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Bose® RoomMatch® System Chosen for St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa

With a sanctuary layout that made intelligibility a real challenge, the church needed the right system, and the resulting RoomMatch® cluster provides a “nice, tight band of sound for the congregation”

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hampton, Iowa, was dealing with a problem familiar to many churches: their existing sound system was simply not adequate. The layout of the church’s sanctuary did the system no favors, with a tall ceiling and lots of glass causing any number of reverberations, making speech intelligibility and clear music nearly impossible. Several attempts were made to improve the system’s performance, but these tries amounted to little more than “band-aids,” according to Mark Carey, President/Owner of Spencer, Iowa-based Carey’s Electronics. Eventually, a consensus was reached among the church’s leadership and members that a permanent solution was in order, and Carey and his team were selected to spec different options for the system, all of which revolved around products from Bose® Professional Systems. Carey and the church eventually decided on a straightforward, highly effective system consisting of Bose RoomMatch® loudspeakers and a PowerMatch® amplifier.

The Sanctuary’s main floor, including the stage, is 55′ deep by 40′ wide. The side walls are 8′ high with glass walls from the 2.5′ level to 8′, concrete below that. The roof is tongue-in-groove pine, steeply peaked at 40′, giving Carey ample room to place the RoomMatch array. The modular configuration includes two RoomMatch RM7020 loudspeakers and a single RM9040 loudspeaker in a center cluster, powered by a PowerMatch PM8500 amplifier. The RM9040 module covers the front half of the sanctuary, and the RM7020 modules cover the sanctuary’s back half and the choir loft, respectively.

Carey notes, “It’s a nice, simple system. We had to deal with the difficult dimensions of the church, including side wings, as well as lots of glass windows. Intelligibility was not happening with the previous system, but after we got the right configuration for the RoomMatch cluster, we ended up with a nice, tight band of sound for the congregation. The church is thrilled.”

Pastor Steve Winsor adds, “When getting quotes for a sanctuary sound system, there was a refrain we got time and time again…’It is going to be tough to get sound to a number of spots in your sanctuary.’ Overhangs that run the length of the sanctuary, a balcony with an open narthex under it, all under an ‘A’ frame roof line, made for tricky acoustics. The Bose RoomMatch system has delivered high quality sound to those hard to reach spaces, and then some. With even distribution of voice and music, we can deliver a much better quality worship service than before.”

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Bose® Professional System Components Chosen as Standard for Shopping Malls in U.S. and Canada by Mood Media

Mood Media looks to Bose® PowerMatch® 8500N configurable power amplifiers, ControlSpace® digital signal processing and CobraNet® digital audio interface cards for multi-zone audio distribution in shopping centers across the country

Bose installations have taken place in numerous Simon Property Group malls in North America

Mood Media, the world’s leading provider of retail music solutions and sound systems, is seeing recent growth in the design and installation of multi-zone distributed audio in shopping centers and other public locations. Mood Media has turned to components from Bose® Professional Systems, including PowerMatch® 8500N configurable power amplifiers, ControlSpace® digital signal processing (DSP) and PowerMatch CobraNet® digital audio interface cards, for many such installations in malls in the U.S. and Canada. Several of these projects have been in properties owned and managed by Simon Property Group.

Craig Breigle, Premier Systems Account Executive, Mood Media, based in Austin, TX, notes that the PowerMatch and ControlSpace products are chosen for their reliability, as well as the flexibility that comes from having several channels on the amp, a hallmark of PowerMatch. “The system configurations in these malls vary greatly from project to project. For example, sometimes we have a single ‘head-end’ control room, and sometimes there are two or three, depending on the size of the mall and other factors. We like having the option to bridge or not bridge PowerMatch amps based on the situation, not to mention the high number of channels per amp. We need an incredible amount of reliability and flexibility in the products we spec, and Bose PowerMatch amps and ControlSpace network cards are just the right building blocks for these systems.”

Breigle added, “The ControlSpace CobraNet cards add flexibility too, as we can put the cards right in the amp – when we have multiple head-end positions or have multiple buildings connected by nothing but a network, the CobraNet card helps us send those signals cleanly.”

Bose engineering personnel have worked closely with Mood Media on these projects, meeting together at the installation sites for initial planning stages all the way through fine-tuning once a system is up and running. Art Webster, VP Systems Sales, Mood Media, stated, “Those are extra steps that we don’t see done quite often in the industry. We also recently spent a few days testing the CobraNet solution at a test mall, and it got us all on the same page. We tested the solution and made sure everything worked with their network and made adjustments needed upfront before a round of new installations. And together we continually vet a system right though the end. We do our homework before, during and after, and it shows when these systems perform flawlessly time and time again.”

