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ASHLY EXPANDS nX AMPLIFIER LINE

WEBSTER, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 2013: Ashly’s nX family of two- and four-channel power amplifiers has been expanded with the addition of twelve new 800 Watt and 400 Watt models. These medium output amplifiers are the perfect complement to the high-output 3,000W and 1,500W nX models.

All nX Series amplifiers feature Ashly’s programmable outputs on each individual channel using rear panel DIP switches to select Low-Z (down to 2 Ohms), or High-Z, (70V or 100V) constant-voltage outputs.

The nX8004 has four channels rated at 800 watts per channel across all programmable outputs. The nX8002 is the two-channel version. The nX4004 offers four channels at 400 watts per channel, while the nX4002 is the two-channel model.

Ashly offers three nX amplifier feature sets. The nX Series is the base level amplifier with Ashly’s Energy Management System (Ashly EMS™), a defeatable sleep mode that draws <1 Watt of current when engaged. The nX Series also has an optional security lockout feature for the front panel controls. The nXe Series Net-Work-Able amplifiers feature an Ethernet connection providing the integrator with remote control and diagnostics, a programmable sleep or stand-by mode, AUX outputs and an internal Real-Time Clock with Event Scheduler. The nXp Series adds the Protea™ DSP Processor with 32-bit SHARC processors and full Protea DSP that includes Precision Impedance Monitoring on each channel output.

“Expanding the nX Amplifier line with two and four-channel options at medium power outputs allows audio system designers to deliver an Ashly-centric sound system to their clients that features high-quality American-made amps,” offers John Sexton, Ashly’s vice president of sales.

Network audio options include factory installed Dante® and CobraNet® cards. Ashly also offers optional AES3 inputs with pass-through.

NX Power Amplifiers are built in the company’s Webster, New York factory and covered by Ashly’s industry-leading Five-Year Warranty. The new nX 800 Watt and 400 Watt models will begin shipping to U.S. Dealers this month.

Download data sheets on the nX, nXe and nXp models at www.ashly.com/nX

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

FSR’s GV Expo / GovComm13 Exhibition Plans Offer Something for Everyone

Government Attendees Get First-Hand Look at Company’s Rugged Lines of HDMI Cables, Fire Resistant Boxes, Installation Tools and a Multi-User Collaboration System

Washington, DC – FSR, leading manufacturer of a wide variety of products for the audio/video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, will command an audience at this year’s co-located Government Video Expo / GovComm13 shows in Washington, DC (Booth 522). This year, attendees in the government and military fields will get a first-hand look at the company’s new Digital Ribbon mega-bandwidth HDMI cables, FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System, DR-Sock Cable Pulling Tool and HuddleVU multi-user collaboration system.

“We are excited to bring our newly expanded and varied lines of products to the government and military market at this year’s GV Expo / GovComm13 co-located shows,” said FSR president Jan Sandri. “Our industry award-winning products, such as our Digital Ribbon Cables that were singled-out earlier this year at InfoComm 2013, and our other product families are must-haves for these professionals working in the broadcast, Pro AV and installation markets. We look forward to showcasing our reliable and diverse lines and new technology solutions to this important and ever growing market.”

Based upon a proprietary composite technology, FSR’s Digital Ribbon Cables offer users the capacity to carry 1080p and 4k x 2k HDMI signals up to 325 feet, nearly twice that of other “extended” solutions, with crystal clear accuracy. The product’s ultra-simple, fast installation (just pull and plug), and money-saving ability to operate without transmitters or receivers add to its appeal.

The company’s new FRK Fire-Resistant Floor Box System expands the versatility of its floor box line by providing enhanced, fire-resistant versions of its existing products. FRK kits are UL listed and comply with UL 263 Fire Resistance Ratings. Systems are available in a number of configurations, available online at the company’s website.

FSR’s new DR-SOCK is a handy and affordable cable-pulling tool designed to simplify and accelerate every installation requiring cables and connectors. Intended for every installer’s toolbox, DR-SOCK is pre-assembled, easily accessible in frustration-proof packaging, and re-useable. It protects cables and connectors from being damaged by taking the stress off the connection points while pulling through a conduit. The design opens up to 1.25 inches, and features brightly colored sleeve tips to enable easy identification, and a steel ring to allow quick and positive attachment of a pull snake. DR-SOCK can be used to safely pull FSR’s new Digital Ribbon Cables as well as others with connector shells.

