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Second Location for Second City Opens in Chi-Town

BUENA PARK, Calif.— Originally making its debut in 1959, and recently celebrating its 50th birthday, the legendary Second City Comedy Theatre has opened the UP Comedy Club, a new theatre in the Piper’s Alley area of Chicago. With resident stages in Chicago, Toronto, and Touring Ensembles, Second City entertains over 1,000,000 guests each year. It was the training ground for a host of famous alumni including John Belushi, Mike Myers, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, to name a few. The UP space, which is adjacent to the original, has been totally revamped. It seats 385 and features the best in headline stand-up comedy with a variety of original full-length shows and Improv revues created by Second City Theatricals. Performances occur seven nights per week.

The new audio system includes a Yamaha LS9-32 digital console and NEXO PS8 speakers. “When we initially were brought in, we were asked to make recommendations to the then General Manager from Second City’s Toronto facility,” says Gand. “The main criteria were to use the smallest speakers so that they would be essentially invisible to the audience. In the beginning, the general manager thought that analog mixing with a big rack of outboard gear was the way to go. Part way through the project, Jeremy Smith, who has been with Second City since 2002 as stage manager for their touring company, was brought into the fold. He understood that the Yamaha LS9-32 digital console we had presented was the way to go. The console allowed for a smaller equipment footprint in the front of house booth and the capability of storing presets for every show, adding instant repeatability from rehearsal to performance.”

“A 36″ deep duct running left to right through the center of the room made for a unique challenge,” notes Gand. “This was tackled by installing four NEXO PS8U speakers over the stage and an additional pair on the back side of the duct which are delayed. Rigging was also a challenge to locate the PS8′s where they would do what the GEOSOFT software promised. Utilizing NEXO’s own proprietary rigging hardware allowed us to aim cabinets to match the software recommendations.” Two LS400 subwoofers were installed along with two NEXO NXAMP 4×1 amplifiers.

“Typically, Second City is known for ensemble comedy ala Saturday Night Live rather than individual stand-up performers like most comedy clubs,” states Gary Gand, President, Gand Sound Installations. “UP was developed as a new hybrid performance venue with an eclectic blend of comedy. You can count on a ‘topical’ show any night of the week. If it was in the news today, good chance it will be onstage at Second City that night, especially if it has to do with local politics. The menu, for you Bears super fans, includes a Vienna sausage trio served alongside an Italian beef sandwich, Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza, and Eli’s cheesecake.”

The Up Comedy Club will host Rhys Darby (half of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords musical comedy duo) and Mitch Fatel from the late night TV circuit, John Hodgman, Gary Owen, and Robert Kelly over the next several months.

Gand Sound Installations (GSI) of Glenview, Illinois, who was referred to Second City by the Paramount Arts Center in Aurora, Illinois (where GSI recently installed a NEXO GEO S12 line array) was tapped in the spring of 2011 for the audio installation of the new comedy club. Completed at the end of 2011, architects on the project were Barker/Nester Architecture + Design of Skokie, Illinois.

For more information on the Up Comedy Club, visit www.upcomedyclub.com.

For more information on Second City, visit www.secondcity.com.

For more information on Gand Sound Installations, visit www.gandsoundinstallations.com.

For more information on Yamaha and NEXO 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.

ASHLY GEAR CHOSEN FOR SEDONA’S ENCHANTMENT RESORT

enchantment_clubhouse.JPGSEDONA, ARIZONA – APRIL 2012: Words hardly do justice to Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona. The upscale retreat is tastefully nestled within a red rock canyon in a way that makes the views from the pools, rooms, restaurants, lounges, and spa breathtakingly open and serene. It is a rare amalgam of backcountry camping’s beauty and modern hospitality’s comforts in which neither aspect is compromised.

