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Slamhammer and Martin Audio Step Up At All-Star Game Concert

Minneapolis, MN––The Target All-Star Concert was held at the TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus a few days before the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star game.

Slamhammer Productions provided audio, staging and video for the sold-out show that featured Grammy Award winner Imagine Dragons and local hip-hop phenomenon Atmosphere playing to an enthusiastic crowd of over 30,000.

To get the depth and impact of coverage required, Slamhammer set up a Martin Audio loudspeaker system consisting of 16 W8LCs a side for the main hangs; 10 (stage right) and 14 W8LCs a side as outfill; a hang of 2 W8LMDs as center downfill; 4 W8LMs across the front lip of the stage for additional front fill, and 40 WSX subs ground-stacked in front of the stage. Two delay towers with 12 W8LM speakers each were set up 175 feet back in the audience.

Even though Slamhammer had done three smaller shows at TCF Bank Stadium, there were still particular challenges given the size and high profile nature of the event.

According to company President Peter Skujins, “We were faced with long throws of over 400 feet and were limited in terms of rigging capacity. The mobile stage we were using is a beautiful structure with a huge total capacity, but you eat that up pretty quick with multiple hangs weighing over 6400 lbs on the roof. We were also concerned about having a major sightline problem with the delay towers because it was a seated house.

“Fortunately, these all turned out to be non-issues because the W8LM is a very compact box and the Martin Audio system did what it’s supposed to do. It sounded great and everyone was really happy with the coverage and audio quality, including our client Major League Baseball who called the concert ‘a huge success.’”

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.

Crutchfield Designs Loud and Bulletproof Sound System for Trinity Irish Pub With HARMAN’s JBL Professional Loudspeakers

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia – As a popular dance club near the campus of the University of Virginia, Trinity Irish Pub garnered a great amount of attention when word spread of its upgraded sound reinforcement system, featuring HARMAN’s JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers. Systems integrator Crutchfield Corporation of Charlottesville, Virginia designed and installed the unique system.

Two design goals were set for the new system at the Trinity Irish Pub: the loudspeakers needed to produce twice the amount of output power than the old system while attaining proper coverage in the room. In addition the entire system needed to be bulletproof and able to withstand any amount of power surges as well as physical abuse. Hence, the team decided on four JBL PRX412M portable loudspeakers and one PRX418S subwoofer, powered by one Crown XTi4002 and one XTi2002 amplifier, with additional management from a dbx DriveRack PA+ system.

“We wanted to tailor the sound to the room, and with the HARMAN gear working so well together, we were able to do just that,” said Brian Madison, Pro Audio Buyer of Crutchfield Corporation. “The HARMAN brands are certainly known as industry leaders, and everyone here at Crutchfield appreciates their products’ build quality and performance. Thanks to the output and integration of HARMAN gear, we were able to suspend the loudspeakers above the crowd to get enough power and headroom for many years.”

Dallas Simon, an AV Design Specialist for Crutchfield, was one of the engineers on-site who assessed the installation. The team was forced to adjust for an asymmetrical layout, so in order to eliminate dead spots on the dance floor, a conventional rectangular pattern in loudspeaker alignment could not be used. With proper tweeter alignment to the dance floor, Simon inverted the loudspeakers so the horns were on the bottom, which produced the perfect angle.

“The owner wanted the loudspeakers as high as possible and as close to the wall as possible, which limited the degree of tilt we could accomplish,” said Simon. “We still wanted to hang the system so that the loudspeakers fired inward at the dance floor, without pushing excessive volume at the bar, for obvious reasons. For such a unique installation, the PA sounds fantastic and the owner as well as the house engineer are very pleased with the results.”

Now that the mission is accomplished, The Trinity Irish Pub has become an even more popular destination for the college crowd, having to often turn people away at the door. Each night the PRX loudspeakers rock the entire venue, and the system will last for years to come.

For more information on the installation, please visit http://www.crutchfield.com/trinitypub

Crutchfield Corporation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, is one of the nation’s leading catalog and Internet retailers of consumer electronics products. Crutchfield brings a legacy of remarkable customer service to the pro audio marketplace. Last year, Crutchfield.com earned its 14th straight “Circle of Excellence” Platinum Award for website performance and customer service from Bizrate Research, a division of Shopzilla. Of the more than 5,100 online retailers in the Bizrate network, Crutchfield stands alone as the only one to win the “Circle of Excellence” Platinum Award for 14 consecutive years.

