top floor of this 70-story masterpiece is a large multi-use auditorium and meeting space, used for a variety of banquets, meetings, and other special events.

The space has recently been outfitted with a new sound system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live digitally steered arrays. The system includes four IC16-R-II columns, providing eight steerable beams to cover even the room’s most problematic spaces.

“It’s a very live acoustical space, with an open overlook and high glass windows, and achieving good spoken word intelligibility has been a challenge,” explains a spokesperson from Audio System Consultants (Asia) Ltd., the company behind the system design and installation. “The Iconyx steered beam technology enabled us to focus the sound directly on the areas where the audience is seated, and away from the windows and reflective surfaces.”

 A pair of IC215S-R subwoofers provides low frequency reinforcement, creating a powerful and portable full-range system for musical performances as well as spoken presentations. A Rane HAL3 multiprocessor is used as a front end for connecting microphone and line inputs. The system is easily controlled via tablet, laptop, or other external devices.

The new sound system has been in use for several months, and has received high marks from both client and guests alike.

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ICONYX Brings Clarity To Landmark Massachusetts Buddhist Temple

 Raynham, MA – December 2014…  In the late 1990s, a group of Theravada Buddhist faithful in the Boston area came together with the goal of forming a temple and meditation center. The community hunted for nearly a decade to find a suitable facility, locating briefly in Boston, Braintree, Quincy, Waltham, and Watertown. Finally, in April 2006, a 55-acre property was purchased in Raynham, and construction began on Wat Nawamintararachutis. The NMR Buddhist Meditation Center, as it is known locally, has grown to become the largest Thai Buddhist temple outside of Thailand, and a destination for Buddhists across the United States and the world.

 The complex features six main buildings, including a multi-purpose hall used for spoken word presentations, musical performances, and other events. As Michael Waitt, Project Manager for Chicopee, MA-based systems installers Valley Communications Systems, explains, the hall presented a number of acoustical challenges. “It’s a large, open room, about 50 feet square, with a 20 foot ceiling, tiered granite floors, and a glass wall across the back,” says Waitt. “Needless to say, it’s a very reflective environment, and the acoustics don’t lend themselves to good spoken word intelligibility.”

The room called for a system that could address the challenges of this very reflective environment, while being as visually unobtrusive as possible within the ornately appointed space.

The system, designed by Brian Masiello of Acentech, features a pair of ICONYX IC24R-II digitally steered arrays mounted to either side of the small stage area, providing uniform coverage across the entire room. “There really isn’t an audience area, per se,” Waitt observes, “so our main objective was to steer the sound into the center of the hall, and direct it away from the walls and windows.”

Waitt reports that temple officials have been exceptionally pleased with the system. “The IC24 columns blend in so well with the décor, they are barely noticeable, and coverage is consistent to every corner of the room.”

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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.

 

District Six Fine Arts Center – Versatile Sound for a Versatile Auditorium

 Roebuck, SC – November 2014…  The newly-built District Six Fine Arts Center in Roebuck, South Carolina is a multi-use auditorium that serves all the schools in the area, as well as the community overall. Located on the Dorman High School Campus, the Center’s 1,500 seat auditorium hosts a diverse roster of events year round, from theatrical productions and concerts, to movies, recitals, lectures, and convocations.

In designing the sound system for the new facility, Raleigh, NC-based Theater Consultants Collaborative specified Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source line array loudspeakers. The main front of house system comprises left and right flown arrays of eight VARIA VA101-7 7.5 degree cabinets and one VA101-15 15 degree cabinet.

“VARIA was an ideal choice for this venue because its variable coverage pattern enabled us to use fewer boxes to achieve the same coverage,” explains David Clyburn of Roebuck, SC-based Musicraft, the company handling the installation. “The result was a reduction in both cost and weight, as well as improved sightlines. And the directional capabilities of the VARIA arrays eliminated the need for separate under balcony coverage.”

 VARIA’s modular design enables cabinets to be easily configured as flown vertical arrays, horizontal arrays, or ground stacked. Self-powered and networkable, VARIA’s range of vertical and horizontal dispersion angles and Renkus-Heinz’s unique Transitional Waveguides make it easy to configure systems to cover even the most challenging spaces.

For low frequency reinforcement, six DR18-2 Direct Radiating Subwoofers are ground stacked in concrete reinforced chambers to the left and right of the stage. “The subwoofers are installed three to each side in cardioid configuration, 16 feet above the stage floor,” adds Clyburn.

To address coverage in the balcony, four PN121 two-way Complex Conic systems were installed. Finally, 20 PNX81 two-way systems were installed around the auditorium for surround sound reinforcement, creating a true 7.1 surround sound environment in the auditorium.

Despite a tight timeline and other logistical challenges that accompanied the construction project, Clyburn reports the system has been well received. “The VARIA system is easy to configure, which helped us meet some very short deadlines. Ultimately, the system sounds great, and school and community officials are very pleased 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.

