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Reliable Symetrix Zone Mix 761 Delivers Sound 24/7 at Brooklyn Luxury Low-Rise

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Heatherwood’s newest luxury apartment building is the low-rise at 544 Union in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. The newly-constructed six-story building is well appointed and includes a fitness center, a yoga studio, a game room, a resident lounge, a rooftop sundeck, and a large second floor terrace with a putting green, a fire pit, and plenty of places to sit, relax, and catch up with friends. Heatherwood wanted to improve upon the sound systems that had been installed previously in its other properties, and the A/V integration branch of Love Music (New Rochelle, New York) delivered with the rock-solid reliability and performance of a Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed architecture audio processor and Symetrix ARC-WEB user control for smartphones.

The electrical contractor on the job, Lippolis Electric, asked Love Music to design and commission the music playback system for 544 Union. “The client wanted something that would work 24-hours a day, seven days a week without fail,” said Mario Bilotta, vice president of Love Music and the person responsible for 544 Union’s sound system design. “They didn’t want to worry about the music playback system at all – they just wanted it to work. I knew the Symetrix Zone Mix 761 would give them that level of reliability and performance. I’ve been using Symetrix gear for many years now without any troubles at all. In addition, the Zone Mix 761 is easy to program and quick to install.”

The Zone Mix 761’s twelve inputs easily accommodate Internet radio, multiple iPod inputs, and multiple television inputs located throughout the building’s common areas. The unit’s six outputs feed as many zones: the fitness center, the lobby, the second floor patio, the rooftop patio, and two rec rooms. Three QSC amplifiers power thirty-six Community loudspeakers, both indoors and out. Users select both audio and video content in the rec rooms using a URC touch panel control. A Symetrix ARC-2e wall-mounted remote control in each of the other zones allows for intuitive source selection and volume control. Building staff can control the system using the custom-designed, password-protected Symetrix ARC-WEB control for smartphones and other internet-connected devices.

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

ASHLY AUDIO APPOINTS NETHERLANDS-BASED MIKE VAN DER LOGT AS NEW SALES MANAGER FOR EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AND AFRICA

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Spurred by growing demand in foreign markets that has prompted a complete sales reorganization, Ashly Audio has appointed industry veteran Mike van der Logt of 4M4You, to serve as its sales manager for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Van der Logt has over 25 years of experience in the industry providing product and relationship advice to pro audio manufacturers. Based in the Netherlands, he is well-suited to serve EMEA customers. On behalf of Ashly, van der Logt will travel the region to strengthen and expand business with existing distributors and develop new relationships to sustain and build sales momentum.

“Mike has extensive product knowledge, creative ideas for product applications, and a solid history of sales success,” said Mark Wentling CEO at Ashly. “He has a proven ability to develop sales in both new and existing markets, strong analytical and planning skills, and excellent rapport with people and cultures across EMEA. Mike develops meaningful relationships with clients and turns them into solid partners.”

“Ashly Audio would also like to thank Peter Malech of PM Distribution Germany, for his many years of exemplary representation of Ashly in the EMEA. While Peter is stepping down from his Ashly duties, and assisting in this transition, PM Distribution will also continue on with EMEA representation for other manufacturers.”

“Ashly has been in business for forty years and has a serious legacy in the industry,” said van der Logt. “Ashly’s track record and famous reliability has earned them a lot of loyalty, and I’m excited to build on that kind of success. There is a lot to talk about in Ashly’s extensive product line, from the established workhorses – like the modular ne24.24M processor – to exciting new advances – like the nX-Series amplifiers, which pack tremendous power, higher channel counts, plus Ethernet control, Network Audio, and DSP into just a 2-rack space footprint.”

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

(PHOTO CAPTION) (from left) Jon Paul Boucher – Ashly Audio COO; Mike van der Logt – Ashly Audio EMEA Sales Manager; Mark Wentling – Ashly Audio CEO.

Please stop by Ashly’s Prolight + Sound Booth 8.0D01 to meet Mike van der Logt and learn about Ashly’s ever growing product line.

