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Technomad Loudspeakers Upgrade Audio in French Football Stadium

New system complies with Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) standards thanks to broad audio dispersion, high voice intelligibility of Noho loudspeakers

BOSTON, January 28, 2013Stade Francois Coty, a French football stadium in the Corsican city of Ajaccio, France, has completed audio upgrades compliant to league standards, with seven Technomad advanced audio loudspeakers covering the entire venue.

Home club AC Ajaccio recently transitioned to Ligue 2, also known as Division 2 in the LFP French professional football league. The league-imposed audio upgrades required a higher measure of intelligibility and audio coverage throughout the stadium — a quality the previous audio system lacked.

Systems integration company Atacc International worked with French Technomad dealer Audiopole to develop the new system, ensuring intelligible voice and music is audible throughout the stands. The design also considered financial and structural challenges, including minimal hanging points for the latter. But the challenge of protecting gear in the open stadium air was top of mind for both companies.

“Our main concern was undoubtedly the weather, and Technomad loudspeakers are 100 percent weatherproof,” said Alain Castelli, manager, Atacc International. “They can withstand wind, rain, moisture and temperatures as cold as 0 degrees Celsius in the winter; and as hot as 30 degrees Celsius in the summer. The sea is also nearby, so salt corrosion was another concern.”

Audiopole provided an acoustic study of the stadium prior to installing the seven Technomad Noho loudspeakers in the stands, behind the goals, and within a VIP space and visitors area. The study determined that the Noho was the best model for the project, providing excellent coverage and full-range audio — including ideal sensitivity for speech. The complete system includes Yamaha amplifiers and mixers, a Shure ULX Series microphone, and an automated playout system for security announcements.

“This was our first time using Technomad, and we are very pleased,” said Castelli. “The observed power of the Nohos in comparison to their size is very impressive, and the responsiveness from Audiopole was also excellent.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

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Clear-Com Features Wide Range of Intercom Offerings at ISE 2013

AMSTERDAM, 28 JANUARY 2013 ─ Clear-Com®, a global leader in critical voice communications systems, is featuring its latest range of intercom offerings at the 2013 ISE show (Stand 11-E67). Among the systems available for demonstration are the recently unveiled Eclipse HX matrices and HelixNet Partyline system. The company also presents its BroaMan interface option and the latest upgrades to the Tempest®2400 wireless intercom.

“Clear-Com has made several exciting product announcements in the last few months, and we’re pleased to show them to the ISE community,” says Dan Muchmore, Regional Sales Manager for UK, Ireland and Scandinavia, Clear-Com. “Our 40 years of experience in the dynamic world of Broadcast and Live Productions have allowed us to build a portfolio of advanced wired and wireless intercom technologies that essentially meets the demands of many System Integrators, Consultants, and End-Users within the Pro-Audio space. Clear-Com products and services have resolved communication challenges for a variety of applications and markets, including education, corporate, cruise ships and offshore.”

The Eclipse HX Digital Matrix Systems, along with the Eclipse HX (EHX) Configuration Software, are powerful matrix intercoms that offer fast performance, high system capacity and simplified operations and administration. Eclipse HX comprises the Eclipse HX-Omega, Eclipse HX-Median and Eclipse HX-PiCo matrices, as well as the EHX software. In facilities where matrix intercom systems and resources are often shared across multiple areas, fast and highly intuitive systems are critical to reliably execute system-wide changes in real time and with minimal impact on system users. Users can make changes on the Eclipse HX systems quickly and without advanced notice. This capability is especially important in live operations, such as theatre productions.

The EHX software was architected for rapid processing of configuration and routing cards to optimise system performance and speed. Its user interface is designed to be much more intuitive and easier to set up. The Eclipse HX-Omega port density offers 460 ports per 6RU frame, making it the highest density intercom matrix on the market. PiCo-Link provides intelligent audio linking between co-located Eclipse HX-PiCos, allowing users to expand resources with just two rack-unit spaces. Clear-Com’s V-Series panels, frame cards and interfaces are compatible with the new Eclipse HX range to provide a seamless logical upgrade path for existing Eclipse customers.

