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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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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.

Reach Communications Adds NEXO STM Line Array To Arsenal

BUENA PARK, Calif.—Reach Communications of Minneapolis, MN has added a new NEXO STM line array to its already impressive stable of NEXO boxes. “We researched NEXO, L’Acoustics, d&b and others for boxes having a high 145+db peak output per box, to use as a large format line array for our bigger shows, states Dan Brown, Event Services Manager, at Reach. Having had a long history with NEXO and owning 130+ boxes in house before this purchase, we felt with our current inventory and amazing support from NEXO, this was the obvious option.” With the addition of the STM, Reach now owns 192 NEXO boxes, and 34 NXAmp 4×4 and 4 NXAmp 4×1 amplifiers.

So far, the NEXO STM rig has been used on Unite – NDOP 2014 and the KTIS Joyful Noise Family Festival 2014. NDOP included Hillsong United and a local Unite house band. KTIS Joyful Noise acts included Lincoln Brewster, Mercy Me, Tenth Ave North, Steven Curtis Chapman, Audio Adrenaline, Mandisa, and Hawk Nelson.

“The output and sound quality is incredible and very accurate, says Brown. We have had engineers comment that the STM rig has headroom for days and I barely had to do anything to the EQ! We wanted a system that would give engineers a clean canvas to mix on and headroom to handle the largest venues, and STM provides that.”

For NDOP 2014, the NEXO layout consisted of 12 STM M46 boxes and 12 B112 bass per side, 8 GEO S12s per side for outfill and 9 GEO S12s per side for rear fill. 8 STM S118 subs were used left and right with 8 RS18 spread across the center, and 8 PS10-R2s provided front fill. For Joyful Noise, the NEXO layout consisted of 12 STM M46 boxes and B112 bass per side, 12 GEO S12s HL used for outfill, 5 GEO S12s HR for outfill, 16 GEO S12 used for delays – 8 left and 8 right, 16 NEXO STM S118 subs – 8 per side in Cardioid configuration, 18 RS18 ray subs spread across the center in stacks of 3, and 8 PS10-R2 for front fill. The monitor rig for Joyful Noise included 10 PS15-R2 wedges, 2 PS15-R2 and 2 RS18s for side fills, and 2 RS15 used for drum subs. 14 NEXO NUAR racks powered the system.

“Reach Communications rig was my first experience with the NEXO STM, and it was incredible! states Lee Fields, front of house engineer for Lincoln Brewster. The horsepower of this PA is remarkable. From the second I started mixing until the last note, I was blown away by the punch of the LF and smoothness of the HF. This is Seriously the muscle-car of PA’s.”

For Unite NDOP, Reach provided two Yamaha CL5 digital audio consoles, one at front of house and one for monitors and a PM5D-RH for the house band monitors. A Yamaha CL5 was used at FOH and PM5D-RH at monitors for Joyful Noise. Reach also used the new Yamaha QL1 digital audio console for playback and announcements.

Additional audio gear supplied by Reach included Sennheiser 2000 IEM, Shure UHF-R, Shure, Sennheiser, Beyer, AT mics and Radial, Countryman DI’s. Lighting included Vari-Lite VL3000 spot, VL3500 spot, Martin MAC Aura, MAC 101 – Atomic 3000, ChromaQ colorforce 48, Chauvet 230SR Beam, GrandMA2 light. Video consisted of Hitachi HD1000 camera, Ross Carbonite 2ME switcher, Ross Router, AJA KiPro recorders.

For more information on Reach Communications, visit www.reachcomm.net.

For more information on the NEXO STM line array, 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.

Positive Reinforcement: CTS Audio Adds More Than 100 HARMAN JBL VTX Series Line Array Loudspeakers to Its Tour Sound Inventory

FRANKLIN, Tennessee — Sound contractor CTS Audio was one of the first adopters of HARMAN JBL’s flagship VTX Series line arrays and it’s safe to say they’ve liked what they heard—the company just purchased more than 100 more of them. CTS Audio added a total of 108 V20 line array loudspeakers to its inventory, plus another eight V25 loudspeakers and a bevy of VTX F Series F12 loudspeakers.

