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Landmark Oklahoma City Church Finds a Sound Solution with Iconyx

Oklahoma City, OK – June 2012… The distinctive white vaulted roof of Oklahoma City’s First Christian Church stands as an eye-catching landmark to residents and visitors alike. One of this city’s founding houses of worship, First Christian Church has inhabited several locations since its 1889 origin, moving to its current location in 1956.

The massive domed structure – referred to by local press as “The First Christian Church of Tomorrow” during its dedication ceremony – was designed by R. Duane Conner of Conner & Pojezny Designs, a congregation member during the 1950s. The expansive, thin-shelled concrete dome covers the main sanctuary, which seats 1200 in theater-style pews. The sanctuary houses a large pipe organ and frequently features performances by symphonic orchestras, bell choirs and other chorale groups.

While the building has won much acclaim as an architectural masterpiece, it has been equally disparaged as an acoustical nightmare, its concave ceiling and hard surfaces creating a tremendously reverberative environment that is certainly one of a kind. Spoken word intelligibility has long been an ongoing struggle, with the church going through numerous sound systems over the past 50 years in a ceaseless attempt to achieve an acceptable audio quality.

“First Christian Church is by far the most acoustically challenging space I’ve ever experienced,” reports Danny Nix, sales and marketing manager at AVL Systems Design, the Oklahoma-based audio video designer-integrator responsible for the sound system upgrade. “They had invested a great deal of time and money into several different audio systems over the years, and were pretty much ready to give up on finding a system that would suitably meet their requirements. That’s when we presented them with the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx solution.”

“We realized that any system we considered had to meet certain performance requirements, and still deliver clear & articulate sound to every seat in the house,” says Marc Pierce, President & Owner of AVL Systems Design. “We exhaustively studied technical specs & solutions from manufacturers to maintain a balance between quality and value, so our client would receive the best product necessary to accurately meet their needs and also maintain budgetary criteria.”

Pierce, along with AVL’s director of engineering, Kenny Kendrick, designed First Christian’s new audio system using Iconyx digitally steerable array column loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz. Two Iconyx IC16-R loudspeakers are surface-mounted high on the walls to either side of the proscenium. The Iconyx steerable beam technology enables sound to be focused downward, away from the domed ceiling and towards the main floor seating area.

“It’s literally the first system that has worked for them,” says Nix. “The difference is like night and day.”

As often happens with classic architecture, aesthetics prevented AVL from extending cabling to the Iconyx cabinets. AVL responded with a highly innovative solution. “We are transmitting the signal wirelessly using an AKG in-ear monitor system, routed through the DSP to power the speakers,” explains Nix. “It has worked really well and the end result is exceptional sound quality with no visible wires.” A custom paint job by Renkus-Heinz further adds to the Iconyx cabinets’ low profile appearance.

AVL’s upgrade for the church also included a video component, installing a pair of Digital Projection E-Vision WXGA projectors with long throw lenses. The projectors fire onto dual Stewart 14′ by 8′ film screens. Two Samsung 400DX-2 46-inch LCD screens and an Analog Way EFD-341 high-resolution video switcher/scaler complete the system.

AVL’s Nix reports the church is so pleased with the sound quality of their new Iconyx system that they are planning additional upgrades elsewhere on the campus using more Renkus-Heinz gear.

 

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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.

SYMNET EDGE INSTALLED IN PRIVATE SCHOOL

trinityschool_edge.JPGAUSTIN, TEXAS – JUNE 2012: Trinity Episcopal School of Austin has already grown from a startup private school to a K-8 institution of 450 students. Its exponential increase has spurred a succession of construction projects, the latest of which is a 750-seat multipurpose chapel for religious services, student performances, and community events. Trinity Episcopal School of Austin hired central-Texas-based Ace Audio Communications, Inc. to design and install a state-of-the-art audio/visual system for the new chapel. Ace Audio centered its sound reinforcement on an Allen & Heath iLive console paired with Symetrix SymNet Edge DSP. The two units are networked together using the next-generation Dante network protocol, which supports a huge channel count of lossless audio with imperceptible latency.

