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ASHLY AUDIO PROCESSING AND MULTI-CHANNEL AMPS REVAMP CHICAGO AREA MALL

VERNON HILLS, ILLINOIS: Built in the early 1970s, Westfield Hawthorn Mall is located in the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills. Its classic mall architecture boasts 4 anchor stores, 180 retail spaces, and 1.3 million square feet of space. However, until recently, its sound system possessed the lifeless quality of 1970s-era contractor-grade components. Music was low-fidelity, speech was of poor intelligibility, and volume throughout was too loud during slow times and too quiet during busy times. Renaissance Communications Systems, located nearby in Franklin Park, Illinois, overhauled Westfield Hawthorn Mall’s sound system. In addition to replacing the ceiling speakers, Renaissance also gave the mall modern auto-leveling control and multi-zone support using two Ashly Audio ne8800M 8-In x 8-Out Protea™ DSP System Processors and two 8-channel Ashly ne8250.70 Network Amplifiers.

“Certainly, one big issue was the sound quality itself,” said Mike Shares, CEO with Renaissance. “The components needed to be modernized. Beyond that, they were having problems with the volume control. First, the system wasn’t zoned properly, so low-ceiling areas had to share the same volume with high-ceiling areas such that neither area could be ideal. Moreover, traffic in the mall varies widely; it’s very slow on a weekday afternoon but very busy on a weekend afternoon or in the rush up to the holidays. The management wanted the sound system to play at appropriate volumes without having to manually track it. They have enough other things to worry about.”

Shares divided the system into thirteen zones based on location, purpose, and ceiling height. Input sources to each zone may be selected independently, and the target volume-over-noise in each zone may also be selected independently. Sensing microphones in several of the zones feed the pair of Ashly ne8800M Protea™ Digital Processors, which analyze the ambient noise and adjust the music or paging output to hit the target sound pressure level. A pair of Ashly ne8250.70 8-Channel Network Power amplifiers deliver 250-Watts per channel to all thirteen zones while taking-up only 4 rack spaces. Nearly 200 full-fidelity Community D6 loudspeakers now deliver the background music with modern impact and convey pages with crystal-clear intelligibility. Of course, paging and alarm overrides provide Westfield Hawthorn Mall patrons with a secure environment.

“I’ve been using Ashly for twelve years now, and I’ve always had excellent results,” said Shares. “The equipment is extremely reliable, and its five-year warranty was a selling point for the client. I have a good relationship with the Ashly support staff, and they helped with the most efficient plan for Westfield Hawthorn Mall. The ambient noise detection and adjustment feature in the Protea software works very well, and the fact that we could fit all of the processing and amplifier channels into just 8 rack spaces was great. That saves space and power consumption.” Based on the success of Westfield Hawthorn Mall, Renaissance has already secured another mall renovation job, where Shares will again use Ashly processing and amplification to deliver excellent performance at a fiercely competitive price.

ABOUT ASHLY AUDIO Ashly Audio Inc. is recognized as a world leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality & high performance signal processing equipment and power amplification for use in the commercial sound contracting and professional audio markets. The 40-year old company is headquartered in Webster, New York U.S.A.

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Power Music of Denmark Takes Newly Purchased HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers to ABC Beach Party

GRENAA STRAND, Denmark — Power Music of Denmark recently added HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers to its inventory. A longtime HARMAN customer, Power Music is a leading regional provider of sound and lighting systems for applications of all sizes. The company recently put its new VTX system to the test at ABC Beach Party, a 12-hour event organized by Danish broadcaster ABC Radio, featuring approximately 25 artists. Held at Grenaa Strand, in Denmark, ABC Beach Party drew an audience of 10,200 people.

“As a JBL VERTEC® user for many years, the time had come for us to take the next step with VTX,” said Rune Hjort, Owner of Power Music. “The launch of the VTX V20 loudspeaker was a perfect solution for our company, providing great flexibility and fast setup with the new ASM suspension system.”

