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Thunder Audio Provides Meyer Sound MILO for Movement Electronic Music Festival

The Movement Electronic Music Festival, taking place May 26-28, 2012 at Detroit’s Hart Plaza, will feature a huge array of Meyer Sound equipment provided by Livonia, Mich.-based Thunder Audio.

The annual festival, which drew some 100,000 attendees in 2011, has grown and evolved considerably from its inception as the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000. This year, three of five stages will feature a Meyer Sound system.

“Our company was unaware of Meyer in a practical sense until we teamed up with Thunder Audio on the Movement Festival a few years ago,” recalls Sam Fotias, operations manager of the Movement Electronic Music Festival and Detroit-based Paxahau Event Productions and Management. “We had tried other loudspeaker products, but nothing really gave us the raw power and, more importantly, clarity at high SPL that we were looking for until we were exposed to MILO.”

The festival’s Main Stage will boast a system comprised of 48 MILO and 16 M’elodie line array loudspeakers; 36 700-HP subwoofers; two UPA-1P and UPA-2P loudspeakers each; and a Galileo loudspeaker management system. The monitoring system includes 12 Meyer Sound MJF-212A stage monitors.

The Beatport Stage will feature 24 MICA, 12 MILO, and eight M’elodie line array loudspeakers; 18 700-HP subwoofers; three UPJ-1P VariO loudspeakers; and a Galileo loudspeaker management system. The Made in Detroit Stage will feature 24 MILO and eight M1D line array loudspeakers, and Galileo.

“We got involved in this event six or seven years ago, and there was all manner of different configurations on each stage,” recalls Thunder Audio’s Paul Owen. “We came in and did one stage, and then they saw how good the Meyer product was—the powered line array, without hundreds of amp racks everywhere.”

Fotias adds: “Having Tony [Villarreal] and Paul and their team from Thunder so close is amazing. They have been such an instrumental part of allowing this event to grow and being able to facilitate all of the big crowds we get.”

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HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays Highlight Audio System at the Paramount, Long Island’s Stunning New Concert Venue

NORTHRIDGE, California – Long Island, New York has always been a hotbed of musical talent and now, Long Island boasts a new music venue—the Paramount, a striking 1,600-seat facility equipped with all the amenities to host major artists—including a HARMAN JBL VERTEC® powered line array system. The system was designed and installed by Maryland Sound International, led by project manager Ryan Beck.

Formerly the site of the IMAC (Inter-Media Arts Center) Theater, the Paramount bears little resemblance to the old facility. Beginning in 2009, the interior space was completely gutted and underwent a total renovation. An entirely new audio system was installed including 20 JBL VERTEC VT4888DPDA powered midsize line array elements on each side of the stage and 14 JBL MS28 compact loudspeakers located throughout the venue as lip, under-balcony, VIP box and rear bar fills. Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers power the MS28 speakers. An additional two hangs of six VT4887A compact line array elements each were installed for use with the VT4888DPDA line arrays as part of a 360-degree dance floor system. Crown I-Tech HD9000 amplifiers power the VT4887A loudspeakers.

“The construction of the Paramount was one of the most dramatic ‘before’ and ‘after’ transformations I’ve ever encountered,” said Beck. “Previously, the IMAC Theater was a plain-looking 600-seat room that occupied the top floor of the building, with a basement underneath. The entire floor of the IMAC was demolished, along with almost all the existing interior to create a huge space with floor, mezzanine and balcony seating, a VIP box on each side of the main floor and a large lobby.”

Once the initial demolition was complete, the Paramount owners realized they had a jewel in the making, with beautiful brick walls along all the sides going all the way to the top of a gracefully arched ceiling. “The owners wanted to preserve as much of its character as possible,” Beck said, “including architectural detailing like a patterned metal ceiling and stone ornamentation that dated back more than a century.”

However, that meant Maryland Sound would have to work with some very challenging acoustics. “Those brick walls and hard ceiling made for an extremely reflective acoustic environment—and we couldn’t ruin the look of the venue with acoustic treatment everywhere,” Beck added. “We went with the VERTEC VT4888DPDA line arrays for the main system because aside from sounding great, we knew their controlled dispersion would direct almost all of their sound to the main floor, without bouncing off the sidewalls and ceiling and exciting the space with excessive reverberation.”

