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VARIA Helps Millsaps College Solve a Sonic Challenge

 Jackson, MS – October 2014… Founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890, Millsaps College is a privately supported national liberal arts school located on a sprawling, leafy 103 acre campus near downtown Jackson, MS. Like many small colleges, the school’s main auditorium acts as a multi-purpose venue, used for a wide range of events that includes lectures, city council meetings, panel discussions, recitals, music performances, and movie showings.

As Philip Boyd of Ridgeland, MS-based Academic Technologies explains, the college had long struggled to achieve consistent sound coverage across the venue, particularly with regard to vocal intelligibility. “It’s mostly a recital hall, a very live room, with brick walls and a big pipe organ in it,” says Boyd. “The previous two box center-cluster solution was underpowered and covered only a portion of the room – mostly a hot spot in the center about eight rows back. They wanted the ability to have a true versatile dynamic – to go from spoken word to musical programs. Achieving clarity in a board meeting or a panel discussion in that room with no treatment was difficult.”

The hall’s layout and design was another major contributor to poor intelligibility. “The room is about 85 feet deep by 50 feet wide, with steeply raked seating,” Boyd continues. “So the ceiling is 25 feet at the stage, but only 8 feet at the back of the room, which makes uniform coverage even more of a challenge. It also created line-of-sight issues – the screen was partially obscured at the back of the room by the old center cluster.”

After thorough assessment of the room, Boyd recommended the school replace the current system with a Renkus-Heinz VARIA Modular Point Source Line Array system. “The VARIA system was the best option to achieve the versatility we needed,” Boyd observes. “VARIA’s modular design gave us a lot of flexibility in terms of system placement and configuration. And VARIA’s range of vertical and horizontal dispersion angles, together with its transitional waveguides, enabled us to custom configure a system that easily addressed the multiple challenges we had to deal with in the hall.”

Academic Technologies replaced the old center cluster with left and right VARIA arrays. “We used two 7.5×60 degree VARIA systems on top, and then a 7.5×60/90 degree and a 22.5×90/120 degree, and complementing subs for each array,” says Boyd. “The subs were flown beside the main array to minimize the vertical and visual component of the system, both to avoid interference with the large center video screen as well as the visual of the pipe organ when the screen is not in use. The VARIA arrays are 35 feet apart over the front of the stage, and we’re still able to get coverage for the first two rows.”

Boyd reports Millsaps college officials are exceptionally pleased with the new system. “The VARIA arrays enabled us to address both coverage and line-of-sight issues, and to achieve excellent intelligibility without changing the sound qualities of the room. Everybody has been very happy with the results.”

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About Renkus-Heinz - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

METRIC HALO ANNOUNCES 2014 FALL SALE!

MetricHalo_2014_FallSaleSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – OCTOBER 2014: Metric Halo announced the start of the 2014 Fall Sale with the best deals ever offered on Metric Halo gear. Save up to 58% off list prices on all products including hardware and software. With this sale, customers will save up to $1,100 off Metric Halo’s award-winning hardware products, and up to $400 off Metric Halo’s award-winning software products.

The Fall Sale celebrates the launch of Production Bundle v.2 which brings VST and Windows support to the Metric Halo Production Bundle, and also introduces a new plug-in – MH Dirty Delay.

Metric Halo products are available from dealers or directly from the Metric Halo website: http://mhlabs.com

The Metric Halo 2014 Fall Sale runs until 10/31/2014.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Based on the Gulf Coast of Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with award-winning software and hardware recording, processing, metering and analysis solutions.

www.mhlabs.com

ATC ANNOUNCES NEW LINE OF POWER AMPLIFIERS – THE P1 PRO AND P2 PRO

ATC_P1_PROLAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 2014: The TransAudio Group is proud to announce the release of two new MOSFET Class A/B design dual mono power amplifiers from ATC – the P1 Pro and P2 Pro. At 150W/ch into 8 Ohms and 300W/ch into 8 Ohms respectively, these fan-less, rack-mountable power amplifiers offer the perfect solution for any studio wishing to get the best out of their passive monitors, including the all-new ATC SCM20PSL Pro.

