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QSC Introduces the New AcousticPerformance™ Line of Loudspeakers


Costa Mesa, CA (December 5, 2012) – QSC Audio Products is proud to announce the launch of the AcousticPerformance™ line of professional, two-way, full-range loudspeakers, ideal for a variety of installed sound reinforcement applications which require higher SPL and a stylish enclosure. All models feature a 3-inch voice coil, high power-capacity compression driver combined with high-output woofers to deliver exceptional full bandwidth reproduction.

“In keeping with QSC’s loudspeaker design philosophy, all AcousticPerformance loudspeakers feature Directivity Matched Transition™ (DMT) which matches the compression driver to the natural coverage angle of the woofer in the cross-over region”, states Phil Sanchez, QSC Loudspeaker Product Manager. “When combined with their axisymmetric waveguides, AcousticPerformance loudspeakers deliver a flat power response with smooth and accurate sonic reproduction and remarkably consistent coverage both on and off-axis.”

AcousticPerformance models may be used in passive (full-range) mode to minimize amplifier channel count or bi-amp mode for greater control and performance. To further enhance performance, bi-amp and full-range tunings using QSC Intrinsic Correction techniques are available for Q-Sys™ and future QSC products.

All models feature M10 mounting points for deployment via eye-bolts as well as mount points for an optional yoke bracket. The AP-5122m multi-purpose enclosure features a 40-degree angle, making it ideal for floor monitor use, and a pole cup for deployment on a loudspeaker stand. The enclosure and terminal input cup on the AP-5122m have been designed to facilitate the cable runs for a clean appearance on stage.

Presenting a clean, unobtrusive look, AcousticPerformance grilles are unadorned, eliminating the need to cover-up logo treatments, which can be difficult to hide or remove. The grille is also lined with acoustically transparent backing, adding to the enclosure’s professional appearance.

AP-5102/5122/5152 models are available in black (RAL 9011) and white (RAL 9010) finishes. AP-5122m is available in black only. To minimize impact and disposal fees at the job site, all AcousticPerformance loudspeakers are packaged in environmentally friendly, recyclable cartons.

Key Features of the AcousticPerformance Line:

•DMT™ (Directivity Matched Transition) ensures smooth, coherent power response across the listening plane
•3” diaphragm compression delivers a clean and powerful high frequency response
•M10 fittings and yoke mount fittings offer flexible deployment options for a variety of applications
•Clean industrial design with unadorned grilles complement most decors and settings
•NL4 Speakon™ connector and covered barrier strip terminals*
•Bi-Amp / Passive Switchable
•Constructed from 15-ply Baltic birch plywood
•16-Gauge powder coated steel grilles
•Available in black (RAL 9011) and white (RAL 9010)*
•Complete EASE, CAD & BIM information available online
* Except for 5122m

For more information, visit the AcousticPerformance product page at http://qsc.com/products/speakers/ap/

About QSC Audio
QSC Audio Products, LLC is a leading manufacturer of power amplifiers, loudspeakers, digital signal processors, digital sound transport, and network audio for professional audio systems worldwide. qsc.com

Expansive DiGiCo/Optocore Network Propels Streisand Back to Brooklyn

No matter your musical predilection, there’s no denying that Barbra Streisand is one of the biggest talents in show biz. She is the epitome of élan and elegance, bringing a level of detail and sophistication to every aspect of her professional presence, from motion pictures to Broadway to concerts. As for the latter, the notoriously stage-shy artist’s performances have more

Milwaukee’s Marcus Center For Performing Arts Undergoes Sonic Renewal With DiGiCo

marcuscentre_sd8_5.jpgCelebrating over 40 years of top-flight cultural and community programming including symphony music and theater productions, the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is situated in the heart of the downtown Milwaukee theatre district. Uihlein Hall, with a seating capacity of 2,305, is the largest of the Marcus Center theaters, and is home to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet Company, more

EASY TO NAVIGATE AND RICH WITH INFORMATION –DANLEY SOUND LABS UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE

new_danley_website.JPGGAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: Danley Sound Labs, innovator and manufacturer of awe-inspiring loudspeakers and subwoofers, has revamped its website, www.danleysoundlabs.com. Apart from a refreshing aesthetic and a transparent “feel,” the new website places information at the fingertips of those who are already involved with projects using Danley designs, those who are contemplating using Danley designs, and those who are simply curious about Danley’s unconventional more

API ANNOUNCES NEW DEALER AND DISTRIBUTOR IN ICELAND AND CHILE

JESSUP, MARYLAND – NOVEMBER 2012: API, manufacturer of high-end analog processors and consoles, announces that Tónastö?in will serve as its dealer in Iceland and that VGL will serve as its distributor in Chile. Both firms have been supplying their respective regions with professional audio equipment for over twenty years, and both firms are highly visible and respected. The new agreements confirm and solidify API’s commitment to satisfying the demand for its unique brand of warm analog processing in every market where professional recordings are made.