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Montreal Jazz Festival Front Loaded With Yamaha Consoles

Guy Vincent

BUENA PARK, Calif.—From June 26-July 5 at venues across Montreal, the annual Montreal Jazz Festival featured a boat load of musical guests from Earth, Wind & Fire, B.B. King, Tony Bennett, and Diana Krall, to Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Terence Blanchard, and Nikki Yanofsky to name a few.

Solotech of Montreal provided the majority of the audio production for the 30 stages and stacked them with Yamaha digital audio consoles. Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems pitched in for five of the stages: Scene TD, the main outdoor stage, was outfitted with two Yamaha CL5 digital consoles and three Rio-3224D input/output boxes. Two CL5s and two Rio-3224Ds were in position at Theatre Maisonneuve, Lounge Heineken used a QL5 and one Rio-3224D, and Club Soda and Savoy both had new Yamaha QL5 digital audio consoles. The Savoy also used a Rio-3224D.

Front of House engineer, Guy Vincent, has been mixing sound for over 30 years and says he has worked with a lot of digital boards but his favorite is the Yamaha CL5. “The feature I like the most Is the Premium Rack. It is amazing how warm the sound is by activating any of the plug-ins. I also like the custom faders.” Vincent used a CL5 at the Maisonneuve Theater during the Festival mixing Terence Blanchard and others. He is currently on tour with Florence K using a CL5.

Front of house engineer, Richie Forte, used his own personal Yamaha LS9-32 console at the Metropolis during the Festival for artist Nikki Yanofsky. “According to my dear friends at Yamaha, my LS9 was one of the very first in eastern Canada, a fact I’m very proud of,” states Forte. “I’ve taken this little workhouse and pushed it beyond its limits. With the use of a fiber optic snake capable of transporting 32X8 of the LS9′s 32X16 i/o, plus one channel of bi-directional high speed EtherSound transport built in, I am able to use the two MY card slots on the LS9 to connect to my two Yamaha SB168-ES stage boxes for a total on stage analog i/o of 64X24.”

Richie Forte

Forte said that his current console as well as the two Yamaha digital consoles he previously owned, have preformed flawlessly and reliably. “It’s this ease of use, size, weight, flexibility, and “bang for buck” price point that has kept me a loyal Yamaha user and owner since 1997.” He’s now in Europe and using a Yamaha CL5 and says he’s “truly blown away by the sound of the console” and equally happy that its flexibility and workflow has been greatly refined and fulfills everything on his wish list. “I’m looking forward to upgrading to a QL5, my fourth Yamaha console very soon!”

Stephane Grimm

Stephane Grimm, who mixed The Jordan Officer Trio and Betty Bonifassi Chants on a new Yamaha QL console at both Club Soda and Club Savoy, said he’s really into the new QL and has used a Yamaha CL a number of times. “I was really impressed by the QL, and having the touch screen makes it totally easy to use, Grimm says. The four user layers is a wonderful feature especially now that you are able to color identify the faders, making it impossible to miss the channel you’re looking for. I also like the fact that it is fully compatible with the CL series, without even having to convert the file. WOW!” Grimm also said the new plug-ins is a great feature. “The 2-band Dynamic EQ, works very well especially on vocals and other instruments that change tones.”

For more information on Yamaha digital consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

PreSonus Helps Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Come Alive

New York, NY — July 2014… After nearly half a century, more than 700 comics, and a dozen motion pictures, fan fascination with Marvel’s The Avengers franchise shows no sign of slowing down. The newest iteration, Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training And Tactical Intelligence Operative Network), has just opened its doors in Manhattan’s Discovery Times Square, in the home of what was once the famed New York Times building.

As the exhibition’s audio supervisor, Mark Edward Lewis, explains, Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N., produced by Victory Hill Exhibitions in association with Marvel Entertainment, is “an amazing, interactive, multimedia integration of Marvel characters that we love, with cutting-edge audio and video technology, in a giant 10,000-square-foot exhibit housed in one of the most celebrated legacy venues in America.”

