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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.

PERCUSSIONIST AND COMPOSER JOHN ARRUCCI USES THE METRIC HALO ULN-8 TO RECORD AND MIX METAPHORS

HOPEWELL JUNCTION, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2011: Although one is tempted to write baldly that John Arrucci is a percussionist just as, for example, Albert Einstein was a scientist, Arrucci’s modest nature would probably not tolerate the comparison. So… suffice it to say, Arrucci is very talented. His biography includes twenty-plus years on the faculty at Princeton University; study on three continents; mastery of Classical, Jazz, North Indian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, and other traditions; and a fine and very extensive list of composition and performance credits on high-profile albums, movies, and commercials. Arrucci’s latest passion is demonstrated in Metaphors, the first of three albums of his original compositions. Months of painstaking research led him to the Metric Halo ULN-8 preamp/converter/interface, on which the entire album was both recorded and mixed.

“I was updating my studio in preparation for Metaphors,” Arrucci said. “I needed preamps, AD converters, and a monitor controller. I was grateful for the help of three friends, each of whom is an expert engineer with a unique and strong opinion about audio.” Arrucci resolved to purchase only equipment upon which all three engineers could agree. “Two were Mac guys and the other was a PC guy,” he continued. “But that was just the start. They each had very different feelings and criteria.” To arrive at an unbiased decision, the group gathered together the contenders and then conducted a blind shootout. “The Metric Halo ULN-8 was the clear winner and earned each of their approvals,” he proclaimed.

One of the consulting engineers was Mike Cirile, who would also later record the initial session tracks for Metaphors. But before he did, Cirile gave Professor Arrucci some homework. “I am certainly not an engineer,” Arrucci asserted. “But I’m making a good-faith effort to become more knowledgeable about engineering. The Metric Halo ULN-8 is a deep piece of gear and it ships with some powerful routing and mixing software. Mike knew I wanted to really learn how to use it, so he gave me assignments to build [virtual] mixers in Metric Halo’s MIO Console. The assignments were complicated. I had to create big mixers that had all kinds of groups with ‘pre-fader-this’ and ‘post-fader-that.’ Although it was initially challenging, I learned a lot, and now I feel empowered.”

The first, Cirile-engineered sessions featured piano, bass, and, of course, drums. After that, Arrucci took over the engineering duties for his own overdubs, which included marimba, conga, vibraphone, alto flute, and a handful of other exotic instruments. “The ULN-8 was utterly solid,” he said. “I had had problems in the past with interfaces that didn’t want to play nicely with my Mac, but the ULN-8 was not only well-integrated in terms of the user-interface and stability, but there was also zero perceivable latency. It was nice to just use the box, without having to jury rig a work-around solution for latency on overdubs.”

He continued, “Everyone involved in the initial sessions commented about the strikingly beautiful sound on playback, before anything had been effected, processed or mixed. I felt gratified that my rigorous vetting process had paid off. The Metric Halo ULN-8 was really going to put the music, on which I’ve worked so hard in its best light.” Arrucci edited in Digital Performer and then used Digital Performer together with Metric Halo MIO Console to mix. Metaphors is now available at www.JohnArrucci.com, as well as from the usual suspects (iTunes, Amazon, etc.). A portion of the proceeds from album sales will go directly to the Rotary Foundation’s global fight to eradicate polio.

ABOUT METRIC HALO
Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

Capitol Theatre Chooses Yamaha PM5D for Sound and Reliability

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Capitol Theatre in Moncton, Canada, is an architectural jewel and one of only a few examples anywhere in Canada of pre-war theatres that have been authentically and historically restored. The 800-seat beauty has been completely improved upon over the past two years and most recently, added a Yamaha PM5D digital audio console for front of house, joining the previously-installed LS9 digital console used as the house monitor console.

Purchased by the City of Moncton in 1991, the theatre hosts over 200 events per year ranging from local graduations to full theatre productions, regional and national touring companies—musical events counting for 80% of the hall’s performances. The venue’s Capitol School of Performing Arts offers various programs for children as well as adults on a continual basis.

