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Community Provides the All-Weather Club Sound Solution for Mandala Beach Club

Ampere Manufacturas Electronicas S.A.De C.V. has supplied and installed a new outdoor sound system for The Mandala Beach Club in Cancún, Mexico, utilizing Community iBOX and WET loudspeakers.

The Mandala Beach Club is located on a narrow strip of land off the Cancún coast and is one of the region’s top clubs. It enjoys the idyllic setting of a soft sandy beach lapped by the clear blue waters of the Caribbean. The beautiful setting does, however, have a major drawback for sound equipment as the system is fully exposed to the elements. As a result the club has previously had numerous bad experiences, with well-known brands that could not survive the humidity, high temperatures and winds that carry sand and salt. Even with being covered at night, previous systems were unable to endure the conditions. What Mandala Beach Club needed was a system that could provide high quality club standard sound and withstand the weather 24/7, which naturally led to the choice of Community.

The new system was designed by Manuel Tapia from Ampere and comprises four three-way, large format 15-inch iBOX iHP-3564s, fourteen dual 15-inch iHP-215LVS subs, fourteen three-way, 8-inch WET W2-228s and twelve compact two-way W2-218s. The iHP systems are all-weather versions of Community’s powerful flagship iBOX range, featuring heavy duty fiberglass-coated Marine plywood and three-layer weather-resistant grilles.

The system also included Community Distributed Design DP6 pendant loudspeakers under the covered walkways. Processing for the system is handled by Community’s advanced dSPEC226AN network-enabled loudspeaker processor.

Manuel Tapia commented, “High end club sound and all-weather are two things not often specified together, but the Community system delivers on both counts and perfectly meets the clubs requirements. The club’s management is so pleased with the system they have just ordered a similar Community system for another of their venues”.

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ENTASYS Helps Historic Navy Chapel Improve Coverage and Intelligibility

The Naval Academy Chapel is a historic focal point for the U.S. Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis, Maryland. Dedicated in 1908 and remodeled in 1940, the Chapel underwent an extensive restoration in 2009. Its classic cruciform design centers on a 121-foot-high dome, seats 2500 worshipers and includes a 268-rank pipe organ.

The Chapel’s large volume, hard surfaces and large, high dome present substantial acoustical issues. As a result, the Chapel has always suffered from poor speech intelligibility and uneven coverage. In an attempt to deal with these issues, the Chapel tried several different sound systems including a distributed system and a pew-back system. Finally, in 2010, while operating with an unsatisfactory mix of these different systems, the Chapel published an RFP asking for proposals for an entirely new sound reinforcement system.

After an extended, formal evaluation of several proposals, the Chapel chose a design presented by DFX Sound Vision of West Berlin, New Jersey. To improve intelligibility in the Chapel and solve its coverage issues, DFX proposed a design based on Community Entasys column line arrays. “We knew we had to keep sound out of the dome as much as possible,” said Drew Juliano, DFX’ Design Engineer, who designed the new Chapel system. “So we installed an Entasys triple-stack on each side in the front and added an Entasys double-stack on each side towards the rear to cover the mezzanine and choir loft. Entasys’ narrow vertical coverage helped us keep sound away from the ceiling and the dome and its wide horizontal coverage helped provide even coverage throughout the seating areas.”

DFX completed its installation in late 2012 and aimed the Entasys stacks with a laser to avoid slap echoes from the back wall. They added delay to the rear stacks to match the sound arrivals from the front. And, they carefully adjusted levels of the individual loudspeakers to get even coverage throughout the Chapel.

“System aesthetics were very important to the Chapel,” said DFX’ Sales Manager Rene DiPeri. “We provided them with a rendering of the installed loudspeakers as part of our proposal,” she continued. “So, Community custom-painted the Entasys columns to an RAL color number we provided, and we took care to match all of our work to the Chapel’s interior design and colors.”

The Chapel hosts religious services for several faiths as well as weddings, funerals and other services. DFX added a Crestron touch-panel control to reconfigure the system to match the needs of these varied events. A Digidesign digital mixer is available for special events that need extra microphones and a professional operator. DFX completed the system with a BSS DSP system and Crown power amplifiers.

“The Chapel is very pleased with the system’s intelligibility and coverage,” said Juliano, “and we provided a service contract so we can continue to train new users and adjust the Crestron settings as their needs change.”

