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PSS Sound Delivers Supreme Audio Integration to Multiple Venues with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers, Crown Amplifiers and Soundcraft Digital Consoles

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – Based in the capital of Louisiana, complete audio systems integrator Premier Production & Sound Services, LLC (PSS) is known for its dedication to providing the best audio designs to a wide variety of venues and events including festivals, concerts, university functions and corporate conferences. A major factor contributing to the company’s success is its use of HARMAN’s JBL, Crown and Soundcraft equipment, generating integrated solutions that are impressive in quality and consistency.

To deliver a full turnkey audio system at the limited 325-seat Manship Theater for the Manship Red Carpet Gala Fundraiser featuring GRAMMY®-winning Rick Springfield, PSS stacked three JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side from the ground up, on top of three VTX S28 subwoofers in cardioid configuration and a VTX V25-VT vertical transporter per side, with four VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers serving as front fills. Also, four VT4886 loudspeakers on top of three VT4883 subcompact subwoofers per side in cardioid configuration served as side fills, supported by two VT4883 subs with four VT4886 for drum fill and 16 SRX712M stage monitors. The entire system was powered by 36 Crown I-Tech 12000HD and nine I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, and mixed with a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console.

Knowing the sound needed to reach three different levels of the theater, Brian Gordon, co-owner and head audio engineer of PSS Sound, said, “Due to building constraints, we were unable to suspend the VTX line arrays, but thanks to the versatility of the VTX series, we were able to get coverage for the entire room with such little gear. After calculating for vertical dispersion, the front fills were enough to cover half of the first level, with the three VTX V25 loudspeakers covering the rest of the house. We are pleased that the ground-stacked configuration gave us the vertical coverage and sound quality that the artist demanded.”

In addition, the Our Lady Of the Lake Foundation held its 29th Annual Gala at the Baton Rouge River Center, hosting a show for the regional Our Lady of the Lake hospital, starring the blue-eyed soul staple, Hall and Oates. PSS came through with eight JBL VTX V25 and four VT4886 downfill enclosures and six S28 subwoofers in a cardioid configuration per side, supported by four VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array loudspeakers and four VT4886 downfill per side for out fill and four VT4886 loudspeakers for front fill. The system was again powered by 36 I-Tech 12000HD and nine I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, while the Soundcraft Vi6 served as the master control console.

“We wanted to run all the signals through the Vi6 before they hit the PA system, to avoid compromising on sound quality and to have control of the Gala function before the band took the stage,” said Bryant, co-owner and Director of Operations. “The cardioid configuration of the JBL loudspeakers was vital for this particular show, because it eliminated the low-end frequencies that the artist was very sensitive to.”

“The D2 driver is the most amazing thing I’ve ever heard, virtually eliminating half-order distortion, greatly reducing 2nd-5th harmonic distortion, and virtually eliminating modal-breakup to beyond the limits of human hearing in the extreme high-end frequencies,” stated Gordon.

Lastly, the Groovin’ on the Grounds concert at Louisiana State University allowed PSS to showcase its ability to put out a tremendous amount of power through its JBL system, which included 12 VTX V25 loudspeakers per side and nine S28 subwoofers per side, with eight VT4886 loudspeakers as down fills. All units were flown, except for four VT4886 loudspeakers and six SRX728 subwoofers on the ground functioning as front fills.

All 39 Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 15 I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers were used to power the system, while the Soundcraft Vi6 console was used for FOH and monitors. For all three shows, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ and HARMAN HiQnet Audio Architect™ were used to design and adjust the system configurations.

“With Crown amplifiers we have been very happy with the rock solid stability of the I-Tech HDs. The improved filters and V5 presets have made the combination unstoppable and we have been equally impressed with the newer 4x3500HD amplifiers which allow us to greatly diversify amp racks to do many different configurations,” added Bryant.

“When using the software, we started with the V5 presets and moved forward with further tweaks based on the room and venue. This allowed us to be flexible in our design, even though the concert moved from the originally planned outdoor environment into an arena setting,” said Bryant. “The technological leap that the JBL D2 drivers made for high end clarity allowed us to deliver clear sound at these high powered venues, without distortion or feedback.”

