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Yamaha MTX New Firmware and Software Enables AEC and Dugan MY Card Compatibility

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced Version 1.2 firmware and application software for the MTX Series Matrix Processor, the core product of the Commercial Installation Solutions (CIS) product line. MTX v1.2 now makes the processor compatible with the MY4-AEC acoustic echo cancellation card required for distance conferencing and the Dugan-MY16 auto mixing capability card.

The Yamaha CIS Series, launched in 2012, includes the VXC Series Ceiling Speakers, VXS Series Surface Mount Speakers, XMV Series Multi-channel Power Amplifiers, and the MTX Series Matrix Processors specifically designed for the commercial installation solutions market. Now with MTX v1.2, there is an even more comprehensive range of flexibility that will meet the demands of installed applications.

The new software enables compatibility with the two MY cards that was previously only available for use primarily with Yamaha’s DME Series Digital Mixing Engines. The MY4-AEC card eliminates unwanted acoustic echo that is caused by secondary signals of speaker output or reflections from room surfaces that are common in teleconferencing applications. The card is equipped with a noise reduction function that removes steady-state background noise caused by air conditioning components, projector fans, etc. Once the card is installed in the processor, parameter settings can be controlled using the AEC window in the MTX Editor program.

The Dugan-MY16 card, developed by Dan Dugan Sound Design, automatically optimizes the gain distribution of multiple faders simultaneously, allowing sound engineers to focus on their mix rather than keeping track of mic levels. Auto mixing parameters can be set using dedicated software that works in conjunction with the MTX Editor and is available via free download at www.dandugan.com.

“Ever since we launched the Yamaha CIS Series, we have received very strong, positive reactions from the installed sound market regarding its DSP power and the scalability the series provides when configuring a sound solution using amplifiers and speakers,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “MTX v1.2 is based on a number of requests from our customers regarding certain functionality and capabilities that are relevant to their applications. So, by adding compatibility with the MY cards, integrators will be able to address an even wider variety of installed sound applications and offer powerful functionality similar to the DME (Digital Mixing Engine) but at a lower cost to customers using the MTX5-D processor.”

Lopez also said that with the recent addition of the Wireless Digital Controller App for Android available free of charge at the Google Play Store, the MTX Series continues to bring extraordinary value to the Yamaha Commercial installation Solutions product line.

Yamaha MTX v1.2 will be released in mid-January and can be downloaded free of charge by visiting 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.

ASHLY AUDIO’S NETWORK MATRIX PROCESSOR AND AMP SIMPLIFY USER CONTROL DURING STRESSFUL TIMES AT MICHIGAN FUNERAL HOMES

ROYAL OAKS, MICHIGAN: A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors have been serving families in suburban Detroit, Michigan for nearly a century. The family-owned business has maintained a commitment to serving the bereaved and the community as a whole through counseling, grief recovery groups, and other educational programs, earning A.J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Directors multiple Pursuit of Excellence awards from the National Funeral Directors Association and induction into the association’s Hall of Excellence. This is not a firm that operates by half measures, and so the small frustrations that accumulated from their sound system at the Royal Oaks location motivated them to hire Abel Electronics of St. Clair Shores, Michigan to build a state-of-the-art sound reinforcement system with intuitive operator controls. Now, an Ashly Audio ne24.24M matrix processor, a ne4250.70 multi-channel amplifier, and (critically) three WR-5 programmable remote controls give the funeral home robust, easy-to-use sound reinforcement.

“They used to have to go into the equipment closet to select input sources or change the gain for music or microphone inputs,” explained Mark Monarch, owner of Abel Electronics. “Different people would be in there, and none of them were necessarily technically inclined. It was easy for the gain structure to get messed up.” With an improper gain structure, of course, the sound quality wasn’t commensurate with the caliber of service that Desmond is known for. In addition, the sound system was old and ready for replacement. With Ashly’s modern user control solutions, Abel Electronics could robustly and inexpensively supply each of the home’s three visitation rooms with its own customized control.

