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FELLOWSHIP MISSIONARY CHURCH SELECTS WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES

**** Photo: Fellowship Missionary Church’s sanctuary ****

Fort Wayne, IN – November 2012… As a multi-cultural, multi-generational, mission-minded church that is deeply involved in the community, Fellowship Missionary Church takes a contemporary approach to its worship services in an effort to bring greater relevance to its congregation. Music and sound are vital elements of the worship activities and, to ensure world-class audio performance for all its endeavors, the church recently installed an impressive new sound reinforcement system drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

David Cooper Joins L-ACOUSTICS as Regional Sales Manager for Asia

MARCOUSSIS, France — L-ACOUSTICS strengthens its commitment to the Asian market by announcing the appointment of David Cooper as regional sales manager for the territories of China, Japan, Korea and Southeast Asia.

Cooper has developed a strong career in sales and marketing for a number of professional audio manufacturers, notably in the Asia Pacific region. In his new role as regional sales manager, he will be responsible for building solid and supportive relationships with Asian counterparts to aid in distribution as well as developing sales targets in Asia. An important part of this activity is maintaining and fostering business activities with L-ACOUSTICS representatives and supporting their projects through technical and commercial advice and support. more

Sound Image Outfits House of Blues Las Vegas With HARMAN’S JBL VTX Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – The House of Blues Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay hotel is one of Las Vegas’ premier concert venues—and it just upped the ante with the installation of HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series line array. The House of Blues hosts major touring acts and will be home to a 2-year residency by Carlos Santana, performing his “Greatest Hits Live: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” through 2014. Sound Image of Escondido, California, designed and installed the JBL VTX system under the direction of Jason Schmidlapp, with support from Dave Kaiser of Sound Marketing West, HARMAN Professional’s regional sales rep firm.

The system includes two 13-box hangs of 10 VTX 25 line arrays and three VERTEC® VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers on each side of the stage, complemented by six ASB7128 subwoofers under the stage and six VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements for upper balcony fill. In addition, a JBL AC18 compact 2-way loudspeaker and ASB6112 compact 12-inch subwoofer are installed in each of the VIP suites.

“The House of Blues Las Vegas had gotten to the point where it really needed to upgrade its sound system,” said Dan Schartoff, VP of Production for House of Blues Entertainment. “The VTX boxes were a bit larger than the previous system so the suspension points had to change, and we also had to work around the room’s upper balcony. We had to move the array stacks slightly upstage and offstage to keep the sight lines to the stage clear. As it turned out, this enabled us to give patrons a better view of the stage since previously some of the speakers were stacked on the stage underneath the flown speakers. The better, more focused coverage of the VTX line arrays enabled us to eliminate the on-stage speakers while delivering much better sound.”

The upper balcony was a large hurdle to overcome, Schartoff noted. “The two array hangs are fairly close to the balcony, so we decided to install the subwoofers in the middle of both arrays. Six VTX V25 provide balcony coverage with three VT4880A flown in the middle of the array and four V25 for floor coverage,” he said. “The 13-box arrays were carefully designed to fit the available space and the bottom V25 enclosure of the balcony section is at the same elevation as the first row of the balcony, providing excellent off-axis coverage. The subwoofers are in the middle and close to the balcony surfaces, which helps to reduce reflections while at the same time allowing for improved under-balcony penetration since the lower V25 enclosures have line of sight coverage to the back of the room.”

The loudspeakers are powered by Crown IT 12000HD and XTi Series amplifiers. Loudspeaker management is performed via dbx DriveRack® 4800 speaker management systems. A Soundcraft Vi1 digital live sound console handles some front-of-house mixing duties. “We used HARMAN HiQnet System Architect™ software to do the setup and installation,” said Schmidlapp, “which really streamlined the whole process.”

“We were eager to do an installation with the new VTX line arrays as soon as we’d heard about them, and we bid on the House of Blues job, which would give us a great setting as a showcase room,” Schmidlapp noted. “If you’re going to go big, what better place to go big than Las Vegas? At the same time we were contracted to do the install, Carlos Santana was looking for someplace with a younger, hip clientele for his upcoming residency and chose the House of Blues. The timing wound up being perfect for us.”

The installation makes Sound Image the first company to install a JBL VTX system. “What a perfect deal—now, Santana is being showcased with the newest pro rig on the market,” Schmidlapp said. “I think Santana’s pretty impressed with it. Wait until you hear it!”

“Carlos Santana performing through a VTX line array system at the House of Blues Las Vegas is a match made in heaven,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional, who was instrumental in providing onsite support during the installation. “This project was truly a team effort under the guidance of Dan Schartoff and his team at Live Nation, coupled with Sound Image’s expert design and implementation and outstanding support from Sound Marketing West.”

