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Peavey Commercial Audio Demonstrates Integrated Residential AV Control Systems at CES

Peavey® Commercial Audio, the audio system of choice in more than 10,000 installations worldwide, from the halls of U.S. Congress to Soccer City Stadium in South Africa to Beijing Capital International Airport in China, is demonstrating the robust capabilities of its audio processing and control products in a residential environment at the Consumer Electronics Show, Exhibit 25330 (South Hall 2), January 10-13, in the Las Vegas Convention Center. more

Firehouse Productions Provides Arctic Monkeys With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6™ For Live Sound Monitor Control

POTTERS BAR, United Kingdom — For the Arctic Monkeys’ current world tour, Firehouse Productions has supplied a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital audio console for monitor mixing.

The Arctic Monkeys, an English indie rock band formed in 2002, has released four studio albums. The band is known as one of the first groups to build a fan base and attention through social media, using new ways of promotion and marketing to help drive its rise to stardom. The band’s debut album titled Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not in 2006, became the fastest-selling debut album in British music history, selling 363,735 copies in the first week.

Tim Fraleigh, Audio Technician at Firehouse Productions, believed the Vi6 would be the best console for the job given its ease of operation and intuitive user interface. “It’s an incredibly easy desk to work with,” stated Fraleigh. “It’s simple and the touchscreens make the adjustment of settings a straightforward process. Soundcraft has always been reliable. Knowing the type of response that the board will give is important, plus it’s incredibly user-friendly and with the confidence we have in HARMAN and Soundcraft, I knew it would do the job and everyone would be satisfied.”

Monitor engineer Will Doyle, who uses the desk to run stereo ears, wedges and side fills, said the Vi6 handles marvelously. “Even though I’ve been using a digital desk for some time now, I think one of my favorite things about the Vi6 is how much it feels like an analog desk. It’s very easy to see at a glance exactly what all the channels on each layer are doing. With the touchscreen, everything is at your fingertips,” stated Doyle.

“The Vi6 is great for multi-tasking as well,” Doyle continued. “With the fast assign function it means you can always have the most important mix or mixes on the encoders. This makes it easier to work with faders and still be able to react quickly to any onstage requests. Having the multiple touchscreens means that I can work on different channels at the same time. It may not sound like a big deal but it makes everything convenient and quick.”

According to Doyle, the user layers are very simple to set up and add loads of flexibility. “Doing monitors for a 4-piece rock band means I don’t have to stretch the capabilities of the desk too far, but I have started incorporating VCAs into my user layer,” he said. “So as well as being able to hide away all the extraneous channels, I only have to use one fader to turn up the drums. The great thing is that there’s a set of discrete VCAs for every output, so if you happened to be mixing a more complicated band, you could use up to 16 VCAs to control each mix instead of having to jump between layers to get to all 96 channels—more time looking at the stage instead of your desk. I mostly use them for keeping the balance between the vocals and their reverbs the same.”

For Doyle and the Arctic Monkeys, monitoring has run smoothly thanks to Soundcraft and the Vi6’s ease of use. “The board has plenty of functions and capability for what we need and makes our job easier everyday,” Doyle summed up.

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com

Photo Credit: Frida Borjeson

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 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Technomad and Electrocom Revitalize Stadium Audio at Historic Tacoma High Schools

BOSTON, January 5, 2012 — Two illustrious high school stadiums in the Tacoma Public Schools system enjoyed vastly improved sound for the 2011 football season, thanks to comprehensive distributed audio system upgrades at both locations.

Lynwood, Washington-based systems integration firm Electrocom managed the upgrades, installing Technomad advanced audio loudspeakers and high-powered amplifiers among other components at Stadium High School and Lincoln High School. Electrocom handpicked the systems to replace aging horn components that were in disrepair and bleeding into adjacent neighborhoods — prompting a flurry of complaints.

The stadiums’ long, rich histories are evident in their grandeur: large, bowl-shaped venue designs with concrete bleachers and expansive sideline space. This made sound improvements — especially even, venue-wide coverage — unusually challenging.

“These are not typical press box installations where we mount and blast away,” said Matt Wright, project manager at Electrocom. “We positioned narrow-dispersion loudspeakers at multiple points, with enough SPL, or sound pressure, to cover the distance of the field in some cases. We also needed a wireless amplifier solution at each stadium to remain under budget. It would have been expensive and complicated to run wires the length of the field and trench into the concrete.”

