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L-ACOUSTICS Launches ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS

FRANKFURT, Germany — Recently making their worldwide debut at Prolight + Sound 2012 in Frankfurt, L-ACOUSTICS’ new ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS systems are based on two constant curvature enclosures holding distinct directivity pattern and SPL capabilities.

Intended for medium-throw applications in rental productions and fixed installations, these line sources deliver remarkable acoustic properties and unmatched versatility for many applications, including FOH L/R systems, central clusters, side-fill monitors, distributed systems and complementary fills. more

L-ACOUSTICS Debuts LA Network Manager 2 Software

FRANKFURT, Germany — In addition to the Prolight + Sound 2012 launch of its new ARCS WIDE and ARCS FOCUS systems, L-ACOUSTICS announced the release of the new LA Network Manager 2 software and its suite of interactive tutorials.

Completely rewritten from scratch on both network communication and GUI standpoints, LA Network Manager 2 features the following improvements: more

Premium HARMAN Concert System Featuring JBL’s New VTX Line Array, Crown V-Racks and Soundcraft Digital Consoles Deployed For 2012 PRG Live Entertainment Awards at ProLight+Sound

FRANKFURT, Germany — HARMAN Professional today announced a collaboration with Production Resource Group (PRG), the world’s largest staging equipment supplier, to provide audio components for the prestigious Live Entertainment Awards taking place at Festhalle here March 20, 2012 in coordination with ProLight+Sound. Comprising multiple Soundcraft Vi Series digital consoles, Crown’s new V-Racks with BSS Omnidrive HD signal processing and configuration and control via HARMAN Professional’s new workflow-based HiQnet Performance Manager™ software, this high-profile system deployment also serves as the European launch of JBL’s new flagship VTX line array series loaded with JBL’s revolutionary D2 compression driver to provide lower distortion and extended high-frequency response.

“It is a great pleasure for us to partner with PRG and work with Klaus Rahe, Kai Reiss and PRG’s entire production team on this prestigious event,” noted Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound for JBL Professional. “Having the opportunity to serve the Federal German Association for the Concert and Promoters Business is quite an honor, We are very pleased to be a Gold Sponsor of the 2012 LEA, while showcasing JBL’s new VTX system in the European public launch of our new V25 fullsize line array enclosure this week.”

To technically support the system and provide onsite application information for end-users, HARMAN Professional product specialists from the company’s Crown, JBL and Soundcraft brands are onsite. Veteran live sound engineer Gert Sanner, having recently joined the HARMAN Professional team to work closely with professional system owners and operators throughout the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region is HARMAN’s audio engineer-in-charge for the LEA and subsequent activities at the PRG stage during the Prolight+Sound show, March 21-24.

In addition to showcasing its most advanced, professional-grade audio technologies at the Festhalle, HARMAN Professional will also have a show presence at Hall 8.0 Stand F32. Schedule for FestHalle activities is noted below:

March 20th – 2012 Live Entertainment Awards Gala
March 21st, 22nd, 23rd – Multimedia light/sound/video spectacular (on the hour)
March 24th – Multimedia light/sound/video spectacular (on the hour) and Musikmesse “Drum Awards”

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 $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Expands VTX Line Array Series With S28 and G28 Subwoofers at Prolight & Sound 2012

FRANKFURT, Germany – At Prolight & Sound 2012, HARMAN’s JBL Professional is expanding its revolutionary next-generation VTX Line Array Series with the addition of two subwoofer models, the VTX S28 and VTX G28.

“In January, JBL introduced the first product in the VTX Series—the V25—and the new S28 and G28 subwoofers provide system technicians with a wealth of configuration options and unprecedented performance,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “These new models truly represent a breakthrough in subwoofer design.”

The VTX S28 and G28 are dual 18-inch subwoofers, each employing two 2269H 18″ transducers featuring Differential Drive® technology with two voice coils, two neodymium magnets and extremely high peak-to peak excursion capabilities to deliver world-class, extended low-frequency performance. Both models are reverse cardioid-arrayable.

The VTX S28 can be suspended or ground-stacked and is cardioid-arrayable in either configuration for improved rear rejection. Compatible with VTX V25 suspension, the S28 can be suspended at the top of V25 arrays to extend the effective low-frequency line length, providing improved vertical pattern control combined with improved rear rejection when used in cardioid mode.

Alternatively, S28 arrays (cardioid or front-firing) can be suspended beside or behind V25 arrays. For theatrical sound design, the S28 can be suspended in the middle of flown V25 arrays to facilitate balcony and floor coverage by allowing improved under-balcony penetration. Larger cardioid configurations are also effective where S28 is suspended or ground-stacked in multiple cardioid blocks, each block consisting of three enclosures.

