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LEGENDARY L.A. STUDIO THE VILLAGE ADDS ATC SCM25A ACTIVE 3-WAY MONITORS TO ITS ARSENAL

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: As The Village approaches its fiftieth year of making compelling soundtracks and hit records, its technology and the artists who make it their creative home continue to evolve. Early sessions with the Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan still echo as contemporary hit-makers, such as Lady Gaga, Coldplay, Taylor Swift, and John Mayer, track, mix, and master tomorrow’s classics and inspired The Village to add a pair of ATC SCM25A Compact
3-Way Monitors to its arsenal.

“ATC monitors were a common request from our clients,” said Tina Morris, studio manager at The Village. “ATC has a ruthlessly transparent sound that doesn’t color the work at all. Other loudspeaker manufacturers tend to emphasize different components of the frequency range, whereas ATC is flat and clean. ATCs reveal the good as well as the bad so that our clients can be confident moving forward that the work they’ve done will translate in the later stages of production.”

The ATC SCM25A embodies ATC’s legendary low-distortion performance in a remarkably small footprint: 10” x 17” x 16”. Its precision crossovers and tri-amplified topology (150W, 60W, & 25W) are designed to work in perfect concert with the acoustics of the drivers and housing. The ATC SCM25As are small enough that engineers at The Village are able to transport them from studio to studio to meet the needs of various projects, though Morris reports that they’ve been spending most of their time in studios A and D.

“People are happy to hear that we have the ATCs available,” said Morris. “Next up will be producer Ed Cherney!” Cherney is best known for his Grammy Award-winning work with Bonnie Raitt, The Rolling Stones, and Eric Clapton, among many, many others.

ABOUT TRANSAUDIO GROUP TransAudio Group, founded by industry veteran Brad Lunde, has quickly become the premier U.S. importer/distributor and/or U.S. sales and marketing representative for high-end audio. Success hinges on TransAudio providing dealers and end users with a higher standard of product expertise and support far beyond the norm. www.transaudiogroup.com

(PHOTO CREDIT: © 2014 Zane Roessell)

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS INFILTRATE THE SPORTS MARKET

GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA: With a design team led by celebrated acoustician Tom Danley, Danley Sound Labs has developed an extensive catalog of loudspeakers and subwoofers that cleverly sidestep the constraints and trade-offs of conventional designs. Its original patented Synergy Horn and Tapped Horn technologies led to a range of products that deliver point-source sound with stunning fidelity at any volume, near-perfect phase coherence, seamless arrayability, and “cliff edge” pattern control. In its latest generation of products, including the Jericho Horn and the Genesis Horn, those technologies have been combined with Tom Danley’s newest patent-pending technologies, Shaded Amplitude Lens Technology and Paraline, to deliver those same advantages in the high SPL environments typical of sports stadiums.

While still point sources – and retaining all of the advantages of point sources – the new designs allow controlled SPL by distance to provide even coverage to raked seating, pulling the rug out from under the line array’s claim to fame. Recognizing these advantages, and because Danley solutions are still more affordable than most conventional designs, sports venues are increasingly turning to Danley Sound Labs. A Danley system gives their fans an awesome game day experience and even more reason to get off the couch for the next home game. After all, even the best home entertainment systems cannot compare to a Danley system and the thrill of the game day experience!

Perhaps the most visible arenas to turn to Danley are 80,750-seat Lambeau Field, home to the Green Bay Packers, and 74,000-seat Ralph Wilson Stadium, home to the Buffalo Bills. Fans of both NFL teams now enjoy impactful music and crystal clear announcements with distributed Danley Genesis Horns, supplemented by a range of Synergy Horn loudspeakers and Tapped Horn subwoofers. South of the border, Juárez Vive in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico seats 12,000 baseball fans and employs a distributed ring of Danley SM80 loudspeakers and TH118 subwoofers.

Danley’s rising visibility is well represented by college football stadiums around the country. The immensely powerful Jericho Horn has been used in several end-fired systems, including Montana State University and Troy University, which cover 30,000 and 17,000 seats with just a single Jericho Horn. Two Jericho Horns suffice for Grand Valley State University (8,500 seats), Florida Atlantic University (30,000 seats), and Northwestern University (47,000 seats). Brigham Young University and University of Arizona each use four Jericho Horns to cover 64,000 and 56,000 seats, and Michigan State University uses six Jericho Horns to cover 80,000 seats.

