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Verrex Adds Ferentinos to Enterprise AV Sales Team

Verrex's Michael Ferentinos

Verrex's Michael Ferentinos

AV systems integrator Verrex welcomes Michael Ferentinos to its Sales group. Michael, who joins with a broad range of ProAV and broadcast experience, will be based at the company’s corporate headquarters.

MOUNTAINSIDE, NEW JERSEY USA / 13 December 2012 / — Verrex, a global design-build integrator and managed services provider of conferencing, collaboration and presentation technologies, today announced that Michael Ferentinos has joined as Account Executive for the metropolitan New York area. Mr. Ferentinos will be responsible for matching Verrex’s full range of AV systems design, integration and managed services solutions to corporate market needs. He will report directly to Verrex Vice President of Sales, Bill Chamberlin.

“Overseeing the roadmap for our clients’ conferencing and collaboration strategies requires high-caliber consultative, technical and interpersonal skills,” said Mr. Chamberlin. “Michael is a proven leader in this respect. He is an excellent fit to put Verrex workplace solutions to work for a growing and diverse array of clients.”

Mr. Ferentinos is an industry veteran with nearly two decades of experience in systems integration and technology vendor services. Prior to joining Verrex he was Project Manager for Harris Broadcast working with clients such as the NBA, Fox News, New Jersey Meadowlands Stadium and the United Nations on a broad range of audiovisual and broadcast projects. Additional career highlights include Operations & Project Services Director for Manhattan Crewing Company and increasingly senior roles at The Systems Group, culminating as Production Manager. During his career, Ferentinos has worked with clients such as NBC News, CNBC, the Conan O’Brien Show, ABC Good Morning America, MTV Networks and the National Geographic Channel.

“Exceeding the expectations of my clients is a requisite,” added Mr. Ferentinos. “However, a successful project and relationship means not only am I committed, but the entire organization responsible for delivery. This is an established Verrex approach and clear differentiator that my clients can take real value from. I am excited to join such a client-centric organization.”

Mr. Ferentinos is based out of Verrex’s Corporate & Global headquarters in Mountainside, New Jersey and can be reached at mferentinos@verrex.com.

About Verrex
Founded in 1947, Verrex designs, integrates, services and supports conferencing and collaboration systems globally that allow companies to communicate and collaborate through video conferencing and other audio visual technologies. Verrex’s approach is driven by a proprietary quality-management process and focus on documentation to deliver consistency and best-in-class standards across an entire enterprise. Led by full-service offices in key corporate hubs, Verrex has built an allied network across 40 countries to share its vision of exceptional integration and support services worldwide. For information, visit verrex.com.

Verrex, the Verrex Logo and GMS are registered trademarks of Verrex Corporation and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.
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Theresa Hahn, Director of Marketing & Business Development
Verrex
Phone: +1 908 664 8391
Email: thahn@verrex.com

ELAN To Introduce New g!6.2 Software Update At ISE 2013

The world’s most sophisticated and user-friendly entertainment and control system, ELAN® g!, is about to become even more user- and integrator-friendly with the ISE 2013 market debut of the new ELAN g!6.2 Software Update which features support for international weather forecasting, a host of new drivers and ‘back end’ improvements to make it even easier for integrators to program and install. The formal introduction of the new software update will take place at ISE 2013 in Stand 1N80.

According to ELAN Home Systems Brand Manager Robert Ridenour, the announcement of the new software update, in addition to bringing critically important new functionality to market, comes less than one month after the company began delivering its g!6.0 software and underscores the speed of product enhancements that are now underway at ELAN.

“With sales of the ELAN g! System hitting critical mass around the world, we are dedicated to accelerating the pace of software development that will ensure that the ELAN g! system remains the easiest to install, use, and update entertainment and control system available from any manufacturer,” Ridenour said today.

