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KIVA Becomes New Best Friend of Friends University

Event Systems installs L-ACOUSTICS system at Sebits Auditorium

WICHITA, Kansas — L-ACOUSTICS Certified Partner Event Systems of Wichita, Kansas, reports that it recently designed and installed a KIVA-KILO system at Sebits Auditorium on the campus of Friends University, a private Christian liberal arts school also in Wichita.

Located in the Riney Fine Arts Center, the intimate 465-seat Sebits Auditorium serves as the primary performance space for the university and hosts a wide range and busy schedule of performances, from musical theatre and ballet to jazz, choir and orchestra. more

Chicago’s College Church Offers a Landmark Iconyx Installation

Wheaton, IL, April 2012... Founded in 1861 with close ties to Wheaton College, College Church has achieved a reputation as one of the most influential churches in America.

The stunning Georgian Revival-style building on Washington Street that the church calls home was built around two decades ago. It’s an architectural gem that boasts high glass ceilings, soaring columns, and a U-shaped wrap-around balcony. The room’s acoustics provide a wonderful complement for the piano, pipe organ, and choir that typically accompany most services. But that same architecture has represented a long-standing challenge for spoken-word intelligibility. As Greg Dieckhaus, President and CEO of Bolingbrook, IL-based Practical AV Solutions explains, the church has been through more than one attempt at addressing the issue.

“It’s a gorgeous building, but problems with intelligibility and consistency of coverage have plagued them since the beginning,” says Dieckhaus. “It’s not just the high ceilings. The room itself is somewhat U-shaped, with gallery seating along the sides and back, covered by a balcony level. The resulting acoustics tend to cause some odd reflection patterns.”

The sanctuary’s original audio system comprised severalhundred small speakers mounted underneath the seating, pointing downward to reflect off the tiled floor. “It was a distributed, under-pew system, the concept being that it would bring the sound very close to the listener,” says Dieckhaus. “It was a great idea in theory, and it did address their aesthetic concerns, combined with some full range loudspeakers built into the organ loft above and behind the chancel platform. But in practice it failed to deliver the desired results.”

“We abandoned the under-pew system within a matter of months,” says Tim Hollinger, the church’s Technology Manager. “We experimented with several alternative options over the next year, eventually settling on a more traditional center cluster design. That served us for about 18 years, and was considerably better than the original system.”

Eventually, though, it became clear that the main issues were with the building’s acoustics, which needed to be addressed before the audio system itself.

“It’s a gorgeous but somewhat cavernous space that, frankly, has the potential for standing waves that can go on for up to two or three seconds, no matter how good the sound system is,” says Tim Hollinger, the church’s Technology Manager.

Recognizing that, Acoustician Gregory Miller of Chicago-based Pin Drop Acoustics was brought in to evaluate the space. As Dieckhaus observes, Miller was chosen for his unique approach toward acoustics.

“Greg is a person with a strong performing arts and music background,” says Dieckhaus. “He has a great love for traditional, unamplified music, and is very conscious of the acoustics of a space and how they affect the music. He approached the project with the clear mission of improving speech intelligibility without destroying the room’s unique musical acoustical characteristics.”
“Greg determined that the best solution would combine acoustic treatment with a redesigned sound system, and brought us in to look at revamping the speaker system as well,” says Dieckhaus. “The first thing that came to mind for me was the Iconyx IC2 digitally steerable array from Renkus-Heinz. I had used Iconyx in many other churches and knew it worked well in very challenging acoustical environments. I had educated myself on the new IC2 model and was confident it was the right system for this application. This particular church has a rather wide chancel stage, without a lot vertical elements to position a column array.” The IC2 system, comprising a two-box array mounted above the chancel platform, was installed by Pentegra Systems of Elmhurst, IL. The IC2 system is augmented by four Renkus-Heinz SGX81 two-way 8-inch cabinets, installed to provide coverage to the over-balcony seating. Another pair of SGX81 boxes are installed as monitors for the chancel choir.To that end, Miller designed a system utilizing diffusers, rather than absorption, to treat the room’s excessive reflectivity. “The musical aspect of our service is very important, and the sound of our organ and choir in particular,” says Hollinger. “Sound absorption was never an option for us, so Greg Miller’s approach of using diffusion was really the right one for us.”

Dieckhaus says the IC2 proved to be the ideal choice for controlling the sound within the space. “It was clearly able to place the sound where we needed it and keep the directivity under control without firing at the walls, ceiling and other reflective surfaces.”

For Hollinger, the challenge of treading the fine line of improving the room’s intelligibility while retaining its signature acoustics has indeed been met. “Spoken word intelligibility is vastly improved, and as our organist put it, we’ve done no damage to the music. Given that he’s one of our most discerning listeners, that’s perhaps the ultimate compliment.”

