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Gand Moves and Takes On Fifth GEO T System

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Gand Concert Sound (GCS) has moved to new digs in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. After 18 years at their Glenview stronghold, GCS has relocated to a new warehouse that quadruples their space, doubles their docks, and adds a rail spur.

“We have been busting at the seams for the last few years and started looking for more space closer to O’Hare International Airport,” states Gary Gand, President. “Real estate being in a slump allowed us to scale up square footage without taking on more financially.”

The new Gand space features a 25’ ceiling allowing full size rigs to be flown for testing, and the layout allows for a concert-sized stage to be erected for full rehearsals of touring shows.
“We can now turn trucks around in a matter of hours without having to play Rubik’s Cube with the gear,” says VP Tim Swan. “GCS intends to expand their backline presence and may team up with other production vendors, all under one roof.”

In the timeliness of the move to the larger space, the company, also known as ‘the NEXO guys’, just took delivery of another 28-box NEXO GEO T speaker system, bringing their inventory up to five arena-sized rigs. The company already owns quite a stash of NEXO GEO S12, S8, Alpha, and PS series speakers and 4X4 NXAmps, making them one of the largest NEXO houses in the USA. GCS began their stable of GEO T systems with the first concert rig in the USA used at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in 2003.

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

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

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Photo ID: L to R: GCS Nick Dahl, Austin Swan, Tim Swan, Gary Gand, and Adam Rosenthal toast fifth NEXO GEO T System

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.

Opéra Royal de Wallonie Chooses L-ACOUSTICS

LIÈGE, Belgium — On the occasion of the restoration of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (Royal Opera of Wallonia), a full L-ACOUSTICS system was put in place.

After more than two years of restoration work, the 1875-built Théatre Royal de Liège, home of the Opéra Royal de Wallonie (ORW), re-opened its doors to the public at the end of last year in Liège. The whole renovation project, unique in its kind, represented an investment of 31 million euros. more

Radio Stars: CTS Audio Provides Sound for Nashville’s CRS 2013 with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Nashville’s Country Radio Seminar (CRS) is an annual showcase week for the industry where new artists and music that will be released over the course of the year is presented to top country radio people and industry heavyweights. This year’s CRS took place at the Nashville Convention Center, February 27 through March 1 and wowed the more than 5,000 attendees with live performances by Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Darius Rucker, Gary Allan, Kellie Pickler and many more–all heard through HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series line arrays powered by Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers.

Live sound for the event was provided by Franklin, Tennessee-based CTS Audio, working with event production company DeLux Productions. CTS staff for the event included CTS vice president Mike Taylor, front of house engineer Jon Schwarz, monitor engineer Scott Heyniger and system techs Jeremy Bayne and Joey Eaker.

“We’ve supplied the sound for CRS for nine years and this is the first time we used JBL’s VTX line arrays for the event, so we were stoked to hear what they could do in this room,” Taylor said. CTS flew nine VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and eight VTX S28 subwoofers on each side of the 30×40-foot stage, complemented by four JBL VERTEC® VT4888 midsize line array elements used as delay speakers.

The V25 speakers and S28 subwoofers were driven by 32 Crown I-Tech 12000HD amplifiers, with 16 Crown VRACK 12000HD and four VRACK 4X3500HD complete amplifier management rack systems powering the VT4888 delay speakers. Because there wasn’t much room for the delay amp racks, the VRACK’s self-contained design, which houses three I-Tech 12000HD amps, an input panel and power management, proved ideal for the application thanks to its high 27000 watts of total power (into 4 ohms) contained in a smaller-footprint package. CTS used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software and BSS Soundweb London BLU-80 signal processors for system control and tuning.

CTS Audio has been a JBL VERTEC user for many years and Taylor was impressed by the VTX line arrays. “We got a tremendous amount of headroom using the VTX, and as much as we continue to rely on VERTEC, the improvement in clarity, coverage and power output from these boxes was noticeable,” Taylor said. He also found the Crown amps to be an ideal match with the VTX speakers, thanks to their built-in DSP and HiQnet compatibility that enabled the amps to be easily and precisely tuned to get the most out of the VTX arrays during the event.

“The system performed flawlessly,” Taylor noted. “We didn’t have a single problem with the audio and got a lot of compliments from the other engineers in attendance. Even the front of house engineer at the Grand Ole Opry was raving about how good everything sounded.”

