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DANLEY HORNS ELEVATE THE SOUND QUALITY AT RALPH WILSON STADIUM HOME OF THE BUFFALO BILLS

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2013: Fervent football fans know that the Buffalo Bill’s Ralph Wilson Stadium is one of the most difficult places for kickers, owning to its exposure to Lake Erie’s gusty winds, but few footballs recognize the tremendous challenge those winds create for the stadium’s sound reinforcement system. Moreover, Buffalo’s notoriously snowy winters regularly incapacitated the loudspeakers and subwoofers that were exposed to it, and unintelligible announcements and underpowered music were a constant frustration. However, with a new Danley Sound Labs distributed loudspeaker and subwoofer system in place, that lackluster performance is history, and Ralph Wilson Stadium now stands as one of the league’s best venues for a soul-shaking game-day experience that few living room hi-fi system can rival.

“The NFL is striving to improve the game-day experience,” explained Steve Asposto, senior director of broadcast operations with the Buffalo Bills. “We want to keep people coming to the stadium, but with so much HD technology available in fans’ living rooms, there is a huge temptation for them to stay home. Our goal is to give them an experience at the stadium that cannot be replicated on the couch, and music is a huge part of that. The league has softened many of the rules that used to restrict music playback, and so now we’re able to build music into a greater part of the experience.”

The trouble was that Ralph Wilson Stadium wasn’t ready to make effective use of those new rules. Even when it was brand new, the old sound system fired from only one side, which generated an intelligibility-killing clot of late arrivals. Worse, over a decade of Buffalo’s ceaseless wind and superabundant snowfall had destroyed approximately half of the stadium’s loudspeakers and subwoofers. “We used to get regular complaints that the announcements and referee calls were completely muddled,” said Asposto. “The clarity simply wasn’t there.” The Bills called on Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia) to design a new system that would stand up to Buffalo’s inclement weather and that would deliver clear, high-fidelity audio even on the windiest days. Ronco Specialized (Tonawanda, New York) installed the new system.

“The idea was to place a loudspeaker and subwoofer cluster on each of four towers that encircle the stadium,” said Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering for Anthony James Partners. “As always, price was a big consideration, but we also needed exceptional pattern control to avoid the late arrivals that had plagued the old system. Danley Sound Labs delivered on both counts, and Danley’s Shaded Amplitude technology in its GH-60 Genesis Horns would provide even coverage across the seats.” Each of the four clusters consists of three Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns, a Danley SH-95 for center fill, four Danley SH-MINIs for fill right below the cluster, and two Danley TH-118 subwoofers. In addition, four Danley SH-64s (two at each end zone) provide additional coverage, and 35 Danley SH-Micros provide under-balcony coverage. An existing Yamaha LS-7 digital console and four Peavey Neon processors (two of which are new) form the front end, and sixteen Lab.gruppen PLM-20000 amplifiers power the Danley boxes. A new computer system operates the system with multiple screens (including one dedicated to the NIO software and a touchscreen dedicated to the Lake software). The amplifiers receive signal via CobraNet or Dante and contain DSP resources to handle all of the loudspeaker conditioning.

Unfortunately, some of the electrical requirements necessitated a shift in the original design that then compromised the coverage of the Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns. “It turned out that even with the Shaded Amplitude design, the SPL was too hot on the top,” said Dean Churpita, who led the installation for Ronco Specialized. “Danley worked with us and twice sent technicians to physically modify the boxes to give us the coverage we needed. The sound quality itself is exceptional. I barely had to equalize the Danley boxes at all!” Al Colucci, account manager at Ronco Specialized, added, “Danley really came through for us. They’ve been tremendously responsive and are obviously invested in making this installation right for us and for the client.”

