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SYMNET TAKES UP THE CAUSE

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BREA, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 2009: The Cause Community Church in Brea, California was born of nearby Faith Community Church in West Covina, a mega-church. It was “planted” in 2005, and every week until recently, The Cause’s dedicated volunteers unloaded two trailers-worth of equipment to set up children’s ministries, a youth room, a main service room, and an overflow room in a supportive Brea movie theater complex. Although the volunteers cheerfully performed that Herculean task week-after-week and the congregation attended enthusiastically, everyone pined for the day when they would have a space to call their own. The new space would be a beacon to them and to future members of the congregation. more

MULTI-FACETED AUDIO ENGINEER MICHAEL ROMANOWSKI USES METRIC HALO’S ULN-8 FOR MASTERING, MIXING AND RECORDING

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: When audio engineer Michael Romanowski describes the Metric Halo Mobile I/O ULN-8 interface as the “do-everything” box, he isn’t exaggerating. In fact, the ULN-8 interface is so versatile that it has become an essential component in Romanowski’s workflow, whether he is recording on location or in the studio, mixing at home, or working in his mastering facility.

“I have two that I use at the studio, and then I have several that I use for location recording,” explains Romanowski, who was recently appointed as the Chairman of the P&E Wing of the San Francisco Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Examples of Romanowski’s location recording projects range from Americana musician Todd Snider to the American Bach Soloists, with a wide variety of rock, jazz, pop and blues performers in between.

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DANLEY SIGNS MITEK AND SOUND MISSION FOR DISTRIBUTION IN CANADA AND THE EU

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs, home of world-renowned loudspeaker designer Tom Danley’s patented Synergy Horn (SH) loudspeakers and Tapped Horn (TH) subwoofers, announces the addition of two new international distributors to help keep pace with its rapidly expanding market. Mitek Canada will distribute Danley loudspeakers for houses of worship, commercial installations, and live venues to all points north of the continental U.S., while Sound Mission will do the same for Poland, Germany, and a growing list of other European Union countries.

Mitek Canada, one of the largest distributors of commercial and consumer electronics in Canada, provides a wide range of products to all retailers across the country, from national chains to single store specialists to integrators. It has representatives and trainers from coast to coast along with warehouses in both British Columbia and Ontario to provide its clients with timely service across the country. Sound Mission is fronted by more

ASHLY BRINGS SIMPLICITY AND FUNCTIONALITY TO BECKER COLLEGE GYMNASIUM SOUND SYSTEM

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LEICESTER, MASSACHUSETTS: The Leicester campus of Massachusetts’ multi-campus Becker College is the 19th oldest campus in the United States. Indeed, the great John Hancock put his John Hancock… er, signature… on its charter in 1784. Now a prestigious private school, Becker’s 1,700 students uphold its strong academic tradition, and recent years have witnessed tremendous growth in the school’s athletic program. As such, the lone 37 year-old speaker cabinet, in the equally-old Leicester Campus Gymnasium, was proving more and more inadequate, and the school was forced to rent a better system for most events. When administrators approved a modest budget for a new system, the multimedia crew and athletic directors were overjoyed to receive a fabulous sounding and remarkably easy to control system, the logic, processing, and interface of which is provided by an Ashly ne24.24M matrix processor with intuitive Ashly remote control units.
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MORE HD SURROUND SOUND FROM SKY WITH SOUNDFIELD’S UPM-1 • Satellite Broadcaster Buys Eight SoundField Stereo-to-5.1 Upmix Processors

keith_lane.JPGLAS VEGAS, NEVADA: European satellite broadcaster BSkyB, better known as Sky, has purchased eight of SoundField’s stereo-to-5.1 upmix processors for live use in their studios and outside broadcast facilities. The SoundField UPM-1 is a 1U, 19-inch rack processor which can create a convincing, phase-coherent 5.1 surround panorama from stereo audio in real-time, without adding any reverb or unwanted additional phase shifts. It does this by adaptively analyzing the two-channel stereo material, separating the content into its ambient and direct components, and placing any material from the center of the original stereo mix, such as commentary or dialogue, into the center channel of the resulting 5.1 panorama. For HD broadcasters, the UPM-1 ensures that most audio can be broadcast in fold-down friendly surround sound, without obvious moments when the broadcast soundscape narrows to stereo during the transmission of older, stereo-only material.

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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

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