“Thanks to our integrated HARMAN systems, we were able to provide consistent high-quality audio for all three shows,” Bryant concluded. “We have also recently purchased more V25, G28, V20, S25 and F18S loudspeakers to augment and upgrade our existing inventory.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Barix and DMD2 Team for In-Store Radio at Bucherer Retail Stores

Custom solution reliably streams branded content to more than 30 stores in central Europe

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, June 10, 2014 — Leading corporate music provider DMD2 of Switzerland has long trusted Barix IP audio solutions to stream branded audio content to businesses around Europe. The company has again selected Barix for multipoint in-store radio, streaming high-quality custom music programs to 33 Bucherer retail jewelry stores in four countries.

Bucherer was founded in Lucerne Switzerland in 1888, and is today the European retail leader for luxury watches and fine jewelry. The Barix installation marks the first time Bucherer has used a live in-store radio service, with DMD2 crafting a specially branded music stream from a huge music library to match specifically the vibrant and elegant atmosphere of their stores. The service gives the retail chain a high-quality audio program, producing a pleasant and consistent audio experience for customers. The service is now live in stores across Switzerland, Germany, France and Austria.

The Barix IP-based delivery architecture also keeps employees focused on customer service instead of fumbling with CDs and the FM radio dial, removing the role of “in-store DJ” from the sales team’s job description.

“Bucherer have gained exceptional control over this part of their in-store branding with the Barix and DMD2 solution,” said Alexander Dal Farra, owner and president of DMD2. “They are very happy with their choice. The Barix solution also ensures that their existing audio equipment could be used for an overall cost-effective installation. Additionally, the audio service is virtually maintenance free once it is up and running.”

The technical concept of the Barix and DMD2 solution was equally appealing to Bucherer. The solution provides a low-latency, bandwidth-efficient live stream over the retail chain’s existing network, requiring no major updates at the store level. The streams originate from the DMD2 offices in Bern, Switzerland, with direct connection to Barix Exstreamer IP audio decoders inside the stores. The Exstreamers reliably play out AAC+ streams at a bitrate ideal for background music.

The Exstreamer models selected for this installation feature a front-panel display with artist/title and stream information, as well as MicroSD slot with backup music in the event of network failure. That MicroSD slot additionally provides built-in content protection, eliminating the temptation for customers or employees to remove attached USB sticks with DMD2 in-store content. Set up is simple and efficient, and virtually no physical space is required due to the Exstreamer’s compact footprint.

Dal Farra adds that his success with Barix across similar in-store radio installations, including Victorinox retail stores in four countries, gave Bucherer the confidence they needed to modernize their in-store music approach. DMD2 handles all Barix device configuration, service monitoring and music licensing for its in-store radio customers, further simplifying matters for retail customers like Bucherer.

“DMD2 has installed well over 1000 Barix Exstreamers across many businesses, each of which have varying network conditions,” said Dal Farra. “That track record of success made it easy to convince Bucherer that it was smart to build their service on this technology.”

Barix: We Move Audio (www.barix.com)
Barix supplies simple and reliable solutions and components to systems integrators and end users worldwide. We move high-quality audio across IP networks, adding value to customer solutions for more than a decade with hundreds of thousands of devices installed worldwide. Background music distribution with dynamic advertising insertion for retail shops, bars and hotels; public address solutions for schools and public spaces; and intercom and entry systems for facility surveillance, protection and security are among the many applications of Barix solutions. Barix also supports OEM projects for a number of Global 500 listed companies serving many industries worldwide.

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Barix AG, Seefeldstrasse 303, 8008 Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 43 43322 11, Fax: +41 44 2742849
Barix Technology Inc, St. Paul, MN – (866) 815-0866

http://www.barix.com

http://www.ip-audio.info

Huntsville, AL Church Relies on Muzeek World for Dual Yamaha CL5s

BUENA PARK, Calif.—First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Huntsville, AL relied on supplier Muzeek World of San Juan Capistrano, CA to provide dual Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles for their new sanctuary. The new sanctuary seats approximately 1,300 and has a congregation of 1,500.

Two Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Console were installed along with two Rio3224-D input/output boxes. One Rio is located on the stage and the other is located at the FOH CL5 location. “The purchase of the dual CL consoles was based upon the fact that the church previously owned a Yamaha console in their former sanctuary and had a wonderful experience using it,” states Muzeek World’s John Sardari.

