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IC Live Turns The Tables For Oslo’s Modern Church

Oslo, Norway, September 2012… The Sofiemyr church in Oslo is a striking modern building, with bare brick walls, a tiled floor and wooden ceiling. Light pours in from a huge stained glass window and other windows in the corners.

The audio solution, supplied by Benum A/S, is equally striking, with a pair of inverted IC Live arrays, flown from the ceiling alongside the matching subwoofers, above a small performance stage. The technique has been used before – England’s Stage Audio Services was possibly first to experiment with it, flying a pair of IC Live arrays upside down at trim height for a standup comedy tour of UK theatres, which allowed the beams to be angled at the ground floor audience as well as the balconies. But this is almost certainly the world’s first permanent installation to use the configuration, which has many benefits in a tall space.

Geir Kristoffersen, manager of the consulting department of COWI for Acoustics and Electro Acoustics, Sound and Vision, who designed the system for the church and frequently mixes it, explains: “This room is a cube, essentially, 16 by 16 metres with a height of about 12 metres, so it’s very interesting acoustically. But it’s turned 90 degrees so that you get some angles towards the speakers.” Slots in the ceiling provide low frequency absorption.

Although on the face of it a highly reverberant space, the actual reverb time is just 1.7 seconds with a very well controlled low end. “But still, 1.7 seconds is significant,” he points out. However, the bare brick walls are an inevitable challenge in view of their capability to deliver slapback echo to the stage.

The church is also equipped with a pipe organ, which is quite frequently played together with a band and a grand piano, as well as a movable pulpit, which is taken out during modern-style worship services.

“The loudspeaker system is flown in the form of a pair of Renkus-Heinz IC Lives,” says Kristoffersen. “We’re very happy with the sound of it. In fact, I’ve never worked with a system that’s so easy and quick to get good sound out of,” he says.

“It works exceptionally well for this kind and size of room and with such a wide variety of music. Together with the choir, we often have a worship team of eight people singing with their vocal microphones. Last Sunday, for example, the choir was seated directly in front of the loudspeakers and I had my measurement system at the desk and I was pumping 90db A weighted but flat out it was giving 101dB. Yet there was no issue with feedback,” he continues.”With these digitally steerable arrays we get tightly controlled beams, which allow us to deflect the sound away from these noisy brick walls,” he explains, adding, “While there is some reverberation, of course, if you shoot straight into these walls then you’d have a big problem with slapback.”

The system is configured with two beams from each IC Live, one pair aimed at the front part of the congregation, the others at the rear. The result, says Kristoffersen, “is that the sound is completely uniform wherever you are standing or sitting.”

“What I like the most about this system – and I’ve worked with good systems all my life – is that because it’s a true line array and not a banana hang it creates a cylindrical wave, which means that it doesn’t excite the room as much as a traditional three-box system, which would have been our obvious alternative,” he says, and adds, “Another thing is that, with a choir, the choir bench is high, which means the microphones are right in front of the loudspeakers, yet we have never had any feedback problems. Because it’s so even sounding across the frequency spectrum you don’t get response spikes which then become the problem, especially with the choir-mic scenario.”

Tuning is performed using both RHAON and in an Allen & Heath IDR8 DSP processor with an Allen & Heath T112 control surface, allowing it to be controlled from two different places.

A small delay system provides extra coverage into a small annexe at the rear and in the side halls, using CFX-61R cabinets, again controlled over RHAON and CobraNet. These are matched with six CF-121M cabinets for monitors, which can also be deployed as a portable PA in the larger side room of the church, or outside during the summer.

He continues, “It’s also very good for the monitoring because despite it being so loud up there it doesn’t feedback even when it’s rock’n'roll loud. Also,” he adds, “we work a lot with the grand piano and, for me, a grand piano has to sound good. If the grand piano doesn’t sound good then it’s nearly worse than having the drum kit not sounding right, but even when we’re pushing rock’n'roll levels and there’s a monitor there next to it, if you do push it to feedback it’s not high-end feedback but a just rumble, which tells you that the total room is just playing too loud. It’s very impressive and we’re extremely happy.”

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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.

