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SYMETRIX SYMNET RADIUS 12X8 DANTE NETWORKED AUDIO PROCESSORS GET RAVE REVIEWS AT THE WEBER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN: The new Weber Center for the Performing Arts in La Crosse, Wisconsin is a dream come true, not only for the residents of the Mississippi River city, but also for the two institutions that partnered to build the $8 million facility. The La Crosse Community Theatre endured the cramped and ill-suited conditions of its previous space while theater and performing arts students at Viterbo University put up with rehearsals in hallways and other inconveniences not befitting so prestigious a liberal arts institution. Beyond a spacious lobby, patrons will now find a 450-seat main theater with ideal sightlines and a versatile 100-seat black box theater. To achieve maximum flexibility and to accommodate future expansion on a very tight budget, Commercial AV Systems of nearby Onalaska, Wisconsin designed and installed a sound system centered on four SymNet Radius 12×8 processors.

Split between the two performance spaces the four Radius 12x8s at the Weber Center effectively behave as one large custom processor because they communicate via Dante. Together, they also handle the routing logic for nine zones of paging. Like the Dante-based SymNet Edge system, the Radius 12×8 is configured using SymNet Composer open architecture software.

“We designed the system so that you can essentially route audio from anywhere to anywhere,” said Ryan Van Berkum, the Commercial AV Systems project manager who designed and oversaw the installation of the new system. “Nothing is hard-patched – Dante takes care of everything.” Eight channels of audio can flow simultaneously between the two performance spaces in overflow situations. In addition, the community theatre and school both anticipate scenarios where one performance space may serve as a prop room or dressing room for the other. By allowing audio to flow between them, critical cues and other information will not be missed.

The main theater is configured as a mono cluster of two EAW loudspeakers, a Yamaha 1218 subwoofer, under-balcony Yamaha IF2205 fill speakers, a comprehensive monitor system, and a hearing loop that can take as its source a pair of ambient microphones or a direct line from the Yamaha digital console. The console is outfitted with two Dante network cards, one for transfer of signal to the SymNet Radius 12×8 system and one for transfer to a Yamaha digital stage box. In addition, a presentation mode in the main theater supports four input channels – mic, line, or audio from a direct box.

The black box theater makes use of the theaters’ existing Allen & Heath console. A fixed Yamaha IS1118 subwoofer provides low-end support in either full-range or discrete mode. The presentation mode has similar behavior and channel count as the main theater, simplifying training requirements for staff and volunteers while facilitating use of the black box space for simple events without a tech on hand.

The La Crosse Community Theatre will kick off its new season in the Weber Center for the Performing Arts with the comedy Noises Off. The students of Viterbo University will break it in with a performance of Little Women – The Broadway Musical.

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

FSR’s T6 FLEX Control Named Winner in 2013 WFX New Product Facility Awards

Woodland Park, NJ – FSR is proud to announce that its T6 FLEX control unit, ideally suited for churches with congregations of varying sizes, has been named “Most Innovative Green Product” in the 2013 WFX New Product Facility Awards. Winners were revealed earlier this month in Dallas during the Worship Facilities Conferences & Expo (WFX).

FSR’s small, powerful, affordable T6 FLEX merges a simple touch screen control system with an elegant table box for fingertip room control. The fully-featured unit controls a full-range of AV equipment from an attractive, convenient housing making it perfect for classrooms, children’s ministry areas and other rooms in worship facilities.

“FSR is honored that our T6 FLEX has received this prestigious WFX Award from Worship Facilities Magazine, Worship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine. FSR wanted to design a compact unit that would deliver outstanding performance and yet also meet the needs of facilities that may be facing budget constraints. We are truly pleased that the very community in which we designed this product has recognized our efforts,” explained Jan Sandri, FSR president.

Encased in an elegant and convenient housing at an appealing price point, the T6 FLEX allows Houses of Worship control over a variety of AV equipment, including projectors, displays and playback devices as well as screens and shades without the aid of an IR remote. It can serve larger installations as an auxiliary controller for the seamless switcher, the control point for remote pan / tilt / zoom cameras and much more. The system’s vast number of features and its ability to control a full-range of AV gear also makes it ideal for classrooms, student, young adult and children’s ministry areas, family viewing rooms and other AV equipped worship and meeting facilities.

