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Reno Church Sets FOH Free with StudioLive

Reno, NV – September 2012….  The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd has been a fixture in downtown Reno, Nevada, since the 1950s. Over the years, the church’s congregation has grown steadily, and last year plans were drawn for a new 500-seat worship center to be constructed adjacent to the original sanctuary.

Like many of today’s churches, Good Shepherd has been expanding outside the traditional Lutheran model, offering a range of services to cater to a broader congregation. “They offer a traditional Lutheran service early in the morning, followed by a more contemporary service with full band, and then one more traditional service,” says Scott Schmidt of Reno-based JC Productions.

Not surprisingly, that diversity calls for a flexible audio system that can handle everything from a straightforward organ and choir to a full-on rock band. With that in mind, Schmidt opted to install a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2 digital console at the front-of-house mix position. The desk is used to mix the sound in the sanctuary, as well as sending multiple monitor mixes to the musicians, and making live recordings.

“The StudioLive is a great console for them,” explains Schmidt. “It gives them all the power and features of an expensive digital console, and it fits their budget. We didn’t have to purchase any outboard effects, which saves them money and space; they’re just using the processing that’s built into the console.”

The church’s audio crew took to the console immediately. “They recently hired a part-time technical director, just before the grand opening,” says Schmidt “He’s a young guy, very technically savvy, and of course he took to the StudioLive quickly. But even for an old analog guy like me, the console was easy to figure out.”

The StudioLive’s remote-mixing capability was one of the first priorities, followed closely by live recording. “We ordered them an iPad and a couple of Mac Minis,” says Schmidt.” They’ve set it up to record directly into Capture, and of course, the iPad allows the technical director to walk around the room and make adjustments and to walk up to the stage if need be.”

Schmidt also included some video, with a Christie digital projector feeding a DayLight 16:9 video screen behind the band. For the musicians, the back wall is equipped with four 55-inch NEC flat-panel displays, combining to create a single video wall.

“The system has performed flawlessly for them,” says Schmidt. “Everyone’s been very pleased with the results.”

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Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, mixers, control surfaces and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

 

Iconyx Brings Clarity to US Capitol Rotunda

Washington, DC – October 2012… America’s capitol city is rich in history, and one of its most revered landmarks is the United States Capitol building. Thousands of people tour the Capitol each day, and for most their visit includes the vast Central Rotunda.

Connecting both houses of Congress, the Rotunda has been described as the “symbolic and physical heart” of the Capitol, and is used as a backdrop for public and ceremonial events. At 96 feet (29m) in diameter, and just over 180 feet (55 m) high at its peaked canopy, it’s not hard to imagine the type of acoustical challenges the space presents.

“It’s always been a problematic space,” says Tom Jones, Engineer with Baltimore, MD-based Design and Integration, Inc. “It’s got about a nine second reverb time, and vocal intelligibility is just a mess.”

Needless to say, given the building’s landmark status, there was no room for any sound system design that would alter the venue’s aesthetic. “Requirement number one was that nothing could be mounted permanently,” says Jones. Design and Integration’s solution was to create a portable system that could be quickly and easily moved into place, based around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable arrays.

“They don’t hold high-profile events more than once or twice a month, but when they do it’s usually top-level government officials – in the past that has included the Vice-President, the Speaker of the House, or a visiting dignitary,” Jones explains. “The events are televised on C-Span, so they really need a system that’s highly intelligible with low visibility.”

The system comprises four Iconyx IC16-R-II arrays, each located at 90 degrees apart along the room’s circumference. “One of the requirements was that the speakers had to be located at the perimeter, to be out of view of audience and cameras,” says Jones. “The Iconyx was great – very narrow and low-profile.”

Setting up the Iconyx cabinets on tripods and positioning them is a quick and simple procedure, says Jones. “We’ve tuned the beams downward, at ear level with the seating, and away from the walls and dome.”

