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PreSonus and OBEDIA Offer PreSonus-Certified Music Computers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… PreSonus® announced the PCAudioLabs PSc Rok and PSc Rak computers powered by OBEDIA. These new state-of-the-art music-production computers are fine-tuned for optimal studio performance yet can handle the rigors of the road. Every PSc-series computer comes loaded with PreSonus Studio One® Professional 2 DAW, Capture™ live-recording software for StudioLive mixers, and drivers for every PreSonus FireWire and USB interface and for all StudioLive™ and StudioLive AI-series digital mixers.

Each system is backed by OBEDIA, the first name in audio industry training and support services, and includes a one-year warranty and a free 30-minute remote desktop training session for any PreSonus product. Additional training and an extended warranty are available.

“With PreSonus and our PCAudioLabs PSc series, we are providing a fully integrated system for the best user experience possible,” says OBEDIA founder Jayce Murphy. “This is truly a plug-‘n’-play setup with OBEDIA training and support to make sure you get the most out of all your gear.”

“We are happy to partner with OBEDIA and its PCAudioLabs line of computers to provide a turnkey solution for our customers that comes with everything preloaded and pretested,” comments PreSonus VP of Sales Rick Naqvi. “We have used PCAudioLabs computers for years, and they not only provide amazing performance, but OBEDIA’s support is second to none.”

The PSc Rok is a compact, expandable mini‐tower that is optimized for studio applications. Three models are available:

PSc Rok 3 Intel i3 Dual Core, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB hard drive, FireWire 400, DVD-RW drive, Windows 8.1 64-bit
PSc Rok 5 Intel i5 Quad Core, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB system and 1 TB audio hard drives, FireWire 400 and 800, DVD-RW drive, dual video ports, Windows 8.1 64-bit
PSc Rok 7 Intel i7 Quad Core, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB system and 2 TB audio hard drives, FireWire 400 and 800, DVD-RW drive, dual video ports, Windows 8.1 64-bit

The PSc Rak is a mobile PC solution that’s ideal for StudioLive and StudioLive AI systems. Two models are available:

PSc Rak 5 Intel i5 Quad Core, 8 GB RAM, 500 GB system and 1 TB audio hard drives, FireWire 400 and 800, DVD-RW drive, dual video ports, Windows 8.1 64-bit
PSc Rak 7 Intel i7 Quad Core, 16 GB RAM, 500 GB system and 2 TB audio hard drives, FireWire 400 and 800, DVD-RW drive, dual video ports, Windows 8.1 64-bit

PSc-series computers will be available in the U.S. only and can be purchased from the PreSonus Web site or at any authorized PreSonus dealer. Anticipated prices (MSRP/MAP) are: PSc Rok 3 $999, PSc Rok 5 $1,499, PSc Rok 7 $1,999, PSc Rak 5 $1,499, and PSc Rak 7 $1,999.

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

 

About OBEDIA – OBEDIA is the resource for recording musicians and content creators. Since 2004, OBEDIA has earned the endorsement of leading manufacturers and helped thousands of clients achieve their creative goals. OBEDIA keeps you focused and productive and now offers custom-built digital audio production computers through its PCAudioLabs line. Having worked closely with Grammy-winning producers, engineers, musicians, sound designers, post-production professionals, composers, and DJs, OBEDIA and PCAudioLabs have built a stellar reputation of delivering the power, stability, and support necessary to facilitate demanding productions.

 

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StudioLive AI Mixers to Add Cascading

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… PreSonus® is pleased to announce the first digital mixing solution that provides up to 64-channels; multitrack recording; networked remote control; and more for under $8,000 U.S. This unprecedented solution will be available thanks to an upcoming firmware upgrade for all StudioLive AI-series Active Integration digital mixers. Start with 16, 24, or 32 channels, then cascade a second mixer of any frame size to create custom-sized mixing consoles with all the hardware and software advantages of StudioLive™ Active Integration™ systems.

Cascading mixers functionally creates a single large-format console with full recording and remote-control capability by simply connecting a FireWire 800 cable between the two mixers. For example, combine two StudioLive 32.4.2AI to get a 64-channel system with 32 mix buses that can record 80 simultaneous streams and play back 66 on any FireWire 800- or Thunderbolt-equipped computer.