The control system’s touch screen is housed in the hinged top of a T6 Series table box. When closed, the T6 FLEX presents an elegant and stylish appearance and the control system is out of sight. When open, the touch screen is easily accessible as are the interior compartments that can be populated with a variety of AC, audio, video and data connector plates available from FSR.

Non-technical volunteers can operate the T6 FLEX’s user-friendly touch screen with confidence and ease. Should they need assistance, AV personnel can remotely control the system using Flex Remote, a software application available for Windows®, Windows8®; Window RT®; Windows Phone®; Android® tablets and phone; iPad® and iPhone®.

The T6 FLEX installations throughout the campus can be centrally monitored using Flex Manager, a Windows based application that tracks the current status of each T6 FLEX and provides usage information, projector lamp life monitoring, remote control and advanced scheduling that saves energy by making sure that equipment is off when not in use.

The T6 FLEX features four serial ports, four IR ports (each able to control up to four devices), four GPIO ports, an IP port, built-in clock/calendar with scheduler, multi command scripting, conditionality and Power over Ethernet.

The 2013 WFX Awards are presented by Worship Facilities Magazine, Worship Facilities Designer Magazine and Church Production Magazine and are the leading annual national awards program recognizing innovative new facility products for the church market, church building design and management and innovative new technology products for the church market. WFX Award Winners were determined by Church Production Magazine, Worship Facilities Magazine and Worship Facilities Designer Magazine editors, distinguished members of the WFX Advisory Board, and WFX.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Yamaha Steinberg Networkable Recording System Makes AES Debut: ‘NU’ Components Added

NEW YORK—A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE will make its AES 2013 debut in the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. booth #2623, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. A hardware and software system that adds the power of the Dante audio network to world-class recording, post production, live to tape broadcast, and house of worship recording for re-broadcast, NUAGE is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements. The system is currently shipping, and more features have been added to those previously announced.

The first truly networkable recording system, NUAGE consists of hardware work surface components, sleek interface, comprehensive visual feedback, networkable audio interface units, and a software-based digital audio workstation. It offers advanced processing capabilities and superior sonic quality. The Yamaha control surface features a combination of fader and main control units allowing for various system configurations. At the core of NUAGE is Steinberg’s award winning Nuendo digital audio workstation software. Coupled with the power of Dante, this advanced production system provides mix engineers a truly synergistic studio solution. Dante audio networking provides unrestricted system design and expandability both in the studio and in situations where audio is to be shared with live mixing systems.

Yamaha has added two new components to NUAGE. The ADR Mode for the NUAGE Master allows the operator to quickly and easily enable the Nuendo 6 ADR Taker functionality on the Ncs500-CT to provide transport control for the Rehearse, Review and Record modes via the NUAGE Master Transport section. Insert Marker and Insert Cycle Marker buttons are conveniently assigned in the touch screen as well as marker information like Start/End points for cycle markers, Take No. (Number), Character Name, and Dialog. Cue Bus Control is editable from the touch sensitive encoders and the user can easily toggle the ADR functions to the user define buttons and back to the previous assigned functions. The “Marker” button in the numeric keypad section now toggles between “Marker ID” and “Take No.” for easy content location. User Assign Groups of 1-12 and 13-24 from the four banks can now be toggled to the User Define Keys.

The second new feature added is a Yamaha AD8HR mic preamp can now be controlled from the NUAGE Multi-Function Knobs when the “PRE” Button in pressed in the control section. HA Gain, HA Trim, HPF and 48V phantom power can be edited along with LC (Low Cut), HC (High Cut), and Digital Gain. The AD8HR connects to a PC or MAC via a serial connection and is configured in the NUAGE Workgroup Manager.

NUAGE modular architecture and network audio interface enable broad system flexibility. Two types of control surface units can be used individually or in combination, according to system needs. Three types of high-end audio interfaces are available, used individually or in combination for up to 128 channels. 16-channel analog, 16-channel digital, and 8-channel analog + 8-channel digital can be controlled at once with two encoders per channel, or all encoders can be mapped to one or two highlighted channels in the Channel Setting Mode. NUAGE I/O also features advanced JetPLL™ jitter reduction technology for extremely low jitter and superior AD/DA resolution.

