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HARMAN’s JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ Makes Live Sound Setup More Efficient Than Ever for CTS Audio

The National Catholic Youth Convention in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, which drew an audience of 30,000 people.

NORTHRIDGE, California – CTS Audio, based in Franklin, Tennessee, specializes in live and installed sound, mobile staging and sales, with a strong focus on tour sound for Christian performers and in designing systems for houses of worship. CTS has provided live sound for Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, the Women of Faith tour, the National Catholic Youth Convention, Hootie and the Blowfish, Tony Bennett and many others.

HARMAN’s JBL VerTec® line arrays and Crown Audio I-Tech HD and XTi Series amps are the backbone of the company’s live sound rigs – and the adoption of JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ audio system design software has made CTS Audio’s job a lot easier on the last few tours.

“Our company philosophy is to build on the experience of our history, but not be limited by it and to create our future through innovation,” said Mike Taylor, vice president of CTS Audio. “Like most sound contractors, we are always looking for better ways to do things. When we heard about JBL HiQnet Performance Manager we decided to become an official beta tester. It has dramatically reduced setup time and improved system performance.”

“Before Performance Manager, our crews had to use three separate applications to access the processors, amplifiers and PA system to do the system tuning,” continued Taylor. “I would have to use BSS® HiQnet London Architect™ to time-align and EQ the PA and do any array correction. In order to bandpass-check the loudspeakers, I would either have to use HiQnet System Architect™ or the Powered by Crown iPhone/iPad app. With JBL HiQnet Performance Manager, I can accomplish all these tasks and then some.”

Taylor became aware of Performance Manager after purchasing a new inventory of Crown I-Tech 12000HD amps and talking to Eric Friedlander of Crown about how to get the most out of them and the newer V5 preset tunings for VerTec loudspeakers. “Eric suggested I become a beta tester,” Taylor said. “The Performance Manager software is a match made in heaven with the Crown I-Tech HD amplifiers. The amps offer extensive processing and interfacing functionality, and Performance Manager makes it simple to match them precisely to the VerTec’s crossover points and dig deep into the amplifiers’ capabilities, to get maximum power, signal to noise ratio and overall sound quality.”

CTS Audio has deployed JBL HiQnet Performance Manager on the recent Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith 2 Friends, Women of Faith and National Catholic Youth Convention tours. “We implemented it fully as intended as a complete system deployment and optimization tool. Everything from the integrated JBL Line Array Calculator II to the array calculation to the system tuning and monitoring functions was used,” stated Taylor.

“The ability to integrate the Line Array Calculator II software with the array correction functionality is incredible,” Taylor continued. “Having the ability to correct for any low-end buildup in the array before ever firing up an amplifier is huge. The accuracy of the predicted frequency response is superb. In essence, by taking the PA out of the room, you are able to focus on setting up the PA first, then dealing with the interactions of the room, and finally tweaking the system to best accommodate the specific requirements of the show itself.”

“In addition, the bandpass testing and monitoring functions take information and control panels that would otherwise need to be accessed across multiple pages, and integrates them into a unified graphical interface,” Taylor said. “I can live on just one or two pages during the show to make sure that everything is functioning within limits and behaving properly.”

“I will be using JBL HiQnet Performance Manager extensively on future tours. It saves a lot of time and ultimately enables us to deliver better sound to our artists and clients,” concluded Taylor.

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.

K-array Makes its Debut at the Boston Opera House, Architectural Jewel and Boston Ballet’s Sole Performance Venue

Boston, March 7, 2012– The Boston Opera House is a striking example of the finest theatre architecture set in opulent French and Italian styles. Originally constructed in the late 1800s but extensively renovated in 2002, the 2,677-capacity theatre has been the sole performance venue of Boston Ballet since fall 2009 and was originally constructed as a tribute to vaudeville’s greatest impresario: Benjamin Franklin Keith. As a credit to both the original design its recent painstaking renovation, the Opera House is nothing short of stunning, featuring outstanding acoustics and superb craftsmanship throughout.

Recently, this landmark performance facility took its breathtaking natural acoustics one step further by installing a discrete and ultra-compact K-array sound reinforcement system for the Boston Ballet, customized and painstakingly finished to match the luxurious décor of its interior. The system, designed and installed by Talamas Broadcast Equipment, includes Sennheiser distributed K-array KK100 and KH15 speaker arrays plus KL18 and KS4 subwoofers, together with KA10 and KA40 Class D power amplifiers — all of which have been installed to maintain the visual and sonic integrity of the original space.

