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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN DEBUTS VIP™ SERIES LOUDSPEAKERS

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Council Bluffs, IA – October 2012… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the debut of the new VIP Series loudspeakers. Featuring 4 models—three of which are 3-way loudspeaker designs—the new Grund Audio Design VIP series feature the highest SPL sensitivity in their class, offer a sleek, modern design and appearance, and are an ideal solution for the AV installed sound market and AV presentation playback. more

Reno Church Sets FOH Free with StudioLive

Reno, NV – September 2012….  The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd has been a fixture in downtown Reno, Nevada, since the 1950s. Over the years, the church’s congregation has grown steadily, and last year plans were drawn for a new 500-seat worship center to be constructed adjacent to the original sanctuary.

Like many of today’s churches, Good Shepherd has been expanding outside the traditional Lutheran model, offering a range of services to cater to a broader congregation. “They offer a traditional Lutheran service early in the morning, followed by a more contemporary service with full band, and then one more traditional service,” says Scott Schmidt of Reno-based JC Productions.

Not surprisingly, that diversity calls for a flexible audio system that can handle everything from a straightforward organ and choir to a full-on rock band. With that in mind, Schmidt opted to install a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console at the front-of-house mix position. The desk is used to mix the sound in the sanctuary, as well as sending multiple monitor mixes to the musicians, and making live recordings.

“The StudioLive is a great console for them,” explains Schmidt. “It gives them all the power and features of an expensive digital console, and it fits their budget. We didn’t have to purchase any outboard effects, which saves them money and space; they’re just using the processing that’s built into the console.”

The church’s audio crew took to the console immediately. “They recently hired a part-time technical director, just before the grand opening,” says Schmidt “He’s a young guy, very technically savvy, and of course he took to the StudioLive quickly. But even for an old analog guy like me, the console was easy to figure out.”

The StudioLive’s remote-mixing capability was one of the first priorities, followed closely by live recording. “We ordered them an iPad and a couple of Mac Minis,” says Schmidt.” They’ve set it up to record directly into Capture, and of course, the iPad allows the technical director to walk around the room and make adjustments and to walk up to the stage if need be.”

Schmidt also included some video, with a Christie digital projector feeding a DayLight 16:9 video screen behind the band. For the musicians, the back wall is equipped with four 55-inch NEC flat-panel displays, combining to create a single video wall.

“The system has performed flawlessly for them,” says Schmidt. “Everyone’s been very pleased with the results.”

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

 

Iconyx Brings Clarity to US Capitol Rotunda

Washington, DC – October 2012… America’s capitol city is rich in history, and one of its most revered landmarks is the United States Capitol building. Thousands of people tour the Capitol each day, and for most their visit includes the vast Central Rotunda.

Connecting both houses of Congress, the Rotunda has been described as the “symbolic and physical heart” of the Capitol, and is used as a backdrop for public and ceremonial events. At 96 feet (29m) in diameter, and just over 180 feet (55 m) high at its peaked canopy, it’s not hard to imagine the type of acoustical challenges the space presents.

“It’s always been a problematic space,” says Tom Jones, Engineer with Baltimore, MD-based Design and Integration, Inc. “It’s got about a nine second reverb time, and vocal intelligibility is just a mess.”

Needless to say, given the building’s landmark status, there was no room for any sound system design that would alter the venue’s aesthetic. “Requirement number one was that nothing could be mounted permanently,” says Jones. Design and Integration’s solution was to create a portable system that could be quickly and easily moved into place, based around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable arrays.

“They don’t hold high-profile events more than once or twice a month, but when they do it’s usually top-level government officials – in the past that has included the Vice-President, the Speaker of the House, or a visiting dignitary,” Jones explains. “The events are televised on C-Span, so they really need a system that’s highly intelligible with low visibility.”

The system comprises four Iconyx IC16-R-II arrays, each located at 90 degrees apart along the room’s circumference. “One of the requirements was that the speakers had to be located at the perimeter, to be out of view of audience and cameras,” says Jones. “The Iconyx was great – very narrow and low-profile.”

Setting up the Iconyx cabinets on tripods and positioning them is a quick and simple procedure, says Jones. “We’ve tuned the beams downward, at ear level with the seating, and away from the walls and dome.”

Aside from the Rotunda’s acoustics, Jones says another challenge in putting together the sound system is simple logistics. “The space is a major tourist attraction, and at any given time you’ve got literally hundreds of people walking through there,” he explains. “When we were doing the demo, we had a five minute window right after closing at 5:00 PM, So we were setting up the system while the place was packed with tourists.”

