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Community Delivers Great Sound for New Ice Hockey World Championship Arena in Belarus

Art Ramos Studio a.l.c., Community’s partner in Belarus, has recently overseen the installation of the audio systems at the Chizhovka-Arena in Minsk, featuring Community loudspeakers. The arena, one of the largest sports facilities in Belarus, is a multipurpose complex for ice hockey, sports, leisure and entertainment and is the home ground of HC Yunost-Minsk.

Chizhovka-Arena was built for the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Ice Hockey World Championship that took place in Minsk in May 2014. In addition to the tens of thousands of fans that traveled to see the event live, the IIHF’s flagship event was televised to 115 countries with television audience around the 1,000 million mark.

Chizhovka-Arena is located in the southeastern part of Minsk in a picturesque nook of a park named after the 900th anniversary of the city. Designed by Marat Grodnikov, the arena resembles two drops of water flowing into each other. The modern design fits well into the landscape of the Chizhovka Water Reservoir.

The main building, an ice hockey arena with multipurpose use for concerts, basketball and other events, seats 10,000. The second building consists of a small ice hockey training arena with 500 seats and a multipurpose sports hall with 740 seats, used for basketball, handball, gymnastics and other sports. This sports hall is also frequently used by television companies for filming TV shows. The two buildings are connected by a junction with conference and press rooms, shops, restaurants and cafés.

An original proposal was modified with a system design by Art Ramos Studio engineers, Alexey Sayganov and Alexandr Malets and the project was awarded by tender, complying with the obligatory procedure for all governmental purchases. Anton Streltsov, Deputy Director of Art Ramos Studio, commented, “Our proposal was chosen as it offered excellent value to the customer and met the requirements of the arena with a very modern approach.” The installation was handled by BelElectroMontazh, with supervision and support from Art Ramos Studio.

Throughout the complex the system uses two hundred and thirty-eight Community Distributed Design Series ceiling loudspeakers and four hundred and thirty-two Distributed Design surface-mount loudspeakers, supplied in a combination of black and white finishes to best complement their locations. In addition, eight Community R.5HP three-way coaxial, 12-inch loudspeakers were used to cover the ice hockey pitch in the main arena.

All loudspeakers are part of the EVAC/fire alarm system, for which separate certification was made in Belarus. The loudspeaker lines and loudspeakers are all controlled by QSC Q-SYS which monitors for loudspeaker, cable and short circuit faults.

Five separate Q-SYS systems are used to cover all areas of the complex, including the large arena seating, corridors, foyers, halls, cafés and restaurants, the small arena’s ice hockey area, the small arena’s sports hall, the small arena’s corridors, foyers and halls and the junction between the two arenas. The system includes a DiGiCo SD11 mixer, QSC amplifiers and Beyerdynamic microphones.

Anton Streltsov concluded, “Our team was extremely satisfied with the system’s results. With Community we know we can always deliver outstanding sound quality and reliability. Our engineers were particularly impressed by the uniformity of the SPL we achieved on the ice hockey pitch using R.5HP speakers, which is really important as players move so fast under adjacent loudspeakers. It was the best result of any similar installation.”

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Community Introduces I SERIES High-Power Modular Loudspeakers

Designed to provide exceptional musical quality and vocal clarity, Community’s new I SERIES is an innovative family of high-power/high-output modular loudspeakers that allows designers to implement complex solutions in houses of worship, multi-purpose auditoriums, live theaters and other professional and commercial venues.

I SERIES includes point-source, high-directivity, compact and floor-monitor models in multiple performance levels, providing modular scalability for any application requirement. A suite of matching-height subwoofers, in sizes ranging from compact single 12-inch models, to ground-shaking dual 18-inch models, complements the full-range I SERIES models with powerful low-frequency extension. Optional weather-resistant versions fill the needs of sports fields, amphitheaters and other venues needing high-performance loudspeakers designed for full outdoor exposure.

