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HANOI INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP INSTALLS FIRST DANLEY SOUND LABS SYSTEM IN VIETNAM’S CAPITAL

HANOI, VIETNAM: The Hanoi International Fellowship (HIF) is a non-denominational church serving both expatriates and nationals in Hanoi, Vietnam. It draws together a congregation of over four hundred people, representing over forty nationalities. Because many of its members are itinerant or transient diplomats, students, and employees of NGOs, international businesses, and the like, HIF’s congregation turns over more rapidly than the congregations of most churches. HIF recently moved to its first permanent building, and its challenging acoustics demanded exceptional pattern control from its new sound reinforcement system. Singapore-based Soundsmith Solutions Pte. Ltd. designed the new system using Danley Sound Labs SM-80 and SH-micro loudspeakers and TH-mini subwoofers.

The new sanctuary seats just over two hundred people, and HIF’s services are punctuated by a full band playing contemporary music. “Previously, the congregation met at a local 5-star hotel, and the hotel provided them with the usual hotel sound system,” said Pastor Jinggoy of Hanoi International Fellowship. “That system was uneven. It was too loud toward the front and inconsistent throughout the rest of the room. The subs were boomy and the high-end was harsh.” In addition to designing the system, Soundsmith Solutions also supplied the components. Pastor Jinggoy helped coordinate the church’s own contractors to install the system based on Soundsmith Solution’s drawings and specifications.

Edwin Ng, project manager at Soundsmith Solutions Pte. Ltd., commented, “The big challenge in the new space was its very low ceilings. Moreover, it used to be a warehouse, so none of the walls were designed with acoustics in mind. The challenge was compounded by the fact that there were few places to position loudspeakers that wouldn’t interfere with sight lines. The Danley Sound Labs boxes were a very fitting solution due to their low profiles and their exceptional directivity.” The goal was to keep energy on the congregants and off the walls.

Inputs to the system collect at an Allen & Heath GL2400-424 console, which outputs to a Xilica XP8080 digital loudspeaker management processor. In turn, the processor outputs to QSC RMX 4050HD and RMX 5050 amplifiers. Those power two Danley SM-80 loudspeakers that provide main coverage, six Danley SH-micro loudspeakers that serve as delays, and one more Danley SH-micro that fills in the center front. “The SM-80s were ideal loudspeakers for the mains because they are so slim and could be mounted into the wall without any trouble,” said Ng. “Both the SM-80 and the SH-micro are highly directional, which was great for these low ceilings. The sound goes where it is supposed to go and nowhere else! Importantly, that directivity extends down to 400Hz. Moreover, the Danley tone is natural and not at all fatiguing.”

To provide low-end support for the system, Ng included two Danley TH-mini subwoofers, which the installers mounted into the front wall below the SM-80s. “The TH-mini has to be the smallest but loudest sub I’ve ever heard,” he said. “The amount of bass coming out of this box when properly powered is nothing short of amazing. Subjectively, every bass note is tight and punchy.”

He continued, “All together, the new system is way, way better than the system they used at the hotel. Everything sounds clear, crisp, and pleasant to the ears, and it doesn’t matter where you sit. The whole room is evenly covered. Even when the microphones are placed right underneath the center fill Danley SH-micro, there is no feedback. Hanoi International Fellowship couldn’t be happier.”

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

1608 IN KOREA – API NAMES MI CORP A 1608 DISTRIBUTOR

SEOUL, KOREA: When MI Corp signed on as a distributor earlier this year, it was clear that they would make a great API representative in Korea. Now, taking the next step, MI Corp has become Korea’s representative, making the coveted console available to an entire market that was previously untapped.

MI Corp experienced much initial success with API products such as the Lunchbox®, 500 Series modules and the 3124+. As they began to design recording studios, it was clear that one thing was missing: the API 1608 console.

“MI Corp is designing prominent recording studios and meeting the most difficult demands of sound engineers,” said Sunny Park, Manager of the Import Department. “Many engineers [in Korea] would like to own and operate an API 1608 console.” And thus, the authorization to sell the 1608 console began. The 1608 that was shipped just a few weeks ago features its own demo room at the MI Corp headquarters.

