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Dubai-Based Showtech Upgrades Pro Rental Line With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Loudspeakers

Members of the GSL and Showtech teams with Showtech’s new VTX line array system. Left to right: Glen Kershaw, GSL; Shaji George, Showtech; Wasim Shaikh, Showtech; and Jan Tarakji, GSL.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Showtech Sound & Light Design, based in Dubai, UAE, has become the first company in the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to purchase HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array system, adding to its existing JBL VERTEC® line array system and wide range of HARMAN products.

Showtech purchased the system from Dubai-based HARMAN distributor GSL Professional LLC. The system consists of 24 VTX V25 line array loudspeakers along with 16 VTX S28 subwoofers. To power the VTX system, Showtech purchased 32 Crown I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers.

Several years ago, Showtech was also the first company in the GCC to purchase JBL’s VERTEC VT4889 arrayable loudspeakers and the addition of VTX creates new opportunities for upcoming concerts, shows and other events.

As the first VTX system in the Middle East, GSL and Showtech are proud to demonstrate the latest technology introduced by JBL, including the D2 Dual Drivers found in the V25 cabinets. GSL believes that this system will bring a new standard to the rental and touring market due to JBL’s constant advancement in technology and vision towards the future.

Showtech’s HOD-Sound, Wasim Shaikh, commented, “We made this decision because of the performance of the products but also because of the ways in which the loudspeakers, amplifiers and other components are designed to work together. The purchase was made based on the professional and reliable performance of our VERTEC line arrays and we look forward to using the new system at upcoming concerts and events.”

Showtech’s Managing Director, Shaji George, commented, “We share a relationship of trust with GSL Professional and have been happy with JBL and HARMAN products over the years. HARMAN’s reliability makes our decision much easier when new products are introduced to the market.”

“This truly is a great sale for GSL Professional and will reflect highly for the HARMAN Professional brands in the Middle Eastern market,” said Shaikh.

For more information on GSL Professional, please visit: www.gslprofessional.com

For more information on Showtech, please visit: http://www.showtechme.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts Upgrades to Digital with HARMAN Studer Vista 5 Console

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — The Benedum Center, a project of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust and a renowned performing arts venue in the heart of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s cultural district, recently added a HARMAN Studer Vista 5 digital audio mixing console with 42 faders to support a variety of theatrical productions and live music performances. The console was purchased through New York-based Sound Associates (www.soundassociates.com).

Chris Evans, House Sound Engineer for the Benedum Center, first saw the Vista series of consoles at the AES Convention in San Francisco in 2010. Evans, who has been with the Center since its renovation and re-branding in 1987, ultimately chose the Vista 5 because he believed no other board felt closest to analog.

“The relationship I have with HARMAN also helped,” Evans said. “After a valuable discussion with Studer, who were very helpful in navigating the system, it felt like the right choice.”

During the summer, the Benedum Center hosts at least one performance per day—a very busy schedule with little time to adjust to a new console. “The Vista 5 was easy to install and is even easier to use. More importantly, it sounds great,” Evans noted. “The transition to the Vista 5 has been seamless and it’s given me greater flexibility with far less hassle than our previous analog board.”

With a variety of performances and acts hosted by the Center including Blue Man Group, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line and more (including a recent performance by The Beach Boys), the ability to move audio around the building is something that Evans relies on constantly. “I can patch something downstage right to FOH and go through the system without having to touch the console,” Evans stated. “It can operate as a mixing console and routing matrix. The Vistonics™ surface is so easy to navigate. I also use all the built-in features, from compressors to EQ to delay.”

Evans also noted the console’s Snapshot function as a key asset during live events. “I’ve done a number of shows where there are two or three different bands, so I am able to save a snapshot of each band’s settings and be ready to go with my input list,” he said. “It’s always set up as either I or the touring engineer left it.”

During the Center’s own theater and opera productions, the Vista 5’s cue list has been another great asset for Evans. “It’s easy to program and I use it extensively,” Evans noted. “We included two racks of 48 channels of DSP which I can put anywhere with additional fibers if needed. This is a real flexible solution for what we are doing.”

Since the purchase of the Vista 5, everyone at the Benedum Center has been pleased with the console. “Studer’s support is on a whole other level, it’s easy for me to do my work and count on the performance of their products,” Evans concluded. “The value of the Vista 5 was apparent immediately and the whole team here adapted to it right away.”

