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Music Students Step Up To CAD Headphones


Understanding the need for professional equipment when learning how to play and record musical instruments and vocals, CAD Audio recently donated a number of MH510 studio headphones to music students in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Aaron O’Keefe, a private music instructor and owner/co-owner of the Loveland, Maineville and Lebanon music academies, describes how his students got involved with CAD.

“Carmen Mark ‘Squiggy’ DiGiacomo of the MAD Consulting Group contacted us about the manufacturer’s tent at the Rock On The Range Festival in Columbus where music product and audio manufacturers demonstrate their products. CAD Audio was one of those companies and they were good enough to donate a number of their professional headphones to our music school programs.”

Aaron’s students typically range from age six to 16 and he personally teaches piano, guitar, voice, drums, bass, double bass, vibraphone, mandolin and ukulele, to name a few. “We’ll usually take a song like ‘Heart Shaped Box’ by Nirvana or ‘Sober’ by Tool,” he explains. “I’ll teach the song individually to my drum, guitar, bass player and voice students, we’ll put them together in a band, rehearse the song, then actually record and videotape the final performance.

“These CAD headphones are going to be used in countless studio recordings, Aaron continues, “because too often, the kids have cheap, walkman-style phones that don’t do the job. The Sessions MH510s are perfect for the studio because they have a closed-back design and there isn’t any bleed through into the microphones, which is really important. Plus the audio quality is exceptional. We’re using them extensively for tracking and overdubs, which is great because they’ll eventually appear in our videos. They’re the best headphones we’ve ever used.”

Knowing that his students’ version of Tool’s “46 and 2” bit.ly/1rbMKFv on YouTube has had well over six million, four hundred thousand views to this point, appearing in their videos has added significance for supporting manufacturers such as Zildjian, Jackson, ESP, Dunlop, Kramer and CAD Audio.

Describing the adventure of taking young music students to a night out at Rock on the Range, Aaron concludes, “Guns ‘N’ Roses was headlining and the kids got to meet members of Killswitch Engage, Asking Alexandria and Matt Pinfield of MTV.

“Taking eight kids to a Metal show was a little stressful because I had a nine, ten and a few fifteen year olds and I didn’t have any other chaperones which was crazy. But it worked out fine, the kids got equipment, met their heroes and the nine year old, Eva, called it ‘the best trip ever.’”

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

MPR System Brings Series Surge Protection to Vertical Power Strips


Fairfield, NJ–– Middle Atlantic is expanding its Modular Power Raceway system to include surge protection capabilities with two exclusive benefits. The introduction of Series Protection™ modules for the MPR Series marks the industry’s first vertical power strip to offer series type non-degrading surge protection and its first fully configurable power solution to do the same.

The new Series Protection™ modules will also provide series type surge protection to all cascading modules in each circuit. A patent-pending technology, Series Protection™ is the fastest-responding series type surge suppression currently available.

The Modular Power Raceway system allows integrators to configure their own ETL-listed vertical power solution using off-the-shelf parts. Integrators now have the option of incorporating reliable surge protection into their custom power design. When installed as the first circuit within the power strip, these modules will extend that series type surge protection to all connected units that follow. In addition, the module sits on top of raceway channel, which allows circuit wiring between modules and unimpeded connection to the termination.

The new MPR modules join the Middle Atlantic family of rackmount and RackLink™ power products leveraging Series Protection™ technology. Modules are available in 15 or 20 amp configurations with outlet options being controlled or on when connected.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please see click to www.middleatlantic.com, or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Martin Audio MLA™ Breaks Record At Glastonbury

Martin Audio’s groundbreaking Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system has made Glastonbury history by delivering the highest sound levels to the audience without exceeding noise pollution levels beyond the perimeter.

Making its Glastonbury debut, the system deployed on the Pyramid Stage was impressive in every respect, employing cabinets from the entire MLA™ range of loudspeakers. This comprised a total of 72 MLA for the main hangs, eight MLA Compact for stereo infill at the pit barrier and four delay positions of 14 MLA each. The latest addition to the range, the MLA Mini was also featured, providing stereo infill behind the FOH control structure and onstage coverage of artists’ guest viewing platforms. A massive broadside array of 38 MLX stretched across the entire width of the stage to provide sub-bass support to the entire system.