While Franklin, Tennessee-based CTS Audio had used the V25 arrays at a number of high-profile events in the past year, the company put the V20 to the test for the first time at the recent 2014 K-Love Fan Awards, held at Nashville’s Opry Hotel and featuring the biggest names in Christian music including Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Amy Grant, Scott Stapp, Sidewalk Prophets and more than 40 other artists.

“Based on our experience with the VTX Series V25 and S28 subwoofers, we didn’t think we were going out on too much of a limb with the V20’s, which we were interested in for their smaller size and which would give us a more flexible loudspeaker inventory that would be adaptable to a wider variety of venues,” said Mike Taylor, Vice President at CTS Audio.

Nevertheless, it was definitely a case of “try before you buy”, and Taylor and his team flew out to the JBL headquarters in Northridge, California to give the V20 an audition. Taylor was hoping to hear big sound from a more compact loudspeaker–and was floored. “We listened to six of the boxes from 200 feet away and were amazed at how much clean, powerful sound the V20 put out.”

For the K-Love Fan Awards, CTS flew 10 deep V20 arrays over four S28 subwoofers on each side of the stage, complemented by two F12 speakers per side for outfill. The loudspeakers were driven by 24 Crown I-Tech 12000 HD amplifiers, and CTS used JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ for system setup and control. “We’ve used the Crown amps with the V25 line arrays and Performance Manager on dozens of events, so the transition to the V20 was pretty close to effortless in terms of setup and calibration,” Taylor said.

“The sound we achieved was stunning, absolutely stunning,” Taylor added. “The headroom with the V20s is really impressive and a marked step up from other loudspeakers that we’ve used in the past.”

Taylor noted that in fact, they never came anywhere close to hitting the limiting for the system, and the V20 exceeded their expectations in its ability to fill the Opry with even coverage from the front to the back of the hall, with a smooth tonal balance and impressive dynamics and presence.

Taylor and his crew also appreciated the V20’s smaller size that makes it easier to fly, load in and load out. “It’s just a really well thought-out design,” he concluded.

For more information on CTS Audio, please visit www.ctsaudio.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.

University of Oslo Dental School Opens Wide for Iconyx

Oslo, Norway – June 2014… The University of Oslo is recognized as one of Northern Europe’s most prestigious institutions, ranking among the world’s top 100 universities. With a strong focus on Science, Law, and Medicine, the University’s School of Dentistry is among the most respected teaching facilities of its kind.

The University’s main Campus Medica building is home to the offices and laboratories of distinguished scientists and doctors from across the globe, along with dozens of classrooms and a large 350-seat lecture hall and demonstration lab. The auditorium was recently treated to an AV makeover, installing a new sound and video system featuring Renkus-Heinz Iconyx IC Live digitally steered arrays.

The system was designed by Cowi Consultaing Group, led by Geir Kristoffersen, working together with leading Norwegian pro AV distributors Benum AS, and installed by Caverion Norway. It features IC Live ICL-FR Dual digitally steered arrays to the left and right of a large video screen, with each array topped by a single IC215S dual 15-inch subwoofer to deliver articulate, full-range sound to the entire hall.

“The Iconyx arrays enabled us to focus the sound solidly on the audience area, and steer it away from the walls and ceiling,” explains Sverre Jøssund, Product Manager for Benum AS. “And the Iconyx form factor is much more low profile than a traditional line array, so it doesn’t create sightline issues for any of the seats.” An Allen and Heath matrix mixer handles the inputs from ten channels of wired and wireless Shure microphones, with Crestron control making the system quite user friendly.

“Using the beam steering to its full potential, the ICONYX speakers were able to deliver great, well controlled speech intelligibility to the very back rows,” added Geir Kristoffersen. “It is difficult to imagine how a conventional loudspeaker could have delivered this type of performance.”