“There are several new features in the CL5 which helped us decide this was exactly what we needed for the new sanctuary, states Julian Ray at First Seventh Day Adventist who designed and installed the audio system. For starters, the expandability of the number of channels we can use. We enabled the board with 64 channels initially, and if necessary, we can expand in the future to its maximum. Second, the ability to have the sound engineer control the monitor mix on stage with the musicians, and while doing a sound check using an iPad, he/she can fine-tune and make changes on the monitors and have an accurate overview of the monitor mix. This eliminates the potential discrepancies between what the vocalists’ need and what they get in the monitors. We use floor monitors for the vocalists while the entire band is on in-ear system.”

Ray said the third reason for our selection of the CLs was based on the framework of their previous Yamaha console. We used an M7CL for about six years and had the team already trained on the same software, so the learning curve moving to CL5 was a breeze. Other than the initial network programming and a few changes in the setup, we had the entire team up to date very quickly.”

The contemporary worship service at First Seventh Day uses on average five to nine musicians at any given time during sermons. There is also a seven-member praise team and several choirs ranging between 30 and 100 members. The church has two additional rooms where they have installed audio-visual equipment. While a CL5 FOH console is in the center of the sanctuary on the balcony level, a second CL5 is in a room used to mix sound for recordings and video streaming over the Internet, using the Yamaha CL Nuendo Live software to capture the multi-track recordings.

The second room housing the Yamaha CL5 is also hosting all video equipment where the live streams occur. The video equipment includes HD Sony VPLFH500L Projectors, Panasonic AWRP50 cameras and controller, Panasonic AWHE120K – HD video cameras, a Teradek – video encoder, Fostex/Tascam/JVC used for recording and playback, and Blackmagic design for monitoring, recording, mixing, routing, fiber optics transmission, and converters.

First Seventh Day also installed Leviton lighting fixtures for the stage and house lights with Elation EPAR QW and Mega Lite NE Color FX LED fixtures throughout the sanctuary for stage light effects and on the surrounding sanctuary walls. Dimmers are from Lightronics, and the church uses LumiDesk Live Control software and ETC Source 4 JR lighting fixtures.

For more information on First Seventh Day Adventist Church, visit www.first-sda-church.org.

For more information on Muzeek World, visit www.muzeekworld.com.

For more information on Yamaha CL Digital Audio Consoles, visit 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.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces High-Humidity Grilles for Control® 10 Series Ceiling Speakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the MTC-14WG and MTC-16WG high-humidity grilles for its industry-leading Control® 10 Series ceiling speakers. These grilles fit JBL’s Control 12C/T, Control 14C/T, and Control 16C/T, as well as Control 26C and 26CT. Made of an aluminum alloy material that does not rust and finished in a durable powder-coat, these grilles can extend the longevity of ceiling speakers when installed in humid environments.

The MTC-14WG and MTC-16WG address the weakest link when using ceiling speakers in high-humidity applications: a steel grille that can rust. These high-humidity grilles extend the longevity of JBL’s Control 10 Series model ceiling speakers, as their aluminum alloy material does not rust and the durable powder-coated finish prevents pitting that could otherwise occur with raw unfinished aluminum. The finish provides a nice look that matches with the speaker.

“JBL has offered weather grilles for many of our surface-mount speakers and these MTC-WG grilles are the first such products for our ceiling speakers,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Sound, JBL Professional. “With these new grilles, our ceiling speaker models can be used in high-humidity applications, such as outdoor patios, business entranceways and restrooms.”

The MTC-14WG and MTC-16WG high-humidity grilles are available in either white or black.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

New Jersey Township Chooses Yamaha CIS System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Township of Evesham, New Jersey courthouse is a typical municipal courtroom. It doubles as a non-jury courtroom, as well as a council meeting room and a township meeting room. Between the court and various town meetings, there can be up to 16 microphones on at any given time. The microphones need to be fed to the live speakers and for multi-track recording purposes.

ACIR Professional of Mays Landing, New Jersey was chosen to replace the live portion of the Township’s audio system in the hope of obtaining a cleaner, clearer sound. “In addition to obtaining a better quality sound, the customer still wanted to be able to send audio via multi-track to record,” states Vice President of Sales, Bobby Harper. “Having just demoed the new Yamaha CIS (Commercial Installation Solutions) Series products, the design became obvious.”

ACIR Pro chose a Yamaha MTX5-D processor with the EiX8-8 channel extender in order to accommodate the 16 inputs required. The processor also handles the routing of multi-track and a 4-zone (mix minus) to the Yamaha XMV4280-D Dante-enabled 4-channel amplifier. Yamaha VXC8W speakers were chosen for their clarity and ease of installation. The speakers are zoned for maximum gain before feedback. With assistance from a Dugan MY-16 Auto Mixer card installed in the MTX5-D and the extensive parametric EQ capabilities on each zone output.

