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Cairo’s St. Therese Basilica Gets Mackie HDA

Cairo, Egypt , February 2014…With more than 22 million inhabitants, the city of Cairo is rich in history and culture. In a region renowned as the birthplace of most of today’s religions, the sprawling metropolis on the banks of the Nile River is dotted with mosques, cathedrals, and houses of worship large and small.

The Basilica of Saint Therese of the Child Jesus is one of the more remarkable Catholic churches in the region. Named for one of the church’s early French missionaries, the Basilica is a massive Byzantine style structure adorned with Arabic-Egyptian ornamentation. Constructed in 1939, it served for many years as a stopover for missionaries on their way to the East. Today, it attracts a great number of visitors, many of them foreign tourists.

As with many of the grand basilicas, the room’s acoustics have long been a challenge. Soaring walls, marble floors, wooden pews, and a massive 80-foot (25 meter) high dome ringed with windows are just the beginning of a highly reflective environment that makes intelligibility nearly impossible. The walls of the church are decorated with an ornate mosaic which, while beautiful to behold, only adds to the reflectivity of the space.

Egyptian audio distributors Al Fanny Trading were called in to help solve the Basilica’s sonic challenges, and installed a system based around four of Mackie’s HDA two-way arrayable powered loudspeakers. As Al Fanny’s Rami Saad explains, the church’s previous system was simply not up to the task.

“They had a system of ten speakers installed on the columns, but the sound quality was very poor,” Saad says. “People could not understand the sermon, and the balance between the choir and the spoken word was very poor.”

Saad says the HDA system was selected not just for its power, but for its pattern control. “It was no problem to find speakers that were loud, or speakers with good sound quality,” he explains. “The challenge was to find speakers that could direct the sound toward the people, not toward the walls. The HDA speakers did exactly that, and very well.”

The choir area has been equipped with several SRM450v2 loudspeakers for monitoring. “The choir are standing higher on a platform, and the sound coming out of the main speakers didn’t really provide them with enough coverage,” says Saad. “The SRM speakers are a great solution.”

As the final piece to the sound system, Al Fanny installed a Mackie Onyx 24.4-Bus console. “The Onyx console sounds wonderful — very clean and clear,” says Saad. “The system has made a big difference for them already, and everyone is very pleased.”

 

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HARMAN Professional Delivers Superior Sound to Arbor Brewing Company India

BANGALORE, India – The craft beer and micro-brewing industry is a worldwide sensation that in recent years has found its way to Bangalore, the pub capital of India. The Arbor Brewing Company (ABC), a local brewpub and eatery in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is the inspiration for one of Bangalore’s largest and most popular brewpubs: ABC India. With the recent increase in pub-goers, ABC India’s sound system was in need of an upgrade to cover the multiple zones throughout its 12,000 square feet and support its future expansion plans. HARMAN Professional’s Application Engineering team specified a system consisting of HARMAN’s BSS Audio signal processing, JBL loudspeakers, and Crown amplifiers.

The HARMAN team carried out the entire design process, testing and commissioning of the project while India based System Integrator, Sigma Byte handled the installation which includes a BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-100 networkable signal processor with two BOB2’s for sixteen additional audio channels to create four stereo zones throughout the venue (outdoor area, tap room, bar and lounge, dining and cellar). A single BSS BLU-8v2 programmable zone controller was integrated in the AV Control room to control each of the four zones.

“As the crowd sizes increased, the existing system could not produce adequate SPL with intelligibility needed throughout the pub,” commented Sunil Karanjikar, Application Manager, HARMAN India. “Due to the crowd noise level and size of the venue, the pub was split into controllable zones. The zones were created with the help of the BSS BLU-100 and BOB2’s while a BLU 8v2 was installed to control the volume and source of each zone.”