For more information on the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts, please visit www.trustarts.org

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Classic Church Gets Modern Update

Brigantine, NJ, August 2012….  Like most of New Jersey’s seaside communities, life on this resort island near Atlantic City is affected by the seasons. In the summer months, the sun seekers and beach lovers help to swell the congregation at St. Thomas the Apostle from 1,000 to more than 3,000 – well beyond what their existing sanctuary can handle. As Bobby Harper, VP of Sales at Egg Harbor-based ACIR Professional explains, the church came up with a creative solution.

“It’s an older structure, and it has some history, and they didn’t want to just tear it down and build something bigger,” says Harper. “So they opted to renovate the original building and also build an event center, which could handle the overflow, as well as other functions.”

The idea of connecting the events center to the sanctuary via audio and video was suggested early on, but a complex digital matrix with touch panels was simply not feasible. “We wanted to create a solution for them that would meet their needs without getting into complex and expensive networking,” Harper explains. In the end, a bit of creativity was all it took.

Using the seasonal population shifts to their advantage, the project was carried out in two phases. “The first summer, they used the (just-completed) events center as just that – a multi-purpose events center,” explains Harper. When fall approached, the event center was pressed into service as temporary sanctuary while the original 1920s-era building was then renovated, expanded, and tied in with the events center via audio and video feeds. “This summer they are finally enjoying it as an expansion space.”

The new sanctuary presented some challenging acoustics. “The sanctuary is pretty reflective inside,” says Harper. “They replaced the carpet with granite and marble, which increased the reverberance.” The addition of naves to the left and right of the altar also impacted the room’s acoustics.

“We decided to go with a distributed system,” Harper continues. “We didn’t want to energize the space with a large system, and we wanted clarity and consistency in coverage.”

The room’s audio includes a pair of Community VERIS 28 dual 8-inch systems at left and right of the altar, with another three VERIS 8 single 8-inch loudspeakers along each side. Yamaha 3500 and 5000 amplifiers power the system. “The church has a full praise band, with drummer, bass , keyboard, organ, a couple of violins and flute, and musicality was an important consideration,” says Harper. “We had been looking into the VERIS systems, and it seemed like a perfect fit.”

System drive and processing is covered by Community’s dSPEC™ networked loudspeaker processor. “The dSPEC is a great piece of gear,” says Harper. “We’re hardly pushing the amps – that’s the beauty of it. We use the dSPEC  to calibrate the limiters on the amps for maximum efficiency with the loudspeakers. And it’s very user friendly. I plugged it in, had no training on it, and had it sorted out in less than an hour.”

Space to the left and right of the altar have been converted into naves, each of which are served by a pair of MX10 compact monitors as wedges. “We custom-painted them to match the wall, and mounted them where the wall meets ceiling,” says Harper. “They look fantastic and they sound great.”

A Yamaha MG16 console is installed at the sanctuary’s mix position, with a Yamaha MG24 for the choir monitors. Sennheiser mics and wireless systems cover the choir loft, altar and musicians. A Sony PTZ70 camera captures the service and sends the signal via Ethernet to the event center.

Over in the event center, another Yamaha MG16 console covers mix position. Connected pairs between each of the three consoles enables each to receive aux send audio feeds from the others. As Harper observes, “the system is not quite foolproof, but fortunately the church’s technical personnel are savvy enough not to route things into a feedback loop.”  A smaller 5.1 consumer system covers most of the room’s audio needs, and an Eiki LCWB42NA projector gets the Sony PTZ’s video feed to a ceiling-mounted DaLite screen.

As Harper points out, the event center was conceived from the outset as a multi-use venue, with flexibility a key requirement. “We installed audio I/O panels throughout the room, and they can easily configure the system for whatever event they’re holding. They can take the audio and video feed from the sanctuary, or they can host a power point demonstration, or watch a movie, or Monday night football,” he says. “It also made it easy to configure a portable church while the main sanctuary was under construction.”