 

 

Iconyx Breathes New Life into Eden Resort Courtyard

Lancaster, PA – September 2012…  Champagne Sunday Brunch in the Eden Courtyard at the Best Western Eden Resort & Suites has become a local area tradition, attracting patrons with an ever-changing menu that draws from the region’s finest seasonal ingredients. But while the Courtyard is known for its dining and social events, the room’s acoustics have long made it a challenge to attract speaking engagements. With its 40-foot-high glass ceiling, hard stone floor and hard walls, the room’s reverberation made intelligibility nearly non-existent.

“This is a gorgeous space and great for social events – cocktail receptions and so forth,” says Stephen Sikking, managing partner, Eden Resort & Suites. “But when a speaker wanted to present something to the entire room, it was very problematic to articulate so that people could hear intelligibly.”

Bob Bickelman, senior audio designer with Manheim, PA-based Clair Brothers Audio Systems, Inc., agrees. ”The reverb time is pretty long,” says Bickelman. In addition to a massive water fountain at one end of the room, he says, ”There is a rather large vaulted skylight running across the middle of the room that creates some very strange reflections.”

To address the room’s acoustical challenges, Clair Brothers selected the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC24-R-II digitally controlled column loudspeaker system, installing the arrays in the two front corners of the courtyard. The ability to precisely steer the Iconyx array’s multiple sonic beams had an immediate impact on the intelligibility factor. “Being able to direct the sound downward and away from the walls was huge,” says Bickelman.

Bickelman selected the Iconyx system based on both on price and performance. “We had previous experience with the Iconyx,” he explains. “Not long ago I did a synagogue down in Cherry Hill, NJ, and liked the way they performed and their ease of use. And they certainly cost less than some alternatives.”

Using Renkus-Heinz’s RHAON CobraNet-based DSP software, individual Iconyx elements can be shaped and aimed with programmable precision, lowering or raising the acoustic center as desired.

The newly installed system at Eden Resort & Suites also includes several Shure wireless microphones and is managed by a Symetrix DSP automixing and processing system with ARC (Adaptive Remote Control) programmable wall panels.

“Iconyx has been a wonderful addition to our courtyard,” comments Sikking. “Now we can take a 400- to 500-person room and actually use it for an event that includes speaking engagements. Because of the Iconyx system we are now able to be on individual company lists, social lists, and so forth for speaking events. These speakers have made a dramatic difference.”

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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 Introduces VTX-LZ-K Laser Accessory Kit for Precision Alignment of VTX Series Line Arrays

The new JBL VTX-LZ-K laser kit includes two VTX-LZ laser units (right), rechargeable VTX-LZ-PS power supply (top left) and AC adapter (lower left).

LONDON, United Kingdom – At PLASA 2012, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is introducing the VTX-LZ-K Laser Accessory Kit, which facilitates the alignment of JBL VTX Series line array loudspeakers for optimum performance and audience coverage.

The VTX-LZ-K includes two VTX-LZ laser units and one rechargeable VTX-LZ-PS power supply. The VTX-LZ employs a Class 3R green laser (less than 5 mW, 532 nm wavelength) and is approximately 20 times more visible than a red laser for maximum visibility over long distances indoors or outdoors. The VTX-LZ laser units connect to the VTX-LZ-PS power supply by means of a standard XLR cable and multiple lasers can be daisy-chained (up to 10 units powered from a single power supply).

All VTX-LZ-K components feature rugged aluminum and high-impact plastic weather-resistant construction for long-term durability. The laser units are factory-calibrated, weather-resistant and feature fan-cooling and on/off cycling for extended laser life.

VTX-LZ laser units attach to the VTX enclosure suspension frame and are secured using a quick-release locking pin. Lasers can be mounted on either side of the enclosure by changing the orientation of the VTX-LZ mount tab and since the laser is centered on the middle of the enclosure, it provides an accurate site angle reference in accordance with JBL Line Array Calculator II (LAC II) software predictions.

“Precise VTX V25 line array vertical pattern control requires precise focus to achieve optimum coverage and the VTX-LZ-K Laser Accessory Kit is a valuable time-saver that helps to ensure the best possible setup of a JBL VTX line array system,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional. “Multiple VTX-LZ lasers can also be used to assist with microphone placement for more detailed system measurement as part of the calibration and tuning process and this has been specifically designed into the workflow of recently-released JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.”

