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GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES GQ SERIES™ LOUDSPEAKERS

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Council Bluffs, IA – February 2014… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce the new GQ Series loudspeakers. Encompassing five new models manufactured using MDF enclosures that are internally braced to ensure cabinet rigidity, the GQ Series loudspeakers are available in passive or active designs and are ideal for use by performing musicians and DJs as well as being an outstanding choice for event production, corporate AV, and education. more

DEFIANTLY INNOVATIVE, DANLEY ENTERS THE COLUMN SPEAKER MARKET WITH THE SBH-10 “SKINNY BIG HORN”

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA – FEBRUARY 2014: Danley Sound Labs broke into the house of worship market by skirting convention with its patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies and is currently taking the sporting arena market by storm by one-upping line arrays with its unique Genesis and Jericho Horns. The recipe is easy to explain but almost impossible for anyone without Tom Danley’s unique acoustics background to pull off: Danley starts back at the fundamental physics of loudspeaker design to overcome trade-offs that are inherent to conventional designs. So it is again with column speakers. The new Danley SBH-10 “Skinny Big Horn,” uses Danley’s patented Paraline technologies to deliver the aesthetic benefits of a column speaker but with much greater fidelity, superior pattern control, no spurious lobes, and no requirement for complicated signal processing.

At a weight of one-hundred pounds and with dimensions of 60” x 9” x 9”, the SBH-10 is composed of eight 5-inch coaxial drivers and acts as a single large Synergy Horn with the directivity of a horn over twenty-five feet! Its coverage pattern measures 140 x 10 degrees, and its frequency response extends from 77Hz to 15kHz, +/-3dB.

“Danley’s new Skinny Big Horn series meets the aesthetic desire for a low profile column shape,” said Mike Hedden, president of Danley Sound Labs. “But shape is where the similarities between conventional column speakers and the Danley Skinny Big Horn end. Using our patented Paraline technology, the SBH-10 has the directivity of a twenty-five foot long horn, yet it is only nine inches deep! Moreover, due to horn loading, the SBH-10 has a sensitivity of 99dB, which is 10dB greater than similar sized cone-loaded products, and because it has such a high power handling rating, is capable of close to 20dB greater output when compared to similarly sized, front-loaded designs. The Danley Skinny Big Horn is a technological leap: no spurious lobes, forward directivity that other manufacturers can only dream of which allows it to even be flown away from a boundary, extremely tight vertical coverage, wide horizontal coverage, and – most importantly – audiophile fidelity. If all that weren’t enough, the SBH-10 requires only one amplifier channel and no special signal processing.” There’s a new leader in the column loudspeaker market. The SBH-10 and its not even a column, it’s a Skinny Big Horn!

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

Be sure to watch this YouTube video where Doug Jones explains yet another breakthrough technology from Danley Sound Labs: http://youtu.be/b8cX5Xs_vZg

SONO LUMINUS PRODUCTION TEAM EARNED A 2014 GRAMMY NOMINATION FOR BEST SURROUND SOUND ALBUM

SAFETY HARBOR, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2014: “I had two Grammy nominations in 2013, and our company, Sono Luminus, had a total of seven,” said Daniel Shores, managing director and head engineer of Sono Luminus, with modesty and a hint of awe in his voice. “It seemed like everything was packed into last year, so we really weren’t expecting anything this year.” Contrary to expectation, however, Shores and Dan Mercerio Sono Luminus managing director/head engineer shared a nomination for “Best Surround Sound Album” at the 2014 Grammy Awards for Sprung Rhythm, a collection of new works performed by the Washington DC-based ensemble, Inscape. “It’s such an amazing honor,” continued Shores. “Not only is this the category that is so close to my heart and so identifiable with the DNA of our company, but we are included among other nominees with such legendary talent. Indeed, the other nominees included the winners, Al Schmitt and Tommy LiPuma, for their work with Paul McCartney.

Sprung Rhythm arose from a three-day recording session at Sono Luminus’ studio in Virginia, with all of the composers on hand to help fully-realize their visions. The number of musicians varied from piece to piece and ranged from four to twelve. “Rather than move mics to the instruments for placement during editing and mixing, we choose to set up the mics for ideal surround sound playback and then placed the instruments where they needed to be in the room,” said Shores. “I believe that things should be recorded as they’re meant to be heard, and we try to give both the musicians and our listeners the most organic experience that we can. This way of recording surround achieves that, I believe. Having the composers on hand was very helpful. They were able to help interpret their compositions spatially. Did it make sense to keep certain instruments close together? Should there be a call and response across the surround sound field? That sort of thing.”