According to Ridenour, the new ELAN g!6.2 Software Update features a host of new features including support for true global weather forecasting that will allow g! customers in every part of the world to access and display weather forecasts for their geographic area. What’s more, the g!6.2 software will allow dealers to program specific automation trigger events based on the local forecast, including, but not limited to, temperature, humidity, wind, and weather alerts for automation of things like motorized window shutters and shades, internal climate set points and distribution of email alerts to the homeowner, among others.

“Automating the home via weather information is something that few other manufacturers can accomplish and this adds a great new feature set for ELAN g! integrators,” commented Ridenour.

The new ELAN g!6.2 Software Update also provides support for a host of new drivers, including manufacturers like Rako Lighting, Cool Master, and Clypsal Lighting, among others. In addition, the new update delivers an improved dealer- programming interface that further shortens the time required to program a g! system.

“Over the last year the international appeal of the ELAN g! system has grown significantly, in no small part due to the introduction of KNX support, Chinese language support, support of international streaming content and Android support,” Ridenour stressed. “Today’s announcement will serve to strengthen g!’s international appeal that much further. We look forward to a very exciting ISE 2013.”

About ELAN Home Systems:
Since 1990 ELAN® Home Systems has been an industry leading manufacturer of innovative, award-winning Multi-Room audio/video systems. ELAN systems were the first to integrate audio, video, phones and third-party products to create a seamless, easy-to-use “whole house” solution. ELAN systems and products are distributed through a comprehensive channel of select Dealers and Distributors throughout the United States, Canada and more than 58 countries worldwide. To learn more, visit www.elanhomesystems.com. ELAN is part of the CORE Brands division of the Nortek Technology Solutions Segment (www.nortek-inc.com). CORE Brands combines the product and marketing strengths of ten iconic audio, power management and control brands into a single business unit that includes ATON®, BlueBOLT®, ELAN®, Furman®, Niles®, Panamax®, Proficient®, SpeakerCraft®, Sunfire® and Xantech® brands.

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SYMETRIX SOLUS 8 AND JUPITER 4 DELIVER THE MESSAGE AT SOUTHEAST ASIA BIBLE SEMINARY

MALANG, INDONESIA – DECEMBER 2012: The Southeast Asia Bible Seminary (SEABS) instructs students from around Indonesia and other nearby countries from its campus in Malang, East Java. It offers several degrees, including a Bachelor of Divinity, multiple masters degrees, and a Doctor of Ministry. To match the needs of an expanding student body, SEABS has added new buildings and infrastructure to its facilities. Most recently, the school added a 1,600-seat auditorium and a 150-seat recital hall, both of which required high-impact sound reinforcement. A/V integration firm PT Gracia Auvindo of Jakarta designed and installed those systems using the Symetrix Solus 8 open-architecture processor and the Symetrix Jupiter 4 fixed-architecture processor, both of which offered cost-effective performance perfectly tailored to the needs of the school.

“The school officials asked for a very clear and intelligible sound reinforcement system,” said T.S. Phan, engineer with PT Gracia Auvindo. “They wanted excellent dispersion and coverage for all of the seats in both venues.” The auditorium will be used for very large services (an existing sanctuary hosts SEABS’ regular services) and for other large events, such as graduation ceremonies. In contrast, the new recital hall will be used for small services, seminars, and overflow from the auditorium.

A new Midas mixing console serves as the input and control hub in the auditorium. On-stage microphones, piano, and band instruments provide the bulk of the input material. The console sends signal directly to a Coda Audio house PA via CAMCO amplifiers. However, console output is also distributed to the basement, the first floor public areas, and the second floor by way of the Symetrix Solus 8 processor. For the distributed system, QSC amplifiers provide power to Ecler ceiling-mounted loudspeakers. The Symetrix Solus 8 also provides output for Coda Audio side-fill, out-fill, front-fill, and backfill loudspeakers.

“The Symetrix Solus 8 was a cost-effective choice,” said Phan. “It not only gave us the high-fidelity sound asked for by the client, but also gave us open-architecture flexibility to design exactly what was needed. For example, I could insert two channels of feedback fighters on the stage side-fills, where it was needed, without wasting that resource on the other outputs, where it wasn’t needed.”