Visitors to Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. can enjoy a wealth of exhibits that both excite and inform — everything from exploring Captain America’s Birth Pod and the Tesseract Portal Device to soaring in a flight simulator and witnessing a particle accelerator. “It’s very science-oriented,” says Lewis. “Each of the rooms is a different kind of science that is fun, but you’re also learning about DNA and gamma radiation and bio science and all sorts of other things.”

Sound plays an important part of the exhibit’s interactive experience, with Lewis and senior sound designer Frank Serafine creating a powerful sonic environment to complement the exquisite visual experience. As Serafine explains, the challenge was not only to create an amazing sonic experience but to do so in an environment that bore all the earmarks of an acoustical nightmare.

“The biggest problem we had was isolation,” he says. “The space is basically a concrete basement with parallel walls, and we had to find a way to keep the sound from each part of the exhibit from leaking through to the rest of the space.”

Lewis and Serafine found the solution by bringing in a range of PreSonus® near-field monitors, including Eris™ E5 and E8 and Sceptre™ S6. “The PreSonus monitors – the S6 in particular — are some of the most directional speakers I’ve ever heard,” says Lewis. “They enabled us to focus the sound within a really narrow area where people would be standing, while keeping it isolated from the rest of the exhibit.”

The 5.25-inch E5 and 8-inch E8 feature Kevlar® low frequency transducers, low-mass silk-dome tweeters, responsive Class AB amplification, and professional acoustic-adjustment controls. The S6 features a unique coaxial transducer, combining DSP time-correction and point-source design for a symmetrical soundstage and micro-definition imaging.

To handle low frequencies, Lewis and Serafine chose the PreSonus Temblor™ T10 subwoofer. The T10 features a 10-inch, glass-composite, low-frequency transducer and a front-firing, bass-reflex acoustic port. “For us, the T10 was the ideal sub for delivering strong bass frequencies in this kind of enveloping room,” says Lewis. “Because the T10’s port is in the front, sound doesn’t get projected out the back and bounce off the ceiling and walls. Anywhere we had an enclosed space, the T10 was the perfect thing for us.”

The need for multiple tracks of audio playback was another area where PreSonus offered an ideal solution, with Lewis and Serafine opting for AudioBox™ 1818VSL and 22VSL multichannel interfaces.

“When you’re running 220-plus speakers and 168 discrete channels in a 10,000 square foot exhibit, you’ve got to have DSP,” Lewis observes. “What’s great about the AudioBox VSL is that it’s got more than enough DSP per channel — not just EQ, but compression, limiting, even some reverb. We’ve got discrete control of the sounds, which makes it a great alternative to using a lot of expensive DTS encoders.”

Serafine points to wireless iPad® control as one of the most important advantages in using the AudioBox 1818VSL. “Once the exhibit is set up, all of these workstations will be behind walls,” he explains. “Having the ability to mix and adjust remotely via an iPad means we don’t have to open up a wall to adjust the sound. It’s a huge advantage.”

PreSonus Studio One® DAW was more than up to the task of playing back the multiple tracks of music and effects. “Some of the soundscapes are comprised of a large number of tracks, and stability is not something we can compromise on in a setting like this,” remarks Serafine. “Studio One is one of the most rock-solid programs out there, and it sounds fantastic.”

Lewis sums it up: “As multimedia artists, audio is one of the most immersive tools we have. If it’s done well, it becomes an integral, powerful, but almost unconscious part of the experience — passive but moving at the same time. The sounds we choose, the way we mix them, and the equipment we use to convey that to the audience, are all critical to the experience. And PreSonus is a big part of that experience.”

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About PreSonus

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

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World Bank Counts on ICONYX

Washington, DC – July 2014… Located just blocks from the White House, the World Bank opened for business at 1818 H street on June 25, 1948.  Today, the Bank’s address remains the same, but as the organization’s focus has evolved, so has the footprint of its headquarters.  The Bank’s H Street headquarters is now a multi-building complex covering an entire city block.

The buildings are enclosed by a massive glass atrium more than 150 feet tall and 150 feet wide. The atrium has become a popular setting for World Bank events, including cultural activities, exhibits, presentations and a stage for dignitaries, including the Bank President, to make speeches.