NUAGE benefits lead to uncompromised product quality and include 32-bit/192 kHz support for superior sonic quality (Nuendo 6 supports sampling rates up to 384 kHz). Advanced audio interface DSP hardware offers “True Integrated Monitoring” for ultra-low-latency monitoring. The DSP surround processing capabilities provide all the essentials for state-of-the-art surround sound including speaker/level display adjustments and base management. The power of native system processing allows a large number of plug-ins to be used simultaneously across multiple channels/tracks. Nuendo Syncstation provides sample-accurate synchronization for audio and video.

A Dante Accelerator audio interface card can be installed in the computer running the Nuendo DAW to provide extra-low latency multi-channel audio data transfer capacity, advantageous when communicating with NUAGE I/O units. A secondary port can be used to provide redundant connections for failsafe reliability.

NUAGE provides intuitive operation and visual organization for enhanced efficiency. Any 24” monitor can be used with the system. The system incorporates the computer LCD displays for “Extensive Console View” channel strip extension, customizable Nuendo shortcuts that can be freely assigned to numerous User Assignable Keys, Touch Slider functionality for instant channel navigation, touch sensitive faders and encoders, Channel Name Display, and Channel Color Bar. A precision jog wheel supports accurate, error-free editing on the master section. Computers and monitors are not included in the system components.

The system’s space-saving keyboard/mouse editing capabilities as well as compact rack-mount dimensions round out the unique NUAGE system.

A basic NUAGE system has an MSRP of $18,000.

For more information on NUAGE, visit the Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. booth #2623 at AES N.Y. or on the web www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

Yamaha CL V1.61 Firmware Upgrade Now Available

NEW YORK—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced the availability of CL V1.61 firmware upgrade. As of Summer 2013, with Yamaha CL V1.61, it is now possible to perform discovery and patching operations for Shure ULX-D™ digital wireless system receivers such as the ULXD4D and ULXD4Q directly from Yamaha CL Series Digital Consoles via the Dante™ network. Shure and Yamaha have worked together to provide users with more advanced, integrated control capabilities. With Yamaha CL Series firmware version 1.61 and ULX-D firmware version 1.3 now available, it is possible to control discovery and patching for Shure ULXD4D and ULXD4Q receivers directly from CL console touch panel displays without the need for the Dante Controller PC software that had been initially required.

Other new features included in CL V1.61 are Scene Preview functionality, and the Help function is further supported by an on-screen reference guide, which once loaded, resides in the console permanently. The recently launched Ri8-D, Ro8-D input/output boxes and NXAmp with NXDT104 have been added as Dante devices that can be detected/patched into the CL Series. A CUE LEVEL knob has been added to the CUE section, allowing adjustment of the CUE level and can be assigned to a custom fader or user defined knob.

The Yamaha CL V1.61 firmware upgrade is available via download at www.yamahaca.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles and Firmware Version 1.61, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at AES New York, Booth #2623 or visit www.yamahaca.com.

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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.

Iconyx Makes it Clear for Knollwood Baptist Church

Winston, Salem, NC – October 2013… In February of 1957, a group of about 80 faithful founded Knollwood Baptist Church, meeting at a local funeral hall until their first chapel was completed in July. More than half a century later, Knollwood’s congregation numbers in the thousands, and their 1000-seat sanctuary offers multiple services each week.

The sanctuary’s modernistic design is truly impressive, with its soaring peaked ceilings, abundant glass, and polished surfaces. But that same design has long been problematic for the church’s technical staff, who have struggled to achieve intelligibility and even coverage in the hall. As Dan Wood, President of High Point, NC-based Church Interiors Audio Video (CIAv) explains, the sanctuary’s recent renovation was an ideal opportunity to finally tackle the audio issues.

“It’s a beautiful space, but very challenging acoustically, and the original sound system just couldn’t provide adequate coverage,” says Wood. “Church Interiors was undertaking a major renovation, and it was a perfect time to rethink their audio system.”

The room’s airy, open architecture presented some significant challenges — particularly the chancel area’s wide design. “The chancel platform extends far into the room, and there was no possibility to hang an array or cluster without impacting line of sight,” says Wood. “Our only viable option was to locate the speakers behind all the open microphones — there was simply no other place to put them.