Situated in the Gangnam-Gu area of Seoul, MI Corp originated as a musical instrument distributor back in 1997. As of 2009, they began to expand their services, aiming to become a leader in the multi-media industry. Expanding to professional audio and video, as well as the architecture and design of studios, they have been known as MI Corp ever since. Sales director and former recording engineer, Ted Suh, was familiar with the API reputation and knew the impact it would have in Korea and API soon became a fundamental part of their inventory.

“In the current digital audio equipment market, customers missed analog music equipment. We think API is the leading company, not only for consoles, but analog modules,” said Park.

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

RASCAL FLATTS FOH ENGINEER JONATHAN LOESER RELIES ON METRIC HALO SPECTRAFOO SOUND ANALYSIS SOFTWARE

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: In only a dozen years, Jonathan Loeser has risen from newly-minted SAE Institute graduate to FOH engineer for multi-platinum country act Rascal Flatts. Along the way, he has worked as FOH engineer & production manager for Olivia Newton-John, FOH & monitor engineer for Prince’s “Welcome 2 America” tour, and FOH Engineer for Colbie Caillat’s 2011 Tour. The amiable engineer secured those gigs by delivering consistently excellent results, largely free of hiccups or hassles, through careful planning. One of his go-to tricks is careful metering and sound analysis. On the recommendation of colleagues, he recently upgraded to Metric Halo’s sound analysis software, SpectraFoo, which is paired with his Metric Halo LIO-8 interface, itself recently upgraded to include preamps.

“I originally purchased the LIO-8 to give myself a serious, professional interface that would be flexible enough to do anything I needed it to do,” said Loeser. “Prior to that, my converter was cheap. It felt like it was going to break in my hand. The LIO-8, together with its companion MIO Console software, gives me all of the routing and flexibility I need.” Although he had previously used a wireless DBX measurement microphone with line-level output, for the new Rascal Flatts tour, Loeser wanted to expand his monitoring options. “I added the mic preamp option for the LIO-8, which now gives me even more flexibility and portability.”

Previously, Loeser had used sound analysis software primarily for its transfer function. “With SpectraFoo, I’m still able to do that, of course, but I’m also able to do so much more,” he said. “SpectraFoo is very flexible. For example, when I do a time capture, I can move the point that I want to correlate with, which makes it a much more useful tool. Once I learned how to compose and save snapshot window sets, I configured SpectraFoo to show me everything I want to see for tuning and, separately, for the actual show.” Part of that functionality includes making up for his Studer Vista 5’s seeming only weakness: metering.

Tuning the system requires dealing with Rascal Flatts’ somewhat unconventional stage setup. “We have an extensive thrust, and there’s an apron in front of the stage that makes it hard to fill the gaps that it creates,” Loeser explained. “I have some under-hangs that do the trick, but they are touchy. For this tour, I’ve added two Audix measurement mics. During system tuning, I’m able to place them in the questionable zone of seating. Then, using SpectraFoo, I can actually see what the down-fills are doing. That’s critical because squeezing good vocal volume out when the main vocal mic is in front of the PA is my biggest potential headache.”

During tuning, Loeser’s custom SpectraFoo screen includes full-frequency transfer functions on the wireless RTA mic, as well as on the thrust mics. He also includes high-resolution, low-frequency transfer functions to properly align the subwoofers. For the show itself, Loeser flips to another custom SpectraFoo screen. He moves the Audix microphones to a near-audience position on stage that is also used by the monitor engineer for crowd capture. In addition to watching the transfer functions for those microphones, Loeser also takes a feed from the Vista 5 that parallels his send to the PA and gives it a big, fat meter in SpectraFoo.

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

FHITTING ROOM GETS FIT WITH ASHLY

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: The Fhitting Room is a boutique fitness center in New York City that, instead of leading its clients through sustained low-intensity workouts, drives them to the edge of endurance via scientifically-grounded High Intensity Trainings (HITs). The relatively small space, which can accommodate fifteen clients at a time plus two instructors, is equipped with dumbbells, medicine balls, and a pair of rowing machines. Tenants live above the Fhitting Room, which places constraints on how loud the instructors can play the energetic music that motivates the HITs, and there is potential for tension between the immediate desire to drive the music ever louder and the restraint required of neighborliness. The Fhitting Room hired Essential Communications of nearby East Hanover, New Jersey to design and install a cost-effective audio system that would be transparent for the instructors to operate and that would prevent their exuberance from raising a conflict with the neighbors above. To satisfy all of those requirements, Essential Communications specified Ashly processing, amplification, and user control.