Adjacent the Rotunda to the south is the National Statuary Hall, a semi-circular space that was the House of Representatives chamber until 1857. As Jones observes, the Iconyx system’s portability enables them to set it up in the Statuary Hall just as easily. “We’re using a similar configuration, but iIt’s a smaller space and a bit less reverberant, and we can cover the whole space with a pair of Iconyx cabinets. We’ve set up presets so they can easily choose the space they want.”

Jones reports the system has been a tremendous improvement. “The intelligibility factor is far superior to anything they’ve used in there in the past,” he says. “And being able to cover the entire space with only four self-contained systems is a huge time-saver.”

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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. 

 

Dante-MY16-AUD Updated for Remote Head Amp Control

—Rio3224-D/Rio1608-D Head Amp Control from the M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM1000, and DM2000—

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Audinate Dante-MY16-AUD Mini-YGDAI interface card marketed by Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc., has been updated to allow remote head amp control. The updated version allows the head amps in the new Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, developed for the new Yamaha CL console line, to be remotely controlled from an M7CL, LS9, PM5D, DM2000, and DM1000 digital mixing console.

The Dante network audio protocol developed by the Australia-based manufacturer Audinate, offers outstanding basic performance with low jitter and latency, while also allowing flexible system scaling to accommodate a wide range of applications and capacities. These capabilities have made Dante a mainstream choice for installations and live sound applications.

The collaboration with Audinate began in 2009 with the development of the Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, and this year’s release of the Yamaha CL Series Digital Mixing Consoles realized the world’s first implementation of Dante as the standard built-in protocol. The new update will enable the Rio3224-D and Rio1608-D I/O rack units, that could previously only be used with the CL series, to now be used with digital mixing consoles such as the M7CL and LS9 that do not feature built-in Dante communication capability.

“Now, Yamaha digital consoles equipped with Audinate’s Dante-MY16-AUD will gain the ability use the head amp control feature and integrate with the new the Rio I/O racks,” says Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO. “This enhancement further extends the complete Dante network ecosystem for Yamaha products.”

For more information on the updated Dante-MY16-AUD interface card, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Yamaha Celebrates 125/25

BUENA PARK, Calif.—October 1, 2012 marks the 125th anniversary year of Yamaha Corporation, one of the world’s leading musical instrument and professional audio companies, based in Japan, commencing operations in 1887. Yamaha Corporation and its other group companies will begin a year of commemoration of this significant anniversary. For the occasion the Company has adopted a new commemorative logo mark and slogan, “125 Years of Passion and Performance”.

This year is special for Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, who is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the company’s entrance into the digital console market with the launch 25 years ago of the DMP7, the first of many digital consoles manufactured by Yamaha Corporation Japan. Great strides have been made over the past 25 years with the manufacture of DMC1000, ProMix 01, DM2000, 02R, 02R96, 01V and 01V96 and 01V96i, The strong acceptance for these earlier models opened doors for mid-size recording, post and broadcast facilities as well as for the installation market, most notably the house of worship market, and sound companies to take advantage of more affordable, digital console solutions. Thirteen years ago marked the launch of the company’s flagship PM1D digital console, soon followed by the PM5D console. Familiarity and reliability have been the constant thread throughout all digital products manufactured by Yamaha, reinforcing a strong customer commitment to the future line of M7CL, M7CL-48ES, LS9, DM2000VCM and 02R96VCM consoles.

“It is fitting that as we celebrate the 125th anniversary of our parent company, Yamaha Corporation Japan and the 25th anniversary of digital console manufacture, we also celebrate the enormous acceptance of our new Yamaha CL Digital Console product line launched in March,” states Larry Italia, Vice President and General Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.

“The 125th anniversary slogan, “125 Years of Passion and Performance”, speaks volumes about dedication to our customers,” says Italia. “Our employees are quite passionate in providing the highest quality service and support, and we will continue to provide exceptional digital audio products at the highest level of performance.”

For more information, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

FSR’s HDMI Wall Plate Extender Sends Signals Further At An Appealing Price

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR, manufacturer of audio and video switching, control products, and connectivity boxes, has added the HDMI Wall Plate Extender to its new Digital Video (DV) family of products, a line aimed at professional installations requiring HDMI support. The new extender consists of a single gang Decora style wall plate transmitter and a matching receiver capable of extending HDMI signals at 1080p up to 165 feet. The HDMI Wall Plate Extender joins dozens of new FSR products being offered at extremely attractive price points.