Consistent coverage was another major concern. Areas on the room’s extremities and up in the balcony suffered from poor intelligibility. Since the balcony is also home to the house mix position, this was particularly important to address.

With no option to substantially alter the room’s architectural and acoustical character, the solution clearly had to be found within the audio system design. With this in mind, CIAv selected Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered column array loudspeakers, placing a single IC24-R-II on either side of the chancel platform.

“The Iconyx allowed us to create multiple sound beams and steer them to the seats on the floor and balcony levels, while steering them away from the walls and windows and other reflective surfaces,” says Wood. “It also enabled us to provide focused coverage to the mix position up in the balcony.”

Wood reports response to the new system has been overwhelmingly positive. “With just two Iconyx columns, we’ve got consistent coverage and intelligibility everywhere in the room.”

 

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

CS&A APPOINTED AS SYMETRIX MANUFACTURER’S REP IN MID-ATLANTIC AND NEW ENGLAND REGIONS – EXPANDING CS&A’s COVERAGE TO ENTIRE NORTHEAST

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – OCTOBER 2013: Symetrix, manufacturer of professional DSP products and accessories, announces the appointment of East Coast-based Cardone & Solomon & Associates (CS&A) as their rep in the critical Mid-Atlantic and New England regions.

Founded in 1997, CS&A focuses on audio, video, and information technologies for clients in the corporate, higher education, finance, legal, and Fortune 50 and 500 markets, as well as for houses of worship and live sound. With offices in metropolitan New York City, upstate New York, eastern Pennsylvania, Baltimore, and Boston, CS&A will represent Symetrix from Maine to Virginia.

CS&A will promote the entire Symetrix line of digital signal processors and control devices, including SymNet Edge, Radius, and Radius AEC Dante network audio processors. In addition to the Symetrix digital signal processing devices, CS&A’s customers will also benefit from the family of user interfaces including the modular ARC volume controllers and source selectors and the ARC-WEB browser based control interface for smart phones and other Internet-connected devices.

Noted Craig Richardson, VP of Global Sales for Symetrix, “We’re very excited to expand our relationship with Cardone & Solomon & Associates into our New England, and Mid-Atlantic regions. Through this appointment, Symetrix will be leveraging some of the best technical sales talent in the industry, improving our sales coverage, more consistently communicating with our partners, and supporting our continued growth in our audio and audio conferencing product lines. When you have a sales team like CS&A that is performing so well it is natural to expand their territory.”

“Symetrix has an enduring reputation for building quality equipment and backing it with phenomenal support,” said Mike Solomon, who, together with John Cardone, founded and continues to head CS&A. “Symetrix has positioned itself for growth, and its commitment of resources to that goal really impressed us.” Added Cardone, “We’re aiming to build the Symetrix brand in the A/V space and to return feedback from our integrators, consultants, and end users that will continue to allow Symetrix to stay ahead of the curve. Our expertise and connections in the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions will give a real boost to Symetrix.”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.

For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

TC Furlong Celebrates 40th Anniversary

LAKE FOREST, Illinois—When TC Furlong started his company as the sole proprietor back in 1973 after graduating high school, he and best friend Tom Danley (as in Danley Labs) developed the Steamer loudspeaker, which is still in use today. “I’ve had a keen interest in making things louder since age 12, states TC Furlong. I was and still am fascinated by the idea of amplifying a sound source faithfully. There are a lot of obstacles in achieving high quality sound reinforcement, so it’s always a worthy challenge. Since the mid 60’s, I’ve built a lot of loudspeaker cabinets in the quest for vivid fidelity or in the case of musical instrument speakers, a lush tone.”

During the mid-seventies to mid-eighties, Furlong both manufactured and played as a professional pedal steel player. He founded a regional country/pop band called Jump in the Saddle, and the band went on to achieve a national Top 15 hit with “The Curly Shuffle”.

Another of Furlong’s earliest audio solutions was the development of a sound isolation helmet that would enable an engineer to mix a live radio broadcast while at the front-of-house mix position. It weighed close to 100 pounds. By the late eighties, Furlong’s design and interest in all things audio led to his full-time focus on professional audio sales and system design. Customers were requesting rental products, requiring his support of live events, box sales of his products and those of manufacturers he represents, and even sound reinforcement installations. In the early years, he represented Shure, Ramsa, Soundcraft, Ashley, and many others. The Company is a leader in the spread of wireless microphone systems, and as such, has been a long-standing Sennheiser, Shure, and Lectrosonics dealer.