Nick Jabour of Talamas Broadcast Equipment, a Boston-based company serving the audio and video needs of New England’s film, television and broadcast production industries, worked with Boston Ballet’s Ben Phillips, production manager and technical director, and Benjamin Young, sound designer, on the design of the system. “There are three KK100 vertical arrays on each side of the proscenium arch,” explains Jabour. “Those are primarily for the orchestra level and the first few rows of the balcony.”

To allow shading of the coverage patterns of the KK100s, two arrays are driven from each channel of a KA10 amp. The KK100 is an ultra-slim vertical line array comprised of multiple two-inch neodymium transducers in a stainless steel chassis. Two KL18 subs, which each feature an 800W, 18-inch driver, are positioned below the left and right main arrays to provide low frequency reinforcement.

Flown systems provide additional coverage of the orchestra and balcony seating sections of the 2,500-capacity theatre. “There are two KH15 arrays and a KS4 sub array on a truss that’s flown above the downstage lip of the stage,” says Jabour. “The KH15s mostly cover the balcony. There’s another KH15 positioned behind the KS4 pointing straight down at the orchestra level to complete the stereo image.”

The self-powered KH15 is an ultra-compact two-way line array that provides consistent 120-degree horizontal coverage. The self-powered, ultra-compact KS4 subwoofer offers a unique dipole figure-8 coverage pattern capable of delivering very high SPLs.

Talamas worked closely with power distribution specialists Motion Labs and Sennheiser, exclusive distributor of K-array products in the U.S. and Mexico, on the unusual A.C. power set up for the system. “KA10s and a KA40 amplifier power the KK100s and the KL18s,” Jabour elaborates. “The KA10 and the KA40 amps are being run at 120 volts, but so that we could use a more standard style cable for the power run to the truss we run those speakers, which are self-powered, at 230 volts.”

The theatre’s acoustics were originally designed to deliver the spoken word to every seat in the house in an age before microphones and amplifiers. “So Boston Ballet wanted something that they could use very, very subtly,” comments Jabour. “But they have a choreographer who, for one of his pieces, requires the theatre to get very loud. So we had to be able to cover both extremes.”

“The K-array system helped us accomplish everything we set out to achieve,” says Benjamin Young. “The subtle reinforcement of a gentle orchestra is undetectable, and the intricacies of more modern electronic orchestrations are clear as can be, while powerful at the same time. I am certain that the majority of the patrons don’t even realize that they are there; they are the ninjas of speakers!”

“The key point in our original directive was that the speakers could not interrupt the aesthetic of the stage — and Talamas and Sennheiser worked with us to achieve that goal,” he adds. “All in all the system has turned out to be a huge success for us.”

The newly installed K-array system made its debut on March 1 with the opening of “Play With Fire.” The production features “Rooster,” choreographed by Christopher Bruce to the music of the Rolling Stones.

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Renkus-Heinz Celebrates ISE, Eyes Lively PL+S

Frankfurt, Germany, March 2012… As Renkus-Heinz celebrates an exciting and productive ISE, the company is gearing up for an even busier ProLight+Sound 2012 in Frankfurt.

ISE 2012 saw the first European showing of the new ICONYX ICR-MkII digitally steerable installation loudspeaker, with its innovative new triple tweeter design. “We now have a complete, equally spaced, array oh high frequency devices extending the whole length of the array” comments Rik Kirby, VP Sales and Marketing. “This gives the new, forth generation, column even better steering ability, reduced side lobes, and greater fidelity.”

Equipped with RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) the ICR-II series is available in 8, 16, 24 and 32 driver formats, enabling sophisticated large-scale coverage of even the most imposing spaces. Typical applications will be cathedrals, airports, train stations and other large, acoustically challenging spaces.

An IC16-R-II will represent the new series on the Atlantic Audio booth at ProLight+Sound in Hall 8.0 Stand F60, alongside another of the latest and most exciting additions to the Renkus-Heinz digital beam steering ‘family’: the high power IC2 (IC Squared), offering digital beam steering for applications with higher output requirements while still maintaining the intelligibility that Iconyx products are known for. The most powerful digitally beam steered loudspeaker system in the world today, IC2 will also feature on the outdoor Concert Sound Arena stage with four live demonstrations every day (11:15, 13:15, 15:15 & 17:15).