Harper said the volume and clarity before feedback was staggering for both courtroom and meeting pre-sets. The presets were stored in the Yamaha MTX5-D library. Recall is available from an in-wall mounted Yamaha DCP1V4S-US controller that the clerk has at his/her fingertips. “Overall Yamaha was selected because of its new all-in-one CIS solution.”

ACIR also installed a Yamaha HS Studio Monitor along with 16 Shure MX418 D/C microphones.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

For more information on Yamaha CIS products, visit 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.

More realistic than ever before: CAST releases beta version of wysiwyg R33

Ahead of its general product release, expected before the end of June, CAST Software announces the distribution of the beta version of wysiwyg R33 design and previsualization software suite – the second instalment in the graphics upgrade — with three of its new and significant features, many of which were evaluated and requested by CAST Software’s partner base.

LED Video Walls / Screen Virtual Point Light
As content changes on screens such as LED video wall displays, they emit a light ‘glow’ into the surrounding environment. wysiwyg perfectly replicates this effect so lighting designers will be able to produce the most accurate previsualization and deliver stunning designs for their clients.

Shaded View Profiles
Promising greater workflow efficiency, Enhanced Shaded View Profiles allows users to save a combination of lighting settings under a profile for future use.

200 Lighting Universes
Saving perhaps the best new feature of R33 to last, CAST Software has doubled the number of universes giving wysiwyg users access to 200 universes. This translates to 102,400 DMX lighting channels, ensuring that no project is too big for wysiwyg.

But what does an industry professional see when looking at wysiwyg for the first time? Really virtually real super rich graphics driven by the ultimate software application that is so comprehensive that it deals with all aspects of lighting, including those things, which affect lighting like moving props, LED video walls, and reflective surfaces. wysiwyg lets them design and pre-cue, and then previsualize, run a sequence or take screen shots to test or share, ultimately delivering a design that can be faithfully replicated for real.

One lighting designer working with the beta version is Emiliano Morgia who said: “On seeing the beta version of wysiwyg R33, my first impression was ‘Wow’. In our lighting design projects we are often working to very tight deadlines so the Shaded View feature will ensure that we’re even more efficient. Additionally R33 packs some punch in creating realistic previsualizations for clients, especially those who are increasingly requiring LED video wall displays.”

“R33 represents a huge leap forward in functionality and the next instalment of the on-going graphics upgrade. The speed enhancement, file handling and navigation improvements are a result of the direct feedback from our professional customer base. R33 continues to unleash creative lighting for today’s needs and exemplifies what we are prone to say around CAST: it just keeps getting better!” explained Bruce Freeman, Chairman at CAST Group.

Meanwhile, over 100 beta testers, representing a cross-section of lighting professionals, are busy putting R33 through its paces and will be communicating their findings to CAST over the next weeks.

A full set of R33 features will be announced when the general release version of wysiwyg R33 becomes available, likely before the end of June.

R33 Beta LED Video Wall Glow Video: http://youtu.be/rQaoazMZ7dI

Twitter & Facebook: @CASTsoftware

CAST Forum: http://forum.cast-soft.com

www.cast-soft.com/blog

Renowned Audio Engineer Dave Natale Finds the Right Reverb With HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – As one of the top audio engineers in the business, Dave Natale has been the front-of-house engineer for a who’s who of artists, including Yes, Olivia Newton-John, Tina Turner, Joe Cocker, Lionel Richie and many more. He currently mixes shows for The Rolling Stones, but when he’s not on the road you can find him at Right Coast Recording, which he established in 1990. One of the factors that’s made it one of the oldest and well-equipped recording studios in central Pennsylvania is Natale’s commitment to making sure that nothing goes into Right Coast unless it sounds right. The most recent component to pass Natale’s rigorous test is HARMAN’s Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle, which he recently selected as his reverb software.

“I’ve relied on Lexicon since my days in the early 1980s working for Clair Brothers Audio on a Yes, Tour” said Natale. “We must have been one of the first sound companies to use the Lexicon 224, Lexicon’s first digital reverb that became an industry classic. I memorized the manual.”

Since then, Natale has gone from the 224 to other equally revered Lexicon hardware offerings, such as the 200, 480L and the PCM80, 81, 90 and 91, which he still uses today on tour with The Rolling Stones with Clair Global.

