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Martin Audio MLA Mini Lifts Spirits At IDC Church

Chicago, IL––Encompass AV recently installed a Martin Audio MLA Mini loudspeaker system at the Inspirational Deliverance Center Church of God in Christ as part of a major technical upgrade for its 500-seat worship center.

Tim Pickett, President of Encompass AV, explains that his company was chosen because “the church liked the fact that we could deliver a turnkey system with sound, lighting and a video network, the whole package.

“And they insisted on really good sound,” Tim adds. “The church has a very energetic Gospel choir and two Leslie cabinets hooked up to the Hammond organ that really push the audio system to the limits. Plus the worship center has highly reflective surfaces so they needed a system with exceptional output control.

“We specified several systems for them and they chose the Martin Audio MLA Mini because of the system’s state of the art technology and phenomenal sound quality. Also, the coverage had a nice tight pattern to it, and that was a huge selling point for MLA. In fact, we set up a demo and they liked it so much, they bought the demo units!”

The installed audio system includes two four-block MLA Mini arrays driven by MSX mini sub power plants. Two Martin Audio AQ8s provide additional fill with four C6.8T ceiling speakers installed in the low ceiling above the choir as monitors. Two Behringer S16 digital snakes supplement a Behringer X32 digital console with programmable MIDAS preamps.

There are three video displays in the sanctuary, two 80” Sharp LEDs left and right and a 70” Sharp LED facing the choir, with two Sony 1080P PTZ HD cameras driving the video network system. Lighting is provided by 60 Elation LED PAR-style lighting systems with six Elation LED architectural floods.

Asked about the MLA Mini’s performance, Tim enthuses, “I love it. The sound quality is amazing. Everybody that’s heard it comments on how crystal clear it is and the Church is ecstatic about the system.”

Rob Hofkamp, Martin Audio Director of North American Operations adds, “The MLA Compact has already made significant inroads in Church installations and the MLA Mini should also enjoy considerable success in the House of Worship market given its compact size, control and exceptional performance.”

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 Covers Serious Space at Eaton World Headquarters

Beachwood, OH – September 2014… Founded nearly a century ago as a small gear and axle manufacturer, Eaton Corporation has grown to become a global leader in power management, with more than 100,000 employees in 175 countries. The company recently opened its new world headquarters in this Cleveland suburb, a 580,000-square-foot office tower designed by architects Pickard-Chilton of New Haven, CT.

The building’s entrance encompasses a massive glass atrium soaring several stories high, creating a vast, open and naturally lit indoor space. More than just an impressive entryway, it’s a stunning architectural design that serves as a nexus for staff and guests to converge for everything from casual lunching to large-scale company events.

International AV consultants Electrosonic created the atrium’s focal point, a towering cylindrical LED display matrix “chandelier” that brings an ever-changing dynamic to the environment with imagery, information, and animations that can be seen throughout the space.

Audio and acoustical treatment was provided by Milford, CT-based SH Acoustics, the company behind such landmarks as Washington, DC’s Newseum, NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Exploration Space, and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Daily Planet. As SH Acoustics President Steve Haas explains, the brief was to create an acoustical experience that would complement the stunning visual environment.

“It’s a very dynamic space — much more than just a lobby,” says Haas. “It’s often used to host both formal and informal events, sometimes attended by hundreds of people.”

Needless to say, the large, reflective environment presented its share of acoustical challenges. Says Haas, “it’s a very large, very live space, and no one really knew how all these different surfaces would work together. We worked with (integrators) Zenith Systems and the architects to design the audio system, enhance the acoustical treatment, and ensure that everything they were planning was done right.”

Anticipating that the atrium would become something of a multi-use space, Haas explains his team’s approach in designing the sound system. “We broke it down to several different categories,” he says. “The daytime experience is more of a casual, ambient environment, while the evening experience is typically an event or presentation, with the chandelier as a visual focus. We had to create an audio system that could provide complete and consistent coverage, as well as being flexible and reconfigurable for different types of events.”

