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DiGiCo Takes the Ice for 2014 NHL Winter Classic, Stadium Series and Heritage Classic

Ron Reaves (left) and Jason Spence at the DiGiCo SD10 console in the NHL Heritage Classic mix room

Ron Reaves chooses SD10 to mix live musical entertainment in outdoor stadiums for broadcast on NBC networks

NEW YORK, NY — This year, for the first time, the National Hockey League (NHL) programmed four regular season games into outdoor venues in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, scheduling the 2014 NHL Stadium Series between the previously established NHL Winter Classic and NHL Heritage Classic series of outdoor games. Tasked with mixing the live musical entertainment at the games in all three NHL series for broadcast on the NBC networks, Ron Reaves called on production provider Clair Nashville to supply a DiGiCo SD10 digital audio mixing console with two SD-Racks. more

HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional Provide Acoustic Atmospherics at The Island In Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Island at Pigeon Forge is a brand-new entertainment and retail center located in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. It’s on an actual island in the Little Pigeon River and offers a wide variety of rides, shopping, restaurants and attractions, with a 132-room hotel to be completed in spring 2014. Providing the audio solution was sound contractor Clair Brothers Audio who installed a system featuring HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, all tied together via BSS Audio signal processing components.

Clair Brothers installed the distributed audio system at The Island at Pigeon Forge, which encompasses more than 22 acres. Dustin Goen, Clair Brothers system designer and project manager specified 128 JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers for use throughout the facility, indoors and outdoors in the buildings and mounted on light poles. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of 12 Crown CTs Series CTs 2000-LITE, CTs 1000-LITE and CTS 600-LITE amplifiers. Signal processing and distribution is provided by three BSS Audio BLU-800 processors, a BLU-320 I/O expander, a BLU-100 12 x 8 signal processor and three BLU-8v2 wall controllers. The amplifiers are connected to the BSS Audio components via CobraNet, using PIP Programmable Input Processor modules that are installed in the amps.

The Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio components are housed in four distributed audio equipment rooms, all tied together with fiber cable. The tech staff can monitor and control all the amplifiers using a customized page in the HARMAN HiQnet London Architect™ system control and configuration software. Each of the equipment rooms has remote inputs and paging, enabling staffers to distribute inputs across the park or page specific areas.

“Although it covers a large area, we were able to test the entire system in the shop before we brought it to the site and configure and tune everything onsite in two days,” said Goen. “We chose the JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers with WeatherMax grilles because of their combination of sound quality, power handling and durability, which is obviously of prime importance in an outdoor installation where they’re also going to be used day in and day out.”

Goen continued, “The BSS Audio BLU devices are my go-to digital signal and networking processors because they offer tremendous flexibility and total reliability. These qualities, along with their ability to connect all the amplifiers on the same network using a single software package made them the obvious choice.”

“We have been pleased with the results from Dustin and his team’s hard work on this project. Everything has been working well thus far, and sound quality we now have throughout the property is excellent,” added Beau Berni, Director of Operations, Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

VARIA Fills Calvary Chapel with Exquisite Sound

Chattanooga, TN – March 2014…Leaving a rental space for a place of their own was a big step for  Calvary Chapel. Their new campus sits amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown Chattanooga, close to restaurants, hotels, shops and grocery stores, making Calvary Chapel now a visible and accessible part of the community.

In fact, Calvary Chapel’s new home is a converted Bi-Lo grocery store, reminiscent of its former self through the concrete floor and open corrugated metal ceiling. Folding this industrial edge into their contemporary approach, Calvary Chapel cleared the columns and raised the roof, opening up the 100 by 100 square foot space and adding a bit of acoustical treatment to the side walls.

The space seats 750-800 people, in typical fan shaped sanctuary seating, with one center aisle and two on either side. The services are always packed, from Saturday night praise band to late Sunday morning service, where they have an extra 150-200 people in overflow areas, connected via fiber.

Their contemporary services, complete with amplified instruments, fit well into this unique, industrious and sleek aesthetic. Making it sound as good as it looks, with hard surfaced, square dimensions, was a whole other issue; one that couldn’t be solved with a one-size-fits-all solution.

“It was pretty rough when they moved in there three or four years ago,” says Tracy Miller of Chattanooga-based DB Technologies. Calvary Chapel called Miller in for a consultation about a year ago, needing his help in taming and utilizing this new space. Miller had previously demoed the Renkus-Heinz PN102 line arrays in the space, but quickly realized he needed a different approach. “With the liveliness of this particular room, a traditional line array wasn’t the right thing. There was just too much sound bouncing around that place.”