Both models feature a 19-inch rack-mount chassis with front panel mounted standby button and L/R clip indication. The amplifiers incorporate the same gain reduction and loudspeaker protection circuits that are used in the ATC active monitors. These circuits ensure that the amplifier will not clip, even when working at very high volumes, which protects the loudspeakers from damage and improves the subjective performance of the entire system. Importantly, neither amplifier uses a fan, so they can be placed anywhere, including the control room.

The P1 Pro and P2 Pro are of a ‘true’ dual mono design: the power supplies, signal, and return paths are totally separated from each other. This approach maximizes signal separation and minimizes crosstalk. Further, intermodulation between channels via the power supplies is reduced to an absolute minimum at all frequencies, and the power demand from one channel cannot affect the specified power available to the other channel.

Brad Lunde, president of the TransAudio Group, ATC’s U.S. distributor stated, “ATC is famous for building active studio reference monitors that give engineers a consistent, honest reflection of their work. Although ATC’s revolutionary drivers and chasses get most of the credit for the brand’s legendary transparency, ATC’s superbly-designed amplifiers deserve equal credit. Just as the new passive ATC SCM20PSL Pro gives engineers access to ATC’s loudspeaker without the amplification, the new ATC P1 Pro and P2 Pro give engineers access to ATC’s zero-compromise amplification without the loudspeaker itself. Any reference monitor will benefit from the clean power of an ATC P1 Pro or P2 Pro.”

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm.

www.transaudiogroup.com

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Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

 

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This September marks the 40th year anniversary for Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company.

In 1974, the professional audio visual market was just emerging and the new small businesses across the country known then as “audio visual dealers” had a problem:  Whom do they go to get the connectivity, accessories and supplies they need for the equipment they are selling to local media, schools and businesses? Lucky for the AV industry, Comprehensive had the solution.

Originally known as Comprehensive Video Supply, Comprehensive began as a single source of accessories and supplies for the then up-and-coming “professional audio-visual” market. Sold exclusively through resellers, Comprehensive products, which included their now world-famous cables and connectivity products, were a must-have for every audio-visual and computer reseller. The same was true for the Comprehensive 200-page product catalog. Dealers could use the Comprehensive catalog as an invaluable resource, and have it custom imprinted with their business name and contact information for distribution to customers. (Keep in mind – popular use of the internet was still more than 20 years away, and it would be another 33 years before the first iPhone was introduced. Even the VCR had yet to be released).

Scott Schaefer, Comprehensive’s current President, commented, “Comprehensive was there at the beginning of both AV and IT. It is Comprehensive’s experience, commitment to reliability, value and service that has kept B2B customers around the world coming back year after year. We are so grateful for the decades of support that our industries, resellers, customers and employees – past and present – have shown Comprehensive. Without them, we would not be here today, and we never forget that. We thank each and every one.”

Over the years, Comprehensive built the business with a strong reputation for “putting its money where its mouth is” service by stepping up and standing behind its resellers and products from the very beginning. One of many enduring legacies that Comprehensive has given the industry is the ‘Lifetime Warranty’ on cable assemblies, connectors and adapters. While a marketing commodity in today’s internet age, Comprehensive takes those words very seriously.

“Comprehensive customers need reliability and service above all else. Customers come to Comprehensive because they know they can count on us; every product, every order, every time. ” said General Sales Manager, Martin Fensterstock.

Today, Comprehensive has grown into one of the leading connectivity brands in the U.S. and around the world and their reliability and service have become legendary in the industry. Over the decades, Comprehensive has truly become the “go to” company for B2B audio-visual and I.T. professionals in every industry.

In fact, looking at a partial client list of Comprehensive customers reads like a “who’s who” of technology, business, media, entertainment and government. Clients include: Sony, Panasonic, Disney, Microsoft, Apple, Crestron, NASA, U.S. Army, Columbia University, NBC, ABC, CNN   just to name a few. A list of resellers and distributors reads much the same – Ingram Micro, Anixter, AVI-SPL, The Whitlock Group, HB Communications, B&H Photo, New Egg.com, and the list goes on.