At its heart, the new system consists of an Ashly ne24.24M processor outfitted with eight inputs and four outputs paired with a four-channel Ashly ne4250.70 amplifier. The amplifier delivers 250W per channel to new 70-volt SoundTube in-ceiling loudspeakers. In addition, a Marantz USB recorder allows loved ones to record a funeral service. Four new AudioTechnica wireless microphones (two handheld and two lavalier) join two existing CD players and two auxiliary inputs (suitable for iPods and the like) on the input side. Perhaps the most important improvement from the user’s perspective is the addition of three Ashly WR-5 programmable remote controls – one for each sub-dividable space. Monarch programmed them to allow appropriate selection of inputs, input volumes, and output volumes. In addition, they allow simple room combining functionality.

“We love working with Ashly equipment,” said Monarch. “It’s easy to use, easy to program, and we have zero problems with it. We have no customer call backs on account of Ashly gear. Once it’s set, it’s set, and the sound quality is excellent. Desmond loves the new user control because no one has to go into the equipment closet anymore. The closet is now under lock and key! They understand the WR-5 and are happy to have all of the relevant controls so accessible.”

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

Symetrix Zone Mix 761 and ARC-WEB Add Functionality, Sound Quality and Smartphone Control to Hampton’s Upscale Dockers Waterside

LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK: Although it is one of the premier dining and entertainment establishments in the upscale resort villages of the Hamptons, Dockers Waterside went without a fully-integrated professional sound system until only recently. The attractions that draw vacationers, weekenders, and residents to Dockers Waterside include regular live music, two outdoor “living rooms,” three bars, scores of tables that overlook the bay, and, of course, five-star cuisine. Taylor Sound of Holtsville, New York dramatically improved the sound system with a cost-effective and comprehensive Symetrix Zone Mix 761 fixed-architecture processor and the owner and management are enjoying convenient control from their smartphones via Symetrix ARC-WEB.

“Dockers Waterside previously had some amplifiers and music-store-grade analog and digital processors,” explained Bill Taylor, owner of Taylor Sound. “Some of the components had gone bad, but the real motivation for upgrading the system was the owner’s inability to manage the inconsistent levels coming out of his music players. His solution was to try to compress the signal so as to achieve uniform output, but the compression sucked the life out of the music and killed the low end. It just didn’t sound good.” The automatic gain control (AGC) in the Symetrix Zone Mix 761, together with the rest of its processing power, produced vastly better results.

Inputs to the 12-input Zone Mix 761 include an iPod, a Sonos music player system, output from the live music system, and a wireless microphone for parties and other events. Taylor used all six of its outputs to feed six separate zones in Dockers Waterside via three new Crown XLS 1000 amplifiers and the existing loudspeakers. Additional improvements include a collection of AudioTechnica paddle antennas that provide coverage for the wireless microphone throughout the establishment. The owner and management select zone inputs and adjust volumes via Symetrix ARC-WEB, which they access from their smartphones. Staff can also make necessary changes using a hardwired Symetrix ARC-2e wall-mounted, menu-driven remote located near the main bar.

“We got the system up and dialed in very quickly,” said Taylor. “We were able to give Dockers so much more functionality than it had previously. Symetrix’ AGC algorithm is great, and the owner is very pleased with the quality and consistency of the sound now. Being able to hand him ARC-WEB put the installation over the edge. He loves having that kind of convenient, cutting-edge control!”

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

DANLEY SOUND LABS SH-50s AT THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST CHURCH – LIFECHURCH.TV

JENKS, OKLAHOMA: With weekly attendance topping 46,000, LifeChurch.tv is, by many counts, the largest church in the country. It has eighteen physical campuses stretching from New York to Florida and back to its headquarters in Oklahoma. As one might guess from its embrace of the “.tv” suffix, LifeChurch.tv also has a vibrant online presence, including a weekly online service and a virtual church in the online virtual world – Second Life. Its Jenks, Oklahoma location recently opened its doors and welcomed new members (or in LifeChurch.tv’s parlance, “partners”) to a progressive church experience anchored by a dynamic live band. As in many of the more recent LifeChurch.tv locations, stereo clusters of Danley Sound Labs SH-50 full-range loudspeakers deliver the full impact of the band and convey spoken word and video playback with crystalline intelligibility.