The thunderous roar from the crowds at 92,500-seat Tiger Stadium at Louisiana State University has earned it the title of loudest stadium in the world, and it now has a sound system to match: eighteen Jericho Horns paired with six Danley “Rock Monster” subwoofers provide abundant SPL with Danley’s characteristic fidelity. Amazingly, Tiger Stadium measures +/-5dB 28Hz-10kHz over the entire stadium with an enough power to do 105dBA at 800+ feet. Furthermore the directivity of the TH812 subwoofer arrays are such that the seats under the scoreboard are only +6dB compared to 800 feet! The most recent additions to Danley’s roster include Boise State University (end-fired, four Jericho Horns plus two BC415 subwoofers, for 36,000 seats), Washington State University (end-fired, five Jericho Horns plus four Rock Monster subwoofers, for 33,500 seats), and Mercer University (end-fired, two Genesis Horns plus two DBH218 subwoofers, for 6,000 seats). The colossal stadiums at University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin both added beefy low end with four giant Rock Monster subwoofers.

Indoor stadiums at all levels are also benefitting from Danley designs. The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio is home to an all-Danley system consisting of SH96HO and TH118 products and has the reputation of the being the best sounding venue in the National Hockey League. Washington State University’s basketball stadium uses twelve Genesis Horns to cover 11,500 seats. Wichita State University’s 10,500-seat Koch Arena covers fans and the court with eight clusters that circle the top ring of a new center-hung video board, each comprised of an SH96, SH64, and an SM80. Four TH118 subwoofers provide low end. Other Danley installations include Olivet Nazarene University, which uses Genesis Horns, SH100s, and TH118 subwoofers, and Family Arena, which supported its full-range system in a 10,000-seat venue with a single BC412 subwoofer! Danley’s weatherproof OS80 loudspeakers have found ready venues both indoors (J.D. McArthur Arena for ice hockey) and outdoors (Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Florida State University).

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

(PHOTO CAPTIONS) (top) Michigan State University’ Spartan Stadium; (middle) University of Arizona – Wells Fargo Arena; (bottom) The NHL’s Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

VIRGINIA ARTS RECORDING INSTALLS AN API 1608

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA – MARCH 2014: As part of a complete architectural and electronic renovation, Virginia Arts Recording recently replaced its large-format digital console with a sixteen-channel API 1608 analog console with API’s P-Mix fader automation. The north-central Virginia-based studio has been serving local musicians, labels, and radio stations for over thirty years. The current owners, Chris Doermann and Sean Dart, are embracing that history and the industry’s pivot to analog with the new API console and a 24-track, two-inch tape machine. Virginia Arts Recording also retains all the professional digital platforms with top-end converters to allow projects to effectively hybridize between the two technologies.

Virginia Arts Recording resides in a historic house in southeast Charlottesville, just miles from the University of Virginia campus. A little over a year ago, the coupling that merged the city water supply and the house’s water heater on the second floor failed just as everyone was closing up shop for a holiday weekend. “When we returned, the control room, and much of the equipment was totally wrecked,” recalled Dart. “The digital console was one of the casualties, but we decided to make the most of it. We wanted to put the studio on solid footing for the next twenty-five years.”

Analog consoles, tape machines, ADATs, and a steady progression of DAWs all had a place in Virginia Arts Recording’s history. Doermann and Dart decided to build a hybrid analog/digital studio with a workflow that made negotiating the two technologies transparent. “We definitely wanted an analog console, and we pride ourselves on capturing big drum sounds,” said Dart. “That’s API’s signature talent, so naturally we chose the 1608.”

Doermann and Dart took an API factory tour as a part of their research. “Interacting with API is a different experience,” said Dart. “Mark Seman of API invited us to the factory, and we packed a few mixes that we know well. API let us see everything, and gave us a few hours behind the 1608. It sounded amazing, and the feel of real faders has been a welcome relief from menus and double clicks. I just get in there with my hands, and thank API for giving us the recording feel we were missing.”

