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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.

 

 

 

 

HARMAN’s JBL Professional VTX V25 Line Array Loudspeaker Wins 2012 PLASA Award for Innovation

(Left) Ed Pagett, PLASA Chairman and (right) Mark Gander, JBL Professional. Photo Credit: Chris Toulmin

NORTHRIDGE, California – HARMAN’s JBL Professional today announced that its VTX Series V25 fullsize line array loudspeaker is a 2012 PLASA Awards for Innovation winner.

PLASA is one of the premier international events for entertainment and installation technology. During the show’s opening two days in September, 47 products were judged by an independent panel of industry experts, who toured the show floor to evaluate each product. Eight Awards for Innovation winners were chosen, including the JBL VTX V25 which was also the only audio product selected.

The V25 “addresses a lot of the traditional problems with loudspeakers by addressing the problems at the driver engineering level,” the PLASA Awards for Innovation judges said.

The JBL VTX Series V25 is a fullsize, 3-way high-directivity line array element that features two 15-inch Differential Drive® woofers mounted, with four 8-inch Differential Drive midrange transducers and three D2 dual-diaphragm dual-voice-coil compression drivers mounted on a third-generation waveguide/Radiation Boundary Integrator assembly. The Radiation Boundary Integrator combines the midrange and high-frequency sections of the V25 so the transition across each frequency band is uninterrupted while providing broad, stable horizontal coverage combined with proper line source array coupling for 0-10 degree inter-enclosure angles in the vertical plane.

The dual annular diaphragms employed in the D2 driver addresses the limitations of conventional compression driver technology: limited high-frequency extension due to the mass of a dome diaphragm and voice coil assembly, and distortion from dome breakup modes. The D2 merges two compression drivers into a single transducer that utilizes two voice coils instead of the larger, heavier single voice coil found in conventional drivers. The result is increased power handling and SPL along with smoother, extended high-frequency response and lower distortion.

“We are gratified that the PLASA Awards for Innovation judges have recognized what we have achieved with our new flagship V25 line array,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional. “Since its introduction earlier this year, the V25 has been praised by some of the world’s top front-of-house engineers and sound contractors as a significant leap forward in clarity, resolution and accuracy along with its ability to deliver higher SPL and higher dynamic fidelity.”

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.

Konsert Teknik Joins the Growing Ranks of HARMAN’s JBL VTX Customers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Joining the growing band of leading international PA companies that now have a HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array system as their frontline PA is Uppsala, Sweden-based Konsert Teknik.

Run by Mikael “Wibban” Viberg (and formerly known as Wibban Produktion) Konsert Teknik has been a longtime supporter of HARMAN Professional’s integrated control and sound reinforcement systems in Sweden, including Soundcraft’s Vi digital consoles and recently JBL VERTEC® line arrays with new V5 DSP tunings.

But with the launch of JBL’s groundbreaking new VTX system, Viberg recently invested in a 32-enclosure V25 rig and four VTX S28 subs as well as 60 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers. He placed the order with Septon AB, HARMAN Professional’s Swedish distributor, which has supported him over a long period.

Explaining the decision, Viberg said, “It was essential to have the best PA system to support the acts that pass through the venues and stages of [Stockholm amusement park] Gröna Lund and Furuvik [just outside Gävle] during the summer season.” Both are major concert sites and Konsert Teknik aims to break the system down into two separate rigs, which will service the long seasons in both of these locations.

Viberg was first exposed to the VTX system when he attended the HARMAN Business and Technology Conference in January 2012, along with Septon’s Lennart Dahlgren. Viberg was looking to build on his VERTEC VT4889, VT4887 and VT4886 loudspeakers— the mainstay of his inventory—and “a clean sound” headed the list of criteria he was seeking. The revolutionary D2 dual compression driver met and exceeded that requirement, and immediately drove the purchase.

“I expect to see VTX starting to appear on riders very soon — judging from the positive reactions we have already received from many technicians,” Viberg concluded.

For more information on Konsert Teknik, please visit www.konsertteknik.se

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.

Firehouse Productions and HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series Line Arrays Support Neil Diamond Tour to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Hot August Night

NORTHRIDGE, California – Continuing over five decades of worldwide success, selling more than 115 million records globally, American singer-songwriter Neil Diamond recently completed a successful tour with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series line arrays, providing unprecedented clarity and power. The 3-month tour included five performances at Los Angeles’ renowned Greek Theatre where, 40 years ago, Neil Diamond recorded his hit live double album, Hot August Night.

