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George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away with L-ACOUSTICS K1

George Strait's final performance of 2013's The Cowboy Rides Away tour (photo credit: Vickie Belcher)

“King George” shatters Alamodome’s attendance record on tour leg’s final night

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — After 40 studio albums and an unprecedented 60 number one country music singles, George Strait, the “King of Country”, has now wrapped up the first half of his farewell tour dubbed The Cowboy Rides Away. With the second leg of dates set to take place in early 2014, the final in-the-round performance of his 2013 trek took place on June 1 at San Antonio’s Alamodome in front of a record-breaking sold-out crowd of more than 73,000 fans.

For touring sound reinforcement, Strait has long turned to FOH Engineer George Olson and Dallas-based Onstage Systems, which furnished the artist’s standard L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC and KUDO package for most of this year’s tour stops. However, given the sheer size of the Alamodome concert in Strait’s hometown, the company chose to deploy its full inventory of K1 enclosures, which it augmented with additional cabinets from fellow Rental Network provider Clearwing Audio for an impressive total of 120 K1.

Eight K1/KARA arrays at the Alamodome (photo credit: Eric Thomas)

According to Onstage Systems’ K1 Audio Tech Eric Thomas and Systems Tech Jason Chamlee, the concert’s eight flown arrays were evenly spaced in a ring above the perimeter of the circular rotating stage. A total of four hangs of 16 K1 with six KARA downfills addressed the longer north and south ends of the room, while the east and west sides were covered by four hangs of 14 K1 plus six KARA, each topped with two K1-SB filler enclosures to maintain visual continuity between all arrays.

To power and process the K1/KARA enclosures, Onstage positioned three LA-RAK touring racks — each containing three LA8 amplified controllers — on top of every array, significantly minimizing the copper cable runs. Down on the floor level, four more LA-RAK were deployed to drive 16 dV-DOSC front-fills and 24 SB28 subs set up in an asymmetrical cardioid configuration around the stage.

“Even standing at the very back of the Alamodome’s nosebleed seats, the K1 arrays sounded like they were still right in our faces at more than 360 feet away,” says Thomas. “The indoor throw capability of the system is insanely impressive.”

The Onstage Systems crew prepares to fly one of the K1/KARA arrays (photo credit: Eric Thomas)

“K1′s rigging is also absolutely incredible,” he adds. “Once we had the points straightened out, we were able to rig the entire system in four hours, which is just amazing. And utilizing LA Network Manager to group individual boxes and adjust a few FIR filters as needed, the system sounded fantastic right away. Although I love V-DOSC and KUDO, trying to load in and fly those boxes for a venue of this size would literally require a couple of days, so from a logistical standpoint, K1 is totally the best option out there for stadium sound.”

For his final The Cowboy Rides Away stop at the Alamodome, which sold out within an astounding six minutes of going on sale, Strait performed a two-hour concert following sets from the tour’s special guests, Martina McBride and Miranda Lambert. For more details on the 2013 leg, which kicked off back in mid-January, visit www.georgestrait.com.

Onstage Systems can also be found on the Web at www.onstagesystems.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, 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, California.

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Arctic Monkeys Rock Sasquatch Festival With HARMAN’s Soundcraft Vi1 Monitor Console

GEORGE, WASHINGTON — The Arctic Monkeys are back with a new tour and a HARMAN Soundcraft Vi1 console, recently kicking off at the Sasquatch Music Festival at the renowned Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington.

New York-based Firehouse Productions provided the desk for Monitor Engineer, Will Doyle, who has great experience with Firehouse and Soundcraft’s line of consoles from prior tours with the group.

“The Vi1 was a great choice, especially for a massive and spectacular venue like the Gorge,” stated Doyle. “It has a small footprint meaning it’s easy to travel with and there is no hassle fitting it anywhere; but it still has nearly all the features of my usual Vi6.”

As an English indie rock band formed in 2002, the Arctic Monkeys have released four studio albums and are currently working on their new album. In May 2013, the band debuted a new song titled “Do I Wanna Know?” at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Los Angeles.

