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Martin Audio Appoints New Managing Director

Luke Ireland

Martin Audio has appointed Luke Ireland as its new Managing Director, effective immediately.

An experienced business leader for a number of global businesses with a passion for technology and music, Ireland’s mission will be to lead Martin Audio and ensure its success in the future by developing reliable business structure and scalable process capabilities to increase the velocity of innovation and reliability of supply.

With a Masters in Business Administration and a 24-year career spanning multiple sectors of technology, IT and media, Luke is well versed in product development, manufacturing excellence, sales and marketing. He believes that building exceptional client relationships is the only way to achieve success.

On his appointment, Ireland remarked, “Excited would be an understatement. Martin Audio has enjoyed a period of great success that I witnessed first hand at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. They have tremendously exciting products that make a real difference to this industry. Having the opportunity to join such a business and lead it to achieve its true potential is very motivating.”

Simon Bull, International Sales Director, added “All my fellow directors were very impressed with Luke’s energy and vision for the company, and we were unanimous in his selection from a distinguished line up. We look forward to working with Luke to set Martin Audio on a very bright future, and I know he will hit the ground running.”

Summing up, Mark Graham, CEO of Loud Technologies, said, “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Luke Ireland to the Position of Managing Director, Martin Audio. Luke brings a compelling package of experience and dynamic leadership that will contribute powerfully to Martin Audio’s continued success and make it an ever more reliable business partner.”

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.

HARMAN’s JBL Professional and Crown Uncork Extraordinary Sound at BottleRock Napa Valley

NAPA, California — Billing itself as the Ultimate Celebration, the 3-day BottleRock Napa Valley Festival offered the best in music, wine, beer and gourmet food, accompanied by stellar sound courtesy of HARMAN Professional audio systems featuring JBL’s VTX Series line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD Series amplifiers. The festival, which took place on three stages at the Napa Valley Expo, hosted an unusually diverse lineup including Outkast, Eric Church, The Cure, Weezer, Heart, The Fray, Barenaked Ladies, Thee Oh Sees, and more than 70 other acts.

Camarillo, California-based full-service event production company Delicate Productions provided sound, light and video for the event. It was the second year Delicate got the exclusive to handle all the A/V and lighting setup for all three stages—and the first year the company used JBL VTX line arrays.

BottleRock is held right in the actual heart of the city of Napa, which meant the stages were 200 feet from houses in every direction. On top of that, the sound system was not allowed to exceed an SPL of 105dB C-weighted, so Delicate needed loudspeakers that could meet these requirements yet deliver the high-impact, full-range sound that the artists and concertgoers expect at an outdoor festival.

Delicate Productions’ President Jason Alt and his crew had previously heard a VTX demo at JBL’s Northridge, California headquarters, liked what they heard and thought the VTX Series would be well suited for the requirements of the festival. “We had never used the VTX loudspeakers before, but we had complete confidence after hearing them for ourselves at Northridge,” Alt said.

For each of the three BottleRock stages, Delicate hung nine JBL VTX V20 line array elements and six S28 subwoofers on each side of the stage, along with 12 F12 loudspeakers for out fill and six F15 loudspeakers for down fill.

Amplification was provided by two Crown I-Tech 12000 HD VRacks for the subwoofers, three I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks for monitor mixes, out fills and stage subs, and two I-Tech 4×3500 HD VRacks to power the V20 loudspeakers. The amps were linked to the VTX loudspeakers via JBL’s HiQnet Performance Manager™ system setup, calibration and control software.

“The VTX line arrays, subwoofers and loudspeakers proved to be exactly what was needed for the application,” Alt noted. “The VTX’s acoustic energy was focused in the right direction, with the correct directivity being delivered forward to the audience and with very little spill to the surrounding neighborhood.”

Alt was equally impressed by the VTX’s sound quality, particularly the accuracy and resolution of the D2 dual-diaphragm high-frequency compression driver and the smoothness of the transition from the midrange to the upper-midrange and highs. “The V20 is really impressive and the fidelity is second to none, including any of the highest-end boxes that are out there,” he said. “The way the V20 pairs with the subwoofer, it’s all elegantly designed.”