The company’s unique MLA technology enables very fine control of how each array covers its designated audience area. Their own amplifier and DSP channel, a total of six in each MLA independently control acoustic cells housed within each cabinet. This control allowed RG Jones system engineer Mark Edwards to specify exactly what SPL and frequency response was required across the audience, with the intelligent software automatically controlling the array to produce that result. This amounted to just a 6dB drop off over the 985 ft. long audience area, with incredibly even frequency response.

“We used our proprietary computer software to figure out how to drive each cell in each array to direct sound just at the audience, and then cut it off sharply just beyond the audience to dramatically reduce noise pollution,” says Martin Audio’s R&D Director Jason Baird. “As a result, headliners including Arcade Fire and Metallica could play at 104-105dBA – this is the first time such high levels have been achieved in the history of Glastonbury as noise limits are really strict.”

More than 150,000 fans listened to headline acts Metallica, Arcade Fire, and Kasabian, as well as The 1975, Elbow, Rudimental, Nitin Sawhney, and Dolly Parton, mixed on the MLA system.

Having persuaded the festival production in 2007 that RG Jones Sound Engineering was the right company to run audio services on the Pyramid Stage, Simon Honywill said, “I believed that MLA was the right system for the Pyramid since I first heard its extraordinary fidelity and learned about its unique abilities. Having used it at the past two Glastonbury Abbey shows, it was natural to suggest to Dick Tee and his team that it should take its rightful place on this iconic stage. I think it has more than proved itself here – I spent a considerable amount of time out in the audience and have never heard the field covered so well. And people in the crowd were openly complimentary about the volume and clarity too.”

There was also effervescent praise from the stream of FOH engineers over the weekend.

One of the biggest draws of the weekend was Metallica, engineered by Mick Hughes: “MLA is a new system to me, a new experience. I was surprised how easy it was to get the mix I wanted out of it. When I first used it I thought ‘whoa’ there’s some serious horsepower here. It just sounded really alive; I wouldn’t shy away from using it again.”

One of the most enigmatic performances was from Lana Del Ray, engineered by Max Bisgrove: “In half a song, I could get out what I needed from the MLA system. Great clarity, great power, it’s by far my favorite Glastonbury mixing experience so far.”

Dave McEwan, FOH sound engineer for Nitin Sawhney, remarked: “Glastonbury was the first time I’ve used the big MLA, and I’m really impressed – great imaging, 3D, even 4D sound. You can dive in and enjoy, it’s another sort of PA! I’m hoping to use this at the Royal Albert Hall for Nitin in September. I love it; it’s a great product, a super sounding system, lush and hi-fi, with lots of depth.”

The 1975’s engineer, Jamie McLuckie, adds: “At some festivals you have to tweak the bottom end, but MLA was nice and easy. The system sounded fat, with nice clarity and nice high end too. I couldn’t really fault it.”

For John Carroll, MD of RG Jones Sound Engineering, Glastonbury has been the affirmation of what he’s known for some time: “Martin Audio’s MLA is the next generation and there’s nothing out there to match it. Our continued support from Martin Audio is second to none.”

Summing up, Jason Baird says: “It was my career highlight back in 2008 working on our very first Glastonbury, but with MLA this year, it’s been topped. To see the massive audiences in complete unison front to back enjoying the performances, combined with the constant stream of smiling faces at FOH, it’s been the showcase for everything that Martin Audio and MLA stands for.”

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.

Dobbs Stanford Wins Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award

Fairfield, NJ––Middle Atlantic Products presented Dobbs Stanford Corporation with the Commercial AV Rep of the Year Award at the sales meeting prior to InfoComm 2014.

