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Canegreen Supports Tony Bennett, George Benson, Paul Weller, and More with Meyer Sound

Canegreen, a part of the SSE Audio Group, is providing Meyer Sound equipment to multiple legendary artists as the summer touring season heats up. A dealer and provider of Meyer Sound for more than 25 years, this year sees Canegreen/SSE Audio Group supporting artists as diverse as Tony Bennett, George Benson, Paul Weller, and newcomer Jessie J. The common denominator, of course, is Meyer Sound.

Another aspect that links current Canegreen/SSE clients: many of them are performing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which hosted the annual BluesFest in June and for which Canegreen/SSE provided a Meyer Sound system.

The Royal Albert Hall, says Canegreen/SSE Director Yan Stile, is a notoriously challenging environment for front-of-house engineers. “The nature of the building,” he explains, “is its 360-degree coverage. It’s a really difficult place to cover.” For BluesFest 2012, Canegreen provided a Meyer Sound system comprised of 28 MILO, four MILO 120, 32 MICA, and six M’elodie line array loudspeakers; six 700-HP subwoofers; and two Galileo loudspeaker management systems.

Benson performed at the Royal Albert Hall on June 28 with the support of Canegreen, which has also provided the legendary guitarist a touring rig featuring 24 MICA and six M’elodie line array loudspeakers; 10 700-HP and one USW-1P subwoofers; two MSL-4 loudspeakers; 10 MJF-212A stage monitors; and a Galileo loudspeaker management system.

Bennett performed at the Royal Albert Hall on June 30 and July 1. His touring rig includes 24 MICA line array loudspeakers, four 600-HP subwoofers, and two UPA-1P loudspeakers.

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L-ACOUSTICS Welcomes KIVA Owners to Rental Network

OXNARD, California — L-ACOUSTICS is pleased to announce that its Rental Network Charter has been extended to include current and future KIVA system owners. As with KARA, KUDO, K1 and V-DOSC/dV-DOSC rental agents, KIVA system owners are now similarly given access to the many Rental Network benefits, including:
- Privileged access to innovative systems with high brand acceptance
- An opportunity to raise the agent’s corporate profile and visibility amongst top sound companies
- Development of cross-rental business, cooperation and synergies between agents
- Flexibility of rental supply with worldwide availability of standardized systems more

HARMAN Adds Volume to the Voice of Rio +20

Photo Credit: Cyro Cormack Neto

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Live sound provider Hoffmann deployed a HARMAN audio system to support the debates of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio +20, held in the city of Rio de Janeiro from June 13-22. Hoffmann was responsible for the deployment of the system, which included HARMAN’s AKG microphones, JBL EON510 portable powered loudspeakers and a Soundcraft Vi1 console.

The biggest event ever held by the United Nations (UN), Rio +20 set the global sustainable development agenda for the decades to come. With an audience almost triple that of Rio 92, the conference attracted more than 45,400 accredited individuals, including members of delegations from various countries, representatives of non-governmental organizations and civil society, media professions and security contingent.

With 25 years of experience in the market, Hoffmann is a company dedicated to providing high-tech equipment to the events sector. Today, it is a world leader, especially in providing complete service to the audiovisual industry in Latin America with branches in Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Salvador, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Brasilia and Buenos Aires.

For more information on Hoffmann, please visit: http://www.hoffmann.com/ingles/index.html

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.

Ready to Make History Again: Peltrix Installed HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) Line Arrays in Howard Theatre

Peltrix recently installed JBL VERTEC line arrays for the audio system at the restored Howard Theatre in Washington, DC.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Not long ago, the historic Howard Theatre in Washington, DC was slated for the wrecking ball. Built in 1910 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974, the Howard Theatre went from being a showcase for artists like Sarah Vaughn, Buddy Holly, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown and Duke Ellington to its abandonment in 1980. By the time a non-profit citizens group called the Howard Theatre organization formed in 2006 to raise the $29 million needed to revive the theatre, it was almost in total ruin.

In September 2010 the restoration began, which was completed in April 2012 in a venue of elegance and beauty inside and out. Washington, DC’s Martinez + Johnson Architecture and Marshall Moya Design were responsible for the theatre’s design, architecture and restoration. Systems contractor Peltrix (www.peltrix.com) of Purdys, NY handled the A/V design and installation, which includes a large-scale HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) line array system. Richard Talaske (www.talaske.com) of Oak Park, IL was brought in as the acoustical consultant.

“The inside of the Theatre was a complete disaster,” said Amit Peleg of Peltrix. “The roof was caving in, a pile of debris was in the middle of the floor and it was clear that everything would have to be completely gutted. However, we knew of the Theatre’s past glories and that there was the potential for magnificence buried amid the wreckage.”

The restoration plans had to combine and reconcile historic architectural elements with modern attributes including the A/V wiring, rigging, HVAC system and other aspects that were not present in the original construction. “Although the construction crew wound up tearing down almost everything to the bare walls and even dug a new basement, we had a lot of historical guidelines that we had to conform to, as the Howard Theatre organization wanted to retain the charm and distinctive look and feel of the original venue as it was back in 1910,” Peleg noted.

