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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.

BEHIND THE SCENES, MONTRÉAL’S NEW CONCERT HALL RUNS ON SYMETRIX DSP

MONTRÉAL, CANADA – DECEMBER 2011: After long enduring a substandard concert hall, the Montréal Symphony Orchestra was recently blessed with the La Maison Symphonique de Montréal. Built to exacting acoustical standards by Tateo Nakajima of Artec Consultants, La Maison will host a wide range of musical and theatrical performances. While most of the publicity surrounding the building’s opening is justifiably centered on the stunning, state-of-the-art acoustical experience that awaits its patrons, La Maison is just as sophisticated behind the scenes. Indeed, Artec Consultants designed a comprehensive, yet intuitive paging system that will ensure that the production quality of the events at La Maison will meet the highest expectations. Philippe Beaudoin of Montréal-based A/V integrator Solotech programmed and installed the Symetrix SymNet-based signal processing and interface technology that makes the powerful and elegant paging system possible.

Six zones comprise the paging system. The lobby zone conveys pages for patrons, typically before performances and during intermission and retransmits the audio captured within the hall for late arrivers. [Basically, there's a camera that captures the video and sends to displays on all 3 levels of the lobby and a microphone gets the audio and sends to the paging system] Based on their physical layout and intended usage, there are two separate dressing room zones. The stage manager’s booth, the recordist’s booth, the house audio mixer, the follow spot operators and the lighting board op, get their own zone. The venue managers’ offices get their own separate zone. The final zone patches through the main audio mixer into the house sound system. Over three-hundred McBride 820CXB paging loudspeakers powered by two QSC CX-204V and two QSC-1202 amplifiers deliver the paging system’s output.

The linchpin of La Maison’s paging system is the Symetrix ARC-SW4 and ARC-XLR, a pair of wall panel remotes with integrator-programmable push buttons and an XLR jack. Room managers and stage managers have their own Symetrix ARC-SW4 and ARC-XLR to handle outgoing pages, and each one is configured the same way. Two mobile racks can be plugged and patched from different areas of the venue for temporary needs of traveling productions and events. Of its eight buttons, six are labeled by zone. To deliver a page, the user pushes a button for each of the zones that he or she wants to include. Then a push-to-talk button, combined with a Shure 527B microphone, executes the page. Additional features include a push-button chime, which calls patrons to the hall prior to a performance or after an intermission, and a volume control override button. Although it may find other uses, the volume override button’s intended purpose is to deliver urgent messages, such as when a musician or the conductor needs to be called from the dressing room to the stage.

An open-architecture Symetrix SymNet 8×8 DSP, supplemented by a Symetrix Control I/O, sits in the middle of the system. It ably handles the complex routing required of the system, along with all of the frequency and dynamics processing nuances that make the pages not only functional, but also pleasant. “Symetrix delivered on two essential features that make the paging system at La Maison comprehensive, easy-to-use, and cost-effective,” said Beaudoin. “First, it has a wealth of flexible logic modules, which meant that I could design the system to hang together robustly. Second, the ARC remotes convey logic controls and audio on a single Cat5 cable with very liberal distance restrictions. That made the physical installation as easy as it could possibly be.”

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.

ASHLY KLR-5000 AMPS POWER LSU’S PETE MARAVICH ASSEMBLY CENTER

BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – DECEMBER 2011: Although the Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) in Baton Rouge served as the United State’s largest ever triage center and field hospital during the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, the 13,500-seat arena is better known as the venue to watch Louisiana State University Tigers basketball. Built in the early 1970s, the PMAC’s original sound system was cutting-edge for its time, but a botched renovation in the mid-1980s left the PMAC sonically lacking… for decades. Although inspired by the Tiger’s roaring fans, the PMAC’s nickname, “The Deaf Dome,” was an apt, if less flattering, descriptor of that sound system. To provide the team and its fans with a spark of inspiration, an anonymous donor provided the funds for a first-rate, modern sound reinforcement system. Tim Landry, principal of audio integrator Tim Landry Sound Construction (Mandeville, LA), provided the donor with a system design centered on thirty-four Ashly Audio KLR-5000 amplifiers, Ashly Audio processing, and Sound Bridge loudspeakers.