Technomad PowerChiton4 high-power amplifiers provide the wireless solution for pole-mounted loudspeakers on the visitor sidelines at each stadium. The IP66-rated amplifiers offer a waterproof design for outdoor audio, and a compact, modular form factor for greater proximity to loudspeakers. The 1600-watt amplifiers also pack plenty of power for loud stadium environments.

Wright adds that Technomad loudspeakers provide exceptional audio quality and are among the best at containing audio within the confines of a stadium or similar venue. “The end users are very happy with the audio quality,” he said. “The Technomad systems have improved intelligibility and increased audio isolation from the neighbors at both stadiums.”

Electrocom installed Berlin 9040 and 6040 narrow-dispersion loudspeakers at both stadiums. All Stadium High School loudspeakers mount to four large steel light poles — two above and behind the home side bleachers, and two above and behind the visitor side. Each home side pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers aimed toward the front row at a steep angle to cover the audience. One Berlin 6040 aims outward to cover the field.

One visitor-side pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers powered by a Technomad PowerChiton4 amplifier and RF solution to cover one end of the bleachers. A second pole supports two Berlin 9040 loudspeakers and a PowerChiton4 for the near bleachers; and a single Berlin 6040 with a dedicated PowerChiton4 amplifier to cover an extension of the bleacher away from the cluster. Allen PoleStar mounting hardware supports all loudspeakers.

A mix of Berlin 6040 and 9040 loudspeakers cover the Lincoln High School field from three locations behind the home bleachers, including the end zones for audio during track and field events. Berlin 6040s and PowerChiton4 amplifiers cover the visitor side from the front corners of the bleachers.

“These are among the largest stadiums we’ve done and there were plenty of challenges,” said Wright. “Technomad loudspeakers provide high-quality audio, high-frequency intelligibility and strong SPL along with a weatherproof design. And the PowerChiton amplifiers provided a way to get audio to difficult places without being cost-prohibitive.”

ABOUT TECHNOMAD
Technomad LLC, founded in 1995, designs and manufactures loudspeaker systems for the professional audio and security/military technology industries. The company invented the first reliable full-range weatherproof loudspeaker and now offers nine models ranging in power from 60-watt loudspeakers to 1250-watt subwoofers — most available in Turnkey PA System packages featuring amplifiers, mixers and other signal processing equipment in pre-wired racks. The company also manufactures a variety of audio infrastructure and communications equipment including playback and recording systems, weatherproof power amplifiers and turnkey remote audio systems. Contact Technomad at 617-275-8898 or visit www.technomad.com for more information.

Rumor Has It: HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Are a Hit at Philadelphia’s Newest Nightclub

NORTHRIDGE, California – It’s not a rumor: Philadelphia’s brand-new Rumor nightclub is a 10,000-square-foot venue featuring two dance floors, multiple oversized bars, private catering facilities and more—including a private VIP room called the Vault. Patrons can enjoy music from Rumor’s multiple sound systems, which include a variety of HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers powered by Crown amplifiers, and controlled with BSS processing and HiQnet London Architect™ software.

“We needed to provide sound for a number of spaces that differed greatly in their sound reinforcement requirements,” noted Ian Hoffer of Aurora Sound and Light Design, which specializes in nightclub system design. “The Vault is an elegant, high-end room with velvet walls. One of the bar areas has a VIP cove at the end that needed audio. There’s an oval-shaped dance room that presented some challenges, and even the bathroom hallway had its particular acoustical requirements.”

The system in the Vault includes four JBL AC28 compact 2-way loudspeakers and two ASB6115 15-inch subwoofers. “This combination gave us all the sound coverage we needed without overly intruding into the space,” said Hoffer. “We used two Crown Macro-Tech i Series MA-5000i amplifiers to drive this system. The velvet walls in The Vault were put there as part of the room décor, not for acoustic reasons, but they actually provide a great acoustic environment.”