Power Music purchased a total of 16 VTX V20 loudspeakers, along with six S25 subwoofers and six G28 subwoofers. In addition, the company added six Crown I-Tech 12000HD and four I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers featuring Crown’s DriveCore™ technology (on top of the four I-Tech 4x3500HD amps the company already owns).

The PA system at ABC Beach Party featured a left-right configuration of eight V20 loudspeakers per side, topped with three S25 subwoofers per side. Six G28 subwoofers were ground-stacked as a center cluster in cardioid mode, while two VTX F12 loudspeakers were used for out fill. All monitors were JBL SRX712 and VRX915M loudspeakers, while side fill monitoring was handled with two JBL SRX725 loudspeakers and two SRX718S subwoofers. A Soundcraft Vi4 digital console was used at the FOH position, while a Vi1 console was deployed for monitors and the entire system was powered with Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers that were controlled, configured and monitored with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™.

“The last couple of years we have used JBL VERTEC® VT4888 loudspeakers, so we were really excited to see how the VTX system would compare,” said Rune Hjort, Owner of Power Music. “Needless to say it blew everyone away.
Considering the size of the crowd and the fact that the music was very sub-heavy we had some concerns about the amount of headroom. But when you have VTX boxes with I-Tech HD amps in front, you never really run out of power—you can just keep turning up the volume. I also love the fact that we barely had to touch the EQ on the vocals to get it just right.”

For more information on Power Music, please visit www.powermusic.dk

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.

DANLEY LOUDSPEAKERS DELIVER AUDIO HORSEPOWER AT CHURCHILL DOWNS

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky held the very first Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks horse races in 1875, the year it opened. The track acquired its now-iconic twin-spires grandstand in 1895 and subsequently added to it on either side in pieces during the last century, bringing the grandstand’s current capacity to 52,000. In anticipation of the 2014 Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs commenced installation of a 171-ft. by 90-ft. video screen, the largest 4k video board in the world. Because the facility’s low-fi sound reinforcement system had been designed ages ago for only spoken word reproduction, the new screen would require a serious sound system upgrade to realize its full potential and impact. Dallas-based Marsh/PMK International, LLC designed the new sound reinforcement systems for all of the outdoor areas including nearly sixty clusters in the grandstands comprised of Danley Sound Labs SH50, SM96 and SM60F loudspeakers as well as TH212 subwoofers.

Encompass Develop, Design & Construct oversaw the installation of both the new video board and the new sound systems and they hired Marsh/PMK. Dave Stearns and Tim Lindstrom worked with Marsh/PMK to execute the sound system project from conception to completion. “The timeline for such a large-scale project was incredibly short – only six-and-a-half months from start to finish,” said David Marsh, owner of Marsh/PMK. “We were selected as the consultant in early October and delivered the design to Encompass at the end of December with two addenda following in January. Siemens was awarded the installation contract at the beginning of February. They won the bid in part because they have an ongoing contract to operate and maintain the sound systems at Churchill Downs. As such, they were already familiar with the facility and all the relevant operational aspects. Minor installation work and punch list corrections were still going on after the opening of Churchill Downs’ spring meet on April 26. Final testing and adjustments followed to make the system fully ready for the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby race days on May 2nd and 3rd.”

“I’ve been listening to Danley systems at trade shows for years now,” said Marsh. “I like the company’s philosophy of building large horn systems instead of adding to the already flooded market of line arrays. We see line arrays used in many permanent installations where properly designed horn arrays would work better. People have the idea that line arrays are a panacea, the cure-all for every situation, because they can throw sound long distances and because the main sound lobe can be electronically shaped and steered. True, but there is another side to that story.” Marsh goes on to explain, “Constructive and destructive interference that makes line arrays work also causes noticeable variations in tonal quality. Interference also produces lobes of sound in unintended directions, including behind the array. Lastly, most line arrays have wide horizontal dispersion, the angle of which is usually fixed by the basic building block of the array. In such cases, it is not possible to vary the horizontal dispersion angle along the length of the array to optimally match the intended coverage area.”