Based in Dallas, TX, Dobbs Stanford represents Middle Atlantic for the Commercial AV Market in Texas (except El Paso), Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Asked to comment on the award, Middle Atlantic Regional Sales Manager John Stenzel said, “Dobbs Stanford did great job with incredible growth last year, not just in Texas, but all of their territory. Their knowledgeable and seasoned staff has the long-term relationships, technical expertise and product knowledge that drives sales, especially for our corporate meeting room solutions and power products.”

Photo caption (left to right): Dan Tarkoff, Middle Atlantic; David Shauberger, Stan Thomas, Pete Blair, Terry Rountree, Fred Dobbs, Joe Piland, Darrell Clingman and Jacob McDaniels, Dobbs Stanford; John Stenzel, Bill Poling Middle Atlantic

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

Technotrix and Martin Audio Cover Musical Graduation Ceremonies

Chicago, IL––Because Columbia College Chicago specializes in arts and media, their commencement exercises in the Chicago Theatre and the outdoor arts festival showcase preceding it are characterized by a wide variety of musical styles, ensembles and performances.

This is the 16th year Technotrix of Calumet City, IL has provided audio, stage and lighting for the graduation festivities, depending on Martin Audio to reproduce the music with the accuracy, audio quality and even coverage demanded by the different events.

Held the day before commencement, the Manifest Urban Arts Festival is a showcase for all graduating students on three stages at various locations near the campus in the downtown Chicago Loop.

The outdoor stages feature jazz orchestras, rock bands, performance arts groups, musical theater, stage combat and more. Each has a Martin Audio PA system run by students who function as FOH and Monitors engineers and stage technicians.

Set up under a tent, the main stage had 5 Martin Audio W8LC enclosures a side with 12 ground-stacked WSX subs; 3 W8C, 2 WS218X and 1 WS18X for side fill and 10 LE12JB stage monitors. Stage 2, also under in a tent, used 2 W8C and 2 WSX subs a side with 6 LE12JB stage monitors. The smallest stage was set up in an outdoor garden area with 2 Martin Audio WT3, 2 WS218X subs and 4 LE12JB stage wedges to keep quality high.

Asked about the results, Technotrix’s Kevin Kiefer said, “We’ve been doing the Manifest event for a number of years with a formula that just keeps getting bigger and more complex over the years as they add more bands, musicians and different types of music. The College is very happy with the sound we provide using our Martin Audio system. In fact, they said this year was the best it’s ever been. We just try to raise the bar every time out.”

The graduation ceremony takes place the next day in the historic 3600-seat capacity Chicago Theatre. Featuring two small stages stacked one on top of the other stage left and right with different ensembles, and a 25-piece jazz orchestra and 20-piece gospel choir set up in the pit, coordinating and reproducing all of the music is challenging, to say the least.

“We were up to just over 100 channels of audio this year with the jazz ensembles, commencement choir and all of the small stages,” Kevin explains. “We’d have singers and a horn section on the upper level and keyboards and rhythm section on the lower level, and they all do a variety of different numbers – a constant challenge in terms of the onstage sound. Fortunately, we had a Martin Audio monitor system to help us stay on top of the mix.

Concluding, Kevin adds “We’ve been using Martin Audio for a long time because it differentiates us from our competitors. Martin Audio speakers have a unique voice that allows us to achieve a better end result in terms of audio quality and coverage. Their speakers are accurate and consistent, which is important for events like the commencement and festival where there are so many different types of bands ranging through every type of program material. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve been doing this for 16 years.”

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 Introduces DD12 Powered Loudspeaker System At InfoComm

Las Vegas, NV––Martin Audio introduced the versatile new DD12 loudspeaker system at InfoComm 2014.

The multi-purpose DD12 defines the ultimate in performance and versatility for powered, two-way loudspeaker systems. It combines onboard networking, DSP and Class D amplification with state-of-the-art transducers and Differential Dispersion™ horn technology to achieve best-in-class performance in terms of fidelity, output capability and consistent coverage across the audience.

Differential Dispersion technology delivers more consistent audience coverage than systems with X° x Y° horns, providing more throw to the rear to distribute sound evenly front-to-back, with close-up horizontal coverage for the front rows.