“The sound system that went in during the 1980s was a terrible design executed terribly,” observed the characteristically candid Landry. “For example, the original design called for five speakers each in four separate horizontal arrays. For reasons unknown, the installers changed it and put two speakers on top and three on the bottom of each array. It changed the entire nature of the system. Tilting of the clusters disastrously affected the outer speakers. Beyond that, the boxes were arranged in ways that the manufacturer never intended, which led to bizarre frequency interactions. As a result, some seats were covered poorly and some seats were not covered at all.” A system of physical relays meant to facilitate scene changes for different types of events went south quickly. “You could just tap the thing and amps would blink on and off,” complained Landry, who, prior to the renovation, helped maintain the crippled system with jumper wires (literally) and bubble gum (figuratively).

In recent years, the school raised funds to upgrade several aspects of the aging PMAC facility. It replaced the seating and ceiling. It installed a new efficient HVAC system. The school even installed a brilliant new Daktronics scoreboard. “It was time to get some excitement into the building,” said Landry. “And the sound system was the obvious fix. Fortunately, a generous and well-to-do LSU alum donated the money to do it.” The donor’s only request? Install a sound system to beat all sound systems! To meet that request, Landry rented several loudspeaker systems anonymously and evaluated their performance in the PMAC. The clear winner was Sound Bridge.

Landry drew up the original plans with a well-known, but pricey amplifier manufacturer in mind. “But then I spoke to Ashly,” he recalled. “I have a lot of respect for Ashly’s gear and the people behind it because in all the years I’ve been installing Ashly amps and processors, the only units that ever failed went underwater during Katrina. Even still, two of those units came back to life and are working to this day! Anyway, Ashly said the new KLR-5000s amplifiers would be coming on line, and they seemed perfect for the job.” Landry ordered thirty-five of the new amplifiers, thirty-four for the system and one for backup. “On system critical installations, I always include a backup unit,” he said. “But when Ashly is involved, I have yet to need it!”

For processing, Landry turned to the Ashly ne24.24M. Two units provide all of the processing for the PMAC. “There are two modes,” he said. “One for the student operators that contains some limiting to prevent them from blowing anyone’s eardrums out and a second, more liberal setting. We called it ‘Terrance Turbo Mode’ in honor of the system’s primary operator. Terrance has a key that effectively removes that limiting and gives him full access to the full 165,000 watts of power surging through the KLR-5000s. Terrance is very pleased.” In addition, the ne24.24Ms replace the old physical relays that caused so many problems. Now the operators can select which clusters play via the software.

The logistics of the installation were particularly demanding because LSU books the PMAC with an event almost every day. “We definitely had to work around their schedule and not the other way around,” said Landry. “I admit I was a bit nervous about receiving serial numbers one through thirty-five on the KLR-5000s, but, as I said, I’ve come to trust the folks at Ashly. They really came through and made sure we had the units when we needed them – it would have been a bloodbath if they hadn’t. And the amps worked flawlessly from day one and continue to do so.”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

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SYMETRIX ANNOUNCES 2011 INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTOR AND REP AWARD WINNERS

(Pictured from left to right) Hock Thang and Paul Roberts of Symetrix, Jun Zhu and Alan Ho from Sanecore Audio Ltd.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – DECEMBER 2011: Symetrix announced its international distributor and sales representative award winners for fiscal year 2011. UK-based World Marketing Associates earned International Rep of the Year for the tremendous strides it made in introducing Symetrix’ innovative solutions to a broad range of industry professionals in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Norway-based Fotophono earned Symetrix’ Distributor of the Year Award in Europe. For the second consecutive year, China-based Sanecore Audio Ltd. in the Asia-Pacific region and Canada-based SF Marketing in the Americas earned International Distributor of the Year Awards.

“We’re doing everything we can to build DSP solutions for a wide range of applications,” said Paul Roberts, director of sales and marketing for Symetrix. “But all of our efforts are for naught if our products don’t find their way into the hands of industry professionals. Therefore, we are grateful for the efforts and successes of our reps and international distributors as exemplified by World Marketing Associates, Fotophono, Sanecore, and SF Marketing and are excited for 2012.”

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.

CLAIR GLOBAL INTRODUCES THE CF 1090 FRACTAL ANTENNA

cf1090_fractalantenna.JPGLITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA – DECEMBER 2011: Clair Global is introducing the CF 1090 Fractal Antenna for live entertainment applications worldwide. The creation of the CF 1090 is a study in guided serendipity.