The Tempest®2400 with Seamless Roaming and Tempest®2400 MasterBelt add advanced wireless capabilities to the Tempest family of digital wireless intercom systems. With the latest additions, users are afforded even more wireless coverage options. The Tempest2400 with Seamless Roaming is ideal for sound designers working at multi-venue or large-scale events, as it allows users to move freely throughout large venues separated by sizeable distances. This includes multi-room complexes, multi-level facilities and sports arenas. Users can effortlessly and seamlessly roam across 16 different coverage zones without interference or dropouts.

For small-scale productions, where an untethered and mobile system is needed, the Tempest2400 MasterBelt is an ideal wireless solution. It offers most of the features, reliability and robustness of the Tempest2400 BaseStation within a compact, portable packaging of a BeltStation. The MasterBelt can be paired with any standard Tempest2400 two-channel BeltStation to create a six full-featured, full-duplex two-channel system.

The HelixNet™ Partyline Intercom System is the industry’s first digital network partyline intercom with a unique set of capabilities to provide efficiency, cost-savings and flexibility from setup to operation. The revolutionary HelixNet platform has proven itself by providing communication at high-profile events such as the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics.

Included in the HelixNet portfolio of products are the HMS-4X Main Station, HBP-2X HelixNet Beltpacks, the HLI-2W2 two-wire Interface Module and the HLI-4W2 four-wire Interface Module. Each HMS-4X Main Station offers four intercom channels, program audio and power for up to 20 beltpacks over a shield twisted-pair cable (e.g. microphone cable, CAT-5 or CAT-6). Users can also work off one’s existing shielded cable infrastructure to centrally manage the entire system from the Main Station with a single cable. The HelixNet beltpack also functions as a source assignment panel, allowing users to select any two of four channels to get the job done. Furthermore, the high fidelity system delivers superb audio clarity and is rugged enough to withstand demanding work environments.

Clear-Com will also feature the BroaMan DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI video and intercom signal transport interface, the latest offering from its expanded partnership with Optocore/BroaMan. The DiViNe V3R-FX-ICOM-SDI provides scalable, protocol-independent routing, repeating, transport and distribution of multiple signals over optical fibre. It is equipped with (four) four-wire RJ45 matrix ports and (four) four-wire RJ45 panel ports. This ensures that either matrices or intercom panels can be connected to the unit using standard CAT cables. It also allows for distribution of audio and control data through an optical network. The unit is capable of housing up to six SD/HD/3G-SDI coaxial video inputs or outputs that are converted to and from single-mode DiViNe optical fibre links.

About Clear-Com®
Clear-Com, an HME company, is a global provider in professional voice communications systems since 1968. We develop and market proven intercom technologies such as Analog & Digital Partyline, Digital Matrix, Wireless and Intercom-over-IP systems for critical communication applications in broadcast, performance venues, military, government and enterprise markets. Recognized for our legacy of intercom innovations, production teams around the world have come to depend on Clear-Com for clear, reliable and scalable communications solutions. For more information, please visit www.clearcom.com.

Screen Innovations to Show Three New Projection Screen Solutions at ISE 2013

Screen Innovations to Show Affordable, Appreciable and Aesthetically Pleasing Projection Screen Solutions at ISE 2013 in Stand 1-N53 as Part of Home Cinema Europe Display

SI Projection Screens, Projection Screen Materials and Associated Technologies Deliver Value, Image Quality and Immersive Experience Rivaling Flat Panel Displays

Austin, TX, USA (ISE Stand #1-N53- Home Cinema Europe) – January 28, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI) will demonstrate for ISE 2013 attendees an impressive new lineup of projection screens and screen materials which provide an immersive experience and impressive image quality, coupled with unique and innovative features that are not offered elsewhere.