Alt noted that he was “really blown away” by the entire HARMAN package for the way the synergy between the VTX loudspeakers, I-Tech HD Series amps and HiQnet Performance Manager software enabled the crew to set up the entire system faster and more accurately and optimize the performance of the loudspeakers and amps to a greater degree than in previous events. “Looking at the way JBL, Crown and Performance Manager tied together, it’s apparent that HARMAN has thought out the process very well.”

For more information on Delicate Productions, please visit www.delicate.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN Professional Provides Refreshing Sound For Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival

LONDON, United Kingdom – Taking place in Dalston, a northeastern district of London, the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival will run for a full month from 2nd July until 3rd August, featuring a complete sound reinforcement system comprising HARMAN’s AKG microphones, Crown amplifiers, JBL loudspeakers and Soundcraft mixing consoles all provided in partnership with HARMAN Professional’s UK and Ireland distributor Sound Technology Ltd. Sponsored by the UK’s premium cider brand Kopparberg and promoted by MAMA & Company, the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival mixes Scandinavian and London cultures to provide audiences with a vibrant array of events.

Ranging from night clubs to street art, the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival is a unique social gathering where the local food and cider is as refreshing as the summer music that is being played through JBL VTX line arrays. The main PA features eight JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers, four S25 subwoofers, complemented by two VTX F15s plus VTX F12, VTX F18S and STX812M stage monitors. The system is powered with two Crown VRack 4×3500 HD systems and an I-Tech 5000 HD amplifier.

With a huge lineup of musicians, DJs and MCs, MAMA & Company is also relying on AKG for world-class microphones, including a range of AKG models including the D12VR, C1000S, D40, D5, DSR700 V2 and DHT700 D7 microphones. FOH and monitors are being mixed through a Soundcraft Si Performer 2 digital console, which is also controllable via the Soundcraft ViSi Remote app, enabling iPad control of the console via a single wireless network.

Working closely with London-based charity and venue The Bootstrap Company, Kopparberg will help facilitate their work to support local creatives and social microenterprises and represent the best that East London has to offer. As part of this support Kopparberg will be paying for two interns from the Bootstrap Company to learn about event management during the five-week run of the Kopparberg Urban Forest. When the Urban Forest closes its doors, Kopparberg will also be gifting its trees and greenery to The Bootstrap Company for distribution amongst its projects.

“The Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival is a dynamic event featuring a wide variety of performers and styles,” said Joe Roberts of MAMA & Company. “Therefore, we need an equally dynamic audio system to accommodate the range of talent onstage, and we found the most comprehensive and high-performance audio components through HARMAN and Sound Technology.”

“This event will showcase HARMAN’s ability to provide world-class components across the audio signal chain, from AKG microphones and Soundcraft consoles to JBL loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers,” said Ed Jackson, Application Engineer, Tour Sound, EMEA, HARMAN Professional. “It is also exciting to be working with the charity Bootstrap and to be part of helping provide the production for a charitable event!”

The event features over 50 artists including: We Were Evergreen, Lucy Rose, Little Dragon, Gaz Coombes and New Young Pony Club.

For more information on the Kopparberg Urban Forest Festival, please visit www.kopparbergurbanforest.com

For more information on MAMA & Company, please visit www.mamaco.com & www.mamacolive.com

For more information on Bootstrap Company, please visit www.bootstrapcompany.co.uk

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

HARMAN Professional India Takes 2014’s An Ode to the Blues Festival To a Higher Level with Stunning Sound and Lighting

BANGALORE, India — The blues has growing appeal as evidenced by the popularity of India’s An Ode to the Blues festival, now in its fourth year. Held at Bangalore’s CounterCulture performance space/restaurant, the festival featured international and Indian blues artists including Guitar Shorty, Soulmate, Blackstratblues, Ministry of Blues and many others, who performed on two stages outfitted with a complete HARMAN Professional live sound system and Martin lighting.

