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Martin Audio MLA Continues Hyde Park Sound Evolution At BST

Proving last year that London’s controversial Hyde Park festival site could be uniquely protected from noise leakage into the surrounding neighborhood by deploying Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA technology, promoters AEG Live adopted a similar solution for this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival—but with significant enhancements.

While Capital Sound again deployed MLA and MLA Compact to guarantee coherent site coverage, Martin Audio’s R&D Director Jason Baird, was determined that new optimizations would enable them to eke out as much as an additional 3dB at front-of-house without increasing offsite pollution.

As a result, 102dB(A) was achieved for McBusted, with 73dB(A) recorded offsite, comfortably within the maximum allowable of 75dB(A), while both Tom Jones (during his louder numbers) and Black Sabbath nudged 103dB(A).

Baird explained that the journey to accomplish this had begun three months earlier; with the concept tested and proven on the Glastonbury Festival delay rig the week before.

“We conducted the propagation tests based on what we learned last time around,” he said. One of the key offsite measurement points identified by both Westminster Council and acoustics specialists Vanguardia at Hyde Park was on top of flats in Mayfair’s nearby Upper Brook Street. “When I visited the property last year, I was able to look at the complete spectrum of the signal,” says Baird. “You could hear there was only LF and low mid that was contributing to the A-weighted measurements and we realized that if we could reduce that frequency band we could have a better differential.”

And so his R&D team set to work on the optimization routines across the full frequency range to improve the differential between on- and off-site levels without extending latency––and this trial optimization will in time feature in new data firmware. While Baird maintains that testing will remain ongoing he says the success at Glastonbury gave him the confidence to deploy it on additional arrays in Hyde Park including house left side hang and the two delays nearest to Park Lane.

He describes these early tests and the additional increase of around 2-3dB in max FOH levels over the previous year as “encouraging and significant”.

Capital Sound’s Technical Manager and Systems Designer, Ian Colville, confirmed, “It all worked well and there were no issues with the three arrays we used the new optimization algorithm on.”

His site design replicated last year’s when the stage was reoriented through 30° to point it away from sensitive offsite areas, and included 10 delay towers (in two rings of four plus one ring of two). However, there was one exception. “We dropped a delay position [in Ring 3] which didn’t need to be there because the design of the back of the field changed,” he said.

For the main PA, Capital deployed two hangs of 16 x MLA and 1 x MLD Downfill per side, with 12 x MLA and 1 x MLD Downfill for the sidefills. The sub array consisted of 21 x MLX in a broadside cardioid array, with a further 11 enclosures back facing.

The three delay rings comprised between seven and nine MLA element hangs (supported by MLD Downfill and MLX subs). Ring 3 featured eight MLA Compacts. These were set at distances from the stage of 295, 524 and 688 ft. (for the MLA Compacts). Distance from FOH to stage was 165 ft.

Capital and Martin Audio deployed a team of technical heavyweights, including Chris Pyne, who handles Martin Audio product support for SE Asia and has worked closely with Capital since piloting Kylie Minogue’s mix in the 1990s; Capital had Dave Roden babysitting consoles and the accomplished Toby Donovan once again acting as system engineer while Martin Connolly was the account manager.

With FOH engineers no longer worrying about trading offsite noise pollution with audience sound levels, it meant they could really focus on the mix they wanted and at the same time appreciate the musicality of the system.

One visiting sound engineer Chris Madden (working with Little Mix), had nothing but positive comments. “I used the Martin MLA system about two years ago with Jessie J and I enjoyed it then,” he said. “But I think it was even better this time. It’s a very interesting and remarkable piece of equipment …I didn’t EQ it at all at BST and it sounded great.”

Matteo Cifelli, FOH engineer for Tom Jones, who performed on the final Sunday, was equally effusive. “I was very happy with the results we achieved, the mix immediately sounded just as it was conceived,” he says. “This is the sign of a good cabinet, and also of a well tuned system.”

“I was very pleased with the purity and musicality of the cabinet. I also appreciated the consistency in frequency response at different levels. The sound image was among the best I have ever heard on a large system. Even mixing off center, I could hear all the reverbs and details of my mix clearly and the presence and sweetness on the vocals was great, in your face and never harsh.”