ABOUT API (AUTOMATED PROCESSES, INC.)
Established 45 years ago, Automated Processes, Inc. is the leader in analog recording gear with the Vision, Legacy Series, 1608, and THE BOX recording consoles, as well as its classic line of modular signal processing equipment.

www.apiaudio.com

Yamaha CL5 Howls at Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut opened in 1996 by the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, and is one of the world’s most amazing destinations with some of New England’s finest dining, hotel accommodations, retail shopping, live entertainment and sporting events. Located in the center of the action, in Casino of the Earth, the popular 350-seat Wolf Den offers a state-of-the-art sound system for nightly performances. The Wolf Den seats 350 and entrance is on a first come, first served basis. Recently, two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles were installed to enhance the sound system, one at front of house and the other at the monitor position including Rio 3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes.

Mat Diamond, lead audio technician for entertainment at the resort said the decision to add two Yamaha CL consoles to the entertainment arsenal was a departmental decision. “As the head of the department, I had the final say, but I don’t get to use the equipment as much as the rest of the department which is why it is important to make the decision as much a group decision as possible. We already own two Yamaha M7CL-48 digital consoles, two Yamaha LS9-16s and an LS9-32 so between that and the price point, the CL5s seemed like the next logical step.”

Diamond said the custom knobs and fader banks, storing system scenes that can be recalled, EQs, and built-in Premium Rack that can be used together or independently are all valuable features. “I love the idea of the Premium Rack and hope that more effects will be added down the road. I personally like to use the Portico 5033 as my EQ for masters. I really like using the dynamic EQs for vocals. I love how the Yamaha CL allows me to control certain frequencies without eliminating them entirely.”

With regard to the CL learning curve, Diamond said his staff picked it up fairly quickly but since they own several Yamaha consoles, they just needed to learn their way around the CL. “Most of the visiting engineers just need a quick walk through if they haven’t used a CL in the past.”

Since the Yamaha CL consoles have been installed, artists that have performed in the Wolf Den include Macy Gray, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Foghat, G. Love & Special Sauce, Walk Off the Earth, Chuck Negron, Gin Blossoms, Uncle Kracker, Los Lonely Boys, and Eddie Money.

For more information on the Wolf Den at Mohegan Sun, visit www.mohegansun.com/poi/venues/wolf-den.html

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: Standing Mat Diamond, Lead Audio Technician
Seated: Curt Wade, Front of House Engineer – Wolf Den

Photo Credit: CM Photos

About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

Challenging Texas Chapel Gets Help from Iconyx

Tyler, TX – March 2014… The Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul opened its doors last year after a lengthy construction project, rewarding this east Texas town with a brand new 13,000 square foot main building, along with a new softball field. The 650 seat sanctuary is a beautiful, classically designed structure with a high peaked roof and plenty of ornate wood, marble, and glass.

“It’s a really impressive architectural design, and the acoustics are ideal for their choir and organ,” explains Jason Brantley, CEO of Longview, TX-based Sound Logic Integrations. “But it’s not so good for the band or for intelligibility.”

The Sound Logic crew was brought in to design the audio for the new building, opting for a system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers. A pair of IC16-R-II columns mounted on either side of the proscenium covers the entire room.

“We originally specified some acoustical treatment to cut down the reverberance a bit,” says Brantley. “But the budget for sound absorption was cut halfway through the project, and we ended up with about a quarter of the treatment we had planned for. That’s where the Iconyx really saved the day.”

Brantley says the ability to tightly focus the sound toward the seating areas, and away from walls, windows, and other reflective surfaces, was critical to the success of the audio system design. “The band and the choir are not on stage — they’re in a choir pocket that’s stage left. The Iconyx enabled us to take the first beam and push it right past where the choir mic is hung, to eliminate any feedback issues. That kind of precision is something we could have only done with the Iconyx.”

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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.

ASHLY AUDIO POWERED PROCESSORS AT CORNELL UNIVERSITY’S SAGE CHAPEL CONDENSING SEVEN FEET OF PROCESSING & AMPLIFICATION INTO SEVEN INCHES

ITHACA, NEW YORK – MARCH 2014: Erected in 1875, Sage Chapel sits near the center of the picturesque campus of Cornell University in upstate New York. It is expressly non-denominational, and its interior is adorned by symbols of all the major and minor religions from around the world. For services and other events, Sage Chapel seats over 700 people, plus a large choir. To help voices carry with intelligibility in the large space, its sound reinforcement system has evolved with the state of technology over the decades. Apart from the chapel’s two organs, the system also provides reinforcement for any musical instruments used. Its latest upgrade condensed seven feet of rack space used for 1990s-era processing and amplification into just seven inches using an Ashly Pema 8250 and an Ashly ne4250pe. Each unit combines Ashly’s Protea signal processing with clean, high-powered amplifier channels – twelve in all.