Natale is impressed with Lexicon’s move from hardware to software-based reverb processing. “To my ears, because of the quality and consistency of their algorithms and the sounds they’ve delivered, they’ve made the leap with complete success,” he said.

Natale’s appreciation of the Lexicon components is based on his in-depth understanding of the complexity of reverb. “I think what impresses me the most about Lexicon is the fact that reverb is the hardest thing to model and get to sound right,” he said. “There are too many parameters. When you think about how complex real-life reverb is, with all its variables and decay characteristics, you start to realize how hard it is to make really great-sounding reverb units.”

Needless to say Natale had high expectations when he decided he needed to hear the Lexicon PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle. He said that while there’s nothing like the sound of Lexicon hardware processors, it’s hard to beat the convenience of software plug-ins. “Now that I’ve had a chance to work with the PCM Native Reverb Plug-In Bundle I can tell you that it’s equally impressive and I’m hearing the same quality as I’m used to from the hardware,” he said. “We have been using a 224 and a PCM 70 at Right Coast and I’ve worked with many other Lexicon processors, and the Plug-In Bundle absolutely meets the level of quality I’m looking for.”

Bobby Gentilo, engineer at Right Coast Recording and manager of the studio’s day-to-day operations also considers Lexicon an essential sonic tool. “I trust Lexicon,” he said. “The reverb we’ve always relied on in the hardware has translated nicely to the software in recent years. We work with a variety of artists including some with very critical ears who aren’t shy about telling you what they do and do not like. Lexicon reverbs always pass the test with our clients.”

“Dave is not only one of the most talented audio engineers out there today, he is also one of the great people in our industry,” stated Jason Kunz, Market Manager, Portable PA and Recording & Broadcast for HARMAN Signal Processing. “ It’s a great feeling to knowing that whether he is out on the road with some of the biggest names in music or in his own studio, Lexicon is an integral part of his work.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 15,200 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last twelve months ended March 31, 2014.

Audio DAWg to Host Yamaha NUAGE Open House

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems and Audio DAWg is pleased to host a product showcase of the Yamaha NUAGE – Advanced Production System on Tuesday, June 3 at Audio DAWg, 400 E. Royal Lane, Ste. #300, Irving, Texas.

NUAGE is a highly refined, scalable hardware/software production environment for recording, video post-production, ADR, music production and mixing. NUAGE features many unique and exciting features such as an integrated ADR system, efficient content management, advanced media access system, and much more.

A joint collaboration between Yamaha and Steinberg, NUAGE is a hardware and software system that adds the power of Dante audio networking, and is a complete, flexible system that allows engineers to choose and combine components to perfectly match individual application and workflow requirements.

Join Audio DAWg’s Spunky Brunone, the NUAGE Team, and special guests for an open house to be held from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm with Q&A and product showcase. A NUAGE overview will be held from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

Please RSVP as seating is limited. Telephone (972) 759-1131.

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Free PreSonus SL Room Control Unlocks the Full Power of StudioLive AI-series Loudspeakers

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, May 2014… PreSonus® is now shipping free SL Room Control, a powerful and easy-to-use system-control and performance-monitoring software for StudioLive™ AI Active Integration™ loudspeakers. The software runs under Mac OS X 10.7 and later, Windows 7 or 8, and iOS 7 and later for Apple iPad 2 or later.

Tightly integrated with StudioLive AI-series speakers, SL Room Control gives you the equivalent control of a rack-mount loudspeaker-management system and more, and it works wirelessly or over a wired (Ethernet) local area network, so you can use it from anywhere that you can access the network.

SL Room Control provides access to a suite of advanced editing controls for customizing each StudioLive AI-series speaker on the network to compensate for room anomalies, create delay systems, eliminate feedback, and more. These features include a 500 ms alignment delay (in 0.1 ms increments); 8-band parametric EQ; 8 notch filters (0.72 of 1 half-step) for surgical frequency removal; input-level control to limit the maximum output of the speaker; mute; and solo.

The software also lets you remotely select any of four DSP contours that customize the loudspeaker for normal operation, playing low-bitrate MP3s, floor-monitor operation, or extended low-frequency boost for the StudioLive 18sAI subwoofer. This lets you to optimize each speaker for its application without needing access to the back panel. You can also remote control the 100 Hz highpass filter on each full-range model and the polarity reverse on the 18sAI subwoofer.

