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3G Productions Supports Juan Gabriel With Martin Audio MLA

Photo: Robert Hacman

Photo: Robert Hacman

When Mexican singer/songwriter Juan Gabriel had to interrupt his U.S. “Volver 2014” tour for two weeks due to illness, his engineering staff prevailed upon 3G Productions to switch over to a Martin Audio MLA system for the remaining arena dates.

As 3G’s System Engineer Manny Perez describes the changeover, “The other system was working just fine, but Juan’s FOH Engineer Rodrigo Lopez had attended an MLA demo in Mexico and was really interested to see how it would perform.”

Gabriel, an internationally acclaimed Latin American musician who’s sold over 100 million albums, resumed the second leg of his sold-out tour at Miami’s American Airlines Arena, which presented some challenges of its own.

According to Perez, “As soon as I walked into the arena, their staff expressed concerns that they’d been having trouble covering the top rows of the nosebleed section for the last few shows and had to provide refunds. We assured them that we had it covered and the show would sound great everywhere. Then we put the MLA system up and tuned it really quickly even though it was a big rig designed to provide 270-degree coverage. Rodrigo, the band’s music consultant and I all walked the room from top to bottom and front to back, and there were absolutely no problems in terms of coverage and balanced sound.”

The 270-degree system for American Airlines Arena consisted of a main hang with 32 MLA and 4 MLD; side hangs with 36 MLA Compacts; a third hang with 24 MLA Compacts; 10 ground-stacked MLX subs, and 4 DD12s on the front of the stage for front-fill to the first six rows.

Photo: Robert Hacman

Photo: Robert Hacman

Describing the system in greater detail Manny points out, “The ratio of MLX to the rest of the system seems a bit light, but Rodrigo didn’t want a bass-heavy mix for the show because of all the acoustic instruments and high end frequencies. Also, we were using the new two-way DD12 powered speakers from Martin Audio for the first time and they’re really good. I would usually have to do a lot of cleaning up with EQ because they’re positioned so close to the subs, but they didn’t need a thing. The DD12s throw further than we needed them to and were more than perfect for what they had to do.”

The rest of the system consists of SSL and Avid Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, LM44 Lake processing, Smaart 7 software, Shure UFH-RD wireless and DPA microphones.

Asked about mixing on MLA, Rodrigo Lopez responds, “For me, it’s definitely the best speaker out there with more control of the sound and how it projects to the audience. The system provides the same amount of sound pressure and coverage from the front seat to the back with correct phasing throughout the arena.

“It’s been perfect for the tour,” Lopez continues. “The audience hears exactly what I’m getting out of the console. It’s challenging with Juan Gabriel because he’s playing with a lot of Mariachi and there are a lot of acoustic instruments that don’t have as much power. But with MLA, the audience can hear all of those instruments clearly, as if the musicians are playing right in front of them.”

Photo: Robert Hacman

Photo: Robert Hacman

Summing up, Perez adds, “I like the MLA’s clarity and imaging which is amazing when you pan the percussion and keyboards left to right. The speakers sound 30 feet wide where the sound moves across the space. The high end and high mids for vocals and snares are so clear; you can really hear the sizzle of the snare bottoms and high hats.

“A lot of people keep telling me how MLA is a really smooth, natural-sounding system that’s very satisfying to the ear. The staff and production crew, Juan’s musicians and his music consultant are stoked. Everybody really likes it which has been a real plus for the tour.”

Photo credit: Robert Hacman www.roberthacman.com

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.

ICONYX Saves The Day At St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church

Long Beach, MS – September 2014… Located steps from the sand on Mississippi’s scenic Gulf Coast, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church has a rich association with the city and community. Its beachfront location also boasts something of an ominous history; on August 29, 2005, the eye of Hurricane Katrina passed just west of the church, bringing 20 foot swells, rendering the main sanctuary, and its sound system, unusable.

As part of St. Thomas’ restoration, the church reached out to Magnolia Music to design a new sound system. After an analysis of the room, Magnolia’s Tony Strong and Rain Jaudon recommended Renkus-Heniz ICONYX IC24-R-II digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems.

“It was apparent to me that, with the aesthetics of the room and the high vaulted and beautiful wood ceiling, a traditional speaker approach would not be in keeping with the design,” said Strong. “A steerable array system using the Renkus-Heinz IC24Rs was the perfect solution.”

