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Kaskade Brings Down the Staples Center with K1

EDM superstar rocks sold-out crowd on Rat Sound’s L-ACOUSTICS rig

LOS ANGELES — Named “America’s Best DJ” last year by DJ Times and PioneerDJ.com, Kaskade became the first solo electronic dance music artist in history to not only headline, but also sell out, Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Friday, July 27 with his 2012 Freaks of Nature Tour. Camarillo-based Rat Sound Systems, Inc. served as the sound reinforcement provider for the night keeping things pumping with a full L-ACOUSTICS K1 stadium loudspeaker system. more

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Capital Sound Joins Martin Audio MLA Community

  • Martin Audio MD, Anthony Taylor (left) with Capital Sound MD, Keith Davis

    After an intensive market evaluation of well over a year, leading British rental company Capital Sound has made a significant investment in Martin Audio’s award-winning Multi-cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA).

    Confirming the purchase of a large arena system (and complementary MLX subs), Capital Sound general manager Paul Timmins stated that the inventory upgrade is designed to future proof the company—who number Take That, The Killers and Stereophonics among their regular accounts—for the foreseeable future.

    Speaking of the purchase, he explained, “In the modern era it is no longer a case of buying a system simply because we’ve been associated with the same brand for 25 years. We reviewed and demoed every major market system, but in the end it was vital that we backed ‘second generation’ technology. And however good the other systems were, only the MLA offered us this, with the right size and weight package.”

    Technical manager, Ian Colville, agreed, “From a technical standpoint MLA quite simply is the next generation. Unlike line arrays, MLA calculates and controls each individual transducer throughout the array to create a uniform sound field across the length and breadth of the audience area. Parameters that have traditionally been difficult to predict and control—SPL variation, frequency response and coverage cut-off—can be accurately defined in the prediction software and re-calculated, if necessary, ‘on the fly’.”

    He added that having spoken to technicians and engineers that had used MLA extensively the verdict so far had been unanimous: “MLA is very accurate, very responsive and very very loud!”

    Sheer power was one criterion that Capital Sound had examined closely during the review period. Conclusive proof that this was a stadium system was provided in a shoot out against the Martin Audio Longbow system outdoors at Silverstone. Having been the first company in the world to use MLA (beta-testing with Enter Shikari at HMV Hammersmith Apollo in 2010), Capital Sound was able to assess its coverage and cut-off parameters during last summer’s outdoor season (at LED Festival), its speech and intelligibility on a comedy show at O2 Arena, and its ability to deliver high octane sound in smaller venues (with Whitesnake).

    Other factors also played a part in the decision-making, continued Timmins. The arrival of Andy Davies, mirroring the appointment of Jim Jorgensen at Martin Audio in the States, provided the company with real application support in the touring sector, while Capital Sound felt confident that a global community of users was rapidly building. “We are aware of the sales that have taken place in the States and Pacific Rim and are confident that this is becoming a fully global system, which will be recognized and used by rental companies around the world.”

    The final factor that drove the purchase was simple touring economics; with the fully powered and processed system not only eliminating the need for separate amp racks, but also, in many cases, delay speakers, truck space becomes more efficient.

    Said Martin Audio sales director, Simon Bull, “As one of our longest-serving partners, we are delighted that Capital Sound have joined our growing community of MLA users. The fact that they carried out such an exhaustive review of other market leaders’ systems before reaching their decision makes the sale all the sweeter.”

    Capital Sound has already earmarked the new MLA system for a major global arena tour, beginning this fall.

    Photo caption Martin Audio MD, Anthony Taylor (left) with Capital Sound MD, Keith Davis

    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.

  • L-ACOUSTICS K1 Aces Greenbrier Classic Concert Series

    Lionel Richie performs on Loud & Clear's K1 system

    Loud & Clear’s system used on concerts by Toby Keith, Lionel Richie, Rod Stewart, The Fray and Bon Jovi

    LEWISBURG, West Virginia — After all of the birdies, bogeys and pars were tallied on three days of the PGA Tour’s weeklong Greenbrier Classic, golf fans were treated to a series of concerts headlined by Toby Keith, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi. Staged at the West Virginia State Fair Grounds in Lewisburg on July 4, 6 and 7, this year’s Greenbrier Classic Concert Series benefitted from an L-ACOUSTICS K1 line source system deployed by Cincinnati’s Loud & Clear, Inc.