What Miller and Calvary Chapel needed was a line array that could be tailored to fit their needs precisely; from rock bands to sermons, without allowing the square, hard barriers of the Chapel to shape the sound. “I had been wanting to try out the VARIA and this seemed like a good opportunity,” Miller says. “We set up a demo, and it was just night and day. With the VARIA array, we were able to taper the coverage and focus the sound on the seating area, without hitting all those walls and reflective surfaces.”

With left and right three-cabinet arrays of narrow, transitional and wide dispersion boxes, VARIA also fits in well with the pre-existing design of the space, complementing both the industrial and the sleek aesthetics. And, says Miller, the dramatic shift in sound quality made the job easier, even for the Chapel’s new sound guy. “He’s been just getting up to speed on the Roland M400 console, and he usually asks a lot of questions. But we went from nobody in the room to a packed house and it was so smooth, I did not have to go to the console even once.”

Miller recalls, “after the first service, I got a text: ‘we want to keep these.’ And I had the feeling that would be the case.”

 

 

 

 

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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.

Now Use a Third-Party Touchscreen with Extron Control Systems

Extron is pleased to introduce the TLI Pro 101 TouchLink Interface, which allows a third party touchscreen display to be used as a point of control within an Extron Pro Series control system. This unique interface includes a scaled HDCP-compliant HDMI input for video preview and the scaled output supports displays from 800×600 to 1920×1200, as well as HDTV 1080p/60. Power over Ethernet – PoE allows the TLI Pro 101 to receive power and communications over a single Ethernet cable, eliminating the need for an additional power supply. The TLI Pro 101 works with any Extron IP Link Pro control processor, enabling third party touchscreen devices to be used for complete, interactive control of a broad range of source devices. more

Tightrope Elevates Instant Replay Capabilities for Georgia Tech Sports

Versatile slo-mo instant replay system instrumental in diversifying content for broadcast and in-venue productions

ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, March 12, 2014 – The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets athletic department comprises 17 sports teams competing in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), with a dedicated legion of fans inside and outside the student/alumni community. The university rewarded its men’s and women’s basketball fans with upgraded game production capabilities prior to last season, delivering a vastly improved live sports experience for fans in the arena and watching the ESPN3 broadcasts.

The production upgrades, first centralized in the Hank McGamish Pavilion’s new control room, have since been extended to other venues on campus via fiber connectivity. The result brings the benefits of a modern digital control room, including slo-mo instant replay courtesy of Tightrope Media Systems, to football and volleyball games – with baseball and other sports soon to follow.

Tightrope’s ZEPLAY slo-mo instant replay system was installed alongside a complement of new cameras, switching and signal processing gear designed to simplify technical operations and improve the fan experience. Georgia Tech Director of Video Operations Andy Blanton believes that they have achieved both with the new control room and remote fiber connections, noting ZEPLAY’s significance in both situations.

“The experience of sitting in the venue is very different from the experience of being at home,” said Blanton. “We’re contracted to provide exclusive and balanced content for the ESPN3 broadcasts while using the same equipment and cast of characters for the in-venue productions. We don’t want to show replays of a visiting team player lighting up the court with dunks and three-pointers to fans in the arena. ZEPLAY gives us the flexibility to highlight exciting Yellow Jackets play for the home fans and cover up some of that action to broadcast audiences.”

From an operational perspective, ZEPLAY has delivered an easy and intuitive platform for control room operators to quickly execute replays, tag content and build tailored highlight packages based on targeted audiences. The built-in multiviewer also helps the ZEPLAY operator understand which angles are best suited for the broadcast and the in-venue production.

Perhaps most important to Blanton is the ability to quickly – and natively – archive and export clips, as the team is tasked with sharing content with multiple sources almost immediately following games. Similarly, much of that archived content is seamlessly imported back into the workflow to show recent highlights in subsequent games.

“We have a system in place to send footage straight from ZEPLAY to the conference office, which they distribute to the opponent we played that night,” said Blanton. “We share that same content, including a melt of highlights, with a multitude of recipients including media, our partners and our coach’s show. We simply hit the archive button and export those clips to the different recipients, with no transcoding required. ZEPLAY natively delivers content to three different editing systems in our case: Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro and Avid. It’s an enormous time-saver for our staff.”

Blanton adds that he’s been able to train operators to use ZEPLAY “within minutes,” including tagging plays with the right information to further accelerate the post-game archive-and-export process. That simple tagging capability also helps his operators keep track which players are hot, as well other developing trends of a game to create home and visitor highlight packages.

Further down the road, Blanton plans to integrate a Tightrope Carousel digital signage solution into the overall workflow to deliver content to display screens Hank McGamish Pavilion. He cites the cost and flexibility of Tightrope solutions as an overall attraction.

