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FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DEPLOYS ALTINEX CONTROL SOLUTIONS

**** Photo: First Presbyterian Church's Altar / Stage Area ****

Baton Rouge, LA – June 2012… A member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Denomination, First Presbyterian Church is one of the area’s best known houses of worship with a storied history that dates back to 1827. As the church has grown, so too has its desire to remain cutting edge and relevant to its congregation. In keeping with this tradition, the church deployed both an impressive AV setup and a remote door locking control system during the past several months. In each case, the underlying technology behind the design and operation of both systems is dependent upon state-of-the-art equipment from Brea, CA-based Altinex. more

Community Loudspeakers Command Sound at West Point’s Johnson Stadium

West Point, NY, June 2012…   Visitors to Johnson Stadium at Doubleday Field in West Point, NY – home to the Army’s Black Knights baseball team – are sure to be impressed by the recent renovations to the historic venue. Located in the heart of this renowned  United States Military campus, the stadium boasts stunning views of the nearby Hudson River and the scenic campus.

The stadium remodeling project, intended to improve the stadium’s technology without altering its architecture, included the installation of a new scoreboard and video display, a state-of-the-art press box, and new stadium-wide sound system.

Thomas DePace, CTS of Advance Sound Company, the Farmingdale-based audio visual consultant that designed and installed the new audio system, explains why he selected Community’s R-Series Loudspeakers for this project.

“West Point is in a unique geographical location on the Hudson River which mixes both salt and fresh water,” says DePace. “That combination can be quite challenging when you’re designing a system that you expect to last for years to come. The Community R-Series speakers are designed to withstand the elements.”

The new system includes Community R.25 and R.5 two-way, full-range, weather-resistant  loudspeakers, black powder coated to coordinate with the Black Knights color scheme. The loudspeakers are pole-mounted approximately 30 feet high using Adaptive Technologies’ Pole Mount Solution. The tight cluster design allows sound to be directed at the baseline stands, backstop and surrounding areas, as well as the field.

“We wanted great intelligibility in close range as well as far range patterns,” DePace explains. “We had to use wider beam patterns because the concessions, ticket booths and bullpens are located outside of the stadium, and we wanted to ensure people in those areas still feel like they are part of the game.”

The system also includes a Shure SCM800 mixer, with DSP covered by Biamp Nexia and Crown Audio CDI series amplifiers to allow for individualized zone level controls.

“West Point is immensely happy with the result of the installation,” DePace says. “It looks nice and clean, and the power and sound quality is what one would expect when attending a United States Army event.”   

 
 
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ASHLY PROCESSORS AND AMPS A DYNAMIC DUO AT TWIN PEAKS RESTAURANT

twin_peaks_exterior.JPGSCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA: Owing to a successful recipe of “man food,” sports and sexy young waitresses, Twin Peaks Restaurant is one of the nation’s fastest growing chains. Part of its brand concept is to build “the perfect man cave,” which includes high-fidelity sound reinforcement to complement a profusion of screens. Clean Media AV recently helped complete a Twin Peaks Restaurant in its hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. To meet the restaurant’s demanding A/V requirements with an utterly reliable, yet still cost effective system, Clean Media AV designed the system around Ashly Audio network-ready processors and amplifiers.

The new Twin Peaks Restaurant occupies 7,500 square feet, which Clean Media AV subdivided into multiple zones so that volumes and input sources could be finely controlled. Nearly seventy high-definition televisions dot the ceiling and walls, guaranteeing that patrons are well positioned to take in multiple games and events more

A HARBINGER OF THINGS TO COME!ONE DANLEY JERICO HORN COVERS AN ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD

newnan_highschool_jh90.JPGNEWNAN, GEORGIA: In many ways, Newnan High School is a unique place that delivers an award-winning education through the collective dedication and hard work of its individual teachers and students. However, Newnan HS also has a lot in common with other high schools in the area and around the country – a vigorous athletics program that raises school spirit among students and helps to bond neighbors in the larger Newnan community. Recently, the school overhauled its 4,300-seat Drake Stadium, expanding it to accommodate 6,000 fans and replacing its dated sound reinforcement system. Rather than concede to the trade-offs and limitations inherent in traditional stadium reinforcement designs, Newnan opted to install a single Danley Sound Labs Jericho Horn JH-90, which delivers point-source, full-frequency coverage for the entire stadium at a total system cost that was fiercely competitive.

