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Hillsong UNITED Brings “WELCOMEZION” Tour to U.S. on K1

Hillsong UNITED performing on K1/KARA at the Hollywood Bowl

Mid-America Sound deploys full L-ACOUSTICS system for international worship group

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana — Hillsong UNITED, the chart-topping worship band that rose out of the youth ministry of Sydney, Australia’s Hillsong Church, recently wrapped up a U.S. summer arena tour in support of its 12th and latest full-length album, ZION. The outing, known as “WELCOMEZION”, picks back up with a second three-week leg of North American dates in November and will continue to be supported by Greenfield, Indiana-based Mid-America Sound, which has been supplying an L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the tour. more

UCLA’s Historic Pauley Pavilion Upgrades With HARMAN’s BSS Audio and JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Building on the rich heritage of UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion and providing a new level of entertainment for students and fans, Los Angeles-based Pro Sound & Video recently upgraded the audio system, part of a $125 million renovation to the arena. Acoustic Dimensions served as acoustical consultant for the project, which includes HARMAN’s JBL Professional Precision Directivity™ (PD) series loudspeakers, BSS Audio Soundweb London signal processing and Crown CTs Series amplifiers.

Pauley Pavilion, which opened in 1965, is the on-campus home court to the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball, gymnastics and volleyball programs, as well as a campus landmark which played host to the 1984 Olympics, a 1988 presidential debate and renowned entertainers including Frank Sinatra. With 38 NCAA championship teams across the various programs, the venue’s history speaks for itself.

The design process was conducted over a 20-month period, while the renovation included the addition of modern amenities with a new center-hung video display and new speaker system for the arena seating, concourses and restrooms, with AV systems for the new team meeting room, player lounges and Stadium Club.

The total installation included eight JBL PD5212/64 loudspeakers for main long throw, eight PD5212/64 loudspeakers for main short throw arrayed above the four corners of the scoreboard and 32 AM7212/95 main delay loudspeakers installed in a delay ring around the arena seating, underneath the upper seating level. Additionally, two VP7212MDP floor monitor speakers were provided for courtside use, 29 Control 26CT ceiling loudspeakers installed in the arena’s premier seating Pavilion Club, and 30 Control 24CT MicroPlus compact in-ceiling speakers installed in the writing and press area of the arena.

“We have used the JBL PD5000 series boxes on previous projects and like the way it sounds. With its tonal quality and high output capability we determined it was a good design choice. Add to that fact that JBL’s headquarters are right down the street from the University, we knew that it was the right speaker for the arena” explained Brian Elwell, Senior Consultant and VP of Acoustic Dimensions.

A total of three Crown CTs600 amplifiers power the systems 70V speakers, with an array of BSS BLU-800, BLU-160, BLU-16 and BLU-32 being used for digital signal processing as well as a BLU-10 controller for level control and mutes of the various speaker systems.

“This was a fairly simple system to install, except for one main challenge,” explained Joe Byrne, Operations Manager, Pro Sound & Video. “With trapezoid cabinets such as the PD loudspeakers, it made it difficult to hang the boxes from the stadium roof. There is no easy way to have the speakers seismically arrested and would have required a huge amount of wired rope installed between the speakers and the ceiling. It looked chaotic on paper.”

“We needed a ridged frame system to cut back on the wire strung in the rafters so we developed a square structural steel frame in which the loudspeakers could hang inside and be seismically arrested to the frame itself,” Byrne said.

With the addition of a large new ribbon and LED scoreboard, the sonic quality of the JBL PD Series loudspeakers complemented the system quite well. “With a ring of delay speakers underneath the upper seating level, the coverage is great,” Byrne continued.

The great longstanding relationship between Pro Sound and HARMAN gave Byrne and his team the confidence in installing a full JBL, and BSS Audio system. “We’ve never had any issues with the audio system when we know we have HARMAN products deployed. With years of experience, we know that the system will be reliable and help reinforce the UCLA tradition within the arena.”

