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Lenny Kravitz Tours With Expanded & Mirrored DiGiCo SD7 & SD11 Audio Rigs

After a nearly five year hiatus—and eight gold and platinum albums of retro soul and rock ’n’ roll—Lenny Kravitz takes to the global highway with an 8-piece backing band in support of his latest and ninth studio album, Black and White America. Taking musical cues from the past while looking forward in true Kravitz style, he pulls together a wide range of musical and cultural influences.

Working with Mike “Spagoo” Sprague of Sound Image, production/FOH engineer Laurie Quigley crafted an elaborate touring rig that would allow them to retain the high audio quality Kravitz demanded, regardless of the venue size. These two mirrored systems are comprised of DiGiCo SD7s at both FOH and Monitors (with engineer Dan Horton, pictured at right) for use on bigger show dates, with a pair of diminutive SD11s for use on the band’s myriad promo gigs and fly dates.

“I’ve been using the SD7,” Quigley states, “because it is the best sounding digital control service available. More to the point, DiGiCo products just sound better. The SD7 has everything I need right under my fingertips. I added the newer SD11s on this tour so that we could maintain the quality that Lenny has become accustomed to, on small press and TV shows. With space issues, the 32 Flexi channels on the SD11 were perfect. We maxed this little baby out, but it did the job very well. In fact, we are now also using the SD11 for our support band, Raphael Saadiq, on this leg of the tour.”

Quigley also carries an external rack of effects to administer on Lenny’s boutique sound and vocal effects—a BSS 901 and Empirical Lab distressors for Lenny’s vocals, Smart compressors for the sound system and also for all the overheads, in addition to Bricasti reverbs, Culture Vulture distortion units, Leslie vocal effects, Lexicon 960, dBx 120x, 3 x SDE 3000 delay units and a H3500, to name but a few.

Quigley offers his no-bull advice to getting the most out of any audio system. “Let’s get back to basics, lets plug a mic in, see what sounds better, and then start from there. Too many people have forgotten their basics. If you present a properly tuned sound system, the right mic in the right place, and let it breath and do its job with a good control console, you won’t need a plug-in on every channel to start off with. My advice? Learn how to properly tune a sound system, get a DiGiCo mixing console and don’t over-think it. Simplicity breeds consistency. If it sounds good, leave it alone.”

“Let’s forget all the b******t and just plug a mic into a channel and let’s see which one of these wonderful digital control consoles sound like a soundboard. DiGiCo products sound like soundboards, like the analog boards, that we who are old enough to remember, were brought up on. The SD7 sounds like a soundboard; like a more convenient version of an XL-4. But better, smaller, lighter, quicker and more adaptable. It’s all there under one console, not 2 or 3 very large and HEAVY soundboards. And, the new DiGiCo SD 96kHz racks rock!”

Extron to No Longer Exhibit at InfoComm-USA and ISE Tradeshows

Extron Electronics, a leading manufacturer of professional AV system integration products, today announced that the company will no longer exhibit at the InfoComm-USA and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) trade events, effective immediately. As explained in the current Andrew Online on its Web site, Extron will instead focus its efforts, staff, and resources on activities that directly benefit its customers, starting with additional training facilities and expanded customer support in the US and around the world. more

ASHLY AUDIO KLR SERIES AMPLIFIERS CONTRIBUTE TO GREEN DESIGN AT HILTON

hilton_concord.JPGSAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 2012: When the Hilton Concord undertook a multi-million dollar plan to renovate its thirty year-old property, it wanted to do more than merely spruce up the amenities. The popular hotel, which occupies prime real estate on the East Bay of San Francisco, wanted to increase the environmental sustainability of its operations. The overhaul included the use of recycled carpet, LED lighting, low-VOC paints, and a new, super-efficient HVAC system. Even the sound reinforcement system in the building’s flexible ballroom and meeting space contributes to the hotel’s much smaller carbon footprint. Local AV integrator JK Sound, Inc. designed the new sound reinforcement system around Ashly Audio’s new KLR Series amplifiers, which deliver tremendous output efficiency while still maintaining high fidelity, bulletproof reliability, and affordability.