“Obviously, we couldn’t completely hide a system that included more than 50 JBL loudspeakers,” Peleg continued, “but we worked closely with the Howard Theatre team, the architects and Talaske to strike the best compromise between the placement and performance of the speakers while ensuring the structural integrity of the installation and intruding as little as possible on the interior design.”

The main system includes 20 JBL VERTEC VT4888DP-DA powered midsize line array elements, flown 10 on each side of the stage, along with six VERTEC VT4880ADP-DA fullsize, arrayable powered subwoofers. Four additional ASB7128 subwoofers are placed at ground level. The system also includes two VERTEC VT4887ADP-DA powered compact line array elements for center downfill and two VRX928LA compact Constant Curvature loudspeakers for delay fill under the mezzanine.

The Howard Theatre’s impressive stage monitor system consists of 13 JBL VRX915M floor wedges, two VP71215/95DPDA for side fills and a VP7215/64DPDA powered loudspeaker and ASB7118-DPDA powered subwoofer to deliver the drum mix.

“As I mentioned, we didn’t have the luxury of putting all the speakers exactly where we might have wanted them,” Peleg said. “We couldn’t place any delay speakers in the mezzanine, for example, but on the other hand we were able to install bigger line arrays than we had first envisioned. We also placed some of the side fill speakers on custom moveable brackets so they can be easily moved in and out of the way when the lighting truss is moved into and out of place for different shows. Because the room isn’t that large, we didn’t have to worry about having enough speakers to ensure adequate sound or trying to fit too many speakers into the room.”

“The result is absolutely stunning,” Peleg concluded. “The Howard Theatre is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and I’m really proud of the fact that by making some intelligent placement decisions and working closely with everyone involved, our team was able to install an exceptional speaker system that does not detract from the interior design.”

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.

Story Sound Powers Emporium Music Festival with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays

Story Sound deployed its brand-new JBL VTX line array system at the massive Emporium festival in the Dutch city of Nijmegen.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Netherlands-based production company Story Sound BV recently deployed its new HARMAN’s JBL VTX line array system at the Emporium dance festival in the Dutch city of Nijmegen. The Festival, which this year drew 30,000 people (and 120 DJ’s), embraces every genre of dance music from trance/progressive to hardstyle.

For the festival, Story Sound deployed almost 350 JBL loudspeakers, including 138 of the new VTX V25 full-range enclosures, powered by 190 Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers. This was the eighth edition of the popular event, which is held annually on the recreational area ‘De Berendonck’ just outside Nijmegen-and Story Sound has been there since the beginning.

Headlining on the largest stage was Sander van Doorn with 12 V25 loudspeakers per side, and a further six per side providing outfield coverage. The main stage also had two delay points, each containing six more VTX arrays, while the VIP section of the tribunes featured two further delay points, each containing six JBL VERTEC(r) VT4887A compact line array elements.

The stage sizes then reduced from area to area, with the smallest containing five V25 loudspeakers per side.

Taking into account three wind directions, Story Sound installed a wireless measuring device to monitor the sound levels (which were restricted to 85dBA at 100 meters), set 100 meters behind three of the stages. “Since VTX is highly focused and offers us more controllability we could produce a higher overall sound level for the audience,” he explained.

Story Sound provided a sound technician to supervise each stage, with wireless laptop communication back to the central network control position in the production village, overseen on the HARMAN HiQnet(tm) platform by Story Sound’s Barney Broomer. “We could listen to the measuring microphone on the same network while we also had a range of Soundcraft desks-Vi6, Vi4, Vi1, Si Compacts on the smaller stages-so we could control the input of the DJ and monitor feeds, as well as the MCs’ microphones, using the dynamics of the desk,” said Story.

Each DJ was provided with two JBL VRX932 loudspeakers per side as high-class reference monitoring so they were not mistaken in thinking that the lack of sound bleeding back onto the stage was an indicator that their levels were too low.

In summary, Story believed the event was a massive success. “JBL’s Performance Manager(tm) is definitely an upgrade from System Architect, where we would have had to design so many custom panels [to achieve the same effect]. This has full input / output metering and thermal monitoring so that we could measure the temperature of the amps, side hangs and run a diagnostic,” he said.

The network had been rock-solid throughout, he confirmed. “It was a very fast and the stability of the Crown amps was very good. All DJ’s were extremely happy with the sound and the promoters were very happy-noting immediately the upgrade in sound quality.”

For more information on Story Sound, please visit www.storysound.nl

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.

