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Wu-Jin’s New Phoenix Valley Cultural Center Spreads its Wings with Renkus-Heinz

Changzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China – May, 2014 – On a busy thoroughfare in Changzhou’s Wujin District, the aptly named Phoenix Valley Cultural Center stretches its wings over more than 156,000 square feet. The vast complex is the largest and most modern of its kind, an urban nexus that is home to four cinemas, sports and dance halls, art galleries and an early childhood education center, as well as a retail hub, children’s playgrounds, and a public square with canals and gardens.

The complex’s crown jewel is The Grand Theater. Seating just over 1,000 across two floors, the Grand Theater shifts the typical theater paradigm into something just as unique as it is state-of-the-art. The venue’s classic stage can host a wide range of events, from musical to theatrical, and 17 projectors can transform the stage, as well as the walls of the auditorium, into an Omni-Max style theater.

Audio for the Theater needed to be equally versatile, able to accommodate a variety of events, from drama, live shows and TV to meetings, conferences and multi-media reporting. The main system, designed by prominent consulting firm Shanghai LeDian Audio Equipment Co., Ltd., comprises left,  right, and center hangs of 14 Renkus-Heinz STLA/9 line array loudspeakers in all. Eight SGX41 four-inch loudspeakers are mounted on the orchestra rail for front fill, with six TRX81 boxes providing rear fill, and four DRS18-2B subwoofers adding low end reinforcement. Onstage monitoring is handled by a combination of PNX151T, TRX121/9, and CF81 cabinets.

For cinema presentations, a surround system is installed comprising 20 TRX81/12 boxes, along with three STX7/64 cabinets mounted up top for sound effects. Onstage effects are provided by a single STX5M2 loudspeaker and STX5 subwoofer.

Adjacent to the Grand Theater is The Small Theater, a 200+ seat auditorium designed for meetings, multimedia conferences, runway shows, small performances and other cultural activities. Shanghai LeDian selected left and right arrays of three Renkus-Heinz STX4 cabinets as the Small Theater’s main system, with four CFX81 boxes for front fill and a pair of DRS18-2B subs.

For Shanghai LeDan Audio Equipment Co.,. Ltd., the addition of one of China’s most prominent new cultural centers to the company’s portfolio is a prestigious one, to be sure. And for the Phoenix Valley Cultural Center, LeDan’s selection of Renkus-Heinz loudspeaker systems assures that the venue will continue to deliver the finest in audio quality, no matter what type of performance is on the program.

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A version of this article appeared in Pro Audio Asia, May 2014

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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LOUD Appoints Raymond Tee as Mackie APAC Product Specialist

Marks continued market-development investment and plans to support near-term product line innovation

KUALA LUMPUR – 12 May, 2014 …LOUD Technologies’ Music Gear Group has announced the appointment of Raymond Tee to the position of Mackie APAC Region product specialist. Based in Malaysia, Tee joins LOUD with eleven years’ experience in the live sound industry and an advanced engineering diploma in electronics. Prior to LOUD, Tee worked as Operations Manager for one of the largest rental companies in Malaysia, Singesen Technical Production Sdn Bhd. He also held positions with Harman Malaysia as an application engineer, as well as in pro audio distribution. Tee will report to Rohan Smith, LOUD director of APAC Music Gear sales.

“We are delighted to have Raymond join the LOUD team at this very exciting time for product innovation across the Mackie portfolio, and the corresponding growth in the APAC Region,” remarked Smith. “Raymond will add another dimension to our Mackie distributor support capabilities, and is further evidence of our continued investment in region-wide partnership and market development. This new role will ensure we provide the fastest-possible in-region support to our partners’ training, technical and customer engagement activities, and to fully drive the rollout of some revolutionary Mackie products in the coming months.”

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 About Mackie

Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. For more information visit: www.mackie.com.

Mackie is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States, European Union and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 About LOUD Technologies Inc.  

