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ASHLY’S VERSATILE TM-360 AMP/MIXER CHOSEN FOR NATIONAL CZECH & SLOVAK MUSEUM & LIBRARY

czeck_slovak-museum.JPGCEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – JULY 2012: Established in 1974 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML) quickly became a focus of cultural life in east-central Iowa and a tourist destination for travelers both national and international. A series of expansion projects led to a new building dedicated in 1995 by then-US president Bill Clinton, Czech Republic president Václav Havel, and Slovakia president Michal Kovác. A devastating flood in 2008 damaged over $8 million of museum and library collections and caused insurers to balk at the idea of covering the museum for fear the Cedar River would flood again. In an epic, but ultimately cost-effective solution, the NCSML moved its building to higher ground and simultaneously expanded to over 50,000 square feet. The NCSML recently reopened with an inviting gift shop designed to send visitors home with items that more

Famed Kentucky Eatery Gets New Sound with Community

Georgetown, KY, July 2012….  Galvin’s Restaurant is one of Georgetown’s most popular watering holes, with a busting restaurant and a crowd of friendly regulars who gather to shoot the breeze and watch their team, the Southeastern Conference University of Kentucky Wildcats.

Like most busy establishments, there are those who come to watch the game, and others who want to hang out with friends. And as often happens, the banter of those enjoying each others’ company can make it hard for others to hear the game.

“They had four small wall-mounted loudspeakers, and when things got busy the ambient noise made it hard for people to hear,” explains Curtis Cox of Nicholasville, KY-based Curtis Cox Music. “Some customers would ask for it to be turned up, and others would complain that it was too loud.”

The room’s acoustics precluded simply adding more or louder speakers. “The building is rather old,” says Cox. “On one side the ceiling is plaster, and on the opposite side the ceiling is painted metal. We knew if we put speakers in the wall, we’d end up with sound bouncing all over the place. And running additional wiring through the walls would be a challenge due to the age of the building.”

Cox’s solution was to focus the sound downward using a distributed system of Community DP6 pendant loudspeakers. Eighteen of the pendant loudspeakers are suspended from the open-beam ceiling – three over the bar and the rest covering a pair of tables each. “We ran each speaker to a custom-designed control box, with a 35W auto transformer on each speaker,” Cox explains. “Now the restaurant manager can adjust each individual speaker’s level to suit the customers’ taste.” Crown CDi amplification powers the system, with an Alesis 8-channel line mixer providing inputs from various audio sources.

“We’ve used Community loudspeakers on a number of projects over the years, and have always had great results,” says Cox. “We were confident that the DP6 would be a great solution, and it has proven to be just that. We’re very impressed with the sound and performance.”

 

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  

Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

ALTINEX DEBUTS PNP417 POP-N-PLUG INTERCONNECT BOX

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Brea, CA – July 2012… Altinex, the leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the availability of the PNP417 Pop-N-Plug interconnect box, another addition to the ever-expanding line of Pop-N-Plug interconnect offerings. Customizable to almost any tabletop, the PNP417 interconnect box offers convenient, one touch access to a variety of video, audio, computer, network, and power connections—making the tabletop connection point attractive for any boardroom or conference room table. more

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYED AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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Wabash, IN – July 2012… Due in part to our online, ever-connected society, the ability to be relevant to the congregation is among the most daunting challenges many churches face. Without clearly articulated speech and natural sounding music reproduction, it’s very easy to lose the congregation’s attention. Mindful of the situation, First United Methodist Church recently elected to take charge of the situation. The solution was found in the deployment of a new sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

Continental Air Show Productions Pumps Star Spangled Sailabration with Community

Baltimore, MD, July 2012…  On the morning of September 14, 1814, Major George Armistead signaled the American victory in the war of 1812 by raising the first American flag over Fort McHenry. The incident inspired poet Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner, which would eventually be declared this country’s national anthem.

On June 13, the city of Baltimore kicked off a three-year national commemoration of the events of 1812 with the Star Spangled Sailabration, a seven-day festival of concerts, celebrations, fireworks, an international parade of ships, and a rousing air show featuring the Blue Angels.