The recital hall is considerably simpler. Input sources such as stage microphones and a few band instruments feed a small Midas mixer, which in turn feeds a Symetrix Jupiter 4 fixed-architecture processor. From there, CAMCO amplifiers power a Coda Audio loudspeaker system consisting of stereo full-range boxes paired with stereo subwoofers. Phan used a “Sound Reinforcement” app to configure the Symetrix Jupiter 4 with appropriate input/output structure and processing blocks. “The Symetrix Jupiter 4 is a very simple, cost-effective DSP for this type of application,” said Phan. “I just chose an appropriate app using the Symetrix App Finder on the Symetrix webpage, loaded it up on the unit, and made a few parameter adjustments, and it was ready to go!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

ASHLY’S PEMA™ HOLDS UP IN COURT

WAPAKONETA, OHIO: Construction of the Auglaize County Courthouse was completed over a century ago in 1894. Occupying a full city block in downtown Wapakoneta, Ohio, the building stands true to its original design. Ornate and dignified sandstone frames the two-story structure, which is capped by a clock tower and a recently renovated statue of Lady Justice. In order to bring its capabilities in line with 21st Century expectations while still retaining the charm and repose of its 19th Century origins, the county renovated the Auglaize County Courthouse to the tune of $30 million. Among the myriad renovations was an overhaul of the audio/visual systems installed in its three courtrooms. With limited space, a strict budget, and future-proof expectations, local integration firm RG Sound & Communications centered each courtroom’s new system on an Ashly Pema 8125.70 integrated processor and amplifier.

“One of the first things that the county officials pointed out was how long the courthouse had been serving the community,” said Shawn Snider, project manager at RG Sound & Communications. “They expected these renovations to serve on a similar timescale. That meant that we needed to design and install an audio/video system that would be sufficiently flexible to meet their unanticipated needs many years into the future. For that reason, and because they had a tight budget and limited (19th Century) closet space, we felt that the Ashly Pema, which offers eight channels of fully-featured matrix processing and eight amplifier channels in a two-rack space chassis, was the perfect choice.”

With only slight variations, the installed A/V system in each of the three courtrooms is more or less identical. Eight court-supplied microphones feed a court-supplied (and government-inspected and certified) recorder. Its mixed output feeds the first input on the Ashly Pema, and a redundant summed line feeds the unit’s second input. The remaining six inputs receive signal from an NTI audio/video matrix mixer, which is in turn fed by audio/video outputs at the lawyers’ tables and at other strategic locations throughout the courtroom. Computer control of the NTI matrix resides with the judge, who can patch any video input to any video output (including individual retractable flat screen monitors for each juror). Audio can be played in the courtroom if the judge so chooses. Because more than one video input can be selected at one time, the system accommodates multiple audio sources using the Ashly Pema’s inputs three through eight. The Ashly Pema’s eight amplifier channels power a distributed in-ceiling collection of Community DS8-series loudspeakers.

“Because no audio technician would be on hand during proceedings, we used the powerful DSP capabilities of the Ashly Pema to provide consistent, intelligible audio from the microphones and from the A/V output,” Snider said. “By using the Ashly Pema over a separate DSP/amplifier solution, we were able to help the county stay on budget. Moreover, both the NTI A/V matrix and the Ashly Pema reside comfortably on the network, making it easy for us to make changes for them remotely. The fact that we can lock out the front panel of the unit ensures that no unqualified technicians will attempt to make changes to the system.”