Marsh said, “I’ve been looking for the right project for Danley. Churchill Downs became the one. Danley clusters positioned along the front edge of Level 300 serve the largest covered seating tier and all the trackside sections in front of the grandstand building from one end to the other. A tight vertical pattern with sharp cut-offs was critical in our long-throw situation. We had to throw sound all the way down to the edge of the track without ‘sizzling the hair’ of people seated below the clusters where Level 200 protrudes out from the building. The system performs as intended. I was also pleased by the performance of Danley’s TH-212 subwoofers. This is a tapped horn design that delivers an impressive amount of bass in a relatively small package.”

Our original design was based on a different loudspeaker manufacturer, but they couldn’t guarantee that their products would be delivered on time,” said Marsh. “Danley had slightly greater vertical coverage patterns in similar box sizes [to those of the other manufacturer], which allowed us to modify our design to use one less box per cluster. That would ultimately be a cost savings. Danley emphatically stated that the boxes would be delivered on time and that sealed the deal. They made good on their promise.”

Danley Sound Labs, Inc. President and CEO Mike Hedden commented, “One of the things we are very proud of is our U.S.-based manufacturing. From the time we got the order until it was shipped complete was four weeks; 250 fully weatherproofed loudspeakers in four weeks, that’s unheard of in this day of off shore production! During this time the south got hit by two severe snowstorms that wreaked havoc on the region. Even with raw goods being lost in logistics which delayed shipments, we still delivered the products in organized pallets so that each load represented a finished cluster on the job site in four weeks.”

Unlike a typical baseball or football stadium, the grandstand building at Churchill Downs has seating tiers that are stacked vertically, straight up and down. Moreover, various expansions have occurred over the years adding sections on either side of the historic “twin spires.” All of these sections have slightly different profiles. There are varying ceiling heights, seating depths and column spacing. It was a unique situation that required careful planning. Unfortunately, Churchill Downs did not have CAD drawings of the facility. In fact, PDF drawings provided to Marsh/PMK trickled in over a period of weeks and none of them were to scale. “This put the already tight design schedule in serious jeopardy.” Marsh said. “How were we going to get this project into EASE [for coverage modeling] and how were we going to produce usable CAD backgrounds?”

Tim Lindstrom worked with Melvin Saunders, another consultant working on the Marsh/PMK team, to meet the challenge. Tim used dimensions obtained during the initial site survey to create re-scaled PDFs. Melvin used Google Earth to confirm or correct the dimensions and then created a SketchUp model of the complicated grandstands. The SketchUp model was imported into EASE, which finally allowed Dave Stearns to get into the detailed loudspeaker system design. Tim subsequently set about creating the necessary CAD backgrounds. “I was very proud of our team’s resourcefulness.” Marsh declared.

Two basic cluster types alternate along the length of the grandstand, just under the front edge of the Level 300 ceiling. There are nearly sixty clusters in total. The first type of cluster includes a Danley SH50 long-throw box and a companion TH212 subwoofer. The SH50 covers the seating in front of the grandstand building all the way out to the edge of the track. The second type of cluster replaces those boxes with a Danley SM96 to provide near coverage in between the horizontal cut-off angles of the SH50s in the adjacent clusters. Both cluster types include a rear-firing full-range SM60F aimed toward the top of the Level 300 seating tier and a more-or-less down firing SM96 with its woofer removed.

Marsh/PMK expanded existing Q-Sys DSP and QSC amplification to power the system. Existing Renkus-Heinz and QSC loudspeakers were repurposed and added to as necessary to improve coverage on the “porches” in front of upper level suites and on Level 200 of the grandstand building. Renkus boxes were also used on the front edge of Level 200 to cover walkways in front of the building and the rear of Level 100 seating where the Danley coverage is shadowed by overhangs. Existing Community loudspeakers were repurposed and added as necessary on poles to cover seating that extends beyond the building as well as the track infield, the entry plaza and the paddock area. “Re-use of existing equipment where possible was a goal of our design, but Danley now provides the major audio horsepower for the grandstands at Churchill Downs,” said Marsh, claiming no pun intended.