“The layout of the Paramount isn’t typical—in addition to the floor, mezzanine and balcony, there is a VIP box on each side of the main floor, and there are bars underneath the VIP boxes with a ‘sky bar’ section at the very back of the hall under the balcony,” Beck noted. “We had to install fill speakers in all of these spaces. The JBL MS28 speakers were ideal—they’re compact, full-range, play loud and mount easily on a wall or ceiling.”

“When it was time to fly the VERTEC VT4888’s, we realized we didn’t like where the plans indicated we had to hang them,” Beck continued. “In most situations you’d just have to live with it, but since we were installing the system at the same time as the main construction, we were able to ask the contractors to install new steel girders at six different points other than originally planned, and we re-did the rigging points right on the spot. That’s something I’ve never encountered before in a club environment.”

Maryland Sound used HARMAN HiQnet™ System Architect™ 3.0 software to tune the system and the interface between the speakers and the amplifiers. “It works so well that we don’t have to use any outboard EQ,” Beck noted.

“We are really happy with the way everything turned out,” Beck concluded. “We were able to deal with a challenging situation and install a system that sounds excellent, and does not intrude upon the beautiful interior of the Paramount.”

For more information on Maryland Sound, please visit www.marylandsound.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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

ACIR Professional Supports Mother’s Day Music Festival

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP, New Jersey—Philadelphia’s Patti LaBelle, was part of the 3rd annual Mothers Day Music Festival at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City held on Mother’s Day. The concert also featured Johnny Gill and Charlie Wilson. The historic Boardwalk Hall, which seats close to 15,000, has played host to a high profile list entertainers and sporting events throughout its 81-year history.

LaBelle’s success came early with Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and then, in the seventies, with LaBelle who brought the hit ‘Lady Marmalade.’ LaBelle went on to have a huge success as a solo artist with songs such as ‘On My Own,’ ‘If Only You Knew,’ ‘If You Asked Me To,’ and ‘New Attitude.’

ACIR Professional (Egg Harbor Township) provided the entire audio rig and backline for the concert including two Yamaha PM5D digital audio consoles for front of house and monitors, with FOH manned by ACIR co-owner, Ed DiBona.
“I prefer the Yamaha PM5D because of excellent sound quality, ease of use, and unrivaled reliability,” says DiBona.

The company supplied a d&b line array, d&b Q sub for side fills, Worx Audio speakers for side PA, a plethora of microphones including Sennheiser, Shure, AKG, AudioTechnica, a Shure wireless system, and Sennheiser in-ear monitor system.

For more information on ACIR Professional, visit www.acirpro.com.

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ASHLY GEAR SHOWCASED AT DETROIT’S INSTITUTE OF ART

detroit-institute-of-art.JPGDETROIT, MICHIGAN: The Detroit Institute of Art (DIA) is the second-largest municipally-owned museum in the nation. Its collection, which represents a balanced sample of the world’s cultures arrayed across centuries of human development, is valued at over one-billion dollars, and the DIA displays much of that collection in over one-hundred galleries spread across 658,000 square feet of floor space. Consonant with its cultural significance, the DIA hosts events ranging from art openings to private functions. One of its primary event spaces is adjacent to the galleries and recently benefitted from a sound system upgrade that centers on Ashly Audio’s PEMA integrated processor/amplifier and FR-16 network fader remote control.

“The walls, floors, and ceiling of the event space are solid stone,” observed Dennis Phillips, the owner of Phillips Pro Audio, the company that designed and installed the new audio system. “It’s an art institute, more

Philippines Audio Contractor Soundcheck on HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) V5 DSP Preset Tunings: “My Clients Are Noticing The Difference”

MUNTINLUPA, The Philippines – Soundcheck is one of the Philippines’ top audio contractors and has handled the live sound for artists including Rihanna, Chris Brown, Incubus, Beyoncé, Linkin Park, Christina Aguilera and many others. The company has used HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) line arrays since their introduction, in situations from indoor corporate events to outdoor shows for major international touring acts. Soundcheck just upgraded to JBL’s new V5 VERTEC preset tunings and its clients are hearing the improvement.

“We installed the V5 DSP presets in all of the VERTEC VT4888 and VT4888DP line arrays in our inventory, in the speakers’ DrivePack DPDA input modules,” said Jaime Godinez, owner and chief engineer of Soundcheck. “After installing the V5 upgrade and testing the speakers by running pre-recorded music for them for hours, we sent them out for a major local show right away. We went through the show without a hitch-and have since done more than 60 shows with them including a few large open-air concerts.”