“The IC Live fit perfectly in this space, and really satisfied all their needs,” Jøssund concludes. “You can play heavy rock music, or the softest professor’s voice, and it all sounds clear, clean, and powerful. They’re really happy with the system.”

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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.

3G Productions Deploys Martin Audio MLA At EDC Las Vegas

This year’s Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas easily earned its reputation as the world’s largest electronic music festival with seven stages, carnival rides, art installations, fireworks displays and over 400,000 in attendance.

The landmark multimedia three-day event took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and focused on providing a total entertainment experience for EDM fans with over 70 DJs performing each day.

3G Productions of Las Vegas/Los Angeles, who once again provided audio for the event, set up a fully loaded Martin Audio MLA loudspeaker system on Stage Two (Cosmic Meadow) to deliver the power and huge amount of low end required for the shows. DJs featured on the stage included Diplo, Justin Martin, A-Trak, Chromeo, Bassnectar, Dillon Francis and Destructo, just to name a few.

The system for Cosmic Meadow stage consisted of 16 MLA and 2 MLAD enclosures per side, 12 MLA Compact per side for sidefills and 3 MLA Compact per side for front fills. More than the required amount of low end was provided by 40 MLX subs stacked one on top of the other along the front of the stage. A Yamaha CL5 console was used for Front of House and a Yamaha PM5D for Monitors.

Asked about the MLA, 3G’s Keith Conrad said, “the system performance each night was fantastic and the Martin Audio stage blew everybody away. The client (insomniac) was happy with the way MLA performed, the show was packed every day and the DJs and their engineers were really impressed with the system.

“Because Cosmic Meadow stage was facing out towards the speedway and wasn’t competing with any other stage,” Keith adds, “we got the full impact and power of the system, which was amazing. As it turned out, we didn’t even need delay towers because the coverage was so exceptional. This was due in part because of Martin Audio’s Display 2.1 modeling software.

“What makes EDC unique from other music genre festivals is the incredible amount of bass that’s required for EDM. The MLX subs were so powerful, the artists and their crews were smiling from ear to ear as soon as they turned it on.

“Of course,” Keith concludes, “we were fortunate to have our secret weapon FOH engineer Manny Perez who is definitely a veteran with MLA and knows how to tweak the system so it sounds exactly right from the low to high frequencies, which made it an ideal situation for everyone. Overall, I’d say that the system exceeded expectations from every aspect.

For more about 3G Productions, Inc., please click to www.3glp.com.

For more about Martin Audio and MLA, 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.

WorxAudio Technologies Joins the PreSonus Family

 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, June 2014… PreSonus is pleased to announce the acquisition of loudspeaker manufacturer WorxAudio Technologies, Inc., of Greensboro, North Carolina, founded in 1979 by CEO and Director of Engineering Hugh Sarvis.

WorxAudio designs and manufactures a broad range of line array, point-source, sub-bass, stage monitor, and related loudspeaker systems and accessories. WorxAudio has established itself as a leading provider of loudspeaker systems in the mid to large church market, professional touring, and corporate AV channels.

With this acquisition, WorxAudio will significantly augment core elements of PreSonus’ professional loudspeaker development efforts, especially drivers, system and mechanical design, system tuning, and rigging system design. In addition, WorxAudio’s knowledge of the commercial sound and portable/touring markets will help PreSonus develop the infrastructure required to support the specific requirements of those customers. With PreSonus’s technical, software, distribution, and financial resources and WorxAudio’s technical, domain, and production expertise, the resulting collaboration—led by Hugh Sarvis—creates a very formidable competitor in the live-sound loudspeaker market.

“This is a logical move for us,” observes PreSonus CEO Jim Mack. “Our StudioLive™ AI series loudspeakers are great for small to medium-sized venues, but the advanced DSP platform utilized in the AI speaker line, including the optional Dante networking capability, is extremely valuable for systems designed for much larger venues and environments. The acquisition of WorxAudio significantly extends our product line to provide advanced networked loudspeaker systems to a much larger audience. Further, this acquisition brings us extremely valuable engineering system design expertise and technology, as well as loudspeaker manufacturing expertise.”

