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WESTLAKE PRO SPEAKS OUT ABOUT ITS NEW 1608

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 2013: API announces the placement of another 1608 console in Southern California, this time into the newly0complete and fully-furnished demo room at Westlake Pro.

The choice to add the 1608 to Studio A came with ease. “The API 1608 is a fantastic tracking console with an impressive legacy. It appeals to anyone looking to keep analog production techniques in today’s digital workstation environments,” said Westlake’s CEO George Adjieff. “The high-quality circuitry, the classic analog look, feel, and sound of an API console are unmatched.”

“It is customizable so that you can add any API 500 Series® modules that you need, enabling you the flexibility to craft your perfect console,” said Westlake President Joe Taupier. “The layout is intuitive and easy to understand, allowing a wide range of producers, mixers, and engineers to focus all their attention on what they do best – making the music sound just right.”

As longtime API supporters, Westlake Pro knows the value of quality products with a longstanding reputation. “API has a legendary lineage, great brand recognition, and everything about this mixer is well-conceived,” said Taupier. “The layout is smart, the board is made from quality components, and any studio will instantly receive esteem and credibility if an API console is in the room.”

The 1608 has become a popular addition to Westlake Pro and a regular spot to find pro audio lovers and gear enthusiasts. “Clients are wildly impressed with the API 1608 in our space,” said Adjieff. “Our clients enjoy spending hours trying it out, listening to mixes, and demoing and evaluating other pieces of equipment. It really is the central piece of gear in the room, and really enhances the studio that we’ve designed around it.”

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

SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12X8 DANTE NETWORKED AUDIO PROCESSORS GET RAVE REVIEWS AT THE WEBER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN: The new Weber Center for the Performing Arts in La Crosse, Wisconsin is a dream come true, not only for the residents of the Mississippi River city, but also for the two institutions that partnered to build the $8 million facility. The La Crosse Community Theatre endured the cramped and ill-suited conditions of its previous space while theater and performing arts students at Viterbo University put up with rehearsals in hallways and other inconveniences not befitting so prestigious a liberal arts institution. Beyond a spacious lobby, patrons will now find a 450-seat main theater with ideal sightlines and a versatile 100-seat black box theater. To achieve maximum flexibility and to accommodate future expansion on a very tight budget, Commercial AV Systems of nearby Onalaska, Wisconsin designed and installed a sound system centered on four SymNet Radius 12×8 processors.

Split between the two performance spaces the four Radius 12x8s at the Weber Center effectively behave as one large custom processor because they communicate via Dante. Together, they also handle the routing logic for nine zones of paging. Like the Dante-based SymNet Edge system, the Radius 12×8 is configured using SymNet Composer open architecture software.

“We designed the system so that you can essentially route audio from anywhere to anywhere,” said Ryan Van Berkum, the Commercial AV Systems project manager who designed and oversaw the installation of the new system. “Nothing is hard-patched – Dante takes care of everything.” Eight channels of audio can flow simultaneously between the two performance spaces in overflow situations. In addition, the community theatre and school both anticipate scenarios where one performance space may serve as a prop room or dressing room for the other. By allowing audio to flow between them, critical cues and other information will not be missed.

The main theater is configured as a mono cluster of two EAW loudspeakers, a Yamaha 1218 subwoofer, under-balcony Yamaha IF2205 fill speakers, a comprehensive monitor system, and a hearing loop that can take as its source a pair of ambient microphones or a direct line from the Yamaha digital console. The console is outfitted with two Dante network cards, one for transfer of signal to the SymNet Radius 12×8 system and one for transfer to a Yamaha digital stage box. In addition, a presentation mode in the main theater supports four input channels – mic, line, or audio from a direct box.

The black box theater makes use of the theaters’ existing Allen & Heath console. A fixed Yamaha IS1118 subwoofer provides low-end support in either full-range or discrete mode. The presentation mode has similar behavior and channel count as the main theater, simplifying training requirements for staff and volunteers while facilitating use of the black box space for simple events without a tech on hand.

The La Crosse Community Theatre will kick off its new season in the Weber Center for the Performing Arts with the comedy Noises Off. The students of Viterbo University will break it in with a performance of Little Women – The Broadway Musical.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

SIM2 Multimedia SUPER LUMIS Global Success

Miramar, Florida—October 16, 2013—SIM2 Multimedia continues to achieve global success following its World tour, touching all five continents, which included the launch of Grand Cinema SUPER LUMIS home cinema projector.