Aside from the Rotunda’s acoustics, Jones says another challenge in putting together the sound system is simple logistics. “The space is a major tourist attraction, and at any given time you’ve got literally hundreds of people walking through there,” he explains. “When we were doing the demo, we had a five minute window right after closing at 5:00 PM, So we were setting up the system while the place was packed with tourists.”

Adjacent the Rotunda to the south is the National Statuary Hall, a semi-circular space that was the House of Representatives chamber until 1857. As Jones observes, the Iconyx system’s portability enables them to set it up in the Statuary Hall just as easily. “We’re using a similar configuration, but iIt’s a smaller space and a bit less reverberant, and we can cover the whole space with a pair of Iconyx cabinets. We’ve set up presets so they can easily choose the space they want.”

Jones reports the system has been a tremendous improvement. “The intelligibility factor is far superior to anything they’ve used in there in the past,” he says. “And being able to cover the entire space with only four self-contained systems is a huge time-saver.”

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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. 

 

Are You Ready to Rock? Fillmore Silver Spring Gears Up With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – When Live Nation opened the newest Fillmore venue in Silver Spring, Maryland, the company knew it had to have a sound system worthy of the Fillmore’s storied history and to meet this requirement, the Fillmore Silver Spring boasts a cutting-edge audio system that includes HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays, Crown Audio amplifiers and two Soundcraft mixing consoles.

The 28,000-square-foot, 2,000-capacity Fillmore Silver Spring was built as a collaborative effort between the State of Maryland, Montgomery County and Live Nation. The state and the county put up the money and Live Nation leases the facility from both on a long-term basis.

Sound Image of Escondido, California was contracted for the audio system design. The Fillmore’s main loudspeaker system includes two columns of eight JBL VERTEC VT4888DPDA powered midsize line array elements flown left and right of the stage, complemented by eight ASB7128 subwoofers across the bottom front of the stage, four VRX915M stage monitors and 10 SRX712M monitors.

The delay system consists of pairs of JBL AC28/26 loudspeakers for upper balcony fill, VIP areas at the sides of the stage, under balcony fill and for the rear bar are. Amplification is supplied by 14 Crown XTi 6000 amplifiers and HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ software is used for system monitoring JBL DrivePack enclosures and Crown power amplifiers. Completed the system, a pair of Soundcraft Vi6 96-input digital live sound consoles handle front of house and monitor mixing duties.

“First and foremost, the new PA system needed to sound amazing,” said Dan Schartoff, VP of Production for Live Nation. “We needed a system that would be adaptable for all types of events and live performances by the likes of Deadmau5, Guns N’ Roses, Mary J. Blige, Kid Rock, Trey Anastasio, Childish Gambino…the list goes on and on.”

Schartoff noted the many criteria that must be met to achieve that amazing sound. “We needed clarity from the audio system,” he said. “The system needed to pack a punch and have the ability to be a blank canvas for visiting engineers while also being rider-friendly.”

The two Soundcraft Vi6 consoles at the Fillmore Silver Spring also provide tremendous benefits, Schartoff noted. “We have Soundcraft consoles in many of our venues and they give the engineers a chance to store their show settings on a drive. They can make changes offline or have them ready to go when they arrive at the venue,” he said. “They sound great and enable users to eliminate most of their outboard gear.”

“HARMAN and JBL have been great to work with,” Schartoff concluded. “Their service and support, and availability to provide solutions has been excellent. I was a bit hesitant to go with VERTEC and the Vi6 consoles at first, but they have exceeded our expectations.”

For more information about the Fillmore Silver Spring please visit www.fillmoresilverspring.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 20 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 sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Premier Sound Services Add Spice to New Orleans’ ESSENCE Music Festival

NORTHRIDGE, California – Launched in 1995 by ESSENCE magazine, the ESSENCE Music Festival is a New Orleans celebration of African-American music and culture that showcases a variety of classic and contemporary artists. Premier Sound Services (PSS) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana brought in a bevy of HARMAN Professional equipment for the festival’s Coca-Cola and Verizon Superlounge stages, including JBL VERTEC® line arrays, Crown amps, Soundcraft mixing consoles and BSS, Lexicon and dbx signal processing.