The HDMI Wall Plate Extender has an HDMI input on the front and 2 punch down blocks for CAT x cables on the back. Punching down the CAT x cable directly to the interface has several advantages, not the least of which is the cost savings of paying to have the cable terminated. In addition, this style of connection saves space in the electrical box and reduces the strain introduced by a tight cable radius when terminated cables are used.

The HDMI Wall Plate Extender is available in white, black and ivory to match existing décor.

For further details contact FSR at (800) 332-3771 or via e-mail at sales@fsrinc.com.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

FSR complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and is a woman owned business. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information visit www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • harriet@desertmooncomm.com

Delicate Productions Supports Train Tour With Martin Audio MLA

Train is just wrapping up their sold-out “California 37” tour on the heels of their sixth studio album of the same name that has already produced the certified platinum single “Drive By” (#10 on Billboard’s Hot 100), and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”

Based in San Francisco, Train consists of a core trio comprising Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar) and Scott Underwood (drums). Over the years, the band has produced successful albums such as their eponymous debut Train with hits including “Free” and “Meet Virginia;” Drops of Jupiter, which yielded the Grammy award winning single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me);” My Private Nation with their third Top 20 hit “Calling All Angels” and Save Me San Francisco in 2009 with the catchy, ukulele-based “Hey Soul Sister,” a quintuple platinum hit and Grammy Award winner.

The California 37 tour started in Canada and has ranged throughout North America in a variety of venues including amphitheatres, arenas and theaters. Delicate Productions of Camarillo and San Francisco, who has already successfully deployed Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system with Selena Gomez, relied on a system for the tour that consisted of 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) enclosures per side and 12 MLX subs. These were supplemented with 16 Martin Audio W8LC and six W8LM cabinets for side and front fill.

Commenting on MLA, Delicate president Jason Alt said, “The tour is going well, everything has gone very successfully with the MLA system. The only show where we had to add more boxes was Red Rocks where we went to 16 MLA per side instead of the usual setup because of the size of the venue.”

Asked if the different type of venues provided a challenge in terms of getting the control and coverage Delicate needed, Alt responded, “Not at all. The MLA system actually performs really well on every level in every kind of venue that Train has played. All of the reports we’ve gotten back from our crew about reactions to the system from the band and their engineers have been extremely positive.”

Delicate also used Digico SD10 consoles for House and Monitors along with Martin Audio 5.2 amplifiers and Sennheiser G3 IEM personal monitor systems. The tour crew included Train’s FOH engineer Rob Thomas and Monitor engineer Rob Greene, along with system engineer Phil Reynolds and system techs Kenny Kaiser and Russ Cunningham.

Expanding his comments, Alt added, “MLA is a really good solution, especially its small truck footprint that gives you a definite transportation advantage for tours that need every square inch of space they can get. The technology has really given us an edge because it is such a distinctive product in terms of its capabilities and flexibility. We feel MLA gives us a bit of an edge when we’re bidding on new projects.

“Clients are starting to be very aware that the flexibility of the box and its controllability and rejection capability is what a lot of artists are looking for. With MLA, there’s not a lot of energy on the stage, which makes it better for performers and improves the audience’s listening experience.

“And the MLA owners’ network in the United States has been a real asset as well,” Alt concludes. “We’ve all been able to work together sharing resources, equipment and technical information, something which has proved to be a major benefit for every one of us.”

For more about Delicate Productions please click to www.delicate.com

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

ALTINEX MX2106AV 2-IN 2-OUT VGA AUTO + AUDIO SWITCHER STREAMLINES PRESENTATION ENVIRONMENTS

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Brea, CA – September 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the MX2106AV 2-In / 2-Out VGA Auto + Audio Switcher. Supporting automatic or manual switching, the MX2106AV is ideal for classrooms and other presentation spaces requiring the flexibility to alternate between two computer sources and simultaneously output to two displays or a single display plus local monitor. more

Michael MacDonald Joins ATK Audiotek as President

Michael MacDonald, New President of ATK Audiotek

Valencia, California (September 25, 2012) – Leading audio production company, ATK Audiotek, is proud to welcome Michael MacDonald to take over the duties as President and leadership of the company’s business development, sales and marketing programs, coincident with the retirement of outgoing President Michael Stahl.