Originally located in Northvale NJ, Comprehensive was purchased by VCOM International Media Corporation in 1995 and has continued to expand even during the recent recession. With continuous, growing demand for their cable and connectivity products and services, Comprehensive recently moved into new, larger headquarters in Fairfield NJ. They are also hiring with many positions available.

Listening to customer needs, something Comprehensive has done since the very beginning, has led to many new and innovative products. The most recent being the extremely successful Pro AV/IT Series HDMI Cable family, which are the onlyHDMI cables specifically designed for systems integrators, corporate, government, medical and other demanding B2B environments. Exclusive features such as ProGrip® Connector Technology, SureLength® Indicators with cable lengths easily visible on all connector heads, as well as color Identification and 4K X 2K support are just a few innovations that customers can expect from Comprehensive products.

 In its first 40 years, Comprehensive became synonymous for reliable and innovative connectivity products that the audio-visual and I.T. professional could count on and that at least, is not something Mr. Schaefer thinks will change much over the next 40 years. “We are so excited about where Comprehensive and the market are going – 4K, HDBaseT, collaboration and the cloud, mobile, the opportunities are endless. Technology continues to evolve and advance and so does Comprehensive. We are doubling down on everything our customers have demanded from us in the past and building on it for tomorrow and beyond. The best is yet to come and like all things Comprehensive, you can count on that.”

For more information about Comprehensive or any Comprehensive products, including the Pro AV/IT Series High Speed HDMI Cables, please visit us at www.comprehensivecable.com, call toll free at 800-526-0242 or e-mail sales@comprehensivecable.com

 

About Comprehensive Cable
For 40 years, Comprehensive Cable has been the Pro A/V industry standard for professional connectivity performance, reliability and value. That’s why millions of Comprehensive cables and connectivity products are in use at stadiums, in broadcast and recording studios, stages, boardrooms, classrooms, government installations and now living rooms around the world. Comprehensive Cable and Connectivity Company is a division of New Jersey based VCOM International Multimedia Corporation.

ROSWELL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL FIELD COMES ALIVE WITH DANLEY GENESIS HORNS AND SUBS

Roswell_HS_StadiumROSWELL, NEW MEXICO: For too many years, football fans and supporters of Roswell Independent Schools in Roswell, New Mexico suffered the poor performance of small paging horns that squawked announcements no one could understand and that emitted music no one could feel. It was a sad, uninspiring, and yet not uncommon situation. When money finally became available to make improvements, the school hired local firm J&G Electric to oversee the project. Relatively new to the Pro Audio market, Mike McClain of J&G Electric sought, without bias, the very best sounding system for his client at the most reasonable price. A thorough search turned up Danley Sound Labs, and Roswell Schools now benefit from a pair of Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns for vivid full-range output and a pair of beefy Danley DBH-218 subwoofers for low-frequency support.

“The school gave J&G Electric free reign to choose the best audio system they could, given the constraints of the budget,” explained Noel Darby of DarbyReps (Denver, CO), who represents Danley in the Rocky Mountain Region and who consulted on the design. “They had heard great things about Danley – that Danley’s designs are uniquely efficient, natural sounding, and easy to work with. I’ve been selling loudspeakers for a long time, and I believe Tom Danley’s designs really are amazing. He’s not chasing the same old woofer/tweeter or line array concept.”

Roswell_HS_Scoreboard_SpeakersGiven that the existing light poles are all behind the seating, it didn’t make sense to use a distributed system. Instead, Darby suggested an end-fired system that would split the field down the middle and provide equal coverage to the home and visitor seating. A Xilica XP-2040 2×4 processor handles modest input conditioning and system EQ, and feeds two Danley DSLA 3.3k and two Danley DSLA 6.5k amplifiers. Those amplifiers in turn power two Danley Genesis GH-60 horns and two Danley DBH-218 subwoofers mounted above and behind the scoreboard. The Genesis Horns use Danley’s patent-pending Paraline acoustical technology to gradually attenuate output at lower angles so as to deliver even SPLs to all the seats, near and far.