While A/V interconnectivity is more often the province of contemporary churches, Harper says the implementation of it in this older, more traditional setting was worth it. “There were certainly some challenges in terms of running cable and working out logistics, but the end result is exactly what we wanted.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

Video Equipment Rentals Continues to Deliver World-Class Audio With Purchase of HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – VER (Video Equipment Rentals), one of the largest AV/audio/broadcast equipment rental companies providing AV/tour solutions, recently added HARMAN’S JBL VTX Series line arrays to its world-class inventory of products for the rental, staging and broadcast industries. The purchase of VTX line arrays builds on VER’s existing inventory of JBL VERTEC® line array systems.

VER is one of the world’s leading “dry-hire” equipment rental providers, with more than 25 locations across the United States, Canada and Europe. “VER began in 2000, specializing in video rentals for the broadcast industry and corporate AV applications,” said Joe Casanova, National Audio Sales/Product Manager for VER (East). “Around 2002, we discovered there was a huge opportunity to supply audio equipment as well, so from that point on we have been a complete gear resource for all facets of production.”

VER’s purchase of JBL VTX line array loudspeakers includes 96 of the flagship V25 loudspeaker and 64 S28 subwoofers, along with 32 Crown Audio VRack complete amplification systems.

“We bought our first VERTEC system in 2005, with VT4888 and VT4889 loudspeakers and VT4880 subwoofers, so this was a natural migration to VTX,” Casanova said. “We’re a client-driven company, so our initial decision to purchase VERTEC was a result of the demands of our clients. We’re already seeing a similar demand for VTX.”

Casanova first heard the VTX system at the HARMAN Business and Technology Conference in January 2012, where he listened to a shootout between VTX and some competitive loudspeaker models. “We really liked the way the VTX system sounded and knew we needed to add VTX to our inventory when they became available,” Casanova said.

“It makes sense that VTX sounds so good because Paul Bauman [Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional] was the brainchild behind this product, and his work with the VERTEC V5 DSP tunings marked such a dramatic improvement to the VERTEC sound that we knew he was onto something good with VTX,” said Brady Belavek, National Audio Sales/Product Manager for VER (West).

“Really, between VTX and the V5 tunings for our VERTEC system, it’s almost like we have two new PA systems!” Casanova added.

“It has great high end and the design is terrific,” Belavek said. “When you consider the power behind the speakers and the smoothness of the new D2 drivers, we expect VTX to be on the majority of riders of the biggest touring acts in the world.”

“We have worked really closely with Paul and [Field Engineer, JBL Professional] Raul Gonzalez in purchasing this system, and they have been tremendous in getting us what we need and making sure our product worked well out of the gate,” Casanova said.

“Our VTX products have been in use every day since we purchased them, so it’s staying extremely busy and being used constantly,” Casanova noted. “We have had a lot of success with it right off the bat.”

For more information on Video Equipment Rentals, please visit www.verrents.com

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Dual DiGiCo SD7s Drive Monitors On Springsteen World Tour

It’s been nearly forty years since Springsteen’s debut Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ, and judging from the 3-hour-plus shows, sold-out arenas, and glowing critical reviews, both rocker and band [minus the late, beloved saxophonist Clarence Clemons and keyboardist Danny Federici] are still regaling in their ‘Glory Days.’ With the Wrecking Ball Tour, in support of their 17th studio album, Springsteen & Co are heading into a two-month U.S. fall stadium tour following a massive world tour that started in March of 2012 taking them around the globe. Solotech US Corp. is the tour’s production provider.

Critical monitor mixes for the 18-piece band are split in two between engineers Monty Carlo and Troy Milner and for the first time ever they’re employing a pair of DiGiCo SD7s outfitted with the Waves SoundGrid bundle. At stage left is Carlo, who’s been with Springsteen since ’92, handling a mix of wedges and in-ears for Bruce, guitarists Steven Van Zandt and Patti Scialfa, keyboardist Roy Bittan, background vocalists, and a five-piece horn section. Milner, onboard since 2001, is at stage right taking care of drummer Max Weinberg, guitarist Nils Lofgren, bassist Garry Talent, keyboardist Charlie Giordano and multi-instrumentalist, Soozie Tyrell.

The engineers specifically chose the SD7 for its flexibility and ability to grow with the size of the production, including the massive amounts of I/O capabilities that it offered. Onboard features from snapshots to multiband compressors and the Waves pro plug-in bundle offered lots of extra functionality.