( left to right): Martin Audio’s Jason Baird and Chris Pyne; Capital Sound’s Ian Colville

Summing up Jason Baird says, “What FOH engineers want at festivals is plenty of headroom and not to worry about offsite restrictions. Having reduced the low mid and LF spectrum this year, we’ve been able to further ensure this, and that means the power, depth and definition of the system can also really shine too.”

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.

Johnny D’s Serves Up A Superior Sound Experience with HARMAN’s Soundcraft Si Expression 3

SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts – For a 300-seat nightclub that is 45 years old and doubles as a restaurant in David Square, Somerville, Massachusetts, Johnny D’s required a renovation of its outdated sound system. While MJ Audio integrated the front end of the new system, which features HARMAN’s Crown amplifiers and BSS signal processors, Technical Manager Dana Westover has installed a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 to improve upon its existing analog consoles.

Given the popular area in which Johnny D’s is situated, its stage enjoys many touring bands and guest engineers in addition to local artists. Therefore, Westover needed a reliable console that is not only within the venue’s budget and able to accommodate the various performers, but also one that is user-friendly for the various engineers working at the club.

“We’ve been running analog mixers up until now, and have had a slow transition towards digital technology, because we get a lot of guest engineers who come from the analog world,” said Westover. “However, the Si Expression 3 is perfect as an upgrade, because it helps people transition to digital due to its logical layout and ease of use. For example, we had a guest engineer who has never worked on a Soundcraft board before, and within 15 minutes, he was ready for the show.”

The room housing the new equipment contains no parallel surfaces, thus leading to unique acoustics and an intimate layout of the venue. With a Soundcraft Si Expression 3 console, a sound engineer can ensure that guests enjoy the most distinctive sounding shows. In addition, FaderGlowTM illumination of the faders prevents any unwanted mistakes in dark club environments that might hamper the audio experience.

“I think the audio quality is very solid, especially considering the price of the console,” said Westover. “I’m very happy that we have a great sounding venue, and now we have a great sounding board that any traveling engineer can do well with. I especially like how FaderGlow allows me to identify everything clearly, but I can also adjust the intensity of the LED’s depending on the lighting of the venue.”

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’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Go Into “X Mode” for the 2014 Miss USA Interviews

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – As 51 contestants competed in one of the country’s most widely viewed beauty contests, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Premier Sound Services (PSS) provided the sound reinforcement for the Miss USA Pageant. The event is part of Miss Universe, which is owned by Donald Trump and was televised nationally live on NBC. As always, PSS stuck with its inventory of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays to generate the best coverage and superior sound quality.

The main PA system consisted of 13 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side in long-throw “X Mode” (35Hz high pass filter) and were powered with 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The system also featured 45-degree outfill arrays, which featured nine VTX V20 loudspeakers in long-throw 60Hz mode that were powered by six Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. On the floor, 16 bi-amped JBL SRX712M stage monitors were used with five Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers.

Two JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers were provided for the judges, with an additional two V20 loudspeakers per side for front fill, powered by two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The downstage side-fill hangs featured six JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers per side, powered by a single Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier. The upstage side fill hangs also featured six VT4886 loudspeakers per side, powered with one Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier.

“Keeping the loudspeakers hidden from the camera angles as much as possible was the main challenge of this event,” said Brian Gordon, Co-Owner and Head Audio Engineer of PSS. “Originally, we wanted to hang 14 units per side for the main PA, but thanks to the sheer power of the VTX Series we got the output we needed with fewer units, and we never hit the limit on any of the amplifiers.”

When asked why no subwoofers were used, Gordon replied, “We didn’t need any subwoofers for this show, because intelligibility and sound cohesiveness were the key objectives, and the VTX Series loudspeakers are superior in those areas over everything else. There was no interference and everything came out exactly as it should. I was especially impressed by the smoothness of the off-axis dispersion of the V20’s, which was just amazing.”

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.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.