Cascading mixers of different frame sizes is great for special events that require a few extra recording channels that don’t need to be in every monitor mix. For example, a StudioLive 16.4.2AI can be cascaded to a 32.4.2AI and form a single 48-channel console with 6 global aux buses, as well as 8 local aux sends that are available to the channels on the 32.4.2AI.

This firmware upgrade is part of PreSonus’ continuing series of free updates to its StudioLive-series mixers and will be available to all registered StudioLive AI mixers owners as a free download from their My PreSonus accounts later this summer. It follows hard on the heels of a firmware update that enables StudioLive AI mixers to directly download future firmware updates over any network with Internet access.

The update does not change the computer system requirements for StudioLive AI mixers and software. Current versions of Capture™ 2.1, SL Remote-AI, QMix™-AI, and VSL-AI are fully compatible with this firmware release.

For more information about StudioLive AI-series Active Integration digital mixers, visit www.presonus.com/products/StudioLive-AI-Series.

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

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WorxAudio Technologies Joins the PreSonus Family

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… PreSonus is pleased to announce the acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio Technologies, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina, founded in 1979 by CEO and Director of Engineering Hugh Sarvis.

WorxAudio designs and manufactures a broad range of line array, point-source, sub-bass, stage monitor, and related loudspeaker systems and accessories. WorxAudio has established itself as a leading provider of loudspeaker systems in the mid to large church market, professional touring, and corporate AV channels.

With this acquisition, WorxAudio will significantly augment core elements of PreSonus’ professional loudspeaker development efforts, especially drivers, system and mechanical design, system tuning, and rigging system design. In addition, WorxAudio’s knowledge of the commercial sound and portable/touring markets will help PreSonus develop the infrastructure required to support the specific requirements of those customers. With PreSonus’s technical, software, distribution, and financial resources and WorxAudio’s technical, domain, and production expertise, the resulting collaboration—led by Hugh Sarvis—creates a very formidable competitor in the live-sound loudspeaker market.

“This is a logical move for us,” observes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “Our StudioLive™ AI series loudspeakers are great for small to medium-sized venues, but the advanced DSP platform utilized in the AI speaker line, including the optional Dante networking capability, is extremely valuable for systems designed for much larger venues and environments. The acquisition of WorxAudio significantly extends our product line to provide advanced networked loudspeaker systems to a much larger audience. Further, this acquisition brings us extremely valuable engineering system design expertise and technology, as well as loudspeaker manufacturing expertise.”

WorxAudio has gained considerable notoriety by placing near the top in several loudspeaker array shootouts, and they were the first company to implement AFMG’s advanced FIRMaker technology.

Says AFMG’s Managing Director Stefan Feistel, “WorxAudio is a premium example of a long-lasting, very positive business relationship for AFMG. WorxAudio is the first FIRmaker licensee to actually deliver two very impressive installs employing this revolutionary technology. Congratulations!”

One of the fastest growing companies in the pro audio industry, PreSonus has a well-established worldwide sales channel and, in recent years, has significantly expanded its operations, marketing and branding, testing facilities, and technical/customer support. The combined companies are expected to develop a broad range of loudspeakers for studio and stage, from low-cost, high-value products for musicians to advanced systems for mid-sized rental touring companies and systems integrators.

“Like WorxAudio, PreSonus is engineering-driven,” comments Sarvis. “We’re excited about combining our engineering know-how with PreSonus’ networking, software, and signal-processing technology to develop groundbreaking and highly competitive new professional audio products.”

For more information about WorxAudio Technologies, visit www.worxaudio.com. For more about PreSonus, visit www.presonus.com.

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

PreSonus Headquarters Grand Opening Draws Raves

PRE-GrandOpening1 copyBaton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014…Music-industry VIPs, business-community leaders, and PreSonus employees, distributors, and dealers from around the globe flocked to warm, friendly Baton Rouge on April 30, 2014, to celebrate PreSonus’ stunning new headquarters.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal opened the ceremonies, and PreSonus Chairman of the Board Kevin Couhig, CEO Jim Mack, cofounder/Chief Strategy Officer Jim Odom, and cofounder/VP of Manufacturing Brian Smith each offered their thoughts about the gorgeous new building at 18011 Grand Bay Court, just off Highland Road.