To provide audio support for the Blue Angels air show, Continental Air Show Productions selected a dozen Community R.5HPT loudspeakers. As CASP’s Dave Olmstead of observes, the Community R-Series is unequalled in power, coverage, and intelligibility. “Obviously, the biggest challenge in providing sound for a Blue Angels air show is competing with the ambient noise of the jets themselves,” he says. “The Community R-Series has been our first choice for our shows over the years, because it’s the only loudspeaker that can provide the levels we need, for the very large coverage areas we have to address, and do it with an exceptionally high degree of intelligibility.” And they’re rugged enough to withstand CASP’s grueling schedule of back-to-back shows, from Maine to Spokane and back again.

“Fort McHenry is where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner,” Olmstead adds. “So to be able to hear the song performed at this historical site with the clarity that our Community R-Series speakers provide was extremely moving, not only for CASP, but for the thousands in attendance.”

 

For more info on Continental Air Show Productions, visitwww.continentalairshows.com

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 


D.A.S. EXPANDS OPTIONS ON AERO AND CONVERT SERIES PRODUCTS

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Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … Leading Spanish manufacturer D.A.S. Audio, announces the introduction of a white paint finish for a variety of their most popular products. The white color option will facilitate the integration of the D.A.S. systems in the décor of permanent installations such as houses of worship, auditoriums and multipurpose venues. more

ASHLY’S PEMA COMBO DSP/AMP IMPROVES THE LOFTY ATMOSPHERE AT CALIFORNIA COUNTRY CLUB

buttecreek_exterior.JPGCHICO, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 2012: Nestled amid meticulously manicured grounds, the stately clubhouse of Butte Creek Country Club (BCCC) in Chico, California is – in addition to the ideal place to relax after a round of golf – a fabulous setting for weddings, fundraisers, and other events. However, until local integration firm Tolar AVL installed a sophisticated Ashly Pema 8250.70 Protea(tm) DSP Matrix Amplifier with Ashly neWR-5 remote wall panels, the clubhouse’s single-source sound reinforcement system was a source of frustration for BCCC management and staff.

“BCCC operates a very high-end facility, and required a sound system to match,” said Chuck Mahar, sales director and project manager with Tolar AVL. “The previous system included a large rack of amplifiers stacked with 70-volt transformers. There was a complete lack of DSP or equalization that meant that the entire clubhouse had to commit to the more

MAC MAN AND METRIC HALO FAN: JOEL LONKY

joel_lonky.JPGSAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – JUNE 2012: For over twenty years, Joel Lonky has been touring with many of the music industry’s most amazing luminaries. He is currently hired as production manager for The Goo Goo Dolls and as FOH engineer for Rob Zombie, Billy Idol, and Diddy. His past credits include FOH tours with Rage Against the Machine, Third Eye Blind, Maroon 5, Weird Al Yankovic, Anthrax, Guns & Roses, LL Cool J, Korn, Cypress Hill, and many others. Lonky recently upgraded from a well-known sound analysis software platform to Metric Halo’s SpectraFoo Complete. He now uses SpectraFoo before every show in order to guarantee that his mix will translate for the swarming sea of fans who are ready to participate, body and soul, with the music they have come to see live.

“I first learned of SpectraFoo in 1997, when I was more

RH Signature Series Wins Best Of Show at InfoComm 2012

Las Vegas, NV, June 2012…. At InfoComm 2012, Renkus-Heinz introduced their newest product, the Ralph Heinz Signature Series loudspeakers. This versatile new line of loudspeakers received an overwhelming response from attendees and media alike, and was recognized with the coveted Best Of Show award by ProSound News and ProAudio Review.

The RH Signature Series features a range of two- and three-way enclosures designed for professional audio applications including the theater and touring markets. The RH Series includes six-inch, eight-inch, and ten-inch two-way models, as well as twelve-inch and fifteen-inch three-way models.