While all agreed on the steerable array, budget conscious church officials opted to look for ways to cut costs. “Someone at the diocese decided to take the preliminary designs and put them out to bid,” said Jaudon. “After some value engineering was done, the project was awarded to another integrator, and the new design called for a lower priced, digitally steerable array.”

The budget system was mounted 12 feet above the floor, but ultimately did not deliver the intelligible, high quality audio that was promised. Next, a new, more powerful point source line array system was installed, which also proved unsatisfactory. “With the second system, the folks right in front of the arrays were being blown away with sound and intelligibility was poor in the rear of the room,” said Strong.

Church officials once again reached out to Strong and Jaudin, and the consultants stood firm in their recommendation of the IC24Rs. “We demoed the IC24, and it was clear that we could cover the congregation evenly and consistently with the IC24Rs,” said Strong. “Just to show the accuracy of the steering, I purposefully aimed the beam over the first couple of pews to show the comparison to the passive line arrays installed.”

The speakers were mounted down-mic, just behind the pulpit and lectern – a placement that initially raised concerns about feedback from church officials. “All agreed that it was a better location aesthetically,” said Jaudon. “However, there was concern about the mounting location being upstage from the primary microphones. I assured them that, based on our experience with the ICONYX arrays, we would be able to steer the main lobes over the microphones successfully, and that turned out to be the case.”

Ultimately, the ICONYX system outperformed the previous two systems, proving that not all array systems are created equal, and that compromising quality to save costs can end up costing more in the long run.

“The bottom line of the story is that, with the ICONYX arrays, we selected the right tool for the job,” said Strong. “Someone tried to value engineer and save the church money by purchasing two different systems that did not perform. After six years and thousands spent on other systems, they purchased the right system for the job – the IC24Rs. Now, the ministers are free to do what they do best – minister – without having to deal with complaints about the sound system.”

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mackie DLM Helps Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Keep Travelers Entertained

 Austin, TX – October 2014… Widely regarded as “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin’s buzzing local scene is heightened by the notoriety of festivals like South By Southwest, and popular shows like “Austin City Limits.”

Austin boasts literally hundreds of live music venues, but one stands out as particularly unique. With more than 10 million people passing through its gates every year, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport is often the first and last live music venue visitors to the city see and hear. The audio is powered by a Mackie DLM system installed at the Main Terminal’s Asleep At the Wheel Stage at the Ray Benson Roadhouse.

“There has been music here in the airport since it opened 15 years ago,” explains Michael Pennock, who oversees the music and audio at Austin-Bergstrom Airport. “We have six venues and 23 shows a week. The Ray Benson Roadhouse is our busiest venue.”

The Roadhouse’s Asleep At the Wheel Stage features two Mackie DLM12 12-inch full-range powered loudspeakers, along with four DLM12s for stage monitoring. The entire system is connected to a Mackie DL1608 16-channel digital live sound mixer with iPad control.

The Mackie DLM12 delivers 2,000 Watts of Class D amplification, powering a custom-designed 12-inch woofer and 1.75″ HF compression driver. As Pennock points out, the extra power translates into better performance without having to push the system too hard.

 “Initially, we had other speakers installed on a truss above the stage, and there was a lot more sound spilling over to the gates,” said Pennock. “With the DLM12s, we’re able to focus the sound and get better coverage with virtually no bleed. It’s been a great improvement and we get a lot of compliments from the performers on the sound.”

As Pennock observes, one of the major challenges in operating a live music venue in the middle of a busy airport is maintaining control over the sound to ensure the music does not overpower the airport’s paging system. The ability to control the 16-channel DL1608 via iPad empowered the airport’s audio crew to easily stay on top of the challenge.

“On either side of the Ray Benson Roadhouse, there are two Southwest airline gates,” says Pennock. “With the DL1608s remote iPad control, we can actually walk over to the gates while the band is playing, check volume levels with the airline personnel, and adjust from the iPad on the spot if needed.”

The DL1608 six aux sends handle more than enough monitor mixes, and support for up to 10 wireless iPad connections makes it easy for both crew and performers to dial in exactly what they need.

Besides just being a great sounding mixer, Pennock says the DL1608’s iPad integration has brought other benefits as well. “Since moving to iPad control, we not only have better communication with the airlines, we’ve got a better sounding mix, and we’re able to get just a little bit louder too. The amount of control the DLM loudspeakers and DL1608 mixer provides is an absolute blessing in this kind of application.”

 

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About Mackie - Mackie, a LOUD Technologies Inc. brand, is known worldwide as a leading developer and marketer of high-quality, affordable professional audio systems. Mackie products can be found in professional and project recording studios, video and broadcast suites, post production facilities, sound reinforcement applications including churches and nightclubs, retail locations and on major musical tours. For more information visit: www.mackie.com.  