ACCLAIMED MASTERING ENGINEER MATT COLTON RELIES ON ATC SCM150ASL PRO THREE-WAY ACTIVE REFERENCE MONITORS

WEST LONDON, U.K. – MARCH 2014: Matt Colton has been mastering albums for fifteen years. He continues to build on his growing reputation, mastering for the likes of Coldplay, James Blake, Gary Numan, and Metronomy, and his work recently earned him the title of “Mastering Engineer of the Year” from the Music Producers Guild. He has worked at several of London’s most esteemed mastering houses, including Porky’s Mastering, Optimum Mastering, AIR Studios, and Alchemy Mastering, the last of which he recently re-launched with original owners Barry Grint and Phil Kinrade. To maintain his edge, Colton installed a pair of ATC SCM150ASL PRO 3-way active loudspeakers in his critical listening room at the new Alchemy Mastering in West London.

For Colton, there’s more to mastering than simply having access to the latest and greatest ear-bending analog and digital signal processing technologies. “The things that are really important are the acoustics, speakers, amps, convertors, and power supplies, along with the wiring that connects them all together – everything that affects the sound in the room,” he said. “You cannot get around that. So I would rather have a great-sounding room and a workstation with a couple of plug-ins than every piece of hardware ever made and a poor-sounding room, because, no matter how much you say you understand the room, we all react to what’s coming out of the speakers and make our judgments based on how it sounds in the room. If the room is too bassy then the recording is going to be bass light, even if we know the room is too bassy.”

Fundamental to Colton’s current way of working is a pair of ATC SCM150ASL PRO 3-way active loudspeakers. “Having worked at AIR on a really lovely pair of hi-fi speakers, I felt I wanted to go back to studio monitoring and have something that maybe sounded a bit less polished in terms of the actual sound that’s coming out of the speaker,” he said. “So I’m working on a pair of SCM150ASL PROs. I’d previously worked on a pair of SCM200s many years ago, which I loved.”

An unconventional demonstration convinced Colton that the SCM150ASL PRO patently met his critical listening criteria: “I did a lecture at Westminster University in Harrow to over one-hundred people in a really big lecture hall with a massive ceiling height of fifty feet or so. Ben Lilly of ATC brought along a pair of SCM150s and I played some James Blake records with really low sub-bass – down at around 35Hz – and they just sounded glorious. It was a wonderful experience to hear those records played in that room only on a pair of speakers. So, on that basis, I’ve got the 150s in my mastering room – sadly, not quite as big as that lecture hall!”

With well-honed listening skills, Colton is perfectly positioned to provide honest insight into the SCM150ASL PRO in action at Alchemy Mastering. “They’re a direct and honest pair of speakers,” he said. “If the mix sounds good, then it sounds good here; if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t. There’s no flattery on the part of the speakers, though they’re wonderful to listen to when you get it right. I’ve really enjoying working on them.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com

DANLEY SOUND LABS SEEKS INTERNATIONAL DEALERS AND DISTRIBUTORS AT PRO LIGHT AND SOUND

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – MARCH 2014: Danley Sound Labs, manufacturer of innovative loudspeakers and subwoofers, will be at booth 8.0N60 (Hall 8.0, Booth N60) at Pro Light & Sound in Frankfurt, Germany March 12 –15, 2014. As Danley approaches its tenth year in business, its solid foundation in the house of worship and theater markets has expanded exponentially into the arena and stadium markets with the introduction of the Danley Genesis and Jericho horns, which deliver line array coverage from point-source designs. To support and sustain that growth, Danley is seeking international dealers and distributors in several key locations to join its team. Interested parties should either contact Jonathan “J.P.” Parker, Director of Sales, and Chad Edwardson, Applications Engineer, or meet them at Pro Light & Sound.

“Although we have many areas of the world covered, there are still numerous holes in Danley’s global dealer and distribution network that need to be filled,” said Parker. “We’re looking forward to meeting with candidates at Pro Light & Sound.” In addition to a collection of its established models, Danley will have its new OS 80 weatherproof loudspeaker and its new SBH-10 Skinny Big Horn at the show. Danley designs have made a big splash in the American and European sports arena market, with Genesis Horn and Jericho horn installations at football stadiums (Lambeau Field and Ralph Wilson Stadium), college American football stadiums (Louisiana State University, Arizona University, Brigham Young University, Michigan State University, and Northwestern University, among many others), and as well as indoor sports arenas.

To set up an appointment contact: J.P. Parker (jp@danleysoundlabs.com) or Chad Edwardson (chad@danleysoundlabs.com)

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

48-CHANNEL ANALOG API VISION CONSOLE PLAYS A PART IN FILM

MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: A 48-channel API Vision console has had a large impact on the fortunes of Ward Archer and his enterprise, Music+Arts Studio. Twenty-five years ago, Archer closed a chapter of his life at the helm of an ad agency to found Archer Records. Six years later, he opened the David Cherry/George Augspurger-designed studio to cater to the label’s artists and has not looked back since.