In the Home Cinema Europe stand #1-N53, Screen Innovations will demonstrate both the new Black Diamond Zero Edge G2 and Gamma Maestro 4K acoustically transparent projection screens. These game-changing projection screen technologies can easily represent a greater value per square inch in the video category than traditional flat panel displays, and deliver best-in-class performance with innovative features not found elsewhere. 2013 ISE attendees are sure to be captivated with what they see.

Here is a sampling of what will be shown in stand 1-N53 by Screen Innovations:

Black Diamond™ Zero Edge G2 Projection Screens

The New Black Diamond Zero Edge G2 by Screen Innovations is the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejecting projection screen. Featuring a rigid panel, a pencil-thin 10mm bezel, and the award-winning Black Diamond screen technology that can boost a projector’s contrast by over 900%, Black Diamond Zero Edge projection screens have the look and feel of a flat panel TV, yet blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, deliver a stunning image, and provide a fully immersive entertainment experience for light or dark room applications.

A new frame design provides better structural support, an integrated track system provides the option to inlay optional full perimeter LED Lighting behind the screen for added effect, and optimized shipping cartons simplify job site handling and can reduce freight costs by more than 65% on average. Due to the company’s proprietary Zero Edge™ design, SI is currently the only manufacturer that offers LED lighting and is promoting the benefits of using backlighting with two-piece projection systems as a way to add depth, warmth, and to enhance surrounding design and décor elements in order to make larger displays more welcome in both residential and commercial settings.

Available with Black .8 gain, Dark Gray 1.4 gain, or Silver 2.7 gain screen materials, Black Diamond Zero Edge G2 offers the most affordable, innovative, and versatile projection screen technology available, setting a new aesthetic standard that is currently unmatched in the marketplace.

More information is available online:

http://www.screeninnovations.com/projector-screens/fixed/black-diamond-zero-edg/

Gamma Maestro 4K Projection Screen Material

Gamma Maestro 4K is a 1.1 gain acoustically transparent woven screen material that features black level and color saturation enhancement as well as excellent color neutrality, 4K resolution, brightness uniformity, and wide viewing angles which when combined, makes for a projection screen that is excellent for use with a bright projector in both moderately lit and dark environments.

Available in either fixed or motorized configurations in sizes up to 215”, Gamma Maestro’s acoustically transparent characteristics provide industry-leading audio clarity with a maximum measured variance of +2 -1 db from 20 to 20k Hz. Prices vary by configuration.

More information can be found online by following this line:

http://www.screeninnovations.com/screen-materials/gamma-maestro-hd-11-white/

A white paper on Gamma Maestro 4K is available for download by following this link.

Black Diamond™ Motorized

A new and truly unique motorized design utilizing SI’s award-winning Black Diamond ambient light rejection screen technology, Black Diamond Motorized is a sleek and sexy flat panel alternative that actually disappears when not in use, ideal for virtually any environment or application. Utilizing one motor, four custom helixes, and a spool of slender aircraft cable, Black Diamond Motorized silently lowers a thin wing containing the rolled Black Diamond screen downward from a recessed ceiling-mounted cassette. The cable-hung wing then stops, and from it, a small tube quickly emerges and lowers itself down to an adjustable, pre-determined image height, leaving only the image space in sight.

Because Black Diamond screens do not require masking or any black drop material whatsoever, there is no visible material above, below, or on either side of the screen surface, allowing the images projected on Black Diamond Motorized to appear as though they are suspended in air. Unlike flat panel TVs, Black Diamond Motorized delivers zero glare and reflection when used in a bright environment, and by virtue of its industry-leading Black Diamond ambient light rejection screen technology, light scatter is measurably reduced by over 75%. Delivering a next-level entertainment experience while literally disappearing into the room’s existing décor when not in use, Black Diamond Motorized appeals to the senses – and satisfies the needs of - a diverse audience in either residential or commercial environments. Black Diamond Motorized is the ultimate blend of art + science.