Mackie is a registered trademark of LOUD Technologies Inc. in the United States, European Union and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christie is the New Face of Security and Surveillance for the Control Room at ASIS 2014

Christie®, a world leader in creating and sharing the world’s best visual and audio experiences, brings a generation of leadership experience to designing and implementing high-performance mission critical control room solutions to ASIS 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29 – October 2. From high resolution flat panel displays, to video processors and the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform, Christie will showcase versatile and cost-effective solutions for the ultimate in mission-critical communications, performance, and reliability.

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Christie Entero™ HB Front Access Cube, Front Screen Extended

Among the products on display will be a 2×2 ultra-narrow bezel Christie FHD552X HD LCD-based flat panel video wall featuring ultra-sharp HD resolution, high pixel density, and superior image sharpness and brightness. Significantly thinner than conventional panels, Christie flat panels automatically map in any array configuration, either in portrait or landscape mode. They are quick and easy to set up and use less than one watt of power in standby mode for low-cost operation. Also on display will be a 2×2 set-up of the 70-inch Christie Entero™ HB front access display cube the first and only LED display cube to offer wireless control through Wi-Fi® capability. Christie’s video wall displays will be fed by the Christie Phoenix™ open content management platform.

“Christie brings more than 80 years of leadership in visual displays and generations of experience in designing and implementing 24/7 mission-critical operations for some of the world’s largest organizations,” noted Dave Muscat, senior director, Americas Region, Visualization, Simulation and Control Room Solutions, at Christie. “Whether for government, law enforcement, power, utility or telecommunications, Christie offers customized, end-to-end control room solutions specifically tailored to the customer’s needs and budget.”

Collaborative visual solutions for mission-critical monitoring
Today’s control rooms go beyond traditional displaying and monitoring and Christie’s collaborative visual solutions are removing boundaries and enabling expansive collaboration for many of the world’s most mission-critical operations. By integrating stunning zero-maintenance displays with the power of the network, Christie is completely redefining the control room space, and setting the stage for an increasingly distributed control room environment. Across every sector in business, commerce and government, Christie is raising the bar beyond today’s stringent control room requirements.

Point Source Audio SERIES8 Microphones Chosen by Chase Oaks Texas Mega-Church

Audio engineer and leadership team select PSA’s low-profile mics after extensive evaluation.

Chase Oaks' Senior Pastor Jeff Jones relies on Point Source Audio’s CO-8WD headset microphone to deliver to his congregation

Point Source Audio (PSA), an innovator of the original and one-of-a-kind “Unbreakable Boom” miniature microphones, announced that its SERIES8 miniature microphones have been adopted by the three campuses of Chase Oaks Church of Plano, Texas—serving greater Plano’s population of 720,000.

SERIES8 headset mics are well-suited to the church community, particularly those with large congregations and physical dimensions to match. Chase Oaks’ expansive campuses made servicing their microphones a growing challenge and expense. “Our old headsets were continually snapping. It was very frustrating,” recounts Chase Oak’s Audio Engineer Kevin Sanchez before discovering Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 and its unique “Unbreakable Boom”. “The help I received from PSA’s customer support CHAT just blew me away,” Kevin added, “every question I asked came back with a ‘yes’ and a ‘here’s how you can do it.’”

The SERIES8 collection of headset, earworn and lavalier microphones is Point Source Audio’s next generation of miniature microphones. Its flagship 360° bendable boom feature is one of four features the company touts to be unique in combination with their mics’ IP57 waterproof rating against water, sweat and makeup; 148 dB max SPL; and interchangeable X-connectors for swapping wireless terminations.

Sanchez was wowed by Point Source Audio’s miniature headset that was both bendable and waterproof. After purchasing the CO-8WD through his trusted dealer, Rat Sound Systems in Camarillo, California, he verified the boom didn’t break after bending it 90° and after wearing for 30 minutes, it passed the comfort challenge. But the definitive factor for Sanchez and the leadership team was the headset mic’s performance quality. “I was shocked at how much gain I could get before feedback and the clarity of the headset,” remarked Sanchez.

Chase Oaks Church joins other distinguished venues such as Universal Studios, the Kravis Center, and Shiki Theater Company Tokyo to have compared and chosen Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 microphone. With an MSRP starting at $389, Point Source Audio’s SERIES8 miniature microphones are available for purchase at a number of resellers and distributors worldwide. More information about Point Source Audio’s various audio solutions can be found by visiting www.point-sourceaudio.com.