When mounted on the top enclosure of a VTX line array, the VTX-LZ laser provides a visual reference to confirm the on-axis vertical site angle of the array while also providing an azimuth indication so that relative horizontal pan angles can be matched for FOH left-right arrays. With reference to LAC II software, the normal installation procedure is to attach a tape measure to the lower front corner of the bottom VTX enclosure as a reference for setting array trim height. Once the array trim height is set, the front motor is turned off, the VTX-LZ is turned on and the rear motor is manipulated to adjust the array site angle while visually referring to the laser to ensure that top enclosure is pointed at the rear of the desired audience location.
For advanced system tuning, multiple LZ lasers can be deployed to serve as site angle references for individual array circuits, assisting in physical measurement microphone placement to correspond with virtual measurement microphones shown in LAC.

Using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ control software and with reference to measured spatial response, circuit level gain shading and JBL Line Array Control Panel (LACP) frequency tapering adjustments are performed as a first step in system tuning. This initial step is referred to as array calibration and JBL LAC II / LACP simulations provide a good starting point. For the actual real world installation, VTX-LZ lasers mounted on array circuits can be used as a reference for microphone placement to verify and further refine the starting point gain shading and tapering parameters that were pre-determined in JBL LAC II / LACP and Performance Manager.

Once SPL and frequency response has been optimized on a circuit level, global equalization can then be applied to the entire array to compensate for room-related effects. For this step, array equalization can be based on the spatial average of all measurement microphones that were placed throughout the audience area with reference to VTX-LZ laser aiming locations. This patented approach to system measurement and tuning has been specifically designed into the workflow of Performance Manager (US patent 2008/0170729).

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.

VUE Audiotechnik’s Demo Tour Crosses the U.S. and Back Again

Be among the first to hear VUE Audiotechnik’s complete family of professional loudspeakers when the company’s U.S. demo tour passes through a city near you. 

San Diego, CA (Sept. 7, 2012) - Responding to increasing demand after a series of highly successful demos in August, VUE leadership today announced plans to expand the U.S. leg of their tour another eight weeks-hitting key demo sites throughout North America before expanding globally.

“This is very different from the typical loudspeaker demo in that we’re meeting with potential customers at their own facilities, and demonstrating our entire line,” explained VUE’s Executive Vice President, Jim Sides. “This format not only allows potential customers to audition our entire range, but it presents our team with an opportunity to better understand each customer’s unique business model. This is the type of personalized demo that I’ve always wanted to do, and we’re thrilled that people are responding so well to the format and to our products.”

The demo tour features a full complement of VUE Audiotechnik’s current offerings. Identified by VUE’s CEO Ken Berger as the “first wave”, the current lineup was revealed at the InfoComm show in Vegas last June. It includes three product classes encompassing a broad range of systems, from the most compact contractor offerings, to VUE’s flagship h-Class Active models. Berger reports that a “second wave” is scheduled to arrive before the end of the year, and that those new products will be incorporated into the tour at that time.

“The VUE speakers clearly appeal to a diverse customer base,” explained Steve Gorski of The SG Group, VUE Audiotechnik’s representative in the Southwest U.S., and an active participant in the first six stops of the tour. “From touring sound to AV integrators, the demos we’ve conducted have generated enthusiastic feedback across the board, and the resulting ‘word of mouth’ is fueling intense interest throughout the audio community. The momentum is definitely building, and I’m incredibly excited to be a part of it.”

The VUE team is conducting demos this week in Tennessee, North Carolina, and South Carolina. From there, the demo tour moves to Florida and Georgia (Sept. 9-15), before heading north to New York and other northeast states. The tour will then turn west, booking additional stops throughout October.

Those interested in participating in the demo tour are encouraged to contact their local VUE Audiotechnik representative. Contact information, as well as an ever-growing list of tour stops, can be found online at: www.vueaudio.com/events/

About VUE Audiotechnik
VUE Audiotechnik is a California-based designer, manufacturer and marketer for professional audio systems for a broad range of sound reinforcement applications including: touring sound, theatre, club sound, portable PA, houses of worship and commercial audio. A truly global company with a local feel, VUE Audiotechnik is committed to achieving the absolute highest level of loudspeaker performance through a “real-world” design philosophy utilizing advanced technologies and manufacturing techniques, all backed by an unwavering commitment to support, service and long-term relationships.

HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Support BMW China’s Olympic Festival For Nation’s Athletes

NORTHRIDGE, California – Filling the Bird’s Nest National Stadium in Beijing with fans, athletes, country representatives and musicians, BMW China held a festival to cheer on the Chinese Olympic Delegation before the 2012 games in London. The event featured more than 100 BMW vehicles throughout the venue, with multiple performing artists and Chinese Olympic figures including Lang Ping, Yang Wei, Wang Liqin and Li Xiaoshuang.

Bejing TianYin CaiYun International Culture & Media Co., Ltd deployed HARMAN’s new JBL VTX line array system and VERTEC® line arrays to provide uniform sound coverage throughout the nationally-acclaimed stadium. Mixing the event were Jin Shaogang and Ma Xin, who were responsible for mixing the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games and therefore already familiar with the venue and its demanding coverage requirements. Additional technical support for the event was provided by Advanced Communications Equipment (ACE), the largest HARMAN distributor in China.

The sound reinforcement system design featured four ground-stacked JBL VTX line arrays each consisting of four V25 line array elements and two S28 subwoofers for main VIP area coverage. Twelve additional ground-stacked
VERTEC line arrays, each containing three VT4889-1 line array elements and two VT4880A arrayable subwoofers, provided supplemental coverage for the lower seating areas and to cover the upper tribune of the stadium, eight line array clusters were hung, each consisting of eight VERTEC VT4888 midsize line array elements and two VT4882 arrayable subwoofers.

Crown I-Tech HD series amplifiers with built-in DSP processing powered the PA system. With Crown and its industry-leading flexibility, delay and equalization was easily adjusted during the event. At the front of house position was a Soundcraft Vi6 digital console, while Vi6 and Vi1 digital consoles were utilized for monitoring.

System design engineer Joe Rao of Bejing TianYin CaiYun International Culture & Media Co., Ltd commented, “This was the biggest production in the Bird’s Nest since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Preparations for the one-night show took two weeks and it was a great event with superb sound quality and excellent coverage.”

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.

Altincizme Provides HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays and Soundcraft® Vi6 Console in Turkey for Efes Pilsen One Love Festival

Altincizme provided JBL VERTEC line arrays and a Soundcraft Vi6 front-of-house console for the One Love Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

ISTANBUL, Turkey – Altincizme recently provided an extensive HARMAN audio system featuring JBL VERTEC® line arrays and a Soundcraft Vi6 front-of-house console for the One Love Festival in Istanbul, Turkey, produced by Pozitif Productions.

The One Love Festival took place at the famous Santralistanbul venue and celebrated its 11th consecutive year with performances by internationally renowned artists including Kaiser Chiefs, Pulp, Damien Rice and Kimbra.

The main PA system at the Festival featured 24 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements (12 per side), powered by eight Crown VRack complete amplification systems. A Soundcraft Vi6 console was used as the FOH console at the Festival.

“It was the smoothest VERTEC I have ever heard,” said Chris Leckie, FOH Engineer for Kaiser Chiefs, who has also used the Soundcraft Vi6 and Vi1 digital consoles for the band’s most recent world tour.

“I’m grateful to be mixing on a Soundcraft board and continue to love my job, which is the most important part. With the help of Soundcraft it only gets better,” Leckie recently noted.

Founded in the late 1950s, Altincizme (owned by Serdar and Serhan Altincizme) is the oldest and most successful systems-for-hire company in Turkey, supported by HARMAN’s Turkish distributor, SF Ses ve Isik Sistemleri Ltd.

For more information on Altincizme, please visit www.altincizme.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.

