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St. John Church Gains Intelligibility with New Sound System

Completed in 1837, St. John the Evangelist is a historic Catholic Church in Frederick, Maryland with a Grecian ionic design and a cruciform floor plan. The church has carpeted floors but its spacious marble and plaster interior and hardwood pews create major challenges for voice intelligibility.

St. John’s existing sound system had poor intelligibility and coverage and a recurring feedback issue. In 2011, Eric Johnson of Audio Video Group offered St. John’s a new system using Community’s ENTASYS column line-source loudspeaker system. Johnson performed a live demonstration that showed his design could provide intelligible sound with even coverage while minimizing audio feedback.

St. John’s new system has an ENTASYS ENT-FR full-range column and an ENT-LF low-frequency column on each side of the chancel tilted slightly downwards to avoid rear-wall echoes.

The left and right transepts and the rear of the church are covered by ENT206s. A pair of ENT203s provides coverage for the balcony and choir loft. Johnson used an Earthworks gooseneck mic on the ambo and lectern and provided Shure wireless mics for the priests. St. John’s system uses a Biamp AUDIA FLEX for automatic mixing, loudspeaker delay and system equalization and Lab Gruppen power amplifiers. A small mixer in the balcony blends choir soloists and guitars into the service.

St. John’s is very pleased with their new system’s intelligibility and coverage and its lack of feedback. Soon after the system was installed, a senior gentleman attending Mass asked the priest to please not change anything because this was the first time in a long time that he could clearly hear what was being said!

Community Launches New Brand Identity

Audio pioneer Community Professional Loudspeakers unveiled its new corporate brand identity at InfoComm last month. Community’s booth and demo room showcased the new look of the brand while I SERIES, a family of premium point source loudspeakers launched at the show, signaled a bold new direction for the company’s product design language.

Founded in 1968, Community has an impressive record of innovation and longevity and the company continues to reinvent itself in response to changing customer needs, global market forces and technical advances in the industry. The new brand identity and product design language are key elements of a branding initiative which reinforces Community’s focus on the installation markets and its commitment to innovative product design.

“The revised corporate identity is a vibrant and engaging new expression of the Community brand legacy – past, present and future,” explained Steve Johnson, Community’s CEO. “The design of our new symbol and logotype suggest precision and elegance, two important attributes of our products and engineering.”

Johnson described how the company’s branding initiative guided the development of Community’s newest product, the I SERIES premium high-power installation loudspeakers. “The forward-thinking design of I SERIES demonstrates the kind of fresh and contemporary industrial design you’ll see in future products from Community. And,” he continued, “its installed-system focus, including some very clever rigging hardware, evidences our commitment to our core customers.”

Johnson summarized in this way, “Community’s brand has always been highly respected throughout the pro audio industry. With this new corporate brand identity, we’re modernizing the way we present our company to the world while building on our past strengths and renewing our commitment to our customers.”

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Community Provides the Sound for Tokyo’s Most Famous Square

Hachiko Square, sometimes called Hachiko Plaza, is probably the busiest and best-known meeting place in Tokyo. Named in honour of the famous statue of the “Faithful Dog Hachiko,” it is fenced in by a department store, two train stations and the well-known Shibuya pedestrian scramble crossing that is reputed to be the busiest in the world.

The plaza is usually teeming with people, especially during evenings and weekends. It is a prime people-watching spot and a very popular meeting place. Most people, locals and tourists alike, gravitate toward the bronzed Akita Inu statue referred to as Hachi or Hachiko. The original statue was erected in 1934 to honour the dog who met his master, Professor Ueno Hidesaburo, every day at the station after work. When Professor Ueno died in 1925 and did not return, Hachiko continued to wait for him daily for the next nine years, appearing exactly when the train was due. The story continues to be told and the 2.4 million people who use Shibuya Station pass by the bronze dog each day.

As with many of the world’s great cities, such a location provides the perfect advertising opportunity and the professional sound company, Katoya Recording Service, was commissioned to provide sound for a 24.3 x 17.3 meter LED screen, which is mounted on a roof overlooking the intersection.

Mr Katoya, Managing Director of Katoya Recording Service, explained the choice of loudspeakers, “To provide high quality and intelligibility within a defined area at such a distance required high power loudspeakers with exceptional control. We chose two Community R.5-66T’s, with 60×60 degree dispersion for the main area, and an R.5-HPT with 60×40 dispersion to focus on the distant crossroads. They deliver the sound clearly to the areas where the displays are seen, but do not create a noise problem with spillage.”

A Powersoft M30D HDSP+ETH was chosen to drive the Community loudspeakers, for its power, audio quality and the on-board DSP it provides.

With R SERIES’ proven all-weather capabilities, Katoya Recording Service has provided a system with the quality and reliability the application required, and a system that will be heard by countless millions for many years to come.

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Ocean’s Ten Club Has Great Sound on Miami Beach

Ocean’s Ten is a popular night club and tourist destination in Miami Beach, Florida with indoor and outdoor dining areas, live music and DJs and a great location on the beach front.

Ocean’s Ten is known for its high-quality entertainment with live bands and DJs. Unfortunately, the audio in Ocean’s Ten outdoor dining area wasn’t up to the quality standards of their indoor areas. In addition, the outdoor loudspeakers had deteriorated from continuous exposure to the beach-front, salt-air environment.

Last year, Ocean’s Ten asked James Reed and Michael Callahan of Audio Video Lighting Innovations (AVLI) in Miami to propose a new loudspeaker system that would survive the salt air while providing high-quality audio for its outdoor dining area customers. AVL Innovations had installed the club’s indoor system and understood their commitment to high-quality sound. Reed recommended Community’s WET loudspeakers because he knew they would meet the club’s high standards while surviving the beach-front environment.

Ocean’s Ten new outdoor system consists of six Community W2-2W8 loudspeakers in a distributed array along Ocean’s Ten sidewalk dining area. The W2-2W8s provide full-range, high-quality sound with wide, smooth dispersion and their white color complements the club’s outdoor décor. The new loudspeakers are powered by a Lab Gruppen power amplifier and the system includes a Biamp Nexia DSP for loudspeaker management and system equalization.

Reed says the club is very happy with their new outdoor loudspeaker system and he added, “it sounds fantastic out there!”

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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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