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Atkinson Sound Upholds Reputation for Excellence with HARMAN’s JBL VTX Line Arrays and Crown I-Tech HD Amplifiers

(Left to right) Paul Bauman, Associate Director, Tour Sound, JBL Professional; Jeff Harris, District Sales Manager, HARMAN Professional; Hoyt Atkinson, Owner, Atkinson Sound; Steve Johnson, CEO, HP Marketing; and Derreld Yost, Atkinson Sound.

KAMAS, Utah – Leading regional sound company Atkinson Sound recently bolstered its audio system inventory with HARMAN’s new JBL VTX V20 line array loudspeakers and Crown I-Tech HD 4×3500 amplifiers. The company will be using its new system for a variety of events beginning in May.

Founded in 1980 by Hoyt Atkinson, the company has evolved its business from a small provider of DJ systems to one of the region’s most successful sound contractors, providing rental and production services for concerts, festivals, corporate events and more, while also growing a strong systems integration department. A longtime JBL customer, Atkinson Sound’s investment in JBL has grown in parallel. “We have been a JBL company many years, starting with an SR-X system before graduating to HLA, and in more recent years to VERTEC® line arrays,” Atkinson said.

After seeing the new VTX V20 system at the Winter NAMM 2014 show, Hoyt Atkinson knew it was time to once again upgrade with JBL. “The high frequency in the V20 is just astounding and there is nothing else that compares to what the D2 driver is providing in a box of that size,” he said.

Atkinson Sound has purchased 24 VTX V20 line array loudspeakers, 12 VTX F12 multi-purpose loudspeakers, six VTX G28 subwoofers and 12 VTX S25 subwoofers. The systems will be configured and controlled with JBL HiQnet Performance Manager™ software.

The VTX V20 loudspeaker features a true 3-way system design with proprietary D2 Dual Diaphragm Dual Voice Coil compression driver and Differential Drive™ low frequency transducer technology along with patent-pending ultra-linear motor technology employed for midrange components. In keeping with the philosophy of the VTX Series, the VTX V20 has extremely high power density with each line array element featuring two 2261H 10-inch Differential Drive woofers, four 2164H 4-inch ultra-linear midrange transducers and three of the new small-format D2415K Dual Drivers.

Atkinson Sound expects to use the new VTX system for a variety of events throughout the western United States in the coming spring and summer months. “We love VERTEC and we saw it as a giant step forward for JBL when they introduced the VERTEC Series, and our adoption of VERTEC won a lot of jobs for us,” Atkinson noted. “Now, we see another leap forward with VTX and although we considered loudspeaker systems from competitive brands, nothing matched what VTX has to offer. It’s also a very rider-friendly loudspeaker, which gives us an advantage.”

For more information on Atkinson Sound, please visit www.atkinsonsound.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Tech Works Brings IC Live to the Party

Las Vegas, NV – May 2014…Tech Works, a leading Las Vegas-based sound and production company, just took delivery of new Renkus-Heinz IC Live digitally steerable loudspeakers, and in fact, has already deployed them successfully on several shows.

“We strive to provide our clients with the very best audio experience, and the IC Live is a fantastic sounding system,” states Tom Bourke, general manager of Tech Works. “It provides a tremendous amount of output from a very compact footprint, while the digital steering allows us to focus audio on the audience and not all over the room.”

The Tech Works IC Live package is comprised of ICL-R full-range modules and IC215S dual-15-inch bandpass subwoofers that can be combined into six different configurations.

“The scalability and flexibility of the system is fantastic, and allows us to configure a rig for a wide variety of events, from small to large,” Bourke notes. “Our clients love the sound, and they also love the look and profile of the slim columns.”

In addition to IC Live, Tech Works also recently took delivery of several Renkus-Heinz RH62 portable point-source loudspeakers, which utilize the same driver compliment as the IC Live Series, making them ideal front fill and/or delay loudspeakers to supplement IC Live main systems.

“With a width of only 8 inches (the same as the ICL-R modules), we can tuck these boxes into places a more traditional cabinet would not fit yet still get impressive output and superb audio quality,” adds Bourke.

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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.