The HuddleVU collaboration system allows for multiple users to share and view their laptops, tablets, and smart phone screens on a main display. Unlike conventional presentation systems, anyone participating can be a presenter or an audience member at any given time at the push of a button. LED’s indicate which user is currently live and when the system is busy.

As always, all FSR products are made of durable materials in the USA.

About FSR
FSR, established in 1981, manufactures a wide variety of products for the audio / video, education, hospitality, government, and religious markets, including AV floor, wall, table, and ceiling connectivity boxes, as well as a full line of interfaces, distribution amplifiers, matrix switchers, seamless switchers and CAT-5 solutions.

The company is an Energy Star Partner and complies with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to demonstrate its deep commitment to preserving the planet. FSR offers live 24/7 technical and sales support throughout the country from expertly trained technicians and sales representatives. For more information: www.fsrinc.com.

FSR Contact: Jan Sandri
973-785-4347 • sales@fsrinc.com

Press Contact: Desert Moon Communications
Harriet Diener
845-512-8283 • mailto:harriet@desertmoon.tv

Symetrix Speeds DSP Specification and Design with New Online Tool: SymQ SymNet Design and Quotation Calculator

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – NOVEMBER 2013: Digital signal processing specialist Symetrix has introduced a new online planning tool that allows users to quote and launch the design of SymNet DSP systems. Available now to select distributors, A/V specifiers and integrators, SymQ can be used to plan a variety of DSP systems using SymNet hardware enabled with Audinate’s popular Dante audio networking technology.

SymQ users enter information about the number and type of audio inputs and outputs required in a given DSP system and the tool generates an estimate of the quantity and type of SymNet devices required to implement the lowest cost design. Users may elect to receive an itemized price quotation as well as a SymNet Composer site file pre-populated with the suggested hardware.

SymQ is fully integrated with SymNet Composer software, and for those users who have a clearer idea of their requirements and have already completed a preliminary design using Composer, SymQ will generate and email a price quotation.

SymQ supports the entire range of SymNet Dante-enabled hardware including Radius 12×8, Radius AEC, Edge, xIn 12, xOut 12, as well as all SymNet I/O option cards.

Particularly advantageous for those users not intimately familiar with the SymNet product line, SymQ can be accessed by authorized Symetrix international distributors, U.S. dealers, representatives, A/V specifiers and consultants.

“Symetrix is dedicated to making life sound better,” says Symetrix Director of Marketing Brooke Macomber. “By launching SymQ, we’re making it easy for customers to integrate SymNet DSP solutions into their projects using an on-line component selection tool. Our easy-to-use calculator enables consultants and integrators to reduce their decision making time as a first step towards the commissioning of DSP systems that conform perfectly to their customer’s price and performance requirements.”

To create a SymQ user account, contact a Symetrix administrator at sales@symetrix.co or register for the Symetrix web portal which gives authorized partners access to SymQ as well as additional secure sales, marketing, and technical documentation: www.symetrix.co/support/portal

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

Audinate and Digital Audio Labs Enter Licensing Agreement

Portland OR.-Nov 18, 2013- Digital Audio Labs has entered into a license agreement with Audinate to license its Dante™ media networking solution. The first Digital Audio Labs product to integrate Dante will be the Livemix personal monitoring system, slated to launch January 14th, 2014. Audinate is the leading developer of digital media networking solutions, offering the Pro AV industry the most interoperable networking technology system. Digital Audio Labs designs and manufactures high quality products aimed at professional audio markets with a history of industry leading and innovative digital audio products.

“This year, we announced the Livemix personal monitoring system with features like studio quality audio, signal processing on each of the 24 channels, custom channel naming, stereo ambient microphones, and MirrorMix™ remote mixing,” remarks Andy Swanson, Digital Audio Lab’s Marketing Director. Swanson adds, ”Livemix is a personal monitoring system that helps musicians give their very best to every performance.” Swanson finishes by saying, “When looking at the available digital options, Audinate’s Dante media networking was the clear stand out. Adding Dante will enable the Livemix personal monitoring system to easily interface with the hundreds of other Dante products on the market.”