“I can honestly say JBL hit the nail on the head with VTX—I can’t say enough about how good this box sounds,” said Rob Mailman, Touring Operations Manager for Sound Image and FOH engineer for Santana. “It is very transparent, solid throughout all bands and does really well not leaving me fatigued at the end of a long and loud show.”

For more information on the House of Blues Las Vegas, please visit http://www.houseofblues.com/venues/clubvenues/lasvegas/

For more information on Sound Image, please visit www.sound-image.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 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

ENTASYS Brings Clarity to Historic Philadelphia Sanctuary

Sharon Hill, PA, October 2012… Since its founding in 1891, Holy Spirit Catholic Church has held a special place in the hearts of Philadelphia-area residents. In the early years of the twentieth century, the church forged a reputation as one of the few non-segregated churches and parochial schools in the region.

Dedicated in 1961, Holy Spirit’s current sanctuary is a unique and welcoming space, resplendent with ornate woodcarvings, wrought iron, and magnificent stained glass, including perhaps one of the only works commemorating John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s inauguration as the country’s first Catholic president.

But the same elements that make the sanctuary so beautiful to behold also make it a rather acoustically challenging space. As Tony Albano of Avondale, PA-based Naamans Creek Audio Video explains, the room’s configuration is anything but ordinary.

“It’s a very different type of room,” says Albano. “The chapel itself is surrounded by smaller sub-chapels. The walls are largely brick, and the ceiling is about 30 feet high at its peak. It’s a complex space, and very reflective, and they’ve always had problems with intelligibility.”

To address the room’s sonic issues, Albano designed an audio system comprising four Community ENTASYS column line array loudspeakers. Two more ENTASYS columns provide delay toward the back of the room. A Crown CTS-4200 four-channel amplifier drives the system, with Rane RPM-88 providing system DSP.

“Their previous system had been pretty problematic,” says Albano. “Parishioners complained about loud volume but low intelligibility, particularly along the center seating areas. The ENTASYS columns were the ideal solution for focusing the sound away from the walls and windows and into the seating area where it belongs. Several of the church’s long-time parishioners have said that it’s the first time they could actually understand the priest’s sermon.”

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Community Professional Loudspeakers is a manufacturer and supplier of professional audio equipment.  Since 1968, Community has led the pro-audio industry with technological innovations which have become industry standards. Today, Community offers over 150 professional loudspeaker products, including installed loudspeaker systems, weather-resistant outdoor loudspeaker systems, ceiling loudspeakers, high level voice paging systems, and portable entertainment systems.  Visit www.communitypro.com for more information. 

Busy Day for Premier Production & Sound Services and HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers Includes Sound Reinforcement for Voodoo Experience Festival and Other Regional Events

NORTHRIDGE, California – Premier Production & Sound Services, LLC (PSS) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is one of the region’s biggest sound companies, and on October 25 the company proved it, providing HARMAN’s JBL, Crown, dbx and BSS audio gear for no less than 14 locations throughout the area. The day gave PSS the chance to put its newly purchased JBL VTX Series line arrays into play at the “Le Plur/Red Bulletin” stage at the Voodoo Experience festival, which featured Skrillex, Die Antwoord, Dave Stewart, Thomas Dolby and other top artists performing for more than 100,000 fans at City Park in New Orleans.

“We recently purchased a number of the new JBL VTX Series V25 fullsize line array elements and S28 arrayable subwoofers, and the Voodoo Experience was the perfect proving ground because the Le Plur/Red Bulletin stage was inside a tent, which limited the height that was available to fly the main left and right clusters,” noted Brian W. Gordon, Co-Owner of PSS.

For the main PA system at the Le Plur/Red Bulletin stage, PSS hung six V25 elements per side and placed six S28 subs per side on the ground in a cardioid configuration. PSS also used four JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements for front fill, 16 JBL SRX712M monitor wedges and three stacks each of two VERTEC VT4883 subcompact arrayable subwoofers plus four VT4886 loudspeakers for side fill. The speakers were powered by two racks that each housed 18 Crown IT 12000HD amplifiers, plus six IT 8000 amps for the monitors and three IT 4×3500 HD amps for the side fills. A Soundcraft Vi6 digital console was used for front of house mixing.

“This was the second year we provided sound for the Le Plur/Red Bulletin stage and even though we were more limited in the available space where we could deploy the speakers, the system had more horsepower and sounded fantastic, thanks to the VTX line arrays,” Gordon said.

