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Martin Audio MLA’s Winning Role At National Television Awards

Britain’s 19th National TV Awards were held recently at London’s O2, where a Martin Audio MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system was used to provide superior sound intelligibility for the first time.

The event, initiated in 1995 and moved to the O2 in 2010, featured Dermot O’Leary host and celebrated the most popular TV shows of the past year.

Stewart Chaney’s London-based Plus 4 Audio handled the audio in the venue, specifying the MLA for the main system. The company decided to try a different approach with the array design after talking through the system capabilities with Martin Audio Application Support specialist, Andy Davies.

“Key to the design was finding a system that could deliver consistent audience coverage while dramatically reducing the on-stage sound,” said Davies. “With most of the acceptance speeches given from an open lectern position gain before feedback was critical to the live sound mix.”

MLA easily achieved this, even allowing system tech Mark Edwards to reduce reflections from the glass-fronted VIP sections through the advanced optimization software.

The Plus 4 team fielded 22 x MLA enclosures and two MLD Downfill cabinets for the main system, with infill and outfill duties handled by their existing cabinet stock.

Using a self-powered cabinet meant the unobtrusive MLA distro racks could be concealed in the roof of the O2, dramatically cutting down cable and mains distribution requirements.

“The MLA really proved itself to us on the very first challenging show we had used it on,” stated Plus 4 Audio’s senior engineer, Mark Ballard. “We pride ourselves on achieving excellent sound quality in difficult situations and this year’s NTA show was a great result for us.”

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.

Fishman Releases TriplePlay® Software 1.2 Update

Andover, MA––Fishman has announced that TriplePlay Software version 1.2 is now available with numerous enhancements, new features and improvements in terms of compatibility. Always seeking to improve the user experience and performance, this is Fishman’s second major update since the product’s successful launch in April 2013.

The most notable new feature is that TriplePlay is now Pro Tools® AAX compatible. TriplePlay can now be inserted as a plugin in Pro Tools® 11 for Mac-based systems

The v1.2 release also features an enhancement for GarageBand®. Users will now be able to record and play back multiple MIDI channels in a GarageBand® session.

Fishman has also improved the plugin scanning so that upon first launch, 64-Bit TriplePlay now warns you that factory and user patches containing 32-bit plugins are not compatible with 64-Bit mode. Patches that are not compatible with 64-bit systems will now appear in the factory patch list in red.

Fishman’s Development Team went even further to address numerous requests from current TriplePlay users and add major improvements for enhanced performance.

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

CAD Audio Expands Acousti-Shield Line With New AS22 & AS16

AS22 Inside View

Solon, OH––CAD Audio has added the new AS22 and AS16 to its growing line of Acousti-shield stand mounted acoustic enclosures.

The Acousti-shield 22 is a foldable stand mounted acoustic enclosure that provides added portability to the Acousti-shield line. Constructed of 16 gauge perforated stainless steel shield mated to 53mm high-density micro cell acoustic foam, it enables a mobile dry recording environment to be created for custom vocal and miking situations at home and on the road.

AS22 Outside View

The AS22 reduces unwanted reflections and echo flutter while attenuating unwanted environmental acoustic interference. Its flexible design and supplied mounting hardware allows exceptional mic positioning flexibility and portability.

The AS16 Acousti-shield offers similar results for instrument recordings or on stage isolation. It combines durable construction and high-density micro cell acoustic foam to facilitate an isolated recording environment.

A special design enables the AS16 to be used with a range of microphones from pencil condensers to most popular dynamic instrument mics for easy placement in studios or on stage.

Like their popular predecessor, the Acousti-shield AS32, the new AS22 and AS16 are essential tools and vital accessories or musician in home and project recording and live performance situations.

MSRP for AS16: $99, AS22: $129

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

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Sweetwater Receives Fishman Outstanding Achievement Award

Jason Cambra, Chuck Surack, Kevin White

Andover, MA––Fishman recently presented Sweetwater with its Outstanding Achievement Award for exceptional sales growth in all product categories, especially the TriplePlay® Wireless Guitar Controller.

Pictured at the presentation are (left to right) Jason Cambra, Chief Operating Officer at Fishman, Chuck Surack, President of Sweetwater, and Kevin White, Business Development Manager at Fishman.

Commenting on the award Surack said, “We’re pleased to receive this recognition from Fishman, a company known for technological innovation, unique approaches in the marketplace and high quality products. This award marks a new point of departure for an even more successful working relationship in the future.”

Bill Norton, Vice President of Retail Sales for Fishman, added, “Sweetwater has always been one of our most successful partners, but this year represented an unprecedented level of success for their sales effort. They produced incredible growth for every product category including our pickups, amplifiers and new technology such as TriplePlay. It’s a real honor to present this award to Chuck and his sales team and we look forward to a repeat performance in 2014!”