The main system centers around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC7-II mechanically steerable line array loudspeakers. A total of eight IC7-II are implemented throughout the space, each with its own matching subwoofer, creating eight points of full-range sound. But as Haas explains, only two of the arrays are permanently mounted. “We’ve made six of them portable. The two permanently mounted units are great for providing light ambient music to fill the space. The others are on stands, and when they want to do a larger event, they just set them up, plug them in, and press a button from wherever they are in the space. That’s the magic of DSP — we’ve set up various configurations to work with a number of different types of events, different presentation positions, and other variables.”

“The key to the success of this system is in using very directional speakers, and placing them precisely,” observes Brian Yates, Project Coordinator with Zenith Systems. “Steve Haas recommended Iconyx because it’s an excellent speaker that throws well and has great directionality. He and his team spent several days working with us to calculate DSP and time alignment for each speaker, based on different possible scenarios of where in the space a presentation might be held.”

The trick, of course, is to achieve the impression of localized sound throughout the atrium, and to do so from whichever of several possible locations the presenter might select. “The Iconyx arrays are all calibrated to create an immersion in the middle of the atrium,” says Haas. “Using different time delays, we can make it sound like it is coming from one end or one side or wherever the speaker is located. The IC7s behave so well, even in challenging spaces, and that is a big part of what makes it work.”

“This was the first project we’d worked with Steve on, but we’ve worked with Iconyx on a number of projects, and agreed immediately it was a great solution,” says Yates. “It’s also got a nice, low profile, which makes it easy to blend them in with the architecture.”

“This has been a really unique and interesting project,” Haas concludes. “Holding events in an atrium isn’t all that new, but the type of multimedia events they’re doing in this space really does raise the bar. They are not just creating innovative content, they’re also figuring out how to be creative in delivering it in this space, with this medium. We’re really pleased with the results.”

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

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Steely Dan’s Pursuit of Perfection with MLA

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen took Steely Dan’s “Jamalot Ever After” tour across the U.S. and Canada this summer, with OSA International, Inc. providing Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) sound system.

Steely Dan has a reputation among audiophiles and throughout Pro Audio for their fastidious attention to sound production, so much so that many FOH engineers and system techs use a Steely Dan track to tune a system. When it comes to live sound, their expectations for the PA are no less demanding.

Returning to mix Steely Dan is Mark Dowdle, whose extensive credits include Elton John, Gloria Estefan, Fleetwood Mac, Tina Turner and Jackson Browne, to name just a few. Last year’s tour included a stop at Ravinia Festival in Chicago, where Dowdle mixed on two 7-box MLA arrays, the first year of a new OSA installation and the first new PA in a decade at North America’s oldest music festival.

Mark Dowdle

Late last year, Steely Dan’s road manager, tour sound icon Robert ‘Nitebob’ Czaykowski, introduced Walter Becker to MLA at a demonstration at New York’s Manhattan Center, where they were able to walk around and hear the evenness of its response and coverage. Steely Dan often plays theaters, where the mix position is usually at the back, beneath a balcony. “I go out there every day and listen to it; that’s part of my gig,” Czaykowski said. “What really knocks me out about MLA is that you can really control it so it’s not splattering off a back wall or cluttering up in the lower balcony.”

Present also at the NYC demo was Jim Risgin, Vice President for OSA –owners of the largest inventory of MLA in North America. With offices in Chicago, Las Vegas and now also Nashville, OSA have built an impressive reputation and client list providing complete technical services to some of the largest corporate, sporting events and concert tours in the U.S. The NYC demo was followed by extensive research from Mark Dowdle to confirm that the system would deliver the desired performance, and as a result Steely Dan added MLA to their tour.

Across the demanding 56-stop tour, MLA showed its versatility, control and overall sound performance credentials. Dowdle points out that the MLA provides extremely even front-to-back SPL as well as evenness of frequency response throughout the listening area. “The coverage is very smooth, especially its shading,” he said. “You can walk up on the PA in the front and it sounds just like it does in the back of the room.”

Dowdle also mentions an improvement to the stereo field. “Everything is more defined, so that automatically translates into the stereo field being more discernable,” he said. “MLA gives me dynamic range, clarity and definition so that I’m able to position and layer sounds in the stereo field which you can really hear where they all are.” He adds that the MLA’s sound is extremely coherent and is very responsive from a mixing standpoint. “You make a small fader move and it’s immediately noticeable.”