Slovakia Medical University Complex Get the Renkus-Heinz Treatment

Banská Bystrica, Slovakia – July 2014… One of the region’s most respected institutions, Slovak Medical University has recently completed a major renovation and reconstruction project at their campus in Banská Bystrica. The multi-functional complex includes several classrooms, student dormitories, and a large, multi-purpose auditorium and presentation hall, used for graduations, conferences, technical seminars, and more.

The complex underwent a full technology modernization, including new audio, conferencing, and interpretation systems, as well as video, digital signage, and information technology systems. The systems were designed and installed by Bratislav-based MediaTech, one of the largest professional AV firms in central Europe, and include a full range of loudspeakers from Orange County, CA-based Renkus-Heinz.

The main system includes several ICONYX IC16-R-II and IC8-R-II digitally steered arrays, as well as a number of ICX7-II mechanically steered arrays. ICONYX steered array technology enables precise steering of the sound toward the audience and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, reducing reflections and improving intelligibility.

“The hall has always been very challenging acoustical space, and there were a lot of problems with spoken word intelligibility. Of course, this affects people’s ability to communicate, and to learn,” reports MediaTech General Director, Ing. Bohumil Tonkovic. “The ICONYX systems really provided an excellent solution. Intelligibility has been dramatically improved, and their low profile design integrated nicely with the building’s architecture.”

Elsewhere in the complex, Renkus-Heinz CFX41 and CFX61 two way systems provide additional sound reinforcement. State-of-the-art video systems include large scale remote controlled projection screens with Mitsubishi projectors, PTZ cameras for conferencing, and full multi-language interpretation facilities.

Working under an exceptionally demanding timeline, the team from MediaTech handled the entire project, from planning and preparation to system design and installation, as well as training on-site personnel in the operation of all systems.

“Banska Bystrica finally has a space that meets all the parameters of top quality acoustics and information technology,” enthused Professor MD. Svetozár Dluholucký, PhD., Dean of Slovak Medical University.

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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.

Getting crowds closer to the action of ‘Le Tour de France’

Calibre LEDView scalers power big screens for Yorkshire’s fabulous ‘Grand Depart’

While more than 5 million fans lined the roads of Yorkshire for the opening weekend of the 2014 Tour de France, relatively few got close to the action itself. For those who could not, help was at hand in the form of large LED screens powered by LEDView image-scaling technology from Calibre UK.

The key screens were supplied by two companies – Lightmedia and Big TV – both of which specified Calibre’s LEDView530 as their large-display image scaler of choice for the Grand Depart.

LEDView530

Lightmedia supply screens from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield

Lightmedia. Harrogate, 5 July, © Photography by David Lindsey, www.photosbydavid.co.uk.

Lightmedia supplied 19 LED screens along the route of the two opening stages from Leeds to Harrogate and from York to Sheffield, with many of them acting as the visual centrepiece for official Tour de France fan parks.

Eddie Elliot-Smith, Managing Director at Lightmedia, comments: “We use the Calibre LEDView530s as a key part of our rental-and-staging operation, to scale live broadcast content from TV cameras around the course for display on each and every one of the LED screens we supplied.

“We use Calibre because, quite simply, they are the most reliable solution in the world. Not only have we used them for this year’s Grand Depart, we also relied on them for other high-profile international events such as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the wedding of Charles and Camilla, the launch of Xbox ONE and, indeed, Calibre’s previous generation of product at the Tour de France the last time it came to Britain in 2007.”

LED screens from Big TV for Skipton, York and Leeds

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV, York, Friday, 4 July:

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Friday, 4 July.

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. Skipton, Saturday, 5 July

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Sunday, 6 July

‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen from Big TV at Tour de France © Big TV. York, Sunday, 6 July

Big TV head technician Simon Woodcock says: “We went down to Yorkshire fresh from Edinburgh Festival and provided LED screens to various areas on the opening weekend, including Skipton, York and Leeds. The new ‘SkyFly’ mobile LED screen wowed crowds and we also provided screens for a number of private events and parties in Yorkshire as well.

“Calibre quality is central to our LED fleet for managing live feeds. The LEDView530 can take anything you throw at it!”

