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RackLink™ System Now Compliant with InfoComm Energy Management Standard


Fairfield, NJ–– With its latest firmware update, all models in Middle Atlantic Products’ suite of RackLink™ Power Management products now fully support InfoComm’s recently published Energy Management Standard. RackLink products provide integrators and facility managers with the necessary features and functionality to implement the standard. These include the monitoring and logging of power consumption, room occupancy and outlet state, as well as individual control of connected devices.

The standard, which provides a guideline for efficient energy management of AV systems through the control, monitoring, and conservation of electric power, was published in June of last year. RackLink models are currently the industry’s only available option to meet certain requirements of the standard such as power factor monitoring and providing a fine degree of resolution in their measurement accuracy.

Audiovisual control system solutions company Control Concepts partnered with Middle Atlantic to develop the RackLink system’s critical open-architecture communication with control systems. Control Concepts President Steve Greenblatt also served as a member of the InfoComm Energy Management Standard Task Group. He notes, “Middle Atlantic has shown a commitment to the InfoComm Energy Management standard from the onset of RackLinkTM product development ensuring that the design and control capabilities meet all the requirements in addition to including a host of added features. Middle Atlantic went as far as to upgrade firmware, software, and control modules once the standard was released to address specific nuances added prior to finalization.”

“RackLink was designed to enable the best possible practices in ensuring power-efficient AV systems,” said Bob Schluter, Middle Atlantic Founder and fellow member of the InfoComm Energy Management Standard Task Group. He also noted the ease with which the RackLink system complies with the standard: “All the required measurements are consolidated in one box, so there’s no need to mix data from separate places. RackLink systems also output that data in a useable format that requires no manipulation.”

For more information about the RackLink system and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Diavolo Delivers Optimum Martin Audio Dance System For Vee Lounge


Fort Worth, TX––The mission for Diavolo Systems owner Tim Hannum was “to build a top-of-the-line dance floor sound system and light show in a combination restaurant/lounge, and not have it look like you’re walking into a cavernous nightclub.”

A real challenge since the 13,434 square foot venue for Vee Lounge that formerly served as a live club for cover bands is located on the main floor of a parking garage. The space wasn’t designed for acoustics and suffered from significant acoustic challenges like a sloped roof higher on one side of the room than the other.

The plan for owner Rick’s Cabaret International—a longstanding Diavolo client–– was to create a high-end Tapas restaurant that could easily transition into a full on dance club featuring local and well-known national/international touring DJs playing Electronic Dance Music on weekends.

Hannum, who named his company in part based on the expression, “the devil’s in the details,” approached the challenges implicit in the Vee Lounge project with his customary mix of thoroughness, precision and creativity.

“We put in a reinforced wood DJ stage built out of cabinet-grade lumber instead of metal studs and covered it with a 3/8” recycled rubber floor normally used for workout facilities,” he explains. “With the custom steel Vee Lounge performance stage from Red Bull, we end up with a really nice EDM performance stage.

“In front of the DJ booth, we put in a really huge custom oval shaped dance floor made out of hard oak and raised with enough clearance off the ground to make you feel more of the low end through your feet,” Tim continues.” When it comes to sound, we designed a true left-right speaker system with three Martin Audio Blackline H3H+ enclosures on each side at different heights to reach every corner of the room. You can hear the system pan left and right and, overall, the system is very clean, precise and oh so sexy.”

According to Hannum, “in addition to four S218+ subs, we floor-mounted two of Martin Audio’s new high-powered X15+ subs as monitors at either side of the booth on yokes so DJs can position them any way they want. The X15s are separately powered and processed with their own DSP in the booth.

“As it turns out, the setup transforms pretty well from controlled restaurant sound allowing lower volumes from the perimeter speakers to a high impact club system running full on from the mains. We have plenty of horsepower with the Martin Audio. And as difficult as the room is, the sound is really good, that’s all I can say.”

Vee Lounge also features a sophisticated LED-based lighting system by Chauvet Professional, which Hannum says is “very effects-driven and all operated from Martin Professional’s Light Jockey. The video system is run via Mac Minis with Arkaos video software where we can access different background imagery for all the displays in the room which includes the new 90” Sharp TVs on either side of the DJ booth.”

Underscoring his out-of-the-box approach, Tim explains, “I used a plethora of inexpensive lighting effects that people wouldn’t normally think of for a big club but I’m using them differently for stuff like an expanded ceiling effect that’s very sexy. In fact, it’s a very sexy room with all of the round columns and rounded curvatures of the bar and faciae of the drop-down ceiling pieces. Everything is very curved and sexy, like the sound system.”