Tónastö?in’s customers originally made the recommendation that the firm start carrying API gear. “With a total population of only just over 300,000, Iceland is a relatively small market,” said Andrés Helgason of Tónastö?in. “So you might say that most, if not all, musicians and audio engineers in Iceland are quite familiar with Tónastö?in. We have great access to the studio world here and are therefore in a good position to promote API.” Tónastö?in will begin selling API rack equipment and 500-series modules.

VGL is an audio-visual system integrator, and its audio division specializes in professional, high-end equipment for recording studios, broadcast studios, live sound, and installed sound. “Like our customers, we are passionate about audio and so we have a deep appreciation for their needs,” said Daniel Vinagre of VGL. “In addition to our sales team, we have a customer support team that is ready to provide after-sale assistance. That helps to earn customer loyalty and repeat sales. We’re excited to work with API because their gear has a unique sound that is full of character and that serves very well in an integrated analog/digital studio.” VGL will distribute the entire API line, from the smallest 500-series module to the small-frame 1608 console to the grand API Vision and Legacy consoles.

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 ENGLAND SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS ADDS SECOND API 1608

BANGOR, MAINE: The New England School of Communications (NESCOM) is a private institution in Bangor, Maine that instructs over 500 undergraduates in the technically-demanding fields of audio engineering, Internet communications, video production, journalism, marketing communications, and broadcasting. In order to fulfill the needs of its growing audio engineering focus, NESCOM recently installed a second thirty-two channel API 1608 small-frame console at its facility, which already includes a large-format API Vision console, as well as the school’s original API 1608. The new console shipped with fader automation and will be used for instruction and hands-on, project-based education in the third audio mixing course.

“Our experience with the API Vision console and our first API 1608 demonstrated that the API products are rock-solid reliable and of the highest audio quality,” explained Wells Gordon, NESCOM audio media specialist and lab instructor for multi-track recording/production, which uses the school’s first API 1608. “The students use these consoles day-in and day-out, and we never have problems with them. And with technology going in so many different directions these days, it is a service to our students to train them on a benchmark of audio quality. The API 1608 clearly meets that mark.” In addition to its craftsmanship and fidelity, both courses make extensive use of the API 1608′s comprehensive routing and signal processing facilities.

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

JDK AUDIO RELEASES TWO NEW 500 SERIES MODULES: V10 MIC PREAMP AND V12 COMPRESSOR

JESSUP, MARYLAND: JDK Audio, the brand developed and engineered by legendary analog innovator API, announces the release of the V10 single-channel mic preamp and the V12 single-channel compressor. Both units are built in accordance with API’s 500-series modular lunchbox® format, which has become the industry-wide standard for modular signal processing equipment. The V10’s circuit is identical to a single channel of the JDK R20 mic preamp, and the V12’s circuit is identical to a single channel of the JDK R22 compressor (itself a replica of the famed inline compressor on ATI Paragon consoles).

“JDK is all about sonic integrity, a great pedigree and extraordinary value,” said Larry Droppa, president and owner of API’s JDK Audio. “As with all JDK Audio products, the V10 and V12 feature the same build quality and five-year warranty for which API products have been famous for decades.”

JDK’s V10 is a fully-featured mic preamp, with 54dB of mic-level gain, 45dB of instrument-level gain, padding, phantom power, and phase inversion. The JDK V12 offers the patented “Thrust” circuit that preserves high-frequency content even under aggressive compression settings and is paired with responsive threshold, ratio, knee, and gain makeup controls. MSRP is an affordable $695 for each unit.

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

ACCLAIMED HEAVY METAL PRODUCER, ENGINEER, AND MUSICIAN ANDY SNEAP “TOTALLY LOST” WITHOUT HIS METRIC HALO PLUG-INS

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA: As a founding member of pioneering thrash act Sabbat, Andy Sneap secured his place within the canon of British heavy metal at a very young age. A devastating guitarist and a talented songwriter, Sneap also showed an interest and proclivity for the critical tasks that took place on “the other side of the glass.” Indeed, he produced two of Sabbat’s successful and highly-respected albums, which, combined with a network of industry friends and a reputation for good work and dependability, earned him a steady flow of production and engineering work for his early-1990s, ADAT-centered home studio. As his prestige grew, his circle of friends and clients grew to encompass the big players in the genre, and Sneap is now credited with over one-hundred works with acts such as Exodus, Machine Head, Napalm Death, and Kreator. He received Grammy nominations for his work with Killswitch Engage and Megadeth.