The install proved to be the largest hurdle to overcome. “With the original site being built in 1968, and seeing numinous additions and upgrades, we had our hands full,” said McClain. Trenching was tedious in order to avoid underground utilities and unknown paths, so we were forced to dig slowly and carefully. When it was all said and done we had over 700 feet of trench at four feet deep. In order to avoid the necessity of repeating the arduous process at a later date a second “spare” conduit was installed. Dealing with the harsh desert heat cooling the equipment was also an issue. To avoid building a structure to hold the equipment, we used a self-contained climate controlled rack to house the amps and processors. Using the assistance of a local fabricator the forty-foot tall structure holding the loudspeakers was built. “After all the sweat and heavy lifting the system worked as designed and as promised.”

Deward Timothy of Utah’s Poll Sound came in for the final tuning, which, by all accounts, didn’t take very long given the natural sound of the GH-60s and the fact that they are true point-source devices. “The school district is amazed at how much output they’re getting,” said McClain. “The coaches are ecstatic! This is a huge leap up for them, and the system will serve them well for a long, long time to come.”

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

ONE OF THE LARGEST HIGH SCHOOLS IN OHIO MOVES TO ASHLY

Beavercreek_HighSchool_ExteriorBEAVERCREEK, OHIO: Beavercreek High School in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek, Ohio is the third largest high school in the Buckeye State and supports an exceptionally active athletics program. The school’s girl’s basketball team has been especially successful, averaging eighteen wins per season over the past thirty-six years of coach Ed Zink’s tenure. With over 650 wins, Zink is the winningest girls high school basketball coach in Ohio’s history. Until recently however, poor sound system intelligibility put a damper on home games and dulled the excitement of award ceremonies. That’s all changed for the better with a new gymnasium sound reinforcement system centered on cost-effective Ashly Audio ne4400 Protea™ digital processing and KLR3200 amplification matched to Community R-Series loudspeakers.

“They used to have a few of what I call ‘nightclub speakers’ chained to the ceiling,” said Mike Staffan, owner of local A/V integration firm Lighthouse Sound and Communications. “The athletic director took a lot of grief about intelligibility in general, but especially at award ceremonies. Parents couldn’t hear their kids’ names being called, which is sure to generate complaints.” Under Staffan’s direction, independent engineer Jack Buttermore designed a new system in EASE that would deliver appropriate coverage, and Staffan and his staff installed it over the summer.

Inputs to the new system include Shure wireless microphones and a Denon CD/iPod player, which feed a Shure SCM800 mixer. Its mono output meets an input on an Ashly ne4400 4-In x 4-Out Protea™ Matrix Processor, which handles all necessary equalization, automatic microphone mixing and feedback suppression. The ne4400′s four outputs feed three dual-channel Ashly KLR3200 amplifiers, rated at 1,600W into a 2-Ohm load or 800W per channel into a 70V line. Four of those amplifier channels power the four Community R.35 loudspeakers that cover both sides of main floor seating. The two additional channels power ten Community R.15 loudspeakers – five to a side – for coverage of the gymnasium’s balconies.

Beavercreek_Gymnasium“I’ve been using Ashly equipment for a while now because the products are solid and, perhaps more importantly, the customer support is excellent,” said Staffan. “For me, trust and a good relationship are the most important things. Ashly is always ready to help, which is critical when I’m in the field and need answers to move an installation forward.”

“The newly installed sound system in the Beavercreek High School gymnasium is awesome, to say the least,” said James Smerz, the school’s previously besieged athletic director. “We finally have sound that covers the entire gym area with clarity and heightened volume. For the first time in the school’s history, the sound in the main gym will reach everyone effectively, even in a packed house!”

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

OUR LADY OF LOURDES ACADEMY ENJOYS A NEW MULTIPURPOSE GYMNASIUM WITH ASHLY POWER AND PROCESSING

OurLadyofLourdes_GymMIAMI, FLORIDA: In addition to being the alma mater of pop icon Gloria Estefan, Our Lady of Lourdes Academy (OLLA) is a paragon of Catholic academic excellence and has been since it was founded in 1963. To continue to effectively fulfill its mission in the twenty-first century, however, the school embarked on a four-phase, $15 million improvement project, which included construction of a state-of-the-art gymnasium. Revelation Sound, Inc. (RSI), a state licensed A/V specialty electrical and integration firm that has niche markets to houses of worship and their associated academic institutions since 1984, was awarded the contract for the audio, video and intercom portion of the project.