“We’re excited to get this tour underway,” continued Doyle. “It’s a Soundcraft Vi desk, so it sounds just like the others in the range and feels like mixing on a sound desk or console rather than a computer. With custom user layers and VCAs for each mix, I found there’s a lot less button pushing than some other consoles, which means more time looking at the band!”

Doyle, who continues to deploy the desk for stereo ears, wedges and side fills, is still amazed at how much the board feels like an analog desk and how easy it is to manage all the channels on each layer. “The board responds beautifully and is extremely user-friendly,” he said.

While festivals can sometimes be hectic with limited changeover time between acts, Doyle mentioned that the ViSi Remote iPad app is really useful and can eliminate many challenges before a show. “With Soundcraft, I am always confident in what I need to do. This was a great show and I look forward to continuing our journey with Soundcraft.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: http://www.firehouseproductions.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment 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 about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

ACIR Professional Supports Forgotten Veterans at VetRock

Egg Harbor Township, N.J.—Bader Field, Atlantic City was the site for the first VetRock concert, held in honor of those forgotten that served in the Vietnam War. Held the first Saturday in June, the concert featured memorable bands from the 70s including headliners Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad, Mitch Rider, the Buckinghams, the Traamps, Soul Survivors, as well as local area bands. Special guest speaker was Lt. Oliver North with Joe Piscopo acting as the event’s emcee. The day’s festivities lasted every bit of 12 hours to tribute to Vietnam Vets; Local Vietnam Veteran organizations will receive 100% of profits from tickets and t-shirts sold that commemorate the day.

The main sound system was provided by ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and included the company’s new d&b Audiotechnik J rig, configured with 16 boxes of J8s, four J12s, two Q7 line arrays that were used for front fills, and 20 B2 subs configured in a “sub array” to achieve even coverage of the entire listening area. A Yamaha CL5 and two Rio3224-D remote i/o racks was used at front of house, a Yamaha PM5D-RH was used for monitors, along with Yamaha P7000 amps. A plethora of mics included Shure, AKG, Sennheiser, EV, A-T, Countryman, along with Shure and Sennheiser wireless systems. ACIR also provided, lighting, backline, staging, rigging, and supervised power, video, and barricade installation.

“The Yamaha CL console was excellent from a festival standpoint, and connectivity of the Rio rack with AES inputs digitally was a big plus,” states ACIR co-owner and front of house engineer for the event, John Grasso. “From all accounts, the entire rig sounded pristine, especially our new d&b J rig. It was an honor to be included in this event in remembrance of our Vietnam Vets.”

This was my first experience as a TD for a show of this size so I needed to hire a company who would cover all production elements,” states Sam Schwartz. “From staging to audio, lighting, video, and band gear, ACIR’s great crew worked flawlessly with our IATSE Local #77. I received a number of complements on the new d&b J8 audio rig and its massive sound, It filled our 10 acres of seating area with no sweat. Being responsible for the entire production, you can’t get a better production company than ACIR Professional. They moved quickly to address all the changes and additions that were presented along the way. They made me look very good.

ACIR co-owner, Ed DiBona chose a Yamaha PM5D-RH to mix monitors. “I chose the PM5D for monitors because I needed a console that could handle a large number of mixes, both wedges and in-ear monitors, with a mixture of mono and stereo outputs. The exceptional sound quality and ability to quickly make changes and mix on the fly made the 5D the only choice for this fast-paced, high- profile show. The desk performed flawlessly all day. The promoter was extremely happy with the entire sound system, and we received many compliments from performers.”

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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Photo ID: John Grasso at Yamaha CL5 digital console

NEXO STM Rocks the Range

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio was the place and mid-May was the date of this year’s Rock On The Range Festival, marking the seventh annual rock festival expanded to three-days this year due to its success and interest by bands to be part of the line up.