Sneap is as busy as ever these days. He recently completed producing, recording, mixing, and mastering Testament’s Dark Roots of Earth and Accept’s Stalingrad from his now vastly-updated digs, Backstage Studios. At the same time, he’s active in the 2006 reformation of Sabbat and the 2008 reformation of associated act Hell, both of which keep him busy during the summer festival season. When we spoke with him, Sneap was mixing Saxon’s forthcoming release (the band’s twentieth album!) between festival dates and gearing up to mix a new one for Killswitch Engage and to record Anonamar’s latest. Metric Halo’s ChannelStrip plug-in is one of the essential tools that Sneap has relied on to deliver the kind of mixes that put big, big smiles on the faces of musicians, label executives, and fans. He recently expanded his Metric Halo palette with the Production Bundle, a comprehensive collection of Metric Halo plug-ins.

“I was turned onto Metric Halo ChannelStrip way back in the late 1990s, when I first started using Pro Tools,” said Sneap. “A friend suggested that if I liked the SSL sound, I’d like Metric Halo ChannelStrip. He was right, and it has since become absolutely essential to the way I mix. Truly, every single mix that I have completed in the last fourteen years used Metric Halo ChannelStrip. There are no exceptions.” As part of the continual upgrade of Backstage Studios, Sneap recently added an analog outboard Solid State Logic processor. “It’s great,” he said, “but there’s no way it can replace Metric Halo ChannelStrip!”

Sneap is happiest and most satisfied when he can pilot a project from start to finish, filling the roles of producer, recording engineer, mix engineer, and even mastering engineer. And because he is an accomplished guitarist, his rapport with the musicians he works with makes his sessions uniquely productive, characterized by an easy exchange of ideas and suggestions that never come off as offensive. However, Sneap also recognizes that shrinking budgets have forced many bands and labels to shoulder the recording responsibilities all on their own. As a result, more of his work is shifting to mixing and mastering only.

Associated with that shift is a greater need to “fix” aspects of the recording that don’t arrive in good condition to meld with his mixing style. Here, he is beginning to explore the world of processing possibilities embodied by the Metric Halo Production Bundle, which includes ChannelStrip 3, Character (an analog circuit modeler), HaloVerb, Multiband Dynamics, Precision DeEsser, TransientControl, and Multiband Expander. “The TransientControl has been especially useful for highlighting the ‘ring’ in Saxon’s snare sound,” he said. “And I’ve been using the Multiband Dynamics to zone in on the vocals, where some awkward and nasty stuff was happening around 2kHz.”

Although Sneap bemoans a certain lack of songwriting polish in modern metal that has strayed from the genre’s origins in the late 1970s, he’s quick to assert that modern metal’s sound is nearly ideal. “It’s true that things are becoming a bit too corrected… a bit too cut and paste,” he said. “I prefer a more raw recording, one that conveys the energy and emotion of the actual performance. But at the same time, I think that if I was turning in mixes that sounded like late 1970s albums – though a lovely retro thing to do – people would be disappointed. The power of a modern metal record stands far above those old recordings.”

And Sneap cannot fully convey that power without Metric Halo ChannelStrip. “I’ve tried every plug-in, every channel strip, and nothing can give me the smack, the front-end pop, and the warmth of Metric Halo’s classic,” he said. “I simply cannot complete a mix at a remote location without it. I would be totally lost. With the release of ChannelStrip 3, that is not a concern. The Production Bundle and all its plug-ins are authorized via iLok so I can take the software wherever I go. I’m grateful that Metric Halo continues to update ChannelStrip.”