“Professional audio products have very much evolved since I first started in 1973,” says Furlong. “Probably the two most dramatic examples are digital mixing consoles and loudspeakers. A live sound mixer can have infinitely more mixing tools and do it with a 90% reduction in size and weight. Loudspeaker manufacturers have developed elegant rigging systems that allow systems to be deployed quickly and safely; nothing like that was available in the 70’s.”

A national company, located in the Chicago, Illinois area, TC Furlong currently employs 12 full-time staff members comprised solely of sound engineers, technicians, and industry veterans—each equipped with the knowledge to design the perfect audio solution for their customers’ audio needs. Jeff Cech, General Manager, who has been with the company for over 24 years (11 years as a freelancer and the past 13 years as GM) said, “TC set the company up for success and that model continues today. The backbone of the operation is a talented staff of engineers and project managers. We’ve always used premium gear and have a culture that insists on doing things the right way. We don’t cut corners—ever—and that filters down to the gear we stock, the jobs we take, and the people we hire. The focus for 40 years has been on better audio by design.”

Now, 40 years later, TC Furlong continues his business as an authorized dealer of over 100 professional audio lines with a vast inventory including Meyer Sound Laboratories, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Lectrosonics, Sennheiser (including the elite Digital 9000 RF series), Shure (including Axient), and many others. The company provides audio production rental systems, large and small, and continues to thrive in the sound installation market. Furlong’s motto for success is, “It’s not enough to just provide great audio equipment; our real strength is in listening to our clients and designing solutions.”

For more information on TC Furlong, visit www.tcfurlong.com.

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IDEAL ACOUSTICAL ENVIRONMENT MEETS 48-CHANNEL API 1608 AT STRANGE WEATHER STUDIOS

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK: With an API 1608 console, a jaw-dropping collection of analog equipment, and a straight-up rock ‘n roll recording vibe, Brooklyn’s Strange Weather studio is growing at an incredible rate. A move to a larger space with custom acoustical design by Wes Lachot of Wes Lachot Design is destined to help Strange Weather thrive in the years and decades to come.

In addition to Lachot’s accurate acoustic design and owner Marc Alan Goodman’s ever-growing collection of gear and his valued partner Daniel Schlett, the new space benefits from an expanded API 1608 analog console with 48 fully-automated channels and 24 expansion slots for API 500 Series modules. But beyond the particulars, the studio’s greatest strength derives from the cohesion of its acoustical, electrical, and creative environments.

Lachot takes a broad and balanced perspective to studio design and recognizes that a lot of what makes Strange Weather successful is out of his hands. “The most important component of a successful recording studio is the talent, and Marc is at the hub of a vibrant creative community,” he said. “They have the songs, the instruments, and the performances that have the potential to become enduring recordings. After the talent, the acoustics are most important. That’s coming from an acoustic designer of course, but if the acoustics aren’t there, then the musicians don’t feel right and the performance suffers. The accuracy of the acoustics on both sides of the glass also impact how well a performance is captured and how well it translates. After the acoustics, the console is the next critical component because everything will travel through it multiple times.”

Goodman acquired Strange Weather’s original API 1608 in 2008. “The idea of having something new and reliable with an honest vintage sound was very appealing,” he said. “I love the simplicity of the API 1608. It has eight aux’s, eight busses, and no crazy routing. Unlike everything else that’s being made today, it’s not overbuilt. And of course the sound is very attractive, especially to our mostly rock-based clientele.”

Lachot regularly recommends API consoles to his clients. “Our rooms are very quiet and very accurate,” he said. “When we’re finally done and we fire up the tunes, the quality of the console is obvious. And if the quality of the console isn’t there, it can be a brutal realization. API’s all-discrete analog consoles have a hugeness, clarity, and depth that’s unbeatable. And the people at API are great to work with. They stand behind their products.”

Because the API 1608 is expandable, Goodman was able to grow his console to its current 48 channel form, and even included an additional bucket to accommodate 16 additional 500-Series slots. “If anyone can fill those slots up fast, it’s Marc,” Lachot joked.