Enchantment Resort began an eight-million dollar renovation to its main building, the Clubhouse, this past November. This building houses the resorts front desk, restaurants, bar, specialty wine bar, pool and pool bar, and an activity center. The Clubhouse renovation was completed and reopened just in time for their peak spring break season, which typically brings 100% occupancy. With an entire makeover of all restaurants, bars, public areas, front desk, retail shopping, and a new pool almost three times the more

COUNTRYMAN ASSOCIATES INTRODUCES H6 HEADSET MICROPHONE

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Menlo Park, CA – April 2012… Countryman Associates, Inc., the leading innovator of high-quality, miniature microphones, is pleased to introduce the H6 Headset Microphone. Delivering exceptional audio quality, superior moisture resistance, and a secure, comfortable fit, this ultra-low profile microphone makes an outstanding choice for a variety of applications, including theater, broadcast, live music performance, and more. more

dB AUDIO AND VIDEO INSTALLS REALISTICALLY-PRICED PANASONIC-BASED HD VIDEO SYSTEM AT LIVING HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH

livinghopechurch_stage.JPGBOWLING GREEN, KENTUCKY – APRIL 2012: Living Hope Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky is not unlike other mid-sized churches. “Although we had always been happy to embrace new audio and video technologies over the years, the fact that we had fallen behind crept up on us slowly,” said the church’s creative arts pastor, Jon Farmer. In order to stay true to the church’s stated relationship with supporting technologies – “to better connect people with our message,” in Farmer’s words – Living Hope recently undertook a significant overhaul of its video system. Aided by the experts at dB Audio and Video of Gainesville, Georgia, the church now has a full HD presentation and recording system centered on Panasonic cameras, switchers, and projectors. Despite the truly vast improvement in performance, the cost was only a fraction of what it would have been just a few more

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES TNP512 INTERCONNECT BOX

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Brea, CA – April 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the TNP512 Interconnect Box, the latest addition to the ever-expanding line of Tilt ‘N Plug interconnect offerings. As a compact interconnect solution designed for installation into tables, podiums, or other furniture as part of an AV presentation system, the new TNP512 offers convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. Of particular note, the new TNP512 employs a new leaf-spring mechanism—replacing the gas spring design of previous models. more

LECTROSONICS ANNOUNCES WM WATERTIGHT TRANSMITTER

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Rio Rancho, NM – April 10, 2012… Lectrosonics, recognized the world over as a leading manufacturer of wireless microphone systems and audio processing products, is pleased to introduce the WM Watertight Transmitter, the company’s newest addition to its line of highly acclaimed Digital Hybrid Wireless® microphone systems offering compandor-free audio. Combining ‘cabled-microphone’ audio performance combined with a super-tough housing designed to withstand the harshest environments, the new Lectrosonics WM Watertight Transmitter is certain to be well received by theatrical and location sound professionals. more

Penn Elcom appoints David Logan sales manager FANE loudspeakers

Penn- Elcom (penn-elcom.com) renowned case and speaker cabinet parts manufacture announces the appointment of David Logan to North America Sales Manager for FANE Loudspeakers (fane-international.com). David Logan previously held management positions at Hollywood Sound Systems, Westlake Audio, Alpine Car Audio and brings over 40 years of Pro-Audio, MI and Music industry experience to Penn-Elcom. Fane has enjoyed an historic success in Europe with its hand-made in the UK  speakers since 1958, and now brings its full line of high end Pro-Audio and Musical instrument loudspeakers  to North America for the first time. “We’re truly excited about the new relationship between Penn-Elcom and FANE and anxious to provide domestic customers the opportunity to try the quality FANE product for the first time” says David Logan. Contact  David Logan at  david.logan@penn-elcom.com for further details.

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ACIR to Host Yamaha CL Demo at Trump Taj Mahal

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.—ACIR Professional will host a demo of the new Yamaha CL Digital Console Series on Thursday, April 5th from 12 Noon – 4:00 pm at the Trump Taj Mahal (Atlantic City), Xanadu Theatre. Yamaha Systems Application Engineer, Kevin Kimmel, and Regional District Manager, Bob Quinones, will be on hand to demo the new CL console and will also present the new Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5045 Primary Source Enhancer and Dugan-MY16 card. All audio professionals are welcome. RSVP: to Lisa Young (young.lisa7@gmail.com) by April 2, 2012.