The VTX G28 is ground-stackable, but with a practical form factor for convenient stacking and additional enclosure volume, plus port tuning that delivers true sub performance down to 22 Hz @ -10 dB.

Like all JBL Professional products, the VTX subwoofers are comprehensively tested in JBL’s power testing facilities. Unique in the industry, during the design phase JBL power testing submits each component and system to 100 hours of continuous, high level input, ensuring that your system will deliver extraordinary sound even after years of hard use and thousands of hours of performance.

Like all VTX Series models, the S28 and G28 feature Crown Audio VRack DSP and amplification. VRack is a rugged touring rack fitted with three Crown I-Tech HD Series power amplifiers, power input panel, and custom-engineered input/output panels that is available in two configurations: VRack

12000 and VRack 4 x 3500 are loaded with three IT 12000HD and three IT 4 x 3500HD amplifiers, respectively.

Apart from the performance advantage of a standard package ensuring that VTX Series enclosures are optimally powered and processed, VRack ensures compatibility for cross rental between VTX Network Partners. Since VRack is supplied with all components installed and internally connected, there is also no need for laborious rack building; no chance that a component might be improperly connected; and a dramatically lower chance of connection failure.

VTX’s patented S.A.F.E. suspension system is streamlined for speed and efficiency with improved hardware for faster setup with fewer pinning operations and greater security. A custom-designed protective cover and dolly makes transport easy and the suspension process fast, efficient and safe. Vertical Transporters will be available allowing for transport of four V25 enclosures or three S28 enclosures in either front-firing or cardioid mode.

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 $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Auralex Highlights New Studiofoam Wave Panels at Musikmesse 2012

Mid- and High- Frequency Sound Solution Offers Aesthetically Pleasing Visuals

FRANKFURT, GERMANY, MARCH 21, 2012 Auralex Acoustics, Inc., the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions, showcases its new Studiofoam Wave panels at Muskimesse 2012 (Hall 5.1, Stand D43).

Auralex’s new Studiofoam Wave is 2ft. x 2ft. and is between 1in. to 3in. thick due to the wave design of the panel. Providing varying levels of thickness, Studiofoam Wave can help control unwanted mid- or high-frequency reflections and standing waves in a variety of applications, such as vocal booths, control rooms, live rooms, rehearsal spaces and project studios. These panels will clean up the sound in any room and are a cost-effective alternative to fiberglass cloth-covered panels.

The panels are available in charcoal, burgundy and purple coloring, and are made from Auralex’s melamine-free formula, which won’t crumble with age. The new “wave” profile opens up many different design possibilities and can add a contemporary aesthetic to any space.

“The Studiofoam Wave is a reinvention of the best-selling Studiofoam line, giving our customers another alternative to our more traditional panels,” says Terry Hayes, international sales manager at Auralex Acoustics. “These are a great way to create a totally different vibe in your space, while maintaining the acoustic integrity that Auralex is known for.”

Studiofoam Wave panels can be used to help improve common acoustical issues such as excessive reverberation and flutter echo in small- to medium-sized areas and can be used with common mechanical fasteners such as t-pins, finish nails and tacks as well as Auralex Foamtak or Tubetak for easy, removable installation.

About Auralex Acoustics, Inc.Located in Indianapolis, Auralex Acoustics was founded in 1977 with a mission to provide top-performing acoustical treatment products at the best value. Since then, thousands of satisfied Auralex customers have experienced improved acoustics, expert advice and exceptional customer service. Auralex products enjoy widespread use among prominent artists, producers, engineers, corporations, celebrities and government agencies.

Auralex Acoustics has become the industry leader in innovative sound control solutions and continues to enjoy rapid growth through an international network of authorized dealers. Visit the Auralex Web site at www.auralex.com. Auralex can be reached via email at auralexinfo@auralex.com or by calling 1-800-959-3343.

Laurent Vaissié Named General Manager, L-ACOUSTICS US

L-ACOUSTICS US General Manager Laurent Vaissié (left) and L-ACOUSTICS CEO Christian Heil

OXNARD, California — L-ACOUSTICS has further strengthened its American operations with the recent recruitment of Laurent Vaissié to the post of general manager, L-ACOUSTICS US. The announcement comes from CEO Christian Heil, to whom he reports.

