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PCS Rumbles Phooson and Shakes Christmas Pudding with L-ACOUSTICS

Flo Rida and his guests from the Phooson audience monitored via L-ACOUSTICS 115XT HiQ wedges

PHOENIX, Arizona — David Stern, president of Precise Corporate Staging (PCS), reports that December has been a banner month for his company with a dozen different productions on its event calendar, all of which utilized L-ACOUSTICS loudspeaker systems.

The stage and L-ACOUSTICS system at Phooson 2011

The month kicked off with a bang as PCS shook Phoenix’s U.S. Airways Center on December 2 for Phooson 2011, an annual pop music festival hosted by KRQ/KISS FM’s Johnjay & Rich and featuring Selena Gomez, Flo Rida, OneRepublic and Gym Class Heroes, among other acts. PCS supplied a concert sound system for the event comprised of 30 V-DOSC, 30 dV-DOSC and 12 SB28 subs. Eight 115XT HiQ coaxial wedges provided stage monitoring, while two ARCS paired with two SB series subs served as sidefills. more

L-ACOUSTICS KARAi Helps Bring New Life to New Life Community Church

Oxnard's New Life Community Church

OXNARD, California — After outgrowing its previous worship facility of ten years, New Life Community Church of Oxnard, California has now moved into its new home–a renovated 50,000-square-foot industrial building on Rice Avenue. To accommodate the sound reinforcement needs of the much larger space, New Life called upon Rutherford Design of nearby Northridge, which specified the installation of an L-ACOUSTICS KARAi loudspeaker system. more

Edge ShowTek Makes Use of AuviTran EtherSound Unit for Red Bull Fuel & Fury

BUENA PARK, Calif.—More than 5,000 attendees flocked to the site of this year’s Red Bull Fuel & Fury snowmobile jumping event. Held in early November in Chicago, they witnessed seven of the world’s best freestyle snowmobilers at the largest single event of the year.

Edge ShowTek (Northbrook, IL) was tasked with the audio production for the event, making good use of the new AuviTran AVM-500ES unit to maintain an EtherSound network within the entire digital system. The system consisted of a Yamaha PM5D-RH digital console, two Yamaha SB-168ES Stage Boxes, 36 NEXO GEO S8 speakers, 12 CD12 subs split between four towers, six NEXO PS15s, and five NEXO NXAMP 4x4s amplifiers.

The AVM-500ES unit is an EtherSound Network Matrix housed in a 19” 1U rack box for linking and routing up to five EtherSound networks together, Integrating a full matrix router of 320 x 320 audio channels. “The unit worked very well, states Pete Hansen, Operations Manager, Edge ShowTek. The reason we decided to use the AVM-500 was to maintain an EtherSound network throughout the whole system, which would not have been possible without the unit, or at least very undesirable from a cabling standpoint.”

Hansen said the setup for this system was quite unique in that speaker positions were both in front of and behind the Yamaha front of house position. The Edge ShowTek crew used a combination of Cat5 and Fiber Optic cable runs that were fairly long and non-linear with about 200-300 feet between each speaker tower. They were able to save about 1,000 feet of cable run by splitting the ES network in front of, and behind, the front of house position by using the AVM-500.

“We have been using EtherSound as a method of running multi-channel digital audio for years, says Hansen. It’s amazing to hear how well the audio fidelity is maintained when you never leave the digital domain, says Hansen. If you are going to use a digital console, you might as well run in a digital format like EtherSound as much as possible. The AVM-500ES allowed us to do just that over the whole system, and it sounded phenomenal.”

“An event like Fuel & Fury was an ideal use of EtherSound networking given the large distances between microphone sources, speaker towers and the Yamaha front of house, notes Trevor Waller, of Edge ShowTek and A1 for the event. With announcer microphones over 600 feet away from the mix position, the ability to send those sources to the Yamaha PM5D-RH console digitally with virtually no line losses was a great advantage in making sure the event could be heard by everyone even over the roar of snowmobiles in the air. The unit was virtually plug and play and allowed us to save valuable setup time, both in its ease of patching and integration into our system.”

For more information on Edge ShowTek, visit www.edgeshowtek.com.

For more information on the AVM-500ES, visit 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.

Electro Acoustics Installs HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays At University Of North Texas’ Newly Constructed APOGEE Stadium

APOGEE Stadium at the University of North Texas features an audio system comprised of JBL VLA line arrays.

NORTHRIDGE, California – At the epicenter of the University of North Texas’ “Mean Green Village” outside of campus, Fort Worth, Texas-based Electro Acoustics has outfitted the newly constructed APOGEE Stadium with HARMAN’s JBL VLA line arrays. Designed by Gary White of Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc., it was important for the PA system to provide high output, high clarity and immense power.

The 30,850-person capacity APOGEE Stadium features a main scoreboard system comprising eight JBL VLA901 line array loudspeakers, combined with eight VLA601 loudspeakers, each split four to each side. Three additional VLA901H and four VLA601H loudspeakers round out the scoreboard sound system. Installed throughout the stadium for additional PA support are 74 Control® 26CT ceiling speakers and 18 Control 30 outdoor monitor speakers.