Once again, Logic Systems Sound and Lighting of St. Louis handled audio and lighting production for the 105,000+ concertgoers treated to music over three stages by Love & Death, Hollywood Undead, Buckcherry, Cheap Trick, Korn, Pop Evil, All That Remains, Halestorm, Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Smashing Pumpkins, Sevendust, Bush, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, to name a few.

The crowd was treated to superb sound as this year Logic Systems brought in the new NEXO STM line array to the main stage that consisted of 36 STM M46 main cabinets, 36 B112 bass cabinets, 36 S118 subs, 10 NUAR racks, 12 GEO-Ts, and 12 CD-18s. A Yamaha PM5D-RH was used as the primary monitor console for the main stage.

“The overall response to the new NEXO STM system by guest engineers was very good,” states Chip Self, President, Logic Systems Sound and Lighting. “Everyone was duly impressed by the sound quality and the overall SPL achieved with so few boxes. The rigging on the STM is exceptional, and very fast. We were able to fly each side of the main PA with just four crew in less than 20 minutes!”

In related Logic Systems news, the company brought in their NEXO GEO T rig for the Carolina Rebellion Festival that took place in the beginning of May at the Rock City Campground located at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For more information on Rock On The Range, visit www.rockontherange.com.

For more information on Logic Systems Sound and Lighting, visit www.logicsound.com.

For more information on the NEXO STM, GEO T or Yamaha PM5D-RH, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

Wirebox Media Provides Production Services for Auburn University Last Roll: NEXO System Plays Key ‘Role’

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Wirebox Media of Smyrna, GA was selected by Auburn University to provide production services for the Auburn Oaks Celebration at Toomer’s Corner that included a block party and “One Last Roll” of the historic oak trees. The event took place in late April just after a record-setting attendance at the spring football game. The attendance at Jordan-Hare Stadium was over 83,400, and the downtown celebration was thought to be very close to that number. Auburn Oaks rolling has been a tradition for nearly 80 years; the trees are then replaced by live oaks.

The audio production system selected by Wirebox Media was centered around a NEXO GEO S 12 loudspeaker system and NEXO PS15R2 and PS10R2 monitors. “The NEXO system is consistently predictable, and sound fantastic,” states Tim Harrigan, Owner, Wirebox Media. “This job, in particular, proved the ease of use for the GEO S12 Series as we didn’t even have time to tune the system before the show and made very few adjustments in the first few minutes.” A total of 32 NEXO GeoS12 cabinets were configured as 10 per side for main hangs with an additional 6 per side for out fills, all powered by 8 4×4 NXAMPs.

“Staging a block party in three hours was not that simple,” says Harrigan. The complexity of the event snow-balled in the ten days Wirebox had to prep for the event that involved a nationally attended press conference with VIP’s from AU and the city, highlighted by a kabuki drop for the new architectural plans for the area, a spirit rally headed by the AU Band, and the event finale featuring a concert by local band Kidd Blue.

“Design and planning was key as the day was really four separate events: load-in/setup, press conference, spirit rally, and concert,” Harrigan notes. “This was all compounded by the three-hour setup time and the massive crowd. We could not have successfully completed this without a stellar crew, great clients and the cooperation of the City of Auburn, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Auburn Police Department.”

For more information on Wirebox Media, visit www.wireboxmedia.com.

For more information on NEXO products, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Celebrating 125 years of Passion and Performance, and 25 years in the manufacturer of high quality digital audio consoles, 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.