To maximize the new chapel’s flexibility without compromising its functionality, the school opted to build two stages, one along the width of the room and more

D.A.S. Helps Renovate Barcelona’s Historic Club Astoria

**** Photo: Club Astoria Interior Image ****

Valencia, Spain – June 2012 … Barcelona’s upscale Eixample neighborhood is home to the spectacular Club Astoria. A stone’s throw from famous thoroughfares Paseo de Gracia and Avenida Diagonal, this is the perfect spot to enjoy dinner or drinks with friends in an exclusive and inviting musical setting. The newly renovated space, a Grupo Costa Este property, was previously the site of the Opium Cinema, a landmark of Barcelona nightlife. more

SYMETRIX EDGE DSP INSTALLED AT ONE FIREFLY’S NEW HEADQUARTERS

onefirefly.JPGHOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA – JUNE 2012: When it came time to move into a new office space, One Firefly, LLC seized the opportunity to turn its workspace into a cutting-edge demonstration of the integrated systems it helps homeowners, commercial clients and electronic system contractors design and install. The Hollywood, Florida-based firm is multifaceted and provides a variety of services offered under its three Firefly brands. Firefly Design Group provides system design, documentation and consulting services specializing within the integrated building technology space. Firefly Creative is a full-service marketing and public relations agency that caters to the custom electronics industry’s member contractors and manufacturers. Firefly Programming is a full service control system programming company. For the flagship demonstration, Firefly Design Group senior systems engineer Mike Harrell chose Symetrix’ new SymNet Edge DSP hardware, which features a powerful open-architecture topology, modular I/O counts and types, and next-generation more

API INSTALLS FIRST 1608 IN BRAZIL

btg_zecaleme.JPGSÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – JUNE 2012: With a burgeoning music scene steeped in traditional Samba and increasing interest in rock, Brazilian pop and local folk music, the Brazilian recording industry took a giant leap forward with the installation of the first API 1608 console in Brazil. Producer and recording/mixing engineer Zeca Leme recently installed a new 16-channel 1608 alongside API 500s, 525s, 550Bs and a 512c already in place at the newly opened Behind the Glass Recording Studio.

Leme first encountered API while attending AES in New York. He returned to Brazil for a position at Loudness Sound Studio as a live DVD recording engineer. In 2007 Leme moved on to NaCena Studios where he worked with artists such as Ney Matogrosso, Earth Wind & Fire, Kanye West and Oficina G3. He encountered API again working with legendary engineer Roy Cicala at 5A more

SYMETRIX FOUNDER DANE BUTCHER HANDS CEO ROLE TO PAUL ROBERTS, ASSUMES ROLE OF CHAIRMAN

paul_roberts.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JUNE 2012: Symetrix announces that Dane Butcher has taken on the role of Chairman after holding the position of CEO since he founded the company in 1976. Paul Roberts, veteran VP of Sales & Marketing with Symetrix, steps in as the company’s new CEO. There will be a high degree of continuity in this hand-off as Dane Butcher and Paul Roberts have worked together for many years and are in close alignment with the Symetrix customer-focused approach to running Symetrix and share a common vision for the future of the company.

“I am very much looking forward to my role as Chairman,” said Butcher. “After many years of wide-band executive responsibilities, I’m moving to a purely strategic role. I will now focus 100% of my time on my passion for providing our current and future customers with innovative and value-oriented more

dB AUDIO & VIDEO OUTFITS NEW SANCTUARY AT PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST CHURCH WITH DANLEY SPEAKERS

pleasant_hill_church.JPGLAWRENCEVILLE, GEORGIA: Blessed with the burden of a burgeoning congregation that was filling its small sanctuary beyond capacity, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia raised funds to build a new, 500-seat sanctuary adjacent to its old one. The roots of PHBC reach back 135 years, and the latest expansion represents a significant milestone in that long history. The church hired Gainesville-based dB Audio & Video to design and install a video projection system and a high-fidelity, high-output sound reinforcement system to support its spirited services. To meet that objective, dB Audio & Video specified Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

“High-energy contemporary gospel music with a full band sets the tone for the two Sunday services at Pleasant Hill,” explained Ronnie Stanford, systems advisor with dB Audio & Video. “The church was clear in its desire for a sound system that is more

VUE Audiotechnik Debuts Three Product Classes at InfoComm 2012

Las Vegas, NV, June 2012 – VUE Audiotechnik will premiere three powerful loudspeaker families at this week’s InfoComm convention in Las Vegas. This will be the first official product unveiling since the company’s founding earlier this year.