WorxAudio has gained considerable notoriety by placing near the top in several loudspeaker array shootouts, and they were the first company to implement AFMG’s advanced FIRMaker technology.

Says AFMG’s Managing Director Stefan Feistel, “WorxAudio is a premium example of a long-lasting, very positive business relationship for AFMG. WorxAudio is the first FIRmaker licensee to actually deliver two very impressive installs employing this revolutionary technology. Congratulations!”

One of the fastest growing companies in the pro audio industry, PreSonus has a well-established worldwide sales channel and, in recent years, has significantly expanded its operations, marketing and branding, testing facilities, and technical/customer support. The combined companies are expected to develop a broad range of loudspeakers for studio and stage, from low-cost, high-value products for musicians to advanced systems for mid-sized rental touring companies and systems integrators.

“Like WorxAudio, PreSonus is engineering-driven,” comments Sarvis. “We’re excited about combining our engineering know-how with PreSonus’ networking, software, and signal-processing technology to develop groundbreaking and highly competitive new professional audio products.”

For more information about WorxAudio Technologies, visit www.worxaudio.com. For more about PreSonus, visit www.presonus.com.

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About PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc. – Founded in 1995, PreSonus Audio Electronics, Inc., is a leading designer and manufacturer of audio-recording and live-sound software, hardware, and related accessories. PreSonus’s software, microphone preamps, signal processors, digital audio interfaces, digital mixers, control surfaces, loudspeakers, and other products are used worldwide for recording, sound reinforcement, broadcast, sound design, and Internet audio.

MS2800H/L Digital Signage Appliances Deliver Up to 8K Content to 16 Displays at 1080p per Display

MS2800H/L Digital Signage Appliances Deliver Up to 8K Content to 16 Displays at 1080p per Display

Play and Manage 4K and 8K Content at Native Resolution on Ultra HD Video Ribbons and Walls

InfoComm, Las Vegas, NV & San Jose, CA, – June 18, 2014 – DT Research™, Inc., an industry leader in the development of information appliances for vertical markets, today announced the MS2800H and MS2800L Digital Signage Multi Screen Appliances, the latest in the WebDT Signage System line, capable of powering content on up to 16 screens. The MS2800H/L Multi Screen Appliances enable up to 4K or 8K powerful content seamlessly played across multiple displays (up to 16 from a single appliance), and offer content blending, or tiling, across screens. The MS2800H/L provide a fully integrated system for Ultra High Definition Video playback on up to 16 screens and multi-zone management via WebDT Content Manager 6.1 Pro, the included web-based Content Management System.

Featuring two ultra-powerful Intel® Xeon® v2 processors (E5-2630 for MS2800L and E5-2643 for MS2800H with higher frame rate supported), the MS2800H/L support up to 16 outputs for ultra high resolution video arrays. Each screen displays 1920 x 1080 (Full-HD) resolution and multiple screens can be configured into one canvas or can deliver content to individual screens in different areas of a building. This flexibility simplifies installation in large venues.

The MS2800H/L are complemented by the web-based WebDT Content Manager 6.1 Pro software for intuitive remote management of content and device functions. Bundled with all WebDT signage/multi screen appliances, WebDT Content Manager offers an easy-to-use interface for organizing, scheduling, and distributing content, and supports numerous media formats (e.g., images, videos, Flash, remote URL’s, RSS, executable applications, ZIP, and Microsoft PowerPoint). Flexible screen layout options with multiple zones and layers enable a multi-screen video wall to be divided into multiple areas with different content in each zone to mix images, text, and real-time video through an RTSP or MMS stream, or through an optional video capture card. This management software allows quick updates over a network connection for real-time or scheduled content playback and automatic content download recovery to prevent downtime. The newly released WCM 6.1 Pro now supports a powerful HTML 5 Widget Editor (available for download online), enhanced player management interface, extended browser support, and fully frame-synchronized multi-screen video playback with frame-synchronized audio/video.