About Point Source Audio
Point Source Audio (PSA) manufactures and distributes worldwide their SERIES8 miniature microphones—a unique line of headset and earworn microphones known for their robust bendable boom and waterproof features. As a result of PSA’s pro-audio expertise and its admired reputation for sales and service support, the company was also named Digigram’s Master Distributor for the Americas. The world renowned brand of Digigram sound cards, IP audio and video codecs, and Ethersound audio networking technology are now available from Point Source Audio. Founded in 2004, Point Source Audio is headquartered in Petaluma, Calif. For more information call (415) 226-1122 or visit www.point-sourceaudio.com.

Zac Brown Band Headlines Wrigley Field With Martin Audio MLA


Chicago, IL––SES (Special Event Services) set up what President Jim Brammer terms as “the largest outdoor MLA system deployed in North America thus far” for a sold-out Zac Brown concert at Wrigley Field of 40,000.

The event also marked Zac Brown Band’s first as a solo headliner in a major league ballpark, having shared staging earlier this summer with Billy Joel at Boston’s Fenway Park. Both shows were part of the band’s successful “Great American Road Trip” tour that runs until the middle of October.

The massive Martin Audio MLA system consisted of 170 enclosures: A Main Hang of 22 MLA over 2 MLD per side; 24 MLA Compact per side for Outfill; 8 flown MLX subs per side and 24 MLX in 12 stacks of two across the entire downstage area; 4 MLA Compact in a straight array per side for Off Left/Right front fill; 6 W8LMD across the downstage edge for Lip Fill, and 24 MLA for delays.

Asked about the event, Brammer responds, “The challenge with Wrigley and most ballparks is getting sound up under the overhangs in the upper deck. We were able to solve that with a delay system that consisted of four SES audio carts, each with six MLA, arrayed at home plate, first and third base near the seats.”

In terms of audio quality, “the show was off-the-charts good,” Jim adds. “Everyone was extremely pleased and we had visiting major league ballparks to look at the MLA setup and see if they might be able to use it, and they were very happy with the way it sounded.

Tour Veteran Warren Cracknell from the SES Nashville office summed it up with one word, ”Outstanding!”

When asked what he thought, FOH Engineer/Production Manager Eric Roderick said, “It was Bad to the Bone!”

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.

Doha Airport is Covered with ICONYX as Far as the Eye Can’t See

Doha, Qatar – September 2014…. Hamad International Airport covers nearly a third of the city of Doha, with more than half of the airport’s. 29 sq km (11 sq miles) reclaimed from the Arabian Gulf. Its state-of-the-art passenger and cargo facilities will serve more than 30 million passengers and 1.4m tons of freight per year.

Technology for the airport is equally impressive, including an RFID baggage handling system, high-tech air traffic control and radar systems, and a cutting-edge public address system based around Renkus-Heinz ICONYX digitally steerable line array loudspeaker systems.

The system includes 208 IC8-R, 30 IC16-R, five IC24-R, and two IC32-R loudspeaker columns, all networked to provide individual control of each individual unit. Strikingly, not a single one of the 245 speaker columns installed throughout the facility is visible to the naked eye.

“All the loudspeakers are hidden,” explains Renkus-Heinz Middle East Sales Manager Norbert Bau. “They have all been flush mounted and concealed behind grilles, or they have been integrated into custom-designed stainless steel pillars. It’s an architecturally stunning facility and the best Iconyx installation I’ve ever seen.”

Much of the credit for this impressive installation goes to the contractors, Consolidated Engineering Systems Co (CESCO), and subcontractors H. Robert Guild Associates, Inc (HRGA). “The system was designed by Acoustic Design Ahnert (ADA Gulf), and the entire installation was performed by CESCO, who brought in Robert Guild of HRGA to provide the experience and expertise for this very high-profile project,” Bau observes. The project also included a massive IED announcement control system and thousands of small ceiling speakers for the voice alarm system. Testing and commissioning the system was performed by HRGA, with support from Renkus-Heinz application engineers.

While the project has not been without its challenges, Bau points to good planning as an indispensible factor. “The design of the sound system was seriously considered when designing the airport. And ADA Gulf convinced the architect to apply acoustic treatment so the acoustic conditions are very good – it sounds very dry.”

