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THE NORTH AMERICAN MISSION BOARD’S NEW INTUITIVE AUDIO SYSTEMS CENTER ON SYMNET AND AXIOMTEK TOUCH PANEL PC INTERFACE

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ALPHARETTA, GEORGIA – MAY 2010: The North American Mission Board (NAMB) provides two principle functions that are critical to the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). First, it fulfills the faith’s Great Commission in the United States and Canada to share Christ, found churches, and, importantly, send missionaries abroad. Second, it serves as the organizing base for Southern Baptist disaster relief efforts. Within its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, NAMB has seventeen conference rooms, four of which are considered the main rooms – one that seats 175 and three that seat 50 each. They are normally used for training, workshops, and lectures, but during crises, such as Hurricane Katrina or the recent earthquake in Haiti, the rooms double as the nerve center for SBC disaster relief. more

HOUSE RECORDING STUDIOS FINDS INNUMERABLE USES FOR THE AFFORDABLE, YET EXPENSIVE-SOUNDING, BOCK 195 LARGE DIAPHRAGM FET CONDENSER

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LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK – MAY 2010: House Recording Studios on Long Island is a relatively recent addition to New York’s shifting studio landscape. With impeccable design by esteemed acoustician Frank Comentale, House Recording makes good on the often-promised but seldom-delivered combination of professionalism, comfort, and inspiration that are the hallmarks of a great facility. Not long ago, a Bock 195 FET large diaphragm condenser joined the studio’s enviable microphone collection. It has since been used, almost without rest, on everything from vocals to acoustic guitars to room tone to clarinet. more

ASHLY NE8800 DSP REVITALIZES PALACE THEATRE

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TAMARAC, FLORIDA – MAY 2010: The Palace Theatre for the Performing Arts is part of the Kings Point condominium complex in Tamarac, Florida, a community of some 8,000 over-55 residents just north of Fort Lauderdale. Its season runs from November to March, complementing the snowbirds’ yearly migration from points too cold for comfortable living in those months. The theatre books A-list acts such as Tony Orlando, Peter Nero, and Pat Cooper and seats 1,000 people without a single stair. Its acoustics are excellent, with appropriately upholstered seats, no parallel walls, and judicious wall treatments. The Palace Theatre’s sound system was passable, but hardly excellent, until the recent addition of an Ashly ne8800 8×8 DSP and a long-deserved alignment. more

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BIG LEAGUE SOUND

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA -MAY 2010: The Atlanta Braves’ AAA affiliate, designated the Gwinnett Braves, recently moved from Richmond, Virginia to Gwinnett County, Georgia, and, in so doing, moved into a new $45 million stadium. Coolray Field seats some 10,000 fans in stands that wrap from left field to right field. An additional picnic area beyond the outfield wall adds to that number. To deliver a functional, yet cost-effective audio system, the ball club hired local A/V design/install firm Baker Audio (Norcross, Georgia), the same company that currently maintains Turner Field and designed the sound system in the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in 1966 that originally lured the big league Braves to the region. Surveying the field of loudspeakers capable of delivering big league sound at minor league prices, Danley SH-100s were the clear winners and now cover all of the main seating areas. more

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SYMNET PROVIDES SIMPLE CONSOLE-FREE CONTROL FOR MULTIPLE ROOMS AT ST. STEPHEN CATHOLIC CHURCH

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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – APRIL 2010: Parishioners founded Saint Stephen Catholic Church in 1847 on the outskirts of what was then the frontier town of Milwaukee in the Wisconsin Territory. Its first church survived until 1927, when a fire burned it to the ground, and its second church served the community from that time until the close of 2009. In time for Christmas, Saint Stephen moved into a brand new structure that perfectly blends the rich aesthetic of its earlier buildings with a range of modern conveniences in a 1,000 plus-seat sanctuary. more

SYMNET IS THE PREFERRED GUEST AT NASHVILLE’S UPSCALE HUTTON HOTEL

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MAY 2010: The newly built Hutton Hotel is perfectly situated on Nashville’s West End Avenue for easy access to Vanderbilt University, the corporate heart of downtown, and the city’s famous Music Row. It is unabashedly upscale, with stunning décor, lavish rooms, and exceptional service. The audio system is no exception. SymNet processing power together with a thoughtful and intuitive combination of SymNet and Crestron controllers weave any number of inputs to any number of outputs across the bar, the restaurant, ballrooms, meeting rooms, and public areas, with sound quality and reliability commensurate with Hutton’s four-star rating. more

CTV PURCHASES KLEIN + HUMMEL MONITORS FOR MAJOR TELEVISION EVENTS

ctv_howard_baggley.JPGTORONTO, CANADA – CTV, the most popular television network in Canada, delivers a wide-ranging mix of programming to its demanding viewers. While some of its content, prime-time and otherwise, originates south of the border, such as the hits Law & Order and CSI, a greater share is homegrown. Dramas such as Degrassi: The Next Generation and Flashpoint join Canadian-made television movies, in a smorgasbord of entertainment programming. The morning’s Canada AM and the evening’s CTV National News deliver information-based content, supplemented by news magazine programs W-Five and the politically-focused Question Period. To maintain its high production standards the network will be relying on over four hundred Klein + Hummel studio reference monitors. more

FOR FLY-IN DATES, SKID ROW LANDS ON METRIC HALO’S SPECTRAFOO

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – MAY 2010: Skid Row produced a string of iconic hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including “18 and Life,” “Youth Gone Wild,” and “I Remember You,” that now help define the era. In fact, a chapter of the new book, Full Metal Jackie Certified: The 50 Most Influential Heavy Metal Songs of the ’80s and the True Stories Behind Their Lyrics, is devoted to dissecting the origins and cultural impact of “18 and Life.” Today, the band maintains a busy schedule of fly-in dates throughout the country and around the world, performing both their classics and new songs from Revolutions Per Minute (2006). They use house or rental equipment so that they can travel light, and veteran FOH and monitor engineer Mike Thompson relies on Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo sound analysis software to deliver consistent sound night after night across disparate sound systems. more

API DELIVERS 100th 1608 CONSOLE IN JUST TWO YEARS

will_anderson.JPGLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – MAY 2010: Almost two years after John McBride’s Blackbird Studio in Nashville purchased 1608 serial number 001, API president Larry Droppa recently traveled to Los Angeles to congratulate film and television composer William Anderson on his purchase of the 100th API 1608 console. Built to the exacting standards of API’s revered 1604 console, the 1608 puts API’s coveted sound and discrete analog circuitry into a modern mixer that is perfectly suited to work with digital recording platforms, at a price that is within reach for project studio owners. more

SENNHEISER MD 421 TURNS 50!

md421.JPGPointe Claire, Quebec, Canada, May 2010: This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the classic Sennheiser MD 421-U large diaphragm, cardioid, dynamic microphone. The venerable MD 421, which is still in production as the MD 421 II, has been one of Sennheiser’s best-selling dynamic microphones for decades thanks to its durability, versatility, and ability to handle high sound pressure levels. Offering exemplary performance on voices, but equally effective on a wide range of acoustic and amplified instruments, the MD 421 continues to be an essential component of any microphone collection in the studio or on the road. more

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