Also on show will be the new CF101LA Modular Point Source Array system, which offers installers a modular, scalable point source, providing flexible solutions where a single cabinet is not loud enough, yet the vertical space or budget are not available for a traditional line array.

The same is true for rental systems providers, as the CF101LA provides line array benefits of increased vertical directivity and increased output over a single cabinet, but with far fewer cabinets. A winning solution for both provider and client, the CF101LA can be the centerpiece for many applications.

The same is true for rental systems providers, as the CF101LA provides line array benefits of increased vertical directivity and increased output over a single cabinet, but with far fewer cabinets. A winning solution for both provider and client, the CF101LA can be the centerpiece for many applications.

Now in full production, the first CF101LA installations are up and running in a growing number of European locations

Finally, Renkus-Heinz will be participating in the Atlantic Audio party on Thursday March 22, and the team is looking forward to a fun event with colleagues and customers from around the world.

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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.

L-ACOUSTICS KARA/KIVA System for 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games

INNSBRUCK, Austria – February 2012 — Austrian full service provider Light and Sound has provided an L-ACOUSTICS KARA/KIVA WST line source system for the 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck.

Innsbruck’s city center was transformed into a huge party zone for the 2012 Games, with an action-packed program taking place at Medals Plaza, which hosted not only the daily Victory Ceremonies but also the week-long Innsbruck 2012 Music Festival. more

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Martin Audio Dominates Holland’s Leading Live Music Venues

––W8LCi Line Array Installed At Duycker––

Martin Audio has taken the lead in equipping premier concert venues in the Amsterdam region in partnership with their Dutch distributors, TM Audio.

Following landmark installations in the iconic clubs Paradiso and Melkweg in the past few years, a Martin Audio W8LCi compact line array system has now been installed in Duycker, the latest Amsterdam rock venue and cultural center.

Owned by the local government, and situated near Schiphol Airport in the affluent town of Hoofddorp, the complex is comprised of two live rooms and a café bar, where sound reinforcement is provided by Martin Audio’s stylish AQ architectural line.

The Martin Audio W8LCi solution was chosen for installation in the large, 850-capacity room after the line array approach had been compared with modular systems by experienced freelance sound engineer, Gerald Chermin, who was brought in as technical director to streamline the routing and optimize the system.

With a large balcony affecting both sightlines and coverage patterns posing a problem, Chermin used all the experience he had gained working with companies such as Ampco to assemble some of the market leading systems in a competitive shoot-out.

“We assembled a panel of different sound engineers, with one person tuning all the systems. We realized the line array approach would overcome both balcony coverage sightline issues, whereas going modular would have required too many boxes.”

The system has been specifically designed to provide plenty of headroom, and is based around seven W8LCi enclosures per side, with one W8LCDi Downfill at the base. Six Martin Audio WS218X subs are stacked, three a side, to provide LF extension.

The main system is run three way, but driven in four separate parts by a combination of Martin Audio MA6.8Q and Powersoft K8/K10 amplifiers, processed via XTA DC1048 4-in/8-out DSP. Three DiGiCo SD8’s have been provided for FOH, monitor (and portable) duties.

“We have definitely made the right choice with the Martin Audio system, which is proving popular with incoming production crews,” stated Gerald. “We chose the system not only because it represented excellent value for money but the fact that it could be divided up into four separate sections.

“We also knew we could depend on excellent back-up from TM Audio and [sister company] Lightco, who have provided the lighting.”

Meanwhile in the café bar, music sourced from a DJ or computer and mixed via an Allen & Heath GR2 9-input, 4-output analog zone mixer, is played out through four Martin Audio AQ8’s, two AQ6’s and an AQ210 (2 x 10) sub, managed by a dedicated AQX system controller.

The arrival of Vari-Lites in the near future will place the final piece in the lighting jigsaw—operating under the control of Lightco-supplied Avolites desks. But the local population already has a leading destination venue—with a cutting edge technical infrastructure and live entertainment package—to kick-start their weekends.

Photos: The main room at Duycker, viewed from the auditorium and from the stage

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.

Orlando’s Green Hill Church Upgrades with L-ACOUSTICS KIVA

ORLANDO — Green Hill Church, a Korean-language Presbyterian house of worship in Orlando, has upgraded its sanctuary sound reinforcement system with the installation of an L-ACOUSTICS KIVA system. Laservision World of Los Angeles performed the system design and installation.