In the summer of 2010, Clair Global acquired Wireless First. Both the company’s founder, Kevin Sanford and his chief engineer Josh Flower had been working on a new wireless antenna in their shop for several years. Now, as part of the Clair team, they moved quickly to take advantage of Clair’s innovative spirit and talented staff. The final stroke of genius was the inclusion of Dr. Nathan Cohen, whose decades of experience as founder of Fractal Antenna Systems Inc. make him one of the world’s foremost experts on the technology at the CF 1090′s heart. Using fractal technologies, whereby self-similar scaling of antenna elements both reduces housing size and increases frequency range, more

SYMETRIX SYMNET WITH SYMVUE CONTROL TECHNOLOGY HELPS HYATT REGENCY CALGARY KEEP IT SIMPLE

CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA – NOVEMBER 2011: The Hyatt Regency Calgary is one of the finest hotels in the Canadian city for which it is named and, as such, hosts a tremendous volume of extravagant and top-drawer affairs. The hotel’s nine combinable ballrooms and six combinable meeting rooms are constantly in use for business meetings, weddings, and other events. However, until recently, the Hyatt’s management and staff struggled to control the audio system that delivered sound reinforcement to those spaces. It had been a challenge from day one and only became more frustrating as time passed. While in the process of undergoing a seven million dollar renovation to the ballrooms and meeting rooms, hotel management made the decision that it was also time for a major change in regards to the sound and video systems. Hyatt management asked Calgary’s DBI Systems Integration to design and install the new systems. Using Symetrix SymNet DSP technology, Symetrix SymVue user interface technology, and Symetrix ARC-SWK wall panel remotes, DBI Systems Integration provided an audio system that was simultaneously comprehensive enough to allow infinitely flexible use of the event spaces but simple enough to be controlled even by non-technical staff.

“The old system was first-generation digital technology, with one manufacturer for the DSP and one manufacturer for the user control,” said Jerry Van Dyke, owner of DBI Systems Integration. “The interfacing between the sets of technology was very cumbersome and unreliable at best and the hotel had spent a small fortune just keeping it limping along since its original installation by another company.” Our goal was to give them everything that was so obviously lacking in the old system. The systems would have to be simple to operate, flexible, and reliable while still being powerful enough to handle the complex tasks required.”

A significant component of the design solution was to avoid involving two manufacturers, as had been done previously. “Even today, equipment from different manufacturers doesn’t always integrate as seamlessly as it should,” he said. “Often when a problem does arise, each manufacturer will claim that it is the other company’s fault. There have been instances where each company washes its hands of the problem, and you’re left in the middle with an unhappy client. I was impressed with Symetrix’ significant strengths in both the processing and the interface sides. Based on past experience I knew that if I ran into any trouble, Symetrix would be there to help us solve any issues!”

Van Dyke called on three Symetrix SymNet Express 8×8 CobraNet devices to provide the appropriate input/output count with powerful open-architecture processing to customize the routing logic for the Hyatt Regency Calgary. The three units gather inputs from the nine ballroom sections, the six meeting rooms, and four divisible sections of a grand foyer and allow them to be routed anywhere. On average there is one to two inputs in each zone with some zones having up to three inputs with some inputs being summed. To keep it simple, a 15-inch touch screen computer was employed and they overlaid a schematic of the rooms with buttons that allow them to be easily combined or decoupled via the Symetrix SymVue interface technology. “Via the touch panel they just press the rooms they want to combine and those rooms change to a common color to indicate that they are combined,” he said. “They can un-combine them in the same way, or press a reset button to start fresh.” There’s one page for the ballrooms and foyer and another page for the meeting rooms.

In addition, Symetrix ARC-SWK remote wall panels provide each room with local control of input sources and master volume. When rooms are combined, their ARC-SWKs become redundant. A combination CD-player/iPod-player back at the control room provides common background music that each room can tap if needed. “The routing logic and processing at the Hyatt Regency Calgary is actually tremendously complex,” said Van Dyke. “But with Symetrix’ well thought-out interface technologies, we were able to keep all of that under the hood and hidden from view. The controls that we have designated as presets are so intuitive that truly, anyone can figure them out with an absolute minimum of training.”