    The main FOH setup was comprised of vertical arrays of six K1-SB subs, 12 K1 and three KARA per side complemented by two nine-KUDO hangs for far left and right audience coverage. A total of 32 SB28 subs, divided into groups of four and ground-stacked in cardioid mode across the face of the stage, delivered the LF reinforcement, while six KARA spread out across the stage lip provided front-fill. more

    V&P Sound Heats Up Lamb of God Concert In India With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® Line Arrays With V5 Presets

    V&P Sound recently provided a JBL VERTEC line array system for Lamb of God’s performance in Bengaluru.

    NORTHRIDGE, California – Rapidly gaining the reputation as the ‘Metal Capital of India,’ Bengaluru has hosted some of the world’s most popular bands, including Lamb of God’s second appearance in the country. A stunning sound and lighting system highlighted the performance, featuring HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC® line arrays, loaded with V5 DSP presets.

    The JBL VERTEC line arrays, deployed by V&P Sound of India, supported the massive sound output required for the concert. The use of V5 tunings during this concert is one of the largest in India since its introduction. The concert was held in the Clarks Exotica Resort, located in the outskirts of Bengaluru.

    The Lamb of God concert was organized under the ‘Nokia Alive’ series, promoted by Overture India, a popular event management company. The 7,000-plus fans in attendance reinforced the true metal spirit of Bengaluru and the need for a powerful audio system.

    The entire crowd was electrified during the hours of intense, high-performance sound, which featured an audio system of 20 JBL VT4889 fullsize line array elements and 16 VT4883 compact arrayable subwoofers for the center and mosh pit fills. Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers powered the system.

    “We love the V5 presets and their performance—they offer a true sound with great magnitude,” stated Vishnu P., owner of V&P Sound. “The VT4889 has excellent long-throw capabilities and V5 offers significant improvements in horizontal coverage in the high-frequency and low-mid ranges. We also like the changes that have been made to the low frequencies with V5. Overall, we are very pleased with the performance of the system.”

    Vishnu P. continued, “We are now using new V5 DSP presets and did not have to use much EQ on the system. V5 has undoubtedly given new life to our existing VERTEC system. We would like to congratulate Paul Bauman and his team for this fantastic product.”

    “With sophisticated 3-stage limiting, including long-term thermal protection allowing for higher peak and RMS thresholds, the power translated into increased SPL output and rock-solid limiting. This makes the V5 presets more impactful, adding pristine clarity to the sound output” added Mallesh T., mix engineer for V&P Sound.

    To provide the best microphone solutions for the stage, AKG microphones were deployed, including the AKG Drum SET II and AKG Rhythm Pack, as well as D40’s for the two separate drum kits. A portion of the concert’s acts were mixed with the Soundcraft Vi6 console at FOH.

    “As a rental sound partner who has always led the way in adapting the latest technologies introduced by HARMAN, V&P Sound has created yet another yardstick for live sound in India,” said David McKinney, Senior Director- India Operations, Harman Professional.

    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.

    Clearwing Productions Installs KARA at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

    A view of one of the far nine-element KARA arrays

    Live Nation purchases L-ACOUSTICS delay system for lawn seating area

    TINLEY PARK, Illinois — With over 10,000 reserved shed seats and room for nearly 18,000 more on its expansive sloped lawn, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, located just south of Chicago in Tinley Park, is the Midwest’s largest outdoor concert space. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the venue recently hired Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee to design and install a full lawn delay system, which now is comprised of 42 L-ACOUSTICS KARA enclosures. more

    WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES UPGRADED X2-P LINE ARRAY

    **** Photo: WorxAudio Technologies X2-P line array ****

    Greensboro, NC – July 2012… WorxAudio Technologies, a leading manufacturer of loudspeaker systems for the pro touring and install markets, is pleased to announce its newly upgraded X2-P Line Array. With its new PXD8080 power amplifier, the X2-P is a two-way, high efficiency, ultra compact, “All In One” line array loudspeaker system designed for the most natural sounding reproduction of speech and music program material. This exceptional loudspeaker system excels at a wide variety of sound reinforcement applications, including small to medium sized performance venues and clubs, houses of worship, theaters, cabarets, as well as meeting and presentation facilities. more

    George Relles Sound Controls Low End at Oregon’s Britt Festivals with Meyer Sound 1100-LFC

    The crowds got up and danced when George Relles Sound fired up six Meyer Sound 1100-LFC low-frequency control elements—among the first to be shipped—at Britt Festivals in Jacksonville, Ore. The formidable linear bass reinforcement systems, working underneath MICA line arrays, made their debut in early July concerts by Ben Harper and the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue (Donald Fagan, Michael McDonald, and Boz Scaggs).

