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Renkus-Heinz Appoints Roscoe Anthony to President’s Post

Orange County, CA – September 2014…  Renkus-Heinz has announced the appointment of Roscoe Anthony to the position of President.

Anthony joins Renkus-Heinz after a lengthy and successful tenure as President of Califone, a leading provider of audio and multimedia solutions for education. His twelve years at Califone saw the company through a period of record growth, including a dramatic transition of the company’s product lines from analog to digital.

His resume also includes stints as Division Manager for pro audio manufacturer Tascam, as well as executive positions at JBL Professional and SKB. Also an experienced advertising executive, Anthony presided over award-winning ad agency Reeds & Farris, and was named one of the “Top 100 People in Advertising” by Advertising Age magazine.

Anthony joins Renkus-Heinz during a period of unprecedented growth for the company. Throughout the recent economic downturns, Renkus-Heinz has seen a continued surge in sales, and has made significant additions to its engineering staff. Anthony’s new position will see him spearheading the company’s continued evolution, working closely with company founder and Chairman Harro Heinz.

“Roscoe brings with him an extraordinarily wide-ranging skillset, with deep expertise in business, marketing, and manufacturing, along with a powerful grasp of today’s complex technologies,” remarks Harro Heinz. “We are truly pleased to welcome him, and are looking forward to working together.”

“Renkus-Heinz is one of a handful legendary companies that has paved the foundations of professional audio,” adds Anthony, “I’m honored to be joining the organization at such an auspicious time, and I look forward to helping guide the company to a path of even greater growth and success.”

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

 

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Renkus-Heinz System for New Korean Venue

Incheon, South Korea – August 2014 … In late fall of 2014, South Korea will host the XVII Asian Games in and around Incheon, located near to the country’s capital, Seoul. Korea has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1986, closely followed by the 1988 Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup in 2002. More than a decade later, new venues were needed for the 2014 event.

While it is not one of the Asian Games’ official venues, the newly-built Ansan Evergreen Gymnasium will host volleyball and kabaddi up to the quarter final stages. Designed as a multipurpose space, the gymnasium will be home to the Ansan volleyball team and other sporting events, and will also host music and cultural events.

Audio company Daikyung Vascom provided the sound system, which features a Renkus-Heinz PN102 line array system. As Yang-Su Yun, manager of Daikyung Vascom’s RPS business division, explains, the project was a bit out of the ordinary.

“This building is owned by the government, which isn’t very common for a venue like this,” he says. “The local council based at Ansan City Hall wanted the building to function as both a sporting venue and a concert hall, and hence they needed a very good, high-performance speaker system. Other strict criteria were sound quality and functionality, both of which were extremely important factors in choosing the Renkus-Heinz system.’”

Yang-Su observes that Daikyung Vascom had previously installed a system at the Ansan City Hall, and has a good working relationship with the council. “They are familiar with our work, and they really appreciate the after sales service we provide.”

The main system in the hall comprises 32 PN102LAR array loudspeakers, configured as four arrays of eight cabinets each, 90 degrees apart. The arrays are positioned on each corner of a centrally-flown block which houses four large screens, so that spectators on all four sides of the hall have a close up view of the action. Additional fills are provided by four PN121-series two-way cabinets, as well as five ST4 three-way systems and a pair of CFX151 boxes. Four DR18-2 and two PN112SUB subwoofers provide low frequency reinforcement.

“The PN102 line arrays were selected for their accurate and even coverage pattern, providing consistent coverage to every seat in the hall,” says Daikyung Vascom’s CEO Patrick Han. “RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) control was another important factor in selecting the system, enabling networked DSP control over the entire system.”

Flexibility was the keyword when it came to designing the space, which will be hosting a wide variety of events. Permanent seats are available in the upper part of the hall, while bleacher-style seating along the hall’s two longer walls is retractable and can be folded back to the walls to accommodate more people. A stage can be constructed at the far end of the hall for large concerts. When being used in this configuration, temporary seating can be set up on the floor of the gymnasium, and a total of around 3,000 people can be accommodated.