Open just over a month after a grand opening featuring an extended hour and a half set by Australian DJ Havana Brown of “We Run the Night” fame, Vee Lounge is rapidly becoming a essential component of Fort Worth nightlife.

Asked about the reaction to the sound system, Hannum concludes, “The owners expect the best and that’s what they get with Martin Audio. The regional DJs were absolutely floored by the sound on the floor and in the booth. When they’re in the booth, they’re immersed in a blanket of sound, so anybody can mix anything at any time. Everything about it helps the DJ do his or her job better and it really sounds good. That works for me.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

For more about Diavolo Systems, please click to www.diavolosystems.com

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

VME’s Martin Audio MLA Compact Wins Plaudits At TPi Awards


Described as an audio graveyard for sound designers, the ballroom at the Novotel Hammersmith presented no such pitfalls for Manchester-based VME when they were asked to provide sound reinforcement for the recent 2013 TPi (Total Production International) Awards.

“Everyone has had a crack at it, and this time it was our turn,” said VME director Dion Davie. “We knew that performing in front of all our industry peers would be challenging.”

VME were early adopters of Martin Audio’s MLA platform, and turned to an MLA Compact solution for the main arena, rigging six elements on either side of the stage which were used in tandem with an additional four providing a central hang to ensure good, even coverage over a very wide area. This arced out into the banquet room, where Lauren Laverne presented this year’s awards.

The array was underpinned by four DSX subs, while Martin Audio X12+’s were used as outfills, discreetly hidden behind the LED screens that formed the set to provide coverage at the tables that fell slightly off-axis from the arrays. Martin Audio DD6’s were used as stage front fills and foldback due to their compact size and innovative differential dispersion horn.

There was also a low-level area at the rear for which VME also provided reinforcement. “The trick was to get the two MLA Compact arrays and distributed systems syncing up seamlessly with each other,” said Davie. Fortunately three Martin Audio DX2 (4-in 8-out) dedicated management systems provided all DSP necessary. System tech Mark Edwards used Smaart software to time align the entire system; when the presenter moved from the main stage to the smaller B stage, an alternative snapshot was recalled from the DX2’s to reconfigure the system.

“We knew the MLA Compact would cover the main area, and mapped the room on the MLA [Display v2.1] software to achieve the optimization,” said Dion Davie.

VME’s Ben Hyman project managed the event, Steve Brierley mixed the sound and Martin Shaw, assisted by Mark Edwards and Martin Audio’s Nigel Meddemmen, were system techs.

Hyman stated, “The two main requirements for the system were coverage and clarity — particularly at the back — ensuring that every person, no matter where they were sat, could hear the audio at the right level. And we certainly achieved that.”

Dion Davie added, “Guests were absolutely gob smacked by the sound quality for the first time in the history of the event. Judging from the number of calls it was an outstanding success and we feel we have set a benchmark.”

Ben Chadwick, Event Manager at organizers, Mondiale Publishing, agreed. “We got the sound absolutely right this year. Because of ceiling height variations it’s a tricky room to provide even coverage with high intelligibility, but we completely nailed it.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items—from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro—are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Middle Atlantic Unveils Mobile Videoconference Display System


Fairfield, NJ–– In a move to provide unparalleled support for the technology powering today’s AV systems, Middle Atlantic Products announced the new VTC Series Mobile Videoconferencing & Presentation Cart System. Designed with generous equipment mounting space, the VTC Series is a versatile mobile cart system for videoconferencing and presentation applications.

The VTC Series was engineered with industry-leading screen capacity, supporting single screens up to 80” or dual large screens up to 70” built to support up to 250 lbs in screen weight. Its welded steel frame is UL Listed, tip and weight tested.

Versatile equipment mounting is made possible throughout every area of the VTC Series, which was designed with up to 15 total rackspaces. The cart was designed with the company’s patent-pending Lever Lock™ tool-free mounting system. The Lever Lock plate, ideal for Codecs, media extenders, power supplies and other small devices, is easy to install and service.

The VTC cart’s base features rackmount space for heavier components, such as UPS systems that offer point of use protection. The lower frame provides 4 rackspaces that are ideal mounting for switchers and processors, and can accommodate tower-style PCs.

Several options greatly increase the versatility of the VTC Series. A removable 12 space rack frame option is available, and allows for easy pre-staging, integration and maintenance access. Also available are storage drawer, work surface and speaker shelf options.