The outdoor area was fitted with JBL Control 23 indoor/outdoor loudspeakers backed by SB-2 dual coil wall-mounted subwoofers and powered by a Crown XLi 3500 dual-channel amplifier. JBL Control 25AV loudspeakers cover the tap room, and are supplemented with SB-2 subs. HARMAN’s Application Engineering team designed the tap room zone with a Crown XLi 3500 amp and Soundcraft EPM6 audio mixing console for signal monitoring and the added ability to use the tap room for private dinners or parties with its own music source.

In the bar and lounge zone, the front system consists of JBL PRX615M powered loudspeakers, AC15 compact loudspeakers for center fill, as well as VRX918SP powered subwoofers. In addition, Sigma Byte deployed C29AV-1 loudspeakers and Control SB210 subwoofers powered by Crown XTi 6002 and 2002 amplifiers. The dining and cellar areas were outfitted with Control 25AV and C29AV-1 loudspeakers with Control SB-2 and Control SB210 subwoofers powered by an XTi 6002 amplifier.

“The system we had in place was unable to effectively cover the areas we needed it to,” commented Gaurav Sikka, CEO of Arbor Brewing Company India. “With the new HARMAN system customers are afforded the luxury of crystal-clear sound while still enjoying conversation with their friends and family. It’s truly a luxury because rarely do pubs have the ability to offer great conversation and great sound at the same time.”

“Arbor Brewing Company India’s management team requested a high-quality, high-performance system and we are proud to help further their endeavor in India,” commented Prashant Govindan, Director, India Operations HARMAN Professional. “An installation of this size consisting entirely of HARMAN components is a testament to our commitment to offering full-service solutions for the needs of any venue.”

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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Extends the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Loudspeaker Lineup with Integration of Duran Audio Products

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – In an announcement that merges the legendary HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeaker lineup with Duran Audio’s world-class array of loudspeakers for unique installed sound technology applications, JBL Professional is incorporating Duran Audio’s products into the JBL Professional brand. The move further strengthens JBL Professional’s standing as the optimal resource for installed audio loudspeakers of all varieties. The new products will be sold as the JBL Intellivox and JBL AXYS product series.

“We are excited to add these wonderful, leading-edge products to the JBL lineup,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Market Manager for Intellivox Products, JBL Professional. “Intellivox is a name that is already synonymous with beam steering and speech intelligibility. The products are highly respected by consultants, installers and end-users throughout the world. What Duran Audio has developed in recent years goes way beyond beam steering and their digital directivity technologies also include advanced Beam Shaping techniques—an important and extremely valuable capability that is unique in the industry.”

“The synergy of JBL Professional and Duran Audio is a thrilling development and we strongly feel that distributing our products through JBL Professional’s extensive sales and distribution organization will open doors to many more customers around the globe utilizing our products,” said Nick Screen, Sales Director, Duran Audio B.V.

Intellivox loudspeakers are known for delivering unmatched fidelity in some of the most challenging and prestigious venues around the world, where speech intelligibility is a paramount requirement. The addition of Duran Audio to HARMAN’s portfolio of commercial audio and lighting technology companies underscores HARMAN’s strategy to complement continued growth through targeted acquisitions in adjacent technology and product areas across all geographic and vertical markets.

JBL Intellivox products will be on show at the HARMAN stand at ISE 2014.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional AW Series All-Weather Loudspeakers Receive EN54-24 Certification for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that five of its AW Series all-weather loudspeakers have received EN54-24 certification. EN54-24 is the EU standard for loudspeakers intended for use in fire detection and fire alarm systems.

JBL’s EN54-24-certified AW Series models include the AW295, AW266, AW526, AW595, and AW566. All five lightweight, high-power 2-way loudspeakers are designed to deliver full-range sound with consistent pattern control and high intelligibility in a wide range of all-weather environments.

“JBL’s AW EN54-24-certified speakers are ideal for use in critical life safety applications or anywhere clear, powerful high-quality audio is needed,” said Rick Kamlet, Senior Manager, Commercial Installed Sound, JBL Professional. “Because of their all-weather construction, EN54-24 models are suitable for use in any fire detection and fire alarm system, whether used indoors or under the most extreme outdoor conditions.”