“When JBL introduced the V4 presets a few years ago I felt that they had given new life to the VERTEC system. But the improvement offered by the V5 is even more significant,” Godinez continued. “The improvement in clarity, balance and coverage have made me fall in love with our audio systems all over again. But most importantly, my clients are noticing the difference between our sound and that of the competition.”

“No comments I can give can adequately convey the experience of actually hearing the sonic improvements that V5 provides, especially in an open-air environment,” Godinez noted. “I’ll try by giving one example. Last March I was mixing the Coca-Cola Concert ng Bayan at the SM Mall of Asia, which celebrated 100 years of Coca-Cola in the Philippines. The concert featured around 20 performers and I brought 32 VERTEC VT4888′s for the main front of house.”

“The sound was so transparent and ‘in your face’ that many times during the night I had to double-check to see whether my near-field monitors were off or on, as the sound from the VERTEC arrays seemed to be coming from that close.”

Godinez pointed out that he has to add more gain to the VT4888′s using V5 to keep some mixing consoles from being driven too hot. “It’s just something you have to pay attention to,” he said. “With V5 you might have to make an adjustment to the gain of the DriveRack modules compared to the settings you’d use with the V4, to make sure the gain between the board, speakers and the rest of the system is optimized.”

“Another big benefit we found is that using the V5 presets enables us to set the systems up faster,” Godinez concluded.

In addition to their compatibility with JBL VERTEC DrivePack(r) DPDA input modules, V5 preset tunings are available for Crown VRACK amplifier packages, JBL HiQnet Performance Manager(tm) and HARMAN HiQnet System Architect(tm) V3.0 software and the Powered by Crown system control app.

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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012.

Tennessee Performing Arts Center Looks Ahead with Meyer Sound M’elodie after Two Decades with the MSL-3

When it was ready to upgrade its venerable Meyer Sound MSL-3 loudspeakers of more than two decades at its 2,472-seat Andrew Jackson Hall, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville chose Meyer Sound again, this time a system based on the M’elodie line array loudspeaker.

“The MSL-3s had served us well since the mid-80s,” says Larry Bryan, TPAC’s chief audio engineer. “But we were ready to step into the 21st century with the latest Meyer Sound line array technology.”

As typically deployed, the system comprises left and right flown arrays of 16 M’elodie loudspeakers each, plus six deck-stacked 700-HP subwoofers, eight MINA line array loudspeakers spaced across the stage lip as front fill, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor for drive processing. The system was provided by Blackhawk Audio of nearby White House, Tenn., with sale facilitation by director Jamie Nixon and system tuning with the SIM 3 audio analyzer by CEO Rick Shimer.

To date, the system has been used for a variety of acts, ranging from a comedy show by Bill Maher and rehearsal sessions by country star Trace Adkins to concerts by bleeding-edge rockers Puscifer and pop-rock legends Journey. A true test of the system’s moxie came when the “Experience Hendrix Tour” stopped at TPAC for an evening of tributes by musicians including Dweezil Zappa, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Buddy Guy.

“We have a lot of guitars on this show,” remarks the tour’s FOH engineer, Sean Quackenbush, “and the M’elodie rig at TPAC made them all big and warm sounding. The boxes translated very well with what was coming off the stage and responded immediately to whatever I did with the console. As always, any day on a Meyer rig is a great day!”

Bryan highlights the Meyer Sound linearity and longevity. “We have a range of musical styles coming through here, from rock and jazz to Broadway,” he says. “A lot of touring Broadway shows brought in Meyer rigs, so it was a sound we had come to appreciate. We knew it was something we would hold on to for another 15 years.”

Bryan also appreciates the simplicity of M’elodie’s QuickFly rigging. “We really liked the ease and the rigidity of the rigging,” he notes. “The fact that a majority of it is captured is important. Once we saw them do it once, we realized it doesn’t take a master’s degree in mechanical engineering to figure out how it works.”

Meanwhile, Nixon, who organized a demo of the system prior to sale, was confident that the M’elodie arrays would be ideal for the hall’s size and acoustics. “The M’elodie is so versatile in that room,” he says. “They can use it for so many things, so it made perfect sense. Basically, the box just sells itself.”

The new M’elodie system was added to Andrew Jackson Hall’s existing complement of premium gear, which includes a Soundcraft Vi6 digital live sound console, Shure ULX and Sennheiser 2000 Series wireless microphones, Avalon and Millennia Media preamps, and high-end microphones from Schoeps, Neumann, and Shure.