Two-hundred-watt AMK twelve-inch coaxial ceiling speakers went in with the old sound system, and Van Dyke was happy to tell the hotel that they could be utilized in the new sound system. “Those speakers are very good quality, but the previous installer had tapped them at 30-watts and then used 100-watt amps to power groups of three,” he said. “It was like running a race car on a 40-mph governor when you consider the problem of getting high SPL to the floor cleanly when the Hyatt’s ballroom ceilings are twenty-two feet high.” “The Hyatt often has events where a significant level of SPL is required and we wanted to be sure that this would no longer be a problem for them to achieve.” To give the Hyatt the performance of “new” loudspeakers for a song, he added five 4-channel QSC CX204V and six 2-channel QSC CX302V amplifiers. He added 200-watt transformers to each loudspeaker and then tapped them at a much more generous 100-watts with there being an option to tap them higher if it was required “Even if I ignore the contribution of the new processing, it’s an obvious and drastic improvement to the overall system sound,” said Van Dyke. “Whereas before the Hyatt would suggest that clients bring in their own rented sound system for music-heavy events, the newly-adjusted ceiling speakers sound so good that they often don’t need to.”

“It’s easy to focus on Symetrix’ sophisticated user control, but the sound quality is top-notch as well. Symetrix started in the broadcast and recording markets, where sound quality is a really big component of what matters. That legacy helps to make Symetrix processors sound fantastic,” Van Dyke concluded.

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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.

STACKED WITH TECHNOLOGY. CALIFORNIA’S STACKED RESTAURANTS FEATURES IPADS AT THE TABLES AND ASHLY NE8250PE AMPLIFIER/DSP BEHIND THE TUNES

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 2011: Remember the on-board food ordering systems aboard the starships in the (pick your favorite) Star Trek series? After a long day battling deadly aliens, navigating thorny philosophical predicaments, and contextualizing the human experience, Captain (pick your favorite) would select a meal on a TV screen mounted on the wall and, moments later, food would be either delivered via high-tech dumb waiter or fabricated on the spot from raw chemical constituents. Well, now thanks to the iPad(r) and the visionary team behind Stacked, you too can order your food on a screen (deadly aliens, etc. optional). With an iPad at every table and an addictive app that allows customers to visually build their ideal burgers, pizzas, salads, and desserts, Stacked offers a glimpse into the future. And because everything about the California-based chain needs to live up to our hopeful expectations about that future, A/V integrator No Static Pro Audio Inc. (Burbank, California) delivered hi-fi sound to all three existing locations using eight-channel Ashly Audio ne8250pe amplifiers with onboard DSP and out-of-the-box network-ready integration.

From the customer’s perspective, the iPad ordering system is transparent and easy to navigate. For example, the hamburger builder allows the user to drag tomatoes, lettuce, mushrooms, etc. from one side of the screen to a virtual burger on the other side of the screen. When they’re finished, they hit “send to kitchen” and a sophisticated triangulation system determines the table of origin and then communicates the order to the cooks. When they’re finished, customers have the option of using the built-in credit card readers to pay for their meal with the iPad. “I think it’s worth pointing out that the food is really, really good,” asserted Eugene Gordon, CEO of No Static Pro Audio Inc. “The technology will get people in the door once, but the quality of every other aspect of their experience will keep them coming back.”

Music is a high priority at Stacked. Chief information officer Brian Pearson is passionate about selecting upbeat tunes from across a range of contemporary genres. The songs reside on a gigantic MegaSeg repository from which a week of back-to-back songs will never repeat – and never let the carefully molded Stacked brand topple. No Static Pro Audio Inc. came to the project on a recommendation from another contractor already involved in the creation of the restaurants, and the pairing couldn’t have worked out better. “It’s fun working with Brian,” Gordon said. “He’s knowledgeable and excited about new technology and great sound.” To tie the Stacked music experience into the Stacked iPad experience, Gordon worked out a little app that allows patrons to review the last five songs that played, right from the table’s iPad.

The sound system Gordon designed for Stacked is both high-performance and cost-effective. Eight-ohm ElectroVoice ZX1-90 full-range loudspeakers provide audio throughout the establishment and JBL SRX718S 18-inch subwoofers kick up the kicks around the bar and dining area. An Ashly ne8250pe paired with an Ashly WR-5 wall-mount remote control comprise the rest of the audio system. The ne8250pe delivers eight channels at 250 watts per channel into 4 ohms (and since Gordon ran two 8-ohm loudspeakers per channel, that’s what they deliver). Moreover, the ne8250 has onboard Protea(tm) DSP and network integration – all in a single unit that is only two rack-spaces high.

