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Martin Audio Opens New MLA Production Facilities

Martin Audio recently opened new MLA facilities including production and assembly areas, quality control and testing, along with additional warehousing.

Designed for MLA, MLA Compact and the new MLA Mini, the facilities will provide a space worthy of this premier system series and further improve Martin Audio’s overall service to its customers.

Since the introduction of MLA in 2010, the system has won multiple awards for innovation and has taken the market by storm. With the international success stretching around the globe from the US to UK and Japan, and now with the introduction of MLA Mini set to further popularize the technology, it was a necessity to develop these new facilities.

Importantly, the principles of 5S were introduced as an integral part of the new development. 5S originated in Japan and stands for the Japanese words seiri (tidiness), seiton (orderliness), seiso (cleanliness), seiketsu (standardization), and shitsuke (discipline), principles that lead to improved efficiency, service and safety.

Jason Robson, Quality Manager for Martin Audio, stated, “The runaway success that MLA has become meant we needed additional production and warehousing space in order to meet the growing demand. But we also took the opportunity to instill new principles in both the creation of the layout and the day to day running of the facilities. 5S will help guarantee that we not only keep up with demand, but that this is achieved in an efficient manner with the quality our customers expect and this leading system demands.”

Alongside the production elements, the new facilities will also house Martin Audio’s popular training sessions for both MLA and OmniLine. Andy Davies, Lead Applications Engineer, said, “This new space will provide the perfect vehicle for premier training, while enabling us to show people how the product they are being trained on is made.”

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.

Challenging Texas Chapel Gets Help from Iconyx

Tyler, TX – March 2014… The Chapel of Saints Peter and Paul opened its doors last year after a lengthy construction project, rewarding this east Texas town with a brand new 13,000 square foot main building, along with a new softball field. The 650 seat sanctuary is a beautiful, classically designed structure with a high peaked roof and plenty of ornate wood, marble, and glass.

“It’s a really impressive architectural design, and the acoustics are ideal for their choir and organ,” explains Jason Brantley, CEO of Longview, TX-based Sound Logic Integrations. “But it’s not so good for the band or for intelligibility.”

The Sound Logic crew was brought in to design the audio for the new building, opting for a system centered around Renkus-Heinz Iconyx digitally steerable array loudspeakers. A pair of IC16-R-II columns mounted on either side of the proscenium covers the entire room.

“We originally specified some acoustical treatment to cut down the reverberance a bit,” says Brantley. “But the budget for sound absorption was cut halfway through the project, and we ended up with about a quarter of the treatment we had planned for. That’s where the Iconyx really saved the day.”

Brantley says the ability to tightly focus the sound toward the seating areas, and away from walls, windows, and other reflective surfaces, was critical to the success of the audio system design. “The band and the choir are not on stage — they’re in a choir pocket that’s stage left. The Iconyx enabled us to take the first beam and push it right past where the choir mic is hung, to eliminate any feedback issues. That kind of precision is something we could have only done with the Iconyx.”

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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.

ARC-Productions First Belgian Company To Back MLA Platform

Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

Belgian pro audio and lighting specialists ARC-Productions have confirmed the purchase of 16-enclosure Martin Audio MLA Compact and Mini PA rigs, the first company in that country to do so.

Based near Ghent in Flanders, Marc De Baets’ sales and rental company has a long history with Martin Audio dating back to the purchase of a W8 Compact in 2001. He has subsequently invested in WT2, LE1200 and 1500s, WS 218X subs and W8LC.

“His complete speaker inventory has been made up of Martin Audio for many years,” confirms Steven Kemland of FACE, the manufacturer’s Belgian distributor, who serviced the recent order.

Marc De Baets had been operating under his own name before setting up ARC-Productions at the end of 2008 and had been in conversation with Kemland about the MLA from its inception. “The first time I heard the MLA was on the Summerfestival in Antwerp three ago,” he remembers. “I was particularly impressed with the MLX subs, not only the output but also the weight.

“The biggest advance of the MLA system is the even coverage, making it a great tool to counter undesired noise pollution, a very hot topic in Belgium. The compact size and weight, requiring less truck space, were other advantages.” Marc was also present at the MLA Compact European launch in London last year.

Steven Kemland takes up the story. “Marc first heard the MLA Mini in our demo room. The full MLA system is too big for a mid-range company but with MLA Compact and MLA Mini—supplemented by some DD6 and XD12 or DD12 cabinets—it is possible to manage any job between 100 and 10,000 capacity.”

De Baets had initially planned to buy only the MLA Mini version to run alongside his existing W8LC, but after considering the importance of the sound pollution problem in Belgium, he opted for a complete change and purchased 16 x MLA Mini and 16 x MLA Compact, with four MSX subs planned for next year. Meanwhile the system will be run with ARC-Productions’ WS218X subs.

