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SYMETRIX APPOINTS CS&A FOR GREATER NEW YORK AREA

csa_logo.JPGSEATTLE, WASHINGTON – FEBRUARY 2012: Cardone, Solomon & Associates (CS&A) is now representing Symetrix in the New York Metro region of the United States. Founded in 1997, the CS&A team brings a wealth of industry experience and strong connections to the region’s corporate, educational, theatrical, sporting, church, amusement, and medical commercial audio markets. CS&A is representing all of Symetrix’ product lines, including the powerful SymNet line of open architecture DSP, Jupiter line of app based turn-key DSP, and Integrator Series line of application specific installed system DSP.

Noted Dane Butcher, president of Symetrix, “We’re very excited about working with John Cardone, Mike Solomon and their entire crew. These folks have an exceptional track record of service to integrators and consultants. As we looked at their line card it became apparent that, without distraction, they’re hyper-focused on systems integration. We couldn’t ask for better more

Christ the King Church Enhances Sound with NEXO Line Array

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Christ the King Church in Bellingham, WA recently completed an overhaul of its sound system, awarding the installation contract to Clarity Media Group of Portland. Clarity provided the best solution for the task at hand, outfitting the 1,500-seat church with a 20-box NEXO GEO S12 line array.

“The church wanted a system capable of accommodating a worship service and in addition, have rider acceptability to bring in concerts,” states John Harrel, project manager, Clarity Media Group. “The NEXO GEO S12, consisting of eight S1210 boxes per side, is configured as an LCR and was chosen based on its smooth, even coverage as well as its musicality and output. Our client wanted a center cluster rather than front fills and flown subs, so we recommended four GEO S1230s which met their requirements and are tucked away very discretely above the pastor’s podium position. The previous system was an eyesore.” The system also contains four NEXO RS18 Ray Sub cabinets flown, two per side in cardioid mode. Two NEXO NX4x4 and one NX4x1 amplifiers power the system.

“The NEXO system’s ability to maintain uniform coverage despite having a low trim height was key in choosing it for this application,” states Travis Cibolski, Clarity co-owner and designer of the system. “The net effect is that the system delivers uniform, transparent sound to all areas, and with full bandwidth!”

Christ the King Church has 6,000 members in its congregation with two campus locations. The church band consists of 6-10 musicians on average who, according to Harrel, are very discerning when it comes to good audio (one of its members is a signed recording artist).

The church previously installed a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console at front of house, chosen for its ease of use by audio volunteers.

For more information on Clarity Media Group, visit www.claritymediagroup.net.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit http://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.

ALTINEX ANNOUNCES SR208-100 VGA to VGA VIDEO SCALER

* Photo: Altinex SR208-100 VGA to VGA Video Scaler *

Brea, CA – February 2012… Altinex, a leading manufacturer of Signal Management Solutions®, is pleased to announce the introduction of the SR208-100 VGA to VGA Video Scaler with fixed output resolution. The SR208-100 is designed to upscale (or down-scale) a standard PC video input to any of several popular PC/HD resolutions. In applications where there are many different input sources such as laptops interfacing with a fixed monitor or projector, the SR208-100 converts these sources to a single output resolution that is optimized for the display device. more

D.A.S. AUDIO DEPLOYED AT LAS VEGAS’ IMPERIAL PALACE

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Las Vegas, NV – February 2012… Located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, the Imperial Palace has been a prominent tourist destination for years—thanks in no small part to the fact that it houses the world’s largest and finest classic car showroom, a wealth of entertainment options, as well as the property’s prime location for the city’s booming convention business and its easy access to the Las Vegas monorail. The hotel’s Human Nature Theater is particularly popular and features Australia’s Human Nature—The Ultimate Celebration of Motown, showcasing the distinctive, dynamic harmonies of members Toby Allen, Phil Burton, Andrew Tierney, and Michael Tierney. The theater recently received a substantial upgrade of its sound reinforcement system, all of which is derived from the Aero Series 2 catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

More Gain Before Feedback Achieved at Rose Bowl and Super Bowl Thanks to RND 5045

BUENA PARK, Calif.—An ongoing issue with ref mics appears to have been resolved with the use of the new Rupert Neve Designed Portico 5045 Primary Source Enhancer developed for, and distributed by, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. A case in point was the recent use of the unit by Jack Bowling of ATK AudioTek at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and the Super Bowl in Indianapolis.