“We are proud to partner with Mood Media on the Simon Property Group installations and other projects,” stated Steve Miller, Manager, Major Accounts Group, Bose. “As one of the leading design and installation firms in the industry, Mood Media has a reputation for excellence, and it is gratifying that we can continue to contribute with our products and support.”

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Genelec Announces 8010 Active Monitor: the Smallest Member of the 8000 Series

Genelec, the world’s pioneer in active monitoring, announces the 8010 Active Monitor, the smallest member of the acclaimed 8000 product range. The 8000 Series is widely used in the high-end professional audio, mastering, post-production and broadcast market sectors around the world. Its professional heritage is reflected in the compact-sized 8010. Suitable for professional work in small studios, it offers accurate monitoring capability with ease of installation. The outstanding sound quality makes the 8010 ideal for small studios and OB vans, and a perfect companion for portable recording devices and other mobile production work.

Featuring a balanced XLR input, 3-inch bass driver, 3/4-inch tweeter and efficient Class D power amplifiers – one for each driver – 8010 produces more sound pressure level than might be expected from a monitor of this size. The Intelligent Signal Sensing ISS circuitry saves energy by automatically putting the monitor to sleep when the audio signal has been absent for a period of time. Once a signal is detected again, the monitor wakes up automatically. This circuitry can be bypassed when the automatic standby function is not desired.

A full range of versatile accessories is available for the 8010, which cover all mounting needs. For example, an elegant L-shaped table stand can be used to optimize monitor orientation toward the listening position and to minimize undesired sound reflections. Thanks to its exceptional sound quality, small size and universal power supply, 8010 is the perfect monitor companion for music production professionals on the move.

The 8010 Active Monitor will be available early 2014 at a U.S. MSRP of $440.00 each.

For more information, please visit www.genelecusa.com/.

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Audio Engineering Society Announces Event Details for 136th International AES Convention in Berlin

The Audio Engineering Society has announced new details regarding the 136th AES Convention, which will be held in Berlin, Germany on April 26th – 29th, 2014 at the Estrel Hotel and Convention Center. The third AES International Convention to be hosted in Berlin, this year’s event will feature a full Technical Program of Papers, Posters, E-Briefs, Tutorials and Workshops covering a comprehensive range of audio-related topics, and featuring top professionals from every aspect of the industry. The 136th Convention co-chairs are Sascha Spors and Umberto Zanghieri.

The AES136 Convention will bring together audio engineers from around the world to share the latest knowledge in audio research, development and applications. Additionally, the Berlin convention will feature a strong focus on Sound for Picture, Recording, and Broadcast aspects of audio engineering, in addition to the popular off-site Technical Tours and social events.

Following the success of the Project Studio Expo at recent AES conventions in San Francisco and New York, the PSE will also make its European debut at AES136, and a special Technology Showcase will provide participating companies with a chance to interface directly with interested end users and customers.

Additional information on the 136th AES International Convention will soon be available on the AES136 home page at http://www.aes.org/events/136/.

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Guitar Center Names Kristy Porter as Director of Merchandising, General Accessories

Porter is focused on growing GC’s accessory business by ensuring the category is “customer-centric”

Guitar Center, Inc (GCI), the largest retailer of musical instruments and gear in the U.S., announces that Kristy Porter has been promoted to Director of Merchandising, General Accessories. The announcement was made by Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Guitar Center Merchandising. Kristy is recognized in the industry as one of the most analytical and experienced category merchants and is respected by the vendor community she supports for her history of tenaciously driving sales in accessory categories on their behalf.

Kristy’s career with Guitar Center started in 2001 as a customer service associate at the Oxnard, California store. In 2005, after four successful years as a top salesperson, Department Manager and Assistant Store Manager, she moved to Guitar Center’s headquarters in Westlake Village as an Assistant Category Manager. She was quickly promoted to Category Manager, General Accessories, and over the past five years has helped her department grow into one of the largest in the company. Porter emphasizes the continued importance accessories have in attracting customers to retail stores on a more frequent and loyal basis.

Kristy Porter said, “I am very excited and honored to be promoted to Director of General Accessories. This business is a vital part of Guitar Center’s overall success, and these high-frequency categories draw customers into our retail stores. We want to ensure our department is very customer-centric: easy to learn, easy to shop and easy for our MI customers to buy. I look forward to helping grow our business in 2014 and beyond.”

