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Atlantic City’s Lavish Revel Resort “Gets Up Close and Personal” with Flexible Meyer Sound Systems

The $2.4 billion Revel casino resort in Atlantic City is an impressive sight, with its gleaming 47-story tower—the tallest in town—and over 1,000 rooms and 130,000 square feet of gaming floor. It’s also an ear-opener at every turn, with Meyer Sound systems installed in Revel’s vast and morphing Ovation Hall, the lively Social theatre and nightclub, and exclusive lounge and gaming areas.

Montreal-based Scéno Plus, responsible for the look and sound of Revel, is the design firm behind The Colosseum theatre at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, also a Meyer Sound installation. While Revel’s 5,500-capacity Ovation Hall is larger than The Colosseum and functions as a reconfigurable multi-purpose venue, their overall goal is the same: to foster a sense of intimacy between the performer and an arena-sized audience.

“We knew Ovation would be a multi-purpose venue, so we looked for solutions that would be easy to manage in various configurations,” says Simon Leonard, who headed the Scéno Plus AV design team. “We also needed a system that was reliable, rider friendly, and with exceptional fidelity to make artists seem ‘up close and personal.’ So it was logical to go with Meyer Sound.”

To cover Ovation Hall’s wide seating arc, the system employs three main arrays of 12-each MICA line array loudspeakers. Two stage-side VIP boxes are covered by four MSL-4 and two DF-4 loudspeakers, while eight UPQ-1P loudspeakers and M1D line array loudspeakers supply out and front fills respectively. Prodigious bass pulses through 20 700-HP subwoofers. The system can be re-matrixed and optimized for five different room configurations via presets in a Galileo loudspeaker management system comprising six Galileo 616 processors (five analog and one AES3 digital).

“The Galileo global snapshots are very easy to set,” says Leonard. “Galileo is a great tool for a hall like this, where it’s all about programmability.”

The AV systems in all Scéno Plus-designed areas in Revel were engineered and installed by Columbia, Md. office of AVI-SPL, with project management by LD Parker and project engineering by Stephanie Bryl and Jeff Vogt.

Revel patrons seeking free entertainment gather at The Social, a 700-capacity theatre and show bar that hosts live music early in the evening and converts to a dance club for late night revelry. The reconfigurable system deploys a total of 37 Meyer Sound UPQ-1P, UPQ-2P, UPM-1P, and UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, plus four 700-HP subwoofers.

Meyer Sound systems also lend extra musical flair to the ocean-view Ultra Lounge and two other areas on the gaming floor. Loudspeakers installed here are 13 miniature MM-4 loudspeakers and three M1D-Sub subwoofers in the Ultra Lounge; eight UPM-1P and a 500-HP subwoofer in the Immersive Dome; and 12 UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers and four 500-HP subwoofers in the DigiPit.

For AVI-SPL’s LD Parker, the demanding installation project was buttressed by Meyer Sound’s unique combination of product quality and support.

“We know we’ll have a great sounding system,” says Parker. “But we also know we’ll have all the documentation we need for rigging, and we’ll have strong support and service after we’re done. There were no unwelcome surprises here, and that’s what I expect with Meyer Sound.”

Design architect was Arquitectonica; executive architectural firm was BLT Architects, with SOSH as associate executive architect for hospitality and casino spaces.

Founded in 1985, Scéno Plus is an entertainment design firm specializing in cultural infrastructures and highly reconfigurable performance spaces. The company has designed world-class spaces such as The New Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Casino, The Venue at Horseshoe Casino, The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, and the Wynn Las Vegas Showroom.

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MLA Compact Keeps Sound Inside Amphitheater At Swedish Festival

DM Audio of Stockholm, Sweden recently used a Martin Audio MLA Compact system with 12 enclosures per side at the Vitabergsparken (White Mountains) for the annual Parkteatern Festival staged by Stockholm City Theater. The festival consists of four weeks of entertainment in the open-air amphitheater.

DM Audio have been servicing the event for many years, and working with show designer Mårten Ihre, they took the opportunity to swap out their conventional line array with MLA Compact as soon as it became available.