I SERIES features high-output woofers that combine a variety of technologies for smooth response, exceptional intelligibility, low distortion, and minimal power compression. Two-way models have large-format compression drivers, a choice of six rotatable horns and individually-voiced, beamwidth-matched crossovers with single or biamp operation. Three-way models offer a choice of three rotatable horn patterns and biamp or triamp operation and use a combination of large-format HF compression driver and Community’s M200HP midrange compression driver – both with ketone polymer diaphragms for exceptionally smooth and uniform sound quality.

I SERIES loudspeakers’ attractive, but discreet, appearance meets system design goals while minimizing any impact on facility aesthetics. Their lightweight 15mm Baltic Birch cabinets are finished in black or white low-gloss textured paint, and their edge-to-edge wrap-around fabric-backed powder-coated steel grilles have no forward-facing logos, resulting in an exceptionally clean appearance.

A wide range of optional low-profile, modular installation hardware supports the quick and easy installation of virtually any combination of I SERIES models. These installation hardware systems improve aesthetics by keeping the brackets hidden above and behind the cabinets, while also reducing the vertical array height and minimizing the number of suspension cables.

Chris Barrow, Community’s Director of Product Marketing, said, “I SERIES is a wide variety of great loudspeaker tools, crafted for sonic and aesthetic transparency and designed to remove the limitations systems designers and integrators face when using other loudspeakers. With I SERIES, systems designers can realize their goals for even coverage and great sound while architects and owners get a loudspeaker array that blends well with a facility’s interior design.”

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Community Announces Millar Electronics as Southeast USA Rep Firm

Community Professional Loudspeakers has announced the appointment of Millar Electronics as the company’s new sales representative for the Southeast United States. Founded in 1924, Millar Electronics has a focus on building quality relationships through exceptional customer service. Millar will cover the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama for Community from their headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina and their branch office in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We’re pleased to welcome Millar Electronics as our Southeast representative,” said Mike Marr, Community’s Eastern Regional Sales Manager. “The Southeast is a very important territory for Community, and Millar Electronics’ great reputation and experienced team will help us strengthen our dealer base and expand our sales in the area.”

“We are excited about representing Community,” said Herman Civils, Millar Electronics Principal. “Community is a well-known and highly-respected brand with an accomplished staff, great products and excellent training programs,” he continued. “We look forward to taking the Community message to the dealers and consultants in our territory and helping Community grow its brand and market share.”

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E & E Systems Chooses Community for Puma Club in Bangalore

E & E Systems (India) Pvt Ltd has designed and installed a Community loudspeaker system for the Puma Social Club in Indiranagar, Bangalore, operated by the world leading sports brand of the same name. India’s third most populous city, Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka, located on the Deccan Plateau in the southeastern part of Karnataka.

The Puma Social Club, located above the Puma store on Indiranagar’s busiest street, provides the community with a unique venue incorporating restaurants, bars and artistic space for the country’s most prolific DJs and artists. With indoor and outdoor spaces, the multi-storey club’s open areas take full advantage of the region’s climate to create an atmospheric night environment.

For the main dance and bar areas, E & E Systems chose a combination of Community VERIS 1596, 2-way 15-inch and VERIS 8, 2-way 8-inch loudspeakers, and S-218S dual 18-inch subs. The Community VERIS Series was chosen as it provided a consistent sound quality throughout the venue, whilst delivering the significantly different sound levels required for dancefloor and bar. The well-defined dispersion patterns provided by the VERIS Series were also a great benefit in controlling sound for the various zones, with minimum spill to adjacent areas.

System processing is handled by a Symetrix Jupiter 8 and the Community loudspeakers are driven by Prym Audio and Ashley amplifiers.

Jesmon Kunjmon, Project Manager of E & E Systems, commented, “The Puma Social Club in an innovative and exciting new venue and we have provided a system that delivers the quality sound it required.”

Competing across all retail brands in India, The Puma Social Club was recently awarded The Best Marketing Concept of the Year by ET Retail Awards.