SI has a projection screen solution for nearly any budget, any application, and any aesthetic. ISE 2013 attendees are encouraged to visit the Home Cinema Europe stand (#1-N53), see the demo, and learn more about delivering next-level entertainment experiences to a diverse clientele by incorporating Screen Innovations projection screens into their installations.

To download SI product images, videos, logos and associated marketing materials click on the following link: http://www.screeninnovations.com/downloads/

 

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About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com or call +1 (512) 832-6939 to learn more about the SI family of products and services available. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | Katye@screeninnovations.com | O. +1 (406) 446-1283 | C. +1 (425) 328-8640

SI Shows New Motorized Ambient Light Rejecting Projection Screen at ISE 2013

Screen Innovations to Demonstrate the New Black Diamond Motorized Projection Screen at ISE 2013 in Stand #1-N53

Innovative Motorized Ambient Light Rejecting Projection Screen Technology is Easy to Install and Delivers Impressive Image Quality While Preserving Existing Room Aesthetics

Austin, TX, USA (ISE Stand #1-N53- Home Cinema Europe) – January 28, 2013 – Screen Innovations (SI), a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies, announced today that in addition to Black Diamond Zero Edge G2, Gamma Maestro 1.1 gain 4K (acoustically transparent), and Solar™ 1.3 gain 4K screen materials, the company will also demonstrate the brand new and much-anticipated Black Diamond Motorized projection screen for ISE 2013 attendees. Black Diamond Motorized solves complex installation challenges by virtue of its unique and provides a stunning image that is especially ideal for small spaces or multi-purpose rooms.

SI joins 10 other AV brands in the Home Cinema Europe stand (1-N53) and will show several projection screen solutions to ISE 2013 attendees in the expansive space. Demonstrating game-changing technologies that can also represent a greater value per square inch than flat panel TVs, Screen Innovations aims to shift the way two-piece projection is thought of and utilized, pushing the category further into the mainstream.

New: Black Diamond™ Motorized

A new and truly unique motorized design utilizing SI’s award-winning Black Diamond ambient light rejection screen technology, Black Diamond Motorized is a sleek and sexy flat panel alternative that actually disappears when not in use, ideal for virtually any environment or application. Utilizing one motor, four custom helixes, and a spool of slender aircraft cable, Black Diamond Motorized silently lowers a thin wing containing the rolled Black Diamond screen downward from a recessed ceiling-mounted cassette. The cable-hung wing then stops, and from it, a small tube quickly emerges and lowers itself down to an adjustable, pre-determined image height, leaving only the image space in sight.

Because Black Diamond screens do not require masking or any black drop material whatsoever, there is no visible material above, below, or on either side of the screen surface, allowing the images projected on Black Diamond Motorized to appear as though they are suspended in air. Unlike flat panel TVs, Black Diamond Motorized delivers zero glare and reflection when used in a bright environment, and by virtue of its industry-leading Black Diamond ambient light rejection screen technology, light scatter is measurably reduced by over 75%. Delivering a next-level entertainment experience while literally disappearing into the room’s existing décor when not in use, Black Diamond Motorized appeals to the senses – and satisfies the needs of - a diverse audience in either residential or commercial environments. Black Diamond Motorized is the ultimate blend of art + science.

With the addition of Black Diamond Motorized to the lineup, SI now has a projection screen solution for nearly any budget, any application, and any aesthetic. ISE 2013 attendees are encouraged to visit the Home Cinema Europe stand (#1-N53), see the demo, and learn more about delivering next-level entertainment experiences to a diverse clientele by incorporating Screen Innovations projection screens into their installations.

To download SI product images, videos, logos and associated marketing materials click on the following link: http://www.screeninnovations.com/downloads/.