According to Laservision Sales and Managing Director Joshua Kim and System Integration General Manager Nathan Kim, the 450-seat worship space now benefits from left and right arrays each comprised of six KIVA enclosures flown beneath two KILO low frequency extension enclosures. A pair of SB18i subs further extends the low-frequency range of the system, and all enclosures are powered and processed by a total of three LA4 amplified controllers. more

Christ the King Church Enhances Sound with NEXO Line Array

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Christ the King Church in Bellingham, WA recently completed an overhaul of its sound system, awarding the installation contract to Clarity Media Group of Portland. Clarity provided the best solution for the task at hand, outfitting the 1,500-seat church with a 20-box NEXO GEO S12 line array.

“The church wanted a system capable of accommodating a worship service and in addition, have rider acceptability to bring in concerts,” states John Harrel, project manager, Clarity Media Group. “The NEXO GEO S12, consisting of eight S1210 boxes per side, is configured as an LCR and was chosen based on its smooth, even coverage as well as its musicality and output. Our client wanted a center cluster rather than front fills and flown subs, so we recommended four GEO S1230s which met their requirements and are tucked away very discretely above the pastor’s podium position. The previous system was an eyesore.” The system also contains four NEXO RS18 Ray Sub cabinets flown, two per side in cardioid mode. Two NEXO NX4x4 and one NX4x1 amplifiers power the system.

“The NEXO system’s ability to maintain uniform coverage despite having a low trim height was key in choosing it for this application,” states Travis Cibolski, Clarity co-owner and designer of the system. “The net effect is that the system delivers uniform, transparent sound to all areas, and with full bandwidth!”

Christ the King Church has 6,000 members in its congregation with two campus locations. The church band consists of 6-10 musicians on average who, according to Harrel, are very discerning when it comes to good audio (one of its members is a signed recording artist).

The church previously installed a Yamaha M7CL-48 digital console at front of house, chosen for its ease of use by audio volunteers.

For more information on Clarity Media Group, visit www.claritymediagroup.net.

For more information on NEXO and Yamaha products, visit http://www.yamahaca.com.

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About Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc.:
Yamaha Commercial Audio Systems, Inc. (YCAS) provides a full line of integrated professional audio products offering complete systems solutions for the broadcast, sound reinforcement/installed sound, touring, commercial recording, and post production markets. With the addition of NEXO to the product line, the company remains the official U.S. and Canadian distributor for all NEXO speaker models. YCAS offers comprehensive in-house and field product training for its customers, a dedicated dealer network, and 24/7 technical support.

TM Audio specs Renkus-Heinz IC Live for Museum Speelklok

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The Netherlands – February 2012….  A beautifully renovated museum boasting Europe’s largest collection of street organs has had its central space turned into a live performance area, attracting top Dutch artists, with its acoustics tamed by a Renkus-Heinz IC Live system installed by TM Audio.

Dedicated to Europe’s largest display of street organs, Museum Speelklok was founded in 1956 in Utrecht, the Netherlands. In 1984 the museum acquired a large church, whose restored interior now houses the collection.

Visitors are given a guided tour with explanations of each organ’s backstory. Some of the pieces – which range from hand-cranked barrel organs to vast, mechanically driven multi-instrument extravaganzas, rate among the world’s first and finest digital instruments, programmed by the equivalent of computer punch tape, a long strip of tough paper dotted with differently shaped holes that the organ’s ‘tape reader’ translates into instruments, notes, ‘channel’ volume and more.

Says Dirkjan Haspels, the museum’s head of events: “All the instruments are real instruments, there’s never a loudspeaker: you’re always hearing a string or a bell, an organ pipe or whatever. So throughout the history of this museum we have very much been against all sorts of amplifiers and loudspeakers, because that is the enemy of what our instruments did beforehand.”

He explains that the one part of the building that was rarely used was the central space, originally the church’s nave, due largely to its poor acoustics. However, all that changed recently when the vacant nave was transformed into a live performance space, allowing musicians and singers to perform in combination with instruments from the museum’s collection. The idea was inspired by earlier collaborations with musicians in theatres and at festivals, and by the museum team’s ability to program new tracks onto the paper strips.