Versatility is a key attribute of the DD12. The system is designed to meet a multitude of premium stand-alone and distributed sound reinforcement requirements, from touring, theater and portable live sound applications to concert hall and HoW installations, AV events and stage monitor use. Ideal as the main PA in small-to-medium size rooms, it can also be used as an infill loudspeaker in large-scale systems.

Whether configured as part of a stand-alone DD12 system or part of a larger MLA/MLA Compact system, individual DD12’s can be controlled and monitored from a laptop or wireless tablet PC via intuitive VU-NET proprietary software. PC connection can be made directly via USB or via Martin Audio’s proprietary U-NET network and Merlin loudspeaker and network management system.

An important feature of the DD12 is its internal memory, which allows factory ‘plug-and-play’ or user-generated DSP preset ‘snapshots’ to be recalled by means of a preset selector button on the rear panel, instead of using computer control.

In addition, comprehensive accessories support a wide variety of mounting options, including surface, ceiling and pole mount. The DD12’s universal bracket facilitates a wide range of down-tilt and up-tilt angles in both portrait and landscape orientation, and can be mounted directly onto the pole of a speaker stand or attached to a scaffold clamp.

Jason Baird, R&D Director for Martin Audio, concludes, “This market sector has been underserved from a technology and innovation point of view for far too long. DD12 will signal a true shift in fidelity, output capability and coverage and bring our Differential Dispersion™ horn technology to, quite literally, a wider audience”.

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

KEY FEATURES AT A GLANCE

Multi-purpose, bi-amplified, powered two-way system; Compact, multi-angle, polyurethane-coated plywood enclosure with screw-free perforated steel grille

User rotatable Differential DispersionTM¬ horn optimizes coverage footprint across the audience plane

Onboard network, DSP and Class D amplification

Switched mode power supply with PFC (Power Factor Correction) and global mains operation

Wide range of vertical and horizontal deployment options

Integral pole mount and M8 rigging inserts

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.

Fresh Designs Unveiled for Middle Atlantic Credenzas

Fairfield, NJ–– Middle Atlantic Products is expanding its C5 Series Credenza offering to address the latest trends in commercial interior design. With new styles, furniture finishes and options that reflect current design trends, the C5 Series was enhanced to help AV integrators work with the architect and design community to better integrate technology in modern spaces.

The Credenza’s Frame to Furniture™ design complements an integrator’s installation workflow with foundational frames that are in stock, guaranteeing quick delivery while allowing the integrator to immediately start the installation. The frame is paired with a custom furniture finishing kit that is manufactured to order and shipped separately to the jobsite.

Three new styles were designed to appeal to a range of design aesthetics. New finishes for the C5 Series include veneer and high-pressure laminate – all available in a spectrum of color choices. Vent finishes are now an option as well, in 4 different colors.

Credenzas are engineered to ensure system reliability with built-in thermal management and cabling facilities and are available in 1, 2 and 3-bay configurations and two depths.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, please click to www.middleatlantic.com, or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

3G Productions Deploys Martin Audio MLA At EDC Las Vegas

This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas easily earned its reputation as the world’s largest electronic music festival with seven stages, carnival rides, art installations, fireworks displays and over 400,000 in attendance.

The landmark multimedia three-day event took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and focused on providing a total entertainment experience for EDM fans with over 70 DJs performing each day.

3G Productions of Las Vegas/Los Angeles, who once again provided audio for the event, set up a fully loaded Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system on Stage Two (Cosmic Meadow) to deliver the power and huge amount of low end required for the shows. DJs featured on the stage included Diplo, Justin Martin, A-Trak, Chromeo, Bassnectar, Dillon Francis and Destructo, just to name a few.

The system for Cosmic Meadow stage consisted of 16 MLA and 2 MLAD enclosures per side, 12 MLA Compact per side for sidefills and 3 MLA Compact per side for front fills. More than the required amount of low end was provided by 40 MLX subs stacked one on top of the other along the front of the stage. A Yamaha CL5 console was used for Front of House and a Yamaha PM5D for Monitors.