The acoustic consulting and analysis for the project was done in partnership with Robert Bernecker of SEFI Consulting in Dallas, Texas. RSI has partnered with SEFI on numerous projects, with the collaboration resulting in excellent A/V designs.

“The gymnasium is brand new construction and is intended to accommodate a huge range of functions, including masses, classroom assemblies, presentations, alumnae events, performances, and, of course, gym class and sporting events,” said Michael Melcher, president of Revelation Sound. “The A/V system had to be as easy to operate as a toaster! Thus, the A/V portion of the project features reliable, cost-effective Ashly Audio KLR-series amplifiers and an 8 x 8 Ashly ne8800 networked audio processor.”

RSI cited the value of Ashly’s superlative technical support and customer service as a key aspect of OLLA’s new system: “What we bring to the table is dependent on how our manufacturers support us,” Melcher said. “We have to be more than just a number on a sales sheet. Working with Ashly gives us that support. When we call, we always speak to a knowledgeable technician immediately – someone we know and have a relationship with. We sell that support as part of our bid. It is critical. Because Ashly provides such excellent support, we’ll stick with Ashly. We’re very conservative and very loyal.”

Inputs to OLLA’s new systems include a well-chosen collection of wireless, standard wired and podium microphones, as well as a Tascam combination CD/iPod/MP3 player and four Mystery Electronics brass court floor boxes. A roll-around rack holds a small Allen & Heath mixer, which provides one level of user control. All of the inputs wend their way to the Ashly ne8800 8-In x 8-Out Protea DSP Processor, which provides gain-sharing auto-mixing for turnkey operation. The processor in turn feeds six Ashly KLR-3200 1600W two-channel amplifiers.

“The Ashly KLR Series packs an unbelievable amount of power and reliability into a two-rack space at a price-point that is fiercely competitive,” Melcher said. “The value to our customers is great, and the fact that the KLR-3200 can power low-impedance boxes or up to 800W into a 70-volt constant voltage system is a huge plus.”

The KLR-3200 amps power three clusters of three Renkus-Heinz CFX-151 loudspeakers each, plus two Renkus-Heinz CFX-18s subwoofers flown above center court.

Members of OLLA’s staff harness the new system’s flexibility using three Ashly neWR-5 Network Programmable Wall Remotes. As the school completes its iPad integration, that control will also be available via the Ashly Remote App for the Apple® iPad and iPad Mini. Like the future iPad control, the three neWR-5s provide preset configuration, input selection, and overall volume control. Because different uses require different configurations, the presets automatically turn different collections of loudspeakers and/or subwoofers on or off along with other subtleties, such as enhanced bass output for games.

To round out the project, Revelation Sound installed a large EIKI Hi-Def projector mounted on an SVS lift and paired it with a retractable Da-Lite screen.

The result: An excellent user-friendly, high-tech A/V system that meets the needs of one “constantly evolving” learning environment that aims at assisting the school to effectively fulfill its mission.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIOAshly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

Chongqing International Expo Center Gets IC Live

 Chongqing, Peopl’s Republic of China – October 2014…Located at the confluence of the Jialing Jiang and Yangtze Rivers, Chongqing International Expo Center is one of the world’s ten largest convention centers, and the largest in western China. Designed and built by Insigma Systems Engineering Co, Ltd., and owned by Chongqing Panda Investment and Development Co., Ltd., the Expo Center covers more than 200,000 square meters (2.1 million square feet), with 16 exhibition halls that buzz throughout the year with exhibitions, conferences, and a wide range of events.

The Expo Center’s various halls have been outfitted with a number of high-performance sound systems based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC Live digitally steered line array systems. The Grand Ballroom system includes four ICL-FR cabinets, permanently installed, as well as four more ICL-R portable systems for added flexibility. Four IC215S-R powered subwoofers provide low frequency reinforcement. Four CF121-2 full-range point source loudspeakers and four CF121M-2 stage monitors cover additional fill duties. A PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 digital console handles the mix, with a BSS BLU-80A processor providing system DSP.

