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Community Welcomes Highway Marketing as Sales Representative

Rep Firm Will Cover Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas for Community

highwaymarketingHighway Marketing is a professional manufacturers’ representative firm with a 20-year history of supporting the installed sound and video marketplace in the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The firm’s marketing and technical staff possesses a broad range of sales and engineering skills to service the needs of integrators, design firms and end users.

Highway Marketing makes good use of contemporary marketing tools including social media and a recently updated website. But the firm believes strongly in the “old school mentality” of building relationships with integrators, design firms and end users in its territory. To service this base, Highway marketing provides on-site training programs and product demos, sales support for dealers and experienced in-house tech support.

President Scott Baker emphasized the importance of a constant presence in the field including regular business meetings with integrators and consultants. He commented, “Community is a great addition to our line. Their products, technical support and management team are a great fit with our company and I’m excited about building Community’s brand and sales in our territory.”

Steve Young, Community’s Director, North American Sales, added, “Highway Marketing’s reputation for prompt service and strong support along with their complementary, integrator focused line card will help us achieve Community’s goal for strong growth in this territory. Highway Marketing has an excellent reputation for customer service and product knowledge. We’re very pleased to have them represent Community.”

Telephone Highway Marketing at (972) 490-0691, email Scott Baker, President, at scott@highwaymarketing.com or visit the firm’s website www.highwaymarketing.com.

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New Stadium Audio for 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship

Sozopol_2Arena Sozòpol is one of the four venues that will host the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship. Completed in plenty of time for the championship, the 4,000 seat stadium has undergone full reconstruction with new grandstands and amenities.

Sozòpol is an attractive ancient seaside town located 35 km south of Bulgaria’s second largest city, Burgas, on the beautiful Black Sea Coast. It is one of the country’s major seaside resorts, internationally known for the Apollonia art and film festival.

Burgas based Pro Audio Ltd was commissioned to design and install the audio for the new stadium. Stanislav Petrov, Managing Director of Pro Audio explained their design, “High intelligibility, even coverage and good sound levels with headroom were all main criteria, so Community’s R SERIES were the natural first choice. Their accurate dispersion also avoids unnecessary overspill in the vicinity of the stadium and their all-weather reliability is second to none.”

The project was accomplished in two stages, as each of the new grandstands was built. Eight Community R.5’s were used for the main stand, with two R2’s covering the playing field. In phase two an additional nine R.5’s were installed to provide complete coverage of the second stand.

Mixing for the system is handled by an Allen & Heath analogue console with DSP and routing via a TOA M-9000M2 with remote control units. The Community loudspeakers are powered by QSC CMX series amplifiers. The system uses a Sennheiser ew300 4-channel mic system and a TASCAM CD player provides a source for music.

Stanislav Petrov commented, “The system is loud and clear and provides excellent coverage of every seat. Visitors can enjoy themselves, comfortably hearing the commentary and entertainment even when excitement is at its highest and the crowd at its loudest.”

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The National Bank of Greece Invests in New Audio for its Landmark Building

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The National Bank of Greece in Stadiou Street is located in the former building of the first Athens Stock Market. The beautiful neoclassical structure, has an impressive interior and many renaissance features.

Constructed in 1890, the building provides the National Bank of Greece with a cultural venue for exhibitions, events, presentations and meetings. To service this multi-purpose usage, the Bank needed audio of the highest quality and vocal intelligibility, and commissioned Athens-based Automation Broadcasting Audio Security (A.B.A.S.) to design and install the system.

Kostas Drosos of A.B.A.S. explained the challenge, “The beautiful interior is highly reverberant due to all its surfaces being very reflective, combined with the height of the room which reaches 16 meters. We needed a loudspeaker which delivered the audio quality required within a narrow vertical and wide horizontal dispersion pattern. To meet these parameters we chose Community ENTASYS ENT220 column loudspeakers. With twenty 80mm long excursion mylar LF drivers and four 3-element HF Compact Ribbon Emulators per enclosure, they gave precisely the well-behaved directivity control we needed.”