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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.

 

Riverside Casino Gets Filled In with Renkus-Heinz Point Source Array

Riverside, IA, April 2012… The Riverside Casino & Golf Resort has positioned itself as a unique Midwest destination, offering Las Vegas-inspired gaming and slot machines in a resort setting featuring luxurious accommodations with panoramic views of its world-class golf course, an indoor/outdoor pool and other amenities. The resort, located just south of Iowa City, is also home to a multipurpose Events Center that offers a busy schedule of top name entertainment featuring artists like Big & Rich, Peter Frampton, The Robert Cray Band, and Tony Orlando, as well as hosting corporate, community and private functions.

The resort has recently upgraded their in-house audio capabilities with the installation of four Renkus-Heinz CF101LA modular point source array speakers. As Marvin Smejkal, owner of Sound Concepts, a production sound installation and rental company with offices in Iowa, Missouri and Florida, explains, there were a number of challenges at the Riverside Events Center.

“The original in-house, distributed voice reinforcement system was insufficient for many of the venue’s functions, but it was generally cost prohibitive to bring in a larger rental rig,” says Smejkal, adding that the self-powered CF101LA loudspeakers serve a dual purpose, both as a primary voice reinforcement system for smaller events and as center in-fill for larger PA rental rigs.

“The venue has unique requirements due to an exceptionally wide stage,” says Smejkal, “and when we bring in a large PA for concerts, the speakers have to be positioned in a wide configuration, making a center-fill necessary. It was costly and time-prohibitive to set up and tear down a flown center cluster on a show-by-show basis. Now, the CF101LA system can be used as the primary PA for small and mid-sized events, and as a center fill to augment a larger PA systems for big concerts.”

 Smejkal designed and installed a basic four-speaker setup requiring no additional processing or EQ. “The venue has a portable audio/visual mixer for breakout rooms, which can simply plug into an XLR in for smaller events. The CF101LA speakers are incorporated into every large show; when we come in we have a program to add them into our rental system.”

“The self-powered speakers are a cost-effective option when there is limited space to permanently install additional equipment in a venue,” Smejkal continues. “The CF101LAs are convenient, and are fulfilling a wide variety of needs, both as a stand-alone system for the venue’s day-to-day needs, and in the demanding role of center fills when larger line arrays are widely spread for larger events.”

The CF101LA speakers proved to be a unique problem solver, he concludes. “Those speakers deliver at that price point. We will use them again.”

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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.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional Earns MIPA Award in “PA System” Category for VTX Line Array Series

NORTHRIDGE, California – Reinforcing HARMAN JBL Professional’s position as the world’s most innovate developer and manufacturer of line array loudspeaker technology, the JBL VTX Line Array Series earned a 2012 MIPA Award in the PA System category at the Prolight & Sound show in Frankfurt.

“Since its introduction in January, the VTX Line Array Series has received an overwhelmingly positive response from the pro audio community, and this MIPA Award is further indication of the success we have already enjoyed with VTX,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “It is an honor to receive the MIPA Award and I wish to thank MIPA and its voters for this recognition!”

A revolutionary product that builds on the company’s 65-year heritage of loudspeaker design innovation and groundbreaking technology development, the VTX Series is designed for portable and fixed-venue system operators alike. VTX Series features JBL’s legendary sound quality coupled with the most advanced sound reinforcement technology and support available.

The first product from the VTX Line Array Series is the VTX V25-a full-size, 3-way, high-directivity line array element. The VTX V25 features two 2000W, 15-inch Differential Drive(r) woofers mounted in die-cast aluminum baffles, with four 8-inch Differential Drive mid-range transducers and three of the revolutionary new D2 Dual-Diaphragm Dual-Voice-Coil Compression Drivers mounted on a 3rd generation waveguide and patented RBI Radiation Boundary Integrator(r) assembly.

At Prolight & Sound, JBL Professional expanded the VTX Series with the addition of two subwoofer models, the VTX S28 and VTX G28. The VTX S28 and G28 are dual 18-inch subwoofers, each employing two 2269H 18″ transducers featuring Differential Drive(r) 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.

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.

DK Vascom Upgrades Donam-Dong Catholic Church With Iconyx

SOUTH KOREA, April 2012... Dai Kyung Vascom, Renkus-Heinz distributor for South Korea, recently installed a pair of Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers as part of an overall audio system upgrade for the Donam-dong Catholic church in Donam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.

Used for both the spoken word and music, the system was designed to improve acoustic intelligibility and musical clarity  in this 400-seat local church.

Patrick Han of Dai Kyung Vascom comments: “The church wanted to upgrade their system, and after assessing the space and discussing their requirements in detail, we have supplied two Renkus-Heinz IC8-R units with RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) and upgraded other aspects of their system to create a better system all around.”