“We knew we wanted go to digital,” states Eric Hache, technical director of the Capitol Theatre. “We looked at what products were available on the market and were given demonstrations of various products. We spoke with the touring staff coming into the theatre and knew the product we wanted had to be user friendly, and that within minutes, the engineer would be able to control the board even if they had never experienced it previously. The console also had to sound good and be reliable.”

Hache said they had heard the Yamaha PM5D on various tours and although there were newer consoles on the market, it became clear that the Yamaha PM5D was the logical choice. “Installing and using it for the past six months in the Capitol Theatre confirmed our decision. I didn’t want a console that was overly computerized, and I wanted it to be much like analog in its operational
aspect.”

The Capitol Theatre has a wide range of microphones consisting of AKG, Shure, Neumann, and Sennheiser. The theatre also added a new Christie DHD700 projector, with three screens to choose from, the latest being a 13×21 DaLite Series 300. The lighting system consists of an ETC ION with two universal 20 fader wings, six Mac250 Entour movers, 12 SGM Palco 3s, 15 LumiLED700s, and 96 ETC conventional fixtures.

For more information on the Capitol Theatre, visit www.capitol.nb.ca.

For more information on Yamaha digital consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

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

Philadelphia’s Annenberg PAC Celebrates 40th Anniversary With 
Complete Audio Overhaul

The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. As one of the nation’s preeminent urban performing arts centers on a major university campus, the center has a storied history in the performing arts, presenting world-renowned and emerging artists and companies in its four-decade history. Leading up to the anniversary, the goal was to bring one of its main venues, the Zellerbach—a 900-seat proscenium theatre that accommodates a wide array of events, including dance, theatre, music, comedy, lectures, meetings and teleconferences—up to date and revamp its nearly 20-year-old audio system in its entirety. This complete renovation encompassed the upgrade of the FOH console to a DiGiCo SD9, and replacing the archaic PA with a Clair Brothers R2T PA system in a LCR configuration, comprising Clair CS18-II subs, QSC PL series amps and BSS London processing. 



“The Zellerbach Theatre has a rich history in the Philadelphia area and the hopes for the upgrade were to have all the elements in place for the anniversary—as a sort of unveiling,” explained Annenberg sound engineer, Daniel Araco, who ran point on the project and worked with both Clair and the Annenberg’s finance department to secure funding and approve work schedules. “The project was sparked by Madison Cario, Director of Operations and Special Artistic Initiatives at the Center. Replacing the system would have been the most desirable outcome, however that was not in the budget, so renovation was the best option. Since Roy Clair installed the original system, we scheduled Clair Bros. to tackle the project. Clair’s Project Manager/System Designer Timothy Owen Mazur put together a scope of work to replace the speaker and horn components, repower the system and upgrade the amplifiers/DSP, and to purchase a new console. The goal of trying to achieve a lot with a limited budget was the challenge.”

For consideration as a console option, Mazur pointed Araco in the direction of a DiGiCo SD9 as a viable solution and with the capability to handle both FOH and monitor functionalities from its location on the theatre’s right side under the balcony. Taking several consoles for trial runs, Araco knew immediately that the SD9 would fill the bill and more.

“The SD9 had many of the desirable features we were looking for and the price point was right in line with what was budgeted for our space,” Araco added. “However, one function was most important to us when we considered the best choice console for the theatre: for a multi-disciplinary venue like the Annenberg Center—where everyday we serve the needs of theatre, dance, university events, student productions, many different music genres and even televised events—flexibility was a key factor. Being able to quickly and easily serve all of those artists is not just cost-effective it’s what we’ve built our reputation upon. The large full-color 15″ LCD touch screen and scribble strips ensured that all functions of the system were available immediately without having to scroll through multiple menus or having to use a mouse. The automation and ‘snapshot’ capabilities made it easy to store cues for multiple theatrical situations with ease, and the sonic performance/transparency that the SD9 provided to my ear is what sold me on the worksurface immediately. To my ear, the DiGiCo sold itself. Probably the most challenging hurdle in spec’ing the SD9 was the digital divide. I’ve spent my entire career on an analog desk, so for me it was like going from a typewriter to computer. The DiGiCo was the best possible solution to drag me into 21st century and the transition was very smooth with Clair Audio Systems and DiGiCo. We have gone through the DiGiCo training and they have always been available for questions should we need it, and this has really solidified our relationship.”