For more information about the VTC Series and Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Martin Audio MLA Covers Wide Range Of Venues On Killers Tour


The recent Killers U.S. tour presented a unique set of challenges for Delicate Productions.

Besides the need to provide consistent coverage in radically different venues ranging from mid-sized arenas to small theaters, casinos and ballrooms, the Camarillo, CA-based production company had to contend with cancellations of major arena shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and New Jersey’s Susquehanna Bank Center due to lead singer Brandon Flowers’ laryngitis.

That said, the tour was still well received by enthusiastic fans and media, earning praise from Rolling Stone magazine for its “thunderous, meaty sound” at the tour opener in Denver’s 1stBank Center.

The successful six-man band that formed in 2001 and consists of front man Flowers who also doubles on keyboards, Dave Keuning (guitars), Mark Stoermer (bass), and Ronnie Vannucci (drums), was supplemented by two multi-instrumentalists for this critical tour to support their popular Battle Born release.

Delicate actually picked up the tour from Capital Sound in the UK, making a seamless transition in terms of coverage, audio quality and impact. Asked if the systems were similar, Killers Front of House Engineer James Gebhard said, “Absolutely identical. Capital and Delicate worked really well hand in hand. We did some fine-tuning of the system in the UK and Capital communicated directly with Delicate about the details so they could be set up exactly the same. It was a very quick transition from one to the other.”

A veteran engineer who worked his way up from university amateur shows through a variety of bands to the highest level of touring, the Manchester-born Gebhard has been with the Killers since 2004. He had been using other line arrays before the tour, but Delicate was instrumental in getting him onboard with the Martin Audio MLA system.

As described by Delicate’s Smoother Smyth, the process involved several steps. “Once we had teamed with our friends at Capital for MLA,” Smoother recounts, “we got James to see the system in action in the UK and at a Zac Brown Band show in Indianapolis. We then brought him in to our warehouse to discuss MLA theory and spend some hands-on time with the system before he signed off on MLA for the tour. Needless to say, it worked out really well in the end for everyone involved.”

The touring setup included 14 MLA cabinets and two MLD down fill cabinets per side for the main PA; 12 MLA cabinets per side for the side hangs; 20 MLX subwoofers ground-stacked in a cardioid broadside array in front of the stage along with four MLX flown per side to fill in those areas. I10 Martin Audio W8LC cabinets along the stage edge are used for in fill.

In addition to MLA, Gebhard relied on his “ever-trusted” DiGiCo SD7 console with two 56-channel DiGiCo SD racks stage running at 96 kHz along with Waves SoundGrid processing and plug-ins. A variety of microphones were used, starting with a Shure SM58A for lead singer Flowers to a mixture of Shure, Audio-Technica, Sennheiser and E-V, depending on what worked best for the job.

Asked about his maiden voyage with MLA during this critical tour, James was typically candid, “Smoother had to go out of his way to convince me to switch to MLA, but once I was able to work on it, I was amazed.

“One of the most impressive aspects is the phase coherence,” he explains. “Walk the room and everywhere you go it sounds exactly the same. It’s like an audio guy’s dream. You don’t have to start making compromises or second-guessing yourself, searching for holes in the coverage between PA points or the back and front of the room. You can’t believe it actually does what is says it does.”

MLA’s scalability also proved to be very useful for this tour, especially given the radical differences in sizes from venue to venue. As Gebhard points out, “With typical line arrays, you work an artificial X amount of boxes per side to do an arena, but because of what MLA does with all the steering, you can use less boxes for the venue. It all depends on how you predict the room, what you want to do and what the software comes up with. Whether it’s smaller or larger room, you could almost use the same amount of boxes, which definitely makes MLA a very scalable system. And the sound was literally identical everywhere we went, every day. It was fantastic. The pure consistency regardless of the type or size of the room.”

Another useful aspect for Gebhard was MLA’s Hard Avoid feature. “We played around with it a lot during rehearsals in Vegas,” he recalls. “We were in a sound room with very reflective back walls and ceilings so we set it up in there, put on the hard avoids and it made the room sound incredible.

“As far as I’m concerned, Martin Audio has reinvented the wheel in terms of PA design with MLA,” he concludes. “It’s just unbelievable.” The biggest problem Martin Audio has is marketing the product. They really need to get the word out because it’s unbelievable.”

Unfortunately, Delicate was never able to fly the full MLA/MLA Compact system due to the cancellation of the major arena shows. Smoother points out that “it was disappointing that we didn’t get to rig the full system, especially hearing it with the MLA Compacts rigged for rear coverage. But we’ll be using it for the makeup dates in May.”