For more information on Pro Sound & Video, please visit: http://www.prosound.net/

For more information on Acoustic Dimensions, please visit: http://www.acousticdimensions.com/

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

New Orleans’ Civic Theatre Returns to Duty with L-ACOUSTICS

Solomon Group installs KIVA-KILO rig at historic theatre and adds KARA to personal rental inventory

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana — Following an extensive nine-month, $10.5M renovation project, the Civic Theatre, the oldest surviving theatre building in New Orleans, has officially reopened its doors after sitting dormant for more than three decades. To bring the 107-year-old, 15,000-square-foot performance venue up to today’s production standards, Solomon Group, a new L-ACOUSTICS Certified Provider for install and rental markets, specified and integrated a KIVA-KILO loudspeaker system into the space. more

Esteemed Cleveland Church Opens a New Chapter with VARIA

Cleveland, OH – August 2013… Roots run deep at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church, a cornerstone of Cleveland community and worship since 1931. Over the years, the church’s pulpit has played host to such luminaries as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

But this congregation with a strong sense of tradition is equally forward-thinking. The church’s 1,500-seat sanctuary, constructed in 1954, recently underwent an in-depth renovation, enhancing sound and vision with the addition of HD cameras, a switcher, and large-scale video screens, as well as a new Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source loudspeaker system.

As Tom George, Director of Installations for installer Eighth Day Sound, explains, the sound reinforcement aspect of the project presented some unique challenges. “Although the exterior of the building has a peaked roof, the sanctuary’s ceiling is flat, and relatively low – only around 25 feet in height. So going with a traditional line array would have created line-of-sight issues. Moreover, we were faced with a 400-pound weight restriction, which made the design even more problematic.”

With a need to ensure musicality for both its traditional gospel choir and plugged-in bands, as well as high intelligibility for all spoken aspects of the program, VARIA’s feature set seemed a good fit for the large, acoustically challenging space. With VARIA’s modular and flexible enclosures, Eighth Day could create a system to deliver the coverage of a traditional line array, but using fewer cabinets, thereby decreasing weight, visual impact, and cost.

The flown system consists of six VAX 101-7/6 (7.5 degree), two VAX101-22/69, and two VAX101-22 912 VARIA loudspeakers. The result is powerful, even coverage across the congregation’s main floor and balcony, from the front rows to the rear wall 100 feet away.

“When we listened to the box, we were convinced,” says George. “VARIA met the challenge – it delivered the coverage we needed, along with the power and performance. It looks great, and it sounds great.”

Olivet’s recent improvements mark Phase One of their in-depth renovation, with improved lighting and Web streaming next on the agenda. Through it all, elevating the live sound experience has been key for the Cleveland church.

“Olivet wants to reach younger people – they understand that the demographic is changing and a more contemporary worship style is a big part of that,” Tom George says. “VARIA was the perfect solution for this congregation’s message and their music.”

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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.

ACIR Professional Buys Building, Expands Space

Mays Landing, N.J.—Summer continues to be busy for the staff at ACIR Professional with shows in Cape May, the Count Basie Theatre, Ocean Grove, New York City, along with support of audio and backline for Atlantic City and surrounding areas, all as the company’s installation business continues to grow.

Perhaps the biggest news for ACIR this is summer is that they recently purchased a building in Mays Landing, New Jersey, a stones-throw away from the old location in Egg Harbor Township. Realizing their dream of expansion and growth, the company outgrew their lease space and made the move to purchase a building with additional room to grow.

In a joint statement, the three owners Ed DiBona, John Grasso, and Tom Young said, “Our new space enables us to further our customer service and support as we continue to purchase the gear needed to fulfill our clients’ requirements.”

ACIR’s new address is 1421 Cantillon Boulevard, Mays Landing, NJ 08330. The company phone number remains the same: (609) 677-5500).

For more information, visit www.ACIRpro.com.

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L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE Fills In Grand Canyon University Arena

Clearwing supplies fixed ARCS WIDE system for ‘Lopes basketball games and touring KARA system for concert reinforcement

PHOENIX, Arizona — When Grand Canyon University’s Antelopes men’s and women’s basketball teams joined the Western Athletic Conference this summer and upgraded to Division I, GCU Arena was in need of a sound system retrofit worthy of the new division level. To accommodate, GCU turned to the local Phoenix office of Clearwing Productions, which provided two independent L-ACOUSTICS ARCS WIDE and KARA loudspeaker systems for the 5,000-seat multipurpose venue. more

3G Productions Expands LA Facility, Strengthens Sales Team in Southern CA

Devon Murray

Las Vegas, NV––3G Productions, Inc. has expanded its presence in Southern California with a larger Los Angeles facility and a new Director of Business Development and Sales, Devon Murray, who will spearhead the company’s growth and sales in the market.