Yamaha CL Series Digital Console Series: The Yamaha CL Series is a Dante network-based console featuring remote I/O for a faster, more responsive Yamaha system solution. All three CL models in the Centralogic™ series, only differentiated by frame size and input capability, feature 24 mix buses, 8 matrix buses, plus stereo and mono outputs, and 16 DCAs. The footprint of all three CL consoles is small, yet powerful and has been developed specifically for sound reinforcement applications such as performing arts venues, theaters, houses of worship, touring, and remote broadcast. The high output bus count will be a great benefit to live broadcast and monitor applications.

Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5045: The new Rupert Neve Designs Portico 5045 Primary Source Enhancer has been developed for, and is distributed exclusively by, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. Primarily used in live sound applications, the RND 5045 is a 2-channel analog, 1RU device that not only enables up to 16dB of additional gain before feedback when conditions allow, but because it is a dynamics-only processor, the integrity of the original signal is preserved. The device reduces background sounds and enhances the main audio source, providing clarity and warmth to podium, lavaliere, and headset mics, as well as in extreme situations, such as referee mics.

Dugan-MY16 Card:
The Dugan-MY16 card is designed for current model Yamaha digital mixers and processors including Yamaha 01V96, DM1000, 02R96, DM2000, M7CL, LS9, DSP5D, PM5D, and DME24/64N. Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mic mixing products eliminate cueing errors, reduce feedback and ambient noise pickup, allow for smooth transitions between talkers, and provide consistent system gain no matter how many mics are open. The card can handle up to 64 live microphones, and is remote controllable.

You may know the “how-to” of sound recording, but do you know the “why” behind it?

Just Published from Focal Press!

The Science of Sound Recording
By Jay Kadis
ISBN: 9780240821542 | $39.95

The Science of Sound Recording will provide you with more than just an introduction to sound and recording, it will allow you to dive right into some of the technical areas that often appear overwhelming to anyone without an electrical engineering or physics background.

Written by Jay Kadis, Lecturer and Audio Engineer for the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, The Science of Sound Recording helps you build a basic foundation of scientific principles, explaining how recording really works. Packed with valuable must know information, illustrations and examples of ‘worked through’ equations this book introduces the theory behind sound recording practices in a logical and practical way while placing an emphasis on the concepts of measurement as they relate to sound recording, physical principles of mechanics and acoustics, biophysics of hearing, introduction to electronics, analog and digital recording theory and how science determines mixing techniques.

KEY FEATURES:

• Provides you with a clear understanding of why we record sound as we do to develop your engineering skills
• Numerous illustrations, diagrams and ‘work though’ equations help unravel the science
• Explanations given in clear simple terms “from the ground up”

Read a recent blog post by Jay Kadis on Focal Press’ blog for everything audio –AudioUndone.com:
So why do we do it like that? Science explains audio practices.

Focal Press has been a leading publisher of Media Technology books for over 70 years. We provide essential resources for professionals and students in many areas including: audio, film and digital video production, photography & digital imaging, animation, broadcast, theatre and web design.

We are committed to publishing high quality books filled with practical hands-on information, dealing with cutting-edge and converging technologies from the experts in the field. You will find practical solutions to problems, examples you can apply to your work, and valuable insights that will help you keep up-to-date in these highly competitive fields.

Focal Press – learn, master, create.

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DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS PROVIDE AFFORDABLE, EFFECTIVE COVERAGE AT UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA’S TRASK COLISEUM

trask_coliseum.JPGWILMINGTON, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 2012: The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) is part of the state’s 17-school university system and currently enrolls over 14,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Basketball is big in the Tar Heel state, and UNCW’s Seahawks basketball team draws crowds composed of students and locals to the 6,100-seat Trask Coliseum. Constructed in 1977, Trask recently benefitted from a $2 million makeover that included new floors, seating, scoreboards, a new video board, and a new high-intelligibility sound reinforcement system. South Dakota-based Daktronics designed and installed the multi-purpose arena’s new A/V system, which includes Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers. Daktronics chose the Danley SH-100B and SH-100 boxes based on their exceptional intelligibility, pattern control, and value.

“We were on a very tight budget,” explained Mike Maloney, regional audio sales associate with Daktronics. “We always strive for high-efficiency systems, but at UNCW, more

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