Hosted by the Stockholms Stadsteater subsidiary, Parkteatern (Park Theater), the varied program ranged from soft ballads to high-octane hip-hop and modern Danish dance and Opera. DM Audio responded by beefing up the LF end, running six DSX subs per side, double stacked in a cardioid pattern, to give the neighbors no grounds for complaint against noise escaping at the rear of the stage.

In fact the biggest challenge facing the production crew was eliminating noise escape at the rear. “We set up the ‘hard avoid’ parameters for behind the stage and the controllability of the cardioid subs also ensured that no sound escaped at the back,” said DM Audio President Lars Wern. “Everybody was immensely pleased how we managed to taper off the sound and the result was that there were no complaints.”

This was a fitting way for the Park Theater, now clearly bitten by the digitally controllable bug, to celebrate its 70th year. “We are all very impressed with MLA,” concluded Wern, “It is a fantastic system.”

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.

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Studio Berar Makes Lasting Impression at The Prodigy’s Warriors Dance Festival With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Soundcraft Vi6™ Digital Consoles

Studio Berar provided JBL VERTEC® powered line arrays and Soundcraft Vi6 digital audio consoles for the Warriors Dance Festival in Belgrade.

BELGRADE, Serbia – Studio Berar recently provided an extensive HARMAN audio system for The Prodigy’s Warriors Dance Festival at the Kalemegdan Fortress in Belgrade, Serbia. Co-promoted by the team behind Exit Festival, the event featured an eclectic and innovative lineup, while the sound reinforcement system included JBL VERTEC® powered line arrays and Soundcraft Vi6 digital audio consoles.

The music at the Warriors Dance Festival favored heavy beats and heavy guitars and joining The Prodigy in Eastern Europe’s party hub were acts such as Skrillex, Caspa, Zane Lowe and Feed Me, while Ritam Nereda, Goblini, Eyesburn, Lollobrigida represented the domestic forces. As the leading hire company in the region, which has built its reputation over almost three decades, Studio Berar was contracted by The Prodigy and the AAA Production team to satisfy an audience of over 20,000 fans who massed at the main Warriors Dance stage and two supporting stages.

Momcilo and Emil Berar project-managed the entire event for Studio Berar, while the audio team was led by system engineers Ivan Paplacko, Zoran Matic and Aleksandar Pejin. The company fielded its front-line JBL VERTEC rig, while each performing band brought its own sound technician to pilot their show mixes on Studio Berar’s Soundcraft Vi6’s at both the FOH and monitor positions.

The main stage was equipped with two 16-element hangs of VERTEC VT4889ADP-DA powered fullsize line array elements, with a pair of 8-element VT4889ADP-DA line arrays providing outfills, four VT4888ADP-DA powered midsize line array elements (for infills), two hangs of four VT4888 (sidefills), and a pair of 10-element VT4888ADP-DA line arrays as delays. In total, Studio Berar also deployed no fewer than 52 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers. The whole system was processed using dbx DriveRack 4800’s while 12 Crown I-Tech I-T8000 and 24 I-Tech I-T6000 powered the passive elements of the system.

According to Studio Berar’s Marketing Manager Lazar Josanov, the Warriors Dance Festival offered many sound technicians the opportunity to work on Soundcraft’s Vi6 consoles. “A lot of the engineers who worked on the Vi6 for the first time were like children with a new toy!”

Josanov added that the clarity and strength of sound impressed both visitors and performers. “The whole festival sounded great, and all bands who performed, both local and visiting, were more than satisfied with the overall production,” he said.

The Prodigy themselves took the stage at 1:00 A.M. and with the very first rhythms brought the audience into delirium with their unstoppable movement and energy. “The perfectly clear sound shook the fortress area while the fantastic lighting effects were in perfect coordination with each song beat,” Josanov added.

For more information on Studio Berar, please visit www.studioberar.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.

Sound Image Turns to HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays for Indoor/Outdoor Audio System at LC Pavilion

`NORTHRIDGE, California – Delivering world-class audio to one of the most unique live music venues in the United States, Escondido, California-based Sound Image recently upgraded the audio system at the Lifestyle Communities (LC) Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio with HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays.