The recent 2012 festival took place at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and featured acts as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Keyshia Cole, Mary J. Blige, Gary Clark Jr., SWV, Dru Hill, the Stylistics and many more.

“This was a major festival and we brought in a major portion of our inventory,” noted Russ Bryant, Director of Operations and Co-Owner of PSS. “For both Superlounge stages, we had to stack the line arrays on top of the subs as flying was not feasible in the venue. Because the rooms were very wide and had relatively low ceilings and structural columns just on either side of both stages, for each room we put one stack on the inside of each column pointing directly forward and one stack outside of each column at 45 degrees.”

The Coca-Cola Superlounge featured four main speaker ground stacks of three VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements mounted on a VT4888-SF frame atop three SRX728S subwoofers. The speaker complement also included four VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements for front fill, four VT4886 and two VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers for side and drum fill, plus 16 SRX712M floor monitors. Thirteen Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amps powered the main line arrays, with nine I-Tech 8000 amps for the monitors. A 96-channel Soundcraft Vi6 console handled front of house mixing.

The Verizon Superlounge stage employed four ground stacks of four VERTEC VT4887A compact line array elements each, mounted on a VT4887-SF frame atop three SRX728S subwoofers. The system also included four VERTEC VT4886’s for front fill, two stacks of two SRX722 speakers and one SRX718S sub for side fill/drum fill, plus 12 SRX712M stage monitors. Main amplification was provided by eight Crown I-Tech 8000 amps, two I-Tech 4000 amps and one I-Tech 5000, with six I-Tech 4000’s driving the monitors. PSS also used HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ and JBL HiQnet Performancer Manager™ to set up and control both stages.

Soundcraft Series FIVE 48×4 and 52×26 consoles were used for front of house and monitor mixing, while the system utilized a host of HARMAN signal processors including BSS FCS-966 and FCS-960 equalizers, other BSS compressors and noise gates, a dbx 1046 quad compressor limiter and Lexicon PCM96 and other stereo reverb units/effects processors.

“I can consistently depend on JBL no matter what the situation,” said Bryant. “I have used JBL speakers since I got into the business in 1984. When we decided to purchase a line array system, we considered all the speakers on the market but decided that VERTEC best met our needs from a price/performance standpoint.”

“One day we’ll be hanging 16 VERTEC boxes per side in an arena and the next, stacking VT4888’s and VT4886’s in a club with a national touring band. While other speakers may work for one application or the other, we’ve found that our VERTEC inventory handles any requirement while delivering all the volume and quality we need. Also, since JBL introduced the VERTEC V5 DSP preset tunings, VERTEC has become even more rider-friendly.”

“In fact, we may be the most impressed by the VT4886,” Bryant noted. “We use them as front fills, side fills, drum fills and down fills under our VT4888’s and have even hung them 12 per side in smaller venues to do loud rock shows. It is the best-sounding, smallest, loudest box I have ever used. We have 40 in our inventory and plan to purchase more.”

“I also need to single out the Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers,” Bryant added. “We use a variety of models and they are simply amazing. No other amplifier is as accurate—we’ve scoped them and verified this against other amplifiers –and is as pleasing to my ear. The internal processing allows us to run the V5 presets, and I find that the speaker limiting is sonically more pleasing and protects our transducers better. They were a big part of the superior sound quality we achieved at the ESSENCE Music Festival.”

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.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 20 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 sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Iconyx Helps Renew Reno Church

Reno, NV – September 2012….  The Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd built their first sanctuary in downtown Reno in 1951. Over the years the church’s congregation has grown steadily, straining the limits of their small facility. Now, after more than 60 years the church has been rewarded with a new 500-seat worship center, directly adjacent to the original sanctuary.

The new facility is big, bright and airy, with an open feel and modern audio and video systems, including a pair of Iconyx IC Live digitally steered line array systems from Renkus-Heinz. As Scott Schmidt of Reno-based JC Productions explains, they were fortunate to have the room’s acoustics working for, rather than against them.