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 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

BORMANN MARKETING EARNS SYMETRIX U.S. REP OF THE YEAR AWARD

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON: Symetrix, manufacturer of a broad range of signal processing and control equipment for professional audio applications, announces that Bormann Marketing has earned its U.S. Rep of the Year award for fiscal year 2012. Bormann Marketing has been representing Symetrix in the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Illinois for the past year-and-a-half. The award is an even more noteworthy accomplishment “given the particularly talented rep force that we currently have,” in the words of Tim Murray, director of sales in the U.S. & Canada for Symetrix. In addition to the Integrator Series of application specific installed system DSP, the Jupiter series of app based turn-key DSP, and the powerful Dante network audio SymNet Edge & Radius DSP, Bormann cited strong sales of the SymNet Solus standalone fixed I/O DSP as key ingredients in the past year’s success.

“Company Principal, Jon Bormann and his team form a very professional, talented organization,” said Murray. “They epitomize all of the characteristics of a successful independent manufacturer’s representative. Not only do they consistently meet and exceed sales goals, they have a strong infrastructure, they make it a point to learn and master the technologies and products, and of course, they have excellent rapport and relationships with their/our customers, as well as with personnel here at Symetrix. We are quite pleased to be working with Bormann Marketing and look forward to more growth and success together in the coming year.”

“We make it a priority to keep on top of the technology so that we can confidently assist in trainings and system design,” said Bormann. “And of course Symetrix is rapidly bringing innovative, new products to market that perfectly meet the needs of our clients. Thus, we have a great synergy with Symetrix. In the past year, the SymNet Solus processor was especially popular, owing in equal parts to its flexible open-architecture DSP, transparent sound quality, and fiercely competitive price-point.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

ROBUST, AFFORDABLE ASHLY PROCESSORS, AMPLIFIERS, AND NETWORK FADER REMOTE CONTROL REJUVENATE ST. CLEMENT CHURCH

DES PERES, MISSOURI: St. Clement of Rome Catholic Church has served as the spiritual bedrock of Des Peres, Missouri for over half a century. Today, over 5,000 parishioners call St. Clement home, and over 500 students attend its schools. Like most mid-sized churches, the impact of its services relies on a well-functioning sound reinforcement system to deliver transparent, intelligible spoken word and emotionally compelling music. When St. Clement’s old sound system started failing, it called on local A/V integrator Tech Electronics to install a new system that would provide trouble-free service for years to come. Tech Electronics met that goal with a new headend comprised of an Ashly ne24.24M modular processor, three Ashly KLR 3200 amplifiers, and an Ashly FR-16 network fader remote control.

“The church had last updated its equipment over a dozen years ago,” explained Tony Badamo, systems specialist at Tech Electronics. “They don’t modify their setup very often, so when they do, they want to choose an integrator and equipment that will provide a stable system to carry them far into the future. The auto-mixers in the old system were starting to fail, as were some of the amplifiers.” Badamo wanted to try a complete Ashly system, based on its reputation for reliability and its competitive price point. “The power you get per dollar with Ashly amplifiers is very efficient,” he added. “If you compare it with the other leading amplifier manufacturers out there, you’ll see it’s a big difference.”

All of the loudspeakers – which are arranged as a center cluster with a left-right complement – were in good shape, and Badamo left them in place. Only the rack equipment needed to be replaced. To accommodate the church’s CD player input and its many microphone inputs, he outfitted the modular Ashly ne24.24M processor with twelve analog inputs. Eight outputs handle all of the existing loudspeakers, including a 70-volt system for hallways and other areas outside the sanctuary, as well as a listening assistance system. Badamo easily configured one of the Ashly KLR 3200 amplifier channels to power the 70-volt system. The remaining channels power the house system.

Badamo was careful to give St. Clement Church enough control to meet its needs, but not so much control that curious fingers could wreck the setup. The Ashly FR-16 is a bank of sixteen faders plus a master that communicates with any Ashly processor via a simple network connection. Each fader’s effect is fully customizable, and Badamo gave the church simple volume control of each input, along with master volume control. Because the church was hoping for a “set it and forget it” setup, the Ashly FR-16 resides in the rack. Everything else is off limits. “I love that the volume knobs on the Ashly KLR amplifiers can be locked out,” Badamo said. “Especially in systems like this with multiple outputs, giving the user access to the volume knobs is a recipe for blown-up speakers!”