Asked about the MLA, 3G’s Keith Conrad said, “the system performance each night was fantastic and the Martin Audio stage blew everybody away. The client (insomniac) was happy with the way MLA performed, the show was packed every day and the DJs and their engineers were really impressed with the system.

“Because Cosmic Meadow stage was facing out towards the speedway and wasn’t competing with any other stage,” Keith adds, “we got the full impact and power of the system, which was amazing. As it turned out, we didn’t even need delay towers because the coverage was so exceptional. This was due in part because of Martin Audio’s Display 2.1 modeling software.

“What makes EDC unique from other music genre festivals is the incredible amount of bass that’s required for EDM. The MLX subs were so powerful, the artists and their crews were smiling from ear to ear as soon as they turned it on.

“Of course,” Keith concludes, “we were fortunate to have our secret weapon FOH engineer Manny Perez who is definitely a veteran with MLA and knows how to tweak the system so it sounds exactly right from the low to high frequencies, which made it an ideal situation for everyone. Overall, I’d say that the system exceeded expectations from every aspect.

For more about 3G Productions, Inc., please click to www.3glp.com.

For more about Martin Audio and MLA, 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/Astatic Debuts 1600 Series UHF Wireless At InfoComm

Las Vegas, NV––CAD Audio/Astatic Commercial introduced its high performance 1600 Series UHF wireless system at InfoComm 2014.

Versatile and designed to ensure exceptionally reliable reception in a variety of installation settings, the new 1600 Series system provides 100-channel frequency agile UHF operation for maximum operating range. It also features proprietary CAD ScanLink™ technology to precisely scan, select and link to the optimum channel in any RF environment.

Other features include True Diversity operation to minimize multipath interference along with CADLock™ Automatic Tone Encoded Squelch that eliminates unauthorized transmissions in the signal path.

Ideal for Corporate, House of Worship and Broadcast use, the WX1610 Bodypack System features the Equitek E19 miniature condenser earworn mic, a Cardioid Lavalier and guitar cable.

The TX1600 handheld and TX1610 body pack transmitters have SoftTouch™ multi-function On-Off/Mute/Low Battery/ScanLink status switches with multi-color LED indicators. High quality alkaline double AA batteries provide more than 15 hours of transmitter battery life.

The WX1600 receiver is housed in a durable metal chassis with ¼” and XLR outputs for additional flexibility. System specs include a Frequency Response of 40Hz–15KHz, and Dynamic Range >105dB.

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

Fishman Expands Sales Force To Keep Pace With Recent Growth

Andover, MA––Because of unprecedented growth spurred by products such as the new Fluence™ pickups and TriplePlay® Wireless Guitar Controller, Fishman has added John Polino and Gary Lopez to its sales force.

John Polino

A guitarist and vocalist, Polino is a 23-year veteran of the Boston music scene playing in popular Top 40, GB and Function bands such as “Dick n Jane” and “Hot Mess,” both of who have won “Best Band” awards from local radio stations. John comes to Fishman from First Act Inc., where he spent the last six years as a Warehouse Manager, Sales Sample Coordinator, Consumer Relations Manager and Product Manager.

Gary Lopez

Gary Lopez is a New England based vocalist/guitarist who’s been performing professionally since he was 17 and established himself in the Northeast as the front man for New Hampshire’s popular The Baker Street Band. Gary has shared the stage with Greg Allman and The English Beat, and performed in shows for President Bill Clinton. He has also been involved with music industry retail sales for over two decades working with Daddy’s Junky Music and Cambridge Soundworks.

Commenting on the new hires, Bill Norton, VP of Retail Sales, said, “We are genuinely happy to have these two very skilled sales representatives working for us as Fishman is continuing to grow at an amazing pace. John and Gary bring a high level of expertise into our new category entries including TriplePlay and Fluence electric guitar pickups.”

For more information about Fishman, please click to www.fishman.com.

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