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CLAIR GLOBAL SCORES A HAT TRICK AT THE 2012 NHL WINTER CLASSIC

nhl_pa_cart.JPGPHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA – JANUARY 2012: The NHL Winter Classic is a throwback to the bygone days when professional hockey was played outdoors in the chill wintertime air. But more than that, it is the NHL’s so-far-successful attempt to claim New Years Day in the same way that baseball claims July 4th and football claims Thanksgiving Day. This year’s contest took place at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia between the hometown Flyers and their rivals, the New York Rangers. Despite the Flyers’ loss, the 47,000 fans in attendance enjoyed the experience, as did the nearly four-million viewers who watched on NBC. Clair Global provided house sound and a broadcast mix for the between-period performances by hometown superstars, The Roots. They used three unique, Clair-conceived and Clair-deployed solutions: mobile speaker carts that allowed the line arrays to be lowered and flipped out of site lines as more

LIVING STONES CHURCH BELIEVES IN THE INTEGRITY OF DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS

RED DEER, ALBERTA, CANADA – JANUARY 2012: Living Stones Church in Red Deer, Alberta has a rather unique expansion plan. When funds are available, the church has plans to knock out one of the sanctuary sidewalls in order to build out the room’s mirror image. The result will be a wide, fan-shaped room that effectively doubles seating capacity from 700 to approximately 1,400. In anticipation of that expansion and because problems with the existing sound system had become unbearable, Living Stones Church contracted Merge Systems Inc. of Edmonton to design and install a new loudspeaker system for the existing sanctuary. With their excellent pattern control and robust manufacturing process, Lance Spratt of Merge Systems specified Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers to replace the system in the existing sanctuary.

“The old system was remarkably inconsistent,” explained Spratt. “In some seats you could hardly make out what was being said; in other locations the system punished your ears. Far from meeting their needs for contemporary worship services the system was hurting and distracting the congregation.” There was nothing wrong with the old products; they were simply deployed in the wrong application. “There were two loudspeaker cabinets that were being asked to cover more (bandwidth and physical area) than they were designed to,” he continued. “Never mind all the nuanced ways that good systems can go bad. This one simply didn’t cover the congregation. It was doomed from the start.”

Beyond providing Living Stones with minimally adequate coverage, as taught in Sound Reinforcement 101, Spratt was committed to making their new system sound eminently intelligible and musical for every seat in the sanctuary. “Tom Danley’s innovations result in transparent, articulate loudspeaker cabinets that array beautifully, with minimal required processing and amp channels,” he said. “In addition, Danley’s impressive pattern control down into the lower frequency range help to keep sound energy off the walls, an important consideration in this active acoustical environment.” Spratt worked with Chad Edwardson at Danley Sound Labs to ensure that a design that worked for the existing sanctuary would still perform as desired when mirrored. “I also spoke with [Danley president] Mike [Hedden], who assured me that the Danley cabinets we installed today would still be available when the facility expansion commences,” said Spratt. “He explained that the way they design the growing family of SH-series loudspeakers and TH-series subwoofers meant they would not be discontinued.”

Despite limited availability of loudspeaker rigging locations, Spratt designed a system that would deliver even coverage to the congregation without acoustically exciting the sanctuary walls. On each of the two laminated beams hang two tight-packed Danley SH-50s – four SH-50s in all. Below each cluster hangs a Danley SH-95, which provides down fill for the first few rows. A pair of Danley TH-115 subwoofers fill in the already generous low end from strategic locations on the floor. “I would have preferred to fly the subwoofers,” Spratt said. “But our limited rigging options made it extremely difficult to fly and unsightly.” Crest amplifiers deliver power to the system, and a Xilica processor provides modest processing.

Perhaps the greatest compliment comes from the church itself. Music and Fine Arts Pastor at Living Stones, Darren Aucoin comments: “We are very pleased with the results of our new speaker system. We had some very unique sound needs in our sanctuary that would not be met with any conventional way of thinking. Merge/Danley designed a solution for us that has met our needs, and in some ways have exceeded them. I have had many people come to me to compliment the improved sound projection as well as sound quality. The added bonus was the overall and low-end volume capabilities of our new speakers. We have TONS of headroom, and are able to provide quality sound at low or high volumes without blowing anybody away.”