All seven microphones were B&K 4006s, with an additional Schoeps MK2s placed on the low-frequency instruments for a direct sub channel. Because the Metric Halo ULN-8 has no fan, they were able to place it in the center of the live room, which minimized the length of mic-level cable runs. They used the ULN-8’s microphone preamplifiers and A/D converters as the front end to Pro Tools for a 24-bit, 192kHz session, and they used its D/A converters for monitoring. “The Metric Halo ULN-8 is so transparent,” said Shores. “It’s the best interface I’ve found for use with Pro Tools, and I often get praise for delivering recordings that ‘don’t sound like they were done on Pro Tools.’ Since our goal is always to reproduce exactly what we’re hearing in the room, pairing the ULN-8’s transparency with clean, precise microphones like the B&K 4006 makes for a really stellar combination.”

Shores happily admits that, from a mixing standpoint, his work at Sono Luminus is “quite boring.” “The microphones are our surround sound channels, so there’s nothing to mix,” he said. Since the label releases everything on a Pure Audio Blu-ray™ Surround Sound disc, as well as on a standard CD, the listener hears almost exactly what Shores was hearing. “I monitor during editing, mixing, and mastering using the precision of the ULN-8 to ensure that I have an accurate representation of what the listener will get,” he said.

Shores has already finished recording Sono Luminus’ second Inscape release using similar techniques and equipment, including the ULN-8. And on his way to the Grammy Awards, Shores packed up the ULN-8 to take to California so that the following day he could record the Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, the same ensemble that earned him a Grammy nomination last year!

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

BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC TO ADD FOURTH API LEGACY CONSOLE

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 2014: The Music Production and Engineering Department (MPED) at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music will add a fourth 32-channel analog API Legacy Plus console to its Studio A in early summer of 2014. At that time, a John Storyk-led renovation will overhaul the space to create a fourth facility with nearly identical equipment to three existing facilities for the instruction of foundational tracking and mixing courses. Because the MPED recognizes the importance of giving students abundant hands-on experience with definitive industry tools, it self-limits the number of Berklee students who can earn their degree in the department. Thus, only half of the Berklee students who apply to the MPED are accepted, which allows the department to maintain a student body of approximately three hundred students. The new API Legacy Plus will help alleviate competition for space and bottlenecks in studio scheduling.

“The API Legacy Plus offers us several advantages,” said Rob Jaczko, chair of the MPED and recording engineer for Bruce Springsteen, Sheryl Crow, James Taylor, and countless others. “First and foremost, its sonics and musicality are an industry benchmark. Just running tracks through it flat is an experience that our students should appreciate. Second, the Legacy Plus has a classic in-line analog signal path, which is very useful for teaching signal flow and problem solving. Finally, we’ve enjoyed a great relationship with API. We’ve always been happy with API’s outboard gear, which is included in seventeen of our studios, and the support we received from the API staff during the purchase and installation of the first three Legacies was great.”

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

Fishman Releases TriplePlay® Software 1.2 Update

Andover, MA––Fishman has announced that TriplePlay Software version 1.2 is now available with numerous enhancements, new features and improvements in terms of compatibility. Always seeking to improve the user experience and performance, this is Fishman’s second major update since the product’s successful launch in April 2013.

The most notable new feature is that TriplePlay is now Pro Tools® AAX compatible. TriplePlay can now be inserted as a plugin in Pro Tools® 11 for Mac-based systems

The v1.2 release also features an enhancement for GarageBand®. Users will now be able to record and play back multiple MIDI channels in a GarageBand® session.

Fishman has also improved the plugin scanning so that upon first launch, 64-Bit TriplePlay now warns you that factory and user patches containing 32-bit plugins are not compatible with 64-Bit mode. Patches that are not compatible with 64-bit systems will now appear in the factory patch list in red.

Fishman’s Development Team went even further to address numerous requests from current TriplePlay users and add major improvements for enhanced performance.