Located just south of downtown Los Angeles, 3G’s facility now has more than twice the warehouse space of its predecessor and is centrally located to major live production and corporate events, touring and dance festival venues in the Southern California area.

Highly experienced in all aspects of live production, Murray joins 3G after an eight-year stint as Senior Production Manager for STAPLES CENTER/AEG where he was responsible for production and management for all events at the arena in Los Angeles.

Commenting on his new appointment, Murray said, “I’m elated to join the talented team at 3G. I was always impressed with the quality of the engineers, products and work when they produced events at the Staples Center. I see tremendous growth potential in 3G, particularly in LA, and my goal is to continue to build on top of the solid business foundation 3G has already created.”

Asked about the hire, 3G owner and Vice President Jay Curiel added, “We’re excited to have Devon join our sales team. His vast experience and knowledge in the industry will translate into new and exciting growth opportunities for 3G in Southern California as we emphasize our commitment to service this market.”

Known for its fresh perspective, engaged engineers and exceptional customer service, 3G has distinguished itself with its ability to provide the high quality audio and communications for everything from the largest dance festivals and tours to their increased focus on corporate and TV/film broadcast events while maintaining the dominant role in live event production and touring that has been their mainstay.

For more about 3G Productions, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

VARIA Packs a Punch at De Grote Post

Oostende, Belgium – August 2013… The Oostende Post Office, the only public building designed by famed Ghent architect Gaston Eysselinck, has been recognized as one of the finest architectural creations of Belgium’s postwar period. In 1981 the modernist style building was granted status as a protected monument. When the Post Office moved out in 1999, B-Architects, under the direction of Dirk Engelen, undertook the massive challenge of creating multiple modern theaters and performance spaces inside, while respecting the venue’s design ethos. The result is De Grote Post, a multi-purpose performing arts center unlike any other.

The main hall seats 431, and is designed for music, dance or traditional theatre performances. Acoustical designer Paul Mees of Daidalos Peutz worked with B-Architects to create the venue’s distinctive triangular acoustic panels, accented by neon tubes. The result is an eye-catching décor from any seat.

Designed by Marc Lambert of Gent-based theatre design group TTAS, the audio systems for De Grote Post boast the first European installation of the new VARIA modular point source line array from Renkus-Heinz. Four VARIA VA101 cabinets are hung per side, each array consisting of two VA101-7 7.5-degree cabinets, one VA101-15 15-degree box, and one VA101-22 22.5-degree box. A center cluster of two 22.5-degree cabinets augments coverage, along with a third cabinet ground stacked atop two VA15S subwoofers. Four TRX61 loudspeakers provide front fill for the first few rows.

As Steven Kemland, Sales and Project Manager of Foundation for Audiovisual Commerce and Engineering (FACE) explains, VARIA was ideal for the venue’s challenging spaces. “Most of the systems we looked into would have required many more cabinets to provide even coverage across the entire seating area,” he says. “The VARIA’s variable coverage patterns enabled us to configure a system with fewer boxes than a traditional line array. It’s very compact and yet it sounds like a much larger system.” Sam Serruys, technical director of De Grote Post adds, “The results we have achieved with a system using 10 inch drivers is truly remarkable.”

The smaller theatre is a more compact room, with the floor on hydraulic lifts, enabling it to be split into four separate areas, enabling artists to configure the venue to suit a wide range of performances and creations. The room is outfitted with a ground stacked system with left and right stacks of two VA15S subs, topped by 22.5 degree and 7 degree cabinets. In addition, TTAS also specified mobile setups that could be mixed and matched to meet a wide range of program needs, from the smaller impromptu performance spaces to the larger outdoor courtyard. Here, FACE’s recommendation of the Renkus-Heinz CF-101 point source line array system fit the bill perfectly. FACE also provided Avid SC48 digital consoles for the stages, as well as Behringer X32 mixers for the mobile setups. Microphones are a traditional mix of Shure, Audio Technica and Sennheiser, with additional system components by Radial, Omnicase, DPA, XTA, Powersoft, and ASL Intercom.