The system design was carried out by Daikyung Vascom’s sales team, together with local systems integration specialist Sinwoo. Working closely with Daikyung Vascom, Sinwoo’s Byung-Sun Ahn designed a system that would be optimal for the space. The team used EASE acoustic prediction software to map the room and define its sound qualities.

“This was the first time I’ve worked with Renkus-Heinz,” says Mr Ahn. “I checked the specifications and references of the Renkus-Heinz speakers, and when I simulated them to fit the space I got very good results. The actual performance of the speakers was very close to what we’d predicted with EASE. I’m very satisfied with the system. I also really appreciated being able to use RHAON to tune the system, especially the mid frequencies.”

As for Ansan Urban Corporation’s Mr Kim, he is of the opinion that the speakers offer the best possible functionality for concert sound, providing high SPLs when required. “Once we are able to put on concerts here, the system will prove itself as really good for this kind of event, while also being able to provide intelligibility and clarity when the hall is being used for our sporting events,” he says.

Ansan Evergreen Gymnasium now boasts a state of the art sound system to complement its clean architectural design and functionality. The signs are positive that the new sporting venue will contribute to a successful and uplifting Asian Games later this year, providing a panacea that South Korea needs.

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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.

You Say You Want More Resolution – Renault’s CAVE Raises the Bar for Virtual Reality Design

Paris, France – August 2014…Virtual Reality (VR) technology first appeared on the virtual horizon several decades ago, but it’s safe to say that the past few years have seen a quantum leap in its evolution. With ever-increasing processing power and ultra-high resolution display technologies, the cartoon-ish, low bitrate virtual worlds of yesterday have given way to stunningly realistic environments shockingly close to the real thing. And VR technology has become an integral aspect of so many of our most prolific industries, from military and pilot training, architecture, and medical research, to aerospace and automobile design.

French automobile manufacturer Renault has long been ahead of the curve in embracing new technologies. Most recently, the company has implemented a new CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) facility at the Paris headquarters. While other auto manufacturers have also implemented CAVE technology, Renault’s facility boasts the highest resolution ever realized in a VR environment, with five sides of Sony-based imaging that can deliver up to 16k resolution.

Renault partnered with Mechdyne, a leader in VR and visual technologies, to design and implement the new CAVE facility. “Renault approached us to bid on the project, because we had already built a six-sided CAVE of that resolution, and we understood the challenges,” explains Mechdyne’s Richard Cashmore. “They had a very clear concept of what they wanted to do.”

“We wanted to work with a company who could provide us with a holistic, integrated system, including structure, projection, and computers,” explains Andras Kemeny, founder and head of Renault’s Virtual Reality and Immersive Simulation Technologies Group. “While many of the leading manufacturers have provided exceptionally good support and advice, we found that Mechdyne was not bound to a specific technology. They were able to look at the entire technological landscape, and consider combinations of different brands and products. Their approach was very focused on our specific goals, rather than on whatever technology they favored.”

The system includes five sides of Sony SXRD 4k projectors at 5.5k lumens, scalable to 16k — the first 16k VR environment anywhere in the world. “While there were some other options using newer DLP projection, ultimately, the Sony system delivered the fastest performance and the highest resolution, both of which were critical factors,” observes Cashmore.

Kemeny adds, “In this case, the Sony projector Mechdyne specified was originally designed for cinema-based solutions. Calibrating multiple projectors was not something Sony had addressed. Sony provided us some data, and then our engineers at Renault and Mechdyne collaborated for several months to design a calibration protocol. We’ve been quite happy with the results.”

Indeed, the collaboration between Renault and Mechdyne created a powerful synergy. “Originally, the relationship was that of client and provider, but over time it really evolved to where we were all really part of the same team,” says Kemeny.

“I think that’s one thing that’s unique about our approach,” observes Cashmore. “We really try and look at the project through the eyes of the end user. We’re not trying to sell whatever technology we’ve got in stock. We can recommend what we feel is best for them, given their goals and the technologies available.”

Though Renault’s CAVE was initially created for interior ergonomic design, Kemeny reports that the technology has become popular with other departments within the organization.