With SL Room Control, you can edit, save, recall, and share speaker-setup parameters, as well as set custom labels and comments for each speaker. Save complete snapshots of every speaker setting and copy-and-paste speaker settings quickly and easily between loudspeakers.

You can also group speakers in order to manage specific parts of the system, then save all settings for the entire system in a single preset. Create settings for each individual speaker, for groups of speakers, and for the entire system in your venue.

The software enables you to remotely monitor key performance indicators in real time for each StudioLive AI speaker on the network, including spotting thermal problems, driver over-excursion, and signal levels that are too hot for the converters so you can correct them before disaster strikes.

StudioLive AI loudspeakers are ready to network out of the box, so you need only add a Mac, PC, or iPad (or a combination of those); a wireless router; and SL Room Control. A Network Wizard makes setting up SL Room Control easy.

SL Room Control for Mac OS X and Windows is free to registered StudioLive AI-series loudspeaker owners and can be downloaded from the customer’s online My PreSonus account.  SL Room Control for iPad is a free download from the Apple App Store.

For more information, please visit www.presonus.com/products/SL-Room-Control.

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

DPA Miniature Microphones Chosen For The Bodyguard

The hit stage musical of The Bodyguard, currently playing at the Adelphi Theatre in London, is relying on DPA’s d:screet™ 4060 Omnidirectional Miniature Microphones to provide amplification for all members of the cast who have spoken lines.

Written by Alexander Dinelaris and based on the 1992 film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, the stage version of The Bodyguard features Beverley Knight in the role of Rachel Marron, with former X Factor winner Alexandra Burke taking over from June 2nd 2014.

DPA microphones have long been popular with the sound teams working on theatre productions, particularly those in the West End and on Broadway. The rugged nature of the company’s miniature microphones, combined with their ability to deliver great quality audio even when hidden in wigs and costumes, have made them enduring favourites.

Ania Klimowicz, Deputy Head of Sound for The Bodyguard, says DPA’s d:screet 4060s were chosen because sound designer Richard Brooker and director Thea Sharrock didn’t want any microphones to be visible to the audience. The microphones were supplied by Autograph.

“We use paint, tape and make-up on the mics to make them look as invisible in the actors’ hair or wig as possible,” Klimowicz explains. “We mainly use ‘mic clips’ and occasionally elastic to fix the mics to the performer’s head. Male actors with shaved heads are probably our biggest challenge – in those cases we abandon the usual centre top of forehead fitting and fit the mic over the ear.”

There are 32 actors involved in this current production of The Bodyguard, with 22 performing in each show. There is also a 10-piece band, a three person sound crew and a backstage cast of 45. When it comes to sound, the show is operated by one person who live mixes the band and vocals, as well as firing the sound effects.

“Three members of the cast are ‘double mic-ed’ meaning they wear a main and backup DPA d:screet 4060 head microphone,” Klimowicz says. “Some of the girls wear a headset, a head-mic and use a handheld microphone at various points during the show. Generally the sound for the spoken parts of the show is reinforced but remains naturalistic. This contrasts with numbers such as Queen of the Night or So Emotional, which are set during concerts and therefore need to feel big and more rock ‘n’ roll.”

Klimowicz adds that most of the show jumps in dynamics, except for a couple of numbers such as Run to You which is mixed more like a musical theatre number.

“We use the head-mics here as the song moves as part of the story and a hand-held would somewhat break with the audiences’ suspension of disbelief,” she explains.

Although sweat and make-up can be an issue for some stage productions, Klimowicz says they are not really a problem on The Bodyguard. None the less, the entire sound system including all the microphones are carefully checked before each performance to make sure everything works.

“The DPA d:screet 4060 microphones sound great and are also very reliable. We rarely have an issue with them,” she says. “Given the amount of wear and tear they face on a daily basis, they are incredibly rugged. They are also very small, which makes them much easier to hide in hair and wigs.”

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About DPA
DPA Microphones is the leading Danish Professional Audio manufacturer of high quality condenser microphone solutions for professional applications. DPA’s ultimate goal is to provide you – whether you’re in live sound, recording, theater or broadcast – with the absolute finest possible microphone solutions for your tasks. DPA takes no shortcuts in the design processes nor makes any compromises in manufacturing, which is all done at the DPA factory in Denmark. As a result, DPA’s products are globally praised for their exceptional clarity and transparency, unparalleled specifications, supreme reliability, and above all, pure, uncolored and undistorted sound.
For more information, please visit www.dpamicrophones.com

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