 

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Renkus-Heinz Names PacificAV New SoCal Rep

 Orange County, CA – November 2014… Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of PacificAV as the company’s new representatives for the Southern California region.

Based in Oceanside, CA, PacificAV is a leading rep firm run by industry veteran Scott Wrege, specializing in Pro Audio and Installed A/V. PacificAV will represent Renkus-Heinz in Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Hawaii.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Scott and the PacificAV team to Renkus-Heinz,” remarked Rik Kirby, Renkus-Heinz VP of Sales and Marketing. “They’ve got a great reputation and a stellar track record, and we’re looking forward to having them on board.”

“Renkus-Heinz is one of Pro Audio’s legendary brands, with a long history of innovation and a reputation for the highest quality products,” added Wrege. “We are honored to be working with a great brand and a great group of people.”

Scott Wrege may be reached via email at scott@pacificav.net, or by phone at 858-344-7680. PacificAV Vice President of Sales Jeff Miranda can be reached by email at jeff@pacificav.net, or by phone at 714-698-3787. Visit their website at www.pacificav.net.

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

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Renkus-Heinz and First Baptist Church of Shawnee – Keeping Tradition Alive

 Shawnee, OK – November 2014… Shawnee’s First Baptist Church was founded in 1892, 15 years before Oklahoma gained statehood. After their main sanctuary was damaged by a tornado in the 1930s, the church rebuilt, and that structure serves as the main sanctuary to this day.

While the historic building has been well maintained over the years, its aging sound system had not been so fortunate. Church officials and congregation members alike were increasingly frustrated by intelligibility issues in the main sanctuary, and inconsistent coverage in the balcony and under balcony areas. The church turned to Edmond, OK-based AVL Systems Design, who recommended the steered-beam technology of Renkus Heinz ICONYX IC Live.

“The main sanctuary seats about 800 people, and has a balcony area in the rear,” explains Danny Nix of AVL Systems. “In addition to the intelligibility and coverage problems with the old system, there were reflection issues that needed to be addressed.”

 The new system comprises four ICONYX IC Live ICL-FR-DUAL columns, hung from the ceiling to avoid damaging the walls. “We used the IC Live’s beam steering capabilities to fill the balcony and the main floor of the church and we used four Renkus Heinz PNX61 Two-Way Complex Conic Loudspeaker Systems for under balcony coverage,” said Nix. “The IC Live’s beam steering technology eliminated the need for front fills, which made for a cleaner look overall. As a final touch, we painted the boxes to match the color of the walls.”

In the end, church officials were pleased that the ICONYX system not only addressed the sanctuary’s intelligibility and coverage issues, but also blended in seamlessly with the décor as well.

“Everyone at the church has been very happy with the results,” said Nix.

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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.

 

 

 

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Gets Double Coverage With ICONYX

 Worcester, Mass  - October 2014…Founded in 1865, Worcester Polytechnic Institute was one of the first engineering and technology universities in the United States. Today, the private research university ranks with schools like Princeton, Stanford and MIT as one of the nation’s most prestigious schools.

The university’s Alden Hall regularly hosts a wide range of performances and programs, from lectures to concerts and theatrical productions. As Richard O’Connell of Boston-based AV Design Build explains, the 10,000 square foot multi-purpose venue employs different seating arrangements, depending on the event. “It’s a rectangular room with a stage in front and balcony in the rear. For concerts and theatrical events, seats are set up facing the stage. For lectures and smaller presentations, seats are set up facing the long wall stage right, and they set up a podium.”

The hall’s growing popularity and increasingly busy schedule had made the limitations of its aging sound system abundantly clear. To cope with intelligibility and coverage issues, university officials frequently brought in portable systems to supplement or replace the main system. Even with the portable systems in place, coverage was still poor, particularly in the balcony.

 With this in mind, AV Design Build recommended an innovative solution based on dual independent Renkus-Heinz ICONYX systems to provide optimal coverage and intelligibility, regardless of the scheduled event. A pair of ICONYX IC32 digitally steerable line arrays is installed left and right of the stage for larger events, seamlessly covering the floor and balcony areas. “With the IC32s, we were able to create a beam and point it right at the balcony, without hitting the back wall,” O’Connell observes. “We used seven beams on the IC32s, and that was all that was needed to address the room’s intelligibility and coverage issues.”

For the hall’s lecture and spoken word programs, a pair of ICONYX IC8-R-II columns are mounted on the wall stage right, to each side of the podium. “The IC8s are perfect for lectures and presentations,” says O’Connell. “They provided the intelligibility and coverage we needed for a smaller, more intimate setting.”

University officials are pleased with the versatility of the dual systems. “The ICONYX systems allowed us to address the university’s multiple uses for the hall,” O’Connell concludes. “The music faculty is particularly happy because they often present concerts with stringed instruments, from small large ensembles. Now you can hear the instruments clearly, from every seat in the house.”

 

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

 

 

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