CRAS Sets Broadcast Audio Students on the Right Track with HARMAN Studer Vista Consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Studio Monitors

GILBERT, Arizona – Located in the Arizona desert, the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences (CRAS) is an oasis for aspiring audio professionals. Established in 1980, CRAS offers a comprehensive educational program designed to prepare students for the fast-paced, challenging world of audio recording and sound engineering. Recently, CRAS expanded its Master Recording Program to include a Broadcast Audio segment, and outfitted its facilities with world-class HARMAN equipment that includes Studer Vista digital consoles and JBL Professional LSR6300 Series studio monitors.

The Broadcast Audio segment focuses on the opportunities and workflows and technologies that are specific to live television broadcast. Students will work out of the CRAS Broadcast audio production room as well as the CRAS mobile production trailer and work hands-on with the Studer broadcast audio mixing consoles. “Our program has always required students to study onsite for 30 weeks and then go on a mandatory internship, but we expanded that to six more weeks in our program and that includes the new Broadcast Audio phase,” said Robert Brock, Digital Department Director at CRAS. “We want our students to understand the requirements of working in broadcast production—being able to focus while working under a director and handling the pressure that comes with live broadcast.”

Brock noted a need at the educational level to raise awareness of opportunities in the broadcast industry. “The problem is a lot of people haven’t had the exposure to audio for broadcast, so there’s kind of a feeling within the broadcast industry that there isn’t a passion for audio,” Brock said. “We want to make our students aware of the numerous opportunities that exist for audio engineers in broadcast.”

While in the development stages of the Broadcast Audio segment, CRAS found an ideal partner in Studer. “We never want to do anything halfway when it comes to technology, because we want to serve the students but also want to show the industry how committed we are. A lot of manufacturers offer educational discounts and that’s fine, but we really wanted an educational partner and something that was mutually beneficial to the manufacturer and to our students. And this is where Studer really stepped up, they really understood that we wanted a partner that had some vision of their own.”

This vision led to the creation of StuderBroadcastAcademy.com, developed in partnership between Studer and CRAS. The training program is available to professional engineers but also provides the basis of the curriculum at CRAS. Students can operate a Vista 9 console in the audio production room, a Vista 5 in the mobile broadcast unit, or get training online at StuderBroadcastAcademy.com using the Studer Virtual Vista software.

“When you sit behind the Vista 9 or the 5, the user interface with Vistonics™ displays makes it really intuitive once you have it set up and configured,” Brock added. “It’s very easy to take a student who knows very little about consoles and explain just a few things and they can navigate the system, which isn’t true of all consoles out there.”

In addition, CRAS outfitted its studios with two 5.1 surround sound systems consisting of JBL LSR6325 studio monitors with LSR6312S studio monitor subwoofers. “I was at JBL’s headquarters in Northridge, California and [JBL Professional’s Senior Manager, Recording & Broadcast] Peter Chaikin showed us the LSR6325 monitors and we really liked them,” Brock noted. “They were the right form factor and sound really great. What I really like is as a system when coupled with the sub, they sound better than anything else out there. As a singular system, it jibes together really well.”

CRAS worked closely with veteran audio engineer Fred Aldous and other professionals to help CRAS devise the approach of the Broadcast Audio segment. “Fred has been working with our instructors once a week to get them up to speed on everything, and in the meantime we’ve reached out to NASCAR, the NFL and other organizations to get connected with some A1 engineers in the field. We’re really trying to connect closely with the industry,” Brock said.

For more information on CRAS, please visit www.audiorecordingschool.com

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

GRUND AUDIO DESIGN ANNOUNCES UPDATES TO GA-2021 LINE ARRAY SYSTEM

**** Photo: Grund Audio Design GA-2021 ****

Council Bluffs, IA – April 2014… Grund Audio Design, a pioneering manufacturer of loudspeaker and signal processing products for the audio professional, is pleased to announce that new Gala Series GA-2021 line array elements are being updated with revised flyware and that a new transport case is available. While the new flyware provides greater versatility, the new enclosures remain fully compatible with existing GA-2021 systems and can be used together should customers wish to expand their current systems. more

L-ACOUSTICS’ KARA Works the Las Vegas Strip with MGM Resorts

The new KARA rig in action in MGM Hotel/Casino's Sports Book

Touring rig covers events at more than a dozen properties for the hotel/casino chain

LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International techs see it all. Sound system requests can be for a single lavaliere microphone setup for a business meeting in the morning, a DJ-fueled and bikini-filled pool party at lunch, a prize fight weigh-in with a mariachi band in a ballroom in the afternoon, and then a headline act in an arena in the evening. When the biggest chain of mega resorts in the Entertainment Capital of the World needed a new system that was both versatile and stellar sounding, it turned to L-ACOUSTICS and a system based on the compact KARA line of loudspeakers. more

Imperial Russian Ballet Gets Royal Sound with Renkus-Heinz

Ljubljana, Slovenia – April 2014… In the heart of Slovenia’s capital city, Park Tivoli is a lush urban oasis that is home to the renowned International Center of Graphic Arts, as well as the Museum of Contemporary History. The Park is also home to Hala Tivoli, one of the region’s largest sporting and event halls.

Recently, the Hala Tivoli’s 4500 seat basketball venue hosted a performance of Labodje Jezero (Swan Lake) by the acclaimed Imperial Russian Ballet, drawing a full house and numerous national and international dignitaries. Audio for the event was provided by leading tour providers Akustika Pirman, who brought in a system based on Renkus-Heinz PN-Series line array loudspeakers. As Systems Engineer Metod Komatar explains, the system was exactly what was needed for the venue.

“The Hala Tivoli actually has pretty good acoustics for a sporting arena, and it’s possible to get a reasonably good sound in the room,” says Komatar. “The biggest challenge is the height of the left and right seating areas, and how to cover it consistently using a relatively small number of loudspeakers.”

The main system, designed by Komatar and director Joze Pirman, comprises four flown arrays — two left and two right — each with six PN102 line array cabinets. Six DRS18-2B subwoofers covered low frequency reinforcement. Four TRX151 full range cabinets provide front fill for the first few rows, with two more TRX151 boxes onstage as side fills for the artists. The system was powered by Crown and lab.gruppen amplification, with a Xilica XD4080 unit for system DSP.

“We have used Renkus-Heinz systems for many years, because they always fulfill our needs perfectly, through many different types of events,” adds Komatar. “The PN102 line arrays deliver a nice wide dispersion that enabled us to consistently cover a large area with a small number of speakers. The Renkus-Heinz system proved itself once again, with a very natural sound and plenty of headroom, which is critical for classical music.”

 

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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.

Great Sound Is In the Can At Pepsi Center With HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional

DENVER, Colorado — Known to Denver denizens as “The Can,” the 20,000-plus capacity Pepsi Center is home of the NBA Denver Nuggets, NHL Colorado Avalanche and the National Lacrosse League Colorado Mammoth, and is also host to concerts and special events. The arena opened in 1999 and has been in continuous use since then – including its original sound system. When the Pepsi Center decided to upgrade to a massive new state-of-the-art scoreboard in 2013, management determined it would also be a good time to replace the venue’s audio system from top to bottom.
Colorado Springs, Colorado sound contractor LVW Electronics and Dallas, Texas system designer Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon & Williams, Inc. (WJHW) had installed the original system and were retained to perform the upgrade, using HARMAN BSS Audio, Crown, and JBL components.

LVW CEO Rusty Griffith pointed out, “The fact that both firms had a history with the venue made us the logical choice – we were under a tight timetable on this project and were given seven weeks to complete a job that would usually take over three months.” LVW was given the go-ahead in spring 2013 and Griffith and his crew had to be finished in time for the start of the Pepsi Center’s fall line-up. “We worked day and night all summer long.”

LVW and WJHW chose a JBL loudspeaker system comprised of six columns of 10 JBL VLA901-MF-16 line array loudspeakers, hung around the perimeter of the arena. The VLA901-MF-16 was chosen for its ability to provide high-volume sound reinforcement at throw distances beyond the reach of traditional loudspeaker designs. Each loudspeaker is equipped with dual 15-inch woofers, dual 8-inch cone midrange compression drivers and three 1.5-inch high-frequency compression drivers. In addition, four JBL ASB6128V dual 18-inch subwoofers are hung directly behind the each of the 10 main line arrays. The loudspeakers and subs are powered by 44 Crown I-Tech 4x3500HD amplifiers, plus 11 Crown CTs 2000 amps to drive additional loudspeakers at the back of the arena.

“JBL’s VLA line has been a strong choice for us in arenas for the past few years. The overall sound quality is excellent and they provide higher output and increased intelligibility,” explained Mark Graham, Associate for WJHW. “We paired the VLA loudspeakers with the 4-channel Crown amplifiers, which we chose based on previous successes and the overall strong reliability reputation of the I-Tech HD line.”

