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Maryland Sound International Becomes First Company in U.S. to Purchase New HARMAN JBL VTX Line Array Series Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Continuing its commitment to staying on the cutting edge of technological advancement, Maryland Sound International recently became the first company in the United States to add the new HARMAN JBL VTX Line Array Series loudspeakers to its inventory. One of the world’s leading sound production companies, Maryland Sound was founded in 1966 to serve Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons on a national tour, growing over the decades to become one of the industry’s foremost sound contractors, with a resumé spanning presidential inaugurations to Times Square New Year’s Eve broadcasts to major concert tours.

Maryland Sound first deployed its VTX system at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on April 9. “We built our business on offering our clients the very best, and we are purchasing more than 300 of the new JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers,” said Bob Goldstein, President of Maryland Sound. “We will be using them for large-scale events, smaller productions and everything in between.”

The JBL VTX Series is the next generation of JBL line array loudspeaker design. “VTX represents an evolution of JBL’s industry-standard VERTEC® that heralds a new era in performance, system integration and user-friendliness,” said Paul Bauman, Senior Manager, Tour Sound, JBL Professional. “The VTX Series features JBL’s legendary sound quality coupled with the most advanced sound reinforcement technology and support available.”

“When you start with outstanding components and put them into a well-designed enclosure, you can’t help but end up with outstanding results,” Goldstein continued. “I have to say that the technology behind the V25 is amazing. I’m a guy who likes to experience high-frequency reproduction all the way out to 20kHz. The D2 drivers handle a ton of power with no breakup modes and no measurable distortion. Having the D2 drivers in the V25 makes a huge difference and I wanted to have that kind of sound quality in our inventory.”

The JBL VTX Series V25 full-size, 3-way high-directivity line array element features two 2,000W, 15-inch Differential Drive® woofers mounted in die-cast aluminum baffles, with four 8-inch Differential Drive midrange transducers and three D2 dual-diaphragm dual-voice-coil compression drivers mounted on a third-generation waveguide and patented Radiation Boundary Integrator assembly.

“The new JBL D2 high-frequency driver is fantastic,” Goldstein added. “There is virtually no distortion, and designer Paul Bauman and his team came up with a new waveguide that takes full advantage of its performance to distribute extremely smooth frequency response with even coverage.”

In addition, Maryland Sound will continue to use its existing VERTEC VT4889 inventory. “I think the VT4889’s with the V5 software tunings are world-class and we will not stop using them anytime soon,” Goldstein noted. “That said, the VTX V25 is simply a step up in its ability to resolve musical detail.”

“Our clients want to know that we’re always on the leading edge of the technological state of the art,” Goldstein concluded. “Having the best technology like the JBL VTX V25 means we can provide the best service AND the best sound. Our clients don’t have to ask us to upgrade—we do it on our own because we want to stay on the cutting edge.”

For more information on Maryland Sound International, 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 $4.2 billion for twelve months ending December 31, 2011.

Gearhouse Invests in More L-ACOUSTICS Stock

(L to R) Gearhouse's Peter Day, Robyn Alessandro, Ofer Lapid (MD) and Helen Surgeson with L-ACOUSTICS Sales Manager Tim McCall

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa’s largest rental company, Gearhouse South Africa, has recently reinvested in more L-ACOUSTICS components to complete its existing inventory of KUDO, V-DOSC, dV-DOSC and ARCS. The new equipment comprises of 48 KARA, 12 ARCSII and 12 KUDO line source cabinets, eight SB28 and 24 SB18 subwoofers, and 22 LA-RAK touring racks installed with LA8 amplified controllers.

South Africa is increasingly becoming a regular fixture on the international touring circuit. Combined with an increase in the domestic market, Gearhouse felt the extra investment in L-ACOUSTICS was necessary to service the largest of these events. The company also wanted to update its amplifier platform with the LA-RAK and LA8 platform. more

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Frost Chicago Gives L-ACOUSTICS KARA a Warm Welcome

Frost Chicago's KARA/SB18 system in the Field Museum's Great Hall

CHICAGO – April 2012 — For over two decades, Frost Chicago has served as one of the Windy City’s premier event services companies. Providing audio, video, lighting, staging and fabric design for large-scale private events, social gala functions and Fortune 500 client productions, the company recently made the decision to invest in a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA system.

Purchased through Clearwing Productions of Milwaukee, Frost Chicago’s new sound system inventory includes 36 KARA enclosures, 12 SB18 subs, eight coaxial 8XT and eight 115XT HiQ systems, and four LA-RAK touring racks each loaded with four LA8 amplified controllers, plus an additional spare LA8. more

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.

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