“One thing that was very exciting for us was the fact that the CAVE was being embraced by various departments within Renault,” he says. “Ultimately, this is enabling us to build a better vehicle.”

In fact, the Renault CAVE has led to discussions with Daimler (parent company of Mercedes Benz) on a new collaborative project. “There has long been a strong working relationship between Renault and Daimler,” says Kemeny.

“The collaboration with Mechdyne has given us the most state-of-the-art facility in the automotive industry,” Kemeny concludes. “It’s a system we can be very proud of.”

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About Mechdyne 
Mechdyne is one of the world’s leading providers of innovative visual information technologies.  We bend technology to our will in ways that transform complex data into insights and ideas.  To ensure our customers succeed, we provide comprehensive, customized solutions that include consulting, software, technical services, and hardware integration.
With offices around the world, Mechdyne serves a global customer base.  Our customers include: leading government laboratories, energy companies, universities, manufacturing and design firms, U.S. armed forces, and other users of visual information technologies.

Lawmakers in North Dakota Get Complete Coverage With Renkus-Heinz

Bismarck, ND – August 2014… Located in the capital city of Bismarck, North Dakota’s Legislative Assembly building is home to the state’s Senate and House of Representative chambers. Known as the “Skyscraper on the Prairie,” the 19-story tower was constructed during the Great Depression, and to this day stands as the tallest building in North Dakota. Both the semi-circular Senate and House chamber rooms feature high ceilings and walls of American chestnut, walnut, and oak throughout. A balcony area hangs over the main seating floor in each chamber.

While visually impressive, the wood paneling and high ceilings in both chamber rooms were a source of coverage and reverberation issues. Additionally, the low ceiling in the under-balcony areas blocked sound from the main system, and the few small supplemental speakers in the upper balcony area struggled to provide adequate coverage.

After an EASE analysis of the room, Fargo-based Tricorne Audio selected two Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC24-R-II Digitally Steerable Line Array Loudspeaker Systems to address the issues. ICONYX steered array technology enables precise steering of the sound toward the audience and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, reducing reflections and improving intelligibility.

“Our client wanted better coverage overall,” explained Tricorne Audio’s Dallas Anderson. “With the ICONYX IC24 arrays, we were able to address the reflections, dead spots, and hot spots by steering the sound – a beam for the balcony, and separate beams for the floor and under balcony areas.”

The ICONYX IC24s were installed in both the House and Senate chambers on the wall behind the rostrum. The cabinets were custom painted to match the color of the wood paneling, addressing the requirement that the speakers blend in with the décor.

To round out the system in both the House and Senate chambers, Tricorne installed Biamp Tesira servers with IO cards, Audio Technica PRO Series 6-inch gooseneck mics, and a Shure wireless mic system.

“It’s a pretty basic and straightforward system in both the House and Senate chambers,” said Anderson. “With the ICONYX IC24s, the sound is very consistent, very even throughout.”

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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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Galaxy Macau’s Giant Crystals are Covered with Renkus-Heinz

Macau, China – August 2014… Macau is one of China’s hidden gems. Created as a special administrative region of the country, its famed Cotai Strip is modeled after its namesake in Las Vegas, awash with high-end casinos, resorts, and all the glitz that accompanies them.

The Galaxy Macau is one of the largest of the recent crop of major hotel-casino towers on the Strip. Among its amenities, the 2200-room complex offers six pools, including a wave pool with manmade beach.

The Galaxy’s casino hosts more than 1200 slot machines and 600 gaming tables. Visitors are greeted in the lobby by a fountain that transforms into a giant roulette wheel, just before a massive ten-foot (three meter) diamond rises from its top. As designer Jeremy Railton of Entertainment Design Corp explains, “the diamond is a metaphor for wishing casino visitors eternal luck and prosperity.”

The music accompanying the fountain is provided by a series of Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steered column arrays. Eight IC8-R columns and eight more IC16-R columns provide even sound distribution throughout the area, overcoming the noise of the crowds and the fountain in this cacophonously reflective environment. The system, installed by Birket Engineering Ltd. and Audio System Consultants (Asia) Ltd., also includes eight ST8R self-powered three-way systems, with 12 PN112-SUBR 12-inch subwoofers for floor-shaking low frequency coverage. The entire system is digitally networked via RHAON for complete distribution and control.