“From 2002-2009 we used Yamaha PM1D’s for monitors,” Carlo explains. “Since then, our band has grown from 9 musicians to 18 on this tour with the occasional guest on top of that. We needed something that could handle a large number of inputs, (over 100), and a massive amount of outputs, about 56 on each side of the stage. The DiGiCo SD7 was the only console I found that could accomplish what I was going to ask of it. Before this tour, I’d never actually mixed on a DiGiCo of any variety. I spent some time in the past year building the console with the Offline Editor and getting familiar with its layout and feature set. In November 2011, I got together with Troy in Nashville and we spent a couple of days with Matt Larson getting a hands-on training session with the desk. Following that, we spent the first 3 months of 2012 in rehearsals and doing some small promo events (Grammy’s, Jimmy Fallon and SXSW Festival). With the addition of a horn section and percussionist a lot of songs ended up with slightly different arrangements and we spent a fair amount if time working through the new album since not many of the band members had worked on it in its entirety.”

“We needed consoles that could handle a lot of inputs and outputs and be flexible,” adds Milner. “Before rehearsals began, we still didn’t have a concrete plan for what was going to be needed as far as band members and layouts. Things were constantly changing even into the first run of shows. I used the SD7 last year with Garth Brooks—and the D5 on numerous tours with Michael W. Smith, Mercy Me, and Amy Grant—and it performed perfectly.”

With approximately 96 inputs alone coming from the stage, plus effects and talkbacks, Carlo is managing about 112 inputs total from stage left. Being able to mix mono and stereo sources on the same fader bank as I want to see them on the desk is a huge deal for him. “I love not losing two faders to a stereo input or output as used to happen on the 1D. The level you can customize the surface is so flexible and easy to change that as your input list and band grows you aren’t stuck simply adding channels at the end of the console. Being able to rebuild the desk in a way that better suits your workflow in mid-tour is a great luxury. Plus, the multiband compressors on each channel are a great tool that I’ve been using more than I thought I would.”

Carlo’s got his favorite Waves plug-ins. “On my in-ear mixes I use the C-6 compressor and Kramer PIE compressor across the mixes. I’m using the H-EQ as an insert on Bruce’s vocal channel to allow me to get a few additional bands of EQ that I can use for tight notches on troublesome frequencies. For effects I’m using H-Delay, TrueVerb and Renaissance Verb. I’m also using GTR Stomp and Amp plug-ins on Bruce’s guitar lines in case of a problem with his amps/cabinets on stage.”

Over at stage right, Milner mixes a staggering 140 inputs, comprised of a fair amount of effects for drums and guitars, in addition to a combo of wedges and in-ear systems, including Shure PSM1000′s for ears and a mix of Audio Analysts wedges consisting of SLP115, SLP212, plus a couple of double Audio Analysts 18″ sub cabinets for drum subs.

“I double assign the drum inputs so I can tailor them for the drummer independently from everyone else. Again, another great super easy feature on the SD7. One of the biggest challenges on this tour is just the large amount of inputs and outputs we have to deal with up onstage. We have settled in now but we still have plenty of options to easily add, change or move things around without reinventing the wheel. We also have a great Talk Back system for all the techs and backline guys that are in our ears at all times, so we can be attending to issues before anyone is even aware what is happening.”

Milner’s found a plethora of onboard features and functionality helpful in his day-to-day workflow. “Being able to assign the rotary knobs on each bank to a specific function is very handy. I’m using one row for Compressor Thresholds and on my drum input bank I use one row at my Gate Threshold. Max Weinberg is a very dynamic player and I’m constantly adjusting those gates for each song and throughout each song to keep things under control for him. Also, having the ability to move any fader to any place on the desk is so great. After mixing a few shows, I learned that just moving a few inputs to other banks and reordering my outputs could vastly improve my current layout. Such a great feature! I’m also finding all kinds of new things to use the Macro Keys for now. One is that between songs when the stage is dark, it can be a little hard to see the band onstage, so I have macro key that dims all the lights and monitors down so its easier to see what they might need. Also, using a Macro Key to switch the extra video monitor inputs. I’m getting a full production feed as well as other feeds and I can just use a macro to select the one I need for any given song.”

“For most of my reverbs I’m using the Renaissance Reverb and it sounds great in every application—from drums to background vocals to horns. I’m also using the SuperTap for some delay/slap effects on the drums and horns. The Waves C6 is one of my go-to plug-ins for just about anything, and I’m using it on the snare and toms to shape the sound in the ears and also on some vocals. The CLA-76 Bluey is another favorite, and the list goes on and on. It’s great to be able to easily try out all these fantastic plug-ins on inputs and or outputs to see what works for each application.”