As the corporate parent for world-recognized brands Alvarez®, Ampeg®, Blackheart®, Crate®, EAW®, Mackie® and Martin Audio®, LOUD engineers, markets and distributes a wide range of professional audio and musical instrument products worldwide. Our product lines include sound reinforcement systems, analog and digital mixers, guitar and bass amplifiers, and acoustic and electric guitars. These products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post-production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including houses of worship, stadiums, nightclubs, retail locations, and on major musical concert tours. The Company distributes its products primarily through retail dealers, mail order outlets and installed sound contractors. The Company has its primary operations in the United States with operations in the United Kingdom, Canada and China. For more information, please see our website: www.loudtechinc.com

 

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Harbinger Introduces New VâRi Series Powered Loudspeakers

Powerful, Versatile, and Affordable Portable PA Solution

Thousand Oaks, CA – May 2014… Harbinger Pro Audio, a provider of powerful, affordable sound reinforcement solutions, has announced the debut of the new VâRi Series of portable powered loudspeakers. The new generation of Harbinger speakers is designed to deliver the ultimate in power, performance, and versatility, at an affordable price point.

The new Harbinger VâRi line includes two distinct models to meet a wide range of users and applications, from bands and musical performance to DJs, Karaoke, and presentations. The V2115 is a 15-inch, two-way loudspeaker system that packs 600 Watts of crystal clear power and punch, with high-performance Class-D amplification and deep, solid bass response. The V2112 offers the same feature set in a 12-inch configuration for even greater portability and an even more affordable price.

Both units feature a host of new features, including an integrated 3-channel mixer with auxiliary inputs and XLR balanced line outputs for integrating into larger setups, as well as a built-in limiter and 2-band EQ for unparalleled control. Integrated handles and 1-3/8″ stand mounts are standard on all VâRi systems, making them ideal for both main PA and monitor applications.

“Our customers have been asking for a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use powered loudspeaker, and the new VâRi Series is the answer,” states Harbinger Product Manager Jim Norman. “These speakers are perfect for small and mid-sized gigs, rehearsal studios, DJs, and spoken word presentations. They are truly the most versatile and affordable powered loudspeaker Harbinger has ever created.”

The new Harbinger VâRi Series is available now in stores and online. VâRi V2115 carries a street price of $249.99, with the V2112 model’s street price at $229.99.

For more information, visit the all-new Harbinger website at www.harbingerproaudio.com, or check with your favorite music retailer.

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ABOUT HARBINGER PRO AUDIO

Harbinger Professional Audio brings together advanced engineering and manufacturing technology to deliver high quality sound reinforcement components that offer performance, power, and reliability in an affordable package. Harbinger products are built with rugged, professional components and construction for dependable, rock solid performance.

For more information on the complete range of Harbinger Pro Audio products, contact Harbinger, P.O. Box 5111, Thousand Oaks, CA 91359.

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Tech Works Brings IC Live to the Party

Las Vegas, NV – May 2014…Tech Works, a leading Las Vegas-based sound and production company, just took delivery of new Renkus-Heinz IC Live digitally steerable loudspeakers, and in fact, has already deployed them successfully on several shows.

“We strive to provide our clients with the very best audio experience, and the IC Live is a fantastic sounding system,” states Tom Bourke, general manager of Tech Works. “It provides a tremendous amount of output from a very compact footprint, while the digital steering allows us to focus audio on the audience and not all over the room.”

The Tech Works IC Live package is comprised of ICL-R full-range modules and IC215S dual-15-inch bandpass subwoofers that can be combined into six different configurations.

“The scalability and flexibility of the system is fantastic, and allows us to configure a rig for a wide variety of events, from small to large,” Bourke notes. “Our clients love the sound, and they also love the look and profile of the slim columns.”

In addition to IC Live, Tech Works also recently took delivery of several Renkus-Heinz RH62 portable point-source loudspeakers, which utilize the same driver compliment as the IC Live Series, making them ideal front fill and/or delay loudspeakers to supplement IC Live main systems.