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 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

SYMETRIX JUPITER 8 APP BASED TURN-KEY DSP PROVIDES WYOMING SCHOOL AUDITORIUM PERFORMANCE AND CONTROL

PINDALE, WYOMING: Nestled amid the soaring, snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains, Sublette County School District #1 serves the students of Pinedale, Wyoming and its neighboring communities. Total enrollment across all grades falls just over 1,000 students. With an auditorium available for school performances and community events, the Pinedale High School operates as one of the cultural cornerstones of the small community, and the responsibility of maintaining and operating it’s A/V system falls to Patrick Rookus, the district’s auditorium manager and tech director. When the room’s aging sound reinforcement system approached its thirtieth birthday, Rookus made the call to renovate it, both as a way to prevent imminent equipment failure and, perhaps more importantly, as a way to keep up with the needs of the auditorium’s diverse users. A Symetrix Jupiter 8 app based, turn-key DSP resides at the heart of the new system and delivers transparent audio quality, system flexibility, and intuitive user control.

“We wanted the new system to be versatile enough to satisfy the needs of the varied types of performances and presentations that take place, while also anticipating the sound system requirements for many years to come,” said Rookus. He contacted Performance Audio of nearby Salt Lake City, Utah, where system design & installation expert Jake Peery worked out an affordable and effective solution. “By using a Symetrix Jupiter, I knew we could create a system that would be simple, flexible, and – together with a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote – easy to operate,” said Peery. “The Jupiter possesses all of the necessary processing power, including delays, limiting, and equalization, at a very affordable price point.”

The system is composed of eight new Sennheiser ew 114 G3 wireless microphones, along with a range of other existing wired and wireless microphones that feed an existing console. The outputs of the console feed two of the eight analog inputs of the Symetrix Jupiter 8. An additional microphone runs directly into the Jupiter 8 to allow speech reinforcement for simple applications. The additional inputs of the Jupiter 8 accommodate other “guest” consoles that can be utilized without having to un-patch the main console. On the back end, a new stereo Electro-Voice EVA line array with three top cabinets and two subwoofers per side provides impactful coverage, and four Electro-Voice XI-1082 loudspeakers provide front fill. Electro-Voice amplifiers power the system.

The Jupiter 8 runs the “Sound Reinforcement #6” app, which provides a high-pass filter, a low-pass filter, a 15-band EQ, a split compressor, and a feedback fighter on each input. On each of the outputs there is a speaker manager module, which contains eight bands of parametric EQ, a high-pass filter, a low-pass filter, and up to 243ms of speaker delay. A flexible matrix creates eight submixes, where any input can be routed to any output with full input level control. Peery installed a Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote at the rack, which allows Rookus to easily select between the Jupiter 8 inputs. Moreover, the ARC-2e allows for selecting different operating modes, such that the guest consoles can patch in and be processed as left/right only, as left/right and separate fills, or as left/right, fills, and subwoofers.

“It’s an efficient system that does everything required of it,” summarized Peery. “Moreover, it has sufficient flexibility to meet the school’s future needs.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix engineers high-end professional audio solutions, specializing in DSP hardware and software. Symetrix products are distributed worldwide, and designed and manufactured in the U.S. at the Seattle area headquarters. Since 1976, customers have enjoyed the benefits of Symetrix’ independent ownership and management. For more information on Symetrix professional audio products, please visit www.symetrix.co or call +1 (425) 778-7728.

FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY TO OUTFIT STUDIO B WITH A 64-CHANNEL API VISION ANALOG SURROUND SOUND CONSOLE

WINTER PARK, FLORIDA: With 17,000 students and over 44,000 alumni filling the ranks of the entertainment industry, Full Sail University is among the best-known and highly-respected institutions for audio, film, design, show production, game development, computer animation, and entertainment business education. Its flagship recording arts program dates back to the school’s founding over thirty years ago and is currently supported by a massive studio complex. After a comprehensive search and thorough vetting, Full Sail has announced it will replace the existing console in Studio B with a 64-channel API Vision analog surround sound console.