“The architect who designed the space has done a number of traditional sanctuaries, and really did a fantastic job,” says Schmidt. “Most of the walls are not parallel, and there’s a sloped ceiling that’s about 60 feet at its highest point. The wall behind the choir is angled about five degrees, which really helps with reflectivity.”

Like many of today’s churches, Good Shepherd has been expanding outside the traditional Lutheran model and offering a range of services to cater to a wider congregation. “They offer a traditional Lutheran service early in the morning, followed by a more contemporary service with full band, and then one more traditional service,” says Schmidt.

Good Shepherd’s choir is among the best, and the room’s acoustics only serve to enhance the sound. That said, the same acoustics that work so well for congregational singing can become problematic when you add amplified music to the mix.

“The band is using all amplified instruments, running through the PA, and they’re all using in-ear monitors, so that does help keep the sound under control somewhat,” says Schmidt “They’re using electronic drums, and there are no amplifiers onstage. But it’s still a pretty live space, and they needed a sound system that could steer the acoustical energy away from the walls and into the seating area.”

Schmidt opted for a pair of IC Live ICL-FR columns, mounted on either side of the proscenium. Low-frequency reinforcement is covered by an IC215S-FR subwoofer under the stage lip. “We needed a very versatile system, and the IC Live fit the bill,” he explains. “Spoken word intelligibility is always the priority, but the system had to provide the full-range musicality needed for a live band as well.”

Schmidt concludes, “I’ve done a number of projects using Renkus-Heinz speakers over the past ten years, and have always been happy with the results. I used the Iconyx on a recent job – a corporate training room – and felt it would be a good solution for a situation like this, where we couldn’t  use any acoustical treatment. And it was definitely a good choice – the sound in here is terrific.”

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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.

Review of Meyer Sound System at 2012 Telluride Film Festival: “So Incredible, So Crisp”

At the 2012 Telluride Film Festival in the scenic Colorado ski town, a school gymnasium was once again skillfully transformed into a world-class screening room named the Galaxy. Here, a Meyer Sound system based on Acheron screen channel loudspeakers played an instrumental part in creating an environment that left a favorable impression on festival guest director and English writer Geoff Dyer, who selected several film revivals for this year’s event.

“I’ll never forget showing ‘Baraka’ there in 70mm,” says Dyer, who was surprised to learn that Galaxy was not a permanent entity. “The projection was amazing and the sound so incredible, so crisp.”

Film connoisseurs, including esteemed guests from the film industry, are drawn to Telluride every summer for its carefully curated program packed with sneak peeks of new movies as well as Q&A sessions and panels with the filmmakers. In addition to “Baraka,” movies that were heard this year through the Meyer Sound system at the Galaxy included “Argo” by director Ben Affleck, “The Iceman” by Ariel Vromen, “Hyde Park on Hudson” by Roger Michell, and “Frances Ha” by Noah Baumbach.

“There were numerous instances throughout the four-day Telluride Film Festival when a filmmaker would remark how amazing the sound presentation was at the Galaxy theatre,” comments Julie Huntsinger, co-director of the festival. “Ariel Vromen and his colleagues with ‘The Iceman’ were particularly thrilled when they heard their film presented—they couldn’t believe the quality of sound.”

The configuration deployed at the Galaxy included the Acheron screen channel loudspeakers, HMS-10 cinema surround loudspeakers, and X-800C subwoofers. MINA line array loudspeakers provided live sound reinforcement. System implementation was handled by festival staff and Boston Light & Sound.

At the Telluride Film Festival’s 40th anniversary in 2013, Meyer Sound will be supplying sound reinforcement for the Galaxy for the third straight year. Passes will be available beginning March 2013.

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Lenny Kravitz Always on the Run With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays

Lenny Kravitz recently completed his summer tour through Europe, where he relied on JBL VTX line arrays for sound reinforcement.