“Complete and even coverage of the room was achieved with just four ENT220’s,” continued Drosos. “Their slim profile also meant they were very discreet and aesthetically pleasing.” Each loudspeaker is driven by a separate amplifier to provide different sound levels required for the front and the mid/back spaces.
“We chose Monacor amplifiers from Germany as they had powerful processing built in for loudspeaker equalization,” commented Drosos. “With Crestron control, the system can be operated wirelessly from an iPad.” As part of the project, A.B.A.S. also installed a high quality 6,500 lumen Panasonic projector system.”

“The new audio system provides superb intelligibility and coverage,” concludes Drosos. “It sounds very natural and listeners do not hear any change in volume throughout the room, allowing them to completely relax and focus on the event they are attending.”

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Audio Clarity and Reliability for Lublin’s New Stadium

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Located in the provincial capital city of Lublin in eastern Poland, Arena Lublin is a new 15,500 seat capacity football stadium. Built on the land of a former sugar factory, the stadium’s surrounding area has been fully landscaped and is bordered by trees, with lawns to the adjacent river. Home ground to the football club Motor Lublin, the city is proud of its new landmark venue.

With unequalled experience in stadium audio in Poland, Tommex Żebrowscy Sp. J. was commissioned to design and install the sound for the new venue. “We designed the system based on Dynacord electronics with Dante protocol networks and Community R SERIES loudspeakers,” said Marcin Zimny, Sales Director of Tommex. “It’s a combination that gives us outstanding audio quality and proven reliability.”

The control centre of the sound system is sited in the commentary room with a Dynacord CMS 1600 mixer and Dell PC. Operating on an IRIS-Net network, full control of the audio system is provided from this location. Audio monitoring is provided on Genelec 6010A monitors and headphones. Commentary is via Sennheiser radio mics with a Sabine digital feedback eliminator. A Denon CD/MP3 player provides an audio source for recorded material.

Providing full redundancy, there are two separate amp rooms. These house the Dynacord P64 digital audio matrix manager units and the DPM 8016 digital matrix manager which incorporates the redundant network system. The system is powered by Dynacord DSA 8410 and DSA 8405 amplifiers, equipped with RCM 810 IRIS-net modules. Additional DSA 8405 amplifiers with DCS provide immediate backup if required.

The main stadium sound system comprises seventy-four Community R SERIES loudspeakers. “In addition to speech and music quality and all-weather reliability, R SERIES provides accurate dispersion with a wide range of throw and pattern options,” comments Zimny. “For Arena Lublin we achieved exceptionally even coverage of the complete 360-degree seating with fifty-two R.5-94’s, twenty R.5-66’s and two R2-474’s.”

Tommex also provided the audio for rooms and corridors within the arena with one hundred forty two loudspeakers. This included Community’s DS8 surface-mount and D4 ceiling loudspeakers. The internal system can be locally operated by two Dynacord wall-mounted mixer/controllers.

“The Arena Lublin system delivers the experience fans would expect from a new world-class facility,” concludes Zimny. “Intelligibility is easily maintained above the roar of the crowd, delivering entertainment and safety. With an outstanding venue and clear audio, they can really enjoy football.”

New Advanced Audio for FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships

Lillehammer Norway – Hafjell, Norway is hosting the FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championships this winter and, with the original sound system installed 20 years ago for the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, the Hafjell Nationalanlegg decided a new system was required. The investment is part of a major overall upgrade of the national slalom slope, financed by the Norwegian government.

Hafjell is located just north of Lillehammer and is one of Norway’s largest ski areas, with a starting point 1030 meters above sea level and a vertical drop of 835 meters. During the Winter Olympics in 1994 it was the venue for the slalom and giant slalom events and is now the national arena and training facility for these disciplines. Following the Olympics, the resort was further developed and currently consists of 30 trails serviced by a cable car, 3 chair lifts and 11 ski lifts. Hafjell and its co-owned neighboring venue together form the largest ski resort in Norway with 73 km of runs.