The LC Pavilion, owned by PromoWest Productions, serves as both an indoor and outdoor venue, with a single stage that can be used for the indoor space (which seats 2,200 people) or for the outdoor lawn area (which accommodates 5,000 people). A large, single divider separates the indoor space from the outdoor space, through which the stage—and the accompanying sound reinforcement and lighting systems—can be moved and reconfigured. This enables the LC Pavilion to be used year-round.

According to Tim Burris, Director of Production for the LC Pavilion, the venue needed an audio system to accommodate the top-level tours it hosts throughout the year. “We needed a new system that would provide a higher level of quality for the fans and would be rider-friendly for the touring acts that play at the LC Pavilion,” he said.

The new system features a total of 24 VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements (12 per side), powered by 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers. The Pavilion employs HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ for system configuration and monitoring.

“We were really enthusiastic about this project because LC Pavilion is such a great music venue,” said Dave Shadoan, President of Sound Image. “It is so unique and is such a great space—we had a lot of fun designing the system and I think it turned out really well.”

The VERTEC system is performing flawlessly, Shadoan added. “It covers the venue like a glove,” he said. “There were a couple of unique acoustical characteristics to the space that we thought might be a challenge, but the coverage from the VERTEC line arrays turned out to be absolutely spot-on for that venue.”

“It’s a huge upgrade and puts us on the same playing field with other major venues around the country,” Burris added. “The system is performing extremely well and the touring acts that play here are very happy.”

“Sound Image did a great job,” Burris concluded. “I have had tour managers and production managers that are ecstatic that PromoWest hired Sound Image for this install, because of their reputation for excellence.”

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

For more information on PromoWest Productions, please visit www.promowestlive.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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PA Plus and HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays Bring Out the Best at the Canadian Country Music Awards

PA Plus deployed a JBL VERTEC line array system for the Canadian Country Music Awards, where FOH engineer Mark Radu relied on JBL HiQnet Performance Manager for system configuration, tuning and control.

NORTHRIDGE, California – North York, Canada-based PA Plus recently provided HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays for the Canadian Country Music Awards. Held at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, highlights for this year’s Awards included Dean Brody earning “Artist of the Year” honors and “Album of the Year” for DIRT, with Taylor Swift winning the CCMA Generation Award.

With 19 live performances over two hours, Mark Radu, Systems Engineer for PA Plus and FOH engineer for the awards show, was challenged with accommodating a large number of artists in a short time span, while adjusting for some other unusual conditions. “This setup was a little different because there were two satellite stages in front of the main stage where presentations and smaller performances took place, so it was a bit complex since we had two completely different zero time reference points,” Radu said. “Independently delaying and processing the main stage and satellite stage inputs provided a seamless, real-time transition between the two.”

PA Plus deployed a system that featured 48 JBL VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements (12 per side for the main PA and 12 per side for outfill), supplemented with 16 VT4880 fullsize arrayable subwoofers. An additional eight SRX712M loudspeakers were used for front fill and a total of 68 Crown I-Tech 5000 HD amplifiers powered the system.

The entire system was configured, tuned and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™. “We have used Performance Manager quite a bit but I think this is the biggest event we’ve used it on, and we really stretched the limits this time, using absolutely everything it has to offer,” Radu commented. “Once again, it worked amazingly well for us.”

Prior to setting up the system for the awards, Radu worked with his Performance Manager show file offline. “I was mostly maximizing what I would call the ‘array-specific correction tools’—circuit level gain shading, tapering EQ, etc.,” he said. “I did this in conjunction with the virtual test mics at my disposal in Performance Manager and JBL Line Array Calculator II. I basically tuned the system from my office a week out from the show. Once onsite, seven live test mics confirmed the accuracy of the virtual tuning. It was so on the money it was scary. The entire system was within +/- 1.5dB from the front row to the last seat in the house.”

Radu continued to note three qualities that set Performance Manager apart from the pack: “Firstly, from start to finish, the entire process is all self-contained. Secondly, failure-wise, I’m not tied to a single FOH processor. Worst-case scenario, f my computer dies, the system is still up and running, because Performance Manager is a GUI at the end of the day. Lastly, because everything is happening within the amps, having no more cable runs or additional A/D D/A conversions between my system DSP and amps is a welcome change. I don’t have the 300-foot snake anymore because everything is happening in the amps. I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of the Performance Manager platform and now I’d be hard-pressed to do a show any other way.”