LDS Conference Center Makes Sound Improvements with L-ACOUSTICS

Poll Sound enhances audio reinforcement with new KARAi, SB18i and KIVA arrays

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City’s 21,000-seat LDS Conference Center, the main meeting hall for conferences of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and summer and Christmas holiday home to the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir, recently expanded its L-ACOUSTICS sound reinforcement system with the addition of new KARAi, SB18i and KIVA arrays. more

STAGE 48 PULSATES TO THE SOUND OF D.A.S. AUDIO

**** Photo: Carlos Duran (left) and Pedro Zamora (right), Stage 48 owner ****

New York, NY – May 2013 … Located in Hell’s Kitchen, Stage 48 is a four floor, multi-use venue that hosts concerts, a wide range of nightlife activities, and private/corporate events. Originally built in the 1950’s as a horse stable, the venue has been completely remodeled utilizing the beauty of the old industrial architecture while incorporating modern design cues that create an ambience that is unique compared to any other NYC venue. With a wide range of musical artists including Canada’s Coeur De Pirate and hip-hop artists Mobb Deep to DJ Q-Tip and more, Stage 48 is at the forefront of live musical entertainment in New York—and throughout the facility, the music is strong and vibrant, thanks to a cutting-edge sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Valencia, Spain-based D.A.S. Audio. more

Historic Paradise Theatre Reborn with L-ACOUSTICS as epikos church

Photo credit: Kathleen Stogin

LiveSpace breathes new life into former theatrical space with KIVA/KILO

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Following an extensive $2 million renovation that spared it from the wrecking ball, the opulent Paradise Theatre in West Allis, Wisconsin has now been given a new lease on life — as the west campus to Milwaukee’s fast-growing epikos church. As part of the venue’s rebirth, the church hired Grand Rapids, Michigan-based LiveSpace to provide a full AVL package that included an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA/KILO loudspeaker system. more

New NEXO STM Line Array and Yamaha Consoles Put Finishing Touch on Funshine Festival

TAMPA—More than 30 acts performed over five musical stages during Funshine Fest, held May 3-5 on the fairgrounds of Florida State in Tampa with an attendance of 20,000. Main stage artists included Train, the Smashing Pumpkins, REO Speedwagon, Styx, the Wallflowers, Cheap Trick, New Found Glory, Gary Allen, and Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional.

ESI Audio of Tampa provided audio production, and this year, the new NEXO STM was used as the Live Nation Amphitheatre main stage line array. Company President, Erick Celeiro, functioned as FOH tech and Ozzy Giron acted as monitor tech on the rig. The system consisted of 15 M46 per side flown, 15 B112 per side flown, 32 S118 subs ground stacked, 10 NUAR racks that included 2x 4×4 NXAmps, and four M46s stacked on S118 subs for front fills. The entire system was running from front of house via the Dante network to the amp racks. A Yamaha PM5D was at the front of house mix position.

About the new STM system, Live Nation Amphitheatre production manager Andy Martinez said, ” I have seen many systems come in and out of here, and never had a system that rigs and flies so easy and sounds amazing.” And, REO front of house engineer, Neil Schaefer, added, “I had the pleasure of using the NEXO STM, and having had plenty of time in front of NEXO rigs over the years, my expectations were high. The STM PA is very tidy with clever rigging. Most important, it sounded very good. Smooth, powerful, and responsive; a very nice rig indeed!”

The NEXO STM Series (Scale Through Modularity) loudspeaker cabinets are the first of its kind on the market and combine the best of Alpha functionality with the technical innovation of GEO waveguide designs, delivering a powerful, flexible, and easy to use system. STM enables line array systems to scale up or down depending on event audience size, from 1,000 to 100,000 people. STM is unique in that it is the first vertical array system to offer scalable LF, making it easy to add extra bass cabinets for increased power and headroom, without introducing unwanted phase anomalies.

The outdoor Pavilion Stage used a NEXO GEO T line array along with a Yamaha CL5 at front of house used by mix engineer Jan Javier, with a CL1 at monitors for engineer Rob “DH” Durkee. “I felt very comfortable taking the CL out for the three-day festival with multiple bands, some with their own engineers, some without,” states Javier. The CL screen is like the difference between a regular VHS tape and a Blue-Ray DVD. I was using AES outs all the way to the amps. The system sounded great, the desk was very easy to use from the first day. The next day, I put the Premium Rack’s Portico Compressor in stereo in the left and right, and what a difference, just passing through the unit; smooth and warm become the words to best describe the sound. I used the DCAs, as I am used to mixing that way. Assignments are very easy, and finding my way around the desk is simple and very intuitive.”