With the Danley-led modifications now in effect, the coverage is smooth, and the sound quality at Ralph Wilson Stadium has leapfrogged its NFL peers to become one of the best. “We’re very happy with the new system and with Danley’s commitment to making it perfect,” said Asposto. “It’s not an easy trick to deliver consistent audio to all 75,000 seats in an open stadium in Buffalo’s climate. We’re similar to Lambeau Field, except that Lambeau has the benefit of an uninterrupted ring of stands. In contrast, we have a lot of ‘holes’ for the wind to play with. Despite that, Danley’s coverage is keeping direct sound on the seats and minimizing the sort of extraneous echoes that we used to contend with.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY-NOMINATED MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS TAKE METRIC HALO GEAR ON THE ROAD

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 2013: Rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis’ most recent release, The Heist, grabbed the number one spots on the Billboard U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop and Rap charts and quickly sold its way to Platinum status. It was a fast start that shows no sign of letting up, as the duo recently garnered seven Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year, Song of the Year (for “Same Love”), Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance, and Best Rap Album. That’s an incredibly rare feat for any artist, let alone a duo whose inspired musicianship and honest lyrics leave their street credibility untouched by such towering industry benchmarks. Perhaps just as telling, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis were “the most streamed” artists on Spotify in 2013. Although they spent the fall of 2013 packing arenas all over the U.S. in support of The Heist, in the downtime between gigs they turned their attention to the music that will form its follow-up, and Metric Halo is with them along the way.

Capturing and working out ideas on the road is often seen as a balancing act between quick-and-dirty methods that are fast, on the one hand, and higher-quality techniques that take more time and thought to set up, on the other. Lewis largely avoids that compromise with a Metric Halo ULN-2 interface. “The ULN-2 is a pretty unique interface,” he said. “It has two good-quality pre-amps and yet it’s small enough to fit into a carry-on. It also acts as a great interface for Pro Tools, or any other audio program that I use. Macklemore and I have used it countless times on the road.”

After using the Metric Halo ULN-2 for a short while, Lewis was alerted to Metric Halo’s collection of seven plug-ins, sold together as the Metric Halo Production Bundle. He has already used a number of the plug-ins to mix new music in the studio and on the road. Among them are Character – a plug-in that models the sonic signature of a wide range of classic and contemporary audio gear; HaloVerb – an authentic-sounding reverb, Precision DeEsser; and TransientControl – a unique dynamics processor.

“Character is great when I’m not exactly sure what I want to do with something that doesn’t have the right texture,” Lewis said. “It can pull out different pieces that weren’t there before. I love HaloVerb and use it all the time. It has a good variety of feelings and a full range of spring and hall sounds that work well on vocals and instruments.” Some of Lewis’ uses are particular to rap and hip-hop: “Rap vocals have a lot of punch and can get very sibilant. The Precision DeEsser does a great job of cleaning that up. Finally, I didn’t expect the fairly simple TransientControl plug-in to be as useful as it turned out to be. Now it’s one of my favorite plug-ins because it can capture the accents in a recording. For instance, when I have a break beat and I really want the snare and kick to pop, but I’d like to lose everything else in the recording, I use TransientControl.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

WEATHERPROOF DANLEY OS-80 LOUDSPEAKERS COVER ONTARIO HOCKEY ARENA

ONTARIO, CANADA – DECEMBER 2013: The J.D. McArthur Arena seats 3,500 for ice hockey games and 3,000 for lacrosse games and resides within the Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada. The Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League and the Owen Sound Woodsmen of the Ontario Lacrosse Association both call it home. Although thoroughly modern in most respects (including private boxes and a restaurant), the arena suffered from a sound reinforcement system with poor intelligibility and impact. A recent renovation, led by Straight Street Event Services of Cambridge, Ontario, took the sound system from terrible to fantastic with the replacement of the existing loudspeakers to the fully-weatherized Danley Sound Labs OS80s.

“The owners of the hockey team wanted a better experience for their ticket holders,” explained Keith Broughton, an independent contractor who led the design and installation on behalf of Straight Street. “The existing system did not provide clear announcements, and the quality and SPL of music playback did not cover all seating areas sufficiently. Many people complained that they couldn’t understand the announcer, and, this being a fairly small town, those complaints reached the right ears… many times!” Keith Kissner, the owner of Straight Street Event Services, who has a trusted relationship with the owners, hired Broughton to help evaluate the owners’ requirements, evaluate the existing system, recommend a solution, oversee its implementation, and test and tune the system after installation. In addition, he added, “and I would take the heat if the new system didn’t live up to expectations!”