“It was important that we provide our students the invaluable experience of working with high-end analog audio,” explained Dana Roun, director of audio arts at Full Sail University. “Today, most of our incoming students have been working with digital audio their entire lives. And yet the sound that defines our industry, the sound of the classic albums, the benchmark in professional audio, is the sound of finely crafted analog equipment. API embodies that real analog sound.”

Of course, Full Sail University does not make a decision on one of its large-format consoles in one of its signature control rooms lightly. Some of the school’s audio educators and technicians met to whittle down a long list of possible replacements. “We considered everything,” said Roun. “But we were aiming for that boutique, sought-after, no-questions-asked, flat-out great analog sound.” Once a short-list existed, Roun and a small party of faculty traveled to Nashville, where they could test-drive each console in close proximity. “We left Nashville sure in our decision that API had the sound we were after,” he continued. “When we heard it, it felt unmistakably right.”

“API is pleased not only to be chosen to build and supply a custom API Vision console for Full Sail, but also to show this 64-channel console on the floor of the recent AES Show,” said Gordon Smart, managing director of API. “This special desk, scheduled for commissioning at Full Sail on January 2, 2013, was unveiled at this past AES convention in San Francisco. It’s exciting to welcome one of the most prestigious secondary schools on the planet into the API family!”

Because the API Vision can mix in stereo and surround sound simultaneously, Full Sail will be able to merge it with audio-for-video courses and projects. Its flexibility provides room for growth and will allow the school to realize the full value of its investment for many years to come, independent of the often-unpredictable shifts in digital audio technology.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

NEW API 1608 ANALOG CONSOLE INSTALLED IN THE PEABODY CONSERVATORY AT JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND: When the highly-respected Recording Arts and Sciences Program at the Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University needed to replace an aging console the clear choice was with a new sixteen-channel API Audio 1608 console, largely because of its authentic sound quality and flexibility. The University program, which awards a double-major Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s of Arts in Audio Sciences is the American equivalent of the European Tonmeister training program, and its students benefit from being in close alliance with the JHU’s G.W.C. Whiting School of Engineering, a dedicated faculty of experts and a comprehensive recording studio facility to anchor the program.

Students from the Peabody Conservatory engage in over one thousand performances a year in five venues of varying size, and the Recording Arts and Sciences Program’s studio facilities tie into those venues. Recording arts students record each and every performance under the guidance of faculty members. Beginning students handle simpler stereo recording sessions and assist on more complex sessions, whereas advanced students conduct multi-mic recording sessions for the orchestras, operas and jazz ensembles. Studio D is connected to three of those performance venues, and the new API 1608 console will play a large role in those recording sessions.

The API 1608 is paired with a Pro Tools HD system, which Scott Metcalfe, director of the program, asserts is an excellent hybrid analog/digital combination. “With the API 1608, students can experiment with the full range of possibilities, from in-the-box mixes, to analog summing, to DAW fader control, to full-analog mixing and processing,” he said. “It’s a very flexible design, and we will use it in a lot of different ways.”

Metcalfe and colleagues also look forward to putting the API 1608’s modular design to equally practical use. Each channel features a slot for an API 500-series format module, with eight spare slots that can be patched in. Although API is famous for having pioneered the format and makes many popular 500-series processors, a huge number of established and boutique manufacturers have adopted the 500-series format for their processors as well. Thus, the API 1608 readily accepts third-party processors of tremendous scope and variety.

API is already present in the facility’s other studios. A four-channel API 3124 preamp and a ten-space 500V rack loaded with API equalizers and dynamics processors lend the warm analog “API sound” to Studio A. “In addition to the sonics of API and the flexibility of the 1608, I was also happy to be working with our neighbors,” said Metcalfe, acknowledging the fact that API’s headquarters are a mere twenty-five minutes from the Recording Arts and Sciences Program at the Peabody Conservatory/Johns Hopkins University.