“This new facility enables us to continue to grow PreSonus and at the same time improve the lives of our staff,” said Mack. “Its architectural design enables us to work better as a team, be more productive and better create, market, and sell our products.” Noted Odom, “We now have the facilities to research, innovate, and develop the next generation of music and audio products.”

PRE-GrandOpening2 copyDesigned by local architects Ritter Maher, LLC, and developed by Moniotte Investments, the new 44,000-square-foot building cost approximately $8.8 million, including land and development.

Among the unique features is a specialized high-tech recording studio/R&D space that was custom-designed for PreSonus’ engineering and testing teams by the award-winning Walters-Storyk Design Group of Highland, New York. The 2,500-square-foot, state-of-the-art studio features a control room, a 500-square-foot live-sound room, two isolation rooms, a video-production suite, and five test labs, as well as a separate 1,500-square-foot live-sound room.

The grand opening celebration used virtually every inch of the building, with live bands entertaining the crowd in the parking lot, the foyer, and the live-sound room, as well as jamming in the studio. Featured performers included Tab Benoit (backed by Louisiana’s LeRoux, with Jim Odom on guitar), Edwin McCain, Briana Tyson, and Chris LeBlanc.

View the Video of The Grand Opening of the New PreSonus Headquarters

About PreSonus

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

 

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Astana State Auditorium Goes Big with Renkus-Heinz

Astana, Kazakhstan – June 2014… Designated as the country’s official capital in 1997, Astana is Kazakhstan’s second largest city, and the world’s second coldest capital. Despite its less than balmy climes, Astana has experienced a boom in development in recent years, with millions invested in parks, government buildings, and cultural centers.

One of the most impressive of the city’s newest structures is Astana State Auditorium, a striking structure designed by renowned architects Studio Nicoletti that has been labeled the “Flower of the Steppe” for its petal-like walls that enclose an indoor plaza that is home to restaurants, shops, exhibition halls, two cinemas, and a 3500 seat auditorium that is one of the largest of its kind in the world.

The auditorium’s interior is as dramatic as the building itself. The room’s unique fan shaped wood ceiling panels create a flexible acoustic signature that can accommodate a wide variety of events, from classical music to rock, pop, cinema, and spoken word. As Alessandro Baroni of A&T Media explains, the project was not without its challenges.

“The most important consideration was to achieve a consistent sound coverage across the entire auditorium,” says Baroni. “It’s a very unique design, with multiple levels of seating and an upper balcony that wraps around behind the stage area. The sound system needed to be flexible to adapt to a wide range of performnce material and a wide range of seating configurations.”

The system comprises a main array of 16 Renkus-Heinz PN102LR line array loudspeakers, along with a secondary array of five more PN102LR boxes to cover the upper balcony behind the stage. A center cluster of nine PN212 subwoofers provides ample low frequency reinforcement, and four ST9 cabinets cover lateral fill. The very front rows are covered by seven SGGX42 boxes mounted on the lip of the stage. For even more versatility, the main array can be hoisted up into the ceiling when not in use, and a second complete system comprising 12 IC Live ICL-R digitally steered column arrays on custom brackets can be put into play.

“The Renkus-Heinz systems were a good choice for this project, because the beam steering and built in DSP enabled us to configure the system to cover all the seating, at multiple levels and locations,” Baroni concludes.

A pair of Yamaha M7CL-48 consoles are installed at Front of House and stageside Monitor positions. And four Symetrix Solus 8 units handle system DSP.  Everything is connected via a network of Ethersound, RHAON, and CobraNet.

Video is equally versatile, implementing a dual stack of two Christie Roadie HD+30K DLP projectors for an exceptionally brilliant and high definition picture. “We ran into several challenges,” Baroni reports. “We had too much heat buildup in the rack with two projectors, so we had to work out how to insulate the rack to keep it cool and keep the fan noise down. And we had to design a mounting system that was steady enough to hold the machines so the two images would stay perfectly aligned, pixel-by-pixel, to not lose image quality and definition.” Four Sony BRC3000 HD cams cover the room, with a Panasonic AV-hs400 video console at the helm. There’s even an interpretation system that can provide subtitles in eight different languages.