Pressed for his feelings about MLA, Smyth is enthusiastic but judicious in his response. “I don’t claim to know it all, which is why I surround myself with people who know audio, video and lighting in depth and give in to their wishes. We look at what’s out there in the marketplace, evaluate it and the purchases come on the merits of the product. My guys said ‘MLA is a must-have.’ And even though it’s a challenge because of the cost and complexity of the onboard technology. But at the end of the day that’s what separates MLA from all of the competitive products.

“In the end, I always want to be with the leading edge on anything and everything, and MLA truly is in a class of its own. It’s not just being operational at the flick of a switch; it’s a whole other mindset that represents a new learning curve for engineers that go out with this system. Which means hard work on our part in terms of training courses, the software and hardware updates. We’re dealing with a whole new audio concept, which is very different from anything we’ve worked with before.

“When I worked the MusicCares event with Paul McCartney last February, we deployed MLA and it sounded like a Vegas showroom. And no one thanked us for a job well done because it was just accepted that the room must sound that good. It gives us great satisfaction to provide engineers with such a great place to start from.

“Given the size of the MLA, what it puts out is remarkable and stunning,” Smyth concludes.” It’s a midsized box that can outperform all of the large format cabinets in the marketplace. The fact that I can use it in theaters, hotel ballrooms, casinos, arenas and up, speaks volumes.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Delicate Productions Holds Training Session For MLA Compact


Delicate Productions Inc.’s San Francisco office recently conducted an in-depth three-day training session for the Martin Audio MLA Compact loudspeaker system.

Attended by 12 top-tier Delicate touring and regional engineers along with notable independent engineers and facility owners interested in MLA technology, the session had a practical mission according to General Manager George Edwards.

“We currently own an inventory of MLA and MLA Compact enclosures,” Edwards explained, “and we feel that any product with this level of depth and sophistication requires not only our staff to be properly trained but also allows exposure to what Delicate and Martin Audio have to offer in sound reinforcement.

“So we put all of the attendees as close to MLA as they could possibly get with the person who knows the most about the technology, ‘Ferrit’ Rowe.”

Rowe, Technical Training Manager for MLA, headed the informative training, which started with basic audio and array studies before moving on to MLA Compact and VU-Net control software, system design, rigging and setup. Extensive one-on-one listening and Q&A sessions supplemented the sessions.

Asked about the results of the training, Edwards concluded, “It was incredibly helpful. Not just for our engineers, but for our guests as well. As the largest Martin Audio house in Northern California, it’s obviously in our and the product’s best interest to further educate anyone who wants to know more about MLA and MLA Compact.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

MHA Audio Installs MLA Compact In Lisner Auditorium

A fixture in Washington DC live entertainment since the Second World War, George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium has hosted an eclectic mix of performers from Ingrid Bergman to Pink Floyd, along with leading world music artists, local opera and symphony companies and celebrated political dignitaries over the years.

The university recently decided to upgrade the venerable auditorium with special emphasis on the sound and lighting systems. MHA Audio, a successful local production company and integrator based in Hagerstown, MD, was tasked with installing the new audio system.

Discussing why he got involved with the project, MHA owner Mike Scarfe said, “We don’t normally do much installation work, but we have an outstanding relationship with Lisner and George Washington University based on doing live shows there for over 20 years, so this project made a lot of sense.

“It was also a perfect opportunity in terms of timing to bring Martin Audio’s new MLA Compact system into play and it all came together really well. The 1500-seat venue was the perfect size for the system. We put eight MLA Compacts per side with a center array of six DSX subs under the stage. The system was a natural choice because we’d had such a great experience with Martin Audio’s MLA touring system and this technology is definitely state-of-the-art.”

Discussing the University’s decision to modernize the sound and lighting systems, Executive Director of Lisner Auditorium and Partnership Development at GWU Maryann Lombardi explains, “We haven’t had a significant upgrade since the early forties and we needed to make the venue more competitive in terms of attracting high-profile talent.

“The environment for entertainment venues in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia has changed dramatically in the last 20 years with more venues offering increasingly sophisticated capabilities. Our job is to become more competitive within that market. We’ve held a very prominent place in the past, but we really wanted to branch into other genres and better support our world artists.”

“In addition to a new sound and lighting package,” continues Lombardi, “the facility upgrade included a complete physical upgrade in terms of a new interior, seats, painting, carpet, stage floor, hanging points in the ceiling for lighting and sound, and a new heating and cooling system.”

Since the upgrade, Lisner has presented a series of popular and well-attended world music concerts by artists such as the Brazilian singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil and Acoustic Africa, as well as the sold-out debate between Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and the Daily Show’s Jon Stewart.