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.) Established more than 40 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series and 1608 recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

DANLEY SPEAKERS GIVE NATIONWIDE ARENA THE HOME ADVANTAGE

COLUMBUS, OHIO: Nationwide Arena is home to the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League and is host to most of the popular musical acts that travel through Ohio’s capital city. Depending on its configuration, Nationwide Arena can accommodate between 17,000 and 21,000 people, and its recent turn-of-the-millennium design and construction have been widely praised by sports fans and critics. ESPN The Magazine wrote that Nationwide Arena is “the No. 2 stadium experience in professional sports” and the “Ultimate Sports Road Trip” deemed it the greatest arena in the NHL. However, poor sound system coverage had been Nationwide Arena’s dirty little secret since it opened its doors in 2000, and the owners were wisely unwilling to rest on their laurels. Recently, as part of a project that included a massive video upgrade, acoustical consultant Anthony James Partners joined A/V integration firm Daktronics to bring sound reinforcement in line with the rest of the arena’s amenities using efficient, point-source Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

“Achieving even coverage with conventional loudspeaker technologies is challenging because low-frequency pattern control is seldom very good,” explained Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering with Anthony James Partners. “As a result, system components interfere with each other and create uneven coverage that cannot be rectified with all the processing in the world. Danley Sound Labs’ unconventional designs array seamlessly and deliver excellent pattern control. Moreover, they are inexpensive relative to their output, which provides exceptional return on investment for the client.”

The design called for eight primary clusters distributed equally around the arena. Each cluster contains two Danley SH-96 full-range loudspeakers hard-packed side-by-side and a Danley TH-118 subwoofer. Eight wide-dispersion Danley SM-100 loudspeakers populate a delay ring that provides coverage for Nationwide Arena’s highest tier. Two additional SH-96s cover the ice. Daktronics installed all of the clusters on chain motors for easy servicing and, in the case of those clusters whose positions would interfere with musical acts, easy hoisting.

The rest of the sound reinforcement system benefitted from the retrofit as well. A new Allen & Heath iLive console provides 32 inputs and 16 outputs at the main mix position and 16 inputs and 8 outputs at a remote position. A QSC Q-Sys processor with a 500i core provides input conditioning, routing logic, and modest loudspeaker conditioning. Lab.gruppen PLM-series amplifiers deliver clean power to the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers. Because both the Q-Sys processing system and the PLM-series amplifiers are network-ready, Daktronics was able to provide the owners with comprehensive monitoring facilities in the A/V control room.

Nationwide Arena’s new high-definition sound reinforcement system complements a new high-definition video system. Its showpiece is a new 43,000 lb. scoreboard that uses nearly sixteen million LEDs to display high-definition video on four 25-foot by 15.5-foot screens. The brilliant scoreboard hangs over center ice. In addition, two “party towers” now use LED technology to project 25-foot by 14-foot video images in the west corners of the arena. Various smaller screens project in upgraded high-definition, and the resolution of the ribbon video board that circles most of the arena is doubled.

“With the Danley system installed, the coverage is close to perfect,” said David Sturzenbecher, audio project engineer with Daktronics. “The design specification called for +/- 4dB throughout, and the system measures closer to +/- 2dB throughout. Because the Danley products deliver so much output, we needed vastly fewer boxes to provide full coverage than we would have used with conventional loudspeakers or line arrays. That let us give them a very high-performance system at a much lower price tag. And not only is the coverage excellent, but so too is the fidelity and low-frequency extension.” Jeff Baumgartner, Nationwide’s in-house A/V engineer stated, “Daktronics design engineers created a virtual arena and accurately predicted the performance throughout the arena. Overall, I am extremely pleased with the system. Coverage is darn near perfect.”

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

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