The WebDT Signage System offers highly-integrated digital signage hardware with intuitive web-based content management software enabling effective targeted communications. With a range of high-powered appliances for single and multiple screens, the WebDT Signage System delivers dynamic visual messages to optimize customer experience with minimal total cost of ownership and maintenance effort.

To view a full video demonstration, please visit: http://www.signage.dtri.com/products/multi_screen_appliance/ms_video.html
The MS2800H and MS2800L are available now.

About DT Research
DT Research™ develops and manufactures web-enabled information appliances for vertical applications. The WebDT family of products is based on thin computing platforms for secure, reliable, and cost-effective computing. WebDT products include digital signage solutions, wireless tablets, point-of-service handhelds, compact modular systems, and display-integrated information systems. These systems emphasize mobility, wireless connectivity and touch displays WebDT systems offer durability and ease of integration, by delivering solutions that can be remotely managed with the comprehensive WebDT Device Manager software.
For more information, visit http://signage.dtri.com.

DT Research and WebDT are trademarks of DT Research, Inc. All other brands and product names may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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PRG Calls K2 Into Active Duty for National Memorial Day Concert

PRG's initial deployment for K2 was at the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol (photo credits: Alan Henig)

Two complete L-ACOUSTICS rigs purchased, one immediately deployed at 25th annual event on the U.S. Capitol’s West Lawn

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Leading entertainment and event production services provider Production Resource Group (PRG) has officially begun upgrading to L-ACOUSTICS’ new K2 platform with the purchase of two complete line source array systems. Delivered in mid-May, the sale comprised a total of 48 K2 enclosures and 24 LA8 amplified controllers.

PRG’s inaugural K2 deployment came almost immediately – two dozen enclosures were put into active duty for the 25th annual National Memorial Day Concert, attended by countless spectators on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on May 26. This year’s event, hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, featured an all-star lineup of performers, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, the U.S. Army Chorus and Air Force Singing Sergeants.

One of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 arrays

Having supported this annual holiday event for over two decades now, PRG’s new K2 rig replaces the call for V-DOSC used in years past. “PRG has been anxiously waiting for the arrival of the L-ACOUSTICS K2 system and it went right to work at the Capitol for Memorial Day,” says Randy Hutson, GM of PRG Chicago and vice president of PRG Audio. “We’ve been looking for a speaker system that is versatile yet meets the needs of our most demanding clients and L-ACOUSTICS has delivered with the K2. It is a high-powered, full-range speaker that weighs less, has a small footprint, offers excellent audience coverage with superb audio qualities and can easily support multiple markets, from music concerts to corporate events.”

“The K2 gives us more reach into large-scale venues, such as arenas and stadiums, but does so at significantly reduced weight without sacrificing power,” says Mark Boettcher, project manager at the Memorial Day event and a senior engineer at PRG. “At the same time, its lighter weight means it can go into venues like ballrooms and expo centers that have a lower-load rigging capacity.

“Also, the K2 enclosures have the same width as the L-ACOUSTICS K1, so it has complete rigging compatibility with K1 and K1-SB enclosures. That allows us to use K2 for downfill on K1 arrays. And all of that has significant economic implications, making the K2 extremely cost-effective. There’s just so much in the way of flexibility with the system.”

At the National Memorial Day Concert on the U.S. Capitol’s massive West Lawn, the K2 rig was configured in left and right hangs of 12 enclosures each. These were flown from towers, also used for fixed and moving lighting fixtures, positioned 105 feet downstage of the stage deck. Eight SB28 subs deployed in an end-fire array configuration provided the low-end reinforcement, while 16 coaxial 12XT wedges served as stage monitors. Thirteen LA-RAK touring racks, each loaded with three LA8 amplified controllers, furnished power and processing for the entire system.