In addition, and with monies saved, Araco was able to put together an on-stage monitor system with the house analog console and the purchase of a split to add-on to their existing floor monitors a few additional db Technologies speakers.

Now that the theatre’s new system is up and running and the 2011/2012 Season is well underway, everyone involved is thrilled with the outcome. “Everyone is pleased with the sonic performance of the new systems, and other engineers are excited to see the new workspace and eager to check out the interface—even first-time engineers are able to understand the basics of the console with a few short lessons. The venue staff are happy to see the replacement of several large snakes near the aisle with a nearly invisible CAT-5 cable. But perhaps the biggest endorsement is from the stage crews, who no longer have to lug massive, heavy analog rentals up and down two flights of stairs to reach the mix position!”

“The project, which started with discussion and budgets during the summer of 2010,” Araco recalled, “was completed in several stages over the course of the spring and summer of 2011. We are now poised to show off the completed renovation for our 40th anniversary season… just as we had hoped.”

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.

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.

Edge ShowTek Makes Use of AuviTran EtherSound Unit for Red Bull Fuel & Fury

BUENA PARK, Calif.—More than 5,000 attendees flocked to the site of this year’s Red Bull Fuel & Fury snowmobile jumping event. Held in early November in Chicago, they witnessed seven of the world’s best freestyle snowmobilers at the largest single event of the year.

Edge ShowTek (Northbrook, IL) was tasked with the audio production for the event, making good use of the new AuviTran AVM-500ES unit to maintain an EtherSound network within the entire digital system. The system consisted of a Yamaha PM5D-RH digital console, two Yamaha SB-168ES Stage Boxes, 36 NEXO GEO S8 speakers, 12 CD12 subs split between four towers, six NEXO PS15s, and five NEXO NXAMP 4x4s amplifiers.

The AVM-500ES unit is an EtherSound Network Matrix housed in a 19” 1U rack box for linking and routing up to five EtherSound networks together, Integrating a full matrix router of 320 x 320 audio channels. “The unit worked very well, states Pete Hansen, Operations Manager, Edge ShowTek. The reason we decided to use the AVM-500 was to maintain an EtherSound network throughout the whole system, which would not have been possible without the unit, or at least very undesirable from a cabling standpoint.”

Hansen said the setup for this system was quite unique in that speaker positions were both in front of and behind the Yamaha front of house position. The Edge ShowTek crew used a combination of Cat5 and Fiber Optic cable runs that were fairly long and non-linear with about 200-300 feet between each speaker tower. They were able to save about 1,000 feet of cable run by splitting the ES network in front of, and behind, the front of house position by using the AVM-500.

“We have been using EtherSound as a method of running multi-channel digital audio for years, says Hansen. It’s amazing to hear how well the audio fidelity is maintained when you never leave the digital domain, says Hansen. If you are going to use a digital console, you might as well run in a digital format like EtherSound as much as possible. The AVM-500ES allowed us to do just that over the whole system, and it sounded phenomenal.”

“An event like Fuel & Fury was an ideal use of EtherSound networking given the large distances between microphone sources, speaker towers and the Yamaha front of house, notes Trevor Waller, of Edge ShowTek and A1 for the event. With announcer microphones over 600 feet away from the mix position, the ability to send those sources to the Yamaha PM5D-RH console digitally with virtually no line losses was a great advantage in making sure the event could be heard by everyone even over the roar of snowmobiles in the air. The unit was virtually plug and play and allowed us to save valuable setup time, both in its ease of patching and integration into our system.”