The new SUPER LUMIS has received a glowing review and a full five-star rating from the UK-based magazine Home Cinema Choice. In the December issue, reviewer John Archer said, “Images achieve a sense of depth, texture, colour balance and naturalism that simply astonishes.” He continued, “3D delivery is exquisite” and concluded with “the SIM2 Super Lumis is about as close as you can get to a commercial cinema experience without actually buying a commercial cinema projector”—establishing SUPER LUMIS as a real “reference standard” in projection.

“The Super Lumis is by far our best projector, and I have to say, SIM2 has received over 250 awards throughout the world in the last decade. It is a small product with an enormous heart capable with extremely bright, crisp images,” said Alan Roser, SIM2 UK CEO. “It is fantastic that the UK’s premier home theater publication agrees and aligns perfectly with the feedback we’ve received from dealers during the Global Road Show. We are sure that the Super Lumis will become the new benchmark for three-chip DLP-based high-end home cinema projectors in the major markets around the world, as it has done here in the UK and in the US.”

It was not by chance that the exclusive limited-edition FUORISERIE recently won a 2013 EXC!TE Award from the US-based magazine Technology Integrator, in recognition of products “that stand out for being innovative, high-performing and solutions-oriented for the custom installation professional.”

Since 1999, SIM2 USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Italian projector manufacturer SIM2 Multimedia, has dedicated its efforts and resources to generating opportunities and added value for its exclusively selected US partners by marketing, servicing, and supporting the best products the professional and CI projection markets have to offer.

SIM2 Multimedia is a worldwide leading manufacturer of top class/high end custom digital video projection systems, and a primary supplier of high-performance large-screen systems used in control rooms and simulation environments. Over the years, SIM2, with its Italian-developed and -made display devices, has gained a reputation for meeting and often exceeding the industry’s demand for new, emerging technologies and business models, offering unparalleled performance, customer support, and passion. Made in Italy by SIM2 is not only branding, it is also a prestigious mark of excellence!

SIM2 Multimedia’s marketing support and programs are global, with a direct presence in Italy (headquarters), the USA, the UK, and China (sister companies), and in over 60 countries worldwide through partnerships with qualified distributors.

CS&A APPOINTED AS SYMETRIX MANUFACTURER’S REP IN MID-ATLANTIC AND NEW ENGLAND REGIONS – EXPANDING CS&A’s COVERAGE TO ENTIRE NORTHEAST

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 2013: Symetrix, manufacturer of professional DSP products and accessories, announces the appointment of East Coast-based Cardone & Solomon & Associates (CS&A) as their rep in the critical Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

Founded in 1997, CS&A focuses on audio, video, and information technologies for clients in the corporate, higher education, finance, legal, and Fortune 50 and 500 markets, as well as for houses of worship and live sound. With offices in metropolitan New York City, upstate New York, eastern Pennsylvania, Baltimore, and Boston, CS&A will represent Symetrix from Maine to Virginia.

CS&A will promote the entire Symetrix line of digital signal processors and control devices, including SymNet Edge, Radius, and Radius AEC Dante network audio processors. In addition to the Symetrix digital signal processing devices, CS&A’s customers will also benefit from the family of user interfaces including the modular ARC volume controllers and source selectors and the ARC-WEB browser based control interface for smart phones and other Internet-connected devices.

Noted Craig Richardson, VP of Global Sales for Symetrix, “We’re very excited to expand our relationship with Cardone & Solomon & Associates into our New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Through this appointment, Symetrix will be leveraging some of the best technical sales talent in the industry, improving our sales coverage, more consistently communicating with our partners, and supporting our continued growth in our audio and audio conferencing product lines. When you have a sales team like CS&A that is performing so well it is natural to expand their territory.”

“Symetrix has an enduring reputation for building quality equipment and backing it with phenomenal support,” said Mike Solomon, who, together with John Cardone, founded and continues to head CS&A. “Symetrix has positioned itself for growth, and its commitment of resources to that goal really impressed us.” Added Cardone, “We’re aiming to build the Symetrix brand in the A/V space and to return feedback from our integrators, consultants, and end users that will continue to allow Symetrix to stay ahead of the curve. Our expertise and connections in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions will give a real boost to Symetrix.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

RCS Rack System Saves Time And Money With Pre-Configured Options

Fairfield, NJ––The new Residential Configured Rack System (RCS) from Middle Atlantic Products ships fully assembled with pre-installed accessories to facilitate installations while offering substantial savings in time and money.