“JBL’s VLA line arrays provide the power and reliability the client required in such a demanding venue,” stated Chris Jordan, president of Electro-Acoustics. “The speakers are perfect for an outdoor environment. We focused on providing a loud system that could withstand any inconvenient weather. The VLA loudspeakers are performing exactly as they were designed.”

Crown amplifiers power APOGEE Stadium’s sound system, which also features BSS processing. The entire system is controlled through HARMAN’s HiQnet System Architect™.

To help make certain construction of the stadium was completed on time, Electro Acoustics designed, built, tested and tweaked the entire system in its studio–an important strategy to ensure the safety and structural integrity of the construction site.

“The speakers were easily rigged and time was the only challenge when dealing with the new construction of APOGEE,” Jordan continued. “UNT was our first major install of VLA line arrays and we are very proud of the outcome. The stadium sounds amazing. The clients received exactly what they expected, on time and on budget.”

For more information about Electro Acoustics, please visit http://www.eavi.com.

For more information on Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc., please visit www.wjhw.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 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Electro Acoustics Upgrades Texas Rangers Ballpark In Arlington with HARMAN’s JBL Loudspeakers

NORTHRIDGE, California – Home to the 2-time defending Major League Baseball American League Champions Texas Rangers, the Rangers Ballpark at Arlington is known for its energetic and dedicated crowds. Fort Worth, Texas-based Electro Acoustics recently upgraded the stadium’s sound system with HARMAN’s JBL PD series loudspeakers.

With a 17-year-old audio system in the venue, Electro Acoustics was called on to set a higher standard for the stadium after the Rangers’ remarkable 2010 season. With crowds becoming more and more excited about the team and their run at a championship, it was important to match that intensity with powerful sound. Replacing the original canopy-mounted loudspeaker system with a top-of-the-line JBL loudspeaker system was and easy choice for the designers, integrators and the Rangers.

Electro Acoustics swapped out 27 of the original speakers for 32 JBL PD5125-WRX low-frequency loudspeakers and 16 PD743-WRX mid/high-frequency loudspeakers, surrounding the ballpark in strategic locations. Two AM7215/95-WRX 2-way loudspeakers provide sound behind home plate.

“We’ve had a great relationship with the Rangers throughout the years and they’ve come to rely on our exemplary service and dedication, while we’ve come to understand their needs as a place for entertainment,” stated Chris Jordan, President of Electro Acoustics. “There is a clear, substantially improved difference in sound throughout the ballpark with the JBL PD Series solution. The client is very pleased with the outcome.”

Receiving the assignment in January 2011, Jordan, working along with system designer Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc., had from mid-January to a week before Opening Day to design, install, test and perfect the stadium’s new audio system. Jordan quickly connected with JBL to custom-order the loudspeakers.

“JBL was very cooperative and extremely helpful with our small window and we were able to deliver a great system,” Jordan continued. “We try to maintain a reputation of completing our work on time and on budget, so finishing this large-scale installation in such a limited time frame only backed that reputation. We thank all of those involved for such a great end product.”

For more information on Electro Acoustics, please visit http://www.eavi.com.

For more information on Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc., please visit www.wjhw.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 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Electro Acoustics Installs Texas Christian University’s Amon G. Carter Stadium’s Sound With HARMAN’s JBL VLA Line Arrays

The new audio system at Amon G. Carter Stadium at Texas Christian University is highlighted by JBL VLA line arrays.

NORTHRIDGE, California – Home to the Texas Christian University (TCU) Horned Frogs’ football team, Amon G. Carter Stadium is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar rebuild, which includes a full redesign of the sound system. Initially, a HARMAN-based distributed system was considered with custom boxes; however, the University desired the “big sound” that comes with an end zone cluster.

Casey Sherred of Acoustic Dimensions in Addison, Texas worked with the University to design a system that would capture and deliver the feel of the college football experience. “As HKS Architects developed the design for the stadium, iterative changes moved the scoreboard to a level that made an end zone solution possible, giving the University the audio experience it wanted to enhance game-day excitement,” Sherred said. “TCU was very pleased with the performance of its original JBL system, which drove the selection of HARMAN products from speakers, amplifiers, DSP to the audio console.”

Fort Worth, Texas-based Electro Acoustics installed the complete HARMAN system, highlighted by six JBL VLA loudspeaker arrays.

The stadium, which was operable during the 2011 football season, is slated to complete construction by the 2012 season. With the sound system replaced, it now boasts 20 VLA601H-WRX loudspeakers, eight VLA601-WRX’s, eight VLA301H-WRX’s and eight ASB6128 subwoofers hanging from the scoreboard behind the north end zone. The north seating areas are covered by four PD5322/95-WRX, two PD743-WRX, 11 AM7212/00-WRX and 15 Control 28T-60 loudspeakers. Throughout the seating and pedestrian traffic areas, audio systems include: 189 Control 26CT ceiling speakers located in the restrooms and 89 Control 25AV’s providing sound to concession areas. The Founder’s Lounge and Champion’s Club utilize 28 Control 227CT’s and seven Control 321CT’s to entertain the crowds with clear, live music and commentary.