“With every event we do, our primary focus is on the artist and we want to present the way they sound and the way they look at their absolute best,” said Guru Somayaji, Program Director and Festival Manager at CounterCulture. “This year we wanted to up the ante to bring in a setup that not only looked good but sounded top-notch.”

The Robert Johnson Stage and the Roots Blues Stage were equipped with a variety of JBL loudspeakers including four VRX 900 Series loudspeakers, two STX828 dual-18-inch subwoofers, two PRX615M powered loudspeakers and two STX815M loudspeakers. The loudspeakers were powered by Crown VRACK complete, self-contained amplifier systems, which include I-Tech HD Series power amps, analog and digital connections and a globally universal power distribution system, all housed in wheeled rack with a suspension system that enables VRACK to be flown if desired.

A Soundcraft Si Expression 1 digital console with a Si Compact 16 handled the live sound mix for the Robert Johnson Stage, with a Soundcraft Si Compact 16 deployed for the Roots Blues Stage. The consoles were equipped with a Soundcraft Si Multi Digital Card to record the shows to a computer in multitrack digital audio. A selection of AKG microphones rounded out the system (Indian blues-rock band Soulmate are AKG endorsers).

The Robert Johnson Stage and Roots Blues Stage were illuminated by a complete Martin lighting setup that included RUSH by Martin MH 3 Beam, MH 1 Profile and MH 2 Wash models, plus MAC 101 LED wash and PAR 1 LED can lights. Martin M1 and M2GO consoles operated the lights for each stage.

HARMAN Professional India and students at India’s Audio Academy assisted CounterCulture in producing An Ode to the Blues. “This year through our partnership with HARMAN Professional and Audio Academy, the team not only delivered a fantastic-sounding and looking setup, but the students at Audio Academy also learned the process of setting up the system and the stage and in fact helped us a great deal,” said Somayaji. The students will go on to mix the multitracks and produce a finished live recording of the event. “From a lighting perspective, the audiences enjoyed a real treat – the Martin illumination created atmospheric, exciting and even surreal lighting experiences that took this year’s performances to an entirely new level.”

“An event of this scale requires a first-class sound and lighting setup. With multiple bands and a quick turn around required between acts, an effective and reliable sound system is an engineer’s backbone for an event of such complexity. HARMAN brands, AKG, BSS Audio, dbx, JBL, Soundcraft and Martin lighting ensured that! As an FOH engineer, I could not have asked for better technology. This was one of the best music festivals I have had the pleasure of being associated with,” added Nikhil Pai, Freelance Sound Engineer.

“Without HARMAN Professional India and especially application manager, Sunil Karanjikar, none of this would have been possible,” he noted. “Each and every artist complimented us on how exceptional the JBL loudspeakers and Crown amps sounded, the clarity of the Soundcraft consoles and the AKG mics and the striking lighting provided by Martin. The audio was truly stellar, with excellent balance, presence and clarity from every location around both stages.”

Somayaji concluded, “We look forward to further such associations for next year’s An Ode to the Blues festival and other events.”

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Martin Audio MLA Continues Hyde Park Sound Evolution At BST

Proving last year that London’s controversial Hyde Park festival site could be uniquely protected from noise leakage into the surrounding neighborhood by deploying Martin Audio’s award-winning MLA technology, promoters AEG Live adopted a similar solution for this year’s Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park festival—but with significant enhancements.

While Capital Sound again deployed MLA and MLA Compact to guarantee coherent site coverage, Martin Audio’s R&D Director Jason Baird, was determined that new optimizations would enable them to eke out as much as an additional 3dB at front-of-house without increasing offsite pollution.

As a result, 102dB(A) was achieved for McBusted, with 73dB(A) recorded offsite, comfortably within the maximum allowable of 75dB(A), while both Tom Jones (during his louder numbers) and Black Sabbath nudged 103dB(A).

Baird explained that the journey to accomplish this had begun three months earlier; with the concept tested and proven on the Glastonbury Festival delay rig the week before.