Kissner and Broughton have been using a Danley TH-115 subwoofer in a rental application and were impressed by its performance. Based on that experience, together with the realization that it was precisely the “conventional” aspects of conventional loudspeakers that had so failed the McArthur Arena, Broughton scheduled a two-day trip to visit Danley headquarters in Georgia. “The folks at the ‘lab’ treated me very well,” he said. “They made me feel welcomed and answered all of my questions. They’re clearly interested in building relationships with the people who use their products. Southern hospitality is alive and well!”

Broughton’s requirements for the new loudspeakers were exceptional vocal clarity, high directivity, good visual appeal, and even coverage across the spectrum. A lightweight, easy-to-rig design was also important, as was a weather-resistant enclosure since the arena becomes very humid during the transition from lacrosse to hockey. “I originally spoke with Ivan Beaver, Danley’s chief engineer, about the Danley SM-80, which met my requirements,” said Broughton. “He turned me on to the new Danley OS-80, which has the SM-80’s characteristics plus a truly weatherproof enclosure and less overall weight. My visit to Danley headquarters gave me a chance to listen to the product and to talk with Ivan about its technical points. I left confident that the OS-80 was the right product.”

The new system covers the seating area only and was “piggy-backed” onto the existing control system. The Straight Street installation team removed the old loudspeakers and amplifiers and left the rest of the house system as it was. Broughton added a new Xilica processor, which conditions the system and feeds three Crest Pro9200 amplifiers. The amplifiers power five sets of four Danley OS-80s each (twenty OS-80s total), and the remaining channel powers a new Danley TH-118 subwoofer mounted over center-ice. Broughton and the Straight Street crew mounted the OS-80s directly on the roof trussing with the included yokes using beam clamps. “Director of Danley University, Doug Jones was also very generous with his time, and walked me through the use of the speaker prediction software,” he said. “That further convinced me that the OS-80 was the right tool for the job. Its 80-degree pattern is perfect for covering the front to rear seats and proved to be just as the Danley speaker prediction software had indicated.”

He continued, “The J.D. McArthur Arena may not be a big ticket install compared to what Danley usually does, but to this client, this is THE big ticket item. As you can imagine, my reputation, the reputation of this sound company, and the satisfaction of the client were riding on this products ability to deliver. The OS-80 and the support from Danley both exceeded my expectations. Danley included high-grade wire with the weather resistant coupler, they pre-lubricated the hardware, and they coated the grill with weather resistant film. Those details were not lost on me or the installation team! Both the arena technical staff and the hockey team’s director of marketing met the initial audio demonstration with a big ‘WOW, we have never heard sound like that in here!’ In fact, the members of the arena tech crew were so impressed that they want to add more Danley OS-80s to cover the ice area.” We are very happy with the OS80 and hope to use more Danley Sound Lab products in the future.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

Symetrix Announces Rep Award Winners: The Farm • CS&A • Native Media

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 2013: Closing another record year, Symetrix, DSP solution specialists, announces its annual U.S. regional sales representative award winners. Based in Roseville, California and having represented Symetrix for 25 years, The Farm AV earned Rep of the Year, while on the opposite coast venerable Cardone, Solomon, & Associates (CSA) earned Highest Sales Growth. The recently launched, Texas-based Native Media successfully leveraged owner Michael Austin’s decades of industry experience to earn the Symetrix Outstanding Sales Achievement Award.

“All of our representatives have done very well for us and our new products this year, and we thank each of them for their hard work on behalf of Symetrix,” said Dane Butcher, Symetrix Chairman. “The Farm, CS&A, and Native Media stood out in a very crowded field and earned this special recognition. With the introduction of Radius AEC to round out our advanced SymNet Edge and Radius 12×8 open architecture Dante scalable DSP solutions, we enjoyed significant growth this past year and look forward to continued growth in 2014. We couldn’t do it without our nationwide group of experienced independent sales reps.”