Gordon reduced the cost of the project by turning to the Ashly model ne8250pe for the sound system amplification, matrix mixing, control and digital processing. The on-board 8-in x 8-out Protea(tm) DSP processor and matrix mixer provides overall equalization for the system, loudspeaker alignment & delay, and matrix mixing to allow, for instance, satellite TV audio for the bar and, at the same time, background music everywhere else. It also provides auto-leveling and brick-wall limiting. The programmable Ashly WR-5 allows Stacked staff to change volume separately in each zone. In addition, it allows them to select the MegaSeg playlist or the satellite TV as the input source for each zone.

“The Ashly ne8250pe is a high-performance, cost-effective, space saving solution for a place like Stacked,” said Gordon. “We were able to tuck the two rack-space unit into the server rack located in the equipment room, which was dominated by the back-end iPad infrastructure. The amp is reliable, great sounding, and powerful – indeed, Stacked has tons of clean headroom. Mostly to offer peace of mind, we employed the ne8250′s network capability so that we could monitor and change its status remotely.”

Be on the lookout for more Stacked locations opening up nationwide. Their plan is to open four to five of the restaurants each year!

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO
With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

www.ashly.com

WRIGHT CONSULTING ASSOCIATES INC. CREATES DESIGN SOLUTIONS USING DANLEY MINI SUBS AND GENESIS HORNS

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – NOVEMBER 2011: Since its formation in 1985 on the burgeoning north side of Indianapolis, Indiana, College Park Church has grown consistently and rapidly. Its early meetings at a local hotel quickly overflowed and inspired a move to a local warehouse where, after a few years of fundraising, College Park set down roots in a new building all its own. But its blessing of growth continued apace, inspiring one, then two, then three Sunday services. Now, decades later, College Park Church is celebrating the completion of a new 4,000-seat sanctuary with raked seating that can accommodate the entire congregation (for now at least!). David Wright, president at Wright Consulting Associates, recommended a subwoofer solution with Danley Sound Labs TH-MINI subwoofers, which are small, (true to their name), tremendously efficient, and truthful (true to their brand). WCA arranged an audition for the church A/V tech team and recommended that subwoofers already designed be replaced with Danley models instead.

College Park Church’s musical style is best described as contemporary, diverse… and big. A live band, a full choir, and an orchestra complement the sermon. Indeed, the services often incorporate dramatic reenactments and prerecorded multimedia support, both of which require full sound reinforcement.

“Originally some soft ideas about ground stacking subwoofers in fairly arbitrary positions along front walls and corners of the room led to inconsistent low end,” said Wright. “Flying subs is always preferred by Wright but structural considerations conspired to nix the idea. The next best idea was to hide subwoofers underneath the center dais.

“But the space underneath the dais kept getting smaller during construction,” Wright continued. “It was an ideal application of the Danley TH-MINI subwoofer, which we had flown successfully in other projects. The TH-MINI is the only subwoofer on the market that could be hidden under the dais and yet still deliver compelling deep bass to 4,000 seats.” Although audio products used in audio systems are important, Wright is quick to point out that they are nothing without proper balancing and commissioning. “That intangible part of the system was done exceptionally well by Acoustic Dimensions, who we originally recommended to Aspen Group, our architect. By cleverly employing delays, listeners anywhere in the sanctuary naturally localize all sounds to the stage, the best part of the design and key to the performance of the system.”

Looking to the future, Wright will again employ eight Danley TH-MINI subwoofers in Indianapolis’ Shortridge High School, an historical location. In a state where basketball is king, (eighteen of the largest high school gyms in the USA are located in Indiana – and it was the inspiration for the movie Hoosiers) the school’s new 4,000-seat gymnasium will be large enough to host large sectional tournaments. Wright and his employees Daniel Farrar and Russ Hoppel carefully modeled the space in EASE and determined that the bass component would be best served by flying two end-firing subwoofer arrays, each lobe aimed at one of two gigantic bleacher sections, to minimize spill from room surfaces.

But the modeling served an acoustics purpose first. “We worked to simultaneously keep the acoustic budget in line even while bringing a six-second reverb down to one-and-a-half seconds,” explained Wright. “We considered a number of full-range solutions and planned to present them to the client as a ‘good, better, best’ option set.” But we were surprised that the “best” option was two Danley Genesis GH-60 horns, one for each bleacher section. Its efficiency and tight pattern control would work in synergy with well placed acoustical treatments to maintain impact and clarity. “The numbers led us to the realization that the Danley solution would be less expensive than the original design. Wright said. “The Genesis Horn coverage and efficiency allowed us to replace nine other boxes with just two Danleys. The reduction in the total loudspeaker cost combined with the reduction in installation labor made the Danley solution the least expensive and also best performing.”

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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