Delivery is planned for the beginning of April, with system training in Belgium and the system will make its major debut at Leiepop Festival in early May before going on to do other festival work (as well as servicing ARC-Productions’ other busy work program).

Adds Steven Kemland, “Having conducted a lot of MLA demos, which have really got the market talking, it is important to have followed this up with our first system sale in Belgium. This investment is a big step up for ARC-Productions and gives them the opportunity for growth.”

In summary Marc De Baets promises this is just the start of his adventure into the world of MLA. “I really believe in this new technology,” he concludes.

Photo caption (Left to Right): Steven Kemland, Andy Davies (Martin Audio), Marc De Baets, Andreas Weingärtner (Martin Audio) at the PL+S booth in Frankfurt

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.

Christie Vive Audio Helps Dolby Atmos Power Grupo Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo Auditoriums in Mexico

Christie®, the world’s dominant brand in the digital cinema projection market, announced that Grupo Cinemex, the sixth largest cinema chain worldwide, is installing Christie Vive Audio™ surround sound solutions in their current CinemeXtremo auditoriums powered by Dolby® Atmos™ sound technology. Dolby Atmos unleashes the full potential of sound by allowing filmmakers to easily place or move sounds anywhere in the movie theater with object-based audio to create a lifelike, virtual reality audio landscape. With these installations, Cinemex becomes the chain with the largest number of premium auditoriums in Latin America to feature the unrivaled combination of Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio.

Complete Christie Vive Audio System


Cinemex’s CinemeXtremo auditoriums feature giant screens, 100 percent digital cinema projection, and ergonomic seats for the ultimate in movie-viewing comfort. Christie Vive Audio, installed by Christie’s Managed Services team, features efficient ribbon driver technology and a unique parabolic line array design in a single compact cabinet to deliver exceptionally even coverage throughout the auditorium.

Each CinemeXtremo auditorium, specially configured to meet Dolby Atmos specifications, is being upgraded with varying combinations of Christie Vive Audio LA3 screen channel speakers, S215 subwoofers (for full range frequency response), S218 for Low Frequency Effects (subwoofers) channels, LA3S and LA5S for wall surround, and LA3C for ceiling surrounds.

“Cinemex is focused on continuous innovation, investing in the best technologies and most modern facilities. We are passionate about providing our patrons with the most memorable movie-viewing experience they have ever known,” said Rolando Maggi, director of infrastructure, Grupo Cinemex. “To that end, we are committed to opening new CinemeXtremo auditoriums throughout Mexico equipped with state-of-the-art technology, and we selected Dolby Atmos and Christie Vive Audio for their exceptional power and performance that ensure our patrons experience the magic of immersive cinema sound.”

“Christie has always been a leader in Mexico’s move to digital cinema, and with the introduction of Christie Vive Audio, they again set the bar in immersive cinema sound,” said Ernesto Armus, general manager of Christie Mexico. “Christie Vive Audio is a premium sound solution at an attainable price point. In combination with Dolby Atmos, Christie Vive Audio provides exhibitors with a vibrant new point of differentiation.”

The complete Christie Vive Audio solution includes industry-first line array designs for ceiling surrounds, wall surrounds and screen channel speakers, integrated with unique subwoofers, and powered by Class D amplifiers.

“Christie Vive Audio brings a new level of realism to movies and represents the next evolution of cinema sound,” noted Craig Sholder, vice president, Entertainment Solutions, Christie. “The system easily integrated into any existing or new theater auditorium for a superior listening experience and gives exhibitors a competitive edge.”

For more information on Christie’s new audio initiative, visit www.viveaudio.com.

Iconyx Tames a Timeless Chamber

Dobbs Ferry, NY – March 2014…  Overlooking the Hudson River just minutes away from Manhattan, Mercy College was founded in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy. In 1961 it became a four-year college offering baccalaureate degrees. The school’s stellar reputation draws students from all over the country, and Mercy College was featured in the book “Cool Colleges” as one of the most exciting schools in the United States.

The Rotunda is an important focus for all Mercy students and is a popular multi-purpose activity center. The historic structure was a former house of worship, and carries with it both the decor and the sonic character of a majestic old cathedral. Its soaring brick walls, stained glass windows and high, rounded shape and domed ceiling create a natural reverberance that makes even normal conversation nearly impossible.

Leo Garrison of Metro Sound Pros elaborates, “Picture a circle, with 50 ft stone walls, eight pillars and a massive video wall. The space is a natural reverb chamber.” Depending on the event, a podium can be set up in any part of the room, creating an even greater challenge — designing a system that could achieve audio clarity amid this ever changing footprint.