Based in Oxnard, California, Vaissié is responsible for managing L-ACOUSTICS’ US subsidiary and developing business in both the domestic touring and fixed installation markets. more

TSI Global Provides Audio Upgrade To Historic St. Louis Peabody Opera House With HARMAN’s JBL VERTEC(r) Line Arrays

NORTHRIDGE, California – In order to update the audio system at the historic Peabody Opera House in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, TSI Global of St. Charles, Missouri, installed a HARMAN JBL VERTEC(r) line array system in the 3,100-seat theater. The Opera House, originally opened in 1934, has hosted performances by prestigious artists including Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. Today, it hosts a variety of events including concerts, comedies, theatricals, family and holiday shows, and more.

Paul Murdick, Vice President of TSI, stated that the install was a 3-year long process, with plans changing as technology advanced. For the main PA system, 14 JBL VERTEC VT4888 midsize line arrays were installed per side, accompanied by four VT4882 midsize arrayable subwoofers per side as well as three ASB7128 subwoofers per side. An additional six VT4886 subcompact line array elements per side provide outfill, with six more VT4886 loudspeakers for coverage on the stage lip and eight VT4886 loudspeakers for under-balcony coverage. Crown I-Tech amplifiers power the system, with BSS London for system processing and control via HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect(tm).

Many challenges arose during the planning and installation phases of the project. “With any renovation, especially a historical building, there is great emphasis on not ruining the architectural integrity of the original structure,” Murdick stated. “We wanted to ensure that all types of performances could be held at the theater, from a Broadway show to an intense rock concert. With the high arc of the building, the VERTEC’s worked perfectly as they met the weight limit of the rigging points, and provided a variety of uses by installing them on a swivel hang which could be rotated according to the needs of the performer.”

Since JBL is known as an industry leader with a prestigious reputation, Murdick felt confident that everyone who would be using the system would be happy. “We had the support of JBL and the owner of the Opera House to ensure that everything went according to plan, and looked the best it could be while providing quality sound and coverage needed,” he said.

Murdick concluded, “I’m proud to be a part of the renovation to a historical venue and the architecture that is present in the Opera House. There is nothing built like it anymore, and to help improve and create more history in the Opera House was a pleasure to be a part of.”

For more information on TSI Global, please visit: http://www.tsi-global.com/

For more information on the Peabody Opera House, please visit: http://peabodyoperahouse.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 $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Martin Audio Showcases MLA Compact At Apollo Hammersmith

Martin Audio's Ferrit Rowe, Rob Hofkamp & Jim Jorgensen with MLA Compact

London––Martin Audio had such a high level of confidence in its new MLA Compact Multi-cellular loudspeaker array that the company booked the HMV Apollo Hammersmith over two days for its first international showcase.

This showcase provided the proper context for the MLA Compact’s official introduction to the media and Martin Audio’s global distributor network.

In his opening speech, Managing director Anthony Taylor referred to the 900 original MLA systems now out in the field, stating that the release of a Compact version was an inevitable consequence of the MLA’s success.

“We have been working on this really for the last 14 months and we are very excited by the concept.

“It has all the attributes of the original MLA—it is an incredibly powerful system, and the fact that it is scalable will put us into all kinds of different areas. The Compact is particularly well suited for installation projects as well as side fills for the MLA and venues up to 5,000 seats.”

He added, “I think the market expected us to go to a smaller box with the same characteristics, and this is really just the start of how we will deploy this technology.”

R&D director, Jason Baird, provided an in-depth presentation of the system before the two hangs of 12 elements rigged for the occasion were dramatically revealed (along with stacked DSX subs)––courtesy of the excellent production support provided by corporate event specialists, USS.

Reference tracks were used to demonstrate different optimizations — including spoken word (Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy), Jennifer Warnes’ Somebody, Somewhere and a blast of Rammstein.

Guests were then invited to walk the room—including up to the Circle—to experience the consistency of the cellular control, as well as to the back of the stage behind the hangs, where the sound levels were impressively quiet.

Martin Audio’s North American team- Rob Hofkamp (North American Sales Director), Ferrit Rowe (MLA Technical Training Manager), Jim Jorgensen (MLA Support Specialist)—was also on hand for the launch.

Asked about the MLA Compact’s potential in the U.S. and Canada, Hofkamp stated, “The MLA Compact is poised to make a dramatic impact on the U.S. market, both for fixed installations and regional sound companies. Its light weight, scalability and competitive pricing coupled with the power and seamless coverage of MLA technology, make it a market leader right out of the box.”

For more about Martin Audio, please click to www.martin-audio.com.

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.