On the other side of the Galaxy, the bus lobby is home to a series of giant crystals, floating above a shimmering pool. The crystals are designed with advanced motion sensor technology to trigger special visual effects as guests approach them, with good luck symbols flashing from the crystals and reflecting on the water.

The crystal display is also aligned with a Renkus-Heinz sound system, including 16 CF121 two-way systems and another dozen PN121 two-way systems. Nine SG81 speakers provide spot fills, and 12 PN112-SUBR subwoofers complete the system.

The Galaxy Macau opened its doors in 2012, and is presently undergoing the addition of another phase, to be completed in 2015.

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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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Classic Art Deco Theater is Reborn with Renkus-Heinz

Riverhead, NY – August 2014… On December 30, 1933, more than 2000 people attended the Suffolk Theater’s grand opening. Local media declared it “The Radio City Music Hall of Long Island.” The last remaining movie house built by architect R. Thomas Short, and the last remaining large art deco theater on Long Island, the Suffolk Theater entertained generations of moviegoers until closing its doors in 1987.

The building sat empty until 2005, when Dianne and Bob Castaldi purchased it, with a vision of creating a modern performing arts center. Recently reopened after a lengthy renovation project, the venue retains much of its interior décor and charm, while now presenting as a multi-use, state-of-the-art dinner theater with flexible seating, digital projection, and a surround sound system featuring Renkus-Heinz PNX and TRX Series loudspeakers.

The theater’s original raked seating was removed and replaced with a multi-tiered design that allows for varied configurations of tables and chairs, accommodating everything from concerts and performances to dinner theater or movie screenings.

The venue’s audio, video, and lighting systems were designed with that versatility in mind, explains systems designer Stuart J. Allyn of Irvington, NY-based A.D.R. Studios, Inc. “The goal was to provide smooth, even coverage throughout the entire audience area, with proper time domains that would have the sound emanating from the stage, regardless of the seating configuration.”

Allyn chose a pair of PNX121 two-way 12-inch loudspeakers for the main system, with two CFX218 subwoofers for low frequency reinforcement. Ten TRX62 boxes comprise the secondary surround system, as well as providing coverage to the upper and under balcony areas. The boxes were custom painted to blend seamlessly with the venue’s walls. The system was installed by Young Equipment Sales of Hauppauge, under the supervision of Charles Stursberg, Director of Audiovisual Theatrical Lighting and Theatrical Rigging Sales.

Allyn points to pattern control as a major factor in selecting the Renkus-Heinz system. “The TRX62 is my favorite over- and under-balcony system,” he says. “Their dispersion is exceptionally wide, particularly for a box with such a small footprint. The documentation on their coverage patterns is exceptionally true and reliable. Their trapezoidal arrays really do array beautifully.”

Coverage is pointless without great sound, of course. “Renkus-Heinz voices their boxes with a real belief in the human voice,” says Allyn. “When I hear vocals coming out of these boxes, they sound like they should even before I touch an EQ. That’s very important to me. Intelligibility, warmth, depth, character — that’s what the human voice is all about, and it translates to the instruments in the orchestra. If you get human voices to just sound right, you have done your work. And the Renkus-Heinz boxes do that beautifully.“

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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.

Belushi’s Comedy Club Installs PreSonus StudioLive AI Series System

Fort Myers, FL – August 2014… In a career that spans three decades, actor Jim Belushi has appeared in countless movies and television shows, including his hit ABC comedy According to Jim. What many fans may not know is that he has achieved success in another comedic role: that of club owner. The Comedy Bar, Belushi’s club in Chicago, is a popular spot for both tourists and locals alike.

Recently, Belushi got a chance to reprise his role as club owner when his cousin, Chris Karakosta, approached him about becoming a partner in a new restaurant he was opening in Fort Myers, Florida.