All models feature a dual wedge angle design, integral multi-angle pole, screw thread points, and multiple rigging and mounting options including Yoke Mount, Wall Mount, and U-Bracket hardware. Both self-powered and passive models are available.

“The RH Series has been a true labor of love for Ralph Heinz and the rest of the engineering team, and we are proud of the results,” said Rik Kirby, Renkus-Heinz VP of Sales and Marketing. “Needless to say, we are thrilled with the response it has received as this show, and of course, we are truly honored to receive such a prestigious award.”

The Ralph Heinz Signature Series will be available during the fourth quarter of 2012.

 

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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.

Iconyx Gives Initiatives of Change a Clear Hearing

Caux, Switzerland – June 2012… Above the clear waters of Lake Geneva, in the small village resort of Caux overlooking Montreux, the locally-nicknamed ‘Cinderella’s Castle’ hosts an annual series of conferences hosted by CAUX-Initiatives of Change.

An independent officially recognized Swiss foundation, the body works to promote peace, prevent conflicts, build trust and encourage intercultural dialogue and ethical conduct in business. CAUX-Initiatives of Change is a member of Initiatives of Change International, an NGO in special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and participatory status at the Council of Europe.

Their summer seminars in Caux draw people from all over the world, in what was until 1946 the grand Caux-Palace Hotel. A magnificent and peaceful setting, but one whose acoustic legacy has proved a major downside for its current use.

British sound designer Terry Nelson, whose Switzerland-based company Studio Equipment was hired to improve speech intelligibility in the main conference area, explains: “The main salon of the hotel, where the conferences are held, has high ceilings and a wonderful cupola in the centre, with pseudo-art deco plasterwork. The effect of all this is almost infinite flutter echoes, and the area under the cupola works like a whispering gallery. It’s basically a very difficult environment to deliver clear speech to up to 450 people.”

To make the acoustics more complex still, the central area and stage are flanked by a glass conservatory-style wing overlooking the gardens to stage right, and a corridor to stage left.

In a classic scenario, he says, “They’d had a PA installed, with perfectly good quality loudspeakers that were unfortunately totally the wrong choice for the highly reflective environment. People despaired about understanding conversations and presentations. They’d also installed an 8-channel multiple translation system, and many people turned to using that system’s headphones in an effort to understand what was being said.”

The conference’s British technical director Brian Thirlaway initially contacted an audio company in Zurich, which in turn recommended Studio Equipment. Says Nelson: “We did a site visit and from the outset it was obvious that we needed a highly directional system to tame the multiple reflections.” Further discussions revealed that while speech would be the primary use, subtle sound reinforcement for small groups or solo instruments was also required.

Nelson recommended Renkus-Heinz Iconyx’s digital beam steering capabilities to direct sound away from the walls and cupola. The main system consists of two IC16-R arrays, controlled by RHAON software over CobraNet via a remote Ethernet port, along with two CF Series subwoofers.

The slim arrays fit perfectly either side of a mock proscenium arch and are run via analogue audio lines from an existing DDA Q Series console, with control via Ethernet from a Renkus-Heinz IC-RC1 RHAON remote preset control that allows simple user switching between preset modes. The console also feeds two Iconyx IC7 arrays (via groups), which cover the conservatory and corridor areas.

Says Nelson: “Having looked at the room, I did an initial set-up with Renkus-Heinz’s BeamWare II beam alignment software. With the rear wall around 30 metres from the stage, I set up the IC16s so that five separate horizontal beams covered the audience area evenly from front to back.”

“One of the best comments we had,” says Nelson, “was that the general secretary of the organisation was very pleased, saying that for the first time you could understand every word without using the interpreter system headphones, even right at the back or under the cupola.

“From our point of view, when we were doing the first commissioning, one of my colleagues stood right under the cupola, where the sound comes at you from all directions.

“It takes a lot to impress him and he said he couldn’t hear a single echo, just some natural room reverb.

“The whole team was there at the time and it was a case of ‘problem solved’. As a final touch, Renkus-Heinz delivered the Iconyx arrays in a finish that precisely matches the white decor.”

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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.

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