    “The main reason I bought the 1100-LFCs was to get more power with a smaller truck pack,” admits George Relles, owner of the Eugene, Ore.–based rental and installation company. “But I was pleasantly surprised at how good they sound. It’s a quality hard to put into words, but they have a bigger feel, with more warmth and purity.”

    Used in place of traditional subwoofers, the 1100-LFC low-frequency control element is a self-powered loudspeaker defined by its sonic linearity in reproducing low-frequency transients at high, continuous levels with very low distortion over an operating range of 28 Hz to 100 Hz.

    For the Britt Festivals, 1100-LFC loudspeakers are arranged three per side in a cardioid configuration on the stage. “There’s nowhere else to put the subs,” says Relles, “and that’s often a problem because they’re usually sitting right in front of monitor world. Fortunately, with the 1100-LFC’s linear response, the rear cancellation is astonishing. There’s solid bass 300 feet up the hill, but from behind you can’t really tell if they’re turned on.”

    The low-frequency improvements have stimulated crowd enthusiasm and earned positive comments from the first FOH engineers to mix with them.

    “I really liked them,” says Joseph Walsh, who was behind the Avid Profile for a non-stop 2.5-hour soulful set by the Dukes of September. “At sound check, when we first turned them on, I looked at my systems tech and said, ‘Wow, these are really tight, right out of the box.’”

    The balance of the Meyer Sound system comprises nine MICA line array loudspeakers per side, two each JM-1P and UPA-1P loudspeakers for front fill, a CQ-1 loudspeaker for corner fill, and two UPM-1P loudspeakers for delay. The same basic system will be in place through the rest of the season, with upcoming performances scheduled by—among others—Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, the Avett Brothers, Diana Krall, Slightly Stoopid, and Huey Lewis and the News.

    George Relles Sound has been the principal audio reinforcement provider for the Britt Festivals since 1980, and has employed Meyer Sound systems exclusively since 1986.

    “The Britt” (as it is known locally) is the oldest summer performing arts festival in the Pacific Northwest, beginning as a classical-only festival in 1963. The Britt Festival Orchestra remains in residence each August, with an eclectic variety of pop, rock, country, and world music acts taking the stage in June, July, and September.

    www.meyersound.com/news

    With Meyer Sound JM-1P, the Power Difference is Clear at Kentucky’s Hillvue Heights Church

    When Hillvue Heights Church of Bowling Green, Ky. installed a new Meyer Sound reinforcement system based on JM-1P arrayble loudspeakers, the sermon and music no longer sounded the same.

    “Some ladies heard it immediately,” recalls Marc Owens, audio coordinator for the church. “They came up after the eight o’clock service and asked, ‘Now, what did you do to the sound? I can understand every word the preacher is saying now, and I couldn’t understand hardly anything before.’”

    At the later up-tempo services for younger congregants, intelligibility couples with sheer power as the new system kicks into high gear. “I can peel the paint if I want to,” admits Owens, whose career in audio includes mixing for touring country notables and operation of Bowling Green’s premier recording studio. “We’re hitting up to 115 dB in here now, but nobody complains because it doesn’t hurt—as often it would with the old boxes.”

    Bruce Bossert of Nashville-based Mid-Coast & Performance Audio, Inc., supplier of the Meyer Sound system, is also pleased by the power handling of the JM-1P. “It’s a rock ‘n’ roll system in a rock ‘n’ roll church,” says Bossert. “It hits hard and it still has tons of headroom left.” Bossert facilitated the installation, with Duane Tabinski providing on-site project management.