ABOUT METRIC HALO Now based in the sunny city of Safety Harbor, Florida, Metric Halo provides the world with high-resolution metering, analysis, recording and processing solutions with award-winning software and future-proof hardware. www.mhlabs.com

DiGiCo SD9 Rack Pack Shakes the Cage at All-Star Opening of Mick Fleetwood’s Hawaiian Venue

fleetwoods-on-front-street-maui.jpgDiGiCo rocked the house at the grand opening celebration of Mick Fleetwood’s new restaurant and club, Fleetwood’s on Front Street, in the heart of downtown Lahaina, Maui. The four-night musical celebration boasted a star-studded roster of performers. Night one kicked off with the Grammy-nominated Mick Fleetwood Blues Band, featuring guitarist/singer Rick more

Group One Ltd Launches SD5 Trade Up Program

With the launch of the new SD5 console earlier this year, DiGiCo U.S. distributor, Group One Limited, initiated a limited-time trade up program within the United States to get the new system into as many hands and inventories as possible. The premise of the program is that Group One will take back any make or model large-format analog or digital desk with a credit towards the purchase of a new SD5. The trade up program not only offers a financial benefit, but is also an easy way to stay on the leading edge of technology and upgrade to current technology. The advantages, in particular for a black box theatre or house of worship, is that it would allow them to put in a request for funding and once approved, the venue could swap out the old for the new seamlessly without any downtime, or having to worry about hassling with resale. Several large production companies took immediate advantage of the offer including Alford Media, Clearwing Productions, Hi-Tec Audio, and Beach Sound.

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Alford Media Services is a nationally recognized event technology support company providing audio, video, lighting and show coordination services for a wide range of clientele from corporate to concerts worldwide. With two of each D1s and D5s in service since 2003, they took advantage of trading up the two D5s for two SD5s with an additional purchase of two 56×32 SD-racks, as well as a pair each of SD9′s and SD11′s and six DRacks. “For our needs, the SD5′s offer the advanced feature sets that our engineers need and tour riders request but don’t cost what the SD7 does,” says John Caswell, Manager of Audio Services. “Upon taking delivery, we did a week in Dallas for Ambit Energy, followed by another event for Sam’s Club in Kansas City and one of our SD5′s was at FOH for both events. That same console was also used at the California Women’s Conference in Long Beach.”

Clearwing Productions, a key resource for audio, video, and lighting, traded up a Soundcraft digital console for an SD5 and also purchased an additional SD9 for its inventory. “We went for one of each for versatility,” explains president Gregg Brunclik, “and planning ahead, the next purchase will be another one of each as we usually buy pairs of each desk. We had an upcoming tour (Bob Dylan) that was interested in using the SD5 so the timing seemed right. We like to make cutting-edge purchases that position us as a primary resource and with the pending tour that ended up taking the SD5 there was instant ROI. We’ve found great success being early adopters with L-Acoustics (we were one of the first five US companies to adopt the K1) and Vari-Lite, and we rolled the same dice on the SD5. DiGiCo’s pioneering new technology sets the bar that other manufacturers must meet. Similar to L-Acoustics pioneering the line array (and since- it’s improvements) you are the barometer by which all others get judged. We’ve come to find that we realize much greater ROI’s on products when we are very early to adopt. It’s a gamble, but when we’re right it really pays off. So far, so good on the SD5.”

Industry mainstay Hi-Tec Audio saw the success with the D5 and took advantage of the program to buy into DiGiCo’s newest technology by trading up six of their D5 inventory for the new SD5s. “For us, this was a no brainer,” mused owner Louis Adamo. “At Hi-Tec we like to look forward and for that reason it was obvious for us to move all our inventory into the new DiGiCo SD series—and we were an early adopter of that technology. In fact, we bought one of the first SD8s when it was introduced. Over the last year, we’ve been adding SD racks and accessories like crazy and our inventory is well over 24-25 SD racks, which is well over half-million dollars. We have a few customers that have been loyal D5 customers and they’ll be the first obvious ones to migrate to the SD5s. It also serves to fill a niche between the SD10 and SD7. The SD5 offers the technical requirements of the SD10 with the surface of the SD7 at a fraction of the cost. DiGiCo has built a very powerful and flexible platform, has done its part by putting the console in the hands of lots of engineers, and are making strides in the live sound market with its consoles. There’s a model that fits every shoe size. We have confidence in the technology and we have a definite market for them.”

Beachsound also felt the trade up program was a fantastic way to move out old capital and replace it with new and exciting technology. They traded up a Yamaha PM5D for an SD5 and purchased an additional SD9… for now. “We felt we needed a higher caliber showcase console to fit the bill of our needs/demands,” explains company president Andre Serafini. “We find the console’s flexible I/O, sonic quality and the ergonomics make it top tier and we are very pleased to have one in house. DiGiCo’s dynamic EQ feature has been a big hit and the DiGiTube technology has been a real pleasure getting to know. We have the SD5 set up to be on a few high profile events in the near future, including a televised mega church event.”

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