Not surprisingly, the atrium’s reflective surfaces do present some acoustical challenges, and as the space has hosted a growing number of business and theatrical events, it was time for the audio system to evolve to meet these needs. To address this challenge, World Bank officials called on Boulder, Colorado audio consultants K2 Audio.

“It’s a pretty challenging acoustical space, with lots of standing waves and lots of echoes,” said Rodrigo Ordóñez, principal at K2 Audio. “Their original system didn’t deliver adequate performance for much of what they were doing in there now, and they wanted to move to a more versatile sound solution.”

The challenges of a reflective, cavernous space were only the beginning. The system itself needed to be versatile enough to accommodate a variety of performance types – from bands, to dignitaries, to dance troupes. Add to that significant limitations on where the speakers themselves could be located.

“Infrastructure wise, they didn’t want to do any kind of construction work,” Ordóñez explains. “We were limited to re-using existing loudspeaker locations and existing infrastructure for loudspeaker cables and lighting.” The coverage needs also extended to a number of smaller nooks and corners that were largely unserved by the previous system.

The system is comprised of a single Renkus-Heinz ICONYX IC32-R-II digitally steered line array covering the main area, with nine ICONYX IC16-R-II cabinets distributed throughout the covered shaded areas. “We time-aligned the IC16 boxes to the main IC32 in front,” said Ordóñez. “There is no overlapping. Each speaker is covering a specific area. No matter where you are in the space, the orientation towards that front position is amazing. And the ICONYX loudspeakers are very clean — they project little to no sound out the back of it so there are no weird echoes throughout the space.”

2 designed the loudspeaker control system to match the versatility requirements. “There are seven total presets in different modes,” said Ordóñez. “For smaller events, they can take the DSP and mute some of the speakers to direct sound towards one side of the atrium. The system remembers all the different settings and they have a touch panel that sits in the rack and they can change it from there.”

Ordóñez reports that World Bank officials are very happy with the new ICONYX system. “They always had a lot of complaints with that space,” he says. “It never really performed to their expectations. We have heard only positive things since installing the ICONYX. Everybody is happy with the system, from the guys who are operating it on a daily basis, to the highest level.”

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

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Thunder Audio Rolls and Roars with L-ACOUSTICS

Thunder Audio's Tony Villarreal (left) and Paul Owen with a few of their new L-ACOUSTICS K1 enclosures

Detroit/Nashville sound company purchases K1 system after taking K2 on Vampire Weekend tour

LIVONIA, Michigan — After putting a new K2 loudspeaker system through its paces – including a recent trek on Vampire Weekend’s North American tour leg – Thunder Audio, Inc. has expanded its inventory with a large-format K1 system from L-ACOUSTICS.

According to Thunder Audio Business Development Manager Greg Snyder, the company is currently taking delivery of 48 K1 enclosures, as well as bringing the rest of its total L-ACOUSTICS inventory up to 36 K2 and 24 KARA elements, 18 K1-SB and 34 SB28 subs, six ARCS II and 22 LA-RAK, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers. An additional 48 K2 are also on order for the first quarter of 2015.

“K1 has become the industry’s first choice for live audio reinforcement systems, but K2 is the reason we finally became a member of the L-ACOUSTICS family,” says Snyder. “It’s a stellar system for arena tours, like Vampire Weekend, as well as the perfect support box for K1 on larger stadium and festival shows. We are thrilled with the linearity in performance across L-ACOUSTICS’ entire product range and excited about the solutions that these systems will provide for our clients.”

Vampire Weekend performing on Thunder Audio's K2 system in Chicago

Client response has, indeed, been very favorable. Neil Heal, Vampire Weekend’s FOH engineer since late-2007, commented on his use of Thunder Audio’s K2 rig. “The typical configuration on our most recent American tour leg was left and right arrays of 14 K2, plus eight KARA outfills and four SB28 per side, all of which sounded fantastic. It seemed odd to be using so few subs, but more than that would have been overkill with K2, which is such a full range enclosure with a really nice usable low end. Vampire Weekend’s mix is all about vocal and instrumental clarity, and I could literally run the rig without subs in most arenas, but having just a few of them more than adequately filled out the low end.”