For more information about Fishman TriplePlay, please click to www.fishman.com.

DPA Microphones Bring Added Clarity To David Gray’s Vocals

Leading singer songwriter David Gray has become the latest in a long line of vocalists to discover the benefits of DPA Microphones’ new d:facto™ Vocal Microphone.

Gray’s well-crafted songs were delivered with pristine clarity during his recent Sounding Out tour of Ireland after FOH engineer Graham Pattison introduced DPA’s d:facto II into the equipment line-up.

“I’ve been a fan of DPA microphones for some time because they deliver such great sound quality,” Pattison says. “However, this was the first time I’d had the opportunity to use the new d:facto II Vocal Microphone and I was really impressed with the results we achieved. Right from the first syllable in rehearsals I knew we were onto a winner, but it wasn’t until the first show in Ireland a few days later that I really heard the vocal clarity and exceptional quality through a large venue sound system. There were no gain or feedback issues, and even when left with a flat EQ it sounded exactly how I’m used to hearing David’s voice. The EQ I did end up using was just to help the vocal sit in well with the instrumentation.”

Pattison adds that Gray didn’t question why his microphone had been changed.

“He trusted my judgment and his own ears,” he explains. “During the two week tour we played 11 shows, and did a live streamed and filmed ‘other voices’ show and a live on air RTE radio show. Everyone was coming back to me with very positive feedback about the sound in general as well as his vocal performance.”

Pattison first began working with David Gray in 2007 and since then he has engineered all his live gigs. In 2011, Gray’s Lost and Found tour gave him the opportunity to experiment with a different technical approach and it was on that occasion that he began using DPA microphones.

“The Lost and Found tour was a more acoustic presentation of David’s songs, so we used different instrumentation,” Pattison explains. “We also added a couple of new musicians who could cover backing vocalist duties, so at times we had a five voice choir to back up David’s main vocal.”

Thanks to the acoustic nature of the show, Pattison decided that DPA microphones would be the perfect way to capture the instruments on stage. After speaking with DP’A UK distributor Sound Network about the tour’s requirements, Pattison settled on using two d:vote™ 4099 Instrument Microphones for the double bass and cello, two d:dicate™ 4011 Recording Microphones for the acoustic guitar and mandolin, two 4023 microphones for the grand piano and one d:vote 4099 Instrument Microphone for Gray’s trademark handpump harmonium.

“I chose DPA microphones for their sound quality – it really was as simple as that,” Pattison says. “DPA microphones have always been regarded as the best you can buy, so when I had an opportunity to acquire some mics for my studio and for live shows, I knew that DPA was the way I wanted to go. Apart from their exceptional sound quality, I’ve also find them extremely versatile because they can be mounted in so many different ways, including directly onto the instrument.”

Pattison says that DPA microphones are now standard on all the tours he engineers because they are so rugged and reliable.

“I did three tours last year, all with DPA, and I didn’t have any microphone failures,” he says. “Even the miniature cardioid microphone I’ve been using on David’s pump harmonium is still going strong. The build quality, particularly of the d:dicate 4011 Recording Microphones, is fantastic and no matter where in the world I ship them, they always withstand the rigors of freighting and come out of their boxes working perfectly every time.

“With an ever increasing vocal choir, I am now looking forward to getting my hands on some more DPA d:facto Vocal Microphones. With those, and the d:vote 4099 drum microphones, DPA will certainly be getting a good run in.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.

For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

Sweetwater Receives Fishman Outstanding Achievement Award

Jason Cambra, Chuck Surack, Kevin White

Andover, MA––Fishman recently presented Sweetwater with its Outstanding Achievement Award for exceptional sales growth in all product categories, especially the TriplePlay® Wireless Guitar Controller.

Pictured at the presentation are (left to right) Jason Cambra, Chief Operating Officer at Fishman, Chuck Surack, President of Sweetwater, and Kevin White, Business Development Manager at Fishman.

Commenting on the award Surack said, “We’re pleased to receive this recognition from Fishman, a company known for technological innovation, unique approaches in the marketplace and high quality products. This award marks a new point of departure for an even more successful working relationship in the future.”