“There wasn’t much to the original sound reinforcement system,” said Dan Thiel, sales and installation more

CLEAR AS A BELL: DANLEY SOUND LABS RINGS IN A NEW ERA AT SALVATION ARMY CLEARWATER CHURCH

salvationarmy_church.JPGCLEARWATER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2012: The Salvation Army is consistently ranked as one of the most popular philanthropic groups in the United States. Its name conjures images of Christmastime bell-ringers and thrift stores, both of which provide support for the Army’s vast network of social support programs and its comprehensive disaster relief aid. It is perhaps ironic that despite its very public alignment as a Christian organization, the Salvation Army is not well known for its church services. Its Clearwater, Florida church has grown over the decades, in its congregation and its physical space, as a result of local “adherents” joining and officers from around the country retiring to its Floridian splendor. After moving to a beautiful new building in 1990 with sanctuary capacity for 385 and overflow capacity for over 300 more, the congregants suffered with a woefully inadequate sound system. Paul Garner more

SYMETRIX APPOINTS CS&A FOR GREATER NEW YORK AREA

csa_logo.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 2012: Cardone, Solomon & Associates (CS&A) is now representing Symetrix in the New York Metro region of the United States. Founded in 1997, the CS&A team brings a wealth of industry experience and strong connections to the region’s corporate, educational, theatrical, sporting, church, amusement, and medical commercial audio markets. CS&A is representing all of Symetrix’ product lines, including the powerful SymNet line of open architecture DSP, Jupiter line of app based turn-key DSP, and Integrator Series line of application specific installed system DSP.

Noted Dane Butcher, president of Symetrix, “We’re very excited about working with John Cardone, Mike Solomon and their entire crew. These folks have an exceptional track record of service to integrators and consultants. As we looked at their line card it became apparent that, without distraction, they’re hyper-focused on systems integration. We couldn’t ask for better more

Christ the King Church Enhances Sound with NEXO Line Array

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Christ the King Church in Bellingham, WA recently completed an overhaul of its sound system, awarding the installation contract to Clarity Media Group of Portland. Clarity provided the best solution for the task at hand, outfitting the 1,500-seat church with a 20-box NEXO GEO S12 line array.

“The church wanted a system capable of accommodating a worship service and in addition, have rider acceptability to bring in concerts,” states John Harrel, project manager, Clarity Media Group. “The NEXO GEO S12, consisting of eight S1210 boxes per side, is configured as an LCR and was chosen based on its smooth, even coverage as well as its musicality and output. Our client wanted a center cluster rather than front fills and flown subs, so we recommended four GEO S1230s which met their requirements and are tucked away very discretely above the pastor’s podium position. The previous system was an eyesore.” The system also contains four NEXO RS18 Ray Sub cabinets flown, two per side in cardioid mode. Two NEXO NX4x4 and one NX4x1 amplifiers power the system.

“The NEXO system’s ability to maintain uniform coverage despite having a low trim height was key in choosing it for this application,” states Travis Cibolski, Clarity co-owner and designer of the system. “The net effect is that the system delivers uniform, transparent sound to all areas, and with full bandwidth!”

Christ the King Church has 6,000 members in its congregation with two campus locations. The church band consists of 6-10 musicians on average who, according to Harrel, are very discerning when it comes to good audio (one of its members is a signed recording artist).

The church previously installed a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console at front of house, chosen for its ease of use by audio volunteers.

For more information on Clarity Media Group, visit www.claritymediagroup.net.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit http://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.

TV Magic Refocuses Business Development Strategy and Sales Efforts

Company Will Focus on Continued Expansion Into Latin American, House of Worship, and Broadcast Ministry Markets

SAN DIEGO — Feb. 23, 2012 — TV Magic today announced plans to strengthen the company’s long-term competitive position by solidifying strategic alliances and focusing on niche market verticals, as well as allocating additional resources to its rapidly growing Latin American business. This new strategy will more closely align key business functions and operations with the company’s highly market-focused sales models. more

Verrex Houston Open House Scheduled for 4 May 2012

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 21 February 2012 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, will hold an open house at its Houston-based Southwest USA headquarters on May 4, 2012 to celebrate the company’s continued expansion in the region. Key manufactures, including Christie Digital, will participate in a technology showcase during the event. Senior members of the Verrex team will include President & CEO, Thomas Berry, Jr., and Southwest Executive Director, Steve Peters.