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Graton Casino wins with Sophisticated AV

Billed as “California’s Finest Casino”, Graton Casino is a Native American Casino located north of San Francisco not far from California’s famed wine country. Graton’s 340,000 square foot venue includes the casino itself with 3000 slots and 144 gaming tables, a poker room and high limit room, several restaurants, a food court and themed bars which feature live bands and DJs.

Graton’s attractive, open design includes sophisticated AV systems throughout the entire venue. AVDB Group, an integrator headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, installed Graton’s AV systems and completed much of the AV system design work after the original design firm ceased business operations.

Scott Oosthuizen, AVDB Group CEO, says Graton’s AV systems’ functionality and programming are comparable to the best casinos in Las Vegas. Graton’s AV systems communicate over a 254-channel Bluelink fiber network which distributes 48 audio sources and multiple satellite video channels. Source selection, volume control and other functions are available through Crestron control panels allowing managers to fine-tune the audio and video atmosphere for areas as diverse as the casino itself, the sports bar or the invitation-only, high-limit poker room. Graton’s audio systems are also integrated into its security system and voice paging system.

As part of their design work, AVDB Group recommended Community’s Distributed Design Series loudspeaker family for all areas of the casino. “We prefer the sound of the Community loudspeakers over the ones originally specified,” said Oosthuizen, “and substituting Community also helped us meet the customer’s budget.” Dropped ceiling areas utilize white Community D4, D8, D10 and D10SUB ceiling loudspeakers. The open-ceiling steak house features black DP6 pendant loudspeakers. Other areas, including the outdoor parking lot use white DS5 surface-mount loudspeakers. “The DS5s are weather-resistant,” said Oosthuizen, “so we were able to maintain the same sound quality indoors and outdoors.”

Local newspapers reported long lines of customers waiting to enter Graton during its opening in November of 2013 and reviews have been very positive. Oosthuizen says the casino’s owners are pleased with the sound quality throughout the casino and with the appearance and ease of operation of their AV systems.

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Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Upgrades Multi-Purpose Gym Sound System

An award-winning* Roman Catholic elementary (K-8) school located in Springhouse, Pennsylvania, Gwynedd-Mercy Academy has a large, well-designed gymnasium to supports its physical education classes and sports events, drama and musical performances, worship services and other school activities.

The gymnasium has a theatrical stage and versatile activity and seating space. However, the gym’s sound system was always a challenge. The school’s activities had outgrown the capabilities of the system and its coverage and sound quality were poor. To compensate, users would turn up the volume causing feedback and intensifying reverberation. Because of these issues, the school often rented a sound system. The scheduling and cost of these rentals complicated event planning.

Sal Scinto, a music teacher at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy also runs the theater program. In mid-2013, the school’s principal, Sister Anne Crampsie, asked Scinto to research and propose a new sound system. Through a referral from another school, Scinto contacted Tony Albano of Naaman’s AV in Avondale, PA. Scinto and Albano designed a versatile new sound system for the gym using Community VERIS2 and R-Series loudspeakers. The system uses two rows of R.5 loudspeakers distributed over the bleachers and the gym floor and a pair of V2-35 3-way loudspeakers above the stage opening for front fill. A V2-215S subwoofer can be quickly connected to the system for musical events.

For theatrical and musical performances, Albano provided a Soundcraft digital mixer and Shure wireless microphones. He added a Community dSPEC DSP processor for system equalization and configuration. For less complex events, users can bypass the digital mixer and operate the system from simple controls in the equipment rack. In addition, the system can be subdivided. For sports and other events that do not utilize the stage, the front loudspeakers and subwoofer are turned off. For on-screen presentations and similar events, the distributed loudspeakers are turned off and the system uses only the front loudspeakers and sub.

Because of this versatility, Scinto says Gwynedd-Mercy Academy no longer needs to rent a system for theatrical or musical performances and everyone’s expectations were satisfied. Scinto added, “the sound quality is excellent, and the response from the speakers is very full and clear.”