A high-quality LED-optimised scaler-switcher and universal interface for LED screens, the LEDView530 provides best-in-class professional image processing in a compact, affordable 1U format. It features a jog-wheel and LCD display on its for front panel for fast and easy set-up in the field, and boasts a plethora of useful features including colour adjustment of all source types, powerful picture resizing with simple pixel-accurate edge drag-and-drop, and superior scaling, de-interlacing and noise reduction to reduce image flicker and artefacts.

For mixed rental fleet use the scaler also has a Projection mode in which it supports warp mapping and edge blending, as well as geometry correction and general projection scaling functionality as well as a Scaler-Switcher mode for general purpose scaling and scan conversion making it a truly universal device. The LEDView530 also boasts genlock and I/O lock, making it suitable for on-stage or in-camera use at live events.

Pauline Brooksbank, MD at Calibre UK

Pauline Brooksbank, Managing Director, Calibre UK, comments: “As a Yorkshire company ourselves, we were delighted and extremely proud to have supplied LEDView530 units to power so many LED screens along the route of our county’s “Grand Depart”. This unforgettable weekend was not just a celebration of cycling but a unique opportunity for local people to experience a sporting event they had never come so close to before.

“The crowds who lined the route were 20-deep in places but, thanks to Calibre’s Yorkshire-manufactured technology’s ability to take live broadcast feeds and process them for large-screen display simply, reliably and with absolutely no sacrifice in quality, everybody felt that they were part of the action.”

About Calibre
Multi-award winning British company, Calibre has over the past 26 years achieved world recognition providing image scaling and processing technologies for use in broadcast/television, digital cinema, large venue projection, LED videowalls and surgical medical applications. Calibre manufactures products under its own brand-names as well as providing products and technology to several market leaders in the Pro-AV market worldwide. Calibre is a market leader in innovation, utilizing its own, UK & Germany-based in-house hardware and software design teams for all its product developments and its own UK manufacturing.

Some useful links:

Twitter: @CalibreProAV

Website: www.calibreuk.com

Torus Power Appoints Kevin Main as Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Strategic executive-level hire positions Torus Power to expedite business development initiatives and further strengthen its market position within the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration Markets

TORONTO, ON, CANADA – July 14, 2014 – Torus Power—maker of uncompromising clean-power source components and a subsidiary of Plitron Manufacturing—announced today the appointment of Kevin Main as Vice President, Sales & Marketing.

Main’s experience in the electronics industry spans more than 25 years. He comes to Torus Power after nearly more than a decade at JAM Industries—maker of professional audio and consumer electronics products and instruments—as Director of Sales an Marketing for American Audio and Video and as National Sales Manager for JAM’s Erikson Consumer division. Before that, Main worked at Kenwood Electronics and Jonic International in similar capacities.

“Kevin is a very strategic appointment because he brings to Torus Power an incredibly deep knowledge and experience in the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration markets,” says Steve Nolan, Vice President Sales and Operations, Plitron. “Kevin has worked with numerous high-quality, high-profile brands, including Arcam, Mark Levinson, Revel, JBL Synthesis, NuVo, and Canton, for years.” 

This executive hire complements Torus Power’s strategic growth plan. Main is joining the team at a time when the company is adding more affordable, yet high-performance, power components to its already robust lineup, and will be tasked with building a more robust independent rep force and expanding the brand’s global reach.

“I’m very excited to help develop Torus Power within the Consumer Electronics and Custom Integration markets. I plan to build upon Torus’s strong reputation as the go-to power component source for impeccable quality and unfaltering reliability. Torus Power products are unquestionably engineered to perform, protect and improve the performance of audio, video, and control systems,” says Main. “With that foundation, we will position Torus Power as the premier brand in the market for high-performance power solutions.”

Torus Power is a Crestron Integrated Partner and a member of Savant’s Partner in Excellence Program, which enables seamless integration across platforms. More information about Torus Power can be obtained by visiting www.toruspower.com, calling (800) 754-8766, writing to tech@toruspower.com and by following @TorusPower on twitter.