Furthermore, Dowdle is surprised by the constant comments from the audience. “I’ve been mixing for a long time and usually nobody ever says anything. This particular tour I’ve had more response from the audience than any tour I’ve ever done in my entire career, and it’s always been very positive and it’s always been very poignant. That’s in large part because of MLA allowing me to get it exactly how I want everywhere in the room.”

OSA crew chief and MLA system engineer Martyn ‘Ferrit’ Rowe is well known from his tenure at Martin Audio as an MLA product specialist before leaving to work for OSA as Director of Engineering. The Steely Dan tour travels in two trucks, carrying consoles and backline (including a Steinway grand) in one, and lights and PA in the second. “We’re carrying 26 MLA and 2 MLD down-fills, as well as 18 MLA Compacts, plus 8 MLX subs and 6 W8LMD used as front-fills,” Rowe explains.

The tour played Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena and New Orleans’ UNO Lakefront Arena using the 14-box MLA main arrays and 9-box MLA Compact side arrays that they carry. “The LA Forum was the only venue on our 56-show itinerary where we had to add PA,” said Mitchell Keller, Steely Dan’s production manager for the fourth year running. “It’s quite impressive that on a two truck tour we can carry enough PA to do arenas.”

The rest of the itinerary ranged from sheds and theaters to casinos. “The smallest venue was Humphrey’s in San Diego, putting in two subwoofers and ground stacking six MLA per side,” Rowe explains. “We recently did four shows in a row with single point hangs using ten MLA enclosures.”

As well as MLA’s flexibility and scalability, Rowe is keen to point out the simplicity of its operation. “It’s like fly by wire; you tell it what you want and the software produces a custom preset for your system and the room,” he said. “This isn’t auto EQ, you still have control over all the decisions that are being made, but the computer is doing the heavy lifting for you.”

So, coming full circle, what did Fagen and Becker make of the sound quality? According to Dowdle, “Both have come out into the audience on a number of occasions and have always been positive with their feedback and what was going on.

“More often than not Donald will come out and listen and frequently comments, ‘It sounds great,’ which is probably the highest compliment that I could ever receive in my career.”

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

Satin Sound Deploys Martin Audio For Lady Antebellum Concert

Satin Sound Systems, Inc. recently supported a sold out concert by Lady Antebellum with Martin Audio at the First Niagara Pavilion outdoor amphitheater in Burgettstown, PA during the band’s “Take Me Downtown” tour in support of their album, Golden.

Formed eight years ago in Nashville, Lady Antebellum is made up of Hillary Scott (lead and background vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and background vocals, guitar) and Dave Haywood (lead and background vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin).

The successful country trio has recorded five albums (Lady Antebellum, Need You Now, Own the Night, On This Winter’s Night and Golden), winning a substantial number of Grammy, CMT, CMA and Billboard Awards along the way.

For the show at Niagara Pavilion which has a 23,000 seat capacity, Satin Sound rigged a Martin Sound system consisting of 24 W8L Longbow enclosures for the main hangs, 24 W8LC speakers for the outfills, and 20 WSXA subs. Amplification included Lab Gruppen FP 7000 for the Longbows, PLM 10000Q for the W8LCs and Powersoft K10s for the WSXA subs.

The crew for the show consisted of Brett “Scoop” Blanden (FOH Engineer), Peter Bowman (Monitor Engineer), and John A Durisko and Bill Lowery (Systems Techs).

Asked why they chose Martin Audio, Satin Sound’s Durisko said, “The Martin Audio W8L Longbow/W8LC system gave us great coverage with seamless transition between the main and outfill cabinets. The Longbow rig is incredibly powerful and very musical, and we received many compliments throughout the evening.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click 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.

Yamaha Commercial Audio Donates Live System To Nashville HS

Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School in Nashville, Tennessee offers students the opportunity to learn through the lens of the entertainment industry with pathways in audio engineering, broadcasting, record industry, marketing, and image consulting. It is the only entertainment magnet high school in the country. The vision of Pearl-Cohn is to equip its students to realize and achieve their potential while committed to educate the whole person.