Music+Arts Studio launched with a 48-channel, discrete, all-analog, surround-sound API Vision console, and prominent members of Memphis’ indie film scene became regular clients over the following years. Like a locomotive building momentum, Music+Arts Studio is currently attracting more and more film work from an expanding geographical base. The ratio of film-related to pure music projects is creeping up on 50:50 thanks, in part, to the API Vision.

“These days, I’m comfortable saying that we have a lot of experience with sound for picture, but that’s owing to some clients that rolled the dice with us in the beginning,” said Archer. “One of our earliest and greatest successes was The Gospel According to Jazz Chapter III, which was recorded live at Reid Temple in Maryland. We took those tracks – which sounded amazing from the moment we pulled them up on the API Vision – and mixed them for stereo and 5.1 [which the Vision is designed to do simultaneously]. The Vision has a transparency and an airiness on the top end that just sounds gorgeous.” The track “It’s What I Do” won a Grammy for Best Gospel Song.

In addition to the API Vision and a killer live room, Music+Arts Studio has catered to its client base by adding an eight-foot Stewart Filmscreen and high-definition projector for film mixing. “It’s a nice, cinematic experience for the director or music supervisor,” said Archer. “We’ll even crank up the [5.1 PMC] monitoring system a bit for the full effect.” The scope of Music+Arts Studio’s film work ranges tremendously, from ADR to scoring to mixing. For example, all of the score recording for the Matthew McConaughey-led drama, Mud, were recorded using the warm analog sound that the API Vision’s circuitry provided. Other projects include the indie film, Cigarette Girl, and mini-series, Headshop.

Despite the film industry windfall, Music+Arts Studio still enjoys tackling strictly-music projects for artists on the Archer Records roster. Recently, Amy LaVere completed Stranger Me, her fourth studio album on Archer Records. Studio manager and engineer Daniel Lynn assisted the project’s producer and engineer Craig Silvey, who had just finished mixing Arcade Fire’s Grammy-winning release, The Suburbs. “Silvey loved the Vision,” said Lynn. “I remember that there was one point during the mixing where we wanted to do some complicated bussing, and it wasn’t immediately apparent how to do it. I called API and got someone on the phone right away. Craig was impressed that we had that kind of rapport!”

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

(PHOTO CAPTION) Music+Arts Studio Manager/Engineer Daniel Lynn (right) pictured with Colin Hay (Men at Work) during a recent session.

ASHLY PEMA PROCESSOR AND AMPS SERVE AT THE U.S. COAST GUARD RECRUITS INDOOR GRADUATION CEREMONIES

CAPE MAY, NEW JERSEY: The Training Center at Cape May, New Jersey is the Coast Guard’s only recruit training center and the only place where enlisted Coast Guard personnel can receive formal recognition for a promotion in rank. As a consequence, the Training Center is witness to regular graduation and promotion ceremonies, which take place on the facility’s multi-use sports field when the weather is agreeable. But New Jersey claims its share of months when the weather is decidedly disagreeable, and then the ceremonies are moved indoors. The multipurpose room where they take place, along with the Training Center’s dances and other events, recently benefited from a sound reinforcement system overhaul. An Ashly Pema 4250.70 combination 8×8 Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor and four-channel 70V Power Amplifier anchor the new system with reliable, cost-effective, high-fidelity performance.

“The sound system that they use outside is excellent,” explained Mike DiMartinis, with Elite Audio LLC of Turnersville, New Jersey. Elite Audio worked with the Coast Guard Training Center in the past, and this time the company was hired through Reiley Construction to design and install the new system in the multipurpose room. “In contrast to the outdoor system,” he continued, “the sound system that they use indoors was terrible. It was twenty years old and composed of paging horns. It was not high fidelity, and they were always unhappy to move from the great sound outside to the tin can inside. The events that they held in the multi-purpose room certainly didn’t benefit from it either.”

The new system features three Community R.5 loudspeakers distributed across the width of the room, which also doubles as a basketball court. The speaker systems were encased in a custom steel protective enclosure designed and fabricated by Polar Focus. Depending on its use, the staff can operate the system via a wireless Creston control system; custom programming by son Nick to engage either the East Side exclusively or engage the entire system, and they can also select among a DJ auxiliary input, two wireless microphones, four wired microphones, and a CD/iPod deck. As a failsafe fallback, Elite also installed an inexpensive Ashly neWR-5 wall panel remote control. “We’ve used Ashly products in numerous installations in the past, and they’ve always been 100% reliable and trouble-free,” he said. “The Ashly Pema 4250.70 was perfect for this job because it is cost-effective and gave us the necessary ability to matrix audio, plenty of clean power, easy programming, and flexible user control options, including seamless integration with the Crestron system as well as the Ashly neWR-5.”