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Joe W. Brown Park’s Post-Katrina Restoration includes Community R-Series Loudspeakers

Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in Eastern New Orleans is a 135-acre park with an activities center, in-door heated pool, ball fields, picnic shelters, play equipment and a large nature center. After sustaining substantial damage during Hurricane Katrina, Joe W. Brown Park was restored with help from Nike, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Brees Dream Foundation. As part of the restoration, the city of New Orleans added Victory Field, a new football stadium, and restored an existing track and field facility.

Both facilities include new sound systems, designed and installed by Technical Services Group of Baton Rouge with Community R-Series Loudspeaker Systems. “You really can’t go wrong with Community R-Series,” said Patrick Meek of Technical Services Group. “They’re built to project crisp, intelligible sound and withstand any weather conditions.”

Meek chose Community R2 loudspeakers for Victory Field and Community R.5s for the smaller Track and Field. Powered by QSC amplifiers and using an Ashly Protea DSP, both designs have the loudspeakers on top of the press box covering the home bleachers, field and cross-field area which includes visitor seating at Victory Field.

The facilities are open to many different groups so Meek designed both systems to be user-friendly. He placed a handheld and headset microphone inside each press box and added wireless mics for the referees. “The city officials were very pleased with the systems,” Meek said, “they’re easy to use and they sound great!”

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Circuit of the Americas Hosts Formula One with Community

Community R-Series at Main Grandstand

Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is America’s first purpose-built Formula One racing track. Completed in late 2012, COTA’s campus includes the Main Grandstand with VIP Lounge, the Grand Plaza with food court and shops, a 251 foot (77m) Observation Tower and the Pit Building with an adjacent Media Center. The track includes bleachers at several locations to supplement the Grandstand seating.

Although the Formula One and other races are the site’s main attractions, A/V systems play major supporting roles. Architect Tilke’s Formula One designs include race control systems and basic audio and video systems but Circuit of the Americas chose to upgrade and/or supplement the A/V systems in many areas.

Circuit of the Americas retained consultant Acoustic Dimensions for many of the venue’s networks and for the audio and video system upgrades. Acoustic Dimensions value engineered the low-voltage systems and, in cooperation with Hughes Associates, led the effort to comply with the mass notification code. AT&T, the overall campus technology contractor, chose Ford AV to assist in the A/V systems field design and installation.

The original audio specification consisted primarily of paging horns for race audio and public announcements. To meet COTA’s request for A/V upgrades, Acoustic Dimensions and Ford AV set up a loudspeaker performance evaluation for Circuit of the Americas’ management personnel. Conventional paging horns were used as a baseline and two upgraded systems were offered for comparison. Circuit of the Americas selected Community’s R-Series, for their overall performance and sound quality, their reputation for long-term outdoor durability and their high sensitivity (efficiency) which reduced amplifier requirements and helped Circuit of the Americas meet its budget guidelines.

Community R2s, R.5HPs and WET Series loudspeakers are used in the Main Grandstand, on the track and in other outdoor areas. Community Distributed Design Series ceiling and surface-mount loudspeakers are used in the Main Grandstand, the Grandstand VIP Lounge and the Pit Building. Community VERIS2 loudspeakers are used in the Media Center with the video systems. Audio electronics include Crown amplifiers, BSS London DSPs and Soundcraft digital mixing consoles. Acoustic Dimension’s Craig Janssen says “Circuit of the Americas is very pleased with the choice of Community loudspeakers for these systems”.

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Community CEO Timothy Dorwart Passes

July 16, 2013 – Timothy Dorwart, CEO of Community Professional Loudspeakers, passed away on July 15th due to illness.

Dorwart became Community’s CEO in March of this year and led the company through its introduction of several important new products at InfoComm. Dorwart’s previous roles included director and VP positions with Bose Corporation and DMX Music. Since 2007, he had led the Stanton Group through a successful turnaround as their CEO. Dorwart came to Community from Gibson Guitar Corporation where he held the position of General Manager, Pro Audio and guided the integration of Stanton Group assets to form Gibson’s new Pro Audio Division.

Bruce Howze, Community’s President, said, “We are deeply saddened by Tim’s death. We mourn the loss of our chief executive and a good friend and we extend our most sincere condolences to his wife and family.”
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July 16, 2013 – A memorial service will be held on Saturday July 20 at 2pm (EDT) at:

First Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua
210 Pine Street
Catasauqua, PA 18032
USA

In lieu of flowers, for those who would like to make a donation in Tim’s name, please consider the charities most dear to him; cancer research, no-kill animal shelters or music education charities.