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Community Completes New Loudspeaker Test Facility

Hadi Sumoro at Community's New Loudspeaker Test Facility RoomIn keeping with its commitment to accurate and complete loudspeaker technical data, Community has opened a new, state-of-the-art indoor test facility at its factory in Chester, Pennsylvania USA. Designed by Charlie Hughes of Excelsior Audio and operated by Senior Measurement Technician, Hadi Sumoro, the new test facility enables loudspeaker measurements with unprecedented accuracy and precision.

With its indoor location, the new facility makes it possible to control temperature and humidity. It eliminates wind problems and minimizes interference from outside noise sources. This allows Community engineers to accurately measure complex loudspeaker data and to gather polar data in precise 1-degree resolution. Measurements are automated with an ELF robotic rotator system controlled by EASERA™ software.

The new test facility follows in the footsteps of a long tradition of loudspeaker measurements at Community. Community’s first test facility was a 32-foot-high tower built in 1975 on a southeast Pennsylvania hilltop which provided measurements that closely corresponded to

anechoic chamber standards and established Community as an early leader in providing accurate loudspeaker specifications. In 1981, Community built a semi-anechoic room in its factory to manually collect spherical propagation data of loudspeakers using Time Delay Spectrometry (TDS) technology developed by Richard Heyser and Gerald Stanley. In 1994, Community built a new outdoor test facility extending from the third floor of its factory building in Chester. At 40 feet above the ground and with a microphone to loudspeaker distance of 39 feet, this system is still utilized today and uses TDS software to collect far-field and free-space data and to minimize outdoor noise and reflections. The outdoor test system provides the ability to measure low-frequency loudspeakers in near-free-space conditions.

Regarding the new test facility, Community’s Director of Technical Services, Dave Howden said, “Community’s outdoor measurement systems were an important resource for our TAG (Technical Applications Group) group as we worked with systems designers and end users. Now, this new indoor facility provides phase data and other new information for systems designers and will help Community’s engineering team design the next generation of great loudspeakers.”

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Game Seven Grill Opens to Championship Sound

Game Seven Grill is a barbecue restaurant located in the Gila River Casinos Plaza at Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. With a name that evokes the D-Backs Championship victory in Game Seven of the 2001 World Series, Game Seven Grill’s casual atmosphere and family-friendly style are reflected in its interior design which builds on the brick and open-beam architecture of the building.

Before opening in March of 2013, Game Seven Grill underwent a major renovation including new seating, championship décor and a new sound and video system featuring Community CP6 pendant loudspeakers for the interior and R.25-94T loudspeakers for the Grill’s outdoor plaza seating.
Game Seven Grill Patio
Game Seven’s sound and video systems were designed and installed by Parsons Technologies of Phoenix, Arizona. Mark Schultz, Systems Engineer, designed the systems at Game Seven Grill. He says Parsons provides audio and video systems for many of the venues at Chase Field. “The team owns the Game Seven building,” Schultz said, “and they contacted us to design and install the sound and video systems for this new restaurant.”

Schultz knew that Game Seven would feature an open interior design with its ceiling painted black. The owners had asked for a great music and video system but they made it clear they wanted “invisible loudspeakers”. “Community’s Commercial Design Series CP6 pendants were the perfect choice,” said Schultz. “They sounded great and we could get them in black to disappear against the ceiling. We used Community’s R.25 loudspeakers for the outdoor plaza seating,” he continued. “They were also available in black and they sound great as well.”

Game Seven’s sound system is used for background music and for sports event play-by-play audio. The system is divided into two zones, indoor and outdoor. During a baseball game or other sporting event, the restaurant can choose to play the audio from a local radio or TV station into either zone so that patrons can watch and listen to the game. The audio system is powered by CTS amplifiers and features a BSS DSP system with touch-panel controls for volume and source selection.

“We did a little EQ but didn’t need much,” Schultz said. “And the owners are extremely pleased with the sound and appearance. We’re expecting them to expand the system to the upper level of the restaurant, which will be undergoing renovation prior to the 2014 season.”