For more information on CTS Audio, please visit www.ctsaudio.com

Photo Credit: Kristen England

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES INSTALLED AT GRACE CHURCH

**** Photo: Tony Flammia and the WorxAudio loudspeaker system at Grace Church ****

Cape Coral, FL – April 2013… As a dynamic United Methodist church with four campuses, Grace Church offers its congregation a blend of traditional and contemporary worship services. In an effort to improve the audio quality in its sanctuary, the Cape Coral campus recently completed the installation of a new sound reinforcement system—drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

3G Productions Acquires MLA For Festivals, Touring & Installations


3G Productions Inc., a multifaceted audio company based in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, recently acquired a Martin Audio MLA system to provide greater sound control at electronic dance music festivals, and expand the company’s touring and installation capabilities.

Founded by Eli Stearns and Jay Curiel in 2004, 3G Productions has evolved over the years from live audio production to include full service sales and installation staffed with certified engineers and experienced installers.

3G’s extensive corporate clientele includes a vast array of Fortune 100 companies and very close relationships with the major hotel and casino groups along the Las Vegas Strip, among others. The company also specializes in touring and events such as the Beyond Wonderland Festival for INSOMNIAC at San Bernardino’s San Manuel Amphitheater, which served as the test drive for the system.

Always on the lookout for the latest technologies, 3G had been researching MLA since its inception. Response to the system from audio providers who’ve been using it was uniformly positive in terms of coverage, loudness, accuracy, and control, so 3G decided to initially acquire 32 MLA, 4 MLD (downfill), 24 MLX subs and 24 MLA Compact enclosures.

As it turns out, an intrinsic part of MLA’s appeal for 3G was based on its ability to control SPLs at festivals where noise is becoming an issue within the cities and communities where the events are held.

Asked about MLA’s trial run at the festival, 3G Vice President/Owner Jay Curiel, said, “The system was surprisingly easy to set up and our engineers were really happy with the way MLA performed. It did everything it’s supposed to do, especially in terms of controlling the sound. We were able to easily manage the SPL levels and cut off the coverage where we wanted while providing all the power and impact the audience expects. MLA passed with flying colors.”

Eli Stearns, President/Owner of 3G added, “We’re excited to be a partner in the prestigious MLA Network which includes so many leading audio companies. It’s great to be part of the next wave of innovation and technology, especially in terms of controlling SPL. Our primary application for MLA will be festivals and special events in city environments, but we expect the system to grow our touring market as well.”

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

L-ACOUSTICS Launches LA4X Amplified Controller

OXNARD, California — L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to announce the addition of the LA4X to its amplified controller series.

The LA4X amplified controller is based on a four-input by four-output architecture combining the benefits of self-powered speaker packages with the flexibility of outboard DSP and amplification. The speaker management and amplification for L-ACOUSTICS systems can operate in three different connectivity modes.

“With LA4X, L-ACOUSTICS speakers can virtually be considered as powered speakers, at the same time maintaining the versatility in amplification resources typical of the separated amplification approach,” says L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle. more

L-ACOUSTICS Keeps the Nightlife Pumping at Bamboo Miami

Audio Formula installs KUDO/SB28 system at South Beach’s hottest nightclub

MIAMI, Florida — Built nearly seven decades ago, Miami Beach’s Variety Theater — later known as the Paris Theatre — achieved a certain amount of fame in the ’80s when Big Time Productions used the space as a photo/film studio to shoot album covers and music videos for top artists like Madonna and U2.

Today, world-renowned musicians and celebrities are once again pouring into the South Beach hotspot — now dubbed “Bamboo Miami” — but this time for its swanky nightlife. Bucharest-based Bamboo Group, a successful European club owner and promoter, took over the landmark venue last year and renovated it into a lavish nightclub that both faithfully preserves its classic Art Deco ornamentation and dresses it up with a mega-dose of modern ambiance. more

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Gary Allan
Tour Stop: Yamaha and NEXO All the Way

LANCASTER, Penn.—The place was the American Music Venue in Lancaster, PA. on a late day in March. Country artist Gary Allan
performed in support of his latest CD “Set You Free”. Bauder Audio (Horsham, PA) provided a NEXO GEO S12 line array for the date with support from Tom Hogle, Bauder systems engineer and Sean Gary, A2 for Gary Allan. 24 NEXO GEO S12s over eight RS18 Ray Subs were all powered and processed with NXAMP4X4 amplifiers.