A smart, cost-effective option for residential installers, RCS Series racks ship with pre-installed shelves, fans, a locking reversible glass door, locking removable side and rear access panels, and locking swivel casters and leveling feet for greater integration flexibility.

Built on a professional rackmount foundation of fully welded-steel construction (UL Listed), RCS Series racks accept both professional rackmount and consumer shelf-mounted components.

Two integral 95 CFM active cooling fans ensure proper thermal management while locking removable sides and locking rear access panels provide faster, easier integration with greater security. RCS racks also include a front and rear adjustable rack rail along with a cable management grommet and pre-installed blank panels.

For technical specifications and in-depth information about Middle Atlantic Products, click to www.middleatlantic.com or call 1.800.266.7225.

Middle Atlantic Products has been part of the Legrand group since its acquisition in 2011.

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $5.8 billion in 2012. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.us

IDEAL ACOUSTICAL ENVIRONMENT MEETS 48-CHANNEL API 1608 AT STRANGE WEATHER STUDIOS

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: With an API 1608 console, a jaw-dropping collection of analog equipment, and a straight-up rock ‘n roll recording vibe, Brooklyn’s Strange Weather studio is growing at an incredible rate. A move to a larger space with custom acoustical design by Wes Lachot of Wes Lachot Design is destined to help Strange Weather thrive in the years and decades to come.

In addition to Lachot’s accurate acoustic design and owner Marc Alan Goodman’s ever-growing collection of gear and his valued partner Daniel Schlett, the new space benefits from an expanded API 1608 analog console with 48 fully-automated channels and 24 expansion slots for API 500 Series modules. But beyond the particulars, the studio’s greatest strength derives from the cohesion of its acoustical, electrical, and creative environments.

Lachot takes a broad and balanced perspective to studio design and recognizes that a lot of what makes Strange Weather successful is out of his hands. “The most important component of a successful recording studio is the talent, and Marc is at the hub of a vibrant creative community,” he said. “They have the songs, the instruments, and the performances that have the potential to become enduring recordings. After the talent, the acoustics are most important. That’s coming from an acoustic designer of course, but if the acoustics aren’t there, then the musicians don’t feel right and the performance suffers. The accuracy of the acoustics on both sides of the glass also impact how well a performance is captured and how well it translates. After the acoustics, the console is the next critical component because everything will travel through it multiple times.”

Goodman acquired Strange Weather’s original API 1608 in 2008. “The idea of having something new and reliable with an honest vintage sound was very appealing,” he said. “I love the simplicity of the API 1608. It has eight aux’s, eight busses, and no crazy routing. Unlike everything else that’s being made today, it’s not overbuilt. And of course the sound is very attractive, especially to our mostly rock-based clientele.”

Lachot regularly recommends API consoles to his clients. “Our rooms are very quiet and very accurate,” he said. “When we’re finally done and we fire up the tunes, the quality of the console is obvious. And if the quality of the console isn’t there, it can be a brutal realization. API’s all-discrete analog consoles have a hugeness, clarity, and depth that’s unbeatable. And the people at API are great to work with. They stand behind their products.”

Because the API 1608 is expandable, Goodman was able to grow his console to its current 48 channel form, and even included an additional bucket to accommodate 16 additional 500-Series slots. “If anyone can fill those slots up fast, it’s Marc,” Lachot joked.

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

Atlona(R) Racks up Awards at CEDIA EXPO 2013

Brings Home Two EXC!TE Awards for Matrix Switcher and Wall Plate Extender, Named Finalist for Manufacturers’ Excellence Award

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Oct. 2, 2013 — Atlona(R), a leading digital AV distribution manufacturer, today announced that the company has won two EXC!TE Awards from Technology Integrator for its AT-PRO3HD66M matrix switcher and AT-HDWP-RSNET HDBaseT(TM) wall plate extender. The AT-PRO3HD66M was also named a finalist for a CEDIA Electronic Lifestyles(R) Award within the Manufacturers’ Excellence category. more

D-TOOLS SELECTS DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS

CONCORD, CA and DENVER, CO (CEDIA EXPO Booth #922) – September 27, 2013

D-Tools, Inc., the worldwide leader in system integration software, today announced that the 2013 D-Tools Design Awards winners have been selected. Sponsored by MVP Program partners Vaddio, Anthony Gallo Acoustics, Atlona, Zektor, Vidabox, and Core Brands, the contest categories included Best Residential, Best Commercial, Most Unique, and Best Overall.