All JBL AW Series EN54-24-certified loudspeakers employ JBL’s exclusive Differential Drive™ dual voice coil, dual magnetic gap 12” and 15” woofers, and a 2432H 1.5-inch exit, 3” diaphragm high-frequency compression driver. The loudspeakers’ large-format Progressive Transition™ waveguide provides exceptional high-frequency coverage over a wide area, and the waveguide can be rotated to enable the loudspeakers to be used in either horizontal or vertical orientation.

All models utilize rugged multilayer glass composite enclosures and are heavily braced to maximize low-frequency performance. All feature a 14-gauge stainless steel grille backed with open-cell foam and a stainless steel mesh that provided durable protection in even the harshest outdoor environments. All AW Series EN 54-24 loudspeakers are equipped with a 400W 70/100V transformer for use in distributed audio systems and are supplied with a heavy-duty stainless steel U-type mounting bracket.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Introduces CBT 50LA-LS Line Array Column Loudspeaker with EN54-24 Certification

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today introduced its new CBT 50LA-LS line array column loudspeaker that comes with full EN54-24 certification. EN54-24 is the EU standard for loudspeakers intended for use in voice announce and fire alarm systems. The CBT 50LA-LS is an addition to the popular CBT Series (Constant Beamwidth Technology™) that has been developed exclusively for the European installation market.

The CBT 50LA-LS is a very compact 50 cm high column that utilizes a straight line of eight 2-inch drivers. It contains low-saturation transformers, so it can be used on 70V/100V distributed speaker lines or as low impedance speakers.

JBL’s CBT Series column loudspeakers were the first loudspeakers to incorporate JBL’s newly introduced and patented Constant Beamwidth Technology, using passive beam-forming components to deliver a narrow vertical beamwidth and constant directivity coverage from a passive column, resulting in high intelligibility in difficult acoustical venues and consistent frequency response at every listener location.

In addition, the CBT speakers provide Dynamic SonicGuard overload protection circuitry, which reduces distortion at high drive levels, along with user variable voicing which allows for selecting a flat frequency response or a midrange presence peak for especially clear speech intelligibility.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

HARMAN’s JBL Commercial Introduces High-Value, High-Performance Amplifiers and Mixers at ISE 2014

AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – At Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Commercial is introducing six Commercial Series Amplifiers (CSA) and two Commercial Series Mixers (CSM) that combine outstanding value and performance.

The JBL Commercial power amplifiers and mixers making their ISE 2014 debut include the following:

• CSA2120Z amplifier, 2 channels, 120-watt power output per channel
• CSA280Z amplifier, 2 channels, 80-watt power output per channel
• CSA240Z amplifier, 2 channels, 40-watt power output per channel
• CSA1120Z amplifier, 1 channel, 120-watt power output
• CSA180Z amplifier, 1 channel, 80-watt power output
• CSA140Z amplifier, 1 channel, 40-watt power output
• CSM-28 mixer, 8 inputs, 2 outputs
• CSM-14 mixer, 4 inputs, 1 output

“Our new JBL Commercial CSA and CSM amplifiers and mixers fulfill the need for small, affordable, easy to use sound reinforcement components in places like restaurants, coffee shops, fitness facilities, bars and other spaces where an elaborate A/V installation isn’t required,” said Craig Lambrecht, Business Segment Manager, Amplifier Business Unit. “They’re designed and engineered to deliver plenty of power and flexibility along with exceptional sound and reliability.”

The CSA amplifiers incorporate HARMAN’s proprietary DriveCore amplifier IC, which combines what would be hundreds of conventional parts into a single chip smaller than a dime. DriveCore offers significantly reduced power consumption, size and weight while delivering outstanding sound quality. All CSA amps are just 1U rack space high and a half-rack wide. All models can operate into 8 ohm and 4 ohm loads and can be used with 70V and 100V distributed audio systems without the need for a separate transformer. A single amp channel (or 1 channel amplifier) can easily drive multiple speakers without the need for complex wiring and the amplifiers’ distributed audio capability simplifies adding volume controls to single- or multiple- speaker zones. All feature a universal power supply for international use and accept an Ethernet control cable for use with the JBL CSR-V wall-mount volume control.