“I’d always liked the [Fort Myers] area,” says Belushi. “Then Chris told me the best part: The restaurant was opening in what used to be one of the biggest Irish pubs he’d ever seen. Two floors!” Soon after, Belushi’s Comedy Club, Fort Myers, opened its doors on the second floor above the Tilted Kilt restaurant.

Belushi is also a singer and musician with a demanding ear for superior live sound. His group The Sacred Hearts is the official house band for the House of Blues chain. Not surprisingly, as Belushi’s Comedy Club took shape as a venue where both comedy and live music would be performed, Belushi’s musical heritage influenced his demand that the club have the highest quality audio system anywhere — one versatile enough to handle live comedy, as well as musical performances.

To meet those demands, the club turned to Cape Coral, Florida, consultants Creative Sound and Lighting Solutions. After speaking with the owners regarding their live-sound requirements, Creative Sound and Lighting owner Tony Flammia recommended a PreSonus StudioLive™ AI-series Active Integration™ system for the house sound, including two StudioLive 328AI loudspeakers for the mains, one StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer, and a StudioLive 16.4.2AI 16-channel digital mixing system as the hub for sound throughout the venue.

“Because the 328AI is such a nice slim box, it doesn’t need a lot of space,” says Flammia. “We took the 328s and mounted them sideways and then rotated the horn, rotated the center.”

The StudioLive 16.4.2AI mixer enabled Flammia to set up various zones within the venue and time-align the system to seamlessly integrate them. “The unique thing about this installation is they’ve got the mains, ceiling speakers, a VIP room, and an outdoor area,” says Flammia. “We’ve time-aligned all the different areas of the venue to work alongside the mains. Everything is three milliseconds behind the mains. Your brain tells you that the source is coming from the stage. As the [sound from the] mains comes out, you don’t hear any reflections, even in the bathrooms. All the subgroups are actually set up as zones. The DSP inside the StudioLive AI-series mixer enables us to achieve this level of control.”

The StudioLive 16.4.2AI mixer’s wireless networking capabilities enable Belushi’s house engineer and guest engineers for the venue’s live bands to move around the facility while controlling all setup, tuning, and monitoring functions of the venue’s sound components using an iPad® or laptop. “The really cool thing about this project is the fact that when there is a comedy act, the sound guys literally are sitting there with their iPad,” says Flammia. “They have control over the background music for intros and outros and full control over the comedian’s vocal, and they can actually bring the main speakers up or down, the ceiling speakers, the VIP room, even the bathroom speakers. And because of the time-delay setup, it sounds like one source throughout the entire building.”

If the initial reviews of Belushi’s Comedy Club are any indication, the multi-talented performer has another hit on his hands, with the help of PreSonus’ StudioLive AI Active Integration system. Flammia concludes, “The system sounds great. It is punchy. Aesthetically there is no other speaker that we could have done this installation with that offers the same effect within that price range.”

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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.

 

 

Seattle’s Iconic Comet Tavern is Reborn with Mackie DLM Series Sound

Seattle, WA – July 2014… Since 1935, the Comet Tavern has been a fixture of Seattle’s storied Pike/Pine corridor. The well-worn wood bar of this venerable Capitol Hill pub has bent the elbows of generations of locals and visitors, and its stage has played host to multiple decades of Seattle music and culture.

When the Comet was shuttered late last year, many long-time Seattle residents feared it was another nail in the coffin of what local entrepreneur Dave Meinert refers to as the city’s “black hole of gentrification.” But thanks to Meinert and partner Jason Lajeunesse, the Comet has opened its doors once again. The landmark pub’s atmosphere remains relatively unchanged, though the club has added a food menu, and the old sound system has been replaced with a new distributed system featuring Mackie’s DLM Series loudspeakers.

As Lajeunesse explains, the new owners placed a high priority on continuing the Comet’s legacy. “The Comet has always served as a living room and gathering place for a lot of the local community, including musicians, artists, writers, actors, and other creative people,” he says. “We had the opportunity to step in and restore the club, and in doing so we knew we really wanted to pay homage to its history, including games, pool, and hosting live music. It was important to us that the Comet still resonates as a cultural gathering place for the community, and I think we’ve embraced that. It’s still a neighborhood living room.”