“With a width of only 8 inches (the same as the ICL-R modules), we can tuck these boxes into places a more traditional cabinet would not fit yet still get impressive output and superb audio quality,” adds Bourke.

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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.

Renkus-Heinz Adds Color to New York’s Grey Bar

New York, NY – April 2014… The area around midtown Manhattan is about as busy and bustling as one might expect in the heart of the City that Never Sleeps. Packed into these few square miles is a staggering array of museums, shops, casual and upscale eateries and watering holes.

Since opening its doors last year, Grey Bar has quickly become a popular neighborhood spot for the midtown crowd. The restaurant’s kitchen has been receiving stellar reviews, and the dining room has been perpetually full.

The Grey Bar’s sound system, installed by Rego Park, NY-based Starview Satellite and designed by Rich Trombitas of Cardone, Solomon, and Associates, is designed to keep pace with the club’s ambience, whether it’s the midday lunch crowd or the more upbeat dinner hours. The system comprises a dozen Renkus-Heinz TRX81 two-way complex conic loudspeakers, with four cabinets across the bar and and eight more covering the dining areas.

As Starview’s John Paturno explains, the TRX Series was ideally suited for this application, with a tight pattern control that enabled the sound to be focused away from many of the room’s abundance of mirrors, glass, and other reflective surfaces.

“We were impressed with the flexibility of the TRX81 as well,” says Paturno. “Initially, we had planned on mounting all the cabinets horizontally, but due to some last-minute architectural changes, it became necessary to reorient a few of them vertically. We were impressed with how easily we were able to rotate the horn to achieve the coverage we needed.” Powersoft amplification drives the system, with Symetrix DSP also providing Web-based access to the system. “The owners can adjust the source and volume, even from off-site,” adds Paturno.

The Grey Bar has become an instant hit with the busy urban set, praised both for its menu and its ambience. As Paturno points out, the TRX Series has been a big part of that ambience. “The uniformity and flexibility of the TRX81s provide the perfect non-intrusive backdrop for the lunch and dinner crowds, with the capacity for a more high energy sound for the later night Manhattan crowd.”

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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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PreSonus Tames the Loudest Hole in Golf

Scottsdale, AZ – April 2014… With a history dating back to the 1930s, the Phoenix Open is one of pro golf’s most celebrated events. Now known as the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the tournament has hosted some of the biggest names in the game, from Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Crenshaw to Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh, and Tiger Woods.

In 1987, the Open moved to its current home at the world-renowned TPC Scottsdale golf course. The course was custom designed for the tournament and is best known for the 16th hole of its Stadium Course. It has often been referred to as “the loudest hole in golf”; during the tournament, its amphitheater-style seats are packed with crowds of exuberant fans and spectators who cheer and jeer loudly as the pros play through.

David Eriksson, CEO of Phoenix-based Church Technologies, is a volunteer with the Phoenix Thunderbirds, a prominent civic organization that has supported the Open throughout its storied history, raising millions of dollars for Phoenix-area charities. Eriksson, who has lent his audio skills to the event for close to a decade, explains the challenges behind the 16th hole.

“It’s always been a bit of a crazy event, and by the time the players get through to hole 16, they’re nearing the end of their game, and things are loosening up,” he observes. “But it’s still a regulation game, and the PGA has some pretty stringent regulations regarding noise. The challenge is to find just the right balance of being heard over the crowd without overpowering the game.”

Eriksson found the solution a few months before this year’s Open. “We did an event last December as part of the Shane and Shane tour, and I got to hear the new PreSonus® StudioLive™ AI loudspeakers,” he recalls. “I just loved the way they sounded, and I thought it would be great to try them out at the Open.”

Four systems were brought in to cover the 16th hole, each comprising three StudioLive 328AI Active Integration™ loudspeakers and a StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. “We had one system in the Chairman’s Club, another in the bar area, and two more on the crowd,” says Eriksson. “The sound was just wonderful—the system had such amazing clarity.”