For the tour, Red Hook, New York-based Firehouse Productions deployed 32 (16 per side) JBL VTX V25 fullsize arrayable loudspeakers for the main PA system, with 28 (14 per side) VERTEC® VT4889 fullsize line array loudspeakers for the wraparound side fill, 24 (12 per side) VT4889 loudspeakers for additional side coverage, 24 (12 per side) VT4888 midsize line array loudspeakers for the left and right rear corners, 12 VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers for the rear fill, a center cluster of eight VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers, eight VT4886 subcompact loudspeakers at the stage lip for the near field, six (three per side) VT4887 compact line array loudspeakers for side fill washes and 24 (12 per side) VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

A total of 96 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers powered the system, while Firehouse Productions also provided a variety of AKG wireless microphones and dbx DriveRack® 4800 loudspeaker management processing.

The decision to tour with the new VTX series loudspeakers ultimately came after Diamond’s FOH Engineer Stan Miller and Monitor Engineer Bernie Becker heard a demo of the system earlier this year.

“There is a significant sonic improvement in the JBL VTX series,” Miller stated. “The high-end response of the loudspeakers is quite amazing. We are never close to pushing the system too hard, which is unique. The peaks in various venues are usually under 100dB, making it exciting yet comfortable. It is a very musical system.”

“There is so much headroom with the VTX series, the audio is much cleaner and more direct,” said Sam Helms, President of Sigmet Corporation, a HARMAN representative based in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. “Everything is running AES digital, completely from the mixer consoles to digital inputs on the Crown I-Tech 1200 HD amps, then to the components of the VTX loudspeakers. It gives us ultimate control and produces high-quality audio.”

Chris Russo, Systems Engineer at Firehouse, stated, “City to city, night to night, the VTX performed brilliantly. The system consistently delivered every detail of the mix to all the seats in the house.”

Diamond is a true professional and never stops honing his craft, according to Miller. “From the first show to the last show he is constantly evaluating everything, from song order to how the set flows,” he said. “We even discuss the music that plays while the audience is leaving the show—everything has to be perfect. VTX and the other HARMAN products give us the confidence to perform at our highest level. The support has also been amazing and it is one of the reasons we have remained so loyal to HARMAN.”

The crew involved with the Neil Diamond tour includes: Greg “Chico” Lopez, RF guru and assistant to Bernie Becker at the stage as well as the Crew Chief; Jonathan Melton, Miller’s right-hand man at FOH; Scott Lawhead, Stage Tech; John Drane, a Diamond tour veteran of many years and Chief System Tech; and Jeff Child and Tyler Clapp, sound crew members from Firehouse.

For more information on Sigmet Corporation, please visit: www.sigmetcorp.com

For more information on Firehouse Productions, please visit: www.firehouseproductions.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.

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Iconyx Helps St. Joseph Parish Focus the Message

Needham, MA, September 2012…  St Joseph Parish has been a part of this community for more than 100 years, beginning with a humble wooden church in 1894 and expanding its campus over the years to include a convent, elementary and middle schools, and a range of ministries. In 1966, having outgrown its existing sanctuary, the church completed construction of their current building.

The space has served them well for more than four decades, though there have always been sonic challenges. The room’s architecture provides good acoustics for the traditional choir and organ arrangements, but the sanctuary’s spoken word intelligibility left a bit to be desired.

“It’s a rectangular space with a flat ceiling and lots of right angles,” explains Zeke Zola, Install Manager at Boston Light and Sound, the company behind the design-build project. The walls are all brick and there’s minimal acoustical dampening other than carpeting in the aisles. So it’s a rather reverberant space, and they’ve always struggled with intelligibility and coverage.”

The church’s sound system had evolved in piecemeal fashion over several years, and included a distributed system along the walls that created more problems than it solved. “They had no loudspeakers at the front of the room, but three or four along the side walls, and they were not time-aligned,” says Zola. “So you were getting the sound from the front, mixed with the sounds from two or three different loudspeakers, depending on where you were sitting, and the result was just kind of unnatural and echo-y, with no real directionality.”

Boston Light & Sound’s recommendation was to replace the distributed system with two Iconyx digitally steerable column array loudspeakers from Renkus-Heinz. A single Iconyx IC16-R-II column mounted on either side of the proscenium covers the entire sanctuary. “Using the Iconyx, we can control the beam for very narrow coverage, and minimize the amount of reflected sound from the ceiling and back wall.”

The choir is picked up by wired Clock Audio mics flown overhead, while Shure wired and RF microphones cover the podium and stage. The mics feed a Symetrix 780 Automixer, connected directly to the Iconyx systems.

“The Iconyx has made all the difference in the world in this sanctuary,” Zola concludes. “Coverage is even and intelligible across the entire room, and it even cuts through their very noisy HVAC system. It’s a great solution.”

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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.