While regularly called on to perform A/V integration in hotels, restaurants, houses of worship, and so on, Essential Communications has cultivated a unique niche for audio systems in fitness facilities nationwide. “Price was definitely a huge consideration at the Fhitting Room,” said David Schwartz owner and chief systems designer at Essential Communications. “The founder had been a marketing executive at Pepsi-Cola, and she was funding this venture with her own money. Ashly processors and amplifiers are very cost-effective, and by specifying them I was able to give them all of the performance they requested, including volume limits so that the neighbors would not be disturbed, and ease of use for the staff.”

There are only three simple inputs to the system: an iPod input and two Sennheiser wireless headset microphones. Those feed an Ashly ne4400 4×4 DSP. In addition to standard equalization and dynamics to improve the sound quality in the space, the ne4400 also provides the brick wall limiting that prevents the instructors from driving the system too loudly. Output from the processor feeds an Ashly KLR2000 dual-channel amplifier. “Whenever possible, I like to specify systems with components made by the same manufacturer,” said Schwartz. “I feel that they are designed to work together. From an engineering standpoint, the brain trust that goes into building the different components has a common basis.” In dual mono mode, the KLR2000 powers Community V2-6 two-way loudspeakers.

Control of the system is as easy as it could possibly be. “I don’t like to give the instructors access to equalizers or anything like that,” said Schwartz. “It’s too complicated for them. Too many things can go wrong. I needed something simple, and the Ashly RW-8C remote level control was just the thing.” The RW-8C is a bank of eight faders plus a master fader that interfaces with the ne4400 to provide customized control. The RW-8C also gives the instructors the ability to mix the level of the microphones over the music. This is a very convenient feature that is difficult to achieve with other user interfaces. The Fhitting Room simply uses the first three faders for the iPod, headset 1, and headset 2 volumes. The master fader controls the overall volume. If the instructors try to drive the system too hard, the brick wall limiter kicks in, protecting the Fhitting Room’s good-neighbor status!

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

DIVERSITY FIN ANTENNA ON TOUR WITH BRYAN ADAMS

VANCOUVER, CANADA – JULY 2013: Veteran monitor mixer and founder of Vancouver-based audio company Gearforce, Robert Nevalainen ensures the many channels of wireless audio systems used on Bryan Adams’ international tours function flawlessly. After reading an article on polarization diversity for wireless microphone antennas, Nevalainen decided to evaluate the Diversity Fin cross-polarized antenna, from RF Venue, against other directional antennas while on a six-city tour through Australia. “We did an A to B type test comparing the Diversity Fin against our stock Shure and Sennheiser systems, and were quite impressed,” Nevalainen remembers.

“Gearforce supplies Bryan Adams with our universal tour kit which now includes RF Venue’s Diversity Fin,” says Nevalainen. “The kit also includes seven wireless channels using Shure UHRF receivers and UA845 amplifiers. Both Adams and lead guitarist Keith Scott use UR-1 body-pack transmitters with U845 combiners. For personal wireless monitoring they use Shure PSM1000s with a PA821A combiner.”

“I carry this exact same equipment around the world with me. So, when we change out a piece, its quite easy to see how well it works, because everything is known,” Nevalainen states. “In addition to its reliability and predictability, the Diversity Fin worked well because of its compact footprint in our congested left stage area. We were also quite pleased with the reduction in switching noise. The antenna basically forces the diversity receiver to choose between signals less frequently, and as a result you get more silent switching.”

Nevalainen has just returned from a series of June stadium shows in Denmark. “We have now been using the Diversity Fin exclusively with Bryan’s guitar setup,” he reports. “It has really simplified our setup and given us very reliable and predictable directional antenna coverage.”

