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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. 

Martin Audio MLA Compact Keeps Sound Inside Urban Amphitheater

––RMB Audio Uses System To Stay Within Rigorous City Noise Limits––

The Red Hat Amphitheater is located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina with the stage facing a large convention center covered with reflective surfaces located next to a parking deck. Just a few blocks to the rear of the stage are residential neighborhoods.

Home to a summer-long series of concerts, Red Hat is obviously a challenging environment for shows in terms of controlling noise levels. Cooper Cannady of RMB Audio in Raleigh has produced several shows there and knows those problems all too well: “The city contracted a large study at multiple sites around the venue and came up with an SPL limitation of maximum 95dB SPL for one minute at given test points. And that’s tough when you’re doing a show there. Someone like Dylan is manageable, but Smashing Pumpkins and a Snoop Dogg performance is a real challenge to the sound ordinance.

Fortunately, RMB used their Martin Audio MLA Compact system for a recent show featuring American Aquarium, Cravin Melon and the Chris Hendricks band. As Cooper explains, “We put our MLA Compact rig in there and made a presentation to the city how the system’s new software algorithms functioned. We wanted to bring the sound closer to the audience, avoid the reflections from the building and back it off at the stop points we had selected.

“So we kept working on the sound with the software and finally got it to where there’s no reflection coming off the building. Only people with the MLA Compact can get that kind of control. Everyone else is going to have sound washing over those surfaces and throw it everywhere.

“The wonderful part about MLA is that the coherence of the system actually makes it sound louder than the SPL meter says it is,” Cooper adds, “which is a real benefit for the audience and the promoters. The city told us we couldn’t have any flags at the 95dB test point and we were able to do that without any problems whatsoever.”

RMB Audio’s setup for the show consisted of 12 MLA Compact enclosures per side, with six DSX subs a side stacked on the wings of the stage. The side fills consisted of two Martin Audio W8Ts and two WS218 subs a side, with WS18X subs for drums, and four W8LMs for lip-fills across the front of the stage. LE1200s were used for on stage monitoring.

Engineer Wayne Sowder was also impressed: “Roger Dennis of RMB put me on the FOH Console for Cravin Melon, and it was my first chance to mix on the MLA Compact. It was unlike any system I’ve ever mixed on––incredible clarity yet very natural, warm sounding and powerful. The software was also a major plus in helping the system techs refine the system performance based on temperature and humidity in the venue as well as changing the start and stop points without re-hanging boxes. It’s a very powerful tool in the hands of skilled technicians.”

Summing up, Cooper adds, “The city thought the MLA Compact system sounded excellent and that the system was consistent throughout the audience area and had greatly reduced SPL beyond the audience space. I sent one of my staff with a representative from the city with an SPL meter across the street from the park and the sound was diving 10 to 15dB. And if they walked a little further out, the decrease in SPL continued. Once that happened, they actually got it.

“The MLA Compact has been a lifesaver for this venue. This is the answer for an urban area with residences in close proximity. We’ve been able to make everybody happy––the audience, the acts, the city and the neighborhood. MLA has been a real unifying experience. Not many people can deal with those kinds of restrictions and say they did OK, and we did smashingly well.”

For more about RMB Audio, please click to www.rmbaudio.com

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

Iconyx Welcomes You to Las Vegas

Las Vegas, NV – August, 2013… Despite the recent real estate woes, Las Vegas remains one of the fastest growing cities in America. And as the city has grown, so has its airport. Along with the recent opening of its new 1.9 million square foot Terminal 3, McCarran International Airport has also revamped and renovated the original Terminal 1, including an updated sound system featuring dozens of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers.

“Terminal 1 was not designed with a dedicated paging system,” explains Edouard Charland, Vice President of Lenexa, KS-based Coffeen Fricke & Associates, Inc. (CFA). ”The airport was using the fire alarm systems for paging, and most of the terminal-wide announcements were originating from a paging office that was using the telephone system to originate those announcements. This approach produced low levels of speech intelligibility and offered very little flexibility for zoning and directing announcements.”

Based on their involvement in the Terminal 3 project, CFA was called in to offer suggestions for the ailing audio issues at Terminal 1.. One of the most challenging areas was the expansive baggage claim area. As Charland explains, in addition to the typical acoustical issues inherent in large spaces, there was something uniquely Vegas.

“All around the carousel area there are numerous large screens playing video advertisements for local casinos and night clubs. The audio systems for those screens are fairly loud. They’re running pretty much non-stop 24/7, and they’re only overridden for emergency announcements.”

The baggage claim area is covered by 32 Iconyx IC16-R-II steered arrays, mounted on opposite sides of each carousel’s pillar to provide 360 degrees of coverage. As CFA’s Sr. Vice President Robert Ledo points out, the arrangement provided an unprecedented degree of control. ”Typically, an airport will be zoned so that all of baggage claim is a single zone, or possibly a couple of zones. But this arrangement also enables them to address each individual carousel – this was an airport directive.”

“The Iconyx system actually enabled us to provide better intelligibility than something like an overhead distribution scheme,” Ledo adds. ”It can concentrate the energy right at the people, and cut through the background noise.”

Another area where the Iconyx steered beam technology really shined was in the lengthy ticketing lobby, where the building’s unique architecture presented its own set of challenges. ”The ticketing lobby’s design looks like an airplane wing,” says Charland. ”So the horizontal coverage pattern varies as you go further down toward the narrower taper of the wing. Using the Iconyx provided us a way to cover the entire space not only horizontally but also to change the front and back coverage distance as the dimensions change.”

