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Yamaha Audioversity Expo Heads to Atlanta

BUENA PARK, Calif.⎯The third annual Yamaha Audioversity Expo will take place in Atlanta, Georgia on August 1-2, 2012 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The specialized event is catered toward audio professionals and all those interested in gaining in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience of Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO products.

The Yamaha Audioversity Expo will feature digital mixer training seminars including sessions on the new Yamaha CL console, panel discussions with leading industry professionals, NEXO and Yamaha speaker listening demos featuring live music, hands-on line array rigging demonstrations, acoustic prediction software presentations, clinics featuring Dante audio networking solutions, portable sound applications from small to large, and Commercial Installations Solutions.

A special appearance will be made by the state-of-the-art Rolling Showroom housing the new Yamaha CL digital console as well as all the latest Yamaha Commercial Audio products. There will be plenty of time for Q&A with knowledgeable experts on all things Yamaha Commercial Audio and NEXO as well as with industry partners. Audioversity will feature live music, raffle prizes*, and additional surprises.

This event is free-of-charge and open to the audio community. For those attending from out-of-town, hotel recommendations can also be found on the Audioversity Expo website.

To register, visit http://www.audioversityexpo.com. Check the site often for updates.

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*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER AND WIN. The Drawing is open to each attendee at the Audioversity Expo who is a U.S. resident at least 18 years old. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Blossom’s in Full Bloom with NEXO GEO S12 System


The Blossom Music Center is an amphitheatre located in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio within the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Owned by The Cleveland Orchestra’s governing organization, Musical Arts Association in Cleveland, and managed by Live Nation, the pavilion seats 5,700 people, with space for about 13,500 more on the lawn. It is the summer home of The Cleveland Orchestra, performing its annual Blossom Festival at the amphitheatre. The site’s natural setting, sloping slate roof, and the area’s natural wooded surroundings distinguish it from other contemporary amphitheatres. The venue operates May through October.

The venue is also host to a full summer schedule of popular music acts and symphonic performances. This year, the venue plays host to Drake, Lady Antebellum, Radiohead, Dave Matthews Band, 2012 Country Megaticket Tour, Beach Boys Reunion Tour, Phish, 2012 Vans Warped Tour, Barry Manilow, just to name a few.

The facility, originally designed by architect Peter van Dijk, underwent a $17 million renovation in 2003; however, NAC Technologies in Cleveland was brought in to design a sound system to replace the aging lawn system. “Musical Arts is a non-profit organization so we had a tight budget and needed to have a system that would deliver the best bang for the buck,” states Rick Galbraith, senior audio engineer, NAC Technologies. With assistance from NEXO independent rep firm, R. Joseph Group, a 10-box NEXO GEO S12 line array system, supplemented with three NEXO Alpha speakers for fill zones, all powered by multiple 4×4 NXAmps, was installed.


“The new system had to be able to take care of the needs of the Orchestra and cater to Live Nation events,” says Galbraith. NAC has a long history with NEXO. “NEXO is always a sure thing. We have used the NEXO GEO systems in four of the five theaters at Playhouse Square, and installed a 64-box GEO S12 system in the Palace Theater that most Broadway shows use instead of what they are carrying.”

Prior to the season opening, NAC installed 48 NEXO Geo S12 cabinets in the ten existing sound bays. The bays are arranged in an arch, are about 35’ apart and vary in height from 19’ on the ends to 29’ in the middle. The longest part of the lawn with the highest bays, has two hangs of five GEO S1210 and one S1230, with the next bay of 4/1, then 3/1, then a bay of three S1230s in a horizontal configuration and mirrored on the other side. The system is powered by all NEXO 4×4 NXAMPs.

For time alignment and EQ, NAC installed a Yamaha DME64 to straighten out the bays and give the visiting engineers their own delay device. Last year NAC installed three NEXO Alpha full range cabinets per side on a pole system on the outside of the pavilion. Since the system must function for both the orchestra concerts and rock shows, the DME allows scene storage for any and all events.
For orchestra concerts, NAC also provides a 40-box NEXO GEO S8 LCR system, PS10 and PS15 floor monitors, and Yamaha M7CL digital consoles.