Bowling had the chance to demo the RND 5045 unit prior to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena to explore the possibilities for its use in resolving certain issues of this specific application. “Kevin Kimmel from Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, having worked with me in the past, knows I project manage and mix the UCLA football games and also mix the Tournament of Roses Game at the Rose Bowl,” states Bowling. “He initially introduced me to the RND 5045 suggesting it might help achieve more gain before feedback and provide more clarity on the referee microphone. I was curious to see what effect it would have, and after some patching and a further discussion of various parameters, we tried it out and I was impressed with the change the unit made.”

Bowling said the Rose Bowl PA is a distributed system with all speakers pointing toward the field, and because of this, a great portion of the reverberant energy works its way onto the field, making for a challenging situation. “It was only through experimentation that I was able to hear the effect and appreciate the change it made to the ref mic,” says Bowling. “The 5045 did an excellent job tightening up the ref’s voice by attenuating a great deal of that reverberant energy.”

Because of the success he had with the RND 5045 at the Rose Bowl, Bowling took the unit on the road to Indy for the Super Bowl where he used a Yamaha M7CL digital console at his mix position and two Sennheiser MKE-2 Platinum mics connected through a dual switch to two Shure Axient transmitters and receivers (only one element is used at a time, the additional system is used as a backup). “The RND 5045 was great! I had limited time to tune the ref mic and was very pleased with the result. I used the 5045 on an insert with a Cedar DNS-1500 and an XTA Parametric EQ and ended up with a ref mic that sounded very natural and had plenty of gain. I am always looking for a way to improve the clarity and squeeze just a bit more level out of the ref mic and this unit did both.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, visit www.atkaudiotek.com.

For more information on the RND 5045, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: Jack Bowling, ATK at Yamaha M7CL digital console with RND 5045 in rack

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.

AVLEX INTRODUCES FOUR NEW EARSET MICROPHONES

******* Photo: Avlex HSP-39 *******

Kansas City, MO – February 2012 … Avlex Corporation, the name audio professionals turn to for world-class wireless technology and microphones, proudly introduces four new low profile single earset microphones: the HSP-39, HSP-29, HS-38, and HS-28. All four models combine a performance proven omnidirectional condenser element with a hassle-free, interchangeable earhook design that eliminates the guesswork and frustration all too often associated with achieving a secure and comfortable fit when trying to accommodate different face shapes—making them an outstanding choice for a myriad of live sound reinforcement applications. more

Analog Console Shows Its Age: Church Switches to Yamaha Digital Console

BUENA PARK, Calif. — Regina Victory Church (http://reginavictory.com/), a spirit contemporary Christian church in Regina, Sask., Canada, is a part of Victory Churches International (http://www.victoryint.org/), a family of 2,500 churches in 42 Nations with a vision to reach, teach, and mobilize the army of God. Founded in 2006, the Regina Victory Church (RVC) with approximately 200 members, and six musicians and five vocalists sharing in the weekly sermons, recently replaced its weary analog console with a new Yamaha M7CL-48ES EtherSound-based digital console, courtesy of GV Audio also located in Regina.

“The church’s Soundcraft console was starting to show its age and needing much service work,” states Derek Gould, at GV Audio. “The console and snake both had issues, so it seemed logical to address both at the same time.” Regina Victory Church is looking to move to a new, larger building, and the new Yamaha M7CL will move along to the new facility as well. Gould said he loaned Regina Victory Church a Yamaha LS9-32 for a week and then had them try an M7CL-48. “After they tried the M7, there was no going back; they loved it. The entire congregation and worship team noticed the difference immediately when they went from analog to digital.”

“As lead sound engineer for Regina Victory Church, the decision of what console to upgrade to ultimately fell to me,” states Jamie Brost. “It was a long term project, and I wanted to make sure that whatever board we chose would be the right one for years to come. Our church is achieving amazing growth with a strong vision to reach out to all people. Victory Today, our TV program, began airing on the Miracle Channel in 2009 with a very small budget and a lot of great volunteers. Cory Maclean, the head of RVC’s video department, was able to work with the Miracle Channel to produce our show, but as the audio team, I felt that we could and should do more to enhance the audio.”