Design of the new system was handled by Bjørn Fjeld of Norsk Lydteknikk AS and the installation was completed by Lillehammer-based Østbye og Sletmoen. The new system was specified to be designed for the highest quality for speech and music with the possibility of future expansion in mind. With these requirements, the Symetrix Radius was chosen for its studio sound quality and Dante network compatibility. “We chose Community R SERIES loudspeakers based on many years of experience using them on ski slopes across Norway,” said Fjeld. “They provide outstanding audio quality and unequalled reliability in this type of environment. The coverage patterns and throw are also excellent, and critical for accurately covering large outdoor areas.”

Community’s digital FIR filters are programmed into the loudspeaker management module of the Symetrix Radius 12×8 for optimal system performance and the system is powered by Ecler DPA 2000 and DPA1400 amplifiers. Clockaudio mics are used for commentary and announcement.

Fjeld commented, “The original system, considered the best in its time, comprised two massive racks of electronics. One 20U rack with a modern DSP-based loudspeaker system has now replaced that and will provide Hajfell with a system we’re confident will meet their needs for the next 20 years. For the participants and audience alike, the new system also substantially raises the audio quality for their involvement and enjoyment.”

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Audio Systems Support Career-Oriented Education at CREC Public Safety Academy

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Guillén Technology Consultants Designs Community-Based Systems for Connecticut Magnet School

CREC Public Safety Academy opened their modern new facility in September, 2014 with audio systems that support the school’s career-oriented education for grades 6 through 12 in law enforcement, fire sciences, emergency medicine and other safety and security fields.

The school’s large and attractive new facility serves 700 students and includes classrooms equipped with the latest technology, a gymnasium and fitness center, a cafeteria and multipurpose room along with a theatrical auditorium.

Jorge Guillén of Guillén Technology Consultants provided building technology, AV, audio systems and safety and security consulting services for the new school. The building’s many different spaces presented Guillén with numerous challenges in his audio system designs. The school’s goals included intelligible voice paging and high-quality sound reinforcement throughout. However, acoustics varied considerably from room to room and several areas had high ceilings and hard, reflective walls, floors and ceilings.

Guillén chose Community loudspeaker systems to help him overcome these acoustic challenges and meet the school’s goals. He used Community R SERIES loudspeakers in the gymnasium and multipurpose rooms and D SERIES loudspeakers in the multipurpose room, cafeteria, fitness center and library. He designed the auditorium sound system with iBOX IHP-1566 loudspeakers, i215S subwoofers and MX41E-94B floor monitors.

Guillén designed electronics systems to fit the needs of each room. He used Rane amplifiers, mixers and system processors, Samson wired and wireless microphones and Listen Technologies assistive listening systems. For the auditorium, he included a PreSonus digital mixer and a Telex theatrical intercom.

The systems were installed and commissioned in time for the school’s opening and Guillén says the Community loudspeakers helped him achieve consistently high-quality sound throughout the building’s many different spaces.

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Steve Young Joins Community as Director, North American Sales

Steve YoungCommunity Professional Loudspeakers is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Young as Director, North American Sales. Young brings over 20 years of experience in sales, marketing and management to Community. He comes to Community from the Music-Group where he was Manager of Business Development for all Music-Group professional brands including Midas, Klark-Teknik, Turbosound and Eurocom. Previously, Young was Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Mitek (Atlas Sound).

“Community offers their customers a level of integrity that is simply unparalleled,” said Young. “Our products not only sound phenomenal, but they are also backed by leading edge engineering and the best applications support team in the industry. Customers certainly have a lot of choices today, but when they choose Community vs. the competition, they will experience the positive differences which will immediately improve their bottom line. ”

Steve Johnson, Community’s CEO commented, “I am excited to welcome Steve Young to our team. Steve’s experience and capabilities will be important assets in our sales and marketing efforts and we all look forward to growing Community’s North American Business under his leadership.”

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Texas Football Gets an Upgrade at Buddy Moorhead Stadium

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buddymoorheadstadiumscoreboardConroe, Texas – Named after a legendary football coach and home to the Conroe Independent School District’s numerous High School athletic teams, Buddy Moorhead Stadium continues a proud tradition of Texas high school football with a modern facility seating over 8400 fans.