Selected from a diverse group of D-Tools users, the winning entries were chosen by a group comprised of D-Tools product team members and select certified partners and were judged on a number of criteria, including originality, depth and breadth of D-Tools’ software usage, overall system design, and demonstrated proficiency with the platform. An awards ceremony announcing the winners will be held during CEDIA EXPO 2013 in D-Tools booth #922 on Friday, September 27th at 3:00pm.

“The D-Tools Design Awards are designed to seek out and celebrate the industry’s top system designers that are utilizing our platform to reach great heights,” said Adam Stone, President and Founder of D-Tools. “The entries we received were not only impressive but insanely creative. I’m proud, honestly, to see how far the winning designs have come over the years.”

Winning submissions were awarded prizes from the contest sponsors and D-Tools Manufacturer Vantage Point (MVP) partners.

2013 D-Tools Design Awards Winners & Finalists

  • Best Commercial:

Atea AS – Rica Hall – Submitted by Christian Brondo

Project overview: Conference hotel /conference hall AV system upgrade to expand system’s use for traditional conferences, events, concerts and performances.

Quote: “With the precision and power of D-Tools SIX, we were able to be very precise in all purchases as well as keeping both in-house and hired technicians on the same page throughout the whole process. In 4 weeks, we delivered 640 man-hours and a finished install.”

  • Honorable Mention Commercial:

CRC Audio Video – Bainbridge Island Museum of Art – Submitted by Jay Nichols

Project overview: Museum project incorporating a live venue (auditorium) with multiple microphones, monitors and digital surround sound, a classroom that can be divided into two separate rooms, a conference room and 12 other audio/video zones.

Quote: “Without D-Tools I would not have been able to determine and show to the customer the deficiencies in their existing design let alone create a new one that took care of all of their needs (including the ones they didn’t know they needed).”

  • Best Residential:

It’s done! Technology – New Wave House – Submitted by Ryan Ovens

Project overview: A four-story renovation in Hampstead, London that was fitted with a Savant system incorporating Audio and Video distribution, CCTV and HVAC integration.

Quote: “By using D-Tools alongside Visio, it was possible to accurately design and plan a method for dressing cables into the system in the correct order, with the correct labels. Multiple custom reports were designed to aide with both the design and management process. Overall, the client has expressed her delight at working with us as her favourite sub-contractor. Although she was not aware, this was all made easy due to D-Tools’ design and management.”

  • 2nd Place Residential:

Hausba Smarthomes Limited – Thompson Project – Submitted by Toochukwu Onyemelukwe

Project overview: High-end home automation system with access and security plus Audio/Video distribution for nine rooms, three living rooms, a dedicated home cinema, two outdoor suspended pools and a roof garden with a total of 109 speakers on the project.

Quote: “D-tools has allowed us maintain a professional design and project management approach which has been a critical success factor to this ongoing project. I can’t imagine dealing with such an enormous amount of data using traditional methods without D-tools.”

  • Honorable Mention Residential:

Keith Jones Design – European Residential Tower – Submitted by Keith Jones

Project overview: AV, control and private cinema for the communal floors of one of Europe’s tallest residential buildings.

  • Most Unique:

Service Tech AV – Single-Mast Sail Boat M5 – Submitted by Tim McKelvey

Project overview: Audio/Video design for the world’s largest single-mast sailboat M5, formerly known as Mirabella V

  • Honorable Mention Most Unique:

Encore Custom A/V/Firefly Creative – Bahamas Project – Submitted by James Fredrick

Project overview: Consulting, design documentation and installation of a project in the Bahamas.

  • Best Overall:

Media Connections – MKSPK – Submitted by Duane Smith

Project overview: Design and install nine interactive Smart Conference Rooms with wiring outsourced to the local NYC union

More than 4,400 companies worldwide use D-Tools Systems Integrator Software to streamline the estimation, design, and project management processes associated with the installation and integration of low voltage systems. Those interested in learning more about D-Tools are encouraged to visit www.d-tools.com, e-mail mvp@d-tools.com, or call 1-866-386-6571 ext. 1 for more information.

About D-Tools, Inc.