“We put the previous system in over twenty years ago to deal with issues of intelligibility that were plaguing them at the time,” said Barny Cole, president of Calf Audio, also of Ithaca. “We put in three sets of loudspeakers arrayed in stereo pairs on delays running from the front of the chapel to the back. It delivered great sound quality, but it took a ton of processing to dial in. In those days, that meant a lot of separate rack units to individually equalize and time align each component. That system took seven feet of rack space! The university approached us recently to ask if we could condense all that processing because the closet was coveted by the janitorial staff. Of course, they didn’t want to lean their mops against a bunch of electrical equipment, so if we could condense it down and raise it up, everyone would be happy.”

With its fully-implemented front-end processing capabilities, the Ashly Pema 8250 now takes care of all of the “everyday” mixing and processing chores. It also delivers eight 250-Watt amplifier channels, all within two rack spaces. Because the Pema 8250 also includes line-level outputs from the processing section, it feeds the four-channel Ashly ne4250pe amplifiers with optional processing. All together, the system provides twelve 250-Watt amplifier channels and all of the processing they require in a tamperproof package. “I’m predisposed to choosing Ashly,” Cole admitted. “The company is a close neighbor – they’re just an hour-and-a-half down the road – and I like the individuals who work there. Ashly’s products are famously solid and reliable, and their service is spectacular. Since they deliver all of that at a huge price advantage, it would seem silly to bother with anyone else!”

An Ashly neWR-5 wall panel remote control provides simple selection of several presets. At its most basic, the Ashly Pema 8250 auto-mixes all of the usual inputs. The presets also allow selection of arrangements for other common event scenarios. For more complicated events, a console can patch in and take control of the inputs. Calf Audio is usually called in to provide sound engineer support for those more complicated events.

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

Iconyx Tames a Timeless Chamber

Dobbs Ferry, NY – March 2014…  Overlooking the Hudson River just minutes away from Manhattan, Mercy College was founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy. In 1961 it became a four-year college offering baccalaureate degrees. The school’s stellar reputation draws students from all over the country, and Mercy College was featured in the book “Cool Colleges” as one of the most exciting schools in the United States.

The Rotunda is an important focus for all Mercy students and is a popular multi-purpose activity center. The historic structure was a former house of worship, and carries with it both the decor and the sonic character of a majestic old cathedral. Its soaring brick walls, stained glass windows and high, rounded shape and domed ceiling create a natural reverberance that makes even normal conversation nearly impossible.

Leo Garrison of Metro Sound Pros elaborates, “Picture a circle, with 50 ft stone walls, eight pillars and a massive video wall. The space is a natural reverb chamber.” Depending on the event, a podium can be set up in any part of the room, creating an even greater challenge — designing a system that could achieve audio clarity amid this ever changing footprint.

Metro Sound Pros designed a solution utilizing a creative application of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Series IC7-II manually steered column arrays. Four pairs of columns are mounted at 90 degrees from each other, providing selectable coverage from any direction. The Iconyx steered beam technology enables the sound to be focused on the audience, and away from the walls, windows, and other problematic surfaces.

As Garrison explains, while the assignment was to deliver coverage and intelligibility, the building’s landmark status meant that aesthetics trumped all else. “Protecting the room’s historic architecture was of utmost importance,” he states. “The profile of the IC7s are so small and slim, they just blend right in.”

Garrison concludes, “With a project like this one, we always face a balance between the need to preserve the natural beauty of the architecture, and the need to create a space that is functional. The integration of the Iconyx series into the Mercy College Rotunda gave us the performance and intelligibility we needed, while maintaining the building’s classic aesthetics. They were a great choice.”

 

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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.