One of the biggest challenges with the Springsteen show is the set list, which they receive literally 5 minutes prior to the start of the show. Not only does it change from night to night, but also during the show, Bruce can veer off the list at a moment’s notice. The snapshot feature has become invaluable for both engineers.

“With the PM1D, I had a sheet with all my scenes that I would have to jump around during the show,” Carlo recalls. “With the SD7′s snapshot panel, I can order the list as Bruce intends to do the show, but then when he decides to jump to something off the list, it’s as easy to get to as typing the first letter of the song until I get to the desired snapshot. Right now, I’m at around 130 snapshots.”

“We never know what Bruce will do next or what song he will pull out, so being able to load those snapshots quickly is a challenge,” adds Milner. “I use the keyboard and just type the first letter of the song and it will jump through all those snapshots starting with that letter. Then you can fire the snapshot with the space bar very quickly. This is usually not a problem on other tours but with over 150 snapshots it can take time to go through them all. I have an external monitor hooked on the ‘B’ engine so with everything mirrored to the ‘A’ engine I can make sure I’m running in complete redundancy at all times.”

For both engineers, the SD7 has proved to be a reliable and accommodating asset for this complex and unpredictable production.

Carlo says he’s found the SD7 to be one of the most flexible consoles out there. “I can configure it to look and operate exactly the way I need it to depending on what type of show/band I’m going to be mixing on it. It sounds great, it’s warm and full without any brittle or sterile characteristics that other consoles sometimes have. Looking ahead, and depending on the show, I might be inclined to try something a bit smaller than the SD7, however, the redundancy inherent in the SD7 with its dual engines and power supplies is a solid feature.”

Milner agrees. “Absolutely, I’ll be using DiGiCo again. They sound great and are so flexible to use especially with a large number of inputs and outputs and with all the different SD console options out now, it makes finding the right desk for each application simple. On this tour, the band seems to be really happy—and with 18 people on stage and all those open mics things can get messy really fast. We seem to have found a good balance for each band member and what works for them on any given song. The SD7 sounds great and is very neutral-sounding. It doesn’t seem to color the sound at all which is nice. You can start with the source and if that sounds good, then you know things will sound great with the console. I don’t know of any other desk out there right now that can do what we are asking of these consoles. With 140 inputs, 52 outputs and around 150 snapshots (and that number is always growing) we are making these desks earn their keep!”

L-ACOUSTICS KARA Installed in Tokyo Concert Hall

TOKYO — L-ACOUSTICS’ Japanese distributor, Bestec Audio, has supplied a KARA/KUDO WST line source system to Orchard Hall in Tokyo’s Bunkamura complex. Located in the Shibuya district, the huge cultural facility was the first of its kind in Japan and consists of a concert hall, theatre, museum, cinema, cafes and art shops. more

NanoLumens To Participate In Upcoming Almo Professional E4 AV Events In Dallas And New York

NanoLumens®, the pioneering Norcross, Georgia-based company that introduced the world to large format flexible LED display technology, will again team up with Almo Professional A/V, the nation’s fastest growing audiovisual distributor, at the upcoming E4 AV training and networking events in Dallas on September 13 and New York on October 3, 2012. An overview of the Almo Pro A/V E4 tour can be viewed here.

According to NanoLumens’ VP of sales, Dana Michaelis, NanoLumens will showcase its NanoFlex™ 112” and NanoSlim™ 114” LED displays at both events. “NanoLumens looks forward to participating in the Almo E4 A/V events this fall,” Michaelis said today. “Exhibiting at the spring events provided us with a strategic opportunity to take our displays out into key markets, and we are eager to reach even more installers and end-users at these new stops.”

“NanoLumens has been an excellent addition to our E4 event – the technology is so unique that it always draws a tremendous amount of interest,” explained Melody Craigmyle, VP of marketing for Almo Professional A/V. “Attending E4 partners have a special opportunity to learn more about how the NanoLumens products can be designed into any shape or size and to the exact specifications of their digital signage and rental and staging installs. This keeps our partners competitive and makes what they can offer their customers, in terms of displays, truly limitless.”