The Lev Room is an oval shaped dance floor with a DJ booth at one end. “We found by installing two JBL AM7215 high-power, 15-inch, 2-way, full-range speakers and two ASB6125 dual-15-inch subs gave us powerful sound with plenty of impact, yet without creating any acoustic problems that might have occurred considering the room’s oval shape,” Hoffer noted. “The DJ booth is equipped with two SRX712M 2-way, 12-inch stage monitors, which happen to work perfectly in this application, along with an ASB6115 subwoofer. The combination of the SRX712M monitors and ASB6115 sub in the DJ booth work perfectly together.”

To avoid any dead spots in the club, Hoffer chose six JBL Control® Contractor 322CT in-ceiling speakers and two ASB6125 subwoofers in the VIP cove at the end of the 40-foot long bar, and four Control 47LP in-ceiling speakers in the bathroom hallway. “We installed the Control 47LP speakers there so people could still hear what was going on in the main rooms while they were in the hallway,” Hoffer added. “The bar is quite striking, by the way, because it’s illuminated and constantly changes colors.” A Crown CTs Series CTs 3000 amp powers the VIP cove and hallway speakers.

“We used the Control 47LP and 322C in-ceiling speakers because I feel you get a fuller sound from them than from competitive models,” stated Hoffer. “They were easy to install with no mounting issues at all.”

All the audio signals for Rumor’s sound system are handled by a BSS BLU-160 signal processor with digital audio bus capability, augmented by four BLU-BOB2 breakout box output expanders. Control is provided by the BSS London Architect programming interface and HARMAN HiQnet software. “I had never used the JBL ASB subwoofers before this project – and I was very impressed with them,” said Hoffer. “Thanks to the London Architect setup and configuration macro for the ASB subs, we were able to get a great sound from them.”

“Everyone at Rumor is happy with the project,” Hoffer concluded. “The Vault is the newest and most popular Thursday night venue in Philadelphia and Rumor has been getting nothing but rave reviews.”

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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Broadway Music Redesigns Star Plaza Theatre’s Sound With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – With a diverse event schedule featuring appearances by major touring artists, Merrillville, Indiana’s Star Plaza Theatre recently turned to Broadway Music to upgrade its sound system with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays. Star Plaza Theatre decided to make the investment after repeatedly needing to rent loudspeaker systems to accommodate the needs of larger productions. The new VERTEC system perfectly fills the 3,400 -seat venue with crystal-clear sound, from the main floor through to the mezzanine level.

Brian Wynn of Merrillville-based Broadway Music used his expertise, 25-year relationship with the Theatre and personal experience with JBL to provide Star Plaza Theatre with the best sound system possible. The main PA system features left-right arrays of eight VERTEC VT4888DP-DA midsize powered line array elements each, with a center array of three VRX932LAP powered Constant Curvature loudspeakers. VT4880ADP-DA powered fullsize arrayable subwoofers are hung three per side above the stage.

With a full schedule that also includes theatrical and orchestral productions, it was important to keep the subwoofers off the stage so they would not affect performances. Utilizing the self-powered speakers also pleased the engineers at the Star Plaza Theatre, as there was no need for additional amplifiers behind the stage.

“We’ve seen plenty of systems go in and out of the Star Plaza Theatre and we ended up at a point where there was no reason for the Theatre to continue renting or dealing with acts hauling their own VERTEC in, leaving the in-house system cold,” said Wynn. “Some of these bands already have saved settings for VERTEC so it’s almost a plug-and-play situation when they begin their setup and sound checks.”

“I could not believe that one of the best sounding venues in the world could sound even better,” said Mark Bishop, General Manager, Star Plaza Theatre. “The JBL VERTEC line arrays enhance the acoustically acclaimed Star Plaza Theatre to a whole new sound level. The folks at JBL and our friends at Broadway Music were a pleasure to work with throughout this project. The entire staff at Star Plaza Theatre is grateful, and I’m sure our audiences will appreciate the system for years to come.”

“The system sounds excellent,” Wynn concluded. “We have great coverage, even with the extremely high ceilings. There is definitely a significant difference in the performances and it is a positive one with JBL.”

For more information on Broadway Music, please visit https://www.facebook.com/broadwaymusic.

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 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

The University Of Delaware Enters New Era of Audio With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1™

NEWARK, Delaware — The University of Delaware recently purchased a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 audio mixing console for use at its football games and other major events around campus. Joe Dombroski, Audio Engineering Technician and his colleagues at IT-University Media Services were looking for a new board to complete the expanding audio needs of the University’s large events. After comparing a number of products they chose the Soundcraft Vi1. The board was purchased through New Jersey-based Total Video Products.

