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Living Word Gets Renkus-Heinz

 

Aldergrove, BC …. An hour southeast of Vancouver and mere minutes from Canada’s southern border, the town of Aldergrove is home to Living Word Fellowship. The church purchased a “fixer-upper” and began major upgrades to prepare the building for services.

The 550-seat sanctuary recently underwent a long-needed expansion and renovation that included new acoustical treatment, audio, and video systems designed and installed by Langley, BC-based Pro Sound and Stage Lighting Ltd. As Pro Sound’s John Drake explains,”the sanctuary was built in 1982, but the equipment that was in there dated back to the 1970s, so the update was long overdue.”

The room’s physical dimensions presented some challenges, says Drake. “It’s a relatively wide room, and not very deep. For the congregation, it’s great, because no matter where you sit, you feel close to the platform. But it definitely presented some issues in terms of coverage.”

Adding to the challenge was the sanctuary’s low ceiling, which limited the possibilies. “The system design would have been a whole lot easier if the ceiling had been about 15 feet higher,” saysDrake. “As it is, the sound tends to get a bit dense in the center, so we needed speakers that gave us an exceptional degree of pattern control.”
Using Acoustical Simulation software - EASE, Pro Sound modeled the sanctuary, from the acoustical treatment on the walls and balcony to a new audio system based around a main Left-Right-Center cluster of three Renkus-HeinzPN121/6 12-inch two-way loudspeakers. A pair of PN61R 6-inch boxesprovides additional over-balcony fill.

Mounted in the steps of the stage platform, five CFX42 dual 4-inch two-way stair-step loudspeakers provide additional front fill coverage for the lower seating nearest the stage. “Rather than use side fills, we opted to aim the center cluster a bit higher to cover the balcony, which it does verywell, and we added the speakers in the stairs for front fill,” says Drake. “Each of the stair step speaker is separately delayed. The imaging is exceptionally good no matter where you’re sitting.”

A pair of PN212SR subwoofers mounted above the platform add deep low frequency support. A Midas Pro2 digital console covers Front of House duties, while a Biamp Audia handles system drive and processing. On the platform, four PN121M floor monitors provide sound for the ministers and musicians. “The Renkus-Heinz speakers were really the best choice in terms of coverage and performance,” says Drake. “They were a great fit for the room, and for the Church’s program 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.

L-ACOUSTICS is Big News at Free Press Summer Festival

Matt & Kim on FPSF 2013's Saturn Stage

LD Systems deploys K1 for top artists on FPSF’s two largest stages

HOUSTON, Texas – August 2013 — Over the past five years, the Free Press Summer Festival (FPSF), staged at Eleanor Tinsley Park just west of downtown Houston, has quickly grown into one of Texas’ most eagerly anticipated music festivals. This year notably marked the first time that the event completely sold out in advance, ultimately drawing nearly 100,000 concertgoers to enjoy 90 national and local artists performing on six stages over two days.

Houston’s LD Systems once again served as the primary audio, video and lighting provider for FPSF 2013 and supplied production gear and services for the festival’s four primary stages. This year, however, the company chose to deploy L-ACOUSTICS K1 systems on the two largest stages, Mars and Saturn. more

WOODLAWN BAPTIST CHURCH SINGS THE PRAISES OF NEW SR SYSTEM FROM WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES

**** Photo: Woodlawn Baptist Church’s sanctuary ****

Baton Rouge, LA – July 2013… With music becoming an increasingly important aspect of worship services as a means of staying relevant to their congregation, more churches are discovering the importance of quality sound reinforcement. Such was the case at Woodlawn Baptist Church, where an outdated, poorly implemented sound system was hindering the effectiveness of their worship services. As of February, the situation was rectified by the installation of a new system drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

L-ACOUSTICS Parties with DJs Day and Night at WET REPUBLIC and Hakkasan

Deadmau5 performs at Hakkasan Las Vegas (photo credit: Drew Ressler / Rukes.com)

Vegas’ two hippest new hotspots adopt KARA/SB18 monitor packages for all-star residencies by Tiësto, Deadmau5, Calvin Harris and more

LAS VEGAS — L-ACOUSTICS’ KARA/SB18 combination is quickly emerging as the monitoring system of choice among the world’s top EDM superstars, further evidenced by the fact that Audiotek recently specified the package for MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s two newest venues: WET REPUBLIC Ultra Pool and Hakkasan Las Vegas.