“Symetrix has created a real cultural connection with the customer. And by the ‘customer’ I mean the integrator,” explained John Hood, principal of The Farm. “Our firm’s loyalty to Symetrix begins with [Symetrix founder] Dane Butcher and his ongoing commitment to keeping Symetrix at the leading edge of the industry. Symetrix has been our rock. The management at Symetrix understands the independent rep model, and it shows in Symetrix’ continuing success.”

“All of us at Cardone, Solomon, & Associates are proud to be recognized by Symetrix for our achievement,” said John Cardone, co-owner of the firm. “We have been very happy with the way Symetrix has been bringing new products to market. They understand and listen to our customer’s needs, and that is what ultimately drives sales.” Michael Austin agreed, adding: “‘Flattered’ would be the only word to describe the feelings here at Native Media, LLC on winning the Symetrix Outstanding Sales Achievement award! Symetrix has evolved over the years into one of the leaders in the DSP world by producing the most complete line of forward-thinking products available. Native Media strives to be a ‘new style’ rep firm; one that works to provide the best in support and service. Symetrix really steps up and gives us the tools to meet those goals.”

Concluded Craig Richardson, Symetrix VP of Global Sales, “Our independent reps are an integral part of the Symetrix success story and I’m very pleased to recognize these three groups for their outstanding sales achievements.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

(pictured above) John Hood, principal of The Farm – recipient of Symetrix’ Rep of the Year Award.

ASHLY EXPANDS nX AMPLIFIER LINE

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2013: Ashly’s nX family of two- and four-channel power amplifiers has been expanded with the addition of twelve new 800 Watt and 400 Watt models. These medium output amplifiers are the perfect complement to the high-output 3,000W and 1,500W nX models.

All nX Series amplifiers feature Ashly’s programmable outputs on each individual channel using rear panel DIP switches to select Low-Z (down to 2 Ohms), or High-Z, (70V or 100V) constant-voltage outputs.

The nX8004 has four channels rated at 800 watts per channel across all programmable outputs. The nX8002 is the two-channel version. The nX4004 offers four channels at 400 watts per channel, while the nX4002 is the two-channel model.

Ashly offers three nX amplifier feature sets. The nX Series is the base level amplifier with Ashly’s Energy Management System (Ashly EMS™), a defeatable sleep mode that draws <1 Watt of current when engaged. The nX Series also has an optional security lockout feature for the front panel controls. The nXe Series Net-Work-Able amplifiers feature an Ethernet connection providing the integrator with remote control and diagnostics, a programmable sleep or stand-by mode, AUX outputs and an internal Real-Time Clock with Event Scheduler. The nXp Series adds the Protea™ DSP Processor with 32-bit SHARC processors and full Protea DSP that includes Precision Impedance Monitoring on each channel output.

“Expanding the nX Amplifier line with two and four-channel options at medium power outputs allows audio system designers to deliver an Ashly-centric sound system to their clients that features high-quality American-made amps,” offers John Sexton, Ashly’s vice president of sales.

Network audio options include factory installed Dante® and CobraNet® cards. Ashly also offers optional AES3 inputs with pass-through.

NX Power Amplifiers are built in the company’s Webster, New York factory and covered by Ashly’s industry-leading Five-Year Warranty. The new nX 800 Watt and 400 Watt models will begin shipping to U.S. Dealers this month.

Download data sheets on the nX, nXe and nXp models at www.ashly.com/nX

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

BLACKBIRD STUDIO CHOOSES API 1608 FOR ITS NEWLY CREATED BLACKBIRD ACADEMY

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – DECEMBER 2013: An API 1608 analog console will serve aspiring sound engineers at the newly created Blackbird Academy recording school in Nashville, Tennessee. The school is based at the prestigious Blackbird Studio and will draw on their history, expertise, and industry connections to offer three educational curricula, totaling over 720 hours of horizon-expanding coursework. Class sizes will be small and will feature extensive hands-on lab time, including time in two of Blackbird’s eight recording studios, now reserved exclusively for educational use. The classroom space was created by interior designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz of the HGTV television show, Home by Novogratz.