About Torus Power
Torus Toroidal Isolation Power Conditioners are the world’s finest clean power source for audio, video, and control systems. Built to an uncompromising standard of quality, performance and reliability, Torus Power Conditioners are engineered to perform and protect like no other. Torus Power products are the consistent choice of knowledgeable audiophiles, home theater enthusiasts, custom electronic system integrators and designers, whose discriminating tastes and technical requirements mandate the ultimate performance and protection levels achievable.

Utilizing Plitron’s patented NBT technology and toroidal isolation transformers, Torus Power products restore incoming power to its clean original state, eliminate virtually all power line noise artifacts, and protect connected equipment from potentially damaging AC power line events, including severe lightning strikes and brownouts, thereby increasing system reliability and extending product life. Providing high levels of clean, instantaneous current, Torus Power products ensure that dynamic components – such as high power amplifiers – are never starved for power.

Precision engineered by Plitron Manufacturing Inc., a much sought-after OEM supplier of toroidal transformers and toroidal-based products for many of the audio/video industry’s leading amplifier brands, providing more than 30 years of experience and an unparalleled reputation, Torus Power is manufactured to rigorous standards under Plitron’s ISO9001 medical-level quality control system in Toronto, Canada. More information can be found online at www.toruspower.com. Follow Torus Power on Twitter @TorusPower.

About Plitron
Plitron Manufacturing Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 company established in Toronto, ON, Canada in 1983. Specializing in research, design, development and manufacturing of toroidal transformers and toroidal based products, Plitron’s most recent developments include VREMS energy saving systems for lighting; Torus Power line conditioning for audio/video systems; MEDISO power isolation units for medical and industrial applications, and toroidal stators for wind turbines.

The Plitron toroidal transformer is inherently more efficient and effective than any other transformer type and is vitally important in today’s environment with the demands for cleaner and greener power. Through constant innovation and an unyielding commitment to superior engineering, Plitron provides OEM clients worldwide with power-based solutions for demanding applications in audio, medical, broadcast, telecommunications, computer, power conditioning, UPS, energy, and other industrial sectors. www.plitron.com

Torus Power Media Contact
Katye (McGregor) Bennett, KMB Communications, 425-328-8640katye@kmbcomm.com@katyemcgregorwww.kmbcomm.com/press.

 

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Extron CableCover Improves Conference Room Cable Management

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce CableCover, a durable, fitted bag that mounts below most Extron Cable Cubby, Cable Cubby Series/2, and TouchLink Cable Cubby enclosures. When installed, CableCover improves under-table cable management and aesthetics, minimizing cable tangles and preventing accidental disconnections. CableCover is 19″ (48 cm) deep, providing ample room for up to eight AV cables or three Extron Retractor Series cable retraction modules. Three pass-through openings at the top and bottom of the bag facilitate cable installation and connection with both surface- and floor-mounted AV products. CableCover is constructed of flame-retardant, black polyester fabric and includes a roll of self-adhesive, hook-and-loop tape for mounting to the enclosure. more

TNDV Upgrades Production Quality for University Graduation Ceremonies

Mobile production specialist captures, magnifies and streams Vanderbilt and University of Virginia commencements in HD

NASHVILLE, July 14, 2014 — Mobile production is most often associated with the world of sports and large entertainment events, but a growing contingent of non-broadcast organizations are looking to outside production teams to increase quality and expand audience reach.

TNDV recently brought its mobile production expertise to the campuses of Vanderbilt University in Nashville and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, achieving these goals and more for their spring graduation ceremonies. TNDV transitioned both commencement productions to HD for the first time, vastly improving image magnification quality for the large attending crowds. The company also streamed the live ceremonies worldwide to ensure families, friends and alumni could tune in from anywhere.

According to Nic Dugger, owner and president of TNDV, an increasing number of his clients across education, government and corporate verticals are recognizing the quick return on investment that comes with upgrading the production quality and taking the event to an external audience.

“Universities like Vanderbilt and University of Virginia realize that commencement is the most crucial day to a student’s life,” said Dugger. “Graduation day sets the mood and tone to the student’s relationship with that university forever, and potentially influences future donations and ongoing involvement. They want every student’s family to be able to experience the event with them, whether onsite or online, with the visual and audio quality required for total immersion. It takes a professional mobile production crew and technology infrastructure to make that happen, especially when you are serving two very different audiences.”