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

DANLEY JERICHO HORNS FILL 2200-SEAT FIRST REDEEMER CHURCH WITH STUDIO-QUALITY SOUND

CUMMING, GEORGIA: For a long time, First Redeemer Church in Cumming, Georgia didn’t have a purpose-built sound reinforcement system for its stunning 2,200-seat sanctuary. The contemporary band that rocked the morning service, as well as the orchestra and two-hundred-plus voice choir that supported the traditional service, played through the repurposed remnants of a sound reinforcement system that had once serviced their converted warehouse where the church first started. Years of band-aids and add-ons averted disaster, but the room was so unevenly covered that a foot in either direction was often significantly different, with obvious phasing in the travel. Now, a pair of Danley Sound Labs’ most powerful point-source boxes, Danley Jericho J1-94s, deliver stunning stereo imaging with abundant low-end support from a beefy Danley BC-415 subwoofer flown in the center of the room. “First Redeemer now has the best sounding sanctuary in the world,” averred Scott Oliver, owner of Centerline Audio Visual of Hendersonville, Tennessee. “I would put it up against any other system, at any price!”

Oliver designed and installed the system, with custom rigging and fly-ware by Diekhoff Company (Nashville, Tennessee). “My philosophy is always to use as few speakers as possible,” said Oliver. “There’s less destructive interference and fewer alignment issues. Instead of using more speakers for a larger room, I prefer to use larger speakers. A lot of people think I’m nuts for designing Danley Jericho Horns into this, but the results say otherwise. The Jericho offers stunning detail and clarity. It’s very accurate – like a giant studio monitor. With two of them, the stereo imaging is vivid, and it is easy to pick out each and every instrument on stage. Even sitting in the balcony, you can hear the snares rattling and different hi-hat velocities. And even though it’s been said a billion times, it’s still true: Danley’s pattern control is unbelievable. The coverage at First Redeemer is remarkably even.”

In addition to the two Danley J1-94 loudspeakers and the BC-415 subwoofer, a pair of Danley SH-69s provide down-fill for the first few rows and a pair of Danley SH-46s provide side-fill. An existing Digidesign Venue console is still in use and feeds a pair of Danley DSLP-48 processors. Three new Danley EDA 12k and four new EDA 4.8k amplifiers power the system “We did a shoot-out with a number of high-end commercial amplifier manufacturers, and the Danleys had the most consistent measured RMS power level,” said Oliver. “Moreover, I like that they are just straightforward amplifiers – no crazy bells and whistles. The whole system embodies the same sort of simplicity – just a couple of processors, 52,000 watts, a handful of (large) loudspeakers, and one massive subwoofer!”

First Redeemer had originally considered purchasing a line array system from another super high-end loudspeaker manufacturer. “We did an entire design and brought in a system to test,” explained Jeff Baggett, First Redeemer’s audio engineer and a Nashville mastering engineer. “It sounded great, and I was skeptical that Danley would be able to touch it. Scott [Oliver] brought over a pair of the Danley Jericho Horns and powered them up. Immediately it was game over. The Danleys ate the other system for lunch. They were tremendously even and had no finger lobes at all. We even matched the EQ curve of the other system to try and make it a fair fight, but the Danleys still killed it. Now that the system is properly installed and voiced for the room, it’s even better. I love it. It’s the kind of sound that makes you want to just bring in some music and listen. The reproduction is so accurate that I could easily master an album on the system. It’s that good. And the subs are just incredible.”

“The very first song we pulled up had no EQ or processing, but already the new Danley system sounded 3,000-times better than the old system that they had been trying to perfect for sixteen years,” said Oliver. “By the time we where on song three, it sounded like a record. The mix was expansive and rich. When we went to the traditional service, Baggett was mixing sixty channels of audio, and anyone in the congregation could easily distinguish each one of those instruments. The church was also impressed by the price tag for this world-class sound system. It was about one quarter the price of the original line array that they had considered!”