“The VLA speakers allowed us to design a system that exhibited broadband pattern control, facilitating great sound 600 feet away while controlling sound levels on the party deck just 25 feet below,” Sherred said.

The schedule was tight with construction occurring during the football season. Installation and commissioning of the audio system was scheduled down to a ‘T’ as installers and designers dealt with construction on the stadium. The most challenging aspect was ensuring the sound and building contractors did not interfere with each other, causing delays or budget overruns. According to Chris Jordan, president of Electro Acoustics, by working with the contractors and electricians, Electro Acoustics was able to construct, program and test the equipment in their shop, shipping and rigging it at the field when time permitted. The project was completed on time and within budget.

“JBL has proven itself with TCU as a reliable, high-quality performer over the decades, which aligns itself perfectly with the reputation of Horned Frogs football,” stated Jordan. “Constantly in the national spotlight and drawing sold out crowds, it is important to have a stadium that not only looks like it hosts a national caliber team, but one that also excites the crowd and offers that extra ‘wow’ factor. The VLA system throughout the stadium is top-quality and performs immaculately.”

The sound system is powered by Crown amplifiers – 43 MA-5000i’s and 18 MA-9000i’s, accompanied with CTS 1200, 2000, 3000, 4200A, 600 and 8200A amps – and processed through BSS London DSP technology, including BLU-120, 160, 800 BLU-10 touchscreen remote and SW9012US volume controllers in the suites. The Soundcraft Si Compact digital console will be installed during the offseason. The HARMAN system is controlled through HARMAN’s HiQnet System ArchitectTM.

“We’ve had a great relationship with TCU over the past 20 years and they continue to rely on our experience to do exactly what we promise and to provide exceptional service,” Jordan said. “The system sounds great. TCU expected a loud and clear system to excite their fans and players and that’s exactly what we installed. There is plenty of headroom, low distortion and it is absolutely clear.”

“I’ve received multiple complements, from university admin, coaches, players and even folks around the neighborhood,” Jordan continued. “We couldn’t ask for a better response.”

For more information about Electro Acoustics, please visit http://www.eavi.com.

For more information about Acoustic Dimensions, please visit http://acousticdimensions.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 12,500 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.0 billion for twelve months ending September 30, 2011.

Sound Kingdom Changes Name to Event Systems and Adds L-ACOUSTICS

Event Systems' L-ACOUSTICS KIVA-KILO system at Wichita's historic Orpheum Theatre

WICHITA, Kansas — On the cusp of celebrating its tenth year of business in the production services market, Wichita-based Sound Kingdom, Inc. has now changed its name to Event Systems, Inc. and expanded its L-ACOUSTICS inventory with the purchase of six ARCS line source systems, four 12XT coaxials, and an additional LA8 amplified controller.

The new gear complements an existing equipment roster that includes 18 KIVA and six KILO elements — collectively driven by a single LA-RAK — plus six 115XT HiQ coaxial stage wedges and two tiny 108P self-powered enclosures. more

L-ACOUSTICS K1 Used To Inaugurate New Kiev UEFA Stadium

KIEV, Ukraine — Fotis Sound, L-ACOUSTICS’ Polish rental network agent, has provided an L-ACOUSTICS K1 WST line source system for the opening of the Olympic Stadium in Kiev in preparation for the UEFA Euro 2012 Football Championship.

The opening ceremony, under the guidance of director Alexey Batkovsky, was based on Ukrainian history, with more than 2,000 volunteers and dancers involved in the larger performances. At the concert’s finale, Shakira appeared on stage to a backdrop of spectacular fireworks before an audience of 50,000, including Ukrainian president Victor Janukovich. more

Visual Horizon Communications Upgrades to L-ACOUSTICS LA-RAK

VHC's Paul Smith (left) and Andy Gustaveson with the company's five new L-ACOUSTICS LA-RAK touring amplifier racks

LA8 amplified controllers take VHC’s KUDO system to a new level

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Twin Cities-based Visual Horizon Communications (VHC), Inc. has now optimized the performance of its KUDO and other L-ACOUSTICS systems with the purchase of five LA-RAK touring amplifier racks, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers.

Providing audio, lighting and video services throughout the US for high-profile corporate clients like Target, Best Buy, Wells Fargo, Starkey Labs, Arctic Cat, Great Clips, Macy’s, Buffalo Wild Wings and Precor, VHC was one of the first North American adopters of L-ACOUSTICS’ dV-DOSC system more than a decade ago. more

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L-ACOUSTICS KARA installed in Norwegian National Theatre

OSLO, Norway — Norwegian distributor Scandec Systemer has supplied and installed an L-ACOUSTICS KARA WST line source system in the Norwegian National Theatre in Oslo.

The new system consists of seven KARA cabinets flown with two SB18 subs per side, with a center array of 10 KIVA speakers. The system is driven by LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers. more

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