The NanoLumens NanoFlex will be showcased in a 112” model of the lightweight LED display that can be elegantly curved and wrapped around contoured walls and structures to meet the specific needs of any environment, including corporate lobbies, high-end retail stores, stadiums, and anywhere else digital signage is needed.
 
NanoLumens will also feature a 114” model of its NanoSlim display, which is designed to provide a sleek digital signage solution for even the most discerning clientele. NanoLumens uses their patented technology to build beautiful, thin, lightweight large format LED display solutions unlike anything in the display market today. Available in 6mm, 5mm, and 4mm pixel pitches, the displays offer customers a more cost-effective alternative when flexibility is not a requirement.

NanoLumens displays are extremely slim, ultra-lightweight, energy efficient, and feature a seamless, edge-to-edge picture quality that can be viewed from any angle or any distance without color shift or picture drop-off. The company’s patented display technology, which allows customers to select from 4mm up to 10mm pixel pitch (depending on the model), promises to transform the way marketers engage their customers in every type of trade show, retail, hospitality, stadium, arena, transportation and public event environment.
 
NanoLumens displays are designed and engineered with the environment in mind, and consume significantly less energy per square foot than conventional digital displays. Further emphasizing their commitment to eco-friendly technology, NanoLumens displays are composed of up to 50 percent reclaimed materials, and are completely recyclable. What’s more, some NanoLumens displays can be serviced from the front, making maintenance easier than ever before possible. 

Designed and assembled in the United States, NanoLumens displays are offered in standard configurations as well as design-specific configurations to fit virtually any size, shape or curvature in both the NanoFlex line of flexible displays and the NanoSlim line of fixed frame displays.
 
The company’s technology has been recognized by Entrepreneur magazine as a 2011 future-proof tech trend and was cited by The Wall Street Journal in its 2010 Technology Innovations Awards. NanoLumens’ technology also received the 2011 Breakthrough Technology of the Year Award at the American Technology Awards. Digital Signage Magazine awarded the NanoLumens NanoFlex a 2011 DIGI Award for “Best New Display Device – Non-LCD or Plasma.”

The E4 Dallas event will take place on Thursday, September 13 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas while the E4 New York event is on October 3 at the Meadowlands Expo Center. Both events will run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and are entirely free, including parking, to Almo Pro A/V’s reseller, integrator and consultant partners. To register, go to www.e4avtour.com.

The E4 AV program can be accessed on demand during and after each event for instructor videos, copies of the course presentations and live Twitter updates.

About Almo Professional A/V’s E4 AV Tour
Launched in December 2009, The E4 AV tour is a free, full-day program with an intense educational focus that allows partners to earn valuable InfoComm International CTS RUs while networking with the industry’s top manufacturers. For more information, go to www.e4avtour.com.

About NanoLumens:
Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, NanoLumens, Inc. (www.nanolumens.com) is a privately held corporation engaged in the research, product development, marketing and sales of unique flexible and fixed displays that address a yawning technology gap in the $14 billion digital display industry. Since its founding in 2006, NanoLumens has built a portfolio of more than 20 international families of issued and filed patents on its flexible display technology that effectively address the commercial market void between relatively small flat-panel displays and huge, limited application LED boards. NanoLumens technology is not constrained by standard sizes and shapes, or by the weight, noise and cost issues traditionally associated with commercial LED products.

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional Goes Universal in Sri Lanka

NORTHRIDGE, California – The island of Sri Lanka is probably one of the last places one would expect to find global stars as diverse as Billy Ocean and Olivia Newton John performing—and local production company, Universal Sound fielding a top-spec HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array system.

But that’s precisely what Malinda Lowe’s company has been doing since setting up in 2009. The company recently rigged a JBL VERTEC line array system at the 5,000-capacity Sri Lanka Exhibition and Convention Center for R&B singer Ocean’s sold-out show, and later supported two sell-out concerts by the UK/Australian songstress (and Grease star) Olivia Newton-John at the 1,800-capacity Musaeus Auditorium in Colombo.

With a large inventory of JBL VERTEC, VRX and SRX components (powered by a combination of Crown Macro-Tech MA12000i, MA90001 and MA5000i), Lowe’s company is perfectly positioned to handle the sound production for all ABC Radio Network’s international concert promotions (including Billy Ocean) as well as Wizard Entertainment, who promoted Olivia Newton-John.