“Besides the fact that the GEO S12 sounds great, it is easy to set up which makes for a quick load in,” states Hogle. “NEXO continues to manufacturer studio monitors for large venues!” remarked Chris “Sully” Sullivan after mixing front of house for the show.

Tucked behind the NEXO arrays, Jason Spence specified a Yamaha PM5000 console for the entire Gary Allan tour, provided by Sound Image of Nashville. “We had options and, in fact, listened to other consoles, notes Spence. However, after listening to the 5K, Gary and the band chose to go analog. The production requirements did not necessitate a digital mixer so we went with the PM5000.”

For more information on the NEXO GEO S12 and Yamaha consoles, visit www.yamahaca.com.

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PHOTO ID: Left: Bauder’s Tom Hogle Right: Sully

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.

Theater At Madison Square Garden Ushers In A New Sonic Era With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere—and HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays have made it in New York in a big way, with Clair Brothers Audio Systems installing a comprehensive VTX system, powered by Crown Audio I-Tech HD amplifiers, at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

“The Theater at Madison Square Garden is a world-class venue and nothing less than a world-class sound reinforcement system would be appropriate,” said Jim Devenney, Senior Engineer for Clair Brothers Audio Systems. “Tom Arrigoni, Russell Lynn and Tim Parsaca, from the Garden’s production staff, provided critical design and logistical support, helping to make this install successful.”

The main loudspeaker system consists of left and right flown clusters of nine JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements each, along with two hangs of four S28 subwoofers each. The centerfill cluster includes six VERTEC® VT4887A compact line array elements. The main left and right clusters are located just offstage of the proscenium opening and the subwoofer hangs are offstage of the main arrays.

To cover the back third of the venue’s seating, Clair Brothers deployed two delay rings—the first ring has 16 bi-amped JBL AM7212/66 loudspeakers and the second delay ring includes 14 AC28/95 loudspeakers. In addition, eight JBL AM5212 loudspeakers cover the side box seats.

“The V25 line arrays proved to be the perfect choice for this application, since they deliver higher sound output and wider coverage for their size than any other line array I know,” Devenney said. “We were able to fit in nine per side, which, in combination with the VT4887A center fill speakers, were more than enough to do the job.”

“We wanted to ensure even coverage throughout the back of the theater, which is why we went with the additional JBL AM7212/66, AC28/95 and AM5212 speakers,” Devenney added. “The combination of the main VTX and VERTEC and the delay speakers enables an optimum sonic balance throughout the venue.”

All system amplification and speaker processing is handled by 24 Crown IT 4x3500HD 4-channel amplifiers. Two BSS Soundweb London BLU-160 signal processors with digital audio bus and additional input and output cards are placed inline before the amplifiers for system routing and to interface with the fire alarm muting system.

“The before and after difference in sound quality is phenomenal,” Devenney concluded. “We knew the VTX and VERTEC line arrays would provide better clarity, output and coverage over the previous system, but the level of improvement really needs to be heard to be appreciated.”

For more information on Clair Brothers, please visit www.clairsystems.com

HARMAN (www.HARMAN.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. 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 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012.

Martin Audio Appoints James King As New Marketing Director


Martin Audio has appointed James King as its new Director of Marketing.

King assumed his new position at this year’s Prolight+Sound Show in Frankfurt as the loudspeaker manufacturer’s groundbreaking MLA technology starts to enjoy unprecedented sales success.

King states that he immediately recognized the opportunity to capitalize on this situation. “I am impressed with the ambition, innovation and heritage of Martin Audio, and am excited at the prospect at being able to hone this into a clear competitive advantage that will deliver further market share gains worldwide,” he said.

“The industry is full of passion and I look forward to immersing myself in the world of pro audio to deliver the insights necessary for Martin Audio to best serve its customers and strengthen its brand position.”

Welcoming him to the company, Martin Audio Managing Director, Anthony Taylor, added, “We have searched hard for an experienced marketing talent that will help to bolster the existing executive board and to capture both verbally and visually the essential nature of Martin Audio. And in James we believe we have that person. This will lead to an exciting new chapter in the company development as the message of our technological edge continues to take hold.”

Highly experienced in brand leadership within the international business world, James King joined communication giant Motorola in 2001, and after occupying various senior management roles, became EMEA Brand Marketing Director in 2008, a position he held for the next four years. Prior to that, among the other companies he held a marketing management position was with Dyson.

The new Director of Marketing will be based at Martin Audio’s international headquarters, in High Wycombe, Bucks.

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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