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About SI

Screen Innovations (SI) is a leading US-based manufacturer of projection screens and associated technologies for residential and commercial applications. Best known for Black Diamond™, the world’s first and only multi-directional ambient light rejection projection screen technology, SI has effectively revolutionized the two-piece projection category by pioneering and producing screens which deliver an unparalleled video image in either light or dark environments.

Sold at affordable price points and designed to blend flawlessly with surrounding décor, SI projection screens deliver stunning images and a fully immersive entertainment experience, rivaling or surpassing traditional displays. Operating under the principle that “No matter the budget, Screen Innovations has the best available screen solution to suit your needs,” SI produces a comprehensive assortment of screens and accessories for nearly any budget or application.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.screeninnovations.com or call +1 (512) 832-6939 to learn more about the SI family of products and services available. Follow SI on Twitter @SIScreens and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/screeninnovations.

Screen Innovations Media Contact:

Katye (McGregor) Bennett | Katye@screeninnovations.com | O. +1 (406) 446-1283 | C. +1 (425) 328-8640

 

Display Development Expands International Presence at ISE 2013

Batavia, NY—January 2013—Display Development, manufacturer of custom engineered projection display systems, is expanding its international presence with multiple locations at ISE 2013, including placement with key partners, Home Cinema Europe #1-N53 and Stewart Filmscreen #1-F40.

Among the products being featured, Display Development will show for the first at time ISE, its new in-wall video projection systems at the Home Cinema Europe booth with its International Sales Manager, Joe Manning, (#1-N53). These proprietary systems offer unprecedented installation flexibility, providing superior viewing even in ambient light situations.

The Reference System ONE 2K in the Stewart Filmscreen booth (#1-F40) will showcase the perfect solution for high-end applications with a 4-way masking screen system for premium performance, and extreme flexibility to accommodate a wide array of image sizes and aspect ratios. Producing up to 30,000 ANSI lumens, the Reference System ONE 2K utilizes Display Development’s unique light path and signal processing. The industry’s leading lens mechanism increases the Reference Series Systems’ rock solid performance with programmable aspect ratios.

Working with its Norwegian partners, Display Development also announces locations for the avielo projector line at ISE:

Home Cinema Europe: #1-N53
A state-of-the-art high-end home theater featuring avielo helios Studio Edition E featuring RealScope™ as well as ADA, RBH Sound, D-Box, and Screen Innovations.

JBL Synthesis: #1-N73: avielo helios Studio Edition featuring RealScope™

Procella: #7-Q170: avielo optix SuperWide235

Wisdom Audio: #5-T110: avielo helios Studio Edition

About Display Development
Display Development is an independent design and marketing group that concentrates its efforts on very-high-performance visual imaging systems. With a proven 20-year track record, the core team of Display Design Development is responsible for bringing over 100 displays to market, many of which have received awards and accolades for their leading-edge technology. For more information, please visit www.displaydevelopment.com.

LIGHTNING-STRUCK MONASTERY BLESSED BY ASHLY AMPLIFIERS

ERIE, PENNSYLVANIA: Mount Saint Benedict Monastery in Erie, Pennsylvania is the spiritual center of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and a nursing facility for elderly women. Its main chapel seats approximately one hundred individuals, and the sisters hold two well-attended services a day. Recently, the chapel was struck by lightning, which damaged all of the electronics in its sound reinforcement system beyond repair. The company that had installed that system, Fact AV Technologies of North East, Pennsylvania, quickly stepped in with a loaner system. In only a month’s time, Fact AV had designed and installed a new system based on Ashly ne Series amplifiers. All of the sisters and nursing home residents noticed the new system’s improved intelligibility and clarity.