TNDV built a true mobile production facility for each event, staffed with producers, directors, and a complement of switcher, graphics and playback operators. The staff positioned multiple Hitachi HD5000 cameras around the venues, feeding back to its Inspiration truck. On board, the signals were sweetened with graphics and audio, and routed to large LED screens on either side of the stage. Throughout the productions, TNDV staff monitored multiviewer feeds both on board and outside the truck, the latter of which lent a professional production atmosphere for attendees.

The team also positioned an array of audience microphones throughout the crowd to capture the energy of the event for online audiences. This replicated the in-person experience for those who couldn’t make the ceremonies. Additionally, all camera feeds from the ceremonies, as well as special events surrounding the commencements, were recorded to Aja KiPro banks for future university use.

For Dugger, the tricky nature of producing graduation ceremonies is that unlike a live performance, the emphasis is not on a single artist or small group of performers. Everyone involved is on equal footing, from guest speakers to the entire student body.

“The challenge across both the image magnification and live stream is to make sure that every student gets the recognition they deserve,” he said. “Every student’s name needs to be seen and heard clearly. Taking the leap to HD production makes that experience far more immersive, and ultimately more memorable. And these productions were truly what you would see for a full-blown live broadcast.”

ABOUT TNDV: Television
Formed in 2004, TNDV: Television represents the culmination of many years of broadcast and live production for Nic Dugger, owner and president; and his staff of full time engineers. TNDV produces events from small single-camera productions all the way up to multi-million dollar international TV events, and takes pride in building custom solutions for challenging productions of any size, in any situation. Recent productions include the live concert productions at the NCAA Final Four, the 2013 Re/Max Long Drive Challenge on ESPN, and the inaugural season of Sing for Your Supper on PBS. Please call 615-585-6528 or visit www.tndv.com for more information.

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Martin Audio MLA™ Breaks Record At Glastonbury

Martin Audio’s groundbreaking Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system has made Glastonbury history by delivering the highest sound levels to the audience without exceeding noise pollution levels beyond the perimeter.

Making its Glastonbury debut, the system deployed on the Pyramid Stage was impressive in every respect, employing cabinets from the entire MLA™ range of loudspeakers. This comprised a total of 72 MLA for the main hangs, eight MLA Compact for stereo infill at the pit barrier and four delay positions of 14 MLA each. The latest addition to the range, the MLA Mini was also featured, providing stereo infill behind the FOH control structure and onstage coverage of artists’ guest viewing platforms. A massive broadside array of 38 MLX stretched across the entire width of the stage to provide sub-bass support to the entire system.

The company’s unique MLA technology enables very fine control of how each array covers its designated audience area. Their own amplifier and DSP channel, a total of six in each MLA independently control acoustic cells housed within each cabinet. This control allowed RG Jones system engineer Mark Edwards to specify exactly what SPL and frequency response was required across the audience, with the intelligent software automatically controlling the array to produce that result. This amounted to just a 6dB drop off over the 985 ft. long audience area, with incredibly even frequency response.

“We used our proprietary computer software to figure out how to drive each cell in each array to direct sound just at the audience, and then cut it off sharply just beyond the audience to dramatically reduce noise pollution,” says Martin Audio’s R&D Director Jason Baird. “As a result, headliners including Arcade Fire and Metallica could play at 104-105dBA – this is the first time such high levels have been achieved in the history of Glastonbury as noise limits are really strict.”

More than 150,000 fans listened to headline acts Metallica, Arcade Fire, and Kasabian, as well as The 1975, Elbow, Rudimental, Nitin Sawhney, and Dolly Parton, mixed on the MLA system.

Having persuaded the festival production in 2007 that RG Jones Sound Engineering was the right company to run audio services on the Pyramid Stage, Simon Honywill said, “I believed that MLA was the right system for the Pyramid since I first heard its extraordinary fidelity and learned about its unique abilities. Having used it at the past two Glastonbury Abbey shows, it was natural to suggest to Dick Tee and his team that it should take its rightful place on this iconic stage. I think it has more than proved itself here – I spent a considerable amount of time out in the audience and have never heard the field covered so well. And people in the crowd were openly complimentary about the volume and clarity too.”