The old system had relied on a distribution of limited fidelity horns. Their multiple sources, combined with echoes, led to what any sound professional would recognize as a serious intelligibility problem. However, because it was like the thousands of sound systems that fill high school stadiums across the nation, most Newnan fans simply shook their heads, acquiesced to garbled announcements, and wrote it off as “typical stadium sound.” With the renovation of Drake Stadium’s seating and press box, the school jumped at the chance to update the sound reinforcement system. While school officials certainly expected some improvement, they did not anticipate just how dramatic that improvement would be.

“They knew that they wanted the new sound reinforcement system located out by the scoreboard just beyond one of the end zones,” said LaDon Findley, principal and chief sound designer at Performa Technologies, the Millbrook, Alabama-based company that installed the new sound reinforcement system for Newnan HS. “The dilemma is that when it gets that far away, there can be a serious reduction in sound pressure level as the signal moves forward in time and space. Southern A&E of Austell, Georgia designed the system to include one Danley Jericho Horn JH-90, which was expressly designed to excel in such situations. Due to some remarkable physics, the JH-90 delivers full-frequency, phase-coherent audio from a single point source with tremendous power.”

Performa Technologies worked with StressCrete to design a custom pole on which to mount the 700-plus pound JH-90 that would safely take it up and over the scoreboard. One DSLP48 processor, four Danley 6.5k amplifiers and one Danley 3.3k amplifier power the massive loudspeaker. Because the distance between the loudspeaker and the control booth is so great, Performa Technologies put evolved and now-cost effective wireless technology to use. A Listen Technologies line-level wireless transmitter conveys signal from the control booth to the equipment rack.

“With just one Danley Jericho Horn JH-90, Newnan High School has received a tremendous upgrade in terms of coverage and intelligibility,” said Jereme Harris, operation manager at Performa Technologies and the person responsible for the installation. “To call the difference between the old system and the new system ‘night and day’ doesn’t even begin to describe it.”

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

LaDon Findley, Performa Technologies, Inc. • ladon@performa-technologies.com, (334) 380-1039
Jason Leatherwood, Southern A&E • jleatherwood@southernae.com, (770) 819-7777

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SYMETRIX JUPITER 8 PROCESSORS SIZZLE AT HAUTE NYC STEAKHOUSE

stk_bistro.JPGNEW YORK, NEW YORK: The STK restaurant concept has opened haute steakhouses in major cities around the country, and now its second Manhattan location occupies the ground floor of the borough’s famed W.R. Grace Building. The newly renovated interior is stunning in its elegance and modernity, and music plays a vital role in STK’s contemporary vibe. Indeed, a custom playlist drawing on classic rock, dance, and everything in between gives way to a live DJ on most evenings, and subwoofers mounted within the seating move patrons to the music, literally. In addition to providing the restaurant’s ever-evolving custom playlist, New York City’s EL Media Group designed and installed STK’s high-powered sound system around two Symetrix Jupiter 8 turnkey processors with Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remotes.

EL Media Group differentiates itself by not only providing high-quality A/V system design and installation, but also by more

SYMETRIX JUPITER AND ARC-WEB PERFORM AT THE COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION

cma_lobby.JPGNASHVILLE, TENNESSEE: Although the Country Music Association is perhaps best known for its annual CMA Awards show, the organization is constantly working to support and promote country music. The CMA’s headquarters in Nashville is a hive of activity and is frequently visited by the genre’s biggest stars and its most promising freshmen. Recently, the CMA decided to convert its atrium into a small-scale performance venue for intimate concerts, parties, and meetings. Morris Light & Sound of Nashville installed its sound reinforcement system, relying on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 processor paired with the Symetrix ARC-WEB Internet-based interface to provide system conditioning and intuitive user control that is accessible from the staffs’ smartphones.