MacDonald joins ATK Audiotek with over three decades of experience in the professional audio industry, most recently having served for five years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HARMAN Professional. Prior to HARMAN, Michael operated a successful consulting business at Pilot Business Strategies, where he worked with over 30 professional audio clients and trade organizations on product and program development, business planning and marketing and sales, where he built strong relationships with a diverse array of industry stakeholders. MacDonald has held senior roles at other professional audio manufacturers, including as President of JBL Professional and 10-years in various executive positions with Yamaha International.

Michael MacDonald began his career in the audio business in the production industry working as lead audio engineer on a host of major tours and projects including Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the GRAMMY® Awards and Presidential debates.

“Having Michael MacDonald join the company is a natural extension of the relationships we have enjoyed for over 30 years,” commented Mikael Stewart, Partner and Vice President of Special Events, ATK Audiotek. “We’re very pleased to welcome him onboard and look forward to his ideas and his energy just as we are appreciative of Mike Stahl’s massive contribution to ATK since its foundation!”

Scott Harmala, Partner, CTO and Vice President of Engineering, ATK Audiotek, concurs “Michael not only brings decades of experience and industry contacts but a proven, high energy, creative approach to building new business. We share a considerable history together but also a strong vision for the future potential of the production industry and of ATK Audiotek!”

Michael MacDonald noted, “I am really excited to be moving to ATK Audiotek for the next phase of my career,” add Michael MacDonald on his new role. “ATK Audiotek is a great company that has been a pioneer in the live event industry and has built a solid business by focusing on superb customer service. I am really flattered that Mikael and Scott have given me the chance to join the team as an ATK partner and I also appreciate the support Michael Stahl has provided to make this possible.”

About ATK Audiotek
Founded in 1983, ATK Audiotek is the foremost sound reinforcement provider in the professional audio industry. ATK Audiotek provides unparalleled quality and reliable service to all of its clients. ATK Audiotek’s client roster includes hundreds of television productions, special events, industrial conventions, permanent installations and concert tours. ATK Audiotek has received many awards including four nominations and two wins of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding technical achievement. For more information please visit http://www.atkcorp.com/about.html

METRIC HALO RELEASES PRODUCTION BUNDLE FOR WINDOWS AAX AND MAC AUDIO UNITS, CELEBRATES WITH SALE

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 2012: This past weekend, at IMSTA Festa, Metric Halo announced the release of the Metric Halo Production Bundle for Pro Tools 10 for Windows, as well as Macintosh Audio Units. The software will be available 9/25/12 and consists of seven plug-ins compatible with AAX Native and AAX DSP Pro Tools systems and any Macintosh DAW that supports Audio Units: ChannelStrip 3, Character, HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Multiband Expander, Precision DeEsser, and TransientControl.

This bundle provides all the tools necessary to sculpt a mix. Four of the plug-ins contain audio analysis tools from Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo software, giving the user visual feedback of the plug-in’s processing. “We’re excited to release the Production Bundle for Pro Tools on Windows,” said Allen Rowand of Metric Halo. “The introduction of the AAX plug-in format has made it possible for us to offer our software on Windows for the first time. We’re also thrilled to make the Production Bundle available to all of our longtime Macintosh users. The great thing about the Production Bundle is that one iLok license works cross-host and cross-platform – so if you prefer to edit audio in Pro Tools but compose in Logic, you only need one license. Or if you work in Pro Tools in Windows at home and Mac in the studio, you’re covered as well.”

The MSRP for the bundle is $699 USD, with individual plug-ins priced at $199 USD each. Upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to ChannelStrip 3 are available for $49, and upgrades from ChannelStrip 2 to the Production Bundle cost $549. Owners of Metric Halo’s +DSP software may purchase the Production Bundle for $549, and may purchase the Bundle for $399 if they own licenses for both +DSP and ChannelStrip 2. Customers who have purchased ChannelStrip 2 Native since October 1, 2011 are eligible for a free upgrade to ChannelStrip 3.

In order to celebrate the release of the Production Bundle, Metric Halo is offering special pricing from 9/25/12 to 10/25/12; the Production Bundle and individual plug-ins are 25% off. See http://mhlabs.com for more information.

Promotional pricing is available through Metric Halo dealers, as well as Metric Halo’s direct sales site, and may only be combined with customer loyalty discounts. AAX plug-ins require Pro Tools 10 or later running on Mac OS X or Windows, and Audio Units require Mac OS X and Audio Unit hosts. The Production Bundle and individual plug-ins require an iLok for authorization.

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, 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

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