“We conducted the propagation tests based on what we learned last time around,” he said. One of the key offsite measurement points identified by both Westminster Council and acoustics specialists Vanguardia at Hyde Park was on top of flats in Mayfair’s nearby Upper Brook Street. “When I visited the property last year, I was able to look at the complete spectrum of the signal,” says Baird. “You could hear there was only LF and low mid that was contributing to the A-weighted measurements and we realized that if we could reduce that frequency band we could have a better differential.”

And so his R&D team set to work on the optimization routines across the full frequency range to improve the differential between on- and off-site levels without extending latency––and this trial optimization will in time feature in new data firmware. While Baird maintains that testing will remain ongoing he says the success at Glastonbury gave him the confidence to deploy it on additional arrays in Hyde Park including house left side hang and the two delays nearest to Park Lane.

He describes these early tests and the additional increase of around 2-3dB in max FOH levels over the previous year as “encouraging and significant”.

Capital Sound’s Technical Manager and Systems Designer, Ian Colville, confirmed, “It all worked well and there were no issues with the three arrays we used the new optimization algorithm on.”

His site design replicated last year’s when the stage was reoriented through 30° to point it away from sensitive offsite areas, and included 10 delay towers (in two rings of four plus one ring of two). However, there was one exception. “We dropped a delay position [in Ring 3] which didn’t need to be there because the design of the back of the field changed,” he said.

For the main PA, Capital deployed two hangs of 16 x MLA and 1 x MLD Downfill per side, with 12 x MLA and 1 x MLD Downfill for the sidefills. The sub array consisted of 21 x MLX in a broadside cardioid array, with a further 11 enclosures back facing.

The three delay rings comprised between seven and nine MLA element hangs (supported by MLD Downfill and MLX subs). Ring 3 featured eight MLA Compacts. These were set at distances from the stage of 295, 524 and 688 ft. (for the MLA Compacts). Distance from FOH to stage was 165 ft.

Capital and Martin Audio deployed a team of technical heavyweights, including Chris Pyne, who handles Martin Audio product support for SE Asia and has worked closely with Capital since piloting Kylie Minogue’s mix in the 1990s; Capital had Dave Roden babysitting consoles and the accomplished Toby Donovan once again acting as system engineer while Martin Connolly was the account manager.

With FOH engineers no longer worrying about trading offsite noise pollution with audience sound levels, it meant they could really focus on the mix they wanted and at the same time appreciate the musicality of the system.

One visiting sound engineer Chris Madden (working with Little Mix), had nothing but positive comments. “I used the Martin MLA system about two years ago with Jessie J and I enjoyed it then,” he said. “But I think it was even better this time. It’s a very interesting and remarkable piece of equipment …I didn’t EQ it at all at BST and it sounded great.”

Matteo Cifelli, FOH engineer for Tom Jones, who performed on the final Sunday, was equally effusive. “I was very happy with the results we achieved, the mix immediately sounded just as it was conceived,” he says. “This is the sign of a good cabinet, and also of a well tuned system.”

“I was very pleased with the purity and musicality of the cabinet. I also appreciated the consistency in frequency response at different levels. The sound image was among the best I have ever heard on a large system. Even mixing off center, I could hear all the reverbs and details of my mix clearly and the presence and sweetness on the vocals was great, in your face and never harsh.”

( left to right): Martin Audio’s Jason Baird and Chris Pyne; Capital Sound’s Ian Colville

Summing up Jason Baird says, “What FOH engineers want at festivals is plenty of headroom and not to worry about offsite restrictions. Having reduced the low mid and LF spectrum this year, we’ve been able to further ensure this, and that means the power, depth and definition of the system can also really shine too.”

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.

HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays Go Into “X Mode” for the 2014 Miss USA Interviews

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – As 51 contestants competed in one of the country’s most widely viewed beauty contests, Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Premier Sound Services (PSS) provided the sound reinforcement for the Miss USA Pageant. The event is part of Miss Universe, which is owned by Donald Trump and was televised nationally live on NBC. As always, PSS stuck with its inventory of HARMAN’s JBL VTX line arrays to generate the best coverage and superior sound quality.