The stadium’s artificial turf and competition track were recently upgraded, but for several years, its sound system had been unreliable and fans often complained about intelligibility.

In 2014, the Conroe school district chose TASC A/V to provide a new sound system. TASC designed a system based on Community R6-51 high-output, horn-loaded loudspeaker systems.

TASC Project Manager, Anthony DiDonato explained, “Our only real option for locating the loudspeakers was at the scoreboard. So, we needed an extra-long-throw box to cover over 150 yards. Plus, this is Texas football – we needed high SPL at long distance to get over the crowd!”

Lab Gruppen amplifiers power the system which also includes a Montezuma DSP mixer and Shure ULX wireless microphones for field use and game announcements. Two Symetrix Radius DSPs provide DSP functions and loudspeaker management communicating over a dedicated DANTE V-LAN network provided for the project. TASC installed twelve Community C6 ceiling loudspeakers in the press box with zone volume controls and a shotgun mic on the outside of the press box to monitor the game and half-time events.

The system was installed in August of 2014 in time for the Tigers’ first game of the season. DiDonato says the response from the district client, Conroe ISD, has been highly enthusiastic, with director of athletics Danny C. Long reporting that his team is “ecstatic” with the new installation: “TASC A/V really went the extra mile to design and install a rock-solid system and ensure that it produces quality sound in every part of the stadium.”

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David Prince Appointed Community’s Director of Development Engineering

DavidPrinceCommunity Professional Loudspeakers is pleased to announce the appointment of David Prince as Director of Development Engineering. Prince has over two decades of experience designing, modeling and measuring pro-audio loudspeakers and developing them for manufacturing. He comes to Community from Knowles Electronics where he was Product Development Manager. Previously, Prince held the position of Director of Advanced Development for Tymphany; he was Senior Research Engineer for International Jensen and he spent seven years as an Acoustic Consultant with Talaske.

Prince has a BS in physics from the University of Illinois and studied acoustics in a combined program of the University of Florida and Penn State University. He is a past chair of the AES Standards Committee on Loudspeaker Modeling and Measurement, serves on technical committees of the Acoustical Society of America and is a Board of Directors Emeritus member for the loudspeaker industry association, ALMA.

“I am delighted to join Community at this important time in its history,” said Prince. “The company is well-respected worldwide and has an impressive line-up of high-quality products. I look forward to working with the Community team as we develop new loudspeakers and continue to advance our modeling and measurement programs.”

Steve Johnson, CEO commented, “As Community positions itself for continued growth, David Prince is a strong additon to our Engineering team. David’s academic background and years of experience as an engineer, audio consultant and technical leader will serve him well in this exciting new role.

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Community Welcomes Tech Solutions and Sales

Carmel, IN – Founded in 2005, Tech Solutions and Sales is an AV manufacturers’ representative company covering the states of Indiana and Kentucky.

Owner Dave Fellabaum and associate William Stewart have many years of experience as reps and integrators in the AV business. Both Fellabaum and Stewart have extensive sales and design experience in commercial audio, educational, house of worship and other AV market areas. From this background Tech Solutions and Sales has built a representative firm that emphasizes great customer service and builds lasting relationships with the AV integrators, engineers, acoustical consultants and end users in their territory. “We can consult on system design,” said Fellabaum, “and, because we understand the nuts and bolts of the integration business, we can help our dealers close their sales and bring in a profit on their jobs.” Fellabaum says he is very excited about taking on the Community line. “We’re planning to demo the product and provide dealer training and we’re looking forward to making a major contribution to Community’s success in Indiana and Kentucky,” he said.
Mike Marr, Community’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager, added, “Tech Solutions and Sales’ emphasis on customer service and dealer support complements Community’s great product lines and applications assistance. They’re a great addition to our sales team at Community.”

Contact Tech Solutions and Sales at (317)536-5846, email Dave Fellabaum (Indiana sales) at dave@techsolutionsandsales.com or William Stewart (Kentucky sales) at william@techsolutionsandsales.com or visit www.techsolutionsandsales.com.

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