Nearly every person on the Livemix design team is actively involved in playing or mixing live music on a weekly basis. This brings an understanding of both the performer and the sound tech perspectives and is evident in the design and features. Livemix is at once deep enough for the professional but simple to use for the volunteer performer.

Built on existing networking protocols and standards, Audinate’s Dante technology is a plug-and-play networking solution which delivers ultra-low latency, tightly synchronized media, while simplifying installation and configuration of digital media networks. Dante is the leading digital media networking solution and has been adopted by more than 120 OEMs to date.

“Both Audinate and Digital Audio Labs have built their products around innovative technology with a focus on ease of use,” says Dave Anderson Director of Sales for Audinate. Anderson adds, “The Livemix product with Dante inside facilitate Livemix to connect with the hundreds of Dante-enabled products from our growing list of licensees.”

About Digital Audio Labs
Digital Audio Labs, a privately owned Chanhassen, Minnesota based company is a recognized leader in analog to digital conversion, digital signal processing, and amplification. Well known for their CardD, CardDeluxe and OEM and contract products, DAL continues their 20+ year history of excellence in audio with the PowerShape™ and Livemix product lines.

About Audinate
Audinate revolutionizes AV systems to enable our customers to thrive in a networked world. Audinate’s patented Dante media networking technology has been adopted by 120 OEM manufacturers in the professional audio/visual industry. Dante is used extensively for live performance events, commercial installation, broadcast, recording and production, and communications systems. Audinate is a Promoter Member of the AVnu Alliance™. Audinate offices are located in US, United Kingdom and Australia. Visit www.audinate.com for the latest news and information on the company. Dante is Digital Media Networking Perfected.

Dante is a trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd, Audinate is a registered trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd.

AV, Big Data Optical Product by FiberPlex Singled Out for Award

FiberPlex CEO Buddy Oliver, center, accepts the Neutrik premierePARTNER award on behalf of the FiberPlex WDM-16 product team.

Optical fiber products are no longer toiling in obscurity. Among the heavyweights in the world of audio, video and big data transport is FiberPlex Technologies’ active wave division multiplexer, which was recognized last month for a coveted 2013 premierePARTNER Award by connectivity company Neutrik USA.

Of more than 50,000 Neutrik U.S. customers FiberPlex was singled out along with ten other professional AV equipment manufacturers for its product contribution to the growing fiber optic transport industry.  Among FiberPlex’s wide array of fiber optic products is its WDM-16 active wave division multiplexer used to convert audio, video and data signals to optical waveforms for transporting information and content over large, secure networks.

Increasingly, organizations with big data needs are networking systems through optical cable and products like WDM-16 because of fiber optics’ enormous bandwidth capacity, range, Fort Knox-like security and economies of scale. Neutrik USA makes optical connectors; FiberPlex and Neutrik USA offer optical solutions for a broad range of uses, from industrial to broadcast applications. 

“FiberPlex is an important piece of the puzzle for fiber optics delivery because of its bandwidth-enhancing products, specifically the WDM-16,” says Neutrik USA Product Manager Fred Morgenstern, stating that only the most innovative companies are eligible for the premierePARTNER Award. “We consider this a very prestigious award. It is presented to less than 1% of the company’s USA customer base,” he added. 

In addition to FiberPlex, Neutrik presented a 2013 premierePARTNER award (www.experience-neutrik.com) to Shure, EAW, Leprecon, Slate Media, Ashly Audio, BAE Audio, A-Designs Audio, Benchmark Media and TMB. 

Unique among the winners is FiberPlex’s WDM-16, which is capable of multiplexing up to 16 3GB/s channels onto existing fiber build-outs in order to increase capacity on an OC-48 platform over just two strands of optical fiber.By multiplexing new bandwidth capability onto existing fiber infrastructure, WDM-16 effectively reduces acquisition costs to pennies on the dollar compared to the cost of installing new fiber optic runs with associated labor and conduit expenses to yield the same capacity gain.

“We feel very honored to get this award. It says to us – and to our customers – that quality and innovation matter,” says FiberPlex Technologies CEO Buddy Oliver. 

FiberPlex makes a full line of fiber optic products for government agencies as well as for houses of worship, corporate facilities, broadcast applications, and K-12 and higher education. In addition to its popular WDM-16, FiberPlex offers its new FOI-6010 introduced earlier in 2013 as a universal SFP/SFP+ (small form-factor pluggable) frame that can interchange SFP modules for a variety of formats and uses, including interfacing singlemode fiber cable into existing multimode fiber build-outs.