“We used K2 both indoors and outdoors, with arrays ranging between eight and 14 boxes per side, and I’m very impressed with the sonic consistency we got from night to night,” he continues. “K2′s ‘steerability’ with Panflex is also really nice in the event that Jonny [Winkler, Thunder Audio FOH systems engineer] had to hang the arrays near a glass wall or whatever; we could aim the top end away from it, which is great.”

Thunder Audio’s Winkler appreciates not only the fidelity of K2, but also the ease with which the system flies and strikes. “We flew the rig so fast each day that the lighting guys and carpenters were angry with me,” he laughs. “It takes longer to get the pins pre-set than it does to fly it, and that doesn’t even take that long. We have several other manufacturer’s boxes in our inventory here at Thunder Audio, and this is by far the fastest and easiest. I’ve flown an entire K2 rig totally by myself in less than four hours.”

Vampire Weekend heard via L-ACOUSTICS K2 at Chicago's UIC Pavilion

As for Heal, his only regret is that he didn’t have the system earlier. “The band was out on the road for 17 months and carried another PA for most of the tour because K2 simply didn’t exist when we started,” he says. “But I really prefer K2. It’s awesome. I’d love to have it every night, without a doubt. But it’ll be available on the next tour, and I’ll certainly take it out again. Plus, our festival stops this summer are on K1 mains with K2 outfills, which is just perfect.”

Thunder Audio Vice President Paul Owen sums up his investments by adding, “This was a huge undertaking by Tony [Villarreal, President] and I, and we had to take a lot into consideration before moving forward with K1 and K2: popularity, demand and, of course, availability. K1 is the first choice on the majority of riders that we handle and the predominant system when it comes to festivals. There’s no denying its sheer power and quality. We feel that K1 and K2 are our best venture to date for attracting new customers and facilitating old ones, and we’re very excited for what these systems can do for our clients and company’s future.”

For more info on Thunder Audio, visit www.thunderaudioinc.com.

L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for North America is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, California.

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2201 Celsius Avenue, Unit E, Oxnard, CA 93030
Tel: 805.604.0577 / Fax: 805.604.0858
Email: info@l-acoustics-us.com / Web: www.l-acoustics.com

Extron Introduces New USB Extender that Supports a Wide Range of Devices

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce the USB Extender Plus, which extends signals from USB peripheral devices located up to 330 feet (100 meters) away from the host computer using a single CATx cable. The extender supports USB 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, and 1.0 devices with data rates up to 480 Mbps. Direct connection of USB peripherals to a remote host eliminates the need for additional IP network drops, equipment, software, or drivers. For streamlined integration, the transmitter includes USB peripheral emulation that supports trouble-free booting of the host. Also, the receiver features an integrated four port hub with 5 Volts, 500 mA available on each port to power attached devices. The capabilities and low profile design of the USB Extender Plus ensure simplified device integration in a wide variety of environments, such as installation within a courtroom, classroom, lecture hall, or conference space. more

Shotoku Makes Gains With El Financiero ׀ Bloomberg TV

UNIQUE VR TRACKING SYSTEM DELIVERS AUGMENTED REALITY SOLUTION FOR FINANCIAL NEWS BROADCASTER IN MEXICO CITY

Mexico City – Shotoku Broadcast Systems, a leading international manufacturer of advanced camera support products, has announced the recent installation of its highly regarded Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for a Virtual Studio at El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, a station based in Mexico City that broadcasts, through an alliance with Bloomberg NY, both worldwide and local financial-based programming to Mexico and Central America. The sale was facilitated through long-time Shotoku dealer Comtelsat, based in Mexico City with offices in US, Brazil and Central America, to help the station deliver stunning graphics and visuals to viewers.

According to Ricardo Granada, IT & TV support manager, El Financiero|Bloomberg TV, the station is using the TK-53LVR system, alongside a Vizrt Virtual Studio solution, Grass Valley LDX camera dedicated to the Shotoku system, and a Kayak production switcher, as an augmented reality system, for the graphics and statistics, as well as logos of the station’s sponsors in some sections. It is used for augmented reality and virtual elements matched to the real studio.

“They don’t use a traditional lower third or a bumper to show some sponsored section of the news show,” explains Angélica Elizalde, sales executive and specialist in graphic solutions for Comtelsat. “Instead, they use the logo of the sponsor in augmented reality during the whole section — which is way more spectacular, since the anchor is interacting with the virtual element. Also, the anchors can present statistics and schemes that come out right from the floor of the studio — which is a simpler and more creative way to present the information to the audiences. And those graphics can get sponsored, too.”