“The guest engineers were amazed at the sound of the desk and how friendly it is, notes Javier. All who used it said they would tour with it.” Javier said they ran the stage rack onstage, and ran a cat6 snake out. He also said he noticed the pre-amps are much more responsive and a lot warmer out of the box. The Pavilion Stage hosted Lone Bellow, Tonic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Dead Confederates. “They all loved the sound.”

The Concourse Stage housed a Yamaha CL1 at front of house with mixing by Bryan Rogers and Justin Lenards. An LS9 was used for monitors. Rogers said the CL1 was “like butter… smooth and creamy.” Lenards who mixed FOH and Monitors said “Love it, great little console.”

For more information on ESI Audio, visit www.esiaudio.com.

For more information on the NEXO STM and Yamaha CL Series, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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Photo ID: NEXO STM and Yamaha PM5D during FOH mix for Styx
Photo ID: L to R: Pat Clark, VP ESI, Yamaha’s Brian Coviello, Andy Martinez, Live Nation Amphitheater Technical Director

Firehouse Productions Rocks the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE at 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers and Crown Amplifiers

LOS ANGELES, California – The 28th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was held on the west coast for the first time in 20 years at the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE in Los Angeles. This year’s inductees included Public Enemy, Heart, Albert King, Randy Newman, Rush and Donna Summer, with Lou Adler and Quincy Jones each receiving an Ahmet Ertegun non-performer award. Sound for this year’s ceremony featured more than 50 of HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line array loudspeakers powered by Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers.

Red Hook, New York-based sound contractor Firehouse Productions had the Nokia Theatre’s impressive house JBL VERTEC sound system at its disposal, which includes 14 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers per side for the main left and right clusters and six VT4889 loudspeakers per side for left and right outfill. To pump out the low end, 22 VT4880A fullsize flown subwoofers are arranged in cardioid configuration, along with eight VT4880A subs per side stacked at the left and right sides of the stage in a cardioid arrangement. The standard house system at Nokia Theater also includes six VT4887A subcompact line array loudspeakers for front fill and even JBL AC2212/00 plus six PD5212/64 loudspeakers for loge and mezzanine delays, respectively.

For the Induction Ceremony, Firehouse Productions added three more hangs of six VT4886 subcompact line array elements each for left, center and right balcony delay clusters and additional VT4886 enclosures for distributed front fill. Audio networking and signal processing was provided by BSS Audio Soundweb London components.

Firehouse has provided the sound for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony before, but this was the first time the company did the event in a proper theater. According to Mark Dittmar, Firehouse’s lead design and integration engineer, Firehouse immediately benefited from a space with good acoustics and a world-class PA system already in place. However, he noted, “With this being rock and roll’s biggest awards night, we wanted a system that would completely blow peoples’ minds for the bands, but maintain good intelligibility for the speeches.” Knowing the Nokia Theatre LA LIVE was already equipped with VERTEC gave Dittmar a feeling of confidence going in, having used VERTEC line arrays for more than a decade for their superior sound quality.

Dittmar has depended on Crown amplifiers since Firehouse Productions began and finds that the I-Tech HD Series offers power and flexibility he can’t achieve with other products. I-Tech HD amplifiers were deployed for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies to power the additional VERTEC arrays, along with the original Crown I-Tech amplifiers which power the house PA.

“One of our favorite aspects about Crown is the ability to build a custom library of presets that enable us to control any speaker in our inventory with the proper power and optimize their EQ, delay and other parameters,” Dittmar stated. “In particular, the inclusion of the newest VERTEC V5 preset tunings in the Crown I-Tech HD Series amps really took the performance of the loudspeakers beyond anything we were able to achieve before in terms of coverage, coherence, tonal balance and overall clarity.”

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit www.firehouseproductions.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of audio, lighting and infotainment 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 about 14,300 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

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