“It doesn’t matter where you sit,” Spratt states,” every seat gets the same full-range signal. From our standpoint, we received timely assistance and answers from Danley when we needed them, and the products performed exactly as advertised. It will be fun to double the system when the church builds out a mirror image. All the hard work is already done and all that’s left is the installation!”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

Yamaha Announces Worldwide Launch of Three New Product Series

BUENA PARK, Calif.—In a one, two, three punch, Yamaha unveils to the world today three exciting new product series additions to their loudspeaker and mixer product line. At the NAMM Show, executives from Yamaha Corporation Japan and the Pro Audio & Combo Division of Yamaha Corporation of America shared in the initial announcement of the new products, a joint sales effort with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.,

Yamaha DXR Series active loudspeakers: Comprised of four full-range models—the DXR8, DXR10, DXR12 and DXR15, deliver exceptional sound pressure levels and high-definition sound in a more compact, versatile design. High-efficiency 1100W Class-D amplifiers and Yamaha-mastered DSP, combined with an intelligent onboard mixer with flexible IN/OUT connectivity, a very functional enclosure design, makes the DXR Series ideal for front-of-house, floor-monitoring, rigged applications, and a multitude of commercial applications. The DXR is quite advanced in that it features a three-channel signal input on the speaker’s back panel enabling end users to mix their own settings as well as a unique Mixing/Link function for daisy-chaining additional powered speakers. Inputs include XLR, ¼” TRS, and RCA jacks, with signals from the inputs mixed inside the DXR unit. Each channel has its own level control and the XLR input can accept MIC/LINE sources. Each DXR cabinet features a built-in, selectable-frequency High Pass Filter (HPF) for use with a subwoofer.

The DXR speakers provide DSP-assisted EQ (Dynamic COUNTOUR) tailoring the frequency response when used as floor monitors or mains. Proprietary FIR-X filtering ensures that the DXR cabinets perform under all circumstances, even at very high levels. FIR-X tuning technology achieves a more accurate and smooth response, better clarity, and imaging than what is possible with crossovers that are currently available.

All models incorporate integrated rigging points for installation using standard rigging eyebolts, and optional U-brackets are also available for additional installation versatility. All models also feature built-in, dual-angle pole mount sockets for vertical or angled applications.

Yamaha DXS Subwoofers: Joining the new DXR series are the high-powered DXS12 and DXS15 active subwoofers that will further enhance the DXR speaker’s performance. Newly developed D-XSUB technology dynamically controls the low frequency range, and by adding BOOST mode, you’ll experience more punch in the overall sound. The new sub’s XTENDED LF mode will enhance the bottom end of the low frequency range. Ideal for commercial installation in churches, schools, regional performing arts venues, and a multitude of applications requiring high SPL, the DXR and DXS provide stunning clarity and an unsurpassed level of reliability.

“The DSR Series launched last year has been very well received by the commercial marketplace, and we have utilized every internal resource of our development team, including collaboration with NEXO, to ensure that the DXR and DSX are as well received as the popular DSR,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.

The new Yamaha DXR Series is now available at a suggested MSRP ranging from $829 to $1,199. The DSX will be available in February with an MSRP for the DSX12 sub of $1,049 and $1,199 for the DSX15.

Yamaha MGP Mixers: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the PM200 analog mixer and the 25th anniversary of the launch of the DMP7 digital mixer, Yamaha officially launches a premium mixer series with the debut of the new MGP12X and 16X analog mixers. These mixers are in a class by themselves. With proprietary DSP providing Ducker, Leveler, and Stereo Image functions—three very essential features in commercial installations, the MGP mixers will be a welcome addition to any school auditorium, small church, or corporate installation. The MGP Editor app for iPhone/iPod Touch will allow access to further detailed parameter editing of DSP functions of the Ducker, Leveler, REV-X and SPX effects. The app will be available free of charge on Apple iTunes.