Michael Walter, Senior Vice President, Guitar Center Merchandising, said, “This is a great move for Kristy but an even better one for Guitar Center. Expanding her role and breadth allows her to more positively impact even more business here at GC. We love her experience – forged on the front lines in the stores and honed here in Westlake Village over the last few years. She’s well-positioned for success in this and future roles.”

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Waves Audio Announces the Waves Dugan Automixer

Waves Audio announces the availability of its new Dugan Automixer plugin. Developed in association with sound engineering legend Dan Dugan, the Waves Dugan Automixer is a software version of the popular Dugan Speech System Automatic Mixing Controllers used the world over. Available for every console, the Dugan Automixer is MultiRack SoundGrid®- and MultiRack Native-compatible and works on 32 or 64 channels.

Using Dugan’s proprietary voice-activated process, the Waves Dugan Automatic Mixing Controller plugin automatically controls the gains of multiple live microphones in real time while preventing feedback and excessive noise pickup. Maintaining the gain of one mic in the room even when multiple speakers are talking simultaneously, it makes perfectly matched transparent cross-fades.

Dugan notes, “People have been asking for a Dugan plugin for a long time. I’m very pleased be able to realize it with the premier publisher of plug-ins.”

Ideal for:

Broadcast news panels and discussion programs
Television talk shows and game shows
Conference sound reinforcement and video trucks
Dialog recording for film and television
Multiple wireless mics on stage
Houses of worship
Boardrooms and civic meeting rooms
Community television
Teleconferencing
Distance learning

The Dan Dugan Automixer is compatible only with MultiRack Native and MutiRack SoundGrid. It is not included in any Waves bundle; it is only available separately. The Dan Dugan Automixer will be available with a U.S. MSRP of Native $500 and SoundGrid $750. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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Bose® Professional Systems Components Selected for Texas Churches

Systems designer and consultant Ken Dickensheets relies on Bose® RoomMatch® loudspeakers and PowerMatch® amplifiers to conquer acoustically challenging environments in churches
from Midland to Austin

AV systems integrators choose RoomMatch® loudspeakers for giving them the ability to choose exactly the right coverage patterns for each project

As the CTO/Principal Consultant for Dickensheets Design Associates, Ken Dickensheets has served as acoustical consultant and media systems designer for many highly acclaimed projects throughout Texas and beyond. Some of the most challenging ones are consistently houses of worship, where very often the importance of clear, highly intelligible audio is initially overlooked in architectural design. That’s often what Ken gets called in to fix, and in addition to his 50+ years of experience, he brings with him solutions from Bose® Professional Systems, whose RoomMatch® loudspeakers have been the right solution for hundreds of churches across the country.

One of those is Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in Austin. There, Dickensheets encountered a small 250-seat sanctuary, but one with an extremely high ceiling for the size of the room – over 30 feet tall. This, plus the marble and plaster finishes, resulted in a reverberation time of more than five seconds, quite long for a room of that size. Always looking at multiple solutions to find exactly the right one for each client, Dickensheets brought in several steerable-array loudspeaker systems, but it was when he used a single RoomMatch RM7040 array module, powered by one Bose PowerMatch® PM8500N amplifier, that the problem was solved. “The difference in the intelligibility of the sound between the Bose RoomMatch loudspeaker and every other speaker was like night and day,” he says. “That one speaker was able to give them the kind of sound they’d been in search of for ten years.”

Mark Stevens, President of San Antonio Sound & Light, the AV integrator on the project, says that the RoomMatch loudspeaker has the high-frequency articulation needed to address speech intelligibility in that kind of acoustically complex environment. “The RoomMatch module has six high-frequency drivers mounted on a waveguide that is just perfectly suited for problems like these,” he explains. Stevens adds that the RoomMatch loudspeaker was flexible enough in its ability to be mounted that he was able to position it almost 30 feet above the church’s altar and aim it down at a precise 45-degree angle. “We needed the height and the angle just right to optimize the box for the space, and the RoomMatch module was able to be installed exactly as we needed it to,” he says.

The First Christian Church, in Midland, Texas, has similar intelligibility issues in its 900-seat worship center. For this project, as part of a larger renovation that also included new lighting and video, and installed by Ace Audio Communications in Austin, Dickensheets specified a main array consisting of a RoomMatch RMS215 subwoofer, RM5510, RM5520 and RM7020 loudspeakers, with a second RM5520 module positioned as foldback for the choir. Another RM5520 loudspeaker was installed as a delay array to cover the balcony. Two PowerMatch PM8500N amplifiers power the complete system.