Summit Integrated Systems of Lafayette, Colorado began working with LifeChurch.tv six years ago and has designed and installed the A/V systems at most of the campus locations. “The fact that LifeChurch.tv continues to build new campuses has given us the opportunity to critique and grow with each design/build project,” explained Shane Beeson, church relationship manager and director of sales and Marketing at Summit Integrated Systems. “After every project, we meet with the LifeChurch.tv technical staff to evaluate the systems and discuss what we can improve upon. Danley Sound Lab products have been a part of Summit’s product line since Danley launched in 2005, and Danley became a part of the LifeChurch.tv conversation five years ago. We were exploring ways to improve the audio quality of their multi-site campuses while still being mindful of budget and to meet their request for a stereo system using point-source boxes.”

Although LifeChurch.tv requests stereo coverage of the worship auditorium at most sites, it also typically compromises on the architecture such that the ceiling height is lower than would be optimal. “Like every church, LifeChurch.tv operates within a budget,” said Beeson. “The ceiling height makes it challenging to get the right coverage and impact. Moreover, acoustic treatment is usually the minimum needed to get the space up and running. That was the case at Jenks, so we designed two 3-box clusters of Danley SH-50s. The supreme pattern control and smooth phase response of the Danley SH-50 gave us the control we needed for excellent coverage of the seats and minimal coverage of the walls. Danley’s innovative solution allowed us to increase performance and offset budget challenges by using a loudspeaker product with maximum pattern control to keep the sound in the seating areas without overexciting the room reflections.” In addition, Beeson noted that because the Danley SH-50 is passive, it required a minimum number of processor and amplifier channels, which helped the project stay on budget.

The Jenks system begins with a Yamaha CL5 paired with RIO stage boxes, which act as a digital snake and patch bay to collect inputs from the stage. The output from the CL5 feeds a Biamp Audia Flex, which handles loudspeaker management and processing. Lab.gruppen C-Series amplifiers power the system. Mounted at the seventeen-foot ceiling, three close-packed Danley SH-50s per side provide the main stereo coverage for the room with forty feet between them. Four subs provide low-frequency extension from below the stage. Six Danley SH-Mini loudspeakers complete the system by providing side-fill at the edge of each cluster and front-fill from the edge of a portable stage when needed.

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 Radius 12×8 Dante Networked Audio DSP Keeps Indiana Town Dancin’ in the Streets

GREENFIELD, INDIANA: Although the city of Greenfield, Indiana is now a suburb of Indianapolis, its history runs deep into the 1800s, when it was a railway stop and the birthplace of famed poet James Whitcomb Riley. The city celebrates that tradition for a long weekend every October with Riley Days, which ranks among the Hoosier State’s best-attended festivals. Because Greenfield also puts on a Christmas festival and numerous other smaller citywide events throughout the year, it recently decided to invest in a citywide sound reinforcement system. Local A/V integration firm Force Technologies designed and installed the system for future expansion and convenient control using the Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 Dante networked audio signal processor and ARC-WEB user control for mobile devices.

“Riley Days is a big deal,” said A.J. Fager, owner of Force Technology Solutions. “Greenfield closes down its main streets, and vendors from all around set up tents. The city officials wanted a permanent sound reinforcement system that would serve Riley Days, as well as the other events that the city hosts. The Symetrix SymNet Radius 12×8 was the perfect processor because it is powerful, cost-effective, and easily scalable via Dante. Moreover, we could give them customized control via SymVue real-time user control panel application running on any Windows compatible PC and simultaneously give them simple, intuitive control for technicians’ smartphones via Symetrix’ ARC-WEB technology.”

In its initial deployment, the system is comprised of eight zones, each of which are independently tuned and delayed to minimize echo effects. Weatherproof Community R.5HP 8 Ohm and R.5HPt 70-Volt loudspeakers mounted to poles and powered by Crown CDi-Series amplifiers now dot downtown Greenfield. “Those loudspeakers and amplifiers are capable of delivering high sound pressure, and the design became a case of ‘less is more,’” said Fager. “When we modeled the system, it was apparent that more loudspeakers would have complicated the delay scheme and ultimately resulted in more harm than good.” Inputs to the system include two music sources and two wireless microphone systems.

The Greenfield IT department manages the citywide sound reinforcement system. Fager designed a custom Windows-compatible, PC-based control interface using Symetrix SymVue software. The interface consists of a map of the city broken down by zone. Within each zone, technicians can control volume and other aspects of system performance. Because such adjustments are sometimes better made from the zone itself, Fager also gave them a Symetrix ARC-WEB interface. Technicians access the password protected ARC-WEB interface from their smartphones and can thus make adjustments from anywhere.

