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DANLEY STEPS UP TO THE PLATE AT TURNER FIELD

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Poised for a future playoff berth with a hopeful mixture of youth and experience, the Atlanta Braves finished the 2009 season with a respectable record and much to look forward to. But for Turner Field, built originally for the 1996 Olympics and the club’s home ever since, 2009 marked the transition from possession of a dated sound system to possession of arguably the best system in major league baseball. Assailed by the elements, the old loudspeakers were showing signs of age, replaced by over four-hundred Danley loudspeakers with full weatherproofing, as well as customized rigging and coverage patterns to fit perfectly in the old speakers’ places. Not only did Danley deliver extensive customization, it did so within an extremely short timeframe.

The original equipment had been in place for thirteen years and the loudspeakers were beginning to deteriorate. The Braves more

THREE API 1608s FEATURED IN NASHVILLE’S BLACKBIRD STUDIO

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NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Blackbird Studio in Nashville houses one of the finest collections of recording equipment anywhere, including an impressive assortment of API analog mixing consoles. Having already installed a 48-channel API Legacy Plus featuring 96 inputs in Studio B, and the largest API Legacy Plus console ever built – with 96 channels and 192 inputs – in Studio D, Blackbird has opened its brand new Studio H with an API 1608 discrete analog console.

The API console in Studio H joins two other API 1608 desks on the premises, according to Vance Powell, Blackbird’s Grammy-winning Chief Engineer. “We have three API 1608s, and two 16-channel expanders,” he explains. “One of the 1608s, with a 16-channel expander, is installed in Studio E. Another 1608 is in our new room, Studio H, an overdub/edit/mix suite. The 1608 is the centerpiece of that room for more

SOUND ASSOCIATES NAMES SENNHEISER AND SYMETRIX NEW BROADWAY BABIES

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK: As one of the three major players in theater sound in the US, Sound Associates has provided sound reinforcement support and rentals to Broadway for over sixty years. At any given time, some twenty shows are using the company’s equipment, which includes over 4,000 channels of high-end Sennheiser wireless transmitters and receivers. For what amounts to hundreds of thousands of dollars of wireless channels per show in the most demanding theatrical applications on the planet, Sound Associates provides open-architecture SymNet DSP units that have been customized to provide real-time audio monitoring from up to four locations using AMX touch-panel interfaces.

Sound Associates provides audio for shows that typically require between thirty and seventy channels of Sennheiser wireless. The company combines various lavalier microphones with Sennheiser SK 5212 body pack transmitters and Sennheiser’s new 3732 receivers. “Sennheiser has a more

Ashly Processors and Amps Help Boston Landmark Improve Sound, Save Energy, and Save the Planet

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BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Because it has retained the charm and luxury of its Roaring Twenties heritage, The Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers was inducted as a member of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America. In addition to its upscale accommodations, the Park Plaza is well-known for its six ballrooms: the very large Imperial and Plaza ballrooms, and the smaller (but still large by other’s standards) Georgian, Arlington, Berkeley, and Clarendon ballrooms. The Park Plaza is thus a prized location for meetings and parties of all kinds.

But behind the scenes, the hotel was growing increasingly frustrated with the audio system that served the ballrooms. A pair of seven-foot racks housed enough power amps to fry a dozen eggs while idling, and their opaque user controls flummoxed even the most audio-savvy hotel staff. At its root, there was no core control and no more

MULTI-TALENTED MUSICIAN AND PRODUCER FRANCIS DUNNERY RELIES ON THE METRIC HALO 2882 FOR ALL THINGS AUDIO

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HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK: Founder of 1980s English progressive rock sensation, It Bites, Francis Dunnery has maintained a busy schedule of solo work, production, and engineering in the nearly two decades since It Bites dissolved. Regular touring and recording with Robert Plant Lauryn Hill, Ian Brown, Carlos Santana and the creation of his own Aquarian Nation record label to “help support and maintain artistic integrity” have cemented Dunnery’s position as a venerated member of the musical intelligencia, in both the UK and America. His recently released album, “There’s a Whole New World Out There,” is a clever reworking of his favorite material from his early years. Like everything Dunnery has worked on in the past two years, the new album was recorded entirely through a Metric Halo 2882 converter and interface. Metric Halo has a sound that he has never been able to more