“We chose the API 1608 for a number of reasons,” said John McBride, who is co-owner and co-operator of Blackbird Studio with his wife, country superstar Martina McBride. “The 1608 is easy to use, it has a great sound, and it’s an excellent tool to teach students signal flow. We already have a couple of 1608s at Blackbird, and we’re very happy with them. Moving forward with the Academy, we wouldn’t have it any other way!”

Mark Rubel and Kevin Becka are co-directing Blackbird Academy, which began with a three-day summer camp designed for high school students. The Academy’s debut Studio Engineering Program kicked off on September 30, 2013 and will run for about 24 weeks.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Symetrix Speeds DSP Specification and Design with New Online Tool: SymQ SymNet Design and Quotation Calculator

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 2013: Digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has introduced a new online planning tool that allows users to quote and launch the design of SymNet DSP systems. Available now to select distributors, A/V specifiers and integrators, SymQ can be used to plan a variety of DSP systems using SymNet hardware enabled with Audinate’s popular Dante audio networking technology.

SymQ users enter information about the number and type of audio inputs and outputs required in a given DSP system and the tool generates an estimate of the quantity and type of SymNet devices required to implement the lowest cost design. Users may elect to receive an itemized price quotation as well as a SymNet Composer site file pre-populated with the suggested hardware.

SymQ is fully integrated with SymNet Composer software, and for those users who have a clearer idea of their requirements and have already completed a preliminary design using Composer, SymQ will generate and email a price quotation.

SymQ supports the entire range of SymNet Dante-enabled hardware including Radius 12×8, Radius AEC, Edge, xIn 12, xOut 12, as well as all SymNet I/O option cards.

Particularly advantageous for those users not intimately familiar with the SymNet product line, SymQ can be accessed by authorized Symetrix international distributors, U.S. dealers, representatives, A/V specifiers and consultants.

“Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better,” says Symetrix Director of Marketing Brooke Macomber. “By launching SymQ, we’re making it easy for customers to integrate SymNet DSP solutions into their projects using an on-line component selection tool. Our easy-to-use calculator enables consultants and integrators to reduce their decision making time as a first step towards the commissioning of DSP systems that conform perfectly to their customer’s price and performance requirements.”

To create a SymQ user account, contact a Symetrix administrator at sales@symetrix.co or register for the Symetrix web portal which gives authorized partners access to SymQ as well as additional secure sales, marketing, and technical documentation: www.symetrix.co/support/portal

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

SWEDISH COMPOSER AND PRODUCER ANDY PRICE DISCOVERS METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA/GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN – NOVEMBER 2013: “Ever since I can remember I’ve been making music,” said Swedish composer and producer Andy Price. “I started recording when I was twelve years old using a couple of cassette tape decks and a cheap toy keyboard. I used one tape deck to record drums, and then played the drum track back while I recorded keys on the second tape deck. A few years later, I traded my scooter in for an old Korg that I still use to this day!” Clearly, the music bug bit Price early and deep. Today, he splits his time between Los Angeles and his native Gothenburg, producing and writing with artists such as Cheryl Cole, Girls Aloud, Dot Jr, Ministry Of Sound, and Sasha Keable (just to name a few) and is in the studio right now working hard to finish songs with Tokio Hotel, Aura Dione, Jana and more. The breakout hit that put him on the path he now enjoys was “Lyracis” and the video for the single, “Speakerphone” got over a million YouTube views in just a few weeks.

Several years ago, Price read an online review of Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in, and, curiosity piqued, gave it a spin. “ChannelStrip has been a huge part of every song I’ve created since then,” he said. While Price is most celebrated as a producer and songwriter, the nature of the market leads him to mix most of the material he works on. It’s a task he enjoys, and it affords him the creative freedom to fully realize his artistic vision. He has since expanded his Metric Halo palette to include HaloVerb and Precision De-Esser. “I have an obsession for vintage gear and the classic sound of older records,” he continued. “Metric Halo’s plug-ins are unique because they deliver that classic analog sound with all of the convenience and flexibility of a plug-in. I would say that Metric Halo is my foundation when mixing. A Metric Halo plug-in is on at least 80% of my channels!”