Lifting the Sound at Lakewood: HARMAN’s JBL VTX Loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers Highlight Overhaul of America’s Largest Church for Pastor Joel Osteen’s Sermons

Covenant Communications recently upgraded the audio system at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas with an extensive selection of HARMAN components including JBL VTX line arrays, Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers and BSS audio processing. Photo Credit: Brad Ricks

HOUSTON, Texas – Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, the largest “megachurch” in the United States, recently received a complete audio upgrade to its 16,800-seat facility. Working with Shawn Mullins and Joe Smart of Houston-based sound contractor Covenant Communications, the team designed and installed a HARMAN audio system featuring JBL’s new VTX Series line arrays and subwoofers along with Crown Audio I-Tech HD Series amplifiers and BSS Audio BLU-800 signal processors.

Lakewood Church is led by senior pastor Joel Osteen, whose broadcasts reach more than 10 million viewers worldwide every week. The Church features a large stage at the front with floor and tiered seating all around. Lakewood Church moved into its current location (formerly the Compaq Center) in 2005, renovating the facility and sound system. However, as the Ministry grew in scope, over the past year church management including Lakewood Church technical director Reed Hall and senior audio engineers BK Beard and Brad Duryea realized the system needed to be upgraded.

“Pastor Joel Osteen uses a lavalier mic and moves around the stage quite a bit when giving his sermons. He wants to reach and engage every congregant. The audio system needs to be heard loud and clear in every part of the church,” noted Hall. “However, the existing system was a bit deficient in headroom and because lavaliers don’t have the output (gain before feedback) of handheld mics, it was sometimes a challenge to get a loud enough level from Osteen’s lapel mic. Management also felt that the coverage from the older system’s front fills was inadequate, and that the system was deficient in upper midrange and high-frequency clarity.”

Covenant first demonstrated Crown IT12000HD amplifiers on a section of the existing system. It made a “huge improvement” in headroom and clarity according to Smart, but didn’t solve all of the existing problems. Subsequently Hall, Beard, Duryea and Smart demoed various line array loudspeaker systems. “Nine months ago I knew nothing about JBL VTX line arrays,” said Hall, “but once we found out VTX was on its way we told each other we really needed to hear it.”

For initial evaluation purposes, Hall and key members of his audio team attended a VTX demonstration at the Forum in Los Angeles conducted by Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. Next they brought VTX V25 line array loudspeakers and competitors’ models into Lakewood Church to perform side-by-side comparisons, and chose the V25 after extensive auditioning. All were impressed by the high-frequency smoothness, clarity and extension of the V25 and its D2 dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver, as well as the massive amount of low-end the V25 provides, which enabled them to ultimately reduce the number of subwoofers they had planned to deploy and allowed them to select a 60Hz crossover point for the V25’s to achieve a better blend between the main speakers and the subwoofers.

The speaker complement selected for Lakewood Church includes 60 JBL VTX V25 line array cabinets and 20 VTX S28 subwoofers, flown in four arrays: main left-right V25 arrays of 20 enclosures each, two suspended arrays of 10 S28 subwoofers and two side arrays with 10 V25 loudspeakers each. The main left-right arrays curve down 90 degrees to cover from front seats all the way up to the back bowl of the church. In addition, 26 JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array elements are employed—eight for sound reinforcement for the choir, 12 used as outfill and six deployed as front fill. A total of 73 Crown IT12000HD amplifiers power the entire system.

Hall feels that Lakewood Church is the best-sounding arena in the country because of its padded seats, sloping floor, and carpeting. However, the room has some hard surfaces surrounding the seats and achieving a tight low end proved to be challenging because of the existence of a number of metal-framed sheetrock partitions that have the potential to resonate. The V25’s tightly focused low-frequency output helped solve this issue.

Hall also found the system much easier to setup and configure than what was previously installed, thanks to the synergy between the JBL VTX loudspeakers, Crown amplifiers and HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™ and BSS London Architect programming software and communications protocol. When setting up the system Beard & Duryea went through every cabinet one by one, dialed in each group of speakers and then integrated the entire system, a process made easier by System Architect. Additional onsite support was provided by Allan Devantier, Manager, Objective Evaluation, HARMAN International, and Paul Bauman, and the HARMAN Audio Test System (HATS) was employed to calibrate and tune the Lakewood Church installation. With the improvements to the Lakewood Church audio system, Hall feels that the large facility now offers the acoustic experience of a 4,500-seat theater.