Bill Norton, Vice President of Retail Sales for Fishman, added, “Sweetwater has always been one of our most successful partners, but this year represented an unprecedented level of success for their sales effort. They produced incredible growth for every product category including our pickups, amplifiers and new technology such as TriplePlay. It’s a real honor to present this award to Chuck and his sales team and we look forward to a repeat performance in 2014!”

For more information about Fishman, go to www.fishman.com.

ADAM Audio Debuts New Sub15 Subwoofer


Hicksville, NY––The new Sub15 from ADAM Audio is a powerful subwoofer capable of easily extending the frequency range of main and midfield monitors down to 20Hz. The rugged 15“ woofer is made of an exceptionally rigid aluminum membrane and driven by two powerful magnets and a 100mm voice coil.

The Sub15 combines exceptional transient response with an efficient low frequency performance. A high-powered and undistorted sound pressure output of 112dB maximum SPL at one meter makes it the perfect subwoofer for mid-sized and larger control rooms.

With 1000W (RMS) power, the Sub 15′s PWM amplifier has an efficiency factor of nearly 90%, which allow it to handle critical musical passages with sudden peaks without distortion or overheating. The downward firing bass port has been specially designed with generous dimensions and rounded edges to cancel port noise.

The Sub15 is equipped with a volume control (-60dB to +6dB) and crossover frequency control (50 – 150Hz) to adjust the sound for different room situations and individual tastes. Satellite speakers can either be driven full range or high pass filtered at 85Hz. A phase reverse switch is provided to deal with unfavorable phase relationships between the satellites and the subwoofer, particularly in the crossover frequency range.

To ensure maximum connectivity, the Sub15 features both balanced (XLR) and unbalanced (RCA) input/output connectors on the rear control panel.

For more information about ADAM Audio USA, please call 516.681.0690, or click to www.adam-audio.com

About ADAM Audio
ADAM Audio is a leading manufacturer of loudspeakers for Professional Audio and the HIFI market. Founded in 1999 in Berlin, Germany, the company‘s loudspeakers have set the highest standards around the world for accurate monitoring and natural sound reproduction. ADAM’s widely varied product lines include everything from professional studio monitors (SX, AX, and F series), to Multimedia and Home Theater/Installation loudspeakers (ARTist and GTC range), to high-end home entertainment models (Classic and Tensor series). The trademark all ADAM models have in common is the proprietary X-ART tweeter. Handmade in Berlin, Germany, it performs with a nearly flat frequency response extending up to 50 kHz.

Tymphany Launches Into Professional Branded Transducer Market

Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers resets the relationship between performance and cost by building on proven design and manufacturing principles from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa heritage.

Tymphany pro transducerAnaheim, CA – The NAMM Show 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Tymphany HK Ltd., the leading expert in transducer and audio system design and manufacturing, announced today the FSL Series of woofers, the TC Series full-range column transducers, and the BC and H Series tweeter line. These professional audio transducers are built on 85 years of design and manufacturing expertise from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa brands.

Tymphany’s international team of acoustic experts leveraged the latest FEA multi-physics techniques to create transducers that reset the performance to price relationship for professional branded transducers. Independently verified measurements and production tolerance data validate Tympany’s leadership in transducer design and manufacturing. The company seeks to push the industry standard for power handling and sound quality upward, while helping audio companies hit cost targets.

“By combining an innovative, western-led design philosophy with the speed and efficiency of our Asian-based engineering and manufacturing teams, we optimized the new Tymphany transducers to handle the most demanding professional applications while lowering costs for our customers,” said George Bullimore, head of the transducer business unit for Tymphany.

FSL Series Pro Woofers
Available in 5, 6.5, 8, 12, or 15-inch versions, each FSL Series Pro Woofer is voiced with a smooth frequency response and designed for optimal large signal performance. The Ferrite magnet steel frame ensures reliability and enables custom variants for unique or large-scale installations.

BC Series Tweeters
Tymphany is the world leader in tweeter design, and the BC Series is a reflection of the work done by top audio industry minds over eight decades. The series includes a one-inch damped fabric soft dome tweeter with compact faceplate and finned heat sink for improved power handling and enhanced voice coil cooling. Tymphany’s H Series Tweeters feature a one-inch titanium dome and offer compact, high-strength Neodymium designs or cost-effective ferrite designs. All tweeters produce a smooth, extended frequency response with high sensitivity and consistent performance.