In early April Audiotek purchased and installed six KARA loudspeaker enclosures and four SB18 subs in the DJ mix area of Hakkasan for its client, Angel Management Group (AMG), which operates the venue. Later that same month, an identical monitoring setup was installed at the AMG-owned 53,000-square-foot, adults-only pool club, WET REPUBLIC. Solotech’s Las Vegas office facilitated the sale of both systems. more

Martin Audio W8LC ‘By Appointment’ At Coronation Festival Gala

RG Jones’ busy summer season with leading Martin Audio PA systems continued in July with the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace. This followed the Glastonbury Festival and Henley Festival, which both placed further demands on Jones’ Martin Audio inventory.

So many events at the same time with very different environments was always going to be a challenge, but with careful planning and deployment, the Coronation Festival proved once again that RG Jones and Martin Audio were capable of uniting the audience experience.

The audio specialists had been sub-contracted by main technical production company, Hawthorns, who were in turn introduced to the project by event organizer, Media 10. The Royal Warrant Holders Association hosted both the Coronation Festival and exhibition in the Gardens of Buckingham Palace.

RG Jones, themselves Royal Warrant Holders, participated in the exhibition (along with more than 200 others) while simultaneously providing sound reinforcement for the Gala concerts. In fact the RG Jones stand exhibited an original Morris J-type––the same as the one used by the original founder Ronald Geoffrey Jones back in the 1920’s.

As with Glastonbury, RG Jones’ project manager Ben Milton relished the challenge of project managing a large-scale event, but unlike Glastonbury where Martin Audio’s W8L Longbow system was deployed, Milton said the system of choice this time would be the company’s W8LC and W8LM systems.

“We have used the W8LC system for so many classical concerts of this size in the past that we were confident it would sound fantastic and give us no sleepless nights. It just works so well.”

But the implementation of the system for the Raymond Gubbay promoted Gala concerts was far from straightforward, as Milton emphasized. “Aside from the stringent guidelines and provisos we had to follow, the PA wings were extremely wide—around 310 feet between left and right––which required an additional L/C/R center system flown over the stage.”

And with a wide range of artists celebrating 60 years of the performing arts—including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Katie Melua, Russell Watson, Katherine Jenkins, Laura Wright, Only Boys Allowed, The Feeling—as well as the National Youth Orchestra and Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures––there was quite a line-up of talent for Milton and Simon Honywill at the FOH mixing desk.

“I love the challenge of having 250-plus inputs on the desk with multiple acts,” said the former, explaining that this included active splits from the stage, sent to the BBC broadcast OB trucks.

Out on each wing, in front of the Palace terrace, two hangs of 14 x Martin Audio W8LC elements were mounted on smart PA masts.

A further three center in-hangs formed the thrust canopy PA. This comprised six W8LM Mini line arrays (with two W8LMD Downfills at the base), flanked by two hangs of eight W8LC to produce an L/C/R image.

Under the thrust stage, there were four gauze-covered WLX subs with a further six ground stacked WLX under the two speaker masts (three per side). Finally, eight Martin Audio DD6 Differential Dispersion horns were positioned along the front lip as close fills.

All processing was carried out in an XTA Audiocore environment, with system technician Mark Edwards EQing and time aligning the system remotely via a wireless tablet.

Said Ben Milton, “The in-hangs had to do all the work and we had to deal with timing issues between the wide hangs and the inner hangs. The LC’s worked fantastically well and provided full 330 ft. coverage without delays for 20,000 people.

“In fact when you sat in the middle of the auditorium it was just like a cinematic setting carefully time aligned to get the stereo image, and wherever you went it delivered and it was still high fidelity sound.” The audio complemented the width of the stage, he said, adding that both Tim Davies [BBC Television sound supervisor] and the orchestra had expressed their delight with the sound.

“The whole event was special because you simply forgot where you were. The Palace provided an amazing backdrop.”