The MGP analog sound starts with a discrete Class-A mic pre-amp with an inverted Darlington circuit design. Utilizing Yamaha’s proprietary X-pressive EQ, the MGP mixer captures the ultimate analog sound by reproducing unique frequency characteristics of sought-after classic EQ circuits. High resolution Yamaha REV X and SPX EQ effects modules are also integrated for additional processing. And, at the heart of the MGP’s compact configuration, a new and innovative approach has been taken to utilize digital technology within the MGP analog mixer by adding iPod/iPhone integration via onboard USB for direct digital playback and charging. The superb functionality of the Stereo Hybrid Channel adds warmth and musicality to the mixer’s premium analog sound.

“Our customers who prefer the ultimate in analog sound at the level of the MGP have played an important role in this mixer coming to market,” says Lopez. “The MG line and our new MGP premium mixer will continue to capitalize on our 40+ years of experience in development of renowned analog mixers combined with the impact we have made over the past 25 years in digital products.”

Each MGP has two FX sends, two AUX sends, four Group Buses and a Stereo output. The 12-channel MGP12X features six mic inputs and12 Line inputs (four Mono + four Stereo). The 16-channel MGP16X features 10 Mic inputs and 16 Line inputs (eight Mono + four Stereo). All mic inputs have individual phantom power and HPF options and each input channel features the renowned 1-knob compressor and 3–band X-pressive EQ with sweepable mid band.

The MGP mixers are housed in a rugged metal chassis with optimized internal construction for minimal noise, integrated rack ears for rack-mounting for fixed installations, and a multi-voltage, internal power supply that allows for worldwide use in any region using 100V-240V.

The new Yamaha MGP mixers will be available this spring at an MSRP of $829 for the MGP12X and $999 for the MGP16X.

For more information on the new Yamaha DXR Speakers, DXS Subs and MGP mixers, 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.

ZION SCHOOL IN INDONESIA BENEFITS FROM THE EASE OF SIMPLICITY OF SYMETRIX JUPITER 8

MAKASSAR, SOUTH SULAWESI, INDONESIA – JANUARY 2012: Zion School recently completed construction of a brand new building in Makassar, South Sulawesi in Indonesia. The school serves over seven-hundred students from kindergarten through high school and uses state-of-the-art technology to connect with students and to prepare them for an increasingly technological world. An excellent case in point is the school’s 750-seat multipurpose auditorium. The auditorium will be used for seminars, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and performances. Symetrix distributor PT Gracia Auvindo supplied an adept, but cost-effective Symetrix Jupiter 8 to handle all of the audio processing in the auditorium. Local dealer JK Sound in turn furnished the unit to the school, and both companies helped install it

“The processing power of the Symetrix Jupiter is substantial, yet it’s easy to set up and very affordable,” said Hendra Halim, technical manager with PT Gracia Auvindo. “At the Zion School auditorium, just one Jupiter 8 handles everything.” Coda Audio full-range loudspeakers and subwoofers powered by beefy Camco amplifiers give the students at Zion School performance-inspiring fidelity and impact. Full stereo separation heightens the excitement.

The school uses one of the Jupiter’s many apps, which creates a sound processing and mixing tool that is specific to the needs of the auditorium. “The app gives us feedback fighters, parametric equalization, and full loudspeaker management processing, among other modules,” said Halim. “Everything – from the output of the mixer to the monitors to the mains – is handled by the Jupiter 8. The speaker manager provides the crossover between the full-range boxes and the subwoofer. Moreover, the Jupiter 8 sounds fantastic, and the school doesn’t have to worry about feedback or unintelligible audio.”