“We knew the brand from other installations and knew it was a reliable and very stable system,” says Granada. “We were quite impressed because of the length of the crane and the possibilities it has for live production; and also by the fact that no other vendor has a product with the same quality, accuracy and level of service we are used to receive from Shotoku.”

The Shotoku TK-53LVR Dolly Crane System for Virtual Studio offers a unique set of VR features coupled with a sturdy twin arm structure that provides vibration-free, high performance with a single operator. The VR Dolly Crane System allows any studio to be easily transformed into a virtual environment without the need for targets on the ceiling, floors, or walls, or infrared sensors. Reliable, accurate and immediate VR data, including pan/tilt, zoom, focus and X/Y camera date is sent to the graphic computer via an RS422 cable. A Pan Bar control unit maximizes optimal pan & tilt operation. The TK-53LVR also features Shotoku’s unique SPi-Touch 2 point calibration system for quick set-up.

“We’ve been dealers for Shotoku for a number of years, and we have always preferred the system because of its reliability and accuracy in the mechanical tracking data –it’s just the best,” adds Elizalde. “They can have a 360-degree tracking of virtual elements; the arm of the crane is totally vibration free (no matter the length of it, which is quite large). They can make a very large range of movements without worrying about undesired bumping; plus they just need one operator to manage the whole system (nevertheless, they often use two people just to make sure, but most of the time is just one). Also, unlike some other systems, Shotoku guarantees that there won’t be any delay or loss on the receiving of the mechanical tracking data.”

Granada adds, “I have been a user for a few years, but I never worked with a crane system, so this was a challenge. Nevertheless, the system has proved to be as reliable as all other Shotoku products I know. Once you get to know it, it is fairly simple and straightforward to use. Overall, it’s easy to manage, it’s accurate and the final result is always impressive.”

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

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

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HARMAN’s JBL Professional and Crown Uncork Extraordinary Sound at BottleRock Napa Valley

NAPA, California — Billing itself as the Ultimate Celebration, the 3-day BottleRock Napa Valley Festival offered the best in music, wine, beer and gourmet food, accompanied by stellar sound courtesy of HARMAN Professional audio systems featuring JBL’s VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The festival, which took place on three stages at the Napa Valley Expo, hosted an unusually diverse lineup including Outkast, Eric Church, The Cure, Weezer, Heart, The Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Thee Oh Sees, and more than 70 other acts.

Camarillo, California-based full-service event production company Delicate Productions provided sound, light and video for the event. It was the second year Delicate got the exclusive to handle all the A/V and lighting setup for all three stages—and the first year the company used JBL VTX line arrays.

BottleRock is held right in the actual heart of the city of Napa, which meant the stages were 200 feet from houses in every direction. On top of that, the sound system was not allowed to exceed an SPL of 105dB C-weighted, so Delicate needed loudspeakers that could meet these requirements yet deliver the high-impact, full-range sound that the artists and concertgoers expect at an outdoor festival.

Delicate Productions’ President Jason Alt and his crew had previously heard a VTX demo at JBL’s Northridge, California headquarters, liked what they heard and thought the VTX Series would be well suited for the requirements of the festival. “We had never used the VTX loudspeakers before, but we had complete confidence after hearing them for ourselves at Northridge,” Alt said.

For each of the three BottleRock stages, Delicate hung nine JBL VTX V20 line array elements and six S28 subwoofers on each side of the stage, along with 12 F12 loudspeakers for out fill and six F15 loudspeakers for down fill.

Amplification was provided by two Crown I-Tech 12000 HD VRacks for the subwoofers, three I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks for monitor mixes, out fills and stage subs, and two I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks to power the V20 loudspeakers. The amps were linked to the VTX loudspeakers via JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system setup, calibration and control software.

“The VTX line arrays, subwoofers and loudspeakers proved to be exactly what was needed for the application,” Alt noted. “The VTX’s acoustic energy was focused in the right direction, with the correct directivity being delivered forward to the audience and with very little spill to the surrounding neighborhood.”