JBL Commercial’s CSM mixers are perfect for background music, paging, security and other uses. Like the CSA amplifiers, the CSM models are simple to set up and use, with a minimum of front panel controls and illuminated rings around the knobs for easy visibility. All the mixers provide channel, master volume and independent bass and treble controls. The rear panel offers RCA inputs and Euro-block-type mic/line input and output connectors. All models feature priority muting, VOX ducking and mic phantom power and can be used with JBL’s CSR-V wall controller.

JBL Commercial components are manufactured under HARMAN JBL’s GreenEdge initiative, for increased energy efficiency and lighter weight while delivering top-quality performance. CSA amps and CSM mixers conform to lead-free RoHS standards, use recycled copper, aluminum and steel from factory processes and benefit from additional environmentally conscious manufacturing procedures.

HARMAN 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Tymphany Launches Into Professional Branded Transducer Market

Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers resets the relationship between performance and cost by building on proven design and manufacturing principles from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa heritage.

Tymphany pro transducerAnaheim, CA – The NAMM Show 2014 – February 1, 2014 – Tymphany HK Ltd., the leading expert in transducer and audio system design and manufacturing, announced today the FSL Series of woofers, the TC Series full-range column transducers, and the BC and H Series tweeter line. These professional audio transducers are built on 85 years of design and manufacturing expertise from Tymphany’s Peerless and Vifa brands.

Tymphany’s international team of acoustic experts leveraged the latest FEA multi-physics techniques to create transducers that reset the performance to price relationship for professional branded transducers. Independently verified measurements and production tolerance data validate Tympany’s leadership in transducer design and manufacturing. The company seeks to push the industry standard for power handling and sound quality upward, while helping audio companies hit cost targets.

“By combining an innovative, western-led design philosophy with the speed and efficiency of our Asian-based engineering and manufacturing teams, we optimized the new Tymphany transducers to handle the most demanding professional applications while lowering costs for our customers,” said George Bullimore, head of the transducer business unit for Tymphany.

FSL Series Pro Woofers
Available in 5, 6.5, 8, 12, or 15-inch versions, each FSL Series Pro Woofer is voiced with a smooth frequency response and designed for optimal large signal performance. The Ferrite magnet steel frame ensures reliability and enables custom variants for unique or large-scale installations.

BC Series Tweeters
Tymphany is the world leader in tweeter design, and the BC Series is a reflection of the work done by top audio industry minds over eight decades. The series includes a one-inch damped fabric soft dome tweeter with compact faceplate and finned heat sink for improved power handling and enhanced voice coil cooling. Tymphany’s H Series Tweeters feature a one-inch titanium dome and offer compact, high-strength Neodymium designs or cost-effective ferrite designs. All tweeters produce a smooth, extended frequency response with high sensitivity and consistent performance.

TC Series Column Transducer
The TC Series of full-range transducers were specifically designed to meet the needs of the column loudspeaker market. The TC Series was optimized to have an extremely smooth frequency response through the mid-range with a rising response at the top end of the curve. With industry leading sensitivity and low-frequency extension, the TC series sets a new standard for column transducers. The TC series is available in 2, 2.5, 3, 3.5, and 4-inch models.

“Tymphany is already designing and manufacturing transducers for the world’s leading professional loudspeaker brands; a branded transducer offering is the natural extension of our complete ODM system solutions,” said Bullimore. “Guitar amps, PA systems, live sound, we really see no limits to what the future holds.”
Tymphany’s new line of professional transducers are available now for evaluation and can be seen at NAMM 2014 in booth A6260.