Not surprisingly, the project also included some logistical challenges. “Of course, it was a challenge to be working in Astana, 6000 km (3700 miles) away from our headquarters in Italy,” says Baroni. “And the winter climate was very severe. And with such a big project, the scheduling and coordinating of different phases and crews is always a bit difficult. But we worked it all out in the end, and the result is nothing short of fantastic.”

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A version of this article appears in the June 2014 issue of mondo*dr

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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.

Canvas Church Brings Active Integration into their New Home

Irvine, CA – June 2014…. As the old saying goes, sometimes you have to break away to come back home. The faithful who founded Canvas Church know that story well. The founders of Canvas, a small group of self-described “entrepreneurial misfits,” broke away from Irvine Presbyterian in 2011 to form a different kind of church: a church “for people who don’t like church.”

The original congregation has more than tripled in size since then and recently relocated to a larger home. The new digs are, not surprisingly, a bit unconventional, occupying a warehouse space in a relatively nondescript industrial park. The inside, however, is warm and welcoming, and the cozy sanctuary is outfitted with a powerful audio system centered on the new PreSonus® StudioLive™ AI Active Integration™ line of mixers and loudspeakers.

“We do a sort of post-contemporary service, and we’ve typically got anywhere between four and nine musicians up on the stage,” explains Norman Gordon, the parishioner who specified the system and can typically be found running front-of-house. “It’s a full band: bass, drums, guitars, keyboards, and a few vocalists. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”

Gordon recommended the new PreSonus StudioLive 32.4.2AI console, along with StudioLive 328AI full-range speakers and a StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer as the main front-of-house system. “The AI series really had everything we needed,” he explains. “We had a 24-channel analog console we’d been using, and even though we really didn’t need the extra channels right away, we went for the 32-channel mixer because it was the first console released in the AI line.”

For Gordon, it begins with the sound. “Having been an analog guy most of my life, I really love that warm, English, analog sound. It’s something I wouldn’t have expected with digital. I have to say, though, I was really, really pleasantly surprised at how warm and open the console sounded.”

Of course, the StudioLive’s digital features are also well utilized. “We use the snapshot scene memory for a lot of stuff: mute scenes, mix scenes. It allows us to get to things very quickly. And having all that DSP horsepower, with compression and EQ and everything, really enables us to do a lot of very cool stuff.”

Every service gets recorded, Gordon adds. “We use Capture™ software to record the individual tracks in real time, and then we import them into Studio One® for mixing.”

A pair of StudioLive 328AI Active Integration monitors completes the package, with an 18sAI subwoofer for low-frequency reinforcement. “While we were waiting for the speakers to arrive, we had a couple of different loaner systems in here,” Gordon recounts. “It didn’t sound bad, but when we installed the StudioLive speakers and fired them up for the first time, the difference in clarity was just amazing. Articulation is really, really important to me — the ability to understand both the singing and the spoken word. And the StudioLive monitors sounded great right out of the box. They’ve got a really smooth response.”

Gordon reports that the entire congregation has been happy with the new system. “You know what they say about the soundman — if you don’t get any complaints, it means you’re doing your job.”

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About PreSonus

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

 

Wuhu Shimao Riviera Garden Theatre Gets the Renkus-Heinz Treatment

Wuhu City, Anhui Province, China – June 2014…Covering nearly 11 km (7 mi) along the Southeast bank of the Yangtze River, the Wuhu Shimao Riviera Garden has added a new landmark to the city’s skyline. The project combines luxury residential buildings, an international five-star hotel complex, and a host of other amenities including the new Riverside Cultural Square Cultural Arts Center.

The Cultural Arts Center’s crown jewel is the Riviera Garden Theatre, a 1200-seat auditorium that includes a main floor and balcony, as well as 64 luxury seats in the balcony VIP area and a convertible orchestra pit. Created by the Zhejiang Institute of Architectural Design, the multi-purpose venue boasts a wide and varied range of performances and programs, from opera and theater to spoken word and cinema.