Already, the city officials are excited to expand the system with four more zones. Fager anticipated this, and that was part of the reason why he went with the Dante networked SymNet Radius 12×8. Because its full processing power is far from tapped, Fager can simply add a Symetrix SymNet xOut 12 and, via the magic of Dante, the system will have the required additional outputs at little expense.

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

PRODUCER/ENGINEER NOAH SHAIN RECORDS BREAKOUT ARTIST DEAD SARA ON AN API 1608

MALIBU, CALIFORNIA: Producer Noah Shain recently purchased an analog API 1608 small-format console to record breakout artist Dead Sara in a Malibu mansion for a forthcoming release on Epic Records. The tracks will form the follow-up to the band’s 2012 eponymous self-release. Shain, who is best known for his work with Sonny Moore (Skrillex) and Atreyu, purchased the API 1608 because it was, in his words, “the only console available with a small enough footprint and a big enough sound.”

After recording their previous album with Shain at Sonic Ranch in Texas, the band members had their heart set on taking the laid back experience they had there to the next level. “They didn’t want to work in a studio at all,” Shain said. “They just wanted to work in a house. I said, ‘OK, but if we’re going to work in a house, we’re going to do it right. I’m not bringing my laptop over to your buddy’s apartment.’ In the end, we rented an 8,000 square-foot Malibu mansion for two months. All told, we paid about as much going that route as we would have paid going to any of the world-class L.A. studios that I tried to talk them into originally.”

As a self-described API-fan who had been considering a 1608 to complement his hybrid, bus-intensive mix style, Shain recognized the sonic and logistic advantages of having a 1608 for the two-month remote date with Dead Sara. “I like discrete transistor electronics,” he said. “That’s saying something, because Shain’s workflow is unique. Like Michael Brauer, Shain separately processes stems according to their role in the music. He uses eight passive busses and saturates signal on the other end with boutique gain make-up amps. “The 1608 is the perfect heart for that kind of system,” he said. “It’s small enough to make it easy, and I can still focus a lot on the computer for a truly hybrid workflow.”

With the remote recording date with Dead Sara finished, Shain has moved the new 1608 into his three-room studio located inside Bedrock, a 120-room rehearsal space in the hip Echo Park neighborhood of L.A. “Bedrock is a great place with a great community of musicians,” he said. “A lot of notable bands rehearse there. My door is open and a lot of people are going to see the new API 1608.”

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

River Oaks Retires Analog Console, Upgrades to Yamaha CL5 Digital

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The 600-seat River Oaks Community Church, in Goshen, Indiana, holds contemporary worship services, and on any given Sunday, serves 1,200 of its congregation. With a rotating pool of 25 musicians, a standard worship service consists of 5-10 members on stage. The church recently retired its aged analog console and upgraded to a new Yamaha CL5 digital audio console and Rio 3224-D and 1608-D input/output boxes, purchased from Mid-America Sound in Greenfield, Indiana.

“We had an analog console for about ten years that outlived its welcome”, states Tim Blaum, Program Director at the church and who installed the CL. “We realized we needed to have additional control and mixing space.”

Blaum notes that on occasion, the church had to rent a Yamaha M7CL for outdoor gigs or other special services when they needed a little extra control. “We have a volunteer team that is comfortable in the analog environment using a full bank of physical faders because it’s what we’ve been used to, but we knew it was time to upgrade to digital. Several industry professionals recommended we investigate the new Yamaha CL Series since it has several added benefits. After weighing our options, we heeded their advice and decided to go with the CL5 because of its power and features.”

Prior to the new CL’s arrival, volunteers viewed online tutorial videos, having been familiar with the M7CL. “Yamaha digital consoles have always been strong and reliable, and with the CL’s price point, the console will give us room to grow and expand our worship ministry,” Blaum says. “Talented musicians with years of training and skill lead our ministry, and our production team is eager to help them sound the best they can with our new desk.” The church is currently using the Dante network locally due to its pre-existing snake structure.