For more information about Fishman, go to www.fishman.com.

Musician’s Friend Awarded CAD Audio Dealer of the Year

Solon, OH––CAD Audio recently presented Musician’s Friend with its Dealer of the Year Award for 2013 at the Winter NAMM Show.

Pictured here with Musician’s Friend President Gene Joly and VP of Merchandising Chris Tso at the award presentation are CAD Audio President Brig Carr, President and VP Sales & Marketing, Tony O’Keefe.

Commenting on the award, Tso said, “CAD Audio products are the perfect blend of quality and value and our customers love them! Musician’s Friend is proud to partner with CAD Audio as their 2013 Dealer of the Year to help more people play music and reach their musical goals.”

Tony O’Keefe added, “Musician’s Friend has been instrumental in promoting and supporting the CAD Audio brand for many years. Their strong commitment to delivering quality products, service and support to musicians everywhere makes our partnership paramount to the continued success and growth of the CAD product offering.”

Photo caption (left to right): Bob Durkee, Merchandising Manager and Jonathan Eggert, Inventory Manager, Musician’s Friend; Brig Carr, President, CAD Audio; Chris Tso, VP of Merchandising, Musician’s Friend; Tony O’Keefe, VP of Sales & Marketing, CAD Audio; Rob Impala, Merchandising Manager, Ryan Genest, Merchandising Specialist, and Gene Joly, President, Musician’s Friend

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

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ADAM Audio Debuts New Sub15 Subwoofer


Hicksville, NY––The new Sub15 from ADAM Audio is a powerful subwoofer capable of easily extending the frequency range of main and midfield monitors down to 20Hz. The rugged 15“ woofer is made of an exceptionally rigid aluminum membrane and driven by two powerful magnets and a 100mm voice coil.

The Sub15 combines exceptional transient response with an efficient low frequency performance. A high-powered and undistorted sound pressure output of 112dB maximum SPL at one meter makes it the perfect subwoofer for mid-sized and larger control rooms.

With 1000W (RMS) power, the Sub 15′s PWM amplifier has an efficiency factor of nearly 90%, which allow it to handle critical musical passages with sudden peaks without distortion or overheating. The downward firing bass port has been specially designed with generous dimensions and rounded edges to cancel port noise.

The Sub15 is equipped with a volume control (-60dB to +6dB) and crossover frequency control (50 – 150Hz) to adjust the sound for different room situations and individual tastes. Satellite speakers can either be driven full range or high pass filtered at 85Hz. A phase reverse switch is provided to deal with unfavorable phase relationships between the satellites and the subwoofer, particularly in the crossover frequency range.

To ensure maximum connectivity, the Sub15 features both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) input/output connectors on the rear control panel.

For more information about ADAM Audio USA, please call 516.681.0690, or click to www.adam-audio.com

About ADAM Audio
ADAM Audio is a leading manufacturer of loudspeakers for Professional Audio and the HIFI market. Founded in 1999 in Berlin, Germany, the company‘s loudspeakers have set the highest standards around the world for accurate monitoring and natural sound reproduction. ADAM’s widely varied product lines include everything from professional studio monitors (SX, AX, and F series), to Multimedia and Home Theater/Installation loudspeakers (ARTist and GTC range), to high-end home entertainment models (Classic and Tensor series). The trademark all ADAM models have in common is the proprietary X-ART tweeter. Handmade in Berlin, Germany, it performs with a nearly flat frequency response extending up to 50 kHz.

Marshank Sales Repeats As Martin Audio Rep Of The Year

Gary Marshank, Rob Hofkamp, Paul Hugo

Waterloo, ONT––Marshank Sales has won Martin Audio’s Sales Representative of the Year award for two years in a row.

With over 90 years in the industry, Marshank Sales represents a number of leading brands in retail, live sound, contracting and recording including Martin Audio. Headed 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 said, “I am especially proud that Marshank is receiving this well-deserved honor for the second year in a row. Gary, Paul and their exceptional team continue to provide the highest quality solutions utilizing Martin Audio for their integrator and production partners while building key relationships for our brand.“

Paul Hugo commented, “We are really proud to be the Martin Audio Rep of the Year for the second year in a row. In 2012, much of our success was based around Martin’s MLA series with our sound rental friends and this was a big contributor in 2013 as well. The difference is that now both MLA and conventional Martin products are up dramatically on the install side of our business.”

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

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 And Martin Audio MLA Support Black Crowes

The Black Crowes celebrated a successful tour of outdoor venues with a joyous December concert reunion finale at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

Like the tour, the concert featured the Tedeschi Trucks band and The London Souls, with Delicate Productions of San Francisco supporting with a Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system.