A HARMAN Professional customer since setting up the company in 2009, Malinda Lowe is used to meeting production companies’ demands based on venue dimensions. “With Billy Ocean they wanted a minimum of six VT4888 each side—but the ceiling height in both cases was extremely low. So I used the VERTEC Line Array Calculator to predict coverage and SPL results for the large audience area and for the selection of correct locations for main hangs and side PA placements and system configuration.”

Instead, he used eight VT4888 midsize line array elements, configured in two main arrays of four per side, with six VT4882 ground-stacked subwoofers processed as an aux-fed mono sub configuration. The system was powered with Crown Macro-Tech amplifiers, processed via a dbx DriveRack 4800.

For the side PA, Universal Sound used four SRX 725/728 loudspeakers with dbx 260 processing and Crown XTi amplification for each side to cover the wide audience area, and for front fills the company used four VT4888’s with dedicated DriveRack 4800 processing and Crown MAi amplification.

For the Olivia Newton-John show, aimed at Colombo’s upmarket set, Universal had to work around the installed system and did not have hanging points or sufficient truss space to fly the VERTEC line arrays. The challenge was that the auditorium comprised a balcony with seating capacity for 700 and ground seating area for a further 1,100.

Since the production team wanted to fly the system to achieve an even coverage, the Line Array Calculator again provided accurate measurements. “We achieved even coverage, obtaining better frequency response and SPL with the VERTEC rig in a ground-stack configuration,” Lowe said. “The Calculator provided the accurate splay angle option for the maximum performance, with six VT4888 for each side ground stacked on a VT Array Frame and two VT4882 ground-stacked subs with aux-fed sub configuration.”

The system was powered by Crown MAi Series 5000, 9000, 12000 and processed using the dbx DriveRack 4800. Front fills comprised four JBL SRX712M’s with dedicated speaker processing on the DriveRack 260, accurately aligned to the main PA.

All amplification used for both productions was configured and monitored via HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™, with remote control.

The result was that both acts’ management, mixing engineers and musicians complimented the production company on the overall system performance, stating how well the VERTEC line arrays covered the rooms with its superior output power.

Said Olivia Newton-John’s FOH engineer, Jonathan Loeser, “I couldn’t have done any of this without the system being top notch and accurate. That is very valuable to a touring engineer or production manager.”

All JBL product and local support, is provided by HARMAN Professional dealer Hi Fi Center Colombo.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Clearwing Teams With Martin Audio MLA At Summerfest

Guinness World Records-certified as “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” Summerfest was held at the 75-acre Henry Maier Festival Park along the lakefront in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The massive event lasted 11 days, included 17 stages, the 23,000-capacity Marcus Amphitheater and over 700 bands that drew close to a million fans.

For over 16 years, Clearwing Productions has handled the challenge of coordinating sound, light, staging and logistics for the festival with the quality, professionalism and attention to detail they’re known for.

Making its debut at the Summerfest Miller Lite Oasis Stage was the Martin Audio MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) 36 that consists of 11 MLA and one MLD downfill cabinet per side along with 12 MLX subwoofers.

The lineup at the Oasis stage included an eclectic mix of artists such as the popular new alternative band Fun., Kool & The Gang, Joe Walsh, Ziggy Marley, The Roots, Cake, Sublime with Rome, Atmosphere, Paul Oakenfold, Robyn, plus Rodney Atkins and Garry Allan from the Country Throwdown Tour.

Designing a loudspeaker system that could provide exceptional sound quality and coverage for all those types of music without spillage onto adjacent stages played a large role in determining MLA as the system of choice.

Asked about the setup, MLA Support Specialist Jim Jorgensen says, “We went with 12 MLA per side rolling out at 63 Hz to keep as much low end in the main array as possible and used the subs as more of an effect. One of the goals of this particular event was to maintain the coverage in a specific area, which MLA is really designed for.

“In terms of the low end response,” continues Jorgensen, “Ziggy Marley’s “engineer first brought up the system without the subs on and he was happy. When he added in subs, the ear-to-ear grin on his face was priceless”

According to Jorgensen, “One of the main things that people experienced using MLA was that the PA never got in their way. They didn’t have to spend hours tuning it. No one turned it on and thought it wasn’t going to work or we needed to change anything to get the sound and coverage we were looking for.”