D-Tools, founded in 1998 and based in Concord, California, is a worldwide leader in accessible, highly accurate system design and documentation software. The company’s flagship product, System Integrator™ (SI), is a total design solution that utilizes Autodesk® AutoCAD and Microsoft® Visio for comprehensive system design, documentation and project management. D-Tools SI allows residential and commercial integrators to streamline their business processes to increase overall revenues while reducing the time and costs associated with the installation and integration of low-voltage systems. Over 4,400 leading companies use D-Tools software to reduce time and costs and streamline the system integration process. D-Tools is a three time recipient of the Consumer Electronics Association Mark of Excellence Award, multiple recipient Custom Retailer/Technology Integrator Excite Award (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013), and Commercial Integrator BEST Award (2011, 2013), plus the Multi-Room Audio Video Awards for Best Installation Aid, National Systems Contractors Association, Sound and Video Contractor Innovations in Technology for Business Productivity Award and CE Pro High Impact Award for Design Software.

More information about D-Tools can be obtained by calling (866) 386-6571, e-mailing info@d-tools.com, or visiting www.d-tools.com. Follow D-Tools on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DTools and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/beatool.

D-Tools Press Contacts: 

Tim Bigoness

D-Tools, Inc.

(925) 270-4102

timb@d-tools.com

www.d-tools.com

Katye (McGregor) Bennett

KMB Communications

(425) 328-8640

katye@kmbcomm.com

www.kmbcomm.com

 

 

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Christie and Display Development Partner at CEDIA Expo 2013

Christie® and Display Development are partnering at CEDIA Expo 2013, taking place September 26-28 in Denver. The show’s theme: “Evolving Technologies in the Integrated Home” will highlight the executable tools and the right type of focused resources to help users adapt and evolve their business and own the network and the home.

Christie M Series Projector


Among the systems at Display Development’s booth # 3812 are various projection displays, as well as high definition flat panel solutions that can be installed both in-ceiling, in-wall, and out-of-doors, even in harsh environments.

Featured solutions include the Christie M Series 3-chip DLP® projectors and the Christie FHD551-W outdoor flat panel, a weather-resistant display with optically-bonded glass that allows for countless signage possibilities both indoors and outdoors. The Christie FHD551-X 55-inch high definition flat panel with ultra-narrow bezels for a near-seamless display and the optional Corning® Gorilla® Glass will also be a highlight.

Combining unparalleled image quality with a low cost of ownership, the versatile Christie M Series of 3-chip DLP® projectors delivers exceptional results in numerous applications. Available with WXGA, SX+, HD and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution while providing up to 10,000:1 contrast ratio, the industry-leading and dependable Christie M Series also feature Christie Twist, which enables edge-blending and warping.

Rugged and versatile, the 55-inch Christie WeatherAll FHD551-W, a professional grade full HD (1920 x 1080 resolution) solution, is designed to perform in a wide range of applications including outdoor sporting venues, outdoor live events, theme parks, wayfinding, resorts, transportation, and other outdoor environments not typically applicable with standard LCD panels.

Ideal for a variety of large-format, tiled display wall applications, the Christie® FHD551-X is a professional grade LCD flat panel with full HD resolution, an ultra-narrow bezel and an energy-efficient LED backlight.

The partnership also includes the Christie CP4230 DLP® Digital Cinema® projector. Fully DCI compliant, the Christie CP4200 platform is the only 4K DLP® solution able to provide the world’s most brilliant 3D images, the highest level of content security, and the easiest adaptability, operation and maintenance.

“Display Development is recognized for its striking and architecturally elegant solutions to residential display systems that exceed the expectations of even the most discerning clients,” said Bryan Boehme, senior sales manager, Christie. “Christie is pleased to provide its award-winning digital projectors and flat-panels to help expand Display Development’s offering with a new series of superior visual displays that combine the company’s technical and design expertise with the power and performance of Christie digital solutions.”

Christie technology will also be at the Stewart Filmscreen booth with a Christie D4K2560 on display while the show’s Digital Cinema demonstration area features the Christie CP4230.

MEXICAN STADIUM – JUÁREZ VIVE – COMES ALIVE WITH DANLEY

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO – SEPTEMBER 2013: Located in the US border city of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, the recently-completed Juárez Vive is a stunning sports stadium and a proud symbol of the recently-embattled city’s rejuvenation. Indeed, the bold, exposed angles of its support structure give one the impression that the stadium is rising into the air. When the baseball season got underway in April, the newly-completed stadium accommodated 12,000 fans for a thoroughly-modern game-day experience. An important component of that experience is now a highly-intelligible, pleasantly-musical sound reinforcement delivered by Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, with support from Ashly amplifiers and Symetrix processing. The Mexican government had great expectations for the sound system’s performance, and the Clarity Incorporated-design not only exceeded those expectations, it did so on the narrowest of budgets.