 

 

 

ASHLY MIXES IT UP WITH VINTAGE MOS-FET AND NEW AMPLIFIERS TO UPDATE MIDLAND NAZARENE CHURCH

MIDLAND, MICHIGAN – MARCH 2014: Though founded decades earlier, the Midland Nazarene Church in Midland, Michigan moved to its present, 450-seat church in 1970. Although much changed in the four decades that followed, the church’s sound system didn’t change until only very recently. It bore the burden of the church’s increasing use of reinforced music, and equipment slowly succumbed to time and wear. When finally the only things that were still functioning as they had when they went in were a pair of Ashly FTX-1501 MOS-FET amplifiers (circa early 1980s), Midland Nazarene put its renovation out to bid. Nearby A/V integrator Center Line Technologies won the bid, scrapped everything except the perfectly functioning “vintage” Ashly amps, and added new Ashly amplifiers and processing to bring the sound system up to modern standards.

“This was the kind of church that likes to do things for themselves,” said Tony Rogalski, vice president at Center Line Technologies. “As their on-stage needs grew, they added four mini floor monitors for the praise team, two monitors for the pulpit, and two monitors for the musicians. All told, they had eight floor monitors on stage and only two small loudspeakers to cover the congregation. And they were the original two loudspeakers!”

Rogalski replaced those two loudspeakers with a new JBL system comprised of multiple flown loudspeakers and monitors, plus subwoofers. The new system called for vastly more channels, and while he was happy to keep the Ashly FTX-1501 MOS-FET amplifiers in service for monitors, he added an Ashly KLR 5000 to power the left/right loudspeakers and an Ashly KLR 4000 to power the center loudspeaker and the flown monitors. A new Ashly ne24.24M processor with modular I/O now replaces the scant analog processing of the original system. He increased its I/O count to 8×8 to handle all the new equipment. New Shure wireless microphones and an Aviom system provide a robust input set, which the church now mixes with a new Allen & Heath GLD-80 digital console. Rogalski repurposed several of the floor monitors for use in the classrooms that serve as overflow.

“We started working with Ashly processing over fifteen years ago, and it became our go-to processor,” said Rogalski. “Ashly processors never failed, and my field techs consistently reported that they were the easiest to program and gave them the most consistent results. Why mess with that track record? Ashly amplifiers won me over when we started specifying their combined amplifier/processor units. At their price point, it’s like buying an amplifier and getting a processor for free. Ashly amplifiers have proven to be every bit as robust as the Ashly processors that I’m more familiar with.”

He continued, “Midland, Michigan supposedly has more PhDs than anywhere else, and selling them on a system was a bit of challenge because they were all rocket scientists. Because their original Ashly amplifiers had proven themselves, they had no problem with our choice of Ashly for the new amps and processing. They’re very happy with the way things turned out. There is a clarity and naturalness to the sound, and the coverage, which had previously been spotty, is now even and seamless.”

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

RF VENUE INTRODUCES RF OPTIX™

ASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – MARCH 2014: Wireless audio manufacturer RF Venue has released the RF Optix™ RF to fiber optic conversion system, a powerful new tool for mainstream wireless microphone users that expands the possibilities of antenna distribution and wireless audio design.

“RF Optix brings technology from the world of broadcast and IT into the reach of church, school, and theater wireless users,” says CEO Chris Regan. “Integrators, tour managers, and church technicians are now able to do things with fiber that would have been way out of budget, or downright impossible, with coaxial cable.”

The RF Optix system leverages the low cost, lossless characteristics of fiber optic cable over the expensive, fragile, lossy characteristics of coaxial cables. Fiber cable runs thousands of feet long are possible with negligible in-line attenuation, so antennas can be remoted in venues far away from racks or equipment rooms located elsewhere in the facility.

“One of the main constraints for distributed antenna systems for wireless audio is the cost and signal loss challenges of coax cables,” says Regan. “This is especially true for plenum installs, where plenum rated coax can exceed the cost of the entire audio system. With inexpensive plenum rated fiber cables, system designers can now rethink their equipment layouts without sacrificing the huge performance benefit of using a remote antenna system for their wireless system.”

The RF Optix system is offered as a single channel for connecting to one antenna or in a dual channel package for diversity antenna systems. The Install Package includes wall or rack mountable flanges and the Live Package includes a hard-shell carrying case. Both options include 10’ BNC to SMA adapter cables for connecting to antennas and wireless rack equipment; 9V screw-on power supplies are also provided. Available accessories include 100m single mode plenum fiber cables and 100m indoor/outdoor reinforced fiber cables. Custom fiber cable lengths are available.