ABOUT DANLEY SOUND LABS Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry today and recognized worldwide as a pioneer for “outside the box” thinking in professional audio technology.

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Extron Tackles Lecture Capture with the Introduction of the SMP 351 and FlexOS

We are pleased to introduce the SMP 351, an H.264 streaming media processor for capturing and distributing live AV sources and presentations. Featuring up to five inputs, the SMP 351 creates high-impact content by combining two high resolution signals, a background image, and metadata into dynamic layouts that enhance a presentation’s message. The SMP 351 supports both live streaming and recording capabilities, allowing a presentation to be delivered anywhere a network can reach. Extron’s FlexOS embedded operating system makes it easily-adaptable to new requirements, and applications can be uploaded to the SMP 351 to automate system operation using control ports. It is easy to use, and with no licensing fees, has a low cost of ownership. The SMP 351 is a flexible, cost-effective solution for delivering presentations to a larger audience. more

Heuvelman Uses Riedel Gear to Create Integrated A/V, Data, and Intercom Solution for Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014

Enabling Transport of All Signals Over One Cable, Riedel Equipment Significantly Reduced Complexity of Complete Media, Data, and Communications Infrastructure

SOEST, Netherlands — July 29, 2014 – Riedel Communications, provider of pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks, today announced that the Netherlands’ Heuvelman Sound & Vision B.V. used Riedel equipment to provide an interconnected digital TETRA system and intercom system for the Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, which concluded June 15 in The Hague. Throughout the field hockey tournament, the Riedel installation supported HD video transport for two LED screens in Kyocera Stadium, audio and video for displays across the press village, and flexible data and intercom communications across the event.

“Riedel gear was a perfect fit for this project because it alone would allow us to connect a digital TETRA system to an intercom system,” said Arjen Buijs, sales manager at Heuvelman Sound & Vision B.V. “The versatility and reliability of Riedel systems are always a compelling reason to use the gear, and they provided seamless interoperability and smooth performance throughout this tournament.”

The Rabobank Hockey World Cup 2014, consisting of 76 matches, represented both the men’s and women’s World Cup tournaments, and as many as six matches took place each day. To support the event, Heuvelman deployed Riedel’s MediorNet real-time network along with an Artist intercom system, using the compact Juggler digital trunked radio network solution to enable connection of 220 Motorola TETRA radios to the Artist system over MediorNet.

The high degree of interoperability among Riedel solutions allowed all signals to be carried over a single cable. This benefit significantly reduced the volume and complexity of cabling required for all A/V, data, and communications signals, in turn making it easier to establish cable runs including the lengthy connection from the control room to the stadium.

As a whole, the installation included five MediorNet frames, distributed across both the main Kyocera Stadium and the temporary GreenFields Stadium, as well as the Artist digital matrix intercom system for wired communications. The wireless Motorola radios were tied into this system via Riedel’s Juggler. Riedel provided on-site support throughout installation and testing, as well as remote support throughout the event.

“We are proud that Riedel gear is repeatedly selected for the world’s top sports events,” said David Bouma, sales manager, Riedel Benelux. “The Rabobank Hockey World Cup was one of the biggest sporting events in the history of The Hague, and Riedel equipment played a key role in supporting successful production and contributing to fans’ enjoyment of a premier field hockey event.”

Further information about Heuvelman Sound & Vision B.V. is available at www.heuvelman.nl.

Further information about Riedel and the company’s products is available at www.riedel.net.