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue manufactures wireless audio equipment including remote antennas, RF distribution equipment, and cable assemblies. The company’s primary antenna products include the interference mitigating RF Spotlight, the lightweight foldable helical antenna CP Beam, and the polarization diversity antenna dubbed Diversity Fin. For more information visit: www.RFvenue.com

METRIC HALO ANNOUNCES 2013 SUMMER SALE: BEST PRICES EVER

WHAT: Metric Halo announces their 2013 Summer Sale Extravaganza, running now until September 15, 2013. Featuring the best deals ever offered on Metric Halo’s award-winning products, the 2013 Summer Sale provides you with an excellent opportunity to experience Metric Halo’s legendary quality first-hand.

A 30-day, money-back guarantee backs Metric Halo’s hardware products so you can try them out in your studio with no risk. Metric Halo also provides a free 30-day demo for its software products, so you can try before you buy.

WHY: If you’ve been lusting after a Metric Halo interface, but it was just beyond your reach, Metric Halo’s announcement of the 2013 Summer Sale is great news for you!

WHO: Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and hardware.

WHEN: Now until September 15, 2013

WHERE: Metric Halo products are available during the Summer Sale from authorized dealers worldwide (http://mhsecure.com/metric_halo/buy/dealers.html) and direct from Metric Halo (https://www.mhsecure.com/mhdirect/home.php)

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

ASHLY AUDIO PRODUCTS NOW ALLOW USER CONTROL FROM APPLE iPAD, iPAD MINI, iPHONE, & iPOD TOUCH DEVICES VIA KEY DIGITAL’S COMPASS CONTROL TECHNOLOGY

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – JULY 2013: Ashly Audio is pleased to announce that all of its processors and amplifiers with Ethernet or RS-232 control capability are now compatible with Key Digital’s Compass Control Technology, which allows end-user control from Apple’s ubiquitous iPad, iPad Mini, iPhone, and iPod Touch wireless devices. Because many users already own these devices, offering user control via Apple’s wireless iOS products is both cost-effective and convenient. Moreover, the “wow factor” is sure to impress clients and win more work via word of mouth.

The Ashly Audio products that integrate with Compass Control include the ne24.24M modular matrix processor; the ne4400, ne4800, & ne8800 processors; the Protea 3.6SP & 4.8SP processors; the ne800, ne1600, ne2400, ne4250, & ne8250 amplifiers; the nXe & nXp amplifiers; and all Pema integrated processor/amplifiers. “In this age of highly integrated A/V systems, we at Ashly Audio are excited to be able to give our customers yet another means of controlling their pro sound equipment via Compass Control® and Apple iOS devices,” said Ashly CEO Mark Wentling.

“Resulting from cooperative efforts between Ashly and Key Digital, the integration of its audio products within the Compass Control® environment represents a powerful and user-friendly comprehensive solution delivering iOS-based control and entertainment functionality,” said Key Digital’s Vice President of Sales, Michael Lakhter. “The Compass Alliance™ Partners have come together to create a system that has full-driver integration already completed, increasing efficiency for integrators.”

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

KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY DANCES WITH ASHLY’S NE800.70PE AMPLIFIER

MANHATTAN, KANSAS – JUNE 2013: Nichols Hall was originally built in 1911 on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. With its façade patterned after a medieval castle, Nichols hall stood until 1968, when an arsonist reduced its interior to ashes. Spared from the wrecking ball by student protests, it returned to service in 1985 and today houses, among many other things, two of the dance programs studios. Recently, Cytek Media Systems of Topeka, Kansas pulled out the studios’ tired old sound playback systems and replaced them with new, reliable ones centered on the flexible Ashly ne800.70pe two-channel amplifier with optional on-board Protea™ digital signal processing.

“Apart from its age, the old sound system wasn’t really living up to modern expectations for what a sound system should do,” explained Joe Greene, pro audio manager at Cytek Media Systems. “Not only did we need to give them a system that would work, we needed to give them a system that would work well and that would work well far into the future.” Each room is approximately 80 feet by 40 feet with a twelve-foot ceiling. The walls are mirrored but can be covered by curtains for black box theater applications. A small existing mixer in each room serves as a familiar user interface for each system. Its output feeds an Ashly ne800.70pe, a two-channel network amplifier rated at 400W into a 70V line featuring a built-in Protea DSP Processor. One amplifier output feeds the new full-range SoundTube CM82-EZ loudspeakers, while the other powers the new SoundTube CM1001d-T subwoofers.