In addition, Radu and PA Plus continue to rely on VERTEC for the most critical and highest-profile events. “It doesn’t matter what genre of music you’re mixing or what volume level the performance is, the VERTEC boxes hit everything,” Radu noted. “It sounds great with country acts, it sounds great with rock and roll acts, and everything in between. It’s the most predictable line array loudspeaker I’ve worked with and, having worked with it so much, I know exactly what to expect every time.”

For more information on PA Plus, please visit www.pa-plus.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 Tames the Modern Art of Denver’s Clyfford Still Museum

Denver, CO – October 2012…  One of the giants in post-WWII American painting, Clyfford Still dropped out of the commercial art world in 1951. When he died in 1980, he willed entire collection to an American city willing to create a permanent home for it.

More than three decades later, the Clyfford Still Museum opened its doors in downtown Denver. The 28,000-square-foot steel and concrete building houses more than 2400 of Still’s works, as well as a collection of the artist’s journals, sketchbooks and archives.

Visitors enter the museum through a massive glass-lined lobby whose windows extend from its tiled floors to its concrete ceiling. The strikingly beautiful architecture, while visually stunning, creates a highly reverberant acoustical environment that is anything but conducive to the large-screen video presentation that runs in the museum’s entry.

Denver-based Empowercom was retained by the museum’s planning commission to address the lobby’s challenging acoustics. As Empowercom’s Vice President Terri Jackson explains, the selection of Renkus-Heinz’s Iconyx steerable array loudspeakers was a logical choice.

“The content management committee on the project had suggested the Iconyx system, and everyone involved unanimously agreed they were the only speakers that would meet the needs of the space,” says Jackson. “Being able to steer the sound away from the abundance of reflective surfaces was key. Using the Iconyx, we were able to focus the sound to a concentrated area directly in front of the screen, rather than create a cacophony across the entire lobby.”

Jackson adds, “The program material contains both narration and music, and the Iconyx delivers on both spoken word intelligibility and musical performance.”

The Iconyx’s low profile design also helped to make it an ideal fit, says Jackson. “It’s a very high-end space, and the Iconyx really fits in with the décor,” she notes. “It’s an elegant, low-profile design that actually blends with the surroundings.”

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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.

 

Firehouse Productions Deploys HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays For A Bigger And Better 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival

NORTHRIDGE, California – The 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival didn’t just repeat itself, it got bigger. For the second year in a row, New York-based Firehouse Productions deployed HARMAN’s JBL line arrays for the festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest with performances from top artists including Lil Wayne, Rihanna, Swedish House Mafia, Aerosmith, Mary J. Blige, Bon Jovi, Green Day, Pink!, Usher, Taylor Swift and more, the show closed with Pitbull, joined by Ne-Yo, singing “Give Me Everything.”

This year, the main PA system included left-right columns of of 18 JBL VTX V25 fullsize line array elements each, with a total of 32 JBL VERTEC® VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers (16 per side), eight VERTEC VT4886 subcompact line array elements used for front fill and two arrays of 12 VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements each for offstage fill. Crown I-Tech HD 12000 amplifiers powered the entire system.

“The difference in the sonic quality of the VTX is amazing,” stated Mark Dittmar, Lead Design and Integration Engineer at Firehouse Productions. “The system is really powerful and gives us a great clean, undistorted sound. It’s also a major benefit that it’s lighter considering the power that we get from it.”

As with any large festival, accommodating the large number of different acts playing on the same stage was one of the biggest challenges of the event. However, with Firehouse’s VTX system, the festival went smoothly. “The entire system is extremely easy to set up and configure,” he said. “We have been using VTX for over six months now on tours and other major events and we have been really satisfied with its performance thus far.”

“With the Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers we take advantage of all the presets being pre-loaded,” Dittmar added. “It’s a great feature for tour sound companies as it’s a ton of power in a really compact form-factor. We know we will get the most out of the system by using them along with VTX.”

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

For more information on iHeartRadio, please visit: http://www.iheart.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.

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.

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