Blaum also said the front of house location is an elevated mezzanine, which makes mixing difficult. “We are living by the console’s iPad App; our engineers stay on ground level during rehearsals and worship to make sure our mix is perfect. The labeling on the CL was a major enhancement, but we really love just about every feature it has since we came directly from the analog world. The console sounds great, and since its installation, we’ve had numerous compliments about our mix greatly improving. No doubt, this is an exciting step forward for us.”

For more information on River Oaks Community Church, visit www.riveroaks.org.

For more information on Mid-America Sound, visit www.midamericasound.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Audio Console, 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.

David Lees Joins Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems NUAGE Production System Team

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) has announced the appointment of David Lees to the position of NUAGE District Manager effective immediately. Lees has been with Yamaha since 2002 and has held various positions within the Professional Audio & Combo Division as a Steinberg and Hi-Tech District Manager in the mid-Atlantic region, as well as the Keyboard Division. Prior to joining Yamaha, Lees worked for EMU Systems and previously at ProSound in Denver.

“We are very pleased to welcome David to the YCAS, Inc. team and look forward to the role he will play in building upon the already strong momentum developed for the NUAGE Production System,” states Paul Furtkamp, National Sales Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.

Lees is currently living in Delaware and will relocate to the Southern California area in early 2014. “I’m very much looking forward to joining the YCAS organization and to working with such a strong network of NUAGE dealers and end-users.”

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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.

ASHLY PEMA 8250 PROCESSOR/AMPLIFIERS GET SAUCY AT 4 RIVERS SMOKEHOUSE

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2013: Now with five locations in Florida that regularly generate lines out the door, 4 Rivers Smokehouse is one of the fastest growing restaurants in the Southeast. The young chain and everything it stands for, from perfected BBQ to generous philanthropy, is driven by the passion of successful businessman John Rivers. Indeed, it is rumored that Rivers worked for fifteen years, taking careful notes on copious spreadsheets to perfect the 4 Rivers Smokehouse sauces before launching the restaurant and its associated line of bottled products. Rivers is also passionate about music, and with the help of Sound Stage of Winter Park, Florida, his restaurants pulse with inspired tunes tweaked to perfection (much like his sauces) by an eight-channel Ashly Pema 8250 Protea™-Equipped Media Amplifier.

“An important thing to know about the owner, Mr. Rivers, is that he loves music,” explained Joe Forbes, systems consultant at Sound Stage. “Before we became involved with the restaurant, he opened a few locations in which the music playback system hadn’t been given a lot of consideration. Mr. Rivers wanted something that would give full-fidelity, full-impact music the role he felt it deserved at 4 Rivers Smokehouse. We knew we could help.” Sound Stage designed and installed the music playback system at the next 4 Rivers Smokehouse location using the Ashly Pema 8250 together with JBL Control Contractor-Series loudspeakers, and its success earned Sound Stage the same role at every subsequent new location.

Each system begins with a simple music source that feeds an Ashly Pema 8250. An ambient noise-sensing microphone on an input to the Pema 8250 engages Ashly’s Ambient Noise Compensation feature, which automatically adjusts the overall volume level based on how busy the restaurant gets. That feature is important because 4 Rivers Smokehouse can go from empty at opening to packed so quickly that managers and staff are justifiably focused on matters other than the music volume. Depending on the situation at a particular location, the eight 250-watt amp channels of the Ashly Pema 8250 feed some composition of JBL Control 25AV, Control 19, or Control 24 loudspeakers and some number of JBL Control SB210 subwoofers. “These systems are full-range and have plenty of power… they rock!” said Forbes.

He continued, “Our experience with Ashly began with its NE-Series amplifiers, which are great. But in a situation like this, the Pema range carries that same great sound and power, and a small footprint, but adds all of the front-end processing that we need. Working with Ashly has always been easy, and the tech support is fantastic.” Forbes cited Ashly’s collection of straightforward, inexpensive user controls as another factor working in Ashly’s favor. In the case of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, he uses a handful of Ashly WR-1 dual potentiometer remotes, which provide volume control for two adjacent zones using just one wire.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 37-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