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Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre Performs with Community

Founded in 1966, Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre (ASGT) is an outdoor community theatre in Historic Downtown Annapolis, Maryland. With its all-volunteer staff and actors, ASGT hosts three major productions each season in an outdoor garden setting. While most ASGT productions are musicals, the venue also hosts Shakespeare, improv and educational programs.

The outdoor garden setting is pleasant for theatre goers, but it presents ongoing challenges to actors and staff ranging from lingering afternoon heat and inclement weather to noise from boat engines and horns at the nearby City Dock. Scott McCormick, one of two Technical Directors at ASGT, says the theatre’s previous loudspeakers weren’t weather-resistant and had to be bagged or removed from the theatre when it rained and after each performance. In addition, they had poor directional control which contributed to on-stage feedback issues and neighborhood noise complaints.

Last summer, McCormick and members of the tech team approached the board of directors with a request for a new loudspeaker system. He wanted to fly the system on a truss that could double as a lighting truss. He wanted high-performance loudspeakers that were weather-resistant and could be left in place throughout the year. And, he wanted good directional control to provide even coverage in the theatre and reduce sound levels in the neighborhood.

McCormick contacted David McLain of CCI Solutions who modeled the theatre and recommended weatherized Community iBOX model iHP-1226WR loudspeakers for left and right front-of-house, i-212SWR’s for subwoofers and WET W2-228 loudspeakers for stage/foldback monitors. The mains and subs are suspended from the truss at stage left and right and the monitors are suspended behind the mains to cover the stage while minimizing their visual impact.

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre with Weatherized Community iBOX Loudspeakers

Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre with Weatherized Community iBOX Loudspeakers

The theatre uses Shure UHF wireless microphone systems with Countryman headsets. On a typical production, all actors are equipped with wireless. The system is powered by QSC amplifiers and uses a Community dSPEC226AN loudspeaker processor for equalization and loudspeaker management. McCormick says the Community dSPEC is a “joy to work with” and he especially loves the amplifier calibration feature. He plans to use dSPEC presets to set up differing equalization for weather and humidity changes.
McCormick says the modeling was very accurate so that coverage is consistent throughout the theatre and they no longer receive neighborhood complaints. When the system was first turned on, everyone loved the sound. “Their jaws dropped,” said McCormick. “Everyone in the theatre can hear clearly and this year’s reviews are all positive about the sound.” He also noted that the stage monitor coverage was greatly improved while feedback was virtually eliminated. One actor commented, “I’ve never been able to hear anything like this on this stage!”

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Steve Johnson Appointed Community CEO

Community Professional Loudspeakers is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Johnson as CEO. Johnson has over 25 years of engineering, marketing and management experience in the pro audio and communications industries. In his new role, Johnson is tasked with overseeing the company’s overall business and sales strategies, and leading Community into a new era of exceptional growth.

Johnson’s previous roles have included VP and brand management positions with Bosch Communications Systems, Harman Music Group and Shure. Johnson joins Community from Bosch where he held the position of Global Brand Manager and was responsible for brand management of Electro-Voice, RTS, Telex and Dynacord audio products worldwide.

“I am delighted to join Community at this important time in its history,” said Johnson. “The company is well-respected worldwide and has an impressive line-up of new products. Community is poised for strong growth and I look forward to leading the company into the future.”

Johnson joins Community as it celebrates forty-five years in professional audio. Founded in 1968 by its current president and chief engineer, Bruce Howze, Community began as a loudspeaker component and lighting company. Today Community is a prominent pro audio manufacturer with an advanced product line, supplying professional loudspeakers and related products to high profile installations worldwide and enjoying record sales in US and international markets.

“Community has continued to grow throughout the economic recession and recovery, with its diverse profile of high value, high performance outdoor and installation products,” remarked Howze. “I’m confident that under Steve’s leadership, Community will not only continue its strong performance, but start an upward trajectory of unprecedented growth. Steve will be a major driving force in the company’s future. I’m very pleased to welcome him to Community.”

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