Alt was equally impressed by the VTX’s sound quality, particularly the accuracy and resolution of the D2 dual-diaphragm high-frequency compression driver and the smoothness of the transition from the midrange to the upper-midrange and highs. “The V20 is really impressive and the fidelity is second to none, including any of the highest-end boxes that are out there,” he said. “The way the V20 pairs with the subwoofer, it’s all elegantly designed.”

Alt noted that he was “really blown away” by the entire HARMAN package for the way the synergy between the VTX loudspeakers, I-Tech HD Series amps and HiQnet Performance Manager software enabled the crew to set up the entire system faster and more accurately and optimize the performance of the loudspeakers and amps to a greater degree than in previous events. “Looking at the way JBL, Crown and Performance Manager tied together, it’s apparent that HARMAN has thought out the process very well.”

For more information on Delicate Productions, please visit www.delicate.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN Professional India Takes 2014’s An Ode to the Blues Festival To a Higher Level with Stunning Sound and Lighting

BANGALORE, India — The blues has growing appeal as evidenced by the popularity of India’s An Ode to the Blues festival, now in its fourth year. Held at Bangalore’s CounterCulture performance space/restaurant, the festival featured international and Indian blues artists including Guitar Shorty, Soulmate, Blackstratblues, Ministry of Blues and many others, who performed on two stages outfitted with a complete HARMAN Professional live sound system and Martin lighting.

“With every event we do, our primary focus is on the artist and we want to present the way they sound and the way they look at their absolute best,” said Guru Somayaji, Program Director and Festival Manager at CounterCulture. “This year we wanted to up the ante to bring in a setup that not only looked good but sounded top-notch.”

The Robert Johnson Stage and the Roots Blues Stage were equipped with a variety of JBL loudspeakers including four VRX 900 Series loudspeakers, two STX828 dual-18-inch subwoofers, two PRX615M powered loudspeakers and two STX815M loudspeakers. The loudspeakers were powered by Crown VRACK complete, self-contained amplifier systems, which include I-Tech HD Series power amps, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system, all housed in wheeled rack with a suspension system that enables VRACK to be flown if desired.

A Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital console with a Si Compact 16 handled the live sound mix for the Robert Johnson Stage, with a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 deployed for the Roots Blues Stage. The consoles were equipped with a Soundcraft Si Multi Digital Card to record the shows to a computer in multitrack digital audio. A selection of AKG microphones rounded out the system (Indian blues-rock band Soulmate are AKG endorsers).

The Robert Johnson Stage and Roots Blues Stage were illuminated by a complete Martin lighting setup that included RUSH by Martin MH 3 Beam, MH 1 Profile and MH 2 Wash models, plus MAC 101 LED wash and PAR 1 LED can lights. Martin M1 and M2GO consoles operated the lights for each stage.

HARMAN Professional India and students at India’s Audio Academy assisted CounterCulture in producing An Ode to the Blues. “This year through our partnership with HARMAN Professional and Audio Academy, the team not only delivered a fantastic-sounding and looking setup, but the students at Audio Academy also learned the process of setting up the system and the stage and in fact helped us a great deal,” said Somayaji. The students will go on to mix the multitracks and produce a finished live recording of the event. “From a lighting perspective, the audiences enjoyed a real treat – the Martin illumination created atmospheric, exciting and even surreal lighting experiences that took this year’s performances to an entirely new level.”

“An event of this scale requires a first-class sound and lighting setup. With multiple bands and a quick turn around required between acts, an effective and reliable sound system is an engineer’s backbone for an event of such complexity. HARMAN brands, AKG, BSS Audio, dbx, JBL, Soundcraft and Martin lighting ensured that! As an FOH engineer, I could not have asked for better technology. This was one of the best music festivals I have had the pleasure of being associated with,” added Nikhil Pai, Freelance Sound Engineer.

“Without HARMAN Professional India and especially application manager, Sunil Karanjikar, none of this would have been possible,” he noted. “Each and every artist complimented us on how exceptional the JBL loudspeakers and Crown amps sounded, the clarity of the Soundcraft consoles and the AKG mics and the striking lighting provided by Martin. The audio was truly stellar, with excellent balance, presence and clarity from every location around both stages.”

Somayaji concluded, “We look forward to further such associations for next year’s An Ode to the Blues festival and other events.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

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