“For those that haven’t heard the new JBL VTX series they can’t imagine the level of performance these speakers achieve. While JBL VERTEC has long been seen as the industry standard, the VTX technology is truly a game-changer for live sound applications,” added Smart.

“Osteen wants the system to sound everywhere the way it sounds in the front row, and with this system we have nailed it,” Hall concluded. “Compared to the old system from the console, Osteen’s voice sounds 50 feet closer than it did before.”

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.

Meyer Sound MILO at Lollapalooza Main Stage is “Smooth & Coherent”

For three evenings in July, 45,000-plus fervent fans gathered at the Lollapalooza festival’s Bud Light Stage to hear some of the world’s top musical acts, including Black Sabbath with Ozzy Osbourne, Avicii, Justice, and Franz Ferdinand. To deliver their music with full impact across the 7.5-acre grassy quadrangle, Thunder Audio of Livonia, Mich. assembled a massive sound reinforcement system built around 76 Meyer Sound MILO line array loudspeakers.

“The MILO system sounded phenomenal, as it always does,” comments Thunder’s Gregory Snyder, who served as system designer and project manager for the event. “The FOH mixers for every act were amazed with how smooth and coherent the system was, regardless of levels.”

Anchoring the sound at the stage were dual main hangs of 18 per side MILO loudspeakers, supplemented by outfills of eight MILO loudspeakers each. Low end pumped through 36 700-HP subwoofers while MILO 120, MICA, and M’elodie line array loudspeakers provided, respectively, front, front-out, and center downfill. Eight MILO loudspeakers were hoisted atop each of three delay towers, and the entire system was governed by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with four Galileo 616 processors.

The Meyer Sound rig—along with everyone in attendance—received a thorough drenching from a fierce Saturday afternoon thunderstorm, forcing cancellation of one act at the stage. All other acts performed as scheduled, and to overwhelming audience response.

“They all sounded great, but to be honest I thought Black Sabbath with Ozzy was beyond amazing,” recounts Snyder. “Considering the volumes they were playing, the stereo imaging and clarity were astonishing. It never sounded overdriven.”

With Florence + The Machine, Snyder was impressed by “the precise separation of the instruments and the way her voice fell into the mix.” And with the French DJ duo Justice, he noted how the low end was “punchy and yet smooth, with none of that distorted square wave sound you’ll get sometimes in DJ sets.”

Thunder Audio also provided Avid Profile consoles for FOH and monitors, plus eight Shure 900 Series IEM systems and eight Shure UHF-R wireless microphone systems. Systems tech on the Thunder Audio crew was Erik Rogers.

Lollapalooza producer C3 Presents invited Thunder Audio to bring the MILO rig to Chicago based in large part on the performance of the system at Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival, also produced by C3, which was staged in Atlantic City in June.

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Flag Systems Expands Its Horizons With HARMAN’s JBL VTX Series Line Arrays

Flag Systems recently deployed its new JBL VTX line array system at Jazz Fest West in San Dimas, California.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Flag Systems is a top southern California sound contractor that supplies systems for everything from major outdoor festivals to private corporate events and the Santa Ana-based company recently joined the growing list of sound providers who have added JBL’s new flagship VTX Series line array loudspeakers to their inventory. Flag Systems put its V25 line arrays and S28 subwoofers to the test at the recent Jazz Fest West and Hard Summer outdoor concerts—two musically diverse events that spanned the musical gamut from smooth jazz to bass-heavy hip-hop.

“We have been long-time JBL users—we bought our first VERTEC® line array system in 2001 and have seen the quality of JBL line arrays improve steadily since then,” said Dave Forney, Flag Systems’ Owner. “In fact, even before the VTX Series came along we saw a big improvement in the performance of our VERTEC line arrays by upgrading our power amplifiers to Crown Audio IT12000HD amps, which allowed us to take advantage of their built-in VERTEC V5 presets. Everywhere we tried V5 we heard amazing results, including at the permanent installation we run at the Hollywood Palladium. So when JBL announced the introduction of the VTX Series you might say we were all ears.”

“We looked at our upcoming summer concert schedule and determined we could support a major new equipment buy,” Forney added. “We had already bought the Crown I-Tech HD amps, which are optimized for use with VTX line arrays, so we were already a good part of the way there.”