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

FOH ENGINEER ANDY TORRI BRINGS METRIC HALO GEAR TO BIG HEAD TODD AND THE MONSTERS

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2014: Although Andy Torri enrolled at a Colorado music school in the late 1980s to carefully prepare himself for a life in the world of professional audio, it was a chance meeting at a local bar that held his destiny. Mutual friends introduced Torri to Todd Park Mohr, frontman for the rising act, Big Head Todd & the Monsters. The two became friends, and shortly after Torri found himself at another bar, complaining to Mohr about how hard it was to find sound engineering work in the studios around Colorado. He expected only friendly commiseration, but got a job offer instead.

Since then, Torri has had only two main jobs: FOH engineer for Big Head Todd & the Monsters and studio engineer at KBCO in Boulder. The first gig, from which he took only a short reprieve between 2005 and 2012, took him from guitar-tuning-tee-shirt-sales-plus-mixing-duties in the smoky haze of local bars to his current position of respected FOH engineer at venues of all sizes around the Intermountain West and the nation. At KBCO, Torri engineered in-studio performances by Sting, Coldplay, Stevie Nicks, Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant, and countless others. Most of those recordings found their way to KBCO’s wildly popular Studio C Session CDs, the proceeds of which went to charity.

Torri is one of those engineers who trained in the analog world and then successfully navigated the hills, valleys, and occasional rock slides to the state-of-the-art-hybrid digital/analog world that we currently live in. As he personally navigated that transition, he accumulated digital solutions from Metric Halo, and once he grabbed them, he never let them go! The first of those solutions was Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo sound analysis software. “It’s been a constant for me, both live and in the studio,” Torri said. “I love its flexibility. It’s easy to create custom pages of all the tools I need for a particular job. I also love the precision of those tools. I can zoom in or out on frequency, amplitude, or any other parameter and get as much detail or overview as I need.”

Big Head Todd & the Monsters play everything from clubs to theaters to amphitheaters, and the span between load-in and show-time is seldom ample. “We use in-house console and PA system,” Torri explained. “Every day is different, and every system has its own particular quirks.” Using his Metric Halo 2882 interface, Torri takes a feed from the board and compares it with output from a measurement microphone. He continued, “I use the Spectragraph and Spectragram a lot. They immediately reveal the hot spots and trouble areas of a particular system. After correcting those problems, I balance the system using SpectraFoo and some combination of pink noise and my own personal favorite ‘sound engineer songs.’”

Occasionally, Torri will find himself at a venue with sufficient outboard or console-based processing that he can dial in Todd’s voice and the rest of the mix using it. That’s the exception however, and he usually relies on the 2882’s DSP resources and his Metric Halo MIOStrip plug-in. “In addition to getting sound into SpectraFoo, I use the 2882 and MIOStrip to dial in the vocals,” Torri said. “I often use them on bass and/or the house mix as well. The Metric Halo system is rock solid, so I’m comfortable using it live. And it sounds fantastic. A while back, I mixed down some greatest hits tracks using every method of summing that was available to me, including using the 2882’s 80-bit summing. I gave the mixes to the mastering engineer without telling him what all the different codes stood for – it was a blind test. Every time, he chose the 2882 summing. It has a depth and definition to the panning and a warm, solid low end.”

Much like SpectraFoo and the 2882, Torri finds Metric Halo’s MIOStrip to be a tool for all occasions. “MIOStrip has a great sound, which is obviously very important,” he said. “The functionality is great; cuts and gains can be very subtle or very aggressive.” For vocals and instruments, Torri often pairs MIOStrip with the 2882’s “Character” processing, which models different flavors of analog circuits. He usually uses “Soft Sat.”

“Working with Metric Halo has been about more than just the gear,” Torri concluded. “The people behind the company are great. They create great products and stand behind them: SpectraFoo is seventeen years old, and the 2882 is twelve years old. It’s all well supported, updated, and totally relevant. What other company can say that?”

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 Processing Simplifies Audio at New Willow Creek Care Center

BARRINGTON, ILLINOIS – FEBRUARY 2014: The Willow Creek Care Center in South Barrington, Illinois is a direct charitable extension of Willow Creek Community Church – the third largest church in the country. What started as an off-site food pantry grew over the years to include other services as well, and the church recently funded construction for a new $10 million building on its main campus. The new building houses a grocery store, a clothing store, dental & eye care, a car repair shop, culinary training, legal & employment consultation facilities, and facilities to teach English as a second language, as well as other classes. A Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed architecture processor, with twelve inputs, six outputs, powerful application-specific DSP resources, and flexible user control options, forms the heart of the new building’s music playback and paging system.