Supporting system designer Ben Milton, were FOH engineer Simon Honywill and system tech, Mark Edwards, James Breward (system/comms) and on stage, Mark Isbister (patchmaster), Alison Dale (RF and orchestral miking), Damon Dyer (monitors) and Ian Threlfall (stage).

Photo credit: Theo Cohen Photography

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 Brings Clarity to the Art of Living Foundation

Boone, NC – July 2013… Founded in 1981 by spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Art of Living Foundation has evolved to become one of the world’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian and educational non-governmental organizations. Working with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the Foundation offers programs dedicated to health, education, eliminating stress, and restoring human values in more than 140 countries worldwide.

One of the Foundation’s most treasured retreats is The International Center for Meditation and Well-Being, located in the lush, rolling hills of the Great Smokey Mountains. It’s an idyllic piece of Planet Earth, where visitors can immerse themselves in the grandeur of nature, while retuning their bodies and minds with yoga, meditation, and organic diet. 

The retreat’s Meditation Hall is a large, multi-purpose space that is used for everything from yoga and meditation classes to dance events and performances. As Jeff Hedgecock, Project Manager for AVI-SPL in Charlotte, NC explains, the room is visually appealing but acoustically challenging. 

“It’s a very large space, very bright and airy and open, with nice high ceilings,” says Hedgecock. “But when they have someone leading a yoga or mediation class, intelligibility is quite an issue. And that’s not a scenario where one wants to shout, so for people at the back of the room it’s very difficult to concentrate on the instruction being given.” 

A single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC16-R-II provided an ideal solution for the room’s sonic challenges. “They hold some dance events and performances there as well, so the musical performance of the Iconyx was equally critical,” says Hedgecock.  

The Iconyx’s multiple steerable beams can be individually attenuated to provide uniform coverage and SPL across even the most challenging spaces. “That’s one of the things that’s great about the Iconyx – we were able to steer the beam to make the whole hall sound great,” says Hedgecock.

The design-build system is streamlined and uncomplicated. A Biamp Red One handles simple volume and source selection, with all audio routed directly to the Iconyx columns. As Hedgecock observes, aesthetics was also a consideration here. 

“The fact that we were able to paint the speakers to pretty much blend into the walls was a major advantage for them,” he explains. He points to his own previous experience with Iconyx as instrumental in trying them at the Foundation. “I’ve used Iconyx on a couple of other problematic spaces, and was pretty certain it would be a good fit here.” 

 

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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.

Iconyx Makes Things Clear for MannKind Pharmaceuticals

 

Danbury, CA – July 2013… Besides their corporate headquarters in southern California, MannKind Pharmaceuticals maintains two other campuses, including their technical operations team, located in Danbury, CT. It’s a busy campus, hosting several hundred employees involved in the company’s manufacturing, engineering, and quality assurance divisions. 

The campus’  central meeting point is a large, multipurpose room used for everything from lunches to corporate meetings and all types of presentations. It’s a bright, airy, and welcoming space, but as Richard Trombitas of New York-based Cardone, Solomon and Associates explains, the room has long been an acoustical challenge. 

“It’s a really nice looking space, but not great for spoken word intelligibility,” says Trombitas. “It’s got a fairly high ceiling, a wall of windows, and lots of reflective surfaces.” Colortone AV’s Joe Lemischak adds, “they had an old distributed system that had probably been installed when the room was built.”

According to Traci Centofanti, Mannkind’s Director of Information Technology, the room has long been problematic. “The system that was in here originally never quite did what it was intended to do,” Centofonti says. “The coverage was very spotty – some places in the room sounded okay, but if you moved a few feet over, you could barely make out what the presenter was saying.”

The solution was easily realized with a single pair of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steered array loudspeakers. Dual ICX7-II stacks on either side of one wall can easily provide even coverage all the way to the back of the room. 

“We had the columns custom-painted in metallic gray to match the room,” says Lemischak. “You can barely see them.” Custom mounts were designed to integrate the columns with the room’s existing structure.