About Primax Electronics Ltd.
Primax Electronics Ltd. is an electronics manufacturing company based in Taipei Taiwan with manufacturing plants and R&D centers in China and Taiwan. It has been supplying PC peripherals, accessories for smart phones/tablets and multifunction printers to the IT industry in the past 29 years. It is listed in the Taiwan Stock Exchange.

About Tymphany
Founded in the U.S. in 2002, Tymphany™ Corporation is a global leader in the design and manufacturing of premium quality, digital electronics systems for the loudspeaker industry. Tymphany is an indispensable ODM partner to many of the world’s leading consumer electronics, automotive and professional audio brands, combining advanced digital circuit design and premium analog speaker components to achieve the highest level of audio performance. The company delivers a wide range of turnkey solutions within its transducers and integrated sound systems portfolio, including Peerless, a world-renowned brand of transducers since 1926. Tymphany is a privately held corporation. More information about the company is available at www.tymphany.com.

Yamaha R Remote App For Rio Line

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. has announced today the launch of R Remote software. R Remote joins the Yamaha R Series input/output rack units, which since their inception, have made significant advancements in audio, creating natural sound quality, Dante audio networking, and system flexibility. The new Windows™- based PC standalone application, R Remote enables remote control of R Series Rio3224-D, Rio1608-D, and Ri8-D rack unit head amplifiers directly from a computer.

With R Remote, a live recording system can be created with just R Series I/O racks and a computer running Nuendo Live or similar DAW software. Combined with the I/O racks, R Remote can be used with consoles that up until now have not been able to support remote head amp control, such as the 02R96 or 01V96i. For this application, however, a Dante-MY16-AUD expansion card must be installed in the console. The end user will also be able to operate a stand-alone R Series Dante infrastructure independently from a console.

“There is great potential for advanced systems that provide enhanced portability and expandability,” states Marc Lopez, Marketing Manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “The development of R Remote is another example of listening to recommendations from our customers in order to provide them with even more advanced system possibilities.”

Yamaha R Remote will be available today, free of charge, via download at 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.

BitWise Controls BC1, BC2 and BC4 Home Automation Controllers to be Featured During Exclusive 2014 Integrated Systems Europe Demonstrations in Home Cinema Europe Stand 1-N53; BC1 and Room Remote will Control Theater Demonstration

ENGLEWOOD, COLORADO and AMSTERDAM RAI, NL (Integrated Systems Europe 2014 – Stand 1-N53) — Feb. 3, 2014 – BitWise Controls, a leading innovator of powerful, flexible control and automation systems will be featuring its suite of home automation products at Integrated Systems Europe 2014 (ISE). BitWise controllers serve as the hub of any home automation system, allowing components and devices to interact with one another both wirelessly and seamlessly. Three controller models are available including the BC1, a powerful unit capable of handling virtually any automation task; the BC2, with all the processing power of the BC1 in a midsized chassis; and the BC4, which caters to single-room systems and expansion projects. BitWise Automation Controllers can be controlled by the new tactile, hard-button BitWise Room Remote or by iOS® and Android® devices via fully customizable graphic user interfaces (GUIs).

The top-end BC1 is a 1RU unit suitable for any residential or commercial application that easily controls audio/video, lighting, HVAC, shades, security systems and more. It features a built-in astronomical clock that provides event scheduling based on the time of day, sunrise or sunset, and includes eight IR ports (routable and attenuable), four SPDT relays, analog or digital signal sensing capabilities as well as customizable email notifications and two USB ports allow for future expansion. BC1 can be shelf or rack mounted using provided rack ears for added convenience and versatility.

The BC2 is a powerful midsized controller that features four IR ports (routable and attenuable), two SPDT relays, and analog or digital capabilities. Its compact chassis belies its powerful capabilities. It’s suitable for most any residential or commercial automation application, especially those that have fewer devices to control. Two USB ports allow for expansion, and like the BC1, email notifications can be customized.

The BC4 is an ideal single-room or expansion solution that can be used independently or in conjunction with BC1 or BC2 Automation Controllers. It offers one RS232 port, four IR ports plus a built-in blaster, two SPDT relays, and two-way interaction for a single device is supported via a serial or network connection.