In addition to the Jupiter 8, a Symetrix Zone Mix 760 handles school-wide paging and background music. Six zones comprise the school, and three strategically-located paging stations provide input. At each station, a wall-mounted Symetrix ARC-XLR push-button XLR input with an attached microphone allows for easy paging. The ARC-XLR’s four selector buttons combine with an ARC-SW4′s four selector buttons to direct pages to any or all of the building’s zones. Setting up the Zone Mix 760 to automatically duck background music for pages proved straightforward. QSC ceiling speakers and amplifiers complete the school-wide paging system.

“We’re very excited about Symetrix’ Jupiter, Integrator, and Solus families of processors,” said Halim. “They provide a comprehensive and well thought out collection of solutions to every audio installation challenge. The products are functional, reliable, and great sounding. The installation at Zion School went smoothly for us. It took just over a day to get everything in place and tuned to perfection. After a brief training, the staff at the school is totally comfortable operating it.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX
Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

SYMETRIX OFFERS TECHNICAL SUPPORT AND TRAINING IN SPANISH

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2012: Symetrix announces that it is now offering technical support and training services in Spanish. This new addition to the company’s dedication to customer service is being handled by Technical Support Specialist, Michael Perry, who recently joined the Symetrix support team. Perry is fluent in both English and Spanish will be handling this service. Perry’s phone number is +1 (425) 778-7728 x234, and Spanish technical support emails can be directed to espanol@symetrix.co

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

TWO DANLEY JERICHO HORNS COVER 30,000 AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY’S NEW FOOTBALL STADIUM

BOCA RATON, FLORIDA – JANUARY 2012: On the heels of Florida Atlantic University’s elevation to Division I-A football and its record-setting win at the New Orleans Bowl, the Owls opened the 2011 season in a brand new, 30,000-seat stadium on the school’s main Boca Raton campus. The facility is a paragon of modern stadium design, with clean sightlines, comfortable amenities, and multiple grades of profitable priority seating. Indeed, with optimistic eyes to the future, the design will accommodate 65,000 additional seats and a roof if needed. Given the project’s tight budget, initial plans called for a bare-bones public address system, but system consultant Anthony James Partners alerted the school to the remarkably affordable, high-performance Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horn JH-90. Two Jericho Horn JH-90s fire from the scoreboard to cover the entire stadium with full-frequency, eminently-intelligible audio.

“The budget was a real challenge,” explained Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering at Anthony James Partners. “They were set to compromise on the audio system, but we suggested they listen to a Danley Jericho Horn JH-90. After our demo, they realized that for only a little bit more money, they could get a high-fidelity, high-volume sound system capable of supporting concerts and functions, in addition to great-sounding game day content.”

How is it possible that the Danley Jericho Horn JH-90 offers a performance improvement and a price break at the same time? “Where other manufacturers use a conventional design – which has a host of inherent acoustical limitations – and then add costly and imperfect ‘fixes’ to deal with those limitations, Danley starts with an unconventional design with solid acoustical performance,” said Lucas. “By combining fifteen drivers into a single point-source enclosure, the Jericho JH-90 is powerful but acoustically clean and simple. As a result, I don’t have to fight with phasing and timing issues in the design. I’m not fighting physics!”

Daktronics installed the audio system, as well as a brilliant Daktronics scoreboard. “At Daktronics, working to accurately integrate sound systems into video board structures is a critical engineering objective,” said Mike Maloney, regional audio sales associate with Daktronics. “Normally Daktronics supplies a cabinet with a speaker-covering mesh for a university, but the JH-90s at FAU needed to attach directly to the top of the video board. To satisfy the mounting requirements, our mechanical engineers designed custom mounts to hold the JH-90s safely atop the new video board. The mounts meet strict safety standards while providing tilting capabilities so as to optimize coverage at the opposite end zone.” The coverage patterns of the two Jericho Horn JH-90s blanket the entire bowl of the new stadium, save for a few seats directly below the scoreboard. Daktronics installed two flagship Danley SH-50 full-range loudspeakers to provide the requisite fill.

Ten Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers provide power to the system, with processing handled by BSS London. “The Jericho JH-90s required only some modest equalization to be dialed in completely,” said Maloney. “At the base of the system, a Yamaha 01V 96 VCM digital mixer gives the FAU audio techs control over inputs and volume. HiQnet System Architect software gives us real-time information regarding the amplifier and speaker performances.”

