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AuviTran Introduces Audinate’s Dante Protocol in Its Audio Toolbox

Meylan, France and Portland, OR March 20, 2012- AuviTran, the Audio networking specialist, and Audinate, the inventors of the award winning Dante™ media networking solution, announces today it is adding Dante technology to its Audio Toolbox product range. Audinate was chosen to accelerate AuviTran’s development towards new networking technologies.

“The integration of Dante technology into our product portfolio will allow AuviTran to address market’s demands for new network interoperability. Dante offers our customers a smart path to AVB. AuviTran is continuously and consistently expanding its product offer in terms of powerful and versatile networking solutions” says Yves Ansade, AuviTran’ s Managing Director.

Audinate is leading the way networks are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Its Dante products deliver a no-hassle, self-configuring, true plug-and-play digital audio network that uses standard Internet Protocols. Dante offers a market leading solution today, while de-risking the future by providing a migration path to upgrade to new standards such as the IEEE Audio Video Bridging (“AVB”).

“We are glad to contribute to the convergence of audio networking technologies and share our expertise with AuviTran” states Lee Ellison, Audinate’s CEO. “Auvitran is one of the more experienced implementers of audio networking technologies, so this agreement is a strong recognition of the market momentum of Dante”.

Thanks to the new AuviTran product range, audio professionals can now use a playful Audio ToolBox to connect various types of interfaces (Analog Line, Microphone, AES-EBU, MADI, ADAT™…) or bridge different audio network technologies. “This is an exciting opportunity for our customers to build their own tailor made products, regardless of the technologies they want to use or the product they want to plug in. We will supply the tools and they will use their talents” adds product development manager Jeremie Weber.

AuviTran’s AxC-DANTE interface card will be presented during PL+S 2012. Hall 8 Booth B19
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About AuviTran
Since 2003 AuviTran has provided audio professionals with innovative networking solutions, using EtherSound technology. With almost 30000 audio network devices supplied worldwide and a unique audio network cross brand control software, AuviTran benefits of a wide knowledge and presence on the Audio Pro market.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes the way that AV systems are connected by transporting high-quality media over standard IT networks. Using Audinate’s patented Dante networking solution, digital media networking just got easy. Audinate’s solution has been licensed by customers across the AV industry and can be found in installations and live sound applications globally. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. Visit www.audinate.comfor the latest news and information on the company.
Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

DANLEY SOUND LABS TO EXHIBIT AT PRO LIGHT AND SOUND

1308756190598.jpgFRANKFURT, GERMANY – MARCH 2012: For the first time, Danley Sound Labs will exhibit in Europe and they have selected Pro Light and Sound to be the show where they make their debut. They will be located in Booth #8.0 P93, together with their regional distributor, Carsten Eichstadt at Frankfurt’s Exhibition Centre. Sales manager Paul Giansante, general manager Scott Barker, and consultant (and more

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.

 

 

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