The system is networked using four BSS Audio Soundweb London BLU-806 signal processors and six BLU-326 I/O expanders, both Dante-enabled products. Control for the entire Pepsi Center audio system is provided by HARMAN’s HiQnet Audio Architect™ software, a common control platform for all devices from microphone to loudspeaker. “Using Audio Architect was a big deal,” Graham noted, “considering how new the software was at the time we did this installation. It paid off though – it’s a great way to control the system and its audio management capabilities are extensive. The venue’s ownership was very pleased when he saw we had the capability to put everything onto one software platform.”

“This installation turned out to be fantastic in terms of equal coverage to every area of the arena,” said Griffith. “The performance of the VLA loudspeakers and the subwoofers is so consistent that there’s very little seat-to-seat variation. The Pepsi Center project turned out to be one of the best examples of this I have heard.”

In addition to performance, one of the main benefits of choosing HARMAN according to Griffith was the support LVW and WJHW received from the company throughout the project. “We looked at various manufacturers’ solutions. I’ve always liked JBL and the HARMAN product line for its excellent sound quality and solid engineering and the support they provide – especially on this project, given the time crunch we were under – is second to none.”

In addition to its capability as a full stand-alone sound reinforcement system, the new system is designed so it can be used along with a tour sound system for concerts and other events. If a band or a convention comes to town and their rental system doesn’t have enough coverage, they can readily connect to the Pepsi Center system to supplement the audio.

For more information about LVW Electronics, please visit www.lvw.com.

For more information about Wrightson, Johnson, Haddon and Williams, please visit www.wjhw.com.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,800 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.7 billion for the last twelve months ended December 31, 2013.

Opera Universitaria Goes High-Class with IC Live

Trento, Italy – April, 2014… The Opera Universitaria di Trento recently completed construction of its new student union, a modern building that is home to housing and financial offices, as well as fitness facilities including one of the country’s largest climbing walls. It also houses a new, 240-seat performing arts theater, equipped with an extensive audio, video and lighting installation by Trento-based AV installers A&T Multimedia Srl.

The multipurpose space required a sound system versatile enough to deliver the power and full-range performance needed for live events, while also providing highly intelligible sound for conferences and training sessions. A&T Multimedia’s chosen solution —Iconyx IC Live digitally steerable line arrays from Renkus-Heinz.

The system, provided by Adeo Group, SpA, comprises four ICL-FR arrays, with four ICL215S-FR subwoofers for LF reinforcement. The ICL-FR arrays are directly mounted on the backstage handrails using a specially designed bracket created by A&T Multimedia’s Giorgio Sartorelli, which supports the loudspeaker by its own weight without bolts or screws and enables the speakers to tilt and rotate as required.

The IC Live’s digitally controlled beam steering enables the sound to be focused directly on the audience areas, while aimed away from the walls and other reflective surfaces. RHAON, the Renkus-Heinz Audio Operations Network, provides a full set of remote control and supervision functions, along with the ability to store up to ten preset configurations in memory.

“This is a top-class installation, and the theater has been designed to host everything from lectures to high-level concerts,” says A&T Multimedia’s Alessandro Baron. “We needed a system that could deliver exceptional sound levels and performance for live events, as well as superior intelligibility for spoken word lectures, but was also visually low-profile enough to not interfere with the theater’s design. The only real solution was the IC Live.”

 

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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”.

Boulevard Pro Adds L-ACOUSTICS KARA System to Rental Inventory

Anthony (left) and James Cioffi

RIDGEFIELD PARK, New Jersey — Boulevard Pro, a leading NYC metro area audio systems and backline provider, has been assuring clients of great sound since 1986, when owners Anthony and James Cioffi came off the road as musicians, backing up artists like Gary U.S. Bonds and Mink Deville. It’s where they learned the value of having the right technology products for the markets they were working in, from renting out classic Fender Twin amps that clients of their rehearsal studio business in the 1980s knew to come to them for, to more recently having the in-demand products and systems that their live event and touring customers require. Boulevard Pro’s latest addition to that latter category has been the recent addition of a full L-ACOUSTICS KARA package. more

3G Productions Supports Marc Anthony In The Round At Barclays Center

Marc Anthony recently capped off a series of successful engagements at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, the Mohegan Sun Arena and Prudential Center with a triumphant Valentine’s Day weekend performance in the round at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

After successfully providing audio for the first three venues, 3G Productions was faced with the task of ensuring even coverage for Anthony and his 15-piece orchestra performing in the round from a revolving stage in the cavernous arena.