WORXAUDIO TECHNOLOGIES DEPLOYED AT FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

**** Photo: First United Methodist Church’s sanctuary ****

Wabash, IN – July 2012… Due in part to our online, ever-connected society, the ability to be relevant to the congregation is among the most daunting challenges many churches face. Without clearly articulated speech and natural sounding music reproduction, it’s very easy to lose the congregation’s attention. Mindful of the situation, First United Methodist Church recently elected to take charge of the situation. The solution was found in the deployment of a new sound reinforcement system drawn from the catalog of Greensboro, NC-based WorxAudio Technologies. more

L-ACOUSTICS Bolsters Focus on Installation Market with Two Key Appointments

L-ACOUSTICS' Dan Palmer (left) and Andrew Nagel

OXNARD, California — L-ACOUSTICS further strengthens its commitment to the North American fixed installation market by announcing the appointments of Dan Palmer as National Manager of Installation Projects and Andrew Nagel as Head of Application for the US Installation Market. more

Dual Meyer Sound Systems Renewed at Lebanon’s Casino du Liban

When Lebanon’s Casino du Liban celebrated its grand re-reopening back in 1996, the opulent gaming resort entertained visiting jet-setters in two completely remodeled venues—both featuring Meyer Sound technology. Between 2009 and earlier this year, another technical upgrade project equipped the 1,200-capacity Théâtre du Liban with Meyer Sound MICA line array loudspeakers and furnished the cabaret-style 600-seat Salle des Ambassadeurs with new M’elodie line array loudspeakers.

“After hundreds of successful shows, I had no thoughts of replacing the old systems with anything other than Meyer,” says Tony Khoury, who has been head audio engineer at Casino du Liban since 1996. “I wanted newer technology but with the same natural sound quality and amazing reliability. In 16 years, I had zero loudspeaker failures. That made me a Meyer Sound believer.”

Both systems were designed by Khoury, in consultation with Meyer Sound Design Services, using the MAPP Online Pro acoustical prediction program. For the two-level Théâtre du Liban, Khoury plotted a configuration with seven-per-side MICA line arrays each flown under a 600-HP subwoofer, with additional deep bass from dual ground-stacked 700-HP subwoofers. Four M1D line array loudspeakers and five UPM-1P loudspeakers supply front fill and balcony delay respectively, with everything tied together by a Galileo loudspeaker management system with one Galileo 616 processor.

In Salle des Ambassadeurs, the newer of the two rigs deploys seven-per-side M’elodie line array loudspeakers along with twin UPQ-2 loudspeakers as a center cluster, four UPJunior VariO loudspeakers for left and right side fill, 10 M1D loudspeakers for underbalcony fill, two 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with a Galileo 616 processor. This system was provided and installed by Beirut-based Prolites in early 2012.

“The new line arrays have given me much more headroom, and even better uniformity of levels and imaging throughout the rooms,” states Khoury. “Since we completed the installation at Salle des Ambassadeurs, we’ve had seven concerts and all the bands were surprised by the punch of the system and the clarity of instrumental sounds.”

The prior Meyer Sound systems utilized a variety of legacy loudspeakers, including UPA-1C, MSL-2A, USW-1, and 650-R subwoofers. Both rooms are still making good use of the existing stage monitoring systems, with each comprising legacy USM-1 non-powered monitors and MTS-4A self-powered loudspeakers for side fill. The upgrade program also furnished three new Midas PRO6 consoles: one at each FOH mix and one at monitor in Salle des Ambassadeurs.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the Mediterranean about 20 miles from Beirut, Casino du Liban originally opened in 1959. Thirty years later, beleaguered by years of factional strife in Lebanon, the casino was forced to close. After a $50 million complete reconstruction, the elegant resort reopened in 1996.

www.meyersound.com/news

L-ACOUSTICS Gives Voice to Oscars® Outdoors

Self-powered loudspeakers reinforce Academy Hollywood’s new outdoor venue

LOS ANGELES — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently cut the ribbon on its newest screening venue, an open-air theater at its 7.5-acre campus on Vine Street in the heart of Hollywood. As of mid-June, the site is currently hosting its inaugural ten-weekend summer film series known as “Oscars Outdoors,” which is being reinforced via an L-ACOUSTICS P Series self-powered loudspeaker system. more

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Tri-C Metro Auditorium Jazzed With L-ACOUSTICS

The Jack DeJohnette Group soundchecks during the recent Tri-C JazzFest 2012 at Cuyahoga Community College's Tri-C Metro Auditorium

Cleveland’s popular JazzFest venue installs KARA, ARCS II and SB18 rig

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Known to Cleveland locals simply as “Tri-C”, Cuyahoga Community College is the oldest and largest community college in Ohio. But to jazz aficionados, the school is more than simply an institution dedicated to higher learning — it’s the host site of the renowned Tri-C JazzFest, which recently celebrated its 33rd anniversary.

One of Tri-C's new SB18/KARA arrays

One of the primary venues for the 10-day annual event is the 800-seat Tri-C Metro Auditorium, an intimate hall originally designed and built in 1971 for the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra. With minimal fixed PA in the room, the school would typically rent a sound reinforcement system for JazzFest each year — usually an L-ACOUSTICS dV-DOSC/ARCS package from Woodsy’s Music in Kent. But this year the college finally realized its goal of installing an L-ACOUSTICS system of its own. more

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