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TRANSAUDIO GROUP INTRODUCES THE NEW DAKING MIC PRE 500

micpre_500.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 2010: Geoff Daking and Company, Inc. launched the new Mic Pre 500 single-channel microphone/instrument preamplifier module at the 129th AES Convention in San Francisco. Derived from the company’s Mic Pre One freestanding unit, the Mic Pre 500 is designed for installation in 500 Series format equipment. The new mic pre features switchable phase, 20 dB mic input pad, +48V phantom power, and a selectable quarter-inch line/hi-z instrument input.

Like the Mic-Pre One, the Mic Pre 500 shares the gain structure and Class A, fully-discrete transistor circuitry design of Daking’s popular Mic Pre IV. The front panel controls include a variable high-pass filter (0-200 Hz) as well as continuously variable input gain. It also includes an eight-segment tri-color LED meter with simultaneous VU and Peak is included.

Made in the USA, the Daking Mic Pre 500 has an more

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WAY COOL YOUTH CHURCH FINDS SYMETRIX JUPITER “ZERO LEARNING CURVE” DSP THE WAY TO GO

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN: The Fountain of Truth Church in inner-city Detroit, 9801 Chalmers, recently created a safe place for youth to gather that not only keeps them out of trouble, but provides them with genuinely cool activities and events that are physically, intellectually and spiritually engaging. Dubbed the Righteous Youth Church, the space is flexible enough to accommodate basketball and other indoor sports, as well as performances and church services using modular seating that rolls out from the wall. Detroit-area AV contractor Sound Planning Communications provided the Righteous Youth Church with a new sound system on short notice using Symetrix’ new Jupiter series of “zero learning curve” DSP units, which gives the modest system ideal processing power and required a setup time best measured in minutes, not hours.

“The Righteous Youth Church isn’t trying to be cool, it is cool,” said Nathan Cole, project manager at Sound more

RURAL CHURCH UPGRADES PERFORMANCE WITH ASHLY POWER AMPS

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PAYNESVILLE, MINNESOTA – AUGUST 2010: In many ways, Grace United Methodist embodies the enviable characteristics of a thriving mid-sized rural church. Located in downtown Paynesville, Minnesota – population 2,300 – Grace enjoys a congregation of neighbors who support the church and each other with a dedication rarely seen in larger metro areas. But until recently, Grace also had some less enviable characteristics, chief among them an outdated audio system which delivered inadequate coverage to the sanctuary’s 250 seats, and a dynamic range which fell short of their needs and expectations. Intermedia Systems Group, of Burnsville, Minnesota, helped to change that, upgrading everything with a full complement of up-to-date, high-performance equipment, including network-ready Ashly NE-Series amplifiers that allow Intermedia to keep tabs on Grace’s system from over one hundred miles away.

“Grace’s old sound system consisted of a single two-way box placed more

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SYMETRIX ZONE MIX 760 HITS A GRAND SLAM AT JERRY REMY’S SPORTS BAR & GRILL

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar & Grill recently opened its doors just a bean’s throw away from historic Fenway Park, home of Boston’s beloved Red Sox. Remy played second base for the club in the late 1970s and early 1980s before transitioning to broadcasting. Fans now know him best for his color commentary during Red Sox broadcasts. His new bar offers a forward-thinking “season pass,” which guarantees its holder a table or barstool at every Red Sox game for a mere $500. Accordingly, Remy and his partners had high expectations for the A/V system. They turned to Boston-based Custom Cable Services, who designed and installed an elegant, effective system centered on a Symetrix Zone Mix 760.

The audio system wrangles a large number of potential input sources, including DirecTV receivers, iPod, iTunes/Pandora, Shure ULX wireless microphones, live web, radio, and TV broadcast. The bar’s audio more

ASHLY PROCESSING AND AMPLIFICATION TECHNOLOGY BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO RYOKAKU-JI TEMPLE’S VOICE AND MUSIC REINFORCEMENT

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TSURUGA, FUKUI PREFECTURE, JAPAN: Ryokaku-ji Temple is located in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, three-hundred miles west of Tokyo in central Japan. Although it was founded nearly five hundred years ago – literally centuries before the advent of sound reinforcement! – Ryokaku-ji Temple has never hesitated to embrace new technologies. When the temple moved to a new building fourteen years ago, it installed a sound system for the 100-seat hall of worship that promised clear speech and moving music reproduction. But, much to the disappointment of the family that owns Ryokaku-ji Temple that promise was never delivered. Speech sounded boxy and music dribbled out, drained of its vitality. EMU and ENU, a nearby Tokyo-based pro audio sales and sound reinforcement integrator, came to the rescue when the family had finally had enough. Company president Masaki Morimoto designed a new cost-effective system centered on the powerful processing and robust performance of an Ashly more