 

DANLEY SOUND LABS LOUDSPEAKERS AND SUBS CONTRIBUTE TO TRUE STEREO IMAGING AT FIRST FREE CHURCH

ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS: First Free Church has been a cornerstone of spiritual life in Rockford, Illinois since 1884. Over the decades, First Free has occupied several buildings of ever-growing size and, since the advent of A/V technology, ever-growing technical sophistication. Its current sanctuary seats close to 1,800 congregants in an arc spanning nearly 180 degrees, with a balcony and under-balcony area that stretches from wall to wall. Tired of poor coverage from a faux-LCR system of mid-1990s vintage, First Free hired SVL Productions of nearby Cherry Valley, Illinois to build a new system that would provide nearly every seat with crisp stereo imaging. Of course, this would be no small feat to achieve. SVL Productions turned to Chicago-based Johnson AV Engineering to help design and commission the new system, which relies on the tight pattern control of Danley Sound Labs loudspeakers to meet – and then greatly exceed – the church’s expectations.

“Music is a vital component of First Free’s services,” said Aaron Johnson, president and principle engineer at Johnson AV Engineering. “The old system had three clusters to cover different wedges of the room’s wide arc, but despite the fact that they were set up as a Left-Center-Right system, none of the seats had any true imaging to speak of. The church wanted true imaging, where each instrument seems to emanate from the empty space between the loudspeakers, but that’s very hard to achieve in such a wide arc. You can’t simply place a couple of clusters on either side of the stage and expect even coverage and convincing imaging. The relative volume and time delay of each loudspeaker at the listener’s location have to be nearly equal to make the stereo effect work.”

The solution was to divide the room into three 60-degree wedges, each of which would receive its own stereo image. Although that’s easy to conceptualize, it’s very difficult to actually implement because almost all loudspeakers spill energy “off-axis.” That spillover would cross the dividing line between one wedge and the next and destroy the stereo imaging effect. “Danley’s tight pattern control made it the obvious choice for this application,” said Johnson. “No other loudspeaker manufacturer comes close to Danley’s razor-sharp pattern control, which extends even to lower frequencies.”

Because of their specific coverage patterns and the geometry of the room, Johnson specified a Danley SH-60 on top of a Danley SM-96 at each loudspeaker location for coverage of the main seating area. A total of six such clusters comprise the main system: three sets of left and right. Four monophonic Danley SH-Micros provide front fill for seats very near the stage. Partitions separate six under-balcony areas, four of which seat thirty to forty each and two of which seat only eight. For the larger partitions, a stereo pair of Danley SH-Micros deliver convincing stereo imaging, whereas a single Danley SH-Micro in each of the smaller partitions deliver a monophonic summed signal.

“I don’t know of another loudspeaker that can achieve the kind of pattern control that Danley has managed,” said Brent Hayes, president of SVL Productions. “Aaron and I walked the room during commissioning, and it was truly astounding to step just past the edge of one loudspeaker’s pattern. It fell off immediately. One more step and we were clearly into the pattern of the next loudspeaker. I remember seeing it on paper, but it’s a whole other thing to experience it.” Johnson agreed: “I love that Danley products always model exactly like they work, and they work exactly as you expect them to.”

But the miracles of great pattern control don’t stop with the loudspeakers at First Free Church. Johnson designed a directional subwoofer cluster comprised of three Danley TH-118s flown near the ceiling, just in front of the stage. By paying careful attention to each unit’s phase and signal delay, the bass volume on stage is a full 18 dB lower than it is in the seats, which is an obvious and significant difference. The dividing line is, in Johnson’s words, “like a curtain,” and even the first row of seats is fully immersed in bass. By keeping so much low-frequency energy off the stage, the sound quality captured on stage by open microphones is much better and far less likely to growl or feed back.