Flag Systems purchased 24 VTX V25 fullsize line array elements and 16 S28 arrayable subwoofers. “Depending on the venue, we’ll use some or all of our VTX boxes for a concert,” noted Forney. “We can do a 4,000 to 5,000 person show using two left and right hangs of four V25’s each along with six S28 subs per side, or we’ll go all the way up to the full rig of 24 V25’s and 16 S28’s for large outdoor events.”

“The sound quality of the V25 is just stunning,” Forney commented. “The first thing that struck me is how in-phase everything seems to be. It really doesn’t sound like you’re listening to multiple drivers; it sounds like all the sound is coming from one source instead of a bunch of 15-inch and 8-inch drivers and tweeters.”

According to Eric Williams, Chief Systems Engineer for Flag Systems, the clarity of the V25 is exceptional. “At Jazz Fest West, all of us at Flag and a number of guest front-of-house engineers were marveling at the sound,” he said. “We had to re-check all of our reverb settings as the system was so revealing that the quality of the reverbs came through much more clearly.”

“After firing the system up, I realized it didn’t need any EQ,” Williams pointed out. “I mean, none. I’d never had this happen before—typically, a line array system will always need some EQ. During Chaka Khan’s performance, Anthony Jeffries, her mixing engineer, added a little bit of EQ but after that we went back to flat—and except for a little touch here and there, no one else EQ’d the system for the rest of the weekend. I kept telling myself, ‘This is not normal!’ In fact, it actually felt a little scary…we had to get used to it!”

“I mixed the first three acts at Jazz Fest West and it was effortless,” Williams continued. “During guitarist Marc Antoine’s set, I could feel every nuance of him playing the strings, the snare was punchy and fat, and the cymbals had shimmer and complexity. We went from console to console depending on what the acts specified on their rider, and everyone was able to get consistently excellent sound from the V25’s and S28’s.”

“The new VTX rig is like a Maserati—it is a thrill to drive and the performance is outstanding,” said Pamela Forney, Production Manager for Flag Systems. “I have now used VTX at three festivals and it is wildly efficient. It throws forever and the clarity and warmth are never compromised. Congratulations to JBL as they have definitely crossed over this time with VTX!”

Flag Systems’ VTX rig can go from subtle to seismic, as demonstrated at the HARD Summer Festival in Los Angeles, which featured the immensely popular electronic artist Skrillex. “At HARD Summer, we mixed Skrillex at 125dB in an outdoor space that was about 200 feet by 500 feet. The system did an amazing job of getting there, staying there and doing it well,” Williams added.

Flag Systems uses JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ control software for the VTX line arrays and Crown amps. “Performance Manager makes it extremely quick to set up the system and get the amps on line, but maybe even more important, it gives us real-time monitoring and reporting,” Williams said. “I know what’s going on with every speaker and amp. Performance Manager is the one piece of software I start with at the beginning of the day, and it’s the last thing I shut off at the end of the day.”

“The quality of the JBL VTX Series is so good that engineers are going to have to re-think what their sound systems are capable of,” Williams concluded. “We now need to realize that we’re going to have to mix to what we’re capable of hearing—not to what we’re used to hearing.”

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.

Micworks Masterminds “Genius” Sound with KARA

L-ACOUSTICS system deployed on 80th annual Pageant of the Masters

LAGUNA BEACH, California – September 2012 — Celebrating its milestone 80th season this year, Pageant of the Masters is an annual summer festival where life truly does imitate art. Staged at the 2,700-seat Irvine Bowl in Laguna Beach, the Festival of Arts event is best known for its “tableaux vivants” in which classical and contemporary works of art are recreated onstage through an elaborate mix of costumed models, props, backdrops and lighting.

This year’s production, known as “Genius”, focused on the works of numerous visionaries like Michelangelo, Vincent van Gogh, and Leonardo da Vinci. But the visual aspect of the event was only half of the story. Accompanying the 90-minute show of “living pictures” each night throughout July and August were a professional narrator, vocalists singing period pieces, and a 30-member live orchestra, all sonically reinforced via a new L-ACOUSTICS KARA system. more

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