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About Riedel Communications
Riedel Communications designs, manufactures, and distributes pioneering real-time video, audio, data, and communications networks for broadcast, pro audio, event, sports, theater, and security applications. The company also provides rental services for radio and intercom systems, event IT solutions, fiber backbones, and wireless signal transmission systems that scale easily for events of any size, anywhere in the world. Founded in 1987, the company now employs more than 400 people at 11 locations in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

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The Refuge Selects LynTec Relay Panels for New North Carolina Campus

RPCRs Bring Remote Power Sequencing to House of Worship’s Light and Audio Applications

LENEXA, Kan. — July 29, 2014 — LynTec, a leading manufacturer of customized electrical power control solutions for professional audio, video, and lighting systems, today announced that the company’s award-winning RPCR relay panels have been selected for The Refuge’s new campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina. Featuring remote control capabilities, LynTec’s RPCR-48 and RPCR-24 provide remote sequencing capabilities to the house of worship’s light and audio systems, without the need to redesign the church’s current system.

The Refuge’s new Kannapolis campus features state-of-the-art sound and light systems that turn sermons, concerts, and other church events into immersive audience experiences. To add simple remote sequencing and control, easy status updates via the Web, and the ability to power down equipment completely, integrator WAVE turned to LynTec’s award-winning RPCR-48 and RPCR-24 relay panels. Featuring a built-in Web server to bring remote electrical control to any large assembly space, the RPCRs add easy branch circuit control and monitoring to any existing breaker panel regardless of brand, make, or model.

“The Refuge was looking for a power management solution that could add the ability to sequentially power down the facility’s surround audio system, HD video components, and concert lighting in order to protect equipment from potential damage and increase the longevity of their systems’ use,” said Justin Hames, director of engineering/modeling, WAVE. “By integrating LynTec’s RPCR relay panels, the client can now turn systems on and off without any risk to equipment performance, while adding the capability to monitor the status of panels easily from the Web. The result is both intelligent power protection and advanced monitoring capabilities from any Web-enabled device.”

LynTec’s RPCR panels add easy on/off control to any existing circuit breaker panel installation and are compatible with popular control systems such as ETC(R), Creston(R), and AMX(R). In addition, the units offer the ability to control relays directly via TCP/IP, DMX, RS-232, or contact closure control systems. Featuring brownout protection, RPCRs will automatically shut down selected circuits during under-voltage situations and power-up as programmed when voltage regains stability. The units also provide emergency power-on for egress lighting and shutdown capabilities for amplifiers with contact closure inputs from fire alarms. Thanks to the RPCRs’ built-in Web server and browser-based interface, users can simply set up, troubleshoot, control, and monitor relay status remotely. Further, the system keeps users aware of any potential emergencies by sending alert notifications via text or email to warn of voltage anomalies.

“The ability to power down equipment sequentially provides both fail-safe protection against potential damage and the ability to bring greater energy-efficiency to large A/V/L installations through the elimination of phantom power,” said Mark Bishop, president of LynTec. “Designed specifically for houses of worship, schools, performing arts centers, auditoriums, and other large assembly spaces, our award-winning panels allow The Refuge staff to control power remotely from any smartphone, computer, or tablet device to add another level of protection to their investments. We are extremely pleased to participate in such an innovative project; it provides the perfect example for demonstrating the flexible potential of today’s power management technology.”

More information on LynTec’s RPCR panels and full line of products is available at www.LynTec.com.

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About LynTec
LynTec is a leading manufacturer of remotely operated AC power control systems for the professional sound, lighting, and video industries. The company offers both electrical protection and circuit switching capabilities within the same enclosure — saving space, lowering installation costs, and building trusted relationships with system designers. LynTec’s continuous growth in electrical and expanded lighting control, energy monitoring, built-in power conditioning, and mobile applications positions the company as a leading resource for the A/V and lighting industries and an integral partner for sustainable energy practices. More information is available at www.LynTec.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Martin Audio®
Founded by audio engineer David Martin in 1971, Martin Audio pioneered the use of all-horn-loaded bass designs in world-class touring loudspeaker systems for groups such as Pink Floyd, ELP and Supertramp. Located outside of London, Martin Audio now embodies a sophisticated mix of acoustic design, research, mathematical modeling and software engineering for a wide range of products in the installation, cinema and touring sound markets.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Montreal Jazz Festival Front Loaded With Yamaha Consoles

Guy Vincent

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

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

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

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

Richie Forte

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

Stephane Grimm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About PreSonus

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

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