Asked about her impressions of the sound system since the MLA Compact system was installed, Lombardi enthuses, “I’m thrilled. It really has made an enormous difference in the sound quality. We’ve also gotten very good reactions from legacy clients such as the Air Force Band, Gilberto Gil, the Heritage Awards and artists using the equipment for the first time.

“We are now vetting performers and looking through their contract riders as we venture into new genres and it’s really cool to say we now have this sophisticated sound system in place that they can put to good use.”

Eric Annis, Production Manager and Technical Director for Lisner, is also enthusiastic about the new MLA Compact, “We think it’s fantastic and so do all the users who have come in since the installation.

“We’ve had several televised events in a row and maintaining the sightlines within the auditorium is wonderful,” adds Annis. “The shows have run the gamut from loud electrical music to a single mic bluegrass band, and the MLA Compact system has proved to be equally articulate and clear.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Marshank Sales Wins Martin Audio Rep Of The Year Award

Rob Hofkamp, Martin Audio; Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo, Marshank Sales

Marshank Sales won Martin Audio’s Sales Representative of the Year award at the recent Winter NAMM Show.

Based in Tarzana, California, Marshank Sales has an enviable record of over 90 years in the industry and represents a number of leading brands in retail, live audio, contracting and recording. Headed up by Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo, the award-winning company is well into its third generation as a family business.

Commenting on the award, Martin Audio Director of U.S. Operations Rob Hofkamp stated, “Marshank Sales continues to perform at the highest levels, delivering outstanding results in terms of sales and building key relationships for the brand. Gary, Paul and the rest of the exceptional team provide full support for all of our products and, thanks to their efforts, we are enjoying unprecedented success for our latest offerings, the MLA and MLA-Compact.”

Paul Hugo commented, “We are really proud to represent Martin Audio. The technological advances they have made with the introduction of MLA and MLA-Compact are really attracting a lot of attention from our customers in the sound reinforcement and contracting segments. And the great support we and our customers get from Rob Hofkamp make them a pleasure to do business with.”

Photo caption (left to right): Rob Hofkamp of Martin Audio, Gary Marshank and Paul Hugo of Marshank Sales

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

Martin Audio Appoints Jacobson As New EMEA Export Manager

Martin Audio has appointed Dominic Jacobson to the new role of EMEA Export Account Manager in order to streamline the company’s continuing expansion into global markets.

Jacobson will be applying his extensive experience and skills acquired in the film, broadcast TV and music production industries to the live sound and contracting markets, where he will be responsible for the EMEA territories.

“I’m relishing the challenge of promoting a brand that is so highly regarded in each of its core market sectors,” he said. “I am particularly looking forward to growing the business in certain parts of the world such as Africa, where there is scope for furthering Martin Audio’s market share.”

The new export manager will report to Director of Sales, Simon Bull, who confirms, “Dominic’s appointment will provide much-needed assistance through a range of EMEA territories and enable us to apply greater focus to some burgeoning countries.

“He is already well established with audio professionals in many of the territories that he will be visiting and has a strong technical aptitude that makes him well suited to this role.”

Having also assumed a pan-EMEA role as sales manager with Euphonix/Avid, and worked as a music producer and DJ for 17 years, including residencies at Ministry of Sound and Fabric where he had first hand experience with premium Martin Audio systems, Jacobson brings an enviable pedigree to the company.

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

CAD Audio Expands Sales Network With New Rep Firms

Solon, OH––CAD Audio is expanding its growing sales network with the addition of three highly regarded Rep firms; Quest Marketing, dB Marketing, and AMP Sales.

Headed by principal John Saviano and based in Miami, Florida, Quest Marketing will represent CAD Musical Instrument sales in Southeast Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. They will also represent Astatic Commercial sales for Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North and South Carolina.

dB Marketing is located in St. Louis, Missouri and headed up by Dave Batson. They will represent CAD Audio MI sales for Michigan, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.

Phoenix-based AMP Sales will represent CAD Audio MI sales for Southern California and Southern Nevada as well as Astatic Commercial for Arizona, Southern California, Southern Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. Fred Allard is the principal for AMP Sales.

Commenting on the new appointments, Jeff Beck, CAD Audio National Sales Manager stated: “We are very excited to announce these additions to our US Sales force. They are three of the best rep firms in the country and bring decades of industry experience to the CAD Audio team. We look forward to a strong 2013 and are excited about the possibilities these relationships could yield.”

For more information about CAD Audio, please call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

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