NORTHRIDGE, California – When it comes to being particular about their sound, few artists are as demanding as Lenny Kravitz. The 4-time GRAMMY®-winning musician and songwriter might incorporate some retro gear into his guitar rigs and recording studios but for live sound, Kravitz wants the best today’s technology has to offer. While touring Europe this summer, Kravitz made the move to HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series line arrays.

For the European leg of Kravitz’s tour, Sirius Showequipment AG of Germany supplied the VTX system to Escondido, California-based Sound Image, Kravitz’s longtime audio system provider. The PA system featured a variety of JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and S28 subwoofers, along with Crown Audio VRack complete prepackaged amplification systems to drive them.

“We have been long-time JBL VERTEC users and had heard about the VTX line arrays and were extremely interested in hearing them, but did not have the opportunity until we went to Europe with Sirius supplying the touring rig,” noted system technician John Leary of Sound Image. “Because of the tight touring schedule, [front of house engineer] Laurie Quigley and myself more or less had one opportunity to listen to the VTX and make a decision on whether to use it for the rest of the tour.”

Leary noted the clarity and power of VTX in choosing the system for the tour. “The VTX system delivers consistent coverage at the levels we need throughout any venue,” he said. “In one sense, the power of the VTX line arrays enable us to do more with less boxes, but at the same time, because of their light weight, we can hang more of them than we could any other line array speaker.”

Another major advantage is the improved DSP presets for VTX in the Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers that power the system. “The performance of the V25’s and S28’s is simply more even right off the bat—we’re finding that we have to do a lot less system equalizing in general.”

“The V25 delivers surprising volume for its size – I think it’s the best line array out there in this regard,” Leary concluded. “The VTX Series’ capacity to deliver high output over large distances and its ability to be deployed in a variety of configurations made it tremendously versatile for the Lenny Kravitz tour. We achieved better sound than we ever have in every venue and that made Lenny and the rest of us very happy.”

For more information on Sound Image, please visit www.sound-image.com

For more information on Sirius Showequipment, please visit www.siriusag.de

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 20 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 sales of $4.4 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Delicate Productions Supports Train Tour With Martin Audio MLA

Train is just wrapping up their sold-out “California 37” tour on the heels of their sixth studio album of the same name that has already produced the certified platinum single “Drive By” (#10 on Billboard’s Hot 100), and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.”

Based in San Francisco, Train consists of a core trio comprising Pat Monahan (vocals), Jimmy Stafford (guitar) and Scott Underwood (drums). Over the years, the band has produced successful albums such as their eponymous debut Train with hits including “Free” and “Meet Virginia;” Drops of Jupiter, which yielded the Grammy award winning single “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me);” My Private Nation with their third Top 20 hit “Calling All Angels” and Save Me San Francisco in 2009 with the catchy, ukulele-based “Hey Soul Sister,” a quintuple platinum hit and Grammy Award winner.

The California 37 tour started in Canada and has ranged throughout North America in a variety of venues including amphitheatres, arenas and theaters. Delicate Productions of Camarillo and San Francisco, who has already successfully deployed Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array) system with Selena Gomez, relied on a system for the tour that consisted of 11 MLA and one MLD (downfill) enclosures per side and 12 MLX subs. These were supplemented with 16 Martin Audio W8LC and six W8LM cabinets for side and front fill.

Commenting on MLA, Delicate president Jason Alt said, “The tour is going well, everything has gone very successfully with the MLA system. The only show where we had to add more boxes was Red Rocks where we went to 16 MLA per side instead of the usual setup because of the size of the venue.”

Asked if the different type of venues provided a challenge in terms of getting the control and coverage Delicate needed, Alt responded, “Not at all. The MLA system actually performs really well on every level in every kind of venue that Train has played. All of the reports we’ve gotten back from our crew about reactions to the system from the band and their engineers have been extremely positive.”