Twenty-two IC16-R-II columns are mounted about every 50 feet along the second floor walkway overlooking the main ticketing lobby. Custom brackets and fittings include metal wedges on the top of each cabinet to prevent their being mistaken for cup holders. ”The beams are steered downward, each one a bit differently depending on the dimensions of the coverage area,” says Ledo. ”It also provides a bit of a buffer zone right below the speakers in the ticketing counters themselves. You don’t want to bombard the ticketing counter itself with sound because agents are trying to talk to passengers. So being able to steer and direct the sound to where it needs to be helps provide that buffer.”

In both the ticketing lobby and baggage claim, the entire system is linked via RHAON networking, allowing for complex DSP programming to custom-steer each array independently using multiple beams. TheRHAON software and on-board contact closures are also used to monitor each array for proper operation.

Charland concludes, ”the Iconyx systems enabled us to create customized coverage patterns to fit each space, and afforded us a degree of control and monitoring over the systems that a facility like McCarran International Airport demands.”

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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.

On Stage Audio Expands, Builds North America’s Largest Martin Audio MLA Inventory

With three locations in Chicago, Las Vegas and Nashville and a hectic schedule of live production work, corporate shows, product launches, TV broadcasts and special events; On Stage Audio (OSA) continues its national growth in audio rentals, service and production.

As part of that growth, OSA recently purchased a number of additional Martin Audio MLA and MLA Compact enclosures, resulting in OSA having the largest MLA inventory in North America. With this and other recent sales, the total number of MLA cabinets deployed worldwide is well over 3,000 cabinets at this point.

Asked about the MLA acquisition, OSA Vice President Jim Risgin said, “We believe in the product, technology and, most importantly, the result that MLA delivers.”

In addition to successful deployments of MLA and MLA Compact at a growing number of corporate and special events, OSA recently equipped the pavilion stage at Ravinia Festival with the MLA system, the first new PA system at North America’s oldest music festival in a decade. Ravinia welcomes about 600,000 guests every summer to over 100 events, including the annual residency of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Since Ravinia’s 1904 inception, a residential neighborhood has grown around the concert venue resulting in Ravinia becoming increasingly sensitive to containing sound within its gates.

Asked why MLA was chosen, Jim responds, “Sound is crucial in two ways to outdoor concert presenters who not only want to provide the best musical experience they can to their attendees but who also want to prevent that music from reaching unintended listeners. We are proud Ravinia chose us to help them present a premium customer experience and to help them be a good neighbor to the residents of its home community.”

Expanding on his feelings about MLA, Jim points out, “It’s the first technology in the last 30 plus years that is truly delivering sound in a new and exciting way as far as I’m concerned. Even with the obvious benefits the Multi Cellular drive brings such as SPL control, consistent audience coverage as well as out of area rejection, it still amazes me how good it sounds every time I turn on the system. Simply input the room calculations and MLA in turn delivers the expected coverage as well as giving the engineer a stellar sonic canvas to work with. Now I can allocate my time to my craft and art of mixing rather than spending the time mastering conventional systems to gain similar results. This translates into a better end product for our clients as well as savings in time and labor.

“In terms of its performance, MLA never runs out, it never stops. I think it’s the best sounding system with the most even coverage out of the box. Every seat gets the same high quality sound regardless of the location, which helps our clients reduce costs for acoustical treatments in some venues. At this point, the level of the MLA system control has become second nature. For me to work on something other than MLA has become an eye-opener rather than the other way around.”

Photo caption: Middle and Top Rows (L-R): Edwin Jones, Mario Educate, Dave Iannuccilli, Paul Educate, Karim Ben-Rhouma, Steve Varner, John Brandvold, Martyn “Ferrit” Rowe, Dale Stuart
Bottom Row (L-R): Deb Miller, Lindsay Dreyer, Merissa Iannuccilli, Shannon Wardle, Jim Flynn

For more about On Stage Audio, please click to www.osacorp.com

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

VARIA Delivers Serious Performance at Comedy Club Stardome

 

Hoover, Alabama – August 2013… For more than 25 years, the Comedy Club Stardome has built a reputation as one of the most respected comedy showcases, not just in the state but in the entire Southeast. The club’s stage has hosted some of the biggest names in comedy, including Margaret Cho, Craig Ferguson, Lewis CK, Sinbad, and Pauly Shore, as well as a regular roster of new and innovative talent.

The room’s tiered, dinner theater style seating offers a few interesting acoustical challenges. As Patrick Sobers of Birmingham-based Media Visions explains, “it’s a fan-shaped room, with dinner theater style table seating on tiered rows. But the front section is almost at orchestra pit level; you don’t get to stage height until the third or fourth row.”

With a throw to the last row of around 60 feet, the problematic space called for a sound system that could be shaped to create the custom coverage the room needed. Media Visions recommended the Renkus-Heinz VARIA modular point source array.

The system comprises left and right arrays, each with a single VAX101-15 and VAX101-22 cabinet. Each array is topped with a VAX15S subwoofer. “The top box has a variable 60 to 90 degree coverage, and the bottom one goes from 90 to 120 degrees,” says Sobers. Additional front fill is provided by a pair of CFX41 compact coaxial speakers, with CFX81 8-inch cabinets covering rear delay and side fills. The system is powered by Lab Gruppen amps, with a Biamp Nexia handling system DSP. A PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console handles Front of House duties. 

Sobers quotes the club’s owner, Bruce Ayers, as saying the system “sounds absolutely awesome.”  

“They’ve struggled for several years with systems that didn’t really meet their needs,” says Sobers. “VARIA enabled us to design a system that delivers consistent, full range coverage and great intelligibility to the entire room.”

 

 

 

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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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