“We expect to incorporate Carousel into future marketing efforts, but the price point and feature sets of both products made the purchases an easy decision,” said Blanton. “We initially had another instant replay system in mind. Our consultant, Anthony James Partners, suggested that with just a little more money we could get a far more robust system in ZEPLAY that performs just as well as the high-end, expensive instant replay solutions. That recommendation, along with positive reviews, really swayed our decision to go with Tightrope.”

About Tightrope Media Systems
Founded in 1997, Tightrope Media Systems is the pioneer of web-centric digital signage and broadcast automation systems. It provides station automation, video servers, Internet video on demand, live streaming, the Carousel Digital Signage system, and ZEPLAY, a multi-channel instant replay machine for stadiums, arenas and Outside Broadcast vehicles. Tightrope’s award winning systems are used throughout the world. You can reach Tightrope Media Systems at (866) 866-4118 or visit them on the web at http://www.trms.com.

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Bring Your Own Device with Extron LinkLicense

Extron is pleased to introduce LinkLicense, a simple way for people to use their tablet or laptop as the primary control interface in an Extron control system. LinkLicense gives integrators the freedom to choose control interfaces based on their customers’ specific needs, and gives users a much broader choice of control interfaces. All IPCP Pro control processors may be purchased with or without a LinkLicense. more

HARMAN’s JBL Professional to Host Manufacturer’s Forum Seminar on VTX Line Arrays at Prolight + Sound 2014d

FRANKFURT, Germany – At Prolight + Sound 2014, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is hosting a Manufacturer’s Forum seminar on its revolutionary VTX line array system. The seminar will be hosted by Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional, and will take place on Friday, March 14 at 11:00 AM at the Cosmopolitan Lounge in Hall 9.T

At the seminar, aspects of the JBL Professional VTX system will be presented, including transducer technology, system design details, amplification/processing and simulation/control software. New additions to the VTX product family will also be featured, including the VTX F Series and VTX V20/S25.

“Our VTX product lineup continues to grow and as our customer base expands accordingly, Prolight + Sound offers a prime opportunity to make even more potential customers aware of VTX’s sonic superiority, easy rigging and unmatched power,” Bauman said.

All Prolight & Sound attendees are welcome to join the seminar. For more information on JBL Professional VTX line arrays, please visit www.jblpro.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Yamaha Renowned Digital Console Legacy Continues With QL Series

BUENA PARK, Calif.—The Yamaha CL Series of digital consoles raised the bar in live digital mixing to an unprecedented level of refinement with evolved sound quality, operability, and functionality, while maintaining the traditional values that have made Yamaha digital mixers industry standards. Today, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. announces the worldwide launch of the QL Series inheriting CL features such as all-in-one mixing, processing, and routing capability for small to medium scale live tour sound, house of worship installations, corporate A/V, and speech applications.

As with the CL Series, the Yamaha QL Series includes circuitry and components that have been designed and selected with the utmost care, achieving outstanding audio purity from input to output. With a solid, sonic foundation it is possible to take full advantage of built-in premium internal processors such as legendary Yamaha VCM technology and the Portico 5033/5043 created in cooperation with Rupert Neve Designs to shape and create as required. For a wide range of speech applications, built-in Dan Dugan Sound Design automatic mixing provides optimum channel balance while allowing the mix engineer to concentrate fully on the overall sound.

“When Yamaha learned about my process, they thought it would be good for us to get together, states Dan Dugan. We collaborated on making a plug-in card that would go into Yamaha mixing boards, and it has been very successful. Then we decided to go one step further and build Dugan automatic mixing right into the new Yamaha QL. I am very excited about giving more Yamaha customers the opportunity to use my auto mixing.”

Significant features include port to port routing via built-in R Series input/outputs that can patch any input port to any output port so the QL console can function as a remote I/O device for any other QL or CL, touch and turn knob operation, and direct file compatibility between the new QL and CL Series Digital Consoles (no need for Console File Converter to exchange files). Yamaha QL consoles feature large touch-panel displays that make up a remarkably smooth, efficient control interface. In addition to ample analog input and output capacity, the QL Series features the same onboard Dante audio networking protocol that provides broad connectivity in CL consoles.

“The new QL Series brings the powerful features and quality of the CL Series to smaller applications along with additional enhancements not typically found in digital mixers in this price range,” states Marc Lopez, marketing manager, Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. “These new enhancements will enable the engineer to use a sophisticated system that improves the overall operating experience.”