Red Rooster Harlem Combines Cultural Diversity, American Roots Cuisine and Compact, Powerful Sound by K-array

New York – March 12, 2012: Red Rooster Harlem is a new restaurant named after the legendary Harlem speakeasy that once stood on 138th Street and Seventh Avenue, which was frequented by prominent musicians, poets and politicians of the day including Nat King Cole, James Baldwin, Adam Clayton Powell Jr. and many others. Today’s Red Rooster Harlem embraces the spirit of Harlem’s past, while incorporating the latest technology advancements from K-array, an Italian loudspeaker brand distributed by Sennheiser .

Red Rooster Harlem’s chef is Marcus Samuelsson — a Harlem resident who is regarded as one of “The Great Chefs of America” by the Culinary Institute of America. Samuelsson serves up a menu as vibrant as Harlem’s diverse population. Like the food, the music there is equally as colorful, representing the entire gamut of musical genres — on any given night, you might hear hip-hop, gospel, jazz, soul or Latin. The chosen sound system had to perform equally well across each of these.

Justin Lizama, Managing Partner of The Solidman Group (TSG), was responsible for the system design and chose K-array to ensure the best possible audio experience for both patrons and musicians. “We were looking fora versatile system that could provide even sound dispersion and a sleek visual profile,” he recalls. “I wanted to build something that was exciting from a technology perspective that would keep the aesthetic visuals in balance with the room. The K-array KK 50s were the perfect choice.”

Attaining clear, even dispersion wasn’t easy in an environment fraught with acoustic challenges: “The space includes pillars and very low ceilings, so there is not a lot of room for high speaker placements,” observes Jim Feeney, account executive at The Zeo Group, which assisted in specifying and integrating the audio system. “To keep everything covered, we were able to tuck and hide several KK50s — so there was no longer an issue with clearance.”

K-array: “King of Coverage”

With two stage set-ups — one for everyday use and the other for larger performances — it was important to uphold the visual appeal of the high-end boutique room, while providing high quality audio for both audiences and performers. The system was comprised of seven K-array KH15s and seven KK50s compact line-array elements, two KL 18 loudspeakers, two KL12 MA powered subwoofers and two KL21 MA powered subwoofers. The KK 50s, with a dispersion pattern of 120 x 7 degrees, were placed so they could precisely reach difficult areas.

The sound of the new K-array system is described by Lizama as “super tight and transparent. We see a lot of new equipment every year, and I definitely think that the K-array products are a great advancement in technology,” he says. “If we had used a traditional system, it would not have been aesthetically pleasing — trapezoidal boxes are not fun to look at.”

If you are trying to build a sophisticated room, the audio should be just as sophisticated,” Lizama concludes. “In New York City, space is always at a premium, and in this business, coverage is king. At Red Rooster Harlem, whether patrons are seated by the back wall or in a corner, they hear the same definition and audio quality that everyone else is hearing in the room.”

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Classic Chicago Church Gets Renewed with Iconyx

Chicago, IL, March 2012…  Located in the heart of Chicago’s downtown, St. John Cantius is one of the city’s oldest Roman Catholic churches, with roots that date back to the influx of Polish immigrants in the 19th century. But the church’s parish, which once numbered in the tens of thousands, has waned over the years, and when Reverend Frank Phillips was appointed pastor in 1988 he found a church in neglect and extreme disrepair.

Over the ensuing years Rev. Phillips has led community efforts to renovate the church and restore it to its former glory. Recently the church replaced an aging, ineffective sound system dating back many decades, installing an Iconyx IC16-R digitally steerable array system from Renkus-Heinz. As Erik Saari of Wheaton, IL-based Sound Planning Associates explains, the Iconyx system brought much-needed improved intelligibility to the sanctuary.

“Like many older sanctuaries, this one was built to enhance the sound of organ and choir,” says Saari. “And as with most classic architecture, aesthetics was a concern – we were not at liberty to install a large, obtrusive system, so the Iconyx’s low profile was definitely an asset.”

Although the new system was intended primarily for speech reinforcement, Saari points out that it has done more than simply improve intelligibility. “One of the nice things about the Renkus-Heinz system as opposed to the other line arrays that we’ve used is that I was able to put in more of the low end frequencies and it didn’t disrupt the acoustics of the space,” says Saari. “It really added some nice warmth, especially since some of the priests there have really young voices. It’s now intelligible and also a little bit warmer sounding.”

The DSP-controlled directivity of the Iconyx system enables the sound to be directed to the congregation and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, greatly increasing intelligibility. “I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from everybody who has been going there for many, many years,” Saari reports. “It definitely sounds a lot better.”

Sound Planning Associates also supplied the church with a recording system. St. John Cantius church is well known for its choir, which regularly performs Gregorian chant and Renaissance liturgical music, as well as modern sacred choral works.

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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.


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