The Comet’s new sound system, designed and installed by Kelly Berry of Seattle-based K Berry and Associates, includes ten Mackie DLM8 full range powered loudspeakers. “We’ve configured the system into three zones, covering the bar, balcony, and main seating area,” Berry explains. “It gave us a really great distribution of sound. Right out of the box, it sounded great.” A pair of DLM12S powered subwoofers provide more than enough low end for the room. “The system was really easy to install, too,” Berry adds. “The SWM300 wall mount bracket made it a breeze.”

Versatility was an essential demand for the new sound system, and the DLM Series more than delivered. “We’re open from noon to 2:00 AM, seven days a week,” Lajeunesse explains. “We needed a system that could deliver great sound and consistent coverage 14 hours a day, at times when there are only eight people in the room, and when there are 250. With the new system, we’re able to consistently bring up the volume as needed, as the room fills up, without ever being too loud for one single person or table.”

Lajeunesse says the new DLM system has upgraded the Comet’s sound without affecting the club’s personality. “We were really pleased with the DLM8,” he concludes. “The speakers provided us with all the coverage we needed, but they’re low profile enough that we were able to tuck them into corners and areas where they didn’t interfere with the look and the vibe we were after.”

 

PreSonus Helps Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Come Alive

New York, NY — July 2014… After nearly half a century, more than 700 comics, and a dozen motion pictures, fan fascination with Marvel’s The Avengers franchise shows no sign of slowing down. The newest iteration, Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), has just opened its doors in Manhattan’s Discovery Times Square, in the home of what was once the famed New York Times building.

As the exhibition’s audio supervisor, Mark Edward Lewis, explains, Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., produced by Victory Hill Exhibitions in association with Marvel Entertainment, is “an amazing, interactive, multimedia integration of Marvel characters that we love, with cutting-edge audio and video technology, in a giant 10,000-square-foot exhibit housed in one of the most celebrated legacy venues in America.”

Visitors to Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. can enjoy a wealth of exhibits that both excite and inform — everything from exploring Captain America’s Birth Pod and the Tesseract Portal Device to soaring in a flight simulator and witnessing a particle accelerator. “It’s very science-oriented,” says Lewis. “Each of the rooms is a different kind of science that is fun, but you’re also learning about DNA and gamma radiation and bio science and all sorts of other things.”

Sound plays an important part of the exhibit’s interactive experience, with Lewis and senior sound designer Frank Serafine creating a powerful sonic environment to complement the exquisite visual experience. As Serafine explains, the challenge was not only to create an amazing sonic experience but to do so in an environment that bore all the earmarks of an acoustical nightmare.

“The biggest problem we had was isolation,” he says. “The space is basically a concrete basement with parallel walls, and we had to find a way to keep the sound from each part of the exhibit from leaking through to the rest of the space.”

Lewis and Serafine found the solution by bringing in a range of PreSonus® near-field monitors, including Eris™ E5 and E8 and Sceptre™ S6. “The PreSonus monitors – the S6 in particular — are some of the most directional speakers I’ve ever heard,” says Lewis. “They enabled us to focus the sound within a really narrow area where people would be standing, while keeping it isolated from the rest of the exhibit.”

The 5.25-inch E5 and 8-inch E8 feature Kevlar® low frequency transducers, low-mass silk-dome tweeters, responsive Class AB amplification, and professional acoustic-adjustment controls. The S6 features a unique coaxial transducer, combining DSP time-correction and point-source design for a symmetrical soundstage and micro-definition imaging.

To handle low frequencies, Lewis and Serafine chose the PreSonus Temblor™ T10 subwoofer. The T10 features a 10-inch, glass-composite, low-frequency transducer and a front-firing, bass-reflex acoustic port. “For us, the T10 was the ideal sub for delivering strong bass frequencies in this kind of enveloping room,” says Lewis. “Because the T10’s port is in the front, sound doesn’t get projected out the back and bounce off the ceiling and walls. Anywhere we had an enclosed space, the T10 was the perfect thing for us.”

The need for multiple tracks of audio playback was another area where PreSonus offered an ideal solution, with Lewis and Serafine opting for AudioBox™ 1818VSL and 22VSL multichannel interfaces.