Asked about the challenges, 3G Crew Chief Will Taylor explained, “the biggest was taking the tour from a typical end stage configuration with 70 boxes to over 128 enclosures in the round. We used d&b J-Series during the tour and for Barclays, we flew four hangs of 14 for the longer throws at the ends of the arena and four hangs of 18 for the sides to get the vertical coverage we needed because the building is so tall, over 110 feet to the top seats. We also had 16 d&b J-sub and 8 J-Infra subwoofers that we combined with the barricades because the concert was sold out and we didn’t have the real estate to put them where we normally would.”

“The show sounded great,” Taylor continues, “but we had so many amps for the 360 degree coverage, we needed about 150 ft. of cable bridge to get from one end of the arena to the other with upwards of 400 ft. cable runs per cluster. But even with all of the musicians, background singers, boxes, cable, inputs and additional techs, the client was very happy with the coverage and how the show turned out.”

In this case, the client was Production Supervisor Roly Garbalosa who oversaw the tour for Marc Anthony and CMN (Cardenas Marketing Network). Roly was also fully aware of the challenge: “This was Marc’s first U.S. performance in the round with an orchestra that included 3 trombones, 2 trumpets, 3 percussionists, 3 background vocalists, keyboard, bass, guitar and piano rotating 360 degrees back and forth all night. Besides the eight J-Series hangs, we had 8 sidefill points hung with 3 d&b Q10s each because Marc relies heavily on those, especially for this situation.”

“I’ve known 3G Productions for a long time and typically they do a great show and are very professional. The key to this concert was the advance planning which we needed because we were hanging over 100 points on the same day. We came in at 5am, marked the floors, started working a six and were still polishing details at doors.

“As it turned out, the show sounded amazing and everyone really enjoyed it, including Marc. He brought us in after the show––which is rare––and gave us all high fives. He loved the sound and had a lot of fun.”

The overall system for this massive undertaking also included “racks and racks” of d&b D12 and D80 amps for house and monitors; d&b M2, M4 and Q1 speakers and B2 subwoofers for monitors; a DiGiCo SD7 for Front of House and SD10 for Monitors; Shure PSM 900 and Sennheiser G2 in-ear monitors; Shure, Sennheiser and Audix wired mics, and Shure Axient and Sennheiser 5200 wireless mics.

In addition to Marc Anthony’s Front of House/Band Engineer Jose Rivera and Monitor Engineer Eric “Pyle” Ramey; the 3G Productions crew included System Engineer/Crew Chief Will Taylor, Assistant Engineer Jon Daly, Monitor systems tech Joe “Big Joe” Ramos, and stage technicians Kevin Fuller, Robert “Boy” Valdez, and Jimmy Ibanez.

Summing up the show, Jose Rivera added: “It sounded a lot better than I expected. I’ve worked the room different times––never in the round––and it’s challenging from a coverage standpoint because it’s very high and steep. We wanted to make sure everyone who pays for a ticket enjoys the show. We went in with a very large rig and 3G made sure their pre-design work was done and we had the right amount of boxes to cover the room correctly.

“I had the opportunity to walk the room and the coverage sounded really good. Before we selected a vendor, we narrowed it down to two speaker systems and we’re happy we chose d&b.

Marc was ecstatic,” Rivera concludes. “There aren’t too many shows where he has the opportunity to listen to the band during soundcheck from the audience. For this show, he came in early to familiarize himself with the stage because he hadn’t done one in 360. And when I turned on the PA he was blown away and really impressed with the sound. He was comfortable and happy knowing the people were going to enjoy the show because the reinforcement represented what he and the band were going to do on stage.”

For more about 3G Productions, please call 702.948.0459 or click to www.3glp.com

Photo Credit: Carlos Escobar

About 3G Productions, Inc.
Founded in 2004, 3G Productions, Inc. is a multifaceted audio company focused on providing the highest quality of service in live production, sound equipment rental, sales, and installed sound. Located in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, the company operates through two divisions: Live and Pro Audio.

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