For next year’s Open, Eriksson plans on bringing in a StudioLive AI-series digital console, too, to take full advantage of Active Integration. “I’m really excited about being able to control the mix from an iPad,” he enthuses. “I can be down in the tee box and hear what the players are hearing. That’s an amazing advantage.”

“This is one of the biggest events in professional golf, and getting the sound right is a big part of it,” Eriksson concludes. “PreSonus has pretty much everything we need, from the console to the speakers, and it’s all fully integrated to work together. It’s a great fit.”

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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.

CI-BUSS Brings Clear Sound to Dixie Regional Medical Center

St. George, UT – April 2014… Consistently voted one of the top 100 hospitals in the US, Intermountain Dixie Regional Medical Center is one of the largest and most progressive health care facilities in the Southern Utah and Nevada region. Its sprawling campus is home to a number of state-of-the-art, high tech laboratory and surgical facilities, staffed by some of the best professionals in the business.

Recently, the hospital installed new CI-BUSS communications systems from Yorba Linda, CA-based Tech Works in several of their Cardiac Catheterization lab facilities. Randy Turek of Dixie’s Cardiology Department explains the challenges of communicating within a sterile facility.

“The doctors inside the clean rooms need to be able to communicate with staff outside the glass, and for quite some time, that communication was via a hanging microphone,” says Turek. “The sound quality was terrible. The rooms themselves are a very boomy, reflective environment, with flat walls, vinyl floors, and plenty of glass, so intelligibility is poor to begin with. Communication basically consisted of a lot of yelling back and forth.”

The CI-BUSS system provided the doctors with the flexibility of using lightweight headsets, desktop or ceiling mounted microphones, with powerful digital signal processing and automatic level control for clean, intelligible, hands-free communication.

“We had tried a number of different solutions, and when we looked around at other facilities to see what they were using, we realized that everyone was having the same issues,” Turek observes. “Everyone was putting together systems with different components from different manufacturers, and the results were never quite as good as they could be. The CI-BUSS system was the first we found that was specifically designed for this purpose. We were able to configure the entire system and choose the components we needed for each application.”

With the CI-BUSS system in place, doctors are now able to communicate to staff in normal conversational tones. That has its own advantages, says Turek. “We found that after we switched to the CI-BUSS, the satisfaction levels in our patient care environment went up. Patients were happy we were no longer yelling back and forth.”

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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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Imperial Russian Ballet Gets Royal Sound with Renkus-Heinz

Ljubljana, Slovenia – April 2014… In the heart of Slovenia’s capital city, Park Tivoli is a lush urban oasis that is home to the renowned International Center of Graphic Arts, as well as the Museum of Contemporary History. The Park is also home to Hala Tivoli, one of the region’s largest sporting and event halls.

Recently, the Hala Tivoli’s 4500 seat basketball venue hosted a performance of Labodje Jezero (Swan Lake) by the acclaimed Imperial Russian Ballet, drawing a full house and numerous national and international dignitaries. Audio for the event was provided by leading tour providers Akustika Pirman, who brought in a system based on Renkus-Heinz PN-Series line array loudspeakers. As Systems Engineer Metod Komatar explains, the system was exactly what was needed for the venue.

“The Hala Tivoli actually has pretty good acoustics for a sporting arena, and it’s possible to get a reasonably good sound in the room,” says Komatar. “The biggest challenge is the height of the left and right seating areas, and how to cover it consistently using a relatively small number of loudspeakers.”

The main system, designed by Komatar and director Joze Pirman, comprises four flown arrays — two left and two right — each with six PN102 line array cabinets. Six DRS18-2B subwoofers covered low frequency reinforcement. Four TRX151 full range cabinets provide front fill for the first few rows, with two more TRX151 boxes onstage as side fills for the artists. The system was powered by Crown and lab.gruppen amplification, with a Xilica XD4080 unit for system DSP.

“We have used Renkus-Heinz systems for many years, because they always fulfill our needs perfectly, through many different types of events,” adds Komatar. “The PN102 line arrays deliver a nice wide dispersion that enabled us to consistently cover a large area with a small number of speakers. The Renkus-Heinz system proved itself once again, with a very natural sound and plenty of headroom, which is critical for classical music.”