Nearly everything from theaters, lighting, HVAC, shading systems, and more can be accessed from any BitWise controller or user interface on the network. The onboard relays and signal sensing ports allow interaction with mechanical devices as well, and two-way interaction with serial and networked devices is supported. For the ultimate in ease and accessibility, BitWise systems can be controlled with the BitWise Touch app for a variety of Apple and Android devices as well as with the new BitWise Controls Room Remote.

Experience the scalability and flexibility of BitWise and its suite of automation controllers During ISE 2014 at the Home Cinema Europe stand 1-N53. Those interested in scheduling an appointment with key BitWise executives to learn more about the simple superiority of the BitWise Controls lineup during Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) are encouraged to contact Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications by calling +1(425) 328-8640 or writing to Katye@kmbcomm.com.

About BitWise Controls
Designed and backed by more than 20 years of mission-critical control, monitoring and AV systems integration experience, BitWise Controls provides powerful and flexible control and automation solutions for commercial, industrial, education and residential control applications. BitWise Controls was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering innovative and reliable new products, designed and tested and manufactured in the United States. For more information, go to www.bitwisecontrols.com. Dealership opportunities are available. To learn more, send an email to sales@bitwisecontrols.com or call +1 (866) 932-2292.

Press contact: Katye (McGregor) Bennett of KMB Communications, (406) 446-1283, katye@kmbcomm.com, www.kmbcomm.com/press, @katyemcgregor

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BUENA PARK, Calif.—Housed in the renovated, historic Fenway Theater in Boston, the Berklee Performance Center is the Berklee College of Music’s flagship performance space seating more then 1,200 and counted among Boston’s most prestigious concert halls. Parsons Audio (Wellesley, MA) recently added two new Yamaha CL5 Digital Audio Consoles in the performance center for use by student and faculty productions as well as national entertainment.

Berklee has had a long relationship with Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems consoles dating back to 1976 beginning with the Yamaha PM1000, 3K, PM4K, PM1D, PM5D, DM2K, and now the CL Series. A CL5 is positioned at front of house with a second based in Studio BPC located in an area above the theater.

“The BPC looked upon the new CL as the PM1D successor, states Rick Scott, Sales Director, Parsons Audio LLC. Among features that were appealing to the technical team were the networking capabilities of this generation of Yamaha consoles along with its Rupert Neve plug-ins within the Premium Rack and integration with Nuendo Live.” Parsons Audio has provided customer support of the school’s Yamaha consoles since the very beginning.

“We had the Yamaha PM1D for eight years, and wanted to make sure we could stay up-to-date with current, commercially available (and currently supported) technology, states Ed Libeartore, A1 at BPC. We also really wanted to have something with remote iPad control, so we could mix monitors on stage from the FOH console.”

Liberatore said he immediately loved the sound of the preamps and the processing, and quickly became accustomed to having the controls accessible from the touch screen. “Handing an iPad off to a student assistant has been working amazingly well. It lets me concentrate on the house mix and seems to make the performers more comfortable knowing that there is somebody who can listen to the same monitor speaker with them and build a custom mix right on the spot with exactly what they need without ever having to shout to me, standing 50 feet away.”

Studio BPC, which regularly multitrack records many of the performance center concerts, is a teaching lab for live performance location recording classes. The studio is fed from a separate split off the on-stage mic snake box, but also receives a feed from the house Dante network for additional options. “I am really happy with our decision on going with the CL5 console for our live recording studio, states Alejandro Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Music Production and Engineering, Berklee College of Music. The Dante Network is key in the success of our new BPC Studio, and we use Nuendo Live linked to the CL5 as one of our two multi-track systems capable of recording up to 64 channels, receiving independently the outputs of our 64 Grace mic preamps.”

For more information on the Berklee Performance Center, visit www.berklee.edu.

For more information on Parsons Audio, visit www.paudio.com.

For more information on the Yamaha CL Digital Console, 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.

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