He continued, “The completed system provided us a very satisfied client. The vocal presentation has nice clarity, the music reproduction shows little compression of the dynamic range, and the low frequency energy is ample. It was fun to watch the Owl’s first home game. The Daktronics screen featured a vibrant video of the team mascot flying over the stadium, grabbing the opposing team’s mascot, and throwing it to the ground triumphantly. The fight began to the immense delight of the nearly 30,000 fans, and the excitement was heightened under the new high performance audio and video systems.”

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

AWARD-WINNING HIGH SCHOOL INNOVATES WITH DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS

CARROLLTON, GEORGIA: Carrollton High School in Carrollton, Georgia is an exemplary institution. It has earned the Georgia School of Excellence Award three times, and its innovative (and demonstrably effective) approach has been highlighted by U.S. News & World Report. Recognizing that its infrastructure is critical to its success, Carrollton High School recently undertook a $1.5 million renovation of its aging gymnasium. In addition to comprehensive structural work guided by Southern A&E (Austell, Georgia), the renovation included an all-new sound reinforcement system designed and installed by Performa Technologies (Millbrook, Alabama). To address the school’s longstanding complaints about indistinct, unintelligible gymnasium sound, Performa President LaDon Findley specified Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers because of their remarkable pattern control and fidelity.

The gym seats approximately 1,750 students for basketball games, other sporting events, or assemblies. Although the school considered leaving the old gymnasium as it was and building an entirely new facility, it didn’t have the real estate. “The economically sensible thing to do was to gut the old gym,” said Findley. The overhaul included a new hardwood floor, new bleachers, new lighting, a new HVAC system, a new lobby, a new concessions area, and updated lockers and restrooms. “The sound system was critical,” explained Findley. “The school had received innumerable complaints in the past about the terrible acoustics. It was a tremendous challenge to understand what the announcer was saying.”

Part of the solution involved damping the room itself. The ceiling now supports Auralex ProBanners, which cut down noticeably on the room’s otherwise lingering reverb. Although they considered treating the walls as well, Findley realized that Danley Sound Labs offered an effective, and ultimately more economical solution. “Two of the hallmarks of Danley’s designs are well-defined pattern control and distortion-free reproduction at any volume,” he said. “I knew we would be able to keep the direct energy off the walls and focused on the bleachers, which did away the need for costly wall treatments. Moreover, Danley’s great fidelity directed at the bleachers would improve intelligibility in its own right.”

In the center of the gymnasium, Performa Technologies installed four Danley SM-96 molded-horn, full-range loudspeakers. Two address the home-team bleachers and two address the visitor’s side. To either side, an additional SM-96, paired with a Danley TH-MINI subwoofer, delivers stereo content to the larger home-team side. Eight Danley SH-MINIs provide delay coverage of the uppermost bleachers. A Yamaha IMX644 rack-mounted mixer gathers input from microphones and music playback devices and, via two Crestron touch-panel controllers, allows scene changes and output configurations appropriate for the room’s multiple uses. A Danley DSLP48 processor provides loudspeaker and subwoofer conditioning. Crest amplifiers power the system. And lastly, a local RF transmitter provides output for the hearing impaired.

“Carrollton High School is jubilant about the new, intelligible sound system,” reported Findley. “It’s a complete turnaround.” In addition, the school now has flat screen monitors placed throughout the atrium and concessions area so that fans won’t miss a minute of the on-court action. A state-of-the-art scoreboard with video playback completes the upgrade from a rickety past to a well-tuned future.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

ATLANTA’S PERIMETER CHURCH PUTS DANLEY IN THE HANGER

ATLANTA, GEORGIA: Perimeter Church in suburban Atlanta, Georgia does a fantastic job of ministering in a way that connects emotionally and culturally with all members of the church community. Middle and high schoolers attend services in The Hanger, a 1,000-seat sanctuary devoted to the themes that resonate with the unique challenges and aesthetics of young adults. However, in the five long years since its completion, The Hanger has suffered from grossly inadequate sound reinforcement, including poor coverage and anemic bass. To remedy the situation, Perimeter technical director Steve Simmons designed and installed a Danley Sound Labs-based system that now delivers even coverage and enough clean, undistorted bass to “knock the breath out of you,” in Simmons’ words.