Addressing a broad range of applications with advanced technologies, innovative designs, and class-leading performance, VUE Audiotechnik’s H, A and I Classes incorporate purpose-designed transducers, enclosures, and system electronics to deliver exceptional results for their respective market segments.

Highlights include:

  • H Class family with Truextent™ beryllium HF compression drivers: Better high-frequency performance than aluminum or titanium
  • Active Compliance Management™ (ACM): A patent-pending subwoofer technology combining sophisticated DSP with a hybrid enclosure for exceptional definition and output
  • Purpose-designed components: Fully optimized for every driver/cabinet combination across all three classes.
  • Network monitoring: Via standard Ethernet protocols and accessible through an intuitive software interface.
  • I Class for AV contractors: Professional-grade components, wood enclosures and included hanging hardware

Ken Berger, CEO of VUE Audiotechnik comments, “We’ve worked hard to ensure that each of our classes brings something truly unique to their respective markets — from cutting edge technologies and innovative designs in the flagship H Class, to a very compelling price/performance equation in our I Class systems.”

“But this is just the beginning,” continued Berger. “The technologies revealed today will join others in development, and all three classes will expand significantly over the next 24 months. It’s really quite exciting to debut this first wave at InfoComm and to underscore our commitment to serving the industry we value so highly.”

H Class: Performance without Compromise

VUE Audiotechnik imbues the flagship H Class with its most advanced technologies and innovative designs.

At the heart of every H Class full-range system is VUE’s proprietary, beryllium-based compression driver. Beryllium delivers better sonic performance than both aluminum and titanium thanks to an extremely high stiffness-to-mass ratio, which dramatically reduces mechanical deformation (breakup), and shifts resonant frequencies above the
audible range.

h-12 active two-way (click for full size)

Each beryllium HF transducer is paired with an equally advanced LF counterpart. To increase power handling and decrease power compression, all transducers deployed in full-range H Class systems feature a large, 100 mm/4-inch voice coil.

Active onboard electronics include system-optimized amplification and DSP for each driver and cabinet combination. Network control and monitoring capabilities are available via standard Ethernet-based protocols and accessible through an intuitive
software interface.

All H Class enclosures are manufactured using multi-ply, cross-grain laminated birch with extensive interior bracing and a rugged polyurethane finish. Full-range models include integrated hanging points, while h-12 models also include a pole-mount system for use with stands or atop subwoofers.

HS-28 Subwoofer with ACM Technology (click for full size)

At launch, the H Class includes 12- and 15-inch two-way models (wide and narrow coverage) as well as the hs-28 subwoofer, a dual 18-inch active design that debuts VUE Audiotechnik’s patent pending Active Compliance Management (ACM) technology.

ACM technology utilizes a unique hybrid configuration in which two 18-inch woofers share a common vented chamber. One woofer’s frontal radiation is direct, while the second woofer is set at 90 degrees and drives a second vented chamber that has fourth-order response characteristics. Each woofer has its own amplifier and DSP control. This sophisticated combination of physics and DSP yields a substantial increase in amplitude over conventional designs, with the summed output of drivers and vents maintaining flat phase response and exhibiting low distortion, while occupying a more compact enclosure.

A Class: Applied Engineering, Precision Performance

The A Class is designed specifically for working professionals seeking a better balance of performance, versatility, and value. Benefiting from the same design principles behind the flagship H Class, the versatile A Class models possess similar voicing characteristics, allowing them to easily outperform their competition in this segment.

a-15, a-12, a-10, a-8 (click for full size)

At launch, the A Class range includes passive systems in 8-, 10-, 12-, and 15-inch two-way configurations, as well as a selection of three powerful subwoofers. And as with the flagship H Class, all A Class transducers and enclosures are manufactured to VUE Audiotechnik’s exacting specifications to work in synchronous harmony for exceptional performance.