TC Series Column Transducer
The TC Series of full-range transducers were specifically designed to meet the needs of the column loudspeaker market. The TC Series was optimized to have an extremely smooth frequency response through the mid-range with a rising response at the top end of the curve. With industry leading sensitivity and low-frequency extension, the TC series sets a new standard for column transducers. The TC series is available in 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, and 4-inch models.

“Tymphany is already designing and manufacturing transducers for the world’s leading professional loudspeaker brands; a branded transducer offering is the natural extension of our complete ODM system solutions,” said Bullimore. “Guitar amps, PA systems, live sound, we really see no limits to what the future holds.”
Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers are available now for evaluation and can be seen at NAMM 2014 in booth A6260.

About Primax Electronics Ltd.
Primax Electronics Ltd. is an electronics manufacturing company based in Taipei Taiwan with manufacturing plants and R&D centers in China and Taiwan. It has been supplying PC peripherals, accessories for smart phones/tablets and multifunction printers to the IT industry in the past 29 years. It is listed in the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

About Tymphany
Founded in the U.S. in 2002, Tymphany™ Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of premium quality, digital electronics systems for the loudspeaker industry. Tymphany is an indispensable ODM partner to many of the world’s leading consumer electronics, automotive and professional audio brands, combining advanced digital circuit design and premium analog speaker components to achieve the highest level of audio performance. The company delivers a wide range of turnkey solutions within its transducers and integrated sound systems portfolio, including Peerless, a world-renowned brand of transducers since 1926. Tymphany is a privately held corporation. More information about the company is available at www.tymphany.com.

High-Tech Meets Elegance at Iceland’s Hippest Bowling Lanes

Reykjavik, Iceland | January, 2014 – When a bowling alley houses 22 lanes plus a VIP/private party area, a sports bar, cafe, and restaurant, live DJs, and more than 50 screens to showcase all the best in live sports and entertainment, it’s clear that this is not just another blue collar beer-and-peanuts joint. Keiluhöllin Egilshöll, is a noteworthy blend of both high-tech and elegant design, boasting one of Iceland’s largest AV installations to date and being named Bowlers Journal’s “Best New Lounge/Restaurant.”

Inside this 30,000 sq. foot venue, club-like LED lighting pours over the lanes and neon bowling balls, with sleek, softly lit lounges with plush couches tucked away behind. LCD screens hover over the lanes and line the dimly lit brick walls of the bar and cafe. The restaurant, meanwhile, is free of screens, filling the space with decorative lighting and rustic stone walls.

Despite the venue’s singular elegance, it still presents all the acoustical challenges associated with any bowling alley — hard, reverberant surfaces, ever-changing audio material, and of course, the inevitable din of the game itself. Reykjavik-based AV designers ETOS designed and installed the high-end sound and video systems for this uniquely diverse venue. As ETOS General Manager Jakob Kristinsson explains, the audio system had to not only transmit intelligible announcements over the din of a cacophonous bowling alley, but also deliver full spectrum sound and hefty bass for music and live DJs – hence the decision to go with the power, pattern control, and full-range performance of the Renkus-Heinz CF/CFX series.

Across the six zones covering the 22 lanes and VIP area, ETOS installed 12 CFX151 cabinets, with six CFX18S subwoofers for low end reinforcement. Featuring a two-inch extended range titanium HF driver, and a 15-inch heavy duty woofer that can handle up to 700W, the CFX151s powerfully deliver the full spectrum performance required in the main bowling area. The built-in crossover also includes EQ and high-frequency protection, ideal for the dynamic changes in audio and occupancy levels.

Augmenting the primary setup, six CFX121 cabinets in three zones cover the restaurant area, with four more CF121 units across the four zones covering the sports bar and cafe. Audio networking is courtesy of two Peavey MediaMatrix Nion n6 systems.

The video component of this AV installation is extensive as well, including more than 45 LCD displays and 15 projectors from Philips, LG, and Panasonic. Rounding out the impressive look and sound of Keiluhöllin Egilshöll is a full Crestron controlled LED and lighting system, including five wireless control pads.

The installation’s intense schedule compressed about 800 hours into an eight week span to complete the entire project, from design to doors opening. Since then, ETOS reports the system has been performing flawlessly, blending the best in design with the best in technology.

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems

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