Delicate also used Digico SD10 consoles for House and Monitors along with Martin Audio 5.2 amplifiers and Sennheiser G3 IEM personal monitor systems. The tour crew included Train’s FOH engineer Rob Thomas and Monitor engineer Rob Greene, along with system engineer Phil Reynolds and system techs Kenny Kaiser and Russ Cunningham.

Expanding his comments, Alt added, “MLA is a really good solution, especially its small truck footprint that gives you a definite transportation advantage for tours that need every square inch of space they can get. The technology has really given us an edge because it is such a distinctive product in terms of its capabilities and flexibility. We feel MLA gives us a bit of an edge when we’re bidding on new projects.

“Clients are starting to be very aware that the flexibility of the box and its controllability and rejection capability is what a lot of artists are looking for. With MLA, there’s not a lot of energy on the stage, which makes it better for performers and improves the audience’s listening experience.

“And the MLA owners’ network in the United States has been a real asset as well,” Alt concludes. “We’ve all been able to work together sharing resources, equipment and technical information, something which has proved to be a major benefit for every one of us.”

For more about Delicate Productions please click to www.delicate.com

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

About MLA™ (Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array)
The result of many years of intensive R&D, MLA’s methodology replaces trial-and-error array design with intelligent numerical optimization of the array’s output based on a highly accurate acoustic model. The multi-cellular format has six individual cells in each enclosure, each with its own DSP and amplification.

With up to 24 enclosures, each MLA array has up to 144 cells — too great a number to optimize manually, or by ear. Instead, Martin Audio’s proprietary Display2™ system design software automatically calculates FIR DSP filters for each cell and a redundant-ring audio network (U-NET™) downloads the settings into each array enclosure. Martin Audio’s VU-NET™ software provides real-time control and monitoring of the system.

MLA delivers a frequency response and SPL consistency never before achievable; a very high system output (140dB peak, per cabinet @1m); Automatic optimization of the array, both physically (splay angles) and electronically (DSP); Computer control and monitoring of the entire system, and total control of sound system balance for engineers and sound technicians.

MLA is fully integrated, with Class D amplification, DSP and U-NET digital audio
network built into each enclosure. MLA complete systems are ready-to-use, with MLA, MLD and MLX enclosures, flying hardware, software, cabling and training all supplied. Everything needed is included. All ancillary items — from tablet PC and Merlin™ controller to network interconnects and mains distro — are also included in the complete system package. This ensures full compatibility worldwide, down to cabling and accessories.

Additional features include 90° x 7.5° dispersion; a compact size (1136mm wide x 372mm high x 675mm deep), one-box-fits-all (festivals to theaters) application range and a global voltage, power factor corrected power supply.

MLA’s compact size and very high output allows it to be shipped using smaller trucks, offering considerable savings and reduced carbon footprint. The system also includes the MLX powered, flyable subwoofer capable of an unprecedented measured peak output of 150dB @ 1m; MLD downfill cabinet, and Merlin 4-in/10-out system controller and network hub. Audio input is via analog, AES3 or U-NET.

By adopting these principles and system components MLA is optimized for every member of the audience — from a 2,000 capacity theater, to a 20,000-seat arena, to a 100,000-person festival site. It will deliver the engineer’s exact mix to every seat (up to over 150 meters) with precision, exceptional power and clarity.

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.

Michael MacDonald Joins ATK Audiotek as President

Michael MacDonald, New President of ATK Audiotek

Valencia, California (September 25, 2012) – Leading audio production company, ATK Audiotek, is proud to welcome Michael MacDonald to take over the duties as President and leadership of the company’s business development, sales and marketing programs, coincident with the retirement of outgoing President Michael Stahl.

MacDonald joins ATK Audiotek with over three decades of experience in the professional audio industry, most recently having served for five years as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at HARMAN Professional. Prior to HARMAN, Michael operated a successful consulting business at Pilot Business Strategies, where he worked with over 30 professional audio clients and trade organizations on product and program development, business planning and marketing and sales, where he built strong relationships with a diverse array of industry stakeholders. MacDonald has held senior roles at other professional audio manufacturers, including as President of JBL Professional and 10-years in various executive positions with Yamaha International.