“The original system was terrible from day one,” Simmons said. “We had a left-center-right system, but each cluster was comprised of boxes that worked poorly together. If you were in the beam of some components, you got boomy, indistinct low-end. Other components conveyed the high-end, but not with the same coverage pattern. As a result, there were only a few select seats that got anything close to a balanced frequency response. The rest rode complex peaks and valleys of sound pressure and pass band.” In addition, the floor-mounted subs were spaced improperly and thus contributed a floppy, interference-riddled bass response to the existing full range mess.

Danley Sound Labs, headquartered in nearby Gainesville, lent Simmons a few full-range boxes so that he could prove his models. After a bit of tweaking, he settled on left-right coverage delivered by one Danley SH-96 flown wide on each side, with a paired Danley SH-95 turned on its side to provide near-wall fill. “It’s amazing that the old system required numerous units and still failed to cover the room, while Danley managed to do it with basically two boxes,” said Simmons. The center cluster, which is used primarily for spoken word, is comprised of three Danley SH-50 full-range loudspeakers in a tight pack that delivers truly seamless coverage to the entire room.

“The old system used a first-generation DSP that has a well-known problem with a high-frequency oscillation,” said Simmons. “We could hear it if we wore headphones or when the room was empty or if we were concentrating. But when the Danleys came on line, it was immediately apparent… and horrible. It just about drove us from the room. Of course, that’s a testament to the honest and extended high-frequency response of the Danley product, but it also meant we had to get a new DSP stat!” Fortunately, Perimeter’s large campus and system of satellite sites requires a certain amount of gear-on-hand. Simmons replaced the old DSP with a Biamp Audia DSP that he plans to replace when new 2012 models hit the streets. Crown Macro-Tech 5000i amplifiers provide power to the system.

Perimeter’s store of goods helped out a youth conference at The Hanger a few months in advance of the full system renovation. Simmons pulled two Danley TH-115 subwoofers from Perimeter’s standing stock and flew them over the center of the sanctuary. “It was a dramatic improvement,” he said. “We were able to drop the rest of the system by 6dB, but everyone commented that the system sounded louder… and better.” For the full renovation, Simmons added two Danley TH-118s to those boxes for a total of four coupled Danley subwoofers. “It’s very powerful and very even,” he commented. “We now have the percussive, dynamic low end that I had always hoped for.”

The new system is winning Danley adherents. “We have so many services, programs, and events, that we have a crew of technicians,” Simmons explained. “A job candidate spent a couple of weekends mixing in our main sanctuary, which does not have Danley boxes and is quite difficult to mix in. The third week, we asked him to mix in The Hanger. He had never mixed on Danley boxes before, and after the service I got a text from him that said simply, ‘I heart Danley forever.’ When I spoke with him later, he noted that he was able to clearly hear a 1dB EQ boost – the kind of thing that is lost in any other system.” In contrast to the peaks and valleys of the old system, the Danley system is tremendously even. One can walk from wall to wall, and the sound pressure and frequency response is consistent. There are other benefits, too. The Danley clusters, despite their vastly improved performance, are one third the size of the original clusters, and while the old system was constantly cranked, the Danley’s are attenuated by 20dB and still produce enough output to keep the youth jumping in their seats.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology. www.danleysoundlabs.com

SYMETRIX ROOM COMBINE 788 DELIVERS FLEXIBILITY AND FIDELITY AT THE LAKELAND CENTER

LAKELAND, FLORIDA: Known as one of Central Florida’s most venerable entertainment complexes, The Lakeland Center challenges the notion that a facility can’t be all things to all people. The sprawling complex includes venues for sports, entertainment, events, meetings and hospitality and despite the breadth of offerings The Lakeland Center consistently exceeds the expectations of its clients, attendees and guests. Creating such a professional atmosphere requires tremendous flexibility on the part of The Lakeland Center’s facilities and staff, a fact underscored by its recent upgrade to a Symetrix Room Combine 788 processor in one of its three modular meeting/event spaces. The Symetrix Room Combine 788 allows The Lakeland Center’s technical staff to merge or split any combination of rooms using an intuitive interface, with comprehensive, high-fidelity signal processing as a bonus!