The main PA system consisted of 13 JBL VTX V25 line array loudspeakers per side in long-throw “X Mode” (35Hz high pass filter) and were powered with 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD and two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The system also featured 45-degree outfill arrays, which featured nine VTX V20 loudspeakers in long-throw 60Hz mode that were powered by six Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. On the floor, 16 bi-amped JBL SRX712M stage monitors were used with five Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers.

Two JBL VTX V20 loudspeakers were provided for the judges, with an additional two V20 loudspeakers per side for front fill, powered by two Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifiers. The downstage side-fill hangs featured six JBL VERTEC® VT4886 subcompact line array loudspeakers per side, powered by a single Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier. The upstage side fill hangs also featured six VT4886 loudspeakers per side, powered with one Crown I-Tech 4×3500 HD amplifier.

“Keeping the loudspeakers hidden from the camera angles as much as possible was the main challenge of this event,” said Brian Gordon, Co-Owner and Head Audio Engineer of PSS. “Originally, we wanted to hang 14 units per side for the main PA, but thanks to the sheer power of the VTX Series we got the output we needed with fewer units, and we never hit the limit on any of the amplifiers.”

When asked why no subwoofers were used, Gordon replied, “We didn’t need any subwoofers for this show, because intelligibility and sound cohesiveness were the key objectives, and the VTX Series loudspeakers are superior in those areas over everything else. There was no interference and everything came out exactly as it should. I was especially impressed by the smoothness of the off-axis dispersion of the V20’s, which was just amazing.”

For more information on Premier Sound Services, please visit www.psssound.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and integrated control solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson ®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a global workforce of 15,200 people and reported sales of $5.1 billion for the last 12 months ended March 31, 2014.

Slovakia Medical University Complex Get the Renkus-Heinz Treatment

Banská Bystrica, Slovakia – July 2014… One of the region’s most respected institutions, Slovak Medical University has recently completed a major renovation and reconstruction project at their campus in Banská Bystrica. The multi-functional complex includes several classrooms, student dormitories, and a large, multi-purpose auditorium and presentation hall, used for graduations, conferences, technical seminars, and more.

The complex underwent a full technology modernization, including new audio, conferencing, and interpretation systems, as well as video, digital signage, and information technology systems. The systems were designed and installed by Bratislav-based MediaTech, one of the largest professional AV firms in central Europe, and include a full range of loudspeakers from Orange County, CA-based Renkus-Heinz.

The main system includes several ICONYX IC16-R-II and IC8-R-II digitally steered arrays, as well as a number of ICX7-II mechanically steered arrays. ICONYX steered array technology enables precise steering of the sound toward the audience and away from walls and other reflective surfaces, reducing reflections and improving intelligibility.

“The hall has always been very challenging acoustical space, and there were a lot of problems with spoken word intelligibility. Of course, this affects people’s ability to communicate, and to learn,” reports MediaTech General Director, Ing. Bohumil Tonkovic. “The ICONYX systems really provided an excellent solution. Intelligibility has been dramatically improved, and their low profile design integrated nicely with the building’s architecture.”

Elsewhere in the complex, Renkus-Heinz CFX41 and CFX61 two way systems provide additional sound reinforcement. State-of-the-art video systems include large scale remote controlled projection screens with Mitsubishi projectors, PTZ cameras for conferencing, and full multi-language interpretation facilities.

Working under an exceptionally demanding timeline, the team from MediaTech handled the entire project, from planning and preparation to system design and installation, as well as training on-site personnel in the operation of all systems.

“Banska Bystrica finally has a space that meets all the parameters of top quality acoustics and information technology,” enthused Professor MD. Svetozár Dluholucký, PhD., Dean of Slovak Medical University.

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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.

Martin Audio MLA™ Breaks Record At Glastonbury

Martin Audio’s groundbreaking Multi-Cellular Loudspeaker Array (MLA) system has made Glastonbury history by delivering the highest sound levels to the audience without exceeding noise pollution levels beyond the perimeter.