 

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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.

Opera Universitaria Goes High-Class with IC Live

Trento, Italy – April, 2014… The Opera Universitaria di Trento recently completed construction of its new student union, a modern building that is home to housing and financial offices, as well as fitness facilities including one of the country’s largest climbing walls. It also houses a new, 240-seat performing arts theater, equipped with an extensive audio, video and lighting installation by Trento-based AV installers A&T Multimedia Srl.

The multipurpose space required a sound system versatile enough to deliver the power and full-range performance needed for live events, while also providing highly intelligible sound for conferences and training sessions. A&T Multimedia’s chosen solution —Iconyx IC Live digitally steerable line arrays from Renkus-Heinz.

The system, provided by Adeo Group, SpA, comprises four ICL-FR arrays, with four ICL215S-FR subwoofers for LF reinforcement. The ICL-FR arrays are directly mounted on the backstage handrails using a specially designed bracket created by A&T Multimedia’s Giorgio Sartorelli, which supports the loudspeaker by its own weight without bolts or screws and enables the speakers to tilt and rotate as required.

The IC Live’s digitally controlled beam steering enables the sound to be focused directly on the audience areas, while aimed away from the walls and other reflective surfaces. RHAON, the Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network, provides a full set of remote control and supervision functions, along with the ability to store up to ten preset configurations in memory.

“This is a top-class installation, and the theater has been designed to host everything from lectures to high-level concerts,” says A&T Multimedia’s Alessandro Baron. “We needed a system that could deliver exceptional sound levels and performance for live events, as well as superior intelligibility for spoken word lectures, but was also visually low-profile enough to not interfere with the theater’s design. The only real solution was the IC Live.”

 

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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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PreSonus Lands Top Distributors for France, Israel, Russia, and Spain

Belturbet, County Cavan, Ireland, March 2014… PreSonus is pleased to announce new distribution agreements for France, Israel, Russia, and Spain. “We’re honored and very fortunate to have reached agreements with four outstanding distributors,” says PreSonus Europe Ltd. Managing Director Michelle Lynch. “Each of these companies is a leader in its market, and together, we’ll make an unbeatable team.”

Established in 1971, and boasting 230 passionate employees, ALGAM France is the leading distributor of MI and professional audio products in France and the Benelux. “When PreSonus first contacted us, we were happily surprised and honored, as PreSonus is a fast-growing and highly innovative company,” says CEO and founder Gérard Garnier. “Moreover, we share the same state of mind: to keep moving forward. ALGAM France will draw on the largest network in France and our local marketing expertise to help PreSonus’ efforts.”

Established in 1972 by CEO and owner Avinoam Yarkoni, A.B. Electronics has been at the pinnacle of professional audio and lighting distribution and marketing in Israel for more than 40 years. Remarks Yarkoni, “A.B. Electronics are proud to be able to offer its current and future customers PreSonus’ vast array of excellent and innovative professional audio solutions.”

Adagio is one of the top music-industry distribution companies in Spain and Portugal, with a network of more than 400 dealers and a highly professional team. “We are very happy to have PreSonus onboard,” states Product Manager Roque Molina. “We look for brands that bring high added value and advanced technology, and PreSonus’ impressive product portfolio perfectly fits and complements our product family of computer-music and live-sound solutions.”

Established in 2012, OKNO-AUDIO is a division of Russia’s premier broadcast systems-integration company, OKNO-TV, which has been in operation for more than 20 years. The company distributes a number of key pro-audio brands. Notes Kirill Pavlov, General Director of OKNO-AUDIO, “It was extremely important for us to become a distributor for such an innovative and respected brand as PreSonus.” Adds Vladislav Manaenkov, co-founder and Executive Director, “We are proud to be an integral part of the PreSonus international team and will do our utmost for the brand’s development in all spheres of the Russian professional market.”

For more information, 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.

  


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