“This church also had struggled for years with poor-quality sound,” Dickensheets says. “We presented the Bose RoomMatch system to them as the best solution for keeping the audio energy directed away from the brick and wood surfaces that were causing the reflections. At first they were concerned with the costs, but once we calculated the costs of other options such as line arrays, it became clear that the RoomMatch array modules offered not only the best solution but also the best value. In terms of cost-effectiveness, the Bose RoomMatch system beat everything else on the list.”

At the 600-seat Hope Presbyterian Church in Austin, Dickensheets recommended Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers and PowerMatch amplifiers to address some reverberation issues there as well, but the final decision wasn’t made by the church’s leadership but rather by its musicians. Dickensheets arranged a blind listening test event in which the church’s music directors listened to three different speakers without knowing their brands. Unanimously, they chose the Bose RoomMatch loudspeakers as having the best intelligibility and most natural sound. Ace Audio Communications installed a system consisting of an RM215 subwoofer, RM9010, RM9060 and RM12040 array modules, powered by two PM8500N amplifiers. “That really tells you something,” says Dickensheets. “The RoomMatch system is not just solving the problems around speech intelligibility, but also providing great full-range sound for music. The RoomMatch speakers really cover a lot of ground.”

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Waves Audio Now Shipping Waves Loudness Meter Plus (WLM Plus)

Waves Audio, the industry-leading developer of professional audio digital signal processing technologies and the recipient of a Technical GRAMMY® Award, is now shipping the Waves Loudness Meter Plus (WLM Plus) plugin. The next generation of the 2012 TEC Award-winning WLM Loudness Meter plugin, the WLM Plus brings anticipated enhancements and features new correction and adjustment tools. Ideal for content creators, post-production houses and cable head-end facilities, WLM Plus is an affordable, all-in-one cross-platform, multi-format loudness metering software solution.

WLM Plus is fully compliant with all current ITU, EBU and ATSC specifications, including new, dedicated presets meeting ARIB TR-B32, OP-59 and the current Discovery Channel requirements. The WLM Plus also includes two presets useful for gaming content creators for leveling, when working on Sony ASWG (Audio Standards Working Group) loudness scanner – geared towards portable and home based devices.

It offers comprehensive Momentary, Short Term, Long Term and True Peak readouts, as well as a unique warning and logging system that keeps track of users’ levels and alerts them when they have exceeded them or fallen short. WLM Plus now features Gain and Trim controls for correction of loudness levels and a True Peak Limiter, which saves users the need to use additional equipment or software.

WLM Plus Controls

Short Term displays (in LUFS) perceived short term loudness.
Long Term displays (in LUFS) perceived loudness averaged across the program signal.
Range displays (in LU) the overall loudness range across the program signal
Momentary displays (in LUFS) momentary loudness levels, according to the Momentary scale control settings.
True Peak displays (in dBTP) inter-sample peaks that do not register in the sample data but may occur during reproduction of the digital signal.
Unders displays the number of times the signal goes below the specified Short Term Min value indicated in the settings panel.
Overs displays the number of times the signal exceeds the specified Short Term Max value indicated in the settings panel.
Measurements Play/Pause determines if program loudness is registered in the WLM memory for averaging long-term loudness range.
Short Time selectable duration of short time measurement.
True Peak Limiter on/off activates and deactivates the limiter.
Follow Transport determines if measurement starts and stops according to host application transport controls.
Timer indicates the amount of time measurements that have been taken and integrated.
Reset resets the Long Term, Range, Overs and Unders counters and returns the integration timer to 00:00:00.
Method determines the measurement method.
Weighting determines the type of weighting filter.
Channel determines the channels being measured.
Short Term Max determines the maximum short term level.
Short Term Min determines the minimum short term level.
True Peak Max determines the maximum true peak level.
Target determines the target level.
Custom Pre Filtering provides low pass (LPF) and high pass (HPF) filters that pre-filter the audio prior to loudness measurement.
Momentary Scale determines the scale displayed in the momentary bar meter.
Logging displays CSV logging file options.
Gain input gain
Trim calculates the difference between the long-term measurement and target. Trim button sets gain per calculation.

The Waves WLM Plus Loudness Meter is currently available with a U.S. MSRP of Native $400 and SoundGrid $600. WLM Plus is available at no additional charge to all WLM owners who have valid coverage under the Waves Update Plan. Visit www.waves.com for more information.

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