 The large 1500-person conference hall is equipped with two ICL-FR columns, along with a pair of CF121M-2 boxes for fills. Two smaller 1000-person conference halls offer similar systems. All three venues also utilize PreSonus StudioLive 16.4.2 mixers and BSS BLU-80A audio processors, as well as Bosch DCN conference systems.

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About Renkus-Heinz  - Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

AUSTRALIA’S STUDIO ONE FLIGHT UP ACHIEVES “FANTASTIC” SOUND WITH AN API 1608

Studio_One_Flight_UpSYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 2014: A self-proclaimed ‘analog-minded person,’ Nick Irving, owner of Studio One Flight Up in Sydney, works with independent singers, songwriters and musicians who are driven to create great records. While the studio is home to several vintage analog outboard gear pieces, Irving wanted a brand-new, reliable analog console to bring together the sound he works to achieve. Deb Sloss of Studio Connections Australia advised him towards a 32-channel API 1608 console, fitted with twenty-four classic API 550A EQs, and eight 560 EQs.

“It’s a dream console, really,” said Irving. “Computers make great multi-track recorders, but for the actual work of recording and mixing sessions, I need to be ‘hands-on”.” The moveable size of the 1608 played a role in Irving’s decision, allowing the studio to eventually grow into a new building. It also comes in 16-channel sections, allowing the actual console to expand, or even be retrofitted. “It’s chock full of API’s sensational EQs and mic preamps, silky-smooth faders, nice, bright, clear LED lights in all the buttons, and full metering with the brightly-lit VU meters.”

Studio One Flight Up uses the 1608 for both recording and mixing needs. “My sounds just get better and better now that I have an API console. Switching the metering between input and direct out is fantastic and very useful. Having buttons to engage the insert points is also a great and useful feature.” With the 1608, Irving and his crew do not need extra DI boxes, as each channel of the console has an instrument input. “It’s also great that the power supplies are quiet enough that they don’t have to be housed in a separate machine room,” Irving added.

Now that the studio renovations are complete, Irving is recording and collaborating on an album with Grammy award-winner Myles Heskett (ex-Wolfmother). “It is proving to be lots of fun. We’re really enjoying working on the API console. Everything I’ve done on it sounds fantastic – solid, crisp, clear.” Irving proclaimed, “I’ll never need another console in my lifetime!”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

WIDE HIVE STUDIOS REOPENS WITH EXPANDED 48-CHANNEL API 1608

Howe_VeilleuxALBANY, CALIFORNIA: Wide Hive Studios in San Francisco’s Bay Area re-opened its doors earlier this year after a number of recent renovations and updates. A decade ago, veteran producer, engineer, and musician Gregory Howe folded his costly studio in San Francisco for a cozy, less expensive space in nearby Albany, California. He centered his Albany studio around a 16-channel API 1608, which he later expanded to 32 channels through a 16-channel expander. Now, with his most recent round of upgrades, Howe has added another 16-channel expander to create a 48-channel API 1608.

“I’ve been working with API gear for a long, long time,” Howe said. “I love the API sound. To me, it walks the perfect line between cleanliness, straight-up rock, and audiophile fidelity.” The recently-expanded 48-channel 1608 unifies the studio’s sound, streamlines its workflow, and also allows clients to tap into Howe’s massive collection of world-class outboard gear with ease. “The new sixteen channels primarily serve as returns from the equipment racks. We now have the flexibility and sound to do whatever we want.”

Wide Hive books jazz, funk, hip-hop, and soul artists exclusively. Since the console’s expansion, Howe has used it to record several tracks, which are receiving airplay, brisk sales, and profuse blessings from critics. Of note, swing jazz guitarist Calvin Keys cut Electric Keys with the help of the 1608 and the Wide Hive Players, an in-house collective group of jazz musicians.

Howe’s commitment to recording is not lost on his listeners. Reviews of Wide Hive releases never fail to comment on their excellent sound quality. “I’m a huge believer in analog summing,” he shares. “Digital summing involves a massive calculation that necessitates sacrifices. I can hear those sacrifices in the music. I’m looking forward to the cohesion we’ll have when the whole console is API.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608 and the BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

(PHOTO CAPTION: Owner of Wide Hive, Greg Howe (left) pictured with Steve Veilleux owner of SVT Audio.)

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