ChannelStrip is Price’s “tool of all tools.” Almost every track needs some kind of help in the frequency or dynamics domain, and ChannelStrip addresses both aspects within one scalable plug-in. With the newest version, ChannelStrip 3, Metric Halo has added SpectraFoo spectrum analysis to provide visual feedback for changes made to the main signal or to the side-chain signal. “It seems that ChannelStrip is always my starting point for a mix – getting things into decent shape; and my finishing point – making the fine corrections once everything is dialed in,” Price said. “Importantly, it’s very fast and intuitive. It’s easy to find the right settings. Also critical is its warm, analog sound and punchiness that I can’t get with any other plug-in.” Almost all of Price’s template channels include an instantiation of ChannelStrip.

Price’s introduction to Metric Halo HaloVerb and Precision De-Esser is more recent. “HaloVerb is my new favorite reverb,” he said. “It has something magic in it that works especially well with vocals or any signal that needs to ‘pop.’ I feel like it has the character of a great room – a real room – that’s unique among reverb plug-ins. Similarly, Precision DeEsser is the only de-esser that I’ll use now. It gives all of my vocals a noticeably warmer output, which is something that I’ve never considered or experienced with any other de-esser. I sometimes even throw it on the master bus together with ChannelStrip 3 to clear out anything edgy or grating. ChannelStrip 3 comes first with an overall high-end boost, followed by Precision DeEsser to give a crisp, but warm, sound to the overall mix.”

Price confesses that his role is an imprecise mixture of musician, composer, engineer, and producer. “Most people say that I produce records and write songs,” he said. “But from my perspective, I just have fun and play with sound all day. I go into the studio and it’s just a big blur. Then some hours later, hopefully we have a song!”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware.

www.mhlabs.com

SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12×8 DSP REVAMPS NORWEGIAN SKI JUMP

TRONDHEIM, NORWAY – NOVEMBER 2013: The Granåsen Ski-Jumping Stadium in Trondheim ranks among the highest and best-attended ski-jumping stadiums in Norway. Granåsen hosts events throughout the winter months, including the World Cup and the Continental Cup, on its two side-by-side hills, one a K-90 and the other a K-124. Seating on both sides of the jumps give spectators an intimate view. Recently, A/V integration firm ATEA gutted Granåsen’s aging and bloated analog sound reinforcement system and replaced it with a slim, easy-to-use digital system centered on the SymNet Radius 12×8 audio signal processor and two Symetrix ARC-K1e wall panel remotes.

“The old system used two giant racks of analog processers,” said Andre [Dominic] Schorr, senior A/V consultant with ATEA. “They were even using analog delay! Nothing was labeled, and although it worked, no one could understand the line structure to make changes. Moreover, graphic equalizers and the like were just sitting there, and staff could make changes.” Of course, those changes would usually be for the worse, however well intentioned they might be. Granåsen officials requested the new system to stabilize and streamline performance for the weekly events that required it. ATEA installed the system in the dead of winter, and the deep snow and frozen earth made things challenging. Some cable runs were left in a temporary state until the summertime thaw.

Depending on the event, the system may be operated from either of two redundant positions, one nearer to the jumps and one within the spectator seating. Each position possesses a Soundcraft EMP6 mixer. Three Sennheiser wireless microphone systems provide the most-commonly used inputs to the system. Stereo outputs from both mixers, as well as a direct line from the primary microphone and an auxiliary input, feed the Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8, leaving six of its twelve inputs available for future expansion. Seven of the Radius 12×8’s outputs feed four RCF HPS2500 amplifiers, then go to 100V transformers before feeding thirty-four 100V RCF weatherproof P2110 outdoor loudspeakers distributed across seven zones. The eighth output supplies signal to a hearing loop.