“This board is perfect for University Media Services needs,” stated Dombroski. “It’s mostly used for entertainment during home football games and larger events around campus including commencements. I’ve worked with Soundcraft for a long time and I still have a Soundcraft Series 5 that I will never get rid of. It’s a classic.”

Dombroski found the Vi1 to be an ideal fit for a variety of reasons. “It has so much horsepower in a small footprint, it’s great to be able to run every channel through one CAT5 cable and know it can support it all,” he said. “I believe that sonically the Vi Series are the best boards out there. They have warm sounding pre-amps that draw you in and the Lexicon reverbs make everything so smooth and natural. It’s surprising sometimes that it isn’t an analog board, considering how good it sounds.”

Dombroski also spoke highly of the Vi1’s Common Mode Rejection Ratio—the preamps’ ability to reject noise. “So many boards have issues with grounding and interference,” he said. “They are quiet in the studio or on the bench but they light up with noise in the real world. I’ve never had a buzz or any sort of noise come out of the console. The number-one challenge of live audio is keeping things quiet—as soon as you have even five dB of extra noise it will degrade a mix.”

Along with the overall sound quality, Dombroski praised the setup and ease of use that the Vi1 offers. “The Vistonics™ is wonderful, having the ability to scan across the board and see clearly what the settings are is great,” he said. “It saves time and hassle instead of scrolling through many different menus. The multiple MADI cards are great and so convenient, giving so much flexibility to do a house mix or a multi-track mix, with endless options.”

The University of Delaware relies on other HARMAN equipment as well, including JBL VRX and VP Series loudspeakers, along with BSS Audio processing.

For Dombroski, IT-University Media Services and the University of Delaware, the Soundcraft Vi1 could not be any better to suit their audio needs. “I’ve compared a lot of boards, and nothing is as good as the Vi1. Even when paying for more expensive boards you won’t get the same audio quality that you do with Soundcraft,” Dombroski concluded.

For more information on the University of Delaware, please visit: www.udel.edu

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 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Martin Audio AQ Solution For Guildford Radisson’s Market Kitchen & Bar

Housed within the modern Radisson Edwardian Guildford Hotel, the Market Kitchen & Bar describes itself as an all-day Mediterranean café, offering local bistro lunchtime dining before turning into a cosmopolitan evening destination. It also has a relaxed bar lounge, with soft, colorful furnishings.

To help maintain its chameleon effect, a sound system was required that could provide hi-fi music at low level from an eclectic playlist stored on hard-drive during the day, then pump up the energy into the bar lounge later on when a fully-specified DJ front end comes into play.

To meet the combined requirements of potency and aesthetics (the system needed to blend discreetly with Rabih Hage’s interior design), the venue opted for a Martin Audio AQ architectural solution.

The system was specified by Gavin Miller of Bedford based Kazbar Systems Inc after being approached by a mutual acquaintance, Dan Bewick of the music production company, Big Scary Monster.

“Venues such as The Ministry of Sound run exclusively on Martin Audio,” said Miller, “and just about every decent venue I go to seems to have their badge. I’ve worked with Martin Audio in the past and it’s a brand I know and trust. Fortunately with a short time scale, they were able to deliver.”

Miller brought in Darrin South from installation team, 33 Hertz, and with Martin Audio’s Kevin McNally offering support, they set about designing a system that would function through the trading day at three sound levels. Preset into the Martin Audio Engineer 818 DSP controller (and 8 x 8 routing matrix), the system accesses the different zones into which bar, lounge and restaurant are divided.

However, the installation team’s biggest challenge was one of containment, to avoid sound escape into the hotel’s 183 rooms and suites, while mounting onto several layers of ply reduced any vibrations.

As a result an AQ28 has been mounted on each of the four walls, with a fifth below the raised DJ and VIP area. Since the AQ28 is a two-way, dual-bass driver, designed to give extended LF performance from a compact, architecturally neutral, vented enclosure, the system can operate with or without the additional floor-mounted AQ215 (2 x 15in) sub.