In terms of MLA’s exceptional control, the crew used a daytime setting that covered up to just behind the mix position with -4 halfway through the picnic tables and a “hard avoid” behind that to keep the volume at manageable levels for those walking past the stage.

The MLA night setting went all the way up to nearly four feet in front of the buildings with a “hard avoid” past the restaurants in the back of the seating area so that festival goers could dance while standing in line but be heard when ordering their food. The MLX subs were stacked two high, three wide on the stage and delayed outside to inside to narrow the sub bass spillage and contain it to the area.

Reactions from FOH engineers to MLA for the different bands were “uniformly positive,” says Jorgensen. Robyn’s engineer said it “was pokey in all the right places,” which in Scottish audio speak means it stood out where it was supposed to. fun.’s engineer said it was the biggest sounding PA he’d ever worked with in that “he kept pushing and pushing it, and it just kept getting bigger.”

“Clearwing’s Steve Harvey (systems engineer-north stages) who had previous experience with Martin Audio’s W8LC arrays quickly understood how MLA worked and was able to explain the system to other people while becoming an advocate,” adds Jim. “He’s quite sharp and has great ears, so he got it right away.”

Working in tandem with MLA were 12 Martin Audio LE2100 stage monitors and Wavefront enclosures for sidefill along with a Digico SD10 for FOH and a Yamaha PM5D for monitors, all provided by Clearwing.

In fact, “Most of the stages on the grounds had Martin Audio wedges and fill speakers,” Jorgensen concluded. “People were also talking about how well Zac Brown covered the Marcus Amphitheater with MLA during his show to a sold out crowd. It is impressive to see that MLA can go from a tradtional midwestern sized festival stage all the way to a full scale summer concert shed with the same coherence and coverage abilities. Basically, people throughout the event commented on the whole run as to how MLA was dynamic, it flexed and grooved, and adapted to the style of music coming out of it.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

Photo credit: Paul Weber

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

CTS Audio and HARMAN’s Crown Amplifiers Provide Powerful Sonic Presence for the 2012 CHIC Youth Conference

ELKHART, Indiana — CTS Audio recently deployed more than 50 of HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech HD Series and XTi Series amplifiers to power a JBL VERTEC® line array system for the for Covenant High in Christ (CHIC) youth conference earlier this summer at the University of Tennessee’s 25,000-seat Thompson-Boling Arena. The 5-day event featured numerous inspirational speakers and musical performers.

“We were given the opportunity to upgrade some of our inventory this past winter, and that included the purchase of more than 150 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers,” noted Mike Taylor, Vice President at CTS Audio. “A few years ago when we purchased the original Crown I-Techs, we noticed a huge improvement in the way we could power our VERTEC enclosures. With the leap to the new amplifiers that level of improvement has happened all over again.”

The system used at CHIC included 36 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers and 16 XTi Series XTi 4001 amplifiers, connected to the front of house and monitor mix positions using an all-digital signal path. The JBL VERTEC loudspeaker system consisted of 32 VT4888 midsize, 24 VT4887 compact and 12 VT4886 subcompact line array elements along with 16 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers and 16 VT4881ADP compact subs.

“The performance improvement provided by the IT-12000HD amps really contributed to the exceptional sound we were able to achieve in the Thompson-Boling Arena,” stated Taylor. “Aside from the amplifier’s sheer power capability and ‘grunt’ factor, the inclusion of the VERTEC V5 DSP preset tunings made a big difference in enabling us to match and optimize the performance of the amps to the VERTEC speakers. The frequency response and smoothness of the system is noticeably better, and we were able to achieve better pattern control from the line arrays and get more consistent sound coverage throughout the arena.”

Taylor also noted the solid reliability of the amplifiers. “We have experienced zero failures. Having equipment that simply works consistently is a piece of the tour sound puzzle that not many people talk about, but it’s not something to be taken for granted. We now have a system in place for our fall and winter tours that we can completely rely upon.”

“What the Crown I-Tech HD series amplifiers are capable of is astounding,” said Jon Schwarz, CTS Audio’s Lead System Designer. “This amplifier just does naturally what I have been trying to emulate in the field for the past few years. It really is a game-changer.”

For more information about CTS Audio, please visit www.ctsaudio.com.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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