“I’ve been working with Ashly products for over thirty years,” said Greene. “Ashly equipment simply does not fail. It’s trustworthy to the bone. Kansas State’s dance program can expect years and years of faithful service from the new system. From my end, it was intuitive to set up and work with. The onboard processing is very convenient. It’s easy to get in, and although it’s loaded with cutting-edge technology, it’s not rocket science to get done what needs to get done. In addition, Ashly is one of the few companies that has not only stayed on top of the latest connectivity and features, but has also maintained excellent audio quality.”

When Greene checked back with the University staff, they indicated how pleased they were with the new system’s performance. “Since then, I haven’t heard from them,” Greene laughed. “In this day and age, that’s always a great sign!”

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

A SINGLE DANLEY SOUND LABS BC412 SUBWOOFER MOVES 10,000 SEATS

ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI – JUNE 2013: Built in 1999, Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri hosts hockey, basketball, soccer, exhibitions, circuses, concerts, and more. It seats about 10,000 spectators, and, until recently, the main components of its sound system hung from a central scoreboard. However, the newly formed Missouri Monsters indoor football team will begin playing at Family Arena this year, and the central scoreboard hung too low for regulation play. In the process of removing the scoreboard and hanging the loudspeakers from a higher grid, the arena’s owners recognized the need for bass extension; the existing system only fell to about 200Hz. Given limited space to occupy and a vast space to fill, Chip Self, president of Logic Systems Sound and Lighting, Inc, contacted Danley Sound Labs and is now responsible for the installation of one of the first Danley BC412 installations in the world. Outrageous output for its size puts the BC412 in a class all its own.

“Apart from the general improvement low end would give to all of Family Arena’s events, the football team would be playing a lot of contemporary music that wouldn’t sound right without good low-end reproduction,” said Self. “But given architectural constraints and the indoor football requirements, the only space we had in which we could place a subwoofer was about 6’ x 6’ x 2’. That’s a very small space for the coverage requirement of 10,000 seats.”

Given Danley Sound Labs’ knack for pulling off magic tricks with innovative subwoofer designs, Self contacted Danley President Mike Hedden. The application was perfect for the newly created Danley BC412. “The other requirement we had for the sub was that it had to be able to take a direct hit from a football for safety reasons,” explained Self. “Most subs have a simple grill, and it’s not hard to knock it off with a football if you try. In contrast, the BC412 uses all internal drivers, so that kind of damage is a non-issue. But really, what makes the BC412 special in this situation is its tremendous output for its size.”

The existing loudspeakers were reused in the newly-raised system, as were existing Crown amplifiers. Because a few of the amplifier channels had failed, Self collected and reassigned functioning channels to existing loudspeakers. A new Lab.gruppen four-channel amplifier powers the BC412, which Danley custom built to accept four amplifier channels. Given its down-firing placement near the ceiling, the BC412 exhibits a 180-deg conical pattern, which delivers energy to the seats and not to the ceiling.

“Family Arena’s owners and staff love the new low end,” said Self. “It’s amazing what robust low end can do for a system like this. Everyone who hears it is astonished that so much bass is emanating from just one subwoofer!”

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 CEO MARSHALL CONFIRMED

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 26, 2013: Symetrix announces today the appointment of Mary Marshall to the position of CEO. Marshall has worked in an advisory role with Symetrix for many years and has been an integral part of the management team. As CEO she will be able to bring her experience as a leader and strategic driver to the forefront of the Symetrix story. Marshall’s experience includes growing companies from the ground up, owning and operating multiple businesses, orchestrating corporate financial planning, and designing and executing business development strategies. Recently, Marshall ran the U.S. Western Division of Vistage International, running business development programs, leadership development programs, and working with hundreds of companies and their leaders through Visage’s network of partners.

“Symetrix is perfectly positioned to move to the next level with our strong product line and the most dynamic team in the industry. After decades of building our brand we are excited to include Mary’s successful track record as a change agent and a builder of companies,” said Dane Butcher, Symetrix Chairman.

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. Please visit www.symetrix.co for more information.

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