Bryan Lenox of Lenox Productions facilitated the arrangement with Yamaha, who in turn, enlisted the services of J Sound Services (Nashville) to add a new Yamaha CL1 Digital Audio Console and Rio 3208-D input/out box to its 413-seat auditorium. Yamaha IS and DXR speakers, and TXn amplifiers were also installed. J Sound Services specified the system for its easy operation by student volunteers. Auditorium productions at Pearl-Cohn can be anything from assemblies with announcements and presentations that include video to full-on theatrical events.

J Sound Services has had a lot of experience installing Yamaha Installation Series Speakers, so they were the obvious choice for the installation. “Once we understood the scope of the project, we determined a Yamaha MTX5D processor and DCPS wall-mount controller would also be required,” states Jason Spence, owner, J Sound Services. The design approach was based on the fact that there is limited acoustic treatment in the school auditorium. “It was important to minimize the amount of energy on the walls, says Spence.

Time was spent using Yamaha’s YS3 Sound System Simulator and EASE acoustic modeling software to focus the mid-high and subwoofer-arrays. Deployed end-fire arrays both in L-R and Center allow pattern control on how wide the throw would be in the room and also provides a Cardiod pattern measuring 12db down on stage behind the arrays. “By deploying the subs this way we have significantly reduced the low-end energy on the stage and what would have reflected off the walls in a typical Omni pattern, Spence adds. The room can easily handle and extends below 40Hz without the low-end building up, leaving the room also very articulate and musical. The house is nice and big with lots of sub. The design is very unique and it clearly looks different. The staff and Bryan Lenox were quite impressed with the results of the end-firing arrays.”

Lenox assisted in the set up and adjustments of the CL1. “The system sounds really good. The school had a unique need for a system that can handle intimate speaking all the way to low-end thumping Hip Hop music. And, this system definitely delivers. The CL1 is a great sounding console and one that the students can learn on in order to prepare for the real world so they can jump into any situation with confidence.”

The new auditorium’s multi-purpose system is all Dante connected with the Yamaha CL1 taking control of presets for theatrical productions using the consoles Nuendo Live software. Pearl-Cohn ran cat5 cable to their multi-track room to record the events taking place in auditorium. A.Cisco switch is used to network and import multi-tracking in studio. An old projection booth above the auditorium now has the capability of adding a Nuendo recording suite with infrastructure and cables already in place.

“Our students needed professional-class live production facilities in order to complete our vision to equip our students with real-world skills that will transfer to the marketplace or college when they graduate, states Sam Lorber, Instructional Designer at Pearl-Cohn. Thanks to Yamaha’s generous donation, these students will now be able to walk into any venue: club, church, college auditorium, or arena with a skill set advantage no other school can provide.” The principal commented on how she loves that she can touch one button and it just works.

J Sound Services also installed a Vivitek High-Definition 6K lumen projector with remote HDMI interface. To update the theatrical lighting system, JSS enlisted the consulting services of Chris Lisle Lighting Design and installed Elektralite LED PAR fixtures, Watson raceway and ElektraHazer, an Altman spotlight, and Chauvet Datastream; all of which integrated with the existing ETC dimmers. As part of the lighting system update the existing Fresnels and Lekos were reconditioned and focused.

J Sound Services also installed four Yamaha C115VA and two C112VA Club Series Speakers using a MTX3 processor and the same DCPS wall-mounted controller as in the auditorium. Spence said the system installed could be operated in the same manner, with a touch of a button, making it extremely simple and consistent for staff and students to operate the systems in either location.

For more information on Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School, visit www.pearlcohnhs.mnps.org.

For more information on J Sound Services, visit www.jss.net.

For more information on Yamaha Commercial Audio products visit, www.yamahaca.com.

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L-ACOUSTICS Sonically Unites Woodstream Church

Woodstream Church's new ARCS WIFO and SB18m arrays flown in an LCR configuration

RCI Systems utilizes SOUNDVISION to create a powerful and uniform system based on ARCS “WIFO” and XT Series enclosures

BOWIE, Maryland — With its high-energy praise team backed by a full band and choir, Woodstream Church’s musical ministry is a blessing for those in its sanctuary every Sunday – especially now that a full L-ACOUSTICS amplifier and loudspeaker system has been installed.