With a high-profile and a diverse agenda, the sound system design for the venue needed to encompass both exquisite performance and versatility. Consulting firm Institute of Acoustics of Tongii University worked with the Shanghai branch of contractors Beijing Sebang Huayi Stage Technology Co., Ltd, to create a system based around Renkus-Heinz PNX and STX Series loudspeakers.

The main system is comprised of left, right, and center clusters of three PNX151T loudspeakers covering medium and long throw, with STX7 cabinets handling left and right house coverage. Low frequency reinforcement is provided by a pair of DRS18-2B direct radiating subwoofers. Onstage monitoring is courtesy of four TRX121T two-way complex conic systems. A Yamaha M7CL 48-channel digital console is installed at Front of House. The system is powered by QSC amplification, with a pair of Biamp processors handling system processing.

CAH/Tico of Hong Kong and Beijing provided the equipment for the project. As CAH’s JY Hui explains, the project presented a few challenges. “The theater’s design did not create the most perfect acoustical environment,” says Hui. “Fortunately, we were able to work with the consultants to create EASE predictions and determine the optimal system design well in advance. We also encountered some logistical problems, because the architects did not reserve enough space to install the speakers. Of course, this added to the challenge.”

Since the theater’s opening, Hui reports that the system has received high praise from staff and audience alike. “The client has exceptionally high standards, which makes us even more pleased with the results of the system,” he says. “We felt confident that the Renkus-Heinz technology was a great fit for this application, and we are proud to say it has met and even exceeded our expectations.”

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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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Tech Works Keeps Things Running Smoothly at Intermountain Dixie Med’s River Road Clinics

St George, UT- June 2014… As anyone who’s ever spent any time at a busy outpatient clinic knows, things can get a bit chaotic. With dozens, if not hundreds of patients being seen to on any given day, communications between staff and physicians can easily get sidetracked.

Dixie Medical Center’s River Road Campus is just such a busy facility, with several independent clinics handling everything from Urgent Care and Family Practice to Radiology, Internal Medicine, and Lab Work. The clinics recently underwent an expansion and renovation project, installing not only new medical equipment, but a new Light Call communications system from Yorba Linda, CA-based Tech Works. As Dennis Savage of Marshall Industries in Salt Lake City, the company behind the design and installation of the systems, explains, the Light Call system is a simple yet highly effective means of streamlining communication within the clinical environment.

“Even though this is a typical multi-physician facility, the communications system is a bit different in a lot of respects,” says Savage. “It’s far more efficient, and more direct, and that makes a tremendous difference.”

The system itself is fairly simple in its operation. When a patient is assigned a room, the intake staff brings the patient and their chart to an examining room. They push a button on a station, which illuminates a light and sounds a tone in one of the doctors’ offices. The lights and buttons are color-coded, letting the staff of that particular physician know they are needed.

“One of the major differences between the Tech Works system and others we’ve tried is that most other systems rely on verbal notifications,” says Savage. “If you rely on voice communication, there’s always a chance that person will not hear the room number clearly, or that they’ll be called away for something else and overlook it, or that the person trying to relay the message won’t find them. The nice thing about the Tech Works system is that the light remains live until someone deactivates it. It’s essentially a fail-safe.”

The system was also chosen for its flexibility, adds Savage. “Because we have several clinics, each with its own diverse set of requirements, it was significant that we were able to essentially configure one basic system to do four completely different things for us. In our Radiology clinic, for example, we added another four-button switch, giving staff the capability to call for different techs, to call for a chart, an x-ray, or a number of other things. In our Urgent Care facility, we added emergency call buttons in each room. We’ve been able to essentially customize the system to create four completely different systems.”

The River Road Clinic continues to be one of the area’s busiest, and remains one of the best in patient satisfaction, thanks in no small part to great communication between doctors, staff, and patients. “Everybody involved in the care chain is informed and updated about any patient’s status, in any room, at any given time,” says Savage. “The Tech Works system has really helped the staff provide the high quality of care they’re known for.”

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

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Renkus-Heinz Welcomes You to Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV | May, 2014…  When you get off the plane in Las Vegas for the upcoming InfoComm Convention and head downstairs to pick up your bags, one of the first things you’ll notice is how easy it was to hear every announcement. Crisp and clear, even above the din of stadium sized video walls blasting trailers and ads at a non-stop clip. Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC16-R digitally steered array loudspeakers are there to greet you, covering every corner of McCarran Airport’s massive arrivals baggage claim area.