“Almost all of the sisters can hear way better than I can,” laughed Eric Johnson, owner of Fact AV Technologies. “When we were commissioning the original system, they complained of a high-pitched hum. I couldn’t hear it, and only one of the three guys on my crew could hear it… barely. But they were right. I tracked down the problem and removed the hum.” In addition, everyone who attends services at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery regularly calibrates their ears to acoustic music. The services are frequently supported by woodwind ensembles, acoustic guitar, piano, bell choir, an a cappella choir, and myriad guest musicians.

Johnson duplicated the original system’s processing and user control, with a few minor updates. Ten wired and six wireless microphones, and a CD player provide input to a Lectrosonics processor. An AMX user-control system provides customized control of input selection and output volume. None of the building’s twelve-inch coaxial loudspeakers were damaged by the lightning strike. In contrast, Johnson took the amplification in a new direction in the new system. An eight-channel Ashly ne8250 powers the main speakers for the sanctuary. A two-channel Ashly ne800 powers the stage monitors, and a two-channel Ashly ne800.70 powers the 70-volt systems on the building’s first and second floors.

“Ashly’s feature set per cost is unsurpassed,” said Johnson. “Ashly offers a range of configurations that are very useful to me as I design optimal systems in different scenarios. Ashly amplifiers, and the ne Series in particular, are lightweight and compact. The units are always reliable. I’ve almost never had service issues, but when I have, Ashly’s support staff turns the repairs around right away or sends advance replacements. Either way, they take care of me.”

He continued, “In addition, they sound great. As you might imagine, the monastery is very quiet, and the amps are perfectly silent. And their fidelity is excellent.” Despite all of the similarities between the old system and the new system, the sisters and the nursing home residents have noticed an obviously discernable increase in the system’s intelligibility and clarity. “The new Ashly amplifiers have played a huge role in that improvement,” concluded Johnson.

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

DANLEY SOUND LABS HIRES JONATHAN PARKER AS NATIONAL SALES MANAGER

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs announces that it has hired pro audio manufacturing veteran Jonathan “JP” Parker to the role of National Sales Manager. Parker brings to the position over 25 years of sales and marketing experience working with industry powerhouses such as Bose, Crown, TOA, and Martin Audio. Although he will focus on the domestic market with Danley, Parker’s background provides him with a global perspective. Reporting to company president Mike Hedden, Parker will be responsible for growing domestic sales of Danley’s unique loudspeakers, subwoofers, and supporting processors and amplifiers.

“JP’s qualifications and industry experience perfectly position him to elevate Danley’s domestic sales at a time when our products are gaining critical momentum in multiple segments of the installed sound market,” said Hedden. “Beyond his obvious talents, JP is a great guy. As an active member of his church’s praise team – JP plays keyboards and bass and also runs the sound – he’s in touch with the end user’s needs.”

“Danley is one of the few pro audio companies that not only offers unique solutions to longstanding problems,” said Parker, “but also commits itself to providing an ethical and healthy environment for all of its employees. Danley has a great product and a great story to tell. I’m excited to be part of the team and to help spread the word!” Parker will focus the Danley sales team’s efforts where they can have the most impact, and he will support those efforts with effective sales and marketing tools.

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

SYMETRIX INTRODUCES COST-EFFECTIVE AUDIO INPUT/OUTPUT EXPANSION DEVICES FOR USE WITH SYMNET EDGE AND RADIUS DANTE NETWORK AUDIO DSP

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JANUARY 2013: Symetrix announces today the release of the cost-effective SymNet xIn 12 and xOut 12. These products increase a system’s analog input or output channel capacity resulting in a reduction in overall price per channel.

Designed exclusively for use with SymNet Edge and Radius DSP units, each of the twelve studio-grade analog inputs’ and each of the twelve studio-grade outputs, along with bus assignments, are configured using SymNet Composer open architecture software. The xIn 12 and xOut 12 set-up is logical and fast with no requirement to use third party software. There are no mechanical switches or circuit board jumpers to set. Systems are simpler, cost less, and have fewer potential points of failure.