For the Voodoo Le Carnival stage, PSS flew left-right arrays of four JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements, four VT4886 line array elements and three SRX728S subwoofers on each side. Additional near-field left and right stacks included four VT4887A compact line array elements and three SRX728S subwoofers. Four VT4887A speakers also provided front fill, while PSS also provided 12 SRX712M stage monitors, one STX835 with two VRX918S subwoofers as side fill, and one STX835 with two VT4883 subwoofers as drum fill.

While the Voodoo Experience would qualify as a full weekend of work for any sound company, it was merely the tip of the iceberg for PSS. “We’re a big company and we’re used to doing things on a big scale, but the weekend of the Voodoo Experience was just crazy,” said Russ Bryant, Director of Operations and Co-Owner of PSS. “In addition to the Voodoo Experience, Harry Connick, Jr. at L’Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge, the Live After Five concert series in Baton Rouge and the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino concert series, we also provided sound for events at Tulane University, the Sheraton Galleria, Sullivan’s Steakhouse, the Roux House, Los Diablos, a private show and inside and outside the Station Sports Bar and Grill. Altogether we took out more than 700 loudspeakers, amplifiers and other pieces of gear—not counting cables!”

“We also brought in the VTX line arrays for a very different situation—Harry Connick, Jr. at the L’Auberge Casino in Baton Rouge,” Bryant noted. “For this show we used six V25 mains and three S28 subs per side, along with four VT4886’s per side and four more for front fills, all driven by Crown I-Tech HD Series amps. This was a very different situation than the Voodoo festival, a quieter and more intimate indoor setting where clarity and nuance were paramount as opposed to rocking out 100,000 people. Again, the system sounded superb.”

How was PSS able to handle 14 stages and rooms in three days? “We have 20 engineers on staff,” said Russ Bryant, Co-Owner and Director of Operations for PSS. “We pride ourselves in providing systems for any application from a huge festival to an intimate club.”

“Using HARMAN’S HiQnet System Architect™, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™, JBL’s Line Array II Calculator system setup software and the VERTEC V5 preset tunings makes it a lot easier and faster to set up our systems and make them sound great in any venue,” Gordon added. “In fact, we had an unusual situation at the Voodoo Le Carnival stage. The stage had both an inside and an outside area, with 1,000 people between the stage and the set of left and right stacks that were 25 feet from the stage. Because of the unconventional tent construction and location, those stacks were sort of like a hybrid between a front fill, a really powerful main system and a set of delay towers that were only 25 feet from the stage. The fact that all the HARMAN loudspeakers, amps and software all talked to each other really helped us sort out and optimize this unusual acoustic situation.”

For more information on Premier Production & Sound Services, LLC, 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 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,900 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for year ended June 30, 2012.

SACPS & Martin Audio Rock Wine Country At Charity Fall Music Festival

Glen Ellen, CA––For the last 26 years, the B.R. Cohn Winery and Olive Oil Company has held a Charity Fall Music Festival in the heart of the Sonoma Valley wine country.

Owner Bruce Cohn, who also manages the Doobie Brothers, is the guiding force behind this star-studded musical event that benefits a host of local charities. This year the bill featured the Doobie Brothers with Michael McDonald and Friends, Kenny Loggins, Buddy Guy, The Turtles, Dave Mason, War, Lara Johnston and others over a two-day period.

Sacramento Production Services provided audio and staging for the first time this year, largely on the recommendation of John Procaccini, Production Manager for the Festival and Doobie Brothers FOH Engineer Gary Hartung. Gary had worked with Martin Audio in the past and was familiar with the W8LC line array system and knew it would work well for the festival to provide better coverage and SPLs throughout the venue.

“The event was a real success,” explains SACPS’ Keith Wackford. “It’s the first time in 26 years that every act was on stage, on time. Kenny Loggins actually got onstage three minutes early! The crews and staff on both sides were great and we did a lot of hard work to make sure we had what we needed to pull this event off.”

According the Wackford, the main stage speaker system consisted of 9 Martin Audio W8LCs per side for the main hangs; 6 W8LCs a side for out fill; 14 ground-stacked W8LS subwoofers; two W2s for front fill; two WT3s for drum fill, 14 LE12J stage monitors and a pair of W8Cs with S218X subs per side for side fill.

Separate consoles were brought in for the festival; a pair of Yamaha PM5Ds at FOH and a pair of PM5Ds for Monitors. Three racks of Lab Gruppen PLM20Ks powered the system.