At the InfoComm show, Renkus-Heinz will be easy to find. Stop by booth C11116 for a first look at ICONYX Gen 5, the next generation of Iconyx. Also on display will be the new VARIA-I installed series, as well as the exciting new RH Series, and the completely redesigned RHAON2 networking protocol.

Better yet, visit demo room N113 and hear them for yourself. Renkus-Heinz Sr. Vice President Ralph Heinz and Sr. Loudspeaker Engineer Paul Peace will be presenting the new ICONYX Gen 5, the fifth generation of digitally steered products, along with IC Live Fixed Install Gen5, VARIA-I Install, IC2, and RH Series.

This year will also mark the 23rd annual Renkus-Heinz Consultants’ Breakfast. This year’s event will feature presentations by AFMG co-founder Stefan Feistel, InfoComm’s Sr. Market Research Analyst Matt Robins, and our own Paul Peace, Sr. Loudspeaker Engineer. The invitation-only event will be held on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00AM. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to marketing@renkus-heinz.com if you’d like to attend.

On the show floor, Renkus-Heinz gear will also be in use at several other locations, including the Technologies for Worship Pavilion and the Audio Technica booth. And while you’re in town, pay a visit to the iconic Gilley’s Saloon and Honky Tonk on the Strip at Treasure Island for a listen to their Renkus-Heinz line array in action.

No matter what your plans during your stay in Vegas, Renkus-Heinz is proud to welcome you, loud and clear.

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Remembering PreSonus CTO Bob Tudor

Baton Rouge, LA – May 23, 2014...PreSonus sadly announced today the passing of Bob Tudor, the company’s widely admired, respected, and beloved Chief Technology Officer.

A legend in the pro audio/MI industry, Tudor followed a long and winding road to PreSonus. A child prodigy, he studied piano with Arthur Rubinstein protégé and Julliard fellow Josephine Bacher. Tudor later studied electrical engineering at the prestigious Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute but switched to the Berklee College of Music, where he studied film scoring, jazz, and music production. He cofounded Boston’s Metropolis recording studio and recorded such well-known acts as Peter Wolf/J.Geils Band, Extreme, Aime Mann, New Kids on the Block, and Bobby Brown. He also played keyboards and acoustic piano on numerous records as a studio musician and remixed “Cradle of Love” for Billy Idol.

Fascinated with how gear worked, Bob eventually combined his passions for music and engineering, creating a long list of companies, products, and technologies. As one of the pioneers at Mackie Designs, he created the company’s line of digital mixers, hard-disk recorders, and control surfaces. After leaving Mackie, he founded SaneWave, where he developed products for a wide assortment of pro audio manufacturers.

Overall, Tudor and the SaneWave team had designed more than 100 products, including such hits as the TASCAM US-2400 Control Surface and X-48 Hard Disk Multitrack Audio Recorder, Electro-Voice DC-1 Speaker Processor, M-Audio ProjectMix, and Lexicon MX-500 FX Processor. He did additional projects for QSC, Samson, Shure, Alesis, Gibson, Fender, and many others. One of SaneWave’s best clients was PreSonus, for which he helped define and design the FaderPort and the StudioLive digital-mixer line. That led to his decision to join the company full time in 2008. His products have garnered five TEC Awards, five MIPA Awards, and numerous other awards. As Tudor put it, “I enjoy developing disruptive products”—that is, innovative products that can potentially shake up and energize the market.

As Chief Technology Officer, Tudor oversaw all PreSonus advanced development activities and evaluated and implemented emerging technologies that have been utilized in many of the companies most successful products. Along with PreSonus CSO Jim Odom, he developed the strategic direction of the company’s innovative products and technologies.

Said Jim Mack, PreSonus CEO, “Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of working with Bob, or even interacting with him at events or trade shows, was likely touched by his energy, enthusiasm, and passion for technology—and specifically, technology that allowed people to make better music. He was always fascinated with what could be done and was never really deterred by challenges or technical hurdles. He not only made things that no one else could see or do possible, he made them look easy. We have not only lost a truly amazing engineer but a very dear friend to so many people in this industry.”

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