Ciudad Juárez’ strategic location in the context of Mexico’s drug wars threatened to smother the rich cultural life of its 1.3 million people, but things have turned around in recent years and the city is regaining its footing. The new stadium thus bears a level of personal investment from city and government officials that have influenced its design and construction. “The Governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte Jáquez, toured the construction site frequently to track and encourage the progress,” explained Rich Mason, president of North-Carolina-based Clarity Incorporated. “Our charge was to deliver ‘sound that was befitting the best of Mexico.’ They expected us to jump a very high bar.” The construction company, Afirma, only involved Clarity Incorporated after first determining that the original sound system designer wouldn’t be able to deliver that kind of performance on budget. As a result, Clarity Incorporated started the design three months late and operated on an emergency schedule.

Bill Weir, Clarity Incorporated’s director of technology designed the system with assistance from Ivan Beaver, Danley Sound Labs’ chief engineer. A small crew from Clarity Incorporated spent three weeks on site to assist Afirma with the installation. “This is a value-engineered system,” asserted Weir. “Occasionally, you get a big-budget project in which issues can be overcome simply by throwing money at them. You don’t have to give them a lot of thought. But in this day and age, and especially for a government client, money is tight and you have to carefully balance the tradeoffs inherent in any decision, but in such a way that no one feels that it’s a compromise. That’s a value-engineered system.”

Loudspeaker and subwoofer placement at the new stadium looks deceptively simple. Nineteen Danley SM-80 full-range loudspeakers ring the lip of the roof that covers the stands, and every other SM-80 is joined by a Danley TH-118 subwoofer. “We’ve been huge fans of Danley from the very first moment we heard their loudspeakers,” said Mason. “Their phase coherence and pattern control are unrivaled, and they present the most natural sound stage I’ve ever heard short of studio monitors.” Weir, a loudspeaker designer himself, originally drew up the plans with a Danley SH-69 and a Danley SM-96 at each location. “I was able to quite nearly create an equilateral triangle between the slant of the seats and the point at which the loudspeakers would hang,” he said. “I wasn’t aware of the new SM-80, and so the SH-69 and SM-96 would combine to give me the appropriate coverage. Ivan realized the SM-80 would be as effective, but at a fraction of the cost, and suggested them as a replacement. I’ve worked with him enough to trust his recommendation on an unproven product. Sure enough, he was right. I’m blown away by the SM-80.”

Weir observed that subwoofers are often omitted from stadium designs. “With conventional subs, it’s hard to retain low end definition or clarity in a stadium situation,” he said. “It’s just mud. In contrast, Danley’s tapped-horn subwoofers have vastly lower group delay and a very definite focus that you can’t get from conventional designs. Put another way, it doesn’t matter how loud or low something goes, it’s the manner in which it does so that matters. And Tom Danley’s bass is not only loud and low, it’s musical and defined.” The stadium’s roof and appropriate spacing also contribute to exceptional low frequency definition.

Heil microphones and a handful of other input sources feed a 16-channel Yamaha LS9 console, which in turn feeds a Symetrix 8×8 DSP with a Symetrix BreakOut 12 for additional outputs. “Given the circumstances, we didn’t have a lot of design cycle time on this job,” said Weir. “And as well as one might plan things out, the system requirements are likely to change on site. Symetrix has a reputation for building solid algorithms that are supported by well-designed analog circuitry. Its flexible open-architecture topology allowed me to perfectly tune the system functionality while I was in Juárez.”

Nine Ashly pe3800 and four Ashly ne2400 amplifiers power the system. All of the Ashly amplifiers are networked to allow Ethernet control from a central location. “Ashly is another company that puts sound and reliability first,” said Weir. “Their network amps are a great example of appropriate functionality. They sound great and maintain a robust low end even with a lot of speaker cable. Of course, that kind of sound quality is paramount. Beyond that, the network capabilities meet the client’s needs without adding any costly – but ultimately unnecessary – bells and whistles.”

He continued, “Clarity has no obligations to any manufacturer. I can use whatever I want in my designs. Given the design expectations and constraints at Juárez Vive, I’m certain that this is the only combination of gear that would have succeeded. It’s a very unique synergy, and I’ve never heard a better system for anything less than five times the price. From the client’s perspective, it’s simple: they have a far better audio system than even dared imagine possible, and they stayed on budget.”

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

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