Meanwhile, across in the adjacent restaurant/grill, four ultra-compact AQ5’s are mounted around a pillar on a separate zone to provide 360° coverage from a single point source.

Keeping the signal chain entirely within the Martin Audio domain, the AQ28’s and AQ215 are powered by Martin Audio MA3.0 amplification and the AQ5’s by an MA2.0, via the Engineer 818.

Three sound preset levels are stored in the system controller to ramp up for the post-office/ early evening cocktail hour and later into the evening, when the DJ takes over. Sound thresholds are further increased on Friday and Saturday evenings.

According to Gavin Miller, the hotel operators “absolutely love the sound system, which has exceeded their expectations.”

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

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.

International Human Beatbox Sensation fii Takes HARMAN’s AKG WMS 4500 Wireless System To The Global Stage

VIENNA, Austria – Armed with a custom-painted flash/neon/lime green HARMAN AKG D5 microphone, vocal percussion sensation and native Austrian fii takes the stage around the world with his a cappella beat boxing show, wowing audiences with his beats, harmonies, singing and rapping transmitted through an AKG WMS 4500 wireless system. Expressing his love for the art of music, fii’s unrestricted genre of performance, through multiple channels of looped vocals, is never distorted and sounds perfectly natural with AKG.

With a fascination in music from the age of six, fii began his musical journey with classical music, moving on to metal, hardcore rap and eventually making his way to a cappella – an art that seemed instinctive for the talented performer. On stage, fii utilizes a looper and the green D5 to capture 10-12 parts of a song before he takes on the melody. Each part must blend perfectly to ensure the sound is portrayed exactly how the artist envisions.

“In my mind, all music is the same, in terms of expressing feelings and emotion,” said fii. “Whether it’s Tchaikovsky or hardcore metal, the passion an artist expresses is the true art. When I perform, it’s all or nothing. The high definition D5 sounds like a condenser, but still has all of the characteristics of an amazing dynamic. There is only mic for me – my green D5!”

fii uses no effects in his live shows or albums, (minus some slight compression and EQ) so it is imperative the microphone capturing the rhythms and the signal carrying his voice provide high definition sound to enhance his performance.

“fii is another example of the diversity and reliability AKG microphones offer the dynamic music industry,” stated Joe Wagoner, product marketing manager for wireless, tour and install, AKG. “When an artist is so in tune with their sound, they understand the slight variances in wireless systems, which separates AKG and reinforces our position as a leader in wireless technology. We are happy to welcome fii to the HARMAN family and wish him the best with his custom green D5.”

“AKG has a very natural sound,” fii continued. “When I was first introduced to the brand in 2008, there was no doubt I had to use it. I had issues with other wireless systems and microphones not defining those fine lines between each part on my loops; there was a lack of powerful sound. I only use one channel and my wireless system needs to be able to support me so I can reach my full potential. The WMS 4500 gives me confidence in my performance’s sound.”

The lime green-wearing fii has an equally passionate love for music as he does for the custom D5. “I am so proud to have a mic that lets me express my music, as well as my personality,” said fii.

For more information on fii’s partnership with AKG, please visit http://www.akg.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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Saddleback relies on VENUE and Pro Tools|HD

On Easter Sunday 1980, Saddleback Valley Community Church in Lake Forest, California held its first public service, with just over 200 people in attendance. Twenty-eight years later, Saddleback is touted as one of the nation’s largest congregations, with a weekly attendance of over 22,000 and more than 200 ministries serving the church and community.

Saddleback now encompasses four campuses, each equipped with state-of-the-art audio and video systems, and the church maintains an active presence on the web, thanks to the efforts of a media-savvy technology department. Saddleback’s Lake Forest sanctuary was recently treated to a major audio upgrade, with the help of Case Sound Solutions and the church’s former senior audio engineer, Wally Grant. Grant and Case Sound installed two 96-input VENUE Profile systems into the church – one at FOH and one at the monitor position – along with a Pro Tools|HD system at FOH. They also installed a 96-input Pro Tools|HD system and Avid ICON D-Command console in the church’s recording room, which also features a dozen Avid PRE microphone preamp units that feed six Avid 96 I/O audio interfaces.