Remote control via an iPad with Yamaha StageMix as well as online/offline QL Editor Software for MAC and PC computers adds even more refinement to an already state-of-the-art operating environment. Yamaha QL 1 and QL5 consoles feature 16/32 built-in Mic/Line Analog Inputs, 18/34 faders, 8/16 built-in Analog Outputs, 32/64 + 8 Stereo input mixing channels capability, and 16 Mix + 8 Matrix (or 24 mix total) + Stereo + Mono Outputs. The built-in Dante interface (Daisy-chain or Redundant modes) provides a 64×64 matrix for the QL5 and 32×32 for the QL1. All consoles feature two MY Card Slots, 8-space Premium Rack, 8-space GEQ Rack, 8-space Effects Rack, and one license of Dante Virtual Soundcard is included.

Yamaha QL consoles are compatible with Nuendo Live (sold separately) and feature Nuendo Live Control, MIDI/GPI Control Ports, and two-track direct to USB and multi-track recording playback capabilities. The QL1 is also rack mountable (RK1 rack mount kit sold separately).

The Yamaha QL Series will be available in early April 2014 at an MSRP of $8,499 for the QL1 and $16,499 for the QL5.

For more information on the Yamaha QL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.
To witness the new QL in action, visit Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. at NAB 2014 in Las Vegas at booth #C2143.

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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.

Clearwing Takes KARA and KIVA to the Streets of New York City

The Bacon Brothers on NYC's Super Bowl Boulevard stage featuring Clearwing's L-ACOUSTICS KARA and KIVA enclosures

Week of Super Bowl concerts on Broadway rely on L-ACOUSTICS

NEW YORK CITY — Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee reports that it was hired by the National Football League for three Super Bowl venues, all of which it supported with a full compliment of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers.

The NFL’s official Super Bowl Tailgate party held at the old Meadowlands Racetrack featured American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips, The Band Perry and the cast of Jersey Boys on a brand new K2 rig. The NFL On Location Super Bowl Club featured the Fray and Cyndi Lauper before the game on another K2 system hung at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. However, the real test for Clearwing took place during the entire week prior to the game across the river in Manhattan.

Super Bowl Boulevard took over Broadway between 34th and 47th streets featuring a stage that by day hosted NFL player autograph sessions and by night bands like Blondie, the Bacon Brothers, Michael Cavanaugh and the Café Wha? House Band.

The system had to be compact because, although the stage spanned the Great White Way, emergency vehicle lanes needed to be created on both sides of the street, which kept the stage width down to a rather tight 32 feet. Furthermore, the system had to ground stacked, which made the choice of KARA and KIVA, supported by eight SB18 and a pair of SB28 subs, one that met both the logistical and audio needs.

“Stacking in the downstage corners of the stage, the width of the speakers took up minimal stage space; plus, being able to stack the SB18s directly behind the KARA stacks allowed us to get the bigger sound that a three-way enclosure would provide while still maintaining a small footprint,” says Clearwing’s Steve Harvey, who, along with system tech Trevor Powers, was in charge of the audio for the stage. “We had the SB18s running up to 100Hz for improved low end from bass guitar and drums, and the SB28s in front of the stage added extra lows in the drums and playback elements.”

As if the logistical challenges of an outdoor gig in the middle of Manhattan were not enough, the weather in New York City that week was at times very cold.

“Our semi trucks had to be unloaded at midnight and the show started at noon,” says Harvey. Outdoor temperatures got down to zero Fahrenheit at times. “The amps were turned on at the beginning of the week and stayed on all week. The L-ACOUSTICS gear was solid throughout, however; not a single blip from an LA-RAK — even in these extreme conditions — and the speakers were solid.”

When the bands played, the audio had to cover an area that extended a full city block. That may sound more like a gig for a full-sized K1 rig rather than the relatively diminutive KARA, but it was about coverage — not volume — which is where the KIVA boxes came into play.

“We deployed a pair of KIVAs every 40 feet on each side of the street,” adds Harvey. “There were three sets of delays total, and it was all about coverage and intelligibility. Those delays meant we could hit the very back of the block without thrashing the nine KARA boxes stacked on either side of the stage. It was a tough gig, but the L-ACOUSTICS stuff worked great.”

Clearwing Productions can be found online at www.clearwing.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 the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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Contact:
L-ACOUSTICS US
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

Design and Install Complete XTP Systems from Extron Today

Extron Electronics is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the XTP T UWP 202 wallplate transmitter. Now, all announced products for the XTP line are available to successfully design and integrate XTP Systems for reliable AV signal switching and distribution. As a completely integrated solution, XTP provides local connectivity as well as extended transmission capability for sending high resolution video, audio, control, Ethernet, and power up to 330 feet (100 meters) over a single shielded CATx cable. Modular XTP CrossPoint matrix switchers and a wide selection of XTP extenders in a variety of form factors offer the needed scalability and flexibility for twisted pair applications. The XTP CrossPoint frames also support today’s emerging resolutions, including 4K. For the cable infrastructure, use of Extron-certified shielded twisted pair cable and connectors ensures optimal performance of the installation. more

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