Using air walls, the 25,000 square-foot facility divides into as many as eight separate spaces of varying size. The old room combiner was installed in the mid-1990s and operated on outdated mechanical relays. “It worked okay,” said Joseph Havens, the technical director at The Lakeland Center. “We installed it and used its limited flexibility to create a few common configurations. It had no DSP and no analog processing of any kind. Recently, the unit gave up the ghost.” Havens removed its carcass and committed to finding a modern replacement.

Based on its flexibility and power, he chose the purpose-built Symetrix Room Combine 788, which takes up to twelve inputs and matrix mixes them into eight outputs. “As many of the technicians on my staff do not have expertise in the arena of installed sound, I had to have a combiner that was intuitive to operate,” said Havens. “The user interface on the 788 is second to none. The new system is very friendly and not at all intimidating.” Indeed, Symetrix’ simple-to-use software allowed Havens to draw a schematic of the event space on the user interface with each of the eight smaller sections outlined. To combine or un-combine sections, his technicians simply highlight the relevant sections on the schematic.

To allow clients a measure of control, Havens positioned a Symetrix ARC-K1 rotary encoder in each of the eight sections to control volume. Because each ARC-K1 receives its power and communicates with the Room Combine 788 via a single Cat5 cable, the installation was painless. “At each position, we used the cable from the old system to pull a fresh Cat5 into place,” said Havens.” That allowed us to keep the power supply in the main rack with the 788. The ARC-K1s communicate with the processor and, ultimately, each other (their controls become redundant when sections are combined) via a star topology. It couldn’t have been easier.”

Although The Lakeland Center was, first and foremost, installing a new room combiner, it received a hi-fi bump as a bonus. “The existing loudspeakers and amps were in good shape, so we left them alone,” said Havens. “Nevertheless, just hooking up the Symetrix Room Combine 788, without turning any processing on, significantly improved the system’s fidelity. Before, it had always had that ‘ceiling speaker’ sound, with an emphasis on the midrange. Now it was fuller and richer.” Havens didn’t stop there however, he used the Room Combine 788′s collection of filters, equalizers, and dynamics processors to dial in an even finer sound.

Havens’ experience installing the Symetrix Room Combine 788 was so pleasant, and the functionality it affords The Lakeland Center is so substantial, he now plans to preempt failures in the center’s two other large, combinable event/meeting spaces by installing 788s there as well. “In those spaces, we’ll definitely take advantage of the unit’s ability to combine non-adjacent rooms,” he said.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Sound professionals rely upon the performance, value and reliability of audio mixing, routing and processing products from Symetrix. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1.425.778.7728.

METRIC HALO RELOCATES TO SUN-DRENCHED FLORIDA

mhllogolarge_for-white.jpgSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: Without snow shovels and down jackets, Metric Halo is in the process of moving to the Tampa Bay area during the holiday break. A beautiful 10,000-square foot facility in Safety Harbor, Florida will serve as the company’s new management, manufacturing and research & development nerve center. Remarkably, every single member of the Metric Halo staff is moving with the company, which means no break in continuity creativity or sales for Metric Halo’s loyal users. Only the company’s address and phone number will change.

“After a lifetime of braving winter in New York, we’re done,” said Joe Buchalter, president of Metric Halo. “While I’m pretty sure that some of us will be back to the Northeast to visit friends and family, the operative word is ‘visit.’” Metric Halo is timing the move to minimize disruption. The office, shipping, and support departments more

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