“I’ve always thought for years the only thing keeping Blossom from being an absolutely perfect venue (although it was always still my favorite) was the lack of a decent lawn sound system,” notes Bill Horschke, from sister Live Nation venue, Nautica. “I was very pleasantly surprised when attending a DMB concert to see a nice NEXO rig installed for the lawn, thus completing my jealousy from this nature loving concrete and steel veteran. Kudos to all who made the new system happen. It is very, very cool. Crank it up, and rock them trees!”

For more information on NAC Technologies, visit www.nac-tech.com.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

SYMNET EDGE INSTALLED IN PRIVATE SCHOOL

trinityschool_edge.JPGAUSTIN, TEXAS – JUNE 2012: Trinity Episcopal School of Austin has already grown from a startup private school to a K-8 institution of 450 students. Its exponential increase has spurred a succession of construction projects, the latest of which is a 750-seat multipurpose chapel for religious services, student performances, and community events. Trinity Episcopal School of Austin hired central-Texas-based Ace Audio Communications, Inc. to design and install a state-of-the-art audio/visual system for the new chapel. Ace Audio centered its sound reinforcement on an Allen & Heath iLive console paired with Symetrix SymNet Edge DSP. The two units are networked together using the next-generation Dante network protocol, which supports a huge channel count of lossless audio with imperceptible latency.

To maximize the new chapel’s flexibility without compromising its functionality, the school opted to build two stages, one along the width of the room and more

SYMETRIX EDGE DSP INSTALLED AT ONE FIREFLY’S NEW HEADQUARTERS

onefirefly.JPGHOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – JUNE 2012: When it came time to move into a new office space, One Firefly, LLC seized the opportunity to turn its workspace into a cutting-edge demonstration of the integrated systems it helps homeowners, commercial clients and electronic system contractors design and install. The Hollywood, Florida-based firm is multifaceted and provides a variety of services offered under its three Firefly brands. Firefly Design Group provides system design, documentation and consulting services specializing within the integrated building technology space. Firefly Creative is a full-service marketing and public relations agency that caters to the custom electronics industry’s member contractors and manufacturers. Firefly Programming is a full service control system programming company. For the flagship demonstration, Firefly Design Group senior systems engineer Mike Harrell chose Symetrix’ new SymNet Edge DSP hardware, which features a powerful open-architecture topology, modular I/O counts and types, and next-generation more

API INSTALLS FIRST 1608 IN BRAZIL

btg_zecaleme.JPGSÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 2012: With a burgeoning music scene steeped in traditional Samba and increasing interest in rock, Brazilian pop and local folk music, the Brazilian recording industry took a giant leap forward with the installation of the first API 1608 console in Brazil. Producer and recording/mixing engineer Zeca Leme recently installed a new 16-channel 1608 alongside API 500s, 525s, 550Bs and a 512c already in place at the newly opened Behind the Glass Recording Studio.

Leme first encountered API while attending AES in New York. He returned to Brazil for a position at Loudness Sound Studio as a live DVD recording engineer. In 2007 Leme moved on to NaCena Studios where he worked with artists such as Ney Matogrosso, Earth Wind & Fire, Kanye West and Oficina G3. He encountered API again working with legendary engineer Roy Cicala at 5A more

SYMETRIX FOUNDER DANE BUTCHER HANDS CEO ROLE TO PAUL ROBERTS, ASSUMES ROLE OF CHAIRMAN

paul_roberts.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 2012: Symetrix announces that Dane Butcher has taken on the role of Chairman after holding the position of CEO since he founded the company in 1976. Paul Roberts, veteran VP of Sales & Marketing with Symetrix, steps in as the company’s new CEO. There will be a high degree of continuity in this hand-off as Dane Butcher and Paul Roberts have worked together for many years and are in close alignment with the Symetrix customer-focused approach to running Symetrix and share a common vision for the future of the company.