“Programming the SymNet Radius 12×8 using the SymNet Composer software was intuitive and quick,” said Schorr, whose background includes audio engineering. “It is very logical. Whenever I have a question, Symetrix’ online and live support are excellent. We were able to give the ski jump everything requested, including effective ducking of program material whenever the main microphone is used.” Although the SymNet Radius 12×8’s Dante networking capability is currently unused, it will make future expansion easy and cost-effective.

User control is achieved via the mixing consoles and via a pair of redundant Symetrix ARC-K1e wall panel remotes, one at each mix position. Users select from a list of presets and control various aspects of system performance using the ARC-K1e. For example, users can independently control the main microphone volume and the mixer output volume. A ‘mute all’ also answers a request from the Granåsen staff. “The Symetrix ARC panels are so user-friendly and so flexible, I can configure the interface to do whatever will make things easy and intuitive for the user,” said Schorr. “Even staff members with no technical ability can operate the system.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

NEW ASHLY NXP3.04 PROGRAMMABLE OUTPUT POWER AMPLIFIER WITH PROCESSING SERVES NEW ATHLETIC FIELD AT FDR HIGH SCHOOL

HYDE PARK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2013: Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School was built as part of a Depression-era pubic works program in 1941 and owns the rare distinction of being named for a sitting President. Today, the school serves 1,550 students in Hyde Park, New York, FDR’s hometown. Although the original high school building is in the National Register of Historic Places, growth prompted the construction of a larger building long ago, and the school continues to maintain up-to-date facilities. When its athletic field aged beyond useful repair, the school board ordered it razed. Built on the same land, FDR’s new athletic stadium boasts a cutting-edge sound reinforcement system, with power and digital signal processing both provided by the high-efficiency, cost-effective Ashly nXp3.04 high-output power amplifier with on-board Protea™ processor.

Dominick Campana, owner at Pro Sound Associates (Guilderland, New York), led the system’s design and installation, and Live Sound, Inc. (Troy, New York) served as the sound system vendor. “There were several challenges associated with FDR’s new athletic stadium,” explained Campana. “First, we had to provide ample power to four zones over 300-feet of speaker wire – from the head end to the scoreboard. Second, we had to provide flexible and accurate DSP for fine- tuning, system protection, and multiple I/O routing. Third, we only had a short window between system installation and the first football game when we could commission the system. Finally – and this made all the other challenges that much harder – we only had a limited rack space beneath a stairway in the press box and single 20-amp circuit for the entire system. Based on my positive experience with Ashly amplifiers and processors, I suspected that their new nXp3.04 four-channel 3000-watt amplifier with internal DSP would help us overcome all of those challenges.”

Inputs to the system include four Shure ULX-series wireless microphones, three hardwired microphone jacks, and a Tascam CD-200i combination, aux in, iPod, and CD player. They feed a Shure SCM810 9×1 automixer, which in turn feeds the Ashly nXp3.04. The Ashly nXp3.04 is a lightweight, energy-efficient Class D switching amplifier with four 3000-watt channels and an integrated 4×4 Protea DSP. Three of its amplifier channels power three Community R2 loudspeakers at the scoreboard. The final amplifier channel powers a pair of Community DS5 surface-mount loudspeakers in the press box. Additional aux outputs from the nXp3.04’s DSP section feed a Listen Technologies assistive listening system.

“As with all Ashly networkable devices, connecting to and accessing the nXp3.04’s DSP was instantaneous,” said Campana. “Because I have considerable experience with the Ashly ne-Series of DSPs, the layout and workflow of the nXp DSP was pleasingly familiar. The Community R2′s like to see a lot of power, and I knew the nXp3.04 would be able to deliver with a maximum output of 3,000 watts at 2 ohms per channel. Not only was there power to spare, 2000 watts per channel @ 4 ohms, but the nXp3.04 performed at full throttle with only a minimal amperage draw. With all of its brains and brawn, I’ll definitely utilize the Ashly nXp-Series for future jobs – especially at its more-than-fair price point.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A. www.ashly.com

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