Prior to the recent system retrofit, the Independent Fundamental Baptist house of worship in Bowie, Maryland suffered from uneven coverage with sound getting lost at the edges of the room and under the balcony.

To breathe new life into the sanctuary, the church called upon Beltsville-based AV systems integrator RCI Systems, which turned to L-ACOUSTICS’ acoustical simulation software, SOUNDVISION, to create a solution. According to RCI designer Bob Capotosto (CTS), the ideal remedy predicted was achieved with a combination of the manufacturer’s ARCS “WIFO” – WIDE and FOCUS – and coaxial XT product ranges. “SOUNDVISION gives us an extremely accurate picture of what we’ll need in terms of components to get a complex project like this successfully completed, and WIFO and XT were right for the job,” he says.

Coaxial 8XTi and 5XT enclosures serve as underbalcony fills for the acoustically shadowed areas

Today, the sanctuary’s main system utilizes an LCR arrangement of three arrays each comprised of two SB18m subs, two ARCS WIDE and two ARCS FOCUS enclosures. Ten compact 8XTi individually spread out just under the lip of the balcony deliver blanketed audio coverage to the rear sanctuary seats, while a single ultra-compact 5XT at each far edge of the underbalcony ensures optimum coverage to even the furthest corner seating areas. The entire loudspeaker system is powered and processed by a total of five LA8 amplified controllers.

Capotosto notes that the L-ACOUSTICS WIFO system, in particular, was ideal in that it is remarkably lightweight for its power, which minimized the amount of additional steel bracing required for the new hang points in the sanctuary’s ceiling. He also cites the tight directivity patterns and full range performance of the arrays as instrumental in being the right choice for the tall, fan-shaped space.

“Plus, the sound is amazing,” adds Capotosto, who points out that RCI has long had the ARCS WIFO solution in its rental inventory. “All of the coverage and intelligibility issues that the church had been experiencing are now gone. And the WIFO solution was affordable for the church, giving them all the power they need and with a substantial amount of headroom left to go. Also, the underbalcony area, which had been the hardest problem in the past to solve, is now completely addressed with coherent sound from the stage’s backline to the last row of the house. The church’s FOH engineer came to us and said we’ve made his job so much easier. That’s the best compliment you can get.”

Woodstream Church’s home on the web is found at www.woodstreamchurch.org, while RCI Systems can likewise be visited online at www.rcisound.com.

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

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FIFA World Cup Stadiums Feature World-Class Audio with HARMAN Professional

Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil (Photo Credit: Gabriel Smith)

BRASILIA, Brazil – With hundreds of thousands of fans in the stadiums, not to mention the billions who tune in from across the globe, making sure the sound is perfect for the 2014 FIFA World Cup is no small undertaking. When faced with challenge of delivering the most sophisticated, world-class audio experience possible, from the Amazon basin in the north to the banks of the River Guaiba in the south, eight of the major stadium venues in Brazil’s 12 host cities featured HARMAN’s wide range of audio solutions. In addition, a wide variety of Studer Vista consoles were used for television broadcast of the games.

“From inception through delivery, each component in our family of brands is designed to provide a sophisticated, integrated and affordable audio solution,” said Robert Klesser, National Sales Manager, Install & Cinema, HARMAN Brazil. “As soccer transcends sport and becomes an expression of culture, we are honored to be the brand of choice for so many of the venues hosting matches during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.”

While the components installed vary by venue, popular products include HARMAN’s IDX communication systems, AKG microphones, BSS signal processing, Crown amplifiers, Soundcraft digital consoles and JBL loudspeakers. The range of stadiums equipped with HARMAN audio solutions is diverse in terms of size, location and age.