“I am very much looking forward to my role as Chairman,” said Butcher. “After many years of wide-band executive responsibilities, I’m moving to a purely strategic role. I will now focus 100% of my time on my passion for providing our current and future customers with innovative and value-oriented more

dB AUDIO & VIDEO OUTFITS NEW SANCTUARY AT PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH WITH DANLEY SPEAKERS

pleasant_hill_church.JPGLAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA: Blessed with the burden of a burgeoning congregation that was filling its small sanctuary beyond capacity, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia raised funds to build a new, 500-seat sanctuary adjacent to its old one. The roots of PHBC reach back 135 years, and the latest expansion represents a significant milestone in that long history. The church hired Gainesville-based dB Audio & Video to design and install a video projection system and a high-fidelity, high-output sound reinforcement system to support its spirited services. To meet that objective, dB Audio & Video specified Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

“High-energy contemporary gospel music with a full band sets the tone for the two Sunday services at Pleasant Hill,” explained Ronnie Stanford, systems advisor with dB Audio & Video. “The church was clear in its desire for a sound system that is more

API ANNOUNCES 2012 VISIONARY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

visionary_scholarship_logo.JPGJESSUP, MARYLAND – JUNE 2012: Again this year, Automated Processes, Inc. (API) is awarding scholarships to students enrolled in audio engineering programs which are equipped with an API Vision, Legacy Plus or 1608 console. Applicants must submit a comprehensive questionnaire and essay and can also include a recording they have engineered or produced. After careful consideration, API has decided on the winners. We would like to thank all students who applied and wish all applicants success in their future endeavors.

This year’s winners of the API Visionary Scholarship:
Kelly Cronan – California State University, Chico
Damian Wiseman – New York University
Denial Mesanovic – University of Michigan
Eivind Nordland – Middle Tennessee State University
Philip Chmults – Berklee College of Music

Congratulations to all!

For a complete list of eligible schools and more information about the Visionary Scholarship and how to more

THE BAND HEALTH’S SCORE FOR ROCKSTAR GAMES’ MAX PAYNE 3 CREATED WITH METRIC HALO ULN-2

jupiter_keyes.JPGSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Gamers and indie music fans alike are eagerly awaiting the release of Rockstar Games’ Max Payne 3. Gamers are excited because Max Payne 3 represents the latest in the tremendously popular series, which has sold over 7.5 million copies and garnered numerous awards. Indie music fans are excited because Rockstar Games contracted Los Angeles’ groundbreaking noise pop band HEALTH to craft its original score. Individuals who count themselves in both categories are, of course, watching the game’s May release date very closely, as are the members of HEALTH, who are presently blessed and cursed with the soaring creative frenzies that tight deadlines tend to inspire. As a useful tool in capturing the magic of those frenzies, HEALTH has chosen to rely on a Metric Halo ULN-2 interface for much of the tracking and all of the mixing and monitoring.

The more

WRENN HOUSE STUDIOS OPENS DOORS TO HOUSTON’S MUSICIANS WITH NEW API 1608

john_clayton.JPGMAGNOLIA, TEXAS: In early 2012, Wrenn House Studios in Magnolia, Texas rounded out its collection of API gear with a 16-channel 1608 console. From the beginning, the studio was a self-described “API House,” with racks of API processors, 7600 channel strips, an 8200 summing mixer, the 7800 master module and two API 2500 stereo compressors.

“Clay and I have been working with music our whole lives,” explained John Morton, Wrenn House’s chief engineer and partner with the studio owner Clayton Wrenn. “Years ago, I had the opportunity to hear an API preamp in an equipment demonstration, and I was struck by how different the API sounded compared to everything else. It had a sonic quality that’s hard to describe – a richness and fullness. I knew it was what I was after.”

A clear need for a professional analog console encouraged Wrenn House to invest in the 1608, and news of the studio’s high-end API gear spread. Local acts and other area production facilities began asking if they could make their recordings at Wrenn House.

“There was clearly some pent-up demand for an API rig in Houston,” Morton said. “Folks go to Austin when they want the API sound. As far as I know, we are the only API 1608 shop south of Austin at this time. I anticipate a lot of interest from local music and video producers. API has never let us down.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

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