Processing support for the new system is extensive, as proper alignment required a separate processing channel for almost every individual loudspeaker and subwoofer. BiAmp Audia provides that fine-scale level of control. Because the Danley loudspeakers and subwoofers require only a single amplifier channel, the total number of amplifiers was kept to a minimum, but the sheer number of loudspeakers and subwoofers involved still amounted to an impressive 26 channels. Powersoft K-Series and Ottocanali-Series amplifiers provide that power. “The new system requires more power to the loudspeakers and subs than the old system did, but the efficiency of the Powersoft units allow us to draw less AC power!” said Hayes. “As a result, we didn’t have to call in an electrician. Moreover, their physical compactness left an entire rack from the previous installation wide open. In summary, we had more processing channels, more amplifier channels, and more loudspeaker power, but less current draw and less space consumed.”

New video projectors and screens, together with a new high-end Chauvet lekos and LED lights completed the installation.

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

The Church at Liberty Square Gets a Custom Fit with VARIA

Cartersville, GA – October 2013… In 1936, a small group of 15 faithful joined together to found the first Cartersville Church of God. The congregation grew slowly but steadily, and in 1980 the church moved to a new sanctuary with educational facilities. Since then the church has experienced phenomenal growth, and in January 2003 they moved into their new campus at Liberty Square, rechristening the church to reflect the new facility.

The 1700-seat sanctuary is an impressive, fan shaped auditorium with high ceilings and an open, inviting seating arrangement. But despite its exquisite aesthetics, the room’s acoustics have been an ongoing challenge, and the original audio system had long struggled with inconsistent coverage and poor intelligibility.

“There was a tremendous change in tonality from the main floor to the balcony area,” explains Kent Morris, Principal of Canton, Georgia-based Cornerstone Media Group. “The main floor was very bright — almost excessively so in some areas — while the balcony seats were getting almost no high frequency content. The mix position is located in the balcony area, which made it very difficult for the tech team to mix.” Morris adds that the old system also created a visual impediment for some of the balcony seats.

The new sound system centers on left and right arrays of the new VARIA modular point source line array system from Renkus-Heinz. Each array is comprised of eight VARIA VA101-series boxes, with coverage patterns ranging from 7 to 22 degrees. “We looked at a number of different options, and they were won over by the VARIA system,” says Morris. “Their technical director Nathan Roach and audio head Ben Tomlinson are very astute, and the fact that VARIA enables you to taper the coverage pattern was a key factor for us. It really provided the most consistent tonality, with no harsh spots and no dead zones.”

Lead Programmer Jeremy Alison was able to map out consistent coverage to the room’s most challenging areas. “With the VARIA, we were able to get articulation to the back rows of the balcony, and great coverage under the balcony as well, without having to add near fields or under balcony speakers,” says Morris. VA15S and PN212 subwoofers add low frequency power and punch, and three CF61 compact two-way boxes provide front fill.

“Being able to select among several boxes with different coverage patterns, and particularly being able to choose transitional boxes in between the fixed ones, makes a tremendous difference in designing a system,” Morris observes. “It’s almost as if every box is custom, but you don’t have to wait six weeks or pay top dollar.”

The entire system is networked via Dante over Ethernet, with several manufacturers’ technologies playing nicely together. “We installed a Yamaha CL5 console at FOH, connected via Dante to two Rio stage boxes,” says Morris. “That enabled us to add a monitor console down on the floor and tie it all together with RHAON so they can monitor from FOH. We also added some devices to their existing Media Matrix NION system. Once we worked through the usual clocking issues, the system functioned flawlessly. You expect a lot of hair pulling, but it was so easy. It all worked out beautifully.”

“The VARIA system has really been an ideal solution for the church,” Morris concludes. “It’s a great looking system, and the cost factor and configurability made it a great fit. I just love working with Renkus-Heinz.”

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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.

NOW YOU CAN MIX IN THE BOX

JESSUP, MARYLAND – OCTOBER 2013: Automated Processes Inc. (API) takes great pleasure in announcing the latest addition to its line of highly acclaimed analog consoles: THE BOX® project console. THE BOX is specifically designed for audio professionals with project or home studios who require a smaller format console with that “big console sound.” True to its heritage, THE BOX features the same circuitry, performance and legendary API sound as the company’s highly successful Vision, Legacy Plus and 1608 consoles. The new console debuted to a highly enthusiastic AES show in New York, and is now shipping from the company’s factory in Jessup, Maryland.