Beginning on a plateau in southeastern Brazil, on the Atlantic Coast, Arena de Sao Paulo hosted the opening match between Croatia and Brazil. Built specifically for the World Cup, the facility seats 68,807 and will serve as the new home for Sport Club Corinthians Paulista. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision outfitted the facility with the IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL Control Contractor ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Surrounded by mountains in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, which is inland from Sao Paulo and Rio, Estadio Mineirao is a national monument that will host not only World Cup matches but also numerous matches during the 2016 Summer Olympics as well. Built in 1965, the venue seats 57,400 and recently underwent an extensive renovation that took three years. Johnson Controls systems integrator and Soundvision audio integrator equipped the landmark stadium with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Nacional, in Brazil’s capital city, Brasilia, opened in 1974, was renovated in 2013 and seats 68,009. Systems integrator Siemens and audio integrator Loudness equipped the massive facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Estadio Castelao is located in Fortaleza, Brazil, considered a “fortress” port on the country’s northeast coast, more than 1,500 miles from Rio. The facility, which opened in 1973 and reopened in 2013, seats 58,000. For sound, systems integrator TODO and audio integrator Telem equipped the stadium with an IDX communication system, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Arena da Amazonia is in Manaus, Brazil, the capital of the state of Amazonas and, at 2,659 miles from Rio, the furthest north of the host cities. The stadium, which opened in March 2014, seats 42,374. Systems integrator Johnson Controls and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and JBL Control Contractor Series ceiling speakers.

Arena Pantanal, which opened just two months before the World Cup, is 1,200 miles from Rio, near the Bolivian border and close to the center of South America, in Cuiaba, Brazil. It seats 42,968. Systems integrator Canal Livre and audio integrator Soundvision equipped the facility with an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers, Crown DCi amplifiers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression digital consoles.

Arena Pernambuco is in an economically deprived area on the outskirts of Recife, Brazil, more than 1,400 miles from Rio. With a seating capacity of 42,800, the stadium was opened in 2013 with the hope that it will act as a catalyst for local regeneration long after the World Cup. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem installed an IDX communication system, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, JBL ceiling loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Compact digital consoles.

Finally, the oldest of the World Cup venues, Arena de Baixada is in Curitba, Brazil, south of Sao Paulo and about 500 miles from Rio. Originally built in 1914, the stadium was completely rebuilt in 1999 and then renovated again for the World Cup. It seats 41,456. Systems integrator NEC and audio integrator Telem equipped the facility with a HARMAN lineup that includes IDX communications systems, AKG microphones, BSS BLU-800 networked signal processors, Crown CTs amplifiers, JBL AWC weatherized compact loudspeakers, JBL PD5000 Series loudspeakers, JBL Control Contractor loudspeakers and Soundcraft Si Expression 3 digital consoles.

HARMAN Professional also had a strong presence in the broadcast elements of the World Cup, with multiple Studer Vista consoles in use for television broadcast of the games. In Rio de Janeiro, a Studer Vista 9 digital console was used to broadcast all 64 games via the TV Globo Network to the Jardim Botanico area. In addition, TV Globo’s OB Van HD3 used a Vista 9 to specifically feed games from Maracana Stadium for live transmission to Jardim Botanico. Projac, the main center of television production for TV Globo, also used a Vista 9 in its OB Van HD8 for live shows related to World Cup events. TV Globo also utilized a pair of Vista 8 digital consoles for television broadcast of live performances centered on the World Cup.

In Sao Paulo and Brasilia, TV Globo’s OB Van HD1 was equipped with a Vista 8 console for the games that were hold in those two cities. A Vista 8 and a Vista 9 were also used in Sao Paolo for live performances related to the World Cup.

Lastly, RCN in Colombia used its OB Van, equipped with a Studer Vista 5 digital console, to broadcast the entirety of the Colombian National Team’s games in the World Cup.

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

This One’s For You: Sound Image and Jimmy Buffett Celebrate 40 Years On the Road Together Using HARMAN’s Crown I-Tech HD Amps and JBL VTX Line Arrays

ESCONDIDO, California — Jimmy Buffett has been extolling the laid-back pleasures of Margaritaville, having a Cheeseburger In Paradise and the fact that it’s Five O’Clock Somewhere since he recorded his first album in 1970. For 2014, San Diego’s Sound Image is celebrating 40 years as Buffett’s live sound provider with a new touring system based around HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

“When it comes to connecting with the audience, I think you can safely say that nobody’s better at it than Jimmy Buffett,” said Dave Shadoan, who partnered with Sound Image’s founder and partner, the late Ross Ritto, in 1971. “His fans hang onto every word at his live shows and they deserve nothing less than the best sound we can deliver.”