In addition to the K2s, the project also used a total of 24 ARCS II systems – two hangs of five each for the invited-guest main stage, two more hangs of five for the reverse satellite stage, and two hangs of two each flanking the K2 arrays for wide horizontal coverage. Twenty-four dV-DOSC speakers, in four stacks of six enclosures each coupled with a single SB28 sub, provided delay while two more stacks of four dV-DOSC were used as guest area fills positioned on a tower on either side of the stage, also used for lighting fixtures and video screens.

With K2′s new PANFLEX variable horizontal coverage technology, the familiar challenge of surface reflections was easily overcome. “The stage was playing directly into the face of the Capitol building, which is flanked by stairs on either side, but centered on a large, ornate glass window – beautiful, certainly, but nothing we wanted to purposefully fire acoustic energy against,” notes Chris “Sully” Sullivan, L-ACOUSTICS’ east coast application engineer. “To solve the problem, we viewed the obstacle in SOUNDVISION, predicted which elements in the K2 array were going to hit it, then simply shifted the K2′s pattern asymmetrically for just those loudspeakers in the middle of the array. We reduced the reflected energy in excess of 6dB, and that was just the direct reflected energy! Combine that benefit with the reduction or elimination of the myriad of tangential off-time tertiary reflections and that becomes a massive win for the whole audience.”

PRG employees with a few of their new K2 enclosures

In terms of overall performance, the K2s were troupers. “What I can tell you is that the K2 system went up very quickly thanks to its lighter weight – much faster than the comparable V-DOSC system it was replacing – and the same goes for taking it down,” says Boettcher, who worked on the event with Alan Henig, co-systems engineer. “And the rig sounded extremely transparent. There tends to be a natural fall off of the high frequencies by the time the sound hits the Capitol steps, but the K2 had extended frequency response past 10 kHz that far out, so the sound was exquisite.”

This year’s Memorial Day concert also saw another first. Previously, the show’s FOH had been mixed using a total of three consoles – a Yamaha PM5D, PM1D and an LS9/32, all connected with multiple copper-cable snakes. This year, PRG ran the entire show on just a pair of DiGiCo SD7 consoles, with six DiGiCo SD-I/O racks and an SD-Mini I/O rack, connected by two fiber-optic cables, with the FOH mix handled by Patrick Baltzell. “This really unified operations at the site and, combined with the much lighter K2 system, gave us the same amount of punch in a smaller and more efficient footprint.”

The same system will be deployed for the July 4th concert event in the same location. “The K2 will set the benchmark going forward as its predecessor V-DOSC did when it was released years ago,” Hutson declares. “Along with K1, this gives L-ACOUSTICS the leading edge in line arrays and we at PRG are very excited to add K2 to our extensive inventory of L-ACOUSTICS products. They listened to our needs and have delivered an innovative product that will perform for years to come.”

For more details on the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, which was broadcast live via the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and American Forces Network, visit www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert.

About Production Resource Group
Production Resource Group (PRG) is the world’s leading provider of entertainment and event technology and production services to a wide range of markets, including corporate events, concerts, special events, theatre, television, film and installations, such as theme parks, museums, retail stores and performing arts centers. PRG provides integrated services and equipment, including audio, video, lighting, rigging, staging, and scenery and automation systems, for these markets from more than 40 offices in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. For more info on PRG, visit www.prg.com.

About L-ACOUSTICS
L-ACOUSTICS is a leading innovator and manufacturer of high-performance loudspeakers, amplifiers and signal processing devices for touring and installed sound markets. Known around the globe for pioneering and championing the modern line array loudspeaker concept with V-DOSC, the company has received numerous accolades for its K1, K2, KUDO, KARA, KIVA, ARCS, XT coaxial loudspeaker systems and SB line of subwoofer enclosures, all powered and processed with the LA4 and LA8 amplified controllers in fulfillment of a “total system approach.” Product distribution and customer service for the USA is handled by L-ACOUSTICS’ subsidiary in Oxnard, CA.

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