Since opening its doors to passengers, Hamad International Airport is quickly becoming an international hub, providing the air travel capacity the city of Doha has been sorely needing, with a sound system that will clearly and intelligibly serve millions of passengers for years to come. As Norbert Bau concludes, “it is an impressive system for a very impressive airport.”

 

 

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About Renkus-Heinz  - 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.

Extron Introduces TeamWork “Show Me” Cable Retraction Modules for HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA

Extron Electronics is pleased to introduce Retractor SM “Show Me” cable retraction modules for the company’s popular TeamWork Collaboration System. The new Retractor SM modules provide the user interface for HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini DisplayPort, or VGA sources. Operation is simple and intuitive. Extend the “Show Me” cable, connect it to your source device, and press the “Share” button to share your content on the main presentation display. At the end of the collaboration session, cables retract with the press of a button, ready for use by the next collaboration team. Retractor SM modules are designed to work with Extron Cable Cubby 1200 and Cable Cubby 1400 next-generation cable access enclosures, as well as the TMK 120 R Table Mount Kit for under-table applications. more

DVIGear’s HDBaseT Extenders among the Products of the Year

Recognized as Two of the Best New Products of 2014SCN Product of the Year 2014

Marietta, Georgia    September 17, 2014  –  DVIGear, a leading manufacturer of digital connectivity products, was recently recognized by NewBay Media’s Systems Contractor News magazine.  The new HDMI HDBaseT Extenders were named among the Products of the Year in the September edition of SCN.  This award can also be viewed online.

SCN Products of the Year 2014

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 HDMI HDBaseT Extenders were recognized for their wide range of features, exceptional interoperability, and break-through value.  They provide simple and cost-effective solutions to extend uncompressed HDMI or DVI, embedded audio, bidirectional RS-232 and IR, and Ethernet (DVI-7525 only) using a single twisted-pair CAT-X cable.   Unlike other products, these extenders support the full range of HDBaseT features, including: 5 play, support for 4K / 30p (UHD) resolution, bidirectional IR, POH and long range operation.  The new DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 are among the first extenders on the market to offer a fully compliant implementation of “Power over HDBaseT” (POH), a key component of the HDBaseT standard.  To maintain system stability and compatibility, POH uses standardized 48 VDC power as well as a sophisticated handshake feature that prevents power exchange with incompatible devices.

“We are truly honored our new HDBaseT Extenders have been recognized for their innovative features and value,” stated Steven Barlow, President of DVIGear.  “We always strive to provide our customers with absolutely bullet-proof products that deliver every pixel perfectly from source to destination.  The new DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 HDBaseT Extenders are no exception.”

DVI-7520 and DVI-7525:  HDMI HDBaseT Extenders

The DVI-7520 and DVI-7525 deliver a powerful combination of advanced features and sterling performance at very attractive price points, which make them a true break-through in value for professional AV system integrators.  This makes them ideally suited for a wide range of digital display applications including rental & staging events, conference and training rooms, boardrooms, auditoriums, hotels, churches and other demanding environments.  The Product of the Year 2014 Award article appears in the September edition of SCN.  The award can also be viewed online.

About DVIGear

Founded in 1999, DVIGear (www.dvigear.com) is a leading supplier of Digital Connectivity Solutions for a wide range of professional display applications.  Located in Marietta, Georgia, DVIGear offers an extensive portfolio of high performance digital video distribution products including:  Digital Matrix Routing Switchers, Splitters, Extenders, Converters, Scalers, as well as long-length copper and optical cables.

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Contact: Joseph Barbier  /  770.421.6699  /  joseph@dvigear.com
High Resolution Product Photo:  DVI-7520 and DVI-7525
Award Logo: SCN Product of the Year 2014

HDBaseT™ and the HDBaseT Alliance logo are trademarks of the HDBaseT Alliance.

Extron Now Shipping Compact HDMI to HDMI Scaler

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the DSC HD-HD, a compact high performance, HDCP-compliant scaler that converts between HDMI resolutions and frame rates. It accepts video from 480i up to 1920×1200, 1080p, and 2K, and offers high performance upscaling and downscaling with multiple output rates up to 1920×1200, including HDTV 1080p/60 and 2K. The DSC HD-HD features advanced Extron video signal processing with 1080i deinterlacing and Deep Color processing for optimal image quality. It includes many integrator-friendly features such as on-screen display, test patterns, and EDID Minder. The DSC HD-HD is ideal for applications that require scaling HDMI video to match the different capabilities and requirements of sources, displays, videoconferencing codecs, and other equipment. The compact form factor allows simple integration at a source, destination, or in a distribution system. more

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