“In my mind, ‘going digital’ was the only thing that would give us the ability to meet the needs of our church,” says Brost. “With a volunteer crew, the ability to start with known good settings is essential. This, combined with the ease of use and familiarity the M7CL shares with their analog (non-digital) predecessors, put the M7CL-48ES at the top of my list. The decision to purchase the M7CL-48ES was partly due to existing needs, but what really made the final decision was where the church was heading in the future. “We have talented musicians who were already talking about recording songs and pushing their talent farther, so we needed a system that would help them reach their full potential. I think the ease of multi-track recording with the M7CL-48ES is probably one of its greatly overlooked features. Not only will we be able to help the musicians be their best and record their songs, but we’ll also be able to use the recordings for sound engineer training! Another reason I strongly endorsed the M7CL-48ES was the level of adoption the M7CL has garnered in the sound industry. There are other boards with comparable features, but I felt uncomfortable using a board that wasn’t considered an industry standard. I knew Yamaha was a great company with a great reputation and was, therefore, the obvious first choice.”

Another great value to the system, notes Brost, is the ability to use an iPad to mix. “As with many churches, our console is not situated in the ideal position for mixing, and the iPad gives us the flexibility to make changes right in the seats of the congregation. We can also stand in front of the TVs in the basement and properly mix the signal. I cannot praise the Yamaha StageMix app enough and look forward to the great features that will no doubt be added over time. In my opinion, StageMix has become the future we’ve been anticipating for mixing monitors and front of house sound.”

RVC’s sound department has fairly large demands placed on it. They deliver an audio feed to the building’s flat-panel TVs, audio recording device, video cameras, monitors, and the main speakers. Every end-point has different requirements for the audio, which means that the sound department has to create a suitable mix for each. “Before the Yamaha M7CL-48ES, we had a hodgepodge system of wiring trying to split the audio feeds,” says Brost. “Diagnosing any audio problem was a weekly occurrence and a headache for the entire team. Also, we did not have any equipment normally seen in a system to do what we needed. We had no compressors, gates, or dedicated recorders. We only had one EQ rack used for front of house sound, and even that was giving me grief in the end.”

Now that RVC has used the M7CL-48ES for a few months, Brost said that the church is extremely pleased with the purchase. “The weekly sound issues are gone, the sound quality gets progressively better, and the volunteer crew almost always finishes a service with a smile. Sure, tweaks are always requested, but what is the most pleasing to me is the foundation we’ve set for audio quality. No longer do we go week to week eliminating feedback, trying in vain to make the vocals discernable, or scratching our heads as to why things are so different from the previous week. We just turn on the console, recall the last saved settings, and go!”

For more information Yamaha digital consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Jamie Brost, lead sound engineer, at Yamaha M7CL-48ES

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.

HOSA TECHNOLOGY MOGAN ELITE OMNI EARSET MICROPHONE NOW SHIPPING

**** Photo: Mogan Elite Omni Earset Microphone ****

Buena Park, CA – February 2012… Hosa Technology, the leading innovator of analog and digital connectivity solutions for the modern musician and audio/video professional, is pleased to announce that the Mogan Elite Omni Earset Microphone, the newest addition to the Mogan Microphones brand of subminiature microphones, is now shipping. Designed to deliver full-frequency vocal reproduction for the most discerning presenter, the new Mogan Elite earset microphone is a terrific choice for broadcasters, theatrical performers, church worship leaders, and other professionals seeking exceptional audio performance—both spoken word and vocals— for mission-critical applications. more

ASHLY AUDIO FR-8 AND FR-16 FADER REMOTE CONTROLS KEEP IT SIMPLE AT NORTH CAROLINA’S AG CENTER

FLETCHER, NORTH CAROLINA: With multiple, well-booked indoor and outdoor event spaces, something exciting is always happening at the Western North Carolina Agricultural Center (WNCAg). On any given day, equestrian shows, dog shows, or gun shows may run in parallel with conventions, meetings, or workshops. For a week-and-a-half every summer, the North Carolina Mountain State Fair celebrates life in the Blue Ridge Mountains at WNCAg. The center recently updated the Davis Arena, which boasts 45,000 square feet of exhibition space plus meeting rooms and hospitality suites. In order to deliver reliable, sophisticated sound reinforcement, local A/V integrator B&R Audio deployed Ashly Audio amplifiers and signal processors, including a Pema Multi-Channel Amplifier with on-board Protea(tm) DSP Processor. To give the non-technical staff a transparent user interface, the company provided WNCAg with Ashly’s new FR-8 and FR-16 Networkable Remote Fader Controls.