A few suggestions of organizations are: cancer.org/donate, standup2cancer.org, nokillnetwork.org, aspca.org, foundationformusiceducation.org, nammfoundation.org

Eastern High School Installs Versatile Gymnasium Sound with Community


Eastern High School, in Voorhees, New Jersey, is a regional district school with 2100 students. Eastern has a competition-sized gymnasium used for multiple indoor sports and other events. Last year, Eastern decided to replace the sound system in their gymnasium. The existing system was unreliable and lacked the versatility needed for a modern, multi-purpose facility.

Eastern contacted JD Sound and Video who designed a new sound system using Community R-Series model R.5 loudspeakers, in a semi-distributed layout, supplemented with Community iBOX model i215LVS subwoofers.

Because the school was unfamiliar with this style of system, JD Sound and Video arranged an on-site demonstration. The school was pleased with the demo which covered the gymnasium well and provided great musical sound quality and excellent voice intelligibility. In addition, the semi-distributed design allowed the school to sub-divide the gym and host two events simultaneously.

The system is powered by Crown amplifiers and uses a Rane mixer and DSP system and Shure wireless microphones. JD Sound and Video provided a simple user interface that allows the system to be easily sub-divided and controlled from several locations. Joe DiSabatino of JD Sound and Video says, “The school is very happy with the system and we were able to complete it in time for their high school graduation ceremonies.”

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Vitae Restaurant Serves Great Sound with Community

Located near Grand Central Terminal, in New York City’s Midtown East neighborhood, Vitae is a classy, upscale restaurant featuring a “New American” menu. Designed by architect Niels Guldager of New York interior design firm Studio CMP (www.studio-cmp.com), Vitae draws on the history of Midtown while bearing a strong contemporary identity that includes sound and acoustics as important design elements.

Architect Guldager said “bad sound can ruin an otherwise perfect restaurant environment. I want the right background music level and clarity so people can hear the music but still hold a conversation. And,” he continued, “clarity is key in getting sound into the ‘sweet spot’ as a design element.”

Guldager worked with contractor David Schwartz of Essential Communications in East Hanover, NJ, to design the sound system for Vitae. “The restaurant’s design didn’t always allow us to place the loudspeakers in the best locations for coverage,” said Schwartz. “And, the restaurant has several different ceiling heights.”

After considering these challenges, Schwartz chose Community’s new D-Series ceiling loudspeakers to meet the restaurant’s design goals of clarity and consistent level. D-Series wide, smooth dispersion helped Schwartz get good coverage throughout the restaurant. And, D-Series offered him seven different sized models, with uniform voicing, to help achieve consistent sound level and clarity in the different ceiling heights. Schwartz chose D-Series 6”, 8” and 10” models and notes that he was able to achieve “good blending despite the three different models of loudspeaker.” The system also has zones for music adjustment and source selection. This allows a choice of level and music style for private parties in spaces like the mezzanine.

With its attractive modern appearance, excellent food and great sound, Vitae continues to receive excellent reviews from publications like the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal and Virtual Gourmet and from patrons who post online comments like, “Why did I not find this place earlier?”

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Joe W. Brown Park’s Post-Katrina Restoration includes Community R-Series Loudspeakers

Joe W. Brown Memorial Park in Eastern New Orleans is a 135-acre park with an activities center, in-door heated pool, ball fields, picnic shelters, play equipment and a large nature center. After sustaining substantial damage during Hurricane Katrina, Joe W. Brown Park was restored with help from Nike, the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Brees Dream Foundation. As part of the restoration, the city of New Orleans added Victory Field, a new football stadium, and restored an existing track and field facility.

Both facilities include new sound systems, designed and installed by Technical Services Group of Baton Rouge with Community R-Series Loudspeaker Systems. “You really can’t go wrong with Community R-Series,” said Patrick Meek of Technical Services Group. “They’re built to project crisp, intelligible sound and withstand any weather conditions.”

Meek chose Community R2 loudspeakers for Victory Field and Community R.5s for the smaller Track and Field. Powered by QSC amplifiers and using an Ashly Protea DSP, both designs have the loudspeakers on top of the press box covering the home bleachers, field and cross-field area which includes visitor seating at Victory Field.