Metro Sound Pros designed a solution utilizing a creative application of Renkus-Heinz Iconyx Series IC7-II manually steered column arrays. Four pairs of columns are mounted at 90 degrees from each other, providing selectable coverage from any direction. The Iconyx steered beam technology enables the sound to be focused on the audience, and away from the walls, windows, and other problematic surfaces.

As Garrison explains, while the assignment was to deliver coverage and intelligibility, the building’s landmark status meant that aesthetics trumped all else. “Protecting the room’s historic architecture was of utmost importance,” he states. “The profile of the IC7s are so small and slim, they just blend right in.”

Garrison concludes, “With a project like this one, we always face a balance between the need to preserve the natural beauty of the architecture, and the need to create a space that is functional. The integration of the Iconyx series into the Mercy College Rotunda gave us the performance and intelligibility we needed, while maintaining the building’s classic aesthetics. They were a great choice.”

 

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Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Renkus-Heinz, Inc. is the worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of audio operations networks, digitally steerable arrays, powered and non-powered loudspeakers, system specific electronics and fully integrated Reference Point Array systems.

 

 

 

L-ACOUSTICS K2 Receives First PIPA Award For Best Concert Sound Product

L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle receiving the PIPA award at the ceremony

FRANKFURT, Germany — For the 15th time, more than 100 magazines from all over the world voted to determine the best musical instruments and audio equipment of 2013/2014 in more than 40 categories of the MIPA Musikmesse International Press Award. The winners were presented with the awards at a special ceremony and party held during Musikmesse/Prolight + Sound on Thursday, March 13th, 2014.

More than 300 international representatives of musical instrument and audio equipment manufacturers and distributors got together for the 15th MIPA award show, including guests from more than 20 countries, firmly establishing that the MIPA Musikmesse International Press Award is the “Grammy” of the Musical Instrument/Pro Audio industry. To celebrate the 15th MIPA Awards, the PIPA Prolight + Sound Press Award was presented for the first time and L-ACOUSTICS’ K2 received the award in the category of Best Concert Sound product.

L-ACOUSTICS Marketing Director Stéphane Ecalle, who was representing the French manufacturer at the ceremony, says: “The 250 employees of L-ACOUSTICS are delighted and honored to receive such a distinction for K2. We realize that the international press has echoed the market reaction to this brand new system, which has already distinguished itself during the Winter Olympics ceremonies and counts 60 early adopters worldwide. What better start could we have hoped for for K2?”

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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Martin Audio Names Robin Dibble As Applications Engineer

Robin Dibble

To support the company’s consistent sales growth and further their credentials within the install space, Martin Audio has recruited the experienced Robin Dibble to the new position of Applications Engineer.

Dibble has a distinguished reputation within the industry having recently been the Head of Audio Engineering at RaceTech in London, and previously Project Engineer at Glantre Engineering in Reading. He is also a member of the Audio Engineering Society and an accredited technician in the Institute of Acoustics.

Martin Audio Sales Director, Simon Bull, said, “This appointment reflects the growth of the company and at the same time recognizes the need to bring in additional expertise to drive our installation business. With the launch of the new MLA Mini the timing couldn’t be better, and we are delighted to be able to recruit someone with Robin’s outstanding pedigree.”

Speaking of the opportunity, Dibble responded, “Martin Audio not only has a fantastic reputation and product portfolio but is also at the forefront of current professional loudspeaker development and technology. Couple that with their passion for providing the best possible sound in any given environment, and the opportunity to become part of that mission was too good to resist.

“While the MLA range is a real ‘game changer’, there are also some fantastic new products in the pipeline. I am looking forward to these, and working with our customers, both current and future.”

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.

Inter-American Development Bank Shares Culture with L-ACOUSTICS

IDB Conference Center's Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium

Pershing Technologies specifies KIVA/KILO system at IDB’s Enrique V. Iglesias Conference Center Auditorium

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Headquartered in the heart of the nation’s capitol, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is committed to reducing poverty and inequality in Latin America and Caribbean countries by providing much needed loans, grants, technical assistance and research. In 2005, when the organization first opened the IDB Conference Center at 1330 New York Avenue NW in Washington, D.C., its 500-seat Enrique V. Iglesias Auditorium was slated to host films, seminars, lectures, and town hall meetings, so the original PA system was primarily designed to accommodate spoken word and cinema playback.

In 2012, however, the decision was made to better utilize the facility for the presentation of concerts and other cultural events featuring live entertainment by Central and South American artists, musicians, and dancers. more

HARMAN’s BSS Audio, Crown and JBL Professional Provide Acoustic Atmospherics at The Island In Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center

PIGEON FORGE, Tennessee – The Island at Pigeon Forge is a brand-new entertainment and retail center located in Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. It’s on an actual island in the Little Pigeon River and offers a wide variety of rides, shopping, restaurants and attractions, with a 132-room hotel to be completed in spring 2014. Providing the audio solution was sound contractor Clair Brothers Audio who installed a system featuring HARMAN’s JBL Professional loudspeakers and Crown amplifiers, all tied together via BSS Audio signal processing components.