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

MEXICAN STADIUM – JUÁREZ VIVE – COMES ALIVE WITH DANLEY

CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO – SEPTEMBER 2013: Located in the US border city of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, the recently-completed Juárez Vive is a stunning sports stadium and a proud symbol of the recently-embattled city’s rejuvenation. Indeed, the bold, exposed angles of its support structure give one the impression that the stadium is rising into the air. When the baseball season got underway in April, the newly-completed stadium accommodated 12,000 fans for a thoroughly-modern game-day experience. An important component of that experience is now a highly-intelligible, pleasantly-musical sound reinforcement delivered by Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers, with support from Ashly amplifiers and Symetrix processing. The Mexican government had great expectations for the sound system’s performance, and the Clarity Incorporated-design not only exceeded those expectations, it did so on the narrowest of budgets.

Ciudad Juárez’ strategic location in the context of Mexico’s drug wars threatened to smother the rich cultural life of its 1.3 million people, but things have turned around in recent years and the city is regaining its footing. The new stadium thus bears a level of personal investment from city and government officials that have influenced its design and construction. “The Governor of Chihuahua, César Duarte Jáquez, toured the construction site frequently to track and encourage the progress,” explained Rich Mason, president of North-Carolina-based Clarity Incorporated. “Our charge was to deliver ‘sound that was befitting the best of Mexico.’ They expected us to jump a very high bar.” The construction company, Afirma, only involved Clarity Incorporated after first determining that the original sound system designer wouldn’t be able to deliver that kind of performance on budget. As a result, Clarity Incorporated started the design three months late and operated on an emergency schedule.

Bill Weir, Clarity Incorporated’s director of technology designed the system with assistance from Ivan Beaver, Danley Sound Labs’ chief engineer. A small crew from Clarity Incorporated spent three weeks on site to assist Afirma with the installation. “This is a value-engineered system,” asserted Weir. “Occasionally, you get a big-budget project in which issues can be overcome simply by throwing money at them. You don’t have to give them a lot of thought. But in this day and age, and especially for a government client, money is tight and you have to carefully balance the tradeoffs inherent in any decision, but in such a way that no one feels that it’s a compromise. That’s a value-engineered system.”

Loudspeaker and subwoofer placement at the new stadium looks deceptively simple. Nineteen Danley SM-80 full-range loudspeakers ring the lip of the roof that covers the stands, and every other SM-80 is joined by a Danley TH-118 subwoofer. “We’ve been huge fans of Danley from the very first moment we heard their loudspeakers,” said Mason. “Their phase coherence and pattern control are unrivaled, and they present the most natural sound stage I’ve ever heard short of studio monitors.” Weir, a loudspeaker designer himself, originally drew up the plans with a Danley SH-69 and a Danley SM-96 at each location. “I was able to quite nearly create an equilateral triangle between the slant of the seats and the point at which the loudspeakers would hang,” he said. “I wasn’t aware of the new SM-80, and so the SH-69 and SM-96 would combine to give me the appropriate coverage. Ivan realized the SM-80 would be as effective, but at a fraction of the cost, and suggested them as a replacement. I’ve worked with him enough to trust his recommendation on an unproven product. Sure enough, he was right. I’m blown away by the SM-80.”

Weir observed that subwoofers are often omitted from stadium designs. “With conventional subs, it’s hard to retain low end definition or clarity in a stadium situation,” he said. “It’s just mud. In contrast, Danley’s tapped-horn subwoofers have vastly lower group delay and a very definite focus that you can’t get from conventional designs. Put another way, it doesn’t matter how loud or low something goes, it’s the manner in which it does so that matters. And Tom Danley’s bass is not only loud and low, it’s musical and defined.” The stadium’s roof and appropriate spacing also contribute to exceptional low frequency definition.

Heil microphones and a handful of other input sources feed a 16-channel Yamaha LS9 console, which in turn feeds a Symetrix 8×8 DSP with a Symetrix BreakOut 12 for additional outputs. “Given the circumstances, we didn’t have a lot of design cycle time on this job,” said Weir. “And as well as one might plan things out, the system requirements are likely to change on site. Symetrix has a reputation for building solid algorithms that are supported by well-designed analog circuitry. Its flexible open-architecture topology allowed me to perfectly tune the system functionality while I was in Juárez.”