    At the system’s core are left and right arrays of four each JM-1P loudspeakers, which cover most of the main floor seats in the roughly 1,500-capacity multipurpose auditorium. Solid bass kicks out from four under-stage 600-HP subwoofers, a down-firing UPA-2P loudspeaker fills in the center, two UPQ-2P loudspeakers handle out fill, and the wide balcony is covered by two UPA-2P and four UPA-1P delay loudspeakers. A number of MM-4XP miniature self-powered loudspeakers are installed, including six for under-balcony fill and eight for front fill, and two HD-1 monitors sits at FOH mix. A Galileo loudspeaker management system with two Galileo 616 processors provides system drive and processing.

    “This was my first install with the JM-1P, and I was extremely impressed with its tone quality and power,” remarks Tabinski. “It has outstanding vocal clarity, and it was definitely the right box for the job. When the system was complete and tuned, the sound in the room was seamless. But then nothing I’ve done with Meyer has ever left me wanting. I’m a big fan!”

    Marc Owens credits the church’s worship pastor, Keith Scarborough, as the one with the original vision to aim for a Meyer Sound solution. From there, system design and loudspeaker selection was a collaborative effort on the part of Owens, Bossert, and Tabinski in consultation with Meyer Sound Design Services. Final tuning was accomplished using the SIM 3 audio analyzer.

    The new system takes on a full plate of duties. In addition to the Sunday and Wednesday church services, the auditorium hosts community meetings, graduations, children’s shows, and concerts—TobyMac was one of the first to perform using the new system.

    www.meyersound.com/news

    HARMAN’S JBL Professional VTX Line Arrays Grace the Stage at Hove Festival

    NORTHRIDGE, California – Oslo-based production company Frontlite recently supplied HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays for main stage coverage at one of Norway’s predominant annual summer music events, the Hove Festival. The event took place on the island of Tromøya, outside Arendal, and was promoted by Festival Republic.

    Having been caught up in the buzz surrounding the launch of JBL’s new high-directivity line array, Frontlite’s Per Marius Larsen met product specialist Espen Andersen of JBL’s Norwegian distributor, LydRommet, at the 2011 PLASA Show in London. By the following spring he was back in contact, realizing this major event was coming up in June, and taking the decision to try out the PA. “Although we had not considered JBL previously, we know Espen and LydRommet well and have always had a great relationship. After speaking with our client we were happy to go forward with this.”

    This enabled Frontlite to reinforce the sound for an all-star cast, including Snoop Dogg, Skrillex, Lostprophets, Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé and Ed Sheeran, with Espen Andersen acting as system tech for the duration of the 4-day event.

    Site measurements were taken to assess coverage requirements, with the VTX system optimized using a combination of EASE predictions and JBL Line Array Calculator acoustic modeling. As a result, 12 elements a side of JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers were flown from each side of the stage with four VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers suspended below the hangs to provide down fill.

    Two further clusters of four VT4886’s, operating as front fills, and eight of the new VTX S28 arrayble subwoofers were ground-stacked on each side of the stage.

    The system was powered by 12 Crown VRacks (six a side), with I-Tech HD 12000 amps running the system in High Power Mode. Two tops and two subs were assigned to each rack and the four remaining channels in the spare racks drove the VT4886 speakers.

    Although this was Frontlite’s first encounter with JBL, LydRommet has been supplying the company with Soundcraft digital consoles over the years. The Vi platform was in evidence here, both in the marquee and on the main stage, where a Vi2 acted as a matrix, enabling visiting production engineers to plug in their desks and have AES-EBU signal distribution from the matrix. Explained Espen Andersen, “Sound engineers could choose how they wanted to assign their mix via AES-EBU, running analog as backup in parallel.”

    Frontlite project manager, Per Marius Larsen, remarked that the VTX had left him and visiting sound engineers with a very favorable impression. “From our point of view the result was excellent and we are proud to have supplied our client with this level of sound production,” he said. “Espen was a great asset all week and made sure that the PA sounded fantastic, so that we received nothing but praise from the visiting artists.”

    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.

    Onstage Systems Gets Onboard with L-ACOUSTICS K1

    Chris and Hyacinth Belcher (front center) with Onstage Systems' audio crew in front of a few "old friends"

    Longtime V-DOSC Rental Network company joins top-tier K Standard provider list

    DALLAS, Texas — For nearly a quarter of a century, Dallas-based Onstage Systems has been steadily updating its equipment inventories to continually raise the production bar for clients like George Strait and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. This summer, that initiative has continued with the company’s purchase of a full K1 stadium loudspeaker system from L-ACOUSTICS. more

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