Centofanti says the improvement was immediate and dramatic. “We’ve had numerous comments from people about the difference in the way things sound in there now,” she observes. “People are more involved and more attentive in presentations – they can finally hear what’s being said.” 

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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.

Clearwing Kicks out the Jams at Summerfest with L-ACOUSTICS

Umphrey's McGee rocks the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard stage on an L-ACOUSTICS K1 system (photo credit: D. Eyton Zelazo)

World’s largest music festival heard via K1, KARA, KUDO and ARCS WIFO

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s largest music festival for the past 15 consecutive years, Milwaukee’s Summerfest truly knows how to throw a party. Serving up a smorgasbord of brats, brews and bands — over 700 national and regional acts performing on 11 stages — this year’s “Big Gig” at Henry W. Maier Festival Park on the city’s Lake Michigan shoreline drew more than 840,000 visitors over its 11-day run in late June and early July.

To handle audio production duties for this year’s 46th annual bash, Milwaukee World Festival, the non-profit organization that runs the event, once again turned to local provider Clearwing Productions, which specified the use of more than 340 L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker enclosures for FOH throughout the grounds. more

Gand Concert Sound Pitches In At Music Festival

CHICAGO—Pitchfork Music Festival, held July 19-21 in Chicago’s Union Park, brought the best of emerging music to over 50,000 attendees. The Festival has been drawing huge sold-out crowds since it began in 2006. This year, 40 artists entertained on three stages including Bjork, Solange, Lil B, R Kelly, Savages, The Breeders, Swans, and Wire.

Gand Concert Sound of Elk Grove Village, IL, aka ‘the NEXO guys’, provided audio production for both the Red and Green stages, Red stage included 15 NEXO GEO T line array boxes per side, 16 NEXO CD18s, a Yamaha CL5 digital audio console at FOH, and a Yamaha M7CL for monitors.

The Green Stage audio set up consisted of 18 GEO Ts per side, 20 CD18s, and Yamaha PM5D-RH digital consoles for front of house and monitor mixing. NEXO PS15R2s were supplied for the both the Red Stage (passive) and Green Stage (bi-amped) along with NEXO NX4x4 amps for mains and Yamaha T5n amps for subs, front fills and monitors, along with NEXO NX241 and 242 processors. Alpha E/f and S2 side fills were used on the Green stage.

“Of all the fests in the USA, Pitchfork stands out as the place to be for fans of up and coming bands and indie’s who have established themselves as must-see acts,” says Gand President, Gary Gand. “It’s a great test of what our audio production set up centered around the NEXO systems can do. From a solo harp player to a 20 piece hardcore rap act and all points in-between, bring it on!”

“Many, many kudos to Gand from the audio folks that the artists brought, and from us,” states Mary Jones, director of Pitchfork Festival Artist Production & Artist Relations.

For more information on Gand Concert Sound, visit www.gandconcertsound.com.

For more information on Yamaha and 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. “>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.

Stanco Productions Covers Fair St. Louis With Martin Audio

Fair St. Louis, “America’s Biggest Birthday Party,” was celebrated under the city’s iconic Arch for the last time before a two-year renovation, with Stanco Productions providing audio, video and lighting for the fourth year in a row.

To ensure superior audio coverage throughout the fairgrounds for this year’s featured acts Trace Adkins, Brett Michaels and Counting Crows, Stanco chose a Martin Audio rig consisting of 16 W8LC per side with 12 W8LM and 4 W8LMD downfill cabinets a side for outfill. Crown amplification and AVID Venue Profile consoles were also used for FOH and Monitors.

Stanco’s crew for this year’s festivities included Sam Wehrmeyer, Technical Director with FOH and Monitor engineers Justin Slazas and Brennan Houser.

Asked about challenges in providing audio for the Fair, Wehrmeyer responded, “The only real issue was getting enough PA hung from the roof and staying with weight limits. The W8LC is the perfect solution for this. Its light weight and high output allows us to hang more boxes for better coverage than other line array systems.

“Once again the client told us they continue to be impressed with the sound of the rig,” Sam concluded. “They told us Martin Audio is the best sound they’ve heard.”

For more about Stanco Productions, please click to www.stancoproductions.com.

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.

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