Buffett’s audience certainly isn’t going to have to strain to hear him sing. The live sound rig consists of 80 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers driving 52 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and 24 S28 cardioid-arrayable subwoofers. “We generally hang 14 V25 loudspeakers per side in the main array, with eight S28 subs next to them and 12 V25 loudspeakers in each of the left and right side hangs,” noted Sound Image front of house engineer Rich Davis. Depending on the venue, Davis will add more S28 subwoofers at the middle of the stage to fill out any void in the low frequencies, plus three S28 subs on each side if necessary. “We were in sheds at the start of the tour and will be outdoors through October.”

Davis noted that the biggest issue Buffett will have with a sound system is keeping the low end from building up on the “deck” that makes up the floor of the stage. “That’s one of the reasons I like to spread out the subwoofers and not use massive ground stacks,” he said.

Davis sets up the system using JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system control software. “The latest version of Performance Manager saves us a lot of time and simplifies the entire configuration and calibration process,” Davis pointed out. “It enables us to go deeply into the I-Tech HD’s many DSP functions, filters and crossovers and fine-tune the sound. It also gives me automatic control screens for each of the line array columns and if I need to edit, modify, add or delete a hang, it’s actually easy instead of being a time-consuming chore.”

Davis notes that he rarely needs any EQ on the high end and that the system is smooth from top to bottom. “We did a show in Raleigh and I walked up on the lawn, which was about 430 feet from the speaker stacks and there was solid low end all the way in the back of the lawn, which never happened before. This new system is more coherent and the low end really holds up.”

“The PA is super stable,” Davis added. “Jimmy is known for talking between songs and when he talks to the other band members it’s often sideways off the mic. I can ram that fader all the way up so that he can be heard and the system still doesn’t have any problems.”

“It’s been an honor, a privilege and a great time working with Jimmy all these years,” Shadoan concluded. “The only thing missing in this 40th year is my former partner and Jimmy’s former monitor engineer, Ross Ritto. Sound Image has always been about technological innovation and I know Ross would be thrilled to hear what we’re doing with Jimmy on his 2014 This One’s For You tour.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Show-Concept.ch Invests in JBL’s VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

The show-concept.ch team (left to right): Florian Jaeger, Project Manager; Cyril Schmuki, Head of Audio; Patrick Frueh, CEO.

ELSAU, Switzerland – Swiss rental and event production company show-concept.ch has recently purchased a HARMAN JBL VTX V20 line array system and additional Crown amplifiers from HARMAN Professional distributors Dr. W.A. Guenther Audio Systems AG with the aim of broadening the range of services they offer. They are the first company in Switzerland to invest in JBL’s new generation, smaller format VTX system. Known for their work in the corporate sector, their aim now is to migrate further into concert touring with their range of sound, lighting and technical services.

After running JBL’s VERTEC® in its inventory, the company has now stepped into the future, placing an order for 16 JBL VTX V20’s and eight each of the new VTX S25 subs and have also added four Crown I-Tech 12000HD and 12 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers to its existing Crown I-Tech HD inventory.

“The main reason for purchasing a new system was to take a step forward in tour sound—and of course to be up to date,” stated Cyril Schmuki, audio engineer for show-concept.ch —adding that its new front line PA system will be backed-up by other systems, including three complete VERTEC rigs.

VTX V20 features the advanced technology of VTX V25 in a smaller format and the high power density of this 3-way system is complemented by a new ASM suspension system that provides efficient transport, fast setup and precise configuration. Utilizing Differential Drive™ technology and a small format version of the revolutionary D2 dual compression driver, the integrated V5 presets fully realize the processing capability of the Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

“The handling and the rigging system were what we especially liked,” added Schmuki. “This and the new JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software were the main advantages.”

The sale was supported by Dr. W.A. Guenther’s Director of Sales Felix Alpstaeg, and Application & Project Engineer, Jaromir Ott. Already familiar with JBL VERTEC and Performance Manager for system configuration, monitoring and control, the production company is nevertheless planning advanced training in conjunction with Dr. W.A. Guenther for next year’s festival season.