There was also effervescent praise from the stream of FOH engineers over the weekend.

One of the biggest draws of the weekend was Metallica, engineered by Mick Hughes: “MLA is a new system to me, a new experience. I was surprised how easy it was to get the mix I wanted out of it. When I first used it I thought ‘whoa’ there’s some serious horsepower here. It just sounded really alive; I wouldn’t shy away from using it again.”

One of the most enigmatic performances was from Lana Del Ray, engineered by Max Bisgrove: “In half a song, I could get out what I needed from the MLA system. Great clarity, great power, it’s by far my favorite Glastonbury mixing experience so far.”

Dave McEwan, FOH sound engineer for Nitin Sawhney, remarked: “Glastonbury was the first time I’ve used the big MLA, and I’m really impressed – great imaging, 3D, even 4D sound. You can dive in and enjoy, it’s another sort of PA! I’m hoping to use this at the Royal Albert Hall for Nitin in September. I love it; it’s a great product, a super sounding system, lush and hi-fi, with lots of depth.”

The 1975’s engineer, Jamie McLuckie, adds: “At some festivals you have to tweak the bottom end, but MLA was nice and easy. The system sounded fat, with nice clarity and nice high end too. I couldn’t really fault it.”

For John Carroll, MD of RG Jones Sound Engineering, Glastonbury has been the affirmation of what he’s known for some time: “Martin Audio’s MLA is the next generation and there’s nothing out there to match it. Our continued support from Martin Audio is second to none.”

Summing up, Jason Baird says: “It was my career highlight back in 2008 working on our very first Glastonbury, but with MLA this year, it’s been topped. To see the massive audiences in complete unison front to back enjoying the performances, combined with the constant stream of smiling faces at FOH, it’s been the showcase for everything that Martin Audio and MLA stands for.”

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.

New RH Series from Renkus-Heinz Opens at Merriam School Of Music

Oakville, ON – July 2014… When Allan Merriam committed to building an auditorium for the students of Merriam School of Music, he took the same approach he’s taken over his lengthy career – no compromise. Long heralded as a visionary in music education, Merriam’s eponymous school is renowned for its educational integrity across all disciplines, ages, skill levels, and instruments.

Merriam’s vision for the school’s new production and performance facilities led him to acclaimed recording studio designer Martin Pilchner of Toronto-based Pilchner-Schoustal International Inc. PSII was commissioned to design a fully integrated live performance hall coupled with a professional level recording studio. The 100-seat,1400 SF auditorium is located directly above the recording studio space in the basement.

Audio for the room was provided by Contact Distribution, the Canadian distributor for Renkus-Heinz. ”Martin and I have worked on a number of projects in the past, and he’s become a fan of the tight, consistent coverage patterns of Renkus-Heinz systems,” explains Contact Distribution’s Bill Coons. The facility became one of the first to install the new RH Series, a new custom designed two-way point source system featuring a dual wedge angle design and a range of highly versatile rigging options.

“Bill suggested the signature series RH123, and they turned out to be exactly what we needed in the way of coverage, physical size and price point,” states Martin Pilchner. “They offer great dynamic range, and they’re self-powered so they were easy to integrate.” A pair of PN212-SUB dual 12-inch subwoofers covers low frequency content. “The PN212 subs were also a perfect match for the room — small enough to fit under a low profile stage, but plenty of headroom.”

Pilchner reports the system exceeded expectations. “We knew they would sound good but we were somewhat surprised by just how good,” he says. “The co-entrant HF/MF drivers delivered full range sound and consistent coverage all the way to the very back of the room.” Onstage monitoring is handled by CF121M-2 powered monitor wedges.

Allan Merriam adds, “When you put a focused and committed performer thru quality product, the talent and passion don’t get lost in the technology. The Renkus-Heinz system gives us the clarity and audiophile experience we were looking for. We really have the best sounding small scale performance space in the city.”

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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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