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Lyric Opera of Chicago Chooses Meyer Sound Line Arrays for its Tribute to American Theatre

Photo credit: Robert Kusel

Named “one of the best opera companies in the world” by Esquire magazine, the Lyric Opera of Chicago presented an American contribution to the operatic stage at the close of its season—Show Boat. To properly present Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s seminal masterpiece that was first performed in 1927, Lyric Opera chose a large complement of sound reinforcement equipment from Meyer Sound.

“As a company, we’re not just doing the great works of European culture but also the great works of American culture,” explains Drew Landmesser, production and technical director for Lyric Opera of Chicago. “This is a 3,600-plus-seat house, a huge hall to be doing a musical. To get everyone’s diction—their song and spoken words—and to be as crisp and clear as possible in a house this size is quite a challenge.”

With a long tradition of natural acoustics, amplified sound represents a significant departure for the company. “It’s a deep auditorium,” Landmesser illustrates, “and we do not want the sound from our speaker system to be slapping the walls and coming back as unwanted reflections. Where we’re focusing that and how we’re using it is a matter of great precision.”

To meet its exacting needs, the Lyric Opera selected a Meyer Sound system comprised of 10 M2D line array loudspeakers, 16 MM-4XP self-powered loudspeakers, two CQ-1 loudspeakers, one 700-HP subwoofer, a Galileo loudspeaker management system, and two MPS-488HPe power supply units.

“One of the things that Meyer has been especially important in is trying to maintain the natural acoustic sound,” Landmesser says. “The line arrays are such an elegant solution for getting a lot of sound into the house yet really being precise about where that sound is going. Without a doubt, this has been some of the best sound we’ve had in our auditorium.”

Chicago-based sales, rental, and live events company TC Furlong provided the Meyer Sound package for the Lyric Opera. “It’s our go-to loudspeaker,” says Jeff Cech, general manager at TC Furlong. “We’ve been a Meyer Sound dealer for 18 years. Meyer is also the primary loudspeaker brand in our rental department and live event business.

“John and Helen [Meyer] have such a dedication to consistency and quality,” Cech adds. “It’s so important when you’re putting multiple loudspeakers next to one another that they all sound exactly the same, and I don’t think Meyer has any peer. They stock deeply—the parts are always available. And the seminars that they do all over the world, which we’ve participated in and hosted, are amazing. We just don’t find that whole range of support with other manufacturers.”

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National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet Powers up with Meyer Sound MICA and M’elodie

Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel

Having continued successful permanent productions in Chicago and New York, the Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet (MDQ) has hit the road with a North American tour. To accommodate venues seating from 1,400 to over 3,000, sound designer Kai Harada specified a Meyer Sound system based around MICA® and M’elodie® line array loudspeakers.

“My goal was to give the touring crew a system with a lot of flexibility, so they could adjust coverage angles for theatres of all shapes and sizes,” explains Harada. “With the M’elodie center cluster and MICA side arrays, they have all the power they need for bigger houses, along with reliable consistency of sound—a quality at which Meyer systems always excel.”

Inspired by a 1956 recording studio jam session by Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis, Million Dollar Quartet captures a pivotal night in the history of rock ’n’ roll. On the MDQ tour, the lion’s share of the show’s energy is delivered by a split dual center array of 20 M’elodie loudspeakers and the upper and lower side arrays comprising a total of 20 MICA loudspeakers. A left-right configuration of 600-HP subwoofers and a 700-HP at center provide low end, while a total of 16 UPM-1P and UPJunior™ VariO™ loudspeakers supplies fill and delay systems as needed. A Galileo® loudspeaker management system with four Galileo 616 processors provides drive and optimization.

“This is a rock ’n’ roll show, but it was my goal to preserve the dynamic between the book scenes, the songs, and the big finale,” Harada says. “It’s important to hold a lot of punch in reserve, and this system certainly has it.”

Harada is also the sound designer for resident productions of MDQ at Chicago’s Apollo Theater and off-Broadway at New York’s New World Stages. The New York system is based around a MINA™ line array in the center with CQ-1 and CQ-2 loudspeakers on the sides, while the wide thrust staging in Chicago also employs CQ-1 loudspeakers with smaller UltraSeries™ models for delays and fills. PRG Audio supplied all three systems for the touring and resident productions.

Despite the radical differences in venues, Harada credits the Meyer Sound systems with maintaining a uniform sound. “For me, it comes down to consistency and transparency,” he says. “I can focus on bringing the audience closer to what is happening on stage with the confidence that the system won’t adversely color their experience.”