Overall Schumuki couldn’t be more pleased with his new JBL and Crown powered rig, “We are delighted with the VTX V20, it’s a pleasure to work with. I’ve never heard a system which is so precise over the whole frequency range; and what is absolutely astonishing is to stand behind the array, because it’s just so quiet.”

HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 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 workforce of approximately 16,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.3 billion for the twelve months ended June 30, 2014.

Renkus-Heinz System for New Korean Venue

Incheon, South Korea – August 2014 … In late fall of 2014, South Korea will host the XVII Asian Games in and around Incheon, located near to the country’s capital, Seoul. Korea has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1986, closely followed by the 1988 Olympics, and the FIFA World Cup in 2002. More than a decade later, new venues were needed for the 2014 event.

While it is not one of the Asian Games’ official venues, the newly-built Ansan Evergreen Gymnasium will host volleyball and kabaddi up to the quarter final stages. Designed as a multipurpose space, the gymnasium will be home to the Ansan volleyball team and other sporting events, and will also host music and cultural events.

Audio company Daikyung Vascom provided the sound system, which features a Renkus-Heinz PN102 line array system. As Yang-Su Yun, manager of Daikyung Vascom’s RPS business division, explains, the project was a bit out of the ordinary.

“This building is owned by the government, which isn’t very common for a venue like this,” he says. “The local council based at Ansan City Hall wanted the building to function as both a sporting venue and a concert hall, and hence they needed a very good, high-performance speaker system. Other strict criteria were sound quality and functionality, both of which were extremely important factors in choosing the Renkus-Heinz system.’”

Yang-Su observes that Daikyung Vascom had previously installed a system at the Ansan City Hall, and has a good working relationship with the council. “They are familiar with our work, and they really appreciate the after sales service we provide.”

The main system in the hall comprises 32 PN102LAR array loudspeakers, configured as four arrays of eight cabinets each, 90 degrees apart. The arrays are positioned on each corner of a centrally-flown block which houses four large screens, so that spectators on all four sides of the hall have a close up view of the action. Additional fills are provided by four PN121-series two-way cabinets, as well as five ST4 three-way systems and a pair of CFX151 boxes. Four DR18-2 and two PN112SUB subwoofers provide low frequency reinforcement.

“The PN102 line arrays were selected for their accurate and even coverage pattern, providing consistent coverage to every seat in the hall,” says Daikyung Vascom’s CEO Patrick Han. “RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) control was another important factor in selecting the system, enabling networked DSP control over the entire system.”

Flexibility was the keyword when it came to designing the space, which will be hosting a wide variety of events. Permanent seats are available in the upper part of the hall, while bleacher-style seating along the hall’s two longer walls is retractable and can be folded back to the walls to accommodate more people. A stage can be constructed at the far end of the hall for large concerts. When being used in this configuration, temporary seating can be set up on the floor of the gymnasium, and a total of around 3,000 people can be accommodated.

The system design was carried out by Daikyung Vascom’s sales team, together with local systems integration specialist Sinwoo. Working closely with Daikyung Vascom, Sinwoo’s Byung-Sun Ahn designed a system that would be optimal for the space. The team used EASE acoustic prediction software to map the room and define its sound qualities.

“This was the first time I’ve worked with Renkus-Heinz,” says Mr Ahn. “I checked the specifications and references of the Renkus-Heinz speakers, and when I simulated them to fit the space I got very good results. The actual performance of the speakers was very close to what we’d predicted with EASE. I’m very satisfied with the system. I also really appreciated being able to use RHAON to tune the system, especially the mid frequencies.”

As for Ansan Urban Corporation’s Mr Kim, he is of the opinion that the speakers offer the best possible functionality for concert sound, providing high SPLs when required. “Once we are able to put on concerts here, the system will prove itself as really good for this kind of event, while also being able to provide intelligibility and clarity when the hall is being used for our sporting events,” he says.

Ansan Evergreen Gymnasium now boasts a state of the art sound system to complement its clean architectural design and functionality. The signs are positive that the new sporting venue will contribute to a successful and uplifting Asian Games later this year, providing a panacea that South Korea needs.

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

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