Willow Creek Audio Systems Engineer Matthew Wentz designed the new building’s sound system with consultation from A/V equipment provider TC Furlong (Lake Forest, Illinois). “The folks in charge of the care center wanted to be able to play music from CD, iPod, or a music server and to distribute it to the lobby, the grocery store, the clothing store, the dental/eye care center, and the corridor that links the care center to the main church building,” said Wentz. “In addition, they wanted the ability to send pages to all of those locations with automatic music ducking. Because there are predictable times when the center is officially closed but when volunteers are still stocking shelves, they wanted to schedule volume changes that would accommodate those different uses. Finally, they wanted the ability to control the volume in each zone.”

He continued, “I chose the Symetrix Zone Mix 761 because it has all of the features that they were looking for, plus the availability of Symetrix ARC-K1e wall-mounted volume controls that would allow for an easy installation in each location using just a single CAT6 run. Going beyond that, Symetrix’ implementation of the free ARC-WEB interface for use on smartphones was tremendous because I could program certain parameters that they could adjust without having to go to each individual volume control. It also allowed me to create admin-only controls so that I could be in a different part of the building and still control volume, muting, and routing.”

The Zone Mix 761’s well-implemented paging features also proved to be an important part of the overall design. “The paging functionality did exactly what it was supposed to do without a lot of setup and programming,” Wentz said. A Shure paging microphone connects to one of the Zone Mix 761’s line inputs and is programmed to send to all six zones, duck the music appropriately, and bring the music back in smoothly when the page is complete. “Importantly, the page goes out at an appropriate volume no matter what volume each zone is using for music playback,” he said.

The system has been up for six months without a glitch, and the daily users of the system love its simplicity and reliability. The Willow Creek Care Center’s website is www.willowcreekcarecenter.org.

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

ASHLY’S PEMA PROCESSOR MATCHES THE UPSCALE AESTHETIC AT SUITSUPPLY STORES WORLDWIDE

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – FEBRUARY 2014: Based in the Netherlands, Suitsupply is a high-end men’s fashion brand with stores throughout the world, including six locations in the United States and five more that are currently under construction. It would be difficult to overstate the brand’s command of cutting-edge fashion, and everything it touches – from its garments, to its fashion photography, to the aesthetic of its stores – speaks to that command. Nothing is off-message. To ensure that the sonic environment that clients experience when they enter a Suitsupply store also supports the brand, the company hired Tau Audio Solutions of Groningen, Netherlands to design professional music playback systems that would be reliable, high performance, and easy to use. Tau Audio Solutions in turn specified the Ashly Pema (Protea-Equipped Media Amplifier) for use in every new store, delivering sophisticated processing, high-fidelity amplification, and reliable remote-control operation in just two rack spaces. Most of the time, the home office controls Suitsupply music systems around the world from its home office in Amsterdam!

“Originally, Suitsupply worked with standard consumer-grade hi-fi equipment,” explained Ron Vossen, managing director at Tau Audio Solutions. “But they quickly realized they had a higher standard, and they contacted us to give them professional sound that is truly high-fidelity, IP addressable, and foolproof.” Tau Audio Solutions designs the sound reinforcement for each new store and hires a local integrator to install and commission it. “We always find local companies that are familiar with Ashly Audio,” he said.

Unlike most other retailers, each Suitsupply location has its own unique aesthetic, which requires a fresh sound system design from Tau. “Very different ceiling heights are often an issue, as are the demands of the interior designers,” said Vossen. “They are in the fashion business and so is their approach to technical issues. A big part of our job is understanding and translating their questions into solutions.” Inputs to a typical Suitsupply sound system include a Sonos music playback system, a microphone, or an external music source. An Ashly Pema 4250.70 combination 8-in x 8-out Protea™ DSP Matrix Processor and 4-channel 250-Watt amplifier does most of the work, and its four separate outputs allow different processing and volumes in, for example, the fitting rooms or the entrance. SoundTube loudspeakers and subwoofers (“they like a sophisticated punch,” said Vossen) serve as the endpoints of each system.

“The Ashly Pema is a great choice for Suitsupply because it contains high-quality, flexible processing and amplification in just two-rack spaces at a competitive price,” said Vossen. “Almost all of the system control happens from Amsterdam – each store has only limited volume control. It seems to work out well. We give them the settings that we think are best, and they deliver those settings to the Ashy Pemas all around the world via IP addresses.”

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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