Crew for SACPS included Keith Wackford (FOH), Dwayne Wise (System Engineer), Rick Stansby (Monitor Engineer), and Evan Drath (Asst. Monitor Engineer). Rick Santell (Huey Lewis) was Stage Manager.

Asked about reaction to the Martin Audio system, Wackford enthuses “Everyone loved it. Fans at the Festival thought this was the best sounding year ever. The Doobie Brothers’ FOH and Production Manager said it was one their best years yet. At the end of the night when the trucks were loaded, John Procaccini said ‘you hit the ball out of the park’.”

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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The Dukes of September Take K1 to the Streets

Sound Image's K1 system at St. Louis' Fox Theatre

Supergroup featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs tours North America with Sound Image’s L-ACOUSTICS rig

ESCONDIDO, California — The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue — perhaps better known as Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs, along with a seasoned nine-member backup band — has now closed the final chapter on a very successful 43-show North American tour. The outing was a combined effort between Detroit-based Thunder Audio, which supplied the monitor package for Fagen, and Escondido’s Sound Image, which handled monitor packages for McDonald and Scaggs as well as provided FOH control and a full L-ACOUSTICS K1 system for the duration. more

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Venetian Clock Tower Gets Animated With L-ACOUSTICS

3D projection mapping show heard throughout the piazza on an ARCS II system

LAS VEGAS — This past summer, The Venetian Las Vegas embraced the jaw-dropping art of 3D projection mapping during its Carnevale festival by premiering a stunning nightly show animating the façade of its clock tower, a replica of the one in Venice’s Piazza San Marco.

The show, known as “Light of Venice,” was the first of 10 short commissioned son et lumière works conceived by projection artist Ross Ashton who teamed up with London-based UnitedVisualArtists Ltd. and Tucson, Arizona’s Darling Ltd. on the creative implementation. AVDB Group of Las Vegas further supplied the technical components of the production, including a new L-ACOUSTICS ARCS II system. more

On Stage Audio and HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers are Clear Winners at Presidential Debates

NORTHRIDGE, California – Audio rental systems provider On Stage Audio has supplied JBL VRX Constant Curvature loudspeakers for use in all three presidential debates and the vice presidential debate. The presidential debates took place at the University of Denver on October 4, Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York on October 16, and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on October 22. Additionally, the vice presidential debate took place October 11 at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.

The audio system for each event remained consistent across the different locations, with JBL VRX932LA portable line arrays arranged in clusters of two each in left-center-right configurations, with two additional delay fills of two VRX932LA loudspeakers each. Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers powered the system, with processing handled by a dbx SC32.

Larry Estrin served as Audio and Production Communications Director for the Commission on Presidential Debates, overseeing the audio/video systems for each event. “High-profile events such as the presidential and vice presidential debates leave zero margin for error when it comes to the audio reinforcement system—it is imperative that the system performs flawlessly,” Estrin said. “As was the case during the debates four years ago, the JBL loudspeakers once again delivered high-quality, reliable sound.”

While On Stage Audio’s Chicago-based facility provided similar audio system packages for each of these three locations, JBL’s ability to provide a variety of loudspeakers for different needs helped overcome any acoustical challenges that may have arose in each venue.

“The combination of JBL VRX loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and dbx processing gave us a high-performing and consistent audio system that we were able to deploy in several different environments,” said Jim Risgin, Vice President of On Stage Audio.

On Stage Audio’s Chicago-area rental services facility can be reached in Wood Dale, IL at (630) 227-1008 or on the web at http://www.osacorp.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.

Video: Blackhawk Audio Unveils New Meyer Sound LEO at Beach Festival

At the ultimate beach party in Florida, DeLuna FestBlackhawk Audio demonstrated how its brand new Meyer Sound LEO system delivered what it was built for: to carry a whole new level of musical fidelity and impact for long distances.

Featuring Clint Aull, production manager of DeLuna, and Rick Shimer and Jamie Nixon of Nashville-based Blackhawk Audio, this first LEO video explains the linearity philosophy behind LEO, and how LEO has raised the bar for large-scale sound reinforcement.

The LEO system at DeLuna included the LEO-M line array loudspeaker, MICA line array loudspeaker, 1100-LFC low-frequency control element, and the Galileo Callisto loudspeaker management system. Artists who played on the LEO system included Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, The Gaslight Anthem, The Joy Formidable, Fitz and The Tantrums, and The Wallflowers.

“No matter where you went, the LEO was in your face. The fidelity of the system is just incredible.” – Jamie Nixon, Blackhawk Audio

Video: Blackhawk Audio Unveils Its New Meyer Sound LEO at Beach Festival

Learn more about the Meyer Sound LEO at www.meyersound.com/leo.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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