Also installed were an Allen & Heath ML3000-24 mixer, Apex dBQ-Zero and 104-10 Aural Exciter and a variety of Sennheiser microphones.

Patrick Han adds: “The reaction from worshippers and the priests to the new system has been really good and representatives from another nearby Catholic church who also came by to listen to the system were very impressed”

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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.

 

 

 

 

SWITCH BY TIMBRE ROCKS WITH D.A.S. AUDIO

**** Photo: SWITCH by Timbre ****

Singapore – April 2012 … From its dazzling airport and cityscape to a wealth of fashion emporiums along Orchard Road, Singapore sizzles with excitement. Nowhere is this high level of energy more evident than at SWITCH by Timbre, the latest live music restaurant and bar by the Timbre Group. Located in the arts and heritage district of Bras Basah, the 300-seat, bilingual venue sets the stage for the best up-and-coming Singaporean musicians proficient in Mandarin and English pop-rock and offers live performances nightly. As the third Timbre property to utilize D.A.S. Audio loudspeaker systems, SWITCH by Timbre relies on a potent sound reinforcement system drawn from the company’s Aero Series 2, Road, and Avant loudspeaker product lines. more

‘KK’ Tan Strengthens Renkus-Heinz APAC Support Team

Singapore, April 2012…   Renkus-Heinz has announced an important addition to its APAC international application support team, Singaporean national Tan Kheng Keong (‘KK’).

Technically trained and fluent in Chinese and English, KK joins the company from Renkus-Heinz’s Singapore distributor, Electro-Acoustics Systems, where he was part of the technical team involved in the execution of several major projects including the new Singapore Supreme Court, National Institute of Education, Resorts World Sentosa, and Universal Studios Singapore. Before this he worked both as project and design engineer for an engineering company and an audio consultancy firm.

KK will be offering system design assistance, commissioning support and more, focusing on supporting the company’s Asian/Pacific Rim customers.

He comments: “At EAS, my role was as an internal system consultant: design, commissioning and troubleshooting, all highly technical. My relationship with Renkus-Heinz goes back to when I was consulting over 11 years ago. I was impressed with their loudspeakers and specified them on numerous projects, so I’m already familiar with the products and their ethos.

“The future here is about moving more into digital technology and live sound. The new IC2 system, for example, is just right for concerts. Audio and IT are coming together and at Renkus-Heinz, convergence is happening quickly, and for me it’s natural, having been exposed to IT from a young age. I’m very excited about the future here.”

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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.

Iconyx Blends Right in at First United Methodist

Conway, SC, March 2012…  The bell tower of First United Methodist Church has been a landmark in this coastal city’s historic downtown since the early 1960s. In recent years Conway has undergone something of a revitalization, and First United Methodist is no exception. The 600-seat Georgian-style sanctuary was recently treated to an extensive renovation that included everything from foundation repair and new flooring to an elevator and a new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Iconyx digitally steered column arrays from Renkus-Heinz.

Audio Engineer David Clyburn of Roebuck, SC-based MusiCraft explains the selection of the Iconyx IC16-R systems. “The sanctuary is a beautiful, large, rectangular space with high ceilings and tall windows,” he says. “Even before the renovation, we measured the reverb time at more than three seconds, and that was before they expanded the space to accommodate their new pipe organ. They also removed the carpet and put in hardwood floors. We knew right away we would have to remove their traditional cluster loudspeakers and go for a more focused line array type system.

After researching all the options, Iconyx was the clear choice, says Clyburn. “The Iconyx’s steered array technology enabled us to focus the sound onto the seating areas and away from the walls and floor,” he explains. “We were able to replace an entire cluster of multiple cabinets with two small IC16 cabinets. The sound is nicely focused, and the intelligibility issues the building has long endured are a thing of the past.” The system also includes a Yamaha LS9 digital console, with a Yamaha DM8 processor connected via Cobranet. A pair of Renkus-Heinz IC7 mechanically steered columns are installed in the choir loft as monitors.

The building’s landmark status meant that aesthetics was also a major consideration. Here too, Iconyx fit the bill. “With such an extensive renovation, they were very clear on their desire for the sound system to be as unobtrusive as possible,” says Clyburn. “The Iconyx cabinets, mounted on the vertical columns, blended in perfectly. Everyone was really pleased with the way it looks, and we’re getting great compliments on the sound quality.

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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.

Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium Upgrades to KUDO

RCI Systems installs L-ACOUSTICS system in newly renovated performance hall

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For just over 50 years, Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. has welcomed world leaders, key political figures and countless entertainers to its renowned stage. As part of an extensive renovation project celebrating its gold anniversary, the university recently updated the 1,500-seat venue’s audio facilities with the addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KUDO system. more

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

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