Clair Brothers installed the distributed audio system at The Island at Pigeon Forge, which encompasses more than 22 acres. Dustin Goen, Clair Brothers system designer and project manager specified 128 JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers for use throughout the facility, indoors and outdoors in the buildings and mounted on light poles. The loudspeakers are powered by a total of 12 Crown CTs Series CTs 2000-LITE, CTs 1000-LITE and CTS 600-LITE amplifiers. Signal processing and distribution is provided by three BSS Audio BLU-800 processors, a BLU-320 I/O expander, a BLU-100 12 x 8 signal processor and three BLU-8v2 wall controllers. The amplifiers are connected to the BSS Audio components via CobraNet, using PIP Programmable Input Processor modules that are installed in the amps.

The Crown amplifiers and BSS Audio components are housed in four distributed audio equipment rooms, all tied together with fiber cable. The tech staff can monitor and control all the amplifiers using a customized page in the HARMAN HiQnet London Architect™ system control and configuration software. Each of the equipment rooms has remote inputs and paging, enabling staffers to distribute inputs across the park or page specific areas.

“Although it covers a large area, we were able to test the entire system in the shop before we brought it to the site and configure and tune everything onsite in two days,” said Goen. “We chose the JBL Control 28T-60 loudspeakers with WeatherMax grilles because of their combination of sound quality, power handling and durability, which is obviously of prime importance in an outdoor installation where they’re also going to be used day in and day out.”

Goen continued, “The BSS Audio BLU devices are my go-to digital signal and networking processors because they offer tremendous flexibility and total reliability. These qualities, along with their ability to connect all the amplifiers on the same network using a single software package made them the obvious choice.”

“We have been pleased with the results from Dustin and his team’s hard work on this project. Everything has been working well thus far, and sound quality we now have throughout the property is excellent,” added Beau Berni, Director of Operations, Pigeon Forge Entertainment and Retail Center.

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.

VARIA Fills Calvary Chapel with Exquisite Sound

Chattanooga, TN – March 2014…Leaving a rental space for a place of their own was a big step for  Calvary Chapel. Their new campus sits amongst the hustle and bustle of downtown Chattanooga, close to restaurants, hotels, shops and grocery stores, making Calvary Chapel now a visible and accessible part of the community.

In fact, Calvary Chapel’s new home is a converted Bi-Lo grocery store, reminiscent of its former self through the concrete floor and open corrugated metal ceiling. Folding this industrial edge into their contemporary approach, Calvary Chapel cleared the columns and raised the roof, opening up the 100 by 100 square foot space and adding a bit of acoustical treatment to the side walls.

The space seats 750-800 people, in typical fan shaped sanctuary seating, with one center aisle and two on either side. The services are always packed, from Saturday night praise band to late Sunday morning service, where they have an extra 150-200 people in overflow areas, connected via fiber.

Their contemporary services, complete with amplified instruments, fit well into this unique, industrious and sleek aesthetic. Making it sound as good as it looks, with hard surfaced, square dimensions, was a whole other issue; one that couldn’t be solved with a one-size-fits-all solution.

“It was pretty rough when they moved in there three or four years ago,” says Tracy Miller of Chattanooga-based DB Technologies. Calvary Chapel called Miller in for a consultation about a year ago, needing his help in taming and utilizing this new space. Miller had previously demoed the Renkus-Heinz PN102 line arrays in the space, but quickly realized he needed a different approach. “With the liveliness of this particular room, a traditional line array wasn’t the right thing. There was just too much sound bouncing around that place.”

What Miller and Calvary Chapel needed was a line array that could be tailored to fit their needs precisely; from rock bands to sermons, without allowing the square, hard barriers of the Chapel to shape the sound. “I had been wanting to try out the VARIA and this seemed like a good opportunity,” Miller says. “We set up a demo, and it was just night and day. With the VARIA array, we were able to taper the coverage and focus the sound on the seating area, without hitting all those walls and reflective surfaces.”

With left and right three-cabinet arrays of narrow, transitional and wide dispersion boxes, VARIA also fits in well with the pre-existing design of the space, complementing both the industrial and the sleek aesthetics. And, says Miller, the dramatic shift in sound quality made the job easier, even for the Chapel’s new sound guy. “He’s been just getting up to speed on the Roland M400 console, and he usually asks a lot of questions. But we went from nobody in the room to a packed house and it was so smooth, I did not have to go to the console even once.”

Miller recalls, “after the first service, I got a text: ‘we want to keep these.’ And I had the feeling that would be the case.”

 

 

 

 

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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.

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