Nine Ashly pe3800 and four Ashly ne2400 amplifiers power the system. All of the Ashly amplifiers are networked to allow Ethernet control from a central location. “Ashly is another company that puts sound and reliability first,” said Weir. “Their network amps are a great example of appropriate functionality. They sound great and maintain a robust low end even with a lot of speaker cable. Of course, that kind of sound quality is paramount. Beyond that, the network capabilities meet the client’s needs without adding any costly – but ultimately unnecessary – bells and whistles.”

He continued, “Clarity has no obligations to any manufacturer. I can use whatever I want in my designs. Given the design expectations and constraints at Juárez Vive, I’m certain that this is the only combination of gear that would have succeeded. It’s a very unique synergy, and I’ve never heard a better system for anything less than five times the price. From the client’s perspective, it’s simple: they have a far better audio system than even dared imagine possible, and they stayed on budget.”

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 SYMNET EDGE DANTE NETWORK AUDIO DSP REVITALIZES SOUND SYSTEM FOR THE LEXINGTON LEGENDS

LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY – SEPTEMBER 2013: Located in the heart of bluegrass country Whitaker Bank Ballpark is home to minor league baseballs’ Lexington Legends. Completed in 2001, its’ original sound system held up well until recent years. As components of the head-end began to fail, AV integration firm New World Resources helped maintain the system with band-aids and quick fixes. When the original DSP died New World replaced it with a SymNet Edge system that immediately revitalized sound quality while providing cost-effective ARC-WEB iPad and SymVue PC control.

“We provided the ballpark with a quote for a new head end a few years ago” explained New World Resources owner, David Humphreys. “This year, I updated everything in the quote and included the latest SymNet Edge hardware. Following installation the system ended up being more powerful and even less expensive than what we had previously quoted.”

Two SymNet Edge frames and a SymNet xOut 12 analog output expander handle all of the processing and matrixing. Inputs include a main announcers’ mic, four wireless microphones, three Click Effects units, a radio tuner, a CD player, and a handful of inputs on the field. On the output side the main stadium is divided into three sections, and each of those sections is further divided into three vertical coverage zones. Additional zones include the outfield bleachers, a kids’ zone, east and west concourses, bathrooms, a restaurant, offices, corporate suites, a picnic area, and a party deck.

“This was my first Dante project,” said Humphreys. “It was easier than the CobraNet systems I’ve done. I set up the busses from one SymNet box and it just worked. I didn’t even need a network switch.” Humphreys fitted one Edge frame with four 4-channel analog input cards and the second frame with four 4-channel analog output cards. The SymNet xOut 12 brought the total output count to twenty-eight.

The original quote specified a separate third party control system that, at the time, was one of the only ways to offer mobile control. “I hadn’t used Symetrix ARC-WEB and wasn’t sure that it could provide the control system functionality the client was looking for,” said Humphreys. “However, after I installed the SymNet Edge system, I set up ARC-WEB and handed it to the ballpark’s lead tech on an iPad. It gave him intuitive, customized control over input selection and zone-specific volumes. He was totally happy. Given ARC-WEB and SymVue PC-based control for the announcer, we removed the third party control system from the project. That saved them even more money which they allocated to replacing the few loudspeakers that had died prematurely.”

The SymNet ARC-WEB gives users control over zone volumes, and because it is deployed on an iPad, the tech can walk around the park while making the adjustments. The SymVue PC-based control goes further, allowing the user to drill down to adjust, for example, the three subsections within each of the three main stadium sections. The announcer has access to the SymVue control so that he can control inputs to the system during the game along with the Click Effects units. In addition, a hardwired Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote in the bar/restaurant allows the staff to switch between local inputs and the ballpark content. A second ARC-2e wall panel remote in the main office allows simple day-to-day system control for music during practices.

“All of the amplifiers and loudspeakers are from the original system,” Humphreys emphasized. “Yet the system now sounds noticeably better than it did with the original DSP. It’s like a whole new system. The clarity is better and the dynamic range is enhanced. They’re also very happy with the new user control. It’s a night and day difference!”

ABOUT SYMETRIX Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better. As a world leader in the development and manufacturing of digital audio signal processing (DSP) systems and accessories, Symetrix provides best in class audio management solutions to businesses, schools, non-profits and government organizations.
For more information on Symetrix products visit www.symetrix.co

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