Harada also specified Meyer Sound systems for MDQ’s well-received 2010-11 run on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre and in London at the Noël Coward Theatre in 2011-12.

The book for Million Dollar Quartet was written by Floyd Mutrux and Colin Escott. The Broadway production was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards, with Levi Kreis (Jerry Lee Lewis) winning Best Featured Actor in a musical.

A long-time associate of Broadway sound designer Tony Meola, Kai Harada currently supervises sound for all productions of Wicked, and has designed around the world using Meyer Sound systems, including Hinterm Horizont in Berlin, and the critically acclaimed revival of Follies on Broadway.

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Baker Audio Installs HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays at University of North Carolina’s Kenan Memorial Stadium

NORTHRIDGE, California – Baker Audio of Norcross, Georgia, recently upgraded the audio system at the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Kenan Memorial Stadium, home of Tar Heels football since 1927, with HARMAN’s JBL VLA line arrays. Baker Audio shares strong ties to UNC and installed an innovative sound system to complement the stadium’s new “horseshoe” design.

Keith Hicks, President of Baker Audio, took great pride in revamping the sound in his alma mater’s stadium, where he played four decades ago as a scholarship UNC football player. The 64,000-capacity stadium was renovated from its original shape to the horseshoe pattern, which required a completely upgraded sound system, designed by Jack McCallum of Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. Hanging from the new scoreboard, provided by CBS Sports, Baker Audio supplied 22 JBL VLA601 3-way full-range loudspeakers on each side of the scoreboard, while 23 AM5212 2-way loudspeakers were installed in the “bowl” under the balcony areas, which provided delayed sound coverage.

The system is powered by Crown amplifiers-43 MA-5000i’s, 14 MA-9000i’s and 14 MA-12000i’s accompanied by four CTS2000LITE amplifiers-and is processed through BSS London DSP technology with 11 BLU 800′s as well as 36 BLUCARD-OUT and four BLUCARD-IN analog cards which route all of the audio for the PA, play-by-play and music to achieve that powerful game day sound.

“The JBL system was peaking at 112dB-we’re rocking,” Hicks said. “The VLA line arrays are outstanding. The low-end response is spectacular and we continue to receive compliments on the clarity and coverage of the sound. The UNC athletic staff is pleased with all aspects of the installation and we’ve even received calls from businesses around the city saying they can hear the music during games.”

Working under tight time constraints, Hicks noted one challenge associated with fitting Kenan Memorial Stadium with the new speaker system. While preparing to hoist the VLA speakers, Joe Kimsey, Project Manager for Baker Audio, noticed that the stacks, which each measure more than 25 feet tall, would have less than one foot of clearance within the housing. Baker Audio was able to overcome this challenge by utilizing a 300-foot crane to carefully hang the speakers. Greg Coddington, project engineer for WJHW, was instrumental in the success of the system installation and coordination, says Hicks.

David Rotman of Rotman Architecture added, “In many aspects, it was a very complex construction project; however, due to the dedicated team at Baker, the Kenan Stadium at the University of North Carolina can deliver that ‘wow’ factor with an innovative sound system that, not only works in conjunction with the new, state-of-the-art scoreboard, but provides a state-of-the-art sound system experience at every seating location throughout the building.”

“The VLA line arrays give the stadium much more horsepower than it’s ever had,” Hicks continued. “Every aspect of the installation, from coordinating with the construction, to securing the arrays on the video board was excellent. The entire system is extremely impressive.”

“It was a great opportunity for me, personally, to fit the stadium with sound after years of attending games and even playing football there 100 years ago,” Hicks joked.

For more information on Baker Audio, please visit http://www.bakeraudio.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(r), Harman Kardon(r), Infinity(r), JBL(r), Lexicon(r) and Mark Levinson(r). 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 13,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.3 billion for the twelve months ended March 31, 2012. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYED AT FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH

**** Photo: First Christian Church’s sanctuary ****

Venice, FL – May 2012… With three services each Sunday—two of which are contemporary in nature— First Christian Church has a vibrant worship program that caters to a diverse congregation. After enduring lackluster performance from their sound reinforcement system for far too long, the decision was made to upgrade their sanctuary’s facilities. Seeking a new system capable of delivering a high level of speech intelligibility and first-rate music reproduction, they ultimately resolved their sound system shortcomings by installing a new setup drawn from the TrueLine catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

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