“When you’re running 220-plus speakers and 168 discrete channels in a 10,000 square foot exhibit, you’ve got to have DSP,” Lewis observes. “What’s great about the AudioBox VSL is that it’s got more than enough DSP per channel — not just EQ, but compression, limiting, even some reverb. We’ve got discrete control of the sounds, which makes it a great alternative to using a lot of expensive DTS encoders.”

Serafine points to wireless iPad® control as one of the most important advantages in using the AudioBox 1818VSL. “Once the exhibit is set up, all of these workstations will be behind walls,” he explains. “Having the ability to mix and adjust remotely via an iPad means we don’t have to open up a wall to adjust the sound. It’s a huge advantage.”

PreSonus Studio One® DAW was more than up to the task of playing back the multiple tracks of music and effects. “Some of the soundscapes are comprised of a large number of tracks, and stability is not something we can compromise on in a setting like this,” remarks Serafine. “Studio One is one of the most rock-solid programs out there, and it sounds fantastic.”

Lewis sums it up: “As multimedia artists, audio is one of the most immersive tools we have. If it’s done well, it becomes an integral, powerful, but almost unconscious part of the experience — passive but moving at the same time. The sounds we choose, the way we mix them, and the equipment we use to convey that to the audience, are all critical to the experience. And PreSonus is a big part of that experience.”

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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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World Bank Counts on ICONYX

Washington, DC – July 2014… Located just blocks from the White House, the World Bank opened for business at 1818 H street on June 25, 1948.  Today, the Bank’s address remains the same, but as the organization’s focus has evolved, so has the footprint of its headquarters.  The Bank’s H Street headquarters is now a multi-building complex covering an entire city block.

The buildings are enclosed by a massive glass atrium more than 150 feet tall and 150 feet wide. The atrium has become a popular setting for World Bank events, including cultural activities, exhibits, presentations and a stage for dignitaries, including the Bank President, to make speeches.

Not surprisingly, the atrium’s reflective surfaces do present some acoustical challenges, and as the space has hosted a growing number of business and theatrical events, it was time for the audio system to evolve to meet these needs. To address this challenge, World Bank officials called on Boulder, Colorado audio consultants K2 Audio.

“It’s a pretty challenging acoustical space, with lots of standing waves and lots of echoes,” said Rodrigo Ordóñez, principal at K2 Audio. “Their original system didn’t deliver adequate performance for much of what they were doing in there now, and they wanted to move to a more versatile sound solution.”

The challenges of a reflective, cavernous space were only the beginning. The system itself needed to be versatile enough to accommodate a variety of performance types – from bands, to dignitaries, to dance troupes. Add to that significant limitations on where the speakers themselves could be located.

“Infrastructure wise, they didn’t want to do any kind of construction work,” Ordóñez explains. “We were limited to re-using existing loudspeaker locations and existing infrastructure for loudspeaker cables and lighting.” The coverage needs also extended to a number of smaller nooks and corners that were largely unserved by the previous system.

The system is comprised of a single Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC32-R-II digitally steered line array covering the main area, with nine ICONYX IC16-R-II cabinets distributed throughout the covered shaded areas. “We time-aligned the IC16 boxes to the main IC32 in front,” said Ordóñez. “There is no overlapping. Each speaker is covering a specific area. No matter where you are in the space, the orientation towards that front position is amazing. And the ICONYX loudspeakers are very clean — they project little to no sound out the back of it so there are no weird echoes throughout the space.”

2 designed the loudspeaker control system to match the versatility requirements. “There are seven total presets in different modes,” said Ordóñez. “For smaller events, they can take the DSP and mute some of the speakers to direct sound towards one side of the atrium. The system remembers all the different settings and they have a touch panel that sits in the rack and they can change it from there.”

Ordóñez reports that World Bank officials are very happy with the new ICONYX system. “They always had a lot of complaints with that space,” he says. “It never really performed to their expectations. We have heard only positive things since installing the ICONYX. Everybody is happy with the system, from the guys who are operating it on a daily basis, to the highest level.”

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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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