Michael MacDonald began his career in the audio business in the production industry working as lead audio engineer on a host of major tours and projects including Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies, the GRAMMY® Awards and Presidential debates.

“Having Michael MacDonald join the company is a natural extension of the relationships we have enjoyed for over 30 years,” commented Mikael Stewart, Partner and Vice President of Special Events, ATK Audiotek. “We’re very pleased to welcome him onboard and look forward to his ideas and his energy just as we are appreciative of Mike Stahl’s massive contribution to ATK since its foundation!”

Scott Harmala, Partner, CTO and Vice President of Engineering, ATK Audiotek, concurs “Michael not only brings decades of experience and industry contacts but a proven, high energy, creative approach to building new business. We share a considerable history together but also a strong vision for the future potential of the production industry and of ATK Audiotek!”

Michael MacDonald noted, “I am really excited to be moving to ATK Audiotek for the next phase of my career,” add Michael MacDonald on his new role. “ATK Audiotek is a great company that has been a pioneer in the live event industry and has built a solid business by focusing on superb customer service. I am really flattered that Mikael and Scott have given me the chance to join the team as an ATK partner and I also appreciate the support Michael Stahl has provided to make this possible.”

About ATK Audiotek
Founded in 1983, ATK Audiotek is the foremost sound reinforcement provider in the professional audio industry. ATK Audiotek provides unparalleled quality and reliable service to all of its clients. ATK Audiotek’s client roster includes hundreds of television productions, special events, industrial conventions, permanent installations and concert tours. ATK Audiotek has received many awards including four nominations and two wins of the prestigious TEC Award for outstanding technical achievement. For more information please visit http://www.atkcorp.com/about.html

Bridgestone Technical Center Gets Great Sound with Iconyx

Akron, Ohio, September 2012… Akron, Ohio has a long and storied history as the heart of the US tire business. In April of 2012 the city celebrated that proud heritage with the grand opening of Bridgestone Americas’ 260,000-square-foot worldwide technical center. The USD $100m research and development facility was designed by architects Harris/Day to exceed Gold LEED standards, and it shows. The building features wide, open spaces, a “living roof” with gardens and lounge areas, and plenty of natural light thanks to an abundance of glass throughout.

The showcase structure’s east and west wings intersect at a massive three-story atrium area that serves as building’s social nexus. The common space is outfitted with a large video wall, and serves as the hub of the technical center’s communications with the outside world, and with the company’s headquarters in Tennessee.

Of course, three stories of glass, while visually stunning, tends to create a less than optimal acoustical setting. As Gary Matthews of Middleburg Heights, OH-based Audio Video Interiors explains, even with a fair amount of acoustical treatment, the environment was a challenging one.

“It’s a big, open, reverberant space,” he says. “They did a great job in treating the back wall, which helps a lot, but it’s still a large, glassed-in space, with a high level of ambient noise, and intelligibility inevitably suffers.”

The architect’s vision included a desire for low-profile audio and video components, but the design was at odds with that goal. “Their original proposal was for 34 individual loudspeakers hung on walls and on ceilings throughout the area,” says Matthews. “They came to us and asked if there was anything they could do differently, because they didn’t want to see so many speakers.”

AVI’s  recommendation was for three Renkus-Heinz Iconyx steered steered arrays to cover the entire area. “So we got it down from 34 speakers, to three Iconyx ICX7 units built into the video wall, with zero visibility. And the sound coverage is far superior, with no distribution issues and no dead spots.”

With an Ashly Pêma 8×8 amplifier and signal processor already in place, AVI opted for the ICX7 passive system instead of the powered version. “We built pockets for them in the walls, and you can’t even see that they’re there,” says Matthews. A Listen Technologies assistive listening system and a pair of Shure SLX wireless mic systems completes the audio system.

“The Iconyx system was perfect for aiming the sound only at the areas we wanted to cover, and away from the walls and windows,” Matthews concludes.

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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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