“The Davis Arena supports a huge diversity of events,” said Bruce Jensen, president and owner of B&R Audio, who led the design and installation. “The center needed a very flexible sound reinforcement system that would allow any member of the staff to play music from a variety of input sources and deliver announcements that would be clearly intelligible. In a nutshell, they asked for input volumes and mutes as well as output volumes and mutes to a number of zones, including several far-flung buildings. But perhaps even more importantly, they wanted something that would not intimidate even the most technologically bashful user.” Jensen had worked with Ashly Audio before and caught wind of the FR-8 and FR-16 before they were officially released.

“Ashly’s FR-8 and FR-16 remote controllers were perfect for this installation,” continued Jensen. “And because Ashly’s support is so complete and reliable, I had no fear that I’d be stranded with a semi-functional beta if I pressed the company for an early model.” The FR-8 and FR-16 offer eight and sixteen faders and mutes, plus a master fader. The integrator has full control over which input, output, or mixer volumes are controlled by each fader, with flexible range limits and defaults. An Ashly ne24.24M DSP Matrix Processor handles all of the complex input processing, matrix logic, and output processing behind the scenes. Jensen was careful to set the fader limits and the ne24.24M’s output protection limiting in such a way that even a complete novice can do the system no harm.

Four Ashly Audio amplifiers provide power to the Davis Arena’s distributed loudspeakers. An ne2400.70 Two-Channel Networkable Amplifier rated at 1200W into 70V feeds an outdoor collection of Community R1-64Z weather-resistant horn-loaded loudspeakers. An ne800.70 Network Amp covers the bathrooms and corridors, with ne1600pe.70 and ne2400pe.70 Networkable Amplifiers powering the main exhibition hall. All indoor speakers are down-firing SoundTube models, which do an excellent job of keeping energy off the reverberant walls. Both main exhibition hall amplifiers deliver loudspeaker conditioning with integrated DSP. “Like everything with Ashly, when I buy the amps, I know I’m also getting the company,” said Jensen. “The stuff is solid, and on those rare instances when there is a problem, the people at Ashly are on it right away. Ashly installations always run smoothly.”

Because several of the buildings that require a music and/or announcement feed from the Davis Arena are quite distant, Jensen convinced the WNCAg for forego the miles of speaker cable (literally!) they had been using in favor of fiber optics. A MultiDyne DAM-1000 provides conversion on either end of a pilot feed. “They weren’t sure that they wanted to commit to fiber optics, so we did one trial run,” said Jensen. “They love it, and we’ll be upgrading the other distant feeds in the near future.” Every aspect of B & R Audio’s installation is future-proof. Jensen continued, “One of the nice features of the Ashly ne24.24M is that the input and output count is totally modular. So when the needs of the event center change, we can accommodate those changes without having to rip everything out.

As part of the renovation, the WNCAg added three classroom spaces that are large enough to require sound reinforcement. “It was the perfect application for Ashly’s Pema Multi-Channel DSP Amplifier,” said Jensen. “Because the Pema has everything I needed inside a two-rack space unit, the installation was simple, quick, and reliable.” The Ashly Pema 4250 four-channel delivers input conditioning, switching logic, and loudspeaker conditioning (again for SoundTube loudspeakers). Similar to the FR-8 and FR-16 in the big room, each classroom has an Ashly neWR-5 wall-mounted remote control that allows users to easily select inputs and volumes.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO With a greater than thirty-seven year history, Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of quality signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets.

www.ashly.com

RFvenue RELEASES UNIQUE LONG RANGE UHF ANTENNA FOR WIRELESS MICROPHONES AND IEMs

rfvenue_cp_beam.JPGASHLAND, MASSACHUSETTS – FEBRUARY 2012: RFvenue, maker of innovative remote antenna products for production wireless, announced today that it has released its high-gain, foldable, circularly polarized CP Beam(tm) Antenna for sale to audio/visual integrators, location sound mixers, broadcast engineers, and touring companies.

“The patent-pending CP Beam is a convenient, easy-to-use, full-size beam antenna for long-range applications that can be very quickly utilized when needed,” remarked RFvenue CEO, Chris Regan. “Customers wanted a compact and durable high-gain antenna without the size, weight, and additional cost of hard plastic or metal designs. It’s great that it folds up for storage, yet is quickly deployable. There’s no need for a dedicated flight case to store the CP Beam – it fits in a two RU rack drawer when folded.”

Robert J Crowley, inventor of Crowley and Tripp microphone technology, and chief of the company, Soundwave more

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