For more information on Edge ShowTek, visit www.edgeshowtek.com.

For more information on the AVM-500ES, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM IS MUSIC TO THE EARS OF BRISTOL HIGH SCHOOL

** Photo: WorxAudio loudspeaker system in Bristol High School’s auditorium **

Bristol, VA – November 2011… For most of us, our days in high school are generally memorable—thanks to varied academic and extra-curricular activities that, ultimately, help shape our personalities. For the students at Bristol High School, however, memories of the plays, concerts, debates, and other events tended to hit a sour note because of a woefully inadequate sound reinforcement system in the school’s auditorium. Recognizing the shortcomings of the system and its negative impact on every event that took place there, school administrators decided to act. As the new academic year commences, the Bristol High community will hear a dramatic difference now that a new sound system drawn from the catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies is in place. more

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Pro Audio Monitoring System Manufacturer Blue Sky Creates YouTube Video Aimed At Consumers & End-Users

Pro audio monitoring system manufacturer, Blue Sky, has maintained a core philosophy since its inception in 2001: to design and offer products that represent the highest ratio of performance-to-cost as well as a superior sound experience for its customers—from home enthusiasts to entertainment content creation professionals. Taking a cue from its in-depth website “Key Concepts” section, which addresses the company’s philosophy on topics ranging from the “Basics of Bass Management” to the “Truth About Subwoofers”, Blue Sky has created an in-depth video on its own YouTube channel to promote the company, its philosophy and the full line of components and systems it offers for home, personal, and professional studio use. 


Targeted to the end-user and consumer, Blue Sky’s first foray into the world of video was produced by Andrew Wild of Wild Touch Productions. Just over 7 minutes, the video outlines the complete Blue Sky story and showcases the full-range professional monitoring components and lines—from the entry-level 2.1 desktop eXo2 to the mid- and large-scale music/film dubbing systems including MediaDesk, ProDesk, Sky System One and Big Blue. Additionally, you’ll hear raves and reviews from two of Blue Sky’s professional proponents, Chris Unthank, Director of Transfer Operations at Larson Studios and Audio Director/Gaming Sound Designer Greg Allen (formerly of UbiSoft and Electronic Arts).

“Our intention with this new video is essentially to reintroduce the brand to the customer through social media outlets including YouTube and Facebook,” said Blue Sky Vice President Chris Fichera. “Outside of the traditional sales and marketing arena, we want to speak directly to our end-users to reiterate what we are about technically, what makes the Blue Sky brand and products unique—including offering components designed to complement each other and seamless systems built around the bass management concept, and to offer a few raves from some of our hardest-working customers. That’s what we were after and I believe we achieved it.”

ACIR Professional Hosts Shure Demo in A.C.

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, N.J.—ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) recently hosted a demonstration of the new Axient wireless mic line by Shure Microphones at the Atlantic City Hilton Casino Resort.

The Axient system of products is Shure’s latest and most advanced professional wireless microphone system to date, featuring complete spectrum management, interference detection and avoidance, advanced power management, transmitter remote control, frequency diversity, and new Wireless Workbench 6 software.

The Shure demos, attended by regional audio professionals, also included PSM-1000 and PSM-900 IEM systems, “micro body pack”, “Wireless Workbench 5” (the latest version of Shure wireless management software), and rechargeable battery technology including Shure’s rack-mountable charger.

For Shure’s audio production, ACIR provided a Yamaha LS9-16 digital console, Yamaha DSR115 Speakers, and a 4-channel rack of Shure UR series wireless (both handhelds and body packs with lavaliers) used by presenters and for Axient wireless product comparisons.

For more information, visit www.acirpro.com.

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PHOTO ID: Shure’s Bill Ostry

PHOTO CREDIT: Digital Warmth

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