 

 

 

KanexPro Introduces Mini Audio Amplifier with Mic Mixer

KanexPro the leading A/V Connectivity solutions provider is proud to introduce the Mini Audio Amplifier is a quarter-rack width digital amplifier (Class D) with equalizer control and Mic mixer. It’s a simple yet powerful device delivering 2×20 Watts@4Ohm default output with built-in volume/ bass feature. It also supports dual mono-output with 2 stereo audio selectable inputs. The Microphone mixer includes independent volume control with balance switching. Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals.

This Mini Audio Amplifier is mainly used during lectures, house of worship centers and various musical events where mic mixing together with equalizing audio is critical.
Mini Class D audio amplifier

Features:

• Fast switching audio amplifier
• 2×20 Watt@4Ohm as the default amplifier output
• Bridge connection supported by switching the amplifier to be 1x40Watt@8Ohm
• Supports Dual-mono output
• Built-in Microphone mixer (separately controllable)
• Line audio output, with volume controllable.
• MIC input supports 48V phantom power
• MIC port with balanced switching suppress
• Supports balanced/ unbalanced signals
• Supports Ducking power technology
• Ultra low inrush current
• Two stereo audio inputs, switchable by button, remote or RS232.
• Volume/Bass/Treble controllable by buttons or RS232
• Optional control by IR remote
• Convection cooled, antistatic case design
• LED indicator, for power and operating status
• IR remote (optional) not included
• Internal Universal power adaptable (100-240 volt AC, 50/60Hz)

About KanexPro™

Leveraging our core strength in professional A/V products, KanexPro carries a complete selection of A/V connectivity needs. When planning digital installations you will find that we carry a broad line of A/V connectivity products enabling you to broadcast, extend, split, or multiply HD signal transmissions; simply and cost-effectively.

KanexPro is a registered trademark. All other trademarks and registered trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.

Tokyu Theatre Orb Takes Musicals to New Heights with Meyer Sound M’elodie

Dubbed “a musical theatre floating on air,” Tokyu Theatre Orb is nestled inside a stunning glass atrium that sits wedged between the 11th and 16th floors of a new multi-use tower in Tokyo. It is the largest venue of its type in Japan, with a maximum seating capacity of 1,972, and it also boasts a reinforcement system based on Meyer Sound M’elodie line array loudspeakers.

The system was designed to allow maximum flexibility. Array components can be configured as a complete system for local productions or special events, or they can be used to augment systems carried by touring productions. The LCR system offers a fixed center cluster comprising 10 flown M’elodie loudspeakers under a 600-HP subwoofer; the base L and R arrays (flown or ground-stacked) are six-each M’elodie loudspeakers plus a 600-HP subwoofer, with rigging to accommodate additional M’elodie loudspeakers available for rental. The in-house inventory also includes eight UPA-1P and four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, which can be utilized as needed for monitors, effects, and fills. A Galileo loudspeaker management system provides system drive and processing, while the RMS remote monitoring system allows the audio team to maintain system performance in real time.

The decision to invest in a M’elodie system followed a special demonstration arranged by the project’s principal sound system designer, Tetushi Hirai of Yamaha Sound Systems, Inc., for Mansanori Ijuin of Tokyu Bunkamura, Inc., the venue management group responsible for operation of the theatre. The final decision was further supported by favorable past experiences with Meyer Sound systems at two other theatres also managed by Tokyu Bunkamura, Theatre Cocoon and Orchard Hall.

Meyer Sound’s Japanese distributor, ATL, Inc., assisted Hirai in the specifics of array configuration using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. Yamaha Sound Systems, Inc. was responsible for system integration and installation.

“From many successful experiences with other Meyer Sound systems, including M’elodie, we can expect excellent performance from the new system at Theatre Orb,” comments Yashuhito Terada, the venue’s audio director.

The in-house system was used for an opening event at the theatre this summer. The first full production in Theatre Orb was the Broadway classic, West Side Story. The next major touring production on the schedule is a trans-Pacific detour for the national tour of Million Dollar Quartet, an energetic fifties rock’n'roll extravaganza which has packed houses across North America using its own Meyer Sound system.

Theatre Orb is—literally—the centerpiece of Shibuya Hikarie, a high-rise retail, entertainment and commercial project developed by the Tokyu Corporation. It is located in the Shibuya municipality of Tokyo, an area known as a thriving center for fashion, entertainment, and nightlife.

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L-ACOUSTICS Announces ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS Demo Schedule

Presentations scheduled for Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and New York

OXNARD, California – September 2012 — Following the enthusiastic response to its new ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS systems, which made their debut at InfoComm in June, L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to now announce the kickoff of a busy global demo schedule beginning in mid-September.

In addition to highlighting Constant Curvature products like the award-winning ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS, the presentations will additionally cover L-ACOUSTICS’ Coaxial (P and XT Series) and Variable Curvature (KARA and KIVA) systems and technologies. more

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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