DANLEY TH-MINI SUBS CITED AS THE CINDERELLA LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM AT BUTLER UNIVERSITY’S HINKLE FIELDHOUSE

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – OCTOBER 2009: Butler University’s Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis is the antithesis of the modern NBA showplace. It’s gritty. It’s not air-conditioned. The seats, or rather bleachers, are uncomfortable at best. But with an 80-year history at the epicenter of both high school and college basketball in a state that is practically synonymous with the sport, Hinkle is very well-loved. In fact, it is the architectural inspiration for both Conseco Fieldhouse (Indiana Pacers) and Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis Colts). The spirit of aspiration that is so bound up with Indiana basketball was documented in the film “Hoosiers,” the climax of which was filmed in Hinkle and recounts an epic underdog story that actually unfolded at Hinkle in 1954.

But age and grit of the Hinkle variety, though they may warm the heart of a true fan, seldom come with good, more

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Symetrix Gear at the Heart of Manhattan’s Historic Henry Miller’s Theatre

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2009: The historic Henry Miller’s Theatre in the heart of Manhattan has been invented and reinvented, purposed and repurposed, respected and disrespected. Built in 1918 for the famous actor/producer, it spent the first half of its life hosting critically-acclaimed shows such as “Journey’s End,” “Our Town” and “Witness for the Prosecution.” As it closes in on its 100th birthday, a new lease on life promises to carry the Henry Miller’s Theatre past the tumult of recent decades – when it was a club, and an “adult” theater by another name – and back into the limelight of Broadway’s celebrated productions. Keeping the facade and significant structural artifacts, Bank of America raised and rebuilt the theater at the same site, now below their new 57-story headquarters. Along with an elegant and LEED-certified structure, the 1,055-seat theater received a more

TRANSAUDIO DISTRIBUTES LEHMANN HIGH-END HEADPHONE AMP

black_cube_linear.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 2009: TransAudio Group, a U.S. distributor of high-end pro audio gear, is happy to introduce Lehmann Audio’s Black Cube Linear headphone amplifier to the U.S. market by adding it to its Las Vegas Pro Audio catalog of truly inspired products. Using only the finest components and an obsessively audiophile signal path, the Black Cube Linear is ideal for computer mixing, live monitoring, studio recording, or any professional application where truthful, fatigue-free output is paramount. Its circuitry and adjustable maximum output gain optimizes performance for any headphone impedance or sensitivity. more

API RELEASES THE 527 COMPRESSOR

api_527.JPGNEW YORK, NEW YORK: API is pleased to announce the introduction of the 527 compressor, a single channel module based on API’s 225L discreet channel compressor. The 527 features comprehensive controls including variable attack, release, ratio, and output gain controls. The unit also includes API’s patented ‘Thrust’ circuit, first offered on the 2500 stereo bus compressor. A ten segment LED meter is switchable between gain reduction and output level. more

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SYMETRIX ADDS SECOND MONTHLY ONLINE ‘WEBINAR’

symetrix_webinars.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 2009: Symetrix, a leading provider of audio processing solutions for the commercial, broadcast, and pro audio markets through its Symetrix, SymNet, AirTools, and Lucid brands, will now host two freely-available “Webinars” a month. Senior systems support engineer Ryan Curtright has been hosting Webinar Master Classes once a month for nearly a year on advanced aspects of SymNet, Integrator Series, and AirTools technology. On November 11th, systems support engineer Mark Ullrich will kick off his monthly Webinar Master Class, with content geared toward professionals who are new to Symetrix products. To receive the link to attend, contact Symetrix tech support. more

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