CHAMELEON LABS COMPRESSORS DELIVER PRECISE SONIC TARGETS

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SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Martin Feveyear formed Jupiter Studios in Seattle, Washington with Christian Fulghum after emigrating to that rainy and musically prolific city from his native England during the height of the grunge movement. A renaissance man for the music industry, Feveyear is a uniquely competent songwriter, musician, studio/mixing engineer, producer, mastering engineer, tour manager and live engineer. He has relied on his very discerning ear to appoint Jupiter Studios with an amazing collection of tools, which now includes a 56-channel SSL 6056 E Series console surrounded by a long who’s who list of classic and contemporary outboard hits. Despite having a range of compressors that any engineer would kill for, Feveyear’s go-to dynamics solutions are the relatively inexpensive Chameleon Labs 7720 stereo compressor and 7802 stereo opto tube compressor. He has used them for both stereo bus compression (mainly in the studio but also live) and killer guitar tone with more

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ALBRIGHT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH DISCOVERS THE SOPHISTICATED, YET SIMPLE, FUNCTIONALITY OF SYMETRIX AUTOMIX MATRIX 780 COUPLED WITH ARC WALL PANELS

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MISHAWAKA, INDIANA: It was a direct lightening strike that brought the original building for Albright United Methodist Church in Mishawaka, Indiana to the ground, and it was three years after the fire before the congregation had a new permanent sanctuary. Like any complete re-visioning, Albright seized the opportunity to build a church that would meet its unique needs perfectly. The lovely new 450-seat sanctuary provides a well-functioning home to a range of ministries, activities, and classes nearly every day and night of the week, including both traditional and contemporary services on the weekend. To minimize the logistically complicated need for technical staff at all of the various functions, Albright turned to northern Indiana/southern Michigan A/V designers and installers Last Pew Sound Engineering to design an A/V system that would largely take care of itself via intuitive user-interfaces that even technology-challenged church members could easily command. Last Pew more

METRIC HALO’S CHANNELSTRIP PROCESSING BENEFITS EVERY DEETOWN PRODUCTIONS SCORE AND SONG

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK: DeeTown Entertainment is the brainchild of prolific contemporary composer and musician Ali Dee Theodore. In less than a decade, DeeTown has risen to prominence in the American film industry, turning out a seemingly limitless number of chart-topping scores and songs for a huge number of films and musicians, including Hannah Montana: The Movie, The Jonas Brothers, Hot Tub Time Machine, Transformers, Mary J Blige, Daredevil, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Ghost Rider, and Iron Man, among many, many others. The rise of Ali Dee and his crack team of writers, producers, musicians, and engineers has been compared to the heyday of Tin Pan Alley, when Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and their contemporaries ruled New York City. Indeed, DeeTown’s recent move to an upgraded facility in Manhattan makes the analogy all the more apt. From more

METRIC HALO SPECTRAFOO TURNS THE PA SYSTEMS OF THE EASTERN SEABOARD INTO NEAR-FIELD STUDIO REFERENCE MONITORS IF ONLY FOR A NIGHT WITH TEARS FOR FEARS

spectrafoo_logo.JPGHOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK: After reading this story, every FOH mixer will be begging for his or her own personal Doug Lemke/SpectraFoo combo for the Holidays. In a nutshell, Lemke’s recent outing with enduring 80s pop-rock legend Tears For Fears epitomized the challenge that FOH engineers are forced to confront over and over again – as if in a bad dream! – different more

LITTLE RIVER CASINO UPGRADES EXISTING SYMNET SYSTEM

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MANISTEE, MICHIGAN – OCTOBER 2010: The Little River Casino in Manistee, Michigan opened its doors in 1999 and has been growing steadily ever since, both in popularity and size. Owned by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, the casino and resort now boasts a 300-room luxury hotel, a 1,700-seat event center, a ballroom and conference center, three restaurants, and literally thousands of ways to win big, housed within 23,000 square-feet of gaming grandeur. Michigan-based Intaglio designed the Little River Casino’s original sound system. Five years later, Intaglio upgraded it with SymNet open-architecture processing to deliver greater flexibility and the capacity to auto-level. Recently, the casino called on Intaglio again to help keep pace with its ever-expanding grounds and a felt need for a better “vibe.” Intaglio’s CEO Kirk Grimshaw tripled the system’s SymNet complement, adding CobraNet interconnects to existing SymLink interconnects, and upgraded loudspeakers and amps throughout to deliver more

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