“The addition of Houston to the list of key corporate hubs Verrex serves will benefit a number of global clients,” said Mr. Peters. “Adapting our footprint to match the enterprise needs of markets such as Oil & Gas, Finance & Banking, Chemicals, Healthcare and many other sectors is why Verrex expanded into the region. We look forward to opening our newly designed office to clients, partners and those not yet familiar with Verrex during out first annual Houston open house and technology showcase.”

The by-invitation-only open house, including technology showcase and BBQ, will be held on May 4, 2012 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM (CST), at the company’s Houston office at 11777 South Sam Houston Parkway West, Suite B, Houston, Texas. To attend, or for more information, please contact Jeannie Smith at jsmith@verrex.com or phone +1 713-402-1960.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex is a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of complex conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies. Specializing in enterprise-wide corporate solutions, clients engage Verrex to unify and enrich how they communicate, collaborate and articulate through videoconferencing, digital signage and other AV systems locally and globally. Superior performance is Verrex’s hallmark offering exceptional execution and consistent best-in-class standards in systems design, integration, installation, support and staffing. With principle offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Verrex has positioned its presence to serve key corporate hubs around the globe. For more information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.

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Media Contact:
Theresa Hahn, Director, Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES SR208-100 VGA to VGA VIDEO SCALER

* Photo: Altinex SR208-100 VGA to VGA Video Scaler *

Brea, CA – February 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the introduction of the SR208-100 VGA to VGA Video Scaler with fixed output resolution. The SR208-100 is designed to upscale (or down-scale) a standard PC video input to any of several popular PC/HD resolutions. In applications where there are many different input sources such as laptops interfacing with a fixed monitor or projector, the SR208-100 converts these sources to a single output resolution that is optimized for the display device. more

UK Digital Console Manufacturer DiGiCo Chosen For Live Music Production At 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

UK-based digital console manufacturer, DiGiCo, was the live music console of choice at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, as specified by longtime show production partner ATK AudioTek. The 3-1/2 hour music celebration and ceremony garnered the second highest ratings of any GRAMMY airing with approximately 41 million viewers.

A combination of five of DiGiCo’s newer SD10 consoles (two as ‘redundant’ backups for monitors) along with one of its larger format SD7s handled FOH and monitor duties—for a total of 400+ I/O’s and 256 mic preamps distributed between 6 SD Racks—among four engineers in three locations within the Staples Center arena.

The entire PA system was powered by a versatile Optocore fiber optic network, which made it possible for the consoles to tie together seamlessly and also allowing the signal path to stay 100% digital from the mic preamps to amplifiers. Additionally, the Optocore network cut the traditional massive wire clutter down to merely two strands of fiber per console.

“The show’s producers continue to raise the bar in broadcast entertainment year after year and we needed to follow suit with the technology,” said Mikael Stewart, ATK’s production mixer and VP Special Events. “By using the best and most advanced tools, we guarantee the highest fidelity for every performance. The sonic quality of the DiGiCo consoles was one of the biggest assets this year, in addition to the Optocore infrastructure that allowed complete flexibility and accessibility.”

The process to vet the DiGiCo consoles began several years ago, when ATK began to contemplate making a switch from the consoles that had been used for nearly a decade. ATK’s Stewart along with audio consultant Jeff Peterson were instrumental in the decision to bring DiGiCo onboard and into the mix.

Peterson designed the show’s PA and console system and functioned as the systems engineer during the event, with assistance from audio consultant Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher. Ron Reaves was at front-of-house on an SD7 mixing all the musical performances alongside with Mikael Stewart, who handled all the non-music production assets on an SD10. On stage right and left respectively, Tom Pesa and Mike Parker facilitated monitor mixes for the artists on both performance stages on a pair of SD10s (with an additional two serving as ‘redundant’ backups).

“There was a noticeable difference in how the system sounded this year,” recalled Peterson, “and the comments and compliments came from touring and recording engineers alike. It’s not that the sound was bad in previous years by any means, but the overall intelligibility and the quality of the audio was noticeable. There was detail that we had never heard before, which we attributed to the addition of the DiGiCo consoles.”

“Not surprisingly, DiGiCo offers the most flexible, high performance range of digital audio mixing systems available today,” added Group One Ltd president Jack Kelly, DiGiCo’s US distributor. “With the expanding I/O and processing requirements of most of today’s large productions, including the recent GRAMMY awards show, the DiGiCo SD Range of consoles are ideal solutions for today’s engineers.”

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