Kemland also gives the nod to FACE project engineers Stijn Vermeiren and Jeroen Willems, who completed the entire project from order to sound check, in less than four weeks’ time. De Grote Post director Stefan Tanghe says: “Oostende has long needed a performance space for smaller performances and exhibitions, as well as providing gallery space. Along with the large Het Kursaal theatre nearby, our city can now offer national and international artists the state of the art facilities they expect to find.”

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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.

Hibino Sound Division Invests in Martin Audio MLA

The Hibino Corporation, the largest production enterprise for the entertainment industry in Japan, has made its first investment in Martin Audio’s Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system. With its proven technology across challenging venues such as Tokyo Dome and large scale festivals like Rock in Japan, Martin Audio’s MLA system is solving problems that other sound systems simply cannot achieve, and this is attracting the attention of promoters demanding MLA as the system of choice.

Making up the Hibino Corporation are four divisions: Hibino Sound, Hibino Pro Audio Sales, Hibino Visual and Hibino Chromatek. The MLA acquisition was authorized by the Sound Division, which has been a market leader in international touring for many years that supports many of the world’s leading artists with premier loudspeaker systems.

Their investment is for four MLA System 36 rigs, plus an additional four MLD downfill and four MLX subwoofers. This gives them a combined inventory of 92 MLA, 8 MLD, and 52 MLX enclosures, ensuring a large capability.

The decision to invest was brought about by the need to provide consistent stadium coverage up to 650 feet deep (such as Tokyo Dome), without the need for delay towers. This enables them to deliver clear sound right to the back of the venue and at the same time solve any noise pollution and sound spill issues.

Speaking of this latest development, Ryoichi Hashimoto, Managing Director, Hibino Sound, explained. “We decided on the MLA investment because the promoters of summer outdoor festivals are increasingly demanding the absence of delay towers from festival sites and a need to solve offsite noise issues.

“We also like the fact that its calculation ability is extremely accurate. The benefit of this is that we can get a result that corresponds with what we have planned in the simulation.”

MLA also benefits from its size and weight ratio, which given regulations in Japan mean that the system provides no obstacles for its deployment.

“In Japan, the weight of the rigging is strictly regulated, but MLA’s weight is similar to systems we have used in the past, even though it is powered. So, it is good for us to be able to plan as we did before.”

Hibino Sound’s new MLA will be pressed straight into festival duty. “This is the most unique loudspeaker system we have ever had,” concluded Mr. Hashimoto. “It will become the new choice for customers since it has the ability to meet all their demands.”

Martin Audio has already completed training for most of Hibino Sound’s system technicians on site, which was carried out by Chris Pyne, Martin Audio’s Technical Support Specialist in APAC.

In summing up, Anthony Taylor, Managing Director for Martin Audio, said, “We are delighted that MLA continues to prove its technical advantage over the competition and more importantly solving sound issues that face the industry. For the number one rental company in Japan to recognize this is a great honor, and we look forward to supporting Hibino in their success moving forward.”

Photos: Hibino MLA technical training with Chris Pyne (center); Nagai Stadium in Osaka, one of the venues for which Hibino will be able to provide full MLA coverage without the use of delays

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

Renkus-Heinz Unveils New Website

Orange County, CA – August 2013... Renkus-Heinz, a leading innovator in professional audio and loudspeaker design, has announced the debut of their new modernized website. The long-awaited redesign offers up a bold new look and feel, along with better navigation and a dramatically different user interface.

The new Renkus-Heinz.com delivers easy, streamlined access to information on Renkus-Heinz products and technologies like ICONYX, IC2, and VARIA, including detailed specifications and technical data. It also offers up a brand new International News feed and expanded company info.

“In recent years, our product lines have grown and our technologies have progressed,” remarked VP of Sales and Marketing Rik Kirby. “We’ve grown immensely as a company, but our website hasn’t reflected that. The new website speaks to what Renkus-Heinz is today as a company, and we feel it offers a more personal connection to our customers.”

The new site is live as of Friday, August 9, 2013. Check out the new www.renkus-heinz.com

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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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