Making its Glastonbury debut, the system deployed on the Pyramid Stage was impressive in every respect, employing cabinets from the entire MLA™ range of loudspeakers. This comprised a total of 72 MLA for the main hangs, eight MLA Compact for stereo infill at the pit barrier and four delay positions of 14 MLA each. The latest addition to the range, the MLA Mini was also featured, providing stereo infill behind the FOH control structure and onstage coverage of artists’ guest viewing platforms. A massive broadside array of 38 MLX stretched across the entire width of the stage to provide sub-bass support to the entire system.

The company’s unique MLA technology enables very fine control of how each array covers its designated audience area. Their own amplifier and DSP channel, a total of six in each MLA independently control acoustic cells housed within each cabinet. This control allowed RG Jones system engineer Mark Edwards to specify exactly what SPL and frequency response was required across the audience, with the intelligent software automatically controlling the array to produce that result. This amounted to just a 6dB drop off over the 985 ft. long audience area, with incredibly even frequency response.

“We used our proprietary computer software to figure out how to drive each cell in each array to direct sound just at the audience, and then cut it off sharply just beyond the audience to dramatically reduce noise pollution,” says Martin Audio’s R&D Director Jason Baird. “As a result, headliners including Arcade Fire and Metallica could play at 104-105dBA – this is the first time such high levels have been achieved in the history of Glastonbury as noise limits are really strict.”

More than 150,000 fans listened to headline acts Metallica, Arcade Fire, and Kasabian, as well as The 1975, Elbow, Rudimental, Nitin Sawhney, and Dolly Parton, mixed on the MLA system.

Having persuaded the festival production in 2007 that RG Jones Sound Engineering was the right company to run audio services on the Pyramid Stage, Simon Honywill said, “I believed that MLA was the right system for the Pyramid since I first heard its extraordinary fidelity and learned about its unique abilities. Having used it at the past two Glastonbury Abbey shows, it was natural to suggest to Dick Tee and his team that it should take its rightful place on this iconic stage. I think it has more than proved itself here – I spent a considerable amount of time out in the audience and have never heard the field covered so well. And people in the crowd were openly complimentary about the volume and clarity too.”

There was also effervescent praise from the stream of FOH engineers over the weekend.

One of the biggest draws of the weekend was Metallica, engineered by Mick Hughes: “MLA is a new system to me, a new experience. I was surprised how easy it was to get the mix I wanted out of it. When I first used it I thought ‘whoa’ there’s some serious horsepower here. It just sounded really alive; I wouldn’t shy away from using it again.”

One of the most enigmatic performances was from Lana Del Ray, engineered by Max Bisgrove: “In half a song, I could get out what I needed from the MLA system. Great clarity, great power, it’s by far my favorite Glastonbury mixing experience so far.”

Dave McEwan, FOH sound engineer for Nitin Sawhney, remarked: “Glastonbury was the first time I’ve used the big MLA, and I’m really impressed – great imaging, 3D, even 4D sound. You can dive in and enjoy, it’s another sort of PA! I’m hoping to use this at the Royal Albert Hall for Nitin in September. I love it; it’s a great product, a super sounding system, lush and hi-fi, with lots of depth.”

The 1975’s engineer, Jamie McLuckie, adds: “At some festivals you have to tweak the bottom end, but MLA was nice and easy. The system sounded fat, with nice clarity and nice high end too. I couldn’t really fault it.”

For John Carroll, MD of RG Jones Sound Engineering, Glastonbury has been the affirmation of what he’s known for some time: “Martin Audio’s MLA is the next generation and there’s nothing out there to match it. Our continued support from Martin Audio is second to none.”

Summing up, Jason Baird says: “It was my career highlight back in 2008 working on our very first Glastonbury, but with MLA this year, it’s been topped. To see the massive audiences in complete unison front to back enjoying the performances, combined with the constant stream of smiling faces at FOH, it’s been the showcase for everything that Martin Audio and MLA stands for.”

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.

Technotrix and Martin Audio Cover Musical Graduation Ceremonies

Chicago, IL––Because Columbia College Chicago specializes in arts and media, their commencement exercises in the Chicago Theatre and the outdoor arts festival showcase preceding it are characterized by a wide variety of musical styles, ensembles and performances.

