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Classic Chicago Church Gets Renewed with Iconyx

Chicago, IL, March 2012…  Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, St. John Cantius is one of the city’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, with roots that date back to the influx of Polish immigrants in the 19th century. But the church’s parish, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has waned over the years, and when Reverend Frank Phillips was appointed pastor in 1988 he found a church in neglect and extreme disrepair.

Over the ensuing years Rev. Phillips has led community efforts to renovate the church and restore it to its former glory. Recently the church replaced an aging, ineffective sound system dating back many decades, installing an Iconyx IC16-R digitally steerable array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Erik Saari of Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the Iconyx system brought much-needed improved intelligibility to the sanctuary.

“Like many older sanctuaries, this one was built to enhance the sound of organ and choir,” says Saari. “And as with most classic architecture, aesthetics was a concern – we were not at liberty to install a large, obtrusive system, so the Iconyx’s low profile was definitely an asset.”

Although the new system was intended primarily for speech reinforcement, Saari points out that it has done more than simply improve intelligibility. “One of the nice things about the Renkus-Heinz system as opposed to the other line arrays that we’ve used is that I was able to put in more of the low end frequencies and it didn’t disrupt the acoustics of the space,” says Saari. “It really added some nice warmth, especially since some of the priests there have really young voices. It’s now intelligible and also a little bit warmer sounding.”

The DSP-controlled directivity of the Iconyx system enables the sound to be directed to the congregation and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, greatly increasing intelligibility. “I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everybody who has been going there for many, many years,” Saari reports. “It definitely sounds a lot better.”

Sound Planning Associates also supplied the church with a recording system. St. John Cantius church is well known for its choir, which regularly performs Gregorian chant and Renaissance liturgical music, as well as modern sacred choral works.

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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.


Classic Chicago Church Gets Renewed with Iconyx

Chicago, IL, March 2012…  Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, St. John Cantius is one of the city’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, with roots that date back to the influx of Polish immigrants in the 19th century. But the church’s parish, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has waned over the years, and when Reverend Frank Phillips was appointed pastor in 1988 he found a church in neglect and extreme disrepair.

Over the ensuing years Rev. Phillips has led community efforts to renovate the church and restore it to its former glory. Recently the church replaced an aging, ineffective sound system dating back many decades, installing an Iconyx IC16-R digitally steerable array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Erik Saari of Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the Iconyx system brought much-needed improved intelligibility to the sanctuary.

“Like many older sanctuaries, this one was built to enhance the sound of organ and choir,” says Saari. “And as with most classic architecture, aesthetics was a concern – we were not at liberty to install a large, obtrusive system, so the Iconyx’s low profile was definitely an asset.”

Although the new system was intended primarily for speech reinforcement, Saari points out that it has done more than simply improve intelligibility. “One of the nice things about the Renkus-Heinz system as opposed to the other line arrays that we’ve used is that I was able to put in more of the low end frequencies and it didn’t disrupt the acoustics of the space,” says Saari. “It really added some nice warmth, especially since some of the priests there have really young voices. It’s now intelligible and also a little bit warmer sounding.”

The DSP-controlled directivity of the Iconyx system enables the sound to be directed to the congregation and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, greatly increasing intelligibility. “I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everybody who has been going there for many, many years,” Saari reports. “It definitely sounds a lot better.”

Sound Planning Associates also supplied the church with a recording system. St. John Cantius church is well known for its choir, which regularly performs Gregorian chant and Renaissance liturgical music, as well as modern sacred choral works.

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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.

 

 

SYMETRIX JUPITER PROCESSORS UNITE FIRST UNITED

firstunitedmethodist_sandiego.JPGSAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 2012: First United Methodist Church of San Diego is the largest Methodist church in southern California and occupies one of the most architecturally-splendid church campuses in the area. Over many decades, First United has struggled with sound reinforcement systems for its multiple venues that somehow always failed to live up to expectations. Recently, Paul Svenson of Sound Casework Inc. (PS Audio Video) reversed the inertia of that sorry history, unifying all five sound systems under a common, easy-to-use, foolproof paradigm centered on the Symetrix Jupiter 8 signal processor and the Symetrix ARC-2e wall panel remote. Now volunteers can get a quick explanation of how to work on any system and transfer their knowledge transparently to any of the other systems, relying on Svenson’s intuitive design to deliver perfect audio with confidence.

“I’ve been trying to get First United’s more

DANLEY DIALS IN STATE-OF-THE-ART SOUND AT KELOWNA CHRISTIAN CENTRE

kelowna_christiancentre_outside.JPGKELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: Kelowna Christian Centre (KCC) in Kelowna, British Columbia is many things to many people. It is a contemporary, charismatic church with services that feature a full band, high-energy worship, multi-media presentations, dramatic performances, and dance. It is also a school: kindergarten through twelfth grade for attending students and the largest online school in British Columbia for remote students. Finally, by hosting numerous special events and conferences throughout the year, it is a hub of community life. KCC’s flexible, decade-old sanctuary is heavily used by the church and the school, and also for events, but until recently its multi-media infrastructure and sound reinforcement were outdated and approaching haphazard. Local A/V integrator AVcom Technical Productions designed and installed a new state-of-the-art A/V system centered on Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers and subwoofers.