ABOUT RF VENUE RF Venue is a new wireless audio company specializing in remote antennas, RF distribution equipment and RF signal management and monitoring systems for audio/video installations and live sound events.

http://www.rfvenue.com

Contact RF Venue at 800-795-0817 or email orders@RFvenue.com for further details.

WICHITA STATE UNIVERSITY’S KOCH ARENA UPS GAME DAY WITH DANLEY HORNS AND SUBS

WICHITA, KANSAS – MARCH 2014: Originally constructed in 1953 and renovated in 2003, the 10,500-seat Charles Koch Arena is home to the Wichita State University Shockers’ basketball and volleyball teams. The men’s basketball team is a ten-time contender in the NCAA finals, and its home games usually sell out the arena. Recently, Daktronics (Brookings, South Dakota) designed and installed a new center-hung video board in Koch Arena, which prompted a simultaneous renovation of its previously disappointing sound reinforcement system. Now, twenty-four Danley Sound Labs Synergy Horn loudspeakers join four Tapped Horn subwoofers to deliver high-volume, high-fidelity audio to Shockers fans.

“Men’s basketball at Wichita State University attracts large, mostly sold-out, crowds,” said John Olsen, a Daktronics regional sales representative for large sport venue audio. “Because the shape of the building is circular and because the roof is curved, the sound level in Koch Arena can be challenging to overcome when the action on the court heats up. The old system lacked the proper design and performance to cover the entire arena with intelligible speech and impactful music, and there was a definite lack of low-end performance. The school had invested a lot of money in past improvements, but they were ineffective for the whole facility. The new system had to be more inclusive of their immediate in-game needs for all the fans.”

In addition to Olsen, who provided the client contact and communication necessary to understand and meet the university’s expectations, the Daktronics team consisted of Aaron Louwagie, project manager, Dan Eckert, system design engineer, and Doug Dodge, field installation engineer. Decker Electric of Wichita, Kansas provided the high- and low-voltage installation and rigging of the clusters, which required extensive welding to existing roof structures. Larry Lucas of Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia) assisted with system design and commissioning.

Owing to its circular architecture (designed to give everyone a better seat), Koch Arena is known locally as “The Roundhouse.” “It’s a symmetrical room with a highly reflective dome,” said Lucas. “The acoustical challenges that come with that are extreme. The new system would have to have exceptional pattern control so that energy would hit the fans and not the ceiling. Danley Sound Labs’ unique horn-loaded designs offer that kind of precise pattern control. Moreover, they’re very cost-effective, especially when you factor in that each Synergy Horn loudspeaker or Tapped Horn subwoofer requires only one processing and amplifier channel.”

The system is comprised of eight clusters that circle the top ring of the new center-hung video board. Each cluster contains a Danley SH-96, a Danley SH-64, and a Danley SM-80. In addition, four Danley TH-118 subwoofers round out the bottom end. “The tight pattern control of those Synergy Horn boxes worked well within each cluster and between each cluster,” continued Lucas. “When we commissioned the system, one box was inadvertently set 6dB hotter than the rest, and it upset the acoustical balancing act that we had designed for the symmetry of the room. Once we brought it back down, the whole system tightened up nicely.”

A Yamaha LS9-16 manages all of the inputs to the system and in turn feeds a QSC Q-Sys processing system. Twenty QSC PL240 and four QSC CX1102 amplifiers power the Danley boxes, whereas two QSC CX302V and two QSC CX108V 70-volt amplifiers power thirty-six JBL Control 25T wall-mounted speakers that cover seats below a balcony lip that is shaded from the video board.

“On the surface, projects like Koch Arena can sometimes seem straightforward, but in reality they are very complex,” explained Olsen. “The SPL and intelligibility required in a facility like this can be very tricky to obtain. The complexity of equipment and the engineering know-how that is needed to properly design, install, test, tune, and fully commission this kind of system takes experience. At Daktronics, we are fortunate to have a team that includes experienced people who can make a project like this look easy. We are pleased with how the Danley speakers perform. They fit well at Koch Arena and the Wichita State University Athletics Department is pleased with the clarity of music and speech that we have achieved. Their fans immediately noticed the upgrades. With a high-performance audio and video system in place, the production team at Wichita now has a broad palette with which to work. Just like viewing a standard-definition video signal on an HD screen reveals hidden flaws, so too, a modern high-definition sound system reveals details in audio content that could not be heard before!”

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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