Noted CEO, Paul Roberts, “Whether you are scaling up a SymNet Edge system, a SymNet Radius system, or one that combines the two, the xIn 12 and xOut 12 create larger systems with smaller price tags.”

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.

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS REMEDY NEIGHBORHOOD NOISE COMPLAINTS AT ATLANTA’S 24/7 IHOP CHURCH

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – JANUARY 2013: IHOP Atlanta is a 24/7 church that spans the time between its frequent services with continuous prayer meetings, a fact that lends sincerity to its full name: International House of Prayer Atlanta. In the year that followed after its October 2004 founding, IHOP rapidly transitioned to the 24/7 cycle, and the prayer meeting that convened on February 12, 2006 is still going without interruption! However, noise complaints from neighbors, engendered primarily by the high-energy rock bands that play a few times a week, threatened the church’s M.O. To correct the problem, IHOP Atlanta hired Pensacola-based A/V integration firm Soundscapes. Now, Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers, which have tremendous pattern control even at low frequencies, focus energy on the congregants and away from the walls. As a result, the “listen-to-leak” ratio is greatly improved, and the church is enjoying Danley’s clean, transparent sound as a bonus.

“Danley’s pattern control is the key to this installation,” said Langston Holland, owner and chief designer with Soundscapes. “I flew three rows of three Danley SH-100s. The patterns hit the sidewalls at about four feet, which puts church members in the coverage as they walk the aisles praying, but deflects excess energy down to the carpeted floor. Moreover, the coverage patterns from each row just kiss the patterns of the rows before or after, so you primarily hear sound from a single loudspeaker, no matter where you are.” To make that work, the first row is facing almost straight down, the last row is at 45 degrees, and the middle row is intermediate. Holland hung them as low as possible without threatening sight lines, thereby increasing perceived SPLs according to the inverse square law.

Because music is such an important component of IHOP Atlanta’s services and prayer meetings, Holland avoided “over-delaying” the middle and rear speakers, a trick that helps locate sounds to the stage via the precedence effect but that also tends to smear them out, which is most noticeable on staccato elements like rim shots. Instead, each row of Danley SH-100s is delayed per its actual distance from the stage. A Peavey Media Matrix delivers the processing, including a 95Hz crossover for the church’s existing subwoofer array. Three new QSC amplifiers join three existing QSC amplifiers to power the system.

To add excitement and dimension to their mixes, Holland installed the new Danley SH-100s with stereo output. But to avoid unintended consequences of operator error, he blended the center loudspeaker so that everybody gets at least some left and right coverage. “They’re grinning ear to ear,” he reported. “They’ve never actually heard their stereo effects before, and now they’re hearing delays ping back and forth and the subtle tails of reverbs. With the old system, their console was a total mess of radical EQ adjustments, but with the Danley speakers, everything is basically flat. The few minor adjustments are for aesthetics and impact, not to fix problems.”

The new Danley system also gives IHOP Atlanta more clean headroom than it had previously. “That was initially a problem,” Holland said. “It sounded so good that they didn’t realize they were pushing louder than ever!” He inserted some limiting to curb their exuberance. Measurements taken at the neighbor’s house before and after the new Danley system was installed demonstrate that everything above the subwoofers is completely fixed and there is no perceptible or measureable energy there. “The band runs 104dB SPL C-Slow for their Thursday night youth services, and it’s pristine in the auditorium,” said Holland. “Inside the neighbor’s house it measures 50dB SPL unweighted at about 60Hz for about four minutes before and after the preaching, which is the loudest portion of their set.”