This is the 16th year Technotrix of Calumet City, IL has provided audio, stage and lighting for the graduation festivities, depending on Martin Audio to reproduce the music with the accuracy, audio quality and even coverage demanded by the different events.

Held the day before commencement, the Manifest Urban Arts Festival is a showcase for all graduating students on three stages at various locations near the campus in the downtown Chicago Loop.

The outdoor stages feature jazz orchestras, rock bands, performance arts groups, musical theater, stage combat and more. Each has a Martin Audio PA system run by students who function as FOH and Monitors engineers and stage technicians.

Set up under a tent, the main stage had 5 Martin Audio W8LC enclosures a side with 12 ground-stacked WSX subs; 3 W8C, 2 WS218X and 1 WS18X for side fill and 10 LE12JB stage monitors. Stage 2, also under in a tent, used 2 W8C and 2 WSX subs a side with 6 LE12JB stage monitors. The smallest stage was set up in an outdoor garden area with 2 Martin Audio WT3, 2 WS218X subs and 4 LE12JB stage wedges to keep quality high.

Asked about the results, Technotrix’s Kevin Kiefer said, “We’ve been doing the Manifest event for a number of years with a formula that just keeps getting bigger and more complex over the years as they add more bands, musicians and different types of music. The College is very happy with the sound we provide using our Martin Audio system. In fact, they said this year was the best it’s ever been. We just try to raise the bar every time out.”

The graduation ceremony takes place the next day in the historic 3600-seat capacity Chicago Theatre. Featuring two small stages stacked one on top of the other stage left and right with different ensembles, and a 25-piece jazz orchestra and 20-piece gospel choir set up in the pit, coordinating and reproducing all of the music is challenging, to say the least.

“We were up to just over 100 channels of audio this year with the jazz ensembles, commencement choir and all of the small stages,” Kevin explains. “We’d have singers and a horn section on the upper level and keyboards and rhythm section on the lower level, and they all do a variety of different numbers – a constant challenge in terms of the onstage sound. Fortunately, we had a Martin Audio monitor system to help us stay on top of the mix.

Concluding, Kevin adds “We’ve been using Martin Audio for a long time because it differentiates us from our competitors. Martin Audio speakers have a unique voice that allows us to achieve a better end result in terms of audio quality and coverage. Their speakers are accurate and consistent, which is important for events like the commencement and festival where there are so many different types of bands ranging through every type of program material. That’s one of the reasons why we’ve been doing this for 16 years.”

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.

CCF Church — Massive Sound for a Massive Hall

Manila, Phillipines – July 2014…. Founded in the early 1980s, CCF (Christ’s Commission Fellowship) has grown from a 40-member evangelistic bible study group to become one of the world’s mega-churches, with membership in the tens of thousands and numerous satellites across the globe. Over the years, the church has moved several times as its numbers have outgrown its seating capacity, and in May of 2013, CCF opened the doors to its new world headquarters. CCF Worship and Training Center’s 750,000 square foot building is home to the church’s offices and school, a youth and sports center, a 10,000-seat chapel, and a 2,000-seat overflow hall.

Audio for the massive space was designed in part by Vance Breshears of the San Diego, CA offices of Acoustic Dimensions, and installed by Manila-based Joint Venture Sound, Light, and Entertainment Concepts. The main system comprises 36 Renkus-Heinz STLA/9R line array loudspeakers. Front fill is provided by 40 Sygma Series SG81-2R compact 8-inch two-way loudspeakers, with 12 DR18-2R dual 18-inch subwoofers covering low frequency reinforcement.

The smaller (relatively speaking) 2,000-seat overflow hall is covered by a system of 16 CF101LA-52R compact modular point source line array speakers, with 26 more SG81-2R cabinets covering front fill. Four DR18-2R subs handle the bottom end in the room. Renkus-Heinz Senior VP Ralph Heinz and engineer KK Tan assisted with commissioning the system.

“The new CCF church headquarters is a breathtakingly beautiful architectural space, and Renkus-Heinz is proud to have been selected to provide the sound for their new, state-of-the-art chapels,” remarked Ralph Heinz.

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