The facilities are open to many different groups so Meek designed both systems to be user-friendly. He placed a handheld and headset microphone inside each press box and added wireless mics for the referees. “The city officials were very pleased with the systems,” Meek said, “they’re easy to use and they sound great!”

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Moving On: John Wiggins Retires from Community

Chester, Pennsylvania, USA – June 25, 2013 – Community Professional Loudspeakers announced today that John T. Wiggins, Community’s Vice President, will retire after a distinguished career spanning 41 years with the company.

Wiggins joined Community’s founder, President and Chief Engineer, Bruce W. Howze in 1971 and became a partner in 1972. He has held multiple roles during his time at Community, including VP of Sales, VP of Marketing and his current position as VP of Business Development.

The quality of technical documentation of loudspeaker systems delivered by Community has been industry-leading since Wiggins provided acoustical measurements and calculations for the famous “Community White Book” published in the 1970’s. The book comprehensively detailed the directivity factor and spherical propagation characteristics of Community products, together with many competing loudspeaker products of the day.

Along with the development of electroacoustic design software like EASE, Modeler, CATT, Ulysses and others, Community’s leadership in providing accurate loudspeaker data has been instrumental in revolutionizing the computer-aided acoustic modeling of performance venues and predicting the performance of sound systems.

In 2003, John Wiggins and Dave Howden, Community’s Director of Technical Services, created the Community TAG Team, the Technical Applications Group which has become one of the pre-eminent “hands-on” audio tech teams in the industry.

Throughout his career with Community, Wiggins has worked closely with countless audio luminaries, contractors, consultants, musicians, film studios, NASA, professional sports venues, motorsport tracks, cruise ships, themed entertainment and amusement parks, and government organizations.

Wiggins is a member of SMPTE, ASA, AES, TEA, IAVM and InfoComm, and is active with NCAC and various theatrical groups. He was awarded a patent for the voice coil centering method used in one of the most powerful transducers ever manufactured, the Community M4.
Bruce Howze, Community’s founder stated: “It is with equal parts sorrow and joy that we accept John’s decision to retire. John has been a trusted partner and colleague for over 40 years and has made numerous contributions to Community. He leaves the company at a time of unprecedented achievement, much of which can be credited to his contributions. We will miss him. However, I am pleased that he is making time to pursue other passions in his life. Christine and I wish him success, health and happiness.”

Wiggins stated that he will continue to pursue several academic and professional interests.

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Announcing “WET X” – the Next Generation of Community’s WET Series

Community announces “WET X” – thirteen new models of its acclaimed WET Series featuring innovative next generation techniques that redefine outdoor loudspeaker construction and improve sonic performance. WET X’s exclusive hand-laid fiberglass enclosures are internally lined with marine-grade plywood and use innovative drivers to provide premium sound quality for both outdoor and indoor venues. The versatile 12-inch and 15-inch, two-way, full-range WET X loudspeakers offer six rotatable horn patterns, high output, and unmatched LF extension. WET X loudspeakers contain a large diaphragm 1.4-inch exit high frequency compression driver and can produce the same output levels as the largest WET II loudspeakers but in enclosures only half the size. The low frequency cone and internal circuitry have Community’s proprietary Envirotech™ coating for improved weather-resistance. The WX218SDF, a downfire dual 18-inch model, adds an ultra-high-performance subwoofer to the line.

WET X enclosures feature a modified trapezoidal silhouette that improves upon the uniquely curved shape of Community’s WET II enclosures, bringing a more traditional look and feel to the loudspeakers while still providing the same outdoor direct exposure resistance and streamlined shape to reduce wind load.

Internally, the flat surfaces are fully lined with 18mm (7-layer) marine grade plywood to provide the sonic benefits of wood inside of Community’s fiberglass enclosures. All of the wood is resin-sealed to reinforce the enclosure’s weather resistance. The outer shell is handcrafted of multi-layer fiberglass with a smooth glossy finish and is available in black or white, with custom paint colors optional. All models include a dual-layer powder-coated stainless steel mounting bracket.

WET X’s combination of multiple horn options, high output and extreme weather-resistance brings exceptional sound and speech quality to any outdoor or multi-purpose application. With the introduction of WET X, Community continues to provide stylish loudspeakers with theatrical quality sound in weather-resistant enclosures that will deliver high performance in all conditions for many years.

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