Every A Class two-way model combines a neodymium LF transducer, neodymium compression driver, and a system-optimized, high-order crossover to deliver a smooth and accurate frequency response at maximum SPLs. Each compression driver is mounted to a 70 x 55 degree horn that can be rotated for ideal dispersion in either horizontal or vertical configurations. The larger A-12 and A-15 models will operate in either passive (single amped) or bi-amped modes via a simple, high current switch located on the rear panel.

as-418 Subwoofer (click for full size)

The A Class subwoofer family is led by the formidable as-418, which combines four 18-inch drivers into a dual-isobaric design to deliver higher output, lower distortion, and lower power compression — all from an enclosure the size of most dual 18-inch subwoofers.

A Class cabinets are manufactured to the same standards as the flagship H Class, using multi-ply, cross-grain laminated birch with extensive interior bracing and a rugged polyurethane finish. Full-range models feature a unique pentagon shape for easy use in either monitor or FOH orientations. Integrated hanging points provide flexible flying options, while a pole-mount system allows for portable use on stands or atop subwoofers.

I Class: Step Away from the Plastic Boxes

VUE Audiotechnik’s I Class offers AV Contractors a high-performance alternative to the bevy of plastic-boxed systems available today.

Addressing a broad range of applications while delivering sonic performance that far exceeds expectations in this segment, I Class models benefit from professional-grade components and the same manufacturing processes behind all VUE Audiotechnik systems. As a result, every model in the line features purpose-built transducers, rugged wood enclosures and most importantly, VUE Audiotechnik’s unwavering attention to detail and quality.

L to R: i-2 x 4.5, i-4.5, i-6, i-8, is-26 Sub (click for full size)

At launch, the I Class range includes surface-mount, full-range systems as well as three powered and passive subwoofer options — allowing contractors and system designers to address applications ranging from compact PA to ancillary fill in larger distributed systems.

I Class wood enclosures are protected with a rugged industrial-grade coating, and every full-range model ships with integrated surface mounting hardware right in the box.

Learn more about our H, A and I Class systems by visiting: www.vueaudio.com.

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About VUE Audiotechnik

VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

Truextent is a registered trademark of Materion Brush, Inc.

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DEPLOYS ALTINEX CONTROL SOLUTIONS

**** Photo: First Presbyterian Church's Altar / Stage Area ****

Baton Rouge, LA – June 2012… A member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Denomination, First Presbyterian Church is one of the area’s best known houses of worship with a storied history that dates back to 1827. As the church has grown, so too has its desire to remain cutting edge and relevant to its congregation. In keeping with this tradition, the church deployed both an impressive AV setup and a remote door locking control system during the past several months. In each case, the underlying technology behind the design and operation of both systems is dependent upon state-of-the-art equipment from Brea, CA-based Altinex. more

ASHLY PROCESSORS AND AMPS A DYNAMIC DUO AT TWIN PEAKS RESTAURANT

twin_peaks_exterior.JPGSCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA: Owing to a successful recipe of “man food,” sports and sexy young waitresses, Twin Peaks Restaurant is one of the nation’s fastest growing chains. Part of its brand concept is to build “the perfect man cave,” which includes high-fidelity sound reinforcement to complement a profusion of screens. Clean Media AV recently helped complete a Twin Peaks Restaurant in its hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona. To meet the restaurant’s demanding A/V requirements with an utterly reliable, yet still cost effective system, Clean Media AV designed the system around Ashly Audio network-ready processors and amplifiers.

The new Twin Peaks Restaurant occupies 7,500 square feet, which Clean Media AV subdivided into multiple zones so that volumes and input sources could be finely controlled. Nearly seventy high-definition televisions dot the ceiling and walls, guaranteeing that patrons are well positioned to take in multiple games and events more

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