“The idea was that, say, Garth Brooks or some other big name could stop by the CMA and play a small acoustic set as a ‘thank you’ to the staff,” explained John more

Extron Now Shipping HDCP-Compliant HDMI Fiber Optic Extenders

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the FOXBOX HDMI fiber optic transmitter and receiver set for long haul transmission of HDCP-compliant HDMI video, audio, and RS-232 control signals over fiber optic cabling. Engineered for reliability and exceptional high resolution image performance, the fiber optic transmitter and receiver use Extron-exclusive all digital technology to deliver pixel-for-pixel performance with signals up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60. Available in multimode and singlemode models, FOXBOX HDMI products include Key Minder®, EDID Minder®, Auto Input Memory, RS-232 control from multiple locations, internal test patterns, and real-time system monitoring. EDID Minder manages EDID communication and Key Minder supports continuous authentication of HDCP compliance, providing enhanced and simplified integration. Compact, low profile enclosures allow for discreet installation such as behind a flat-panel display. more

D.A.S. AUDIO ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION ARTEC SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

**** Photo: D.A.S. Audio Artec 10A Loudspeaker ****

Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … D.A.S. Audio, recognized globally as a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the most demanding sound reinforcement applications, is pleased to announce the introduction of the second generation Artec series loudspeakers. Available in both powered and passive configurations, the new Artec series loudspeakers encompass ten models designed to address a wide range of sound reinforcement applications. Featuring wide bandwidth and high SPL in a visually discrete package, the new Artec series can be installed on walls, ceilings, or columns thanks to an extensive selection of optional mounting accessories—and they are an ideal choice for under balcony, area fill, and near field applications. With reduced dimensions and sleek styling, they fit perfectly into multiple surroundings including hotels, restaurants, and convention facilities. more

Extron Now Shipping Low Profile, Fast-Installing Speaker with SpeedMount™

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the SM 3, a compact, fast-installing flush mount speaker featuring the Extron SpeedMount System. This 8 ohm speaker features a 3″ (7.6 cm) full-range driver and tuned bass port, a wide frequency response of 75 Hz to 18 kHz, and a power rating of 15 watts continuous pink noise, 30 watts continuous program capacity. The enclosure for the SM 3 measures less than 4″ (10.2 cm) deep. SpeedMount is an Extron-exclusive, concealed mounting system designed to speed up installation. During rough-in, electrical contractors can install a 0° or 10° mounting plate on the wall and terminate the speaker cable to the mount’s integrated wiring contacts. Later, installers can slide the SM 3 speaker onto the mount and secure it into place with a “click,” automatically connecting to the wiring contacts on the mounting plate. more

AVB Networking Conference To Feature Strong Speakers, Cover Gamut Of Applications

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – The speaker lineup for the 2012 AVB Networking Conference was announced today. It will include technology leaders from a host of disciplines and applications including Bill Murphy, Director of Solutions Marketing, Extreme Networks who will discuss the core AVB technology; Jim Risgin, Vice President Engineering, On Stage Audio, who will present on his pioneering work with AVB in real-world applications; Vikram Kirby, Director of Technical Design, Thinkwell, who will speak from his experience deploying AVB in the field; Sam Berkow, Principal Consultant and Founding Partner, SIA Acoustics, who will be discussing AVB in large performance venue design; Michael Cusick, President, Specialized Audio Video Inc., who will address AVB in hospitality system design and Casey Sherred, Consultant, Acoustic Dimensions, who will be discussing AVB in house of worship design.

The AVB Networking Conference 2012, which will be held coincident with InfoComm 2012 on June 12 at 11:00AM to 4:30PM, is co-sponsored by Avid, Biamp, Extreme Networks, HARMAN, Lab X Technologies, Meyer Sound and Riedel Communications – all of whom have AVB-capable devices on the market today. The applications-based event will provide consultants, integrators and system designers with comprehensive details on how AVB technology can simplify system design and maintenance.

The AVB Networking Conference sold out very fast but complete video of the conference presentations will be uploaded to www.AVBNetworkingConference.com immediately after InfoComm.

Commenting on the speaker line-up, Adam Holladay market manager, HARMAN System Development and Integration Group (SDIG) noted, “That the AVB Networking Conference has completely booked out from the outset is a testament to the quality of the speakers also the market significance of AVB to the future of systems integration.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

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