According to Smoother Smyth of Delicate, the tour included sheds ranging from 3,000 to 18,000-capacity with Black Crowes FOH Engineer Bob Coke “over the moon about the MLA system.” Setup for the tour included 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) per side, 8 MLA Compact per side, and 12 ground-stacked MLX subwoofers.

After the initial summer tour, the Black Crowes continued to tour using local promoter-supplied systems in the fall. But because Delicate and Martin Audio MLA had worked out so well for the band during the summer, the Crowes decided to bring both back for the finale.

The challenge for Delicate was to completely rebuild the disassembled system from scratch so that it was identical to the original touring rig and get it up to San Francisco for an 8:00am load-in and 2:00pm soundcheck with no rehearsal time. As Smoother concludes, “it required a maximum effort on our part, but was well worth it because we were getting a lot of comments the next day about how amazing it sounded. The Graham auditorium is known as a very lively room and MLA allowed us to contain and control the audio really well. It turned out to be a slam-dunk.”

Bob Coke, contacted in France where he lives and works, also had positive comments: “I was initially skeptical about the MLA system. But during my first experience with the MLA Compact at a circular bull fighting arena in the south of France––an acoustically difficult venue––I was truly amazed by the sound quality, color and coverage. An hour before doors we were told that certain sections of the seated area would be vacant. The system tech, Andy Davies, reprogrammed the venue coverage to exclude that section in five minutes. I walked the section and was amazed to hear the difference. It’s what convinced me that the theory behind the MLA system was accurate and reliable. To be able to reprogram where the sound is being sent in a venue without having to physically change how the system is flown is quite remarkable.

“We were touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band and The London Souls,” Bob continues. ”Each band had their own FOH engineer with different criteria for the system color, but the three of us agreed that the system sounded great. In the mornings when we were loading in the system, we would often hear from the local crews or local sound technicians that the MLA was the best sounding system they had yet heard in their venue. For the size and punch it can’t be beat. It’s also easy to set up and take down.”

Asked about mixing the final concert, he concludes, “The Bill Graham Civic Auditorium is a really decent 7000-seater. I mixed the band for their final show LOUD––louder than the first two acts and the system as well as the venue behaved really well acoustically at that level. I was impressed by the sound of the Tedeschi Trucks band and London Souls, and how sweet the system sounded at their levels. There were a lot of people who stopped by after the show to pay tribute to the sound. The best compliment is when people talk about how great the show was––it’s a sign I’ve done my job well and that people have experienced the music in a direct way without having it ‘filtered’ through a bad sounding system or being distracted by room acoustics or a bad mix.”

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 Debuts 1600 Series UHF Wireless System


Anaheim, CA––CAD Audio is introducing the high performance StagePass™ 1600 Series UHF wireless system at 2014 Winter NAMM.

A versatile addition to the StagePass™ line, the new 1600 Series system provides 100-channel frequency agile UHF operation for maximum operating range along with 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.

1600 systems are available as the WX1600 Handheld System; WX1610 Bodypack System featuring the Equitek E19 Broadcast and Production miniature condenser earworn mic, Cardioid Lav and Guitar Cable.

StagePass TX1600 handheld TX1610 body pack transmitters have soft touch 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, please stop by Booth #6632 Hall A Anaheim Convention Center, call 800.762.9266 or visit www.cadaudio.com.

Behan’s Pub Raises The Bar With Martin Audio

Bronx, NY––Located on Katonah Avenue that runs through the heart of Woodlawn’s Irish section, Behan’s Public House is a popular stopover in the neighborhood.

During the day, older patrons stop by for drinks and soccer watching before Behan’s turns into a nighttime dance club with DJs that appeals to a much younger crowd with music that can he heard a block away.

Following a fire this summer, the pub was totally renovated with a new bar, furnishings, millwork and a Martin Audio loudspeaker system installed by New York City’s Foundation Audio.

Asked why he chose Martin Audio, Foundation owner Justin Shafran said, “When considering the speaker system for Behan’s Pub, I wanted to use a product that would ensure the customer would be extremely happy in terms of performance and value.

“Because the venue functions as a local bar and nightclub,” Justin continued, “I had to spec a system with exceptional clarity for the bar that could also provide the SPLs and low end required for dance music. This project was the first time we used Martin Audio. The other speaker brands I had been using were OK, but always sounded a bit muffled. I had heard good things about Martin Audio so I figured I would give them a try.

“We installed eight Martin Audio AQ28’s and four AQ212 subs at strategic locations throughout Behan’s,” adds Shafran. “The sound is so clear and the system has the power we needed while the sound remains undistorted and clean even at the upper limits of the system when it’s used for the nightclub.

“Finally, I was very happy with the response of Martin Audio because this project was very fast track from the start. Knowing a company stands behind their product is very important for me and they really went the extra mile to ensure we would meet our deadline. I’m now specifying Martin Audio on several new projects.”

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.

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