Haspels continues: “For us the shows were a great success because new audiences came to see and hear the instruments and said ah, an organ doesn’t only play Tulips from Amsterdam or whatever – it can also play new music like hip-hop and jazz, which really opened their eyes.”

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Bringing those performances to Museum Speelklok itself entailed a €1.5m Dutch BankGiro Lottery grant, used both to acoustically treat the space and finance a PA system.

“To transform this part of the church into a concert hall,” continues Haspels, “I took a lot of expert advice and several sound systems were tested in the nave. Many people came to listen, including our resident system engineer, GertJan Schoutsen – and the verdict for us all was clearly the Renkus-Heinz IC Live.

“It is quite hard to see, which makes me happy; just two little columns and the subwoofers. Yet it’s the first time that it’s been possible to have 500 people listening to amplified sound from the stage here without problems.”

The IC Live system consists of four 8-channel Renkus-Heinz ICL-R digitally steerable columns, mounted in one double stack per side atop matching IC215 2×15″ self powered subwoofers. These take their signal via RHAON (Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network) from a 16 channel Yamaha 01V96 with an Allen & Heath iDR8 digital mix processor. The stage is covered by four Renkus-Heinz CF121M2 12+2″ self powered monitors.

TM Audio project and application engineer Olaf Landzaat comments: “IC Live dealt with the acoustical issues, which are typical for a church. With conventional loudspeakers you’d get a lot of reflections whereas with IC Live you can manipulate the beams to reduce reflections, to get as good speech intelligence and sound as possible.”

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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.

 

 

Pollstar Awards Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival… Again!

The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, accompanied by fireworks, is reinforced via an L-ACOUSTICS V-DOSC rig

Two longtime L-ACOUSTICS users are honored for the eighth time

LOS ANGELES — L-ACOUSTICS proudly congratulates both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival for taking top honors in the 23rd annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards ceremony held on Friday, February 2 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Both the Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Festival are known for their longtime use of L-ACOUSTICS loudspeakers. more

HARMAN Audio Components Grace the Stage at 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards

NORTHRIDGE, California – As in years past, HARMAN Professional audio components played a crucial role in the live sound reinforcement system at the 54th Annual GRAMMY® Awards, held February 12 at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. ATK Audiotek provided live sound reinforcement at the venue, relying on JBL VERTEC® line arrays and AKG microphones.

The annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, known as Music’s Biggest Night®, is presented by The Recording Academy® to honor outstanding achievements in the production and performance of recorded music. This year’s awards featured performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry, including Bruce Springsteen, The Beach Boys, Bruno Mars and others, highlighted by a special tribute to Glen Campbell. Adele earned multiple GRAMMY Awards, including Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year for “Rolling in the Deep,” and Album Of The Year for 21.

This year’s GRAMMY Awards also featured performances by HARMAN’s JBL “Hear the Truth” campaign artists Paul McCartney and Maroon 5, while HARMAN artist Kanye West won four awards.

ATK Audiotek provided the main PA system, which featured four arrays each containing 12 VERTEC VT4889 fullsize line array elements, plus two arrays of six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers each. An additional 12 VRX932 Constant Curvature loudspeakers were used for front fill.

The STAPLES Center also features a newly installed JBL VERTEC line array system, which ATK Audiotek utilized in addition to some temporary components. The STAPLES Center system features eight arrays each containing between 11 and 13 JBL VT4889DP-DA powered line array elements, plus two fill clusters each containing four VT4889DP-DA elements, which are specially positioned to cover the end seating areas. The system also features four subwoofer arrays, each containing six VT4880A fullsize arrayable subwoofers.

ATK Audiotek also equipped all three pianos on stage with three AKG C414 microphones each. The pianos were featured in multiple performances throughout the GRAMMY Awards, including performances by Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys. Rusty Anderson, who played guitar during Paul McCartney’s performance, used an AKG DMS700 digital wireless system in his guitar setup, while Chris Brown used a Crown CM311 microphone for vocals.

“Providing live sound for the GRAMMY Awards is always a unique challenge, given the variety of performers and elaborate productions,” said Brett Valasek, General Manager, ATK Audiotek. “VERTEC line arrays consistently perform well for us and our system, combined with the new in-house PA system at the STAPLES Center, provided the necessary coverage and output to deliver high-quality sound to the live audience.”

For more information on ATK Audiotek, please visit www.atkaudiotek.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.

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