“THE BOX offers an easy, turnkey solution for recording and mixing,” said API President Larry Droppa. “It’s a great option for people who record a few channels at a time, but demand the warmth and punch that a large API console delivers. In addition to four inputs, full center section control, and 16 channels of API’s famous summing, the icing on the cake is a classic API stereo compressor on the program bus. Now you can truly record and mix… in THE BOX.”

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

Turkish Radio Television Goes On The Air With Shotoku Camera Support Systems

Big Win for Shotoku Includes Range of High Performance Tripod Systems, Paired With Pan & Tilt Heads

Staines, UK – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has been awarded a tender from Turkish Radio Television (TRT) for a significant complement of manual camera support gear. Working through Istanbul-based Basari, TRT placed an order comprised of the Company’s professional tripods systems paired with heavy duty pan & tilt heads – all technically qualified and approved by TRT. Shotoku Sales Manager David Shepherd announced this important company sale from its European headquarters in Staines, UK.

“Naturally we are very pleased to see Shotoku’s continued growth in key regions such as Turkey,” says Shepherd. “We are confident that our professional systems will offer Turkish Radio Television the superior level of quality, support and reliability for which Shotoku is known. We view such a substantial sale of Shotoku support gear systems to TRT as another positive step in our continued efforts to make serious inroads in this important territory and better serve our customers in these particular areas of the world.”

TRT opted for various Shotoku tripod systems including the SP compact model, and numerous units from the Company’s heavy-duty TT/TD camera support range. The tripods offer excellent price/performance features and accommodate applications ranging from production to broadcast, studio, OB and EFP camera support. The tender also includes SH100 pan & tilt heads, Shotoku’s premier ENG/EFP unit, and the recently launched state-of-the-art SX300 fluid head, ideally suited for a variety of applications and the latest portable camera systems.

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems
Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on manual and robotic pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with third-party equipment. Established as an engineering design firm specializing in advanced mechanics and electronic control systems, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan with offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. The Company’s robotic camera systems are designed, developed and manufactured in Staines, UK. For further information: www.Shotoku.co.uk

Shotoku contact: James Eddershaw
+44 (0) 1784 224650 / mailto:info@shotoku.co.uk

Press contact: Desert Moon Communications / Harriet Diener
+1-845-512-8283 / mailto:Harriet@DesertMoon.tv

Iconyx Makes it Clear for Knollwood Baptist Church

Winston, Salem, NC – October 2013… In February of 1957, a group of about 80 faithful founded Knollwood Baptist Church, meeting at a local funeral hall until their first chapel was completed in July. More than half a century later, Knollwood’s congregation numbers in the thousands, and their 1000-seat sanctuary offers multiple services each week.

The sanctuary’s modernistic design is truly impressive, with its soaring peaked ceilings, abundant glass, and polished surfaces. But that same design has long been problematic for the church’s technical staff, who have struggled to achieve intelligibility and even coverage in the hall. As Dan Wood, President of High Point, NC-based Church Interiors Audio Video (CIAv) explains, the sanctuary’s recent renovation was an ideal opportunity to finally tackle the audio issues.

“It’s a beautiful space, but very challenging acoustically, and the original sound system just couldn’t provide adequate coverage,” says Wood. “Church Interiors was undertaking a major renovation, and it was a perfect time to rethink their audio system.”

The room’s airy, open architecture presented some significant challenges — particularly the chancel area’s wide design. “The chancel platform extends far into the room, and there was no possibility to hang an array or cluster without impacting line of sight,” says Wood. “Our only viable option was to locate the speakers behind all the open microphones — there was simply no other place to put them.

Consistent coverage was another major concern. Areas on the room’s extremities and up in the balcony suffered from poor intelligibility. Since the balcony is also home to the house mix position, this was particularly important to address.

With no option to substantially alter the room’s architectural and acoustical character, the solution clearly had to be found within the audio system design. With this in mind, CIAv selected Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered column array loudspeakers, placing a single IC24-R-II on either side of the chancel platform.

“The Iconyx allowed us to create multiple sound beams and steer them to the seats on the floor and balcony levels, while steering them away from the walls and windows and other reflective surfaces,” says Wood. “It also enabled us to provide focused coverage to the mix position up in the balcony.”

Wood reports response to the new system has been overwhelmingly positive. “With just two Iconyx columns, we’ve got consistent coverage and intelligibility everywhere in the room.”

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz,Inc.is the world wide leader in the design and manufacture of audi operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

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