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Meyer Sound’s MINA Clears the Path for TONY-Nominated Bonnie & Clyde

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A recipient of two 2012 TONY nominations for best original score and best performance by an actress, Bonnie & Clyde was a musical based on the infamous Depression-era folk heroes. The show ran at New York’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre and featured a large complement of Meyer Sound equipment, including the new MINA line array loudspeaker.

MINA, the newest and smallest member of the MILO family of line array loudspeakers, was critical to the successful system design and installation at the Schoenfeld. “We’re always up against the wall, literally and figuratively, in trying to get these things in without impeding sightlines,” says sound designer John Shivers. “MINA loudspeakers are quite powerful in a very compact package, which makes them ideal for theatrical applications.”

Weight was also a factor in the loudspeaker specification for Bonnie & Clyde. “We had limited structure in the theatre to support the speaker system, so we couldn’t have an inordinate amount of weight,” says associate sound designer David Patridge. “We’re happy Meyer released something in the size and profile of the MINA; it’s a musical-sounding speaker with a smooth frequency response.”

New York–based Masque Sound provided Meyer Sound equipment comprised of eight MINA and 22 M’elodie line array loudspeakers, six UPM-1P loudspeakers, two UPJunior VariO loudspeakers, four 500-HP and two 700-HP subwoofers, and a Galileo loudspeaker management system with three Galileo 616 processors. Masque also provided a DiGiCo SD7T console and microphone and wireless equipment from Shure, Sennheiser, and DPA.

Shivers and Patridge specified their first Meyer Sound MINA system for Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre. “The theatres are both very challenging in their architecture in terms of hanging a PA that would efficiently give us the coverage we needed while keeping sightline reduction to a minimum,” Shivers says.

What catalyzed MINA’s use in Bonnie & Clyde was a production last summer at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.). Shivers and Patridge employed a 10-box MINA system for A.C.T.’s production of Tales of the City, which enabled a thorough evaluation.

“I had heard MINA in a demo and thought that they were quite interesting,” Shivers recalls. “But to hear something in a demo and then use it in a real-world application doesn’t always translate, so we thought that was an ideal opportunity. We were very pleased, and it was instrumental in us specifying them for these two shows.”

Shivers is satisfied with the installation at Schoenfeld. “Everybody’s been complimentary about the system,” he says. “For me, MINA is an excellent product and something I will be considering whenever appropriate.”

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Thunder Audio Bolsters World-Class Inventory With HARMAN’S JBL Professional VTX Line Array Series

NORTHRIDGE, California – Michigan’s Thunder Audio is celebrating its 33rd year in business in 2012, having grown from its beginnings as a regional sound company in 1979 to its current status as a premier international live production and systems integration company. Thunder Audio has provided sound for Steely Dan, Metallica, The White Stripes, Linkin Park, Dolly Parton, Diana Ross, John Legend, Travis Tritt and many other artists along with more than 60 corporate clients. The company continues to grow, as evidenced by its purchase of 56 HARMAN JBL VTX Line Array Series V25 loudspeakers and 24 VTX S28 subwoofers, along with 72 Crown Audio I-Tech IT 12000HD amplifiers and six dbx DriveRack 4800 loudspeaker management systems.

Any major sound contractor needs to keep a large inventory-and to keep up with the times. “We’re a company that’s client-driven, of course, and more and more, clients are asking for lighter and more powerful loudspeaker systems,” noted Thunder Audio Vice President Paul Owen. “We have to deliver.”

Shortly after the VTX Series was announced, Owen heard a demo in San Diego and was impressed, particularly by the quality of the new JBL D2 Dual Driver included in the V25. The D2 is a dual-diaphragm, dual-voice-coil compression driver that overcomes the limitations of conventional compression driver technology: limited high-frequency extension due to the mass/inertia of the diaphragm and voice coil, and distortion characteristics that result from dome breakup modes. The D2 overcomes these drawbacks by merging two compression drivers into a single transducer that utilizes two annular diaphragms with two voice coils instead of the larger and heavier single voice-coil dome diaphragm found in conventional drivers.

Owen was “blown away” by the quality of the D2 driver and the increased clarity and power-handling capability it provides in the V25. “I’ve been in this business a long time and have done live sound in every type of venue imaginable,” Owen said. “There’s no disputing the improved sound quality and the sheer amount of horsepower the V25 has. You can believe we will test it to its max with some of the acts we’ll be using it with.”

The lighter weight of the JBL V25 and S28 make them a more versatile option for the variety of projects Thunder Audio handles. In addition, the weight difference from other systems makes these speakers easier to rig and transport and saves fuel and transportation costs.

The S28 subwoofer is designed to complement the V25 with its dual 18-inch Differential Drive(r) high-power-handling woofers and built-in Crown VRack amplifiers and DSP. “We like the S28 because it can be either suspended at the top, in the middle of, beside or behind flown V25 arrays or ground-stacked,” Owen noted. “Again, this gives us more options to accommodate different-sized venues and the requirements of a wide variety of artists and musical styles.”

When deciding which amplifiers to go with the VTX line arrays, Owen didn’t spend a lot of time hand wringing. “We made this decision not only because of the performance of the products but also because of the ways in which the loudspeakers, amplifiers and other components are designed to work together optimally,” he said. “We purchased the Crown IT 12000HD amplifiers because we wanted to get maximum power and efficiency from our system.”

The Crown IT 12000HD amps are designed to work hand-in-glove with JBL VTX Series line arrays and include pre-set tunings and other features to precisely match their performance to the loudspeakers. The VTX speakers and I-Tech HD amps interface with HARMAN’s HiQnet Performance Manager(tm) system setup software, which Owen finds to be the best system management program on the market. HiQnet enables Thunder Audio to configure, set up and tune an audio system “in less time and with better results,” stated Owen.

Owen and Thunder Audio President Tony Villarreal give credit to Thunder Audio Business Development Manager Greg Snyder for configuring the control system and racks for the company’s VTX touring systems. ‘”Greg was instrumental in assembling racks that are smartly designed and optimized for touring day in and day out.” Snyder and Owen find that the synergistic operation of the JBL, Crown and dbx components, and the flexibility of HiQnet Performance Manager, enable the production crew to achieve more consistent and more effective sonic results on a daily basis from venue to venue.

The addition of JBL VTX Series line arrays marks another major step for Thunder Audio and its clients. “It’s important to have a variety of solutions for our clients to choose from,” Owen said. “This business is not one that stands still, and neither do we.”

For more information on Thunder Audio, please visit www.thunderaudioinc.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.

Lou Mannarino “Overwhelmingly Satisfied” with KIVA

L&M Sound & Light CEO Lou Mannarino (left) and L-ACOUSTICS CEO Christian Heil

Live audio engineer for the NY Philharmonic applauds L-ACOUSTICS system

NEW YORK CITY — Lou Mannarino, live audio engineer for the New York Philharmonic and CEO of L&M Sound & Light, recently expanded his company’s inventory with the addition of an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA system, which has already been deployed on a number of high-profile events throughout the Big Apple. more

D.A.S. Sound System a Key Feature in Vitoria’s Buesa Arena

**** Photo: Buesa Arena ****

Valencia, Spain – May 2012 … D.A.S. professional sound systems took center stage during the recent remodeling of the Buesa Arena pavilion in the Basque city of Vitoria. The multi-use venue currently seats over 15,000 spectators and is home to Vitoria’s beloved basketball team Baskonia, which has taken Europe by storm after making it to either the Euroleague’s semi or quarter finals for seven years running. more

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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