www.ashly.com

DANLEY HORNS ELEVATE THE SOUND QUALITY AT RALPH WILSON STADIUM HOME OF THE BUFFALO BILLS

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2013: Fervent football fans know that the Buffalo Bill’s Ralph Wilson Stadium is one of the most difficult places for kickers, owning to its exposure to Lake Erie’s gusty winds, but few footballs recognize the tremendous challenge those winds create for the stadium’s sound reinforcement system. Moreover, Buffalo’s notoriously snowy winters regularly incapacitated the loudspeakers and subwoofers that were exposed to it, and unintelligible announcements and underpowered music were a constant frustration. However, with a new Danley Sound Labs distributed loudspeaker and subwoofer system in place, that lackluster performance is history, and Ralph Wilson Stadium now stands as one of the league’s best venues for a soul-shaking game-day experience that few living room hi-fi system can rival.

“The NFL is striving to improve the game-day experience,” explained Steve Asposto, senior director of broadcast operations with the Buffalo Bills. “We want to keep people coming to the stadium, but with so much HD technology available in fans’ living rooms, there is a huge temptation for them to stay home. Our goal is to give them an experience at the stadium that cannot be replicated on the couch, and music is a huge part of that. The league has softened many of the rules that used to restrict music playback, and so now we’re able to build music into a greater part of the experience.”

The trouble was that Ralph Wilson Stadium wasn’t ready to make effective use of those new rules. Even when it was brand new, the old sound system fired from only one side, which generated an intelligibility-killing clot of late arrivals. Worse, over a decade of Buffalo’s ceaseless wind and superabundant snowfall had destroyed approximately half of the stadium’s loudspeakers and subwoofers. “We used to get regular complaints that the announcements and referee calls were completely muddled,” said Asposto. “The clarity simply wasn’t there.” The Bills called on Anthony James Partners (Richmond, Virginia) to design a new system that would stand up to Buffalo’s inclement weather and that would deliver clear, high-fidelity audio even on the windiest days. Ronco Specialized (Tonawanda, New York) installed the new system.

“The idea was to place a loudspeaker and subwoofer cluster on each of four towers that encircle the stadium,” said Larry Lucas, director of audio engineering for Anthony James Partners. “As always, price was a big consideration, but we also needed exceptional pattern control to avoid the late arrivals that had plagued the old system. Danley Sound Labs delivered on both counts, and Danley’s Shaded Amplitude technology in its GH-60 Genesis Horns would provide even coverage across the seats.” Each of the four clusters consists of three Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns, a Danley SH-95 for center fill, four Danley SH-MINIs for fill right below the cluster, and two Danley TH-118 subwoofers. In addition, four Danley SH-64s (two at each end zone) provide additional coverage, and 35 Danley SH-Micros provide under-balcony coverage. An existing Yamaha LS-7 digital console and four Peavey Neon processors (two of which are new) form the front end, and sixteen Lab.gruppen PLM-20000 amplifiers power the Danley boxes. A new computer system operates the system with multiple screens (including one dedicated to the NIO software and a touchscreen dedicated to the Lake software). The amplifiers receive signal via CobraNet or Dante and contain DSP resources to handle all of the loudspeaker conditioning.

Unfortunately, some of the electrical requirements necessitated a shift in the original design that then compromised the coverage of the Danley GH-60 Genesis Horns. “It turned out that even with the Shaded Amplitude design, the SPL was too hot on the top,” said Dean Churpita, who led the installation for Ronco Specialized. “Danley worked with us and twice sent technicians to physically modify the boxes to give us the coverage we needed. The sound quality itself is exceptional. I barely had to equalize the Danley boxes at all!” Al Colucci, account manager at Ronco Specialized, added, “Danley really came through for us. They’ve been tremendously responsive and are obviously invested in making this installation right for us and for the client.”

With the Danley-led modifications now in effect, the coverage is smooth, and the sound quality at Ralph Wilson Stadium has leapfrogged its NFL peers to become one of the best. “We’re very happy with the new system and with Danley’s commitment to making it perfect,” said Asposto. “It’s not an easy trick to deliver consistent audio to all 75,000 seats in an open stadium in Buffalo’s climate. We’re similar to Lambeau Field, except that Lambeau has the benefit of an uninterrupted ring of stands. In contrast, we have a lot of ‘holes’ for the wind to play with. Despite that, Danley’s coverage is keeping direct sound on the seats and minimizing the sort of extraneous echoes that we used to contend with.”

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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