The original installation had its share of problems from the more

ASHLY AUDIO DELIVERS MULTIPLE LAYERS OF CONTROL IN GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH

greekorthodox_church.JPGROSELAND, NEW JERSEY: Saints Nicholas Constantine and Helen (SNCH) Greek Orthodox Church recently completed construction of a beautiful and inspiring new building in Roseland, New Jersey. Although orthodox in religious doctrine, SNCH was open to incorporating cutting-edge technologies in order to maximize the impact of its services and events. Audio Incorporated of nearby Roselle Park, New Jersey designed and installed a sound reinforcement system centered on Ashly Audio that accommodates three simultaneous methods of control: Ashly WR Series wall mounted remotes, wireless iPad control via a Crestron interface, and Ashly’s new FR-16 network fader remote. Via a single Ethernet cable, the affordable Ashly FR-16 provides a bank of faders and push buttons that the integrator can assign to any function inside an Ashly processor.

“Our design started with Ashly’s ne24.24M signal processor,” explained Mike Sinclair, president and owner of Audio Incorporated. “The reliability more

CLEAR AS A BELL: DANLEY SOUND LABS RINGS IN A NEW ERA AT SALVATION ARMY CLEARWATER CHURCH

salvationarmy_church.JPGCLEARWATER, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 2012: The Salvation Army is consistently ranked as one of the most popular philanthropic groups in the United States. Its name conjures images of Christmastime bell-ringers and thrift stores, both of which provide support for the Army’s vast network of social support programs and its comprehensive disaster relief aid. It is perhaps ironic that despite its very public alignment as a Christian organization, the Salvation Army is not well known for its church services. Its Clearwater, Florida church has grown over the decades, in its congregation and its physical space, as a result of local “adherents” joining and officers from around the country retiring to its Floridian splendor. After moving to a beautiful new building in 1990 with sanctuary capacity for 385 and overflow capacity for over 300 more, the congregants suffered with a woefully inadequate sound system. Paul Garner 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.

TM Audio specs Renkus-Heinz IC Live for Museum Speelklok

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The Netherlands – February 2012….  A beautifully renovated museum boasting Europe’s largest collection of street organs has had its central space turned into a live performance area, attracting top Dutch artists, with its acoustics tamed by a Renkus-Heinz IC Live system installed by TM Audio.

Dedicated to Europe’s largest display of street organs, Museum Speelklok was founded in 1956 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 1984 the museum acquired a large church, whose restored interior now houses the collection.

Visitors are given a guided tour with explanations of each organ’s backstory. Some of the pieces – which range from hand-cranked barrel organs to vast, mechanically driven multi-instrument extravaganzas, rate among the world’s first and finest digital instruments, programmed by the equivalent of computer punch tape, a long strip of tough paper dotted with differently shaped holes that the organ’s ‘tape reader’ translates into instruments, notes, ‘channel’ volume and more.

Says Dirkjan Haspels, the museum’s head of events: “All the instruments are real instruments, there’s never a loudspeaker: you’re always hearing a string or a bell, an organ pipe or whatever. So throughout the history of this museum we have very much been against all sorts of amplifiers and loudspeakers, because that is the enemy of what our instruments did beforehand.”

He explains that the one part of the building that was rarely used was the central space, originally the church’s nave, due largely to its poor acoustics. However, all that changed recently when the vacant nave was transformed into a live performance space, allowing musicians and singers to perform in combination with instruments from the museum’s collection. The idea was inspired by earlier collaborations with musicians in theatres and at festivals, and by the museum team’s ability to program new tracks onto the paper strips.

Haspels continues: “For us the shows were a great success because new audiences came to see and hear the instruments and said ah, an organ doesn’t only play Tulips from Amsterdam or whatever – it can also play new music like hip-hop and jazz, which really opened their eyes.”

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Bringing those performances to Museum Speelklok itself entailed a €1.5m Dutch BankGiro Lottery grant, used both to acoustically treat the space and finance a PA system.

“To transform this part of the church into a concert hall,” continues Haspels, “I took a lot of expert advice and several sound systems were tested in the nave. Many people came to listen, including our resident system engineer, GertJan Schoutsen – and the verdict for us all was clearly the Renkus-Heinz IC Live.

“It is quite hard to see, which makes me happy; just two little columns and the subwoofers. Yet it’s the first time that it’s been possible to have 500 people listening to amplified sound from the stage here without problems.”

The IC Live system consists of four 8-channel Renkus-Heinz ICL-R digitally steerable columns, mounted in one double stack per side atop matching IC215 2×15″ self powered subwoofers. These take their signal via RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) from a 16 channel Yamaha 01V96 with an Allen & Heath iDR8 digital mix processor. The stage is covered by four Renkus-Heinz CF121M2 12+2″ self powered monitors.

TM Audio project and application engineer Olaf Landzaat comments: “IC Live dealt with the acoustical issues, which are typical for a church. With conventional loudspeakers you’d get a lot of reflections whereas with IC Live you can manipulate the beams to reduce reflections, to get as good speech intelligence and sound as possible.”

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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.

 

 

Discover Video Introduces NOMAD Mobile HD Live Webcasting System

Discover Video, LLC (www.discovervideo.com), a leader in video streaming products and solutions, today announced a new mobile HD broadcasting platform called NOMAD. It provides organizations the ability to stream very high quality video, audio, and PC screen to an unlimited number of viewers worldwide. NOMAD accepts video from HD cameras, video mixers, microphones, or audio mixers and delivers stunning “live” video streams to PCs, Macs, Tablets, Smartphones, and TVs via Roku. 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.

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