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

SAN ANTONIO’S FAMOUS HILTON PALACIO DEL RIO SIMPLIFIES MEETING ROOM FUNCTIONALITY VIA SYMNET SOLUS 8 STANDALONE FIXED I/O DSP

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JANUARY 2013: With San Antonio’s gorgeous downtown River Walk just steps to the west, the city’s well-booked convention center across the street to the east, and the Alamo historic site a block away to the north, the Hilton Palacio del Rio is at the center of a fabulous Texas experience. It delivers the perfect mix of luxury, location, and event support and wins over first-time visitors, earning their repeat business. The hotel possesses over 27,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space split between the 4th floor and the 22nd floor. Recently, the hotel gutted those areas to modernize both their aesthetic and their functionality. Audio/video integrator Good Thunder Provisioning of Montgomery, Texas designed and installed the new system, centering it on four Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 open-architecture DSP units.

“The renovation of the 4th & 22nd floor Meeting Rooms & Ballrooms was undertaken on very fast track – you might call it a hyper track,” said Robert Slaughter, proprietor of Good Thunder Provisioning. “The start date for the demolition of the existing building interior & audio system was July 15, and the first use of the new system was September 27th.” The incredibly short timeframe required advanced planning on the part of everyone involved and tight coordination with the general contractor, the architect, the in-house audio/visual provider (Swank Audio Visual), and the hotel. Slaughter’s sound reinforcement design focused on reproducing high-quality, intelligible speech and engaging foreground music.

Importantly, he kept the interests of the in-house A/V provider in mind. “Too many times we see very high-end, super-technical systems installed in hotels that end up limiting the revenue of the in-house A/V provider,” said Slaughter. “That ultimately limits the commissions paid to the hotel.” The new system exceeds the standards of the International Association of Conference Centers.

With potentially dozens of subdivided rooms, the Hilton Palacio del Rio can take on serious overflow from the nearby conference center or can host sizable conferences or other events all on its own. Input plates in each divisible space provide an XLR input for line-level signals, a CAT6 connection that links to a projector and the rack locations, and HDMI & VGA for connection to a projector or wall-mounted LED monitors. Wireless microphone systems provide the principle audio input for conferences. House music, which is processed by an Aphex Aural Exciter, provides an additional input option. TOA DA-250DH multi-channel digital amplifiers power scores of TOA F-122CU2 full-range ceiling speakers.

Four Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 standalone fixed I/O DSP, each with eight inputs and eight outputs, handle all of the input conditioning, routing logic, and loudspeaker conditioning for the system. As one might imagine, the routing is complex, with numerous zones adding or subtracting speakers in different locations. “Our staff has had a very long and positive history with Symetrix, starting with the Express Cobra series,” said Slaughter. “The Solus is a great product. It’s flexible, easy to program, and great sounding. Adding the Symetrix ARC-2e and the Axiomtek Touch Panel for user control makes the choice of Symetrix a no-brainier. Cost was also a factor, and by using these products we were able to come out better than we had budgeted.”

The user control is made available in two layers. First, twenty Symetrix ARC-2e remote wall panels allow for the line level control of each room section, music level control of each room section, and selection of optional high-pass filtering for improved voice intelligibility. Second, a pair of Axiomtek GOT-5100T-830 touch panels at each rack location duplicate those controls and add room combining, auxiliary input/output routing, and selection of additional music sources. Lighting control will be included in the near future. “The Symetrix ARCs offer a wide range of control features and functions that are flexible and easy to install,” said Slaughter. “They are an excellent choice. Axiomtek Touch Panels are rugged and always work right out of the box. Their reputation is great.”

Once Hotel management heard and controlled the new system, they asked Good Thunder Provisioning to provide new sound reinforcement systems for the hotel’s restaurant and bar areas in the near term and for the lobby next year. The new restaurant/bar system will use a single Symetrix SymNet Solus 8 DSP to deliver two zones with multiple music, cable TV, and iPod inputs. Four Symetrix ARC-2e remote wall panels provide source selection and level control for both zones. Slaughter will use the same TOA loudspeakers and amplifiers to maintain consistency.

Robert Slaughter is the senior project manager for Hairel Enterprises in Conroe, Texas and owns Good Thunder Provisioning.

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.

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