After researching all the live sound options, Wally Grant and FOH/monitor engineer John Wilson, both long-time Pro Tools users, found VENUE to be the best overall choice for the church’s varied audio needs. “I believe the VENUE system is as good, or better, than any console on the market today, digital or analog,” Grant offers. “The D-Show software allowed us to have the system configured even before we received our consoles. Since the systems have been in place, their performance has been 100% reliable.”

John Wilson adds that the dual VENUE systems are ideally suited to the church’s wide-ranging needs. “Any given week here can include sermons, services, concerts, conferences – you name it. VENUE’s snapshot automation enables us to save and recall settings for individual songs and speakers. We have a number of engineers using the system, and the ability for them to store their shows on their own flash drive is very helpful.”

Wilson says the church’s pastor of worship, Rick Muchow, prefers the monitor console to be at FOH position during weekend services, so the room was designed with that flexibility in mind. “The system is configured so we can relocate the monitor desk at the traditional stageside position when needed, and the Profile console is light enough to easily move it.”

The church’s recording engineer Mike Mierau, another Pro Tools veteran, says the move to VENUE and ICON systems was a logical choice. “We’ve recorded on Pro Tools for some time now, and being able to take a feed directly from the (VENUE) FOH system into the ICON in the studio is a huge advantage.” Mierau then edits the sessions on the recording room’s Pro Tools|HD system using a D-Command console, streaming the services live and archiving them for future downloads. The Pro Tools|HD system at FOH also records the services for use with VENUE’s Virtual Sound Check.

The system at front of house features a VENUE Profile console that handles 96 inputs and 16 outputs, plus two HDx Option Cards installed in the system’s FOH Rack that allow for up to 128 tracks of audio recording or playback through the connected Pro Tools|HD system. The monitor system features a Profile console configured for 96 inputs and 24 outputs, plus two ANO A-Net Output Cards installed in the system’s Stage Rack that provide a direct interface between the VENUE system and Aviom remote mixers for personal monitoring. A Pro Co Sound Momentum digital snake provides line and mic signals to both the front of house and monitor Profile systems, as well as to the Avid PREs in the recording room.

Feedback from Saddleback’s technical crew has been overwhelmingly positive, though no one is surprised. “We knew in advance this was the right way to go,” says John Wilson. “The only surprise at this point is discovering that we can do even more than we’d anticipated with the systems.”

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TC Furlong Helps Parkview’s Christian Church Transition to Digital with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi6™ Console

ORLAND PARK, Illinois — In order to upgrade the Parkview Christian Church in Orland Park, Illinois, with a full digital sound system, TC Furlong, Inc. of Lake Forest, Illinois, recently supplied the church with a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi6 digital console.

Jeff Cech, General Manager at TC Furlong, assisted the church in the research process and believed the Vi6 would provide an easy transition to a digital console. “The learning curve is easy, and one of the best options for the budget,” stated Cech.

Barry Luchene, Director of Audio at the church, confirmed, “I don’t have much experience with different brands, but the network of people I travel and work with love Soundcraft, and suggested I check them out. After extensive research and thought, I agreed with Cech that the Vi6 would fit our needs the best.”

The console is used at front-of-house in the worship center, which seats around 2,000 people, and is used for four services per weekend. The services feature a modern worship style, including a full band.

The Vi6 allows the church to send mixes to external systems and to record feeds for online and off-location viewers. “Ninety percent of the work day to day is consistent, using about 40 inputs between the band and speakers. We just needed a console that would be reliable and easy to use, especially for our volunteers that are operating it,” Luchene said. “I love the larger surface space and how you don’t need to scroll through many layers to change settings. Everything is accessible and extremely easy to use. The sound quality is excellent and our expectations have been met perfectly.”

The install of the Vi6 is part of a million-dollar project to renovate the entire Parkview Christian Church facility. “We moved the FOH mix position from the balcony to the main floor. This presented challenges that were fixed easily with the Soundcraft stage boxes. We would not have been able to run the system as previously set up with all the wires and connections,” Luchene explained. “The Vi6 has given us many options and we look forward to completing the full renovation. Overall, everyone who has used the console is extremely happy and able to pick it up with little experience.”

For more information on TC Furlong, please visit: http://www.tcfurlong.com/

For more information on the Parkview Church, please visit: http://parkviewchurch.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 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.8 billion for the twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

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